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Jaacks Win September Image of Pride in Hampton

09/15/2104 - At last weeks Hampton City Council meeting the council recognized Jeff and Beth Jaacks of 323 19th Avenue Northeast as the September "Image of Pride" winners for their efforts of maintaining their property.   Hampton Councilwoman Dyanne Pralle said the city will have 2 more "Image of Pride" winners this year, one in October and one in November.

Photo:  Jeff and Beth Jaacks.

Kazmerzak's Family Marks One Year Since Disappearance

09/15/2014 - The family of a missing Hampton man continues to seek closure as they mark one year since his disappearance. 23-year-old Ethan Kazmerzak was last seen in the early morning hours of September 15, 2013, and numerous searches have been conducted without success. 

A $20,000 reward for information on Kazmerzak's whereabouts has been re-issued, and will remain in effect for the next year. Franklin County Sheriff Larry Richtsmeier tells KLMJ/KQCR News that reward will be re-assessed on a yearly basis. Hampton Police Chief Bob Schaefer said at a news conference today the reward has turned up a few leads so far, but none of those has panned out.

About 20 people attended today's news conference at the Windsor Theatre in Hampton. The entire conference is posted below.

Above Left:  Ethan's parents, April Hemmes and Tom Kazmerzak.  Above Right:  Franklin County Sheriff Larry Ritschmeier and Hampton Police Chief Bob Schaefer.


NIACC to Hold Constitution Day Program Wednesday

09/15/2014 - North Iowa Area Community College is holding a program on Alexander Hamilton and the Implied Powers of the Constitution on Wednesday (Sep 17) to commemorate Constitution Day that is held every year on September 17th.   This year’s program will examine the epic debate over the nature of the implied powers of the United States Constitution. This particular controversy arose over the First Bank of the United States and led to Alexander Hamilton’s famous opinion. Hamilton offered what has become the classic defense of a more expansive view of implied powers of the Constitution in this intellectual and political battle with Jefferson and Madison.  This public forum will be facilitated by Bennett Smith, history and political science instructor at NIACC.  The Constitution Day program is Wednesday in the Beem Center on the NIACC campus in Mason City from 3 until 5pm.

9K Raised at Shell Rock Emergency Services Building Kickoff Fundraiser

09/15/2014 - Around 9-thousand dollars was raised this past Saturday (Sep 13) night at the kickoff fundraiser for a new Emergency Services Building in Shell Rock.  Fundraiser Chair, Robyn Holden tells KLMJ/KQCR News this is a good start in raising awareness for the project that will include construction of a new building to house the Shell Rock Fire Department and First Responders. Holden says despite chilly weather, all events were well attended including the kids activities, meal and street dance.  Projected cost for the new Shell Rock Emergency Services Building is 8-hundred thousand dollars with the city to kick in 3-hundred thousand.  A capital campaign will begin in the near future.  Donations can be sent to the City of Shell Rock at 303 South Cherry Street, zip code 50670.

Above:  Design Plan for new Shell Rock Emergency Services Building.

Hampton-Dumont Celebrates Homecoming Week

09/15/214 - No, it's not snowing in Hampton - it's Homecoming week as the annual town tee-peeing took place last (Sun) night.  The homecoming week schedule includes coronation Friday (Sep 19)1:30pm in the high school gym.  King candidates are Drew  Abbas, Bo Brass, Brady Claypool, Cole Miller and Kendrick Suntken.  The queen candidates are Jenna Borcherding, Aubrey Card, Morgan Kalkwarf, Katie Moritz and Mercedez Swartz.  The homecoming parade is Friday at 2:15pm with a public pep rally following the parade at Bandshell Park.  H-D takes on Garner-Hayfield-Ventura in the football game Friday at 7:30pm with the homecoming dance to follow from 9:30pm-midnight.

Photos:  Upper Left Band Shell Park; Right courthouse square and Lower Left looking down 1st Street Northwest towards the high school.

Kazmerzak Press Conference Tomorrow

 9-14-14   Tomorrow (Monday Sept. 15) marks the one year anniversary of the disappearance of a Hampton man.  22 year old Ethan Kazmerzak was last seen in the early morning hours of September 15th, 2013.  Since that time, numerous searches have taken place - ground, water and air and local law enforcement has followed up on a few leads, with no results.  Hampton Police Chief Bob Schaefer tells KLMJ News a press conference will be held on Monday (Sep 15) morning with Ethan's parents in attendance.  The press conference will begin 10 a.m. at the Windsor Theatre in Hampton.

Butler County Relay For Life raises over 63 thousand dollars

9-14-14   September 1st was the deadline to contribute to this years Butler County Relay for Life.   Chairperson Lucille Leerhoff says this years event raised 63 thousand, 136 dollars.   Leerhhoff says an organizational meeting for the 2015 Butler County Relay for Life will be held Tuesday night, October 14th, 7:00 p.m. in the Butler County Courthouse in Allison.    The 2015 Butler County Relay for Life will be held July 10th at the Butler County Fairgounds in Allison.  For for info you can contact Lucille Leerhhoff at 319-278-10-79.  


Hampton Police Arrest

9-14-14    Yesterday (Saturday) morning Hampton Police arrested 29 year old Eugene Sikora of Hampton for driving while barred, providing false information to officers, and for possession of a controlled substance marijuana.   Sikora was transported by Franklin County Sheriff's deputies to the Hardin County Jail in Eldora where he was held overnight for a court appearance today (Sunday).   Last (Saturday) night Hampton Police responded to a fight reported at Coconuts Lounge in downtown Hampton, no arrests were made, and yesterday (Saturday) morning Hampton Police received a report of criminal mischief in the 1000 block of Val Kay Court, no further information available from police.

   *     Yesterday (Saturday) morning Franklin County Sheriff's deputies received a report of phone harrassment reported by a rural Hampton resident, no further details available.   


Body Found in Iowa River

9-14-14     Last (Saturday) night the body of an adult man was found in the Iowa River near Marshalltown.  The body was discovered in the river north of Marshalltown by volunteers searching for missing 52-year-old Kevin Kroener. Police believe Kroener, of Marshalltown, went missing after swimming in the river last weekend.  The Marshall County Sheriff’s Office said the body is presumed to be that of Kroener, however, positive identification has not yet been made.   Police and volunteers have been searching for Kroener since September 6th, when he was reported missing by his family.   An autopsy is scheduled.


City Of Ackley To Pay Former Police Chief For Overtime Hours Worked

09/13/2014 - Last week the Ackley City Council approved on a 4-1 vote to pay former police chief Jeff Harnish $16,473.45 in overtime pay.  In other business the Ackley council voted 4-1 to enter into an agreement with Theresa Scholte allowing her to work at the ambulance office for 30 hours during each two week pay period at her present rate of $12 an hour.  This will not include any of her time on an ambulance run.  Scholte's duties will include running reports, scheduling for the ambulance, setting up continuing education classes, inventory of supplies and drugs, and cleaning of the ambulance and the ambulance office.  This agreement will be re-evaluated during planning for the city's next fiscal year budget.



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