Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Covering Dallas, Monmouth, Independence, Falls City and surrounding areas since 1868
November 13, 2012
OHES event a hit
Oakdale Heights Elementary School wants to thank all the parents who volunteered this year at the Harvest Festival.
Special thanks go out to Ugo's Pizza, Dairy Queen, Figaro's, Starlite Lanes, Old Mill Feed & Garden, Little Caesar's, Safeway and Setniker Farms for all of the donations.
Without these donations and the time from the volunteers the event would not have been enjoyed as greatly as it was by the children.
We are so thankful for the amazing support from the community.
A new city hall with burned buildings across the street.
An old city hall with a skeleton of a building across the street that poses the possibility of injury to children in the neighborhood or attracting transients.
During the election, we were supposed to vote for Mayor John McArdle again only because no one opposed him. This Independence has only boondoggles. When will it stop? The dog park down below? Another boondoggle.
Sell the old city hall. Did you see the sign? Finish a building or tear it down. Families were put out of their homes for these projects that were never finished.
These projects are an embarrassment to the great little city of ours.
Mayor McArdle is a big dreamer with no hope of completing anything. He is a big fish in a small pond that is being drained by him. Half-finished projects are Mayor McArdle's legacy.
This is a mayor with no clear view. Start something; oh wait, no, let's start something else. Let's use our tax dollars on a new boondoggle.
up for food bank
What a bountiful year we have been blessed with. The gardens of many giving people have blessed the Dallas Emergency Food Bank for many months.
As of Nov. 7, 12,935 pounds have been donated from the Grace Baptist Church garden. Can you top that?
One of our local citizens donated 925 pounds from his garden. And then there is Tony, who has donated 2,347 pounds. Our smaller gardens have produced an abundance of wonderful and beautiful vegetables and fruits. Your willingness to share your bounties is so appreciated.
Now that harvest time is about over, we look forward to our wonderful community filling in the empty shelves as they have in the past. Since the first of the year, 75,520 pounds of food has been donated and we have fed 9,728 hungry people.
Generosity overflows in our community and we want to send a special thank you to all of you. If I could name them I would, but you know who you are. If I haven't personally thanked you, may you know I would if I could.
Working for our Dallas community has been a real pleasure for me. But I could not do it without our 42 willing volunteers. So, here is a big thank you to all 42 of you.
May all of you be blessed with good health so you can continue your good service.
Dallas Emergency Food Bank
Thank you goes out
to 'Panther Nation'
Thank you once again for supporting the Panther Club Auction and the athletic programs at Central High School. This year's Panther Club assembled a great cast of helpers and donations to raise more than $40,000.
Thank you to all the Panther Club officers who worked endless hours securing donations, setting up promotional activities and providing an evening of camaraderie and fun for everyone involved.
Also, a big thank you to Mike Ainsworth, an alumnus of Central High School (1973), for leading the auction and helping everyone in attendance write checks for much more than they bargained for. His commitment to the citizens of Polk County and the Independence and Monmouth communities should be emulated by all.
CHS Athletic Director and Alumnus (1982)
Supporters are key
to event's success
Thank you to all the loyal and loving vendors, scrapbookers and shoppers that came to this years' Croptoberfest and Vendor Fair. Without you, you know this wouldn't be possible.
Special thanks to the Chapman and Lavier families for helping set up, the Spencer boys for helping us tear down, Kami Anderson for volunteering at the event, Wells Fargo for their donations, and LaCreole Middle School for the use of their building.
Debbie Howe and Marsha Ragan, you guys put so much love and work into these events, I couldn't do it without you; you guys are there with me every step of the way and I am so grateful.
Thanks to all of you, we raised almost $500 for the mentally and physically handicapped youth of Polk County. Thank you so much.
Basic city services
are what we need
So, hopefully the mayor and city council in Dallas have had their wake-up call.
Quick cuts to services is a bandage on the real problem. The time has come to figure out how to save and budget for now and the future of our town.
What I think the people of Dallas expect from the city is the basics: water, sewer, streets, police and fire/ambulance; anything else is nice, but priority should go to basics first.
All concentration should be on maintaining the town we have, not wasting money on new visions. To stop the planning of pet projects would be the next step. Find a way to get the Dallas Urban Renewal money back into the general fund to serve all the people that pay into it, not just a few in the downtown area. We don't need a new downtown fluff project. Let people plant their own tree. I see no benefit in purchase of a vacant lot. Maybe one less movie night or concert may be the way to go.
There are cuts out there, little ones, but they add up fast. We understand times are tough. It just seems our city does not understand this concept. We need basics and good maintenance on these basics. All I see is that someday our town will have deteriorated so much and there will be no money to fix it. Like the schools that were not maintained a bond will be our only option, which will mean higher taxes. I don't want to trade a shortage of police for pretty planters downtown.
City of Dallas, all we really need is a clean safe place to live with streets, clean water, sewer, police and fire/ambulance.