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Central students confirmed with pertussis

Whooping cough can be highly contagious

Two students at Central’s secondary schools have been confirmed to have pertussis, or whooping cough, the district announced Tuesday.

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Community notebook for Sept. 20.


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


Library calendar for Sept. 20

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Seize some seed from your garden

As the gardening season winds down and you pick the season’s last vegetables let some plants go to seed and harvest them for planting next year.


Miss Autumn has definitely arrived right on schedule, with cooler mornings, sunrises arriving a few minutes later each morning and the return of college students to MI Town.


The Pedee campus of the Luckiamute Valley Charter School is getting a facelift.

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To build a scarecrow

Independence library’s annual workshop filled with family fun

Families gathered in the Independence Public Library Monday night, bringing to life a scarecrow from a T-frame, newspaper and miscellaneous items.

Dallas school board approves contracts

The Dallas School Board approved three-year contracts with its teachers and classified employee unions on Sept. 11.

It’s better to ask

We’re in the business of asking questions. Sometimes, those questions are hard ones, and, honestly, we often know the answer before we ask. But we still have to ask.


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


Letters for Sept. 20

Preserving history

Heritage auto, ag show celebrates industry

The annual Heritage Auto and Ag Show returns to downtown Monmouth on Saturday, followed by an old-fashioned tractor pull on Sunday.

News in brief

News in brief for Sept. 20

SW Polk, Falls City to negotiate contract

The Southwestern Polk Rural Fire Protection District Board meets Monday to discuss a new agreement between the district the city of Falls City.

Indy considers utility increases

A water rate presentation analyzing the effect of the city’s purchase of a water right last month, as well as the potential building of a new wastewater pumping plant, was given at the Sept. 12 Independence City Council meeting.

A murder is planned for Monday night

Independence Grill to host mystery dinner, written by Marilyn Morton

A murder is planned for Monday night at Independence Grill.

Dallas woman files against co-workers’ threats

Housing authority employees allegedly joke to kill Beehner, get clients arrested

An employee of West Valley Housing Authority filed a tort claim notice alleging she was the victim of a co-worker’s “jokes” about killing or harming her.

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The quilt that took more than 100 years

How long does it take to finish a quilt? For the Cheesman family descendants, the answer is four generations.

Last chance for eclipse stamps

Thursday is the deadline to get an exclusive pictorial cancellation stamp to celebrate the Great American Eclipse that occurred on Aug. 21.



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