Stories for December 2011

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Thursday, December 29

 

Wednesday, December 28



Tuesday, December 27



12/28 News in Brief

*Hartmann joins budget committee*Backyard hens on council agenda*Volunteers sought for Polk Connect

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Central's Armstrong on rise

INDEPENDENCE -- In a second-round, 132-pound match at Wednesday's Central Invitational, Tylor Armstrong came from behind to tie his bout with a well-executed reversal.

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Hallock, Perrydale hang on

BEAVERTON -- Missing two key players is tough for any team to overcome, let alone a short-on-depth Perrydale girls basketball squad.

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Omlid leads Central

BANKS -- Senior wing Tanner Omlid outscored the entire Banks squad, finishing with a game-high 18 points in Central's 43-17 nonleague boys basketball victory Dec. 20.

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Quick Hits

*Capitol Mile set New Year's Day*WOU duo up for football honor

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An end of a Dallas era

DALLAS -- Bruce Cooley opened Cooley's Furniture Store on Main Street in downtown with $9,000 in inventory and a small shop he paid $75 a month in rent to occupy.

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12/28 Pedee News: Arlene Kovash

Sixteen members of the Polk County Saddle-ites Saddle Club met on Friday night, Dec. 16, for their annual Christmas potluck and meeting at the home of Jeff and Emily Mentzer in Independence.

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12/28 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. We're all busily writing thank you notes to friends and family, finishing the rest of the fudge, cookies and other treats of the season, and trying to find boxes to pack away dishes, lights and decorations that are only used at this time of year.

December 27, 2011 1:23 p.m. read more..


12/28 Letters to the Editor

*Volunteers help make choirs shine*Returned wallet saves Christmas*New apartments marring beauty*Individual should take responsibility*Era of compassion comes to an end*Speaker Boehner ranks at bottom*GOP finds ways to distort truth

December 27, 2011 1:23 p.m. read more..


Monmouth mural draws interest

MONMOUTH -- Sally Crider said she was somewhat somber about the demolition of the charred building that housed the Real Taste of India restaurant -- it used to belong to her late father, Van Crider, decades ago.

December 27, 2011 1:23 p.m. read more..


Hospital upgrade begins

DALLAS -- If you have the occasion to visit West Valley Hospital in the next year, you will notice more than health care-related activity going on.

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12/28 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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12/28 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 27, 2011 1:23 p.m. read more..


Two teens arrested in concession burglaries

DALLAS -- Following several weeks of investigation, Dallas police officers have arrested two Dallas teens in connection with multiple break-ins at the Dallas High School concession stand.

December 27, 2011 1:23 p.m. read more..


12/28 Community Notebook

*Puzzle competition slated in Falls City*Master Gardener deadline is Jan. 4*Lions plan meal for area seniors*New Year's Eve gospel event set*Polk Flea Market set for 41st year*Day hike of LSNA scheduled Sunday*Emeritus Society will meet Tuesday*Polk Relay For Life fundraiser on tap

December 27, 2011 1:23 p.m. read more..
 

12/28 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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Stadium paying dividends

INDEPENDENCE -- Fall sports are a distant memory, but there are residents in Monmouth and Independence already anticipating filling Panther Stadium for home football games again in 2012.

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12/28 OBITUARIES

*Dennis 'Buzz' L. Andrews*Hattie 'Eldene' Branson*D. Darlene Toews*Douglas Trupka*Paul Douglas Dodele*Sharon L. Agee*James E. Williams*Flora Louise Calhoon

December 27, 2011 1:23 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, December 21



12/21 Scoreboard

*Boys Basketball*Girls Basketball*College Basketball*Wrestling*Swimming*Bowling

December 21, 2011 11:28 a.m. read more..

Tuesday, December 20



Quick Hits

*Capitol Mile to be held on Jan. 1*WOU's Pella garners award

December 20, 2011 3:15 p.m. read more..
 

12/21 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 20, 2011 3:15 p.m. read more..
  

