(Atlantic) Iowa Farmland is worth more today than anytime in history, in fact prices for productive farm ground showed an increase of 32.5-percent statewide in 2011 for an average of $6708.00 per acre. That’s according Neil Harl, Professor of economics at Iowa State University. Harl says Southwest Iowa posted the largest increase at 36-percent.
Randy Euken, a grain and cattle producer south of Atlantic started farming in 1978. As He never thought in a million years that land, grain and cattle prices would be at this high of level.
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Euken admits higher prices don’t necessarily mean everything is a bed of roses.
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So what is driving land prices higher? Euken says there is more demand for our commodities overseas.
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So how long will land prices continue to climb or are we at the peak. Euken as he gazes over his land and cattle operation on a December afternoon speaks from experience on that subject.
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Euken didn’t hesitate when I asked him what would drive land prices lower.
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Euken says if land prices should crash, the financial impact on farmers may not be as severe as it was during the 80’s.
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To back Euken’s theory Neil Harl, Professor of economics at Iowa State University says most financial institutions are placing a $5,000 to $5,200 and acre cap on loans for farmland, the buyer must come with the rest.
So who is buying this farmland? Two late September auctions in Iowa saw record high prices for land. According to Landowner magazine an area farm family purchased an 80 acre tract of land in a September 24th auction in Jasper County for $16,200 per acre. The September 27th auction in Mahaska County brought just over $15,300 per acre. The buyer that purchased the 77.5 acres in that sealed-bid auction was an area farmer. And two farmers engaged in a bidding war for a 74-acre tract of farmland at an auction in Sioux County that jetted to $20,000 per acre before the other gave in. Land prices are something that producers and anyone in the ag sector are keeping an eye on.
December 31, 2011
(Red Oak) An Emerson man face drug charges following a traffic stop in rural Red Oak Thursday night.
The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, 35-year-old Sean Eugene Hicks, of Emerson faces charges of possession of marijuana with intent to deliver, possession of drug paraphernalia, manner of conveyance, stopped on paved portion of road, and no valid driver’s license, following an incident at 210th Street and Boxelder Avenue in rural Red Oak.
Hicks was transported to the Montgomery County Jail and held on $5,000 bond.
December 31, 2011
(Council Bluffs) A Carter Lake woman was killed Saturday afternoon in a two-vehicle accident in Council Bluffs.
Council Bluffs Police say 52-year-old Linda Steskal, of Carter Lake was killed in the crash at Interstate 80 near 41st Street.
Police say it happened at around 3:30 p.m. when 45-year-old Ronald Dunbar, of Council Bluffs and 52-year Linda Steskal were eastbound on Interstate 480. The preliminary investigation says Dunbar lost control, striking the 2002 Chevy Malibu driven by Steskal. Her car struck the center guardrail, then went off the road and into the ditch. Steskal was pronounced dead at the scene. She did not appear to be restrained. Dunbar was apprehended a short distance from the scene after fleeing on foot.
According to Police, speed and alcohol may be factors in the crash. Under determined charges are pending at the time of this release.
December 31, 2011
(DES MOINES) A Wind Advisory is in effect from 6 p.m. Saturday to 6 p.m. Sunday for Crawford, Carroll, Greene, Audubon, Guthrie, Dallas, Cass, Adair, Madison, Adams, Union, Taylor and Ringgold counties.
The National Weather Service says winds should increase early Saturday evening and remain strong through Sunday. The strongest winds will likely be during the day on Sunday. Northwest winds will be from 25 to 35 mph with gusts from 45 to 50 mph.
(ATLANTIC) The Cass County Board of Supervisors approved a new burial policy for indigent persons, now called the Cass County Disposition Policy, at their meeting this morning.
A maximum of $2,000 will be paid by Cass County for the burial of the deceased and a maximum of $1,500 for a cremation, which includes the mandatory Medical Examiner certification fee.
In addition to this amount the County will pay the reasonable and customary cemetery expenses not to exceed $550, or for burial of cremation remains, $200.
The Cass County Board of Supervisors has the complete and sole discretion to decide upon reimbursement of these costs. The applicant will also have to sign an agreement to repay Cass County from any resources or benefits that belong to or are due to the deceased person.
The Cass County Disposition Policy will go into effect January 1st.
(AUDUBON) An Audubon man was arrested on drug charges Thursday.
The Sheriff’s Office says 29-year-old Joseph Mark Zaiger has been charged with Possession of Marijuana 3rd Offense and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. The charges stem from a traffic stop on Highway 71 in Brayton.
Zaiger was cited and released. He will appear in court on January 5th.
(Red Oak) A Red Oak resident told police that someone stole his television from his home on Second Avenue.
Troy Donovan Terry told Red Oak police that he believed it happened sometime between 6:30 p.m. and 7:12 p.m., an unknown person(s) entered his home and stole a 42 inch Vizio television.
Police say they was no forced entry into the structure. Police say anyone that may have seen anything suspicious during this time is asked to contact the Red Oak Police Department at 712-623-6500.
The TV is valued at $700.00.
December 30, 2011
(Atlantic) GOP Presidential hopeful Ron Paul met a packed house at the Cass County Community Center in Atlantic Thursday afternoon. Paul told the crowd that he plans to cut 1-trillion dollars from the budget in the first year reduce government and give the American people their freedom back.
“We have more laws passed on us on how we can use our land, our money, and even the personal invasion of our privacy today.” stated Paul. “The government is taking away the privacy of the internet, the protection you have of the fourth amendment and look at your papers, your records and your homes without a search warrant, and they come in and do that.”
Paul says those are the consequences of over exuberant politicians who passed laws after 911 and said we had to have the Patriot Act.
“The Patriot Act takes away your liberties, and some people argue that we wouldn’t be safe if you take away our liberties,” says Paul, “So let me tell ya, you don’t have to give up your liberties to be safe. If you give up your liberties you are not going to be safe and you are not going to have your liberties. That is why we have we have to get a handle on this government and say the purpose of the government is to protect our liberties and not to overstep their bounds and do things that they are not authorized to do.”
Ron Paul also says if he is elected to the white house he will pull all U.S. troops out of the 130 different countries they currently occupy.
Paul has a slight lead over his fellow candidates in the latest poll, at 24-percent ahead of Mitt Romney’s 20-percent…according to a new public policy polling survey.
December 29, 2011
(Atlantic) It appears Ron Paul is starting to get the attention of the young people. Tammy Campbell of Lewis was part of the large gathering at the Cass County Community Center Thursday afternoon. Campbell says she agrees will all the things Paul said this afternoon, including reducing government.
“I really like that he supports having our own freedom and that the constitution is supposed to restrict the government and not the people,” said Campbell.
The young people are not the only ones jumping on the Ron Paul bandwagon. It was announced that Iowa State Senator Kent Sorenson (R-Indianola) in a major pivot that promises to give Paul extra momentum in the run-up to the January 3, 2012 Iowa Caucus.
In making his endorsement Senator Sorenson is leaving his post as Iowa Chairman for U.S. Republican Michele Bachman’s presidential campaign here. The resignation and endorsement took effect immediately.
December 29, 2011
(ATLANTIC) Cass County Conservation has teamed up with Atlantic’s Orscheln’s store to help feed the Trumpeter Swans. You can buy a bag of Whole Cleaned Corn at the registers and Orschelns staff will put it aside for the Trumpeter Swans from now until January 31st. Four bags will fill the feeder.
Also, join Cass County Conservation Staff at Atlantic’s Schildberg Quarry on Saturday, January 7th 2012. Staff will be giving ten-minute presentations regarding the Trumpeter Swans every half-hour beginning at 11:00 a.m. with the last one being presented at 2:00 p.m. The Schildberg Quarry is located on the northwest edge of Atlantic, on the north side of Highway 83. If the weather is bad or the swans are not at the quarry, the program will be held at the Atlantic Public Library from 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. with a light lunch available. This event is being sponsored by the Cass County Conservation Board, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, and the Atlantic Public Library.
(HARLAN) A Shelby County Supervisor was found guilty of harassment last week.
Sixty-two year old Delbert Hull, of Kirkman, was found guilty of third degree harassment in connection with a derogatory letter he sent to a Harlan teen in September.
Hull was fined $100, plus court costs and surcharges. He will not have to spend any time in jail.
(Atlantic) GOP Presidential hopeful Ron Paul will be at the Cass County Community Center in Atlantic this afternoon.
Paul made a campaign stop in Jasper County Wednesday. During these last few days leading up to the Iowa Caucuses, telling supporters what he would do if he won the white house.
“I want to cut one-trillion-dollars out of the budget in the first year,” stated Ron Paul.
Paul has a slight lead over his fellow candidates in the latest poll, at 24-percent ahead of Mitt Romney’s 20-precent. That’s according to a new public policy polling survey.
Ron Paul will appear at the Cass County Community Center at 3:00 p.m. this afternoon.
December 29, 2011
(Atlantic) A new and unique business is now open in Atlantic. Harvest Moon Market, owned and operated by Todd and Stacia Taylor, opened the doors on December 17th.
Todd Taylor says Harvest Moon Market is more than just an organic grocery store.
“Many varieties of herbs and spices. Lots of teas and coffee, a few supplements and some body care products. Everything you need to get started making beer and wine. We do have some grocery items and they are all organic including vegetables, fruit, dairy-like yogurt, butter.”
Also beef and pork will be coming soon. Stacia Taylor says opening an organic store is something she has been interested in for a long time. The Taylors finally went through with their idea after visiting a similar store in the Amana Colonies.
“I thought it would be really neat to have a little store that had herbs and spices and teas in bulk and it kind of grew from there.”
The Taylor’s say they’ve seen a wide range of customers from people who don’t know what organic means to customers who know more about certain products than they do. Todd and Stacia Taylor owned and operated Lyman Produce before opening up this one of a kind store in Atlantic.
(Des Moines) Motorists will be taking a double take at the gas pumps this morning when they fill up. There was an unexpected 14-cent a gallon jump in gas prices overnight.
Gail Weinholzer with the Iowa Minnesota Triple A says it’s nothing to worry about. “We have seen crude oil on the national market in and or around $100 for the better part of the second half of this year and there is no reason to expect it to decline significantly. Three dollars a gallon is the new normal,”
She expects gas prices to come back down after the New Year.
December 29, 2011
(Red Oak) Three minors were cited for possession of alcohol early this morning in Red Oak.
Police say 18-year-old Natchia Rayne Houston, 19-year-old Brian Axl Schooling, and 17-year-old Dillon MaKenzie Terry, all of Red Oak were cited at around 2:15 this (Thursday) morning at North 7th Street.
Schooling and Houston were issued a citation for possession of alcohol under the legal age. Dillon Terry was cited for minor in possession of alcohol and released to a parent.
December 29, 2011
(CORNING) A Corning woman was arrested on drug charges this morning.
The Adams County Sheriff’s Office says as the result of a search warrant, Tamara McCoy was arrested for Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Felon in Possession of a Firearm.
(Audubon) The Audubon City Council voted 3-2 Tuesday night to give all city employees a three-percent raise. That is compared to a $400 raise each city employee received one year ago.
The three council members voting for the 3-percent increase were Dwight Borkowski, Teresa Murray and Andy Griffith. The three council members against the raise were Robert Jacobsen and John Wetzel. Both councilmen wanted to wait until they found out what the city’s health insurance costs were going to be. The raise will go into effect July 1, 2012.
In other activity, Councilman Wetzel voiced concern in regards to cars being parked in yards throughout the city. Wetzel presented several pictures of these vehicles being parked in front and back yards at several residents. Wetzel asked the council to consider passing some sort of ordinance keeping the vehicles on the streets.
The next Audubon city council meeting is slated for January 9, 2012.
December 28, 2011
(Audubon) The Audubon County Board of Supervisors met on Tuesday and one of the items on the agenda included the Re-Codifying of Ordinances.
"We did a little changing to the construction permit language in the zoning ordinance to provide information to the various county departments for planning purposes and also to spell out those requirements so everyone gets handled consistenly.”
Supervisor chair Todd Nelsen explains that building permits are needed even for agricultural use buildings.
"An ag use building in an ag area is exempt from zoning but not exempt from the county wanting to have a building permit on it so it can be used for the various departments for the planning. If we get a system in place so that we handle everyone the same consistently is the goal.”
Again building permits are required on all buildings even if the building is exempt from zoning. Permits are necessary to provide information to the various county departments for planning purposes.
December 28th, 2011
(Greenfield) Iowa Lawmakers gavel in on January 9 and one big item on the agenda will be the governor’s proposal to reform commercial property taxes and how this will affect their ability to meet residents’ needs.
Greenfield Republican Representative Clel Baudler agrees with the Governor that something needs to be done. “I think both sides of the aisle want to see some relief especially in commercial property taxes being paid by Iowan’s, because it is too much.”
Baudler says the big question is funding, so the financial burden doesn’t fall on the shoulders of local government.To offset that the state is talking about backfilling this plan. “We have talked about $50-$60-million to fund this proposal and that is moving up the scale over a number of years,” stated Baudler. “I guess you would say the “Devils in the Details,” and we haven’t seen all the details yet.”
Baudler says some other key issues include, mental health reform, and the unveiling of the Governors education initiative soon.
December 28, 2011
(Corning) The Corning City Council met Tuesday night and re-appointed Iona M. Allen to the City Clerk/Treasurer position. Street Superintendent Kevin Olson was also re-appointed last night. Council Member Cindy Petersen was appointed to the Mayor Pro-Tem position. Ted Engel and Rod Meharry were selected to be appointed to the City Attorney position.
In unfinished business, the Council discussed Animal Control options.
"The Council in the discussion decided we need to take a look at our animal control ordinance to see what we can do with that to make it a little more strict in requiring the owners to take better care and keep them under control."
Mayor Guy Brace says they are hoping to make things safer for individuals trying to capture animals that are out of control.
"We've been investigating some type of method of capturing stray dogs. We've had a couple of issues viscious dogs."
The council tabled their discussion on Health Insurance option to January 9th.
(Des Moines) It appears the winter coats will stay in the closet a little bit longer, maybe a lot longer.
“The last time we had a New Year’s Eve above 50-degrees was 2006 and prior to that was 1999,1965, 1937 and 1903.” stated Kenny Podrazik, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Des Moines. “So it is pretty uncommon to have this warm of temperature this late in the year.”
And it appears the mercury will continue to climb all the way to New Year’s Eve when the temperature is expected to reach the upper 50’s, according to Podrazik. “As far as the next ten days to two weeks, it really doesn’t look like too much of a major cold outbreak. It is really tough to get those really cold temperatures when we don’t have a decent snowpack.”
This unusual warm spell is not going to set any records. The record high was set back in 1946 when the temperature reached 64-degrees. The Record low was 20-below in 1886. The last time we saw a 9-straight 50-degree days, was December 2, 1946 to December 11, and December 3, 1939, to December 12.
December 28, 2011
(ATLANTIC) Times may be tough, but that didn’t stop the generous donations from flowing in this Holiday season. The Cass County Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign raised $11,176, almost double the amount raised last year.
“I was really surprised, I knew it [the money] was coming in good and we had a number of checks come in on the last two weekends for donations, but we had fine weather and we had people that were willing to step up for the first time and ring bells and again we’re thankful for the generosity of the people who gave,” said Duane McFadden, Chairman of the Cass County Red Kettle Campaign.
McFadden says 90 percent of the funds raised stays in Cass County. “They get backpacks for the kids, they help people that need assistance with gasoline, if someone is coming into the area and maybe going to a funeral and run out of funds we can help them, they use money for the “Shop With a Cop” program and also we’re going to be looking at other things that we can help with in funding, as the federal and state funding on many of these programs cut back we can step up and help keep some of the programs better funded.”
Last year the campaign raised around $5,820.
(DES MOINES) Auditor of State, David A. Vaudt, today released a report on a special investigation of UNItix, the University of Northern Iowa’s centralized ticketing office, for the period August 1, 2008 through August 31, 2010. The special investigation was requested by University officials as a result of concerns regarding improperly transaction processed by John Gogola, a former Assistant UNItix Director.
Vaudt reported the special investigation identified $18,891 of collections which were diverted from the UNItix system. Of this amount, $16,412 was diverted to Mr. Gogola’s personal debit and credit cards by recording certain improper transaction within UNItix. Vaudt reported a total of 284 improper transactions were identified which were directly or indirectly related to the funds Mr. Gogola diverted to his personal debit and credit cards. The improper transactions were recorded in 112 patron accounts. The improper transactions identified also resulted in $1,268 of losses incurred by 12 patrons. Additional improper transactions may have also been recorded in more patron accounts, but sufficient details were not available.
More details on this report can be found at auditor.iowa.gov/specials. Copies of the report have been filed with the University’s Department of Public Safety, the Division of Criminal Investigation, the Black Hawk County Attorney’s Office and the Attorney General’s Office.
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(Atlantic) The Wind Turbine Project near Massena is not only generating electricity to hundreds of thousands of homes, they will eventually generate a wind fall for Cass County.
Last summer Mid-American Energy began building the state’s largest wind turbine farm in southern Cass County. The 193-wind turbines are projected to power 190,000 homes. One-hundred-and-fifty-five of these large wind mills are located in Cass County and expected to give a boost to the counties budget. The full value of the project is based on a sliding scale so it will take 7-years before the maximum assessed value will actually kick in.
“They are set up on a sliding scale.” stated Cass County Assessor Brenda Nelson. “The first year they are assessed at zero, the second year is five-percent of the acquisition cost, and every year after that it increases by five-percent until they are maxed out at thirty-percent.” Nelson says at the end of 7-years they will be taxed at $38,149 of actual tax money out of pocket. “So if multiply that figure by 155, it calculates out to $5-million-913-thousand-95-dollars per year total tax on those 155-turbines.”
Cass County Board of Supervisor Chair Duane McFadden says other counties wish they had this windfall coming in because you seldom have this increased assessment available.
“We are fortunate that the conditions were right in the southeast part of our county for the turbines to be built there,” stated McFadden. “And out of 193-turbines, 155 are in Cass County, so we have the biggest part of the pot in this project.”
So how will this money be used? McFadden says a lot of this extra revenue will be used to improve the counties infrastructure without causing an added tax burden.
“The money can be used to maintain our roads and keep us up to pace without raising taxes,” said McFadden. “We know costs continue to go up and you need this new value to assess and lower the tax burden while maintaining the facilities that need to be updated or replaced.”
McFadden says this in essence will mean more jobs to the county, not to mention the jobs that have been already been created by this project.
December 28, 2011
(ELLSTON) A well known author of young adult books will speak at the Ellston Community Library on January 7th.
