Stories for May 2016


Tuesday, May 31

Wednesday, May 25

Corrections May 25

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May 25, 2016 4:14 p.m. read more..

Bond fails at polls

Voters voiced strong opposition to a 10-year, $10 million bond to repair residential streets in Dallas in the May 17 primary.

May 25, 2016 noon read more..

­Memorial Day events

Polk County will celebrate Memorial Day with a number of events Monday. Community members are welcome to attend any of the ceremonies scheduled in honor of Memorial Day.

May 25, 2016 noon read more..


The Independence Downtown Association hosted the very first Home-Based Business Fair on Friday at the Independence Elks Lodge — and it was a great opportunity to meet and greet folks in MI Town and nearby areas who have put their creative and inventive ideas to very good use.

May 25, 2016 noon read more..

The long road home

Eola Hills Charter School has high hopes of starting the 2016-17 school year in a permanent location.

May 25, 2016 noon read more..

PREP SOFTBALL: Dragons to host first round game

DALLAS — It wasn’t the way they imagined, but Dallas’ softball team got over the play-in hump and advanced to the first round. Now, the Dragons hope this is just the beginning of its postseason success.

May 25, 2016 11 a.m. read more..

Tuesday, May 24


Wednesday, May 18


An ‘almost’ love story

The theater department students of Central High School’s Production class gathered in the school’s auditorium for a first timerun-through of the spring play, “Almost, Maine.”

May 18, 2016 12:23 p.m. read more..


Matt McCammon graduated from the United States Coast Guard Academy OCS program on May 4, receiving his commission as ensign.

May 18, 2016 12:12 p.m. read more..


The nice thing about Mother’s Day is that everyone does what they want — no turkey or ham to cook, no real expectations.

May 18, 2016 12:11 p.m. read more..


We’ve all survived yet another Friday the 13th, full moon and a primary election that happened during the past few days, so now it’s time to move on to all the other items on the various lists around our houses and/or work places.

May 18, 2016 12:10 p.m. read more..

One dead after crash

An Independence woman was killed in a head-on car crash on Sunday on Monmouth Highway (Highway 194) near milepost 6, west of Monmouth on Fishback Road.

May 18, 2016 noon read more..

Dallas EMS answers more calls

If call levels hold from the first three months of the year, Dallas’ Emergency Medical Service (EMS) is on track to respond to more than 4,000 incidents in 2016.

May 18, 2016 noon read more..

FCR on the way to top

FCR, a call center in Independence, has hired 240 people in about nine months and is on its way to one of the top employers in the county.

May 18, 2016 noon read more..

Entrepreneurs to shine at business fair

The Independence Elks Lodge will be packed with home-based businesses on Friday afternoon for the inaugural Home Based Business Fair, sponsored by the Independence Downtown Association.

May 18, 2016 noon read more..

DALLAS TRACK AND FIELD: Tallon, Webb go 1-2 in 100-meter hurdles

INDEPENDENCE — Dallas juniors Stefani Tallon and Jenifer Webb entered the finals of the girls 100-meter hurdles with a singular goal in mind at the Mid-Willamette Conference district meet. They didn’t want just one of them to make state. They wanted both automatic bids to state this Friday and Saturday in Eugene.

May 18, 2016 11:32 a.m. read more..

DALLAS TENNIS: Gniadecki takes second

CORVALLIS — At the beginning of the season, Dallas’ boys tennis team was on a mission: upset the traditional balance of power in the Mid-Willamette Conference. At the district tournament last Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, the Dragons did just that.

May 18, 2016 11:28 a.m. read more..

CENTRAL TRACK AND FIELD: Running down a dream

INDEPENDENCE — When Central sophomore Jaxon Hutchinson stepped onto the track prior to the boys 200-meter final on Thursday, he, like his competitors, hoped a trip to the state championship awaited at the finish.

May 18, 2016 11:27 a.m. read more..

Bomb squad disposes of mortar

An Independence family called police Sunday when they found what appeared to be an explosive in a family member’s residence, Sgt. Tino Banuelos said.

May 18, 2016 11:07 a.m. read more..

FC sewer on life support

Residents of Falls City served by the city’s wastewater system may soon have an “income survey” coming their way.

May 18, 2016 11:04 a.m. read more..

