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Wednesday, January 30

                      

1/30 School Notes

*Budget committee needs members*Fundraiser for TMS trip set Friday*MVCA students excel at spelling bee*Group offering health scholarships*WOU to host campus preview event

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1/30 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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Ex-city manager will plead guilty

DALLAS -- Former Dallas city manager Jerry Wyatt, accused of theft and official misconduct, is scheduled to plead guilty to charges in Polk County Circuit Court Wednesday (today).

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1/30 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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Uncertain prospects

POLK COUNTY -- By the time her daughter started kindergarten at Monmouth Elementary School in 2008, Jessie Padilla said she was ready to follow her.

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Dallas city audit reveals areas to improve

DALLAS -- The city of Dallas' 2011-12 financial audit was deemed "clean," but the city's auditor still offered recommendations to improve fiscal management and prevent misuse of funds.

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Super Sunday

POLK COUNTY -- Sunday's Super Bowl matchup between the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers has enough storylines to fill a lengthy novel.

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Lending a helping hand

INDEPENDENCE -- Henry Hill Elementary School's winter carnival is perhaps the single most popular event for the campus' families and students.

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'Science Bowl' will test minds

DALLAS -- During its first appearance at the Bonneville Power Administration Regional Science Bowl a few years ago, Dallas High School's team came within a hair of advancing to the second round and a shot at reaching the national competition.

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1/30 Community Notebook

*Area female artists in exhibit spotlight*PSWCD co-hosting two local classes*WVH Volunteers to hold fundraisers*Seniors will honor locals with a meal*Saturday breakfast slated in Monmouth*Polk Vorp benefit takes place Tuesday*Caregivers class set in Monmouth*Women's Bible study scheduled

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1/30 MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

Thursday is the last day of a month that many of us will be happy to bid a fond farewell to. January has mostly consisted of days of freezing fog, occasional icy roads and higher heating and utility bills. Puzzles, board games and TV kept us busy, and the books we received for Christmas helped maintain our sanity.

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Project enters homestretch

MONMOUTH -- There are two or three spots atop the building that Bodie Bemrose and Gary Miller have constructed at the corner of Main Street and Monmouth Avenue where a name for the structure could be displayed.

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District can't afford library costs

FALLS CITY -- The Falls City School Board took the first step in the process of possibly closing Falls City's Wagner Community Library Monday night, approving dates for required public hearings.

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Committee hears pitch for levy

DALLAS -- The citizen's committee studying the need for a levy to fund law enforcement in Polk County hasn't made its recommendation, but it's clear to the group that the county is facing a critical challenge.

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Grants for youth activities available

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- If you're a resident or belong to an organization interested in assisting the community through programs or projects, you may be eligible for grants to help with your mission.

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1/30 News in Brief

*Dallas man injured in car accident*Semiweekly Monmouth market open*Dallas Lions to conduct food drive*Extension group set to meet Feb. 6*Local peer support training available*M-I award nominations being sought*BOC postpones "Safe Harbor' hearing

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1/30 OBITUARIES

*Thomas D. Harkins*Anton 'Tony' Gonzales*Annamae Hunter*Thomas 'Tom' LeRoy Johnson*Kenneth L. Richards*Douglas Lorin Jackson*Wilma D. Hein

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1/30 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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Wednesday, January 23

                 

Safe harbor public hearing postponed

DALLAS -- The Polk County Board of Commissioners postponed its public hearing on a proposal to streamline limited food service applications for local farms until April.

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Fatal car crash occurs on Highway 22

POLK COUNTY -- A Silverton man was killed and three people injured in a multi-car collision on Highway 22 northwest of Dallas on Saturday, Oregon State Police said.

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Mini grant applications being accepted

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- If you're a resident or belong to an organization interested in assisting the community through programs or projects, you may be eligible for grants to help with your mission.

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Abby's House schedules event

MONMOUTH -- Abby's House Center for Women and Families at Western Oregon University will host a "Who Needs Feminism?" photo campaign Monday through Wednesday.

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Tuesday, January 22



1/23 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

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Shot of prevention

DALLAS -- Tracy Heck said it was best to be straight forward with her son, Conner Pettit, as to the purpose of their visit to the Polk County Public Health office last week -- school vaccinations.

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Use It or Lose It

MONMOUTH -- Phyllis Harriman reads the newspaper from beginning to end on a daily basis. She's a puzzle and brain teaser fanatic who plays whatever she gets her hands on.

