SNOW CAUSING SLIPPERY ROADS
(Area) A white blanket of snow is covering area roadways. According to the latest DOT Road Condition report. All roads in western Iowa are completely covered at this hour. A motorist, in southern Cass County says the gravel roads are very slick. Any school delays or closings will be posted on our websites; www.965ksom.com, or www.ks957online.com.
AUDUBON COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE REPORTS ARRESTS
(Audubon) A juvenile from Audubon has been charged following an investigation into a December 5th accident in the 310th block of Hwy 71. A press release from the Audubon County Sheriff's Office states that Taylor Noele Tyson, age 17, of Audubon has been charged with Operating under the Influence of Drugs and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Tyso was arrested this past weekend. The Charges were filed with Juvenile Court Services.
The Audubon County Sheriff's Office also reports the OWI arrest of 29 year old Thomas Lee McMannus of Fort Dodge on Sunday at around 8:30 p.m. The charges stem from an incident at an Audubon business. McMannas was also charged with Public Intoxication. He was transported to the Audubon County Jail and held. McMannus was released following an appearance before the magistrate and there is a preliminary hearing set for February 17th.
(Atlantic) After a ten year wait, Atlantic will be hosting another overnight stay on RAGBRAI. Atlantic Chamber membership and special projects Coordinator Megan Roberts says it's been so long that the RAGBRAI director came to them tos ee if they had any interest in hosting an overnight stay. Roberts says hundreds of volunteers will be needed to help make this year's RAGBRAI stop in Atlantic a success. The date that RAGBRAI will come to Atlantic is July 24th.
ATLANTIC POLICE REPORT THREE WEEKEND ARRESTS
On January 29th, David Williams, age 49, of Atlantic was arrested for OWI 1st Offense. He was transported to the Cass County Jail where he was booked and held.
On January 30th, Kenneth Hering Jr, age 46, of Atlantic was arrested for driving while suspended. He was transported to the Cass Count Jail where he was booked and held.
On January 30th, Jacqueline Smith, age 22, of Hazel Park, Michigan was arrested on a Cass County Warrant for probation violation. Smith turned herself in.
ICY ROADS IMPEDING SNOW BEGINNING TO HAMPER TRAVEL IN IOWA
(Ames) Travel in many parts of Iowa over the next 48 hours could become treacherous, according to the Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT).
Currently, northwest Iowa roads are being reported as completely covered with snow and ice. Light snow and freezing drizzle are expected to spread throughout the state through the evening, making travel hazardous.
Currently the roads in Southwest Iowa are called partially covered in extreme Southwest Iowa to normal in the rest of the area. Travel becomes a little tricky north of highway 30 where roads are completely covered with snow and ice.
After a brief break in the precipitation early tomorrow morning, the next system is poised to build into the state later tomorrow afternoon and evening. By tomorrow afternoon, snow will become likely in the southeast two-thirds of the state, while the northwest will maintain a chance of additional light snow.
Forecasts call for up to two inches of snow per hour in southeast Iowa with totals of up to two feet of new snow expected through Wednesday. Strong, gusty winds can be expected statewide tomorrow afternoon through Wednesday morning, allowing for widespread drifting and areas of blowing snow with reduced visibility. Significantly reduced visibility is likely in areas with wind and falling snow, which could approach whiteout conditions.
During this winter weather event, travelers are urged to watch the weather carefully. Log on to http://www.511ia.org/ or call 511 for current road conditions.
If you must travel, carry a fully-charged cell phone and place a winter survival kit in your vehicle. In the event you are stranded, these items could mean the difference between life and death, especially with temperatures dropping below zero.
The kit should contain a blanket or sleeping bag; high energy, nonperishable food; water; flashlight and extra batteries; matches or a lighter; candles; warm gloves; small first aid kit; hat or stocking cap; insulated footwear; and winter coat. The kit should contain enough supplies for the number of passengers in the vehicle.
