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Wednesday, May 21

 

PAYING TRIBUTE

GRAND RONDE — The West Valley Veterans Memorial — an impressive monument to service and sacrifice standing near the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde governance building — was not built in a day.

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Wednesday, May 14

         

3/19 SCHOOL NOTES

*WOU receives $1.4 million for center*Parenting workshop being offered*Donkey basketball coming to FCHS*Western offering spring break tours*YAP offering spring break workshop

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4/2 NEWS IN BRIEF

*Polk Democrats will meet Thursday*City seeking grant for park upgrade*Spring cleanup event set in Dallas*Equal Pay Day rally slated Tuesday*Economic documentary to be shown

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2/26 SCHOOL NOTES

*LVCS set to host planning session*Math seminar for young women set*Dallas FFA Alumni event is Saturday*WOU staffers release 'comma' book*Cartooning class for kids offered*Pre-Mr. Dallas fundraiser slated*Ash Creek play seeking donations*Run will raise money to end hunger

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2/26 NEWS IN BRIEF

*New advertising rep joins staff at I-O*Foundation to present grant awards*Cover Oregon assistance is offered* Wyden will appear in Independence*Mortgage payment program available*PSWCD seeking committee member

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SCHEDULE: Jan. 9-15

THURSDAY, JAN. 9   Boys Basketball: Sandy at Dallas, 7 p.m.   Girls Basketball: Dallas at The Dalles-Wahtonka, 6 p.m.   Wrestling: Central Round Robin, 5:30 p.m. Dallas at Crescent Valley Cultural Exchange, TBA.   Men's Basketball: West-ern Oregon at Northwest Nazarene, 6 p.m.   Women's Basketball: Western Oregon at Alaska Anchorage, 8 p.m.   FRIDAY, JAN. 10   Boys Basketball: Scappoose at Central, 7 p.m. Falls City at Willamette Valley Christian (at Blanchet), 7 p.m. Crosshill Christian at Perrydale, 7 p.m.   Girls Basketball: Scappoose at Central, 5:30 p.m. Falls City at Willamette Valley Christian (at Blanchet), 5:30 p.m. Crosshill Christian at Perrydale, 5:30 p.m.   Wrestling: Dallas at West Albany, 4 p.m.   Swimming: Central at Sweet Home Tri, 4 p.m.   SATURDAY, JAN. 11   Boys Basketball: Perry-dale at North Douglas, 5:30 p.m.   Girls Basketball: Perry-dale at North Douglas, 4 p.m.   Wrestling: Central at Dallas Tournament, 10 a.m.   Swimming: Central at Clemens Invitational, Philo-math, 10:30 a.m.   Men's Basketball: West-ern Oregon at Central Washington, 7 p.m.   Women's Basketball: Western Oregon at Alaska Fairbanks, 8 p.m.   TUESDAY, JAN. 14   Boys Basketball: Dallas at Lebanon, 7 p.m. Central at North Marion, 7 p.m. Country Christian at Falls City, 7 p.m. Perrydale at C.S. Lewis, 7 p.m.   Girls Basketball: Central at North Marion, 5:30 p.m. Country Christian at Falls City, 5:30 p.m. Perrydale at C.S. Lewis, 5:30 p.m.   Swimming: Dallas at South Albany, 4 p.m.   WEDNESDAY, JAN. 15   Girls Basketball: Leb-anon at Dallas, 7 p.m.   Wrestling: Central at Newport OWC Duals, 5:30 p.m.   —    Schedules Subject to Change

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SCHOOL NOTES

*DHS Site Council seeking members*Lions Club is offering scholarship

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4/9 BUSINESS NOTEBOOK

*Dental practices merge operations*Fitness club set to host open house*Hardware store plans prize drawing

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Contract dominates board meeting

INDEPENDENCE - About 80 teachers, parents and other community members packed into the board room at Henry Hill Support District Office Monday night.

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Equestrian project dealt setback in appeal

SHERIDAN — Wallace Bridge, the equestrian facility proposed for a 325-acre property near Sheridan in rural Polk County, experienced a setback this month when its easement modification appeal was overturned.

