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DALLAS — The Dallas City Council approved Interim City Manager Gene Green’s contract starting July 1, but his pay will increase as of May 24, a month sooner than City Manager Greg Ellis’ retirement.

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DALLAS — Thomas Aquinas Blount, 63, is charged with 19 theft- and identity theft-related crimes that are alleged to have occurred between 2010 and 2012.

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DALLAS — The city of Dallas’ 2019-20 budget is slated for adoption after the Dallas City Council held a June 3 public hearing.

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DALLAS — When Dallas High School junior Hailey McBride asked about why DHS doesn’t allow seniors to decorate their graduation caps, she didn’t get a definitive answer.

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INDEPENDENCE — Visitors to Inspiration Gardens in Mt. Fir Park now have a safer path to walk along the south fork of Ash Creek.

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MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE — Discover MI Town is a choose-your-own-adventure style tour of Monmouth and Independence businesses, said Vikkye Fetters-Delfino, MICC executive director.

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DALLAS — Did you know that you are supposed to wash your hands for two minutes to effectively remove germs?

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INDEPENDENCE — Nathan Anderson wants his new shop, Musical Independence, to be a hub for all things musical in Polk County.

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SALEM — Last week, 31 Democrats voted to cut into benefits promised to public employees in what was likely their toughest vote of the 2019 legislative session, if not their career. It prompted 17 to file public explanations for why they voted.

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DALLAS — The Dallas School Board has directed its attorney to investigate allegations the district’s teachers’ and classified employees’ unions brought against Superintendent Michelle Johnstone.

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MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE — The Monmouth-Independence Rotary Club added a new award category for Fourth of July parade participants: Family Group.

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The Civil War was the topic of a series of demonstrations at LaCreole Middle School on Wednesday, May 29.

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American Cancer Society's Relay for Life Polk County was Saturday and Sunday in Riverview Park in Independence. 

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Editor’s Note: Public Agenda is a listing of upcoming meetings for governmental and nongovernmental agencies in Polk County. To submit a meeting, send it at least two weeks before the actual meeting date to Itemizer-Observer via email (ionews@polkio.com).

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INDEPENDENCE — The latest addition to the landscape in front of Central High School doesn’t need to be watered, but the Interact Club hopes its intention will flourish in the community.

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INDEPENDENCE — The Central School District Budget Committee unanimously approved a $56,440,544 budget for the 2019-20 school year on May 20.

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INDEPENDENCE — Atalin Venegas, 18, wants to pursue a career where she can help other people.

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PERRYDALE — Compassion might not be an official part of the curriculum at Perrydale, but senior Sydney Perkins learned more than a few lessons in it during her 14 years at the school.

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DALLAS — This Saturday, you have an opportunity to experience more than 20 wineries, cideries and a brewery without having to leave town at the second annual Dallas Art & Wine Walk.

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DALLAS — Retired Dallas Fire & EMS captain and chaplain Dave Pederson’s service with the department began with a compromise.

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POLK COUNTY — Relay for Life is bringing music to the battle against cancer with this year’s theme of “Rockin’ for the Cure.”

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Editor’s Note: Public Agenda is a listing of upcoming meetings for governmental and nongovernmental agencies in Polk County. To submit a meeting, send it at least two weeks before the actual meeting date to Itemizer-Observer via email (ionews@polkio.com).

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Margaret Valente celebrated her 104th birthday with family at Dallas Retirement Village on May 13.

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DALLAS — Dennis Foley, a member of Dallas’ Boy Scout Troop 288, was inspired by Scouts before him that earned their Eagle by completing a community service project.

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DALLAS — Dennis Sarver, of Salem, may soon be headed to trial facing murder and manslaughter charges in the death of Falls City resident Earl “Buddy” Jambura.

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DALLAS — Polk County Circuit Court Judge Rafael Caso on May 24 ruled on motions to exclude evidence in the case of Dyllan D. Coons, of Dallas.

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SALEM — A veteran Republican senator absent for a month from the Capitol said Wednesday that her health is improving and that she is “working hard” to return to the 2019 Legislature.

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INDEPENDENCE — Rogue Farms in Independence is a destination for anyone who loves beer, likes to learn how things are made, or just enjoys a beautiful setting.

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DALLAS — The Friends of the Dallas Aquatic Center is much closer to its goal of providing $50,000 in support to the DAC, thanks to a donation made in the memory of Paul Mannen.