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SW Polk, Sheridan and West Valley Fire Districts came together for the inaugural Combined Awards Banquet on Jan. 25. The districts have been sharing personnel and equipment to improve services within the communities they serve.

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DALLAS -- The Dallas Food Bank is in the need of tomato products. Mona Ordonez, a volunteer with the food bank, said it is out of tomato products to give to clients to make spaghetti and other dishes.

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Applications for the Oregon Historic Theater Grant are now open.  Matching grants in amounts between $15,000 and $100,000 are available out of a total of $620,000. The deadline for applications is April 1, 2020. A free webinar providing information about the application and using the online …

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Grants available for historic properties and archaeology projects

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

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On Nov. 26 at 4:45 p.m., Oregon State Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two-vehicle crash, which resulted in a single fatality, on 22 W at Perrydale Rd, Polk County.

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MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE — All out-of-district enrollment is closed for Central School District.

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DALLAS — Jump Start and Ready for Kindergarten, two kindergarten transition programs in Dallas School District, has helped 45 students and 25 families get ready for the first year of school.

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POLK COUNTY — The state anticipates subpoenaing approximately 38 witnesses for the trial of Quinlyn Reed Harden, which is scheduled for Oct. 8.

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

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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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State seeks volunteers to help vets

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The Siletz Tribal Charitable Fund gave the weekly Falls City Produce Giveaway a $1,400 grant for fuel to transport the produce from Marion-Polk Food Share in Salem to Mountain Gospel Church in Falls City.

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Western Oregon University Behavioral Sciences Division is hosting a seminar about the myths and realities of one particular aspect of the sex abuse issue (convicted offenders) and consider how it pertains to the larger realm of sex abuse (offenders not reported or convicted).

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Oregon’s unemployment rate was 3.9 percent in July, which was Oregon’s lowest unemployment rate since comparable records began in 1976.