Stories for December 2016

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Wednesday, December 28

        

Mendazona takes control

For a brief moment at the start of the season, Central freshman Meagan Mendazona wasn’t sure how aggressive to be.

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Monmouth mayor reflects on decade

The city of Monmouth has completed more projects in the last decade with Mayor John Oberst at the head of the dais than it has in the 30 years prior to him taking office.

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Minet finds more stability

Monmouth Independence Networks continues to rely on the cities of Monmouth and Independence to pay down the debt taken out on its behalf, but the company is more stable financially than in years past.

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Why not try cooking with beer?

With New Year celebrations around the corner, try one of these award-winning recipes from the 2016 Hop & Heritage Festival’s cooking with beer contest.

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MI TOWN

The beautiful Christmas carols have taken flight from the airwaves and all the department stores for another year, we’re finishing up the last of the cookies and candy and writing thank-you notes, sorting the pretty wrapping papers for recycling and taking time to reflect upon all the goodness and blessings of the season.

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PEDEE NEWS

Nola Womer’s place has been sold so we now have new neighbors, Mike and Kim Heggen, of Salem.

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Tuesday, December 27

   

Drive sober: Don't take any chances

As we approach Christmas and the new year, a lot of us enjoy family gatherings and company parties. Most people are looking to have a good time and sometimes alcohol comes into play.

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Friday, December 23



Wednesday, December 21

  

Standing tall

It’s safe to say LaVonne Wilson is rarely the tallest person in the room. She isn’t the loudest, either.

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Indy takes closer look at pot business

The Independence City Council met in a special session with the planning commission to discuss changes to industrial zones and where marijuana-related businesses should be allowed.

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The List

The holidays are a special time of year and writing a letter to Santa is a time-honored tradition. Here are a few from kids right here in Polk County.

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PEDEE NEWS

Christmas is on Sunday this year and what better way to celebrate than going to church to celebrate the birth of Jesus?

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MI TOWN

Mother Nature brought us a winter wonderland last week which gave us an opportunity to bundle up in layers of warm clothing, dig out those boots, and see what was going on in our world.

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Schools weather the storm

POLK COUNTY — Oh the weather outside is frightful. For high school sports, that means schedules can change on a dime.

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PE requirements loom large

DALLAS — Teachers and administrators in Dallas School District must get creative to meet minimal physical education instruction time requirements starting next school year.

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Falls City may move up to Class 2A

FALLS CITY — The athletics co-op between Falls City High School and Kings Valley Charter School may have to move up a classification in the 2017-18 school year due to growth at both schools.

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Wednesday, December 14

      

MI TOWN

At this time of year, it seems like bazillions of articles are written about how to “survive” the holidays, and books appear on the shelves telling us how to manage to get through the weeks from Thanksgiving until New Year’s Day.

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PEDEE NEWS

Steve and Audrey Cameron received a blessing at Thanksgiving when all five of their children and their families came home to visit.

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Record numbers raised for YMCA

“I’m gonna sell it to you,” said Mike Ainsworth, Polk County commissioner and master of ceremonies at the 17th annual YMCA Christmas Party and Auction on Friday at Green Villa Barn.

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A joy to serve

Chances are, if something good is happening in Independence, Nancy Lodge is involved somehow.

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Volleyball Player of the Year: Leading the Way

INDEPENDENCE — It wasn’t so long ago that senior Alex Dowdell was content with her role on Central’s volleyball team. Since her sophomore season, Dowdell had been a key contributor on varsity, but she was never the one to take charge.

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DALLAS ROUNDUP: Boys basketball loses to Glencoe

HILLSBORO — Dallas’ boys basketball team lost to Glencoe 57-36 on Friday. Jake Collins had 14 points and a steal, while Jason Richey added eight points and three rebounds. The Dragons trailed by seven entering the final quarter, before being outscored by 14 in the final quarter.

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Tuesday, December 13



Wednesday, December 7

   

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

These Polk County groups would welcome individuals who have time or expertise to volunteer. Organizations that would like to be added to this list should call 503-623-2373 or email IOnews@polkio.com.

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‘Emporium’ open through December

What was supposed to be a one weekend event selling Christmas décor and gift items at the Dallas Event Center has turned into a month-long venture for organizers Kim and Mark Brehm.

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Sheriff deputies take kids out shopping

Walter Manley, 10, dared Polk County Sheriff’s Deputy Josh Brooks to wear a bright red “ugly Christmas sweater” with cats in Santa hats on it for the rest of the day Saturday.

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PEDEE NEWS

James and Jenny Mellein and Leo and Annika were delighted to be with Jenny’s parents, Belden and Barbie Hedgpeth, of Wren, and Barbie’s sister and brother-in-law Terry and Kathie Stats, of Vallejo, Calif., and their daughter Katie for Thanksgiving.

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YMCA Christmas party, auction sold out

The 17th annual YMCA Christmas Party and Auction will be a festive event, full of food, music, dance performances, and chances to support the Monmouth-Independence Y while scoring Christmas gifts.

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MI TOWN

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in MI Town with the Monmouth Garden Club Annual Greens Sale, followed by parades and the 49th annual tree lighting on the Western Oregon University campus last Friday.

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PERRYDALE ROUNDUP: Pirates open with wins

PERRYDALE — Perrydale’s girls basketball team opened the 2016 season with a pair of victories. The Pirates defeated Alsea 45-24 on Friday before downing Dufur 41-31 on Saturday.

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PLAYER OF THE YEAR: THE RUNNING MAN

DALLAS — Senior Tanner Earhart isn’t quite sure when it happened, but at some point during Dallas’ football team’s 35-14 win over South Albany on Oct. 7, he suffered a high ankle sprain on his left ankle.

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