Archive for May, 2009

PRHC names Shining Star for May

Posted: Monday, May 25th, 2009 at 5:23 am

Pella Regional Health Center has named Michelle Dunkin of Nutrition Services the Shining Star for the month of May. According to the hospital, Dunkin was nominated based on attitude, commitment, communication, etiquette and sense of ownership. Dunkin will receive a $100 gift, a plaque and will automatically be included in the Shining Star of the Year Award.

Motorcyclist seriously injured in crash

Posted: Saturday, May 23rd, 2009 at 6:47 am

A 20-year-old Knoxville resident was seriously injured when the motorcycle he was riding on collided with a car on West Pleasant Street in Knoxville Friday evening. The Knoxville Police Department says the resident became airborne upon impact and hit the pavement, sustaining serious head injuries, and was life flighted to Iowa Methodist hospital in Des Moines. The driver of the vehicle, an 88-year-old Knoxville woman, did not appear to suffer any injuries. The Knoxville Fire and Rescue and Knoxville Police Department responded to the scene, and the police department continues investigation into the cause of the accident. KNIA/KRLS will bring you more information as it becomes available. 

Howell Station reopens

Posted: Saturday, May 23rd, 2009 at 6:46 am

Howell Station Campground at Lake Red Rock reopened Friday morning with a mile-long line of campers waiting to start their holiday weekend. That’s according to Marion County Sheriff Ron Goemaat. Lake Red Rock Assistant Operations Manager John Holt says Howell Station is the largest corps operated campground at Lake Red Rock. The campground suffered significant damage during the floods in June of last year and had remained closed for repairs before reopening Friday.

One person injured in crash

Posted: Saturday, May 23rd, 2009 at 6:45 am

One person was injured after a vehicle rear-ended a garbage truck on East First Street in Pella Friday morning. According to the Pella Police Department, Lori Baugh of Pella was transported by ambulance to Pella Regional Health Center. A hospital spokeswoman says Baugh was treated and released. The incident occurred in the 400 block of East First Street near the intersection with Peace Street. The Pella Police Department and Pella Ambulance responded to the scene.

Authorities stress holiday safety

Posted: Saturday, May 23rd, 2009 at 6:42 am

Campers and boaters at Lake Red Rock this Memorial Day holiday need to keep safety first in mind as they spend time with family and friends.  That’s according to Marion County Sheriff’ Ron Goemaat.  He says the campgrounds see many people in a small area, and asks campers are respectful of other people’s space, and that they limit excessive noise on the campgrounds.  Goemaat adds that boaters should always have life jackets available and carry a cell phone when on the lake.  Goemaat adds there are comparable drunk driving laws both on the road and on the lake, and urges residents to limit their alcohol consumption while boating.

Local athletes earn state titles

Posted: Saturday, May 23rd, 2009 at 6:39 am

Four state championships were earned by local track and field athletes yesterday at the State Meet in Des Moines.  Knoxville's Kyle Crossett won the long jump in class three-A. Pella's Brooke Gritters took the shot put in class three-A.  Also Twin Cedars junior Lindsay Hoehns won her second state title as she won the high jump.  She will go for her third title today in the 200 and is single handedly keeping Twin Cedars in first place in the team standings in class one-A.  Also Pleasantville took first place in the boys four-by-200 meter relay.

Pella Christian holds graduation today

Posted: Saturday, May 23rd, 2009 at 6:38 am

Pella Christian High School students will graduate this afternoon. Principal Darryl De Ruiter says 82 students make up this year's graduating class. He says usually about 97 percent of seniors will choose to continue their education, whether that is at a university, Christian College, or in a two-year program. Commencement is at 3:00 p.m. at Pella Christian High School. In related news, Pella Community held their graduation last night.

Memorial Day is a time for reflection

Posted: Saturday, May 23rd, 2009 at 6:38 am

Memorial Day is a time for reflection on those who have served and have been lost in the line of duty.  Marion County Sheriff Ron Goemaat says the Sheriff’s Office also is paying tribute to Sheriff’s Office transport officer Virgil Behrens who, one year ago on May 22, lost his life in a deer-related car accident while on his way to training in Des Moines.  Goemaat says both he and the Sheriff’s Office staff will never forget Virgil’s service to the department.  

Students receive police department tour

Posted: Saturday, May 23rd, 2009 at 6:37 am

Three second-grade classes from Lincoln Elementary received a tour of the Pella Police Department Friday. Officer Chad Hardman says students were given a tour of the Public Safety Complex and were able to see the different police vehicles. Hardman says common questions were about jail cells and the different tools used by officers. He says the police department does quite a few tours each year for school groups, churches and cub scouts.

Knoxville holds graduation Sunday

Posted: Saturday, May 23rd, 2009 at 6:37 am

One-hundred-fifty-six Knoxville High School seniors are set to don their caps and gowns and receive their diplomas at graduation Sunday.  Knoxville high school Kevin Crawford says the graduation ceremony starts at 2 p.m. Sunday at the high school.  In related news, the last day of school for the district is June 2nd. 

