Sibley, Iowa — A Le Mars man and his passenger were taken to the hospital after an accident near Sibley on Wednesday (1/9).
The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office reports that just after 11:30 PM, 60-year-old Patrick DeRocher of Le Mars was driving a 1999 Ford F350 pickup eastbound on Highway 9, about a half mile west of Oakhill Avenue, northwest of Sibley, when he fell asleep. The vehicle crossed the centerline, entered the north ditch, ramped an embankment and went airborne until it crashed into the east creek embankment. The vehicle traveled in the ditch for about 100 yards and was airborne for about 25 yards before hitting the creek embankment.
Both DeRocher and his passenger were transported to the Osceola Community Hospital by the Osceola County Ambulance Service.
Sheldon, Iowa — A Sheldon man’s SUV and a Sheldon woman’s car were damaged in an accident on Wednesday (1/9) in Sheldon.
The Sheldon Police Department reports that about 3:55 PM, 59-year-old Ricky Cannoy of Sheldon was westbound on Highway 18, on Sheldon’s west side in a 2000 Jeep. Twenty-year-old Alexandria Hunt of Sheldon was northbound on Western Avenue in a 2001 Pontiac.
Hunt was stopped for the stop sign, facing north. Cannoy attempted a left turn onto Western, but the sun was in his eyes, according to the report, and he misjudged the turn and nearly struck the Hunt Pontiac head-on.
Cannoy’s Jeep received $2000 damage. Hunt’s Pontiac received $4000 damage.
Boyden, Iowa — Horses in a barn south of Boyden escaped injury in a barn fire on Wednesday afternoon.
Boyden Fire Chief Galen Blankers says they were called to the report of a barn on fire with horses inside at about 3:20 Wednesday afternoon. He says the fire was on a place two miles due south of Boyden, at 3420 Kennedy Avenue.
Blankers says when they pulled up, they saw smoke coming from the west side of the barn. However, he says the fire was not as bad as it could have been. He says the biggest problem was that the main columns of the barn were on fire. He says they fought an interior attack and put the fire out with a small amount of water, and then used pressure fans to ventilate the building.
The chief reports the horses were able to get out in time, and thanks to the quick response, they were able to put the fire out before it caused major damage. He says they did ask for help from the Sheldon Fire Company, just in case. They requested water and manpower from Sheldon. Blankers says as with any small town fire that happens during the day, the fire department is short on available volunteers, so it’s pretty common for them to call for help from another town in those situations.
He says an investigator from the State Fire Marshal’s office was there on Thursday and determined the cause of the fire to be accidental. Blankers says damage from smoke, fire, and water was probably less than $500.
The chief says crews were on scene for about an hour and forty minutes.
Sheldon, Iowa — The Sheldon KIDS Committee hosted a town meeting on Tuesday night to show people the expansion and remodeling plans they have for East Elementary in Sheldon.
Lori Richards, who’s on the committee says the plans don’t only address the comfort of the students and their ability to learn. In light of the violence in schools recently, the plans also address safety and security of the students, faculty, and staff.
There are several more town hall meetings regarding the East Elementary project:
Ashton Public Library – Monday, January 21, 2013, 6:30 p.m.
Archer Community Building – Thursday, January 24, 2013, 6:30 p.m.
Sheldon Community High School Library – Monday, January 28, 2013, 7:00 p.m.
Matlock Fire Hall – Saturday, February 2, 2013, 9:00 a.m.
Sheldon Community Building – Saturday, February 2, 2013, 10:30 a.m.
The election to decide the fate of the improvements at East will be on February 5.
Sheldon, Iowa — Two more popular Christian artists have been added to the RiseFest 2013 lineup, slated for Sheldon Crossing on Father’s Day Weekend.
We talked to Rob Roozeboom, founder and president of RISE Ministries, the organization behind RiseFest. He told us they’re excited to announce the two additions.
Mandisa is a three-time Grammy nominee and American Idol 2006 finalist. Her song, “Stronger” off her 2011 album “What If We Were Real” peaked at number one on the Billboard Christian Songs chart in June of 2011, while the second single off that album, “Waiting For Tomorrow” peaked at number 3. She has worked with other Christian music stars such as Kirk Franklin, TobyMac, and fellow RiseFest lineup artist, Matthew West.
After touring with the likes of Jeremy Camp and Audio Adrenaline, Sidewalk Prophets rode the popularity of their first World Records release, “These Simple Truths,” to a Dove Award for Best New Artists and a nomination for Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year. Their singles, “You Love Me Anyway,” and “The Words I Would Say,” went number 1 and 3, respectively, on the Billboard Christian Singles Chart.
Roozeboom says they have also added a new option for festival attendees.
More information will be made available on the Friday night activities as the festival draws closer. He says more information about RiseFest camping is also forthcoming, but they wanted to get the word out so attendees could plan accordingly. Of course several other lodging options also exist in Sheldon and the surrounding area as well.