Helping Hands in Knoxville wants to thank you for helping them feed hungry families in South Central Iowa this Thanksgiving. Chuck Galeazzi, a volunteer with the organization, says radio station KNIA/KRLS really helped get the word out, and added that citizens in Knoxville and Marion County always come through when they hear about others in need. Forty turkeys were donated in one 24 hour period – Family Video also pitched in 20 birds prior to the start of the food donation drive. Galeazzi thanked everyone involved and encouraged them to look forward to Christmas, when he says the need for donations will be even greater.
Four suspects in Oskaloosa are in custody after an alleged armed robbery of a William Penn student that took place on November 14th. Oskaloosa Police Chief Jake McGee said no one was injured in the incident, although one victim was punched in the face. Three male students reported to police officials they were allegedly robbed at gunpoint. The call came into police around 11:30pm on Monday evening, reporting people with guns at Watson Hall, a men’s dormitory on campus. The suspects fled the scene of the crime; officers spotted the vehicle fleeing the city in the 1800 block of South Market Street and made an arrest – two semi-automatic guns and property from the dormitory was found in the car. McGee said the incident was very unusual – the four suspects were all from Kansas City, and none of them were actually students at the university – they are now in custody at the Mahaska County Jail pending first degree armed robbery charges.
The Pella Rotary Club is teaming up with the Pizza Ranch to raise funds for college-bound students. The organization will be at the Pella Pizza Ranch from 5-9pm on Monday, November 21st – all your tips that evening will help fund the Pella Dollars for Scholars program. Club president Bob Zylstra says the Pella Rotary Club has supported Dollars for Scholars for several years with both volunteer activity and sponsoring scholarships. In addition, the Pella Rotary Club will also be selling raffle ticket that night with the grand prize of two tickets the Super Bowl, a 4 nights lodging in Houston, TX and $1000 spending cash.
In Harvey a mother and her two children definitely had their guardian angels watching over them, escaping a potentially deadly vehicle fire yesterday. A Marion County Sheriff’s deputy who responded to the scene says a woman driving her children to daycare noticed smoke coming from her minivan. She stopped the van and got the two children out just as it became engulfed in flames. Harvey Fire got the emergency call and responded at the scene where they were able to extinguish the blaze. Officials believe an electrical malfunction in the vehicle was responsible for the incident.
We have some sad news about a rollover accident on 163 last night which resulted in a fatality – the Iowa State Patrol confirms Sasha Rae Zinn, 22, was killed in the single-vehicle accident. Zinn was found unresponsive by emergency crews as they arrived at approximately 5:40 p.m. after she was ejected from the 1993 Mercury Tracer she was driving. A preliminary report from the Iowa State Patrol says Zinn lost control of the car in the left lane heading west near Mile Marker 42, when it veered off the road briefly and then rolled several times back across traffic before coming to a rest on its top near the right side by the shoulder. Police have not determined a cause. Two other passengers were in the vehicle – 33 year old Elizabeth Ann Heady sustained serious injuries and an unidentified male suffered minor ones. Our thoughts prayers here at KCWN go out to all the friends and families affected by this tragedy.
If you live in Oskaloosa and don’t have someplace to go for your Thanksgiving meal next week, the folks at Central Reformed Church invite you to join them for their 15th annual Oskaloosa Community Thanksgiving Meal at noon on Thursday, November 24th. The meal is free, and open to anyone in the community – in previous years the church has served about 250 people on Thanksgiving day, and this year they’re expecting even more. The delicious feast features 120 pounds of turkey, 50 pounds of ham, 60 pounds of potatoes, 24 unique desserts, and many other tasty items. Andy Baker, Executive Ministry Director at Central Reformed and one of the event organizers, feels the high quality of the meal is a large part of what makes it stand out each year. In order to make sure the church has enough food to feed everyone, reservations for the meal are required – they can be made by calling the Central Reformed office at 673-3843 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org – please make sure to let them know if you or someone in your party needs accessible seating.
