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Friday, February 26



2/24 BREAKING NEWS: Sentences handed down

DALLAS -- Polk County Deputy District Attorney Sally Avera said despite the violence of the September attack of a Falls City man, her office made a deal with the young defendants to give them a second chance. The attack took place in Dallas on Sept. 25, 2009.

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Thursday, February 25



Wednesday, February 24



Falls City seeks ideas for event

FALLS CITY -- Craving an old-fashioned Fourth of July celebration? Falls City is looking for individuals interested in planning an Independence Day event that creates an old-time ambience in town.

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Teens reach plea agreement

DALLAS -- Three Dallas teens facing attempted murder and assault charges in the September 2009 beating of a Falls City man have reached a plea agreement with the Polk County District Attorney's Office.

February 24, 2010 9:24 a.m. read more..


Health Habits

Despite concerns regarding air quality and obesity, Polk County is one of the healthiest areas in state

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2/24 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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2/24 Pedee News: Nola Womer

The ride to Pedee Memorial Evangelical Church Sunday, Feb. 14, for the 10 a.m. worship service was with my friend, Kathy Zehner of Monmouth. Kathy and I found we had many things about which to visit.

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M-I Chamber feels financial squeeze

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- The Monmouth-Independence Chamber of Commerce is wrestling with a number of financial and staffing difficulties, its representatives said.

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Robotics team makes its mark

DALLAS -- Dallas High School's robotics team, the Cyber Drakes, will need to add a little heft to its robot before taking it to the First Tech Challenge state tournament this weekend.

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WOU to stage wacky musical

MONMOUTH -- Laughter probably wasn't the intention of the creators of the 1936 anti-drug film "Tell Your Children" -- retitled "Reefer Madness" when it hit theaters the following year.

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Marijuana grower arrested

POLK COUNTY -- Law enforcement officials arrested a medical marijuana grower south of Monmouth last week for illegal distribution of the drug.

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Art ... a bit on the wild side

DALLAS -- Situated among the wild game trophies that adorn Doug Kitchin's workshop in Dallas is the head of a small melanistic buck.

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2/24 Community Notebook

*Demonstration on pruning scheduled*Garden club will meet in Falls City*Love songs theme of music jam event*Country dance set Friday at Majestic*Waffle breakfast to aid Haiti relief*Beef weigh-in day for fair auction set*Seniors to conduct fundraising meal*New area bike club plans first meeting*Kings Valley group to gather Saturday*Fraud prevention workshop on tap*'Total Fitness' class resumes March 1*Life story writing workshop continues*Dr. Seuss birthday celebration planned*Library's movie fundraiser slated

February 24, 2010 9:24 a.m. read more..


2/24 OBITUARIES

*Louise Alice Smith*Juanita M. Fern*Charles L. Dirlam*John David & Brigitte Christa Woodmansee*Julie Kay Tamayo

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2/24 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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2/24 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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Firefighters honored at award ceremony

DALLAS -- A capacity crowd packed Bollman Auditorium to honor the city's firefighters and emergency medical service professionals at the annual Sweetheart Banquet and Awards Program.

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2/24 Letters to the Editor

*Younger generation makes a difference*Student's life story was heartwarming*Business needs Falls City support*WOU Mardi Gras event was winner*Talent on display during 'Starmites'*Living in Dallas ruined by vandals*Central Lions Club thanks community*Proper punishment needed if guilty*Horse camp is great experience

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2/24 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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PCL recognizes team members during banquet

MONMOUTH -- Partnerships in Community Living Inc. held its annual Team Member Appreciation Banquet on Feb. 12 to recognize the past years' achievements and hard work by its employees.

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Scorecard

High school basketball standings, Starlite Lanes bowling

February 24, 2010 8:39 a.m. read more..
    

Thursday, February 18

              

Wednesday, February 17



2/17 School Notes / Academic Honors

*Henry Hill carnival slated for Friday*Dallas FFA Almuni plan fundraiser*Deadline approaching for ACT test*Student-teacher in Africa posts blog*Agricultural scholarships available*Perrydale seeks budget members*LVCS plans annual dinner, auction*Dallas student on Goshen honor roll*Eriksen earns bachelor's degree

February 17, 2010 6:05 p.m. read more..


