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Tuesday, March 31

   

4/1 Academic Honors

CORVALLIS -- A number of students from Polk County have qualified for inclusion on the scholastic honor roll for winter term 2008 at Oregon State University in Corvallis.

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4/1 Public Agenda Calendar

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4/1 OBITUARIES

*Joseph W. Blaha*Allison Helen Earle*Esther Augusta Thompson*Arthur A. Bliven*John Evan Selby*Johnny V. Mullins

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Sporting goods store opens in Dallas

DALLAS -- Two Dallas entrepreneurs have combined their love of fishing and hunting into a sports supply store that offers much more than just lures for angling.

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4/1 Pedee News: Nola Womer

Paul and Betty Ronco helped celebrate the birthday of their grandson, Ryan Jones, in their home on March 22. Lunch, cake and ice cream were served.

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Mill closure hits city, county hard

DALLAS -- After Weyerhaeuser closed its Dallas mill site March 17, the Dallas and Polk County communities are drying their tears and preparing for the economic fallout.

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4/1 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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4/1 Letters to the Editor

*Loss of Lyle trees is disappointing*Nontribal workers just as committed*Patient values efforts of doctor*'Scrapaganza' aids community*Helping Goodwill win-win situation*Humbled by kind acts of so many*Science doesn't support evolution*Keep the faith for our students

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4/1 M-I Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

I'd like to send a bulletin from MI Town to Mother Nature that, in case she has been busy with other weather-related issues and hasn't noticed our frosty mornings, it's springtime and we'd like to put away our heavy winter coats, scarves and gloves until next winter. We're eager to get the garden space tilled and flower beds planted soon.

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4/1 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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Dallas schools plan meetings

DALLAS -- The Dallas School District will host the second in a series of parent informational meetings regarding proposed changes to elementary school reconfiguration Thursday, April 2, at 7 p.m. at Oakdale Heights Elementary School, 1375 SW Maple St.

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Kids go Arctic at museum

MONMOUTH -- A dozen children and their parents shiver in the chilly spring air outside of the Jensen Arctic Museum in Monmouth as they prepare for a game that mimics Alaska's famous Iditarod Trail Dog Sled Race.

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4/1 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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Longtime newsman Joe Blaha passes on

OREGON CITY -- Joe Blaha, former publisher of the Polk County Itemizer-Observer and a longtime newspaper executive, died March 25 at his home in Oregon City following a prolonged illness. He was 70 years old.

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MES kids learn the news ropes

MONMOUTH -- It's the last work day before the Monmouth Elementary School Monthly goes to press, and its editorial staff -- about a half dozen of teacher Cheryl Naggiar's fourth-graders -- are all business.

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4/1 Community Notebook

*Making smoothies subject of class*OCDC plans open house on April 2*Chapel to host guest speaker*Coffee club will discuss economy*LVCS fundraiser event is Friday*Pizza benefit set for Relay for Life*Church schedules prayer relay day*Pig workshop, sale set at PCF*Barbecue dinner on tap Saturday*Talent show set for Falls City gym*Life story writing workshop meets*Youth art program continues April 6*Benefit book fair around the corner*'Heritage Crafts' resumes meeting*School support group will meet*Plant expert will address society

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Siletz grant benefits Kings Valley center

KINGS VALLEY -- A 1892 Kings Valley historic landmark has a new parking lot and fences, thanks to the hard work and contributions of community members and a recent grant from the Siletz Tribal Charitable Contribution Fund.

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Thursday, March 26

         

Tuesday, March 24

 

3/25 Academic Honors

Kathryn Quinn Barnes and Thomas Andrew Disher of Dallas were named to the fall 2008 dean's list at Seattle Pacific University. Students are required to complete at least 12 credits and attain a 3.50 or higher grade-point average.

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3/25 Pedee News: Nola Womer

It was a rainy Sunday morning on March 15. Several roadside ditches had full streams of dirty water on the way to the rivers.

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3/25 OBITUARIES

*Jose R. Villanueva*Zane VanLaningham*Robert Lyle Reed*Lila Hamar Wilson*Samuel M. Wetzel*Hugh McLean*Billie J. Chavez

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Stimulus funds will go to Polk roads

POLK COUNTY -- Road crews will be busy this summer as Polk County received $18.9 million in federal stimulus funds to repair two stretches of highways in the region.

