Stories for September 2014

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Friday, September 26



Wednesday, September 24

    

WESTERN OREGON ROUNDUP: Wolves’ go 1-0-1 to open

MONMOUTH — Western Oregon’s women’s soccer team opened Great Northwest Athletic Conference play with a 2-0 win over Montana State-Billings on Thursday and a 1-1 tie against Northwest Nazarene on Saturday. WOU sophomore Savannah Bogan scored her first goal of the season, giving the Wolves a 1-0 lead against MSUB in the 43rd minute. Junior Makana Pundyke scored in the 60th minute.

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NEWS IN BRIEF

*Local Republicans plan open house*Pick up Adopt-A-Road packets now*Mental first aid class available*Vandals strike homes on LaCreole

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Fundraiser to be offered at CHS

INDEPENDENCE — The Gate Youth Association and Central High School concession stand will be selling pulled pork sandwiches before the Dallas/Central football game on Friday.

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Kids wrestling to start in October

DALLAS — The Dragon kids wrestling tournament camp will take place the last two Tuesdays and Thursdays in October. The cost is $20 per child and includes a Saturday tournament on Nov. 1 and a T-shirt.

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COMMUNITY NOTEBOOK

*Perrydale corn feed set for Thursday*Friends of library to host annual sale*Help fight Malaria, eat more pancakes*Craft bazaar to benefit hospital*Try your hand at Scrabble at library*Art exhibit features mixed media*WOU volunteer, internship fairs

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WOU board confirmed

WOU becomes an independent public university effective July 1, 2015, which is when this newly confirmed board gains governance authority.

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Bountiful harvest

The 2014 wine harvest began early in the Willamette Valley, prompted by a spectacular growing season this spring and summer.

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Fire ignites barn, straw on Thursday

“It’s expected to burn for probably about a week,” said Todd Brumfield, Dallas Fire Department deputy fire chief, adding that unless a new fire is spotted, passers-by don’t need to call the fire department.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

*Air quality deters Polk County tourism*Ad campaign has reader wondering*Support bond to keep up schools*Slow down to avoid hitting animals*Elect Johnson for Monmouth council*Johnson will protect public interest*Godsey Road not safe for pedestrians*Vote yes on Measure 27-116

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EDITORIALS

*Welcome WOU students*Development of some old buildings a welcome sight*Celebrate all things hops this weekend in Independence park

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PREP FOOTBALL ROUNDUP: Riddell’s big game leads to win

ALBANY — Senior running back Wes Riddell rushed for 300 yards and two touchdowns, helping the Panthers secure a 32-15 win over South Albany on Friday. Riddell also had 85 receiving yards and a touchdown as Central (2-1 overall) won its Mid-Willamette Conference opener.

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MI TOWN: Patty Taylor Dutcher

It’s almost here — and if you’ve been waiting all summer long — the Independence Hops & Heritage Festival is this weekend.

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YOUR GARDEN: Tiffany Woods

“Not to be mistaken as honeybees that gather pollen and flower nectar, yellow jackets are mostly meat eaters and are particularly fond of rotting fruit,” said Ross Penhallegon, horticulturist with Oregon State University Extension Service.

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Friday, September 19



Wednesday, September 17



Updated Dallas sign code headed toward adoption

The council held a public hearing, reviewed and approved for adoption the revised sign code with a minor change. The final step is to vote on an ordinance adopting the new code and a resolution establishing sign permit fees.

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MI TOWN: Patty Taylor Dutcher

Next week, nearly 1,300 freshmen and transfer students will be on the campus of Western Oregon University for New Student Week.

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COMMUNITY NOTEBOOK

*Reception for artist set to take place*Fundraiser for park, trail project on tap*'Art, aperitif' event slated for Thursday*4-H shooting sport meeting scheduled*Doll show, sale set for Saturday*Grange is hosting fall market event*Child safety seat clinic scheduled*Talk will highlight Gerlinger-Towmotor*Wood drift boats sought for festival*Fundraisers on tap for young Dallas girl

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Case reopened by sheriff

The sheriff’s office cold case team has reopened the case, which began Sept. 1, 1996, when the skeletal remains were found in the hills overlooking Mill Creek.

