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Emily Mentzer

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IDA shines light on downtown Indy

There’s something in the air in downtown Independence. From new businesses to those who are coming soon — evidenced by the brown paper in the windows — from the potential of development on the riverfront, Independence looks set to boom.

February 14, 2018 noon read more..

Roger Jordan makes list for Assist

Roger Jordan Community Park is one of three Oregon parks up for receiving new all-abilities playground equipment through the Moda Assist Program, a partnership between Moda Health and the Portland Trail Blazers.

February 14, 2018 noon read more..

Olympian has CHS Roots

Mary (Desmarteau) and Skip Dierdorff, formerly of Monmouth, moved to Steamboat Springs, Colo., from the Northwest for a job opportunity. Twenty-five years later, they are parents of an Olympian.

February 7, 2018 noon read more..

Dallas keeps it close

The Corvallis boys basketball team put the pressure on the Dragons on Friday night, and the Dallas boys could not answer, losing 52-62.

February 7, 2018 noon read more..

Monmouth house set ablaze

Saturday shortly after 2 p.m., the house at 135 Broad St. N. in Monmouth began to burn. Polk County Fire District No. 1 firefighters finished carefully creating ventilation points for the fire to get into walls and the attic, and set scattered hay ablaze using flares.

January 31, 2018 noon read more..

Smart meters come to Indy

Pacific Power has started replacing meters with smart meters — and Independence and Polk County are the first to receive them.

January 17, 2018 noon read more..

Central audit reveals needed improvements

The Central School District board of directors learned the district has a few things to work on when it comes to its finances, but Business Manager Cec Koontz said most of them have already been addressed.

January 17, 2018 noon read more..

Council lowers speed

Monmouth City Council unanimously approved lowering the speed limit on Church Street West between Monmouth Avenue North and Stadium Drive North, and on Stadium between Monmouth and Church from 25 mph to 20 mph.

January 10, 2018 noon read more..

Found: Letter to Santa

Michelle Lane and her mother were shopping at Safeway on Dec. 11 when they stumbled on a decorative “Letters to Santa” mailbox.

December 20, 2017 1:46 p.m. read more..

Seven displaced after fire

No one was hurt in an early-morning fire in Falls City on Sunday, but three family pets died as a result of the smoke and flames.

December 13, 2017 noon read more..

Everyone wins with food drive

In a sort of sibling rivalry for the best of reasons, Monmouth and Independence police departments are in a heated — albeit friendly — competition to see who can gather the most donations to the Ella Curran Food Bank.

November 15, 2017 2:53 p.m. read more..

WOU to perform ‘Radium Girls’

“Radium Girls” takes the audience on a historic journey ripe with facts, sprinkled with humor and warmth, recounting the story about women who worked for the U.S. Radium Corporation.

November 8, 2017 1:45 p.m. read more..

Welcome to your nightmare

Warning: Organizers of “Welcome to the Movies,” a haunted house at 877 Main St., Dallas, ask all who enter to sign a waiver.

October 25, 2017 noon read more..

Friends to host bi-annual sale

What started in 2016 as a way to let volunteers spend Summerfest with their families has turned into a financial benefit for the Friends of the Dallas Public Library.

October 11, 2017 noon read more..

Off to the (zucchini) races

Students at Mid-Valley Christian Academy filled the gymnasium on Friday afternoon to see whose zucchini creations would travel the fastest and farthest down a ramp.

October 4, 2017 12:36 p.m. read more..

Preserving history

The annual Heritage Auto and Ag Show returns to downtown Monmouth on Saturday, followed by an old-fashioned tractor pull on Sunday.

September 20, 2017 noon read more..

To build a scarecrow

Families gathered in the Independence Public Library Monday night, bringing to life a scarecrow from a T-frame, newspaper and miscellaneous items.

September 20, 2017 noon read more..

A taste of Greece

It doesn’t matter how you pronounce it, Pete Kalogeras at Greece Lightning is happy to serve it up.

September 13, 2017 noon read more..

Polk, Dallas assist at wildfires

Polk Fire Capt. Mike Kissell and members of Dallas Fire & EMS, Southwestern Polk Rural Fire Protection District, Sheridan Fire and McMinnville Fire worked all night battling the blaze at the Eagle Creek Fire on Monday, Sept. 4.

September 13, 2017 noon read more..



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