Copper Wire Stolen in Dumont
12/06/2013 - Yesterday (Thu.) afternoon the Butler County Sheriff's Office received the report of the theft of 50-60 feet of copper wire taken from the Farmer's Coop in Dumont in the 200 block of Main Street. The wire is estimated to cost 25-hundred dollars.
Donations Still Needed For Butler County Christmas Cheer
12/06/2013 - Nearly 200 applications were received for this year's Butler County Visions of Well Being Christmas Cheer project. President, Shawn LeBeck tells KLMJ/KQCR News the deadline to apply for the program has passed, but donations are still being accepted. The number of families that applied is up about 25 from last year. To date approximately 11-thousand 500 dollars has been collected. Cost per care package runs about $100 for a family of four which includes household items such as laundry soap, shampoo, body soap, toothpaste and diapers along with some food items. Donations can be sent to Butler County Visions of Well Being, P-O Box 744 in Allison - 50602.
One Killed, One Injured in Tama County Accident Friday
12/06/2013 - One person was killed and another injured following an accident in Tama County early this (Fri) morning. According to the Iowa State Patrol, a Jaguar P-C operated by 21-year old Vernon Lasley of Tama was traveling east on County Road E-49 near Montour shortly after 2am when he failed to negotiate a curve, lost control, entered the ditch and hit a tree. Lasley was transported to a Marshalltown Hospital with unknown injuries. A passenger in the vehicle died as a results of injuries from the accident. The Iowa State Patrol is withholding the name pending famliy notification.
Steve VanderPol Retiring as Grundy Center Secondary Principal
12/06/2013 - The Grundy Center School Board this week (Wed. Dec 4) approved an early retirement application from Secondary Principal, Steve VanderPol, effective at the end of the current school year and approved a cash payout to VanderPol in the amount of 22-thousand 674 dollars. VanderPol is retiring after serving the Grundy Center School District for 19 years. The Grundy Center School Board also approved the hiring of Dennis Dirks as Junior High boys basketball coach and approved the regular December meeting to be held at 5pm on Monday, December 16th.
Season Passes Now Available For Camping at Franklin County Parks in 2014
12/06/2013 - Franklin County Conservation is now offering season camping passes for the 2014 camping season. Park Ranger Brody Bertrum tells KLMJ News that the passes are good at all four Franklin county campgrounds - South Mallory, Robinson, W-K-W and Popejoy. Cost for the season pass is $180, good May 1st through October 31st. For more information contact Brody Bertrum at the Franklin County Conservation Office in Hampton.
Ackley Highway 57 Bridge is Open
12/06/2013 - It's open! A major highway bridge in the listening area, the Highway 57 viaduct in Ackley re-opened this (Fri.) morning. The highway 57 bridge over the Canadian National Railroad was closed April 1st for removal and replacement of the bridge that was built in 1932. Cost of the new bridge - $2.8 million.
Iowa Governor Orders Flags To Half-Staff
12/06/2013 - Governor Terry Branstad has ordered that all flags in Iowa be flown at half-staff from 5 p.m. today (Fri. Dec 6) until 8am Monday (Dec 9), in honor of Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. Flags will be at half-staff on the State Capitol Building and on flag displays in the Capitol Complex, and upon all public buildings, grounds, and facilities throughout the state. The Governor encourages others in the state to fly the flag at half-staff for the same length of time as a sign of respect.
Ackley Police Release STEP Results
12/05/2013 - The Ackley Police Department has released statistics from the latest Special Traffic Enforcement or STEP program held over the Thanksgiving Holiday. Police Chief Jeff Harnish says Ackley officers had a total of 64 contacts during the week long program, issuing 18 citations and 46 warnings. Harnish says speed was the most common offense, with 11 citations and 10 warnings issued. 19 warnings were issued for equipment violations, such as lights that were not working on the vehicle. The next STEP wave is set for the Saint Patrick's Day weekend in March.
A Christmas Tree Made From Books on Display at ECC
12/05/2013 - An Ellsworth Community College student has designed a unique life-size Christmas Tree made out of books. Zachary Creery, a sophomore from Hawkeye Iowa, is shown below with the tree that is displayed in Ellsworth's Osgood Library in Kruse Main Hall. Creery is a Conservation Technology major and work-study student at the Library. He says the Christmas Tree book project took him about three hours over two days to create while he was on duty at the Library.
Hampton Native Hired as NIACC Bilingual Advisor
12/05/2013 - North Iowa Area Community College has hired a Hampton native as a bilingual enrollment advisor to better serve Spanish-speaking residents who live in the NIACC region. Valeria Vosburg Gonzalez, is a 1995 H-D graduate receiving her Bachelor's Degree in Spanish from U-N-I. Gonzalez was most recently employed for the Department of Human Services in Garfield County Colorado, working with bilingual families. Valeria Vosburg Gonzalez recently moved back to Hampton with her husband and daughter. Her office is located at Center One in Hampton, Monday through Friday 8am until 4:30pm. Gonzalez is available to meet with students and families about issues related to higher education. To set up an appointment call 641-456-56-68.