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 • Iowa State Patrol investigate two vehicle crash near Jewell early Wednesday evening.

 A two vehicle accident north of Jewell on Highway 69 and 310th Street was investigated early Wednesday evening by the Iowa State Patrol. Reportedly a northbound 2008 Honda Pilot driven by 25 year old Miguel Hegland of Jewell was slowing down to make a left turn on to 310th Street from Highway 69. A northbound 2001 Ford F-350 pickup truck driven by 42 year old Rodney Schnittjer of Jewell apparently did not slow down at the intersection and struck the rear end of the Hegland vehicle.Both vehicles came to rest in the northwest corner of the intersection. Hegland and a passenger,25 year old Ariel Hegland of Jewell were transported to Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines for treatment of their injuries.Schnittjer was evaluated at the accident scene by the Jewell EMS Department and released. The two vehicles were totaled as a result of the accident. Rodney Schnittjer was charged by the Iowa State Patrol with speeding,failure to stop in an assured clear distance and failure to maintain wearing a seat belt.

 • Hamilton County sees drop in unemployment.

 There continues to be some improvement in Hamilton County's unemployment. The November statistics released Tuesday by the Iowa Workforce Development office showed the unemployment rate for Hamilton County at an even 3 percent. In October, the rate was at 3.5 percent. There were 6,960 employed employed in jobs across the county while 210 were without work. Iowa's unemployment rate for November was at 3.8 percent. The rates for surrounding counties included Boone at 2.1 percent, Franklin at 2.9 percent, Hardin at 3.3 percent, Story at 1.7 percent, Webster at 3.2 percent and Wright at 3.7 percent.

 • Lenz honored for service on the Hamilton County Conservation Board.

 At their meeting Tuesday morning, the Hamilton County Conservation Board saluted Roger Lenz for nine years of service. County conservation director Brian Lammers presented Lenz with a plaque as Lenz will be stepping down from the board at the end of this month. A new board member will be appointed by the Hamilton County Supervisors at their annual reorganizational meeting on January 3. 

The conservation board voted to approve the Eagle Point Solar PPA (Power Purchase Agreement) for Little Wall Lake Park near Jewell. The agreement is for the installation of a solar power unit on the park grounds. The approval by the board will be reviewed by county attorney Pat Chambers and then forwarded to the Hamilton County Supervisors for final approval at a future meeting.

Fees for all camping units at Bells Mill, Briggs Woods and Little Wall Lake Parks for 2017 will remain the same. The board voted to keep the prices intact. There will be a slight increase in the cabin fees of an additional 50 dollars at the new modern cabins at Briggs Woods and Little Wall Lake next year. Plans also call for the addition of dumpsters and recycling bins in the parks beginning this spring. There are also plans for updating the TV signals for those who use the modern cabins by conservation staff. 

Golfers at Briggs Woods Golf Course should take note that all the daily golf fees will not change next year. There will be an increase for the golf passes of an extra to 30 to 40 dollars.Complete fee information can be found at the Briggs Woods Golf Course website.

The board went on to approve the bylaws for 2017 with no major changes. There was no action on the 2018 conservation budget with more discussion at the next meeting set for January 19 at 9:30 at the conservation office in Briggs Woods Park.

 

 • Donations coming in to KYL appeal.
 • Stenger pleads not guilty,trial set for February 21.

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