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Wednesday, March 31



Spencer trial set for July

DALLAS -- The man accused of attempted murder and multiple counts of assault as a result of two altercations in late January will not go to trial until July.

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3/31 MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

Thursday is the first day of April, and we're looking forward to a new month of longer and sunnier days and hopes that we can make some headway against the weeds that -- given half a chance -- could easily take over the garden.

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3/31 Correction

In a story headlined "Spring break lunch program fills need," which appeared on Page 23A of the March 24 issue of the Itemizer-Observer, June Gordon was misidentified. The I-O regrets the error.

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Scam alert: Property tax 'help' letter

POLK COUNTY -- The Polk County Assessor's Office and the Oregon Department of Justice are warning local residents and Oregonians statewide about a scam involving letters asking for money up front to file an appeal of the value on property tax statements.

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3/31 News in Brief

*Training exercise closes local road*Candidates for governor to speak*Studded tire deadline extended*Station begins 24-hour operations*Bus service to Grand Ronde is free

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Long-term budget picture isn't pretty

POLK COUNTY -- The budget process for Polk County's 2010-11 fiscal year just started Monday, but possible cuts coming in future years already are casting a shadow.

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Census returns high in county

POLK COUNTY -- Rates of participation in Oregon for the 2010 Census were, as of press time, more or less the same as the national average.

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Independence property cleanup under way

INDEPENDENCE -- A cleanup is under way at a property in north Independence that officials and residents have for years considered a nuisance because of an accumulation of junk -- including nearly 200 tires.

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Driver charged with manslaughter

POLK COUNTY -- An Amity man charged with manslaughter following a three-car accident last week has been released from jail after his wife posted bail.

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Summer music lineup announced

MONMOUTH -- A variety of musical stylings, ranging from jazz and reggae to classic rock and blues, has been lined up for the 2010 Monmouth Music in the Park Series.

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3/31 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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3/31 OBITUARIES

*Leah Frances Farrell*Maxine May Halvorson*Mary Jane Bauer*Harold Keith Mendenhall*Jeremy Paul Diller

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3/31 Pedee News: Nola Womer

I was told at breakfast that I would be going with Kathy Zehner to the 10 a.m. worship service at Pedee Memorial Evangelical Church on March 21. Kathy is a former Pedee resident and we really share the past.

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3/31 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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3/31 Community Notebook

*Fundraiser will aid SMART program*First Presbyterian schedules events*Good Friday choral concert scheduled*Monthly breakfast set in Monmouth*Workshop to focus on pasture issues*Sunrise service will be church's 151th*Dallas church will host Easter service*Easter egg hunt slated for Sunday*Life story writing workshop continues*Grief support group will meet Tuesdays*Community karate classes will resume*'Plan Your Garden' seminar coming up*Meals for seniors available in area

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A mixed glass

County wine industry eyes rebound in 2010 after highs and lows of 2009

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3/31 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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Dallas URD revenue disappointing

DALLAS -- The Dallas Urban Renewal District is not turning out to be the revenue-making machine originally projected when the plan was adopted in 2004.

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Thursday, March 25

      

Scorecard

Starlite Lanes bowling, Cross Creek Men's Club golf

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Wednesday, March 24

 

Eight arrested in major drug raid

WEST SALEM -- Law enforcement officials arrested eight people and confiscated large amounts of illegal and prescription drugs during a bust on Friday, March 19, in West Salem.

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WOU program earns praise

MONMOUTH -- Marcella Flores said last week some of her classmates at Western Oregon University would no doubt be relaxing on beaches in California about this time.

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Monmouth PD feels the squeeze

MONMOUTH -- The old adage is to make due with what you have. But when it comes to the place the Monmouth Police Department calls home, Chief Darrell Tallan wonders if he's running out of ways to be resourceful.

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3/24 MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

Springtime is a wonderful season of hope and renewal, and the signs of new life are all around us. At our house, we are trying to find time to do house and yard projects, plan a garden and enjoy the best of college basketball during March Madness.

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West Salem teenager is missing

WEST SALEM -- The Polk County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help in finding a 14-year-old female who has ran away from her west Salem home.

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3/24 Pedee News: Nola Womer

Since I didn't wake up the one hour early Sunday morning, March 14, due to daylight saving time, I had to hurry when I was awakened.

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3/24 Community Notebook

*Orders being taken for lily fundraiser*Monthly music jam returns to center*F.C. Garden Club to meet Thursday*Rummage sale set for Masonic Hall*Library book sale set this weekend*Doll show and sale slated for Saturday*Dallas Bike Club will meet Saturday*Concert to feature Christian performer*Book fair to take place at hospital*Grief support group to begin meeting*CHS multi-class reunion scheduled*Local craft vendors needed for event*Seniors seeking donations for sale

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Hearings to begin for county budget

POLK COUNTY -- The Polk County Budget Committee will begin budget hearings on the 2010-11 Polk County budget starting at 8:15 a.m. on Monday, March 29, in the Polk County Courthouse conference room.

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One dead in 3-car accident

WEST SALEM -- One person was killed, and four others injured, in a three-car collision in Northwest Salem on Monday, March 22.

