Iowa GOP Party Chair Steps Down
3-9-14 The Chairman of the Iowa Republican Party has announced that he'll be stepping down. Party officials said Chairman A.J. Spiker sent a letter to the party’s central committee Friday announcing he would step down as soon as a new chairman was elected. Spiker has been the chairman for the Iowa G-O-P since 2010. The election for a new chairman will take place at the quarterly business meeting on March 29
RAGBRAI 42 to go through Marble Rock for the first time ever
3-9-14 For the first time in RAGBRAI history the Des Moines Register's big bike ride will go through Marble Rock. Wednesday night, July 23rd RAGBRAI 42 will overnight in Mason City. The route Thursday, the 24th, will pedal from Mason City through Nora Springs, Rockford, Marble Rock, Greene, and Clarksville to Waverly where the ride will overnight Thursday night.
Grundy Supervisors To Review Construction Plan
03/08/2014 - The Grundy County Board of Supervisors Monday (Mar 10) at 9am will hold a public hearing on the 2015 fiscal year county budget. Grundy Supervisors will review with County Engineer Gary Mauer the five-year construction program, review an overview of services with Jodie Stupp with Crisis Intervention Services, hear a request for use of courthouse grounds for a drug take back event and the board will present a 25-year service award to Ron Tordoff with the Sheriff's Office. Grundy County Supervisors meet Monday, 9am at the courthouse in Grundy Center.
Area School Districts Piling Up Snow Days
03/08/2014 - This has been a pretty tough winter on some school calendars. Clarion-Goldfield and Dows to date have 7 days of school to make-up. Superintendent Doctor Bob Olson tells KLMJ News those days will made up at the end of the school year with the last day, barring anymore snow days, to be June 4th. The last day for Iowa Falls/Alden is June 5th, Hampton-Dumont and Aplington-Parkersburg June 2nd, CAL is looking at May 30th, North Butler May 29th and Clarksville May 22nd at the present time. But, this is Iowa and anything can happen. A total of nine inches of snow fell in Hampton on May 2nd, 3rd and 4th last year.
Iowa Falls School Board To Discuss Next Fiscal Year Budget
03/08/2014 - Monday (March 10th) the Iowa Falls School Board will discuss and possibly take action on approving the district's next fiscal year budget. The Iowa Falls board will discuss the school board secretary's evaluation process. The Iowa Falls board will also discuss a retirement incentive plan. The Iowa Falls School Board meets Monday, 7pm, at Rock Run Elementary School.
Train Derailment In Shell Rock
03/08/2014 - Officials say no one was injured following a freight train derailment in Shell Rock.
The Iowa Northern Railroad Company says the incident near the South Cherry Street railroad crossing involved some train cars going off their tracks yesterday (Fri.) morning. The Butler County Sheriff's Office says it received a report around 2am about train crossing signals that were continuously on. Company officials responded to the scene. They did not request cleanup or repair assistance from local authorities.
Latimer Cub Cadet Childhood Center is Honored in Des Moines
03/07/2014 - Cub Cadet Childhood Center of Latimer and Director Robyn Hill-Kofoot were honored at an event on February 27. First Children’s Finance celebrated the accomplishments of childcare businesses such as Cub Cadet Childhood Center that are participating in the Northeast Iowa Growth Fund Program. The Growth Fund Program is a multi-year effort to move successful childcare businesses to “the next level.” Growth Fund Program participants develop a business plan and receive grants from First Children’s Finance to support growth and quality improvements that better serve children and families in the community.
Photo Courtesy of Senator Ragan's Office.
Ackley Firemen Called to Report Smoke at High School in Ackley
03/07/2014 - The Ackley Fire Department was called out around 3 o'clock this (Fri) afternoon to the report of smoke in the girls locker room at the A-G-W-SR High School. Fire Chief Tim Eichmeier tells KLMJ/KQCR News a motor in an exhaust fan burned up. No injuries. Ackley Firemen were on scene for half-an-hour. Ackley Police and Ackley Ambulance also responded.
Ted Cruz Keynote Speaker at Cerro Gordo County Republican Fundraiser March 18th
03/07/2014 - The Cerro Gordo County Republican Central Committee is holding a county party fundraiser later this month with Senator Ted Cruz of Texas to be the keynote speaker. Others planning to attend the fundraiser at this time include: U.S. Representative Steve King; State Representative and House Majority Leader Linda Upmeyer and Iowa State Auditor Mary Mosiman. The Cerro Gordo County Republican Central Committee Fundraiser is Tuesday, March 18th at Music Man Square in Mason City from 6:30 until 8:30pm with a V-I-P photo opportunity at 6:30 - regular program begins promptly at 7 o'clock. Tickets are available at eventbrite.com. Prices range from 25 to 250-dollars.
E-C-C Student Named to 2014 All-Iowa Academic Team
03/07/2014 - Julie Schwartz of Hubbard, a sophomore at Ellsworth Community College in Iowa Falls, is one of several Iowa community college students named to the 2014 All-Iowa Academic Team. The honorees were recognized earlier this week at a dinner and reception in Des Moines sponsored by the Phi Theta Kappa national honor society. Julie is a Liberal Arts major at ECC, planning to transfer to Iowa State University and perhaps pursue a degree in Leisure Youth & Human Services, with a minor in Business. She is the daughter of Curtis and Nancy Schwartz. Julie was accompanied to the recognition ceremony by Dr. Nancy Muecke, ECC Provost, and Dr. Lisa Stock, ECC Dean of Students & Academic Affairs.
Photo Courtesy of Ellsworth Community College.