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Tuesday, August 31



Schools find forecast disappointing news

POLK COUNTY -- For local school districts, the state's revenue forecast announcement Aug. 26 meant trying to forget there was ever hope of restoring what had been cut earlier in the year.

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Changes eyed for grant program

SALEM -- The Oregon Business Development Department will be taking public comment on proposed changes on 2011 Community Development Block Grant guidelines until Sept. 8.

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Candidates set for city elections

Candidates for city offices are set for the November general election. Dallas, Falls City and Monmouth will have contested races for mayor and their open at-large city council seats. In Independence, one of three city positions is contested and Mayor John McArdle is running unopposed.

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Schools' scores are mixed bag

POLK COUNTY -- Students in elementary and high schools scored slightly better overall on statewide assessments, according to the Oregon Department of Education.

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A back-to-school spruce-up

FALLS CITY -- Before picking up pencils and books, students in Falls City -- and their parents and teachers -- picked up rakes and garden shears to spruce up Falls City Elementary School on Thursday, Aug. 26.

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The new pride of Panther Country

INDEPENDENCE -- Sylvia Warren says she still retains a certain nostalgia for the way Central High used to look when she was hired here back in 1993.

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9/1 MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

I've always thought of September as the month of new beginnings. It also helps to cushion the transition from summer to fall as we enjoy the happy sounds of kids walking down the street to the school bus stop.

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9/1 Your Garden: Deadheading flowers

Here's a gardening "chore" that many people find pleasant: If you wander through your garden and remove spent flowers, you can enjoy your summer's successes and prolong them at the same time.

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Want room to work? Here it is

DALLAS -- Larry Bennett has been a busy man the last several weeks. Bennett is in charge of maintenance at the former TTM building and, with a crew of subcontractors, has been working feverishly to get the facility ready for new tenants.

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Getting involved goal of Dallas event

DALLAS -- The first day of school is just around the corner. And if you still haven't found enough activities to enrich your school year, Dallas High School's Dragon Pride Night can help.

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9/1 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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9/1 Police Report

Information for the police 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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Arctic museum's future uncertain

MONMOUTH -- This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Paul Jensen Arctic Museum and its mission of educating the public on the culture of the frozen north and its people.

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Making up for a year of silence

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is an update to a two-part series published in January following then 1-year-old Ben Casalegno, who was born almost deaf and went through surgery to install an implant allowing him to hear.

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State budget woes linger

POLK COUNTY -- Most public agencies are bracing for additional cuts following the Aug. 26 state economist report projecting Oregon's biennial revenue shortfall would grow by another $377.5 million.

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Cutbacks are forcing Corrections changes

POLK COUNTY -- Budget constraints and an increasing number of criminal offenders needing post-prison supervision are forcing changes in the Polk County Community Corrections Department.

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9/1 Community Notebook

*'Ghost Walk' tour volunteers sought*SABLE House seeks new board members*Donations will aid area ONG families*Grief support group meets Wednesdays*Meals for seniors available in area*Women's military group to meet*Program on senior living scheduled*Chorus looking for members from area

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9/1 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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9/1 Quick numbers about Central High School

* Cost of school -- $49.77 million ($48.17 million of district general obligation bond proceeds, $1.3 million from a federal stimulus loan and $300,000 for design work from a 2006 general obligation bond.

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Bizarre shooting leads to arrests

POLK COUNTY -- A dispute between two Independence families last week ended with a husband and wife allegedly shooting a relative -- then immediately driving him to the hospital, law enforcement officials said.

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Wednesday, August 25

    

Tuesday, August 24



Gloomy state forecast due

POLK COUNTY -- Public agencies and educational institutions are waiting with bated breath for a state revenue forecast on Thursday, Aug. 26, that could cut into already-depleted budgets for the coming year.

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Girod: WOU feels like home

MONMOUTH -- Classes begin at Western Oregon University in less than a month. For Mark Girod, the anticipation and excitement surrounding this time of year never seems to wane, he said.