12/21 School Notes / Academic Honors

*Boosters raise $22,000 for DHS*MVCA receives provisional status*SC honor roll includes Polk students*Locals earn degrees from Oregon*W. Salem student studies abroad

December 20, 2011 3:15 p.m. read more..


12/21 OBITUARIES

*Eldon Earl Bevens*Evelyn Mae Whitaker*Steven Mitchell Briles*Ardella M. Lehr*Fern Riggs Foley

December 20, 2011 3:15 p.m. read more..


Falls City girls drop three tilts

The Mountaineers are playing better, but the shots still aren't falling, as the Falls City girls basketball squad dropped three more games during the past week.

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12/21 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 20, 2011 3:15 p.m. read more..


Robotics club gets state nod

DALLAS -- LaCreole Middle School's robotics club followed its first year success with another strong showing at its First Lego League regional tournament in Albany on Sunday, Dec. 11.

December 20, 2011 3:15 p.m. read more..


Phillips found not guilty

DALLAS -- Brent William Phillips, accused of murdering Christopher Lindsay during an altercation at a West Salem bar in January, was found not guilty of all charges Monday.

December 20, 2011 3:15 p.m. read more..


Berry leads Panthers swimmers

Central's Robert Berry stood out in two meets last week for the Panthers' swim team, which traveled to both the Newport and Sweet Home Invitationals.

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12/21 Pedee News: Arlene Kovash

Leonard Foltz, his sister Cindy and Joe Lackner of Scio traveled to New Zealand's South Island, where they visited Cindy and Joe's daughter, Sarah, who has been studying science at Otago University in Dunedin since February.

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Dressel a Dragon at last

DALLAS -- As Jerusha Dressel awaited instruction just prior to her 100-yard freestyle race in Thursday's meet against Blanchet, she was greeted with an informal order from the official microphone.

December 20, 2011 3:15 p.m. read more..


Central boys cruise past Cheesemakers

INDEPENDENCE - Branden Cutsforth led the charge on Friday with 20 points to lead a Central boys basketball team that had yet to be beaten as of Monday night, as the Panthers drilled Tillamook, 67-36.

December 20, 2011 3:15 p.m. read more..
 

Advantage: 'Average'

DALLAS - At 5-foot-2 and around 120 pounds apiece, identical twins and Dallas High seniors Tyler and Cody Renfro fall in a competitive, yet almost average class when it comes to high school wrestling.

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They've done it again

PERRYDALE -- Large stacks of bagged potatoes, squash, apples, oranges and other fresh produce lined the wall of a large room in the Independence Elks Lodge on Thursday.

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Hedrick gears up for Las Vegas

BOISE, Idaho -- When Grant Hedrick broke free for a 23-yard touchdown run to cap a big win for the Boise State football team back in October, he probably let out a small sigh of relief.

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Special delivery to Santa

DALLAS -- Haven't been able to make the annual visit to see Santa yet? No worries. Polk County has its own direct line to the Big Guy at the Dallas post office.

December 20, 2011 3:15 p.m. read more..


WOU's Peterson scores 20 for sixth time

MONMOUTH -- Rylee Peterson continued her tear for the Western Oregon University women's basketball team, scoring 24 points in the Wolves' first road win of the season Saturday, a 86-69 victory over BYU-Hawaii.

December 20, 2011 3:15 p.m. read more..
 

12/21 Letters to the Editor

*City should look at this Walmart idea*Circle K Stores assist Red Cross*Holiday choirs hit all the right notes*Drivers' patience much appreciated*Students make strong impression*Seniors need help in reaching goal*Pageant thankful for its supporters*Good samaritan saves local house*Duo does good job removing turkeys

December 20, 2011 2:32 p.m. read more..


Holidays bring earlier deadlines at I-O

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. 28 and Jan. 4 issues.

December 20, 2011 2:32 p.m. read more..
  

Backyard poultry in Independence?

INDEPENDENCE -- The Monmouth-Independence Chicken Revolution initially hoped to bring a special guest to their appearance at the Dec. 13 Independence City Council meeting.

