(Des Moines) Efforts to increase absentee voting are apparently paying off.
Iowa Secretary of State’s Office Spokesman Chance McElhaney says in their latest report those numbers are up across the board.
“We’ve had about 95-thousand requests for an absentee ballot from Democrats, 51-thousand from Republicans, a couple hundred from other non-political parties and about 38-thousand from no-party affiliation,” said McElhaney.
He says voter registration numbers indicate nearly two million Iowans are registered to vote in the election next month. The numbers break down to: 600-thousand registered Democrats, 619-thousand registered Republicans, and 704-thousand “No Party” voters.
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(Riverton) Heavy rains across southwest Iowa are causing flooding in and around the Riverton Wildlife Management Area in Fremont County.
The Iowa DNR says County Road J46 between the Riverton WMA and the town of Riverton will likely be flooded sometime today. The main tract at the Riverton area will most likely receive flood water, due to the dike breech that occurred on September 10. The water level is currently one foot above crest and will rise significantly if this occurs. This will also likely cause the main access road and boat ramp to be inaccessible.
The Jensen tract south of the town of Riverton has not been impacted by the rain at this time.
(Council Bluffs) The DEA sponsored prescription drug take-back program in Council Bluffs produced 355 pounds of prescription drugs and over the counter medications.
The Council Bluffs Police Department has participated in the semi-annual program over the past four years. This year’s fall event was held on Saturday, September 27th at the Walgreens at 535 E. Broadway. Since 2010, while participating in a total of ten events, the Council Bluffs Police Department has collected over 3,000 pounds of prescription drugs and over the counter medications with over 1,750 vehicles driving through the collection sites to surrender unwanted drugs. The Council Bluffs Police Department says these results were only possible with the collaboration of several community organizations and volunteers within the community who have assisted in this endeavor.
Beginning October 9th, the DEA will authorize various pharmacies and hospitals that are registered with them to collect unwanted medications/prescriptions from the public. That change should make it easier for citizens to drop off medications and prescription drugs at their convenience, instead of on specific dates and locations. To find a location close to you, visit www.dea.gov.
(Atlantic) Senator Tom Harkin will be at the Cass County Democratic Headquarters in Atlantic on Monday for a farewell meeting with his constituents.
Harkin served as a Congressional aide for several years before running for the U.S. House of Representatives in Iowa’s old 5th District, serving from 1975 to 1985. In 1984, Harkin won his election bid for the U.S. Senate from which he is retiring when his current term ends in January 2015. He now serves as the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. He is a former Chair of the Agriculture Committee, advocating for family farms and rural communities. He has been a staunch supporter of human rights and has worked against child labor. He has championed investments in pre-school, K-12 schools, and post secondary education. He believes in the middle class, leading the effort to raise the minimum wage. His major accomplishments include the American with Disabilities Act of 1990, after which he became a global leader for equal rights for people with disabilities. He was instrumental in passing the Affordable Care Act.
Senator Harkin will be at the Cass County Democratic Headquarters at 12:30 p.m. A light lunch will be provided, as well as snacks and refreshments.
(Area) State climatologist Harry Hilaker explains the trend of wet, cool weather continued into the month of September.
September rainfall totals come in nearly a whole inch above normal.
“For September, preliminarily 4.37 inches of rain during the month which is just about an inch above average, .99” to be exact. It ranks 40th wettest September in 144 years of record.”
As far as the average temperature for September, that also continued a yearlong trend.
“So far only one month was on the warmer side of normal and that was June, which was just barely above normal. Although oddly enough May and August were both right at the normal, so six out of nine technically speaking have been cooler than normal but only one above normal.”
Overall, 2014 is the 12th wettest and 7th coolest start to a year in 144 years on record. Hilaker says it’s the coolest start to the year since 1979.
(Pottawattamie Co.) A Slater woman was injured in a single vehicle accident in Pottawattamie County today (Wednesday).
The Iowa State Patrol says 70-year-old Mary Crawford was driving a 1999 Oldsmobile Intrigue eastbound on I-680, near the 23 mile marker, and attempted to avoid a semi tire rim on the roadway. Crawford struck the rim and her vehicle came to rest on the right shoulder.
