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.


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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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.

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Total eclipse inspires engagement

Jacob Timshel had a romantic vision in mind for how he would propose to his girlfriend, Crystal Pace, when the time was right.

Dallas school board approves contracts

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


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

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.

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Falls City councilors vote to close Wagner

The city of Falls City voted to close Wagner Community Library effective June 30, 2018 if a solution to long-term funding is not found.



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