INDEPENDENCE -- Polk County residents are encouraged to turn their porch lights on, lock their doors and take a stand against crime by participating in "National Night Out Against Crime" on Tuesday, Aug. 5, at Riverview Park.July 29, 2008 midnight read more..
*Exhibitors will notice fair cuts*Ethanol not helping, but may be hurting*Liberals play race card with Obama*Photo of accident was in poor taste*Photo of accident scene uncalled for*Time is right for M-I rec center*Try going a few days without TV*Addiction help works for some*School officials do their best for us*Obama's 'change' is liberal agenda*School chief needs to open her earsJuly 29, 2008 midnight read more..
DALLAS -- The Dallas Police Department will be conducting the fifth of its seven scheduled pedestrian safety operations on Friday, Aug. 8, from 1 to 5 p.m. at Southwest Levens and Walnut streets.July 29, 2008 midnight read more..
Summertime in MI Town brings us the best of all possible worlds ... crisp and cool mornings, warm sunny afternoons, and what we wish could be endless twilight evenings for reading or relaxing after a busy day's work. As these wonderful days quickly fly by, we appreciate and enjoy them all the more.July 29, 2008 midnight read more..
*Recella Lillian Oscar Willis*Peggy Diane Hill*Reella Marie Wilson*Violet M. Hendry*Robert L. Hartney*Timmothy Ward Manker*Betty "Maxine" Craig*David Albright Taray*Mildred Lee Hoyle Bills*Della Ruby McDonald*Nila R. Shellenbarger*Art Higashi Sr.*Bill BurgettJuly 29, 2008 midnight read more..
DALLAS -- First Baptist Church of Dallas is celebrating 60 years in the community during August with a month of special events.July 29, 2008 midnight read more..
*Valsetz reunion set for Saturday*Sunday concert is at Main Street Park*DHS Class of '48 schedules reunion*CHS band selling snacks at concerts*Youth theater camp set for Central High*LAIF will meet Monday evening*Fundraiser will benefit WOU arts*Ugo's slates benefit night for Aug. 5*Class on making tiles set at WOU*Polk Democrats plan open house*Rickreall Grange swap meet due*Dallas girl part of competitionJuly 29, 2008 midnight read more..
DALLAS -- It's probably safe to say Dallas has never seemed so silly and downright ridiculous as it was last weekend.July 29, 2008 midnight read more..
Polk County Fair is Aug. 7-10 at the County Fairgrounds, 520 S Pacific Hwy (99W), RickreallJuly 29, 2008 midnight read more..
INDEPENDENCE -- Vendors and volunteers are still being sought to participate in the 2008 Hop & Heritage Festival in September.July 29, 2008 midnight read more..
DALLAS -- The Dallas Police Department is seeking applicants for reserve police officers.July 29, 2008 midnight read more..
MI Town's collective heart is broken yet again at the news of the death of another of our youngest and most precious children. The loss of a beloved child causes us all to reassess our beliefs, question our faith and cry out against such a tragedy. We all need to do whatever we can to help our friends and neighbors begin to cope with their profound losses, and to understand that their lives are forever changed. Our loving and caring community members must reach out and offer comfort and condolences to the grieving families and let them know we care.July 22, 2008 midnight read more..
The Polk County Itemizer-Observer received five awards during the 2008 Better Newspaper Contest, sponsored by the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association.July 22, 2008 midnight read more..
INDEPENDENCE -- When Lonnie Sanner and his family lived in Pratum in east Marion County during the 1970s, he became a volunteer EMT for the small community's rural fire station.July 22, 2008 midnight read more..
INDEPENDENCE -- The city of Independence would benefit from better maintenance of its old buildings and someday utilizing for development the waterfront where Valley Concrete currently operates.July 22, 2008 midnight read more..
POLK COUNTY -- Polk County officials have completed a budget revision that decreases operating revenue by nearly $1.6 million.July 22, 2008 midnight read more..
DALLAS -- A simple 100-year-old parade tradition has morphed into Dallas' Summerfest, and this year the clowns will keep festival-goers laughing nonstop as the city is "Clowning Around" for four days beginning Thursday.July 22, 2008 midnight read more..
POLK COUNTY -- West Salem resident Don Homuth has announced that he is running as an independent candidate for the Polk County Board of Commissioners.July 22, 2008 midnight read more..