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3/12 SCHOOL NOTES

*MVCA plans dinner theater event*YAP offering spring break workshop*Quilt raffle will benefit Ash Creek*Donations sought for KVCS auction*Students rack up reading minutes

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Dallas duo arrested in Stayton

STAYTON — Marion County deputies arrested two Dallas residents Dec. 29 after a high-speed chase that started in Jefferson and ended in Stayton.

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Board considers maintenance bond

DALLAS — The Dallas School District is looking for feedback on its facilities plan — and the possibility of asking voters for another maintenance bond — at its April 14 meeting.

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4/9 SCHOOL NOTES

*Dragon Run scheduled on Saturday*MES prepping for 50th anniversary*Farm Bureau offering scholarships

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Special response team adds 'new' rig

POLK COUNTY — The Polk County Interagency Special Response Team has upgraded its 1970s model armored bank truck to a 2008 Freightliner Mine Resistant Ambushed Protected Vehicle.

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4/2 SCHOOL NOTES

*Chemeketa to hold local discussion*Donkey basketball coming to FCHS*Plant sale to benefit senior party*Class seeking beverage containers*Foundation will offer scholarships

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1/15 LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

*Thoughtful donation helps local group*Cover Oregon snafu lies with governor*Central High team thankful of support*Volunteers make tourney a success*Wrestling tourney was indeed special

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Suspects arraigned at murder hearings

DALLAS — The two Independence men accused of kidnapping, torturing and killing James W. Hawkes were arraigned on grand jury indictments in Polk County Circuit Court Friday afternoon.

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Dallas Fire recognizes its own

DALLAS — Lt. Andrew Woolsey was named Firefighter of the Year at Dallas Fire Department and Emergency Medical Service's annual awards ceremony Jan. 18 at Oregon National Guard's Polk County Readiness Center in Dallas.

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2/5 OBITUARIES

*Robert Hayes*Robert Boyd Dornecker*Carol F. Whittaker*Gregory D. Bergerson*Clarence Duane 'Chuck' Locke*Charlotte Mae Walker*Bernard Larry Bunnell*Louise Knox Long

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4/2 LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

*Independence firms among top polluters*Nearman has new, interesting ideas*Citizens are ones paying for MINET*Be on the lookout for trespassers

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2/12 NEWS IN BRIEF

*Community awards tickets on sale*CPR class set Thursday in Falls City*Trimester tax payments due Tuesday

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Weather wreaks havoc for teams

Mother Nature threw Polk County’s high school athletics a major curveball last week. With the cancellations or postponements of games and practices, the weather put an unfortunate strain on area high school teams.

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1/22 News in Brief

*Man sought in kidnapping incident*Chinese New Year is topic of event*Candidate files for District 5 race*Dallas earns recognition for budget*Fair board seeking to fill vacancy

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3/26 SCHOOL NOTES

*Dinner event to aid DHS senior party*MBA offering scholarship at WOU*Tickets on sale for First Artist Award*Chemeketa to hold local discussion*Local medical scholarship available

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4/9 NEWS IN BRIEF

*WOU hosting documentary showing*Local Republicans to meet Monday*Polk Fire No. 1 receives gift via will*Indy police promotes from within*Forum for BOC candidates planned*M-I YMCA looking for new director*Buell Grange receives $1,320 grant*Diaper drive will benefit nonprofit

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1/20 OBITUARIES

*Gary Michael Kline*Earl Clarence Gage Jr.*Linda Beth (McCallum) Evert*James Weldon Gallagher*Martha Loewen*Robert Maurice Randels*Richard P. Staggs*Faye Marie Troth-Jensen

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1/15 OBITUARIES

*Bryan Keith Murray*Richard E. Olson*Beverley C. Benge*Shirley Bartel*Robert Junior Cobine*James Gallagher*Marvin Eugene McGaughey*Ken Anderson*Dorothy L. Combs*Gary Michael Kline

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1/22 LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

*Global warming ignorance? You bet*Senior dances a welcome addition*BOC did right thing to extend hearing*Drivers: Slow down on Academy Street*Senior residences need accountability

