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Leon Lions Club Educator of the Year

Julie Pedersen, center, was named this year’s Leon Lions Educator of the Year. Club president Jessie Gilliland on the left, and Dee Winebrenner, Lions member, presented the plaque award. Pedersen, has taught for 12 years as the Art teacher at Central Decatur Jr.-Sr. High School.

ISU Extension and Outreach Celebrates 100 Years in Decatur County

Decatur County Extension will celebrate with a meal and short program at the Barnum Center in Decatur on April 18 at 6:00 p.m. The program and meal are free to the public but you must have RSVP to the Extension Office by April 11 so they can have an accurate meal count. Call 641-446-4723 or e-mail or

According to Danny Jones of Jones Industries, several people have been getting calls claiming to be from Microsoft, the IRS and a few others and pressuring individuals for money. He has also had several computers in his shop that had remote software on them after the victims unwittingly let the attackers have access. If you receive these calls, give no information and contact the local authorities.

Four year honor roll students at Central Decatur High School were honored by the Leon Lions Club on April 9 during the annual honor banquet. Those seniors attaining honor roll status all four years while in high school were, back l-r: Rylon O’Dell, Trae Petty, and James (Tyler) Davis. Front l-r: Carter Boothe, Natalena Rumley, and Nicholas Bishop. Not-pictured - Hannah Varela.

Leon Lions Club Awards Banquet

The Leon Lions Club held its annual honor banquet Monday night, April 9, in the Central Decatur High School Commons. For over 50 plus years, the local club has supported student academic achievements

by holding this award’s supper. Central Decatur students who have attained the honor roll for the 2017-2018 school year and those seniors who have attained honor roll status all four years while at CD were recognized. The high school commons area was filled with more than 200 students, family members

Students Watch a Mock Drunk Driver Crash Drill

As members of the Central Decatur student body look on, members of the Leon Fire and Rescue, along with Decatur County Ambulance personnel, work to free injured students from a car during a mock crash drill held at Central Decatur School. A Driver Under the Influence (DUI) Demonstration was held in the Central Decatur High School north parking lot last Friday morning for the purpose of educating the students on the implications of drinking and driving. Following a brief presentation in the gym by Abby Rardin (EMT with the Decatur County Hospital and a volunteer fire fighter), who was instrumental in coordinating this exercise, CD students in grades 7th through 12th gathered near the bus barn where they watched as the mock crash unfolded before them. The following is a brief scenario of how the scene was staged: Two junked cars were placed in a manner representing a car crash and students playing the part of victims were placed inside and around the vehicles to help portray the scenario of an alcohol related accident. Those students acting as victims included Gentry Pace, Zane Greene, Ian Baughman, and Branden Janssen. At a pre-determined time,


4 Year Honor Roll Students Recognized by Lions

The Decatur County Development Corporation will hold its annual meeting and fundraising gala on Friday, April 20 beginning at 6:00 p.m. at The Cave Bar & Grill. The cost is $20 per person and there will be hors d’oeuvres, silent auction, raffle and cash bar. The keynote speaker for the evening will be Deb Brown with RSVP for the event to or call 641-442-6511 for more information.

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local police officers from Leon and Lamoni PD and the Decatur County Sheriff’s Department, Decatur County Ambulance, and Leon Fire and Rescue were summoned to the “scene.” Each department went through the motions of what their jobs are at a crash scene. Students witnessed officers giving the “drunk” driver a sobriety test, arresting him and EMTs and Rescue personnel tending to the victims. They watched as rescue personnel used the Jaws of Life to cut the door off the car to remove two of the injured victims and how they dealt with a victim who was “pronounced dead” at the scene. The “deceased” was removed from the scene by Richard Slade and Kevin Frost of the Slade-O’Donnell Funeral Home. In addition, Life Flight from Methodist Hospital in Des Moines, flew in and landed on the practice field north of the north elementary school. The medics from the helicopter showed the crowd how they

transport critically injured people directly from a crash site. Once the exercise had concluded, the Life Flight crew answered questions and gave the students an opportunity to look inside the air ambulance. Following this, the students returned to the gym for the closing remarks by Rardin. To drive the point home, as the students came into the gym, they walked by a casket and in it laid one of their classmates who was “killed” in the car crash. The “drunk” driver came in and read the obituary for his friend. “I thought it gave us a good picture of what can really happen,” stated Grant Smith, sophomore at Central Decatur. “It was impactful because it gave us a real life representation of what a drunk driving accident can do,” stated Alli Masters, CD junior. “It was very powerful and gave us all a real example of what the situation would be. Because so many people our age like to “have a good time”

and Lions Club members. All enjoyed a meal served by the Lions, a keynote speaker and the awards ceremony. The keynote speaker for the evening was Mrs. Terri (Thomas) Schofield, a 1987 Central Decatur alumni. Following Mrs. Schofield’s address to the students, Lions’

it was important for us to see something like this. I really hope students take from the experience and learn the consequences,” stated Emma Atwood, CD junior. Rardin concluded the morning by showing a few videos and reporting statistical data about drunk driving and fatalities, some of which are included below: ● In 2016, there were 10,497 total fatalities from alcoholimpaired driving nationwide. 1,031 of those fatalities were individuals under 21. ● In 2016, there were 106 fatalities from alcohol impaired driving in Iowa. 7 of those fatalities were individuals under 21. ● In Iowa in 2016, 43% of the 54 drivers involved in fatal alcohol-related crashes were repeat offenders. ● Since 2005, over 134,000 people have been charged with drunk driving. “Everyone involved did a great job and I hope that this demonstration caught the attention of students and that it will help them to make smart driving decisions,” stated Rardin. “I am thankful I was given the opportunity to educate these students on the risks and consequences of drunk driving, and even if we just changed one student’s mind about drunk driving I’d say this event was successful.” Rardin went on to say, “It definitely showed that our Fire, EMS, and Law Enforcement family work extremely well together even under intense circumstances. Not only was this a great eye opener for the students today, this was an amazing training opportunity for our Emergency Services. Life Flight 1 was able to come down from Des Moines, and it was really cool to be able to coordinate with them as well and demonstrate a scene flight.” Participating in this exercise were: Leon and Lamoni Police Officers, Decatur County Sheriff’s Department, Decatur County Ambulance, Leon Fire and Rescue, and SladeO’Donnell Funeral Home.

member Dee Winebrenner, who served as Master of Ceremonies, with the assistance of Jessie Gilliland, club president, presented the academic awards to the students. The club also recognized Grant Atwood as the recipient of the Lions’ Scholarship and presented Julie Pedersen with the Lion’s Educator of the Year Award. Those students honored for their academics for attaining the honor roll all four years were: Nicholas Bishop, Carter Boothe, James (Tyler) Davis, Rylon O’Dell, Trae Petty, Natalena Rumley, and Hannah Varela. Honor Roll honorees by class were as follows: FRESHMEN Emily Cornell, Avery Marvin, Lyndsey Dale, Carleigh O’Dell, Alexander Edwards, Brody Patterson, Nathan Gardner, Bryce Pierson, Briana Gorsline, Roi Postier, Teyona Greenhalgh, Emma Rasmussen, Riley Greenlee, Madison Richardson, Eily Hall, Austin Sorter, Carlee Hamilton, Kaydee Swartz, Abigail Hullinger, Brandon Vecchio, Kyler Hunt, and Raigan Willits. SOPHOMORES Shira Alley, Maizee Lindsey, Alaina Applegate, Morgan Nordyke, Riley Bell, Addison Parmer, Dakota Davis, Cole Pedersen, Michel Evertsen, McKenzie Roberts, Matthew Fierce, Lauren Saxton, Maggie Frank, Kristin Schaff, Isaac Hall, Grant Smith, Kolby Hewlett, Kelsey Sorter, Tate Hill, Nathan Tharp, and Keisha Howsden. JUNIORS Raven Ameigh, Desiree McGuire, Emma Atwood, Kole Minnick, Lena Bergougnan, Alyssa Rhum, Tiana Black, Abigail Ridgway, Allison Blades, Raechel Scudder, Alliey Boswell, Chandler Smith, Lora Bush, Emerson Stone, Kay-

see Jones, Cash Tharp, Erica Kauzlarich, Brooke Vecchio, Victoria Kunze, Tyke Walker, Kaige Leymaster, Chloe Yoder, and Alli Masters. SENIORS Amber Ashley, Eric Hamilton, Grant Atwood, Ricky Marcus, Mackenzie Bell, Jayci Parmer, Kennedy Buckingham, Gideon Porter, Wyatt Dale, Emerson Richardson, William Drake, Mason Soll, Levi Draper, Xean Soll, Dakota Fry, and Chania Vos.

CD Alumnus Challenges Students

Mrs. Terri Thomas Schofield, a 1987 Central Decatur High School alumni, served as the keynote speaker during the Leon Lions Honor Banquet that was held last Monday night. While a CD student, Terri was active in Iowa High School Speech and enjoyed success as an athlete in volleyball, basketball and softball. She graduated from Central College in 1991 with an Elementary Education degree and began her teaching and coaching career at Clarke of Osceola. Terri returned to Leon and taught, coached, and served as the individual speech coach before moving with her family to Albia where she taught and coached until 2004. Upon receiving her Masters’ Degree from Drake University, Terri began her career as an Elementary Principal in Ottumwa at Seton Catholic School. For the past 8 years, she has served as the Elementary Principal at Lakeview Elementary in Centerville, Iowa. Terri would say she has been blessed to be a part of many great teams in her life, the first being the family she was (continued on page 10)

It’s Spring, sayeth the Calendar...or Is It?

Will it ever go away? That’s what these tulips must think as they are trying to get their blooms above ground so they can enjoy the warm, spring sun and breezes. This area and most of the state received snow early Sunday. Locally, the snow just covered the ground but places further north received upwards of 15 inches with more on into Minnesota. The temperatures also dipped into the 20s…again. As this issue went to press, more snow was being forecast for parts of Iowa. The robins are here, the frogs are singing and the buzzards are flying. Surely it won’t be long!


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DALE, Orville, 94, of Leon, Iowa, died on Monday, April 16, 2018, at Westview Acres in Leon, Iowa. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 21, 2018, at the Trinity Christian Church, west of Decatur, Iowa, with Rev. Terry D. Roberts officiating. Visitation will be held from 9:30 - 10:30 a.m., prior to the services. Interment will be held following in the New Salem Cemetery, south of Leon, Iowa. Arrangements are through the Slade-O’Donnell Funeral Home of Leon, Iowa.

JOHNSTON, Patsy Ruth, 88, of Lamoni, Iowa, died on Sunday, April 1, 2018, at the Southern Hills Specialty Care in Osceola, Iowa. A Celebration of Life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, April 22, 2018, at the Lamoni Community Center, Lamoni, Iowa. Arrangements are through the Slade-O’Donnell Funeral Home of Leon and Lamoni, Iowa.

