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Wednesday, March 05, 2014|
|3 AREA SCHOOL DISTRICTS SELECTED FOR GRANT PROGRAM|
| Three Madison County area school districts are among 39 school districts statewide to receive a three-year grant to participate in a teacher learning program.
The program is called the Teacher Learning and Compensation (TLC) program.
The Winterset, Earlham and Van Meter school districts are among the districts that will receive the grant.
Winterset will receive about $520,000 per year for each of the next three school years. The money will allow seven teachers or educators to take part in the leadership program. The teachers will come out of the classroom and participate in a separate structured leadership program.
Replacement teachers for the selected educators will be hired, and grant money will be used in part to pay for the replacement instructors, and to provide programming money for the seven teachers who are selected to participate in the TLC program.
|RECORD PIE SALES ... AGAIN|
| There was a record amount in pie sales again this year, eclipsing last year’s record totals.
No two Madison County Pork Producers pie auctions are ever the same.
This year was no different, and more than $27,000 was raised through the sale of home-baked pies and donations
Each year, there is certain frenzy which develops to procure a certain pie, either because of who baked it, or because of variety.
Or friendly competition.
The spirit of oneupmanship was alive and well Monday.
Usually, 30 pies make it through the tasting competition to be sold at auction.
|TIME FOR THE TIME CHANGE|
| “She is a perfectly terrible person,” said Lucy. “She calls herself the Queen of Narnia …she has made a magic so that it is always winter in Narnia – always winter,”
–The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
This has definitely been the winter of the ages. The winter that does not end. The winter of my discontent. Someone on Facebook recently made this comment, “Has anyone else realized the irony of ‘Frozen’ being a huge movie during this winter that seemingly never ends?”
And another great irony. It’s spring ahead time, already. The Farmer’s Almanac purportedly states that this winter will be long and hard, lasting well into April.
|$28.7 MILLION PROPOSED BUDGET FOR WINTERSET SCHOOLS NEXT YEAR|
| The Winterset School District is proposing a budget of nearly $28.772 for the school year that begins July 1.
That’s slightly less than the present school year. The school district is on a pace to spend about $29.48 million this year.
Officials say they would not have been able to lower the tax rate as much as they are proposing if the $1.34 Physical Plant and Equipment Levy (PPEL) had not been approved by voters.
While the tax rate is still high when compared to other school districts across Iowa, officials say that is because Winterset does not have the commercial and industrial business base that many other school districts enjoy. Still, the tax levy is less than it was just a couple of years ago.
“The tax rate is down $2 from the high in 2011,” school district accountant Cammy Leners said.
|COUNCIL VOTES TO CREATE TREE BOARD|
| In what really might be considered a response to the spread of the emerald ash borer in Iowa, the Winterset City Council Monday took the first steps toward creating a five-member tree commission.
Council members passed, on first reading, an ordinance that will create the tree board. People that live in Winterset would be considered for the board. Like the parks and recreation department board (WPRD), the members would be appointed by the mayor, and voted on by the city council.
Council member John Hunt already has expressed interest in serving on the board.
|SPRING IN THE OFFING: PRACTICE BEGINS FOR 65TH ANNUAL LIONS SHOW|
| Believe it or not, spring is not far away. Here’s proof.
Or, perhaps we should say (and there are multiple responses here) ... “you know spring is right around the corner when ...”
1. Both the Cattlemen and the Pork Producers have had their banquets.
The Cattlemen’s banquet was in late January. The Pork Producers’ banquet and pie auction was Monday night.
Spring is in the offing.
2. County and city officials have held their budget hearings, trying to make a March 15 deadline to certify those budgets with the state.
The city of Winterset held its budget hearing Monday. The county will hold its budget hearing next week.
Spring is coming.
|PORTION OF MACKSBURG WIND FARM TO GENERATE TAXES FOR WINTERSET SCHOOLS|
| Although the tax benefit from the Macksburg wind farm won’t begin for a couple of years, Winterset School District officials already are looking at what their share will be.
Of the 52 wind turbines, 19 of them will be located in Monroe Township, a portion of which is the Winterset School District.
A ring of turbines will encircle Macksburg to the north, the east and the south.
The wind project is spread across some 8,500 acres of Monroe and Grand River townships. Turbine sites are in Sections 1-3, 10-15, and 22-27 in Grand River Township and in Sections 7-8, 17-19 and Section 30 of Monroe Township. The turbines are located on a combined 35 acres of land.
|WINTERSET POLICE TO ISSUE CITATIONS TO DOG OWNERS WHO HAVE NOT RELICENSED PETS|
| Winterset Chief of Police Ken Burk announced Monday that his officers will start issuing $25 fines to those who have not relicensed their dogs.
Authorities say they could start issuing citations yet this week.
There are over 900 dogs in Winterset, although officials say there could be twice as many, given the size of the community of Winterset.
|EARLHAM TO LET COUNTY COLLECT OVERDUE TICKETS|
| The city of Earlham is the latest Madison County community to work out an agreement with the Madison County treasurer to collect overdue tickets and fines before vehicle licenses may be renewed.
Winterset, St. Charles and Earlham have formed a 28E agreement to have the county treasurer collect overdue vehicle licenses.
|LAWYER: NO ONE LEFT TO SUE OVER LIBRARY ISSUES|
| A Des Moines lawyer advising the city of Winterset on repairs for the public library says Winterset officials won’t be able to go after the project architect.
Attorney Steve Wandro, in a Feb. 25 memo to Winterset city officials, said although the original project architect was required to review library construction progress on a routine basis, the architect has “no liability for the contrator’s work.”