History buffs in Marion County got quite a treat last night at the “Tall Tales and True Stories of Rural Marion County” event, held in the Root Cellar Room of Knoxville’s Peace Tree Brewing Company. Storytellers shared the history of Marion County as seen through their own eyes; audiences heard stories of westward migration, farm life and tales of communities which no longer exist. Peace Tree Brewing Company’s Root Cellar Room, which hosted the event, was standing room only as the crowd enjoyed humorous and informative anecdotes from a variety of storytellers, each with a unique perspective on Marion County’s History.
Penn Central Mall was the place to be last week Thursday night for anyone looking for a job – the Oskaloosa Chamber (MCARD) and IowaWORKS of Southern Iowa held their second annual job fair at the location. Job seekers were able to connect with over 50 different employers, who set up booths where people could look at information, speak to company representatives, and pick up applications. The two hour event was busy throughout the night – an HR representative from Clow Valve Company was visiting the fair for the first time; she said events like this were valuable networking tools for employers, because people can live in a community their entire lives and never hear about a company. Overall Deann DeGroot, the Director of MCARD, was pleased with the turnout of both employers and job seekers and felt the job fair was a big success.
It isn’t easy getting invited to Thanksgiving at the White House — particularly if you’re a turkey. But if you play your cards right, you might just get the call to head to Washington. This year, according to the Iowa Turkey Federation, the turkey getting that call will come from Iowa. He’ll take center stage in what will be President Barack Obama’s final Thanksgiving pardon at the White House. It’s the sixth time Iowa has provided the turkey for the presidential Thanksgiving tradition. Iowa turkeys have been presented to Presidents Lyndon Johnson, Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush, and now to Obama, the group said. The National Turkey Federation began the tradition with its first presentation to President Harry Truman. Iowa will actually send two turkeys to Washington, with Obama choosing the winning bird, based on its ease around crowds, the Iowa federation said.
A pedestrian was struck by a vehicle while crossing the street near Central College in Pella this past Saturday afternoon. Pella Police say the female pedestrian was crossing West Third Street and Independence near the college campus during the noon hour when a sedan heading southbound hit her in the south crosswalk at the intersection, which is a four-way stop. The female pedestrian, whose name has not yet been released, was transported to Pella Regional Health Center by ambulance with non-life threatening injuries. The driver of the vehicle, whose name has also not been released, is currently under investigation by the police department.
If you’re heading to downtown Oskaloosa and are feeling hungry, there’ll soon be a new place to eat – on November 21st Kory and Staci Wright will be opening the Brickhouse Cafe at 212 1st Ave East. The owners of the new eatery say it’s always been their dream to open a restaurant; Kory has experience in the food service industry, and after one previous attempt to manage his own restaurant is ready to give it another try. The couple feels God has been with them every step of the way in this journey, even down to the number in the address – Staci is owner of Salon 212, and was thrilled when Kory called to tell her the address of the new location was also 212. Breakfast will start at 6:30 am, and the cafe will be open until 2 to 2:30 in the afternoon – the menu will include to-go breakfast items, muffins and breakfast burritos, along with specialty coffees. You won’t find any burgers or fried foods on the menu – instead there’ll be a regularly rotating assortment of soups, sandwiches, wraps, salads, and some speciality sandwiches. If you’d like more information about the new Brickhouse Cafe, check out their page on Facebook.
They’re in! That’s the word for Pella High girl’s volleyball and boy’s football teams-they’ll both be off to the state championships. For the girl’s volleyball team the trip to championship game is a school first – they defeated Bishop Heelan yesterday in 5 sets – 20-25, 25-18, 19-25, 25-14, 15-11 – to earn their spot at U.S. Cellular Arena in Cedar Rapids today. Pella’s serving and blocking kept Heelan in check in the sets they won, outblocking the Crusaders 21-8 and racking up seven service aces to Heelan’s three. They now face No. 2-seeded Dubuque Wahlert in the finals today – the big match starts at 12:15pm. It was a nail-biter for the boys football team – Ryan Van Wyk’s 21-yard touchdown reception with no time left on the clock sent two-time defending champion Pella back to the title game with a 34-30 win over Cedar Rapids Xavier. The game was a back-and-forth affair with no team leading by more than a touchdown; the Dutch are now 12-0 on the season and have racked up 40 consecutive wins on their way to their 3rd title game – they face Webster City next Thursday in Cedar Rapids for the championship.