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Tuesday, April 30

 

5/1 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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Perrydale race draws seven candidates

PERRYDALE -- Seven candidates are seeking to fill three open Perrydale School Board seats, making it the most contested of the four Polk County school board races on the May 21 ballot.

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Doing something for others

DALLAS -- Whitworth Elementary School fifth-graders Lizzie Davis, Jessica Deming, Zoe Whitlow, Madison Blanchard and Sarah Baer were as horrified as anyone about the April 15 Boston Marathon bombings.

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Report provides detailed data on Dallas watershed

DALLAS -- The Rickreall Creek Watershed, which provides the city of Dallas with its sole source of water, has 364 timber stands within its expanse. Thanks to a comprehensive watershed analysis, the city knows the streams, plants and wildlife that may inhabit those areas.

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5/1 Letters to the Editor

*Cost of medical care out of hand*Woods good choice for school board*Support efforts to stop child abuse*City bond for police station? Vote 'no'*Meyer deserving of re-election bid*Woods is worthy of Dallas board*Vote 'yes' to save community services*Police, city deserve new station site*There's a need for new police station*Re-elect Meyer to school board*Police station bond money well spent*District benefits from Meyer's work

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5/1 School Notes / Academic Honors

*Kindergarten sign-ups scheduled*Perrydale 'Math Mayhem' event set*Talented, gifted discussion slated*Tickets for Perrydale benefit on sale*'Fill the Bus' campaign scheduled*'A Night of Gilbert and Sullivan' set*Dallas students on SPU dean's list

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Putting a focus on wine

SALEM -- A bill reducing the number of "special events" Oregon wineries can host each year has cleared the state Senate and has been introduced in the Oregon House of Representatives.

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Playtrium sign-ups begin

DALLAS -- The Young Artists Playtrium (YAP) is registering students for three one-week summer sessions starting in June.

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Peers honor Western duo

MONMOUTH -- Western Oregon University has awarded two of its faculty members with the highest achievement on campus.

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5/1 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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5/1 BIRTHS

*Wiens*Meyer*Cortes Poff**Lynch*Ogdahl*Benthin*Sotelo*Kanyer

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5/1 MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

Wednesday we celebrate the beginning of the merry month of May, with picnics, ballgames and lots of activities outdoors -- and when the rain begins to fall, we hardy Oregonians put on our ponchos and can be quick to open umbrellas. These springtime days are flying by, and the calendar tells us that summer is hiding just around the corner, just out of reach.

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5/1 OBITUARIES

*DeLores Mae Morris*Anthony 'Tony' Wayne Monachino*Peggy I. Porter*Phillip E. Bursell*Marita Jo Broadus*Russell A. Kendall*Budrick J. Wheeler Sr.

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5/1 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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Central working on budget

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- Central School District administrators are facing a perfect storm while putting together the 2013-2014 budget.

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5/1 Community Notebook

*Spring book sale slated at library*Christian women's luncheon is Friday*International Night scheduled at WOU*Church mission trip fundraiser planned*Saturday breakfast set in Monmouth*Garden club to hold annual plant sale*Model train event slated in Rickreall*Activity night for youths scheduled*Reunion sign-ups now being taken

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5/1 Business Notebook

*Friday coffee sales will benefit MDA*Monmouth venue adds evening hours*Studio promotion to aid pet shelters*Duo attend onsite wastewater event*Piercer joins staff at area tattoo shop

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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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Only one contested race for Falls City School Board

FALLS CITY -- In a year in which a school board has had to consider closing a community's public library and faced losing its school counselor, it wouldn't be surprising if there were a lack of candidates for its three open seats.

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5/1 News in Brief

*Polk Democrats to meet Thursday*Adopt-a-road event set for Saturday*CASA benefit seeking restaurants*Monmouth earns 'Tree City' label

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Wednesday, April 24

           

PREP SPORTS ROUNDUP: Dallas' doubles teams prevail

DALLAS -- The No. 1 doubles team of Allie Gillette and Deaven Vessell and the No. 4 duo of Abby Garber and Aylin Hirsch each came through with victories in Dallas' 6-2 loss to Mid-Willamette Conference contender West Albany April 17.

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Tuesday, April 23



IES fifth-graders give back

INDEPENDENCE -- The picnic table building process has reached a critical point. It is time to attach the table legs and everything is finally level.

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4/24 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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Cultural immersion

DALLAS -- Dallas High School Spanish teacher Kurt Woolner led a game of "papa caliente" in class Friday, asking questions in Spanish only.

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4/24 Letters to the Editor

*Leadership changes overdue at WESD*Dallas garage sale policy is fine as is*Police deserve better facilities*Woods good choice for school board*Garage sale fee simply ridiculous*Monmouth levy not a 'win-win' scenario*Local seniors need propety tax relief*Additional city tax liability unneeded

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Voters use opportunity to express preference

POLK COUNTY -- In the November 2012 General Election, a local nonpartisan voter group launched a project to allow voters in Polk County to express their actual preference for United States President.

