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Cain O. LaVelle (1982-2019) | Obituaries |  Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier

CEDAR FALLS — Cain Orion LaVelle, 36, of Cedar Falls, died Wednesday, April 24, at Fort Dodge Trinity Hospital.

BREAKING: Aplington-Parkersburg student arrested following social media threat

APLINGTON, Iowa. (KWWL) – An Aplington-Parkersburg high school student has been arrested following a threat on social media. Butler County Emergency ...

10 years later, Parkersburg moving forward after devastating tornado (HISTORIC PHOTOS, VIDEOS)  WCF Courier

PARKERSBURG — Herman Luhring can still trace the multiple fractures to his skull with a finger. Pain plagues the 85-year-old on a daily basis.

Virgil "Sod" Craig Miller (1948-2019) | Obituaries |  Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier

PARKERSBURG — Virgil “Sod” Craig Miller, 71, of Parkersburg, died at home Sunday, April 21. He was born Feb. 16, 1948, son of Herman and Henrietta ...

10 years after the catastrophic tornado, Parkersburg has not only rebuilt, it's growing  Des Moines Register

Ten years after the second-deadliest tornado in recorded Iowa history ripped through their town, people in Parkersburg are proud. “Recovery to us was that we ...

Sharon K. Smith (1939-2019) | Obituaries |  Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier

PARKERSBURG -- Sharon Kay Smith, 79, of Parkersburg, died Friday, April 5, at Parker Place in Parkersburg of natural causes.

10 years later: How Parkersburg triumphed over a tornado  The Gazette

PARKERSBURG — Angie Reifenrath remembers clearly the day she and her husband, Marc, huddled in the basement of their Parkersburg home as one of the ...

Photos: a look back at the 2008 Tornado | Local News |  Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier

New Hartford fire department respond to a fire at 31195 Beaver Valley Road on Wednesday, May 28, 2008 in New Hartford, Iowa. (MATTHEW PUTNEY / Courier ...

22 Iowa athletes nominated for 2019 McDonald's All American Games

Des Moines (KWWL) — More than 800 students across the country were honored this week, when the 2019 McDonald's All American Games nomination list ...

Artsbridge bringing string quartet to Mid-Ohio Valley schools  Parkersburg News

PARKERSBURG — The Montclaire String Quartet will perform for Artsbridge's Artists-on-Tour series Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in elementary ...

Parkersburg remembers deadly tornado 10 years later  Radio Iowa

Today marks the tenth anniversary of the massive, killer tornado that destroyed much of the northeast Iowa town of Parkersburg. Chris Luhring, who's now ...

Parkersburg residents remember devastating tornado 10 years later  KCCI Des Moines

It's been ten years since a massive tornado hit the town, killing 9 people. These images bring it all back for Iowans who lived through it.

Rodney L. Mennen (1962-2019) | Obituaries |  Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier

PARKERSBURG — Rodney Lee Mennen, 56, of Parkersburg, died Monday, March 18, at the Cedar Valley Hospice Home in Waterloo from natural causes.

HS Wrestling: Saturday 12-8 Recap – Mix 94.7 KMCH

In Calmar: The class 2A 2nd ranked West Delaware wrestling team had three champions and won the South Winneshiek Invitational as they were 50 points ...

Peggy J. Haan (1936-2019) | Obituaries |  Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier

PARKERSBURG — Peggy Jean Haan, 82, of Parkersburg, died Monday, April 8, at Bartels Lutheran Retirement Community in Waverly. She was born June 4, ...

Sheridan Lumley Schoneman (1935-2019) | Obituaries  Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier

PARKERSBURG — Sheridan Yvonne Lumley Schoneman, 83, of Clear Lake, died Monday, April 22, at North Iowa Hospice, Mason City. She was born July 31, ...

My Son Killed His Former Football Coach Ed Thomas - Joan Becker's Mental Health Mission

In 2009, Joan Becker's son shot and killed one of their community's most beloved citizens. Now she's fighting to reform the mental health system so that families ...

Class 2A regional volleyball: Dike-New Hartford haunts Hudson on way to state (PHOTOS)  WCF Courier

PARKERSBURG — Leaders within a Dike-New Hartford volleyball program that has been there, done that, revealed poise under pressure during Tuesday ...