The contractor who worked on the library project has since gone out of business, leaving city officials looking for someone to take to court. Problems with the library surfaced shortly after the library was built, and officials have spent years wrangling with various individuals over nagging issues at the library, both inside and out.
|CANDIDATES MAY FILE FOR COUNTY OFFICES|
| Political candidates were eligible to begin filing nomination papers for county and state government offices this week in preparation for the June primary.
In Madison County, two county supervisor seats will be up for election. One supervisor is running for another four-year term. Voters will also choose a country treasurer, a county recorder and a county attorney this fall.
|PARTIES TO HOLD COUNTY CONVENTIONS|
| Madison County Democrats and Republicans will hold their county conventions this weekend.
In both cases, the conventions will be Saturday.
Democrats will meet at 2 p.m. at the Winterset Public Library while Republicans will meet at 10 a.m. at the Winterset Middle School.
Officials will select delegates for the next stage in the convention process.
|6 P.M. MONDAY COUNTY BUDGET HEARING PLANNED|
| Madison County Supervisors will hold a 6 p.m. public hearing on the county’s proposed $12.45 million budget on Monday at the county courthouse.
The budget revolves around property tax askings at the same tax levy as is presently in place: $5.29 per $1,000 for urban property owners, and $8.08 for rural residents.
|MARCH 9 POST PROM FUND RAISER PLANNED|
| Prom is fast approaching and so is this year’s fund raiser for the Post Prom Event.
The fund raiser is a breakfast, which will be held Sunday, Mar. 9, from 7-11 a.m. at the American Legion Hall in Winterset.
The main challenge to all attendees is to remember it is the first day of Daylight Saving Time, so clocks need to be set one hour ahead to accommodate the change. Thankfully, this should not affect anyone’s appetite.
|MADISON COUNTY ... ON BROADWAY|
| The bridges of Madison County are famous. Even more famous than ever.
If you thought the book was good, well, so did lots of other people. People who make movies. If you thought the movie – featuring Clint Eastwood and Meryl Streep – was good, well, so did lots of other people. People who make Broadway musicals. On Broadway.
“Les Misérables”, “The Phantom of the Opera”, “Cats” and “The Lion King” are some of the most popular Broadway musicals ever made.
But now, just this past month, “The Bridges of Madison County” is a Broadway musical as well. Will it reach the stature of the big Broadway greats? It’s playing at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre between Broadway and 8th, right on Times Square, Madison County, Iowa’s little piece of local history, has really made it. And made it into the big leagues.
|THE MAKING OF AN HISTORIC DISTRICT: 111 SOUTH JOHN WAYNE DRIVE|
| Located about one-half block south of the southwest corner of the Winterset courthouse square is The Reporter Building, known in more recent times as Blue Horse, at 111 S. John Wayne Dr.
From the archives
In March 1895, the announcement was made that the St. Charles Reporter, a newspaper, had been sold. Mr. Wood, the previous owner and his brother-in-law Mr. Gill, planned to move to Winterset to begin publishing The Reporter. (Madisonian, 15 March 1895)
The Winterset Reporter began publication in April. (Madisonian, 2 Jan. 1895)
The following month, C.C. Schwaner, who owned a nearby harness shop, began excavation for a new building on property he already owned. The building would have a high basement to house the newspaper, as well as a single story above it. (Madisonian, 28 May 1895)
|KEEPING THE ARTS ALIVE, EVEN AFTER SCHOOL|
| A baker’s dozen gathered this past Monday at the PAWS after school program for the Winterset Stage’s partnership with the Winterset Schools. As a proud partner of PAWS, teaching artists are secured to lead K-6th graders in developing a number of hands-on activities that teach skills like effective communication, imaginative play, teamwork, discipline, and independent problem solving.
| On the corner of Court and North First avenues sits the only eye care clinic and optometrist in town. Family Eyecare of Winterset opened its doors in 2006 while Vogue Vision was still situated on the north side of the square. With a variety of friendly staff, including opticians Christy Cleaver and Raylene Bush, receptionist Yolanda Riley, Lakota Kilgore as Optometric Assistant and Jacey Freestone, Financial Coordinator, you are sure to find just the right pair of glasses to meet your needs. Dr. Joseph Johll, D.O. is the clinic’s highly-skilled optometrist.
Dr. Johll received his B.S. in Nursing and later a D.O. from the Illinois College of Optometry. Prior to becoming an optometrist, Johll served in the United States Air Force as a Registered Nurse, specializing in intensive and emergency care nursing. He is a member of the Iowa Optometric Association and Contact Lens Section. Outside of work he is active with the Knights of Columbus, Rotary and Lions clubs and enjoys spending time with his wife and their seven children.
|STUDY: HOSPITAL PUTS $10.744 MILLION INTO WINTERSET ECONOMY|
| Madison County Health Care System generates 157 jobs that add $10,744,326 to the area economy, according to the latest study by the Iowa Hospital Association (IHA). In addition, Madison County Health Care System employees by themselves spend $1,355,198 on retail sales and contribute $81,312 in state sales tax revenue.
“Every year when this study comes out, I am reminded of the significance of the health care system on the economy,” said Marcia Hendricks, RN, MHA, FACHE.
“When we look at our mission, we are making a difference in peoples’ lives on a daily basis by meeting their health care needs, but this study reminds me of the significant role our institution also plays in the Madison County economy.”
| Shoppers at the Winterset Shopko had the chance recently to raise funds for the local school district as part of Shopko’s “Help Us Give Back Initiative.” Customers were asked to sign up, pledging their signatures towards a $2,000 goal. The funds were donated to the school district, and Winterset Superintendent of Schools Dr. Susie Meade accepted the check from Shopko Manager Nate Becker. Meade said the monies will be used to help meet the needs of the children in all four of the local Winterset schools.|