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Wednesday, April 25

            

4/25 Letters to the Editor

*Felton would make good administrator*Results of youth survey valuable*Milligan will work for Polk County*Felton clear choice for Polk DA post*Avera is qualified to be circuit judge*Special thank you for a special prom*Many help as H2O gets back on track*Experience makes Wheeler best fit*No camparison:Vote for Felton*Avera's attributes give her the nod*Candidate brings common sense*Wheeler cares about our county*Butterfield earns support of judge*Experience a key difference for DA*Gaddis will deep criminals in check*Wheeler has what we need for BOC*Felton is a strong choice for DA post*Let expansion of Walmart move on*Public safety must be budget priority*Gaddis has 'best interests' in mind*Clem will work hard as a commissioner*Ex-commissioner supports Wheeler*BOC candidate not best fit for county*Wheeler will best serve Polk County*Wheeler dedicated to working for us*West Salem needs a voice in Dallas*Service is what Milligan is about*Dallas Seniors thank supporters*Gaddis committed to DA position

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Tuesday, April 24



He's back in the race

DALLAS -- This Sunday, Dallas resident Robbin Bryant will line up with thousands of other athletes at the start of the Eugene Marathon.

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4/25 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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DHS teacher recipient of science grant

DALLAS -- Lee Jones, a science teacher at Dallas High School, has been awarded a grant to conduct research over the next two summers with an Oregon State University science professor.

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4/25 MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

It's hard to believe that Miss April will soon be packing up her mixed bag of weather tricks of rain and more rain, frosty mornings, hail, wind and those scary dark clouds to make room for what we are all hoping will be a beautiful and flower-filled May.

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Keeping the 'Faith'

DALLAS -- "Wire wheel" grinders in hand, four Dallas High School students slowly remove layers of dust, rust and old paint from the hood of a 1969 Chevrolet Chevelle.

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Hilarious 'Dream' on stage

DALLAS -- Bollman Auditorium will be transformed into a dreamscape populated by fairies and pranksters during a performance of Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" Thursday.

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4/25 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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Remembering the Holocaust

MONMOUTH -- Anneke Bloomfield said hers was a comfortable neighborhood in the Hague, Netherlands, in the late 1930s.

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4/25 OBITUARIES

*Janet Marie Fletcher*Mary Jane Apple Schmidt*Carmen M. Freeman*Tara Michelle Williams Love*Lyle Ladehoff*Michael John Cox*Bill M. Evans*Jerry Otto*Jimmy 'Jim/J.R. Richard Freeman*Edna Peters

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TMS health fair packs 'em in

INDEPENDENCE -- Brie Eastwood and her son, Corben, wandered through the aisles of health-related exhibits and demonstrations in Talmadge Middle School's packed gymnasium, trying to determine what to try next.

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Vacancies viewed as opportunity

MONMOUTH -- It wasn't long ago that Monmouth was enjoying an enviable problem of not having enough commercial vacancies in town to accommodate prospective businesses.

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4/25 Pedee News: Arlene Kovash

Eight-year-old Adri Lee, daughter of Pedee Church Pastor Mitch Lee and Amber Lee, broke her arm in two places April 15. She was making her bed, slipped on a blanket and fell against the metal railing. She had surgery on the arm on April 17 and will be in a cast for six weeks.

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There is positive CSD budget news

INDEPENDENCE -- Central School District's budget process will start early next month, but it appears there's already good news -- or what passes for it -- for the fall.

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Court offers ePay option

POLK COUNTY -- Residents and the public who have business with Polk County Circuit Court will now be able to pay most citations, make monthly payments and pay on many court cases without having to travel to the courthouse and wait in line, mail in a check or pay by phone.

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Making their mark on, off stage

DALLAS -- By the last day of the Oregon Thespians State Festival, Jackson Geiger had talked himself out of thinking he would qualify for the International Thespians Festival in June.

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Foundation enriches M-I

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- If you're a teacher in Monmouth and Independence, grant writing is part of your to-do list this time of year.

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4/25 School Notes / Academic Honors

*Author, musician to perform at WOU*Elementary fundraiser on tap Friday*WOU schedules preview day event*Western recognizes 4.0 students*Dallas man earns degree at Goshen

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4/25 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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4/25 Community Notebook

*Novel writing class begins Wednesday*Falls City Garden Club sets meeting*Friday 'Zumbathon' to benefit Polk RFL*Mexican dinner, dance set April 27*Humane Society seeks nominees*Church set to host concert on Sunday*Hospital volunteers to hold fundraiser*Relay For Life pizza benefit is Tuesday*DHS Class of 1967 seeks classmates*Nominations open for local heroes

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Wednesday, April 18

     

Lexi Pola peaking for Western Oregon track team

MONMOUTH -- With hundreds of athletes competing in more than 30 events in what was a very busy John Knight Twilight meet Friday at Western Oregon University, WOU junior Lexi Pola led a small group of children around the track in a 200-meter dash.

