Tuesday News, September 10
School Board Elections Are Today
(Le Mars) -- Today is school board election day. Polls will open at 12:00 noon and remain open until 8:00 p.m. Listen carefully as we inform you where to cast your vote for school board directors. For Le Mars Community School District there are four precincts.
Precinct One consists of residents living within Elgin, America, Marion and Fredonia Townships and the Town of Struble. The polling place for Precinct No.1 will be the Courthouse Annex-Lower level Le Mars, Iowa. Precinct 2 is all those people within Grant and Preston Townships and the Town of Craig and all within Washington and Johnson Townships and the Town of Brunsville. The polling place for said Precinct No.2 will be the Brunsville Legion Club, Brunsville, Iowa. Precincts 2 and 3 have now
combined. Precinct 4 are those people within Liberty, Plymouth, Stanton and Lincoln Townships and the Town of Merrill. The polling place for Precinct No.4 will be the Kissinger Community Center lower level, Merrill, Iowa. Precinct 5 comprises of the area lying within the corporate limits of the City of Le Mars. The polling place for Precinct No.5 will be the Le Mars Convention Center (lowerlevel) at 301 12th St. S.E., Le Mars, Iowa.
Akron-Westfield voters will decide on their school board candidates at the Akron Public Library. The Hinton Community Center will serve as the polling place for Hinton voters. Kingsley-Pierson voters will vote at the Kingsley Community Center, and Remsen-Union voters will cast their votes at the Remsen Public Library. KLEM will have the results of the area's school board elections this evening.
Supervisors To Meet Today
(Le Mars) -- Plymouth County Board of Supervisors are scheduled to meet today at the county courthouse board room. The supervisors are expected to review contracts and approve financial disbursements to the county libraries. They will discuss and review quotes for the Pride Group building for new shingles to be placed on the roof. The supervisors will hold a public hearing for the approval of Van's Sanitation rebate agreement. A public hearing to approve the Local Options Sales Tax ordinance is also scheduled. The county supervisors will hear a report from County Assessor Bob Heyderhoff
and county engineer Tom Rohe. Dwight Lang of SIMPCO will discuss with the county
governing board the regional housing trust fund.
Hospital Trustees To Get Progress Update
(Le Mars) -- Floyd Valley Hospital Board of Trustees will hear a progress report concerning the loading dock relocation and a general update on the north addition expansion project when they convene for their monthly meeting scheduled for this evening. The hospital trustees will hear a medical report from Dr. Sheila Holcomb.
Educators Learn How To Teach Better
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - About 600 Iowa educators are learning better ways to help struggling students learn how to read.
The educators are receiving training this week in the Response to Intervention
program. Children undergo literacy screenings at least three times a year under the
program. Students who fall below the baseline get more instruction and other support.
The state wants all Iowa students to read at or above grade level by the time they
leave third grade.
Iowa education chief Brad Buck told The Des Moines Register (http://dmreg.co/17ToL3k)
that about 25 percent of Iowa fourth-graders scored below proficient on the state reading
test in 2012.
Last year the Iowa Education Department director ordered public schools to adopt the
Oversight Committee To Discuss Juvenile Home
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Senate Government Oversight Committee is scheduled to discuss problems at the Iowa Juvenile Home in Toledo.
The committee will meet next week and hear from several parties, including the head
of Iowa's Department of Human Services and from the executive director of Disability Rights Iowa.
Disability Rights Iowa is a federally funded group that has been investigating
treatment of children at the home, including allegations that some children are held for weeks or months in small isolation rooms.
Gov. Terry Branstad has said his administration is addressing the problems and his spokesman says the governor is "committed to changing the toxic culture at the Iowa Juvenile Home."
Insurance Regulator To Help Citizens Understand New Health Insurance Program
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa's regulatory authority on the state's insurance industry has
announced plans to travel around Iowa to help residents understand the new health
The Iowa Insurance Division announced Monday that the federal government has approved
an awareness campaign aimed at helping residents better understand the health insurance
marketplace that is part of the federal health overhaul.
The division and its partners will lead town hall presentations about the marketplace
beginning this month. The first is scheduled Sept. 21 in Des Moines.
Open enrollment for the federal marketplace begins Oct. 1 and continues through the
end of March 2014. Coverage can begin as early as Jan. 1.
Federal and state officials are jointly developing Iowa's exchange.
Law Enforcement Agency Won't Get Involved With Personnel Issues
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - The council that oversees the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy won't get involved in the high-profile personnel issues facing its staff.
ILEA Council Chair Brian Guy and Vice Chair Brian Gardner said Monday they've only
learned through media reports about the disciplinary action taken against assistant director Michael Quinn for inappropriate comments and the firing of instructor Nancy Brady.
Gardner says he doesn't expect the council to take any action because personnel
issues are up to the director and Department of Administrative Services.
Gov. Terry Branstad selected Arlen Ciechanowski as academy director in 2011 after pledging to remove Director Penny Westfall during his 2010 campaign.
Ciechanowski promoted and has stood by Quinn even after an investigation found he
made numerous inappropriate workplace comments. Brady claims she was wrongly terminated
Heat Wave Damages Crops
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Another week of higher than normal temperatures and the driest week since mid-January combined to further damage corn and soybean crops in Iowa.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture says just 35 percent of corn and 33 percent of soybeans are now in good or excellent condition both down from more than half rated in those categories just a month ago.
A higher percentage of both crops moved into the poor or very poor category with 28
percent of corn in the worst shape up three percentage points in a week and 30 percent of
soybeans a six percentage point increase.
Statewide average precipitation for the past week was only four-hundredths of an inch. Normal is seven-eighths of an inch.
Temperatures for the week averaged 4.3 degrees above normal.
Miss Iowa Prepares For Miss America Pageant
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) - One contestant in the Miss America pageant is focusing on her ability, not her disability.
Miss Iowa, Nicole Kelly, was born without her left forearm. But she never let that get in the way of what she wanted to do, including playing baseball, dancing or diving.
The 23-year-old resident of Keokuk (KEE'-uh-kuk) hopes for a career in Broadway theater management.
She tells The Associated Press that she is just like everyone else, even though she looks a little different. Her pageant platform deals with overcoming disabilities, and she looks forward to giving attention to the talents of people with disabilities.
She entered her first pageant this January, rising through the ranks to become Miss Iowa.
The pageant winner will be crowned Sunday night in Atlantic City, N.J.