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Wednesday, May 30

   

Western Oregon's Amanda Schumaker a three-time All-American

PUEBLO, Colo.-- Western Oregon's Amanda Schumaker lived up to her seeding by capturing the third All-American honor of her career with her third-place finish in the javelin at Saturday's Division II Outdoor Track and Field National Championships at Colorado State.

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5A Baseball: Wilson outguns Dallas

DALLAS -- In the seventh inning of Dallas' first-round state baseball playoff game against Portland's Wilson, the Dragons looked like the blue-collar team that had found ways to win games all season.

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4A Softball: Mazama stifles Central's offense

INDEPENDENCE - With her first home run of the season, Central senior Mickenzie Chase breathed new life into a Panthers softball team searching for momentum in Friday's Class 4A quarterfinal against visiting Mazama.

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Tuesday, May 29

   

Pastor's goodbye: 'Thank you'

MONMOUTH -- Stan Peterson guesses he spends five to eight hours a week crafting just the right words for sermons at Monmouth Christian Church.

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5/30 OBITUARIES

*Isobel Florrie 'Flora' Harris*Alta Darlene Benson*Patricia Ann Sego*Noreen F. Willey*Dorothy Sim

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PCL sets open house

MONMOUTH -- Partnerships in Community Living is inviting community members to get a look at the nonprofit's newly renovated headquarters at 480 Main St. E. on Friday beginning at 6 p.m.

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5/30 School Notes

*Novotney appointed to WESD Post*Performing arts camp scheduled*Baccalaureate service set Friday*Gathering will honor Central duo*Distinguished educator gala on tap

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5/30 News in Brief

*Weather spotter training Thursday*Dallas library expanding its hours*Tribes receive grant for food bank*M-I Rotary Club selling strawberries*Emergency response training offered*City's water quality report available*I-O photographer garners awards*Fairground seeks input via survey*Winters chosen for Toll fellowship

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5/30 MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

Summertime in MI Town is getting so close -- just out there on the horizon -- and once we see the varieties of Oregon strawberries appear on our grocery shelves, in our backyard gardens and at farmers markets we can celebrate with homemade shortcake and whipped cream.

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Good news for bikes riders

DALLAS -- Since Santiam Bicycle closed its Dallas location in November 2009, Polk County has not had a full-service bike shop.

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From 1912 to 2012

DALLAS -- When the Class of 2012 graduates this Saturday, it will do so with a century of Dallas High School history behind it.

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5/30 Community Notebook

*Farmworker union leader set to speak*Local artist to host debut art showing*Final senior jam of season slated*Shuttle day offered for mountain bikers*Saturday breakfast slated in Monmouth*Car wash will help out Relay For Life*Flea market on tap at Rickreall Grange*Reception kicks off art auction event*Emeritus Society will meet Monday*Pizza fundraiser scheduled Tuesday

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Falls City cleanup event is Saturday

FALLS CITY -- The annual Falls City Spring Clean will take place Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event is a citywide litter pickup and park and home cleanup day.

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Students' excellence takes stage

MONMOUTH -- Students at Western Oregon University will have an opportunity to show off their scholarly pursuits during the annual Academic Excellence Showcase on Thursday.

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Ban on Native mascots 'misguided'

GRAND RONDE -- A new state rule banning the use of Native American-themed mascots in public schools has been a hot button topic for the last two weeks -- with some deeming it cultural sensitivity that's long overdue, and others, political correctness run amok.

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5/30 Your Garden: Judy Scott

There's probably nothing more exasperating than working hard in the vegetable garden all summer, only to end up with hard green tomatoes, unripe melons and sweet peppers the size of robin's eggs.

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5/30 Business Notebook

*Dallas will have frozen yogurt shop*Olsen Agricultural names manager*Local forester on national board*Salem Electric picks board, officers

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5/30 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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Fishing derby fundraiser is June 9

DALLAS -- The Dallas High School boys basketball team will hold its first fishing derby tournament fundraiser June 9 during the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife's Free Fishing Weekend.

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Readiness Center almost ready

DALLAS -- The Col. James Nesmith Readiness Center was buzzing last week with construction crews working to finish the new home of Dallas' Oregon Army National Guard 162nd Engineer Company.

