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EMPLOYING VETERANS: Job Fair At Camp Dodge

A career fair focused on getting veterans back on their feet is being held Thursday in the metro.

The event is at the Freedom Center at Camp Dodge in Johnston and is open to active military, guard and reserve members, along with veterans. Spouses are also welcome to participate. A government issued ID is required for entry.

From 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. there will be resume reviews, mock interviews and coaching. A free lunch will follow.

From 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., over 30 companies will take applications and conduct interviews.

The Iowa Department of Veterans Affairs and Home Base Iowa teamed up to organize the event.

BUILDING BEGINS: See Johnston’s New $5.4m Lake Project

Johnston city officials broke ground on a massive new lake and recreation project Friday.

It will likely be another three years before Terra Lake is ready for the public but you don’t have to wait until then to know what it will look like.

The architects behind the project released a 3-D computer animation giving a virtual tool of what awaits in 2017.

The 200 acre park will include an eight-acre lake, fishing pier, trails, playgrounds and shelter.

The project will cost $5.4 million.

NEW FACILITY: Iowa Donor Network Breaks Ground

The Iowa Donor Network recovery facility is moving to a new and bigger home.

On Friday crews broke ground at 320 Adventureland Drive.

Officials say they are outgrowing the current leased 9,000 square feet facility in Johnston. The new Altoona site will be twice that size at 18,000 square feet and will be owned by the organization.

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About 60 employees will work out of the new building.

“We will have our entire communication staff headquartered here so we’ll have a new communications center,” CEO Suzanne Conrad explained.

LOOKING OUT: Identifying Drug Endangered Children

A parent’s bad habits can ruin the lives of their children.

“It can be the use of drugs in a household, the manufacturing of drugs, or the cultivation of drugs,” said Dale Woolery, the associate director for the Governor’s Office for Drug Control Policy.

Last year, drug task forces reported 450 cases of drug endangered children to the Iowa Department of Human Services.

“We know there is a lot of children who haven’t been counted who might be in harm’s way,” said Woolery.

Children living in these homes are often victims of physical abuse, psychological abuse, and are often too afraid to come forward.

It’s up to the other adults in a child’s life to do it for them.

At the 7th annual Drug Endangered Children Conference, professionals from teachers to social workers learned what to look for.

ROAD CLOSURE: Busy Johnston Route Affected

Many commuters who live in Johnston are taking a new route home Monday.

Northwest Beaver Drive is closed while the city adds another lane to the road between Northwest Johnston Drive and Northwest 62nd Street.

An estimated 9,000 drivers use the road every day.

City officials say the additional lane is necessary to accommodate Johnston’s growth.

“Most of the traffic through this area have precipitated the need for a lot of the improvements that you`ll be seeing in Johnston, including this one,” Johnston Public Works Dave Cubit said.

Officials estimate 15,000 vehicles will use this road daily by 2035.

To see a map of the detour, click here.

TERRA LAKE: $5.4m Johnston Project Set To Begin

One week from today, crews will break ground on a $5.4-million project in Johnston.

The Terra Lake project will take an old retention lagoon and turn it into a lake.

The plan calls for an eight acres fishing area, a lawn for concerts and games and shelters.

Visitors will be able to paddle boat or kayak on the water and the park may become a trail head for cyclists.

“We have a space out here which is centrally located within Johnston that was getting minimal use and the decision was we wanted to take a look at what the community could use as a central hub for actives,” parks director John Schmitz said.

The idea for the park came about back in 2006. The goal is to have the entire project done by June, 2017.

FIVE YEARS: Legalized Gay Marriage Milestone

Five years ago today, Iowa became the first state in the Midwest and third state in the nation to legalize gay marriage.

On April 3, 2009 the Iowa Supreme Court unanimously ruled the ban on same sex marriage was unconstitutional.

The advocacy group, One Iowa says more people are embracing the change.

“I think people are moving forward in their thoughts about same gender marriage and how they think about LGTB people,” say One Iowa, executive director, Donna Red Wing.

However critics – like The Family Leader – continue to fight for traditional marriage.

“God created marriage, man didn`t. so we are arrogant to try and change what God created,” says vice president, Chuck Hurley.

Same sex couple, John Sellers and Tom Helten, says they hope one day the topic of gay marriage is not a focal point of criticism.