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UMC Youth Group Fundraiser Lunch

TSP Donation ....................... Pg. 2 Members of Sigourney UMC youth group on Saturday, Aug. 2 are embarkTC Tribune ....................................Pg. 3 ing on a once in a lifetime mission Obituaries .......................................... Pg. 4 trip to Puerto Rico, where they are Society News ...........................................Pg. 5 sharing God’s love with the poor and disadvantaged there. As the Calendar of Events ......................................Pg. 6 eleven youth group members comMilestones .................................................... Pg. 6 municate the gospel and minister to those in need, they desire to Care Center King & Queen ............................. Pg. 6 make an eternal difference in Church Directory ............................................Pg. 7 the lives of the people they are Preacher’s Corner .......................................... Pg. 7 serving. At the same time, those traveling to Puerto Rico expect to Political Columns .........................................Pg. 8 come home with a better underClassifieds ................................................. Pg. 9 standing of the daily struggles Legal Notices ....................................... Pg. 10 faced by much of the world’s population. Pekin Basketball ........................... Pg. 12 To help fund this advenSHS Boys Bball .....................Pg. 13 ture of faith and service, the group TC/EV Basketball ...........Pg. 14 are serving a lasagna lunch on Sunday, March 2 in the Sigourney Wrestling ..................... UMC dining room. Items on the menu Pg. 16 include: homemade lasagna, salad, garlic

What Cheer Plans to Celebrate 100 Years In 2015 What Cheer is celebrating it’s Sesquicentennial. In conjunction with this the What Cheer Brick School Museum is working on a new book featuring the photographs received for the photo project. Family histories are encouraged to be submitted. Community members are encouraged to turn in any old photographs to the What Cheer City Hall to be scanned and returned. The deadline is January 2015 to get everything prepared. Submissions may be emailed to If you have any questions contact Margie Thomas at 641634-2692 or

Affordable Care Act The effect of the Affordable Care Act on Small Business is the subject of a free presentation Monday, March 10 at the Sigourney Public Library from 11 a.m. -12 noon. Changes in the coming healthcare environment make it important to understand the choices for small business owners. Dennis Larkin of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) in Cedar Rapids is conducting the seminar for small business owners on the Affordable Care Act. The event is free to all.

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.

bread and desserts. Serving is from 11 a.m -2 p.m. A free will offering is received. During the lunch, a silent auction and a labor auction is to take place. Youth group members are ready to work to earn funds for their trip, so they encourage the community to come out and bid on them. There are many silent auction items, including car detailing, scrapbooking, tutoring, babysitting, painted signs, baked goods, jewelry, specialty baskets, hair products, oil changes, several tanning packages, tickets to the SHS production of Peter Pan, and much more. For more information, please contact Jaci Jarmes or the Sigourney UMC office at 641-622-2641.

By Robin Handy

A new fiscal year has begun for the Sigourney Fire Department. This passing of time is marked with the election of officers and accepting the responsibility to lead the department as Chief is Bill Halleran. Halleran’s First Assistant Chief is Brad Tinnes with the Second Assistant Chief named as Bruce Beinhart. The remaining slate of officers includes: Casey Thompson as Secretary/ Treasurer; Rick Landgrebe, Captain; Travis Handy, Captain and Todd McCoid, Trainng Officer. The first opportunity of the coming spring to mix and mingle with the officers and their families is at the Spring Soup Luncheon on Sunday, March 9. The volunteer firefighters are serving their annual soup luncheon of chicken noodle, chile and cheese soup topped with grilled cheese sandwiches at the station on South Main in Sigourney from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. A free will donation is accepted. A little bit of history on the

Sigourney Fire Department: • Sigourney Fire has a new website up and running. Please look over the website and provide feedback. It is • The volunteer roster is full at 30 firefighters, which includes 14 medical personnel. This is quite a feather in the cap of Sigourney to have so many dedicated volunteers ready to assist the community in their time of need, because many smaller communities struggle to fill firefighter slots. According to Chief Halleran, it is a very demanding calling and takes many hours away from family as well as home life dedicating it to meetings, trainings, public relations events, fire as well as emergency medical service (EMS) calls. • In 2013 Sigourney Fire responded to 184 medical calls and 67 fire calls within the district. • Sigourney Fire continues to assist throughout the county with auto accidents and in the event someone needs extricated from the vehicle.

Round-Up Time in Sigourney Sigourney Bright Beginnings Preschool is holding a parent informational meeting for the 2014-2015 school year for all incoming 4-year olds on March 17 at 6 p.m. The meeting is at the elementary in the preschool room. To qualify for the 4-year old preschool program, each child must turn four on or before Sept. 15. Kindergarten Round-Up is May 6 from 8 a.m.-12 p.m. The kindergarten parent meeting is from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. in the elementary commons. The open-enrollm e n t deadline i s March 1.

Members of the Sigourney Community School District’s Board of Education (left to right): Denise Conrad, Ruth Manchester, Shellie Striegel, Tom Hadley, Annie Arduser, Marc O’Rourke and Marsha Steinhart are very pleased with the community support and hard work in developing the criteria needed to recruit a new leader to assume the role of superintendent [photo by Robin Handy].

SCSD Board of Education Welcomes New Superintendent Sigourney CSD announces the hiring of Dave Harper as the new superintendent of schools Sigourney Community School District Board President Mark O’Rourke announced recently that Dave Harper has been employed as the district’s superintendent of schools beginning July first. Harper replaces interim superintendent Dr. Craig Scott who has been employed the past year. Harper has served as Evans Middle School Principal in the Ottumwa Community School District for the past two years. Prior to that he served as an administrator in the Pekin Community School District for three years where he also taught for seven years. He was a career military officer and served most recently in Operation Iraqi Freedom from 2004 to 2006.

Harper earned an undergraduate degree in elementary education from Buena Vista University. He completed an MA in Educational Leadership from Drake University in 2008. He will complete his superintendent certification this summer from the University of Northern Iowa. Harper comes very highly recommended by his students, staff and fellow administrators. He has received numerous honors from serving his country and in his role in education. The most often cited commendation by others of Harper is that he has great passion for young people. The entire Sigourney community is pleased to welcome Harper and his family to the district. A “welcome to Sigourney” reception is planned for the near future.

IHCC Introduces Dr. Sprouse as New President

Bingo Jackpot Building at KC Expo The jackpot is building for bingo at the Keokuk County Expo. Wednesday, Feb. 26 the blackout jackpot is $400 on 57 balls called. There are only three nights of bingo left. The remaining dates are February 26, March 12 and 26 from 6-8:30 p.m. Bingo is fun for all ages and great entertainment for families. For more information contact Janis Collins at 641-634-2160.

On November 1, Dr. Sprouse became the new president of Indian Hills Community College, only the fourth one in its history. Since November 1, she has been inviting individuals throughout the ten-county IHCC service area to meet with her, to become acquainted, and to ask questions. Last Tuesday, Dr. Sprouse met with residents of the Keokuk County area including business owners, government officials, current and retired educators and others at the Keokuk County Career Academy. She provided a brief

update about Indian Hills Community College and the plans for its future. Some of the key points that she mentioned during her presentation included: • Since 2000, Indian Hills has had a upward enrollment trend of 36.3 percent with a downward regional population trend of 2.2 percent during that time period. • The full-time fall enrollment for 2013 is approximately 4,500 students, which is about an 8 percent decline from fall 2012. The decrease can be attributed to an improved economy. • Of the 15 community college in Iowa, for the 201112 school year, Indian Hills ranks: • 3rd in the number of cre-

dentials awarded • 1st in the total enrollments of career and technical students • 1st in the number of health science awards—Indian Hills graduates the most nursing students in Iowa • 3rd in the number of manufacturing awards • 4th in the number of college transfer awards • 1st in the number of transportation, distribution, and logistics awards Sprouse’s major initiatives and projects in going forward are to streamline processes, create clear pathways for students, continue growing the relationship with Ottumwa Job Corps, and continue the work of regional economic advancement.


The News-Review Community

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

MWO Launches Onederful Giving Campaign MidWestOne Bank is strengthening local communities with their new Onederful Giving campaign. Each month in 2014, MidWestOne Bank is inviting community members to enter online and within all MidWestOne Bank locations for a drawing to win $250 to a charity of their choosing. Entries are accepted for one week each month. The next chance to enter is between March 6 - 13. January’s winner, Megan Lehman of Iowa City, chose to donate the $250 prize to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Johnson County. “I am so excited that Big Brothers Big Sisters was the winning entry,” said Megan. “It’s such an amazing program, and volunteering with the organization has been one of the most amazing things I’ve ever had the opportunity to do. The Onederful giving program is a great and easy way to give back to the community. When signing up I had no idea what to expect, but I am so glad that I did.” February’s winner has chosen the Fairfield Special Olympics team. MidWestOne sees this campaign as away to get people involved and garner community support. “As a community bank, we believe in the communities we serve,” Amy Hospodarsky, Community Relations Manager at MidWestOne Bank says. “The Onederful giving campaign is a great opportunity to get the community involved in supporting the worthy work that local nonprofits do.”

Keokuk County and Heart Health Month

Newly ‘Pinned’ — Pekin’s Academic Letter Winners

Pekin’s Academic Letter Winners were presented awards on Friday, Jan. 21 at the home basketball game. In order to receive an Academic Letter student must maintain a 3.5 grade point average through the entire 2012-2013 school year. They are as follows: 1st Year: Nikole Arendt, Elizabeth Atwood, Emily Bemis, Courtney Comstock, Bethanne Cooksey, Austin Fariss, Kaylee Garrels, Madison Lathrop, Payton Lock, Ashley Lucas, Shae Oostra, Sloan Reighard, Joel Swanson, Ryan Swanson, Caylee Swearingen, Bobby Thornton, Keaton Winn, Tayler Winn, Tessa Winn, Gwynne Wright. 2nd Year: Paige Baetsle, Madelyn Baker, Avery Bennett, Matthew Bollinger, Maggie Brown, Baylie Dimmitt, Scott Entsminger, Samantha Fink, Bridget Fritchen, McKenna Gambell, JD Hollingsworth, Whitney Horras, Jerica Ingle, Matthew Jones, Victoria Lisk, Kyle Miller, Becky Phillips, Mallory Reed, Cole Reighard, Christian Wittrock. 3rd Year: Eric Adam, Jared Bond, Petie Clubb, Jessica Horras, Cade Millikin, Taiylor Morgan, Allie Philips, Hannah Robison, Tiana Slaney, Jenna Swanson, Samantha Wright.

Visiting Nurse Services of Iowa

It’s Tax Season, Free Tax Preparation Available. 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.

Picture caption: from left to right: (far left) Becca Ohland, Meredith Wheeldon, Gretchen Witzenburg, Drayce Webster and J.C. Dumont [photo submitted].

Students Learn That FFA Is More Than Cows, Plows And Sows Meredith Wheeldon, Sigourney FFA Chapter Reporter On the morning of Thursday, Feb. 20, five members of the Sigourney FFA Chapter visited the Sigourney Elementary School to introduce FFA to the fifth and sixth graders. This was also one of the activities of the National FFA Week festivities. Becca Ohland, Meredith Wheeldon, Gretchen

Witzenburg, Drayce Webster, and J.C. Dumont gave a fortyfive minute PowerPoint where students asked what they thought FFA was about; they answered ‘farming.’ By the end of the presentation, they had learned that FFA was not all about cows, plows, and sows. They found out that FFA covers a multitude of skills and aspirations from testing soil to public speak-

ing. Elementary students also learned about FFA activities, contests, important symbols, conventions, chapter officers and agriculture classes. At the end of the presentation, when asked who was interested in FFA, a majority of the students raised their hands. Not only did the students seem to enjoy the event, but the members presenting seemed to have fun too.

Visiting Nurse Services of Iowa (VNS of Iowa) are hosting an enrollment event to provide assistance to individuals enrolling in the new health insurance marketplace, open through March 31. VNS of Iowa is one of three organizations in Iowa to receive a federal grant to connect Iowans with oneon-one assistance via trained and licensed “navigators”. Appointments are strongly encouraged, and may be made by calling 515-288-1516. Walkins are accepted; however, due to high demand, walk-ins are rescheduled for a later date. Thursday, Feb. 27 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Keokuk County Hospital 23019 HWY 149 Sigourney Thursday, March 27 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Washington Public Library 115 W. Washington Street Washington Navigators estimate the enrollment process to take about one hour, provided individuals bring all necessary documentation: • Social Security Number(s) (or document numbers for legal immigrants) • Birth date(s) • Employer and income information for every member of household needing coverage (pay stubs or W-2 forms—Wage and Tax Statements) • Policy numbers for any current health insurance plans covering household members of your household (if applicable)

According to the Iowa Department of Public Health, Keokuk County currently has 32.8% of adults who report currently smoking which is well above the Iowa average of 19.5%. February is Heart Health month. Every time you use tobacco, your arteries are hardening and narrowing, making it harder for blood to flow. This puts more stress on your heart, which can lead to an aneurysm, coronary artery disease, or heart failure. Each time you smoke, you blood pressure goes up, putting more pressure on these weakened arteries. This can lead to the following risks: Poor circulation throughout the body. If the blood can’t flow easily, extremities like feet and hands often miss out, leading to coldness or numbness Increased risk of heart attack. The harder the heart has to work to pump blood through narrowed arteries, the more likely it is that it will wear out, leading to chest pain, irregular heart rhythms, or heart failure Increased risk of stroke or dementia. As the blood vessels in your brain become damaged by the constant barrage of pressure, they start to narrow, rupture, or leak. This can lead to your brain getting less oxygen, which kills brain cells. Over time, this leads to problems with thinking, speaking, reasoning, memory, vision, and even movement Luckily, quitting smoking helps reduce these risks very quickly. Your blood pressure lowers only twenty minutes after your last cigarette and your risk of heart attack decreases after 24 hours. In fact, quitting smoking can decrease your risk of heart attack by up to 75% overall. We know quitting can be difficult. Quitline Iowa is here to help you. It’s free, and it’s confidential. Save your heart. Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) or visit www. for details or to enroll. • Information about any health insurance available from employer(s) (if applicable) “About half of the state’s uninsured reside in VNS of Iowa’s 38-county service area,” said Norene Mostkoff, president and CEO of Visiting Nurse Services of Iowa. “It’s our goal to get these individuals access to quality health care services.”

eeee Spring Into Action eeee

The Tri-County Tribune Activities and Menu By Tori Brackelsberg

Saturday March 1: Individual Speech Contest at Tri-County. Monday March 3: BreakfastCereal, toast, fruit, and juice. Lunch- Nachos, lettuce, tomato salsa, mexican corn, and fruit. Tuesday March 4: BreakfastPancake, sausage, egg, fruit, and juice. Lunch-Creamed turkey w/ biscuit, green beans, and apple sauce. Wednesday March 5: BreakfastBreakfast wrap, potato rounds, juice, and fruit. Lunch-Fish sandwich, potato rounds, peas, and peaches. Thursday March 6: BreakfastCereal, toast, and fruit juice. LunchHam patty, french fries, applesauce, and cookie. TCM banquet, 6:00 pm @ Thornburg. Friday March 7: Breakfast- Egg omelet, hash brown, and fruit juice. Lunch- Brunch Lunch. Tri-County Has Talent Show 6:30 pm.

Mystery Photo by Alexis Leer

I’m located in the elementary. I hold things. Kids use things from me when they go to recess.

This Week in History

Publications Ad Sales By Ryan Gallardo

THORNBURG - On Tuesday, February 18th, many of the Publications students were shocked to be reminded that they needed to participate in “Ad Sales” that day, due to the complications that arose from the prior school day. Ad Sales is simple -- three or four times a year, up to seven Publications students visit local businesses in towns as nearby as Keswick or as distant as Montezuma to ask them to sponsor the yearbook. February 18th marks the third Ad Sales exhibition of this school year, and the lucky seven students this time were seniors Ethan, Michaella, Ryan, and Devan, and underclassmen Tori, Mandy, and Jordan. As having three sessions would suggest, Ad Sales isn’t going particularly well this year -- due to this, the surnames of the aforementioned Publications students have been redacted, to ensure their continued well-being. If anyone is interested in purchasing an ad for the yearbook, please contact the school at 641-634-2636.

Attention!!! Preschool Registration will be held on Thursday, May 1st, 2014 at 5:30 p.m. in the preschool room. Three year old preschool is held all day Monday and Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Four year old preschool is held all day on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Students must be three or four years old by September 15, 2014.

By Mandy Clemens

This week in history on February 22nd, 1956 Elvis Presley had his first hit in Billboard’s top 10, called “Heartbreak Hotel.” Also on this date the first British soccer match happened at Kunstlicht. It was Portsmouth vs. Newcastle United. Amy Alcott of Kansas City, MO was born on February 22nd, 1956. She was an LPGA golfer.

Question of the Week

FFA Week!

