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Wednesday, July 01, 2015|
|DONALD TRUMP STUMPS IN WINTERSET|
| Recently-declared Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump visited Winterset Saturday at a fundraiser for local Republicans. Along with Trump, no fewer than a dozen Republicans have tossed their hats in the ring.
He stopped first at the John Wayne Museum, where people paid $50 each to see the billionaire candidate and to have pictures taken with him.
Trump was only slightly tardy for his planned 5 p.m. appearance at the museum.
Trump had had plans to campaign in Oskaloosa, but that event got rescheduled late in the week as the Oskaloosa park at which the Trump event was planned, as well as parking facilities, called for a larger venue. That event has been rescheduled for late July.
|FREEDOM FEST THIS WEEKEND IN EARLHAM|
| Freedom Fest in Earlham will once again be packed full of fun activities for the whole family.
Entertainment and events include a pet contest, car and truck show, Firecracker 5K race, parade, watermelon eating contest and much, much more.
This year’s events kick off on Friday, July 3, with the ever-popular street dance which runs from 8 p.m. to midnight on Chestnut Street in front of the West Side Bar and Grill. Activities on July 4 begin with a cinnamon roll breakfast at 6:30 a.m. at the South Lawn of Earlham Friends Church and the day’s events end with a fireworks display at dusk.
|SIRENS SOUND THREE TIMES IN 20 MINUTES|
| Winterset warning sirens sounded thrice in about 20 minutes last Wednesday night, as a storm moved into Madison County from the northwest and tracked across the county.
Usually the storms come from the southwest and head in a northeasterly direction. Not this time.
A tornado warning was issued around 7:30 p.m., prompting the first weather warning.
|AIRPORT BOARD SEEKS RESULTS|
| Saying it is frustrated and disappointed with the engineering firm that is handling the Winterset Airport expansion plans, the board is considering contracting with an outside consultant to help the airport prove its case to the FAA that a new, longer runway should be constructed.
The Federal Aviation Administration says it wants local airport officials to come up with a list of pilots who might use the airport if a longer runway is built. Ideally, it would be pilots who normally can’t use the existing nearly 3,000-foot runway, but would use the airport if the planned 4,000-foot is built. The new runway is crucial to Winterset becoming a reliever airport, and even a regional airport to take the pressure off the Des Moines and the Ankeny airports.
|JULY 16 BILL RILEY TALENT SEARCH AT MC FAIR|
| The Bill Riley Talent Search and state-wide presenting sponsor, Hy-Vee, are excited to announce a local show in Winterset. It will be held at the Madison County Fair at 5:30 p.m. on July 16. The show is open to the public.
The Bill Riley Talent Search offers an opportunity to help young Iowans experience the excitement and dedication necessary to help them succeed in life as well as on stage. The goal is to promote self esteem, self discipline and self confidence through participation in the performing arts. Young Iowans are invited to register to compete in the Sprout Division (ages 2-12) and Senior Division (ages 13-21) at www.madisoncountyfair.net.
|WINTERSET MAN ARRESTED FOR SEX ABUSE, ACQUITTED OF KIDNAPPING |
| Winterset man Charles Frederick Feuring, 72, was arrested by the sheriff’s department yesterday after a jury found him guilty of third-degree sexual abuse of a then-16-year-old female. Feuring was acquitted on the charges of first-degree kidnapping, which state prosecutors had also pursued.
Jurors heard closing arguments from Feuring’s defense attorney Joey Hoover, as well as prosecutor Keisha Cretsinger, before deliberating for the day and returning the split verdict Tuesday afternoon.
|TARDY TAX CREDIT REQUIRES COUNTY TO TAKE EXTRAORDINARY ACCOUNTING STEP|
| A tardy tax credit from the state required county officials to resort to a never-used accounting maneuver Tuesday which will help the county deal with expenses of the 2014 roof repair project.
Last year, county supervisors voted to proceed with the courthouse roof repair project because they were led to believe a tax credit dating back to the original 2011 courthouse project would be coming back from the state.
|COUNTY SWITCHES INSURANCE TO STATEWIDE POOL|
| After years of purchasing county insurance from EMC, county supervisors voted Tuesday to join a pool of more than half of Iowa’s counties to save money on the annual insurance premium.
