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Monday, December 31

  

Making history

POLK COUNTY -- There's a wall in the upstairs courtroom in the historic Polk County Courthouse bearing portraits of all but the most recent county circuit and district judges.

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1/2 Letters to the Editor

*Mental health, not guns is the issue*Drop site is a key for clothing drive*Christmas Cheer thankful of support*Recent editorial missed the mark

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1/2 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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1/2 Community Notebook

*Flea market on tap at Rickreall Grange*Preventing memory loss class topic*Community center available for rent*Meals for seniors available in area

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Joint venture leads to new gallery

INDEPENDENCE -- Sally Penna had hoped the shipment for her import business would have arrived from Myanmar before Christmas. She was waiting on, among other things, bronze-cast gongs and sculptures and exquisite lacquerware that Southeast Asia is renowned for.

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1/2 Police Report

Information for the police report comes from local law enforcement agencies. Not all calls for service are included in this 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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1/2 School Notes

*Homework initiative needs donations*Class seeking help mailing books*Ash Creek hosting raffle for quilt

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Young artists in training

DALLAS -- Second-grader Maisy McAllister summed up masterfully the mission of the after-school art class she attends each week at Oakdale Heights Elementary School.

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1/2 OBITUARIES

*Floyd W. Hubbard*Wilma Jene Combs*Fred C. Hibbeler*John Conley Radmore*Francis O. Harvey*James S. Wood*Theodore W. Jones*Christopher Scott Murphy*Mary Kathryn Paul*Charles William Kuust

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1/2 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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Wednesday, December 26

   

Star light, star bright

SALEM -- The sun and the planets visible from Earth during the day slowly drift across the curved ceiling of Chemeketa Community College's Planetarium theater.

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Man of the Woods

POLK COUNTY -- About three quarters of Polk County's 650 square miles are uninhabited, covered in timber and logging roads.

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Falls City examining contract with LDWC

FALLS CITY -- The city of Falls City has hired an attorney to assist with research and negotiations on a contract the city has to sell water to Luckiamute Domestic Water Cooperative (LDWC).

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Shooting has schools pondering safety

POLK COUNTY -- Amidst calls for immediate action following the tragic events at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut -- placing armed security at every school, banning assault weapons -- local school districts are opting for a thoughtful approach.

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12/26 Community Notebook

*Thursday concert will assist James2*Help needed with Dallas bird count*Master Gardener deadline extended*Puzzle competition scheduled on Friday

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12/26 Correction

In a story headlined "Tattoo parlor is now open in Dallas," which appeared within the "Business Notebook" on Page 8A of the Dec. 12 Itemizer-Observer, an incorrect phone number was listed for Bawdee Shotz Tattoo. The correct number is 503-851-8728. The I-O regrets the error.

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On the Rails

Independence resident is one of a small minority of woman train engineers

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12/26 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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Groups ready to recycle your tree

POLK COUNTY -- A number of local not-for-profit groups and organizations are offering to recycle your Christmas tree for a nominal fee beginning this week.

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12/26 Letters to the Editor

*Community steps up for school choirs*Republicans will be just fine, thank you*Good Samaritan's deed appreciated*Spend taxpayer's dollars responsibly

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12/26 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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12/26 Police Report

Information for the police report comes from local law enforcement agencies. Not all calls for service are included in this 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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12/26 News in Brief

*New Year's Day hike slated at LSNA*County seeks reserve deputy sheriff's*Early deadline affects news coverage

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12/26 Academic Honors

*Local students make OSU honor roll*SC honor roll includes Polk students*Dallas man earns degree at Pacific

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Wednesday, December 19

                 

When words aren't enough

MONMOUTH -- Kevin Renfro assumes a boxer's stance -- lead foot forward, back foot flat, hips dropped, shoulders up and that inviting chin down -- as he throws a spirited combination of punches at the taller Mike Hamilton.

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12/19 Community Notebook

*Duo set to perform Friday at piano bar*Dramatist to share Christmas Eve story*Christmas dinner planned by church*Help needed with Dallas bird count

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Tuesday, December 18



School Notes / Academic Honors

*Whitworth jogathon a big success*Book fair, sale coming to Falls City*Preschool sets program, auction*KVCS seeking guitar, amp for class*Locals qualify for LBCC honor roll

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12/19 Police Report

Information for the police report comes from local law enforcement agencies. Not all calls for service are included in this 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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Deadlines adjusted for upcoming issues

POLK COUNTY -- Due to the Christmas holiday and an unusually early press and production schedule, news and advertising deadlines have been adjusted for two upcoming issues of the Polk County Itemizer-Observer.

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12/19 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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School funding plan draws mixed reviews

POLK COUNTY -- School districts in Oregon won't adopt their 2013-14 budgets for about six more months, but Gov. John Kitzhaber's 2013-15 budget proposal has provided fuel for early funding discussions.

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Events will assist Central High arts

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- Broadway performer and playwright Patrick Page will headline a pair of benefit events scheduled Jan. 11 and Jan. 12 to raise money for his alma mater, Central High School, and its theater and music programs.

