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Keota Students Graduate Community from the L.E.A.P. Academy Events

Keota High School seniors, Kolton Greiner, Kelsi Sieren and Katrina Weber, recently graduated in the inaugural class of the L.E.A.P. Academy, a leadership development program offered through the Regional Economic Advancement division of Indian Hills Community College. L.E.A.P. is an acronym for Leadership, Empowerment, Achievement, Progress. Ashely Moyer, L.E.A.P. coordinator, said the goal of the program is “to inspire future leaders who care about the success of the Indian Hills 10-county region and to empower them with the knowledge that they can make a positive difference in what our region can achieve as we move forward.” The students were selected to participate in the program by their high school. They entered the program during the spring of their junior year and continued through the fall of their senior year. Over the course of the program, the students met with Indian Hills’ staff and other students from across the Indian Hills region for a total of six days.

During these meetings, the students engaged in a variety of hands-on activities designed to help them develop their leadership skills in the areas of communication, creativity, ethics, goal setting, handling conflict, problem solving, servant leadership and team building. The students were also required to complete a service project in their community as part of the program. Greiner, Sieren and Weber had two major aspects to their project. They spent time cleaning up and planting flowers in various public locations around Keota. They also built birdhouses and set-up a fish tank at Maplewood Manor. The L.E.A.P. Academy would not be possible without the support of many generous community sponsors. The Keota students were sponsored by Keota Farmers Savings Bank and Alliant Energy. Kolton Greiner is the son of Lindsay and Shelley Greiner. Kelsi Sieren is the daughter of Kenny and Kathy Sieren. Katrina Weber is the daughter of Mike and Sue Weber.

Ss. Peter and Paul Fellowship Service Dec. 24 Ss. Peter and Paul Church, Clear Creek, will host a Fellowship Service on Tues., Dec. 24 at 5:30 p.m. All are welcome to attend. United Church of Faith Service Dec. 24 United Church of Faith will have Christmas Eve Traditional Candlelight Service at 5:30 p.m. and Christmas Eve Midnight Light Service at 11:00 p.m. Holy Trinity Catholic Church Service Dec. 24 and Dec. 25 Holy Trinity Catholic Church will have Christmas Eve Service on Tues., Dec. 24 at 4:00 p.m. and Christmas Day Service on Wed., Dec. 25 at 8:00 a.m. Lagos Acres New Year’s Day Party Jan. 1 Lagos Acres Golf and Country Club will host a New Year’s Day Party from 10:00 a.m. until it ends with food provided. Clear Creek Heritage Association Meeting Jan. 2 The CCHA Meeting will be held on Thurs., Jan. 2 at 6:30 p.m. at Ss. Peter and Paul Church - Clear Creek. All are welcome to attend.

Early Deadline The Keota Eagle newspaper will be delivered on Tues., Dec. 31 due to New Year’s Day landing on a Wednesday. The deadline for all articles, ads, and classifieds for that issue has been moved to Thurs., Dec. 26. The office will be closed Wed., Dec. 25 and Thurs., Dec. 26. Call the Sigourney office at 641622-3110 for all ads and classifieds.

Keokuk County Lego Studs Advance to State Competition

Pictured above front row, left to right: Collin Svenby, Audra Weber, Sydney Striegel and Brett Striegel; back row: Ben Shemanski, Tanner Bos and Tanner Halleran. Photo submitted. Article submitted by Shellie Striegel – Lego Studs Leader

For the second year in a row the Lego Studs will advance to the State FLL (First Lego League) competition at Iowa State University, College of Engineering. The team placed 2nd out of nearly 40 teams that were registered at the region-

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al tournament held at Indian Hills Community College on December 7th. FLL combines the engineering challenge of a robotics competition with real-world problem solving and inventing. FLL team members learn science and technology skills at the same time as valuable employment and life

skills. They learn responsibility, hands-on problem solving, and real-world applications of science and math concepts. They discover: different career possibilities, how they can make positive contributions to society, and they can engage with their community. Kids who participate in FIRST programs are: •50 percent more likely to attend college •Twice as likely to major in science or engineering •Three times as likely to major specifically in engineering •Young women in FIRST programs are four times more likely to pursue science and engineering in college •Minority members of FIRST teams are more than twice as likely to enter the fields of science and engineering Source: Brandeis University study This year’s theme is Nature’s Fury and the Lego Studs focused on Tornado Safety for their Project presentation. Continued on Page 2...

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Helscher Retires From Bank

An Open House was held at Farmers Savings Bank on Wednesday, December 11 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. honoring Charlie Helscher upon his retirement from the bank. Charlie and his wife, Dawn, graciously greeted guests at the bank during the day with conversation, cookies, and hot cocoa. There was also a light lunch served. The event was open to the public. Charlie will continue to be at Farmers Savings Bank until the end of 2013. Pictured above is Charlie Helscher and Tom Hahn seated. Standing left to right: Pat Sprouse, Sherry Luers, Cheri Altenhofen, Sandy Williams, Colby Deao, Nick Beinhart, Linda Werger, Robyn Morgan, Tina Frank, Jamie Hall, Shirley Watson. Photo by

Tomisha Sprouse.

The Farmers Savings Bank employees showed off their silly side on Tuesday, December 17, when they had an “Ugly Christmas Sweater” Day at the bank. Mr. Tom Hahn won with flying colors as he attached a stocking to a sweater he already had!

Greiner Awarded Rising Star

Pictured, left to right, are Brian Kemp, ISA president; Greiner and Jim Knuth of Farm Credit Services of America.

Article and photo submitted. From recognizing a high school senior just beginning his agricultural career to honoring a long-time farmer-leader who championed the Iowa soy-

bean farmer, the third annual Iowa Soybean Association (ISA) awards banquet featured past, current and future industry leaders. Receiving awards at the December 12 ceremony in An-

Farmers Cooperative

keny were: ·Rising Star, sponsored by Farm Credit Services of America: Kolton Greiner of Keota ·New Leader, sponsored by DuPont Pioneer: Kellie Blair of Dayton ·Environmental Leader, sponsored by Monsanto: Steve Berger of Wellman ·Friend of the Iowa Soybean Farmer, sponsored by Cargill: Dr. John Pesek, Iowa State University ·Legacy of Leadership, sponsored by Stine Seed Company: Family of Raymond Heck of Perry The Rising Star Award, presented to Greiner by Farm Credit Services of America, recognizes an ISA member’s son or daughter who’s active at the local, state and national level and preparing to continue ag studies in college. Greiner is the son of Lindsay and Shelley Greiner. Continued on Page 2...

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Wednesday, December 25, 2013

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Offered every Monday, Wednesday & Friday at the Senior Citizens Center, 211 E. Broadway St., Keota. 12/25: Meal Site Closed. 12/27: Beef tips in Gravy, mashed potatoes, broccoli, mandarin oranges, banana pudding. 12/30: Salisbury Steak with Gravy, oven brown potatoes, broccoli normandy, diced peaches, orange juice. Call for reservations at 641-6362391.

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They decided it would be beneficial to talk to someone who had experienced a natural disaster first hand and remembered the community of Parkersburg, Iowa had endured an EF-5 tornado (wind speed reached 205 MPH) in 2008 that demolished 1/3 of their town. This community is very similar in size and demographics to Sigourney. On October 18th the team traveled to Parkersburg to meet face to face with their Sheriff, City Clerk and Public Works employee, Emergency Management Director and Applington-Parkersburg’s School Superintendent. From this research the team created the Twister Tamer. This 5.5’ X 7.5’ blanket has 4 layers that are made of neon orange canvas, denim, Kevlar (material used in bullet proof vests and is 5 times stronger than steel) and micro-fleece. There are pockets sewn on the inside to fill with a crank up weather radio, whistle, flashlight and other necessary items and handles were sewn on all four sides to hold the blanket down. The blanket folds up into its duffle bag for easy home or vehicle storage making it convenient to be prepared when needed. This blanket is designed to protect against small flying debris including shards of glass during a storm with high winds. Butler County Sheriff, Jason Johnson, explained, “During the tornado the small debris was flying so fast that it blasted off the oil spots on concrete driveways”. Coach Allan Glandon and the Sigourney Police Department helped with testing the durability of the blanket materials. It was shot with a BB traveling at the speed of 327 MPH and it did not penetrate through. Coach Shellie Striegel commented, “The time the Parkersburg City Leaders took with the team was the most valuable part of this year’s season. We contacted them to see if they would be willing to meet with us and they graciously helped us out. I hope the kids will build upon this experience in their futures”. FLL implemented a rule change this year that teams must score high in all three categories to advance to the State competition (1.Robot challenge, 2.Project Presentation and 3.Core Values/ Teamwork). You could not receive an award in one category and go on, instead they were looking for teams that were well rounded. If you have questions or are interested in your child participating in Lego League please contact Michele Sieren at the Keokuk County Extension office at 6222680. State competition will be held on January 18th.

