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DALLAS — How would you increase joy and connectedness at the Dallas Retirement Village?

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INDEPENDENCE — During his report to the council at the July 23 meeting, Independence City Manager Tom Pessemier noted some response to the city’s efforts to engage community members.

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MONMOUTH — Expect delays and detours as construction continues on OR 99W through the city of Monmouth.

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MONMOUTH — Expect delays and detours as construction continues on OR 99W through the city of Monmouth.

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SALEM — State Rep. Mike Nearman — one of the Legislature’s most conservative members — is the new state director of the anti-union group Freedom Foundation.

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DALLAS — Every summer for the last four years, Dallas resident Pete McDowell boards a plane for a journey to Poland.

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The Polk County Livestock Association Youth Market Auction starts at 3 p.m. on Aug. 10. Swine, turkeys, goats, steers, chickens, lambs and rabbits will be featured, said Tim Ray, FFA advisor for Dallas High School. This year there are 15 registered market steer exhibitors, 34 sheep exhibitor…

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See your friends and neighbors show off their skills at the talent showcase at the Polk County Fair.

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The Rough Stock Rodeo is back for another giddy-up at this year’s Polk County Fair.

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There were 92 entries in the Krazy Dayz parade this year and somewhere between 4,500 and 5,000 spectators, according to estimates from the city of Dallas.

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DALLAS — The Dallas School Board adopted criteria for its search for an interim superintendent Monday, beginning the process to replace former superintendent Michelle Johnstone who resigned on June 29.

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INDEPENDENCE — The Independence Heritage Museum is hosting a pop-up exhibit about the Oregon civil rights movement through August. On Thursday, Gwen Carr, of the Oregon Black Pioneers will give a presentation.

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POLK COUNTY — Communities throughout Polk County will be celebrating National Night Out on Tuesday, Aug. 6.

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DALLAS — The Dallas School Board accepted Superintendent Michelle Johnstone’s resignation and approved a separation agreement with her Monday night.

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MONMOUTH — Monmouth City Manager Scott McClure plans to fill the administrator role in Canby this fall.

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DALLAS — The Dallas School Board will vote on a separation agreement with Superintendent Michelle Johnstone at Monday’s special board meeting.

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POLK COUNTY — The Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association Convention was held last week at the Salishan resort, at Gleneden Beach, to award newspapers across the state with accolades that reflect the journalists and staff who work hard every day to present news to the public.

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MONMOUTH — A formal agreement between the cities of Monmouth, Independence and the Monmouth-Independence Skate Park Committee was signed last week.

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MONMOUTH — The Valley Shakespeare Company tackles tragedy in this summer’s production of “Hamlet.”