TWO - Heppner Gazette-Times, Heppner, Oregon Wednesday, May 20, 2020 The Official Newspaper of the City of Heppner and the County of Morrow History uncovered Heppner GAZETTE-TIMES U.S.P.S. 240-420 Would provide internet to homes with faster speeds Morrow County’s Home-Owned Weekly Newspaper SEARCH OLD COPIES OF THE HEPPNER GAZETTE-TIMES ON-LINE: http://oregonnews.uoregon.edu/ Published weekly by Sykes Publishing and entered as periodical matter at the Post Office at Heppner, Oregon under the Act of March 3, 1879. Periodical postage paid at Heppner, Oregon. Office at 188 W. Willow Street. Telephone (541) 676-9228. Fax (541) 676-9211. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. Web site: www.heppner.net. Postmaster send address changes to the Heppner Gazette-Times, P.O. Box 337, Heppner, Oregon 97836. Subscriptions: $31 in Morrow County; $25 senior rate (in Morrow County only; 65 years or older); $37 elsewhere; $31 student subscriptions. 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For Obituaries: Obituaries are published in the Heppner GT at no charge and are edited to meet news guidelines. Families wishing to include information not included in the guidelines or who wish to have the obituary written in a certain way must purchase advertising space for the obituary. For Letters to the Editor: Letters to the Editor MUST be signed by the author. The Heppner GT will not publish unsigned letters. All letters MUST include the author’s address and phone number for use by the GT office. The GT reserves the right to edit letters. The GT is not responsible for accuracy of statements made in letters. Any letters expressing thanks will be placed in the classifieds under “Card of Thanks” at a cost of $10. Obituaries Gerald R. Wilson Gerald R. Wilson, of 2000. They worked hard Ione, died Saturday, May 9 on their ranch raising cat- at Pioneer Memorial Hospi- tle and quarter horses near tal in Heppner. He was Ione. born February 8, 1929 He enjoyed at Hollister, ID, the son fishing in his ear- of James W. and Clara ly years and later E. Pereboom Wilson. working on his He started rid- ranch. He shared ing horses at an early his stories and age, later becoming a Gerald R. knowledge with Wilson bronc rider in his teens anyone who would and working for Wine listen. Company. He volunteered Gerald is survived by for the United States Army daughters, Tonya Heideman in 1950, serving in Alaska and Leta Keller; broth- during the Korean conflict er, Grover Wilson; sis- and was honorably dis- ters, Priscilla Webster and charged in 1953. Acenethe Wilson; grand- He married his first children, Aaron, Nathan, wife, Phyllis B. French and Christina and Matthew; they had three daughters: step-granddaughter, Nicole; Tonya, Rhonda and Leta. and great-grandchildren, Gerald retired as a Katelyn, Ellie, Macken- Union Certified carpenter zie, Hailey, Madelynn and and welder. He worked on Avery. numerous projects through- Preceding him in death out his life and there wasn’t were his parents; daugh- much he hadn’t done. A ter, Rhonda; brothers, Bill, few included sealing the Norm, Morris, Lane, Dalton Fast Flux Testing Facili- and Phillip Wilson. ty at Hanford, Richland, Due to the current pan- WA, building the Sheraton demic, no service will be Hotel, adding a wing at held. Sweeney Mortuary Stanford University in San of Heppner is in care of ar- Francisco, CA and working rangements. You may sign for Bechtel Power. the online condolence book Gerald found love at www.sweeneymortuary. again and married Linda com. J. Miller on November 30, Lexington looks at fiber franchise with PrineTIME A bit of Heppner history was uncovered Tuesday during the renovation of the former Lott’s Electric building on Main Street. Seems the building once housed Green’s Feed Store. The Lott building is currently being renovated into an exercise and work out facility. COVID-19 testing available Morrow County med- ical facilities have part- nered with multiple labs to increase the COVID-19 testing capacities for coun- ty communities. Morrow County now has the ca- pacity to test over 200 COVID-19 tests per week. Those who wish to be tested, will have to see their medical provider. The test results turn-around time will be determined by the symptoms and risk factors of the individual. The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, cough and short- ness of breath. If symptoms persist or worsen, contact your medical provider. Other symptoms may include; chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat and new loss of taste or smell. If you are experi- encing two or more of these symptoms, contact your medical provider. Students awarded scholarships The Heppner Masonic Lodge sent letters to award their 2020 scholarships to graduating Heppner High School seniors on Saturday, May 16. Cami VanArsdale, Jorden Sweeney, Kellen Grant and Casey Fletcher will each receive a scholarship of $1,000. Ione graduation scheduled May 30 