Archive for June, 2009

Pleasant Hill man convicted of sexual abuse

Posted: Tuesday, June 30th, 2009 at 4:57 am

A 34-year-old Pleasant Hill resident was found guilty Friday of sexually abusing a minor last year in Pleasantville.  Court documents report Jason Jimmy Patton was sentenced to up to 10 years in prison, which was suspended, and he was placed on probation to up to 5 years.

No one injured in crash

Posted: Tuesday, June 30th, 2009 at 4:57 am

No one was injured in a two-vehicle accident Monday morning in Pella. The incident occurred near the intersection of Franklin Street and Broadway Street. Officer Chad Hardman with the Pella Police Department told KNIA/KRLS News on scene that one vehicle was eastbound on Franklin when another vehicle pulled out of the U.S Bank Parking lot, resulting in a collision. The Pella Police Department and the Pella Ambulance responded to the scene.

Officials discuss upgrades to Bussey Memorial Hall

Posted: Tuesday, June 30th, 2009 at 4:56 am

The Marion County Board of Supervisors and Bussey officials discussed proposed work making Bussey Memorial Hall more handicapped-accessible at their meeting Monday.  The board also discussed whether the Marion County Safety Committee should supply additional safety equipment to departments, and gave direction that each department should individually supply equipment on an as needed basis.

Iowa becoming Hollywood Midwest

Posted: Tuesday, June 30th, 2009 at 4:56 am

A Pella resident is now casting a feature film that will bring two Academy Award winning actors to the Des Moines area. Ann Wilkinson operates PMS Casting. She says “The Experiment” is set to star Forrest Whitaker and Adrian Brody. Wilkinson was also involved with “Splatter,” a film that wrapped up shooting this month in Burlington. Wilkinson says tax incentives have made Iowa attractive to the film industry.

Knoxville man pleads not guilty in fraud case

Posted: Tuesday, June 30th, 2009 at 4:56 am

A 31-year-old Knoxville resident pled not guilty Friday to a charge that he cashed fraudulent checks totaling $3,900.  Court documents report John Andrew Conrad has a pre-trial conference set July 17th on a forgery charge. 

New observation area being constructed at Lake Red Rock

Posted: Tuesday, June 30th, 2009 at 4:55 am

Visitors to Lake Red Rock will soon have a new vista. An observation area is being constructed behind the Lake Red Rock Visitor Center to replace the deck that was once used by visitors to view Iowa‘s largest lake. Jamie Gyolai with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says several community partners came together to make the project a reality. He says they hope to have it finished by August 1.

Funds available for business facade improvements

Posted: Tuesday, June 30th, 2009 at 4:55 am

Money is available for downtown Knoxville business owners to apply to for façade improvements.  That’s according to Larry Formanek, chair of the Knoxville Self-Supported Municipal Improvement District, or SSMID committee.  Formanek encourages business owners to stop by the Chamber of Commerce to apply for funding, or to call 828-7555 for questions or more information. 

Golf tourney raises funds for CIS

Posted: Tuesday, June 30th, 2009 at 4:53 am

Crisis Intervention Services raised about $2,400 at their charity golf tournament and silent auction this past Saturday. That’s according to CIS Executive Director Martha Zylstra. She says they had 17 teams of four register for the event, which was held at Harvest Point Golf Course in Oskaloosa. Zylstra says funds raised will go toward maintaining the emergency shelter, support groups and other programs.

Insurance agents recommend flood insurance

Posted: Tuesday, June 30th, 2009 at 4:52 am

It’s been a year since record-setting floods surged in areas across Iowa, and area residents should think about getting flood insurance, even though they aren’t in a flood zone.  That’s according to Darcy DeVries Personal Lines and Health Agent with McKay Insurance Agency in Knoxville.  DeVries says it takes 30 days for a new flood coverage policy to take effect, unless mandated by a mortgage company.

Serve Our Youth relocates main office

Posted: Tuesday, June 30th, 2009 at 4:52 am

A local mentoring agency has relocated. Serve Our Youth, a non-profit Christian mentoring organization, recently moved their headquarters to 309 Roosevelt Road in Pella. Executive Director Bernie Van Roekel says about a dozen volunteers helped with the move into the new Federated Fellowship Church. In related news, Serve Our Youth is celebrating their 10th anniversary this year and Van Roekel says they’re in the formative stages of planning a banquet to mark the occasion this fall.

