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Wednesday, March 27



FRONT PAGE: Itemizer-Observer sports front page for March 27, 2013

POLK COUNTY -- The front page for the March 27, 2013 edition of the Itemizer-Observer sports section is all about concussions, as sports editor Nicole Watkins presents a comprehensive piece on what the injuries are all about and how they affect Polk County high school athletes.

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3/27 MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

It's pretty quiet on school campuses this week, with students enjoying a week of spring break and time to relax with family and friends before the next term begins.

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SCHOOL OF HARD KNOCKS: How concussions are affecting Polk County high school athletes

POLK COUNTY -- With the brightness of the lights illuminating the field, the packed grandstands rattled with the sounds of fans cheering. On the sidelines, sounds of gruff coaches barked out instructions in between the thwack of helmets and pads. It was high school football at its finest, except Toby Prescott doesn't remember much of that -- at least not on the night of Nov. 11, 2011, during Central High's first-round playoff contest against Gladstone.

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FFAers make their mark at state

DALLAS -- Jasmine Peatross didn't know much about ethanol when she picked it as the topic for her speech in the FFA's public speaking competition.

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3/27 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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3/27 Community Notebook

*F.C. Garden Club will meet Thursday*Hospital volunteers set Friday fundraiser*Weekend rummage sale slated in Dallas*Bridgeport church to host Easter play*Weekend Easter concerts on tap*Falls City planning an Easter egg hunt*Auditions planned at Pentacle Theatre*4-H enrollment deadline nears*Watershed council benefit is Tuesday*Library displaying West African art*Grief support group meets on Tuesdays*Opening reception for art exhibit set*OSU Small Farms offers local classes

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3/27 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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3/27 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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County set for budget hearings

POLK COUNTY -- To this point, most of the conversation about Polk County's 2013-14 budget has revolved around cuts to the criminal justice system.

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3/27 News in Brief

*Polk No. 1 honors staff members*Demonstration garden needs name*Diaper drive scheduled during April*Mercantile, boutique is now open

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Subdivision activity may resume

INDEPENDENCE -- Work on a subdivision in southeast Independence that stopped almost six years ago because of the recession and a lawsuit may soon resume, city officials said.

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Hwy. 22 accident claims life

POLK COUNTY -- Oregon State Police (OSP) investigators are seeking information from witnesses to Friday's three-vehicle accident that claimed the life of Dallas resident Emily Campbell.

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3/27 OBITUARIES

*Gerhard 'Gary' Pauls*Thelma L. Sexton*'Jim' Michael James Cain*Madelyn F. Goodell*Kathleen Dorothy Crowhurst*Loren Richard 'Weed' Sapp*David Allan Linn*Emily Suzanne Iott-Campbell and Isabella Ann Campbell

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3/27 Letters to the Editor

*Rescuer of cat was quick to respond*Police station levy deserves 'yes' vote*Bridge discussion boycott frustrating*Highway 22 issues not being addressed*Community needs Independence bond*Gifts appreciated by the Arc of Polk

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Dallas High dance team sixth at state

DALLAS -- Dallas High School's Dragon Fire Dance Team placed sixth out of eight teams at the 2013 Dance and Drill State Championships at Portland's Veterans Memorial Coliseum March 13-16.

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Dallas council eyes vacant building law

DALLAS -- The city of Dallas is considering an ordinance that would require owners of vacant downtown commercial buildings to register them with the city and pay an escalating fee each year their properties remain vacant.

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Tuition equity bill OK'd

SALEM -- A bill that allows undocumented Oregon high school graduates to pay in-state college tuition rates appears poised to become law.

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Friday, March 22

 

Tuesday, March 19



Henry Hill set to close

INDEPENDENCE -- After several weeks of soul searching and speculation, it's official: Henry Hill Elementary School will close in June.

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3/20 School Notes

*Youth theater arts program offered*Western offering spring break tours*New GED testing due at Chemeketa*MVCA planning community banquet*Perrydale group seeking donations

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3/20 Pedee News: Arlene Kovash

Sam and Judy Guida are happy to say their niece, Jackie Trussell, has moved to Oregon to be near them. Jackie, who grew up in Tampa, Fla., spent most of her childhood summers in Pedee with them.

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3/20 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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3/20 Letters to the Editor

*City levy needs two measures, not one*Better driver skills would help safety*Kunke deserving of naming honor*New police station a wise investment*Indy bond will save needed city services*Board must rethink HHES closure plan*James2 thankful for grant award*Monmouth police station bad choice*This 'everyday hero' won't be forgotten

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3/20 News in Brief

*Livestock at large forum scheduled*Special Olympics sign-up slated*Disaster preparedness class offered*Ferry stranded after power outage

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3/20 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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Personalized history lesson

DALLAS -- Isaac Newton was in the library. Wilma Rudolph, too. Thomas Edison and Mark Twain waited in the computer lab while Muhammad Ali and Susan B. Anthony took up temporary residence in Room No. 3.

