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Dallas hit and run driver damages city hall landscape

An unknown driver did his or her best to crash into Dallas City Hall Saturday morning, but thankfully most of the damage was absorbed by bushes outside the building.

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SB 322 foes state their case

Proposal would halt fifth-year programs in high schools

More than 100 students, school administrators and parents gathered at the state capitol Thursday to express concern over a bill that would kill fifth-year programs in high schools statewide.

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Should WOU ban campus smoking?

Student group is pitching idea

Students in the Community and Family Health Organization club at Western Oregon University are asking: Should WOU be smoke- or tobacco-free?

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District reaches deal with new superintendent

The Dallas School Board made it official, approving a three-year contract with new Superintendent Michelle Johnstone on Monday.

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COMMUNITY NOTEBOOK

*Easter candy sale underway*Extension offering classes for youths*Doll show, sale set for Saturday*Medical missionary will speak in Dallas*Casino set to host wine and spirits fair*Parenting class offered at KVCS*Book sale benefit planned Monday

WIMPEG board agrees to upgrades

Instead of purchasing a new high-definition server, the WIMPEG board of directors decided to invest the bulk of $50,000 in infrastructure and equipment upgrades.

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City manager job may be part time

Falls City likely will reduce hours for administrator due to budget

The city of Falls City will soon begin searching for a permanent city manager, but that person may be working part time.

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Firefighter remembered via adopt-a-road tribute

INDEPENDENCE — In honor of Capt. Thomas Kistler, a Polk County Fire District No. 1 firefighter who died on duty, a stretch of road in Independence has been “adopted.”

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Hospital’s new boss is on the job

Jim Sapienza takes over at West Valley for retired Bob Brannigan

Health has always been a fascination for Jim Sapienza, West Valley Hospital’s new administrator.

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Johnstone ready to take reins of district, make Dallas home

When Michelle Johnstone, Dallas School District’s soon-to-be new superintendent, drove into Dallas for her interview earlier this month, it was love at first sight.

Senate Bill threatens fifth-year programs statewide

Hass says bill would phase out community college offerings in high schools by 2017

Fifth-year programs at Dallas, Central and Falls City — and other districts throughout the state — appear to be on the chopping block if a bill slated for a public hearing Thursday in the Oregon Senate Committee on Education is approved.

Lunches available for youths during spring break in area

Free lunches will be available for children ages 1 to 18 during spring break, beginning Monday and continuing through March 27, at locations in Dallas, Independence and Grand Ronde.

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Storm drains need upgrades in Dallas

No rate increases planned for now

The city of Dallas will be creating a new storm water fund in the 2015-16 budget, but that doesn’t mean an increase in rates — yet.

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Falls City, water co-op agree

10-year contract allows rate increases in first three years

The city of Falls City and Luckiamute Domestic Water Cooperative have approved a contract that will keep water flowing for the co-op.

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COMMUNITY NOTEBOOK

*Soup, pie sale set Thursday at center*Dallas seniors will serve up soup, pie*Museum planning family day event*Local youth state finalist in pageant

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