Sac City Teacher Charged with Sexual Abuse
(Sac City, IA) – A teacher at a high school in Sac City is facing multiple charges of sexually abusing one of her students. K-C-C-I Television reports that 34-year-old Stefanie Regine Kelsey was involved with a 15-year-old male student since shortly after the current school year started. She’s charged with three counts of third-degree sexual abuse and has been released on a 30-thousand-dollar bond. In a news release, the school district says it has accepted Kelsey’s resignation, “effective immediately,” and that it’s fully cooperating with investigators.
Man Killed on I-29 This Morning
(Sioux City, IA) – A man was killed during pre-dawn hours this morning in Sioux City on Interstate 29. K-M-E-G Television reports that the accident happened in the northbound lane of I-29, just south of the Riverside exit. Sioux City Police say they don’t know why the man was walking on the highway, but say witnesses told them that he was in the middle of the road. His identity is not being made public at this time.
School Still Closed One Week After Tornado
(Orient, IA) – Orient-Macksburg school remains closed more than a week after a hailstorm hit the town of Orient. It was part of the E-F-4 tornado that ripped through Winterset, killing six people there. W-H-O Television reports the hailstorm associated with the tornado dropped baseball-sized hail on the school, causing damage to the roof, water system, windows, and school vehicles. Orient-Macksburg high school students spent the first part of last week attending class at nearby Nodaway Valley before leaving Thursday for spring break. They’re set to return from break this Thursday when roof repairs are expected to be finished.
Dubuque County Seeking $700K for Summer Reading Program
(Dubuque, IA) — Dubuque County officials want to set up a summer reading program and want the federal government to foot most of the bill. K-C-R-G Television reports that the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque is asking Dubuque County supervisors to request 200-thousand dollars in funding from the American Rescue Plan, or ARPA, this year, and 200-thousand more in 2023 and 2024. C-F-G-D officials want to use the proposed summer reading program to help students who fell behind on reading proficiency during the pandemic to get caught up. The money would help cover the costs of learning materials, transportation, and partnering with different organizations. Lisa TeBockhorst with the Dubuque Community School District says she doesn’t think they’ll ever truly know or understand the impact of the pandemic “for years to come.”