Family seeks clues about missing man

MONMOUTH -- The family of a missing Monmouth man is still searching for clues in his disappearance. John Biesen, 40, had been visiting his father and friends in Gold Beach during the Christmas and New Year's holidays, according to Micheal Biesen, John's half-brother, of Eureka, Calif.

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Ag sales decline in county, state

POLK COUNTY -- Oregon's farming industry saw a 14.5 percent decrease in gross sales in 2009 from the previous year, according to a report released by the Oregon State Extension Service.

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Spirit Mountain chef nets award

GRAND RONDE -- Spirit Mountain Executive Chef Richard Burr didn't know he was starting a career when he accepted a job washing dishes at age 17. He took the position in a Tumwater, Wash., restaurant 39 years ago as a way to earn credit toward graduating from high school.

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2/17 OBITUARIES

*Marsha Mae Krehbiel*Thelma Lazott Booth Jessup*Dustin Michael Ewert*Minnie Marie Owens*Roy Alfred Hedrick*Yolanda Garza Sanchez*Thomas Bartel*Carolyn Sue Henry*Lyle C. Randall*Raymond Walter Edgell

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2/17 Letters to the Editor

*Dallas Cemetery caretaker praised*City could learn lesson from voters*Ash Creek Trail plan has issues*Check for bushes at bad intersection*Don't go down medical pot road*Taking exception with sentences*Tea Party radicals may spell disaster*Family thanks all for support

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2/17 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

February 17, 2010 2:52 p.m. read more..


2/17 News in Brief

*Business assistance workshop scheduled*Transitional housing meeting set Feb. 22*Dallas man elected to state fair board*GRP deadline nears for local landowners

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2/17 Living to a different beat

DALLAS -- Following Dallas High student John Miller through the school's halls is like watching the prom king travel through his kingdom.

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2/17 MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

February weather provides us with more twists and turns than a Monte Carlo road rally. One day we're outside without even a light jacket; the next, we're curled up in a big chair by the fire, wondering when the warmth will begin to soothe our chilled bones.

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FC forest reclassification set

FALLS CITY -- An Oregon Department of Forestry review may make significant changes to what lands are considered forestland in the state. In Falls City, reclassifications could affect up to two-thirds of properties within the city limits.

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New era begins for McMullin Motors

DALLAS -- Signs for McMullin Chevrolet standing high over the automobile dealership on Jefferson Street came down last week. Theywill be replaced with signs declaring the new name of the dealership: McMullin Motors.

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2/17 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

February 17, 2010 2:52 p.m. read more..


Visitor restrictions lifted at hospital

DALLAS -- Salem Health is lifting visitor restrictions at West Valley Hospital in Dallas and Salem Hospital due to the incidence of flu decreasing in the mid-Willamette Valley.

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Independence business fair slated March 18

INDEPENDENCE -- If you're a businesses owner in Independence hunting for potential customers, or a resident wondering what the community has to offer, consider attending the city's first Business Networking Fair on Thursday, March 18.

February 17, 2010 2:52 p.m. read more..


DHS robotics team on to state

DALLAS -- Members of Dallas High School's new robotics team, the Cyber Drakes, had plenty to learn about designing and programming robots this year.

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2/17 Community Notebook

*Donations sought for local agencies*Native plant sale set this weekend*Harlem All-Stars to make stop at WOU*Family movie night scheduled at library*Historical society to meet Saturday*Kids' activity night takes place Feb. 20*Iran history, culture presentation topic*Healthy bones topic of Extension clinic*Annual Holocaust discussion planned*Family game night set in Independence*Hoodoo snow bus taking registration*Leadership training seminar scheduled*Beef weigh-in day for fair auction set*Simulcast seminar on marriage offered.

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2/17 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.

February 17, 2010 2:52 p.m. read more..


