Stories for April 2016

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Friday, April 29



Thursday, April 28

 

Wednesday, April 27

 

Motor voters add 4.4 percent to pool

Ballots will be mailed on Friday. For 519 people in Polk County, it will be their first election as registered voters — and all they had to do was have a current driver’s license.

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Monmouth joins HEAL cities

The city of Monmouth has become designated as a Healthy Eating, Active Living city. Independence and Dallas are already HEAL cities.

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PEDEE NEWS

The Pedee Women’s Club spent the last Wednesday wrapping up the work on the top of the next raffle quilt benefitting their soldier fund.

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School Spirit

Martina Herrera didn’t have a lot of time to work on a logo for Central High School’s water bottles.

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Funnel cloud forms Friday

The National Weather Service received a report of a funnel cloud appearing in the Monmouth/Independence area around 11 a.m. on Friday.

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What to do about streets?

Proponents of the proposed residential street repair bond for the city of Dallas say the time is now to fix the streets before the problem becomes worse.

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Fire destroys Dallas home

At 5:27 a.m. Thursday, Dallas Fire and EMS responded to the 1900 block of Southwest Fairview Avenue on a reported house fire.

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WESTERN OREGON ROUNDUP: Ribich sets another school record

AZUSA, Calif. — Competing in two states, Western Oregon’s track and field team saw strong performances from several athletes. Sophomore David Ribich set a new school record in the men’s 1,500-meter run at the Bryan Clay Invitational in Azusa, Calif., on Saturday. Ribich finished with a time of 3 minutes, 43.41 seconds, a personal best by seven seconds and breaking the old school mark of 3:44.27 set by West Tilgner in 1987. The time is the second fastest in the Division II level so far this season.

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COLLEGE SOFTBALL: WOU clinches spot in championships

PORTLAND — With a spot in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference softball tournament on the line, Western Oregon responded in a big way, winning three of four against Concordia. The Wolves won a doubleheader on April 20, winning 4-3 and 2-1 in the team’s home finale. The Wolves split with Concordia on Thursday, winning 4-2 before falling 5-0.

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Tuesday, April 26



Friday, April 22



Dallas softball game postponed

CORVALLIS – Dallas softball team's game at Crescent Valley has been postponed until April 28. The game was originally scheduled for this afternoon.

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Thursday, April 21



Dallas launches weed abatement program

The city of Dallas has started its annual program of identifying the various nuisances caused by weeds, grass, and debris and working with residents to eliminate those hazards.

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Fire destroys Dallas home

At 5:27 a.m. today (Thursday), Dallas Fire and EMS responded to the 1900 block of Southwest Fairview Avenue on a reported house fire.

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Wednesday, April 20

  

Preventing abuse is job of all

Monmouth Police Sgt. Kim Dorn doesn’t pay attention to every special “month,” but April’s Child Abuse Prevention Month is one she asks officers to honor.

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Slug expert helps combat slimy pests

Oregon farmers battling slugs in their fields will soon have a new ally in Rory McDonnell, a slug and snail expert who joins Oregon State University’s College of Agricultural Sciences this summer.

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MI TOWN

It’s great to be back in MI Town again after a weeklong visit with my sisters, Sue and Barbara in Sierra Vista and Bisbee, Ariz.

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PEDEE NEWS

Sixteen guys from the Pedee area drove to Willow Springs Guest Ranch near Paisley for a weekend of hunting rats, fun, and fellowship April 8-10.

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PERRYDALE ROUNDUP: Clark, Price take first at meet

SHERIDAN — Perrydale’s boys and girls track and field teams took fifth at Willamina on Thursday. Senior Taylor Price won the 100-meter hurdles in 17.80 seconds and placed second in the 300 hurdles in 54.79 seconds to lead the girls.

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PREP SOFTBALL: Dallas tops Central

INDEPENDENCE — It took a rivalry game to snap Dallas’ softball team out of a mini funk. The Dragons defeated Central 8-2 on Friday, breaking a two-game losing streak after opening the week with a 4-2 loss to Silverton on April 12.

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Tuesday, April 19



Thursday, April 14

 

Council hopes to finish center

The Monmouth Senior Center expansion project is still about $92,000 over budget, City Manager Scott McClure said at the April 5 council meeting.

