Nation Marks 74th Anniversary Of Pearl Harbor Attack

United States — This is Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. The attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii by the Empire of Japan on Sunday, December 7, 1941, brought the United States into World War II.
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Congress has designated December 7 of each year as “National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day,” and the President every year makes a proclamation designating it as such for that year.

President Obama says that nearly seven and a half decades ago, as dawn broke over the island of Oahu, bombs broke through the sky as Japanese forces launched an unprovoked attack on our Nation — absorbing America into a conflict that would change the course of human dignity and freedom. More than 2,400 precious lives and much of our Pacific Fleet were lost, yet the ensuing unification of our people proved mightier than the attack that aimed to weaken us. On National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, we pay tribute to the men, women, and children — military and civilian — who lost their lives on December 7, 1941, honor all who served in the wake of that infamous day, and recognize the sacrifices today’s service members make to carry forward the inextinguishable torch of liberty for generations to come.

The president’s proclamation continues: Reacting to the surprise attack, patriots from every corner of our country answered the call to serve and banded together in common cause. Sixteen million Americans left behind everything they knew and everyone they loved to fight for freedom far from home and liberate a continent from the grip of tyranny. Courageous individuals from all walks of life crossed oceans and stormed beaches, uplifting a generation and paving the way for our fiercest adversaries to become some of our closest allies. In the example of those who came forth in the months and years following the attack on Pearl Harbor, we see an enduring truth: that no challenge is too great when we stand as one people committed to the ideals which the stars and stripes symbolize.

He says that seventy-four years after the attack on Pearl Harbor, we endure as a Nation dedicated to affirming the inherent dignity of every person — even in the face of unspeakable violence. As President Franklin D. Roosevelt said the day after the attack, “the American people in their righteous might will win through to absolute victory.” On this day, let us honor the memory of all who gave their lives so that President Roosevelt’s words could be realized, and let us resolve to uphold the legacy of our country, for which generations of brave men and women have fought and sacrificed.

Hartley Man Going To Federal Prison

crystal meth iceHartley, Iowa — A Hartley man has been sentenced to more than six years in federal prison after pleading guilty to Conspiracy To Distribute Methamphetamine.

According to the US Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Iowa, 49-year old Joe Edward Leal entered a guilty plea in which he admitted to his involvement in a conspiracy from about July 2013 and continuing through May 2014 that distributed more than 50 grams of actual (pure) methamphetamine. On three occasions in January and February 2014, Leal reportedly distributed over 53 grams of actual (pure) methamphetamine to individuals cooperating with law enforcement.

Leal was sentenced in Sioux City by United States District Court Judge Mark W. Bennett. Leal was sentenced to 81 months’ imprisonment. A special assessment of $100 was imposed. He must also serve a five-year term of supervised release after the prison term. There is no parole in the federal system.

Leal is being held in the United States Marshal’s custody until he can be transported to a federal prison.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Shawn S. Wehde and investigated by the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, Sheldon Police Department, Iowa Great Lakes Drug Task Force, and Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation.

United Fund Giving Grinds To A Halt

Sheldon, Iowa — According to Sheldon United Fund spokesperson Cindy Runger, there have been no new donations to the Sheldon United Fund in the last week.

The drive continues for another three weeks. The goal this year is $31,000.United Fund 2015 The funds are now at $19,473, which is the same figure as last week.

The fund drive is now 79% finished, but the funds are only at about 63% of goal. If donations were keeping up, the total should be over $24,000 by now.

Over $11,500 has yet to be raised. Since donations have been so slow, to finish on goal, the drive now needs to average over $3,300 per week through the rest of the year. Again, in the last week, no donations whatsoever were received.

Contributions may be left at any of the four Sheldon banks, or you can also send them to PO Box 41, Sheldon, IA 51201. Essays explaining each organization are available at the banks.

Each week we’re mentioning a few of the organizations that benefit from your donations. This time the list includes:

  • American Red Cross
  • Boy Scouts of America
  • Children’s World
  • Compass Pointe (Northwest Iowa Alcohol & Drug Treatment)
  • Dolly Parton Imagination Library

The United Fund will be assisting 25 different organizations in Sheldon and the surrounding communities this year, and they thank you for your contribution.

“A Hometown Christmas” Comes To Sheldon

Community TheatreSheldon, Iowa — The Jay Shelp Community Theatre in Sheldon will take a step back in time this Saturday night when they present an old-time radio theatre production of “A Hometown Christmas”.  This “radio play” will be performed at the Sheldon United Methodist Church, Saturday night from 7 to 8 pm, and will also be broadcast live on KIWA-FM 105.3.

Steve De Kok, of the Jay Shelp Community Theatre, says this is the first production of it’s type in northwest Iowa, and says the idea came about several years ago.

De Kok says the production’s format will be much like the old-fashioned radio shows that had entire families gathered around their living room radios decades ago.

He says tickets for Saturday night’s live performance will be available at the door.

De Kok says the tickets are priced to allow entire families to attend the performance without stretching the budget.

Saturday night’s Jay Shelp Community Theatre production of “A Hometown Christmas” will begin at 7pm in the sanctuary at Sheldon United Methodist Church, with doors to open at 6:30 Saturday evening.  You’re encouraged to attend in person, but if that’s not possible, tune to KIWA-FM 105.3 for the live broadcast.

December Busy Fundraising Month, But Do Your Research

money cash bills dollarsNorthwest Iowa — This is the time of year when nonprofit organizations ramp up efforts to get in touch with donors.

Kari McCann of the Iowa Counsel of Foundations says a lot of Iowans like to donate around the holidays — and many are motivated by more than just the good feeling they get by giving to others.

Donors should investigate charities before giving, according to McCann.

McCann cites Charity Navigator and GuideStar as two websites offering information on a charity’s financial history, fundraising activities, and programming.

Council To Hold Goal Setting Session

Council ChambersSheldon, Iowa — The Sheldon City Council will hold a goal setting session this Tuesday December 8th. These sessions are held about every two years to review the goals set at the last goal setting session and set goals for the future. The process will be led by Jeff Schott who is from the Institute of Public Affairs of the University of Iowa. This goal setting session will take place in the upper level of the Sheldon Community Services building Tuesday at 11 a.m.

Earlier in the day Schott will go through the same process with the Sheldon Chamber and Development Corporation.