Stories for December 2017

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Wednesday, December 27



COMMUNITY CALENDAR

Community Calendar is a listing of upcoming events taking place in Polk County that are open to the public.

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PEDEE NEWS

The Women’s Club met at Mel and Marguerite Nice’s home in McMinnville today for a Christmas potluck.

December 27, 2017 2:36 p.m. read more..


MI TOWN

The beautiful Christmas carols and other seasonal tunes have taken flight from the airwaves and it’s somewhat bittersweet to say good-bye to music that helped transform the dark and rainy days in this wintry season.

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Four new taxes coming in 2018

The Oregon Department of Revenue is reminding Oregon businesses and employers, out-of-state businesses with employees or customers in Oregon, and vehicle and bicycle buyers to make sure they’re ready for four new taxes starting in 2018.

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Bibler to compete down under

PERRYDALE — When Abigail Bibler was called into the school main office two months ago, she was more confused than anything else.

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PUBLIC AGENDA

Public Agenda is a listing of upcoming meetings for governmental and nongovernmental agencies in Polk County.

December 27, 2017 noon read more..


Four arrested in POINT operation

On Dec. 14, detectives from the Polk Interagency Narcotics Team concluded a five-month long investigation into the illegal distribution of heroin and methamphetamine.

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Getting to a sales-tax state

Oregonians, long proud of having no sales tax, now have two point-of-sales taxes — and one that rides the border of being such a tax.

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Falls City considers fire levy

The Falls City City Council gave city staff the nod Dec. 14 to pursue putting a five-year levy on the May 2018 primary election ballot to support its fire department.

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Wednesday, December 20



Found: Letter to Santa

Michelle Lane and her mother were shopping at Safeway on Dec. 11 when they stumbled on a decorative “Letters to Santa” mailbox.

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WOU ROUNDUP: Men’s basketball downs Alaska

MONMOUTH — Western Oregon University’s men’s basketball team used a balanced scoring attack to defeat Alaska Anchorage 82-50 on Sunday. The Wolves saw 10 players score five or more points.

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PREP BASKTBALL: finding its identity

FALLS CITY — Falls City’s boys basketball team is in search of its identity. “It’s been a little more of a learning curve than I first expected,” coach Micke Kidd said.

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PEDEE NEWS

Former Pedee resident Ted South, 78, died on Dec. 2. He grew up on Shady Lane, going to school in Pedee and lived there until the ’60s. He was the brother of Carla Burbank.

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Mistletoe for a cause

Keagan Graves took the baton from his older brother, Collin, and now he’s the adorable boy peddling mistletoe during the holiday season.

December 20, 2017 noon read more..
      

PUBLIC AGENDA

Public Agenda is a listing of upcoming meetings for governmental and nongovernmental agencies in Polk County.

December 20, 2017 noon read more..
 

COMMUNITY CALENDAR

Community Calendar is a listing of upcoming events taking place in Polk County that are open to the public.

December 20, 2017 noon read more..


MI TOWN

To continue along my medical journey: Today’s a follow-up appointment with Dr. Faddis in Corvallis to be sure all is well.

December 20, 2017 noon read more..
     

Thursday, December 14



What’s your resolution?

The <em>Itemizer-Observer</em> is collecting New Year’s resolutions, and we want to know what you hope to accomplish in 2018.

December 14, 2017 5:05 p.m. read more..


Wednesday, December 13

 

Focus groups inconclusive

Focus groups evaluating plans to build an all-in-one public safety building in Dallas didn’t provide much insight into how voters would respond if the Dallas City Council put the proposal on the ballot.

December 13, 2017 3:52 p.m. read more..
  

DHS, business leaders want to collaborate

If the education and business leaders developing Dallas High School’s career and technical education program have their way, all the work done in the last year is just the tip of the iceberg.

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A second chance

MONMOUTH — From the moment he finished his senior season at Western Oregon in 2016, Devon Alexander has had his sight set on playing professional basketball — no matter where in the world it would take him.

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Event to refocus on homelessness

When the organizers of the Polk County Homeless Connect event announced they had decided to refocus on those who are already homeless — away from also aiding those who are considered “at risk” of homelessness — it is understanding they would get some push back from those hurting in our communities.

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Seven displaced after fire

No one was hurt in an early-morning fire in Falls City on Sunday, but three family pets died as a result of the smoke and flames.

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MI TOWN

Our beautiful blue skies and unseasonable December weather have given us so many reasons to be grateful that we live in MI Town.

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PEDEE NEWS

Shawn and Trina Brotherton and kids Kalina and Kindan went to see the Zoo Lights the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

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Garden Column

As freezing weather moves in, gardeners may be worrying about how to protect their plants from the cold.

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Akha farm owners arrested last week

The owners of the Akha Farm in Falls City, Matthew McDaniel and Michu Uaiyue, were arrested last week on assault, mistreatment, and sexual abuse charges involving a teen girl.

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PUBLIC AGENDA

Public Agenda is a listing of upcoming meetings for governmental and nongovernmental agencies in Polk County.

December 13, 2017 noon read more..


Wednesday, December 6



MI TOWN

Happy December, everyone. It seems like we just put away our summertime chairs and picnic baskets, and now it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in MI Town — and all over the valley.

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FALLS CITY ROUNDUP: Boys basketball wins two

FALLS CITY — Falls City’s boys basketball team opened its season with a pair of victories. The Mountaineers defeated McKenzie 57-25 on Thursday and Southwest Christian 54-28 on Friday.

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Dallas thespians charm in play

The advanced theater class at Dallas High School is condensing all the magic of a Disney classic into 30 minutes in its production of “Cinderella Kids.”

December 6, 2017 noon read more..
  

A helping hand

Mike McConnell’s philosophy on giving his time is “if somebody doesn’t do it, it doesn’t get done.”

December 6, 2017 noon read more..


Contract talks reach impasse

Negotiations between Falls City and Southwestern Polk Rural Fire Protection District seem to be at square one after a meeting Thursday between officials of both entities.

December 6, 2017 noon read more..
  

Tuesday, December 5