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Ringgold County Secondary Roads Department Begins Major Road Work

Zack Gonsolly, with Ringgold Co. Secondary Roads, says the department has begun work on several roads in the northern half of the county. Their plan is to begin on the north-western side and work towards the east. Work began on Wednesday April 29 and is expected to go several weeks, weather depending.

He also says they are working with contract rock haulers, so when there's one truck, there's likely to be many more.

Some of the roads they'll be covering: Pole Rd., P-64 going up the rock quarry in Union County, and J-20.

Adair and Guthrie County Emergency Management Unveils New App for Emergency Information

Adair and Guthrie County Emergency Management have completed work on a new phone app that gives up-to-the-minute information on local emergencies. The app covers boil orders, evacuations, weather warnings and a lot more.

Adair/Guthrie EMA Coordinator Bob Kempf says he is proud to be the first in the state of Iowa to have an app like this, done by Emergency Management. He also says the process began last fall, when they began working with a company called My EMAapp. The idea behind the app was to bring all the information on social media, television, National Weather Service and others to one place.

The app can be downloaded on both the App Store and the Google Play Store and it is free.

Listen to the story HERE.


Creston Community School Presents District Technology Plan

At their Monday night meeting, the Creston school board heard from Superintendent Steve McDermott on the district's Technology Plan. McDermott said they want to focus on being "student-centered." 

The plan includes getting 600 Chromebooks for all high school students. Within that number 60 will be delegated to various key school leaders, including the Board.

McDermott also went into detail about features the school will be getting with this initiative. One of those includes a program called GoGuardian, which allows administrators to monitor usage trends and what students are linking to.

Listen to the story HERE.

Solution Reached on Uptown Parking Issue

Tuesday night at the regular Creston city council meeting, member Marsha Wilson gave a progress report on the Uptown Creston parking issue. At the April 7 meeting, Janelle Kretz from The Old Market explained that apartment dwellers take up parking space in front of her business, steering away some customers. At the end of that meeting, Mayor Warren Woods assigned Wilson and Gary Lybarger to a committee to find a solution.

Wilson, Lybarger, Public Works Director Kevin Kruse, and Ellen Gerharz from the Creston Chamber all discussed possible solutions since that time. The consensus was putting "2-hour parking" signs in the 100-200-300 blocks of W. Adams and Montgomery, as well as 100-200 blocks of Elm and Maple.

Public Works Director Kruse says the signs are ordered and will be placed within the next month.

Joint Session Held to Discuss Adams Street Bridge Replacement Project

The Creston City Council and Creston Park & Recreation Board held a joint session to discuss plans for the Adams Street bridge. Two engineers, John Conzet and Lowell Miller from the company hired for the project, Calhoun-Burns and Associates, Inc., gave a presentation on the plans.

The project is currently still in the preliminary stage, and both Miller and Conzet stressed that changes can be made through the whole process, but really need to be decided now. 

Under current plans, the project would begin on Adams, several feet to the west of Cottonwood and would be paved to just past Lake Shore Dr.

Both the city council and Park & Rec. Board voted each of five items to change in the plans.

1) Location of walking trail - north or south...both voted in favor of moving the walking trail to the south side

2) Location of beginning/end of the project - both voted in favor of keeping limits the same

3) Changing Lake Shore Dr. from "Y-intersection" to "T-intersection" - both voted to change the intersection to "T", but with the city council slightly divided at a 5-2 vote

4) Maintaining of a rural cross section - both voted in favor of current plan

5) Draining the lake for construction - both voted in favor of allowing

Creston/Prescott School Consolidation Passes

The special election held April 7 on the proposed Creston and Prescott school consolidation passed, with an overall 73% approval from all three precincts.

In each of Creston's two precincts, it passed with 88% and 93% approval, while Prescott was more divided, with 51% YES and 49% NO.

There were a total of 344 votes cast for the election, with 252 in favor and 92 against.

April Update from Congressman David Young

In the latest update from U.S. Congressman David Young, several new issues have hit the beltway in Washington.

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson spoke before a House Appropriations Subcommittee (which Young is a member of) recently about Deputy Sec. Mayorkas granting visas with political influence from Harry Reid and others.

Young was also recently appointed to several other Appropriation subcommittees. He also talked about the factories, manufacturers, kiwanis, and legislative coffees he has visited while in the April work session.

Listen to the full story HERE.

2015 KSIB Tractor Ride Route Announced

The 4th annual KSIB Tractor Ride has been announced for Saturday, June 6th. The route begins in Creston, heads to Lorimor, Winterset for lunch, to Macksburg, then back to Creston.

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Elm's Club Makes Top 10 for Best Burger in Iowa Contest

The Elm's Club in Creston made the top 10 list for the Best Burger in Iowa this year.

In its sixth year, Iowa's Best Burger contest received nominations for 286 Iowa restaurants. The Iowa Beef Industry Council and the Iowa Cattlemen's Association counted the nominations that came in via online, texting and paper ballots.


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