UNI official calls for UNI-Dome improvements

Sports

July 31st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The University of Northern Iowa’s athletic director says the school needs to make improvements to the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls. Troy Dannen told The Des Moines Register Wednesday that renovations to the stadium will be part of a broader campaign that is “a couple of years” away. Although it’s too early to talk about costs, Dannen says renovations to the dome, opened in 1976, would be a “low eight-figure project.”

Dannen says the stadium needs wider concourse areas, premium seating and larger restrooms. He noted there have been few changes to the dome since it opened, though $1.2 million is being spent on a scoreboard upgrade in the stadium and in the neighboring McCloud Center.

The dome’s current seating capacity of 16,300 likely wouldn’t change much.

Posted County Prices for the grains: 07/31/2014

Ag/Outdoor

July 31st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Cass County: Corn $3.45, Beans $12.41
Adair County: Corn $3.42, Beans $12.44
Adams County: Corn $3.42, Beans $12.40
Audubon County: Corn $3.44, Beans $12.43
East Pottawattamie County: Corn $3.48, Beans $12.41
Guthrie County: Corn $3.47, Beans $12.45
Montgomery County: Corn $3.47, Beans $12.43
Shelby County: Corn $3.48, Beans $12.41
Oats $3.36 (always the same in all counties)

Iowa cancels free tuition offer football promotion

News, Sports

July 31st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – Legal concerns have forced the University of Iowa to suspend a promotion offering free tuition to five randomly selected students who purchased football season tickets. Athletic director Gary Barta says he has decided to temporarily shutter the offer after questions were raised about whether it complies with state raffle laws.

Iowa says the free tuition package is worth roughly $8,000. The award also can be used to cover fees, books and related supplies for the upcoming fall and spring semesters. The Hawkeyes also were planning prizes such as $500 in school supplies and $1,000 gift cards to a local grocery store chain in an effort to boost lagging student ticket sales.

Iowa has seen those numbers drop from 10,000 to roughly 7,000 in less than two years.

GEORGE L. PARRIS, 75, of Audubon (Svcs. 8/1/14)

Obituaries

July 31st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

GEORGE L. PARRIS, 75, of Audubon, died Tuesday, July 29th, at the Friendship Home in Audubon. Funeral services for GEORGE PARRIS will be held 2-p.m. Fri., Aug. 1st, at the 1st United Methodist Church in Audubon. Kessler Funeral Home in Audubon has the arrangements.

Friends may call at the funeral home. A family visitation will be held from 12:30-p.m. until the time of service Friday, at the 1st United Methodist Church in Audubon.

Burial will be held at a later date.

GEORGE PARRIS is survived by:

His wife – MayBelle Parris, of Audubon.

His children: George A. (Kathleen) Parris, Robyn (Robert) Killeen, & Molly (Joe) Muhr, all of Audubon.

His sister – Joan Bingle, of Lenox.

6 grandchildren & 3 great-grandchildren.

Other relatives & friends.

FRANCIS OWEN MARNIN, 73, of Anita (Svcs. pending)

Obituaries

July 31st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

FRANCIS OWEN MARNIN, 73, of Anita, died Wed., July 30th, at his home in Anita. Services for FRANCIS MARNIN are currently pending at the Hockenberry Family Care Funeral Home in Atlantic.

Online condolences may be left at www.hockenberryfamilycare.com.

JOHN HEINS, 33, of Rhodes & formerly of Stuart (Svcs. 8/1/14)

Obituaries

July 31st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

JOHN HEINS, 33, of Rhodes (& formerly of Stuart), died Mon., July 28th. Funeral services for JOHN HEINS will be held 7-p.m. Fri., Aug. 1st, at the Stuart-Mt. Vernon United Methodist Church. Johnson Family Funeral Home in Stuart has the arrangements.

Visitation at the church will be held from 5-to 6:30-p.m., Friday. Online condolences may be left at www.johnsonfamilyfuneralhome.com.

