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DNA links man to murder
Thomas Henderson walks through the Carroll County courthouse to his initial court appearance this morning. He faces two first-degree murder charges for killing a mother and son in Glidden last month.
Thomas Henderson walks through the Carroll County courthouse to his initial court appearance this morning. He faces two

first-degree murder charges for killing a

mother and son in Glidden last month.
A knife that was apparently used to kill at least one of two homicide victims in a Glidden trailer house last month had the blood of a Lake City man who was arrested Thursday for the crimes, according to court records.

Current Issue: 07-09-14

Manning eager for start of assisted-living project
Owners of Char-Mac Assisted Living have announced plans to build a 36-unit assisted living campus in Manning, looking for opening late spring or early summer 2015 . Jeanine Chartier and her husband Stan, of Lawton, Iowa, own and operate two facilities in northern Iowa. Char-Mac Assisted-living in Lawton opened in 2000. Char-Mac of Holstein opened in 2005 and was expanded for senior living in 2012.
Iowa National Guard trains at Carroll airport
One by one, seven Black Hawk helicopters touched down on a Carroll airport runway early Friday afternoon.
Carroll school board approves budget
Carroll Community school leaders hope to use 13 teacher early retirements to trim about $340,000 from their budget for next school year, Superintendent Rob Cordes said this morning.
Current Issue: 07-08-14

CHS seeking projects for community service day
Carroll High School students are seeking projects for a community-wide service day slated for Wednesday, April 30.
Charges uncertain for suspect of double-murder
The 36-year-old Denison woman who was an alleged accomplice in a scrap-metal heist and double-murder last month near Deloit has not been formally charged for the crimes, court records show.
Current Issue: 07-07-14

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CRB pursuing three options for superintendent position
The Coon Rapids-Bayard School Board will move forward with three options to replace its superintendent - sharing with Ogden Community Schools, sharing with IKM-Manning Schools or jointly searching with CAM schools in Anita.
Writing workshop
An ancestral curse. A nautical mystery. An enchanted world. Magic.
Current Issue: 07-02-14

CHS junior draws 3D plan of wrestling addition
Brady Bender's 3D drawing of the proposed Carroll High School wrestling addition depicts the 84 by 42 square feet wrestling floor covered in black and orange mats; 88 total feet of window blocks above the mat-covered walls, to take full advantage of natural light; a 3-foot-high dividing wall between the wrestling mats and cardio training equipment; and even a sink - in case someone needs to wash up a little blood, he said.
The Few, The Proud
LEGO bricks lay scattered across the floor of Jen Arkland's first-grade classroom as Pfc. Jana Randleman, in full blue dress uniform, knelt to help Kaleb Sosa and Jackson St. John build a castle.
Census: Audubon County takes 4% population loss
Fresh U.S. Census estimates on population project Audubon County has lost 4 percent of its population since the official 2010 head count. The county's estimated population stood at 5,873 on July 1, 2013, down 246 from 6,119 on April 1, 2010.
Current Issue: 07-01-14

New data: Carroll County's smoking rate dips only slightly
A new county-by-county analysis of federal data shows smoking rate declined in Carroll County and all of it neighboring counties over the past 15 years.
Iowa FFA sets historical membership record
The Iowa FFA Association set an all-time membership record this week at 14,207 students, surpassing the previous 1977-78 school year record by three members.
Kanne enters Carroll County supervisors race
Carroll real-estate broker and appraiser Don Kanne has filed for the 2nd District Carroll County supervisors seat, setting up the lone competitive primary for county offices in June.
No prison for arsonist
The 29-year-old Carroll man who started a fire in his neighbor's apartment in 2012 was sentenced Monday to five years of probation - in lieu of prison - and ordered to undergo drug-abuse evaluation and treatment, according to court documents.
Murder suspect will likely claim self-defense
The man who allegedly admitted he killed Mark Koster in 2009 by striking him in the head and choking him with a wooden baseball bat - and then buried Koster's body in the dirt floor of a basement - will likely claim self-defense if the case goes to trial, Sac County Attorney Ben Smith said this morning in a press conference.
Sibenaller might avoid felony conviction
The Roselle man accused of fraudulently depositing a $56,000 check meant for his former employer into his personal bank account might avoid a felony conviction next month as part of a plea deal, according to court documents.
Lake City soliciting bids for new aquatic center
Lake City soon will be diving in construction of a new aquatic center that will open for the 2015 season.
Cooking for a crowd: Delores Schaeuble shares the recipe
The hustle and bustle of a busy household was the norm for the Schaeuble family of Carroll. In the late 1960s they built a house on North Main Street. The doors on their home swung open and closed on a regular basis, as two parents and 10 children went on their way to school, work, errands and activities.
Current Issue: 06-30-14

Sibenaller to plead guilty for forgery case
The Roselle man accused of taking a $56,000 check from his former employer - a West Des Moines company that insures religious institutions - and later making threats to former coworkers will plead guilty next month to an unspecified criminal charge, court records show.
City manager nets prestigious award
Gerald Clausen is a deep-thinker, a compassionate humanitarian and an eager mentor for fellow city managers, according to the Iowa City/County Management Association, which last week gave Clausen its Joe Lukehart Award.
When schools close
Harsh words fly in a packed auditorium.

