Reception to honor Iowa's centenarians; more
Reception to honor Iowa’s centenarians
DES MOINES (AP) — Gov. Terry Branstad and other state officials plan to take part in a ceremony honoring Iowans who have lived for a century or longer.
Branstad’s administration announced Thursday that it would host the Centenarian Honors Reception Tuesday at the Iowa Historical Building Atrium in Des Moines.
U.S. Census Bureau data shows that 846 Iowans are 100 or older, and the oldest is a 115-year-old Johnston resident.
Jefferson County’s oldest known resident is Genevieve Drish, who celebrated her 105th birthday in September. She became the county’s oldest-known resident in February following the death of Wilma Lawson
Branstad says all Iowans should look to these individuals as examples of how to live their lives.
The event is open to the public at a cost of $20, which includes appetizers and desserts.
Information is available through the Iowa Department of Aging.
Flags at half-staff for Sen. Pat Ward
DES MOINES (AP) — Flags are flying at half-staff today to honor state Sen. Pat Ward, who died of breast cancer Monday.
Gov. Terry Branstad ordered flags at state government buildings and other sites to be flown at half-staff from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today. The funeral was today in Des Moines.
The 55-year-old Clive Republican was elected to the Senate in 2004 when she won a special election to fill the suburban Des Moines seat vacated by Mary Kramer, who was appointed U.S. ambassador to Barbados.
Ward faced Democrat Desmund Adams in the November election. Her name will remain on the ballot, but the votes will not be official. A special election will be held Dec. 11.
Authorities suspect Iowa man fell to his death
OTTUMWA (AP) — The body of a 52-year-old man has been found under a railroad bridge in Ottumwa.
Officals suspect David Pettyjohn, of Ottumwa, fell to his death.
Pettyjohn had been reported missing on Wednesday evening. The discovery of his body was reported to police around 10:50 a.m. Thursday.
An autopsy is planned as part of the investigation.