Stories for February 2017

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Saturday, February 25

 

Negrete wins state title

PORTLAND -- Central wrestler David Negrete won a state title at 220 pounds on Saturday. Negrete earned a 4-2 decision over Thurston's Jackson Casteel in the championship match.

February 25, 2017 10:01 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, February 22

  

PEDEE NEWS

Steve and Audrey Cameron celebrated the family's February birthdays with a "birthday weekend" with their children and grandchildren. 

February 22, 2017 noon read more..
       

Central High presents ¡Bocon!

What’s a young boy to do when his parents have “disappeared” and soldiers have overrun his home? Make his way to the Border of Light and the City of Angels, of course.

February 22, 2017 noon read more..
 

Commissioners OK bond in May

Voters will be asked to decide whether to provide $10 million to the county for repairs and maintenance at several facilities in the May 16 election.

February 22, 2017 noon read more..
    

Ag Fest coming Saturday and Sunday

The second annual Mid-Valley Winter Ag Fest returns to the Polk County Fairgrounds & Event Center and Polk County Museum, 520 S. Pacific Highway, Rickreall on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

February 22, 2017 noon read more..


VSO office ready to help

Theda and John Tawney purchased the property at 240 SW Washington St. in Dallas in hopes of turning it into a sporting goods store after their son, Ian Tawney, returned from service overseas.

February 22, 2017 noon read more..
 

Weather sets marks, but no floods

Rivers are high, and Polk County is officially out of danger of a drought, but the National Weather Service does not expect rivers to break their banks soon.

February 22, 2017 noon read more..


DSD receives AVID grant

The Dallas School District has received a $11,748 grant to launch the AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) program.

February 22, 2017 noon read more..
 

Rules change on manufactured homes

Polk County Assessor Doug Schmidt announced that his office will no longer process manufactured home ownership transfer applications, but it will still help residents with applications.

February 22, 2017 noon read more..
        

Ford places fifth in the girls 100-yard freestyle

GRESHAM — Dallas senior Jolie-Rae Ford ended her high school career on a high note on Saturday, recording a fifth-place finish in the girls 100-yard freestyle at the OSAA 5A Swimming State Championships on Friday and Saturday.

February 22, 2017 11:10 a.m. read more..


PREP BASKETBALL: Sharing a special season

UPDATE: Perrydale will host Powers Friday at 6 p.m. SALEM — Prior to the start of the season, all of Perrydale’s boys basketball players figured they’d have a shot to win a league tournament title.

February 22, 2017 11:10 a.m. read more..

Tuesday, February 21

   

Agencies to conduct emergency preparedness test

POLK COUNTY – State, county, city government agencies a three-state region along with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, will conduct the first major test of emergency plans in preparation for the predicted 9.0 Cascadia subduction zone earthquake.

February 21, 2017 2:22 p.m. read more..
         

Wednesday, February 15



PREP SWIMMING: Central’s season ends

CORVALLIS — Central’s swim team saw its season come to an end at the Mid-Willamette Conference District Swimming Championships on Friday and Saturday, but the future looks bright for the Panthers.

February 15, 2017 noon read more..


Dallas targets grad rate increases

Dallas School District’s graduation rate was on par with the state average, about 75 percent, and its five-year completer rate is five percentage points better than the average.

February 15, 2017 noon read more..
        

Sewer billing to change costs

Sewer bills in Monmouth will likely increase, though a few customers will see a decrease, because the way bills are calculated are set to change.

February 15, 2017 noon read more..


Monmouth OKs marijuana zoning

Marijuana retail, processing and production facilities have been added to the Monmouth zoning code through a legislative amendment passed unanimously at the Feb. 7 council meeting.

February 15, 2017 noon read more..
      

Polk County fair recap

“Moo at the Moon.” That is the theme for the 2017 Polk County Fair, in honor of the Great American total solar eclipse the region will experience on Aug. 21, after the fair’s run.

February 15, 2017 noon read more..
  

MI TOWN

Even though Cupid packed up his bow and arrow and has left town for another year, I’d like to send belated Valentine’s Day greetings and a big helping of gratitude to those who help make living in MI Town extra special, all year long.

February 15, 2017 noon read more..


PEDEE NEWS

Kevin and Karen Porter drove to San Francisco the weekend of Jan. 21 to pick up two friends visiting from Australia, Fiona Cockerell and her 15-year-old daughter, Kaitlynn.

February 15, 2017 noon read more..


PREP WRESTLING: THE DALLAS DOZEN

CORVALLIS — For Dallas’ wrestling team, the district title was back where it belonged. The Dragons won the team title at the Mid-Willamette Conference District Wrestling Championships on Friday and Saturday for the seventh time in eight years.

February 15, 2017 noon read more..


PREP SWIMMING: Ford headed to state

CORVALLIS — In the days leading up to the entry deadline for the Mid-Willamette Conference district swimming championships, Dallas senior Jolie-Rae Ford wasn’t sure what to swim.

February 15, 2017 noon read more..
 