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Wednesday, April 13

 

Street bond meeting set for Thursday

Proponents for a $10 million street bond in Dallas that will be on the May ballot will hold a public meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Polk County Courthouse, 850 Main St. in Dallas.

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FCSD officials: Schools need more room

FALLS CITY — In the last three years, Falls City School District’s enrollment has increased by 36 students, according to the latest enrollment numbers. That doesn’t seem like a big jump, but for a district with fewer than 200 students, it’s notable.

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New VSO may come to Polk County

DALLAS — For decades, veterans in Polk County who needed help with their benefits claim had to go into Salem, where the closest Veterans Affairs office is located.

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Casting out

The saying goes if you give a man a fish, you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, you feed him for a lifetime.

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MI TOWN

We’ve enjoyed some beautiful springtime weather here in MI Town, which has given us the opportunity to weed lawns, prepare gardens for planting, walk around town and see what’s new in all the community shops and stores.

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Oregon or bust

The woodshop buzzed Thursday as Central High School students worked to complete build-it-yourself covered wagons on time for the young pioneers at Independence Elementary School.

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Polk’s budget plan approved

POLK COUNTY — Following four days of hearings, the Polk County Budget Committee “tentatively approved” the 2016-17 budget with no major changes from the proposed budget.

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PERRYDALE SOFTBALL: Amador reaches new level

PERRYDALE — One glimpse into Perrydale senior Hannah Amador’s family and it’s of little surprise she has emerged as the Pirates’ softball team’s starting pitcher. Pitching is something of a family tradition in the Amador family.

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CENTRAL ROUNDUP: Baseball wins two of

INDEPENDENCE — Central’s baseball squad won two of three games against Lebanon last week. The Panthers dropped the opening game 6-5 on April 5 before winning 11-1 on April 6 and 2-1 on Friday.

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Tuesday, April 12

 

Friday, April 8



Independence man sentenced for crimes

Eric Spier, 29, of Independence, was sentenced by Polk County Circuit Judge Monte Campbell to serve seven and a half years in prison after pleading guilty to a series of theft, drug, and weapon-related crimes.

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Thursday, April 7



Wednesday, April 6

 

Adams reflects on 42 years

In a blink of an eye, I went from zero to 42 years in a career I have loved, from news reporter to publisher of my hometown newspaper.

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SUPERINTENDENT’S CORNER

It’s hard to believe, but spring is here. It’s great to see all the flowers blooming and hear the birds chirping. It feels like new beginnings every year at this time.

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Princess-ipal for a day

Isabell Garcia-Becerra walked the halls of Independence Elementary School on Friday afternoon. She passed a line of students waiting to return to their classroom.

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Adams steps down as publisher

Heidi Leppin and Emily Mentzer will share day-to-day managerial responsibilities at the Polk County Itemizer-Observer, as long-time publisher Nancy Adams transitions into retirement.

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Place high need plants in plain sight

As you walk from car to doorway, ripe blueberries wait to be plucked, the fragrance of basil reminds you of the pesto planned for dinner, a small slug meets its end before snacking on the lettuce seedlings.

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MI TOWN

That seasonal affliction known as Spring Fever is highly contagious and has hit MI Town like the proverbial ton of bricks.

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Indy man arrested after long standoff

On Sunday, just after 5 a.m., 49-year-old James Michael Munoz, of Independence, was taken into custody with the assistance of Salem SWAT after an almost six-hour standoff.

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DALLAS BOYS TENNIS: Living it up

DALLAS — When senior Thomas Gniadecki arrived in America from Denmark, he was shocked. Not at the culture, or the weather or the education system but at the image he had of what Americans would look like.

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PERRYDALE ROUNDUP: Softball wins two

SHERIDAN — Perrydale’s softball team picked up a pair of nonleague wins last week, defeating Sheridan 14-10 on March 30 and a 19-1 victory over Scio’s JV squad on Thursday.

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DALLAS ROUNDUP: Softball opens MWC play with dominating wins

DALLAS — The Dallas High School softball team began league play with a pair of convincing victories. The Dragons defeated rival Central 6-0 on Thursday before downing South Albany 11-1 on Friday. Dallas, which also defeated Woodburn 27-0 on March 29, outscored opponents 44-1 last week.

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Tuesday, April 5



Saturday, April 2