Stories for May 2008

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Thursday, May 29

     

Western's Harper breaks own school mark

MONMOUTH -- For the third time this season, Western Oregon's Jessica Harper broke the school record in the 3,000 steeplechase. This time, the accomplishment earned her NCAA Division II All-American honors.

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Tuesday, May 27



County plans slight increase in budget

POLK COUNTY -- Polk County's budget committee May 21 recommended a $19.2 million budget for Polk County's 2008-09 general fund, the part of the county's budget that uses property tax revenues to pay for county services including law enforcement, health, elections, the fairgrounds, parks, administration and others departments.

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MI Town Column: Patty Taylor Dutcher

Traditionally, the Memorial Day weekend marks the beginning of summer. All of us in MI Town have been waiting to roll out the welcome mat and enjoy all the good and happy times that follow the sunshine and blue skies.

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From tragedy to triumph

DALLAS -- Three years ago, Alicia Lara was semiconscious in a Portland hospital bed, her left side immobilized by a freakish stroke unheard of in teens.

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Dallas fire officials honored

DALLAS -- Two members of the Dallas Fire Department were recognized with state-level awards earlier in May during the Oregon Fire Service's annual Fire Service Meritorious Awards Banquet at the Portland Metropolitan Expo Center.

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Family never has Cindy out of mind

INDEPENDENCE -- Cindy Alejandrez' family in Independence spent a great deal of time thinking about her during Memorial Day, said her sister, Karen, 17, a senior at Central High School.

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5/28 Community Calendar

Community Calendar is a listing of upcoming events taking place in Polk County that are open to the public. To submit an event for calendar consideration, please send it at least two weeks before the actual event date to the

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5/28 Community Notebook

*Garden club plans trip to Schreiner's*DHS baccalaureate event set May 30*KV farmers market seeking vendors*MVCA student earns $1,500 scholarship*Appreciation day planned at center*Sale to benefit Perrydale VFD*Panther Club sets annual meeting*Reunion committee seeking classmates*Concert to feature Sound Jubilee*Dems' 'Betty the Yeti' event set June 4*Livestock association to meet June 5*Money raised helps church buy van*Flags accepted for retirement ceremony*Independence pool will open June 9*Dental X-rays offered by student*Grant aids food share lunch program

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Farmers dealing with metal thefts

POLK COUNTY -- Roger Fitts was preparing to put down flags in his grass fields south of Independence the morning of May 19 for seed inspection when his son called, asking if he had recently worked on their farm's irrigation system.

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5/28 Public Agenda Calendar

Public Agenda is a listing of upcoming meetings for governmental agencies in Polk County. To submit a meeting, send it at least two weeks before the actual meeting date to the

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Polk road work still ahead of schedule

POLK COUNTY -- Although paving, resurfacing and filling potholes on Polk County roads has been set back somewhat by the high price of oil and asphalt, the $21 million project approved by voters three years ago is still a year ahead of schedule. It also has paid for about 30 more miles than what was planned for, county officials announced last week.

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Dallas schools crowded beyond capacity

DALLAS -- Dallas High School students have to eat lunches sitting on the floors. At Oakdale Elementary, the lunch room has been converted into classroom space and children now eat at their desks.

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Dallas track athlete continues recovery

DALLAS -- Cathy Stewart said she recently received the best Mother's Day gift of all: She got her son Parker, the Dallas High School junior who was hit in the head with a discus, home from the hospital.

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Pedestrian safety operation planned

DALLAS -- Dallas Police Department will conduct an enforcement operation on Monday, June 2, to raise awareness for pedestrian safety issues and Oregon's pedestrian laws.

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5/28 Business Notebook

Andrea's Mobile Dog Barber Shop is continuing its "Operation: Love Boxes For Our Troops" effort by contributing $4 from every grooming sale during May toward postage costs to ship love boxes to troops stationed overseas. For more information on the promotion or how to help, call 503-623-2802 before 8 p.m. or visit www.loveboxesforourtroops.com.

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5/28 OBITUARIES

*Zella Mae BcGowan Petty*Velda Irene Hoduffer Harris*Joseph Edward Harris*Andrew Joseph Erickson*William Harold Cole*Richard "Dick" Louis Melton*Xasia Amythst Becker*Mildred Geraldine Miller Marshall

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On the Iraqi frontline

Editor's note: The following is provided by Lance Cpl. Cindy G. Alejandrez of Independence, who, along with thousands of other Americans, spent Memorial Day stationed in Iraq. Her is one of her stories on life overseas.

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Pedee News: Nola Womer

Those arriving for the morning worship service on May 18 at Pedee Memorial Evangelical Church found the pink dogwood tree, planted as a memorial to Sarah Maddux, in full bloom.

