A man from the northeastern Iowa town of Coggon has gathered more than a thousand pounds of clothing, which is now on its way to Bosnia. Von McClelland started the clothing drive after hearing about the poor living conditions in Bosnia from his son who is stationed there in the U-S Army. The clothing is being trucked to Texas and will be shipped overseas.
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The Iowa women have become a bit of a suprise in the Big Ten race. The Hawkeyes are 10-8 overall and 5-3 in league play under first-year coach Lisa Bluder and will be looking for a second straight road victory tomorrow night at Michigan State. Bluder says the team has not played a zone team since they took on Iowa State over two-months ago. Bluder says the zone will try to shut down the Hawkeyes three point shooting.
The return of the “old guard” continues at Newton-based appliance maker Maytag. William Beer is returning to Maytag to head the company’s major appliance division. Beer worked for 25 years at Maytag before leaving in 2000. Beer’s return follows that of Maytag Chairman and CEO Leonard Hadley. Hadley rejoined the company in November after the resignation of Lloyd Ward.The return of Beer is good news to the President of the U-A-W union representing Maytag production workers. Union president Patt Teed says Beer has been a favorite of workers. Maytag has about 35-hundred employees.
A state agency that helps Iowans with loans to buy their first home is lowering its interest rate. Iowa Finance Authority spokesman Steve Schuchmann says they’re cutting the rate for a 25 or 30-year mortgage by almost a half percentage point. Schuchmann says the cut in the rate is not related to the Federal Reserve’s cut in interest rates today. They’re able to offer below-market rates through the sale of bonds. Schuchmann says the rate is now 6.875 percent. He says their loans differ from most commercial lenders in another way. They don’t charge an origination fee, which is usually one-percent of the value of the loan. Schuchmann says those eligible for the low-interest loans must meet requirements, including being a first time homebuyer and meeting income guidelines. He says the program helped thousands of Iowans who otherwise may not have been able to afford a home.They helped approximately 12-hundred people win 75-million dollars in loans in 2000. Schuchmann says the income limits to qualify for the I-F-A loans aren’t as low as you might expect. He says you should surf to the I-F-A website at: www.ifahome.com, to see if you’re eligible.
Hunters from around Iowa flocked to the statehouse today, vowing to make Governor Tom Vilsack an “endangered species” when he stands for re-election. Dozens of “blaze orange” caps were worn inside the capital as hunters blew their top over the Governor’s decision to veto a bill which would have allowed dove hunting in Iowa. Dan Hull of Burlington predicted there are 300-thousand hunters in Iowa who’ll vote against Vilsack in 2002. Hull disputes the idea that mourning doves are a symbol of peace. Hull says the birds are like pigeons. On Monday, Vilsack said he enjoyed hunting for pheasants and quail, but had never hunted for doves. Yesterday, Vilsack issued a veto message for the dove bill, saying he’s heard from hundreds of Iowans who opposed it.
Aspiring college and high school writers still have a chance to be recognized and earn some money in the process. The University of Northern Iowa is offering nearly 20-thousand dollars in prizes at its upcoming conference on critical writing. U-N-I Modern Languages professor Jennifer Cooley is one of the organizers of the 21st annual “Celebrating Critical Writing Conference.”Cooley says students can submit essays on various English subjects. and there is also a modern languages division. She says winning writers can take home a nice prize.The largest cash prize is 500-dollars and scholarships are available, too. Cooley says advances in technology have prompted students to do more writing.Cooley says essay entries for the conference must be submitted by February 6th. For information on the contest, surf to: “www.uni.edu/english/webfiles/ccwc”.
A 15-year-old eastern Iowa girl has died of bacterial meningitis. Solon High sophomore Lindsey Smith died Monday afternoon. Officials say the girl’s family members will be treated, but it was an isolated case that does not warrant a school-wide vaccination.
A southeast Iowa native will have to wait a little longer to make his first trip into space.The launch of the space shuttle Discovery has been pushed back due to the delay in launching Atlantis two weeks ago. The Atlantis launch is now slated for February 7th. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Jim Kelly is scheduled to be the pilot on the Discovery mission, now scheduled for liftoff March 8th. Kelly is a Burlington native who now lives in Houston, Texas. The mission will take him to the International Space Station to deliver supplies, experiments and crew and will include two spacewalks. The 36-year-old Kelly will become the fifth Iowan to go into space.Other Iowans who’ve flown aboard the shuttle are: George Nelson of Charles City, Colonel David Hilmers of Clinton and Colonel Loren Shriver of Jefferson. Back in 1968, Colonel Walter Cunningham, of Creston, flew aboard Apollo Seven.
The number of kids enrolled in a state program that provides no-cost or low-cost insurance has doubled in the past 12 months. “The Healthy and Well Kids in Iowa” or HAWK-I program had just over 85-hundred kids enrolled December 31st. Anita Smith of the Iowa Department of Human Services runs the program and says efforts to publicize the program have paid off.Smith says state officials have also made it easier for parents to complete the HAWK-I paperwork.Smith says about 25 percent of eligible kids are getting insurance through the HAWK-I program. Federal officials estimate 67-thousand uninsured children in Iowa would qualify for the program.
Investigators believe they have some answers after a weekend fire gutted a northeastern Iowa business and damaged several others. The State Fire Marshal says the downtown Manchester fire on Sunday was caused by a malfunction in a natural gas flow regulator, causing an excess buildup of gas in the building’s boiler and igniting nearby items. A Christian bookstore was destroyed while nearby businesses had smoke and water damage.