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4/24 News in Brief

*City vegetation rules kick in May 1*Independence tree planting slated*Tree removal to cause road delays*Group set to honor Rep. Thompson

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4/24 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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4/24 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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Hospitality is on the menu

INDEPENDENCE -- Bethany Schamp and Scott Viegas may go hours before a customer they don't know walks in the door of their recently opened Lion's Share Coffeehouse & Bakery.

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4/24 MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

It's hard to believe that Miss April will soon be packing her mixed bag of usual weather tricks of rain and more rain, frosty mornings, hail, wind and those scary dark clouds to make room for what we are all hoping will be a beautiful and flower-filled May.

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4/24 Community Notebook

*Annual quilt show planned this week*Sculptor's art work will be on display*Drought tolerant gardening talk set*Community service event for youth set*Driver safety class slated for Saturday*Riverview Market will host seminar*'Healthy Families' run, walk event set*Polk Relay For Life T-shirts are on sale*Fundraiser will strike out cancer

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4/24 School Notes / Academic Honors

*DHS Site Council seeking members*IES to benefit from Burgerville event*LaCreole choir concert scheduled*LVCS plans Thursday 'open house'*Kindergarten sign-ups scheduled*Monmouth woman earns fellowship

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4/24 Distinguished Educator cutline

Ken Guffey (wearing hat), science teacher at LaCreole Middle School, was extremely surprised when he was presented the Dallas Distinguished Educator Award for March during an assembly at the school on April 12. Guffey was nominated for the honor by Nick Nelson, one of his LMS students. Nelson wrote of Guffey: "Mr. Guffey is one of the best teachers I have ever had. He explains why the subject is important, and why it affects you in real life or in the future. He is always trying to find better ways to teach us and he asks our opinion about what helps us learn."

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Sheriff cuts come through attrition

POLK COUNTY -- Nobody will be left without a job as a result of the Polk County Sheriff's Office reductions in fiscal year 2013-14 due to budget shortfalls.

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Wednesday, April 17

            

Tuesday, April 16

  

4/17 Letters to the Editor

*Drop garage sale permit requirement*Police bond makes economic sense*Nice courtroom; judge was helpful*Tobacco prevention good use of funds*DLC students thank dance supporters*Garage sale costs getting too high*Keep city services, vote 'yes' on bond*Should city levy garage sale fee?*Councilor's fee logic is absurd

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4/17 Community Notebook

*Interactive poetry event is Thursday*Gem, mineral show set at fairgrounds*Senior center will host Victorian Tea*Christmas pageant sets spring potluck*Benefit for Relay For Life is Friday*Kiwanis schedule bare root tree sale*Annual 'blossom Drive' is Saturday*Historical Society to present awards*Cancer survivors to gather at pool*Prevent child abuse walk set for Monday*'Edit Your Novel' class being offered

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Farm businesses get a boost

POLK COUNTY -- Amendments to Polk County's zoning ordinance to streamline applications for certain farmstands, home-based businesses and limited food service on farms has been approved.

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4/17 OBITUARIES

*Nettie Wiebe*Micheal L. McDonald*Dorothy Scharf Krager*Charles 'Chuck' Dale Mardock

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Dallas garage sale fee moves forward

DALLAS -- A proposed garage sale permit fee sparked another brief debate at Monday's Dallas City Council meeting as an ordinance creating it was presented for a first reading.

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4/17 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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4/17 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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4/17 News in Brief

*Amphitheater topic of open house*County fair seeks superintendents*Forum on police measure scheduled*Police search for stolen sports gear

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4/17 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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A whirlwind performance

DALLAS -- Dallas High School's spring play packs a shipwreck, mistaken identity, sword fights and cross-dressing into one whirlwind performance.

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4/17 School Notes

*Annual carnival set Firday at ACES*KVCS fundraiser deadline nearing*Perrydale plans 'improvement' day*IES to benefit from Burgerville event*Ballston has enrollment openings*

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Wednesday, April 10



4/10 Letters to the Editor

*Edwards residents want their chickens*Minor fixes would help Highway 22*Appalling condition noted in courtroom*99W is good spot for a police station*Consider city bond as an investment

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Central boundary talks get started

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- The committee tasked with redrawing the boundary lines for Central School District's elementary schools has just begun its work and is looking for public input on how to proceed.

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M-I libraries will accept food for fines

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- Public libraries in Independence and Monmouth will celebrate National Library Week with a Food for Fines drive starting Monday in Independence and Tuesday in Monmouth.

