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Chamber award nominees announced PDF Print E-mail
Written by J Wilson   
Wednesday, 21 January 2015 14:41

The Adams Community Chamber of Commerce will host their Annual Banquet at Happy Hollow Country Club on Jan. 29.

Plan to attend to enjoy social time and purchase a beverage of your choice from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Attendees will enjoy a three-course dinner served at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are available at the Chamber Office for individual or tables of six.

Dinner will be followed by the Adams Community Chamber of Commerce honoring the MVPs (most valuable people) of Adams Community in 2014. Once again the Chamber of Commerce Board has received several nominations in each category.

Nominees for the 2014 Adams Community Annual Awards

Entrepreneur of the Year: An individual/business partners that has taken the initiative to develop, continue or expand a business in Adams Community through exceptional vision, effective leadership, innovation in products, services, or processes, market awareness, operational efficiency and/or outstanding customer service.

Steve & Missy Sanson, 3 C’s Diner

Chris Cole, ECHCO Concrete

Robert Stougard, Corning Gymnastic

Donna Mullen, Randomness

Rob Petersen, Corning Family Dentistry

Jeff and Tina Russell, Bobber’s Down Marina

Jessica Wilson, Lone Arranger

Best Agriculturalist: An individual that has dedicated themselves to the advancement within agricultural opportunities in Adams Community. Individual has proven ability and accomplishments as a progressive farmer, as well as, for the time, effort and leadership they contributed to community and agricultural organizations. This can include a farmer, processor, marketer, or any individual involved in any of the related areas of agriculture.

ACEDC Rural Development

Dan Morgan

Todd Drake

Dave Walter

Ray Gaesser

Otto Petersen

Arnold Maynes

Business/Organization of the Year: A business or organization that has continued growth and/or economic health, dedication to customer service, community involvement, leadership and innovative efforts to adapt to changing community.

Corning American Theatre

POET Biorefining

Lone Arranger

New Balance Commodities

Precision Pulley & Idler

Corning Volunteer Fire Department

Crop Production Services

John McMahon Volunteer of the Year: An individual who has shown outstanding volunteer efforts that have made a significant and positive impact on the Adams Community.

Phyllis Mullen

Brandie Kannas

Jim Ruppert

De Heaton

Theatre Committee

Bottle Row Stars

Beth Waddle

Marilea Mullen

Gary Goldsmith

Colleen Bickford

Joe Cook Lifetime Support Award: An individual who has shown long-term dedication to the betterment of the Adams Community.

Donna Hogan

Richard & Marilyn Shellenberg

The Peckham Families

Jim Whitmore

Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 January 2015 14:44
Free tax services offered PDF Print E-mail
Written by J Wilson   
Wednesday, 21 January 2015 14:31

Free tax preparation services will be available in Adams County for low- and moderate-income taxpayers as part of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program.

The VITA program is open to Iowa residents with adjusted gross income below $57,000. Tax preparation services will be provided by IRS trained and certified local volunteers who utilize the Tax Wise software to complete returns. Most returns will be electronically filed and to speed up the refund process participants are encouraged to have a savings or bank account, although it is not required. Taxpayers can have refunds deposited into more than one account and also purchase Series I US Savings Bonds.

Only Basic Federal, Iowa and nearby state returns will be processed. The program does not prepare Schedules or Forms related to Business profit/loss (except Schedule C-EZ or C with business expenses under $10,000), Capital gains/losses, Farm or rental income, Employee business expenses, or Moving expenses. A professional tax preparer should be consulted for these services.

In Adams County the VITA program is a joint effort of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and ISED Ventures. The program is financially supported by the Internal Revenue Service and the Iowa Department of Human Services.

For more information or to make an appointment call after Jan. 12 to (641) 322-3184. Call between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. After an appointment is scheduled, the taxpayer will receive a confirmation letter explaining what to bring to the appointment.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 January 2015 14:44
Remember When? PDF Print E-mail
Written by J Wilson   
Friday, 02 January 2015 16:39

For the first time in years, the price of gas is below two dollars a gallon. Christi Raasch, manager of Corning Casey’s challenges Corning residents to think back. The first patron to bring Raasch proof of the last time gas was below two dollars will win a large pizza of their choice.

Last Updated on Friday, 02 January 2015 16:41
Willett steps down, Kannas named fire chief PDF Print E-mail
Written by J Wilson   
Wednesday, 21 January 2015 14:33


By Jacki Bardole

During their annual Christmas party, Corning Fire Department (CFD) chief, Donnie Willett, informed the members of the department that he wished to step down from the position after serving 19 years in that role. Subsequently, during the department elections, held the first Monday of each January, Brian Kannas, who has been assistant chief for the past 18 years, was selected to fill the position. Willett will remain in the position of Emergency Management Director as well as continue to serve on the fire department as a volunteer.

