Stories for July 2016


Friday, July 29

Thursday, July 28

Wednesday, July 27



Pedee Church’s pastor, Daniel Russell, was ordained along with four other ministers at the Pacific Conference of the Evangelical Church annual meeting on July 20 at Valley View Evangelical Church, near Portland.

July 27, 2016 noon read more..


Summertime days and evenings give all of us in MI Town so many opportunities to get out and about.

July 27, 2016 noon read more..

Annual event hopes to raise $800,000 for MS research

POLK COUNTY — The first year Augi Garred joined Bike MS, an annual event that is part of a national movement and raises money for Multiple Sclerosis research, he was more concerned about how he’d look riding than how his actual journey would go.

July 27, 2016 11 a.m. read more..

Tuesday, July 26

Second try for FC gym bond

The Falls City School District Board officially will be seeking a $2 million bond to build a multipurpose gym at Falls City Elementary School in November.

July 26, 2016 3:16 p.m. read more..

Friday, July 22


Wednesday, July 20


City buys RadioShack building

Dallas city council approved purchasing the old RadioShack building at the corner of Washington and Jefferson streets in downtown Dallas Monday night.

July 20, 2016 noon read more..

OSU Extension adds two

The OSU Extension program is welcoming two new employees who will work with Polk County growers to provide resources.

July 20, 2016 noon read more..


The expected rain did not show up on July 9 when Derek Burbank married Ashley Grucza in a country wedding in the pasture of his parents Dave and Suzanne Burbank’s home on Airlie Road.

July 20, 2016 noon read more..


With the positive and encouraging voices of former President George W. Bush and President Barack Obama still echoing in my ears, I believe that it’s up to all of us to face the issues that divide our beloved country.

July 20, 2016 noon read more..

What fools these mortals be

Valley Shakespeare Company at Western Oregon University is back for its second season, this time weaving the playwright’s most famous comedy, inspired by the foolishness and craziness of love.

July 20, 2016 noon read more..

LongBoard Larry finds a home

INDEPENDENCE — If not for a decision long ago by his older brother, Larry Peterson’s life would look a lot different than it does now.

July 20, 2016 11 a.m. read more..

Wednesday, July 13

Paving a parking lot

PERRYDALE — Perrydale High School Athletics Director Dan Dugan knows firsthand just how crowded the parking lot can get.

July 13, 2016 noon read more..

FC budget focuses on infrastructure

FALLS CITY — The city of Falls City began the 2016-17 fiscal year with a “status quo” budget, with a focus on applying for grants to complete necessary infrastructure improvements.

July 13, 2016 noon read more..

Indy makes liaison permanent

INDEPENDENCE — The city of Independence’s community liaison intern program has been so successful, City Manager David Clyne said they are looking for a full-time, permanent position.

July 13, 2016 noon read more..

Central may still seek bond

INDEPENDENCE — Central School District did not get the OK for a $4 million state grant that the district would have received pending a voter-approved bond in November.

July 13, 2016 noon read more..

New owners fuse old with new

Stepping into the new Brew Coffee and Tap House on the corners of C and Main streets in Independence, it bears no semblance to the old café it once was.

July 13, 2016 11:14 a.m. read more..

Parents question dual role

The Central School District Board Chair Steve Love said that the board spent hours in executive session prior to deciding to allow Superintendent Buzz Brazeau to serve as interim principal at Central High for the 2016-17 school year.

July 13, 2016 11:09 a.m. read more..

Police report for July 13

Information for the police report comes from law enforcement agencies. Not all calls for service are included. The status of incidents reported may change after further investigation. Individuals arrested or suspected of crimes are considered innocent until proven guilty.

July 13, 2016 11:08 a.m. read more..


Connie Ames and her son Dennis McBeth gave their daughter and sister Renee in marriage to Doug Pierce in the gazebo at the Dallas City Park on June 11, in a happy ceremony in front of friends and family.

July 13, 2016 11:04 a.m. read more..

Dirtbags put aside rivalries for now

POLK COUNTY — Athletes often cite chemistry as a key to success. On a team where players have little to no experience playing with each other, developing chemistry can be difficult.

July 13, 2016 11 a.m. read more..

LaCreole field receives new irrigation system

DALLAS — Jeff Hevener was ecstatic to be working on Saturday morning. Hevener, along with numerous volunteers, spent the weekend installing an irrigation system at the LaCreole Middle School football field.

July 13, 2016 11 a.m. read more..

WOU breaks ground on health center

MONMOUTH — Western Oregon University will soon have a new facility for the Student Health and Counseling Center, scheduled for opening in spring 2017. Campus officials held a groundbreaking ceremony Friday, which included a blessing from tribal elder Bob Tom. The center will be built with increased student tuition fees, but associated student body president Alma Pacheco said it is exactly what the students want.

July 13, 2016 11 a.m. read more..

Community Calendar

Community Calendar is a listing of upcoming events taking place in Polk County that are open to the public. To submit an event for calendar consideration, please send it at least two weeks before the actual event date to the Itemizer-Observer via email (

July 13, 2016 10:56 a.m. read more..

Tuesday, July 12

Deputy involved in shooting

WEST SALEM — Polk County Deputy Casey Gibson shot a man on July 5 during an attempt to take him into custody on Highway 22.

July 12, 2016 3:12 p.m. read more..

Friday, July 8

Thursday, July 7


Going out in a blaze of glory

The moment had finally arrived. All the training (well … at least a couple days of training) was about to come to fruition at the Monmouth-Independence Fourth of July tennis tournament on Saturday.

July 7, 2016 10:06 a.m. read more..

Wednesday, July 6


County approves 2016-17 budget

The Polk County Board of Commissioners adopted the 2016-17 budget on June 29 with just minor changes to what the county’s budget committee approved in May.

July 6, 2016 noon read more..


In MI Town we all celebrated our beloved United States of America’s Birthday on Monday.

July 6, 2016 noon read more..

Calls for loose dogs declining

Both Independence and Monmouth police chiefs agree: calls for loose dogs have gone down in recent years, and reconnecting those dogs with their owners has gone up.

July 6, 2016 noon read more..

Tuesday, July 5

Still time to apply for city council

Citizens interested in serving on the Dallas City Council still have time to apply to fill the vacancy left by the resignation of former councilor Murray Stewart.

July 5, 2016 8:46 p.m. read more..

Sunday, July 3

Friday, July 1


Your Fourth of July Events Guide

Looking for entertainment this Independence Day weekend? The Itemizer-Observer has you covered with our complete guide to Fourth of July events in Dallas, Independence and Monmouth.

July 1, 2016 11:35 a.m. read more..