Board of Supervisors Meeting and Other News

The Lee County Board of Supervisors met for their weekly meeting on Tuesday. During the public input portion of the meeting, Bernie McCauley asked about the appointing of a second Conservation Board Director.

County Auditor Denise Fraise explained the position needed to be advertised for a certain amount of time to get an opportunity for a female applicant to possibly put their name in.

Ron Fedler also said it is part of the code that they need to make every attempt to have a balanced board, but it is alright if they do not get a female applicant in that time frame as they will have met the requirement.

During this timeframe, more males can also submit applications for the position as well.

Alicia Haynes was appointed as Weed Commissioner for 2019 and Fraise, Fedler and Matt Pflug all spoke very highly of the work she has produced during her time working for the county.

A carry out only Class C Beer Permit was approved for Denmark Jet Shop.

Two Tax Abatement Resolutions were approved and the moves of position changes from Members to Chair-Supervisors were made for new Board Chairman Gary Folluo and Vice-Chair Rick Larkin.

The Board will meet again on Tuesday, Jan. 15.

It has been announced that a Happy Joe’s Pizza will be coming to Keokuk in the near future, while there is no official word yet on when they will open, the new store will be located at 205 N. Park Drive and will be opened by the same people that run the location in Burlington.

In sports news, the Keokuk boys basketball team won their second straight game in the West Hancock Boys Basketball Invitational on Monday night 60-53 over Unity to move to 5-5 on the season.

For the second time in as many games, TyJai Mueller was the leading scorer with 18 points while Isaiah Seay chipped in 12.

Alex Wolter and Antony Potratz scored eight and nine respectively with Eddie Lee and Callum Tackes each putting up five and MJ Davis finished with three.
The team combined to hit eight triples and also shot 8-12 from the free throw line.

Keokuk has another game in the tournament on Tuesday night, this time at home in Wright Fieldhouse against Southeastern beginning at 7:30 PM. Coverage will be provided on Z93, the Chiefs’ Radio Network and we will also have a game recap in the Wednesday afternoon newscast.

Illini West and Unity will matchup at 6 PM before the Keokuk game.

The Iowa Hawkeye women’s basketball team picked up another win in Big Ten Play on Monday night with a 71-53 final over the Wisconsin Badgers.

Megan Gustafson again led the way for the Hawkeyes with another double-double at 21 points and 12 rebounds to go along with three blocks.

It was also announced the Gustafson was named the Big Ten Player of the Week for the seventh time this season on Monday.  On the season, the reigning Big Ten Player of the Year is averaging 26.4 points, 12.9 rebounds and almost two blocks per game while shooting 70% from the field and has made 66 free throws this year, all of which lead the team.

Kathleen Doyle, Hannah Stewart and Makenzie Meyer all finished in double figures as well with 15, 11 and 10, respectively. Doyle and Meyer also combined for 12 assists.

Up next for the Hawks is a road game against Purdue at 7 PM on Thursday night. Iowa is currently 2-1 in the Big Ten and 11-3 overall.

Clemson is the new National Champion in Division I College Football after a dominating 44-16 win over the favorite Alabama Crimson Tide.

The Tigers are the first team since 1897 to go 15-0 in a season and were led by true freshman quarterback Trevor Lawrence who threw for 347 yards and three touchdowns and added 27 more on the ground.

Heisman runner-up Tua Tagovailoa threw for two touchdowns on the other side for Alabama, but also threw two interceptions with one of them being returned for a touchdown on their first drive of the game by Clemson cornerback AJ Terrell.

Justyn Ross had 153 yards receiving for the champion Tigers while Travis Etienne had 86 yards on the ground and a pair of scores.

This is the second title in three years for Clemson and head coach Dabo Swinney, both of which came over Alabama and a year after they were beaten by the Crimson Tide in the College Football Playoffs.