Stories for December 2009

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Thursday, December 31

 

Scorecard

High School basketball standings, Stalite Lanes weekly leaders

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Wednesday, December 30

 

12/30 News in Brief

*Monmouth backyard burn forum set*HALO clears future city park site*County will provide land-use info

December 30, 2009 10:04 a.m. read more..


MI Foundation grants are available

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- The Monmouth-Independence 24-Hour Relay Grant Committee is now taking requests for grants worth up to $500 for programs and activities that promote drug- and alcohol-free lifestyles.

December 30, 2009 10:04 a.m. read more..


Monmouth police get grant

MONMOUTH -- Monmouth Police Department has received a $2,000 grant to be used for increased enforcement for offenses related to driving while intoxicated.

December 30, 2009 10:04 a.m. read more..
 

12/30 OBITUARIES

*Arthur S. Veazie*Elsie Mae Johnston*Jean Renee' Epp*Hugo John Krehbiel*John Lee Friesen*Barbara A. Nix*Michael 'Mike' Edward Zimmerman*Arthur L. Puvogel

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12/30 Police Report

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.

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12/30 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

December 30, 2009 10:04 a.m. read more..
 

Holiday help reaches Falls City vets

FALLS CITY -- Organizing the food and donations for the veterans Christmas party in Falls City hosted by Serving Our Veterans at Home (SOVAH) took just a couple of weeks.

December 30, 2009 10:04 a.m. read more..
 

12/30 Pedee News: Nola Womer

The ride to Pedee from Monmouth with my nephew, Larry Shellenbarger of Buena Vista, on Dec. 20 was under an overcast sky most of the way. The sun broke through the fog and overcast sky at Lewisville and Maple Grove.

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12/30 Letters to the Editor

*Measures 66, 67 deserve support*City's holiday meal is a huge success*Parking rules letter needs clarification*Lions' drive raises $4,400 for projects*Make 2010 a year of reconciliation*Victory gardens are good solution*Thanks to all who are helping needy

December 30, 2009 10:04 a.m. read more..


Central school officer is stretched thin

INDEPENDENCE -- Just before the bell sounds to note the end of first period at Central High one day last week, Independence Police Officer Tim Ragan departs from his office and heads out for "patrol" in the hallways.

December 30, 2009 10:04 a.m. read more..


12/30 Community Notebook

*Monmouth church recycling trees*MVCA students picking up trees*Next 'Total Fitness' class starts Monday*Life story writing workshop continues*ICAN belly dancing plans new session*Community karate class begins Jan. 6*KVAA needs leader for farmers market*Area tree recycling scheduled Jan. 9*Meals for seniors available in area

December 30, 2009 10:04 a.m. read more..


12/30 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

December 30, 2009 10:04 a.m. read more..
 

Lost Cannon evidence remains mystery

POLK COUNTY -- Despite a months-long search, the Oregon Department of Justice was unable to determine what happened to evidence that was to have been used in the retrial of Philip Scott Cannon, a report released on Monday said.

December 30, 2009 10:04 a.m. read more..


County's budget hearings delayed

POLK COUNTY -- County officials will delay 2010-11 budget committee hearings until the fallout from the Jan. 26 election determining the fate of Measures 66 and 67 is determined.

December 30, 2009 10:04 a.m. read more..


12/30 MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

The beautiful Christmas carols and other seasonal tunes have taken flight from the airwaves, and it's bittersweet to say goodbye to the music that helps transform the dark and rainy days in this wintry season.

December 30, 2009 10:04 a.m. read more..

Thursday, December 24



Keepin' Busy

Central's boys basketball team played six games in eight days and won them all.

December 24, 2009 12:32 p.m. read more..
      

Scorecard

High school basketball standings and bowling at Starlite Lanes.

December 24, 2009 12:32 p.m. read more..
      

Wednesday, December 23



Police bolster DUII watch for holidays

POLK COUNTY -- If you choose to drink and drive this holiday season, those flashing red lights in your rearview mirror won't belong to a red-nosed reindeer. Rather, it likely will be a Polk County Sheriff's Deputy, a Dallas Police Officer or an Independence Police Officer.

December 23, 2009 10:05 a.m. read more..
  

Hard alcohol repeal qualifies for ballot

MONMOUTH -- The last vestige of Monmouth's "dry" legacy may end in May 2010, when residents will vote whether to fully repeal the city's nearly 150-year-old ban on hard alcohol.

December 23, 2009 10:05 a.m. read more..
    

Outdoor store tries to fill niche

DALLAS -- When American Glove owners Jim Garus and his son, Micky, moved to an expanded business location on Bovard Road in Dallas, a small room in the warehouse was left unfilled.

December 23, 2009 10:05 a.m. read more..
 

12/23 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

December 23, 2009 10:05 a.m. read more..
    

