(Massena) Massena Mayor Mike Cormack told KSOM/KS95 news that his new job Assistant Director of the Iowa Department of Education is "bitter sweet." However, it was a position he couldn't pass up.
"I am going to a job that I am looking forward too, but I am not looking forward to leaving a quality school district at CAM and a quality community such as Massena," says Cormack. "I have really grown to love the people here but it is an opportunity to go to the state capital where I hope to do some positive things for folks."
Cormack will be a liaison between the Director of the Iowa Department of Education and Iowa.
Cormack is also the Mayor of Massena. He says he will finish out his term that ends on December 31, and will maintain his home in Massena through the spring.
CAM School Officials have hired a long-term substitute to fullfill Cormack's teaching responsibilities until the end of the year.
Mike Cormack will begin his new job on Monday, the same day the Director of the Iowa Department of Education unveils his initial education reform proposal to the legislature and public.
September 30, 2011
(Des Moines) The Global crude oil price declined for the third consecutive week and the mid-grade 10 percent ethanol blended fuel fell to $3.38, down 12 cents from a week ago.
Crude Oil Summary
Global crude oil prices continued to decline for the third consecutive week with West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude closing at $84.45, down another $2.44 relative to last week. Despite the lower near term trend, this still represents an $8.29 per barrel premium over one year ago values for WTI crude.
Brent crude oil fell by $4.85 week over week, ending on Tuesday at $109.54. Brent crude mirrored WTI in trending downward for a third consecutive week.
As of Tuesday, September 27, the price of regular unleaded gasoline averaged $3.48 across Iowa according to AAA. The mid-grade 10 percent ethanol blended fuel averaged $3.38, down 12 cent from just one week ago, and 14 cents from one month ago. Iowa gasoline prices are currently nearly identical to the national average but they typically run below the national average.
Retail diesel fuel prices remained stubbornly high falling only four cents week over week ending at an average of $3.76 throughout the state. Year ago diesel fuel prices averaged $2.92 across Iowa.
Unlike crude and refined motor fuels, heating fuels seemed to find support in the near term. Natural Gas prices in Iowa rose modestly for the week ending at $3.92 per MMbtu an increase of $.10 for the week.
Propane prices for the month added a modest $.02 since the August report for Iowa. Heating oil prices were unchanged from the August report.
Tips for saving energy on the road or at home are available at www.energysavers.gov and at www.fueleconomy.gov. Weekly and monthly fuel reports will soon be available on the Departments website at www.iowaagriculture.gov.
September 30, 2011
(Spencer) The Clay County Sheriff's Office has requested that all farm related activities cease. Dry and windy conditions in the northern Iowa County have caused numerous fires in different parts of the county today.
Residents in Clay County are asked to be aware of large fires near Everly and Fostoria and they're asked to stop all farm activities. Also, farmers are getting water tanks to help fight these fires.
Bob Schlager, News Editor with KICD, told KSOM/KS95 News, “We've had wind gusts as high as 50 mph measured here at our KICD studios and because of the extremely dry conditions over the past several weeks with this wind there have been numerous fires that have broken out in farm fields, both bean fields and corn fields. There were two fires near the Hartley area, one north and one east of Hartley. There were as many as six fires that broke out in Palo Alto County that they're still working on over that way and just a few minutes ago there were reports of a new fire that was breaking out north of the Sanborn area and they've been trying to get some farmers to come with some discs in some of these situations to help till up the ground so the fire can't spread beyond certain points. We have been told that there have been some places near Spencer where if they can't get the blaze under control they may have to have some people in certain areas standing by in case of evacuations. We haven't heard of any evacuations issued by law enforcement but with the winds pushing these fires as rapidly as they're going and moving at times, it's awful tough for the fire departments of course being as spread as thin as they are in the broadcast area.”
Schlager said they haven’t ever seen this many fires break out in the past. “In past years there have been cases of dry conditions where you have had maybe one or two break out, but these are just absolutely firing up all over and it’s just like a quick explosion. Like I said, our broadcast area has been extremely dry over the past month and half to two months, there has not been much for precipitation here and our ground surface has been so dry and with the crops at or near harvest stage that’s not helping. We also have reports of one person having a grass fire break out, so it's not taking much at all to get this stuff moving once it starts up. That's why you don't want to be out burning in these situations because it’s more or less like trying to light a fire next to a gas tank because when it goes, it's going to go quickly and grow very large.” He added, “It seems like the biggest thing is the fire being caused by the machinery. Some of these farmer's equipment have been around for a long time and all it takes is one spark from this or one blade scratching over that to get a spark and that's all it could take and once they start they spread very rapidly with the dry conditions out in the field.”
Current conditions in southwest Iowa aren't a lot better, There are northwest winds right now at 23 miles per hour gusting to 32 mph.
(ATLANTIC) In 2009, a Council Bluffs apartment fire took the life of 21 year old Trevor Frederickson. Frederickson, a graduate of Atlantic High School and Southwestern Community College, loved his family and friends, had a passion for baseball, and dreamed of working in law enforcement. In his memory, the Trevor Frederickson Memorial Fund was founded to support the projects and organizations important to him using funds raised at the annual T-Fred Memorial Golf Tournament, held in Atlantic. Proceeds from the August event have recently made their way to Council Bluffs through the donation of an enclosed trailer to the East Side Christian Church.
"Trevor's father and step-mother, Gary and Kari Frederickson, are active with the Church's ministry efforts. For example, Gary was amongst those who went to Joplin after the tornado. I have no doubt Trevor would have been by his side if he were here," explained Melanie Petty, Trevor's mother. "When we learned the church was seeking a trailer to keep supplies in so they could be ready on a moment's notice, we knew it was something Trevor would have wanted to see happen."
East Side Christian Church's motto, "draw near, go far - it's who we are", is exemplified in their members' 2011 pledge of 10,000 hours of city transforming ministry service to their community. They define city transforming ministry as "any act of service that has a direct impact on changing the physical and spiritual condition of the people in and around Council Bluffs. From serving in a ministry at the church to feeding the homeless to mentoring elementary students, we are going to have a Maximum Impact on our community". To date, Church members have logged 7,170 hours and offer a CSI Volunteer Opportunity Guide for those interested in learning more about city transforming ministry service. For information about the East Side Christian Church, visit their website at http://escccb.org.
Including the trailer, the Trevor Frederickson Memorial Fund has made over $20,000 in donations to date. Some of those donations include: books and magazine subscriptions to the Atlantic High School and Atlantic Public Libraries, $500 annually toward coaching expenses and t-shirts for all participants of the Trevor Frederickson Baseball and Softball Clinics (in conjunction with the Atlantic Youth Sports Organization), $1000 annual contributions to the Nishna Valley Family YMCA's Partnership With Youth campaign, $750 annual scholarships to two Atlantic High School graduates and a Southwestern Community College student, placement of a bench and tree at the Atlantic High School baseball diamond, new sign and various updates at the City of Atlantic's Trevor Frederickson Memorial Field, annual sponsorships of trophies and the bull riding event at the Cass County Fair, various support to The Compassionate Friends Greater Omaha Chapter, $200 annual donations to the Kiwanis Club's bicycle helmet project, $200 toward the Friends of Lake Anita's fishing clinic, organization of a food drive supporting the Atlantic Food Pantry, $1000 to Atlantic High School to kick off fundraising efforts for new baseball and softball scoreboards, and $200 to the Treynor Wombats...the men's league Trevor played ball with just hours before the fire. To learn more about the Fund's fundraising efforts and donations, follow the Trevor Frederickson Memorial Fund on Facebook.
(ATLANTIC) The Cass County walk-to-school program has received statewide recognition.
“Some of the cool things that have happened, we were asked by the Iowa Department of Education, they wanted to highlight us in their walk-to-school webinar that they had on September 14th, so we were able to be a part of that,” said Bethany Rogers, Cass County Wellness Coordinator. “Also, we had the honor of being invited to the 2011 Bicycle Summit in Des Moines last January; I got to present a power point on the Healthy Cass County walk-to-school program. They really wanted to know how we plan our program and they want us to teach other communities how to have a successful walk-to-school program. So, very exciting!”
Rogers said this is the fourth year for the program and every year the participation has been great.
“In the past years, so far we’ve had over a thousand kids walk, which is amazing, and our volunteer numbers are out of this world. I need 8 volunteers everyday to walk with these kids in Atlantic and then also Anita and Massena have their own locations too, so they have two volunteers every day during the month,” said Rogers. “Our County is rare because we have three communities involved in the program, not just one.”
The Cass County walk-to-school program begins on Monday.
In Atlantic, students will start walking at 7:15 a.m. Walking locations include the Cass County Community Building, Pellet Park, Sycamore Village, and Redwood & 14th. Kids can be dropped off any time between 7:00 and 7:15 a.m.
In Anita the walk begins at 7:40 a.m. and the walking location will begin at the Anita Library. Children can be dropped off between 7:30 and 7:40 a.m.
Massena will only be participating in the Spring walk-to-school program this school year.
Bethany Rogers reminds parents to not drop off their children until they know a volunteer is at the walking locations. The walk-to-school program will last four weeks. Tune in to KSOM/KS95 for any cancellations due to weather.
(Audubon) The brand new state of the art West Central Elevator at the Hamlin location is open for business. The 4-million bushel facility started taking soybeans this morning.
Senior Grain Marketing Specialist Gerald McAfee is the Location Manager at the Hamlin facility. McAfee describes the new elevator as customer friendly.
“It’s easy to get in with trucks. We have three stations you have to go through, you have to go through the probe station, and up and weigh at in-bound, dump the grain and then we have an outbound scale, so it’s just kind of a loop that you have to go through,” explained McAfee.
McAfee says they can unload approximately 40,000 bushel of grain an hour.
“A semi can pull on the pit and never have to move, can dump both hoppers in the same pit and then ahead of him is the outbound scale; it prints out his ticket right there and he’s down the road for the next load,” said McAfee.
McAfee says the elevator should be able to accept corn in about 10-days.
(Atlantic) The State of Iowa has a new protocol assessing Iowa High School Athletes who have suffered from a concussion.
Mike Rhode, Physical Therapist at the Cass County Memorial Hospital, says the Atlantic High School has purchased software for a program called (IMPACT) or "Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing". Rhode says (IMPACT) is the most widely used computer based-testing program in the world and is implemented effectively across the high school, collegiate, and professional levels of sport participation.
“In the old days it was just ‘how many fingers am I holding up’, ‘what’s your name’, ‘what’s the day’, and so on. Well, this gives us a lot more objective information in terms of how that brain is answering to stress,” explained Rhode.
Rhode says an athlete who has suffered from a concussion is required to take a seven-step program that takes about 24-hours between each step, which more or less deals with the return to play in terms of a graded exercise program.
“What they’re looking for is an increase in symptoms or a return to symptoms such as headaches or dizziness or balance problems,” said Rhode. “This program deals a little more specifically with how the brain is functioning, how it reacts and your memory, visuals skills, things of that nature.”
An athletic trainer, school nurse, athletic director, team coach or team doctor can administer the IMPACT test, or anyone trained to administer baseline testing.
“They measure reaction time and they also score whether you get the word memory correctly or the design correctly. You have to identify certain designs and certain words,” said Rhode. “If your reaction time is poor or you are not answering correctly that’s a good indication that the brain is not up to par yet.”
Athletes that suffer from concussions that don't pass the test may have to sit out of competition a week or more, and those with minor symptoms could be back in action in 3 or 4 days, depending how they score on the IMPACT test.
The Atlantic School System has purchased enough software for 300-pretests, and 45 post-injury tests.
(ATLANTIC) Officials from the Southern Iowa Rural Water Association will update the Cass County Board of Supervisors on a proposed rural water project for southwestern Cass County at the Supervisor meeting Friday morning.
SIRWA General Manager Dan McIntosh said they have already held two well attended meetings in Lewis to discuss the project.
“It’s a rural water project, we’ll have a water tower and a pump station that will serve a full potential of 388 residents and we’re getting rural development money for that, so to complete this project we need to have at least a 70-percent sign up, which would be 288 of those people,” said McIntosh. “We’re having some trouble with low sign up, a lot of people don’t need the water because they have a good water system, but we have some people that need it really bad. So, we’re just trying to get as many people as we can to sign up so we can make this project a reality for those people that need it.”
McIntosh said anybody who hasn’t been contacted, or who may have changed their mind, and would like to have rural water should contact SIRWA at 641-782-5744 and talk to Max Crawford.
The Cass County Board of Supervisors will meet at 9:00 Friday morning.
(Audubon) Audubon County is responding to Governor Terry Branstad's challenge to becoming the healthiest state by the year 2016. Beth Jacobsen, Physical Therapist at the Audubon County Memorial Hospital is spear heading their effort. Jacobsen says Iowa currently is ranked 19th and in 2006 we were ranked fifth.
“It involves gearing up your entire community including; your city government, churches, schools, hospitals, civic organizations and every citizen to try and live healthier,” says Jacobsen. “And part of the idea behind it is that you will make changes in your community environment to make healthier choices because they are there to be made.”
Jacobsen says there are two things that can be done right now. “People can go to the website: iowahealthieststate.com and pledge their support for the initiative.”
The second thing is the October 7, Start Somewhere Walk. Jacobsen says the state wants citizens to join in and walk 1-kilometer or about 7-or-8 blocks or about 13-minutes. “You can do this anywhere in your community, but make sure it gets reported because the state is trying to break a world record.”
Jacobsen a walk is planned at the Audubon County Memorial Hospital on October 7 at noon. If you walk on your own, make sure you give Jacobsen a call so she can report it to the state. Barb Jacobsen's number is 563-5314.
September 29, 2011
(HARLAN) An Audubon man was arrested following an attempted burglary and authorities are still searching for a second suspect.
The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office was alerted to a burglary in progress on Monday morning. The land owner at 2002 County Road F-24 discovered two suspects attempting to remove property from this location. Both suspects ran from the property as the property owner called the Sheriff’s Office for assistance. One of the suspects, identified at 31-year-old Jason Malloy, was located a short distance from the property. Malloy was taken into custody and transported to the Shelby County Jail where he was charged with 3rd Degree Burglary and Possession of Burglary Tools. His bond was set at $5,000.
