P & Z To Meet

Sheldon, Iowa — The Sheldon Planning and Zoning Commission will meet Thursday March 12th to begin discussion of the City’s comprehensive Land use update. The current plan, which has not been updated for many years,new Sheldon sign will be studied to see areas where actual use has followed the plan. They will look at changes needed to fit the current situations and then look ahead to zoning needs for the future.

City Manager Scott Wynja tells KIWA that the commission will probably meet several times on this topic before they will be ready to present their recommendations to the City Council.

Thursday’s Planning and Zoning Commission meeting will begin at 4:30 in council chambers located in the upper level of the Sheldon Community Services Center.

Not Guilty Plea In Trinity HS Burglary

Orange City, Iowa — A Rock Valley man has been arraigned and has pled not guilty to charges surrounding an alleged burglary in Hull.

Sioux County Courthouse_svaTwenty-five-year-old Matthew Kraayenbrink of Rock Valley and a 17-year-old Hull boy are accused of breaking into Trinity Christian High School In Hull on February 11, 2015.

Deputies, who were on the scene investigating reports of burglaries there, apprehended Kraayenbrink and the boy inside the school.

Kraayenbrink is charged with second degree theft, third degree burglary and using a juvenile to commit a criminal offense.

According to court records, no trial date has been set yet for Kraayenbrink

Resignations And Contract Issuance Highlight School Board Agenda

Sheldon-Schools-logoSheldon, Iowa — When the Sheldon Community Schools Board of Education holds their Regular Monthly Meeting Wednesday evening they’ll be dealing with several employment resignations, seven open enrollment applications and contracts for two employment positions in the District.

In addition, the Board will receive updates from Superintendent Robin Spears on the East Elementary Renovation-Construction Project, and the status of the 2015-2016 District Calendar.  The starting date for the school year has been in limbo for the past several weeks, ever since an announcement by the State of Iowa, that the state’s schools would have to comply with the September start date laid out in state law.

The Board is also expected to approve a group of Open Enrollment Applications, authorize the issuance of teacher and coaching contracts, and discuss the future purchase of copy machines for the District.

Wednesday’s meeting begins at 6:00 pm in the Sheldon Community High School Library.

Sibley Man Sentenced On Burglary Charges

Sibley, Iowa — A Sibley man has been sentenced on burglary charges.
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The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office reports that 40-year-old Chad Anthony Schmitt of Sibley pled guilty to two counts of Burglary in the 3rd Degree, Class “D” Felonies. On each of the burglary offenses he was sentenced to five years in prison, with all time suspended. Schmitt will serve three years probation to the Iowa Department of Corrections.

These sentences are imposed concurrently with each other but consecutively to the sentence for an OWI conviction. That sentence was for six months in jail, with all time suspended except for 45 days, with credit for time served. Also, on each burglary offense Schmitt is to pay a fine of $750 and surcharges and court costs. He was also ordered to pay restitution to the victim.

Parents Of K-12 Students Eligible For Tax Credit

Sheldon, Iowa — If you live in Iowa and have a child or children in school, you may be eligible for a tax credit, according to a local Sheldon accountant.
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We had a chance to talk with Joel Westra of Cain Ellsworth, and he tells us that some people may be missing out on the credit.

Westra says this credit is often missed by parents of students.

If you’d like more information, you can call Cain Ellsworth or click here for more information.

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Help Needed Solving Accident Case

George, Iowa — The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help with a hit and run accident that occurred southwest of George on Saturday night, March 7, 2015.
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On Sunday afternoon, the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office investigated a single motor vehicle hit-and-run accident on a private drive in the 2300 mile of Jay Avenue. That’s about a mile and a half south of George and two miles west. The previous night, investigators believe a red Pontiac Grand Prix with a model year sometime between 1997-2003 was southbound on Jay Avenue. The vehicle is believed to have the words “Grand Prix” stickered on top of the front windshield.

Deputies believe the vehicle crossed the 230th Street intersection and entered a dead end private drive. They believe it then struck a utility pole and gate causing damage to both.

Deputies say the vehicle sustained significant front end damage and appears to have been removed from the scene by someone using a pickup, trailer and possibly a Case skid loader.

The vehicles left the accident scene eastbound on 230th Street and were last seen going southbound on L-14 (Kennedy Avenue) near the Sioux County/Lyon County border.

If anyone has information about the accident, they are asked to contact the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office at (712)472-8300.