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2/5 ACADEMIC HONORS

*Locals receive degrees from GFU*Perrydale grad earns recognition*Scholarships awarded to DHS grad*Monmouth woman tabbed for honor*Local qualifies for dean's list at UO*Dallas resident earns COCC honor

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1/8 NEWS IN BRIEF

*Foundation seeks grant applicants*Cover Oregon assistance available*Polk Republicans will meet Monday*'Heroes' sought by local Red Cross

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‘Common Core’ discussion set Monday

DALLAS — Holly Swanson will speak about Common Core curriculum at the Polk County Republican Party’s Monday meeting at 6:30 p.m. at Grace Baptist Church, 1855 E. Ellendale Ave., Dallas.

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Downtown wine event set for Saturday

INDEPENDENCE — Stroll through Independence and get to know the downtown business owners while sipping local wines and tasting hors d’oeuvres Saturday from 3 to 7 p.m.

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2/12 OBITUARIES

*Nancy Ann Austin*Margaret Valene (McDonald) Payne*Bradley Ray Domaschofsky*Daniel George Cannon*Marvin Dwight 'Tiny' Ainsworth*Harold 'Rusty' Hobbs*Kathy Ann Bentow*Murn Ismae Fountain*Loren Clane Brooks*Michael Blancher*Bonnie Louise Rutten

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Grand Ronde bill moving forward

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. House of Representatives approved Jan. 13 an amendment to the Grand Ronde Reservation Act that would streamline how the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde take land into trust.

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1/8 LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

*Many stepped up for Christmas Cheer*Neighborhood made carolers feel good*Community big key for Adopt A Family*Generosity shown via clothing drive*Better crosswalks needed along 99W

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3/5 LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

*Jaffer would be a breath of fresh air*Evans has what we need for Dist. 20*VORP appreciative of $1,500 grant*Frazier excellent choice for award*Jaffer right choice for commissioner*Learn more about 'Common Core'

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3/12 LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

*Some Republicans just don't get it*Jaffer wise choice for commissioner*Deputy is thankful for chance to serve*Water fluoridation is unnecessary*U.S. trade proposal needs scrutinizing

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2/19 OBITUARIES

*Margaret Mae Martell*Bradley Ray Domaschofsky*James Richard Becker*Kenneth Eugene Jones*Carol M. Swensen Goodrich*Janet Elizabeth Prater*Frances H. Englom*Inabell Cox Blair Cook*Mark Edward Butters*Christie Jane Blount*Melanie (Yoder) Frantz*Clara Bell Benoit

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2/5 NEWS IN BRIEF

*Jail division names top 2013 deputy*Fish trap program has banner year*State of the Cities address is Feb. 12*Polk fair board to hold work session*Cover Oregon assistance available*Grant workshops planned in county*Local Republicans to meet Monday

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1/29 NEWS IN BRIEF

*FC drug bust leads to four arrests*Dallas sign code discussions planned*Sheriff's office is seeking reserves*Independence takes next steps to hire chief

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All lodging taxes now go to DAVC

DALLAS — The Dallas Area Visitor's Center will now receive 100 percent of the city's transient lodging tax — a tax charged on hotel and motel stays — to promote tourism and community activities that attract visitors.

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Group still pursuing school health center

INDEPENDENCE — According to parents in the Central School District, 58 percent of families get medical services in another community, while 42 percent get services in Monmouth and Independence.

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3/19 OBITUARIES

*Alfred Miles*Hazel Miriam Smith*Willard Oliver Thomas*Darold William Ray*Carolyn Joan Latty*Pastor Charles Knox

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DSB reacts to transfer law

DALLAS — A new law setting guidelines for inter-district transfers has forced Dallas School District — and all others statewide — to change its policies ahead of the 2014-15 school year.

