Weekly Clips for May 16

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Ribbons of light dance across southern Willamette Valley skies
EUGENE — Likely a once-in-a-lifetime event for many Oregonians, a natural phenomenon was seen illuminating the skies late Friday evening, May 10, until the wee hours of Saturday, May 11.…
Ribbons of light dance across southern Willamette Valley skies
EUGENE — Likely a once-in-a-lifetime event for many Oregonians, a natural phenomenon was seen illuminating the skies late Friday evening, May 10, until the wee hours of Saturday, May 11.…
Take Care: Increased youth suicide rates stress need for open dialogue
Editor’s Note: In recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month, this is Part 3 of a month-long series centering around the many facets of mental health from community, to crime, to…
Take Care: Increased youth suicide rates stress need for open dialogue
Editor’s Note: In recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month, this is Part 3 of a month-long series centering around the many facets of mental health from community, to crime, to…
Saluting a long, prosperous life: Heyman nears 100th birthday, honors start rolling in
CRESWELL – Richard Heyman has pretty much seen it all … and lived to tell about it. PHOTO PROVIDEDFormer Air Force Col. Richard Heyman before the Oregon Ducks’ annual spring…
Saluting a long, prosperous life: Heyman nears 100th birthday, honors start rolling in
CRESWELL – Richard Heyman has pretty much seen it all … and lived to tell about it. PHOTO PROVIDEDFormer Air Force Col. Richard Heyman before the Oregon Ducks’ annual spring…
Creswell GOAT takes over Billies basketball program
PLEASANT HILL – Luke Jackson – perhaps best known locally as the leader to Creswell’s state 2000 basketball title, in addition to the school’s all-time leading scorer – is the…
Creswell GOAT takes over Billies basketball program
PLEASANT HILL – Luke Jackson – perhaps best known locally as the leader to Creswell’s state 2000 basketball title, in addition to the school’s all-time leading scorer – is the…
Primary Election ’24: In their own words: D-12, D-7 & Springfield City Council candidates
In their own words As part of its nonpartisan approach to political coverage, The Chronicle does not endorse candidates; instead, it offers candidates equal opportunity to share their messagetheir own…
Primary Election ’24: In their own words: D-12, D-7 & Springfield City Council candidates
In their own words As part of its nonpartisan approach to political coverage, The Chronicle does not endorse candidates; instead, it offers candidates equal opportunity to share their messagetheir own…

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Hanmadang: Competition, creativity meet on the mat

Bryson Gordon, a MooDo Taekwondo student, demonstrates a flying side kick during the 2024 Oregon State Hanmadang at the Bob Keefer Center last weekend. The 5th-annual Hanmadang hosted a martial arts expo on Friday and tournament on Saturday, with multiple Star Wars themed events for May 4. The event is put on each year by Tim Greathouse, owner of Eugene’s MooDo Taekwondo and the Oregon president of the U.S. Taekwondo Committee.

By Ryland Bickley
The Chronicle 

SPRINGFIELD – Hanmadang is a Korean word with an English translation close to “festival” or “all are welcome.” It’s also the namesake for the 2024 Oregon State Hanmadang, a nonprofit martial arts tournament that ran Friday-Saturday in Springfield’s Bob Keefer Center. Competitors entered from across Oregon and beyond to participate in a variety of non-sparring activities. 

Promoted as the track-and-field of the martial arts world, the event lived up to its billing. Much like a track meet, the center often had multiple events taking place at once, with seven stages available as some of the best martial artists in the area, young and old, competed. 

“It’s a lot of fun. It brings the community together and it brings up people from other areas to be able to showcase what’s around here,” said Kristian Villa, an event volunteer and Springfield resident. A number of local martial arts schools participated, including Springfield’s East-West Kung Fu. 

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