Wednesday News, April 16
Architect Discusses Downtown Rennovation With Building Owners
(Le Mars) -- An informational meeting regarding the downtown district historical rennovation project was held Tuesday evening. Peter Franks, an archetech with Franks Design Group of Glenwood, Iowa has been assigned the task of restoring many of the downtown buildings. Franks, specializes in the restoration of older buildings, and says he prefers older buildings with character.
During the presentation, Franks made several references to his work at Manning, Iowa which is also restoring its downtown district. Franks says there are several similarities between Manning's project and the Le Mars project.
The Community Development Block Grant totals one million dollars for restoration and rennovation of the downtown building's facades. $500,000 was appropriated through the federal government, the city of Le Mars will finance $250,000 and building owners will pay the final $250,000. Franks says Le Mars has some special historical buildings as part of its downtown.
The historical preservationist will meet with the 30 participating building owners on an individual basis on Wednesday and Thursday. He says he is excited about working with the people of Le Mars, because of the large amount of support for the project.
He says the large amount of community support is encouraging.
Franks says contractor bids may be accepted in August and by early autumn the people of Le Mars should start to see the start of the downtown restoration and rennovation.
Public Radio Requests More Funding
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Iowa Public Radio is asking for additional funding from the state's three public universities, a departure from a plan to become financially independent of them.
Documents released Tuesday show IPR is asking the Board of Regents to approve $945,000 in funding for the budget year beginning July 1. The regents will consider the request next week.
The funding is $236,000 more than what IPR was expected to receive under a plan approved in 2011 to phase out its $1.2 million subsidy by mid-2016.
IPR says it needs the additional support because its strategy to increase private donations was interrupted by the messy departure last year of its CEO, Mary Grace Herrington. The document says the extra funding would give new executive director Myrna Johnson time "to develop a sustainable model."
Pastor Pleads Not Guilty To Sexual Abuse
SIDNEY, Iowa (AP) - A southwest Iowa pastor has pleaded not guilty to charges he sexually abused a 5-year-old girl.
66-year-old Roger C. Kissel of Sidney pleaded not guilty to second-degree sexual abuse, lascivious acts and indecent exposure.
When he was arrested in February, Kissel was a pastor at the nondenominational Sidney Cowboy Church. Sidney Police Chief Austin Richardson says the allegations aren't connected with the church.
The crimes are alleged to have occurred over several months in 2013.
Kissel posted bond and has been released from the Fremont County Jail.
Hypnotist Arrested For Being Intoxicated At Prom
MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (AP) - Police say a hypnotist hired to provide alcohol-free entertainment at a post high school prom event in Marshalltown was arrested for public intoxication.
The Marshalltown Police Department says 43-year-old Terry Woodward was taken into custody early Sunday morning. A message left for Woodward's attorney was not immediately returned Tuesday.
Woodward is accused of showing up drunk before a 3 a.m. performance at the Marshalltown YMCA-YWCA. He was hired to perform for GMG High School.
Capt. Brian Batterson says that people reported Woodward smelled like alcohol. He had no interaction with students before his arrest.
The talent agency that hired Woodward says he has been fired.