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2/26 LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

*Common sense choice is Jaffer*BOC members must help pay for PERS*Keep competition in bidding process*Remarks regarding Jaffer are a surprise*Those in the know will vote for Jaffer

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4/9 OBITUARIES

*William 'Bill' E. Brennan II*Clarence Silas Sherman*Emanuel Edward Wassum Jr.*Gloria L. Patten*Elizabeth (Liz)*Margaret 'Peggy' Elizabeth Sharpe*Cayden Fitch*Gene 'Bill' Lee*Marjorie Foster*Linda L. Peters*Richard (Dick) Paul Oates

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3/5 NEWS IN BRIEF

*Polk SWCD to hold planning meeting*Drug Court graduation set Monday*Police chief candidates to appear

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Open house will address sign code

DALLAS — The city of Dallas' sign code has a section addressing the rate of speed a rotating business sign — remember those? — can spin, but not one addressing the use of electronic reader boards.

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4/9 LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

*Indy Station should be sold for scrap*Taxes from Wallace Bridge would help*Thompson's record speaks for itself*There's more to the EPA pollution stats*Get screened for colorectal cancer*Jaffer committed to serving county*Fraternity's effort was nice gesture*Jaffer proves to be a strong candidate*Good Samaritan's deed appreciated*Thompson best choice for House

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1/8 OBITUARIES

*Steven Ray Christensen*Lester O. Madison*Paul Eugene Armentrout*Jesse Alan Morris*Margaret I. Noble Pomeroy*David Donald LaVoie*Grace Tannehill Bingham*Richard 'Rick' Tallon*Kenneth Lyle James*Richard E. Olson*Robert P. 'Bob' Schuh*Bryan Keith Murray

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WIMPEG seeks replacement funds

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE — The city of Independence will contribute another $1,500 this fiscal year to WIMPEG’s budget, said city manager David Clyne.

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1/8 BUSINESS NOTEBOOK

*Carly's Closet set for grand opening*Plain & Fancy Gifts plans to close*Popular Dallas restaurant moves*Marquis earns national recognition

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3/26 OBITUARIES

*Sharon K. Reynolds*Clifford Becker*Walter C. Jampsa*Charles V. Knox*Madeline Lucille (Smith) Nelson*Patrick Major

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2/26 OBITUARIES

*Clara 'Belle' Benoit*Melanie (Yoder) Frantz*May Lue Gipson Gustafson*Jan V. Waldner*John Albert Oliver

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FC fire department seeking grant

FALLS CITY — The Falls City Fire Department has applied for more than $125,000 in grant funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to purchase firefighter turnouts and other equipment.

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1/22 COMMUNITY NOTEBOOK

*Luncheon fundraiser on tap for Thursday*'Ernest' will open Friday at Pentacle*Missionaries set to make presentation*Mercantile offering upcoming classes*Greeting cards are sought for project

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Fire agencies seek to change IRS rule

POLK COUNTY — City fire departments and fire districts across the country may be breathing a little easier now that a provision in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has been revised not to include them.

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1/22 SCHOOL NOTES

*WOU winter preview day is Saturday*MVCA offering two new programs*Registration open for YAP classes*Winner of contest to get class party*IES wants unwanted shoes, clothes

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Interest high for business group

DALLAS — The only complaint participants had about the recent Dallas downtown association interest meeting was that the weather didn’t cooperate.

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3/12 OBITUARIES

*Kyle Randy Piering*Janet Lee Hughes*Christina M. Anderson*Laura Louise Hasse*Sharon K. Reynolds*Beverley 'Bev' Anne Puccetti

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Change in command ceremony Saturday

DALLAS — Dallas’ Oregon Army National Guard 162nd Combat Engineering Unit will hold a ceremony Saturday marking the unit’s change in command at the Col. James Nesmith Readiness Center, located at 12835 Westview Drive.

