Top stories of 2018

Earl and Kerri McAlexander accept a drawing of their family, done in memory of their son, Jacy, at the Southeast Valley Homecoming pep rally. GRAPHIC-ADVOCATE PHOTO

1. Kick-It fundraiser collects more than $8,000 for childhood cancer research

West Sioux High School’s football team may have viewed the South Central Calhoun Titans as rivals on the field Nov. 2, but they didn’t let that stop them from remembering the team and its community as people grieving the death of a young man.

2. West Sioux players take McAlexander’s jersey on to the field at state title game

West Sioux High School football captains took Jacy McAlexander’s jersey to honor McAlexander, who died in May of cancer, on the field for the coin toss in the state championship game with Dike-New Hartford Friday in Cedar Falls. Ben Bouza, activities director for the school, explained how the players came to do so in an email to the Iowa High School Athletic Association.

3. Judge finds Casey guilty of vehicular homicide A District Court judge found a Calhoun County woman guilty of vehicular homicide in October.

Judge Adria Kester, in the written ruling she filed Oct. 5, said Jewell Casey’s actions were so obviously dangerous that Casey should have recognized the hazard she created on the day she struck Eugene Zinnel’s truck on Highway 7. Zinnel died two days after the crash of the injuries he suffered in the collision.

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