The class 2A semifinal round is underway at the boys state baseballtournament in Marshalltown. Algona Garrigan broke open a close game byscoring eight runs in the top of the seventh inning as the top rankedGolden Bears downed Mount Vernon 12-5. Garrigan pitcher Mark Anderson helped his own cause in the seventh with a solo homer, later in the inning he drove in a pair of runs with a double. On the mound, Anderson went the distance surrendering nine hits. Anderson saysit was a good feeling to take the mound after the eight run seventh inning.Anderson says the heat was not quite as bad as Wednesday’s first round.Mount Vernon coach Jeff Schwiebert (shwee-burt) says Garrigan took over in the final inning.Schwiebert says considering this team started the season 4-10, it was a tremendous finish to the season.Also in the class 2A semifinals in Marshalltown Nate Baas slammed a two outgrand slam homer in the top of the seventh to lead sixth ranked CouncilBluffs St. Albert past Ogden 6-3.The Class 1A Semifinals are underwayin Carroll. Southeast Warren defeated Lenox 10-4 to advance to the 1Achampionship tomorrow. Southeast Warren improves 26 and 12 on the season. Lenox ends its season with a 33 and 5 record.In the second game LeMars Gehlen beat SCMT Sheffield 15-3 in a game thatwas stopped in six innings. LeMars and Southeast Warren will play for thetitle tomorrow.In 3A, top ranked Davenport Assumption got by Cedar Rapids Xavier 15-9 andKnoxville and Spencer will conclude their semifinal this morning after thegame was suspensded due to a storm. In the class 4a title game inMarshalltown tenth ranked West Des moines dowling matches up against Ankeny.dowling catcher Zach Dillon hit two home runs in the same inning, a two runshot and a grand slam, part of a ten run third as the tenth ranked Maroonsgot by 5th ranked Sioux City North 16-12.Ankeny finished the regular season 18-22 but the Hawks are a victory awayfrom a title as they downed Cedar Rapids Washington 8-6 in the 4Asemifinals. Ankeny coach Mel Murken says there is no simple answer for whythey have put together the post season run.
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Train traffic in Ames has picked up significantly since the new pasta plantopened. A new system is being tested to warn motorists of on-coming trains at crossings without disturbing residents. Instead of having trains blow their horns upon approaching the crossings,horns have been mounted at three intersections that point down at traffic.Ames City Engineer Scott Logan says the automated horns are working well.Ames is among only three cities in the nation to test the new horn system.The horns are activated at the same time as the gates and red flashinglights. Logan says two surveys were taken of 500 residents around thecrossings, before and after the new warning systems were installed.Before, 85 percent said the train-mounted horns were very disturbing. After,it was a complete turnaround — 85 percent said it was a clear improvement.
The final candidate for the University of Northern Iowa Athletic Director’sjob was on campus in Cedar Falls today. Rick Hartzell is a 1974 graduate ofU-N-I. Hartzell was athletic director at Bucknell until resigning lastmonth. He says the panther program presents a challenge.After meeting with the coaches, Hartzell says improving the atmosphere willbe one of his priorities.Hartzel interviewed for the job the last time it was open 7 years ago. Hesays he’s more prepared this time around.The Klemme native was a baseball and football player while at U-N-I.Officials hope to make their selection from the four candidates by nextweek.
(Ames, IA) The First Lady of Texas entered the banquet room and walked to the first table, grabbing the back of the chair and announcing, “I’m Laura Bush.”
After signing an autograph on a baseball and posing for pictures with a supporter’s grandchild, she moved to the next table, announcing herself to the eight people who were in the midst of a deli sandwich lunch.
“I just think she’s a special lady and I hope that she and her husband are successful in their bid for the White House,” said Susan Bokhoven of Ames, who posed for a picture with Mrs. Bush. [Read more…]
Iowa girls who own a popular “American Girl” are invited to a tea partythis afternoon at a Des Moines public library. Ann Murray, the “youthspecialist” at the Franklin Library in Des Moines, says girls are encouragedto dress up and bring their favorite doll.Girls ages five to 12 are invited. Murray says the “American Girls” dollsare not only fun, they’re educational.The series features girls living in different parts of the country indifferent time periods.One doll is from Mexico and another escaped slavery..The “American Girls” Tea Party is free but the library would like you toR-S-V-P at 515-283-4152. The party begins at 3 o’clock today at theFranklin Library in Des Moines.
A Bettendorf woman could face a month in jail after a jury found her guiltyof letting her 14-year-old son skip school. 47-year-old Mikayla Grant will be sentenced next month to up to 30 days injail and a thousand-dollar fine. Her son missed all or part of 43 daysduring last year’s first semester. The woman claimed she couldn’t make theboy go to school as he’d get violent when reprimanded.
Meteorologists predict today will be the hottest day of the summer for muchof the Midwest. One-hundred-degree temperatures are predicted from Texas toSouth Dakota. National Weather Service forecaster Brad Small says Iowansshould see temperatures in the upper 90s, breaking the century mark in somespots.Small says 87 degrees is the normal high for this time of year, and it’s notunheard of to vary within five degrees of that mark. Small says what isunusual about the summer of 1999 is the prolonged stretch of mid-90-degreetemperatures, which sometimes reach into the upper 90s.Small says relief is ahead as a cold front is on the way that will droptemperatures down to normal by the weekend. Nationwide, 58 people have diedin this month’s heat wave. Many of them are elderly people who do not haveor do not use air conditioning.
Despite reports of a farm crisis, Indiana Senator Richard Lugar is quoted assaying he’s seen estimates that the average farmer’s income will not be muchlower than last year’s income. Iowa Congressman Tom Latham says Lugar mayneed to have someone talk to him about the farm situation.Latham says farmers ARE suffering and need an emergency bailout.Latham says there WILL be assistance this fall to help producers survive thedownturn. Iowa Senator Tom Harkin also disagrees with Lugar’s call to debatean emergency farm bailout package later, rather than sooner.Harkin is pushing a 9-point-9 billion dollar farm assistance package.
A democrat-backed plan to trim taxes was rejected by the U-S Senate lastnight in favor of a much broader republican-sponsored plan. Iowa Senator TomHarkin, a democrat, says he’ll vote against the G-O-P package later today.Harkin says more moderate tax cuts are needed. He says the republicanpackage would “put our economic prosperity in jeopardy:”Harkin says the vast majority of the tax benefits are only for the verywealthy. A version of the measure first passed in the House, where IowaCongressman Tom Latham says he’s concerned about President Clinton’s threatto veto the package.Latham says the 792-billion dollar tax reduction package will NOT have thesupport to override the threatened veto, though he says Clinton SHOULD signthe tax cut into law.Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan suggested lawmakers hold off on taxcuts because bigger-than-expected budget surpluses may not materialize.
The third of four candidates for the University of Northern Iowa athleticdirector’s job was on campus in Cedar Falls Wednesday. Tim Van Alstine hasbeen the senior associate A-D at Ohio University since 1995. He says UNI hasa good program.He believes he has the experience to lead the Panthers.Van Alstine says he’s impressed with the spirit in Cedar Falls.