Deputies are still attempting to locate the second suspect.
(DALLAS CENTER-GRIMES) Dallas Center-Grimes High School was on lock down for a short time during a volleyball game last night when Principal Nick Oulette witnessed a suspicious man near Highway 44.
“On the way out to the volleyball game our High School Principal, Dr. Oulette, observed a person walking along Highway 44, they were still about a mile from school, but walking along Highway 44 with what appeared to be a rifle, a bullet proof vest and ammo clips,” said Mitzy Cheesek, Dallas Center-Grimes Spokesperson.
The Principal called 911 and then notified the school which currently had a volleyball game underway.
“He called the school and asked us to kind of lock down and lock the doors and be on high alert for any kind of incident that might happen,” said Cheesek. “In the meantime the Polk and Dallas County Sheriff’s offices got the situation under control.”
Michael Hutchison was arrested by the Polk County Sheriff’s Office and he is currently in the Polk County Jail on $100,000 cash bond.
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(COUNCIL BLUFFS) World War II Prisoners of War that surrendered to the Japanese on the Philippines in 1942 will be gathering in Council Bluffs next week.
The annual Mukden Survivors and Descendants Reunion will be held October 4th through October 8th at the Holiday Inn and Suites at Ameristar in Council Bluffs. Registration will be held October 4th, with area tours of Council Bluffs, SAC Air Museum, and Boys Town taking place October 5th through the 7th. A banquet will be held the evening of October 8th at the Holiday Inn. The public is invited to meet and listen to the stories of these former WWII Japanese Prisoners of War at the Holiday Inn on October 8th from 10 to 11 a.m.
World War II veterans in the Omaha-Council Bluffs area who were Prisoners of War or served in the Pacific Theater are welcome to attend all, or part, of the reunion. Reservations for the banquet need to be made by October 1st. The cost is $25.
For more information contact Gloria Myers at 712-784-3913 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
(HARLAN) Volunteers are needed in southwest Iowa to prepare 2011 taxes.
Volunteers should have a basic understanding of income tax laws, an interest in helping others, and basic computer skills. Volunteers will be provided free training, self study materials, and software necessary to prepare basic income tax returns including Forms 1040EZ, 1040A, and 1040. Volunteers must complete a certification exam and the IRS waives liability for volunteers if they prepare returns within the scope of their certification.
The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program is an IRS-sponsored program that certifies community volunteers to prepare and e-file basic tax returns at no cost for low to moderate income individuals and families.
To find out more about the VITA program, contact the Shelby County Extension Office at 712-755-3104. Interested persons will need to complete a one page application.
(Adair) The Iowa State Patrol has released the names of two passengers in a fatality accident in Adair County Monday afternoon.
The Iowa State Patrol says 21-year-old Boby Vangkham, of South Sioux City, Nebraska, was eastbound on Interstate 80 when the car crossed the centerline into westbound traffic and collided with a semi, driven by 33-year-old Shane Clousing, of Ida Grove.
A 17-year-old Female passenger in the Vangkham vehicle, identified as Stephanie Pathammavong of Des Moines, was ejected from the vehicle. She was airlifted to Mercy Hospital in Des Moines, where she died from her injuries. She was not wearing her seatbelt. Another passenger, identified as Melody Cam, was also airlifted to Mercy Hospital in Des Moines.
Vangkham, was transported by Anita Rescue to the Cass County Memorial Hospital in Atlantic.
(CORNING) Three people were arrested following a drug bust in Adams County Thursday.
The Adams County Sheriff’s Office conducted a search warrant at 909 7th Street, Apartment 2, in Corning where drugs and drug equipment were seized during the search.
As a result of the search, 18-year-old Michelle Herring was charged with possession of drug Paraphernalia. And, 36-year-old Amy Crispin and 19-year-old Skylar Lilly were each charged with 3 counts of child endangerment, drug paraphernalia, gathering where controlled substances are used, possession with intent to distribute on real property, failure to affix drug stamp, and distribution to a minor.
(Audubon) The Audubon City Council approved the purchase of five computers Monday evening.
According to the City Clerk’s Office, the computers will be placed at City Hall, Police Department, and the City Maintenance Building. The new computers will link all the departments together. A new city website is also in the works.
The total cost of the computer project is $10,961.00
September 27, 2011
(Glenwood) A Glenwood man was jailed Friday night for manufacturing drugs.
The Mills County Sheriff’s Office says 39-year-old Kenneth Benjamin McDonald faces charges of manufacturing, possession of a controlled substance (meth), possession of a controlled substance (marijuana), no drug tax stamp, possession of drug paraphernalia, and Interference with Official Acts.
The arrest was made at around 9:17 Friday evening at Norrell Avenue in Glenwood.
McDonald’s bond was set at $12,600.00.
September 27, 2011
(GLENWOOD) Three people were injured in a two vehicle accident in Mills County this (Monday) afternoon.
The Iowa State Patrol says 34-year-old Marlene Reed, 42-year-old Amy Reed, and 17-year-old Tristan Reed, all of Shenandoah, were transported to the Montgomery County Memorial Hospital following the accident that occurred at around 2:30 p.m.
According to the report, Marlene Reed was driving a 2007 Ford 500 eastbound on Highway 34 and began to slow down for a prior accident and emergency personnel. A 1993 Peterbuilt Semi driven by 66-year-old Harry Myers of Shenandoah was also eastbound on Highway 34 and was unable to slow down in time and struck the back of Reed’s vehicle.
(Glenwood) The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has confirmed a case of West Nile virus in an adult woman in Mills County. This comes on the heels of the announcement of confirmed case in Pottawattamie County and Harrison County this month, and as public health, officials continue to investigate several potential West Nile virus cases in Western Iowa.
“Although cooler temperatures have decreased the mosquito population, it’s clear Mills County residents should continue to protect themselves against mosquito bites,” said Ann Pavkov RN, Nursing Director. “The months of standing water resulting from the Missouri River flooding has provided an ideal breeding place for mosquitoes. In addition, it’s not unusual to see West Nile virus activity into the late fall.”
The most effective way to prevent West Nile virus is to stop mosquitoes from breeding and from biting. Prevention measures include:
Use insect repellant whenever outdoors, especially during peak biting times from dusk to dawn. Use repellent with DEET, picaridin, IR3535, or oil of lemon eucalyptus. Always read the repellent label and consult with a health care provider if you have questions when using these types of products for children.
Wear long-sleeved shirts, pants, shoes, and socks whenever possible outdoors.
Eliminate mosquito-breeding sites by removing sources of standing water in outdoor areas whenever possible. For example turning over or removing items where water can collect, such as ceramic pots, toys, buckets, tires, wading pools, and tarps covering firewood and boats.
For more information about West Nile virus, visit www.idph.state.ia.us/adper/wnv_surveillance.asp or contact Mills County Public Health at 712-527-9699.
September 26, 2011
(ATLANTIC) The Atlantic Police Department reports three arrests.
On Friday, 26-year-old Nathan Dorscher of Atlantic was arrested for Public Intoxication. And, 47-year-old Douglas Bates of Griswold was arrested for Driving While Revoked and OWI test failure.
On Saturday, 30-year-old Brian Beard of Atlantic was arrested for OWI 1st Offense and 5th Degree Theft, shoplifting.
All three individuals were transported to the Cass County Jail where they were booked in.
(Atlantic) Cass County Auditor Dale Sunderman has released a list of candidates on the November 8, ballot running for County and city elections.
The following is a breakdown of the city elections:
Anita: Three candidates are running for 2-spots on the city council. They are Jeff Bohnsack, Thomas Harris, and Angel Lea McCollough.
Cumberland: Incumbent Mayor Nancy Virginia Coughlin is unopposed for re-election. Sandra Armstrong is the only candidate running for two spots on the city council.
Griswold: Victoria Jones in unopposed for Mayor, and Lisa Cook and Larry Mundorf are the only two candidates running for three spots for city council. Griswold residents will also vote on a Capital Improvements Reserve Fund. If passed the measure would and levy taxes at a rate not to exceed 67 and one half percent per thousand dollars of taxable valuation each year, for a period not to exceed twenty-years, commencing with the levy for the fiscal year 2012, payable in fiscal years ending June 30, 2013, through June 30, 2032. The levy is for the purpose of flood mitigation efforts, procedures, and strategies in the city of Griswold.
Lewis: Don Cohrs, is unopposed for Mayor, and Duane Scott Anderson, Sarah Cohrs and Bethany Nichols are running for the three spots on the city council.
Marne: Incumbent Randy Baxter is unopposed for Mayor, and six candidates have filed for five seats on the city council. They include; Alan Cranston, Randy Henningsen, (I) James Hoffman, (I) Lanny Kite, (I) Dennis Preister, and (I) Angela Redler.
Massena: There is no candidate for Mayor, and three candidates have filed for three spots on the city council. They include Adam McCunn, (I) Linda Reinke, and Gloria Waters.
Wiota: There are two newcomers running for Mayor. They are Kathryn Havens and Ford Lillard. Four candidates are running for three spots on the city council including; Erik J. Johnson, Jon Schwarte, Lamar K. Spies, and Raymond Zellmer.
Atlantic: Two city council people have decided not to run for re-election. First Ward Councilman Kern Miller and third ward Councilwoman Pat Simmons are not seeking re-election. Chris Jimmerson is the only candidate to file papers in Ward 1 and Ashley K. Hayes is the lone candidate to file papers for the third ward seat. (I) Dana Halder is seeking re-election for Council-at-Large and Linda Hartkoph will seek re-election for the Fourth Ward City Council seat. There are two running for the Park and Rec. Board. Jolene M. Smith and (I) Mary E. Strong.
Cass County: There are five candidates seeking the District 2 vacancy. Gaylord Schelling was nominated for the spot at the Republican called convention. Four others have been nominated by petition. They include; Donald W. Lappe, Pat McCurdy, Jeff J. Richter, and Kathy Somers.
(KIMBALLTON) Kimballton residents have officially received notice that their post office is being studied for possible closure.
The Kimballton Post Office is just one of thousands across the U.S. that are a facing possible closure. Brian Sperry, Regional Spokesman for the U.S. Postal Service, says this is due to the dire financial situation the USPS is in. He said over the past five years, mail volume has declined by more than 20 percent due to the poor economy and electronic diversion. Despite cutting 12-billion dollars in costs the last four years and reducing employees by 110 thousand, they still lost 10-billion dollars this year.
Sperry said they are reviewing all operations at every level and part of that is doing studies for possible discontinuance.
“We’ll be gathering information, data and feedback and the study will take into account the affect on the community served, workload, affect on employees, customer impact, economic savings, service alternatives and other factors,” said Sperry. “A community public meeting will be held in each location to discuss the process.”
So how are these select Post Offices chosen? Sperry said, “The locations were chosen because they get the least amount of foot traffic in retail sales and have a workload of less than two hours a day.”
A community meeting has been scheduled for Tuesday, October 4th from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Kimballton Town Hall. Postal representatives will be there to answer questions and provide information about their service.
A special meeting to discuss the possible closure of the Cumberland Post Office will be held this Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Cumberland Community Building.
(Harlan) A Shelby County man faces harassment charges following a joint investigation between the Shelby and Audubon County Sheriff’s Offices.
Shelby County Sheriff Mark Hervey says a mother reported that her minor male child received an intimidating and annoying letter traced to the address of 1914 1800th Street in Kirkman. The letter was allegdly mailed by 62-year-old Delbert Hull, of Kirkman. He was charged with 3rd degree harassment, a simple misdemeanor.
Hull posted $300.00 dollars bond and was released the same day. He is scheduled to be in magistrate court in Shelby County on October 4.
September 26, 2011
(Ames) The Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) held a bid letting Friday, Sept. 23, in which bids were opened for the I-680 rebuilding project in Pottawattamie County.
The flooding destroyed a 3.1-mile section of the highway, extending west from Interstate 29 (exit 61, near Crescent) to the Missouri River.
The goal of this rebuilding project is to restore traffic on the highway as quickly as possible, aiming for a full or partial reopening yet this year.
Five bids were received; and the apparent low bidder for this project is Peterson Contractors Inc. (PCI) of Reinbeck and Reilly Construction of Ossian, as a joint venture. The bid amount was $19,239,000.
For additional information about the Iowa DOT’s flood recovery effort and road closures due to flooding or flood damage, visit: http://www.iowadot.gov/floods/index.html
September 26, 2011
(Exira) One person died following a car/semi accident north of Exira Sunday afternoon.
The Iowa State Patrol says 83-year-old Irene Klahn, of Carroll died from injuries in the accident that occurred on Highway 71, three-miles north of Exira.
Authorities say it happened at around 3:00 p.m. Klahn was northbound on Highway 71 and crossed the centerline into the path of a semi driven by 42-year-old Michael Alan Miller, of Buckeye, Arizona. Miller swerved to the shoulder and slammed on his brakes. Subsequently, Klahns car collided with the semi tractor near the fuel tank. The car spun around and came to rest on the east shoulder. The semi ended up in the west ditch.
September 26, 2011
(AMES) The Iowa Department of Transportation is announcing that it plans to reopen Interstate 29 from milepost 55 in Council Bluffs to milepost 71 near Loveland (I-680 interchange) at 7 p.m. today. The 16-mile stretch of interstate has been closed since June 9 due to the Missouri River flooding.
Significant work has been accomplished over the last few weeks to quickly reopen the road, including removal of tons of debris and hazardous materials, scraping the sludge from the roadway surface and hauling it away, power washing the pavement, testing the subsoil for stability, checking for voids under the pavement, and making repairs.
Restoring traffic to this section of interstate is critical to the economic recovery of the multistate region, which endured more than three months of flooding. Reopening the road reduces out-of-distance travel for many area residents and commercial motor carriers, and returns traffic to a highway system that is less congested and more efficient.
