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Wednesday, October 29



SCHOOL NOTES/ACADEMIC HONORS

*Perrydale School to host 'Harvest Carnival' event*Dallas equestrian team to hold interest meeting*KVCS is seeking SMART English reading helpers*Residents earn degrees from Eastern Oregon

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Revis named Player of the Week

PORTLAND — The Great Northwest Athletic Conference named Western Oregon’s Paul Revis as the GNAC Co-Offensive Player of the Week on Monday.

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Registration open for youth leagues

DALLAS — Registration for Dallas Basketball Association’s boys and girls leagues opens Friday. Leagues are open to students in kindergarten through eighth grade.

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Building key relationships

Olafson and other officers from Monmouth and Independence, as well as Oregon State Police, have been visiting IES a couple times a month, part of a program to build relationships between young students and law enforcement.

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Dallas Mat Club sign-ups opening

DALLAS — Dallas High School and LaCreole Middle School will host two additional registration sessions for the Dallas Mat Club for students in kindergarten through sixth grade.

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CLASS 5A PREP CROSS-COUNTRY: Dallas sees season end

CORVALLIS — As Dallas’ boys and girls cross-country teams competed at the Mid-Willamette Conference Championships on Oct. 22, it was never about contending for a berth to the state cross-country meet. Instead, the Dragons looked to compete well at Crystal Lake Sports Park in Corvallis.

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Western ‘Preview Day’ on tap

Western Oregon University will host its Fall Preview Day on Saturday, Nov. 8, starting at 8:15 a.m. with check-in and collection of admission applications.

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Dual-credit program off and running

Polk County’s school districts are participating in a one-year trial of the “Willamette Promise,” a dual-credit program allowing students to earn college and high school diploma credits in the same class.

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Fight Wolves, Fight!

For the first time in roughly 44 years, Western Oregon University once again has lyrics to its fight song, thanks to the efforts of Ike Nail.

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MI TOWN: Patty Taylor Dutcher

If you’ve been too busy to vote, it’s a good idea to find that ballot and vote as soon as possible, because ballots will be counted on Tuesday.

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COMMUNITY NOTEBOOK

*Hospital volunteers to host book fair*Raffle will benefit local kidney patient*Monthly breakfast fundraiser on tap*Artist of the month displays watercolors*MVCA event set to honor veterans*Scrabble session slated at library

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Alternative scenic bike route proposed

To give riders of the Willamette Valley Scenic Bikeway an alternative to River Road South in Salem, Monmouth City Councilman and avid bike rider Marshall Guthrie has rallied officials in both Monmouth and Independence to co-sign a proposed alternate route.

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NEWS IN BRIEF

*Free estate planning workshop set*Adopt-A-Family applications taken*Leaf pickup in Monmouth to start*Propane tanks explode in structure

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Road realignment plan OK’d

The design, recommended by project engineer Oregon Transportation Professionals (OTP) of West Salem, would close Doaks Ferry to nearly all traffic.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

*Koubek qualified for council post*Time for tax relief, vote 'no' on 27-116*Jaffer is ready to step up for county*Write-in campaign reflects poorly*Keep Craig Pope as commissioner*Regulations have become excessive*Pickering will be a champion for Dallas*Johnson is a good fit for Monmouth*Business owner thanks community*Measure 88 will help local people*Continue to back our Dallas schools*Sixth-graders step up for arboretum*County can't afford to keep status quo*Chamber supports Dallas school bond*Trahan well suited for council position*Jaffer has needed BOC qualifications*Koubek will work hard for citizens*Keeping Pope best choice for county*Campaign lacking integrity, honesty*Jaffer would bring innovation to BOC*Bond will help us keep good schools*Candidate ready to serve Dist. 23*One person doesn't control water co-op*Koubek has vision to improve Dallas*Local barber shop thankful of support*Evans will best represent locals*Bond an important investment in DSD*Experience makes Pope a clear choice

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Public works projects eyed

The city of Dallas has secured a more than $3 million short-term loan to finance several public works projects, including purchasing property surrounding Mercer Reservoir on Rickreall Creek, the city’s water source.

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Candidate for HD23 under investigation

The criminal investigation began with an election complaint filed by State Sen. Brian Boquist (R-Dallas) in May alleging “direct coordination of campaign activities” possibly in violation of campaign finance laws.

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Ballots are due Tuesday

Registered voters in Polk County have until 8 p.m. Tuesday to return their ballots for the Nov. 4 vote-by-mail general election*Polk County Sheriff Robert (Bob) Wolfe is unopposed in his re-election bid*Polk County election Drop Sites

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Shortage of candidates

However the Tuesday general election turns out, two seats will remain vacant on the Polk Soil and Water Conservation District Board of Directors, according to Oregon State Statute.

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How low will they go?

Oregon gas prices, including those in Polk County, have dropped an average of 40 cents in the last month.

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Wednesday, October 22



SCHOOL NOTES

*Central High fall musical continues*Superintendent subject of meeting*Meeting explores post-grad options*'Harvest Festival' on tap at KVCS*KVCS PTO looking for new president

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Costume shop manager puts skills to good use

What you thought you wanted to be for Halloween may change when you see the wide variety of costumes, masks and wigs available for rental at the shop, now open Tuesday through Saturday until Halloween.

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Cougar sightings puts neighborhood on alert

According to information provided by wildlife officials, cougars will usually sense people and leave an area inhabited by humans. However, they can be dangerous — especially to pets and children — if they feel trapped.

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COMMUNITY NOTEBOOK

*Memory screening clinic set Thursday*Dallas Lions Club benefit scheduled*MBA fundraiser set at Burgerville*Storybook pumpkin entries due soon*MICC Spooktacular Bingo is Saturday*Aquatic center has youth event slated*Chocolate fair set at Spirit Mountain*River Gallery plans 16th birthday event*New area orchestra seeking members*Fundraiser for local family set Tuesday*Hospital volunteers planning book fair

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ELECTION 2014

*Marvin Sannes*Kurt Schrader*Tootie Smith*Danile K. Sousa*Raymond Baldwin

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

*Jaffer would bring new outlook to BOC*Eagle Scout thanks project helpers*County needs team builder like Jaffer*Keep Pope working for Polk County*Political experience for Senate counts*Marijuana ads are misleading public*Leadership among Jaffer's best assets*Choose Johnson for Monmouth council*Davis would be a breath of fresh air*Jaffer is the change our county needs*Nearman not what Dallas area needs*Dallas school bond a wise investment*Support Evans for House District 20*Elect Smith for seat in Congress*Write in Thompson for representative*Those who know him will vote for Jaffer*Jaffer will work to improve economy*Careless drivers a growing concern*Character, integrity key traits of Pope*Koubek has Dallas' interest at heart*Jaffer will bring change to board*Jaffer knows how government works*Write in campaign takes courage

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NEWS IN BRIEF

*Candidates set to appear at event*Olson promoted to deputy fire chief*Good Sam Club food drive is fruitful*'Connections' vans drivers needed*M-I Food Project still going strong*Nite Court logo contest underway

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CLASS 5A CROSS-COUNTRY: Central girls team eyes trip to state meet

INDEPENDENCE — Central cross-country coach Eli Cirino knew he had a tough day ahead of him. After watching the Panthers’ girls and boys teams take second and third, respectively, at Mid-Willamette Conference meet at Central on Oct. 15, Cirino spent the evening making his final decisions for varsity rosters for the MWC Championships scheduled Wednesday (today) at Crystal Lake Sports Park in Corvallis.

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DHS auction returns

DALLAS — A tradition returns when the Dallas High School Booster Club hosts its annual fundraising Auction on Saturday at the Col. James Nesmith Readiness Center in Dallas. Tickets cost $30 and can be purchased at the door.

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All in the family

INDEPENDENCE — Central High girls soccer coach Joe Orozco is dreading the end of the season — but not because it signals the end of fall soccer for the Panthers.

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Looper feasts on oak leaves

The looper, Lambdina fiscellaria somniaria, is a native moth that has periodic outbreaks in the Willamette Valley. Affected trees have a scorched appearance to their leaves. Defoliation often tends to be localized and highly variable.

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ON AIR

Did you know Dallas is home to one of the first AM radio stations to broadcast entirely in Spanish?

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YIELDING TO WILDLIFE

It’s darker earlier, and this time of year it seems deer and elk are almost waiting to jump in front of motorists.

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Wolves chosen to place ninth

MONMOUTH — If the preseason prognosticators are correct, it could be a tough season for the Western Oregon University women’s basketball team.

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WOU picked fourth in GNAC hoops

MONMOUTH — The Western Oregon University men’s basketball team has been picked to finish fourth in the annual Great Northwest Athletic Conference preseason coaches’ poll.

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Dallas Mat Club signups opening

DALLAS — Dallas High School and LaCreole Middle School will host three registration sessions for the Dallas Mat Club beginning Tuesday. The mat club is open to kids in kindergarten through sixth grade.

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Wednesday, October 15



PUBLIC AGENDA

Public Agenda is a listing of upcoming meetings for governmental agencies in Polk County.

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SCHOOL NOTES

*Dallas High senior 'National Merit Commended Student'*Perrydale ready to celebrate 2014 homecoming next week*Fundraiser slated to benefit seniors at Perrydale High School

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NEWS IN BRIEF

*Election forums planned in Dallas*City eyes improved market tool*Dallas looking for municipal judge

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City will interview interim administrator candidates

Falls City’s charter directs that the mayor serve as administrator in the absence of a permanent city administrator. However, Mayor Amy Houghtaling said she thinks the city would be better off with a professional minding city hall.

