News April 21, 2011

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Written by Theresa Rose
Thursday, 21 April 2011

News Highlights…..

Thursday, 4-21-11
The Des Moines County Sheriff’s Department has released the details of an accident that occurred Monday night. Terri Ann Davis of Mediapolis was westbound on the Mediapolis Blacktop travelling over 80 miles per hour according to a witness who also said Davis drove off the roadway multiple times. At one point, Davis overcorrected when she went off the right side of the road. The vehicle went across the road into the left ditch. It was sliding sideways as it entered the ditch and then rolled onto its top. Davis left the vehicle and went to a nearby home where she was located by emergency personnel. She admitted to drinking alcohol but tested below the legal limit. Davis was cited for failure to maintain control and released. But after further investigation it was determined she had given a false name. She was then arrested and charged with preventing apprehension-obstructing prosecution, driving while suspended and failure to maintain control.

A Mt. Pleasant woman was injured in a single vehicle accident Wednesday afternoon just south of Ainsworth. Tiffany Magner was driving south on Hwy 218 when her vehicle left the roadway and went over an embankment. The car crossed a creek and came to rest on the opposite bank. Magner was taken by ambulance to the University Hospitals in Iowa City. The accident remains under investigation by the Iowa State Patrol.

Winfield Mt. Union students celebrated Earth Day a day early with a district wide project. This morning the kids spread out thru Winfield and Mt. Union, hoping to beautify the communities by picking up trash, raking leaves, planting flowers and doing other clean up projects. The student council and teacher Angela Hazelett coordinated the project and earlier reached out to the elderly and disabled residents who need some help. At noon everyone returned to the school for a special Earthday BBQ featuring a menu of brats, burgers, chips, apples and strawberry shortcake served up by Barb Pealer and her crew.

Veyance Technologies plant Manager Rick Campbell escorted Congressman Dave Loebsack on a tour of the Mt. Pleasant facility Wednesday. Loebsack was in Southeast Iowa to discuss job creation and economic development. He was pleased to learn that even tho Veyance saw a 30% drop in volume during the recession, the company has continued to pay out profit sharing every quarter. And no jobs were lost. The member run plant has been here for 35 years, known as Goodyear before it was Veyance. But Veyance is the sole supplier of Goodyear Engineered products like automotive and industrial hose, conveyors of all size, even Bradley tank tracks. Campbell credits the members for the plants continued success in spite of the recession.

The Henry County Supervisors passed a resolution this morning to ask the City of Mt. Pleasant if the property at 900 West Washington Street could be annexed into the city limits. This is almost three acres where the County Emergency Management building is located. By annexing the property into the city, Mt. Pleasant would be able to clear up one of several islands of property located within the city limits but still considered part of the county. The advantage to the county would be lower water rates. The annexation would not affect the tax rolls for either the city or the county since the property has always been tax exempt.

Gov. Terry Branstad has ordered all flags in Iowa be flown at half-staff beginning at 8 a.m. on Friday until 8 a.m. on Monday, April 25, 2011 in honor of Sgt. Brent Maher, 31, formerly of Honey Creek, Iowa, and Spc. Donald Nichols, 21, formerly of Shell Rock, Iowa. Gov. Branstad has cleared his public schedule on both Friday and Saturday in order to attend each service. Both National Guard soldiers were killed in Afghanistan last week during mounted patrols. The Governor’s directive applies to all U.S. and state flags under the control of the state. Flags will be at half-staff on the State Capitol Building and on flag displays in the Capitol Complex, and upon all public buildings, grounds, and facilities throughout the state. Individuals, businesses, schools, municipalities, counties and other government subdivisions are encouraged to fly the flag at half-staff for the same length of time as a sign of respect.

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