The Iowa DOT appreciates the public’s patience as additional work is underway up and down entire western Iowa border to restore traffic as quickly as possible.
(GLENWOOD) An Oklahoma man was arrested in Mills County on numerous charges Thursday.
According to the Sheriff’s Office, 26-year-old Terry Wayne Goodpaster of Greenville, Oklahoma was arrested for Eluding, Carrying a Weapon, Possession of Ammunition by a Felon, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Speeding, No Valid Driver’s License, Reckless Driving, Possession of Stolen Property, and Fugitive from Justice.
Goodpaster is being held on $23,900 bond.
In other activity, 36-year-old John Martin Neal of Newton was arrested at the Jasper County Jail on Thursday on a Warrant for Stalking. His bond was set at $5,000.
Thirty-four year old Daniel Van Wielandt of Glenwood was arrested for Domestic Abuse Assault, simple.
And, 23-year-old Cameron Michael Selig of Greenville, Ohio was arrested for Possession of a Controlled Substance. His bond was set at $1,000.
(COUNCIL BLUFFS) The Council Bluffs campus of Iowa Western Community College has been bustling with construction activity over the last few years, but the dust is settling this fall and the staff decided it was a perfect time for show and tell.
Iowa Western faculty and students will join administrators in hosting a public open house Thursday, September 29, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Shuttle buses will be available for tours of the growing campus, said Dr. Dan Kinney, IWCC president. “We wanted to take time out to open our campus as a thank you to all of the residents who have supported Iowa Western over the years,” Kinney said. “Whether through the passage of bond issues or by supporting our thousands of students, the community has been a big part of why Iowa Western continues to thrive as a quality educational institution.”
Visitors are invited to park in Lot 5 near the Arts Center, where both self-guided and shuttle bus tours will begin. Everyone is welcome to roam the campus to tour the many programs of study and the new facilities. Those programs opening their classrooms include: Nursing, Dental Hygiene and Assisting, Turf and Landscape Management, Construction Technology, Automotive Technology, Management and Human Resources, The Computer Information and Technology Enterprise Computing Center, Electronic Media Studies, Theatre Production, Art, Athletic Training, Sign Language Interpreting, Early Childhood Education, Electronic Engineering, Culinary Arts, Design Technology, and Weatherization.
Open for viewing will be the Center for Advanced Nursing and Allied Health Education, the new Student Center and the renovated Dental Hygiene labs.
“The classroom demonstrations are designed to give residents an up close look at what our students are doing in their various fields of study,” said Dr. Dorothy Duran, vice president of academic affairs.
The evening will conclude with “re-dedication” of the Arts Center. Construction crews just finished a $3 million renovation of the facility, which originally opened in 2000. Refreshments will be served at the dedication event. For more information about the open house, call 712-325-3202.
(Atlantic) The list of candidates for Cass County District 2 Supervisor has grown to five.
The Republican Party nominated Gaylord Schelling at a County Convention on Monday, since then four others have jumped into the race.
The candidates that have been nominated by petition include; Donald W. Lappe, Pat McCurdy, Jeff J. Richter, and Atlantic City Councilwoman Kathy Somers.
The term of the vacancy will be filled through December 31, 2014.
(COUNCIL BLUFFS) The entrance ramp from Iowa 192 to westbound Interstate 80/29 will be closed for construction work overnight Tuesday into Wednesday, Sept. 27 and 28, weather permitting, according to the Iowa Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Council Bluffs construction office.
The closure is expected to be in place from 10 p.m. Tuesday through 6 a.m. Wednesday.
(AMES) The Iowa Department of Transportation is reporting that the TrapBag removal project along Interstate 29 in Harrison County, just north of Missouri Valley (milepost 77.8 to 78.25), will begin Monday. The work is scheduled to be completed Oct. 11. The TrapBags formed a protective barrier wall from potential flooding from the Missouri River.
A bid letting for this project was held Wednesday, and the successful bidder was Iowa Plains Signing of Slater. The bid amount was of $65,296.20.
During the removal process, one lane of both north- and southbound I-29, between exit 75 (U.S. 30) and exit 82 (Harrison County Road F-50 near Missouri Valley), will be closed.
(Des Moines) Iowa Governor Terry Branstad ordered that flags in the state be flown at half-staff in honor of a Shelby volunteer firefighter and an Iowa State patrol trooper who died in an accident this week.
Forty-one year volunteer firefighter Michael Collins died Sunday after being struck on Interstate 80 while directing traffic around an accident scene. His funeral is today in Council Bluffs.
State trooper, 41-year-old Mark Toney died Tuesday in a single-vehicle accident near Indianola. The funeral for the 24-year veteran is tomorrow.
Iowa Department of Public Safety Spokesperson Jessica Lown says Toney spent most of his career in Western Iowa, much of it based out of Carroll.
Flags are to be flown at half-staff from 8:00 a.m. today to 8:00 a.m. Monday.
(AUDUBON) A Kimballton man was arrested for Domestic Abuse Assault.
The Audubon County Sheriff’s Office arrested 31-year-old Paul Timohty Wonser on Thursday following an investigation into an incident that occurred at his residence. Wonser was transported to the Audubon County Jail.
In other activity, 31-year-old Spencer Reigh Lile of Kimballton was arrested at around 1:00 this (Friday) morning for Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. The charges stem from a traffic stop in Hamlin. Lile was transported to the Audubon County Jail where he was held on $1,000 bond.
(RED OAK) The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office reported two arrests today.
Twenty-year-old Yvonna Inlay of Sioux City was arrested for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia following a traffic stop at the 47.5 mile marker on Highway 34 east of Stanton. Inlay was cited and released. The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Iowa State Patrol.
Twenty-six-year-old Aaron Lucas Allen of Red Oak was arrested for Breach of Peace following an incident in the 300 block of Hilltop in Stanton. Allen was transported to the Montgomery County Jail where he was held on $300 bond.
(DES MOINES) Preliminary information surrounding the car crash that took the life of Trooper Mark Toney on Tuesday has been released.
The technical crash investigator with the Iowa State Patrol is reviewing witness statements, radio logs, and in-car camera video as he continues to investigate the crash. Thus far, investigators have determined from communications logs from the Iowa State Patrol Communications Office in Des Moines that Trooper Toney began his shift at 3:58 p.m. There was no communication between State Radio and Trooper Toney indicating his actions just prior to, or during the crash. Neither State Radio nor Warren County Dispatch has records indicating Trooper Toney had a pending call for service or was initiating a traffic stop. Witnesses indicated the emergency lights were activated on the patrol car prior to the crash. The first 911 calls regarding the crash were received by Warren County Dispatch at 4:44 p.m. The in-car camera video retrieved from Trooper Toney’s patrol car did not contain audio or video for the time period prior to, or during the crash. Results from an autopsy performed on Trooper Toney on Wednesday are still pending. The cause of the accident remains under investigation.
Funeral services for Trooper Mark Toney will be held Saturday, September 24th at 10:00 a.m. at the Northview Middle School in Ankeny.
Iowa State Patrol
(Cumberland) Cumberland Mayor Virginia Coughlin is calling a special meeting next week to discuss the possible closing of the Cumberland Post Office. The meeting is slated for September 29, at 7:00 p.m. at the Cumberland Community Building.
Coughlin says the focus of the meeting is to answer questions from the public.
September 22, 2011
(Atlantic) Cass County Memorial Hospital is offering community blood screenings for people ages 18 and over.
“Regular blood screenings are a valuable tool in early detection and treatment of many chronic diseases,” stated Denise Coder, CCMH Community Health Coordinator. “We are very pleased to be offering this community health service at such a reasonable cost.”
The screenings will be held in the CCMH Atrium on the following dates and times:
Monday, October 24, from 7: 00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Thursday, October 27, from 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Friday, October 28, from 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Appointments can be made by logging on to www.casscountyclinics.com or by calling 243-7475. The cost for the blood profile is $35.00. The basic blood profile includes the following: Lipid Panel, Glucose, Hemoglobin, White Blood Count, Hematocrit, Liver Functions, Kidney functions, and Thyroid Screening. The PSA test is available to men for an additional $30.00. Participants should fast overnight before their appointment, although a small amount of water or black coffee the morning of the blood draws is fine.
September 22, 2011
(Washington , D.C.) Congressman Steve King (R-IA) released the following statement after meeting today with Paul Trombino, Director of the Iowa Department of Transportation. During their meeting, Director Trombino briefed Congressman King on the Department's plans to soon reopen stretches of I-29 and to award an emergency contract to reconstruct 3 miles of I-680 that have been destroyed by the flooding that has affected western Iowa this summer. According to Trombino, the DOT hopes to have I-680 open this fall.
Kings says after meeting with Director Trombino he is encouraged by the plan that the Iowa Department of Transportation has for repairing and reopening roadways that have been closed due to this summer's flood.
King says, Director Trombino presented a creative proposal that will result in the reopening of flood-damaged roads much sooner than expected. King is optimistic about the DOT’s plans to reopen I-29 and to reconstruct I-680.
(Atlantic) The Atlantic Community Protection Committee is actively studying the creation of an ordinance to hunt deer in the city of Atlantic. Councilman Steve Livengood is a member of that committee.
“The issue with the deer is, we have deer in town that are doing damage to people’s property,” said Steve Livengood, committee member.
Livengood said according to a recent DNR survey, Atlantic has 68-deer every square mile. “A square mile is not very big when you have 70 deer every square mile, so we have a lot of deer in town and the problem is they’re tearing up people’s property.”
Livengood says there will be numerous stipulations with this ordinance…if it passes. “There are rules, you’re not going to take your 270 Winchester out and kill deer on Maple Street, it’s just not going to happen.”
Livengood says the deer can only be hunted with a bow from a deer stand, with permission from a property owner. The areas available include; R1, 2 and 3 and agriculture 1 and 2, that is equal to or greater than three acres. Those would be the stipulations for antlerless deer. For antlered deer, is everything above plus industrial that is that equal to or greater than one acre.
Livengood says the ordinance, if adopted, would not go into effect until sometime in 2012.
(Atlantic) Atlantic Executive Chamber Director Megan Roberts assures residents that Christmas in Atlantic will be as beautiful as always. It was brought up recently that the LED lights were damaged and the beautifully lit downtown may not be as vibrant as in the past.
“Christmas in Atlantic is still going to be as beautiful as it always is,” said Roberts. “Our City Park will be lit just as wonderfully as usual and the corner nodes where there are some colored lights will be fine.”
Roberts admits there has been some damage to some of the lights on the large trees on Chestnut Street, but she is not sure to the extent of the damage.
“We have to wait for the leaves to fall off this fall to kind of see what the trees look like and we’re going to be working with the company that we purchased the lights from to try to get something worked out,” said Roberts.
Roberts says the grand lighting will be November 17, and Santa Claus will come to town and spread his Christmas magic and turn the lights on just like he has always done in the past.
(Atlantic) A jury returned a verdict in Cass County District Court in Atlantic Wednesday. The question the jury had to answer was "is David Charles Whetstone a sexually violent predator" ?
The jury returned a verdict finding Whetstone a sexually violent predator. He was committed to the custody of the Director of the Department of Human Services for control, care and treatment until his mental abnormality has so changed and that he is safe to be placed in a transitional release program or discharged.
Whetstone was placed in the Civil Committment Unit for Sexual Offenders, a separate confinement unit located on the campus of the Cherokee Mental Health Institute. Whetstone must also register as a sex offender prior to his release from confinement. He must also submit a DNA sample for DNA profiling.
Whetstone was convicted of a sexually violent offense on April 8, 2008, in the Iowa District Court of Cass County.
September 22, 2011
(ATLANTIC) The Cass County Board of Supervisors rescinded a motion to tear out the flower bed by the monument in the Atlantic City Park and go back to their original plan of just repairing the counties portion of the sidewalk.
The decision came after Atlantic Park and Rec. Director Roger Herring appeared before the board this morning to discuss concerns from the Park and Rec. Department and the public about losing the flower bed.
Herring read a letter to the Board that stated, “The Atlantic Parks and Recreation Board would like to ask the Supervisors to reconsider their decision to remove the flower bed leading up to the civil war monument. At our Board meeting on September 19th, we unanimously support the retention of the flower bed and have had discussions with numerous residents regarding this issue, through phone calls and on-the-street conversations. At the board meeting, seven members of our community expressed concerns over the removal and assured the Parks and Recreation Board that the flower beds would be better maintained and would be representative of the high standards expected for our community. The Park Board respectfully requests a reconsideration of your decision to remove the flower beds leading up to the monument and we thank you for reconsideration of this issue.”
Herring said Melanie Petty has committed the Trevor Frederickson Foundation to funding and maintaining the flower bed in the City Park. The Supervisors agreed that as long as the flower bed is well maintained, then they will keep it in the park.
(INDIANOLA) An Iowa State Trooper died early Tuesday evening as the result of a single vehicle accident near Indianola.
The Iowa State Patrol says 43-year-old Trooper Mark Toney was traveling northbound on US Highway 65, just south of Indianola. Witnesses indicate his emergency lights were activated. For unknown reasons the patrol car left the roadway and then landed in a field west of the highway. Witnesses to the incident called 911 shortly before 4:40 PM.
Upon arrival at the scene, emergency responders found the patrol car fully engulfed in flames. The fire was extinguished, and Trooper Toney was pronounced dead at the scene. An autopsy will be conducted at the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Ankeny tomorrow.
Trooper Toney served the citizens in western and central Iowa for 24 years as a member of the Iowa State Patrol.
The Iowa State Patrol continues to investigate today’s fatal car crash.
(Atlantic) The Atlantic Parks and Recreation Department is inviting the public to a ribbon cutting and to get some exercise at teh new Schildberg Recreation Area Lake #1 Trail on Thursday, September 22, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.
Parks and Recreation Director Roger Herring encourages the public to come enjoy the multiple walking paths and have a healthy snack. The ribbon cutting will take place at 6:30 p.m. and be sure to bring the family for an outdoor exercise experience.
