*Chemeketa to dedicate complex*Career center open at Central High*Drive By Press to present at WOU*Button is 'Distinguished Educator'*DHS junior receives state honors

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OSU students dig to the bottom of flooding

Every winter those living in a square mile zone near Sheldon Avenue in Falls City experience frequent and sudden flooding.

CSD elementary schools at capacity for class

The three elementary schools in the Central School District are at capacity, classroom-wise, said Superintendent Buzz Brazeau at Monday’s board meeting.

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Homeless count mixed for county schools

State report reveals most students without adequate housing since 2010-11

More than 140 students attending schools in Dallas, Central, Falls City and Perrydale experienced homelessness during the 2014-15 school year, according to a state report released last week.

CHS to try new grading system

Board changes grading policy at the high school for the fourth time

The Central School Board adopted a policy formalizing the grading process at the high school, aligning the system used throughout the district.

Pressed to host PCFC celebration

Pressed Coffee and Wine Bar will host a celebration of four years of Polk Community Free Clinic.

Curfews to align in two cities

Independence, Monmouth work together to ease confusion

Pending council approval, youths coming and going across the city border with Monmouth will no longer be confused about curfew.

Brown marmorated stink bugs invading homes

The Oregon Department of Agriculture is receiving a number of calls from residents concerned about brown marmorated stink bug populations in and around their homes.

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*Create skeleton masks at art class*Diabetes class at Flaming Medical*Celebrate upcoming expansion of center*Apple festival at Brunk House*Pink tea raises money for ACS*Do-si-do your partner at Guthrie*Bambinos benefit is this Saturday*Find a creative side at Boondocks*Register now for teen aviation event*Breakfast Sunday at Buell Grange

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*Help clean up Polk roads on Saturday*Felines fundraiser slated for Saturday*Flea Market at Rickreall Grange*Exhibit merges photos and poetry*Nominees sought for RLF honor*WVHA's hosts party for Jennings*Learn more about preparedness*Uganda choir to perform on Friday*Benefit to help build Liberia library

Perrydale auction set Saturday

Perrydale will host its annual booster club auction and dinner Saturday evening at the Willows Events Center, 12455 Meyers Road in Dallas.

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Writer of the future

Dallas author wins award for science fiction work

From Susan Cooper to J.R.R. Tolkien to Anne McCaffrey, the world of science fiction and fantasy has inspired Dallas author Stewart Baker since he was a young child to ask one simple question.

Dallas author wins award for children’s book

Kim Conolly, a Dallas author, has won the Cascade Award for her unpublished children’s book, “I’ll Tuck You in, Mama,” at the Oregon Christian Writers Summer Conference held in Portland in August.

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Explore, learn about Monmouth

New app makes it easy to walk around downtown, WOU

A new app for smartphones makes it easier than ever to find out more about historic buildings in the city of Monmouth.

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AFSCME, county at odds

Two organizations have been negotiating since June

Polk County mental health workers and administration are in a “cooling off” period after unsuccessful negotiations over wages.