National Public Works Week

Posted: Saturday, May 23rd, 2009 at 6:37 am

This was National Public Works Week. Pella Public Works Director Denny Buyert says the department is responsible for a vast amount of public infrastructure including about 61 miles of streets, 77 miles of water lines and 76 miles of sanitary sewer lines. He says 27 employees are on staff. The Knoxville Public Works Department visited elementary schools this week to educate students on the vital sewer, street and water quality maintenance the department provides.

Farmer’s Market returns for the season

Posted: Saturday, May 23rd, 2009 at 6:36 am

It’s that time of year again: the Knoxville Farmer’s Market starts back up today.  The Farmers Market will take place every Saturday morning from 8 to noon, and every Tuesday from 2:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. on the west side of the courthouse until October 10th.

Farmer's Market returns for the season

Posted: Saturday, May 23rd, 2009 at 6:36 am

It’s that time of year again: the Knoxville Farmer’s Market starts back up today.  The Farmers Market will take place every Saturday morning from 8 to noon, and every Tuesday from 2:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. on the west side of the courthouse until October 10th.

Priest with Knoxville ties added to sexual abuse list

Posted: Saturday, May 23rd, 2009 at 6:35 am

A priest who served St. Anthony’s in Knoxville from 1961-1966 was one of three people recently added to the Diocese of Davenport’s credible cases list of child sexual abuse by priests.  The Diocese of Davenport says James Lawrence also served congregations in Iowa City, Davenport, and Eddyville, among others.  During his career he was accused of sexual abuse by one female minor, according to the diocese.  William Kerrigan and Daniel Emrich were the other two names added to the list as cases of child sexual abuse Thursday. 

Chamber board nominations sought

Posted: Friday, May 22nd, 2009 at 5:44 am

There will be an election of a new Knoxville Growth Alliance Board to be held June 16th. The Knoxville Chamber of Commerce tells KNIA/KRLS News that nominations are being accepted through 5 p.m. June 2nd for people interested in serving on the Board. Then ballots have been distributed to Chamber members and will need to be returned by 5 p.m. June 16th. The election follows an internal restructuring process which began last month.

New wastewater mandates could force system upgrades

Posted: Friday, May 22nd, 2009 at 5:44 am

New wastewater mandates by the Iowa DNR could mean improvements to the city of Pella's sanitary sewer collection system. Public Works Director Denny Buyert says the DNR is requiring the city to eliminate wastewater bypasses by October 2012.  The firm Howard R. Green will conduct a study of the system to see what improvements could be necessary. A similar study was conducted in 1998 and found that upgrades could cost about $4 to $5 million. Buyert says the new report is expected by October of this year.

Hoehns wins long jump

Posted: Friday, May 22nd, 2009 at 5:43 am

Twin Cedars High School Junior Lindsay Hoehns won the state championship in the class one-A girls long jump competition at the State Track and Field Meet yesterday in Des Moines.  Hoehns' best jump was 17 feet three-and-three/quarter inches.  Also for the first time in 25 years a Knoxville girls tennis player has qualified for the state tournament.  Evan Tonda placed second at the Regional yesterday in Boone and that automatically qualified her for next week's state meet in Johnston.

Local tennis qualifiers

Posted: Friday, May 22nd, 2009 at 5:43 am

In related news, Pella's Katie Allen, Kellie Korver, Nicole Oliver, and Pella Christian's Staci Vos have all qualified for the state tennis tournament in Johnston next week. Allen qualified as a regional champion in Fairfield yesterday while Vos was a runner-up in singles competition. Korver and Oliver qualified in doubles as runners-up.

VA transition stalls temporarily

Posted: Friday, May 22nd, 2009 at 5:42 am

Uncertain variables have reset efforts to transition the VA Campus recently.  That’s according to Knoxville Mayor Harv Sprafka.  He says the federal government told members of the Knoxville VA Taskforce they did not want to enter into a lease-agreement with the city for building a Community-Based Outpatient Clinic, or C-BOC, during a conference call last week.  Past discussions were to have the VA transfer the campus property to the city once the C-BOC is built.  Sprafka says there is land available next to Knoxville Hospital & Clinics for the C-BOC with the plan to still close the campus, and communications with VA officials continue.  Sprafka says city officials also want more information on the actual value of the campus:  as it would cost millions of dollars to build a C-BOC, but the value of the campus, including its liabilities and assets, remains unknown at this time.

More students choose graduate school

Posted: Friday, May 22nd, 2009 at 5:42 am

More Central College graduates are choosing graduate school instead of immediately entering the professional workforce. Pat Joachim Kitzman is the Director of the Career Center at Central College. She says they’ve heard back from about 33 percent of new graduates and of those, 36 percent are employed and 21 percent plan to further their education in graduate or professional school, an option Kitzman says has increased in recent years. She says now about one in four students choose to continue their education after Central College.