Students take on tough topic in play

Central’s production class prepares show about school mass shootings

The play isn’t until January, but already Central High School’s production class is causing some waves.

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Developers share ideas for Valley Concrete

City of Independence gets three request for qualifications with visions for site

Three developers have submitted requests for qualifications, vying for the chance to work on and purchase the old Valley Concrete site in Independence.

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Transgender policy enforced

Law allows Dallas High School student to use boys locker room with others

On Nov. 16, the Dallas School District sent a letter to parents of students in physical education classes with a transgender student who is being allowed to use the locker room of the gender he identifies as.


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Listing of upcoming events taking place in Polk County that are open to the public.

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Central School District unveils new website

Central School District launched its new website on Nov. 17, and it’s easier to navigate and manage, said Superintendent Buzz Brazeau.


Listing of upcoming meetings for governmental and nongovernmental agencies in Polk County

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Dallas seeks new owner for building

The city of Dallas is looking for a new owner for the long-vacant former Carnegie Library building in downtown Dallas.

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Falls City high school maple trees removed

Two maple trees that adorned the entrance of Falls City High School for at least a century were taken down earlier this month after they were determined to be a safety hazard.

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Polk County Sheriff Bob Wolfe will retire Monday after 16 years on the job

Bob Wolfe owes part of his career to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office.

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Dallas resident ‘quietly serves’

Mary Weinbender is the type of person who notices when someone is in need.

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Going once, going twice

Tickets to the annual YMCA auction are going fast

It’s still more than two weeks away, but tickets are going fast for the annual Monmouth-Independence YMCA auction, slated for Dec. 11.


*OHSU-Salem partnership official*Help name Dallas' newest city park*Learn to be an NWS weather spotter*Monmouth man arrested for ID theft*Think safety on Thanksgiving Day

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Active-shooter drill tests local agencies

This was just a drill.

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A Dream Come

Smith checks off his bucket list with ride-along in truck

The first step into Siletz Trucking’s log truck was about 3-feet off the ground, nearly to Jim Smith’s waist, but he was determined and eager to take a ride in the beast.