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Wednesday, October 31

 

Tuesday, October 30

 

10/31 Community Notebook

*Hospital is site of Thursday book sale*'Food by the Foot' coming to county*Saturday breakfast slated in Monmouth*Grange to conduct potluck luncheon*Church set to host concert on Sunday*Rehearsals begin for Christmas sing

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Indy officer on K-9 mission

INDEPENDENCE -- Officer Tim Ragan said he wasn't there for that stop in Independence when Vader, the Polk County Sheriff's Office's now retired drug detection dog, helped out in a search. The story about it makes him smile, though.

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'Safe Harbor' gets early OK

DALLAS -- The Polk County Planning Commission has recommended approving a proposal that will streamline the process for farms to expand their operations to include limited food service.

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Mediation hearing for KVCS, PSD is set

KINGS VALLEY -- Officials of Kings Valley Charter School and Philomath School District will take their dispute to mediation on Thursday at Willamette University's College of Law in Salem.

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10/31 Correction

In a story headlined "Hill, Tipton eye circuit bench" that appeared on Page 6A of the Oct. 17 edition of the Itemizer-Observer, a reporter erred while paraphrasing Gerald Tipton on the impact of budget cuts to the Oregon Judicial System. The sentence should have read "Reductions to support staff levels in the Oregon Judicial Department, meanwhile, 'slows down or stops the judicial process.'" The I-O regrets the error.

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10/31 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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On the air!

PERRYDALE -- Need to know what is going on at Perrydale School?

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10/31 Letters to the Editor

*Clem will work hard for Polk residents*Well-respected Hill should be retained*Dallas City Council can't be trusted*Watch for voter exclusion efforts*Hill will continue 'judicial strength'*Arboretum needs support from area*Hill is objective and open-minded*Many made event fun and a success*Vote 'no' on two casino measures*Hill brings wisdom, fairness to position

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Indy considers shared kitchen

INDEPENDENCE -- The city of Independence is conducting a survey to determine whether to establish a regional shared-use commercial kitchen.

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Council to look at possible cutbacks

DALLAS -- The Dallas City Council needs to find a way -- and soon -- to cut approximately $500,000 to make expenditures match revenues in the current fiscal year budget.

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New brew pub is hopping

INDEPENDENCE -- There will always be hiccups when trying to start a new business, said John Whitmire, owner of the Independence Hops & Barrel House.

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Do you believe in ghosts?

MONMOUTH -- Nancy Ganson first heard about unexplained phenomena happening inside Todd Hall soon after moving to Monmouth in 1986, years before she ever become manager of the building at Western Oregon University.

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IES dishes up a very tasty class

INDEPENDENCE -- Butter, brown sugar, honey and vanilla melt into one another atop the stove as Nevaeh Calvillo and Havalah Altamirano carefully stir the mixture inside Independence Elementary School's kitchen.

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10/31 OBITUARIES

*Sandra Long Henry*Alfred Richardo Zentz*Clark A. Smith*Marilyn Jean Gaines*Virginia Mae Quinton*Melba D. Grant*William 'Bill' Herbert Wood*Charles Fearn Sutherland

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10/31 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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An education in eating

MONMOUTH -- Where food comes from, what's in it and how easy or difficult it is getting enough to eat aren't the things the average college student spends an inordinate amount of time contemplating, said Katie Corcoran, a senior at Western Oregon University.

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10/31 School Notes

*Board applications due Thursday*ACES chess club seeking members*Youth leadership summit planned*Climber to talk to Central students*Art department plans open house*Linfield rep. to visit local schools

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10/31 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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10/31 News in Brief

*Dallas Fire Dept. wins competition*Deputy DA takes position with BOLI*Polk Democrats will meet Thursday*Drug court graduation event slated

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PREPS: Polk County teams earn academic honors

POLK COUNTY -- Several of Polk County's fall high school sports teams have not only been making their marks on the fields, courts and running trails, they've been excelling in the classroom as well.

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Wednesday, October 24

 

YOUTH BASKETBALL: DBA Registration begins

DALLAS -- Registration is now open for children in grades kindergarten through eight interested in competing on a Dallas Basketball Association recreational or competitive team.

