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DRAKE RELAYS: Mall Pole Vault ‘Truly Unique’

A crowd gathered Monday to see high-jumpers at Hy-Vee in Waukee. Now shoppers are getting to see the pole vault at Jordan Creek Mall in West Des Moines.

Holding events away from the Drake Blue Oval gives new crowds a chance to see professional athletes in action.

This is the fifth year for the event at the mall and the athletes say they’re big fans.

“I think every year is more fun,” top 10 female pole vaulter Mary Saxer said.

“It’s my fourth time back and it’s always so exciting – the energy, the music before I even start warming up, people up on the balconies – it’s truly unique. We get paired up in teams. It doesn’t get old. There needs to be more events like this.”

NEW NAME: Alice’s Road Change Considered

The name Alice’s Road isn’t disappearing from Waukee, at least not completely.

Waukee officials want a new name for the road when a new town center development opens along it.

At Monday’s city council meeting, Waukee city administrator Tim Moerman recommended changing the name to Grand Prairie Parkway.

However a portion of the road north of Hickman would still be called Alice’s Road.

It was named for Alice Nizzi whose restaurant Spaghetti Land once stood in the area.

The council will vote on the re-naming plan on May 5th.

DRAKE RELAYS: Going Bananas For The High Jump

From the people who brought you pole vaulting in the mall, it’s high jumping at the grocery store.

The Drake Relays has found another way to make us sit up and take notice.

Erik Kynard came away with the men’s title. The Olympic silver medalist got a winning jump of seven feet, six inches.

It’s one inch off the record set by Brian Brown. That’s the same Brian Brown who is now the Drake Relays director.

The women’s winner is Inika McPherson clearing six feet, three inches.

WAUKEE PROJECT: Name Revealed For Development

We now know the new development going into Waukee will be called Kettlestone.

It’s named after the glacial kettle ponds that once dotted the area. It’ll be the area between Hickman Road and Interstate 80 where the new interchange is being constructed.

Over 30 years of development, the city says the area could support 7,000 new housing units.

There’s also an amphitheater planned and plenty of shopping.

City officials are also planning to re-name Alice’s Road but that name hasn’t been decided yet.

ALICE’S CORRIDOR: Name Change For Waukee Development

We will learn more Wednesday about a big development project in Waukee. It’s currently known as the Alice’s Corridor Project but city leaders are changing that name.

“I think it’s important that you have a named area where people start identifying with because then as this thing develops people will start developing with it.” Mayor Bill Peard said.

The 1,500 acre space between University Avenue and the Interstate-80 interchange will be a mixture of homes, stores and restaurants and will serve as Waukee’s town center.

However, Alice’s Road, the road the town center will sit on, is named after Alice Nezzi. Decades ago, Nezzi owned Alice’s Spaghetti Land when the town was still developing. City leaders say they want to change the name of Alice’s Road because it doesn’t fit with the theme of the new town center.

Some feel if the name is changed, the history of the road will be lost.

ANTI-BULLYING SUMMIT: ‘Not In Our School’ Waukee Students Pledge

After attending the governor’s anti-bullying summit in November some Waukee students decided to host their own summit.

It was organized by a group of seventh graders’ who say they’ve noticed bullying and it’s time to deal with it.

Friday’s discussion at Waukee Middle School focused on being kind to one another both in person and online.

They printed orange t-shirts that say “No hate at Waukee Middle School” with the hashtag #notinourschool on the back.

The students lined up a series of speakers and other activities.

“We are doing activities with more speakers about what people do online could help or hurt them in the future and we’re doing class line activities like step the line if you’re being bullied and things like that,” student Grace Millsap said.

The summit ended Friday afternoon.

POSSIBLE RUN: Huckabee ‘On The Right Side Of The Bible’

(CNN) — Mike Huckabee told an Iowa crowd on Tuesday that he’s “not homophobic,” but believing marriage should be between one man and one woman is being “on the right side of the Bible.”

Huckabee, who is also a pastor, told a conservative crowd, “I’m not against anybody. I’m really not. I’m not a hater. I’m not homophobic.”

“I honestly don’t care what people do personally in their individual lives,” Huckabee said in his keynote address to the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition.