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Jolene Guzman

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Monmouth council discusses sidewalk improvements

Improving sidewalks was the subject of a long Monmouth City Council discussion Nov. 7 in a work session that followed the regular council meeting.

City plans to examine street maintenance budget

The city of Dallas plans to form a citizens committee to examine and make recommendations on how to spend the city’s street maintenance budget.

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FACES plans for uncertain future

Christopher Scadden wants the students in his acting class to let their anger show.

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Interact Club sees power of past decision

Members Dallas High School’s Interact Club learned this week the impact of a decision it made two years ago.

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Ungricht steps down as mayor

Terry Ungricht, the mayor and city manager of Falls City, resigned his mayoral responsibilities on Thursday.

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URD may extend duration 10 years

The Dallas Urban Renewal District may extend the duration of its district, possibly another 10 or more years.

Whooping cough hits Dallas High

Polk County Public Health officials confirmed a case pertussis or whooping cough was at Dallas High School on Thursday.

Program may mark the start of new partnership

Saturday’s Dallas Make-a-thon was about more than building prototypes.

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‘Consignment’ offers a chance to buy and sell

It’s not every day that someone opens a new business and finds that they have more time to spend with family and friends.

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District considers new bond

The Dallas School Board looked toward the future when it decided how to structure its 2014 bond payoff schedule before selling the remainder of its $17 million maintenance bond.

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Changes coming to visitors center

The Dallas Area Visitors Center is planning to spice up its events for 2018, and that effort is beginning with role changes.

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Make-a-thon inspires

Students and adults create prototypes

Imagine building a high-tech greenhouse or chicken coop in one day — with no programming experience going in.

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Dallas school district to sell remainder of bond

Healthy growth in housing means bond could be paid off early, reduced taxes, or new bond ahead

Dallas school district to sell remainder of bondDallas School District will sell the remainder of its $17 million maintenance bond in December with an early payoff -- and room to issue more bonds, with voter approval, before payments end.

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LaCreole paving finished

A repair job repaving a driving lane on LaCreole Drive recently finished, after a NW Natural expansion project required tearing up part of the street and sidewalk.

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Dallas industrial land on the block

Last two parcels along Southeast Godsey Road, Holman Avenue

The last two industrial sites along Southeast Godsey Road and Holman Avenue near the American Gas & Technology site in Dallas are up for auction on Nov. 15.

Land annexed, rezoned

Valley Life Center to sell portion of land that once had an old grain elevator on it, keep some for future expansion

Dallas City Council approved a nearly 4.5-acre annexation and zoning change for a piece of property near Valley Life Center Church, 1795 SE Miller Ave.

Falls City water bills to go up by $1.75 monthly

Water bills in Falls City will increase by $1.75 to pay for maintenance on backflow devices installed to prevent contamination in the water system.

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OnlineNW, Innovate Oregon to host Dallas Make-a-thon

Transformative. That’s the word AJ Foscoli used to describe his experience at one of Innovate Oregon’s all-day make-a-thon sessions.

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One ‘murder’ solved

Another awaits for DDA’s 2018 mystery dinner

Just as one murder was solved, another one happened.

PREP CROSS-COUNTRY: Panthers’ season comes to a bittersweet end

GERVAIS — Central High School cross-country season came to a bittersweet end Thursday at the Mid-Willamette Conference District meet.

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Dallas house fire leaves two people displaced

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

A house fire on Rueben Boise Road Tuesday night left two people displaced and the home with extensive damage.

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DHS to perform ‘Little Shop’

Thankfully August’s total solar eclipse didn’t bring us anything like Audrey II.

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Can you solve the mystery?

A murderer hides among Dallas’ colorful cast of characters.

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Group takes on 2018 summer events

From the perspective of city and business leaders in Dallas, summer 2017 — highlighted by the solar eclipse — was like a downtown revival.

Falls City hires new city code enforcer

Code enforcement in Falls City is back on track.

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Changes coming to Summerfest

Summerfest, the peak of summer events in Dallas, is undergoing a renovation.

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Extreme growers in Dallas

Zelma Edwards calls the watermelon she’s been nurturing all summer and fall “the baby.”