The Ellston Community Library and an Ellston area book club welcome Wendy Delsol, of Des Moines, best known for her young-adult trilogy of Stork, Frost and Tide, and newly released novel called The McCloud Home for Wayward Girls. Delsol will do a reading from these books and share the research that went into developing her characters and stories. The McCloud Home for Wayward Girls is set in Eastern Iowa and tells the saga of three generations of women and the secrets that bind them together. The story also focuses on the impact the Home and its family of owners has on the community and those around them.
The January 7th program begins at 10 a.m. Anyone who has already read Delsol’s book and wants to discuss its rich and colorful characters in depth are invited to join her and others for the discussion. If you haven’t read her novel yet and don’t want its contents or ending revealed, come to the library at 11 a.m.
If you don’t have Delsol’s books but want to purchase them, Delsol will bring plenty of books to sell and autograph. She will also sign any previously purchased books.
(Atlantic) With less than a week to go before the Iowa Caucus, Republican Michelle Bachmann made a campaign stop in Cass County last night.
Last evening at the Atlantic Pizza Ranch, Michelle Bachman introduced herself and took pictures with nearly the entire crowd before addressing the group with her message.
"When you have someone as socialistic as Barack Obama, we need a rock solid conservative to take him on and take his policies on. That's my proven record, that's my signature, I have taken him on he knows who I am. I will do it in the debates and I will go on to win in 2012."
Bachmann spoke with confidence and conviction ahead of the Iowa Caucus next week.
"I want you to know that I can win this election. If you saw the debates in Sioux City, Iowa, you saw how I took it to Ron Paul on the issue of Iran gaining a nuclear weapon. That's exactly what I'm going to do to Barack Obama. We have got to defeat Barack Obama and in order to do that we need the strongest conservative in the race."
Bachmann stood strongly behind her conservative approach.
"I want you to know for five years I have been standing up for our constitution, I have been standing up for smaller government, I have been standing against the out of control spending. And I've been standing up for life, for marriage, for our national security I stand up for our ally Israel and I stand against the radical Jihadist."
The Iowa Caucus will be held January 3rd. Bachman’s stop in Atlantic was her 9th of 10 stops in Western Iowa yesterday as part of her 99 county tour.
(Atlantic) Matthew Bernard Steffens of Wiota was arrested on Tuesday by the Cass County Sheriff’s Office on a Cass County Warrant. Steffens was arrested on two counts of Violation of Sex Offender Registry.
After being transported to the Cass County Jail, Steffens was released later that day on $5,000 bond.
(AUDUBON) A Fort Dodge woman was arrested for Possession of Methamphetamine in Audubon County.
The Sheriff’s Office says 23-year-old Bethany Nicole Litwiller was arrested following a traffic stop on Pheasant Avenue near 220th Street on Friday. She was transported to the Audubon County Jail and later released following an appearance before the magistrate.
(AUDUBON) Two people were arrested on drug charges in Audubon County on Thursday.
The Sheriff’s Office says 35-year-old Shawn Michael Vetterick and 30-year-old Athena Marie Shotwell, both of Audubon, were each charged with Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. The charges stem from a consent search of their residence at 212 2nd Avenue in Audubon.
Shotwell and Vetterick were transported to the Audubon County Jail. They were released after posting bond.
(AUDUBON) An Audubon man was arrested on an outstanding Audubon County warrant Monday.
The Sheriff’s Office says 47-year-old Richard Alan Jorgensen has been charged with Aggravated Assault. The charge stems from the investigation into an incident that occurred on December 18th. Jorgensen posted bond and was released.
(Greenfield) Iowa Lawmakers are thirteen days away from gaveling into the 2012 legislative session. There will be a number of big topics on the table this year, including mental health reform, and the governor’s proposal to reform commercial property taxes and how this will affect their ability to meet residents’ needs. Governor Branstad will also unveil his education initiative soon.
Greenfield Republican Representative Clel Baudler says it is time to see some results.“I can say this, every year that I have been in the legislature; we have worked on education and initiatives. And quite frankly it is starting to become a concern with a lot of members of my caucus in regards to why we haven’t seen the results that have been promised,” stated Baudler. “I think the reason for this is a combination of things. It’s pushed back from the teachers union, and possibly the students that teachers are getting from home, that add to the many combinations of what should, would, could in education.”
Baudler also questions whether “No Child Left Behind” is realistic. “Not every child has to be a brain surgeon,” stated Baudler. “There is nothing wrong with being a worker that goes to his job everyday and comes home and leads a good life.”
Baudler says it is unclear what the initiative will cost. However, he is guessing somewhere in the price range of 1-to-2-million dollars.
December 27, 2011
(Atlantic) The Iowa Department of Transportation says the number of car/pedestrian accidents is on the rise. There have been 23 pedestrian deaths since January in the state, up from 19 in 2010.
Atlantic Police Chief Steve Green says drivers need to concentrate on one thing and that is driving. "As a motorist, your one and only job while you are driving a vehicle…is to drive that vehicle,” stated Green.
Green says there are a number of things that can distract a driver.
“You don’t want to be texting, talking on the cell phone, don’t be take your eye off of the road to argue with your kids, or be in any other mode of thought besides driving down the road safely and watching out for pedestrians,” said Green.
And the same safe practices apply to pedestrians. “It is your job as you walk across the street to watch for traffic just like you were taught as a child,” said Green. “You go back to texting; people have been hit by a vehicle as they were walking across the street because they were looking at their cell phone.”
Officials from the Iowa Department of Transportation urge everyone to be more alert no matter how they're using the roads.
The Iowa Department of Transportation data also showed pedestrian injuries increased 10.7 percent from 2009 to 2010, from 478 to 529.
December 27, 2011
(State) Break out the birthday cake and light the candles, Iowa became a state 165 years ago on Wednesday.
Western Iowa Pioneer Cemetery Association Chairman Ron Chamberlain says Abel Galland was the first settler in Western Iowa.
"Abel Galland settled this area in Galland's Grove in western Shelby County in about November of that year."
A special ceremony will be held for Galland this summer.
"June 24th is when we are inviting 11 different legion posts in Western Iowa to come to a cemetery that we are building from scratch. We found nine burials at this location Northwest of Earling, Iowa east of Dunlap, IA. We have a government tombstone for Abel Galland for being a veteran of the War of 1812."
Iowa became the 29th state in the U.S. when it was admitted 165 years ago.
December 27th, 2011
(ATLANTIC) An Orient woman was arrested following a pursuit through Cass and Montgomery Counties on Christmas Eve.
The Cass County Sheriff’s Office says 44-year-old Laura Sue Sturdy was arrested on charges of Eluding, OWI 1st Offense, and Reckless Driving. Sturdy was taken to the Cass County Jail where she posted $5,000 bond and was released the following day.
The Cass County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, Red Oak Police Department, and the Atlantic Police Department.
In other activity, 20-year-old Jesse Allen Luft, of Villisca, was arrested on December 20th for Domestic Abuse Assault Simple. Luft was taken to the Cass County Jail where he was held on $1,000 bond. Also on December 20th, 25-year-old Bryan Stanley Curtis, of Audubon, was arrested on a District Court warrant for Failure to Appear. Curtis was taken to the Cass County Jail where he was released the following day on $1,000 bond.
(Atlantic) The Atlantic Elks Lodge has received nearly 150 deer hide donations so far this year. It’s part of a national effort do donate hides to veterans across the country.
Deer hides collected by the Atlantic Elk’s lodge are trucked down to Tennessee to be tanned and then returned to the Veteran’s Home in Marshalltown where they are used the make wheel chair gloves, three ring binders, and several other crafts.
"It give the veterans something to do and they look forward to it. The Elks pay for all of it. They truck the hides down to Tennesse to have them tanned and pay to have them tanned so there is no cost to the veterans."
Exalted Ruler Tony Brockman says the donations have double from previous years.
"I think we have been running around the 75-80 range in the prior years so actually we've kind of doubled. So I'm realy happy we got the word out there. Hopefully next year we can even get more.”
Donations can still be made and to arrange a donation of a deer hide you can call Brockman at 712-249-4719. You can also call Greg Schuler at 712-249-0519 or the Atlantic Elks Lodge at 712-243-2317.
(Atlantic) Presidential candidate Michele Bachmann is due to appear at the Pizza Ranch in Atlantic Tuesday, December 27, at 7:10 p.m., following a three-day Christmas break.
The Republican Presidential hopeful is making a stop in Cass County as part of her 99-county bus tour of Iowa.
December 26, 2011
(Council Bluffs) The holiday spirit was alive and well in western Iowa this weekend after tragedy hit home for one family.
The family of Mary Pierson got up Christmas morning and was celebrating just like most of us when they started to notice the smell of smoke. They soon discovered their attached garage was on fire and the flames were spreading. They quickly got out to safety but the garage, the house, their possession and their presents were all consumed by the fire. Mary said after the fact that she just wanted someone to slap her and wake her up from a bad dream.
But no sooner had the fire been put out than the offers of help started arriving from family, friends, neighbors and even strangers who came with offers of clothing, money, and replacement presents. The cause of the fire has not been determined.
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(Des Moines) Five unidentified Iowa Counties have reported cases of norovirus.
The Iowa Department of Public Health says they have received 8-reports of medium to large outbreaks of probable stomach virus. The symptoms include, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and stomach cramps. The illness usually begins 24 to 48 hours after exposure and lasts one to two days. The IDPH says three groups of people became ill after eating at a restaurant where several food handlers had also been sick. Outbreaks were also associated with events like holiday parties and holiday potlucks.
State Medical director Dr. Patricia Quinlisk says if a person has had any stomach illness, he or she should not prepare food of any kind for others until 48 hours have passed since his or her recovery.
December 26, 2011
(Red Oak) Five people face drug charges in Montgomery County.
Red Oak Police says, 19-year-old Timothy Gene Humphrey, of Omaha, 18-year-old Ashley Ann Wood and 19-year-old Jodi Michelle Booher, both of Shenandoah, 24-year-old Madison Christina Parson, and 20-year-old Brett Michael Donnelly, each of Red Oak face charges of gathering where a controlled substance was being used.
In addition, Timothy Humphrey is charged with possession of a controlled substance.
All five subjects were transported to the Montgomery County Jail and held on $1,000 bond.
The Red Oak Police Department was assisted by the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office.
December 26, 2011
(Des Moines) Advocacy groups and Iowa school districts are looking for new ways to battle bullying of students. A brand new website ReportsBullyingIowa.com, will receive reports from students and parents and forward them to school districts. The website is run by Eychanger Foundation, a Des Moines nonprofit group that wants to promote tolerance and nondiscrimination.
Iowa law requires school districts to report bullying cases to Iowa Department of Education Officials. However, last year, more than half of Iowa school districts didn’t report any bullying. Foundation executive director Michael Bowser told the Des Moines Register that there are several reasons why reports aren’t being submitted, and the website could make it easier to report bullying.
December 26, 2011
(Shenandoah) A man living and working in Shenandoah since 2005 was arrested for failure to register as a sex offender in Shenandoah Friday.
The Page County Sheriff’s Office was investigating a report of a sex offender violation in Shenandoah. It was determined that Rubio Aviles AKA Guadalupe Berlanga was living and working in Shenandoah since 2005, and had failed to register with the Iowa Sex Offender Registry. Rubio had charges in Oregon with an outstanding warrant for failing to register there also. He was convicted in 2001 in Oregon for sex related charges.
Deputies were heading to the suspects home when his vehicle was spotted leaving the residence. An Officer then made a traffic stop on he vehicle near the residence of north Elm and west Lowell Streets.
Rubio Aviles, was charged with failing to comply with the sex offender registry requirements’, and later posted bond in the amount of $2,000.00. Prior to his release Immigration and Customs Enforcement was contacted and placed a hold on Aviles. He is currently in the Page County Jail awaiting further investigation by the ICE.
December 26, 2011
(Underwood) Pottawattamie County authorities say a Council Bluffs man was seriously hurt (Sunday) last night in a single vehicle accident while eluding law enforcement.
Iowa State Patrol Troopers were pursuing the vehicle driven by 33-year-old Justine D. Alstadt, when it rolled over about 9:30 p.m. near 270th Street and Pinoak Road.
Alstadt was airlifted to the Nebraska Medical Center. His condition is unknown.
Other details, including the reason for the pursuit are not available.
December 26, 2011
(Atlantic) The Atlantic Rotary Club donated $5,000 Tuesday to the Atlantic Fly Iowa Committee for their Sept. 15, 2012 Air Show.
“This event is expected to bring quite a crowd to town,” Fly Iowa Chairman Garry Pellett said. “These funds will help us market the event and provide free entertainment to the attendees.”
Pellett said the Iowa Aviation Promotion Group invited Atlantic to be the host for Fly Iowa 2012 a few months ago. The event is aimed at promoting aviation and the Atlantic Municipal Airport.
“We’ll have acrobatic pilots, hot air balloons, military aircrafts and activities for children,” Pellett said. “We hope families can come to the Atlantic Airport and make a day of it.”
Several committee chairs have been appointed, but Pellett said there are still some gaps to be filled. Volunteers interested in helping the planning committee can contact the Atlantic Area Chamber at 712.243.3017 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
“This event is going to take community support and the enthusiasm of some of our local pilots to work,” Pellett said. “So far, we think things are falling into place quite nicely and hope to make it a memorable day for everyone involved.”
In addition to the Rotary funds, the Atlantic Community Promotion Commission granted the Fly Iowa Committee $10,000 for marketing and promotion. The projected attendance at Fly Iowa is between 4,500 to 8,000 people.
“There are many things an airport does for a community,” Pellett said. “It is our goal to help people understand what an asset we have. It’s not every day we get to see an Air Show of this scale with free admission and so close to home. ”
(Corning) The Adams County Sheriff's Office reports the arrest of 26-year-old Michael Scott Walton and 22-year-old Katherine Lynn Coleman. The two individuals face charges of Child Endangerment, Faulure to Affix Drug Stamp, and Possession of Controlled Substance. A search of the home was executed after Adams County Authorities showed up at Walton's address due to a warrant out of Polk County. Upon arrival, drug paraphernalia was in plain view and the search resulted in the finding of two pounds of marijuana.
(Audubon) The Audubon Chamber of Commerce will hold their annual Community Banquet coming up next month. Several awards will be given out at the January 7th dinner including Most Oustanding Citizen and Most Outstanding Junior Citizen. Carrie Hansen will officially take over as the President of the Chamber of Commerce. She says people have been looking forward to the community gathering. Tickets are $15 and the dinner will be held at the St. Patrick's Parish Center beginning at 7:00 p.m.
(BLENCOE) An adult male mountain lion was shot and killed early this (Friday) morning by local law enforcement officers in the Monona County city of Blencoe.
The Blencoe police chief and a Monona County Sheriff’s Deputy responded to a citizen’s call regarding the mountain lion around midnight this (Friday) morning. After finding the lion in a tree in the northwest part of town, the officers shot the lion.
The lion will be analyzed to determine its age, what it has been feeding on as well as DNA tests to try and determine its place of origin. The lion will eventually be mounted and used as a display somewhere in Monona County.
Iowa law does not provide wildlife protection to mountain lions.
Mountain lion sightings have been documented periodically in Iowa and DNR biologists believe that most of the lions seen here are likely young males that have been pushed from their native areas by older, dominant males. The lion likely came from a state west of Iowa. Generally a mountain lion will sense human presence before humans know they are in the area and the mountain lions will quickly vacate the area.
Sightings of a mountain lion can be reported to local law enforcement or to DNR conservation officers.
(HARLAN) The Harlan Police Department reports three arrests and a theft.
On December 13th, 42-year-old Kim Musich, of Harlan, was arrested when she allegedly tried to obtain prescription medication with a prescription that had been altered. Musich was transported to the Shelby County Jail where she was charged with tampering with records.
On December 17th, 23-year-old Theodore Behrens, of Harlan, was arrested when police were called to a disturbance in the 1100 block of Willow Street. Officers had to return to the scene three separate times. Behrens was transported to the Shelby County Jail where he was charged with disorderly conduct.
On December 19th, 25-year-old Charles Hayes, of Harlan, was arrested on a warrant for Failure to appear on burglary charges associated with a theft that occurred in the Dye Street area earlier this year. Hayes was transported to the Shelby County Jail.
On December 18th, Sue Kobold, Mickels Family Restaurant, reported the theft of several items, including commercial griddles and a milk dispenser, used in catering. There are no suspects and the case remains under investigation.
(LENOX) A Lenox woman was arrested following a traffic stop in Adams County early this morning.
The Sheriff’s Office says at around 1:00 a.m., 54-year-old Vicki Abell was stopped for speeding on Highway 25. The Ringgold County K-9 was called in to assist. The K-9 was deployed with positive results. Abell was arrested for OWI, No Valid License, No Insurance, Expired Plates, and Speeding.
Abell’s vehicle was impounded for further investigation.
(COUNCIL BLUFFS) A fire inside a locomotive near Council Bluffs is under investigation.
Firefighters from Council Bluffs and Crescent were called to the fire north of Council
Bluffs Wednesday night. Firefighters were able to contain the fire inside the locomotive and it took about 90 minutes to extinguish the fire.
The incident remains under investigation.
(DES MOINES) An alarming number of outbreaks of stomach illness across the state should be a reminder to Iowans participating in gatherings where food is served. With more than a week remaining for holiday and year-end celebrations, the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) is asking sick Iowans to think twice before preparing food for others.
In the last 10 days, IDPH has been investigating reports of eight medium to large outbreaks of probable norovirus in five counties. Norovirus is a common cause of viral gastroenteritis (also called "the stomach bug") and most of these outbreaks are associated with sick people preparing food for others.
Three groups got ill after eating at a restaurant where several food handlers had also been ill. Outbreaks were also associated with events like holiday parties and holiday potlucks, where foods were likely prepared and served by recently ill people.
“We’re also getting lots anecdotal reports of probable norovirus outbreaks in other areas of the state,” Quinlisk added. “This virus can be a real holiday spoiler, making your friends and loved ones sick for several days. So, if you are or have been sick, you’ll just have to wait for the next opportunity to make your signature fudge-you’re off kitchen duty until 48 hours after your symptoms have stopped!”
(DES MOINES) Iowans in small communities without proper wastewater treatment can stop by one of six upcoming open houses to learn more about sewer and septic system options. The open houses will offer information on types of sewer and septic systems, funding opportunities, and proposed rules concerning wastewater systems and disadvantaged communities.
The sessions are jointly hosted by the Iowa League of Cities, the Iowa Rural Water Association, the Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities, the Iowa State Association of Counties and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. Staff from these organizations, as well as from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Iowa Economic Development Authority and Iowa Finance Authority, will be available at the open houses.