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Central baseball picks up first league win

INDEPENDENCE -- Branden Cutsforth had another big day on both sides of the plate to lead the Central baseball team to its first Oregon West Conference win, a 6-4 decision over Cascade Thursday.

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Dallas softball sweeps Crescent Valley

DALLAS -- Julie Postma picked up all three victories last week as the Dallas softball team defeated Crescent Valley 7-0 April 10, 2-1 in eight innings Friday and 5-0 on Monday.

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Population density of a big city?

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- There are only a few instances when complaints about overcrowding in Monmouth and Independence shouldn't be met with a snicker or rolling of the eyes:

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Tuesday, April 17

 

Man arrested on public indeceny charges

DALLAS -- An Independence man was arrested April 10 on public indecency charges after police received a report about a man exposing himself to customers shopping at Safeway, 138 W. Ellendale Ave.

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4/18 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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Indy development barriers eased

INDEPENDENCE -- A concept plan for future development in southwest Independence has been revised to address concerns from prospective developers about excessive building requirements and wetlands protection.

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4/18 News in Brief

*DA candidate will host gathering*Arbor Day event set in Monmouth*Dog park group seeking volunteers*Library board needs representative

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Walmart expansion foes go to LUBA

DALLAS -- Opponents of Walmart's plans to expand its Dallas store filed a notice of appeal with the Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals (LUBA) last week.

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Leadership program dinner offered

DALLAS -- The Ford Institute for Community Building is hosting a dinner Monday to recruit participants for its new Dallas-area Leadership Program class.

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LaCreole students 'just say no' to school bullying

DALLAS -- LaCreole Middle School eighth-grader Lindsay Golly lifts a stack of purple sheets of paper off a table in the school cafeteria. For a second, she struggles to balance the pile, which is several inches thick.

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4/18 School Notes / Academic Honors

*Dallas kindergarten sign-ups begin*Plant sale benefits DHS senior party*'Jazz Nite' scheduled for Saturday*Donations sought for silent auction*Perrydale plans 'Improvement' day*WOU schedules preview day event*Choir concert set Thursday

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4/18 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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FSA offices fate tied to Congress

DALLAS -- A decision on whether to close 131 Farm Service Agency offices throughout the country, including the Polk County office, will have to wait for Congress to act -- or not act -- on the proposed plan.

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Bribery trial delayed again

DALLAS -- The date of the attempted bribery trial in the case against West Salem resident E.M. Easterly has been moved once again.

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4/18 Letters to the Editor

*Wheeler is obvious choice for BOC post*Milligan a proven community leader*Wheeler knows what county needs*Felton's experience is the difference*Candidate values what we appreciate*Thanks for support of all-night party*Wheeler ranks near top among leaders*BOC candidate has roots here*Wheeler will help get things done*Wheeler concerned about all of county*Avera is qualified to become judge*Don't forget: Call before you dig*Clem is worthy of commissioner role*Facts support Avera for judge*Wheeler has done well in serving us*Felton has what we need in our next DA*Keep Wheeler as Polk commissioner*Butterfield worthy of judge position*Wheeler committed to working for all

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Review of MINET is completed

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- The operational review requested by the Monmouth-Independence Network (MINET) Board of Directors is complete, but the board has yet to take action on the findings.

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4/18 OBITUARIES

*Zeta Joanne (Borszich) Knittle Reynold Goon*Mary Lou (Sears) Spencer*Mildred L. Birch*Virginia Adele Garner*Marie Beth Farr LeFors*Anne L. Buller Harms*Charles Edward Kistner*Michael John Cox*Teddie Ann (Dillard) Penhollow*Mary Meyer*Elahanea Lea (Mahali) Taylor*Hubert Joseph Sturdivant*Clifford Archie Brown*Kailana Maka Mae Fallau

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Teacher arrested, jailed on sex charge

SALEM -- A Salem teacher was arrested for sex abuse on Monday in a case sparked by a stop by a U.S. Fish and Wildlife officer assigned to the Baskett Slough National Wildlife Refuge last week.

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Nourishing Nettles

INDEPENDENCE -- Jeannie Berg had wrestled during the last few years with selling stinging nettles alongside her other fresh produce at farmers markets.

