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The Dallas City Council, in a close vote, directed City Manager Greg Ellis to request proposals to perform a feasibility study exploring forming a regional fire district.

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Audience members might not expect singing and dancing in a play called “Speech and Debate,” but it’s in there.

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With the 5A Mid-Willamette Conference district meet right around the corner, the Central and Dallas High School swim teams finished out their regular season on Jan. 29 at Corvallis with goals in mind for one of their biggest meets of the season.

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Brock Pierce had one goal this wrestling season: don’t get pinned.

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Mint Valley Paper, which manufactures tissue and other paper products, is considering building a facility on 55-acres near Godsey Road and Jonathan Avenue in Dallas.

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When Cooper Hise walks onto the wrestling mat, the rest of the Dallas High School wrestling team yells out “Coooop” in long, low tones as a show of support for their teammate.

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Community Calendar is a listing of upcoming events taking place in Polk County that are open to the public. To submit an event for calendar consideration, please send it at least two weeks before the actual event date to Itemizer-Observer via email (ionews@polkio.com).

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The Pedee community actually has four houses being completed in the neighborhood this winter and spring.

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The Dallas School District will draft a policy intended to increase its contingency fund, or ending-fund balance, by 1 percent each year over the next several years.

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Over the weekend, sophomore Kimberly Holgate, of Dallas High School, and junior Leslie Torres, of Central High School, competed in the Girls 5A Mid-Willamette Conference Wrestling Districts Tournament, with both girls placing but not advancing to the OSAA 5A State Wrestling Tournament.

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The Polk County Tax Office reminds taxpayers who pay their property taxes in trimester payments that the second installment is due by Feb. 15.

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The Polk County Warming Center is scheduled to be open from Feb. 3 through Feb. 10 at Praise Assembly, 189 Monmouth Ave. S, Monmouth. The hours are from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. each night.

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Police logs are entries from the daily reports from Dallas Police Department and Polk County Sheriff’s office. Not all calls are included. The status of incidents reported may change after investigation.

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On January 23, 2019, the Board of Directors of Willamette Valley Community Health (WVCH), a CCO dedicated to serving Marion and Polk county residents covered by the Oregon Health Plan since 2012, voted with three abstentions, not to submit a letter of intent to apply for CCO 2.0, according to a WVCH news release.

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Marlene Cox, the owner of Latitude One in Dallas, will apply for a Main Street Revitalization grant to transform the second story of the restaurant building into a hostel catering to bicyclists.

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Grabbing 41 votes, the Western Oregon University softball team was picked to repeat its finish in the conference standings by taking third in the GNAC Coaches’ Preseason Poll, the league announced on Thursday.

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The Monmouth Parks and Recreation Board is currently accepting funding requests for activities that encourage and support recreation in Monmouth city parks.

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Perrydale Domestic Water Association system is replacing valves and pipes that will result in a significant loss of pressure in the drinking water system, according to a press release from the association.

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A neighbor wrote a wonderful tribute to Lloyd Tabor.

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Terry Kissane has seen what began as horror stories of child abuse and neglect end with those same children happy and healthy.

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The Dallas School District approved Dallas business owner Micky Garus to serve on the Citizens Advisory Committee.

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Monmouth-Independence Network staff took several measures to reach out to customers during an equipment failure-related outage in early December, Minet general manager Don Patton said.

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One and a half tons of debris, including a long-abandoned car, was removed from the bank of the Little Luckiamute River near the falls in Falls City.

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With Western Oregon University head baseball coach Kellen Walker back in action from taking time off last season, the Wolves baseball team is gearing up for another successful spring.

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Western Oregon University’s softball team will be hit hard from the get-go with three big series, but head coach Lonny Sargent said he’s feeling good about where the team is at as it edges closer to the start of the season, Feb. 1.