Fingers point in accusations of bias. Calls for community cooperation are met with bitter dissent. The scene is familiar in rural Iowa as shrinking populations force school districts to make the financial decision to consolidate or close school buildings - often the pride of the small towns in which they reside.

Current Issue: 06-27-14

No prison for beaten man found with drugs
The 28-year-old Lanesboro man who was severely beaten and disfigured in a September brawl in his house - and, after the months-long investigation of that incident, was charged with possession of drugs on the same day the felony assault and burglary charges against his alleged assailants were dismissed - avoided prison this week with a plea deal with the Carroll County attorney.
Donkey basketball raises more than $2,000
The crowd cheered as the donkeys raced down the court, their riders attempting to steer their animals toward a basket.
Current Issue: 06-26-14

Dodgeball glory
A St. Lawrence Center sixth-grade team - dubbed the "Knightmares" - won the annual Carroll Middle School Dodgeball Tournament on Friday, a 3-year-old fundraiser for Relay for Life, which benefits the American Cancer Society.
Carroll librarian leaving for Missouri job
Carroll Public Library Director Kelly Fischbach has accepted a middle school position in Missouri, in the Ozarks region, and plans to move from Carroll in mid-July.
Transient arrested in Florida for 2009 death of Sac City man
A transient man who lived for about a month with Mark Koster, 58, in his Sac City house in 2009 allegedly struck Koster in the head and choked him to death with a wooden baseball bat and buried Koster's body in the basement of the house, according to court documents.
Current Issue: 06-25-14

Why are Iowa women behind bars? Drugs, drugs - and bad boyfriends
More than 71 percent of the nearly 600 inmates in Iowa's lone prison for women did not commit a violent crime - and many are there for drug-related offenses.
Carroll Council approves $1.1 million streets project
Carroll City Council members Monday approved a $1.1 million street-resurfacing project for this construction season. It's the largest streets project since 1998, according to Public Works director Randy Krauel.
Superintendent resigns to save district money
Superintendent and elementary principal Rich Stoffers has opted to take an early-retirement package in an effort to save the Coon Rapids-Bayard School District a possible $50,000-plus next year.
Severance payout in the works for city clerk
The Audubon city attorney is negotiating a severance deal with longtime City Clerk Lora Hansen that might finally conclude the months-long, tumultuous effort to remove her from the job, Hansen said Monday.
Current Issue: 06-24-14

Council poised to fire city clerk
The Audubon City Council will vote tonight whether to remove Lora Hansen from her city clerk job, appoint another woman in her office as a temporary replacement and solicit job applications for a permanent one, according to a meeting agenda.
Halfway there
Kumper Catholic Schools have cleared the halfway mark toward their jubilation goal of $6.5 million.
'We've become inundated'
The passenger Friday morning in the back of Sheriff Steve Haupert's patrol truck needed to be transported to Story County, but not to stand trial for any crime.
It's easy to add pizazz to pork chops
Instead of grabbing a package of ground beef or chicken breasts for dinner, reach for pork instead. Pork chops are an effortless way to add pizazz to dinner time. Take the time to add a little flavor to pork, and it will go a long way.
Current Issue: 06-23-14

DMACC hires new Carroll provost
Des Moines Area Community College this morning announced the hiring of Joel Lundstrom, a Perry native and Kansas educator, as provost of the growing Carroll campus.
Work on new Glidden Wellness Center under way
The former Glidden Graphic newsroom is taking on new life as the city renovates the building into a community fitness facility.
Current Issue: 06-20-14

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New electronic health-record system is EPIC change for SMCH
Stewart Memorial Community Hospital is joining a network of over 350 health-care locations, many of them Unity Point affiliates, across the Midwest in implementing a new electronic health-record system called EPIC.
CHS hires first female principal
Sitting in her new office, Carroll High School's former assistant principal holds up a bright yellow box of peanut M&Ms - a gift from Kuemper Catholic High School principal Penny Miller - the capital letters perfect vehicles for the personalized message: "McKenize & Miller rule the schools!"
Two arrested for selling 'yellow fish' marijuana
Police officers used a confidential informant to buy marijuana at a Carroll house where two teens were suspected of selling the drug in bags adorned with a yellow fish similar to the Goldfish crackers logo, according to court records.
Current Issue: 06-19-14

Man charged for teen's tattoo
A 34-year-old Coon Rapids man who allegedly tattooed a 16-year-old girl's wrist in January faces a criminal charge for tattooing a minor without a license, according to a criminal complaint filed last week.
The 12 percent: Is it politically fatal for Ernst?
Mitt Romney had his 47 percent - the portion of the American electorate he famously dismissed.
Current Issue: 06-18-14

Council plans overhaul of finances, city operation
Audubon city leaders might seek a comprehensive audit of its finances to help reverse the budget deficit they say is unavoidable for the next fiscal year, which starts July 1.
Carroll schools aim to cut nearly $500K
For the second year in a row, general-fund expenditures will exceed revenues, to the tune of more than $1.5 million business manager Gary Bengtson told Carroll Community School Board members during a budget work session Monday night.
Police: Teen had pot in school locker
Law officers found marijuana in a Carroll High School locker on Thursday as part of a routine sweep for drugs.
Current Issue: 06-17-14

