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Mascot should be KnightsPride, History, Community, these are the arguments that should have been made for retaining the DHS mascot, The Prune Pickers. Dallas was built on the prune economy, with hundreds of acres of prune orchards and several prune dryers, situated all around Dallas, employi…

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Freelance reporter Tom Henderson, and Robert(Bob)Dunn, the subject of our story on A1 titled “World War II veteran gets parade for his birthday” both did us an enormous favor this week.

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The Dallas School District will investigate the history of its high school’s mascot, the Dragons. It was designated as the mascot in 1938, selected by Dallas High School students, reportedly to give the school’s sports teams a more intimidating image to play under as compared to the previous…

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Last week, the large turnout for Black Lives Matter protests in Monmouth surprised me. In this community, it had always seemed more likely to see a White person waving a Confederate flag than a protest sign. If you’re offended that I made such assumptions, I urge you to reflect: What have we…

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To Dallas High School and Central High School graduates: congratulations on your achievement. This year has been historic — some would say historically strange — but that didn’t stop you from finishing your education. Nice work.

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Welcome to Phase 1, Polk County. It was great to see all the open signs around town, and people stopping by recently reopened businesses.

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It seems that this time of year I tend to recall things from years ago happenings; I guess it is because so many things happened in the late spring and early summer in my teens, upwards to my 40’s.

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Do you have something to say about the upcoming primary election? You have just one more week to submit a letter to the editor on a election issue or candidate before ballots are due on May 19. Last call for letters is the May 13 edition. Letters for that issue are due May 11 at noon.

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Patoine ‘uniquely qualified’ as assessorValerie Patoine, the current Polk County Assessor, has 17 years of working knowledge and experience in the Polk County Assessor’s Office.This combined with her ability to work well with other Polk County departments and city offices, other Oregon count…

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My father, and his father before him, were small business owners. And though my time in the private sector was brief, I remember well the emotional impact of pouring your heart into a business only to see it vanish because of a seismic shift in economic realities.

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Another election season has arrived, though in this pandemic it may have been easy to forget about it. Oregon’s primary election is May 19. Ballots will be mailed to voters.

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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.