Birthdays & Anniversaries

12/24: Jeannie Jaeger. 12/25: Daniel Frederick, Nicole Sieren, Sara Huber McColum. 12/26: Isaiah Hahn, Jeannie Verstraete, Mary Beth Cave, Michael Stoutner, Phillip Heisdorffer, Robin Hansen, Ruth Harbaugh, Taylor Conrad, Tina Frank, M/M Jerome Horras. 12/27: Chris Button, Connie Sieren, Eric Conrad, Joan Horning, Katie Detweiler, Nick Bombei, M/M Brian Wright. 12/28: Carrie Garman, Lauren Sieren, Lisa Uphold, Millie Sieren, Sam Adair, M/M Mike Geil, M/M Robert Bell. 12/29: Aiden Conrad, Jeff Garman, Kellee Baetsle, Luke Jaeger, Patrick Flynn, Ron Geil, Stacy Flynn, M/M Dennis Shafer, M/M Don Conrad, M/M Jay Huber, M/M Warren Temple. 12/30: Brandon Sieren, Diane Sheets, Holly Beinhart, Jeff Dill, Kaden Hill, Mary Fagen, Mary Sieren (Dan), Rachel Hobscheidt, Samantha Allen. 12/31: Chase Clarahan, Kyle Feller, Marilyn Luers, Paige Karr, Rita Dill, Terry L. Weber. 1/1: Brian Vincent, Jeff Wallerich, Mason Brejnik, Nancy Morrison, Tyler Grout.

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Rev. Charles Fladung Mass Schedule Holy Trinity, Keota: Saturday 6 pm, Sunday 8 am St. Mary’s, Sigourney: Saturday 4 pm, Sunday 10 am Phone: 641-636-3883 Sat., Dec. 28, 6 PM: Lector: Becky Morris; Servers: Maddie, Frankie, and Max Johnson; Gifts: Lee Jaeger, Jeanette Besser; Communion: Donna Clubb, Ashleigh Davis, M/M Larry Davis; Ushers: Lee Jaeger, Jeanette Besser, M/M Tom Woltering. Sun., Dec. 29, 8 AM: Lector: Jonah VanRoekel; Servers: Patrick Clarahan, Ben Shemanski, Jack Eakins; Gifts: Evonne Merz, Butch Baetsle; Communion: M/M Darren Baetsle, Mary Ann Bell, Jeff Garman; Ushers: Evonne Merz, Butch Baetsle, M/M Dave Hammen. Maplewood Manor: Audrey Gretter.

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Obituaries

Howard F. Herman

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Sun., Dec. 29: Liturgist: John Snedigar; Greeters: Lori and Matt Olson; Candle Lighters: Jane and Tom Edwards; Musician: Angie Carr. Food pantry Open 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.; Fellowship Potluck Meal, open to the public, 6:00 to 6:45 p.m.; “The Musical Gathering” at 7:00 p.m.

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Howard F. Herman, age 86, of Harper, died Thursday, December 19, 2013, at Manor House Care Center in Sigourney. Howard was born July 5, 1927, in rural Harper, to Anton and Anna (Schulte) Herman and graduated from St. Elizabeth High School in 1945. He then served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. Following his discharge, Howard moved back to Harper, where he farmed with his brother, Myron, retiring in 1997. He was a member

Indian Hills Community College has released the names of the students who qualified for the college’s academic Honor Roll for the Fall Term. To be included on the Honor Roll, a student must be enrolled fulltime and have a grade point average of 3.5 or higher for the term. Keota: Grant D. Hill; Sigourney: Sarah E. Stanley, Connor C. Wehr, Gretchen A. Witzenburg.

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Pictured above are Keota Elementary Kindergarten Teachers Jennifer McClenahan and Colleen Hart. Photo submitted.

Keota Kindergarten Teachers, Colleen Hart and Jennifer McClenahan were awarded a classroom grant from the Washington County Riverboat Foundation. The award was presented at a reception held on Wednesday, December 11 at the Riverside Casino and Golf Resort. The grant, “Families Learning Together,” will enrich the home to school connection. Mrs. Hart and Mrs. McClenahan will create math and science bags that students will take home to share with their families. These bags would contain activities we are learning about in the classroom such as the rain forest, ocean, geometric shapes, or patterning. Their goal is to reinforce the concept areas of science and math that are being taught. With these learning bags, students will be able to teach their families about what they have learned in the classroom. They feel parents will be more informed of their child’s education and will take an active roll.

of Holy Trinity Parish, Knights of Columbus, and was a former member of Farm Bureau. Survivors include his sister: Marcella Snakenberg and brother: Myron Herman, both of Harper; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers: Omar and Elmer Herman and two sisters: Lorene Herman and Bernadine VanOtegham. Funeral Mass was held on Monday, December 23, 2013, at Holy Trinity Parish - St. Mary Catholic Church in Keota, with Rev. Charles Fladung officiating. Burial was at Holy Trinity Cemeteries - St. Elizabeth Cemetery in Harper. Visitation was on Sunday, December 22, 2013, at Powell Funeral Home in Keota. A memorial fund has been established for Holy Trinity Cemeteries or Holy Trinity Parish. Powell Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Keota is caring for Howard and his family. Condolences may be e-mailed at www.powellfuneralhomes.com under obituaries.

Ruth I. Harbaugh

Ruth Ivanelle Harbaugh, 92, of Keota, formerly of Edgewood, died Wednesday, December 18, 2013, at Maplewood Manor in Keota. Ruth was born December 26, 1920, near Colesburg, Iowa, the daughter of Harry and Alvina (Steinfadt) Barnhart. She graduated from Colesburg High School and normal teacher training at Iowa State Teacher’s College in Cedar Falls. Ruth taught in rural Colesburg schools. On May 15, 1943, Ruth was united in marriage to Daniel Harbaugh at Edgewood. Together they farmed northeast of Edgewood until Daniel died in March of 2000. After Daniel’s

death Ruth lived at the Yankee Settlement in Edgewood until she moved to Keota to live by her daughter. Ruth is survived by her daughter, Barbara K. Anderegg of Keota; three grandchildren, Dawn Anderegg (Randy Radloff) of Kalona; Renee (Scott) Sieren of Keota; Scott (Mary) Anderegg of Sussex, Wisconsin; five great-grandchildren, Staci (Tyler) Friese, Shelby, and Shawna Sieren, Hanna and Madison Anderegg; one sister, Janice (James) Scherbring of Colesburg; one sister-inlaw, Ilo Totman of Edgewood; and one brother-in-law, Delos Sadewasser of Guttenberg. She was preceded in death by her parents, Harry and Alvina Barnhart; her husband Daniel; one brother, Lowell Barnhart; four sisters, Donna Sadewasser, Marjorie Moser, Kathleen Royalty, and Jean Amsden; and a great-granddaughter, Stephanie Sieren. Funeral Services were held on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at the United Methodist Church in Edgewood with Pastor Mike Jackson officiating. Interment was at the Edgewood City Cemetery in Edgewood, Iowa. Online condolences may be sent to www.leonard-mullerfh. com

The Keota High School senior class and student body president also serves as the leader of the Keota FFA chapter and Dutch Creek Flyers 4-H group. Agriculture and athletics run in Greiner’s blood. In addition to assisting with a family business raising and selling show pigs (and showing swine and sheep himself at the local, state and national levels), he’s been involved with football, basketball, track, golf and baseball. He plans to attend Iowa State University, majoring in animal science or agricultural engineering. The New Leader Award, presented by DuPont Pioneer, recognizes an ISA member’s outstanding involvement and commitment to promoting the soybean industry and agriculture. Blair is an advocate for agriculture through her blogging work on a personal blog and her participation with CommonGround, a group of female farm bloggers across the state. Blair, her husband, AJ, and children, Charlotte and Wyatt, grow corn and soybeans and raise dairy heifers and pigs. She’s a certified crop advisor and technical service provider with the Natural Resources Conservation Service and works as an agronomist for The Maschhoffs’ environmental department. Blair is dedicated to sharing information about agriculture, leading her to be involved with ISA’s Ag-Urban Initiative and hosting several farm tours for food editors, legislators and other groups. The Environmental Stewardship Award, presented by Monsanto, was awarded to Berger for his commitment to caring for his land through tillage reduction methods. He raises soybeans, corn and hogs and uses no-till and cover crops

to protect soil and water quality. Berger farms with his father, Dennis, and the two work closely with experts from Iowa State University, Iowa Learning Farms and ISA’s OnFarm Network. Berger is a certified crop advisor and past director of the Iowa Soybean Promotion Board. The Friend of the Iowa Soybean Farmer Award, presented by Cargill, went to Dr. John Pesek, Emeritus Professor of Agronomy and a Distinguished Professor in Agriculture and Life Sciences at Iowa State University. Pesek is nationally known for his research in soil fertility, crop production and the economics of fertilizer use. His work has increased the understanding of how management practices influence the environment and yields. For more than 20 years, Pesek has worked with ISA members and staff, offering research advice, support and recommendations. His insight and knowledge has led to the investment of millions of checkoff dollars into production agricultural research. The Legacy of Leadership Award, presented by Stine Seed Company, was awarded posthumously to Raymond Heck for his passionate and relentless commitment to growing the Iowa soybean industry. Heck began farming near Perry in 1946 and worked continuously to champion Iowa soybean farmers until his passing in September. He served as ISA president in 1984 and supported the farmer vote to successfully raise the soybean checkoff. His son, Ron, farmed with his father and has served in a number of ISA positions, including president. To learn more about ISA, go to www.iasoybeans.com.

