Come together for both towns

The joint work session between the cities of Independence and Monmouth councils is about four weeks away, and we are excited to see what they can accomplish by putting their heads together.


Play it safe while summer lasts

It’s nearly that time of year again, when students will be heading back to school.


Your support critical for Polk County Fair

Alright Polk County, it’s time for some “Blue Jeans & Country Dreams” at the Polk County Fair.


Community shines through rainy weather

Often it is when things go exactly opposite as planned that true character is revealed.


I-O awards reflect well on community

It’s award season at the Polk County Itemizer-Observer.


Standardized tests for nonstandard kids

Humans come in all shapes, sizes and colors — and abilities. Students are no different. So why are they all tested with one test while in school?


Another great show for the Fourth of July

Even the threat of historically high temperatures didn’t keep the spectators or participants away from the Fourth of July festivities last weekend.

Tease photo


Our nation’s Declaration of Independence

When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

Kudos to Falls City volunteers

For a moment last week, we were holding our breath. A favorite part of the Fourth of July weekend in Polk County — Falls City Third of July celebrations — might not happen.


Student health center good for all

If you haven’t heard about it, Central Health and Wellness Center will provide all students in Polk County — and, well, the entire community — with health, mental health and dental care.


Focus should be on students

The state legislators are again attacking the future of education, attempting to put a stop to fifth-year programs such as Dallas High School’s Extended Campus.


Class of 2015 blazes ahead

Congratulations, high school graduates.


Positive role model sends can-do message

Western Oregon University has a true gem on the athletics staff. While the athletes compete for glory in competition, this person is content to be in the background.


All welcome at Relay for Life

Everyone in the community is welcome to join the Relayers at the event and help “Give Cancer the Boot.” Plenty of activities throughout the day and well into the evening are scheduled, so even if you’re not on a team, you can find something that may interest you.


Take a closer look around Polk County

Welcome to “Polk Wonderland,” nestled in the heart of the Willamette Valley, a county filled with more wonders than imagined and plenty of choices and opportunities to explore for a lifetime.