Willet has served as a member of the CFD since September 1967. During that time, he has witnessed many changes to the way the department and the fire service in general are run. Not only are there more than double the annual calls to answer, but the way the department is funded and the standard procedures have both undergone major overhaul through the years. Prior to 1972, if the department needed a new fire truck, they would have to fundraise and solicit money from the city council. State law created fire districts, which allowed for fire departments to receive taxation from these fire districts. With the taxation, the budget surplus can be put into a truck replacement fund. “We bought our last fire truck in 2010 for $227,000,” said Willett. “We were able to pay for that in full without going to the city council, the board of supervisors or the township trustees and ask for money.”

During his tenure with the department, the two projects that Willett most proud of are the Jaws of Life and the new fire station projects. In 1979, when the CFD purchased the original Jaws of Life unit, they were the first in this region of the state. The original unit was replaced last year. The new fire station project began in the fall of 2008 as a result of Adams County being declared a disaster relief county that was eligible for FEMA grant funding. Adams County received roughly a third of the projected budget from this grant and began the process of raising the additional money needed. Now, nearly six and a half years later, the department is roughly a month from being able to move into their new facility.

According to Willett, the most difficult and even surprising part of being the chief of the CFD has been the differences between having employees and volunteers under his supervision. “With volunteers, you have to have an open door and listen to all sides of an issue and work towards compromise,” said Willett. “If you want to make changes, you have to sell the change to the members so that they are on board with you; you can’t just change things dictator style.”

But working with volunteers also creates a unique atmosphere that is really rewarding. “We are not an organization that gathers just because—we are family. If one is in trouble or has an issue, the whole department is behind them.”

Willett describes his fellow CFD members as a big group of brothers and sisters. Kannas echoes this sentiment, quickly pointing out that “Our motto is ‘when we work, we work hard; when we play, we play hard.’ There is a lot of good natured teasing and friendly competition among us.”

Kannas, who admits to having been a bit of a “firebug” as a child, has served the CFD for 32 years, though it wasn’t something he ever imagined he would do. “Donnie asked me to join the department, and I thought it would be a good idea to help out and serve my community,” said Kannas. “But once it’s in your blood it’s in your blood.”

Along those lines, the most difficult part of the transition to chief is that instead of being hands on during call outs, Kannas will need to be the man in charge, standing back and leading, not jumping right in to do the work.

Kannas most looks forward to keeping the family aspect of the CFD. During his years of service, Kannas has had the opportunity to serve with not only his brother for ten years, but also his son for seven. Both have since left the department. Having more than one family member serve is atypical in a small, volunteer department, but is something that has occurred in Corning for many years. Leading the bi-monthly training and teaching sessions, reminding the members of the department that safety is always their first priority, is another aspect of the chief position that Kannas eagerly anticipates.

Both Willett and Kannas indicated that to be a volunteer firefighter requires support from both family and employers. Kannas, who is employed at Raymond Moore Implement, said, “my boss is very supportive of the fire department, he knows someone has to do it.” Both men mention that they have missed birthdays, anniversaries and other holidays with their families because of fire calls. The also both recount times that they were reminded that firefighters are not invincible, nor are they immune from experiencing fire in their own homes. Said Kannas, “there was once over a period of a few years, when of the four officers, three of our wives had fires.”


Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 January 2015 14:44
Nodaway Valley Feeders recognized with QA award PDF Print E-mail
Written by J Wilson   
Friday, 26 December 2014 16:02


AMES, IOWA –During the Iowa Cattle Industry Convention, the Iowa Beef Industry Council recognized Nodaway Valley Feeders of Nodaway and Tama Livestock Auction of Tama for the 2014 Iowa Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) Awards.

The two recipients exemplify continual improvement within their operations, encourage fellow producers to implement BQA practices, operate sustainable cattle businesses and display the beef industry’s daily commitment of proudly producing safe, wholesome and healthy beef. “The BQA program’s mission is to build beef demand by maximizing consumer confidence in beef while exceeding their eating expectations,” said Doug Bear, Director of Industry Relations for the Iowa Beef Industry Council and BQA State Coordinator. “The BQA awards are a way to recognize the outstanding men and women who put great tasting beef on our consumer’s plate each and every day. It is imperative that we recognize the management practices and stewardship that is involved within the beef industry on a daily basis. This year’s award recipients are a testament to cattlemen caring for their land and livestock while involved in their local communities. Through their leadership and implementation of BQA practices on their operations, I know that the future of the beef industry is bright.”

Nodaway Valley Feeders, the 2014 Iowa BQA Award recipient, is owned and managed by Todd and Kristi Drake. Their attention to detail ensures the highest quality beef is produced from healthy cattle. Management techniques at Nodaway Valley Feeders include, but are not limited to, acclimating newly weaned calves to their feedyard, implementing BQA Standard Operating Procedures throughout their family’s operation and working closely with local and consulting veterinarians.

The BQA Marketer Award winner, Tama Livestock Auction, is owned and operated by the Lekin family. This auction market has hosted a number of BQA producer certification opportunities for county and surrounding area beef producers. In addition, this auction market handles all classes of cattle on a weekly basis and their workers have implemented low-stress, effective stockmanship techniques throughout the market facility to ensure a safe, high quality, and wholesome beef supply.

For additional information on the awards or the Iowa BQA program, please visit and click on the For Producers tab.

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