By Tori Brackelsberg

By Ethan Bair

This week is National FFA week. Tri-County is Celebrating it in many different ways. One thing they are doing is dress up days. Monday was Trucker Day, Tuesday was Blue and Gold day, Wednesday was dress like a farmer day, Thursday is Ag Career day, and Friday is Camo day/ drive your tractor to school day. Tri-County FFA is also doing Ag trivia questions every day. On Wednesday the FFA kids put on a staff breakfast. Also going on they are doing a Ag olympics on Friday afternoon. The FFA also competed in Sub Districts on Wednesday in Osky. They brought home four golds, one silver, and a bronze. Good job TC FFA! ATTENTION PARENTS OF YOUNG CHILDREN Kindergarten round up will be held Thursday, April 10th and Friday, April 11th, 2014. Students will need to be five years of age by September 15, 2014. To have a more accurate kindergarten count at Tri-County in the next five years, please list any children in your household between the ages of 0-5. Please return this information to the Elementary Office, send with an older sibling, or call in at 641-634-2632. We appreciate your cooperation. Child’sName____________________________Birthdate____________________

Senior Spotlight - Sara Gragg By Ryan Gallardo

Newsletter Changes

As of the month of February, the TC Newsletter will now be found online only. You can access it at anytime through the school’s website, at, under the Trojan Update link. The monthly news should be available before the first of the month, and everything found in the original newsletters will still be there. One of the advantages of having a newsletter online is that it can be accessed from anywhere and it will also be available in color! If you have questions, please contact the school at 641-634-2636.

THORNBURG - Here’s something new and interesting -- A Senior Spotlight, senior spotlighting none other than the girl whose name appears in bold an inch above this sentence. Sara Lynn Gragg, born in Iowa City on December 7, 1995, and currently residing in Keswick, will be graduating with Tri-County’s Class of 2014 this May. She enjoys the classic Iowan hobbies of fishing, swimming, and hunting, as well as the classic teenage Iowan preferred tastes in music -- mostly country and pop music, or pretty much anything that isn’t “techno, religious music, or foreign music.” Sara loves sports enough to participate in nearly as many of them as she can, regularly taking part in volleyball, basketball, track, and softball. And when the annual Powderpuff football games come around during homecoming, you’d better bet she’ll be leading her team as quarterback -- in fact, winning both her junior and senior Powderpuff games are among her fondest memories of high school. After graduation, Sara plans to go to college at AIB in Des Moines to major in Business Administration and minor in Accounting -- though she’s mostly looking forward to the summertime before then. Her quote and piece of advice of choice: “Dare to be different, live your own life, and follow your dreams.” One final noteworthy point: If Sara were to be stranded on a desert island, but be allowed to take one person of their choice as well as three items, she would choose to take a survivalist, as well as a hatchet, piece of flint, and a book containing pictures of poisonous plants. Presumably to use as tinder.

Mystery Car By: Jordan Hartwig The first clue for this photo is it a dark silver color. The second hint is that, it is driven by a senior, but it belongs to a freshmen. The third hint is that it is a grand prix. This car is drove to school everyday in the winter time by a senior, because her car doesn’t have heat.

Sports Spotlight! By Ethan Bair

This weeks sports spot light is Tyler Lally. Tyler has been doing basketball for three years. When asked how the team is doing Tyler said that they are becoming more of a team and playing together. They have been working hard on there shots and making a lot more of them fall which is helping out their team in a huge way. When asked what he is working on as an individual Tyler said he is working on becoming more of a team player and doing what is best for out team and helping out others who need it. I asked Tyler what the team has been working on and we replied that they are working on throwing in some new plays and being able to share the ball as a team. They are working hard to make it around the first two rounds of districts. Tyler said that his best experience through basketball is being able to be out on the court with his friends and being able to beat Belle Plain and Iowa Valley. The Trojans won their first round game against EV and play the Meskwaki Indians on the 20th. Good luck Tyler!

What are you looking forward to doing during the summer? Phaedra Roggentien: I am looking forward to getting out of school. Brandt Molyneux: I am looking forward to going swimming. Emily Sorad: I am looking forward to my 14th birthday so I can get my permit, and i am looking forward to going swimming and also riding horses. Trevor Clemens: I am looking forward to showing goats throughout Iowa, Minnesota, and competing in the National JABGA show in Nebraska. Luke Bombei: I look forward to showing my hogs at the fairs that I go to, like the World Pork Expo, the Keokuk County Expo, and the Iowa State Fair. Joseph Haberling: I am looking forward to playing basketball at the court. Jessie Maxwell: I am looking forward to playing softball. Sarah Gragg: I am looking forward to swimming, fishing, and outdoor activities. Marissa Kolstee: I am looking forward to being a high school graduate and going to Paris. Emilee Hynick: I am looking forward to remodeling my house for college. Samuel Gragg: I am looking forward to this summer because football starts!

Advocacy at TC

Student of The Month By Mandy Clemens

This month’s students of the month are Trenton Steinke for High School, and Dylan Seaton for Junior High. They were told they were students of the month on Wednesday, February 19th. We asked Trenton how he found out he was student of the month and he said he found out by Mr. Cowan calling him to his office and telling him. He says he was very shocked. Trenton says he has no clue why he was picked. His prize was a $10 gift card to Casey’s. For the rest of the school year, Trenton is look forward to trying to enjoy the last moments of his senior year. We asked Dylan the same questions. Dylan says he found out when Mr. Cowan called him to the office. He says he was very shocked. He thinks he got this because his grades have went up. His gift was also a $10 gift card to Casey’s. Dylan is looking forward for Summer to come! Congratulations to Dylan and Trenton on your student of the month awards! Keep up the good work!

Starting Monday, February 10, a new advocacy program was implemented at Tri-County. All students in grades 7-12 were assigned a specific teacher to be their advocate. The purpose of this program is to help make sure no student slips through the cracks when it comes to their education. During the designated weekly meeting times, teachers will be checking on students’ grades, assisting them with resume and scholarship work, and generally working to make sure they are getting the most out of their experience at Tri-County as they can. Furthermore, if a student falls behind in another class, that teacher e-mails both the student and the student’s advocate, in an effort to truly keep on top of every indivdual’s academic progress. This is not just a weekly thing, either. Teachers are constantly checking on their students in the hope of preventing issues before they become dire. It is our hope that this program builds the relationship between staff and students, and that this leads to better achievement, both academically and personally, for all of our students here. The staff is very excited to implement this, and we are looking forward to helping each and every student get the most out of their TriCounty educational experience.


Wednesday, February 26, 2014

~ Wonderlich ~

Milford Wonderlich, 87, of Ollie passed away Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014 at Keokuk County Health Center in Sigourney. Milford was born May 11, 1926, northwest of Ollie, the son of Jacob L. and Grace Charlotte Rice Wonderlich. He graduated from Ollie Consolidated High School in 1943. He served in the United States Navy and was a Veteran of WWII serving in the South Pacific. On March 21, 1948, he was united in marriage to Betty Lou Shy at the Methodist Church in Ottumwa by Dr. Leonard. Following his discharge from the Navy he helped his twin brothers, Robert and Charles, farm then began working for Hoak Construction in Sigourney. He put up light poles for the power company, first digging the post holes then as a lineman until 1951. Milford moved from Dennison to Ollie to farm with his brother-in-law. Milford later rented the farm to Norm Gott in 1983 and continued to help on the farm. In 1988, he moved to Tempe, Ariz., and

lived there until 2007 when he moved to Fairfield. Milford was a long time farmer, and worked for Farm Bureau Insurance as a salesman and agency manager of Keokuk and Mahaska counties, John Morrell Company in Ottumwa, and retired from Blue Cross and Blue Shield. He was a member of the Ollie Baptist Church since June 6, 1946, Grace Community Church in Tempe, Masonic Lodge #230 in Ollie, Pekin Ruritans, KAABA Shrine, Fremont Funeral Chapel Board of Directors, American Legion Post #504 in Richland, and Fairfield Lions Club. Milford was a firm believer in educating his children on the history of our nation and took them on many trips to visit national parks and historic sites across the country. His family includes his two sons: Dennis Wonderlich of Ollie and Randy (Debbie) Wonderlich of Des Moines; two daughters: Janis (Salvatore) Sciarrotta of Wichita, Kan., and Karen (Mark) Pomeroy of Lincoln, Neb.; a brother: Jacob “Lee” Wonderlich of Centerville; a sister: Marilyn (Gordon) Gott of Marion; six grandchildren: Travis Coop, Jason and Shawn Wonderlich, Steve, Aaron and Tim Pomeroy; and eight great grandchildren. Milford was preceded in death by his wife: Betty Lou Wonderlich on August 9, 2011; his parents; two brothers: Charles and Robert Wonderlich; two sistersin-law: Norma Gene Wonderlich and Marion Wonderlich; and a nephew: Roger Wonderlich. Funeral services were Tuesday, Feb. 25 at Ollie Baptist Church with Pastor Frosty Van Voorst and Reverend Carla Nelson officiated. Burial is in the Ollie Cemetery Northwest of Ollie. Graveside military rites were given by members of the Richland American Legion Post #504. Fremont Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements. Memorials may be made to the Ollie Baptist Church or Bill and Jan Kilgore at Mission Aviation Fellowship.

Lorena Susan Bair, 89, died at the Keokuk County Health center Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014. She was born May 2, 1924, to John C. and Clara (Buch) Weber near Clear Creek. She attended school to 8th grade at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic School. On April 12, 1947, she married Melvin “Tub” Bair at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Keswick. They farmed on the Bair family farm. They moved into Keswick

in the fall of 1967. Lorena worked with her son Larry at the Lumber Yard in Keswick retiring in 2010. She was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Keswick, St. Mary Catholic Church, Altar and Rosary Society and James Murphy Post #319 Keswick American Legion Auxiliary. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Melvin on February 6, 1975, a grandson Andrew Jay, a brother Richard Weber and a sister Marie Snakenberg. She is survived by her children: Terry (Donna) Bair of Keswick, Larry (Joanne) Bair of Keswick, Janice (Tom) Allar of Sigourney and Annette (Bob) Jay of Ottumwa; 11 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; one brother: Alvin Weber of Sigourney; three sisters: Geraldine (A.J.) Cavin of Sigourney, Carol Weber of Cedar Rapids and Connie (Mike) Strabala of Cedar Rapids. Memorials are to Keswick First Responders, Keokuk County Hospice, Sigourney Care Center Activities. Funeral Services were Monday, Feb. 24 at St. Mary Catholic Church. Burial is in Pleasant Grove Cemetery near Sigourney.

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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. 18 40 23 Precip. - .36 2” snow Wed., Feb. 19 52 27 Thurs., Feb. 20 44 30 Precip. - .62 Fri., Feb. 21 38 21 Precip. - .18 1/2” snow Sat., Feb. 22 38 22 Sun., Feb. 23 35 15 Mon., Feb. 24 28 13

District Court The following actions were recently resolved in the District Court of Keokuk County. All information is a matter of public record and available at Maleah Christine Mast, Kinross, was charged with Eluding on 9/15/13. Mast received a Deferred Judgement on 2/14/14, $625 Civil Penalty, No Supervi-

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Charlotte Kitzmann, 82, Thornburg, and formerly of Gibson, passed away Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014, at the Keokuk County Health Care Center. Funeral services were Thursday, Feb. 20 at the Holland-Coble Funeral Chapel in What Cheer. Burial is in Garrett Cemetery near Delta. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Manor House in Sigourney. Friends can sign the online guestbook at Charlotte Ann Kitzmann, daughter of Leonard and Elsie (French) Pike, was born on June 26, 1931 near Coggon. She lived in several different houses in the Coggon and surrounding area during her childhood, following her father who built houses for a living. She eventually met and fell in love with Albert “LeRoy” Kitzmann. The two were married in the Little Brown Church in Nashua on May 2, 1953. In 1964, LeRoy and Charlotte purchased

~ Culp ~

Letha Horras Culp, 98, died Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, at the Manor House Care Center in Sigourney. She was born July 11, 1915, to Harry C. and Millie Eastburn Horras on the family farm west of Sigourney. She graduated from Sigourney High School in 1930 and attended Drake University. Letha was employed by Mrs. Etter, the State Legislature in Des Moines working for Iowa Senator Clyde Herring, Department of Agriculture and Department Defense in Washington D.C., and in Cleveland, Ohio. On January 17, 1945, she married Ward Edward Culp in Dallas, Texas. sion for one year. Total amount due, which includes court cost, is $725. Courtney Alexis Thompson, What Cheer, was charged with Violation of Probation on 2/11/14. Thompson was found Guilty by Court on 2/21/14 and received a 7 day Jail term. Total amount due, which includes court cost, is $1,735.60. Gregory James Prevett, Sigourney, was charged with Burglary 1st Degree on 1/17/14. Prevett entered a Negotiated/Voluntary Plea of Guilty on 2/12/14 for Attempted Burglary 3rd Degree. Prevett received a 6 month Jail term, a Fine of $625, Probation for 2 years and a 6 month Suspended Jail term. Total amount due, which includes court cost, is $1,068.75. John Michael Morgan, Keota, was charged with Assault on 4/14/13 and was Deferred on 2/14/14. Morgan received a $65 Civil Penalty and No Supervision Probation for 1 year. Total amount due, which includes court cost, is $125. Maleah Christine Mast, Kinross, was charged with Interference with Official Acts on 9/15/13. Mast entered a Negotiated/Voluntary Plea of Guilty on 2/14/14. Mast received a Fine of $250 and a 2 day Jail term. Total amount due, which includes court cost, is $397.50. John Michael Morgan, Keota, was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance on 3/5/13

a farm near Gibson. Charlotte worked as a secretary for several years for the Gibson School and the Gibson fertilizer plant. She spent the rest of her time as a hard working farmwife and a loving mother to her children. LeRoy and Charlotte moved off the farm in 1996, and purchased a home in Thornburg. At this time, Charlotte began working for the University of Iowa as a housekeeper, which kept her busy until her retirement. Charlotte enjoyed gardening and was an excellent cook. She was a member of the Eastern Star, the Gibson Presbyterian Church, the Thornburg Garden Club, and enjoyed her lunches with the retired employees from the TriCounty School. She was a loving woman who always made time for her family, and she will be deeply missed. Charlotte is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, LeRoy (2002); two sons, David Kitzmann and Andrew Kitzmann (in infancy); four brothers, Leo Pike, Kenneth Pike, Floyd Pike, and Rusty Pike; and two grandsons, Trevor and Kirk Kitzmann. Left to honor her memory are her children: Les Kitzmann of Thornburg, Allen (Diane) Kitzmann of Montezuma and Candy (Bill McDonald) Kitzmann of Des Moines; one daughter-inlaw: Marla Kitzmann of Modesto, Calif.; a brother: Glen (Ann) Pike of Ceder Rapids; her sister: Irene (Dave) Frasher of Marion; her grandchildren: Nikki (Jason) Neri, Alex Kitzmann, Zach Kitzmann, Lacy Kitzmann, Nick Hester, Lauren Hester, Austin Hester, and Christie Kitzmann; three great grandchildren, Rainey Neri, Rhiana Neri, and Azure Kitzmann. Letha and her husband were co-owners of Culp Equipment Company, a poultry processing company. Upon Wards death she attained a brokerage license in Denver, Colo. She returned to Sigourney in 1972 to care for her mother. Letha enjoyed gardening, attending auctions, cooking and especially family celebrations. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Ward on July 9, 1967, a sister Marjorie Taylor and a brother Gerald Horras. She is survived by her four daughters: Cheryl (Norb) Steinbach of Delafield, Wis., Bonnie (Jeff) Smith of Waukee, Linda Randono of Colorado Springs, Colo. and Debbie Reithmeyer of Ft. Myers, Fla.; seven grandchildren: Katrina (Kyo) Ladopoulos of Madison, Wis.; Charlie (Jamie) Smith of Denver, Colo.; John (Mimi) Randono of Los Angeles, Calif.; Andrew Randono of Boulder, Colo.; Kristy (Stanton) Kensinger of Colorado Springs, Colo.; Woodson and Ian Culp of Oklahoma City, Okla.; two great-grandchildren: Kassander Ladopoulos and Madelyn Grace Smith; one nephew: Danny (Kim) Horras and a niece: Teresa Horras (Bob) Ramsell. Funeral Service were Saturday, Feb. 22 at Holm Funeral Home and Burial is in Pleasant Grove Cemetery. and received a Deferred Judgement on 2/14/14. Morgan received a $315 Civil Penalty and no Supervision for one year. Total amount due, which includes court cost, is $540. Carl Luke Smith, Sigourney, was charged with Operating While Under The Influence 2nd Offense on 8/23/13. Smith entered a Negotiated/Voluntary Plea of Guilty on 2/14/14. Smith received a Fine of $1,875, No Supervision probation for 2 years, a 30 day Jail term and a 23 day Suspended Jail term. Total amount due, which includes court cost, is $2,641.25.