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1/23 OBITUARIES

*Shirley Hopf Braden*Lester Jacob Voth*Donald Bernard Hoffman*Michael 'Mike' J. Larsen*Sonna Helen Alt*Lois Joan Balzer*Clifford E. Chastain*Russell Dean Johnson*Sandra Jean Rice*Martha Teichroew*Beverly Ann Wiedenmann*Peter W. Kohfield

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1/23 Pedee News: Arlene Kovash

Pete and LaVerne Bennett, son Rick Bennett and daughter Lisa Bennett flew to Washington, D.C., to attend the wedding of Maxwell Bennett and Laura Schaefer in Falls Church, Va. Maxwell is the son of their son, Michael and Beth Bennett of Lewes, Del.

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1/23 Letters to the Editor

*Tourney director did awesome job*Things are different with regard to guns*Taxpayers shouldn't be bailing out PERS*County has strong law enforcement*County should first consider more cuts

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1/23 Business Notebook

*Restaurants combine operations*Dallas LimeBerry has new owners*Ophthalmologist joins WVH staff*Bank donates to workforce project*Tribes invest in SAM Medcial Products

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1/23 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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Gun debate sparks local reaction

POLK COUNTY -- In the swirling debate about reducing gun violence, Polk County Sheriff Bob Wolfe wants to talk about mental health, not guns.

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1/23 BIRTHS

*Moen*Wilkerson*Bartlett*Coon*Ceja*Hogeland Twins*Pederson*Perdue

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1/23 Community Notebook

*Art exhibit open at Cannon Gallery*Rain Garden class is set for Saturday*UO Gospel Singers to perform at CHS*Orchestra planning visit to West Salem

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Meeting will address Falls City library funding

FALLS CITY -- Falls City School District may decide to end funding for the Wagner Community Library this year. Faced with the possibility of losing the library, a group of citizen have begun meeting to save it.

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Canola comment deadline is near

POLK COUNTY -- If you have an opinion on the controversial topic of allowing canola to be planted within the Willamette Valley, you have two more days to make your opposition or support heard.

January 22, 2013 1:55 p.m. read more..
 

City partnership a win-win

INDEPENDENCE -- Giving young people an opportunity to gain practical skills while beautifying Independence is the purpose behind a new partnership between the city, Habitat for Humanity and other agencies.

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Central talent spotlighted

INDEPENDENCE -- Oftentimes, the best is saved for last. Central High School's talent show Jan. 16 was no exception. That seemed to be the case based on crowd reaction at the event.

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Wednesday, January 16

   

4A SWIMMING: Central quartet thriving in relay events

DALLAS -- Individually, the Central High boys swimming team has several talented swimmers. But collectively -- in terms of the 200-yard individual medley and 200-yard freestyle relays -- is when the Panthers tend to shine the brightest.

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Tuesday, January 15

   

H&G show is seeking exhibitors

RICKREALL -- Vendor space remains available for the sixth annual Polk Home and Garden Show, scheduled Feb. 22-24 at the Polk County Fairgrounds and Events Center in Rickreall.

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1/16 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

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1/16 School Notes / Academic Honors

*DHS library offers new technology*Central club set to hold fundraiser*SMART seeking readers in county*Family movie nights on tap at KVCS*WOU to host campus preview events*Perrydale grad makes dean's list

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1/16 OBITUARIES

*Marcella Hiebert Brown*Pastor Allan Ray Tschiegg*Lester Voth*Jacqueline 'Dianne' Harris*Alice Rose Harvey*Esther K. Goebl*Michael 'Mike' J. Larsen*Peter W. Kohfield

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1/16 MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

We're deep into midwinter in MI Town and it seems like springtime is a distant future dream. It's hard to think about sunshine and flowers when there's a constant cleaning up of muddy footprints from spouses, children and pets, and the coat closet has a lingering scent from wet wool coats and jackets.

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Merkley answers questions

DALLAS -- U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley's town hall meeting in Dallas Friday was peppered with questions concerning immigration, especially related to farm labor, gun control and federal safety net programs.

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Mayors outline M-I challenges, needs

INDEPENDENCE -- For the mayors of Monmouth and Independence, their annual State of the Cities Address is always an opportunity to tout accomplishments in the respective communities.