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Concerns growing over M-I rec center

MONMOUTH -- Two weeks ago, Polk County Commissioners heard from citizens during a public hearing in Independence regarding the formation of a special district to facilitate construction of a new recreation center.

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Wednesday, May 21

            

Tuesday, May 20



5/21 Community Notebook

Senior workshop on financial fraud * Semiannual dance event scheduled* Semiannual dance event scheduled*Talent showcase scheduled tonight*Community fair set in West Salem*Senior music jam takes stage May 22*Pageant to host spring potluck*Vineyard to host 3-day open house*Moonfall Theatre opens spring season*Registration open for 'Summer Blast'* Weekend sale aids 'Child's Haven' * Pizza fundraiser to benefit area 4-H*Hospice memorial service scheduled *Sale to benefit Perrydale VFD*H-2-O celbrates 25th anniversary*

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Explore Polk County

It's time to get out and Explore Polk County. Included with this week's newspaper is the Itemizer-Observer's annual signature section, "Explore Polk County." The 88-page full-color section offers a glimpse at some of the many fun and interesting places to see and things to do here in Polk County.

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M-I Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

This past weekend was like spring cleaning on steroids, and MI Town's collective community energy was hard at work clearing away debris from the parks and river and our backyards.

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Local Beta Sigma Phi council donates park benches to citiies

The local council of the international Beta Sigma Phi sorority, Dal-Mon Council of Dallas, Monmouth and Independence, recently donated two decorative park benches inside the newly constructed covered shelter for the Ash Creek Trail, located on 16th Street in Independence.

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At 70, 'Gramma' earns her diploma

DALLAS -- When Cary Engeln attended high school in McMinnville, she wasn't much interested in schoolwork. She attended classes. She went through the motions. But eventually the girl that could have graduated in 1956 didn't earn enough credits to get a diploma.

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Flyover to honor area pilots

INDEPENDENCE -- Oregon pilots who died in 2007 will be honored at Independence State Airport's 12th annual Memorial Day celebration on Monday, May 26.

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Cougar sighted in Dallas

DALLAS -- A cougar was seen in the backyard of a Southwest Washington Street residence in Dallas on Sunday morning, but Dallas Police were unable to find the elusive cat.

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Central bond goes to voters

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- Residents will decide in November whether or not they want to pay for a major reconstruction of Central High School.

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5/21 Community Calendar

Community Calendar is a listing of upcoming events taking place in Polk County that are open to the public. To submit an event for calendar consideration, please send it at least two weeks before the actual event date to the

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Grand Ronde Road work could take two summers

GRAND RONDE -- Improvements to Grand Ronde Road, estimated to cost $6.2 million, may begin this summer if negotiations can be completed between Polk County, the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde and the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs.

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5/21 Public Agenda Calendar

Public Agenda is a listing of upcoming meetings for governmental agencies in Polk County. To submit a meeting, send it at least two weeks before the actual meeting date to the

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Fire destroys vehicles parked at WOU

MONMOUTH -- A fire destroyed three vehicles in a crowded parking lot near the Old PE Building on the Western Oregon University campus on Saturday, officials said.

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Tribes celebrate casino expansion

GRAND RONDE -- Underscored with traditional drumming and elders talking about tribal history, the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde last week dedicated the latest "dream come true" -- the South Expansion of the Spirit Mountain Casino.

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5/21 Letters to the Editor

New high school needed in Dallas*DHS beautification a team effort *'Laps for Life' splashing success*Rec district could lead to more taxes*More growth adds to traffic headaches*Sign stealing is disrespectful*Violence toward pet unfortunate*

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Pedee News: Nola Womer

The Easter cactus plant at the Pedee Memorial Evangelical Church honored Mother's Day with blossoms. The large bouquet on the piano and organ were red and apricot rose buds.

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Zone change OK'd for development

DALLAS -- Dallas City Council on Monday approved the eventual zone change of 15 acres of a 110-acre development that one day may have condominiums, apartments or homes in the West Ellendale area near the intersection of James Howe Road.

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Local activities network unveiled

DALLAS -- The new Inter Community Activity Network will be unveiled tonight (Wednesday, May 21) during the Dallas Community Activities Spring Showcase at 7 o'clock at LaCreole Middle School.

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5/21 Engagements

Baskins-Rober*Cook-Kelley*Christensen-Vos*Hoffman-Philips*Kapfer-Bice*Hadlock-Bruhn

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Avenue of Flags honors those who sacrificed

DALLAS -- Charlie Bair was a decorated veteran of 33 World War II bombing missions over France and England. But even a hero like Bair couldn't have predicted that when he helped set up Memorial Day service flags a few years ago, this year his own memorial flag would be flying in the Avenue of Flags at Dallas Cemetery.

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Copper wire stolen from county farm

POLK COUNTY -- Polk County Sheriff's Office deputies are searching for thieves who stole more than 1,200 feet of copper wiring from irrigation equipment on a farm south of Independence.

