A MEDFORD MAN HAS BEEN ARRESTED, AND WAS LODGED IN JACKSON COUNTY JAIL FOR ALLEGEDLY PUNCHING HIS 20 YEAR OLD GIRLFRIEND, AND HITTING HER WITH A CANE FOR NOT BRINGING HOME IN N OUT BURGER FOR DINNER. 21 YEAR OLD CHRISTIAN BERRY, OF ROYAL COURT, WHO STANDS 6’2” AND WEIGHS IN AT 300 POUNDS ADMITTED THE ASSAULT TO POLICE, AND ADMITTED TO ASSAULTING THE GIRL AT LEAST 13 TIMES LAST YEAR. BERRY IS FACING A SLEW OF ASSAULT CHARGES, BUT WAS RELEASED ON HIS OWN RECOGNIZANCE, BUT WAS ORDERED NOT TO CONTACT THE GIRLFRIEND. SHE WAS TREATED AT ROGUE REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER FOR BRUISES, SCRATCHES, AND A LUMP ON HER FACE.
HUNDREDS LINED THE STREET LEADING TO UMPQUA COMMUNITY COLLEGE ON MONDAY, IN A SHOW OF SUPPORT WITH STUDENTS RETURNING TO CLASS. PEOPLE HELD SIGNS READING “UCC STONG,” AS WELL AS WAVING AMERICAN FLAGS AND OTHER SIGNS TO GREET STUDENTS AND STAFF AS THEY RETURNED TO CLASSES FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE THE TRAGIC MURDERS THAT TOOK PLAC ON THE CAMPUS ON OCTOBER 1ST. ADMINISTRATORS OF THE COLLEGE HAVE NOT SAID WHAT WILL BECOME OF SNYDER HALL WHERE THE MURDERS TOOK PLACE. SNYDER HALL REMAINS CLOSED AT THIS TIME.
ASHLAND POLICE OFFICERS ARE NOW CARRYING NARCAN KITS. NARCAN IS THE SUBSTANCE THAT IMMEDIATELY BRINGS OVERDOSE VICTIMS BACK FROM THE EDGE OF DEATH. NARCAN CAN REVERSE THE EFFECTS OF HEROIN, OXYCODONE, MORPHINE AND OTHER OPIATES. THOUGH ASHLAND OFFICERS HAVE NOT YET USED THE SUBSTANCE, POLICE IN MEDFORD HAVE BEEN USING NARCAN SINCE JANUARY, AND HAVE BEEN ABLE TO SAVE AT LEAST 9 LIVES.
EAGLE POINT WILL WEIGH WITH CITIZENS WHETHER OR NOT, MARIJUANA SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO BE GROWN, PROCESSED AND SOLD WITHIN CITY LIMITS. AND IF SO, SHOULD IT BE TAXED? EAGLE POINT CITY COUNCIL WILL HOLD PUBLIC HEARINGS AT 6PM ON TUESDAY IN THE COUNCIL CHAMBERS.
A MAN FROM ROGUE RIVER IS LOOKING AT ROBBERY AND BURGLARY CHARGES, FOR BREAKING INTO A HOUSE, AND ALLEGEDLY STRIKING A RESIDENT WITH A GUN, BREAKING OUT THE MAN’S TEETH. 32 YEAR OLD CHRISTOPHER VINAS PLEADED NOT GUILTY TO TWO COUNTS OF FIRST-DEGREE ROBBERY, TWO COUNTS OF SECOND-DEGREE ROBBERY AND FIRST DEGREE BURGLARY. VINAS ALLEGEDLY BROKE A WINDOW AND ENTERED A HOUSE AND MENACED THE PEOPLE INSIDE. 27 YEAR OLD COREY BLAKEY WAS ALLEGEDLY STRUCK IN THE MOUTH BY VINAS, BREAKING OUT THREE OF HIS TEETH. VINAS IS LODGED IN JACKSON COUNTY JAIL, ON $250,000 BAIL.
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What would you think about a Speaker of the House Greg Walden? Congressman Greg Walden reportedly says he'd accept being Speaker of the House if Paul Ryan says no, and the votes are there. Ryan says he doesn't want the gig, it's still up in the air at this point. Greg's a moderate Republican choice, and it certainly wouldn't hurt Oregon's legislative pull. The conservatives revolted, so Boehner's out, then McCarthy bows out, but a full blown conservative Speaker is a tall order. Understand I'm speaking of practical politics, which is the art of the possible.
