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FALLS CITY — Funding supporting Falls City Direct Connect, a free bus that provides rides from Falls City to Dallas and Monmouth and back, is in danger after a grant for operations was rejected.

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FALLS CITY – The city of Falls City is in negotiations to purchase property on which to build its new wastewater treatment facility.

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INDEPENDENCE — The Independence City Council unanimously approved on March 12 an agreement, in partnership with the city of Monmouth, to be a guarantor on an additional loan or line of credit for the Monmouth-Independence Network.

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Oregon State Police are investigating a fatal two-vehicle crash that occurred on March 16 at the intersection of Highway 99 and Airlie Road.

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DALLAS — Santa’s elves have a little help, thanks to about 20 DallasRetirement Village residents who decided making toys for children is their mission.DRV residents Jim Baltimore and LeRoy Rempel, two frequent users ofthe DRV’s Hobby Center wood shop, helped give the project its start inDece…

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SALEM — Many political observers around Oregon were surprised late last October when the most prominent third-party candidate for governor dropped out of the race and endorsed Gov. Kate Brown for re-election.

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State lawmakers are considering more than two dozen bills that could affect Oregonians who consume recreational and medical marijuana.

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DALLAS — The Dallas City Council approved requesting proposals for a study about the feasibility and cost of forming an independent fire district including the city and three other fire agencies.

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The secret identities of some of our local super heroes were revealed March 8 at the Monmouth-Independence Chamber of Commerce’s 54th annual community awards banquet.

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DALLAS — An Oregon School Boards Association review of the two charter schools the Dallas School District sponsors shows advancement in some areas and room for improvement in others.

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INDEPENDENCE — Eric Dale Hedrick, 47, of Independence, was arrested on Feb. 13 for first-degree theft, six counts of second-degree theft, 10 counts of aggravated identity theft, five counts of identity theft, first-degree forgery, and 64 counts of second-degree forgery.

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DALLAS — The deadline to file an appeal in the city of Dallas’ approval of the Mint Valley Paper facility was Friday and no one filed an appeal.

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MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE — The U.S. Census is a year away, but plans to educate and recruit local residents to complete it are underway.

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MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE — The Monmouth-Independence Network is looking at ways, which may include a line of credit, to speed up the replacement of its older technology.

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POLK COUNTY — Jodi Whiting still loves the job she got by “happenstance” about 15 years ago.

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DALLAS — The Dallas City Council adopted the schedule and hiring criteria for its city manager search on March 4 following a public hearing.

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INDEPENDENCE — Not all calls Polk Fire District No. 1 responds to are emergencies. Though, to Barbara Tuohy, calling the department was the only answer she could think of a few weeks ago when she had a problem.

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DALLAS — Valerie Patoine, Polk County’s newly appointed assessor, has spent much of the last year preparing for her new role.

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DALLAS — The Murphy’s Grill sign was taken down Monday, as the now-closed restaurant is in the process of transforming into the new office of Dallas-based OpenRoad Transportation.

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MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE — Indy Commons hosted an informational meeting on Thursday for the newly formed Youth MIC.

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POLK COUNTY — Last week, Matt Smucker, Polk County Warming Centers coordinator, posted a note on Facebook that the warming centers were in need of grab-and-go and shelf-stable foods.

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DALLAS — The Dallas City Council officially approved the residency of George and Dawn, a pair of mallard ducks, within the city limits.

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DALLAS — Dallas Fire & EMS awarded Ken Waller Officer of the Year and Zach Leigh Firefighter of the Year at its annual Sweethearts Awards Banquet at Pressed Coffee Roasters Café in Dallas on Feb. 9.

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SALEM - Oregon on Thursday enacted the nation’s farthest-reaching law limiting rent increases and restricting no-fault evictions, providing immediate protection to roughly 1 million renters across the state.

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SALEM — The Oregon House of Representatives took a moment of silence on Feb. 18 to honor the service of late Dallas resident Evelyn May Woods.

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MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- What better way to celebrate superlative services than with a super hero-themed banquet.

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DALLAS — The Dallas City Council decided it would like to seek an interim city manager and extend its search for a permanent replacement for retiring City Manager Greg Ellis into the summer or early fall, rather than fill the seat by the end of June.

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INDEPENDENCE — Central High School’s production of “Fiddler on the Roof” has been a long time in the making.Vocal music and drama director Jeff Witt has been waiting about 20 years to put on the show.

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DALLAS — The Dallas community put on its best to honor its best Friday night at the Majestic Event Center.

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DALLAS – Twenty-five years ago, Rachel Greco was between jobs and standing in an empty building.

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POLK COUNTY — There’s a new car club in town, and everyone is welcome to check it out: Big Iron Cruisers Car and Truck Club.