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Back in session

DALLAS -- In a little less than two weeks, children in Polk County will be heading back to the classroom. That means the race is on for parents to get their children prepared before the first school bell rings.

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Stabbing suspect caught

DALLAS -- Polk County sheriff's deputies arrested a suspect in a stabbing incident that occurred in Dallas on Aug. 17.

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8/25 Police Report

Information for the police 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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8/25 Business Notebook

*Firesteed wine receives award*Massage studio plans open house*Dallas cafe announces new hours*Farmers agent opens Dallas office

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Sharing a native tradition

GRAND RONDE -- A hint of a breeze started to kick up over the Uyxat Powwow Grounds Friday, Aug. 20, as Grand Ronde Tribal member Deitz Peters prepared for the first grand entry of Grand Ronde's Annual Contest Powwow.

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TTM property back on the market

DALLAS -- The new owners of the former TTM Technologies building on Monmouth Cutoff Road in Dallas were quick about making their intentions clear for the property.

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Putting patriotism back in schools

INDEPENDENCE -- Mornings at University Junior High in Riverside, Calif., always started the same way when Betty Plude was a student there in the 1950s -- with the Pledge of Allegiance.

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8/25 Community Notebook

*Fundraiser will aid community program*Deadline for 'Fall Fling' arrives Friday*Breakfast event will help seniors*Polk CASA offering school clothing*Dog wash planned Saturday in Dallas*Heritage Museum schedules picnic*Fitness program plans next session*Bible study group taking registration*Community center available for rent*PCAR fundraiser to aid local family

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8/25 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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Monmouth to expand parking

MONMOUTH -- The city of Monmouth plans to expand parking availability on Jackson Street near the Western Oregon University campus.

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8/25 News in Brief

*Area representatives set town hall*County schedules road projects*Kids benefit from helmet program*West Salem will see lane markings

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Hot weather cools fair attendence

RICKREALL -- The 2010 Polk County Fair suffered from a bout of heat exhaustion during its run earlier this month, resulting in lower-than-hoped-for attendance.

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8/25 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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Wednesday, August 18

    

Tuesday, August 17



8/18 Police Report

Information for the police 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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8/18 Pedee News: Nola Womer

Many "new" items have come in for Pedee Memorial Evangelical Church's community garage sale on Saturday, Aug. 21, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Western tops survey results

MONMOUTH -- Western Oregon University's Hispanic students have the best graduation rates in the country in comparison to their white counterparts, according to a recent study.

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Manslaughter trial set for January (

DALLAS -- Brock Britt, the man accused of manslaughter among other charges in the death of a Dallas woman in a June car accident, will stand trial in early 2011.

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No obstacle too big for these goats

RICKREALL -- The saying "as stubborn as a goat" is a cliche' for a reason, as several youngsters learned Friday, Aug. 13, during the Polk County Fair's annual goat obstacle course competition.

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8/18 News in Brief

*Concert series will host food drive*Reserve your spot for 'Taste of Polk'*Enterprise Road closure scheduled*Bounty Market to host family day*Grants available for Polk nonprofits

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Gals of the Gridiron

DALLAS -- Football isn't a total mystery to me. My dad, two brothers, a brother-in-law, and at least one sister-in-law can be found planted in front of a big screen every Saturday and Sunday during football season.

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Signups near for Master Gardeners' fall fling

DALLAS -- Registration is being accepted for the Polk County Master Gardeners' eighth annual "Fall Fling -- A Gardening Festival," set for Saturday, Sept. 11, from 8:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Dallas High School.

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Schools receiving federal aid money

POLK COUNTY -- Oregon school districts now know approximately how much federal money they will be getting after a $26 billion aid bill was signed into law last week.

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Farmers find gold in wheat

POLK COUNTY -- Randy Rohde was a third of the way through the harvest of his nearly 300 acres of wheat in Polk and Yamhill counties last week.

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Falls bond request headed for ballot

FALLS CITY -- The city council of Falls City approved a resolution Tuesday, Aug. 10, to place a tax levy on the ballot in November to purchase property adjacent to its namesake falls.

