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Tuesday, July 31

            

8/1 Community Notebook

*Valsetz reunion event is Saturday*Brunk House will host open house*Canine fundraiser slated at vet clinic*Valley artists will be gallery feature*DHS Class of 1956 will hold potluck*Falls City library closed Aug. 6-9*TLC planning golf tourney fundraiser*Central High Class of 1952 will gather*Dallas Class of '67 schedules reunion*Festival car show is seeking Shelbys*Ballroom dance lessons on hiatus

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8/1 OBITUARIES

*Lois B. Ellerbroek*Carol L. Davis*Lila Jane (Gill) Brouse*Craig Alan Seibert*Artha Bell Thompson*Diane Agnes Linton Giffen*Matthew Tepner*Frances Arms*Dorothy 'Dodo' E. Davis*Jerry H. Friesen*Dana Mason*Muriel 'Mickey' Alice Voth

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Range camp suits DHS senior just fine

DALLAS -- Drew Dyer traveled to Ontario for a family reunion in mid-July, right about the time the massive Long Draw and Miller Homestead fires were raging in Southeastern Oregon.

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8/1 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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8/1 Letters to the Editor

*Drivers must know rules of the road*Super wealthy are ruining our country*Good deed was much appreciated*Grant helps H2O help communty*Helpers play role in success of sale*Firefighters thank Dallas supporters

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The cutting edge of science

DALLAS -- Dallas High School science teacher Lee Jones' last experience with organic chemistry was in college. But this summer, he is conducting research that may speed the development of new prescription drugs.

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Art and history a winning combination

DALLAS -- Anticipating the view from one of the highest structures in Dallas, a group of excited children make their way up the staircase leading to the Polk County Courthouse's clock tower.

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Cruisin'

Independence longboard maker rides the wave of growth

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Man charged with sex crimes

POLK COUNTY -- A Polk County man has been charged with committing more than a dozen felony sex crimes against an 11-year-old family member.

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Falls City mapping utilities

FALLS CITY -- John Raugust, a civil engineering student at Oregon State University, spent Friday afternoon searching for fire hydrants in Falls City.

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8/1 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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Wyatt faces 17 counts

DALLAS -- As Summerfest, Dallas' biggest display of community pride, was in full swing downtown on Friday afternoon, former city manager Jerry Wyatt was being arraigned on 17 charges alleging theft and official misconduct.

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8/1 Pedee News: Arlene Kovash

Alan and Tammy Shifley visited with Alan's parents, Clyde and Betty Shifley, in the picturesque little town of Angelica, N.Y., for a week in July. Betty grew up there, so they returned when Clyde retired. Alan's daughter, Amy, had gone the week before to visit them, so all came home together.

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8/1 MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

It seems like only yesterday we were making plans for Memorial Day weekend festivities, thinking about trips to the coast or the mountains or a family picnic and barbecue in the backyard.

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8/1 News in Brief

*Power spike interrupts MINET service*Polk CCF selects officers, board*Robian to speak to county Dems

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8/1 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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Parade planning pays off

DALLAS -- If you want to win a "Best in Show" award in Dallas' Summerfest parade, you better start planning early.

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Monday, July 30



Thursday, July 26



7/26 BREAKING NEWS: Wyatt facing 17 charges

DALLAS -- Former Dallas city manager Jerry Wyatt has been indicted on 17 charges, including aggravated theft and official misconduct, following an investigation into alleged financial mismanagement.

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Wednesday, July 25

      

LOCAL SPORTS: Physicals offered Thursday

DALLAS -- Oregon Family Health is offering sports physicals for middle school and high school students, including those entering the ninth grade, as well as Pop Warner football players, Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m.

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Tuesday, July 24



7/25 OBITUARIES

*Vickie Lynn Colton*Irving C. Allen*Thomas Jay Newton*Jimmy Lee Bowser*Muriel 'Mickey' Alice Voth*Bruce Edward Moore*Wayne Steven Ross*Harvey E. Marr*Thelma Rose Yung Mueller Sentlinger*Charles 'Chuck' Neal Knox*Thomas Henry Goodyard*Raymond Leroy Coleman

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Sweet Success

DALLAS -- For Bonnie Andrews, the owner of Melting Pot Candy, making toffee and truffles was originally meant to be a temporary gig between jobs.

