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Dallas EMS answers more calls

Response to incidents may increase by 20 percent in 2016

If call levels hold from the first three months of the year, Dallas’ Emergency Medical Service (EMS) is on track to respond to more than 4,000 incidents in 2016.

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Falls City welcomes in style

People driving into Falls City will be greeted with a new “welcome” sign.

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Students learn twists, turns

After-school program gives kids a chance to design, study roller coasters

Yes, the roller coaster physics class in Falls City really is as fun as it sounds.

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Dwindling donations

Dallas Food Bank sees fewer ‘extras’: soap, shampoo, juice, coffee, pancake mix

Rising costs and shrinking donations ARE forcing the Dallas Food Bank to reduce what it gives to clients. Now the organization is hoping the community can provide a helping hand.


May 11 News in Brief

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WOU students spread joy to local youths

Homelessness is difficult to define or quantify, but in the latest report by the Oregon Department of Education, Marion and Polk counties had 1,449 students in the K-12 system who were considered homeless.

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Spring swing

Polk County offers unique golfing experiences that everyone can enjoy.

It’s a sport built on seemingly contradictions.

Chen’s Family Dish reopens

The reopening many in Dallas were waiting for happened last week: Chen’s Family Dish welcomed customers back starting May 3.

Relay seeks canned food

Polk County Relay for Life is holding a canned food drive from now until the event, on June 4 and 5.

Miles to go on riverfront property, now Independence Landing

The old Valley Concrete site along the Willamette River has been cleaned up and readied for development.

Jones, Nearman face off for District 23

House District 23 drew a crowd of candidates in 2014.

Wheeler, Taylor vie for Polk County commissioner

Incumbent Polk County Commissioner Jennifer Wheeler believes she has more work to do in the office she has held for five years.

Bounty returns to Academy Building lawn

DALLAS — May brings flowers — and baked goods, fresh vegetables and other goodies — when Polk County Bounty Market opens Thursday in Dallas.

Park to be dedicated Saturday

The dedication for the newly named Ian Tawney Memorial Park will be Saturday at 10:30 a.m.

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New VSO may come to Polk County

County budget committee approves money for local veterans support officer

DALLAS — For decades, veterans in Polk County who needed help with their benefits claim had to go into Salem, where the closest Veterans Affairs office is located.