Council praises work of city manager

DALLAS -- The City Council on Monday, Dec. 21, approved a 4 percent salary increase for Dallas City Manager Jerry Wyatt as part of his annual performance review.

December 23, 2009 10:05 a.m. read more..


12/23 Community Notebook

*Christmas Cheer seeking volunteers*Christmas dinner planned by church*Coyote Joe's will host holiday meal*ICAN youth artists' calendars available*Casino donates toys to Doernbechers

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Highway 22 crash injures three

Three people were critically injured Friday afternoon, Dec. 18, following a two-vehicle head-on crash on Highway 22 west of Dallas.

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Holidays result in I-O deadline changes

The upcoming Christmas and New Year's Day holidays have resulted in several changes to the usual news and advertising deadlines at the Itemizer-Observer for the Dec. 30 and Jan. 6 issues.

December 23, 2009 10:05 a.m. read more..


12/23 Letters to the Editor

*Enforce all rules for handicapped*Weston is a solid candidate for office*Suggested reading on U.S. health care*Retiring librarian an asset to city*Vision for Dallas is long overdue*Dallas hospital experience is good*Repair shop's crew makes it special

December 23, 2009 10:05 a.m. read more..


12/23 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

December 23, 2009 10:05 a.m. read more..


12/23 Police Report

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.

December 23, 2009 10:05 a.m. read more..
 

12/23 Pedee News: Nola Womer

Paul and Arlene Kovash attended the Oregon Farm Bureau convention Dec. 7-11 in Hood River, where Paul was a delegate for Benton County Farm Bureau.

December 23, 2009 10:05 a.m. read more..


Santa vists Falls City kids

FALLS CITY -- Santa visited a dozen Falls City families early last week, delivering toys to good little girls and boys.

December 23, 2009 10:05 a.m. read more..
 

12/23 OBITUARIES

*Colby Ryan Stamps*Glenda Lee Betts*Myron Charles 'Chuck' Foss*Lois Mary Symonds*Donna DeLayne Uppendahl*Verne L. Hughes*Edna M. Fry*Ann Stuart Armstrong Quarterman*Albert Henry Schultz*George Harrison Wilson*Harold R. Etherton*Mary Evelyn Primus

December 23, 2009 10:05 a.m. read more..
    

12/23 Correction

In a photograph that accompanied the story headlined "The joy of sharing in Falls City," which appeared on Page 8A in the Nov. 25 issue of the Itemizer-Observer, Falls City resident Kathy Flanigan was misidentified in a cutline. The I-O regrets the error.

December 23, 2009 10:05 a.m. read more..
 

Movie buffs benefit from theater's 3-D capabilities

INDEPENDENCE -- If you visited the movie theater this past weekend, chances are you were there to check out Jim Cameron's "Avatar," the $300 million film that's being hailed for its innovative use of 3-D imagery.

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12/23 MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

The return of the winter rain reminds us to shop at our local stores and restaurants nearby, and to be mindful of others who are alone on these dark and dismal days.

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Friday, December 18



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Wednesday, December 16



12/16 News in Brief

*Help for 65 displaced mill workers available*Polk Fire District No. 1 debuts new Web site*Independence man named to council

December 16, 2009 9:22 a.m. read more..
 

Food banks prepare for holiday surge

POLK COUNTY -- The demand on Polk County's food pantries has grown significantly in 2009 from the previous year. It only figures to ramp up with Christmas nearly upon us.

December 16, 2009 9:22 a.m. read more..


Library mainstay retiring

MONMOUTH -- Fran Kosko and her family relocated to town from Washington state in 1973, so her husband could attend what was then the Oregon College of Education.

December 16, 2009 9:22 a.m. read more..
 

12/16 Pedee News: Nola Womer

There was much activity when my nephew, Larry Shellenbarger, his wife, Mary, of Buena Vista and I arrived at Pedee Memorial Evangelical Church Sunday, Dec. 6.

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12/16 Police Report

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.

December 16, 2009 9:22 a.m. read more..


Veteran judge selected for Cannon retrial

POLK COUNTY -- Albin Norblad, a veteran circuit court judge for Marion County, will oversee the retrial of Philip Scott Cannon, the Polk County District Attorney's Office said.

December 16, 2009 9:22 a.m. read more..
  

12/16 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

December 16, 2009 9:22 a.m. read more..


Deadlines change for holidays

The upcoming Christmas and New Year's Day holidays have resulted in several changes to the usual news and advertising deadlines at the Itemizer-Observer for the Dec. 30 and Jan. 6 issues.

December 16, 2009 9:22 a.m. read more..
 

12/16 MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

It's been tough to muddle through these frozen days and nights, especially with the gloomy economic forecasts, job searches in these uncertain times, and now the additional news that even more of our young men and women are being asked to serve in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

December 16, 2009 9:22 a.m. read more..


