Stories for November 2012

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Wednesday, November 28

         

Tuesday, November 27



11/28 Community Notebook

*Christmas pageant tickets available*Orchid sale slated on Thursday, Friday*FC Garden Club to meet Thursday*Holiday book sale set this weekend*M-I Rotary Club selling rum cakes*Saturday breakfast on tap in Monmouth*Gospel performer schedules concert*Tickets are on sale for 'The Nutcracker'*Material donations sought by group

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11/28 Letters to the Editor

*Selection process will pay dividends*Writer's rant was factually wrong*Wells is a credit to his profession*Building shouldn't come off tax rolls*Automotive shop comes to rescue*Local businessess come through for MVR event

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Roaster aims for perfect cup of joe

DALLAS -- Douglas Graven likes a good cup of coffee -- to the point where he's done extensive research to find the best beans, brewing method and even storage containers.

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11/28 Pedee News: Arlene Kovash

Thanksgiving is past, but I'm still grateful for all I have: family, friends, a warm dry home, my husband Paul, and that I'm actually going to recover from a bad case of bronchitis that I got while at an American Agri-Woman convention in Denver three weeks ago.

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The Spirit of Giving

EDITOR'S NOTE: In the traditional spirit of giving during the holiday season, the Polk County Itemizer-Observer has compiled a list from those submitted of items needed by nonprofit organizations based in Polk County that serve local residents, particularly during the Christmas season.

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11/28 News in Brief

*Dallas hospital earns recognition*App available for library services*Foundation fund reaches $500,000*Deadline for energy projects nears

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11/28 Correction

In a story headlined "Food banks are in dire need," that appeared on Page 2A of the Nov. 21 Itemizer-Observer, an incorrect time frame for a statistic was given. Marion-Polk Food Share served an average of 9,021 families with emergency food boxes each month during the 2011-12 fiscal year, compared to 7,395 monthly in 2010-11. The I-O regrets the error.

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11/28 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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11/28 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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11/28 OBITUARIES

*Alta Mae Kliever*Myrna Mae French*William 'Bill' Inman*Charles Raymond Gunther*Sally Stinson*Eva Friesen*Bonnie Garrison*Pilar S. Cruz*Ana Angelica Badillo English

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11/28 Community Calendar

Community Calendar is a listing of upcoming events taking place in Polk County that are open to the public. To submit an event for calendar consideration, please send it at least two weeks before the actual event date to the

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WOU honored for diversity

MONMOUTH -- Maria Vargas was a Silverton High School senior the first time she visited Western Oregon University in 2010. One thing that stood out as she strolled through campus -- and eventually persuaded her to come here -- were the number of Latino students.

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The gift of warmth

POLK COUNTY -- Lisa Johnstone of Falls City said she never knitted as a hobby until three weeks ago. With a starter loom at her side, however, she's cranked out a dozen beanies, with more to come.

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Set to ring in the holidays

Bah humbugs, you've been warned! There will be no escaping the Christmas cheer in Polk County's three main cities this weekend.

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More bang for the buck

DALLAS -- In November 2009, voters in the Dallas School District passed an $8.6 million bond to repair and maintain school buildings.

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Wednesday, November 21

                 

Tuesday, November 20



11/21School Notes / Academic Honors

*Perrydale group will meet Monday*CCC winter registration will begin*IES seeks helpers for fitness event*Musicians part of GFU production*WSHS grad garners honor at Biola

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11/21 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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11/21 MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

Before we celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday when we gather together to think about all that is good in our world, I'd like to take a few moments to express my appreciation for those who won't be relaxing with family and friends on Thursday.

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11/21 Community Notebook

*Seniors welcome for CHS luncheon*Thankgiving meal, service scheduled*Boy Scouts selling Christmas trees*Post office to honor customers Nov. 28*Wreath sales will aid Relay for Life*Donations sought for library event

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Let's talk turkey!

Ahhhh ... the aroma of a golden brown turkey just out of the oven. Bowls full of mashed potatoes and stuffing. And hot buttered rolls to wipe up that last bit of gravy off your plate.

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Parents make preschool work

MONMOUTH -- Laura and Cindy Seefeldt-Chamberlin were both assigned to volunteer at the Monmouth-Independence Community Preschool on this particular day -- which just happened to coincide with a field trip.

