Virgie Bennison, 89, died on Jan. 27 at home with her family around her.obit-bennisonbw.jpg

She was born on April 30, 1919, in Romance, Mo., to Cicero and Ollie Nance. In 1929, she moved with her family to Burns, where she attended school.

On Aug. 26, 1939, she married Howard “Smokey” Bennison.

Bennison had many things she enjoyed during her life. She loved gardening, playing cards at family gatherings, camping and fishing, bowling, and she especially enjoyed going to the casino. She loved baking and cooking and she cherished her cow collection, always making a place in her home for them.

Bennison also loved spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Bennison is survived by her husband of 69 years, Smokey Bennison; and children, Gary Bennsion and wife, Valerie, and Nancy Ray and husband, Garry.

She is also survived by grandchildren, Ted Bennison and wife, Beth and Tonya Fox and husband, Ron; great-grandchildren, Catherine and Jonathan Bennison; niece, Sandy Joanik; nephew, Dennis Maw; and numerous other nieces and nephews.

A funeral service was held on Feb. 2 at Pioneer Presbyterian Church.

Contributions in Bennison’s memory may be made to the Harney County Senior and Community Services Center or Harney County Home Health in care of LaFollette’s Chapel, P.O. Box 488, Burns, OR 97720.


Harney County Watershed Council meeting for June will be moved from June 17 to June 27.

Harney County Library Foundation meets the third Tuesday of each month at 5:30 p.m.

Sylvia Rebekah Lodge meets the first and third Tuesday of each month at the I.O.O.F. Hall, 348 North Broadway, at 6:30 p.m.

The American Legion Harney County Post #63 meets at the National Guard Armory, the third Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m.

Harney County Library Foundation board of directors meets the third Tuesday of each month at the library, 80 West D St., at 5:30 p.m.

The Chamber Orchestra meets the first and third Tuesday of each month in the Burns High School band room, 1100 Oregon Avenue, from 7-8:30 p.m. with Ken Peckham directing.

Tai Chi is held every Tuesday at the Harney County Senior and Community Services Center, from 9:30-10:30 a.m. All ages are welcome to participate.

Alcoholics Anonymous holds an open meeting each Tuesday at Foursquare Church, at 7 p.m.


Burns Sportsman Club will present Twilight Trap Practice every Wednesday night, beginning on June 4 from 5-7 p.m. at the shooting facility on Radar Hill. Members and non-members are welcome to participate.

Burns-Hines School District 3 budget committee will meet at 7 p.m., at the District Office, 550 N. Court Avenue.

A book club for fifth- through eighth-grade students is held each Wednesday at the Harney County Library, from 10:30-11:30 a.m.

All businesses and potential businesses in Harney County are invited to participate in the monthly meeting of the Harney County Business Roundtable at the Education Service District’s meeting room the first Wednesday of each month from 7:30-9 a.m. A table will be available for distribution of brochures and business cards.

Harney County Court meets the first and third Wednesday of each month at the Harney County Courthouse, 450 North Buena Vista, at 10 a.m.
Storytime for preschoolers is held Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. at the Harney County Library.

Burns Fire Dept. meets each Wednesday at the Burns Fire Hall at 7 p.m.

Burns Elks Lodge, 118 North Broadway, meets each Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Alcoholics Anonymous meets each Wednesday at the Foursquare Church at 7 p.m.


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Three members of the Crane track team were among the 18 competitors at the annual decathlon competition held at Sweet Home High School on Friday and Saturday, March 28-29.

The Mustangs’ Matt Holloway placed second overall with 5,215 points, Jordan Conaway placed third with 4,785 points and Jeran Conaway was eighth with 4,033 points.

The overall winner was Dakotah Keys of Sweet Home, who was a national champion last year as a freshman.

The individual results for the three Crane athletes in each event are as follows:

100 meters — Jo. Conaway 12.2; Holloway 12.4; Je. Conaway12.8.
Long jump — Jo. Conaway 19’11.5”;  Holloway 18’0.5”; Je. Conaway 16’10.25”.
Shot put — Holloway 36’2.5”; Jo. Conaway 31’6.25”;  Je. Conaway 31’4.75”.
High jump — Jo. Conaway 5’10.75”; Je. Conaway 5’3”; Holloway 4’7”.
400m — Holloway 55.8; Jo. Conaway 57.7; Je. Conaway 58.7.
110m hurdles — Jo. Conaway 17.3; Holloway 17.9; Je. Conaway 20.4.
Discus — Holloway 116’3”; Je. Conaway 96’8”;      Jo. Conaway 66’10”.
Pole vault — Holloway 12’11.25”; Jo. Conaway 10’2”; Je. Conaway 9’2.25”.
Javelin — Holloway 147’5”; Je. Conaway 125’8”;    Jo. Conaway 114’11”.
1500m — Holloway 4:57.20; Jo. Conaway 5:23.10; Je. Conaway 5:50.50


Clara Howard, 57, died on March 15.obit-howard.jpg

She was born in Burns and was a resident of Sun Valley, Nev.

