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Wed
19
Jun

Former teacher’s trial scheduled

 

Former teacher’s trial scheduled

 

The jury trial of a former North Fayette High School teacher and girls’ varsity basketball coach has been scheduled to begin Wednesday, Sept. 11. According to court documents, James Hanson has pled not guilty to sexual exploitation by a school employee.

In addition, a final pretrial conference will be held Wednesday, Sept. 4. 

The court documents filed in Fayette County District Court on June 10 state that plea negotiations should be completed by the pretrial conference because the court may impose a deadline upon court approval of any plea agreement.

All timely filed pending motions will be ruled upon at pretrial unless an earlier hearing date is requested or the motion is ordered to be heard by the trial judge.

The charge filed against Hanson is a Class D felony, and, if he is convicted, carries a sentence of up to five years in prison.

Wed
19
Jun

WU council approve 1% franchise fee

 

WU council approve 1% franchise fee

 

Becky Walz
Contributing Editor

 

Despite varying opinions, the West Union City Council voted to enact a 1 percent franchise fee with Black Hills Energy and Alliant Energy at Monday’s meeting.

“Personally, I support the 2 percent, but for the community, I move to pass a 1 percent franchise fee because of the impact it will have for individuals on a fixed income,” said Councilmember Cathy Bemiss when making her motion to approve.

Prior to Bemiss’ motion, West Union Fire Chief Roger Gamm asked the council to consider to continue giving the fire, street, and police departments and the employee benefits the funds they were to receive from LOST.

“It is what the public voted for. I see no reason to take away from that,” said Gamm.

Wed
19
Jun

Calmar Trail Days this weekend

 

Calmar Trail Days this weekend

 

Becky Walz
News Editor

 

Calmar Trail Days is scheduled for Friday-Sunday, June 21-23. Throughout the weekend the Winneshiek County Historical Society will have railroad history on display at the Train Depot.

Trail Days starts Friday with Security State Bank’s “Cookin’ for a Cause” from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. with proceeds to benefit the South Winneshiek Football & Track Complex. The event will be held in the Whiskey Grove parking lot.

The Bruce Bearinger Band will play in the Whiskey Grove parking lot beginning at 8 p.m. 

Events continue on Saturday beginning with the NICC Breakfast on the Farm at the Dairy Center from 8:30 a.m. to noon.

Wed
19
Jun

Security issues discussed at Valley school board meeting

 

 

 

Security issues discussed at Valley school board meeting

Brian Smith
Contributing Writer

 

            Melissa Fettkether presented information regarding building security issues to the Valley school board at its meeting on Monday night, June 17.

            Fettkether, who has been working with issues regarding the school’s facility and grounds, informed the board of security issues with the current doors of classrooms, entrance doors to the building, and security cameras.

            Doorknobs to many current classroom doors will need to be changed so that they can be locked from the inside. Currently they can only be locked with a key from the outside. The knobs must also allow someone on the inside to easily unlock the door by just turning the handle.

Wed
19
Jun

30 years of coaching leads Madole to Golden Plaque of Distinction

Before the start of the 2013 Girls’ State Golf Meet, Valley’s Robin Madole (r) was presented with the Golden Plaque of Distinction by IGHSAU Executive Director Mike Dick. In her 20 years as the Valley golf coach, the school has garnered seven UIC championships and made five State appearances.  Madole is the only golf coach the school has had in its 20 years. (Becky Walz photo)

 

CUTLINE: Before the start of the 2013 Girls’ State Golf Meet, Valley’s Robin Madole (r) was presented with the Golden Plaque of Distinction by IGHSAU Executive Director Mike Dick. In her 20 years as the Valley golf coach, the school has garnered seven UIC championships and made five State appearances.  Madole is the only golf coach the school has had in its 20 years. (Becky Walz photo) 

 

 

 

 

30 years of coaching leads Madole to Golden Plaque of Distinction

 

Becky Walz
News Editor

 

The IGHSAU Golden Plaque of Distinction Award honors the Iowa coach who has demonstrated a successful career while making notable contributions toward school, community, and the coaching profession.

On Tuesday, May 28, Valley’s Robin Madole was presented with the award, becoming only the second golf coach in history to receive the prestigious award.

Wed
19
Jun

Grennans in the Irish mood

CUTLINE: Pat and Karla Grennan have made an impact on the community, church, and school over the years and will be honored this weekend as the 2013 Maynard Days grand marshals. (Becky Walz photo)

 

 

 

 

Grennans in the Irish mood

 

Becky Walz
News Edito
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It isn’t hard for grand marshals Pat and Karla Grennan to get into the Irish mood for Shamrock Days theme in Maynard, considering Pat’s great grandparents, emigrated from Ireland many years ago.

Pat comes from a family of 10 sisters and one brother, which he lovingly dubbed “an old Irish recipe.”

“I have kissed the Blarney stone twice,” said Pat proudly, sitting at the kitchen table with an Irish shirt on. “They say if you kiss it, you will have the gift of eloquence.”

Ask many families around the Maynard community, and his gift can be felt throughout.

Wed
19
Jun

Singing through sign

 

CUTLINE: Signs of Christ is an area singing group that uses sign language rather voice to “sign” songs. Among their performances was the Youth Rally in Waterloo last November. Members of the group are (front, l-r) Rebekah Shindelar, Megan Jencks, Jensen Winter; (back, l-r) Macy Winter, Emily Luzum, Destiny Blazek, Mauranda Wilkerson, Nicole Schmitt, Samantha Reicks, Kelsey Jencks, Jenna Schmitt, Jessica Schmitt, and Kay Shindelar. (Not pictured: Emily Elsbernd and Olivia Reicks) (submitted photo)

 

Singing through sign

Amber Hovey
Contributing Writer

 

Signs of Christ is a local area singing group using sign language rather than voice to sing.

“I do it because I wanted to find another way to serve the Lord,” said Kay Shindelar, the group’s advisor. 

“You can touch someone and it only takes one person,” stated Mauranda Wilkerson, a member of Signs of Christ. 

Wed
19
Jun

Preliminary designs presented for Ossian

 

CUTLINES: Landscape architect Craig Ritland and Samantha Price of Trees Forever point out the positives of adding the trail to Silver Springs and around the golf course for residents at the Visioning Committee workshop on Wednesday. (Becky Walz photo)

 

 

 

Preliminary designs presented for Ossian 

 

Becky Walz
News Editor

 

Only a handful of Ossian residents turned out Wednesday evening to see what the staff of Trees Forever presented on behalf of the Ossian Visioning Committee.

The four staff members began several months ago collecting input for Ossian residents on what improvements they would like to see in the community and began to focus on the four areas selected last month: Carey’s Park, downtown streetscape, a sidewalk and trail plan, and park enhancements at Silver Springs Park.

Wed
12
Jun

TORNADO WATCH

National weather service has issued

a Tornado Watch until 9 p.m. tonight for Fayette County.

Tune into  your local weather station(s) for more detailed infromation

Wed
12
Jun

Streetscape list ready to be punched

 

Streetscape list ready to be punched

By Mike Van Sickle
Union editor

The entire downtown area is open to traffic in West Union, after the installation of porous pavers was completed on N. Vine Street over the weekend.

With the last portion of the paver installation complete, city officials remind the public that work will continue.

A “punch list” of items requiring replacement, repairs, and/or improvements to have been compiled by the project designers and engineers.

Among the most noticeable items is the repaving of the center, paving strip on N. Vine Street between Main Street and Highway 18.

City administrator Bob Vagts acknowledged Monday that the City was aware of the irregular alignment last fall, when a manhole on that portion of the project was not centered in the street. 

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