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11/21 Business Notebook

*Dallas goat dairy receives awards*Ice cream parlor has new leaders*Barber shop opens in Monmouth*Reynolds named to oversight board*Hardware store sets grand opening

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11/21 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

November 20, 2012 4:59 p.m. read more..


11/21 Letters to the Editor

*Lions' food drive will benefit needy*McCain deserving of criticism as well*Boy Scouts helped make event a hit*Independence has good things going*Business owner moved by others*Monmouth Police deserve new home

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Hungry? New eateries open

DALLAS -- Dining options in Dallas have expanded in recent weeks as two restaurants have opened and a third will soon follow.

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Holiday parade deadline is Monday

MONMOUTH -- Citizens interested in entering a float in the Christmas parade that accompanies the annual Holiday Tree Lighting at Western Oregon University have until Monday to apply.

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Flooding reported in county

POLK COUNTY -- Flood warnings were still in effect for a portion of the Luckiamute River near Suver Tuesday, but the worst of the storm that drenched and battered the region Sunday and Monday had subsided, leaving just the cleanup in its wake.

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11/21 OBITUARIES

*Teresa Scarpelli Olsen*Robert Bainter*Cora Lorena Bennett*Dorothy Dawn Hamilton*Roberta Sedey

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Oregon AG office takes Wyatt case

DALLAS -- The case against former Dallas city manager Jerry Wyatt has been taken over by the Oregon Attorney General's Office and a new indictment has been issued.

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11/21 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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Homeless numbers still a concern

POLK COUNTY -- Falls City's homeless student population, which has hovered around 20 percent of enrollment in recent years and ranked among the highest rates in Oregon's public school districts, fell dramatically last year.

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Where do the leaves go?

DALLAS -- The colorful shower of fall leaves has been raining on yards and sidewalks for weeks and the autumn ritual of raking them up has begun for many residents.

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Habitat restoration project eyed for LSNA

BUENA VISTA -- Identifiable by the white rings around their eyes and a multi-syllabled whistle, Oregon vesper sparrows can be found only in Washington's Puget Trough and here in the Willamette Valley.

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'Operation T-shirt' seeking donations

POLK COUNTY -- Community members are welcome to donate new or gently used clothing for area children who are relocated from drug homes and placed in foster homes.

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Chief marks 25th anniversary

INDEPENDENCE -- There's a plaque inside the Independence Police Department bearing the name of every chief -- or marshal -- the town has had since 1871. Most had tenures lasting between two and five years.

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Food banks are in dire need

POLK COUNTY -- Marion-Polk Food Share (MPFS) and its partner food banks and meal sites in the region are struggling once again to keep up with demand for emergency services.

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Wednesday, November 14

        

FRONT PAGE: Itemizer-Observer sports front page for Nov. 14 edition

DALLAS -- The front page of the Nov. 14 Itemizer-Observer sports section features Perrydale senior quarterback Justin Cruickshank; Western Oregon senior Lorrie Clifford and the WOU women's basketball preview; plus a recap of the Perrydale volleyball team's trip to the state tournament.

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11/14 MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

Now that Old Man Winter has unpacked his bags and moved into MI Town for the next few months, we're trying to think of creative ways to banish the dark days and cold rainy evenings.

November 14, 2012 10:25 a.m. read more..


Tuesday, November 13



11/14 Letters to the Editor

*Donations make OHES event a hit*Boodoggles reign in Independence*Community steps up for food bank*Thank you goes out to 'Panther Nation'*Supporters are key to event's success*Basic city services are what we need

November 13, 2012 2:37 p.m. read more..


Two new faces join FC council

FALLS CITY -- It seems there won't be much time spent on celebrating victory for the three candidates elected to the Falls City Council on Election Day.

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Pot seized, arrest made

GRAND RONDE -- Authorities seized 60 marijuana plants and more than 20 pounds of processed weed at a residence in Grand Ronde earlier this month in a case that began with a domestic disturbance call.

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Equestrian center is nixed by NRCS

SHERIDAN -- It's back to the drawing board for J.W. Millegan and his proposed equestrian center at the intersection of Highways 22 and 18 in Polk County.

