Stories for April 2011

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Friday, April 29



Thursday, April 28

 

4/28 BREAKING NEWS: Recovered body identified

SALEM -- A body recovered in the Willamette River on April 17 by the Polk County Sheriff's Office, Salem Fire and Salem Police has been identified. The body was that of Theo Charles Varon of Springfield.

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Wednesday, April 27

             

Tuesday, April 26



Board hopefuls: Open the lines

INDEPENDENCE -- Improving communication with the public is Central School District's most pressing current need, according to the two candidates vying for a vacancy on the school district's board of directors.

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Proctor foster homes needed in county

DALLAS -- Polk County Youth Programs is in need of proctor foster homes to provide services to youths involved with the Oregon Youth Authority. There are two distinct programs serving two discrete populations:

April 26, 2011 2:12 p.m. read more..


4/27 School Notes / Academic Honors

*Kindergarten sign-ups under way*Special education prom set Friday*'Jazz Nite' on tap Saturday evening*Deadline for next ACT test is May 6*Local student receives scholarship

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Fiction Fantasy

MONMOUTH -- As childhood punishments go, being sent to his room was a favorite for Scott William Carter.

April 26, 2011 2:12 p.m. read more..


Cuts eliminate Central SRO

INDEPENDENCE -- Independence police officer Tim Ragan's patrol duty consists of walking the hallways at the top of the hour at Central High School.

April 26, 2011 2:12 p.m. read more..


Dallas budget paints gloomy picture

DALLAS -- Second- and third-grade classes ranging from 28 to 31 students. No electives or sports programs at LaCreole Middle School. No choir at Dallas High School and core classes with 32 to 37 students. Ten fewer school days than the current year. Twelve teachers laid off, while others have to move from full-time to part-time jobs or be assigned new positions.

April 26, 2011 2:12 p.m. read more..
 

4/27 MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

Spring break has come and gone, and our local students are past midterms by now. They are in their classrooms with thoughts of sports, proms and upcoming graduation competing with learning history, English and math.

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4/27 News in Brief

*MP&L energy fair will offer user tips*Shoppers can contribute to MPFS*Polk fair board seeks public input*LWC schedules next lecture event*Watershed meeting set for April 30

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4/27 Community Notebook

*Arts Center slates auction fundraiser*Senior music jam scheduled April 28*WOU to host annual International Night*Rickreall 'Pageant' sets Friday potluck*African orphanage presentation topic*Team OWL plans Relay activities*Garage sale to aid Polk Relay For Life*Flea market on tap at Rickreall Grange*Spring plant sale, bazaar is Saturday*Library program is about local refuge*Monthly writing group set to meet*UCAM clothing drive under way*Fundraiser will help 'flush out cancer'IWine auction will aid local program*Area artists sought for upcoming tour

April 26, 2011 2:12 p.m. read more..
 

4/27 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

April 26, 2011 2:12 p.m. read more..


4/27 OBITUARIES

*George Bud Harding*John Daniel Lindow*Sandra Rossi*N. Joy Anderson Johnson*Allen Dale Tobiska III*Marge Pierce*Robert Lee Langager

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4/27 Community Calenda

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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4/27 Pedee News: Arlene Kovash

Mitch Lee, pastor at Pedee Memorial Evangelical Church, graduated from the Pacific Evangelical School of Ministry in Portland on Sunday, April 17, and is now an officially licensed minister.

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Return of ballots due for Central board recall vote

POLK COUNTY -- Registered voters residing within the boundary of Central School District 13J have until 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 28, to return their ballot for the district's recall election of School Board Chairwoman Susan Meikle Stoops.

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4/27 Letters to the Editor

*Local option levy will bolster schools*Help our schools, vote 'yes' on levy*Recall of Stoops worthy of support*Let's pass this levy for Dallas schools*Library decorating efforts are noticed*Plan would save lives and save jobs*PCHS appreciative of recent donation*Councilor's idea was worthwhile*There's still time to support recall*Refund machines are a pain to use*Sacrifices already made by schools*Recall would serve school district well*Kudos for working on Easter Sunday*'Mom's 4 Reading' work appreciated*Seniors fundraiser was a big success

April 26, 2011 2:12 p.m. read more..


Watershed targeted for study

DALLAS -- A study will begin soon assessing current conditions and possible management strategies for the watershed feeding the city of Dallas' sole source of water, Rickreall Creek.

April 26, 2011 2:12 p.m. read more..


