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Wednesday, December 29



Area groups will recycle your tree

POLK COUNTY -- A number of local not-for-profit groups and organizations are offering to recycle your Christmas tree for a nominal fee beginning this week. Among those providing tree recycling in Polk County:

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Scorecard

High school standings and results, Starlite Lanes weekly bowling leaders

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Tuesday, December 28



12/29 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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Donations of items for homeless sought

POLK COUNTY -- In preparation for its upcoming Homeless Count 2011 in Polk and Marion counties, Mid-Willamette Valley Community Action Agency is seeking donations to distribute to homeless individuals on the day of the count.

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12/29 Public Agenda Calendar

Public Agenda is a listing of upcoming meetings for governmental agencies in Polk County. To submit a meeting, send it at least two weeks before the actual meeting date to the

December 28, 2010 2:06 p.m. read more..


Curious about a new culture

MONMOUTH -- Caleb Centanni plans to travel with his family to Taiwan next spring to visit an older brother working in the country.

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12/29 OBITUARIES

*Charlene Marie Littrell*Peggy R. Van Patten*Robert Alan Barnhart*Jack E. Cook*Jose Manuel Escoto-Ojeda*Marcile 'Marcy' Yvonne Welburn*Mary Sherwood Moranville*Barbara J. Helgerson

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Woman arrested in meth deal

INDEPENDENCE -- A Monmouth woman was arrested earlier this month for dealing methamphetamine in the parking lot of an Independence bar -- and having her infant daughter in tow as it was happening.

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12/29 Letters to the Editor

*Opportunities exist along Highway 22*Volunteers make hoop shoot a hit*Fire department breakfast a winner*Remarks about store insensitive

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Falls City welcomes Sweet Shop

FALLS CITY -- The soon-to-be-opened Sweet Shop located in the same building as Paula's Kitchen on Main Street will sell just what the name implies.

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Cake with Kick

MONMOUTH -- Barbara Storey remembers being roused from bed on Christmas Eve in 1997 -- when she was still living and running her bakery business in Cornelius -- by a pounding at the front door.

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12/29 MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

The Christmas carols have taken flight from the airwaves, and all of the department stores are no longer filled with sparkling lights and eye-catching displays.

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Beating the winter break blues

POLK COUNTY -- Bahadur Ijaz of Monmouth killed a few hours last Tuesday playing the video game "Call of Duty." His pal, John Hynes, slogged through a list of chores, compliments of dad.

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12/29 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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12/29 Community Notebook

*Cookbooks sought for charity effort*Holiday music jam scheduled Thursday*Class on beginning yoga offered in KV*Health screening service available*Life story writing seminar continues*New kids' activity planned by library*Wellness programs to hold orientation

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Wednesday, December 22

             

Tuesday, December 21



12/22 Pedee News: Nola Womer

Heads-up, everyone: Pedee Memorial Evangelical Church's Christmas Eve candlelight service will be at 8 p.m. at the church on Friday, Dec. 24, rather than the earlier time advertised.

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Fanning the flames

MONMOUTH -- Firefighters battled a blaze at a home at the corner of Knox and Jackson streets for nearly three hours on a cold and soggy Saturday morning.

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Holidays mean changes to some I-O deadlines

The upcoming Christmas and New Year's Day holidays have resulted in several changes to the usual news and advertising deadlines at the Itemizer-Observer for the Dec. 29 and Jan. 5 issues.

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12/22 Public Agenda Calendar

Public Agenda is a listing of upcoming meetings for governmental agencies in Polk County. To submit a meeting, send it at least two weeks before the actual meeting date to the

December 21, 2010 2:08 p.m. read more..


12/22 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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Kids' immunizations need to be complete

POLK COUNTY -- The new year will be here before you know it, and the Oregon Immunization Program is reminding parents that now is the time to make sure kids' vaccination records are complete.

