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The ad must also carry a disclaimer with the name of the person paying for the letter/ad. The cost will be the same as for any of our advertising, $4.25 per column inch. Letters/ads expressing pro- or con- sentiments for either candida~e~ or issues tha~ the public will be vob ing on during an official election will fall into this cat- egory and must be paid in advance. As in all ads; we reserve the right to accept or refuse any or all advertis- ing/letters. Email News-To Newspaper ........... For the convenience of our advertisers and d~, school and county officials, we have an email address; how- ever, there are some guidelines that need to be followed. News items, legals and advertising may be sent to news@norwalknewspaper.com. If placing an ad, please call by telephone and let us know it is comins. We recently had a "notice of an item for sale," which was apparently to notify us if we were interested in purchasing the item. We ran it as an ad in the paper and billed the person sending it. They did not want the item listed in the paper and of course, we had no way of knowing. We will not accept classifieds by email unless arrangements have been made ahead of time or if the ad has been paid in advance. We do not bill for classified ads. Photos should be sent separately in jpeg. Do not im- bed/insert them in cutlines and/or articles because they will not reproduce well. Display ad s should be sent in a word document or as a PDF. Remember, whether sending items by email, fax, plac- ing them in our dropbox or by bringing them into the office, ALWAYS include your name and phone number so we may verify information or contact you if there are questions. Otherwise ),our item may not be published. This includes items submitted bv teachers and coaches. If there is a question, we have no idea which school, teacher or coach to call. State of Iowa's Excellent Credit Rating is Affirmed State Treasurer Mich ael L Fitzgerald has announced that once again the state (,~ Iowa has maintained the high- est credit rating possible. "Fitch Ratings affirmed that Iowa is a Triple Astate," Fitzgerald said. "Additionally; they upgraded Iowa's school infrastructure and Vision Iowa fund bonds to AA from: :, A-." According to Fitch's rep0r:' "The state has a careful and c~,nservative appro~,ci-~ !-.. has cc,:-~istently achieved b~ tenancy of sizeable res,:rv,, assodated with the rece~ d "T[~e experts say that ~,,:,,, "Th Fitzgera ld stated, ey ~:',~, rate fiscal manageme~t a~d and we can stand out ~ a nanc{al operations and :t,-;ry balance and main- sFite revenue declines ~[ :rn." nong the elite states," c ~o recognize the first- ,~ economy of our state ~i !o other states." Norwalk Ministerial Golf Tournament The Norwalk Ministe- rial Association will hold an Open Golf Tournament Monda3 Aug. 22, I p.m., at the Echo Valley Country Club, 3150 County Line Rd. All proceeds for the golf tournament will go to the Community Relief Fund, For a $75 donation you will have the opportunity to be a blessing to a neighbor, while you play 18 holes of golf with a cart and a sack lunch. Prizes will be awarded. Hole sponsor- ships are available for a $100 donation. Those who wish to par- ticipate may sign up at the Norwalk Christian Church, Fellowship Community Church, Crossroads Church, St. John the Apostle Catholic Church, New Life Lutheran Church and the United Methodist Church. The forms are also available online at the websites for those churches. Entries are pre- ferred prior to August 15. The funds raised will be used to help those in need in our own community and also to help supply the Norwalk l~ood Pantry. Let's show everyone what a "community that cares" looks like. ) NORWALK POLICE CHIEF By Fd Kuhl We are currently completing an investigation of a group of six young people from Des Moines who stole vehicles to joy ride. They also stole property from other unlocked vehicles while they were in the neighborhood. One of our Officers broke this up while he was on pa- trol and we have five charged and one more pending. The problem we have is that we have more items in cus- tody than were reported missing. That likely means we have some unreported thefts from vehicles in our com- munity. If you were mi~ing item~ from your vehicle on or after July 10, 2011 please let us know; we'll check it against what we have and make a stronger case. This situation also reminds all of us that we need to remove valuables from our vehicles and secure them. Hats off to our officers, Des Moines & Warren County who worked as a team and demonstrated how cooperation can make law enforcement even more" effective. On another note, today we mailed out 600 invitation letters to households here in Norwalk asking them to participate in our telephone survey concerning the use of traffic cameras. This will be completed over the next few weeks. We will make the results of this study pub- lic and it will also be contained in our report to the Mayor and City Council. We will let you know when the matter will come before the Council for a decision. The Iowa Department of Transportation has agreed to hear our request to reduce the speed limit on High- way 28 north of Cherr)~ consider barriers on the curve and the signage used. They have recommended form- ing a study committee that willinclude representatives from our community. School w~ll be back in session shortly and we need to remind ourselves about all of those young pedestrians and being E~indful of the many stops our school bus drivers must make. Obviously here we are looking for- ward to the beginning of school. Thcrnk you again for your support. UPCOMING EVENTS THIS ISSUE School Reunion August 14 Warrior FB Camp August 16 Blood Drive August 18 Booster Benefit August 20 Bike Giveaway August 20 Golf Tournament August 22 Premiere is August 11 Momoa is "Conan The Barbarian" Norwalk High School graduate Jason Momoa has the starring role in "Conan The Barbarian" which premieres Thurs- day, Aug. 11, in Holly- wood, CA. A synopsis of the movie reads, "A quest that begins as a personal vendetta for the fierce Cimmerian warrior soon turns into an epic battle against hulking rivals, hor- fific monsters and impos- sible odds, as Conan real- izes he is the only hope of saving the great nations of Hyboria from an en- croaching reign of super- natural evil." Other stars featured in the movie are Ron Perlman, Rachel Nichols, Stephen tang, Rose McGowan and Said Taghmaoui. In a previous movie, the role of Conan was played by Arnold $chwarzene88er. Momoa made his fea- ture film debut in "Johnson Family Vaca- tion" and has appeared on numerous television Jason Momoa shows, including "Star- gate: Atlantis" where he was cast in the role of Ronon Dex. He also has been on "Baywatch Ha- waii" and the weekly drama "North Shore.'" In addition to acting, Momoa is an artist and has several" art shows. A family spokesperson noted that Momoa is scheduled to promote the new movie with appear- ances on the "Late Show With David Letterman" and "The Tonight Show with Jay Len0." OVIATT ELEMENTARY By Dr. Laura Sivadge, Principal and Rodney Martinez, Dean of Students Is Your Child Ready for School? Many parents of preschool-age daildren are on edge about their child's birth date being "on the cusp." ~Arhile the cut-off dates for kindergarten enrollment vary among states, the question is still the same: "If my child's birthday is close to the cut-off date, should I send my child early or wait a year?" The tips below can help you decide. Know Your Child. Is your preschooler excited about the idea of going to school and interested in learning new things and meeting new children, or is the idea of "leaving home" to go to school frightening? Shy chil- dren may do better by waiting a year, where eager learn- ers may risk being bored if they stay home. If your child ;.s near the cut-off age aP.d reluctant to start school, you may want to delay for a year and enroll him or her in ac~tivities like pre-K or Head Start, as well as group ac- tivities with other children. Talk to Teachers If your child is in day care, pre-K, preschool, or Head ~t~vL ask the teacher if your child is "ready" for kindergarten. Kids behave differently when they are away from home, so the teacher will be able to give you good information on your child's ability to lis- ten, follow directions and play with others. It is also important to find out if your child knows basic num- bers, shapes and colors. Depending on your school dis- Concluded p.9