Spring Wildflower Walks 2018

Join a park ranger for a leisurely walk along a woodland trail to look for signs of spring! Spring Wildflower Walks will be held on Saturday, May 5 from 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM in the South Tailwater Recreation Area at Lake Red Rock. Meet at the large picnic shelter. Wildflowers will be the highlight as we search for Trout Lily, Dutchman’s Breeches, Virginia Bluebells, and other spring ephemerals. The beautiful flowers have a short bloom time, so you won’t want to miss them. The program is free of charge and no registration is needed. Please note: The program location includes a dirt path with slightly hilly terrain. For more information, contact the Corps of Engineers Office at 641-828-7522 or via e-mail at lakeredrock@usace.army.mil. To learn more about Lake Red Rock, visit www.lakeredrock.org.

Congressman Dave Loebsack Vists for Monday, April 2

Congressman Dave Loebsack, serving Iowa’s Second Congressional District, will be visiting Newton, Knoxville and Sigourney on Monday, April 2. He will be in Newton at 12:30 PM at the Trinity Structural Towers Inc. He will then be at the Red Rock Hydropower Dam in Knoxville for a tour at 2:15 PM. Afterwards, he’ll be off to Sigourney for a ride along with the Sigourney Police Department and Chief Allan Glandon. The driving tour will be at 4:15 PM.

Kenny Chesney is Born

March 26 in Country Music History

1942: Country music producer/songwriter Larry Butler is born.

1952: Hank Williams makes an appearance on The Kate Smith Evening Hour TV show performing “Hey Good Lookin’”.

1955: Country music artist and songwriter Dean Dillon is born.

1956: Country music singer Charlotte Denise “Charly” McClain is born.

1968: Kenny Chesney is born in Knoxville, Tennessee.

1992: George Thackston pleads no contest to a charge of reckless endangerment arising out of a fatal accident.

1996: The Woman in Me album by Shania Twain sits at #1 on the Country Charts. It would go on onto become her biggest-selling recording at the time of its release, selling 4 million copies by the end of the year.

‘No Danger’ at Knoxville Schools After Threat Investigation

(KNOXVILLE, Iowa) – A possible threat to Knoxville High School reported early last Wednesday turned out to be false after a student posted photos of a fake gun to her social media.

At approximately 8:15 a.m. on February 28, Knoxville Police School Resource Officer Keller was notified of a possible threat to the high school when at least two students reported seeing a post on social media outlet Snapchat last Tuesday evening from another student at Knoxville High School.

According to a news release sent by the Knoxville Police Department, the Snapchat post was of what appeared to be an assault rifle with the caption “Coming soon to high school.” Authorities know who posted the content and have said that they interviewed the student. The weapon in the post was also located and found to be a plastic toy. Law enforcement officials say that there was no danger to any person at any time during this incident.

As a result, a 16-year-old female was charged with violating 708A.5 Threat of Terrorism, a class D felony. The suspect was taken into custody and then transported to a secure juvenile holding facility. Since she is a juvenile, the name of the suspect has not been release. Reminder: A charge is not an indication of guilt and all suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Anyone that perceives a threat or sees something suspicious is reminded to always contact local law enforcement authorities. Knoxville Community School District officials say the district will continue to pursue additional safety precautions and appreciate the support of the Knoxville community and partnership with the Knoxville Police Department.

By Hailey Brown, KBOE/KMZN

Loebsack Rep Holds Knoxville Hours

Brianna Dennison, Congressman Dave Loebsack’s District Representative, will be in Knoxville, Iowa on Wednesday, March 21. Dennison will be at the Marion County Courthouse from 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM. She will be on hand to work with individuals who are having difficulty with a government agency, have suggestions for Dave, or would just like to share their concerns. Public invited.

Free Course on Rail Car Incidents to be Held in Knoxville

(KNOXVILLE, Iowa) – In 2008, the Federal Railway Administration (FRA) reported there were more than 7,000 rail car accidents and incidents, 20 of which involved hazardous materials requiring the evacuation of over 5,000 people. In the last five years there have been 166 incidents involving hazardous materials, most of which occurred in rural America according to the FRA.