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12/22 OBITUARIES

*Tom Hamilton*Charles 'Chuck' Ezra Hensley*David Ross Jordan*Howard Newton Frederick*Charlene Elaine Hamilton*Gylan Mulkey*Loyd Norton Berkey*David Logan Crace*Nola R. Womer

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12/22 Letters to the Editor

*Republicans don't care for most of us*Fund established for cancer victim*Grocery article leaves bad taste*Group steps up for family, others

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12/22 Community Notebook

*Christmas Cheer needs volunteers*Financial adviser to host open house*Christmas dinner planned by church*Coyote Joe's plans holiday meal event*Master Gardener training available*Help needed with Dallas bird count*Shopping handbag sales to aid OFWM*Pentacle Theatre names new board

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Dallas employees give back to community

DALLAS -- Dallas' Community Holiday Dinner requires 200 pounds of ham, 12 gallons of green beans and enough mashed potatoes for 250 people. The biggest ingredient, though, is caring for others.

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Sound of music fills schools

DALLAS -- Elementary schools in Dallas, at least for a short while, had music classes back on the schedule in the last few weeks.

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LMS robotics team qualifies for state

DALLAS -- Members of the LaCreole Middle School robotics club team, "Nerd Herd," were running out of hope as the top teams were announced at the group's inaugural First Lego League competition on Dec. 12.

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12/22 MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

As we make plans for our Christmas celebrations -- whether we are driving over the river and through the woods or have tickets for warm and sunny destinations -- there are those in MI Town and in neighboring communities whose holidays will not be merry or bright without the help so badly needed from all of us.

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Kids learn about dangers of guns

DALLAS -- Oakdale Heights and Lyle elementary schools had a guest "teacher" in classes recently. His name is Eddie Eagle and he is all about keeping children safe around guns.

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City likely to face budget woes

INDEPENDENCE -- The city of Independence could find itself wrestling significant budget deficits during the next five years, officials said.

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Crazy about Santa

MONMOUTH -- Marie Kristiansen has only a modest number of decorations outside of her home at a time of the year when the goal is typically to have the brightest and most festive house on the block.

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12/22 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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12/22 School Notes / Academic Honors

*After-school art sign-ups accepted*Dallas woman part of production*Western will host next preview day*SC honor roll includes Polk students*Local man earns doctorate degree*Monmouth resident receives degree

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Home Decor or Health Hazard?

MONMOUTH -- On page 38 of the December issue of "Better Homes and Gardens" magazine is a photograph of a rustic-looking entry table with painted books and angels -- an obvious decorative piece meant to impress company during the holidays.

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Wednesday, December 15

              

Tuesday, December 14

 

12/15 MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

Some folks are organized and their gifts were wrapped weeks ago. Christmas cards were neatly stacked on the corner of the desk, ready for mailing Thanksgiving weekend. Other people are waiting for payday before they can begin shopping. And most of us fall somewhere in between.

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Area livestock programs topic for Extension event

DALLAS -- A workshop to review livestock and dairy related OSU Extension programs in Polk County will be held Thursday, Dec. 16, from 7 to 9 p.m. in Room 108 of the Academy Building, 182 SW Academy St., Dallas.

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Child safety seat clinic is Saturday

INDEPENDENCE -- Polk County Fire District No. 1, in conjunction with Safe Kids Willamette Valley, will be hosting a child passenger seat safety clinic on Saturday, Dec. 18.

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12/15 Community Notebook

*Dance school sets event, food drive*MVCA schedules Christmas program*Clothing, toys still needed for effort*Food donations taken for project*Annual live nativity planned by church*Tree sales benefit Dallas sports group*Dallas arboretum seeking volunteers*Children's clothing, toy giveaway set*Items needed for M-I holiday project*'Cards for Guards' taking donations*Financial adviser to host open house*Registration open for Bible study*Meals available for West Salem seniors

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12/15 OBITUARIES

*Mildred Madeline Sleppy Hunter*Helen F. Webb*Myrna Simmons Johnson*Russell Laverne Leno*Arthur 'Art' Zinzer*Paul Albert Ronco*Samuel Wesley Miles*Franklin C. Rush*Joseph Peter Rettler Jr.

