Journal Express, Knoxville, IA

Local News

February 20, 2013

City, county crews prepared for storm

Knoxville — If Knoxville and Marion County are hit with heavy snowfall, as predicted, on Thursday, road crews already have a plan in place. 


According to information received from Marion County Emergency Management, the Des Moines National Weather Service held a webinar and conference call yesterday regarding a possible strong winter storm on Thursday. This storm will push from the southwest to the northeast of Iowa by late Thursday night.  Widespread snowfall combined with strong winds will lead to significant impacts.

Snow will develop late Thursday morning and continue into the evening, the NWS said.  The heaviest snowfall is likely to occur during Thursday afternoon into the rush hour and evening, according to forecasts. Accumulations will range between 6-10 inches with higher amounts possible. Marion County is in the heaviest snowfall range, as south of Highway 30 is expected to receive the most snow. Heavy winds are also expected. 

"We will have all five trucks ready to go by tomorrow morning," Knoxville Street Superintendent Dennis Webb tells the Journal-Express. The City's plan is to keep roadways open and, when the snow stops, clear as well as possible. Webb said the department is also keeping a lookout on a possible snowfall that may follow. 

Marion County Engineer Roger Schletzbaum said he intends to start County trucks late Thursday morning. Road graders will be out early Friday, after the snow is expected to have stopped. 

Long days are expected for Road Department employees on Friday and Saturday. Schletzbaum's goal, if weather cooperates, is to have all of the county's gravel roads cleared by noon Saturday. 

The budget impact of overtime is not a major concern for the Marion County Secondary Road Department. Schletzbaum said most snows have been managed with little overtime. Webb said he knows City crews will put in eight man hours, but overtime will be determined by City Manager Harold Stewart or Assistant City Manager Dylan Feik. 

Schletzbaum cautions drivers that there will be a period of time, if the snow falls, when road conditions will deterioriate. He asks for patience and suggests that drivers avoid or postpone unnecessary travel during the heaviest snowfall. 

Text Only
Local News
  • Invent Iowa winners.jpg Knoxville students win at Invent, Iowa

    Knoxville's Fifth Grade Inventors, Brady Pearson, Reilly Finarty and Amy Sullivan, all won at the State Invent Iowa Competition.

    April 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0422 Eagle photo On a wing and a prayer

    LAKE RED ROCK — Protective gloves aren’t uncommon when dealing with a sick patient, though they’re not usually heavy, leather welder’s gloves. But, then, the patient usually doesn’t have toenails designed to puncture flesh. Or a sharp beak. Diane Mas

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • care facility.jpg Supervisors looking for new management team

    The Marion County Board of Supervisors met in closed session Friday morning to discuss the future management of the Marion County Care Facility. 

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Troy Rider.jpg Rider's motion granted

    Judge John Lloyd has granted a motion filed by Troy Neil Rider's defense, to limit extrajudicial comment by witnesses regarding the sexual abuse case against Rider. 

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Soccer wins vs. Carlisle, Grinnell There was no time to rest for the Knoxville Panther soccer team once the season opened. The Panthers opened with their first three contests at home. Monday, April 7, they hosted the Carlisle Wildcats in historic Ken Locke Stadium. The Panthers whitew

    April 17, 2014

  • raceway concept drawing.jpg Raceway Rebate passes the House

    Rep. Greg Heartsill reports that the bill to provide up to $2 million in sales tax rebates to the Knoxville Raceway has passed out of the Iowa House of Representatives, 78-15. 

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Construction Trades pic 1 Marion County building permits on the rise

    It's expected to be a busy construction season around Marion County. According to County Zoning Administrator Missy Poffenbarger, her office has issued 17 building permits since March 18. 

    April 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • Troy Rider.jpg State responds to gag order request

    Marion County Attorney Ed Bull has filed a resistance, on behalf of the State of Iowa, to a motion made by Troy Neil Rider's defense attorney to restrict law enforcement's ability to comment on the pending case. 

    April 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • PHS FFA 10-73.jpg Pleasantville Greenhouse Plant Sales Begin Soon

    The Pleasantville High School Greenhouse will begin its annual greenhouse sales Saturday, April 19, and will continue through Saturday, May 24.

    April 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • Burn ban to be lifted at 11 a.m.

    Marion County's burn ban will be lifted at 11 a.m. Monday, April 14. 

    April 14, 2014