Stories for June 2016

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Wednesday, June 29

 

HALO loses funding from act

HALO, Helping Achieve Lifelong Objectives, will not have access to the Workforce Investment Act dollars it has previously operated, director Justin Glaze said.

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Get ready for a birthday bash, America

The smell of freshly spun cotton candy, roasting corn, sunscreen and sulfur can only mean one thing: It’s time to celebrate America’s birthday, and nobody does it better than Polk County.

June 29, 2016 12:16 p.m. read more..


SAFETY FIRST

Mateasa Bathky saw it happen right outside the TNT fireworks stand in the Anytime Fitness parking lot off East Ellendale in Dallas.

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Falls City joins the party

Falls City will have an Independence Day celebration after all, except it will be on July 2 instead of the traditional date of July 3.

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Monmouth Fitness under new ownership

The Monmouth Fitness Club will be getting some new paint and techy equipment, but it will still be the same, comfortable haven for those seeking fitness. Tony Jeffries, longtime manager, will take ownership on Friday.

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How much can you eat?

The annual Watermelon Eating Contest will be at 4 p.m. in Independence Riverview Park, 50 C St. on Saturday, part of the Hometown Appreciation Celebration.

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Minet to develop strategic plan

The management of Monmouth-Independence Networks has been given the go-ahead by its board of directors to create a strategic business plan for the company.

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PEDEE NEWS

“Deep Sea Discovery — God is With Me Wherever I Go!” is the theme of this summer’s Vacation Bible School (VBS) at Pedee Church.

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MI TOWN

How quickly these summer days fly by; the flowers are blooming everywhere and our backyard gardens are beginning to really put on a show, with the promise of fresh fruits and vegetables just ready to be enjoyed.

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Academic Honors

Dallas Lions award scholarship -- OSU releases spring honor roll -- EOU announces spring dean’s list

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Polk Parent program expands to Yamhill

On Friday, the Polk County Parent Education program will expand into Yamhill County through Yamhill Community Care, thanks to an award from the Oregon Parent Education Collaborative (OPEC) Expansion Grant.

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School notes

CCC renames Dallas location to Chemeketa Polk -- DSD board adopts 2016-17 budget

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Full-day kinder offers lessons

The first year of full-day kindergarten in Dallas School District had students making academic strides, but they had difficulty adjusting to spending six hours in class each day.

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Tuesday, June 28



Free lunches for youth through Aug.

Free lunch for kids and teenagers aged 18 and younger will be provide all summer long until Aug. 24 through the summer lunch program, sponsored by Central, Dallas and Falls City school districts.

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Monday, June 27



Friday, June 24



Wednesday, June 22



Sheriff goes back to 24 hours

POLK COUNTY — The Polk County Sheriff’s Office will return to 24-hour patrols on Sunday after a year of hiring to replace deputies lost to budget cuts.

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PCL to host 20th annual art auction

RICKREALL — Partnerships in Community Living Inc. will host its 20th annual Summer Solstice Benefit Auction on Saturday at 5 p.m. at Eola Hills Wine Cellars, 501 S. Pacific Highway, Rickreall.

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Women’s Club saves Indy building

INDEPENDENCE — The Ash Creek Arts Center is no longer in jeopardy of losing its facility at the old Independence library — a fact that many were unaware was even a possibility.

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TRIVIA TIME!

DALLAS — Do you know which traditional, popular Christmas song was originally written for Thanksgiving?

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Be safe while you enjoy summer

With summer officially here, it is time to remember to be safe while you recreate and celebrate. Climbing temperatures make rivers and streams look enticing, but remember water may be colder than you expect, and hidden dangers such as logs may lurk just beneath the surface. Always wear a life preserver when recreating on or near the water. Even proficient swimmers sometimes struggle with the cold and current.

June 22, 2016 noon read more..


Stewart resigns from Dallas council

DALLAS — Dallas City Councilor Murray Stewart has resigned his seat. Stewart submitted his resignation effective Tuesday and the Dallas City Council accepted the resignation on Monday.

June 22, 2016 noon read more..
  

Couple faces sex abuse charges

POLK COUNTY — A Polk County woman has been charged with witness tampering, while her husband faces sex abuse charges, both involving a juvenile female family member.

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New facilities ready to open

MONMOUTH — The city of Monmouth is preparing to host Oregon’s largest kazoo concert on Monday at 6 p.m., part of the dedication of the new Main Street Park Amphitheater. “We’re going to attempt a record for the largest group to play the Star-spangled Banner on kazoos,” said Mark Fancey, community development director.

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Williams eyes bigger role on the Chargers

SAN DIEGO — Western Oregon alumni Tyrell Williams made sure his first NFL catch was a memorable one — hauling in an 80-yard touchdown for the San Diego Chargers against the Denver Broncos in the Chargers’ final regular season game.