County insurance agents Eric Johnson and Jerry Mease brought a pair of insurance renewal proposals to the county last week. One was for EMC, another was with the Iowa Communities Insurance Pool (ICAP). The EMC policy had a premium of about $225,000 while the ICAP premium was just under $200,000.
|SENTENCING DELAYED IN MAXWELL CASE|
| Sentencing has been delayed in the case against a former Winterset Methodist Church youth pastor who was found guilty of committing sex acts with a minor.
Brian James Maxwell was found guilty of lascivious conduct with a minor in connection with a mid-March 2014 incident.
|... FROM OUR ARCHIVES|
| Last week’s archive photo selection was Dr. Tom Bergstrom.
Norma Slater of Adel correctly identified Dr. Bergstrom, and wrote the following: “He was my father’s doctor in the ‘70s, and later became my doctor as well. A good doctor.”
Who have we chosen for this week?
|MAN KILLED IN VEHICLE ROLLOVER ACCIDENT|
| Madison County authorities are investigating a crash in which a 57-year-old Winterset man died Sunday night or early Monday.
Officials say they received a call before 6 a.m. Monday about a car in the north ditch of the Macksburg road in the 1500 block, located about 15 miles southwest of Winterset.
|TRUMP: DON’T BELIEVE EVERYTHING YOU HEAR|
| Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump already is finding out what it is like to be misquoted, especially in terms of media sound bites.
He admits to saying: “I’m really rich. That’s the kind of person this nation needs. We need to make our country rich again.” But he gets peevish when it gets shortened to him saying “I’m really rich.”
|11TH-HOUR BUDGET AMENDMENT APPROVED|
| County supervisors held their second budget hearing in as many weeks Tuesday and voted to amend the fiscal year (FY) 2014-15 budget for a final time. It was on the final day of the FY 14-15 budget year. The new 2015-16 budget year starts today (Wednesday).
It is the latest county budget amendment ever held in any budget year.
|COMMUNITY CHORUS SHARES STEPS WITH COMMUNITY BAND |
| The community chorus made its 2015 debut Thursday night with harmonious renditions of “America” and “Let the Saints Get Up and Sing”. The singers were chiefly members of the 2015 Lions Show Chorus, which performed those numbers at the annual variety show in April.
The singers shared the Madison County Courthouse steps with the Winterset Community Band last week during its weekly Thursday night performance.
| The Winterset Super 8 has recently received updates and has also been awarded a customer service award by the Madison County Chamber of Commerce.
“I have the best employees anyone could ever ask for,” declared Winterset’s Super 8 manager Bill Thede, giving them much of the credit for the award.
He went on to say that, as a team, they have raised the already impressive 4 stars on TripAdvisor, a web site for travelers, to 4 ½ stars.
|REDEEMER CHURCH ON THE MOVE: SUNDAY A.M. SERVICES TO HIGH SCHOOL|
| Redeemer Church held its first public service on Sept. 14, 2014. Led by nine families, many of whom moved into the community with the sole purpose of helping start the church, Redeemer Church has experienced many blessings in the first 10 months of existence.
Redeemer Church is part of a larger network of churches called the Engage Network. The Engage Network is a Church Planting Network, and is led by Saylorville Church on the north side of Des Moines.
|APPLEHURST HOLDING GOING-OUT-OF-BUSINESS SALE|
| Susan Appleget Hurst reports that she has “loved being here in Winterset.” But as sad as Winterset is to lose her and husband Jerry, Applehurst has been sold. The official closing is July 11.
“It’s bittersweet,” Susan sighed. “I was holding it together pretty good until the Chamber coffee last week when I announced that the sale is imminent. I was pretty teary.”
|RED ‘BALL’ AT NIGHT, SAILORS’ DELIGHT, EH?|
| Smoke from a distant fire. Smoke from Canadian wildfires has wafted into the United States, causing magnificent sunrises and sunsets. The orange orb is the sun just before dusk on Monday. As a nearly-full moon crossed the southern sky later, it took on a similar hue. The thick haze comes from more than 100 wildfires in the province of Saskatchewan. About 40 of those fires were sparked by lightning. Winds have been carrying the smoke southeast into the Midwest, and have been noticeable in Iowa for several days.|
| Kevin Fifo served up some of his wares from Covered Bridges Winery at the Cedar Covered Bridge Mayor’s Reception held Thursday night as part of the 2015 Preserve Iowa Summit for professionals and volunteers involved in the historic preservation of Iowa.