As more and more rail traffic involves the transportation of valuable cargo and hazardous materials, the Rural Domestic Preparedness Consortium (RDPC) is providing critical training to help rural first responders, government administrators, and emergency managers in the Knoxville, Iowa area respond more effectively to a freight rail car incident.

RDPC will be delivering a free Department of Homeland Security (DHS)-certified course, AWR 147 – Rail Car Incident Response, from 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM on March 10, 2018 at Marion County Public Health Department, 2003 N. Lincoln Street, Knoxville, Iowa. The course will educate those on the frontlines of defense in their community on what to do in the event of a rail car incident involving hazardous materials.

The eight-hour, instructor-led course will introduce the rural responder community to basic rail car design and construction features as well as damage assessment strategies to help interpret damage to the rail cars in a hazmat incident. Upon completion of the course, participants will be better prepared to respond to a freight car incident without endangering the health and safety of the responders and the environment.

To register – contact: Iowa Homeland Security & Emergency Management or
contact Kim Pettyjohn at 641-828-2256 or email kpettyjohn@co.marion.ia.us

-This was a news release provided by the Rural Domestic Preparedness Consortium.

‘Tootsie Roll Drive’ Helps Local Organization

Submitted Photo: Jack Cavanaugh, Randy Adams, David Blong, Randy Schultz, and Father Felix of the Chariton Knights of Columbus present the donation to Kim Fletcher, Jenny Hoover, and Cheryl Plank from Tenco.

(CHARITON, Iowa) – Perhaps you’ve seen local Knights of Columbus members outside retail stores, handing out large-size Tootsie Rolls featuring the organization’s logo and seeking donations. Or maybe you recently picked up a Tootsie Roll from Second Time Around Store, a subsidiary of Tenco Industries, located in Chariton.

The annual “Tootsie Roll Drive” is a nationwide effort made by the Knights of Columbus Organization. The goal is to raise money for those with intellectual and/or physical disabilities (as well as the Special Olympics) and donations go to local groups that assist those persons.

“Those who donate to the cause are given a [T]ootsie [R]oll as a ‘thank you’,” reads a news release sent by Tenco Industries. “[Ninety percent] of all funds raised stay in the area. The other [ten percent] is sent to the corporate office to be distributed to areas that don’t have a Knight of Columbus.”

As a result, Tenco Industries was given $500 from the Knights. The goal of the donation is to help Tenco continue it’s mission to provide opportunities for people with disabilities to develop and maintain independence in all areas of life. Tenco currently has offices in seven counties, two hydroponic greenhouses, and two thrift stores. Tenco locations include: Ottumwa, Fairfield, Knoxville, Keosauqua, Oskaloosa, Centerville, Chariton.

By Hailey Brown, KBOE/KMZN

Oskaloosa Boys Stroll to Big Win to Start Playoffs

The Oskaloosa Boys’ Basketball team began their trek to Wells Fargo Arena and the State Boys’ Basketball Tournament Monday night and dominated in a blowout win over Saydel, 84-46.

The Indians came into the game as a heavy favorite against the now 3-19 Eagles and really put it on in the first quarter. Osky’s fast pace and size allowed several dunks to be served up by the trio of Cole Henry, Xavier Foster, and Jarad Kruse.

Rian Yates would nail some threes and Spencer Tucker would score a couple of layups to help push the Oskaloosa lead to running clock territory before the half. By the time the teams went to the locker room, Osky had a huge 58-21 advantage.

The Indians coasted to the finish line, picking up the win, 84-46.

Cole Henry paced the Indians with 17 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists. Jarad Kruse finished with 15 points while Yates chipped in 14 off the bench. Xavier Foster had 11 and Spencer Tucker had 10 points and 4 steals.

Oskaloosa is now 19-3 on the season with the victory and now look ahead to Bondurant-Farrar for Thursday’s Substate 6 Semifinal at home. The Bluejays defeated Knoxville in the Oskaloosa Gymnasium Monday night, 67-56. Bondurant-Farrar will enter that contest with a record of 12-10.

On the opposite side of the Substate 6 bracket, Pella beat Chariton, 68-51, and Carlisle eliminated Centerville, 83-75. Those two teams will play on Thursday in Carlisle to determine the other finalist in Substate 6. The winner of the Substate 6 bracket will advance to the State Boys’ Basketball Tournament at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.