Davison Family Gathering

On November 30, 2013, the family of Marjorie (and the late Everett) Davison meet for a combination Thanksgiving/ Christmas holiday dinner in the family meeting room at Parkview Home in Wayland where she resides. A bountiful meal was served followed by gift giving, family visiting, and viewing of past family pictures. Marge (GG) was presented with a small tabletop tree and each great-grandchild decorated it with an ornament they had made. Those present were Cheryl Dahlquist of Keota, Margene and John Erlenbush of Ainsworth, Dave Davison and Diane Shaver of Brashear, Missouri, Christi and Josh Sands with Jenna and Haley of Columbus Junction, Andy and Brooke Dahlquist with Addison, Caye, and Jadie of Belle Plaine, Ashley and Glenn Johnson and Kinsley of Edina, Missouri, and Justin and Lindsey Davison and Paisley of Holt’s Summit, Missoui. Those not able to attend were Brian and Brody Dahlquist of Long Beach, California, and Gavin and Emma Davison of Holt’s Summit, Missouri.

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Greiner Rising Star Dutch Creek Flyers Meet

Pictured above front row, left to right: Bailey Sieren, Lexi Purkeypile, Drew Sieren, Joe Swanstrom, Bryce Greiner, Cooper Sieren; Back row, left to right: Luke Greiner, Callie Greiner, Isaiah Hahn, Jack Eakins, Kolton Greiner, Cole Brenneman, Nolan Verstrate. Not pictured: Anthony Westendorf, Dakota Detweiler, Carmen Sieren, Cara Hahn, Leaders: Ted Greiner and Craig Beinhart. Photo submitted.

The Dutch Creek Flyers held their December meeting with a potluck supper enjoyed by the members and their families at the Senior Center. Officers were elected and the new officers are Isaiah Hahn - President, Kolton Greiner - Vice President, Luke Greiner - Secretary and Cooper Sieren - Reporter. Discussion was made for activities coming up in the New Year. The next meeting will be held at Kolton Greiner’s on Sunday, January 12, 2014.

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Public Notices Keota City Public Council Meeting December 16, 2013 The Keota City Council met on December 16, 2013, in the city hall. The meeting was called to order at 7:04 P.M. by Mayor Anthony Cansler. Council Members answering roll call were Conrad, Preston, Westendorf and Greiner. Councilman Hill arrived shortly after roll call was taken. City employees present were Osweiler, Juniper, Conrad and Slaubaugh. Kathy Davis and Heath McDonald were also in attendance. Motion was made by Conrad to amend the agenda to add approval of WCRF Award Agreement and McDoanld Building Permit, Preston seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously. Motion was made by Conrad to approve the amended agenda, Greiner seconded the motion. Motion carried with a majority vote. Juniper asked to go into closed session for her employee evaluation at 7:05 p.m. Meeting was opened back to the public at 7:24 p.m. following the employee evaluation. Motion was made by Preston, seconded by Conrad to approve the minutes from the previous meeting. Motion carried unanimously. Kevin Slaubaugh reported the following for the public works department. The snow removal went well; the supplies are still at eighty percent. He went around with a local contractor to look at the houses the city will potentially tear down with the help from the WCRF grant. The DNR will be contacted after the first of the year to go through the details of the process. Motion was made by Westendorf, seconded by Hill to approve the public works report. Motion carried with a unanimous vote. Officer Doug Conrad reported the following for the police department. He appeared in court for the lawsuit concerning the county. He researched the requirements for the markings on his police car; he is exempt from having to have a marked car according to the state code. He watched the stop sign at NW Baker and Washington; he gave three people verbal warnings for running the stop sign. He addressed a dog issue with a citizen. He traded his reserve hand gun for a new model that is interchange with the primary one he carries. Motion was made by Greiner, seconded by Hill to approve the police department report. Motion carried with a unanimous vote. Motion was made by Conrad to approve the WCRF Award Agreements for “Park Protection” and “Opening Lots”, Hill seconded the motion. Motion carried with a unanimous vote. Motion was made by Greiner to approve McDonald building permit, Preston seconded the motion. Motion passed with a unanimous vote. Osweiler presented the corrected Capital Improvements Plan for the special levy and reserve funds: public safety vehicle $30,000; sidewalk replacement $38,000 and public works vehicle $44,935. Motion was made by Conrad, seconded by Westendorf to approve the corrected CIP. Motion carried with a unanimous vote. The council discussed the tentative properties to utilize the “opening lots” grant on. They will need to finalize the agreement that the property owner must sign in order for the city to assist them with tearing down the building on the property. The council is still discussing the cost and who will be responsible for what portion of that cost. Conrad and Slaubaugh will meet with the DNR to get all the details in order to start the project as soon as possible. Motion was made Greiner to approve the assessment of the final utility bill to 310 North Green Streets property taxes, Preston seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously. The council will have budget workshops on January 13th and 27th in the library at 7 p.m. The council will meet for their annual pool meeting on February 10th in the library at 7 p.m. The attached list of bills was presented by the clerk for payment approval. Motion was made by Westendorf, seconded by Conrad to approve the payment of all bills. Motion carried unanimously. Motion was made by Preston, seconded by Westendorf to adjourn. Motion carried unanimously. Meeting adjourned at 9:32 P.M. The next regular scheduled council meeting will be on January 6, 2014, in city hall at 7 p.m. CITY OF KEOTA CHECK SUMMARY REGISTER DECEMBER 3, 2013 - DECEMBER 16, 2013 NAME DESCRIPTION AMOUNT BAUGHMAN, MELINDA, PAYROLL $92.65 BOMBEI, DANIELLE, PAYROLL $292.43 CONRAD, DOUGLAS L., PAYROLL$1,537.90 CONRAD, KEITH, PAYROLL $2,066.52 FREDERICK, CRAIG, PAYROLL $1,052.86 GREINER, MATT, PAYROLL $937.35 HILL, RODNEY. PAYROLL $786.24 HISEL, JULI L.. PAYROLL $852.72 LUERS, DIXIE L.. PAYROLL $342.55 OSWEILER, NICOLE. PAYROLL $985.96 PRESTON,. ROBERT. PAYROLL $876.96 SLAUBAUGH, KEVIN L., PAYROLL$1,198.94 WESTENDORF, SCOTT, PAYROLL $711.09 AFLAC INSURANCE CONRAD & FREDERI $171.92 BUSINESS FORMS & ACCOUNTING W2 FORMS AND EVELOPES $80.00 COX SANITATION & RECYCLING GRBG AND RECYCLING NOV$3,906.08 DETWEILER REPAIR SHARPEN MOWER BLADES $10.50 FARMERS CO-OP ASSN NOV. SUPPLIES/SHIPPING $589.36 FIRST NATIONAL BANK OMAHA WEBSITE/BATTERIES POL. $236.88 FRENCH-RENEKER-ASSC. ENGINEER. WTR MAIN $9,095.00 HICKENBOTTOM, INC PARTS FOR WTR PLANT $21.34 INFOMAX OFFICE SYSTEMS INC.CITY HALL COPIER/FAX/SCANNER $125.48 KEOTA EAGLE FOODS PAPER TOWELS $5.49 MALLEY HARDWARE & APPL. NOV. SUPPLIES ALL DEPT $152.71 MID-AMERICA PUBLISHING CORP. NOV. PUBLISHING THE EAGLE$242.68 RIVER PRODUCTS COMPANY ROADSTONE $140.29 SITLER’S SUPPLIES, INC. SHOP AND LIB LIGHT BULBS $243.00 SKUNK RIVER ARMS GLOCK G27 GEN 4 $295.00 STATE HYGIENIC LAB NOV. WTR AND SWR TESTS $721.00 TREMMEL BACKHOE SERVICE PLUMBING AT WTR PLANT $1,478.95 US CELLULAR CELL PHONES NOV. $170.57 WINDSTREAM PHONE/FAX ALL DEPT $223.90 Total $29,644.32 K52

