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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2014 NUMBER 8, 154TH YEAR

Food Safety & Quality Assurance Training Set for 4-H’ers Submitted by Michele Sieren, Keokuk County 4-H/Youth Educator

Obituaries .............................Pg. 2 For the Record...............................Pg. 2 The annual food safety and quality Tri-County Tribune ..............................Pg. 3 assurance trainCalendar of Events ................................. Pg. 4 ing dates have Milestones ..................................................Pg. 4 been set for Keokuk County 4-H’ers. This educational Menus ......................................................... Pg. 4 program helps youth understand Society News ................................................. Pg. 5 their role in the food supply chain and educates youth about Church Directory .......................................... Pg. 5 the importance of following a Editorials/Opinions ...................................... Pg. 6 quality assurance program when Classifieds.................................................. Pg. 8 raising market animals. All Expo Swine exhibitors Legal Notices .......................................... Pg. 9 are required to be FSQA certified SICL Wrestling ................................Pg. 10 to exhibit at the 2014 Keokuk Savages Basketball .................. Pg. 11 County Expo. All market and breeding beef, bucket bottle, swine, Trojans Basketball ........... Pg. 12 sheep, dairy (cattle & goat), meat Eagles Basketball ...... P g . goat, rabbit and poultry exhibitors 13 are REQUIRED to be FSQA certified to

Community Betterment Grant Opportunity Awaits Submitted by Committee Chairman, Casey Thompson

The SADC community betterment committee is a group of community members as well as business owners who strive to develop creative solutions to improve the aesthetics of Sigourney. The appearance of a community can both positively and negatively affect the decision making of a prospective new resident or small business looking to open shop in our community. The community betterment committee also understands and appreciates the efforts put forth by current business owners to maintain a business in times of economic struggle. Each year the community betterment committee through means of the Community Betterment Grant Program, funded by local option sales tax, provides over $25,000 of grant opportunity for purposes of building improvements for local business owners. The City/SADC Community Betterment Grant Program CBGP is designed to make available grant funds to encourage the physical improvement and appearance of the Sigourney business areas and business properties. An individual, business, public or non-profit entity may apply for the grant funds. Applicants may apply for any grant amount up to $3,000.00. Grant funds may be used by applicants for any lawful purpose to build, repair or renovate area business properties and the area surrounding these properties. Projects approved will be graded based on: Improvement in frontage appearance, injection of matching or own funds, improvement in customer service, amount of grant funds received in previous applications, total cost of project and membership in SADC. Roofing and Carpet projects are at low priority. Funds will not be awarded to pay for normal business operating expenses and overhead. Grant applications are available at the City Clerk’s office, the SADC office or online at www.sigourney.com. Applications and supporting request documentation need to be submitted to the SADC office by Noon – March 5th to be considered for the 2014 year’s funding. Addition information available by calling the SADC office 622-2288.

exhibit at the Iowa State Fair in 2014. Certification may take 2 forms: attend a 2-hour class or obtain certification by testing. • Junior Members (4th-6th grade) MUST TAKE THE CLASS. • Region 15 (Keokuk, Iowa, Johnson, & Washington Counties) has two training dates: Saturday, March 29 at the Washington County Extension Office from 8:30 a.m. – noon. All youth participate in a variety of FSQA hands-on training and mini-show clinic sessions. • Intermediate Members (7th-9th grade ) — Option 1: Take the class every year. See dates listed above. Option 2: Take the class, then take the test. When the test is passed, you don’t have to take it again until a senior member. Option 3: Take the test and pass. When the test is passed, you don’t have to take it again until a senior member. • Senior Members (10th-12th grade) — Option 1: Take the class every year. See dates listed above. Option 2: Take the class, then take the test. When the test is passed, you don’t have to take it again. Option 3: Take the test and pass. When the test is passed, you don’t have to take it again. • The tests will be available in Washington County from 8 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 29. The test may also be taken by making an appointment with the Keokuk County Extension Office during business hours. Tests may be taken up until July 1. Please take care of this certification in a timely fashion to ensure county fair eligibility. If 4-H’ers are unable to attend one of the trainings, they may attend training in another county, however, please contact the Keokuk County Extension Office, 641-622-2680, as soon as possible for those opportunities or with questions.

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Classical Chamber Concert at Clear Creek The Ss. Peter and Paul Church, 30832 242nd St., is hosting a Chamber Orchestra Concert on Sunday, Feb. 23 at 2 p.m. Members of the Clear Creek Heritage Association see the concert as the first in a series of classical music programs for the greater community of southeast Iowa. The ten member chamber ensemble is conducted by Robert McConnell, Director of the Southeast Iowa Symphony Orchestra (SEISO), and also includes players from SEISO, as well as Iowa Wesleyan College and the community at large. T h e i r p r ogr am featur es classical selections (Bach and other Baroque) and folk tune settings, including a double-oboe concerto and an audience sing-along of a traditional favorite. Conductor McConnell will provide lively commentary and close-up ‘introductions’ to the various string and wind instruments. The concert is welcom-

AARP Tax Aide, the nation’s largest free volunteer tax counseling and filing service for all taxpayers with low and moderate income, with special attention to those age 60 and older, is assuring for the 27th year Keokuk County area residents have access to the Free IRS TCE/Vita tax assistance service. Now through Monday, April 15 an IRS trained and certified volunteer counselor is available, by appointment only at the Senior Citizens Center, 214 S. Main St., Sigourney. Assistance for shut-ins can be arranged. Call 641-622-3266 for appointments. Erine DuBuis, local coordinator for the program said, “AARP Tax-Aide does not require AARP membership, and services all low and middle income taxpayers (except complicated returns) regardless of age, race, gender, disabilities or sexual orientation.” Please bring all documents to scheduled appointment. ing to friends and family. The concert sponsors see this as in keeping with the skills and optimism of their forebears, who founded and built the productive farming community and handsome church over the past 150+ years. “We intend to provide concerts for the support and enjoyment of culture as a living legacy of the past, and commitment to the future,” said the sponsors of the Clear Creek Heritage Association. Sponsors stressed the concert welcomes students, retirees, and all parts of the community to attend.

Dates for the Spring 2014 SHS Production of “Peter Pan and Wendy” are March 28-30 — Plan now for the big show and keep watch for more details.

Blythe Trades Black/Gold for the Bold Blue of the Crusaders By Adam Meier, Regional Sports Editor

Tri-County senior guard Austin Blythe has signed a National Letter of Intent to play basketball at Clarke University in Dubuque. Clarke, which is coached by Jerry Drymon, is 17-10 so far this season and is a member of the Midwest Collegiate Conference. “I like the small campus and how everybody is really close knit,” Blythe said about Clarke. “I like the coaches and all the players seem really nice. The way they play is what I’m used to at Tri-County.” Blythe has helped lead the Trojans to eight wins this season and is averaging 15.8 points per game. Blythe also considered playing basketball at Simpson College in Indianola or attending the University of Iowa.

EV FFA Hosts Meal Packing Event Eggert Joins NRCS Larry Stevens, District Conservationist at the Natural Resources Conservation Service in Sigourney, is proud to announce Aaron Eggert as a new Soil Conservationist. Eggert is a career intern serving in the Sigourney Service Center. He will be providing conservation planning assistance and terrace survey assistance to the farmers in Keokuk County. Eggert is from Colfax, he graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in Environmental Science in 2009. Before coming to the NRCS, he worked for USDA-ARS in Ames and DuPont Pioneer in Johnston. In his free time he enjoys running, cycling and fishing. Eggert will be a great addition to the staff with the transfer of Michelle Thole to Anamosa.

As part of their National FFA Week celebration, the English Valleys FFA Chapter is sponsoring a “Kids Against Hunger” meal packaging event at the English Valleys High School. The event is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 21 (during National FFA Week) from 9 a.m. through the end of the school day. ALL 211 English Valleys students are part of the event, bagging 24,000 meals to be sent to the impoverished nation of Haiti. The EV FFA chapter has been collecting funds since November [2013] and has seen a generous amount of support from community members and business owners. “To date, 104 boxes have been sponsored, and we are still looking for community members and businesses to generously support this

amazing service project,” said Dakota Olson, EV FFA Chapter President. “We recently heard the Sigourney Kid’s Against Hunger chapter is donating the $2,500 needed so we can package 100 percent of our goal!” Mike and LaVonne Bloem volunteer with the Sigourney chapter along side Larry Eldridge and they are very excited about the English Valleys FFA project and hope more schools get involved. One meal costs $.25, and one box, which costs $30, can feed 120 people. It is the goal of the FFA to send 200 boxes overseas to those in need. English Valleys is encouraging the community to attend the event to witness this AWESOME service project! Any questions can be directed to the English Valleys High School at: 319-664-3631. More info about the non-profit “Kids Against Hunger” can be found at their website at: www.kidsagainsthunger.org.

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

By Burdell Hensley, Contributing Columnist

How disgusting! I was planning on getting my February round of golf in this week and now they are putting out winter storm watches again. I wish someone would put a choke hold on that ground hog and bring him into submission. I do think that Friday’s high is predicted to be 50 degrees. I can handle that, but the course may be a little sloppy. I was just sure it was spring when one of the ladies at the bank reported that she had seen a flock of robins on the way to

work. You know that it is said that a robin must wash its feet in snow twice before it can be spring. Shucks, these birds can wash their feet in snow every day. I haven’t seen any robins around my place, but I do have a big red cardinal that sings to me every morning. He is telling me that this is the year of the cardinal. Sorry Cub fans, it is wait until next year time already. It is tournament time and that means a busy time for the Ancient Sportsman. Last week I was in Pella Tuesday for the PellaNorwalk games, Thursday I was at Twin Cedars for the regional

The News-Review Obits & Records game between the Twin Cedars girls and HLV, Friday I was in Grinnell for the Grinnell-Pella Christian games and Saturday I was in Fairfield for the wrestling district tourney. It was a good week and I was thrilled to see old friends and former students along the way. I was covering the Knoxville wrestlers at Fairfield Saturday and Kieren Robuck won the title at 138 to advance to state. I found in my interview with him that his grandpa was one of my students at Twin Cedars and Jim Nichols was there at the meet. That was neat. I was able to renew some old memories at Grinnell Friday night. It was their “Coaches vs Cancer” game and at halftime of the girls game they had a sixon-six game featuring some of the stars from yesteryear. Some of them can still shoot the ball but their two dribbles don’t take them very far now. Thanks for the memories ladies. The State Wrestling Tournament is this weekend and several area wrestlers will be on the mat. Eddyville-BlakesburgFremont leads the way by qualifying six champions and one runner-up out of the district at Pleasantville. Winning titles for the Rockets were Cody Brown (132), Jeren Glosser (138), Blake Marolf (145), Tucker Black (152), Tyler Foubert (160) and Hunter Johnston (195). Dillion Pigsley qualified as a runner-up at 170. Sigourney-Keota will send Bryce Brown as a champion at 285 and

Tales of the Ancient Sportsman Nathan Fritz (138), Lane Boender (145) and Tucker Fowler (220) were all runners up. In Class 3-A Oskaloosa sent Mason Wisse as a champion at 182 and Drew Sams (106), Skylar DeJong (120) and Drea Lamb (195) as runners up. For Pella Levi Azinger was the champion at 132 and Chase Petty was the runner up at 126. A few of our area girl’s basketball teams advanced through the first round of regional tournaments. North Mahaska destroyed Moulton-Udell 57-10. The Warhawks now face Belle Plaine in one of those third time around deals. Sigourney beat Cedar Valley Christian 58-41 and now will face New London. Keota beat Lone Tree 61-51 and will now face Winfield-Mt. Union. The boys tournaments begin this week in classes 1-A and 2-A. Looks like I will cover the Pella Christian-Cardinal game at Albia Monday and then it is back to girl’s games Tuesday and Wednesday. I’m not sure where I will be going. I probably will not make it to the wrestling tourney in Des

Moines this week as the basketball tourneys continue. The wrestling tourney at Wells Fargo is a tough job for an old sports writer. It is sometimes very difficult to get where you need to be. I have tried to watch the Olympics a little this week and all I can say is that a person has to be nuts to compete in some of those events. I can’t even imagine going down a hill at over 80 mph on a pair of slats. Then I watched those guys go down that ice chute on a little bitty sled at unreal speeds. I will pass on that, thank you. Snowboarders are Komikazie pilots. I’m glad they didn’t have those things when I was a kid, because I wouldn’t have lived this long. It is time once more to look back at our yesterdays. 75 years ago: Feb. 14, 1939 - The Eddyville boys upset New Sharon 37-34 to allow Cedar to claim the Chiquaqua Valley title. Chuck Wilcox drained 19 points for the Eddies while Max Thompson led the Bulldogs with 17. The two teams played to a 40-40 tie in the girls game and a dispute arose about overtime. NS

coach Blackie Wells felt that overtime was not a part of the league rules and that his team should be the champions by percentage points. The Eddyville officials felt that overtime must be used. The conference secretary was summoned and he arrived at midnight. Finally at 1:00 a.m. the game was declared a no contest and it was rescheduled for a neutral site. Feb. 14 - Williamsburg nosed out Sigourney 25-23 in a battle of county champions. Kleinschmidt led Sigourney with seven points while Doherty led Williamsburg with 10. Feb. 18Cedar upset highly favored Tracy 19-16 in the sectional opener. Marceline Barnard led Cedar with seven points. 50 years ago: Feb. 13, 1964 - Sigourney sent six wrestlers and Pekin two through the first round of the Class B sectional at Morning Sun. Advancing for Sigourney were; Tom Brown, Jim Wareham, Jerry Golebrowski, Rob Wilkening, Mike Hart and Clifford McMillian. Rex Dickens and Ray Hoskins advanced for Pekin. Feb. 17 - North Mahaska’s Arlene Glendening and Carol Bartlett were named to the DMRC First All-Conference team. Bob Knoot was on the boy’s first team. Feb. 17 - Prairie City slips past North Mahaska 46-44 despite the strong defensive effort of Sandy Terpstra, Carol Bartlett and Shirley Bandstra. Feb. 18 - Brooklyn surprises North Mahaska 58-57 in the sectional opener. Bob Knoot led NM with 14 points and Bruce Palmer added 13. Feb. 18 - Ottumwa Walsh clips Fremont in boy’s sectional play 61-38. Bill Reese led the Cats with 13 points and Mel McKie added 11. Feb. 18 - TriCounty fell to Harmony 72-53 in sectional action. Bob Bender led T-C with 15 points. 25 years ago: Feb. 13, 1989 - North Mahaska sends six wrestlers to the district tourney. Advancing for the Warhawks were; Jason Sanders (112), Todd Sampson (125), Doug Readshaw (130), Blair DeJong (160), Ben Conover (189) and Kelly Mick (275). Feb. 14 - Lynnville-Sully sidelines North Mahaska 49-45. Heather Seitsinger led NM with 26 points and Dara Roush led the defense with nine rebounds. Feb. 16 - Keota upset No. 19 Tri-County, but details were not legible. Feb. 16 - Angie Latcham’s basket with eight seconds left gave Hedrick a 74-72 win over Sigourney. Tonya Webb fired in 38 points for the Foxettes. Have a great week and take the opportunity to boost your favorite team or individual.


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Robert Cranston, 86, Keswick, died Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014 at the Keokuk County Health Center. Funeral services were Saturday, Feb. 15 at the Holland-Coble Funeral Home in What Cheer. Burial is in the Indianapolis Cemetery near What Cheer. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the family. Friends may offer condolence to the family at www.hollandcoblefuneralhomes.com. Robert Yearian Cranston was born May 31, 1927 in Deep River. He was the son of Raymond and Mildred (Yearian) Cranston. Bob graduated with the What Cheer class of 1945. In September of 1950 Bob was drafted by the U.S. Army to serve his country during the Korean War. He served with the Service Battery 196th Field Artillery Battalion and received the Distinguished Unit Citation Korean Service Medal and two Bronze Stars. He was honorably discharged in November of

1951. On December, 28, 1953 he was united in marriage to Ferne Piersel. In 1956 they bought the DX Station in Keswick. Bob operated the station for thirty eight years before retiring in 1994. He appreciated every customer and made sure they were aware of his gratitude. Bob understood the 1980’s farm crisis took a toll on his clients. It was not uncommon for him to overlook unpaid bills and he never refused service to anyone falling on hard times. Bob was a member of the Keswick United Methodist Church and knew his Bible front to back. He was a man who said grace before every meal and prayed each night before bed. Bob had a passion for the sport of baseball and was an avid Chicago Cubs fan. He coached Pee Wee through Pony League Baseball and enjoyed playing cards, fishing, and gardening. He measured his success and happiness, not by money or fame, but by being a loving provider for his family. Bob was preceded in death by his parents; his loving wife, Ferne; a brother, Harlan Cranston; a brother-in-law, Merlin Hale and a great grandson, Oakley Joe VanPatten. Left to honor his memory are his children: Robert Cranston of Springville, Todd (Kim) Cranston of Delta and Becky (Myron Hunter) Cranston of Martinsville, Mo.; a daughter–in-law: Jackie Cole of Springville; two brothers: Ronald Cranston of California and Wayne (Linda) Cranston of Keswick; two sisters: June Hale of Wellman and Marilyn Baethke of Keswick; eight grandchildren: Cody (Leah) VanPatten, Jessica VanPatten, Michael Cranston, Kyle Cranston, Shelby Cranston, Cody (Kayla) Kerkove, Mikayla Kerkove, and Alex Builta; and five great grandchildren: LaShaya Cranston, Aubree Cranston, Raiden Kerkove, Tristan Kerkove, and Octavia VanPatten.

~ Lanman ~

~ Conner ~

Janice Lanman, 53, died Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, at her home. Memorial Services were 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 15, at the Church of Christ in Sigourney. No Visitation. Arrangements by Holm Funeral Home, Sigourney.

Sandra Sue Conner, 67, of Glenwood, formerly of Sigourney, died Thursday, February 13, 2014 at the Jennie Edmundson Hospital in Council Bluffs, Iowa. A Graveside Service is Friday, Feb. 21 at 10:30 a.m. at the Conner Cemetery, southwest of Sigourney. No visitation. Arrangements are by Holm Funeral Home, Sigourney.

~ Cranston ~

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~ Herrmann ~

Kenneth ‘Cork’ Leroy Herrmann, Jr., 62, St. Robert, Mo., passed away Monday, Feb. 10, 2014 in his home. Funeral services were Saturday, Feb. 15 at the Fort Leonard Wood Main Post Chapel on Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. Burial is in Stockton, Kan. Memorial Chapels and Crematory located in Waynesville, Mo., was in charge of arrangements. Mr. Herrmann was born in Stockton and throughout his childhood and adult life, lived in various places all over the world including Louisiana, Texas, Kansas, Iowa, Oregon, Kentucky, the Netherlands and Germany. In his personal life, Mr. Herrmann was an avid motorcycle rider. Mr. Herrmann was often seen riding his beloved Harley Davidson motorcycle “Pearl” on the back roads of Pulaski County and on Fort Leonard Wood; sometimes, he could also be found riding “Pearl” on the back roads of Louisiana (with brother Tony) and mountain roads in Colorado as well. Mr. Herrmann treasured his family and the time spent with daughters Kenna and Kelsi, as well as his granddaughters, Issabella and Helaina. He enjoyed old time Gospel music, collecting kerosene lamps, acquiring walk-

~ Cranston ~

~ Hamilton ~ Ted Ronald Hamilton past away Monday, January 27, 2014 at his home in Waterloo. A service was held Tuesday, Feb. 4 at the River’s Edge Christian Church in Waterloo. Ted was born January 13, 1966, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids, to Larry E. and Betty J. (Arduser) Hamilton.