12/16 OBITUARIES

*Rebecca 'Becca' Dolores Dunaway*Helen Margaret Madison*Marian Merle North*Ramon Simbeck*William 'Bill' Paul Wadman*Mabel Maxine Dodele*Thomas Norman Flansberg*Howard L. Fitzgerald*Ethelyn Pearl Abernethy*Glenda Lee Betts*Ann Stuart Quarterman*Myron Charles 'Chuck' Foss

December 16, 2009 9:22 a.m. read more..
 

Vets group brings local troops home for holiday

DALLAS -- Efforts to bring members of the 162nd Engineering Company home for Christmas went all the way to the halls of the U.S. Congress last week. But it was the generosity of Oregon residents that quickly raised enough money to buy them plane tickets.

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12/16 Letters to the Editor

*Enforce parking for handicapped*Food bank thankful for its volunteers*First 'Sip-N-Shop' proved a win-win*Santa breakfast a huge success*Don't forget troops during the holidays*Seniors getting food assistance*Group appreciates raffle donations*Where was info on Dallas meeting?

December 16, 2009 9:22 a.m. read more..


12/16 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

December 16, 2009 9:22 a.m. read more..


Public meeting on deadly force Dec. 22

POLK COUNTY -- An annual public awareness meeting regarding the use of deadly physical force by law enforcement officials will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 22, at the Polk County Courthouse.

December 16, 2009 9:22 a.m. read more..


12/16 GUEST OPINION: Bill Kluting

Since the 1980s, a lack of a national forest plan is a major reason Oregon has had 200 timber mills close, resulting in 50,000 people losing their jobs.

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Corrections posts 'most wanted'

POLK COUNTY -- Polk County Community Corrections lists these individuals as "most wanted" for December. Citizens with information on the whereabouts of any of these individuals can call Community Corrections at 503-623-5226.

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12/16 Community Notebook

*Christmas Cheer seeking volunteers*Holiday activities planned by church*Dance performance, food drive on tap*Dallas seniors host holiday music jam*'Sounds of Christmas' set for Friday night*Deadline extended for item donations*Karaoke competition at Lenora's Ghost*Gift wrapping help available Saturday*Santa, toy drive highlight event*West Salem church offers nativity scene*Sale will benefit Dallas Food Bank*Pet food donations accepted by clinic*KVAA needs leader for farmers market*Christmas dinner planned by church*Meals for seniors available in area

December 16, 2009 9:22 a.m. read more..


Dallas PD puts service calls online

DALLAS -- Want to know what kinds of calls your city police officers are answering? Starting this week, you can check out Dallas police service calls online at www.crimereports.com.

December 16, 2009 9:22 a.m. read more..


Peru's government honors WOU prof

MONMOUTH -- Eduardo Gonzalez-Via¤a, professor of Spanish at Western Oregon University and an author, was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor of Peru last month.

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Community eyes turf field at CHS

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- Central School District will take a second look at whether to proceed with its planned 16th Street development, which entails athletic practice fields and a relocation of several modular classrooms.

December 16, 2009 9:22 a.m. read more..

Friday, December 11



Judge needed in murder retrial

POLK COUNTY -- A Marion County judge met with prosecuting and defense attorneys after press time on Dec. 8 for a status hearing check on the case of accused triple-murderer Philip Scott Cannon.

December 11, 2009 11:25 a.m. read more..

Thursday, December 10

             

Wednesday, December 9

 

12/9 News in Briefs

*Activity at old mill site temporary*City considering 'round up' billing*Berger seeking re-election to House*Monmouth creates incentive plan

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Polk Farm Bureau picks leaders

POLK COUNTY -- New officers were announced and activities from the year highlighted at the Polk County Farm Bureau's annual meeting Nov. 14 at Oak Grove Grange.

December 9, 2009 10:31 a.m. read more..


12/9 OBITUARIES

*Thomas 'Tom' Neal Tucker*Lola Mae Gates*Sherry Kay Sharp*George Harrison Wilson*Harvey Edwin Bills*Adelaide B. Hartney

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12/9 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

December 9, 2009 10:31 a.m. read more..
   

Relay For Life kickoff set

INDEPENDENCE -- A kickoff rally for the 2010 American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Polk County will take place on Saturday, Dec. 12, at Henry Hill Elementary School.

December 9, 2009 10:31 a.m. read more..


12/9 Pedee News: Nola Womer

It was very foggy when we left Monmouth Sunday morning, Nov. 29, for the 10 a.m. worship service at Pedee Memorial Evangelical Church.

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12/9 Police Report

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.

December 9, 2009 10:31 a.m. read more..
    

Department receives donation

INDEPENDENCE -- The Independence Police Department recently received a $500 donation to help purchase bike helmets for area youths.