INDEPENDENCE -- In the 1930s and 1940s, Independence was one of the largest hop-producers in the world. With Rogue Ale's lease of hop fields and plans for a possible pub in town, the glory days may be restored.July 22, 2008 midnight read more..
MONMOUTH -- The city of Monmouth will hold an orientation for City Council candidates at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 22, at Volunteer Hall, 144 S. Warren St.July 15, 2008 midnight read more..
DALLAS -- The facilities planning committee working on a proposed construction bond for the Dallas School District is collecting information and discussing costs to persuade the school board to place the measure on the November ballot.July 15, 2008 midnight read more..
RICKREALL -- Square and round dancers from throughout the Pacific Northwest will spend a weekend twirling in petticoats and prairie skirts at the 50th Oregon Summer Festival July 18-20 at the Polk County Fairgrounds.July 15, 2008 midnight read more..
Where the issue stands: Supporters of a porposed 51,000-square-fooot recreation center in Monmouth-Independence have until July 25 to obtain 1,081 signatures to place the matter on the November ballot. Meanwhile, opposition to the proposal continues to grow.July 15, 2008 midnight read more..
DALLAS -- Farmers and ranchers who would otherwise be ineligible for inclusion in federal disaster assistance programs can now take part by paying a fee, the United States Department of Agriculture's Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced this week.July 15, 2008 midnight read more..
*School supplies needed for kids*Obama campaign meets in Monmouth*Equine playday set at fairgrounds*Movie slated for Western's pool*Registrations taken for big car show*Baby-sitting class is set for Saturday*Veterans' job fair scheduled July 24*Valsetz reunion set for August*Churches team up to offer day camp*First Baptist schedules VBS*Donations sought to benefit VALOR*Central High site of driver's trainingJuly 15, 2008 midnight read more..
BUENA VISTA -- A dedication ceremony was held last weekend for Polk County Fire District No. 1's substation in Buena Vista.July 15, 2008 midnight read more..
INDEPENDENCE -- Though his office is small, drab and lacks even a single window, City Manager Greg Ellis said he rarely worries about the aesthetics of his job surroundings, subscribing instead to a "function-over-form" train of thought.July 8, 2008 midnight read more..
MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- At the Western Days parade staging area, Sharon Hopkins puts the finishing touches on Calvary Chapel's entry -- a lion-in-the-jungle scene for the church's summer bible school program, which she directs.July 8, 2008 midnight read more..
INDEPENDENCE -- Children begin trickling into the YMCA Pool off 5th Street as open swim begins on a hot afternoon last week. Independence Officer Jesse Poole rolls through as part of his bike patrol route, on the lookout for other cyclists.July 8, 2008 midnight read more..
DALLAS -- Bear, an 8-year-old golden retriever chow mix, couldn't handle the loud fireworks July 3, so she took a trip across town to find refuge.July 8, 2008 midnight read more..
*4-H deadline for county fair is Friday*Monmouth Library adds storytimes*ICAN youth craft program to begin*Volunteer training offered by hospice*Local coffee club to meet on Friday*CHS Class of '73 plans 25th reunion*Donations sought for local infants*Equine enthusiast speaks at benefit*Willamina farm on lavender tour*Pony event on tap at A Child's Haven*Alzheimer's group meets on Tuesdays*Caregivers class planned in Dallas*AARP offers driver safety program*CHS class plans 40-year reunionJuly 8, 2008 midnight read more..
MONMOUTH -- The controlled chaos of tuning instruments emanated from room 108 in Smith Music Hall at Western Oregon University one evening last week.July 1, 2008 midnight read more..
*Lyle "Lee" E. Pairan Jr.*Donald Ray Peyton*Victor "Vic" Alvin Satterlund*Brian "Ron" Behling*Tyler T. Rivera*R. Marjorie Mylnechuk Draper*William C. Parks*Ruth Isabelle Johnson*Theodore "Teddy" David Lincoln*Ernest "Ernie" Clinton LukinJuly 1, 2008 midnight read more..
On a bright and sunny afternoon last week, many people from MI Town and all around the surrounding communities gathered at the Riverview Park Amphitheater to share stories and honor the life of John Schroeder Sr., who passed away on June 15.July 1, 2008 midnight read more..
DALLAS -- The preliminary estimate for a proposed Dallas School District construction bond could approach $90 million -- a figure Superintendent Christy Perry wants to see reduced to make the measure more appealing to voters.July 1, 2008 midnight read more..