There will not be any formal presentations, but staff will be available to answer questions from 5 to 7 p.m. The southwest Iowa location will be the Bass Pro Shops Green Room in Council Bluffs on January 19th.
(ATLANTIC) Cass County Home Care director Lorilyn Schultes announced that she will retire at the end of 2011, concluding a career spanning over three decades in the health care industry. Her retirement will be effective January 1, 2012.
Schultes states, “It is with mixed emotions that I announce my retirement from Cass County Home Care at the end of this year. I will greatly miss being around my colleagues, many of whom I consider good friends. But I welcome the opportunity to have more time for my family and friends.”
Denise Coder, currently manager of public health at Cass County Home Care, will now manage operations of the entire agency effective January 1, 2012. Coder has over 15 years of experience in the areas of community and public health, serving in dual roles at Cass County Memorial Hospital and Cass County Home Care. She has supervised community health assessments, managed health promotion and prevention planning initiatives and created public health programs.
A reception open to the public will be held to honor and recognize Schultes’ career and contributions to Cass County Home Care. It will take place on Wednesday, December 28, 2011, from 2 – 5 p.m. at Cass County Home Care, located at 1500 E. 10th St., Atlantic. Refreshments will be offered and attendees will be able to give Schultes their congratulations and best wishes.
(ATLANTIC) The Atlantic Police and Reserves would like to thank everyone who contributed to the annual Christmas programs that helped serve families and children in need this year.
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Atlantic Police Chief Steve Green said between the “Shop with a Cop” and “Family Christmas Dreams” programs, a total of $7,600 was expended and over 44 children and 12 adults were provided with a Christmas that otherwise was simply not going to happen.
Lt. Dave Erickson said the emotions during the shopping programs really showed how grateful these families really are.
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And Chief Green said he is also very proud of his Department and the Reserves for all their help with these programs.
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The two part program has been established for many years, and evolved from a few Reserve Officers repairing bicycles for children during the 1980’s. Both programs are sustained through the generosity of the citizens of Atlantic, the Salvation Army Red Kettle, as well as local business partners.
(CORNING) The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program offers free tax filing in Adams County.
The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program is an IRS-sponsored program that certifies community volunteers to prepare and electronically file basic tax returns at no cost for low to moderate income individuals and families earning up to $49,000. Adams County’s VITA site is being supported by Adams County Extension and Outreach with Federal and Iowa Department of Human Services grant funding from Iowans for Social and Economic Development.
Families who qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit and other tax credits can save the cost of tax preparation and avoid expensive loan advance fees. Returns are filed electronically and refunds can be deposited directly in a checking or savings account within 10 days.
Site volunteers are not allowed to file Schedule F; C with business expenses exceeding $10,000; complicated or advanced Schedule D; Schedule E; Employee Business Expenses; Moving; or the Minor Investment forms . They will advise individuals to seek paid assistance if the scope of a return is beyond their certification skills.
Appointments begin February 4th and can be made by calling the Adams County Extension Office at 641-322-3184. An Intake form will be sent to individuals asking that they bring required information with them. Returns are completed while the tax payer is present.
(ATLANTIC) Atlantic City Administrator Doug Harris updated the City Council on a few items going on throughout the City Wednesday night.
Harris informed the Council that the Friends of the Atlantic Animal Shelter have decided to disband.
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Harris says they have started interviews for a Superintendent for the Wastewater Treatment plant.
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And Harris said the auction for the City owned property around the old Delong building will be held January 6th.
(ATLANTIC) Atlantic Police Chief Steve Green requested approval for some unbudgeted expenditures from the City Council Wednesday night.
Green requested $13, 107 for new service boards and upgrades for the sirens that they will comply with the new Narrow Banding requirements. He also requested $2,095 for a new computer server for the police camcorder units as the old server is not compatible for use with the new camcorders used in the squad cars.
Green told the City Council that he can get these items at a reduced price for a limited time, which will be a savings of $4,000.
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The City Council approved the requests.
(ATLANTIC) The Atlantic City Council recognized two outgoing City Council members for their service to the City at Wednesday night’s meeting.
Atlantic Mayor Dave Jones presented Pat Simmons with a plaque for her 16-years of service.
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And Jones presented Kern Miller with a plaque for his 12-years of service.
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Kern thanked the folks in his ward for their support over the years.
New City Council members, Ashley Hayes and Chris Jimmerson, will begin their City Council duties in January.
(UNDERWOOD) A man killed in an accident near Underwood on Monday has been identified.
The Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office says the Medical Examiner’s Office positively identified the victim by fingerprint comparison as 31-year-old Clint Joseph Kilibarda.
Kilibarda and 33-year-old Kirk Ring were involved in a single vehicle accident along Railroad Highway near 240th. Ring was transported to Creighton Hospital by air ambulance.Witnesses at the scene reported that the vehicle had been southbound on Railroad Highway at a high rate of speed prior to the accident. Authorities said on Tuesday that they believe alcohol was a factor in the accident, which remains under investigation.
(DENISON) On Wednesday, a complaint was filed in Crawford County charging Michael McKinnon with Theft in the First Degree, a Class C Felony; and Felonious Misconduct in Office, a Class D Felony. McKinnon, 41, is a former Chief of the Denison Fire Department.
The criminal charges are the result of a lengthy investigation conducted by the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation and the State Auditor's Office. McKinnon is scheduled for an initial appearance on Friday, December 30th in Crawford County. The Iowa Attorney General’s Office is prosecuting the case.
McKinnon served as Chief of the Denison Fire Department from January 18, 1999 to January 3, 2010. McKinnon left his employment as fire chief amidst questionable purchases made by him and questionable payments made to him for training and equipment. It was then that the DCI was contacted to conduct an investigation. McKinnon currently resides in the state of New Mexico.
A criminal allegation is merely an accusation and any suspect is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
(KANSAS CITY, MO) Iowans in five western counties impacted by severe flooding from May 25 to August 1, 2011 will have two more weeks to register for disaster assistance, state and federal recovery officials announced Monday.
The new deadline to register for assistance is January 3, 2012, and applies to residents in the Iowa counties of Pottawattamie, Mills, Monona, Fremont and Harrison.
The Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Division (HSEMD) asked the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to extend the registration period, which was set to end December 19, 2011, because disaster recovery officials began getting information suggesting that some Iowans weren’t aware they could be applying for help.
The cases generally involve individuals and families whose homes did not sustain actual flood damage but were unlivable because of outages involving essential utilities or severe, prolonged flooding that made the house inaccessible.
Temporary housing assistance can be provided if a FEMA inspector verifies that the home was inaccessible due to road closures, floodwaters or if essential utilities such as power, water and gas were temporarily turned off for safety reasons. FEMA is reviewing current registrations for assistance to determine if there are persons who might be eligible under those circumstances.
Persons who think they might have eligible temporary housing costs that have not already been reimbursed can call FEMA’s Helpline at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) to check the status of their case and to find out what kind of documentation is required to submit a claim.
Others who were impacted by the flooding but have not yet registered at all, also should apply to FEMA before the January 3 deadline in one of the following ways:
-Call FEMA’s toll-free Registration Helpline 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). Hours of operation are 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. CST, seven days a week. Those with a speech disability or hearing loss who use a TTY can call 1-800-462-7585, or use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS) to call 1-800-621-3362.
-Register online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov, or by Smartphone at m.fema.gov
-Information on SBA programs can be obtained by calling: 1-800-659-2955, for speech and hearing impaired individuals TTY 1-800-877-8339, or by visiting the SBA website at www.sba.gov/services.disasterassistance
(ANKENY) Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul will campaign in Atlantic and Council Bluffs next week.
Ron Paul will be at the Cass County Community Center at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 29th for a Town Hall meeting. He will then travel to the Mid America Center in Council Bluffs for a Town Hall meeting at 7:00 p.m.
(OAKLAND) An Oakland man was arrested after leading authorities on a chase through rural Pottawattamie County Tuesday.
The Sheriff’s Office says at around 10:06 p.m. a Deputy was running radar in the area of 370th Street and Highway 6. The Deputy observed an eastbound vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed. Radar confirmed that the vehicle was traveling 91 miles per hour. A traffic stop was initiated on the vehicle, a 1997 Lincoln, which was occupied by two male subjects. As the Deputy made his approach on the vehicle, the driver took off. A pursuit ensued that lead throughout rural Pottawattamie County. After mechanical issues, the vehicle entered the ditch and came to rest near the intersection of Highway 92 and 500th Street.
The driver, 25-year-old Gary Graham, of Oakland, was arrested and charged with Aggravated Eluding. The passenger was taken into custody and later released.
(DES MOINES) With the busy pace of the holiday season, the Iowa Utilities Board (IUB) reminds customers to carefully review all charges on their utility bills, including a possible fee for a local option sales tax (LOST).
Although Iowa residential electric and natural gas bills are not currently subject to sales tax, a LOST charge may be included on utility bills (depending on location) and should appear as a separate line item. This tax should only impact customers of Iowa cities or counties where it has been imposed by local government. The Iowa Department of Revenue maintains up-to-date information about LOST fees, including the areas of the state where it is presently assessed, www.iowa.gov/tax/educate/localoption.
Recently, the IUB has received complaints regarding inappropriate LOST charges appearing on customer utility bills. IUB staff investigated these reports and they appear to have stemmed from computer billing software issues. Consumers should closely review all of their monthly utility bills to check that every tax and surcharge is appropriate. For any discrepancies, customers should first contact the appropriate taxing entity (city or county), along with the local utility representatives, and be prepared to provide the proper documentation.
Consumers with questions or concerns are encouraged to contact the IUB Customer Service Section toll free at 1-877-565-4450 and the Consumer Protection Division of the Iowa Attorney General’s Office toll free at 1-888-777-4590.
(COUNCIL BLUFFS) The Pottawattamie County Conservation Board is reporting another successful year with receipts, attendance and programs for the 2011 fiscal year, exceeding previous years.
Total income from park services and programs was up 3%, surpassing projections by over $14,000. Park visitation doubled in the past ten years with over 90,000 visitors welcomed this past fiscal year. Success for the county parks can be attributed to improved park amenities, the offering of diverse experiences, promotion of parks and strategic additions to park properties.
In addition to park use, the environmental education program reported that 1, 389 programs were presented to 17,053 participants, 8,948 children were reached through in-school programs, 7,890 walk-in visitors were welcomed to the Loess Hills interpretive facility at Hitchcock Nature Center and 1,600 students were reached through the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation’s free field trip scholarship fund.
Also this year, the Pottawattamie County Conservation Board and staff began the development of a strategic plan. This plan will help guide future acquisitions and infrastructure changes for the county parks.
Parks owned and managed by the Pottawattamie County Conservation Board include Arrowhead Park, Botna Bend, Hitchcock Nature Center, Narrows River Park, Old Town, Pheasants Forever Wildlife Habitat Area, Blackbird Marsh and Farm Creek Public Wildlife Area.
To see the PCCB annual report, visit www.pottcoconservation.com
(DES MOINES) There was a healthy decline in the unemployment rate in Iowa last month.
“We had a nice drop in our unemployment rate, we went from 6% to 5.7% and the national rate is showing that same kind of a trend, it dropped from 9% down to 8.6%,” said Kerry Kounce of Iowa Workforce Development
Kounce said there was continued growth in the manufacturing sector and with the warmer than normal weather there continued to be strength in the construction industry.
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(DES MOINES) The House Tuesday rejected a senate approved measure that would have extended the payroll tax cut of this year for another two months.
The majority opinion was that it should have been for a whole year. Iowa Senator Charles Grassley says the question now becomes whether compromise can be reached by the end of the year.
“There is a chance that the payroll tax holiday of two percentage points, which on an average family that might be close to $1,000 a year more spending money, they may not have that spending money at least starting on January 1st,” said Grassley.
Grassley said the House position is the purest position, but the Senate two month extension was the best that could be approved in a bi-partisan way.
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(AUDUBON) The Audubon School Board approved the Instructional Support Program at their meeting Monday night.
Audubon Superintendent Brett Gibbs said they will maintain their current Instructional Support levy and that will kick in for the 2013/2014 school year and go on for five more years.
“There were some districts this past year that missed the deadline to get that done and with the change in how often you can have elections and stuff we just kind of wanted to be ahead of it, so we just did it a year ahead of time to make sure we had continuity there and stuff,” said Gibbs. “We didn’t make any changes to it, it will remain the same levy that we’ve always had.”
Gibbs said the levy can be used for anything pertaining to the general fund, other than programs that have their own levy. “We use that to maintain staffing, purchase equipment… things like that,” explained Gibbs. “So, it pretty much just helps fund our general fund expenses so that we can maintain the programs that we have.”
Gibbs said there will be a 28-day waiting period in case the Instructional Support Levy decision is challenged and brought up for vote. However, Gibbs said with no increase being sought, he doesn’t foresee any issues with it.
In other news, the School Board accepted the resignation of Audubon Head Football Coach Monte Riebhoff.
“He’s been doing it quite awhile and he just thought it was time to step aside and his son is getting to the age where he wants to be able to go watch him play Jr. High Football and stuff next year and so he just thought it was that time,” said Gibbs. “So, the Board did accept it and we’ll be looking for someone to fill that position.”
Gibbs said Riebhoff will remain at the Audubon School as a Math instructor.
(GLENWOOD) A Malvern woman was arrested on drug charges in Mills County.
The Sheriff’s Office says 39-year-old Michelle Marie Pardew was arrested on Sunday for Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Her bond was set at $1,300.
(GLENWOOD) Slick roads caused a two vehicle accident in Mills County Monday.
The Sheriff’s Office says 51-year-old Eric Harris, of Glenwood, was driving a 2010 Chevy west on Highway 370, three miles south of Council Bluffs, and attempted to pass a 2010 Toyota, driven by 64-year-old Cheryl Shanker of Glenwood. While passing Shanker’s vehicle, Harris lost control due to road surface conditions and sideswiped Shanker’s vehicle.
Shanker was transported to Mercy Hospital by Pacific Junction Rescue.
(HASTINGS) A California woman was injured in a rollover accident in Mills County Saturday.
The Sheriff’s Office says 22-year-old Sarah Gaire, of San Jose, California, was driving a 2006 Honda west on Highway 34, ½ mile northeast of Hastings, when she lost control and rolled into the north ditch.
Gaire was transported to Jennie Edmundson Hospital by Malvern Rescue.
(Atlantic) A recent article in the New York Times states that nearly 1-5 women say they have been sexually assaulted. The study is from the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey started in 2010 with support from the National Institute of Justice and the Department of Defense. The survey found that youth itself was an important risk factor for sexual violence and assault.
“What that means is that we need to take look at our education on sexual abuse and rape, and instead of educating high school students, we need to target grade school students,” stated Wendy Richter, Director of the Southwest Iowa Family Crisis Support Network.
Richter says her agency is looking at curriculum they can take to the schools to educate the younger people on this serious issue.
“What information can we take to the schools and say this is age appropriate information that we want you to be sharing with your 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10-year olds,” said Richter. Then we need to look at the middle school level and say now these kids are getting older, and they know about these issues and what we can teach them to keep them safe, safety is the main concern.”
According to the survey, some 28-percent of male victims of rape reported that they were first assaulted when they were no older than 10. Only 12-percent of female rape victims were assaulted when they were 10 or younger, but almost half of the female victims said they had been raped before they turned 18. About 80-percent of rape victims reported that they had been raped before age 25. Another factor released by the survey says rape at a younger age was associated with another, later rape; about 35-percent of women who had been raped as minors were also raped as adults.
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(AUDUBON) The Audubon Police Department reports two arrests.
On Friday, 19-year-old Tyler Everett Williamson, of Audubon, was arrested for Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Driving under Suspension and Operation without Registration.
On Thursday, 53-year-old Patricia Ann Richter, of Audubon, was arrested for 3rd Degree Theft.
Both individuals were booked into the Audubon County Jail and were held pending an appearance before the magistrate.
(NODAWAY) ‘Tis the season for giving, sharing and helping those in need… and the “Share-A-Toy” program in Nodaway has been doing just that for many years.
Vince Else, Founder of the “Share-A-Toy” program, says they take toy donations all year long to give away to families all over Southwest Iowa. Toys can be dropped off at Else’s home in Nodaway and Orscheln’s in Red Oak and Clarinda are also collection sites.
“We clean every toy, check every toy, new batteries, make sure everything works, actually a lot of the toys we give away look like new,” said Else. “And, it isn’t just cheap little toys, last year our most expensive toy was a $375 telescope.”
Else said this program started over 50 years ago. “Actually, when I was teaching Sunday School there was a boy that wasn’t going to get toys and I found an old tractor and gave it to his dad and he gave it to the boy and the boy came back to church tickled to death the next Sunday. And the next year I gave more and more and each year it’s just gotten bigger,” said Else. “Last year we had 806 children from 33 towns in Southwest Iowa come get toys for their children, their parents did.”
Parents can pick up toys Wednesday from 5 to 7 p.m. and Friday from 1 to 2 p.m. Grandparents and Parents can also pick up toys from 2 to 4 p.m. on Friday and 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday. Toys can be picked up at the Community Center in Nodaway.
(UNDERWOOD) More information has been released on a fatal accident near Underwood Monday.
The Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office says are around 5 p.m. deputies located a 2005 Mazda in the west ditch along Railroad Highway near 240th. One subject, identified at 33-year-old Kirk Ring of Neola, was found conscious and breathing, but suffering from serious injury. Ring appeared to have been ejected from the vehicle. He was flown to Creighton by air ambulance.
A second male subject located nearby, who also appeared to have been ejected from the vehicle, had died from injuries. He was taken to the Iowa State Medical Examiner’s Office in Ankeny for an autopsy.
Witnesses at the scene reported that the vehicle had been southbound on Railroad Highway at a high rate of speed prior to the accident. At this point it is believed that alcohol was a factor in the accident, which remains under investigation.
(DALLAS CO.) A Redfield woman was sent to the hospital following a rollover accident in Dallas County this morning.
The Iowa State Patrol says at around 6:50 a.m., 46-year-old Dawn Merrell was driving a 2001 Chevy pickup eastbound on Highway 6 at P58 when she lost control on the icy roadway. The vehicle entered the south ditch and rolled onto its side before coming to rest on its wheels.
Merrell was transported Methodist Hospital by Dallas County EMS.
(CARROLL) A Glidden man was killed after his vehicle was struck by a semi in Carroll County this morning.
