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PCPHD to offer immunization and flu clinics

DALLAS – The Polk County Public Health Department will offer two walk-in school immunization and flu clinics.

The first clinic will be held from 2:30 to 5 p.m. at Lyle Elementary School. The second will be held from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on Nov. 18 at the LaCreole Middle School cafeteria.

Bring school supplied vaccination letter showing missing immunizations and insurance information will be required. Public health is able to bill Oregon Health Plan and Regence. No one will be turned away due to inability to pay.

The flu vaccine is not a required school immunization. It is being offered as a way to protect your family during flu season. Flu vaccines may be given to anyone age 6 months or older.

For more information: 503-623-8175.

SEDCOR offers disaster workshop

SALEM – SEDCOR, American Red Cross, Marion County Emergency Management and the city of Salem emergency management will offer the Mid-Valley Business Leaders Resilience Forum from 9 to 11 a.m. on Thursday at the Chemeketa Center for Business and Industry, located at 626 High Street NE in Salem.

The workshop will help local businesses improve their ability to recover from a major disaster.

The workshop is open to leaders of businesses of all sizes. There is no cost to attend, but registration is requested.

To register: www.sedcor.com/events/event_details.asp?id693033

BOC to name interim sheriff

POLK COUNTY — The Polk County Board of Commissioners will name an interim sheriff at its regular meeting at 9 a.m. on Oct. 28 in the conference room at the Polk County Courthouse, 850 Main St.

Polk Detective Sgt. Mark Garton, of Dallas, and Yamhill County Patrol Sgt. Todd Whitlow, of Sheridan, applied for the temporary post and were interviewed last week. Both have filed to be elected sheriff in the May 2016 primary.

The candidate the board selects will take over the job on Dec. 1 after retiring Sheriff Bob Wolfe takes his leave of the office on Nov. 31. The interim sheriff will serve until January 2017, when the newly elected sheriff takes over.

OSP investigating fatal accident

WILLAMINA — Oregon State Police troopers responded to a report of a motor vehicle crash at the Highway 18B off ramp on Oct. 11.

Senior Trooper Chad Drew said Bradley Jones, 47, of Portland, was driving a 1999 Chevy Suburban eastbound on Highway 18 when he took the 18B exit at a high rate of speed. Jones drove off the roadway, but came back onto the ramp near Yamhill Road. The vehicle then traveled east off the roadway and struck a utility pole and large tree before coming to rest down a steep embankment.

Jones was pronounced deceased at the scene. He was not wearing a safety belt. Alcohol may have been a contributing factor. OSP is investigating the crash and was assisted by the West Valley Fire Department, Yamhill County Sheriff’s Department, Oregon Department of Transportation and Portland Gas and Electric.



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