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5/30 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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5/30 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, May 23

                

Tuesday, May 22

  

5/23 MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

Now that the election is over and votes have been counted, congratulations to those who achieved the offices they worked so long and hard to seek. Let's all do what we can as responsible neighbors to support our newly elected judge and district attorney and become real participants in civic activities and events in MI Town and Polk County.

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5/23 Community Notebook

*'Happy' screening slated at Western*Yard sale to help fire department*Reading campaign event set Tuesday*Dallas Lions Club raffles off a goat*Dallas FFA plans benefit to-go meal*Pizza sales will aid Polk Relay For Life*Local sorority makes donation

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Missing man's brother irked at investigators

POLK COUNTY -- The renewed push to solve the disappearance of Glenn Pennie has generated some new contacts, though nothing that's brought the matter closer to resolution, the Polk County Sheriff's Office said.

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5/23 OBITUARIES

*Kathleen Mary (Delia) Bouchard*Margaret Jean Torgerson*Alta Darlene Benson*Lydia Esther Martens*Dorothy Elizabeth Owen*Caroline L. Sigurdson*Robert Douglas Breyer

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5/23 News in Brief

*Fire station set to host open house*Fairgrounds seeks input via survey*Holiday saturation patrols planned*Library offering 'Kill A Watt' monitors*Hardware store has new ownership

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5/23 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

May 22, 2012 2:46 p.m. read more..


Hospital receives $50,000 donation

DALLAS -- West Valley Hospital's remodel and expansion of its surgical rooms remains on schedule and on budget -- the latter thanks in part to a $50,000 donation to the West Valley Hospital Foundation.

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5/23 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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5/23 Correction

In a story headlined "Luckiamute fish runs need help," which appeared on Page 1A of the May 16 issue of the Itemizer-Observer, a reporter incorrectly wrote that Michael Cairns was the former executive director of the Luckiamute Watershed Council. No such position exists. Cairns was a former council coordinator, council chairman and project manager. The I-O regrets the error.

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Dairy farms have a fresh face

INDEPENDENCE -- There's a long list of duties that come with being a Dairy Princess-Ambassador. Emma Miller said she's ready for all of them.

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Chronicle of a special place

MONMOUTH -- Bruce Hamilton enrolled in what was then the Oregon College of Education in 1946. Like many in that year's group of freshmen, he was a World War II veteran.

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5/23 Pedee News: Arlene Kovash

Erika Sickendick and her sister, Carrie James of Dallas, hosted a birthday luncheon for their mother, Pam (Jahn) Dalton, at the Pedee Women's Club.

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Marr Bros. pushes for zone change

MONMOUTH -- Marr Bros. Bark representatives contended before City Council last week that a zone change on the company's property is the only practical way the business can expand in the future.

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An unforgettable experience

MONMOUTH -- If she ever makes it back to the final puzzle on "Wheel of Fortune," Sara Haskell said she'll pick different consonants.

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5/23 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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Luckiamute fish runs need help

POLK COUNTY -- Your best bet at finding trout within the 202,000-acre Luckiamute watershed would be in the upper west fork of the Luckiamute River.

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Wednesday, May 16

                  

Tuesday, May 15



Western students support programs

MONMOUTH -- Keller Coker had scheduled all but one of the six acts planned for the 2012-13 edition of the Smith Fine Arts Series at Western Oregon University as of last week.

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Election results to be posted

POLK COUNTY -- Results from the May 15 vote-by-mail primary election in Polk County were being counted Tuesday night after the Itemizer-Observer had gone to press.

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Music in the Park lineup set

MONMOUTH -- If you're looking to expand your musical palette, Wednesdays in downtown Monmouth this summer are a good place to do it.

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Eight bridge ideas on table

WEST SALEM -- The eight alternatives for an improved -- or entirely new -- crossing of the Willamette River from Salem to Polk County were explained in detail at an open house at West Salem High School on May 8.

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Under Time's Spell

INDEPENDENCE -- There are roughly 150 mantle, shelf, grandfather and novelty clocks in Brian Pendleton's small repair shop and showroom on Main Street, giving off a tick-tocking chorus that's like steady rain on pavement.

