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Tuesday, September 30

  

County plays timber funds waiting game

POLK COUNTY -- Congress has not yet voted on a one-year safety net that would provide Oregon counties with timber payments, leaving Polk and other counties waiting until Nov. 17 for a decision.

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10/1 Community Notebook

*Stapleton Road closure extended*Wood sculptor featured at gallery*WV Hospice photo exhibit at library*After-school events for youth offered*Volunteer training offered by hospice*Post Office hosts Friday car show*Community Coffee club meets Friday*All-you-can-eat breakfast on tap*Churches schedule animal blessings*Fundraiser slated for charter schools*Residents to make donation to center*Oakdale PTC sets pizza fundraiser*Polk Republicans meet on Tuesday*Planning meeting set for senior party*Valsetz topic of book discussion*Candidates forum set at Green Villa*ACS Relay for Life celebrates 25 years*PSWCD's report, calendar available

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USFS honors Monmouth's Peets

MONMOUTH -- A Monmouth man employed by the United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service (USFS) will be honored next month for years of work on behalf of state and federal watershed restoration efforts.

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Waste collection event scheduled

Polk County and the cities of Independence, Monmouth, Dallas and Salem will be co-sponsoring a household hazardous waste collection event Saturday, Oct. 11, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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10/1 GUEST OPINION: Dave Voves

A vibrant and caring community requires community leaders and citizens who are actively involved in the building of new facilities as needed, and the maintenance of existing facilities.

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10/1 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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Citizens air immigration issues

MONMOUTH -- From controversial state ballot measures to sweeping reform being bandied about as part of the presidential race, immigration issues are high on the minds of Oregon citizens this election season.

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District attorney Fisher resigns

POLK COUNTY -- District Attorney John Fisher has resigned effective today (Wednesday, Oct. 1) to spend time with his father, who is suffering from incurable pancreatic cancer.

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10/1 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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Polk SWCD annouces 2008 award winners

Each year, the Polk Soil and Water Conservation District recognizes a host of people, farms and businesses that have worked with or within Polk County. This year, the awards included:

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Arboretum gets new pond

DALLAS -- The Delbert Hunter Arboretum is getting a facelift and some support to draw in more visitors and protect against winter floods.

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Tuesday, September 23

 

Ex-officer sentenced for public indecency

POLK COUNTY -- A former Woodburn police officer who resides in West Salem was sentenced Sept. 18 to 10 days in jail and 18 months supervised probation after pleading guilty to publicly exposing himself.

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9/24 Letters to the Editor

*Brown would bring change to Dist. 23*Butterfield has strong character*Student achievement should be priority*Felton top candidate for district attorny*Experience counts when choosing DA*Costs make Dallas bond unaffordable*Felton has needed experience for post*Resident thankful for sergeant's work*Butterfield will be tough on criminals*Central school bond worthy of support*Kids should be top priority in Dallas*Question evolution, creation theories*Education always a good investment*Can we truly afford Dallas school bond?*Dallas students need new building*Bailout plan will harm middle class

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9/24 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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9/24 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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9/24 Pedee News: Nola Womer

The large, beautiful basket of fall flowers on the communion table at the front of the Pedee Memorial Evangelical Church sanctuary on Sunday, Sept. 14, were from the memorial service for Aaron Burbank held on Sept. 12 at the church.

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9/24 Honor Roll

CORVALLIS -- Six residents of Polk County are among the 396 students to be named to the scholastic honor roll for the recently completed summer term at Oregon State University.

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9/24 M-I Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

How quickly these beautiful early autumn days just seem to blend into one another. With our MI Town schools in full swing and Western Oregon University students getting ready to begin classes on Monday, Sept. 29, the excitement and anticipation of new beginnings seems to be everywhere. Fall sports schedules provide MI Town residents of all ages an opportunity to participate or support our wonderful programs.

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Rash of vehicle accidents reported

POLK COUNTY -- Emergency officials responded to four unrelated accidents around Polk County on Thursday, Sept. 18, all of them occurring within 1 1/2 hours of each other.

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9/24 OBITUARIES

*Hellen L. Hayward*Robert C. Hayes*Beulah Fay 'Boots' Wilson*Robert C. Geilhausen*Willard Lee Templeton*Alton Wilson Greenwade*John William Lamers*Lorraine J. Benski Holmes*Harley Ray Husted

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'Lunch ladies' offer an option

INDEPENDENCE -- With 10 minutes left until noon inside the auditorium at Independence First Baptist Church, there's a mad rush to chop tomatoes and olives, set tables and make other preparations in anticipation of the lunch-time crush.