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12/19 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

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Woman crashes SUV into building

INDEPENDENCE -- A Monmouth woman accidentally crashed into a vacant storefront in downtown Independence on Thursday, Independence Police said.

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'Racist' pranks draw reaction from WOU

MONMOUTH -- Photos found online last month featuring female students from Penn State and Baylor University in Texas donning ponchos, sombreros and fake mustaches have sparked a national discussion because of "racist" connotations.

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12/19 MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

When stormy days and nights are more frequent than not, it is somehow reassuring to see the bright holiday lights from the beautiful tree on the Western Oregon University campus as we're driving along Highway 99W.

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12/19 OBITUARIES

*Michael Hall*Lyle Eugene Pairan*Patricia A. Donat*Thelma Alice McKibben*Louise Ellen Alderson*Melvern Tilgner*Gilbert 'Pete' Elder*Ubie William Badillo*William 'Bill' Otis Kurtz*Nadean Prentice*Gertrude M. Fletcher-Burton

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Plea deal reached in bribe case

DALLAS -- The West Salem man accused of bribe giving in an incident involving board members of the Polk Soil & Water Conservation District (PSWCD) will serve probation after agreeing to a plea deal last week.

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12/19 Letters to the Editor

*GOP needs more than rebranding*Story, class helped shed light on Aurora*It's time for MINET to pay its own way*DHS wrestling team thankful of support

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12/19 News in Brief

*Extra caution urged in school zone*Utility advisory members sought*Falls City launches new website

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Every bit will help

POLK COUNTY -- DeAnna Samples rang her bell in timed intervals on a damp and chilly morning last week, every utterance of "Merry Christmas" accompanied by a small cloud of fog.

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Church services fill special needs

DALLAS -- Pastor Shawn Davis deferred to little Cindy Lou Who in "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" to introduce his sermon Sunday at Dallas Evangelical Church.

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Chamber, others eye Carnegie Building use

DALLAS -- At 100 years old, Dallas' Carnegie Building is showing its age. A budding proposal from the Dallas Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center may someday put some life back into it.

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Tabitha alert, fighting for life

MONMOUTH -- Christina Bunnell said there have been hopeful signs during the last few weeks for Tabitha Schulke, the victim of a mysterious infection that's threatening her life.

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Wednesday, December 12

                

Tuesday, December 11

 

12/12 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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12/12 Police Report

Information for the police report comes from local law enforcement agencies. Not all calls for service are included in this 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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Cities help MINET with $642K loan

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- The cities of Monmouth and Independence will loan a collective $642,000 to their jointly-owned cable utility to cover a portion of a semiannual debt payment.

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12/12 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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12/12 Pedee News: Arlene Kovash

There is still time to sign up for Pedee Church's progressive dinner scheduled Saturday. Attendees will eat a course at each of four different homes, then finish with a Christmas concert with Ron Diller and his acoustic guitar music at the church.

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School Notes / Academic Honors

*Fundraisers for band program set*WOU offering winter break tours*MVCA planning Christmas program*CSD seeking committee members*Locals receive degrees from EOU

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12/12 OBITUARIES

*Bonnie L. Garrison*Victorine 'Vickie' C. Slyh*Dr. David F. Miller*John Martell 'Sonny' Dillard*James H. McCormick

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12/12 MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

Wednesday (today) is supposed to be a day of good luck, planets aligning just right and opportunities for wealth, health, fame and fortune to everyone who follows whatever guidelines have appeared on various Internet sites.

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Monmouth teen fighting for her life

MONMOUTH -- A Monmouth woman is fighting for survival after coming down with a mysterious illness in late November that's rapidly deteriorated her health and forced doctors to remove her legs to save her life.

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12/12 Community Notebook

*Master Gardener training available*Gift making is focus of Rogue workshop*Free clothing, toy giveaway slated*'Peace Tree' event set for Monmouth*Auditions planned at Pentacle Theatre*Event scheduled for authors, artists*Live nativity scene will be on display*Church schedules Christmas play*Holiday concert slated for Sunday*Dance, food drive takes place Tuesday*Holiday party set at outreach center*Gallery highlighting work of engraver*Hospital volunteers are selling candy

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FC will be treated to concert

FALLS CITY -- Students at Falls City Elementary School are preparing to create a little Christmas cheer at a holiday concert Monday evening.

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Holiday high jinks on stage

DALLAS -- "The Nutcracker" is a popular Christmastime tradition, to be sure. But it is a coincidence that Dallas will have two versions of the holiday classic offered within a week of each other.

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Painterly Professor

MONMOUTH -- It's a cliche you come across often: Professionals, executives or general working-stiffs leaving behind their day jobs to pursue a passion for cooking, music, art ... you get the picture.

