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Thursday, February 26

          

Wednesday, February 25

   

2/25 Letters to the Editor

*Volunteer makes a big difference*WOU off base in Maxwell situation*State AG should investigate WOU*Western board unfair to student*More pizza places not needed here*Community steps up for children*Swimming story was incomplete

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2/25 Community Notebook

*Event focuses on heart health*Open house set by city of Dallas*Holocaust topic of presentation*Whitworth seeks items for auction*Polk Republicans potluck is Feb. 26*Bunco fundraiser set for Friday*Perrydale student honored for work*Church's benefit auction is Friday*Health screening set in Falls City *Rummage sale to aid hospital*Book discussion group to gather*Central Jazz band fundraiser on tap*Punk band plans concert in Dallas*Humane Society changes hours*Life story writing workshop meets*After-school art program resumes*Signups accepted for 'Total Fitness'*'Heritage Crafts' meets Tuesdays*State reps plan town hall event*Grandparenting group to meet*Grants available from United Way*Hospice exhibit opens in Dallas*M-I Rotary Club gives dictionaries*Signups accepted for karate classes*Personal finance seminar offered*Vendors sought for home show*Christian school seeks donations*TV show looking for home buyers

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Tuesday, February 24

  

2/25 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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2/25 OBITUARIES

*Paula G. Alvarez*Erwin J. Dauner*Nancy Lee Carney*Alice Ruth Reddell*Barbara Soering-Mueller

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County joins fight for more timber revenue

POLK COUNTY -- Polk County is gearing up to go to court. Tillamook County is leading the charge to modify the Northwest Oregon State Forests Management Plan so counties with Board of Forestry Land receive more timber revenue.

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Dallas schools need steroid education

DALLAS -- The Dallas School District needs to add steroid education for student athletes and avoid cutting too many instruction hours to remain in compliance with state standards.

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2/25 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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Drug charges filed against Salem man

INDEPENDENCE -- A Salem man was arrested on Feb. 20 when police discovered a significant quantity of cocaine and thousands of dollars in cash during a traffic stop, officials said.

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2/25 Community Notebook

*Event focuses on heart health*Open house set by city of Dallas*Holocaust topic of presentation*Whitworth seeks items for auction*Polk Republicans potluck is Feb. 26*Bunco fundraiser set for Friday*Perrydale student honored for work*Church's benefit auction is Friday*Health screening set in Falls City*Rummage sale to aid hospital*Book discussion group to gather*Central jazz band fundraiser on tap*Punk band plans concert in Dallas*Humane Society changes hours*Life story writing workshop meets*After-school art program resumes*Signups accepted for 'Total Fitness'*'Heritage Crafts' meets Tuesdays*State reps plan town hall event*Grandparenting group to meet*Grants available from United Way

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DJs crank out the tunes

DALLAS -- Two Dallas High School students are using their passion for audio equipment and music to run a lucrative DJ business.

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2/25 LVCS students love fishy lesson

On the muddy banks of the E.E. Wilson Wildlife Area angling pond near the Polk-Benton county line, about 50 Luckiamute Valley Charter School students jostle each other to be the first to release inch-long fish fry into the water.

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2/25 Business Notebook

*Solstice expands*Dallas prepares for bash*Dallas man chairs group*Sailors joins dental staff*Credit union gives back*Sauna treatment available*Nowacki joins MaPS

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WOU stands firm in student gun flap

MONMOUTH -- Western Oregon University will continue to enforce its weapons ban despite fallout over the controversial suspension earlier this month of a student for carrying a licensed handgun on campus, officials said.

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Science expo slated for Western

MONMOUTH -- Western Oregon University will host some of the state's brightest scientists -- and scientists in the making -- on Feb. 27-28.

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2/25 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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2/25 Pedee News: Nola Womer

The Christmas cactus in the foyer was still beautiful for the Feb. 15 worship service at Pedee Memorial Evangelical Church.

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Land use info groups get support

POLK COUNTY -- The Polk County Planning Commission decided at a hearing Feb. 17 to recommend that the County Commissioners allow residents to obtain land-use information through registered groups.

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Arrest near in Monmouth burglaries

MONMOUTH -- Monmouth police said they are close to an arrest on a suspect wanted in connection with a rash of home and car burglaries that have taken place since early January.

