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Expansion on target for 2016

Grants received last month will get construction started

Funding for the Monmouth Senior Center expansion project is complete with a $90,000 grant awarded on Aug. 17 by the Ford Family Foundation.

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COMMUNITY NOTEBOOK

*Valley Life Center to host simulcast*Community garage sale is Saturday*Nashville artist to perform at Pressed*River Cleanup seeks volunteers*Food preservation class on Thursday

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Armory serves as base

Readiness Center sets up camp for firefighters

Inmate crews from three different correctional institutions set up camp at the National Guard building, allowing quicker access to the Willamina Creek Fire, which began on Aug. 19.

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Falls City, county hope to get money to repair bridges, roads

The city of Falls City has applied for two grants to complete more than $3.5 million in road and bridge repairs.

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Geddes takes reins at Whitworth school

Whitworth Elementary School will have a new principal when students return to class this fall.

Independence hopes to foster tech ed

Students in second grade may end up filling jobs that haven’t even been invented yet, said Independence Economic Development Director Shawn Irvine.

SCHOOL NOTES

*Long named principal of MVCA*CHS registration due on Friday

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Getting ready for the big day

Polk County youths shop for first day of school with Salvation Army’s help

Steven Hurst had a big decision to make Aug. 19. Upon reaching the checkout stand at Shopko, Steven, 9, had reached his $150 limit and he had to make a choice — keep a cool pair of shorts or a shirt.

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Yellow jacket activity heats up with weather

Homeowners advised to protect bees when responding to yellow jackets

Many Oregonians who have dined outside lately can attest to the fact that yellow jacket activity is starting to pick up.

REUNIONS

*DHS Class of 1960*Independence High Class of 1950*Central High Class of 1952

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COMMUNITY NOTEBOOK

*MI Chamber mixer at MaMere's B&B*Reserve spot now for PCMG Fall Fling*'Lost in Yonkers' to debut at Pentacle*NHWV Orchestra to perform Monday*Pacific Power hosts energy workshop*Parrish to speak at Jefferson Lodge*DUMC hosts Dallas Family Night Out*Scrub, shoe sale to benefit students

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The changing face of pot

Medical dispensaries may sell marijuana to all on Oct. 1

Alex Andrade, 40, is perhaps the least likely person to run a medical marijuana dispensary.

SCHOOL NOTES

*DHS, LaCreole registration ongoing*Morrison to hold registration*Registration for Talmadge continues*County to hold immunization clinics

New plan hopes to help Native students

The Oregon Board of Education has adopted an updated plan to improve educational opportunities for Native American students.

Hiring spree at CSD means 14 new teachers

Central schools fills teachers, staff to pre-recession levels

Central School District has been on a sort of hiring spree before the school year starts Sept. 8.

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