Mason City council to consider grant for Music Man Square fundraising, loan for new sports bar

first_img=== The council will also consider a $30,000 Downtown Revitalization Loan to support the opening of a sports bar and grill in Southbridge Mall. The owners of Southbridge Mall have applied for the grant on behalf of The Sports Page to place the restaurant in the old Diamond Dave’s location at the south entrance of the mall, which has been empty since February 2001. Director of Development Services Steven Van Steenhuyse in a memo to city staff says the estimated total cost of the renovation is just under $114,500 and includes a complete renovation of the space, including a complete commercial kitchen, bar and lounge, restaurant setting, and virtual golf simulator. Funding from the Downtown Revitalization Loan program comes from tax increment financing revenues. The council meets at 7 o’clock tonight in the Mason City Room of the Public Library. MASON CITY — The City Council in Mason City tonight will consider a financial request from the board that oversees Music Man Square as part of their fundraising efforts as well as a loan to help with a rehabilitation project that would result in a sports bar being placed in Southbridge Mall. === In a letter addressed to the council, the Mason City Foundation’s board of directors says delays in the River City Renaissance project have added to the financial challenges they face and threaten Music Man Square’s long-term sustainability. The board says they are in the early stages of a fundraising campaign to bridge the time between now and the opening of the new hotel and conference center that’s part of the downtown project. The main source of philanthropic support for Music Man Square has been and continues to be the Meredith Willson Foundation in California, which the Mason City Foundation says has long expressed a desire to see financial support from the city and the community. The Mason City Foundation is asking the city for a $50,000 grant to help kick off their fundraising efforts to show the support of the community, with a matching grant being provided by the Meredith Willson Foundation. City Administrator Aaron Burnett in a memo to the council says the city has a projected reserve of about $180,000 in funds from hotel/motel tax proceeds and the council can allocate the funding as they see fit. Burnett adds that revenues into that fund continue to be strong and a grant would not impact any other commitments. last_img read more

