Archive for June, 2009

Nation ponders health care reform

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

As the federal government proposes health care reform on the national level, it’s important for area residents to talk with their insurance agents for plans which are specific to their needs.  That’s according to Megan McKay Ziller, vice president of McKay Insurance Agency in Knoxville.  She says although the federal proposal does offer attractive aspects, such as guaranteed care for all Americans, some parts, like having health insurance “connector” which allows people to compare different plans, raises concern because it doesn’t have the personal-relationship of an insurance agent.  McKay Ziller also says it’s less costly for residents when they make good lifestyle choices and stay healthy. 

Harvey Music Jam

Posted: Sunday, June 28th, 2009 at 2:00 pm

Title: Harvey Music Jam
Date: 2009-06-28

Zachary Michael Jack in Knoxville today

Posted: Saturday, June 27th, 2009 at 5:43 am

The author of a new compilation of famous and little-known Iowa diaries, editorials, fictions, history, letters, memoirs, and more is coming to the Next Chapter in Knoxville Saturday at 2 p.m. Zachary Michael Jack, the editor of Iowa: The Definitive Collection, includes selections from Henry Wallace and Glenn Miller to Susan Glaspell, Herbert Hoover, among others.

Water-main work to begin in Pella

Posted: Saturday, June 27th, 2009 at 5:43 am

Water crews will be installing a water main in the city right of way from Hazel Street to E. 6th Street in Pella beginning Monday. Pella Public Works says there are no road closures associated with the project but there may be some street obstructions from time to time throughout the project.

Knoxville Rotary holds annual meeting

Posted: Saturday, June 27th, 2009 at 5:43 am



The Knoxville Rotary Club held their annual Pass-the-Gavel night at Pine Knolls Country Club Friday. President Kevin Wadle reviewed the many accomplishments for the Rotary Club, including providing dictionaries to elementary students, and participating in Nationals, among others. Wadle then passed the gavel to new Rotary president Jody Meyer.

Learning opportunities at Lake Red Rock

Posted: Saturday, June 27th, 2009 at 5:42 am

Outdoor enthusiasts have plenty of recreational and educational opportunities at Lake Red Rock during the summer months. According to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, this weekend includes a program about Iowas Wildcats. DNR Wildlife Research Biologist Todd Gosselink will discuss a bobcat res

Sprint Car champion at Hall of Fame today

Posted: Saturday, June 27th, 2009 at 5:42 am

Three-time and defending SuperClean Knoxville Nationals champion Donny Schatz (shots) will unveil his third brick in as many years, on the Wall of Champions at the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum Saturday at . Sources tell KNIA/KRLS News the ceremony will begin at 4:00 pm and is being held in conjunction with the World of Outlaws race event, Saturday night, at the Knoxville Raceway.

Fresh produce at farmers market

Posted: Saturday, June 27th, 2009 at 5:42 am

More fresh vegetables are arriving at the Pella Farmers Market. Vivian Rippentrop with the Pella Farmers Market Club says theyre starting to see green beans, broccoli, cauliflower, beets and some carrots. She adds that the strawberry season is also underway. The market is averaging about 12-14 vendors.

Coal Miners Day today

Posted: Saturday, June 27th, 2009 at 5:42 am

The 2009 Coal Miners Day celebration is Saturday in Melcher-Dallas. Laurie Goff is EMS coordinator for the Melcher-Dallas Fire Department. She says the event begins at 11 a.m. on Main Street in Melcher-Dallas with the parade. The KNIA/KRLS Big Red Radio will also be at the event, playing music and making announcements.

Financial aid may be easier to get

Posted: Saturday, June 27th, 2009 at 5:41 am

It soon may be even easier for college students to apply for financial aid. The federal Department of Education recently released its plan to simplify the federal application for federal student aid, or FAFSA. Part of the proposal would allow students to apply for financial aid with the information on their tax returns. Central College Director of Financial Aid Jean Vander Wert says this would streamline the process and make it less intimidating for low-income and underserved populations.

Family Fun Fair today

Posted: Saturday, June 27th, 2009 at 5:41 am

The 2009 Knoxville Family Fun Fair is Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Auld Park with a slew of activities for children and parents alike. Thats according to Loretta Boughn (b-AWEN), one of the committee members for the event. She says the event has the goal of offering families a local outlet to have fun and enjoy the outdoors. The KNIA/KRLS Big Red Radio will also be playing music at the event.