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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING AMENDMENT OF CURRENT BUDGET The Joint E911 Service Board of Keokuk County, Iowa will meet at District Courtroom, Keokuk County Courthouse, Sigourney, Iowa, on January 7, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. for the purpose of amending the current Keokuk County Joint E911 Service Board budget for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2014 by increasing expenditures in the following funds. 4010-99-0500-000-44000 Fund from $20,000 to $136,000 Reasons for increases: purchase of an upgraded radio console at the Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) which is not included in current Fiscal Year budget at cost of $116,479. The increase in expenditures set out above will be met from increased receipts and/or cash balances not budgeted or considered in the current budget. There will be no increase in taxes to be paid in the fiscal year ending June 30, 2014. Any residents or taxpayers will be heard for or against the proposed amendment at the time and place specified above. A detailed statement of: additional receipts (other than taxes), cash balances on hand at the close of the preceding fiscal year, and proposed disbursements, both past and anticipated, will be available at the hearing. /s/ John E. Schroeder, Clerk, Secretary SK52

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TICKETS Ryan William Clarahan, Sigourney, fail to maintain safety belts. Kodey Levi Miller, Webster, speeding 55 or under zone (11-15 over). Carol L. Bruton, Richland, speeding 55 or under zone (16-20 over). Joshua Lee Mason, Barnes City, speeding 55 or under zone (1-5 over). Clark Henry Ullrich, Oskaloosa, speeding 55 or under zone (6-10 over). Laura Anne Hughes, Fairfield, speeding 55 or under zone (6-10 over). Theodore Robert Toops, Moulton, speeding 55 or under zone (6-10 over). Mark Vincent Hawkins, Adel, speeding 55 or under zone (6-10 over). Aaron Michael Henderson, Marion, Unsafe passing. Macy Mae Wright, Brignton, speeding 55 or under zone (1-5 over). Lyle Ronald Ehlers, Lucas, speeding 55 or under zone (1-5 over). Alicia Kate Roop, Packwood, speeding 55 or under zone (1-5 over). Mary Helen Karr, Amana, failure to obey traffic control device. REAL ESTATE Beverly Ann Molkenthin, Robert William Molkenthin and Gail S. Molkenthin to Brian M. Reinier and Amanda J. Reinier, 11-28-74 SW1/4 SE1/4 AUD PAR A. Jeremiah Sheetz and Rita Sheetz to Rita T. Sheetz TRTE, Jeremiah G. Sheetz TRTE, Rita T. Sheertz LIVTR, KEO OPKT 18-06. Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. to Karel Kim Farrier, RIC GRN1 02-05. Charles H. Cassens and Irene E. Cassens to Janice Irene Brown, James Henry Cassens, Jean Anne Crevelt and Joy Elizabeth Sanner, 1221-76 NW1/4 SW1/4, 12-2176 SW1/4 NW1/4 PT. Janice Irene Brown, James Henry Cassens and Michael Brown to 4 J Partnership, 1221-76 NW1/4 SW1/4, 12-2176 SW1/4 NW1/4 PT. Jean Anne Crevelt and Dwight Crevelt to 4 J Partnership, 12-21-76 NW1/4 SW1/4, 12-21-76 SW1/4 NW1/4 PT. Joy Elizabeth Sanner and Russell William Sanner to 4 J Partnership, 12-21-76 NW1/4 SW1/4, 12-21-76 SW1/4 NW1/4 PT. George M. Riordan and Paula Riordan to Alma Riordan EST, KEO CHES 04. Keokuk County Treasurer, Cicil Tom Caudle, Thomas Caudle, State of Iowa, Wapello Rural Water Assn Inc, Iowa Attorney General and Thomas E. Shie to Kewash Properties 1 LLC, 13-21-76 SE1/4 SE1/4 PT. Nettie Wanda Fisher CONSHIP and Norma L. Alpers CONS to Jimmie L. Schultz and Stacy L. Schultz, 13-2476 SE1/4 NW1/4. Klein Farms LTD to Brandon Berg and Julianna Berg,

10-13-76 NW1/4 NE1/4 PT. Joyce M. Bundy to Joyce Marilyn Bundy REVTR, 1221-75 NE1/4 SE1/4 PT, 1221-75 E1/2 NE1/4, 12-21-75 SW1/4NE1/4 PT. Michael Dean Hornback and Laurie A. Hornback to Michael Dean Hornback and Laurie A. Hornback, HED HAG1 01-01, HED HAG1 0102, HED HAG1 01-03, HED HAG1 01-07, HED HAG1 01-06 PT, HED HAG1 02-01, HED HAG1 02-02 PT, 13-2574 SE1/4 SW1/4 L01, 13-2574 SE1/4 SW1/4 L02, 1325-74 SE1/4 SW1/4 L03 PT, 13-25-74 SE1/4 SW1/4 RR ROW PT, HED HAG1 NORTH ST PT, HED HAG1 01 ALLEY PT, HED HAG1 02 ALLEY PT, HED HAG1 01 ALLEY PT, HED HAG1 02 ALLEY PT. John W. Dunaway to Mark A. Knowler, 12-35-76 SW1/4 SE1/4 SDL05 L02. SHERIFF’S NEWS The Sheriff’s news is a brief summary of the activities/arrests/tickets from previous weeks as submitted by Keokuk County Sheriff, Casey Hinnah. Criminal charges are mere accusations and the accused is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. Monday, Dec. 9: Keokuk County Sheriff’s Department issued a citation to Steven Jan Lockhart, 58, Delta, for Leaving Scene of Traffic Accident. Tuesday, Dec. 10: Keokuk County Sheriff’s Department arrested Joseph Edward Kleinmeyer, 46, What Cheer, for Operating While Intoxicated-1st Offense. Saturday, Dec. 14: Keokuk County Sheriff’s Department issued a citation to Nathan Paul Hackert, 24, Sigourney, for Excessive Speed. Sunday, Dec. 15: Keokuk County Sheriff’s Department issued a citation to Lyle Ronald Ehlers, 66, Lucas, for Excessive Speed.

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Keota Elementary Fine Arts Night

The Keota Elementary School held their annual Fine Arts Night on Monday, December 9 in the high school gym. Pictured above are the kindergarten classes of Mrs. Hart and Mrs. McClenahan. Photo submitted.

Pictured above is Ms. Miller’s 3rd grade class. Photo submitted.

New County Committee Election Ballots To Be Mailed

The County Committee Election ballots that were mailed to producers on Nov. 4 were incorrectly printed with the producer’s name and address on the back of the ballot. County committee elections must use a secret ballot so the misprinted ballots cannot be used. Please destroy or recycle the misprinted ballot. If you have already voted, your ballot has destroyed unopened. New ballots will be mailed to producers on December 20, 2013. These ballots will indicate that they are the corrected ballot in several places, including on the outside of the mailing, on the ballot and on the outside of the return envelope. The corrected ballot must be returned to the Keokuk County FSA Office or postmarked by January 17, 2014. All newly elected county committee members will take office February 18, 2014. All county committee members whose term expires on Dec. 31, 2013, will have their term extended to January 31, 2014. County committee members are an important component of the operations of FSA and provide a link between the agricultural community and USDA. Farmers and ranchers elected to county committees help deliver FSA programs at the local level, applying their knowledge and judgment to make decisions on commodity price support programs; conservation programs; incentive indemnity and disaster programs for some commodities; emergency programs and eligibility. FSA committees operate within official regulations designed to carry out federal laws. To be an eligible voter, farmers and ranchers must participate or cooperate in an FSA program. A person who is not of legal voting age, but supervises and conducts the farming operations of an entire farm may also be eligible to vote. More information on county committees, such as the new 2013 fact sheet and brochures, can be found on the FSA website at www.fsa.usda.gov/elections or at a local USDA Service Center.

Pictured above is Mr. Hill’s 6th grade class. Photo submitted.

Pictured above are the 2nd grade classes of Mrs. Lyle and Mrs. Horning. Photo by Angela Conrad.

Pictured above is Mrs. Draisey’s 4th grade class with Santa Claus. Photo by Angela Conrad.


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Wednesday, December 25, 2013

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The Eagle’s Wing Keota Jr./Sr. High School Student Newspaper Christmas Edition

STAFF SURVEY

KHS Students Show Off Their Christmas Spirit

STUDENT SURVEY

Who’s the Jolliest of Them All? What’s the favorite Christmas movie at KHS? Students took a survey to see who was the jolliest teacher of them all! Here are the top four winners:

Winner: Mrs. Bell 29%

8%

KHS students are all dressed up for the Ugly Sweater contest on Thurs., Dec. 19. Row 1 (left to right) Brittany Baumert, Megan Hill, Maggie Baker, Brooke Sieren, Sierra Lyle, Madison Sheetz, Maitland Sieren, Desi Hesseltine, Mariah Lyle. Row 2 (left to right) Erin Chalupa, Bianca Cardona, Alyssa White, Bekah Fagen, Bree Reed, Mallory Ladehoff, Kelsi Sieren, Emily Baetsle. Row 3 (left to right) Brianna Duwa, Lauren Imhoff, Grace McHugh, Riley Conrad, Austin Waterhouse, Jilllian Schulte, and Frankie Johnson.

