Stories for September 2016


Friday, September 30


Wednesday, September 28



On Sept. 16, good friend Ardene Barnhart joined her friend Jesus in heaven at the age of 89.

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We’re celebrating the return of many new and returning students to Western Oregon University, as classes began this week.

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Suicide prevention efforts grow

About 50 people from different service organizations sat around the table on Sept. 14, a group dedicated to cutting through red tape to get services to those in need as quickly as possible.

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Forum shows how debates should run

A Thursday forum on Measure 97, hosted by the Monmouth-Independence Chamber of Commerce at the Monmouth Public Library, may not have swayed anyone in the audience one way or another, but it set a fine example of how a debate should be run.

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SEDCOR honors Polk County

Polk County was among a group of partners recognized with the Outstanding Public/Private Partnership award at the Strategic Economic Development Corporation Annual Honors Luncheon earlier this month.

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Myrold to face three charges

Kirk David Myrold, the Dallas High School teacher accused of having a relationship with a student, pleaded not guilty to three charges in Polk County Circuit Court Tuesday morning.

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Oregon elegance

Following two hot growing seasons, local winemakers are seeing more of what made Oregon pinot noirs famous coming out for the vineyards.

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Artistic expressions

The Smith Fine Arts Series is back for its 40th season, starting Friday with The Paperboys, Mexican son Jarocho mixed in with Irish Jigs and Reels, and a good dose of country and bluegrass. The series includes six performances this year, with performances through June.

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MONMOUTH — David Ribich has competed on big stages before. But Ribich, a junior cross-country runner at Western Oregon, hasn’t quite found a challenge like the one he had in high school.

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Lammers learns how to become a team leader

FALLS CITY — When Anna Lammers stepped onto the volleyball court for the first time as a freshman, she was looking for a way to be more involved in school. The only problem? Lammers was reserved — not two attributes for a successful volleyball player.

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Dallas earns key win over Bulldogs

DALLAS — As Dallas’ volleyball team scored the clinching point in a 25-11, 25-16, 25-14 win over Woodburn on Thursday, coach Shana Lavier knew the victory was important.

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Perrydale defeats C.S. Lewis

PERRYDALE — Perrydale’s volleyball team defeated C.S. Lewis 25-4, 25-2, 25-8 on Thursday before falling to Heppner and Dufur on Friday.

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Falls City shuts out Siletz Valley

FALLS CITY — Falls City’s football team scored 58 points for the second week in a row. This time, the Mountaineers earned a 58-0 win over Siletz Valley on Friday. Falls City scored a combined 20 points in its first two games.

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Sunday, September 25


Saturday, September 24

Friday, September 23

Thursday, September 22

Wednesday, September 21



It’s really difficult to concentrate on those necessary chores such as cleaning and dusting and even fighting that pesky mole that has left yet another mound of dirt overnight in the garden and flower beds (usually the mole wins), when the gorgeous blue skies and warm late summer days lure us to things like long walks and the opportunity to chat with a good friend.

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Homebrewing's best

Six beers went head-to-head during the Homebrew Competition at the Hop & Heritage Festival on Saturday.

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Myrold to appear in court Tuesday

The Dallas High School teacher and coach charged with sex abuse involving a 17-year-old student will appear in Polk County Circuit Court on Tuesday at 9 a.m. for arraignment.

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Happy HART

Elaina Myrick, 6, doesn’t say much. She has special needs that prevent her from speaking much or walking.

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Firefighters put on fundraiser

Members of Polk County and Dallas International Association of Firefighters Local 4196 will be hitting the streets for the Muscular Dystrophy Association Fill the Boot Fundraiser Friday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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Thompson challenges Nearman for HD 23

The race for Oregon House District 23 is a rematch between incumbent Republican Rep. Mike Nearman and the man he unseated in a primary election two years ago, Independent Jim Thompson.

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Burn Barrel

Find yourself immersed in a world of Southern intrigue at Candlestick Production’s premiere, “Burn Barrel,” by Nathaniel Dunaway, running Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

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Hop & Heritage

The weather didn’t cooperate for the Hop & Heritage Festival on Friday and Saturday in Independence.

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Beer chefs

Here are the top entries in the Cooking with Beer Contest

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DALLAS ROUNDUP: Dallas downs Silverton

DALLAS — Dallas’ volleyball squad picked up its first league win in dramatic fashion on Thursday. The Dragons defeated Silverton 25-17, 23-25, 25-22, 12-25, 17-15 in a back-and-forth affair.

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Pirates make progress

PERRYDALE — Perrydale’s volleyball team is on a mission to grow up on the court as quickly as possible.

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DALLAS — Officially, Dallas’ girls soccer team’s match against McNary on Thursday will go down as a 1-0 loss.

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FALLS CITY ROUNDUP: Volleyball drops two

FALLS CITY — Falls City’s volleyball team lost a pair of Casco League matches last week. The Mountaineers fell to Perrydale 25-13, 25-13, 25-20 on Sept. 13 and Willamette Valley Christian 25-20, 25-8, 25-11 on Thursday.

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Friday, September 16

Thursday, September 15

Wednesday, September 14


On Sept. 3, Aaron and Virginia Burbank’s old house on Gage Road burned to the ground.

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Thanks to television, the internet, good old radio and seemingly endless robo-calls via our home and cellphones, even those of us who are political junkies are becoming weary of the constant he said/she said of presidential politics.

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Making the grade?

Scores from last year’s second round of Smarter Balanced tests in Polk County schools saw improvement — and some fall off — compared to the first year.