Monday November 25th Local Sports

first_imgDES MOINES — The Drake men are close to full strength as they get set to play Miami of Ohio Monday afternoon at the Gulf Coast Showcase in Florida. Brady Ernst has return from injury and senior Tremell Murphy will play after a five game suspension.That’s Drake coach Darian DeVries who says it may take a while to establish a rotation. MASON CITY — The North Iowa Bulls split their weekend series with Granite City at the North Iowa Ice Arena. On Friday night, five separate Bulls scored goals in a 5-4 win. Carter Wagner had a goal and two assists to lead the Bulls. On Saturday night, Granite City scored three goals in the second period on their way to a 4-1 victory. Nick Bowlin scored the lone Bulls goal on the power play in the third period. North Iowa hits the road for a Wednesday night pre-Thanksgiving game at Willmar and return home on Friday with a game against New Ulm. AMES — Iowa State closed the home schedule with a 41-31 win over Kansas as the Cyclones improved to 7-4. It was the final game in Jack Trice Stadium for 20 seniors.The Cyclones battled back after Kansas rallied to take a fourth quarter lead.Iowa State closes out the regular season on Saturday evening at Kansas State. CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) — Will McElvain passed for two touchdowns, Trevor Allen ran for a pair and Northern Iowa defeated Western Illinois 38-7 in a regular-season finale on Sunday.McElvain, 10-of-18 passing for 154 yards, threw 61 yards to Logan Wolf and 36 to Jaylin James for touchdowns. Allen, who finished with 94 yards on 24 carries, had short touchdown runs to complete 15- and 16-play drives for the Panthers (8-4, 6-2 Missouri Valley Football Conference), who have won all six of their home games in the regular season.Chris Kolarevic added a 28-yard interception return for a score for Northern Iowa, which is ranked 10th in the FCS coaches poll and will learn its postseason fate on Sunday.Connor Sampson was 26-of-32 passing with a touchdown and interception for the Leathernecks (1-11, 1-7), who lost their third straight.UNI will host San Diego in the first round of the FCS playoffs on Saturday at 1 o’clock. FORT DODGE — The NIACC women’s and men’s basketball teams remained perfect after winning both their games at the Great Western Shootout in Fort Dodge over the weekend.== On Friday, the Lady Trojans cruised to a 92-39 win over Central Community College of Columbus Nebraska. Autam Mendez led NIACC with 24 points, including seven three-pointers. NIACC then beat Northeast Community College 77-66 on Saturday. Kelcie Hale had 14 points, Sierra Lynch added 13 while Mendez added 12. NIACC is 7-0 overall and will host the NIACC Thanksgiving Challenge this coming weekend, facing the Grand View JV on Saturday afternoon at noon and Central of Columbus again on Sunday afternoon at 1 o’clock.== For the NIACC men, Deundra Roberson had 24 points while Trey Simpson had 22 points and 14 rebounds as the Trojans beat Central Community College 111-82 on Friday. On Saturday, the Trojans beat Northeast Community College 105-85 with Roberson once again leading the way with 26 points. James Harris added 25 points while Simpson had his second straight double-double with 19 points, 14 rebounds, eight assists and three blocks. The NIACC men are 9-0 and will host the Graceland JV on Saturday afternoon at 2 o’clock and Central of Columbus on Sunday afternoon at 3 o’clock as part of the NIACC Thanksgiving Challenge. DES MOINES — The Mohawk Hockey Club fell at the Des Moines Oak Leafs 5-1 in Midwest High School Hockey League action on Saturday afternoon, as you heard on AM-1490/96.7-FM KRIB and Nik Howell extended his streak of scoring a goal to eight games as he got the only Mohawk tally near the end of the second period. Mason City is 0-8 on the season and will travel to face Ames on Wednesday before hosting Fremont for Alumni Weekend on Saturday and Sunday. You can hear all three of those contests on KRIB starting at 6 o’clock Wednesday, 3 o’clock Saturday and 11:00 AM on Sunday.center_img IOWA CITY — C. J. Fredrick scored 21 points and the Iowa men broke the game open with a 9-0 run midway though the second half in an 83-59 win over Cal-Poly. Fredrick was five of five from three point range.The schedule gets much tougher as the Hawkeyes play last year’s national runner-up Texas Tech in Las Vegas on Thursday.Tipoff on Thursday is scheduled for 7 o’clock, with the pre-game at 6 o’clock on KGLO. IOWA CITY — Iowa’s seniors posted a victory in their final game in Kinnick Stadium with a 19-10 win over Illinois on Saturday, as you heard on KGLO. Nate Stanley passed for 308 yards as the Hawkeyes improve to 8-3.Linebacker Kristian Welch had 12 tackles, including a sack and forced as fumble.Iowa closes the regular season with a Black Friday game at Nebraska. IOWA CITY — 2nd-ranked Iowa won eight of ten bouts to down 11th-ranked Iowa State 29-6 on Sunday in the annual wrestling battle between the two teams. Iowa held a 28-4 edge in takedowns and a 90-38 advantage in match points. The Hawkeyes scored bonus points at four weight classes and swept a pair of top 10 matchups. Top-ranked Spencer Lee earned a 17-2 technical fall against No. 7 Alex Mackall at 125, and No. 5 Pat Lugo won a 4-2 decision against No. 4 Jarrett Degen at 125. Lee scored two takedowns and 12 nearfall points to terminate his match in 2 minutes 52 seconds. Austin DeSanto scored five takedowns and four nearfall points in a 16-5 major decision at 133. Michael Kemerer used six takedowns and nearly three minutes of riding time to win 14-5 at 174. Jacob Warner scored four takedowns and three minutes, 23 seconds of riding time to win 11-2 at 197. Alex Marinelli, Nelson Brands, and Tony Cassioppi won by decision against ranked wrestlers. Iowa’s win was its 16th straight in the series. TONIGHT:AM-1300 KGLO, — Mason City High GBB at Des Moines North — 6:05 pre-game, 6:15 tipofflast_img read more