4/27 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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Central leader departs

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- Joseph Hunter stepped down last week as superintendent of Central School District following three years of criticism about his leadership from some local residents and district employees.

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Community Health Fair on tap Thursday

INDEPENDENCE -- Talmadge Middle School will host its seventh annual Community Health Fair on Thursday, April 28, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the school gymnasium and cafeteria.

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Unidentified body found in river

SALEM -- The Polk County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help in trying to identify a man whose body was recovered from the Willamette River in Salem on April 17.

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FC mayor: Vision on track

FALLS CITY -- Falls City Mayor Amy Houghtaling outlined a vision change and improvement for Falls City in her first State of the City Address on Wednesday, April 20.

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4/27 Business Notebook

*McDonald's manager top in region*New Dallas pub sets grand opening*Envy looking for a 'deserving mom'*Vendors needed for business fair*Credit union receives recognition

April 26, 2011 2:12 p.m. read more..

Thursday, April 21



Wednesday, April 20

               

Tuesday, April 19



Recall in hands of district voters

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- Opponents of Susan Meikle Stoops claim that Central School District's board of directors has become dysfunctional under her tenure as chairwoman, that she's caused communication with the public to deteriorate and that she often ignores or refutes citizen complaints.

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New commissioner knows job inside-out

POLK COUNTY -- Jennifer Wheeler, Polk County's newly appointed commissioner, said when she gave serious thought to throwing her name into consideration for the post, she posed a question to herself: Why wouldn't I want to be a commissioner?

April 19, 2011 2:23 p.m. read more..


4/20 Letters to the Editor

*Support students by supporting levy*Community helps church help others*Not everyone can afford school levy*It's time to hold CSD accountable*Central teacher worthy of honor*Morrison students rise to occasion*Levy would help offset state cuts*Vote no on Central board recall effort*Republicans are to blame for woes

April 19, 2011 2:23 p.m. read more..


4/20 Community Notebook

*Holy Week speaker series continuing*Monmouth market to open for season*Quilt show on tap at Polk fairgrounds*UO jazz band plans WSHS appearance*Two performances set for Easter choir*Easter service will be church's 152nd*Local Elks to host Easter egg hunt*SABLE House sets volunteer training

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4/20 OBITUARIES

*Antonia Ortiz Vasquez*Eva Mae Collingham-Best*Dana Marlene Gassner*George Edward Reed*Gary Nathaniel Butler*Dr. Philip Ray Stonebrook*Christy Carol Richards*Margaret Louise Vincent*Glenn W. Brostrom*Eunice E. McCloud*Barbara Jean Northcutt

April 19, 2011 2:23 p.m. read more..
 

M-I community leaders feted

INDEPENDENCE -- During an acceptance speech at the 46th annual Monmouth-Independence Community Awards Banquet, "distinguished service" award winners Donn and Joyce Wahl pontificated on what volunteer work is and isn't.

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4/20 MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

Congratulations and best wishes to MI Town (Independence) resident and former commission secretary, Jennifer Wheeler, who has been appointed as the newest member of the Polk County Board of Commissioners.

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Community health fair slated April 28

INDEPENDENCE -- Talmadge Middle School will host its seventh annual Community Health Fair on Thursday, April 28, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the school gymnasium and cafeteria.

April 19, 2011 2:23 p.m. read more..


4/20 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

April 19, 2011 2:23 p.m. read more..


4/20 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

April 19, 2011 2:23 p.m. read more..


Central candidates to appear at forum

INDEPENDENCE -- Community members are welcome to attend an open forum on Monday, April 25, for candidates for Central School Board seats during the May 17 primary.

April 19, 2011 2:23 p.m. read more..


Auction to aid FC Arts Center

FALLS CITY -- The Falls City Arts Center will hold its first silent auction at Crush Wine Bar and Tasting Room in Monmouth on Wednesday, April 27.

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Survey will help pick activities for youths

POLK COUNTY -- Want to give a piece of your mind about youth activities in Polk County? Oregon State University Polk County Extension Service and Polk County Prevention Programs has a survey for you.

April 19, 2011 2:23 p.m. read more..


Universities seeking more independence

MONMOUTH -- Oregon's universities are asking lawmakers during the current legislative session for increased independence when it comes to managing finances and operations.

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MP&L energy fair on tap

INDEPENDENCE -- Monmouth Power & Light is inviting community members to learn how to reduce their electric usage and help keep energy bills lower through a pair of special presentations next week.

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Discrimination found in rentals

POLK COUNTY -- A recent Fair Housing Council of Oregon (FHCO) study shows those seeking housing in Polk County may still face high levels of discrimination.

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Pentacle will stage 'Educating Rita'

WEST SALEM -- Pentacle Theatre would like to introduce you to Rita, the brash, charming and quite oblivious hairdresser who holds the title role in Willy Russell's British comedy "Educating Rita."

April 19, 2011 2:23 p.m. read more..
 

From Cutlery to Compost

CORVALLIS -- Paul Nash said the answer to whether the green business he and Chris Vitello were planning in 2008 could be successful was revealed at the bottom of a compost pile.

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Local man's truck stolen -- twice

INDEPENDENCE -- Independence Police are investigating a strange case in which a man's pickup was stolen, recovered and immediately stolen again from in front of his home.

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Read-a-thon marks end of era

INDEPENDENCE -- Unless you were born more than 25 years ago, you're probably too young to fully appreciate "Let's Make a Deal."

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4/20 Correction

Clarifications are needed for a story headlined "LWC chief is tied to the land," which appeared on Page 2A of the April 13 issue of the Itemizer-Observer. Kelly Gordon was mistakenly referred to as the Luckiamute Watershed Council's board president. LWC is a council, not a board, and Gordon is the council chairman.

April 19, 2011 2:23 p.m. read more..


4/20 Polk County 'Most Wanted' for April

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

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4/20 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.

April 19, 2011 2:23 p.m. read more..


Park smoking ban step closer in Dallas

DALLAS -- The Dallas City Council reviewed an ordinance that would ban smoking from all city parks, including the Rickreall Trail System, at its meeting Monday, April 18.

April 19, 2011 2:23 p.m. read more..


4/20 Pedee News: Arlene Kovash

Pedee will have its own Zumba class starting today (Wednesday, April 20) and everyone is welcome to join in the fun no matter where you live.

April 19, 2011 2:23 p.m. read more..

Thursday, April 14



Wednesday, April 13

         

Scoreboard

Standings and other stuff, including Corvallis Half-Marathon results

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Tuesday, April 12

 

Cultural Connection

MONMOUTH -- Deitrich Peters said he was aware of his Native American background from an early age, but he himself wasn't "brought up in that style."

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4/13 Letters to the Editor

*Falls City event was big success*Couple steps up for music students*School option levy deserves support*Propes family says thanks for caring*'Gift of sunshine' much appreciated*Central SD board needs leadership*Keep Stoops on our school board*Local option levy will help district*Time to recall Stoops is now*Kids are reason to support levy*Voters can send message to board

April 12, 2011 2:02 p.m. read more..
   

Committed to community

MONMOUTH -- Quiet, soft-spoken ... even shy are words employed by friends and neighbors when describing Darin and Lisa Silbernagel.

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4/13 Pedee News: Arlene Kovash

Pedee residents Cliff and Gay Hall found a red fox in their living room on Sunday, March 27. When they discovered it, it was trying madly to get out, running all over the house, across their feet and over the furniture until they managed to shoo it out the door.

April 12, 2011 2:02 p.m. read more..


From high school to a job

DALLAS -- Not all high school graduates are going to go to a four-year college. But that doesn't mean that those graduates can't find meaningful, living wage jobs out of high school.

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Pageant all about good cause

INDEPENDENCE -- For the talent portion of the forthcoming Mr. and Mrs. Central Pageant, Anel Venegas will be doing a Cumbia dance routine.

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4/13 M-I Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

We've been wishing on stars (when the clouds aren't covering them), four-leaf clovers and just about everything else we can think of that very soon springtime will bring some much-needed warmth, gentle breezes and occasional clear skies to MI Town.

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4/13 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.

April 12, 2011 2:02 p.m. read more..


New forms will aid tenants with rights

INDEPENDENCE -- The city of Independence is creating rental violation forms to more clearly outline the rights of tenants and give procedures for how to report complaints.

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PERS classification error costly for city

DALLAS -- The city of Dallas is requesting more time from the Oregon Public Employees Retirement System (PERS) to pay back what it owes on misclassified current and former Dallas Aquatic Center employees.