Other winter travel supplies should include a snow shovel; scraper and snow brush; sand or strips of carpet for traction; flares/reflectors; tool kit; jumper cables; and a good spare tire, lug wrench and jack.
Drivers should use basic safe driving habits at any time of year – buckling up, driving alert and sober, and operating your vehicle at a safe and legal speed. Special precautions need to be followed when ice or snow are present on the roadway, including reducing your speed for conditions. Do not turn your vehicle into an “off-road” vehicle by driving too fast for conditions. Remember the simple s
CASS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE REPORT TWO ARRESTS
(Atlantic) A California woman was charged Sunday for possession of controlled substance marijuana.
The Cass County Sheriff’s Office says, 20-year-old Sara Marie Olson, of Auburn, California was taken to the Cass County Jail where she was released today on $1,000 bond.
In a separate incident, a Council Bluffs man was arrested Sunday on a District Court Warrant for failure to appear for a contempt of court hearing. The Cass County Sheriff’s Office says 25-year-old Adam Thomas Wilfong was taken to the Cass County Jail where he was released late Sunday on $1,000 bond.
GREENFIELD RESIDENTS TO VOTE ON HOTEL/MOTEL TAX IN MAY
(Greenfield) The Greenfield City Council gives the green light Friday to a proposed hotel/motel tax to be placed on the May 3 Special Election ballot for a local option tax renewal.
The Greenfield City Clerk’s Office says the levy amount hasn’t officially been set, but proponents are leaning toward the full 7-percent for people renting rooms. Officials say 50-percent of the funds will go to tourism and 50-percent would go towards the Greenfield Sports Complex.
ADCO Enterprises is currently remodeling the “Hotel Greenfield” making it into a 20-unit facility.
GROUP FILES ETHICS COMPLAINT AGAINST GREENFIELD REPRESENTATIVE
(Des Moines) Members of a pro-medical marijuana group making good on a threat to file an ethics complaint against an Iowa lawmaker this morning.
Mike Pesche of the “Iowa Clemency Project” says Representative Clel Baudler’s admission of “Lying” to a California Doctor to obtain a prescription for medical marijuana last summer means the Greenfield Republican broke the law.
“This complaint is specifically against the violations that Baudler did,” said Pesche. “From this point we just want to go to the next step where there will actually be hearings.”
Pesche claims Baudler should be “impeached” for his actions. Representative Baudler says he is not even sure the person he talked in Venice Beach was a doctor. He says he wanted show how people might abuse medical marijuana if it is ever approved here.
(Audubon) An Exira woman has been charged with 5th degree theft. According to the Audubon County Sheriff’s Office, 48 year old Kimberly Kay Williams of Exira was arrested Saturday morning at around 9:30 on an outstanding Audubon County arrest warrant. The 5th degree theft charge stems from a check written to an Audubon business in November. Williams posted cash bond and was released. She will appear in court on February 3rd.
WINTER STORM HEADING THIS WAY
(Des Moines) The National Weather Service says a potent two-part winter storm system is expected to impact Southwest Iowa over the next couple of days. Jeff Johnson from the National Weather Service in Des Moines says light snow is expected to arrive as early as this afternoon with total accumulation of an inch or two. There is going to be a break in the action before the system intensifies and heads northeast.
“The center of low pressure center is expected to move to Eastern Missouri and the Ohio Valley Tuesday afternoon and early Wednesday. That puts southwest Iowa on the backside of this storm with total snow accumulation of 3-to-6-inches in Western Iowa."
Johnson says in addition to the snow, 30-mile per hour winds will make matters worse. “Everybody knows what that means when we mix the wind and the snow and the cold we will see near blizzard conditions especially in the rural areas Tuesday afternoon and Tuesday night.”
Johnson says the heaviest part of the snow will be southeast of the area and into Missouri, Southeast Iowa, Illinois and that area.
He adds, the storm exists the area Wednesday followed by frigid temperatures. Highs will be zero to five above with wind chill's 15 to 20 below zero. However, after that Johnson says temperatures will moderate quite nicely to near 30 degrees by Friday..
