Indy processing, grow business approved amid controversy
Organic Investments, a marijuana processing and growing facility, got the green light from the Independence City Council after its business plan was appealed twice.
After hearing from dozens of WOU students, residents, council says yes
The Monmouth City Council received a standing ovation from Western Oregon University students and Monmouth residents who filled Volunteer Hall at the council’s April 4 meeting.
After hearing from dozens of WOU students, residents, council says yes
MONMOUTH — The Monmouth City Council received a standing ovation from Western Oregon University students and Monmouth residents who filled Volunteer Hall at the council’s April 4 meeting.
The Dallas Lions Club is partnering with the Dallas Community Free Clinic on April 22 to expand services offered that day at Trinity Lutheran Church, 320 SE Fir Villa Road, Dallas.
Organic Investment’s application has been appealed to planning commission, council
The Independence City Council will decide what will happen next for Organic Investments, a production and processing facility for cannabis.
Indy Commons offers ‘plug and play’ for entrepreneurs
The old Independence Opera House is in use, but instead of dances or performances, it will be packed with entrepreneurs and business people.
Jennifer Kubista will start as the district’s lead administrator in July
Jennifer Kubista is not the type of person to jump for the sake of jumping.
See a 3-D printer at work at the 11th annual Talmadge Middle School Community Health Fair Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m.
Children and their guardians are invited to Craft with a Cop at the Monmouth Police Department from 2 to 4 p.m. on April 5.
Legislature to consider paying for child care for those using Polk County Courthouse services
A mom who had to attend a no-contact waiver hearing brought her 3-year-old and 7-year-old kids with her to the Polk County Courthouse.
Resolution to be discussed at April 4 city council meeting
Monmouth City Council took a step toward declaring the city an “inclusive” one at its March 21 meeting.
It’s no April Fool’s joke: The Independence farmers markets kick off their 2017 season on Saturday.
Donna Dovey, of Independence, pleaded guilty Thursday to two counts of animal neglect as part of an agreement with the court, Sheriff Mark Garton said.
The website is live. Independence is ready to go dark on Aug. 21 for the Great American Eclipse.
After a discussion at the March 7 work session, the Monmouth City Council decided not to increase zoning restrictions for marijuana-related businesses.
Quilting is an original upcycling project, taking worn out bits of things, or flour or sugar sacks and sewing them into something that is not only beautiful, but useful.
Monmouth Mayor Steve Milligan struggled to hold back the tears, touched to be named First Citizen of Monmouth and Independence.
Marion-Polk Food Share to hold gardening classes starting on Saturday
The first day of spring is Monday. Even though it’s still wet and muddy outside, now is the perfect time to start planning your garden.
Sometimes people who want to help can start out with good intentions and then find themselves in too deep.
'Seed to Supper' program helps people get ready to grow
Get started planning, planting your garden
Students get a chance to meet Gov. Kate Brown, learn what she does for fun
What is Gov. Kate Brown’s favorite food? What kind of music does she like? Has she ever been scared? What does she do for fun?
It’s that time in Monmouth and Independence, time to Celebrate the Lights in the community at the 52nd annual Community Awards Banquet.
Governor answers the tough questions from kids
Gov. Kate Brown visited students at Ash Creek Elementary School Thursday to kick off Read Across America.
Brittney Hall never aspired to be a published author.
‘Midsummer’ fairies land in 1930’s La La Land
A fairy king and his mischievous servant did not intend to land in 1930’s Hollywood, but when Puck messes up a spell, he and Oberon find themselves out of their magic wood and into Hollywood.
Telecommunications companies who provide data services in Independence will now be affected by a 7 percent franchise fee on gross revenue, or $500, whichever is greater.
Multicultural, bilingual play tackles issues of immigration
What’s a young boy to do when his parents have “disappeared” and soldiers have overrun his home? Make his way to the Border of Light and the City of Angels, of course.
Rivers are high, and Polk County is officially out of danger of a drought, but the National Weather Service does not expect rivers to break their banks soon.
Assistant principal will serve as interim for 2017-18
Central Superintendent Buzz Brazeau announced Jann Jobe will serve as interim principal at CHS next year.
Marijuana retail, processing and production facilities have been added to the Monmouth zoning code through a legislative amendment passed unanimously at the Feb. 7 council meeting.
Sewer bills in Monmouth will likely increase, though a few customers will see a decrease, because the way bills are calculated are set to change.
Dollar Zone owner David Dykes passes savings on to customers
It’s not all about the money at Dollar Zone 1, 2, 3, where nothing costs more than $3.
Fewer 11th-graders in Polk County have used marijuana, alcohol and tobacco or illicit drugs than their peers in the past.
‘Be GLAD’ program focuses on providing access to students in classrooms
All elementary school classroom teachers in the Central School District have been trained and certified in a national program, Be GLAD.
WOU presents six one-act plays opening Thursday
A young woman, Dawn, seeking help for a stutter, hopes learning a new, universal language will help her untie her tongue.
Pacific Power says inclement weather to blame
Power bill higher than expected? You’re not alone.
Central grad rates rise, Dallas rates decrease from 2015
Superintendent Buzz Brazeau was ecstatic when he heard about Central High School’s graduation rates for 2015-16: 86.5 percent.
Hundreds gathered at the Monmouth Senior Center on Thursday for its open house and ribbon cutting, celebrating the 2,133-square-foot expansion project.
Community forum to address needs, resources
With one of the coldest winters on record and snow still on the ground, citizens of Dallas began a community discussion: How can we help those who are homeless?
Polk County Fire District No. 1 volunteers responded to more incidents with fewer volunteers in 2016.
The Independence City Council took care of business at its Jan. 10 meeting in spite of fresh snow, but postponed the discussion on a new city branding initiative because the consultants worked out of Portland, which was hit worse than the Willamette Valley with ice and snow.
It’s almost like the role was written for him.
The city of Monmouth is now compliant with the state’s whistleblower protection laws.
The comments were extensive, compiled in a binder about one-inch thick.
An electrical fire in a 200-square-foot shed destroyed the structure on Gentle Court East on Sunday afternoon.
Ryan Kingsella has a passion for helping his community in positive ways.
About 9,000 visits to the food bank in 2016 meant fewer people went hungry
Patty Nevue is just about to her one-year anniversary as director of the Ella Curran Food Bank.
It’s not very large — it fits in the driver’s side visor — and could make a difference in how smoothly a routine traffic stop could be for someone who is hard of hearing or deaf.
Steve Milligan to take the seat from John Oberst on Tuesday
The city of Monmouth has completed more projects in the last decade with Mayor John Oberst at the head of the dais than it has in the 30 years prior to him taking office.
Company still struggles to pay its debt, but has more reliable revenue
Monmouth Independence Networks continues to rely on the cities of Monmouth and Independence to pay down the debt taken out on its behalf, but the company is more stable financially than in years past.