Dallas students honored at competition

Three Dallas High School students earned regional distinction and nine qualified to perform in the national competition at the Southern Regional Oregon State Thespian Acting Competition held in Dallas and Independence on Saturday.

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Unsettled terms

Western Oregon officials, teachers agree on all but salary in negotiations

The associate professors at Western Oregon University have been working without a contract since the beginning of the year, said Mark Perlman, president of the WOU Federation of Teachers union.

Free aviation workshop Feb. 20-21

The International Experimental Aircraft Association (Salem Chapter) will offer a free workshop on sport aviation and aerospace on Feb. 20 and 21.

Career workshops open to CHS students

The Panthers Academic Center Beyond the Bell program is sponsoring a series of career and job skills workshops.

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Graduation Gains

State’s annual report mistakingly lists Central’s four-year rates as significantly lower

Dallas, Perrydale and Central made big gains in their on-time graduation rates for the 2014-15 school year, though Central’s may not read that way on the state report.

Health care scholarship available

Applications are being accepted for the West Valley Hospital Foundation scholarship for students in medically related fields of study.

DHS hosts robotics event Saturday

More than 30 robotics teams from around Oregon and Washington will compete Saturday at Dallas High School’s third annual robotics tournament.

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Because riding a donkey isn’t hard enough

Eric Milburn, for Perrydale, takes a shot for the basket from his donkey during a game between Perrydale and Dayton’s FFA programs

George Fox announces graduates

Two Polk County students earned degrees during George Fox University’s mid-year commencement ceremony on Dec. 19.

Local students earn dean’s list honors

More than 850 traditional undergraduate students earned dean’s list recognition at George Fox University in the fall of 2015. Students must earn a 3.5 GPA or above on 12 or more hours of graded work to earn a spot on the dean’s list.

Western Oregon pays reduced fine

Western Oregon University will pay a fine of $1,784 to the Department of Environmental Quality, $10,287 less than the original fine in July 2015.

Dallas, Central high schools to host regional theater competition

Central and Dallas high schools will be co-hosting 28 school theater troupes in the Oregon Thespians Southern Regional Acting Competition on Saturday.

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State releases graduation rates

Two districts saw increases

Two school districts in Polk County saw big gains in their on-time graduation rates for the 2014-15 school year.

Group to look at locker room safety

A superintendent’s committee of Dallas School District staff, students and community members will be formed to look into what more can be done to address concerns about locker room safety and privacy.

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Kings Crossing

Students, artists work together to provide comfortable, ‘chill’ atmosphere

Kings Crossing, a student-run coffee shop open on Saturdays in Kings Valley, is a “living classroom.”