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12/21 Correction

In a story headlined "Safety mural arrives after years in hiding," which appeared on Page 9A of the Dec. 7 issue of the Itemizer-Observer, a reporter accidentally identified Big Town Hero co-owner Robert Wellman as Mike Wellman. The I-O apologizes for the error.

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12/21 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 20, 2011 2:32 p.m. read more..


12/21 Community Notebook

*Duo is performing at Crush Wine Bar*Crhistmas dinner planned by church*Help needed with Dallas bird count*Falls City library sets puzzle event*Soccer club offers early tree recycling*Master Gardener deadline extended

December 20, 2011 2:32 p.m. read more..
 

Class gets taste of Shakespeare

DALLAS -- During a recent class at Dallas High School, a group of students stood in a circle clapping their hands and waving their arms around.

December 20, 2011 2:32 p.m. read more..
 

Friday, December 16



Wednesday, December 14

  

Panthers take third in meet

NEWPORT -- Central High's boys and girls swim teams both placed third during the Newport High School Quad Meet on Tuesday, Dec. 6.

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Perrydale opens year by posting to wins

PERRYDALE -- Three games in a week is no easy task -- especially for a Perrydale boys basketball team still adjusting to the hardwood with many of its members fresh off their Class 1A football state title game run.

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Fast starts a key for Pirates

PERRYDALE -- The early recipe for success for the Perrydale girls basketball team has come down to one constant factor: Getting a fast start to open every game.

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Dallas grapplers nab 6th at Coast Classic

NORTH BEND -- In one of the toughest wrestling invitationals in the state over the weekend, the Dallas squad made a couple of firsts, but still has a long way to go in terms of making a run at a state title.

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Young Panthers dealing with lack of experience

-- With a Dallas player trapped in the backcourt, Central teammates Mo Tapasa and Auna Berry didn't let up on their defense, and it paid off en route to a five-second call and a Dallas turnover in Monday's nonleague girls basketball game.

December 14, 2011 8:22 a.m. read more..


Hot-shooting Humboldt holds off Western rally

ARCATA, Calif. -- Melissa Fowler led four Western Oregon players in double figures with 17 points, but Humboldt State shot 55 percent from the field to earn a 77-63 win over the Wolves on Saturday, Dec. 10.

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West Point bound: Omlid signs NLI

INDEPENDENCE -- With more than 100 people in attendance for perhaps Tanner Omlid's biggest moment thus far, Central boys basketball coach Bob McBeth's words rang true.

December 14, 2011 8:22 a.m. read more..


WOU has no trouble beating Walla Walla

MONMOUTH -- The Western Oregon men's basketball team ran away with a record-setting victory as Blair Wheadon led the way with 21 points and three other players scored in double-digits in a 94-29 victory over Walla Walla on Saturday, Dec. 10.

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Dallas has high hopes for season

DALLAS -- With three wins to open the season, the outlook for the Dallas boys basketball team is so promising that even opposing coaches are taking notice.

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Tuesday, December 13

   

Troublesome turkeys to be 'harvested'

DALLAS -- The city of Dallas will be "harvesting" as many as 10 turkeys from neighborhoods in the northwestern edge of town on the evening of Saturday, Dec. 17.

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12/14 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 13, 2011 4:41 p.m. read more..


12/14 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 13, 2011 4:41 p.m. read more..


12/14 OBITUARIES

*Donald Clyde Barnes*Anna M. Yancey*Carol Lucille Givens*Harry Roland Epperly*Gerald 'Jerry' J. Spotts*Anton Postl*Stanley C. Baller*Iva Mae Foster*Tim Alan Bookey*John 'Mike' Schmitt*Dorothy C. Desmarteau

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Christmas coming to Guthrie Park

DALLAS -- Guthrie Park Community Center will host its 23rd annual "Sounds of Christmas" concert and fundraiser Friday, Dec. 16, at 7:30 p.m.

December 13, 2011 3:58 p.m. read more..