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1/16 Community Notebook

*Western alumni art reception is slated*DIY workshop on making cheese set*Polk nonprofit will benefit from event*WOU seeking your photos of campus*Hospice is offering grief support group*Feb.5 play, auction to help local VORP

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Local Boy

MONMOUTH -- Mike Ainsworth exhibits a few rituals during his public address announcing gigs for Central High School home football and basketball games. More than a few, actually.

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Theater comes to LaCreole

DALLAS -- LaCreole Middle School sixth-grader Jack Hannan crouches close to the ground with his arms drawn into his body, making himself as small as possible.

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1/16 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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1/16 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

January 15, 2013 5:17 p.m. read more..
 

Polk district no longer can afford fire marshal

INDEPENDENCE -- The first two weeks of January saw Jeff Donahue perform his final field assignments for Polk Fire District No. 1 -- testing a fire alarm system at Western Oregon University and assisting the city of Monmouth with construction inspections.

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Artistic Alliance

MONMOUTH -- Oregon, let alone Monmouth, wasn't on the radar of Rainbow Dance Theatre's co-artistic directors Darryl Thomas and Valerie Bergman when they began their collaboration in Hawaii in the early 1990s.

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Independence drug ring busted

INDEPENDENCE -- An investigation that started with complaints about suspicious activity in Independence neighborhoods ended last week as one of the biggest drug busts in Polk County history.

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1/16 News in Brief

*Flu clinics set to resume this week*New DA will be sworn in Thursday*Food Share boss leaving position

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Wednesday, January 9

             

Tuesday, January 8

 

Timber funding proposal due

POLK COUNTY -- A panel appointed by Gov. John Kitzhaber to find a solution to harvesting more timber on the federally-managed O&C (Oregon & California Railroad) lands is hoping to accomplish in mere months something that has eluded lawmakers for years.

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1/9 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

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1/9 Community Notebook

*Square dance set for Saturday night*Grange will host Sunday breakfast*Bible study event will begin Monday

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1/9 News in Brief

*'State of the Cities' set Wednesday*Watershed group to meet Thursday*Senator schedules Friday town hall*Free grant writing training available*Resource fair in need of volunteers*Peer counselors sought for seniors

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1/9 OBITUARIES

*Theordore W. Jones*AllanTscheigg*Christopher Scott Murphy*Roberta Lea Townsend*Ed Redman*Anna Christine Wagner*Fred C. Hibbeler*Mary Kathryn Paul*Laura Ruth Watkins*Helen Crow Livingston*Thelma Alice McKibben*Norvell Willis Braziel*Lewis Hambleton Ritner*Melba N. Black

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Deconstruction continues at site

DALLAS -- The former Weyerhaeuser mill in Dallas may soon be alive with activity. But that action will likely snuff out any hope of a mill returning to the site.

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Monmouth dealing with graffiti incident

MONMOUTH -- Cassandra McGonigal had been warned Dec. 28 by a family member about the graffiti scrawled along the side of her home in east Monmouth. When she returned the following day from a two-day work trip to see it herself, "I used a few choice words."

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1/9 BIRTHS

*Trine*Patten*Longshore*Gembala*Zavala*Pascual*Torkelson*Shannon

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1/9 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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Teen still battling infection

MONMOUTH -- One step forward, one step back -- that's been the unfortunate routine in recent weeks for Tabitha Schulke, the Monmouth woman battling a life-threatening infection.

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1/9 Business Notebook

*MERIT offering business program*Gift store now open in Monmouth*World Gym expands operating hours*Job Growers seeking nominations

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Tactical Training

GRAND RONDE -- A trio of police officers navigate their way through hallways, doors and screams in the old Willamina Middle School in Grand Ronde.

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1/9 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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1/9 MI Town:Patty Taylor Dutcher

Many of MI Town's seniors and our visiting family members happily began this brand new year by having breakfast at the Monmouth Senior Center, courtesy of the Monmouth-Independence Lions.

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Scott McArthur: Monmouth's Answer Man

MONMOUTH -- What role did the pro-South Knights of the Golden Circle play in Oregon prior to the Civil War? Why did Monmouth fancy itself a candidate site for the Winter Olympics in 1974?

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Friday, January 4



Wednesday, January 2

          

5A GIRLS BASKETBALL: Scrappy sophomores filling roles for Dallas

DALLAS -- Most of the time, their names don't dominate the scoring sheet. But if you watch Dallas High's games closely, it's hard to ignore all of the small -- yet critical -- plays that Dallas' new players at the guard positions make that produce the current success of the Dragons' girls basketball team.

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