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3/25 Letters to the Editor

*Better way needed for glass recycling*FFA thanks all of its supporters*Non-handicapped abuse privilege*Budget cuts need to be substantial*Confusion exists over medical pot*Life is full of odd questions*Please help locate soldiers' families*Superintendent doing great job

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3/25 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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Candidates file for May 19 ballot

POLK COUNTY -- Candidates have been announced for a variety of board positions that will be on the May 19 vote-by-mail special election ballot in Polk County.

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3/25 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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3/25 Senior Center 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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3/25 Police Reports

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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Vacancy filled on Falls City council

FALLS CITY -- Changes are happening involving the City Council in Falls City. On March 23, Janet Propp formally announced that she has resigned from her position as a councilor because the schedule conflicts with her job. At the council meeting that evening, Bruce Garrett was voted onto the council to serve out the rest of Propp's term.

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Mill closure: end of an era

DALLAS -- At 6 in the morning on March 17, Weyerhaeuser announced the company was shutting the mill, known as "Old Reliable," that had provided life to the Dallas community since 1905.

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M-I celebrates leaders

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- As Greg Ellis was introduced as the First Citizen winner during the Monmouth-Independence Community Awards Banquet on March 18, he took time to reference some of the criteria for the honor -- such as volunteer time and commitment to "the cause."

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Planning eases Falls City budget cuts

FALLS CITY -- Peter Tarzian won't go so far as to say Falls City School District is lucky when it comes to finances -- not when a $3 billion shortfall for Oregon is predicted for the next biennium.

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Longtime Independence postmaster to retire

INDEPENDENCE -- She's been a familiar face behind the counter of the Independence Post Office for the past 23 years. Next week, Sue Burge will be calling it a career as she officially retires as postmaster.

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3/25 Community Notebook

*4-H registration eadline nearing*Coloring contest winners revealed*Western offering Campus preview*Sale will benefit area food banks*Library book sale is this weekend*Spring doll show on tap Saturday*Rummage sale set March 27-28*Post office plans 'passport day'*Event highlights wines and more*Alternative health class set at WOU*3-D movie night to benefit 'Relay'*Church to host Sunday concert*New soup kitchen plans first meal*WOU set to host concert Tuesday*LVCS fundraiser around corner*County fair seeks superintendents*Hospital auxiliary is selling candy*Humane Society seeks nominees*DHS Class of 59 plans gathering

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Thursday, March 19

     

Tuesday, March 17

 

Our Daily Bread

FALLS CITY -- John Volkmann thumps a hot loaf of pumpkin walnut bread as it comes out of the wood-fired brick oven in his backyard above Falls City. A hollow thud emits from the top of the crust, releasing cinnamon-wheat goodness into the crisp winter air.

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3/18 OBITUARIES

*Murel Ralph Snyder*Steven Thompson Sickles*Donald L. Ruston*Henry F. Schierling*Gary 'Smitty' James Smith*Christine Marie Cadwallader Haran*Agnes Marjorie McKern*Mabel M. Lentz*Frances M. Duggan*Mona Zill Clark

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3/18 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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Work training funds on way

POLK COUNTY -- Job training and employment assistance agencies in Polk County may get a share of $4 million in federal stimulus funds.

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Lunches, activities set for break

POLK COUNTY -- A free lunch and activities for children of low-income families are scheduled during spring break when reduced-price lunch programs are not available to students because schools are closed.

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Extension tax rate reconsidered

POLK COUNTY -- The Polk County Extension Office proposed a 7.5 cent permanent rate for a taxing district, but it may not have much support from county officials.

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Wyatt's message: City pride important

DALLAS -- With more than a full year behind him at the reins, City Manager Jerry Wyatt is asking residents to use their Dallas pride to help through hard times ahead. The change is starting within the walls of City Hall.

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Wage hike taking its toll

DALLAS -- The Dallas business community is facing a tough economy and a 5.6-percent minimum wage increase that took effect Jan. 1.

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3/18 M-I Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

It's beginning to look a lot like springtime in MI Town, with daffodils and crocuses blooming just about everywhere. Those occasional warm afternoons give us all hope and optimism for longer days with more sunshine and better weather to come.

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Bills help, but don't solve, local deficits

POLK COUNTY -- The bill package passed earlier this month to shore up an $855 million deficit for 2007-09 has taken some, but not all, pressure off state agencies that are staring down major cuts before June 30.

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3/18 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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3/18 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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Dallas schools cut days, jobs

DALLAS -- The Dallas School District is trying to pick the best of the worst-case options to beef up this year's ending balance and cope with a possible $2.5 million deficit in 2009-10.