Sheriff patrols focus on seatbelts

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office will participate in the national Click It or Ticket campaign through May 29 in an effort to save lives through increased seat belt use.

May 18, 2016 10:51 a.m. read more..

May 17 primary election results

The two ballot measures residents of Dallas and Falls City voted on in Tuesday’s election are failing, according to final unofficial results issued by the Polk County Clerk’s Office early Wednesday morning.

May 18, 2016 2:24 a.m. read more..

Monday, May 16

Friday, May 13

Thursday, May 12

Wednesday, May 11



Juandeane Skidmore was thrilled by the number of Skid’s family and friends who came to a luncheon in his honor on Friday, in Dallas.

May 11, 2016 2:50 p.m. read more..


After a very busy weekend of plant sales and book sales and celebrating Mother’s Day, it would be just wonderful to curl up with a cat in a comfy chair and let the rest of the world go by.

May 11, 2016 2:49 p.m. read more..


Deptula honored at Mary Baldwin; Polk County residents honored; Lucas Costa named to math society;Coons named to Elmira dean’s list

May 11, 2016 1:23 p.m. read more..

Fire responses need improvement

A master plan recently completed on Dallas Fire and Southwest Polk Rural Fire Protection District reveals that response times to fires for both agencies are far slower than established standards.

May 11, 2016 noon read more..

Dwindling donations

Rising costs and shrinking donations ARE forcing the Dallas Food Bank to reduce what it gives to clients. Now the organization is hoping the community can provide a helping hand.

May 11, 2016 noon read more..

WOU students spread joy to local youths

Homelessness is difficult to define or quantify, but in the latest report by the Oregon Department of Education, Marion and Polk counties had 1,449 students in the K-12 system who were considered homeless.

May 11, 2016 noon read more..

Locker plans move forward

Oregon Department of Education’s guidelines regarding treatment of transgender students will not affect Dallas School District’s policy or plans to remodel its facilities.

May 11, 2016 noon read more..

Tuesday, May 10


Taylor, Wheeler talk economy

Polk County Commissioner Jennifer Wheeler and her challenger, Terrence Taylor, have differing views on how to protect, or enhance, the county’s financial future.

May 10, 2016 4:17 p.m. read more..

Friday, May 6

Thursday, May 5

Wednesday, May 4


Former Pedee resident Skid Skidmore died April 26. Skid, 89, died of heart failure and dementia, peacefully and in no pain.

May 4, 2016 3:20 p.m. read more..


Last Sunday we turned the calendar page to the brand-spanking-new month of May, and what happy news for those of us who love springtime and all the goodness it brings.

May 4, 2016 3:18 p.m. read more..

The Alfred Maurice Prize

Sitting across the table from Fred Maurice, an hour flies by filled with tales of growing up a French Canadian in New Hampshire, serving in World War II, and life at various universities both as a student and professor.

May 4, 2016 noon read more..

Mitchell takes job at Baker City High

INDEPENDENCE — Central High School principal Greg Mitchell has accepted an offer to be the next principal at Baker City High, according to reports from the Baker City Herald.

May 4, 2016 noon read more..

Making engineering fun

DALLAS — Want to get a fourth- or fifth-grader excited about science and engineering? Give them a chance to build a bow and arrow or catapult.

May 4, 2016 noon read more..

Minet better, but not good

Monmouth Independence Networks (Minet) has made strides when it comes to taking care of its expenses and debt, but still has work to do, according to Doug Dawson, president of CCG Consulting out of Florida.

May 4, 2016 noon read more..

Inventing the next big thing

PHILOMATH— Kings Valley second-grader Blake Hauck stood proudly in the Kings Valley Charter School gym on Thursday afternoon, ready to explain how his invention worked to anyone who asked.

May 4, 2016 11 a.m. read more..

WESTERN OREGON ROUNDUP: Softball falls short at GNAC tourney

LACEY, Wash. — Western Oregon’s softball team entered Saturday needing a single victory to win the Great Northwest Athletic Conference tournament title. The Wolves couldn’t close the deal, falling to Central Washington 11-2 and 9-3. WOU opened the tournament with a 3-1 win over Concordia on Thursday and a 4-0 win over Saint Martin’s on Friday.

May 4, 2016 11 a.m. read more..

Tuesday, May 3