Stories for April 2017


Wednesday, April 26



Pedee Church escaped rain once again on Easter’s sunrise service at Womer Cemetery, even though the sun was, as usual, not in evidence through the clouds.

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As the damp and soggy month of April trudges on, we’re all hoping that the arrival of Miss May will bring sunshine and flowers and our long awaited — and overdue — arrival of springtime.

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Duck faces charge of manslaughter

The man arrested last week in connection with a fatal motorcycle crash on Highway 22 will face manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide, along with five other felonies.

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Bill targets dam safety

A bill is working its way through the Oregon House of Representatives requires operators of “high hazard” dams — which includes Dallas’ Mercer Dam —to develop an emergency action plan.

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Theater creates drama

Monmouth city officials and councilors butted heads with organizers of the Applebox Childrens Theater at the April 18 city council meeting.

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Dallas puts league on notice

DALLAS — The last time Dallas’ softball team squared off against Central, it was a defensive battle with the Dragons pulling out a 2-1 victory.

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Friday, April 21

Wednesday, April 19


URA considers old armory property

The Dallas Urban Renewal Agency Board reversed course on its decision last year to not purchase the former Dallas Armory site on Church Street in downtown.

April 19, 2017 2:44 p.m. read more..


Steve and Audrey Cameron visited son James’ house in Milwaukie and attended granddaughter Eliana’s school program.

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Poets and song writers have extolled the wonders of Paris in the springtime for generations now, and sipping champagne from a café located within the Eiffel Tower is something never to be forgotten.

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CENTRAL ROUNDUP: Softball rolls to victories

ALBANY — Central’s softball team earned a trio of victories. The Panthers defeated Woodburn 19-3 on April 11 before beating South Albany 6-2 and 17-4 on Thursday. The Panthers entered the week with a 7-5 record overall and a 3-3 mark in Mid-Willamette Conference play, good for fourth place.

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Perrydale trio excels at Invitational

BANKS — Competing at a meet with 1A, 2A, 3A and 4A schools, Perrydale’s track and field teams were looking to make a statement at the Rob Frank Invitational at Banks High School on Saturday.

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Dragons excited to show off depth

DALLAS — Dallas’ girls golf team has seen success in recent years, thanks in part to senior Kailee Curtis, who has earned her spot among the state’s best golfers. The rest of the players want to show that they are ready to do the same.

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Panthers on the prowl

INDEPENDENCE — Last year, Central’s baseball team struggled to find its identity. With a 12-14 record overall and 10-11 mark in Mid-Willamette Conference play, the Panthers showed they could be a threat — but not consistently. They’re out to change that perception in 2017.

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Brautigam steps down as coach

DALLAS — David Brautigam has stepped down as head girls basketball coach. Brautigam said he made the decision so he could spend more time with his family.

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Tuesday, April 18


Friday, April 14

Wednesday, April 12


West Salem woman sentenced to 54 months

Charla Ki Vaughn was sentenced in Polk County Circuit Court on March 31 to serve 54 months in prison after being convicted of delivering heroin and methamphetamine in two separate cases.

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Marijuana facility moves forward

Organic Investments, a marijuana processing and growing facility, got the green light from the Independence City Council after its business plan was appealed twice.

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DSD awards school project contracts

The Dallas School Board awarded contracts at it’s meeting Monday night for projects that will begin this summer at Whitworth, Lyle and Oakdale elementary schools.

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CASA receives more money

On Thursday, Polk County Budget Committee approved giving Polk County CASA $10,000 more than was proposed in the 2017-18 budget.

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Monmouth officially ‘inclusive’

MONMOUTH — The Monmouth City Council received a standing ovation from Western Oregon University students and Monmouth residents who filled Volunteer Hall at the council’s April 4 meeting.

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These Polk County groups would welcome individuals who have time or expertise to volunteer. Organizations that would like to be added to this list should call 503-623-2373 or email

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Dallas clinic to host fundraiser

The Dallas Lions Club is partnering with the Dallas Community Free Clinic on April 22 to expand services offered that day at Trinity Lutheran Church, 320 SE Fir Villa Road, Dallas.

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Reservations for eclipse campsites available April 19

SALEM -- The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department will open reservations at 8 a.m. on April 19 for the Aug. 21 solar eclipse for about 1,000 new campsites. These campsites are in addition to the department’s regular campsites, which have been reserved since November 2016.

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PREP TRACK AND FIELD: Hendrickson takes first

AMITY — Falls City junior Madelyn Hendrickson won the girls 200-meter run in Amity on Thursday with a time of 29.53 seconds. Brittney Potts took second in the 400 in 1:10.92; Gonzales placed second in the 3,000 (15:57.44), and Hendrickson added a pair of second-place finishes in the 100 hurdles (18.90) and long jump (14 feet, 2 inches). 

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Hard lessons start to pay off for Pirates

PERRYDALE — The 2016 season was a tough one for Perrydale’s baseball team. The Pirates went 2-17, but coach Steve Mabry kept preaching a simple message — keep working and building for the future. That hard work is beginning to pay off.

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Springing into tennis

DALLAS — When Dallas girls tennis player Molly Peffley decided to pick up a racket her freshman year, she didn’t have years of experience.

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Thursday, April 6

Wednesday, April 5

POINT, Salem PD bust heroin ring

Police arrested three men and seized heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine following a Polk Inter-agency Narcotics Team and Salem Police Street Crimes Unit investigation into a heroin distribution ring in Polk and Marion counties.

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We turned the calendar page to the month of April last Saturday and everyone has high hopes that we will indeed not see many April showers — as the old song promised — but more sunny and blue-sky days.

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City approves adding golf course to UGB

Dallas Golf Club’s application to be included in the city’s urban growth boundary was approved by the Dallas City Council without conditions that an extension of the Rickreall Creek Trail be included.

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Start spreadin’ the news

Anna Jackson couldn’t contain herself when she found out LaCreole Middle School eighth-grader Wyatt Button had been selected to perform in the 2017 Middle School Honors Choir at Carnegie Hall this summer.

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Ready-to-use office space

The old Independence Opera House is in use, but instead of dances or performances, it will be packed with entrepreneurs and business people.

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Deputies arrest man in stabbing

On Monday, just after midnight, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, assisted by officers from the Dallas Police Department and the Oregon State Police, responded to a report of a man who had been stabbed in the chest at 392 N. Kings Valley Highway, outside of Dallas.

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Two graduate from DPSST

Robin Burch and Randy Henderson, Polk County Community Corrections parole and probation officers, will graduate from the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training on Friday at the academy, 4190 Aumsville Highway SE, Salem.

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Monmouth man convicted of drug charges

Colin Matthew Lynch was sentenced in Polk County Circuit Court on March 29 to serve 40 months in prison after being convicted of delivering methamphetamine in three separate cases.

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Dallas Fire reminds public of burn rules

As the weather continues to get better, Dallas Fire & EMS along with SW Polk Fire District, wants to take this opportunity to go over a few rules if you plan to do any backyard burning.

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Forest River expands to Sheridan

From the vantage point of Jim Sieber’s office window, you see no room to spare on the production floor of Forest River’s R-Pod and Surveyor plant in Dallas.

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Sibling rivalry

DALLAS — Growing up, siblings Jenifer and Cody Webb always found a way to compete.

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Tuesday, April 4