Weather Review The following report is compiled by Doug Flanders, Sigourney’s official weather observer and includes the date, high, low and precipitation readings. HI LO Tues., Feb. 11 6 -16 Wed., Feb. 12 12 -12 Thurs., Feb. 13 25 11 Precip. - 1” snow Fri., Feb. 14 44 14 Sat., Feb. 15 18 -2 Precip. - 2” snow Sun., Feb. 16 26 13 Precip. - 3” snow Mon., Feb. 17 27 20 Precip. - freezing rain

Ferne Cranston, 80, of Keswick died Wednesday Feb. 5, 2014 at the Keokuk County Health Center. Funeral services were Saturday, Feb. 15 at the Holland-Coble Funeral Home in What Cheer. Burial is in the Indianapolis Cemetery near What Cheer. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the family. Friends may offer condolence to the family at www. hollandcoblefuneralhomes.com. Irma Ferne Cranston was born April 30, 1933 the daughter of Clifford Piersel and Dema Dugger. She was a 1951 graduate of the Guernsey High School. On December 28, 1953, Ferne was united in marriage to Robert Cranston. She began her working career in Marion with a film company. She later worked at the Keswick Grocery Store,

ing sticks and just admiring the simple things in life like playing his guitar. He was united in marriage on June 26, 1974 to Dorothy Sizemore at the preacher’s house in a little town near Madisonville Ky. In his professional life, Mr. Herrmann spent nearly all of his adult life as a member of the US Army Chemical Corps, as both a Soldier and Civilian. Mr. Herrmann (known as “Smoke 1” to many, many soldiers) personally trained thousands of Officers, Noncommissioned Officers, and Soldiers throughout the Army while stationed with the US Army Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Explosive (CBRNE) School at both Fort McClellan, Alabama and at Fort Leonard Wood. Prior to retiring from the Army as a Staff Sergeant in 1999, Mr. Herrmann served throughout the Army in numerous units, to include the 82nd Airborne Division and the US Army CBRNE School, 3rd Chemical Brigade. Throughout his military service, he was stationed in various locations to include Fort Bragg, N.C.; Germany; Fort McClellan, Ala., and Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. After retiring from active duty, Mr. Herrmann continued to serve the US Army and country as a civilian employee with the 84th Chemical Battalion, 3rd Chemical Brigade, US Army CBRNE School, US Army Maneuver Support Center of Excellence for over 15 years, right up until his passing. Mr. Herrmann is survived by two daughters: Kenna Herrmann and Kelsi Lyon, both of Colorado Springs, Colo.; two granddaughters: Issabella Dorra Herrmann and Helaina Rhae Cook; brothers: Gary (Mary) Fowler of Keswick; James ‘Beau’ (Jessica) Fowler of Montgomery, La.; Terry (Rita) Fowler of La Claire; Danny (Mona) Fowler of Sigourney and Tony (Kelli) Fowler of Dry Prong, La. His infant twin sister, Georgia Lee; his father and mother, James and Dora Mae Fowler of Montgomery, La.; and his biological father, Kenneth Leroy Herrmann of Palisade, Neb., preceded Mr. Herrmann in death. Maid Rite, the Senior Citizens Center; Teet and Tobe’s and was a Regional Avon Distributor. At the age of 33, Ferne and Robert adopted their first child. Over the next few years, two more would follow and she began the job she truly loved, being a mother. At one point Ferne did retire, but soon decided retirement was over rated and went back to work at Teet and Tobe’s. Throughout her life she remained a devoted wife, a proud mother and a member of the Keswick United Methodist Church. Ferne was a fun loving lady with a wonderful sense of humor and a big heart. She loved children of all ages and welcomed anyone to her dinner table. Ferne enjoyed the vacations with her family and was considered by most a professional Bingo player. Ferne was preceded in death by her parents; five sisters: Helen Hite, Selma Hoffer, Dorthy Johannes, Shirley Hoover and Lola Arthur; two brothers: Harold and Loren Piersel, and a great grandson Oakley Joe VanPatten. Left to honor her memory is her husband Robert Cranston of Keswick, her children: Robert Cranston of Springville, Todd (Kim) Cranston of Delta and Becky (Myron Hunter) Cranston of Martinsville, Mo. and a daughterin-law: Jackie Cole of Springville; a brother: Laverne (Betty) Piersel of Oskaloosa; eight grandchildren: Cody (Leah) VanPatten, Jessica VanPatten, Michael Cranston, Kyle Cranston, Shelby Cranston, Cody (Kayla) Kerkove, Mikayla Kerkove, and Alex Builta; five great grandchildren: LaShaya Cranston, Aubree Cranston, Raiden Kerkove, Tristan Kerkove, and Octavia VanPatten.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

~ Hazen ~

James O. “Jim” Hazen, 91, formerly of Grimes passed from this life on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, at his home surrounded by his family. In agreement with his wishes, cremation rites have been accorded. A memorial service celebrating Jim’s life was Tuesday, Feb. 18, at First Presbyterian Church, Grimes. Private committal services are taking place at a later date. James was born on February 4, 1923, in What Cheer, to Desear Leach and Violet Ruth (Bickford) Hazen. On June 10, 1945, he married Zella “Pauline” Kitzmann, in Malcom and to this union, two children, three grandchildren and three greatgrandchildren were born. Jim and Pauline lived in What Cheer until June of 1964, when they made their home in Grimes. He was formerly employed as

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Manager with What Cheer Clay Products and in 1987, retired as Plant Supervisor/Foreman of the Canning Process Unit with Mrs. Grimes – Beaver Valley Canning Company. Jim was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Grimes, of which he served as Deacon and Elder. He enjoyed gardening, fixing bicycles and lawn mowers and practical jokes. He loved being the Director of Last Call for ‘Happy Hour’. Jim was always very kind, courteous and helpful to others; he will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him. He is survived and lovingly remembered by his wife, Pauline Hazen of Clive; son: J. Brent (Margo) Hazen of Lompoc, Calif.; daughter: Melinda (Frank) Paul of Urbandale; brother: Bobby Dee Hazen (Deana Jo Shull) of Apache Junction, Ariz.; two sisters-in-law: Louise Bos and Enid (Donald) Phillips, both of What Cheer; two grandchildren: Blake (Jennifer) Hazen of Lompoc and Kendra (Doug) Parker of Ankeny; three great-grandchildren: Emma and Jayden Hazen and Kaedyn Parker; and several nieces and nephews, including, Lisa Dawn Hazen of What Cheer. Jim was preceded into eternal life by his parents; one grandchild, Bryon Hazen; daughter-in-law, Cheryl Hazen; one niece, Lori Lynn Hazen; and one nephew, Anthony Todd Hazen. In lieu of flowers, the family has respectfully requested any memorial contributions be made to the First Presbyterian Church in Grimes. The Iles Brandt Chapel in Dallas Center assisted the family with arrangements. Condolences may be shared at IlesCares.com.


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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

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Deep River News By Janet Rauch Norm Axmear and Delores Schmidt went to Montezuma to see Kenny Thorpe at the Nursing Home. They also visited Delores Johnson. Norm took Delores to Carnsforth Inn for supper. She just had the salard bar. Shelby Kurk, my daughter, and I went to Michael’s for Pizza Tuesday noon. We went on to Newton and shopped. We went to Walgreens sale and Goodwill. Judy, Donna’s daughter, babysat Donna’s three grandsons on Tuesday and Wednesdaty she just had one. They are so cute and it’s so comical to hear the two littlest ones try to communicate with each other. I’d like to know what they were trying to say to each other. Hunter and Coye are two and Copper is 3. They sure keep track of Aunt Judy and Grandma. This weather has been good for snowmobilers. There are tracks everywhere. They don’t seem to mind the cold. My granddaughter, Trudy, called and wondered if I needed any Girl Scout cookies. Here daughter, Jenna, is selling them hoping to go on their trip. Kenny Thorpe is in Hospice at Grinnell. Casey Pierce visited him Friday. Ben Pierce farms his ground and has helped him a lot. We were going to visit him Saturday after we shopped, but it was snowing like crazy and we went home on terrible roads. Juday and Julie Audas went to Marshalltown for Julie’s speech and drama presentation. Friday, Donna had the three great grandkids. Judy babysat them. They are fun to watch. Hunter is just learning to use his little fork and doing a good job. They are all good little eaters. Jenifer Fisk gave me some cookbooks I didn’t have which I was tickled to get. I was late Saturday morning and she had the dishwasher unloaded and reloaded before I got there. Jennifer and Jimmy took Jim to Pinecone for Marvin Hicks’ birthday breakfast. Trudy, my granddaughter, delivered Girl Scout cookies Friday. She had her littlest one, Matthew, along. I visited with Leland and Lois when I went to the hardware to get a heat lamp for the baby goats. Lois and Leland have been putting together large puzzles and gluing them together to put on the wall. They have one with all the states, etc. done already.

By Jane Green Larson This story was published in the What Cheer paper on March 25, 2010. I am repeating it by request. At a recent Women’s Retreat, I was approached by a lady who lives south of Sigourney who asked, “Jane, I related to the story you wrote about your Dad butchering your favorite pig, would you publish it again?” She also added it was taped to the inside of one of her kitchen cupboards and she periodically reads it! many of you know I was raised on a farm east of the Keokuk County Fairgrounds. There were lessons that I learned on the farm that could never have been taught in the classroom. “Each year a farmer selected a calf and a pig to nurture to their potential growth, and these chosen animals would be butchered in the fall to supply the farm family with needed food throughout the winter months. My parents continually warned me NOT to make these animals my pets, but their words always fell on deaf ears. As soon as school was dismissed for the summer, I would automatically begin to love and pamper the pig and/or the calf. Think about it, how could a child possibly ignore the animal when they became their shadow? I remember over the years dressing several of these animals in doll clothes, or clothes of my own, I would put some screw-on ear rings in their ears, feed these animals from a baby bottle, braid necklaces from long stemmed yellow dandelions, tie ropes around their bodies and have these animals pull me in my old, reliable, rusty, red wagon. I remember vividly a lovely pink pig that I named Patsy (which also was a no-no). One day I dressed her in some fancy clothes from a box of “dress-up” clothes, screwed some huge pink ear-rings in her ears and a discarded hat, and even Mother smiled and commented, “Patsy really does look quite fashionable, Janie!” In my way of thinking, Patsy could be a prime entry in a pig fashion show at the Iowa State Fair (if there was such a category). That pig was always waiting by the school bus stop in front of our house each day when I arrived home. One morning in late fall, I arose early to get ready for school. In my rush to eat breakfast, and as it neared time for the bus to arrive, I noticed that Dad was no where in sight, nor was Patsy. I wondered where they each had gone so early in the morning. I asked my Mother where Dad was and she explained he had eaten breakfast early because he had extra work to do. Still as I entered the What Cheer

School Bus, it puzzled me that Dad was gone and so was Patsy! It was as if I sensed something was amiss. As I sat down to the closest window, I saw Patsy was in a fenced area by the garden. It did not occur to me this day could possibly be designated as what my parents always termed, “Butchering Day!” As I grew older and much wiser, I discovered on “Butchering Day” that my Dad always made himself scarce. I found the day he planned to butcher my favorite pig or calf, he was much to busy to eat breakfast and converse, or say goodbye or wish me well in my day at school. I learned they always confined the chosen animal in that fence by the garden. Mother explained it was necessary or they would spend hours chasing the animal around the farmyard on that dreaded day of doom that they simply called, “Butchering Day.” Now looking back and in fairness to my parents, I had been warned time and time again. The more they explained, the more I told myself Patsy was different. She was so loveable! She was like a member of our family. She was given freedom to roam about the farm yard. The summer away from school was not always enjoyable to me. At times it was lonely, so it seemed comfortable to spend hours bathing and caring for Patsy. I shared whatever treat I received with my pig friend. She listened to every problem that came into a farm child’s life! Thoughts of Patsy becoming sausage, or pork chops or bacon on our kitchen table were far and remote from my mind. Besides the curl in her tail guaranteed me daily that she was happy and content. I probably thought Patsy and I would live happily on our farm forever. The eventful cool fall day as I departed the big yellow bus, I noticed that Patsy was not waiting, nor was she in the fenced area by the garden. I quickly ran upstairs to change my clothes and come back to find my parents had started chores early. I went to the back porch to find my jacket and before running out the door I glanced over to the side of the porch where with horror I saw Patsy’s head setting in a large aluminum tub. I let out a scream and was instantly sick to my stomach. I cried and continued to do so until my Mother came to console me. As a spoiled child, I refused to be comforted. I also refused supper and my Dad said, If I was not going to eat, I could go to bed early! I cried myself to sleep that night. The next morning, I washed my face and put on my school clothes and sat at the breakfast table where my Dad tried to talk to me. I explained to him that I was hurt and very, very angry. I missed Patsy. Life would

never be the same without her... and I looked him straight in the eye and told him that it was unfair for him to take her away from me. I refused to talk to him as I went to the bus stop. Now, I have to admit, Dad was a hard person to stay angry at for any length of time. That night he sat by the bed and explained that he had warned me time and time again and that if I would accept this loss of Patsy it would be a sign that I was simply growing up. He explained there would be other losses in my life as he continued to console me with his unconditional love. Looking back, I learned that children are resilient and life does move on. It was not long after this happening that my grandmother died, and at age fifteen, my Dad passed away and soon after, a beloved classmate. As a pastor’s wife, I have been thankful for many opportunities of prayer and times to comfort loved ones in our congregation. One day while reading the Bible, I came to a passage found in II Corinthians 1:4 where it says that God is the comforter who comforts us in all tribulation that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God. I believe God gave my earthly Dad much wisdom in comforting me, and our Heavenly Father says we are to do likewise.” Now I would like to add a great meaningful thanks for the comfort from not only God but many prayers and notes from family members and friends, and also readers of my weekly ponderings during my son Joe’s lengthy illness and death. May God bless each of you. See you next week, same time, same place!

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Sigourney School Board Minutes Regular Meeting February 12, 2014 The Board of Directors of the Sigourney Community School District met in regular session on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at the Sigourney Administrative Office, Sigourney, IA. Board members present included Mark O’Rourke, Denise Conrad, Anne Arduser, Ruth Manchester, and Marsha Steinhart. Shellie Striegel arrived at 6:03 p.m. Tom Hadley arrived at 6:08 p.m. Also present: Superintendent Craig Scott, Elementary Principal Deanna Hutchings, Jr/Sr High Principal Shannon Webb, and Business Mgr. /Board Secretary Susan Huls. Call to Order/Determination of a Quorum: President O’Rourke called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. Conrad moved, seconded by Manchester to open the meeting. Motion carried 5/0. Good News-Comments from the Board: There were several board members present at the fundraising events held January 31st and February 1st. The Superintendent Search has gone very well—everyone has been extremely cooperative and committed. All committees did a great job. The community support for all of the delays due to weather is outstanding. The district received the Site Visit Report and there were no issues of non-compliance noted on the report. The building principals were commended for the successful visit. Welcome Visitors/Public Comment: Mark O’Rourke welcomed Visitors and Guests Lee Crawford, Julie Tremmel, Jessica Meier, and Robin Handy. Thank you notes were shared from the family of Laura Utterback. There were no other oral or written comments received from the public. Approval/Amend Agenda: Manchester moved, seconded by Arduser to approve the agenda. Motion carried 5/0. Focus on Education: Deanna Hutchings, Shannon Webb, and Lee Crawford presented the Evaluation Procedures used for district employees. Consent Agenda: Conrad moved, seconded by Hadley to approve the items submitted in the consent section of the agenda to include the minutes of the January 15, 2014 regular meeting, and the special meetings held on January 27, February 3, 4, 5, 10, and 11 with all changes as noted by the board secretary; the open enrollment out/in requests; the resignation of Donna Michel as custodian effective at the end of the school year; and the financial reports and bills as presented. Motion carried 7/0. Action Items: Arduser moved, seconded by Striegel to approve the fundraising requests as submitted. Motion carried 7/0. Conrad moved, seconded by Hadley to approve the Reading Series Curriculum purchase of $34,348.98 to be paid from the REAP and Early Literacy Grants. Motion carried 7/0. Conrad moved, seconded by Manchester to accept and approve the audit report for fiscal year ending June 30, 2013. Motion carried 7/0. Conrad moved, seconded by Striegel to set the date for the next regular board meeting as Tuesday, March 11, 2014. The finance committee will meet at 5:00 p.m., budget workshop will be held at 5:15 p.m., and the regular meeting will convene at 6:00 p.m. Motion carried 7/0. Discussion Items/Committee Reports: 1. Dr. Scott gave a brief update on the superintendent search. President Mark O’Rourke on behalf of the board, expressed thanks and appreciation to the committee members involved in the search for the time, effort, and dedication to the process. 2. Dr. Scott informed the board of the status of negotiations with the classified and certified staff. 3. Dr. Scott presented information regarding a District Assessment that he would prepare prior to his departure from the district at the board’s request. 4. Board Committee Reports: (A) Finance committee met earlier, budget workshop. (B) Buildings & Grounds- brief update by Dr. Scott. (C) Negotiations- brief update by Dr. Scott. (D) Policy- committee members are working on review/update. 5. Administrators’ Reports: The board heard reports from Elementary Principal Deanna Hutchings, Secondary Principal Shannon Webb, and Activities Director Lee Crawford. Closed Session: 7:42 p.m. Motion by Conrad, seconded by Manchester to hold a closed session as authorized by section 21.5(1)(i) of the open meetings law to evaluate the professional competency of an individual whose hiring is being considered to prevent needless and irreparable injury to that individual’s reputation as that person has requested a closed session. Roll Call Vote: O’Rourke, aye; Conrad, aye; Arduser, aye; Hadley, aye; Manchester, aye; Steinhart, aye; Striegel, aye. Motion carried 7/0. Return to Open Session: Arduser moved, seconded by Manchester to adjourn the closed session at 8:49 p.m. and return to open session. Roll Call Vote: O’Rourke, aye; Conrad, aye; Arduser, aye; Hadley, aye; Manchester, aye; Steinhart, aye; Striegel, aye. Motion carried 7/0. VII.5 Conrad moved, seconded by Hadley to hold a special meeting on February 18, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. to review superintendent candidates. Motion carried 7/0.