Real Estate Leonard L. Ridgeway, Patricia J. Ridegeway to Adam C. Ridgeway and Amanda J. Ridegeway, 13-10-76 NE1/4 NW1/4 L01 PT. Marcy Decker to William W. Chmelar, Ellen Denise Nelson COEXEC, Denise Nelson COEX, Jeffery Layne Andeway COEXEC, Jeff Andeway COEX and Marilyn J. Chmelar Est, RIC AND2 04. Gregory Dean Stanley Est to Eric Stanley, 13-21-76 SE1/4 SE1/4 AUD PAR B. Wells Fargo Bank NA, Keokuk County Sheriff, Lee Orman Est, State of Iowa, Iowa Department of Revenue to Wells Fargo Bank NA, KEO PARV 05-04, KEO PARV 05-03 PT. James M. H. Clingman and

Judy J. Clingman to Brent Swearingen and Brenda Swearingen, HED OPHE 39 06 PT. Wells Fargo Bank NA to Secretary of Veterans Affairs, KEO PARV 05-04, KEO PARV 05-03 PT. Michael C. Hadley and Pamela A. Hadley to Southeast Iowa Multicounty Solid Waste Agency, 10-28-74 SE1/4 SW1/4, 10-2874 SW1/4 SE1/4. Nettie Wanda Fisher CONSHIP and Norma L. Alpers CONS to Vandenheuvel Family Farms LLC, 13-13-76 W1/2 SE1/4, 1324-76 W1/2 NE1/4. Irene E. Cassens to Charles H. Cassens to Cassens Country LLC, 12-03-75 S1/2 NW1/4, 12-03-75 SW1/4 PT, 12-03-75 SW1/4 NE1/4 PT, 12-03-75 SE1/4 NE1/4 L01, 12-03-75 NW1/4 SE1/4 L01, 12-03-75 NE1/4 NE1/4 L03, 12-03-75 NW1/4 NE1/4 PT, 1203-75 S3/4 RR ROW PT, 12-0375 S1/2 SE1/4 PT, 12-03-75 NW1/4 SE1/4 L02 D02, 12-0375 NE1/4 SE1/4 PT, 12-03-75 SE1/4 NE1/4 L04 SDL02, 1203-75 SE1/4 NE1/4 L03 SDL02, 12-02-75 SW1/4 NW1/4 PT, 12-02-75 NE1/4 SW1/4 L02, 12-02-75 NW1/4 SW1/4 PT, 12-02-75 NW1/4 SW1/4 PT, 12-03-75 SE1/4 SE1/4 PT, 1203-75 NW1/4 NE1/4 PT, 12-3376 SE1/4 SW1/4 PT, 12-33-76 NE1/4 SW1/4, 13-24-76 NW1/4 SE1/4, 13-24-76 SE1/4 SW1/4 PT, 13-24-76 SW1/4 SE1/4 PT, 13-25-76 W1/2 SE1/4, 13-2576 W1/2 NE1/4 PT, 13-25-76 E1/2 NW1/4, 13-26-76 NE1/4 SW1/4, 13-15-76 NE1/4 SW1/4 PT, 13-15-76 NE1/4 SW1/4 PT, 13-15-76 NW1/4 SE1/4 L01 PT, 13-15-76 SW1/4 NE1/4 L01, 13-15-76 NW1/4 NE1/4 PT, 13-15-76 NW1/4 L02 LOT A PT, 13-15-76 NW1/4 SW1/4 PT, 13-15-76 NE1/4 SW1/4 PT, 13-15-76 NE1/4 SW1/4 L04 PT, 13-15-76 NE1/4 SW1/4 PT, 1315-76 NW1/4 SE1/4 L01, 13-1576 NW1/4 SE1/4 PT, 13-15-76 SW1/4 NE1/4 PT.

Tickets Brandon James Gellerstedt, Brighton, no valid drivers license. Austin James Nikolish, Belle Plaine, speeding 55 or under zone (20 mph over). Michael Jay MacCready, What Cheer, speeding 55 or under zone (6-10 over). Jeremiah Shain Maynard, Fremont, open container driver 21. Ashley D. Bishop, Delta, speeding 55 or under zone (6-10 over). Cloie Blue Myers, Harper,

speeding 55 or under zone (20 mph over). John Michael Courtney, Ottumwa, speeding 55 or under zone (6-10 over). Ryan Matthew Brewington, Batavia, speeding 55 or under zone (16-20 over). Dennis Joseph Pacha, Washington, speeding 55 or under zone (6-10 over). James Thomas Jenkins, Indianola, speeding 55 or under zone (6-10 over). Mark Allan Crouse, Sigourney, speeding 55 or under zone (6-10 over). Deborah K. Buckingham, Brighton, speeding 55 or under zone (6-10 over). Hank William McCann, Milton, speeding 55 or under zone (1-5 over). Christopher S. Burks, Oxford, fail to give notice of address/ name change. Kelita Dawn Clark, Fremont, speeding 55 or under zone (6-10 over). Dee Ann Dorsett, Ottumwa, speeding 55 or under zone (6-10 over). Linda E. Andersen, Oskaloosa, speeding 55 or under zone (6-10 over). Michaelle Lorraine Nabiliwa, Fairfield, speeding 55 or under zone (6-10 over). Jacqueline Lee Wilson, Columbia, Mo., speeding 55 or under zone (6-10 over). Scott Boone Zimmerman, De Witt, speeding 55 or under zone (6-10 over). Harold Dean Chittick, Ollie, speeding 55 or under zone (1-5 over). Michael James Flynn, Keota, no valid drivers license. Rethel Darlene Edwards, Coralville, speeding 55 or under zone (6-10 over). David Anthony Moxley, North English, speed. Seth Christopher Hoover, Richland, fail to obey stop sign. Seth Christopher Hoover, Richland, careless driving. Francine Renee Clubb, Hedrick, failure to obey traffic control device. Crystal Dawn Leverne, Ottumwa, failure to obey traffic control device. Tassa Tenee Hackert, Sigourney, operating without registration. Tony Lee Mattson, Oskaloosa, operation without registration. Dallas James Clubb, Sigourney, failure to maintain or use safety belts. Danielle Lynn Rodriguez, Sigourney, drive while suspended.

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Ponderings of the Heart

Country Girl’s Corner - Mortgage

By Jane Green Larson How are you doing these cold wintry days? Many have said they are ready for spring! Both my husband and I have experienced some type of “bug”, but I think we are on the mend. Now...because I have tried to keep “quiet” so my husband could rest...I have found time heavy on my thought I would render to you readers some of my remedies for a few days in the house. The cold spells always come at a time when we are a little low on groceries. In Des Moines, we would quickly run to our local Dahls Store for whatever was needed...if the roads were blocked, we would walk, as the store was not far away from our dwelling place. However here in What Cheer it is a little different, but I must add how happy we are that we still have Rhonda and Brenda available daily in What Cheer at the Thomas Grocery Store and/or Casey’s for necessary items. I don’t know what we would do without these two establishments? However...I have to admit in a snowstorm that we simply “make do.” Our snack is often saltine crackers with a powder sugar frosting. It seems this is what my mother used to make my sister and I when we were snowbound on the farm several days. Another food item that was great as a child was my sister and I made our own potato chips...I could never figure out how she could cut such little tiny potato pieces. I also remember Mother making “snow ice cream” and I need someone to tell me how this is made as I have forgotten. I think Mom put in vanilla and sugar with the snow, but not sure what other ingredients. I do remember mother saying we could not make this if it was the first snow of the season. I have been reading through the Bible since January 1. Tammy Hartwig from our Church gave us a paper that gives instructions on how to read through The Bible in one year. I confess, because of all the cold weather, I am way ahead of what the paper indicates...but it has given me incentive to read the Bible through once again. Another way I have coped is writing letters by hand. I mostly use the computer but recently someone called to say they would like to see my handwriting I wrote nine letters in one day (mostly answering letters from my Holiday cards). Now...I am watching the mail-

Deep River News By Janet Rauch Tuesday, Kenny had an appointment at the V.A. in Des Moines. Shelby and I went with him. I drive up and he drove home. We had lunch at Fazoli’s. We shopped at Aili’s and Goodwill. We had coffee on the way home at Colfax. The roads were as good as they were bad Monday for which we were thankful. Thursday evening, Kenny Thorpe called and said he was doing better. They got 50 lbs. fo fluiud off and he feels better. He is just one room away from Delores Johnson at the Monte Nursing Home now. Norm Axmear took Delores Schmidt to get her hair fixed at Monte on Tuesday. The weather was too bad for her last week’s appointment. Trudy, my granddaughter, came from Waverly to deliver Girl Scout cookies her daughter Henna sold. Some of her kids were going to visit Steve and Carolyn Rauch a few days in Iowa City. The weather was still good enough to snowmobile Saturday. I was surprised so much snow has melted. Seven members of 50+ Club went Tuesday to Pinecone for lunch and bingo. Mary Wolf, Mary Ross, Zelda Tanke, Agnes Talley, Barb Zimmerman, Jean Moore and Fern Taylor went. They are going to Sigourney for pizza next month. Ardie Barnhart didn’t venture out and has stayed at home most of the winter. She has had several visitors. Eddie Evans stopped in this week be-

box. I only hope it doesn’t take them as long as it did me to correspond. Also, my handwriting is a little shaky these I will see if anyone mentions this fact. I received a letter from Anna May Reber from Sigourney concerning “Ponderings of the Heart.” This I found to be most interesting. She recently read a “Ponderings” which brought several things to her mind. (Wow, that is what Ponderings is all about so I was absolutely elated!) She read my story about my aunt’s “perfumed” handkerchief and it made her think of how things have changed in her lifetime. When she was young there were eight people in her family, and the road that went by her family farm was dirt through the 1940’s but there was a road about 1/4 mile away that was rock and the family often would park their car on that rock road and the family would walk to the car to go to Church each Sunday. In summer, of course they would drive the dirt road and the children would watch for the trail of dust behind the car... and it was crowded with five of the children in the back seat and the youngest was assigned the front seat between Mom and Dad. Anna May did not suffer from the dust as I did from a dirt road, but she indicated when she smelled certain perfumes; she had a tendency to get carsick and would suffer from headaches. She remembers in the summer when her dad stopped the car often along one of those dusty rural roads to pick blackberries. She added, “I often associate smells and certain foods to remembrances of years long gone.” She did not tell me what her Mom made with the blackberries, but I believe it was a blackberry cobbler or a pie... what do you think? Thank you, Anna May, for sharing your own ponderings! I think these cold wintry storms are made for sitting and pondering of days long gone by. One last thought on a time when we were blocked in several days...and when we heard the giant Keokuk County Maintainer coming up the road...we were so happy, however, on that particular day of my childhood I did not fail to notice, MOTHER WAS HAPPIEST OF ALL! Stay warm...and I will meet you here next week, same time, same place! Spring is getting closer every day. God bless you. fore he went home. Before he got left, he ended up taking his mother, Lois Evens, to the hospital with her back problems. Mary Ross has had the flu-bug, but is some better. Bert and Mary went to Grinnell for groceries later in the week. Leland Winegarden had a large crowd at his 90th birthday celebration at the Community Building in Deep River last Saturday. Most of the 70+ family were there. The great grandchildren each had a gift older than Grandpa. HyVee from Grinnell catered the meal and Denice Thompson did the cakes. Harold Wheeler made the homemade ice cream. Leland’s brother, Jim and wife Jeanette Winegarden, came from North Liber5ty. Nieces Rita Thomas and Marey Montross from Seattle wand great nephew, Will Genebini and his friend, Kelly, from Chicago were surprise guests. Family pictures were taken of Lois and Leland and grand and great grandkids. MOME’S CREAM OF VEGETABLE SOUP 4 potatoes (diced) 2 stalks celery (diced) 1 large onion (chopped) 2 carrots (sliced or grated on large hole) 1/2 stick oleo Salt & pepper, to taste 1 pkg. frozen mixed veggies 1 can kidney beans 1 C. yellow corn 1 C. white corn 2 Cans tomatoes (1 qt.) 1 pt. Half & Half 1 T. sugar Cook potatoes, celery, onion, carrots, oleo, salt, pepper and veggies until done. Add remaining ingredients and heat to very hot, but not boiling. Add most any vegetable you like. I’ve added baby limas or Northern canned beans also.

By Sheryl Carter Most people start off buying a home with a mortgage. We did, too. We had rented for seven years and it was time to get our own place. So we started looking around. And looking. And looking. We must have checked out ten houses in and around where we wanted to live—in the same general area, same school district, even some in town, although that’s not where I wanted us to be. I had definite ideas of where to raise our kids—in the country, of course! I wanted them to have the same quiet, simple upbringing we had both had—with the joy of farm life. Finally, everything had come to a dead end. Either the house was unsuitable or too expensive or something. Finally our real estate agent who was also our insurance agent dropped a word in my husband’s ear—“Say, a house just came on the market yesterday and I think it would be ideal for you folks.” My husband hurried home to tell me. By this time, I was really discouraged and took what he said with a grain of salt. “Sure,” I said disgruntedly, “I’ll bet.” We drove into town—the small town we already lived nearby—and pulled into the driveway. There it sat—a small little Victorian, the front porch with fancy wood trim, long windows and small upstairs windows peeking out from under the overhang. It also had lots of other neat characteristics that I was to find out about later. This was impossible—it looked like a doll house—much too small for our growing family of five. We went to the door where we were warmly welcomed in by the lady of the house into her immaculate home. These owners had spent the past eight years updating the little dwelling by putting in custom built birch kitchen cupboards, a new bathroom, and totally finishing the upstairs. That was the amazing part—the story and

a half house had what once had been an attic remade into two nice bedrooms. The owner told us that when they had moved there the first room upstairs had been divided off into three tiny rooms. It seems impossible to imagine how they could ever have been useable. The room over the kitchen had been transformed with a new window, nice wallpaper and red shag carpeting for their little girl. There was even a basement—a small room under the kitchen section—which we learned had been an addition at some time in the house’s past, and although small, it was adequate. But what really caught my eye was when I stood looking out the kitchen window over the sink—there it was—a huge sycamore in the back yard, just calling for some kids to come and climb up its’ branches. We saw the back yard stretching away clear to the back alley way. That all clinched it. This was the house for us. I knew our kids would have plenty of room to play, stretch and grow. With the nice mature trees and the yard space, they wouldn’t feel the constraints of town life so much. My goal of living only in the country slipped peacefully away. We got everything settled and were given the abstract which showed the land had been in ownership from one person to another since the mid-1800’s, and that our portion was once a part of Outlot 1. We also found that with a house this old— 1892—a barn had once stood where our garden spot now was. So every time my husband tilled, bits and pieces of pottery, china, iron pieces and bricks were brought to the surface. We have had quite the little archeological digs out in our own garden. We had no down payment, so went through the Farm & Home Administration, which made it possible for young families to purchase their own

home without money down. The day we signed the contract to buy the house, our agent was so happy for us, he took us out to lunch in the county seat where we did the deal at the courthouse. I must have been living in la-la land at the time, as I hadn’t sat down and figured how the interest cost of this very inexpensive home carried over for 33 years. It hadn’t occurred to me (I was a busy mom after all, but still…) just how much that interest would accumulate over all those years. Today I would have had my calculator out in a heartbeat. I didn’t even have a calculator then. I read the contract. I saw the interest rate and the amount we would be paying for over the next three decades. My heart dropped. It was astounding. Surely, there was a mistake. But no. We were locked in. I couldn’t even enjoy our free lunch. But it turned out well. Yes, if we could have somehow paid for our home right off, we would saved tons of money, but we were young, with no savings, I was a stay-at-home mom by our choice, this was our only option. Every month we wrote out our modest check and mailed it in. “Modest” is the saving word here as our monthly payment was very small. And as the years went by, we were always able to meet that commitment. Even during economic downturns as they like to say now. My husband’s job was shut down for a three or four month period one year during the summer. He came home to tell me and we sat side by side on the piano bench as he spelled everything out. “I felt sorry for some of those guys,” he said quietly, “—they had to go home and tell their wives and they had newer homes and more expensive cars to pay for—how were they ever going to meet their payments?”

We didn’t have to worry. Our needs were simple and modest. Being raised on farms with poorer parents, we both knew how to cut costs and do without. As we sat there, I began to figure what we could cut from our grocery list—paper towels—not a big expense, but we could do without them and use rags instead. To me it was all a challenge. I was never afraid we wouldn’t make it. And that low-cost mortgage helped—a lot. We could always make that payment no matter what. Throughout that summer, my husband picked up odd jobs here and there—helping a farmer with field work or haying, roofing a house with his brother, etc. Something always turned up and we were always able to meet our obligations. The whole thing was a blessing of God, it really was. He sustained us through that and other layoffs. The years rolled by and all of our children were gone to their own homes and lives. It was nearing retirement, but my husband wanted to keep working for awhile longer, so we signed up for our Social Security that we had paid into for so long, and he kept his job for a for more years. With the extra income, we quickly doubled up on our house payment, paying it off in one last lump sum. That was a good day. Our home was bought and paid for at last. The little house where our children had grown up and where we had invested most of the years of our lives was now ours. Or in God’s timing, we were His stewards of his gift to us. And we were grateful. I have never wanted to live anywhere else. Neither of us have a desire for a bigger or better or newer home. This is our home and we hope to stay here as long as the Lord allows.

For the Record....................Continued from Page 4 Delta News According to the February 1, 1984, issue of the “News Review”, Delta erected a new water storage facility. It is 125 feet in height and has a storage of 75,000 gallons. At the time of its erection, it was the third of this design in Iowa. The others are in Orient and Holland. The $119,00 tower has now been used for 30 years. All of we people in Delta have benefited from the installation.