The Iowa State Patrol says 81-year-old Lowell Bernard Daniel was driving a 2008 Chevy Colorado westbound on 160th Street when he failed to yield to a Semi that was southbound on Granite Avenue. Daniel entered the intersection and was broadsided by the semi in the passenger side, ejecting Daniel from the vehicle. The Chevy Colorado came to rest in the east ditch. The Semi came to rest on its top in the west ditch.
Daniel was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the semi, 65-year-old Dennis Paul Vonnahme, of Breda, was transported to St. Anthony Hospital in Carroll. The accident remains under investigation by the Iowa State Patrol.
(ATLANTIC) An Atlantic man was arrested on drug charges following a traffic stop in Cass County Sunday. The Sheriff’s Office arrested 24-year-old Aaron Lee Ihnken on charges of Possession with Intent to Deliver Methamphetamine and Possession of Marijuana. Ihnken was taken to the Cass County Jail where he was held on $50,000 bond.
Also on Sunday, 44-year-old Mark Wayne Rydl, of Exira, was arrested for Interference with Official Acts and Interference with a Police Service Dog. Rydl was taken to the Cass County Jail where he was released on his own recognizance the following day.
(ATLANTIC) Slick roads caused an accident two miles northeast of Lewis this morning.
The Sheriff’s Office says a 2005 Chevy Impala, driven by 37-year-old Austrid Christine Cohrs of Lewis, was northbound on White Pole Road when Cohrs lost control on the slick roadway. The vehicle spun and came to rest in a concrete culvert.
No injuries were reported. The damage to the vehicle was estimated at $6,500.
(Harlan) A Harlan man is in custody on weapons charges after an explosive device was found on him while being booked into jail.
The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office says, 42-year-old Alan Heath, of Harlan was arrested for 5th degree theft and transported to the Shelby County Jail. During the booking process it was discovered that Heath was in possession of an explosive device.
Heath is charged with 5th degree theft, interference with official acts, offensive weapon, and 2-counts of possession of an explosive or incendiary device.
Deputies removed the device from the building and placed it in the driveway of the jail. The Harlan Police and the Harlan Fire Department were called in to assist in evacuating the residents in a one block area of the jail. The Iowa State Fire Marshall’s Office was summoned to evaluate the device. During the search of the suspect’s property, a second explosive device was found in a backpack. Authorities from the Fire Marshall’s Office ruled both devices safe enough to be transported out of the city of Harlan, to be examined and destroyed.
Deputies applied for a search warrant of Heath’s residence at 402 Broadway, in Harlan. However, deputies and Fire Marshall Agents did not find any other devices.
Heath is currently being held on $5,000 bond.
December 19, 2011
(GLENWOOD) A vehicle was reported stolen from a residence in Glenwood on Sunday.
The vehicle was stolen from 103 N. Grove Street and is described as a red, 2006 Ford F-150 super crew with Iowa license plate “ANGLENS”.
Anyone with information on this vehicle should contact the Glenwood Police Department.
(ATLANTIC) The Cass County Republican Central Committee has released information in regards to the 2012 Cass County Republican Party caucuses. The caucuses will be held on Tuesday, January 3rd at 7:00 p.m.
Caucus locations are as follows: City of Atlantic, Ward 1, Ward 2/Grove Township, and Ward 3 at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Parish Center; City of Atlantic Ward 4, City of Marne/Brighton Township/Grove 1 Township/Pymosa Township/Washington Township at Washington Elementary School; Ward 5 at the Heritage House; City of Lewis/Cass Township/Bear Grove Township at the Lewis Activity Center; City of Griswold/Edna Township/Noble Township/Pleasant Township at Griswold Community Building; City of Anita/City of Wiota/Franklin Township/Grant Township/Lincoln Township and Benton Township at Anita community Center; City of Massena/Massena Township and Victoria Township at Massena City Hall; and City of Cumberland/Union Township at Cumberland Library.
The precinct caucuses will elect two persons, Republican residents of the precinct, to serve on the County Central Committee, elect delegates and alternate delegates to the Cass County Republican Convention held on Saturday, March 10, 2012, propose and vote on platform planks to send on to County Convention, and conduct the Presidential Poll.
(ATLANTIC) An Atlantic man was arrested on warrants for Failure to Appear on Operation without Registration, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Reckless Driving. The Atlantic Police Department arrested 25-year-old David Tyler Anderson on Saturday and transported him to the Cass County Jail.
In other activity, 20-year-old Jesse Luft of Villisca was arrested on Sunday for Criminal Mischief, 5th. He was transported to the Cass County Jail.
(Des Moines) This morning at the campaign headquarters of President Barack Obama, members of the National Organization of Veterans for Peace joined members of Occupy Des Moines and Iowa City. They arrived to find the doors were locked and the Obama campaign sign was removed from the building. One member, Sandra Berglund, scoffed at Newt Gingrich’s comments that the occupy members don’t want to work and need baths.
“That’s totally propaganda. I have worked 45 years, 20 years of that I worked two jobs. Many of our young people are college graduates who are working but they are working minimum wage jobs because they can’t find full time jobs. We all want to work, everyone in this country wants to work but you can’t work when there are no jobs available.”
Berglund also says she suffers from ageism.
“I lost my job, luckily I was able to retire. But I have looked for work, because of my age, I’m 64, there is no work for me.”
The group is planning at stay at the Obama headquarters all day.
(RED OAK) A vehicle stolen in rural Montgomery County has been recovered and returned to the owner.
At around 9:05 Sunday morning, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office received a call of a vehicle that had been stolen from the driveway of a residence in rural Montgomery County. The vehicle was a silver 1998 Isuzu Hombre pickup.
(State) The Army Corps of Engineers has already said it will place more emphasis on flood control in 2012 following the rise of the Missouri River this summer. However, Iowa Senator Charles Grassley says that could be dependent on money,
"How much money congress puts into the Corps to do it, or how much money the Corps diverts to flood control and improving levies or sustaining levies, or where they have had blowouts going back and plugging them."
Grassley adds that efforts need to be made quickly to return the levee system along the Missouri to at least the levels before this year's flooding.
(State) 92 million people across the country are expected to travel 50 miles or more over the holidays according to Triple A. Gail Weinholzer with the Iowa Minnesota AAA says more plan to drive instead of fly,
“The average American is traveling about 726 miles which is a slight decline over last year because more people are driving and fewer are flying and they are expected to spend about $720 which is a slight increase over last year.”
Weinholzer estimates that the cost of air travel and reduced capacity by the airlines will decrease the amount of people flying by about 10%.
(State) Two men were injured while hunting deer this past weekend according to the Department of Natural Resources. A Muscatine man was injured while his gun away. He had his and over the barrel when it accidently discharged. He was taken to the university of Iowa Hospital. Spokesman Kevin Baskins with the DNR details the other injury,
“Michael Welch, 36 (from Lansing), was hunting with twelve other hunters. While they were making a deer drive Welch was struck in the back of the head by a shotgun slug that caused him to fall 25 feet off the edge of a rocky hillside. Welch was airlifted to Gunderson Lutheran Hospital in LaCrosse, Wisconsin. He did have surgery last night but that’s the extent of his condition that we know of at this point.”
The shotgun deer season closes today. Baskins says there have been 16 personal injuring during the 2011 hunting season.
(Atlantic) The Cass County Compensation Board is recommending a 2.5-percent raise for county elected officers, including the county attorney, auditor, recorder, treasurer, and supervisors.
The board also voted to give the Board of Supervisor Chair Duane McFadden and additional $1,000 because of his added responsibilities.
In the past, the compensation board has recommended increases of 3-5 percent. Last year’s recommended increase was 2-percent.
This is only a recommendation. The Cass County Board of Supervisor’s will have the final decision.
December 19, 2011
6:00 a.m. newscast
(Atlantic) Republican Presidential hopeful Rick Santorum stopped in Atlantic Sunday evening as part of his Faith and Family Freedom Tour. Santorum says the importance of our moral and family values has a lot to do with the nation’s economic condition. Santorum says there needs to be a plan to help the family.
“We can cut taxes and regulations and this sort of stuff and the economy is going to get better,” stated Santorum. “But we can never have a strong economy unless we have strong families.”
Santorum says if every American did two things they would not end up poor. “Graduate from high school, get married, and then have children, and there will be about no chance of poverty. Does anybody teach any of that, or talk about any of that?” Santorum adds, the poverty rate of single parent families is almost 40-percent. “Go to places in American where families are broken, what do you find everywhere…..government. It has to be there because someone has to pick up the pieces.”
“I say the most heroic people in America are moms and dads who are trying to do the job of two people to try and raise a family, provide, nurture, care and do it all with one person. It is not a job made for one person, it is a job made by god for two people.”
Santorum went on to say you can’t have limited government if don’t have strong families, and you can’t have limited government if you don’t have people living good moral virtuous lives. Santorum says government continues to grow and pass more regulations because they are trying to constrain bad behavior.
The former Pennsylvania Senator is making his stand ahead of the January 3, caucuses.
December 19, 2011
6:00 a.m. newscast
(COUNCIL BLUFFS) The Council Bluffs Police Department is investigating an attempted murder/robbery.
Just before 1:00 this morning, 41-year-old Michael R. White of Council Bluffs arrived at Jenny Edmundson Hospital with a gunshot wound to the face. White was initially treated at Jenny Ed and then transported to the University of Nebraska Medical Center for further treatment.
Police say the incident occurred at 2014 Avenue N in Council Bluffs. Attempts to locate any suspects have been unsuccessful at this time. The Criminal Investigation Division is conducting the investigation.
(MINDEN) A 2003 Peterbilt semi tractor trailer struck a house in Minden this morning.
The Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office says at around 7:18 a.m., deputies were dispatched to 210 Lincoln Street in Minden where the semi had left County Road L-66 on the east side of the roadway and collided into the front of the residence. The driver of the semi was unresponsive when the caller contacted 911. The driver’s brother arrived on scene and began CPR before Minden Rescue arrived. Upon Minden’s arrival, rescue personnel continued CPR.
The driver, identified as 53-year-old Calvin Leaders of Underwood, was transported to Mercy Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 8:18 a.m. Pottawattamie County Medical Investigators will schedule an autopsy to assist in the investigation as to possible health complications being a contributing factor to the accident.
The semi tractor trailer is owned by Charles M. Leaders Trucking. The damage to the semi was estimated at $30,000. The damage to the residence was $10,000. No one was at the residence at the time of the accident.
(SIDNEY) A Glenwood man was arrested for 2nd Degree Sexual Abuse.
The Sidney Police Department arrested 19-year-old Zane S. Lord on Thursday in regards to an incident that happened in Sidney. The Sidney Police Department was assisted by the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office and the Tabor Police Department.
Zane is being held on a no-bond warrant until he is seen by the magistrate.
(Harlan) Healthstream Research notified Myrtue Medical Center this week that they are receiving the Excellence through Insight Award. The award is given for overall patient satisfaction in Myrtue’s Medical Center inpatient medical unit.
“We are just extremely proud of all of our frontline staff, they work very hard to pursue excellence when caring for our patients and for them to be honored this way it just makes us very happy,” said Karen Buman, RN, BSN, Chief Nursing Executive at Myrtue Medical Center.
Buman said the staff has made a strong commitment towards serving customers.
“It takes a lot of commitment from all of our staff and from staff through all areas of the hospital. They work so hard with keeping patients at the forefront of what they do every day,” said Buman. “We’re just very proud of everything they have done; they have worked very hard for many, many years to get to this point.”
Myrtue representatives are being invited to take part in a panel to share some of the initiatives they have in place to provide excellence in customer service. Buman admits there are numerous initiatives, but one in particular stands out.
“We call them (the patient) within 24 hours to make sure they understand their discharge instructions, what they should be doing, how they should be caring for themselves…. so that we cannot have any readmissions in the future regarding what has been going on with the patient,” explained Buman.
The award will be presented at Healthstream’s Annual Convention in March.
(DES MOINES) November home sales figures for Iowa are in. Sales are up from last year, but prices are down.
President of the Iowa Association of Realtors, Dale Gross (of Atlantic), says you can pick up a bargain if you don’t mind buying and moving during the winter.
“There are sellers right now all across Iowa, who for one reason or another, really want to sell this month or early January,” said Gross. “And if a person does shop the market there really are good buys and opportunities to buy in low.”
He says the one thing driving sales right now is record low interest rates.
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(GLENWOOD) A Villisca man was arrested on drug charges Monday.
The Glenwood Police Department says 20-year-old Jeremy Oltmanns was charged with Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Interference with Official Acts, No Insurance, and Operating without Registration.
(Anita) The CAM Community School District’s Board of Directors has scheduled a public meeting to be held on Monday, December 19th at 6:30 pm at the CAM High School.
According to CAM Superintendent of Schools Steve Pelzer, the Board is exploring the opportunity to partner with Connections Education to form a free K-12 online learning center within the district. This center would operate independently of the CAM District’s educational program and would serve students statewide in the open enrollment process. The meeting will provide information in reference to the benefits a partnership would create for the current CAM students and the CAM District.
This is a new concept in the state of Iowa, but similar programs are currently available in over 20 states.
Pelzer encourages school district patrons to take this opportunity to learn more about this program and share their thoughts with the Board.
Pelzer says a decision by the Board on whether or not to pursue this program will be made very soon, in order to meet the March 1st deadline for open enrollment applications.
(CLARINDA) Three people were sent to the hospital following a three vehicle accident in Page County Thursday.
The Sheriff’s Office says at around 6:30 p.m., a 1997 Ford Explorer, driven by 62-year-old Sharon Montross of Clarinda, was broke down on the side of the road and a 2002 Chevy Silverado pulled up nose to nose with the Explorer to jumpstart it. The Silverado was facing the wrong direction in the roadway and slightly offset with the passenger side headlamp shining down the wrong lane of travel.
A 2001 Hyundai Accent, driven by 62-year-old Clarence Holste of Bridgewater, came over the hillcrest and noticed one headlight in his lane of travel. Holste stated that he was blinded by the headlamp and didn’t know which way to go, so he swerved toward his own shoulder and rear ended the Explorer, pushing it into the front of the Silverado.
Holste was transported to Shenandoah Memorial Hospital by Shenandoah EMS. Montross was transported to Clarinda Regional Health Center by Clarinda EMS. And a passenger, 36-year-old Heidi Montross of Clarinda, was transported to Creighton University Hospital by Lifenet.
(HARLAN) Time is running out for Shelby County employees to participate in a health insurance incentive that would save the county around $45,000 in insurance premiums.
According to the Harlan Tribune, Wellmark Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in cooperation with the Iowa Association of Counties, is offering the incentive. Employees are provided free physicals and health assessments and with the completion of the physical they will receive a $250 gift card.
There are only three weeks left in the program and only 58 percent have participated. If the county gets 90 percent participation, they will save five percent on its health insurance premium next year.
(Villisca) The Villisca School Board voted 5-0 to accept the academic portion of a whole-grade sharing agreement with Corning last week.
Under the agreement, students in grades 9-12 will go to Corning while those students in 6-8 will attend school at Villisca. Pre-Kindergarten through 5th grade students will attend school in Villisca.
Under the activities portion of the proposal all high school events will take place at Corning. All Junior High Activities will be held at Villisca. Villisca would also be required to start a new wrestling program.
The timeline of the partnership may not go into effect until 2013-2014 school year.
December 15, 2011
(Atlantic) The Cass County Democratic Party has released information in regards to the 2012 Cass Democratic Party Caucuses. The caucuses will be held at four locations around the county beginning at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, January 3. Doors will open at 6:30 PM at each site in order that Democrats can register and be in place by the 7 PM starting time.
"You must be in line or already signed in by 7 PM", Cass County Democratic Party Chair Sherry Toelle stated. "We encourage voters to arrive early to register. We also want people to know that they can register to vote or that they can change their party affiliation that evening prior to the caucus in order to participate in the caucus process."
During the caucus, voters will discuss and adopt proposed resolutions to the county platform, elect delegates and alternates to the County Convention, and elect Precinct Committee Persons to the County’s Central Committee.
Ms. Toelle went on to say, "This is the meeting where you are able to voice your opinions and express what you want the Democrats to set as goals for the next four years. This is democracy at its most basic level."
All five Atlantic wards as well as Marne and Benton, Brighton, Grove, Pymosa, and Washington Townships will caucus at the Iowa Western Community College in Atlantic. Voters from Lewis, Griswold, and Bear Grove, Cass, Edna, Noble and Pleasant Townships will hold their caucus at the Lewis Elementary School. Those voters residing in Wiota and Anita as well as voters from Franklin, Grant, and Lincoln Townships will convene their caucus at the Anita City Hall. The Massena Public Library will be the location for voters from Cumberland, Massena and Massena, Union, and Victoria Townships.
December 15, 2011
(Atlantic) The Cass County Salvation Army Bell Ringing campaign is doing quite well this holiday season. Teresa Kanning Co-Chair of the Cass County Salavation Army Bell Ringing Unit says donations are slighlty ahead of last year at this time. To date the Cass County Bell Ringing Unit has raised over $4,600.00.
"What I am hearing from bell ringers, it has been a very good year and alot of people are giving local because they know the money stays here," stated Kanning.
Kanning and Co-Chair Atlantic Police Chief Steve Green have implemented several projects and a few new ones as well. Some of those donations include backpacks to the various schools for families in need, car seat donations to the parents as teachers organization to help them with their push to have safe car seats for all children. And some of the money has been donated to the "Shop with the Cops," program.
"Thanks to the generosity of the people, we have been able to do some new projects," Said Kanning.
The Cass County Bell Ringing project will continue through Christmas. If you would like to be a bell ringer here in Cass County contact Duane McFadden.
December 15, 2011
(Lewis) A Lewis man faces sexual abuse charges in connection with an incident involving a 14-year-old female.
The Cass County Sheriff’s Office says 52-year-old Roger Allen Erickson was taken into custody Wednesday on a Cass County Sheriff’s Office warrant stemming from alleged incidents occurring over a two-month period.
Erickson faces two-counts of assault with intent to commit sex abuse, and 46-counts of 3rd degree sexual abuse. The alleged victim is a 14-year-old female.
Erickson was taken to the Cass County Jail where he is being held on $250,000 bond.
December 15, 2011
11:00 a.m., newscast
(Atlantic) The Atlantic and Marne Fire Departments were called out at around 10:30 this morning to a pickup fire at the 51-mile marker on Interstate 80.
According to scanner traffic, the call was originally for a compartmental fire in a pickup. Ten minutes later, it was reported that the pickup became fully engulfed in flames.
December 15, 2011
11:00 a.m. newscast
(Atlantic) The Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) identified Atlantic as one of 16 Iowa communities to be highlighted on 2012IowaCaucus.org.