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Falls City joins those planning to tax pot

Falls City joins several other Oregon cities, including Independence, in passing a tax before voters statewide weigh in on Measure 91, the initiative seeking to legal recreational marijuana.

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YOUR GARDEN: Tiffany Woods

Several small-leaved Hebe cultivars that are hardy west of the Cascades have beautiful and unusual foliage. Some are commonly sold in the Pacific Northwest.

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BIRTHS

*Lafayette*Collins*King*Strekowski*Siegmund*Pedraza

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COMMUNITY NOTEBOOK

*Multicultural fair slated Wednesday*Monmouth seniors plan soup, pie sale*Library schedules events for adults*Driver safety class slated for Saturday*Craft supplies sale set at senior center*Taco feed, auction benefit scheduled*Fiddlers to perform at Falls City event*Pioneer cemeteries topic of gathering*Rogue is throwing a 'pumpkin party'*Gospel bluegrass group to perform

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Letters sharing views on public schools, ballot measures, candidates running for office, city development, school bond

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Dallas council race draws large field

Eight candidates are running for four seats: Incumbents Jim Fairchild and Jackie Lawson, and challengers Micky L. Garus, Bill Hahn, Joe Koubek, Kenneth S. Mayer, Steve Pickering and Paul K. Trahan. Mayor Brian Dalton is also running for re-election, but unopposed .

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MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE?

DALLAS — Moments after an 11-0 loss to Woodburn on Oct. 7, Dallas boys soccer coach Chris Smerke had one message for his team: 18 minutes.

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Signups open for youth basketball

DALLAS — Registration for Dallas Basketball Association’s boys and girls leagues opens Friday. Leagues are open for students in kindergarten through eighth grade.

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WESTERN OREGON ROUNDUP: WOU soccer downs Simon Fraser

MONMOUTH — Western Oregon’s womens soccer team defeated Simon Fraser 4-0 on Saturday. Taylor Higa scored two goals and Allison Frost and Machaela Rapozo added goals for the Wolves (5-4-3 overall, 3-2-3 Great Northwest Athletic Conference).

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Disney classic comes to stage

In “Beast,” Connor Layton has to transform from a horrible, monstrous beast into a handsome, kind prince in about one and a half minutes, one turn of the revolving wagon castle he will be standing on during that scene.

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A PLACE TO CALL HOME

On the walls of the recently completed first phase exhibit at Chachalu, you can learn about the tribe’s history and how it was “burnt,” first through being marched from distant homelands to the historic Grand Ronde Reservation, and later terminated as a tribe altogether in 1954.

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CORRECTIONS

Corrections on stories for "WOU program earns 5-sar rating" and "Perrydale teachers still without contract."

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Thursday, October 9

    

Wednesday, October 8

 

SCHOOL NOTES

*Superintendent survey available*Spaghetti feed, open house set

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Highway crash rate a concern

Serious accident rates on the Highway 22 stretch between Rosemont Avenue and Greenwood Road is 18 percent higher than the state average, according to Oregon Department of Transportation statistics.

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BUSINESS NEWS

*the Find relocates to larger location within Monmouth*Sushi, Japanese food coming soon to downtown Monmouth*Marquis Spa seeks input on ideas for company mascot

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Tourism group gears

The next networking session is Tuesday from 3 to 8 p.m. at the Independence Civic Center, 555 S. Main St. It is during this session that Irvine expects participants to dig a little deeper into rural tourism.

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Restoration moving forward

“Finally the community can drive by and see some real action now that we have begun the storefront renovations,” said developer Bodie Bemrose.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

*Write in Thompson for House Dist. 23*Jaffer has number of key qualities*Nearman's strong beliefs an asset*Goss best choice for Sate House*Johnson will bring wisdom to council*Monmouth peafowl enjoyable to watch*Dallas school levy a good investment*Lions' cruise in keeps on growing*Consider Thompson as write-in choice*Many made MVCA event a success*Commissioner we need is Craig Pope*Help to maintain school buildings*Area youth garden benefitting many*Owner of Event Center an asset*School measure won't raise taxes

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PREP CROSS-COUNTRY ROUNDUP: Cross breaks 18 minutes at Albany

ALBANY — Dallas’ boys team finished 17th at the Harrier Classic Saturday at Bryant Park in Albany. Junior TJ Cross placed 73rd and set a season best of 17 minutes, 57 seconds to lead the Dragons. Cross became the first Dallas runner to crack 18 minutes for the 5,000-meter distance this season.

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Panther Auction returns

INDEPENDENCE — A yearly tradition is back — and for supporters of Central High School athletics, that means it’s time to get your checkbooks ready.

