Chad Pettit Wins KIWA Valentines Day Contest

Sheldon, Iowa — Chad and Lora Pettit of Sheldon were the Grand Prize Winners in KIWA’s Sweetheart Giveaway promotion.  Chad’s name was drawn Friday morning on the KIWA Morning Show, and he and Lora picked up their Grand Prize Package, valued at more than $1200.00, Friday noon at


Chad and Lora Pettit of Sheldon receive their Grand Prize Package from KIWA's Tom Traughber
Chad and Lora Pettit of Sheldon receive their Grand Prize Package from KIWA’s Tom Traughber

the KIWA Studios.

Chad and Lora’s Grand Prize Package was comprised of the following items:

Mastbergen Jewelry Ladies 14 karat white gold genuine garnet and diamond pendant with chain. Retail value is $319.

Evie’s Hallmark – Fashion Gift Basket

Hy-Vee Wine & Spirits – Valentine Spirits Basket $100 Value

Holiday Inn Express – A plush and Comfortable suite fit for winning couple to enjoy, including the comfort of a king size bed, hot tub, kitchenette and lounging area. $240.00 Value.

Old 60 Steaks and Chops – A culinary delight fit for the winning couple. Includes Appetizers, Entree for 2, desserts and beverages. $100.00 Value

Bliss Salon and Spa – for services supplied to make her feel special. $100.00

A Country Florist – 1 deluxe Dozen Bouquet of Roses with a beautiful Vase.

Missy’s – $50 Gift Certificate for her and $50 Gift Certificate for him.

Fareway – $100 Gift Card can be used any where in the store.

Impressions Salon – $100 Gift Certificate to pamper her on that special day.

Prairie Queen Bakery – 1 Dozen Chocolate Covered Strawberries and GOODIE Basket.

In addition, all those  registered in the contest received a 4 pack of Chocolate covered Strawberries from Prairie Queen Bakery.

Here’s the live drawing on Friday’s KIWA Morning Show.

Lyon County Sheriff’s Office Now Has Facebook Page

Rock Rapids, Iowa — The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office has joined the ranks of area sheriff’s offices on Facebook.
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Lyon County Sheriff Stewart VanderStoep says he was pleased to make the announcement recently. He says the Facebook page will make it much easier for the public to get information from the Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff’s officials say they will strive to make the page as useful and as helpful as possible. They also say they will be working to make the page very user friendly; with features to come such as a submit-a-tip tab which will allow users to submit an anonymous tip without having to call in.

You can find the page by searching for it on Facebook, but be aware — there are many Lyon Counties in the United States, including counties in Nevada, Kansas, and Minnesota to name a few.

Or you can just click here for a direct link.

Lyon County is the third of the four northwest Iowa counties sheriff’s offices to have a Facebook presence. Now the only one without a Facebook page is the O’Brien County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheldon Schools 2015-16 Start Date Still Up In The Air

Sheldon, Iowa — The start date for next school year in the Sheldon Community School District is still up in the air following Wednesday night’s February School Board Meeting.

Sheldon-Schools-logoSuperintendent Robin Spears told the Board that application for an early start date waiver would be extremely difficult to obtain due to the very high bar set by the Iowa Department of Education.  By law, the earliest start date would be Monday, August 31, 2015.  Spears says he has developed draft calendars with a Monday, August 31 start and a Wednesday, September 2 start.  He says the last day of school, not counting any snow make-up days for an August 31 start date would be Monday, June 6, 2016.  The last day of school, not counting any snow make-days for a September 2 start date would be June 8.  Spears told the Board that going into the month of June would impact City Recreation programs and the High School Driver Education program.  Instead of completing both programs by July 4, they would run to the end of July.  The Board took no action on the matter.

Spears also updated the Board on the progress of the East Elementary Project.  He says that the project is, by and large, complete, with a few deliveries of furnishings and incidentals remaining.

In other action, the Board approved four Open Enrollment Applications, two for students Open Enrolling into the Sheldon District from George-Little Rock, and two Open Enrolling into the District from Boyden-Hull.