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Tuesday, October 23



10/24 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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10/24 School Notes

*HHES students set for 'jog-a-thon' *Perrydale carnival set for Thursday *KVCS accepting orders for wreaths *Youth book fair under way at IES *Dallas choirs planning fundraiser

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Marijuana cases net three arrests

POLK COUNTY -- Polk County drug investigators arrested three people in unrelated cases involving delivery or manufacture of marijuana in less than a week.

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10/24 MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

On these occasional days when we can celebrate the increasingly rare sun breaks by getting out for a good brisk walk around MI Town, it's great to wander along through the colorful autumn leaves and remember how much fun it was to be a kid at this time of year.

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10/24 Community Notebook

*F.C. Garden Club to discuss herbs *Volunteers sought for literacy training *Auditions planned at Pentacle Theatre *Spaghetti dinner benefit is Saturday *Presentation will focus on Tanzania *Fundraiser set for local Humane Society *Central Lions are selling poinsettias

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FCES benefits from donation

FALLS CITY -- Despite knowing that she would need space for more than 1,000 new books inside Falls City Elementary School's library on this day, Holly Kraus was resisting the urge to purge her existing inventory.

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10/24 Letters to the Editor

*Wheeler knows issues Polk faces *Candidate for judge seeking your vote *Clem best suited to be commissioner *Wheeler ranks among the best *Wheeler shares values that we do *Clem well prepared for BOC position *What was Dallas council thinking? *Startup program thanks local group *Wheeler knows our county best *Judge also serves local community *Budgeting snafu is disappointing *Hill will continue to serve us well *Wheeler has kept campaign positive *Hill a clear choice for judge position *Clem has a grasp of county issues *Honest is among Wheeler's assets *BOC candidate has proven leadership *Clem most qualified for county position *Clem right person for commissioner *Given opponents' past, vote Wheeler *Wheeler a key part of successful team *Smear campaigns have no credibility

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Big week under way at FCHS

FALLS CITY -- It's homecoming week in Falls City, and there will be plenty of opportunity to show your support for the guys -- and girls -- in the purple and gold.

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Agreements may aid senior center project

DALLAS -- Long-awaited plans for a new Dallas Senior Center have stalled more than they have progressed since the future building site in Dallas City Park was designated in 2009.

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ELECTION 2012: Roberts, Roblan eye Senate

POLK COUNTY -- When the legislature redrew the Senate district map, Falls City was penciled into the fringes of District 5, joining Grand Ronde in the Polk County portion of the district.

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ELECTION 2012: Your Ballot

The following are races that are, for the most part, Polk County specific that will appear on the Nov. 6 vote-by-mail general election. For a complete list of races and measures on your ballot, consult the Oregon Voters Pamphlet.

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Perrydale awaiting word on lawsuit

PERRYDALE -- The Perrydale School District has yet to receive official notice of being named in a civil lawsuit alleging it neglected to report or investigate an incident of alleged sex abuse that may have occurred in 2008-09.

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10/24 OBITUARIES

*Helen Mae Hamilton*'Chris' Donald Lewis Christopher*Irma Lucille Bradley*Frank Jack Harding*Doreatha Charlotte Lefley*Lillian Mae Rieger*Gloria A. Presnall*Charles Fearn Sutherland*Sandra Long Henry*Pastor Bob Swope

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10/24 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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10/24 Correction

In a story headlined "Hill, Tipton eye circuit bench," that appeared on Page 6A of the Oct. 17 edition of the Itemizer-Observer, it was incorrectly reported that Norman Hill was appointed as a Polk County Circuit Court Judge in May; he was appointed in February. The I-O regrets the error.

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10/24 Pedee News: Arlene Kovash

Karen Porter had a good time at a mountain trail clinic at the Oregon Horse Center in Eugene last week. She is working to perfect her skills at navigating an obstacle course on her horse, Cody, in preparation for a competition in November. Good luck to her. We'll follow up on how it worked out later.

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Drill prepares first responders

INDEPENDENCE -- Broken glass is everywhere. The windows of the city council chambers at the Independence Civic Center shattered with the force of an earthquake, measuring 7.2 and centered off the Oregon Coast.

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Greek system taking root at WOU

MONMOUTH -- Donovan McFadden said if you had asked him three years ago if he wanted to join a fraternity at Western Oregon University, he probably would have declined the invitation.

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Charge it up in Monmouth

MONMOUTH -- If you travel around the Willamette Valley in a car that runs on electricity, you might want to pencil in Monmouth on your route.