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Indy potluck is a 'thank you' event

INDEPENDENCE -- Residents of Independence are welcome to join city employees, local business representatives and area volunteers at a community potluck dinner Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Independence Civic Center.

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Uncontested candidates win election

POLK COUNTY -- While the presidential election may have had people on the edge of their seats for most of the evening Nov. 6, there was very little drama regarding who would be representing Polk County's cities beginning next year.

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I-O seeks holiday wish lists from nonprofits

POLK COUNTY -- In the traditional spirit of giving during the holiday season, the Polk County Itemizer-Observer is compiling a list of items needed by nonprofit organizations based in Polk County that serve local residents.

November 13, 2012 2:37 p.m. read more..


11/14 Pedee News: Arlene Kovash

On Nov. 3, Mike and Anna Ware of Sedro-Woolley, Wash., brought Mike's mother, Twila Ware, down to see his aunts and uncles, Wes and Carla Burbank and Ted and Alberta Jones, as well as cousin Raymond Jones. They hadn't seen Mike in several years, so they all had a wonderful visit.

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11/14 Community Notebook

*Master Gardeners to meet Wednesday*Fall rose care topic of Thursday event*Seminar to address Medicare options*Child's ID program offered Saturday*Driver safety class on tap for Saturday*H2O set to conduct 25 cent toy sale*Old Mill schedules Santa pet photos*Local veterans will be topic of meeting*Gallery celebration slated for Saturday*Nov. 18 pie auction will benefit KVCC*CHS plans senior luncheon Nov. 21*Thanksgiving meal, service scheduled*Master Gardener training available

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11/14 OBITUARIES

*Charles 'Chuck' Edward Wostenberg*Marvin Harold Mark Ford Sr.*Pamela Renee Worden*Fidel Bosquez Cruz*Ellen E. Dalton*Helen Mae Hamilton

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11/14 School Notes

*DHS wrestlers selling poinsettias*Central jazz band fundraiser on tap*Foundation awards teaching grants*Talmadge to host student book fair

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CHS senior coordinating personal hygiene products drive

INDEPENDENCE -- Erica Gallegos, a Central High senior, is helping coordinate a personal hygiene products drive that will run through early December benefiting clients of Sable House in Dallas and the Polk County Commission for Women and Children.

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Monmouth police seek new home

MONMOUTH -- The city of Monmouth will convert the former Forest Capital complex off Highway 99W into a new headquarters for its police department -- as long as citizens say "yes," that is.

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Bridge plan moving forward

DALLAS -- The lengthy Salem River Crossing project will be making rapid progress in the coming months as local municipalities decide what the third Willamette River bridge in Salem between Polk and Marion counties will look like.

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Lending a big helping hand

INDEPENDENCE -- "Do you guys still sing the song?" Brittney Bettles asked a group of Henry Hill Elementary School students.

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11/14 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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11/14 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

November 13, 2012 2:37 p.m. read more..


11/14 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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Suspect tries to escape, crashes

GRAND RONDE -- A suspect in a string of all-terrain vehicle (ATV) thefts was hospitalized last week after leading Yamhill County Sheriff's deputies on a chase that ended with the suspect crashing into a tree near Grand Ronde.

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City is deciding among finalists

DALLAS -- The process to name Dallas' next city manager continued last week as three finalists were in town for a public meet and greet and formal interview sessions.

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Thursday, November 8



Newspaper seeks holiday wish lists from nonprofits

POLK COUNTY -- In the traditional spirit of giving during the holiday season, the Polk County Itemizer-Observer is compiling a list of items needed by nonprofit organizations based in Polk County that serve local residents.

November 8, 2012 4:05 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, November 7

                    

Tuesday, November 6



Dallas approves cutbacks

DALLAS -- The Dallas City Council approved a plan to cut nearly $500,000 from its general fund budget, which includes employee layoffs, on Monday night.

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Still stylin' after all these years

DALLAS -- At the beginning of Carol Chaney's career as a stylist, the "bubble" hair cut -- a symbol of 1960s style -- was just coming into fashion.

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Independence takes out line of credit

INDEPENDENCE -- Independence leaders have taken out a $500,000 line of credit as a safeguard against a short-term potential cash flow shortage for regular operations.