(DES MOINES) Bill Menner, USDA Rural Development State Director in Iowa, will be in Audubon on Friday at 9 a.m. to listen to local community and economic development leaders, as well as the general public, discuss issues and opportunities they encounter in their ongoing efforts to keep rural Iowa vibrant and prosperous.
The session will take place at the Audubon County Economic Development Corporation, 800 Market Street, and is open to the public.
In the last 10 years, 66 of Iowa’s 99 counties have seen a population decline. While rural communities and areas are home to 1.7 million Iowans, more than half of Iowa’s nearly 950 cities now have fewer than 500 residents.
(LEWIS) Southern Iowa Rural Water Association (SIRWA) officials have planned a meeting at the Lewis Community Center on Thursday September 22nd beginning at 6:30 P.M. regarding the Southwest Cass County Rural Water Project. SIRWA will be conducting the meeting to inform the rural residents of SW Cass County on the status of the project.
SIRWA officials spoke to the Cass County Board of Supervisors last March to get permission to utilize the area for a project to provide rural water to approximately 350 residents of SW Cass County. Areas included in the proposed project are Pleasant, Noble, Cass, Bear Grove, Washington, Grove, Franklin, Lincoln, Union and Massena Townships.
The money for this project includes $1.8 million in loans, $5.4 million is grants and $108,000 of SIRWA’s money. Grant money is associated with the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA). Total estimated project cost is $7.2 million dollars.
Anyone living in SW Cass County with an interest in connection to rural water is encouraged to attend the meeting. Back in May SIRWA began canvassing the area to determine interest in the project. To date only 20% of eligible customers have indicated an interest in connecting to the new service. In order to qualify for the ARRA funding 70% of potential customers need to consent to hooking up. Without the ARRA funding SIRWA will be unable to continue with the project and there is no contingency plan to provide rural water to the area in the future.
SIRWA will determine if they will proceed with the project by Mid-October 2011.
If anyone is unable to attend meeting, but would like more information concerning the project, please contact Max Crawford at 641-782-5744.
(DES MOINES) An open-records case filed over the 2009 strip-search case at the Atlantic High School will be argued on Thursday with the Iowa Court of Appeals. The ACLU of Iowa says they have been trying to find out what discipline, if any, was imposed on the two school officials involved.
The strip-search occurred in August 2009. Several female students were searched in the locker room after a student reported $100 missing from her purse. The money was not found.
The Atlantic Community School District released this statement today… “After the investigation of all the facts involving the searches of several girls at the Atlantic High School several years ago, the Atlantic Community School District has determined that the searches violated the school’s policy and state law regarding school searches. The school district acknowledges that the involved girls did nothing wrong.”
The district just recently settled on the lawsuit that was filed by the families of the girls involved in the strip search.
(ATLANTIC) The delegates to the County Convention for Atlantic Wards 2 and 3 convened on Monday evening to select a Republican nominee to appear on the November 8th Special election ballot for the District 2 position of the Cass County Board of Supervisors.
According to City Attorney Dave Wiederstein, the delegates selected Gaylord Schelling of Atlantic. Nomination papers are expected to be filed sometime today.
The seat is currently vacant due to the passing of Supervisor Chuck Kinen.
(IRWIN) Timber Road in Shelby County is closed for culvert repair.
Shelby County Emergency Management says the culvert is located northeast of Irwin, just outside of the City limits, Jefferson Township Section 30. Significant detours are involved for residents north of this construction area.
Construction will last approximately two weeks.
(RED OAK) A large amount of copper pipe was taken from a business in Red Oak.
According to Red Oak Police, Chris Dean Vannausdle discovered the copper pipe had been taken from his business at 400 W Bridge Street on Monday. The estimated value of the copper has not been configured at this time.
Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact the Red Oak Police Department at 712-623-6500 or the Montgomery County Crime Stoppers at 800-432-1001.
(SHELBY) A Memorial Fund has been established for the children and family of Mike Collins of Minden.
Donations can be dropped off or mailed to:
Shelby Fire Department Mike Collins Memorial Fund
Shelby County State Bank, Shelby Branch
P.O. Box 279
425 East Street, Shelby, Iowa 51570
Collins was killed Sunday evening while directing traffic at an accident scene on Interstate 80. A 2001 Honda Accord, driven by 43-year-old David Lee Theis of Ames, entered the lane closures at the accident scene and struck Collins.
Shelby County Emergency Management says Collins has faithfully served the Shelby Community since August 2009.
The Hoy-Kilnoski Funeral Home says Collins is survived by wife Tanya Lyn Collins, son Mike Collins, daughters Vanity Collins, Jasmine Collins, Kayla Hatfeild, mother and stepfather Pauline and Jack Hammond; brothers, Fred Collins and Al Fenderson; grandmother, Darlene Diggs; stepfather, Al Fenderson Sr. Michael was preceded in death by his brother David Collins.
Visitation will be held Thursday 4:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. at Hoy- Kilnoski Funeral Home. Funeral Service is at 11:00 A.M. Friday also at the funeral home. Burial will be at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Omaha. Family will direct memorials.
(GLENWOOD) Two people were sent to the hospital following a two-vehicle accident northwest of Glenwood Saturday.
The Mills County Sheriff’s Office says at around 4:18 p.m. 65-year-old Gerald Sampers of Schaller was at the stop sign at Barrus Road, five miles northwest of Glenwood, and pulled forward from the stop sign to have a clear vision from the embankment and then stopped. 16-year-old Amanda Holtzen of Glenwood was northbound on 221st Street and collided with Sampers’ vehicle.
Holtzen and a passenger, Derek Miller, were both transported to Mercy Hospital by Silver City Rescue
(GLENWOOD) The Mills County Sheriff’s Office reports two arrests.
On September 15th, 69-year-old Eric Edgar Roach of Red Oak was arrested for OWI 2nd Offense. His bond was set at $2,000 bond.
On September 18th, 18-year-old Jesse Lee Johnson of Malvern was arrested for Interference with Official Acts and Trespassing. His bond was $600.
(Atlantic) The Iowa's Top Workplaces program, partnering with The Des Moines Register, recognized 70 companies across the state as top places to work in Iowa. 117 companies participated in categories of large, mid sized and small sized companies, based on their number of employees.
Results were printed yesterday in the Des Moines Register in a special section called Iowa’s Top Workplaces. Placings were determined by confidential surveys completed last spring by a company’s employees across thirteen categories such as Leadership, Direction, Meaningfulness, Ethics, Opportunities, and Work/Life Flexibility.
CASS Incorporated placed 5th in the Small Size Company Employers: 50-149 employees-- and they placed first over all companies and all categories in the category of Meaningfulness of employment.
Glenda Farrier, CEO, said “CASS Incorporated is honored to be recognized as one of Iowa’s top workplaces, particularly in the area of meaningful work. Our mission is to Enrich Lives, but what we’ve found is that in carrying out this mission for the people we serve, our lives as employees are enriched as well.”
(ATLANTIC) The Atlantic Police Department reported a two-vehicle non-injury accident Friday afternoon.
According to the report, Brandon Shadden of Oakland was southbound at 7th and Poplar and stopped at a red light. When Shadden had the green light he turned left and proceeded into the intersection and was hit in the driver’s side by a vehicle driven by Bethanne Desko of Atlantic, who was westbound on 7th Street and failed to obey the red light.
Desko was cited for Failure to Obey Traffic Signal.
(ATLANTIC) The Atlantic Police Department reports two arrests.
On Sunday, 24-year-old Randy Fredericksen of Atlantic was arrested on a Cass County Warrant for Failure to Appear. And, 20-year-old Samantha Wehrll of Atlantic was arrested for 4th Degree Theft; shoplifting, and OWI 1st Offense.
Both individuals were transported to the Cass County Jail where they were booked in.
(Atlantic) The Atlantic High School Homecoming Parade entry forms and rules are available in the high school office.
The AHS Homecoming activities begin next week, with the parade set for September 30, beginning at 3:15 p.m.
All parade entry forms are due by Wednesday, September 28. Contact the high school office at 243-5358 if you have any questions.
September 19, 2011
(Atlantic) Cass County Health Systems and Cass County Public Health announce the availability of seasonal influenza vaccinations. Community Clinics are scheduled for the following dates and times:
Saturday, October 1, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., Cass County Memorial Hospital Atrium.
Tuesday, October 4, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Cass County Memorial Hospital Atrium.
Thursday, October 6, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., Health and Wellness Center, Anita
Tuesday, October 11, 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., Massena Medical Clinic
Thursday, October 14, 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., Cass County Memorial Hospital Atrium.
Charges for flu vaccinations at these community events will be $25.00 for seasonal vaccine, and $40.00 for the high-dose vaccine (those 65 and older). Medicare, Medicaid, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Humana, and hawk-i can be billed. Both injectable and mist forms are available at these community clinics.
According to the press release, businesses desiring onsite flu vaccination clinics for their employees may contact Denise Coder, Community Health Coordinator at 712-243-7475 or email@example.com. Additionally, Cass County Public Health will conducting flu vaccinations for students during school time at all Cass County schools in October. Schools are distributing consent forms, which are due back to the school by October 1.
Flu vaccine is also currently available at the Atlantic Medical Center. No appointment is necessary; the immunization nurse is available from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Saturdays.
AMC follows the Centers for Disease Control guidelines on influenza vaccinations, which are as follows:
Everyone 6 months of age and older should get the flu vaccine, except those who have experienced a previous severe (life-threatening) allergic reaction or those with Guillain-Barre’ Syndrome.
Again, only one flu vaccination will be necessary this year, as the seasonal flu vaccine will protect against several flu strains, including H1N1 Influenza.
AMC has all three types of available flu vaccine: nasal mist for people 2-49-years of age; fluzone injectable vaccine for ages 6-months – 64 years; high-dose vaccine for people ages 65 and older. Other steps to preventing and controlling the spread of flu and other illnesses are to practice the 3 C’s
Cover your cough. Use a tissue or your elbow.
Clean your hands, Use soap and water, or hand sanitizer.
Contain germs, and stay home if you are sick.
For more information about seasonal influenza vaccinations, contact Denise Coder, Community Health Coordinator at 712-243-7465.
Press Release from Cass County Health Systems
September 19, 2011
(ATLANTIC) The Atlantic School Board will administer the oath of office to the newly elected board members at their meeting tonight.
Nearly a week ago, Rodney Hartwig unseated incumbent Jon Martens for a District-at-Large seat in the September 13th School Board elections. Josh McLaren will fill a District-At-Large vacancy term, previously held by Glen Smith who was temporarily filling the seat. The board will also elect a board president and vice president.
Other items on the agenda include presentations from Ginger Bechtold on the 2011 Leadership Academy, Travis Squires of Piper Jaffray and Jerry Purdy with updates on the Schuler and Atlantic Middle School projects.
Action items include approving the 2011-2012 28E agreement with Cass County Memorial Hospital, approving the FY11 certified annual report, approving the FY12 SIAC member, the first reading for internet use/technology, and laptop policies, and vote for the Green Hills AEA Board of Directors Election Candidate.
The meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Atlantic High School Media Center.
(Atlantic) The Atlantic School District has settled with the families of three girls who sued over strip searches. A trial had been scheduled for this month in Cass County District court but a recent settlement ended the case according to the Omaha World Herald. Attorneys in the case declined to reveal details of the agreement.
The lawsuit was filed on behalf of three girls who claimed they were strip-searched in a locker room in August 2009 after a classmate reported the theft of $100 from her purse. No money was found. The lawsuit claimed the girls’ state and federal rights against unreasonable searches had been violated, as was an Iowa law that specifically prohibits strip-searching students.
The superintendent and several school board members declined to comment on the settlement to the Omaha World Herald.
September 18, 2011
(Minden) A Mills County woman and five children were injured in a single-vehicle accident in rural Mills County Sunday morning.
The Iowa State Patrol says 40-year-old Tiffany Monson, of Malvern lost control of her vehicle on a rural Mills County road at around 11:30 a.m. The vehicle struck a tree.
The Iowa State Patrol says Monson and five young passengers were taken by ambulance to area hospitals. Authorities say two of the occupants were in critical condition.
Besides Monson, a 15-year-old girl, a 12-year-old boy, and 11-year-old girl, a 10-year-old boy and a 9-year-old boy were injured. Their names were not released, but they were all from Malvern.
Monson and the children were wearing seatbelts.
September 19, 2011
(RED OAK) Red Oak Rescue and the Elliot Fire Department responded to a two-vehicle, non-injury accident Saturday evening.
According to the report, Jeffrey Reynolds of Elliott was attempting to turn onto N Avenue from 120th Street near Elliot when he was struck by a vehicle driven by Jeffery Mundorf of Red Oak who was coming over a hill on N Avenue. The accident occurred at a known blind intersection.
No citations were issued.
(Anita) The U.S. Department of Education today named the Anita Elementary School, now known as the CAM North Elementary School, as one of the 305 recipients of the 2011 National Blue Ribbon School Award winners. Only 7 Iowa schools, including 4 elementary schools, were named 2011 Blue Ribbon Schools.
The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program, honors public and private schools based on one of two criteria: 1) Schools whose students are high performing. These are schools ranked among each state's highest performing schools as measured by their performance on state assessments or, in the case of private schools, that score at the highest performance level on nationally-normed tests; or 2) Schools with at least 40 percent of their students from disadvantaged backgrounds that improve student performance to high levels as measured by the school's performance on state assessments or nationally-normed tests.
The Anita Elementary/CAM North Elementary was chosen based on achievement scores that met or exceeded both of the criteria. District administration and board members would like to commend all of the former and current staff, students, parents and community for their efforts that enabled the Anita Elementary/CAM North Elementary to qualify as a No Child Left Behind “Blue Ribbon School”.
The Department will honor the entire 256 public and 49 private schools with their National Blue Ribbon School awards at a conference and awards ceremony Nov. 14-15 in Washington, D.C. A list of the 2011 National Blue Ribbon Schools is available at http://www.ed.gov/nationalblueribbonschools.
September 16, 2011
(HARLAN) Eight people were arrested following an underage party in the 700 block of 5th Street in Harlan Saturday.