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'Blessing mob' proves a hit

MONMOUTH -- When Nate Allen, a Keizer resident, heard the purpose behind the "flash mob" gathering planned at Main Street Park on Saturday, he felt like it was something he needed to attend.

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7/25 Community Notebook

*Fair poetry contest entries due today*Fruit preservation class set Thursday*Dancing Oaks will host annual festival*Book signing event slated for Saturday*DHS Class of 1970 schedules potluck*Auditions planned at Pentacle Theatre*Auxiliary raffle prize is U.S. flag afghan*Airlie, Lewisville reunion is Sunday*Youth Bible camp will start Monday*Heart to Heart set to host VBS event*Book sale Tuesday at Dallas hospital

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Teens 'bound' for success

MONMOUTH -- Courtney Dumond had a full morning of physics, pre-calculus and anatomy classes on Thursday at Western Oregon University. In the afternoon, she was at Salem Hospital for her internship.

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Council tackles knotweed infestation

POLK COUNTY -- Peter Guillozet walks beside the bridge that passes over the Little Luckiamute River south of Bridgeport Road and wades through a swath of thigh-high -- and invasive -- reed canary grass toward a towering perennial plant.

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7/25 Letters to the Editor

*Our divisiveness is destroying America*County fair needs your involvement*It's time to live by 'Golden Rule'*Summer music is much appreciated

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Fine Arts picnic, auction set

MONMOUTH -- A festive, but critical fundraiser for what's arguably the Willamette Valley's most renowned performing arts series will take place on Sunday.

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7/25 Pedee News: Arlene Kovash

The Pedee Women's Club is set to make more than 17 different kinds of pie -- more than 50 pies total -- to sell at the Summer Garden Festival at Dancing Oaks Nursery on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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7/25 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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7/25 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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7/25 News in Brief

*Volunteers needed for library board*County road work set for next week*Teen artwork sought for 'The Place'*Watershed group seeks coordinator

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7/25 MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

Here we are in the midst of a wonderful summer, enjoying farmers markets, concerts and movies in the park, good weather for gardens, picnics and family reunions, and those twilight evenings at the end of a busy day.

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'Deadliest Catch' captain entertains local audience

INDEPENDENCE -- While recounting the origins of the Discovery Channel's "Deadliest Catch," Sig Hansen, fishing boat captain and one of its stars, described to an audience at Riverview Park Amphitheater how network producers eight years ago asked to meet with Hansen and his brother about being featured.

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7/25 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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Wednesday, July 18



Quick Hits/Sports Briefs

*Sports physicals offered in Dallas*Dirtbags will host special matchup*Volleyball open gyms scheduled*Two-day wrestling camp at DHS set*Central will host wrestling camp*Sign-ups taken for Summerfest run*Register now for July 27 triathlon*Soccer camp is Aug. 6-10 in Dallas*CYS schedules youth soccer camp*WOU volleyball adds assistant

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Tuesday, July 17

 

YMCA offers summer fun

INDEPENDENCE -- Dilyn Gray deftly raced through a field of traffic cones, soldier-crawled his way through a tunnel of foam mats and sprinted over a balance beam, all in about 40 seconds.

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It's the only remnant of frontier fort

KINGS VALLEY -- Fort Hoskins was built in 1856 and was one of three forts established in Western Oregon inside the boundaries of the Coast Indian Reservation, where tribes had been forcibly resettled in 1855.

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7/18 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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7/18 OBITUARIES

*Kathy Fella*James C. Huff Sr.*Thomas Jay Newton*Vickie Lynn Colton*Phyllis Volmer*Keith Petersen*Thomas Henry Goodyard*Lois B. Ellerbroek*James Robert Johnson*Robert Leland 'Bob' Salsig

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7/18 Letters to the Editor

*Fireworks create several problems*Equestrian project has its benefits*There's lots of good things about Dallas*Health mandate just isn't right*We must take an interest in issues

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7/18 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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Historic Hoskins house hopes to go home

PEDEE -- Not long after the U.S. Army decommissioned Fort Hoskins in the Kings Valley area in 1865, one dwelling on site, the post commander's house, was moved more than 5 miles northeast to a farmstead in the Pedee area.

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Playground equipment to be auctioned off

RICKREALL -- The Polk County Fair Foundation plans to sell through silent auction 19 pieces of playground equipment that have been a centerpiece of the Polk County Fairgrounds since 1963.