Music key for Kuemper grad
Master of the piano, violin, viola and voice, the 2011 Kuemper graduate's musical talents are regularly on display in four area churches - Holy Spirit and St. Lawrence parishes in Carroll, St. Mary Parish in Willey and First United Methodist Church in Carroll - sometimes even twice on the same Sunday.
Alleged murderers jailed with $500K bond
Three Denison residents arrested last week for a double-murder and arson near Deloit will remain jailed for the duration of their court cases unless they each pay $500,000 cash to get out.
Dessert bars: Sweet and easy-to-make
Everyone has a weakness, and one of mine is dessert bars, specifically the corner piece. I love bars because of their simplicity. A pan of bars is much faster and easier to make than batches of cookies. Bars are also easy to slice up and store, and bars are ideal for transporting to potlucks and picnics. Once you're at your destination, just grab and go, no forks needed.
Current Issue: 06-16-14

5 area high schools hit 100% graduation
Iowa's statewide four-year graduation rate has increased for the third consecutive year according to figures released Thursday by the Iowa Department of Education. Simultaneously, the statewide drop-out rate has fallen for the third consecutive year.
Murder in Deloit
Three people, who were caught red-handed stealing scrap metal from a rural Deloit acreage Monday by the landowner and his longtime friend, killed them and set fire to a mobile home - which burned the bodies - and fled, investigators allege.
Current Issue: 06-13-14

Officials: Farm deaths were homicides
The Monday deaths of a Maple River man and his farmhand were homicides, the state Division of Criminal Investigation confirmed this morning.
MSM holds second community input event
"There are no wrong answers and no crazy ideas," Main Street Manning board president Ron Reischl told the roughly 50 attendees at Tuesday night's community input event in the VFW Hall in Manning.
McKenzie next CHS principal
Tammie McKenzie will be the next principal of Carroll High School said superintendent Rob Cordes in a phone call with the Daily Times Herald this morning.
Current Issue: 06-12-14

Aces up in Jefferson, regulators approve casino
With freshly minted approval from state regulators this morning, Wild Rose Entertainemnt projected an August 2015 opening for a $40-million Jefferson casino-and-entertainment complex.
Carroll streets project expected to cost $1.5 million
Carroll city officials have expanded an $870,000 street-resurfacing project for this construction into a $1.5 million plan. It's the largest streets project since 1998, according to Public Works director Randy Krauel.
Plans under way for assisted-living facility
Manning could soon have an assisted-living facility, located just south of the school, said Dawn Rohe, city administrator.
Family: Maple River man and farmhand found dead in fire
A 79-year-old Maple River man and his farmhand died Monday at the scene of a fire that is being investigated as a crime on an acreage about three miles northeast of Denison, the man's family confirmed this morning.
Current Issue: 06-11-14

Carroll Council approves $18 million budget
Improvements to the City of Carroll's water collection system and street work emerged as key spending items in a budget council members approved Monday night for the fiscal year staring July 1.
Templeton Rye expects mash-fed pigs to burst with flavor
Templeton Rye Spirits is the company that just can't escape history.
City errs again in clerk replacement
City leaders will advertise a job opening for their city clerk a third time as procedural missteps continue to dog their efforts to replace longtime clerk Lora Hansen.
City errs again in clerk replacement
City leaders will advertise a job opening for their city clerk a third time as procedural missteps continue to dog their efforts to replace longtime clerk Lora Hansen.
Carroll Council approves $18 million budget
Improvements to the City of Carroll's water collection system and street work emerged as key spending items in a budget council members approved Monday night for the fiscal year staring July 1.
DMACC Carroll provost search narrowed to 3
Des Moines Area Community College officials expect to announce within weeks the hiring of a new provost for the Carroll campus.
Current Issue: 06-10-14

Branstad: Ernst brings 'straight shooter' approach
Just days into her role as one of the more high-profile Republican candidates in the nation Joni Ernst joined the top of the order for a statewide campaign swing.
Dancing with the Stars
Attendees at Manning Rotary Club's fourth annual "Dancing With the Stars" fundraising event saw it all Saturday night, from the tiny tappers who opened the show, to the leotard-clad man who stole it, with ballroom, pleather and cheesecake in between.
Mayor: Cost of living in Carroll 'not a bad price tag'
Commercial property owners could see a 16 percent increase in their city tax bills this coming fiscal year. Meanwhile, homeowners in Carroll would face 6 to 7 percent increases in their city property tax under a draft plan city elected officials appear poised to approve tonight.
Current Issue: 06-09-14

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Eggs-cellent choice: Omelets filling, healthful
An omelet makes a filling and healthful meal anytime of the day. There are endless possibilities for breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner. Large omelets can be made to share or individual omelets can be made one at a time.
Ready for duty
Seth Horsley is preparing for the academic and physical-training rigors he will encounter as a plebe at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y.
Current Issue: 06-06-14