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Police Log The Police Log is a brief summary of the activities/arrest/ tickets from previous week as submitted by Sigourney Police Chief, Allan Glandon. Criminal charges are mere accusations and the accused is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. 02-10-2014 8:50 a.m.: Welfare check on S. Cherry St. Everything was fine. 10:00 a.m.: Received a report of a possible theft in the 100 block of N. West St. The individual later reported the items were found. 6:53 p.m.: Issued a citation to James M. Keasling, Sigourney, for Driving While Suspended at Main St., and Marion St. 8:52 p.m.: Issued a citation to Donald D. Bailey, Sigourney, for Driving While Suspended and Operating without Registration at Clark St., and N. Main. 02-11-2014 9:59 a.m.: Investigated a two vehicle accident at Main St. and Pleasant Valley St. 11:30 a.m.: Sigourney Police Department assisted the Sheriff’s Department with a vehicle on fire in the 300 block of N. Stuart St. Sigourney Fire Department extinguished the fire. 6:42 p.m.: Issued a warning for No License Plate. 02-12-2014 7:30 p.m.: Issued a citation to Deborah Cowman, Delta, for Employee Providing Tobacco to a Minor at Casey’s on E. Jackson St. 02-13-2014 4:12 p.m.: Received a report of a dog barking for several hours in the 1100 block of S. Main St. Talked to the dog’s owner, who put it inside the house. 4:18 p.m.: Received a report of a dog chasing a car in the 100 block of S. Main St. Wasn’t able to locate the dog. 5:30 p.m.: Investigate a report of trespass in the 800

block of S. Stuart St. The incident had occurred a few days prior. Talked to the reporting party. 9:15 p.m.: Issued a citation to Jason Thompson, Keota, for Failure to Have a Valid License, in the 1000 block of S. Main St. 02-14-2014 12:25 p.m.: Received a report of money fraudulently being taken from a resident’s checking account through online transactions. The incident is under investigation. 3:49 p.m.: Issued a citation to Dallas Clubb, Sigourney, for Failure to Wear Safety Belt at Main St., and Jackson St. 4:41 p.m.: Issued a citation to Carrie Grover, Sigourney, for Failure to Wear Safety Belt in the 300 block of E. Jackson St. 8:16 p.m.: Received reports of a dispute, starting at 8:16 p.m., in the 100 block of N. Main St., and 100 block of E. Marion St. Talked to the parties involved. 8:22 p.m.: Received a report of a dispute in the 100 block of S. Jefferson St. Talked to the parties involved. 02-15-2014 12:03 a.m.: Issued a warning for speed. 1:15 a.m.: Observed a vehicle with dome light on in the 200 block of W. Hickory St. Police talked to the owner. Everything was fine and police turned the light off for the owner. 12:48 p.m.: Assisted the Sheriff’s Department check on three vehicles in the ditch west of Sigourney. 7:18 p.m.: Issued a warning for taillight out. 7:47 p.m.: Issued a warning for Careless Driving. 8:15 p.m.: Issued a citation to Mickey Spoonhunter, Toledo, for Fail to Obey Traffic Control Device at Main St., and Jackson St. 02-16-2014 1:06 a.m.: Received a report of a dispute in the 100 block of N. Main. Talked to the parties involved. Police helped one party leave.



Wednesday, February 26, 2014

The News-Review Calendar & Achievements

Calendar EXPO BINGO Bingo is at the Keokuk County Expo, Sigourney, on Wednesday, Feb. 26 from 6-8:30 p.m.

DELTA SPRING FEAST Delta Methodist Church Spring Feast is Saturday, March 16 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at the church.

THE ARC MEETING The Board of Directors of The Arc of Jefferson and Nearby Counties meeting is Thursday, Feb. 27 at 5:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Fairfield.

BRIGHT BEGINNINGS A informational meeting for parents for the 2014-2015 school year is Monday, March 17 at 6 p.m. at the Elementary Preschool room.

TWEEN MOVIE NIGHT Tween Movie Night for 4th6th graders is Friday, Feb. 28 at the Sigourney Public Library form 6 to 7:45 p.m. CARE CENTER HAPPENINGS Cowboy Jim is at Sigourney Care Center on Friday, Feb. 28 at 3 p.m. YOUTH GROUP MISSION TRIP Sigourney United Methodist Youth Group Fundraising Meal and Auction is Sunday, March 2 at 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at Sigourney United Methodist Church Dining Room. KC FAIR BINGO Bingo is Sunday, March 2 from 1-4 p.m. at Thomas Hall, KC Fairgrounds. KC ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES A Septic System’s and Time of Transfer Inspections in Iowa program is Thursday, March 6 at 9 a.m. at Sigourney Public Library. IOWA KIDSNET INFORMATION Iowa KidsNet information session is Thursday, March 6 in Ottumwa, for individuals interested in becoming foster or adoptive parents. KOFC FISH FRY Knights of Columbus Fish Fry is Friday, March 7 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Knights of Columbus Hall, Harper. WORLD DAY OF PRAYER World Day of Prayer is Friday, March 7 at 9:30 a.m. at Sigourney Presbyterian Church. SPRING SOUP LUNCHEON Sigourney Fire Departments Spring Soup Luncheon is Sunday, March 9 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Sigourney Fire Station.

Senior Citizen Menu Sigourney School Menu Feb. 26 through Feb. 28 Feb. 27 - March 6 Following are the menus

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 K.C. Expo. KEOKUK CO. SUPERVISORS The Keokuk County Supervisors meet weekly on Mondays at 8 a.m. at the Keokuk County Courthouse board room. SIGOURNEY SCHOOL BOARD Sigourney’s School Board meets the second Wednesday of every month at the District Office, 300 West Kelly St., Sigourney at 6 p.m. 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.

Sigourney Care Center Crowns King And Queen for Valentine’s Day Sigourney Care Center celebrated Valentine’s Day with a Special dinner and dance with music from Classic Country. Residents nominated and voted for Queen Dorothy Thomas and King Gene “Bubsy “ Strohman to be crowned. Everyone enjoyed dancing and refreshments.

Hats and More Travel Junior Day Program Sigourney Public Library To Riverside Casino March Book Chat Hats and More traveled to At Indian Hills Riverside Casino and enjoyed a High school juniors have the opportunity to explore academic programs at Indian Hills Community College during Junior Day on Thursday, March 13. Registration is at 9 a.m. in the Hellyer Student Life Center and followed by a welcome at 9:30. Students then choose three of Indian Hills’ approximate 70 instructional programs they are most interested in and attend informational sessions on those programs beginning at 10 a.m. Juniors learn about the many clubs and organizations offered at Indian Hills, scholarship opportunities and other forms of financial assistance. Junior Day concludes with lunch at the Tom Arnold Net Center. Students interested in attending Indian Hills’ Junior Day should contact their school guidance counselor or call 800726-2585, ext. 5153, for more information or to pre-register.

CARE CENTER HAPPENINGS Bingo at Sigourney Care Center is Tuesdays at 2 p.m. The community is encouraged to attend.

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AFFORDABLE CARE ACT Affordable Care Act on Small Business presentation is Monday, March 10 at Sigourney Public Library at 11 a.m.

KNITTING WITH KAREN Knitting with Karen is Tuesdays from 2-5 p.m. at the Sigourney Public Library.

Wednesday, Feb. 26: End of Tri 2. Saturday, March 1: District FFA Contest in Mediapolis at 8 a.m.

IHCC JUNIOR DAY Junior Day is Thursday, March 13 at Indian Hills Community College. Registration is at 9 a.m.

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.

Milestones Helen Barnhart 90th Birthday

Margaret Ellis 100th Birthday

Helen Barnhart is celebrating her 90th birthday on Sunday, March 2. Cards may be sent to her at 620 E. Pleasant Valley, Sigourney, IA 52591.

Rozella Lower 90th Birthday

Margaret Ellis is celebrating her 100th birthday on Saturday, March 15. Please send cards to Margaret at 29036 240th Ave, Ollie, IA 52576

The family of Rozella “Reinert” Lower is hosting a card shower in honor of her 90th birthday on Tuesday, March 11. Please send cards to Rozella at 711 North 1st St., Eldridge, IA 52748.

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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. 27: Chicken, noodles, marinated carrots, bananas and oranges, ice cream cup, vegetable juice. Friday, Feb. 28: Potato Crusted fish fillet, sour cream mashed potato, spinach strawberry salad. Monday, March 3: Meat sauce, spaghetti noodles, green beans, layered lettuce salad, diced pears, orange juice. Tuesday, March 4: Pork cutlets, sweet potatoes, peas, ambrosia salad, vegetable juice. Wednesday, March 5: baked fish, baked potato, sour cream, brussel sprout with cheese, banana and peach cup. Thursday, March 6: Beef stew, whole grain biscuit, tossed lettuce salad, strawberry balsamic vinaigrette, strawberry gelatin, crispy rice bar.

The Sigourney Public Library is holding a book chat in March. The book to chat about this month is Monuments Men by Robert M. Edsel, author of Rescuing Da Vinci, with Bret Witter. Allied heroes, Nazi thieves and the greatest treasure hunt in history.


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delicious early breakfast for their February outing. After a brief meeting all tried their luck at gaming. Door prize winners were Sondra Aldrich, Clarene Krumm, and Janet Wade. This event was hosted by Dixie Knipfer and Vicki Plank. The Thursday, March 13 meeting is an 11 a.m. lunch at Serena’s Coffee Cafe in Amana, followed by attending the Old Creamery Theater to enjoy Branson on the Road. The theme of the day is “Wear Your Green” Helen Donohoe and Mary Jane O”Brian are hosting.

served at the Sigourney Schools for the week of Wednesday, Feb. 26 to Wednesday, March 5. 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. 26: Yogurt and donut. Thursday, Feb. 27: Breakfast sandwich. Friday, Feb. 28: French toast and smokies. LUNCH Wednesday, Feb. 26: Spaghetti with meat sauce, romaine salad, french bread, peaches. Thursday, Feb. 27: Hot ham with bun, french fries, baked beans, apple. Friday, Feb. 28: Chicken nuggets, carrots with dip, broccoli and cheese, mandarin oranges, sunshine bar.

Share Food Sign Up In Oskaloosa The regular sign-up day for Share Food is at Oskaloosa Evangelical Church, 1513 S. Market St., Oskaloosa on Wednesday, March 12 from 9-10 a.m. Two hours of community service is required for each unit of food bought. The distribution day is on Saturday, March 29 from 9-10 a.m. at Oskaloosa Evangelical Church. Since the food is perishable, failure to pick up units of food on time causes it to be distributed to others. No refund or credit can be given. The warehouse is always in need for volunteers. Call Carol McPherson at 641-638-0432 to place an order. Online orders are accepted beginning on the dates listed above at For more information call 1-800-344-1107.

Riverside 4-H Plays Bingo at Sigourney Care Center Riverside 4-H club members played Bingo with Sigourney Care Center residents on Sunday Feb. 9th.Pictured are residents Dorothy Thomas, Mary Sieren, Megan Striegel (4-H) and Hilda Souer. The residents enjoyed the 4 -H club and the stories they shared.


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34 15 32 17 30 19 29 20 28 21 21 28 18 31 4 45 HSWG 1. C. Albert 198 2. P. Tuttle 185 3. K. Foubert 172 HSWS 1. P. Tuttle 471 2. L. Yates 453 3. K. Foubert 445



EZ Sales Producers Livestock Bowing Impaired T and M Benders Foundry Sandsweepers Donna’s Diner Bye HSMG 1. B. Clubb 227 2. K. Foubert 224 3. D. Yates 205 HSMG 1. B. Clubb 577 2. K. Foubert 542 3. D. Yates 530

Pin Busters Camo Crew JR’s Patio Partiers The Four Gals Cassens’ Country Split Happens 3 D’s & Jam Manor House HISG (Men) 1. G. Schmelzer212 2. C. Witkowski205 3. J. Bringman 190 HISS (Men) 1. G. Schmelzer601 2. C. Witkowski575 3. N. Bruns 508


EZ Sales Producers Livestock Bowing Impaired Sandsweepers Benders Foundry T and M Donna’s Diner Bye HSMG 1. M. Gragg 262 2. K. Foubert 234 3. J. Baker 225 HSMG 1. M. Gragg 651 2. J. Baker 641 3. K. Foubert 603

46 17 46 17 37 26 35 28 34 29 30 33 20 43 4 59 HSWG 1. G. Gragg 213 2. L. Yates 188 3. K. Bruns 187 HSWS 1. G. Gragg 542 2. K. Bruns 468 3. K. Foubert 468


Producers Livestock EZ Sales Bowing Impaired Benders Foundry T and M Sandsweepers Donna’s Diner Bye HSMG 1. T. Gillum 252 2. S. Clubb 234 3. N. Bruns 231 HSMG 1. T. Gillum 625 2. S. Clubb 599 3. M. Gragg 574




39 17 39 17 37 19 30 26 29 27 21 35 18 38 4 52 HSWG 1. K. Foubert 192 2. P. Tuttle 175 3. C. Albert 163 HSWS 1. P. Tuttle 509 2. K. Foubert 475 3. C. Albert 469


W L 61 31 50 42 49 43 48.5 43.5 47 45 41 51 38 54 33.5 58.5 HISG (Women) 1. R. Schmelze 178 2. D. Schultz 168 3. J. Schroeder 167 HISS (Women) 1. J. Schroeder 454 2. D. Schultz 443 3. R. Schmelzer440

Pin Busters Camo Crew JR’s The Four Gals Patio Partiers Cassens’ Country Split Happens 3 D’s & Jam Manor House HISG (Men) 1. C. Witkowski256 2. G. Schmelzer205 3. R. Muntz 191 HISS (Men) 1. C. Witkowski618 2. G. Schmelzer527 3. L. Meier 502




W L 63 33 51 45 50.5 45.5 49 47 48 48 44 52 41 55 36.5 59.5 HISG (Women) 1. B. Muntz 184 2. J. Schroeder 178 3. R. Schmelzer169 HISS (Women) 1. B. Muntz 491 2. I. Cassens 456 3. R. Schmelzer437

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W L Soles ‘N’ Heels 101 60 Keokuk Co. Bank 93 68 L & L Trucking 91 70 Bipolar Bowlers 79 82 Fagen Elevator 79 82 Bowlers Edge 75 86 Farm Bureau 66 95 74 60 101 HSMG HSMS 1. M. Bird2171. B. Brooks 618 2. B. Brooks 212 2. M. Bird 571 3. P. Utterback 212 3. P. Utterback 566 HSWG HSWS 1. T. Lee 214 1. T. Lee 494 2. K. Strupp 171 2. C. Hemsley 481 3. A. Hemsley 165 3. A. Hemsley 457

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W L Poodie’s Lawn Care116 66 Bowlers Edge 105 77 H&R Block 103 79 V-Dubs Seamless 100 82 Kaner 93 89 K B Zone Auto 90 92 Death Squad 77 105 Bye 0 0 HISG (Men) HISS (Men) 1. G. Schmelzer248 1. M. Clark 637 2. M. Clark 248 2. G. Schmelzer624 3. J. Car 233 3. M. Johnson 578

Tuesday Mixer Soles ‘N’ Heels Keokuk Co. Bank L & L Trucking Bowlers Edge Fagen Elevator Bipolar Bowlers Farm Bureau 74 HSMG 1. G. Bombei 229 2. B. Brooks 226 3. N. Stoner 223 HSWG 1. S. Stoner 185 2. C. Hemsley 174 3. K. Strupp 162

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W L Poodie’s Lawn Care118 71 Bowlers Edge 110 79 H&R Block 108 81 V-Dubs Seamless 103 86 Kaner 98 91 K B Zone Auto 92 97 Death Squad 79 110 Bye 0 0 HISG (Men) HISS (Men) 1. P. Utterback 246 1. C. Witkowski637 2. C. Witkowski 244 2. P. Utterback624 3. N. Bruns 227 3. M. Gragg 578

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

A Homeless Easter Story Bethel United Methodist Church Pastor LuAnn Benge 319-456-3105 6 miles east of Sigourney on Hwy. 92 Sunday School at 9:30 a.m.; Worship at 10:30 a.m. Alive at Five every 1st and 3rd Sunday evening at 5 p.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 9:30-10:15 a.m. English River Church of the Brethren Diana Lovett, Pastor 29252 137th Street South English, IA 52335 (2 miles east of South English 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. 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. Grace Family Church Rev. Dar Eckley, Pastor (Located between Hedrick and Richland on Hwy. 78) 23536 Hwy. 78, Box 64, Ollie Sunday Worship, 10:15 a.m.; Sunday School, 10:15 a.m. RocKnowledge Youth Group Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. Hedrick First Christian Rev. Carla Nelson Sunday School 9:45 a.m.; Gathering for Worship, 10:45 a.m. 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. Sunday, March 2: Worship at 10 a.m. Children’s Church on lower level at 10:30 a.m. Monday, March 3: Ladies Bible Study: ‘Heaven’ at 7 p.m. Holy Trinity Catholic Parish Rev. Charles Fladung Rectory: 641-636-3883 Saturday Mass, 6 p.m. Sunday Mass, 8 a.m. Hope Lutheran Church, LCMS Rev. Dick Meyer 315 W. Kelly Street Church: 641-622-3777 Office: 319-668-2999 Saturday worship is at 5 p.m. Communion first and third Sundays. 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. Communion at both churches on the first Sunday of the month. 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. 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. Ollie Baptist Church Rev. Carla Nelson 641-667-2841 Worship: 9:30 a.m. Sunday School: 10:30 a.m. Thursdays: Pot luck at 12 noon.

Prairie View United Methodist Church Pastor, Dave Peterson 27131 Highway 78, Ollie 641-667-2502 Sunday, March 2: Worship w/Communion, followed by fellowship. Sunday school at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 4: Bible study at 9 a.m. Wednesday, March 5: Ash Wednesday Service at Packwood Christian Church at 7 p.m. Patriotic Panthers 4-H at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 8: Work Day at Camp Courageous TBA Sunday, March 9: Worship, followed by fellowship at 9 a.m. Sunday school at 10:30 a.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. All are encouraged to attend. Sigourney United Methodist Church Pastor: Richard Pippert Website: Sunday Worship Service: 8:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Sunday School: 9:30 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.