Open House Sunday at PRHC

Posted: Saturday, June 27th, 2009 at 5:41 am

Pella Regional Health Center celebrates the near completion of a multi-million dollar expansion and renovation with an open house Sunday afternoon. The project began in October 2006. According to hospital spokeswoman Billie Rhamy, visitors will be able to tour the new lobby, chapel, gift shop, admissions, occupational health and parts of surgery. The open house is from 1 to 4 p.m.

VA Taskforce members stretch beyond Knoxville

Posted: Saturday, June 27th, 2009 at 5:40 am

Members of the newly-restructured Knoxville VA Task Force include people beyond Knoxvilles borders. Mayor Harv Sprafka says he specifically reached out to members of Pellas private industry, academics, and economic development representatives when restructuring the Taskforce earlier this year. Sprafka says new members include a professor of economics at Central College, a manager of Pella Corporation, and a member of the Pella Area Development Corporation, or PADCO. The 15-member committee is set to meet in the near future.

Stepped-up enforcement at Lake Red Rock

Posted: Saturday, June 27th, 2009 at 5:39 am

Boaters at Lake Red Rock will notice an increase in alcohol enforcement efforts this weekend. Thats according to Marion County Conservation Officer Ken Kenyon with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. Operation Dry Water is a partnership between state agencies and the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators. The program is designed to curb the amount of alcohol related boating accidents.

Knoxville Coach remembers slain Parkersburg coach

Posted: Saturday, June 27th, 2009 at 5:39 am

A Knoxville cross-country coach remembers the glowing character and positive influence of Aplington-Parkersburg head football coach Ed Thomas, who was killed earlier this week. Mike Moats, members of the Knoxville Cross Country Team, and other residents raised over $6,000 in a 127-mile marathon fundraiser last year for Parkersburg, after the city was devastated by a tornado. Moats says during that time he had a lot of interaction with Thomas, who Moats says was an example of good character and values. Moats adds that thoughts and prayers are with the people affected by the tragic shooting in Parkersburg this week.

Driver charged in three-vehicle crash

Posted: Friday, June 26th, 2009 at 5:39 am

A 60-year-old Kelley resident was charged with running a stop sign and hitting a pickup which caused a three-vehicle collision at the Pleasantville Y intersection of highway 5/92 Thursday.  The Iowa State Patrol reports Diana Perkovich was also transported to the hospital by Mercy Ambulance with non-life threatening injuries.  The 29-year-old Winterset resident in the pickup and the driver of a grain hauler,   69-year-old Pleasantville resident Lyle Havener, did not report any injuries.  Marion County Sheriff Ron Goemaat and Sheriffs Deputies, Emergency Management Coordinator Jeff Anderson, Pleasantville Fire & Rescue, Iowa State Patrol and Mercy Ambulance responded to the scene.

Utility companies following climate change legislation

Posted: Friday, June 26th, 2009 at 5:39 am

Utility companies are closely following federal global climate change legislation that they say could lead to substantial rate increases and price volatility. Pella Cooperative Electric spokeswoman Jean Van Wyk says the cap and trade system leaves utilities with little to no control over the cost of electricity. City of Pella Electric Director Larry Peterson says the city shouldn’t have much problem meeting the new carbon allowances, since the amount of local power generation has decreased as the cost of coal increased.

Design selected for pocket-park

Posted: Friday, June 26th, 2009 at 5:37 am

Progress continues on selecting a design for a pocket-park planned at the Old Costal Mart property in Knoxville. Members from the Knoxville Streetscape Committee and Knoxville Federated Garden Club selected one of the three submitted pocket-park designs with some variations and incorporated ideas from the other two plans.  More details are expected in the future. 

Officials attend I-JOBS meeting

Posted: Friday, June 26th, 2009 at 5:36 am

Officials from Pella and Knoxville attended a meeting on the state I-JOBS program earlier this week. The approximately $830 million package includes more than $200 million for transportation and water quality projects. Pella City Administrator Mike Nardini says this could provide some financial assistance for water and wastewater infrastructure upgrades and improvements to North Main Street. Knoxville City Manager Dick Schrad says he’s in the process of going through the requirements needed to apply for funding and plans to sit down with officials to look at projects the city could qualify for in applying for funding. 

Personnel certified as rain garden designers

Posted: Friday, June 26th, 2009 at 5:35 am

Marion County Conservation District and Extension Personnel were recently certified as Rain Garden Designers. Sources tell KNIA/KRLS News that Terry McNeely, Competine Creek Watershed Project Coordinator and Karen Ackley, Marion County Extension Assistant and Master Gardener Coordinator, were recognized by the Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities. Both McNeely and Ackley attended a design, installation and maintenance training workshop to learn useful tools in solving storm runoff problems and yard beautification.