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Healing through helping

Debbie McCleery created Kindness Club when she decided the best healing was through helping.

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Gordon gets crash course as mayor

Jeremy Gordon isn’t used to his new title yet.

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DHS, business leaders want to collaborate

If the education and business leaders developing Dallas High School’s career and technical education program have their way, all the work done in the last year is just the tip of the iceberg.

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Darr shares journey ‘From City Lights to Majestic View’

Deb Darr lives on a farm in Falls City. She has animals, tends a large garden, cans, bakes, and does all the things a farm woman does. You may never guess she was from the bustling Bay Area.

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A second chance

MONMOUTH — From the moment he finished his senior season at Western Oregon in 2016, Devon Alexander has had his sight set on playing professional basketball — no matter where in the world it would take him.

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PREP BOYS BASKETBALL: Dragons look to toughen up

DALLAS — Dallas’ boys basketball coach Trent Schwartz had one message for his players: It’s time to get tough.


    What’s your resolution?

    The Itemizer-Observer is collecting New Year’s resolutions, and we want to know what you hope to accomplish in 2018.

    Holiday planning should include fire safety

    State fire marshal Jim Walker urges citizens to remember fire prevention and safety when decorating and entertaining during the holidays.

    Police report

    Police report for Dec. 13

    Focus groups inconclusive

    Focus groups evaluating plans to build an all-in-one public safety building in Dallas didn’t provide much insight into how voters would respond if the Dallas City Council put the proposal on the ballot.




Event to refocus on homelessness

When the organizers of the Polk County Homeless Connect event announced they had decided to refocus on those who are already homeless — away from also aiding those who are considered “at risk” of homelessness — it is understanding they would get some push back from those hurting in our communities.


Letters to the editor for Dec. 13

The doctor is in

Screening reduces cancer risk

Colon cancer is one of the most common cancers.


Letters to the editor for Dec. 6

Sometimes it really does take a village

As we are busy investigating our local Community Champions, digging up all the good things our neighbors are doing in our communities, organizations and groups in Dallas, Falls City, Independence and Monmouth are putting the finishing touches on plans to host Santa and light trees.


Letters to the editor for Nov. 29


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