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DALLAS — Todd Brumfield knew he wanted to live in Dallas long before he was hired for a full-time post on the city’s ambulance crew.

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INDEPENDENCE — Rogue Farms in Independence is a destination for anyone who loves beer, likes to learn how things are made, or just enjoys a beautiful setting.

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DALLAS — The Friends of the Dallas Aquatic Center is much closer to its goal of providing $50,000 in support to the DAC, thanks to a donation made in the memory of Paul Mannen.

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POLK COUNTY – The Polk County Clerk’s Office posted initial Special District Election results shortly after 8 p.m. on election night.

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FALLS CITY — A Falls City man faces charges of menacing and resisting arrest after he reportedly caused a disturbance at Falls City City Hall on Thursday.

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POLK COUNTY — If you’re outside on a hot day and having trouble cooling down, chances are your four-legged friend is already in trouble.

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INDEPENDENCE — Jacob Luty upheld his Scout oath “to help other people at all times” as he and his team made sure their neighbors, near and far, were prepared in the event of an emergency.

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INDEPENDENCE — A woman from Jefferson died in a crash on Corvallis Road south of Independence on Saturday night.

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WEST SALEM — Chad Alexander said one of his best talents when working in the insurance industry was talking to customers in person or on the phone.

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DALLAS — Thirty-three years ago, Dallas played a part in a movie starring James Garner and James Woods, called “Promise.”

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DALLAS — Jim Fairchild grew up in a family that not only honored, but expected, public service.

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INDEPENDENCE/MONMOUTH — Central School District Superintendent Jennifer Kubista has stacks of poster boards in her office with feedback, in English and Spanish, from the chats she’s hosted the last couple of months.

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DALLAS — Bob Collins, the owner of the Blue Garden at 827 Main St. in downtown Dallas, likens the restaurant’s revival to the mythical rise of the phoenix from the ashes of its own destruction.

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INDEPENDENCE —The actors in Central High School’s production of “School House Rock” are pulling double duty — they’re also on the tech team.

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DALLAS — One of Dallas Downtown Association’s goals is to make Dallas a bike-friendly town. It just received a big boost in the form of a $200,000 grant from the Oregon Main Street Revitalization Program.

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DALLAS – The Dallas Downtown Association and a building owner Marlene Cox received a $200,000 Main Street Revitalization Grant help build a bike hostel on the upper floors of Latitude One restaurant and a yoga studio in downtown Dallas.

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POLK COUNTY — The Board on Public Safety Standards and Training at their April 25 meeting affirmed the recommendation of the DPSST to revoke a former Polk County Deputy’s certification.

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POLK COUNTY — Donovan Lee Jackson, 42, pleaded guilty to attempted first-degree rape and attempted first-degree sodomy on April 23 in Polk County Circuit Court.

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INDEPENDENCE — Eric Dale Hedrick, 47, of Independence, pleaded guilty on April 23 to six counts of identity theft and one count of aggravated identity theft. Dismissed were one count of first-degree forgery, one count of first-degree theft and 11 counts of identity theft.

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DALLAS — When former city manager Roger Jordan and the Dallas City Council began the project to build a new senior center in Dallas in 2001, they didn’t expect it would be nearly 20 years before construction started.

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POLK COUNTY — We are starting our coverage of local school board races with the Dallas School Board. Both posts up for election on the Dallas board attracted candidates, with Position No. 2 bringing in three candidates, incumbent Matt Posey and challengers Leland Schlenker and Scott C. Short…

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DALLAS — For nine years, this week had been the opening of the season for Polk County Bounty Market. With the city of Dallas taking over events — including the market — that will change.

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MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE — At a joint work session on April 23, Monmouth and Independence city councils heard about a proposal to form a continuum of care with neighboring communities in Marion and Yamhill counties.

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Monmouth – The echoes of drums are not far off in the distance. Western Oregon University's Multicultural Student Union Powwow is set to take off Saturday at noon in the Werner University Center at WOU.

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MONMMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE — The Monmouth-Independence Network did not get a line of credit to accelerate a system upgrade.

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INDEPENDENCE — The Independence Police Department received its second consecutive award of law enforcement accreditation at the recent Oregon Association Chiefs of Police annual conference.

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MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE — Everybody needs a little help sometimes, even the people who normally do the helping.A chaplaincy program shared by Independence and Monmouth police departments and Polk County Fire District No. 1 now has five chaplains.

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FALLS CITY — The city of Falls City has applied for a Resource Assistance for Rural Environments (Rare) worker to help with economic development-focused city projects.

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DALLAS — No criminal charges were filed, but some employees in the Dallas office of Department of Human Services said they believe the teen who accused two DHS workers of having sex in the same room as him, according to Oregon State Police records.

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DALLAS — Whitworth Elementary School’s fourth-grade class end-of-the-year field trip to Astoria is some students’ first time seeing the ocean.

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MONMOUTH — Monmouth city councilors want to keep community engagement on the top of their focus, but did not add it as an official goal approved on April 2 during a February team building session.