Adjournment: Conrad moved, seconded by Manchester to adjourn the meeting at 8:49 p.m. Motion carried 7/0. Mark O’Rourke, President Susan Huls, Secretary S8 Sigourney CSD Board Report - Newspaper 02/13/2014 02:53 PM Fund Number 0 GENERAL FUND 95 PERCENT GROUP INC, ELEMENTARY/PHONICS 1,240.80 ALL AMERICAN PEST CONTROL, PEST CONTROL 125.00 ALL AMERICAN SPORTS CORP., PROT. EQUIP 430.60 ALLIANT ENERGY, GAS/ELEC 12/17-01/20 2013 7,827.43 AMSAN LLC, JANITORIAL SUPPLIES 609.21 ARDUSER, ANNE, SUPT SEARCH EXPENSES 33.81 ARNOLD MOTOR SUPPLY, TRANS. SUPPLIES 237.51 AUDITOR OF STATE, FILING FEE FYE 2013 AUDIT 425.00 BAIN ELECTRIC, JANITORIAL REPAIRS 110.00 BELVA DEER INN, SUPT SEARCH TRAVEL 53.50 CAM COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT, 2013-14 2ND QTR OPEN ENROLLMENT 7,101.22 CARROT-TOP INDUSTRIES, JANITORIAL EQUIPMENT 307.66 CASEYS GENERAL STORE, YEARBOOK 84.91 CASSENS’ MILL, JANITORIAL SUPPLIES 302.80 CENTRAL COLLEGE, HONOR CHOIR REGISTRATION 140.00 CENTRAL IOWA DIST, JANITORIAL SUPPLIES 264.57 CITY OF SIGOURNEY, WATER/SANITATION 1,247.66 CJ COOPER & ASSOC. INC, TRANS. DURG TESTING 50.00 DAKTECH, TECHNOLOGY SUPPLIES 105.00 DECKER EQUIPMENT, JANITORIAL SUPPLIES 780.40 DEPARTMENT OF ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES, TSA ADMINISTRATION ANNUAL FEE 350.00 DESIGN HOUSE, THE, CENTRAL OFFICE SIGN 349.99 FAIRFIELD COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT, DAY PROGRAM/NOV & DEC 7,100.80 FAIRFIELD COMMUNITY SCHOOLS, 2013-2014 SP. EDUCATION TUITION 15,811.95 FIRST RESOURCES CORP./KEOKUK, WORK ACTIVITY/MYERS/NOV, DEC, MCCOY, DEC 3,593.25 GREENLEY’S CORPORATION, ELEM. BUS PERMITS 323.37 H & M FARM & HOME SUPPLY CO, TRANS. SUPPLIES 73.44 HINCKLEY SPRINGS, SUPPLIES 25.25 HOGLUND BUS AND TRUCK CO, TRANS. REPAIRS 2,023.44 HUNT & ASSOCIATES, P.C., AUDIT-FYE 2013 5,900.00 INDIAN HILLS COMMUNITY COLLEGE, CONCURRENT ENROLLMENT 11,461.63 IOWA ASS’N OF SCHOOL BOARDS, ISFLC CONFERENCE 300.00 IOWA COMMUNICATIONS NETWORK, NETWORK SERVICES 726.84 IOWA DIVISION OF LABOR SERVICES, BOILER INSPECTION 25.00 ISFIS, BACKGROUND CHECKS 40.00 J.W. PEPPER & SON, INC, HS & JH VOCAL 109.04 K & L, ELEM. SUPPLIES 98.73 KABEL BUSINESS SERVICES - FLEX, FLEX SERVICES 171.00 KEOKUK COUNTY HEALTH CENTER, TRANS. DRUG TESTING 32.00 KEOKUK COUNTY HIGHWAY DEPT, GAS/DIESEL 4,758.07 MAHASKA BOTTLING, ELEMENTARY FUNDRAISING 61.74 MCI MEGA PREFERRED, PHONE SERVICES 97.38 MID-AMERICA PUBLISHING CORP., LEGALS 157.29 MOSE LEVY CO., INC., AG SUPPLIES 31.50 NEOPOST USA INC, POSTAGE MACHINE INK CARTRIDGE 133.90 PHELPS AUTO SUPPLY, TRANS. REPAIRS 154.00 READ NATURALLY, ELEM. SINA INTERVENTION 709.50 SCHOOL BUS SALES, TRANS. SUPPLIES 383.74 SCHROEDER FRAME & ALIGNMENT, L.L.C., TRANS. REPAIRS 45.00 SCOTT, CRAIG, TRAVEL/SUPT MEETING 10.25 SEMINOLE RETAIL ENERGY SERVICES, ENERGY SERVICES 10,006.04 SIGOURNEY BODY SHOP, TRANS. REPAIRS 1,050.00 SIGOURNEY NUTRITION FUND, PROGRAM LUNCHES/JANUARY 448.00 SIGOURNEY TREECARE, SNOW REMOVAL 2,085.00 SINCLAIR TRACTOR,

TRANS. PARTS 23.11 STEINHART, MARSHA, SUPT SEARCH EXPENSES 55.80 THOMAS BUS SALES OF IOWA, INC, TRANS. PARTS 780.08 THOMPSON TRUCK & TRAILER, INC., TRANS. PARTS 213.90 TRI-COUNTY COMMUNITY SCHOOLS, SP. ED TUITION 2013-14 5,019.30 TRUE VALUE COMMERCIAL SUPPLY, JANITORIAL SUPPLIES 88.24 U.S. CELLULAR, CELL SERVICES 211.01 UNITED PARCEL SERVICE, SERVICES 108.32 VETTER’S INC-CULLIGAN, BOILER SUPPLIES 23.85 WARTBURG COLLEGE, BAND REGISTRATION 133.00 WINDSTREAM, PHONE SERVICES 806.41 Fund Number 10 97,587.24 Fund Number 61 NUTRITION FUND ANDERSON ERICKSON DAIRY CO., NUTRITION SUPPLIES 3,381.37 BOLTON & HAY INC, NUTRITION SUPPLIES 1,502.90 DOLLAR GENERAL CORPORATION, NUTRITION SUPPLIES 37.30 EARTHGRAINS BAKING COMPANIES, INC., NUTRITION SUPPLIES 491.55 EMS DETERGENT SERVICES CO., NUTRITION SERVICES 156.10 HOBART SERVICE, NUTRITION REPAIRS 288.44 K & L, NUTRITION SUPPLIES 15.89 KECK, INC, NUTRITION SUPPLIES 1,197.49 MARTIN BROS. DISTRIBUTING, NUTRITION SUPPLIES 4,250.27 Fund Number 61 11,321.31 Fund Number 21 ACTIVITY FUND ALLMAN, STEVE, OFFICIAL 1-13-14 95.00 ANDERSON’S, SPIRIT WEEK 159.00 AXMEAR FABRICATING SERVICES, ALUMNI FUND SUPPLIES 159.00 BARRICK, BOB, OFFICIAL 1-31-14 120.00 BERMEL, JEFF, OFFICIAL 1-23-14 95.00 BRADFIELD, BOB, OFFICIAL 1-31-14 55.00 BURG, ANDREW, OFFICIAL 1-24-14 95.00 CALDWELL, KEVIN, OFFICIAL 1-31-14 120.00 CHRISTNER, MIKE, OFFICIAL 2-1-14 205.00 DANNCO, ATHLETIC CAPS 233.28 FLAWS, JIM, OFFICIAL 2-1-14 95.00 FRESE, JEFF, OFFICIAL 1-13-14 95.00 GLADBOOK-REINBECK SCHOOL DISTRICT, WR. TRN. 1-11-14 110.00 GREINER, SHANNON, ST. COUNCIL SUPPLIES 290.44 HAACK, RYAN, OFFICIAL 1-31-14 95.00 HEMSLEY, ROSS, OFFICIAL 2-1-14 300.00 HOPKINS SPORTING GOODS, WRESTLING SUPPLIES 751.99 HOYKA, DAN, OFFICIAL 1-24-14 95.00 HUDNUT, RICH, OFFICIAL 2-1-14 95.00 HUDSON COMMUNITY SCHOOLS, HUDSON INVITATIONAL 1-18-14 80.00 IATC, 1A MEMBERSHIP 35.00 INDEPENDENCE HIGH SCHOOL, JV WR. TRN. 1-18-14 28.00 K & L, SAVAGE CONCESSIONS 895.99 KLEIN, STEVE, OFFICIAL 1-23-14 95.00 LENOX, ERIC, WR. OFFICIAL 1-16-14 150.00 MAHASKA BOTTLING, SAVAGE CONCESSIONS 1,987.25 MENARDS - IOWA CITY, DRAMA SUPPLIES 1,494.98 MILLER, DENNIS, OFFICIAL 1-31-14 95.00 MISC. ON MAIN, EMBROIDERY/ WR. CHEERLEADING 194.40 MONAHAN, RON, OFFICIAL 1-13-14 95.00 NIXON COMPANY INC, THE, ATHLETIC CERTIFICATES 195.00 PACHA, PAT, OFFICIAL 2-1-14 110.00 PARK SEED, SEED 9.18 PLAYSCRIPTS, INC., DRAMA SUPPLIES 497.70 ROTH, MIKE, OFFICIAL 2-21-14 75.00 SALON AT SUITE C, SPIRIT WEEK AUCTION 80.00 SCHROEDER, LYNN, OFFICIAL 1-24-14 95.00 SULLIVAN, TIM, OFFICIAL 1-31-14 95.00 TERPSTRA, RON, WR. OFFICIAL 1-16-14 150.00 TOTAL REHAB, ATHLETIC TRAINING 600.00 VAN BUREN COMMUNITY SCHOOL DIS, WR. TOURNAMENT 1-4-14 60.00 WEBER, CHRIS, OFFICIAL 2-1-14 95.00 WOOD, NATHAN, OFFICIAL 2-1-14 130.00 Fund Number 21 10,606.21 Fund Number 36 PPEL FUND CANON FINANCIAL SERVICES INC, OPERATING LEASE 790.19 COMBUSTION CONTROL COMPANY, BOILER REPAIRS 1,722.50 Fund Number 36 2,512.69 Fund Number 40 DEBT SERVICE FUND FARMERS SAVINGS BANK & TRUST, LIGHTING PROJECT 2,743.24 Fund Number 40 2,743.24

Sigourney School Board Minutes

Sigourney School Board Minutes

Sigourney School Board Minutes

Special Meeting February 3, 2014 The Board of Directors of the Sigourney Community School District met in special session on Monday, February 3, 2014 at the Sigourney Jr/Sr High School, Sigourney, IA. Board members present included Denise Conrad, Anne Arduser, Tom Hadley, Ruth Manchester, Marsha Steinhart, and Shellie Striegel. Mark O’Rourke arrived at 6:34 p.m. Also present: Superintendent Craig Scott, Business Mgr. /Board Secretary Susan Huls, Administrative Assistant Kathie Hammes, Jr/Sr High School Principal Shannon Webb, Elementary Principal Deanna Hutchings, Activities Director Lee Crawford, and Technology Director Kirk Magill. Others in attendance were: Teaching Staff- Laurie Hammes, Angela Bond, Jolie Crawford, Schay Moore, Gary Jarmes, Donita Clarahan, Amanda Seeley, Logan Mork, and Keri VanDen Heuvel; Classified Staff- Dan Utterback, Neda Spiegel, Lora Helm, Dan Taghon, Connie Flanegin, Linda Northup, and Kim Meier; Students- Nick Goad, Maddi Schwenke, Luke House, Madi McNurlen, Abby Danowsky, Payton Crawford, and Merideth Wheeldon; Community Members- Penny Clarahan, Crystal Honrback, Jaci Jarmes, Pam Schwenke, Anna Clark, Linda Yates, Michelle Boender, Jeff Graff, Lyle Donald, and John Mohr. I. Call to Order: Vice-President Denise Conrad called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m. Arduser moved, seconded by Hadley to open the meeting. Motion carried 6/0. II. Approve the Agenda: Manchester moved, seconded by Arduser to approve the agenda. Motion carried 6/0. III. Superintendent Craig Scott led the group through an orientation workshop for the superintendent interviews. IV. Adjourn: Hadley moved, seconded by Manchester to adjourn the meeting at 7:17 p.m. Motion carried 7/0. Mark O’Rourke, President Susan Huls, Secretary S8

Special Meeting February 4, 2014 The Board of Directors of the Sigourney Community School District met in special session on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at the Sigourney Administrative Office, Sigourney, IA. Board members present included Mark O’Rourke, Denise Conrad, Anne Arduser, Tom Hadley, Ruth Manchester, Marsha Steinhart, and Shellie Striegel. Also present was Business Mgr. /Board Secretary Susan Huls. I. Call to Order: President O’Rourke called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m. Manchester moved, seconded by Conrad to open the meeting. Motion carried 7/0. II. Approve/Amend Agenda: Conrad moved, seconded by Hadley to approve the agenda. Motion carried 7/0. III. Closed Session as per Iowa Code 21.5(1)(i): Conrad moved, seconded by Manchester to hold a closed session as authorized by section 21.5(1)(i) of the open meetings law to evaluate the professional competency of an individual whose hiring is being considered to prevent needless and irreparable injury to that individual’s reputation as that person has requested a closed session. Roll Call Vote: O’Rourke, aye; Conrad, aye; Arduser, aye; Hadley, aye; Manchester, aye; Steinhart, aye; Striegel, aye. Motion carried 7/0. Arduser moved, seconded by Manchester to adjourn the closed session at 8:30 p.m. and return to open session. Roll Call Vote: O’Rourke, aye; Conrad, aye; Arduser, aye; Hadley, aye; Manchester, aye; Steinhart, aye; Striegel, aye. Motion carried 7/0. IV. Adjournment: Conrad moved, seconded by Manchester to adjourn the meeting at 8:30 p.m. Motion carried 7/0. Mark O’Rourke, President Susan Huls, Secretary S8

Special Meeting February 5, 2014 The Board of Directors of the Sigourney Community School District met in special session on Tuesday, February 5, 2014 at the Sigourney Administrative Office, Sigourney, IA. Board members present included Mark O’Rourke, Denise Conrad, Anne Arduser, Tom Hadley, Ruth Manchester, Marsha Steinhart, and Shellie Striegel. Also present was Business Mgr. /Board Secretary Susan Huls. I. Call to Order: President O’Rourke called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m. Manchester moved, seconded by Conrad to open the meeting. Motion carried 7/0. II. Approve/Amend Agenda: Conrad moved, seconded by Hadley to approve the agenda. Motion carried 7/0. III. Closed Session as per Iowa Code 21.5(1)(i): Conrad moved, seconded by Manchester to hold a closed session as authorized by section 21.5(1)(i) of the open meetings law to evaluate the professional competency of an individual whose hiring is being considered to prevent needless and irreparable injury to that individual’s reputation as that person has requested a closed session. Roll Call Vote: O’Rourke, aye; Conrad, aye; Arduser, aye; Hadley, aye; Manchester, aye; Steinhart, aye; Striegel, aye. Motion carried 7/0. Arduser moved, seconded by Manchester to adjourn the closed session at 8:19 p.m. and return to open session. Roll Call Vote: O’Rourke, aye; Conrad, aye; Arduser, aye; Hadley, aye; Manchester, aye; Steinhart, aye; Striegel, aye. Motion carried 7/0. IV. Adjournment: Manchester moved, seconded by Hadley to adjourn the meeting at 8:19 p.m. Motion carried 7/0. Mark O’Rourke, President Susan Huls, Secretary S8

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Sigourney City Council Minutes Sigourney City Council Minutes The following are summarized minutes of the regular City Council meeting of February 5, 2014. The Sigourney City Council met in regular session in the Council Chambers at City Hall on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 with Mayor Hollingsworth presiding and the following Council members answering roll call: Schultz, Glandon, Landgrebe, Bender, Conrad and McLaughlin. Others present were: Amanda Rostami, Librarian; Larry G. Smith, Emergency Management Coordinator; John E. Schröeder, Keokuk County Attorney; Dave Mahnke, The Stone Savage; Don Northup, Water/Wastewater Superintendent and Pool Operator; Brent Gilliland, City Services Director and Building Inspector; Allan Glandon, Police Chief; and Angie Alderson, City Clerk. The meeting was called to order at 6:00 p.m. Conrad moved, seconded by McLaughlin, to approve the tentative agenda. Roll call vote was Ayes: 6. Conrad moved, seconded by Landgrebe, to approve the following items on the consent agenda: minutes for the January 15, 2014 Council meeting; accounts payable claims totaling $20,138.94; Memorial Hall accounts payable claims totaling 3,532.34; liquor license application for Dollar General Store #2244 at 315 North Main Street for Class B Wine Permit, Class C Beer Permit (BC) and Sunday Sales; and the credit card report. Roll call vote was Ayes: 6. Glandon moved, seconded by McLaughlin, to approve the remaining item from the consent agenda: liquor license application for The Stone Savage at 101-103 West Marion Street for Class C Liquor License (LC) (Commercial), Outdoor Service and Sunday Sales contingent upon David Mahnke providing the City with the lease agreement for the premises. Roll call vote was Ayes: 6. Schultz moved, seconded by Bender, to approve Resolution No. 2014-02-01 approving the amendment to Article VI, Section 1 of the Regional Planning Affiliation 15 Articles of Agreement. Roll call vote was Ayes: 6. Glandon moved, seconded by Schultz, to hire Logan Northup for the Street and Sanitation position. Roll call vote was Ayes: 6. Glandon moved, seconded by Landgrebe, to pay Logan Northup $11.00 an hour and after a successful 60 day probation period increase his pay to $11.50. Logan Northup will also need to pay a physical and obtain his CDL. Roll call vote was Ayes: 6. McLaughlin moved, seconded by Bender, to approve the purchase of a John Deere Z960R Commercial ZTrak mower. Roll call vote was Ayes: 6.