ATLANTIC OVERNIGHT STOP FOR RAGBRAI
(Atlantic) The Des Moines Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride across Iowa will begin in Glenwood and make overnight stops in Atlantic and Carroll.
The announcement was made Saturday night. The last time Atlantic was on the route was ten years ago. The Des Moines Register says the route will be shorter but very hilly. The event begins on July 24th in Glenwood and will have overnight stays in Atlantic, Carroll, Boone, Altoona, Grinnell, Coralville and end in Davenport on July 30.
FREEZING DRIZZLE SLICKENS WESTERN IOWA ROADWAYS
(Des Moines) Freezing drizzle that's moving north and east across Iowa is making travel hazardous.
In western Iowa's Pottawattamie County, several vehicles had slipped off Interstate 80, and travelers bound for Omaha to the west were halted in their tracks.
The Iowa Department of Transportation roadways map showed highways were completed covered with ice in much of southwest Iowa.
In northwest Iowa, a dispatcher in the Woodbury County Sheriff's Office says the slickened streets hadn't yet caused schools to close. She also says she hadn't yet sent deputies to handle any weather-related accidents, but she was expecting the calls to start soon.
The dispatcher would not give her name.
CONCERNED ATLANTIC MIDDLE SCHOOL PARENTS TO APPEAR IN FRONT OF SCHOOL BOARD WEDNESDAY
(Atlantic) A group of Atlantic Middle School parents will be able to voice their concerns in front of the school board this week in regards to an assault that occurred at the middle school on January 21. Police charged a juvenile with four counts of simple assault and the charges were turned over to the juvenile court. Some of the parents are not happy with the way the school handled the situation.
A special meeting will be held at the High School Media Center at 7:00 p.m. The parents will have a chance to voice their concerns during an open forum Wednesday evening.
Other items on the agenda include; the Superintendent's report, and exempt session to discuss collective bargaining.
FIRE DAMAGES ATLANTIC HOME
(Atlantic) Atlantic Fire fighters were called to a house fire at 506 Elm Street at around 7:00 p.m. Sunday evening.
Atlantic Fire Chief Mark McNees says when they arrived heavy smoke was coming from the entire roof area. McNees says, the fire was confined to a back bedroom and the preliminary cause appears to have come from a space heater in a child’s bedroom.
“It was connected to a very small gauge electrical cord and there was a lot of clothing and materials around it,” said McNees. “I’m not sure whether it was an overload or just material’s too close to the heater.”
Chief McNees says there were four residents downstairs who heard a crackling sound and a big crash. They were all able to get safely out of the house.
WINTER STORM HEADING THIS WAY
(Des Moines) A Winter Storm Warning is now in effect for Harrison, Shelby, Pottawattamie and Mills Counties until 6:00 a.m. Wednesday.
According to the National Weather Service, A strong winter storm will bring snow and blowing snow to the area through tomorrow night. Although freezing drizzle and fog will occur across parts of the area this morning snow is expected to spread over the area this afternoon. Occasional snowfall will continue tonight and through the day tomorrow with a total accumulation of 6 to 8 inches. In addition to the snow, winds will increase through the event with north winds of 15 to 30 miles per hour with gusts near 35 miles per hour expected. This will lead to considerable blowing and drifting snow further reducing visibilities. To make matters worse and arctic high pressure will be building into the region with very cold temperatures’ expected. This will combine with the winds to produce dangerous wind chills.
A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for the rest of the area until noon Tuesday. A Winter Storm watch is now in effect from tomorrow afternoon through Wednesday morning.
MAN CHARGED IN POTTAWATTAMIE COUNTY DRUG BUST
(Council Bluffs) An Oregon man faces numerous drug charges following a traffic stop on Interstate 80 near Council Bluffs.
Pottawattamie County Sheriff says Seth Meeves, of Bend, Oregon is charged with possession of a controlled substance, marijuana, with intent to deliver, drug tax violation, excessive speed and prohibited acts.
