Meendering Leaving Sheldon Principal Position

Matt 001Sheldon, Iowa — Sheldon Community High School’s Principal and Head Football Coach will be stepping down and leaving the District for a new job in Des Moines at the end of this school year.

Matt Meendering has announced that he has accepted the position of Principal at Dowling Catholic High School, and will start his new job on July 1st of this year.

He says he’s been in the Sheldon District for 16 years, with the last 8 as High School Principal.

In addition to his position as Principal, Meendering will be leaving his position as Head Football Coach, but he says he expects the transition to go smoothly.

Meendering says that his job at Dowling will be limited to High School Principal, and that he’s stepping back from coaching.

Meendering says that, while he’s been very happy in the Sheldon District, as he puts it, “Sometimes you have to go out and check the water.”

Meendering begins his new position at Dowling on July 1st of this year.

Eighteen-Year-Old Charged In Locker Room Thefts

Spencer, Iowa — A Hartley 18-year-old has been arrested in Clay County on charges stemming from the investigation into a string of locker room thefts at Clay Central Everly High School in January.
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Clay County authorities say that during a traffic stop Saturday evening, February 21st, a Clay County Deputy arrested the driver of the car, 18-year-old Kathryn Carroll of Hartley.

In the investigation during the stop, the deputy says he noticed a pair of shoes that were similar to a pair that had been reported stolen in January. When the deputy went back to the car to give Carroll traffic tickets and question her about the shoes, he says he saw that the shoes were missing.

Carroll was reportedly questioned about the shoes and the Sheriff’s report says she allegedly initially lied to the deputy about any knowledge of the shoes. The report says she later allegedly confessed they were stolen and she had them hidden in her boots.

After continued investigation at the jail, deputies say they now believe Carroll was involved in five separate Everly Girls High School locker room thefts, including the theft of an iPod Touch, a pair of jeans, a pair of shoes, $70 cash and $50 cash.

Deputies say Carroll was cited into magistrate court on speeding and no insurance charges, and jailed on five counts of Fifth Degree Theft, all simple misdemeanors. She was held on a $1,500 cash or surety bond.

Senator Johnson Wants More Money For Conservation

Des Moines, Iowa — Senator David Johnson from Ocheyedan says he’s introducing a bill that would increase the state sales tax .375 of a percent. Johnson says his idea is to use the extra revenue for soil and water conservation.
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The .375 percent hike would make the state sales tax 6.375 percent, and would raise an estimated $150 million a year, according to Johnson. Johnson said he wanted to introduce the legislation “after the fuel tax issue was settled.”

He says the Iowa House may have a similar bill, but differences between the bills would have to be hammered out.

The Senator says he believes Iowans want quality of life and clean water. He says the way to get cleaner water is through soil and water conservation; something that is being cut on the national level. He says the state needs to monitor more rivers, streams and lakes.

Sheldon Bakery In Entrepreneur Contest

Sheldon, Iowa — “Dream Big, Grow Here” — that’s the name of an award-winning business grant contest for Iowans to fulfill their dreams of self-employment or expansion of their current business. And a Sheldon business is one of the contestants.

The contest allows entrepreneurs the chance to submit their dreams to start or expand a business, then encourage friends, family, and customers to vote for them online. The finalists will present their idea to an audience and judges in a pitch-off event for a chance to win thousands in cash prizes.

Lyon County Economic Development Director Steve Simons tells us about it.

He says the six industry categories include: Pre-revenue, Retail/Wholesale, Hospitality/ Restaurants, Ag/Production, Professional Services, and Manufacturing/Bioscience/ Information Technology. During the voting period, the entrepreneur will recruit others to vote for their entry at Five entries will be selected from each industry category to advance to the statewide contest at the statewide entrepreneurial conference, EntreFest, in Iowa City on May 21, 2015. Each entrepreneur that advances in their industry category will participate in a pitch-off event against the other industry finalists for a chance to win $5,000. The winners of each industry category will then advance to the finals the evening of May 21st for a chance to win the grand prize of $10,000.

Amy Strouth, owner of the Prairie Queen Bakery in Sheldon tells us why they submitted their entry, “From the Stone Age to the Millennium Age.”

She says that she’s also looking at bar coding their products to make checkout more efficient and a program that would help her show customers what their decorated cakes were going to look like before they even left the bakery.

How do you vote? Just click on the link below.

Click on vote.

In the “Contest” drop down, select Hospitality/Restaurants.

Scroll 3/4 of the way down to Prairie Queen Bakery, and Click on Vote!

You can Vote 1 time per day.

Voting Ends March 1st at 11:59 PM.

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Sheldon Police Investigating Package Thefts

Sheldon, Iowa — Are you missing a package that should have been delivered? If you’re in Sheldon, the Sheldon Police Department would like to know about your missing package.
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The police are investigating thefts of delivered packages to homes in Sheldon. The police are asking for you to contact them if you have expected delivery of a package and did not receive that package. The police say that it is common for some retailers to ship a new package once the customer has called them to notify them that they had not received the original package. Police are asking that you call even though you may have been compensated via a new or reshipped package.

You can reach the Sheldon Police by dialing 324-2525 and you are asked to leave a message at extension 253.

Passing Ambulance Takes Crash Victim To Hospital

Larchwood, Iowa — A passing ambulance gave aid to a crash victim near Larchwood and took him to a hospital, and then he was taken into custody on an OWI charge.
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On Friday, February 20th at approximately 8:30 PM, the Lyon County Ambulance was driving to Rock Rapids when they observed a car in the ditch at the intersection of Highway 9 and Cherry Avenue near Larchwood. The ambulance stopped and EMT’s provided medical assistance to the driver of the vehicle, 24-year-old Justin Schwarz of Worthington, MN. Schwarz was then transported to the hospital as a precautionary measure.

After he was released from the hospital, he was subsequently arrested by the Lyon County Sheriff’s Department and charged with Operating While Intoxicated.

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Department was assisted by Larchwood Fire, Larchwood Rescue, and the Lyon County Ambulance.