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Man sentenced to life term for killing of Iowa state trooper

An Iowa man was sentenced Monday to life in prison without the possibility of parole for fatally shooting an Iowa State Patrol trooper last year during a standoff and shootout with police. The mandatory sentence was handed down a little more than a month after a jury found Michael Lang, 42, guilty of first-degree murder, attempted murder and assaulting a police officer for his actions on April 9, 2021, that killed 51-year-old patrol Sgt. Jim Smith in Grundy Center. The city of nearly 3,000 people is about 60 miles (97 kilometers) northeast of Des Moines.Judge Joel Dalrymple also ordered...
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Flack Hired as MCC Interim Athletic Director

Marshalltown Community College has announced the appointment of Ryan Flack to serve as the school’s Interim Athletic Director. Flack has a lengthy history with MCC and has shown his dedication from the beginning. He attended and played basketball at MCC during the 2007-2008 season. He was a volunteer assistant men’s basketball coach in 2008-2009.

Nevada FFA Members Travel to Washington D.C.

Six Nevada High School FFA members recently traveled to Washington D.C. to participate in the National FFA Leadership Conference. The conference provided FFA members with premier leadership experience while exposing them to the rich history of Washington D.C. Activities included daily leadership sessions which focused on team building, advocacy for...

Indianola Baseball and Softball Sweep Newton

The Indianola baseball and softball teams swept Newton on the road in Little Hawkeye Conference play Monday, baseball winning 9-1 and softball winning 6-0. The baseball team scored four runs in the third, with RBI hits from Luke Rockhold, Jack Strong, Casey Stecker, and Noah Johnston. Indianola then added three runs in the sixth taking advantage of Newton errors and a Kasey Carter RBI hit, and plated two more in the seventh that included an RBI hit from Andrew DeWall. Indianola improves to 20-11 on the season, and will travel to Norwalk for a doubleheader tomorrow.

At sentencing, family of slain trooper calls for convicted killer Michael Lang to repent

GRUNDY CENTER — Dozens of mournful Iowa State Troopers flanked the gallery of the district court here Monday as the case against a revered colleague's killer came to a close. Joined in the courtroom by Iowa Department of Public Safety agents, sheriff's deputies and police officers, they served as silent witnesses at the sentencing of Michael Lang, 42, of Grundy Center in the April 9, 2021, fatal shooting of state patrol Sgt. Jim Smith during a standoff at Lang's...

TCT sports round-up: Ballard baseball team tops Ames, Spartan softball team has 7-0 week

The Collins-Maxwell softball team turned in a 7-0 week to improve to 20-2 overall and 13-0 in the Iowa Star Conference South Division. The Spartans defeated rival Baxter by a 12-0 score June 20, won a 5-0 non-conference game over Des Moines Christian June 21 and crushed Janesville (13-0), GMG (11-0) and Dunkerton (14-0) last Wednesday, Thursday and Friday respectively. On Saturday the Spartans won the Collins Day Tournament in Collins with victories over Central Decatur (2-0) and Pella (4-2).

Athlete of the Week

Collins-Maxwell junior Caleb Dvorak is the Tri-County Times Athlete of the Week. Dvorak went a combined 13-for-20 over five games for the Collins-Maxwell baseball team during the week. Dvorak totaled four doubles, six runs and 10 RBIs in helping the Spartans finish the week with a 4-1 record.

DERECHO RELIEF: Fema awards $4.4M for Marshalltown recovery

Marshalltown, Iowa — FEMA is awarding the City of Marshalltown $4.4 million dollars to help provide relief to derecho recovery efforts. Congresswoman Ashley Hinson announced the funding on Tuesday, as a result of the 2022 appropriations package passed earlier this year. She says the package allocated resources for the...