A Pottawatamie County Deputy stopped an eastbound 2010 Subaru for speeding near the 5 mile marker. Danker says the Deputy became suspicious when Meeves information didn't quite add up. The K-9 was released and indicated drugs in a container located on top of the vehicle.
"It's good to get some of these people transported these illegal items over the Interstate," said Danker.
Sheriff Danker says this is the second significant drug bust for Deputy Miller this month. Two Weeks ago the deputy stopped a vehicle and found 75-pounds of marijuana.
MONTGOMERY COUNTY MAN HELD ON WARRANT
(Red Oak) A Red Oak man was taken into custody Thursday on a warrant for fifth degree theft.
According to the press release, 21-year-old Mark Robert Griger was taken into custody at around 9:40 p.m. during a check of his residence.
Griger was being held on $300.00 bond.
TWO DIFFERENT MARIJUANA BILLS BEING CONSIDERED BY IOWA LAWMAKERS
(Des Moines) There are two competing bills on marijuana being considered in the house and the Senate. The Senate bill would move marijuana to schedule two…meaning the possibility of medical uses.
However, the house version steered by Greenfield Republican Representative Clel Baudler, would preserve the status quo classifying it in the more restrictive schedule one. Some lawmakers question if that is even necessary. However Baudler disagrees.
“I think it is absolutely necessary,” stated Baudler. “It is a bill that I brought to the house floor and went through sub-committee that I assigned and it will go through my full committee tomorrow.”
Baudler said, “I think the bill clarifies that the legislature has the authority to move marijuana through schedule two, which is what the bill does.”
The bill now advances to the full Public Safety committee.
BAUDLER ACCESSES GOVERNORS BUDGET SPEECH
(Des Moines) One Lawmaker is weighing in on Iowa Governor Terry Branstad’s Budget speech this morning. Greenfield Republican Representative Clel Baudler says it was hard hitting and the Governor mentioned that all Iowans will have a shared sacrifice to make this budget work.
“The Governor’s speech was pretty real, like a talk from a captain,” stated Baudler. “It’s something that every one of us sitting in this chamber for any length of time needs every once in a while, just because of the way some people function.”
Branstad told lawmakers that a balanced budget is needed now and he is working for the taxpayers and not the special interests. The Governor stated that 89-programs were funded with one time money and that must stop now. In addition, the Governor asked all Department Heads to get rid of job killing rules and regulations.
Governor Branstad’s budget is a 2-year budget and a 5- year projection to make sure that the state has a continuing plan. In addition, the Governor is going to place $43 million in his budget for children of low-income families to attend pre-school.
The Governor is looking to cut $700 million from the budget.
CASEY WOMAN ARRESTED FOR DRIVING UNDER INFLUENCE OF DRUGS
(Audubon) 42 year old Connie Jae Emgarten of Casey was arrested at around 1:00 a.m. Thursday morning and charged with Operating While under the Influence of Drugs 1st Offense. The arrest came following a traffic stop in the 270th block of Highway 173 in Audubon County. Emgarten was taken to the Audubon County Jail and held. She was released following an appearance before the magistrate.
AMU's FOCUSING ON ENERGY COST SAVINGS
(Atlantic) The Atlantic Municipal Utilities is focusing on saving customers money in light of higher energy costs coming down the pike. Alan Bonderman, of AMU says the most current energy savings program is the installation of new lighting at the traffic lights at 7th and Chestnut Street.
“We started out slowly with some rebates for some different kinds of appliances and we are going to being looking more and more at those kinds of programs in the coming years, “ stated Bonderman. “Because the costs of producing electricity and transmitting is increasing rapidly and we are concerned about the effect that is going to have on our customers.”
Bonderman says the current traffic lights on 7th and Chestnut Streets are equipped with standard incandescent light bulbs, which range from 160 to 170 watts each. The new LED bulbs, however, will range from three to eight watts, which will save the city about $9,000 per year.
SHELBY COUNTY MAN CHARGED WITH MURDER
(Omaha) A Shelby County Iowa man is expected to be processed in Douglas County today in connection with the shooting death of Milton E. Jackson.
