Stories for January 2017

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Tuesday, January 31

 

Districts see mixed results

Superintendent Buzz Brazeau was ecstatic when he heard about Central High School’s graduation rates for 2015-16: 86.5 percent.

January 31, 2017 5:19 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, January 25

         

MI TOWN

Last week’s wind and rain couldn’t dampen the enthusiasm and energy at the Monmouth Senior Center’s open house on Thursday.

January 25, 2017 noon read more..
    

Homeless

To afford an average two-bedroom apartment in Dallas, a person must have a job offering $14.36 per hour. In Oregon, 40 percent of jobs pay less than $15 per hour.

January 25, 2017 noon read more..
 

Committee agrees to raises for county officials

The committee that evaluates the salaries of Polk County’s elected officials recommended raises for all of them, and providing a supplement to the district attorney’s position for the first time in nearly 30 years.

January 25, 2017 noon read more..
  

Thornton embraces role as leader

INDEPENDENCE — During his middle school years, it appeared Central senior August Thornton was destined to be a freestyler for the Panthers’ swim team.

January 25, 2017 11 a.m. read more..


FALLS CITY BASKETBALL: Girls defeat Mapleton

FALLS CITY — Falls City’s girls basketball team defeated Mapleton 27-21 on Friday. The Mountaineers opened the week with a 53-32 loss to Crosshill Christian on Jan. 17. Against Mapleton, the Mountaineers overcame a five-point deficit entering the fourth quarter, outscoring Mapleton 14-3.

January 25, 2017 11 a.m. read more..


Pirates pass league tests

PERRYDALE — Perrydale’s boys basketball team had showdowns with two of the top teams in the Casco League and emerged from those tests with a pair of convincing victories.

January 25, 2017 11 a.m. read more..
    

Tuesday, January 24



Monday, January 23



Tuipulotu flips to USC

INDEPENDENCE -- Marlon Tuipulotu announced on Monday that he would be flipping his commitment to play college football at the University of Washington to the University of Southern California.

January 23, 2017 6:31 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, January 18



Community Connect on Jan. 25

On Jan. 25, Valley Life Center, 1795 SE Miller Ave., in Dallas, will be busy with volunteers feeding, clothing, and otherwise helping those Polk County residents who are homeless, or at risk of homelessness.

January 18, 2017 4:32 p.m. read more..


Help the homeless

With one of the coldest winters on record and snow still on the ground, citizens of Dallas began a community discussion: How can we help those who are homeless?

January 18, 2017 4:31 p.m. read more..
    

Myrold pleads guilty in court

Four months after his arrest on accusations of sex abuse involving a 17-year-old student at Dallas High School, former teacher and coach Kirk Myrold will be headed to the Polk County Jail.

January 18, 2017 4:25 p.m. read more..


Indy council fills positions

The Independence City Council took care of business at its Jan. 10 meeting in spite of fresh snow, but postponed the discussion on a new city branding initiative because the consultants worked out of Portland, which was hit worse than the Willamette Valley with ice and snow.

January 18, 2017 noon read more..
         

MI TOWN

Does anybody know how to break up the romance between Mother Nature and Old Man Winter?

January 18, 2017 noon read more..


PEDEE NEWS

Our hearts go out to the LaVoie family, who lost 44-year-old David on Jan. 8.

January 18, 2017 noon read more..


County invests in fair

The Polk County Board of Commissioners approved transferring $150,000 to the Polk County Fairgrounds & Event Center to purchase a new caretaker’s home and backup generator.

January 18, 2017 noon read more..
   

Clow Corner, Hwy 99 to get roundabout

Roundabout. That’s the solution for the intersection at Clow Corner and Highway 99W that Polk County and Oregon Department of Transportation officials agreed to pursue Tuesday morning.

January 18, 2017 noon read more..


Ask doctor before going to ER with flu

With the onset of flu season, winter weather conditions, and usual admissions for heart disease, stroke and other health conditions are keeping many hospitals busy, according to the Oregon Health Authority.

January 18, 2017 noon read more..
  