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Consortium to serve county

The Community Services Consortium will serve Polk County at the Henry Hill Education Support Center, 750 S. Fifth St., Independence.

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Details emerge for Doaks Ferry

A project that would redirect some of the traffic using Doaks Ferry Road to increase safety will cost significantly more than the $2.1 million the state has available for Polk County to complete it.

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Falls City survey shows true poverty

In the 2010 Census, Falls City showed a low- to moderate-income level of 48.1 percent — bad news for the city’s efforts to upgrade its aging wastewater system.

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Harris joins Whitworth

Caleb Harris and the staff at Whitworth Elementary School have an overarching goal of making school relevant for children.

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Track results come back good

Results from testing on Dallas High School’s track revealed this it is harder that International Association of Athletic Federations (IAAF) guidelines.

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Johnstone receives raise

The Dallas School Board approved Superintendent Michelle Johnstone’s first year performance evaluation and a 3 percent raise Monday.

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Panthers embrace pressure

INDEPENDENCE — Trailing 6-0 in the fifth and final set against South Albany on Thursday, Central’s volleyball team didn’t panic. They weren’t frustrated, despite seeing a 2-0 lead evaporate. In fact, they were the opposite.

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Finding their footing

FALLS CITY — The start of Falls City’s football team’s season has not gone according to plan. Injuries to several players, including starters Jeremy Labrado (quarterback) and Noah Sickles has left the Mountaineers to play at less than full strength — without an idea on when they will return. A 54-12 loss to Dufur on Friday was the latest setback.

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Tuesday, September 13

Sept. 13 sports highlights

BOYS SOCCER: Central defeated North Marion 6-2. Tony Rincon scored three goals. Jose Herrera added two goals and Jaime Becerra scored once.

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Friday, September 9


Thursday, September 8

Wednesday, September 7


Charges result from FC crash

A Falls City woman was arrested on multiple charges following a Saturday afternoon accident on Teal Creek Road near Falls City.

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Excitement reigned at the Pedee Women’s Club at the sight of so many quilts that came in for the club’s inaugural quilt show this Friday and Saturday at the clubhouse.

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Get out the stadium blankets and be ready to celebrate Western Oregon University’s first home football game of the season Saturday at 1 p.m., when our Wolves meet Central Washington University at McArthur Stadium.

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Back to school with safe lunches

Whether it comes in a Pokemon Go lunch bag, Spiderman lunch box, or a brown paper sack, the meal you send to school with your child must be packed with care and consideration.

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Community notebook

Community notebook for Sept. 7: Caterpillar employee potluck; Heritage Museum to host centennial wagon train event; National Day of Service project set for Saturday; Jazz festival Sunday at vineyard; Freedom from smoking class offered; Polk County Master Gardeners to meet Sept. 14; Ash Creek Arts Center family art class Saturday; Young Eagles rally on Saturday; MI Chamber forum set for Sept. 14; Dallas Church to host guitar clinic.

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Letters to the editor

Letters to the editor, Sept. 7:‘Survivor’ not qualified for office; Road upgrades needed for safety; Kudos to Todahl: skate park hero; Thompson right choice for District; Great Music in the Park, Monmouth; A veteran’s last trip to state fair; ‘No’ vote for Trump.

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News in brief

News in brief: Four arrested in Dallas meth bust; Orchestra accepts new members; ‘Marketplace’ sold back to city; Dallas DHS building complete; Hill to read from book examining race; Free trees to new Arbor Day; members; Thompson to host town hall on Monday; MV Advancements celebrates 50 years.

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Local seats up for grabs

Candidates have finished collecting signatures and have accepted — or will soon — their nominations for local offices.

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Minet plans to expand

Monmouth-Independence Networks may start providing services to the city of Jefferson, said Don Patten, general manager of Minet.

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Bar-B-Que melts in your mouth

Stepping into BG’s Bar-B-Que can be dangerous to your stomach, causing cravings for smoked goodness served with homemade sides from cheesy taters to coleslaw.

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Working for Wagner

Andy Rommel, the new director at Wagner Community Library in Falls City, wants the library to be a place of community pride and inspiration.

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Defense rests

Friends have been telling Chris Lillegard that retirement will grow on him. The longtime Dallas attorney isn’t buying it yet.

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PERRYDALE VOLLEYBALL: Pirates lose three

PERRYDALE — Perrydale’s volleyball team lost a trio of matches last week. The Pirates fell to East Linn Christian 25-13, 25-13, 25-21 and to Delphian 25-19, 20-25, 19-25, 25-16, 15-8 on Aug. 30 before losing to Willamette Valley Christian 25-20, 25-22, 25-17 on Thursday.

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INDEPENDENCE — For Central’s girls soccer team, a tie never felt so good. The Panthers finished 0-12-0 in 2015. Trailing North Salem 1-0 midway through the second half on Thursday, Central was looking for a spark.

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WOU football downs Sacramento State

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Western Oregon’s football team opened the 2016 season with a big statement. The Wolves defeated Division I Sacramento State 38-30 on Saturday.

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Thursday, September 1


Dallas receives fine

Dallas will not appeal a fine or a suspension at OSAA’s Executive Board meeting on Sept. 12 for a rule of two violation.

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Sports: Quick Hits

Quick hits for Aug. 31: WOU XC picked fourth, sixth; Cross Creek men’s club results; Fall Sports Guide coming Sept. 7

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Glow run comes to Dallas

Dallas’ adult recreation program is ready to get in the Halloween spirit with the Glow Run, set for Oct. 15 at 7:15 p.m.

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On the hunt

Western Oregon’s football team boasts one of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference’s most talented — and deepest — rosters.

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