“Atlantic was recognized as a key location for media teams to film traditional Iowa towns during the caucus season,” Atlantic Area Chamber Executive Director Megan Roberts said.
The website is aimed at providing information to media and visitors during the month before and during caucuses scheduled for Jan. 3, 2012. It provides community data, caucus events and quick facts about each community.
“Several of our local events are highlighted as well as some of our larger employers,” Roberts said. “It is one more outlet to help put Atlantic on the map.”
According to a release from the IEDA, the website is also available for mobile device users including smart phones. A printed map of Atlantic will be distributed at major candidate events in the month of December.
The other communities featured include Ames, Cedar Rapids, Council Bluffs, Davenport, Des Moines, Dubuque, Harlan, Iowa City, Iowa Great Lakes, LeMars, Mason City, Oskloosa, Ottumwa, Siouc City and Waterloo/Cedar Falls.
“The Iowa Caucus website could be a key way to attract some new media attention and new visitors to Atlantic from those that are watching the election race,” Roberts said. “We’re looking forward to providing them with our Atlantic hospitality while they are here.”
Atlantic Chamber Press Release
December 15, 2011
(Atlantic) An Atlantic woman faces harassment charges.
According to Atlantic Police, 59-year-old Deborah A. Thomas was arrested Wednesday on a warrant for failure to appear on harassment by communication charge.
Thomas was transported to the Cass County Jail and booked in.
December 15, 2011
(Atlantic) The Atlantic Police Department is gearing up for two big projects this weekend, but in the meantime they have received two fresh Christmas trees to be given to a family in need. Atlantic Police Chief Steve Green announced today that the Zion Lutheran Church delivered the trees to the Police Department.
Chief Green says Saturday the Atlantic Police Reserves will be taking part in their annual Family Dream Christmas.
"We'll be taking some kids out and let them go with a police officer to Wal-Mart. We'll be giving them a certain amount of money. It will depend on the amount of kids we have this year."
The Chief says Sunday Atlantic Police will carry out the “Shop with the Cop,” project.
"We're going to take some families into downtown Atlantic and they'll spend a very substantial sum of money that we raise through donations from organizations and from big hearted people that realize they are blessed and are willing to share that blessing here at Christmas time. Take them out and make sure that their needs are filled and make sure everybody has as merry a Christmas as possible ."
Chief Green says if anyone is in need of a tree or you know of a family in need of a tree, contact the Atlantic Police Department at 243-3512, or stop by the Police Station. Donations are still being collected for the Atlantic Police Reserves “Family Dream Christmas,” and “Shop with the Cop,” program.
(Atlantic) The Friends from the Atlantic Animal Shelter will no longer exist as an auxiliary to the Atlantic Animal Shelter, effective immediately.
The auxiliary would like to thank their past supporters and suggest they donate funds for the shelter to the city of Atlantic. These should be earmarked for the use the Animal Shelter only.
Any donations received by their staff after this date will also be forwarded to the city fund.
(Atlantic) A local community dance band will provide another free evening of live big band music on Friday, December 23rd starting at 7 PM at the Elks' Lodge at 501 Poplar Street in Atlantic. Atlantic residents Jake and Pam Auerbach will lead free ballroom dance lessons from 7:30 to 8 PM.
Popcorn Button, a 20-piece jazz band comprised of local talent, will once again provide a range of swinging hits from the big band era, with favorites like "In the Mood," "Flying Home," and "Little Brown Jug." At the band's second annual Holiday Ball, the group is also proud to perform a set of traditional holiday favorites ranging from "Jingle Bells" to "Hark the Herald Angels Sing" re-arranged in the big band tradition. Popcorn Button includes student and alumni musicians from Iowa State University, the University of Iowa, Purdue University, Harlan Community High School, Atlantic High School, and the Atlantic community.
Jake and Pam Auerbach will be back in action on the dance floor, demonstrating the beginning steps of several ballroom dances from 7:30 to 8 PM. They will teach the basic steps to the waltz, two step, lindy hop, and polka. Dancers of any level of experience are welcome and encouraged to attend the lessons or enjoy the open dance floor throughout the evening.
This year's festivities will include an appearance by special guest Santa Claus, sharing his own musical talent on trumpet. He has agreed to take some time out of his busy Christmas preparation schedule to relax with Popcorn Button, and maybe show off some of his own steps on the dance floor!
Holiday Ball is a free public event. A free will donation will be accepted at the door to help defray costs of the event. All ages and dancing abilities are invited and encouraged to attend from 7-10 PM on Friday, December 23rd at the Elks Lodge in Atlantic. For more information, contact Curtis Ullerich at email@example.com or at 712-249-2588.
(Audubon) The Iowa High School Athletic Association notified the Audubon Community School that the following athletic teams were recognized for outstanding Academic
Achievement during the fall sports season:
Audubon Cross Country – Distinguished in Academic Achievement – GPA – 3.90
Head Coach – BobMonahan
Audubon Football– Distinguished in Academic Achievement – GPA– 3.37
Head Coach – Monte Riebhoff
Audubon Football Cheerleading – Excellence in Academic Achievement – GPA– 3.08
Head Co-Coaches– April Brand and Sarah Smit
(Wiota) A female was badly burned in a car fire on Interstate 80 just before noon this morning. Apparently the vehicle was traveling eastbound when the fire occurred. The Anita and Wiota Fire Departments and first responders were dispatched to the scene just west of the 64-mile marker at around 11:46 a.m.
The inside lane of Interstate 80 was closed for sometime while the Iowa State Patrol investigated the incident.
No other details are available at this time.
December 14, 2011
(Atlantic) Rick Santorum, Republican for President, will be stopping by Atlantic on Sunday, December 18th. Santorum will visit the Farmer's Kitchen for "A Cup of Coffee and Questions & Answers."
His visit is scheduled for 5:30-6:30 p.m. and the event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. The Farmer's Kitchen Restaurant is located at 319 Walnut Street in Atlantic.
(Atlantic) After months of speculation on the future of the Cass County Memorial Hospital’s Behavioral Health Unit, the board of trustees held a meeting this morning.
It was board member John Molgaard who made the motion at this morning’s meeting.
"I say that we have a contract with Cannon Moss Brygger, they are the architects and engineers on the project today and they are to provide drawings and bid documents for the remodeling of the intensive care unit to accomodate the behavioral health unit."
The remodeling would downsize the Behavioral Health Unit to a four bed facility. The motion passed unanimously.
According to the press release, if the bids are within budget projections, remodeling would being in late 2012 after the Special Care Unit relocates to the new hospital addition scheduled to open in August 2012.
The total effect of providing BHU services over the past three fiscal years have been losses of $393,881 in FY 2009, $505,582 in FY 2010, and $344,159 in FY 2011.
(Atlantic) The fate of the Behavioral Unit at the Cass County Memorial Hospital will be decided this morning at the CCMH Board of Trustees meeting.
The fiscal year 2011 audit report showed the unit had milked $505,000 from the hospital revenue in 2010, and showed a $344,000 loss in 2011.
The options include eliminating the unit or downsizing it from 8-to-4 beds. The smaller facility would be relocated in the Special Care unit after remodeling. Officials have stated that downsizing it would still cost the hospital $250,000.
The meeting is slated for 7:45 a.m. this morning, in Conference Room one.
December 14, 2011
6:00 a.m. newscast
(Washington D.C.) The U.S. Postal Service is delaying the closings or consolidations of 252 mail processing centers and 3,700 local post offices until May 15.
Among those targeted in Southwest Iowa are Kimballton, Lewis, Grant and Cumberland Post Offices just to name a few.
In a statement, the cash-strapped Postal Service says it would delay the closings to give Congress more time to pass legislation giving more authority and liquidity to stave off bankruptcy.
December 14, 2011
6:00 a.m. newscast
(AUDUBON) It’s a busy time of year for area Post Offices and shipping deadlines are quickly approaching.
Val Langbehn, with the Audubon Post Office, says the deadline to send to an APO or FPO has passed, however you can still send a military package by Express mail through December 17th.
As far as the deadlines for regular mail, Langbehn said, “Priority is still going to be three to four days almost anywhere; in-state is going to be two to three days, so you still have time to mail before Christmas anything Priority. Now if you are going to send it Parcel Post, Parcel Post usually takes about 6 to 8 or 9 days and so that is rapidly approaching, you’re probably going to want to come see us today, or the 14th or the 15th in order to make sure we get it there by Christmas for you.”
Langbehn offers some advice to make your shipping process a lot easier, including using a sturdy shipping box. “We have Priority mail boxes here that are free to the public at the post office, we also have labels. Those are very sturdy to go through the mail,” explained Langbehn. “Do not use shirt boxes that you can get from different department stores; they’re just not sturdy enough to go through the mail at this time of year.”
Langbehn also said do not use strings or duct tape on your package. “I would suggest using either the clear packing tape or the packing tape that has the strings in it that is reinforced,” said Langbehn. “You would want to include your name and address inside the package too, if by some chance it came open during handling or something, so we can get the package to its destination.”
Langbehn also said to use bold marker on the shipping address and verify the zip code of the address you are sending the package to.
Following today's Board meeting on the 2010 multi-vehicle highway accident in Gray Summit, Missouri, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) called for the first-ever nationwide ban on driver use of personal electronic devices (PEDs) while operating a motor vehicle.
The safety recommendation specifically calls for the 50 states and the District of Columbia to ban the nonemergency use of portable electronic devices (other than those designed to support the driving task) for all drivers. The safety recommendation also urges use of the NHTSA model of high-visibility enforcement to support these bans and implementation of targeted communication campaigns to inform motorists of the new law and heightened enforcement.
"According to NHTSA, more than 3,000 people lost their lives last year in distraction-related accidents", said Chairman Deborah A.P. Hersman. "It is time for all of us to stand up for safety by turning off electronic devices when driving."
(Corning) The Corning and Villisca School Boards will hold a joint meeting Wednesday night to iron out some of the details for a proposed whole-grade sharing agreement.
“Both boards have several different sharing agreements that they can look at and now it’s time to sit down and look at those agreements and come up with what we feel is best for our districts and move forward from there,” stated Villisca/Corning Superintendent Willie Stone.
"The biggest discussion will be the timeline. When are we looking at sharing and for how long,” said Stone. “Other items for discussion include the financial breakdowns, how the academics are going to be taught, what grades are where, and the location of athletic events, and things like that.”
Stone admits a sharing agreement doesn’t have to be next year, but sooner or later something will have to be done. “We are getting to the point where we have to start looking at some of our programs. We have cut everything else down and getting down to the bare bone already.”
Stone says financially one school can operate in the black on its ‘own for another five years; the other district could go 10-years by itself.
The meeting will be held at the Villisca gym at 7:00 p.m., tomorrow night.
December 13, 2011
(ATLANTIC) Mediacom customers will see around a $3 rate increase on their family cable rates.
Tom Larsen, who runs Government Relations with Mediacom, said the increase is actually less than the amount that their programming rates are going up.
“We buy programming from different companies including your local broadcasters, the ESPN’s of the world, the TNTs, the USA networks of the world, and every year those companies increase the rates that we pay,” said Larsen. “So, similar to what you might experience at the gas pump, when our costs go up, the price of our service goes up.”
Larsen said unfortunately, unlike the gasoline world, their prices never go down. “So every year our customers unfortunately feel the impact of these never ending price increases by the folks that create the television programming that they watch.”
And Larsen says it is important for our listeners to understand that every penny of the $3 rate increase goes to them.
“There is not a single penny of that that we keep; essentially we’re a collection agent for the programmers, so while our prices are going up our profit is not,” explained Larsen. “We are not making any money off of this, it all goes to them.”
(ATLANTIC) Two teens were injured in a single vehicle accident in Cass County Saturday.
The Sheriff’s Office says at around 10:43 p.m., 18-year-old Bradley William Herring of Atlantic was driving a 1997 Chevy Cavalier southbound on East Street when he lost control and ramped the railroad tracks. The vehicle came to rest in the west ditch of East Street.
Herring complained of head, chest and hand pain and was transported by private vehicle to Cass County Memorial Hospital. A 17-year-old female passenger was transported to CCMH by Anita Rescue. A second passenger, 18-year-old Anthony Jessen, was not injured.
The damage to the vehicle was estimated at $3,500. Herring was cited for Failure to Maintain Control.
(ATLANTIC) The Cass County Sheriff’s Office is seeking information from the public about roofing nails being thrown on Galveston Road west of Atlantic.
Sometime after October 27th, numerous one-inch roofing nails appeared on Galveston Road for a two-mile stretch west of Highland Road/CR G-30. The nails have resulted in dozens of flat and ruined tires.
The Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with information about this crime to call the Cass County Crime Stoppers at 800-233-3336 or the Sheriff’s Office at 712-243-2204. Callers can remain anonymous. A $1,000 reward is being offered to anyone that provides a tip leading to the arrest of the person(s) responsible.
(Atlantic) The Cass County Compensation Board is scheduled to meet Thursday evening to consider and act on compensation recommendations for the elected county officials for fiscal year 2013.
The members of the Cass County Compensation Board include; Erich Wickman, Peggy Larsen, Clark Knop, Nathan DeArment, Susan Pellet, Maynard Hansen, and Randy Euken.
Last year, the board approved a 2-percent in increase for the ten elected county officials. They include; the Auditor, Treasurer, Attorney, Sheriff, Recorder, and five Cass County Supervisor’s.
The meeting starts at 7:00 p.m. in meeting room, in the basement of the courthouse.
December 13, 2011
(AUDUBON) A Hamlin woman has been charged with Domestic Abuse Assault.
The Audubon County Sheriff’s Office arrested 32-year-old Brooke Marie Hines on Monday. The charge stems from the investigation into an incident at her residence in Hamlin.
Hines was transported to the Audubon County Jail. She was released following an appearance before the magistrate.
(Council Bluffs) A Council Bluffs anesthesiologist had his medical license suspended for allegedly molesting two women while they were sedated.
According to the Omaha World Herald, The Iowa Board of Medicine says 47-year-old Dr. Michael Prescher is accused of abusing the women in his office where they came for pain treatment. The board is accusing Prescher of giving the three women more sedative than was necessary, and then egaged in nonconsensual sexual activity with them. The board alleges the activity took place after hours at his office in 2009 and 2010, and that no other staff members were present which was said to be inappropriate. His license has been suspended pending a hearing on the issue.
Presher's lawyer says the doctor is shocked by the allegations. According to the lawyer, Council Bluffs Police investigated the matter and decided about a year ago not tto press chargtes.
December 13, 2011
(ATLANTIC) Nicholas Hunt of rural Atlantic, Chair of the Cass County Community Foundation, reminds Cass County nonprofit organizations that $95,000 in grant funds are available and that applications are due no later than February 1, 2012.
Detailed application procedures, fact sheets, and a link to the application form can be obtained online at omahafoundation.org/swiowa. Applications will only be accepted through the online system. Contact any board member for additional information. Please contact Dennis Nissen at 800-794-3458 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Denise Cardos at email@example.com with grant application-specific questions. All completed applications will be considered at the March board meeting with notification of results in early April.
Only organizations providing charitable services in Cass County are eligible. They must be able to demonstrate broad community/county support and supply a copy of their 501(c)(3) IRS determination letter. Requests for general operational funds will not be considered.
Board members of the Cass County Community Foundation are Chair, Nicholas Hunt of rural Atlantic, 243-5485; Vice Chair, Gary Maas of Anita, 762-3434; Secretary/Treasurer, Roland K. Landsness, Esq. of Atlantic, 243-4154; Royal Bierbaum of Griswold, 778-2586; Beulah Follman of Massena, 779-3457; and Mark D. Kyhnn, CPA of Atlantic, 243-1800.
(Harlan) The Harlan Tribune says Harlan Community Schools is seeing a decline in enrollment this school year. That trend is expected to continue over the next 10-years, which could limit the amount of money the district will receive from the state for student enrollment.
According to the Iowa Department of Education’s statewide Census conducted the first week in October there were 54.33 fewer students than last year when the district counted 1,475.1 students. This means about $312,000 less for the school District.
School Districts receive around $5,900 for each student enrolled in a school district.
December 13, 2011
(HARLAN) Harlan Community High School Ag Students are soon to be on the cutting edge when it comes to welding.
Dan Leinen, Ag Instructor at HCHS, said he had been researching a computer software program for the last 18 months and came upon a company that has accepted Harlan School as a test program for the virtual welding program.
“I made the final contact in St. Louis, they were at the trade show and we visited at great length, and we were told at that time that we were an approved beta school, they have the alpha's and beta's, and we're the ones that are actually going to put it in a classroom and have the kids go through it and find out what's good and what's not good and then provide the feedback so that when they go to market in March or April then they'll be available,” said Leinen.
Leinen said the program comes with some software and hardware that is linked up to the computer to do wire feed, stick feed, and welding on the computer screen. The software measures everything from the welding speed to the angle speed, heat penetration, depth of weld and strength of weld.
Leinen said with the huge demand for welders, this program is a great benefit for the students. “Iowa State did some research and found out that for certification purposes, this type of welding training actually proves to be more significant as far as the kids are concerned. They actually do better going through the virtual before they go into the wire welding because they have a lot less hang-ups.”
Leinen said this program usually costs around $50,000 and they were able to get it for around $3,500. He said with this program there will be a ton of savings in metal supplies and things that they would normally discard after they’re done.
(ADAIR) The deadline for landowners interested in applying for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) is approaching in Adair County.
Alan Lange, District Conservationist for the field office in Greenfield, said the EQIP program is a federally cost shared program that applies conservation practices to working lands.
“In Adair County, typically we have used those dollars to cost share terrace projects, pond projects, water and sediment control basins, we’ve even done stuff with livestock producers to help control manure runoff,” said Lange. “And so those traditional things we are still going to be doing, but we also have opportunities for people that would like to transition to organic farming, also if people would like to incorporate high tunnel production of vegetables into their operation; we can cost share high tunnel buildings as well, and this year also there is some energy initiative practices too that are going to be implemented with the EQIP program.”
Lange said the program is available throughout the State; however the sign up deadlines may vary by County. In Adair County, the first sign up deadline will be Friday, December 23rd. Applications received by the first cut off date will be ranked when funding is received and the highest ranking applications will be funded. Adair County might receive additional funding later in the fiscal year. A second sign up deadline for additional funding has been set for Friday, January 20th. Applications signed by the second cut off date and applications not funded in the first cut off period will be ranked and considered with the additional funding.
To apply in Adair County, stop by the NRCS office in Greenfield or call 641-743-6124.