Living to a different beat

DALLAS -- Following Dallas High student John Miller through the school's halls is like watching the prom king travel through his kingdom. Most of the students know him by name, and almost as many stop to chat with him.

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2/17 Pedee News: Nola Womer

The ride to Pedee on Feb. 7 for the 10 a.m. worship service at Pedee Memorial Evangelical Church was under a dismal sky at first. There were patches of fog in the distance and low clouds hid the sun.

February 17, 2010 2:52 p.m. read more..


Classics set to new tunes

MONMOUTH -- It's unknown when exactly the Aztec indian poem Kevin Helppie calls "I, the Singer" was created. Or who authored it.

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2/17 Business Notebook

*Vendors sought for home, garden show*Marquis, Make-A-Wish mark 10 years*Washington Street Pub adds karaoke

February 17, 2010 2:52 p.m. read more..

Thursday, February 11

             

Scorecard

High school basketball standings, Starlite Lanes bowling

February 11, 2010 3:51 p.m. read more..


Wednesday, February 10

  

Young entrepreneur keeps busy

INDEPENDENCE -- Instead of waiting until he was a teenager to get his first job, a 9-year-old Chris Hinds figured he could get a jump on things by starting his own business.

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2/10 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

February 10, 2010 9:38 a.m. read more..
   

2/10 OBITUARIES

*Dorothy Pearl Fletcher*Leverett 'Lev' Edward Lowrie*Danny Kyle Mrotek*Alma Lydia Renchler-Hurst*Minnie Marie Owens*James Roy Starr*Thelma Lazoot Booth Jessup

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2/10 MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

In the midst of the winter doldrums, the signs of Valentine's Day all over MI Town brings smiles to even the most grumpy faces. It's a happy day to celebrate love and romance, and a wonderful excuse to show someone special how much you care.

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Worth the trouble?

Polk law enforcement officials question whether Oregon’s medical marijuana rule is good policy

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Meetings important for forested land owners

POLK COUNTY -- Rural Polk County landowners will have opportunities at two public meetings this month to learn the results of a year-long forestland classification project identifying forestland within the county to be assessed for fire protection by the Oregon Department of Forestry.

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2/10 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.

February 10, 2010 9:38 a.m. read more..
 

2/10 Community Notebook

*Master Gardeners honor volunteers*Help needed with Gentle House yard*Conflict resolution training to begin*Swing dance class for youths on tap*Polk Republicans meet on Thursday*Native plant use subject of seminar*Local Cub Scouts set annual banquet*WOU club will host Chinese celebration*Field trip planned to Baskett Slough*Pruning workshop scheduled Feb. 13*County fair board sets work session*Homemade candy available for sale*Managing weight class being offered*Princess Tea Party to aid Relay For Life*KV bake sale to aid Haiti quake victims*Family craft activity takes place Feb. 13*Country folk dance coming Saturday*Sunday breakfast set at Buell Grange*M-I arts group plans 'Valentine Crush'*Financial makeover workshop scheduled*Church makes plans for pancake supper*Bible study group meets Wednesdays*Volunteers needed for driving classes*Dallas arboretum seeking volunteers

February 10, 2010 9:38 a.m. read more..


2/10 News in Brief

*Property tax payment due Feb. 16*Mayors to give 'state of the cities'*Polk cities honored for cooperation*Local grants available for parks

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Central turf project gets board OK

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- Central School District officials have approved the installation of artificial turf at Central High School's soon-to-be-revamped football stadium.

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2/10 Polk County Most Wanted

POLK COUNTY -- Polk County Community Corrections lists these individuals as "most wanted" for February. Citizens with information on the whereabouts of any of these individuals can call Community Corrections at 503-623-5226.

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2/10 Pedee News: Nola Womer

Judy Guida, Arlene Kovash, Suzanne Burbank and Donna Wernz recently went to a scrapbooking retreat in Newport. The event was put on by Salem resident Lorraine Odell, Arlene's daughter and Creative Memories consultant.

