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Curry County remembers: Where were you when Kennedy was killed?

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At 10:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 22, 1963, a sniper shot and killed John F. Kennedy as he and his wife Jacqueline traveled in a presidential motorcade through downtown Dallas, Texas.

Investigators later determined that shooter was Lee Harvey Oswald, who was shot and killed by another man before he could stand trial.

Kennedy, one of America’s most admired and charismatic presidents, was known for his leadership during the Cuban Missile Crisis and his Cold War speech in Berlin.

Brookings residents often recall exactly where they were and what they heard, saw and felt as the news of JFK’s assassination came from radios, black and white TVs or were announced in schools and workplaces.

Here are some of their stories:

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C&K files Chapter 11 bankruptcy

C&K Market Inc., operator of Ray’s Food Place and Shop Smart, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Tuesday. 

The Brookings-based company will close 16 stores in Oregon and California, including the Shop Smart in Harbor . It will not close Ray’s Food Place stores in Brookings, Gold Beach, Port Orford and 44 other stores.

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Herbicide spraying prompts inquiry

The state of Oregon is investigating complaints from at least 15 people who said they fell ill after a plane spraying insecticide flew over their homes near Hunter Creek last month.

“It feels like my head is in a vice,” said Jim Sweeney, a Gold Beach resident. “I’ve been sick since they’ve been doing it. I’m thinking about leaving here.”

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Crab festival taking shape

The 2014 Southwestern Oregon Crab Festival plans are beginning to take shape.

Organizers of the new event, to be held Jan. 25, is part of a plan to boost the local economy in the off-season. The City of Brookings Tourism and Marketing Committee approved the idea earlier this fall, and the council agreed to allocate $4,000 toward promoting the event.

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Don Horton: A builder of history, a builder of dreams

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Don Horton and his wife, Marjorie, moved to Brookings in 1953. He soon started Horton Brothers Construction, which built many well-known structures. Submitted photo
Don Horton.

For longtime Brookings residents the name evokes memories of community buildings dating back to the 1950s — many of which are still standing:

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Firefighters stop port blaze before it spreads

A quick response from volunteer firefighters from Harbor and Brookings is what Harbor Fire Chief John Brazil credits for saving not only the Book Dock in the Port of Brookings Harbor Saturday afternoon, but possibly all the retail shops surrounding it.

“A firefighter in the area sized up the scene, shut off the utilities, and an engine showed up in four minutes,” Brazil said. 

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Board considers major cuts

A somber county commissioner board determined Wednesday that it has two choices to make revenues meet expenses for this fiscal year: Make sweeping cuts across all departments or take more money from the road fund.

Cuts or road funds are needed to meet a $3.1 million budget since voters rejected another tax levy last Tuesday that asked for a three-year property tax increase of $1.34 per $1,000 assessed valuation. Revenue generated from that would have funded public safety, including the jail, sheriff’s office, district attorney, juvenile and probation and parole services.

Measure 8-73 lost, 4,733 to 3,422.

Even with the limited options, the three county commissioners could not come to agreement about what to do.

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End of the road for Crumley

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