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Four arrested in Dallas meth bust

DALLAS — Two men and two women were arrested on Thursday after a month-long investigation by the Polk County Inter-Agency Narcotics Team.

John Molina, 46, of Dallas, was arrested and charged with two counts of unlawful delivery of methamphetamine, one count of unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine, three counts of unlawful possession of methamphetamine and one count of unlawful delivery (possession with intent to deliver) of methamphetamine with substantial quantity.

Michael Gravelle, 46, of Dallas was arrested and charged with three counts of unlawful delivery of methamphetamine and one count of unlawful possession of methamphetamine.

Brooke Williamson, 19, of Dallas, was arrested and charged with one count of unlawful delivery of methamphetamine.

Vicki Pastre, 41, of Dallas, was arrested and charged with one count of unlawful delivery of methamphetamine.

Since the beginning of August, several investigations were tied to these persons, who were part of an informal organization that distributed meth throughout the Dallas area, according to a press release from the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.

Orchestra accepts new members

MONMOUTH — The Willamette Valley New Horizons Orchestra welcomes new players as it begins its third year. This year, the orchestra rehearses on Mondays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Monmouth Senior Center.

There are no auditions or try-outs. The orchestra welcomes beginning-to-intermediate musicians, as well as more experienced musicians. At this time, the flute section is full. Flute players may be placed on a waiting list, or try a different instrument.

The orchestra gives two or three public performances. A $25 monthly fee covers the orchestra’s expanses, such as purchasing music.

For more information: Paul Doellinger, 503-838-4884.

‘Marketplace’ sold back to city

INDEPENDENCE — Friday, Family Treasures Marketplace, owned by Jewels Cresser, was sold in a sheriff’s auction. The property, 240 Monmouth St., was sold back to the city for $415,000 as a credit bid. Cresser will have a period of time to make redemption on the building.

“Our plans are to change the locks and secure the building at the soonest opportunity, provide for the return of personal property to the rightful owners and market the property pursuant to council directive,” City Manager David Clyne said.

Dallas DHS building complete

DALLAS — The Oregon Department of Human Services Multi-Service Center is complete.

The 33,000-square-foot building will house a number of resources, including an after-hours child welfare facility featuring an outdoor playground.

The building was completed by White Oak Construction in conjunction with Lenity Architecture.

To read more about the building, see polkio.com, “New DHS offices going up in North Dallas.”

Hill to read from book examining race

DALLAS — The Dallas Public Library will host an author visit by former Oregon State treasurer Jim Hill.

Hill will read from his new book, “The New ‘N’ Word: The White Middle Class,” at the library at 7 p.m. on Sept. 15.

In 1992, Hill became the first person of color to be elected to a statewide office in Oregon. He served two terms as state treasurer. Prior to that, he served as an assistant attorney general at the Oregon Department of Justice, an Oregon state representative and an Oregon state senator.

After the recession of 2008, Hill noticed a change in the status of the white middle class in America. His premise is that discrimination isn’t always race based; it is also about power and money.

He will be signing copies of his book after he speaks.

Free trees to new Arbor Day members

POLK COUNTY — The Arbor Day Foundation is hosting a membership drive. All who join the foundation in September will receive 10 free trees as part of the foundation’s Trees for America program.

Trees will be shipped postpaid at the right time for planting between Oct. 15 and Dec. 10.

For more information: arborday.org/September.

Thompson to host town hall on Monday

DALLAS — House District 23 Jim Thompson candidate will host a town hall meeting at 6 p.m. on Monday at Pressed Coffee & Wine Bar, 788 Main St., in Dallas.

All are welcome to meet Thompson and talk about issues important to them.

MV Advancements celebrates 50 years

McMINNVILLE — MV Advancements is marking its 50th anniversary, supporting adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

When Mid-Valley Workshop started in 1966, it was one of the few job-training programs available to developmentally and intellectually disabled adults. Throughout the decades, Mid-Valley Workshop changed its name and scope to encompass multiple opportunities for its clientele.

The company offers employment by partnering with Yamhill, Polk and Marion county businesses to match workforce needs with its clients’ skills; helps clients maintain healthy lifestyles by providing an appropriate level of assistance in residential environments; and matches clients’ interests and ambitions with social, recreational and educational opportunities.

The Dallas office is at 950 and 954 SE Uglow Ave.

For more information: mvadvancements.org.

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