*School bond would hurt home sales*National Night Out resounding success*Felton best choice for district attorney*Writer misled in signing letter to I-O*Sounds of Summer hits the right note*More coverage of county needed*Butterfield would make good DA*Take hard look at DA candidates*Clarifying stand about racist motivesAugust 26, 2008 midnight read more..
FALLS CITY -- Falls City is one step closer to keeping students healthy. The school-based health center scheduled to be built at the grade school received grant money Aug. 1 for phase two of the project.August 26, 2008 midnight read more..
A story headlined "Property owners irked over Monmouth policy," which appeared on Page 1A of the Aug. 20 Itemizer-Observer, incorrectly reported that Monmouth City Councilor Chris Larsen dissented on an Aug. 5 resolution for funding of a proposed mural. Larsen voted in favor of the project. The I-O regrets the error.August 26, 2008 midnight read more..
DALLAS -- Seniors in Dallas are one step closer to their coveted senior center as an application for grant money is working through the system.August 26, 2008 midnight read more..
DALLAS -- A former Dallas liquor store operator pleaded no contest to two counts of aggravated theft in the first degree before a Polk County judge Aug. 21.August 26, 2008 midnight read more..
POLK COUNTY -- Area residents could have local restaurant inspection scores at the click of a button.August 26, 2008 midnight read more..
*Work on Stapleton road to continue*Deadline for garden workshop nearing*MINETannounces its prize winners*Library programs to resume Sept. 2*Polk Republicans to meet on Tuesday*Support group for grandparents set*Amateur radio training offered*Santiam Christian Cheif elected to postAugust 26, 2008 midnight read more..
DALLAS -- Days of the roller rink inside of The Majestic on Main Street may be gone, but the disco ball above the newly refinished dance floor still casts rotating flecks of light as a reminder.August 19, 2008 midnight read more..
DALLAS -- Rather than play mind-numbing video games in their air-conditioned homes, local teens braved the heat wave to help clean up the grounds at LaCreole Middle School.August 19, 2008 midnight read more..
Supplies, fees add up to hundredsAugust 19, 2008 midnight read more..
POLK COUNTY -- Some law enforcement officials in the county are frustrated with what they see as a lack of criminal prosecutions. They are pointing fingers at the district attorney's decision to reduce his work schedule.August 19, 2008 midnight read more..
*School bond will also cost renter*School bond plan would harm elderly*Bond passage will create hardships*Family thanks local 'angels' for help*Another reason to oppose bond*Resident thanks those who helped*Where does license plate money go?August 19, 2008 midnight read more..
The children of my sister, Nila Shellenbarger of Monmouth -- Larry and Mary Shellenbarger of Buena Vista, Bonnie and Marvin Seeman of Hemphill, Texas, and Lonnie Shellenbarger of Oregon City -- as well as myself wish to thank all the relatives, friends and neighbors who attended her memorial service at the Dallas Tribute Center Friday, Aug. 1, at 11 a.m.August 12, 2008 midnight read more..
DALLAS -- Two men from Dallas were sentenced earlier this month for their involvement in a drug trafficking case broken up this spring by the Polk County Interagency Narcotics Team.August 12, 2008 midnight read more..
DALLAS -- Angela Stockdall has been named the new chief financial officer and Wendy Crawford is the new controller for Dallas-based James W. Fowler Co.August 12, 2008 midnight read more..
8/13 No Child Left Behind -- How Polk County Schools FaredAugust 12, 2008 midnight read more..
MONMOUTH -- One last hearing remains, but it appears likely that Monmouth and Independence voters Nov. 4 will decide if they want to create a recreation district and if they want to finance it with a separate $7.25 million bond for a community fitness and swim center.August 12, 2008 midnight read more..
DALLAS -- The Dallas Community Foundation has been recognized by the Oregon Cultural Trust as an "eligible cultural organization."August 12, 2008 midnight read more..
RICKREALL -- The smell of fried foods, sugar, ketchup and a hint of livestock could only mean one thing -- the Polk County Fair was rockin' at the fairgrounds.August 12, 2008 midnight read more..
The No Child Left Behind act, signed into law in 2001, holds all public school districts accountable for its reading and math scores, plus attendance and graduation rates. Schools must get every group of students, including special education and minority students, as well as those learning English as a second language, to pass state tests at a set percentage (60 percent in 2007-08). Schools that fail in any area are rated inadequate and placed on "watch" lists.August 12, 2008 midnight read more..
The Ol' Swimming HoleAugust 5, 2008 midnight read more..
"It was moving slowly until we heard from the Guard. That was the catalyst" -- Shawn Irvin, City of IndependenceAugust 5, 2008 midnight read more..
Don Carmichael Jr. has been promoted to the position of site manager at the Dallas branch of Garten Services Inc. Carmichael previously worked for the group's recycling division. Garten is a Salem-based not-for-profit established in 1970 that provides vocational and retirement services to more than 500 adults with developmental disabilities and long-term mental illness. The Dallas branch is located at 888 SE Monmouth Cutoff.August 5, 2008 midnight read more..
In a story headlined "Recreation district qualifies for ballot," which appeared on Page 1A of the July 30 Itemizer-Observer, it was incorrectly stated that the proposal had qualified for the November ballot. The city of Monmouth must still pass a resolution approving inclusion in such a district, while the Polk County Board of Commissioners must finalize legal descriptions and boundaries of the measure. The I-O regrets the error.August 5, 2008 midnight read more..
*Informed decision vital on rec center*Television ruined by mindless shows*Dallas school bond alternatives offered*Don't be a school food about bond*Roadfunding effort appreciated AOI*Summer Blast gets a big thank you*Rotary Club thanks park event helpersAugust 5, 2008 midnight read more..