first_imgMASON CITY — The Cerro Gordo County Board of Supervisors today approved the county’s Fiscal Year 2020 budget that starts in July.Budget director Heather Mathre says the total countywide levy will be going down this year by about six cents.  The levy will be at $6.13 per $100,000 assessed valuation. The general basic levy and the general supplemental levy stay steady, each at $3.50 and $1.77. The mental health levy is 54-cents. The debt service levy, which covers the law enforcement center bond issue, is 32-cents.Mathre says public safety, roads and transportation, and physical health & social services make up 65% of the budget. 28% is earmarked for public safety & legal services, which includes the jail, sheriff’s office, county attorney and child support recovery. Roads & transportation covers 20% of the budget. Physical health & social services makes 17% of the budget, which includes public health department, assistance to veterans, general assistance to taxpayers, and a variety of funding to outside agencies.Supervisor Casey Callanan says he appreciated the hard work that Mathre and the department heads did on preparing what he called a good and fair budget.   “We’re able to drop the levy a little bit, not as much as we’d like, but in order to be prudent with changes that sometimes are out of our realm, whether it’s health insurance or the business property backfill, we’re always cautious into doing too much and then not having enough to make sure that the services are being provided to the citizens of Cerro Gordo County. I just thank everyone. It’s one of the biggest tasks that we as a board deal with every year, and I think it’s the most important too.”The supervisors approved the budget unanimously. You can see more about the budget by clicking at the following link Cerro Gordo Budget FY2020last_img read more

first_imgFOREST CITY — Winnebago Industries says they’re buying another motorhome manufacturer. The Forest City-based outdoor lifestyle product company announced this morning that it’s entered into an agreement to acquire Newmar Corporation for $344 million. Winnebago says Newmar, located in Nappanee Indiana, has been a leader in the recreational vehicle industry for over 50 years and makes the industry’s fastest growing brand of Class A motorhomes. Winnebago president and CEO Michael Happe says in a written statement that the acquisition aligns with the company’s strategy and re-energizes their motorized business by enhancing the company’s position in the motorhome market.This story will be updated with more information about the purchase later.last_img read more

first_imgNEW HARTFORD — With so many Iowans spending more time at home lately, Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley says it’s the ideal opportunity for them to take a few minutes and fill out their U-S Census questionnaires.Grassley is urging Iowans to complete the form online, which especially makes sense during the coronavirus pandemic.  Grassley says, “I want Iowans to spread the word to their family members and friends, particularly those who spend their winters outside of Iowa, that we want them counted in Iowa.”If you respond online, by phone or by mail, Grassley says it will minimize the need to send census takers out into communities to follow up.   Grassley says, “If you live most of the year in Iowa, be sure you’re going to be counted in our state even if you aren’t in Iowa on April the 1st.”The census is used in determining Iowa’s representation in Congress as well as for hundreds of billions of federal dollars for programs ranging from food and health care to road construction.  “Every Iowan counts,” Grassley says, “and I want every Iowan counted in Iowa.”The Census Bureau reported last week that Iowa’s response rate ranks number-two in the country, just a fraction behind Wisconsin and just ahead of Minnesota. While the national average is 21-percent, the bureau says about 26-percent of Iowans have already filled out their census forms, with 23-percent of Iowans responding online.last_img read more

first_imgCLEAR LAKE — The Clear Lake School Board tonight is scheduled to approve a “Return To Learn” plan for the 2020-and-21 school year.The board will meet in a planning session at 5 o’clock to discuss options for the upcoming school year. The board will then meet in a special session starting at 6:30 where adoption of the plan is scheduled to take place.The work session and the special board meeting will both take place in the boardroom at the administration center.last_img