2020 Iowa legislative session resumes after 11 week pause

first_imgDES MOINES — Most of the 150 members of the Iowa House and Senate are back in the capitol today after an 11 week hiatus as the governor asked Iowans to avoid meeting in groups of more than 10.As is their custom, lawmakers began their workday with a public prayer. In the House, Republicans who control the agenda invited Democrat Ako Abdul-Samad, a state representative from Des Moines, to deliver it.“Dear God, we come to you in trying times,” he began. “We come to you when our nation is in turmoil, when our state is in turmoil.”Abdul-Samad has been out in Des Moines area protests, trying to cool tensions and prevent violence.“Dear God, give us strength to be able to stand together, to work together. Give us strength to be able to reach out to one another no matter what ethnicity, no matter what religion, no matter what political discipline,” Abdul-Samad prayed. “Give us strength to be able to understand that we must respect and love each other.”Abdul-Samad also referred to those who’ve died and lost loved ones to COVID-19. Senate President Charles Schneider, a Republican from West Des Moines, opened senate business at nine o’clock and, after Schneider’s rap of the gavel, Senator Craig Johnson of Independence asked for a moment of silence in honor of those who’ve died of the virus.Most of the Democrats in the legislature are wearing face masks, including House Minority Leader Todd Prichard of Charles City.“Good morning, ladies and gentlemen of the House,” Prichard said. “I’m smiling underneath the mask.”The legislature has changed some of its rules, making the House and Senate floors off-limits to all but lawmakers and a few key staff. Normally the House and Senate chambers are jammed with clerks, pages and lawmakers.The House and Senate are now being used for all business, including committee meetings, to allow for social distancing among lawmakers. Legislators have reserved larger spaces for their private meetings, like the Capitol’s Law Library, which has 45 feet of space between the floor and ceiling.last_img read more

Deal will save Iowa City house, expand UI writing program space

first_imgIOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa City and the University of Iowa have worked out a deal that will preserve a 177-year-old house and provide space for the university’s Nonfiction Writing Program. The new location would be part of a “writing neighborhood” near two other historic buildings that house the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and Iowa’s International Writing Program. The city is offering the $1 million piece of property, which is currently a parking lot, at no cost to the university. But a city assessment put the cost of moving and renovating the Sanxay-Gilmore House at over $1.23 million. University officials say the school plans to cover those costs with a “substantial gift.” Officials declined to give details on the donation.last_img