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Union states case against DA, lost jobs

POLK COUNTY -- The dispute between Polk County and a public employees union over two deputy district attorneys who lost their jobs in January may be headed to court, a union attorney said.

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Thursday, February 19

             

Wednesday, February 18

     

2/18 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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2/18 OBITUARIES

*Dr. Jeffery Currier, D.M.D.*Mary Ridgeway Fletcher*Ralph Waldo Martin Jr.*Lillie Elizabeth Reed*Dona Marie Black*Leeland Lane Miner*Elma Ediger*Shari Louise Cook Roe*Orrel H. Clinton*Leila Irene Hutton*George Vernon Lefever*Clifford Osborn

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2/18 Pedee News: Nola Womer

Thomas Jones moved to Oregon from Connecticut in 1995 to escape the population and economy of the East Coast. He was employed as a land surveyor, but switched to truck driver to explore the country and move out West.

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2/18 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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Polk firefighters find marijuana grow operation

INDEPENDENCE -- A local man was arrested this weekend after his illegal marijuana grow operation was discovered while firefighters were extinguishing a blaze at his house, Polk Interagency Narcotics Team (POINT) officials said.

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2/18 Letters to the Editor

*Hospital tax plan is just plain sick*Homeless count work appreciated*WOU travesty is a disgrace*Energy at home must be priority*Central High play deserves kudos*Currier truly put others first*Our police make community great*Smart dog could handle the geese

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2/18 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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WOU health center project gets a boost

MONMOUTH -- Design work on Western Oregon University's Health and Wellness Center will start in the spring, followed by groundbreaking in June or July, school officials said.

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Western suspends student over gun

MONMOUTH -- A Western Oregon University student is appealing his suspension after being arrested last month for having a concealed firearm on campus.

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Tuesday, February 17



Anderson tops DHS honors at regionals

DALLAS -- Ten Dallas High School acting students brushed up on their lines and three took home titles Feb. 7. The group of sophomores, juniors and seniors competed at the Regional State Acting Competition at McKay High School in Salem, surpassing past accomplishments, Director Blair Cromwell said.

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Bank robbery suspect is sought

WEST SALEM -- The FBI and Salem Police are asking for help in locating a man responsible for a bank robbery at the West Salem branch of Key Bank on Feb. 11.

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"Good News:" Dallas High production features 1920s musical

DALLAS -- Nearly 40 students are sharing a bit of "Good News" in the community during tough economic times. Dallas High School Drama Director Blair Cromwell is planning to lighten the mood with the 1920s musical "Good News." The show runs Feb. 25-28 at 7 p.m. in Bollman Auditorium. There is also a matinee performance Feb. 28 at 2 p.m.

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Bike group seeks park reopening

FALLS CITY -- The Black Rock Mountain Bike Association wants to reopen George T. Gerlinger County Park on Black Rock Road for access to its bike trails and overnight camping.

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2/18 Community Notebook

*PSWCD native plant sale on tap*Rummage sale seeks donations*DHS students hear symphony*Women's hunting workshop slated*Pruning seminar planned Feb. 21*Chili competition on tap Saturday*FFA alumni sets fundraiser dinner*Youth hunting event scheduled*AAUW branch to host meeting*Drug court grads will be honored*Church plans pancake supper*Women's Club to host luncheon*Pet dental care topic of seminar*Night of 'oldies' set in Monmouth*'Pure Romance' to assist Relay

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CASA head dives into challenge

DALLAS -- Chris Olson admits there were reasons to feel "intimidated" when she was promoted last month as the new director of Polk County's Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) program.

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Friday, February 13



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Tuesday, February 10



2/11 M-I Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

The airwaves are full of so much doom and gloom about political disagreements and wrangling, companies going bankrupt, and increases in criminal activity. We're also back to our usual rain and more rain, and it's no wonder we want to pull the covers back over our heads and go back to sleep.

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2/11 OBITUARIES

*Verna Ruth Classen*Ralph Leland Winegar*Verne Stanley McMaster*Jime Roe*Blanche V. Scranton*Rudolph 'Rudy' Harlow King*Nathan Edward Macnab*Dr. Jeffrey Currier, D.M.D.

