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Mounce sentenced to prison

DALLAS – Heather Mounce will serve 75 months in prison on the charges she pleaded guilty to on Monday. Read more

Dallas Community School purchases its building

DALLAS — Teachers and staff at Dallas Community School were still setting up for school late into the night before students arrived for cla… Read more

Interim leader experiences first day with students

DALLAS — On Wednesday, the first full day of school in Dallas, interim superintendent Andy Bellando visited two schools to check in on the … Read more


Help available for Opportunity Zone projects

DALLAS — John Hancock and his firm, Ozone LLC, want to keep Opportunity Zones straightforward for investors and property owners in Polk, Ma… Read more

Final cut

DALLAS — Heidi Kessel, the long-time owner of Heidi’s Barbershop on Main Street in Dallas, didn’t go to work for the money, but for her fri… Read more

Aloha from Washington Street

DALLAS — Lyle Thomas likes his eggs “burned and turned,” and at Washington Street Steakhouse & Pub, that’s how he gets them. Read more


Central volleyball defeats Lebanon

INDEPENDENCE – The Central High School Panthers battled for a 3-1 win against Lebanon on Sept. 10 – a win that almost didn’t happen. Read more

Dragons football smokes South Albany

DALLAS — The Dallas Dragons High School Football team started the season off with an explosive 58-13 victory against South Albany on Friday… Read more

Quick Hits for Sept. 11

Results from Cross Creek Men’s Club Read more


Trees will grow back

This year seems to be the year of the tree. Earlier, the development of a youth center in Independence required removing some well-establis… Read more

Letters to the editor for Sept. 11

Thanks for supporting the skate park Read more

Where the sidewalk ends

We’ve been talking a lot about sidewalks in our community lately. In Monmouth, sidewalk repair is the responsibility of home or business ow… Read more


Community notebook for Sept. 11

Blacksmith shop to open at Brunk House Read more

Community calendar Sept. 11

Community Calendar: A listing of upcoming events (space available) taking place in Polk County that are open to the public. To submit an ev… Read more

Birth - McCrae

Michael Elliott McCrae was born Aug. 27, 2019, to Paul and Jennifer McCrae, of Monmouth, in Salem Hospital. Read more


Sandra Wagner Tiernan

Sandra Wagner Tiernan, a resident of Dallas, Oregon, died on Sunday, Aug. 25, in Salem Hospital. She was born Oct. 30, 1937, in Coquille, O… Read more

Ray J. Mosier

Ray J. Mosier, 74, of Dallas, died Sept. 1, 2019, in the Dallas Retirement Village. Read more

Herbert L. Ferris

On Sept. 4, 2019, Herbert L. Ferris fulfilled his final wish, to be 88. He passed away peacefully on the morning of his 88th birthday. Read more

Upcoming Events

Buddhist Meditation and Dharma Study

All are welcome to join Grandmaster Ta Mo of the New Order of Shaolin Ch'an every Thursday evening … Read more

Salem Fiberarts Guild Annual Handweavers' Sale

The Salem Fiberarts Guild will hold its Annual Handweavers' sale to benefit the Willamette Heritage… Read more

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Light The Night 2019

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Light The Night Walk funds treatments that are saving the liv… Read more


Weather Today

Showers and thunderstorms. Highs in the mid 60s and lows in the low 50s.


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Showers and thunderstorms. Highs in the mid 60s and lows in the low 50s.

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Wind:SSW at 11 mph
Chance of Rain:80%
UV Index:4 Moderate
Sunrise:06:53:10 AM
Sunset:07:22:05 PM

This Week's Forecast

Showers possible. Lows overnight in the upper 40s.Sun
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Showers and thunderstorms. Highs in the mid 60s and lows in the low 50s.Mon
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Mainly cloudy and rainy. Highs in the low 60s and lows in the low 50s.Tue
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Showers. Highs in the mid 60s and lows in the upper 40s.Wed
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Mix of sun and clouds. Highs in the upper 60s and lows in the low 50s.Thu
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Considerable cloudiness. Highs in the upper 60s and lows in the low 50s.Fri
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Mix of sun and clouds. Highs in the low 70s and lows in the low 50s.Sat
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