Landgrebe moved, seconded by Glandon to set the date and time for the notice of public hearing on the City Budget Estimate for Fiscal Year July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015 as Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. Roll call vote was Ayes: 6. Schultz moved, seconded by Conrad, to approve the decertification of liens against properties when a utility deposit can be applied. Roll call vote was Ayes: 6. The February 19th, 2014 regular Council meeting will be held at City Hall at 6:00 p.m. The meeting was adjourned by acclamation at 6:49 p.m. The full and complete minutes are available at the Sigourney City Clerk’s office upon request. Terry W. Hollingsworth, Mayor ATTEST: Angela K. Alderson, Sigourney City Clerk CITY OF SIGOURNEY FEBRUARY 5, 2014 CLAIMS Access - Services $3,450.78 ACCO - Supplies $448.60 Atwood Electric, Inc. - Services $1,037.41 Axmear Fab. Services, Inc. Supplies $5,000.00 Brown Supply Co. - Supplies $770.00 Cummins Central Power, LLC Services $1,410.00 Design House - Services $50.99 Greenley’s Corp. - Supplies $442.60 John N. Wehr Law Office - Services $50.00 Keokuk County Tourism - Ad $250.00 Lumber Company - Supplies $11.46 MPH Industries, Inc. - Supplies $1,060.00 Municipal Supply, Inc. - Supplies $33.50 North American Salt Company Supplies $3,661.06 Roto Rooter Sewer Service - Services $437.50 Snakenberg Welding - Services $143.22 Southeast Iowa City Clerk’s Assoc Dues $20.00 USA BlueBook - Services $387.99 US Cellular - Phones $90.37 Wagler Motor Company - Services $43.95 Watch Guard - Supplies $140.00 Windstream - Phones $293.68 Grossman, Donna - WCD Refund $125.00 Hinrichs, Bob - WCD Refund $141.20 Buehneman, Dorothy - WCD Refund $139.63 Cox, Debra - WCD Refund $49.93 Stevens, Eric - WCD Refund $49.81 City of Sigourney - WCD Refunds $400.26 TOTAL $20,138.94 February 5, 2014 Memorial Hall Commission Claims Atwood Electric – Water Heater $90.67 Alliant Energy – Utilities $3409.67 K&L - Supplies 32.00 TOTAL $3532.34

Keswick City Council Minutes KESWICK CITY COUNCIL MEETING February 4th, 2014 The Keswick City Council met in a regular scheduled meeting Monday Feb 4th, 2014 at 7 o’clock p.m. in the city hall with Mayor Janet Wade presiding and the following council persons present: Krumm, Sieren, and Zittergruen. Karen Sieren made a motion to appoint Nate Clubb and Greg Sowers to fill the 2 council vacancies until the general election this fall where the positions will go on the ballot. Motion seconded by David Krumm. Motion carried. All ayes and the new council member were sworn in. Mark Zitterguren made a motion that the agenda be approved as presented. Motion seconded by Karen Sieren. Motion carried. All ayes. Karen Sieren made a motion that the minutes of the last meeting, Thursday Jan 9th, 2014 be approved as read. Motion seconded by David Krumm. Motion carried. All ayes. Mark Zittergruen made a motion that the following claims be paid as presented. Motion seconded by Nate Clubb. Motion carried. All ayes. Brandee Harper(Salary ck#1001) $302.40 Tim Garrett(Salary ck#1002) $172.80 Denise Fry(Meters ck#1003) $115.78 Wastemanagement (Sanitation, ck#1004) $1,503.48 Wapello Rural Water (ck#1005) $2,060.55 Alliant Energy (street $423.82/ park $74.81/c.hall $77.92/sign $22.01/ shed $47.95 ck#1006) $646.51 Modern Coop (ck#1007) $24.60 RUSS (ck#1008) $5,901.04 IPERS(ck#1009) $101.79 Mid America Pub (jan min/salaries

Sigourney School Board Minutes Special Meeting February 10, 2014 The Board of Directors of the Sigourney Community School District met in special session on Tuesday, February 10, 2014 at the Sigourney Administrative Office, Sigourney, IA. Board members present included Mark O’Rourke, Denise Conrad, Anne Arduser, Tom Hadley, Ruth Manchester, Marsha Steinhart, and Shellie Striegel. Also present was Business Mgr. /Board Secretary Susan Huls. I. Call to Order: President O’Rourke called the meeting to order at 6:32 p.m. Manchester moved, seconded by Hadley to open the meeting. Motion carried 7/0. II. Approve/Amend Agenda: Manchester moved, seconded by Hadley to approve the agenda. Motion carried 7/0. III. Closed Session as per Iowa Code 21.5(1)(i): Conrad moved, seconded by Manchester to hold a closed session as authorized by section 21.5(1)(i) of the open meetings law to evaluate the professional competency of an individual whose hiring is being considered to prevent needless and irreparable injury to that individual’s reputation as that person has requested a closed session. Roll Call Vote: O’Rourke, aye; Conrad, aye; Arduser, aye; Hadley, aye; Manchester, aye; Steinhart, aye; Striegel, aye. Motion carried 7/0. Arduser moved, seconded by Manchester to adjourn the closed session at 8:33 p.m. and return to open session. Roll Call Vote: O’Rourke, aye; Conrad, aye; Arduser, aye; Hadley, aye; Manchester, aye; Steinhart, aye; Striegel, aye. Motion carried 7/0. IV. Adjournment: Conrad moved, seconded by Arduser to adjourn the meeting at 8:34 p.m. Motion carried 7/0. Mark O’Rourke, President Susan Huls, Secretary S8

ck#1010) $54.04 Keystone Lab (ck#1011) $11.00 IA One Call (ck#1012) $20.00 Tremmel Backhoe (Fixed leak 1/15&1/17 ck#1013) $640.00 Municipal Supply (supplies/parts for leak ck#1014) $1,291.81 Tri-County Post Prom (annual donation ck#1015) $100.00 AREA 15 Planning commission (annual membership ck#1016) $105.78 Farmer’s Lumber (Bulbs ck#1017) $7.58 Larry Bair (2013 hrs:40hrs@$12 ck#1018)$443.28 Larry Bair (Jan-14:26hrs@$12 ck#1019) $288.13 Multi Cty Oil (Rock $236.44/ Diesel $184.08 ck#1020) $420.52 K.Cty Auditor (11/5/13 Election ck#1021) $589.73 David Krumm made a motion to approve the financial report as presented. Motion seconded by Greg Sowers. Motion carried. All ayes Committee’s were appointed: Water: Zittergruen/Sieren; Fire: Clubb/Sowers; Sanitation: Krumm/Wade; Street: Zittergruen/Clubb; Sewer: Sowers/Krumm; Mayor Protem:Karen Sieren. Mark Zittergruen made Resolution #97 to renew our annual membership with AREA 15 Planning Commision (.43x246residents). Resolution seconded by Karen Sieren. Roll call vote. All ayes Communications were read and reports were given. There being no further business to be discussed, Karen Sieren made a motion to adjourn. Motion seconded by Greg Sowers. City Clerk, Brandee Harper S8

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Trust Notice TRUST NOTICE IN THE MATTER OF THE TRUST: TRUST OF ROSA ELLA PHILLIPS To all persons regarding Rosa Ella Phillips, deceased, who died on or about 4th day of February, 2014. You are hereby notified that Arlene F. Nilles and Donald L. Phillips are the trustees of the TRUST OF ROSA ELLA PHILLIPS dated the 9th day of November, 1990. Any action to contest the validity of the trust must be brought in the District Court of Keokuk County, Iowa, within the later to occur of four (4) months from the date of second publication of the notice or thirty (30) days from the date of mailing this notice to all heirs of the decedent settlor and the spouse of the decedent settlor whose identities are reasonably ascertainable. Any suit not filed within this period shall be forever barred. Notice is further given that any person or entity possessing a claim against the trust must mail proof of the claim to the trustee at the address listed below via certified mail, return receipt requested, by the later to occur of four (4) months from the second publication of this notice or thirty (30) days from the date of mailing this notice if required or the claim shall be forever barred unless paid or otherwise satisfied. Dated this 10th day of February, 2014. TRUST OF ROSA ELLA PHILLIPS Arlene F. Nilles, Trustee 12513 River Mill Dr. Hudson, FL 34667 Donald L. Phillips, Trustee 15443 Hwy. 21 What Cheer, IA 50268 John N. Wehr, ICIS PIN#: AT0008299 Attorney for Trustee 116 E. Washington St., P.O. Box 245 Sigourney, IA 52591 Date of second publication February 26, 2014. S8-2

Sigourney School Board Minutes Special Meeting February 11, 2014 The Board of Directors of the Sigourney Community School District met in special session on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at the Sigourney Administrative Office, Sigourney, IA. Board members present included Mark O’Rourke, Denise Conrad, Anne Arduser, Tom Hadley, Ruth Manchester, Marsha Steinhart, and Shellie Striegel. Also present was Business Mgr. /Board Secretary Susan Huls. I. Call to Order: President O’Rourke called the meeting to order at 6:39 p.m. Manchester moved, seconded by Conrad to open the meeting. Motion carried 7/0. II. Approve/Amend Agenda: Manchester moved, seconded by Striegel to approve the agenda. Motion carried 7/0. III. Closed Session as per Iowa Code 21.5(1)(i): Conrad moved, seconded by Manchester to hold a closed session as authorized by section 21.5(1)(i) of the open meetings law to evaluate the professional competency of an individual whose hiring is being considered to prevent needless and irreparable injury to that individual’s reputation as that person has requested a closed session. Roll Call Vote: O’Rourke, aye; Conrad, aye; Arduser, aye; Hadley, aye; Manchester, aye; Steinhart, aye; Striegel, aye. Motion carried 7/0. Arduser moved, seconded by Manchester to adjourn the closed session at 9:37 p.m. and return to open session. Roll Call Vote: O’Rourke, aye; Conrad, aye; Arduser, aye; Hadley, aye; Manchester, aye; Steinhart, aye; Striegel, aye. Motion carried 7/0. IV. Adjournment: Conrad moved, seconded by Manchester to adjourn the meeting at 9:37 p.m. Motion carried 7/0. Mark O’Rourke, President Susan Huls, Secretary S8

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Calendar TODDLER TIME Sigourney Public Library’s February Toddler Story Time for infant through pre-school children is Monday, Feb. 24 and Tuesday, Feb. 25 from 11-11:30 a.m. AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM SPL After School Program for 2nd through 3rd grade is Wednesday, Feb. 19 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. TRICARE MOBILE OFFICE A Veteran’s TRICARE Mobile Office is available on Thursday, Feb. 20 from 8 a.m.- 3 p.m. at Camp Dodge Building 3548 (old credit union) in the service members support center in Johnston. They may also be reached at 515727-3131. The office is closed in case of inclement weather. CARE CENTER MASS St. Mary’s Catholic Church Mass at Sigourney Care Center is Thursday, Feb. 20 at 9:30 a.m. AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM SPL After School Program for Kindergarten through 1st grade is Wednesday, Feb. 20 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. CARE CENTER HAPPENINGS Music with Bluebirds is Saturday, Feb. 22 at 3 p.m. at Sigourney Care Center. KC FAIR BINGO Bingo is Sunday, Feb. 23 from 1 to4 p.m. at Thomas Hall, KC Fairgrounds. ALTERNATIVE AGRICULTURE Alternative Agriculture in Iowa - Aronia with Levi Lyle is Sunday, Feb. 23 at 2 p.m. at EV History Center. BLOOD DRIVE A Blood Drive is Tuesday, Feb. 25 from 3-7 p.m. at City of Sigourney Offices. EXPO BINGO Bingo is at the Keokuk County Expo, Sigourney, on Wednesday, Feb. 26 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. TWEEN MOVIE NIGHT Tween Movie Night for 4th through 6th graders is Friday, Feb. 28 at the Sigourney Public Library form 6 to 7:45 p.m. CARE CENTER HAPPENINGS Cowboy Jim is Friday, Feb. 28 at 3 p.m. at the Sigourney Care Center.

Bethel United Methodist Church Pastor LuAnn Benge 319-456-3105

6 mi. E of Sigourney on Hwy. 92

Sunday School at 9:30 a.m.; Worship at 10:30 a.m. Delta Christian Church Henry Goetz, Lay Pastor 641-799-4800 Worship: Sunday at 9 a.m. Delta United Methodist Church Vince Homan, Pastor Worship: 9 a.m. Sunday School for Elementary age children at 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. English River Church of the Brethren Diana Lovett, Pastor 29252 137th Street (2 mi. E of S.E. on Hwy. 22) Church: 319-667-5235 Sunday School at 9:30 a.m. Worship at 10:30 a.m. Farson Baptist Church Pastor: Jerry Newman Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. Worship Service: 10:30 a.m. First Presbyterian Church Rev. Kim Alten 215 N. Jefferson, Sigourney 641-622-3029 Children’s Sunday School, 9 a.m. Sunday Worship, 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26: Session meets at 6 p.m. in church basement.

IOWA KIDSNET INFORMATION Iowa KidsNet information session is Thursday, March 6 in Ottumwa, for individuals interested in becoming foster or adoptive parents. MANOR HOUSE SING-A-LONG Sing-A-Long at Manor House Care Center is every Tuesday night at 6:30 p.m. TOPS MEETING Take Off Pounds Sensibly meets at the Extension office at KC Expo on Tuesdays at 4:30 p.m. SIGOURNEY CITY COUNCIL Sigourney’s City Council meets every first and third Wednesday normally at 6 p.m. at City Hall. KC EXPO BOARD MEETING Keokuk County Board of Directors meet every third Monday of the month at 7 p.m. in the KC Extension Conference Room at the KC Expo. KEOKUK CO. SUPERVISORS The Keokuk County Supervisors meet weekly on Mondays at 8 a.m. at the Keokuk County Courthouse board room. SPL BOARD OF TRUSTEES The Sigourney Public Library’s Board of Trustees meet the second Thursday of every month at 6 p.m. at the SPL. KC PUBLIC HEALTH Keokuk County Public Health Immunization Clinic is the third Wednesday of each month from 10 a.m. to 12 noon and 1 to 4 p.m. This is a free clinic for individuals with out insurance or underinsured. ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS Alcoholics Anonymous meets every Saturday at 12 noon at the Methodist Church, 4th Street, Kalona. CARE CENTER HAPPENINGS Bingo at Sigourney Care Center is Tuesdays at 2 p.m. KNITTING WITH KAREN Knitting with Karen is Tuesdays from 2-5 p.m. at the Sigourney Public Library. FOOD PANTRY Keokuk County Community Services food referrals is Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Courthouse in Sigourney.

The News-Review Community & Church Etter Sets New School Sigourney Schools Record For Luther Sports and Activities Dan Etter, a senior co-captain for the Luther College track and field team, established a new school record in the 35lb. weight throw at the Luther College Alumni Meet held Feb. 18. Etter posted a mark of 52-2, surpassing the old record of 50-6, set by Trent Stonerook in 2010. Etter’s distance currently ranks fourth best in the Iowa Conference. Etter, a 2010 graduate of Sigourney High School, is the son of Bob and Gwen Etter of Sigourney.

Colbert Elected to Keokuk Co. COC Frank Colbert has been elected to the Keokuk County Committee (COC) for a 3-year term beginning in February. Frank represents LAA#2, which consists of Prairie, Adams, English Valley, Washington and Van Buren Townships. County Committees are a unique system, it offers producers participating or cooperating in federal programs a chance to administer the programs affecting the well-being of all producers in their COC jurisdiction. One of the reasons the Farm Service Agency is recognized for delivering its programs so well is because County Committees give FSA local expertise and guidance on information such as yields, productivity of the land, and local farming methods and practices. The Keokuk County Committee meets at 8:30 a.m. on the second Thursday of each month as needed. Occasionally a meeting is rescheduled. Contact County Office for updates.

Local Students Graduate from UofI The University of Iowa has released the names of the student who have graduated in the fall 2013 session. The University of Iowa awarded an estimated 1,500 degrees at the close of the fall session. (Names are submitted by the University of Iowa.) Keota • Justine Nicole Bombei, BA Health and Human Physiology; • Paige Marie Flynn, BBA Finance; • Paige Marie Flynn, CER Risk Management and Insurance; North English • Jaime Linn Knipfer, BA English; • Alexis Marie Lamb, BA Psychology; Sigourney • Kenya Susan Smith, BA Elementary Education.

Gibson Presbyterian Church Pastor: Hans Cornelder Worship, 10 to 11 a.m.; Sunday School, 9 to 9:45 a.m. Youth Group: Second Sunday of the month at 5 p.m.

Hope Lutheran Church, LCMS Rev. Dick Meyer 315 W. Kelly Street

Grace Family Church Rev. Dar Eckley, Pastor 23536 Hwy. 78, Ollie (between Hedrick & Richland on Hwy. 78) Sunday Worship, 10:15 a.m.; Sunday School, 10:15 a.m. RocKnowledge Youth Group Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.

Keswick and Webster Methodist Church Circuit Pastor: John Tunnicliff WEBSTER: Sunday school: 9:30 a.m. Worship service: 10:30 a.m. KESWICK: Sunday worship at 9:15 a.m.

Hedrick First Christian Rev. Carla Nelson Sunday School 9:45 a.m.; Gathering for Worship, 10:45 a.m.

Lancaster Christian Church Dirk Alspach 22934 W. County Rd. V5G 641-224-2255 Sunday School: 9 a.m.; Worship Service: 10 a.m. Sunday evenings from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Youth Group 7-12 grade.

Hedrick-Martinsburg United Methodist Church Carl Benge, Pastor 203 N. Spring St., Hedrick 641-653-4477 Sunday Worship: 8:45 a.m.; Sunday School, 10 a.m. Hilltop Chapel of What Cheer John & Pat DeBoef, Pastors 4 Blocks East of Opera House 506 E. Briney St., 641-634-2839

Sundays: Singing and Preaching at 10 a.m. Children’s Church at 10:30 a.m. Holy Trinity Catholic Parish Rev. Charles Fladung Rectory: 641-636-3883 Saturday Mass, 6 p.m. Sunday Mass, 8 a.m.

Church: 641-622-3777 Office: 319-668-2999

Saturday worship, 5 p.m.

Union Chapel (five miles north of Hedrick) Sunday School, 9 a.m.; Sunday Worship, 10 a.m.; Sunday Evening Service, 6 p.m. New Life Fellowship Pastor: Barry Render Hwy. 22 South, Keswick 319-738-3851 Sunday Services, Worship and Children’s Church at 10 a.m. Wednesday Evening Teaching at 7 p.m.; Youth Group at 7 p.m. Every third Saturday is Praise Night at 7 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 20: State Wrestling in Des Moines. Friday, Feb. 21: JHBBB vs Washington at 4:15 p.m. State Wrestling in Des Moines. Saturday, Feb. 22: Sigourney Ball Sign Up at HS (Late Fee Issued) from 9-11 a.m. State Wrestling Finals Des Moines. Wednesday, Feb. 26: End of Tri 2. Saturday, March 1: District FFA Contest in Mediapolis at 8 a.m.

Sigourney School Menu Feb. 19 through Feb. 26 Hawkeye Community Following is the breakfast and lunch menu served at the Sigourney Schools for the week of Wednesday, Feb. 19 to Wednesday, Feb. 26. Cereal is a breakfast alternative. Milk choices are offered with breakfast and lunch. 100 percent juice or fruit is offered with breakfast. BREAKFAST Wednesday, Feb. 19: Egg, potato rounds, toast. Thursday, Feb. 20: Fruit and yogurt parfait. Friday, Feb. 21: Breakfast wrap. Monday, Feb. 24: Long John. Tuesday, Feb. 25: Sausage gravy and biscuit. Wednesday, Feb. 26: Yogurt and donut. LUNCH Wednesday, Feb. 19: Sloppy Joe with bun, alt: hamburger, potato rounds, green beans, orange. Thursday, Feb. 20: Steak nuggets, romaine salad, glazed carrots, apple, bread/butter sandwich. Friday, Feb. 21: Chili dog, baked beans, baby carrots with dip, applesauce, rice crispy bar. Monday, Feb. 24: Rib patty with bun, alt: hot dog, corn mac, oven fries, fruit dessert. Tuesday, Feb. 25: Salisbury steak, potatoes and gravy, green beans, strawberries, whole wheat roll. Wednesday, Feb. 26: Spaghetti with meat sauce, romaine salad, french bread, peaches.

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Ollie Baptist Church Rev. Carla Nelson 641-667-2841 Worship: 9:30 a.m. Sunday School: 10:30 a.m. Thursdays: Potluck at 12 noon. Prairie View United Methodist Church Pastor, Dave Peterson 27131 Highway 78, Ollie 641-667-2502 Wednesday, Feb. 19: Church meetings at 6:30 p.m.; Prayer meeting at 7 p.m.; Patriotic Panthers 4-H at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23: Worship, followed by fellowship at 9 a.m. Sunday school at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25: Bible Study at 9 a.m. Richland United Methodist Church Pastor Carl Benge 106 W. South St., Richland Phone: 319-456-2251 Worship Times: Adult Sunday School, 9:30 a.m.; Sunday Service, 10:30 a.m. St. Mary’s Catholic Church Sigourney Rev. Charles Fladung Rectory: 641-622-3426 Prayer Line: 622-2877 Saturday Mass, 4 p.m. Sunday Mass, 10 a.m.

College Dean’s List Hawkeye Community College announces the Dean’s List for Fall Semester. The Dean’s List is official recognition of outstanding academic accomplishment by full-time students. To qualify for the Dean’s List, full-time students must have successfully completed 12 or more credits in the given semester with a major GPA of 3.50 or better for courses taken at Hawkeye Community College. The following students are on the Dean’s List for the Fall Semester: Brittney Hammen of Harper, Seth Swearingen of Sigourney and William Marble of Webster.

Senior Citizen Menu Feb. 20 through 27 All meals are served with fortified bread, margarine and two percent milk. There is a suggested donation for persons 60 years of age or older and their spouses of any age. Thursday, Feb. 20: Liver and onions, parsley butter potato, green beans, homemade wheat dinner roll, plums, ice cream cup. Friday, Feb. 21: Beef patty, wheat bun, potato wedge, sliced carrots and peas, ambrosia salad, orange juice. Monday, Feb. 24: Meat loaf, baked potato, sour cream, breaded tomatoes, peaches, orange juice. Tuesday, Feb. 25: Cream turkey, mashed potato, green beans Amandine, tossed lettuce salad, balsamic vinaigrette, red banana gelatin. Wednesday, Feb. 26: Roast pork, gravy, baby red potatoes, broccoli, fruit crisp. Thursday, Feb. 27: Chicken, noodles, marinated carrots, bananas and oranges, ice cream cup, vegetable juice.

