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Local News 10.13.2017

Two juveniles have been identified as having made threats in restrooms at the Knoxville Middle and High Schools this week. Superintendent Cassi Pearson says the schools are continuing their investigations. Pearson says there may be juvenile referrals to law enforcement, and there will definitely be consequences for the individuals. Names will not be released for the students involved because they are juveniles. Vague threats had been made in restrooms at both facilities, leading school administrators to take a number of actions, including early dismissal of school yesterday.

A Pella graduate continues to be recognized nationally for her work in fighting hunger.  Maria Rose Belding of the Class of 2015 was named on the 22 Under 22 Most Inspiring College Women list. The campus-to-campus magazine pulled from over 1,000 nominations.  Belding is the co-founder and the executive director of the MEANS Database, an interactive website that connects more than 200 large-scale food banks with one another in hopes of reducing food waste, which now supports pantries in 48 states.

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