Student art empowers cancer patients
In a waiting room in the Cancer Center of St. Anthony Regional Hospital, the bright white letters jump off the canvas covered with brilliant rainbow hues of wax, offering a simple, but powerful, reminder - Hope.
Current Issue: 06-05-14

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Former Marine, St. Louis educator makes cut for top Carroll DMACC post
By perhaps the most crucial measure, community colleges have an edge on Harvard University, says Thomas Walker.
$10K reward for double homicide tips
Any resident with key information that leads to the criminal conviction of whoever killed a 48-year-old Glidden woman and her son last month is eligible for a $10,000 reward, Carroll County Sheriff Doug Bass said Monday.
Current Issue: 06-03-14

Phillips retiring from Social Security in Carroll
Phil Phillips, a longtime Social Security Administration employee in Carroll, has announced he will retire March 28.
More Easter treats: Recipes for leftovers
We were fortunate to have absolutely perfect weather for Easter weekend. Our family spent Saturday morning at Living History Farms in Clive for their annual family Easter party. Our boys, Kellan, 6, and Carsten, 3, took part in traditional egg and toy hunts, Easter bonnet races, and egg races. They also visited with the Easter Bunny, rode a horse-drawn wagon and petted bunnies in a historic barn.
Current Issue: 06-02-14

Jefferson casino hearing consumes five hours
More than 500 Greene County residents and other Iowans Thursday afternoon swelled the historic Sierra Community Theatre just a skip from the Jefferson town square to voice varied opinions on a proposed $40-million casino-and-entertainment complex planned for the county seat.
Current Issue: 05-30-14

Current Issue: 05-29-14

Scrappers steal 550 flagpoles
Scrap metal thieves stole a trailer and hundreds of metal flagpoles from the Carroll American Legion just before Memorial Day - a holiday in which the poles are placed with American flags at the city cemetery - and after a failed attempt to sell the poles, the thieves allegedly returned and stole another trailer that contained the remainder of the Legion's poles.
Minnesota DMACC candidate brings community, 4-year college background
Craig Johnson cut to the chase about how he should be measured following a potential first year on the job as leader of the Des Moines Area Community College Carroll campus.
Another banner year for CHS TV news team
With a few changes in cast but the same dededication to excellence, Carroll High School's "Ten at Ten Live" is No. 1 again.
New treasurer proud of community involvement
Travel in and out of the U.S. has made newly appointed Carroll County Treasurer Jean Seidl more fully appreciate her rural Iowa home in Dedham - and recognize the need for community involvement to keep such small towns alive.
New auditor enjoys challenge of new duties
Like many others in Carroll County, newly appointed auditor Kourtney Irlbeck can't wait to kick this winter weather.
Current Issue: 05-28-14

'For tomorrow may not be'
There are times when words seem too thin to express our thoughts and feelings, but I will try.
Current Issue: 05-27-14

School board approves $363K bid to demolish Lohrville school building
The Southern Calhoun school board accepted a $363,056 bid from King Construction of Wall Lake last week to demolish its elementary school building in Lohrville.
Parade rider braves weather
While Carroll Area FFA's annual tractor-and-truck parade on Friday afternoon celebrating National FFA Week featured some impressive behemoth vehicles, standing out in the crowd was Soyer, driving his recently acquired mid-1950s John Deere 60 tractor ... without a spacious, comfy, heated cab ... in mid-30s temperature ... with snow and ice from the previous day's storm lining the route.
Kuemper drops primary school Spanish, adds accelerated class to junior high
Kuemper Catholic Schools will not offer Spanish classes for kindergarten through third grades next year.
Girl injured in 20-foot fall from bleachers
A 9-year-old Creston girl suffered multiple head fractures Saturday when she fell from the top of a set of bleachers in the IKM-Manning High School gymnasium during a basketball tournament.
Unlicensed man allegedly tattooed teen girls
A 34-year-old Coon Rapids man allegedly inked the word "love" on the wrist of a 16-year-old girl at the kitchen table of his house in recent weeks in violation of three state laws, according to court documents.
Double-booked Branstad champions local energy mix
About the only thing Gov. Terry Branstad didn't do Wednesday for energy production in the Carroll area was to check the porch bulbs or flip on the night lights for residents himself in Glidden and Coon Rapids before leaving the region.
Easy recipes give Easter meal extra color, flavor
Celebrate spring with an array of easy recipes that will add plenty of color and flavor to your Easter meal. These recipes won't take your time away from what's truly important: dyeing Easter eggs, filling baskets with jelly beans and spending time with your loved ones.
Murder case suspended for mental evaluation
The man accused of killing a Rockwell City police officer in a September standoff might be unable to defend himself against a first-degree murder charge because he is paranoid and delusional, a district judge ruled Tuesday.
City denies water service to new business
Olsen's Outdoor Power either will have to install a private well or seek annexation of its planned Carroll-area business into the city limits to obtain municipal water service.
'It has to be let go'
She was dismissive at times. Combative. She let out a long, audible sigh.
Kansas candidate for DMACC job stresses Iowa roots, diverse experience
Of the five final candidates for the Des Moines Area Community College Carroll Campus provost position, Joel Lundstrom of Manhattan, Kan., has the closest local tie.
Process to replace clerk plods ahead
Audubon city leaders are expected tonight to schedule a special meeting in which they will set job-performance expectations for the town's city clerk - one of the steps suggested by an interim city attorney as they seek to replace current clerk Lora Hansen.
Attorney says alleged cop killer is paranoid, delusional
The 33-year-old Rockwell City man who allegedly shot and killed a police officer during a September standoff is incapable of defending himself against a first-degree murder charge because he suffers from an unspecified mental disorder and "a paranoid and delusional thought process," the man's defense attorney alleges in his request to suspend the case.
Gee emphasizes leading by example
A self-described "quick learner," Doug Gee said he brings something to the table that can't be taught - a strong work ethic.
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City takes wait-and-see approach to tree-killing beetle
Carroll will spend up to $50,000 in the next fiscal year to remove damaged ash trees from city property - part of a move to prepare for the seemingly inevitable invasion of tiny Asian beetles that could wipe out the vast majority of the state's ash trees.
Board poised to close Manilla school
IKM-Manning school board members were adamant Wednesday night - the Manilla building must be closed.
Agriculture background key for Shockley
Rusty Shockley taught agriculture for 20 years in three different school districts before taking his current job as high school principal at Central Lee in Donnellson six years ago. The high school houses about 400 students.
Current Issue: 05-19-14

