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Coach Ed Thomas' life, death loom heavily in Iowa communities 10 years after his murder  USA TODAY High School Sports

A legacy to honor: Aplington-Parkersburg football head coach Ed Thomas was murdered 10 years ago, but the community still mourns.

Iowa City Sidewalk Sales continues throughout the week  KGAN TV

Downtown Iowa City's Annual Sidewalk Sales started Thursday and runs through the weekend until Sunday, July 21. It's a longstanding Iowa City tradition that's ...

Judge dismisses Iowa gender reassignment surgery lawsuit  KGAN TV

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- A state court judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed in May challenging a new state law that prohibits the use of Medicaid funding for ...

Single game Iowa football tickets now on sale  KGAN TV

It's more than a month before The Swarm takes over Kinnick Stadium for the 2019 Iowa football season on August 31, but single game tickets officially went on ...

More details released on Thursday morning crash on Hwy 151  KGAN TV

Authorities have released more details on a Thursday morning crash that shut down parts of highway 151 in Walford, Iowa. The Linn County Sheriff's office says ...

North Liberty man accused of threatening to shoot police in domestic dispute  KGAN TV

A North Liberty man is facing several charges after police say he pulled a gun and threatened to shoot police and others on Thursday evening. According to a ...

Monday marks one decade since Coach Ed Thomas was killed  KCRG

Today marks ten years since a man shot and killed Aplington Parkersburg High School football Coach Ed Thomas.

SPECIAL REPORT: Joan Becker's mental health mission after her son killed Ed Thomas  KGAN TV

If you are concerned about your mental health, contact the Iowa Helpline by clicking here. 10 years ago, Coach Ed Thomas of Parkersburg was gunned down in ...

10 years later: Remembering Coach Ed Thomas  KCCI Des Moines

It has now been 10 years since legendary Applington-Parkersburg High School Football Coach Ed Thomas was shot and killed by a former student. Thomas ...

A legacy to honor: How Ed Thomas' life, death loom heavily in Iowa communities 10 years after his murder  Des Moines Register

In 2009, a former player shot and killed legendary Aplington-Parkersburg football coach Ed Thomas. Ten years later, emotions are still raw.

Sticking around sports: Former BP athlete is excelling as an athletic trainer - Austin Daily Herald  Austin Herald

Blooming Prairie grad Aaron Krejci spent a portion of his high school days protecting quarterbacks for the Blooming Prairie football team. Now he's protecting ...

Today in History | National  Herald-Mail Media

Today in History. Today is Monday, June 24, the 175th day of 2019. There are 190 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On June 24, 1983, the space ...

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 ...

High school principal in West Virginia got caught plagiarizing Ashton Kutcher in commencement speech  Des Moines Register

Parkersburg High School in West Virginia sought to send their graduates out into the world with an inspirational message courtesy of their principal, Ken ...

Today in History June 24

Today is Monday, June 24, the 175th day of 2019. There are 190 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On June 24, 1983, the space shuttle ...

Roundup: Parkersburg South hires new basketball coaches  Charleston Gazette-Mail

New boys and girls basketball coaches were approved for Parkersburg South High School Tuesday night by the Wood County Board of Education.

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.

Senior-led 'Skins take Region IV softball title  Huntington Herald Dispatch

HURRICANE - Hurricane High School's three seniors Caiti Mathes, Taylor McCray and Zoey Dunlap - have played in some big games on their home field.

Ed Thomas continues to impact Aplington-Parkersburg  KGAN TV

Grant Becker catches up with Carter Cuvelier about how legendary coach Ed Thomas' legacy lives on at Aplington-Parkersburg high school and how he's a part ...

RISING WATERS: The making of the 2019 flood forecast  KGAN TV

With this years harsh winter and near record snowfall, talk and concern has grown about the potential for serious spring flooding. To set the record straight on the ...

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. She was born May 2, 1939, ...

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.

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 ...

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.

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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.

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.

McQuillen remains country girl at heart | News  Cascade Pioneer

To paraphrase an old adage, “You can take the girl off the farm, but you can't take the farm out of the girl.”

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.

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, ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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.

Highlanders off to hot start on first day  Huntington Herald Dispatch

HUNTINGTON - Despite a four-day layoff from the state teacher strike, Huntington High's wrestling squad appeared to be in top form for Thursday's start to the ...

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 ...

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 ...

