Aquatic Center closed for maintenance

The Dallas Aquatic Center is closed this week for maintenance.

Consortium to serve county

The Community Services Consortium will serve Polk County at the Henry Hill Education Support Center, 750 S. Fifth St., Independence.

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Details emerge for Doaks Ferry

A project that would redirect some of the traffic using Doaks Ferry Road to increase safety will cost significantly more than the $2.1 million the state has available for Polk County to complete it.

Information overload

Cohen to lead workshop on critical thinking

With 24/7 access to news, it may be tough to sift between the wheat and the chaff.

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New principal, familiar face

Brazeau works double duty as Central’s leader, superintendent

Buzz Brazeau is settling in for the school year in a new office.

Firefighters respond to blaze at Chase Grill

Polk County Fire District No. 1 responded to a commercial structure fire at Chase Bar and Grill on Thursday morning.

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Working for Wagner

New library director strives to make it a magical place

Andy Rommel, the new director at Wagner Community Library in Falls City, wants the library to be a place of community pride and inspiration.

Committees move ‘Engaged’ forward

The city of Monmouth’s visioning process, Monmouth Engaged, has had four committees working to make citizens’ visions of the future a reality.

Public agenda

Public agenda for Aug. 31

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harvesting hops

Quality is good in this year’s hop harvest, continuing through September

Trucks filled with hop bines rumble down Wigrich Road, heading to the drying and baling facility at Rogue Farms in Independence.

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Youth takes cleanup into his hands

Skateboarder Todahl adopts Dallas Skate Park to keep it tidy, hopes for expansion

Perry Todahl works by himself Aug. 24 afternoon spreading wood chips along the back side of the Dallas Skate Park.

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Deputy cleared in shooting

A Polk County deputy involved in a fatal shooting in early July will not face charges after a grand jury has unanimously deemed his actions as justified.

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Summer crew expands reach

Falls City program hires six to seven students during summer

As summer jobs go, Kenny Graham can’t think of a better one than working on the Falls City School District’s seasonal maintenance crew.

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Marijuana businesses step up

Organic Investments submits site design review to city of Independence

Organic Investments submitted a site design review to the City of Independence for 16,840-square feet of greenhouses for growing cannabis, and a 8,740 square-foot building for processing of cannabis and office use.

Sojourn donates shampoo

While the American Red Cross sends more help to Louisiana — including deployments from Polk County — Sojourn International is doing what it can to aid the flood victims: donating shampoo.