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8/18 Letters to the Editor

*Six-vehicle ferry spells problems*Credit union has community spirit*Museum now can help genealogists*City leaders not paying attention*Campbell right for judge position

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8/18 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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WOU anticipates a crowded house

MONMOUTH -- The state doesn't release official enrollment statistics for its public universities until four weeks into the start of the 2010 fall term.

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Stevens is still missing

POLK COUNTY -- The Polk County Sheriff's Office is continuing its search for a missing person and is asking for the public's assistance.

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LWC cycling event canceled

MONMOUTH -- The Luckiamute Watershed Council has announced the cancellation of the 2010 Le Tour de Luckiamute bike ride.

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Tribe set to host contest powwow

GRAND RONDE -- The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde Contest Powwow, one of the largest powwows held in the Pacific Northwest, will bring all of its color and pageantry to Polk County this weekend.

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8/18 OBITUARIES

*Kathleen Diane Clark*Greg J. Norwest*Horace Faulkner*Francis C. Kettleson & Allen M. Kettleson*Doris M. Wilson*Steven G. Jones*Freda Maurine Brite*Jeanette Lavenai Campbell*Jack W. Abernathy*Bonnie Lynn Lenaerts

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Sex offender notification given

POLK COUNTY -- Polk County Community Corrections is notifying area residents about a sex offender who is scheduled for release Saturday, Aug. 21.

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Community mourns loss of friend

INDEPENDENCE -- Vern Wells said he wasn't sure what to think when Roger Lloyd walked into the Independence Police Department nearly a decade ago, seeking to become an officer.

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8/18 Community Notebook

*Good Sam Club to host fundraiser*Hospital foundation gala set for Friday*Night of comedy coming to Dallas*OSU canning class scheduled Saturday*Dancing Oaks sets casting workshop*M-I chamber, PCL team up for event

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Things heat up at Polk county Fair

RICKREALL -- The swine barn at the Polk County Fairgrounds is usually a hectic place this time of year, filled rafter to rafter with the grunts and squeals of hyperactive pigs.

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Center aims to chase away stress

DALLAS -- The Dallas Health & Vitality Center, opening this fall in downtown Dallas, will offer an expansive list of products and services that aren't easy to find elsewhere in town.

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Candidates for city races face deadline

POLK COUNTY -- The deadline is fast approaching for individuals planning to file their candidacy to run for mayor or city council in Polk County's four incorporated cities. Tuesday, Aug. 24, is the final day would-be candidates can submit applications in order to qualify for the November general election.

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8/18 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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8/18 Business Notebook

*House of Floors in new showroom*L'Attitude One offers wine tastings*Upholstery store has new name*Stylist joins Hot Rod Hair team*Workforce office adds area analyst

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Thursday, August 12



Wednesday, August 11



8/11 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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Federal money could help area schools

DALLAS -- The U.S. House of Representatives passed a $26 billion aid bill Tuesday, Aug. 10, that included $10 billion to save teaching jobs in school districts nationwide.

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8/11 School Notes / Academic Honors

*Camp for LaCreole sixth-graders set*School supply donations accepted*LVCS staffers attend conference*Polk students to graduate from UO*Local group awards 4 scholarships

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8/11 OBITUARIES

*Ronald Leroy Parker*Jacqueline 'Jackie' N. Lalack*Dorothy Flynn Ross*Leslie E. Dickerson*Rachel Ouellette Miller*Lottie Grace Quinn*Larry C. Fresh*Francis C. Kettleson & Allene M. Kettleson*Horace 'Butch' Franklin Faulkner Jr.*Roger Jessup Lloyd*Gregory J. Norwest*Wendell E. Curry*Leta Joy Cook*Wilbur Wayne Rudy*Juanita M. Fern

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Rural Dallas: It is indeed part of cougars' territory

DALLAS -- Blaine Billman knew something was wrong when he spotted one of his two angora pygmy goats alone on July 29. "First, I noticed one goat standing out in the field by herself, which is unusual because they are always together," he said.

