The Knoxville Public Library’s “Connect to the Next Edition” capital campaign got a big shot in the arm recently thanks to a $425,000 Community Attraction grant from the Enhance Iowa Program. The grant was wonderful news to Library Directory Roslin Thompson, who said the funds would help the library meet its goal for their expansion project, with plans to renovate the existing 2-story structure and build a one-story addition. To date, $4,316,945 of the needed $4.4 million has been raised for the expansion.
Some soggy weekends have made a dent in drought conditions here in South Central Iowa. In Marion County, most areas received 1/2 to 1″ of rain on Saturday, with some areas experiencing locally heavier amounts. North Main Street in Pella picked up 1.2″, while Cedar Creek near Bussey saw 1.4″ in the rain gauge. Since October 1st Pella has received 2.32″ of rain, Knoxville has picked up 2.62″, and Cedar Creek has seen 5.74″ of the wet stuff. In the latest U.S. Drought Monitor Report, extreme drought in Marion County was downgraded to severe.
The deadly wildfires in California have added some gray hairs to one Ottumwa resident – 89-year-old Margaret Hunt held her breath every time the phone rang recently and her son Ronald, who pastors a church in Petaluma, CA, was on the line. Authorities had ordered Hunt, the minister at New Life Christian Fellowship in Petaluma, California, and his wife Monica to pack their car and be ready to move out. Fortunately firefighters were able to block the flames from reaching Petaluma, and New Life Christian Fellowship was able to open its doors to nearly 300 residents in nearby Santa Rosa who were left homeless by the blaze.