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Talmadge to host annual health fair

INDEPENDENCE -- Cheri Higgins, a health teacher at Talmadge Middle School, said there's an inherent challenge conveying to students the importance of healthy habits.

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4/18 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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Now that's entertainment

MONMOUTH -- Fabian Prado was like many of his peers at Ash Creek Elementary School on Thursday while watching a performance by Young Ambassadors of Physical Education.

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Gas pipeline work continues

MONMOUTH -- Crews with NW Natural Gas are continuing replacement and installation of a pipeline along Highway 99W through Monmouth.

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4/18 Clarification/Corrections

A clarification is needed for a story headlined "Zoning mires bark expansion," which appeared on Page 2A of the March 21 issue of the Itemizer-Observer. Jim and Penny Marr, the owners of Marr Bros. Bark, are seeking to change the zoning designation of 16.3 acres on Monmouth's comprehensive plan map from a low-density residential zone to an industrial zone.

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Big city population density?

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- There are only a few instances when complaints about overcrowding in Monmouth and Independence shouldn't be met with a snicker or rolling of the eyes:

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Wednesday, April 11

        

Perfection out, focus shifts for Central softball team

INDEPENDENCE -- After topping Henley 2-1 in Saturday's opening game at home, the Central softball team watched the Hornets, last year's Class 4A state runner-up, drill another state-ranked squad, Yamhill-Carlton, 12-2, in five innings

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Tuesday, April 10

   

4/11 Corrections lists 'most wanted'

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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Bersani's humanity was always evident

MONMOUTH -- Mark Girod traveled to Vietnam with fellow Western Oregon University professor Henry "Hank" Bersani twice in the last three years through the relief organization they both belonged to, the Forgotten People Foundation.

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4/11 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 Armory: So long, old friend

DALLAS -- Capt. Bob Baca said when the Oregon National Guard's 162nd Engineer Company conducted formations in the former Dallas Armory on Southwest Church Street, he would look around and think about the building's history.

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4/11 Community Notebook

*Organic gardening is topic of meeting *Spring jazz concert is set for Thursday *Dallas Seniors plan big rummage sale *April 14 tea will mark Titanic event *Square dance set for Saturday night *Fundraiser will aid Polk Relay For Life

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Facebook a useful tool for some DHS classes

DALLAS -- What do you do on Facebook? Post updates? Keep up with friends? Students in a few classes at Dallas High School are learning on Facebook -- and in some ways more efficiently and interactively than they do in class.

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Education plan has drawbacks

POLK COUNTY -- Public schools are trying to come up with numeric targets to gauge academic milestones as part of the governor's education reform plan.

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4/11 Letters to the Editor

*Milligan worthy of commissioner post *Wheeler makes community better *Felton is best fit to be county DA *Monmouth history is worthy of saving *Felton is qualified for Polk DA post *Milligan will work hard for our county *Talent, experience gives nod to Felton *Wheeler has proven she's suit for role *As DA, Gaddis will be tough on crime *Avera well suited to be next judge *Clem has proven leadership skills *New 'welcome sign' is a safety issue *Now is the time to elect Felto as DA *Polk County needs Clem on its BOC *Avera has what we need in a judge *Only one candidate prepared to be DA *Experience is what Wheeler offers us *Milligan will bring new insight to post *Retain Wheeler as our commissioner *Gaddis will make a good Polk DA

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SBA will offer loans for flooding damage

POLK COUNTY -- The Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering low-interest federal disaster loans to Oregon residents and business owners affected by the Jan. 17-21 severe storm and flooding.

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4/11 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 10, 2012 3:20 p.m. read more..


4/11 News in Brief

*Candidates for council seat to meet *Sheriff's office to close for repairs *BOC candidate Milligan to host talk *Felton will host coffee chat Friday *Polk Dems schedule evening meeting *Independence Community Dog Park looking for Volunteers

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Powwow highlights Native heritage

MONMOUTH -- Powwows can be a test of endurance for participants. After the all-important grand entry early on one day, they can last until the wee hours of the following morning.

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Night of Brazilian music set at WOU

MONMOUTH -- The iconic Carnival in Rio de Janeiro took place in February. If you missed it, no worries. You can still get your samba fix at Western Oregon University on Saturday.

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The tasty goodness of food

DALLAS -- Ever had a salad made out of 26 fruits and vegetables? An "A to Z" salad bar was on the lunch menu at Lyle Elementary School Thursday as part of the school's "Farm to Market" day.

