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.
After serving one year of a four-year term, Independence City Councilor Ken Day resigned on Jan. 2.
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.
Community members contribute to vision for new leader at CHS
The search is on for a new principal at Central High School.
The Bank of America Dallas branch will close its doors on April 3.
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.
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.
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.
A juvenile was referred for disorderly conduct after bringing a fake gun to LaCreole Middle School on Dec. 12.
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.
No injuries, but three family pets die in garage blaze
No one was hurt in an early-morning fire in Falls City on Sunday, but three family pets died as a result of the smoke and flames.
The Itemizer newsroom is back for some baking goodness ... we hope
The 2017 Itemizer Bakeoff Challenge
The Monmouth-Independence YMCA auction is back, in its 18th year – and this year, the party is going back to the Roaring ’20s.
Santa is ready to visit Polk County
With the Thanksgiving weekend behind us, communities in Polk County turn their thoughts to Christmas.
She’s been pivotal in bringing the community together for a fiesta for 35 years.
Sue Teal retires after nearly three decades at the Monmouth Senior Center
A lot has changed in the nearly 29 years since Sue Teal first took the job as the director at the Monmouth Senior Center.
It takes a village, or so the saying goes.
Polk County Fire District No. 1 has completed work on its first standards of cover.
Monmouth, Indy businesses compete for Golden Can
In a sort of sibling rivalry for the best of reasons, Monmouth and Independence police departments are in a heated — albeit friendly — competition to see who can gather the most donations to the Ella Curran Food Bank.
“Radium Girls” takes the audience on a historic journey ripe with facts, sprinkled with humor and warmth, recounting the story about women who worked for the U.S. Radium Corporation.
Dawn Lynn, vendors share love of old, repurposed things, interesting collections, and furniture
Step into the welcoming atmosphere of Timeless Antiques and More and it may be difficult to step out empty-handed.
The angst and pain that comes from growing up — for both teenagers and their parents — is perhaps the biggest story told in “The Addams Family: the Musical.”
Warning: Organizers of “Welcome to the Movies,” a haunted house at 877 Main St., Dallas, ask all who enter to sign a waiver.
What started in 2016 as a way to let volunteers spend Summerfest with their families has turned into a financial benefit for the Friends of the Dallas Public Library.
A new, year-round 4-H club has popped up in Pedee — the Tryoneers. The group has 15 signed up so far, and more are coming in, said Heather Traglia, Tryoneers 4-H leader.
Students at Mid-Valley Christian Academy filled the gymnasium on Friday afternoon to see whose zucchini creations would travel the fastest and farthest down a ramp.
Roughly 20 Airstream trailers will line Main Street in downtown Independence this weekend, starting Friday and leaving Sunday.
The group has 15 signed up so far, and more are coming in, said Heather Traglia, Tryoneers 4-H leader.
Two students at Central schools have been confirmed with pertussis, or whooping cough.
How long does it take to finish a quilt? For the Cheesman family descendants, the answer is four generations.
Heritage auto, ag show celebrates industry
The annual Heritage Auto and Ag Show returns to downtown Monmouth on Saturday, followed by an old-fashioned tractor pull on Sunday.
Independence library’s annual workshop filled with family fun
Families gathered in the Independence Public Library Monday night, bringing to life a scarecrow from a T-frame, newspaper and miscellaneous items.
It doesn’t matter how you pronounce it, Pete Kalogeras at Greece Lightning is happy to serve it up.
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.
Ashley Wildfang has always known she wanted to be a teacher.
Students bustled through the halls of Ash Creek Elementary School on Tuesday morning with a certain excitement — it was the first day of the new school year.
The city of Independence has a new logo, featuring the Cooper Block tower before it was repainted.
While the weekend was packed with live concerts, street performers, food trucks, beer and wine gardens, culminating in the big event — the Great American Eclipse — for law enforcement, it was mostly business as usual.
Dasheill “Dash” McNett, 7, enjoys taking photos with his Canon Rebel — and, if the number of ribbons on his Polk County Fair submissions suggests anything, he has an eye for photography.
Rose started out a stray cat, heading toward being euthanized, when she found Tiffany Clark’s family.
An 11-month-old boy died in a Monmouth house fire on Aug. 9.
Temperatures cool slightly, but dry conditions persist
Five acres burned in a field fire at Perrydale Road and Highway 22 on Thursday.
30 years later, employees are invited to sort-of reunion
It was Aug. 13, 1987, when Praegitzer Industries went up in flames.
POLK COUNTY – After a three-day heat wave, temperatures in Polk County should see a slight dip in the next week.
The city of Independence has taken a step toward the council’s goal of transparency by launching a new cloud-based website in partnership with OpenGov Tuesday.
The moon will cast its shadow over Polk County the morning of Aug. 21 during the Great American Eclipse. But what’s the big deal?
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.
Dallas Fire & EMS respond to two fires caused by cars driving in fields
Two of four fires in two days from July Fourth through Thursday were sparked by cars driving on fields, said April Welsh, spokeswoman for Dallas Fire & EMS.
Dallas resident Alex Lofton, family and friends restore and renew Tawney memorial sign
When Alex Lofton found out Sgt. Ian Tawney’s memorial park sign was vandalized, he wasn’t going to let it sit overnight without trying to fix it.
Since Americorps RARE volunteer Imani Hall started work as the manager for the Independence Downtown Association, seven new businesses have opened up.