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Friday Afternoon News, September 14th


Sheriff’s Office Releases Additional Information On Thursday’s Accident

(Le Mars) — The Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office has released additional information concerning the motor vehicle accident on Highway 12, near Westfield that happened at about 6:30 p.m. The Jeep Renegade heading northbound on Highway 12 was being driven by 18 year old Schon Mack of 47993 314th Street of Akron. The Ford passenger bus was traveling southbound on Highway 12 and was being driven by Logan Wagner, age 24 of Parkston, South Dakota. The passengers of the bus were all part of a golf team from Mount Marty College of Yankton, South Dakota. All were taken to the Hawarden hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Mack was transported to Mercy Medical Center with life threatening injuries. Officers conducting the investigation have learned that it appears the Jeep Renegade, driven by Mack, attempted to pass another northbound vehicle and hit the bus head on in the southbound lane of travel. The Iowa State Patrol and Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office are continuing their investigation.



Akron To Host 18th Annual Scarecrow Contest On Saturday

(Akron) — On Saturday, the town of Akron will again be celebrating the 18th annual autumn festival of the Scarecrow Contest. The events take place at the city park beginning at 10:00 a.m. LeAnn Phillips is assisting with the coordination of the festival’s events.

Philips says for those people wanting to submit a scarecrow for the judging competition, scarecrows need to be brought to the park between 8:00 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. She says there isn’t any registration fees required. Philips says the scarecrows will be judged on a variety of criteria with cash prizes.

Besides the judging of the scarecrows, Philips explains there are plenty of other activities at the park.

According to Philips, the variety of foods offered will be another highlight of the festival.

Philips says the scarecrow festival will also feature vendors with craft items for sale.

Saturday’s Akron Scarecrow Contest admission is free to the public.



Le Mars Community High School Prepares For Homecoming

(Le Mars) — The week of September 17th through September 21st will be celebrated as Homecoming Week for the Le Mars Community School District.  The Bulldogs will host the Storm Lake Tornadoes for the Homecoming game scheduled for Friday evening at 7:00 p.m. at the Jim Lorenzen Field.  Coronation ceremonies and pep rally will take place at the Le Mars Community gymnasium on Friday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. followed with the annual Homecoming parade to begin at 2:00 p.m. and will go from the High School, then on 8th Street Blvd. and head north on Central Avenue through downtown.

Homecoming Candidates include: Front row: Sierra DeBoer, Aly Buhman.  Second row: Anna Vacura, Abby Van Otterloo, , Curran Wells, Ben Wadle, Alex Irwin, Connor Ouradnik.  Third row: Wiar Wia, Haylee Cooper, Annie Ellis, Joey DeBoer.  Fourth Row: Karson Morehead, Haleigh Allyn (master/mistress of ceremony)

photo contributed.



Gehlen Catholic Prepares For Homecoming

(Le Mars) — Gehlen Catholic School has announced the royalty candidates for this year’s Gehlen and Spalding Homecoming. Homecoming week is scheduled for September 24th through 29th. This year’s royalty include: Anna Britt, the daughter of David Britt and Tamie Britt both of Le Mars. Sage Goergen, the
daughter of Dan and Carla Goergen of Granville. Katelyn Langel, the daughter of Mick and Tami Langel of Le Mars. Aubree Nilles, the daughter of Lee and Angela Nilles of Le Mars. Katie Peters is also a royalty candidate. She is the daughter of John and Kim Peters of Le Mars. The Homecoming King candidates include: Adam Berkenpas, the son of Kris and the late David Berkenpas of Le Mars. Caden Kneip, the son of Rick and Mary Kniep of Le
Mars. Drew Paulsen, the son of Scott and Stacey Paulsen of Granville is another king candidate. Cody Schmit, the son of Ken and Pam Schmit of Hospers and Adam Schuch, the son of Tom and Lori Schuch of Le Mars. The emcees for this year’s Homecoming celebration include Alleana Aquino, the
daughter of Albert and Dr. Ellen Aquino of Le Mars. Melinda Zubrod, the daughter of Dennis and Nancy Zubrod of Merrill, and Benjamin “BJ” Mairose, the son of Donald Mairose of Le Mars, and Bett Madsen of Sioux Falls.

photo contributed.



Nebraska Man Sent To Prison For Kidnapping

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) – A Nebraska man has been imprisoned for holding several people at gunpoint and beating some of them inside a western Iowa apartment.
The Daily Nonpareil reports that Derrick West-Jones, of Omaha, Nebraska, pleaded guilty and was sentenced Thursday to 20 years. He’d been charged with kidnapping, assault and other crimes before charges were amended.
Police say he pulled a gun June 18 after a disturbance in the Council Bluffs apartment and wouldn’t let anyone leave. Police say he also pistol-whipped and beat some of the captives with a wrench, holding them about two hours.
Two people were taken to a hospital.
A Council Bluffs woman charged in the case has pleaded not guilty to kidnapping and other crimes. Jawanna Moten is scheduled to go on trial Oct. 9.



Former Virginia Governor To Visit Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is scheduled to visit Iowa next week to campaign for Democrats as he weighs a campaign for the 2020 presidential nomination. Iowa holds the leadoff caucus in the presidential race.
According to a press release from the Iowa Democratic Party,
McAuliffe is the guest at the first in a series of voter outreach events aimed at encouraging turnout for the Nov. 6 election.
McAuliffe, a former Democratic National Committee chairman, has been in touch with some influential Democratic operatives in Iowa and nationally who say he is seriously considering a 2020 campaign.
The announcement follows last week’s announcement that New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, also weighing a 2020 campaign, is scheduled to headline the Iowa Democratic Party’s marquee fall fundraiser on Oct. 6.