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4/10 News in Brief

*Extension district will hold meeting*'State of the County' address slated*Monmouth tree planting is Saturday*PSWCD, CRCS to co-host gathering*Garden plot space remains available*Polk dairy princess to be coronated

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4/10 Community Notebook

*Western will host reception for artists*Master Gardeners to discuss dahlias*Physical theater duo to perform at WOU*Book discussion planned at WOU*Old Time Fiddlers slate variety show*Square dance set this Saturday night*Grange schedules Sunday breakfast*DIY wedding show takes place Sunday*Southern Gospel quartet to perform

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4/10 Business Notebook

*Local candy-maker claims top honor*Fitness club set to host open house*Ophthalmologist practicing in Dallas

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4/10 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

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County's budget gets tentative OK

DALLAS -- Polk County Administrator Greg Hansen wrote in his 2013-14 budget message last week that the proposed budget was so tight, it offered very little room for changes.

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4/10 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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4/10 OBITUARIES

*Maria M. Suarez*Loren Richard Sapp*Rollyn 'Rollie' O. Turner*Lona Ileen Finney*Virginia M. McDowell*Anthony 'Tony' Wayne Monachino*Larry Edward Hayes*Robert 'Bob' Henry Tremaine

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4/10 MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

These spring days have brought out bicycle riders of all ages -- and a reminder to all of us to watch out for even the smallest youngster darting out from behind parked cars on our local streets.

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Dallas freshman selected to attend conference

DALLAS -- Tiffani McConnell, a Dallas High freshman, has a shot at earning her first two college credits this summer while attending a prestigious health care conference for high school students.

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4/10 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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Tuesday, April 9

        

AUTOS: Dallas' Terry Hall wins Albany car show

ALBANY -- Dallas' Terry Hall and the High Noon Special Team took home the prize for the best-looking car for their Late Model Outlaw Classic race car at the annual Heritage Mall Car Show in Albany March 30.

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Wednesday, April 3

              

Tuesday, April 2



4/3 School Notes

*Dallas actors will compete at state*DHS gym naming ceremony is Friday*Local students in Geographic Bee*Plant sale benefits DHS senior party*Western to host campus visit event

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City will re-examine building ordinance

DALLAS -- A proposed ordinance designed to address long-term vacancies in Dallas' downtown business district was sent back to the city's Administrative Committee for revision.

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4/3 Community Notebook

*Opening reception for art exhibit set*Artist spotlighted at Thursday event*50s rockabilly band to perform concert*'Chick Days' returns to Old Mill Feed*Saturday breakfast slated in Monmouth*Fundraiser on tap for 'Save the Falls'*Downtown group plans benefit event*Healthy back class scheduled in Dallas

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Dallas man awaits two court dates

DALLAS -- The man convicted in March on a sexual abuse charge is slated to go back to Polk County Circuit Court in late May for trials in two other cases.

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4/3 MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

Celebrations of Easter, Passover and spring break were over so quickly this year -- our local students are back in their classrooms with thoughts of sports, proms and upcoming graduations competing with learning history, English and math.

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4/3 OBITUARIES

*Kathleen Dorothy Crowhurst*Ronald D. Shepherd*Cynthia Ann Colton*Janet Sue Arnold*E. Boyd Hartman*Paul Albert Ruegsegger

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4/3 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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Shoe Guru

FALLS CITY -- Bob Garrison picks up the left back foot of an Appaloosa named Prince, cleans it, removes the old shoe, files the hoof, and measures it for a new shoe in about two minutes.

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4/3 News in Brief

*Refuge's sanctuary areas reopen*OSU program offering local classes*Polk Democrats meeting on Friday*Spring cleanup event set in Dallas*Extension district will meet April 10

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4/3 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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4/3 Letters to the Editor

*Students need to respect neighbors*Concussion story raises awareness*Monmouth park needs a restroom*Good reasons to support police levy*Garten Services appreciates grant

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Belle Adora: Gifts and more

MONMOUTH -- While making a sale is always great, Sue Kozisek said one of the things she's cherished most since opening the Belle Adora gift shop in Monmouth last fall has been the reactions of patrons walking through the doors for the first time.

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Community food donation effort under way

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- Volunteers in the Monmouth and Independence communities are forming a local Neighborhood Food Donation project group and are seeking neighborhood coordinators and donors.

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4/3 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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Sisters have long called HHES home

INDEPENDENCE -- Much of Erica Manzo and Pilar Gonzalez's lives can be traced back to Classroom 10 in the northwest corner of Henry Hill Elementary School.

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4/3 Pedee News: Arlene Kovash

Fred and Cindy Clark's son and daughter-in-law, Hans and Andrea Clark, and their two kids, Spike, 6, and Saoirse (pronounced "Seer-sha"), 2, came down from Anchorage, Alaska, to visit for a week. They didn't do a thing besides visit and enjoy each other's company.

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