(Atlantic) The Chambers annual "Angels of Christmas" winners were announced during the Holiday Concert at the First United Methodist Church in Atlantic Saturday night.
"Stifel Nicholaus and Company sponsors the "Angel of Christmas" each year and this year the committee selected Gene and Carol Freeze and Hal and Judy Stevenson," stated Atlantic Executive Chamber Director Megan Roberts. "We were able to surprise them on Saturday night, and it was kind of fun because they were both couples."
Megan Roberts says Gene and Carol Freeze are both heavily involved in the area and their church. "They show support and leadership for the "Rainbow Girls Organization," and some of the people who nominated them said no one else is more deserving because of all they do in the community."
Roberts says Hal and Judy Stevenson, the second set of angels have also been involved in the community for many years. "They have been involved in the schools and attend many Trojan and Trojann sporting events and take tickets for the school and the booster club. The people that nominated them say they are a true blessing to the community because of all the volunteer hours they give back."
Roberts says the chamber accepts nominations for the "Angels of Christmas" throughout the months of November and December. Then a special promotions and events committee selects the recipients.
"Every year we get many, many nominations and the committee has a really tough job. It is really fun to announce the winners at the Holiday Conert each year, and it is always a surprise to them and that makes it even better," stated Roberts.
Congratulations to Gene and Carol Freeze and Hal and Judy Stevenson.
December 12, 2011
8:30 a.m. newscast
(MORRHEAD) An Illinois man was injured Sunday while hunting deer in Monona County.
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says 30-year-old Seth Johnson, of Plainfield, Ill., was hunting in a group of approximately 10 other hunters, when a 20-gauge shotgun slug fired by another hunter in his party travelled 167 yards passing between his lips at a 90-degree angle injuring his lips and some of his teeth.
Johnson was taken to Burgess Medical Center in Onawa where he was being treated Sunday evening for what were believed to be non-life threatening injuries.
“Mr. Johnson was extremely lucky. An inch or so either way and the slug could have hit him in the face or the neck,” said DNR Conservation Officer Gary Sisco.
Sisco said hunters were firing at a running deer when the incident occurred.
“This is a case where a hunter had tunnel vision and was just too fixated on the deer and not where the other people in his party were at,” Sisco said.
The incident occurred at approximately 2 p.m. Sunday just west of Moorhead.
(Auburn) Three Carroll County people were hurt in a two vehicle accident in Sac County Saturday afternoon.
The Iowa State Patrol says the accident happened on Highway 71 south of Auburn at around 5:00 p.m. A southbound vehicle driven by 27-year-old David Bloyer, of Carroll went out of control due to the icy road conditions. Bloyer’s car crossed the centerline and struck a vehicle driven by 46-year-old Richard Wallace also of Carroll.
Richard Wallace was airlifted to Mercy Hospital in Des Moines. David Bloyer, and 13-year-old Jacob Wallace were transported by ambulance to St. Anthony’s Hospital in Carroll with minor injuries.
December 12, 2011
6:30 a.m. newscast
(Atlantic) The fate of the Behavioral Unit at the Cass County Memorial Hospital will be decided Wednesday morning at the CCMH Board of Trustees meeting.
The fiscal year 2011 audit report showed the unit had milked $505,000 from the hospital revenue in 2010, and showed a $344,000 loss in 2011.
The options include eliminating the unit or downsizing it from 8-to-4 beds. The smaller facility would be relocated in the Special Care unit after remodeling. Officials have stated that downsizing it would still cost the hospital $250,000.
The meeting is slated for 7:45 a.m. on Wednesday, December 14, in Conference Room one.
December 12, 2011
6:00 a.m. newscast
(DES MOINES) Iowa State Executive Director for USDA Farm Service Agency, John R Whitaker, announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated two Iowa counties as part of a Presidential Major Disaster Designation. Eligible family farmers with qualifying production and physical losses caused by flooding from May 24, 2011 through August 1, 2011 may be eligible for low-interest emergency loans.
The Presidential Major Disaster Designation has been issued to include the Indian Reservation in Nebraska as the primary disaster area. Two Iowa counties are contiguous to this designated disaster area, making these producers also potentially eligible for program based on this designation. The contiguous counties are: Monona and Woodbury.
The Farm Service Agency may make Emergency Loans to eligible family farmers which will enable them to return to their normal operations if they sustained qualifying losses resulting from natural disaster. Physical loss loans may be made to eligible farmers to enable them to repair or replace damaged or destroyed physical property, including livestock losses, essential to the success of the farming operation. Examples of property commonly affected include; essential farm buildings, fixtures to real estate, equipment, livestock, perennial crops, fruit and nut bearing trees, and harvested or stored crops. For production loss loans, the disaster yield must be at least
30 percent below the normal production yield of the crop, on a crop or crops that make up a basic part of the total farming operation.
Applicant must be unable to obtain credit from other usual sources to qualify for the Farm Service Agency Farm Loan Program assistance. The interest rate for emergency loans is 3.75%. Each applicant applying for credit will be given equal consideration without regard to race, creed, color, marital status, or national origin.
The repayment for most disaster loans are based on the useful life of the security, the applicant’s repayment ability, and the type of loss. If the loan is secured only on crops, it must be repaid when the next crop year’s income is received. Loans to replace fixtures to real estate may be scheduled for repayment for up to 40 years.
The final date for making application under this designation is July 18, 2012.
Interested farmers may contact their local County FSA office for further information on eligibility requirements and application procedures for these and other programs. Information can also be found on-line at www.fsa.usda.gov
(AUDUBON) Slick roads caused a two vehicle accident in Audubon County Thursday afternoon.
The Sheriff’s Office says 34-year-old Joseph Leo Thielen of Audubon was driving a 2008 Chevy southbound on Crane Avenue and was unable to get stopped at the stop sign due to the snow and ice. Thielen hit a 2006 Ford, driven by 28-year-old Jeffrey Michael Blum of Manning, who was eastbound on 110th Street. Blum’s vehicle went into the southeast ditch and struck a power pole.
No injuries were reported. The damage to Thielen’s vehicle was estimated at $18,000. The damage to Blum’s vehicle was estimated at $24,000.
(GLENWOOD) A head-on collision in Mills County sent two people to the hospital.
The Sheriff’s Office says at around 3 p.m. on Thursday, 21-year-old Noel Thompson of Red Oak was driving a 2004 Chevy westbound on Highway 34 and attempted to pass a vehicle traveling slow because of the snow. Thompson struck an eastbound 1999 Buick, driven by 73-year-old Grace Blackman of Hastings.
Thompson and Blackman were transported to Creighton Medical Center by Malvern and Glenwood Rescue.
(RED OAK) Snow and ice packed roads caused a rollover accident in Montgomery County this morning.
The Sheriff’s Office says James Laughlin of Red Oak was driving a 2000 Chevy Cavalier westbound on 200th Street west of Red Oak when he lost control and crossed over into the eastbound ditch where the vehicle rolled onto its right side.
No injuries were reported.
(RED OAK) An Elliott man attempted to miss hitting a deer on Highway 48 early this morning, but struck an embankment instead.
The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office says at around 12:30 this morning, 19-year-old Timothy Alan Carlson was driving a 2011 Dodge 2500 westbound on Highway 48 near Elliot when he attempted to miss a deer in the roadway. The vehicle lost control due to roadway conditions and entered the south ditch where he struck an embankment.
No injuries were reported.
(DES MOINES) Wildlife biologists dispatched an elk Wednesday in Crawford County near the town of Charter Oak.
Testing is being done on the elk for chronic wasting disease (CWD), brucellosis and tuberculosis. The animal was dispatched to protect the health and welfare of the state’s deer herd and domestic livestock.
The animal was located by local deer hunters who contacted the DNR and were very helpful in keeping tabs on the animal while notification was made to the State Veterinarian’s office with the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship to make sure the elk was not an escapee from a local owner.
If the results are negative the meat from the animal will be processed and donated to charitable organizations.
(Atlantic) Two Atlantic bridges are now part of the Iowa Flood Center’s monitoring program. Atlantic City Administrator Doug Harris says the East Nishnabotna River and Troublesome Creek are currently two of fifty bridges across the state that received these monitors.
“Now you can go on their website during a heavy rain event and find out where the rivers are at,” stated Harris. “So it just helps farmers and others know when the river is close to flood stage, close to flood stage, and over flood stage.”
Harris says residents and media can log onto www.iowafloodcenter.org. to find out the status of the river during a heavy rain event.
(Atlantic) Atlantic Police Chief Steve Green released his annual report to the Atlantic City Council Wednesday night. He says officers responded to 6,000 calls, and executed 500 arrests during this past year. Green says arrests would have been higher but the county jail was full on several occasions.
“The arrests are about even with last year,” stated Atlantic Police Chief Steve Green. “They would have been much higher, however we have gone through several periods where the jail has been full, and the sheriff has called down saying please don’t bring me anybody unless it’s real serious. So there are a few lucky people out there that have been cited and released, be it for shop lifting or something else, where the policy has always been to jail them to get the point across.”
Chief Green says traffic stops have increased and citations decreased due to a big increase in court costs.
“Some of that is getting used to the new fine schedules so the officer’s don’t feel like they are causing a huge financial hardship” said Green. “You want some financial draw back to be a deterrent, but at the same time they don’t want to take food from peoples mouths.”
The Chief says court costs have tripled over the past year.
December 8, 2011
(AUDUBON) Three people were arrested on drug charges in Audubon County Wednesday.
The Audubon County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at a residence located at 207 Broadway Street in Brayton. As a result of the search, 22-year-old Seth Michael Thompson and 20-year-old Krystl Leigh Ann Enloe, both of Brayton, were arrested. Thompson was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance Schedule III, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Child Endangerment. Enloe was charged with Child Endangerment.
Following the search warrant, 54-year-old Michael Henry Thompson, also of Brayton, turned himself into the Audubon County Sheriff’s Office today (Thursday). He was charged with Possession of Marijuana; 3rd, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Seth Thompson and Michael Thompson also had outstanding Audubon County warrants from the investigation into an incident at their residence on November 25th. Seth Thompson was charged with Possession of Marijuana; 2nd, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Michael Thompson was charged with Possession of Marijuana; 3rd, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
All three subjects were released from the Audubon County Jail following an appearance before the magistrate.
(AUDUBON) An Atlantic woman was charged with Interference with Official Acts in Audubon County.
The Sheriff’s Office arrested 19-year-old Carly Jean Seddon on Wednesday. The charge stems from a traffic stop on Highway 71 in Brayton. She was transported to the Audubon county Jail where she was held. She was released after posting bond.
The incident remains under investigation and additional charges are pending.
(DES MOINES) A farmland price record was set in northwest Iowa when a 74 acre tract of land near Hull in Sioux County sold for $20,000 an acre.
KCCI news reported that the previous record was in October when a 120-acre parcel went for $16,750 per acre near Sioux Center. A survey of real estate agents in September put the average at $6,477 an acre, an increase of over 20 percent in the last year. ISU will release its annual farmland survey December 14th.
(Atlantic) Two Atlantic residents face drug charges as the result of a search warrant.
Atlantic Police say 34-year-old Eric Ostrander, and 20-year-old Shelbie Bramman, were both jailed on charges of possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
The search warrant was conducted last month at 507 Hickory Street in Atlantic.
December 8, 2011
(Atlantic) The Atlantic City Council is selling a parcel of land just east of the old Delong Building and Schildberg Recreation Area.
The Atlantic City Council tabled the sale of part of that land located northwest of the intersection of Olive Street and Commerce Street last month because, one of those parcels was originally part of several city owned parcels of land rented to John McCurdy for the high bid of $300.00 per acre. However, the council pulled that piece out during the same meeting after Dave Chase, representing the Nishna Valley Trails informed the Council that he had been in discussions with Ted Wickman about getting a trail easement that would connect the Schildberg Rock Quarry east to Olive Street. He pointed out that Mr. Wickman had been farming A 7.6-acre parcel since he gave it to the City in 1986, without a lease or rent being charged. The land was donated to entice De Long’s Sporting Goods to locate in Atlantic. Chase told the council that Mr. Wickman did not submit a bid for the lease of this property, but he would be interested in buying or leasing it. Mr. Chase pointed out that Mr. Wickman willingness to provide a trail easement across his property may be contingent on his being allowed to continue to farm both of these city parcels.
Mayor Dave Jones read a letter from a Harlan law firm representing Ted Wickman and his tenant, Dale Kuehl, bascially stating they were not served notice. The council contends there was never was a lease agreement on this particular piece of farmland.
The Council then voted 5-1, to direct city staff to advertise the sale of 12.93 acres of city owned property. Shawn Shouse voted no stating he didn't want to enter into a legal battle. The rest of the council voted in favor including, Dana Halder, Steve Livengood, Pat Simmons, Kathy Somers, and Kern Miller.
The land will be sold at a public auction. There is no word as to when the sale will be held.
December 8, 2011
(Atlantic) The Atlantic City Council Adopted a resolution accepting the 2012 Budget for the Atlantic Municipal Utilities Wednesday night.
Steve Tjepkes presented the combined 2012 AMU budget for the Electric and Water Departments which totals $10,798,500 which is an increase of $664,900 or 6.6% over the current year re-estimate. This increase cost is being offset with increases in AMU’s retail electric rates of 10%-14% that went into effect in November 2011.
AMU’s proposed budget calls for a $360,000 transfer to the City in lieu of paying property taxes. This is a common practice as a private utility would pay property taxes and be subject to a franchise fee of up to 5%. AMU’s proposed contribution equals 3.3% of their revenues which is designed to offset AMU’s utility charges to the City.
December 8, 2011
(Glenwood) Flood affected residents of Mills County are encouraged to contact the Loess Hills Chapter of the American Red Cross regarding a new source of funding assistance. Applications are currently being taken from flood victims for the Southwest Iowa Recovery Network (SWIRN) grant money. Applicants could receive up to $1000 in recovery relief. Residents can call 712-435-5661 for an application or to seek information.
FEMA is also still taking applications for Individual Assistance through December 19th. Area residents can apply by contacting FEMA by phone at 1-800-621-3362 or online at www.fema.gov. Please act quickly as there is less than 2 weeks remaining in the sign up period.
Public Information Officer Sheri Bowen says now is the time to take action if you are in need of financial assistance from FEMA or the Red Cross. She says they know there are still families who are not able to return to their homes as well as a large number of folks who are home, but have been hit hard financially and mentally by this very long flood process.”
Mental health assistance is available at no cost by contacting the Iowa Concern Hotline at 1-800-447-1985. Project Recovery Iowa can assist you by providing needed support during the recovery process and help you to regain a sense of control over your life. This free and confidential service is available to flood affected individuals in Mills County.
Those flood affected individuals who may require legal assistance, are eligible to receive free disaster related legal advice from an attorney, by calling the Iowa State Bar Association’s toll-free legal aide hotline at (877) 775-8882, 24-hours a day, and leave a brief message with the following information, identifying that you are seeking flood-related legal assistance, the county where you reside and your current contact information. Those who qualify for assistance are matched with Iowa lawyers who have volunteered their time to provide free legal advice. (Note: this service is provided solely for legal issues arising from the flooding which occurred during the period of May 25 to August 1, 2011, in Mills County.
The Mills County Flood Recovery Hotline, 712-527-4231, is still in operation and staff is available to provide current resource information. You may also access information through the website at www.millscountyflood.org.
(CORNING) Southwest Iowa Rural Electric Cooperative’s warehouse was broken into this morning.
According to the Adams County Sheriff’s Office, it is believed a subject(s) parked approximately ½ mile away on a gravel road and walked to the warehouse where the subject(s) pried into the back door. Once inside, they had taken two rolls of solid #6 wire, two rolls of #6 stranded wire and two rolls of #4 stranded wire. The approximate value of the wire is totaled at $2,118.
The subject(s) also stole a white 2010 Dodge Ram 2500. The REC’s employee’s work bags had been thrown from the back onto the floor. The subject(s) then drove the vehicle back down the road and unloaded the wire and left the vehicle parked on the side of the road. No damage was found on the REC vehicle.
A further inventory is being conducted for any missing material not accounted for. If anyone has any information regarding this case, contact Chief Deputy Miller at the Adams County Sheriff’s Office at 641-322-4444.
(COUNCIL BLUFFS) The Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office is warning the public of an attempted identity theft.
The Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office Investigations Division was contacted by a Pottawattamie County resident advising that a phone solicitor posing as a representative for Medicare was calling and requesting confirmation regarding personal information over the phone. The solicitor requested confirmation on the parties address, bank account numbers and specifically the routing numbers on the bottom of the parties’ personal checks. The solicitor advised that the reason for this information was so a new Medicare Card could be issued.
The Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office contacted Medicare and Medicare representatives advised that this is not a Medicare request and that the solicitor is not a representative of Medicare.
The Sheriff’s Office advises that is you receive this type of solicitation, do not release or give personal information over the phone to these individual(s).
(ATLANTIC) An Atlantic woman was arrested on a warrant for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
Atlantic Police arrested 40-year-old Samantha Lawton on Tuesday and transported her to the Cass County Jail.
(Stanton) The Stanton School Board turned down Villisca’s sharing proposal at a special meeting Tuesday night at Stanton High School. Around 50 school district patrons attended the meeting. Stanton Superintendent Judd Ashley says the board put a lot of weight on a survey sent out to school district residents. He says 261-people responded and out of those, 187 agreed to whole-grade sharing with Villisca, but 189 wanted the high school in Stanton, while the Villisca board’s proposal was to house the high school students in Villisca.
“I think that was the major point that concerned the board along with the timeline. Because the Villisca school board wasn’t sure if the whole-grade sharing agreement would go into effect in the 2012-2013 school year or the 2013-2014 school year,” stated Ashley. “ Therefore, the Stanton School board voted 5-0, not to accept the proposal.”
Ashley says, “All schools across the state, depending on the funding and enrollment, are under stress, so it appears Villisca and Corning will have a chance of going together. But we will continue to weigh our options and contact a couple of schools to our north and west.” Ashley is talking about Griswold, Essex and Red Oak.
Ashley says, for right now the Stanton School District is in good financial shape, but they will have to eventually look at having a partner.
December 7, 2011
(ATLANTIC) The Cass County Library Association gave their annual report to the Cass County Board of Supervisors this morning.
One project that the Library Association currently has going on is a County Read Project and the book that is featured is called “Driving to Clarinda” by Roseanne Bachman, who grew up in Atlantic. Bachman will be at the Atlantic Library in March and then Griswold and Lewis will have a joint event in May. Supervisor Chuck Rieken said his wife read the book and they found it very intriguing.