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Early season match a big moment for all

INDEPENDENCE — It’s not often a coach has tears of joy and a smile on her face after starting the season 0-2. But for the Central volleyball team, a five-set loss to South Albany on Sept. 10 and a 25-23, 22-25, 25-23, 27-25 loss to Dallas on Thursday didn’t leave them feeling down. It gave them hope.

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Two sides at odds over building

If the buyer, Jewels Cresser, does not agree to a lease until terms can be figured out, she and her 42 vendors at the Family Treasures Marketplace will be asked to vacate the building.

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EDITORIALS

Both districts will need to take a close look at how the increase in enrollment will affect class size, and parents should be aware, too.

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GUEST OPINION

The board makes many decisions that affect the operations of our schools, but this November we are asking you to help us with an important decision.

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LaCreole electives are back

This fall, that has changed, as electives have been added back to the schedule. The new classes include computer design, robotics, drama, choir, band, art, Spanish and world cultures.

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NEWS IN BRIEF

*Fire district will host open house*HALO schedules breakfast event

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Patrolling the hallways

The SRO position was re-established this year thanks to a partnership between the city of Independence and Central School District.

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SCHOOL NOTES

*LaCreole open house set Thursday*WOU group to host POW/MIA event*Art classes to begin Tuesday at Lyle*Event caters to new WOU students*Perrydale preparing for corn feed

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CROWDED CLASSES

Dallas High School staff had to go on a last-minute furniture hunt before school started to find enough desks for about 60 unexpected students in the first weeks of school.

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Senior center moving forward

The Dallas City Council on Monday authorized applying for an Oregon Business Development Department Community Development Block Grant to pay for a new center at 950 SW Church St., near the old Carnegie Library.

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More changes in store for fair

The recap meeting provides an easy way for fair attendees to offer feedback on what worked, what didn’t and what they felt was missing at the 2014 fair, held Aug. 7-10.

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Wednesday, September 10



FINDING THEIR VOICE

Rebecca Fromherz, who has spent the last three years developing the Heart of Singing program, accompanies them on this journey.

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SCHOOL NOTES/ACADEMIC HONORS

*Dallas High School needs mentors*FACES taking student applications*MVCA seeks donations for yard sale*SMART program in need of readers*Charter school launches fundraiser*Dallas grad receives scholarship

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School district begins search

The Dallas School District is beginning its search of a permanent superintendent early, which means it should be in good position when candidates begin looking for new posts.

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COMMUNITY NOTEBOOK

*New support group set to meet Friday*Cool cars, tattoos will be on display*Aviation event for youths is Saturday*Work party planned at Gentle House*Caterpillar workers slated for reunion*Benefit for cystic fibrosis patient set*Country dances to resume Saturday*Grange schedules Sunday breakfast*Wine, music picnic slated for Sunday*Bible study event will begin Monday*Fundraiser for Park, trail project on tap*Library postpones storytime sessions

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WE SERVE

Central Lions is 59 members strong, one of the largest in the region, spanning from Woodburn to Elkton, Lincoln City to Gardner-Reedsport and up to Blue River — about 20,000 square miles. The area includes 41 Lions clubs.

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60 years of county service

The Flande family is proud of the tradition of customer service the company has built, now spanning six decades as the business celebrates its 60th year serving the Polk County area.

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EDITORIALS

Data probed the perceptions often used by individuals to justify violent acts on society’s most innocent.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

*Our world endured summer suffering*Pot: Police could help parents more*Evans would bring integrity to position

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NEWS IN BRIEF

*Youth vision screenings scheduled*9/11 remembrance set Thursday*Public Health staffers to be honored*Tree planting set in Monmouth park*Church to offer nurse consultations*Hours at Dallas pool change for fall*PCL pays tribute to partners, employees*Indoor play park plans open house

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WOU ROUNDUP: WOU football falls in thriller

HILLSBORO — Western Oregon quarterback Ryan Bergman threw for 413 yards and three touchdowns, but the Wolves lost to Portland State 45-38 Saturday night at Hillsboro Stadium. The game was a matchup between NCAA Division II WOU and FCS PSU.