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Corrections

In the Oct. 1 issue, the photo on Page 16A misidentified No. 12 Alex Quinn as No. 14 Kyle Aklin. Aklin was originally No. 12 on the roster sent to the Itemizer-Observer.

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COMMUNITY NOTEBOOK

*Politics is subject of Western exhibit*New exhibit opens at Ash Creek gallery*'Apple Festival' on tap at Brunk House*Bambinos benefit slated for Friday*Grange schedules Sunday breakfast*State poet laureate to appear at WOU*Multicultural fair coming to library

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City will tax marijuana

In his 35 years in government work, David Clyne said he never thought he would be having a conversation with a council about taxing marijuana.

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LET US ENTERTAIN YOU

This year’s Edgar H. Smith Fine Arts Series promises another season of world-class performances in Monmouth at Western Oregon University.

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NEWS IN BRIEF

*Dallas Fire, EMS plan open house*Dallas Area Chamber of Commerce will host election forums*Polk Republicans schedule event*Bolman earns municipal clerk title*Oberst on LOC board of directors*FireMed signups continue to Oct. 31*Dallas mayor is appointed to board

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Dallas store plans to reopen

Store will reopen — though in a scaled-down version — and will be called Dallas Mini Mart at the same downtown location at the corner of Oak and Main streets.

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ANNIVERSARIES

Robert and Gloria VanElverdinghe of Dallas celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.

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PEDEE NEWS: Arlene Kovash

June Clark spent four days riding more than 1,200 miles on her motorcycle/sidecar, hitting eight checkpoints for the Rose City Motorcycle Club’s 38th annual “Grand Tour.”

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Wednesday, October 1

 

Chamber director awaits trip to China

Jean Love, executive director of the Monmouth-Independence Chamber of Commerce, will join seven other local chamber leaders on a journey to China, leaving Saturday.

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Ancient art comes to area

She is from Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China, and arrived in the United States on Jan. 10. She returned this fall to teach classes at both WOU and Central.

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SCHOOL NOTES/ACADEMIC HONORS

*CCC sets Monday meeting in Dallas*Local students receive essay prizes*Contest is open to local students*Local students make OSU honor roll

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YOUR GARDEN: Tiffany Woods

To make a poinsettia bloom in the early winter, indoor gardeners simply need to adjust the amount of light and darkness to “fool” the plant, said Ross Penhallegon.

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COMMUNITY NOTEBOOK

*Local oil paintings displayed at Dallas library*Monthly breakfast fundraiser on tap*Weekend craft sale will help nonprofits*Guthrie Community center set to host dance*National gospel event to be shown*Gospel quartet set to perform in Dallas*'Harvest Festival' taking sign-ups*Local benefit for African school set*Bazaar tables are available at center

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

*Evans best choice for District 20 race*Tree planting help greatly appreciated*School bond a real win-win for district*Davis makes sense for House Dist. 23*Great value exists in bond measure*Is BOC incumbent the right choice?*Nearman stands up for what is right*Support for Ford program valued*Ignore the games, vote Pope for BOC

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NEWS IN BRIEF

*Tour of state natural area scheduled*City Hall hours change in Falls City*Adopt-A-Road clean-up day slated*CERT training will begin Saturday*Open house to talk parks scheduled*Chamber will host election forums

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PREP CROSS-COUNTRY ROUNDUP: CHS freshmen shine

CORVALLIS — Central’s boys and girls cross-country teams saw 28 of 33 runners set personal records at the Mid-Willamette Conference Preview Meet on Sept. 24 at Crystal Lake Sports Park in Corvallis.

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Dallas charter update on ballot

The new charter, on the ballot as Measure 27-115, isn’t a wholesale change of the original document, but rather a revision to modernize language, align the charter with state and federal law, and for clarity.

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Pape signs to play with Riverhawks

ROSEBURG — Maddy Pape, a 2014 graduate of Central High School, has signed a Letter of Intent with Umpqua Community College and is practicing with the women’s basketball team.

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A CELEBRATION of HOPS, HERITAGE

My designated route took ghost hunters up near the Independence Public Library, to the Pink House Café, and back around the shops on the south side of Main Street.

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A homecoming to remember

Diane and Wally Reimer thought they were going to a Seattle Seahawks game to see a “Salute to Service Moment” shoutout video from their daughter, U.S. Air Force Reserve Senior Master Sgt. Melissa Reimer.

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All for the love of the Panthers

You may notice something different about Mike Ainsworth, Polk County commissioner and voice of the Central Panthers, if you see him between now and Oct. 11.

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GOING NUTS

And now, farmers are receiving an amazing price for their hazelnuts, also known to some as filberts: $1.70 per pound for clean, dry nuts in the shell.

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