Journal Express, Knoxville, IA


June 4, 2013

Complaints may keep kids out of VSOs

Knoxville — The City of Knoxville does not allow people under age 21 to be inside establishments that earn over half of its income from alcohol sales. This includes the VFW and American Legion. New complaints to the Knoxville Police Department sparked the discussion of whether or not to make exemptions for these Veterans Service Organizations (VSOs). 

Jack Spaur, on behalf of the VSOs, asked the Knoxville City Council Monday night for three exemptions to allow children in these facilities. 

The first is to allow children into the halls when families convene there following funerals. The second is to allow the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts in after the flags have been raised for the Avenue of Flags. Every year, these children's organizations help raise the flags at Graceland Cemetery prior to Veterans Day and Memorial Day. A breakfast is traditionally served at the VFW following the flag raising and ceremony. 

The third is to allow America's youngest veterans come to their post. Spaur said the posts are welcoming back veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan, who are still under the age of 21. Welcoming them home is important to Spaur, a veteran of two wars himself, including Vietnam. 

Police Chief Dan Losada said, after reviewing the organizations' books, found that 52 percent of their revenue comes from alcohol sales. The City's ordinance specifies 50 percent, though there is no state standard. He believes if the City makes an exemption for the VSOs, bars would seek the same courtesy. 

"You can't change it for one once you've tortured everyone else," Councilor Dave Roozeboom said. Mayor Don Zoutte disagrees with the City's ordinance. 

"I think the City's wrong," Zoutte said. He believes young vets should be allowed to go where they want. 

City Manager Harold Stewart said there is value in separating bars from restaurants. He said the council needs to find out what the community's position is regarding allowing underage people in bars, and form a policy from there. 

Text Only
  • Erik Therme.jpg Iowa Author Creates a mysterious read

    Erik Therme self-published his first book, Mortom in February 2014.  He initially started the book more than 20 years ago.  Recently, Erik shared his adventures in self-publishing his first novel that underwent more than three major revisions.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • large group.jpg Video: Celebrate packages 30,000 Meals from the Heartland

    Over 340 volunteers worked together Sunday morning to package 30,000 Meals from the Heartland at Celebrate Community Church. 

    March 23, 2014 1 Photo 1 Slideshow 5 Videos

  • pre event setup.jpg Slideshow: Celebrate Church packages Meals from the Heartland Scenes from Celebrate Community Church's packaging of Meals from the Heartland on Sunday, March 23, 2014

    March 23, 2014

  • little firsherman on the rocks.jpg Spring arrives in Marion County in style

    The first day of spring, March 20, truly had the appropriate weather. Sunshine and a nice temperature sent many people into the outdoor of splendor of Lake Red Rock. 

    March 20, 2014 5 Photos

  • Wesley & Jessica.jpg One special prom date

    Prom night has long been a rite of passage for American high school students. Knoxville High School Prom 2014 will include one couple that no one ever expected to have the ability to take part. 

    March 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • Dixie Gebhardt Plans underway for Iowa State Flag Day

    Details are still being finalized, but the Birthplace of the Iowa State Flag will celebrate the flag's special day on March 29. 

    March 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • West jump rope pic.jpg West Elementary raises $4,800 for American Heart Association

    Students in grades KinderPrep through First at West Elementary have jumped their way to raising $4,800 for the American Heart Association. 

    March 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • TC FFA 2.jpg TC FFA receives financial gift

    Rhonda Van Rheenen won a contest sponsored by the Monsanto Fund. As a result, the Twin Cedars FFA received a check for $2,500. 

    February 28, 2014 2 Photos

  • eye exam.jpg Video: Knoxville VA offers telemed services

    Medical services offered by the VA Central Iowa Health Care System have expanded to include the use of telemedicine. Benefits include home access to medical services and less time on the road for veterans to meet with care providers. 

    February 27, 2014 3 Photos 2 Videos

  • B&B3.jpg Cast, crew preparing for "Beauty and the Beast"

    Work continued behind the scenes of the Knoxville High School musical production of "Beauty and the Beast" on Saturday. Cast, crew, parents and supports alike have all come together to prepare for the first high school production inside the Knoxville Performing Arts Center. 

    February 22, 2014 7 Photos

AP Video
3 People Killed, Deputies Wounded in NC Shootout Suing Obama: GOP-led House Gives the Go-ahead Obama: 'Blood of Africa Runs Through My Veins' Amid Drought, UCLA Sees Only Water Texas Scientists Study Ebola Virus Smartphone Powered Paper Plane Debuts at Airshow Air Force: Stowaway Triggers Security Review Minnesota Fire Engulfs Home, Two Garages Southern Accent Reduction Class Cancelled in TN Obama Chides House GOP for Pursuing Lawsuit New Bill Aims to Curb Sexual Assault on Campus 3Doodler Bring 3-D Printing to Your Hand Six PA Cops Indicted for Robbing Drug Dealers Officials Unsure of UCLA Flood Repair Date At Least 20 Chikungunya Cases in New Jersey Raw: Obama Eats Ribs in Kansas City Broken Water Main Floods UCLA Raw: Amphibious Landing Practice in Hawaii In Virginia, the Rise of a New Space Coast Two Women Narrowly Avoid Being Hit by Train
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide

Upon completion and reopening of Third Street, should the City of Knoxville wait to start the next stage of the Streetscape and Infrastructure project until 2015?

     View Results