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Thursday, October 27

 

10/26 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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Tuesday, October 25



Cannon retrial up to Polk DA

POLK COUNTY -- The outcome of a state investigation into recently recovered evidence in the Philip Scott Cannon triple murder case will determine whether Cannon is retried, the Polk County District Attorney's Office said.

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Suver Road closure due next week

SUVER -- Polk County Public Works will be closing Suver Road at the railroad tracks near the address of 8930 Suver Road beginning Monday, Oct. 31.

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Polk CCF targets mentor program

POLK COUNTY -- The Polk County Commission for Children and Families has designated reducing teen pregnancy, providing services to Polk County's homeless population and piloting a fifth-grade mentoring program as key priorities in the next year.

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Panthers set sights on title

INDEPENDENCE -- Tanner Omlid threw four touchdown passes and returned a fumble for another score as Central pulled away for a 41-6 Oregon West Conference football win Friday, Oct. 21, over Stayton at Panther Stadium.

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10/26 Public Agenda

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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Panthers set to enter key stretch run

INDEPENDENCE -- Central split two Oregon West Conference matches last week, defeating Taft 25-10, 25-12, 25-9 on Tuesday, Oct. 18, and losing to Stayton, 25-14, 25-12, 20-25, 25-11 on Thursday, Oct. 20.

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First longboard race a hi

DALLAS -- The race itself was over quickly, but Dallas' first official longboard race on Saturday, Oct. 22, looks to have a lasting impact.

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Western women drop two GNAC matchups at home

MONMOUTH -- Western Oregon had its four-match Great Northwest Athletic Conference women's soccer unbeaten streak come to an end as it fell to Central Washington, 2-1, on Thursday, Oct. 20, in Monmouth.

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Dairy owner discovers a surprise

MONMOUTH -- It's an outgrowth of being a dairy farmer that has conditioned Jon Bansen to more often than not walk with his head down -- "you're always looking at the ground to see what's happening there."

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A lesson in construction

DALLAS -- Oregon Family Health's soon-to-be-finished clinic at the corner of Jefferson and Academy streets echoed with the sound of pounding hammers last week.

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Panthers face key matchup

INDEPENDENCE -- Central's boys soccer team was involved in a pair of shutouts last week -- both on the receiving and administering ends.

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Volunteers keep TMS sports alive

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- "Come on, get it, get it!" shouted Paige McBeth, pacing the sidelines during a Talmadge Middle School football game last week.

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10/26 Community Notebook

*Medicare workshop scheduled Thursday*F.C. Garden Club will meet Oct. 27*'Moon Over Buffalo' auditions scheduled*Dallas Area Seniors plan Bunco night*Fundraiser set for Humane Society*Woodland floral design class set*Polk granges will hold turkey dinner*Poinsettias offered by Central Lions*Christmas pageant seeking volunteers

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World leader pays a visit

MONMOUTH -- During a press conference at Western Oregon University last week, Vicente Fox, former president of Mexico, was asked to comment on both his country's relationship with the United States and the troubled perception it has.

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Perrydale wins twice

PERRYDALE -- Perrydale posted two Casco League volleyball wins last week to remain in the hunt for the conference championship.

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10/26 School Notes / Academic Honors

*Scholarship fundraiser set Oct. 29*Papa Murphy's aiding senior party*Dallas boosters plan dinner, auction*MVCA seeking fundraiser donations*Dallas resident will chair OCCSA*Local student named to dean's list

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Dragons end MWC skid, rout Rebels

ALBANY -- A 24-point second quarter provided the spark that sent Dallas to a convincing 34-12 Mid-Willamette Conference football victory over South Albany on Friday, Oct. 21.

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Sports Briefs

*Kids wrestling set to kick off season*Youth basketball sign-ups accepted*Dallas Mat Club sets registration*Lifeguard class planned in Dallas

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Dallas falls twice, eyes league finale

DALLAS -- The Dallas volleyball team is 4-8 and in seventh place in the highly competitive Mid-Willamette Conference after dropping a pair of league matches last week.

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Panthers set PRs at Veneta, district meet next

VENETA -- Central cross-country coach Brad Simkins said he felt something might be amiss when nearly all of his runners earned personal bests during the Country Fair Classic at the Country Fairgrounds in Veneta on Oct. 19.