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3/18 Community Notebook

*LVCS schedules youth 'roundup'*Geranium sale aids DHS party*Medicare topic of presentation*Fiddlers gather for competition*Scrapbook event to benefit 'Relay'*Museum to host annual family day*American Legion birthday on tap*Calvary Chapel to host concert*After Darc slates Saturday dance*Master Gardeners seeking donations*Polk Republicans to meet Tuesday*Contributions for auction sought*Curves sponsors local food drive*Grad party needs items for event

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Advanced classes at CHS now 'weighted'

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- Central High School is trying to provide a greater payoff for students willing to test their mettle by enrolling in advanced placement (AP) classes.

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Spring break events planned for libraries

Polk County's public libraries will be busy during the upcoming spring break, as each has scheduled several special activities to help keep children and teens entertained. All events are free.

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3/18 Pedee News: Nola Womer

I was very surprised on Sunday morning, March 8, to see all the snow on Bald Mountain and that it had even fallen in the valley. This was on the way to Pedee Church on the first day of daylight savings time. At church time there was a snow shower of really large flakes. The sun soon took them away.

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'Mr. Dallas' raises $6,000

DALLAS -- After a tabulation error, it was announced Monday that the true winner of Dallas High School's 2009 Mr. Dallas pageant is senior Morgan Gentry and not senior Parker Stewart, who was initially crowned the winner on Saturday.

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Central teachers agree to pay cut

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- The union representing teachers in the Central School District agreed earlier this month to forgo up to five days of pay to help balance the 2008-09 budget, a union spokeswoman said.

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'Going bald' for cancer research

MONMOUTH -- Amanda Hollingsworth said when her brother, Trevor, text messaged her earlier this month to talk about the head-shaving fundraiser he was planning at Western Oregon University, he seemed worried about a low turnout.

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3/18 Letters to the Editor

*Central students help restore faith*WOU, police put selves above law*Goodbye to a Dallas landmark*Caring neighbors are a blessing*Common-sense gun laws vital

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Wednesday, March 11

   

Tuesday, March 10



LaCreole play addresses drama in student's lives

DALLAS -- Students at LaCreole Middle School are excited to put on a play that they can relate to. On Friday, March 13, and Saturday, March 14, at 7 p.m., sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders will take the stage at Dallas High School's Bollman Auditorium. The show, "Lockers," is made of 11 vignettes and depicts life in middle school, JuliAnn Lindemann, director and drama teacher, said.

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3/11 OBITUARIES

*Donald Milton Olson*Darrell Clair Frampton*Chester Howard Carrington*David J. Poindexter*Ida Mae Carson*David Floyd Darland*Domitila Gil*Robert Neal 'Porcupine' Holmes*Richard 'Dick' Dana Bell*Vera Spadaro*Christine Marie Haran

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3/11 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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A look at Dallas' water world

DALLAS -- Driving up to the Dallas Water Treatment Center gates and reading signs warning of POISON with a skull and crossbones is not very comforting.

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What's Happening at Guthrie Park

Guthrie Park Community Center is located at 4320 Kings Valley Highway, at the intersection of Kings Valley Highway and Cooper Hollow Road, about three miles south of Dallas.

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3/11 M-I Town: Patty Dutcher Taylor

Most of us usually think of angels as those ethereal figures dressed in billowing chiffon robes, with long flowing golden hair, singing and strumming golden harps.

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Monmouth residents reveal wish list for city

MONMOUTH -- A portion of residents did less than a quarter of their restaurant dining in the city last year, while many are clamoring for a local grocery store and bakery. If a new eatery comes to Monmouth, please make it a Thai food establishment.

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3/11 Pedee News: Nola Womer

My nephew Lonnie Shellenbarger of Oregon City took me to church services on Feb. 15 and Feb. 22 at Pedee. The snow on Bald Mountain could really be seen.

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Oversight group to monitor CHS bond

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- A citizen committee is being formed to stay abreast of and advertise to the public developments related to the bond-backed reconstruction of Central High School.

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Teachers follow their hearts

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- Neither Holly Boyles or Amy Layton particularly wanted to be teachers when they were young. But when you come from a family of them -- more or less the case for both of them -- maybe its inevitable.

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3/11 Letters to the Editor

*National Guard unit belongs in Dallas*Campus gun issue has another side*Falls City street needs addressing *Dallas paramedics save a young life*MVCA is asset to the community*As recyclers, we can all do better*Apartment owners losing the battle*Anti-Obama crowd foaming at mouth

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Watershed workshop scheduled in Pedee

PEDEE -- The Luckiamute Watershed Council is hosting a "getting to know you" meeting for the Pedee and Kings Valley communities Thursday, March 12, at the Pedee Women's Clubhouse, 12491 Kings Valley Highway.