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District considering May local option levy

DALLAS -- The Dallas School Board discussed the possibility of putting a local option levy on the ballot and the procedure for hiring a new Dallas High School principal at its meeting Monday night.

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12/15 Letters to the Editor

*Spirit of Christmas is alive and well*Good Samaritan's help appreciated*Raise unjustified given tough times*Better adjectives describe wrestler*Charitable help is needed year-round*Dallas Winterfest a huge success*Caseworker goes above and beyond*Restructuring best school funding help*Pharmacy staff go above and beyond*DHS dance team a source of pride*Council makes bad choice giving raise

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12/15 Pedee News: Nola Womer

The Pedee Women's Club spent last Wednesday preparing for its annual Christmas Luncheon to be held today (Wednesday, Dec. 15) at noon at the clubhouse.

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12/15 Public Agenda Calendar

Public Agenda is a listing of upcoming meetings for governmental agencies in Polk County. To submit a meeting, send it at least two weeks before the actual meeting date to the

December 14, 2010 3:19 p.m. read more..


12/15 Community Calendar

Community Calendar is a listing of upcoming events taking place in Polk County that are open to the public. To submit an event for calendar consideration, please send it at least two weeks before the actual event date to the

December 14, 2010 3:19 p.m. read more..
 

12/15 School Notes

*School board vacancy to go unfilled*Oakdale recipient of $1,000 grant*Class openings available at LVCS*Perrydale board meets on new day*KVCS offering school spirit wear*Grants available for safety ideas

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Public works director retiring

MONMOUTH -- Craig Johns will step down as Monmouth public works director at the end of the year. "I have a lot of other interests that I'm anxious to pursue," Johns, 63, said. "One of those being devoting more time to my family.

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12/15 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.

December 14, 2010 3:19 p.m. read more..


Not your typical fish story

DALLAS -- Faith Christian School's third- and fourth-grade class witnessed what could be the beginning of a momentous journey last week.

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She's a source of workplace sunshine

DALLAS -- Belle McComb has a laugh that could make anybody smile. The 52-year-old participant of Dallas Goodwill's Community Integration Program is known around the store for her sunny personality, which has brightened the days of the people around her for years.

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A strong start to learning

FALLS CITY -- In Falls City's Child Development Center's kindergarten enrichment program, even "quiet time" is a teaching opportunity.

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Spirit of giving hits Dallas boy

DALLAS -- Collin Graves, a 10-year-old from Dallas, decided this Christmas that he wanted to do more than buy presents for his family. In a typical year, he would earn money doing chores around the house to spend on Christmas.

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Tallest tree claim falls a little short

MONMOUTH -- When Western Oregon University's giant sequoia is decorated and lit every winter for the holidays, the advertising surrounding the event often includes a boast of the 123-foot specimen.

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City funds for museum unlikely

MONMOUTH -- Financial support from the city of Monmouth to keep the Jensen Arctic Museum afloat appears unlikely, town leaders said.

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Group will examine biomass proposal

DALLAS -- The city of Dallas will be forming a citizens advisory committee in 2011 to discuss the construction and operation of a possible biomass gasification facility in Dallas.

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Grocer has high hopes for downtown store

DALLAS -- Dallas won't be a one grocery store town for much longer. The building that most recently housed Dallas Market, which closed earlier this year, will open in early 2011 with a new name and look.

December 14, 2010 3:19 p.m. read more..


