KXEL Midday News for Tue. Jan. 12, 2021

KXEL Midday News for Tue. Jan. 12, 2021

THE WATERLOO CITY BUDGET PROCESS GOT OFF TO A FALSE START IN SOME WAYS ON MONDAY. COUNCIL MEMBERS WERE INVOLVED IN A VIRTUAL DISCUSSION ABOUT PRIORITIES FOR SEVERAL CITY DEPARTMENTS. THE INFORMAL SESSION BROKE DOWN WHEN COUNCIL MEMBERS LEARNED THAT CITY FINANCIAL EXPERTS HAD NOT YET REVIEWED THE DEPARTMENT-LEVEL PLANS. SOME COUNCIL MEMBERS LEFT THE MEETING. A DRAFT OF WATERLOO’S CITY BUDGET IS EXPECTED BY THE BEGINNING OF FEBRUARY.

PICKING THE RIGHT LEADERS TO HELP SMALL AND FAMILY BUSINESSES MOVE FORWARD IS SOMETIMES A CHALLENGING PROCESS. ADVANCE IOWA IS A STATE CONSULTING PROGRAM DESIGNED TO WORK WITH MIDSIZED COMPANIES AND BASED AT THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTHERN IOWA. THE ORGANIZATION’S DAN BEENKEN WAS A GUEST DURING KXEL LIVE AND LOCAL AND SHARED CONCERNS MANY COMPANY OWNERS HAVE ABOUT SUCCESSION PLANNING. ADVANCE IOWA WILL HOST A FRIDAY MORNING BREAKFAST FORUM ON THE TOPIC THIS WEEK. MORE INFORMATION CAN BE FOUND AT ADVANCE IOWA.COM.

TWO FORMER IOWA HAWKEYES HAVE BEEN SELECTED FOR THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME. THE GOOD NEWS WAS DELIVERED ON MONDAY TO ANDRE TIPPETT AND BOB STOOPS. BOTH WERE IN IOWA CITY DURING THE EARLY YEARS OF COACH HAYDEN FRY’S TENURE. TIPPETT WENT ON FROM THE HAWKEYES TO A LONG CAREER WITH THE NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS. STOOPS BECAME THE LONG-TIME HEAD COACH AT OKLAHOMA. IN TOTAL, 13 PLAYERS AND COACHES WERE SELECTED FOR THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME’S 2021 CLASS.

IT HAS BEEN MORE THAN A WEEK SINCE A WATERLOO WOMAN AND HER BABY WERE LAST SEEN. LAW ENFORCEMENT ARE LOOKING FOR THE PUBLIC’S HELP TO FIND 25-YEAR-OLD SHELBY WITTENBURG. SHE IS DESCRIBED AS BEING 5-2, 130 POUNDS, AND BLONDE. WITTENBURG’S WEARABOUTS SINCE MONDAY JANUARY 4TH ARE UNKNOWN. SHE MAY BE DRIVING A WHITE VOLKSWAGEN WITH NO LICENSE PLATES. ANY INFORMATION ABOUT WITTENBURG’S LOCATION CAN BE PROVIDED TO WATERLOO POLICE AT 291-2515.

THE STOCK MARKET WAS UP IN 2020, BUT THE PANDEMIC AND OTHER CIRCUMSTANCES CREATED PLENTY OF UNCERTAINTY FOR INVESTORS, ACCORDING TO A SURVEY BY IOWA-BASED PRINCIPLE FINANCIAL. SRI REDDY IS SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT OF RETIREMENT AND INCOME SOLUTIONS FOR PRINCIPAL. REDDY SAYS MOST SURVEYED INVESTORS INDICATED THEY COULD WEATHER AN UNEXPECTED 25-HUNDRED DOLLAR EMERGENCY WITHOUT GREAT DIFFICULTY.

IOWA CITY’S MASK MANDATE WILL NOW LAST THROUGH MUCH OF THE SPRING. FACE COVERINGS WILL BE REQUIRED UNTIL AT LEAST MAY 31ST. MAYOR BRUCE TEAGUE FILED THE EXTENSION MONDAY MAINTAINING THE CURRENT RULES FOR MASKS IN IOWA CITY.

THE IOWA STATE CYCLONES WILL NOT BE GOING TO MANHATTEN, KANSAS, THIS WEEK. TOMORROW NIGHT’S SCHEDULED MEN’S BASKETBALL GAME VERSUS KANSAS STATE HAS BEEN POSTPONED. THE BIG 12 SAYS THE WILDCAT PROGRAM WAS NOT ABLE TO MEET REQUIRED COVID-19 THRESHOLDS. IOWA STATE AND KANSAS STATE WILL TRY TO RESCHEDULE THE GAME.

THE LINN COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE SAYS A CHASE ON MONDAY NIGHT BEGAN WITH A DISTURBANCE AT A CASEY’S CONVENIENCE STORE SOUTH OF MARION. OFFICERS WERE ON THE WAY TO THAT CALL SHORTLY BEFORE 9 O’CLOCK WHEN SUSPECT NATHAN THORNTON OF CEDAR RAPIDS WAS ALLEGEDLY LEAVING THE SCENE. BEFORE THORNTON WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY SEVERAL MILES AWAY IN SOUTHEAST CEDAR RAPIDS, DEPUTIES SAY HE DROVE THROUGH SEVERAL YARDS AND COLLIDED WITH A SQUAD CAR, CAUSING MINOR DAMAGE. THORNTON FACES ASSAULT, OPERATING WHILE INTOXICATED, AND OTHER TRAFFIC CHARGES.

NASHUA’S BEST-KNOWN LANDMARK WILL BE RECEIVING SOME T-L-C. THE LITTLE BROWN CHURCH IN THE VALE IS OVER 150 YEARS OLD AND WILL BE SUBJECT TO SIGNIFICANT RENOVATIONS THIS YEAR. WORK BEGAN ON THE BUILDING’S FOYER ON MONDAY. LATER IN THE SPRING, THE CHURCH’S ROOF WILL BE REPLACED. THE LITTLE BROWN CHURCH RANKS AS A TOP MIDWESTERN WEDDING DESTINATION AND IS U.S. LANDMARK AND TOURIST SITE. MORE THAN 76,000 COUPLES HAVE BEEN MARRIED AT THE CHURCH, WHICH WAS IMMORTALIZED IN THE SONG, “THE CHURCH IN THE WILDWOOD.

WHEN IT COMES TO SMALL BUSINESS LONGEVITY, GETTING YOUNGER PEOPLE INVOLVED IN THE FAMILY FIRM CAN HELP IT LAST LONG PAST THE RETIREMENT OF THE ORIGINAL OWNERS. ADVANCE IOWA WILL HOLD A PROGRAM ON THAT TOPIC FRIDAY. HERE’S LEAD CONSULTANT DAN BEENKEN. BEENKEN WAS A RECENT KXEL LIVE AND LOCAL GUEST.