The Harlan Police Department says 17-year-old James Schwarte of Harlan was charged with Possession of Alcohol under Legal Age, Possession of a Controlled Substance, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. 18-year-old Cody Schwery of Harlan was charged with Possession of Alcohol under Legal Age and Supplying Alcohol to Persons under Legal Age. 17-year-old Dylan Hansen of Harlan was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance, Supplying Alcohol to Persons under Legal Age, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. 16-year-old Jena Rasmussen, 16-year-old Austin Hess; both of Harlan, and 17-year-old Jordan Fitzmaurice of Panama, were all charged with Possession of Alcohol Under Legal Age. 18-year-old Trent Wendt of Portsmouth charged was with Possession of a Controlled Substance. And, 18-year-old Brandon Allen of Harlan was charged with Supplying Alcohol to Persons Under Legal Age.
All individuals under age 18 were cited and released. Schwery and Wendt were transported to the Shelby County Jail and charges were filed at a later date on Allen and a warrant issued by the Clerk of Court.
(GLENWOOD) Due to improved flood conditions in the Karnes Road, Kane Ave. and Alcorn Avenue areas, Mills County Officials have reopened sections of these roads and residents are allowed to re-enter their properties at this time.
Kane Avenue remains closed at the intersection of 180th and Kane, therefore entry and exit to Kane Avenue will be through Karnes Road near the Plattsmouth Bridge just off US Hwy 34. All other sections of the Mandatory Evacuation area remain impassable and residents are not allowed to return at this time. Many properties in the re-entry area still have flooded driveways and residents are urged to be cautious.
Residents of the 20 properties located in these areas are requested to contact Mills County Building and Zoning Office at 712-527-4347 and Mills County Public Health at 712-527-9699 to schedule free property inspection/damage assessments. The Building and Zoning inspection is required prior to electricity being restored to the property and will also assist us in collecting information to support our request for individual assistance from FEMA. An information packet regarding re-entry will be available on the website at www.millscountyflood.org or by calling the Flood Hotline at 712-527-4231. Free Flood Clean Up kits will be available – call to reserve yours today.
Allis Road and 182nd Street have also been reopened, however, there were no evacuated properties located in these areas. Accumulating ground water is still a significant issue in western and southwestern Mills County and we anticipate will remain so until the river level decreases below flood stage. The Missouri River is currently at approximately 28 feet at Plattsmouth and will need to be below the flood stage of 26 feet to see significant improvement in groundwater drainage. Residents of western Mills County are urged to use caution as we move through the weeks ahead.
(COUNCIL BLUFFS) The Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office recently became the first law enforcement agency in southwest Iowa to go live with CrimeMapping.com.
This mapping service will allow citizens to map out recent crimes and print reports concerning crimes occurring near their home, place of business or their child’s school. The system even allows for email subscriptions in the form of Crime Alerts which let subscribers know when a new crime has taken place in their area. Users can also search by address, city, crime type and date.
CrimeMapping.com has been proven effective in reducing crime by increasing the number of eyes and ears out there aware of local activity.
(Atlantic) A large crowd of community members as well as donors gathered for the ribbon cutting ceremony for Iowa Western’s design technology program that was held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday morning.
Cass County Center Director Ann Pross was the first to address the crowd and said it has been an amazing journey that started nearly five years ago. She described the day as an amazing day for Atlantic and Cass County.
Volunteer Jay Miller, who was instrumental in bringing this program to Atlantic, says this has given Atlantic the opportunity to chart a new and expanded course for its future.
Joe Vanstrom has been hired as the professor of the program and he says this progam has the potential to make a global impact.
Ten students are currently enrolled in the program which has a capacity of thirty students. Those who attended the ceremony got the opportunity to tour the classroom as the students worked on projects. This first of its kind center was made possible by a $65 million grant from Siemens as well as several donations from businesses and individuals in the community.
(ATLANTIC) Cass County is joining an effort towards making Iowa the healthiest state in the nation within five years.
The Healthiest State Initiative is a community and business-led, government-endorsed statewide effort that will engage citizens throughout the state to improve their overall health and well-being. Iowa’s 2010 overall Well-Being Index rank is 19th compared to all other states.
Cass County Community Health Coordinator Denise Coder says everyone in the state is encouraged to participate in the “Start Somewhere” walk at 12-noon on October 7th.
“In Cass County a group of us are getting together and we’re planning walks throughout the county and we’ll distributing information about those opportunities along the way, plans are still underway for some of them,” said Coder. “In Atlantic, the plan is that we’ll gather at Hy-Vee and we’ll walk to the Trojan Bowl and once the community group gets to the Trojan Bowl they’ll be joined there by the students and staff of the Atlantic Community School District. We’ll have a quick brief program and then there will be buses available to bus community members back to Hy-Vee if time is of the essence for some people.”
Coder said they are working with other communities in Cass County to set up a 1k walk as well, so opportunities will be available for other county residents.
For more information, visit www.healthycasscounty.com or call Denise Coder at 712-243-7475.
(COUNCIL BLUFFS) A Page County resident was sentenced to 84 months in prison for conspiring to manufacture methamphetamine.
On September 14, United States District Judge James Gritzner sentenced Shaunna Jaylynn Stanton, of Shenandoah, and also ordered her to serve a four year term of supervised release following incarceration.
On April 7, Stanton had entered a guilty plea in Federal Court in Council Bluffs to Conspiracy to Manufacture Methamphetamine from January of 2009 to July 17, 2010, in the lesser included amount of 50 grams or more.
On July 17, 2010, Stanton was found at an active methamphetamine laboratory in the residence of co-defendant Michael Thomas Shane. Investigation by law enforcement found that Stanton and Shane had worked over a lengthy period of time with a group of people to gather the items needed to manufacture methamphetamine. Stanton would assist in the manufacture of methamphetamine by purchasing pseudoephedrine tablets and other items and also manufacture methamphetamine at various locations in and around Page County. Michael Thomas Shane was previously sentenced in this case on May 9, 2011, to 150 months imprisonment and a five year term of supervised release following incarceration.
The investigation was conducted by the Shenandoah Police Department, the Page County Sheriff’s Office, Mills County Sheriff’s Office, SWINE Task Force, the Page County Attorney’s Office and Iowa Division of Narcotic Enforcement.
(ATLANTIC) The Southwest Iowa Coalition legislative forum will be held Thursday, September 22nd from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Atlantic Golf and Country Club.
Governor Branstad has been invited to speak and a number of Iowa and federal legislators and staff will be attending. Appetizers will be served at 5 p.m. and Legislators will make their individual addresses at 5:30 p.m. A moderated question and answer period will follow.
The forum is free and the public is welcome to attend.
(Brayton) The Brayton American Legion Post #350 will hold their Membership Steak Fry this weekend.
The steak fry will be held on Saturday from 5-8 p.m. at the Brayton Community Center. There is a choice of a Steak or Chop dinner with sides for $8.00.
Legion member Vernie Venteicher says, "We use the money thoughtout the year maybe for scholarships or boys state. Wherever it's needed, sometimes we donate to different things in the community."
This also their membership drive so members who have paid their dues will receive a free dinner. Serving starts at 5:00 at the Brayton Community Center on Saturday, September 17th.
(DES MOINES) The first confirmed human case of West Nile virus has been reported in Iowa in 2011.
The Iowa Department of Public Health says the case is an adult male, 18 to 40 years old, from Pottawattamie County and he is recovering. Approximately 20 percent of people infected with West Nile virus will have mild to moderate symptoms such as fever, headache, body aches and vomiting. Less than one percent of people infected become seriously ill and rarely someone dies.
The best way to prevent West Nile virus is to eliminate standing water which is a mosquito breeding area and to use insect repellent with DEET, picaridin, IR3535, or oil of lemon eucalyptus, avoid outdoor activities at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active, wear long sleeved shirts, pants, shoes, and socks whenever possible outdoors
Since West Nile first appeared in Iowa in 2002, it has been found in every county in Iowa, either in humans, horses, or birds. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were 1,021 total human cases of West Nile virus in the U.S. in 2010, including 57 deaths. Eight cases were reported in Iowa, including two deaths.
(Glenwood) A Council Bluffs woman faces numerous charges in Mills County as the result of an incident that occurred last week.
The Mills County Sheriff’s Office says 31-year-old Billie Jo Monson-Johnson was taken into custody on a warrant for willful injury, domestic abuse assault, and 2-acts of child endangerment. The arrested occurred September 8, at 195th and Allis, in Council Bluffs.
Billie Jo Monson-Johnson was held on $16,000 bond.
September 14, 2011
(ATLANTIC) The Cass County Board of Supervisors approved Ordinance 19, Cass County Supervisor districting plan and precincting plan during the first hearing at their meeting this morning. The purpose of this ordinance is to establish the election precincts and the county supervisor districts in Cass County based upon population figures of the 2010 federal decennial census in accord with Iowa Code Section 331.210A and Chapter 49. This ordinance shall be effective on January 15th, 2012, after its final passage, approval and publication as provided by law. The second hearing, reading and adoption will he held on September 21st.
The board also approved an application for partial payment number 2 on the Northwest Water and Sewer Project from H&W Contracting, LLC in the amount of $52,002.29.
The Supervisors approved the employment of Mary Ward as part time Recorder’s Administrative Assistant at $11 an hour.
And a request was received from the Daughters of the American Revolution to proclaim the week of September 17th through the 23rd as Constitution Week in Cass County. September 17th marks the 224th anniversary of the drafting of the Constitution. The board approved this request as well.
(Atlantic) A ribbon cutting ceremony for Iowa Western’s Design Technology program will be held Thursday. The ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at 10:00 Thursday morning at Iowa Western Community College’s Cass County Center in Atlantic.
Center Director Ann Pross says everyone is invited to attend the ribbon cutting. Iowa Western President Dr. Dan Kinney, lead volunteer Jay Miller, and instructor Joe Vanstrom will be among a number of speakers at the ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday morning.
(Harlan) There were two races in the IKM/Manning school elections.
David Heller defeated Write-in Candidate Lynn Barry 401-81 in the Director District 2 race and Lynn Barry defeated Larry Lesle 362-280 for Director-at-Large. Scott Hodne was unopposed in District 1.
There were no contested races in the Harlan Community School District. Joni Larsen was the candidate in District 5, Kathy Mahlberg, District 6, and Bruce Goesser, in District 7.
Joel Schlueter was the only candidate for Director District 4 in the Elk Horn-Kimballton School District. He received 22-votes.
September 14, 2011
(AUDUBON) There was an upset in at least one Audubon County school board election Tuesday night.
Christine Konkler, Douglas M. Olson, and Arlen Wiedersten were running for the three seats for Director at Large. Konkler received 213 votes and Olson received 216 votes. Mark Nissen, a write-in candidate defeated Wiederstein for a seat with 195 write-in votes over Wiedersten’s 111 votes.
For Public Measure A in the Audubon School District to adopt a revenue purpose statement describing the use of money from the penny sales, services and use tax for school received by the Audubon Community School District, there were 212 yes votes and 29 no votes.
In the Exira School District, Terri Harris; running unopposed, had 61 votes. And for two seats on the board for a term ending December 31st, 2015, Lisa L. Burmeister had 48 votes and Ryan Wilson had 67 votes.
(GUTHRIE CO) There was one race in the Panorama School District. Incumbent Tom Arganbright was challenged by Jim Nelson for the District 3 seat. Tom Arganbright received 28 votes over Jim Nelson with 24 votes. Also in the Panorama School District, Bryice A. Wilke running unopposed for District 5 received 21 votes.
In the Guthrie Center School District Tim Benson, Keith Buttler, and Wanda Knobbe were all running unopposed for three seats. Benson received 73 votes, Buttler 72 votes, and Knobbe 77 votes.
There were no races in the Coon Rapids-Bayard school district. In District 1, Brad Schlepp received 74 votes, in District 2 Jill Anthofer: 75 votes, in District 3 Steve Dentlinger: 79 votes, and in District 5 Mike Oswald received 74 votes.
(ADAMS CO) There were no races in the Adams County School Board elections Tuesday night.
In the Corning School District, no papers were filed for Director District 2 and the seat was decided by write-in votes. Scott Akin received 119 write-in votes for Director of District 2. Lori Harvey, running unopposed for Director District 3, received 133 votes. For Director District 4 to fill a vacancy, Kenya Haffner received 132 votes.
In the Prescott School District, for the two Director at Large seats Don Gee received 23 votes and Steven Wainwright received 22 votes. No papers were filed for Director at Large to fill a vacancy and one seat needed to be decided by write in votes. Marnie Cline received 8 votes and Zachary Brandt received 1 vote.
(ATLANTIC) According to a recently completed assessment of programs and services, Cass County Memorial Hospital provides $3,519,827 in community benefits to Cass and surrounding counties. That amount, based on Fiscal Year 2010 figures, includes $3,171,847 in uncompensated care and $347,980 in free or discounted community benefits that Cass County Memorial Hospital specifically implemented to help area residents.
Community benefits are activities designed to improve health status and increase access to health care. Along with uncompensated care; which includes both charity care and bad debt, community benefits include such services and programs as: health screenings, support groups, counseling, immunizations, nutritional services and transportation programs.
The results for CCMH are included in a statewide report by the Iowa Hospital Association that shows Iowa hospitals provided community benefits in FY 2010 valued at more than $1.3 billion. All 118 of Iowa’s community hospitals participated in the survey.
Medicare and Medicaid, which represent about 60 percent of all hospital revenue in Iowa, created approximately $259 million in losses for the state’s hospitals during FY 2010. Cass County Memorial Hospital lost $139,895 to Medicare and $1,170,796 to Medicaid in FY 2010.
(ATLANTIC) Due to the current remodeling taking place in the Atlantic Medical Center, there will be a change in the procedure for patients having blood draws done for laboratory tests.