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9/24 Community Notebook

Traffic closures set on Gun Club Road*Children, families subject of forum*Immigration topic of local discussion*Alternative energy tour set for Friday*Self-guided art tour this weekend*Down Syndrome group sets events*Workshop on family writing scheduled*Caterpillar workers gather for reunion*Pet planning for emergencies set*Candidate to host forum in Dallas*Literacy program seeking volunteers*Polk review board seeking volunteers*Lawn signs against bond levy available*Grant will assist 'family lifelines'*Signups accepted for ICAN classes*Walk to benefit breast cancer set*Library group sets benefit book sale

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Longtime community leaders set to retire

MONMOUTH -- Al Oppliger said by the time he had reached his 70s, he felt that he could wait until he turned 80 to retire. After all, his old boss and former head of what's now the Windermere Real Estate branch in Monmouth was active in the business at that age, Oppliger said.

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Schools pool resources for specialist

POLK COUNTY -- School superintendents in Polk County have pooled financial resources this year to hire a regional specialist to improve instructional training for teachers and to support administrators.

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Thursday, September 18



One dies Highway 22 accident

POLK COUNTY -- An 18-year-old woman was killed when the pickup she was riding in collided with a semi truck just east of Grand Ronde on Sept. 17, according to the Oregon State Police.

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Wednesday, September 17

    

Scorecard

High school standings, local stuff, weekly schedule

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Tuesday, September 16

  

9/17 OBITUARIES

*Brian 'Beav' James Rocha*Natalie Linwood*Aaron Luther Burbank*Sarah Linda Doty*Lena Ratledge Lehnert*Y. Elaine Maddox*Beverly Jean Boss*Robert 'Bob' L. Hill*Gerald Leroy Heibel*Robert J. Keller Jr.*Robert C. Geilhausen*Carol Diane Ottaway Toevs-Floyd*Edwin L. 'Vern' Beall

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9/17 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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Monmouth police car goes for rough ride

MONMOUTH -- A Monmouth teen was arrested on Sept. 9 after allegedly stealing a police cruiser while in a drug-induced haze and leading officers on a chase around the city.

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Guitar game is therapeutic

POLK COUNTY -- Donovan Cassell recalls being told a couple of years ago by a band teacher that he needed to devote more time practicing his trombone and less playing Guitar Hero, a popular music video game.

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School site chosen

DALLAS -- A 55-acre parcel of land just east of town has been selected as the site for a proposed new high school by the Dallas School District.

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Perrydale's Pirates are road 'warriors'

PERRYDALE FOOTBALL Remaining "Home" Games * Friday, Sept. 19, vs. Portland Lutheran at Amity High School, 3 p.m. * Friday, Oct. 3, vs. St. Paul at Willamina High School, 3 p.m. * Friday, Oct. 24, vs. Falls City at Sheridan High School, 4 p.m.

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9/17 Community Notebook

*Stronger families is goal of class*Workshop will train leaders*Curves centers plan open house*Baskett Slough trip is Thursday*Library showing anime film series*Local church hosts fall fashion show*Variety show for Butterfield set*Registration open for pair of classes*'Walk' to arrive in Monmouth*State Capitol fires topic of program*ICAN set to offer after-school events*Southern gospel concert due Sunday*Driver safety class scheduled in Dallas*Dragon Run signup due this Monday*Deadline is near for cultural videos*Relay For Life fundraiser planned*Candidate to host forum in Falls City*Immigration subject of Sept. 25 forum*Library group sets benefit book sale*Stroke/osteoporosis screening available*Dallas students win foundation awards*Event raises funds for Dallas hospital*Scarecrow contest hosted by library*Reading program seeks volunteers*Grant will benefit Humane Society*Chemeketa program gets federal grant*Music competition open to students

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County will map rare species

POLK COUNTY -- The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife wants to work more closely with the county to protect endangered butterflies and plants that thrive in prairie lands.

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Emergency response training on tap

INDEPENDENCE -- Polk CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) is offering a free three-week training class on Oct. 11, 18 and 25 at Polk County Fire District No. 1, 1800 Monmouth St.

