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What a game! Southeast Polk led at the half, Valley roared back to take the lead in the 4th quarter, only to have Southeast Polk answer again and send it to overtime.

In overtime, the #3 Tigers of Valley and fast-improving Rams of Southeast Polk traded touchdowns before the Tigers took it in double overtime. The Rams nearly forced a third overtime on 4th and goal from the 21, but came up one yard short.

Great game.

41-34 Valley, the final.

 

INDIANOLA, Iowa  —  Park Manager Josh Shipman said volunteer day is a way for people who enjoy the beauty and majesty of awe-inspiring parks like Lake Ahquabi to get involved and give back.

He said it’s an opportunity for people to help out “not just as a park user, but make them more aware also of what we do day-to-day and help us out with things around the park.”

The volunteer work at the park on Saturday will focus on clearing a fence trail on a park boundary.

“It’s a maintenance project that’s been put off the last couple years, and it’s starting to get kind of out of hand, as far as with trimming brush and filling in some holes and taking care of those things,” said Shipman. “It will enable us to get a project done we’ve been wanting to do for quite some time.”

Volunteers will be primarily using hand tools like shovels, rakes, and loppers.

“We actually accepted, I put a cap on it at eight (volunteers) at this park, because the project is so hands-on, it’s going to require a lot of supervision,” said  Shipman. “I accepted nine to try and keep several families involved; however, I’ve had other volunteers come forward that wanted to (volunteer) that I didn’t have room for and I made other arrangements with them to volunteer at a different date. I didn’t turn any volunteers away.”

The nine volunteers who will be helping out on Saturday are all local people who are regular park users, and their contributions are essential to maintaining the peaceful public land.

“Volunteers kind of make us go round from time to time,” said Shipman. “We have hours upon hours and not just Lake Ahquabi State Park, but all state parks, that people volunteer their time, and it helps us out tremendously in just getting day-to-day tasks done, as well as major projects.”

For more information on volunteer opportunities, click here.

Texas beat Iowa State 17-7 in a highly anticipated, nationally televised Big 12 football game at Jack Trice Stadium.

Cyclone quarterback Jacob Park threw three interceptions, and ISU star running back David Montgomery had just 9 carries. The previously explosive ISU offense looked stuck against a good Texas defense.

Iowa State falls to 2-2 on the year, and a bowl game looks much more difficult after that effort.

Doesn’t get easier. Iowa State travels to #3 Oklahoma next.

Texas (2-2,1-0) vs. Iowa State (2-2,0-1)
Date: Sep 28, 2017 • Site: Ames, Iowa • Stadium: Jack Trice Stadium
Attendance: 51234
Score by Quarters 1 2 3 4 Total
Texas 7 7 0 3 17
Iowa State 0 0 7 0 7
Qtr Time Scoring Play V-H
1st 07:07 UT – Warren III, Chris 11 yd run (Rowland, Joshua kick), 12-81 6:27 7 – 0
2nd 05:29 UT – Carter, Toneil 22 yd pass from Buechele, Shane (Rowland, Joshua kick), 5-60 2:06 14 – 0
3rd 02:05 ISU – Eaton, Matthew 11 yd pass from Park, Jacob (Owens, Garrett kick), 4-28 0:43 14 – 7
4th 13:25 UT – Rowland, Joshua 49 yd field goal, 4-6 2:01 17 – 7
Kickoff time: 7:01 pm • End of Game: 10:25 • Total elapsed time: 3:24
Officials: Referee: Scott Campbell; Umpire: Joel Bellinger; Linesman: Doug Moore;
Line judge: Keith Garmond; Back judge: Joel Wetzel; Field judge: Randy Smith;
Side judge: Corey Luxner; Center judge: Mike Cuttone;
Temperature: 72 F • Wind: W 0-5 • Weather: clear skies

 

 

JOHNSTON, Iowa — Behind the smiles of homecoming week, the festivities and the hype,  Thursday’s Johnston High School Homecoming Parade was followed by a dark cloud.  “That is really tough to hear because it is sad.  Lives shouldn’t be taken away that early,” said Johnston HS Freshman Daejordan Dudley.

The four Johnston High School students were arrested Thursday morning during the school day.  Sophomore Money Dudley had been aware of what happened to several of his classmates.  He said, “A couple of kids were out partying and made a couple of mistakes and they got the consequences of that.”

