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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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DALLAS — Mezcal Sports Bar, next door to Ixtapa in Dallas, opened on Aug. 30, 2019, just in time for football season to begin.

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SALEM – Three Oregon loggers representing southwest, northwest and eastern Oregon have been chosen as 2019 Operators of the Year. The Oregon Board of Forestry will honor the recipients at its March 4 meeting in Salem. The awardees are:

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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 Central School District is working on becoming compliant with state requirements for teaching human sexuality health.

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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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DALLAS – Mayor Brian Dalton left the Dallas City Council with his thoughts on what it should consider planning for in 2020 in his “state of the city” address.

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INDEPENDENCE — The Independence City Council is scheduled on Jan. 14 to make a decision on an appeal to a planning commission approval on the next phases of the Brandy Meadows development.

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DALLAS – A man remains hospitalized and Dallas Police are searching for a suspect following a hit-and-run accident that resulted in serious injuries to a pedestrian.

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Polk County’s Freeborn inducted into Oregon Farm Bureau Hall of Fame

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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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DALLAS — A part-time teacher who has been a frequent substitute at Dallas High School believes photos of her body building progress on her Instagram account resulted in her being excluded from teaching at the school.

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INDEPENDENCE — The Independence Heritage Museum was awarded a $3,000 grant to help catalog and digitize its archival collection.

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POLK COUNTY -- Each year media outlets across the country post the Top 10 Stories of the Year, or Top 10 Trends of the Decade.

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MONMOUTH — Like children all around world, a group of students at Monmouth Elementary School took time out last week to write letters to Santa.Martina Rincon-Ochoa’s third-grade class sang along to Christmas songs as they wrote out their requests for the big man.It’s worth noting that the “B…

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DALLAS — The Itemizer-Observer must have been on the nice list this year because Santa Claus — yes, The Head Elf — took time out from his busy season to chat with us for our Christmas edition. Mrs. Claus joined the conversation, too — to keep Mr. Claus on track, of course.

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INDEPENDENCE — When Library Manager Robin Puccetti took the job at the Independence Public Library, she thought she’d be staying a few years, not nearly 34.

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DALLAS — A Polk County business development grant will pay for 30 students to get work experience — and a small paycheck — at local businesses through a new internship program.