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Journal Tribune (Newspaper) - September 12, 2002, Williamsburg, Iowa Raiders opens DIGIT ssr PI SOCIETY DES MOINES Irt JOURNAL Iowa 52361 VOLUME 102 ISSUE 37 SEPTEMBER 2002 Inside Iowas bean 1521 See Section D inside The Sidebar woman honored at dinner The Iowa Federation of Republican Women will honor Betty 20 at 6 at the Des Reservations for The Tribute to Women Dinner can be made by contacting Schindler at IMS Fall Work Days will be 27 IMS Iowa Mennonite School Fall Work Days are scheduled Thursday and 26 and Work Days are scheduled twice a On these days IMS students work for various community members and contribute their earnings to the Work Days Serve as major fundraisers for upgrading school facilities and equipment for student If you would like to hire an IMS student or students to work for call the school office at 6832586 or or contact a student to make Republican committee set to meet 17 The Iowa County Republican Central Committee will be meeting at 7 17 at the Williamsburg Community 223 Welsh Contact Chris Jorgensen at 6425459 or or Larry Serbousek at 6629876 for further informa tion or Historical Society plans demonstrations Artisan Day will be held from 1 to 4 at the Pioneer Heritage Museum in Demonstrations on quilting and other crafts will be presented at the This event will conclude the season for the museum and will be the last day the museum is open for the special appointments can be made at the museum by phoning The Pioneer Heritage Museum is located at 675 South Citywide garage sales will be 27 and 28 citywide garage sales will be held 27 and Sept All participants should give ad information and money to Barb Hopp at the Chamber of Commerce by For more contact Hopp at 668 The following the Salvation Army will be in at the city from to Local News Family News Church Sports Legals Obituaries 45 6 711 12 13 Coach quits over accusations A ri W coach Jeannie Elkovich resigns after allegations made by Williamsburg Principal Steve Johns By CALLIE WETJEN The Williamsburg School District believes all people deserve to be treated fairly and with respect and that everyone is responsible for his or her own The District believes educators will serve as positive role models in helping students develop good A V W swim coach Jeannie Elkovich thinks school administrators and Board mem bers need to be reminded of their According to shortly after 6 July Williamsburg High School Principal Steve Johns approached Elkovich as she prepared for swim practice at the Williamsburg High School Standing uncomfortably close to Elkovich and red in the Johns began yelling at Elkovich about his childrens participation on the swim according to At some point in the Elkovich said the attack became personal and more with Johns telling Elkovich she wouldnt be for long because he knew about her and that woman she swims Elkovich Thats and started It was no longer funny for Elkovich it became clear Johns was in sinuating she was a lesbian and she was hav ing a relationship with Lisa a U it were to elevate to a personnel we are treating this as a personal matter between Johns and Williamsburg Superintendent Thompson woman she was she Even if I was a and Im he has no right to say that to said Due to the Elkovich resigned 23 as A V W moving to where her family She was hired as head coach by the A n W Board of Directors in March and was living in while pursuing a graduate degree at the University of Shortly after the McMillin hired Attorney Phyllis Des to seek Pearson our goal is to get an a real from Johns and to make people aware of this Pearson contacted the Williamsburg Board of Education by seeking a writ ten apology from Johns and assurance from the Board that Johns will not make further com publicly or about Elkovich or Pearson also wants the Board to recognize Johns alleged unprofessional letter was discussed in a closed session requested by Johns at the Boards monthly The Board also dis special guests and members of the public placed their earts w reciting the Pledge of NpIC photos by Gallic Wetjen Remembering 11 The Williamsburg Public Schools held a service at the football field on the oneyear anniversary of the 11 The service a flag a moment of silence and a special tribute to local police and emergency medical At left The American flag was lowered to half staff by Williamsburg natives currently serving in the armed They were Second Lieutenant Amy far Staff Sergeant Jennifer far right and Second Lieutenant Angela second from Assisting the women were VFW members Joe and Joe second from Students from Lutheran High School football field to form the of the United Small American flags were posted along the border and were later given tothe children as a remembrance of the Assistant tough pick Citys recreation committee finalizes fills positions for new center By CALLIE WETJEN With job interviews concluding this Recreation Director Tammy Sinn hopes to have new recreation center em ployees moved in and training for their new duties by the end of the At the City Councils meeting Sinn said 27 people applied for the assistant recre ation director position and she will be inter viewing six of those candidates this Its going to be a tough There are a lot of good candidates to choose Sinn Sinn said several of the assistant recreation director applicants are local and many of the applicants show much experience and school ing for the She has hired most of the parttime positions and hopes to have all positions tilled and ready for approval by the council at their next Postal customers in the Conroy and Parnell areas will be receiving bro chures on the new recreation center as early as next Well have plenty of brochures left over to distribute around the as Sinn Cost of the brochures is expected to be ap proximately Construction on the recreation center is on schedule and Sinn received word the Holden Family Foundation has agreed to purchase most of the equipment for the new The council tabled further action on repair ing current soccer fields at the citys sports complex until they get a solid estimate on Also tabled was a windbreak for a proposed ice skating rink southeast of the recreation cen ter The council decided to see whether a wind break was necessary to keep the wind from forming ripples in the and if enough people use the rink to make the windbreak worth the FIRE DEPARTMENT COMMITTEE REPORTS ON POSSIBLE FIRE STATION LOCATIONS Committee members from the Williamsburg Fire Department discussed with the council See page 14 JEANNIE ELKOVICH fanner head couch of A n W swim club cussed a letter sub mitted by Johns to be When asked whether a copy of Johns letter could be released to the Journal Superintendent Thompson said the letter has been placed in Johns personnel file and considered Under the advi sory of the School Districts Tom the Board responded to In the the Board said they regretted the incident occurred on school but hoped the matter could be While the District permits the club to use See page 12 School election results are in There wasnt much to worry about for this years school board With no oppo incumbent Robert Marlin can keep his chair and his nameplate at the board He received 94 votes and will start his fourth threeyear term this Marlin said terms there is still much to be learned about the school district and how it First time board candidate Mark Armstrong received 102 An employee at Holdens Foundation Armstrong brings a strong business mind to the He fills Dianne Foleys vacant seat on the Marlin and Armstrong will be sworn in at an upcoming board They will be working with board members Tom Darren Spenler and Bob Insurance scam strikes Iowa county Lightning rod insurance theft preys on rural property owners and elderly By CALLIE WETJEN A lightning rod scam has struck rural Poweshiek and Iowa The alleged lightning rod business preys on rural farm particularly elderly and widowed said Jerome Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Claims Admin The bogus business member poses as a rep from an insurance company inspect ing the homeowners lightning rod They may offer to replace some items at a very high assuring the homeowner the insurance company will reimburse the The business may attempt to remove old light ning rods that may have an antique The old systems are replaced with less valu or in some faulty Patrons Mutual Insurance Agent Russ Heitmann The people checking the sys tem find flaws and replace some of the One person received a for for 15 feet of Another was charged for re placement Heitmann said a visiting insurance repre should always have some form of proper identification including a cover letter from the insurance letter of introduc tion or a business card with the in See page 12 To report news or place call The Journal Ph 6681240 or 888 2134259 FAX 6689112
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