Community Thanksgiving Day Dinners November 27th
11/21/2014 - Several communities are holding Thanksgiving Day Dinners this Thursday (Nov 27) for individuals or families who may be alone.
In Grundy Center Dinner will be held 11am until 1pm at the Community Center. Transportation is available or meals can be delivered. Reservations appreciated by calling 824-64-06. Proceeds will go to Operation Threshold and Crisis Intervention Services.
A Thanksgiving Day Dinner will be served at the Youth for Christ Building on Highway 65 South, Hampton beginning at 11:30am. Transportation will be available along with delivery or take-out meals. Reservations appreciated by calling 456-01-59.
In Belmond, the annual Thanksgiving Day Dinner will be held at the Leinbach Center beginning at 11:30am. To make a reservation, call 444-30-43 by Monday (Nov 24).
The Clarion Ministerial Association will again serve Thanksgiving Day Dinner at the Clarion-Goldfield High School Thursday (Nov 27) beginning at noon. Free meal tickets can be picked up at Clarion Super Foods through Monday (Nov 24).
First Grace Baptist Church of Sheffield is holding dinner beginning 12 o'clock noon at the West Fork High School. Call 892-44-21 to let them know how many are coming.
For those in Iowa Falls, the 6th Thanksgiving Day Dinner will be held at Bethany Lutheran Church beginning at noon. For reservations, carry-outs and delivery call 648-35-55.
And, the First Presbyterian Church in Ackley will serve Thanksgiving Day Dinner beginning at noon. Reservations can be made by calling 847-20-27. Attendees are asked to bring one covered dish or dessert. All dinners are free or free-will offering and open to the public.
Electrical Service Upgrade To Put KLMJ KQCR And Radio on the Go Off The Air
11/21/2014 - This (Friday) afternoon at 4:00, KLMJ KQCR and "Radio on the Go" dot com will be off the air and out of service for an electrical service upgrade. The 4:00 planned service outage will last between 20 and 30 minutes. Again, KLMJ KQCR and "Radio on the Go" dot com will be off the air and out of service for about 20 to 30 minutes this (Friday) afternoon at 4:00.
Freezing Rain In The Forecast
11/21/2014 - A Freezing Rain Advisory is in effect from 9 o'clock tonight (Fri.) until 6am tomorrow (Sat.) for Cerro Gordo, Wright, Franklin, Butler, Hardin and Grundy Counties. A Freezing Rain Advisory is in effect from 11pm today (Fri.) until 8am tomorrow (Sat.) for Floyd County. Several hundredths of an inch of ice accumulations are expected that will make roadways and sidewalks slick. A Freezing Rain Advisory means periods of freezing rain or freezing drizzle will cause travel difficulties. Slow down and use caution while driving.
Clarksville School Board to Look for New Superintendent
11/20/2014 - The Clarksville School Board will meet in special work session Monday (Nov 24) night to discuss the search process for a new Superintendent/Elementary Principal.
Current Superintendent Eric Wood has served as Clarksville Superintendent and Elementary Principal since July 1st, 2011 and will be leaving at the end of the current school year. The Clarksville School Board will meet Monday, 6:30pm in the school's community room.
Dumont Clinic Open Monday's Only Through December 5th
11/19/2014 - Franklin Medical Center in Hampton has announced that through December 5th, the Dumont clinic will be open on Monday's only. Regular Wednesday and Friday hours will not be held at the Dumont Clinic during this period. Again, the Dumont Medical Clinic will be open Monday's only through December 5th.
State Websites Down Over Thanksgiving for Maintenance
11/20/2014 - State of Iowa websites and web applications, including the Iowa Department of Natural Resource's website, will be unavailable during the Thanksgiving holiday for maintenance.
Web applications are expected to be offline Thanksgiving Day through the following Friday afternoon, and possibly through the weekend. Email and phone service will remain operational.
The outage is required for electricians to repair state data center components that were impacted by a fire in February.
Info from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources:
Customers can purchase hunting licenses online during the outage by going to https://jc.activeoutdoorsolutions.com/ia_customer/app/goHome.do. Campsites and cabins can be reserved at iowastateparks.reserveamerica.com. Honey Creek Resort’s website (www.honeycreekresort.com) will be operational during the outage.
Eldora Hires New City Administrator From Wisconsin
11/20/2014 - Last (Wed.) night the Eldora City Council offered the job of city administrator to Bruce Bierma who in turn did accept the position.
Bierma, who currently lives in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin, has over 20 years of experience in city administration work including as city administrator for the city of Cherokee, Iowa for five years. He has also held the position of city administrator in both Mauston and Jefferson, Wisconsin. Bierma tells KQCR News in recent years he was self-employed but he wanted to get back into government work.
Bierma replaces Patrick Ian Rigg whose contract was not renewed by the Eldora City Council earlier this year. Bierma plans to begin his new job December 8th.
Red Carpet Affair Raised $7,500 for Hampton Senior Center
11/20/2014 - The Red Carpet Affair Committee today (Thu) presented a 75-hundred dollar check to the Hampton Senior Center from Saturday (Nov 15) night's Red Carpet Affair event held at the convention center in Hampton.
This was the third Red Carpet Affair held as a fundraiser for the center to help with operating expenses. The total raised to date for the Hampton Senior Center through the Red Carpet Affair is around 17-thousand 500 dollars.
The Red Carpet Affair features food and dancing. This year 160 people attended.
Jason Gray to Perform in Parkersburg Saturday Night
11/20/2014 - National Christian recording artist Jason Gray will swing through the listening area Saturday (Nov 22) night for a free event at Aplington-Parkersburg High School. Gray will perform as part of an annual outreach night for First Congregational Church. Former Auburn University basketball player Mark Cahill was part of the first-annual event two years ago, and former A-P Falcon and NFL lineman Jared DeVries was a speaker at last year's event. This year, Gray will perform alongside featured speaker Kelly Williamson, an A-P alumnus who currently is the athletic director at Eagle Grove High School.
Gray is originally from southwestern Minnesota and now lives in the Twin Cities area. Six of his songs have reached the top 20 on Billboard's Christian music chart.
Doors open at 6:15 p.m., followed by the start of the concert at 7:00. Saturday's event at Aplington-Parkersburg High School is free and open to the public.
Faulty Wiring Blamed for Monday Fire at Mason City Harley Davidson
11/20/2014 - Faulty wiring is the probable cause for a fire this past Monday (Nov 17) at the Harley Davidson property in Mason City. According to a press release issued by the Mason City Fire Department, the fire was first reported by a passerby at 6:30 Monday morning and when firefighters arrived heavy smoke was coming from the roof area and overhead doors at the property owned by Thomas and Ronald Minert. Deputy Chief/Fire Marshal Mark Christiansen says the fire was fought from the exterior after it was determined conditions were too dangerous for entry into the building.
Christiansen says the investigation determined the fire started above the ceiling area in the east central portion of the building and spread throughout the entire roof and attic area. Probable cause of this fire is faulty electrical wiring located in the attic area. Firemen were on scene for over 8 hours.