Ione High School will hold a private graduation ceremony on May 30 at 7 p.m. at the football field. Graduates will be on the field with parents and fam- ily gathered in small des- ignated areas outside the field. Gift tables will be setup at the school office May 26-28 between 8 a.m. and noon for those who wish to drop off cards or gifts for the graduates. G-T closed Memorial Day T h e H e p p n e r G a - iday on Monday, May 25. zette-Times will be closed The deadline for all news for the Memorial Day hol- and advertising for the May 27 issue will be Friday, May 22, at 5 p.m. Normal business hours will resume Tuesday, May 26. The G-T wishes ev- eryone a happy and safe Memorial Day weekend. PRINT & MAILING SERVICES SYKES PUBLISHING 541-676-9228 OR UNTIL FULL! By David Sykes The Lexington Town Council last week agreed to enter into a franchise agreement with PrineTIME internet provider, allowing the company to string high speed internet fiber around the town and to people’s homes. The deal has not yet been signed but the council told company rep- resentative Ted Howard to go ahead and bring a sample agreement to the council next month for their review. Under the proposed agreement, the company will string fiber cable on Columbia Basin Electric power poles around town and then offer subscriptions to residents who want high speed internet. Howard said the fiber will give 100 mb internet speed both “up and down” to those who subscribe, which is substan- tially more speed than is available now through other providers, he said. If the town uses the City of Heppner’s Prine- TIME agreement as a tem- plate, which was just signed last month, the town will receive, in exchange, free internet at Town Hall and possibly several other lo- cations such as the shop and the well house. Howard said he would help the city set up security cameras at the locations if it worked out. The company also of- fers phone service as part of the package it will be offering subscribers. The council will decide on the final agreement at the June council meeting. In other business the council heard a report from Mayor Juli Kennedy who said the town had received a street allotment grant from the county for $55,124 which will be used for re- pairs to streets around town. She said the town would most likely receive another grant from the county in the next fiscal year. The council also heard a report from town main- tenance man Scott Lamb, who said he was preparing to put up the new shop addition the city is plan- ning to construct. The town received $5,000 from the Willow Creek Valley Eco- nomic Development Group, WCVEDG, Community Enhancement Grant fund to help with the cost. Lamb said he has asked Tom Ca- marillo of Ione to help with preparing for the purchase and installation of the new building. Camarillo has ex- perience with these kinds of structures. The new struc- ture will be an addition to the existing shop building and will be used to house equipment and supplies such as backhoe, piping and other material that does not fit in the existing shop building. In other business, the council heard a report from councilmember Bobbi Gor- don who has been working on designing and purchas- ing “Welcome to Lexing- ton” signs. The signs will be paid for with last year’s grant from WCVEDG. Gor- don says they are narrowing down the design and loca- tions for the signs. In a nod to the town’s history it was announced that the Jack Rabbit mascot will most likely be part of the sign design. When Lexington had a school years ago, the mascot was the Jack Rabbit. The council also voted to go out to election with a renewal of the five-year fire department and general fund operations tax. The tax is needed for both the general and fire department operations. The tax will be on the ballot for the Novem- ber 3 election. The council heard a report from the budget com- mittee that they have ap- proved the proposed 2020- 21 budget for the town. The budget will be presented to the council for approval at a special meeting on May 28. In other business the council heard from resident Kevin McCabe who is still upset that his neighbor has a large number of goats in her yard and they are causing foul odors at his house. McCabe has been to the council several times seeking solutions, mainly a limit on the number of goats allowed on the property. The council has said in the past and repeated at last week’s meeting that it does not have ordinances in its zoning codes to deal with animal problems. Coun- cilmembers pointed out that even if the town had animal control ordinances it has no police department or code enforcement officer to en- force them. Before ending the discussion, McCabe and councilmember Will Lemmon got into a heated argument, with McCabe saying the animals stink and the council needs to act. Lemmon said he had been to the property and the animals do not smell. There was no further action or discussion by the council on the matter.