“We found it a very interesting book to read and the situation with the teacher being in the Atlantic School system and the problems with mental illness and how it affects people’s lives and looking at that back then and how she perceived that and today mental illness is much more accepted and treated than it was back then, so we’ve made great strides in that,” said Rieken.
Susie Campbell, Director of the Lewis Library, gave an update on the new Library currently under construction.
“I got invited in the inside yesterday, they’ve got it all enclosed so they will be able to work all winter long and the estimated finish date is April 30th, and I think they will have it done,” said Campbell.
And Carolyn Hartman, Director of the Cumberland Library, said their Children’s Room at the Library is now finished.
(ATLANTIC) A tentative burial policy for indigent persons has been written up in Cass County.
Cass County Supervisor Frank Waters said he met with Mental Health Director Teresa Kanning and Veteran Affairs Director Mitch Holmes on Monday to review the current policy and make some changes.
“The only changes we made was instead of a $1,500 maximum, we went to $2,000 on burial with $1,500 on cremation and opening and closing the graves we put a limit on that of $550,” said Waters.
The new policy will be sent to the County Attorney for review before it is approved by the Supervisors.
(ATLANTIC) The Cass County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a weapon fired in the direction of an individual at a location in rural Griswold Tuesday night. Cass County Sheriff Darby McLaren says the incident remains under investigation.
"We are trying finding a motive, and why some one would do it," stated McLaren. "Maybe someone was poaching a deer, we just want to find out why a shot was fired in that area."
Agencies responded to the complaint at around 7:15 p.m. including; the Cass County Sheriff’s Office, the Iowa State Patrol, Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office and the Atlantic Police Department. McLaren says they searched the area and were unable to locate a suspect.
"We don't think the public is any danger," says McLaren
(Atlantic) Nishna Valley Family YMCA Executive Director Dan Haynes told the local media this morning that the YMCA’s computer systems recently were infected by a computer virus that targeted their financial transactions systems.
“The Nishna Valley YMCA sustained losses under $50,000 and due to banking regulation some of those funds may be frozen and may eventually be recovered in the future.”
“It does not appear that the virus went after our members’ personal financial information, but it’s possible that this information was compromised. We have sent a letter to all members who do automatic payment processing with us to notify them of the situation. Those members on an annual payment plan or those who do payroll deduction have not been affected.”
“The YMCA’s computer security systems are of the highest quality, but this virus is virtually undetectable by antivirus software and firewall technology. We are fully supporting the investigation being conducted by the FBI, Iowa Department of Criminal Investigation and Atlantic Police Department. Questions about the virus and the investigation should be directed to them.
“This is the first time the Nishna Valley Family YMCA has experienced something like this, and we are working with technology experts and local bank officials to make sure it never happens again. Going forward all our ACH transactions will be handled inside the actual banking facility until the FBI is able to give us a report on the exact details. Members with questions or concerns can contact me at 712-243-3934.”
“The very nature of viral and malware attacks dictate that protection can only be reactive, in other words, a virus must first exist before protection software companies can develop a code to detect and/or eliminate the threat. With this particular type of viral infection, the virus morphs or changes so frequently that the Anti-Virus companies cannot keep up with it.” Jim Burnette HTS
“These attacks are perpetrated by professional cyber criminals who possess some of the brightest IT minds in the world. Their goal is to victimize as many people as they can.” Jim Burnette HTS
Click here to listen to Dan Haynes press conference
(Des Moines) The Omaha World Herald says tougher restrictions on Iowa’s teenage drivers could have saved the lives of 32 young drivers and $200 million in 2009. That is according to a report released by the Allstate Foundation, a non-profit branch of insurance giant Allstate, on graduated driver licensing laws, which place restrictions on teen drivers that are eased as they mature and gain experience.
The report is advising tougher standards including requiring drivers to be 16 before earning a learners permit, extending restrictions on drivers through the age 17 and restricting passengers to no more than one nonfamily passenger under age 21 unless a licensed driver older than 21 is in the vehicle.
The report says the estimate of lives saved was based on a 2007 national review of state graduated driver licensing laws. And nationally, if all states implemented such laws, an estimated 2,000 lives and $13.6 billion could have been saved.
December 7, 2011
(Jefferson) A teenager died and his younger brother was injured in an early morning house fire in Jefferson, Tuesday.
Officials say Tuesday’s fire killed 18-year-old Cody Garreans-Walsch, and injured 14-year-old Nicholas. He was flown to an Iowa City Hospital with burns to his hands and feet.
His mother, Sandy Garreans, says she woke up to a large boom and smelled smoke. She also said she saw flames down the hall. Garreans says her fiancé went to the second floor where her two sons were sleeping but was only able to rescue one of them.
Officials say space heaters may have caused the fire. The fire remains under investigation.
December 7, 2011
(ANITA) The CAM Community School District’s Board of Education is having discussions with a national company about the possibility of a partnership to create a K-12 full-time online learning school in Iowa.
The proposal would be to create a second school in the CAM District that would serve K-12 students across Iowa in an online program. The CAM Community Schools would continue to operate under their current status, and the online program would operate independently of CAM’s current programs. CAM students could possibly have access to online classes that are not currently offered in the curriculum.
Further discussion will be held at a special board meeting on Thursday night at 6:30 at the CAM High School media center. A representative from Connections Education will present information to the board.
(AVOCA) The Last Minute Christmas Shopping Extravaganza will be held at the American Legion Hall in downtown Avoca on December 17th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Lori Wegner, Event Coordinator, said there will be over 20 vendors selling different items from homemade crafts, to candles, baked goods, jewelry, unique gifts and so much more.
“I just hope everybody brings out the family to enjoy the event, it’s to support the community and hopefully get some last minute Christmas shopping done,” said Wegner. “There is going to be a lot of unique things there. “
Wegner said in addition to the shopping, Santa will be there to take pictures with the kids, there will be hourly prize drawings, and they are also hosting a toy drive to help out West Central Community Action. “Which is kind of a charity organization, they do a lot of things for people that are in need and they support this entire regional area,” said Wegner.
Admission to the Last Minute Christmas Shopping Extravaganza is free!
(Atlantic) With deer hunting season beginning, the Atlantic Elks Lodge is hoping local hunters will donate their deer hides to help disabled veterans.
The Atlantic Elks Lodge collected 150 hides last year as Iowa led the nation with over 4,000 hides collected. Nearly 3,000 pairs of wheel chair gloves and over 65,000 square feet of crafting leather were distributed nationally to disabled veterans through this project.
The Atlantic Elks lodge is hoping to surpass their total of 150 that they collected a year ago. Exalted Ruler Tony Brockman says, “Some people I know just throw them in the ditches and a lot of the time they just take them into the locker and I think the locker gets maybe five or ten bucks a hide out of them.”
To make arrangements to donate your deer hide to a good cause you call Brockman at 712-249-4719. You can also call Greg Schuler at 712-249-0519 or the Atlantic Elks Lodge at 712-243-2317.
(RED OAK) A Villisca teen was arrested for Possession of Marijuana.
The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office arrested 13-year-old Ashley Fitzwater today (Monday). She was released to the custody of a parent.
(RED OAK) The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office investigated the theft of a 2009 4-door Chevy Impala from the 200 block of E 5th Street in Villisca today (Monday).
The vehicle is silver in color and was last bearing Iowa plate number 497 YAM. Anyone with information is urged to call their local law enforcement or the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office.
(HARLAN) An anonymous tip led to six drug and alcohol related arrests in Harlan on November 26th.
20-year-old Joseph Lutz, 18-year-old Travis Erwin, 20-year-old Alisha Buttry, 14-year old Christopher Buttry, and 17-year old Lacy Bird were all charged with possession of alcohol under legal age and gathering where controlled substance unlawfully used.
21-year-old William Brady is charged with supplying alcohol to minors, possession of drug paraphernalia, probited acts penalties, gathering where controlled substance unlawfully used, and possession of a controlled substance.
Alisha Buttry was also charged with possession of a controlled substance.
Joseph Lutz and Travis Erwin were both charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and prohibited acts penalties.
Lutz faces an additional charge of unlawful possession of prescription medication.
(Audubon) A wind energy project has begun in the southeast corner of Audubon County.
“Before the snow arrived over the weekend, contractors were putting in field entrance pipes and working on access roads.” Said County Engineer Mitch Rydl.
The county is investigating the possibility of Tax Increment Financing, which Rydl says would help improve the counties roadways. “Hopefully we can generate some money with this, to help build our roads and get them in better condition.”
There are around 80 wind towers currently under construction in Guthrie County and approximately 23 towers going up in southeastern Audubon County.
December 5, 2011
(Atlantic) The Atlantic Christmas Lighted Parade was deemed a success Saturday night.
The Grand Marshall was the winner of the Scrooge Contest. The candidates included: Janet Cappel, of Cappel's Ace Hardware. Aaron Siggins of Hy-Vee, Nancy Fredrickson of Geis Perry Jewelry, Brad Peerbolte of Peerbolte Chiropractic, and Karen Nelson of the Handbag Ranch. The Scrooge candidates accepted donations for the Atlantic Food Pantry and the top fundraiser was served as Grand Marshall of the parade and Janet Cappel, of Cappels Ace Hardware was the winner
“We had three candidates that were very close together, but total they raised $16, 845.00 worth of items and money for the Food Pantry,” stated Megan Roberts, Atlantic Area Chamber Director. “We take the food items and value that as a $1.00 donation, so between the food and the cash it totaled “16,845.00.”
Roberts says the Heritage House took home the top award in the Float judging. “They had a working homemade Farris wheel and cute animals and things for a carnival theme.”
The Nishna Valley Family YMCA was second. “They had some jamming music going on, and stationary cyclists and a lot of energy with their float,” said Roberts. “The third place float was the First United Methodist Church. There float was themed the reason for the season, keeping the Christ in Christmas. There were a lot of great floats and a lot of fun participation and the snow made the night that more beautiful.”
Roberts reminds everyone that Santa will be back in his cabin Thursday night.
(Photo courtesy of the Atlantic Chamber)
December 5, 2011
(COUNCIL BLUFFS) A Council Bluffs man was arrested on numerous charges following a chase early this morning.
The Iowa State Patrol says at around 1:43 a.m., 41-year-old Richard Poast was driving a stolen 1994 Ford Explorer, eluding an Iowa State Patrol Trooper. Poast lost control of the vehicle while driving south on North 19th Street in Council Bluffs and struck the front end of the Iowa State Patrol Cruiser, which was driven by Trooper James Bullington. Poast continued to elude and fled into the State of Nebraska.
No injuries were reported. Officials with the Iowa State Patrol would not elaborate on the charges against Poast.
(AMES) The Iowa Department of Transportation’s Office of Motor Carrier Services has resumed the permitting and movement of oversize loads in western Iowa following a disruption during this weekend’s winter storm.
Movement will be allowed on roadway surfaces classified as “normal or wet” (displayed in green) on Iowa’s traveler information website available at www.511ia.org. The entire movement of the permitted load must occur on roads classified as “normal or wet” for the permit to be executed.
Classification of a roadway surface as “normal” is influenced by seasonal conditions, and is currently defined as normal winter driving conditions. During the winter, motor carriers must still exercise caution and be aware of occasional patches of snow or ice, and shoulders that may not yet be cleared of snow.
(AUDUBON) An Audubon man was arrested on an outstanding warrant. The Audubon County Sheriff’s Office says 29-year-old Kenneth James Peel was arrested on Friday and charged with Violation of Probation. He was held in the Audubon County Jail on $10,000 bond.
In other activity, 24-year-old Randy Travis Kurth was arrested on Friday on an outstanding warrant charging him with Violation of Probation. Kurth posted bond and was released. He will appear in district court today.
And, 19-year-old Dilan Seth Olesen of Audubon was arrested on Saturday for Operating While Intoxicated 2nd Offense and Driving While Revoked. The charges stem from a traffic stop in Exira. Olesen was transported to the Audubon County Jail. He was released after posting a $2,000 cash bond.
(AUDUBON) An Audubon teen was transported to the hospital following a rollover accident in Audubon Friday.
The Sheriff’s Office says 16-year-old Riley Thomas Christensen was driving a 1992 Pontiac westbound on 200th Street when he lost control of his vehicle and entered the north ditch where the vehicle rolled an unknown amount of times and struck a power pole. The vehicle landed in a field on the north side of the road.
Christensen was transported to the Audubon Hospital by Audubon Rescue. The damage to his vehicle was estimated at $5,000.
(Des Moines) The National Weather Service in Des Moines says record record fell in parts of Iowa over the weekend followed by snow.
Des Moines set a record for rainfall on Saturday with 1.38 inches of rain, and Lamoni topped the state with 1.71 inches. We recorded just over one inch of rain at the studio's.
Snow amounts across the state varied with the dividing line starting in the Omaha Metro area reporting 6.5 inches of snow, Audubon and Carroll reported 4-6 inches.We received about an inch at the studios.
The forecast is calling for dry weather through Wednesday. After that there is a 20-percent chance of snow on on Thursday.
December 5, 2011
(Red Oak) Three people were injured in a single vehicle accident Sunday morning near Red Oak.
According to the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office, 73-year-old Goldie Ann Adams, of Red Oak was westbound on Highway 34, a half mile west of Red Oak. Adams lost control while crossing the East Nishnabotna River bridge, due to the icy roadway, the car slid into the south ditch. The passenger side tire caught the ground and caused the vehicle to roll once coming to rest on it's wheels.
Goldie Ann Adams and two passengers, 81-year- Mamie Cathern Forward and 58-year-old, Catherin Marie Forward, all of Red Oak sustained injuries and all were transported by Red Oak Rescue to Montgomery County Memorial Hospital.
The Montgomery County Sheriff's Office did not release any information on the extent of their injuries.
December 5, 2011
(Braddyville) An eastern Iowa man accidentally shot himself while hunting this weekend in Page County.
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says, 35-year-old Benjamin Parker, of Grinnell was taken to a Des Moines area hospital after his gun discharged Saturday afternoon and a slug struck his right foot. Authorities says Parker became tangled in some bags he was carrying when the gun went off.
The accident happened near Braddyville in Southern Page County.
December 5, 2011
(Omaha) The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory from 11:00 a.m. this morning through midnight (Saturday) tonight for parts of western Iowa.
Forecaster say a storm system will bring rain and snow to the area today and tonight. An axis of moderate snowfall will occur across portions of eastern Nebraska and western Iowa, generally along a line and north of Interstate 80 where 3-6 inches of snow is forecast.
The area counties named in the watch include; Pottawattamie, Harrison, Monona, Shelby, Audubon, Carroll, and Crawford. In addition all of northwest and North Central Iowa is in this 13-hour advisory.
The Weather is predicting that rain is expected to mix with and change over to snow through the afternoon, then end this evening. General snowfall amounts will range from 2-5 inches, with higher amounts just northeast of Interstate 80.
Winds are forecast to become north to northwest and increase to 15-to-20 miles per hour throughout the day.
A Winter Weather Advisory means that periods of snow will cause primarily travel difficulties. Be prepared for snow covered roads and limited visibilities and use caution while driving.
December 3, 2011
(Atlantic) Deter Motor Company and the Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce have announced they are accepting nominations for the Annual ATHENA Award.
“Deter Motor Company has given this award for 10 years running to women who emanate the three criteria for an ATHENA recipient; professional excellence, community service and assisting women in realizing their true leadership potential,” Deter Motor Company owner Scott Deter said.
Nominations are due to the Chamber of Commerce by Friday, Dec. 16th at Noon. Former recipients and Deter Motor representatives serve on the selection committee.
Iowa Western Community College Atlantic Center Director Ann Pross was the recipient after serving nearly 25 years in the non-profit sector and for recent IWCC works in increasing local enrollment and exemplary growth in programming.
“The list of past recipients includes many strong leaders within the Atlantic Area,” Deter said. “Each year we see new nominations to choose from which says a lot for our community.”
The ATHENA Award was first presented in 1982 in Lansing, Michigan and has grown to include presentations to more than 5,000 individuals in hundreds of cities in the United States as well as in Canada, China, Russia and the United Kingdom. The award takes the form of a hand-cast bronze sculpture symbolizing the strength, courage and wisdom of the recipient. The ATHENA Award Program is nationally underwritten by KPMG.
Chamber Executive Director Megan Roberts said other awards will be given in conjunction Chamber Annual Dinner Jan. 21, 2012, the ATHENA being the capstone for the evening.
“As the only Iowa community to partner with ATHENA International, we are able to hold on to a strong tradition of valuing our professionals who use their leadership and make their community a priority,” Roberts said. “Deter Motor understands the value in recognizing those individuals.”
For more information contact Megan at 712.243.3017 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Chamber Press Release
December 3, 2011
(COUNCIL BLUFFS) A Council Bluffs man was arrested for Attempted Murder of a Police officer, among other charges, following an incident at a Burger King in Council Bluffs this (Friday) afternoon.
Police say 28-year-old Roger Madsen was arrested for Attempted Murder of a Police Officer, Aggravated Assault on a Police Officer, Theft 1st, Possession of a Controlled Substance; Methamphetamine, and also for an outstanding warrant for Probation Violation.
At around 1:15 p.m., officers with the Metro Fugitive Task Force spotted a stolen Dodge Ram pickup, believed to be occupied by a subject who was wanted on outstanding felony warrants. Task Force members communicated with Council Bluffs police officers that this pickup had pulled into the drive-thru lane of a Burger King. Several Council Bluffs Police officers arrived at the parking lot, with Council Bluffs Police Officer R.G. Miller positioning his marked police cruiser blocking the drive-thru exit. Before Officer Miller could exit his cruiser, the driver of the stolen pickup accelerated rapidly, ramming the front of Miller’s cruiser. The driver, Roger Madsen, continued to accelerate and drove the front-end of the truck up onto and across the hood of the cruiser. The stolen truck came to rest after one of the front tires drove across and shattered the police cruiser’s windshield. Madsen was immediately apprehended on the Burger King lot.
A passenger, 27-year-old Jeffrey Vosler of Council Bluffs, fled the area on foot and was found shortly thereafter, hiding in the 1300 block of Avenue B. Vossler was arrested for Eluding and Interference with Official Acts.
Officer R.G. Miller was checked by paramedics at the scene. He did not sustain any serious injuries.
Metro area officers are still searching for one of Madsen’s known associates, Keith Baker, who is also wanted on outstanding felony theft charges. Baker is a 38-year-old white male, 5’ 10”, 200 lbs, with brown hair and brown eyes.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) Senator Tom Harkin will meet with representatives of Council Bluffs, Fremont, Harrison, and Pottawattamie counties to discuss the flood recovery efforts in western Iowa on Monday. Harkin will be at City Hall at 109 Pearl Street in Council Bluffs at 1:30 p.m.
