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Wednesday, September 30, 2015|
|HOMECOMING QUEEN SHEA BYRD NOMINATED BY WHS STUDENT BODY|
| It’s a heartwarming, bring-you-to-tears-of-joy story that only comes around once in a blue moon – or perhaps once in a supermoon.
It took the concerted effort of the entire Winterset High School student body.
First they had to get Shea Byrd on the ballot for the royal court for this year’s Homecoming Queen.
Shea is a cheerleader, but she also is what we used to call a special ed student. Shea has Down syndrome.
It started with the student council, where members plotted to get Byrd placed on the ballot. Then, the Homecoming Court was announced.
|AIRPORT SEARCH FINDS 400 TOUCH-AND-GOES|
| If the Winterset Airport eventually is to be approved to build a new, longer second runway at the facility, officials need to prove there is a need for a longer runway.
That means finding pilots who would agree to use the airport if a longer runway is built. The catch is, they would have to have aircraft that can’t land at the present runway because is it too short. Rather, with a longer 4,500-foot runway, they would be able to land their aircraft and take off again.
|COUNCIL RECEIVES ITS FIRST DATA FROM TREE BOARD|
| The Winterset City Council received its first ream of data from the tree board last week.
The multi-page guide was termed as the preliminary “Readiness Plan” to handle the emerald ash borer, tree disease and dead trees, both on city property and on private property.
The guide is the product of more than 18 months of work from the five-member Winterset Tree Commission.
Basic proposed guidelines are spelled out, but there are still a number of issues upon which the council will likely have to make decisions.
|SILLIMAN REACHES PLEA AGREEMENT IN CONNECTION WITH 2014 ROLLOVER ACCIDENT|
| Madison County court records show a Winterset woman has reached a plea agreement in connection with a May 4, 2014, rollover accident in rural Madison County which claimed the lives of two passengers in her car.
Appearing Monday with her attorney, Matthew Lindholm, Mari Lynn Silliman withdrew a previous plea of not guilty and instead pleaded guilty to two counts of vehicular homicide, a Class C felony.
|SOUTHERN GOSPEL CONCERT IS OCT. 8 AT EARLY CHAPEL |
| The Garms Family will be live in concert at Early Chapel Christian Church on Oct. 8 at 7 p.m. The public is invited to attend the free concert and refreshments at the church located at 1440 165th St.
Hailing from Minnesota, the Garms Family loves Southern Gospel music and shares that love with audiences across the country.
|OCTOBER 1 INCONTINENCE PROGRAM PLANNED|
| The public is invited to attend a video conference presentation on incontinence on Thursday, Oct. 1, from 6-7 p.m.
The speakers will connect from Des Moines Mercy Medical Center and includes nurses and a physical therapist.
|... FROM OUR ARCHIVES|
| Last week’s mystery archive photo selection was Marvin Beasley. He was a former postmaster, before Gail Hood.
Regarding the previous mystery photo, reader Leisa (Decker) Tiede wrote, “The mystery archive photo is my grandpa, Dean Decker. [He is a] lifelong Peru, Iowa, resident.”
Who have we chosen for this week?
|LOCAL COUPLE NAMED CRUZ CAMPAIGN COUNTY CO-CHAIRS|
| A Madison County couple has been named county co-chairs of the Ted Cruz presidential campaign. Landon Keim and Sarah Keim were named as county co-chairs, along with dozens of other Iowans who have been named to Cruz’s Iowa leadership team.
The Keims join Madison County Attorney and former Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz on the list of Cruz supporters. Schultz is Cruz’s Iowa campaign coordinator.
| Outback Embroidery is truly a family affair. Winterset natives Tasha Schwingendorf and her mom, Mary Ann Orr, enjoy their working relationship as well as their personal one.
“It’s wonderful working together,” they said. “Our family has always enjoyed running our own businesses. We are making so many memories.”
“Even my dad, Gary, is on hand to help with maintenance,” Tasha added.
|LOCALS PARTICIPATE IN LUPUS WALK|
| Fran Cooper and Cindi Johnson of Winterset participated in the Lupus Walk at Jordan Creek Center in Des Moines on Saturday.
Cooper has been living with Lupus for over 20 years. A week prior to the walk, Cooper brought the event to the attention of Johnson, her private home health care provider.
This past Friday evening Johnson asked Cooper if she would like to go with her, and Cooper agreed. They attended and both enjoyed the experience, as well as meeting others with lupus and hearing about their journeys.
|VAN METER VISITOR FESTIVAL DRAWS MONSTER HUNTERS TO MADISON COUNTY|
| Monster hunters, thrill seekers and those curious about the 100-plus-year-old legend attended the third annual Van Meter Visitor Festival over the weekend. Walking tours, presentations and other events kicked off in the town on Saturday as children wearing “Visitor” monster masks roamed the streets. Curious crowds of 40 to 60 people gathered for walking tours narrated by author and researcher Chad Lewis. During the festival, researcher and authors Noah Voss and Kevin Nelson shared about their inquiries into the Visitor and hypotheses about what happened.
Lewis led tours through the town of Van Meter, describing the “five days of terror” that date back to the first sighting in 1903. Tour-goers walked along the same route that the townspeople allegedly took 112 years ago as they followed sightings of the winged creature, which was thought to have crept out of the abandoned coal mines near the town.
|VISITOR RECALLS CRIES OF WAR’S END DURING A 1945 TRIP TO WINTERSET|
| A recent visitor to Winterset had an unusual – but not so unfamiliar – story to tell. As he and a friend savored the last bites of “delicious” apple pie at Anything Sweet and More Café, they chatted with anyone within earshot about what happened in Winterset 70 years ago.
The visitor’s name was Tom Crawley, but he prefers to be remembered as Dora Beeler’s grandson.
“I haven’t been back to Winterset in 70 years,” he said as he leaned back in his chair.
| CULTURAL DISCUSSIONS HOSTED BY REDEEMER CHURCH IN WINTERSET|
| On a recent Sunday evening Pastor Kyle Schiff of Crossroads EFC Church in Earlham was a guest speaker at Redeemer Church. He was invited due to his extensive knowledge of the Muslim faith gained from many years in the military in Southern Iraq and Kuwait. He also gained insight as he served for four years in Indonesia in Mission Work along with his wife Misty.