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Paula's Kitchen still in limbo

FALLS CITY -- The future of Paula's Kitchen, a Falls City restaurant, remains in limbo after the sale of the restaurant building -- currently in foreclosure -- was postponed until April 28.

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3/24 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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It Counts

Local and federal officials stress returning your 2010 Census form

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Spirit Mountain set to host cancer benefit

GRAND RONDE -- Spirit Mountain Casino and the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde have teamed up in the fight against breast cancer with a breast cancer awareness bingo event to benefit the Susan G. Koman for the Cure Foundation and the Willamette Valley Cancer Foundation.

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3/24 Letters to the Editor

*Ellis stepped up for Independence*Polk Extension too good to lose*Turf field great addition to school*Many thanks go to aquatic center*Good Samaritan's act is appreciated

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3/24 OBITUARIES

*Dr. John Walter Buell*Mattie L. Murray*Kenneth M. Shenk*Douglas B. Dunaway*Frieda Leona Murphy*Anna Marie Smiley*Nancy Talbot Satterlund*Melvin Marshall Sumpter*Justin Wayne Saunders*Arlene Cloepfil*Archie A. DeGarmo*Jeremy Paul Diller

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3/24 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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3/24 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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Corrections posts 'most wanted' for March

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

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Friday, March 19



Thursday, March 18



Wednesday, March 17



Some jump the gun with signs

DALLAS -- The city of Dallas has taken reports from several individuals noticing political signs gracing properties within the city limits too soon.

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Urban renewal board eyes several projects

DALLAS -- The Dallas City Council, acting in its role as the Dallas Urban Renewal Agency Board, reviewed the remainder of the URA projects for the current fiscal year Monday night.

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DHS robotics team recipient of grant

DALLAS -- The Dallas High School robotics team added another highlight to an exceptional first year by receiving a $5,467 grant from the Engineering CoacHing And Mentoring Program (eCHAMP).

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Charleston receives hero's welcome

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- Jeff Charleston said it wasn't long after he returned to his parents' farm in Monmouth this weekend that his grandmother whipped out a deck of cards -- the two have had a running cribbage battle during his last few visits.

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Missing teenager found safe

MONMOUTH -- A 15-year-old local boy missing since March 11 has been found safe and is back at home, according to the Monmouth Police Department.

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Superintendent earns high marks from board

DALLAS -- The Dallas School District Board of Directors unanimously approved Superintendent Christy Perry's annual evaluation and offered to extend her contract with the district at its March 8 meeting.

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3/17 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.

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3/17 Pedee News: Nola Womer

On the last Wednesday of each month, the Pedee Women's Club packs and mails packages to the National Guard military personnel assigned to Iraq and Afghanistan.

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3/17 Letters to the Editor

*Proud of Central's visionary board*Schrader urged to vote no on bill*Dallas team, fans simply first class*Central students impress volunteer*Census info is vital for Dallas*Refuge's actions scare off wildlife*Celebrate our agriculture workers*We must work to keep Dallas great*Thanks to all who helped on benefit*Overwhelmed by caring community

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Conference empowers Latino youths

MONMOUTH -- During a speech at Western Oregon University last week, television and film actor Edward James Olmos asked his audience for a show of hands to see who among them held a college degree.

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Cafe captures European feel

INDEPENDENCE -- While Thomas Cserep was living and traveling around Europe about 10 years ago, he became enamored with the atmosphere of the sidewalk bistros in France and Italy.

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3/17 Community Notebook

*Seniors will serve soup and pie meal*Driver safety class offered in Dallas*Soup, pie highlight Friday fundraiser*Local fiddlers part of state competition*Museum to host annual family day*Area wineries set Equinox gathering*Memory workshop slated for Monday*Mushrooms subject of Extension class*F.C. Garden Club meeting March 25*Deadline nearing for 4-H programs*PCL seeking items for auction event*Community center available for rent*Central Class of '80 to gather in August*Deadline for WHS nominations nears

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Spring break lunch program available

POLK COUNTY -- Free lunches will be available for all youths ages 1-18 during spring break when lunch programs are not available to students because schools are closed.

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3/17 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

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3/17 OBITUARIES

*Paula Ann Fast*Douglas Brian Dunaway*Randy Charles Dyer*Douglas Bruce Dawson

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3/17 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

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County wants safety corridor kept

POLK COUNTY -- The Oregon Department of Transportation is recommending decommissioning the safety corridor on Highway 22 between Salem and its intersection with Highway 99W.

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Sunday, March 14



Friday, March 12

  

Thursday, March 11

              

Wednesday, March 10

  

3/10 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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Corvallis, Here We Come!

Julie Hedrick, Desiree Rardin and Kaitlyn Mason (from left) celebrate Central’s thrilling 40-38 state basketball playoff victory March 5 against Henley that advanced the Panthers to the Class 4A state tournament this week in Corvallis. For more details, see Sports page 18A.

