Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Covering Dallas, Monmouth, Independence, Falls City and surrounding areas since 1868
DALLAS -- Was it a fire? Was it a bomb threat? No, it was a man high on drugs who allegedly decided to pull a second-floor fire alarm that forced evacuation of the Polk County Courthouse Wednesday afternoon.
DALLAS -- The sun dips lower, casting a warm glow in the sky as cars begin to trickle into the Motor-Vu Drive-In on an unseasonably hot evening last week.
A gift card sales campaign to purchase a new digital projector for the Dallas Fox Theatre -- and also the Star Theatre in Stayton -- is moving slower than owner Jeff Mexico had hoped.
POLK COUNTY -- Which election, November or May?
DALLAS -- A telephone survey conducted in Dallas this spring revealed surprisingly positive feedback from citizens interviewed about the community. City officials hope through examining the data and comments -- positive and negative -- Dallas can continue to post high marks with its residents.
MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- The Green Bag Food Project has taken all the hard work out of donating food.
POLK COUNTY -- An overestimation in revenues for the Polk County Mental Health and Health and Human Services departments has forced the county to eliminate 16 positions by the end of June.
INDEPENDENCE -- Hot summer nights, cold beer and some of the best live music in the state.
*Amphitheater open house is slated*Flag Day ceremony set for Friday*Road work means closures, delays*Dallas now offering online bill pay*City drinking water report available
DALLAS -- Grace Baptist Church of Dallas has brought Jeff Howard on board as its new associate pastor of worship.
DALLAS -- The Rev. David Hampton will conduct his final worship service at Dallas First Presbyterian Church, 879 S.W. Levens St., on Sunday.
FALLS CITY -- Family Academic Clubs and Enrichment for Success (FACES), Falls City School District's after-school program that just completed its fifth year, is at the end of it main source of grant funding.
DALLAS -- Two graduating classes have left Dallas High School since the state of Oregon has required students demonstrate an increasing number of "essential skills" before receiving their diplomas.
DALLAS -- Children 18 years of age and younger in Dallas School District can receive a free lunch on weekdays during the summer starting Monday and continuing through Aug. 23.
MONMOUTH -- Amanda Litzinger didn't need her family connections to get into Western Oregon University -- she just never had an inclination to go anywhere else.
The commencement ceremony for Western Oregon University's Class of 2013 will take place Saturday at 11 a.m. at McArthur Field in Monmouth.
INDEPENDENCE -- Empty hallways and classrooms are just another part of summer for a school; for Henry Hill Elementary, it means something else altogether.
*Summer theater camps on horizon*WOU plans summer campus tours*KVCS slates movie night fundraiser*Polk residents earn Corban degrees
DALLAS -- The case of a mother who is accused of disappearing with her daughter in the midst of a custody dispute more than 18 years ago has been assigned to Polk County Circuit Court Judge Norm Hill for the remainder of its court proceedings.
DALLAS -- A Dallas man will spend more than six years in prison after being sentenced for six crimes stemming from three separate cases.
*Timothy Neal Cooper*David Jerry Straight*Jaime Deanne Fletcher*Bradley David Allison*Brian Ray Dewitt