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10/26 MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

On these occasional days when we can celebrate the increasingly rare sun breaks by getting out for a good brisk walk around MI Town, it's great to saunter along through the colorful autumn leaves and remember how much fun it was to be a kid at this time of year.

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Dallas ready to challenge for state berths

DALLAS -- The Dallas cross country team ended its regular season schedule in strong fashion Oct. 19 with a four-way Mid-Willamette Conference meet against Silverton, Lebanon and Corvallis. Now the teams are looking to make a stronger showing this week at the Mid-Willamette Conference Championships in Albany.

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Dallas could withdraw from WESD

DALLAS -- The Dallas School Board voted Monday, Oct. 24, to give its notice of intent to leave the Willamette Education Service District for the 2012-13 school year. But it stressed the decision was only to keep the district's options open before the final withdraw deadline March 1, 2012.

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Quick Hits

*Omlid commits to Army for hoops*Athletes excel in the classrooom

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10/26 Letters to the Editor

*Not in favor of Measure 27-105*Schools have lost educational focus*Voting yes for Measure 27-105*GOP ones attacking the middle class*Pageant is a great Rickreall tradition

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10/26 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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WOU splits two league matches

MONMOUTH -- Western Oregon gained a measure of revenge Thursday, Oct. 20, when it swept Montana State Billings 25-18, 25-21, 25-17 in Great Northwest Athletic Conference volleyball action.

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FC plays wells in setbacks

FALLS CITY -- The Falls City volleyball team lost on Oct. 18 at St. Paul 25-14, 25-13, 25-13. But coach Roxi Kempfer was proud of her team's effort and fight, noting that the league co-leading Buckaroos were heavily favored in their home gym and aided by vocal supporters.

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WOU men third at GNAC meet

YAKIMA, Wash. -- Connor Kasler finished 11th to pace the No. 22-ranked Western Oregon men's cross country team to third place with 80 points at the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Cross Country Championships on the Apple Ridge Run Course on Saturday, Oct. 22.

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Dallas police search for stickup suspect

DALLAS -- Dallas police officers are looking for a suspect in an armed robbery that took place at Tony's Place, 127 SW Court St., in the early morning hours of Thursday, Oct. 20.

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Armory ahead of schedule

DALLAS -- The new home base of the 162nd Engineer Company being built at 12830 Westview Drive is on schedule for an early housewarming party.

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Tuesday, October 18



Mountaineers shut out Alsea, 40-0

ALSEA -- Stephen Reynolds ran for two touchdowns and passed for two more as Falls City pulled away for a 40-0 victory over Alsea in Class 1A Special District 1 football action Thursday, Oct. 13.

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DOJ says Cannon evidence in hand

POLK COUNTY -- Evidence believed destroyed from the triple-murder case of Philip Scott Cannon was discovered recently at the state Department of Justice, attorney general John Kroger announced on Monday, Oct. 17.

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City Council OKs large annexation

DALLAS -- The Dallas City Council approved the annexing of 66 acres of land into the city at its meeting Monday, Oct. 17. The unanimous approval of the annexation followed a brief public hearing in which the applicant and developer, The Fife Group, addressed the council.

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Perrydale set to host Wolverines

PERRYDALE -- The Pirates' football team had no choice but to take last week off as its opponent, Days Creek, was forced to forfeit the game, giving Perrydale a 2-0 victory.

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Falls City students discover nature

FALLS CITY -- Twenty-eight Falls City students bounded out of a school bus Friday, Oct. 14, and into the crisp fall morning air at Baskett Slough National Wildlife Refuge.

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10/19 OBITUARIES

*Denise Rene (Shell) Wilson *Mabelle LaVerne Precourt Follis Beebe *Marvin Leonard Studer *Betsy L. Mercer *Walter Kerr Steele

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Central staging intense drama

INDEPENDENCE -- There's a scene in the 1967 film "Wait Until Dark," based on the play of the same name, that involves Audrey Hepburn being menaced by Alan Arkin in a villainous turn.

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Wolves extend unbeaten streak

MONMOUTH -- The surging Western Oregon women's soccer team continues to find ways to win against Great Northwest Athletic Conference opponents.

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Humanitarian at heart

MONMOUTH -- There's about half a dozen tasks going on inside the Ella Curran Food Bank during distribution hours on a recent Tuesday. Pat Jaffer seems to be involved in all of them.

