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DALLAS — Mezcal Sports Bar, next door to Ixtapa in Dallas, opened on Aug. 30, 2019, just in time for football season to begin.

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INDEPENDENCE — The Central School District is working on becoming compliant with state requirements for teaching human sexuality health.

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DALLAS – Mayor Brian Dalton left the Dallas City Council with his thoughts on what it should consider planning for in 2020 in his “state of the city” address.

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INDEPENDENCE — The Independence City Council is scheduled on Jan. 14 to make a decision on an appeal to a planning commission approval on the next phases of the Brandy Meadows development.

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DALLAS – A man remains hospitalized and Dallas Police are searching for a suspect following a hit-and-run accident that resulted in serious injuries to a pedestrian.

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DALLAS — A part-time teacher who has been a frequent substitute at Dallas High School believes photos of her body building progress on her Instagram account resulted in her being excluded from teaching at the school.

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INDEPENDENCE — The Independence Heritage Museum was awarded a $3,000 grant to help catalog and digitize its archival collection.

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POLK COUNTY -- Each year media outlets across the country post the Top 10 Stories of the Year, or Top 10 Trends of the Decade.

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MONMOUTH — Like children all around world, a group of students at Monmouth Elementary School took time out last week to write letters to Santa.Martina Rincon-Ochoa’s third-grade class sang along to Christmas songs as they wrote out their requests for the big man.It’s worth noting that the “B…

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DALLAS — The Itemizer-Observer must have been on the nice list this year because Santa Claus — yes, The Head Elf — took time out from his busy season to chat with us for our Christmas edition. Mrs. Claus joined the conversation, too — to keep Mr. Claus on track, of course.

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INDEPENDENCE — When Library Manager Robin Puccetti took the job at the Independence Public Library, she thought she’d be staying a few years, not nearly 34.

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DALLAS — A Polk County business development grant will pay for 30 students to get work experience — and a small paycheck — at local businesses through a new internship program.

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DALLAS — Salem Health Hospitals and clinics announced visitor restrictions at Salem Hospital and West Valley Hospital in Dallas. These visitor restrictions are meant to help keep the community safe as flu cases continue to rise.

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INDEPENDENCE — Work crews have started cleaning up the structure on the corner of Monmouth and Second streets.

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INDEPENDENCE — What was it like for Joseph and a very pregnant Mary to look for a place to stay while traveling during a census?

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INDEPENDENCE — About 400 Central High School students are helping get food out to their neighbors through the FFA Food For All effort.

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DALLAS — In recent years, Santa has arrived in Dallas courtesy of the Dallas Fire Department, and sometimes with an escort of motorcycles.

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INDEPENDENCE — A Hiroshima gingko tree will be the centerpiece of a new section of the Inspiration Garden at Mt. Fir Park.

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DALLAS — Polk County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Jeff Isham walked into the lobby of West Valley Hospital on Dec. 10, and realized he needed backup.

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PERRYDALE — Dan Dugan, the middle and high school principal at Perrydale, said he worries every time he hears a siren while at the school.

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FALLS CITY — The Falls City City Council voted 3 to 1 to affirm city manager Mac Corthell’s decision to dismiss former city clerk JoHanna Birr following a public appeal on Dec. 10.