7 years later: Ed Thomas' murder and its aftermath

The Des Moines Register returned to Parkersburg in 2014 to connect with the people most profoundly affected by the murder of beloved Aplington-Parkersburg ...

Judith Spain  Chippewa Herald

ELDORADO, N.M. — Judith “Judy” Ellen Spain of Eldorado passed away Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018, in Santa Fe, N.M., following a lung infection.

After Tornado Destroys Iowa High School, Football Coach Tries to Save Season  New York Times

A high school football coach in Parkersburg, Iowa, is trying to rebuild his program in the aftermath of a devastating tornado.

Parkersburg man races into National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame  Parkersburg News

PARKERSBURG —A retired dirt track racer from Parkersburg was inducted into the National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame in Kentucky. Steve Shaver, a 1982 ...

Robert D. Mennen (1940-2018) | Obituaries |  Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier

PARKERSBURG — Robert D. Mennen, 78, of Parkersburg, died Sunday, Aug. 12, at Sartori Memorial Hospital in Cedar Falls of natural causes.

Ed Thomas' spirit still strong at Aplington-Parkersburg  Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier

PARKERSBURG | Ed Thomas' voice cannot be stilled.

Coach Ed Thomas' legacy lives on

PARKERSBURG, Ia. – The Rev. Brad Zinnecker was hiking on a New Hampshire mountain when a cellphone rang, bringing horrible news. The echoes of that ...

Celebrating milestones this week (PHOTOS) | Local News  Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier

Anniversaries, birthdays and other milestones in this week's Celebrations.

The Most Beautiful Public High School in Every State in America  Architectural Digest

For most students, summer has ended and schools across America are back in session (to the delight of some, to the chagrin of others). So what better time to ...

Aplington-Parkersburg seniors have faced challenges, tragedies  The Gazette: Eastern Iowa Breaking News and Headlines

With a shared history that includes a deadly tornado and the fatal shooting of a beloved coach, the members of the Class of 2012 at Aplington-Parkersburg High ...

Area Fair Queens participate in annual Iowa State Fair Queen contest  Marshalltown Times Republican

DES MOINES – Four area girls were included among the 101 Iowa fair queens that participated in the annual Iowa State Fair Queen Contest held this past week ...

Tommy Bowden to speak at Boy Scouts dinner  Parkersburg News

VIENNA — A two-time Atlantic Coast Conference Coach of the Year will be the keynote speaker in March at the 50th annual Community Leadership Dinner of ...

48 Photos: Parkersburg Tornado, 8 Years later

Parkersburg residents try to pick up the pieces after their town was hit by a tornado Sunday evening.. REGISTER PHOTO BY JUSTIN HAYWORTH.

Dennis Bartels (1941-2016), Sharon Bartels (1943-2016) | Obituaries |  Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier

PARKERSBURG — Dennis Bartels, 75, and Sharon Bartels, 73, both of Parkersburg, died Dec. 2 from injuries sustained in an automobile accident north of ...

Aplington-Parkersburg football coach shot, killed | News for Mason City and North Iowa  Mason City Globe Gazette

PARKERSBURG — Shock and disbelief reverberated around the state today with the stunning news that one of Iowa's best known high school football coaches ...

Former A-P teacher pleads guilty to sexual exploitation charges  Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier

ALLISON, Iowa — A former teacher in the Aplington-Parkersburg School District changed her plea this week, admitting she engaged in sex acts with several ...

Most high school football state championships in each state  MaxPreps

MaxPreps News - South Dakota's Washington has the most titles with 42, but three others have at least 30 championships.

Parkersburg looking ahead 8 years after devastating tornado | Local News  Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier

PARKERSBURG — Everyone remembers it in their own way, said Perry Bernard, mayor of Parkersburg.

Police: Ex-Iowa teacher had sex with students  Mason City Globe Gazette

IOWA CITY (AP) — A 24-year-old former high school teacher in rural Iowa turned herself into authorities Friday after admitting that she had four sexual ...

Former Ohio priest charged with abuse | News, Sports, Jobs  Parkersburg News

STEUBENVILLE — A priest who served multiple areas of eastern Ohio, including Marietta, has been suspended from the ministry after he admitted to sexual ...

