Community Notebook

Independence can be gosh-darned proud of mayor John McArdle.

McArdle honored by peers

INDEPENDENCE -- Mayor John McArdle was honored by his peers at the Oregon Mayors Assocation Summer Conference in July.

McArdle received an Award of Merit during the annual Mayor's Leadership Award ceremony, which recognizes the contributions by mayors to their communities.

McArdle was lauded for his role in several revitalization projects that have taken place in Independence since he began his stint as mayor eight years ago, including:

* redevelopment of the historic downtown;

* construction of the public library and Independence Amphitheater;

* helping to lure Medallion Cabinetry into the city, creating an influx of new jobs

Gold Beach Mayor Karl Popoff, Milwaukie Mayor Jim Bernard and Talent Mayor Marian Telerski were also honored at the event.


Evening goes to the dogs

INDEPNDENCE -- On Saturday, August 19,the Willamette Humane Society is holding a dog-riented film festival at Riverview Park in Independence. The goal is to raise money for adoption programs.

There will be booths to tempt pooches and their people, and beginning at 8:45 p.m. a series of short films will be shown. All the films are about dogs.

"This is a really great event for a really good cause, and the films are just adorable," said Denise Swanson, Willamette Humane Society customer service manager.

There is a $5 adult admission fee and a $3 children's fee. Dogs get in free.

There will food for dogs and humans, and various other dog-focused vendors.

For more information: or 503-585-5900, extension 660.


Calling all CES alums

MONMOUTH -- A Campus Elementary School (CES) reunion and potluck luncheon will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 12 at Monmouth Senior Center, 180 Warren St. S.

The event is for all those who attended the former school where kindergarten through sixth grade student teachers where trained on the Western Oregon University campus grounds.

All staff, families and friends of CES are invited to visit and catch up. Table service and beverages will be provided.

Attendees, with last names A-F, should bring a main dish; G-K, a salad; L-R, a side dish; and S-Z, a dessert.

All are encouraged to bring photos, scrapbooks and memorabilia to share.

A hat will be passed to help defray expenses.

For more information and to RSVP: Rosie Lieuallen at 503-838-3777 or


Roth investigation continues

DALLAS -- The case involving Dallas Police Detective Scott Roth, who was arrested for tampering with evidence and stealing from evidence lockers, has been moved to Marion County.

Roth was arrested on Thursday, July 20, as part of an internal investigation and audit of a missing Dallas Police Department Case file. Officials determined that Roth mishandled evidence, including drugs and cash.

Polk County District Attorney John Fisher decided to refer the case to a special prosecutor, because Roth is well known in the county and within the DA's office.

Marion County Deputy District Attorney Jodie Bureta has been assigned to Roth's case, but is still uncertain what charges she will bring against him.

"It's still being investigated, so we haven't decided on formal charges yet. The charges that the police housed him on were just the initial charges. I won't decide what I'm going to do until the investigation is complete," Bureta said.

Roth was booked at the Polk County Jail,and was released a few hours later when he posted $27,500 bail. He has been placed on administrative leave from the city.


Gospel Jubilee is Saturday

INDEPENDENCE -- The second annual Gospel Jubilee event is scheduled for 4 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 12, at the Riverview Park amphitheater. Music will include Southern Godsel, small bands and a capella singers.

Food booths will be open. For more information: Rick Gydesen at 503-838-4912.


Polk SWCD annual event set

RICKREALL -- Polk Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) will hold its 40th anniversary, annual meeting and volunteer recognition at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 24 at Polk County Fairgrounds, 520 Pacific Highway.

The public is invited to attend.

Chef Matthew Mann will prepare the dinner with local food items donated by Polk County producers. Attendees are asked to bring a dessert to share.

The evening will include a brief overview of the year's activities, the awards presentation and door prizes.

To RSVP by Friday, Aug. 18, call Polk SWCD at 503-623-9680 or stop by the office, 580 Main St., Suite A in Dallas.


New evidence cited

FALLS CITY -- Polk County Deputy District Attorney Tim Park has been assigned Darla William's official misconduct investigation.

Williams, the former Falls City City reporter and finance officer, was arrested in May for theft and official misconduct.

No official charges were brought and the case stalled.

"We didn't have any new information there for a while, and it looked like we wouldn't press charges. But (now) we have have new evidence," Park said.

He declined to comment on the nature of that evidence, since an investigation is still being conducted.

Williams is currently on administrative leave from the city.


Two win ag scholarships

POLK COUNTY -- Jenny Freeborn of Monmouth and Kyle Henrikson of Monmouth have received awards from the Oregon Farm Bureau Memorial Scholarship fund. Freeborn, a graduate student in agriculture economics at University of California-Davis, receiuved $1,000, and Henrikson, a graduate student in veterinary medicine at Oregon State University, received $750.


Biller finishes training

Air Force Airman 1st Class Justin Z. Biller graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. Biller, of Grand Ronde, is a 2002 graduate of Willamina High School.


Kindergarten openings

DALLAS -- Faith Christian School has openings in its kindergarten class for the 2006-2007 school year. To register or for more information: 503-623-6632.


MOPS registration due

MONMOUTH -- Registration for Mothers of Preschool Children (MOPS), a parenting support group, is at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 12, at Monmouth Christian CHurch, 959 Church St. W. The group meets on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month. For more information: 503-838-1162.


Gospel duo to sing

DALLAS -- "Reflections of Love," a gospel duet of Ron and Kathy Green of Seattle, will perform a concert at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 13, at Dallas First Christian Church, 1079 SE Jefferson St. The couple recently released a single entitled "Person of Worth" from a new project "Show Me Thy Glory" on the Potter's Clay label.

For more information: 503-838-2569.



Gospel Singfest set

SHERIDAN -- The eighth annual Oregon Gospel Singfest will be from noon to 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 12, at Sheridan Church of the Nazarene, 917 Bridge St., just off Hwy 18.

Featured performing artists include the Arenas from Salem; the Premiers of Sheridan; Jerry Davis and Christian Folk of Portland; the Wilsons of Sweet Home; Jerry Ott (the Gloryland Traveler) of Eugene; Tom Moore of Winston; the Pierces of Central Point; Brenda Sowers of Woodland, Wash., and Ron and Kathy Green of Marysville, Wash.

Concessions will be available. Tickets are $7 for adults; and $5 for seniors and kids, 6 to 12. Tickets or more information: 503-843-3262, 503-843-7262 or 360-658-1922.



Judy Montgomery was misidentified with an incorrect first name in the Itemizer-Observer's Aug. 2 story about public comment at a Polk County road bond hearing. We regret the error.


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