The Batesville 7th Grade won their first-round game of the SEI tournament against Milan with a score of 34-14. Batesville was solid on both sides of the ball forcing lots of turnovers on defense, and capitalizing on opportunities given on offense. Scoring for the dogs; Cade Kaiser(19), Will Jaisle(5), Grant Goldsmith(3), Jacob Stenger(3), Jake Chapman(2), and Carson Laker(2). Batesville will face South Ripley in the 2nd round. The 8th graders also defeated Milan in their first-round matchup with a final score of 39-22. The Bulldogs started off slow with multiple guys in foul trouble, but Chris Lewis outscored the opponent himself in the second quarter to give Batesville a four-point lead at halftime. At the beginning of the second half, Conner Drake began to take over and create separation with the help of Gus Prickel who was a consistent scorer all night for Batesville. Leading the Bulldogs offensively were Gus Prickel with 13 points, followed by Chris Lewis (10), Conner Drake (7), Sam Johnson (4), Eli Loichinger (2), Carter Bohman (2), and Jack Grunkemeyer (1). Batesville travels to South Ripley Tuesday for the second round of the SEI Tournament starting with 7th grade at 5:30 pm.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Tyler Burcham.The 7th Grade Boys from St. Louis took on Jac-Cen-Del in the first round of the SEI tournament on Monday, January 20th. The Cardinals gave it everything they had and came up just short, in the end, losing by a score of 32-28. This game really shows how far the Cardinals have come throughout the season as they lost to this same team by 24 points earlier in the season. Sam Laloge had a career game scoring 23 points (16 in the 2nd half) while hauling in 4 rebounds and 1 block. Henry Wanstrath scored 2 points while also collecting 1 steal, and 2 assists. Santiago Schutte played some great defense collecting a steal along with making both of his free throws for 2 points. Despite not scoring, Adam Meer finished with 3 rebounds, 1 steal, and 2 assists. Max Amberger finished with 2 rebounds, 1 steal, and 1 point. Marc Meneses played some great defense by having 2 steals and 2 rebounds. Christian Mack finished with several deflections and 3 rebounds. Ryan Duerstock also finished with 1 rebound. The Cardinals finish the season with 2 wins and 16 losses, but most importantly made big improvements from the start of the season. They never gave up and represented St. Louis School very well. Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Ryan Tekulve.The Cardinals advance to the second round of the Southeast Indiana Tournament with a win over Jac Cen Del 48 to 41. After a slow start, the Cardinals led by 8 at the half and as many as 12 in the 3rd quarter, but the Eagles pulled within 4 with just over 2 minutes to play. Solid free throw shooting from the Cardinals sealed the game in the end. Connor Miles scored 14, Hank Ritter 13, Preston Conway 9, Eli Weiler 8, Carson Meyer and Calvin Grote each had 2. The now 12 and 10 Cardinals will face Sunman Dearborn in the semi-finals at St. Louis Tuesday evening. Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Chad Miles with Jenny Miles.
CHARLES CITY — The final two K-Mart stores in Iowa, located here in north-central Iowa are closing. Sears Holdings, the parent company of K-Mart, confirms that their stores in Charles City and Algona will be closing in February. Employees of both stores were informed earlier this week of the decision, with liquidation sales at those locations expected to start in a couple of weeks. A number of K-Mart stores have closed across Iowa in the last year, including those in Webster City and Cherokee. Sears Holdings last month had announced another round closings would take place, but most of the locations impacted were not revealed at the time.
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has committed an additional US$65M to the ongoing fight against the deadly Ebola virus in Liberia.The virus continues to ravage the Mano River Union (MRU) basin; it has claimed thousands of lives, with Liberia being the worst hit.The USAID money is part of a total US$142M additional assistance made available to the worst affected three MRU countries, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, to boost the fight against the killer disease.USAID Administrator, Dr. Rajiv Shah, made the disclosure on Tuesday, October 14, when he addressed a joint press conference along with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and the Norwegian Foreign Minister, Borge Brende, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Monrovia. This amount, the USAID Administrator said, is to be committed through technical assistances such as expanding critical training of local health workers, building of more Ebola Treatment Units (ETUs), provision of more logistics and all that will help in containing the virus in the affected countries.He indicated that the US government has now put into place the most significant disease control effort it has ever carried out outside of the US in order to ensure that the virus is contained.“The US government is now coordinating strong response strategies that will ensure that Ebola is contained. We have a commitment of more than US$400M already for the fight and over 600 trained medical and military personnel in the affected region. “This is the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s largest effort ever in fighting an epidemic outside of the US. The US government is pleased to announce an additional US$142M to the Ebola fight in West Africa. US$65M of this amount will focus on Liberia,” Dr. Shah said.The US government, through the USAID boss, also announced an additional US$5M as an assistance directly to the Liberian government that will help in handling health workers’ issues in the country.This donation, and many others that have come in recent times, are ensuring that the battle against the deadly virus continues to gain momentum, especially from the global front; a move that was initially anticipated when the threat of the virus was gradually mounting at its onset.Donations began to pull in when eminent Africans including Ghanaian President and Chairman of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), John D. Mahama, was critical of the international community and world powers for being slow in their response to the outbreak.Meanwhile, Norwegian Foreign Minister Borge Brende, who also addressed the joint press conference, said that he had come to show solidarity and sympathy on behalf of his government and the people of Norway.Minister Brende indicated that health matters are crucial to any country and as such his government has been strongly involved in the ongoing global effort to contain a disease that continues to claim many lives on a daily basis in the region.He disclosed that the Kingdom of Norway will soon send health experts, who have signed up as volunteers to the three affected countries to help bring the disease under control. He noted that since the outbreak his government has committed more than US60M to the fight in the MRU region.The Norwegian Foreign Minister also disclosed that his government is committing an additional US$15M to the affected nations through the World Health Organization (WHO).Speaking earlier, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf praised the two countries for the level of support that they have demonstrated since the outbreak. “They have been steadfast partners and friends. Through their governments we were able to achieve many things, some of which have been threatened by the Ebola outbreak,” the Liberian leader said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)