The city of New Sharon will be getting a new ambulance soon – the city council gave their approval last week to purchase the $142k vehicle, which will be registered in the city’s name. The New Sharon Fire and Ambulance Association will be responsible for payments; they’ll get some help with the final price of the vehicle thanks to a $6,500 trade-in credit and nearly $54,000 in funding from local businesses and grants.
Wappello county may need to get out the checkbook after a window inspection at the county courthouse revealed a number of problems. The Board of Supervisors knew the building needed new windows, but a review of the structure also revealed the need for new fire escapes and sprinklers to bring the building up to code. Supervisor Greg Kenning says an architect is reviewing the inspection engineers findings – the county will have a better idea of the cost once those recommendations have been received.
A field day is planned at the Logan Abandoned Mine Land Site east of Bussey on Sept. 7. Randy Cooney, abandoned mine land program project coordinator, and Seth Applegate from the Iowa State University Monarch Work group, will be guest speakers at the event. The field day will last from 10 a.m. to noon. Elizabeth Juchems, events coordinator and educator for Iowa State University, said the Logan site is one of the largest reclaimed areas in the state; she said a lot of work has been done to make the area safer including moving leftover materials that were left behind from the mining process.
Robots appear to be the wave of the future, and the Pella Career Academy is making sure students in South Central Iowa will be on the cutting edge. The Academy has added a new robotics course for students this fall; In a continued push to provide students with opportunities to experience real world jobs with connections to real world business, Pella Community High School is partnering with Vermeer Corporation to provide the class. Pella Community High School principal Eric Nelson says students with robotics experience will have no problem finding good paying jobs in the modern economy; he says the robotics course is also a good fit with classes like industrial technology and agriculture offered at the Career Academy. For its first year, two sections of Robotics I will be taught; one section each semester; Next year a Robotics II class will also be offered. Instructor Brent Bambrook says over 40 students are already enrolled in the class.
Agriculture secretary Bill Northey made a visit to South Central Iowa last week; he visited Oskaloosa last Tuesday as part of an effort to visit unique food or agriculture sites throughout the year. His destination? SHARE Iowa on South 7th Street, where he toured the facilities and learned about the packaged food distribution. SHARE Iowa started 18 years ago as a non-profit organization. Today, it is ran, maintained and labored by a large volunteer base. SHARE contacts food buyers from around the county to purchase high quality food at wholesale prices in large quantities. Volunteers come into the SHARE warehouse to sort, bag and assemble the food to ship out to our many SHARE distribution locations.
Having a baby at Pella Regional Health Center will be a whole lot more comfortable thanks to the new birthing center there – a ribbon cutting ceremony was held yesterday at the facility – Chief Nursing Officer Yvonne O’Brien-Evans said the large increase in babies being born at the Pella hospital drove the expansion. The new space includes seven labor-delivery-recovery rooms and three postpartum rooms, as well as additional space in the nursery and expanded nursing stations and waiting areas for families.
The Oskaloosa Indian football team was hoping to end the Pella Dutch football team’s 41-game winning streak this past Friday night, and with the game tied at 7 in the second quarter, it looked like that might happen. Unfortunately for Oskaloosa, the second half of the game was all Pella, who rolled to a decisive 35-7 win over the Indians. Overall Osky head coach Jake Jenkins was frustrated with his team’s performance, and hopes their trip to Grinnell this Friday will give his team a chance to grow. The Dutch have another non-conference matchup this Friday as they travel to Dallas Center-Grimes.
A high school student from Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont was all smiles after winning big at the Iowa State Fair last week – sophomore Logan McCrea came home the 4-H Market Steer Grand Champion after showing his steer Cue Ball, so named because of his unique color. McCrea has been showing cattle for six years, and said winning the competition was one of the best feelings he’s ever had in his life. McCrea was also able to sell his steer at the Sale of Champions – Hy-Vee paid $37,000 for the animal; 25% of those funds go towards 4H scholarships and McCrea will use the remaining $21,000 to fund his education.
The Lake Red Rock Hydroelectric project continues to take shape as the largest concrete pour of the project happens this week. The pour will create the first concrete placement outlining the footprint of the intake structure on the dam’s upstream side. 200 truckloads will dump 2,000 cubic yards of concrete – just one pour is enough concrete to build 167 feet of a single lane of interstate highway. During this large concrete placement there will be more truck traffic in the area than usual, especially along Highway T15 – the road will stay open but drivers should expect delays.
A new member has recently joined the Pella emergency services team – a shiny new ambulance! Pella Ambulance Board Member Don De Kock says the new ambulance was purchased as part of an eight-year plan to keep vehicles up-to-date. De Kock says the new vehicle has additional safety features for both paramedics and the patients they are trying to help, and will be used primarily for 911 calls and other emergencies.
Wappello County non-profits are saying a big thank-you to the Legacy Foundation, whose Bright Ideas Community Enrichment fund recently provided much needed cash to 7 organizations. One of those groups is the American Home Finding Association, who received nearly $7,500 to use to help ensure child and infant car seats are installed and used properly. Other recipients included Tenco Industries, who is installing solar panels on the Tenco Greenhouse, and Oxford House Humility, who provide peer recovery coaching, vocational and other sober living skills training to the tenants of Oxford House