Minor injuries were reported after a livestock trailer struck a Department of Transportation road crew truck late Wednesday morning on Highway 163 near Pella. The accident was reported around 11:30 a.m. near mile marker 40 on Highway 163; according to Iowa State Patrolman Brad Cubit the DOT truck was driving half on the shoulder and half on the highway when it was struck by the livestock trailer traveling northbound. The truck had its lights on and warning devices when it was hit, he continued. Both the DOT employee and the livestock trailer driver were taken to Pella Regional Health Center as a precaution. Cubit estimates that there were roughly 1,200-1,500 weaner pigs on the trailer. Some were lost in the accident, but officials are not sure how many.
At a time when Americans are more divided than ever the chairs of Jasper County’s Republican and Democratic parties have formed an unlikely alliance. Working together to combat hunger in Jasper County, the two groups will hold their first ever “Souper Bowl” at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the Salvation Army, 301 N. Second Ave. E., Newton. Republican Chair Thad Nearmyer and Michelle Smith, the chair of the Jasper County Democrats couldn’t be more different. Despite those nagging differences, both of them wanted to come together to support the county.
Des Moines based Merideth Corporation is buying Time Inc., a publishing powerhouse that includes titles such as Time, Sports Illustrated, People, Fortune and Money – and according to CEO Steve Lacy that’s good news for jobs here in Central Iowa. Though net job losses are likely, Lacy said the nearly $3 billion deal will mean more jobs will come to Des Moines. Meredith Corp. employs about 4,000 people, including 900 in Des Moines and 600 in New York City. Time Inc. employs about 7,000 workers. The creative talent of Time’s magazines will stay put, Lacy said, but Meredith will add more support staff in Iowa as the companies merge.
Pella Dollars for Scholars and Pella Hy-Vee will host a pork sandwich supper and fundraiser during the Pella Community versus Pella Christian High School basketball game on Dec. 8. The supper will begin at 5 p.m. in the Pella Community High School cafeteria. Free will donations will be accepted and proceeds will support scholarships through Pella DFS. The menu will include pulled pork sandwiches, coleslaw, chips and cookies. Pella DFS gives scholarships to all seniors who apply for scholarships from Pella Community and Pella Christian High School.
A grass fire near Grinnell appears to have taken the life of an elderly man this past weekend. On November 25th, shortly before 3 PM the Grinnell Fire Department responded to a report of smoke between Highway 6 and 20th Street west of Grinnell. Firefighters found a fast moving grass fire just west of 101 Highway 6. As firefighters attacked the fire they located the victim at the fire’s point of origin. The victim, identified as 86-year-old Dr. Bernhard Wiltfang, was pronounced dead at the scene. The fire burned approximately 40 acres and 70 hay bales; both the fire and fatality appear to be accidental in nature.
No one likes to see flashing lights from a police car in the rear view mirror, and the Oskaloosa Police Department is hoping their efforts to raise awareness about traffic laws can reduce those stops. With a grant from the Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau, some Oskaloosa officers have been working overtime to raise awareness of seat belt usage, speeding, traffic lights, and alcohol enforcement; the grant is covering overtime of the officers who decide to participate in the program.
Two minivans on Highway 163 collided Saturday night – the incident took place west of Pella shortly before 5pm on Saturday; Numerous agencies responded to the crash at the intersection of 163 and 180th place between Pella and Otley in the westbound lanes. Airbags deployed in both vehicles and the minivans both experienced significant front end damage but thankfully no serious injuries were reported.
The Pella police department has a powerful new tool at its disposal to help combat opioid overdoses. In response to the growing national opioid crisis, the Pella Police Department is now carrying a life-saving drug for those showing symptoms of an overdose. Lt. Bret Haupert says officers are now trained and equipped with Naloxone–in this case the NARCAN brand, which is a nasal spray that can counteract the effects of heroin and other common opioids in an emergency situation. Naloxone blocks the effects of opioids; Haupert says they’ve had the counter-agent for a short period of time, and already it has been used to save a life over the weekend.
The holidays can be a difficult time for those who have lost a loved one, and Hospice of Pella is doing something to help those who are struggling – Hospice of Pella, along with Pella Regional Health Center, will host the annual Light up a Life ceremony at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 5. This year, the street in front of the Comfort House will be closed to allow the program to be held on the north side of the facility at 505 Union St. Following the memorial service and tree lighting, the group will have refreshments and fellowship in the lower level of the Comfort House. Light up a Life provides an opportunity for families and friends to remember loved ones throughout the holidays. The lighted tree by the Comfort House symbolizes and supports hospice work by providing a visual reminder of those who have died.