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OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER FOR NORWALK COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT 1 C "31-7 AIE 0]- -" ," " m/', G-r I I1! I;I I I I III "tl'"i!'"'i"!"!"!!',,!!!!,,,ii!!!!,,i,,llii,l,l,i!!ll,i!,! I Warren Town and County ws. 50 Norwalk City Council Agenda p. 2 Vol. 45 No. 35 Norwalk, Iowa 50211 USPS No. 395-120 Phone 081-0406 email: news@ norwalknewspaper.com Thursday, January 16, 2014 Paralegal Janice Edmondson and Attorney Ken Winjum of the Hausmann-McNally, S.C. Law Firm: Staff photo by Mary Lou Gray. Winjum Opens Law Office By Mary Lou Gray Attorney Ken Winjum has announced the opening of his law office in Norwalk. Hausmann-McNall36 S.C. is located at 1220 Sunset Dr., Suite 103. Hausmann- McNally, S.C. is a multi-state law firm and has been practicing personal injury law for more than 40 years. According to Winjum, the Norwalk office is the only location in Iowa. The staff includes Janice Edmondson, Altoona, who is a paralegal with 25 years of experience. Winjum has Norwalk connections as his brother Craig is with Optometric Associates in Norwalk. Winjum lives in Urbandale and has two sons and a daughter. He worked at American Family Insurance in personal injury cases and has 25 years of legal work experience. At Hausmann-McNally, S.C. Winjum will represent people with legal issues from personal injury, car, motorcycle and truck accidents as well as wrongful death cases. For more information, contact Winjum at 515-981- 5220 or the website www.hausmann-mcnally.com, CRISWELL TO SEEK RE-ELECTION John Criswell, 64, Indianola, has announced that he will seek re-election as Warren County Attorney on the Republican ticket. Criswell has been an attorney in Indianola for 39 years having served as Warren County Attorney from 1975- 1989 and 2011-present. He also was assistant Warren County Attorney from 1990-2009. Criswell is a lifelong resident of Indianola. His wife is Chris Criswell and together they have three adult children, Heidi Criswell-Hace, Tom Criswell and Hi- lary Criswell and three grandchildren. The primary election will be held in June. Meeting For Residents Impacted By Street Repairs A meeting for the residents impacted by street re- pairs is Saturda3 Jan. 18, from 9 a.m. to noon at City Hall, 705 North Ave. These residents also have received a letter in the mail informing them of the meeting date. Hot News from the Norwalk Fire Department By Dustin Huston Fire Chief Have you thought about it anymore? Did you think about being a part of a team that helps others in a time of need, being challenged physically and emotionally and learning about things that you had no clue about could be a good fit for you? If the last article got you thinking about helping out your fellow community members while learning new skills or sharpening oth- ers, maybe you should attend one of the two open houses in January to find out what I'm referring to. The fire station, 1100 Chatham Ave., will be open from 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19 and from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesda3 Jan, 29, for you to come in and visit with the membership, get some questions answered, find out more about what it truly takes to do this job and if you think it would be a good fit for you, pick up an applica- tion. Stop by one of these times and find out about our hiring process, what type of training-is required, the type of time commitment needed, what it pays, etc. We will have staff members that can show you around, talk to you about what we do and answer your questions hon- estly. We need good people and I know that we have good people in our community. Match that with the fact that this is the best profession in the world and one that you will never forget; don't you owe it to yourself to at least stop in and get those questions answered? I hope to see you January 19 or the 29th. Until then, stay safe! I LETTERS We publish letters to the editor when they are not libelous and when they are signed by the person or persons submitting them. Opinions expressed are not necessarily the opinions of the N/Warren Town and County News staff. Letters are printed as received. We do not correct spelling and grammatical errors. There was nothing unusual about January 3, 2014. A typical Friday morning; not terribly cold. Until the ceil- ing ten feet from me opened up and hundreds of gal- lons of water dropped onto the social hall at St. John the Apostle Catholic Church. A large feeder line supplying the sprinkler system had rupthred. As I scrambled to locate the control valves, alarms sounded and the fire department was dispatched. Tim Mineart, our office manager, and I forced ope n a door an d attempted to divert the water outside using tables arranged like a splash guard. It was not working all that well. We had quickly shut the main valves but the water kept com- ing. Moments later Chief Dustin Huston arrived with his band of Merry men. The chief entered the boiler room and proceeded to close a small valve as he informed me the sprinkler system had a separate source of ivater that was not controlled by the main meter valves. The fire crew constructed a make-shift funnel using a tarp to direct the water outside. Before the water slowed to a trickle, an area approximately sixty by sev- enty-five feet, roughly one third of our social hall was flooded: What happened next is the reason I am writing this Concluded p. 2 New Year's Baby Lance and Christine Eddie of Norwalk with Nash David Eddie, first baby born in central Iowa in 2014. Photo submitted. Norwalk residents Lance and Christine Eddie are the parents of the first central Iowa baby born in 2014. Nash David Eddie was born at 12:17 a.m., Wednesda3 Jan. 1, at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines. He weighed five pounds, three ounces and was 19 inches long.- According to Lance, the due date for Christine was January 20, but Nash was a little early. Lance said the couple's first road trip was to Nash- ville, TN and Christine liked the city so much she de- cided to name their son Nash. Lance stated they have received calls from the city of Nashville congratulating them on Nash's birth. Since Nash was born a few weeks early,.h e spent some time in the newborn unit of Blank Children's Hospital. New Norwalk Police Chief New Police Chief Greg Staples with Norwalk Mayor Tom Phillips. Staff photo by Mary Lou Gray.