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43rd MONMOUTH-INDEPENDENCE FOURTH OF JULY TENNIS TOURNAMENT: Tennis tourney set for July 2-3

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE — Patty Youngren has been a part of an annual tradition for more than three decades — the Monmouth-Independence Fourth of July tennis tournament. “I moved here in 1985. I played against Mary Christensen in my first competition,” Youngren said. “She and Phil Schroeder, who ran the tournament at the time, crushed my partner and I. Mary has become a lifelong friend.”

June 22, 2016 11 a.m. read more..


Never down and out

MONMOUTH — Turning professional in any sport is difficult. Former Western Oregon men’s basketball player Julian Nichols knows all the numbers and the odds. He’s not worried. “My whole life, I’ve had people say you can’t play this position or you can’t play there,” Nichols said. “You hear those types of things and it motivates you. To be where I’m at now, I’m grateful and I’m blessed, but I’m definitely ready for the next chapter.”

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Friday, June 17



PCL art auction marks 20th year

Partnerships in Community Living Inc. will host its 20th annual Summer Solstice Benefit Auction on June 25 at 5 p.m. at Eola Hills Wine Cellars, 501 S. Pacific Highway, Rickreall.

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Wednesday, June 15

    

Joyful sound

When Tina Sipp attended a concert featuring the African Children’s Choir in 1989, she hoped to be entertained.

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CEA announces teachers of the year

The Central Education Association named its elementary and secondary teachers of the year. Mandy Olsen and Adrienne Gault were honored at a ceremony on May 5 at the Independence Elks Lodge Post 1950.

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MI TOWN

We’re knee deep in summer, with high school and college graduations in the rearview mirror.

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PEDEE NEWS

The Luckiamute Valley Charter School in Pedee graduated 15 students from the eighth grade this year.

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Alexander chases pro baskeball dream

Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of stories following former WOU players Devon Alexander’s attempt to play professional basketball overseas. Look for more stories about the challenges he faces and whether he reaches his ultimate goal. An audio version of this story can be heard at www.polkio.com.

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CYS holds youth football signups

INDEPENDENCE — Central Youth Sports will hold football registration sessions Wednesday (today) and Thursday from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Panther Stadium at Central High School.

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Tuesday, June 14



Summer lunches start on Monday

Free lunch for kids and teenagers aged 18 and younger will be provide all summer long until Aug. 24 through the summer lunch program, sponsored by Central, Dallas and Falls City school districts.

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Wednesday, June 8

   

MI TOWN

What was once only a gleam in the eyes of those who wished for a much-needed expansion of the Monmouth Senior Center, is now becoming a reality.

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CASA graduates 12

CASA of Polk County has 12 brand new “CASAs” (Court-Appointed Special Advocates) following a May 23 graduation ceremony that marked the end of their training.

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Relay for Life

Elizabeth Lutz, 11, was eager to participate in her first Relay for Life event on Saturday at Independence Riverview Park.

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Feeling the burn

There’s a belief that every competitive person has: that no matter what the situation, we’ll always bet on ourselves to find a way to win. That we’ll triumph against long odds, emerge victorious and proud.

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Thursday, June 2



Wednesday, June 1

 

This has only been a test

State, county, city government agencies a three-state region along with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, will conduct the first major test of emergency plans in preparation for the predicted 9.0 Cascadia subduction zone earthquake.

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EDITORIALS:Let’s get prepared

We’ve joined forces with the Mid-Valley Emergency Communications Collaborative to encourage Polk County residents to be among the best prepared in the state in case of emergency.

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Committee approves budget

The Polk County Budget Committee approved the county’s 2016-17 budget on May 25, with a few changes, including grant funding for a joint program between the Sheriff’s Office and Behavioral Health.

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PEDEE NEWS

Since I was at a meeting in The Dalles and didn’t report last week, I wanted to be sure to mention that Mahayla Benoit celebrated her sixth birthday with her mother Lana and other family members at grandmother Sheri Tilden’s house a week ago.

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MI TOWN

Today is the first day of the brand-spanking-new month of June — and thoughts quickly turn to high school and college graduations, sunny days, evenings on the deck after a busy day, baseball games, concerts and movies in MI Town’s parks, farmers markets, vacations and a bright ribbon of summertime almost within reach.

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Smith Fine Arts Finale

Music and spirituality have always been fully intertwined in the artistic vision of trumpeter, composer, educator and activist Sean Jones.

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Weaver earns honor

DALLAS — Dallas senior Tucker Weaver was named the Mid-Willamette Conference’s co-Pitcher of the Year with Carson Kinkade, of Crescent Valley.

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El-Hato named PoY

DALLAS — Dallas senior Yasmine El-Hato was named the Mid-Willamette Conference’s Softball Player of the Year.

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One down, three to go ...

It was a moment 26 years in the making. The crowd could barely contain its anticipation. A single putt stood between me and glory.

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Adult rec grows up

DALLAS — When the city of Dallas brought adult recreation programs back in 2013, the goal was simple — give people a way to stay active.

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