Emily Mentzer

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What do you want in a principal

Community members contribute to vision for new leader at CHS

The search is on for a new principal at Central High School.

Central audit reveals needed improvements

The Central School District board of directors learned the district has a few things to work on when it comes to its finances, but Business Manager Cec Koontz said most of them have already been addressed.

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Smart meters come to Indy

Pacific Power to roll out new technology to all in Polk County

Pacific Power has started replacing meters with smart meters — and Independence and Polk County are the first to receive them.

City seeks to fill Day’s council seat

After serving one year of a four-year term, Independence City Councilor Ken Day resigned on Jan. 2.

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Dallas Bank of America to close in April

The Bank of America Dallas branch will close its doors on April 3.

Council lowers speed

Monmouth City Council unanimously approved lowering the speed limit on Church Street West between Monmouth Avenue North and Stadium Drive North, and on Stadium between Monmouth and Church from 25 mph to 20 mph.

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Found: Letter to Santa

A little girl’s wishes discovered by accident in decorative box

Michelle Lane and her mother were shopping at Safeway on Dec. 11 when they stumbled on a decorative “Letters to Santa” mailbox.

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Toy gun found at LaCreole

A juvenile was referred for disorderly conduct after bringing a fake gun to LaCreole Middle School on Dec. 12.

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Polk museum hosts pageant display

The spirit of the Rickreall Christmas Pageant is back — or at least the costumes — at the Polk County History Museum through the end of December.

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Darr shares journey ‘From City Lights to Majestic View’

Deb Darr lives on a farm in Falls City. She has animals, tends a large garden, cans, bakes, and does all the things a farm woman does. You may never guess she was from the bustling Bay Area.

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