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Vigilant citizen helps county nip killer ivy in bud

POLK COUNTY -- Thanks to a Polk County resident's concern, trees in Nesmith Park will no longer be choked out by English Ivy. On Jan. 25, Paul Martinsen from Monmouth contacted County Commissioner Ron Dodge about English Ivy creeping up and around trees in Nesmith County Park in Rickreall near Highway 99.

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2/11 Letters to the Editor

*Volunteers make tourney a success*Irresponsible dog owners ruin day*Letting coach go a lousy decision*Seniors thrilled at student talent*Time to solve geese problem*U.S. health care needs repair*Many provided with clothing

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Dallas Community Foundation grants available

DALLAS -- The Dallas Community Foundation is providing grants to nonprofit organizations providing services within the boundaries of the Dallas School District. The foundation will hand out $20,000 in awards and a single maximum award will be $3,000.

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2/11 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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Dallas to celebrate Oregon's birthday

DALLAS -- Break out your happy birthday crown and pioneer costumes because Dallas is celebrating Oregon's 150th birthday beginning in April with events and memorabilia.

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Town Hall event planned for Feb. 17

DALLAS -- Jim Thompson, who serves District 23 in the Oregon House of Representatives, will be joined by Ron Maurer for a town hall meeting Tuesday, Feb. 17, in Dallas.

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Dallas Schools await state budget forecast

DALLAS -- Like most other school districts in the state, Dallas School District is in a financial "holding pattern," officials said, waiting for information from the Oregon State School Fund and hoping for good news.

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WOU makes deep green push

MONMOUTH -- Students, staff and faculty at Western Oregon University may seem a little more environmentally enlightened following "Green Week" from Feb. 2-8.

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2/11 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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2/11 Pedee News: Nola Womer

The worship service at Pedee Memorial Evangelical Church on Feb. 1 was opened by Dan Hayes. He welcomed all and led in prayer before leading the songs of praise.

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2/11 Community Notebook

*Polk GOP women to meet Thursday*Meeting set for local radio group*Teen parenting workshop on tap*Area Republicans plan dinner event*Post office offers statehood party*Dinner, auction to aid church group*Coffee shops host canned food drive*Western offering campus preview*Dutch Oven group plans gathering*Love Your Library event set Feb. 14*'Century Farms' topic of program*Watershed lovers read at museum*Valentine's dinner set in Falls City *Benefit concert on tap at KVCS*Church to host local missionary*LaCreole support group set to meet*County property taxes due Feb. 17*Polk Committee seeking members*Driver's safety class scheduled

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2/11 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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Wyden to visit Independence

INDEPENDENCE -- U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) will host a town hall meeting open to residents of Polk County in Independence on Sunday, Feb. 15.

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Dallas earns 'Tree City' recognition

DALLAS -- The city of Dallas is now the 50th Tree City USA in Oregon. "It's something the community can be proud of," City Manager Jerry Wyatt said. "It's just important to go through the planning process and look at how we're taking care of our natural resources."

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Thursday, February 5

          

Scorecard

High school basketball standings and much other stuff.

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Wednesday, February 4



M-I mayors to address community

INDEPENDENCE -- Residents curious about what to expect in Monmouth and Independence in 2009 have an opportunity to hear about it during the annual "State of the Cities" address on Wednesday, Feb. 11.

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2/4 OBITUARIES

*Jimmy Cantrell Irvin*Tyler Matthew West*Mary Ruth McKheen*Georgia Viola Anderson*Duane 'Wally' William Wallender*Clay 'Teck' Teckymeyer Freeman*Ruth Esau Seis

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'Step Up' a boost to homeless youths

MONMOUTH -- During stints over the past few years working at the Hillcrest Youth Correctional Facility and a teen resource center in Salem, Melissa Lalack said she heard countless stories from teens about being homeless.

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Perrydale gears up for hoedown

PERRYDALE -- The Perrydale School is having a hoedown to raise money for school improvements. The Perrydale Parents Club is hosting its annual fundraising auction on Saturday, Feb. 7.

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2/4 New date set for ACT test

The next ACT achievement test will be administered on Saturday, April 4. High school students who wish to take the college admission and placement exam must register by Feb. 27.