Parliament moves a motion congratulating Uganda Cranes

first_imgFUFA president Moses Magogo (centre) flanked by MP Obua and Ssewanyana, coach Micho, players, other FUFA officials and MPs at parliament on Tuesday. COURTESY PHOTOSParliament on Tuesday moved a motion to formally recognize Uganda Cranes for their recent triumph against Comoros that saw them qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations finals for the first time since 1978. There was a proposal each member of parliament contributes sh500,000 to support the Cranes.A Farouk Miya goal in a 1-0 win saw Uganda’s national football team Cranes qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations after 38 years. Miya is a professional who plays for Standard Liege in Belgium.Presenting the motion for a resolution of parliament to congratulate Uganda Cranes,  member of parliament for Ajuri Dennis Obua Hamson said the qualification of Uganda Cranes, September 4 at Namboole was “of great national pride for not only the football fans, but for the entire nation, cognizant of the fact that Uganda had last qualified in 1978.”Deputy speaker Jacob Oulanya presided over Tuesday’s session that had in the gallery Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) officials, players and coach.Obua, who is also football captain of the parliamentary football team, told parliament that “noting that this qualification presents the requisite spring board for the Uganda Cranes to qualify for bigger and better tournaments, it is resolved that parliament pays glowing tribute to the Uganda Cranes for qualifying for Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon 2017.”Government, Obua said, should also take a centre stage in “enabling the realization of the dreams of the Uganda Cranes in particular and the sports sub sector broadly through adequate funding, preservation of play grounds and entrenching of physical education in the school curriculum.”He said that the historic match at Namboole “exemplifies the Uganda spirit of unity, patriotism and nationalism given the many football fans across the political, religious and cultural divide that turned at Namboole to support the Uganda Cranes and the mood across the country after the win.”He said this was best shown by Mukono Municipality MP  Betty Nambooze Bakireke and the First Lady, also education and sports minister Janet Kataha Museveni, who were all singing Uganda Cranes at Namboole.Obua also noted that this should be a wake-up call to the government to increase the annual budget allocation to the sports sub-sector to facilitate the development and sustainability of sports countrywide. He suggested a bill be tabled within 6 months on the facilitation of sporting activities in the country to provide a regulatory framework for better funding in future. Share on: WhatsApp Seconding the motion, the chairperson of the parliament committee on education and sports also Mbale woman MP Connie Nakayenze Galiwango added her voice to that of Obua, thanking the Uganda Cranes players and Serbian coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic for making Uganda proud.Galiwango also decried the low funding to sports activities in the country noting that in the financial year 2016/17, only sh12.2b was provided for physical education and sports despite the many activities like the construction of high altitude training centres in Kaphchorwa and the construction of John Akibua Olympic Staduim.“Honorable speaker, I want to bring to your attention that the old John Akibua Olympic memorial stadium was sold off and on the construction of a new one on the land that was provided, only 1billion was allocated, “ said Galiwango.Galiwango also noted that the 5.3billion provided to the National Council of Sports to cater for the many sports associations in the country isn’t sufficient since the biggest part goes to paying salaries of officials and the utilities of the federations.For his part, the shadow minister of sports also Makindye West MP Allan Ssewanyana noted with concern that the Uganda coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic is the least paid national coach on the continent saying that he gets only about $10,000 a month while other coaches of national teams that Uganda will be playing against in AFCON get about $70,000 .Ssewanyana suggested that parliament passes a resolution of parliament for all individual members of parliament to each contribute sh500,000 of their salary towards the Uganda Cranes players and the coach as a token of appreciation for qualifying after 38 years.last_img read more