WOU sets three records

SEATTLE — Three Western Oregon track and field athletes set new school records at the University of Washington Indoor Preview on Saturday.

January 18, 2017 11 a.m. read more..
 

Fishing for success

MONMOUTH — Western Oregon junior forward Tanner Omlid isn’t afraid to lay it all on the line for his team.

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Barry, Panthers get defensive

INDEPENDENCE — Central senior Andrew Barry underwent a big change his junior year. He got a few starts at the varsity level for the boys basketball team, but his defense was more a liability than a strength.

January 18, 2017 11 a.m. read more..


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Thursday, January 12



Wednesday, January 11

 

POINT targets meth network

Polk County Inter-agency Narcotics Team “deiced” a methamphetamine distribution network in the county following a four-month investigation.

January 11, 2017 noon read more..


Foggin subject of special meeting

It wasn’t that Dallas City Manager Ron Foggin applied for another job, but how some Dallas City Council members found out that was the topic of a special meeting Monday night.

January 11, 2017 noon read more..
    

Dear future superintendent

Roughly 400 people in the Central School District gave feedback on what is good about the district, what could be better, and what qualities they want in the new superintendent.

January 11, 2017 noon read more..
    

PEDEE NEWS

It was a heartbreaking Christmas Eve for Jerry and Jo Dhoogie, whose store, Bridgeport Gardens right off Kings Valley Highway, burned to the ground that night.

January 11, 2017 noon read more..


MI TOWN

We’re deep into midwinter in MI Town and it seems like springtime is a distant faraway dream.

January 11, 2017 noon read more..
  

BOC considers 2017 ballot measure

The Polk County Commissioners on Tuesday approved moving forward with considering placing an up to $10 million facilities maintenance bond on the May 2017 ballot.

January 11, 2017 noon read more..


Metcalfe leaves chamber

After 12 years, Chelsea Metcalfe, event planner with the Dallas Chamber & Visitors Center and the organizations’ former executive director, is leaving the organization.

January 11, 2017 noon read more..
 

FALLS CITY ROUNDUP: Girls win two

FALLS CITY — Falls City’s girls basketball team defeated Oregon School for the Deaf 33-17 on Jan. 3 and Livingstone Adventist 28-23 on Thursday. Amara Houghtaling scored 12 points against OSD. Emma Burgess added 10 points and seven rebounds.

January 11, 2017 11 a.m. read more..


WESTERN OREGON ROUNDUP: Omlid leads WOU to wins

LACEY, Wash. — Western Oregon’s men’s basketball picked up a pair of conference wins, beating Seattle Pacific 76-74 on Thursday and Saint Martin’s 80-67 on Saturday. Tanner Omlid led the Wolves to the win over Seattle Pacific. Omlid had a career-high 34 points and recorded seven rebounds, three blocks and two steals.

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Tuesday, January 10

 

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Friday, January 6

 

Wednesday, January 4



MI TOWN

About those New Year’s Resolutions — most of us talk about making them, and I know people who even take the time and effort to write long lists, including things like working to promote world peace and freedom, along with remembering to take those empty bottles and cans to the grocery store before they completely take over the garage.

January 4, 2017 noon read more..
    

Donation center to hold monthly hours

The “Help Fill our Home” donation drive will be ongoing. A donation center, located at 1050 SE Uglow Ave., Dallas, will be open the first Saturday of the month from 9 a.m. to noon, beginning this Saturday.

January 4, 2017 noon read more..
  

Oregon’s retirement system

Local governments’ 2017-18 fiscal year budgets have a shadow looming over them in the form of Oregon Public Employees Retirement System rate increases.

January 4, 2017 noon read more..


Highlights of 2016

“Lost ring finds its way home” — Dec. 21; “Falls City’s do-all mayor” — Nov. 23; “Falls City’s do-all mayor” — Nov. 23

January 4, 2017 noon read more..
                

Tuesday, January 3

 

Metcalfe leaving Dallas chamber

Chelsea Metcalfe, event planner with the Dallas Chamber & Visitors Center and the organizations’ former executive director, is stepping away from her position.

January 3, 2017 2:41 p.m. read more..