State Roundup


• The Winterset High School student body raised more than $600 in change for Colleen’s Dream Foundation, the state student council project. Across the state, $39,000 was raised and a check was presented to the foundation during the state basketball tournament. According to the website, Colleen’s Dream Foundation is a qualified 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to funding investigational scientific research with the primary goad of developing an accurate early detection test for ovarian cancer. — Winterset Madisonian

West Branch

• West Branch schools may build new security entrances next summer in response to shooting incidents at U.S. schools. Talking to 22 people who attended the School Improvement Advisory Committee three weeks after a prank threat shut down West Branch Community Schools on Feb. 28, the superintendent said he hopes to install quick-drop metal door stops to further increase security. The superintendent thinks the schools $1.7-$1.8 million Physical Plant and Equipment Levy and Secure an Advanced Vision for Education accounts would pay for security entrance construction next year. — West Branch Times


• The Sully Fire and Ambulance Department received acquisition of a Physio-Control LUCAS 3 Chest Compression System. Sully is one of five Jasper County departments that received the life-saving system thanks to a $6.3 million grant awarded by The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust to the Iowa Department of Public Health. Each LUCAS device costs about $10,000. — Hometown Press

West Liberty

“Say Yes to the Prom Dress,” said Kelly Butcher, librarian for the West Liberty Community School District. More than 100 prom dresses of all shapes and sizes adorned the high school library last week. One by one they disappeared, for free, to the students. Prom is only about a month away in West Liberty, scheduled for April 21. With prom comes all the costs: food, flowers, hair, makeup and dresses. Thanks to Butcher’s free prom dress program, a bit of financial burden is being lifted off the students. Her collection boasts a wide variety of gowns, from $100 to $200, some as high as $285. To West Liberty students they are free. — West Liberty Index