Community school plan moves ahead

New charter school hopes to open in Dallas in time for 2015-16 year

Dallas Community School, a proposed charter school, did not receive the federal start-up grant it was seeking, but will proceed with recruiting students and opening next fall.

Dallas theft ring is broken up

Officers have arrested several subjects, but haven’t been able to recover all the stolen merchandise. They are asking anyone who may have purchased items from three of the six suspects arrested to contact police.

Perrydale teachers, district still at odds over contract talks

The district and teachers have been trying to negotiate a contract without success since February and entered mediation in November to resolve the dispute.

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Watershed council, cities giving Ash Creek new life

Work is well underway clearing invasive plants from the banks of Ash Creek in Monmouth and Independence.

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City fee structure stirs complaints

Victoria Kruljac of Independence is not using water and sewer service from the city of Independence in a vacant house, but said she is still paying $85 in base charges.

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WOU professor master of fake fighting

Theater expert choreographs sword fight scenes, serves as stunt double for TNT’s ‘The Librarians’

He’s the last guy you’d want on your side in a bar fight, but the first you’d call to make sure no one got hurt on stage.

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Rock-N-Rogers opens in Rickreall

Fans of both Farrol’s of old and Rock-N-Rogers’ menu should be pleased.


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Mixed-use development nears final plan approval

The Dallas Planning Commission is still taking comment on the detailed plan review for a proposed 122-acre development in the Barberry node, west of Fir Villa Road in Dallas.

Cities will bail out MINET on payment

Company still not covering its debt

Both Monmouth and Independence have paid the December debt payment for MINET, totaling $773,014.


It’s time to resolve Perrydale dispute

Perrydale teachers have been working for nearly six months without a current contract, and it looks like it will be at least another month before they get one. Negotiations have been going on even longer, since February.

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*Teen holiday party planned at library*Christmas story will be performed*Fiddlers schedule Saturday gathering*Christmas caroling party slated Sunday*Master Gardener deadline extended

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Fair board seeking your help with idea for theme

Prize will be awarded for best slogan for county fair

Want to put your unique stamp on the 2015 Polk County Fair?

Clothing giveaway is set for Saturday

“Christmas Giveaway” is Saturday, complete with a visit from Santa.

Police department adds three officers

Three new officers hired in part to replace some officers who have been reassigned or are planning retirement.