Thursday Afternoon News, August 1
Woodbury County Fair Has Begun
(Moville) -- Come for the Fair, but stay for the fun, that's the slogan for the Woodbury County Fair scheduled now through the weekend. Don Wiese is the new manager for the fair. He says it may be a five-day event, but it is a year-long preparation.
Visitors to the fair, based in Moville, will notice a new building this year. Wiese says the fair board made the decision to construct a new Open Class Exhibit Hall.
The fair official says attendance for the opening day was benefited from the mild temperatures, and in fact a new record for opening day was set with attendance up more than
3000 people. He says the fair board widen and expanded the dirt track, and it made a big difference for last night's Joe Dirt Motorcross competition.
Old Town, is a favorite among fair attendees, and Wiese says the fair board added a new feature to Old Town that will appeal to the younger generations.
The Woodbury County Fair offers both free stage entertainment, as well as grandstand entertainment. Tonight is the tough truck and figure 8, Friday is the Grand Rodeo, Saturday is the Outlaw Truck and Tractor Pull, and Sunday is the Demolition Derby. Daily admission for the fair is $4 and $1 for children. Grandstand admission is $7 for adults and $5 for children.
August 1st Deadline For School Board Nominations
(Le Mars) -- The deadline for nominations for the Le Mars Community School Board election are due in the Superintendent's office by 5:00 p.m. this afternoon. Districts 1,2,3, and 4 are up for election. So far, in District one Todd Lancaster has submitted his nomination papers. In District two, Scott Kommes is seeking re-election, District three will have two incumbent candidates seeking the position. They include Mark Hemmingson and Chris Collins. District four has Brenda Phelan also seeking re-election.
Fire Department Had 48 Calls In July
(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department has issued its monthly report for the month of July. The local fire brigade responded to five fire calls, six rescues, 13 times the fire department was called upon to investigate odors, clean up after accidents, and check illegal burning. There weren't any mutual aid calls during July, but the Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department did act upon 19 service requests. All total, the Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department responded to 48 calls during July. Fire chief Dave Schipper reports the Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department donated a total of 120 hours cleaning buildings, grandstands, and canopy areas and covering night events for fire and rescue protection for the Plymouth County Fair.
Obama Approves Iowa Counties As Disaster Declaration
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — President Barack Obama has declared a major disaster exists in 10 eastern Iowa counties hit by storms and flooding in June. The White House says in a news release that Obama signed the declaration Wednesday evening for Allamakee, Benton, Buchanan, Butler, Cedar, Clayton, Delaware, Howard, Jones and Winneshiek counties for damage they received due to storms and flooding from June 21 to 28. The declaration makes federal funding available to state and local governments as well as some nonprofit groups for emergency work and the repair or replacement of damaged facilities. The Federal Emergency Management Agency says more declarations could be made later if requested by the state.
Authorities Revise Amber Alerts
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — High-profile kidnapping and murder cases in Iowa have prompted state authorities to make a change to how they issues Amber Alerts. Officials announced Wednesday that the new policy means authorities need only a description of the child, the child's abductor or the abductor's vehicle. Before the change, some officials had believed that authorities needed both a description of the child and the suspect.
The change drew praise from the mother of Elizabeth Collins, who disappeared from Evansdale along with her cousin, Lyric Cook, in July 2012. The girls were found dead five months later. Heather Collins says she asked authorities several times to issue an Amber Alert for the girls, but was told they could not because police did not have any suspect information.
Audit Finds Grand River With $27,000 In Improper Spending
GRAND RIVER, Iowa (AP) — A state audit has found more than $27,000 in improper and unsupported spending in the southern Iowa city of Grand River.
State Auditor Mary Mosiman released the audit report on Thursday. The report says more than $10,700 was improperly spent, and more than $16,400 in spending wasn't properly documented.
City officials requested the audit after they discovered alleged misspending by former city
clerk Doris Loy. Loy was fired in March 2012 after officials raised concerns about the
city's finances and her job performance. A phone message left at Loy's home was not immediately returned. Auditors have referred the case to the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation and the Decatur County attorney's office.
No-Tax Holiday Weekend May Draw Shoppers From Other States
COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — Retailers in Iowa cities along the Missouri River are hoping the state's sales tax holiday will bring shoppers from neighboring Nebraska.
The holiday begins Friday and ends at midnight Saturday.
There will be no sales tax collected on clothing or footwear priced under $100.
The event has been held in Iowa every year since 2000 and is timed to coincide with the
back-to-school shopping season.