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

PARKERSBURG | Ed Thomas' voice cannot be stilled.

Judith Spain | Obituaries  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.

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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.

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 ...

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

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

Strong defenses clash when Northern Illinois meets Alabama-Birmingham in Boca Raton Bowl  USA TODAY

Northern Illinois and Alabama-Birmingham face off in the Boca Raton Bowl with defenses expected to be the strong points for both teams.

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 ...

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.

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 ...

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.

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.

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.

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.

A class of one, a furtive flag, blue tide: News from around our 50 states  USA TODAY

Selling the “Sopranos” house in New Jersey, plagiarizing Ashton Kutcher in West Virginia, and more.

Simon Estes to sing in Parkersburg | Local News |  Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier

PARKERSBURG - The Aplington-Parkersburg choir will have an opportunity to perform a famous song with a renowned opera singer Saturday.

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 ...

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.

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 ...

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 coach's story topic of new book | Local News |  Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier

PARKERSBURG, Iowa --- A church elder, a mentor and a community leader in small-town Iowa, coach Ed Thomas left lessons of grace and forgiveness that ...

Ed Thomas' wife to testify before congressional committee Friday  Mason City Globe Gazette

DES MOINES — The wife of an Eastern Iowa gun violence victim will testify Friday before a congressional committee hearing on gun violence and mental health.

Lawmakers consider expanding immunity for Good Samaritans in face of opioid epidemic  WTRF

A bill going through the Ohio General Assembly closes loopholes that could prevent someone from trying to save a life during an overdose.

Two Panhandle men inducted into State Marching Band Directors Hall of Fame  Herald-Mail Media

CHARLESTON, W.Va.—Thirty-eight high school bands from around the state showcased their talents in the sixth annual West Virginia State Marching Band ...

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.

Electoral College hackers handed twin defeats  Fox News

**Want FOX News Halftime Report in your inbox every day? Sign up here.** On the roster: Electoral College hackers handed twin defeats - Biden locking down ...

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 ...

Branstad Attending Officer Orozco Funeral  KGAN TV

Gov. Terry Branstad plans to attend the funeral of an Omaha police officer from Iowa who was killed in the line of duty.

Woman Charged in Helping Escapees  KGAN TV

The case against a woman charged with helping two murderers escape from a maximum-security prison in far upstate New York is now headed to a county ...

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 ...

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.

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 ...

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 ...

Iowa's deadliest tornadoes

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

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 ...

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.

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.

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 ...

Pride pickup, sphinx on move, Tony Stark’s cabin: News from around our 50 states  USA TODAY

Hindu priests walk around the temple during the Pran Pratistha ceremony at the new Hindu Temple of Montgomery in Pike Road, Ala., on Sunday. (Photo: Jake ...

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 ...

SCC graduates celebrate the memories | News, Sports, Jobs  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.

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.

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 ...

Island wrestlers get their feet wet at local tourney  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 ...

Scherven-Winkey | Engagements |  Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier

APLINGTON -- Kelsey Scherven of Mound, Minn., and Tyler Winkey of Aplington are announcing their engagement and upcoming wedding.

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 ...

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 ...

Iowa Teacher Allegedly Admits To Having Oral Sex With Students  The Inquisitr

Iowa teacher Ashley Anderson is accused of engaging in sexual acts with four male students at Aplington-Parkersburg High School. The math teacher has ...

Slain coach Ed Thomas' son espouses forgiveness | Local News  Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa --- Making peace with the man who killed his father is an ongoing, painful process for Aaron Thomas. "To say I've completely forgiven Mark ...

Military dad's early return surprises teen at Capitol ceremony  The Gazette: Eastern Iowa Breaking News and Headlines

DES MOINES — Samantha Frey's dream came true. The Parkersburg teenager experienced a joyous reunion when her military father returning from a yearlong ...

Jared DeVries hopes for one more NFL moment  The Gazette: Eastern Iowa Breaking News and Headlines

IOWA CITY — Jared DeVries hopes to strap on an NFL helmet one more time. But if it doesn't happen, the former Iowa All-American is ready to move on with his ...

No. 2 story of 2011: The miracle of Mapleton, Iowa | Local news  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.

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 ...

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.

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 ...

Athens wins big over Generals | Local Sports  Athens Messenger

Just three games into their program's inaugural season, the Sheridan boys' soccer team showed they had no quit in them Tuesday at R. Basil Rutter Field in The ...

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 ...

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