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Palmer signs to SWCC volleyball squad PDF Print E-mail
Written by J Wilson   
Tuesday, 25 November 2014 17:55

Southwest Valley High School Senior Marie Palmer signed a Letter of Intent on Nov. 19 to play volleyball next year for Creston’s Southwestern Community College.

“We are really looking for her as a middle hitter,” said SWCC Coach Ting Liu. “She’s tall, has athleticism and we are counting on her.”

“I’ve had other schools looking at me, but it just wasn’t the right fit for me,” said Palmer, who plans to transfer to Northwest Missouri State University and study Special Education or Spanish Education down the road.

A four-year starter in high school, Palmer topped the Timberwolves in the 2014 season with 348 kills and 53 blocks. She was recently named to the First Team All Pride of Iowa Conference.

With experience playing a full rotation and with strong serving and receiving skills beyond her net game, Palmer looks to be a key player in a rebuilding year for SWCC, which will possess only three returning players next season.

“It’s bittersweet,” said SWV Coach Lindsay Wetzel. “I’m very proud of her and very happy that she’s going to play at the next level. She definitely has the athleticism to do that. It’s sad for me. She’s been a real workhorse for us. Her shoes will be hard to fill.”

Marie Palmer, second from right, signed to play volleyball with the SWCC Spartans next year. Pictured left to right are SWCC Coach Ting Liu, SWV Coach Lindsay Wetzel, Marie Palmer, and Marie’s father, Marvin Palmer. Photo by J. Wilson


Stalcup wins three major 4-H awards PDF Print E-mail
Written by J Wilson   
Tuesday, 25 November 2014 17:39

To recognize the accomplishments of 4-Hers during the 2013-14 season, the Adams County 4-H Awards Program took place at the Southwest Valley High School Auditorium on Nov. 16.

Eight-year member Garrett Stalcup walked away with three Major Awards: the Danforth, I Dare You Award, the Ak-Sar-Ben Award and the Agriculture Award.

The Jasper Specialists were named Outstanding 4-H Club, while the Specialists, along with the Prescott 4-H Workers and Happy-Go-Lucky received Community Service Awards and were recognized as 4-Hers for 4-H.

Vicente Butcher was named Outstanding First Year 4-Her, while Norah Lund was recognized for her Outstanding First Year Record Book.

Arnold Maynes received the 4-H Alumni Award, and Friend of 4-H Awards were presented to Cody Konecne on behalf of Crop Production Services and Adam Grundman of the Adams Community Ambassadors.

After recognizing retiring Youth Council Members Kelsie Kinman, Stephanie Shuler and Sydney Maynes, Jason Oathoudt installed the Youth Council for the 2014-15 year. Jasmine Wilbourne, Emily Lauer, Kayley Myers and Cheyenne Goodnight joined Jade Wilbourne, Morgan Shuey, Cody Birt, Payton Thomas, Bryson Rhamy, Jade Petersen, Ryan Allison and Morgan Cline on the Council.

Incumbents find success during midterm elections PDF Print E-mail
Written by J Wilson   
Wednesday, 05 November 2014 14:49

Adams County voters cast their ballots in Tuesday’s election, with Jack Drake defeating Tim Ennis (69.7 percent to 30.3 percent at press time) in the race for Iowa’s District 21 Representative and Tom Shipley sailing to an uncontested victory to serve as Iowa’s District 11 Senator.

Gov. Terry Branstad fended off a challenge from Jack Hatch with 58.4 percent of the vote to maintain his office.

Nationally, Joni Ernst defeated Bruce Braley with 51.4 percent of the vote in the contest for the US Senate seat vacated by the retiring Sen. Tom Harkin, while David Young beat out Staci Appel with 51.9 percent of the vote for the District 3 Congressional seat opened up by Rep. Tom Latham’s retirement.

Locally, Doug Birt  defeated Larry Sawyer in the District 1 Supervisor race, Linda England bested Kevin Wynn in the District 3 Supervisor race, and Leland Shipley edged out Tyler Edwards in the District 4 Supervisor race.

While Nancy Kempton and Andrew Zimmerman took uncontested seats as County Treasurer and County Attorney respectively, Jamie Stargell defeated Iona Allen 1,053-639 in the race for the County Recorder’s office.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 November 2014 14:53
Myers remembers those who paid the price PDF Print E-mail
Written by J Wilson   
Tuesday, 11 November 2014 20:09

Vietnam veteran Bob Myers (above) of Corning spoke at the Veterans Day Program held at the Southwest Valley High School Activity Center on Nov. 11. Myers emphasized that “freedom isn’t free,” as he reminded those in attendance that over 400 thousand soldiers did not return from World War II, that 54 thousand did not return from the Korean War, that 58 thousand did not return from Vietnam and that five thousand soldiers have lost their lives in the modern day conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Pictured below, Ron Lynam and Bob Stuart present the colors at the start of the program.

