Tuesday, January 29, 2013
One of the four Jethro's locations in the Des Moines metro will be highlighted on the Discovery Channel's "United States of Bacon."
A favorite local sandwich could become nationally famous – or infamous, depending on your point of view – after tonight’s episode of The Discovery Channel’s “United States of Bacon.” Jethro's BLT Melt will be featured on the program, as well as its Waukee location, one of four in the Des Moines metro. Jethro's BBQ Lakehouse recently opened in Ankeny. The BLT Melt is not an ordinary melt, but a half pound of cured bacon and three kinds of cheeses sandwiched between two pieces of Texas-sized toast, KCCI reported. The program airs at 8 p.m. CST tonight on the Discovery Channel's “United States of Bacon.” Each episode features “hog-wild host Chef Todd Fisher as he road trips to cities across America in search of the most mouth-watering, …
Friday, January 18, 2013
Tim Moerman, an assistant city manager in Ankeny, is the new city administrator for Waukee, officials announced Thursday night.
Waukee Mayor Bill Peard and the Waukee City Council have selected Tim Moerman of Ankeny as the next Waukee city administrator, according to a news release. Moerman currently is one of two assistant city managers for the city of Ankeny. The city has been operating with Brad Deets acting as interim city administrator while undergoing a national search for the person that will help lead Waukee into the future. Leaders said in their release that the new administrator will work to continue commercial and residential growth and the construction and development of the Alice’s Road Corridor. Previous Waukee city administrator Jeff Kooistra resigned in May 2012. Moerman’s contract will pay him a prorated, annual base salary of $132,000 through the …
Sunday, December 2, 2012
In March, Waukee High School graduate Kelli Sly took her own life and the life of her 2-year-old son. Her 23 years were a struggle, says her mother, Sherri Sinclair.
First of two parts Nine months ago, Kelli Sly, a 23-year-old single mom with a history of behavioral issues, insurmountable demons and depression, took the life of her 2-year-old son, Gavin, and the next day killed herself. For Sly's mother, Sherri Sinclair of Waukee, what happened on March 24 and 25 closed the window on years of anger, frustration and illness and opened a door to unimaginable sadness. "She was very unhappy on this Earth," says Sinclair of Kelli. "I hate that they’re both gone, but I know why Gavin is with her and I'm glad. I'm not OK that they’re gone, but I’m OK that they’re together." Sinclair chose to tell Kelli's story not only because it's cathartic, but because she hopes it might shed light on the difficulties of …
Saturday, December 1, 2012
Sherri Sinclair of Waukee shares the story of how her family was destroyed by mental illness. Her 23-year-old daughter, Kelli Sly, killed her 2-year-old son and then herself in March.
Thursday, September 6, 2012
Being a parent means so much more than just being responsible. It means also being fearful.
When an editor asked me to write a column sharing how I felt about the attempted abduction of a Waukee fifth-grader a few weeks ago, without even thinking, I agreed. But what he couldn't have possibly known when he made such an innocuous request was that he was asking me to write about one of things that scares me the most about being a parent -- losing a child. I'm honestly not afraid of much. Never have been, really, until I had kids. Before that, I was totally fearless, sometimes recklessly so, not worrying about traveling without a companion or walking down a dark alley alone. I said hello to strangers, could strike up a conversation with just about anyone and was more than willing to seize the moment should an interesting opportunity …
Monday, August 6, 2012
The Family Leadership Summit will be held at Point of Grace Church Saturday with guest speakers Govs. Rick Perry and Mike Huckabee and former Sen. Rick Santorum in attendance.
A third former Republican presidential candidate was announced today adding to the lineup of speakers at the Family Leadership Summit scheduled for Saturday at Waukee's Point of Grace Church. Texas Gov. Rick Perry was just added to the roster that already includes Sen. Rick Santorum and Gov. Mike Huckabee -- both winners of the Iowa caucuses. The three conservative leaders will join New York Times best-selling author Joel C. Rosenberg, Dr. Laurence White, Sen. Chuck Grassley, and Congressman Steve King at the podium. In a news release today, Bob Vander Plaats, President & CEO of The Family Leader said, “We are glad to welcome Governor Rick Perry back to Iowa. We encourage all fiscal and social conservatives to come out for The Summit to …
Sunday, June 24, 2012
Waukee's Allison Pfeffer said she'd never won anything, until Wednesday night.
Royce White, Tyrus McGee and Craig Brackins - they're all winners. And now so is Waukee's own Allison Pfeffer. Pfeffer, an Iowa State University graduate, won a Royce White-autographed basketball at the YMCA Capital City Basketball League game Wednesday night. Patch.com teamed with White to raffle off the autographed ball with all the proceeds going to Orchard Place, which works with youths with behavioral disorders and mental health issues. The raffle netted $265 for the non-profit. As far as Pfeffer, well, she was surprised at the news. "If this is serious, I'm super excited!," responded Pfeffer when told of the win. "I never win anything!" There's more great basketball ahead as big names like McGee, Georges Niang, Gabe Knutson, Richard …
Monday, June 18, 2012
It was completely random but we chose a winner in Patch's Father's Day upload contest. Was it your dad?
Several Patch readers uploaded photos of their dads last week but there could be only one winner. Sarah Lacey of Clive uploaded a photo of her husband David to Waukee Patch winning a $100 Visa gift card in the process. Lacey had this to say about the father of three in the comments, "I love watching my husband be a dad to our kids. He is always trying to think of ways to involve them and teach them. You can tell how great he is by the way they love him back." When reached by phone Sunday, Sarah Lacey said Father's Day had been pretty low key. The kids - twins Kiera and Maren, 6, and Graham, 4 - made their dad a special breakfast (waffles) and kept him busy building houses out of Legos and spending some quality play time together …
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Have some books you're gearing up to read this summer? Have some great books you've read past summers that you'd want to recommend? Tell us about them in our Patch book club discussion.
It might be because my mother is a librarian, but I've always associated summer with reading. Even now that I have grown into adulthood from that wee lad who would read novel after novel to acquire King Size Snicker Bars, I am still getting excited to do some summer reading. I want to catch up on some books that I've been meaning to finish, such as George R. R. Martin's cult classic "Game of Thrones" novels. You may have heard of them. But what about you? Do you have books you're looking forward to read this summer? Do you have suggestions for summer reading for readers young and old? Let us know in Comments!
Monday, March 12, 2012
Six reported thefts of fuel in small town Waukee are part of a national trend, experts say. A West Des Moines gas station owner says people are "desperate."
Tim Bohnenkamp, a manager at Casey's General Store in Waukee, expects a little grousing from customers when gas prices are on the rise. "Oh yeah, we hear people complain about it every day, it seems like," he says of talk at the pump. "And it only gets worse as the prices go up." What Bohnenkamp doesn't expect are customers driving off without paying for their fuel. Still, it's happening more often around Iowa and the country as gas prices inch closer to the $4 mark. Since January, according to police reports from the Waukee Police Department, there have been six reported drive-offs at various gas stations in Waukee. Ames had a report of gas theft on March 2, and numerous other reports are coming in from around the country in Florida, New …