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Second bid for Lake City pool project still high; council works towards solution

Design plans for a new pool in Lake City already underwent one redesign process earlier this year after bids came back too high. Back in May a lone bid from Sande Construction was rejected by the council and earlier this week a second bid based on the red

FFA Fun Day this weekend in Glidden

The city of Glidden is hosting an annual FFA Fun Day this upcoming weekend. Events kick off Friday afternoon with a Penny Dive at the Glidden Aquatic Center at 4:00 pm where kids 14 and under will get to dive for over $100 worth of coins sponsored by Iowa

East Sac FFA leases school district property

The East Sac FFA will begin leasing land owned by the district that had been leased to an area farmer.  Members of the FFA and FFA alumni met with the school board Monday and discussed the option of leasing farm land owned by the district to the FFA.

Carroll County Chamber's Leadership Institute begins 16th year this fall

The Carroll County Leadership Institute is beginning its 16th year in September.  Over the first 15 years, 291 individuals have graduated from the program which is designed to: build a network with fellow participants, develop and enhance leadership

4 people receive possible injuries in 2 vehicle accident on Noble Ave

Four people received possible injuries in a two car accident on Friday night. Around 8:10 a northbound 2008 Chevrolet driven by 49 year-old Stephen Gonnerman of Carroll entered an uncontrolled intersection at the corner of Noble Avenue and 130th Street. A

Vehicle strikes cow south of Willey

The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office investigated a one vehicle accident late Saturday night. 46 year-old Jeffery Meiners of Dedham was traveling southbound on Olympic Avenue around 11:21 when his vehicle approached a bridge approximately one mile so

Carroll will add two new wells west of Highway 71

Carroll approved a service agreement with JEO consulting that will begin the process of adding two new wells in west Carroll.  City Engineer Randy Krauel explains the scope of services.

Birch Avenue in Carroll County to be Level A throughout the county

Birch Avenue will be upgraded to a Level A road throughout Carroll County after the board of supervisors approved an agreement with Prestage that would improve the remaining section of the road to Level A.  The project was requested by Prestage to al

Preschoolers' FAST test results stimulate changes at Carroll Elementary School

Results from a new testing system given to preschool through third grade students at Fairview Elementary last year gave teachers a new insight into how their students learn. Carroll Elementary School Principal Sue Ruch says the Formative Assessment System

Carroll County Case Management will continue to have two contact persons

Carroll County will continue to review whether or not they will place one person in charge of case management or allow two people to split the decision.  Supervisor Neil Bock explained what the concern is.   9006     &nb

Realfest wraps up year 1 in Carroll

The 1st annual Realfest wrapped up in Carroll on Sunday and organizers are estimating around 1,000 people visited the festival over the 3 day period.  Wes Treadway, Media Coordinator for Realfest says they heard some great comments from local people

One person injured in 2 vehicle accident Saturday night

One person suffered minor injuries Saturday night in a two vehicle accident.  A 2001 Chevy K2500 driven by 20-year-old Trista Jo Bainter of rural Jefferson was heading west on 240th Street when a 1988 Chevy S10 driven by 17-year-old Molly Jo Hoskins

Deadline approaches for SBA disaster loans for small businesses and aquaculture

Small, Nonfarm businesses in Carroll, Calhoun, Audubon, Crawford, Greene, Guthrie, Sac and Shelby counties have until August 11th to apply for Economic Injury Disaster Loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration.  The loans are to help offset e

Iowa State Extension in Carroll to offer food preservation classes

The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is going to help people who want to preserve food at home.  Food preservation at home has grown over the past few years in some cases just because people like to.  The Extensions Nutrition and Hea

Traffic sign changes in two area towns

Two area towns have made some changes to traffic signs on certain city streets. Though the changes are minor it will affect the traffic flow. In Glidden two yield signs will be changed to stop signs at the corner of 3rd Street and Nevada Street.  Tra

Patient surveys deliver high marks for SMCH

Members of Stewart Memorial Community Hospital in Lake City know that quality care is measured by the voices of their patients. One such patient is Phil Hammen who says the care he received is what saved his life. Hammen was diagnosed with kidney cancers

City of Carroll receives praise worthy rating after issuing bond

Six bids from eight different firms, including three local banks, were received by the City of Carroll for a General Obligation Bond for the 2014 Street Resurfacing Project earlier this month. Susanne Gerlach (Gur-lock) with The PFM Group presented the re

Unemployment goes down in Western Iowa Advantage Area

Unemployment in Carroll County and the Western Iowa Advantage region continue to be low according to figures released by the Iowa Workforce Development.  The Western Iowa Advantage region’s monthly unemployment rate decreased to 3.8% in June fr

Patrons at Glidden Wellness Center will be amply entertained

When the Glidden Wellness Center opens later this year patrons will be amply entertained while working through their exercise routines. The Glidden City Council recently approved a bid for the installation of three 55” televisions and a music sound

Exira hit by string of thefts; reward offered

Living in a small town can sometimes lead to a false sense of security. This week several residents in Exira have reported thefts of money and personal items taken from inside their vehicles. The Audubon County Sheriff’s Office is currently investig

Triathlon coming to Audubon this fall

The Audubon Sports Boosters are sponsoring a Wheeler Sprint Triathlon on Saturday, August 23rd.  Participants will swim 300 meters go on an 8 mile bike ride and run a 5K.  You can compete as an individual or with a Male/Female/or Co-ed team.&nbs

Phone Scam acting like the IRS hits Carroll area

A scam involving phone calls pretending to be from the Internal Revenue Service has hit the Carroll area the past few weeks and intensified the last couple of days.  The IRS issued a strong warning for consumers to guard against a sophisticated and a

Upgrades to camera system at Carroll HS will provide better security

Technology can come a long way in just a decade. That’s about how old the camera security system is at the Carroll High School. Superintendent Rob Cordes says it’s antiquated and a new system will provide some very substantial upgrades.  

Carroll enters agreement to start renovation process at Merchant's Park Stadium

Earlier this week the City of Carroll entered into an agreement with Shive-Hattery Inc. for professional services for renovations at Merchant’s Park Stadium. Director of Parks and Recreation Jack Wardell recapped the ongoing project’s budget.

Low bidder for tree maintenance in Rockwell City might not be lowest

A few years ago many residents in Rockwell City approached the council about removing diseased and dead trees. City Clerk Kelly Smidt says the process has been ongoing and is now part of the city’s annual maintenance budget.
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Steve "Doc" Grethen of Carroll

Mass of the Christian Burial for 56 year old Steve "Doc" Grethen of Carroll will be Saturday at 10am at the Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Carroll with burial at Mt. Olivet Cemetery.  Friends may call at the Sharp Funeral Home in Carroll after 4:30pm Friday where there will be a Rosary at 5pm and a Christian Wake Service at 6:30 Friday evening.  The casket will be moved to the

Merle A. Stevens of Carroll

Funeral services for 94 year old Merle Stevens of Carroll will be Thursday at 3pm at the Dahn & Woodhouse Funeral Home in Carroll with burial at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Carroll where military honors will be conducted by the Carroll American Legion.  Friends may call at the funeral home one hour prior the services.  Merle Stevens is survived by his wife:  Jeanette of Carroll......a

Faye Fonken of Lake City

Funeral services for 98 year old Faye Fonken of Lake City will be Thursday at 1pm at the Lampe Funeral Home in Lake City with burial at the Lake City Cemetery.  Visitation will be one hour prior the funeral services.
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