Instead of throwing candy alongside classmates, each teenager was charged with one count of second degree sexual abuse, felony assault, and first degree robbery.  The victim, a classmate and fifteen year old.  “Daejordan said, “No one should be getting molested and beat up because that`s called bullying and bullying is not right for people.”

For many of their classmates it was an early lesson learned in how mistakes can take away what was once taken for granted.  “Some of those guys were my friends but they did what they did so the punishment and consequences, it is what it is,” said Dudley.

Johnston Mayor Paula Dierenfeld is glad an anonymous citizen tipped police of the September 8th incident instead of sweeping a possible crime under the rug.  “If it isn’t uncovered, investigated or dealt with, it could happen again,” said the Mayor.

As time marches on,  Johnston is forced to face the music they were not prepared to hear.  Mayor Dierenfeld said, “It’s unfortunate.   We never like to hear those kinds of things about our young people.  We want kids to do well and excel as most do but sometimes bad things happen and we deal with it.”

DES MOINES, Iowa — Help is on the way to Puerto Rico. 90-airplanes loaded with relief supplies landed there today. National Guard Soldiers are now coordinating the distribution, trying to reach the hardest hit areas.

Some of those same areas are cut off from the rest of the world; with cell service nearly non-existent. Family members are struggling to reach loved ones trapped in the disaster. After days of worry, members of the grandview volleyball team finally received the call they were hoping for this week.

Michael Admire has the story.

To give, click here.

Iowa State has a prime time opportunity for the first signature win of the Matt Campbell era.

Michael Admire gives his thoughts and prediction.

DES MOINES, Iowa — City officials have big plans for Douglas Avenue, and they say what they have in mind could be a game changer. A coalition of businesses, neighborhood associations, non-profits and residents (The Douglas Avenue Coalition) are coming together with city officials to revitalize Douglas Avenue. The Coalition wants to make the stretch a destination for shopping, dining, recreation, commerce and more.

“These neighborhoods surrounding this stretch of land, the residential neighborhoods, are beautiful, very well kept,” said Brian O’Leary, President of the Douglas Avenue Coalition. “We have excellent quality housing in this area. All we`re missing is the good, high-level quality of businesses.”

O’Leary said the businesses are tired, old, lacking landscaping and not up to standard for today’s needs. There are more than 80 businesses along the nearly three mile stretch along Douglas Avenue from Merle Hay Rd to the Des Moines River. Between 15,000 and 21,000 vehicles travel along this stretch every day.
Officials closely involved with the project say, at this point, it’s unclear how much the project will cost and where the money to pay for it will come from.

“What we have to do is identify the opportunities and then see who the partners might be that can bring the vision forward,” said Phil Delafield, Director of Community Development for the City of Des Moines. “There may be grants. There may be other opportunities that arise that we may not yet be aware of. We don`t have a budget in mind, because we don`t know what the vision is first. So, we`re gonna try to establish the vision, see what that vision might cost, and then try to figure out what those funding opportunities might be.”

“The process in general, if you can kind of imagine, it`s kind of three steps: where are we at now? Where do we want to go? How do we get there?” explained Cory Scott, of RDG Planning & Design.”

For the rest of the year, the Coalition and RDG Planning & Design will be seeking input from the public on what they want to see done.

For more information, visit http://douglasave.org/

 

DES MOINES, Iowa  —  Scott Kerr is now taking his case against his former employer to a court of law.  Blake Hanson, an attorney helping represent Kerr said, “Scott was widely recognized as one of the most respected individuals in Drake University athletics history.”

Kerr’s three decades of service as head athletic trainer ended unceremoniously last fall.  “We are alleging age, disability and gender and we feel we have a strong case on all of those fronts.,” said Hanson.

The twelve page petition filed Monday against Drake University says Kerr was wrongfully terminated after a medical condition caused him to urinate in an empty whirlpool tub a year ago.  Hanson said, “He was told by the former athletic director that he should have urinated his pants as she had done.”

Kerr’s lawyers at Des Moines’ Crawford and Mauro are confident the lawsuit has merit after a complaint with the Iowa civil rights commission was filed in November.  “They felt after gathering facts and evidence that there was enough evidence that there was a reasonable possibility further investigation may result in determination of probable cause that a discrimination occurred,” said Hanson.

Drake University responded to the lawsuit saying quote ” Mr. Kerr was terminated for his decision to urinate in a training room whirlpool that is utilized by the student athletes under his care, and for his failure to report that behavior until the female colleague who witnessed his behavior insisted that the matter be reported two days later.”

Sandy Hatfield-Clubb left her post as Athletics Director in August.  Kerr’s lawyers could not comment on if this case played any role in her stepping down but they believe the amount of coaches that were fired under her reign should be telling.  “There had been ten head coaching changes just since 2013.  We believe Scott was terminated illegally and a rash decision was made.”

A decision Kerr’s attorneys believe was not in-line with the unwavering service Kerr was known for.  Hanson said, “For somebody who for all of those years helped student-athletes with serious medical conditions and health issues, when it was time for Drake to return the favor and help Scott, they fired him.” said Hanson.

Kerr had previously filed a civil rights complaint against Drake University.  Kerr’s attorneys say the Iowa Civil Rights Commission found there was reason to believe that further investigation would reveal that Kerr was discriminated against by Drake.

Drake University issued the following statement in response to Kerr’s lawsuit:

“Before closing its file at Mr. Kerr’s request, we are pleased that the Iowa Civil Rights Commission found no reasonable possibility that discrimination occurred based on age or gender, while determining that the sole remaining claim of alleged disability discrimination would be investigated further. By filing this lawsuit, Mr. Kerr effectively ended the administrative review before the Commission completed its investigation into that claim, and therefore the Commission made no finding that discrimination occurred. Mr. Kerr’s decision to file a lawsuit in no way indicates which way a court will decide the matter.

As we stated publicly in late November 2016, Mr. Kerr was terminated for his decision to urinate in a training room whirlpool that is utilized by the student athletes under his care, and for his failure to report that behavior until the female colleague who witnessed his behavior insisted that the matter be reported two days later. Mr. Kerr did not request an accommodation for any medical condition prior to the events in question nor prior to the termination decision being made by Drake University.

We remain confident that our position will be affirmed in court.”

 

 

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Rich in tradition, on Saturdays the Hawkeye Marching Band and the drum major strut their stuff to 70,000 adoring fans.  With a history that dates back to 1881 nothing has happened at historic Kinnick Stadium without the marching band’s drum major leading the way.  Drum Major Isaac Anderson said, “When we say ‘boom’ I slap the goal post. I run on and the golden girl goes out and I go out after her.  It’s cool to go through the tunnel of drum-line players and out onto Kinnick and toss and pick up the golden girl on the brand new Tiger Hawk.”

Rose Bowls, Big Ten championships, rivalries for a pig, they’ve seen it all until Saturday when Annalisa Iole showed up.  “It’s about time,” said Marching Band Director Keven Kastens.  As fans, players and coaches have changed over time the marching band has seen a consistent presence lead the band onto the field.  A male drum major.  It’s definitely viewed as a male dominant position,” said Iole.  As a twenty-year Hawkeye Marching Band Director, Kastens said on Saturday night that all changed.  “Annalisa is the first female drum major in the modern era of the Hawkeye Marching Band.”

Until now, band members say there has been just one female drum major in 136 years.  Iole said, “Right around World War II, when there were not any men to choose from because of the war.”

Analisa took the reigns on the biggest stage, Saturday night at halftime as the Hawkeyes battled it out against Penn State and she shined.  “For the University of Iowa it’s a huge step in general with women as drum majors.”

Leaving behind high expectations is now former drum major Isaac Anderson.  “She has great drive, great dedication and she’s going to be a great leader and great servant to the Hawkeye Marching Band,” he said.  After a three year run as drum major Isaac is being commissioned in the ROTC. He said, “My orders have finally come up.  I will go onto active duty with the US Army heading to Fort Benning, Georgia to learn how to be a tank commander.”

Handing over the new command to Analisa wasn’t out of necessity, she had to earn it, beating out a half dozen other band members. Kastens said, “There was a committee of school music faculty, Iowa athletic representatives and she hands down did a great job at the audition.”

Analisa’s duties also won’t end with just this season said Kastens, “She will be our drum major next year as well.”