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3/5 OBITUARIES

*Riley 'Bud' Littleton*Frances 'Fran' Pappin*Deborah Evans*George Dodson Slawson*Golden Phay*Donna Lee Casey*Willard Thomas

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4/2 OBITUARIES

*Cletus Richard May*William "Bill" E. Brennan II*Patrick Major*Ruth M. Brateng*Steven D. Sisemore*Allan C. Lambert

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NEWS IN BRIEF

*Polk Democrats to meet Wednesday*CPR class in Falls City rescheduled*CASA to hold orientation gathering*Volunteers sought for meal program

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1/29 OBITUARIES

*Martin Eugene Orgovan*Stanley Paul Dankenbring*Benjamin C. Elliott III*Opal Van De Mark*Joseph Allen Wenger*Charlotte M. Walker*Steven E. Baker*Carol F. Whittaker*Daniel George Cannon*Carolie Ann 'Kelley' Anderson

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2/19 SCHOOL NOTES

*Central FFA Alumni benefit on tap*WOU winter preview day is Saturday*Might Mites registration now open*'Willy Wonka' to take stage at CHS

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Local law firm notes changes

DALLAS — Former Polk County chief deputy district attorney Matt Jarvis has joined Dallas-based Chris Lillegard Law Firm, while Doug Berg, a longtime attorney with the firm, prepares to retire this month.

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Independence man earns scout honor

INDEPENDENCE — LaVay Jeffries of Independence was presented with the Silver Beaver Award, the top honor that a local Boy Scout council can bestow on a volunteer mentor, at a recent recognition ceremony.

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1/29 SCHOOL NOTES

*DHS Science Bowl team to compete*Donations sought for FFA benefit*Robotic club to host tournament*Rosenbalm wins LaCreole Geo Bee

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3/26 LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

*Evans would bring new perspective*Jaffer's experience, dedication a plus*Many helped make event a big success*Government clearly being irresponsible*Jaffer has displayed willingness to help

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4/2 COMMUNITY NOTEBOOK

*Monthly breakfast fundraiser planned*Acting class set to begin on Saturday*Casino, auction fundraiser slated*Maxine's Ballroom to host open house*Eleanor Roosevelt portrayer to appear*Presentation focus to be dementia*WOU's Maple Hall subject of exhibit*Rotary conducting annual lily sale

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POINT arrests six on drug charges

POLK COUNTY — Six people were arrested Friday after members of the Polk County Interagency Narcotics Team served two search warrants at 455 S. 11th St. in Independence and at 335 Ecols St. N. in Monmouth.

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2/12 SCHOOL NOTES

*'Willy Wonka' to take stage at CHS*Dallas thespians qualify for state*Scholarship applications available*Dinner, Movie fundraiser st at KVCS

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Tuesday, May 13

    

Budget tentatively approved

DALLAS — The Polk County Sheriff’s Office and District Attorney’s Office will have to wait until May to learn if their unfunded budget “wish list” requests will be fulfilled.

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Reported flu cases rising rapidly

DALLAS — A recent surge in the number of influenza cases has local hospitals taking precautions and health officials urging people to get flu shots and ward against spreading the illness.

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Clinic to debut program

DALLAS — Polk Community Free Clinic served 424 patients in 2013 and half were diagnosed with either diabetes, hypertension or other chronic illnesses that take more than just a doctor’s visit to manage.

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Highway fix nearly complete

POLK COUNTY — Work is expected to be completed Wednesday (today) on a stretch of Kings Valley Highway after heavy rains in February and early March washed out about half of the northbound lane at milepost 11.5, said Lou Torres, spokesman for the Oregon Department of Transportation.

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1/15 COMMUNITY NOTEBOOK

*Winter term exhibit reception is slated*Senior center set to hold bingo night*YAP play auditions on tap for Saturday*Historical society sets annual event*Memory screening clinic being offered*Bible study series will start Monday*Jinett's Closet is seeking volunteers

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4/9 COMMUNITY NOTEBOOK

*WOU's Maple Hall subject of exhibit*Organist to perform at church on Friday*VFW Auxiliary will host pancake feed*Arbor Day event planned Saturday*Square dance set this Saturday night*Grange schedules Sunday breakfast*'Jews for Jesus' presentation set*Libraries will trade food for your fines

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MVCA staging dinner theater

MONMOUTH — On stage, Romeo and Juliet may be in the epitome of young love, but off stage, Juliet is not particularly fond of Romeo.

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Planned equestrian center in jeopardy

SHERIDAN — After nearly two years of fighting to see Wallace Bridge, his dream for an equestrian center, built in Polk County, project developer J.W. Millegan may explore other options.