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.

St. Mary’s Catholic Church Sigourney Rev. Charles Fladung Rectory: 641-622-3426 Deacon: James Striegel Home: 634-2896 Prayer Line: 622-2877 Saturday Mass, 4 p.m. Sunday Mass, 10 a.m.

United Church of Deep River Pastor Michelle 319-664-3653 Every Sunday: Inspiration time, 10 a.m.; Worship, 11 a.m. 1st Sunday of the month: Communion and Parish Council. Last Thursday of the month, UCW meeting.

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, Sundays at 6 p.m.; Elder Gathering, 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.

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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.

Pastor: Dick and Jane Larson 641-433-0013, 641-790-1934 A Place to Grow Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. Worship: 10:30 a.m. Kid’s Club and Adult Bible Study on 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.

by Pastor Kim Alten Jim Cymbala preaches at a church in the slums of New York. He tells the following story: It was Easter Sunday and I was so tired at the end of the day that I just went to the edge of the platform, pulled down my tie and sat down and draped my feet over the edge. It was a wonderful service with many people coming forward. The counselors were talking with these people. As I was sitting there I looked up the middle aisle, and there in about the third row was a man who looked about fifty, disheveled, filthy. He looked up at me rather sheepishly, as if saying, “Could I talk to you?” We have homeless people coming in all the time, asking for money or whatever. So as I sat there, I said to myself, though I am ashamed of it, “What a way to end a Sunday. I’ve had such a good time, preaching and ministering, and here’s a fellow probably wanting some money for more wine.” He walked up. When he got within about five feet of me, I smelled a horrible smell like I’d never smelled in my life. It was so awful that when he got close, I would inhale by looking away, and then I’d talk to him, and then look away to inhale, because I couldn’t inhale facing him. I asked him, “What’s your name?” “David. “How long have you been on the street?” “Six years.” “How old are you?” “Thirty-two.” He looked fifty-hair matted; front teeth missing; wino; eyes slightly glazed. “Where did you sleep last night, David?” “Abandoned truck.” I keep in my back pocket a money clip that also holds some credit cards. I fumbled to pick one out thinking; I’ll give him some money. I won’t even get a volunteer. They are all busy talking with others. Usually we don’t give money to people. We


take them to get something to eat. I took the money out. David pushed his finger in front of me. He said, “I don’t want your money. I want this Jesus, the One you were talking about, because I’m not going to make it. I’m going to die on the street.” I completely forgot about David, and I started to weep for myself. I was going to give a couple of dollars to someone God had sent to me. See how easy it is? I could make the excuse I was tired. There is no excuse. I was not seeing him the way God sees him. I was not feeling what God feels. But oh, did that change! David just stood there. He didn’t know what was happening. I pleaded with God, “God, forgive me! Forgive me! Please forgive me. I am so sorry to represent You this way. I’m so sorry. Here I am with my message and my points, and You send somebody and I am not ready for it. Oh, God!” Something came over me. Suddenly I started to weep deeper, and David began to weep. He fell against my chest as I was sitting there. He fell against my white shirt and tie, and I put my arms around him, and there we wept on each other. The smell of His person became a beautiful aroma. Here is what I thought the Lord made real to me: If you don’t love this smell, I can’t use you, because this is why I called you where you are. This is what you are about. You are about this smell. Christ changed David’s life. He started memorizing portions of Scripture that were incredible. We got him a place to live. We hired him in the church to do maintenance, and we got his teeth fixed. He was a handsome man when he came out of the hospital. They detoxed him in 6 days. He spent that Thanksgiving at my house. He also spent Christmas at my house. When we were exchanging presents, he pulled out a little thing and he said, “This is for you.” It was a little white hanky. It was the only thing he could afford. A year later David got up and talked about his conversion to Christ. The minute he took the mic and began to speak, I said, “The man is a preacher.” This past Easter we ordained David. He is an associate minister of a church over in New Jersey. And I was so close to saying, “Here, take this; I’m a busy preacher.”


Wednesday, February 26, 2014

This week was funnel week, which made it a flurry of activity. Funnel week is the point during Session when a bill must be voted out of committee to stay alive. Below are a couple of the bills I have mentioned in past newsletters that have survived funnel week. One bill I have been managing this year is HF 2116, which after I amended it deals with the issue of Child ID Theft. The bill sets a system to allow parents and guardians to place a security freeze on their child’s account through a consumer-reporting agency. Current law allows an individual to place a freeze on their own account, but there is no protection for children. This bill expands who can request security freezes and includes parents or guardians of those under 18 or someone whom a guardian or conservator has been appointed. Freezing your credit files has no impact on your existing lines of credit, such as credit cards. You can continue to use them as you regularly would even when your credit is frozen. The purpose of this bill is to help stop identity theft before it starts and prevent a child from turning 18, only to find their credit is already ruined. When the freeze is placed, the consumer or guardian is given a pin number. With this pin number they can still open credit cards, get a loan or do anything else they want so long as they use the pin number to open the accounts. Under this bill, you can place a freeze with EQUIFAX, EXPERIAN and TRANSUNION between $3 and $10. This bill simply expands protection for those who can’t pro-

tect themselves, HF 2116 passed out of committee on Wednesday and is heading to the floor. The Ag Committee also passed a handful of bills this week. The most significant measure we passed was House Study Bill 524 dealing with the Corn Check Off. The bill lifts the maximum assessment cap so corn growers may vote to impose on themselves from 1-cent per bushel currently in effect, to a two stage increase in the maximum assessment cap from the current 1-cent per bushel to no more than 2-cents between September 1, 2014 and August 31, 2019 and 3-cents on and after September 1, 2019. The bill doesn’t change anything else relating to the voluntary aspect of the program. Growers are still able to get a full refund on all payments into the Corn Check Off. The measure also creates an ‘Iowa Corn Check Off Task Force’ composed of 5 voting members including all of the following:

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Iowa Secretary of Agriculture; two first purchasers with one appointed by the Iowa Institute of Cooperatives and the other by the Agribusiness Association of Iowa, two corn producers with one appointed by the Iowa Corn Growers Association and the other by the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation. In addition there are four legislative ex-officio members with one from each party in the General Assembly. The Task Force is charged with developing and submitting a report regarding its finding and recommendations to the Iowa Secretary of Agriculture by September 1, 2014. The group deals with issues concerning the development and implementation of a system to allow corn referendum ballots to be cast through the mail, and increase refund awareness with first purchasers. Another issue moving through the Senate is legislation which may allow consumers to use fireworks themselves. This bill cleared the subcommittee, with a large push from the general public endorsement. The bill would legalize Roman candles, bottle rockets and other consumer firecrackers to be used without a permit for those over the age of 18, in addition to the sparklers and snakes which are already legal in Iowa. Even though many people want this bill, there are a few critics, mostly concerned with the safety of using fireworks. Lobbyists for the Iowa Medical Society and the Iowa Academy of Ophthalmology made sure to note the appreciation for the age restriction, but made sure to stress many injuries occur to bystanders, not those setting them off. There is also talk about the medical response concerns associated. With this in mind, the bill is moving to the full Senate State Government Committee on Wednesday. I am waiting to see if they send it over to us in the next couple weeks. Our next forum is Saturday, March 15 at the Washington County Courthouse. If you need to contact me before the upcoming forums you may reach me at 515-281-3221, or email me at

Funnel Week is always a busy time in the Iowa General Assembly. This being the first Funnel means Senate Files must have moved out of a Senate committee; and House Files must have moved out of a House Committee. People scurry around from one subcommittee meeting to the next, trying to keep bills moving through the process. This year’s first Funnel is unique, because we had a blizzard on Monday, Feb. 17, delaying meetings and there is another blizzard forecast for Thursday into Friday, which could of delayed Legislator’s travel plans. All of this makes Legislators grumpier than usual. A couple of bills to cross my desk grabbed my interest. House File 2216 re-defines Off-Road Utility Vehicles, and House File 2192 makes changes to Water Services. HF 2216 revises the definition of “Off-Road Utility Vehicle” in Code chapter 3211, which provides for the registration and regulation of all-terrain and off-road

utility vehicles by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and authorizes and limits the use of these vehicles on designated riding areas and trails. “Off-Road Utility Vehicle” is defined as a motorized vehicle with not less than four and not more than eight non-highway tires or rubberized tracks, a bucket or bench seat and a steering wheel or control levers. The current definition includes vehicles with an engine displacement of less than 1,500 cubic centimeters and a total dry weight of less than 2,000 pounds. The bill strikes the limitation on engine size and establishes three off road utility vehicle classifications based on weight and width as follows: • Off-Road Utility VehiclesType 1 includes vehicles with a total dry weight of 1,200 pounds or less and a width of 50 inches or less. • Off-Road Utility VehiclesType 2 includes vehicles, other than Type-1, with a total dry weight of 2,000 pounds or less

with a width of 65 inches or less. • Off-road utility vehicle Type 3 includes vehicles with a total dry weight of more than 2000 pounds or a width of more than 65 inches, or both. HF 2192 is a little more complex and would lay out WHEN a Rural Water District can offer services to residents who live within a two-mile radius of a city. Cities currently hold jurisdiction over these areas. In the event a city is not offering water services to those within a two-mile radius of their boundaries, rules are laid out as to how a Rural Water District may offer their services, and the hoops they must jump through to do so. Somewhere in Iowa, there has been a major disagreement between a municipality and a rural water association, and this bill is clearly an attempt to clarify how things are working going forward. I have had quite a few emails this week from individuals who are asking my support for silencers on guns and letters from the district regarding “Grandparent’s Rights”. The phone system works, too. Difficulties with the email system on Tuesday afternoon prevented emails from coming into the system. If you attempted to send an email on Tuesday and the message bounced back to you, try again. Mail sent to me here at the Capitol should use the zip code 50319. The Senate switchboard telephone number is 515-2813371 and my email address is

The News-Review Opinions & Classifieds Branstad, Reynolds announce Tales of the Ancient Sportsman by Burdell Hensley I tried, but it just wasn’t to be. I had to let my February round of golf go and break the string. I went out to the course Friday, but the greens still had snow on them and the fairways had plenty of snow in sheltered areas. So I will just have to start a new string beginning in March. What a week it has been in the high school sports world. The big story in the area has to be the Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont Rockets storming from behind to win the State Wrestling championship. WOW! Four champions and a sixth place to wrap up the title. Congratulations to the Rockets and coach Brett Little. Brett inherited a growing program from Corey Connell who left for the head job at City High in Iowa City. Brett has done a fabulous job of bringing the program to another level and the cupboard is not bare. Look for the Rockets to be in the hunt again next year. Winning state titles for the Rockets were; Jeren Glosser at 138 pounds, Blake Marolf at 145, Tucker Black at 152 and Tyler Foubert. Dillon Piglsey had to settle for sixth after getting nipped in the final second of the semi-final match. My only regret is that my former superintendent, Ike Ryan, was not able to witness the event. Ike was a wrestler and he dreamed of a wrestling program when he became the principal back in the early 60’s. Ike quickly rose to the superintendent’s position and in the 1968-69 season he hired a rambunctious young coach out of northern Minnesota named Raphel Gonshorowski to start a wrestling program. The program got off to a great start with the Fynaardt boys, the McDonough’s, the McSparren’s, Gary McBurney, Gary Kent and a massive heavyweight named Mike “Tiny” Jones. This group won the first ever Des Moines River Conference tournament and the program was off and running. The program had its ups and downs over the years. There have been some state qualifiers; several place winners, but never anything like what happened this past weekend. Thanks for the memories, Rockets. Ike started the wrestling program in my hometown of Griswold, Iowa in the 1957-58 season. We had no mat and we took the mats down at the end of the basketball court to wrestle on. We had no uniforms and since our school colors were blue and white, the team wore blue jeans and white tee shirts. Our first wrestling meet was at Audubon and the Wheelers went through our line up like a hot knife through butter. In fact, Alan Rhul was pinned in five seconds which I believe stands as the fastest pin in Iowa wrestling history. I was tempted to go out for wrestling, but it was my senior year and I would have to wrestle heavyweight. Once a heavyweight, always a heavyweight. The problem was that Warren “Ape” Jones was also going to wrestle heavyweight. “Ape” was the son for the plummer down in Grant and he was mean as a junkyard dog, big as an ape and strong as a bull ox. The decision to be the third trumpet in the pep band was an easy one to make and “Ape” did a fine job for the wrestling team. The Griswold program grew rapidly and we had some gifted wrestlers. Out of the initial group, Darl and Dell Weaver and Phalen Schuler went on to be good collegiate wrestlers. Later in the 80’s I believe the Tigers won a state title. The Weaver boys were cousins of Randy Weaver of Ruby Ridge fame in Idaho a few years back. Randy went to our school also,

but the family moved to Jefferson while he was in junior high. The basketball tournaments continue and most of our teams have been eliminated. But the Keota boys and the Pekin boys are still alive in Class 1-A. In 2-A Pella Christian pulled off a stunning upset of PCM Friday night to stay alive and the 3-A tourney begins this week. In girls play only English Valleys and Lynnville-Sully are still alive and they play each other this week. The winter season is nearly over and before you know it, it will be time for track meets, golf and tennis. I know that some of you thought I went brain dead last week. I discovered that I repeated the history secession from the previous week. Oh well, I guess that I am old enough to repeat my stories. But there have been other things that have put me on the leading edge of senility. Sunday I got to church and noticed that I was not hearing well at all, which is not all that unusual. I thought my remote needed reset and when I went to take out my hearing aids to do that and I found that I had forgot to put them in. Duh! I took a quick run home to get them. Then I have been having trouble remembering to take my meds and that messes things up. I told the Ancient-ess that she had better reserve me a room at the care center, as I may need some help. It is time again to look at what happened in our yesterdays and I won’t repeat. 75 years ago: Feb. 20, 1939 - Lynnville used 21 points by Ruth Petersma to upend New Sharon in the sectional final 36-26. Genevieve Leydens led NS with 16 points. Feb. 20 Farson tops Fremont 37-19 for the sectional crown; 15 points by Klingman and 12 by Wiggins led Farson. Margaret Jean Pomeroy led Fremont with 14 points. Feb. 24 - The Eddyville girls opened district play with a 39-26 win over Farson. Jackie Thayer and June Newell led the Eddies while Klingman and Bowen led Farson. Feb. 25 - Sigourney routs Eddyville 37-14. Kleinschmidt scored 13 points while Gene McClenathan added 11 and Kenneth Standfield chipped in with 10 for the Savages. Chuck Wilcox led the Eddies with 12 points. 50 years ago: Feb. 19, 1964 Eddyville beat Fremont 68-56 and Hedrick topped Danville 58-46 in sectional play. Bonnie Kelsey led Eddyville with 30 points while Karen Lake led Fremont with 39. Janice Gambell led Hedrick with 23; Lea Abel added 20 and Pat Jacobs scored 15 for the Foxettes. Feb. 20 - Eddyville beat Montezuma 58-48 and Hedrick dropped Moulton-Udell 71-63 in sectional play. Gordon Watkins and Jerry Schleier each scored 13 for Eddyville while Vince Johnson led Monte with 14. Ronnie Capps was the Hedrick leader with 25 points. Feb. 25 - Dave Eidahl was named the new Pekin basketball and track coach. 25 years ago: Feb. 20, 1989 - North Mahaska qualified four wrestlers for the state meet. Those qualifiers were; Doug Readshaw (138), Kelly Mick (275), Todd Sampson (125) and Ben Conover (185). Tri-County qualified Travis Moore (132), Steve Green (145) and Shane Edmundson (171). Feb. 21 - Tri-County won an overtime thriller for DR-M 73-72. Matt Zittergruen led T-C with 19 points while Eric Stein and Eric Koehn each had 14. Feb. 22- Hedrick decks West Point Marquette 68-61 to gain the regional final. 33 points by Tonya Webb and 30 by Sarah Abel led Hedrick. Have a great week and bring on some springtime.