WEBB, Michael Edward, 62, of Leon, Iowa, died on Sunday, April 1, 2018, at his home. A memorial service with burial will be held in the Leon Cemetery,

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ROBERT LOWELL MARK Robert Lowell Mark, age 75, of Bethany, Missouri, was born April 14, 1942, in Mercer County, Missouri to Myles and Opal (Rains) Mark, and passed away on April 7, 2018, at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa. When it came time to start Kindergarten, he attended a small rural school and then Pleasanton, Iowa School. Later after the family moved to Leon, Iowa he attended Leon Schools. During his high school years he worked at Pyfer’s Food Store in Leon. He graduated from Leon High School on May

WHITE, Joyce Elaine, 87, of Lamoni, Iowa, died on Easter Sunday, April 1, 2018, at the Lamoni Specialty Care in Lamoni, Iowa. Memorial services will be held at a later date in Michigan. Arrangements are through the Slade-O’Donnell Funeral Home of Leon and Lamoni, Iowa. 24, 1960. He paid his own way to attend Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa, where in 1963, he was initiated into Kappa Alpha Chapter of Sigma Tau Delta Honorary English Society. He graduated from Simpson on May 31, 1964. That fall he began attending Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan and worked as an associate professor while he earned his master’s degree. He returned to Simpson as a teacher for one year. Then he started his life career as an insurance underwriter. Over the years he worked in Mobile, Alabama, Denver, Colorado, Dallas, Texas, San Diego, California, and Kansas City, Missouri. He retired from Generali Insurance Company then he moved back to Leon. He was currently living in Bethany, Missouri at the time of his death. Lowell enjoyed working and always wanted to help others. In his free time, he loved to read mystery books and anything about history. He also was interested in how things worked. He wrote a booklet of his childhood memories for his family. Preceding him in death were his grandparents; parents; and nephew, Lonnie Williams. He is survived by his four sisters and brothers-in-law, Betty and Jim Cool of Centerville, Iowa, Cleta and Gordon Williams of Corydon, Iowa, Janice and Bob Schraft of Compton Hills, Illinois, and Patti and Lester Vandel of Leon; nieces and nephews, Roy Lee Bunch, Kevin

Cool, Kent and Jeanice Cool, Tim and Angie Cool, Tina and Mike Bauman, Les Williams, Aaron and Dawn Schraft, Blake and Gordana Schraft, Callie Schraft, Carrie Schraft, and Lesley and Shad Cook; and other relatives and friends.


Danelle Rene Potter, 22, Leon and Justin Eugene Black, 30, Leon.


Harold Jay Ballantyne, plaintiff, vs. Jeri Lynn Ballantyne, respondent. Decree granted.


$201.56. Vernon Vey Stevenson, Lamoni, IA, failure to maintain or use safety belts. Total $127.50. Thomas J. Burns, Chicago, IL, speeding over 55 zone (11 thru 15 over). Total $168.00. Allen Jay McDannel, Villisca, IA, speeding 55 or under zone (6 thru 10 over). Total $114.00. Pascual Martinez Marcos, Kellerton, IA, no valid drivers license. Total $330.00. Kaleb Jon Ogier, Decatur, IA, failure to maintain or use safety belts. Total $127.50. Alexander James Hunter, Kansas City, MO, speeding over 55 zone (1 thru 5 over). Total $87.00. Trevin Alan Martin, Davis City, IA, failure to maintain or use safety belts. Total $127.50. Blair Nicole Mitchell, Russellville, AR, speeding over 55 zone ( 6 thru 10 over). Total $114.00. Blair Nicole Mitchell, Rus-

sellville, AR, no valid drivers license. Total $330.00. Blair Nicole Mitchell, Russellville, AR, dark window or windshield. Total $127.50. Christina Thornburg, Garden Grove, IA, operation without registration card or plate. Total $132.50. Colton Clairborne Brewer, Prairie Village, KS, speeding over 55 zone (6 thru 10 over). Total $114.00. Emree Kaleleonalani Sato, Ewa Beach, HI, speeding over 55 zone (6 thru 10 over). Total $114.00. Derrick Jacob Fridley, Carlisle, IA, speeding over 55 zone (16 thru 20 over). Total $181.50. Keith Gordon Munro, Devlin Pow1CO, Ontario Canada, speeding over 55 zone (6 thru 10 over). Total $114.00. Brooke Ann Follette, Lenexa, KS, speeding over 55 zone (continued on page 8)

Farmers Bank of Northern Missouri, plaintiff, vs. Joseph W. Flowers and Shirley Flowers, defendants. Petition filed. University of Iowa, CCU, plaintiff, vs. John Rouze, defendant. Petition filed.


Mary Ann Hubert, Davenport, IA, speeding over 55 zone (6 thru 10 over). Total $114.00. Pedro A. Colon Rivera, Caguas, PR, speeding over 55 zone (11 thru 15 over). Total $168.00. Katherine August Smith, Saint Joseph, MO, dark window or windshield. Total $127.50. Joseph John Boesch, St. Paul, MN, speeding over 55 zone (11 thru 15 over). Total $277.50. Anthony D. Hartsock, Mercer, MO, no valid drivers license. Total $450.00. Anthony D. Hartsock, Mercer, MO, operating a non-registered vehicle. Total $168.75. Teion Jon Houge, Garden Grove, IA, operating without proof of registration. Total $132.50. Varney Leeroy Sackie, Urbandale, IA, speeding over 55 zone (6 thru 10 over). Total $176.25. Christopher Alan Wilson, Van Wert, IA, operating without proof of registration. Total $201.56. Christopher Alan Wilson, Van Wert, IA, dark window or windshield. Total $201.56. Christopher Alan Wilson, Van Wert, IA, no seat belt. Total

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Atwood Receives Lions Club Scholarship

Central Decatur Senior Grant Atwood was this year’s recipient of the Leon Lions Club Scholarship. He was presented his award by club president Jessie Gilliland, right and club secretary Dee Winebrenner during the annual banquet held last week.

Students Help Promote Earth Day

This is a sample bag showing the students’ artwork. The Decatur County Conservation Board and Leon Hy-Vee are collaborating on a project to help celebrate Earth Day! Central Decatur 1st-4th grade students learned about why we celebrate Earth Day and why it is important. They then decorated a paper Hy-Vee sack with what they learned. These sacks will then be used for groceries during Earth Week (this week, April 16th-22nd) to help spread awareness of what we can do to help keep the Earth healthy and beautiful. Be sure to shop Hy-Vee April 16th-22nd to see the artwork that the CD students have created!

DCH Board Meets in Regular Session The Decatur County Hospital Board of Trustees met March 28, 2018, at 5:30 P.M. Members present were: Linda Chastain, Amy Sherman, Sheri Frost, Rudy Evertsen, Cayle Buckingham, and Guy Clark. Member absent was: Travis Miller. Others present were: Greg Boattenhamer, Mike Johnston, Tara Spidle, Jo Beth Smith, Andi Masters, and Patty Armstrong. Linda Chastain called the meeting to order at 5:30 p.m. It was moved to approve the following agenda. Linda Chastain had three positive comments 1) A compliment from a community member of Jake Jacobs from EMS 2) Compliments received from a family about service at DCH after they came here from Clarke County Hospital 3) Posi-

tive comments received from a patient of Dr. Wehling. Amy Sherman had two positive comments 1) Compliment on service received in the Emergency Department from a co-worker 2) Compliment on hospital service from a Lamoni resident. A motion was made and seconded to approve the following Consent Agenda items: (1) Meeting Minutes February 27, 2018; (2) February Accounts Payable $763,661.84 (3) February Payroll $359,232.96 (4) Accounts Receivable write-offs February $30,757.05. Motion carried. Upon recommendation from the Medical Staff to accept the Medical Staff Provisional Appointments of Constance Morrison, ARNP (Telepsych); Hiedi Lane, ARNP (Senior Solutions); Matthew Trump, DO (Pulmonology); Ryan Brimeyer,

DO (Pulmonology; a motion was moved to accept the recommendation. Motion carried. Patty Armstrong gave the Mercy Report. Greg Boattenhamer, CEO, gave data from MHN Annual Report. Greg Boattenhamer gave the CEO report. Mike Johnston gave the Administration Report. A motion was made to approve the Trauma Program Letter of Commitment. Motion carried. A motion was made and seconded to approve Tara Spidle to Compliance Officer, and Jo Beth Smith to Security and Privacy Officer. Motion carried. Tara Spidle presented the financial reports for the month of February. Total operating revenue for February was $928,774 with operating expenses totaling $1,030.078. Non-operating revenue was $77,389. Net income for the month was($23,916) . Year to date net income $96,347. The financials for February 2018 were approved. Tara gave the Compliance Report and shared the MHN Compliance Scorecard with the Board. Andi Masters gave a report on Quality Improvement Initiatives. Motion carried to approve the revised PAC policies and procedures as approved and recommended by the Professional Advisory Committee. (See minutes of the PAC meeting for a list of the said policies and procedures). Jo Beth Smith gave the HR Update. A motion was made and carried for the updated Organizational Chart. The meeting adjourned at 6:48 p.m.

SCICAP Board of Directors Meeting

The SCICAP Board of Directors meeting is scheduled to be held on April 25 at the Vredenburg Center at 1711 Osceola Avenue, Chariton, IA, 7:00 p.m. The meeting is open to the public.

Public Service Announcement

Candidate for US Congress Iowa’s 2nd District Dr. Chris Peters, Constitutional Lawyer Dale Masterone, members of the Decatur Co. and Ringgold Co. Republican Platform Committees and attendees to Iowa Federation of Republican Women’s Spring Conference will speak at the Silver Spur Restaurant in Grand River, Iowa on Thursday, April 26th at 6:00 p.m. The meeting is free and open to the public. All are welcome: husbands, sons, brothers, women under 18, out of staters, and non-US citizens who wish to be involved. The topic will be how to cut expenses, generate income, save, and invest at all levels of government. For more information, contact Debra Larson 515-979-8552 or Lynn Vogel 816-808-0223.

Leon Public Library Awarded America’s Farmers Grow Communities Donation From Local Garden Grove, Decatur County Farmer


Representing the Mendenhall Family, Zach Mendenhall, center, along with his family present a check in the amount of $2,500 to the Leon Public Library. Library Director John Dunsdon accepts the donation. • Each year, the America’s Farmers Grow Communities program partners with local farmers to provide grants to local nonprofits. • Grow Communities, which is sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, provides farmers the opportunity to support and give back to nonprofit organizations they care about in their local communities by enrolling for a chance to direct a $2,500 donation to a nonprofit of their choice. • Since 2010, the Grow Communities program has given more than $29 million to nonprofits across rural America. County farmer Mark Mendenhall directed a $2,500 donation to Leon Public Library as part of the America’s Farmers Grow Communities program, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund. As part of their mission Leon Public Library will use the funds to enhance the “Feeding Young Minds, After School Snacks” program. “This donation will help provide snacks for the program over the summer. We have a number of youth in the community who desire a healthy snack after school.” said, John Dunsdon, Director, Leon Public Library. Since the program began in 2010, the Grow Communities program has partnered with farmers to support nonprofit organizations important to them in their local communities. The program has given more than $29 million to farming communities since its inception, including more than $3 million in 2018. Each year, farmers enter for a chance to direct a $2,500 donation to a nonprofit they care about in their community. The organizations reflect the makeup and character of rural America, including emergency response organizations, schools, youth agriculture programs, food banks and many others. “Farmers play a pivotal role in rural communities, and through their commitment to

There’s Always Time for a Glass of Wine...

Wine & Beer Walk Saturday, April 28 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Join the Leon Chamber or Commerce for their 6th Annual Wine & Beer Walk. Sample great appetizers while sipping on a variety of beers & wines. $12 Advance Tickets

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$15 Tickets the day of event

End the evening with a movie at Leon SCIT Theatre Contact Heidi Bell 515-290-7274 Must be 21 or older to participate in this event. Bring valid PHOTO I.D. to Fusion Dance Studio the night of event to receive your glass, map and wristband.

the Grow Communities program, we are able to provide the monetary support these nonprofit organizations need to make an impact,” said Al Mitchell, Monsanto Fund president. “We’re proud to play a part in helping these rural communities grow and thrive.”

