*Officers elected by Central Lions*Monmouth church plans celebration*'Total Fitness' class to resume meeting*Cronic conditions workshop scheduled*Service project help is available*Pizza fundraiser to aid Bambinos*Calvary chapel sets special Boble study*Dallas man chosen to lead arts group*Hop & Heritage car show taking entriesAugust 26, 2009 midnight read more..
POLK COUNTY -- A contractor will be replacing the Glen Creek Bridge on River Bend Road this fall.August 26, 2009 midnight read more..
POLK COUNTY -- Supporters of a Polk County Extension Service District will be pounding the pavement soon.August 26, 2009 midnight read more..
SALEM -- Police found a kidnapped Dallas family safe in California Friday, Aug. 14, when the victims flagged down a sheriff's deputy after being held against their will for two days.August 26, 2009 midnight read more..
*Guest opinion misled readers*Support needed for Paralympics*Fair talent show video sought*Proposed fee has many uncertainties*Court must protect minors from harm*Dallas City Council tactics questioned*Senior center plan needs rethinking*Voters could best decide street feeAugust 26, 2009 midnight read more..
Information for the police and court report comes from local law enforcement agencies. Not all calls for service are included in this report. The status of incidents reported may change after further investigation. Individuals arrested or suspected of crimes are considered innocent until proven guilty.August 26, 2009 midnight read more..
MONMOUTH -- Sara Dickson said her dog, Newton, had always seemed fascinated by the water on outings to the beach or river. Dickson figured Wolverton Memorial Swimming Pool at Western Oregon University Saturday would be an easy way to introduce him to swimming.August 26, 2009 midnight read more..
POLK COUNTY -- A contractor working for the Oregon Department of Transportation began work Sunday, Aug. 23, on a pavement preservation project on Oregon Highway 22 from its junction with Oregon 51 (Independence Highway) to the Center and Marion street bridges in Salem.August 26, 2009 midnight read more..
SALEM -- U.S. Senator Ron Wyden is pushing for federal aid for local law enforcement officials in prosecuting Mexican nationals who commit violent crimes here, then flee to their home country.August 19, 2009 midnight read more..
*Food preservation class scheduled*Concert, food drive on tap Thursday*Local HAM radio operators to meet*WV Hospice to offer volunteer training*Gala will benefit hospital foundation*Fundraised planned in Independence*A Child's Haven plans pony event*Dallas Woman's Club reunion set*Tickets available for simulcast event*Grants available for cemetery workAugust 19, 2009 midnight read more..
INDEPENDENCE -- A pair of local men went on a vandalism spree inside the old Sperling Building on Main Street early Sunday morning.August 19, 2009 midnight read more..
DALLAS -- Andrew Hendersen has mixed emotions about the success and failure of his prized garden oddity.August 19, 2009 midnight read more..
Information for the police and court report comes from local law enforcement agencies. Not all calls for service are included in this report. The status of incidents reported may change after further investigation. Individuals arrested or suspected of crimes are considered innocent until proven guilty.August 19, 2009 midnight read more..
POLK COUNTY -- One man was injured and another arrested in a hit-and-run accident on Orrs Corner Road on Aug. 10.August 19, 2009 midnight read more..
INDEPENDENCE -- There's nothing pleasant about being pulled over for a traffic violation. But the experience is particularly cringe-inducing when it's because of the minor stuff you weren't aware of, didn't take seriously or simply forgot about.August 19, 2009 midnight read more..
My nephew Larry Shellenbarger of Buena Vista and I caught up with bicycle riders on Elkins Road on our way to Pedee Memorial Evangelical Church on Aug. 9. It was a morning of low clouds. There were many large bales of straw in huge piles in the fields and straw lying in some fields still to be baled.August 19, 2009 midnight read more..
DALLAS -- The city of Dallas will hold a public hearing Monday, Aug. 17, on whether or not to charge a fee to residents and businesses within the Dallas city limits to supplement the city road maintenance budget.August 12, 2009 midnight read more..
DALLAS -- The Oregon National Guard will have more than just the military function of the Polk County Readiness Center in mind as it moves through its design and building process.August 12, 2009 midnight read more..
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Information for the police and court report comes from local law enforcement agencies. Not all calls for service are included in this report. The status of incidents reported may change after further investigation. Individuals arrested or suspected of crimes are considered innocent until proven guilty.August 12, 2009 midnight read more..