Authorities say 28-year-old Justin Reinders of Persia, is being held in a Douglas County Jail for the January 6, murder of Milton E. Jackson who was shot at the Rapid Lube store on 114th Street and West Center Road in Omaha.
Reinders was arrested Wednesday and is expected to be charged with 1st degree murder today.
After the shooting, Authorities issued an APB for a tall white male who was fleeing the scene in a red vehicle with Iowa License plates. The vehicle matching that description was scene near Neola in Pottawattamie County, but law enforcement did not locate the suspect.
Omaha Police, the Douglas county Sheriff’s Office and Iowa State patrol were among the many agencies searching for Reinders and assisting in the investiga
ATLANTIC SCHOOL BOARD AND TEACHERS ASSOCIATION TO MEET IN CLOSED SESSION REGARDING CONTRACT PROPOSAL
(Atlantic) The Atlantic School Board turned down the Education Association’s offer for a 7-percent base salary increase for 2011-2012 school year. The next move is to meet in closed session next month.
Atlantic Schools Superintendent Dr. Michael Amstein stated in a phone conversation Wednesday that it makes it difficult to come up with a counter offer because they don’t have all of the information needed about health insurance.
The 7-percent salary increase that the teachers are asking for represents a $2,150 increase on base salaries for teachers. The teacher’s proposal also included; changes in the language for teacher hours, personal leave days, staff reduction, procedures, special contracts, and supplemental pay and health insurance.
The two sides will meet behind closed doors on February 9.
CASS COUNTY HEALTH SUMMIT SET FOR FEB 12
(Atlantic) The Cass County Health Summit is February 12, starting at 8:00 a.m. at the Nishna Valley Family YMCA. The Theme is “Come Find Your Susan Boyle.”
“She is a very talented singer from Britain and became famous on “Britain Has Talent. What is neat about her is that she is a regular person who was able to step out and do something incredible by just being herself,” said Bethany Rogers, Cass County Wellness Director. “People sometimes think living a healthy life style is to difficult and they cannot do it, but they can.”
Rogers says wear your work out clothes. There will be breakfast, booths, and a tour of the workout equipment. In addition, Amy Jordahl, Atlantic Hy Vee Store Director is the guest speaker. Jordahl is going talk about the importance of good nutrition.
“As parents we teach our kids to stay away from stranger, brushing their teeth, we teach them manners, but we don’t teach our kids, nutrition,” said Jordahl. “Any parent or grandparent would lay down their life for a kid, That is just what you do. But we find ourselves not teaching our kids about nutrition and we are hurting them because we are not teaching them what they need to know.”
Those people that are planning to attend the Cass County Health Summit are asked to R.S.V.P. by February 3.
ATLANTIC POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS ONE ACCIDENT
(Atlantic) The Atlantic Police Department reports an accident at the corner of 7th and Walnut Streets Tuesday afternoon. According to the report, a vehicle driven by Judith Vanaernam of Exira was travelin eastbound on 7th Street when she ran a red light and collided with a vehicle driven by Alicyn Kuhns of Atlantic. Kuhns was traveling south on Maple street. Vanaernam was cited for failure to obey a traffic control device. No injuries were reported in the accident.
IOWA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH ANNOUNCES SMOKE DETECTOR PROGRAM: ATLANTIC FIREMAN ON BOARD
(Atlantic) The Iowa Department of Public Health’s Iowa Office of the State Medical Examiner and the State of Iowa Child Death Review Team announced today that they are endorsing the 100 Years, 100% smoke detector campaign, initiated by the Iowa Department of Public Safety’s Division of the State Fire Marshal. The 100 Years, 100% campaign’s goal is the installation of at least two working smoke detectors in the homes of Iowa school children in grades kindergarten through 6th-grade by the end of this year. The Atlantic Fire Department was one of the first departments to submit all of their information.