To see if a nonprofit in your local community is a 2018 America’s Farmers Grow Communities recipient, visit www. You can also learn more about the Grow Communities program by checking out AmericasFarmers.

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TWICE TOLD TALES 20 YEARS AGO (April 15, 1998) “It Now Occurs To Me,” by Margaret Lindsey, “Our liberties we prize, and our rights we will maintain.” - Iowa state motto Crews from Newman Construction began the gigantic task April 9, 1998, of tearing down the old Citizens Bank building and other buildings that housed the Mini Mall businesses. The week of April 12-18 was the annual Public Safety Telecommunicators Week (previously National Telecommunicators) honoring those who perform the vital public safety communications jobs in law enforcement, police, sheriff, 9-1-1, EMS, disaster preparedness and emergency management agencies and others at local, county, state and federal agencies. Serving in the Decatur County Sheriff’s Office were Shirley Blades, 3 years; Peggy Brown, 19 years; Michelle Rumley, 3 years; Daniel Wells, 3 years; Carol Jones, 4 years; and Tammy Roberts, 2 years. Barry Peterson was appointed Chief Deputy Sheriff of Decatur County. Larry Hamilton was sworn in by Mayor Igor Takacs as the new police chief for the City of Leon. Andy Woods remained with the department as assistant chief. Lions Club annual banquet was held honoring Central Decatur honor roll students. The seniors who had been on the honor roll all quarters of their high school career were Cody Lindsey, Caskey Miller. Brad Untiedt, Bailey Thomas, Victor Van Laar, Mandy Bethards, Jill Olsen, Amanda Hinds, Jenny Stone, and Kara Hamilton. The Leon Lions Scholarship was awarded to Kara Hamilton by President Dan Porter and Secretary Dee Winebrenner. Journal-Reporter photographer caught Grand River in action as it pushed its way out of its banks near the Grand River bridge on Iowa Highway 2 west of Decatur. 50 Years Ago (April 18, 1968) The State Fire Marshall,

Wilbur Johnson, threatened legal action against 25 school districts in Iowa if major fire safety violations were not corrected before September of 1969. Central Decatur was one of the 25 schools. The fault at Central Decatur was because of repairs that were needed at the Davis City building. Grayden Griffin, who lived northwest of Decatur, was seriously injured when the tractor he was driving overturned, pinning him under the machine. His brother Roy found him two hours later. He was taken to Des Moines where he was in critical condition from internal injuries. On Leon’s Arbor Day, countless Redbud trees were planted by property owners in the local area. An extensive tree planting was under way to plant a Redbud on every lawn possible and to plant shade trees where many had died from Dutch Elm disease. Lucille Carter was chairman of the project. The spring business meeting of the Untied Rodeo Association was to be held in Leon on April 21. Local rodeo committee members were Harold Norris, Blair Applegate, Don Brown, Ham Graves, Don Decker, Forest Miller, Bill Lindsey, W.R. Lindsey, Odie McKern, Cec Moore, Dale Breckenridge, Jerry Simmons, Steve Young, Earnie Coleman and Ward Kilgore. Earl Fry and Roscoe Wilson of Van Wert had gone fishing in the Grand River near the bridge east of Grand River. In climbing the bank to return to their car Mr. Fry had a heart attack and died. He was a custodian at the Van Wert school. Born at the Decatur County Hospital a son, Waylon Lee to Mr. and Mrs. Gary Marvin of Davis City and a son, Benjamin Todd, to Mr. and Mrs. Ben Savely of Leon. The Central Leon track girls won a triangular meet with Mount Ayr and Lenox scoring 61.5 points. Ramona Showers led Leon with 11.25 points as she won the 80 meter hurdles and the softball throw and also ran on a winning relay team. Other members of 320 meter shuttle hurdle relay

20 YEARS AGO: CITIZENS BANK BEING TORN DOWN --- Crews from Newman Construction began the gigantic task April 9, 1998, of tearing down the old Citizens Bank building and other buildings that housed the Mini Mall businesses.

were Marla Nauman, Jo Applegate and Sally Havens. Art Havens of Leon announced that he would be a candidate for Decatur County Clerk of Court in the September Primary Election. Helping solicit funds for the local Red Cross were Jackie Boswell, Cheryl Forman, Darlene Baker, Betty Poole, Ida Vandewater, Mary Moore and Betty Smith. 75 YEARS AGO (April 15, 1943) City Fills Vacant Positions – Mayor Perkins and the city council had appointed Frank Horn water superintendent to replace Pearle Weeks, resigned and Charles Brooks, street commissioner to replace Ralph Dunham, resigned. Mr. Brooks arrived from Grand Island, Nebr. to take over the position. Delores Farquhar, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ed Farquhar of Leon, won the Decatur County spelling contest. She was a third time county winner. Her teacher was Faye Moorman. Theris Snethen of the Davis City school, was runner-up in the county spelling bee. Plans to erect new school building – The voters in Franklin sub-district No. 4 voted on the matter of whether or not bonds should be issued in the amount of $3,000 to provide funds for the erection of a school building to replace the brick structure wrecked by the recent cyclone that did much damage in that section northeast of Leon. The students met in a small building near the Lionberger farm. Davis City dedicated an honor roll board with names of all men in the armed services of Davis City and vicinity. The Rev. Fr. Emil Schumann of Leon delivered the dedication.

The V.F.W. post had charge of the program. Seventy-three names appeared on the service board. Marriage Licenses – Paul Sellers and Margaret Piper. Mr. and Mrs. Shelby Hagen were the parents of a baby boy. Mr. and Mrs. Don McBroom were the parents of a daughter. Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Arnold were the parents of a son. E.O. Lovett of Garden Grove was in Leon on business. Rush Cornett of Pleasanton and “Buck” Brown of Leon, who were employed on a contract job at Hastings, Nebr. Visited relatives in Leon and Pleasanton. Tom Lake of Decatur was a Leon caller. Garvin Manchester of near Davis City was in Leon looking after business. Dan Anderson of Lamoni was in Leon Monday on business. Dean Bryant of Weldon was in Leon and brought some brass down. 100 YEARS AGO (April 18, 1918) Bad Accident Near Kellerton-Lois Ross, daughter of D.F. Ross, an oil salesman, was badly injured in an automobile accident near Kellerton. She, her sister Agnes and Anna Armstrong of Mount Ayr were out riding with Roe and Geroge Eighmy of Tingley. It was not known just how the accident occurred, but the car went over and all the occupants were injured. They were taken to Kellerton and then to their homes. Dr. Foster G. Humes, the Leon veterinary surgeon, was appointed by Governor Haring as an assistant state veterinary surgeon. Dr. Humes served in this position for some time. He had a large practice

in this area. Caught another Booze car-A car loaded with booze was captured at the end of the paving in North Leon by City Marshall Osborne and Hugo Benefiel. Three men were in the car, all of whom were foreigners. They had 200 pints of booze in the car. Corporal S.C. Frank and

his wife and Mrs. R.O. Bennett, all of Garden Grove, were injured when the car in which they were driving collided with an east bound Scott street car in Des Moines. Mrs. Frink was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W.H. Jennings of Garden Grove. Mr. and Mrs. Ira Worden were the parents of a daughter. Mr. and Mrs. Alta Walters were the parents of a baby girl. Mr. and Mrs. Ed Spencer were the parents of a son. Mr. and Mrs. Francis Ward were the parents of a baby boy. Mr. and Mrs. Will Rhodes were the parents of a son. T.L. LaFollette of Pleasanton was in Leon on his way home from Weldon where he had been visiting. Paul N. Craig of Lamoni visited in Leon. Mrs. E.E. Blades had been here from Decatur. Lenna Cairens, had been visiting in Leon and returned to Grand River. Fred Fuller of near Van Wert was a Leon visitor.

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Looking for a Veteran to Serve on Board The Decatur County Veteran Affairs is recruiting for a potential Veteran member to serve on their board for a 3 year term. Applicant must have a willingness and interest to contribute to fellow veterans and represent our veterans well due to active participation in the veteran’s community. Equal opportunity Board.

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Grand River

MELINDA MACKEY The invitations to the Grand River Ladies Salad Supper went out in the mail last week. We have tried to cover everyone, but in case you didn’t receive one, please know you are welcome to come. It will be held at the Community Center on April 26th, Thursday PM at 6:30 PM. This is a meet and greet for all of us, drinks will be provided. Bring a salad to share or if you don’t have time to make one, come anyway. Feel free to bring your neighbor, friend, daughter or sister along. Questions, please contact Mary Stogdill 515-669-6318. Hopefully the weather will straighten out soon, several outside activities are coming up. Prom for Central Decatur and Mt. Ayr will be this Saturday. And for the City of Grand River; City Wide Clean up days will be coming up soon. Lunch at the Grand River Community Center will be on Friday, April 20th meatloaf, creamed potatoes, cole slaw, and berries ‘n snow. On Tuesday, April 24th it will be pizza, deviled eggs, lettuce salad and jello cake. Dine in, carry out or call for delivery 773-5436. Have a great week!

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State Budget Needs to Prioritize Health Care by Greg Boattenhamer, DCH CEO

As our state legislators continue work on FY 2019 budget targets, it is important for them to resist any further funding cuts to hospitals and Iowa’s

Medicaid program. Since the inception of Medicaid managed care in Iowa, hospitals and other healthcare providers have seen payment reductions for services and Medicaid patients have seen their benefits cut. At the same time, the state acknowledges that Iowa hasn’t saved as much money as projected and has actually had to make payment increases to the managed care organizations (MCOs) who now run the program. In fact, one of the three MCOs originally awarded service contracts has already thrown in the towel and left Iowa’s Medicaid program over inadequate payment rates. The result is that hospital operating margins are now being significantly squeezed. This becomes even more important in rural areas like Decatur County as we have to compete with urban areas for qualified healthcare staff and services. While Decatur County Hospital remains in a relatively strong financial position, nationwide 80 rural hospitals have closed since 2010 due to similar financial pressures. We cannot let that happen here. The Iowa Legislature eliminated something called “retroactive enrollment” for Medicaid patients last year as a “costcontainment” strategy. Retroactive enrollment means that people seeking health care can actually qualify for Medicaid coverage at the time of service without previously having been enrolled in the program. Retroactive enrollment has been a feature of Medicaid for decades, reflecting the program’s emphasis on providing a safety net for poor, disabled and other vulnerable people. The change in Iowa created unintended financial hardships for an already fragile population as well as for healthcare providers – and both of these groups are already struggling to cope with many other difficult changes in the state’s Medicaid program. While there is currently some discussion of restoring these cuts for nursing homes, there’s not similar “buzz” for restoring these cuts to community hospitals. That just doesn’t make sense. It’s crucial that the legislature restore retroactive enrollment for all Medicaid providers! Our legislators should resist any further cuts to budget items that support Iowa hospitals or the Medicaid program. They should also restore retro-

active Medicaid enrollment for all providers, including hospitals. Iowa’s budget should not be balanced on the backs of its most vulnerable citizens and those who provide them care.

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MARY STONER The library continues to host Card Parties every Tuesday at 10:30AM. We are currently playing Cribbage with additional games in the future. Players with a range of experience (or none!) are encouraged to attend. Little Tots Storytime is every Thursday at 10:30AM. Join us with your little ones for books, songs, and activities. We have a different theme each week and welcome new faces! Thanks to the Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council, the library is now the proud owner of a set of Ramps & Pathways Materials. Children of all ages have been enjoying using these materials to create elaborately engineered structures in our story time area. Stop in after storytime or after school to check out or join in the creativity! Our DVD and book collection continues to grow weekly with new materials. DVDs like Jumanji, Justice League, Coco and Ferdinand, as well as the latest bestsellers by James Patterson, Stuart Woods, Mary Higgans Clark and Heather Graham have recently been added. Stop in and check some out today!


