Milligan joins Central School Board

Steve Milligan was chosen to fill the Central School District board vacancy left by Kathy Zehner’s retirement.

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What fools these mortals be

VSC presents ‘Midsummer’ for second season, to open July 27

Valley Shakespeare Company at Western Oregon University is back for its second season, this time weaving the playwright’s most famous comedy, inspired by the foolishness and craziness of love.


School Notes

Central may still seek bond

INDEPENDENCE — Central School District did not get the OK for a $4 million state grant that the district would have received pending a voter-approved bond in November.

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Paving a parking lot

Middle school and high school softball to share field in 2017

PERRYDALE — Perrydale High School Athletics Director Dan Dugan knows firsthand just how crowded the parking lot can get.

Parents question dual role

The Central School District Board Chair Steve Love said that the board spent hours in executive session prior to deciding to allow Superintendent Buzz Brazeau to serve as interim principal at Central High for the 2016-17 school year.

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WOU breaks ground on health center

Student Health and Counseling Center expected to be completed in spring 2017

MONMOUTH — Western Oregon University will soon have a new facility for the Student Health and Counseling Center, scheduled for opening in spring 2017. Campus officials held a groundbreaking ceremony Friday, which included a blessing from tribal elder Bob Tom. The center will be built with increased student tuition fees, but associated student body president Alma Pacheco said it is exactly what the students want.

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Children’s theater keeps local tradition alive

“Ready! And act — hold on.” Rob Harriman bolts off stage and grabs a chair from somewhere behind it, yanking it onto the otherwise empty platform.

Falls City School District has ‘painless’ budget

Creating a budget for a school district wouldn’t ever be considered easy, but for this year’s plan, Falls City Superintendent Jack Thompson characterized it as “painless.”

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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

Avoid the lines, support the Class of 2017

Fourth of July Western Days Celebration and Fireworks wristbands may be pre-purchased from the Central High School 2017 Senior All-Night Celebration Committee.