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fight drug use

Since our levy to contract with the Polk County Sheriff's Department for police coverage of Falls City failed the citizens of town are forming a neighborhood watch group.

With the help of the Sheriff's Department we will volunteer to help fight drugs and crime in our town and neighborhoods.

My family is personally involved because drugs have stolen someone I love from me.

This boy is bright, beautiful and gifted. He is also hooked on inhalants, marijuana, acid and abusive substances I've never even heard of.

I likened his journey into drugs as the fabled Pinocchio -- the innocent wooden head -- trying to become a real boy and being lured off to Pleasure Island by the miscreants to make a jackass out of himself. He won't work. He will steal, however.

I've given up on this 19-year-old after a four-year struggle. He has made up his mind to go against everything decent he has been taught and that has been instilled into his upbringing.

Perhaps, by his making a jackass out of himself, the other children in his family will feel the low road isn't so glamorous as the pushers who frequent our streets day and night have the whole picture painted.

The Neighborhood Watch group's first meeting will be Monday, Aug. 6 at the Falls City Fire Hall at 7 p.m. People of all ages will be welcome. Our town is too small to be overrun by drug use and drug dealers.

The premise of our group will be to take license numbers from cars who frequent known drug houses. The rough estimation is that one in five houses has had something to do with drugs: selling, using, manufacturing or a family member who is or has been lost in the nightmare world of drugs.

With enough concerned citizens participating from all sections of town we can keep the Sheriff's Department informed as to who is where and when. How frequently and the duration of the visits to certain houses. There will be no need for the citizens to interfere with the drug deals and dealers. We are only to report what we suspect and the Sheriff's Department will take it from there.

As for my loved one, jail hasn't seemed to phase him. He has fought going to rehab. His probation officer is at her wits end with him too.

Our only recourse in protecting the children in town is to help in reporting to the Sheriff what we see. We are hoping this partnership will prove to be the answer to, at least, tell the people who think it is cool to be stoned or high: Not in Falls City! Don't infect our children! They need to understand that just because we don't come right out and say something to them about their choice of life style isn't that we aren't stupid…only courteous. Big difference. When it hits so close to my clan, the courtesy stops here.

Glenda Williams

Falls City

Spectacular bike rodeo

Monmouth and Independence public libraries held a bike rodeo on July 23. More than 120 children participated.

Robin Puccetti, Patty Rodriguez and Diane Adams would like to express our sincere thanks to Jon of Jon's Bike Station for his tremendous job of inspecting bikes. He and his assistant Josh worked tirelessly in the sun for almost three hours inspecting and providing minor repairs to many bikes.

He offered coupons off the price of new bikes and generously donated time to those whose bikes needed repairs.

State Farm Insurance and the local office of Mike Eckman provided the Good Neigh-Bear and supplies to run the rodeo.

We would also like to thank the Monmouth and Independence Police departments for the officers and cadets who registered bikes, helped kids properly adjust their helmets, and offered raffle prizes.

Thanks are also due to the teens who helped us run the stations and helped the kids through the rodeo. Thank you Miranda, Pete, Sarah, Stephen and Tyra.

Thank you again to all in this community who reached out and helped us put on a fun, educational event for children.

Diane Adams

Robin Puccetti

Patty Rodriguez

Monmouth and Independence Public Libraries

Monmouth and Independence

Bill Hill innocent

In January 2000, so many of us read in the newspaper or saw on television that William Hill was arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting a minor child.

There was by some a rush to judgment, but many of us knew it could not be true.

Now, after 19 months of being in jail, Bill finally had his days in court. The process to reach trial took so long because Bill would not plea bargain and say he was guilty. Over and over, he was badgered and coerced. Trials were postponed and Bill was even offered a plea of no contest. Bill repeatedly refused and asked for a continuance of trial. He knew he was innocent of the charge.

Bill finally got to trial and he was his own lawyer. He was refused a lawyer to defend him because he had repeatedly fired those lawyers who sought plea bargains from him. The cost to Bill and family was more than $35,000 and heartache.

Two weeks ago, after 19 months in jail and $35,000 poorer, Bill defended himself. The jury found him -- not guilty. (For more information, log on to www.helpbillhill.com).

To his friends and acquaintances who staunchly stood by us, may I say, "Thank you."

Go in to your church with your heads held high and pray for forgiveness for those of so little faith, who let down a friend.

Lots of luck to you Bill Hill and family. We all love you.

Eileen Gride


Thanks from Weekday Bible School

Weekday Bible School participated in the Summerfest parade and we just want to say a big "thank you" to the following businesses and individuals who helped make it possible.

First of all, thank you to Carl and Patty Van Well for the use of their truck, for the Van Well building to set up and store our float in, the beautiful flower planters displayed on our float, and all the support and helpful advice they gave us! Also, a big thank you to Mike Breeden from Van Well's who drove the truck.

Thanks also to Fran Stuck, whose wonderful artistic talents created the hand-painted signs for the float; Valley Life Center, for the use of their two hand-designed palm trees; and Dallas Sign Company who designed the great looking sign for the end of the float.

Last, but not least, the 25 children (and families who brought them dressed in costumes from different countries) who portrayed the theme, "He's Got the Whole World In His Hands".

We couldn't have done it without all of your help and support. Many thanks.

Elaine Wilson

Elementary Coordinator and Weekday School of the Bible Council

Days of innocence

Some "back-East" newspapers reported on an incident that can be summed up quickly with just the facts

Someone reported a female on a front lawn without any clothes on.

The person who responded to investigate found that indeed that was happening. It happened when a 2-year-old girl was changing from her nightie to her play-clothes that her little kitty went out the door to the front yard. The little 2-year-old went out and retrieved her cat. It took three or four minutes.

But, a school bus went by in the end of that time zone. So, they suspect it was the driver of the bus who reported the little girl, assuming she bent over to get the kitten and mooned a school bus full of kids.

Yep, an innocent 2-year old sweetie brings clean laughter to this Willamette Valley, many miles away.

I don't suppose there'd be a mom or dad who would say guilty. Just smile and relive a few memories of your own.

Don Olander



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