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Local News 4.12.2017

Central College students spread out yesterday across 5 different counties in South Central Iowa to make their mark, volunteering in numerous communities as part of their annual service day.  Director of the Center for Community-Based Learning Cheri Doane says most of the campus was out serving in 70 different projects alongside faculty and staff at the university.  Doane says Americorps VISTA Tiffany Nyugen (When) helped coordinate the challenging logistics of organizing the wide range of projects – over 700 total volunteers participated in the day of service.

Hy-Vee customers in Oskaloosa have been scanning their FuelSaver cards often in the past month, hoping they might bring home more than just groceries in the latest contest for a $10,000 cash prize.  Clete Hjorth, store manager for the Oskaloosa Hy-Vee, said he wanted to make the check presentation extra special, devising a plan to surprise the grand prize winner.  Hjorth called the winner, Estridd Smith of Oskaloosa, told her that she had won a gift card, and that he liked to present the gifts in person.  Arriving at Smith’s home, Hjorth had her fill out paperwork, and then said he’d forgotten the card in his truck.  A fellow manager and Hjorth then gathered up the big check and some balloons to deliver the big news to Smith, who was overcome with emotions.  


It was a banner day for many local track and field teams at Pella Christian’s annual invitational Tuesday.  Pella, Pella Christian, PCM, Pleasantville, and Melcher-Dallas were among the field of ten central Iowa teams competing on Eagle Lane.  The Lady Dutch dominated the field among the girls with a team score of 215, followed by Pella Christian in 3rd at 101, and Pleasantville at 8th with 33. Pella earned 1st place finishes in 10 of the 19 events; Pella Christian’s Lizzy Van Maanen was tops in the discus and Morgan Fopma was 1st in the high jump and 400 meter hurdles.  PCM’s boys came within a few points of taking home the crown at 134.33 team points, with Lynnville-Sully taking the top crown. The Mustangs first place finishes included Preston VanWyke, Chris Ellens in the 32000, and the 4×100 meter relay, with seven other top three finishes. Pella’s boys were 3rd at 121, with top place honors, including 1-2 finishes in the 1600 meter with Nick Bernhagen and Blaise Winegardner and in the shot put with Tyson Wassenaar and Nick Dejong. The Eagles were 5th as a team at 84, as Eddie Pringle took the crown in the 200 meter and numerous athletes shaved seconds off of their times. Pleasantville was 6th at 72.33 points as well.  Eagles Head Coach Keith Anderson says he was happy to see many of the times posted by Pella Christian athletes on their home track.  

Pella’s girls and boys soccer teams took home a sweep of their matchups with Pella Christian last night.  The Lady Dutch won in the 68th minute 10-0, and the boys defeated the Eagles 2-0 at Pella High School. Pella’s girls scored five goals in each half, including two apiece from Grace Held, Ciara Buchheit, Bellara Huang, and Maddie Canfield.  The Little Dutch boys played tough back-line defense against a Pella Christian team coming off of a double-overtime thriller in the Pella 2-0 win. Pella’s goals from Adam Davis and Ethan Poulter came early in the first half.

Local News 4.11.2017

A number of fake $100 bills have been floating around South Central Iowa lately, and police have finally nabbed some suspects in this case of counterfeiting – police arrested two suspects in the case Saturday morning at a Shopko store in Burlington. Police say employees had noticed problems with a bill one of the men tried to use in a checkout lane; A third man was arrested later in the day.  Police say 51-year-old Curtis Davis, of Tampa, Florida, and 32-year-old Joseph Wilcox, of Chiefland, Florida, are charged with forgery. Twenty-seven-year-old Dander Smith, also of Tampa, is charged with marijuana possession and interference with official acts.  Police Lt. Greg Allen says investigators suspect the men have passed counterfeit $100 bills in several states.

A Sully man is using poetry to share the story of the daughter he lost to a rare blood disease. Mike Hoogeveen, organizer of the annual Megan’s Legacy blood drive each December, has written a collection of poems about the life and loss of Megan titled Words I Could Not Speak.  Hoogeveen says the poems were his way of coping during the difficult time; he never planned to publish the work, but changed his mind a few years ago after being encouraged to do so.  All proceeds from the book will benefit the Megan’s Legacy charity; you can find “Words I Could Not Speak” on Amazon.com.


