Archive for June, 2009

Corps keeps Lake Red Rock areas open

Posted: Friday, June 26th, 2009 at 5:34 am

No closures are planned at Lake Red Rock due to the recent heavy rains. While the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is closing parts of Saylorville Lake likely through the Fourth of July weekend, local officials tell KNIA/KRLS News that areas will remain open at Lake Red Rock.

Schlotterback plans another fundraising run

Posted: Friday, June 26th, 2009 at 5:34 am

A Knoxville High school graduate who ran over 100 miles in 24 hours last year to raise money for Ken Locke Stadium plans to double the distance this year. “One Man, 200 Miles, Two Days” is the name of the event Bryan Schlotterback says he will participate in.  He tells KNIA/KRLS News the positive community response and support from friends and family inspired him to run again later this year.

Thursdays in Pella celebrates the arts

Posted: Friday, June 26th, 2009 at 5:33 am

Residents came out to enjoy the arts during Thursdays in Pella last night. The festivities included several musical performances on the Tulip Toren, Art in the Park courtesy of the Pella Art Center and live theatre. The KNIA/KRLS Big Red Radio was also on hand providing music and serving as an information center. Next week features a patriotic theme and will include displays from the U.S. Army and National Guard, among others.

Knoxville resident completes basic training

Posted: Friday, June 26th, 2009 at 5:33 am

A Knoxville resident has graduated from basic Army combat training at Fort Jackson in South Carolina.  Sources tell KNIA/KRLS News that Private Dustin S. Sedlock studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, physical fitness, and received instruction in weapons, ceremony and marching, among other exercises during his nine weeks of training.  Dustin Sedlock is the son of Donovan Sedlock in Knoxville. 

Local athletes to compete in triathlon

Posted: Friday, June 26th, 2009 at 5:31 am

Several local residents will participate in the HyVee Triathlon Sunday in Des Moines. Sources say 13 athletes from Pella, three from Pleasantville and two from Knoxville will compete in the event this year. For a complete list of area participants visit our website at

Iowa author to visit Knoxville bookstore

Posted: Friday, June 26th, 2009 at 5:30 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.

Artist reception is tonight

Posted: Friday, June 26th, 2009 at 5:30 am

Members of the public can visit with the artist responsible for the latest exhibition at the Pella Community Center during a reception tonight. Lisa Davis-Kovarik is a local abstract artist who says her work is greatly inspired by her Christian faith. Art Center Director Andi Mitchel says the reception is from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at the Joan Kuyper Farver Art Gallery at the Pella Community Center.

New ISU Extension Education Director named

Posted: Thursday, June 25th, 2009 at 5:40 am

Marion County will have a new regional ISU Extension Education Director with three other counties.  Sources tell KNIA/KRLS News that current Mahaska county director Brian Dunn will begin directing Marion, Mahaska, Jasper and Poweshiek counties in regrouped regions later this summer.  Marion County ISU Extension director Dale Miller says he plans on continuing his work in the Marion County Office, although his job title and description will be determined at a later date by the Marion County Extension Council as it looks at staff and programs in the restructuring process.

Pavement reacting to heat wave

Posted: Thursday, June 25th, 2009 at 5:40 am

The early summer heat wave is keeping public works crews busy. Both Pella and Knoxville Public Works Directors report instances of pavement blow-ups due to the high heat and humidity.  Also, the intense heat didn't spare Marion County roads as the Marion County Engineer's Office says crews are tackling areas around the county.

Pleasantville juvenile faces sex abuse charge

Posted: Thursday, June 25th, 2009 at 5:39 am

A 16-year-old Pleasantville resident was charged with Sexual Abuse in the 3rd Degree, a class C felony. That’s according to Pleasantville Police Chief Duane Bates. He says Mason Dane Borgerson was taken into custody Wednesday morning, after a two month long investigation by the Pleasantville Police Department, Marion County Attorneys Office and the Juvenile Court Probation Office. Bates says Borgerson was taken to the Marion County Jail and booked and will be transported to Juvenile Detention Center in Clarke County. He says the case remains under investigation.

New feeder line project nearly complete

Posted: Thursday, June 25th, 2009 at 5:39 am

Residents will likely see electric utility work near Jefferson Place in Pella complete by the end of this month. Installation of a new feeder line to Pella Regional Health Center is nearly finished, according to city of Pella Electric Director Larry Peterson. He says they energized the line on Tuesday. Peterson says some work still remains around Jefferson Place before the project is deemed complete.