Sigourney Christian Church Pastor: Jim Bringman 308 South Jefferson 641-622-2151 Sunday School: 9:30 a.m.; Adult Bible Study: 9:30 a.m.; Worship Service: 10:45 a.m. Bible Study is Sundays at 6 p.m. Elder Gathering meets the first Tuesday of the month at 6 p.m. Committees meet the second Wednesday each month at 5:30 p.m. The Board meets every second Wednesday each month at 6:30 p.m. Sister’s/CWF group meets every Thursday at 6:30 p.m. Sigourney Church of Christ Pastor: Billy Claywell 615 South Jefferson 641-622-3708, 641-622-3582 Sunday School at 9:30 a.m.; Worship with Communion Service at 10:30 a.m. Sunday Evening Service at 6:30 p.m. Sigourney First Baptist Church Pastor Joe Winkler 308 N. Jefferson St. S.S. Supt. Dorothy Jacobs 641-622-2786 Sunday School at 10:15 a.m. Worship at 9 a.m. Evening Worship at 6 p.m. Wednesdays Bible Study at 7 p.m.

Sigourney United Methodist Church Pastor: Richard Pippert Sunday Worship Service: 8:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. The Church Of Living Water Shane Jarr, Pastor 13 North Main St., Hedrick Sunday School, 9:30 a.m.; Sunday Worship, 10:40 a.m.; Evening Services, 7 p.m. Bible Study, Wednesday, 6 p.m. United Church of Deep River Pastor Michelle 319-664-3653 Sunday: Inspiration time, 10 a.m.; Worship, 11 a.m. Last Thursday of the month, UCW meeting. What Cheer Baptist Church Pastor: Dick and Jane Larson 641-433-0013, 641-790-1934 Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. Worship: 10:30 a.m. Kid’s Club and Adult Bible Study, Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. What Cheer United Methodist Church Rev. Vince Homan Sunday School, 9:30; Worship, 10:30 a.m. Youth Group, Wednesday from 6:30 to 8 p.m.


Salute to Keokuk County FFA

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

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Business Leaders Salute Keokuk County FFA Members Abell Auction & Real Estate LLC Agriland FS, Hedrick Amy’s Salon House & Spa Bain Electric Bell’s Collision Repair Bender Foundry Service, Inc. Brubaker Trucking Cassens’ Mill Century Insurance, Gary Bontrager Clarahan Hog Buying & Farms Clarahan Trucking Co., Inc. Copeland Auto Body, Hedrick Copeland Towing & Recovery, Sigourney County Bank, Member FDIC Crisis Intervention Services Delta Grocery Don’s Jewelry Doug Glandon Construction Faas Feed & Grain, North English Farm Bureau, Randy Miller Farmers Cooperative Farmers Savings Bank, Member FDIC

Fremont Funeral Chapel Garcia Carpet Gentry Insurance Greiner Real Estate & Auction LLC Holm Funeral Home Horak Insurance Ideal Ready Mix Insurance Services Group Jack Walker Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Jack’s Corner Drug Jackie’s Beauty Salon John Wehr, Attorney Keoco Auction Company Keokuk County Abstract Keokuk County Bowl Keokuk County Expo Keokuk County Health Center Keokuk County Implement Co. Keota Eagle Foods Keota Meat Processing Keota Veterinary Clinic LaKappCo, Inc., Delta Latta, Harris, Hanon & Penningroth, LLP Lyle Insurance Agency M4iconcrete Mahaska Health Partnership Hospice Services, Keokuk County Marshall’s Furniture & Flooring

Martin Construction MidWestOne Bank, Member FDIC Misc. on Main Modern Communications, Inc. Morse Feed & Grain, Inc. Multi County Oil Co. Northwestern Mutual Pilot Grove Savings Bank, Member FDIC/EHL Pizza Ranch Powell Funeral Homes, Inc. Prairie Mutual Insurance Association Ray-Man, Inc. Ridgeway Hardware Schroeder Alignment & Towing Sigourney Body Shop, Inc. Sigourney BP Sigourney Care Center/Windsor Place Assisted Living

Sigourney Financial Services Sigourney Shoe Repair Sigourney Turbo Wash Sloan Mohr Monument Co. STI/Sigourney NAPA Strobel’s, Inc. Subway, Sigourney The Garden Gate The Lumber Company Town & Country Insurance TruBank, What Cheer, Osky, Member FDIC True Value/Kay’s Furniture UI Health Care, Sigourney Van Dee Bins, Deep River Vittetoe, Inc. W.C. Gretter & Sons, Inc. Wayne (Pappy) Davis Trucking White State Bank, Member FDIC


Salute to Keokuk County FFA

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

The 2013-2014 Sigourney FFA Chapter is pictured above (front to back, left to right): Drayce Webster, Lane Boender, Nathan Fritz, Becca Ohland, Karah Appleget, Mateer Strong and Meredith Wheeldon; Derrik Peine, Sydney Davis, Maddi Wood, Cassy Leer, Gretchen Witzenburg and Danny Bechert; Adam de Regnier, Jeremiah Alspach, Shane Swearingen, Kevin Weber, Curtis Klett, Blane Long and JC Dumont; Keegan Michel, Chance Williams, Dallas Clubb, Courtney Herman, Terra Reed and Ashley Shadley; Victoria Bechert, Hannah Redlinger, Peyton Crawford, Blaine Gretter, Denny Haines, Zeb Webb and Johnny Dale; Will Magill, Christy Schimmelpfennig, Landon Helm, Maria Cline, Danielle Stout, Eric Meiners and Ben Appleget; Allison Schroeder, Anna Ohland, Will Flanegin, Avery Moore, Tyler Crawford, Kaden Benson and Aaron Michel; Bryce Goldman, Alec Schuster, Noah Boender, Collin Svenby, Sarina Gretter, James Barnett and Abbey Danowsky [photo by Robin Handy].

Reporter, Meredith Wheeldon — “Definitely, the Ag Issues team from State... What an adventure!”

Wheeldon, Drayce Webster, and Hannah Redlinger. With all the events going on students still managed to find time to grill for the home football games. Grilling hot dogs and hamburgers at the football games went fantastic as a fundraiser this year with active members involvement. FFA members grilled for all four home football games. The hamburgers and hotdogs were sent to the concession stand to be devoured by many hungry fans. Hamburgers were not the only food being sold by the FFA. Fruit sales went very good this year as members went out to the community to sell fruit, meat, cheese, and candy. Fruit arrived on December 10th and members spent the day sorting and filling boxes. The chapter is currently preparing for 2014 subdistrict and district contest that will take place in February and March. Members are practicing for events such as: Welding, Parliamentary Procedure, Conduct of Meeting, Ag Issues, Experience the Action, Creed Speaking, Reporters Scrapbook, Job Interview, Public Speaking, Ag Sales, Chapter Website and Chapter Program of Activities. As you see, the year was full of events. The Sigourney FFA chapter had a fantastic year full of fun and exciting memories. If you are ever interested in what’s going on with the Sigourney FFA Chapter you can check out their website found on the Sigourney Schools web page.

Secretary, Mateer Strong — “My favorite thing this year was traveling to National Convention... good memories and fun traveling.”

skills and be better engaged in the chapter. They attended seminars for their individual offices and discovered how to fulfill their duties and better encourage other FFA members to find their passion. When the summer breeze cooled and fall came around, students went back to school and the FFA jumped right in with National Convention and Soil Judging. The trip to Louisville, Ky. for The 86th National Convention was exciting as Adam de Regnier, Allison Schroeder, Abbey Danowsky, Will Magill, Drayce Webster and Mateer Strong toured the Midwest to attend an FFA tradition. They visited Church Hill Downs while in Louisville and the Caterpillar Museum in Peoria, Ill. The convention lasted fours days as the selected students attended seminars, the career fair, and various sessions. After the students came back from convention, they began to study for soil evaluation. Sub-District soil judging was held on September 18th in Mahaska County, The junior team placed first and Hannah Redlinger individually placed 2nd in the junior division. Gretchen Witzenburg individually placed 3rd in the senior division. The senior team placed 3rd to advance onto district contests. Even though the soil judging team advanced on from sub-districts, they fell short this year at districts competition; they were unable to make it onto the state contest as they had the previous year. The district team included: Nathan Fritz, Gretchen Witzenburg, Adam de Regnier, Meredith

Treasurer, Karah Appleget — “It was the Tractor Pull during Spirit Week!”

President, Becca Ohland — “Spending the afternoon with everyone sorting the fruit was one of my favorite things this year.”

sales and the petting zoo. Plant sales went very well this year as the greenhouse cleared out one flat at a time. Most of the plants sold clear out as the chapter gathered funding for the numerous yearly activities. The horticulture classes were busy seeding, watering and managing the flowers and plants in the Greenhouse as they matured and blossomed. The 2013 petting zoo was a huge success with over sixteen different types of animals. Zeb Webb brought an Emu and a Pot Belly Pig, while JC Dumont and Ethan Weber brought river catfish. Goats, frogs, rabbits, ducks and quail were also a few of the other animals attending. Students from the elementary came to the High School Ag Shop in the morning to learn about the different animals and visit with the FFA members. As school got out and the warm summer air emerged, FFA students were still busy. Drayce and Dalton Webster entered his 1952 Allis-Chalmers Tractor into the State and County Fair this year. It was entered in the Group Restored Tractor Class and placed 3rd. The tractor was restored in the Ag Mechanics class during the winter and was on display throughout the entire State Fair. During summer vacation, the officer team attended the District Leadership Camp for Chapter Officers where they learned how to develop their

Vice President, Nathan Fritz — “I liked hanging out with everyone grilling this year.”

chapter worked hard to prepare for contests and their work payed off with some very grand awards. Subdistricts contests were held on February 18th in Montezuma and Sigourney had 11 members in 7 different contest advance onto districts. Districts were held right here at Sigourney on March 9th, 2013. At districts, we had nine contests and four advanced onto state. State contests were a success this year with 17 participants and four gold ratings from the Sigourney Chapter. Valorie Magill placed 3rd in Chapter Website. The Ag Issues team consisting of Ethan Weber, Dalton Webster, Gretchen Witzenburg, JC Dumont and Meredith Wheeldon placed 5th. Mateer Strong was the creed speaker who also engaged in state contests. The Parliamentary Procedure team composed of Courtney Herman, Becca Ohland, Ashley Shadley, Katie Dillon and Curtis Klett also competed at the State Contest. We had four students Karah Appleget, Jeremiah Alspach, Shane Swearingen and Valorie Magill receive their Iowa Degrees, which is the highest Degree the State FFA Associations can bestow on members. Students were also testing their musical talents at state convention by applying for the State FFA Band and Choir. Hannah Redlinger, Katie Dillon, Ashley Shadley, Gretchen Witzenburg, Derrik Piene, Mateer Strong, and Cassie Leer were all selected to be part of the State FFA Band and Choir. Both band and choir performed live on stage at the convention. Brianna Goldman participated in State FFA Talent, where she danced live on stage. With Spring, also came plant

Sentinel, Lane Boender — “I had a lot of fun with the fruit sales.”

Sigourney FFA Reporter, Meredith Wheeldon As the old year comes to a close, we take a look at the highlights for the Sigourney FFA Chapter. Numerous events took place this year, with 18 Greenhands making the total chapter membership 66. The Petting Zoo, Fruit Sales, National and State Conventions, Contests, State Fair, Soil Judging, and Iowa Degrees were just some of the various activities the Chapter took part in this year. The officer team included President Becca Ohland, Vice President Nathan Fritz, Secretary Mateer Strong, Treasurer Karah Appleget, Reporter Meredith W h e e l d o n , Sentinel Lane Boender, Officer-At-Large Drayce Webster and Advisor Mr. Jerry Driscoll. Our FFA year started with the chapter banquet held in the cafeteria of the High School on April 3rd. The Star Greenhand was Mateer Strong. The retiring officers inaugurated the new officers into their duties. The Outstanding Sophomore Award went to Nathan Fritz. Becca Ohland received the Outstanding Junior Award and Valorie Magill received the Outstanding Senior Award. More awards included: Eddie Conrad was awarded Outstanding Leadership, Outstanding Chapter Member was Alex Shadley, Outstanding Service went to Ethan Weber, Appreciation Award was given to Josh Moore. The Dekalb Scholarship was given to Dalton Webster. Denise Conrad was gifted with the Honorary Chapter Member. Drayce Webster brought a homemade cake; marinated tenderloins were served for dinner. Looking back to last winter, there was a lot going on. The

Officer At Large, Drayce Webster — “It was the good competition at the Soil Judging this year.”

Sigo u rney FFA Chapter

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Salute to Keokuk County FFA

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

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En g l is h Va l leys FFA The 2013-2014 English Valleys Bears FFA Chapter is pictured above (front to back, left to right) Dakota Olson (president), Paige Hester (Secretary), Tanner Icenbice (Sentinel), Davis Axmear (Reporter), Taylor Harriman (Reporter) and Mrs. Flander (Advisor); Aaron Gent, Kellan Horris-Coppinger, Ben Duello, Brennen Grimm, Ross Fawcett, Ryan Smith, Ambrose Coffman and Dyllan Bowman; Allison Voss, Zachary Axmear, Gabe Trimpe, Adam Grove, Bo Yuldashov, Clayton Morrison and Peter Conrad; Katherine Miller, Kate Duello, Lexie Moore, Sadie Westfall and Darian Blaylock; Mary Cheney, Dorothy Cook, Austin Decker, Wyatt Olson, Adam Kerkove and Andrew Kerkove. Not pictured - Dillon Sanders (Parliamentarian), Dylan Miller, Colton Miller, Trevor Frazier (Treasurer), Kaitlyn Cook and Connor Armstrong [photo by Adam Meier]. By Kristin Flander, English Valleys FFA Advisor FFA week is a time to stop and reflect on what the FFA chapter has done over the past year. Last February, we traveled to subdistrict contest in Montezuma. Issac Conrad welded and received a silver and Dakota Olson participated in extemporaneous speaking and received a Gold and advanced to District convention in Sigourney. At District convention in March, Dakota Olson was elected as Southeast District Vice-president and also participated in extemporaneous speaking and received another gold and advanced to State convention in April. April is always State FFA Leadership Conference in Ames. We had members participate in State Conference. Dorothy Cook and Connor Armstrong participated in the Greenhand quiz and both received a silver placing. Dakota Olson participated in extemporaneous speaking and received a silver rating. Our Agricultural Sales team was comprised of Ryan Smith, Kate Duello, Jordan Armstrong and Trevor Frazier. They received a silver rating. Paul Gent and Dillon Sanders also went to serve as chapter delegates

and Tanner Icenbice went along as a chapter representative. Klint Schmitt and Dakota Olson also received their Iowa FFA degree. In April Dakota Olson participated in the Iowa Youth Institute. He researched Haiti and presented solutions to their agricultural challenges that the country faces. He was chosen to represent English Valleys in the fall Global Youth Institute, which is a part of the World Food Prize. April also was the beginning of a very successful FFA greenhouse sale. SUMMER ACTIVITIES In June English Valleys chapter officers traveled to Mediapolis for a chapter officer training camp. In July things start to get busy again with county fairs. This year Dakota Olson showed swine at the Iowa County Fair. August brings about the Iowa State Fair. Dakota Olson and Tiffany Rodgers showed swine. Jordan Armstrong exhibited in the FFA photography exhibit. FALL ACTIVITIES We had five freshman travel to Mid Prairie to Greenhand Fire up in September — an opportunity to learn more about where

FFA can take students. Dakota was chosen as a Norman Borloug scholar in April, so he was invited to attend the Global Youth Institute in Des Moines during the World Food Prize. English Valleys FFA members also traveled to two soil judging contests this September — the participants at Sub-District contest were Davis Axmear, Trevor Frazier, Dakota Olson, Paige Hester, Dillon Sanders, Tanner Icenbice. District contest was held in Muscatine and the participants for that contest were Davis Axmear, Dakota Olson, Paige Hester and Trevor Frazier. October is always a busy month for the FFA because National Convention is held during this month. Dakota Olson, Trevor Frazier, Dillon Sanders, Ryan Smith, Connor Armstrong, Aaron Gent, Paul Gent, Kate Duello, Lexie Moore and Dorothy Cook all traveled to Louisville, Ky. for the trip. We had a great trip and the three days were crammed with different tours, career shows and listening to nationally known speakers. In December some members participated in the FFA Christmas party. We traveled to Des Moines to Uncle Buck’s and bowled and enjoyed some time together.

Ke ota FFA C h apter The 2013-2014 Keota FFA Chapter is pictured above (front to back, left to right): Kelsi Sieren, Cara Hahn, Kolton Greiner, Justin Hultman, Brooke Sieren and Callie Greiner; Nick Ives, Jacob Wickenkamp, Ryan Chalupa, Maggie Baker, Mallory Ladehoff, Maitland Sieren, Madison Sheetz, Luke Lyle and Sam Ollinger; Kaylin Swanson, Megan Adam, Erin Chalupa, Abby Schulte, Cortney Hyman, Nate Sieren, Isaiah Hahn and Paden Uphold; Miranda Romoser, Lexi Black, Avery Conrad, Cole Brenneman, Jack Eakins, Riley Conrad, Cole Stout and Jace Uphold; Luke Greiner and Marty Baker. Not pictured were Hannah Reed, Raigan Sprouse, Derek Berg, Matt Slaughter, Shane Gibson and FFA Leader Robert Ortiz [photo submitted]. Submitted by Kelsie Sieren The 2012-2013 year was a good year for the Keota FFA Chapter. The members kicked off the year with a hayride to Derek Hammen’s house. When they arrived they had hotdogs and marshmallows. Contests are a big part of the FFA. District and State contests consisted of Welding, done by Maggie Baker and Hannah Reed, the Ag Sales Team included Maitland Sieren, Brian Berg, Luke Lyle and Callie Greiner, and Maggie Baker and Hannah Reed sang in the choir. Brooke Sieren, Maggie Baker, Hannah Reed, Madison Sheetz, Kelsie Sieren, Miranda Romoser and Callie Greiner went to the National Convention. Fruit Sales, as always, was another success with everyone pitching in to help.

The year’s FFA Week had Reading Relay on Tuesday, Tractor Day on Wednesday and the Faculty Breakfast was on Friday. When spring came we held a Farm Safety Day for the elementary. At the end of the school year we had the FFA Banquet to recognize everyone for their accomplishments. Megan Olson, Cara Hahn, Kolton Greiner, Brooke Sieren, Callie Greiner, Madison Sheetz, Kayla Romoser, Ryan Chalupa, Miranda Romoser, Kyle Huber, Derek Hammen, Isaiah Hahn and Abby Shulte participated in County and State Fairs. To end the year off, members of the chapter, some parents and Striegel finished the Eagle Trail.