MARGARET GIBSON Hope you all got your taxes done on time because the deadline has come and gone! This year is flying by! Axel Lane and his mom Cassie Daleske haven’t been feeling too good. Axel has bronchitis and an ear infection and Cassie has a sinus infection. Prayers would be greatly appreciated. That boy is way too busy to be sick! Having a sick baby is tough on Mama, too. Doris Lane spent Wednesday to Friday at her daughter Marcia Bohall’s in Lexington, Missouri. Audrey Money, Margaret “Teeny” Gibson, and Grant Gibson went out to eat with Philinda Snethen on Wednesday. Friday, Cotton and Coy Osborn helped Grandpa Gary and Grandma Sandy Osborn with some farm work then Mike Atwood came up for a visit. Grandma Ruby also came up for a while and visited. After all that visiting, Chad Osborn came after work and ate super with Cotton, Coy, Gary, and Sandy. Margaret “Teeny” Gibson and Philinda Snethen represented the Optimist Club of Lamoni at the Intercultural Celebration at Graceland University Saturday evening. They reported that the event was wonderful with lots of different countries represented. Connie Wilcoxson had dinner with her mom Doris Lane on Sunday. Liz Carpenter spent the weekend with her sisters from Kansas City. They traveled to Eureka Springs, Arkansas, for a conference and Liz returned home Sunday. Have a good week, be kind to each other, and the weather continues to be very fickle. So fickle that the Royals had to postpone another game because it was too cold and there was even snow. Come on Mother Nature, it’s baseball season, let’s have some baseball weather!

National Dog Bite Prevention Week was April 8–14, 2018, sponsored by the U.S. Postal Service®, a public service campaign that offers safety tips and emphasizes the need for increased owner responsibility in the prevention of dog attacks. The following is an article from the Postal Bulletin 22490 (3-29-18) submitted by Eva Takacs, Lead Sales and Service Associate (LSSA) of the Leon Post Office: “Children Suffer Most Dog Attacks” For every letter carrier bitten, hundreds of children suffer the pain and trauma of dog attacks. Whatever the reasons, dog attacks are a serious problem for the entire community, as Postal Service letter carriers experienced 6,244 dog attacks last year. That’s an average of 21 dog attacks every delivery day, and does not include the number of threatening incidents that did not result in injury. However, these numbers are far less than the 4.5 million people — mostly children and the elderly — who suffer injuries from dog attacks each year. If a letter carrier needs to deliver a certified letter or a package to you, put your dog into a separate room before opening your front door. Some dogs are strong enough to tear through screen doors or jump through plate-glass windows to get at strangers. Nationally, the number of carriers attacked by dogs has declined over the years. This is because of greater cooperation from dog owners, stricter leash laws, and increased efforts to educate letter carriers and the public about dealing with the problem. Our letter carriers are vigilant and dedicated, but we may be forced to stop mail delivery to an address where a letter carrier is threatened by a vicious dog. In some instances, Postal Service employees have sued and collected damages for dog attack injuries. Only dog owners can control their pets. While some attribute attacks on letter carriers to dogs’ inbred aversion to uniforms, experts say the psychology actually runs much deeper. Every day that a letter carrier comes into a dog’s territory, the dog barks and the letter carrier leaves. Day after day the dog sees this action repeated. After a week or two, the dog appears to feel invincible against intruders. Once the dog gets loose, there’s a good chance it will attack. Dog owners should remind

member. Being creative with financial literacy has proven to be challenging at times but has yielded several great ideas and new connections that I believe can help every resident of Decatur County. A conversation with one of my former instructors from Graceland University reminded me that solutions to problems are not always obvious and that reading between the lines is sometimes harder than it may appear. A Lamoni Community Forum presentation, gave me an idea for a unique way to locate food sources and create unique meals ! Through a partnership with Decatur County Conservation we will present Natures Grocery Store. This presentation will take place on Saturday May 5th from 2-4PM at Slips Bluff park. The focus of the


presentation will be on edible wild plants. We will also discuss safety in wooded areas and how to recognize some plants that are not edible but that should be avoided. The workshop is free, and registration is not required. If you have questions about this event, please feel free to contact me for additional information. Over the remainder of my term of service as a VISTA, I encourage anyone who has questions, comments or ideas about how to improve the quality of life in Decatur County to contact me. I enjoy having conversations with individuals who wish to share their own personal experience and am always willing to visit with any individual or group. Please feel free to contact me by phone at (641)455-2896 or by e-mail at

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Cardinals Dominate at Goos Invite in Osceola The Cardinals finished 4th in their own invite track meet last Tuesday, April 10, among the 10-teams attending. Winning the team title was Mount Ayr with 133.5 points, followed by Woodward Academy 103.50, Des Moines North 91, CD 90, Clarinda Academy 69, Melcher-Dallas 34, Seymour 22, Ottumwa 19, Ankeny Christian 15, and Murray 10. CD had garnered 5 golds in as many events when the night had concluded. Tyler Davis finished 1st in the 110 Meter Hurdles with a time of 16.29; Kolton Johnson won the 400 meter hurdles with a time of 1:02.93; the 4x200 team of Gunner Graham, Cauy Spidle, Grant Atwood, and Carter Boothe clocked a 1:37.73 for first; the shuttle hurdle squad of Davis, Cole Pedersen, Spidle, and Boothe bested the competition with a time of 1:02.17; and Spidle out-jumped the competition in the high jump by clearing the bar at 6 feet 3 inches. Adding punch to the Cardinal point tally was the 800 spring medley of Graham, Davis, Boothe and Atwood who clocked a 1:45.55 for second and Pedersen picked up another 8

points in the long jump with a second place leap of 19 feet 6 inches. Winning that event was Killion of DSM North with a 21 feet 4.75 inch effort. The 4x400 team, as well as Kolten Johnson in the high jump turned in solid efforts. The team of Graham, Johnson, Brogan Bundt, and Atwood placed third with a time of 4:07.28 and Johnson cleared the bar at 5 feet 8 inch for a two-way tie for 3rd. The Cardinals managed to continue to score in a slew of six other events. Nick Bishop placed 5th in the 1600 meter run with a time of 5:22.03; Pedersen earned 6th in the 110 hurdles with a time of 21.23; the 4x100 team of Pedersen, Atwood, Spidle, and Boothe finished 4th with a time of 47.49; the distance medley team of Haden Leymaster, Chance Bly, Kolton Johnson, and Brogan Bunt finished 6th with a time of 4:25.28; Davis finished 4th in the long jump with leap of 18 feet 10.5 inches; and the 4x800 team of Kaige Cowden, Brandon Vecchio, Dakota Davis, and Brogan Bundt placed 6th with a time of 9:52.68. Other results: 100 me-

Cardinal Girl’s Track Places 1st at EU and 4th at CD The Girl’s track team traveled to East Union last Tuesday, April 10 placing 1st as a team with 100 points, followed by Bedford with 93, East Union 83, Lenox 73, Murray 70, MelcherDallas 59, Lamoni 45, Mormon Trail 30, Moravia 22 and Diagonal 10. Emma Atwood earned 3 individuals golds in the 100 meter hurdles with a time of 16.2, the 400 meter hurdles with a time of 1:12.3, and the high jump clearing the bar at 5 feet 2 inches and Riley Bell also earned a gold with a leap of 15 feet 3 inches in the long jump. Two relay teams brought home the gold: shuttle hurdle relay team of R. Bell, Maizee Lindsey, Carlee Hamilton and Atwood in a time of 1:16.50 and the 4x400 meter relay team of Carleigh O’Dell, Raechel Scud-

der, Lyndsey Dale and Lauren Saxton with a time of 5:12. Other individual points were earned by R. Bell with 2nd in the 400 meter hurdles with a time of 1:17 and 4th in the 100 meter hurdles with a time of 17.8; Mackenzie Bell earned 3rd place in the shot put with a throw of 29 feet 7.5 inches; O’Dell 4th place in the high jump with a 4 foot 6 inch jump; and Alaina Applegate with 5th place in the 800 meter run with a time of 3:11.3. The 4x800 meter relay team of Saxton, Applegate, Dale and O’Dell placed 2nd with a time 12:08.4; the girls distance medley team of Scudder, Taylor Beavers, Applegate and Saxton earned 4th place with a time of 5:20.3; and the 4x100 meter

ter dash – 11th Graham 12.70, 18th Kyler Hunt 14.06; 200 meter dash – 11th Haden Leymaster 27.17; 400 meter dash – 11th Isaac Hall 1:04.06, Shayn Vanderflute 12th 1:05.15; 1600 meter run – 14th Kaige Cowden 6:01.65; 3200 Meter – 10th Kaige Cowden 12:55.42, Avery Marvin 12th 14:01.04; Shot Put – 9th Tate Hill 32 feet 5.75 inches; Discus – 11th Tate Hill 72 feet 8 inches, 15th Kyler Hunt 68 feet. Two nights later, the Cardinals were firing on all cylinders when they used a barrage of 9 first place efforts to propel them to oust the competition finishing 1st in the B team section of the Goos Invite at Clarke High School. The Cardinals banked a total of 153 points, followed by Martensdale St. Marys with 148; Southeast Warren with 99, Twin Cedars 92, Bedford 82, East Union 72, Seymour 39, and Wayne 38. In two of the nine events that placed first in, they also had a one-two punch which helped their cause. First place finishers included the following: Atwood in the 400 meter with a time 55.16; Tyler Davis in the 110 meter hurdles 15.78; Johnson in the 400 meter hurdles 1:01.83; 4x100 team of (Pedersen, Atwood,

Carter Boothe takes the handoff from Grant Atwood in the 4x200 relay. The Cardinals won this event at the Goos Invite in Osceola last week. Boothe also finished 2nd in the 200 meter dash at the same event with a time of 24.55. Spidle, and Boothe) clocked a 46.26; the 4x200 team of (Graham, Leymaster, D. Davis, and Boothe) ran a 1:42.74; the 4x400 team of (Graham, Johnson, Spidle, and Atwood) clocked a 3:50.68; the shuttle hurdle squad of Tyler Davis, Pedersen, Spidle, Boothe clocked a 1:00.28; Spidle jumped 6 feet in the high jump and Pedersen had a leap of 19 feet 7.5 inches

in the long jump. It was these last two events that CD had a solid one-two punch. Johnson finished 2nd in the high jump recording 5 feet 8 inches and Tyler Davis finished 2nd in the long jump measuring 19 feet 5 inches. Also finishing 2nd were Boothe in the 200 meter with a time of 24.55, just missing 1st by .44 seconds; Nick Bishop ran

a 11:42.43 in the grueling 3200; and the distance medley team of (Kyler Hunt, Chance Bly, Kolten Johnson, and Brogan Bundt ran a 4:18.42. Bishop also finished 3rd in the 1600 meter jaunt with a 5:27.70. Also earning points for the quad were 4x800 team of Kaige (continued on page 7)

Cardinal Golfers Turning in Solid Rounds

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CARDINAL GOLF TEAM: Pictured back from left – Assistant Coach Gary Hayworth, Elliot Ness, Gideon Porter, Grant Smith, Chandler Smith, Kole Minnick, Lane Moore, Zane Greene, Kaige Leymaster, Casey DeVore, and Coach Calieb Kistler. Front from left – Michel Evertsen, Kristin Schaff, Kelsey Sorter, Alyssa Rhum, Brooke Vecchio, and Tyke Walker. (photo by Memories by Linda)