(Area) Governor Terry Branstad signed into effect a proclamation granting a temporary weight limit exemption for trucks on Iowa roads.
The proclamation specifically increases the weight allowable for shipment of corn, soybeans, hay, straw and stover, by 12.5 percent per axle (up to a maximum of 90,000 pounds) without the need for an oversize/overweight permit.
The 2014 proclamation again applies to loads transported on all highways within Iowa, excluding the interstate system. Trucks cannot exceed the truck's regular maximum by more than 12.5 percent per axle and must obey the posted limits on all roads and bridges.
The proclamation directs the Iowa Department of Transportation to monitor the operation of the proclamation, assure the public's safety and facilitate the movement of the trucks involved. Farmers who are transporting grain are also required to follow their vehicle safety standards on axle weights.
The exemption will be granted for 60 days beginning today (October 1).
(Villisca) A Villisca woman was arrested on drug charges following a traffic stop this (Wednesday) morning.
The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office conducted a traffic stop on an unplated black Ford Explorer at the 38 mile marker of Highway 71, outside of Villisca, at around 9:30 a.m. Upon investigation, 38-year-old Misty Herring was found to be in possession of a controlled substance; marijuana, and drug paraphernalia.
Herring was taken into custody and transported to the Montgomery County Law Enforcement Center where she was held on $1,000 cash bond. She was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
(Omaha) The National Weather Service in Omaha has issued a flood warning for the East Nishnabotna River at Red Oak from this evening to Friday morning.
At 9:00 this morning the stage was at 10.8 feet, or 7.2 feet below the flood stage of 18 feet. Minor flooding is forecast. The river is expected to rise above flood stage by tonight and continue to rise to near 19.2 feet after midnight. The river will fall below flood stage early tomorrow afternoon.
(Council Bluffs) A press conference will be held this afternoon to release the results of the investigation and charging decision pertaining to the death of 17-year-old Dakota Escritt, who was fatally injured in a fight at Abraham Lincoln High School in Council Bluffs on September 25th.
Matt Wilber, Pottawattamie County Attorney, and Tim Carmody, Council Bluffs Police Chief, will conduct the press conference at 3:00 p.m. in the Hearing Room of the Pottawattamie County Board of Supervisors at the Courthouse.
Police arrested 16-year-old Gregary Teer on Thursday on a charge of Assault Causing Serious Bodily Injury. Council Bluffs School Resource Officer M. Hernandez responded to a physical fight between two students at Abraham Lincoln High School at around 7:45 Thursday morning. The altercation occurred just outside the cafeteria. During the course of the altercation Dakota Escritt fell to the ground, striking his head on the tiled floor, which rendered him unconscious. Escritt was transported to Mercy Hospital in Council Bluffs for treatment and later transferred to Children’s Hospital in Omaha, where he died.
(Council Bluffs) A Council Bluffs man is going to prison for a series of robberies in the area this past summer.
According to the Omaha World Herald, Matthew T. Koval will serve at least seven years in prison for his involvement in three robberies and at least two attempted robberies on June 22 and June 24 in Council Bluffs, along with two robberies in Carter Lake and Omaha. Authorities have also linked Koval to robberies in late May at area gas stations and motels.
The Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office says that as part of a plea agreement, the theft and robbery sentences will be served at the same time, with a mandatory minimum to be served of seven years. The 25 years for ongoing criminal conduct also will be served concurrently.
October 1, 2014
(Atlantic) Heavy rain fell in the listening area overnight. And the forecast is calling for more rain this afternoon.
"We do have a chance for severe weather this afternoon so everyone remain aware," stated Aubry Wilkens, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Des Moines. "I know it is October 1 and severe weather is usually something we are not thinking about, but we could see some high winds and some hail with these thunderstorms this afternoon."
So far we received 3.0 inches of rain at the KSOM/KS95 studio's in downtown Atlantic. Marne received 2.8 inches, Anita, 2.5, Winterset-1.18, Massena-2.18, Bedford-2.4, Audubon-2.66, Harlan-1.92, Red Oak-1.76, Lorimor-1.32, Eppley Airfield-2.4, and Shenandoah 2.63.
