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Coos Bay closes Central Avenue to remove sidewalk

COOS BAY — The City of Coos Bay will be closing Central Avenue between Broadway and Second Street from Tuesday, Jan. 16-Thursday, Jan. 18. The purpose of the road closure is to allow city maintenance crews to access to the American Building sidewalk, which will be removed.

For more information, contact the Public Works and Community Development Department at 541-269-8918.

Bethany Baker, The World 

The American Building sits on Central Avenue in downtown Coos Bay. In May 2016, several loose bricks fell from the century-old structure, forcing the city to cordon off a section of the street along with So It Goes Coffeehouse and American Family Insurance for three days.

Oregon Coast Community Action hosts a Winter Gathering at Egyptian Theatre

COOS BAY — Oregon Coast Community Action invites you to join them for the 2018 Winter Gathering from 1:15-5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 26, at The Egyptian Theatre in downtown Coos Bay.

Last year, you may have heard the amazing Dr. Donna Beegle. This year you'll hear a dynamic talk from Donna's cousin, Lynda Coates. 

Lynda has an authentic voice, born into generational poverty, who grew up homeless with her parents and five siblings. Her life began to change when at 15 years old she came to Portland, Ore. to live with her cousin, Donna Beegle, who at the time was a single mom struggling in poverty. Donna got connected to mentors and was encouraged to obtain a GED and eventually she earned a Doctorate degree. Witnessing Donna's journey, Lynda was influenced and guided by Donna who connected her to other mentors and resources that allowed her to obtain an education. 

RSVP to Rebecca Yaeger at or 541-435-7080, ext. 374. 

SWOCC cancels 2018 South Coast Writers Conference

BROOKINGS — Southwestern Oregon Community College has canceled this years South Coast Writers Conference, which had been originally scheduled for Feb. 16-17, in Brookings.

The college will return all funds from registrants, and thanks volunteers who worked in preparation for the event.

For more information, contact Karim Shumaker at 541-247-2741.