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9/17 Letters to the Editor

*Measure 58 won't help county schools*4-H experiences valuable to youth*Event's supporter deserve many thanks*Paramedics make life-saving response*Experience gives DA nod to Felton*Qualifications make Felton right choice*School bond issue deserves your study*DHS cheerleaders thankful of support*Concert benefits local food program*Felton will benefit county residents*Central High trainer an asset to school*Please be mindful of walkers and cyclists*Dallas police chief will be missed

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Ferry's future shaky

Buena Vista Ferry The Buena Vista Ferry typically runs mid-April through October from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, and is closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Fees: Pedestrians and cyclists ride for free; motorcycles, $1; vehicles with or without trailers less than 28 feet long, $2; vehicles longer than 28 feet, $4; dual-axle trucks, $6; single vehicles over 30,000 pounds or using entire ferry, $8.

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9/17 M-I Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

It's really difficult to concentrate on those necessary chores. Cleaning, dusting and even fighting that pesky mole that has left yet another mound of dirt overnight in the garden and flower beds -- usually the mole wins -- take a back seat when the gorgeous blue skies and warm late-summer days lure us to things like long walks and the opportunity to chat with a good friend.

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9/17 Pedee News: Nola Womer

The memorial service for Christa (Willet, Huff) Dennison, 98, of Dallas, who died Sept. 1, was Sept. 4 at 10 a.m. at Pedee Memorial Evangelical Church.

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9/17 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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Thursday, September 11

      

Scorecard

Standings, local sports updates, upcoming events

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Tuesday, September 9



'Popcorn Grandpa' retires

For the past 22 years Bob VanElverdinghe, the "Popcorn Grandpa," has been popping and serving popcorn every Friday to the students and staff at Whitworth Elementary School in Dallas.

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Elected assessor likely to start early

POLK COUNTY -- Doug Schmidt, who was elected in May to be Polk County's next assessor, will most likely be appointed early to his position after current assessor Dennis Day submitted his retirement letter to county commissioners last week.

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9/10 M-I Town column: Patty Taylor Dutcher

Saturday begins a wonderful season of football at McArthur Stadium on the Western Oregon University campus, when Coach Arne Ferguson and our Wolves will meet Central Washington University at 1 p.m.

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9/10 Pedee News: Nola Womer

Derek Burbank, son of Dave and Suzanne Burbank of Airlie, entered his hog in the FFA division at the recent Oregon State Fair. He earned third place in his class and second in showmanship. He is fully recovered from a broken collarbone he sustained while playing football with the Bridgeport youth group at the end of July.

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City may help reservoir project

DALLAS -- The city of Dallas may provide $10,000 to support Polk and Lincoln county's study for a water storage project on the Siletz River near the former logging town of Valsetz.

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9/10 OBITUARIES

*Connor James Guy*Milton 'Neil' Neiland Kelly*Arnold Brandt*Susie Harlor Hill*Jeanette Loerts*Allen Josh Butler*Ruth Damrose*Christa Dennison*Natalie Linwood*Sarah Linda Doty*Walter Herman*Aaron Luther Burbank

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9/10 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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Canoeing accident claims Dallas man

BEND -- A Dallas man's body was retrieved at about 4 a.m. Sept. 2 from the Deschutes River after a canoe accident near Pringle Falls during the Labor Day weekend.

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9/10 Letters to the Editor

*Felton will better DA communication*Pioneer Road open but still not safe*Many can't afford new schools' cost*Nola is a blessing to all her friends*Support of schools needs attention*Felton best choice for district attorney*Pioneer Road repair appreciated by many*Questions about Summerfest parade*Dallas church comes through for kids*Felton's background makes him qualified*Marines' family support available*Resource center event outstanding*Felton knows way around in system*McCain's VP choice raises questions*Felton's experience gives him the edge

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9/10 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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County reschedules road project again

POLK COUNTY -- Polk County has rescheduled an upcoming road project on Stapleton Road to help accommodate the phone company in relocating the main fiber optic lines.

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Grants will benefit Western program

MONMOUTH -- Some students in Western Oregon University's bachelor's program in American Sign Language and English Interpreting will have tuition covered by an $800,000 grant.

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Jiu-Jitsu gym opens in Independence

INDEPENDENCE -- His face red and beaded with sweat, Ish Gal struggles to gain position on Brennan Donnelly during a free sparring -- or "rolling" -- session at Valor Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu on C Street.

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M-I Relay Challenge is looking for teams

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- Teams are being sought for the 10th annual 24-Hour Relay Challenge, a community fundraiser for youth programs serving the Monmouth and Independence areas.

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WOU picks journalist as new media adviser

MONMOUTH -- It's been a bumpy road for Western Oregon University's campus media after problems with the student newspaper over the last year, but administrators hope new adviser Shelby Case will leave past troubles behind.