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3/20 Community Notebook

*Monmouth seniors plan soup, pie sale*Library set to host event for authors*Doll show and sale scheduled Saturday*Jews for Jesus rep to conduct Seder*Choir will perform Sunday in Dallas*PSWCD cohosting ethnobotany class*Clothing charity is open twice weekly

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3/20 Business Notebook

*'Latitude Saturdays' set to debut*Hairstylist returns to Envy Spa Salon*Curves partakes in local food drive

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3/20 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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Dallas using unique water solution

DALLAS -- Facing increasing water demand, in 2006 the city of Dallas launched a project to find a way to collect and store more fresh water for use during dry months. Ironically, the city found it in an aquifer brimming with salt water.

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3/20 OBITUARIES

*William 'Bill' J. Hockman*June Louise Borland*Mary Katharine Owings*Duane Alan Balaban*Darla Jean Hillard*Loren R. Sapp

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Project faces ultimatum

Construction on Independence Station could resume this year following a recently-reached settlement between the city of Independence and the project's developers.

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Supporters rally to save FC library

FALLS CITY -- Beginning in September, the Wagner Community Library in Falls City needs $2,001 per month to keep operating -- every month, without fail, or it is in danger of closing.

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Spring break meal program available

POLK COUNTY -- Children throughout Polk County will be on spring break for a week beginning Monday. For some, the break from school may also mean a break from receiving free and low-cost nutritious meals at school.

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California winemaker invests in Polk County

POLK COUNTY -- It's official. The rumors that have been causing a stir in the local wine industry were confirmed Friday, when Jackson Family Wines announced it had purchased three vineyards in Polk County.

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Delayed county payment on way

POLK COUNTY -- Polk County's federal timber payment received in February was about $80,000 short, or 10 percent less than expected.

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3/20 MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

According to the calendar, Wednesday (today) is the first day of spring and it's almost time to put away our heavy coats, scarves and warm woolen mittens.

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Wednesday, March 13

             

Students helping students

INDEPENDENCE -- Prom is one of the most important nights for any high school girl, ranking right up there with the first day of class and graduation.

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3/13 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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3/13 OBITUARIES

*Margaret Koloen*Lonnie Elias Shellenbarger*Sue Tremaine*William D. Archibald*Jon Michael Meier*Kathryn Margaret Tawney*Luke McAllister*Thelma Mae Freeman*Daniel R. Fisher*Arthur Wesley Pauls*June L. Borland*Wilbur 'Jake' Striker*Michael 'Jim' Cain*Brenda M. Graham*William 'Bill' Hockman

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Dallas HS gym will be named for Kunke

DALLAS -- Gordon Kunke was a teacher and basketball coach at Dallas High School nearly 60 years ago when the district opened its new high school -- and its brand new gymnasium, the envy of all the Dragons' opponents at the time.

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3/13 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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3/13 Community Notebook

*Master Gardeners will hold meeting*Trinity Lutheran sets Lenten observation*Senior center plans soup, pie luncheon*Event will mark new home for Bambinos*Museum schedules annual Family Day*Donations sought for sale fundraiser

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3/13 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

March 13, 2013 10:28 a.m. read more..
  

3/13 School Notes / Academic Honors

*Dance team will compete at state*Donkey basketball coming to FCHS*KVCS to hold movie night fundraiser*Perrydale FFA plans music festival*Polk trio earn degrees from Oregon*Dallas woman receives scholarship

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Funding increase may change CSD proposal

INDEPENDENCE -- Central School District leaders say a proposed 14.6 percent increase for K-12 education funding in Oregon during the next biennium will factor into the discussion about whether to close Henry Hill Elementary School to save money.

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3/13 Letters to the Editor

*Cost of government to tough to afford*Kudos to police for Wyatt investigation*Foundation's help will aid Bambinos*Local food program thankful for grant*Wrestling coverage is worthy of praise*City bond request deserves 'yes' vote

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3/13 News in Brief

*Library closure topic of FC meeting*Volunteers needed for meal program*Fire, smoke damage local business*Monmouth P.D. honors top staffers*Winery may have interest in Polk land

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Wheelchair Warrior

Underneath a mask of canvas and mesh, amidst the tinny clank of slender swords inside the converted warehouse Salem Classical Fencing calls home, Sam Ramirez is smiling.