Memorials may be directed to the On With Life Foundation and/or the International Bipolar Foundation, in care of the funeral home.

A private family burial will be held in the South Oak Grove Cemetery in Stuart.

ARDYTH FAYE BARBER, 70, of Exira (Svcs. 8/1/14)

Obituaries

July 31st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

ARDYTH FAYE BARBER, 70, of Exira, died Mon., July 28th, at the Audubon County Memorial Hospital, in Audubon. Funeral services for ARDYTH BARBER will be held 10:30-a.m. Fri., Aug. 1st, at the Exira Lutheran Church. Kessler Funeral Home in Exira has the arrangements.

Friends may call at the funeral home, where the family will be present 5-pm Thursday (7/31).

Burial will be at the Maple Grove Cemetery in Audubon, at 1-p.m. Friday.

ARDYTH BARBER is survived by:

Her husband – Lonnie Barber, of Exira.

Her step-children: Dale Barber, of Buccaneer, NE; Chris Barber & wife Reta Oregon, and Brian Barber, all of Omaha, NE; Ronnie (Valarier) Barber, of San Antonio, TX.

Her brother – Val Barber & his wife, of the Dominican Republic.

Numerous step-grandchildren and step great-grandchildren, her in-laws, other relatives & friends.

ALVIN “Buck” ARMENTROUT, 93, of Irwin (Svcs. pending)

Obituaries

July 31st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

ALVIN “Buck” ARMENTROUT, 93, of Irwin, died Wed., July 30th, at home. Services for “BUCK” ARMENTROUT are currently pending at the Pauley-Jones Funeral Home in Harlan.

ALVIN “BUCK” ARMENTROUT is survived by:

His wife – Betty, of Irwin.

His daughters – Diane (Tom) Geer, & LuAnn (Hal) Younkin, all of Irwin.

BETTIE LORRAINE ANDERSON, 83, of Harlan (Svcs. 8/1/14)

Obituaries

July 31st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

BETTIE LORRAINE ANDERSON, 83, of Harlan, died Tue., July 29th, at the Avoca Nursing & Rehab Center. A Mass of Christian Burial service for BETTIE ANDERSON will be held 10:30-a.m. Fri., Aug. 1st,. at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Harlan. Pauley-Jones Funeral Home in Harlan has the arrangements.

Visitation at the funeral home will be held from 6-to 9-pm Thursday (7/31), with a Wake service at 7-p.m.

Burial will be in the Graceland Cemetery at Avoca.

BETTIE ANDERSON is survived by:

Her daughters – Lorrie Anderson & husband Joseph Hardy, of Des Moines; Cindy (Don) Hansen, of Avoca; Kristine (Bud) Miller, and Carmen (Bill) Hosack, all of Harlan; Patricia (Alan) Heisterkamp, of Sioux City; Barbara Anderson & husband Dale Chell, of Des Moines, & Beverly (Peter) Lohr, of Sioux City.

Her sons – Kent (Chris) Anderson, of Mt. Pleasant, & Warren (Jill) Anderson, of Norwalk, & Aaron (Kari) Anderson, of Treynor.

Her sisters – Gladys DeTimmerman-Mahoney, of Oelwein; Kaye Nelson, of Rockford, IL, & Audrey (Richard) Selander, of Birmingham, MI.

27 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, and her sister-in-law.

Villisca woman arrested for OWI following Wed. afternoon accident

News

July 31st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A woman from Villisca was arrested Wednesday afternoon in Montgomery County, following an investigation into a single-vehicle accident. Authorities say they received a call about a vehicle in the ditch one-quarter of a mile west of Q Avenue on Highway 34, at around 4:35-p.m., Wednesday. An investigation determined 55-year old Martha L. Freeman, of Villisca, was traveling east on Highway 34, when her vehicle entered the ditch and became stuck.

Freeman was charged with OWI/1st Offense and brought to the Montgomery County Jail, where she was held on $1,000 cash bond.