34%

27% Mrs. Edwards 24% Jack Frost

9% Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer

Eagle’s Wing Staff gets into the Ugly Christmas Sweater Spirit!

Pictured are some of the Eagle’s Wing newspaper staff members in their Ugly Christmas Sweaters on Thursday. From left to right, they are: Maggie Baker (11th), Sierra Lyle (11th), Maitland Sieren (11th), Desi Hesseltine (11th), and Emily Baetsle (12th).

Ms. Hobbs 7.5%

Door Decorating Contest

Mrs. Snakenberg decorated her door with stockings for the people in her classes.

A door decorating contest was held this week to see how each class would show their holiday spirit. The contest was held by Y.E.L.L. The winners were the 8th grade class. They will be rewarded with a free 9th hour in the gym to just hang out and relax.

12% Mrs. Swanson decorated her door with a large snowflake, snowmen, and mini Christmas trees.

Frosty The Snowman

10% What are the favorite kind of lights at KHS? Colored

Mrs. Snakenberg 6.6%

49%

Clear

15% Icicle

31%

This special edition of The Eagle’s Wing was composed anddesigned by Desi Hesseltine and Emily Baetsle. This page was composed and designed by Keota High School students. The Keota Eagle is not responsible for the makeup or editorial content expressed.

Candle Seniors “present” themselves with their door. Pictured above is a present with all the seniors names on gift tags.

Juniors decorated their door with a Christmas tree and put the students’ names on ornaments. Also, their two Eagle Advisory teachers names are shown on presents.

The Sophomores made a jolly ole snowman with the class of 2016 presented on it. The snowman was made of styrofoam cups.

5%

The 8th graders made a Christmas tree with their faces as the ornaments. To top it off, they added snowflakes.

QUESTION OF THE WEEK: What do you want for Christmas? Mrs. Baker, Staff A fancy new car ;)

Kayla Baker, 12th A new Laptop

Bailey Beinhart, 11th A Channing Tatum poster

Mariah Lyle, 10th Anything and everything

Sierra Ott, 9th City of Bones

Grace McHugh, 8th Money

Justin Moeller, 7th A bike and a iTunes gift card


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SK’s Wes Yoder pinned EV’s Peter Conrad [photo by Adam Meier].

SK Wrestling Coming Together 12-12-2013 Sigourney 54, HLV 19 • 12-12-2013 Sigourney 39, Lynnville-Sully 36 12-12-2013 Sigourney 54, Belle Plaine 6 • 12-14-2013 Mount Vernon Invitational 12-17-2013 Sigourney 36, EV 45 • 12-17-2013 Sigourney 48, Highland 19 12-17-2013 Sigourney 69, WACO 0 By Adam Meier, Regional Sports Editor

The Savages’ wrestling squad continued its early momentum with an impressive week that included five dual wins and an individual championship at Saturday’s Mount Vernon Invitational. Sigourney-Keota headed to Sully on Thursday and took care of business. The Savages won six of the eight matches with HLV to win the dual, 54-19. Each of SK’s six winners won via pin: Jeremiah Green (132), Lane Boender (145), Tanner Bos (170), Zeb Webb (182), Noah Schuster (195) and Tucker Fowler (220). Noah Reeves was pinned by HLV’s Nate VanBuren at 145 and Cooper Greiner was pinned by Louis Kriegel at 160. Belle Plaine brought just one wrestler to Thursday’s dual, Joey Schwenn, who pinned Cooper Greiner in the lone match between the teams. SK won the

dual against Belle Plaine on forfeit points, 54-6. Clearly the best matchup of the night came between the Savages and host LynnvilleSully. In ten head to head matches, SK wrestlers came out on top in six. Green, Boender, Fowler and Reeves all won with pins, as did Nathan Fritz (138) in his only match of the night. Noah Schuster won a tough 12-6 decision over L-S’s Blake Wehrle. Webb, Boss, Greiner and Nathan Vest (113) were all pinned in their matches, still, the Savages came out on top, 39-36. “Things have started pretty good for us so far,” SK head coach J.J. Cooper said. “We got really good numbers this year; now we’re just trying to get everybody in place. We have some guys finishing weight descents right now and things are looking good.” One Savage that looked exceptionally good on Saturday at the Mount Vernon Invitational was

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Nathan Fritz, who took the title at 138 pounds with a pin of Mount Vernon’s Ryan Muller. “I was really pleased with how [Nathan] performed,” said Cooper. “He was crisp with the shots he took and wrestled really well.” The Savages also had a secondplace finisher in the form of Tucker Fowler. Fowler pinned his first two opponents at 220 pounds, before falling to Mount Vernon’s Josh Cannon in the title match. At 145 pounds, Lane Boender had a great day as well. After falling to Mount Vernon’s John Engelbrecht in his second match, Boender bounced back with two pins, including his second of the day against West Liberty’s Tanner Mueller to take third place. Jeremiah Green finished his Saturday at 2-2 in a loaded 132-pound weight class. Green pinned Independence’s Peyton Nolting twice to take fifth place, but lost to Louisa-Muscatine’s Austin Leopard, 16-15, and Lisbon’s Carter Happel, 19-4. Happel won the 1A 120-pound State title a year ago. Tuesday, the 17th, the Savages went to Highland for duals with English Valleys, WACO and Highland. SK handed losses to WACO, 69-0, and to Highland, 48-19. However, EV got the best of the Savages by winning six-of-eight matchups on its way to a 45-36 win. Heavyweight Bryce Brown made his debut to the SK lineup by pinning EV’s Colton Miller in under a minute, accounting for one of SK’s two wins over the Bears, in addition to Tucker Fowler at 220. Brown also pinned WACO’s Josh Shumaker to start his season at 2-0. The Savages next wrestle at Iowa City Regina on Saturday, the 21st.

Trevor Frazier let a ‘3’ fly from the corner for the Bears [photos by Adam Meier].

EV Puts Up Fight on Road 12-10-2013 EV 37, IV 79 12-13-2013 EV 43, Keota 80 12-16-2013 EV 42, TC 60 12-17-2013 EV 27, BGM 62 By Adam Meier, Regional Sports Editor

The EV boys went on the road four times in the last two weeks and fell to some of the SICL’s top squads. The Bears started strong at Iowa Valley on Tuesday but fell off the pace in the second quarter, dropping to the Tigers, 79-37. The first quarter ended with the Bears trailing only 17-11, but a 28-point second quarter by Iowa Valley put the Tigers in control. Another big quarter in the third by IV put the game out of reach for the Bears. The Tigers had three players score in double figures, including Austin Schlabaugh, who had a team high 19. The Bears got back at it on Friday at unbeaten Keota and had an improved offensive performance over Tuesday’s game. Their 43-point output was the Bears’ second most this season, but defensively, they couldn’t contain the potent Keota scoring attack. Although EV scored a solid 15 points in the first period, the Eagles dropped a 31 spot on the Bears to gain control of the game early. The Bears had another good quarter offensively in the second, but once again struggled to stop Keota. The high scoring first half ended with EV trailing by a count of 51-27. The EV defense improved in the second half but the advantage Keota built through the first two quarters was too much, as the Eagles got the 80-43 win. Big man Sam Schauer had

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Hunter Foubert for Tri-County tried to get the upper hand in his match [photo by Mendy McAdams].

TCM Takes Down Clarke, C. Decatur 12-17-2013 TCM 15, EBF 53 12-17-2013 TCM 45, Central Decatur 33 12-17-2013 TCM 48, Clarke 31

A few days after a great outing at its own TCM Invitational, the Tri-County/Montezuma wrestling squad had another good outing; this time in duals with Clarke and Central Decatur. TCM won just two-of-six matches against Clarke, but collected bonus points in six weight classes to get the win, 48-31. At 113 pounds, TCM’s Travis Lewis got a pin in under a minute against Clarke’s Brock Brokaw. Tyler Meyer got TCM’s other win at 120, pinning Landon Spurgin early in the second period. TCM fared much better against Central Decatur, winning 7-of-11 matches to win the dual, 45-33. Lewis and Meyer each recorded pins once again, both coming in the first period. At 152 pounds, Mitch Gibson won a 10-5

decision over Clarke’s Wyman Reed. Zach Kitzman (138), Ben Edmundson (126), Ethan Bair (285) and Jacob Weber (170) all won with pins. Second-ranked EddyvilleBlakesburg-Fremont made things a little harder on TCM, but Scott Edmundson’s squad still managed to have some success, nonetheless. TCM won 4-of-12 matches against EBF, including Kale Latchem, who won a 4-3 decision against Anthony Rea at 106 pounds. Tyler Meyer got a pin against EBF’s Andrew Hart at 120, while Edmundson won a 7-3 decision over Josh Johnson at 126 pounds. At 160 pounds, TCM’s Clay Harper got the 10-3 win against Jeffrey Koebke. TCM wrestled at Marengo on Thursday, the 19th, and then at Sully on Saturday, the 21st.

the best game of any Bear, scoring 13 points on 6-of-13 shooting and pulling down eight rebounds. Kellan Coppinger was second on the team with eight points and added five rebounds. Brian Nachtman hit two of his three 3-point tries and finished with seven points on the night. Trevor Frazier scored six points; Adam Kerkove had five and Tanner Icenbice finished with four points and seven rebounds. The Bears continued to look better offensively the following week at Tri-County. A solid overall effort and balanced scoring attack wasn’t quite enough though, as the Trojans bested EV, 60-42. A big game by Tanner Icenbice ended with him having 16 points on 7-of-12 shoot-

ing and 12 rebounds. Junior Adam Kerkove finished the night with nine points, including two 3-pointers, while Sam Schauer scored eight and grabbed seven boards. The Bears trailed by just four points at the half only to fall off the pace in the second half. The Bears traveled to BGM the next night and ran into one of the SICL’s top squads. Another good game from Icenbice wasn’t enough though, and BGM got the win, 62-27. Icenbice hit double digits again, scoring ten points on five-of-ten shooting and hauling in nine rebounds. Schauer and Kellan Coppinger each added six points to EV’s effort. EV finished the calendar year by hosting Sigourney on Thursday, the 19th.