Currently there is a blood draw station in the Atlantic Medical Center, as well as the Cass County Memorial Hospital main lab, and patients utilize both. Effective September 19th, all patients coming for a blood draw separate from a doctor’s appointment will have their blood drawn in the main hospital lab. This includes patients with standing orders for chronic diseases, those who are having blood draw that requires fasting, or those with a lab order from a non-AMC physician.
Only patients who are having blood drawn while they are at an appointment with an AMC healthcare provider will have it done at the medical center draw station.
(AMES) The Iowa Department of Transportation is announcing it will be undertaking a project to rebuild Interstate 680 in Pottawattamie County, which was decimated by the Missouri River flooding. The roadway has been closed since early June.
The Iowa DOT will be using nontraditional design, contracting and construction approaches to get the roadway rebuilt quickly and traffic flowing again. The department is well aware of the importance of restoring traffic on this roadway. It is imperative to Iowa’s and the region’s economic recovery from the western Iowa flooding. Getting the roadway reopened will also restore access to the Omaha airport from the north.
A single contract will be awarded for the project that involves a complete rebuild. An emergency letting is tentatively scheduled for Sept. 21, 2011. A meeting will be held later this week with contractors to discuss constructability of the project.
The Iowa DOT will provide bidders a typical cross section, as-built plans, and standards for design, construction and materials. A single, lump-sum bid item to perform all necessary work is anticipated. The contract award will be based on low bid.
All information necessary to bid on the project will be made available to contractors on the Iowa DOT’s website at http://www.iowadot.gov/contracts/lettings.html. A special section on the site is devoted specifically to the I-680 project. Other information will be added to the site, as needed and it becomes available; so be sure to check back for the latest details.
In addition to the website referenced above, information will be posted on the Bid Express website, www.bidx.com, used by contractors to electronically bid on projects.
Interested parties may also register to receive e-mail alerts for various events through the Electronic Weekly Letting Report at: www.iowadot.gov/contracts/lettings.html.
Bidders with questions should direct them to the Iowa DOT’s Office of Contracts at: phone 515-239-1414; fax 515-239-1325 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
(AMES) The Iowa Transportation Commission will hold a public input meeting in Council Bluffs on Tuesday, Oct. 11, to hear about transportation matters from representatives of local governments, interest groups and individuals.
Items that may be discussed at the October meeting include: the Iowa Transportation Improvement Program; transportation policies; and highway, aviation, rail, river and transit issues. A brief business meeting will begin at 8 a.m., with the public input meeting to immediately follow.
The Council Bluffs public input meeting will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn, River City Ballroom, 2702 Mid America Drive.
For more information concerning the meeting or to obtain a scheduled time on the agenda, contact the Iowa Department of Transportation’s Office of Program Management 515-239-1288.end_of_the_skype_highlighting Please include the time period you prefer and general topic you wish to discuss. Statements, presentations or suggestions should be made in 20 minutes or less.
On Monday, Oct. 10, the commissioners will meet informally and tour transportation projects in the Council Bluffs area. No action will be taken on transportation-related matters during the tour.
(DES MOINES) Kathy Pfiffner with USDA Rural Development will be in Fontanelle at 2 p.m. on Sunday, September 18th to participate in open house activities for the community’s recently renovated and expanded library.
USDA Rural Development is assisting the project with grant funds totaling $150,000. These funds are being award through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
The newly completed renovation and expansion has added 2,300 square-feet to the library building.
Along with additional space for the library’s growing collections and an increase in young adult and elementary-age users, the building now has improved electrical and mechanical systems to increase energy efficiency and is fully handicap accessible.
It had been more than 30 years since the library’s last significant expansion and renovation.
(ATLANTIC) A Lewis woman was arrested on five Shelby County warrants for 5thDegree Theft. The Atlantic Police Department arrested 33-year-old Amanda Brenneis on Monday and transported her to the Cass County Jail where she was held.
(OSCEOLA) A coalition of community leaders and public service agencies are setting up a pilot program to address underage drinking. As part of the project, a text-only phone line for tips concerning underage parties is being established for those wishing to text a tip.
Adair County is one of the supporting agencies in the program and Sheriff Brad Newton says an anonymous tip regarding underage drinking can be sent to 641-799-2277.
“What this does is if someone has information dealing with a party where underage drinking is involved, they can text a tip and when that tip is received the information that is gathered from that will be forwarded to the appropriate law enforcement agency for review and possible investigation,” said Sheriff Newton. “It’s just another tool that can be used to try to stop or at least slow down underage drinking so someone don’t get hurt, that’s our main objective.”
Supporting agencies of the program include the Iowa State Patrol, Juvenile Court Services, and law enforcement and school districts in nine south central Iowa counties (Adair, Adams, Clarke, Decatur, Lucas, Ringgold, Taylor, Union and Wayne). Additional funding for the Text-A-Tip program has been provided by the Enforcement of Underage Drinking Laws (EUDL) grant program through the Iowa Department of Human Rights.
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(Council Bluffs) Council Bluffs Police are trying to figure out why a pedestrian was struck by a semi on Interstate 80 just east of the 2.3-mile marker in Council Bluffs on Monday afternoon.
The pedestrian identified as 52-year-old James Hoss, of Watertown, South Dakota was struck by a semi driven by 37-year-old Sedrick Taylor, of Crestview, Florida. Hoss was pronounced dead at the scene.
Investigators believe Hoss may have been hitchhiking and stepped into the road as the semi was driving past about 1:10 p.m. Investigators are looking at the possibility of a suicide. Speed and alcohol are not believed to be factors at this time.
Interstate 80 eastbound was diverted for over 2 hours following the crash. Investigators shut down the road between South 24th Street and the Lake Manawa Exit.
September 13, 2011
(Red Oak) Police have arrested the father of the child that was seriously hurt in a Go-Cart accident.
Red Oak Police took 35-year-old Shawn Michael Soar into custody Monday afternoon. He faces charges of child endangerment and leaving the scene of an accident.
Soar was driving a Go-Cart that slammed into a parked car in the 700 Block of Grimes Street in Red Oak on September 5. His 2-year-old son Ryan, a passenger in the Go-Cart suffered life-threatening injuries and was airlifted to an Omaha Trauma Center. Shawn Michael Soar was treated at the Montgomery County hospital and released.
Soar’s bond has been set at $5,000.00.
September 13, 2011
(CLARINDA) Two people were transported to the hospital following a rollover accident in Page County Sunday afternoon.
The Sheriff’s Office says 22-year-old Breanna Everett and 34-year-old Mark Everett Jr., both of Clarinda, were transported to the Clarinda Regional Health Center.
According to the report, Breanna Everett was driving a 2004 Chrysler Pacifica west on 290th, just west of Wolf Avenue, when she topped the hill and noticed a deer in the roadway. Everett swerved to avoid contact and lost control, entering the ditch to the right where she hit a tree on the fence line, causing the vehicle to overturn onto its top.
(Lenox) The Iowa Department of Transportation is inviting the public to a meeting in Lenox on September 22.
The reason for the meeting is to discuss the proposed Highway 34 bridge replacement project over the Platte River, 1.3 miles west of Highway 25 intersection, in Adams County. The meeting will be held from 4:30 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. at the Lenox Community Center, 110 East Street in Lenox.
This public information meeting will be conducted utilizing an open forum format. No formal presentation will be made. Iowa DOT staff members will be present to discuss the project informally.
Through traffic would be detoured Adams County Road N-64, Taylor County Road J-13 and Highway 25 during construction.
September 12, 2011
(AUDUBON) There are no races in the Audubon County school districts.
Terri Harris is running unopposed for Director At Large in the Exira school district. Lisa L. Burmeister and Ryan Wilson are running for two seats for Director At Large for a vacancy term ending December 31st, 2016.
In the Audubon School District, Christine Konkler, Douglas M. Olson, and Arlen Wiederstein are running unopposed for Director At Large.
(Corning) All voters in the Corning Community School District will vote at the Corning Community Center for tommorrow’s school board election.
There were no papers filed for the Director District 2 seat, so that position will be filled by write-in votes. Lori Harvey is the only candidate to file papers for Director District 3, and Kenya Haffner, is the sole candidate to file for the District 4 Director seat. Fred Shearer, is the only candidate running for the Southwestern Community College District 2 seat
All voters in the Prescott Community School District will vote at the Prescott City Hall. There are no contested races in this District. Don Gee and Steven Wainright are the two candidates on the ballot for two positions. And there were no papers filed for the Director-at-large to fill a vacancy. That will be decided by a write-in vote.
The polls open at 12:00 noon and close at 8:00 p.m.
September 12, 2011
(RED OAK) A Red Oak woman was treated and released for minor injuries following a two vehicle accident in Red Oak Sunday night.
Red Oak Police say 57-year-old Dennis Redel of Red Oak was driving a 2003 Ford F150 and pulled into a parking space on the north side of Coolbaugh. Redel then allegedly backed out to reposition his vehicle and failed to see a 1999 Cadillac Deville, driven by 58-year-old Steven Roby of Red Oak. Redel’s vehicle made contact with the left rear quarter panel of the Cadillac.
A backseat passenger of the Roby vehicle, 32-year-old Doris Ellison, complained of neck pain and an ambulance was called to the scene. Ellison was treated and released at the scene and refused transport to the hospital.
Redel exhibited signs of intoxication and was charged with OWI 1stOffense and was transported to the Montgomery County Jail. He was also issued a written warning for unsafe backing on Highway.
(SHELBY CO.) There is a race for Director District At Large in the IKM-Manning school district, running against each other are Lynn Barry and Larry Lesle.
Also in the IKM-Manning district, Scott D. Hodne is running unopposed for Director District #1A and David Heller is running unopposed for Director District #2A.
In the Elk-Horn Kimballton school district, Mark William Smith is running unopposed for Director District 1 and Joel Schlueter is running unopposed for Director District #4.
There are no races in the Harlan School District. Joni Larsen is running for Director District #5, Bruce Goeser is running for Director District #7, and Kathy Mahlberg is running for Director District #6.
(Atlantic) Atlantic School District voters will be going to the polls for more than just a contested School Board race Tuesday.
The ten-year Physical Plant and Equipment levy is up for renewal. It is voted on every ten years. The current levy is .85-cents for $1,000 of assessed valuation for the 2011-2012 year, and of the .85-cents, .21-cents come from property tax.
“The board has worked very hard the past ten years to maintain that level,” stated Atlantic Schools Superintendent Dr. Michael Amstein. “When the voted PPEL comes up on the ballot September 13 it will be at that current .85 cent level.”
The improvements that have been made over the past ten years using PPEL money include; building and parking lot repair, fencing around the Trojan Bowl, Sprinkler systems to the athletic fields, and re-surfacing the running track at the high school. The money has also been used to purchase buses, driver’s education cars, mowers, and technology.
“We have been able to put laptops in teachers hands and most recently we have begun installing interactive white boards in teachers classrooms,” said Amstein.
Amstein says PPEL generates just over $300,000 a year and if the school wasn’t able to utilize those funds they would have to look at some other area in the school budget. “At this day and time that would be a very difficult thing to do.”
The Atlantic School Board also has one contested race. Four candidates are running for three seats. Three incumbents, Phil Hascall, Jon Martens, and Dennis Davis are running again. Rod Hartwig is the challenger.
September 12, 2011
(MONTGOMERY CO) There are no races in the Red Oak, Stanton or Villisca school districts during this Tuesday’s election.
In the Red Oak School District, Lee Fellers and William Drey are running for the two seats for Director At Large.
In the Stanton School District, Paul Vanderholm and Jeff Magneson are running for the two At Large Seats.
In the Villisca School District, Jason R. Poston, Tom A. Williams, and John L. Baker are running for the three At Large seats
Fred Shearer is on the ballot in the Stanton and Villisca School Districts for Director District 2 at Southwest Community College.
(ATLANTIC) The Atlantic Police Department reports three arrests.
On Saturday, 24-year-old Jeffery Knight of Atlantic was arrested for Public Intoxication, 3rdor Subsequent. And, 42-year-old Troy Baker of Atlantic was arrested for Domestic Abuse Assault.
On Sunday, 24-year-old Levi Olsen of Atlantic was arrested for 5thDegree Theft, shoplifting.
All three individuals were transported to the Cass County Jail where they were held.
(AUDUBON) The Audubon County Sheriff’s Office responded to a two vehicle, non-injury, accident at the intersection of Highway 44 and Highway 71 Friday night.
At around 11:45 p.m., 23-year-old David Michael Guill of Macedonia was driving a 1991 Honda Civic eastbound on Highway 44 and failed to obey the stop sign at the intersection with Highway 71. Guill proceeded into the intersection and was struck by a vehicle driven by 51-year-old Dennis Alan Esbeck of Brayton.
The damage to Guill’s vehicle was estimated at $5,000. The damage to Esbeck’s vehicle was estimated at $2,000. Guill was cited for Failure to Obey Stop Sign.
(ADAIR) A Gilmore City, Iowa woman was injured in a two vehicle accident in Adair County Sunday.
The Iowa State Patrol says 44-year-old Deborah Lynn Dirks was transported to Mercy Hospital in Des Moines via Life Flight following the accident that occurred at around 4:15 p.m.
According to the report, a semi driven by 40-year-old Larry Fry of Frederick Town, Ohio was eastbound on I-80 in the slow lane and due to traffic he was unable to merge into the left lane. Dirks merged from the on-ramp, and hit the side of the semi causing her to lose control. Dirk’s motorcycle came to rest in the south ditch.
The accident remains under investigation.
(GLENWOOD) A Council Bluffs man was arrested following a high speed chase in Mills County this morning.
The Iowa State Patrol says at around 12:43 a.m., 25-year-old Jesse Adams was southbound on I-29 driving a stolen pickup and camper being pursued by Iowa State Patrol trooper James Bullington. Adams exited at the 43 mile marker and turned east onto Bunge Avenue. Bullington drove the squad car beside the stolen pickup to prevent Adams from re-entering the interstate northbound. As Bullington drove beside the stolen pickup, Adams turned left onto the I-29 northbound on-ramp, striking the squad car. The squad car became lodged between the truck and camper and both vehicles came to rest on the on-ramp
The Iowa State Patrol says numerous charges were filed on Adams, including Reckless Driving, Eluding, and speeding.