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2/10 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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Polk schools share in state payment

POLK COUNTY -- Four Polk County-based school districts shared in the recent statewide distribution of more than $25.2 million from the Common School Fund by the Oregon Department of Education.

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Seat belt enforcement stepped up

POLK COUNTY -- Law enforcement agencies in Polk County will ramp up traffic safety enforcement through Feb. 21 as part of the 2010 "Click it or Ticket" Three Flags Blitz campaign.

February 10, 2010 9:38 a.m. read more..
 

Au revoir to DownTown Cafe

MONMOUTH -- If you visited the DownTown Cafe on a given morning, you've probably noticed several well-traveled gentlemen gathered at one table, conversing on anything from politics and books to fishing.

February 10, 2010 9:20 a.m. read more..

Thursday, February 4

       

Scorecard

High school basketball standings, Starlite Lanes bowling

February 4, 2010 1:22 p.m. read more..
       

Wednesday, February 3

  

2/3 Letters to the Editor

*M-I corridors are Welcome indeed*Unions rammed through 66, 67*U.S. needs to be more self-reliant*Church grateful for local support*Parents, referees step up for kids*Solicitors pose a safety issue

February 3, 2010 9:07 a.m. read more..
 

2/3 Community Notebook

*WOU to stage play for next four nights*Community karate class starts again*Hospice will offer volunteer training*School food drive continues this week*Metabolism topic of health seminar*Monthly breakfast served on Saturday*Scouts to conduct can, bottle drive*Water walking workshop slated*Yoga classes slated in Kings Valley area*Dallas scout troop planning reunion*OPB video will be presented Monday*String quartet due at WOU on Tuesday*Heart health topic of hospital event*Master Gardeners will meet Feb. 10*Help available with Medicare payments*Princess Tea Party to aid Relay For Life*Conflict resolution training scheduled*Native plant use subject of seminar*Swing dance class for youths on tap

February 3, 2010 9:07 a.m. read more..


2/3 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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Grant will benefit WVHA program

POLK COUNTY -- The West Valley Housing Authority (WVHA) received a $15,419 grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

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That's our boy!

Super Bowl-bound Jeff Charleston’s biggest fans are his Saintly Polk County family

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Au revoir to DownTown Cafe

MONMOUTH -- If you visited the DownTown Caf‚ on a given morning, you've probably noticed several well-traveled gentlemen gathered at one table, conversing on anything from politics and books to fishing.

February 3, 2010 9:07 a.m. read more..
   

2/3 OBITUARIES

*'Mel' Melvin Lemond Abbott*Nellie E. Tipton*Billy 'Bill' Tildon Brown*Donald C. Kohl*Geraldine Miller*Frances D. Horton*Arnold Dalke*Delpha Frazier*Marjorie May Bales

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2/3 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

February 3, 2010 9:07 a.m. read more..
    

2/3 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

February 3, 2010 9:07 a.m. read more..


2/3 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.

February 3, 2010 9:07 a.m. read more..
 

DHS sets expanded campus meeting

DALLAS -- A mandatory informational meeting for Dallas High School seniors interested in applying for the DHS Extended Campus Program will be held Tuesday, Feb. 9, at 2:30 p.m. in Bollman Auditorium.

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ACES students help Haiti

MONMOUTH -- Students at Ash Creek Elementary School raised nearly $1,400 for the Haiti earthquake relief effort during the last two weeks.

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Polk SWCD seeks budget members

DALLAS -- Polk Soil and Water Conservation District is seeking two registered Polk County voters to serve a three-year term on its budget committee.

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Stabbing suspect faces charges

DALLAS -- The Dallas man arrested Sunday on charges in connection with a stabbing incident early Saturday near Dallas faced his alleged victim in a Polk County courtroom Monday.

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2/3 Pedee News: Nola Womer

The trip to Pedee Sunday, Jan. 24, was in the rain all the way there and back to Monmouth at the close of the 10 a.m. worship service at Pedee Memorial Evangelical Church. The rain clouds and fog were low. There were only a few birds on the power lines. The swans had left the pond at Maple Grove.

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