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11th PreventingAbuseConference August 9, 10, 2013---CedarRapids, Iowa PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tony Nassif   
Tuesday, 09 July 2013 09:07
Protecting Children, Women, Families & National Security -Is there Hope? YES

Important information will be presented.  Don't miss it
CedarRapids Iowa (June 26, 2013) Today we hear reports that the body of one of the recent Iowakidnap victim was recovered.  

Many parents, children and the community feel helpless fearing for their own communities and children. 

They feel compassion for the victims and parents and yet they ask "what prevents their children or loved one to be the next victim.  There is hope. There is much we can do to help our families and children.

Subjects include
Child abduction andsafety, 
Human trafficking:  The problem and solutions
DrugCartels infiltration in Iowa and nation, 
Pornography:  Experts "expose" the truth

and more.
Messages and remarks from
Governor Terry Branstad 
Senator Charles Grassley
Noreen Gosch (mother of Johnny Gosch) 
Drew and Heather Collins (parents of Elizabeth Collins)
Former trafficker, victim and brothelowner
DrugCartel expert
Salvation Army
Breaking Traffick
Law enforcement investigators,
Escaped survivors now telling their story, 
National ChildSafetyCouncil
and many more. 

For an extensive list of speakers, subjects and to register please go to

Invitation and registration link

Who should attend? Young adults and everyone else i.e. adults, parents, teachers law enforcement service providers, civic leaders and more.

There is Hope: The information presented may help your loved one

Space is very limited!!! Register today!!!

The Wapello Family Drug Court and Judge William S. Owens receive awards from the National Rural Institute on Alcohol and Drug Abuse PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Steve Davis   
Tuesday, 09 July 2013 09:03

Des Moines, July 3, 2013 - The Wapello County Family Treatment Court and Associate Juvenile Judge William S. Owens received awards from the National Rural Drug Abuse Network, at that group's annual institute on drug and alcohol abuse.

The Wapello County Family Treatment Court was awarded the Harold E. Hughes, Exceptional Rural Program - Award of Excellence. This national award is given annually to a rural program that exemplifies outstanding contribution to the rural alcohol and drug abuse field by establishing exceptional services in the field that help to improve the lives of those who suffer the effects of alcohol and drug abuse.

Judge Owens was awarded the Harold E. Hughes, Exceptional Rural Professional - Award of Excellence. This award, also given annually at the National Rural Institute, goes to a rural professional who exemplifies outstanding contribution to the rural alcohol and drug abuse field.

"We are especially pleased to receive these awards because they are named in honor of former Iowa governor and senator, Harold E. Hughes, who dedicated his professional and personal life to providing appropriate treatment to individuals suffering from the disease of alcohol and drug addiction," Judge Owens said. "Our group is the first from Iowa to be honored with the Exceptional Rural Program Award, and I am only one of two Iowans to be individually honored as an exceptional rural professional".

Family drug courts focus on the welfare of children with parents who have substance abuse problems. The courts emphasize judge-led community collaborations that offer treatment for substance-abusing parents, while holding them accountable through intensive court supervision. As in adult drug courts, participants in family drug courts are required to take random and frequent drug tests and appear weekly before a judge. The goal is to reunite broken families.

Judge Owens is the Associate Juvenile Judge to District 8A, which includes Wapello County. He was appointed to the bench in 1999. He received his bachelor's degree from the University of Kansas in 1981 and his law degree from Drake University Law School in 1984. He has previously received two additional awards for his work with the Wapello County Treatment Court.

These two prestigious national awards were presented at the award ceremony on June 11, 2013, at the University of Wisconsin - Stout in Menomonie, Wisconsin.

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Des Moines Independent Community School District Finds Lost "Treasure" PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Karen Austin   
Tuesday, 09 July 2013 09:02

DES MOINES, IA (07/02/2013)(readMedia)-- State Treasurer Michael L. Fitzgerald was pleased to present a check for nearly $66,000 from the Great Iowa Treasure Hunt to Superintendent Thomas Ahart of Des Moines Public Schools at Smouse Opportunity School in Des Moines on Tuesday. "We are all partners in ensuring that we take care of our students and teachers," Fitzgerald said. "I am happy to get this money back into the hands of Superintendent Ahart and the Des Moines Independent Community School District."

Treasurer Fitzgerald encourages all Iowans to check the Great Iowa Treasure Hunt website at for forgotten treasures. "We have over a million names in our database with over 197,000 of them in Polk County alone," said Fitzgerald. "Unclaimed property isn't just for individuals. I encourage people to search for their local churches, schools, and businesses."

"In public education, we cannot afford to leave any stone unturned in making the best use of our resources in educating our students and supporting our teachers," said Superintendent Ahart. "We appreciate this effort by Treasurer Fitzgerald and the Great Iowa Treasure Hunt, and hope it is a reminder to other public entities to check for unclaimed property."