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11/7 School Notes / Academic Honors

*Woods chosen for school board post*WOU art department plans open house*Linfield rep. to visit local schools*Literacy event scheduled at HHES*MVCA auction fundraiser is Friday*Ash Creek apparel is now available*Dance team hosting donkey basketball*Author to speak at WOU on Tuesday*DHS wrestlers selling poinsettias

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Dallas committees need members

DALLAS -- Dallas is seeking resident volunteers to serve on the city's budget committee, park and recreation board, and the utility rate advisory committee.

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Latinos are striving to retain language

INDEPENDENCE -- Independence residents of Hispanic descent are maintaining their ability to speak Spanish at a higher rate than previous immigration waves, according to a study conducted locally that spanned almost three years and involved more than 100 interviews with local families.

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Kings Valley tree growers honored

KINGS VALLEY -- Pat and Betty Malone, owners of Sunrise Tree Farm in Kings Valley, have been named the 2012 recipients of the Pacific Northwest Christmas Tree Association (PNCTA) Plumb Award.

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11/7 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

November 6, 2012 1:59 p.m. read more..


Schools locked down briefly

DALLAS -- Three Dallas schools were temporarily put on lockdown Thursday morning after authorities received a report of a boy with a rifle walking along Southeast Miller Avenue.

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'The Crucible' still relevant

MONMOUTH -- Hypocrisy, intolerance -- there's something about the subject matter of Arthur Miller's "The Crucible" that frightens Christine Greenhalgh.

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Palatably pleasing

POLK COUNTY -- Winemakers across the state were said to have been "giddy" about the potential for the 2012 vintage in early October, according to an Oregon Wine Board mid-harvest report.

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County will look at ponds' impact

MONMOUTH -- Polk County will investigate two recently constructed irrigation reservoirs off Ash Creek south of Monmouth to determine whether concerns of streambank or wetlands damage are warranted.

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11/7 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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11/7 Community Notebook

*Workshop targeted at seniors is slated *Veterans to discuss college transition *Extension office to host open house *Hazelnuts topic of DIY workshop *School will honor veterans on Friday *Legion schedules tribute breakfast *Marines' birthday will be celebrated *Square dance set for Saturday night *WVH holiday coping seminar is planned *Fundraiser set for 'Camp Attitude' *Hydroponics topic of gardening event *Dallas wrestlers selling poinsettias *PCL plans to raffle Civil War package *Master Gardener training available *US flags accepted for proper disposal *Christmas pageant seeking volunteers

November 6, 2012 1:59 p.m. read more..


Newspaper seeks holiday wish lists from nonprofits

POLK COUNTY -- In the traditional spirit of giving during the holiday season, the Polk County Itemizer-Observer is compiling a list of items needed by nonprofit organizations based in Polk County that serve local residents.

November 6, 2012 1:59 p.m. read more..
 

11/7 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.

November 6, 2012 1:59 p.m. read more..
 

11/7 Letters to the Editor

*Local VFW post steps up for DHS *Athletes benefit from great support *Good Samaritans quickly provide aid *Collecting box tops makes a difference *City needs to repay transferred money *Auto business a hit with this customer

November 6, 2012 1:59 p.m. read more..


Ugo's Pizza finalist for recognition

DALLAS -- Ugo's Pizza in Dallas has been selected as a state finalist for the National Restaurant Association's "Restaurant Neighbor Award" for 2012.

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11/7 Pedee News: Arlene Kovash

I told you the wrong time for the Pedee Women's Club holiday fair on Saturday. It actually starts at 9 a.m. at the clubhouse in Pedee on Kings Valley Highway (Highway 223).

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11/7 OBITUARIES

*Virginia Mae Quinton*Teresa Laura Reyes *LeVona R. Nicholls*Kenneth Lee Ross *David A. Reed III*Sandra Lee Marcum *LaVerne Allen Perry*Kolton Kristopher Sells *William 'Bill' H. Wood

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News in Brief

*City 'meet and greet' is Wednesday *Scout's project will aid firefighters *Grant writing workshop scheduled *Winters honored by elder advocates

November 6, 2012 1:59 p.m. read more..


Election results to be posted

POLK COUNTY -- Results from the Nov. 6 vote-by-mail general election in Polk County were being counted Tuesday night after the Itemizer-Observer had gone to press.

November 6, 2012 1:59 p.m. read more..

Thursday, November 1