Polk County youths shop for first day of school with Salvation Army’s help
Steven Hurst had a big decision to make Aug. 19. Upon reaching the checkout stand at Shopko, Steven, 9, had reached his $150 limit and he had to make a choice — keep a cool pair of shorts or a shirt.
DALLAS — Dallas resident Jeff Hevener remembers seeing young kids attending Dallas High football games with their youth uniforms on, but he knew something was wrong. With two youth leagues, Pop Warner and Kids, Inc., kids had to choose which league to play for.
Kennel keeps up tradition of designing his corn maze
When Airlie Hills Farm showed off its first “corn maze” in 2006 with its flower and bumble bee design, it wasn’t quite like the maze kids are accustomed to seeing in recent years.
Readiness Center sets up camp for firefighters
Inmate crews from three different correctional institutions set up camp at the National Guard building, allowing quicker access to the Willamina Creek Fire, which began on Aug. 19.
MONMOUTH — Tanner Omlid is coming home.
WOU graduate hopes to make Chargers’ final roster
SAN DIEGO — To an outsider, Tyrell Williams’ catch in the fourth quarter of the San Diego Chargers’ preseason game against Arizona was just another statistic.
High school and college teams take extra precautions for safety
POLK COUNTY — The fall sports season officially kicked off on Monday. As players and coaches gathered to prepare, they were greeted by an unwelcome, and dangerous, guest — the heat. Temperatures reached into the 90s on Monday and Tuesday and a heat advisory went into effect on Tuesday through Wednesday (today) until 6 p.m. Facing temperatures nearing triple digits, coaches are taking special precautions, regardless of the sport. For Central cross-country coach Eli Cirino, beating the heat means runners are up early each morning for practice to avoid the peak temperatures. “Most of the summer, we run at 9 a.m.,” Cirino said. “The heat scares the heck out of me, especially when kids are running different routes and I can’t keep track of them all at the same time.” For runners, whose workouts include going on distance runs, Cirino ensures his runners are aware of the temperature and how hard they should be pushing themselves in the heat.
INDEPENDENCE — Central’s swim program is in search of a new coach. CHS Athletic Director Shane Hedrick announced on Thursday Shawn Martin is stepping away as coach of the Panthers’ swim program.
Anna Scharf, chairwoman of the Polk County Fair Board, could tell something was different — in a good way — within hours of opening at the annual fair.
Roller derby giving Dallas resident confidence in herself
SALEM — Throughout her life, Dallas resident Sarah Hausman has always watched sports from the sidelines.