first_img“It was really fun, but I think he won more games than I did,” admitted Davies with a smile.The Canadian teen joined Bayern in late 2018, and nailed down a first-team berth at left-back this season despite arriving from Vancouver Whitecaps as a winger.The Bundesliga season was halted in mid-March due to the coronavirus, but Davies has kept busy improving his German and last week signed a contract extension until 2025.He has entertained Bayern fans on social media during the lockdown with videos of him trying to master tricky words in the Bavarian dialect.His dubbed imitation of the Backstreet Boys hit “I Want It That Way” went viral on TikTok.“I love entertaining,” Davies admitted and smiled when a reporter from broadcaster RTL jokingly offered him a guest role in one of their soap operas.The German Football League (DFL) has said it is ready to resume from May 9, albeit behind closed doors, but Angela Merkel’s government must still give the go-ahead.With Bayern four points clear at the top of the table and on course for an eighth straight league title, Davies said playing the remaining nine games in near-empty stadiums will be a challenge.“If it happens, it is going to be different,” said Davies. “The fans are a part of us, but it’s for everyone’s safety, so I don’t mind it.”Share on: WhatsApp Davies, who was born in a refugee camp in Ghana, helped raise funds for the UN Refugee AgencyBerlin, Germany | AFP |  Bayern Munich’s Alphonso Davies says it would be a “disaster” if the coronavirus reaches one of the world’s many refugee camps — like the one he was born in.The 19-year-old started life in a refugee camp in Ghana after his parents fled the civil war in Liberia.The family emigrated to Canada when Davies was five years old.The move was made possible by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), for whom Davies helped raise funds by playing a virtual match last Saturday.His opponent was AC Milan goalkeeper Asmir Begovic, 32, another former refugee who fled to Germany from Bosnia as a young boy before also eventually settling in Canada.The pair went head-to-head in the eFootball PES2020 livestream tournament, organised by the UNHCR to help the 70 million refugees around the world.“Right now, the main focus is to raise money to help get refugees whatever they need,” said Davies in a video press conference Tuesday in Munich.“Obviously social distancing is tough for them with things so compact (in the camps) and if corona hits one of those refugee camps, it could be a disaster.“I just want to use my platform to spread the word and help as much as possible.“They (UNHCR) helped me out when I was in a camp and I wanted to support them.”The online game raised around 9,000 euros ($9,755) in donations.last_img read more

first_imgHe was a favourite in Uganda, where the WWE was broadcast on most televisions stations in the eighties and nineties.WWE did not give cause of death but Kamala had battled several health issues iand had both of his legs amputated due to diabetes. Share on: WhatsApp Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | World famous professional wrestler James Harris aka Kamala The Ugandan giant, has passed away aged 70, the world governing body WWE has announced.“WWE is saddened to learn that James Harris, known to WWE fans as Kamala, has passed away. WWE extends its condolences to Harris’ family, friends and fans,” the WWE said in statement.Under the frightening face paint of Kamala, the 6-foot-7, 380-pound Harris battled the greatest Superstars in sports-entertainment history, including Hulk Hogan, The Undertaker and Andre the Giant. He portrayed a fearsome and simpleminded Ugandan who wrestled barefoot in war paint and a loincloth, and approached the ring wearing an African mask and carrying a spear and shieldHe terrorized opponents and thrilled audiences in Mid-South, World Class Championship Wrestling, WCW and WWE until 2006.last_img read more

first_img Scotland retained the Senior Men’s Home International title after the tournament ended in a three-way tie at Crowborough Beacon in SussexScotland, England and Ireland had each won two of their three matches, but Scotland, as holders, kept the trophy.“It was quite a surprise,” said playing captain David Gardner, whose team defeated England 5-4 in the final match. “We didn’t think we would win the tournament because we thought it was decided on goal difference. But it turned out that the holders retain.”The team’s main aim on the last day was simply to beat England. “That was the big driving force. We played a few weeks ago and won and they would have wanted to get their revenge – they’ll have to wait till next year!” said Gardner.His team lost the morning foursomes 2-1 and quickly lost the top singles to English senior champion Ian Attoe and another point to David Niven.But Gardner led a determined charge by the Scots. He defeated Stephen East – last year’s Engish senior champion – and more points were added by Graham Bell, Ian Brotherston and, crucially, Lindsay Blair.The Scot was all square with European senior champion Clive Jones as the pair played by 18th, but Blair managed to win the hole and his game. “That was a big, big result, it was the turning point that gave us a chance,” said Gardner.In the day’s other match Ireland beat Wales 6½-2½Click here for full scores 17 Sep 2015 Scotland retain senior crown last_img read more

