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21
Nov

Elkader teenager charged with vandalism of signs near Waukon High School

Tuesday, November 13, the Waukon Police Department received a report of vandalism to signs celebrating the Waukon football team posted along 13th Street NW south of the Waukon High School. The vandalism was reported to have happened Friday, November 9.

Officers reviewed camera footage from the area and were able to identify the vehicle involved, and the driver of that vehicle was located in Waukon Sunday, November 18. As a result of that continued investigation, 18-year-old Kaleb Lawson of Elkader was arrested and charged with fourth degree criminal mischief, reckless driving, and failure to obey a traffic control device.

He was booked into the Allamakee County Jail. A criminal charge is merely an accusation and defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
 

Wed
21
Nov

Waukon Fire Protection District members honored for 35-plus years of service ...

At the monthly meeting of the Waukon Area Fire Protection District held Monday, November12, 17 local firemen were recognized for their years of service to the Waukon Fire Department. Gene Evans and Roger Carr, Vice Presidents of the Iowa Firefighters Association (IFFA), presented a plaque and figurine to all of the living members with more than 35 years of service to the department. Carr commented that the total years of service of those 17 members honors added up to 814 years, and he noted that is the highest number of years of service they have scene while handing out these awards throughout the state of Iowa.

Wed
21
Nov

Board of Supervisors holds pair of regular sessions in past week; Sets public hearing for paving of Heytman Drive, approves trio of rural four-way stop sign intersections

by Joe Moses

The Allamakee County Board of Supervisors met in regular session twice within a week’s time, meeting Tuesday, November 13 following the closure of the Allamakee County Courthouse Monday, November 12 in observance of Veterans Day, and meeting again Monday, November 19 in regular session. Coverage of both meetings appears below.

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Following approval of the current agenda and minutes from their November 5 meeting, the Supervisors opened the Public Comment portion of the meeting with several residents living along Heytman Drive discussing concerns. Jim Dyer advised that a short section of that road near his home should be straightened to improve safety and reduce the frequency of accidents. Pat Murphy added his safety concerns on Heytman Drive.

Wed
21
Nov

Waukon City Council discusses variety of financial, property matters Monday

by Joe Moses

The Waukon City Council met in regular session Monday, November 19 to discuss a full agenda of items including the Walk-On Waukon sidewalk project, a delinquent utility bill and a new Waukon Police Station. There was no Public Comment and the council moved into Departmental Reports.
Waukon Police Chief Phil Young discussed the recent resignation of an officer due to accepting a position with the Allamakee County Sheriff’s Department. Young discussed the recent vandalism of Waukon High School football signs placed near the street. Young indicated that video footage was reviewed and the vehicle involved was recognized with charges filed against the driver.

Water and Sewer Superintendent Jim Cooper discussed work on well number 5 and the lift station. Cooper indicated that 12 applications were received for a vacancy in the Water and Sewer Department.

Wed
14
Nov

ACSD educators honored during State Semifinals ...

A pair of Allamakee Community School District staff members were each honored during the Class 2A State Semifinals football game between the Waukon Indians and the Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley Nighthawks Saturday, November 10 at the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls. In the photo above, Waukon High School science teacher Michael Shupe (center) was one of three military veterans honored from each school participating in that semifinals contest. In the photo below, Waukon High School government teacher Jerry Keenan (far right) was one of three educators from each school participating in that semifinals contest honored for displaying spirit and morality in their teaching and coaching. View and find out how to purchase these photos and many more by clicking on the Photo Galleries link on this website.

Wed
14
Nov

Waukon Lions Club donates to Walk-On Waukon sidewalk project and tennis courts ...


Waukon Lions Club donates to Walk-On Waukon sidewalk project ... The Waukon Lions Club recently made a $2,000 donation to the Walk-On Waukon organization in support of the group’s proposed sidewalk project to help improve options for walking in the Waukon community. Pictured above at the donation presentation are, left to right, Jayne McCormick of Walk-On Waukon, Tom Phipps of the Waukon Lions Club, and Brooke Troendle and Jessica Wilkins of Walk-On Waukon. Standard photo by Robin Johnson.