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10/24 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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Creative Costuming

Ethan Faulkner roams the aisles of the Dallas Goodwill with a pair of plastic Wolverine claws on his hands.

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Fun on the farm

POLK COUNTY -- The lot at Setniker Farms' pumpkin patch north of Independence is nearly full by 9 o'clock on a recent weekday morning.

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Wednesday, October 17

                 

Tuesday, October 16

  

News in Brief

*Ballots going out in mail on Friday *M-I Chamber seeks new directors *Mini-marathon beneficiaries named

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10/17 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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Dallas School Board member steps down

DALLAS -- Sandy Teal has resigned from the Dallas School District Board. Teal, who was elected in 2009, submitted her resignation Friday, citing work conflicts as the reason for her departure.

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City lets SDC waiver expire

DALLAS -- The Dallas City Council decided not to extend waivers on systems development charges (SDCs) on new housing at its meeting Monday night.

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Time to get cracking

POLK COUNTY -- At the end of September, Lance Kirk could stroll beneath the canopy of his hazelnut orchard near the end of Wigrich Road and absorb the almost serene sound of filberts dropping naturally from the trees.

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10/17 Community Notebook

*Ash Creek seeking clothing for swap *Soup and pie sale slated for Thursday *Film will address war-torn nation *Public is welcome to play bing Friday *Waffle breakfast fundraiser slated *Scrapbooking fair on tap for Saturday *Elks are hosting DOA pro wrestling *Cancer awareness event set Monday *Airlie Hills open for daily fall fun

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Community welcomes 162nd home

DALLAS -- The elegant assembly hall at the Col. James W. Nesmith Readiness Center in Dallas was filled with soldiers, community members and state and local officials as the Oregon Army National Guard celebrated the official opening of its newest facility Friday.

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Earthquake drill to test readiness

INDEPENDENCE -- Oregonians are resigned to the fact that, because we sit off a major faultline in the Pacific Ocean, we're due for a big earthquake at some point.

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10/17 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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10/17 OBITUARIES

*Willie 'Charlotte' (Hill) Hardin*Walter Johnson*Charlotte Louise Collins*'Chris' Donald Lewis Christopher*Henry Dave Janzen*Richard D. Williamson Sr.*Pastor Bob Swope*Carol Joy Stewart*Jack S. Steed*Irma Lucille Bradley

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Budgeting moves now haunting city

DALLAS -- While other local government officials are experiencing sticker shock from the projected PERS (Public Employees Retirement System) rate increases, those may be the least of Dallas' concerns.

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10/17 Letters to the Editor

*DHS homecoming was a big success *Former Sheriff supports Wheeler*Hill is well-suited for role of judge*Clem's statements are an exaggeration *Wheeler ranks as best choice for job*Judge Hill a man of high character*Wheeler's proven record is of note*Clem works hard for constituents*Longtime resident has served us well*Wheeler the one most experienced*Clem demonstrates strong dedication*Candidate left out vital information*Clem will represent urban, rural areas*Casino measures bad for our county *Polk County needs to retain Judge Hill *Wheeler deserves to be commissioner *Judge has proven he will work hard *Hill has the right ingredients to serve

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'Food Week' events set at WOU

MONMOUTH -- Western Oregon University will host "Food Week," a celebration and schedule of activities starting Monday centered on healthy, affordable and sustainable food that are free and open to the public.

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10/17 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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Filling the school art void

MONMOUTH -- As they painted their handmade vases, mugs and pencil holders, the children in Trisha Wilfong's second-grade class at Ash Creek Elementary School seemed skeptical.

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10/17 School Notes / Academic Honors

*Central staging 'The Little Mermaid' *K-8 book donation due in Falls City *KVCS to host family literacy night *MES students ready for jog-a-thon *WOU `Fall Preview Day' is Saturday *Perrydale carnival tickets on sale *Author to speak Tuesday at WOU

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Sign-ups accepted for Christmas help

DALLAS -- Two holiday-season assistance programs -- Dallas Adopt-a-Family and Dallas Christmas Cheer -- will be working together this year to assist families in need.

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County to conduct hearing on farm-based businesses

DALLAS -- The Polk County Planning Commission will hold a public hearing Tuesday on a proposal streamlining the process for farms to expand their operations to include limited food service, home-based businesses and farmstands.

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PERS: Budget breaker?

POLK COUNTY -- The impact of rate increases for Oregon's Public Employees Retirement System (PERS) won't become a reality until July 2013.

