*Fair talent show deadline nearing*Monthly breakfast set in Monmouth*Event at nursery to assist schools*Food Share benefit tickets available*Dallas Old-Timers to gather at park*Youth fire, police academy scheduled*Church 'day camp' planned Aug. 3-6*Clay art program continues in August*County seeking commission members*DHS Class of '89 sets 3-day reunion*Central High class to gather Aug. 8*Willamina class planning reunion*Annual Rickreall sale coming up*PCL planning golf fundraiser Aug. 13July 29, 2009 midnight read more..
MONMOUTH -- Monmouth is taking a harder look at the feasibility of building its leg of the Ash Creek Trail, with some officials wondering if it might be time to abandon the concept if route alignment problems are too challenging to resolve.July 28, 2009 midnight read more..
DALLAS -- The Dallas School Board has authorized Superintendent Christy Perry to negotiate with potential buyers interested in the Rickreall School property.July 28, 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.July 28, 2009 midnight read more..
INDEPENDENCE -- Residents can take a stand against crime by participating in "National Night Out Against Crime" on Tuesday, Aug. 4, at Riverview Park.July 28, 2009 midnight read more..
Summertime ... and when I'm tempted to complain about my labors while working in a very warm kitchen, I think about those who are working in the fields and on highway construction projects. It helps keep things in perspective until the next batch of jam jars need to be removed from the boiling water bath.July 28, 2009 midnight read more..
FALLS CITY -- A queen found herself trapped in a troublesome bubble, a fisherman taught a fish to walk, and a one-eyed, one-legged, one-winged chicken embarked on a quest to meet a king in Falls City Monday.July 28, 2009 midnight read more..
INDEPENDENCE -- A man and juvenile male charged with attempted murder in Salem have long criminal histories here, local authorities said.July 22, 2009 midnight read more..
The Major League Baseball All-Star game last week was a happy summer event. We took some time to relax from chores and responsibilities to watch the best players in the American and National leagues at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, resplendent in their home team uniforms.July 22, 2009 midnight read more..
DALLAS -- Two pieces of tape and a mangled squeaky dog toy.July 22, 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.July 22, 2009 midnight read more..
FALLS CITY -- Polk HALO program youths are continuing work this summer on a unique bathroom that will eventually serve the Falls City High School sports field.July 22, 2009 midnight read more..
MONMOUTH -- Rod Bach said he knew joining the Lions Club nine years ago would entail volunteer time.July 22, 2009 midnight read more..
*Local Lion elected to District 36 post*Weekend book sale to aid Dallas Library*Dallas ICAN seeking parade participants*Donation to benefit 'A Child's Haven'*Western to present summer comedy*First Baptist to host concert on July 29*Deadline nearing for photo contest*Churches team up to offer youth VBS*Children's Bible school scheduled*'Crocodile Dock' VBS program set*Session of VBS on tap July 27-31*Donations sought for upcoming sale*DHS Class of '56 to gather Aug. 2July 22, 2009 midnight read more..
DALLAS -- It's not too late to get involved in one of the summer's biggest events in Polk County.July 15, 2009 midnight read more..
DALLAS -- A community open house to discuss ideas for a new senior center in Dallas will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday, July 16, at the Dallas Civic Center, 945 SE Jefferson St.July 15, 2009 midnight read more..
*Dallas restaurant to celebrate 10th anniversary*Local Avon representative honored for sales*Capone's schedules formal grand opening*Monmouth insurance office moves*Roth's promotes fundraiser for Special Olympics*Local real estate agent earns designationJuly 15, 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.July 15, 2009 midnight read more..
FALLS CITY -- Last year, Judith Bent's property's real market value was listed at $63,900, according to Polk County records. Falls City Mayor Darrin Fleener said the city's offer was based on that appraisal.July 15, 2009 midnight read more..
POLK COUNTY -- The Republicans and Democrats have returned to the Polk County Courthouse.July 15, 2009 midnight read more..
INDEPENDENCE -- Anyone who lives in the city of Independence who's previously desired to fix the sidewalks in front of their homes, but couldn't afford the price tag, is eligible for aid from the federal government.July 15, 2009 midnight read more..
INDEPENDENCE -- Town officials are assessing how to improve Independence's sewer system in order to accommodate population increases during the next 20 years.July 15, 2009 midnight read more..
The ride to and from Pedee on Sunday, July 5, to attend Pedee Memorial Evangelical Church worship services was on roads along fields of cut grains, grass seed and grass hay. Some of the large round hay bales were waiting in a field near Pedee.July 15, 2009 midnight read more..