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Volunteer to receive Governor's Award

POLK COUNTY -- Volunteer advocate Kyle Croft of the Polk County Victims' Assistance Program will receive the Governor's Victim Service Award on Thursday, May 22, during the Crime Victim Assistance Network awards banquet.

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Accident on 99W takes life

MONMOUTH -- One person was killed and another received minor injuries in a head-on traffic crash involving a pickup and commercial truck May 14 near Monmouth.

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Thursday, May 15

       

BREAKING NEWS: Fatal accident on 99W

MONMOUTH -- One person was killed and another received minor injuries in a head-on traffic crash involving a pickup and commercial truck late Wednesday morning near Monmouth.

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Tuesday, May 13



MI Cleanup Day

It's time to get out the rakes and brooms and remove that junk and clutter. The Monmouth and Independence Cleanup Day is set for Saturday, May 17.

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Dallas budget meeting reminder

DALLAS -- Those who agree or disagree with proposed cuts to the 2008-09 city of Dallas budget can make their opinions known at the budget committee meeting Monday, May 19, at 7:30 p.m. at City Hall. The Dallas City Council meeting follows the budget meeting.

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Report: WOU newspaper not censored

MONMOUTH -- An "inept" and "heavy-handed" approach by Western Oregon University administrators is partly to blame for recent controversies surrounding the campus' student-run newspaper, according to findings from a panel examining free-press issues.

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5/14 Letters to the Editor

*Endorsement tactic raises questions *Chemeketa levy deserves "yes"*Attorney supports Butterfield for DA*Candidate needs plan of action * Pope best choice in District 23 *Community thanked for contributions *Chemeketa bond can train workforce *Chemeketa bond can train workforce *Chemeketa bond can train workforce *Novick gets nod in U.S. Senate race * Speculators push food, oil prices *Chemeketa measure worthy of support *Qualifications make Felton right choice*Commissioner plays same old games*Felton is "best prepared" for job*Food drive turns into big success*District 23 needs Jim Thompson in House *Experience a key attribute of Felton *Pope an asset to local area *Felton's background best among candidates*DA candidate using scare tactics in ad *Timing is wrong for Chemeketa bond*School delivers during fundraiser

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Dallas School Board

DALLAS -- The Dallas School Board Monday hired an architectural firm to develop plans for a $60 to $80 million project to build a new high school and repair the district's current schools.

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Central School Board

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- Central School District 13J's Board of Directors is seeking candidates for a school board vacancy for Zone 3.

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Bear in KV/Pedee area

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife biologists advise residents in the Pedee and Kings Valley areas of Polk and Benton counties that a black bear has been reported eating out of residents' garbage cans.

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WVH Scholarships awarded

DALLAS -- West Valley Hospital Foundation has awarded a total of $13,000 in scholarships for the 2008-09 school year to 13 Polk County residents pursuing degrees in nursing, radiology, and a variety of other medically related programs.

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Community Notebook

*D23 candidates to debate at WOU*Special Olympics selling tickets *Dist. 20 candidate to host gathering*Forest pesticide course offered*Seniors schedule big rummage sale *Spring book sale at Monmouth library *Homeowners clinic offers assistance*Tractor safety for teens on tap*Legion breakfast set for Saturday *Cleaning of Dallas planned for May 17*Wood inspection topic of course*Museum to host clothing style show *Arc of Polk County plans bingo day*Wine auction will benefit children *LAIF sets final meeting Monday *Dallas HS senior awarded scholarship*'Artist Gathering' planned by PCL*Grief support group offered by hospice*Digital photography editing class on tap*'Community Showcase' takes stage May 21*Semiannual dance event coming up

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5/14 Community Calendar

Community Calendar is a listing of upcoming events taking place in Polk County that are open to the public at large. To submit an event for calendar consideration, please send it at least two weeks before the actual event date to the

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Pedee News: Nola Womer

A large group of supporters gathered to formally open the newly renovated Ritner Creek covered bridge on May 3.

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Dallas PD pedestrian sting

DALLAS -- The Dallas Police Department will be conducting a pedestrian safety operation in the downtown Dallas business district Friday, May 16, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

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Public Agenda

Public Agenda is a listing of upcoming meetings for governmental agencies in Polk County. To submit a meeting, send it at least two weeks before the actual meeting date to the

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County Purple Cruiser

DALLAS -- Back in the day, it was a beautiful purple car -- so sleek that when he drove it, people thought he was Mafia, said Ron Dodge, Polk County Commissioner.

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Horse sense

POLK COUNTY -- They never experience the glamour of a sold-out gymnasium, nor will they know what it is like to play under the Friday night lights in front of a roaring crowd. And while they hear differently all the time, they know that they are athletes.

