State lawmakers are fast-tracking extra money to cover tuition costs for Iowa National Guard soldiers who’ve been awarded college tuition assistance from the state. The Iowa Guard cut its “Education Assistance Program” grants by 13-hundred dollars for this spring semester. Representative Royd Chambers of Sheldon is a first sergeant in the Iowa Air Guard and he’s well aware of the problem.
Legislators are tentatively setting aside one-point-three million dollars to provide the full tuition grant. Senator Daryl Beall of Fort Dodge says this tuition assistance helps the Iowa Guard retain its soldiers at a higher rate than many other state units.
Beall is chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee. Chambers is the chairman of the Veterans Affairs Committee in the Iowa House.
A former employee of a Sheldon Chiropractic clinic has been charged with felony fraud.
According to Special Agent Steve VanOtterloo of the Iowa Department of Criminal Investigation, 43-year-old Sue VanMaanen of Ashton was criminally charged as a result of an ongoing theft investigation by the Iowa DCI. The investigation revealed VanMaanen took possession of over $20,000 in illegitimate insurance payments while she was employed at Sheldon Family Chiropractic Clinic from 1996 to 2009. The criminal activity was limited to insurance policies owned by VanMaanen and/or David VanMaanen only. Owners of the clinic discovered the activity and reported it to authorities. The D.C.I. was assisted by the O’Brien County Sheriff’s Office and Sheldon Police Department.
VanMaanen has been charged with Theft in the 1st Degree, a Class C Felony; Fraudulent Practice in the 1st Degree, also a Class C Felony; Tampering with Records (5 Counts), Aggravated Misdeanors; and Forgery (3 Counts), Aggravated Misdeanors.
An Orange City implement dealer has been hit with a double whammy. Not only did someone steal toys from their shop, but a fire appears to have been set in the office as well.
According to a manager at Northwest Implement, someone stole toy tractors from the business, and then it appears that they set fire to a desk in the office area. The fire was basically contained to the desk, but there is heat, smoke and soot damage in the building.
The Orange City Police Department reports that entry was gained by breaking out an office window.
It doesn’t appear that anything else was stolen. The burglary happened sometime between Sunday afternoon and Monday morning.
The state Fire Marshal’s Office and the Orange City Police are investigating.
If you have any information that might help the police solve this case, you are asked to call the Orange City Police at 712-707-4251.
More than one thousand middle school students from four area schools came together Tuesday morning in Sheldon for an anti-bullying assembly. Billed as a “Bullying Supersession”, the assembly, which was held at the Sheldon High School, was designed to tackle the subject of bullying, and provide the students with information on how to get out of a bullying situation.
Sheldon Middle School Principal Cindy Barwick talks a little bit about the Bullying Supersession.
Barwick says bullying is something that everybody knows goes on, and that it takes many different forms.
Barwick says that if someone is being bullied, they have options to extricate themselves from that situation.
Barwick says that the Sheldon Community Schools takes bullying very seriously, and like every school system in Iowa, has policies and procedures in place to stop it in it’s tracks.
Tuesday morning’s Bullying Supersession was attended by middle-schoolers from Sheldon, MOC-Floyd Valley, Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn, Spalding Catholic and Remsen-Union.
The city of Sheldon has submitted their application to become one of ten Blue Zones City in Iowa. The Blue Zones Project is a significant part of Iowas Healthiest State Initiative, which is designed to bring the secrets of the healthiest, happiest, and longest-living cultures in the world to 10 Iowa communities as well as related tools and information for all Iowans.
Greta Giese of the Lifelong Learning and Recreation Center at NCC in Sheldon tells us that Sheldon’t Blue Zones application has been submitted and received.
She says 58 Iowa Communities were invited to apply for the 10 spots that are available in the program.
She says that Sheldon citizens have various ways to show their support, from online sign-up, to text sign-up, to an informational forum that will be held Thursday night at the LLRC.
Giese says the Blue Zones Project is all about subtle changes.
That Informational Forum on the Blue Zones Project will be held Thursday night at 7:30 in the Lifelong Learning and Recreation Center at Northwest Iowa Community College in Sheldon.
The Sheldon Police Department reports a busy weekend. Police say they broke up a party on Rainbow Drive early Saturday morning. As a result, 9 individuals, ages 19 and 20, were charged with being in possession of alcohol under the legal age. All 9 were cited and released.
An Orange City man was arrested early Saturday for Driving While License Revoked. 54-year old Antonio Gorza-Velez was stopped in the 300 block of West 7th Street in Sheldon. He was taken into custody and transported to the O’Brien County Jail.
Early Saturday evening, a 34-year old Sheldon man was charged with Possession Of Marijuana and Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia. Jon Michael Rosenboom was cited by police and released.
Approximately 3:15 Sunday morning a 27-year old Sheldon woman was arrested and charged with 2nd Offense OWI. Sarah Reiter was picked up at the intersection of North 2nd Avenue and North 5th Street in Sheldon.