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7/18 Correction

In a news brief headlined "Another winner," which accompanied the story "4-H honors local leaders" that appeared on Page 2A of the July 4 issue of the Itemizer-Observer, the city of residence for Carol Harris was incorrect. She is a resident of West Salem. The I-O regrets the error.

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CCF continues program funding, adds poverty simulation

DALLAS -- Last year, the Polk County Commission for Children and Families launched three new initiatives: a teen pregnancy/STD awareness campaign, a homeless connect event and a fifth-grade mentoring program at Dallas' Whitworth Elementary School.

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Building permits bode well

DALLAS -- When is comes to describing the growth of the local housing market, people connected to the industry chose their words carefully.

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7/18 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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7/18 Community Notebook

*Master Gardeners meet Wednesday*Women' Auxiliary forms local chapter*Dallas grads slate 50th-year reunion*Wine, canines come together for event*Future of fair topic of July 21 meeting*Moonfall will host playwirght's reading*Diabetes support group set to meet*Health screnings available Tuesday*Church youth gorup slates fundraiser*Donations accepted for Dallas book sale*Dallas arboretum seeking volunteers

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7/18 Business Notebook

*Goat dairy opens onsite farm store*Italian restaurant comes to Indy*Dallas firm honored for its products*Local Avon rep receives recognition*Care facility reschedule

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Yogurt with a tasty twist

INDEPENDENCE -- Julie Leggs had passed muster with health inspectors, received half of her furniture and conducted a run-through with employees at her frozen yogurt shop in Central Plaza earlier this month.

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Low Riders

POLK COUNTY -- When he unleashes the 5-horse-power beast that is his "other car" during parades, Shrine club member Victor Morton's attitude is akin to a vintage automobile owner, with him crossing his fingers for perfect conditions.

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Q-and-A with Captain Sig from 'The Deadliest Catch'

Itemizer-Observer staff reporter Craig Coleman interviewed Sig Hansen, captain of the Northwestern, of the "Deadliest Catch" on Monday by telephone from his Seattle home. Here are highlights from their question-and-answer session:

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7/18 News in Brief

*Wyatt investigation is continuing*Candidate application info ready*West Salem fire displaces 17

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On the Rebound

POLK COUNTY -- Statewide timber harvests rose for the second year in a row in 2011 -- and this time Polk County was part of the trend.

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Wednesday, July 11

         

Tuesday, July 10



7/11 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

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7/11 News in Brief

*Academy trains 14 new firefighters*Public invited to watershed meeting*Health advisory members sought

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Senior Calendar

Note: Listings are regularly scheduled events during the week and may not include special, one-day or one-time programs or classes. Schedules are subject to change. For a complete calendar, contact the Dallas or Monmouth senior center.

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7/11 BIRTHS

*Garmon*Neighbors*Peirce*Sullivan*Hoda*Orozco Anguiano*Hill*Waterman*Rockhold

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7/11 MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

All of the flags and red, white and blue decorations have been carefully packed away for another year and we're knee deep in summer activities, as well as responsibilities of home and family.

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7/11 School Notes / Academic Honors

*Chemeketa going to summer hours*KVCS's PTO announces new leaders*Western recognizes 4.0 students*Polk residents make GFU dean's list*WSHS grad earns college degree*Local group presents scholarships*Farm Bureau selects local for award

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7/11 OBITUARIES

*Clair Arlen Baker*Jack J. Phillips*Joseph A. Roy*Lola Woodhurst*Michael Lee Bell*Luis Zuniga*Thomas Jay Newton*Craig Alan Seibert

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7/11 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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City streetscape plans go on hold

MONMOUTH -- A planned streetscape enhancement for the east end of downtown Monmouth has been pushed back by a few weeks, while the price tag for the project has risen by more than 20 percent.

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7/11 Letters to the Editor

*FCFD steps up for its community*Equestrian plan bad for wetlands*Many helped in return of family pet*Military personnel appreciate support*Not everyone likes noise of fireworks

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Extended Campus changes proposed

DALLAS -- Students enrolling in Dallas School District's popular Extended Campus program next year will likely have to complete more credits to earn their diplomas.

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7/11 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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Pentacle will host MPFS benefit

WEST SALEM -- The Pentacle Theatre is hosting a benefit performance of "Over the River and Through the Woods" Wednesday, July 18, to raise money for the Marion-Polk Food Share.

