Monday Afternoon News, October 27
Two Vehicle Accident Causes Injuries
(Le Mars) -- Authorities and rescue workers responded to the scene of a two vehicle accident that happen at about 11:40 a.m at the intersection of County roads C-38 and K-22. Fire fighters from the Le Mars Fire Department assisted with the extrication of victims from the vehicles as a result of the collision. Mercy Air Care helicopter was dispatched to the scene to transport injured victims to Mercy Medical Center Trauma Unit. One vehicle was a pick up truck owned by Southern Sioux Rural Water Association. The pick up was towing a flatbed trailer hauling a skid loader. The other vehicle was a passenger car. No report as to the names of the victims involved with the accident.
Le Mars Community School Board To Meet Tonight
(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Community Board of Education will hear a report this evening during their regular meeting from Jeff Peters of Williams and Company as he details the recent audit performed on the school district. In other action, the school board will hear a report from Vicki Borchers and Kluckholn principal Scott Parry discuss the district's progress in implementing the requirements of the recently enacted Iowa's Early Literacy Legislation. The school board will also consider the names of the people nominated to serve on the District Learning and Instructional Impact Team for the 2014-2015 school year.
Siouxland Food Bank In Need Of Food And Volunteers
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - Volunteers will donate money and their time to replenish shelves at the Food Bank of Siouxland, which is struggling to keep up with increased demand.
Tyson Foods connected The Pack Shack, a hunger relief organization from Rogers, Arkansas, with the Food Bank of Siouxland to pack 250,000 meals of cheesy rice and vegetables.
The Arkansas group is hosting a Feed the Funnel event in Sioux City, Iowa, on Saturday at the Tyson Events Center. In a two-hour shift, a person is expected to pack an average of about 250 meals. Each meal costs 25 cents, and each participant is asked to donate about $63 for them.
More than 105 groups in 11 Iowa counties are served by the Food Bank of Siouxland.
ISU Sociologist Says Political Advertising Has Effect On Emotions
(Ames) -- With countless political ads either heard on the radio or seen on television, is it any wonder to know the public may grow tired of the constant political bashing? However, an Iowa State University Sociology professor says regardless of what we think about political ads, they do have an impact upon how we view the candidates. Stephen Sapp says the political ads are created to stir up emotions. He says the creators of the ads are skilled at the "psycology of outrage".
Sapp says for some people they may get tired of the negative ads, and it may produce a backlash effect taking away the incentive to participate in the political voting process, but yet, he contends those negative ads still help form our opinion.
Each candidate wants votes, but they also seek endorsements. Sapp says an endorsement from a respected entity can indeed help sway a voter's opinion.
The ISU Sociology Professor says political debates can sometimes bring out the worst in candidates, but again, he says they do help influence our opinion.
Hatch Again Advertising On Television
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Democratic candidate for governor Jack Hatch is back on television with a new ad.
Hatch stopped airing television advertising in late September. Campaign spokesman John Hedgecoth says Monday that a new ad, titled "Fresh Start," will run through Nov. 3 on Des Moines and Cedar Rapids television stations. He could not immediately say how much the campaign was spending on the ad buy.
Gov. Terry Branstad has held a sizable lead throughout the race, with more money and support than Hatch.
The latest campaign finance reports show Branstad raised $1.3 million between July 15 and Oct. 14 and had $1.3 million left in cash. Hatch raised nearly $880,000 and had about $280,000 on hand. Hatch and his wife have loaned $140,000 to his campaign.
Osceloa Business Destroyed By Fire
OSCEOLA, Iowa (AP) - A fire has destroyed the Osceola Farm and Home, a 42-year-old business that drew people from the surrounding area.
Des Moines television station KCCI-TV reports (http://bit.ly/1v4YSaB ) that officials are still investigating what caused the early morning Sunday blaze.
Store manager Dennis McMurry says he thinks the fire quickly spread, engulfing the store in thick, black clouds of smoke, because of paint, kerosene, oil and motor oil inside it.
McMurry watched the building burn down. He says it's hard to believe that all that remains of the business are metal scraps.
Police Chief Marty Duffus says firefighters opted not to battle the fire from inside of the store because of melting steel. They instead used ladder towers to fight the blaze from outside.