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4/13 OBITUARIES

*Bonnie J. Wallendar*Warren Leslie 'Les' Frink*Myrna M. Richey*Fred P. Carr*Robert L. Grondin*Kathryn 'Kathy' Lynne Cherry*Betty Lou Dewing*Patricia S. Miller*Peter Bruce Caballero Jr.*Frank Thomas 'Tom' Slyh*Gloria H. Peppard*Eva Mae Collingham-Best*Elizabeth 'Beth' Anne Kosko*Delbert Russell

April 12, 2011 2:02 p.m. read more..


Dragon Run slated Saturday

DALLAS -- The fourth annual Dragon Run community fun run benefiting the Dallas Education Fund is scheduled Saturday, April 16, beginning at 10 a.m.

April 12, 2011 2:02 p.m. read more..


4/13 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

April 12, 2011 2:02 p.m. read more..


4/13 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

April 12, 2011 2:02 p.m. read more..


4/13 School Notes / Academic Honors

*Central extends temporary contract*WOU spring preview set Saturday*Dallas Boosters plan garage sale*Central board adds meeting dates*WSHS grad earns prestigious award*Locals aualify for LBCC honor roll*CHS grad recipient of scholarship

April 12, 2011 2:02 p.m. read more..


No gas, but there's nearly everything else

FALLS CITY -- Frink's 2nd Hand Store on Main Street in Falls City has eased its way into opening. In fact, weeks after opening the store still has the Rainy Creek Gas Station sign up on the front of the building.

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Spanish tutors hit the mark

DALLAS -- Kathy Martin, an English as second language teacher, often wondered how much her students learned in her ESL classes.

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CSD bond audit strikes a nerve

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- Central School District had hoped a forthcoming audit of its nearly $50 million reconstruction project would address public concerns of mismanagement.

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4/13 News in Brief

*Polk BOC will select replacement*Thompson appointed to committee*Fountain forum slated for tonight*Tea party plans gathering on Friday*Monmouth slates Arbor Day event*Dallas seeks info center volunteers*Ritner Creek Bridge has new website*Deadline is Friday for CRP program

April 12, 2011 2:02 p.m. read more..
 

Nominees taken for 'heroes' program

WEST SALEM -- The Willamette Chapter of the American Red Cross is seeking nominees for its Real Heroes honor, an annual event that recognizes people for performing extraordinary lifesaving acts.

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4/13 Community Notebook

*Master Gardeners will discuss herbs*Gem, mineral show set at fairgrounds*Grief support group to meet on Fridays*Christian rock band to perform April 15*Driver safety class scheduled April 16*Brunk House tour slated Saturday*Children's egg hunt planned at WSHS*Falls City team set to host Relay event*Downtown group plans fundraiser

April 12, 2011 2:02 p.m. read more..


Cost of school lunches on the rise

POLK COUNTY -- A federal mandate has school districts in Polk County -- and everywhere else -- considering whether to raise the price of school lunches next fall.

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Tony's owner opens new pub

DALLAS -- The owner of Dallas' newest bar, Sweeney's Pub, located between Mira Mar restaurant and Anytime Fitness on East Ellendale Avenue, is also the owner of one of the oldest.

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House budget includes rural timber funds

POLK COUNTY -- A reauthorization of the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act has been included in the U.S. House of Representative Budget Committee's proposed federal 2012 fiscal year budget.

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Wednesday, April 6

             

Tuesday, April 5



Polk among healthiest counties

POLK COUNTY -- A national study recently deemed Polk County one of the healthiest places to live in Oregon, though our status has fallen slightly since last year.

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Recall bid heading to voters

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- A special election to remove Susan Meikle Stoops from Central School District's board of directors will take place on April 28.

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Child abuse ed workshop set April 12

DALLAS -- A presentation on keeping children safe from child molesters will be held Tuesday, April 12, at 6:30 p.m. in the Media Room at Lyle Elementary School, 185 SW Levens St., Dallas.

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Campus rec building a hit

MONMOUTH -- Christina Overgard dropped by Western Oregon University's newly-opened Health and Wellness Center on a recent afternoon to say "hi" to friends, some trying it out for the first time.

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M-I kids flock to 'Y' programs

INDEPENDENCE -- The Monmouth-Independence YMCA is currently seeing some of its highest participation levels among area youths since the branch was founded in 1992.

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Interviews set for vacant Dallas council seat

DALLAS -- The Dallas City Council will be interviewing the candidates who applied for the vacant council position at noon on Wednesday, April 13, during the council's monthly work session meeting.

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4/6 Pedee News: Arlene Kovash

Sunday morning, March 27, Pete Willden went to his son Rick and wife Leasa's house -- which is the old Pedee Store and dance hall -- for his 73rd birthday breakfast.