Prior to this event, Harkin will be attending two grant announcements in Red Oak at 11:30 a.m. at the YMCA Multipurpose Room at 101 East Cherry Street. The Federal Home Loan Bank of Red Oak will be receiving a banking loan and the Siouxland Interstate Metropolitan Planning Corporation will be receiving a grant for the rebuilding of homes in Mapleton, Iowa after a tornado.
(Harlan) The ACH computer virus has resurfaced and it infecting computers locally. The infectious email is from an organization called the National Electronic payments Association, and the subject line is typically “Your ACH payment has been rejected by your bank." The sender wants you to open up a link that is either in a word Dock or PDF file.
“After you open that you are infected,” stated Jim Burnette, computer expert and senior Regional Account Executive for Heartland Technology Solutions in Harlan. Burnette adds, that this is a key stroke logger.
“That means that every character that you hit on your keyboard is recorded and transmitted back to the people that propagated the virus. This will record anything that you type in. For example; if you do internet banking your password, if you hit the space bar... a space, if you type a letter to someone, if you are doing your taxes any of the tax information you might enter goes to these hackers,” Burnette adds that, “ On an offline non-secure site or maybe even be on a secure site, it is not recording what is going to that site, it is recording what is happening on your keyboard.” Burnette says the best thing to do is balance your checkbook and if you think you have opened this link, contact your bank.
“The best anti-virus is the fingers at the end of your hands,” says Burnette. “The old saying that nothing is for free is very real. If go online and play a free online game, I guarantee something is being uploaded to your computer to track where you are going. And it maybe that they are just tracking your information so they can sell it to somebody else.”
Burnette says whether you are a business or just at home, there is no computer that should be on the internet without a firewall. “The firewall keeps the honest people honest and the bad guys out. You have got to keep up with those firewall updates. A firewall that has not been maintained is no better than no firewall at all.”
Burnette says don’t go any place on the internet that may expose you to danger, don’t open emails that you don’t know, for example from government agencies or senders that claim they are from a financial institution, and make sure you do due diligence in providing the right technology to protect yourself. If you do those things you are going to be pretty well protected. If your computer is infected make sure you take the proper steps to fix it.
December 2, 2011
(DES MOINES) A Winter Storm Watch is in effect for Pottawattamie, Shelby, Harrison and Monona counties from Saturday morning to Saturday evening.
Rod Donovan, with the National Weather Service in Des Moines, says a system is moving into the area later tonight and then through Saturday night with quite a bit of moisture moving up and at the same time an area of low pressure will move across Southeast Iowa and cold air will spill into Northwest Iowa.
“What that will do is create a line where it will switch over to snow with the precipitation,” said Donovan. “Right now it does appear the heaviest snow will be across the northwest half of the state with anywhere from 3 to 6 inches, we could see locally higher amounts of 6 to 8 inches in some of those areas, especially as you get up towards the Denison area and up towards the northeast more towards Mason City with lesser amounts on either side.”
Donovan said with the cold air coming in behind this system we could see some of the coldest temperatures of this winter season so far.
(Atlantic) The Atlantic Police Department is doing all they can to smooth out the traffic problem in front of Washington School. Police are directing traffic to show parents and guardians how traffic is supposed to flow.
“Numerous state and city laws are being violated there because everyone is trying to drop off their children at the sometime,” stated Atlantic Police Lt. Dave Erickson.
“Vehicles are stopping in the traveled portion of the street waiting for a parking stall which is against the law, blocking private driveways, and not allowing traffic to flow through like it is supposed to, which is causing a bottleneck,” stated Erickson. “Motorists are blocking the crosswalks, which are against state law, parking within 10-feet of stop signs, some children are not wearing their seatbelts, and most of these violations are $195 citations.”
Erickson adds, “We also have parents letting their kids off in the middle of the street and allowing them to run through parked cars. So we are going to give this two weeks and if it doesn’t cure the problem we are going to start issuing citations.”
Erickson says they are asking parents to drive around the block and if there is no available parking. He says students can also be dropped off anywhere there is a crossing guard.
December 2, 2011
(Harlan) The Shelby County Emergency Management in Cooperation with the Shelby County Emergency Services Association implemented a fire prevention project that is deemed a success. Shelby County Medical Services Coordinator Jason Wickizer says the goal was to keep the risk of fire danger in front of the public eye and reduce the number of fires during the fall harvest period.
“The main goals were to lower the amount of time that we were responding to brush or grass fires and reduce the risk for both persons and properties by giving a real time measure of where the fire danger is,” stated Wickizer.
This resulted in Shelby County not needing to impose an official burn ban.
Fire Danger Rating Signs were placed in each of 10 Shelby County Communities, in a visible location, and updates were provided on Tuesday and Thursdays, to the Fire Chiefs and the Media. The number of large hard to manage fires requiring the dispatch of multiple departments decreased dramatically from last year.
“The project was a success based on looking at call data from previous years and we are seeing about a 15-to-20-percent reduction in the total amount of time our fire departments have been out county wide,” says Wickizer.
This program achieved its goals. A burn ban was not declared in Shelby County.
Citizens who were planning burns called the Emergency Management Agency and their Fire Chiefs, with information, and to ask for assistance or advice.
Meanwhile, the risks of hard to control wild land fire and crop fires have dropped to a LOW level. Forecast is for snow. Daily frost and lack of fuel make running fire an unlikely event.
Wickizer says this will end Shelby Counties fall weekly fire Rating Updates. They will begin again in the Spring
December 1, 2011
(Atlantic) Atlantic Parks and Rec. Director Roger Herring says Sunnyside Park gates will be closed for the Winter Season as of 2:00 p.m. this afternoon to through traffic.
Herring wants to thank you for a great summer and fall in the parks.
December 2, 2011
(Council Bluffs) This is the thirteenth year the Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office has sponsored “Shop with the Sheriff.” The shopping event, which is held at the Target Store in Council Bluffs, will benefit twenty-eight children this year. Target opens their doors at 7:00 a.m, Saturday, to allow uninterrupted shopping before the store opens at 8:00 a.m.
This program is funded by donations from individuals and businesses throughout Pottawattamie County and surrounding areas. The Iowa Department of Human Services provided names of the families who would benefit from the program. Each child will receive $175.00 to spend and is encouraged to use most of the money on clothing, shoes and other necessities, but are allowed to purchase toys. Each family also receives a food basket.
Approximately forty-five employees and families from the Sheriff’s office volunteer their time to assist with the program.
If you have any questions, please contact Sheriff Jeff Danker at 712-890-2201 or 402-680-5265.
December 2, 2011
(Glenwood) A Glenwood woman died from injuries Thursday afternoon in a single-vehicle accident on Interstate 29 near the 47-mile marker.
The Iowa State Patrol says 47-year-old Eileen J. Walpus was transported by Lifenet Helicopter to Creighton Medical Center where she died.
According the report, Walpus was southbound on I-29 when her car left the road, entered the west ditch, went through a fence, and continued out of the ditch crossed another roadway into another ditch where it rolled and came to rest on its top.
Walpus was wearing a seatbelt.
December 1, 2011
(COUNCIL BLUFFS) A California man was arrested following a drug bust on Interstate 80 in Pottawattamie County.
Pottawattamie County Sheriff Jeff Danker said just before 2 p.m. Wednesday, Deputy Miller observed an eastbound 2005 Dodge Durango at the 23 mile marker that failed to signal a lane change.
“He stopped the vehicle and spoke with the driver. After speaking with the driver he thought that the driver might be involved in criminal activity, basically trafficking drugs,” said Danker. “He requested permission to search the vehicle, which he was given, so he had his patrol dog Francisco do an exterior sniff of the vehicle. The dog did indicate on the vehicle that there was a possible presence of a controlled substance. When Deputy Miller searched the vehicle, he located numerous amounts of vacuum sealed bags of marijuana that were located on a roof topper on top of the Durango. It was around 53 pounds (of marijuana).”
Sheriff Danker said 28-year-old Robert Jones of Oakdale, California was charged with Possession with Intent to Deliver Marijuana, Tax Stamp Violation and Prohibited Acts. Jones was booked into the Pottawattamie County Jail.
(Harlan) The Harlan Community High School Gym will be turning blue tomorrow night. Kovember activities will wrap up Friday night with a blue-out during the high school basketball game at Harlan. The National Honor Society and Health Occupation Students of America chapters at Harlan Community School have hosted Kovember to raise awareness for men’s health and cancer research. Harlan High School Guidance Counselor Paulette Rasmussen says this is the second year for the blue out, in honor of Harlan Coach Mark Kohorst who underwent cancer treatment a year ago.
Rassmussen said. “The students wanted to do something in his honor, so instead of Movember, which is the National Men’s Cancer Awareness name, we call ours Kovember, after Coach Ko.”
Rasmussen says the T-shirts were delivered Wednesday and are paid for by Panama Transfer and Keast Ford. All the proceeds from the Kovember activities and blue-out basketball games will go to Shelby County Relay for Life, the high school relay team, earmarked through the American Cancer Society for men’s cancers.
December 1, 2011
(CLARINDA) A Clarinda woman was injured in a single vehicle accident in Page County this (Thursday) morning.
The Sheriff’s Office says 58-year-old Donna Allison was driving a 2001 Pontiac Grand Prix northbound on L Avenue after negotiating the curve at 220th and L Avenue. Allison stated that a brown dog ran in front of her and she swerved to miss the dog, causing her to lose control, cross the center line and make contact with the bridge on the southwest side.
Allison was removed from the vehicle by her family member’s whom she called after the accident and they took her to the Clarinda Regional Health Center.
The Sheriff’s Office says there were no marks of evasive action on the gravel road, only marks in the grass prior to impact.
(COUNCIL BLUFFS) An Iowa State Patrol Trooper was injured during a chase in Council Bluffs today (Thursday).
According to the Iowa State Patrol, the Trooper, who has not been identified at this time, had initiated a traffic stop on the South Expressway at 23rd Avenue for a traffic violation. The driver of the White Dodge pickup took off and jumped the median. The Trooper attempted to stop the vehicle and ended up crashing the patrol car when the truck hit the car. The Trooper was sent to Mercy Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Meanwhile, the pickup led troopers westbound on Omaha Bridge Road heading for South Omaha. The pickup again jumped a median and headed westbound in the eastbound lane. Stop Sticks were deployed and flattened the tires on the pickup. The chase ended at 24th and L in Omaha.
The driver of the pickup, 36-year-old Carl Eugene Pelander Jr. of Council Bluffs, and a passenger, 25-year-old Katherine Elizabeth Lynn of Shenendoah, were both arrested without incident. Authorities later discovered that the Dodge pickup had been stolen.
(Area) The Iowa DNR expects that nearly 90,000 hunters will be heading to the woods and fields during Saturday’s opening day for first shotgun season. Iowa’s shotgun deer seasons are the most popular among hunters and account for more than half of all deer harvested. Although hunters will still have good hunting opportunities they can expect to find fewer deer across much of the state. They may need to hunt a little longer this year to be successful.
“Deer numbers in many areas are near the department’s objective and we are now encouraging hunters to be more selective with their harvest,” said Dale Garner, the DNR’s wildlife bureau chief.
“We have been hearing complaints from hunters that they are not seeing the number of deer that they had in the past and some are voicing their concerns that the herd reduction may have gone too far,” he said. “My advice to those hunters is to work with the landowner to see if the deer population is at a desirable level and adjust the local doe harvest accordingly.”
With the crop harvest being completed, good habitat conditions and a favorable weather forecast hunting conditions should be excellent in most of the state. However, in western Iowa, hunters may find that the summer-long Missouri River flooding has changed the deer distributions so they may need to adjust where they hunt.
Blaze orange is required for hunters participating in the shotgun hunts and party hunting is legal. Hunters using blinds during the shotgun seasons are reminded that they are required to display at least 144 square inches of blaze orange that is visible from all directions (see p. 23 of the 2011 Hunting Regulations for more information).
Report Your Harvest
All deer taken must be reported using the harvest reporting system by midnight the day after the deer is recovered. Accurately reporting the harvest is an important part of Iowa’s deer management program and plays a vital role in managing deer populations and future hunting opportunities.
For hunters with Internet access, the online harvest reporting is the easiest way to register the deer. Hunters can report their deer online at www.iowadnr.gov, by calling the toll free reporting number 1-800-771-4692, or at any license vendor.
Tagging Antlered Deer
Hunters are reminded that antlered deer must have the transportation tag attached to the antler’s main beam, either at the base or between two points.
First shotgun season is Dec. 3-7. Second shotgun season is Dec. 10-18. Shooting hours are one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset.
Youth Season Tags
Youth season hunters with an unfilled “any-deer” license from the youth deer season who did not harvest a deer are eligible to hunt during one of the two shotgun seasons.
However, the youth hunter must follow the weapons restrictions that are in place during the season and be under the direct supervision of a licensed adult. A youth must harvest and tag their own deer.
For more information contact Tom Litchfield, State Deer Biologist, Iowa Department of Natural Resources, 641-774-2958.
(HARLAN) The deadline is approaching to get applications in for the annual Shelby County Holiday Adoption program.
Dena Mathews, Shelby County Outreach Coordinator, said the program is designed to help families who are facing financial hardships and unable to afford Christmas dinner or new toys or clothing for their children.
“We are just hoping to address the needs of these low income individuals, families and children during the holidays and other times of need,” said Mathews. “A lot of people don’t know that there is such a great need out there in our community.”
The program is available to families who qualify for the heat assistance program, which means they are at or below 150% of poverty and is limited to families who are age 65 or older or have children age 18 and younger. Mathews said if the family meets those guidelines they are eligible for this program.
“The program is completely anonymous, we just take down information such as the gender, age, clothing sizes and individual wish lists from each family that applies,” explained Mathews. “Then members in the community who are interested in adopting these families will get a copy of that wish list and are able to either purchase the items that they’ve listed or at least get some type of idea to know what their interests and needs are to purchase for them.”
The deadline to drop off an application is December 5th. Applications can be picked up at West Central Community Action Shelby County Outreach Office at 1018 6th Street in Harlan. For those adopting families, gifts need to be dropped off by December 19th.
Mathews said a turkey voucher program is also available for families who may not qualify for this particular program.
(Council Bluffs) Six southwest Iowa communities have survived the first cut to become Blue Zone Project Demonstration sites.
Glenwood, Woodbine, Harlan, Red Oak, Denison and Atlantic are among 58-cities-out-of 84-selected to move forward in the application process. Bethany Rodgers, Cass County Wellness Coordinator says the fact that Atlantic is still in the running is really exciting.
“Blue Zones are the locations where people live the longest, healthiest, and happiest lifestyles,” says Rodgers. “The government caught on to this and they want to make Iowa the healthiest state. Along with this, they want to make certain communities start up blue Zones and Atlantic is in the running, which is very exciting.”
Rodgers encourages citizens of the community to go online, or text their pledge support stating that they want Atlantic to be the next Blue Zone community.
“The biggest thing is getting pledges to prove to the Blue Zone group that our citizens want this to become a realization.” Said Rodgers.
Rodgers says community members can go online at: www.bluezoneproject.com/citizens/signup, or text: bzp772937.
About 10-Iowa Communities will receive assistance in developing and implementing a blue print for making permanent environmental, policy and social changes to help ensure healthier behaviors.
The Blue Zone Project is a joint venture between Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Iowa and Healthways Communications.
December 1, 2011
(GLENWOOD) A Glenwood man faces charges following a hit and run accident in Mills County. The Sheriff’s Office says 28-year-old Shawn Lee Richter was charged with Death or Personal Injury, Driving Under Suspension and No Insurance. His bond was set at $2,040.
In other activity, 21-year-old Jesus Margarito Manzanares of Omaha was arrested for Drug Paraphernalia, No Valid Driver’s License and Speeding. His bond was $808.
And, 74-year-old Charles Edward Hughes of Glenwood was arrested on a warrant for Violation of Probation. His bond was $5,000.
(Villisca) The Villisca and Stanton School Boards met in joint session Wednesday night to discuss the futrue sharing options. Corning/Villisca Superintendent Willie Stone says the Villisca School Board unveiled their proposal to Stanton first.
"The Villisca School Board stated they would like to have the high school in Villisca and send the 6-through-8 grade to Stanton," stated Stone. "Their reasoning is that currently Villisca has the facilities that will hold the high school, and they feel Stanton would have to make some changes to get that."
Stanton's proposal is for the high school students to be housed in Stanton and the Junior High in Villisca. The Villisca School Board would like a response from the Stanton School Board by noon on December 7.
The Villisca and Corning School Boards met on Monday night, in regards to a sharing agreement. Villisca proposed the 9-12 grade students be housed in Villisca with the 6-through-8 grades students at Corning. Villisca has asked the Corning School Board to also respond by noon, on December 1.
December 1, 2011
(Atlantic) The Griswold woman set to go to trial this month in connection with the 2010 fatality accident west of Atlantic has pleaded guilty.
On June 4, 2010, Christine Riedeman was operating a 2010 Jeep Wrangler, westbound on Highland Road. Riedemann lost control of the Jeep, entered the ditch, and struck a utility pole between Front and Pearl Streets. Katrina L. Christensen, a passenger in the vehicle died in the accident. Court records show two blood draws were taken from Riedemann and were above the legal limit at .221% and .162%.
Riedeman pleaded guilty last week on a charge of homicide by a motor vehicle. She was scheduled to go to trial on December 13.
A sentencing date has been set for January 23, at 9:00 a.m.
December 1, 2011
(Macedonia) Officials have nailed down one of two final spots for an “Eagle Monument” in Pottawattamie County.
Organizers in Macedonia recently broke ground on an Eagles of Honor veterans memorial, which will be one of the final two such monuments in the county.
Officials say they want to honor our veterans and our heritage. One of the phrases planned for the monument is “following the footsteps to freedom.”
The memorial will feature an eagle sculpture by Russell Christensen, of Neola, Iowa, who has now completed bronze eagle sculptures for every city in Pottawattamie County. Monuments now stand in Minden, Underwood, McClelland, Carson, Treynor, Oakland, Hancock, Crescent, Carter Lake, Walnut and Avoca.
The Pottawattamie County Board of Supervisors agreed to grant $25,000 for each monument for the five-year project.
The estimated cost of the Macedonia Monument is $60,000, with fundraising supplementing the $25,000 from the County Board. About 80-percent of the materials are ready to go, and a dedication ceremony is planned for Memorial Day weekend.
December 1, 2011
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