first_img Fifteen leading English amateurs will tee up alongside Ladies European Tour hopefuls next week when the WPGA International Challenge is played at Stoke by Nayland Golf Club, near Colchester. They include Meghan MacLaren, who scored the winning point for GB&I at this year’s Curtis Cup match. Also in the field is Olivia Winning who, with MacLaren, helped make England the 2016 European team champions. British stroke play champion Sophie Lamb and 14-year-old Lily May Humphreys – winner of a host of junior titles – are also included. Rebecca Hembrough, England Golf Women’s Performance Manager, said: “This is a wonderful opportunity for our players and I know they’re really looking forward to it.” The LET Access Series event, from 6-8 October, is the only one to be staged in the UK and it underlines LETAS’s commitment to providing an important link between elite amateur and professional golf. Di Barnard, tour director of the LET Access Series said: “Stoke by Nayland Hotel Golf & Spa is a first class venue and the Gainsborough course is a tremendous test of golf. “We look forward to visiting again this year and welcoming everyone to the tournament. The event receives great support from the PGA and England Golf and is a very important playing opportunity for the players, both for the elite amateurs and the professionals, many of whom are just starting out in their careers There is a lot at stake because the 54-hole Challenge counts towards the LET Access Series order of merit and the top five players will earn cards on the Ladies European Tour for 2017. The England amateur players: Sophie Lamb (Clitheroe, Lancashire) is the British women’s stroke play champion and helped England take fifth place at the World Girls’ Championship (image © Leaderboard Photography). Georgia Price (Bude and North Cornwall) was runner-up in the English stroke play and third in the British stroke play. Gemma Clews (Delamere Forest, Cheshire) is an England international and played at the World Team Championship. Lianna Bailey (Kirby Muxloe, Leicestershire) was fourth in the Welsh stroke play and seventh in the English women’s amateur. Sammie Giles (St Mellion, Cornwall), has won all the English women’s titles and is currently the amateur champion. Olivia Winning (Rotherham, Yorkshire) is the Scottish stroke play champion and a member of England’s winning European championship team. Cloe Frankish (Chart Hills, Kent) is the English girls’ champion and the runner up in the English women’s match play. Bel Wardle (Prestbury, Cheshire) was the runner-up in the British girls’ championship and was eighth individually when representing England at the World Girls’ Championship. Ebonie Lewis (Knowle, Gloucestershire) was third in the English women’s stroke play and helped Gloucestershire win English Women’s County Finals. Georgina Blackman (Chelmsford, Essex) was a semi-finalist in the English women’s matchplay and has had a string of high results in top scratch events. Meghan MacLaren (Wellingborough, Northamptonshire) holed the winning putt in this year’s Curtis Cup match and helped England win the European team championship. Lily May Humphreys (Channels, Essex) has won the 2016 English U16 girls’ title, the Fairhaven Trophies, the North of England U16 championship and was third in the European Young Masters. Bethan Popel (Long Ashton, Gloucestershire) has represented England and helped Gloucestershire win the 2016 Women’s County Finals. Inci Mehmet (Royal Mid-Surrey) has helped England win women’s and girls’ Home Internationals and was eighth in the 2016 British stroke play Sharna Dutrieux (Wrotham Heath, Kent) is an England girl international, tied 12th in the British stroke play and had top four finishes in three prestigious scratch events. Click here for more information 1 Oct 2016 Leading amateurs target LETAS Challenge last_img read more