Make your Easter table colorful, fresh, fruity
Add a rainbow of colors to your Easter tablescape by serving your family fresh and colorful fruit salad.
DMACC Carroll provost search narrowed to 5
A nine-member search committee with heavy local representation has narrowed the field to five candidates for the next Des Moines Area Community College Carroll Campus provost, a position held until late last year by veteran Carroll educator Steve Schulz.
Supervisors sign off on new mental-health region
Carroll County supervisors unanimously voted to sign off on the final agreement establishing Carroll County's place as a member of a new six-county district to provide mental-health services.
Aschinger pleads not-guilty to perjury
Elizabeth Aschinger, whose sex affair with her father-in-law was at the heart of an extortion scheme last year, gave written pleas of not-guilty Tuesday to perjury, a felony, and obstruction of justice, a misdemeanor.
Adams Elementary reads for Gold
As the world's top athletes prepared for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia, students at Adams Elementary School in Carroll kicked off their own Olympic Games.
McKenzie: Tech, visibility important in principal
In three years, Tammie McKenzie believes the media center will be a key stop on a tour of Carroll High School.
Boards seeks to entice teachers to retire early
The Carroll Community School District board of education voted Monday night to offer a lucrative early-retirement package this year in an effort to limit cuts to the 2014-15 general-fund budget. There will be no early-retirement package offered next year.
A day of winter and spring
Maybe you shouldn't have shoveled today. The wintry punch this morning - a storm that coated Carroll with a thin layer of ice and topped it with a fluffy 1.6 inches of snow - gave way to a kiss of spring, with an expected snow-melting high temperature of at least 40 degrees.
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Consultants recommend closure of Manilla school building
Consultants officially recommended Thursday night that the IKM-Manning board of education close the Manilla building to most efficiently consolidate the district and cut costs.
Carroll chapter says youth programs may be key to future
Through its 29-year history, the Carroll County chapter of Pheasants Forever has achieved remarkable success establishing and preserving habitat for wildlife.
Man in standoff was suicidal
The 73-year-old man who allegedly threatened to shoot officers on two separate nights in the past month if they came to his rural Lake View acreage was suicidal and has a history of alcoholism and depression, according to court documents.
Walking Again
In remote areas of Vietnam, arthritis can literally cripple, while those injured in vehicular accidents stand little to no chance of walking again.
Current Issue: 05-14-14

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Tuna noodle casserole: An easy-to-make favorite
Tuna noodle casserole is one of America's most popular dishes for many reasons. It is extremely convenient to make and can be made without using any fresh ingredients. If you have a can of tuna, a can of vegetables, a can of mushroom soup, and a package of noodles, dinner can be on the table in a little over 30 minutes.
Current Issue: 05-12-14

City clerk might keep job
Audubon's longtime city clerk would remain in her job for at least six more months - if she agrees to abide by certain city council requirements - under a deal that might be approved by council members tonight, the clerk, Lora Hansen, confirmed this morning.
Brothers behind bars
Troy Shearon was 5-foot-10, weighed 145 pounds and had blond hair and blue eyes when he went to prison for life for murder in 1988. He was 20 years old.
Current Issue: 05-09-14

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Loew will remain jailed for mental help
An accused drug dealer who needs psychiatric treatment before he can adequately defend himself against numerous felony charges will get the treatment in an eastern Iowa prison, a judge ruled Thursday.
Brothers behind bars
Reminiscent of their childhood in Carroll, brothers Troy and Chad Shearon share a living space.
Teachers, district reach quick salary deal
It took Coon Rapids-Bayard school district officials and CRB Education Association representatives only an hour Thursday night to agree on salary terms and contract language, nearly concluding negotiations the same night they started.
Aschinger charged with perjury
Elizabeth Aschinger deleted an extortionist's text messages from her father-in-law's cellphone last year because she thought the messages were part of a bogus scheme the father-in-law concocted to harass her, according to Aschinger's interviews with law officers and lawyers.
Current Issue: 05-06-14