Maizee Lindsey competing on the shuttle hurdle relay team that placed first at the Guy Clark Relays Thursday, April 12, and the team earned the new record for this meet with a time of 1:12.71.

by Coach Calieb Kistler The Cardinals played in two meets this past week. On Tuesday April 10th, the Central Decatur golf team finally had some decent weather. Fortunately, with that good weather there were some great scores. Mormon Trail brought a boys squad and Seymour brought three girls to compete. The Cardinal boys won the duel shooting a team score of 196 to Mormon Trail’s 223. The Medalist was Michel Evertsen with a great round of 44. The runner-up medalist was Travis Pollock of Mormon Trail with a round of 45. The other Cardinal scores were as follows: Kole Minnick 46, Kaige Leymaster 48, Tyke Walker 58, Gideon Porter 58, and Chandler Smith with a 67. On the girl’s side of the tee box, the lady Cardinals went up against the three girls from Seymour. Seymour did not have enough to qualify as a team. Central Decatur ladies shot a team score of 261 with Kristin Schaff as the medalist with a score of 47. The runner up medalist was Thayda Houser of Seymour with 65. Alyssa Rhum of CD turned in a score of 70. Followed closely by a 1st year golfer Kelsey Sorter who keeps improving with a score of 71. The final scores for the ladies are Maggie Frank with 73 and Brooke Vecciho with a 75. On Thursday the 12th Central Decatur traveled to their first away meet of the season. The Cardinals made their way to Mount Ayr to take on Martensdale St. Marys and Mount Ayr. The boy’s team did not get the rolls they were hoping for. Mount Ayr won with a score of 176 followed by CD with 201 and then finally Martensdale with a score of 220. The medalist was Myles Greene of Mount Ayr with a 39. The runner up medalist was almost Kole Minnick with a 44 but lost to a card off to Dalton Elwood(Mount Ayr) who also shot a 44. Michel Evertsen shot a 46, Kaige Leymaster 55, Gideon Porter 56, Chandler Smith with a 62, and finally Tyke Walker put down a score of 68. As for the girls’ scores Mount Ayr won the meet with a score of 207 followed by Martensdale who shot 233, and the Cardinals shot a 249. However, the lady Cardinals keep improving their scores. Abbey Schafer of Mount Ayr took the medal with a great round of 40. The runner up was Kristin Schaff of CD with a 46. The other ladies scores as follows: Alyssa Rhum with a 64, Kelsey Sorter with a 67, and Brooke Vecchio 72.

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State TSA Results

By Gene Olsen The Central Decatur Middle School and High School Chapters of the Technology Student Association recently traveled to Altoona for their annual State TSA Conference. The event took place at the Adventureland Inn and the Palace Theater at the Adventureland Park. The event consisted of over 30 technology related competitions and business meetings of the organization. The members that attended are listed below. High School: Dakota Fry, Ricky Marcus, Zane Greene, Brice Pierson, Brody Patterson, Lauren Saxton, Austin Sorter, Greydon Henry, and Casey DeVore. Middle School: Mathew Coffelt, Adriana Benda, Courtney Olsen, Autumn Burgess, Caleb Coon, Logan Coon, Madison Leahy, Chloe Hamaker, Jerry Parmer, Maggie Layton. The highlight of the High School Chapter was that Lauren Saxton was re-elected to her second term as a State TSA Officer. She also filled out the Chapter Excellence Resume and was interviewed for that event. Due to her hard work, the Central Decatur High School was given the Outstanding Chapter Award at this conference. The award is based on competitions attended through the year, leadership activities, and service projects. The Middle School also had a member elected to the State Officer team. Madison Leahy will also serve on the Iowa TSA State Officer Team this year. The M.S. Chapter also did quite well in the competitions with the following results: 3rd Children’s Stories - Mathew Coffelt and Chloe Hamaker 1st Community Service Video - Maggie Layton, Mathew Coffelt, Madison Leahy, Chloe Hamaker, Courtney Olsen 1st Dragster Design - Courtney Olsen 1st Flight Challenge - Caleb Coon 2nd Flight Challenge - Courtney Olsen 3rd Technology Bowl - Maggie Layton, Madison Leahy, Chloe Hamaker TSA is a national organization with members in 43 states and 4 countries. Iowa has 16 chapters with 5170 members. All of the chapters were represented at this conference by 309 students attending. Several of the C-D students are making plans to attend the National TSA Conference to be held in Atlanta, GA, this summer.

Boy’s Track (continued from page 6) Cowden, Brandon Vecchio, Dakota Davis, and Brogan Bundt who placed 5th with a time of 9:55.00; the sprint medley team of Graham, T. Davis, Haden Leymaster, and Dakota Davis clocked a 1:50.12 for 4th place; Graham in the 100 meter dash with a time of 12:15; and Atwood finished 6th in the shot put with

Girls’s Track (continued from page 6) relay team of Lindsey, Morgan Nordyke, Beavers and Hamilton earned 4th place with a time of 1:00.6. Other individual results were: Hannah Varela, 100 meter dash - 16.5, 200 meter dash 36.8, shot put - 21’ 0.5”, and discus - 65’ 8”; Beavers, 200 meter dash - 34.3; Léna Bgn Bergougnan, 200 meter dash - 34.8; Tori Kunze, 400 meter dash - 1:27.1 and 1500 meter run - 7:50.1; Saxton, 1500 meter run - 6:23.8; Dale, high jump - 4’ 6”; Emily Cornell, shot put - 25’ 11.5” and discus - 50’ 11”; and M. Bell, discus - 60’ 7.5”. The 800 sprint medley relay team of Lindsey, Nordyke, Hamilton and Kunze ran a 2:27.9.

Guy Clark Relays

The track team hosted the Guy Clark Relays on Thursday, April 12 placing 4th as a team out of 14 teams with 69 points.

a toss of 36.7.25 inches. Other results: 100 meter dash – 9th Anthony Marks 12.39; 200 meter dash – 10th Tate Hill 27.37; 400 meter dash – 14th 1:06.64; 800 meter – 9th Isaac Hall 2:37.80, 11th Keaton Adams 2:45.25; 1600 meter – Brandon Vecchio 5:59.00; 110 Meter Hurdles – 10th Cole Pedersen; 400 meter hurdles – 9th Dakota Davis 1:10.79; Shot Put – 20th Ethan Bundt 26 feet 4.25 inches; Discus – 13th Kyler Hunt 85 feet 2 inches. Mt. Ayr earned first place with 145 points, followed by Clarke with 77, Pleasantville 74, CD 69, Interstate-35 with 65, Murray 42, Seymour 40, Southeast Warren 28, Lamoni 16, MelcherDallas 16, East Union 9, Diagonal 5, Moravia 2 and OrientMacksburg 1. Atwood earned 3 more individual golds in the same trio of events with the 100 meter hurdles in a time of 16.29, 400 meter hurdles with a time of 1:11.81 and the high jump clearing the bar at 5 feet 5.25 inches. The shuttle hurdle relay team of R. Bell, Lindsey, Hamilton and Atwood brought home the gold again and the hold the Guy Clark Relays record with a time of 1:12.71. R. Bell earned triple 3rd place honors in the long jump with a leap of 15 feet 1 inch, 100 meter hurdles with a time of 17.28 and 400 meter hurdles with a time of 1:16.58. The 4x800 team of Saxton, O’Dell, Dale and Applegate earned 4th place with a time

Decatur Jam at the Barnum Community Center April 19 and 26 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. ** Featuring Pete McVey’s Band ** Free Will Offering Bring Covered Dish All Musicians welcome


Building a Career

High School students from Clarke and Central Decatur participated in an Architecture and Construction Pathway Career Event on Thursday, April 12, at Southwestern’s Carpentry and Building Trades Career Academy in Leon. Students got to tour the current building project south of Leon and last year’s finished house in town. The event allowed interaction between the instructor, Ron Utley, as well as career professionals involved in the projects: Marjorie Horton, Horton Floor Coverings; Mike Craig, Decatur County Land Improvement; and Shannon Erb, Decatur County Development Corporation. A variety of pathways lead to construction careers, including secondary CTE programs, community colleges, four-year universities, industry training programs and registered apprenticeships. Many companies look for individuals with industry-recognized certifications that can be obtained through education or industry training. Careers in construction and architecture use technical, academic, and employability skills. Students that enroll in the Carpentry and Building Trades Career Academy during high school can complete 30 credit hours over a twoyear time period. Those credits may then be transferred into SWCC’s carpentry and building trades program and an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree can be finished in as little as 12 additional months. SWCC’s program is certified by the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) and sponsored by Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). The event was a collaborative effort between Decatur County Development Corporation, IowaWORKS, Southwestern Community College, and Workplace Learning Network. of 12:13.93; the girls distance medley team of Scudder, Beavers, O’Dell and Saxton earned 4th place with a time of 5:13.36; 4x400 relay team of O’Dell, Applegate, Dale and Saxton earned 5th place with a time of 4:57.19; and the 4x200 team of Lindsey, Dale, Hamilton and Scudder earned 6th place with a time of 2:06.95. Other individual results were: Bergougnan, 100 meter dash - 16.59 and 200 meter dash - 34.62; Varela, 100 meter dash 16.81, shot put - 20’ 11” and discus - 61’ 10”; Scudder, 200 meter dash - 33.75; Beavers, 200 meter dash - 36.0; Saxton, 1500 meter run - 6:08.93; Kunze, 1500 meter run - 7:54.2 and 3000 meter run 17:54.29; Dale, high jump - 4’ 4”; M. Bell, shot put - 30’ 3.75” and discus - 73’ 7”; and Cornell, shot put - 27’ 6.25”. Other relay team results were the 4x100 meter relay team of Lindsey, Nordyke, Beavers and Hamilton with a time of 1:00.85 and the JV 4x100 relay team of Varela, Cornell, Bell and Bergougnan with a time of 1:08.07.

Leon Community Meal Menu

(Subject to Change) Reservations are REQUIRED by 10:00 a.m. for next day - 446-4433 Wednesday, Apr. 18 - Fried chicken, mashed potatoes/gravy, buttered corn, biscuit, cantaloupe, milk. Thursday, Apr. 19 - Pork gyros, waffle fries, green beans, blueberry shortcake, milk. Friday, Apr. 20 - Chicken broccoli Alfredo, garlic breadsticks, broccoli, frosted pineapple cake, milk. Monday, Apr. 23 - Chicken fajitas, refried beans, Mexican rice, Oreo pudding, milk. Tuesday, Apr. 24 - Loaded BBQ pork potato casserole, Brussels sprouts, bread/butter, peaches, milk. Wednesday, Apr. 25 - Beef and noodles, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, dinner roll, cherry pie, milk.

Vocal Students Have Success at Small Group Contest Blades Outstanding Performer of the Day

CD Vocal students had a successful day at small group contest held at Lenox. Eily Hall received a I rating on her vocal solo and Allison Blades received a I rating and a perfect score on her vocal solo and was chosen as the Outstanding Performer of the Day for Center 2. Receiving this incredible honor means she will be part of the Outstanding Performer Recital on May 9 in the Music Hall at Iowa State University. Eric Dowler and Carleigh O’Dell received a division II rating for their solos. The vocal ensemble comprised of Eily Hall, Jaidyn Reed, Cadence Clark, Lauren Martin, Carleigh O’Dell and Allison Blades received a II rating. Pictured above are l-r: Bell Hall, CD Choir Instructor, Jaidyn Reed, Cadence Clark, Lauren Martin, Allison Blades, Eily Hall and Carleigh O’Dell.

