Minet board should reconsider options

The board of directors of Monmouth Independence Networks (Minet) decided Thursday to indefinitely table an idea of the telecommunications company providing free WiFi access to residents and visitors of both cities in exchange for possible debt relief from the two cities.

Service providers join to help others

For the fifth year, Polk County Service Integration will host the Polk Community Connect event from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Valley Life Center Church, 1795 SE Miller Ave., in Dallas.

Communities should come together

After an Independence man lost his life in a tragic car-bicycle crash on Hoffman Road on Dec. 30, it has the town of Monmouth asking: What could be done to prevent such tragedy from repeating itself?


Welcome to 2016

Heading into 2016, here are some projects we’d like to see make some progress.


‘A Visit from St. Nicholas’

(Also known as, “’Twas the Night Before Christmas”)


We need your help to deck the halls

This is where you come in! We’d love to give your favorite holiday recipes a try this year.


Polk County begins Christmas season

Polk County kicked off the countdown to Christmas in style last weekend.


Just for today, give Thanks for all we have

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day, the national holiday to give thanks and heal the wounds of the nation.


Words carry responsibility

This past week has been a reflection of what it means to live in the United States of America and to celebrate the freedoms that we treasure.

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Veterans need more services

This day, and for the whole year, consider thanking veterans with more than just a handshake.

No-Shave November brings awareness

No-Shave November is not just about giving a man — or woman, in fact — an excuse to skip a step in grooming. It is designed to raise awareness about cancer by highlighting people’s hair, something many cancer patients lose during treatment.


Volunteer numbers at an all-time low

West Valley Hospital’s staff of volunteers is at critically low numbers.


Working together for a better community

Want to find a place that knows how to respond to a need? Look no further than Falls City.


Make sure that the newspaper is part of the incident communication plan

We are encouraged to see local agencies and school districts preparing for an active shooter event like the one that so tragically took the lives of nine people at Umpqua Community College on Thursday.


Let’s stick with one system for a while

The results are in for the first round of testing using the new Smarter Balanced Assessment, which is supposed to be a more difficult test using higher standards.