Storm Lake high school students attend leadership conference  Pilot Tribune

Storm Lake High School students traveled to Aplington-Parkersburg High School on Thursday, October 4, to attend the Ed Thomas Leadership Academy.

Jim Hamric named MSAC commissioner  Charleston Gazette-Mail

Jim Hamric, a former state championship football coach at Spencer and a past athletic director at Parkersburg High School, was unanimously approved as the ...

Kathy Mattea to emcee 'Mountain Stage' | News, Sports, Jobs  Parkersburg News

MORGANTOWN — A Grammy Award-winner and native West Virginian will guest host West Virginia Public Broadcasting's “Mountain Stage with Larry Groce” 7 ...

Sherri Jo Asche (1969-2014) | Obituaries |  Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier

PARKERSBURG -- Sherri Jo Asche, 45, of Parkersburg, died Sunday, Nov. 16, at Sartori Memorial Hospital, Cedar Falls, of natural causes.

Darian DeVries Named Drake Men’s Basketball Coach  WHO TV Des Moines

DES MOINES, Iowa -- Drake University has named Darian DeVries its new men's basketball head coach. A 1:30 p.m. news conference is being held Friday to ...

Becker's book explores illness that led son to murder coach  Mason City Globe Gazette

PARKERSBURG | Stacked against the wall and leaning against a stair railing, the collection of framed drawings is striking in its realism.

Former St. Albans wrestler Josh Humphreys wins Dutton Award  Charleston Gazette-Mail

PARKERSBURG — Parkersburg South 152-pounder Josh Humphreys has been dominant since the first time he stepped on a wrestling mat.

David A. Hippen (1968-2014) | Obituaries |  Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier

APLINGTON -- David A. Hippen, 45, of Aplington, died Saturday, March 15, at UnityPoint Health - Allen Hospital, Waterloo, of natural causes.

Aaron D. Buss (1977-2016) | Obituaries |  Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier

GRUNDY CENTER — Aaron Dean Buss, 38, of Waconia, Minn., formerly of Grundy Center, died Saturday, March 12, in Red Wing, Minn.

Slain Aplington-Parkersburg coach Ed Thomas laid to rest  Quad City Times

PARKERSBURG, Iowa - Thousands of mourners gathered Monday to remember slain high school football coach Ed Thomas as a man of faith who believed in ...

Football Coach Shot in High School Weight Room  FOXNews

A prominent central Iowa high school football coach died after being shot multiple times in the school's weight room Wednesday by a former player, police said.

High school bands preparing for state marching festival  Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier

WATERLOO — High school marching bands have been honing drills and fine-tuning music in preparation for Saturday's showcase of their field shows.

7 Iowa teachers guilty of sex abuse get no prison time

Some Iowa teachers convicted of sexually abusing students have been placed on probation rather than sentenced to prison, despite a state law requiring they ...

Lessons Learned: Parkersburg 2013  Iowa Public Radio

Residents of Parkersburg and nearby towns that were hit by an EF5 tornado five years ago are remembering the events of that day as information pours in.

UPDATE: Mark Becker sentenced to life in prison for shooting  Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier

ALLISON - His was a life characterized by choices. Early on, Ed Thomas chose devotion to God instead of the overindulgence he saw his father pursue. He later ...

Football Team Helps Storm-Damaged Town Bounce Back  New York Times

After a devastating tornado hit a small Iowa town last May, the Aplington-Parkersburg High School football team helped pick up the pieces.

Shaver to receive dirt track racing honor | News, Sports, Jobs  Parkersburg News

PARKERSBURG — A Parkersburg man will be inducted into the National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame at Florence, Ky. Steve Shaver will be in the 2018 Class f.

Military father surprises daughter at Capitol | Mason City & North Iowa |  Mason City Globe Gazette

DES MOINES | Samantha Frey's dream came true. The Parkersburg teenager received a joyous reunion when her military father returning from a year-long ...

Ed Thomas book debuts at Sacred Acre | Local News |  Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier

PARKERSBURG, Iowa --- Thousands of community members and public figures gathered Friday night to catch a glimpse into the life of the late coach Ed ...

Our Favorite Animal Photos of 2018  The Gazette

The intrepid photographer staff at the Gazette meets many a critter in their travels through the state, and yes we do want to take them all home with us. We try not ...