Dog Attacks (continued from page 5) their children about the need to keep the family dog secured. The Postal Service also recommends that parents ask their children not to take mail directly from letter carriers. A dog may see handing mail to a child as a threatening gesture. These simple reminders and helpful tips can reduce the hazard of dog attacks. Help us to help you this spring and summer.

Caring for Generations. Caring for Life. Your Women’s Health Specialist: Earle M. Pescatore, Jr. DO, FACOG, FPMRS

The days of the week are running together for Tonya and I as we work in our office putting the newspaper together and over the weekend and nights if not chasing our children around at their activities we will be found at our newly acquired building at 111 NW 2nd Street (previous Jim Johnston Realty). We have been painting and staining and organizing and moving and re-organizing and you can get the picture. We have had some amazing help from Sandy Kunze and Roy Havens along with some strong backs of my brothers Cody Lindsey and Brad Smith and friends Jim Lane, Rick Hawkins and Eric Rasmussen.

Earle Pescatore, Jr., DO is a board-certified physician with 28 years of experience, specializing in obstetrics, gynecology and urogynecology. Dr. Pescatore offers both surgical and non-surgical treatment options to resolve pelvic floor disorders. Dr. Pescatore provides comprehensive, specialized care for women that makes Wayne County Hospital and Clinic System your healthcare partner. FOR LIFE. Area’s Only Urogynecologist Providing Specialized Treatment for Women: Call 641-872-5259 today to schedule your appointment.

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The Leon Journal-Reporter, Wednesday, April 18, 2018


REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING April 13, 2018 7:00 PM Mayor Allen Simmonds called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM. Council present Keith Hinds, Jonathan Erb, Sue Kelly; Absent Darlene Fuller. Motion by S Kelly seconded by J Erb to approve the agenda. All ayes, motion carried. Motion by J Erb seconded by S Kelly to approve the consent agenda. All ayes, motion carried. Motion by J Erb seconded by S Kelly to approve the hiring of Mathew Cooper at $10.25/hr, Jordan Miles at $7.50/hr and David Osborne at $7.50/ hr for the temporary summer mowing positions. All ayes, motion carried. Motion by S Kelly seconded J Erb to approve the buy out on the 72” John Deere Mower from AgriVision at a cost of $2775.76; lease a 60” mower from AgriVision at a cost of $193.40/month for 36 months and to lease a 60” Kohler from Leon Hardware at a cost of $279.37/month for 36 months. All ayes, motion carried. Motion by S Kelly seconded by K Hinds to approve naming Miller Insurance Agency owned by Shon Kofoid as our agent on record for employee health insurance. All ayes, motion carried. Motion by J Erb seconded by S Kelly to appoint Jessica Hill as council member to fulfill Joe Stephens term. All ayes, motion carried. Motion by J Erb seconded by S Kelly to approve Ordinance 2018-2 changing the city council meeting to the 2nd Monday of each month at 7pm. All ayes, motion carried Motion by S Kelly seconded by K

Hinds to waive the 2nd and 3rd readings of Ordinance 2018-2. All ayes, motion carried. Motion by J Erb seconded by S Kelly to approve Ordinance 2018-1 instilling a registration fee for the use of ATV’s, UTV’s and Golf Carts on city streets. All ayes, motion carried. Motion by S Kelly seconded by J Erb to waive the 2nd and 3rd readings of Ordinance 2018-1. All ayes, motion carried. Motion by S Kelly seconded by J Erb to approve the purchase of the CAT 420e backhoe from Eric Dale at a total cost of $57,200 over 4 fiscal years. All ayes, motion carried. Motion by S Kelly seconded by K Hinds to appoint Jonathan Erb as Mayor Pro Tem and to add him to the signature card at the bank. S Kelly and K Hinds yes; J Erb abstain; motion carried. Motion by S Kelly seconded by J Erb to approve the demo grant submitted by Mike Craig for 600 NW 6th Street in the amount of $2500. All ayes, motion carried. Motion by J Erb seconded by S Kelly to approve the increase in fees at the pool submitted by the Park & Pool Board. (Family pass $130, Single Pass $70, Daily Admission: Adults $5 Students $3) All ayes, motion carried. Motion by J Erb seconded by S Kelly to adjourn at 7:44 pm. All ayes, motion carried. <These minutes are subject to approval at the next regularly scheduled council meeting. SIGNED: Allen Simmonds Mayor ATTEST:Denise Simmons City Admin/Clerk 1t11 April 18, 2018

March 15 To April 11, 2018 Claims Leon Napa Iowa One Call Baker And Taylor Books Blue Cross/Blue Shield Law Enforcement Sys Inc Carpenter Uniform Co Colonial Life & Accident Decatur County Auditor Decatur County Developmnt Iowa DNR Water Supply Op Des Moines Stamp Mfg Co Galls Llc Grand River Mutual Decatur County Sheriff Hy-Vee Food Store State Hygienic Laboratory Iowa Dot Cashier’s Off Alliant Energy Leon Journal Reporter Midwest Office Technology MFA Oil Co Mocic Kone Inc Municipal Supply Inc WRD Landfill-SoLid Waste WRD Landfill-Qrtly Alloc Quill Corporation Reader Service U S Cellular USA Bluebook Micromarketing Assoc Chem-Sult Inc Dollar General-Charged Sa Office Depot Hawkins Inc Schildberg Construction Paraclete Press Inc Williams Phyllis Aramark Great American Financial Data Technologies Inc Hewlett’s Quality Lawn Ca Eftps IA State Withholding Standard Insurance Delta Dental Aflac Ipers Collection Svc Keystone Laboratories Fire Service Training Hill’s Automotive Metering & Technology Gilbert True Value Deere Credit Inc GWB Visa-Lorrie GWB Visa-Denise Hopkins & Huebner Healthies You Iowa Narcotics Officers Leon Hardware & Appliance GWB Visa-John HSA Leon Plumbing Heating Nichols Equipment Simmons Denise Payroll Checks

Fltr $416.76 One Calls $24.30 Books $95.24 Bc/Bs- Aftr-Tax $13,848.50 Citations $149.00 Patches $197.50 Colonial Life $379.72 Recycling $750.00 Gala Contribution $500.00 Skroh Cert $30.00 Name Plate $15.10 Nametags $17.99 Phone Service $483.05 Communication Contract $1,505.09 Oil $4.56 Water Testing $99.50 Blade $154.46 Gas/Electric Service $15,238.98 Publications $396.50 Copier Contract $255.29 No Lead/Diesel $2,386.14 Membership Dues $100.00 Quarterly Elevator Contract $1,109.79 Cplg/Insert $351.80 Landfill Fees $4,750.25 Quarterly Allocation $4,942.50 $60.12 Books $35.19 Cell Phones $310.81 Bushg/Socket/Gloves $412.75 Bocd/Books $395.31 Coag/Sod Perm $3,430.07 Flash Drives $57.50 Paper/Labels $159.13 Chemicals $1,708.00 Road Rock $3,409.21 DVD/Book $74.62 CommunIty Center Contract $173.33 Rugs/Towels $370.92 Copier Contract/Doc Fee $129.37 License Fee/Support $1,056.02 Pest Control $270.00 Fed/Fica Tax $9,450.18 State Taxes $1,740.00 Standard Ins $172.20 Delta Dental $754.04 Aflac- Pre-Tax $74.64 Protective Iper $6,589.85 870021/595398 $806.24 Testing $1,445.50 Rardin Training $70.00 Maintainer Tires $5,365.96 Meters $1,074.35 Light $77.49 Mower Lease $236.88 Flags $502.67 Conf Lodging $154.13 Legal Services $1,760.00 Healtiest Pre $63.00 Membership Dues/Cox Confnc $250.00 Anchor/Bar/Chain $334.62 Postage/Envelopes $438.60 GWB Hsa $7,076.58 Seal Ducts $460.00 Machine Rental $200.00 Conf Mileage $123.17 Total Payroll Checks $31,421.82 Claims Total $130,896.29 General Fund $33,011.24 Road Use Tax Fund $28,327.17 Water Fund $27,101.41 Sewer Fund $18,332.24 Landfill/Garbage Fund $24,124.23

ORDINANCE NO 2018 – 1 AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE CODE OF ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF LEON, IOWA, 2017, BY ADDING A NEW SECTION REGARDING GOLF CARTS AND UTV’S Be it ordained, by the city council of the city of Leon, Iowa that: Section 1. Chapter 78 golf carts and utility trail vehicles (UTV) is hereby created. 78.01 Purpose. The purpose of this chapter is to permit the operation of golf carts, as authorized by section 321.247 Of the Code of Iowa, as amended and “UTV” (utility trail vehicle), on certain streets in the city. This chapter applies whenever a golf cart or UTV is operated on any city street or alley, subject to those exceptions stated herein. 78.02 Definitions. 1. “Golf cart” means a four wheeled recreational vehicle generally used for transportation of person(s) in the sport of golf, that is limited in engine displacement to less than 800 cubic centimeters (or the electric equivalent) and total dry weight of less than 800 pounds. Note that a vehicle with appearance of a “golf cart” but satisfying the requirements of 49 cfr 572.500 (I.E., Is a “low speed vehicle”) is not subject to this chapter but rather to the Code of Iowa 321.381a. 2. “UTV” means a motorized vehicle, with not less than four and

not more than eight nonhighway tires or rubberized tracks, that is limited in engine displacement to less than 1500 cubic centimeters and in total dry weight to no more than 2000 pounds and that has a seat that is of bucket or bench design, not intended to be straddled by the operator, and a steering wheel or control levers for control. 78.03 Operation of golf carts and UTVS permitted: golf carts and UTVSmay be operated upon the streets of the city by persons possessing a valid iowa operator’s license and at least sixteen (16) years of age, except as prohibited in section 78.08. 1. In addition to having a valid drivers’ license persons under 18 years of age are required to have atv/UTV safety certificate from the iowa dnr to operate a UTV on the roadways. 78.04 Required equipment: golf carts and UTVS operated upon city streets shall be equipped with at least the following: 1. A slow moving vehicle sign. 2. An orange safety flag, the top of which shall be a minimum of five (5) feet above the ground level. 3. Adequate and functional brakes 4. Rear view or side mirrors 5. Adequate exhaust and muffler system 78.05 Hours of operation: golf carts and UTVS may be operated on city streets only between sunrise and sunset. Ambulance, fire, law enforcement

