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We are pleased to announce the Itemizer-Observer, your local newspaper since 1875, will continue, thanks to new ownership by Scott Olson.

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We’ve seen a lot of posts on Facebook questioning the mass amount of information available and how reliable it may or may not be. We want you to know that getting reliable information to you is our job. It’s our job to get it right for you, and to update it as quickly as we can. If you’ve be…

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As the novel coronavirus and Oregon’s response to it changes almost daily, your local reporters at the Polk County Itemizer-Observer have been working around the clock to keep you informed of the news as it happens.

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With more news of COVID-19, it is important to stay calm and maintain your health and that of your family to the best of your ability. Whether you think the news has been blown out of proportion, or you are frustrated at the lack of information being released — as we are — the advice to wash…

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I read with interest about the article on the front page of the Feb. 19 IO captioned, “Alternative campus proposed to address behavior.” Could it be time and less costly to re-introduce the “Board of Education” into the classrooms? Just askin’.

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While the Dallas School District Board of Directors heard once again from teachers and staff at one of their elementary schools about the disruptive — and frankly, abusive — behavior from some students toward teachers and assistants, board members started thinking outside the box.

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Next year, the residents of Dallas will be asked to reach into their pockets on behalf of their first responders. They will be asked to fund a $19 million bond to pay for a new facility to house the firefighters and police officers who look out for their safety and the safety of their person…

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The recent report from the Oregon department of Education shows that, overall, Oregon high schools graduated about 600 more students than last year — 80 percent of students graduated in four years, a historic high for the state.

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The city of Monmouth is again talking about a new city hall. If you have never been inside, you may wonder what the fuss is about. Why a new building? What is wrong with the current city hall?

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We are glad to see the Polk County Community Connect event back to its roots, ready to help all who need help. In the past couple of years, the event shifted to focus on those who were unsheltered homeless. The shift was intended to provide a place for those who are truly out in the open a w…

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In 2016, the state Legislature announced that sex education needed to be taught in grades kindergarten through 12th grade as a matter of health education.

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Our Tweeter in chief has not had many things to crow about lately, but we’ll see some spurious claims coming soon. Our trade deal with China is undoubtedly perfect, (his latest overused word). He doesn’t seem to realize that he and his “good friend,” President Xi, are playing different games…

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I have recently seen three dead deer lying in ditches that apparently have been hit by cars. However, this is a relatively common occurrence here in the county. Too many deer and too many clueless speeders.

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We at the Itemizer-Observer are thrilled to be publishing next week on Christmas Day.

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On Wednesday evening, as we were returning from an event at Western Oregon University, we drove down Monmouth’s Main Street. It was a beautiful sight to behold. Downtown was so festive looking — and busy! Cars were filling every parking space and folks were out walking around. Businesses wer…

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Homeless is not something you find only in big cities. People who are homeless are often easier to spot, and perhaps expected, when walking around a large metro area. But homelessness affects all walks of life in all sizes of towns.

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Two long-standing groups in Dallas who have helped families in need each Christmas have joined forces to help even more with gifts under trees and food on tables.

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Monmouth City Councilor and vice president of the board of directors for the Monmouth-Independence Network, Chris Lopez, published a letter online calling some statements made in last week’s Itemizer-Observer false.

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Remember back in time when we all loved the city of Dallas when they picked up our leaves and left our streets clean? But now leaf pickup is contracted out with the garbage company that leaves a mess all over our streets? What is happening with our city? They don’t enforce weed control or co…

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Phew. Fall sports has ended, and what a season it was! All of our Polk County athletes worked hard over the last several months to be the best they can be. And our coaches were right there alongside them, working long hours, evenings and weekends.

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Recently, Gooseneck rOAd, a popular place for people to go and practice target shooting, was shut down by the Oregon Forestry Department. Why? The reason is two-fold: expanding the logging roads and clearing out trees that are too close to the road; and because of the amount of vandalism. Al…

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All Hallows Eve is tomorrow, and many events are planned throughout Polk County, from downtown trick-or-treats to costume parties at homes and bars and restaurants.

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The Friends of the Dallas Aquatic Center passed out about 1,200 free passes to students at Dallas elementary schools, opening the way for children to get exposure to swimming and playing in the water.

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The Monmouth Skate park committee along with both the cities of Monmouth and Independence would like to give another enthusiastic thank you, this time to Roth’s Grocery for hosting a very successful Bottle Drive. Again we also appreciate the continued support and feedback from the community …

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So far, this fall has been day after day of mostly sunny skies and cold mornings, but the rain is due to revisit us as soon as today — and it may last a week before we see another break.