By Adam Meier, Regional Sports Editor


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English Valleys Bears Split Four on Road 12-10-2013 EV 40, IV 45 • 12-13-2013 EV 39, Keota 33 12-16-2013 EV 47, TC 27 • 12-17-2013 EV 42, BGM 47 By Adam Meier, Regional Sports Editor

Top: Jordan Carter went in for the layup v. Keota [photo by Adam Meier]. Right: Ka ra h Appleget battled with Maggie Baker for a rebound [photo by Adam Meier].

Above: Sierra Davis drove through Keota traffic to the hoop [photo by Adam Meier].

Savage Girls Slip on the Road 12-16-2013 Sigourney 36, BGM 60 • 12-17-2013 Sigourney 33, Keota 34 By Adam Meier, Regional Sports Editor

After one of its best stretches of basketball in the past year, the Sigourney girls went on the road in a pair of hostile environments and came up short twice. Last Monday at BGM, the Savages ran into a second-half buzz saw against a Bears’ team that’s battling it out at the top of the SICL standings. The Savages trailed by only seven after one and then by just six at halftime. That’s when BGM cranked up the intensity and started rattling Sigourney. BGM’s six-point halftime lead quickly inflated to 12 after the third quarter. The Savages couldn’t maintain their composure that left them trailing only 29-23 after the first half. The Bears recorded an impressive 20 steals in the game and outcored Sigourney 31-13 in the second half, including 18-6 in the final eight minutes, to move on to the 60-36 win. Kayleen Beck scored a game-high 20 points for BGM. The Savages were led by Jordan Carter and Sierra Davis, who each scored ten points on the night. Carter shot five-forsix from the field, while Davis went four-for-seven, including two 3-pointers. Maddison Wood also nailed two ‘3s’ to finish with six points and Karah Appleget had eight points on three-of-five shooting. Appleget also added seven rebounds and four assists. Becca Ohland led the team with eight rebounds and also had four assists. As a team, Sigourney shot well from the field 47 percent (14-of-30), but were plagued by turnovers. The Savages regained their composure in time for a matchup at Keota, who also had four conference wins heading into the game. Sigourney looked cool, calm and collected early

on and grabbed a 9-5 lead after one quarter. The Sigourney ball handlers stayed composed for the first quarter and a half and helped the Savages lead by as much as nine points in the first half. But Keota and its trapping press eventually got to the Savages late in the second period. A big Keota run fueled by Sigourney turnovers quickly changed the outlook of the game, as the Eagles went into the half leading 19-16 after trailing by nearly double digits just minutes before. Keota ended the game with 12 steals. The Savages managed to turn things around in the third quarter by running their offense efficiently and keeping turnovers to a minimum. Defensively, the Savages played excellent not just in the third, but for the entire game. Sigourney held Keota to just three points in the third quarter and retook the lead after three, 24-22. Sigourney maintained a narrow lead throughout the fourth quarter until Keota’s Madison Sheetz scored over a double

team with less than two minutes to play, putting the Eagles ahead, 32-31. Keota added a free throw with under a minute left to put the Eagles up two, but Appleget tied the game at 33 with 30 seconds left by hitting a clutch contested jumper. A mad scramble for the ball on the next possession ended with a foul called on Sigourney, when a jump ball appeared imminent. Keota’s Brooke Sieren proceeded to make one-of-two free throws and Sigourney took possession down one with ten seconds to play. Sigourney’s attempt to hit a cutting player under the hoop resulted in a deflection that gave the Savages the ball out of bounds underneath with 1.7 seconds left on the clock. Karah Appleget received the inbound pass on the baseline and fired up a jumper that missed long, ending the game and giving Keota the 34-33 win. The loss dropped Sigourney to 4-4 in SICL play. The Savages played at English Valleys on Thursday before Christmas break.

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The English Valleys girls’ squad needed at win a Keota on Friday to make amends for last year’s loss to the Eagles in the same venue and to get back in the win column after falling at Iowa Valley on Tuesday. After losing a close on in Marengo on Tuesday, 45-40, the Bears headed to Keota and came up clutch in the fourth quarter to get the win, 39-33, and improve to 4-2 in the SICL. In a tight game throughout which had the teams tied at 28 heading into the fourth, the Bears got three huge performances that were the difference in the game. As usual, Rylee Voss led EV in scoring with 14 points, but on just 5-of-17 shooting; she added eight rebounds. Lauren Miller was solid as well, shooting 4-of-14 from the field, scoring ten points while adding six rebounds, four assists, four steals and two blocks. But the most pivotal performance of the night came by way of senior Madison Parmenter. 12 points on an efficient six-of-nine shooting, along with ten rebounds, gave the Bears the added production they needed to squeak out the win. Sam Banes added three points, seven rebounds, four steals and three assists. With their only losses coming to the SICL’s two unbeatens (Lynnville-Sully and Iowa Valley), the Bears have some work to do to keep pace. The work continued at Tri-County on Monday and then at BGM on Tuesday. A great first half in Thornburg on Monday proved to be enough for Luke Caster’s squad, as a 26-9 halftime lead gave way to a Rylee Voss drove to the bas47-27 win and EV’s second in a row. ket at Tri County [photo by Jamie Voss continued her big season by leading the Bears in scoring Maxwell]. with 20 points. Voss was also huge defensively, pulling down 14 rebounds and adding seven steals and two blocks. Lauren Miller came through with 12 points and a team high five assists and Sam Banes added 11 points on fiveof-seven shooting. EV’s two straight wins gave the Bears some much needed momentum heading into Tuesdays showdown with BGM in Brooklyn. Things were going smoothly for EV through the first three quarters. EV trailed by just one point at half time and had a great third quarter run that left them up by five heading into the fourth. That’s when BGM’s high-pressure defense started to take a toll on EV. The EV ball handlers couldn’t keep the composure they needed to close out the game, as BGM went on a big run that sparked them to 21 fourth-quarter points and a 47-42 win. Voss finished with 23 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks in the losing effort. Lauren Miller had 11 points, while Banes and Madison Parmenter each added four points. The loss dropped EV to 5-3 on the season. EV hosted Sigourney on Thursday, Dec. 19 heading into Christmas break.

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Pekin Boys Get on Track 12-10-2013 Pekin 70, Columbus Junction 44 12-13-2013 Pekin 66, Lousia Muscatine 58 12-17-2013 Pekin 48, Mediapolis 35

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Maybe it took playing an unbeaten, confident opponent, or maybe all it took was playing on its home court for a change; but the Pekin boys’ basketball team found its rhythm in the last two weeks by winning three games in a row. A win over previously unbeaten Columbus Junction on the 10th, 70-44, and a win on the 13th at Lousia-Muscatine, 66-58, bumped the Panthers’ record to 3-1 on the season, before taking down Mediapolis the following week, 48-35, to increase their win total to four. Despite the three wins in the past two weeks and four in a row overall, the Panthers are still fighting through some bumps in the road. “We need to have better focus and intensity early in games,” Pekin head coach Ken Hutchinson said. “Our first

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quarters have not been good this season and it was really poor against Columbus.” The Panthers trailed Columbus Junction by two points after the first quarter last Tuesday, only to explode for 23 points in the second and put the game away in the third. A big key to the Panthers’ turnaround in the game was the inside play of Brody Long and Jared Bond. Long ended the game with 15 points and seven rebounds, while Bond scored 14 points and added nine boards. The two forwards consistently got great position in the post to score underneath and rebounded offensively well all night. “Between Jared and Brody, we should be the most physical team in the conference,” said Hutchinson. “We have good mismatches in the post in just about every game we’ll play this year. We’ve missed too many bunnies and need to get better