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3/10 Community Notebook

*'Financial fitness' class being offered*Local rhododendron group set to gather*Bible study group meets Wednesdays*Benefit spaghetti dinner March 11*Youth symphony fundraiser planned*Relay For Life flea market set at WOU*Men's choir will perform Saturday*American Legion to mark birthday*St. Pat's dinner, auction scheduled*Country folk dance slated for Saturday*Grange will host Sunday breakfast*Swim party slated for cancer victims*Monmouth author releases new novel*Church schedules gospel concert*Fundraiser on tap for Relay For Life*Dallas resource fair set March 16*Community karate class will resume*Church offering Lenten booklets

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3/10 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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Chilean group due at Western

MONMOUTH -- Legendary Chilean group Inti-Illimani will perform Saturday, March 13, at Rice Auditorium at Western Oregon University as part of the 2009-10 Edgar H. Smith Fine Arts Series.

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3/10 Corrections

In a story headlined "Hearing is set to discuss Valley Concrete proposal," which appeared on Page 7A of the March 3 issue of the Itemizer-Observer, an incorrect date was reported for the meeting. The hearing takes place on Wednesday, March 10, at 6 p.m. The I-O regrets the error.

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3/10 Letters to the Editor

*Ash Creek Trail not really a trail*Disc golf course damaging plants*Weston has good BOC qualifications*Senior party crew appreciates help

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Standoff ends with capture

WEST SALEM -- A Salem man was taken into custody by the Salem Police Department SWAT Team after a standoff of more than five hours on March 4.

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3/10 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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3/10 News in Brief

*Crash demo, safety fair set*Gravel mine hearing tonight*Republicans slate state rep.*Economy topic of round-table

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3/10 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

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3/10 Pedee News: Nola Womer

The ride to Pedee Memorial Evangelical Church on Sunday, Feb. 28, for the 10 a.m. worship service was under low clouds in the semi-gray sky. The sun broke out at times. Several homes had flower beds with pretty daffodils.

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Polk timber fund usage scrutinized

POLK COUNTY -- County leaders are standing by their 10-year-old decision to use 100 percent of payments from state timber harvests in Polk County to maintain roads designated as timber routes.

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Thursday, March 4

   

Scorecard

High school basketball standings, Starlite Lanes bowling

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Wednesday, March 3

        

3/3 Community Notebook

*Rickreall Grange flea market on tap*Disc golf tourney Saturday in Dallas*Monthly breakfast set in Monmouth*Hobby day planned at Dallas Library*BeckenRidge plans open house event*Grief support group will meet Mondays*Spiritual music featured at WOU*Poker tournament to benefit 'Relay'*Women's military group will gather*Marriage seminar slated March 14*Garden pests topic of presentation*Literacy program seeking volunteers*Curves partakes in local food drive*Master Gardeners seeking donations*Local YWCA gains 1-year health grant*Juliette's House recipient of grant

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3/3 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

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Residents can weigh in on chickens

INDEPENDENCE -- Though they only got to keep them as pets for five months last year, the 20 chickens Carol Hansen and Rodney Thomson raised provided some fond memories, Hansen said.

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3/3 News in Brief

*Lions collecting emergency items*DHS set for Doernbecher Week*Equestrian group meets March 8*Guard families' fundraiser slated*Ambulance advisory citizens sought

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3/3 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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WOU steps up recycling effort

MONMOUTH -- Elizabeth Wood and Gus Townson cart blue drums, almost as large as they are, up the stairwells of Heritage Hall on the Western Oregon University campus on a mission.

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3/3 Pedee News: Nola Womer

The ride to Pedee Memorial Evangelical Church Sunday, Feb. 21, was under a sunny sky. I was with my nephew, Larry Shellenbarger of Buena Vista. There was not much traffic on our drive.

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Roundabout at 99W/Clow Corner? No way, county asserts

POLK COUNTY -- If the Oregon Department of Transportation didn't know beforehand how Polk County officials feel about installing a roundabout at the intersection of 99W and Clow Corner Road, the agency should have a clear message now.

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Dedication paying off for Central student

INDEPENDENCE -- Sonia Flores-Ortiz said she knew at age 15 that relocating from her bustling hometown of Zacatecas, Mexico, to live with family and attend high school in Oregon would benefit her in the long run.

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Business seminar offers start-up tips

DALLAS -- Chemeketa Community College's Small Business Development Center is hosting another of its free Entrepreneurs 101 workshops on Thursday, March 11, from noon to 1 p.m. at the Polk WorkSource Center, 580 Main St., Suite B, Dallas.

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3/3 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

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3/3 Letters to the Editor

*Transitional home would provide help*Incident was more than 'a mistake'*Monmouth council ignores majority*Community has a wonderful heart*Another bonehead law comes our way*Tax punishes small property owners*GOP won't support any needed change*4-H thanks many for event support*Student seeks help with school project

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3/3 OBITUARIES

*Pearl Elaine Vann*Joseph 'Joe' Frank Matteo*Ruth M. Buhler*Joseph R. Stemkoski*Audy Fay Watts*Richard I. Garrett*Julie Kay Tamayo*Lyle Warren Addison*Corrine Hetrick

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