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Jolene Guzman

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Focus groups inconclusive

Focus groups evaluating plans to build an all-in-one public safety building in Dallas didn’t provide much insight into how voters would respond if the Dallas City Council put the proposal on the ballot.

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Polk Connect zeroes in on homeless

Event switches focus from ‘at risk’ to aiding people who are unsheltered now

The Polk County Homeless Connect is sharpening its focus for the event in 2018.

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DHS, business leaders want to collaborate

If the education and business leaders developing Dallas High School’s career and technical education program have their way, all the work done in the last year is just the tip of the iceberg.

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Gordon gets crash course as mayor

Jeremy Gordon isn’t used to his new title yet.

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Healing through helping

Debbie McCleery created Kindness Club when she decided the best healing was through helping.

Ellis takes interim manager in Dallas

The Dallas City Council named Greg Ellis its interim city manager during a special meeting on Dec. 6.

Season’s eatings?

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

The 2017 Itemizer Bakeoff Challenge

Akha farm owners arrested last week

The owners of the Akha Farm in Falls City, Matthew McDaniel and Michu Uaiyue, were arrested last week on assault, mistreatment, and sexual abuse charges involving a teen girl.

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CTE offers new experiences for students

Dallas High School junior Joe Foster said he’s never experienced a class like engineering.

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City council votes to terminate Foggin

Update: Council hires Greg Ellis as interim manager

The Dallas City Council voted to part ways with City Manager Ron Foggin in a 5-to-4 vote Monday night.

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Dallas thespians charm in play

High school theater students put on ‘Cinderella Kids,’ opening Friday

The advanced theater class at Dallas High School is condensing all the magic of a Disney classic into 30 minutes in its production of “Cinderella Kids.”

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Christmas comes early

Car Doctor’s Young donates car to family in need

When Christina Smith found out she would be the owner of a new-to-her car, she was in disbelief.

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Contract talks reach impasse

Negotiations between Falls City and Southwestern Polk Rural Fire Protection District seem to be at square one after a meeting Thursday between officials of both entities.

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A helping hand

Mike McConnell’s philosophy on giving his time is “if somebody doesn’t do it, it doesn’t get done.”

Foggin, city part ways

Vote to terminate comes after three-hour executive session

Dallas City Council votes to terminate City Manager Ron Foggin.

Library to remain open through at least Aug. 31

The Wagner Community Library will remain open at least until Aug. 31, enough time to complete the 2018 summer reading program.

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CTE aims to bring career focus to youth

Coordinator to get high-schoolers away from going to college for sake of college

Ask Dallas High School career technical education coordinator Tim Ray what one of his biggest pet peeves is and he will say it’s a student who goes to college who doesn’t know why.

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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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Grand jury clears sheriff’s office in shooting

A Polk County grand jury cleared Polk County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Kevin Haynes and Deputy Kelly Lorence in the shooting death of Baltazar Escalona-Baez, 17, of Silverton.

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Boil water notice lifted in Dallas

The city of Dallas lifted a boil water notice Tuesday afternoon that had been in effect in the neighborhood from Polk Station Drive west toward Douglas Street and north of Ellendale Avenue.

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Oh Christmas tree

Christmas trees, particularly the Noble fir variety, may be in short supply nationwide this year, but local tree farm operators say there should be plenty of trees to choose from this holiday season.

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Falls City gets a direct connection

Thursday morning Richard Faber uttered a phrase that people should get used to hearing from him: “Make sure you put your seat belt on.”

Gordon named new mayor of Falls City

Jeremy Gordon quickly fell in love with Falls City when he and his wife moved to town a little more than two years ago.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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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One ‘murder’ solved

Another awaits for DDA’s 2018 mystery dinner

Just as one murder was solved, another one happened.

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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.

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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.

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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