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10/19 School Notes

*WES jog-a-thon slated for today *MES fundraiser scheduled Friday *Central board will meet Monday *Dallas Boosters set annual event

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Troop 38 members earn recognition

MONMOUTH -- Boy Scout Troop 38 from Monmouth held its fall Court of Honor on Oct. 4 to recognize recent achievements of several scouts. Troop members received more than 40 merit badges which they had earned.

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Sports Briefs

*14-U volleyball meeting scheduled *Mat club registration set for Nov. 2 *'No Hills Runs' to take place Nov. 5 *Bowling team claims tourney title

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Dragons in postseason chase

DALLAS -- It's no thrill playing volleyball when opponents aren't able to return a serve, said Dallas head coach Cathy McCarron.

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10/19 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 runners turn in big performances

DALLAS -- Carleen Fall ran away with the individual honors to help lead the Dallas girls cross country team to a first-place finish at a four-team Mid-Willamette Conference meet Wednesday, Oct. 12.

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Western records split on road trip

MONMOUTH -- The Western Oregon volleyball team got 15 kills from Danielle Reese and 12 from Krissi Kemper to sweep Simon Fraser 25-15, 25-15 and 25-16 on Saturday, Oct. 15.

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Pirates keeping pace with archrival St. Paul

PERRYDALE -- Perrydale won both of its volleyball matches during the past week to put it in close contention with St. Paul for the leading spot in the Casco League as the regular season draws to a close.

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Falls City drops heartbreaking decision

NEWBERG -- Falls City High/Kings Valley Charter School lost a tight Casco League volleyball match against C.S Lewis Academy 24-26, 25-19, 26-24, 25-22 on Monday, Oct. 17.

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Indy development plan aired

INDEPENDENCE -- Independence would be best served by keeping new high- and medium-density neighborhoods in the southwest portion of the city during the next 20 years near 13th and Maple streets and Talmadge Road, according to development consultants.

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10/19 Letters to the Editor

Measure 27-105 just makes sense*FC council still in do-nothing mode*Say 'yes' to end*Congress needs a dose of reality* political labeling*Non-partisan label will be a label only*Nice work on the Academy Building*Crime prevention fair was helpful*Polk Bounty Market well worth keeping

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10/19 Community Notebook

Semiannual soup, pie fundraiser set*Friday gathering will honor Gentle*Theater auditions slated Oct. 21-22*AARP driver safety class being offered*West Salem salon sets charity benefit*Book signing event is Saturday at WOU*Falls City church will host fiddlers*A Child's Haven plans 'open barn'*'Ladies Night Out' cancer event set*Church is fighting hunger, poverty*Cancer awareness fundraiser planned*Halloween is topic of youth program*Meeting for 4-H program is Oct. 25*Falls City library will trade food for fines*F.C. Garden Club will meet Oct. 27

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Tax Court decision appealed

POLK COUNTY -- The Oregon Department of Revenue will appeal an Oregon Tax Court decision ruling against the department's method of assessing cable company Comcast's property taxes.

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Correction

In a photo caption that accompanied a picture headlined "Kickin' Up His Heels," which appeared on Page 17A of the Oct. 12 issue of the Itemizer-Observer, Sam Brost-Turner of the Dallas High boys soccer team was misidentified as Ian Ussery. The error was due to an inaccurate team roster.

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10/19 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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Parents of shot toddler plead to charges

DALLAS -- The parents of the Dallas boy who was shot when he and his brother found a gun in their home both pleaded not guilty last week to charges stemming from the incident.

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WOU runners gear up for GNAC meet

MONMOUTH -- The Western Oregon University men's and women's cross country teams begin the championship portion of their season Saturday, Oct. 22, at the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Championships.

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10/19 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

October 18, 2011 4:10 p.m. read more..
 

10/19 Public Agenda

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

October 18, 2011 4:10 p.m. read more..


Monday, October 17



BREAKING NEWS: Cannon evidence found

POLK COUNTY -- Evidence from the triple-murder case of Philip Scott Cannon, believed destroyed, was discovered recently at the state Department of Justice, attorney general John Kroger announced on Monday, Oct. 17.

