Wednesday Afternoon News, March 11
"Pizza With A Purpose" Benefit Proves Successful
(Le Mars) -- The tally has been calculated from Sunday's "Pizza For A Purpose" benefit for Kylie Hayworth and Turner Manly. Carol Garvin of the All Saints Parish St. Joseph Catholic Church assisted with the organizing of the benefit, and says the community responded well to the benefit.
Garvin says many people purchased bake sale items and participated in the raffle. She says several businesses from Le Mars, Sioux City, and South Sioux City donated items, and she says the families are appreciative to the community's support.
Onawa Administrator Placed On Probation
ONAWA, Iowa (AP) - The city administrator in a western Iowa town has been placed on probation after pleading guilty to assaulting his teenage son.
45-year-old Bradley Hanson, city administrator in Onawa, Iowa, entered his plea Tuesday to one count of misdemeanor assault. Hanson was given probation for one year, a $100 fine and an order to complete at least 10 hours of counseling.
A criminal complaint with the Monona County Sheriff's Office says Hanson slapped his 15-year-old son, who slapped him back. Hanson then took him to the ground and slammed his head into the floor.
Records show Hanson's wife called police as the altercation occurred.
Hanson remains employed with the city.
Nine Counties To Receive Grant For Affordable Housing
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa board has awarded more than $83.7 million to nine counties to support the construction and preservation of affordable housing units around the state.
The Iowa Finance Authority on Wednesday announced the grants for Appanoose, Clay, Dallas, Lee, Linn, Polk, Scott, Sioux and Union counties. The awards, which include tax credits over 10 years and direct funding, are expected to help build and maintain 523 units.
Board director Dave Jamison says the projects will provide Iowans with affordable living options and improve their quality of life.
The projects receiving financial support include eight complexes meant for seniors and five for families.
Branstad Appoints Sioux City Student To Board Of Regents
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) - Gov. Terry Branstad has appointed a student from the University of Northern Iowa to the state Board of Regents.
UNI on Wednesday announced the appointment of Rachael Johnson as the regents' student member. Johnson, a freshman education major from Sioux City, will serve as the voice of students attending the state's three public universities.
Johnson graduated from Sioux City North High School, and currently serves on student government at UNI. She will assume full responsibilities of membership for the board, including attending meetings, serving on committees and voting.
Branstad spokesman Jimmy Centers says the governor believes Johnson "will be an exceptional addition to the board."
Johnson is slated to begin her term on May 1, pending approval from the Iowa Senate.
Branstad Selects New Chair For State Utilities Board
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Gov. Terry Branstad has appointed a new chair of the Iowa Utilities Board, weeks after a decision drew opposition from the state's largest energy company.
Branstad appointed Iowa Finance Authority official Geri Huser as chair effective April 30.
Huser will replace Sheila Tipton on the three-member board. The shakeup demotes the panel's four-year chair, Elizabeth Jacobs.
MidAmerican executives met Feb. 9 with Branstad to criticize the board's February decision ordering the company to return $2 million more annually to customers in a wind project. A spokesman says the company didn't lobby for personnel changes but supports them.
Branstad spokesman Jimmy Centers says the governor has been impressed with Huser's career.
The changes come as the board considers two high-profile projects: a wind energy transmission line and an oil pipeline.