In a stadium that seems to witness historic moments on a consistent basis, Analisa Iole is one Hawkeye paving a golden road for many other female drum majors to march on.  “Yes, women can hold this position and hopefully do a good job and live up to the standards that people left behind,” said Annalisa.

 

BOONE, Iowa — “I deployed, my first one, right after 9/11,” said SFC. Tim McGlynn of the Iowa Army National Guard. “I was gone for a year, came home, and we were only back in Iowa about three months and shipped out for the second deployment. My third deployment was 2008 in Iraq and this will be my fourth in 18 years.”

37 year-old McGlynn enlisted in February of 1999 and has served in Afghanistan and Iraq. He says his service is motivated by duty, pride for his country, honor, and a sense of brotherhood he feels with his fellow soldiers.

He also loves what he does, working in aircraft maintenance.

“I absolutely love it,” said McGlynn. “My fascination with helicopters has been since I was a little kid and that`s what I wanted to do and I`ve had the privilege and the ability and the joy of being able to do it every day for 18 years.”

But, it’s not without cost. McGlynn’s devotion and dedication to the country comes with great sacrifice.

“It`s incredibly difficult for the family that you leave behind,” said McGlynn. “It`s harder for the family that`s left behind than it is for the soldier, because they`re left to continue on with their every day and then they have the added level of stress and fear and the unknown with everything they have to do every day.”

When McGlynn heads to the Middle East, he’ll be leaving behind a wife and a daughter, and the ability to help out his parents on the family farm.

“I love to spend every minute inside the combine that I can,” said McGlynn. “This is what we do. This is not just a hobby, but this is a commitment of love and passion for our farm. It`s been in the family for 151 years now, so it`s a tradition. It’s heritage.”

McGlynn is trying to get as much done as he can before he leaves.

“I`ve got a few days left to try and combine in between the rain,” said McGlynn.


Below is a press release that contains more information on the deployment:

COMMUNITY SEND-OFF CEREMONIES SCHEDULED FOR IOWA ARMY NATIONAL GUARD UNIT

 

Community send-off ceremonies for the 248th Aviation Support Battalion (ASB) will be held Friday, Sept. 29. Local officials and Iowa National Guard leadership will participate, and the public and media are welcome and encouraged to attend the send-off ceremonies. Here are the ceremony locations and times:

 

Muscatine

Detachment 1, Company A: approximately 30 Soldiers will be honored at a 10 a.m. ceremony in the Iowa National Guard Readiness Center, 5801 Grandview Ave., Muscatine, Iowa.

 

Davenport

Headquarters Support Company and Detachment 4, Company B: approximately 75 Soldiers will be honored at a 10 a.m. ceremony in the Davenport Army Aviation Support Facility, 9650 N. Harrison St., Davenport, Iowa.

 

Waterloo

Company A and Detachment 3, Company B: approximately 105 Soldiers will be honored at a 2 p.m. ceremony in the University of Northern Iowa West Gym, 2501 Minnesota St., UNI Campus, Cedar Falls, Iowa.

 

Boone

Detachment 1, Headquarters Support Company and Company B: approximately 180 Soldiers will be honored at a 5 p.m. ceremony in the Boone High School gym, 500 7th St., Boone, Iowa.

 

The 248th ASB is comprised of aircraft maintainers, test pilots, and logistical support personnel. A total of approximately 500 Army National Guard Soldiers with detachments from four other states (Louisiana, Maryland, Tennessee and Wisconsin) will be mobilized for this mission, which includes approximately 390 Soldiers from the Iowa Army National Guard. These Soldiers will travel to their mobilization station at Fort Hood, Texas, for additional training before assignment to overseas locations in the U.S. Central Command theater of operation. Central Command is comprised of 20 nations in the Middle East, North Africa, and Central Asia, including Afghanistan, Iraq, and other countries. This deployment is the largest, single-unit deployment of the Iowa National Guard since 2010.

 

The battalion’s mission is to provide aviation maintenance and logistical support to a combat aviation brigade, which includes aircraft diagnostics, repair, maintenance, refueling, medical support, supply support activities, ground maintenance, and testing. Units within the ASB have previously mobilized in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (2001-2002, 2003, and 2004), Operation Iraqi Freedom (2008-2009), and Kosovo Force peacekeeping (2013-2014).