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LaCreole puts up 'help wanted' sign

DALLAS -- Elective class opportunities during regular school hours at LaCreole Middle School are all but nonexistent. School officials say that has begun to take its toll on students.

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Long journey home

Cheryle Kennedy of Dallas has played a major role in the comeback of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde

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Peers honor Central duo

INDEPENDENCE -- Independence Elementary School teacher Holly Sims said she didn't have to wait long in life to make a decision about what she would be doing as a career.

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Wednesday, March 6

                

FRONT PAGE: The Itemizer-Observer sports front page for March 6, 2013

POLK COUNTY -- The March 6, 2013 edition of the Itemizer-Observer sports front features the Perrydale girls basketball team's trip to the Class 1A state tournament in Baker City, the Central boys basketball squad's heartbreaking loss to Gladstone in the Class 4A playoffs and Western Oregon runner Chris Olsen, who will compete in the NCAA Division II Indoor Track and Field Championships this weekend in Birmingham, Ala.

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Tuesday, March 5



Sheriff patrol cuts slated

POLK COUNTY -- Due to anticipated budget cuts and staffing changes, the Polk County Sheriff's Office will no longer be patrolling the county 24 hours per day.

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3/6 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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The show must go on

DALLAS -- When Jeff and Robin Mexico took over the Fox Theatre in Dallas in 2007, they dedicated an enormous amount of their time, energy and money to restoring it.

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3/6 MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

With the rain and wind making their presence known on these early March evenings, most of us are trying to decide whether to go to the nearest lumber yard for ark building supplies or just put another log on the fire and snuggle down in a comfy chair with a good book.

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Schulke: Home sweet home

MONMOUTH -- Donna Schulke said it "looked like time had stood still" at their house when she and her family pulled into the driveway on Feb. 13.

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3/6 Community Notebook

*Quartet to perform at local churches*Bone health class scheduled at WVH*Reception for art show is Thursday*Spring gun show set this weekend*Service club will hold benefit dinner*Square dance set this Saturday night*Grange schedules Sunday breakfast*Church will host concert on Sunday*Benefit for library set in Independence*Gallery featuring work of NW potter*Women's military group set to meet

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Youth, young adult program coming to CHS

INDEPENDENCE -- Teens and young adults in Polk County are welcome to take part in a high-energy and poignant presentation on the issues that affect them most March 15 at Central High School.

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3/6 OBITUARIES

*Belva Lorraine Swanson*Edmee Adele Fewx Pankratz*Beatrice 'Bea' Rodgers*Glenn Eric Twidwell*Theodora 'Teddy' Wendt*Nola R. Millhouser*Beverly Sutter*Luke McAllister*Margaret Koloen*Arthur 'Art' W. Pauls

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H2O rebounding from bad times

DALLAS -- Not long ago H2O was under a lengthy Oregon Department of Justice (DOJ) investigation and was within days of being shut down.

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Videos tackle sexual violence

MONMOUTH -- Amanda Litzinger said she considers Western Oregon University a "pretty safe" campus overall in the context of incidents of sexual violence.

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3/6 Pedee News: Arlene Kovash

More than 50 firefighters from Pedee and other rural stations, former firefighters, family, friends and neighbors came out Feb. 27 to honor retiring Pedee Fire Station Captain Kendall Cates with a potluck, gifts and speeches.

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3/6 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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Manslaughter charges filed in accident case

DALLAS -- The Woodburn man involved in a three-vehicle accident on Highway 22 in Polk County on Jan. 19 that killed one person and injured three others has been indicted on manslaughter and other charges.

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Dallas acquires land for trail work

DALLAS -- The city of Dallas took the final step to resolve a development dispute and acquired land for a portion of the Rickreall Creek Trail in one approved ordinance Monday night.

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3/6 News in Brief

*Foundation to present local grants*'Witness to Innocence' talk slated*Polk Democrats will meet Thursday

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Monmouth adds core parking spots

MONMOUTH -- The city of Monmouth recently approved a spate of on-street parking to prevent Western Oregon University motorists from leaving their cars in and around downtown during long stretches.

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3/6 School Notes / Academic Honors

*Donkey basketball coming to FCHS*MES gearing up for Science Night*Talent show fundraiser set at KVCS*CCC-Dallas registration on horizon*Perrydale FFA plans music festival*Polk students make grade at WOU*Monmouth female is on dean's list*Villanova recognizes Rickreall man*Dallas woman garners honor at PCC*Local student studies in Costa Rica

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3/6 Letters to the Editor

*Agencies don't need tax bailouts*Clinton's remarks were out of line*Students made a positive impression*Independence levy worthy of support*It's time to ban backyard burning*Police levy details are available online

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3/6 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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