PHOTO: Tony Bokhoven (l) Award winner Ivan Vos (c) and Mike Schuring (r) at Pella Chamber Awards Banquet.
Ten individuals honored at chamber banquet
The Pella Chamber of Commerce held their annual awards banquet Thursday night at the Pella Golf and Country Club. The Hall of Fame recipients included: Fred Kreykes for Lifetime Community Service; Vern Haagsma, Gordon Van Zanten and Ivan Vos for Education; Mike Lubberden for Industry Innovator; Bob Kroese and Betsy Roe for Professional Leader; Gerrit Vander Beek for Retail; Marv Tysseling for Tourism and Jerry Blom for Volunteer.
School board considers budget proposal later this month
The Knoxville school district budget review committee made a $1.13 million reduction for next year’s budget. Superintendent Dr. Randy Flack says the teaching, staff, and spending cuts proposed were the most viable choices to keep the district financially sound and beneficial to students. However, Knoxville high school social studies teacher and Knoxville Education Association Leader Jim Nilles says the proposed cuts of 11 teaching positions and 10 associates, among others, will mean larger classroom sizes and less assistance for teachers. He says although he sees the value in some reductions, other sources of revenue could be used to offset costs. The school board will consider the proposal February 23rd.
Development agreement creates new jobs
Residents have coffee with the mayor
The around $600,000 trimmed from the Knoxville budget, getting a progress update on the VA Campus, and discussing the importance of forming and maintaining area committees and groups were some of the issues discussed at Coffee With The Mayor Thursday.
Weekend snow straining public works budget
Many of the snow storms earlier this year have hit the area on weekends, which is putting a strain on Knoxville’s Public Works Department budget. Knoxville City Manager Dick Schrad says the city hasn’t been removing the snow piles or clearing alleys until the weekdays in order to avoid paying overtime.
Early childhood advocates encourage childcare providers to register with DHS
Childcare providers are encouraged to register with the Iowa Department of Human Services. Amy Zuck with Marion County Child Care Resource and Referral says the program is currently optional for those caring for less than five children. Zuck says many early-childhood advocates would like to see registration become mandatory. According to Zuck, registration simply creates minimum health and safety requirements.
RRRRT returns to the airwaves
Students participate in FFA career development event
SOY Family Fun Day is tomorrow
An area mentoring organization plans a day of family fun. Serve Our Youth will hold their annual Family Fun Day this Saturday. Executive Director Bernie Van Roekel says they’ll have inflatables, games, activities and food. Family Fun Day is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Vermeer Global Pavilion.