Becker found guilty of killing Iowa coach Ed Thomas  Sioux City Journal

ALLISON, Iowa (AP) - A jury found an Iowa man guilty Tuesday of first-degree murder in the shooting of a nationally known high school football coach.

Dale H. Hassman | Obituaries |  Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier

Dale Harold Hassman, 76, of Cedar Falls, died Tuesday, November 29, 2016, at Sartori Memorial Hospital in Cedar Falls. He was born May 7, 1940 on the farm ...

Iowa's deadliest tornadoes

A list of Iowa's deadliest tornadoes in the past two centuries.

Jared DeVries' company buys Cerro Gordo Co. land for $5.3 million  Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier

MASON CITY, Iowa --- A company owned by professional football player Jared DeVries has purchased 750 acres of Cerro Gordo County farmland for more than ...

Mark Becker's mom: Could Ed Thomas' murder have been prevented?  Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier

CLEAR LAKE, Iowa --- The name of Joan and Dave Becker's son, Mark, will forever be associated with Parkersburg coaching legend Ed Thomas, the man Mark ...

K&L Foods sold to Brothers Market  Sigourney News Review

After 14 years of *service* to the community, K&L Foods and TNT Liquor have been sold and will be under the new ownership of Brother's Market Corporation.

Ranking 10,010 Girls By Average XC Finish  MileSplit

10010 cross country runners ranked by their average finish place during the cross country season with a minimum of three races.

Johnson, Meinders win NICL wrestling titles  The Grundy Register

PARKERSBURG – The Dike-New Hartford wrestling team earned its opportunities at the North Iowa Cedar League Tournament last Saturday, but the end of the ...

Lions release defensive end Jared DeVries | Football |  Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) - The Detroit Lions have released defensive end Jared DeVries, who missed last season after surgery on a ruptured Achilles tendon.

Darian DeVries 'all-in' as Drake's men's basketball coach  Des Moines Register

Just minutes after learning that Drake was once again searching for a new men's basketball coach, Darian DeVries whipped out his phone and typed up a text to ...

Island wrestlers get their feet wet at local tourney - Anna Maria Island News  The Anna Maria Islander

Members of the newly formed wrestling club at the Center of Anna Maria Island got their first taste of competitive wrestling at the I Own Florida youth wrestling ...

Andersen named newest sheriff's deputy  The Grundy Register

A Dike native who excelled in sports at Aplington-Parkersburg High School and spent the last five years of his career at the State Training School in Eldora ...

SCC graduates celebrate the memories  Fort Dodge Messenger

LAKE CITY — Even though it's one of the biggest days in a high schooler's career, the tears and emotions of graduation stem from the four years that c.

Ms. Wheelchair Iowa hopes to use platform to expand adaptive sports  Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier

WATERLOO, Iowa --- Tasha DeGroote, 24, of Waterloo, faces challenges head on, then moves on to the next milestone. She doesn't dwell on the limitations of ...

Lackey a finalist to be next WVU Mountaineer mascot  Parkersburg News

MORGANTOWN — A graduate of Doddridge County High School is one of four finalists in a cheer-off to be the next West Virginia University mascot.

No. 2 story of 2011: The miracle of Mapleton, Iowa  Sioux City Journal

MAPLETON, Iowa -- Allen and Jessica Mead and their four children fled Picayune, Miss., as Hurricane Gustav roared in 2008. Left their dog, Bud, behind.

Boats in place for 41st annual Ohio River Sternwheel Festival  Parkersburg News

MARIETTA — The boats have arrived in Marietta for the annual Ohio River Sternwheel Festival, the 41st edition of the festival. Jim and Jean Krantz, owners.

Wartburg College Republicans president invited to White House  Cedar Valley Daily Times

A Wartburg student who unsuccessfully championed the formation of a conservative organization on campus in 2017 was among the 100 students who ...

Profiling The Man In The Middle: Brad Meester  Big Cat Country

via Look at the above photograph. This article is about one of those players. No, not Fred Taylor and not Byron Leftwich. It's about the guy that ...

Six who might be considered for South Dakota head coaching job  Sioux Falls Argus Leader

I've put together a list of six possible candidates for the now vacant South Dakota head men's basketball coaching position. None of these names have any ...