Corrections

In a story headlined "Falls City store has new owner but few changes," which appeared on Page 8A of the Dec. 7 issue of the Itemizer-Observer, needs a clarification. Falls City Hometown Grocery isn't the only store selling groceries in the community as reported. Frink's 2nd Hand Store, 401 N. Main St., also has a full-service grocery area. The I-O apologizes for any confusion the omission may have caused.

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Local groups benefit from computer donation

POLK COUNTY -- Credit union OSU Federal has donated 60 computers to several schools and nonprofit organizations in its five-county service area, including three recipients in Polk County.

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12/14 Letters to the Editor

*Walmart expansion would be welcomed*Shooting turkeys in city a bad idea*Local business comes to rescue*Walmart has been good local partner*Fire victim thanks those who helped*Find an alternative to killing turkeys HALO group makes positive difference

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12/14 Business Notebook

*Orthopedic surgeon joins hospital*IDA planning Dec. 17 holiday event*Power company wraps up program*MINET announces staff promotion

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12/14 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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Jensen museum recipient of $55,700 in grants

MONMOUTH -- The Jensen Arctic Museum has received two grants totaling nearly $56,000 recently to help facilitate a move to the city of Albany and preserve the organization's visual collection.

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M-I hit by sprees of vandalism

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- Monmouth and Independence police are looking for suspects involved in vandalism that caused thousands of dollars in damage throughout the two towns in November.

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12/14 Community Notebook

*Dance school sets event, food drive*Holiday tunes will be featured at Jam*KV Christmas sing, craft fair Saturday*Windgingers fly club sets meeting*Annual live nativity planned by church*Polk Demos have tickets for musical*Fundraiser offering tasty holiday fudge

December 13, 2011 3:58 p.m. read more..

Thursday, December 8

 

Wednesday, December 7

  

Perrydale starts with convincing victory

PERRYDALE -- Senior Kaitlin Hallock poured in a career-high 20 points as Perrydale tipped off the 2011-12 girls basketball season with a 52-34 victory over Portland Waldorf.

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Tuesday, December 6



Trade food for library item fines

DALLAS -- Starting Saturday, Dec. 10, Dallas Public Library patrons will be able to clear their overdue fines and help feed the hungry at the same time during the library's Food for Fines campaign.

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12/7 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 6, 2011 3:04 p.m. read more..
 

12/7 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 6, 2011 3:04 p.m. read more..


12/7 MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

Last week's Itemizer-Observer was filled with news of school and community events and it was a good opportunity to catch up with local news and make plans for upcoming programs.

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Judge Avera will retire

DALLAS -- At the end of this month, Polk County Circuit Judge Fred Avera will hang up his robe, but not his commitment to serving the community he's called home for nearly 35 years.

December 6, 2011 3:04 p.m. read more..


Play tackles serious subject

DALLAS -- Dallas High School's youth outreach production of Bocon! may have been the first play in which casting decisions were dependent on the opinion of a teacher from a different department.

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Gun show set this weekend

RICKREALL -- The Polk County Fire District No. 1 Firefighters Association and the Polk County Fairgrounds will host the 2011 Winter Rickreall Gun Show on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 10-11.

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M-I YMCA slates major fundraiser

INDEPENDENCE -- Community members in the holiday spirit can give back and have a good time doing it by attending the Monmouth-Independence YMCA Christmas Party on Friday, Dec. 9.

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Central sophomore wins essay contest

POLK COUNTY -- Trevor Whitaker, a sophomore at Central High School, won first prize in the Polk County Women for Agriculture's first Constitutional Essay Contest.

December 6, 2011 3:04 p.m. read more..
 

12/7 Community Notebook

*UCAM accepting donations for kids*Hospital Auxiliary to hold fundraiser*Screenings for breast cancer set*Ballroom dance lessons on break*Pentacle Theatre will hold audtions*Dance recital will aid Christmas Cheer*Square dance takes place on Saturday*Sunday breakfast on tap at grange*Holiday chorus set to perform Sunday*Women's military group luncheon set*MVCA Christmas program scheduled*Master Gardener training available*Salvation Army still needs bell ringers*Winter clothing drive underway

December 6, 2011 3:04 p.m. read more..


