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Quick news: When is the Chamber ticket drawing?

Published: Friday, Dec. 13, 2013 11:30 a.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, Dec. 13, 2013 11:42 a.m. CDT

When is the Chamber holiday giveaway ticket drawing?

The Creston Chamber of Commerce holiday giveaway ticket drawing will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. That day, tickets will be drawn for three, $500 prizes and five, $100 prizes.

The winning numbers will be posted in Wednesday’s print edition and online at The Chamber will also post the winning numbers on their Facebook and Twitter pages.

Winning ticketholders will have until 4:30 p.m. Jan. 3, to claim their prizes.

“Do not throw your tickets away after the first drawing, though,” warns Ellen Gerharz, Creston Chamber of Commerce executive director, “because inevitably the tickets are not claimed, and we have to redraw for some of the prizes.”

If a redrawing for unclaimed prizes is needed, it will be Jan. 3.

Suspended Arispe mayor pleads not guilty

Michael Duane Fry — who allegedly compromised a credit card from Southern Prairie Solid Waste in October — has pled not guilty to fourth-degree theft and misconduct of office.

Fry, 41, was mayor of Arispe when the alleged misconduct occured. Court documents show Fry has since been suspended from his mayoral duties until a Dec. 23 hearing.

According to a Union County Sheriff’s report, Fry allegedly used the agency’s credit card to purchase gasoline for his personal vehicle four times in September and twice in October. The total improper charges to the agency account is estimated at $330.

However, Fry — chairman of the Southern Prairie Waste Agency Board — was not authorized to use the agency credit card to make purchases of gasoline for his personal vehicle.

A pretrial conference in Fry’s case is scheduled 10:30 a.m. Jan. 30 at the Union County Courthouse. A trial is slated for 9:30 a.m. March 3.

Bond set for Wiley

Bond has been set for Peter Wiley, 32, of Creston — the man who allegedly shot at a woman’s vehicle in Casey’s General Store in Corning Tuesday.

Wiley faces attempted murder and going armed with intent charges in Adams County. He’s currently being held in Adams County Jail on a $30,000 cash-only bond.

Wiley is facing additional charges in Union County including felon in possession of a firearm, eluding and hit and run after leading Creston Police on a high speed chase Wednesday morning.

Wiley is also suspected in a shooting incident north of Shenandoah Tuesday evening.

Wiley’s brother, Raymond, was taken to Shenandoah Medical Center with multiple gunshot wounds. He was later taken to an Omaha area hospital where his injuries did not appear to be life-threatening.

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