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Jolene Guzman

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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.

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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.

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.

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.

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Volunteers join Falls City Solve cleanup

About 1,500 pound of trash was collected on Saturday

Lilly Leturno and her grandmother Melanie Bellemore aren’t strangers to picking up litter.

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Polk, Dallas assist at wildfires

Polk Fire Capt. Mike Kissell and members of Dallas Fire & EMS, Southwestern Polk Rural Fire Protection District, Sheridan Fire and McMinnville Fire worked all night battling the blaze at the Eagle Creek Fire on Monday, Sept. 4.

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Purple Heart finds way to family

Quest to reunite medal to hero’s descendents takes 12 years

After a 12-year search, Kevin Coady finally found the family of fallen U.S. Marine Pfc. Jack Carl Kightlinger.

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Honor ride

U.S. Navy veteran Bob Dunn grinned and said the best thing about serving in the military was “the girls.”

Bank robber arrested

Officers found suspect running down the street

A Dallas man is in Polk County Jail after being arrested Thursday on bank robbery charges.

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Code services cleans up

Being a code services specialist is more than writing parking tickets and issuing warnings to homeowners to clean up their properties.

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Lyle’s principal ready to lead

Amber Eaton, the new principal at Lyle Elementary School, is returning to what she considers her “roots” in her educational career.

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Gala Park renovations back on track

Weather, contractor delays postponed project progress over the summer months, city says

Renovations at Gala Park, at the corner of Uglow Avenue and Hankel Street, are back on track after weather and contractor delays postponed the project over the summer.

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The kid and the cop

Polk County Sheriff’s Deputy Marty Watson was at the ATM at Frink’s General Store in Falls City in mid-August when he was approached by a nervous 6-year-old girl.

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Baskett Slough battles water primrose

Baskett Slough National Wildlife Refuge is looking a little drier than normal for this time of year, and it isn’t because of the warm summer.

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Oakdale’s new-to-you principal

Tuesday marked the beginning of a new school year and a new school for Oakdale Heights Elementary School Principal Todd Baughman.

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Anytime Fitness flexes muscles at new downtown location

Michael Davis hasn’t gotten a lot of sleep lately.

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One project at a time

Rotarians work to build a better world through local, international service projects

You see Dallas Rotarians hard at work during Summerfest’s Breakfast in the Park and Tom Newton Car Show every year.

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Vets help fix home

Brandon Doeden had recently purchased a fixer-upper home outside of Monmouth on Airlie Road when his life screeched to a halt.

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Field projects at DHS to span two years

The project to update Dallas High School’s football field and track — if field fundraising is successful — will be completed over two years instead of one.

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‘Bee’friend pollinators

If you want a super pollinator in your backyard, build a bee box and fill it with tubes perfect for mason bee nests.

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Lifelong dream realized at Illahe Vineyards

Eclipse chasers find joy, delight in Great American Eclipse viewing party in Polk

At about 9:25 a.m., Lisa Hoople looked up at the sun shortly after the Great American Eclipse began at Illahe Vineyards in Dallas.

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Cities provide warm welcome, fun times

Dallas Mayor Brian Dalton rolled out the welcome mat early for those looking for a place to watch the Great American Eclipse.

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Local law enforcement behind bars for cause

Mike McConnell wants to put Falls City Mayor Terry Ungricht in jail.

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Beekeeper shares interest

George Woodward likes Oregon honeybees.

Gator stolen in FC recovered in town

The John Deere Gator stolen from the Falls City water treatment plant has been found, but the search is on for suspects in the theft.

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State money could help Dallas street repairs

Transportation legislation passed by the Oregon Legislature this last session will help local governments solve part of their street maintenance needs.

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Beautiful baby runs in family

Brylie Emigh is only 8 months old, but is already carrying on a family tradition.

Looking out for each other

Falls City Neighborhood Watch

See something amiss in your neighborhood you call police, right?

Body of missing boy located on Monday

Searchers found the body of a 5-year-old boy missing since Friday from Wallace Marine Park in West Salem.

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Fair animal entries promise to eclipse past years

The Polk County Fairgrounds & Event Center buzzed Monday morning in the scramble to get everything ready for the venue’s event of the summer: The Polk County Fair.

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Economic director sees Dallas’ ‘potential’

AJ Foscoli, Dallas’ Economic Development Director, believes the next year or so has a lot in store for Dallas.

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PSU releases Polk County population forecasts

Cities use data to plan for long-range planning in Urban Growth Boundaries

The Population Research Center at Portland State University estimates that Polk County will grow at a yearly average of about 1.5 percent until 2035.

Committee discusses council decorum

Members of the Dallas City Council will not be required to abide by the same social media rules as city employees.

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Whitworth upgrade more than seismic

Work at the school includes technology, fire alarm system update

Whitworth Elementary School’s summer seismic upgrade project is beginning to feel like a full-scale overhaul for district maintenance officials.

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Rickreall Dairy earns ‘sustainability’ award

Louie Kazemier’s efforts to care for the environment weren’t always so appreciated.

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Local cold case featured on show

Detective John Williams thought the Polk County Sheriff’s Office had the Glenn Pennie disappearance case solved in 2013.

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Get ready for a space adventure

Four, three, two, one.

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Fire on Buena Vista Road destroys garage, sheds

Firefighters were able to save the home

Sharon Tebb gazed out a window of her home in the 8200 block of Buena Vista Road Monday evening and saw something unexpected -- and frightening.

City to ask residents about public safety facilities options

City officials say the Dallas Police Department and Fire & EMS need new or upgraded facilities, especially the police department, which shares space in Dallas City Hall.

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Visitors Center evaluates events

The Dallas Area Visitors Center is evaluating its annual slate of events to make sure they are meeting the mission of the organization.

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First responders prepare for eclipse

First responders are ready for increase in visitors

First responders and emergency workers are preparing for the influx of people expected for the Great American Eclipse on Aug. 21 and for the days around it, but they need our help.

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National Night Out

Event brings together neighbors, law enforcement

Tuesday is National Night Out, an annual campaign promoting relationships between communities and their police and fire agencies, and several neighborhoods and groups are hosting events around the county.

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Have your cake, eat it too

It’s the ultimate choice at the family barbecue: chocolate cake or apple pie?

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The search for the grail

Caceu owns one of two olive farms in Polk County

Bogdan Caceu is searching for the “holy grail” of olive trees.

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Planning is key for enjoyable eclipse

We could have thousands of visitors for the days before and after the Great American Eclipse on Aug. 21.

Falls City eclipse event approved

Solar eclipse viewers now have an option of camping in Falls City’s Upper Park and joining in a Great American Eclipse breakfast and viewing party on Aug. 21.

Watershed purchase complete

The city may finally have the last piece of the Mercer Reservoir watershed property purchase completed.

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Falls City to put two levies on ballot

Granted they are submitted on time, two five-year operational levies will appear on the November ballot for Falls City voters, one for Wagner Community Library and another for the city’s fire department and streets.

Hansen addresses future with county

County Administrator Greg Hansen will officially retire this summer, but he won’t leave right away.

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