East Sac calendar proposals split 4- and 5-day weeks
Two 2014-15 school year calendar proposal drafts sent to the East Sac Community Schools board of education on Monday for review show the use of both four- and five-day weeks for next year. The two weeks also show either a 15- or 30-minute extension to the school day.
Carroll plans third emergency auto green lighting
The emergency mechanisms already exist in the far east and west parts of Carroll.
Nearly $30K raised for new Manning fire station
A Harley-Davidson motorcycle stole the show at a Jan. 18 event that raised $29,405 to help build a new fire station in Manning.
Mud run 5K coming to Manning
Manning Emergency Medical Services received approval from the Carroll County Conservation Board Monday night to host a 5K mud run on Saturday, Aug. 9, in Great Western Park, located at the southwestern edge of Manning.
Projected cost of Manilla building nearly $1 million
According the Duane Van Hemert and Sam Harding of Iowa Schoolhouse Construction and Planning Services, it would cost the IKM-Manning school district roughly $975,000 over the next 10 years to keep the Manilla building open.
NJ firm's 9 wind turbines going up near Templeton
A New Jersey electric-power developer's $42-million nine wind-turbine farm will be located adjacent to U.S. Highway 71 2 miles northeast of Templeton, a company spokesman said Wednesday.
Current Issue: 05-05-14

Iowa can boast Rice Kripies treat connection
Gooey and sweet squares of crunchy rice cereal are one of America's favorite treats. Rice Krispies treats are at least 70 years old and they have an Iowa connection.
Co-op manager gets 4 years prison for fraud, must pay $2.5M
A former West Central Cooperative sales manager - a gambling addict who said he took more than $479,000 of bribes from a Sac County farmer in exchange for steep discounts on crop seed and other products - was sentenced Tuesday to 51 months in a federal prison for wire fraud, according to court records.
A 'magical' event for dads and princesses
Greg Villegas broke the secret to his daughters - 5-year-old Sophia and 8-year-old Olivia - just a few days before Saturday's fourth annual Fairytale Ball.
$42M wind farm set for Carroll County
A New Jersey energy company today announced plans for a $42 million Carroll County wind-farm project that will be located on 1,100 acres of rural agricultural land.
Siemann unleashes on dog park plan
Councilwoman Carolyn Siemann said she's fielded dozens of complaints about a proposed dog park for Carroll.
Manilla's Olson mindful of roots as honors roll
Ron Olson, a Carroll-born and Manilla-raised named partner with a Los Angeles firm that has collected a string of honors from American Lawyer magazine, wanted to talk about Nile Kinnick, the Heisman Trophy-winning Hawkeye whose life ended during World War II service.
CCSD presents initial negotiating proposals
The Carroll Community School District presented its opening collective-bargaining offers to the Carroll Education Association and the Carroll Education Support Association Monday evening.
High school parent-teacher conferences change format
High school administrators are making changes in the format of parent-teacher conferences next week with the goal of increasing participation.
Graphic Edge buys Vermont screen-printer
The Graphic Edge, a screen-printing and embroidery company based in Carroll, has purchased Keith's II Sports of Rutland, Vt. The acquisition - effective last Saturday - will bring together two leaders in the screen-printing industry.
Farmer claims slander by co-op executive
The Sac County farmer accused of paying more than $479,000 worth of bribes to a former West Central Cooperative sales manager for steep discounts on crop seed and other products alleges that he was slandered and defamed by the cooperative's chief executive in a series of stockholder meetings in 2011 after the alleged bribes were uncovered.
Band: Christ's love should be lived, not just spoken
For the four members of Christian rock band Bread of Stone,

God's love is something that is found in actions, not just words.

Book showcases Carroll-area businesswomen
They all can be found in "The Ladies Room, Carroll," a new book featuring more than three dozen businesswomen. They represent Carroll-area independent businesses ranging from one-person entrepreneurships to large, major business strongly rooted in the community's history. One thing they all have in common, according to the inside of the book cover, is they're "women with passion, connecting with purpose."
Alleged drug dealer 'not competent' to stand trial
A former Carroll man charged with numerous drug-related felonies needs treatment for an unspecified mental disorder that prevents him from defending himself against the allegations, a psychiatrist determined last week.
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Current Issue: 04-30-14

Senate Dems want to increase state education funding
Iowa Democrats introduced legislation in the State Senate this week to increase state funding of education 6 percent per pupil in the 2015-16 school year.
IKM-Manning likely to close Manilla building
The school in Manilla will likely be closed based on discussion among IKM-Manning Community School board members, administrators and Iowa Schoolhouse Construction and Planning Services representatives during a work session Thursday night in Manilla.
Andrew Menken speaks
I would first like to thank God for standing beside me throughout this grueling, gut wrenching 10 months of a personal hell I have endured.
Menken trial witness faces prison for perjury


The former Carroll woman who had agreed to testify against Andrew Menken in his extortion trial this week reversed her testimony five days before the trial was set to begin, which violated a plea deal in which she received a deferred judgment for her role in the extortion, Sac County Attorney Ben Smith alleged in court documents filed Thursday.