Wife of Walford man killed by drunken driver promoting Horizons fundraiser  The Gazette

Debbie Erenberger had dinner with her husband Greg in Ely before she left to “dog-sit” for their daughter the weekend of Aug. 5, 2016. “We met that night for ...

Power Couple: Colleen MacRae & Jason Simon  Business Record

Editor's note: One of my favorite assignments is our periodic Power Couple feature. We pick a pair who are individually noteworthy for their influenc.

Mom: Mark Becker finally getting needed care

Now that he's serving life in prison for killing his former football coach, Mark Becker is finally receiving the kind of mental-health care he should have had years ...

Energy Department Announces Prizes for 2013 National Science Bowl

Washington D.C. – The U.S. Department of Energy today announced the prizes for which middle and high school teams from across the nation will compete at ...

Nelson Named To 2014 ANF Wall of Honor - | News, Sports, Jobs, Central Iowa  Emmetsburg News

Bruce Nelson is the 2014 America Needs Farmer Wall of Honor selection. The ANF Wall of Honor salutes former University of Iowa football student-athletes who ...

Supreme Court rejects Mark Becker appeal in killing of Coach Ed Thomas  Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier

DES MOINES --- The Iowa Supreme Court dismissed an appeal brought by the man accused of killing Aplington-Parkersburg football coach Ed Thomas.

DeVries Added to ANF Wall of Honor - University of Iowa Athletics  University of Iowa Athletics

Oct. 25, 2013 ANF Wall of Honor Photo Gallery | DeVries Added to ANF Wall of Honor 2013 Game Day Central.

Miss Iowa 2014 to sing at annual 'ANF Day at Kinnick'  Iowa Now

Aly Olson, the reigning Miss Iowa who is a student at the University of Iowa that recently advanced to the Top 12 in the 2015 Miss America pageant, will be part ...

Poppens, Prins picked in second round of WNBA Draft  Iowa State Daily

ISU coach Bill Fennelly may have known the fates of Chelsea Poppens and Anna Prins before either of them knew for themselves, but he was determined to ...

Inaugural State-by-State USTFCCCA High School Coach of the Year Winners Announced  U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association

NEW ORLEANS – The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced Tuesday the state-by-state winners of its inaugural ...

Trial starts for teen who allegedly killed 5-year-old foster brother

An Iowan accused of killing a 5-year-old boy and leaving his body at the bottom of a ravine will likely face years in state care, regardless of the outcome of his ...

25 Semifinalists Announced for 2017 Music Educator Award™ Presented by The Recording Academy® and the GRAMMY Foundation®  Business Wire

The Recording Academy: WHO: A total of 25 music teachers from 25 cities across 16 states have been announced as semifinalists for the Music Educ.

Iowa WR M. Vandeberg  Iowa Hawkeyes

Make it a double | News, Sports, Jobs  Marshalltown Times Republican

PARKERSBURG — More important than making it back to the top of the podium is making it back to Wells Fargo Arena. Despite being on opposite ends.

String of Tornadoes Hits Minnesota and Iowa over Holiday Weekend  findingDulcinea

Eight people are dead from Sunday's tornado outbreak—the latest string of deadly storms in an active 2008 tornado season.

US storms: What is it like to live in 'tornado alley'?  BBC News

Two community leaders who have experienced some of the worst storms in US history tell the BBC what it is like to live in "tornado alley", and offer advice to ...

Church expands ministry to focus on mental health

Ankeny First United Methodist Church is expanding its focus.

Columbine to Oregon's Umpqua College: A tragic list of school shootings since 1999  Westword

Update: Periodically, we've compiled rosters of school shootings that have taken place since the attack on Columbine High School — and such incidents appear ...

A blast from the sports past | Photo Galleries |  Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier

Remember these notable sports stars with Cedar Valley and Iowa connections?

Shaq Trade to Cavs Casts a Big Shadow  New York Times

Forget the N.B.A. draft or the U.S. victory over Spain. Shaquille O'Neal's trade to Cleveland is blot-out-all-the-news big.

US Top 500 Outdoor Returnees: Boys 400m Hurdles  MileSplit

Check out the nation\'s top 500 outdoor boys returnees in the 400 meter hurdles.

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