Ashton Woman Faces Felony Theft Charge

Sheldon, Iowa — An Ashton woman has been arrested and faces a felony theft charge after an alleged incident in Sheldon.
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The Sheldon Police Department reports that they arrested 44-year-old Robin Renae Roth of Ashton on Wednesday, December 2nd.

She was charged with a felony count of Second Degree Theft after what officers say was an ongoing theft from her employer for the last few months.

She was taken into custody and was transported to jail in Primghar.

Lighting Contest Winners Announced

Christmas lights 2Sheldon, Iowa — The winners of the SCDC City-Wide Christmas Lighting Contest, held in conjunction with Thursday night’s Tour of Lights, have been announced.

First place winners were Deb and Dennis Ten Clay of 3141 Monroe Avenue.  They’ll receive a prize of $50 in Sheldon Dollars.

Second place winner was Daniel Ten Clay at 1690 Pleasant Court Drive, who will receive $30 in Sheldon Dollars.

Third place winner was Lyle Vust of 2600 E. 6th Street, who wins $20 in Sheldon Dollars.

Congratulations to all the winners, and to everyone showing their holiday spirit!!

Orange City Trooper Assists With Antique Car Ceremony

Des Moines, Iowa — A vehicle used by the Iowa Highway Patrol when the organization was founded 80 years ago has been restored and returned to service, and a northwest Iowa State Trooper was involved in a re-dedication ceremony for the patrol car outside the statehouse Thursday morning. Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate led the ceremony.

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Babcock Miller is recognized as “The Mother of the Iowa Highway Patrol.” Iowa State Patrol Trooper Vince Kurtz of Orange City was selected to wear a uniform from that era so participants could get the complete experience of car and trooper from 1935. Kurtz tells us that while it was an honor to participate, he was selected basically because he fit the uniform.

Kurtz says to tell the truth, the boots were pretty small for him too.

He says the car is not a replica, and has never been sold to a private party — and remains owned by the State of Iowa. Secretary of State Pate says volunteers helped restore the 1935 Ford Tudor, which had been donated to the state and spent several decades in the basement of the State Historical Building.

Students in the Des Moines Schools’ automotive technology program and students at Des Moines Area Community College worked to restore the vehicle over the past year. Pate wouldn’t speculate what the 80-year-old car might be worth.

Trooper Kurtz says it was a fun experience, but it was also meaningful.

Kurtz says the 1935 Iowa Highway Patrol vehicle will make appearances in parades and other events around the state, but it remains to be seen if the car will make it up to northwest Iowa anytime soon.
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Flags At Half Staff For Shooting, Pearl Harbor Day

Washington, DC — President Obama has ordered flags to be flown at half staff.
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As a mark of respect for the victims of the shooting on December 2, 2015, in San Bernardino, California, the President has ordered the flag to be flown at half staff from now through December 7, 2015.

The President’s order applies to federal and military buildings and ships, embassies, and so forth, but others are asked to fly the flag at half staff for the same length of time as a sign of respect.

In addition, Iowa Governor Terry Branstad has ordered all flags in Iowa be flown at half-staff from 8 AM to 5 PM on Monday, December 7, 2015, in honor of Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.

Flags will be at half-staff on the State Capitol Building and on flag displays in the Capitol Complex, and upon all public buildings, grounds, and facilities throughout the state. Individuals, businesses, schools, municipalities, counties and other government subdivisions are encouraged to fly the flag at half-staff for the same length of time as a sign of respect.

Sheldon American Legion Seeks Wheelchairs

Sheldon, Iowa — Anyone in the area with an unused wheelchair sitting around the house now has a place to get rid of that chair, and help a veteran in the process.

The Sheldon American Legion Post is seeking donations of wheelchairs to help some of their older members.  Jeremy Beenken of the American Legion explains.

He says there are couple of different ways that you can get your old chairs to the American Legion.

Beenken stressed that the American Legion isn’t asking people to go out and buy new wheelchairs to donate, but says that this is a good opportunity for area residents to get rid of old chairs that are no longer being used, and give them to be used for a good cause.

Again, if you’d like to have your old wheelchair picked up, just call Jeremy Beenken of the American Legion at 712-348-2109.

Snow Plow Rolls

Lyon Sheriff Facebook HeaderAshton, Iowa – A snow plow rolled near Ashton on Tuesday, December 1st.

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 9:00 am, 54-year-old Gene Kruger of Little Rock was driving a 2005 Sterling Snow Plow, owned by Lyon County, eastbound on A-46 west of Ashton. According to the report, Kruger got off the edge of the road, went into the south ditch, and tipped the snow plow on the passenger side.

No injuries were reported.