Corporations, business associations, financial institutions and companies across the nation report millions of dollars in unclaimed property to the state treasurer each year. Common examples of unclaimed property include money in forgotten savings and checking accounts, uncashed insurance benefit and payroll checks, lost stock and dividends, abandoned safe deposit box contents, gift cards, utility refunds or deposits.

Go to to search for your treasure today.


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Written by Richard Martin   
Tuesday, 09 July 2013 08:48

Iowa Flag Officer will advocate for energy policies that will strengthen national security

MASON CITY, IOWA – Ret. Army Major General Gary Wattnem, a distinguished flag officer residing in Iowa, is traveling to Washington, D.C. on July 9-11 to meet with Senators Chuck Grassley and Tom Harkin to discuss the importance of energy security and how it impacts national security.

Wattnem, with his decades of Army experience, will provide the Senators with the first-hand knowledge they need to truly understand the risk the United States will face unless significant changes are made to energy security policies.

The most pressing item on Wattnem’s agenda is the permit approval for the Keystone XL Pipeline that will contribute to U.S. energy independence by transporting desperately needed domestic and Canadian oil to American refineries.

“The United States and Canada have an established and friendly trading partnership and this pipeline would eventually provide us with twice of what we currently import from the Persian Gulf,” Wattnem said. “If Washington is serious about increasing our economic, energy, and national security then it needs to act fast and get this pipeline built.”

The State Department has conducted four separate environmental impact assessments that repeatedly conclude that the pipeline would not have significant impacts on the environment. Despite the overwhelming public support for the pipeline, a final approval for its permit has been put on hold.

Wattnem will also press the Senators to fix the Renewable Fuel Standard, a series of mandates for the production of renewable fuels established in the Energy Independence Act of 2007.

In order to comply with RFS mandates, American fuel supplies have been blending 10 percent ethanol content into fuel. They are approaching the point at which refiners are no longer able to meet the ethanol blending mandates. This will put refiners in the situation of either having to produce 15 percent ethanol or 85 percent ethanol, which could cause engine damage in military vehicles and hurt the economy.

“We need to avoid these unrealistic regulations that severely impact our economic and energy security,” Wattnem said.

Wattnem is a member of Vets4Energy, a group of volunteer veterans from a variety of branches and ranks of the military. Dozens of other Vets4Energy are joining Wattnem on Capitol Hill to meet with their Senators. They hail from 25 other states and have fought in every U.S. war or engagement since Vietnam.

About Ret. Army Major General Gary Wattnem

Wattnem served a tour of duty at the Eastern Area Military Traffic Management and Terminal Service in Brooklyn, N.Y. During 1970 and 1971 he served in Vietnam with the 71st Transportation Battalion at Long Binh, Republic of Vietnam.

He entered the Active Reserve in November of 1971. His assignments included Company Commander of the 404th Signal Company in Waterloo, Iowa, and Signal Officer of the 394th Ammo Battalion in Ames, Iowa.  He then was assigned to the 103rd COSCOM at Fort Des Moines where he served in a number of assignments including Battalion Commander.  He was then selected as Commander of the 56th Material Management Center at Fort Snelling, Minn.

In September of 1993, he became the Chief of Staff of the 19th Theater Army Area Command in Des Moines, Iowa. In August of 1996, he assumed command of the 3rd Corps Support Command in Des Moines. He was selected as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics at the Pentagon in 1999.  He retired in 2004.

Nominations Open for 2013 Caring Awards PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Natalie Anderson   
Tuesday, 09 July 2013 08:44

BETTENDORF, Iowa – Nonprofit organizations in Scott and Rock Island counties are invited to nominate their top volunteers for the 2013 Quad City Caring Awards. The awards are presented each year by the Community Foundation of the Great River Bend to honor a select group of volunteers who have demonstrated their commitment to the betterment of our community.

This year, five volunteers will be honored. One of the awards will be given to a young volunteer under the age of 21.

“Nonprofits depend on volunteers,” said Susan Skora, President and CEO of the Community Foundation. “These generous people give the community something very valuable – their time and hard work. Recognizing them for this gift is one of the happiest events of the year.”

Nonprofits are encouraged to submit their nominations. A citizen committee of community leaders will select the winners. Each nonprofit that nominates an award recipient will receive a $1,000 grant from the Community Foundation in honor of the winner.

Quad City Caring Award winners will be recognized at the Community Foundation’s Annual Celebration on September 10, 2013. The event will be held at the Waterfront Convention Center in Bettendorf.

Nomination forms are available at the Community Foundation office, or on the website in the News Section. Completed forms must be submitted by August 1 to the Community Foundation, 852 Middle Road, Suite 100, Bettendorf, IA. Can also be faxed to 563-326-2870 or emailed to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

To learn more, call 563-326-2840 or visit


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