This is the beginning of a hectic month in high school sports. Almost every fall sport will begin and/or finish their state playoff series this month. Girls golf is the only one that is nearly finished. All the rest are just beginning. Please go out and support your local high school teams as they try to reach the state level.At the pro level, the post season is beginning for baseball. This will last the entire month!Most college football teams will have their Homecomings. For basketball fans, the season is just around the corner. You won’t have long to wait.
MASON CITY — It’s 25 years in prison for a Mason City man who sexually abused an eight-year-old girl numerous times.61-year-old Russell Leverne was charged with three counts of second-degree sexual abuse after Mason City police say he committed sexual acts with the child on multiple occasions between June and July of last year at his apartment in the 1000 block of South Illinois Avenue.As part of a plea agreement with prosecutors, Leverne pleaded guilty to two of the three second-degree sexual abuse counts, with the other charge being dismissed.Leverne this week was sentenced by District Judge Colleen Weiland to 25 years in prison on each count, with the sentences to be served concurrently.Leverne must also register as a sex offender for the rest of his life and pay $500 worth of civil penalties.