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8/11 Pedee News: Nola Womer

Nola Womer has been having trouble getting around lately, so I, Arlene Kovash, am helping her out with her column from time to time.

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Objective: Save music in schools

DALLAS -- A group of parents and concerned citizens who believe music is more than just a class is raising money to save music education in Dallas elementary schools.

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8/11 Police Report

Information for the police 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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The Spiritual Side of Healing

DALLAS -- For some people, music is a natural ability found early. For others, finding a voice -- or an instrument -- takes time. John Two Eagles falls among the latter category of musicians.

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School ratings a mixed bag

POLK COUNTY -- Mixed might be the best word to describe how Polk County's school districts fared last year in ratings handed out under the No Child Left Behind law.

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West Salem festival set for Friday

WEST SALEM -- The sounds of classic rock music will fill the air during West Salem's annual community celebration, West Fest, scheduled Friday, Aug. 13, at Wallace Marine Park.

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Tuesday, August 10



8/11 Community Notebook

*County food drive taking donations*ICAN heritage craft program to resume*Reserve your spot for 'Taste of Polk'*Children can learn basic Spanish skills*Rickreall Grange sale this weekend*Credit unions plan appreciation event*Women's football clinic being offered*Church set to host gospel performer*'Fiddler on the Roof' auditions are set*Gala will benefit hospital foundation*Fraternal group selects officers*Volunteers sought for counseling jobs

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Dallas High registration scheduled Aug. 16-19

DALLAS -- Registration for the 2010-11 year at Dallas High School begins next week. Dallas High will be open for registration Monday, Aug. 16, from 7 a.m. to noon, and Tuesday-Thursday, Aug. 17-19, from noon to 7:30 p.m.

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Dallas meeting room gets needed update

DALLAS -- The next time you go to a Dallas City Council meeting, look around. You might notice something different. The city has refurbished the room serving as the city council chambers and municipal courtroom at City Hall.

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Ferry will close for replacement

BUENA VISTA -- The Buena Vista Ferry will be closed for the remainder of its season starting Monday, Aug. 16, to begin work on the ferry's replacement project.

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Homeless offender housing forum set

DALLAS -- The Dallas Ministerial Association will host a meeting to plan for the housing needs of recently released and homeless offenders in Dallas on Wednesday, Aug. 18.

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8/11 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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Language project is a good fit

INDEPENDENCE -- Many high school seniors find that one of the most difficult aspects of completing a senior project is actually deciding what to do. For Celene Garcia, an incoming senior at Central High School, that was the easy part.

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All that jazz ... and more

MONMOUTH -- Looking up at the stage in Western Oregon University's Smith Hall Recital Room, Keller Coker offers some enthusiastic words of encouragement and advice to a group of about a dozen aspiring jazz musicians.

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Book dishes out praise for WOU

MONMOUTH -- It is not often that a school's officials beam when their university is mentioned in a book with a title like "Higher Education? How Colleges Are Wasting Our Money and Failing Our Kids -- and What We Can Do About It."

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8/11 Letters to the Editor

*Grand marshals enjoyed parade*New senior center worthy of support*A vote for Avera a vote for the best*Summerfest music was event highlight*Campbell would be great Polk judge

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It's time for a 'barnyard party'

RICKREALL -- The 2010 Polk County Fair will feature fun for the whole family starting Thursday, Aug. 12, during its four-day "barnyard party." That is especially true for families with a taste for rodeo action thanks to the addition of a new event, Friday's Family Night Rodeo.

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Wednesday, August 4

     

Tuesday, August 3

 

8/4 School Notes

*Perrydale schedules registration*Three appointed to WESD board*Local student attending OSU camp

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8/4 Pedee News: Nola Womer

Pedee Memorial Evangelical Church's "Church in the Park" was on a chilly July Sunday morning this year, but that didn't deter the congregation.