October 1, 2014
(Atlantic) Heavy rain fell in the listening area overnight. We have just a few reports trinckling in this morning.
We received 2.7 inches of rain at the studio's in downtown Atlantic. Marne received 2.8 inches. We will have more reports a little bit later on.
The forecast is calling for more rain today, tonight, Thursday, and early Friday morning.
October 1, 2014
(Red Oak) The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office is warning the public of a possible phone scam.
Authorities say a citizen received a phone call from a subject Tuesday, calling from the (801) area code. The subject stated that they were from Mid-American Energy and that the complainant had not paid her utility bill. The caller stated that her power would be shut off in 24 hours unless she paid her bill. The subject then asked for bank information and the complaintant did not give that out and hung up.
Mid-American Energy later verified that this is indeed a scam. The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office would like people to be aware of this scam and use caution with their bank account information.
October 1, 2014
(Atlantic) After months of talking, planning and renovating, the Southwest Iowa Mental Health Center is finally moving to its new location at 1500 E. 10th Street in Atlantic.
The Center is moving “just across the driveway” from 1408 E. 10th St. The center has been at its current location since 1969 but has recently outgrown the space, due to an expansion in services and staff.
Dr. Bigelow and Cass County Health System CEO Todd Hudspeth began actively looking for additional space in January 2014. At about the same time, Unity Point at Home, which is currently leasing space from the hospital at 1500 E. 10th St., approached CCHS looking for a way to reduce its lease costs by leasing a smaller space. It was then that the idea of SWIMHC and Unity Point at Home swapping buildings was first identified as an option. Over the past nine months the idea has gradually become reality.
Davita Dialysis, currently sharing space with Unity Point at Home at 1500 E. 10th Street, will remain at its current location.
SWIMHC is moving its main office to the new location on October 3, 2014. A satellite office was moved to the new location last week and is operational this week.
“We will be able to see patients beginning at 8 AM on October 6th at the new location,” said Dr. Bigelow. For a couple of months, SWIMHC and Unity Point at Home will be sharing the building. When renovations at 1408 E. 10th St. are completed, Unity Point at Home will relocate. After final renovations at the new SWIMHC location are completed, Zion Recovery will relocate to 1500 E. 10th St. to share the space with SWIMHC. “We have been discussing the idea of co-locating for about a year now,” Dr. Bigelow explained. “Both of our agencies are excited at the opportunity to work side-by-side to better serve our clients with multiple needs.”
(Atlantic) According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, flu activity most commonly peaks in the U.S. between December and February. However, seasonal flu activity can begin as early as October and continue to occur as late as May. That’s why it is important to prepare for flu season now and get vaccinated.
Jeri Orstad, Immunization Nurse at the Atlantic Medical Center, says everyone six months of age or older should get a flu shot.
“There is a big misconception out there that the flu is the stomach flu that lasts for a couple of days where you have some vomiting, diarrhea and fever, but that’s not the case. The flu vaccine protects against the influenza virus where you experience a fever, cough, shaking or chills, body aches, extreme weakness, and this can last for a couple of weeks,” explained Orstad.
Orstad said if you are experiencing any kind of illness, stay home. You should be fever free for 24 hours before going into public. Make sure you cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze, wash your hand with soap and water often, avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth, and clean and disinfect any surfaces or objects that may be contaminated.
To get a flu shot, stop by the Atlantic Medical Center anytime between 8:30 to 11:00 a.m. Monday through Saturday or 1:30 to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. No appointment is needed.
(Atlantic) Jon Martens, Director of Water Operations at Atlantic Municipal Utilities (AMU), has been elected President of the Iowa Groundwater Association (IGWA).
The IGWA was originally formed in 1984 in response to increasing cases of groundwater contamination issues in the State of Iowa. Groundwater contamination can pose a threat to pollute public and private water supplies. The Association is made up of a diverse group of members from throughout the state including geologists, hydro geologists, engineers, educators, attorneys, waterworks personnel, irrigators and other industry representatives all working together to address groundwater concerns.
