Allison's Wilbur Cordes Named as Iowan of the Day August 7th at State Fair
07/30/2014 - An Allison man will serve as Iowan of the Day on the first day of the 2014 Iowa State Fair. Wilbur Cordes has been heavily involved with the Butler County 4-H program. Although Wilbur never participated in 4-H as a kid, he became involved as an adult serving as a leader, advocating the goodness of 4-H and helping all five of his children with their 4-H projects. In addition, Cordes volunteers his time with the V-A medical van for Butler County Veteran's, marches in local parades and has traveled with his church to Nicaragua for mission work. He also participates in several local organizations. Wilbur Cordes will be honored as Iowan of the Day Thursday, August 7th, 2:30pm on the Anne and Bill Riley stage. Wilbur will also receive hotel accomodations, a cash prize, grandstand tickets and use of the Iowan of the Day golf cart.
Ackley Looking for New Police Chief
07/30/2014 - The City of Ackley is looking for a new Police Chief. Ackley Mayor Jim Daggs tells KLMJ/KQCR News the city is in negotiations with current Police Chief Jeff Harnish to resolve a dismissal settlement. In June, the Ackley City Council entered a closed session to discuss the Ackley Police Chief without Harnish being present, a violation of Iowa open meetings laws. Harnish has filed a lawsuit against the City of Ackley. Mayor Daggs tells KLMJ/KQCR News that Harnish remains on the job as the city's Police Chief as he is the only fulltime certified officer on the city's police department. At the present time the Ackley Police Department is being staffed with part time and reserve officers. Mayor Daggs says the city of Ackley is close to hiring a fulltime certified officer and hopes to make an announcment at their next Council meeting in mid-August. Jeff Harnish was hired by the city of Ackley in September of 2012 to replace long time Police Chief Pat Scallon.
Expect Delays if Traveling on S-14 in Franklin County
07/30/2014 - Heartland Asphalt continues to work on resurfacing County Highway S-14 from Highway 3 North to the Franklin/Cerro Gordo County Line, including through the town of Alexander. S-14 will be under construction for another couple of weeks. Motorists planning to travel on County Road S-14 in Franklin County can expect delays. A flagger and pilot car is in use. Cost of the hot mix asphalt resurfacing with milling project that includes 11 miles from Highway 3 to the county line and one mile of C-20 from Wright Avenue to Balsam Avenue, 3 miles south of Meservey is 1-million 721-thousand 101 dollars.
Two Arrests Tuesday in Hardin County
07/30/2014 - Last (Tue) night, the Hardin County Sheriff's Department made two arrests. 19-year old Trenton Garcia of Toledo was arrested following a traffic stop on Highway 65 for driving under suspension and failure to have SR-22 insurance. Garcia was also wanted on a warrant out of Marshall County. Garcia remains held in the Hardin County jail today (Wed). 27-year old Michael Oelschlager of Radcliffe was arrested on a domestic abuse charge following an incident in Radcliffe last (Tue) night. Oelschlager appeared before the magistrate today (Wed) and was released on his own recognizance.
Meghan Freie Recently Appointed to Fill Vacancy on Hampton City Council
07/30/2014 - Last week the Hampton City Council appointed Meghan Freie to fill the city council vacancy in ward one. Freie was the only person to apply for the seat, vacated in June by Valerie Haugebak. Meghan tells KLMJ News she feels everyone should get involved when they have the opportunity. Meghan is a Franklin County native, living in Hampton for the past four years. She currently works for Franklin County as a social worker. Meghan Freie will fill Haugebak's term on the Hampton City Council through the end of 2015. By law, ward one residents have two weeks, until August 7th, to file a petition if they would like to request a special election for the council seat.
Photo: Meghan Freie and Mayor Pro-Tem Dyanne Pralle following the swearing in ceremony July 24th. Courtesy of Craig Donnelly.
Sweet Corn Eating Contest Returns to Dows Corn Days
07/30/2014 - A sweet corn eating contest is returning to Dows Corn Days this year. According to Corn Days Committee Chair, Bev Lange, the sweet corn eating contest will begin at 11am Saturday (Aug 2) morning in the shelter. Lange says the person who eats three ears of sweet corn in the fastest time will receive a trophy. Dows Corn Days runs this Friday and Saturday. 5-dollar Corn Days buttons are currently on sale a local businesses and will also be available at the park Friday and Saturday. A button is needed to get into the park both days and the street dance Saturday night in downtown Dows, featuring the Mudpuppies.
Safe and 7K Stolen From Business in Parkersburg
07/30/2014 - Yesterday (Tue) morning, the Butler County Sheriff's Office received the report of a break-in overnight Monday at 3-C's Restaurant in Parkersburg. The owner reported that a safe containing 7-thousand dollars was taken from the business. Yesterday (Tue) afternoon, the Butler County Sheriff's Office received the report of the theft of items taken from the back of a pick-up in the 21-thousand block of Highway 3 near Allison. Reported as missing was a chainsaw and two leaf blowers with a total value of 13-hundred 78 dollars.
Iowa Lottery Releases Top 99 Retailer Sales for FY 2014
07/29/2014 - The Iowa Lottery has released its top 99 retailer sales for fiscal year 2014 that ended on June 30th. Topping the list was HyVee in Cedar Rapids selling over 921-thousand dollars in lottery tickets. Locally, HyVee in Mason City came in 6th place with over 577-thousand dollars in lottery sales; Kum and Go in Belmond was in 18th place selling 352-thousand 6-hundred dollars worth of lottery tickets and Kum and Go in Hampton was 44th selling just under 260-thousand dollars in lottery tickets. Also making the top 99 was the Rock-C in Iowa Falls in 57th place, Kwik Star in Shell Rock at 59th place, Casey's in Britt came in 63rd with Casey's in Grundy Center 92nd out of the top 99 retailers that sold lottery tickets during the last fiscal year.
Sheffield Library Receives $500 Grant for Lego Program
07/29/2014 - Elevate Advanced Manufacturing, a statewide outreach campaign to promote careers and training in advanced manufacturing, has announced that 15 public libraries and museums in Iowa will receive 5-hundred dollar grants to implement programming that educates young people and their parents about the varied career opportunities in advanced manufacturing. Locally, the Sheffield Public Library will receive one of the grants for its LEGO program for Kindergarten through 6th graders focused on demonstrating how interesting and complex manufacturing can be. All grant recipients will collaborate with their local community college and local advanced manufacturers on their program.
C-13 East of Greene Closed for Bridge Replacement
07/29/2014 - At today's (Tue) Butler County Board of Supervisors meeting, the board approved a road closure for County Road C-13 east of Greene for a bridge replacement project between Union and Vail Avenues. P-C-I of Reinbeck was awarded the bid for the bridge replacement at 331-thousand 431 dollars. Butler County Engineer John Riherd tells KLMJ/KQCR News that the road closed yesterday (Mon) and will be under construction until mid October. Riherd says this is the 3rd bridge project by P-C-I for Butler County this year.