Citizens help deputies, vice versa

In the last week, deputies from the Polk County Sheriff’s have made news in somewhat unusual ways.

A tale of two fire districts’ contract

We’ve been watching as negotiations between the Falls City Fire Department and Southwest Polk Rural Fire District have carried on and declared at an impasse.

Election season upon us already

Because representatives in the Oregon Legislature are concerned about whether or not voters will support additional taxes on some health insurance plans, managed care organizations and hospitals, a January special election will be held, with ballots mailed on Friday and due back to the Elections Office by 8 p.m. on Jan. 23.

Getting to a sales-tax state

Oregonians, long proud of having no sales tax, now have two point-of-sales taxes — and one that rides the border of being such a tax.

Plan ahead, designate

Driving drunk is never OK.

Event to refocus on homelessness

When the organizers of the Polk County Homeless Connect event announced they had decided to refocus on those who are already homeless — away from also aiding those who are considered “at risk” of homelessness — it is understanding they would get some push back from those hurting in our communities.

Sometimes it really does take a village

As we are busy investigating our local Community Champions, digging up all the good things our neighbors are doing in our communities, organizations and groups in Dallas, Falls City, Independence and Monmouth are putting the finishing touches on plans to host Santa and light trees.

Keep safety in mind as holidays approach

Whether you choose to hit the shops on Thanksgiving, or Black Friday, or sit in your pajamas and search for deals online through Cyber Monday, holiday shopping means opportunities to brighten the day of a loved one.

Franchise fees affect all utilities

Editorial for Nov. 15

Spread the joy this holiday season

Today officially starts our run to the holidays and the end of 2017, with Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas and New Year’s.

Keep Halloween safe for everyone

Tuesday is Halloween, and with the leaves changing color and chill in the air, it seems a perfect time for some spooky fun.

It’s time to start talking about it

It’s a sticky subject, suicide is.

Crowdsourcing is ‘buyer beware’

It’s sad, but true.

Newspapers keep you out of the dark

What a somber start to the month, with multiple deaths in Polk County from car accidents, as reported in last week’s paper, to a mass shooting in Las Vegas that affects us all as we mourn with victims and their loved ones, to communities still recovering from massive hurricanes.

Online news will no longer be free

For more than a decade, we have published our news free online. Beginning Monday, we will offer online subscriptions.



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