IGWA’s mission is to: Promote education and research on Iowa groundwater and water resource issues; Improve communication among state agencies, municipalities, the general public, and water resource/environmental professionals; Foster collaboration and information exchange; and Participate in national, state, and local activities related to groundwater management and water resource protection.
Jon has been working in the water business since 1981 and has been the Director of Water Operations at AMU since 1992.
September 30, 2014
(Missouri Valley) Wilson Island State Recreation Area will be officially rededicated during a ceremony on October 7 at 1:00 p.m. at the large riverfront shelter.
The rededication is the culmination of a $2.5 to $3 million cleanup and rebuild project that began after the area was damaged in the spring of 2011 by the flooding Missouri River.
Wilson Island’s initial reopening was delayed until August 3 from its planned mid June reopening after a storm battered the area with four inches of rain, baseball sized hail and 80-90 mile per hour winds that knocked down trees and damaged park buildings.
The campground remodel includes eliminating the more flood prone sites and changing the first to flood electric sites to non electric. The number of electrical sites increased by 15 but the total number of campsites has been reduced by 10.
The new Wilson Island has 50 amp service electrical sites, a new shower house, two new dump stations, two new picnic shelters all at higher elevations, and a new park office.
Speakers include DNR Director Chuck Gipp, State Parks chief Todd Coffelt, and the president of the Wilson Island friends group.
(Marne) Three people suffered possible injuries in a rollover accident in Cass County Sunday morning.
The Cass County Sheriff’s Office says the accident occurred on 690th Street and Hamburg Road at around 11:25 a.m. A 2002 Chevy Tahoe, driven by 31-year-old Amanda Graham, of Marne, was northbound on 690th Street when she swerved to avoid a vehicle slowing to make a turn, causing the Tahoe to roll onto its passenger side.
Graham and two passengers were taken by private vehicle to be checked for injuries. The damage to the Tahoe was estimated at $10,000. Graham was cited for Failure to Maintain Control.
(Atlantic) Two people were arrested following a traffic stop in Cass County Friday.
The Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested 33-year-old Tyson Hubbard, of Omaha, on a charge of Possession of a Controlled Substance. The driver, 26-year-old Bradley Levi Petermann, of Omaha, was charged with OWI 1st Offense and Driving under Suspension. Both were taken to the Cass County Jail where they were later released on their own recognizance.
In other activity, 28-year-old Tyler Dean Gage, of Des Moines, was arrested Friday on two District Court warrants for Failure to Appear. Upon his arrest, Gage attempted to smuggle a controlled substance into the jail and was subsequently charged with Possessing Contraband in a Jail. He was held at the Cass County Jail on $15,000 bond.
(Harlan) Two people were arrested following a burglary investigation in Harlan.
The Harlan Police Department says on September 22nd officers were called to Express Lube where a male subject was seen going through vehicles on the lot. As a result of the investigation, and with video surveillance, a search warrant was served on the property at 2006 7th Street. 30-year-old Reid Hemminger and 27-year-old Joey Raney, Jr., both of Harlan, were arrested and taken to the Shelby County Jail. Hemminger was charged with two counts of Burglary in the 3rd Degree, 3rd Degree Attempted Burglary, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Child Endangerment. Ranney was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance.
In other activity, 23-year-old Anthony Bennett, of Harlan, was arrested on September 23rd when officers were called to the area of 12th and Willow for someone forcing their way into an apartment. Upon arrival, no one was found in that area. A short time later, officers were called to HyVee where the owner of the apartment had gone to be safe in making the call. As a result of the investigation, Bennett was taken into custody and transported to the Shelby County Jail where he was charged with 1st Degree Burglary, Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
Officers were called to Blake’s Auto Sound and Security on September 24th for a burglary in progress. While in route the officers were advised the suspects had left. Nothing was taken and the suspects were scared off by the owner. This case remains under investigation.
Officers were called to the 900 block of Farnam Street on September 17th where Kathy Campbell reported that a truck belonging to her son had been broken into. Several items were taken from the vehicle, including the stereo, a CB radio and a sub. This case remains under investigation.