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Wednesday, October 12



10/12 News in Brief

*Crime prevention fair set Thursday*Natural resources talk scheduled*Dallas DMV office is closed Friday*Holiday adopt-a-family under way

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Quick Hits

Eola Hills "No Hills" Runs, Falls city tidbit

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Scoreboard

High school standings and scores, local golf ... but, alas, no bowling this week

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Tuesday, October 11



DFD rescue team places high in B.C.

DALLAS -- A Dallas Fire Department team placed in the top three in both divisions of the British Columbia Vehicle Rescue Challenge, held Sept. 30-Oct. 2.

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Easterly case goes to trial

DALLAS -- The West Salem man accused of attempting to bribe members of the Polk Soil & Water Conservation District is scheduled to go to trial early next year.

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Pork producers conference set Oct. 22

CORVALLIS -- "Producing and Marketing Pork ... Lessons from the Northwest and Beyond" is the title of a conference for area pork producers scheduled Saturday, Oct. 22.

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10/12 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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New Hope has reopened

DALLAS -- New Hope Community Center has reopened with Michele Campione as its new executive director.

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10/12 OBITUARIES

*Lester Earl Derksen*Larry Dean Lanig*Faye Watson*Florence F. Gross*Ida Helen Ingram*Dale N. Lee*Marvin Leonard Studer

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Civic Center project earns Independence award

BAKER CITY -- The city of Independence received an "Outstanding Special Project" award at the Oregon Main Street Conference "Excellence in Downtown Revitalization" celebration in Baker City on Oct. 6.

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Valsetz documentary to debut

POLK COUNTY -- A documentary about the former town of Valsetz will be featured during the Salem Film Festival on Sunday, Oct. 16.

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'The 39 Steps' coming to DHS stage

DALLAS -- Theater Outreach, a Salem-based live theater troupe, is bringing its production of "The 39 Steps" to Dallas High School's Bollman Auditorium on Sunday, Oct. 16.

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Missing boy found in Dallas area

DALLAS -- A 12-year-old Rickreall boy reported missing on Thursday, Oct. 6, was found on the afternoon of Friday, Oct. 7, at the Safeway in Dallas.

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10/12 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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Local rider, horse eye world event

INDEPENDENCE -- Rudy moves at a near gallop in a wide circle, then eases into a lope for a few smaller ones inside his enclosure at Windswept Stables north of Independence.

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Finding its niche

INDEPENDENCE -- Brett Slaughter's first career move after graduating from Western Oregon University was in the yard of a Philomath lumber mill, pulling green chain.

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Three arrested in heroin bust

WEST SALEM -- Three people were taken into custody and more than a pound of heroin was seized last week in connection with a drug operation in the West Salem area, the Polk County Sheriff's Office said.

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10/12 School Notes

*Tickets available for WOU address*College information night set at Dallas*Rotary distributes dictionaries to kids

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Dallas delays WESD decision

DALLAS -- The Dallas School Board opted to wait until its Oct. 24 meeting to make a decision regarding withdrawal from the Willamette Education Service District.

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10/12 Letters to the Editor

*Bambinos' event a huge success*Kids deserve same levels of support*Grant is only part of the solution*OUS got what it deserved in ruling*Community lends a helping hand*School spirit alive on Dallas campus

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10/12 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.

October 11, 2011 3:17 p.m. read more..


Wood-fired oven back in business

INDEPENDENCE -- Ben Hamilton and Mario Alvarez said they've noticed the clay and brick oven on the west side of the playground at Independence Elementary School for a while now. It's almost always covered with a tarp, Hamilton said.

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Reauthorization of payments eyed

POLK COUNTY -- Legislation to be introduced in the U.S. Senate this week, if successful, would reauthorize county timber payments for another five years.

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10/12 Pedee News: Arlene Kovash

This week when I asked neighbors if anything interesting happened that I could report in "Pedee News," they invariably said, "We have high speed Internet!"

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10/12 Community Notebook

*Master Gardeners will meet tonight*Artist open house set in Monmouth*Deadline nearing for food bank event*Library coordinating costume exchange*Hip-hop concert scheduled Friday*Dallas restaurant hosting art exhibit*Humane Society planning big event*Ice cream social Saturday at church*Pumpkin party set Sunday at Hopyard*Scrapbooking day on tap at LaCreole*Swiss emigration is topic of meeting*Cancer awareness fundraiser planned*'Ladies Night Out' tickets available*Volunteers needed for driver program

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10/12 Business Notebook

*Locally grown hops help Rogue Ales snag honors*Chamber seeks candidates for its board of directors*Dallas fuel company sold to McMinnville business*West Valley Hospital adds speech pathologist to staff*SEDCOR schedules Oct. 19 seminar on exporting tips

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A 'Wine'-ding Path

DALLAS -- Van Duzer Vineyards winemaker Jerry Murray said to make wine you have to be half scientist and half chef.