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10/17 Omission/Correction

In a News in Brief item headlined "Dallas library posts winter hours," which appeared on Page 2A of the Oct. 10 edition of the Itemizer-Observer, Thursday library hours were omitted. The library is open Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The omission was due to incomplete information provided to the newspaper.

October 16, 2012 2:35 p.m. read more..


ELECTION 2012: Your Ballot

The following are races that are, for the most part, Polk County specific that will appear on the Nov. 6 vote-by-mail general election.

October 16, 2012 2:35 p.m. read more..


Wednesday, October 10



BRIEF: Dallas Booster Auction nearing

DALLAS -- Donations and sponsorships are still being accepted for the Dallas Booster Club's annual fundraising auction, scheduled Oct. 20 at the new Col. James Nesmith Readiness Center in Dallas.

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FRONT PAGE: Wednesday, Oct. 10 sports front page

The Dallas High football team's big win on homecoming, Central cross-country runner Mandi Desmarteau, Western Oregon Athletic Hall of Fame inductee Kevin Boss and an improving Dallas volleyball squad highlight the Wednesday, Oct. 20 edition of the Polk County Itemizer-Observer sports section cover.

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Tuesday, October 9

 

Dallas cheer team aims high

DALLAS -- The game wasn't on the line. It was the second half of what turned out to be a lopsided defeat for the Dallas High School football team at home against Silverton.

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Berger is seeking sixth term in Oregon House

POLK COUNTY -- House Rep. Vicki Berger (R-West Salem) said she believes being more proactive about marketing the state's natural resources and revising tax policies to make life easier for small businesses are items to be addressed during the next legislative session.

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Stimulating city development

DALLAS -- Dallas City Council will consider extending a temporary systems development charge (SDC) discount -- which seems to have helped spur an increase in new home construction in Dallas -- at its meeting Monday night.

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10/10 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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OK kids, smile and say 'cheese'

POLK COUNTY -- "Hi, Connor. How ya' doing?" First-grader Conner Kacmarynski offers some silent and annoyed resignation as he plods over to a backdrop and lighting setup during picture day at Monmouth Elementary School.

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Correction

A story headlined "Tapawingo building now finished, thanks to grant" that appeared on Page 2A on the Oct. 3 edition of the Itemizer-Observer needs to be corrected. The grant from the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust provided to Camp Tapawingo covered $150,000 of the $1,320,706 total cost for the 14,000-square-foot multipurpose building on the campsite. Other sources of funding included fundraising efforts, large cash gifts, capital investments owned by Camp Tapawingo and other means. The I-O regrets the error.

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Central struggling with ELL proficiency

POLK COUNTY -- Less than 10 percent of students who speak English as a second language in Central School District were able to exit English development programs last year. That's 7 percentage points lower than the state's proficiency benchmark.

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A Polk Pioneer

DALLAS -- Col. James W. Nesmith, the namesake of the new Oregon Army National Guard Readiness Center in Dallas, also has been called "The Father of Polk County."

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10/10 Community Notebook

*Group sets benefit event in Monmouth *Master Gardeners meet Wednesday *Spaghetti dinner offered Thursday *Learn how to make cider at workshop *Historic storm topic of library gathering *Series of local Bible prophecy talks set *Annual doll event slated for Saturday *PCHS set to host apple festival event *Reception for local artist scheduled *Church schedules ice cream social *Square dance set for Saturday night *Heart to Heart will host benefit concert *Grange will host Sunday breakfast *Style show, tea on tap at Gentle House *Harvest celebration set at Dallas farm

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10/10 School Notes / Academic Honors

*College exploration evening on tap *Regional authors to appear at WOU *Western will host Fall Preview Day *Lunch assistance year due to end *Volunteers needed to assist at IES *District keeping ESD options open *WOU professor honored for poetry

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Capturing History

MONMOUTH -- "They wouldn't let any of us out of the door," Wes Luchau said. "And there was nobody out on the street."

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No action taken in school dispute

PHILOMATH -- The Philomath School Board made no decision at a public hearing Monday where Kings Valley Charter School made its case to remain open -- and keep its contract with the nonprofit providing educational services.