and Leon public school golf carts and UTVS are exempt from these hours of operation in performance of their duties. 78.06 Speed: golf carts and UTVS shall be subject to posted speed limits. 78.07 Passengers: passengers must remain seated at all times when the vehicle is in motion. 78.08 Operation: 1. Except as noted otherwise, therein, any person operating a golf cart or UTV on city streets or alleys shall adhere to all traffic signs and signals, and all other City of Leon and State of Iowa traffic rules and regulations, and shall obey the orders and direction of any law enforcement officer authorized to direct or regulate traffic or the direction of a fire department officer during a fire. 2. This ordinance forbids the operation of golf carts and UTVS on: A. Any recreational, bike or walking trail unless the trail is specifically designed to allow the use of motor vehicles. B. Sidewalks C. City parks or any other land owned by the city, unless permission is granted by the city council D. Private property without the consent of the property owner E. Primary road extensions through the city limits, however, golf carts and UTVS may cross these roads at approximately a ninety (90) degree angle after yielding the right of way to cross traffic. Ambulance, fire, law enforcement and Leon Public School golf carts and UTVS are exempt from these restrictions in performance of their duties. 3. Street etiquette: A. Except when executing a left turn, golf carts and UTVS shall be driven as close as practical to the right hand edge of any street or alley. B. When necessary to prevent congestion of traffic, golf carts and UTVS shall be pulled to the right hand edge of streets and alleys and be stopped to allow other motor vehicles traveling in the same direction to pass. C. When two or more golf carts or UTVS are being operated in the same direction and general vicinity on a city street or alley, they shall proceed in single file. 4. Parking: a golf cart or UTV may be parked on city streets or parking lots only in designated parking spaces. 78.09 Permits: golf carts and UTVS must be registered with the City of Leon before operating on any public street or alley. 1. A permit shall be issued once the owner has provided the following: A. Proof that the owner has liability insurance covering operation of a golf cart of UTV on city streets with limits of liability at least as great as those required by the Code of Iowa chapter 321a.1(11) As amended. B. Inspection and approval by the police department of the City of Leon. 2. Any golf cart or UTV operated on the city streets shall display the city of leon permit sticker prominently on the rear left fender or similar component. 3. All applications shall uniquely identify name(s) and address(s) of the owner and shall be for specific golf cart or UTV, as evidenced by its serial number. 4. The fee for such permits shall be fifteen dollars ($15) per year. The fee will not be pro-rated for permits purchased during the year. The fee will not be refunded if the golf cart or UTV is sold, or the permit is suspended or revoked. 5. All permits will expire on June 30. Permits may be purchased at any time. 6. The permit may be suspended or revoked per section 78.10 7. Businesses selling golf carts or UTVS are exempt from having to obtain permits 8. UTVS must comply with all applicable state regulations. 78.10 Violation and penalty: 1. A violation of this ordinance shall be considered a municipal infraction as defined in Chapter 4 section 4.03 And 4.04 Of this code of ordinances 2. For a first offense in a 12 month period the civil penalty shall be $50.00 3. For a second offense in a 12 month period the civil penalty shall be $100.00 and revocation of the city of Leon permit for 60 days 4. For a third or subsequent offenses in a 12 month period the civil penalty shall be $200.00 and revocation fo the City of Leon permit for 180 days 5. To all of the above fines shall be added the surcharge and costs pursuant to the Iowa Code and Leon City Code Section II. All ordinances or parts of ordinances which conflict herewith are repealed Section III. Severability clause. If any section, provision, or part of this ordinance shall be adjudged invalid or unconstitutional, such adjudication shall not affect the validity of the ordinance as a whole or any section, provision, or part thereof not adjudge invalid or unconstitutional. Section IV. This ordinance shall be in full force and effect from and after its passage and publication as provided by law from and after the 1st day of July 2018. SIGNED: Allen Simmonds MAYOR ATTEST: Denise Simmons CITY CLERK 1t11 April 18, 2018


Minutes are unofficial until approved by the Board during the following week’s meeting. For previous minutes and other information, please visit the county’s website: April 9, 2018 The Decatur County Board of Supervisors met in regular session on April 9, 2018, at 8:00 a.m. in the Board Room of the Decatur County Courthouse. Present: Robert Bell, Dan Christensen and Jim Fulton. Also pres-

ent was Stephanie Daughton, County Auditor. Unless otherwise noted, all motions carried unanimously. Motion Bell/Christensen to approve the agenda. Motion carried. Motion Bell/Christensen to approve the minutes of the April 2, 2018, regular session. Motion carried. The Board presented Iowa State Association of Counties Years of Service Certificates to the following employees: Conservation/Emergency Management Director Rich Erke (35 years), Public Health Director Shelley Bickel (15 years) and County Recorder Gale Norman (15 years). Assistant County Engineer Dillon Davenport met with the Board to discuss departmental matters. Also in attendance was Assistant to the Engineer Noah Thomas. Motion Christensen/Bell to adopt Decatur County Iowa DOT FY19 Secondary Roads Budget. Motion carried. Motion Bell/Christensen to adopt Decatur County Iowa DOT FY19 Secondary Roads Five Year Construction Program. Motion carried. Decatur County Development Executive Director Shannon Erb and Home Base Iowa representative Cabrielle Rutledge met with the Board to discuss whether the Board would be interested in declaring Decatur County a “Home Base Iowa Community.” Rutledge explained that this program and their website is aimed at bringing veterans to Iowa, and by adopting a resolution, the Board would be acknowledging that the County offers incentives for veterans, including, but not limited to, those offered by the county’s Veterans Affairs Office. The Board requested the resolution be added to next week’s agenda for further review/adoption. With no further business to come before the Board, the meeting was adjourned at 4:10 p.m. SIGNED: Jim Fulton Chairman, Board of Supervisors ATTEST: Stephanie Daughton County Auditor 1t11 April 18, 2018


Petty Custom Cattle Feeding plans to submit a Notice of Intent to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources to be covered under the NPDES General Permit General Permit #2 “Storm Water Discharge Associated with Industrial Activity for Construction Activities.” The strom water discharge will be from construction for runoff control located in NE 1/4, Sect. 17, T68N, R25W, Decatur. Storm water will be discharged from 1 point source and will be discharged to the following stream: McGruder Creek. Comments may be submitted to the Storm Water Discharge Coordinator, IOWA DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES, Environmental Protection Division, 502 East 9th Street, Des Moines, IA 50319-0034. The public may review the Notice of Intent from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at the above address after it has been received by the Department. 1t11 April 18, 2018



Deceased To All Persons Interested in the Estate of VAUGHN CLARK, Deceased, who died on or about January 7, 2018: You are hereby notified that on March 19, 2018, the Last Will and Testament of VAUGHN CLARK, deceased, bearing date of September 28, 1998, was admitted to probate in the above named court and that Terri Vaughn 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 date of the second publication of this notice or one month from the date of mailing of this notice (unless otherwise allowed or paid) a claim is thereafter forever barred. Dated April 9, 2018. Terri Vaughn Executor of Estate 24034 180th Street Leon, IA 50144 Verle W. Norris AT0005910 Attorney for Executor 201 East 1st Street PO Box 279 Leon, IA 50144 Date of second publication: April 25, 2018. 2t11 April 18 & 25, 2018


In the Iowa District Court for Ringgold County Case No. CDDM500414 Upon the Petition of BRENDA JEAN GREENLAND Petitioner, and concerning GERRY HARLAND GREENLAND Respondent. TO THE ABOVE NAMED RESPONDENT: You are notified that a petition has been filed in the Office of the Clerk of this court, naming you as the Respondent in this action. The attorney for the Petitioner is Meggen L. Weeks,

103 South Main St, Lenox, IA 50851. The attorney’s phone number is 641333-2286. You must serve a motion or answer within twenty (20) days after service of this Original Notice upon you, and within a reasonable time thereafter, file your motion or answer, with the Clerk of Court for Ringgold County, at the county courthouse in Mount Ayr, Iowa. If you do not, judgment by default may be rendered against you for the relief demanded in the Petition. This case has been filed in a County that utilizes electronic filing. You are advised to review Iowa Court Rules Chapter 16 for general rules and information on electronic filing. You are additionally advised to review Chapter 16, division VI regarding the protection of personal information. If you require the assistance of auxiliary aids or services to participate in court because of a disability, immediately call your district ADA coordinator at 515-286-3394. (If you are hearing impaired, call Relay Iowa TTY at 1-800-735-2942). IMPORTANT: YOU ARE ADVISED TO SEEK LEGAL ADVICE AT ONCE TO PROTECT YOUR INTERESTS. 3t9 April 4, 11, & 18 2018


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(1 thru 5 over). Total $87.00. Jessica Marie Mattern, Chicago, IL, speeding over 55 zone (6 thru 10 over). Total $114.00. Tammy Jo Fifer, Kellerton, IA, speeding 55 or under zone (1 thru 5 over). Total $87.00. Arvin Wayne Vanhall, Ellston, IA, speeding 55 or under zone (6 thru 10 over). Total $114.00. Lucky Austin Lovan, Urbandale, IA, failure to obey stop sign. Total $195.00. Ronald Frank Dollar, Fort Dodge, IA, speed. Total $114.00. Wyatt W. Monohon, Numa, IA, speed. Total $168.00. Mario D. Arzate, Kansas City, MO, speeding over 55 zone (16 thru 20 over). Total $202.50. Shannon Brown, Osceola, IA, curfew violation. Total $79.80. Tom Engebos, Deepwater, MO, speeding over 55 zone (1 thru 5 over). Total $93.96. Tom Engebos, Deepwater, MO, no valid drivers license. Total $307.80. John D. Grunao, West Des Moines, IA, speeding over 55 zone (16 thru 20 over). Total $243.75. Kallie Marie Johnson, Lamoni, IA, driving while suspended. Total $454.88. Kallie Marie Johnson, Lamoni, IA, no proof of insurance. Total $467.25. Robert Richard Johnston, Des Moines, IA, speeding 55 or under zone (6 thru 10 over). Total $153.90. Stephanie L. Lavery, Osceola, IA, speeding 55 or under zone (6 thru 10 over). Total $150.00. Kevin Keith Newton, Murray, IA, speeding. Total $141.00. Vriana Maria Silva, Leon, IA, speeding 55 or under zone (21 or over). Total $281.88. Vriana Maria Silva, Leon, IA, operating without proof of registration. Total $146.88. Vriana Maria Silva, Leon, IA, no proof of insurance. Total $484.38. Jennifer Lee Spoerl, Lamoni, IA, speeding 55 or under zone (6 thru 10 over). Total $176.25. Colton Alan Wills, Des Moines, IA, speeding over 55 zone (11 thru 15 over). Total $277.50.

Decatur County Sheriff’s Report Apr. 7 - 13, 2018


4/7: The SO responded to a driving complaint in Garden Grove. Garden Grove FD responded to a grass fire. Lamoni FD responded to a grass fire. Leon PD responded to a noise complaint on South Main St. 4/8: The SO and Lamoni PD responded to a domestic dispute at a residence in Davis City. The SO arrested Mark Sheehan, 27, of Leon on a charge of domestic abuse assault 3rd or subsequent offence. Sheehan was booked into jail and held. Leon PD and the SO responded to a domestic dispute

on NE 7th St. 4/9: Clarke County SO arrested Ashley Ross, 33, of Leon on outstanding Decatur County SO warrants for 1st degree burglary, 1st degree trespass and a probation violation warrant. Ross was transported back to Decatur County, booked into jail and held. Clarke County SO arrested Randall Hughes, 31, on outstanding Decatur County SO warrants for 1st degree burglary, assault while displaying a weapon and assault while participating in a felony. Hughes is being held in the Clarke County jail on other charges and will be transported back to Decatur County when he is released. The SO was notified of a criminal mischief complaint in Eden Township. The Polk County SO arrested Robert Reed, 44, of Davis City on an outstanding district court warrant for a probation violation. Reed was transported back to Decatur County, booked into jail and held. 4/10: The SO responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle parked on 175th Ave. The vehicle was towed. The SO was notified of a disturbance in Van Wert. Lamoni PD and Leon PD responded to a domestic dispute on Main St. in Lamoni. Grand River FD responded to a grass fire. 4/11: Lamoni PD responded to a report of a shoplifter at the Cobblestone Motel. 4/12: Leon FD responded to a grass fire. Leon PD responded to a report of an assault. Grand River FD responded to a grass fire. The SO responded to a driving complaint in Garden Grove. Grand River FD responded to a timber fire north of Grand River. Garden Grove FD responded to a grass fire. 4/13: Leon PD responded to a report of a prowler outside a residence. Leon FD responded to a grass fire. Lamoni PD responded to a family dispute. The SO arrested Richard Fischer, 31, of Ottumwa on an outstanding District Court warrant for failure to appear. Fischer was booked into jail and held. Leon PD responded to a report of a shoplifter at Casey’s.