Title eludes Pirates

COTTAGE GROVE -- In nearly every one of its previous games this season, Perrydale has been able to dictate the tempo early on via its balanced but potent offensive attack and a solid defense.

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Thieves hit laundry machines in area

INDEPENDENCE -- Thieves pilfered nearly $1,000 in quarters from coin-operated washers and dryers at the Greystone Apartment complex, 811 N. Main St., on Nov. 23.

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Two commercial trucks collide on Highway 22

POLK COUNTY -- One person was injured and Highway 22 west of Dallas was closed for several hours on Saturday evening, Dec. 3, following a collision between two commercial trucks, according to Oregon State Police.

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Examining capital punishment

MONMOUTH -- The halting of convicted murderer Gary Haugen's execution -- which would have happened Tuesday, Dec. 6 -- by Gov. John Kitzhaber last month was a move worth celebrating, Tom O'Connor said.

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Options for tuition available at WOU

MONMOUTH -- Western Oregon University will allow incoming students next year to opt out of the school's no rate-increase tuition program, which has been in effect since 2007.

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Driver cited in accident on Hwy. 22

WEST SALEM -- A Dallas man was cited on a charge of careless driving following a five-car accident the morning of Wednesday, Nov. 30, on Highway 22 west of Salem.

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An impressive opener for Dallas

DALLAS -- The Dallas girls basketball team opened its season in impressive fashion in a nonleague game on Wednesday, Nov. 30, with a 61-30 rout of visiting Sprague.

December 6, 2011 3:04 p.m. read more..


Strength and Sacrifice

MONMOUTH -- People tend to stop and watch whenever Alex Whitaker is strongman training around McArthur Stadium on the Western Oregon University campus.

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Western off to 2-0 league start

MONMOUTH -- Western Oregon's women's basketball team held Northwest Nazarene to 29 percent shooting en route to a 57-46 win on Saturday, Dec. 3.

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Rotarians' donation helps Haiti

DALLAS -- Dallas Rotary Club and several other member clubs throughout the state joined with the Downtown Salem Rotary Club to donate $30,000 to construct wells in an area of Haiti still reeling from the earthquake in 2010.

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12/7 OBITUARIES

*Dorothy Genevieve Gibbons*Gordon LeRoy Selby*Jennifer Ann Belin*Nanci G. Huyser*Jane Elaine (Walter) Giesbrecht*Laurel Ann (Minton) Rogers*William 'Bill' H. Wilson*Betty Lou Frederic*Stephanie Ann Morehead*Anna M. Yancey

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12/7 Letters to the Editor

*Nativity scene is a welcome sight*Tree thefts spoil season of giving*Church is thankful for event's success*Community steps up for the holidays

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WOU posts GNAC sweep on road trip

NAMPA, Idaho -- For the second game in a row, Western Oregon's men's basketball team staged a late comeback to earn a win in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference.

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Quick Hits

*Winter sports previews inside*14U softball tryouts slated*Tryouts Sunday for softball team

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Defense sparks Dragons' victory

SALEM -- The Dallas varsity boys basketball team opened its season with a 68-58 nonleague road win at McKay of Salem on Wednesday, Nov. 30.

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12/7 School Notes

*Band boosters set Dec. 8 meeting*Dallas to host financial aid night*KVCS schedules Thursday program*Dallas School Board to meet early*Perrydale group seeking donations*Perrydale School Board member receives honor

December 6, 2011 3:04 p.m. read more..


WOU professor added to higher ed board

MONMOUTH -- Emily Plec, a communications professor at Western Oregon University, was confirmed on Nov. 18 by the Oregon Senate to the State Board of Higher Education.

December 6, 2011 3:04 p.m. read more..
 

Dragons runners-up twice

DALLAS -- Dallas opened its wrestling season with a pair of second-place finishes at tournaments hosted by Salem-area schools.

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12/7 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 6, 2011 3:04 p.m. read more..


Friday, December 2