“We set up during parent-teacher conferences and talked to every parent and gave them a form to fill out to see if they needed some installed. We had over 200 responses,” said McNees.“It is critical, I can’t imagine living in a home without one. Unfortunately we have seen people die because they didn’t have one or took the batteries out.” He adds, "they are a cheap insurance policy to get you out of the house."
According to the National Fire Protection Association, nearly 3,000 Americans die each year in house fires. In Iowa, 185 deaths associated with fire were reported from 2006 to 2010. Of these deaths, 31 involved children under the age of 18. According to IOSME and the Iowa Child Death Review Team, in just over half of these deaths (18), it was determined that the children’s homes had no or an inoperable smoke alarm.
JUDGE SENTENCES TEEN IN ADAMS COUNTY SHOOTINGS
(Corning) The teen charged in the shootings in rural Adams County last spring was sentenced this week in Adams County District Court.
A judge slapped 17-year-old Daniel Beardsley with a sentence of 50-years in prison for the attempted murder of two men including an Adams County Sheriff's Deputy.
Beardsley's sentence stems from his involvement with the May 17th, 2010 shootings of Matthew Herring and Deputy Jason Swanson. Beardsley's sentence includes 25-years on each count, with both terms to run consecutively.
Beardsley stole a Clarinda Academy Vehicle the morning of the shootings and for that he was convicted on a charge of 2nd degree robbery. He received a 10-year sentence which will run concurrent to the attempted murder sentences and won't be eligible for parole for 35-years.
Beardsley will also have to serve two-year consecutive terms on four aggravated misdemeanors charges, concurrent to the attempted murder sentences, in connection with shots fired during the same incident at Adams County Deputy Dan Sitzman, Lenox Police Chief Chad Bals, Iowa State Patrol Trooper Aaron Nordyke and former Taylor County Sheriff Lonnie Weed.
On May 17th, Beardsley, a passenger in the rear of a Clarinda Academy vehicle, assaulted a student, and the driver. Following the assault, he stole the vehicle and drove to rural Adams County southeast of Brooks, where he shot Matthew Herring twice in the arm and once in the torso, when he arrived home from work. When Deputy Swanson arrived on the scene, he suffered minor injuries as both he and his patrol car where fired upon.
Beardsley surrendered to authorities following a three-hour standoff.
AUDUBON COUNTY MAN CHARGED FOLLOWING ACCIIDENT
(Audubon) An Audubon man faces charges following a single-vehicle accident on Highway 44 just northeast of Heron Street in Audubon County Saturday, January 22..
The Iowa State Patrol says, 22-year-old Trenton Strasser was traveling eastbound on Highway 44 and had just past Heron Street when he lost control of his pickup. The vehicle went sideways across the road and entered the north ditch and rolled. The 2002 Dodge Pickup ended up on its top. Strasser was not hurt, however he was charged with OWI First Offense.
The Iowa State Patrol says Highway 44 was covered with snow and ice.
WORKOUTS MAYBE TO BLAME FOR A DOZEN SICKENED IOWA FOOTBALL PLAYERS
(Iowa City) The University of Iowa says 12-football players have been hospitalized for symtoms likely related to offseason workouts.
In a statement released Tuesday, the players were taken to University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics on Monday night, and their conditions were non-life threatening.
Head Coach Kirk Ferentz was out of town recruiting. Former Iowa Offensive Lineman Julian Vander Velde is a member of the leadership team. He defended Iowa's workout stating that the players health is their number one priority. He said "workouts are never used to punish".
OMAHA MAYOR NARROWLY DEFEATS RECALL
(Omaha) Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle just missed getting kicked off his seat in a recall election Tuesday in Omaha. Suttle who promises to listen to critics, narrowly defeated recall opponents 51-percent to 49 -percent.
Suttle, who was elected in 2009 would have been the second Mayor to be recalled in nearly a quarter of a century. Mike Boyle suffered a recall loss 24-years ago.