Knoxville resident killed in farm equipment accident

Posted: Monday, June 29th, 2009 at 5:28 am

A Knoxville resident died in a hayfield just north of 1423 165th Ave Saturday afternoon, after becoming caught in a round bailer. The Marion County Sheriffs Office tells KNIA/KRLS that Robert E. Boehmler, age 85, was bailing hay, stopped the tractor, and due to unknown circumstances caught his hand in the compression rollers and he was pulled inward. The Sheriffs Office says due to injuries as a result of this accident Mr. Boehmler passed away at the scene. Marion County Sheriffs Deputies, Knoxville Rescue, Knoxville Township Fire Department, and Knoxville Police Department all responded to the scene. The incident is still under investigation by the Marion County Sheriffs Office.

New DNR mandates could mean rate increases

Posted: Monday, June 29th, 2009 at 5:27 am

New mandates from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources will likely lead to wastewater rate increases for the city of Pella. The DNR is requiring the city to eliminate all known wastewater bypasses by October 2012 and a plan of action is due this October. Officials say this could mean significant infrastructure upgrades.  City Administrator Mike Nardini says there could be some grant funding available through the I-JOBS program to help offset some of those costs.

Two injured in crash Saturday evening

Posted: Monday, June 29th, 2009 at 5:27 am

At least two subjects were transported to the hospital late Saturday night after their vehicle rolled over on highway 5/92 west of Knoxville, with minor injuries.  That’s according to Knoxville Fire Department Chief Mike Roberts. Knoxville Rescue, Knoxville Township Fire Department, Marion County Sheriff's Deputies and Knoxville Police Department all responded to the scene.

Open house offers visitors a tour of PRHC expansion and renovation

Posted: Monday, June 29th, 2009 at 5:26 am

Pella Regional Health Center celebrated the near completion of a two-and-half-year expansion and renovation project with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house Sunday. Visitors were able to tour the new lobby, chapel, gift shop, admissions, occupational health and parts of surgery. 

Krivanek to serve prison time

Posted: Monday, June 29th, 2009 at 5:25 am

A 40-year-old Marion County resident was sentenced to up to 5 years in prison on charges of extortion and to up to 2 years for driving while barred.  Court documents report the jail-time for Shannon Wayne Krivanek will be served consecutively.  In January Krivanek was charged with kidnapping in the second degree, among other charges.

Corps continues work on flood recovery projects

Posted: Monday, June 29th, 2009 at 5:23 am

Many local flood recovery projects remain in the design phase, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Lake Red Rock received $21 million in federal flood recovery funds. One of the projects currently under design is a makeover for North Overlook Beach. Lake Red Rock Assistant Operations Manager John Holt says survey crews have been on site collecting data. He says North Overlook will be upgraded to a high water beach with a modern bathroom.

Board to discuss maintenance of Bussey Memorial Hall

Posted: Monday, June 29th, 2009 at 5:22 am

The Marion County Board of Supervisors will discuss the maintenance and upkeep of the Bussey Memorial Hall at a special session meeting at 9 a.m. in the Marion County Courthouse.  The Board will also discuss and receive an update on human resource projects in the county, among other issues.

Utility work to impact Washington Street traffic

Posted: Monday, June 29th, 2009 at 5:20 am

Drivers can expect some slight delays this week on a section of Washington Street in Pella. According to the Public Works Office, crews will be installing a water main in the city right-of-way from Hazel Street to East Sixth Street. Public Works notes that no road closures are associated with the project however there may be occasional street obstructions. Work is expected to continue all week.

Local bankers hesitant about proposed financial system overhaul

Posted: Monday, June 29th, 2009 at 5:19 am

President Obama’s proposed overhaul of the financial system is leaving some Marion County banks with reservations.  Bob Wims is executive vice-president of Iowa State Savings Bank in Knoxville.  He says increased regulatory scrutiny on the federal level is meant for institutions which offered sub-prime loans or variable rate products to customers, while community banks such as Iowa State Savings Bank make sure financial products fit with customers’ needs.  Marion County Bank Vice-President David Greving says there is some concern of overreach by the administration. He says although tighter rules are needed for national banks which used financially reckless procedures for customers, community banks are different institutions entirely and the exact same rules shouldn’t be forced on them.

Law enforcement focusing on seatbelt and drunken driving violations

Posted: Monday, June 29th, 2009 at 5:18 am

The Pella Police Department will participate in a special traffic enforcement program during the upcoming holiday weekend. Authorities say the program is from July 2-5. The Pella Police Department received a grant from the Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau that allows officers to work more hours on roadways. The program usually coincides with a major holiday.