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at finishing, but our big guys are definitely our team’s greatest strength.” In addition to starting forwards Long and Bond, the Panthers got a huge boost off the bench from sophomore Keaton Winn, who finished with ten points and eight rebounds against Columbus. “That was his best game of the year by far,” Hutchinson said. “He likes to rebound and that’s what you want. He doesn’t demand the ball on every possession or get frustrated when he doesn’t get it. He scores off of his rebounding and that’s what we need from him.” Cade Millikin added 11 points against Columbus, while Ryan Swanson pitched in six. At Lousia-Muscatine on Friday the Panthers had a game that was a little too close for comfort. Another tough first quarter left them down two, but Pekin bounced backed to take a two point lead at the half, before closing it out with a strong fourth quarter, giving the Panthers the 66-58 win. Brody Long was great down low again, going for 13 points and 14 rebounds, while Bond added nine points. Millikin led the team with 19 points on 7-of16 shooting and grabbed six steals. Petie Clubb had his best

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Road Woes for Sigourney Boys 12-16-2013 Sigourney 63, BGM 41 12-17-2013 Sigourney 42, Keota 70 By Adam Meier, Regional Sports Editor

Playing two of the conference’s top teams on the road and losing a starter to an ankle injury is not an ideal recipe for a great amount of success. game of the season so far with 15 points and three assists, while going eight-of-ten from the foul line. Pekin finally got on track early in the first quarter of a game last Tuesday against Mediapolis. The first quarter ended with the Panthers leading, 12-10, setting the tone for the win, 48-35. Pekin out-scored Mediapolis in each of the four quarters to notch their fourthstraight win. Millikin and Long each had 12 points, while a host of other Panthers pitched in nicely. Clubb scored five points on the night, while Winn and Christian Wittrock each scored four. Jared Bond added six points and five rebounds to the effort. Long added 15 rebounds and four blocks to his 12 points. The Panthers hosted Cardinal on Thursday the 19th before ending the week at IMS the following night.

The Sigourney boys’ basketball team was dealt that hand last week and as a result, fell twice to drop to 1-5 on the season. A tough, physical BGM team hosted the Savages last Monday and took control early. The Bears limited Sigourney to five first-quarter points and by an eight-point lead after one. The Savages got going in the second quarter to the tune of 16 points, but defensively, Sigourney could not slow the Bears. BGM scored 19 points in the period to take a 32-21 lead at the half. The Bears then extended their lead substantially with a third period in which they out-scored Sigourney by a count of 20-10 to take a decisive 52-31 lead into the fourth, before closing it out for the 63-41 win. BGM’s Kyle Gritsch had 31 points on 14-of-19 shooting from the field. Statistically, Kevin Weber had the best game of any Savage, scoring 16 points and hitting two 3-pointers, while grabbing five rebounds. Blaine Gretter ended the night with

13 points and ten rebounds. Colton Powers stepped into the lineup for the injured Colby Kerkove and finished with eight points on three-of-five shooting. Kerkove exited the game early with a rolled ankle that left him out of the Keota game the following night. Without Kerkove, the Savages lack the size and strength in the middle to be a threat on the offensive glass. Kerkove’s size was also missed in protection of the rim, which Keota took advantage of in a major way last Tuesday. The Keota point guard drove the lane and finished around the rim at will in the Eagles’ 70-42 win over the Savages. Sigourney’s poor helpless defense coupled with Greiner’s exceptional quickness led to 31 points for the Keota senior. Despite a poor first quarter by the Savages, Keota led by just eight after one, giving Sigourney a window to climb back into the game. The Savages did just that by outscoring the Eagles 14-8 in the period. 3-pointers by Kevin Weber and Jordan Albert, along with an old-fashion 3-point play by Blaine Gretter helped Sigourney climb to within two at halftime. That was as close as the Savages would get, though. Keota exploded for 26 points in the third quarter and took control. The Eagles continued to click on offense in the fourth, before emptying the bench with two minutes left and taking the win, 70-42. Gretter led the team with 15 points and nine rebounds; Albert score eight points; Powers and Weber each added seven. Point guard Shane Swearingen pitched in with four points and three rebounds in the effort. Sigourney played at English Valleys on Thursday, Dec. 19 heading into break.


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Bears Continue to Impress 12-17-2013 EV 45, SK 36 12-17-2013 EV 60, WACO 6 12-17-2013 EV 51, Highland 28 By Adam Meier, Regional Sports Editor

Above: TC’s Michaela Lundy shot the short jumper at Iowa Valley [photo by Jamie Maxwell].

TC Girls Just Miss First SICL Win 12-13-2013 TC 51, Monte 59 • 12-16-2013 TC 27, EV 47 12-17-2013 TC 31, IV 69 By Adam Meier, Regional Sports Editor

For the second time this season the Tri-County girls’ basketball team was painstakingly close to getting that elusive win in the South Iowa Cedar League. The Trojans played some excellent basketball on the road at Montezuma on December 13, but ultimately came up short, 59-51. Huge games by Kristen Lundy and Megan Striegel weren’t enough on this night, as a difficult second quarter proved to be the difference in the game. The Braves outscored TC 18-8 in the pivotal second period and took a 31-22 lead into the half after the Trojans led by one after one. Tri-County kept the game close with a strong second half. TC cut into its deficit in the third, making the score 41-34 heading into the fourth, where it played its best offensive quarter of the game. The Trojans scored 17 points in the final eight minutes but couldn’t slow the Braves, as they matched Tri-County offen-

sively to hold on to the 59-51 win. Kristen Lundy scored 16 points on 8-of-15 shooting, while pulling down 12 rebounds and blocking four shots. Striegel scored ten points and grabbed 14 rebounds. The two combined for 14 of TC’s 20 offensive rebounds on the night. Katyln Little nearly notched a double-double, ending the game with eight points, ten rebounds and a team-high five assists. Emma Bair added eight points and four rebounds, and Michaela Lundy scored seven points. Ginny Schmidt pitched in with two points, five rebounds and three assists. A first half in which the Trojans struggled to stop English Valleys was all the Bears needed to get past TC, 47-27. The Trojans could only manage nine first-half points and fell behind 26-9 at the half. TC’s offense got going to an extent in the second half. The Trojans doubled their first half production and slowed the EV offense enough to stay within shouting distance, but 14 EV points in the fourth

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Trojans Nab Second Hardwood Victory 12-13-2013 TC 39, Monte 61 12-16-2013 TC 60, EV 42 12-17-2013 TC 55, Iowa Valley 77 By Adam Meier, Regional Sports Editor

B r o c k M o o r e ’ s E n g l i s h Valleys’ wrestling squad proved to be the best among SigourneyKeota, WACO and Highland on Tuesday in Highland. The Bears won all three of their duals in impressive fashion. Against SK, the Bears won six-of-eight matches not decided by forfeits. Freshman Zach Axmear continued the stellar start to his season, defeating Lane Boender, 12-1. At 152, Cody Seaton pinned SK’s Noah Reeves late in the second period. Brennen Grimm (182) pinned Noah Schuster in the third period and has only one loss on the season. EV’s 195-pounder Luke Jackson got a first period pin over Chase Tremmel, as did 106-pounder Wyatt Olson against SK’s Chase Denny. Blake Ealy earned a 15-0 major decision against SK’s Nathan Vest at 113 pounds. Only Corbin Rowe (220) and Colton Miller (285) were defeated in the dual. EV wrestlers won three-offour matches in the dual with WACO to win by a count of 60-6. Axmear, Seaton and Miller each recorded pins, while Rowe was pinned by WACO’s Seth Gillis in the second period. Against Highland the Bears won three of the five headto-head matches. Axmear and Seaton recorded pins yet again, and Andrew Kerkove won a 12-10 overtime match at 182 against Highland’s Tyler Hazelett. Blake Ealy was majored, 12-2, at 113, and Olson was pinned by Highland’s Drew West at 106 pounds. The Bears won the dual, 51-28. EV hosted a six-team tournament on Saturday, Dec. 21, starting at 10 a.m.

The Tri-County boys’ basketball squad notched its first conference win and second overall last week, with its 60-42 win at home against English Valleys. Before the Trojans host EV though, they had a battle with the Braves at Montezuma the week before. Despite a second half in which TC scored 26 points, the Trojans’ struggles on offense in the first half proved to be their demise. Tri-County could only manage a combined 13 points in the first two quarters on its way to a 61-39 loss. The Braves took a 30-13 lead into the locker room at halftime and did enough offensively in the second half to hold on to the 22-point win. The Braves had eight players score five points or more, including freshman Logan Price, who led the team with ten points. The Trojans bounced back effectively last Monday with a 60-42 win at home over English Valleys. The team’s first win of the year was highlighted by a scoring outburst from senior point guard Austin Blythe. Blythe scored a gamehigh 21 points and added three rebounds. Senior Nick Watts had himself a game as well, scoring 11 points and grabbing a team-best 11 rebounds to go along with one block. Jake Brumbaugh had a nice game, scoring six points and finishing with nine rebounds. Tyler Lally added eight points and four rebounds, while Kyle Leer had five points,

quarter put the game away, 47-27. Kristen Lundy led TC with eight points, while Ginny Schmidt added seven. Emma Bair finished with a team high 12 rebounds. The team traveled to Marengo the following night and fell victim to a very good Iowa Valley

team, 69-31. The Tigers scored 24 points in the first quarter and took a 43-22 lead into the locker room. IV had three players score in double figures, including Anna Herrmann, who led the team with 14 points. The Trojans played at Keota on Friday, Dec. 20, before break.