AUDUBON’S ESTIMATED PROPERTY TAX LEVY EXPECTED TO DROP
(Audubon) The property tax levy in Audubon is expected to drop $1.50 from the previous fiscal year budget. A draft of 2011-2012 budget was presented to the Audubon City Council Monday night. The current tax levy is $20.07; the estimated tax levy is expected to be $18.55.
Lora Hansen, Audubon City Clerk says one reason for the decrease is due to higher property values so most part property tax bills will remain the same.
In other activity, the cities Audit report was very positive and there were no areas of concern or problems.
IOWA UNEMPLOYMENT RATE DROPS
(Des Moines) Iowa’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped to 6.3 percent in December from 6.6 percent in November, reflecting the largest monthly decrease in the rate for the year. The state’s jobless rate stood at 6.5 percent one year ago. The U.S. unemployment rate also took a sharp drop in December, falling to 9.4 percent from a November rate of 9.8 percent.
Iowa’s monthly “household survey,” which is used to derive the state’s unemployment rate, depicted a much stronger employment picture in December than the payroll survey. While monthly nonfarm employment dropped by 6,500, total employment increased by 5,800. Officials say an important feature of the household survey is that it captures all forms of employment; including agriculture, small businesses and the self-employed.
The monthly estimate of unemployed persons dropped to 106,300 in December, the lowest level for the year. The December figure compared with 110,500 for November, and 109,800 for December 2009.
AUDUBON COUNTY SUPERVISOR'S APPROVE TRAIL MAINTENANCE FUNDING
(Audubon) At Monday's Audubon County Board of Supervisors, the board approved funding assistance for the maintenance of the proposed Little Mermaid Trail. The trail is still in it's planning phase, but board Chairman Todd Nelsen says they need to have maintenance funding when applying for any other grants. Nelsen says the cost to the county isn't a concrete number right now.
The board also appointed Alan Peterson to the County Conservation board. Peterson will take the place of Ron Mullinger whose term was up.
WANTED: BLOOD DONORS
(Omaha) Severe Winter Weather throughout much of the eastern half of the United States in recent weeks has caused the cancellation of more than 14,000 blood and platelet donations through the American Red Cross, including six canceled blood drives in the local blood services region. The severity of the impact has stressed even Red Cross’ robust national inventory management system, which can move blood products to where they are needed most, such as when severe weather hits.
Red Cross Officials say all blood types are needed especially O negative, to ensure a reliable supply for patients.
Donors are encouraged to visit redcrossblood.org, or call 1-800-RED CROSS to make an appointment for one of the following blood drives.
Loess Hills Donation Center in Council Bluffs today, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., the Elk Horn Lutheran Church today from 12:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Atlantic High School National Honor Society will be hosting a blood drive at the high school from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 25.
Donors can also visit the website at redcrossblood.org.
ELK HORN MUSEUM RECEIVES ENDOWMENT GRANT
(Elk Horn) An area museum is receiving a grant from The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs. The Danish Immigrant Museum in Elk Horn is receiving a $28,000 grant. The museum is one of eleven Iowa cultural organizations receiving these grants in the first year they have been awarded.
Judges were impressed that the museum has over 3,000 members, a budget of over $1 million and more than 130,000 visiting or participating annually in museum programs and traveling exhibits. One grant writer stated, it is a feather in Iowa’s cap to have the national Danish museum in Iowa.
Endowment Challenge Grants – the newest and largest of the two Iowa Cultural Trust programs – are designed to help small and large non-profit cultural, arts and history organizations increase their endowments for general operating support through a challenge grant process.
Grant recipients are required to raise $3 in new endowment funds in direct response to the challenge grant for every dollar of grant funds awarded. Grants ranged in size from $2,500 to $28,000.
Museum staff is planning a special endowment campaign that will be announced following the February Board of Directors’ meeting to be held in Chandler, Arizona from February 10th-12th.
If you would like more information about the grant or how you might contribute to the museum’s endowment, please contact John Mark Nielsen or Bruce Bro at 712-764-7001 or 800-759-9192. To learn more about The Danish Immigrant Museum please visit us at www.danishmuseum.org.
