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Journal Tribune, The (Newspaper) - February 16, 1989, Williamsburg, Iowa The NEWSpapers of Iowa Countys Journal Tribune Grid injuries Iowa Student Council officers take up the gauntlet in substance abuse effort 90 7 By Ken Sweeney Jodi McMann and Jamie arc like many of their fellow Williamsburg High School Both seniors have garnered academic honors and arc heavily involved in extra curricular in football and wrestling squads and McMann in softball and Theyre already setting their sights on college next plans to attend the University of Northern Iowa to study language arts with the eventual goal of getting a doctorate in McMann plans to attend Iowa State Uni versity next year and study business with the idea of one day attending law But its their recent efforts in the area of substance abuse that have earned them the respect of their fellow teachers and community although they acknowledge many of their classmates would have done and arc doing similar Organized town meeting The two were instrumental in helping to the first town meeting on sub stance abuse held 19 at Williamsburg High Since then they have be come active in the Williamsburg Task Force on Substance Involvement began last year Their involvement in this effort began late last school year when and McMann were elected president and vice president respectively of the WHS Stu During the past school McMann they had often no fellow students coming back from the school parking lot over the lunch break with bloodshot eyes or in an They recognized the seriousness of the problem as student ap Gar the Student Coun cil about what they could do to Soon a policy was imple to prohibit students from being in the school parking lot over the lunch break except for brief periods to retrieve items from their Realizing that step alone was not McMann and contacted Nancy Reagans Just Say No obtained posters to increase student awareness of substance abuse and ap high Principal Dave to gain his In their discussions with the the idea of a town meeting on substance JODI McMANN abuse was They assembled a steering committee of community leaders and planned the meeting for JAMIE HARNEY Task Force group to do survey The education named NEED Now Educate Everyone About Drugs of the Williamsburg Task Force on Substance Abuse is planning to send a survey home with all students for input from the committee on what areas of substance abuse need to be These surveys will be issued and returned through the After tabulating the survey NEED will organize the topics into parent public in formation meetings or specialized NEED members are asking that all parents read and take time to fill out the survey and return it to school with their The committee also is asking any parents to list ideas or concerns not listed on the The committee is encouraging anyone who wanis to join the group to come to a It is open to anyone interested in helping educate parents and students on substance For further contact Kim or Theresa Surprised by turnout In an interview last both girls said they were concerned the town meet ing would not draw very many people and their efforts would McMann said they thought since about 100 people had returned a community survey on substance they would draw no more than 100 to their Thank we were she 300 people nearly filled Auditorium on 19 to discuss substance abuse prob It seemed like we had a better turnout from the younger added Har There were quite a few eighth grad ers and freshmen and I was really happy about Im glad to see that theyre We dont want them to think its just the that are in At the 19 volunteers were sought for a Task Force on Substance Abuse and when that groups first meet ing was held on about 75 people turned The Task Force subsequently estab four committees to deal with major areas of concern and committees have been meeting for the past two Anyone interested in serving on one of the committees may contact Dave Ultimate goals and McMann have slightly differing ideas as to what they would like the substance abuse effort to Hamey said shed like to change peer pressure from the negative to the positive There are certain groups of kids in Please turn to page Singers sought for cantata Churches of the Williamsburg area arc asking for participants to sing in the ecumenical cantata Bind Us Together April 29 and 30 at Williamsburg High The a collection of songs by Steve and Annie re flects a strong emphasis on family Their songs represent the early ages through the senior years of peoples The concert is to be presented in conjunction with the Task Force on Substance Anyone interested in lending a voice to this special concert is asked to contact the choir director of home church or call Kenneth Yon Hursh becomes chairman of Paul Hursh was elected chairman of the Tourism Tax Advisory Committee at its meeting served as TTACs vice chairman in Other officers for 1989 are Max vice chairman and Carolyn secre Committees purpose discussed In other the committee discussed its role in enhancing area The consensus of the commit tee was that if bricks and mortar projects are to be partially funded by the directives originally set ting up the committee must be It had been suggested that to enhance a portion of the money be used for building proj The committee approved a motion made by Hursh that this type of project is within the jurisdiction of the Board of Supervisors and should be funded from the general Overturf said that also supports the sors original position in setting up the committee and the committee requests that the guidelines not be funded a summer tourist attraction at the Colony Little was given a recommended funding level of percent merit A number of new applications for tourism funds were received but were tabled until further notice due to lack of Committee members suggested that to pre vent funds from becoming unavailable in the latter part of the fiscal a quarterly or semiannual budget be The committee reported receiving revenue of from July through less than during the same quarter a year After deduct ing approved applications from the budget and carryover the committees fund balance is The treasurer reported that unless some of the funds already granted are not used or there is additional reve the budget through June 1 has been The committee approved a motion by Don South that the applications be tabled until directives are received from the Board of Letters will be sent informing the applicants of this New location for signs A discussion was held concerning the Amana cal signs which were approved at a previous The Iowa Department of Transportation will not ap prove locating the signs at Exit 216 Marengo and 225 Amana as suggested and approved by The signs will be placed at Exit 220 Williamsburg and 225 to meet the DOTs Barb Iburg of the Colony Budget Wil was introduced as a new member of The next meeting will be 9 March Index Coming Family For the The Weekly pages The Weekly Shopper pages 1989 Need for fourth officer questioned The citys possible hiring of a fourth police officer was questioned by a citizen at Tuesdays Williamsburg City Council Noting she was speaking as a private citizen and not in her official capacity as Community Action Program site Barb asked whether the council had considered all the alternatives in its decision to in clude funds for a fourth officer in its proposed 198990 The city currently has three fulltime officers and five reserve Mayor Terry Stone said Police Chief Mike Gabriel came to him two or three months ago and indicated he wanted to request the fourth position due to the growth of the city and the increasing demands placed upon the citys police City officials said many people in Wil expect quick response to calls by the police and thats difficult to pro vide when there arc only three I think he Gabriel has convinced everybody that they need a fourth Stone If you look at our arrests and our criminal its a whole new ball noted Police Officer Ray Garrin presented an informal survey she conducted of area police Included on the survey Belle with a population of has four fulltime three paid parttime reserve officers and one population has four fulltime officers and two with no North population and population contract with the county for police City Clerk Theresa Phillips noted that the money for a fourth officer is it does not necessarily mean it must be But if a fourth officer is the money must be provided from the In other council intended to open bids for a person to operate the concessions stand during the summer at Old Mans Creek The problem is no one has submitted a bid despite ad by the Since there are no let the issue ride until someone contacts the said Councilman Bob The council indicated it would still consider a proposal if anyone was inter ested in operating the concessions Engineers report Also on the City Council heard a report from Jim Van Iowa the citys consulting concerning the remaining two phases of the citys Project 220 public works Jacobs said if the weather the water tower CBI soon would be drilling the foundation There has been some delay over redesign of the tower because the tower wasnt originally designed to He said he has made it clear to the company that the city will not accept anything less than the stricter Universal Building Code standards for wind I guess my only advice would be to waich them said Mayor Jacobs also said preparations for the sewage treatment plant project were pro gressing on En and South is the contractor for the proposed wastewater treatment plant and im to the existing Jacobs said he anticipates starting con struction on March Other business In other the council Approved a request from Vern Wyman to install a street light at the north end of Wyman Public Works Director Rich Hudnut said the light should help city crews do a better job of cleaning the street of Approved a request for a handrail at the corner of State and Court The request was made after a woman re fell at the which is sloped toward the Chambers Winter Ball rated a success Despite competition from many other weekend Saturday nights Chamber of Commerce Winter Ball was considered very according to Garth Von Chamber About 65 people attended the winter social held at the Holiday Inns Seven Villages Guests included State Robert and his S ue S tate Richard and his Julia Iowa County Supervisor Read and her Marv and Supervisor Jim Possehl and his Von Ahsen gave a talk to the group on the positive economic developments in the area over the past Kevin owner of the new McDonalds which is under construction at Williamsburg Exit 220 on Interstate also spoke on the progress of his He said because of good construction weather this he now expects the McDonalds restaurant to open about May 1 and he will begin recruiting in the near presented to the Veterans of Foreign Wars for displaying the nicest Christmas tree in the city The award was accepted on behalf of the VFW by Delmar An award for the nicest Christmas tree by a business was accepted by Roger and Cindy Maxwell for Wieser Precast magic was provided during the evening by Lee Iben of Iowa Music for dancing was furnished by Ron Carrolls Rock N Roll of Cedar It was an excellent Von Ahsen Everyone stayed WHS vocal concert is 22 The Williamsburg High School Choral will perform a concert in Admission is The junior high chorus will start the concert with Festival Good Friend and Thais What The Devil Accompanist is Tonya The show choir will perform the ma terial it performed at state It will do Out With My Someone To Watch Over Please turn to page 2 Principal Dave Dorenkamp does announcing duties for the Region 10 Academic Decathlon WHS students excel in Decathlon The Region 10 Academic Decathlon was hosted by Williamsburg High School on Eleven teams in two separate classes Cedar Rapids Washington won the overall championship and will advance to the suite competition in Mount won the small school Williamsburg High School team mem bers were Steve Pain Brian Michelle Brian Matt Jordan and Conn Several Williamsburg students re individual honors Steve Schrock First in history test in Honors Pain Schmidt First in interview in Honors Brian Schnebbe First in history in Scholastic Michelle Curry First in economics and line arts in Scholastic Conn Hanson First in economics in Varsity School board to discuss options on renovation The Williamsburg Community Board of Education will hold a special meeting at 7 today Thursday in the junior senior high board room to discuss with its consulting engineer options on renovat ing and building an addition to the Wil Elementary School A proposed bond issue to finance the addition was defeated by five no votes in a bond issue referendum held School board members have discussed the possibility of running the bond issue again in six the mini mum lime that must pass before vole can be Iowa get in jobless benefits Unemployment insurance benefits paid to 137 jobless Iowa lo taled in according to figures released last week by the Iowa Department ot Employment Ser In Iowa jobless lowans re in jobless benefits in up million from De cember and million above January 1988 Dick DES said seasonal factors created the increase over the while the hike from last year was caused by calendar structure not by a change in Hardest hit were work especially those in heavy equip ment and special trade 16 14 O 10 TJ 0 CD 6 jobless benefits o CO ra 8 3 o 3 8 D
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