POLK COUNTY -- Polk County Community Corrections lists these individuals as "most wanted" for August. Citizens with information on the whereabouts of any of these individuals can call Community Corrections at 503-623-5226.August 12, 2009 midnight read more..
DALLAS -- Singer-songwriter Wayne Graber said he would return to the Sounds of Summer stage this year, but he wanted the show to serve the community more than an evening of free music.August 12, 2009 midnight read more..
*Transportation fee would be hardship*District request seems suspicious*Thank you for not smoking in parks*Timing of new fee poor given economy*Local Legion Post celebrates 90 years*Work of river artist much appreciated*Transportation fee simply ridiculous*Hospital service was top notch*Transportation tax is ill-conceived*City going about it the wrong way*Concealed weapon carriers could helpAugust 12, 2009 midnight read more..
DALLAS -- The Oregon Military Department already has property to build a new Oregon National Guard center near Dallas. Now the department is waiting on $12.1 million in federal funding that will pay for the bulk of the $18.5 million project.August 12, 2009 midnight read more..
*PSWCD sets annual dinner meeting*Library program planned Aug. 13*Safety seat clinic scheduled Saturday*Area Democrats to host gathering*Heavy metal show set in Grand Ronde*Guest preacher to appear at FLC*Kinsey reunion set at Dallas City Park*Republican picnic deadline nearing*Central Class of '79 schedules reunion*Canine swimming set at WOU pool*'Read to the Dog' program returning*Master Gardeners schedule workshop*Storm memories sought for book*`24-Hour Relay' accepting sign upsAugust 12, 2009 midnight read more..
RICKREALL -- With Kathryn Mabey leading him by a rope, Dakota negotiated his way through the trail course at the Polk County Fairgrounds with relative ease, briskly winding through fence posts and stamping over a small wooden bridge.August 12, 2009 midnight read more..
*West Fest event set for this Friday*Monthly coffee club will meet on Aug. 7*Rickreall Grange sale this weekend*'Vino & Vinyasa' sessions to begin*Singer to perform at Monmouth church*Faith Lutheran sets weeklong VBS session*DHS Class of '59 celebrates reunion*CPR/first aid class offered by Polk Fire*Central High '68 to gather Aug. 15*McK `Bite of Beef' scheduled Aug. 16*Advisory council members soughtAugust 5, 2009 midnight read more..
The following is an update from Brennan Todd of Rickreall, who has embarked on a bike ride from Prudhoe Bay in northern Alaska to the southernmost tip of South America in Tierra del Fuego.August 5, 2009 midnight read more..
POLK COUNTY -- It will be at least until 2010 when the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs decides whether a new national cemetery for war veterans in Oregon is established on a proposed site southwest of Monmouth.August 5, 2009 midnight read more..
INDEPENDENCE -- Fifty years ago, a group of adventurous folks relived the journey over the Oregon Trail. Thousands turned out to see the covered wagons and pioneers along the way.August 5, 2009 midnight read more..
*Gwendolyn 'Gwen' Mary VanDenBosch*Eric Weidanz*Susan Heckman Ragsdale*Barbara Rose Brandt Magnuson Knutson*Jared Michael Bowman*Gary Wayne Cook*Sandra Joan Christy*Vernon C. Sahnow*Dolores J. Steele*Cora N. Holmes*Mercedes Beatrice Patterson Dalton*Linda A. Green-DupontAugust 5, 2009 midnight read more..
MONMOUTH -- Jeffrey Maxwell, the student kicked out of Western Oregon University for carrying a gun on campus, may re-enroll there while he awaits a decision by the Oregon Court of Appeals regarding a challenge of his original suspension.August 5, 2009 midnight read more..
*New bridge better than saving ferry*Dallas dog pound deserves support*Rotary thankful of community support*Time to abandon Ash Creek Trail*Firefighters enjoy Summerfest role*Boosters thank all who helped athletes*Dangerous entry on Oakdale Road*Project raises 448 pounds of food* Kind words mean much to gardenerAugust 5, 2009 midnight read more..
MONMOUTH -- Jerry Braza was working at the University of Utah during the 1980s when he became interested in Buddhist philosophy -- so much so, that he studied it and was eventually ordained by renowned Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh as a Dharma teacher.August 5, 2009 midnight read more..