first_imgI can say with pride that three of the 2012 NFL Hall-of-Fame “electees” Dermontti Dawson, Curtis Martin and Chris Doleman all have a Pittsburgh connection. I also happen to know them, personally. Oftentimes they gave me goose bumps watching them from high up in the press box. Imagine if I had been afforded the opportunity to observe them from the sidelines? I had the pleasure to cover the college and professional careers of both Martin and Doleman who played at the University of Pittsburgh.Let’s begin with Martin. Curtis Martin attended Taylor Allderdice High School in Pittsburgh. He played “hoops” in his sophomore year but didn’t play sports in his junior year. He began to play football in his senior year, his senior year, despite having never cared much for the sport. He instantly stood out and became a star at running back and linebacker. He also played on special teams and even on a few occasions played quarterback. His play caught the eye of then University of Pittsburgh head coach and offensive guru Paul Hackett.I covered Martin when he played at Allderdice, Pitt, the New England Patriots and the New York Jets and in my opinion; for his size very few if any running backs could do what he could do. Speed, quickness and power are the first things that come to mind when I visualize “Curt” on the gridiron.Former NFL head coach Bill Parcells had this to say about Martin. “Curtis is one of the most inspirational players I have ever seen. I always judge players by their ability to inspire others. I’ve seen Curtis Martin inspire numerous players and coaches and I was fortunate to be among those he inspired. He’s one of the greatest players I have ever coached.” Hey boys’ and girls’ these were the comments of Bill Parcells not some members of Curtis Martin’s family.“He wasn’t the biggest guy, but he’s probably one of the more mentally tough guys that I’ve ever been around. He was a visual player. He could will himself to do things and I marveled at that. When Curtis Martin stepped on the field, you knew one thing—whatever he had in his heart or in his body he was going to give.” —former New York Jets head coach Herm EdwardsI can still hear legendary Pitt broadcaster Bill Hillgrove screaming; “sacked by Chris Doleman.” “The motor of Chris Doleman seems to always be running”—former NFL great and broadcaster Pat Summerall.Doleman played linebacker and defensive end for the Pitt from 1981 to 1984. He ended his career with 25 sacks. Doleman was selected by the Minnesota Vikings in the 1st round (4th overall) of the 1985 NFL Draft. He began his NFL career as an outside linebacker in the Vikings 3-4 defense. However, the team switched to a 4-3 defense early in his career. That defensive playbook change benefitted Doleman who recorded 21 sacks during the 1989 season, the highest total recorded that season and the fourth highest total in the history of the NFL. 1981 was just two short years after I began my sports journalism career so it is fitting that I reminisce about Doleman. He was quick and relentless and like the finest bloodhound he could smell the quarterback, always. Doleman kept the Pitt tradition going mirroring the likes of Hugh Green and Ricky Jackson, two of the finest defensive line players in the history of the university. It is fitting that Jackson and Doleman have been ushered into the NFL Hall of Fame. Could former Pitt and Tampa Bay Buc’s star Hugh Green be next? Who Knows?Let’s get to offensive linemen. “He redefined the position. Looking schematically, when you start to design the center to pull after the snap, not many can do it. When you look at the numbers we had in the running game, everything we did worked from the inside out, and to have a guy like Dermontti and such stability, that was a staple of every offense we had.” —former Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Bill CowherIn case you don’t know by now I am referring to the truly legendary Pittsburgh Steelers center Dermontti Dawson.Dawson played center and guard at Kentucky.He lettered in each of his four years. In his freshman year in 1984 the team defeated Wisconsin in the Hall of Fame Bowl. As a senior in 1987 Dawson was named second-team All-Southeastern Conference. Dawson was selected by the Steelers in the second round of the 1988 NFL draft.He’s the first guy I ever saw as a center pull and lead sweeps. And they would lead Dermontti on what we called the ‘plus nose tackle,’ the guy who sat outside his shoulder with the play going to that side. His blocking assignment was to cut that guy out of that onside gap, almost impossible. But Dermontti could do it because of his quickness. You just don’t see that very often.”—Hall of Fame cornerback and Pittsburgh Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeauCongratulations to the “big three” there is a lot of love coming your way from Pittsburgh.(Aubrey Bruce can be reached at: abruce@new­pitts­ or 412-583-6741.) Hey with the NFL Hall-of-Fame inductions, game and all of the other festivities that surround it fast approaching, one thing puzzles me. These are a group of athletes who were beyond superior, yet the event that honors their contribution is titled the “class” of 2012.Generally speaking school and or lights were usually out when opponents were forced to compete against these gentlemen.last_img read more