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Police corral wandering donkeys

INDEPENDENCE -- Local police doubled as animal wranglers for a few hours on Friday, Sept. 5, after two donkeys wandered into a residential area.

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It's Renaissance Faire time

KINGS VALLEY -- The merriest of elements from the times of Shakespeare and Elizabeth I await visitors to this weekend's 13th annual Shrewsbury Renaissance Faire.

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Perrydale dishes up good eats

PERRYDALE -- Small class sizes are not the only perk of attending Perrydale School. Hot lunch made in the "Pirate's Galley" kitchen isn't too bad, either.

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Grant helps MAK Metals expand

DALLAS -- The city of Dallas helped secure a $25,000 grant through the state for MAK Metals that will create more local job opportunities.

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9/10 Community Notebook

*Preschool activity center in Monmouth*'Awakening America' gathering planned*Sept. 11 memorial planned in Sheridan*CHS Class of '98 meets this weekend*Back-to-school bingo planned at library*Children's ID program offered on Saturday*Daryll's Nursery part of OAN tour*Area Girls Scouts gathering for event*Tomato-tasting benefit scheduled*Arc informational event set Saturday*Nursery offers full moon garden event*Folk dance on tap at Guthrie Park*Mustang adoption fundraiser scheduled*Dallas church offers financial seminar*Candidates' forum is set for Sept. 17*Dallas Indoor Park taking registration

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Tuesday, September 2

  

9/3 Pedee News: Nola Womer

Pastor Lonnie Burbank was assisted by Dan Hayes at the worship service at Pedee Memorial Evangelical Church Sunday, Aug. 24. The two hymns were "Wonderful Words of Life" and "Trust and Obey."

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9/3 Corrections

In a story headlined "Soldier shown in photograph is identified," which appeared on Page 11A of the Aug. 27 Itemizer-Observer, the name of Krist Obrist, Monmouth's youth services librarian, was misspelled. The I-O regrets the error.

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County pursuing reservoir

POLK COUNTY -- Water demand in Polk County may exceed available supplies by 2026, sending officials in search of a solution to avoid a possible longterm shortage.

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9/3 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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Rec district qualified for Nov.ballot

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- Residents of Monmouth and Independence will decide on Nov. 4 whether or not to back a $7.25 million bond to construct a community fitness center and create a district to operate it.

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Manor event will support troops abroad

DALLAS -- Jefferson Manor will host its second annual "Storm for the Troops" project that will raise funds for U.S. military troops care packages Sept. 6-11.

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Music competition scheduled

Music students from Polk County are eligible to apply for the Salem Chamber Orchestra's third-annual Connie Fritz Memorial Concerto Competition.

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Dallas safety enforcement due Monday

DALLAS -- The Dallas Police Department is scheduled to conduct its seventh and final pedestrian safety operation on Monday, Sept. 8, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Southeast LaCreole Drive and Southeast Academy Street.

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Dallas council applicants file (

DALLAS -- The applications and nominations are in for the positions of mayor and city council in Dallas for this November's general election.

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Dreams of flying come true

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- Ginny Derksen, 65, shifted nervously from foot to foot, jingled the change in her pockets and looked at the metallic sleekness of Frank Addessi's Mooney airplane in front of her.

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9/3 Letters to the Editor

*Proposed school is bargain for area*License plate funds benefit state groups*Monmouth Library had busy summer*New grade school makes more sense*Columnist enjoys Nola Womer feature

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S-curves project closer to reality

MONMOUTH -- The city of Monmouth has received key property easements that will allow it to move forward on an enhancement of the S-curves portion of Highway 51.

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Pedee man jailed for endangerment

KEIZER -- A Pedee man was arrested last week after chasing his estranged wife, their two children and her boyfriend through an apartment complex with a loaded rifle, Keizer police said.

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9/3 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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Arrest made in Monmouth fire

MONMOUTH -- A Sheridan woman has been accused of setting a fire late last month that damaged the Monmouth home of a former roommate and killed two of her cats.

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Central programs helped by funding

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- A $785,000 grant will pay for after-school academic and enrichment programs at Central High and Talmadge Middle School beginning this year.

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Fiesta is Saturday in Independence

INDEPENDENCE -- Community members are welcome to take part in an early celebration at Riverview Park this Saturday, Sept. 6, in honor of Mexican Independence Day.

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9/3 OBITUARIES

*Paul Maddux*Donald Joseph Mullett*Dewey 'Doc' Scotty McSeff Simons*Clifford D. Day*Ashleigh Kristine Klingberg*Susie Hill*David Russell Leighty*Connor Guy

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