December 9, 2009 9:56 a.m. read more..
  

H1N1 vaccination clinics scheduled

POLK COUNTY -- The Polk County Public Health Department will hold two H1N1 vaccination clinics in Polk County on Thursday, Dec. 10, and Thursday, Dec. 17.

December 9, 2009 9:56 a.m. read more..


12/9 Community Notebook

*Local amateur radio group will gather*Guardsmen to be honored Saturday*Falls City benefit dinner scheduled*Country folk dance slated for Saturday*Church sets Sunday holiday carol sing*Area saddle club to meet Monday*Master Gardener training upcoming*Giving tree offered for center residents*Gift wrapping event to benefit 'Relay'*Holiday activities planned by church*Donations to aid families of ONG

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Judge needed in murder retrial

POLK COUNTY -- A Marion County judge met with prosecuting and defense attorneys after press time on Dec. 8 for a status hearing check on the case of accused triple-murderer Philip Scott Cannon.

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DHS art project serves purpose

DALLAS -- Dozens of blue and black bowls lining tables in the Dallas High School student center Dec. 1 weren't just student projects. The soup served in them that night wasn't just dinner, either.

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12/9 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

December 9, 2009 9:56 a.m. read more..


Friday, December 4



Thursday, December 3

              

Central-Marist notes

♦ Marist, which has won state titles in every odd year since 2003, advances to the semifinals and will play Ontario (10-1 overall) at noon on Saturday, Dec. 5 at Liberty High School. Ontario beat Sutherlin 35-16 in the quarterfinals. Baker (10-1) and Phoenix (8-2) play in the other 4A semifinal. The 4A state title game is Saturday, Dec. 12 at Reser Stadium in Corvallis.

December 3, 2009 2:28 p.m. read more..
 

Wednesday, December 2



Polk HALO leads by example

INDEPENDENCE -- Polk HALO (Helping Achieve Lifelong Objectives), a youth work organization, will receive some national attention next week.

December 2, 2009 10:13 a.m. read more..
  

12/2 Senior Calendar

Note: Listings are regularly scheduled events during the week and may not include special, one-day programs. Schedules are subject to change. For a complete calendar, contact the Dallas or Monmouth senior center.

December 2, 2009 10:13 a.m. read more..
 

12/2 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

December 2, 2009 10:13 a.m. read more..
 

12/2 Police Report

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.

December 2, 2009 10:13 a.m. read more..
    

12/2 OBITUARIES

*Beverly Ann Riggi*Valerie Jean Dobbins*Roberta L. Jansen*James A. Oliver*Willa Rose Engler*George E. Martin*Marie Ellen Conyers March*Russell L. Betts*George E. Roberts

December 2, 2009 10:13 a.m. read more..


12/2 Pedee News: Nola Womer

The ride to Pedee Memorial Evangelical Church with my nephew, Larry Shellenbarger of Buena Vista, on Nov. 22 saw various weather conditions. Sometimes it rained hard for a short distance, and then the rain would be much lighter. The sun was out when we arrived at church.

December 2, 2009 10:13 a.m. read more..


'Tis the season

POLK COUNTY -- Christmas cheer should be easy to come by in Polk County this week, with several communities staging their own unique celebrations to kick off the 2009 holiday season.

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DHS presents Christmas classic

DALLAS - The ending to "A Christmas Carol" is no mystery. The appeal of the popular holiday play may be less about seeing Ebenezer Scrooge experience joy again as it is about taking the spirit-guided journey between Christmas Eve and Christmas morning with him.

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Beauty Lounge offers new services

MONMOUTH -- The Beauty Lounge, 425 E. Main St., is celebrating new service offerings -- nails, waxing and massages -- with free chair massages and fingernail polishings from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5.

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12/2 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

December 2, 2009 9:50 a.m. read more..


12/2 Letters to the Editor

*Booster auction support appreciated*Why not Trinity as senior center site?*Postal workers get heartfelt thanks*Abuse of power shows in Falls City*Church helps make Thanksgiving great

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12/2 Community Notebook

*Perrydale to honor seniors at meal*Tea luncheon set at Gentle House*M-I YMCA benefit on tap this Friday*Dallas artists highlighted at show*Breakfast with Santa scheduled Saturday*Polk Fire continues toy drive efforts*Photos with Santa Dec. 5 at Oakdale*Tree decorators needed for benefit*Lodge set to install new officers Dec. 6*Church to host holiday singalong*Life story writing workshop to meet*Christmas Pageant tickets available*Business seminar offers start-up tips*Meals for seniors available in area

December 2, 2009 9:50 a.m. read more..
 

Independence business promotion

INDEPENDENCE -- A special promotion through Dec. 19 will allow community members to support their local businesses and possibly win prizes doing so.

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