Wednesday, December 8

               

Scorecard

Football playoffs, basketball standings and results, Starlite Lanes bowling leaders

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Tuesday, December 7

 

12/8 Community Notebook

*Donate food, get discount for movies*Arc of Polk plans Friday dance event*Tamale fundraiser aids Relay For Life* Weekend gun show set at fairgrounds*Cub Scouts to hold scouting carnival*Seniors schedule meeting, elections*Pentacle Theatre will hold auditions*Country folk dance slated for Saturday*Holiday sing-along scheduled at KVCC*Choir will perform Christmas program*Holiday play on tap Sunday at church*'Giving tree' to aid residents of center*Nonprofit seeks toy donations for kids*'Coats for Kids' taking donations*Winter clothing drive under way*Meals for seniors available in area*

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12/8 School Notes/Academic Honors

*SCHOOL NOTES 'Ebenezer' continues on Central stage*Holiday art show set at Oakdale*Perrydale board meets on new day*KVCS has classroom openings*Deadline for next ACT test is Jan. 7*ACADEMIC HONORS Dallas duo earn OSU scholarships*

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Updated 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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Most K-12 schools hit marks

POLK COUNTY -- More than 71 percent of Oregon K-12 schools met federal benchmarks in 2009-10, with the percentage of middle schools meeting standards up by 4 percent.

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WOU looking to 'go Greek'

MONMOUTH -- When describing Western Oregon University and his experience here during the beginning of his freshman year, Gabriel Jenks said he's personally found something missing among students.

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12/8 News in Brief

*Police break up party, 29 cited*Two-vehicle crash injures 4 people*Rollover accident snarls a.m. traffic

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12/8 Letters to the Editor

*Privatizing Social Security bad idea*Community makes toy drive a success*Donations of fresh produce a blessing*Salvation Army in need of bellringers*Donation will aid 'education fund'*First BOT festival a great success

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12/8 OBITUARIES

*Margaret L. Miller*Ronald David White*Ralph George Shiflet*Frank D. Iott*Orrin C. Thomas*Stella Grace Wirfs Lowe Gordon*Deanna Karen Beehner*Arthur L. Welker*Alan Eugene 'Gene' Chandler*

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Foreclosure prevention assistance available(

POLK COUNTY -- Oregon Housing and Community Services (OHCS) has launched a new website -- www.oregonhomeownerhelp.org -- to provide information to homeowners about how to prevent foreclosures and will offer an application for assistance online beginning Friday, Dec. 10.

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12/8 MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

The main streets of MI Town are all aglow with bright and festive decorations, and the lights from the beautiful sequoia tree on the Western Oregon University campus can be seen from Highway 99 as travelers from near and far arrive to celebrate the Christmas season.

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Weatherman makes science cool

MONMOUTH -- Talking to third- and fourth-graders at Ash Creek Elementary School, TV meteorologist Rod Hill posed a serious question: Why is it that a coastal city like Astoria receives more rainfall than their hometown of Monmouth?

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12/8 Public Agenda Calendar

Public Agenda is a listing of upcoming meetings for governmental agencies in Polk County. To submit a meeting, send it at least two weeks before the actual meeting date to the

December 7, 2010 3:44 p.m. read more..


12/8 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.

December 7, 2010 3:44 p.m. read more..


Shopping Shortage?

POLK COUNTY -- When Dallas Market closed its doors in late October, city leaders were hopeful that a replacement grocery store for downtown could be quickly found.

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LVCS classes go high-tech

DALLAS -- If you're a teacher, it's not always easy to coax a student into solving a problem in front of the class or taking part in a discussion.

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Community Calendar

Community Calendar is a listing of upcoming events taking place in Polk County that are open to the public.

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12/8 Pedee News: Nola Womer

The results are in on the Pedee Women's Club holiday fair on Nov. 13 and they did well, although not quite as well as last year.

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Popular Perrydale teacher retiring

PERRYDALE -- After about a quarter of a century of hosting senior lunches, corn feeds, Halloween caroling and planning the shenanigans that is Ag Olympigs, Mr. Perrydale -- agriculture teacher and FFA advisor Kirk Hutchinson -- is stepping down.

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Wednesday, December 1