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Western senior lands prestigious internship

MONMOUTH — Western Oregon University has no journalism program, but that hasn’t stopped it from producing a young journalist worthy of receiving a Charles Snowden Program for Excellence in Journalism paid internship.

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Patchwork with a purpose

MONMOUTH — Ash Creek Elementary School will auction a handmade quilt on Friday to raise money for its parent-teacher club.

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KVCS eyes mascot change

KINGS VALLEY — The students at Kings Valley Charter School see themselves as unique, participating in an innovative educational environment.

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Council won’t back license application

DALLAS — Brad Moir’s vision for turning the former Tilted bar location in downtown Dallas into a hub for local music, beer and wine ran into a significant road block Monday night.

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A perfect pairing

‘Pressed’ owners hope to make coffee, wine and music venue an eclectic downtown destination

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3/26 COMMUNITY NOTEBOOK

*Benefit book sale slated at hospital*Rogue Farms hosts monthly yoga event*Weekend rummage sale to take place*Gospel concert set Sunday at church*Grief support group will start meeting*Artist exhibit on display at library

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Falls City appoints Sickles to council

FALLS CITY — The Falls City City Council appointed Dennis Sickles as its new councilor Thursday, just in time to address the topic du jour for Oregon cities and counties: medical marijuana dispensaries.

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End of an education era

POLK COUNTY - After a decade of offering local students close encounters with nature, Polk Soil & Water Conservation District will no longer offer its outdoor school program.

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Seniors, city eye grant for new Dallas center

DALLAS — The Dallas Area Seniors, the city of Dallas and Polk Community Development Corporation are putting the finishing touches on a grant application to build a long-awaited new facility in Dallas.

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3/12 COMMUNITY NOTEBOOK

*Pentacle to stage 'Les Miserables'*WOU music groups plan performance*First Baptist has new senior pastor*St. Patrick's sets dinner and auction*Red Brigades will benefit from event*Support firefighter at Burgerville event*Auto emergency seminar scheduled*Rogue Farms hosts Wednesday bingo

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SHATTERED DREAMS

Barring the unexpected, a once anticipated development will go to auction unfinished

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3/19 COMMUNITY NOTEBOOK

*Tips will be offered for car emergencies*Rogue Farms hosts Wednesday bingo*Monmouth seniors plan soup, pie sale*PCL will host film showing Thursday*Doll show and sale slated for Saturday*Book sale happens Tuesdays, Thursdays*Free art show set at Heron Pointe

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Two becoming one

Would Monmouth and Independence, two cities often referred to as one community, benefit from a merger?

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Bar owner faces license hearing

DALLAS — The liquor license for the new owner of Tilted — now called The Exchange — will be the subject of a public hearing before the Dallas City Council on April 7.

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Mason gets nod as new Indy chief

INDEPENDENCE - Chief Robert Mason didn't expect to retire from the Independence Police Department when he started there in 1991 as a reserve officer, but that is exactly what he plans now.

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2/12 COMMUNITY NOTEBOOK

*Master Gardeners seeking donations*Gentle House plans garden work parties*Library to host talk by Oregon author*Ice cream social on tap Friday at hospital*Art walk scheduled in downtown Indy*Breakfast available Saturday morning*History of goats is topic at gathering*Dallas church plans 'kids day' Saturday*Church set to host Valentine's dinner

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'Economic leaks' are costly

DALLAS — What does Polk County need to do to expand and keep more money flowing locally? Discover an unexplored innovation or facet of the local economy?

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Monmouth Police honor staff

MONMOUTH — Monmouth Police Officer Kevin Renfro was awarded Officer of the Year on Friday at Monmouth Police Department’s 12th annual awards night.

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2/5 COMMUNITY NOTEBOOK

*Gardening seminar scheduled Friday*Senior center plans evening of bingo*Dallas church will host guest speaker*M-I food project pickup set Feb. 8*Square dance set for Saturday night*Grange schedules Sunday breakfast*'Chocolate Sunday' fundraiser planned*Presentation about Switzerland on tap*New arts center has many offerings*Hospital volunteers selling chocolates*Claires Mercantile announces classes*Gentle House plans garden work parties

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Courts enter paperless era

POLK COUNTY — Not too often, but occasionally, an urgent mass email would go out to all Polk County Circuit Court staff. It would read something along the lines of: "Please search your work area for case file No. X."