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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Pekin FFA Celebrates 2014 National FFA Week

Salute to Keokuk County FFA

This year’s theme is Ignite and it embraces more than 80 years of FFA traditions while looking forward to the organization’s future. Designated as National FFA Week in 1947, the week of George Washington’s birthday is FFA Week, and runs from Saturday to Saturday. FFA Week gives members an opportunity to educate the public about agriculture. During the week, chapters conduct a variety of activities to help others in their school and community learn about FFA and agricultural education. Pekin FFA members will celebrate National FFA Week by preparing their annual FFA Week Breakfast for the Pekin faculty, staff and parents. Members will also attend the Sub-District Leadership Conference at Lone Tree on February 17. Pekin FFA is proud to have eight members that have earned their Iowa FFA Degree and will be receiving that award in April. Those members are Jessica Horras, Allie Philips, Logan Lamb, Cole Reighard, JD Hollingsworth, Matthew Jones, Kyle Miller and Avery Bennett. Today’s FFA members are the innovators and leaders of tomorrow. Through agricultural and hands-on learning, they are preparing for more than 300 career opportunities in the food, fiber and natural resources industry.

Peki n FFA C h apter

Pekin FFA Chapter 2014 is pictured above (front to back, left to right): Matthew Jones and JD Hollingsworth; Petie Clubb [student-advisor], Jessica Horras [president], Allie Philips [photographer], Becky Phillips [reporter] and Shae Oostra [secretary/treasurer]; Jared Bond, Apryl Knox, Cassie Clubb, Kaylee Swearingen, McKenna Gambell, Taylor Lock and Ligeia Ervin (standing); Malcolm Myers, Austin Fariss, Ryan Millikin, Bonnie Becker, Paige Baetsle, Jordan Handy, Mackenzie Martin and Kate Conger (standing); Beth Atwood, Nikole Arendt, Sloan Reighard, Zach Conger, Hunter Swearingen, Bridget Fritchen and Madelyn Baker; Mallory Reed, Ryan Swanson, Brody long, Kyle Miller and Avery Bennett; Eric Adam, Cade Millikin, Cole Reighard, Matthew Bollinger and Haven Walker; Jake Huff, Blake Maeder, Tommy Hampton, Logan Lamb, Clayton McKim, Spencer Essary and Jarret Matley [photo by Robin Handy].

Tr i- C o u nt y FFA The 2013-2014 Tri-County FFA Chapter is pictured above (front to back, left to right): Trevor Clemens, Zachary Strohman, Ethan Bair, Kyle Leer, Jake Brumbaugh, Dillon Ehret and Megan Striegel; Luke Bombei, Ben Edmundson, Hanna Acord, Emma Bair, Jessie Maxwell, Ginny Schmidt and Joe Haberling; Mr. Steinhart, Lane Williams, Natalie Steinke, Jordan Hartwig, Abbey Hartwig and Zach Bolinger; Clay Harper, Bailey Davis, Walter McKay, Tyler Hynick, Jacob Bombei and Ryan Daughenbaugh [photo by Jamie Maxwell]. It is hard to believe it is already FFA week again. FFA week is an exciting time for Tri-County FFA because we get to take a moment and reflect upon all of our activities from the previous year. In reflecting upon this past year, it is difficult to pass up on an opportunity to brag a little about the accomplishments our students have made. There have been so many outstanding achievements, it is almost difficult to decide where to begin. As we prepare for our FFA sub-district competitions held at Oskaloosa on Monday, Feb. 14, it is worth while to start our reflection at sub-districts held last spring at Montezuma. Members from Tri-County FFA were thrilled with their results last February at sub-district FFA competition as six out of seven groups competing were able to advance on to districts. There were so many FFA members competing at the district FFA convention in Sigourney last spring, we filled up a bus getting everyone to the competition. At districts, students performed very well and one was able to advance to state. This student, Sarah Striegel, not only advanced to state in public speaking, but she won the state level of the competition and got to represent our FFA chapter at National FFA Convention last October. Sarah was able to receive a silver rating at the national level in the Prepared Public Speaking competition. At State FFA Convention last April, we had students compete in agriculture communications, agriculture sales, and the aforementioned public speaking competition. Students in the agriculture communications and sales competitions represented our FFA chapter very well and received high ratings from judges. Students also represented our chapter at State FFA Convention included Ethan Bair and Kylie Davis when they received their Iowa FFA Degrees. The Iowa FFA Degree is the highest FFA degree an FFA member can receive from the Iowa FFA Association. Adam Striegel represented Tri-County at State FFA Convention when he ran to become an Iowa FFA state officer. Although Adam didn’t gain election, he was a credit to our FFA chapter and community. Megan Striegel represented Tri-County FFA as an FFA Rising Star finalist from the Southeast Iowa FFA district. Megan

received recognition for her award on stage in Hilton Coliseum. Throughout the summer, FFA members exhibited their supervised agriculture experience projects at multiple county fairs. Our chapter hosted a one mile and 5K fun run, and petting zoo at the Keokuk County Fair. Students created an FFA float for the fourth-of-July parade in What Cheer, and FFA officers took a retreat to Red Rock Lake to plan events for the upcoming school year. The summer events culminated in student projects being exhibited at the Iowa State Fair. A highlight was Ethan Bair chaperoning the Iowa FFA officer team through the Parade of Champions with his Percheron draft team and Skunk River Drafts wagon. The school year began with students competing in soil judging competitions and a livestock judging contest. Students placed well in these skill events, but weren’t able to advance to the state. In early October FFA members collected trash on Highway 22 west of Thornburg and participated in a hay-ride new member welcome afterward. Students also attended National FFA Convention in Louisville, Ky. where Sarah Striegel participated in the prepared public speaking contest and Adam Striegel received his American FFA Degree. The American FFA Degree is the highest degree an FFA member can achieve. Additional activities to finish out 2013 included a fruit sales fundraiser, harvest breakfast fundraiser and a Christmas toy drive for local youth. January and February of 2014 have been spent in preparation for this year’s FFA competitions. Trevor Clemens, Luke Bombei, Megan Striegel, and Sarah Striegel, received awards for their supervised agriculture experience projects at the end of January in the FFA proficiency program. Sarah Striegel also had her American FFA Degree reviewed and will receive the degree this October in Louisville. Hopefully by the time you read this article, students will have competed in the subdistrict FFA contest and have advanced on to the district competition. Students at Tri-County have many exciting events planned for FFA week. If you see any FFA members around the community, please congratulate them on an outstanding 2013.


The Tri-County Tribune Activities and Menu By Mandy Clemens

Sports Spotlight By Ryan Gallardo

THORNBURG - This quick Sports Spotlight is Sports Spotlighting Dalton Ehret, who plays the point guard for the Tri-County basketball team. Despite this being an offensive position, Dalton prefers playing defense, because it’s fun. He’s humble enough to claim that no notable in-game achievements come to mind, but he did say that he wanted to improve on his ability to make free throws. How does he plan to go about doing this? Well, his number-one priority for the rest of the season is to make more free throws. May many opportunities for these free throws come his way.

FFA Spotlight by Alexis Leer

The first FFA spotlight is Emma Bair. She is a sophomore in high school. She has been in FFA for two years now. She is an officer, she is the reporter. Emma thinks FFA benefits people because you can learn a lot about leadership. Some of her favorite memories are competing in creed speaking, going to officer retreat and tubing at officer retreat. Emma says “I would definitely encourage people to join FFA because you learn so much and you get to take part in things that you may not get to. It teaches you a lot and you always have fun with your members.”

Monday, February 17th, there is a Snow Make-up Day. Breakfast is cereal, toast, and fruit. Lunch is Chicken nuggets, macaroni & corn bake, sandwich, and fruit. Tuesday, February 18th, breakfast is Blueberry bubble bread, egg omelet. Lunch is Beef-N-Noodles, mashed potatoes, roll, green beans, and apple crisp. Wednesday, February 19th, breakfast is cereal, toast, and fruit. Lunch is BBQ beef patty, party potatoes, green beans, and fruit. Thursday, February 20th, there is State Wrestling. Breakfast is bagel, hashbrown, and fruit. Lunch is Mandarin orange chicken, savory rice, peas, and egg roll. Friday, February 21st, State Wrestling continues. Breakfast is Biscuits & gravy, egg patty, and fruit. Lunch is Corn dog, sweet potato fries, celerycarrots-peppers combo, and fruit.

In My Opinion Gun Control

Should the Government be able to take away our guns? No. They shouldn’t be able to touch our guns, unless we get in trouble with them. Guns help keep people safe. Some people only have guns for safety. The people that want them taken away say that it would be safer without them. But there are a lot of things that shouldn’t be around if they want society to be a “safer” place. Alcohol has no real benefit to society, but it’s still around, people can drink all they want, so they should be able to bear arms too. Guns don’t kill people, people kill people, and if someone was breaking into your house, would you want to be able to protect yourself? What about walking around towns by yourself, would you want to be able to protect yourself if someone was going to rape you or murder you? People say to rely on the police, but especially around here police probably can’t get to you very fast. Congress passed the Second Amendment a long time ago. This amendment protects our rights to keep and bear arms. So taking guns away would be going against our constitutional rights as American citizens. Yes, guns are easy to get, but most people that have guns don’t randomly shoot people. Should everyone be able to buy a gun? Convicted felons, fugitives, drug addicts, and people who have a past of domestic or other violence shouldn’t, but as long as you’re not you should be able to get a gun without a problem. Around here a lot of people hunt, so they kind of need guns for that. Guns may not always be used for self defense, but they do make you a lot safer then not having one. And shooting someone in self defense isn’t murder. It’s self defense. Shouldn’t you be able to protect yourself if someone’s coming at you?

Trivia *Cats are unable to detect sweet

tastes. * In ancient times, musical instruments were made out of bones. *Lilliput was the name of the town in which the fictional character Gulliver found the race of tiny people.

Mystery Car My owner is a senior this year. She is involved in speech and drama. She is on student council and National Honor Society.

This Week in History By Ryan Gallardo

THORNBURG - Ever been curious about the interesting occurrences that took place throughout history on the days of February 16-22? Taking your continued reading as a “yes”, I must say that you’re quite out of luck. Exceedingly little of interest went down on that particular week -- save for one day, however -- and where would the fun be if we began with that? No, let’s begin with February 16th, throughout history! Hardly anything of interest has ever happened on February 16th. Take my word for it. Moving on. February 19th, however, was marginally cooler -- Thomas Edison patented the phonograph on this day, in 1878 (think “record player). Thirty-one years previously, the first batch of rescuers made it to a group of pioneer families who got stranded in the snow on their way to California. These families happened to have been here for awhile; long enough for their stories to be famously known as those of the Donner party. Too bad most of the people there still had a few weeks left before who was left could be evacuated. The 18th had some rather diverse historical moments to be noted: On February 18, 1885, Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was published. Ninety-four years later, snow fell in the Sahara desert for the first and last time known to man, and twenty-two years after that, legendary NASCAR racer Dale Earnhardt died in an accident during the Daytona 500. But don’t worry, it gets better. Edison may have patented the phonograph on February 16th, 1878, but John Greenough patented the sewing machine on February 21, 1842 (not as cool, but way more practical). The 21st was a big day for inventions; in 1804, the first self-propelling steam locomotive debuted in Wales, and in 1878 the first telephone books were issued in New Haven, Connecticut. 108 years after that, the first copies of The Legend of Zelda were issued in Japan, which has arguably aged much more gracefully than the phone book. On the birthday of George Washington in 1732 and the death-day of Chuck Jones in 2002, February 22nd, a Broadway show was put on in 1983. The play, titled Moose Murders, was bad enough to make it legendary -- one critic described it as being “the season’s most stupefying flop -- a show so preposterous that it made minor celebrities out of everyone who witnessed it, whether from on stage or in the audience.” These things are all well and good, but most of them are hardly worth mentioning; February 17th, however, is pretty cool. On February 17th, the Blaine Act ended the U.S. Prohibition in 1933, a U.S. Army private stole a military helicopter and buzzed the White House with it in 1974 (he eventually landed it with a few bullets in him, though neither Nixon nor his wife were even relatively close to the White House at the time), Russian world champion of chess beat an IBM-designed chess-playing computer in 1996 only to be beaten by a newer version of it fifteen months later, and a bunch of celebrities were born -- Larry the Cable Guy and Michael Jordan in 1963, Billie Joe Armstrong in 1972, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Paris Hilton in 1981, and Ed Sheeran in 1991. Wasn’t that just worth reading this whole article to find out.

Mystery Photo By Jordan Hartwig

The mystery photo is a thing in the hallway. The first hint that whenever you walk in to a class room you see it. The photo is a thing that can be turn at the rotation of your waist. The second hint is that I am silver in color. I can be found anywhere that you go in the school. The final hint is I’m on a room that you can find in a book that you like to read.

Senior Spotlight By Mandy Clemens

This weeks senior spotlight is Lucas Earl Ewing. He was born Oskaloosa, IA on December, 15th 1995. His family include him, his mother Carol, and his dog, Woody. Lucas’ favorite color is blue. Favorite food is Chinese. His favorite TV shows are Two and a Half Men and Fast ‘N’ Loud. Lucas like to listen to any kind of music except for country. His hobbies are hanging out, boxing, and enjoying life. We asked him what his favorite memory at Tri-County was and he said he didn’t have a favorite. He thinks there are too many that he will look back on for years to come. His favorite advice was “Most of life, is just showing up!” Lucas’ plans after graduation is to finish his welding degree at Indian Hills Community College, then after he graduates there find a job as a welder.

The second FFA Spotlight is Luke Bombei. He has been involved in FFA for 2 years now and he says his favorite part of FFA is getting to meet new people He has an SAE Project, last year he was in Conduct of Meetings and the Envirothon, this year he isgoing to do Ag issues with a few of his friends. He says he would definitely recommend doing FFA to someone else, because it is a great experience and will teach valuable life lessons and you also get to meet to new friends that you would have never been able to meet.

Valentine’s Treats THORNBURG-Mrs. Andre’s second grade class was lucky enough to get

the oppourtunity to bake cookies with Mrs. O’Rourke’s first hour advanced foods class. They experiences the whole process from rolling the dough to decorating them. After the kids decorated the cookies they were nice enough to share them so even the teachers got a sweet treat today, Above is Mrs. O’Rourke and a wonderfull volunteer parent helping some of the kids roll out their cookie dough. Below are Hanna Acord, Kyle Leer and Nick Watts, students from the foods class also helping the kids.

Staff Spotlight By Tori Brackelsberg

This week’s Staff Spotlight is Tegtmeier. She has been teaching since 1985 which totals up to be 29 years. She has been teaching at Tri-County for a little less than that having started here in 1987. To obtain her teaching degree she was a panther an went to college at University of Northern Iowaf How long have you been teaching: I have been teaching since 1985. Currently she lives in Keswick with her husband Steve. Her Favorite quote is Attention teenagers: Are you tired of living with stupid parents? Act now!! Move out, get a job, pay the bills while you still know everything! Her biggest hobbies include spending time with family and friends, reading, cooking and playing cards and her advice to those who want to be a teacher is to spend time working with children to make sure it is something that you like. She says her best memory here at Tri-County is seeing the students she had succeed later in life.

State Speech by Michaella Ferns TCM Wrestling A big congratulations to Ben Edmundson from Tri-County and Cale Lat-

cham from Montezuma on making it to districts. They both did a great job to be able to compete and made Tri-County and Montezuma pround.

HIAWATHA- The speech kids had a busy day Saturday, February 8th when four speech groups traveled to Linn-Marr schools in Hiawatha to compete at State Large Group Speech. The four groups were choral reading performing “Crimestoppers,” Ensemble Acting performing “The Role of Della,” One Act Play performing “The Brute,” and last but not least Reader’s Theater performing “Pride and Predjudice and Zombies.” All four groups recieved 1’s at districts and at state ratings of two 1’s and a 2 meaning all four groups recieved overall ones. A big thanks to Mr. Hrasky and Mrs. O’Rourke for doing such a great job at coaching and all the parents who came and supported the speech kids. Tri-County Speech is the Mouse that Roared!


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The Iowa Senate, last week, reacted to the increase in LP fuels by approving SF 2110, a $2 million supplemental appropriation to the Division of Community Action Agencies to assist low income Iowans with heating bills. The $2 million is to come from the General Fund. Senator Ken Rozenboom, R-Oskaloosa, offered an amendment to strike the source of the funding (General Fund), but to increase the funding to $2.9 million using $1.9 million of loan repayment money from an economic development account and $1 million from administrative expenses. The amendment failed. SF 2110 passed the Senate on a vote of 41-8. On Wednesday, last week, the Joint House and Senate Agriculture and Natural Resources Appropriations subcommittee heard from Dr. Pat Halbur, head of Iowa State University’s Veterinary Medicine Diagnostic Lab. Dr. Halbur gave an interesting update on the progress being made in the

search for an answer to the PedV problem in Iowa’s swine herds. He called the Diagnostic Lab “the Ultimate Example of the Land Grant mission.” We are hoping to increase funding to allow for additional employees at the Lab. New to the tasks being performed at the Diagnostic Lab is a test to identify Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). New tests have been developed requiring blood samples being pulled from live animals. Previously, the only test available was done post mortem, and involved taking cultures from the brain. This new test is an important step for those who own hunting preserves, and it is equally important for the State. There was a time, not so long ago, when it appeared the State was going to require a Hunting Preserve in NW Iowa to depopulate. The cost of the Indemnity Payment to the owner of the hunting preserve was “considerable.” The new CWD test allows animals not carrying the disease to be held back to rebuild

The News-Review Opinions & Editorials the herd, this saves the state a nice chunk of change. At the same meeting, Pheasants Forever made a presentation asking for increased funding for water quality and habitat improvement in hopes of re-growing the pheasant population in Iowa. The 2011 pheasant population was the lowest ever recorded since roadside surveys began in 1941. The 2011 harvest was 109,000 birds. Last year, during the 2012 hunting season hunters reported harvesting 238,000 pheasants. Iowa’s pheasant decline is tied to both weather and habitat loss. Experts say the recent string of low pheasant counts (2008-2011) is due to the five consecutive years of severe weather from 2007-11, and a decline in habitat. Preferred spring habitats for pheasants are grasslands such as hay, oats/ wheat, and Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) fields. Preferred winter habitat is CRP or wetlands. As CRP lands have become ‘old,’ the fields are becoming less inviting to pheasants and other nesting birds. Mail sent to me here at the Capitol should have the zip code 50319, and the Capitol Switchboard phone number is 515-281-3371. My Legislative email address is: sandra.greiner@ legis.iowa.gov