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2/4 Letters to the Editor

*Soldier a hero to local family*Les Schwab comes through*Dallas students really deliver*More praise for city work crews*Setting NARHA record straight*Community shows super generosity*'Hair Harvest' is a great success

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2/4 Correction

In a story headlined "Because they need me," which appeared on Page 1A of the Jan. 28 issue of the Itemizer-Observer, it was incorrectly reported that Center Healing for Children is accredited by the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association. The center is not accredited by any organization. The I-O regrets the error.

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PCL honors its staff, community partners

MONMOUTH -- Partnerships in Community Living Inc. (PCL) held its annual Team Member Appreciation Banquet Friday, Jan. 30, to recognize the past years' achievements and hard work by its employees and community partners at the Renaissance Inn in Keizer.

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2/4 School Notes

*Dallas robotics team gets award*Perrydale seeks budget member*WVH offering scholarships

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Fabric store rich in history

INDEPENDENCE -- Most people dream of running a business related to their favorite hobby. Diane Bishop has two bases covered with her recently opened Ladies of Liberty Mercantile -- Fabric and Notions in Independence.

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WOU hosting Latino unity conference Feb. 6-8

MONMOUTH -- Western Oregon University will host from Feb. 6-8 a regional conference of MEChA (Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano De Aztla), a student organization that promotes Latino unity and empowerment.

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Dallas seeks new chief of police

DALLAS -- The city is looking for a new person to lead the men in blue. The city of Dallas is accepting applications for the position of police chief through 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 20.

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Grumbling over geese

POLK COUNTY -- For grass and other agricultural growers in Polk County, propane cannons have long been a standard tool for preventing wintering Canada geese and other birds from feasting on their crops.

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Skateboard science captivates kids

DALLAS -- Sixth-graders at LaCreole Middle School are lucky. Rather than learning about physics strictly from textbooks and drawings on an overhead projector, they are designing and building towers, ramps and chutes out of cardboard and masking tape as part of a skateboard science project.

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2/4 Pedee News: Nola Womer

Those arriving at Pedee Memorial Evangelical Church for the Jan. 25 service found the large Christmas cactus plant covered with pink blooms. A container of green foliage was on the organ and piano.

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2/4 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.

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2/4 Community Notebook

*Brandt's moves yard debris site*Local coffee club meets on Friday*Driver's safety class scheduled*Feb. 7 breakfast set in Monmouth*Valetine's candy sale set Saturday*Aviation, space topic of classes*Adult program set at Dallas Library*Arc of Polk plans celebration*Kids can make valentine cards*PSWCD seeking budget members *Children's book workshop slated*Impressions play Sunday concert*Orders taken for native plant sale*Bible study meets at Calvary Chapel*Pizza fundraiser for schools set*Gallery to host women's reading*Dallas Seniors elect directors*Items sought for church auction

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'Sound of Music' will fill stage

INDEPENDENCE -- Seventy students of all ages are making Central High School's stage come alive with "The Sound of Music." Director Jeff Witt wanted to celebrate the passing of the school district's construction bond and began auditioning for the roles in his community play.

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Western receives censure by CMA

MONMOUTH -- A college media group has issued its own sanctions against Western Oregon University for the way school administrators handled the August 2007 case of student newspaper adviser Susan Wickstrom.

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2/4 M-I Town: Patty Taylor dutcher

We've turned the page on our calendar to a bright and shiny new month. Tiny green shoots are beginning to make their presence known in gardens and flower beds all over MI Town, which means we can look forward to tulips, crocuses and hyacinths. Those pesky weeds somehow always manage to survive the winter's chill, so these occasional rain-free days give us all an opportunity to get the garden spaces ready for planting.

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2/4 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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Mayor: Organize and be prepared

DALLAS -- Mayor Jim Fairchild said the city of Dallas is looking at ways to improve communication of available resources for the next big storm. But residents and the community need to take a proactive approach and organize as well.

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2/4 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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Central facing 'bleak picture'

MONMOUTH -- The state's revenue crisis may force Central School District to cut $575,000 to $1.7 million from its remaining 2008-09 budget by June.

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Saddling up for retirement

DALLAS -- Customers are snapping up saddles and equine supplies at Four Springs Saddle & Tack so owners David and JoAnn Oswald can head into retirement.

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2/4 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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