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.May 27, 2008 midnight read more..
*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 programMay 27, 2008 midnight read more..
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.May 27, 2008 midnight read more..
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.May 27, 2008 midnight read more..
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*May 20, 2008 midnight read more..
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.May 20, 2008 midnight read more..
MONMOUTH -- Staffing levels in the city's building department will be reduced next fiscal year because of a drop in local construction activity.May 20, 2008 midnight read more..
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.May 20, 2008 midnight read more..
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.May 20, 2008 midnight read more..
We're right in the middle of the state high school championships across the state. Several Polk County schools have qualified teams and individuals for the various competitions, ranging from golf and baseball to tennis and track and field.May 20, 2008 midnight read more..
Inspiration found at Relay For Life eventMay 20, 2008 midnight read more..
INDEPENDENCE -- The City Council recently amended its weapons code to allow citizens limited firearm use to eliminate nutria on their own properties.May 20, 2008 midnight read more..
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.May 20, 2008 midnight read more..
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.May 20, 2008 midnight read more..
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*May 20, 2008 midnight read more..
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.May 20, 2008 midnight read more..
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.May 20, 2008 midnight read more..
KINGS VALLEY -- Thursday, May 15, is the deadline for submitting enrollment forms for the 2008-09 school year at Kings Valley Charter School.May 13, 2008 midnight read more..
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.May 13, 2008 midnight read more..
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.May 13, 2008 midnight read more..
*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 fundraiserMay 13, 2008 midnight read more..
*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 upMay 13, 2008 midnight read more..
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.May 13, 2008 midnight read more..
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).May 7, 2008 midnight read more..
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 (email@example.com).May 7, 2008 midnight read more..
*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 appreciatedMay 7, 2008 midnight read more..
MONMOUTH - The Polk County Republican Central Committee publicly endorsed candidates in three different primary races at its recent meeting in late April.May 7, 2008 midnight read more..
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.May 7, 2008 midnight read more..
*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 scheduledMay 7, 2008 midnight read more..
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.May 7, 2008 midnight read more..
DALLAS - A community meeting to learn about overcrowding in the Dallas School District and plans to build a new high school has been scheduled for Tuesday, May 13.May 7, 2008 midnight read more..