Pella’s two Recharged Robotics teams will advance to the FIRST-Tech Challenge–Iowa Championship in Coralville on Feb. 23-24. Recharged Robotics teams, Recharged Green and Recharged Organce, are comprised of students in the PEACE Homeschool Group in the Pella area. There are 22 total students participating with Recharged this year. Last year, Recharged Green made it to the world championship competition, and placed 11th in their division during the qualification rounds. This year, both Recharged teams were finalists in the Jan. 27 FTC– League Championship and the Feb. 3 FTC–Super Qualifier competitions. Both teams went undefeated in both previous competitions during the qualification matches.
There’s funny money circulating in South Central Iowa – Four Ottumwa businesses received counterfeit bills totaling $160 during the weekend, according to police. South Ottumwa Savings Bank reported Monday morning that a counterfeit $50 bill was used to pay for goods at North Hy-Vee in Ottumwa sometime over the weekend, according to an incident report from Ottumwa police. The same day, Murphy USA on Venture Drive reported that it had received a counterfeit $50 sometime before Sunday. Also Monday, the Owl’s Nest on South Court Street reported that two counterfeit $20 bills were used at the establishment sometime after Jan. 31. Early Tuesday police investigated the report of a counterfeit $20 bill used for a purchase at the McDonald’s restaurant on West Second Street sometime Monday.