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8/4 Community Notebook

*Group's donation will fight cancer*Master Gardeners can provide help*CASA volunteer training scheduled*Local Republicans planning gathering*Reunion for Valsetz residents Saturday*Hospice schedules fundraising sale*Pentacle auditions scheduled Aug. 7*Jump roping camp set for Aug. 9-13*Local agency will host family activity*Volunteers needed for meal program*Donations sought for benefit sale*Sign ups accepted for rural bike tour

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Dallas lunch programs numbers down

DALLAS -- Last Thursday looked like it would be a busier-than-normal day at Evangelical Bible Church for Dallas School District's free summer lunch program.

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Summer lunches fill big need

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- With 10 minutes to go until noon, the counter in front of Karen King's kitchen at Henry Hill Elementary School is covered in plates of corn dogs, applesauce and bananas.

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Retirement foundation names development director

DALLAS -- The Dallas Retirement Foundation has appointed Sue Lamb of Dallas as its development director. Lamb brings a wealth of nonprofit and board experience to the position through her involvement in the community.

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Worker encounters cougar, fends it off

POLK COUNTY -- A federal researcher had a close encounter with a cougar while doing field work west of Dallas near Rickreall Creek Reservoir, Bureau of Land Management officials said.

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Museum gets some relief at last

INDEPENDENCE -- That the Heritage Museum just happens to sit in an 1888 Baptist Church is, in many ways, a blessing for the city's repository for historical items.

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8/4 Police Report

Information for the police 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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Buyer identified for TTM site

DALLAS -- City of Dallas officials have confirmed that the former TTM Technologies building on Monmouth Cutoff Road has a new owner.

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8/4 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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Pirates? Aye! And a whole lot more

DALLAS -- "Thar be pirates," indeed. The city of Dallas was overcome with people getting into the spirit of the pirate-themed Summerfest 2010 July 29-Aug. 1.

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8/4 OBITUARIES

*Mary Alma Edmonds*Marion T. Savage*Rachel Ouellette Miller*Margaret 'Peggy' Huggins*Martha Jo Mierau*Emilyn Lucille Stevens*Jewel E. Coniber*Don Trowbridge*Les Dickerson

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8/4 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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Repair work scheduled along bike path

MONMOUTH -- If you regularly start your mornings with a bike ride or jog on the pavement that parallels Highway 99W and runs north out of Monmouth, you'll have to settle for an alternate route for a while.

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Pot plants seized after discovery

POLK COUNTY -- Authorities discovered a marijuana grow in a secluded section of timberland in northwest Polk County on July 28 that could have potentially yielded millions of dollars.

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Got Ink?

INDEPENDENCE -- There's a racket emanating from the construction happening down the block from Kevin Hamlin's tattoo studio in Independence. Heavy metal music blares from speakers inside.

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Polk County, your phone book has arrived

POLK COUNTY -- Your 2010-11 Polk County Telephone Directory is ready for delivery. The Polk County Itemizer-Observer and Eagle Directories have teamed up to produce your new local phone book. Residents and business owners in Dallas, Falls City, Independence, Monmouth and Rickreall, as well as outlying areas, should receive one of the 18,000 copies of the book in the mail this week.

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8/4 Business Notebook

*Roth's/Kettles program raises funds for group*Westcorp's Brice trained to serve military clients*K-D business adds U-Haul rental services

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8/4 MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

It's not too early to talk about one of my favorite summer happenings. The Polk County Fair is celebrating a very special Barnyard Party, and all of the activities are scheduled Aug. 12-15 at the fairgrounds in Rickreall.

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Ballfield project: Good, bad news

INDEPENDENCE -- A few weeks ago, Independence's North Riverfront Ballfield project was staring down a delay that would have pushed its completion out to 2012 -- or beyond.

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An honorable retirement

DALLAS -- Before landing a job in the Polk County District Attorney's Office in 1975, Circuit Court Judge Charles Luukinen found the courtroom he believed was fit for a trial.

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8/4 Letters to the Editor

*School music is a worthy investment*Team's coaches made season fun*Help available for area homeowners*Mansell has skills needed to be judge*Our basic rights are in the ditch*Pick Campbell for Polk circuit court*It's elementary: Ban plastic bags*Music program appreciates help*Inconsiderate ruin parade for some

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