removal of barriers for veterans, military spouses who want to teach in Iowa

Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds today announced a new effort to eliminate licensing barriers for qualified veterans and military spouses who want to teach in Iowa. The Iowa Board of Educational Examiners has created a new military exchange license for veterans and military spouses who have teaching credentials but face new licensure requirements when they move to Iowa. Military families move every few years for employment, and spouses who are teachers must relicense and meet new requirements with each move to a new state. The new license ties in with the Branstad-Reynolds administration’s Home Base Iowa Initiative to recruit veterans to Iowa. The announcement comes on the same day as the Iowa House Veterans Affairs Subcommittee passed House Study Bill 616, an Act relating to professional and occupational licensure of veterans and the spouses of veterans. “This was the right thing to do. These are standout citizens who are defending our freedoms or are supporting family members who are defending our freedoms,” said Branstad. “I’m pleased the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners has removed this barrier that causes military families to seek a new licensure in the state of Iowa.” About 70 percent of outof-state residents who apply for teaching licenses in Iowa must take additional coursework to meet the state’s licensure standards. “The Home Base Iowa Act that Governor Branstad and I have proposed would direct all licensing boards to take action similar to what the Iowa Board

of Educational Examiners has done,” said Reynolds. “We know members of the military and their spouses will bring a wide array of skills and knowledge to Iowa. Continued action like this will ensure our service members and their spouses are able to land the career that meets their qualifications.” The new military exchange license enables veterans and military spouses to teach up to three years without taking any additional college courses. The license also is offered at a reduced cost of $85 instead of $210. The military exchange license is a three-year license. After three years, the license can be converted to a one-year license, giving license-holders full authority to teach while they take the required classes. Once the requirements are met, the license can be converted to a regular Iowa teaching license. Eligible applicants must have completed a teacher preparation program through a college or university and must have been a licensed teacher in another state. Teachers who completed an alternative teacher preparation program outside of a college or university and are not eligible for full licensure will be granted substitute licenses.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014 –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– CLASSIFIED RATES Classified ads, $8.50 minimum for up to 25 words and 35¢ additional for each word over 25. (Published in the The News-Review and the Keota Eagle). Service charge of $5.00 for blind ads. Cards of Thanks and Memorials, $7.50 minimum per newspaper for up to 50 words and 35¢ additional for each word over 50. Ads need to be paid for at time of submission. All want ads and cards of thanks copy must be in The NewsReview and the Keota Eagle offices by 5 p.m. on Friday. Mail want ads to: The News-Review, P.O. Box 285, Sigourney, IA 52591; or The Keota Eagle, 310 East Broadway, Box 18, Keota, IA 52248. Mail remittance to: Mid-America Billing, PO Box 29, Hampton, IA 50441. All real estate advertised herein is subject to the Federal Fair Housing Act called Title VIII and the State of Iowa Civil Rights Act. These laws make it illegal to advertise any preference, limitation or discrimination based on race, color, creed, religion, sex, handicap/disability, familial status/presence of children or national origin, or the intention to make any such preferences, limitations or discrimination. This newspaper will not knowingly accept any advertising for real estate which is in violation of these laws. All persons are hereby informed all dwellings advertised are available on an equal opportunity basis. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

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Keokuk County Board Proceedings FEBRUARY 18, 2014 The Keokuk County Board of Supervisors met in regular session, Tuesday, February 18, 2014 in the Board Room of the Courthouse. All members were present. Hadley moved, Wood seconded to approve the tentative agenda. All ayes and motion carried. Hadley moved, Berg seconded to table consideration and possible approval of licensed engineer proposal(s) for services pertaining to PSAP Communication Tower Project until next week. All ayes and motion carried. Larry Smith informed he no longer wants any responsibility regarding the communication tower project. Met with Engineer McGuire regarding Keokuk County Highway Department. Andy agreed to be sole point of contact for the communication tower project, further stating no matter the vendor, it is relevant to have a good level of service and communication is key. Inquiries were shared as follows: for snow to be pushed further off of the highway near the Rick Besser residence; snow removal on the Clear Creek Church route; hazardous concerns regarding the trailer that sits in front of the Jr. Bowman residence; the City of Delta inquiry regarding property abutting to the County shed in Delta; and what the status is regarding the easement situation in Section 7 Township 76 Range 11. Each matter will be researched. Wood moved, Hadley seconded approval of funding agreement for TSIP Funds for the W15 Safety Improvement Project as submitted. All ayes and motion carried. Hadley moved, Berg seconded to approve the minutes of February 10, 2014 as submitted. All ayes and motion carried. Wood moved, Hadley seconded to approve the claim listing dated February 18, 2014 as submitted. All ayes and motion carried. Wood moved, Hadley seconded approval of resolution to support renaming Hwy 78 and a portion of Hwy 149 to Jay N. “Ding” Darling Memorial Highway as submitted. All ayes and motion carried. Hadley moved, Wood seconded approval of resolution to support the ongoing evaluation of increased Road Use Tax Fund (RUTF) funding as submitted. All ayes and motion carried. Wood moved, Hadley seconded to set the FY 2015 County budget public hearing for Monday, March 3, 2014 at 10:00 a.m., Board Room, First Floor, Courthouse. All ayes and motion carried. Met with Matt Ives, Keokuk County Health Center, regarding the ambulance levy rate for FY2015. Various board and committee reports were held. Wood attended RUSS and What Cheer/ Lacey bridge meetings. Hadley attended Emergency Management and DOT Advisory Board meetings. Berg had no meetings to attend last week. Public hearing with Keokuk County Conference Board regarding FY 2015 Keokuk County Assessor budget was held. Also present were Ron Richmond, Assessor; Marge Farmer, Deputy Assessor and Marsha Steinhart, Sigourney School Board. Auditor Bates stated there were no oral or written objections received. Wood moved, Hadley seconded to close the public hearing. All ayes and the public hearing closed at 10:04 a.m. Hadley moved, Steinhart seconded approval of FY 2015 Keokuk County Assessor budget as submitted. All ayes and motion carried. Discussion of old/new business and public comment was held. Budget discussion arose ending with the consensus of raising the Rural Basic levy by 20¢ to assist in additional funding of roads/bridges. The annual Veterans Affairs meeting is being held on March 11, 2014 in Iowa City. On vote and motion the meeting adjourned at 10:25 a.m. The Keokuk County Board of Supervisors adjourned to meet February 24, 2014. The above and foregoing information is a summary of the minutes taken at the above in-


The News-Review Classifieds & Legals Public Notice Public Notice Notice of Probate Keokuk County Board Proceedings FEBRUARY 10, 2014 The Keokuk County Board of Supervisors met in special session, Monday, February 10, 2014 in the Board Room of the Courthouse. All members were present. Hadley moved, Wood seconded to approve the tentative agenda. All ayes and motion carried. Wood moved, Hadley seconded to approve the minutes of February 3, 2014 as submitted. All ayes and motion carried. County Attorney Schroeder went to the State Capitol last week and his legislative submission suggesting established statewide guardian ad litem attorney fees is not advancing in legislation this year. Met with Keokuk County Community Services Administrative Assistant Gilliland regarding monthly Community Services update. Various board and committee reports were held. Wood attended RUSS/Ollie City Council; RUSS/Mt. Union and RUSS/financial manager interview meetings. Hadley attended Emergency Management and E911 meetings. Berg met with Tammy Wetjen-Kesterson to sign Empowerment documents last week. Discussion of old/new business and public comment was held. Resolutions were received for review and consideration regarding “Ding” Darling memorial highway and road use tax. The Central Iowa Detention Center update was sent for review. Auditor Bates presented a FY 2015 draft copy of the budget for review. On vote and motion the meeting adjourned at 9:50 a.m. The above and foregoing information is a summary of the minutes taken at the above indicated meeting. The full and complete set of minutes are recorded and available at the office of the Keokuk County Auditor. SK9

Tri-County School Board Minutes Tri-County Community School District The Tri-County Community School District Board of Education held a budget work session at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at the Tri-County High School Office at 3003 Hwy 22, Thornburg, Iowa. Board members present: Regina Garber, Justin Leer, Jody Schroeder, Karen Sieren, Matthew Steinke. Also present: Superintendent Dr. Alan Meyer, Business Manager Dennis Gourley, Board Secretary Shelly Koehn, and Principal Sandy Steinke. Opening, Roll Call: The budget work session was called to order by President Regina Garber at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 in the Tri-County High School Office, Thornburg, Iowa. Motion to open the budget work session by Leer; second by Sieren. Motion carried 5/0. The following members answered roll call: Regina Garber, Justin Leer, Jody Schroeder, Karen Sieren, Matthew Steinke. 1. Motion to approve the agenda by Leer; second by Sieren. Motion carried 5/0. 2. Budget work session: Board members were presented with information from Dr. Meyer and Mr. Gourley on the 2014-2015 budget. The proposed budget is on the agenda for February 17, 2014 regular board meeting. Adjournment at 6:50 p.m. motioned by Schroeder; second by Sieren. Motion carried 5/0. Board President – Regina Garber Board Secretary – Shelly Koehn S9

Tri-County School Board Minutes Tri-County Community School District The Tri-County Community School District Board of Education held a special meeting at 7:20 a.m. on Friday, February 14, 2014 at the Tri-County High School Office at 3003 Hwy 22, Thornburg, Iowa. Board members present: Regina Garber, Karen Sieren, Matthew Steinke. Also present: Superintendent Dr. Alan Meyer and Principal Sandy Steinke. Opening, Roll Call: The special meeting was called to order by President Regina Garber at 7:20 a.m. on Friday, February 14, 2014 in the Tri-County High School Office, Thornburg, Iowa. Motion to open the special meeting by Steinke; second by Sieren. Motion carried 3/0. The following members answered roll call: Regina Garber, Karen Sieren, and Matthew Steinke. 1. Motion to approve the agenda by Sieren; second by Steinke. Motion carried 3/0. 2. Motion to approve the Early Retirement package as presented by Steinke; second by Sieren. Motion carried 3/0. Adjournment at 7:22 a.m. motioned by Sieren; second by Steinke. Motion carried 3/0. Board President – Regina Garber Board Secretary – Shelly Koehn S9

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TO: DAVID C. WENMAN, 316 SOUTH IRONS STREET, KESWICK, IA 50136 - CONTRACT BUYER DAVID C. WENMAN, 107 CHARLES STREET, KESWICK, IA 50316 - CONTRACT BUYER TARA LYN WALKER f/k/a TARA LYN DENNIS, 316 SOUTH IRONS STREET, KESWICK, IA 50136 - OWNER/CONTRACT SELLER TARA LYN WALKER f/k/a TARA LYN DENNIS, 726 28TH AVENUE, AMANA, IA 52203 OWNER/CONTRACT SELLER PERSON IN POSSESSION, 316 SOUTH IRONS STREET, KESWICK, IA 50136 - PERSON IN POSSESSION CITY OF KESWICK c/o CITY CLERK, 124 SOUTH IRONS STREET, KESWICK, IA 50136 - CITY LIMITS KEOKUK COUNTY AUDITOR, 101 S MAIN ST, SIGOURNEY, IA 52591 - COURT COSTS KEOKUK COUNTY ATTORNEY, 101 S MAIN ST, SIGOURNEY, IA 52591 - COURT COSTS IOWA ATTORNEY GENERAL, 1305 E WALNUT ST RM 109, DES MOINES, IA 50319 - COURT COSTS ELVA DOWNING, 16584 185TH AVENUE, SIGOURNEY, IA 52591 - JUDGMENT/LIEN HOLDER MELISSA L. SIROVY, 316 IRONS STREET, KESWICK, IA 50136 - INTERESTED PARTY MELISSA L. SIROVY, 17 CHARLES STREET, KESWICK, IA 50136 - INTERESTED PARTY REGIONAL UTILITY SERVICE SYSTEMS COMMISSION a/k/a RUSS, 1501 WEST WASHINGTON STE #103, MT PLEASANT, IA 52641 - EASEMENT ANY OTHER UNKNOWN PERSONS WITH INTEREST NOTICE OF EXPIRATION OF RIGHT OF REDEMPTION In accordance with Iowa Code Section 447.9 you are hereby notified that: 1. The property described in paragraph 2 of this Notice was sold at tax sale on the 20TH day of June, 2011. The purchaser at tax sale was CENTRAL PROPERTIES/US BANK. 2. The legal description of the property sold is: Commencing 599 7/12 feet South and 20 feet West of the Northeast (NE) Corner of Section Twenty-eight (28),Township Seventy-seven North, Range Twelve West of the Fifth Principal Meridian in Keokuk County, Iowa, as the Place of Beginning, thence West 140 1/2 feet (W 140 1/2’); thence South 63 1/3 feet (S 163 1/3’): thence East 140 1/2 feet (E 140 1/2’); thence North 63 1/3 feet (N 63 1/3’) to the place of beginning a/k/a PARCEL #006300 3. That your right of redemption as set forth in the Iowa Code will expire unless redemption of the property is made within 90 days from the date of completed service of this Notice. 4. If the right of redemption is allowed to expire, a tax deed will be issued by the Treasurer of KEOKUK County. S9

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 your advertising dollars do better in the News-Review...

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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING Condemnation and Abatement Hearing for property located at 108 W. Walnut Street, What Cheer Iowa The City of What Cheer will hold a Public Hearing to discuss the condemnation and abatement of property located at GILLETT’S ADD LOTS 15 & 16 BLK 2 City of What Cheer, County of Keokuk, State of Iowa, Parcel ID WCCOT-058100, Deed Book/Page 2009-0477 (03162009). Hearing will be held at 7:00 PM, on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at the What Cheer City Hall, What Cheer, Iowa. All interested parties are encouraged to attend the Public Hearing. Written comments may be submitted to the City Clerk, What Cheer City Hall, P.O. Box 408, What Cheer, Iowa 50268 on or before the date of the Public Hearing. ATTEST by /s/ Melanie Vermillion, City Clerk S9

Sigourney School Board Minutes Special Meeting February 18, 2014 The Board of Directors of the Sigourney Community School District met in special session on Tuesday, February 18, 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 Superintendent Craig Scott and Business Mgr. /Board Secretary Susan Huls. I. Call to Order: President O’Rourke called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. Conrad moved, seconded by Manchester 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 7:11 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 7:11 p.m. Motion carried 7/0. Mark O’Rourke, President Susan Huls, Secretary S9

Sigourney School Board Minutes Special Meeting February 20, 2014 The Board of Directors of the Sigourney Community School District met in special session on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at the Sigourney Administrative Office, Sigourney, IA. Board members present included Mark O’Rourke, Denise Conrad, Anne Arduser, Ruth Manchester, Marsha Steinhart, and Shellie Striegel. Tom Hadley arrived at 7:02 A.M. Also present was Business Mgr. /Board Secretary Susan Huls. I. Call to Order: President O’Rourke called the meeting to order at 7:00 a.m. Manchester moved, seconded by Conrad to open the meeting. Motion carried 6/0. II. Approve/Amend Agenda: Conrad moved, seconded by Manchester to approve the agenda. Motion carried 6/0. III. Consider Employment Contract: Conrad moved, seconded by Steinhart that David Harper be employed as Superintendent of Schools for the Sigourney Community School District commencing July 1, 2014, according to the terms negotiated by President Mark O’Rourke. Motion carried 6/0. Tom Hadley was not present to vote on the motion but expressed his support. IV. Adjournment: Manchester moved, seconded by Conrad to adjourn the meeting at 7:03 a.m. Motion carried 7/0. Mark O’Rourke, President Susan Huls, Secretary S9

Probate No. ESPR037778 NOTICE OF PROBATE OF WILL, OF APPOINTMENT OF EXECUTOR AND NOTICE TO CREDITORS The Iowa District Court Keokuk County IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF JOHN F. DALTON, JR., Deceased. To All Persons Interested in the Estate of John E. Dalton, Jr., Deceased, who died on or about February 13, 2014: You are hereby notified that on the 21st day of February, 2014, the last will and testament of John F. Dalton, Jr., deceased, bearing date of the 26th day of April, 2011, was admitted to probate in the above named court and that Vickie A. Altenhofen was appointed executor of the estate. Any action to set aside the will must be brought in the district court of said county within the later to occur of four months from the date of the second publication of this notice or one month from the date of mailing of this notice to all heirs of the decedent and devisees under the will whose identities are reasonably ascertainable, or thereafter be forever barred. Notice is further given that all persons indebted to the estate are requested to make immediate payment to the undersigned, and creditors having claims against the estate shall file them with the clerk of the above named district court, as provided by law, duly authenticated, for allowance, and unless so filed by the later to occur of four months from the second publication of this notice or one month from the date of the mailing of this notice (unless otherwise allowed or paid) a claim is thereafter forever barred. Dated this 21st day of February, 2014. Vickie A. Altenhofen Executor of estate 31973 Hwy. 92 Keota, IA 52248 Robert G. Schlegel, ICIS PIN No: AT0007031 Attorney for executor Lamping Schlegel & Salazar, LLP 112 So. Ave. B., P.O. Box 929 Washington, IA 52353-0929 Date of second publication 5th day of March, 2014. S9-2

Notice of Probate Probate No. ESPR037006 NOTICE OF PROBATE OF WILL, OF APPOINTMENT OF EXECUTOR AND NOTICE TO CREDITORS The Iowa District Court Keokuk County IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF LUCINA T. PITSCH, Deceased. To All Persons Interested in the Estate of Lucina T. Pitsch, Deceased, who died on or about February 1, 2014: You are hereby notified that on the 19th day of February, 2014, the last will and testament of Lucina T. Pitsch, deceased, bearing date of the 28th day of January, 1983, was admitted to probate in the above named court and that John N. Wehr was appointed executor of the estate. Any action to set aside the will must be brought in the district court of said county within the later to occur of four months from the date of the second publication of this notice or one month from the date of mailing of this notice to all heirs of the decedent and devisees under the will whose identities are reasonably ascertainable, or thereafter be forever barred. Notice is further given that all persons indebted to the estate are requested to make immediate payment to the undersigned, and creditors having claims against the estate shall file them with the clerk of the above named district court, as provided by law, duly authenticated, for allowance, and unless so filed by the later to occur of four months from the second publication of this notice or one month from the date of the mailing of this notice (unless otherwise allowed or paid) a claim is thereafter forever barred. Dated this 19th day of February, 2014. John N. Wehr Executor of estate 116 E. Washington St., P.O. Box 245 Sigourney, IA 52591 John N. Wehr, ICIS PIN No: AT0008299 Attorney for executor 116 E. Washington, P.O. Box 245 Sigourney, IA 52591 Date of second publication 5th day of March, 2014. S9-2

