Wednesday Afternoon News, May 25th
Floyd Athey To Leave Le Mars Community, Accepts Administrator Position In Ames
(Le Mars) -- After being a teacher, coach, activities director and elementary principal, Floyd Athey is saying good-bye to Le Mars Community. Athey has been with the Le Mars Community school district for the past 28 years. He is leaving Le Mars to assume the responsibilities of an administrator for Ames Christian School.
Athey says he will be wearing many hats as the private school's administrator. He says the decision to pursue the opportunity in Ames was a fairly recent decision.
The teacher turned principal says he will cherish his many memories of Le Mars Community Schools, saying "once a bulldog, always a bulldog".
Athey further elaborates on his fond memories.
Prior to arriving at Le Mars Community, Athey taught for seven years at Fonda. He says he has learned a lot from his faculty, staff, and even students at both Clark and at Franklin elementary schools. His advice for his successor is to "get out of the way".
The elementary principal says a major challenge he will face as the administrator of a private school is to raise the needed funds to sustain educational programs. He says he will go from overseeing two schools with 600 students to a school that has only 90 students which includes the pre-school. Athey says he will draw upon his experience while at Le Mars Community.
Athey will remain the principal for Clark and Franklin elementary schools through the end of the contract year which is June 30th.
Whiting Man Tries To Bribe Robbery Victim
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - Authorities say a Whiting man tried to bribe his robbery victim into not testifying against him.
Court documents say 21-year-old Justin Dahlheimer was accused of robbing a man he knew in January in Sioux City. Dahlheimer was arrested May 15 after meeting the man and giving him $300 so the man wouldn't testify.
Dahlheimer remains charged with robbery and now faces a charge of tampering with a witness. Dahlheimer's attorney didn't immediately return a call Wednesday from The Associated Press.
School For The Deaf Holds Memorial Service
COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) - A school for the deaf in Council Bluffs has held its 20th memorial service for deceased students and staff buried on its campus.
Shirley Hicks held a memorial service for the former Iowa School for the Deaf members Tuesday as she told stories about each of the 10 people who were buried on campus between 1879 and 1900.
Hicks is a former student and teacher at the school, and she now works as a volunteer to preserve the institution's history.
The graves were moved in the 1950s to accommodate the widening of a nearby highway. Today, the remains have been relocated to a common casket on the school grounds and marked with a monument. Nine of the headstones are preserved in the school's museum.
IDOT Employee Forces Female To Watch Sex Video
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Police say an Iowa Department of Transportation driving instructor forced a customer to view sexually explicit images during an exam and then threatened her to keep quiet.
John Wayne Alexander of Ankeny is charged with harassment and felonious misconduct in office, after a 47-year-old woman complained to police about his actions during the Feb. 26 drive.
The woman said the 60-year-old instructed her to pull into the parking lot of a Mills Fleet Farm, where he showed her sexual photos and videos of himself on his phone for 20 minutes.
The customer said Alexander told her she passed the test but not to tell anyone what happened because he would lose his job and he would know who reported him.
Alexander retired in March but has pleaded not guilty.
Eight Years Have Passed Since Parkersburg Tornado
PARKERSBURG, Iowa (AP) - It's been eight years since a massive tornado destroyed nearly 300 homes and killed nine people in the northern Iowa city of Parkersburg, but city leaders say the town's revival is a model for other cities recovering from natural disasters.
The May 25, 2008, twister caused $100 million in damage.
City Administrator Chris Luhring says the community didn't dwell on the destruction and moved quickly to work on repairs.
He highlights the fact that Aplington-Parkersburg High School was reconstructed a little over a year after the tornado destroyed the school, allowing the school to hold fall classes in 2009.
The school's reconstruction restored hope in the community, and the city has awarded 250 new residential building permits since 2008.