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Wednesday, October 5

                

Scoreboard

Standings, scores, local bowling, golf and youth football.

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Tuesday, October 4



New owners reopen 'Ghost'

INDEPENDENCE -- Vidal Pena was behind the bar for "College Night" at Lenora's Ghost last Wednesday for the first time in nearly three years.

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BMXers are looking for a new home

DALLAS -- The beginnings of Dallas' first BMX park has quite literally dissolved. The culprit isn't a disagreement between the city and a group of BMX riders

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10/5 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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Resourcefulness a key teaching skill

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- Talmadge Middle School teacher Kelly Cutsforth is not averse to "dragging" her children with her when she shops at Staples or Office Depot for supplies she might need for her language arts and student transition program classes.

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10/5 Community Notebook

*Annual doll event slated for Saturday*Brunk House site of 'Apple Festival'*Sons of Norway to gather for event*Old-fashioned swing dance is Saturday*Square dance back at Guthrie Park CC*Salem Singers set to perform in Dallas*Grange is hosting Sunday taco meal*Master Gardeners will meet Oct. 12*AARP driver safety class being offered

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10/5 OBITUARIES

*Oren Joseph Snyder*Wilfred 'Willie' Ray*Helen Elsie McKibben*Gerald Albert Sisson*Barbara J. Theiss*Kathryn S. Muller*Sylvia L.Rowell*Gerald G. Cook*Ida Helen Ingram

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10/5 Letters to the Editor

*LDS Church thanks 'day of service' help*GOP gets bad rap from letter writer*New senior center would be an asset*Help with parking issue appreciated

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Homeless student count on rise

POLK COUNTY -- Falls City School District had the second largest percentage of homeless students in the state during the 2010-11 school year, according to an Oregon Department of Education report released last week.

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10/5 School Notes

*Homecoming is under way at DHS*Robotics club hosting competition*Donations sought for WES jog-a-thon*WOU to host campus 'preview days'*SMART in Dallas needs volunteers*Dallas Boosters slate fundraiser

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10/5 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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Pentacle to stage 'Murder on the Nile'

WEST SALEM -- A lazy honeymoon trip on a boat down the Nile River turns deadly in Agatha Christie's "Murder on the Nile," which opens Friday, Oct. 7, at West Salem's Pentacle Theatre.

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WOU 'Promise' in jeopardy

MONMOUTH -- Lost revenue may force Western Oregon University to drop its no-rate increase tuition program next year.

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10/5 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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Hazardous waste collection day set

INDEPENDENCE -- Polk County and the cities of Independence, Monmouth, Dallas and Salem are co-sponsoring a household hazardous waste collection event Saturday, Oct. 8, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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LaCreole program survives via club

DALLAS -- Middle school sports may have been eliminated, but this spring LaCreole athletes will still be able to represent their school in track and field.

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10/5 MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

With MI Town alive with the sights and sounds of youthful enthusiasm, and the crisp and cool mornings that promise bright and shining sunny afternoons, we don't need calendars or clocks to tell us that we are making the transition from late summer to early autumn.

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Incidents cast doubt on new store's liquor license

MONMOUTH -- A string of crimes and disturbances associated with a Monmouth convenience store during the last six years could prevent its owner from being able to sell alcohol at his soon-to-open second establishment.

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Beck faces rape, sodomy charges

SALEM -- Cindy Lou Beck, sentenced in Polk County last month for her role in the August 2010 murders of Scott and Marilyn Jondle of Dallas, is now facing additional charges in Marion County.

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Grant will aid 2nd Chance Project

POLK COUNTY -- Polk County Mental Health and Addiction Services has received a $303,724 grant to help people recently released from the Polk County Jail re-enter the community.

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Concealed weapons ban overturned

MONMOUTH -- Colleges and universities cannot prohibit an individual with a concealed weapons permit from bringing guns onto campus, the state appeals court ruled last week.

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