WANTED: NEW BRAYTON COMMUNITY CLUB MEMBERS
(Brayton) The Brayton Community Club is making an effort to increase its membership. They will be holding a organizational meeting on Tuesday January 25, at 7:00 p.m. at the Brayton City Hall.
“This community club is separate from the city, however it is involved with the city activities,” said Brayton City Clerk Jill Hansen. “In the past we have gotten a lot done but the membership is dwindling and we are trying to recruit new members.”
That meeting is tomorrow at evening at 7:00 p.m. at Brayton City Hall.
MAN FACES DRUG POSSESSION CHARGES IN RED OAK
(Red Oak) Red Oak Police were called to the Pit Stop Bar in Red Oak early Sunday morning. Officers were investigating a report that a person had an illegal substance. Following the investigation Officer’s arrested Kirk Delaine Josephson for possession of a controlled substance, marijuana, and two items of drug paraphernalia.
Josephson was taken to the Montgomery County Jail and held on bond.
CASS COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE RESPONDS TO SINGLE VEHICLE ROLLOVER
(Anita) On January 22, 2011, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a one-vehicle accident on I-80 westbound at the 71 mile marker. A 2001 Chevy driven by Morgan L. Ogorzaly, 17, of Omaha, NE, lost control of the vehicle on the slick roadway, entering the north ditch and rolling. No injuries were reported. Damage to the vehicle is estimated at $7,500.00.
RURAL TELECOMMUNICATIONS COMPANY RECEIVES AWARD
(Elk Horn) The Marne-Elk Horn Telephone Company was given The Iowa Farm Bureau Renew Rural Iowa Entrepreneur of the Month Award last week.
The Telecommunications Company builds connections for rural Iowans and helped usher in a new era of technology and mobile communications for the citizens of Elk Horn, Kimballton, Brayton and Marne. Organization Officials say METC provides its customers more than internet, phone, cable television, and wireless services; the company provides a vital connection to the world.
Jill Madsen METC Office manager said, "We are very proud to have the company here in Elk Horn where we can bring services to our customers in the rural areas that acutually entice other businesses to come to our small community," Madsen adds, "plus we are able to help are current businesses grow."
Joe Hrdlicka of the Iowa Telecommunications Association said, because of the
Investment the company has in rural Iowa and the vision the company shows in investing in the community goes beyond what it provides for the community in quality telecommunications services.
ATLANTIC REPAIR SHOP SUSTAINS EXTENSIVE FIRE DAMAGE
(Atlantic) An Auto repair building on West 7th Street in Atlantic sustained substantial fire damage Sunday afternoon. Atlantic Fire Fighters were dispatched to 6 West Auto Repair at 406 West 7th Street at around 2:15 p.m. Atlantic Fire Chief Mark McNees says when they arrived they were facing a condition 2 "heavy, " which means there is alot of smoke.
"We had flames coming out of the east side of the building around a pipe area where there is a wood burner," stated McNees. "We got the initial knockdown and spoke with the owner who stated he had the woodburner going yesterday, but said that it was off today."
McNees says there was also a space heater inside the building. "We are still in the overhaul mode right now and we haven't been able to really get in and take a peek, however I think we can narrow the cause down to those two things."
McNees says the damage to the building is substantial.
ATLANTIC SCHOOL BOARD COUNTERS TEACHERS CONTRACT PROPOSAL THIS WEEK
(Atlantic) The Atlantic teachers will receive a counter proposal for a Master Contract from the Atlantic School Board Wednesday afternoon. The Atlantic Education Association presented their initial contract proposal to the School Board nearly two weeks ago.
The Certified staff is asking for a 7-percent salary increase, which represents a $2,150 increase on base salaries for teachers. The proposal asks for changes in the language for teacher hours, personal leave days, staff reduction procedure, special contracts, and supplemental pay and insurance benefits.
A tentative agreement must be reached before April 15th . The meeting starts at 2:00 p.m. at the Atlantic Middle School Library.
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