(Garden Grove, California)–The Sioux County native who’s one of the world’s best-known televangelists is is stepping down from his pulpit. The retirement marks the end of a ministry in California that began at a drive-in movie theater. The Reverend Robert Schuller announced his retirement on Sunday.
Schuller will turn 84 this fall and grew up on a farm in Alton. He’s spent 55 years preaching, most of them at the Crystal Cathedral which he founded in Garden Grove, California. The church has more than 10-thousand members and millions hear Schuller’s broadcasts.
The Hour of Power is considered the world’s most widely-watched hour-long church service as it’s carried in 156 countries. Schuller’s daughter is also a minister and he’s named her, Sheila Schuller Coleman, as his successor. (News report by Radio Iowa)
Medal of Honor recipient is parade marshall
(SIOUX CITY)–A Sioux City native who has the nation’s highest military citation, the Medal of Honor, is the Rivercade Parade Marshall.
Colonel Bud Day will lead the Rivercade Parade July 21st at 6 p-m.
Colonel Day spent more than five years as a prisoner of war during the Vietnam War. He was forced to eject from his aircraft over North Vietnam when the plane was hit by ground fire.
Day, an attorney who has a law office in Florida, is the most decorated Air Force officer in history and the most decorated living officer in America today.
SD residents happy about ‘Barefoot Bandit’ arrest
YANKTON, S.D. (AP) Residents of Yankton are happy about the arrest in the Bahamas of the fugitive known as the “Barefoot Bandit.”
Colton Harris-Moore was arrested over the weekend, after two years of staying ahead of the law by stealing cars, powerboats and even airplanes.
Police in Yankton say they confirmed through fingerprints and DNA that it was Harris-Moore who broke into hangars at the city airport in June. He’s also believed to be the person who broke into a Yankton home and was scared off when the family returned home. Police believe he also stole a car in the city.
Jake Hoffner, who owns Hoffner Flying in Yankton, says justice has been served, and hopefully officials can learn from the incident. (NEWS REPORT BY ASSOCIATED PRESS)
No jury duty this week
(LE MARS)–July Jurors DO NOT NEED to report for jury duty Tuesday, July 13th. Jurors are asked to call the Clerk of Court office Monday, July 19th after 3:00 pm to find out whether to report Tuesday, July 20th.
Iowa teen faces Aug. sentencing for murder
CHARLES CITY, Iowa (AP) An Aug. 23 sentencing is set for a Charles City teenager convicted of killing his 3-year-old cousin.
Fifteen-year-old Edgar Concepcion Jr. was found guilty in June of first-degree murder, first-degree sexual abuse, second degree-sexual abuse and child endangerment resulting in bodily injury.
He was accused of sexually abusing and killing Krystel Banes at his family’s home in Charles City on July 10, 2009.
His trial was moved from Floyd County to Hamilton County on a change of venue.
Concepcion will be sentenced in Floyd County District Court in Charles City. In Iowa, a first-degree murder conviction carries a mandatory sentence of life in prison without parole.
Palin PAC donates to GOP candidate for Governor
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) Sarah Palin has put her money where her mouth is, contributing at least $87,500 to candidates she’s endorsed in the last few months.
But the financial disclosure filed by her political action committee also shows Palin spending more than $210,000 on consulting.
Candidates receiving money from Palin, for the period covering April 1 to June 30, include Terry Branstad, who’s running for governor of Iowa, and Joe Miller, who’s challenging Alaska U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski. Each received $5,000.
Palin, the 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee, has been mentioned as a possible contender for the 2012 presidential nomination. She hasn’t ruled out a bid.
Iowa prison guard recovering after inmate attack
FORT MADISON, Iowa (AP) Authorities say a prison guard at the Iowa State Penitentiary is recovering after being attacked by an inmate.
Officials say the incident happened last Thursday as guards were taking inmates from the dining area back to the living quarters at the prison in Fort Madison.
Corrections department spokesman Fred Scaletta said Sunday that the female guard suffered facial abrasions. Her name was not released, but Scaletta says she is a good health.
Scaletta says the inmate, Dennis Manchester, allegedly turned and attacked the correctional officer. The guard was taken to a hospital and later released.
Manchester began serving a 10-year sentence in 2004 for second-degree robbery in Pottawattamie County.
Police ID woman killed by train in Ames
AMES, Iowa (AP) Ames police have released the name of a woman who died after she was hit by a freight train while trying to walk across the tracks.
Police say 50-year-old Fannie Williams, of Ames, was struck by a Union Pacific train around 9:30 p.m. Saturday.
Police released her name on Sunday.
Cmdr. Mike Brennan says witnesses told police that the woman was trying to hurry across the tracks and possibly beat the oncoming train.
Brennan says signals and alarms at the crossing were working properly.
1 man drowns in Iowa farm pond
ELDORA, Iowa (AP) Authorities say a 55-year-old man drowned in a farm pond near Eldora.
The Hardin County Sheriff’s Office identified the man as William Dale Eldridge.
Police say he was fishing in a pond around 11:30 a.m. on Saturday when the boat tipped over.
A Story County dive team recovered Eldridge’s body.
The Hardin County Law Enforcement Center says an autopsy will be conducted in Mason City.
Sendoff for 2 Iowa Guard units
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Sendoffs are scheduled for about 110 soldiers in two Iowa National Guard units called up for duty in Afghanistan.
Ceremonies take place on Sunday at 10 a.m. at Camp Dodge in Johnston for the 185th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion and at 3:30 p.m. in Fort Dodge for the Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 1st Battalion, 194th Field Artillery.
The soldiers will be assigned to the 2nd Brigade Combat Team of the Iowa Guard’s 34th Infantry Division.
The soldiers will leave for Camp Shelby, Miss., in late July or early August for additional training before heading to Afghanistan.
Propane grill suspected in Urbandale condo fire
URBANDALE, Iowa (AP) Authorities suspect a propane grill started a fire that damaged a condominium complex in the Des Moines suburb of Urbandale over the weekend.
No serious injures were reported in Saturday night’s fire at the Plumwood Terrace Condominiums. The fire destroyed the entire third floor and portions of the second and first floor of the three-story, 36-unit building.
Urbandale Fire Marshal Jon Rech said Sunday that investigators determined the blaze was accidental and most likely caused by a propane grill on the balcony of a third-floor unit.
American Red Cross workers helped five families with shelter Saturday night, and 15 families with other necessities.
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