Minutes are unofficial until approved by the Board during the following month’s meeting. The CROSS region met on March 27, 2018. Paul Dykstra Chair called the meeting to order at pm. The following Council members in attendance were: Marvin McCann, Kathy Lerma, Denny Amoss, Bob Bell, Dennis Smith. Mark Raymie, Mickie Edwards. Others in attendance were Mendy Middlebrook, Mary DeLong, Katie Fisher, Kathy Egbert, Becky Fletchall, Angela Nelson, and Tammy Harrah. The meeting was called to order by Marvin McCann (vice chair) at 1:02pm. Motion to approve the agenda by Amoss/Smith at 1:03pm. All in favor. Motion Carried (MC). Motion to approve 2/26/18 minutes by Smith/Amoss. All in favor. MC Paul Dykstra arrived and took over the meeting. Motion to approve financial report by Smith/Bell. All in favor. MC Motion to approve Annual Service and Budget Plan with the amended address changes for Clarke County by Raymie/McCann. All in favor. MC Motion to approve Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for United by McCann/ Raymie and Motion to approve MOU for Amerigroup by McCann/ Raymie. All in favor. MC Roger Shindell from Carosh was present to give an update on HIPAA. Motion to approve $5000 a year stipend and the jail service description for jail services team lead position for FY19 and FY20 by McCann/ Egbert. All in favor. MC Motion to approve Tenco contract, Crest Services and Optimae Life Services by Amoss/McCann. All in favor. MC Motion for Kathy to hire an attorney and write a contract for the RFP and to other regions to utilize CROSS ACT team not to exceed $5,000 McCann/Amoss. All in favor. MC There was no further business to come to the board. Motion by Amoss/McCann to adjourn at 2:41 pm. All in favor. MC. Next board meeting will be April 24, 2018 at 1 pm at the Wayne County Courthouse.

THE CLASSIFIEDS CLASSIFIED ADVERTISING RATES CLASSIFIED AD DEADLINE Friday - 4:00 p.m. Minimum $5.00 for 20 words or under, 15 cents per word over. Second or continuous insertion one-half price. WANT ADS must be paid be-fore they are run. NO EXCEPTIONS Blind ad: 20 cents per word Blind Ads: When the name of advertiser or phone number is not given in ad involving answering or handling inquiries by our office force, an additional charge of $2.00 to the above rate will be made. Displayed classified ads with borders are $5.00 per inch. In Memoriams will be basic charge of $15.00 minimum charge for up to 25 lines of one column type and 20 cents a line over 25. All poetry, 50 cents per line. Paid locals (20 words or less) $5.00. Cards of Thanks: A charge of $5.00 is made on all cards of thanks of not over 50 words, in-cluding signatures. Cards of Thanks over 50 words will be charged at the rate of 10 cents a word over 50 words. Obituaries - A charge of $18.00 for an obituary and $3.00 charge for a picture with an obituary. Engagement and wedding pictures: single column, $4; two column, $5. Wedding details for publication in Journal-Reporter, 10 inches free. $4.00 per inch over. Not responsible for photographs, clippings or other items left for publication.

NOTICE NOTICE: “All real estate advertised herein is subject to the Federal Fair Housing Act, which makes it illegal to advertise any preference, limitation or discrimination, based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status or national origin, or intention to make any such preferences, limitations or discrimination. We will not knowingly accept any advertising for real estate which is in violation of the law. All persons are hereby informed that all dwellings advertised are available on an equal opportunity basis.”

WE WILL PICK UP junk cars, trucks, and machinery. Buckingham Auto Crushing Inc. Leon 446-3434. tf51c JANE JONES Painting & Wallpapering 641-203-1076 or 641-877-9991 tf51c

WANTED LOOKING TO FRESHEN UP YOUR HOME? Will do interior painting. Please call for more information and references. Chelsea BuckinghamDowney, 319-201-0633. tf51 ANIMAL REMOVAL: Animal Removal, Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Located at 1204 NW Church St., Leon (Sullivan’s Old Pharmacy). 641-4145546. Tf7c CHAIN SAW SHARPENING: Same day chain saw sharpening, Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. $5.00 any chain. Located at 1204 NW Church St., Leon (Sullivan’s Old Pharmacy). 641-414-5546. Tf7c

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FOR RENT FOR RENT: One bedroom apartment, stove & refrigerator furnished. Rent based on income. Contact Carolyn Rice, executive director, at 641-4464163 mornings Monday thru Friday or 641-446-4268 evenings. tf42c APARTMENT FOR RENT: 1 BR ground-floor apartment for rent. Appliances furnished and all utilities except AC furnished. NO Pets. Non-smokers preferred. Rent starts at $350.00 for single person. Deposit required. 641-442-6206. Tf28 FOR RENT: Clean, comfortable, one and two bedroom apartments available now. Starting at $350 per month. Appliances and utilities (except A/C) furnished. Deposit required. No Pets. Non-smokers preferred.641-442-6206. Tf5c


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NOTICE: We will not allow hunting or trespassing on our land in Decatur County. Roger James. tf48c

The Leon Journal-Reporter, Wednesday, April 18, 2018

GUN SHOW – April 20-2122, Westfair Fairgrounds, Council Bluffs. Friday 4pm-9pm, Saturday 9am-5pm, Sunday 9am-3pm. Large selection of rifles, shotguns, handguns & more! More info: 563-608-4401 www.marvkrauspromotions. net (INCN)


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ACCOUNTS PAYABLE CLERK Graceland University has a full-time, 12-month position open for Accounts Payable Clerk on the Lamoni, IA campus. Responsibilities: Maintain and manage the accounts payable function to timely record and pay university liabilities for expenses, payroll, and other activity. Manage internal expense processes, and reconcile multiple liability accounts. Manage unclaimed property and sales tax activity for multiple states. Prepare tax exempt and 1099 forms. Maintain a high level of customer service both within campus and with outside vendors. Complete other tasks as assigned. Minimum Requirements: The successful candidate must possess excellent interpersonal and organizational skills and be able to demonstrate problem resolution skills and accounting knowledge. Candidate will need to work efficiently with attention to detail in a demanding service environment, and have the ability to prioritize multiple tasks and meet deadlines, while maintaining professional tact and confidentiality. Computer proficiency required. Two years postsecondary education or three years related experience and/or training. The applicant must be willing to undergo background and credit checks. Application Procedure: Review of applicants will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Obtain applications from Graceland University, Human Resources, 1 University Place, Lamoni, IA 50140 or online: www.graceland. edu/employment. Inquiries call 641-784-5447 or email:

Customer Support: Instructional Technology

Graceland University is searching for a Customer Support: Instructional Technolgy position in the Information Technology Services department on the Lamoni, IA campus. This is a 12 month, full-time, hourly position. The position is responsible for working with faculty to promote the effective uses of technology in support of teaching and learning, supporting audio�visual/media services and equipment, providing day-today support of Apple Macintosh computers and being part of the team responsible for front line support of all institutional users. Applicants should have good customer service skills and be capable of working independently in conjunction with a larger team. Experience with Apple and audiovisual equipment is necessary. A college degree is required. Direct experience with Graceland is a plus. Occasional travel to our Independence, MO campus may be required.

If interested, please send cover letter, resume and 3 letters of reference to: Graceland University Human Resources 1 University Place, Lamoni, IA 50140 email: phone: 641-784-5447; fax 641-784-5033

Office Manager Position Available Part-Time Individual needs to possess excellent written and oral skills. Individual needs to be dependable and able to work independently. Individual will be responsible for answering agency phone and taking messages. Will be responsible for payroll, billing insurance companies, paying agency bills, etc. Individual needs to be detail oriented, organized. Must be proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel). Responsible for running errands.

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Gift Processor/Donor Relations/ Event Management Graceland University has a full-time position available for a Gift Processor/Donor Relations/Event Management person in the Institutional Advancement Office on the Lamoni, IA campus. Gift Processor includes entering all gifts and pledges, producing and distributing official receipts, data entry of biographical data for alumni and donors, running reports and processing the data. This position also assists Alumni Programs with Homecoming and other Alumni events/projects. Donor Relations/Event Management is responsible for coordinating donor recognition, planning donor events, preparing reports, and acknowledgement of gifts. Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree is a plus, three years of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience. Must have excellent oral and written communication skills, be proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel, and detail-oriented. Must have the ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with co-workers, the public and Graceland University constituents. If interested, please send cover letter, resume and names of three professional references to Graceland University, Human Resources, 1 University Place, Lamoni, IA 50140; email: Phone inquiries to 641-7845447.


The Leon Journal-Reporter, Wednesday, April 18, 2018

R.O.C.C.S Youth Pod Awards over $15,000 in Grants in Decatur County The youth philanthropic pod R.O.C.C.S. (Restoring Our County, Communities and Schools) recently awarded grants to schools and nonprofit organizations in Decatur County. The following grants were awarded: Central Decatur MS/HS Math Class - $3,000 for a new 3-D printer and software Central Decatur Woods

Class - $193 for trellises for raised bed gardens Central Trail FFA - $2,000 for bags of joy Lamoni 5th Grade - $525 for a new TV and mount to allow for classroom presentations Lamoni Food Pantry - $1,475 for construction of new raised garden beds and refurbishing of existing beds Lamoni Parks & Recreation

- $2,500 for new soccer equipment Mormon Trail CSD - $1,329 for new weight equipment Each school district was also awarded $1,400 to help cover the cost of bringing Mike Smith to the county to talk to all students in grades 8-12. ROCCS is supported and mentored by Central Decatur Community Schools, Lamoni Community Schools, Mormon Trail Community Schools, and the South Central Iowa Community Foundation, and receives funding from the Dekko Foundation.

ROCCS FFA Grant – “ROCCS officers present the grant to Central Trail FFA representatives.

ROCCS Mormon Trail – Grant Atwood, Carter Boothe, Kara Hilton (Mormon Trail Teacher), Riley Bell, Brett Boswell, Maggie Frank, Emma Atwood

Schofield Challenges Students

ROCCS Lamoni Food Pantry – Maggie Frank, Brett Boswell, Gwen Simpson (Lamoni Food Pantry Director), Riley Bell, Carter Boothe, Grant Atwood little things that her hometown community provided for her. She advised the students to appreciate the communities you live in. She reflected how she still thinks about what she learned walking in these halls and encouraged them to always be aware of the communities you belong to from your family to your teams to your church

groups, while also admiring the Leon Lions Club for their love and service example and servant leadership. She concluded with a poem by David Sandys, “The Builder” by an unknown author, challenging the students with the message of “See the Good, Be the Good and What are YOU doing to make things better?”

Leon Chamber Coffee ROCCS Lamoni 5th grade – Cindy Pitt poses with her 5th grade class to celebrate the $525 award for a new TV and mount to allow for classroom presentations

Come Meet Dr. Mara!

Terri (Thomas) Schofield was the keynote speaker for the Lions Honor Banquet held April 9. (continued from page 1)

ROCCS CD Math – Grant Atwood, Maggie Frank, Brett Boswell, Riley Bell, Kyle Ramaeker (Central Decatur MS/HS Math Teacher), Carter Boothe, Emma Atwood

born into, then being a young girl playing as a Sullivan Sharp Shooter, then on the Lions Club youth basketball team that played during the varsity games in the old high school gym, then playing on a National Championship softball team, and most recently being part of the staff in her building that was recog-

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