Howard is survived by her husband, Bill, of 41 years; daughter, Teresa (Chris) and Paul; two grandchildren; two sisters; numerous nieces and nephews; and many caring friends.

At Howard’s request, in lieu of flowers, contributions are appreciated in her memory to the Veteran’s Guest House, 990 Locust St., Reno, NV 89502.

A reception in Howard’s memory will be held March 28 at the Reno Elks Lodge from noon to 3 p.m.


A Parkinson’s Disease Support Group meets the second Thursday of each month at the Harney County Senior Center, at 10:30 a.m. For more information, call Mike at 573-6914.

The local chapter of the Oregon Veterans Motorcycle Association (OVMA) meets at Egans, on Highway 20 in Hines, the second Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. The OVMA was established to promote Veterans, Veterans issues and motorcycling. The public is welcome to attend. As weather permits they will be conducting weekend motorcycle runs throughout the local area.

The Prescription Assistance program through the Harney County Senior and Community Services Center is held each Thursday, from 1-3 p.m. Call Selena Westlake at 573-6024 to make an appointment.

Chamber Music Bell Choir meets each Thursday at 6:30 p.m., at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 393 West A. Street. Bell ringers are being recruited. For information, call Carol Sawyer, 573-6886.

Tai Chi is held every Thursday at the Harney County Senior and Community Services Center, from 9:30-10:30 a.m. All ages are welcome to participate.

Kiwanis Club of Burns-Hines meets for a no-host luncheon each Thursday at Glory Days Pizza, 690 Oregon Ave., at noon.

Take Off Pounds Sensibly meets each Thursday at Hines City Hall, 101 East Barnes, at noon. Call 573-2896.

The Boys & Girls Club holds karaoke each Thursday. Members of all ages are welcome to join Hanna in the education room for a program that promotes the art of singing, as well as a fun way to practice reading skills.

Teen Night is held at The Boys & Girls Club each Thursday, from 6-7 p.m. for all teenagers.

Alcoholics Anonymous meets each Thursday at the Foursquare Church, at 7 p.m.


Girl Scout Cookies will be on sale at Safeway, on March 14, from 2-7 p.m. To place an order for cookies, call Wendy Reid at 573-6404.

The Boys & Girls Club presents People in Uniform the 2nd and 4th Friday of the month, from 1-2:30 p.m. Professionals from around Harney County come give kids a peek into their profession.

Boxing is held each Friday from 2-4 p.m. at the Boys & Girls Club. The fundamentals of boxing are taught to kids. Permission slips must be turned in prior to participation in this program.

Hines Middle School Reading Club meets each Friday from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at the Harney County Library.

The Boys & Girls Club has the Club Bucks Store open each Friday. This is an incentive program in which members earn “club bucks” by doing good deeds and helping out around the club.

Alcoholics Anonymous meets every Friday at Foursquare Church at 7 p.m.


Girl Scout Cookies will be on sale at Big R, on March 15, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. To place an order for cookies, call Wendy Reid at 573-6404.

The First Pentecostal Church will hold a St. Patrick’s Day bake sale at Safeway on March 15, beginning at 9 a.m. Proceeds will go toward the building fund.

Seneca’s annual Bingo Fun Night will be held on Saturday, March 15, from 6-9 p.m., in the Seneca School gym. For more information, call 541-542-2542.

Alanon holds an open meeting each Saturday at Foursquare Church at 5:30 p.m.


The Chamber Music Society of Harney County will present a spring concert on Sunday, March 16, at 3 p.m., in the Burns High School cafetorium. The bell choir, vocal choir and orchestra will perform. Admission is free. A reception will follow. Everyone is welcome.

Alcoholics Anonymous meets every Sunday at Foursquare Church for 12X12 study, at 7 p.m.


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