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Delta City Council Minutes

Tri-County School Board Minutes Tri-County Community School District The Tri-County Community School District Board of Education fiduciary meeting was held prior to the regular board meeting at 5:30 p.m. Monday, January 20, 2014 at the Tri-County High School Office at 3003 Hwy. 22, Thornburg, Iowa. Board members present: Regina Garber, Jody Schroeder, Karen Sieren, and Matthew Steinke, Justin Leer arrived at 5:40 p.m. Also present: Superintendent Dr. Alan Meyer, Business Manager Dennis Gourley, Board Secretary Shelly Koehn, and Principal Sandy Steinke. Visitors were: Ryan Daughenbaugh, Dennis Ward, Heather Daughenbaugh, Brian Hanna, and Connie Zimmerman. Opening, Roll Call, & Mission Statement: The regular meeting of the Tri-County Community School Board of Directors was called to order by President Regina Garber at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, January 20, 2014 in the Tri-County High School Office, Thornburg, Iowa. Motion to open the regular meeting by Schroeder; second by Sieren. Motion carried 4/0. The following members answered roll call: Regina Garber, Jody Schroeder, Karen Sieren, and Matthew Steinke. Justin Leer was absent for roll call, arrived at 5:40 p.m. Reading of Mission Statement by Sieren. 1. Motion to approve the agenda by Schroeder; second by Sieren. Motion carried 4/0. 2. Public Forum – none. 3. Approval of consent items: a. Motion to approve December 16, 2014 minutes with the following correction: Item 7a. to read: “IASB Board of Directors Election: Karen heard them both speak at the IASB meeting. Motion for Tri-County CSD to vote for George Wheeler by Schroeder, second by Garber. Motion carried: 2/1; Garber: aye, Schroeder: aye, Sieren: nay.” by Sieren; second by Schroeder. Motion carried 4/0. b. Motion to approve January 3, 2014 minutes by Sieren; second by Garber. Motion carried 4/0. c. Motion to approve January 14, 214 minutes by Steinke; second by Sieren. Motion carried 4/0. d. Motion to approve Financial reports by Sieren; second by Steinke. Motion carried 5/0. e. Motion to approve Summary listing of bills by Sieren; second by Schroeder. Motion carried 5/0. i. Bills Pending: Spring Golf Course Fees: Motion to discuss the spring golf course fee by Sieren; second by Schroeder. Motion carried 5/0. Board would like to see what other golf courses would charge. Tabled. Motion to revisit the spring golf course fee by Steinke, second by Leer. Motion carried 5/0. Motion to approve paying of Sigourney Golf Course Fee contingent upon finding a cheaper fee with another golf course by Steinke, second by Leer. Motion carried 5/0. 4. Communications and Reports a. Students Reports/Program-Curricular Reports i. Students of the Month: Hannah Miover has been chosen for Junior High Student of the Month for the following reasons: Hannah always has her assignments done and she goes above and beyond when it comes to assignments and projects. She’s always pleasant to have in class and is an excellent student. Hannah is also a straight A student and has a great attendance records. Nick Watts has been chosen for High School Student of the Month for the following reasons: Nick is always kind and considerate to all students and teachers. He works very hard and is very goal oriented. Nick also has all A’s & B’s and has an excellent attendance record. ii. VREP Presentation: Ryan Daughenbaugh and Dennis Ward presented information on what Ryan has been working on through the VREP program. Ryan has been teaching himself with the help of Mr. Ward after a program they attended at Cargill Training Facility in Eddyville. The VREP program can create games, animations, and virtual tours. VREP is a student taught program and Ryan has taught this program to the Computer Applications class. b. Community Request – none. c. Board – none. d. Superintendent i. Office needs/technology: New computers

for office staff to upgrade for programs. ii. Rural School Advocacy: Organizational meeting was reviewed by Dr. Meyer online. e. Principal: Principal Steinke provided written information to the board on enrollment updates, TLC Plan, Jan. 21-23 she will be one of the members of the Wayne CSD site visit with the DE, Next SIAC meeting is February 3, Sophomore pancake supper will be Monday, February 10 from 5-7 pm in the HS gym, March 1 Tri-County will host the District Individual Speech Contest. f. Athletic Director – none. 5. Personnel Actions a. Staff Resignations i. Motion to approve resignation of assistant volleyball coach Michelle Armstrong by Schroeder, second by Steinke. Motion carried 5/0. b. Staff Recommendations - none 6. Old Business a. Adoption of 2014-2015 Calendar. Motion to discuss the adoption of the 2014-2015 calendar by Sieren, second by Schroeder. Motion carried 5/0. Dr. Meyer presented information on the calendar and memorandum of understanding with the Tri-County Education Association. Motion to adopt the 2014-2015 calendar and the memorandum of understanding by Sieren; second by Leer. Motion carried 5/0. b. TLC/TLS: Information was provided in writing by Principal Sandy Steinke on the TLC Plan. c. Second reading of Board Policies: i. Motion to approve final changes to 100 series board policy by Leer; second by Steinke. Motion carried 5/0. ii. Motion to approve final changes to 207.1, 207.2, 214, 303.1, 304.2, 410.2, 500, 402.3, 408.1, 412.1, 501.9, 505.6, 505.7, 507.3, 507.8, 701.6, 704.2, 803.2. policies by Sieren; second by Leer. Motion carried 5/0. 7. New Business a. Official Newspaper: Sigourney News Review has requested to take over the What Cheer Paper as the official newspaper for the school district. Motion to approve the Sigourney News Review as the official newspaper by Steinke, second by Leer. Motion carried 5/0. b. Hot Lunch price clarification: Connie Zimmerman presented information on the hot lunch pricing. The state has nutrition analysis broken down into 3 categories (PK-5, 6-8, and 9-12) for pricing. Due to this State Mandate, 6th graders should be charged $2.40 instead of $2.15. Hot lunch has increased participation this school year and is showing financial improvement. Motion to approve the change of 6th grade lunch prices to $2.40 by Leer; second by Schroeder. Motion carried 5/0. c. Notification of Early Graduation: The board was notified that Michaella Ferns and Devan Leer have met the requirements of 50 credits to graduate early. No action needed. d. Fire Marshall Report: Dr. Meyer presented information on the report and changes the school district is making to meet the recommendation of the Fire Marshall. No action needed. e. What Cheer Flea Market Concessions has sent the school district a ballot to vote to add the What Cheer Community Club to the groups supplying volunteers at the 2014 Flea Markets. Motion to approve the board’s vote to leave the current system as it is with only the current organizations participating. Each organization supplying 26 volunteers & getting 1/10 of the profits by Steinke, second by Schroeder. Motion carried 4/1. Garber: aye, Schroeder: aye, Sieren: aye, Steinke: aye; Justin: Nay. f. The board reviewed the first reading of 200 & 300 series of Board Policy. No action needed. g. Bus specifications: New bus specifications were presented to the board. The district will send these specifications out to companies for bids. 8. Board Talking Points a. Board meeting dates: April 21, 2014 will be moved to April 16, 2014 due to the Easter Holiday. b. Legislative Issues/Update presented by Dr. Meyer c. JH ball – no updates. Adjournment at 8:06 p.m. motioned by Leer;

What Cheer City Council Minutes City Council Minutes Regular Meeting Tuesday February 11th, 2014 The What Cheer City Council met in regular session at City Hall Tuesday February 11th 2014. Mayor Mike Danner called the meeting to order at 7 p.m. Council Members answering roll call were: Lorrie Hartwig, Joe Linder, Chris Terrell, Max Gragg, and Merrill D. Decker (Rabbi). Also present was Darrell Wilkening, Matt Olson, Dave Armstrong, Deke Woods, James Holz, Dwight & Carolyn Danner and City Clerk Melanie Vermillion. Linder made a motion to approve the consent agenda, Gragg seconded the motion. All in favor. Motion Carried. No audience comments. Discussion was made about the replacement of the bridge on 170th St. over Coal Creek. This bridge is partially owned by the City of What Cheer and Keokuk County. Gragg made a motion to ask Keokuk County if the city could be responsible for $20,000 to be paid in two years. Linder seconded the motion. All in favor. Motion Carried. James Holtz, from MSA Professional Services approached the council about available grants. He will be sending more information to the City Clerk. No action was taken by the Council. Linder made a motion to set this year’s Spring Cleanup on Saturday May 24th. Terrell seconded the motion. All in favor. Motion Carried. City Clerk Melanie Vermillion discussed with the council her concern about needing new Christmas lights, and possibly banners for Barnes St. The Council tabled this until she can come up with some prices. Decker made a motion to reimburse Jackie Culp $675.00 and forgive $800.00 of mowing cost against the property she purchased and then removed a dilapidated house. Linder stated that the council had previously stated that when the property is completely cleaned up that the city would reimburse and waive the fees. Decker then amended his previous motion by adding when the basement is filled, and ground clear of all debris then the city will reimburse the $675.00 and waive the $800.00 of mowing cost for the 2012 and 2013 mowing season. Linder seconded the motion. All in favor. Motion Carried. Linder made a motion to adopt a resolution 14-02-01 providing for the financial support from area 15 regional planning commission. Terrell seconded the motion. Roll Call: Linder, Aye; Terrell, Aye; Gragg, Aye; Hartwig, Aye; and Decker, Aye. Motion Carried. Linder made a motion to set a public hearing on the 2014-2015 Budget on March 11th at 7:15. Terrell seconded the motion. All in favor.

Motion Carried. Linder made motion to set a public hearing March 11th at 7:20, on the condemnation and abatement for the property located at 108 W. Walnut St. Hartwig seconded the motion. All in favor. Motion Carried. Joe Linder made a motion to appoint Mike Danner as representative for the Keokuk County Emergency Management and Merrill Decker (Rabbi) as the alternate. Gragg seconded the motion. All in favor. Motion Carried. Terrell made a motion to donate $50.00 to Tri County’s Post Prom. Hartwig seconded the motion. All in favor. Motion Carried. Terrell made a motion to appoint Joe Linder as representative for the fire department and Mike Danner as alternate. Decker seconded the motion. All in favor. Motion Carried. Linder made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 8:50. Decker seconded the motion. Mike Danner, Mayor Melanie Vermillion, City Clerk BILLS PRESENTED AT FEBRUARY 11TH, 2014 MEETING WHAT CHEER FIRE DEPT $398.39 AFLAC 148.46 USPO ~ FEB BILLING 86.36 IPERS 1028.99 MIDIOWA CONS. & INSPEC 500.00 USA BLUE BOOK 144.87 DOLLAR GENERAL 26.75 ALLIANT ENERGY 4085.17 ENVIRONMENTAL EDGE 1125.00 BERNIE AULWES ~ BUDGET PREP 245.00 TREMMEL BACKHOE 1145.00 WINDSTREAM 2197.00 OFFICE DEPOT 182.45 MCGRIFFS 62.65 OGDEN OIL 799.69 RIDGEWAY 107.77 MID AMERICA PUBLSIHING 59.92 DOUDS STONE 194.27 941 TAX 2148.34 KEYSTONE LAB 308.85 BARRON MOTOR 86.25 WAPELLO RURAL WATER 2741.70 WASTE MANAGEMENT 4456.60 CITY OF WHAT CHEER DECEMBER 2013 RECEIPTS


GENERAL FUND $409.53 ROAD FUND $4461.70 DEBT SERVICE $148.01 TRUST & AG $67.43 GARBAGE FUND $5741.99 WATER FUND $9487.61 SEWER FUND $5840.80 LOCAL OP SALES TAX $5068.46 LIBRARY $1183.78 TOTAL $32409.31

$4026.80 $6389.44 $0.00 $1419.56 $4627.60 $6612.36 $3224.33 $315.00 $1124.44 $27739.53 S9




DELTA CITY COUNCIL MEETING TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2014 - 7:00 P.M. DELTA CITY HALL The Delta City Council met in regular session Tuesday, February 11, 2014, at the Delta City Hall. Mayor Votroubek called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. Council members answering roll call were as follows: Barb Fisher, Todd Fisher, Rostami and Whitmore. Absent: Walker. Others present for the meeting: Robert Fite Jr. and the City Clerk. Upon motion by Rostami and second by B. Fisher, the consent agenda, which included approval of a new tobacco permit for the soon to open convenience store “Neighbor’s Gas & Grill”; was approved as presented. Roll Call Vote: B. Fisher, aye; T. Fisher, aye; Rostami, aye; Whitmore, aye. OLD/NEW Business: Robert Fite Jr. approached the Council and requested permission he be allowed to take down the old cable tower situated on City property and “junk” it out. The Mayor reminded the Council that Mr. Fite would need to have his own insurance for that type of work; especially as he would be working on City property and if he was to injure himself, the City would be liable. The Council turned down Mr. Fite’s request until he could show proof of insurance. The Council also discussed Spring CleanUp. Dates for this event will be decided upon at

the March meeting. Rostami presented and moved for the adoption of Resolution #02-11-14(a), setting the time and date for the Public Hearing for FYE Budget 2015 for 7:00 p.m. on March 11, 2014. Todd Fisher seconded the motion. Roll Call Vote: B. Fisher, aye; T. Fisher, aye; Rostami, aye; Whitmore, aye. Resolution adopted. Todd Fisher presented and moved for the adoption of Resolution #02-11-14(b) approving the financial support for the Area 15 Regional Planning Commission in the amount of $141.04 for July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015. Barv Fisher seconded the motion. Roll Call Vote: B. Fisher, aye; T. Fisher, aye; Rostami, aye; Whitmore, aye. Resolution adopted. Todd Fisher moved to approve the City Clerk’s request for a $1.00 an hour raise (last raise 2008), Rostami seconded the motion. Vote on the motion: All ayes. The Maintenance Report was given and discussed. There being no further business to discuss at this time, upon motion by B. Fisher and second by Whitmore the meeting adjourned at 7:40 p.m. All ayes. The next regular meeting will be Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at the Delta City Hall. Mayor Rudy Votroubek Attest: Alice Robertson, City Clerk S9


The News-Review Area Athletics

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Sigourney’s Seniors Leave Their Mark 2-18-2014 Sigourney 67, New London 73

By Adam Meier, Regional Sports Editor

Left: Pekin’s Samantha Wright had 12 points in her final game and above: Bridget

The Sigourney girls’ basketball program is in better shape now than it has been in the past few years and the five senior Savages are a big reason why. “A season like the one we had helps the program a lot,” Sigourney head coach Andy Harter said. “There is a lot more interest in Sigourney girls’ basketball now than

Fritchen went to work in the post [photos submitted].

Sparkling Season Ends At IV 2-18-2014 Pekin 60, Iowa Valley 64 By Adam Meier, Regional Sports Editor

It was one of the most competitive, well-played and pressure-packed high school girls’ games that anyone could ever witness; but for one of the teams, it was the final game of the season. South Iowa Cedar League champion Iowa Valley hosted the Southeast Iowa Super Conference’s second place team, Pekin, last Tuesday in the quarterfinal round of the 2A Regionals. The Tigers used their exceptional length and athleticism to their advantage and won the game in the paint by scoring at will inside. 21 points by Lily

Seye and 15 by Jackie Kriegel helped IV hold on for the 64-60 win, ending Pekin’s season at 16-5 overall. “[Iowa Valley’s] inside game and drives to the basket were the keys to their points,” said Pekin head coach Davis Eidahl. “We did not do the best job of preventing second or third shots. We played hard but the girls came up short.” Whereas the Tigers did most of their offensive work on the interior, the Panthers struck from the outside. Seemingly anytime the Panthers needed points, either Samantha or Gwynne Wright were there to provide a lift.

Three first-quarter ‘3s’ by senior Samantha Wright kept the Panthers close after IV built a six-point lead early on and eventually helped the Panthers take an 18-16 lead into the second quarter. Beth Atwood and Jess Horras got involved in the post for the Panthers in the second quarter and provided and offensive spark that kept Pekin close after IV regained the lead. Horras had five points on the night, while Atwood finished with a stat line that we’ve all gotten used to by now: 19 points, 11 rebounds, five steals and three assists. Even with Pekin’s hot first quarter of shooting, the Tigers didn’t slow down and managed to take a 34-32 lead into the locker room at halftime. Iowa Valley’s defense played with added intensity in the third quarter and helped the Tigers gain an eight-point lead midway through the period. But just like they’ve been doing all season, the Wrights kept firing from deep and each knocked down a ‘3’ to bring Pekin back to within two. For the game, both Sam and

Gwynne made four 3-points and finished with 12 points apiece. Two more clutch ‘3s’ by Gwynne in the fourth quarter once again brought the Lady Panthers back from a sizeable Iowa Valley lead and gave Pekin a fighter’s chance. Both offenses slowed considerably in the fourth quarter and relied considerably on free throw shooting. A number of Beth Atwood free throws down the stretch was the only offense the Panthers could muster following Gwynne Wright’s 3-point shots. A huge baseline jumper by IV’s Seye extended the Tigers’ lead to four with a minute and a half left before an Atwood free throw cut IV’s lead to three. Another Atwood free throw brought the Panthers’ deficit to just two points and a defensive stop on Iowa Valley’s next possession gave Pekin a chance to tie. However, a missed runner by Gwynne Wright gave IV the ball back and the Tigers made their free throws to hold on for the 64-60 win. Cassidy Tolle, Sloan Reighard, McKenna Gambell and Tiana Slaney each scored two points for Pekin. “Overall, the girls did a great job and can keep their heads held high,” said Eidahl. So that ends the Lady Panthers’ 2013-14 season that finished with a 16-5 record and a tie for second place in the conference.

there was two or three years ago.” K a r a h Appleget, Sydney Davis, C a s s i e Leer, Becca Ohland and Maddi Wood all played their last games i n a Sigourney uniform last Tuesday in New London and helped the Savages finish the season at 12-12; a drastic improvement from last year. “I told them all after the game how proud I was of them,” Harter said after Sigourney’s 73-67 loss to New London (14-9) in the Regional playoffs. “I thanked them all for buying in and accepting what we wanted to do. Becca’s athleticism; Karah’s passing; Sydney’s ability to push the ball; Maddi’s shooting and Cassie’s great job as a practice player are things we’re going to miss.” It was only fitting that the Savages played one of their best offensive games of the season at New London, scoring a season high in points and converting 25 field goals, including eight from 3-point distance. “Maddi was hitting from the outside and we were getting good looks inside and at the high post,” said Harter. “But mainly the key was the way we moved the ball.” No one moved the ball better than Maddi Wood, who led the team with six assists and 17 points on 6-of-11 shooting, including four 3-pointers. Sigourney assisted on 18 of its 25 baskets and got four assists from Sydney Davis and two apiece from Appleget and Jordan Carter. Carter scored 14 points on six-of-seven shooting and pulled down seven rebounds. Davis scored nine points and Appleget added six. The Savages led 13-12 after the first quarter but were unable to stop the New London offense in the second period. The Tigers rattled

Pekin’s Brody Long had 28 points and 15 rebounds last Thursday [photo submitted].