New coach Valverde’s poise to be tested by Barcelona pressures

first_imgShare on: WhatsApp Luis Enrique wasn’t far off with his nine over the past three years, while Tito Vilanova also won La Liga with a club record 100 points in his only season in charge in 2012/13 before having to resign to due ill health.Indeed, the only time Barca went against the grain of appointing someone from the outside in Gerardo Martino in 2013/14, it resulted in the Catalans’ only trophyless season in the past 10 years.That mistake could have been avoided if weren’t for Valverde’s loyalty.Barca sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta was keen to hire his former teammate when Vilanova was forced to resign weeks before the new season.However, in keeping with Valverde’s character he felt he couldn’t turn his back on Athletic having just been hired weeks before.His second spell with the Basque giants came to an end just last week and has once again proven his credentials as a boss capable of maximising the return from the resources available to him.Valverde’s only major silverware has come in two spells in charge of Greek champions Olympiakos.Yet, he has inflicted pain on his new employers in the past.Athletic thrashed Barcelona 5-1 on aggregate to win the 2015 Spanish Super Cup.And even his former connections at cross-city rivals Espanyol couldn’t dissuade the Barcelona board despite the fact he was the coach when they famously denied Barca the title with a last-minute equaliser in 2007.Valverde’s calm is what they believe is needed to ease some of the tensions that bubbled between a star-studded squad and Luis Enrique in his final year in charge. Madrid, Spain | AFP |  In the worst kept secret in European football, Ernesto Valverde was officially named Barcelona coach on Monday.Valverde follows in a long and famous line of former Barcelona players to manage the club.However, unlike two of his more recent predecessors, Pep Guardiola and Luis Enrique, Valverde is little known outside of Spain having had a far less distinguished playing and managerial career thus far.Central to Valverde’s candidacy is the fact he played for Barcelona under Johan Cruyff, winning a Cup Winners’ Cup and a Copa del Rey in his two seasons at the Camp Nou from 1988 to 1990.That was the highlight of a playing career that also took in spells at now dissolved Basque club Sestao, Espanyol, Athletic Bilbao and Mallorca.Cruyff is still revered in Catalonia as the patriarch of Barcelona’s style that has made them world renowned even 21 years since the Dutch great, who died in 2016, left as coach.One of the sticks with which Luis Enrique was beaten during his third and final season which only delivered the Copa del Rey was his insistence on making Barca a more direct, counter-attacking force.That was in an attempt to get the best out of a star front three of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar.However, that came at a cost of losing control in midfield, a key tenant of Cruyff and Guardiola’s principles.– Emphasis on youth –Restoring balance to the Barca midfield will be one of Valverde’s most important tasks, as will another of Cruyff’s legacies in ensuring there is once more a steady flow from the club’s youth academy into the first-team.“Valverde has the ability, the judgement, the knowledge and the experience. He promotes the youth players and he has a Barça way,” said president Josep Maria Bartomeu, announcing the appointment.The youth element is a fundamental part of the job in Bilbao as the club only fields Basque players.And Valverde has proven adept at harnessing young talents such as Inaki Williams and Aymeric Laporte into the first team over the past four seasons during which Athletic have qualified for Europe every year.Knowing what you are getting yourself in for when it comes to the unique pressures put upon a Barca coach is key to being successful in the role.Guardiola showed that better than most in winning 14 trophies in four years.last_img read more

Cameroon need four points to avoid doom – Broos

first_imgThe “Pharaohs” have six points and the “Black Stars” only one with upstarts Uganda between them on four.Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah called up long-time campaigners like the Ayew brothers, Andre and Jordan, and Asamoah Gyan, and also named five uncapped players.Egypt are away to Uganda Thursday in a repeat of a 2017 Africa Cup of Nations group match in Gabon won 1-0 by the north Africans thanks to a last-gasp Abdallah Said goal.Said is in the squad, and so is 44-year-old goalkeeper Essam El Hadary, as Egypt seek a win after losing the 2017 Nations Cup final to Cameroon and a 2019 qualifier in Tunisia.South Africa accept that hopes of a fourth World Cup appearance could hinge on defeating Cape Verde twice in Group D, starting in Praia Friday.Although an often windy national stadium can help the Cape Verdean “Blue Sharks”, they have lost competitive matches there against Morocco, Libya and Uganda since last year.Burkina Faso, who lead South Africa on goal difference, are away Saturday in Dakar to Senegal, whose formidable attack boasts in-form Liverpool winger Sadio Mane.Gabon will lack 2015 African Footballer of the Year Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang when they host Group C pacesetters the Ivory Coast in Libreville Saturday.Asked why the Borussia Dortmund striker was missing, a Gabonese football official said: “The coach (Spaniard Jose Antonio Camacho) has chosen players who were available.”Ivory Coast have four points, Gabon and Morocco two and Mali one with the Herve Renard-coached Moroccans hosting the Malians in Rabat Friday.Group A appears to be a straight fight between Tunisia and the Democratic Republic of Congo after they defeated Guinea and Libya in previous rounds.The first top-of-the-table meeting is set for Friday in Rades and the Congolese will be handicapped by the absence of injured Everton flier Yannick Bolasie.Share on: WhatsApp Cameroon team at AFCONJohannesburg, South Africa | AFP | Cameroon coach Hugo Broos admits their 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign is doomed if they do not take at least four points off Nigeria in back-to-back clashes.The Group B rivals meet in southeastern Nigerian city Uyo this Friday and in Cameroonian capital Yaounde three days later.Nigeria top the African “group of death” with six points after two rounds, African champions Cameroon have two and Zambia and Algeria one.“If we still want to have a chance of qualifying, we must take at least four points off Nigeria,” the Belgian told reporters.“Should we fail to achieve that target, I do not think it will be possible to qualify for Russia.”Broos is hoping for an away draw and a home victory — results that would reduce the gap between the countries to one point.The remaining two qualifying rounds are scheduled for October and November with only the five group winners in Africa securing places at the global football showcase.“My players need little or no reminding of how important the matches against Cameroon are,” said Germany-born Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr.While Nigeria were fast out of the blocks late last year to defeat Zambia and Algeria, Cameroon did well to draw in Algeria only to be held at home by Zambia.Bottom-of-the-table Algeria dumped midfielder Sofiane Feghouli, a recent Galatasaray signing from West Ham United, for a must-win showdown with Zambia in Lusaka Saturday.Algeria, Cameroon and Nigeria qualified for the 2010 and 2014 World Cup tournaments, but only one of the three countries can make it to Russia.Ayew celebrates at AFCON. Ghana will need similar magic in their must-win game against CongoGhana seek crucial pointsGhana, seeking a fourth consecutive World Cup appearance, host Congo Brazzaville in Kumasi Friday needing maximum points to have any realistic hope of overtaking Group E leaders Egypt.last_img read more