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4/6 News in Brief

*Polk Democrats will meet Thursday*Dallas slates Arbor Week activity*M-I libraries will trade food for fines*City discussion focuses on fountain*Extension to conduct program review

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WOU will host 'Arctic Gardens' program

MONMOUTH -- Anthropologist Harvard Ayers will speak at Western Oregon University as part of a book tour for "Arctic Gardens: Voices from an Abundant Land" on Thursday, April 7.

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County's budget has tentative OK

POLK COUNTY -- The Polk County Budget Committee tentatively approved the county's $49.5 million budget Friday, April 1, with few changes from what was proposed March 28.

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4/6 Community Calendar

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

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Dallas schools team for tasty fundraiser

DALLAS -- Need a hot tub? How about a vacation? You have a chance to bid on one or the other -- or both -- at the annual Dallas Elementary School's Spaghetti Feed and Silent Auction on Friday, April 8.

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4/6 Letters to the Editor

*Human services in need of support*More recycling bin options are needed*Student is making this a better place*Website helps with charity information*Fundaiser for falls was huge success*Customer service really does exist*Community steps up to save falls

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4/6 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

April 5, 2011 2:13 p.m. read more..


4/6 Correction

A clarification is needed for a story headlined "Polk duo reach state geography bee," which appeared under the "School Notes" header on Page 20A of the March 30 issue of the Itemizer-Observer. A reference was made that Lindsay Golly may be the first student to qualify for the event from LaCreole Middle School. In fact, at least two other LaCreole students have qualified for the state competition in the past.

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Special dinner is a Titanic event

DALLAS -- The tragic sinking of the Titanic has been the subject of fascination for nearly a century. Since its demise on April 14, 1912, it has been immortalized with a Broadway musical, a blockbuster movie, numerous documentaries, photos and stories of the people who survived -- and those who didn't.

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4/6 School Notes / Academic Honors

*KVCS set to host annual fundraiser*Sign-ups accepted for Dragon Run*Pentacle offers scholarship funds*OFCCU makes college aid available*After-school activity still has space*Polk residents earn recognition at OSU

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Plea goes out: Help the hungry

RICKREALL -- Hunger exists in Polk County and it's a bigger issue than many people assembled for an "Imagine No Hunger" event ever believed it to be.

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It's HIP to be a CHICK

DALLAS -- "How about that one over there?" Ten-year-old Marcella Cross crouches down over the chick brooder and scans through a sea of fuzzy down, tiny beaks and frantic "cheeps." She grasps a black sex-link baby female -- or pullet -- with careful hands.

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4/6 Community Notebook

*WOU department to stage musical*MICAA will host sailing presentation*New time set for Arc of Polk dances*Tea, fashion show slated for Saturday*Preparedness fair scheduled at DHS*Child's Haven sets spring pony event*Annual powwow planned at WOU*IMonthly folk dance scheduled Saturday*Sunday breakfast on tap at grange*April 10 event will aid Relay for Life*Women's military groups sets meeting*Monmouth center plans annual tea*Hospice will show national program*Clothing donations sought for project

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Downtown development eyed

MONMOUTH -- A steady influx of new businesses and a string of property renovations during the past four years have helped reinvigorate Monmouth's downtown.

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Guard steps up for Falls City

FALLS CITY -- The Oregon Army National Guard vehicles cruising the streets of Falls City last weekend weren't cause for alarm. In fact, for those who drive on gravel streets in town, they should have been a welcome sight.

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4/6 OBITUARIES

*Leo Friedt & Lois A. Friedt*George J. Kozisek*Tracy L. Bickford*Margaret Marie 'Peggy' Woods Retzer*Kathryn 'Kathy' Lynne Cherry*Dewey Johnson Sr.*Virginia Dorthy McKinney*Ronnie Lindahl

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4/6 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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An increase in inmates?

POLK COUNTY -- Two bills under consideration by the State Legislature in Salem would increase local-level responsibility for people convicted of crimes.

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Hwy. 22 crash snarls traffic

POLK COUNTY -- A crash involving four vehicles and a semi truck snarled traffic and created long delays on Highway 22 west of Dallas on Friday, April 1.

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Republicans pick three BOC candidates

DALLAS -- The meeting was a nearly five-hour marathon, but in the end the Polk County Republican Central Committee compiled a list of three candidates to fill Mike Propes' vacant Polk County Board of Commissioner seat.

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