BTW, I can't help but think that part of McCarthy taking himself out of consideration was Kevin going on the talk shows and throwing Gowdy's Benghazi Committee under the bus a few days back. He alluded that the Committee was formed to squash Hillary's chances, which had Gowdy FUMING, given Gowdy had worked his butt off to keep politics out of it
IGNORING THE CONSPIRACY IN PLAIN SIGHT
I interviewed Jesse Ventura for a few minutes on Friday's show, and it left a bad taste in my mouth. He writes a book "American Conspiracies" rightly pointing out the many hidden in plain sight government abuses and conspiracies. However, he's a total lay down on climate change, completely drinking the Kool-Aid.
In his book he claims that the push back against human-caused global warming alarmists is strictly a function of the oil companies and the Koch brothers. Granted, they'd have an interest in not demonizing their industries, and pay for people and organizations to counter the green agenda..
But then I pointed out to Ventura what I think is the biggest conspiracy of them all...the technocrats pushing everyone into the Gang Green administrative state one-world centralized command and control of people, land, energy, and resources...Transforming the economy from capitalism to sustainable development, controlled by U.N. agreements. Their only solution to climate change is destroying property rights, individual rights, and ceding sovereignty to a one world super state.
Ventura said that he wasn't advocating this, but said that maybe this is just part of humans evolving. Are you SERIOUS, governor? You think a human is born today not wanting or needing freedom, but is born only to lick the boot of an Orwellian super state? That's what we've evolved to?
Human history is filled with our continual struggle against bullies. Whether it was warlords of old, to struggling against the monarchies, millions murdered by big fascist/communist governments of the 20th and 21st century. A handful of governments, United States certainly the "star", had the right idea about the respect for the individual, freedom, and property rights. But now we're supposedly born to be ruled by the enviro SUPER kings and their green corporate bullies?
We are truly fools if we fall prey to this scam.
OUR FIRST "RANDOM ACT OF PASTA WINNER!"
Congratulations to Ralph Browning, our latest winner of "Random Act of Pasta". Dropped of 4 yummy dinners including breadsticks from Olive Garden Italian Kitchen! Chris Erno nominated Ralph on KMED.Com and adds that Ralph volunteers every day at St. Vincent de Paul. Nominate someone that you think deserves a great meal on KMED.Com and we could be deliverin their meals this Thursday!
BILL'S GUESTS FOR 10-12-15
6:35 Dale Matthews at BadCounty.com - No Matter What You Think You Hear, True Believers
Demand You're Wrong and Nothing Like This Was Said
The Drill Doctor
(and Darex Corporation)
By Dennis Powers
The creation of the company name, Darex, by itself indicates a family-oriented business--and one that has continued to grow due to innovation.
Started in Illinois in 1973, the “D,” “A,” and “R” in Darex represent the then three generations of the Bernard family: David, Arthur, and Richard. Dave and his father Richard (Dick) founded Darex. Grandfather Arthur Bernard had before started the Bernard Welding Company and contributed his backing and guidance. It began by manufacturing industrial drill-bit sharpeners, and after six years, the family in 1979 moved the operations to Ashland.
Having earned a bachelor’s degree from the Illinois Institute of Technology, Dick Bernard was technically astute for the company’s market. With son Dave, they worked hard at the business and also in their commitments to the community. By 1994, the company employed a full-time staff of 100 and another 20 temporary workers during its peak fourth-quarter production.
In 1996, its industrial drill-bit sharpening equipment was selling very well, both domestically and overseas, and Darex added 20,000 square feet to double the size of its plant at 20 Hersey Street in Ashland. Oregon Business magazine listed it that year in 17th place among the 100 top places to work in Oregon. Although its sales were $9 million in 1996--up 10% from the previous years--the company believed it needed to diversify into the do-it-yourself or home market and was actively developing a product to accomplish this.
That same year, the company donated $55,000 to the campaign to build a seasonal ice-skating rink in Lithia Park. When the rink opened that winter, they were the principal benefactors: Having skated during the cold Midwest winters, they liked the idea of continuing this in Southern Oregon. The rink was then named the “Darex Family Ice Skating Rink.” The Ashland Rotary Club in 2008 donated $50,000 to the city to upgrade the ice-skating rink, and the facility became the “Ashland Rotary Centennial Ice Rink,” to acknowledge its centennial. The family supported the gift and name change.