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Guthrie Park Hoedown

DALLAS -- There's no question that something special happens every Friday night at the Guthrie Park Community Center.

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3/11 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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Guthrie Park Community Center new roof fundraiser

On Friday, April 10, the center will host "Raise the Roof," a spring concert and fundraiser, at 6:30 p.m. The event will include live music from Trestle Glen, Sibling Rivalry, Cooper Hollow, Cash & Company, and Roundhouse beginning at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free (tax-deductible donations accepted) and guests are asked to bring dessert and snacks.

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3/11 Community Notebook

*West Salem fire station operating*Health workshop offered Thursday*Preview Saturday Relay for Life*Tea, fashion show in Independence*Children's book workshop slated*Arc of Polk to host March 14 karaoke*Country folk dance set at Guthrie Park*Open house set at historic church *Duo to present gospel concert*Illusionists to visit Calvary Chapel*Poetry reading on tap at gallery*Seniors to host soup, pie sales*Pizza fundraiser to benefit 'Relay'*MVCA schedules open house tour*River Gallery plans spring workshops*Daffodil Festival seeks art entries*Two-day driver safety class set

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3/11 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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Thursday, March 5

       

Tuesday, March 3



Lenora's, city reach an agreement

INDEPENDENCE -- Owners of Lenora's Ghost settled on Feb. 18 to a compliance plan with the city to help reduce problem behavior by patrons of the popular bar on Main Street.

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Poker event benefits students

INDEPENDENCE -- Card sharks have an opportunity to take home serious cash and raise money for local youth to help them take part in after-school activities.

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3/4 Community Notebook

*Garten Services sets open house*Local coffee club meets on Friday*Spaghetti feed fundraiser set*Amateur radio training offered*Grange fundraiser planned this Sunday*Rickreall Grange flea market on tap*Hobby day set at Dallas library*Eola Hills water group will meet*Event to benefit Relay for Life*Dallas play park offers free trial*Pruning seminar Tuesday at park*Santiam Christian plans open house*Dancing classes offered by ICAN*Fundraiser set for Independence Library*Watershed group to host gathering*Meals for seniors available in area

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Brief Levens Street closure due

DALLAS -- The city will suspend the flow of thru-traffic on Southwest Levens Street between Rainbow and Academy on Saturday, March 7, while the Oregon Army National Guard conducts training exercises at the old Dallas swimming pool.

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3/4 Pedee News: Nola Womer

Pedee Church had close to a full house for its first monthly community movie night, where it showed "Fireproof," an entertaining and informative movie on marriage.

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MVCA color guard best in competition

MONMOUTH -- The color guard from Mid-Valley Christian Academy in Monmouth placed first in its division at the 2009 Evergreen Winter Color Guard and Percussion Show in Vancouver, Wash., on Feb. 21.

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3/4 Corrections

In a birth announcement headlined "Fitts," which appeared on Page 14A of the Feb. 25 issue of the Itemizer-Observer, the last name of great-grandparents Robert and Shirley Fitts was misspelled. The I-O regrets the error.

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3/4 Letters to the Editor

*City's spending is questioned*Self protection is a basic right*Kudos to DHS girls basketball*New dog park is appreciated*Group seeks info on Libby family*WOU extracts every last dime*Bond oversight group good idea*Keep an eye on government

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Central School District targets cuts

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- Since it was announced in November that cuts were needed to balance a major shortfall in the state's 2007-09 budget, "hope for the best, plan for the worst" has been a common mantra for K-12 schools in Oregon.

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3/4 OBITUARIES

*Barry 'Rabbit' Olson*Dorothy Helen Hill*Vivian Virginia Brown*Claudine Ann Sullenger*Maria Herrera*Alex M. Moon*Donald Milton Olson

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3/4 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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3/4 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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Extension lobbies for tax district

POLK COUNTY -- The Polk County Extension Office is going after a local taxing district, but county officials warned extension representatives that the community may not support the idea.

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Sheep smooching shenanigans

PERRYDALE -- The silver anniversary of Perrydale School's annual "Ag Olympigs" last week was celebrated with a new event -- sheep smooching.

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3/4 M-I Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

Dan Ivey, scholarship chairman of MI Town's own Independence Elks Lodge No. 1950, shares the news that three young women are recipients of recently awarded scholarships.

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3/4 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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Legislator seeks college mergers

MONMOUTH -- A bill recently proposed in the Legislature seeks to explore cost saving measures within the Oregon University System (OUS), including merging some smaller institutions with larger counterparts.

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