Author Archives: Mike Johnson

Leona F. Freiburger – Delhi

Leona F. Freiburger, 96, of Delhi died Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, at Regional Medical Center in Manchester. Friends may call from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, at St. John Catholic Church in Delhi where a Mass of Christian Burial will commence at 6:00 p.m. Burial will be at St. John Cemetery in


Oelwein Mayor Facing Sexual Abuse Charges Resigns

The mayor of Oelwein has resigned. Mayor Jason Manus resigned Friday effective immediately, days after being charged with sexually abusing two girls. City Attorney Ron Vanveldhuizen says the City Council is expected to accept the resignation Monday night. Mayor Pro-tem Peggy Sherrets will conduct the meeting. The 36-year-old Manus is accused of sexually abusing two

Sheila Lamphier – Independence

Independence –  Sheila M. Lamphier, 83 years old, of Hampton, Iowa, formerly of Independence, Iowa, died on Saturday, August 23, 2014, at the Rehab Center of Hampton in Hampton, Iowa.  She was born on May 3, 1931, in Buchanan County, Iowa, the daughter of Arthur Amos and Lois Miriam (Hazlett) Satterlee.  She graduated from high

Mary Sauser – Dubuque (Formerly of Cascade)

Mary R. Sauser, 96, of Dubuque, Iowa, formerly of Cascade, Iowa passed away Sunday, August 24, 2014 at Stonehill Care Center.  Visitation will be held for Mary on Friday, August 29, 2014 from 2 – 8 p.m. with a 7 p.m., scripture service at the Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd, Dubuque,


Jones County Accident Victims Identified

The names of the victims in Monday night’s rollover accident northwest of Anamosa have been released. According to the Jones County Sheriff’s Office, a vehicle driven by 54 year old Phillip Pierce of Springville was northbound on Ridge Road and failed to negotiate the curve, entered the ditch, and rolled onto its top.  Pierce was pronounced

Victory Henry Kraus – Monticello

Victory Henry Kraus, 86, of Monticello, IA, joined his wife and son in heaven Monday, August 18, 2014, surrounded by his family following a short illness. Friends and family may visit from 2:00pm until 8:00pm Thursday, February 21, 2014, at Kramer Funeral Home in Monticello, Iowa. A prayer service will be held at 2:00pm. A

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August Valued Volunteer: Angie Zehr

Congratulations to our latest “Valued Volunteer”…Angie Zehr of Manchester!  Angie and her husband Chris are very involved in Boy Scouts and Girls Scouts, and several activities at West Delaware including The Friends Of Music and Show Choir.  If you know someone who deserves to be a KMCH/Smitty’s “Valued Volunteer…CLICK HERE!

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State Unemployment Rates Up Slightly

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A state agency says Iowa’s unemployment rate rose slightly in July to 4.5 percent. The rate released Monday by Iowa Workforce Development was up from 4.4 percent in June. The number of unemployed Iowans was 76,900 in July, up from 74,300 in June. Iowa’s unemployment rate is well below the


One Dead Following Jones County Rollover

One person is dead following a rollover Monday evening northwest of Anamosa. According to the Jones County Sheriff’s Office, the vehicle was northbound on Ridge Road and failed to negotiate the curve, entered the ditch, and rolled onto its top. The driver of the vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene. One passenger was taken

Kathryn A. “Kay” Neidy – Independence

Funeral services for 68 year old Kathryn A. “Kay” Neidy of Independence will be held at 10:30am on Thursday, August 21st at the first United Methodist church in Independence, with burial in the Fairview cemetery in Winthrop. Visitation will be held from 2 to 6pm on Wednesday, August 20 at the Reiff Funeral Home and

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