Monday News, August 20
Le Mars Community School To Hold Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies
(Le Mars) -- Le Mars Community School District will hold a ribbon cutting and open house ceremonies this afternoon and evening for the completion of the Phase II construction project that includes a new gymnasium, music room, and art room. School Superintendent, Dr. Todd Wendt explains the schedule.
Ribbon cutting will take place at 5:00 p.m. Followed up with a tailgate party sponsored by the Le Mars Community Boosters at 5:30 p.m. Doors to the new facility will open at 6:00 p.m. for self-guided tours, and spirit night with introductions of the fall activities participants will occur at 6:30 p.m. Self-guided tours will continue until 7:30 p.m.
Remsen-Union Dedicates Its New Multi-purpose Facility(Remsen) -- Remsen-Union held a dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony last evening for its new 17,000 square feet Multi-purpose and locker room facility last evening. The cost of the project is at $2.1 million. Remsen-Union Superintendent Ken Howard says the project was a long time coming.
Shirley Schroeder serves as president of the Remsen-Union school board. She offers this explaination of the new facility.
Schroeder says the community did not need to vote on a bond measure, instead the project was financed through the one percent state sales tax.
Superintendent Howard says the school now has an extra facility for tournaments, practice, and even an additional space for elementary recess during bad weather days.
Howard says the new facility will help with scheduling conflicts and offer the school more versitility.
Congressman King Holds Northwest Iowa Townhall Meetings
(Le Mars) -- Iowa Republican Congressman, Steve King is holding three townhall meetings for northwest Iowa today. This morning, King will be at the Le Mars Convention Center, upper level, between 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. for the Plymouth County townhall meeting. Later, King is scheduled to hold a Sioux County townhall meeting at 12:30 p.m. at the Sioux Center Public Library. King will finish his townhall meetings at Forster Community Center at Rock Rapids at 2:00 p.m. for the Lyon County Townhall meeting.
Plymouth County Roads Department To Replace Bridge
(Le Mars) -- Plymouth County Secondary Roads Department has announced that Noble Avenue, between C-70 and 320th Street will be closed for nearly four weeks, beginning today, as they replace a wooden bridge with a new culvert.
Evans Arrested For Robbing Pharmacy
(Sioux City) -- Sioux City Police have arrested 32 year old Eric Evans of Sioux City for robbing the Drilling Pharmacy on Morningside Avenue. The pharmacy was robbed on Friday evening, and police picked up Evans Saturday morning. Evans is being charged with robbery in the first degree, eluding police, failure to obey an officer, and serious assault on a police officer. Evans is currently in the Woodbury County jail with a $25,000 bond.
Judges Need To Defend Themselves
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Opponents of same-sex marriage are gearing up to oust an Iowa Supreme Court judge in November and advocates of an independent judiciary fear defeat unless justices
defend their legal reasoning.
Justice David Wiggins is taking a low-key approach to criticism from groups opposing his 2009 vote in a case that allowed same-sex marriage in Iowa.
The Republican Party in Iowa says it plans to defeat Wiggins.
Iowa justices face a retention vote every eight years. In 2010 three of Wiggins' colleagues on the bench were voted out.
Justices in Iowa have refused to campaign saying courts must remain removed from politics.
The Des Moines Register reports that political consultants say justices face certain defeat unless they respond to groups with a political ax to grind and plenty of money to spend.
Romney To Visit Iowa Again
BETTENDORF, Iowa (AP) - GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney will visit eastern Iowa later this week. He's scheduled to attend a Wednesday rally at LeClaire Manufacturing in Bettendorf.