first_imgMiami Dolphins tight end Charles Clay (42) is tackled by Pittsburgh Steelers free safety Ryan Clark (25) and Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Cameron Heyward (97) during the of an NFL football game in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013. The Dolphins won 34-28. (AP Photo/Don Wright)PITTSBURGH (AP) — Cameron Wake isn’t sure he can keep living like this.Oh, the disruptive Miami Dolphins defensive end can deal with his resilient team making a playoff run. It’s the way the Dolphins are doing it that is exasperating.In a season marred by a bullying controversy and nine nail-biters in 13 weeks, this one may have been the most harrowing of all.Miami’s 34-28 victory in the snow over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday allowed the Dolphins (7-6) to keep pace with Baltimore for the AFC’s second Wild Card spot, but only after Pittsburgh’s Antonio Brown stepped out at the Miami 12 following a five-lateral relay that nearly ended with one of the most bizarre finishes in league history.“I think I need some blood pressure medicine or something,” Wake said. “That’s December football.”Something the Dolphins looked decidedly comfortable with during a frenetic second half in which Miami blew a pair of leads only to rally behind tight end Charles Clay and quarterback Ryan Tannehill.Clay caught two touchdowns, including the winner with 2:53 to go, while Tannehill appeared right at home in the snowstorm that blanketed the field in the first half but did little to slow either team in the second. The second-year quarterback passed for three touchdowns and added a career-long 48-yard run.“The ball felt good all day,” Tannehill said. “You’re warm on the sideline and once you get on the field, you feel good.”And the Dolphins look good heading into a showdown at home against AFC East leader New England.Not so much in Pittsburgh. The Steelers (5-8) dropped their second straight and have been all but mathematically eliminated from the playoffs with three weeks to go.“Regardless of the record man, you’ve still got to play football,” Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor said.Pittsburgh Steelers Emmanuel Sanders and Miami Dolphins Mike Wallace talk at the end of an NFL football game in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013. (AP Photo/Tom E. Puskar)Five things we learned as Miami won in Pittsburgh for the first time in 23 years:CLAY IS MORE LIKE CONCRETE: The third-year tight end has come into his own this season and his combination of size and strength proved too much for the Steelers. Clay caught seven passes for 97 yards. He beat Cortez Allen, a cornerback, deep for a 40-yard gain in the first half and discarded Allen and Troy Polamalu on his 12-yard game-winner.Clay caught a short pass from Tannehill then brushed off arm tackles by both Steelers before skipping into the end zone.“I was trying to get the ball out,” Polamalu said. “I’ve just got to make the tackle.”STEELERS ARE SUNK: Pittsburgh’s loss dropped the Steelers two games behind the Dolphins and Ravens and one behind the New York Jets for the last playoff berth with three games to go. Pittsburgh is also assured of a second straight non-winning season for the first time this millennium.“It definitely (stinks) man,” wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders said. “What do you guys want me to say? I’m going to stop playing football? No.”DANIEL THOMAS CAN MOTOR: The Dolphins lost leading rusher Lamar Miller to a concussion in the third quarter. It hardly mattered. Thomas finished with 105 yards rushing and a score, including a 55-yard zig-zag through the Pittsburgh secondary in the fourth quarter to set up Clay’s second score.“I was looking at the defender, I think it was Ryan Clark,” Thomas said. “He looked like he didn’t really want to tackle me, so I tried to make something happen.”ANTONIO BROWN’S LEFT FOOT IS TOO WIDE: The Steelers nearly pulled off a stunner during a frantic final play.Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger hit Sanders for a 20-yard gain, setting off a series of flips and tosses that ended with Brown streaking down the left sideline toward the end zone. Brown celebrated while he crossed the goal line, but an official correctly ruled the left edge of Brown’s left foot was out of bounds.“I thought I had it clean,” Brown said. “I thought I separated really good getting to the sideline, but it didn’t seem quite enough.”MIKE TOMLIN STAYED OUT OF SIGHT: A week after earning a $100,000 fine for interfering with a kickoff return in a loss to Baltimore, the Pittsburgh Steelers coach stayed well off the field on special teams plays time. Small consolation in a season that looks like another step back for one of the NFL’s marquee franchises.___AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.orglast_img read more