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Wednesday, October 15, 2014
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NEARLY 9 PERCENT OF COUNTY’S VOTERS HAVE ALREADY VOTED
 With the mid-term elections under three weeks away, nearly 9 percent – or 912 – of the 10,419 registered voters in Madison County have already voted.
 By this time next week, 10 percent of the county’s registered voters are expected to have cast early ballots.
 County elections officials say 1,543 voters have requested absentee ballots.
 That’s 14.8 percent of the registered voters. Most are Republicans, followed by Democrats.
COURTHOUSE ROOF REPAIRS ON THE RISE
 The cost to put a new roof and replacement shingles/tiles on the Madison County Courthouse is going up.
 Crews have discovered more damage than expected. That in itself was not unexpected, as the roof was leaking in some areas.
 The whole project was estimated to run about $275,000. The job is being done by Renaissance Restoration of Illinois.
 The project was supposed to have been completed by last weekend’s Covered Bridge Festival, but weather and unexpected repairs have slowed the project.
 Tuesday, county supervisors approved the first of at least two change orders for the project. The change order allows the company to spend an estimate $5,053 on replacement sheathing for the roof. Faux plastic tiles will be placed on top of the sheathing, giving the courthouse roof a tile-like appearance, returning the courthouse to its original tile-roof appearance. The tiles will replace the shingled roof.
WHS BAND TOPS AT VALLEYFEST; BEST DRUM MAJORS
 The WHS Marching Band placed tops among 12 schools in the Class 3-A Valleyfest marching band contest this past weekend.
 Winterset edged Dallas Center-Grimes for first place. Saydel finished third and Oskaloosa fourth.
 The band collected points for precision, presentation and music. Winterset had 68.7 points, followed by DC-G with 65.6 points.
 Additionally, the Winterset trio of Sam Nau, Noah Hochstetler and Tim LaGrange were named the top Class 3-A drum majors.
 Winterset’s top individual marcher was senior trumpet player Ryan Casson.
WINTERSET SEEING STUDENTS FROM EAST UNION, MARTENSDALE AND O-M
 Winterset School District officials say open enrollment numbers show there are about as many students coming into the district under open enrollment as there are going out.
 “The numbers are starting to even out,” superintendent of schools Dr. Susie Meade said.
 For years, there have been more students going to neighboring districts than there were coming in.
 During the 2013-14 school year, 113 Winterset students open enrolled out to other districts, while 106 students came in from other school districts.
 School officials report 100 students open enrolled into the district, with about 108 going out this school year.
WOMAN CHARGED IN CONNECTION WITH MAY TRAFFIC ACCIDENT WHICH LEFT TWO DEAD
 A 21-year-old Winterset woman has been charged with two counts of vehicular homicide in connection with a May 4 early morning traffic accident which left two dead.
 Mari Silliman turned herself in to authorities last Wednesday after a warrant was issued for her arrest. She was processed and released on a $20,000 bond after posting bail.
 Silliman was charged following an investigation by the state patrol into the accident which claimed the lives of Logan Waltz and Taylor (Ham) Aleman.
COURT DATE SET FOR ADEL MAN ACCUSED OF DISPLAYING WEAPON AT COURTHOUSE
 A Dallas County man is due back in Madison County District Court in mid-November after he displayed a weapon and escaped from the second floor courtroom during a late March sentencing hearing.
 Cory Lee Daugherty, 30, has been scheduled for a Nov. 17 trial in connection with a late March incident in which he pulled a weapon at his sentencing hearing on drug charges.
 He escaped on foot from the Madison County Courthouse and was apprehended minutes later south of the downtown Winterset area. Authorities discovered two weapons which allegedly had been discarded by Daugherty.