Week 5 on the Hill was very busy with subcommittee work, bill development, and the beginning of floor debate in the House. This week we passed legislation out of the House prohibiting doctors from dispensing abortioncausing drugs remotely through a video-conferencing system, a bill keeping e-cigarettes out of the hands of children, and a bill addressing youth turkey hunting licenses. The drone bill, HF 427, which I have been chairing and managing, passed the Public Safety committee unanimously. I plan on discussing this bill more in depth in a future newsletter when it comes to the floor for debate. This week the House passed HF 2194, which changes the date in which the state sets supplemental state aid (often called allowable growth). This bill would change the law regarding funding of our local school districts. Since 1993, the state is required to set the amount of aid for the next school year within 30 days of receiving the Governor’s budget proposal. I supported this bill to remove the 30-day requirement because it leads to more stable budgeting for our local school districts. In FY2012, the legislature began setting two-year budgets, which included setting school funding for those two years as well. All HF 2194 does is continue this practice for all legislatures going forward. This legislation allows us in each odd-numbered year to set allowable growth for the fiscal year beginning that calendar year, and the fiscal year beginning the next calendar year. I believe by removing the 30-day law we are allowing the budget process to resolve itself and allow for some growth in our schools, rather than complying with the 30-day law and giving 0 percent allowable growth. HF 2194 passed with bipartisan support. It is also important to give you some history on the funding issue. Last session the House and Senate passed a budget that included 4 percent Supplemental State Aid for FY 2015 (2014-2015 school year). Governor Branstad signed this budget. In addition to those increases last year, we approved a bill to send an additional $150 million out to school districts through the new Teacher Leadership Compensation sys-

tem, allowing districts to hire hundreds of new teachers across the state. We have not set FY 2016 because it would be unwise for this General Assembly to set Supplemental State Aid for the FY 2016 without knowing revenues for that year based on budget targets we are still working through. We are trying to avoid the situations occurring in the past. Since FY 2010 the State has overpromised in 6 different instances. FY02 – Across the Board Cut ($74.1 million), FY03 – School Aid appropriation was underfunded by the state ($13.5 million), FY04 – Across the Board Cut ($39.3 million), FY09 – Across the Board Cut ($31.9 million), FY10 – Across the Board Cut ($227.2 million), and FY10 – School Aid appropriation was underfunded by the state ($156.1 million). To put this individual budget in perspective, 2 percent growth in the education budget is $50.8 million and 4 percent growth equals $123.6 million additional dollars. The total budget for both the Department of Natural Resources and Department of Agriculture is $40.8 million, and looking at modest growth in one time expenditures. The Governor is proposing total for Education $982.7 million. I also want to address a popular statistic being used stating putting Iowas spending per pupil at 37th. First, while this stat is provided by the unions, I have also seen stats from the US Department of Education showing Iowa in 28th place. Different comparisons can vary wildly. Second, those stats are for the 2011/12 school year when Iowa was digging itself out of a nearly $1 billion budget gap (ie, the state was spending nearly $1 billion more than it was bringing in revenue). Fortunately, we have voted to increase growth in the education

budget, and implemented reforms but have not yet to bear fruit. It should also be noted for FY 2015, Iowa is spending about $10,000 per K-12 student every year. The state’s share of education funding is at its highest level in the last 30 years, and due to sound budgeting over the past few years, Iowa is second in the nation for post-recession education funding increases. We were able to accomplish this while filling the state’s cash reserves, emergency reserves, and making Iowa one of the best-run states in the nation. On another popular topic, with the Iowa Senate State Government Committee approving a study bill regarding allowing fantasy sports contests. The bill has received subcommittee approval in the House and remains in the House State Government Committee. Currently, there are an estimated 200,000+ Iowans who participate in these contests each year, adding to the millions of citizens across the US. The purpose of the bill is to allow Iowans to participate in these contests and win certain prizes with no limit on the monetary value. Fantasy sports contests are a growing trend that began with baseball back in the 1980’s, and have exploded in popularity throughout the years. Today, everything from baseball, basketball, football, NASCAR and even fantasy Congress contests (at both state and federal level) are conducted. Participants in these contests choose different athletes, either at college or professional levels, based on the athlete’s statistics to form a team. Every week, these participants set a lineup to play against other participants’ teams, where points are awarded based on the athlete’s statistics. The participant with the most points at the end of the sports season typically receives some type of prize; it could be anything from cash, draft picks for the next season or mere bragging rights. Concerns have been issues raised with using these contests to create leagues with amateur athletes and other issues especially at the collegiate level. Additionally, some have questioned an age-limit for these fantasy contests participants. Regardless of the issues, due to popular culture and heightened sports interest, the outcome of the bill is watched by many Iowans as it progresses through the legislature. Contact me at 515-281-3221, or email me at Jarad.Klein@legis. iowa.gov.


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Keota Meat Processing Keota Transmission & Repair Keota Veterinary Clinic LaKappCo., Inc. Lyle Insurance Maplewood Manor McCulley Culvert Inc. Greiner Real Estate & Auction, LLC MHP Home Health & Hospice Services Farm Bureau Insurance, Menster/Miller

Latta, Harris, Hanon & Penningroth, LLP McDonald Bone Yard & Auto Recycling Prairie Mutual Insurance Association Modern Communications Olde English Barber Shop Sigourney Care Center/ Windsor Place Assisted Living Terry Schroeder Frame & Alignment State Farm Insurance, Rodger Redden Pilot Grove Savings Bank, Member FDIC

These area businesses take great pride in recognizing the hard work and dedication of these student athletes. The teamwork earned the Keota Eagles the crown of 2013-2014 SICL Basketball Champions. The team is pictured (front to back, left to right: Tristan Roehrig, Jason Ree, Jace Uphold, Cole Stout, Zach Mousel, Paden Uphold, Jacob Wickenkamp, Derek Berg, Kolton Greiner, Justin Hultman, Nate Sieren, Shane Gibson, Avery Conrad, Nate Owens, Luke Lyle, Isaiah Hahn and Ryan Chalupa. Also pictured are the Eagle seniors cutting down the championship basket [photos by Adam Meier].

Congratulations, Keota Eagles!

2014 SICL Champions

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Abell Auction & Real Estate Agriland FS, Hedrick Amy’s Salon House & Spa B & L Welding Bain Electric Bell’s Collision Repair Bender Foundry Service, Inc. Brenneman Construction, Inc. Cassens’ Mill Clarahan Trucking Co., Inc. Copeland Towing & Recovery Crop Production Services English Valley TV & Electronics Farmer’s Lumber Co. Garcia Carpet Gentry Insurance Greiner Crop Service Gretter Autoland Healing Arts Hinshaw Trailer Sales Holm Funeral Home Hometown Market Horak Insurance Ideal Ready Mix Jack’s Corner Drug Jack Walker CDJ Jackie’s Beauty Salon Jim Tinnes Trucking John N. Wehr Just My Style Keoco Auction Co., LLC Keokuk County Abstract Keokuk County Health Center Keokuk County Implement Co. Keota Eagle Foods

Keota Meat Processing Keota Transmission & Repair Keota Veterinary Clinic LaKappCo., Inc. Lyle Insurance Maplewood Manor McCulley Culvert Inc. Greiner Real Estate & Auction, LLC MHP Home Health & Hospice Services Farm Bureau Insurance, Menster/Miller

Latta, Harris, Hanon & Penningroth, LLP McDonald Bone Yard & Auto Recycling Prairie Mutual Insurance Association Modern Communications Olde English Barber Shop Sigourney Care Center/ Windsor Place Assisted Living Terry Schroeder Frame & Alignment State Farm Insurance, Rodger Redden Pilot Grove Savings Bank, Member FDIC

These area businesses take great pride in recognizing the hard work and dedication of these student athletes. The teamwork earned the Pekin Panthers boy’s basketball team the crown of 2013-2014 SEISC North Basketball Champions. The team is pictured (front to back, left to right: Brady Donovan, Cade Millikin, Cole Reighard, Christian Wittrock and Petie Clubb; Coach Mitch Mohr, Ryan Millikin, Eric Adam, Jared Bond, Brody Long, Keaton Winn, Kyle Miller and Coach Ken Hutchinson [photo submitted].

Ollinger Electric Phelps Auto Supply Pizza Ranch Powell Funeral Homes PTL The Shop Miller Auto Body Misc. on Main Ray-Man, Inc. Ridgeway Hardware River Products Co. Inc. Sigourney BP Sigourney Body Shop Sigourney Financial Services Sigourney Pride Sigourney Shoe Repair Shop Sloan-Mohr Monument Company State Farm Insurance, Kelli Steil STI Strobel’s, Inc. The Garden Gate The Lumber Company The News-Review/Keota Eagle The Pro-Line Building Company The Roost Tap Thomas Grocery TruBank, Member FDIC True Value UI Health Care, Sigourney Vittetoe, Inc. Walk “ER” Drive Thru Wayne (Pappy) Davis Trucking W.C. Gretter & Sons, Inc. White State Bank, Member FDIC Wolf Floral Inc. Wolfe Family Vision Center Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Congratulations, Pe k i n Pa n t h e r s !

2014 SEISC North Champions

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The News-Review Area Athletics First Goal Met by Panthers 2-11-2014 Pekin 59, WACO 26 2-14-2014 Pekin 60, Danville 67 By Adam Meier, Regional Sports Editor

TCM’s Ben Edmundson held his man down for the pin [photo by Adam Meier].

Edmundson & Latcham Fall Short 2-15-2014 1A District 5, Pleasantville By Adam Meier, Regional Sports Editor

Although neither Kale Latcham nor Ben Edmundson advanced past Districts on Saturday and onto State, the day still served as a great learning experience for the two underclassmen. Latcham, a freshman and 106-pounder on Scott Edmundson’s Tri-County/ Montezuma wrestling squad, was pinned in his opening match by West Marshall’s Ross Randall and was then eliminated by EBF’s Anthony Rea via a fall in the third-place match. Latcham’s freshman season

was still incredibly impressive, though. Following Saturday, his season recorded ended at an even 18-18. Joining Latcham at Districts in Pleasantville on Saturday was another underclassmen, sophomore Ben Edmundson. Edmundson was pinned by Iowa Valley’s Zach Russell in his first match, but bounced back to pin Moravia’s Dallas Price to stay alive for wrestle backs. However, in wrestle backs Edmundson was pinned by West Marshall’s Cooper White, sending the TCM sophomore home in third place in the district. Edmundon’s finally tally for his sophomore season was 32 wins and 14 losses.

Every team wants to reach the State Tournament, but if that goal isn’t met, every team wants something positive to fall back on. No matter what happens for the Pekin boys’ basketball team in the District playoffs, the Panthers have a SEISC North conference title that automatically makes their 201314 season a success. The Panthers clinched an outright conference championship on Tuesday with a 59-26 win at WACO, giving them a 16-2 conference record for the season. A dominant defensive performance in which the Panthers held the Warriors to single-digit scoring in each of the four quarters put a stamp on Pekin’s in-conference season. The Panthers grabbed an 11-point lead after the first quarter and increased that lead to 32-15 at the half. WACO managed just three points in the third as the Panthers entered the final eight minutes leading 49-18, before Pekin inserted its reserves for much of the fourth. Leading the way with 14 points on six-of-nine shooting was senior point guard Petie Clubb. Clubb also finished with seven rebounds, six assists and two steals. Brody Long had 13 points, 12 rebounds, three steals and two blocks, while Cade Millikin ended the night with 11 points and seven assists. Jared Bond added eight points and Christian Wittrock and Keaton Winn each scored four. The Panthers finished their regular season with a nonconference matchup with Danville on Friday at Southeastern Community College in West Burlington. Pekin was outscored by a 23-13 count in the fourth quarter to fall by a score of 67-60. An abundance of costly turnovers in the final two minutes of the game ultimately doomed the Panthers. Bond had a team high 18 points on 9-of-13 shooting

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TC’s Success Built on the Fly 2-10-2014 Tri-County 35, HLV 34 2-11-2014 Tri-County 32, Lynnville-Sully 48 2-14-2014 Tri-County 50, Sigourney 65

By Adam Meier, Regional Sports Editor

In the three seasons prior to this one, the Tri-County boys’ basketball team had amassed a combined three wins. The Trojans already have eight this season and a successful season like this one has been a long time coming. “We’ve been through a lot,” Tri-County senior Austin Blythe said. “We started probably in the fourth grade with me and Nick (Watts); Tyler (Lally) was at EV and Trenton (Steinke) and Kyle (Leer) didn’t actually start till their sophomore years. Really we’ve had a lot of new experience. To be able to come together now and start playing well – it’s just going to be really sad when it’s all over.” Tri-County and its five seniors picked up their eighth win of the year last Monday in overtime at HLV. The Trojans trailed by four at the half before gaining a 27-25 lead heading into the fourth. The Warriors tied the game up at 31 apiece after four, sending the game into overtime. The TC defense allowed just three points in overtime to the Warriors, allowing the Trojans to come away with the 35-34 win. Blythe led the team with nine points and three assists. Watts finished with six points, eight rebounds and three assists. Trenton Steinke pulled down 14 rebounds, blocked two shots and added six points on the night. Tyler Lally and Jake Brumbaugh each scored five points while Leer added four. while Millikin finished with 16 points and drilled four ‘3s’. Long added ten points; Clubb finished with eight points and seven assists, and Eric Adam pitched in four points. The loss gives Pekin a final regular season record of 17-3. The Panthers will play the winner of Seymour (3-16) and Melcher-Dallas (3-17) on Thursday at 8pm. The winner of Thursday’s game will play winner of Wayne (128) and Moulton-Udell (1010) on Tuesday, Feb. 25, in Centerville at 6:30pm.

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Lynnville-Sully’s stellar defense held the Trojans in check the next night to come away with a decisive 48-32 win. Blythe, Watts and Lally each scored eight points in the game. TC ended its week on Friday at Sigourney and saw its offense catch fire in the first three quarters. The Trojans drilled eight 3-pointers in the game, yet still trailed 34-32 at the half. The Trojans struggle to contain the penetration of Sigourney’s Blaine Gretter and Kevin Weber and fell off the pace in the fourth quarter. The Savages outscored TC 15-5 in the final eight minutes on their way to a 65-50 win, avenging their loss earlier in the season in Thornburg. Blythe led TC in scoring with 19 points on 6-of-11 shooting, including three-of-five from 3-point distance. Watts added 12 points, eight rebounds, five assists and three blocks. Lally and Steinke each scored six points and Brumbaugh added five. Despite losing their last two games of last week, the Trojans’ season has been a great success, relative to the past three years. “We have really gained a lot more this year than what we did in my first three years,” said Blythe. “We won a combined four games in my first three seasons combined. It feels really good to be able to come out and have a chance for our ninth win and our first playoff win in a while. It’s been a good year.” Tri-County begins its post-

TC’s Austin Blythe finished with 19 points at Sigourney [photo by Adam Meier]. season push on Wednesday, Feb. 19, at home against English Valleys. The winner will play Meskwaki at Meskwaki the following night at 8pm. “We need to improve on passing, looking up the court, taking better shots,” Blythe added. “We need to keep working on our fundamentals.”

Bears Drop Three Heading Into Districts 2-10-2014 English Valleys 28, Montezuma 56 2-11-2014 English Valleys 46, North Mahaska 61 2-14-2014 English Valleys 42, Lynnville-Sully 81 By Adam Meier, Regional Sports Editor The English Valleys boys’ squad encountered a trio of tough tests last week heading into the district playoffs. Montezuma’s superb defense held the Bears in check last Monday, helping the Braves run away for the 56-28 win. Sam Schauer, Trevor Frazier and Adam Kerkove each scored seven points for EV, while Kellan Coppinger added four and Tanner Icenbice scored three points and pulled down a team high eight rebounds. The Bears came home and hosted North Mahaska the following night and fell, 61-46. Despite the loss, senior guard Brian Nachtman still had a night to remember. Nachtman went five-for-seven from 3-point distance to finish with 15 points and five rebounds. Icenbice was just one rebound shy of a double-double, ending the game with ten points

and nine rebounds. Schauer had an excellent game as well, scoring ten points and pulling down seven rebounds. Kerkove pitched in six points and Frazier added five. The Bears outscored the Warhawks 14-7 in the fourth quarter but couldn’t do enough to make up a 22-point thirdquarter deficit. EV simply could not slow down a potent Lynnville-Sully offense on Friday. The Hawks scored 23 points in both the first and fourth quarters to pull away for the 81-42 win. Icenbice led the way for EV with 14 points and nine rebounds, while Coppinger scored 11 points and grabbed five rebounds. Schauer pitched in with eight points and five rebounds and Nachtman added six points on two 3-pointers. EV will open district play on Wednesday, Feb. 19, against Tri-County in Thornburg. Tipoff is scheduled for 8pm. The winner will play Meskwaki at Meskwaki the following night at 8pm.


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EV’s Stars Supplemented by Parmenter 2-6-2014 English Valleys 55, Sigourney 45 2-11-2014 English Valleys 36, North Mahaska 37 By Adam Meier, Regional Sports Editor

Rylee Voss (15.6 p.p.g.) and Lauren Miller (13 p.p.g.) are two of the top five scorers in the SICL this season. While their talent and value to the Bears is undeniable, there are a handful of EV girls whose contributions to the Bears cannot be downplayed. One of those EV girls is Madison Parmenter, a versatile senior forward who can score from inside or out. Parmenter’s 7.4 points per game, 5.4 rebounds per game and 21 3-pointers have been key in helping the Bears secure fourth place in the South Iowa Cedar League. As good as she has been though, Parmenter only credits the team around her for making her such an important piece. “I feel like I’ve played better this year, but only because of my teammates,” said Parmenter, EV’s most efficient shooter from beyond the arc. “We’ve all worked together better and that makes each of us better individually.” Two weeks ago Parmenter and her EV team headed to Sigourney to play a much improved Savages’ team that gave the Bears all they could handle earlier in the season. The Bears came out with supreme confidence and were nearly automatic shooting from the outside. EV climbed out to a 26-16 halftime lead before putting the game out of reach with a 19-point fourth quarter. Seven 3-pointers, including

two by Parmenter, proved to be the difference in the 55-45 win that helped get the Bears back on track after losing four of their last five games. “We played well together as a team,” said Parmenter, who had eight points, five rebounds and three assists. “We have a lot more confidence and we talk a lot better than we used to. It feels really good to get out of that little losing streak we had. It feels awesome.” Lauren Miller led the charge with 21 points, including four 3-pointers, while Rylee Voss had 13 points and an incredible 19 rebounds. Shannon Steffen added seven points and Sam Banes pitched in six points and 11 rebounds. Last Tuesday a gritty fourthquarter comeback fell short for the Bears at North Mahaska, as the Warhawks held on for a 37-36 win. Miller scored 17 of EV’s 36 points, as Voss, Parmenter and the rest of the Bears were held in check. The loss ended EV’s regular season conference record at 13-7, which put them alone in fourth place. EV’s strong senior group will be putting its teammates to the test after the tough loss heading into Regionals to make sure the Bears maintain a sharp focus. “We (seniors) teach the others how to have a good attitude and you’re going to get mad sometimes, but you can’t let that affect your game,” said Parmenter. The Bears hosted HLV in the first round on Tuesday at 7pm. The winner will play the winner of North Mahaska and Belle Plaine on Friday, Feb. 21, at 7pm in North English.

Eagles Upset IV & Advance Past Lone Tree 2-11-2014 Keota 38, Iowa Valley 36 2-13-2014 Keota 61, Lone Tree 51 By Adam Meier, Regional Sports Editor

Just like they did last season, the Keota girls are running on all cylinders down the final stretch of SICL play and into Regionals. A 38-36 win last Tuesday over conference champion Iowa Valley lifted Keota’s winning streak to five heading into its postseason opener against Lone Tree. The Eagles handed the Tigers just their second loss of the season and they did it with defense. The 36 points were the fewest of Iowa Valley’s season and the Tigers shot just 14-of-39 (36 percent) from the field. Although the Eagles did not shoot well from the field (30 percent), they rebounded and defended exceptionally well. Keota out rebounded the Tigers 38-28 and finished the game with ten steals, including three from Sierra Lyle. After trailing for nearly the entire final three quarters, Keota finally regained the lead with just over a minute left in the fourth. Lyle made a tough layup to give Keota a 36-34 lead with about 65 seconds left on the clock. Lyle finished with ten points on four-of-seven shooting and grabbed six rebounds. Iowa Valley’s Anna Herrmann tied the game back up at 36 with a layup on the Tigers’ next possession. Shortly after, Keota’s Madison Sheetz drew a foul and hit one-of-two free throws to put the Eagles ahead 37-36 with 26 seconds left. Lily Seye missed a 3-pointer on IV’s following possession and the loose ball went off of Iowa Valley, giving the Eagles the ball with ten seconds left in the fourth. Sierra Lyle proceeded to draw a foul and make oneof-two free throws to put Keota up 38-36 with eight seconds left. On IV’s final possession, Jackie Kriegel missed a contested layup as time expired to give the Eagles the win. Brooke Sieren matched Lyle’s ten points and added two steals and two assists. Kelsi Sieren finished with seven points and

Keota seniors left to right Justin Hultman, Derek Berg, Shane Gibson, Kolton Greiner, Luke Lyle; each with their own bit of the championship net [photo by Adam Meier].