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5/16 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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5/16 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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5/16 News in Brief

*Main Street water line work begins*Drug collection event is a success*Road work means delays, closures*Electric Peddler slates open house*Local woodland group will gather*Fairgrounds plans to launch survey

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Whooping cough warnings issued

DALLAS -- Polk County has confirmed its first case this year of pertussis, or whooping cough, and Public Health officials are asking residents to update their immunizations.

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Rash of car thefts reported

INDEPENDENCE -- Independence Police Department responded to three motor vehicle thefts within the city over five days in late April.

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MINET finances appear shaky for next two years

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- The reasons Phil Garrett is no longer the general manager of Monmouth-Independence Network (MINET) were not revealed last week following the MINET board's announcement that he would be leaving the public utility.

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5/16 OBITUARIES

*Gene Thomas Neil*Verna Vesta Marx*Gladys LaVern Stowell*Thomas J. 'Tom' Wheeler*Robert L. 'Brownie' Brownell*Troy A. Smith*John Francis McGee*Charles Russell Miller*Juanita Elain (Johnson) Little

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5/16 Community Notebook

*Beekeeping subject of Rogue workshop*Dance, food drive slated for Thursday*Fitness business to host open house*Breakfast served Saturday at center*Day of canine fun aids Relay for Life*Authors will read during arts event*Auditions scheduled at Pentacle Theatre*UCAM's clothing drive is under way*Museum will hand out awards May 19*'Movies in the Gym' scheduled Sunday*Elks offer two public events*FC library schedules book sale

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Kidnap attempt added to charges

DALLAS -- An Independence man arrested in April on public indecency charges connected to an incident at the Dallas Safeway is now facing more charges, including attempted kidnapping.

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District gets good state funding news

DALLAS -- Adjustments to Dallas School District's state funding actually brought good news this month -- and the possibility of adding more school days back into the 2012-13 schedule.

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Second St. Mall: Viva the old and unusal

INDEPENDENCE -- Philip Hyre used to visit his antique collector aunt in Orange County, Calif., three or four times a year when he was a child. Her house resembled a "3,000-square-foot museum," he said.

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5/16 School Notes / Academic Honors

*Ballston has enrollment openings*Graduation set at Family Christian*WVHF hands out 22 scholarships*Central seniors earn MICAA awards*SC honor roll includes Polk students*Three locals graduate from Corban*Dallas resident among OBU grads*Buford received degree from RMC*DHS grad gets degree from Hesston

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Drug court success

DALLAS -- Monday marked the end of a years-long journey for Dallas resident Tammy Nordman -- a journey out of drug addiction.

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Kids get lesson in history

MONMOUTH -- Dale Claussen -- or Captain Claussen, his late 18th-century alter ego -- organizes students in his fifth-grade class at Ash Creek Elementary School into lines out on the soccer field and then orders a forward march.

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Luckiamute fish runs need help

POLK COUNTY -- Your best bet at finding trout within the 202,000-acre Luckiamute watershed would be in the upper west fork of the Luckiamute River.

May 15, 2012 3:38 p.m. read more..


Mullings gets 50 years

DALLAS -- A Siletz man convicted of felony sex crimes against young members of his family will spend 50 years in prison.

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5/16 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

May 15, 2012 3:38 p.m. read more..


Wednesday, May 9

      

Central softball tops Cascade

TURNER -- With her usual dominance on the mound -- she averages double-digit strikeouts every game, for Pete's sake -- Central's Emily Kenyon can sometimes overshadow the Central defense behind her.

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Central Junior Baseball squad wins tourney title

KEIZER -- The Central Junior Baseball Organization (JBO) seventh- and eighth-grade baseball team captured the 12-team Keizer Tournament over the weekend, winning all five of its games by a combined score of 54-7.

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Tuesday, May 8



5/9 Community Notebook

*Master Gardeners' plant sale planned*Airpark residents schedule tour event*Ministry program offered on May 12*Relay for Life youth event set Saturday*Moonfall Theater slates three shows*Wine auction will aid local program*Rogue will kick off local concert series*Church set to host film presentation*Seminar to address estate planning*Smith Fine Arts lineup released

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5/9 OBITUARIES

*Mona Marie Barker*Lorin Albert Meyer*Ivan Nisly*Arkadiy Galaburdo*Casper F. 'Bud' Paulson, Jr.*Clint Crowe*Daniel Ruiz Cervantez*Daniel Rex Graham*Jon Charles Johnston*Marjorie May (Westerman)Pfaff*Margaret Edith Paulsen*Duane E. 'Smitty' Smith*Randee D. Pierson*Evelyn Virginia Bobeda*Mabel B. Stainke*Gene T. Neil*Verna Vesta Marx

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5/9 News in Brief

*Watershed group to discuss survey*Graduation event for drug court set*Polk tax payment deadeline Tuesday

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5/9 MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

With all the candidates' signs sprouting on lawns all over MI Town and the Letters to the Editor in the newspaper, nobody needs to be reminded that this is an election year.

