Monday News, May 9th
School Board To Meet Monday Evening
(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Community Board of Education is scheduled to convene this evening. The school board will hold a public hearing regarding the re-roofing project for the Education Service Center. The school board will open the received bids and are expected to take action. Each of the school principals are scheduled to address the school board and offer a building administrator report. School superintendent Dr. Todd Wendt will provide information to the Board of Education regarding the application process recently completed. The process is part of the board's goals to increase the level of technology integration in district classrooms. The school board will discuss Senior Awards Night, scheduled for Wednesday, May 18th beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the new high school gym. The board will also discuss Senior Graduation and Commencement Exercises scheduled for Sunday, May 22nd beginning at 3:00 p.m. The Le Mars Community Foundation Chamber Coffee is scheduled for Wednesday, May 25th at the Education Service Center. The employee recognition coffee is scheduled for Thursday, June 2nd beginning at 2:00 p.m. The school board will act upon two resignations. Dave Winslow, a middle school science teacher has resigned his position at the conclusion of the school year. Roger Klopp has resigned his part-time custodian position at Kluckhohn elementary school effective at the end of the school year. The school board will consider two contracts. The school board will also consider the recommendations of the Meet and Confer committee regarding contracts for support staff and administrative contracts.
The school board will also consider entering into an agreement with Piper Jaffray for the purpose of representing the district in re-financing the 2011 sales tax revenue bonds issued to finance the Phase 2 construction project at the time. Dr. Wendt will also discuss the proposed student fees for the 2016-2017 school year.
Judge To Reconsider Sentences For Female Bank Robbers
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - A judge has scheduled hearings to reconsider sentences given to two women who pleaded guilty in connection to a staged bank robbery in Sioux City.
Judge Jeff Neary has scheduled hearings for Tuesday in which he will decide whether he will amend the sentences he gave to 19-year-old Heaven Zevenbergen and 19-year-old Angelica Perez.
Zevenbergen and Perez both pleaded guilty to second-degree theft. They were each sentenced to five years in prison in February.
Prosecutors said Perez entered a Security National Bank branch at a Hy-Vee supermarket last August in a disguise, and warned Zevenbergen via a note that she was armed. According to prosecutors, Zevenbergen, then a teller at the bank, knew Perez and gave her $10,000.
National Guard Member And Mother Of Four Deployed To Afghanistan
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - One of the 60 Iowa Army National Guard soldiers leaving on Mother's Day for a yearlong deployment in Afghanistan is a mother of four.
The Des Moines Register reports (http://dmreg.co/21L4Uj4 ) Jessica Hoenicke expects that leaving her kids and not being able to be with them every day will be the hardest part.
But Hoenicke has deployed before, so she knows roughly what to expect.
Hoenicke is part of the 185th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion based at Camp Dodge in Johnston.
Anderson Reflects On Renewable Fuels Bills Passed During General Session
(Le Mars) -- State legislators are reflecting upon their work from this year's general session. The Iowa legislature gaveled for adjournment a week ago on Friday, April 29th. Bill Anderson, a republican state senator from Pierson says he was pleased with the renewable fuel bills that were passed.
Anderson says he wishes more incentives could have been offered to retail gasoline outlets, allowing them to install blender pumps, so they could sell various levels of ethanol-based gasoline.
Anderson says he was also pleased to see his fellow lawmakers offer a tax credit for wind energy. Anderson says the mid-west could see a dramatic increase in energy costs in coming years, due to regulation.
Inmates May Find Reduced Telephone Rates
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - County jails in Iowa will soon follow new federal rules aimed at making it cheaper for inmates to call loved ones, but a pending lawsuit is expected to complicate the effort.
The cost of certain telephone calls made from the nearly 100 jails in Iowa can range by county. Officials who oversee the facilities are expected to comply with some reduced phone rates and fees by June 20, but other reductions are on hold amid a lawsuit by some telecommunications companies that provide the phone services.
The companies are challenging the legality of the rules. The lawsuit's proceedings mean jail inmates in Iowa will continue to pay different prices despite recent relief at state prisons.
Advocates say the Iowa Legislature should set uniform telephone rates. Some law enforcement officials argue such regulation before the lawsuit is settled could complicate the issue.
Two Fatalities Reported From Greene County Accident
GRAND JUNCTION, Iowa (AP) - Authorities say two men have been killed in a Greene County car crash.
The accident occurred about 6:30 a.m. Saturday on U.S. Highway 30 east of Grand Junction. The Iowa State Patrol says the car veered off the road after a curve, went through a guardrail and down an embankment into a tree. Both men died at the scene.
The driver was identified as 36-year-old John Twombly, of Des Moines. His passenger was identified as 26-year-old Alexander Sharer, of Boone.
The crash is being investigated.