In 1997, the Ashland Chamber of Commerce honored Dick Bernard as its Citizen of the Year for his community work. Among those civic commitments were being on the boards of the Ashland Chamber, Ashland YMCA, Ashland Community Hospital Foundation, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and the Rotary Foundation. His wife, Marge, and daughter-in-law, Jean, accepted the award on his behalf, as he and his son, company president Dave Bernard, were headed to Germany for an international trade show.
One year later, Darex released its famous Drill Doctor, a drill sharpener for the home market. Over the next five years, this product became a household name throughout the country, aided in part by a million-dollar advertising campaign on Paul Harvey’s radio show, “News and Comment.” The sales for this tool by itself surpassed $3 million in 2003. Darex continued to develop new products, including for the manufacturing of knife sharpeners for outdoorsmen.
Dave Bernard was active as well in community affairs. He and his wife teamed up as co-founders with Sharon and John Javna to bring Ashland’s ScienceWorks to a reality. Opening in December 2002, ScienceWorks is called one of the country’s best small science museums with nearly 100 interactive exhibits on different scientific principles. He also became involved in boards, including receiving in 2008 the Ashland Community Hospital Foundation’s Distinguished Service Award, for his services to the hospital and foundation. In 2000, he had been elected to the Ashland Community Hospital Board, was Board Chairman, and served for nine years.
While the Bernards were active civically and business-wise, the nation’s economy crumpled in 2008 and on with home-building and improvements especially hurt. Darex’s industrial sales were adversely affected and the company had to tighten its belt, including cutting its employment. After five years of research, the company introduced its “Work Sharp Knife and Tool Sharpener” in 2010, marketed primarily to outdoorsmen, which was also successful. Workers were hired back and bonuses again paid.
As Darex moved ahead with its different sharpening products, the company proudly announced in 2013 that Dave’s son, Matthew Bernard, was running the company’s operations. The then 31-year-old Matt was the fourth generation to lead the firm. It is rare to continue a business for generations as this family has. Matt began learning the business during his middle-school years by sweeping floors and taking out the trash. Continuing through high school and while studying at Southern Oregon University, he worked in marketing, sales, and product development, learning the business from the ground-floor up. He was ready. (Matt Bernard is also on the Ashland YMCA’s board of directors.)
Over time, Darex has grown to manufacture the world’s best-selling industrial drill sharpeners, as well as a full range of commercial and consumer sharpening products--and for over 40 years.
Sources: See Darex, generally, at Darex and “Darex: About Darex,” at Background; Peter Wong, “Chamber honors Darex co-founder,” Mail Tribune, September 12, 1997, at Dick Bernard Honored and Background; Julie French, “Rotary donates $50,000 to ice rink,” Mail Tribune, November 21, 2008, at Ashland Ice Rink;Mail Tribune, “Every Little Bit Helped,” April 14, 2010, at The Drill Doctor; Greg Stiles, “Sharpener lifts Darex out of slump,” Mail Tribune, December 22, 2010, at New Products; Greg Stiles, “All in the family: 4th generation takes over Darex,” Ashland Daily Tidings, February 22, 2013, at Fourth Generation.
TAKING THE VAN OUT FOR SOME FUN ON VACATION
Here's a shot of our now BEAUTIFUL Vanagon (Thanks to Lithia Body and Paint) as I hit the road late last week. I camped near Meridian Overlook way past Mt. Ashland. Whoa, it was SO cold. I woke up Friday morning to ice on the van's windows, and chattering teeth. I guess that's life at the 6500 foot elevation, huh? Hiked to the top of Red Mountain near Wrangle Cap off PCT, and there was so much cloud cover. You stood on the peak, and the clouds just surrounded you, really cold once again, but it was great to get in a late season camp. Next time I'll remember the propane heater. :-)
How Does Your Garden Grow?
Jul 29, 2011 10:12am
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Minding Your Money
Jul 29, 2011 10:19am
Solid advice and information during these unsettling times...Doug Stone from Seacrest Wealth Management will show you how to practically manage your finances and keep more of your hard-earned dollar! Saturday morning at 11:00 on KMED.
The Right Buy
Jul 29, 2011 10:47am
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