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DALLAS – The jury in the Quinlyn Harden case is deliberating the charges against him as of Monday afternoon following closing arguments.

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MONMOUTH — Friday marks the start of the 43rd season of the Smith Fine Arts Series at Western Oregon University. All the shows are free to WOU students with ID.

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DALLAS – The process took most of the day, but the jury in the Quinlyn Harden trial was selected on Tuesday.

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Community Calendar: A listing of upcoming events (space available) 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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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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POLK COUNTY — You may have noticed some extra workers behind the counter at the Dallas Starbucks last Wednesday. Polk County Sheriff’s deputies honed their barista skills while they participated in the national Coffee with a Cop day on Oct. 2.

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MONMOUTH — Chad Olsen started his stint as interim city manager for Monmouth on Saturday, as former city manager Scott McClure moved to the position in Canby.

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DALLAS — Dallas Fire & EMS used a $25,000 grant from Spirit Mountain Community Fund to help purchase four ventilators to replace the EMS service’s aging machines.

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DALLAS — Polk County District Attorney Aaron Felton announced Thursday that a grand jury determined there should be no prosecution in the officer-involved shooting death of Scott Spangler at the West Salem Goodwill on Sept. 18.

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MONMOUTH — The buildings at Ash Creek Station, the development at the S-Curves, are starting to take shape.

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DALLAS — Heather Mounce, the former Dallas resident facing trial in a criminal mistreatment and identity theft case, is expected to plead guilty to charges on Thursday.

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DALLAS — A Dallas School District enrollment projections report predicts the number of students will increase steadily over the next 10 years.

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INDEPENDENCE — Last month the Independence City Council declared the sidewalk in front of 240 Monmouth St. a nuisance and directed improvements to be made.

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FALLS CITY — Not too many people can say they have been elected mayor of a town, embarked on tours with a band, spent a month in a studio recording an album, and won a song writing award.

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INDEPENDENCE — The Independence Ghost Walk will start at the same location it has for years, near the fountain at Riverview Park, but where you go from there is up to you.

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MONMOUTH — Organizers of the inaugural History and Mystery in Monmouth event hope to shed some new light on the city’s history, and maybe send shivers down your spine.

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FALLS CITY — City staff and the Falls City City Council are trying to address what could become a bleak reality if no changes are made to the city’s financial outlook.

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POLK COUNTY — Luckiamute Watershed Council started a fundraising campaign, Business Circle, a few months ago, and found that not many people know what a watershed is — or how LWC works to preserve it.

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DALLAS — Dallas Downtown Murder Mystery character Luke the Drifter offered only shaky answers to questions.

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DALLAS — September is National Preparedness Month, and organizers of a fair on Saturday wanted to give out some “potty favors” to commemorate the event.

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POLK COUNTY — Smart Reading programs start next month in Polk County schools.

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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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MONMOUTH — After nearly 13 years as Monmouth’s city manager, Scott McClure is getting ready to  move to a new position in Canby.

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Thou shalt not kill over T-Shirt

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MONMOUTH — Not all heroes wear capes, but Polk County Fire District No. 1 had one made for one young life saver.

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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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SALEM — Ann Gage envisions Brunk House as a place where guests can briefly experience what life was like on the farmstead decades ago.

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INDEPENDENCE — Central High School history teacher Frank White was selected out of 600 applicants for the 2019 Oregon History Teacher of the Year award.

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FALLS CITY — Mac Corthell, Falls City city manager, said his favorite part of the Sept. 9 city council meeting was introducing William Sullivan.

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MONMOUTH — Western Oregon University finalized the purchase of the historical Vick building in downtown Salem at 525 Trade St. The Vick building will be WOU’s Salem home for several programs, including the new Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership.