Applications due for Round Up funds

JACKSON – Applications for the next Operation Round Up funding are due by Oct. 17.

Operation Round Up involves about 70 percent of Federated Rural Electric’s members in Jackson and Martin counties. They allow their monthly electric bills to be rounded up to the nearest dollar. The “rounded up” change goes into a trust fund. An independent board, which consists of Federated members, evaluates local funding requests and distributes funds.

Download the application form from Federated’s website: Otherwise, call Federated at (507) 847-3520, (507) 728-8366 or 1-800-321-3520 (ask for Andrea) to request an application or use e-mail: Recipients will be announced in November.

Organizations that serve Federated members in Jackson or Martin counties can request funds for projects involving: community service; community leadership programs; disaster relief; environmental programs; youth education; and emergency energy assistance.

Woman charged after pills found

FAIRMONT – A 28-year-old Swea City woman faces a fifth-degree controlled substance crime after Schedule III narcotics were allegedly found in her possession.

According to information from the Fairmont Police Department:

On Aug. 29, police were called to a report of an assault and a dispute regarding personal property. Contact with made with Jessica Lane Hinton. Police learned that Hinton had a methamphetamine pipe in her purse, and she admitted to smoking meth the night before. Hinton consented to a search of her purse, and police found four different types of pills that were identified as different types and doses of Hydrocodone. Some of the pills were loose, while others were still in blister packets. A hypodermic needle was also found. Hinton claimed the pills belonged to two different people, and claimed the needle was not hers.

One of the persons named by Hinton stated she does not give her pills to other people, and that she did not give Hinton permission to have the pills.

In a police interview, Hinton said she was holding the pills for someone who was a felon, and the pills were to be given to someone who planned to sell them.

The charge of fifth-degree controlled substance crime carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.