The Board dealt with a pair of resignations.  Marcia Wassenaar is retiring from her job at East Elementary, and Amanda Moeller resigned her position as custodian and dishwasher.  The Board also approved one coaching contract. Jerod Reinking was hired as an Assistant High School Boys Track Coach at a salary of $2,913.

The Board also gave the nod to an agreement that would increase the District’s internet connection bandwidth from 80 mb to 140 mb, during Wednesday night’s meeting.

Senate Democrats Endorse Four Percent Boost In State Aid For Schools

Des Moines, Iowa — Democrats in the Iowa Senate have voted to provide Iowa’s public K-through-12 schools with a four percent increase in general state support for the school year that starts this fall. Senator Tod Bowman, a Democrat from Maquoketa, says without that extra level of spending, schools will have to make “tough decisions” and cut both staff and programs.iowa state capitol sva

(as said) “I don’t want our kids…the kids of Iowa, to have any more lost opportunities,” Bowman said.

Republicans like Senator Jake Chapman of Adel say Democrats are promising more money than is available in the state budget.

(as said) “The question has to be answered,” Chapman said. “Where do you make the cuts? Where do you raise the revenue?”

Senate Democrats have now voted to forward about twice as much money as House Republicans want to spend on schools. Senator Wally Horn, a Democrat from Cedar Rapids who is a retired school teacher, says the state isn’t spending enough money on schools and student performance shows it.

(as said) “We used to be number one in the nation,” Horn says. “Now we’re almost in the bottom 25 of almost every category you can go.”

Senator Amy Sinclair, a Republican from Allerton, shot back at the idea Republicans who contend a four percent increase is too much want to short-change schools.

(as said) “It’s patently absurd to suggest that I or any of my colleagues don’t care about education because we’re concerned about the numbers for this year and for future years,” Senator Joe Bolkcom, a Democrat from Iowa City, says the state would have much more tax money to spend if legislators would “stop the tax giveaways to large, out of state corporations.”

(as said) “Our priorities are messed up here. They are wrong,” Bolkcom said. “We are putting the interests of these very large special interests in this tax code that is rigged against our kids.” Senator Randy Feenstra, a Republican from Hull, says he’s “very offended” by Bolkcom’s criticism of the commercial property tax cut legislators passed in 2013.

(as said) “Oh, ‘the ‘big, bad corporate people,'” Feenstra said. “..How about the little guy on the corner that’s trying to sell a shirt or whatever it might be? They truly appreciate the reduction in commercial property tax.”

The senate passed four bills Tuesday dealing with school financing issues. One bill would send schools four percent more general state aid for the next academic year. A second measure would increase state support in the following year by another four year percent. The other two bills would plug state tax money into school budgets, so local property taxes for schools won’t go up in each of those years.

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Sheldon Police Investigate Report Of Stolen TV

Sheldon, Iowa — Sheldon Police are investigating a possible burglary on Sixth Street.
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Officers reported that they were called to a home in the 400 block of Sixth Street on Saturday morning, February 7th, 2015.

Reported stolen was a 32-inch television, valued at $250.

Officers report that there was forcible entry, as both a door to the garage and a door to the home were damaged, causing an estimated $250 in damages.

The alleged theft is thought to have occurred sometime between Thursday, February 5th, and Saturday the 7th.

Rock Valley Man, Hull Teen Charged With Burglary Of Trinity Christian

Hull, Iowa — A Rock Valley man and a Hull teen have been charged in connection with an investigation into an alleged burglary at a school in Hull.
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The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office says that in the early hours this Wednesday, February 11, they investigated activity at Trinity Christian High School, 1811 Hayes Avenue, in Hull.

The deputies apprehended two people inside of the school. The deputies were investigating suspected burglaries, and say they caught two perpetrators in the act of committing crimes.

Twenty-five-year-old Matthew Kraayenbrink of Rock Valley and a 17-year-old Hull boy were apprehended after they allegedly unlawfully entered the school with the intention of committing criminal activity.

Deputies say Kraayenbrink was charged with second degree burglary, third degree burglary and using a juvenile to commit a criminal offense.

The boy was cited into juvenile court on a third degree burglary charge, and was released to his parents.