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10/10 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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10/10 Letters to the Editor

*Wheeler is clear choice for commissioner *Clem didn't have good attendance *Wheeler will serve county well on BOC *Clem best choice for commissioner *Candidate violating wishes of family *Wheeler has what we need for board *Beautification work much appreciated *City's Main Street idea poorly planned *County should look at change to PERS *Businesses made tourney a success *Retain Judge Hill on Polk Circuit Court *Wheeler has our interests at heart *Judge possesses intellect, integrity *Clem will work for all of Polk County *Watch out for squirrels, others*Candidate brings integrity, knowledge*Bad drivers deserve to be called out*Clem would bring experience to post*Wheeler a proven leader for county*Falls City students step up for history

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Falls City considering utility fee

FALLS CITY -- The Falls City Council will be discussing whether to include a "transportation utility fee" (TUF) as a possible funding option for future street maintenance and improvements at its meeting Thursday.

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10/10 News in Brief

*Candidate forum set for Wednesday *Polk FSA operations now in Salem *Help sought for Monmouth dog park *Dallas library posts winter hours *'Drug takeback' deemed a success

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10/10 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

October 9, 2012 2:57 p.m. read more..


10/10 OBITUARIES

*William Calvin Braun*Tena Vanderzee-Raymer*Robert 'Bob' Doran Brickey*Glenn Fillmore Fough*Charlotte Louise Collins*Larry Lee Finney*Walter N. Johnson

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Wednesday, October 3

               

Citizens react and save a life

DALLAS -- Steve LaTulippe, a Dallas doctor, was riding his bike home from work one evening in August when he noticed something out of the ordinary.

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10/3 OBITUARIES

*Harry B. Wiebe*Bruce Poole*Raymond E. Finkbeiner*Leon Reed*Allen Dean Spacek*Glenn F. Fough*Robert Joseph Fitts*John LeRoy Loewen

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10/3 School Notes / Academic Honors

*Homecoming continues at Dallas*Perrydale celebrating homecoming*CHS gearing up for homecoming*Tickets are on sale for Central play*Perrydale fundraiser deadline nears*Girod named interim dean at WOU*Polk students make OSU honor roll

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Perrydale named in lawsuit

PERRYDALE -- Perrydale School District has been named a defendant in a multimillion-dollar sex abuse lawsuit filed in The Dalles on Friday.

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Keeping Western green

MONMOUTH -- Leftover leaves and stems from crocosmia flowers litter the sidewalk along the Arbor Park complex meeting hall on the Western Oregon University campus as Randy Bales, Mason Helberg and Roger Whiteman snip and clip away. Before long, the bed of their utility vehicle is filled with remnants of the perennial plant.

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10/3 News in Brief

*Trial court administrator is named*Polk Democrats will meet Thursday*County 'Adopt-a-Road' cleanup set*Hazardous waste collection on tap

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10/3 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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10/3 Community Notebook

*Hospital volunteers sellings See's candy*Kings Valley group schedules meeting*Outreach center to host lunch rants*Red Cross open house is Oct. 11*Saturday breakfast slated in Monmouth*Flea market on tap at Rickreall Grange*Fromherz is named church choir director*Master Gardeners set Oct. 10 event*Stop smoking class scheduled in Dallas

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10/3 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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It's hops. It's heritage. It's fun.

INDEPENDENCE -- Melissa Hurst said when she learned there would be a parade of pets at the Hop & Heritage Festival, she felt it was the perfect opportunity to showcase the face of her reptile rescue business, Donkey the iguana.

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Enrollment roller coaster

POLK COUNTY -- Collective enrollment in Dallas schools is higher than expected after one month of classes and up slightly from the same time last year. As a district, Central stayed relatively flat.

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10/3 Letters to the Editor

*Jennifer Wheeler is the real deal*Clem will work hard for county*No comparison: Vote Hill for judge*Wheeler is best choice for county*Hill is an asset on Polk Circuit Court*Clem knows issues facing Polk County*Level of knowledge high for Wheeler*Wheeler knows needs of county 'Thugs' are taking over community*Time to elect new state rep. for area*ALS Awareness walk appreciated*Clem has priorities in order for county*Judge candidate has earned respect*Clem right person for commissioner*Candidate is ready to serve the region*Most followers simply ignorant

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10/3 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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Smith Fine Arts Series: That's entertainment!

MONMOUTH -- If variety is the spice of life, the schedule for the 2012-13 Smith Fine Arts Series indicates there won't be a hotter place to be in the mid-Willamette Valley than Western Oregon University's Rice Auditorium as far as performing arts go.

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