Thursday Afternnon News, August 30
(Le Mars) -- The way into the heart of the community is often through food, and The Le Mars Community Educational Enhancement Project, known as LEEP, has figured out how to tap into that very thing. After 3 years of raising over $10,000 for Le Mars Community Schools with an event called Taverns for Textbooks, the LEEP Board has decided to take it another step with the first annual MENuMASTERS Fundraiser on September 22nd.
LEEP, was created by members four years ago with the idea in mind that schools didn't have enough money for funding the things they need. Board President Gayle Vonk tells us why she invests her time in LEEP.
LEEP Treasurer Julie Beitelspacher says that the organization has come up with a really good method for considering what to do with the funds they raise.
Aside from providing new textbooks, an example of what LEEP has funded includes sending Franklin School 5th graders to visit the Iowa Science Center in Des Moines.
Vonk and Beitelsbacher are co-chairing the upcoming MENuMASTERS event with Linda Mayrose.
Excited to be a part of bringing something new to Le Mars, Mayrose says she's looking forward to the event.
Each business owner and chef, from John MacGregor at the Education Station to Steve Ohm from Motor Inn, will decorate their cooking booth to reflect their business. Food will be served from 5 until 8pm on Saturday the 22nd and live music will go till 10pm. Tickets for this LEEP fundraiser are $25 and are available at Linda Mayrose Real Estate, Prime Bank or by calling 712-548-6889.
Police Arrest Former Grocery Employee For Theft
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - A former employee has been accused of stealing $11,000 from a grocery store in Iowa City.
49-year-old Robert Frazier, of Muscatine, surrendered to face one count of felony theft.
Police say the $11,000 was taken from October 2011 to May 2012 when Frazier worked at a Fareway store. Police say Frazier admitted taking the money.
A Johnson County jailer said Thursday that Frazier has left custody. A phone listed for Frazier is no longer in service. Online court records don't list the name of his attorney.
Issac May Help Some Drought Areas
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Some key farm states punished by the nation's worst drought in decades benefited slightly from recent rains, with a bigger dousing forecast from the remnants of Hurricane Isaac.
The weekly U.S. Drought Monitor map released Thursday shows that the section of the continental U.S. in the worst two categories of drought - extreme and exceptional - remained relatively unchanged
at 23.2 percent as of the report's Tuesday cutoff.
But thanks to rains last weekend, the amount of Iowa in the two worst drought classifications fell by 9 percentage points to 58.3 percent. Illinois saw a 7 percentage point drop-off while Kansas'
numbers slid 6 points.
Forecasters expect portions of the Midwest to get as much as 12 inches of rain within days due to Isaac, now a tropical storm.
Fire Destroys Police Chief Home
SHELLSBURG, Iowa (AP) - A fire has damaged the home of a police chief in east-central Iowa.
The fire was reported about 5:45 p.m. Wednesday at the home of Shellsburg Chief Marty Evans.
Authorities say the fire likely started in the garage and spread to the house. The cause is being
Three people in the home at the time escaped without injury.
Evans has worked for the city since 1997.
Police Officer Injured While Responding To Party
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Police say four people were arrested after an officer was attacked while checking out a report of a loud party in Iowa City.
Officials say the officer was sprayed in the face with an air freshener when one of the residents opened the door early Thursday. Police say when the officer grabbed the man, his roommate kicked
the officer in the head and hit him with a microphone from the officer's uniform.
After the two men were arrested, police went into the apartment and found 10 people inside. All were underage. Police also found bottles of beer and liquor.
The two men face a variety of charges, including assault. They and two other roommates were all charged with a disorderly house.
The officer, who was not identified, suffered minor injuries.