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12/12 News in Brief

*Monmouth to fete downtown project*LWC plans to hold officer elections*'Cards for Guards' taking donations*WHS sets up new website address

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'Shop with the Sheriff' a holiday hit with kids

DALLAS -- Katelynn Ross knew that her older brother, Daniel, wanted Hot Wheels cars for his collection for Christmas. He has many, though, "so I need to pick out just the right ones," she said.

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12/12 Business Notebook

*Podiatrists join Dallas surgical center*Tattoo parlor is now open in Dallas*Main Street welcomes new shops*Financial office to host holiday event*Yoga, wellness studio opens its doors

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Wednesday, December 5



PREPS: 2012-13 Winter Sports Guide

POLK COUNTY -- Looking for previews of your favorite Polk County high school sports team? You'll find them inside the special 2012-13 Winter Sports Guide insert included with the Dec. 5, 2012, Polk County Itemizer-Observer.

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12/5 Pedee News: Arlene Kovash

The Pedee Women's Club recently voted to donate $500 from its annual Holiday Fair sales to Pedee School. The funds will be used to either upgrade computers or help with field trips.

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PREP WRESTLING: Dallas takes McKay Tournament title

SALEM -- Wyatt Passantino and Matt Hofenbredl each nabbed individual titles and a host of Dallas wrestlers picked up runner-up finishes to help the Dragons win their first tournament of the season with Saturday's victory at the McKay Holiday Classic.

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Nightclub opens its doors

MONMOUTH -- Antoinne Bbayaga said how to spend your evenings in Monmouth was a dilemma he first encountered not long after enrolling at Western Oregon University in 2009.

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Brush with car injures motorcyclist

DALLAS -- A motorcycle rider participating in the Dallas Winterfest celebration on Friday was injured in a collision prior to the event, according to the Dallas Police Department.

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Flu shots are still available

POLK COUNTY -- Looking for the perfect gift for your family and friends this holiday season? Here's an idea: Don't get them sick.

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12/5 Business Notebook

*Local firm receives energy award*Dallas bank planning holiday event*Financial office to host open house

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12/5 Community Notebook

*Hospice set to host memorial gathering*Zen Circle to host speaker Thursday*'Save the Falls' fundraiser slated*Holiday social planned at MSC*Christmas opera slated in Dallas*Square dance set for Saturday night*Grange will host Sunday breakfast*Monmouth author will sign new book*Women's military group set to meet*Holiday concert planned Sunday*'Share the Warmth' donations sought

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Probation is 'zero tolerance'

DALLAS -- A Dallas man accused of breaking into and setting fires in a vacant warehouse in Dallas has been sentenced to 18 months of probation for the crimes.

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Polk CERT losing key funding

POLK COUNTY -- Polk County's Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is lauded by agencies for the assistance it provides during local disasters or for basic preparedness training for citizens.

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12/5 Police Report

Information for the police report comes from local law enforcement agencies. Not all calls for service are included in this 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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12/5 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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Something good's cooking

DALLAS -- Classroom No. 9 at LaCreole Middle School is filling with heavenly aromas as students in the after-school cooking club prepare a holiday feast.

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Civil rights investigation resolved

DALLAS -- A U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights (OCR) investigation into the Dallas School District regarding discrimination of a disabled student has been resolved.

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Heating assistance applications available

POLK COUNTY -- Mid-Willamette Valley Community Action Agency is now scheduling appointments to assist households with their heating expenses through its Low-Income Heating Energy Assistance Program.

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12/5 Letters to the Editor

*Here's a better idea: Consolidate police*Arboretum brings in key donations*Build skills, don't worry about foes*Center expansion worthy of support*Events help make this area special

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Holiday classic takes center stage

DALLAS -- Many a young ballet dancer has dreamed of performing the Sugar Plum Fairy, or any of the other numerous lead characters in "The Nutcracker."

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Flooding damages evidence in storage

MONMOUTH -- While Monmouth went relatively unscathed during the pre-Thanksgiving storm that flooded parts of the Willamette Valley, it did cast light on an ongoing space problem of the city's police station.

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12/5 OBITUARIES

*Charles J. Benge*Leo E. Lehto*Dorothy Evelyn King*Eva Friesen*Pilar S. Cruz*Lucille 'Lucy' L. McReynolds*Pearl Marian Wiebke*Bonnie L. Garrison

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12/5 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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12/5 School Notes / Academic Honors

*'Financial Aid Night' is Wednesday*CHS group selling Christmas trees*Talmadge set to honor top students*Music competition taking entries*Wreaths available from Central FFA

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12/5 MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

One of the best things I've learned since we moved away from the suburbs and nearby city activity is the shared sense of community found only by living in a small town.

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Council adopts fraud policy

DALLAS -- The Dallas City Council adopted a comprehensive policy Monday night outlining the procedure for reporting suspected fraud within the city.

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12/5 News in Brief

*Streetscape project celebration set*Reading for All needs youth books*Polk Democrats to meet Thursday*Dallas library will take food for fines

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Independence likely will seek bond

INDEPENDENCE -- The city of Independence will likelyask voters this spring for financial help staving off revenue shortages that, unchecked, could gut town services in the next few years.

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