WOU ROUNDUP: Track and field sets new school mark

SEATTLE — Western Oregon’s track and field team set a new school record at the Husky Invite on Friday and Saturday. The women’s distance medley relay team of Suzanne Van De Grift, Megan Rose, Olivia Woods and Kennedy Rufener broke its own school mark by 15 seconds with a time of 11 minutes, 50.03 seconds.

February 15, 2017 noon read more..
     

PREP WRESTLING: Negrete wins district title

CORVALLIS — Central senior wrestler David Negrete (220 pounds) won his third district title on Saturday night at the Mid-Willamette Conference District Wrestling Championships. “I’m glad I became a district champion again,” Negrete said. “It makes me feel good and shows everyone I can do this.”

February 15, 2017 noon read more..


Saturday, February 11



Negrete wins district wrestling title

CORVALLIS -- Central wrestler David Negrete (220 pounds) won an individual title at the Mid-Willamette Conference District Wrestling Championships on Friday and Saturday.

February 11, 2017 11:34 p.m. read more..


Friday, February 10



Thursday, February 9



Amtgard

The rain was pouring. On a wet and muddy battlefield, a wizard, a barbarian, monster and more charged at each other.

February 9, 2017 9:08 p.m. read more..


Falls City, KVCS request class 1A

The Oregon School Activities Association will hear Falls City and Kings Valley Charter School’s request to keep its athletic co-op in the 1A classification for the 2017-18 school year.

February 9, 2017 6:47 p.m. read more..
    

BOC to hold hearing on bond

The Polk County Board of Commissioners is holding two public hearings regarding the proposed up to $10 million bond for maintaining existing county facilities on Feb. 15 at 9 a.m. and 7 p.m.

February 9, 2017 6:35 p.m. read more..


Wednesday, February 8

   

‘All in the timing’

A young woman, Dawn, seeking help for a stutter, hopes learning a new, universal language will help her untie her tongue.

February 8, 2017 noon read more..
    

Roundabout

Studies nationwide show that modern roundabouts reduce fatal crashes by 90 percent.

February 8, 2017 noon read more..
 

MI TOWN

Punxsutawney Phil was comfortably sleeping in his warm den Thursday (Groundhog Day), when he was taken out and thrust into the freezing Pennsylvania morning.

February 8, 2017 noon read more..


PEDEE NEWS

Pedee firefighters Nic Heller and Ethan McKinney were sworn in for the Pedee Fire Station 70 at a promotion and swearing in ceremony for the Polk Fire District No. 1 on Feb. 1 at Central High School.

February 8, 2017 noon read more..
   

DDA seeks help from city

The Dallas Downtown Association has big plans for 2017 and asked the city of Dallas for some help in seeing those through.

February 8, 2017 noon read more..


Central helps kids connect

All elementary school classroom teachers in the Central School District have been trained and certified in a national program, Be GLAD.

February 8, 2017 noon read more..
   

CENTRAL ROUNDUP: Panthers roll to victory over South Albany

INDEPENDENCE — Central’s girls basketball team defeated South Albany 69-56 on Friday. The Panthers built a 53-22 lead entering the fourth. Elizabeth Chavez scored a game-high 25 points to lead the Panthers. Annika Riddell recorded 13 points. Meagan Mendazona and Alexis Barba each scored nine.

February 8, 2017 11 a.m. read more..
  

WOU ROUNDUP: Omlid gets triple-double

MONMOUTH — Western Oregon junior Tanner Omlid recorded a triple-double on Saturday, leading WOU’s men’s basketball team to an 84-70 win over Seattle Pacific. Omlid recorded 18 points, 15 rebounds and 11 steals — a school record. It was the Wolves’ first triple-double since 2003.

February 8, 2017 11 a.m. read more..


PREP SWIMMING: Ford tries for ‘perfect’ finish

DALLAS — This isn’t anything new for Dallas senior swimmer Jolie-Rae Ford. She’s been a fixture as a top contender at the Mid-Willamette Conference district championships ever since she arrived as a freshman — earning a trip to the state championships in each of her first three seasons.

February 8, 2017 11 a.m. read more..
  

Tuesday, February 7



Woman OK after heating pad fire

Dallas Fire & EMS responded to a house fire in the 500 block of Southwest Levens Street at about 6 a.m. on Feb. 1. Dallas Police Department was the first to arrive. Officers helped the female occupant out of her house.

February 7, 2017 noon read more..

Wednesday, February 1

   

Court security to limit access

Limiting access to the Polk County Courthouse to one entrance for court security has been contemplated for years, but movement in that direction has picked up speed.

February 1, 2017 noon read more..
     

PEDEE NEWS

Alan and Tami Shifley’s daughter, Amy, was on the dean’s list at George Fox University in Newberg for the fall 2016 semester.

February 1, 2017 noon read more..
 

MI TOWN

For all of us who have been swapping January ice and snow stories and are so tired of the wet wool smell in coat closets and boots in the hallway, today marks the beginning of the brand new, bright and shiny month of February.

February 1, 2017 noon read more..


VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

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 IOnews@polkio.com.

February 1, 2017 noon read more..