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Keizer man found dead in farm field

MONMOUTH -- The body of a Keizer man who had been reported missing about a month ago was found in a field just south of Monmouth on Saturday, the Polk County Sheriff's Office said.

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Melodies, movies and more

If music in the park and outdoor movies are to your liking, then sit back and prepare to soak in what Polk County has to offer during the next eight weeks.

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It's all about writing

DALLAS -- You remember those writing assignments -- the ones that you thought were brilliant when you turned them in, but they came back from the teacher riddled with red pen marks and a less-than-stellar grade.

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7/11 Community Notebook

*Learn how to make soap on Thursday*Reunion scheduled for Monmouth High*Lavender Festival set this weekend*Summer concert Sunday at Rogue*Youth Bible camp will begin Monday*Raising bees topic of July 18 meeting

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Independence beefs up summer bicycle patrols

INDEPENDENCE -- Independence Police reserve officer Eric Solberg pedaled to the top of the Riverview Park Amphitheater early on Thursday evening. He had only been 20 minutes into bike patrol duty when he was flagged down by a vendor.

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Dallas 'surprised' by allegations

DALLAS -- Mayor Brian Dalton said he was "very surprised" to learn of potential financial improprieties -- that could lead to criminal charges -- on the part of former City Manager Jerry Wyatt.

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All the Buzz

INDEPENDENCE -- By his own measure, Buzz Brazeau's first few days on the job as Central School District's superintendent last week were successful ones.

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Kids take to 'Magic Flute'

MONMOUTH -- One of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's last and most popular works, "The Magic Flute," is an ambitious two-act opera that challenges its actors with ballads and spoken dialogue and a running time of more than three hours.

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Grand jury indicts man for assault

DALLAS -- A grand jury indicted a Dallas man last week on an assault charge for allegedly beating another man that was sent to the hospital with serious injuries.

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Tuesday, July 3

          

Monday, July 2

    

7/4 School Notes / Academic Honors

*Falls City group slates fundraiser*Polk students make OSU honor roll*Central grad receives scholarship*Independence resident earns grant*Colby College honors local student

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7/4 OBITUARIES

*Maria del Pilar A. Carrillo*Lola Woodhurst*Leonard G. Colen*Timothy James Pierce*DeLoris 'Dee' Jones Marhsall Hansen*Kathryn 'Kathy' Sue DeLauder Cairo

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7/4 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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PCL boss a difference-maker

MONMOUTH -- Zellee Allen says he was "naive and inexperienced" when the idea that would lead him to cocreate Partnerships in Community Living first materialized almost 30 years ago.

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7/4 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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7/4 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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Fairgrounds survey offers suggestions

RICKREALL -- The Polk County Fairgrounds & Event Center's survey conducted May 23-June 6 may have only received 47 responses, but fair managers believe it's a good start.

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7/4 Community Notebook

*Pancake breakfast benefit set July 4* Book sale on tap on Fourth of July*Deadline is Friday for 4-H fair projects*Saturday breakfast slated in Monmouth*Rogue set to host July 8 salmon bake*Grange will host Sunday breakfast*Health care center seeking volunteers*Hospice group sets four-week seminar*Dallas High clasz plans 60th reunion*CHS Class of '68 to gather Aug. 18

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Back to Basics

MONMOUTH -- Imagine trying to grow 80 percent of the food you eat and making a majority of the household products you use.

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Grand Ronde veterans powwow on tap

GRAND RONDE -- The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde 2012 Marcellus Norwest Memorial Veterans Powwow -- renamed in honor of U.S. Army veteran and Tribal Elder Marce Norwest, who died in 2011 -- will be held Friday through Sunday.

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4-H honors local leaders

POLK COUNTY -- Growing up on a dairy farm in rural Howe, Ind., Daryl Eash said it was only natural for youths to gravitate toward their local 4-H program.

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'Cash mobs' a hit with local businesses

DALLAS -- Flash mobs -- a group of people who gather at a specific place at a specific time to "spontaneously" break out in song or dance and then disappear again -- are widely known.

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Group seeks solution for streets

DALLAS -- Of the 55 miles of streets the city of Dallas is responsible for maintaining, almost half of them need repair -- if not complete reconstruction.

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