Djokovic tests positive for COVID-19, Adria Tour cancelled

first_img****XINHUA Share on: WhatsApp FILE PHOTO: Novak DjokovicKampala, Uganda | XINHUA | Novak Djokovic and his wife Jelena tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday in Belgrade, confirmed the press office of the world’s No. 1 tennis player in a release.Djokovic was tested immediately upon his arrival in Belgrade from Zadar, Croatia, where the second leg of the Adria Tour regional tennis tournament was interrupted and canceled by confirmed cases of infections among participants and their teams.“The moment we arrived in Belgrade we went to be tested. My result is positive, just as Jelena’s, while the results of our children are negative,” Djokovic stated.He explained that the purpose of the Adria Tour that he organized with his family was “to unite and share a message of solidarity and compassion throughout the region”, as well as to help both established and emerging tennis players from South-Eastern Europe to gain access to some competitive tennis while the various tours are on hold due to the COVID-19 situation.center_img “Unfortunately, this virus is still present, and it is a new reality that we are still learning to cope and live with. I am hoping things will ease with time so we can all resume lives the way they were. I am extremely sorry for each individual case of infection. I hope that it will not complicate anyone’s health situation and that everyone will be fine. I will remain in self-isolation for the next 14 days, and repeat the test in five days,” Djokovic stated in the press release.Previously, legs of Adria Tour have been canceled in Montenegro and Slovenia due to health concerns, while during the tournament in Zadar several players and team members tested positive on COVID-19 including Grigor Dimitrov and Borna Coric.Organizers of the Adria Tour stated Tuesday that the scheduled tournaments in Banjaluka and Sarajevo are cancelled too because “it is of highest importance to stabilize the epidemiologic situation.”last_img read more

“Double Meteor” Streaks Across South Florida Sky

first_imgWhat was that streak of light across the South Florida sky last night?Was it a meteor, a comet, space junk falling to Earth or something else? From Deerfield Beach to Vero Beach, people were perplexed by the strange object. The double meteor looked like an “elongated orange stream flowing from the west coast of Florida to the east coast.”The flash of light lasted about 30 to 45 seconds.No, we were not invaded last night by Martians but we appreciate the level of confidence you have of us to stop intergalactic invaders.— PBSO (@PBCountySheriff) July 3, 2019 Whatever it was, residents across South Florida and the Treasure Coast took to social media to show photos and video of a large fireball streaking across the sky early Wednesday morning. last_img