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four rebounds and a block. Luke Bombei added four points and Trenton Steinke had two points and five rebounds in the win. Trevor Clemens pitched in with three points in the effort. The Trojans played at Marengo the following night against a solid Iowa Valley team. It was one of TC’s best offensive performances of the young season, but defensively, the Trojans weren’t solid enough to get the win. TC scored in double digits in each of the four quarters, but Iowa Valley did as well, winning the game 73-55. The Trojans trailed by just four after one Right: Nick Watts got the lay-up against the quarter and by Bears [photo by Jamie Maxwell]. a score of 34-27 at the half. The a big 21-point quarter to put Tigers used a great third quar- the game away, 73-55. Iowa ter in which they out-scored Valley’s Austin Schlabaugh TC 18-10 to take command and Austin Carney each and lead by 15 heading into scored 19 points. the final eight minutes. TriThe loss dropped TC to County put together one of its 2-4 overall, including 1-4 in best offensive quarters in the SICL play. The Trojans played fourth at Marengo, scoring at Keota on Friday, Dec. 20 18 points in the period, but heading into break. Iowa Valley matched it with

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12-16-2013 Keota 48, HLV 29 12-17-2013 Keota 34, Sigourney 33 By Adam Meier, Regional Sports Editor

The Keota girls’ basketball team recently lost to English Valley and WACO on backto-back nights, dropping them to below .500 in a season with great expectations. Needing to bounce back and get back to their winning ways, the Eagles faced a pair of SICL squads at home early last week and responded the way a good team should. The Eagles defeated HLV, 48-29, and then edged Sigourney, 34-33, on consecutive nights last week to improve to 5-4 overall, including 5-3 in conference play. An impressive first quarter against the Warriors put Keota in a comfortable position early against HLV last Monday. 22 first-quarter points helped the Eagles gain a double-digit lead over the Warriors for the entire first half. The Eagles increased their 11-point first quarter lead to a 32-13 halftime lead, all but clinching the win. Keota slowed down the tempo in the second half and held HLV to just four points in the third quarter. Keota’s 38-17 lead after three quarters held up easily, as the Eagles did enough in the final eight minutes to get the win, 48-29. Madison Sheetz and Kelsi Sieren each scored 13 points on the night. Sheetz added a team-high 12 rebounds and also had four steals. As a team, Keota came away with 19 steals on the night and grabbed 19 offensive rebounds. Madison Sieren led the Eagles with five assists and added seven points. Maggie Baker pitched in six points on three-of-five shooting. As a team, Keota shot 21-of-58 (44 percent) from the field. The very next night the Eagles hosted rival Sigourney in a pivotal game that matched two four-win SICL squads. There was nothing easy about this 34-33 win for Keota. Sigourney’s composure on offense through the first quarter and a half gave the Savages a sizeable lead midway through the second quarter. That’s when the Eagles stepped up their trapping press and started causing havoc. A turnover-fueled run at the end of the second quarter changed the tide of the game completely. After trailing by as much as nine points, Keota went on a big run at the end of the half to gain a 19-16 halftime lead. Sigourney got back on track in the third quarter and used an effective zone defense to hold Keota to just three points in the quarter to retake the lead, 24-22. Both teams’ offenses turned up a notch in the fourth quarter with a number of clutch baskets. Still, the Savages held a narrow lead throughout the quarter until with less than a minute remaining in the game, when Madison Sheetz hit a basket in the post to give the Eagles a 32-31 lead; Sheetz had six points and five rebounds. Keota increased its lead to 33-31 on a three

Clockwise: Madison Sheetz hit this huge shot in the fourth between defenders; Keota’s Isaiah Hahn in the post; Keota’s youngsters cheered on their Eagles; Madison Sieren protected the ball from her defender and Brooke Sieren made a pass v. Sigourney [photos by Adam Meier]. throw, before Sigourney’s Karah Appleget made a jumper with 30 seconds left that tied the game at 33. With possession of the ball and the game tied, Keota’s Brooke Sieren was fouled with ten seconds remaining, giving her two free throw attempts. Sieren hit the first and missed the second, giving the Savages the ball with a chance to win. Sigourney’s first attempt to score was negated by the Keota defense as it deflected the pass out of bounds with 1.7 seconds left on the clock. The Savages then got the ball in the hands of Appleget once again, whose jumper missed long, giving the Eagles the 34-33 win. Kelsi Sieren led Keota with ten points and three assists. Brooke and Madison Sieren each added six points. The Eagles hosted Tri-County on Friday, Dec. 20, to finish their 2013 portion of the schedule.

Bitter Sweet Time for Eagles 12-10-2013 Keota 68, Belle Plaine 52 12-13-2013 Keota 80, English Valleys 43 12-14-2013 Keota 68, WACO 40 By Adam Meier, Regional Sports Editor

Although the Keota boys’ basketball team notched five straight wins in the last two weeks, enthusiasm surrounding the team was tempered with the news of an injured player. Nate Owen, the team’s thirdleading scorer (16 p.p.g.) and second-leading rebounder (7 r.p.g.) got some bad news on his nabbing knee injury. A torn meniscus and surgery on it will keep Owen out at least until mid-January. Owen scored 14 points in Keota’s 68-52 win at Belle Plaine on Tuesday and 17 at WACO, while sitting out the EV game in between. Both Luke Lyle and Kolton Greiner went off at Belle Plaine; they each scored 22 points and drained four 3-pointers. Every bit of their scoring was needed in this one, as Belle Plaine took a five-point lead into the second quarter. The Eagles cut into the lead in the second quarter to trail 35-34 at the half. A defensive showcase coupled with excellent offense made for a huge third quarter for the Eagles. By out-scoring Belle Plaine 20-6 in the third quarter, Keota held a doubledigit lead for the remainder of the game. The defensive play of Derek Berg was a key reason for Keota’s big second half. Berg had five steals on the night, while adding six points and eight rebounds. As a team, the Eagles shot 50 percent (27-of-54) from the field and hit eight ‘3s’. The Eagles exploded offensively right from the tipoff against EV on Friday. 31 points in the first quarter helped seize control of the game early for Keota, as it went on for the

80-43 win. Lyle had a season high 31 points on 12-of-18 shooting, including three-of-five from ‘3’, while also adding 13 rebounds, five steals and three assists. Kolton Greiner nearly matched Lyle’s game, scoring 23 points while leading the Eagles in assists with four. A silver lining to the Owen injury might just be the emergence of sophomore Isaiah Hahn. Hahn started the game and finished an efficient fivefor-seven from the field, scoring 11 points and grabbing five rebounds. Nate Sieren added four points and Zach Mousel scored three on a 3-pointer. The Eagles had their second blowout in as many nights on Saturday at WACO. It wasn’t until the second half though, when Keota took control. The teams played to a tie through one quarter before the Eagles took a six-point lead into the half. A big third quarter in which Keota out-scored WACO 23-9 gave the Eagles command of the game, before they closed it out in the fourth for the 68-40 win. Lyle led the team with 22 points; Greiner scored 11 and Berg added eight. Keota had two home games

in two nights during this past week and took care of business in both. The Eagles out-scored HLV 28-15 in the second half on Monday to take down the Warriors, 61-44. Kolton Greiner led the Eagles with 25 points, including a six-for-six effort from the foul line. Luke Lyle added 19 points, 15 rebounds and three assists, while sophomore Isaiah Hahn had a big game with 14 points on sixof-ten shooting, along with six rebounds. Sigourney came to town the following night and played about as well as it could in the first half to trail by just two points at halftime. But the Eagles’ offense kicked into high gear in the third quarter and it was led by Greiner. The explosive point guard sliced through the Sigourney defense at will throughout the game and finished everything around the rim. When it was all said and done, Greiner finished with 31 points on 13-of-22 shooting, along with five rebounds, five assists and five steals. Lyle added 20 points on 8-of-16 shooting and 12 rebounds. Sophomores Hahn and Zach Mousel each scored seven points on a combined five-of-eight shooting. Keota out-scored Sigourney 44-to-18 in the second half to go on to the comfortable win, 70-42. The Eagles took their 6-0-record to the court against Tri-County at home on Friday, Dec. 20.

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