Two ranked teams went head-to-head in  Class 1A soccer action last night in Urbandale – The #10 Des Moines Christian Lions faced off against #6 Pella Christian, emerging victorious over their higher-ranked opponent 2-1 at the end of overtime.  It was a defensive battle between the two ranked teams, with a score of 1-1 at the end of regulation, which sent the contest into overtime.  Des Moines Christian scored with 40 seconds left in the second overtime period.  The Lions handed the Eagles their first loss of the season; the Eagles are 3-1 heading into the Tulip City Rivalry tonight at 7 p.m. against the Pella High Dutch; the Lady Dutch and the Eagles girls will face off at the Pella Soccer Complex at the same time.  Meanwhile the boys at PCM picked up their first win in soccer last night as the Mustangs emerged victorious with a score of 1-0 over Ankeny Christian – After struggling to start the season picking up wins, the Mustangs relied on leading goal scorer Misha Seebeck to convert a late penalty kick to pick up their first win. The Mustangs move to 1-5 on the season; they host Heart of Iowa Conference rival Gilbert tonight.

Local News 4.5.2017

Several South Central Iowa jazz bands received top honors at the Iowa Jazz Championships yesterday in Des Moines.  North Mahaska came out on top in the Class 1A competition – their sixth championship since 2009. Students Jack Munson and Caleb Gipple were honored as Outstanding Performers in their class as well.  Pella High School was hoping for their third consecutive Class 3A title, but instead came home with a very respectable 4th place finish – Erica Nossaman and Fay Porter–both on the drums – earned mentions as Outstanding Performers.

Mahaska County residents take note – April 22nd is the day you can safely dispose of your unused electronics for free!  Mahaska Communication Group, Midwest Sanitation & Recycling, and Clow Valve Company are sponsoring this electronics recycling event, which will take place in the MCG parking lot just south of Hy-Vee from 8am to noon on April 22nd.  Accepted items include computer monitors, video game systems, cell phones, printers, personal computers, laptops, stereos, televisions, keyboards, DVD players and VCRs.  Most items will be accepted for no charge, but business customers will be charged $5 for CRT (old, non flat panel) monitors, and $10 for console or TVs 17” or larger. Residential customers may drop these items off for no cost.

Local News 4.4.2017

Knoxville High School has some champion bowlers in their midst, but these students aren’t knocking down pins – instead Isaiah Finan, Tierney Heffron, Scott Molloy, Bailey VandeKamp, and Scott Molloy helped the Panthers earn the South Central Conference Championship at the SCC Academic Bowl this past Friday in Albia.  The team dropped their first round matchup with Albia, before storming back to win the next four rounds to advance to the afternoon competition.  The Panthers took on Chariton in the final round and emerged victorious with the conference title – Knoxville will host the competition next year.

Should the content on 911 calls be private?  Legislators in the Iowa House think so – a fast-moving Iowa bill would eliminate the public’s right to access 911 calls involving emergencies in which people are injured, sealing key information about public safety.  The House has approved the measure and a Senate committee will discuss it Thursday.  The bill declares that 911 calls involving injured victims are medical records and exempt from Iowa’s open records law –  any call involving juveniles would be sealed as well.  

The Pella High School band is hoping for a three-peat today as they seek their third consecutive state title at the Iowa Jazz Championships today in Ames.  Pella has won two class 3A championships in a row at the event featuring 60 of Iowa’s best ensembles in four classes. The Dutch will first perform this afternoon at 2:45 p.m. at the Scheman Building at Iowa State University; the finals will be at Stephens Auditorium in Ames at 7pm; North Mahaska will also be participating in Class 1A.

Local News 4.3.2017

An Otley man is thankful to be alive today after rescuers pulled him from a grain bin this past Friday.  Multiple crews were paged shortly before 4:45 p.m. when a man in his 70’s fell into a grain silo just off Highway 163 near mile marker 33.  Firefighters from Pella and Monroe used saws to cut open the grain bin as part of the dramatic rescue. Monroe Fire Chief Robbie Wilson says he was incredibly pleased with the efforts of those racing against the clock to save the man’s life, who was lucky to be alive after being trapped in the grain bin for over an hour.

Several Pella High students blasted off recently the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, to  participate in NASA’s Space Settlement Design Competition.  Zion Miller, Elizabeth Sales, Lindsey Hood, and Sarah Van Norden represented Pella and joined approximately 200 other students from Iowa and Texas.  Students had to design a spacecraft on Mercury that would be able to go around the planet to pick up minerals – Sarah Van Norden was a member of the team that won the competition, and will be the first ever Pella student to participate in the international competition at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida this July.


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