You can hear the Oskaloosa vs. Bondurant-Farrar game on 99.5 FM/740 AM KMZN, radiokmzn.com, and the KMZN mobile app. You can view replays of the substate games 24 hours after they happen by going to radiokmzn.com.

Oskaloosa’s Girls End Season with Regional Loss at Knoxville

The Oskaloosa Girls’ Basketball team battled hard but their season came to an end Wednesday night at the hands of Knoxville, losing 69-38.

The first quarter gave Oskaloosa fans a glimpse of what to expect in the future as several players contributed to one of the best periods of the year for the Indians. Osky would go on a run with Knoxville star Katie Keitges on the bench. The Indians would exit the first quarter with an 18-14 lead.

Keitges would come back for the second quarter, however, and spark a huge 29-3 quarter which would give the Panthers a 43-21 halftime edge.

The third quarter wasn’t much nicer to the Indians, despite seeing some good run with a lineup involving three forwards: Marleigh Denburger, Jillian Jennings, and Amanda Fay. In the fourth, the teams emptied the bench and the final score finished at 69-38.

Oskaloosa was led in the game by Marleigh Denburger, who had a very nice stat line of 10 points, 9 rebounds, and 7 blocked shots. Mary Nelson and Amanda Fay added 7 points each with Fay collecting 8 boards.

Katie Keitges led the Panthers and finished with a game-high 28 points, 6 assists, and 6 steals.

Oskaloosa finishes the season with an 0-22 record, but showed vast improvement in several areas as the season wore on with first year Head Coach Jacie White. The loss ends the career of Kinsey Cook, Osky’s lone senior.

Knoxville moves on to the Class 4A Region 6 Semifinal where they will play Pella on the road on Saturday. Knoxville improved to 16-6 after Wednesday’s win.

The Oskaloosa boys are about to begin postseason play with their substate quarterfinal next Monday, February 19th, playing at around 8 PM following Knoxville and Bondurant-Farrar at 6:30. That is in the Oskaloosa High School Gymnasium and you can hear the action live on 99.5 FM/740 AM KMZN, radiokmzn.com, and the KMZN mobile app.

Attorney says DCI Worked Unfairly Against Knoxville Man in Civil Trial

The attorney for a Knoxville man who was charged with murder days after a civil trial found him liable in his mother’s death, says his client was treated unfairly. Attorney Steven Wandro says law officers went too far in helping with the case against 45-year-old Jason Carter.

“In this case, there was no doubt that law enforcement was working hand-in-glove with the plaintiffs in this case,” Wandro says. The D-C-I held a news conference Monday morning and said they learned new information in the civil trial that led them to file murder charges against Carter in the death of his mother Shirley Carter in June of 2015. Wandro says the things investigators did in the courtroom probably influenced the jury and the verdict.

“Any of you who were spending time in the courtroom for any extended period of time, you would see the law enforcement people passing notes to the plaintiff’s side,” Wandro says. Jason Carter’s father Bill filed the lawsuit against him that resulted in a 10 million dollar civil verdict against Jason. Wandro maintained that it was Bill Carter who committed the murder, not Jason. He says it was unprecedented to have the civil trial before the criminal trial.

“There were lots of things that you folks didn’t see, what was going on behind the scenes in that case. There was evidence that we could not produce that would have revealed to you and the jurors the true nature of Bill Carter,” Wandro says. He says that evidence will come out in the criminal trial. Wandro made his comments to reporters in a news conference and was asked if he was alleging misconduct by investigators.

“I’m not going to say it in those terms. I’m just going to say it was unprecedented, it’s unfair, it’s not the way it should be, and the Supreme Court in the State of Iowa will have the last word on it,” according to Wandro. He says his concerns are with the way state investigators acted — not with the Marion County Sheriff.

“The bone that I have to pick is with the Department of Criminal Investigation,” Wandro said. “The sheriff’s office was always secondary in this stuff, they were taking their orders from the D-C-I. I think that [Sheriff] Jason Sandholt runs a clean shop and he is a man of integrity.” Wandro said they will appeal the verdict in the civil trial, and he believes the Iowa Supreme Court will eventually decide his client was treated unfairly. He also says they will seek to have the murder trial moved out of Marion County because they will be unable to find a jury in the county that hasn’t been influenced by the civil trial.


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