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4/11 MI Town - Patty Taylor Dutcher

We're two weeks into the month of April and it's way past time to bid those showers adieu for a while. It's time for everyone to get into the spirit of the season so we can concentrate on yard and garden projects instead of dodging deluges from above. I'm hoping the tulips won't meet the same fate as the daffodils and we'll have the opportunity to enjoy time outdoors.

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House needs a helping hand

POLK COUNTY -- Preserving history takes a lot of work. The historic Brunk House, a pioneer homestead located off Highway 22, is no exception.

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'Casino Day' benefit set

FALLS CITY -- The Falls City Alliance will hold its second annual Casino Day and Auction on Saturday at Boondocks, 318 N. Main St., in Falls City.

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4/11 OBITUARIES

*Dennis Raymond Nolte *Mary A. Percy *Ralph Bernard 'Bernie' Ruiz *James E. Collins *May 12, 1959 - April 3, 2012 *Anne Louise Harms *Grace E. Wall *Virginia A. Garner *Wayland Nelson *Kevin W. Montgomery Jr. *Mary Diane Boyes *John Leland Morris *Mildred L. Birch

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4/11 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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4/11 Judy Scott: Your Garden

Trees and shrubs often are forgotten when it comes time to fertilize the yard in the spring. Young trees, especially those with a trunk diameter of less than 6 inches, can benefit from regular applications of fertilizer.

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Wednesday, April 4

         

Tuesday, April 3

   

Central finds its man

INDEPENDENCE -- Central School District has its new superintendent. Central School Board unanimously approved a contract for Buzz Brazeau, principal of Hermiston High School, at its Monday meeting.

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4/4 OBITUARIES

*Jeremiah J. Brown *Gregory Gerald White *William T. Gallagher Sr. *Margaret Resch Kerp Nedry *'Jeanie' Mary Jean Carsey *Samuel 'Sam' H. Drill *Marilyn M. Spencer *William 'Bill' Jason Rowell *Joyce Nona Crace *James Harold Thomassen *Dr. Henry 'Hank' A. Bersani *James E. Collins *Dennis Raymond Nolte *Mary A. Percy

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4/4 MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

As the deadline for publication for this week's MI Town column loomed on the horizon, we're in yet another rain and high wind warning for the Willamette Valley.

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4/4 Community Notebook

*Titanic art exhibit opening on Friday*Saturday breakfast slated in Monmouth*Concert will benefit ailing WOU student*Free blood pressure checks are offered*Organic gardening is topic of meeting*Spring jazz concert is on tap April 12

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LMS family support study set

DALLAS -- LaCreole Middle School students have been selected to participate in a study measuring the impact of parental involvement on a child's success in school.

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Vertical Ballet

MONMOUTH -- What flows through your mind while clinging to the face of a sheer rock wall?

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4/4 Letters to the Editor

*Wheeler knows how county works *New sports editor doing bang-up job *Home for Wheeler here in Polk County *Questions about extended campus *Wheeler will keep county on track *Experience is key attribute of Felton *Wheeler has what is needed for Polk *Clem stands out in commissioner race *Let's keep religion out of government *Wheeler has no special agenda *Test scores don't always measure up *Felton is far most qualified to be DA *Chicken ordinance much appreciated *Experience makes Felton DSA choice *Dedicated women make Dallas great *Clem is worthy of commissioner slot *H20 should not protect wrongdoers *Wheeler gets nod due to experience *Felton will be top prosecutor, manager

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4/4 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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Child corruption charged

DALLAS -- A woman was arrested last month after flying from Kansas to Dallas to pursue a relationship with a local juvenile she had been communicating with over the Internet, according to police.

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Suspect pleads innocent

PEDEE -- The Polk County man arrested for accidentally shooting his 8-year-old stepson last week had recently completed parole for an attempted murder conviction, according to Polk County Circuit Court records.

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It's farmers market time

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- Farmers markets in Monmouth and Independence will be open for business soon. Available produce, however, will hinge on Mother Nature, planners said.

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4/4 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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4/4 BIRTHS

*Remington *Southwick *Jackson *Loewen *Wall *Compton *Richardson *McCrae *Traglia

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New ownership set for two Dallas bars

DALLAS -- Two Dallas bars will soon be under new ownership. Ray Stratton has taken over ownership of Tony's Place as of Sunday and will take over Sweeny's Pub later this month.

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Sudden building boom

MONMOUTH -- Randy Killen's construction crew was stymied by rain last week as it attempted to lay foundation for his forthcoming Catron Place Apartments.

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4/4 News in Brief

*Arbor Day, park celebration on tap *DA candidate to host gathering *Local food, shelter funds available *Care package program seeks funds *State studded tire deadline extended

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