(LE MARS)—An update on Le Mars Area Dialysis Services is planned this evening.
The Friends and Family Update is an opportunity for anyone who is interested in the latest progress to add the medical service.
Remodeling work is underway at the service location in downtown Le Mars.
The dialysis update begins at 6:30 this evening at Floyd Valley Hospital’s lower level Conference Center room #1.
Whitehead is newest cover child
(LE MARS)–The newest cover child for the Le Mars Visitors Guide and Business Directory has been chosen by balloting.
Miyah Whitehead, the five-year-old daughter of Erv and Lisa Whitehead was chosen from written ballots published in the Le Mars Daily Sentinel newspaper.
Miyah is a kindergarten student at Gehlen Catholic. She was one of 12 finalists for the Chamber’s new Visitors Guide and Business Directory cover photo.
Miyah and the other 11 children between the ages of 4 and seven serve as the Chamber’s Little Ambassadors and will be making public appearances coordinated.
The 11 others and their parents are:
Madison Huls, Tyler and Tina Huls
Nicole Peters, Nick and Sheila Yamada
Chase Peterson, Cody and Dawn Peterson
Ethan Nuebel, Mark and Karen Nuebel
Ellaina Pick, Brad and Kaylyn Pick
Nolan Parmelee, Paul and Deb Parmelee
Emerson Schmidt, Andy and Kari Schmidt
Dawson Barthole, Jeff and Jenny Barthole
Emma DeRuyter, Dave and Becky DeRuyter
Aspen Mosher, Kim and Ross Mosher
Benjamin Hoss, Nick and Nikki Hoss
Federal funds targeted to attracting more service to Sioux Gateway
(SIOUX CITY)–A grant could bring more air service to Sioux Gateway Airport.
Barbara Sloniker of the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce announced the award of one-half million dollars.
Seventy-four communities in 35 states competed for the funds. Sloniker says there was a lot of local support for the Small Community Air Service Grant.
Sloniker explains the transportation funds will help with ongoing efforts to add service at Sioux Gateway.
Sioux City is one of 19 communities in 19 states to receive the funds.
Vehicles sideswipe in Seney
(SENEY)–Three people were injured in a two-vehicle accident in Seney around ten o’clock Tuesday night.
According to the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office, 21-year-old Ryan Knight of Independence was driving north on Mallard Avenue and decided to make a left turn onto another street.
Authorities report nineteen-year-old Emily Calamanco of Le Mars was also traveling north and started to pass Knight within the intersection, not knowing he was turning left. The vehicles sideswiped each other. The injuries were not listed as life threatening.
Knight and Calamanco were taken to Floyd Valley Hospital. Calamanco’s passenger, 14-year-old Haylee Calamanco, received minor injuries to her hand.
Le Mars Fire-Rescue, Le Mars Ambulance, Le Mars Rescue 9 and the Iowa State Patrol assisted the sheriff’s office.
Fired Catholic school teacher reaches settlement
WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) A teacher who was fired from a Catholic high school in Waterloo for remarrying before getting his first marriage annulled has reached a settlement with the school and the Archdiocese of Dubuque.
The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier says Thomas Girsch has agreed to accept a judge’s finding of $372,000.
Girsch was fired from Columbus Catholic High School in 2007.
A Black Hawk County jury awarded him $600,000 in April after he sued for breach of contract. A judge lowered the amount, finding the jury’s verdict was excessive.
Following the decision, both sides were faced with the possibility of retrying the matter.
Girsch says he accepted the settlement, saying he hopes it will bring closure.
Dubuque man sentenced for killing friend
DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) A Dubuque man convicted of killing a friend and stabbing a neighbor has been sentenced to 55 years in prison.
The Telegraph Herald says Michael Mayton was sentenced on Tuesday for second-degree murder, assault with serious injury and assault causing injury.
The Dubuque newspaper says Mayton said nothing and showed little emotion during the hearing.
Mayton was convicted in July of killing David Tate and injuring Richard Schramm Jr. in August 2009.
After the verdict, Mayton was accused of assaulting the prosecutor. Mayton has pleaded not guilty to a willful injury charge in that case.
Iowa dad’s trial to stay in Polk County
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) A Polk County judge says the trial of a Des Moines man accused of injuring his infant son will stay in Polk County.
Jonas Neiderbach is charged with child endangerment.
The Des Moines Register says Neiderbach’s attorney requested the trial be moved, citing pretrial publicity. A judge denied the request on Tuesday.
Neiderbach’s trial is to begin on Nov. 29.
Neiderbach and the baby’s mother, Jherica Richardson, were accused of injuring their son, Ethan, in July 2009.
Richardson was sentenced to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to child endangerment and child neglect charges.
Demolition of flood-damaged homes to begin in CR
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) The demolition of flood-damaged homes next to the Czech Village in Cedar Rapids will begin soon.
The Gazette says the City Council on Tuesday give the green light to begin razing about 60 homes deemed an “imminent threat” to public health and safety. The neighborhood was heavily damaged in the 2008 flood.
Mayor Ron Corbett says no formal vote was taken or needed to let the city continue.
A developer and a planning consultant have been trying to get the neighborhood declared a historic one. The consultant, Richard Luther, says state and federal officials recently concluded the area is not historic.
Corbett says he envisions new homes going up in part of the neighborhood next to the Czech Village commercial district once the city’s new flood-protection system is built.
Deer on move during breeding season in Iowa
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Iowa drivers are being reminded to watch out for deer over the next few weeks as the breeding season gets under way.
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says bucks will become more active as they search for does in November.
November is also the highest month for car-versus-deer collisions.
State deer biologist Tom Litchfield says deer will become more unpredictable.
Litchfield says to help avoid deer collisions, drivers should slow down and minimize traveling at dusk and down.
The number of deer killed in collisions in Iowa dropped in 2008, then increased in 2009 to numbers around the levels in 2007.
University of Iowa sees decline in Friday classes
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) A plan by the University of Iowa for more Friday classes as an antidote to students drinking on Thursday apparently isn’t working too well.
The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports fewer students are signing up.
In 2007, the university offered incentives to faculty to hold more Friday classes. In 2008, there was an increase but not for long. According to a 2010 report, the number of Friday classes is dropping.
Kathryn Hall is the director of academic programs and student development in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. She says students don’t sign up for Friday classes, which makes faculty wary of scheduling Friday classes that could be cut because of low enrollment.
She says students need to be reminded why they are in school, and it’s not to party.
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