Rock Rapids, Iowa — A Rock Rapids man is in the running to be a member of the Republican Party of Iowa Central Committee.
Dr. Cody Hoefert, a doctor of chiropractic from Rock Rapids says this all came about when Tim Moran, a member of the committee submitted his resignation. Hoefert says Moran is QUOTE, “a hard worker very dedicated to the conservative cause and will be a loss and definitely hard to replace.”
Dr. Hoefert says he thinks that the work that the county party has done in Lyon county has a lot to do with why he was asked to run for the committee position.
Hoefert says the replacement member will be selected by the 4th district executive committee which is made up of all the chairs and co-chairs of the 39 county Republican parties. He says the date and time have not been set yet, but it has to be within 75 days of the resignation. However, Hoefert says he has received some help from high places in the state party.
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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.