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Emily Mentzer

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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.

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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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.

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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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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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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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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.

Seven displaced after fire

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.

Season’s eatings?

The Itemizer newsroom is back for some baking goodness ... we hope

The 2017 Itemizer Bakeoff Challenge

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YMCA auction rocks Roaring ’20s

The Monmouth-Independence YMCA auction is back, in its 18th year – and this year, the party is going back to the Roaring ’20s.

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He’s making a list and checking it twice

Santa is ready to visit Polk County

With the Thanksgiving weekend behind us, communities in Polk County turn their thoughts to Christmas.

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Pena brings people together

She’s been pivotal in bringing the community together for a fiesta for 35 years.

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Teal steps away from post

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.

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Olsons take giving to ‘a new level’

It takes a village, or so the saying goes.

Fire district completes work on user’s manual

Polk County Fire District No. 1 has completed work on its first standards of cover.

Everyone wins with food drive

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.

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WOU to perform ‘Radium Girls’

“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.

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Treasures abound in Timeless Antiques

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.

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Central stages ‘The Addams Family’

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.”

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Welcome to your nightmare

Warning: Organizers of “Welcome to the Movies,” a haunted house at 877 Main St., Dallas, ask all who enter to sign a waiver.

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Friends to host bi-annual sale

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.

Tryoneers bring year-round 4-H to Pedee

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.

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Off to the (zucchini) races

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.

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Airstreams to converge on Main Street

Roughly 20 Airstream trailers will line Main Street in downtown Independence this weekend, starting Friday and leaving Sunday.

New 4-H club to go year-round

The group has 15 signed up so far, and more are coming in, said Heather Traglia, Tryoneers 4-H leader.

Two cases of pertussis confirmed at Central schools

Two students at Central schools have been confirmed with pertussis, or whooping cough.

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The quilt that took more than 100 years

How long does it take to finish a quilt? For the Cheesman family descendants, the answer is four generations.

Preserving history

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.

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To build a scarecrow

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.

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A taste of Greece

It doesn’t matter how you pronounce it, Pete Kalogeras at Greece Lightning is happy to serve it up.

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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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Wildfang eager for year

Ashley Wildfang has always known she wanted to be a teacher.

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Kubista begins year as superintendent

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.

New logo, website for Independence

The city of Independence has a new logo, featuring the Cooper Block tower before it was repainted.

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Weekend brings no major incidents for first responders

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.

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Young photographer shines at Polk fair

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.

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Trust is key in cat show

Rose started out a stray cat, heading toward being euthanized, when she found Tiffany Clark’s family.

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Infant dies during house fire

An 11-month-old boy died in a Monmouth house fire on Aug. 9.

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Fire burns five acres

Temperatures cool slightly, but dry conditions persist

Five acres burned in a field fire at Perrydale Road and Highway 22 on Thursday.

Look back at Praegitzer fire

30 years later, employees are invited to sort-of reunion

It was Aug. 13, 1987, when Praegitzer Industries went up in flames.

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Polk County feels the heat

POLK COUNTY – After a three-day heat wave, temperatures in Polk County should see a slight dip in the next week.

Independence launches cloud-based website

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.

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Eclipse: Why all the fuss?

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?

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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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Four fires strike in two days

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.

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Taking matters into his own hands

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.

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RARE helps IDA thrive

Since Americorps RARE volunteer Imani Hall started work as the manager for the Independence Downtown Association, seven new businesses have opened up.


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