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Teens to teens: Never alone

In Polk County, about one out of every 12 high school juniors say they have attempted suicide.

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Central student help produce suicide prevention video

Power Peers class members plan and act in "Alone"

Jacob Hamilton gazes at a card that says: “Need to talk to someone?” as he wakes up in the morning.

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County requests Highway 22 safety corridor

ODOT determining if the highway qualifies

The Polk County Board of Commissioners is awaiting word from the Oregon Department of Transportation on a request to re-establish a safety corridor on Highway 22.

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Cooper takes hobby to new level

Darrell Cooper quit bowling for a decade following a shoulder injury that affected his ability to play one of his favorite sports.

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City to gauge support

City hires firm to research public safety building options

The city of Dallas has hired a consultant to help gauge support for solutions to improve its police and fire stations — including building a facility to house both departments.

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Fair attendance, revenue increases

Attendance and revenue were up for the Polk County Fair in 2017, mostly the result of pleasant weather on the fair’s closing day, said Fair Manager Tina Andersen.

DHS offers six CTE classes

Exactly 20 years ago, during the 1997-98 school year Dallas High School offered seven programs that would now be called “career and technical education.”

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Nursing students look at whole health

Ansily Tulensru was hospitalized in May 2016, and after weeks of recovery, struggled to get back on her feet and deal basic needs, let alone long-term goals.

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A voice for the children of Uganda

Imani Milele Children's Choir tours fire station before performance

Dallas Fire & EMS volunteer Sean Condon, dressed in full firefighter’s gear, dared the group of children surrounding him to poke him in the eye.

New business comes to Dallas

Jiffy Lube, Love Love Teriyaki to fill some town vacancies

Two additions to the Dallas business landscape are in the construction or remodeling phase, and a third in is negotiations with the city.

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Council approves new license and fee

The Dallas City Council approved a new utility license and fee at Monday’s meeting.

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Wilkins excited to serve students at charter school

Sitting in Christy Wilkins’ office at Luckiamute Valley Charter School’s Bridgeport campus on a bustling Monday morning, you can hear children playing during recess.

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Special education

Dallas parent files complaint against district for failing to educate

A parent of a special education student attending in the Dallas School District has filed a due process complaint alleging the district has failed to provide her daughter with appropriate special education services during the last three school years.

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Fire contract set to expire

A contract between Southwestern Polk Rural Fire Protection District and Falls City Fire Department regarding services in that area of the district is on the verge of expiring without a new agreement.

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Transforming downtown

Giovanoni hopes to continue work making Dallas ‘a fun place’

Alex Giovanoni wants people to look at downtown Dallas and see a fun place.

Charter to pass franchise fees to customers

The city of Dallas is considering establishing a utility license requirement and fee for all utilities operating in the city’s rights-of-way and a new internet modem license.

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Dallas City Council tames decorum standards

The Dallas City Council approved changes to its rules on Sept. 18, including removing from decorum standards a requirement that councilors act “in manner appropriate to the dignity of their office" outside council meetings.

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Inmate crew fixes roof of ‘Pink Pokey’

With more a than a touch of irony, a crew of Marion County inmates helped restore the building that used to serve as Falls City’s jail on Friday.

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Total eclipse inspires engagement

Jacob Timshel had a romantic vision in mind for how he would propose to his girlfriend, Crystal Pace, when the time was right.

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Falls City councilors vote to close Wagner

The city of Falls City voted to close Wagner Community Library effective June 30, 2018 if a solution to long-term funding is not found.

Dallas school board approves contracts

The Dallas School Board approved three-year contracts with its teachers and classified employee unions on Sept. 11.

Dallas woman files against co-workers’ threats

Housing authority employees allegedly joke to kill Beehner, get clients arrested

An employee of West Valley Housing Authority filed a tort claim notice alleging she was the victim of a co-worker’s “jokes” about killing or harming her.

SW Polk, Falls City to negotiate contract

The Southwestern Polk Rural Fire Protection District Board meets Monday to discuss a new agreement between the district the city of Falls City.