Keota Finishes Up at 20-1 2-10-2014 Keota 63, North Mahaska 54 2-11-2014 Keota 56, Iowa Valley 46 By Adam Meier, Regional Sports Editor

After having already wrapped up the conference championship the prior week, the Keota boys’ basketball squad went into the final week of the regular season with relatively little pressure. Despite not playing their best basketball, the Eagles still won each of their two games last week, albeit in less than stellar fashion. North Mahaska came to town last Monday and hung with Keota for four quarters, only to come up short, 63-54. A third quarter in which Keota outscored the Warhawks 20-10 proved to be the difference in the game. The Eagles led by just a single point at the half before cranking up their game to take an 11-point lead into the fourth. Keota’s 49-38 lead after three quarters held up in the nine rebounds; Madison Sheetz had six points, seven rebounds and four assists; and Maggie Baker added four points, three rebounds and a block. The win improves Keota’s conference mark to 12-8, which is good enough for a fifth-place finish, one game behind English Valleys. A monster fourth quarter by the Eagles and sensational game from Madison Sheetz lifted Keota past Lone Tree in the first round of Regionals last Thursday. The game was tight throughout, with Lone Tree holding

fourth, as the Eagles went on for the nine-point win. Three big individual performances were vital in the Eagles’ win. Leading the way with 20 points on 7-of-16 shooting was Kolton Greiner. Not far behind Greiner in the scoring column was Luke Lyle. Lyle went 6-for-12 from the field and finished with 18 points, seven rebounds and four steals. Going five-for-nine from the field with 14 points, 15 rebounds and three assists was Nate Owen. Derek Berg added six points, four rebounds, four steals and three assists. Conner Hehli and Trent Wanders each scored 14 points for North Mahaska. A fast start the next night at home against Iowa Valley was the difference in the game this time. The Eagles got out to an 18-9 lead after the first quarter, maintained that lead throughout a two-point lead at the half and heading into the fourth quarter. That’s when the Eagles came alive. A 22-point fourth quarter coupled with good free throw shooting down the stretch proved to be the difference. Madison Sieren made all eight of her free throws, hit three 3-pointers and finished with 17 points in Keota’s 61-51 win. The aforementioned Sheetz went 11-of-13 from the field and ended the night with 22 points, 12 rebounds, three blocks and three steals. Also coming up big for Keota was Kelsi Sieren. The senior had 11 points, eight rebounds and eight assists against the Lions. Brooke Sieren added six points and Callie Greiner pitched in a ‘3’. The Eagles moved on to play at Winfield-Mt. Union on Tuesday, Feb. 18. The winner of that game will get the winner of IMS and Prince of Peace on Friday, Feb. 21, at 7pm in Winfield.

Conger’s Season Ends at Wilton 2-15-2014 1A District 8, Wilton By Adam Meier, Regional Sports Editor Pekin’s Trenton Conger saw his season and high school wrestling career come to an end on Saturday at District’s in Wilton. The 220-pound senior was eliminated from State contention after losing his only two matches on Saturday, leaving his season record at 31-12. Conger was pinned in his first match by West Branch’s Drew Finnegan (25-5), before getting defeated by Regina’s Jared Brinkman (26-13) in a 3-0 decision. Wilton’s Logan Reddick won the District title at 220 pounds and is 38-10 on the season.

the game, and eventually held on for the 56-46 win. The sluggish Keota squad slowed down considerably in the second quarter and allowed the Tigers to get right back in it. The Eagles only managed to score seven points in the second quarter and went into the locker room leading 25-21. Lyle and the Eagles got going again in the third, though. Lyle was automatic from 3-point range last Tuesday, before the Tigers switched to a box-and-one and started face guarding him. Still, Lyle went nine-for-ten from the field, made six 3-pointers and finished with 24 points, ten rebounds and three assists. The senior helped Keota put together a good third quarter in which the Eagles outscored IV 19-12. Keota maintained a solid lead for the rest of the game and held on for the win, 56-46. Greiner added 14 points and Owen scored 13 with ten rebounds. Greiner has scored just three fewer points than the SICL’s leading scorer, Luke Lyle. Lyle is averaging an even 20 points per game following the Iowa Valley game, while Greiner sits at 19.8 p.p.g. Keota’s postseason begins on Thursday, Feb. 20, against the winner of North Mahaska and HLV. The game will be played at 6:30pm at Montezuma. The winner will play the winner of Montezuma and Belle Plaine on Tuesday, Feb. 25, at 6:30pm in Brooklyn.

EV Gets Three of Four to Des Moines 2-15-2014 1A District 8, Wilton By Adam Meier, Regional Sports Editor

Every district in the state is difficult to get through, and Class 1A’s District 8 in Wilton was no different. The Bears sent four wrestlers to Wilton on Saturday and advanced three of them to this week’s State Wrestling Tournament in Des Moines. Only junior Blake Ealy came up short. Ealy’s first match came against 1A’s number 4-ranked wrestler at 113 pounds, in Wapello’s Jack Walker. Walker edged Ealy, who is ranked ninth, by a count of 3-1. Ealy pinned Durant’s Noah Cawiezell in the third-place match but didn’t get a chance at wrestle backs, as Highland’s Bryce West, who is ranked first at 113 in 1A, pinned Walker in the first-place match. Ealy ended his season with a 31-6 mark. At 120 pounds, fourth-ranked junior, Sheldon Ealy, pinned New London’s Reno Chiri in his first match of the day, before falling to Lisbon’s Nick Williams, 4-3. Still, Ealy did not need to wrestle back and earned a State berth. Tenth-ranked Zach Axmear did more than just qualify for State on Saturday; he won a district championship. Axmear, a freshman, pinned Van Buren’s Hunter Coffman to get into the first-place match, where he pinned Regina’s Casey Beaver. EV’s third State qualifier came in the form of junior Brennen Grimm. The 182-pounder pinned Van Buren’s Mitch Garrels in his opening match, before winning a 6-4 decision against North Cedar’s Adam Poduska to earn the district crown and a berth to State. The EV wrestlers compete in session three on Thursday, Feb. 20, at Wells Fargo. Session three, includes Class 1A’s first round and consolations, begins at 7pm.


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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Pekin Fights off Bears in Round One

One Point Ends TC’s Season

Pekin 55, BGM 42

2-13-2014 TC 37, Melcher-Dallas 38

By Adam Meier, Regional Sports Editor

Sigourney’s Shane Swearingen has excelled at distributing all year [photo by Adam Meier].

Finale Brings Out Sigourney’s Best 2-10-2014 Sigourney 33, Lynnville-Sully 52 2-14-2014 Sigourney 65, Tri-County 50 By Adam Meier, Regional Sports Editor

The dwindling number of games on the 2013-14 basketball schedule has brought out the best in the Sigourney boys of late, sparking them to win three of their last four games of the regular season. After last Monday’s hardfought 52-33 loss at secondplace Lynnville-Sully, the Savages came home to play a Tri-County team on Friday that beat them in overtime earlier in the season. “We wanted to get them back,” senior Shane Swearingen said about the Trojans. “It was a tough game up there. Both teams played hard. They’ve improved a lot from previous years. We just really wanted to get them back.” And get them back they did. The Savages came out of the locker room with an added purpose on Friday knowing that it’d be their last game inside their home gymnasium and walked away with a 65-50 win, wrapping up their conference slate with a 6-14 mark. “We brought the energy early; we’ve struggled with that a lot this year,” said Kevin Weber, another Sigourney senior. “We got out of the gates quick, kept it going and put a full game together.” The Sigourney offense was clicking as soon as the Savages stepped on the court. The Savages topped their 16-point first quarter scoring output with 18 more points in the second period, including three on a Blaine Gretter buzzer beater right before the half. Gretter finished with 21 points on 9-of-16 shooting, along with ten rebounds and four steals. Although the Savages were cooking on the offensive end in the first half on Friday, TriCounty managed to counter by playing some of its best offensive basketball of the season as well. Seemingly everything the Trojans threw up hit the bottom of the net, as Tri-County went into the half trailing by just two, 34-32. TC hit eight ‘3s’ on the night. That hot shooting would last for the Trojans however, and the Sigourney defense began turning up its intensity at the

start of the second half. The Savages slowed down the TC offense to an extent in the third quarter by holding the Trojans to 13 points, before shutting it down completely in the fourth. Sigourney made a point to stop Tri-County’s leading scorer, Austin Blythe (15.8 p.p.g.), from getting to the rim like he did in the earlier meeting, and forced the Trojans to score from the perimeter. “We really struggled on the defensive end last time against Tri-County,” Swearingen said. “Blythe really beat us up last time. He’s a good player, but tonight we really controlled him. I think that was the difference. We played much better defense and shared the ball well.” Swearingen and the Savages kept Blythe in check in the final eight minutes and held the Trojans to just five points in the period, helping Sigourney pull away for the 15-point win. Swearingen finished the game with five assists and is averaging 3.4 per game. “I’ll always take open shots, but if I’m not open I’m not going to force anything,” added Swearingen. “I’ll try to get my teammates good looks, because getting people open shots is one of the keys to good basketball.” Weber finished the night with 18 points and four assists, while sophomore Peyton Crawford added 13 points on six-of-nine shooting. Jordan Albert and Colby Kerkove each had six points on two 3-pointers. As a team, Sigourney shot 24-of-48 (50 percent) from the field. “It’s great walking out of there and looking at the scoreboard having a win,” said Weber. “I feel like we’re bringing everything together here late in the season. We seniors know our days are limited. We’re the ones that have set the tone in practice and I think we’re doing a better job of that to maximize our potential.” The Savages opened up district play on Monday, Feb. 17, at Melcher-Dallas against Moravia. The winner will play Van Buren (17-3) on Thursday, Feb. 20, at 6:30pm in Pekin.

A matchup that pitted one of the SICL’s best teams with one of the SEISC North’s best was ultimately decided by the play of the best player on the court. 23 points, 19 rebounds and seven steals by Pekin sophomore Beth Atwood proved to be the difference in the Lady Panthers’ 55-42 win over BGM in the first round of the Class 2A Regionals. “Beth Atwood’s game was one of the best overall games I have seen,” stated Pekin head coach Davis Eidahl. The Panthers needed every ounce of Atwood’s effort along with a balanced effort to get past the Bears and end their season with a mark of 16 wins and six losses. BGM ran out to an 8-2 lead in the first quarter before the Panthers cut it to 12-10 heading into the second. The two swarming defenses wrecked havoc on each teams’ offense, resulting in a mess of turnovers on both sides. The Panthers managed to gain a 23-20 lead heading into the half and the difference was Pekin’s ability to break the BGM full-court press to get a number of easy baskets. Guards Gwynne Wright and Samantha Wright, along with Atwood, were able to slither around the long, athletic BGM press and find the likes of Jess Horras, McKenna Gambell and Madelyn Baker in the paint for timely buckets. Samantha and Gwynne combined for five assists on the night. It was the Pekin defense that helped the Panthers gain and maintain a lead, though. “Our defense carried us in the first three quarters,” said Eidahl. “We made too many turnovers on offense. The last quarter, our offense got on track and we were able to get a good lead.” The Panthers led 33-30 after three periods but got a quick 3-pointer by Sam Wright to extend their lead to six. Wright had nine points on the night. The Pekin offense found its rhythm during the final eight minutes on its way to 22 fourth-quarter points. Down the stretch, good free throw shooting by Atwood and Gwynne Wright helped seal the deal. Gwynne finished with seven points and made five of her six free throw attempts. Gambell finished with six points on the night while Horras and Baker each had four. “Jess Horras and Tiana Slaney came off the bench and helped get our offense going,” added Eidahl. “Sloan Reighard also came in to give Beth a rest and came up with two steals and a defensive stop late in the third. Cassidy Tolle also had a key assist to Beth late in the third.” Next up, the Lady Panthers play at two-loss, SICL champion Iowa Valley. The game was played on Tuesday, Feb. 18., with the winner moving on to play the winner of EBF and Van Buren on Friday, Feb. 21 in Marengo at 7pm. “We have our work cut out for us Tuesday against Iowa Valley,” Eidahl said. “Our girls are ready to accept the challenge.”

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By Adam Meier, Regional Sports Editor

Sigourney’s Jordan Carter went up through contact for two [photo by Adam Meier].

Savages Break Away to Round 2 2-13-2014 Sigourney 58, Cedar Valley Christian 41 By Adam Meier, Regional Sports Editor

Before saying anything about this game, it should be noted that Cedar Valley Christian has the state’s leading scorer (33.2 p.p.g.) and rebounder (16.4 r.p.g.), in Shelby Hembera. After saying that, the Sigourney girls played one of their better offensive games of the season and moved on to the second round with a 58-41 win last Thursday over Cedar Valley Christian. Hembera put up her usual numbers on the board, scoring 34 points and grabbing 23 rebounds, but a handful of Savages came through with sensational games of their own, starting with junior forward Jordan Carter. Carter finished with 22 points on 10-of-17 shooting and grabbed nine rebounds in the win and remains Sigourney’s leading scorer at 10.8 p.p.g. In addition to Carter’s big game down low, the Savages got superb production from senior point guard Sydney Davis. Davis went five-for-seven from the field for 11 points, while dishing out an impressive 11 assists. A third Savage put big numbers up on the board in the first-round win: Becca Ohland. Ohland continued her incredible season rebounding the ball

by pulling down 12 rebounds, in addition to her seven points, three assists and two steals. Ohland is averaging an even ten rebounds per game on the season. Sigourney led by just three points after the first quarter but forced turnover after turnover in the second quarter to increase its lead. The Savages’ press caused problems for Hembera and the rest of Cedar Valley Christian, and was responsible for a number of easy breakaway layups after steals. 21 points in the second quarter helped the Savages take a 33-13 lead into the locker room at the half. Sigourney’s defense wasn’t as strong in the second half as it was in the first, but its

Some say that a blowout loss is easier to swallow than a close one. For the Tri-County girls’ squad, it goes without saying that Thursday’s 38-37 loss to Melcher-Dallas in the first round of Regionals isn’t something that will be easy to move on from. The Trojans trailed by just three points at halftime and maintained contact through the third quarter and into the fourth. Tri-County played its best offensive basketball of the game in the final eight minutes, scoring 14 points in the fourth. However, Melcher-Dallas also put together its best offensive quarter in the fourth, countering TC’s 14-point outburst with 12 of its own to hold on for the 38-37 win. Statistics from the game were not available at press deadline. The Trojans finish their season with a record of 1-21 but have a wealth of talent returning next season. The team should return ten of its 12 players, including four starters. offense kept firing and tallied 17 more points in the third. With a 48-30 lead heading into the final period, Sigourney stayed composed and ran down the clock on offense to come away with the 58-41 win. Maddi Wood and Karah Appleget each scored six points in the game, while Kacey Cranston and Sierra Davis added three apiece. Mateer Strong pitched in two points and a steal. The Savages tallied 15 steals as a team. Sigourney played New London at New London on Tuesday, Feb. 18, in the second round. The winner will play the winner of Burlington, Notre Dame and WACO on Friday, Feb. 21, at Burlington.


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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

The SK Savage Wrestling squad was caught in action last Saturday gettin’ the job done at Districts; pictured above (left to right, top to bottom): 1) Nathan Fritz and Coach Cooper chatted during injury time in wrestle backs. 2) Green fought to the end with EBF’s Cody Brown. 3) Lane Boender displayed his strength against L-S’s Meyer. 4) Gage Greiner scrambled with his opponent from Belle Plaine. 5) Tucker Fowler earned a second shot at State. 6) Streigle made quick work of Massengale [photos by Adam Meier]. 2-15-2014 1A District 5, Pleasantville By Adam Meier, Regional Sports Editor

For four Sigourney-Keota wrestlers, the dedication to the one goal they’ve had since the start of the season has paid off. For three others, the pain and disappointment of coming up short is something they’ll be forced to deal with and move past. Jeremiah Green, Gage Greiner and Cole Streigle all

came up short of qualifying for this week’s State Wrestling Tournament in Des Moines. Green, a senior at 132 pounds, started his day off well with a pin of West Marshall’s Chad Berrey. SK’s Green then matched up with EBF’s Cody Brown, whom Green had already defeated this year. Green recorded a trio of takedowns in the first and second periods to gain a lead. Brown kept after Green though, and caught him late in the second period to get

a near fall and a lead. Green aggravated an existing knee injury during the scramble and couldn’t get any more offense going in the third period, as he fell 14-8. With his knee still causing him problems, Green went into wrestle backs against Iowa Valley’s Drake Healey. Green couldn’t do what he needed to produce any offense and was eliminated by Healey, 6-0. Green finished his senior season with a 39-11 record. At 152 pounds, junior Gage Greiner was beaten twice in a strong weight class. Greiner’s first match resulted in a pin by West Marshall’s Jared Johnson. Greiner was

Four Savages Make State then forced to forfeit after getting injured against Belle Plaine’s Joey Schwenn to end his season at 20-17. Cole Streigle was also dealt a difficult draw at 170. Streigle was pinned by West Marshall’s Dale Hilleman in his first match but bounced back to pin BGM’s Colton Massengale to stay alive. In wrestle backs though, Streigle was matched up with EBF’s Dillon Pigsley, who pinned Streigle. Streigle, a junior, ended the season at 22-10. SK’s first qualifier of the day came in the form of sophomore Lane Boender. Boender, SK’s 145-pounder, won his first match against LynnvilleSully’s Manny Meyer by a score of 7-6. Boender was

then pinned by EBF’s Blake Marolf, last year’s runner-up at State, but advanced anyway without having to wrestle back due to a Manny Meyer win in the third-place match. At heavyweight, SK junior Bryce Brown didn’t need any outside help to get to State. Brown started his day with a pin of L-S’s Shannon Dunsbergen, before clinching a State berth with a pin against Columbus Junction’s Dawson Dahlke. Senior Tucker Fowler will be making a return trip to State after pinning Iowa Valley’s Jeremy Nebraska and getting some help from Nebraska in the third-place match. “I just wanted that Iowa Valley kid to win so I didn’t have to have that wrestle back and I could just move on,” Fowler said about watching IV’s Nebraska and West Marshall’s Tyler Casady wrestle. Fowler was pinned by WACO’s Tate VanDyne in the first-place match, but advanced nonetheless to reach his goal. “I would call it hard work at first, but then you get

past it and just strive toward your goal. You start enjoying every practice to work at getting what you want.” Fowler talked about the value of experiencing the big stage of State last year as a junior and how that will help him this time around. “It makes a lot of difference [returning to State for a second time,”] said Fowler. “I was shocked when I first walked in last year. I was really nervous and had to wrestle the Number 1 ranked kid. I’m better now and more equipped for it. I’ll be ready to go.” Joining Fowler, Boender and Brown on the mat in Des Moines this week will be junior Nathan Fritz. Fritz started his day with a win in a 6-2 decision over BGM’s Storm Ribby before getting pinned by EBF’s Jeren Glosser. In wrestle backs, Fritz did what he needed to do to advance by pinning IV’s Lucas Krakow, giving the Savages four representatives at the State Tournament, which begins on Thursday. Class 1A will wrestle in session three, which is scheduled to begin at 7pm.

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