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5/9 Letters to the Editor

*Butterfield will be an effective judge*Felton will achieve justice as Polk DA*DLC thankful of support for dance*Felton right choice for district attorney*Butterfield would make a fair judge*Gaddis has what we need in a DA*Wheeler refreshing choice for Polk BOC*Felton well suited for district attorney*Hat's off to Dallas district teachers*Candidate for DA appreciates help*County will benefit from Gaddis as DA*Falls City student appreciates home*Gaddis is worthy of support of DA*Felton committed to public service*Clem's background suited for position*Felton will help keep streets safe*Many work to make triathlon a success*Public servants deserve thanks*Know candidates before casting vote*Wheeler's the one for Polk County*Avera has what's needed in a judge*Couple's support of students noted

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5/9 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

May 8, 2012 3:46 p.m. read more..


5/9 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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5/9 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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5/9 Pedee News: Arlene Kovash

The Pedee Women's Club lost a longtime member and good friend on April 22. Ruth Stafford was their candy-making leader and mentor, along with her sister, Nella, and sister-in-law. Laree Jones, teaching the women to make wonderful confections to sell at the club holiday fair in November. She was young to the end of her almost 92 years.

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School Notes/Academic Honors

*Talmadge Middle School to host Holocaust event*Central High senior places at state soprano solo event*Limited openings available at LVCS for 2012-13 year*High school students sought for airplane building project*WOU recognizes classroom leaders*Five Polk students tabbed by EOU*CHS student receives major honor*Dallas woman named to honor roll*Rickreall man earns dean's list nod

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Spotlight shines on WOU dance

MONMOUTH -- Darryl Thomas took part in his first Spring Dance Concert at Western Oregon University in the late 1990s, not long after being hired as a professor here.

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MINET GM no longer on the job

INDEPENDENCE -- The Monmouth-Independence Network (MINET) Board announced Tuesday morning that General Manager Phil Garrett has left the organization.

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Dallas lacking dollars for streets

DALLAS -- The city of Dallas is responsible for maintaining more than 50 miles of streets. The 2012-13 budget allows for paving less than a mile of those roads.

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Mail carrier food drive set

POLK COUNTY -- Letter carriers in Polk County will join counterparts nationwide for the 20th Stamp Out Hunger food drive on Saturday.

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Hospice: Sharing the journey

WEST SALEM -- Most people plan ahead for college, their wedding, for the birth of their children, their retirement and maybe even for their funeral.

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Access for all

POLK COUNTY -- Communities in Polk County with public pools may be spending several thousand dollars in the near future on mechanical chair lifts to meet a federal mandate requiring all pools be fully accessible to disabled patrons.

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Honk! -- Musical with a message

INDEPENDENCE -- Director and teacher Jeff Witt decided to extend Central High's theater season by one more show after some last-minute encouragement from students not ready for a final curtain call in 2012.

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Election deadline looming

POLK COUNTY -- Registered voters in Polk County have until 8 p.m. Tuesday to return their ballots for the May 15 vote-by-mail primary election.

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Big reward for reading

DALLAS -- The anticipatory inhale was audible from across the gym. It was time to name the winner of a brand new bike from the students in a class at Oakdale Heights Elementary School.

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Wednesday, May 2

  

McCarron, Dallas softball squad display power

DALLAS -- After belting yet another home run this season in a Dallas 10-0 throttling of Mid-Willamette Conference foe Corvallis April 25, Caitlyn McCarron was asked if the softball looks, well, bigger.

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Tuesday, May 1



CASA ready for smoother sailing

DALLAS -- Court-Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) volunteers are the "eyes and ears" for abused and neglected children in the court system.

