Sioux Falls Woman Arrested, Charged With Assault After Alleged Incident At Grand Falls Casino

Sheriff car rear genericLarchwood, Iowa — A Sioux Falls woman was arrested early on Wednesday (1/30/13) at the casino near Larchwood.

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Department reports that they arrested 22-year-old Ashley Marie Qualls of Sioux Falls on a charge of Domestic Abuse Assault, a serious misdemeanor. The arrest stemmed from an alleged altercation with her fiance at the Grand Falls Casino during the early morning hours of January 30, 2013.

Qualls was booked and jailed at the Lyon County Jail.

Sheldon Teen Charged With Sex Abuse

osceolasheriffSibley, Iowa — A Sheldon teen has been charged with sex abuse in Osceola County.

The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office reports that they charged 19-year-old Nathaniel May of Sheldon last Thursday (1/24) with Sexual Abuse in the 3rd Degree, a Class C Felony. May is accused of performing a sex act on a 14-year-old female in October 2012.

Northwestern Named One Of The Top Colleges For Studying Bible

Northwestern College logoOrange City, Iowa — Orange City’s Northwestern College has been included on a list of “The 15 Best Colleges for Studying the Bible” by

The list names Northwestern along with such other institutions as Biola University, Gordon College and Trinity International University as outstanding schools for students who desire to study the Bible. The website says the honored colleges were picked “for their commitment to sound Christian education, their vital campus life, outstanding faculty, academic excellence and, above all, their impressive Bible curriculum.”

Northwestern, the only Iowa college selected, is commended by for staying true to its Reformed theological roots. The site credits Northwestern’s “enduring statement of faith,” “visionary commitment to biblical authority,” weekly chapel services, student-led praise-and-worship service, and “multi-denominational unity” as among the reasons the college “has been an educational gem for over 100 years.”

Thanks to Duane Beeson for this story.

Sheldon High School NHS Sponsoring “Penny Drive” For Red Cross

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Sheldon, Iowa — The Sheldon High School National Honor Society is sponsoring a Penny Drive for the Red Cross. Mrs. Prewitt at Sheldon High says Bob Kirschbaum, the Chapter Support Officer with the Red Cross out of Sioux City talked to her about the possibility of a penny drive.

She says the classes are in competition with each other. She says pennies are worth one point, and dollars are worth 100 points. But you can make it harder for another team to win by putting silver-colored coins or $5 bills in their bucket — as these subtract their value from the point total.

She says the class with the most points is the winner. The winning teacher gets to throw a pie in the faces of the losing teachers.

Prewitt says the community is invited to get into the act as well on Friday night.

The hero teachers are Kent De Zeeuw, Eric Maassen, Ben Peake, and Julie Blythe, and each have picked a super hero identity for the contest.

The wrap-up and pie-throwing will be Monday, February 4th at the end of the day.

You can find the buckets near the concession stand at this Friday night’s Sheldon basketball games.

Two Injured, Cited In Maurice Area Accident

1-27-13 AccidentMaurice, Iowa — Two people were taken to the hospital after an accident on Sunday morning near Maurice.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 7:20 AM, 22-year-old David Theisen of Le Mars was driving a 2002 Chevrolet Impala southbound on Highway 75, about a mile north of Maurice. Theisen stopped behind a disabled semi-tractor trailer; he made a U-turn and began driving northbound on Highway 75. Thirty-six-year-old Rosalva Hernandez of Sioux Center was driving a 1994 GMC Jimmy northbound on Highway 75.

Hernandez was unable to stop and struck Theisen’s vehicle.

Theisen and Hernandez were both transported to the Sioux Center Hospital by the Sioux Center Ambulance.

The Chevrolet sustained $5,000 damage. The GMC sustained $3,500 damage.

Theisen was ticketed for making an illegal U-Turn. Hernandez was ticketed for failing to reduce speed for the road conditions.

Maurice Fire and Rescue and the Sioux Center Ambulance assisted the Sheriff’s office.

Sheldon City Council to Discuss Budget at Special Meeting

Every year at this time the Sheldon City Council meets to discuss the budget for the coming fiscal year.

This year, the Council will meet in special session this Wednesday January 30th at three p.m. in the upper level of the Sheldon Community Services Center.  The new fiscal year begins on July 1st, 2013.