Lions Club donates to tennis courts ... The Waukon Lions Club recently made a $2,500 donation to the Waukon Park, Recreation and Wellness Department for the new outdoor community tennis court project planned to have construction begin in Waukon in the Spring of 2019. Pictured above, left to right, at the donation presentation are Tom Phipps of the Waukon Lions Club and Waukon Park and Recreation Wellness Director Jeremy Strub. Standard photo by Robin Johnson.
Wed
14
Nov

Tobacco Awareness Week in northeast Iowa being observed in local area this week, November 11-17

According to statistics gathered by  Helping Services for Youth & Families, one in four Iowa adults uses tobacco in some form; cigarettes are the most used. Tobacco is the leading cause of death for Iowans, taking the lives of more than 4,400 adults each year. Each year in Iowa, 1,300 kids (down from 2,100) under the age of 18 become new daily smokers.

The week of November 11-17 is Northeast Iowa’s Tobacco Awareness Week. November 15 marks the nationwide Great American Smokeout. This annual event encourages people to stop using tobacco for the day and to make plans to quit. The Boards of Supervisors from Allamakee, Delaware, Fayette, Howard and Winneshiek Counties have proclaimed Tobacco Awareness Week throughout their counties.

Wed
14
Nov

Proclamation observes Red Ribbon Week ...

With National Red Ribbon Week being observed October 23-31 to raise awareness of drug and alcohol abuse prevention, the Allamakee County Board of Supervisors signed its own proclamation at its Monday, October 22 regular meeting. Pictured above at the proclamation are: Left to right - Front row: Waukon High School students Maddy Moser and Ryan VanderVelden. Second row: Waukon High School students Ava Bossom, Natalie Byrnes, Olivia Bossom and Dylan Hogan, and Allamakee Substance Abuse Prevention (ASAP) Director of Prevention Services Jean Bossom. Back row: Allamakee County Board of Supervisors members Larry Schellhammer, Dan Byrnes and Dennis Koenig, and Allamakee County Sheriff Clark Mellick. Standard photo by Joe Moses.
 

Wed
07
Nov

“Never Stop Believing” is the theme for this weekend’s Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation’s Christmas Fantasy


Annual Christmas Fantasy scheduled for this weekend ... The “Never Stop Believing” Christmas Fantasy will be held at the Allamakee County Fairgrounds Pavilion in Waukon this Friday through Monday, November 9-12 and is sponsored by the Veterans Memorial Hospital Health Care Foundation. Pictured is a scene from last year’s Friday Night “Tingle ‘n Mingle” event, and the annual celebration also features Saturday and Monday Noon Luncheons, a Saturday Wine, Cheese and Dessert event, as well as a silent auction and viewing opportunities for the general public throughout the weekend. Submitted photo.

The Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation’s Christmas Fantasy 2018 will be held this Friday through Monday, November 9-12 at the Allamakee County Fairgrounds Pavilion in Waukon. The theme will be “Never Stop Believing.”

The “Tingle ‘N Mingle” Happy Hour is an opportunity to meet socially with friends and co-workers. Over a dozen tables of hearty hors d’oeuvres, desserts, candies, breads and spirits will be served among the trees from 5-8 p.m. this Friday, November 9. The event is sponsored by Four County Ag Services and Four County Crop Services of Postville. Tickets are available at Veterans Memorial Hospital and local banks, as well as at the door of the event.

Wed
07
Nov

Charles Waters achieves Boy Scouts’ highest rank of Eagle Scout


Earns rank of Eagle Scout ... Waukon Boy Scout Troop 64 member Charles Waters stands with the Eagle Scout service project he had to supervise and execute as part of his achievement requirements, a shelter along the 5 Bridges Trail in Waukon City Park. Waters was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout October 15. Submitted photo.

Charles Waters, son of Jaime and Jessica Waters of Waukon, has achieved Boy Scouts’ highest rank of Eagle Scout, being recently designated with the honor October 15. He is a member of Waukon Boy Scout Troop 64 under the leadership of Scoutmaster Troy Lubahn.

Waters began his scouting career as a Bear Cub with Waukon Cub Scout Pack 64 in September of 2012. He achieved the highest rank in Cub Scouts, the Arrow of Light, in April of 2015. At that time, he became a member of Boy Scout Troop 64.

As a Boy Scout member, Waters has held such leadership positions as Patrol Leader, Assistant Patrol Leader, Quartermaster, Assistant Senior Patrol Leader, Senior Patrol Leader, and he currently holds the position of OA Troop Representative. While working through his six ranks in Scouting, from Scout to Eagle, Waters has earned 23 merit badges, some of which include First Aid, Communication, Environmental Science, Lifesaving and Personal Management.

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