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KLEM News PM Update January 12, 2011

Supervisors Tuesday heard Supervisor Craig Anderson report 50 percent of the metal stud walls are done in the Courthouse Annex building.

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A strobe light in the event of a power outage and power for a storage room were additions to the project discussed Tuesday.

H-C-I of South Sioux City is the general contractor. The county was awarded 85-thousand dollars from the I-JOBS fund for a storm safe room.

Supervisors asked to have I-JOBS requirements that the project have earthquake and flood insurance during construction waived. The county's request was not approved last month.

Raffle underway in memory of Gehlen grad

(LE MARS)--Fabric that's patterned for a "Trip Around the World," will help a family with tuition for the children.

The 2011 Betty Sitzmann Raffle features a quilt and an oak hanging quilt rack as scholarship fund raisers.

The family of the late Betty Sitzmann is raffling a quilt for the seventh year in a row. Sitzmann's sister, Gail Schwarz, explains there are five different colors of four-inch blocks. They include a two-tone bright gold/brown; a deep blue solid; a two-tone bright/medium green; and a muted brick. She says the quilt is a very colorful, very cheerful quilt and the pattern is quite striking.

The raffle winners will be drawn during halftime of the boys' basketball game at Gehlen on February 11th.

To be eligible for the scholarship, families write an essay outlining their service to the school, church and community by January 28th. The scholarship winner will be announced the same night the quilt is raffled.

Tickets are available at the school or American Bank.

Speech from chief justice eagerly anticipated, by both sides in gay marriage debate

(Des Moines) --The interim chief justice of the Iowa Supreme Court is scheduled to deliver a major speech today in front of some of the legislators who're pushing to impeach him. Mark Cady is one of four justices who remain on the court. Three others were voted off the bench in last year's judicial retention election. Representative Dwayne Alons, a Republican from Hull, says it would be best for Cady to avoid mentioning impeachment or the future retention votes for the four justices.
Supporters of the justices are planning a rally at the statehouse at 8:30 this morning. Cady's speech is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. (Radio Iowa)

Iowan convicted on 2 federal weapons counts

TRAER, Iowa (AP) A Tama County man who was found not guilty of trying to kill his ex-wife has been convicted of a federal gun charge.

The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier says Jason Harriman, of rural Traer, was convicted of two counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

In November, Harriman was acquitted in state court of attempted murder and other charges. He'd been accused of assaulting his former wife and cutting her throat in September 2009.

Harriman was forbidden to have guns because he was convicted in 1997 of kidnapping and burglary.

Authorities say Harriman tried to buy a pistol last year from an undercover Tama County sheriff's deputy. Also, a .22-caliber rifle was found at Harriman's home in October 2009.

Harriman acted as his own lawyer in both cases.

Cownie named cultural affairs director

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Gov.-elect Terry Branstad has named Mary Cownie as the director of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs.

Cownie launched the public relations firm Goldfinch Strategies in 2010. Before that she served as a community relations specialist for Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino and as communications director for Republican Party of Iowa.

Cownie also served in the Office of Presidential Advance at the White House under President George W. Bush.

Her husband is state Rep. Peter Cownie of West Des Moines.

The Department of Cultural Affairs works to develop the state's interest in arts and cultural matters.

Iowa workers may donate vacation time to co-worker

CLINTON, Iowa (AP) Clinton County workers may be able to donate vacation time to a co-worker diagnosed with a serious illness.

The Clinton Herald says County Engineer Todd Kinney introduced the idea during last week's Board of Supervisor's meeting. One of his workers has a serious illness and is near retirement age. Other employees have asked if they could donate their vacation time to see the worker through until he retires.

Supervisors could take up the proposal as early as next week. If adopted, it would likely be limited to employees facing catastrophic illnesses within their immediate family.

Iowa State wants to buy Des Moines animal hospital

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) If the regents approve, Iowa State University will buy a Des Moines animal hospital.

The Des Moines Register says the Board of Regents will vote Thursday on a proposal to acquire Iowa Veterinary Specialties.

The purchase would let Iowa Veterinary Specialties refer cases to ISU's Lloyd Veterinary Medical Center in Ames.

Clinical rotations would become available at the Des Moines hospital for ISU students. And ISU veterinary faculty members could practice at the hospital, pending approval by hospital management.

The purchase price is $4.6 million.

ISU to honor Johnny Orr

AMES, Iowa (AP) Iowa State will honor former coach Johnny Orr before Wednesday night's game against No. 3 Kansas.

The Cyclones will honor Orr before the game and host a grand opening of a sports bar-themed area named ``Johnny's'' for donors in Hilton Coliseum.

The area will feature a statue of Orr and other memorabilia from his coaching career.

Orr is Iowa State's leader in career wins with 218. He led the Cyclones to six NCAA Tournament appearances and five 20-win seasons from 1981-94.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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