‘DREAMS’ BECOME REALITY IN CARVER PARK
 The Dream Big Dreams project is now a reality. It can be found in the George W. Carver Park – and a big group of supporters and participants showed up this past Saturday to unveil and dedicate the public art project that has been in the works for more than a year. Thanks to a host of community volunteers, supporters, donors, advisors and organizers, the dream finally reached fruition with a special celebration on the crisp Saturday morning of the 2014 Covered Bridge Festival.
 In celebration of the 150th anniversary of Carver’s birth, “the mosaic of hand-made ceramic tiles designed by hundreds of Madison County youth, represents the dreams, philosophy and character of George W. Carver who lived in Winterset in 1888-1890.”
NEW FARM PROGRAM MEETINGS
 Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and the USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) are hosting farm program meetings at 13 in Central Iowa sites in November.
 Local meeting sites include Adel, Indianola and Winterset, and are coordinated by county ISU Extension and Outreach offices.
 “These meetings are designed to help farmers, landowners and other agri-business professionals with current issues related to pending enrollment decisions in the new farm program,” said Steve Johnson, ISU Extension farm and agriculture business management specialist.
GOOD CROWD REPORTED FOR FESTIVAL 45
 The weather for Festival 45 wasn’t quite as pleasant as for the 2013 Festival, but it didn’t seem to keep the crowds away.
 According to the Madison County Chamber of Commerce, this year’s festival attendance averaged “about the same” as last year, with between 20,000 and 22,000 visitors.
 Saturday was the heavier day for this year’s attendance. Crowds started filtering into Winterset, despite the detour, shortly after noon.
 Several late-Saturday events – the all-class reunion, activities at the historical complex and the meet-me-at-the-bridge event – kept some Festival-goers in town a little longer.
‘TAPE HIS FACE. TAPE HIS FACE. TAPE HIS FACE.’
 “Tape his face, tape his face!” cheered hundreds of middle school students at a recent assembly culminating the third annual Read-A-Thon.
 Duct taping a teacher to a wall might seem like an easy task, but a group of 50-60 WMS students had to work pretty hard for their four-foot length of the silvery-gray sticky stuff that recently taped one of the biggest teachers in the school to a gymnasium wall.
 Organized by Nicole Mlynarik, current VP of the PTO committee for the elementary and middle schools, a middle school assembly kicked off the third annual Read-A-Thon reading contest for fourth- through sixth-grade students earlier in September.
 Students were encouraged to read as many minutes as possible every day for a chance to win great prizes and a turn at taping a teacher to the wall. Mr. Heim, Mr. Bradley and Ms. Conover, the three possible teacher candidates, spoke in the assembly about their favorite books and commented on why students should vote for them.
A BUSY FESTIVAL BEE
 Since the first year of the Covered Bridge Festival, Chapter AG of P.E.O. has conducted the Spelling Bee and is happy to once again direct the bee for participants from Madison County schools. This year, participants came from Earlham, Interstate-35 and Winterset schools, as well as Grace Christian Academy and homeschooled students. Each student qualified for the spelling bee through a contest held in their respective classrooms.
 The first rounds of words were from a list of 200 words printed in the newspaper earlier in September. Later, “Susan B. Anthony” pulled out a “mystery” list of words that participants had not seen.
WRAPPED UP IN HIS WORK
Just hanging out. Corey Bradley was taped to a wall recently by Winterset Middle School students as part of the culmination of the third annual Read-A-Thon. To everyone’s surprise, he stuck. Tony Weiler and Steve Corkrean, left and right were positioned to catch Bradley as the aerobic steps were removed from under his feet. Behind, Brett West, Andy Pickering, Brian West and Kevin Oswald prolonged the moment by firming holding the tape to the wall. Seconds later, the tape crumbled and Bradley was down.
BRANSTAD TOUTS TRANSPARENCY
Iowa Governor Terry Branstad and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds stopped in Winterset for a whirlwind whistlestop last week. The Branstad administration is touting a new policy proposal to increase government transparency. Branstad and Reynolds were flanked by State Representative Stan Gustafson, far left, and Julian Garrett, right, both of whom are up for re-election.