Nathan Konz’s 2016 Top Stories (10 to 6)

The year comes to a close and Assistant News Director, Nathan Konz, looks back at the year with his top stories.

10.  The Carroll Community School District showed their commitment to students with their purchase of 700 new computers. The nearly $150,000 order now has every student in third grade and up in possession of a laptop. The staff at CCSD continues to prepare students for their technology filled futures. CCSD Laptop Story

9.  I had the pleasure of meeting one of our nation’s veterans that also played ball with the U.S. Military All-Stars baseball team. Andrew Leonard is a Carroll native and served for eight years with the Air Force. After returning from service, he jumped on the opportunity to travel, play ball and honor veterans around the country. Hearing him talk about the bond with his teammates and stories from the road will likely remain as one of my favorite stories I’ll ever write. Andrew Leonard All-Stars Story

8.  When a skull was found in Sac County in July, many in the area, and even authorities, thought foul play was involved and it was sent off to the Iowa State Medical Examiner. Much to the relief of residents, the human remains were determined to belong to a man of Native American descent that likely died several centuries ago. Skull In Sac County Story

7.  One of our local schools, Ar-We-Va, was recognized as one of the top schools in the state when they were presented the National Blue Ribbon award in November. In a time where many schools are seeing class sizes diminish, Ar-We-Va answered the challenge by being only one of five districts in the state to receive the distinction. Ar-We-Va Blue Ribbon Story

6.  A Carroll High School instructor was named as one of the top instructors in the world using the IXL Learning Program. Eric Nagl, a special education instructor, placed in the top one percent of a quarter-million teachers using the program. When talking with him about receiving the award, he was quick to pass the credit to students and other staff. As someone who prefers to give credit where credit is due, I couldn’t help but place his story in the top 10. Nagl Named One Of Top Instructors Story