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2/19 COMMUNITY NOTEBOOK

*Falls City Seniors seeking members*Local Cub Scouts celebrate birthday*Driver safety class slated for Saturday*Acapella quartet to perform at church*Bridal show slated at Gentle House*Astronaut to speak Monday at Central*Master Gardeners seeking donations

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Seized alpacas finding homes

DALLAS — The 175 alpacas taken into protective custody in the largest animal neglect case in memory in Polk County have been forfeited to the Sheriff’s Office.

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Chinese to celebrate New Year

MONMOUTH — The Chinese New Year, or Spring Festival, is the biggest national holiday for the Chinese people, Yang Gao of Shanghai said at a cultural presentation on Saturday at the Monmouth Public Library.

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KVCS looks at sustainable farming

PHILOMATH — Farmer John Eveland took Kings Valley Charter School students into the weeds — figuratively and literally — on a field trip last week focusing on sustainable farming.

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Cannon left legacy in area

MONMOUTH — Dan Cannon taught art, but more than that, he used art to teach. His enthusiasm for art and life impacted all who met him.

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Go Figure

Tight-knit group of artists gathers weekly for life drawing

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DRV plan expansion project

DALLAS — Dallas Retirement Village announced it will expand its facilities, adding up to 65 more independent living units and a new resident activity and dining center within the next few years.

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Parks may get more funding

SALEM — A bill introduced in the Senate earlier this month could potentially send an additional $3.2 million each biennium in maintenance funding to county parks by 2015.

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Finalists named for community awards

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE — Tickets for the 49th annual Monmouth-Independence Community Awards Banquet, “Tip Your Hat to M-I Town,” are on sale at the Monmouth-Independence Chamber of Commerce through Friday. Tickets are $40.

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Falls City charter debate heats up

FALLS CITY — Even before it has been placed on a ballot, Falls City’s proposed new charter is the subject of debate — starting with a member of the charter committee that led the revision process.

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City narrows chief candidates to 12

INDEPENDENCE — The candidates for Independence Police Department’s new leader have been narrowed from 23 applicants to 12, said David Clyne, city manager, at the Feb. 11 council meeting.

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The ABCs of Cooking

Students at Luckiamute Valley Charter School’s Pedee campus learn basics of food preparation via every-other-week elective

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1/29 COMMUNITY NOTEBOOK

*Local painter's art displayed at library*River Gallery to host exhibit reception*Knitting, crocheting group set to meet*Teens can learn all about aviation

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2/26 COMMUNITY NOTEBOOK

*High tea will raise funds for food pantry*Monthly breakfast fundraiser on tap*Youth group launch party set for Sunday*End of life seminar available in Dallas*Church will host pancake supper*Local author pens first personal book

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M-I community awards go online

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE — In an effort to bring the “community” back into the annual Monmouth-Independence Community Awards Banquet, the voting and nomination process has gone online.

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3/5 COMMUNITY NOTEBOOK

*Spring gun show set this weekend*Relay For Life event for captains slated*Evening of wie, poetry scheduled*Square dance set this Saturday night*Grange schedules Sunday breakfast*Gospel chorus will perform at church*Movie benefit set Monday for library*Dallas LDS Church adds a third ward*Community center available for rent

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Sports Briefs

Sign-ups taken for golf * boys basketball wins tournament * WOU baseball, softball preseason polls

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WOU stands up to violence

MONMOUTH — Students at Western Oregon University spent the holiday of love standing up against violence of all kinds.

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Wednesday, May 7



Water rate hike proposed

MONMOUTH — Monmouth residents may see a 10 percent increase to their water rates effective July 1, if approved by the city council.

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Economy top issue in Congress

POLK COUNTY — The race for Representative in Congress, 5th District, has two candidates each for both parties in the May vote-by-mail primary.

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