The state softball tournament opens tonight at Harlan Rodgers Park in Fort Dodge. Tonight the entire first round will be played in class 1A and the openers are at five as Rockwell City Lytton plays fourth ranked Missouri valley and Pocahontas area take on 6th ranked Sigourney. Also in 1A, 8th ranked Edgewood Colesburg takes on Conrad BCLUW and third ranked Colfax Mingo battles number ten Southeast Warren. The nightcaps will be in class 2A. Top ranked Clear Creek Amana takes a 50-5 mark into a matchup with Davenport assumption and 8th ranked Forest City goes up against Forest City. The remainder of the first round games will be played on Tuesday.
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A new book by an Iowa veteran chronicles his experience as a World War Two bomber pilot and prisoner of war. Howard Greiner’s book “Letters to Mom” features the letters the then-young man from Wellman wrote to his invalid mother. They chronicled his war service from start to finish. Greiner says his most vivid memory is bailing out of his burning bomber over Germany in 1945. He got out with the co-pilot and engineer but other crewmembers didn’t make it. Greiner says he has always blamed himself that the other crewmembers didn’t make it out of the plane.Greiner says nearly being killed by German civilians while waiting for a prisoner train is something else that sticks out from the experience. The crowd wanted to hang him and seven other prisoners, but German soldiers held them off.Greiner says putting together the book helped him come to terms with his guilt over losing the four members of his crew. He’d never talked about his war experiences until four years ago.Greiner says he changed his mind after being persuaded by a friend to attenda meeting of former war prisoners. Those prisoners told him they had similar experiences with guilt, but it wasn’t his fault. The 78-year-old Greiner now lives in Albian. His book is available at most bookstores.
A county attorney wound up on the wrong side of the law Sunday.Okoboji police arrested 51-year-old Thomas Gustafson of Denison early Sunday on public intoxication charges. Cops say Gustafson ran from a vehicle after a traffic stop. The female driver was released. Gustafson is the Crawford County Attorney.
The Clive woman who lost both legs after a car crash in April is getting a new smile today.18-year-old Lindsay Thomas is scheduled for an appointment in Iowa City to have a bridge fitted that’ll replace all of the teeth she lost in the April wreck along I-35. She was pinned inside her car five days until a D-O-T worker found her at the bottom of a flooded culvert. Thomas leaves Tuesday for New York and an appearance on an M-T-V talk show. It’s the latest of her many recent bits on national T-V since both of her legs were amputated below the knee. After weeks of intense physical therapy, doctors say Thomas’ recovery has surpassed all expectations. She’s now able to walk on prosthetic legs without a walker.
With the Fed’s repeated lowering of the prime rate and interest dwindling on everything from home loans to consumer debt, student loans have taken their first cut in interest rate. That’s sparked interest in consolidating those loans, but Iowa College Student Aid Commission executive Director Gary Nichols says it may not be a good idea to try lowering payments by stretching out a ten-year loan. He says consolidating can extend the repayment to 20 years, but like a home mortgage, paying over a longer period means by the end you’ll have paid a lot more interest. Nichols says if a student can manage the payments, it would be wiser to pay off those college loans in the shortest time possible. The Commission at this month’s meeting got a report on the number and dollar total of student loans given this year.Loan volume is up about 6 percent, and the commission’s helped about 40-thousand students this year. He says the increase is typical. With deep budget cuts forcing Iowa schools to consider double-digit tuition increases, Nichols anticipates the rise in demand for student loans will continue unabated.
Authorities are releasing more details of a Friday collision that killed a southeast Iowa farmer.A four-wheeler driven by 69-year-old Kenneth Hahn of Keota, who was believed to be doing farm work, pulled off a dirt road and into the path of a feed truck. Hahn died later at University Hospitals in Iowa City. The truck driver wasn’t hurt and wasn’t charged.
If you like fried green tomatoes, this year’s growing season in Iowa has been tailor-made for you. But if you’ve been looking forward to harvesting juicy red tomatoes, gardening experts say this may be your week.Iowa State University extension specialist Richard Jauron says May and early June were cool, and tomato plants didn’t start out of the gate very well as a result. Jauron says ideal growing conditions are 80s during the day and 60s at night.Jauron getting reports of a lot of blossom end rot — a brown or black spot on the bottom of the fruit.Jauron says it’s caused by an un-even moisture supply, and the fruit doesn’t get enough calcium from the soil. Jauron says the best way to combat the problem is to make sure tomato plants are well watered, once a week.
A southeast Iowa woman was shot through the eye over the weekend in a case that’s still under investigation. The Keokuk County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a Friday shooting that left a Keota woman in critical condition with a gunshot wound in the eye. Investigators still aren’t sure if the shooting of 42-year-old Lynn Ray was self-inflicted or attempted murder. Ray was found by her cousin in a camper where she was staying near Lake Belva Deer.
A Muscatine teenager involved in a fatal drunk driving accident in March is pleading guilty.Eighteen-year-old Trisha Schubert of Muscatine was charged with homicide by vehicle and serious injury by vehicle. Police say Schubert was drunk when she drove an S-U-V into a utility pole, killing 11-year-old Jessica Ballheimer of East Moline, Illinois. Schubert could get a 25-year prison sentence.
Potentially deadly baby formula is being recalled in Iowa and eight other states. Mead Johnson Nutritionals is recalling packages of its LactoFree infant formula because the packages don’t list ingredients on the back of the box. The Indiana-based company warns infants allergic to milk protein are at risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume the product, though there are no reports of any problems. Consumers who bought the product should return it to the place of purchase for a full refund and can call Mead Johnson toll-free at 888-222-9223. Other states effected by the recall are: Colorado, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas.