Thursday News, October 8
Two Women Arrested For Stealing A Vehicle
(Le Mars) -- Plymouth County Sheriff's Deputies were called to a rural Hinton residence Tuesday evening for a suspicious vehicle that showed up on the property. After deputies arrived, it was determined that the vehicle was stolen from Sioux City. The deputies searched the farm yard and did find two females hiding in the wooded grove area of the residence. They were identified as Nelitta Taylor, age 35 of Sioux City and Shelly Wold, age 33, who gave the same rural Hinton address that the stolen vehicle was located at.
After further investigation into the incident, it is believed that Nelitta Taylor was responsible for the stolen vehicle. Both females were transported to the Plymouth County Jail where Taylor was charged with Possession of a Stolen Vehicle, a Class D Felony. Shelly Wold was arrested on an outstanding warrant from Woodbury County for Probation Violation on an original charge of Operating Without Owners Consent, an aggravated misdemeanor. The sheriff's office was assisted by the Sioux City Police Department. The Sioux City Police Department is expected to have further charges on Taylor.
City To Change Street Lamps
(Le Mars) -- The city of Le Mars and MidAmerican Energy have reached an agreement that would transition many of the street lamps from a high sodium bulb to a more energy efficient LED bulb. City administrator Scott Langel says the city would need to pay MidAmerican upfront for the service to change the 250 watt lighting of 77 different street lamps, but within a few years, the city would recoup its costs through energy savings.
Langel says another 48 street lamps will also be replaced.
The city administrator says ultimately the city has a goal to convert each street lamp to the LED type of street lamp. He says initially the street lamps that will be changed are located along Le Mars' busiest streets and the industrial area. Langel says the city council approved for an additional 30 street lamps within a selected residential area to be changed.
The city has a goal to replace all street lamps within ten years. Langel anticipates the city will still require the same number of street lamps in the future after the LED lamps are installed, but he says the wattage usage may be lower.
Recorder Submits Quarterly Report
(Le Mars) -- Plymouth County Recorder Jo Lynn Goodchild delivered the quarterly report to the county board of Supervisors during their Tuesday meeting. Goodchild says the county received $110,330 in taxes and fees during the past quarter. Of that amount, $65,874 is directed to the state. Goodchild says the majority of the funds were from mortgages accounting for nearly $18,000.
(Le Mars) -- One of this nation's largest youth organizations, and certainly one of Plymouth County's largest, if not the largest youth organization, is celebrating its existence this week. This week marks National 4-H Week. Ann Schoenrock, co-program coordinator with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach for Plymouth County says 4-H offers youth the opportunity to among other things to develop their communication and leadership skills. Plymouth County has over 400 members, which places the county among the top counties in Iowa. Schoenrock explains why the Plymouth County 4-H program is so unique.
Schoenrock says 4-H helps our youth develop character.
Plymouth County 4-H is most visible during the Plymouth County Fair, but Schoenrock says the organization is active all year round.
Schoenrock says Plymouth County 4-H is more than just the exhibition of large animal projects.
Four Presidential Candidates To Join King At Pheasant Hunt
(Akron) -- Several presidential candidates are scheduled to participate in Congressman Steve King's annual Colonel Bud Day memorial pheasant hunt scheduled for October 31 and November 1st at the Hole in the Wall hunting lodge near Akron. Returning to participate in the hunt is Texas Senator Ted Cruz. Others include: former Pennslyvania Senator Rick Santorum, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, and Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindahl. Congressman King says he is looking forward to the weekend of pheasant hunting. He says pheasant hunting is one of his favorite past times, and he is happy to share it with friends and candidates, giving them the opportunity to share in the Iowa tradition.
Hillary Rodham Clinton Opposes Pacific Rim Trade Agreement
MOUNT VERNON, Iowa (AP) - Hillary Rodham Clinton says she opposes the big Pacific Rim trade accord backed by President Barack Obama.
The Democratic presidential candidate says in an interview with PBS there are too many "unanswered questions" about the Trans-Pacific Partnership. She says, "What I know about it as of today, I am not in favor."
The free trade deal backed by the administration has been opposed by liberal Democrats and labor unions.
Clinton helped lay the foundation for the deal as Obama's secretary of state.
She joins Democratic rivals Bernie Sanders and Martin O'Malley who warn it could lead to lost American jobs.
The pact is central to Obama's attempt to engage with Asia to offset a rising Chinese influence in the region.
Hillary Rodham Clinton Says Kentucky Clerk "Got What She Deserved"
MOUNT VERNON, Iowa (AP) - Hillary Rodham Clinton says that jail was the "right thing" for a Kentucky clerk who refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
Speaking in Iowa Wednesday, the Democratic presidential hopeful says Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis was "treated as she should have been treated."
Davis spent five days in jail for defying a court order and refusing to license gay marriages. Several Republican presidential candidates have vocally defended Davis.
Clinton says people are entitled to their private beliefs, but that "when you take an oath to uphold the Constitution of the United States, that is your job."
Clinton spoke at Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa, as part of a two-day swing through the leadoff caucus state. She also pledged to fight for gun control measures and immigration reform.