With students’ semester tests looming, the staff at Beckman Catholic High were put to a test of a different sort on May 19.
A senior prank gone wrong by four Maquoketa Valley seniors has threatened their participation in graduation exercises. Three of the boys were present at the Maquoketa Valley School Board meeting on May 16 to apologize for their actions and to ask the board to allow them to take part in commencement ceremonies. The meeting at Johnston Elementary in Hopkinton was attended by approximately 40 people, many who came in support of the boys’ requests.
‘Celebrating Creativity in Elder Care’ coming to Dyersville on June 16
The Senior Farmer’s Market Nutrition Program provides qualified seniors aged 60 and over with coupons (checks) that can be exchanged at farmer’s markets, roadside stands, and community supported agriculture programs for fresh, nutritious, unprepared, locally grown fruits, vegetables, herbs, and honey. The checks can be used until October 31st at participating vendors. Northeast Iowa Area Agency on Aging will begin distributing Farmer’s Market Checks on June 1 at various locations throughout the 18 county service area.
The Western Dubuque School District ratified a contract with the Western Dubuque Education Association at its regular meeting on May 9 that adds $500 to the BA base salary. The one-year contract for the 2016-17 school year raises the base starting salary to $33,180. An increase to the district’s contribution to employee health insurance premiums was also part of the agreement. The total package is a 3.4 percent increase from the current contract.
The Dyersville Water and Sewer Committee met to discus raising the city’s water and sewer rates on May 16. In order to cover the costs of state mandated compliance projects, such as doubling the size of the wastewater treatment plant and working toward lowering the levels of radium in the water, the committee proposed raising the city’s rates for the first time since 2013.
The Delaware County Sheriff’s Department assisted in the execution of a search warrant in rural northern Delaware County on May 5.
A grant that would allow expansion of the Regional Transit Authority’s services in Delaware County received strong support from the Delaware County Supervisors during their regular meeting May 16.
When Osage author Margaret Smolik began speaking at the James Kennedy Public Library on May 12, sharing bits and pieces of her family’s life as refugees from Croatia, the cover of her book “Like a Haystack: Life From My Perspective” was displayed on the screen behind her. Why a haystack?
A public information meeting regarding the future of the X49 (332nd Street) and 1st Avenue West (D22) intersection was held on May 16.
The Primary Election in Iowa is a “closed” primary, held for the members of political parties to nominate candidates for the general election. The Delaware County primary will be held on Tuesday, June 7, 2016. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. There are two candidates running for the County Sheriff position, John A. LeClere and David L. Weatherwax. The Dyersville Commercial asked both candidates the same questions as a preview for interested voters.
Jolene Myers, President of Innovative Building Systems (All American Homes), wrote a letter to the Dyersville City Council stating that the company will be ceasing all manufacturing and business operations and will be going out of business effective May 13. The company stated its current plan is to file voluntary petitions for relief under Chapter 7 of the United States Bankruptcy Code.