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CLASS 5A PREP GIRLS SOCCER

INDEPENDENCE — Central High senior Alexis Orozco grew up loving soccer. Before she could walk, her parents had her on the sidelines for games that her father played in and coached.

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Event celebrates house milestone

The event also showcases local history, both upstairs in the permanent museum, and downstairs throughout the house and yard, including old farm equipment the family used, she said.

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Sports Schedule

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 10 Cross-Country: Dallas, Central at Silver Falls Oktoberfest Invitational, Silver Falls State Park, 4 p.m.

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Correction

In the 2014 Fall Sports Preview, the Dallas volleyball story titled “Seniors lead experienced Dragons squad”, the photo of Brianna Classen was misidentified as Danielle Remington The I-O regrets the error.

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School test scores a mixed bag

Assessment results for the 2013-14 school year may have been flat statewide, but results for the four districts based in Polk County were all over the map.

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Thursday, September 4



Wednesday, September 3

 

Your Garden: Tiffany Woods

Deadheading makes sense for repeat bloomers such as roses and highly modified annuals, such as marigolds, to keep them blooming, said Heather Stoven, a horticulturist with Oregon State University’s Extension Service. For most other plants, she said, it is a matter of appearance and personal taste.

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COMMUNITY NOTEBOOK

*Support group sets gathering Thursday*Open house slated Friday at M-I YMCA*Monthly breakfast fundraiser on tap*St. Thomas to host Sunday jazz event*Eyesight screenings for children offered*Meals for seniors available in area

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EDITORIALS

Election season has arrived once again in Polk County.

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Community Fiesta scheduled Sunday

“We just have the fiesta for the community, bridging the communities here, bridging the cultures, the people,”Elena Pena said. “That’s the best way to connect with people is food and music.”

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SCHOOL NOTES & ACADEMIC HONORS

*Falls City local option levy on ballot*KVCS plans back-to-school night*Nite Court dance set for Saturday*Foundation raising funds for iPads*Summer tours of WOU are available*Local student makes president's list

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DHS fields receive extra attention

DALLAS — Rain can turn a simple game into something more: a battle of wills. But for the fields that many of these sports take place on, it can also wreak havoc.

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Sports Schedule

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 3 Volleyball: Delphian at Perrydale, 3 p.m. Western Oregon at Seattle Pacific (exhibition), 5 p.m. Portland Lutheran at Perrydale, 6 p.m.

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Duo plead guilty in murder case

Defendants Jimmy Fears and Zachery Mersch pleaded guilty in Polk County Circuit Court on Aug. 27 to one count of murder for their involvement in the death of James Hawkes Jr.

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GUEST COMMENTARY

In a sign of how much the world wants to end the habit for nicotine, 179 countries have joined a 2005 treaty that restricts tobacco use.

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NATIONALLY RANKED

Polk County’s economy benefits greatly from its farms, which produce impressive quantities of crops.

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Falls City schools awash in changes

Thanks to a partnership with Portland-based nonprofit Ethos, the district has even added a position, something Falls City schools haven’t had for about three decades: a music teacher.

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BIRTHS

*Rich*Caswell*Burbank*Reynoso*Drinkard

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Levy being considered

The Polk County Board of Commissioners have made its support for placing another public safety levy on the ballot in 2015 official.

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Police station bids due soon

In another week or two, Chief Darrell Tallan hopes the site of Monmouth’s new police station will be busy with subcontractors ripping out the interior.

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Talmadge sports ‘back home’

It has been five years — since 2009 — since Central School District funded middle-school sports. In those years, Central Youth Sports has run the programs.

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PUBLIC AGENDA

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

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