Knoxville resident faces burglary and theft charges

Posted: Thursday, June 25th, 2009 at 5:38 am

A 17-year-old Knoxville resident faces charges of 1st degree burglary and 1st degree theft in connection with Monday’s stolen vehicle.  Knoxville Police Chief Dan Losada says an investigation shows Morgan Wilkerson was involved from the beginning of the theft of a 2009 Chevrolet Impala, which ended after law enforcement pursued and stopped the car just outside of Knoxville. 20-year-old Knoxville resident Michael Carnahan was also charged with 1st degree burglary, theft, and carrying a concealed weapon, among others. 

DNR increases alcohol enforcement

Posted: Thursday, June 25th, 2009 at 5:38 am

The Iowa DNR is reminding boaters that alcohol and water don’t mix. Marion County Conservation Officer Ken Kenyon says boaters on Lake Red Rock will notice an increase in enforcement efforts this weekend as part of Operation Dry Water – a program designed to curb the number of alcohol related boating accidents. According to the DNR, 25 percent of boating accidents in 2008 involved alcohol.

Soil and water district receives grant

Posted: Thursday, June 25th, 2009 at 5:37 am

A $200,000 grant was awarded to the Marion County Soil and Water Conservation District by Iowa's Watershed Improvement Review Board.  Karen Ackley, Agriculture and Horticulture Assistant from the Marion County ISU Extension Office, says the 3-year grant will be used to help improve water quality in the Competine Creek watershed.  She says the Competine Creek Watershed Project identifies and starts solutions that will reduce runoff into area creeks, lakes, and rivers.

Enjoy the arts in downtown Pella

Posted: Thursday, June 25th, 2009 at 5:34 am

Residents are invited to experience the arts at Thursdays in Pella. Kat Whitson is one of the organizers of the event and says the theme is Artapoolooza Art Attack. According to Whitson, the evening will include Art in the Park, dancing, a poetry and performance slam, and theatre. Activities begin at 6:00 p.m. in downtown Pella. The KNIA/KRLS Big Red Radio will be on hand to serve as an information center for the event.

Strong winds damage Law Enforcement Center roof

Posted: Thursday, June 25th, 2009 at 5:34 am

The high winds from Tuesday’s thunderstorm were felt at the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, causing damage to the roof of the county Law Enforcement Center.  Officials from the Sheriff’s Office, Marion County Supervisors and other personnel assessed the situation, and the insurance company has been contacted.  Marion County Sheriff Ron Goemaat says repairs began Tuesday to the roof, and county insurance is expected to cover all repair costs.

Central welcomes students for orientation

Posted: Thursday, June 25th, 2009 at 5:32 am

More than 400 freshmen students are receiving their first taste of college life this week during Central College orientation. Director of Student Activities and Orientation Bonnie Dahlke says the last group of about 80 students is on campus today. She says the experience allows students to set their fall schedule by registering for classes and to become more familiar with the campus.

Robinson Street reopens in Knoxville

Posted: Thursday, June 25th, 2009 at 5:31 am

After months of planning and construction work, Robinson Street between Roche and First Streets in Knoxville was re-opened Wednesday with a ribbon cutting ceremony.  The newly-paved section has colored concrete, new street lamps, and other designs as part of a Streetscape plan for the downtown.  Public Works Director Jeff May says a few minor items such as final grading and seeding remain but the street is ready to be used.  In other news, after more than two months of work T-17 south of the landfill reopened earlier this week after crews finished a bridge replacement there. 

Committee finalizes plans for holiday celebration

Posted: Thursday, June 25th, 2009 at 5:30 am

The Pella Fourth of July Committee has finalized plans for the annual celebration. Festivities will include fishing at Sunken Gardens, games and activities at Central Park, a parade down Franklin Street, musical entertainment, and evening fireworks. The Fourth of July Committee met for the final time Wednesday afternoon at the Pella Chamber of Commerce Office.

City plans improvements to Skate Park

Posted: Thursday, June 25th, 2009 at 5:28 am

Progress continues at the Knoxville Skate Park.  Knoxville City Manager Dick Schrad says the city is getting more paint to spruce up the park.  He says once the paint arrives, skating enthusiasts will help paint the skating structures.