(HARLAN) A Harlan man was arrested on drug charges Tuesday.
The Harlan Police Department assisted the Denison and Woodbine police departments to serve a search warrant on 2014 Garfield Avenue. 24-year-old John Cox was arrested and taken to the Shelby County Jail where he was charged with manufacture of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and prohibited acts penalties.
In other activity, 49-year-old Mardy Miller of Harlan was taken into custody following a traffic stop. He was charged with driving while revoked, possession of drug paraphernalia, and improper rear lamps.
(ATLANTIC) An Atlantic man was arrested for 4thDegree Criminal Mischief. Atlantic Police arrested 21-year-old Stewart Andersen on Thursday and transported him to the Cass County Jail where he was held.
(AUDUBON) An Ottumwa man was arrested on Arson and Burglary charges in Audubon County.
The Sheriff’s Office says 20-year-old Mackenzie Jacob Belnap has been charged with 1stDegree Arson, 2ndDegree Arson, 2 counts of 3rdDegree Burglary, and 2 counts of 2ndDegree Theft. The charges stem from the investigation into a pickup that was stolen and burnt in the 2900 block of Falcon Avenue, and an ATV that was stolen and burnt in the 1500 block of 260thStreet. The incidents occurred in the evening hours of August 5thand the early morning hours of August 6th.
Belnap is being held in the Audubon County Jail on $25,000 bond. The incidents remain under investigation and additional charges are pending.
(Atlantic) Iowa Interstate Railroad will be upgrading the railroad crossing on Olive Street approximately one and half miles north of the Atlantic city limits starting
Monday (September 12). The section of railroad is located near the ADM elevator.
The highly traveled road will be closed to through traffic for approximately 5-days. People wanting to go to Interstate 80 should use Highway 71 until Olive Street reopens.
September 9, 2011
(AMES) The Iowa Department of Transportation is stepping up security measures to prevent persons from entering flood-damaged roadways in western Iowa. Locked gates and other barrier devices are being installed at strategic highway locations to secure areas unsafe for motor vehicle or pedestrian travel.
Individuals have been disregarding traditional road closure devices, such as barricades and fence, by driving over and around them, or removing them. These actions place persons at significant risk due to damage to the roadways and bridges, unexpected pavement failures and heavy equipment at work. In addition, ignoring road closure devices prolongs the recovery effort by disrupting the work of contractors.
Residents of Percival seeking access to their community for cleanup and rebuilding should contact the Fremont County Emergency Coordinator who will coordinate access to and from the town using Interstate 29. Access will be provided through the gate located on Iowa 2, east of I-29.
The Iowa DOT reminds all persons to never enter a roadway blocked by barricades; not only is it illegal, but your safety is a risk.
(Atlantic) A three-member committee voted Thursday to fill the vacant seat on the Cass County Supervisor Board by Special Election. The recent passing of Supervisor Chuck Kinen left the board with a vacancy. A committee consisting of County Recorder Joyce Jensen, County Treasurer Traci Marshall and County Auditor Dale Sunderman met Thursday afternoon and decided it was in the best interest of the public to call for a special election. Sunderman says the special election will run concurrently with the city election in November.
The Precincts involved in this election include; Atlantic Ward 2/Grove 2 twp. and Atlantic Ward 3. The term would expire on December 31, 2014.
September 8, 2011
5:00 p.m. news
(SIDNEY) The Fremont County Sheriff’s Office and the Federal Aviation Administration is investigating a helicopter accident involving a pedestrian.
At around 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, the Sheriff’s Office received a call that a male subject, identified at 80-year-old Robert Smith of Tabor, walked into the rear rotor of a helicopter flown by Larry Inman of Randolph.
Randolph and Tabor Rescue responded to the scene and transported Smith to the Fremont-Mills school where he was life-flighted to Creighton Medical Center in Omaha. He was later transported to the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Smith’s condition has not been released.
(AMES) The Iowa Department of Transportation is reporting that a contractor will begin removing the TrapBags along Interstate 29 near Blencoe on Monday. The bags formed a barrier wall against the Missouri River flooding. Waters have begun to recede and the bags are no longer needed.
Iowa Plains Signing Inc. of Slater was the successful low bidder for this project. A bid letting for the project was held Wednesday, Sept. 7, with the low bid amount totaling $163,666.90. Seven bids were received by the Iowa DOT for the project.
The project will start Monday, Sept. 12 and continue through Sept. 30. The work involves cutting open the bags to release the rock, and then loading and hauling the rock from the site and disposing of the bags.
Prior to the flooding, bridge construction work was underway along this stretch of roadway. Therefore, the goal of this flood recovery project will be to return traffic to the work zone condition that existed before it was necessary to establish the emergency flood measures.
Northbound I-29 traffic will be detoured while the removal work is performed. The detour begins at the I-29 Blencoe interchange (exit 105), continues north seven miles on Monona County Road K-45, then west two miles on Iowa 175 to I-29 Onawa interchange (exit 112).
(Atlantic) The theft of copper is becoming a national concern. Atlantic City Administrator Doug Harris says Alan Bonderman of AMU wants the city to adopt an ordinance regulating salvage dealers.
“The cost of metals has gone up to $4.00 a pound and so this is not just a problem locally it is a problem nationally,” Stated Harris. “He has asked that the council look at an ordinance regulating salvage dealers to track this stolen metal. He has sent something to the city attorney for the council’s consideration.”
Harris says they are trying to do this nationally to try and curb the problem.
September 8, 2011
(DES MOINES) Law Enforcement have made an arrest in the Coon Rapids death case.
The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation says 21-year-old Travis Jeffrey Barker of Coon Rapids was charged with Murder in the First Degree in connection with the death of 28-year-old William Smith on Sunday, September 4th.
On Saturday, at approximately 1:00 p.m., police and paramedics were called to a residence in Coon Rapids for a man that was involved in an altercation. William Smith was taken to St. Anthony Regional Medical Center in Carroll for treatment and later flown to Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines. Smith was pronounced dead late Sunday afternoon. The cause of death was determined to be due to an epidural hematoma. William Smith and Travis Barker were roommates.
Bond has been set in the amount of $1,000,000. Barker is in custody at the Carroll County Jail awaiting an appearance before a magistrate.
The Coon Rapids Police Department is being assisted by the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office, the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, and the Polk County Medical Examiner’s Office.
(ATLANTIC) The Cass County Sheriff’s Office reported two arrests over the weekend.
On Saturday, 28-year-old Quintin John Perdue of Council Bluffs was arrested on a District Court warrant for Probation Violation. He was taken to the Cass County Jail where he was held on $10,000 bond.
On Sunday, 39-year-old Michael Dean Mundorf of Oakland was arrested for Driving While Barred. He was taken to the Cass County Jail where he was released later that day on $2,000 bond.
(Corning) According to a press release from the Adam's County Sheriff's Office, Scott Cornish, of Corning was arrested on Wednesday. Cornish was arrested at 6:35 p.m. on a charge of Operating While Intoxicated.
(Red Oak) The Montgomery County Sheriff's office reports the arrest of 49-year-old Gary L. Mattson of rural Villisca. Mattson was arrested on a warrant for Theft in the 5th Degree. He was transported to the Montgomery County Jail and released on $300 cash bond.
(Atlantic) A meeting will be held this afternoon to discuss how to fill the vacant Cass County Board of Supervisors seat. Supervisor Chuck Kinen recently passed away which leaves the board with the vacancy. The Cass County auditor, treasurer, and recorder will meet at 3:00 this afternoon in the Supervisor’s Boardroom to consider their options. The committee may appoint a new board member or hold a special election to fill the opening.
(ATLANTIC) The Cass County Redistricting Commission and the Cass County Board of Supervisors adopted a supervisor district and election precinct plan at their meeting this morning.
Cass County Auditor Dale Sunderman, who was part of the Redistricting Commission along with Sherry Toelle and Duane McFadden, said the changes are very small and are actually more convenient to the voters.
“We could have left things essentially as they were, but for the convenience of the voter we’re recommending that now that the legislative districts have combined the northeast quadrant so that Grant, Benton, Franklin and Lincoln Townships are all in the same senatorial and representative districts that we can move a precinct around,” said Sunderman. “That means we can combine Benton, which was in a different supervisor district before and a different legislative district, now because they are in the same supervisor and legislative districts then they could be combined. So, we’re recommending that we combine Benton, which was one of our very smallest precincts, with Franklin Township and Wiota, which was going over to Anita and voting with Grant, Anita and Lincoln townships.”
Sunderman said Franklin Township and Wiota will move back and vote in Wiota, Edna and Victoria Townships will be in the same legislative and supervisor districts and they can now vote in the same precincts, which voting would take place in Massena.
A public hearing for an ordinance has been set for September 14th.
(Harlan) A Shelby County man is inviting the public to join him for a 17-mile walk Sunday morning in observance of the ten-year anniversary of 9-11. Ron Chamberlain, Shelby County Historian, and Chairman of the Western Iowa Pioneer Cemetery Association says the walk starts at the old county seat in Shelby County and ends in Harlan.
“I don't think this has ever been done before," stated Chamberlain. "We are going to leave from Shelbyville at 5:00 a.m. and hopefully arrive at Westphalia at around 7:45. From there we will walk to Harlan for a ceremony at North Park."
In addition to the walk honoring the 9-1-1 victims, Chamberlain says the Western Iowa Pioneer Cemetery Association will take pledges for those taking part in the walk. The money raised will go towards construction of The Abel Galland Memorial Cemetery northwest of Earling.
For more information contact Ron Chamberlain at (712) 489-2736.
September 7, 2011
(Hamlin) West Central Co-op Officials will be hosting an open house at their new Hamlin location tomorrow. Gerald McAfee, “Location Manager/Senior Grain Marketing Specialist at the Hamlin Facility, says they will be ready for the opening of the 2011 Harvest season.
“We will be able to take soybeans in about three weeks, and corn after the first October,” stated McAfee. “We have a 40,000 bushel leg that will be able to receive grain at a pretty good pace and the out scale will generate a ticket without any manpower. So efficiency is the big thing about this new facility.”
The open house begins at 11:30 with a program followed by lunch and tours throughout the day.
West Central Coop is a full service; farmer owned cooperative serving eleven Iowa counties with the main office in Ralston.
September 7, 2011
(AMES) The Iowa Department of Transportation is reporting that U.S. 30 between the Missouri River bridge and Harrison County Road K-45, which is located west of Missouri Valley, will close for a brief period on Thursday, Sept. 8.
Both lanes of travel will be closed for approximately one hour beginning at 10 a.m. Thursday to allow Iowa DOT maintenance personnel to remove pumps and other flood-related equipment from the area. The road will reopen around 11 a.m.
Missouri River flood waters are beginning to recede and the pumps are no longer needed. The TrapBags installed along U.S. 30 will be removed at a later date. A separate announcement will be made when the work is scheduled.
(ATLANTIC) Two people were arrested on drug charges following an investigation in Atlantic Sunday.
Cass County Sheriff Darby McLaren said Justin Taylor and Courtney McIntire of 1007 Elm Street in Atlantic were arrested following an investigation with the Atlantic Police Department.
“We arrested them for numerous drug charges including possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine, possession with intent to deliver cocaine, two counts of child endangerment, sponsoring a gathering where controlled substances were being used,” said McLaren. “Numerous drug charges in connection with them dealing drugs and having kids present in the house while they were doing it.”
Both were being held on $250,000 bond.
County offices at the Cass County Courthouse in Atlantic will be closed from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday to allow county officers and employees to attend the funeral services for County Supervisor Charles Kinen who passed away on Saturday at the age of 70.
Kinen was elected Cass County Supervisor in 1998. He serviced on the Emergency Management, 911, Public Safety and Home Health boards.
The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. tonight at Hockenberry Family Care in Atlantic with a prayer vigil at 7 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at SS Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Atlantic at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, with a luncheon to follow in the Catholic Parish Center.
(CORNING) An Omaha woman was sent to the hospital following a single-vehicle accident in Adams County Monday.
The Sheriff’s Office says 72-year-old Karen Melton was driving a 2006 Buick eastbound on Highway 34 near the 61 ½ mile marker, crossing the bridge. Melton swerved left and hit the bridge railing, swerved back right and hit the south bridge railing, and then swerved left again where the vehicle came to a stop.
Melton was transported to Mercy Hospital by Adams County Rescue.
(DES MOINES) A death investigation is underway in Coon Rapids.
On Saturday, September 3rd, at approximately 1:00 p.m. police and paramedics were called to a residence in Coon Rapids for a male that was involved in an altercation. The male was identified as 28 year-old William Smith. Smith was taken to St. Anthony Regional Medical Center in Carroll for treatment and later flown to Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines. Smith was pronounced dead late Sunday afternoon. An autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday in Des Moines.
The altercation took place at 762 6th Avenue in Coon Rapids where Smith resided with 2 other subjects. All parties involved in the incident are cooperating with the investigation. No additional details are being released at this time.
The Coon Rapids Police Department is being assisted by the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation.
(HARLAN) A bicyclist was injured after being struck by a vehicle in Shelby County Saturday.
The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office says 43-year-old Craig Bieker of Harlan was riding the bicycle north on Highway 191 at around 4:15 p.m., passing through the intersection of F32. A 1999 Chevy Suburban, driven by 43-year-old Daniel Owens of Woodbine, was stopped at the stop sign on F32 and entered the intersection, striking Bieker on his bicycle.
Bieker was taken to Myrtue Memorial Hospital by Panama Rescue and then taken by helicopter to Omaha for further treatment. Owens was cited for Failure to Prove Security Against Liability and Failure to Yield While Entering Through Highway.
(HARLAN) A Nebraska man was injured in a single vehicle rollover accident in Shelby County Saturday morning.