City plans tax rate cut, but bills skyrocketing
Commercial-property owners could see a 16 percent increase in their city tax bills this coming fiscal year. Meanwhile, homeowners in Carroll would face 6 percent to 7 percent increases in their city property tax under a draft plan city elected officials will begin discussing publicly Monday.
City leaders seek clerk applicants
The City of Audubon posted a job opening for its city clerk Thursday, which signals that city leaders plan to push forward with their move to replace longtime clerk Lora Hansen despite the outcries of residents.
American Legion national commander talks recruitment and mental health
The American Legion will continue efforts to help service members and veterans cope with mental scars said National Commander Dan Dellinger during a visit to the Carroll post Wednesday afternoon.
Parks leader: Trails No. 1 activity
Construction could start as soon as April on the first stretches of what promises to be a comprehensive intra-city trails system in Carroll, 8- to 10-feet-wide asphalt paths connecting businesses and schools and neighbors for bicycles and people on foot, many of them even pushing strollers.
NOT GUILTY
Two words made Andrew Menken, a hulking man who said he was wrongly entangled in the extortion of a Lake View farmer, sob on Wednesday.
Current Issue: 04-29-14

Council moves to restrict parking on Elm Street
Carroll City Council members Tuesday approved the first of three necessary readings of an ordinance to ban parking on the east side of Elm Street from Lenz Lane to the north cul-de-sac.
Tait rips CarrollFest's 80s feature band
Rolling Stone magazine, take notice. Some fierce music criticism is now flowing, from of all places, the Carroll City Council chambers.
Manning featured on CBS Denver newscast
Intrigued by the small town that shared a name with Denver Broncos' quarterback Peyton Manning, CBS Denver anchor Jeff Todd and photographer John Mason stopped in Manning Tuesday on their "Drive to the Championship," a road trip from Colorado to New Jersey for Super Bowl XLVIII.
Friend says Menken was willing participant in blackmail scheme
Andrew Menken did not know about his best friend's scheme to blackmail a Lake View farmer until the night the farmer was set to make a cash payment, the friend confirmed today in court during the second day of Menken's felony extortion trial.
Carroll to save nearly $400K from loan interest-rate reduction
Last week the Iowa Finance Authority and Iowa Department of Natural Resources cut the interest rate on its Clean Water State Revolving Fund loans from 3 percent to 1.75 percent - a drastic drop that will save Carroll and neighboring cities more than $400,000.
Reel in the taste of favorite restaurant dishes
Do you have a favorite restaurant dish that you want to replicate at home? Perhaps you want to try your hand at making it or you want to put your own spin on a particular dish. Or maybe you've been dreaming about a certain something you tasted on a recent vacation.
Current Issue: 04-28-14

Local business leaders headline economic development dinner
Innovation: An average business reacts to industry changes - a market leader creates those industry changes.
Seaman earns Citizen of the Year honors
Wayne Seaman, a veteran Carroll ag-businessman who has served on a raft of boards for foundational local organizations, Monday night received the Carroll Chamber of Commerce's 2014 Citizen of the Year Award, the 433-member group's top annual honor.
No 4-day week for East Sac next year
The calendar committee will not be recommending a switch to a four-day week for the 2014-15 school year, said East Sac County Schools superintendent Kevin Fiene at Monday night's public meeting in the high school gym in Lake View.
Carroll man claims friend duped him into scheme
A former Carroll County juvenile court officer accused of a blackmail scheme that sought $55,555 from a Sac County farmer last year was betrayed by a former best friend who tricked him into participating in the scheme, his attorney alleged this morning at the man's trial.
Council silent on city clerk appointment
We can't talk about it. I've already answered that question. I've been advised not to talk. I'm not going to answer any more questions.
Firefighters yield to impossible blaze
Area firefighters met their match overnight Sunday when a colossal pile of wood shavings ignited about 2 miles southeast of Breda and cast a glow for miles in the frigid air.
Warm and Cozy
For Rob Perry, first came the sweat from countless hours of labor - the "sweat equity" he agreed to invest when his family was selected to receive a new home from the West Central Iowa Affiliate of Habitat for Humanity.
City clerk appointee rejects job
The Ross woman whom Audubon City Council members appointed this month to replace the town's longtime city clerk declined the job on Friday amid community backlash over the illegal appointment vote, she confirmed today.
Current Issue: 04-24-14

County compensation board recommends raises
The Carroll County Compensation Board recommended salary raises between 2.2 and 4 percent for elected county officials Thursday night.
Sex offender will not be confined for treatment


A Carroll man who molested a 5-month-old girl in 2008 and - after he was incarcerated for the crime - allegedly sent a naked picture of himself to a minor and possessed child pornography does not suffer from a mental abnormality that makes him likely to commit future sex crimes, according to a psychiatrist who evaluated the man.

