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Stories from Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Demolition of pool approved (01/31/06)
There will be no swimming at the Cherokee Municipal Pool this summer but hopefully, a new aquatic center will open in its place in 2007. At the Cherokee City Council meeting on Tuesday, the council gave the green light to proceeding with demolition on the pool. Bids are expected to be accepted this spring on the construction of the pool during the summer...
Project details worked out (01/31/06)
Last week, the Aquatic Center/Gillette Park Committee decided on details that will get design work going on the estimated $3.6 million project. There will be numerous details still to be decided but after six years of work, the look and layout of the ambitious undertaking have taken shape, according to John Cook, who along with Dr. Robert Martin, serves as co-chair of the committee...
Water tower lease discussed (01/31/06)
Ron Strickland, city administrator, expressed concern this week to the Cherokee City Council that leasing out space on top of the north water tower poses a threat of contamination but council members still would like to know what CML Telephone is willing to pay for antennae space on the tower...
Wastewater improved (01/31/06)
The treated wastewater coming from the industrial treatment plant has passed DNR testing for the first time in a year and a half, Strickland told the Cherokee City Council on Tuesday. The industrial wastewater treatment plant operated by the city treats only the wastewater coming from the Tyson Foods plant...
Budget process under way (01/31/06)
The various departments of the city and organizations supported by the city are working on budgets for the upcoming year. Mark Buschkamp, director of the Cherokee Area Economic Development Corporation, requested that the Cherokee City Council consider increasing the amount that the city supports CAEDC by 5 percent for the next fiscal year...
City approves fee schedule (01/31/06)
The Cherokee City Council approved a schedule of fees for the year that contains some adjustments from the present year. Dwight Varce, council member requested that the matter be tabled until the next meeting so the fee adjustments could be considered more fully. Ron Johnson, council member, indicated that since there were only a few adjustments that the matter didn't need to be delayed...
Local chapter provides worldwide support (01/31/06)
The year 2005 was a unprecedented year for The American Red Cross. Major worldwide disasters set volunteers and caring individuals in motion in support of relief efforts. In the United States the hurricane season had horrific affects on the gulf area but the American Red Cross and its volunteers stepped forward and did what they knew needed to be done...
County gets shocking device (01/31/06)
The Cherokee County sheriff and deputies will soon have an alternative to lethal force when dealing with violent people being arrested or held as prisoners. At the request of Sheriff Dave Scott, the board of supervisors approved the purchase of six Taser guns for the sheriff's department...
RV approves calendar (01/31/06)
At the Monday evening meeting, the River Valley School Board approved the calendar for the 2006/07 school year. The first day of classes is on Aug. 22 preceded by three days of staff in service. The last day of classes is on May 23 with an in service day to follow. Seniors end school the previous week and have graduation ceremonies on May 20...
Byers always willing to serve others (01/31/06)
CLEGHORN - Robert Byers was a good man. He was a soft spoken, polite and caring individual. He was a strong advocate for his community and the school districts he was associated with. If the world was populated with many folks just like Byers, what a great place this would be...
Bowling Results (01/31/06)
Lang's Plumbing & Heating 97-47 Mean Gene's Pizza 94.5-49.5 Miller Lite 73-71 Wunder Tire 64-80 Tyson Deli, Inc. 64-80 Team Chevy 58-86 Coke 57.5-86.5 Team 8 0-72 Scratch Game 235 Brad Bunt 221 Jim Mongan 221 Bob North Scratch Series 676 Brad Bunt 598 Jared Leonard...
Bowling Results (01/31/06)
Lang's Plumbing & Heating 89-31 Mean Gene's Pizza 72.5-47.5 Miller Lite 65-55 Wunder Tire 62-58 Tyson Deli, Inc. 55-65 Coke 42.5-77.5 Team Chevy 42-78 Team 8 0-69 Scratch Game 219 Willie Lang 217 Skip Wunder 200 Russ Snyder Scratch Series 592 Willie Lang...
Bowling Results (01/31/06)
Perrin's Fur Farm 14-2 Steven's Plumbing 12-4 Smith Construction 10-6 Chapparel/Best Western 10-6 Coca Cola 8-8 Sarge's 6-10 Miller Mac 4-12 Moore's Vac. & Service 0-16 Scratch Game 219 Helen Bartlett 206 Shirley Jones 203 Judy Obbink 200 Helen Bartlett...
Bowling Results (01/31/06)
Little Rascals 26-6 Specht Farms 26-6 Guns 'n Roses 22-10 Late Starters 22-10 Eastsiders 22-10 Harman Masonry 20-12 The Big Bouncing Ball 18-14 Goettsch Farms 17-15 Young & Restless 14-18 Bad Luck Bears 12-20 FUBAR 6-26 Jobies 6-26 Mongan Painting 4-28...
