Author Archives: Janelle Tucker

Hunter Safety Class

A Hunter Safety Class will be held Saturday, March 21st from 8 am to 4 pm at United Methodist Church in Manchester. To reserve a spot in the class, you must first get a study guide – call 563.608.5536.


West Union Teen Arrested for Kidnapping and Abusing Girl

WEST UNION, Iowa (AP) – A West Union teen has been charged with kidnapping a fellow teen and sexually abusing her. The 16-year-old from West Union was arrested for first-degree kidnapping and third-degree sexual abuse. He has been charged as an adult. According to court records, the teen picked up a 15-year-old girl and wouldn’t

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Number of Iowa Farms Continues to Decline

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture says in a new report that the number of farms in Iowa continues to slide. In an annual report released Thursday the USDA says Iowa farms fell to 88,000 last year, 500 fewer than the year before. Most of the decrease came in the small

Gordon W. Derr – Independence

Independence –  Gordon W. Derr, 84 years old, of rural Independence, Iowa, died on Thursday, February 19, 2015, at his home.  He was born on August 28, 1930, on the farm where he died, the son of Charles Curtis and Laura Mae (Hamilton) Derr.  He graduated from high school in Independence with the Class of

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Risk of Spring Flooding?

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) – Regional experts for the National Weather Service say the risk of flooding is at or below normal for Iowa this spring. The reports released Thursday by meteorologists in Des Moines and Davenport in Iowa and La Crosse, Wisconsin, covered the potential for river and lake flooding in their respective coverage


House and Senate Committees Approve Gas Tax Increase

A bill raising the state fuel tax was approved by the House Ways and Means Committee Thursday afternoon. The bill is calling for a ten-cent tax increase to help to fund repairs to Iowa’s roads and bridges. State Representative Lee Hein of Monticello sits on the committee and spoke with KMCH after the bill was

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Egli Honored as Linn County Deputy of the Year

The Deputy of the Year award nomination selection committee has met and selected Deputy Troy Egli as the 2014 Linn County Deputy of the Year. The award is meant to recognize a specific deputy sheriff, regardless of rank, who went above and beyond the call of duty in serving the Sheriff’s Office and the citizens


Semi Trailer Full of Hogs Tips Over East of Ryan

A semi trailer tipped over as it was traveling down a highway east of Ryan early Thursday morning. The Delaware County Sheriff’s Office says the accident happened shortly before 2 am on D-47 near 210th Avenue. The semi was westbound when it veered off the highway and tipped onto its side. The trailer was loaded

Several Area School Districts Receive EPA Funding for New Buses

Several area school districts, including West Delaware, have been awarded funding for new buses. The Environmental Protection Agency is providing West Delaware and Starmont with twenty thousand dollars each so each school district can purchase a new school bus. North Linn will receive forty thousand dollars for two new buses. The EPA is providing a

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