The Sheriff’s Office says 19-year-old Joshua Klassen of Papillion was driving a 2000 Ford Ranger Pickup northbound on Highway 59 at around 3 a.m. when he fell asleep. The Ford Ranger crossed the center line and a semi driver took action to avoid a head on collision. Klassen woke up and took evasive action before losing control of the vehicle. The Ranger then started to slide sideways on Highway 59 before crossing F58 and entering the north east ditch in the intersection. The vehicle rolled several times striking a stop sign, no passing sign, and a street sign. The vehicle came to rest back on its wheels in the field.
Klassen was freed from the vehicle by Harlan Fire and transported to Myrtue Memorial Hospital by Medivac and then flown by lifeflight to Omaha. The Sheriff’s Office said Klassen had right side rib injuries and possible internal injuries, along with lacerations to the head.
(Des Moines) The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced there is a recall underway for all pourable gel fuel. This pourable gel fuel can ignite unexpectedly and splatter onto people and objects nearby when it is poured into a decorative fire pot.
For more information on the recall, please visit the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission's web site and related press release.
Earlier this week, the Iowa Department of Public Safety-State Fire Marshal Division sent out a warning, urging citizens to use caution when lighting or burning decorative, gel-fueled fire pots. The Division of the State Fire Marshal had been alerted to the fact, several Iowans have been admitted to the University of Iowa Burn Unit as a result of using decorative, gel fire pots.
Nationally, the CPSC is aware of 65 incidents resulting in two deaths and 34 victims who were hospitalized with second and third degree burns of the face, chest, hands, arms or legs. In Iowa there are a confirmed four adults who were treated for burns sustained why using the gel-fueld fire pots.
State Fire Marshal Special Agent in Charge Ron Humphrey says, “In most cases the danger arises when people are re-filling the fire pots with the gel, as the flame gets low and appears to be completely out. Often times the flame is barely visible but still lit. The fire pots burst into flames, spraying the gel fuel on anyone nearby.”
The CPSC has also directed retailers to cease sale of the gel fuel, saying in its announcement, "Retailers should stop sale of existing inventory and immediately remove all stock of pourable gel fuel from shelves."
In the interest of safety, the State Fire Marshal Division recommends Iowans avoid using fire and combustible liquids to relax in your backyard this summer. Whether you have a gel-fueled fire pot or other outdoor candles or fire pits, remember fire can be a hazardous element. The Iowa Department of Public Safety reminds you to play it safe as you enjoy your summer and fall outside.
Sept. 5, 2011
(Atlantic) The Atlantic City Council may set a date for a public hearing on the disposition of some property Wednesday night.
Ed Leistad, of Atlantic attended the Council meeting on August 17 and asked the Council to consider terminating the purchase agreement for real estate property located at 706 Walnut Street in consideration of paying a termination payment to the City of $1,000.00.
The Council directed the City Attorney to prepare a resolution for the Council’s consideration. If the Council terminates the purchase agreement with Leistad then the Council will need to decide what to do with the disposition of the parcel. The City Attorney has stated that if the Council wants to sell the property the city will have to go through the process again of holding a public hearing and advertising for bids.
Mayor Jones, who was the other original bidder on this parcel, has indicated that he is still interested in purchasing the parcel. Council member, Kern Miller has stated that he has been exploring moving the skate park to this site.
The City Council meeting is set for Wednesday, September 7, at 5:30 p.m.
Sept. 5, 2011
(Atlantic) The Cass County Board of Supervisors and I CARE ABOUT KIDS, INC. are co-sponsoring a P.R.I.C.E. (positivity, Responsibility, Influences, Consequences, Encouragement) parenting seminar, beginning September 12. The seminars will be held at the United Church of Christ, the 12, 19, 26, and October 3. Other sponsors include: Rolling Hills Bank and Trust, and Atlantic Bottling.
The course is designed to teach basics of positive parenting. The seminar addresses issues of assertive communication, limit setting, and follow through, logical consequences, and building self-esteem. Officials say parents have reported feeling better about themselves as parents after finishing the classes. Program Coordinator, Elizabeth Tobak, says P.R.I.C.E. enables good parents to become better parents, and gives new unsure parents support and confidence.
Each of the four sessions includes a set of handouts, lectures, activities, and refreshments. Free childcare is provided. In addition, Hy Vee of Atlantic gives each person who completes the class a certificate for a free half-gallons of milk and a loaf of bread.
Family Child Care Providers, Child Care Center Staff, and foster parents can earn 8 hours of training for a $5.00 fee, if they attend all four sessions.
To register, or if you have any questions, contact Elizabeth Tobak, Program Coordinator, at 877-883-KIDS.
September 5, 2011
(Corning) An Adams County man was killed in a car/semi accident Friday near Corning.
The Iowa State Patrol says 91-year-old Harold Muschamp, of Corning died in the accident at the intersection of Highway 34 and Highway 34.
Authorities say it happened at around 10:48 p.m. Harold Muschamp was heading south on 148 stopped at the stop sign. He then proceeded to turn east on Highway 34 and pulled into the intersection and was T-boned by an eastbound semi driven by Billie McCaughey, of Milan, Missouri. Harold Muschamp was pronounced dead at the scene.
Both vehicles came to rest in the eastbound lanes of Highway 34.
September 3, 2011
(COUNCIL BLUFFS) Road construction work on Interstate 680 between I-29 (exit 71) near Loveland and I-80 (exit 27) north of Neola will cause intermittent lane closures in both directions beginning Tuesday, Sept. 27, weather permitting, according to the Iowa Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Council Bluffs construction office.
This project is expected to be completed by mid-October.
(COUNCIL BLUFFS) Bridge construction work on Interstate 80 between Pottawattamie County Road M-16 (exit 34) near Shelby and U.S. 59 (exit 40) near Avoca will cause lane closures in the outside lane beginning Monday, Sept. 12, weather permitting, according to the Iowa Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Council Bluffs construction office.
This project is expected to be completed by early October.
(DES MOINES) Governor Branstad received notice today that the Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved Iowa’s request for an extension to the time period to appeal the denial of Iowa’s request for Individual Assistance.
Governor Branstad made the request for an extension on August 12thfor Fremont, Harrison, Monona, Pottawattamie, and Woodbury counties. FEMA granted the extension, in part, because additional time is needed to allow for flood waters to recede, safe access to damage homes be restored and more damage assessments be conducted.
FEMA has extended the deadline to October 7th, which will allow Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Division the time needed to work with local officials to bolster Iowa’s appeal by capturing damages and associated impact.
(RED OAK) One person was sent to the hospital following a two vehicle accident in Montgomery County this (Friday) morning.
The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office says 41-year-old Ronald Paul Lyons Jr., of Beaumont, Texas, was driving a 2002 Ford F-150 Pickup off the traveled portion of Highway 34 in a turning lane that would allow a vehicle to turn right off of the highway without impeding traffic. Lyons Jr. attempted to conduct a left hand turn to either follow Boxelder southbound or to conduct a U-turn and upon doing so he turned his pickup and collided into the center of a 1997 Peterbuilt Semi and Trailer that was westbound on Highway 34. The pickup ricocheted off the semi and came to rest in the ditch. The driver of the semi, 47-year-old Jeffrey Arnold of Kahoka, Missouri, locked up the brakes and slid across US 34 to the eastbound shoulder where it came to rest.
Ronald Paul Lyons Jr. was transported to the Montgomery County Memorial Hospital by Red Oak Rescue for evaluation of possible injuries. The pickup was considered a total loss. The semi sustained approximately $5,000 damage to a drive axle and fuel tank assembly.
(COUNCIL BLUFFS) Road construction work on Interstate 80 between the Missouri River bridge at the Iowa state line in Council Bluffs and Cass County Road M-56 (exit 51) east of Walnut will cause intermittent lane closures in both directions beginning Tuesday, Sept. 6, weather permitting.
The Iowa Department of Transportation’s Council Bluffs construction office says this project is expected to be completed by late September.
(CRESTON) Median cable barrier installation work will reduce Interstate 80 to one lane in both directions between Dallas County roads F-90 and P-58 (exit 106) east of Earlham and I-35/I-235 (exit 123) in Clive beginning Thursday, Sept. 8, weather permitting.
The Iowa Department of Transportation’s Creston construction office says eastbound I-80 lanes will be open from 5 a.m. to 9 a.m. Mondays through Fridays. Westbound lanes of I-80 will be open from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Both directions of I-80 will be open from 3 p.m. Fridays until 9 p.m. Sundays. There is a 16-foot width lane restriction in the open lanes.
This project will be completed Nov. 8.
(COUNCIL BLUFFS) The Council Bluffs entrance to the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge and major portions of the Council Bluffs Trails System will reopen to the public at 8:00 a.m. Saturday. These areas have been closed due to flooding. To ensure these and other sections can be safely used by the public, the City is closing its trails at dark and advising users to be especially cautious when using the trails.
Officials say although the majority of these trails are in excellent condition, visitors should remain alert to their surroundings and the trail’s surface. The trails along the Missouri River, Indian Creek and Mosquito Creek were especially impacted by the flood. Users of these trails may find sections to be worn and uneven. In other locations, trail users will encounter pipe crossing. These are necessary to accommodate the pumping which will continue along the levee for some time. Bicyclists and pedestrians are advised to proceed slowly and with caution in these areas.
Additionally, the ongoing security, maintenance, inspections and potential construction activities associated with the levees will significantly increase the normal vehicle traffic on the levee trails. As a result, users must be alert to encountering vehicles along the trails.
Although the majority of the Council Bluffs trails will reopen on Saturday, some sections cannot be opened to the public until the river level recedes. The trail sections that remain closed are:
The Riverfront Trail from Harrahs to the Western Trail Center
The Manawa Trail from Redtail Road to the Iowa West Trail Head Park
The Big Lake Trail
For further information, please contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 712-328-4650.
(AMES) Travel during the upcoming Labor Day holiday may be impacted by road construction, according to the Iowa Department of Transportation. Several projects on Iowa’s interstate roadways may warrant advance planning on the part of drivers.
The main Iowa DOT projects in southwest Iowa that may have traffic impacts over the Labor Day holiday include: construction of three bridges in the northbound lanes of I-29 in Mills County near Glenwood, between mileposts 31 and 39. This construction has traffic shifted to one lane in each direction in the southbound lanes. A new bridge deck is being placed on the eastbound I-680 bridge at milepost 17. One eastbound lane is closed at this location. The available lane is restricted to a width of 14 feet 7 inches. One lane of I-29 is closed in each direction at the bridges just north of U.S. 30 in Missouri Valley, located in Harrison County. The restricted lane width at milepost 76 is 13 feet 6 inches.
There are many more projects underway on state highways, county roads and city streets throughout Iowa. Details regarding all Iowa DOT construction projects can be found at www.511ia.org.
(JOHNSTON) A corn, soybean, and cow-calf producer from Pottawattamie County is the new Iowa Corn Growers Association president.
The Iowa Corn Growers Association and the Iowa Corn Promotion Board announced that Kevin Ross of Minden, is the new ICGA president. Ross has been an ICGA board member since 2008 and has served on the Iowa corn Grassroots Network, Membership & Checkoff Committee, Usage and Production Committee, the Animal Agriculture and Environment Committee, and the National Corn Growers Association Ethanol Committee.
Joining Ross on the ICGA executive officer team is Bruce Rohwer of Paullina as ICGA Vice President; Roger Zylstra of Lynnville as Secretary/Treasurer and Dean Taylor of Prairie City as ICGA Past President.
Deb Keller of Clarion has been named the new Iowa Corn Promotion Board Chair. Kevin Rempp of Montezuma; Vice Chair, Bob Bowman of DeWitt; Secretary/Treasurer, and Dick Gallagher of Washington; Past Chair.
(AUDUBON) An Exira woman was arrested on theft charges following an investigation into money taken from an Exira business.
The Audubon County Sheriff’s Office says 43-year-old Sherri Lynn Jorgensen was arrested at 8:30 this (Thursday) morning for 2ndDegree Theft. The money was allegedly taken over the past year from a business where Jorgensen was an employee. The amount totals over $5,000. The incident remains under investigation.
Jorgensen was released following an appearance before the magistrate. A preliminary hearing was set for September 19th.
(COUNCIL BLUFFS) Two women from New Jersey were arrested on drug charges following a drug bust on Interstate 80 near Council Bluffs Wednesday.
Pottawattamie County Sheriff Jeff Danker says the vehicle was stopped near the 9 mile marker for speeding. Deputy Miller had asked for consent to search the vehicle and was denied. Deputy Miller then deployed his drug dog Francisco who indicated a presence of drugs. This gave Deputy Miller probable cause to search the vehicle. Danker said 21 pounds of marijuana, a little over 2 pounds of cocaine and 28 grams of mushrooms were discovered.
Twenty seven year old Justine Mango and 26-year-old Allison Wolfe of New Jersey were each arrested on charges of Possession with Intent to Deliver Marijuana and Cocaine, Possession of a Controlled Substance; Mushrooms, Prohibited Acts, and Tax Stamp Violation.
(DES MOINES) Five Iowa state parks will be part of a nationwide effort to honor the victims from Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, by participating in the 9-11 Call to Service.
9-11 Call to Service is an effort to unite 1 million Americans through volunteering in honor of the victims of the 9-11 tragedy. Iowans who want to be part of the national effort can help pick up trash in Lake Ahquabi, Backbone, Big Creek, Lake of three Fires and Pleasant Creek state parks on Sept. 6.
Volunteers should plan to bring gloves, water to drink, and to wear closed toed shoes.
In southwest Iowa, volunteers can meet at the park office at Lake of Three Fires State Park in Taylor county. The event will be held from 9 to 11 a.m.
(COUNCIL BLUFFS) Road construction work on Iowa 192/South Expressway Street just north of Interstate 29/80 at exit 3 near Lake Manawa will cause intermittent lane closures in both directions beginning Tuesday, Sept. 6, weather permitting.
The Iowa Department of Transportation’s Council Bluffs construction office says flaggers will be used to control traffic during the closure. The roadway will return to normal traffic patterns when workers are not present. Motorists are asked to consider using an alternate route during this construction project.
This project is expected to be completed by Jan. 9, 2012.
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