Bowling Results (01/31/06)
Lang's Plumbing & Heating 44-12 Catts 32-24 Cherokee Bowl 30-26 Lite Ladies 28-28 A to Z Liquor 28-28 Holton Custom Signs 18-38 Bud Girls 16-40 Team 8 0-56 Scratch Game 207 Anne Blaise 183 Tammy Sonksen 176 Shannon Sutton Scratch Series 502 Sue Knaack...
Bowling Results (01/31/06)
Lang's Plumbing & Heating 30-10 Catts 26-14 Cherokee Bowl 22-18 A to Z Liquor 18-22 Holton Custom Signs 16-24 Lite Ladies 16-24 Bud Girls 14-26 Team 8 0-40 Scratch Game 197 Anne Blaise 191 Shannon Sutton 177 Tammy Sonksen Scratch Series 489 Shannon Sutton...
Struck Strikes Out: Your test, my test, Artest (01/31/06)
If anyone out there thinks Ron Artest, the National Basketball Association's most reviled player, won't shatter the psyche and future of his new team, the Sacramento Kings, I've got a blow-up doll to sell you that looks, smells, feels, purrs and kisses exactly like Anna Kournikova and Maria Sharapova combined...
Snyder/Davis (01/31/06)
Snyder/Davis Amanda Snyder and Dennis Davis exchanged marriage vows on December 28, 2005, at a private sunset beach ceremony in Key Biscayne, Fla. Following their wedding trip to Orlando, Fla., the couple is at home in Nashville, Tenn. The bride is employed as site director at the Brentwood Family YMCA. She is the daughter of Michael and Rhonda Snyder of Cherokee. Her grandmother is Faith (Hanson) Specht of Marcus, and her great-grandmother is Lola Perrett of Cherokee...
Now & Again: My family is a sport (01/31/06)
Go Steelers! Go Steelers! Yes, that's right, I am a Pittsburgh Steelers fan and have been since the fourth grade. You know, the year the Steelers won the Super Bowl, the Pirates won the World Series, and the Penguins won the Stanley Cup. Yes, that was the year when the theme song of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania was "We are Family" by Sister Sledge. It was the era of Terry Bradshaw, the "Steel Curtain", and the "Terrible Towel"...
Ross Rambles: Unseen movies reviewed (01/31/06)
Once again, I've decided to write a movie review, actually two movie reviews, on movies I have no intention of seeing. The last one I did, almost two years ago, was on the Passion of Christ. I eventually did see the movie. A friend loaned me the DVD and it would have been rude not to view it. It was about what I expected and my lack of enjoyment of it was as I expected...
Basic Biittner: Former Resident's Thoughts On A "Fantastic" Super Bowl (01/31/06)
Super Bowl XL (that's 40 to us non-Romans) is set for Sunday, Feb. 5, to be played in the usual warm-weathersite - Detroit? (It's indoors, so it doesn't really matter to those actually attending the game). The opponents, Seattle and Pittsburgh, would probably not be the first choice of the honchos at ABC television, who are televising the big game this year, nor would it be what others in New York or Los Angeles would prefer...
Gray Matter: Remembering the memorable (01/31/06)
As you may recall, I resolved last week to work on accepting the inevitability of change.  A neighbor and I were regretting the change brought about when mutual friends  moved to be nearer their children, due to age-induced health issues.  This is not unusual, I know, but in this case it  brought some serious "end-of-an-era" issues to mind which bothered me a bit....
Our Opinion: If we do it, let's do it right (01/31/06)
If we do it, let's do it right A bill currently before the Iowa legislature would raise the minimum age for dropping out of high school from 16 to 18. Currently 14 states plus the District of Columbia require students to be 18 before dropping out of school. Another nine states require students to be 17. The other 27 states require students to be 16...
Our Opinion: Online precautions (01/31/06)
While the Internet continues to grow as the medium of choice for millions of users, the dangers that lie in the dark corners of the World Wide Web are also expanding. For all the good that is derived from online access to the world, there are good reasons to be concerned about the exposure of young Internet users...
Our Opinion: It has to start somewhere (01/31/06)
Health care costs and reform are very popular topics. Each and every one of us are directly and indirectly affected by the cost of health care, insurance and prescription drugs. Politicians, realizing this, like to talk about fixing the system and making life better for all of us...
Our Opinion: Cruel wars still rage (01/31/06)
Sadly, the wars still rage in Iraq and Afghanistan. Sadly, America continues to receive word on a daily basis of the deaths of courageous soldiers from the two war-ravaged countries. Sadly, the national and international media slowly, steadily continue to relegate that news - the most tragic news that can ever hit a family - to the newspapers' and magazines' back pages, to the last and abbreviated news bites on that television or radio broadcast...
Our Opinion: Putting your money where your mouth is (01/31/06)
A unique thing happened in Des Moines. Reality and rhetoric merged and the people who need help actually got it. During his Condition of the State speech, Gov. Vilsack called on legislators to approve an aid package for veterans, in particular a one-time cash payment for those seriously injured during overseas deployments...