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5/2 Letters to the Editor

*Felton clear choice for Polk DA post*Clem, Felton are worthy of support*Candidate for judge very well respected*West Salem needs to be represented*Gaddis has what it takes to be a DA*Butterfield's proven he's ready for role*Clem would work well with others*DAS rummage sale was a big success*Milligan will help get things done*Walmart decision will impact Dallas*Clem would serve Polk County well*Avera will make a great judge*Clem is a caring public servant*Wheeler has what is needed for BOC*Clem has good ideas, knowledge*Scrapbook event aids Relay for Life*Felton is the right choice for Polk DA*Walmart groceries would help many*Experience a key factor in DA race*Felton's expertise bodes well for job*Avera a proven decision maker*Felton brings broad experience to table*Avera is the most qualified candidate*Gaddis will help keep region safe*Attack on Clem was unjustified*DA candidate seeks support from voters*BOC hopeful forgot important detail*BOC candidate has passion for the job*Avera would make an excellent judge*Polk commissioner wants to serve you*Gaddis has support of law enforcement*Butterfield has had a positive impact

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City praised for parks

INDEPENDENCE -- The city of Independence recently received recognition as a "Playful City USA" community because of efforts to enhance its parks and local recreational activities.

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Falls City reviews even-keel budget

FALLS CITY -- In the midst of considerable financial uncertainty, the Falls City Budget Committee began reviewing a city budget that, with a few exceptions, maintains the status quo.

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Negligence nets 3-year prison term

DALLAS -- A man will spend three years in prison for criminally negligent homicide in connection with a January traffic accident that killed the passenger in his car.

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5/2 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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5/2 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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Healthy child development topic of workshop

MONMOUTH -- Polk County's Reading for All and Parent Resource and Education programs are hosting a free conference promoting healthy child development Saturday at Western Oregon University's Werner University Center.

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5/2 OBITUARIES

*Mabel B. Stainke*Beverly June Scott*Casper F. Paulson Jr.*Mary E. Newton*Esther Anderson*Mona Marie Barker*Helena Teichrow*Doris Larson*Robert L. Brownell*Melvina Lynne Neal*Ruth Stafford*Hubert J. 'Herb' Sturdivant

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5/2 Community Notebook

*Space exploratory program scheduled*Weekend book sale planned at library*Ballroom dance lessons offered*Go bowling to aide Polk Relay for Life*Fundraiser to fight cancer is Saturday*Saturday breakfast set in Monmouth*Garden club to hold annual plant sale*Model train event slated in Rickreall*ICAN to showcase youth art, science*WHS spaghetti feed benefit set May 5*Senior Citizen Prom Saturday evening*Quartet to appear Sunday in Dallas*Gospel duo slates two performances*Writing workgroup will meet Monday

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Creative Collaboration

INDEPENDENCE -- Husband-and-wife artists John Kime and Tamara Angeney-Kime share a life, a home, pets ... and a studio split down the middle.

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From farm to plate

POLK COUNTY -- McK Ranch has an onsite store where it sells fresh beef and chicken, eggs, barbecue sauces, beef jerky and other items to complement the meat it raises on the Dallas-area farm.

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Crash cuts off power to homes

DALLAS -- A single vehicle crash in the 2400 block of East Ellendale Avenue near Dallas cut power to a few homes and closed the road briefly Monday afternoon.

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What happened to Glenn Pennie?

POLK COUNTY -- Glenn Pennie planned to leave the morning of Oct. 4, 2004, giving himself more than a full day to drive to his late father's estate hearing in California.

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Bounty Market to kick off season

DALLAS -- With the beginning of May comes Polk County Bounty Market, Dallas' weekly farmers market. And this year with the market comes wine to complement the fresh veggies, eggs, cheeses and breads visitors have grown accustomed to finding over the last two seasons.

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Reaching out

DALLAS -- Mailing a card to a loved one on a special occasion isn't something most people think of as complicated.

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5/2 News in Brief

*Polk Dems slate candidate forum*DA candidate will host Friday event*Road cleanup day is set for Saturday*Weed control responsibility of residents in Dallas area*Library has free passes to attractions

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River crossing options, info to be shared

WEST SALEM -- They have been years in the making, but the Salem River Crossing Project team has unveiled its options for building a new bridge spanning the Willamette River into Polk County from Salem.

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