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Monmouth residents brace for water increase

Residents of Monmouth will see their water rates increase by 9 percent, or about $2.80 per month for an average household.

FC school district, city discuss future of Wagner Community Library

Voter-approved library district recommended as permanent funding solution

The Wagner Community Library in Falls City has enough funding for three years of operations, but what about after that?

Paws of a Cause back for a second year

Pet food, supplies collected in honor of Sgt. Randy Whittaker

Through the month of July the Polk County Sheriff’s Office will be collecting new or gently used pet supplies or pet food.

HALO loses funding from act

HALO, Helping Achieve Lifelong Objectives, will not have access to the Workforce Investment Act dollars it has previously operated, director Justin Glaze said.

NEWS IN BRIEF

News in brief, June 29

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MI Chamber kicks off ambassador program

Organizers hope new initiative builds relationships with businesses

Leaders of the Monmouth-Independence Chamber of Commerce hope a new program will re-invigorate both the chamber and the communities.

Dallas puts out fire quickly

Dallas Fire put out kitchen fire quickly

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Get ready for a birthday bash, America

The smell of freshly spun cotton candy, roasting corn, sunscreen and sulfur can only mean one thing: It’s time to celebrate America’s birthday, and nobody does it better than Polk County.

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SAFETY FIRST

Mateasa Bathky saw it happen right outside the TNT fireworks stand in the Anytime Fitness parking lot off East Ellendale in Dallas.

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Falls City joins the party

Falls City will have an Independence Day celebration after all, except it will be on July 2 instead of the traditional date of July 3.

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Full-day kinder offers lessons

Successes and challenges mark the first year kindergarteners attended all day

The first year of full-day kindergarten in Dallas School District had students making academic strides, but they had difficulty adjusting to spending six hours in class each day.

School notes

CCC renames Dallas location to Chemeketa Polk -- DSD board adopts 2016-17 budget

Polk Parent program expands to Yamhill

On Friday, the Polk County Parent Education program will expand into Yamhill County through Yamhill Community Care, thanks to an award from the Oregon Parent Education Collaborative (OPEC) Expansion Grant.

WOU’s Tom Udell earns Early Learning Award

The Early Learning Council, overseeing body for the Early Learning Division, has selected two recipients for the Lynne Angland Award.

Academic Honors

Dallas Lions award scholarship -- OSU releases spring honor roll -- EOU announces spring dean’s list

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