*Signature gatherers' training scheduled*Falls City library slates fundraiser*'Heritage Crafts' session to begin*ICAN belly dancing class starts July 16*Kings Valley group to gather Thursday*Amateur radio group to meet*Polk Relay For Life garage sale on tap*Registration taken for First Baptist VBS*Donations sought for Dallas book sale*Health screening service is offered*Additional stop added to bus route*Hospice to offer volunteer trainingJuly 15, 2009 midnight read more..
MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- The cities collective populations will grow by about 1,800 Spandex-clad cyclists this weekend.July 15, 2009 midnight read more..
DALLAS -- Polk County is better equipped to handle emergency communication during a natural disaster thanks to a local coordinated effort.July 15, 2009 midnight read more..
*Business workshop offers start-up tips*Monthly coffee club will meet on Friday*Vineyard schedules lavender festival*'Read to the Dog' program offered*Yoga, vineyards subject of event*Lavender Lake sets tour weekend event*Buell Grange plans Sunday breakfast*Service medals to be presented*Church schedules kids' VBS program*Polk Republicans to meet Monday*Dallas Rotary Club installs officers*Discussion to focus on new senior center*Helmet distribution event postponed*Local artists sought for Willamina event*Volunteer drivers needed in countyJuly 8, 2009 midnight read more..
POLK COUNTY -- The state legislature wrapped up its session June 29 and local elected officials said the outcomes produced will simply be bandages on a bigger economic problem.July 8, 2009 midnight read more..
In a story headlined "Lovable goats make for luscious cheese," which appeared on Page 2A of the July 1 Itemizer-Observer, the quote "Once we looked at the goats, it was all over" in the photo cutline should have been attributed to Terry Carlson. The I-O regrets the error.July 8, 2009 midnight read more..
MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- Crowds lining Monmouth's sidewalks along Main Street under a sweltering July 4 sun were loud and raucous as they lauded the classic cars, quirky floats and costumed characters who took part in the Western Days Grand Parade.July 8, 2009 midnight read more..
SALEM -- Lawmakers criticized leaders of the state's public universities just before the conclusion of the 2009 Oregon Legislature session for a "non-response" to a request that schools end bans on legally concealed firearms.July 8, 2009 midnight read more..
MONMOUTH -- A Willamina man was arrested last week for stealing nearly $1,500 in electronic equipment from Bi-Mart in early June, authorities said.July 8, 2009 midnight read more..
*CHS sports need your support now*Nation is being bamboozled*Time to put M-I trail idea to rest*Volunteers make ICAN a success*U.S. should ban Rx advertising*Quilt display wins all around*Brandt's operates like the Mafia*Merkley's visit shows he cares*Republicans let Oregon voters downJuly 8, 2009 midnight read more..
POLK COUNTY -- The county is shaping its transportation system for the next 20 years and it hopes the community will participate in the planning.July 1, 2009 midnight read more..
The Independence Day holiday on Saturday, July 4, means several closures to area businesses and government offices this week.July 1, 2009 midnight read more..
INDEPENDENCE -- Contractor bids on two major capital projects scheduled for Independence this year have collectively come in millions of dollars below original estimates, officials said.July 1, 2009 midnight read more..
DALLAS -- A history professor and her retired husband have created a unique goat cheese operation in Dallas. Laurie and Terry Carlson, self-described "foodies," visited Portland about four years ago and were in awe of the fresh fruits, vegetables and fish at the Portland Farmers Market.July 1, 2009 midnight read more..
*Book sale planned in Independence*Concert to benefit children's charity*Ice cream social scheduled Friday*Fundraiser to help Justice Fockler*Polk Flea Market open this Sunday*Clay art program to begin on July 7*Pizza fundraiser to help Safe Kids*Global warming topic of meeting*K-12 school supply donations sought*Polk groups receive United Way grants*Dallas youth comes to aid of caninesJuly 1, 2009 midnight read more..
*Community support much appreciated by fire volunteers*Newspaper format, local coverage are hit with reader*Backyard burn ban defies reality in rural Dallas*Monopolistic garbage company tightens its grip*Dallas elementary schools' move eased by helpers*DHS track team will certainly miss caring Coach UngerJuly 1, 2009 midnight read more..
MONMOUTH -- The city of Monmouth is asking for help from its citizens in creating a "visitor readiness assessment."July 1, 2009 midnight read more..
DALLAS -- The paperwork has been turned into the county and efforts are under way to create a Polk County 4-H, Master Gardener, Agriculture, Forestry Extension District.July 1, 2009 midnight read more..
INDEPENDENCE -- The city of Independence adopted June 23 a $10.86 million budget for 2009-10. Except for one position lost in the Independence Police Department through attrition, service and staffing levels will remain stable, City Manager Greg Ellis said.July 1, 2009 midnight read more..