Friday News, April 24
Plymouth County Treasurer's Office To Offer Tax Credits To Elderly And Disabled
(Le Mars) -- Plymouth County Treasurer, Shelly Sitzmann will be traveling to various Plymouth County communities to assist applicants who qualify for a state credit on their house taxes, mobile home taxes, or for rent reimbursements. In order to qualify and receive credit on your real estate taxes, Iowa residents who own their home must be 65 years old or older, or be totally disabled and have a total household income under $22,011 for 2014. If you own and live in a mobile home, you are eligible to claim a reduced tax rate if your 2014 combined household income was less than $22,011 and you were 23 years of age or older as of December 31, 2014. The state of Iowa also offers a rent reimbursement program to assist elderly or disabled low income individuals. Sign up must be done by June 1st. Qualified residents need to bring their 2014 income tax return, social security statement of earnings, and the amount of any other income that you received in 2014. Sitzmann and/or other members of the Plymouth County Treasurers office will be at the Hinton Community Center from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 5th. Following Hinton, they will be at the Merrill Senior Center from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and then in Remsen at the Remsen Library between 11:30 to 12:30 a.m. On Wednesday, May 6th, the treasurers office staff will be at the Kingsley City Hall from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. The Akron Library Community Room will serve as the second stop on May 6th between 12:30 and 1:30. The staff will finish at the Westfield City Hall from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Sitzmann says applicants can also bring their information to the county courthouse in Le Mars anytime between 8:00 and 5:00. The sign-up deadline is June 1st.
Sioux City Man To Serve 9 Months For Shooting
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - A Sioux City man must serve nine months in jail in another man's nonfatal shooting last year.
A judge suspended a five-year prison sentence for Jose Escobar-Olguin on Thursday and placed him on probation for two years.
Escobar-Olguin pleaded guilty in February to aggravated assault and going armed with intent. He was accused of shooting 21-year-old Lester Calderon-Hidalgo in the head outside a residence in September.
Escobar-Olguin apologized in court and said he was wrong for shooting Calderon-Hidalgo.
Gehlen Representatives Talk About School At Lunch And Learn Session
(Le Mars) -- Those people that attended Wednesday's Lunch and Learn session were able to gain some insight regarding Gehlen Catholic School. Lori Nussbaum, the elementary principal for Gehlen was one of four speakers who informed the attendees about the local private school.
Nussbaum says the tuition assistance is available to all families that need it. While many other small schools have had difficulty retaining enrollment with declining numbers, Gehlen Catholic has been able to reverse the trend by showing an increase of student enrollment nine of the past ten years.