City council violates state law, accused of 'shady' vote
A newly elected Audubon city councilman's move this month to replace the town's longtime city clerk violated two state laws - one that requires at least 24 hours of public notice before a council vote and one that requires 10 days of notice so that military veterans can apply for an available municipal job.
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Carroll district faces possible staff cuts
Due to declining enrollment and resulting decrease in state funding, a low allowable-growth rate and lack of an instructional support levy, the Carroll Community School District is facing potential staff cuts for the 2014-15 school year, confirmed school board president Kim Tiefenthaler.
Programming Principles
Once again, middle school teachers and the LEGO Group are teaming up to show students that it is cool to be a computer geek.
Current Issue: 04-23-14

Judge OKs psych evaluation for alleged drug dealer
Dean Loew might suffer from a mental disorder that prevents him from being able to defend himself from the seven felony drug charges he faces in Carroll County, a judge ruled Wednesday.
Two by Two
Two by two they were carried into an empty room in the birthing wing of St. Anthony's Regional Hospital, tucked into car seats and surrounded by love.
No new attorney for alleged cop killer
A judge denied the request for a new attorney for the Rockwell City man who claimed this month that his current defense attorneys are "emotionally attached to the alleged victims" of the September shooting death of a local police officer, court records show.
Current Issue: 04-22-14

Arson plea deal avoids prison
A 29-year-old Carroll man will plead guilty to felony arson next month for a series of fires he allegedly ignited near his apartment over the course of a year, court documents show.
Alleged drug dealer asks to 'fire' his attorney
The former Carroll man accused of dealing high-purity methamphetamine claims his court-appointed defense attorney is aiding prosecutors.
Current Issue: 04-21-14

You're in luck: St. Pat's Day recipes
You may not be able to travel to the Emerald Isle this St. Patrick's Day, but your taste buds can. Celebrate St. Patrick's Day by cooking up a few new recipes. Your family will thank you for the Irish-inspired dishes and maybe the "luck of the Irish" will be headed your way.
Current Issue: 04-18-14

Current Issue: 04-17-14

Mayor Adam Schweers Question of the Week
The Daily Times Herald and Carroll Broadcasting are working with Mayor Adam Schweers on a weekly question from readers and listeners. Please submit questions on city matters or other concerns on which you think the mayor can offer insight.
Current Issue: 04-16-14

Rescued eagle battling for recovery
A bald eagle rescued recently from a leghold trap by two Greene County High School students as temperatures plummeted serves as a reminder to trappers about where and how they place their traps.
Siemann: Spur the Sauk into downtown Carroll
City Councilwoman Carolyn Siemann is advocating a city trail spurring from the Sauk Rail Trail into downtown Carroll - a development she believes will pull more visitors into Carroll's commercial district.
Current Issue: 04-15-14

USDA eases healthful lunch guidelines
The sound of the bell pierces the halls, the universal signal that releases students to their next class period.
State decision on Jefferson casino expected June 12
Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission board members are expected to vote June 12 on a proposed Jefferson casino predicted to attract 572,000 visitors annually.
Current Issue: 04-14-14

Mint not just a holiday treat
We most often think of mint as a flavor of the holiday season, but there's not need to reserve mint for Christmas as it is delightful any time of year.
Alleged drug dealer might have 'diseased or deranged' mind
A former Carroll man accused of selling high-purity Mexican methamphetamine might not have known that dealing illicit drugs is a crime because of his own drug abuse, the man's attorney wrote to a judge last week in a request for a state-paid psychiatric evaluation.
Trivia Night tests contestants, raises funds for Chicago trip
Knowing how many sides an octadecagon has (18), what Jack mended his head with in the nursery rhyme "Jack and Jill" (vinegar and brown paper), and how many feet wide a hippo can open its mouth (4) can be valuable after all. That is if you competed in the Carroll High School band's first-ever Trivia Night contest Friday in the school commons area.
City considers baseball/softball complex for dog park
Responding to complaints from residents of the Northeast Park area, city officials are inclined to abandon plans for a dog park there and consider building the canine facility at the softball/baseball complex on the north side of town.
Council members move up lazy river vote, kill U.S. 71 monuments
Carroll City Council members Monday reached a consensus to move a public vote to August on construction of a tube slide and lazy river at the Carroll Family Aquatic Center.
East Sac considers four-day school week
East Sac students would have no classes on the Mondays of each school week under a proposal that would cut the number of school days but lengthen each day by an hour.
Decorated guardsman, humble family man
He's modest. "Really I'm just humbled by the whole thing," Schreck, 34, a 1997 Kuemper Catholic High School graduate, said of the recent Guard award. "There are a lot of really good officers."
Man charged for slain officer wants new attorney
The Rockwell City man who allegedly shot and killed a police officer during an overnight standoff in September accused his court-appointed attorney of having "preconceived notions about my guilt" and aiding prosecutors, according to Trott's request for a new attorney that was filed today.
City eyes public votes on $8M for 3 projects
Voters in the City of Carroll could have their say this year on spending for an improved library, construction of a lazy river and slide at the Carroll Family Aquatic Center and development of a new streets maintenance facility.
Arson suspect to plead guilty
The 29-year-old Carroll man accused of torching an apartment in September 2012 and igniting a series of fires over the past year near his apartment plans to plead guilty next month to at least one criminal charge, according to court records.
Current Issue: 04-1-14


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