Panthers Trounce Seymour in Quarterfinals 2-20-2014 Pekin 88, Seymour 31 By Adam Meier, Regional Sports Editor

Last Thursday’s 1A District quarterfinal matchup between Pekin and Seymour was a mismatch in every sense of the word. The Panthers took care of business against the fourwin Seymour team, 88-31, and moved on to the District semifinals against Wayne, Corydon on Tuesday in Centerville. The Panthers led 29-7 after the first quarter and increased their lead to 53-17 at the half, before coasting to the finish. Brody Long had a huge game with 28 points on 12-of14 shooting and 15 rebounds. Jared Bond went seven-for-nine from the field and finished with 17 points. Eric Adam added nine points; Cade Millikin scored seven and Petie Clubb pitched in with six points and three steals. Kyle Miller scored five points while Ryan Swanson added four. Should the Panthers win on Tuesday, they will play at Davis County, Bloomfield on Thursday, Feb. 27, against the winner of Van Buren and Twin Cedars at 7pm. The Panthers are now 18-3 on the season. of 25 points in the quarter to gain a 37-31 halftime lead. 21 more points in the third period extended New London’s lead to 58-45 heading into the fourth. The Savages increased the pace of their offense and fired on all cylinders in the final eight minutes to put serious pressure on the Tigers. Sigourney scored 22 points in the quarter but couldn’t make up a 13-point deficit, as New London held on, 73-67. Becca Ohland added eight points and grabbed ten rebounds, while Kacey Cranston hit a 3-pointer and had an assist. Sierra Davis scored ten points and grabbed an impressive seven steals. “Two of our leading scorers (Sierra Davis and Carter) are coming back and that’s pretty exciting,” Harter said. “We’ve got a good group of eighth graders coming up and the JV team played some really good basketball this season.” So that ends the basketball script for Sigourney’s five seniors that meant so much to the program. They’ve left Sigourney girls’ basketball in a better place than it was and at the end of the day that’s all you can ask for.

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Savages’ Blaine Gretter exploded for 27 points against Moravia [photo submitted].

Savages’ Win-Total Capped at Seven 2-17-2014 Sigourney 79, Moravia 37 2-20-2014 Sigourney 30, Van Buren 73 By Adam Meier, Regional Sports Editor

The Sigourney boys’ basketball team entered the season full of question marks and left it with some questions answered and others still needing fulfilled heading into next year. Three nights after blowing out Moravia by 42 points, the Savages got blown out themselves, losing by 43 to an excellent Van Buren squad. Van Buren, who has just three losses this season, made a statement early on against Sigourney, outscoring the Savages 24-5 in the first quarter and 20-9 in the second. After building a commanding 44-14 halftime lead, Van Buren kept after it and built its lead even further in each of the next two quarters, before pulling away for the 73-30 win. Garrett Saunders led Van Buren with 21 points and hit five 3-pointers. Sigourney’s sta-

Warhawks Can’t Fly With the Eagles 2-21-2014 Keota 64, North Mahaska 45 By Adam Meier, Regional Sports Editor

The Keota boys’ basketball team put on a defensive clinch in the quarterfinal round of 1A District 9 play last Friday against North Mahaska in Montezuma. The Eagles held North Mahaska to just two firstquarter points and eight in the entire first half to blow away the Warhawks, 64-45. Keota played exceptionally in every facet of the game, getting out to a 16-2 lead after the first period on route to a 34-8 halftime lead. Kolton Greiner led Keota in scoring with 22 points on 9-of16 shooting, while Nate Owen and Luke Lyle each scored 12 points. Lyle also added a team high seven assists. Justin Hultman pitched in with eight points on a perfect four-of-four shooting, and Nate Sieren scored five points, including a 3-pointer. Derek Berg added two points, six assists and two steals to Keota’s effort. As a team, the Eagles shot 25-of-53 (47 percent) from the field, including 4-of-12 from 3-point distance. Keota played at Montezuma on Tuesday, February 25, against Montezuma in the District semifinals. With a win, the Eagles will play the winner of BGM and Meskwaki on Thursday, Feb. 27, at MidPrairie at 7pm.

tistics were not available at press time. On a much more positive note, the Savages had their best offensive showing of the season three nights earlier against Moravia in Melcher. Sigourney eclipsed its previous season high of 65 points, which it tallied in its previous game against Tri-County, by exploding for 79 points in a 79-37 win over Moravia. The Savages took a 44-17 lead into the half and added on even more in the third quarter, outscoring Moravia 25-8 in the third on the way to a 79-37. Sigourney used its massive size advantage to score at will in the paint and finished the night 32-of-55 (58 percent) from the field. Blaine Gretter scored a game high 27 points on 11-of-15 shooting and added nine rebounds and three blocks. Gretter finished his sophomore season as the SICL’s third-leading scorer at 17.2 p.p.g. Colton Powers played excellent, scoring ten points on four-of-six shooting and pulled down six rebounds. Colby Kerkove finished with nine points while Kevin Weber and Peyton Crawford each added five. Shane Swearingen pitched in with six points, five assists and four rebounds. Only Weber, Swearingen and Danny Bechert will be gone a year from now, leaving the Savages plenty of pieces for success. The scoring and defense

Rylee Voss scored 12 points on Friday [photo by Adam Meier].

Wednesday, February 26, 2014


Lauren Miller came alive in the fourth quarter in a big way [photo by Adam Meier].

EV Girls One Win From State 2-18-2014 English Valleys 68, HLV 29 • 2-21-2014 English Valleys 53, North Mahaska 47

By Adam Meier, Regional Sports Editor

An HLV team that English Valleys had beaten twice this season by a combined four points was the Bears’ first challenger this postseason last Thursday. EV broke the trend of playing close with the Warriors and did so loudly. The Bears led by 14 points after one and 25 points at halftime, on their way to a 68-29 win over HLV in the quarterfinals of the 1A Regional playoffs. Rylee Voss led the way with 23 points on 10-of-19 shooting and nine rebounds. Coming up huge with 14 points and seven assists was Madison Parmenter, while Lauren Miller added 11 points, seven rebounds, four assists and four steals. The Bears shot 24-of-74 (32 percent) from the field but hit 17 of their 24 free throws. Sam Banes finished the night with six points, 11 rebounds and four steals, while Shannon Steffen added six points and three assists. EV’s next challenger was on a different level than HLV, of Weber, and the distributing ability of Swearingen will need replaced in 2013-14, but a solid group of sophomores and juniors will be sure to increase their level of play and hopefully bring the Savages back into SICL contention.

to be blunt. North Mahaska had already defeated the Bears twice this season and looked poised to do it a third time on Friday in North English. A 17-point first half by North Mahaska’s Julia Groenenboom propelled the Warhawks to 29-21 halftime lead. Groenenboom finished the game with 24 points. After EV’s struggled mightily shooting from the outside in the first half, the Bears shot with great confidence in the second half and it was started by Parmenter. Parmenter drilled a pair of 3-pointers in the third quarter that brought the Bears back to within striking distance. Parmenter finished with 11 points. In addition to EV’s improved shooting, the Bears and their full-court pressed wrecked havoc with the Warhawks, causing a number of third quarter turnovers that allowed EV to grab a 38-37 lead heading into the fourth. The Bears outscored North Mahaska 17-8 in the third. Whereas the NM defense held EV’s Lauren Miller in check in the first half, it

couldn’t stop her in the second half. Miller became increasingly more aggressive as the game went on and started to find her shot in the second half. Miller hit two 3-pointers and finished a number of difficult layups in the second half on her way to 15 points. One of Miller’s ‘3s’, a clutch one from the corner late in the fourth, helped EV regain the lead. EV’s defense also stepped up down the stretch. The Bears limited Groenenboom and Michaela Heys to difficult shots

that the two did not make more often than not. That defense coupled with solid free throw shooting down the stretch gave the Bears what they needed to pull off the 53-47 win and send them to the Regional finals on Monday. The Bears played LynnvilleSully on Monday, February 24, at Pella Christian, for a berth in the State Tournament in Des Moines. The State 1A Quarterfinals run from 10am to 3:15pm on Monday, March 3.


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Eagles Ousted in Winfield 2-18-2014 Keota 44, Winfield-Mt. Union 54 By Adam Meier, Reg. Sports Editor

Despite getting up 19 more shot attempts than its opposition, the Keota girls’ basketball squad wasn’t able to come through with a win at Winfield-Mt. Union in the quarterfinal round of the 1A Regional playoffs. Winfield-Mt. Union shot 14 more free throws than the Eagles and held on for a 54-44 win. “It was one of those back and fourth games,” Keota head coach Jenny Hobbs said. “Both teams played really aggressive man-toman (defense), we just couldn’t convert when we needed to.” WMU was led by Emily Mathews, who scored 15 points, and Paige Breon, who added 12. The Wolves sprinted out to a 14-6 lead after the first quarter, before the Eagles clamped down on defense and got themselves back in the game. Keota outscored WMU 17-11 in the second period to cut the deficit to 25-23. In the second half the Wolves continued to pressure Keota with their full-court defense, wearing down the Eagles and hurting their offensive production. “We kind of ran out of gas late in the third quarter and into the fourth,” said Hobbs. “Their full-court man-to-man wore us down. We lost our legs and that hurt our shooting. We stopped moving on defense and started to pick up some cheap fouls.” Kelsi and Madison Sieren each ended the game with four fouls while Madison Sheetz fouled out after scoring 20 points and grabbing 14 rebounds. “[Madison Sheetz] has learned

to slow down a little in the post,” Hobbs said. “She’s done a better job gathering herself and has realized she has a height advantage. She’s started using her post moves a lot more and her offensive rebounding numbers have skyrocketed.” Eight of Sheetz’s 20 points came via offensive rebound put backs. Sheetz finished the season as Keota’s leading scorer (11.4 p.p.g.) and rebounder (9.2 r.p.g.). WMU outscored the Eagles 13-10 in the third quarter and pulled away in the fourth for the 54-44 win, ending Keota’s season at 13-10 overall. Madison Sieren hit three ‘3s’ on the night to finish with nine points, while Sierra Lyle had four points and five rebounds. Senior Kelsi Sieren had five points, six rebounds and two assists, and ends her career as one of Keota’s most prominent players in recent years. “Kelsi ranks in our top five in a ton of categories,” said Hobbs. “Her numbers were down a little this year because she played point guard for us, but her assists were way up. She’s just one of the steady kids. She practices so hard. Whenever you needed her, she was there.” Sieren finished her senior season averaging an even ten points per game, 7.4 rebounds and just under three steals and three assists per game. Other than Sieren, the Eagles will have everyone back a season from now and will look to have an even better season with a roster that should include nine seniors.

Trojans and Bears Have Playoff Battle 2-19-2014 Tri-County 46, English Valleys 32 • 2-21-2014 Tri-County 41, Meskwaki 77

Pictured left to right: EV’s Brian Nachtman let one fly from deep; Jake Brumbaugh drew a foul going to the hoop for the Trojans; TC’s Nick Watts eyed an open teammate; Bears’






press [photos by Jamie Maxwell].


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By Adam Meier, Regional Sports Editor

A 77-41 defeat to a fourloss Meskwaki team ended a fun-filled Tri-County boys’ season that saw some ‘ups’ and some ‘downs’, but many more ‘ups’ than the Trojans have gotten used to the past few seasons. One of the most memorable moments of the season happened last Wednesday in the first round of Class 1A District play. TC’s 46-32 win over English Valleys marked the Trojans’ first postseason win in some time and made the season that much more successful. Tri-County’s stingy defense was the primary factor in the win over EV. The Bears were limited to just four points in each of the first two period, as the Trojans took a commanding 23-8 lead into the locker room at the half. As a team, Tri-County amassed 12 steals and six blocks; four by Trenton Steinke and two by Nick Watts. After building a 15-point halftime lead, the Trojans kept on the accelerator and extended their lead to 36-16 heading into the fourth. TC quickly built its lead to 41-16 and promptly

emptied its bench to get its younger players some in-game experience. However, that idea soon backfired and the Bears quickly pulled to within 14 points with two and a half minutes left in the fourth. A pair of 3-pointers by EV junior Adam Kerkove, along with two baskets by Tanner Icenbice helped pull the Bears close. Stats for English Valleys were not available at press time. The Trojans reinserted their starters and built their lead to a more comfortable margin and held on for the 46-32 win. Austin Blythe led the charge for Tri-County with 15 points, three assists and three steals. Tyler Lally had an excellent game with nine points on four-of-eight shooting and four rebounds. Watts had seven points, seven rebounds and four assists, to go along with his two blocks. Steinke scored six points and pulled down eight rebounds, while Jake Brumbaugh pitched in five points and Kyle Leer added four. Statistics from the Meskwaki game were not available at press time. The Trojans finished the season with nine wins and 14 losses, while the Bears ended the year winless.

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Congratulations to All 2014 State Wrestling Qualifiers

1A-145 English Valleys

Zach Axmear

The tradition continues

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State Dreams Become Reality

2014 IAHSAA State Wrestling Championship

By Adam Meier, Regional Sports Editor

The months and years of dedication to the sport of wrestling by the area wrestlers came to fruition last week at the 2014 IAHSAA State Wrestling Championships in Des Moines. Four Sigourney-Keota wrestlers and three from English Valleys represented their schools and the county at Wells Fargo Arena and lived their ultimate dreams in the process. SK junior Nathan Fritz (138 pounds) was the first Savage to wrestle on Thursday. The day did not go how Fritz planned, but he can still hold his head high. In his first match, Fritz lost a 6-0 decision to Sumner-Fredericksburg’s Karsen Seehase, before losing a 6-5 decision to SibleyOcheyedan’s Garrett Sayler to get eliminated. Fritz finished the season with a mark of 37-11. At 145 lbs., Lane Boender was also beaten in his first two matches in heartbreaking fashion. In his first match Boender lost a 4-3 decision to Alex Mitchell of Southeast Warren/Liberty City. Boender was leading in the

third period of his second match before Okoboji, Milford’s Noah Bouse scored back points and defeated Boender 9-6. Boender ended his season with a 36-19 record. Tucker Fowler, SK’s 220-lbs., was pinned in each of his two matches; first by AGWSR’s Clay Meinders, and then by Central Lyon-George Little Rock’s Travis VanderStreek. Fowler ended his senior season with a 36-12 mark and back to back trips to State. SK junior Bryce Brown was the only Savage to win at the State Championships. After getting pinned by Panorama, Panora’s Garrett Johnston, Brown pinned North-Linn’s Kyler Schott to stay alive for a placement. However, Brown was pinned in his following match to get eliminated and finished the season at 33-8. For Brock Moore’s EV Bears, Sheldon Ealy was the first to wrestle at 120 lbs. Ealy scored a major decision over Jesup’s Colton Dietrick, 12-4, but fell in the quarterfinals 9-2 to eventual runner-up, Hinton’s Cole Mills. Ealy then lost a 6-4 decision to Tri-Center, Neola’s Christian

Polley to end his junior season at 34-10. EV freshman Zach Axmear had far and away the best showing of any area wrestler. The 145lbs. took fifth place in his weight class and finished the weekend at 3-1. Axmear scored a major decision over Turkey Valley, Jackson Junction’s Eric Buckendahl in the first round, before pinning Audubon’s Trevor Smith in the quarterfinals. Alburnett’s runner up Bryce Paul ended Axmear’s title hopes with a pin in the semifinals, but Axmear didn’t go away and claimed fifth with a pin over Southeast Warren, Liberty City’s Alex Mitchell. Axmear’s remarkable freshman season ends with 52 wins and just seven losses. At 182, Brennen Grimm made EV three for three on the first day with an 8-7 win over Cardinal, Eldon’s Josh Ramos. Grimm was defeated in a 2-0 decision in the quarterfinals though, against MFL, MarMac’s Nathan Howe. Grimm then lost a 10-6 decision to Guthrie Center’s Austin Laabs to end his junior year at 39-11.

Pictured clockwise: Brennen Grimm of EV, Zach Axmear of EV (5th), Axmear’s podium shot [Norv Coblentz, photographer], Lane Boender of SK, Sheldon Ealy of EV, Tucker Fowler of SK, Nathan Fritz of SK and Bryce Brown of SK [non-podium shots taken by MAP staff photographers].

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