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Fallen officers receive a tribute

SALEM -- After an early budget meeting with his staff, Tillamook County Sheriff Todd Anderson journeyed two hours east to the Oregon Public Safety Academy on May 8 to remember a friend.

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Casino celebrates expansion

GRAND RONDE -- Spirit Mountain Casino, the state's biggest tourist attraction, will celebrate the grand opening of its two-story expansion project beginning Friday, May 16, with a weekend of top entertainment and other special events.

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Oakdale principal to retire

DALLAS -- Vickie Boer, principal of Oakdale Heights Elementary School in Dallas, will retire at the end of this year after 32 years as an educator in Polk County.

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Thursday, May 8

 

Golf News

Cross Creek Men's Club and a hole-in-one for David Harrow of Dallas.

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Wednesday, May 7



5/7 Community Calendar

Community Calendar is a listing of upcoming events taking place in Polk County that are open to the public at large. To submit an event for calendar consideration, please send it at least two weeks before the actual event date to the Itemizer-Observer via fax (503-623-2395) or e-mail (kholland@eaglenewspapers.com).

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5/7 Public Agenda

Public Agenda is a listing of upcoming meetings for governmental agencies in Polk County. To submit a meeting, send it at least two weeks before the meeting date to the Itemizer-Observer via fax (503-623-2395) or e-mail (kholland@eaglenewspapers.com).

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MI Town:Patty Taylor Dutcher

What a wonderful and uplifting story about the Central Washington University softball team assisting Western Oregon's Sara Tucholsky when she was injured after hitting the first home run in her career.

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5/7 EDITORIALS

*Softball story truly restores our faith*Last call for letters endorsing candidates

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Book captures spirit of Goat Knoll

DALLAS - The city transitions to country very quickly near Dallas' southern outskirts, where Linda Fox and Paul Johnson have carved out their own unique little corner of the world.

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5/7 Letters to the editor

*Stan's the man for District Attorney*Thanks go out to Officer Hinds*Felton is the right choice for DA job *Butterfield offers strong leadership*Thompson works tirelessly for area*Youth association thankful of support *Berger's efforts felt by all of us *Those fighting war have a job to do *Felton is right man for DA job*Thompson best choice in Dist. 23*Thanks for making event a success*Shameful doctors turn elderly away*Chemeketa bond worth supporting*Generosity helps kids learn to cook*AARP volunteers deserve praise*Butterfield will be tough on crime*Polk DA office is commended*State Measure 53 deserves "no" vote*Good citizen's deed appreciated

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Logger critically injured

FALLS CITY - An Oregon National Guard helicopter was utilized in the rescue of a man critically injured in a logging accident in rural Polk County on Monday.

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Honor Roll

ADAIR VILLAGE - Santiam Christian School's 2007-08 honor roll list of Polk County students for the third quarter:

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A place of hope for at-risk kids

WEST SALEM - Nearly 200 Polk County "movers and shakers" - from state representatives to lawyers and mayors - gathered April 30 to celebrate the opening of Gracie's Place, a Family Building Blocks crisis relief nursery in West Salem.

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Cold spring slows agriculture

POLK COUNTY - There would normally be a dozen customers at Daryll Combs' retail nursery in south Dallas at any given time during April and May, his busiest months, he said.

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COMMUNITY NOTEBOOK

*Master Gardeners to host plant sale*Candidate opens office in Dallas*County property taxes due May 15*Used book sale to benefit Relay*Sale will benefit mission work*Chocolate buffet fundraiser on tap*Kids can plant flowers for mom*Folk dance on tap at Guthrie Park*Haircuts to aid Relay for Life*Outdoor movie to benefit cancer*Hunger is topic of Saturday event*Trio of Whitworth teachers retiring*Area blood donors reach milestones*MES to celebrate retiring teachers*June 6 gala event to honor educators*M-I communities plan cleanup day*Youth market animal weigh-in scheduled

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Omission

A story headlined "Visit sets off a scramble," which appeared on Page 7A of the April 30 Itemizer-Observer, omitted the Western Oregon University Campus Public Safety Department from a list of agencies that helped with security and traffic detail during the April 26 visit of former President Bill Clinton to WOU. The I-O regrets the omission.

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CHS students plan Race for Hope

INDEPENDENCE - Five Central High School students have spearheaded a fundraising race this weekend to support Portland-based medical teams who do outreach in countries suffering from poverty, conflict or natural disasters.

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Polk DA race a three-way affair

POLK COUNTY - The three individuals vying for Polk County District Attorney are pleading their cases, so to speak, about why they should be elected in what's arguably the most important local race on the May ballot.

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Pedee News:Nola Womer

Pastor Lonnie Burbank had the help of Aaron Burbank and Dan Hayes for the April 27 worship service at the Pedee Memorial Evangelical Church.

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Thursday, May 1