Candidates outline qualifications at Forum PDF Print E-mail
Written by J Wilson   
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 15:22

By J. Wilson

Free Press Editor

A crowd of over fifty voters turned out for the Candidate Forum hosted by the Adams County Free Press and Adams Community Ambassadors at the Corning Community Building on Oct. 27.

Tim Ostroski, Executive Director of the Southern Iowa Council of Governments was on hand to wrangle the eleven candidates for state and local offices who attended to field questions from the public. After an introduction by Ostroski, who outlined the format, the candidates began with a two-minute introduction.

The candidates taking advantage of the forum were Dist. 21 State Representative candidates Rep. Jack Drake (R) of Griswold and challenger Tim Ennis (D) of Corning, unopposed State Senate candidate Tom Shipley (R) of Nodaway, County Supervisor District 1 incumbent Doug Birt (R) of Prescott and challenger Larry Sawyer (D) of Corning, County Supervisor District 3 incumbent Linda England (R) of Corning and challenger Kevin Wynn (D) of Corning, County Supervisor District 4 candidate (to replace the retiring Phyllis Mullen) Leland Shipley (R) of Nodaway, unopposed County Treasurer incumbent Nancy Kempton and County Recorder candidates (to replace the office vacated by the retiring Mary Miller) Iona Allen (D) and Jamie Stargell (R).

Having adopted Adams County as his home 43 years ago, District 21 Challenger Tim Ennis noted his community involvement over the years and his pride in the example the area sets for others to see. “Corning is a shining example of what can be done with a community with volunteers,” Ennis said. “We’re known as a volunteer community.”

When asked why voters should elect him, Ennis responded with his intent to live by his campaign motto: “Preserve the best and improve the rest.”

Incumbent Rep. Jack Drake, a lifelong resident of the area, is currently serving his twenty-second year in the legislature. Prioritizing a balanced budget, Drake emphasized his experience on the Appropriations Committee, Agriculture Committee, State Government Committee and his leadership roles as Co-Chair of Agriculture and DNR Budget Appropriations Committee and Vice-Chair of International Relations Committee.

A lifelong Adams County resident, Dist.1 incumbent Doug Birt discussed his concern about population loss. “I want my kids to have the opportunity to live here as well, “ he said, noting the necessity of thinking outside the box to ensure the county’s ability to prosper and maintain services despite its low population.

Though new to Adams County, District 1 Supervisor challenger Larry Sawyer outlined his Adams County roots, his fresh eyes and his background in accounting as an asset of the role’s primary duty, to “make sure that money is spent effectively,” he said.

Seeking the Adams County Supervisor District 4 seat vacated by the retiring Phyllis Mullen, Leland Shipley expressed his interest in transferring agricultural and school board leadership experience to aid the county. Inspired by his father whom he watched serve as mayor of Nodaway, Shipley indicated he hopes to be a part of “a responsible government that serves the people,” he said. “Adams County has done a good job of being fiscally responsible in the past. If you look around at surrounding counties, we get a big bang for our buck, and I’d like to continue that tradition.”

District 3 Supervisor incumbent Linda England cited her experience as magistrate, understanding of the law and ability to interpret it on behalf of Adams County, as well as her service as Supervisor since 2005 as credentials for reelection.

England is being challenged by former Supervisor Kevin Wynn, who intends to utilize his past experience on the Board of Supervisors and other county boards and committees to inform his performance on the job. “I try to do things for the county that are good things,” said Wynn, who indicated that he was both progressive and conservative, depending on the issue.

Running unopposed for the District 11 Senate seat that opened up upon Sen. Hubert Houser’s retirement, Tom Shipley is proud to be a candidate with an agriculture background, as along with Houser’s departure three additional senators with a heavy agriculture background sitting on the Senate Agriculture Committee were also retiring. “The issues are not Republican and Democrat,” he said, recognizing that there are many ag-focused Democrats as well as urban-focused Republicans in the mix. “It’s rural and urban.”

Running unopposed for her fourth term as County Treasurer, Nancy Kempton outlined her job experience and appreciation for the opportunity to serve the people of Adams County.

Seeking the Adams County Recorder role vacated by the retiring Mary Miller, Iona Allen emphasized her experience as Corning’s City Clerk, knowledge of the office and customer service skills as key to her qualifications for the Recorder’s office.

Jamie Stargell seeks to transition from her role as a prevention specialist to serve in the Recorder’s office, emphasizing her experience with accurate record keeping in her current vocation.

District 4 Supervisor candidate Tyler Edwards and County Attorney candidate Andrew Zimmerman did not attend.

Following introductions, Ostroski opened the floor to the constituents in attendance. Voters asked about the candidates’ views on the most important aspect of the office they were seeking, how to ensure that agriculture and tourism can coexist within the county, possibility of raising Iowa’s minimum wage, how to cultivate a climate that supports increased telecommuting, development of Lake Icaria, dealing with unfunded mandates and more vs. less government.

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