And, 37-year-old Joseph Hastie was arrested on September 26th on an active warrant out of Pottawattamie County for failure to appear on a charge of unauthorized use of a credit card. He was taken to the Shelby County Jail where he awaited extradition to Pottawattamie County.
(Harlan) Two people were arrested on drug charges in Harlan.
The Harlan Police Department says 36-year-old Kelly Wood and 35-year-old Lisa Biggs, both of Harlan, were taken into custody on September 25 when officers were called to a suspicious vehicle in the Superior Storage parking lot.
Wood was charged with possession of a controlled substance. Briggs was charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of contraband in a secure facility.
In other activity, 45-year-old Clinton Scheffler was arrested September 24th when officers were called to a domestic assault in the 1000 block of Park Street. Scheffler was taken into custody and transported to the Shelby County Jail where he was charged with Domestic Abuse Assault for allegedly striking David Peters.
And, 46-year-old Stephen Lytle, of Harlan, was arrested on September 20th following a domestic disturbance in the 500 block of Farnam Street. Lytle was transported to the Shelby County Jail where he was charged with Domestic Abuse Assault for allegedly assaulting Tina Lytle.
(Atlantic) The Atlantic Police Department has released more information on the two vehicle accident that took place at the Schildberg Quarry entrance south of Atlantic just after 7:00 this morning.
One person was injured in the collision this morning. Authrorities say Tyler Johnson, of Griswold, and Brent McKee, of Neola, were both northbound on Highway 6 at the time of the accident. McKee slowed to make a left turn into the quarry and Johnson failed to stop, running into the back of McKee's trailer.
Johnson was transported to Cass County Memorial Hospital by Medivac. Johnson was later transported to Omaha for treatment of injuries. Total damage is estimated at $7,000.
Photo by Mike Kennon, Cass County Emergency Management
(Atlantic) An EPA representative will be at the Atlantic City Council meeting Wednesday to address ground water contamination from an old dry cleaning business on East 7th Street. The EPA is proposing a $1.5 million removal action and remedial process to clean up the site that has been contaminated with PCE and stop the plume from migrating towards the Atlantic Municipal Utilities Well Fields.
Jon Martens, Director of Water Operations for AMU says this is a serious situation. He says it’s very important that it gets cleaned up.
“And the reason I say that is because EPA originally did a study in 1980 and that is when AMU well number seven was taken out of production,” stated Martens.
“The well started pumping to waste because of the concentration of PCE in the water. So since 1980 we run that well 24-7 to keep that plume of stuff from going into the rest of our public water supply wells.”
Martens say they have been testing the next closest well and the cities drinking water supply monthly.
“The water is safe to drink and there is no PCE in the water and we want to keep it that way,” said Martens. “By doing this it helps assure us that the EPA will fund all of this and keep pumping that PCE away so it won’t migrate into our well field.”
In order to qualify for funding the site must first be placed on the National Priorities list. The EPA’s proposed course of action had had a 99.9% success rate in dealing with similar situations.
The Atlantic City Council meeting starts at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.
September 30, 2014
10:00 a.m. news
(Atlantic) Atlantic Parks and Recreation Director Roger Herring spoke to the Cass County Board of Supervisors about putting bike racks at the Courthouse at their meeting this morning.
Herring said Teddi Grindberg, Cass County Wellness Coordinator, applied for, and received, a grant to purchase 20 bike ‘hitches’ to put throughout the city. The hitches have been placed in areas of downtown Atlantic, including the Library, Chamber and Post Office and the Wellness Committee suggested a couple of them be placed at the courthouse.
“We’ve got a number of people that ride bikes in town all the time, for some that’s their only mode of transportation if they happen to live downtown, and other people just do it for a healthier lifestyle and to get some exercise,” said Herring.
Herring suggested placing the bike hitches either on the southeast side of the courthouse near the bench or in the City Park. The Supervisors are on board with placing the bike hitches at the courthouse and will look into the best area to place them.
(Atlantic) Emergency personnel were dispatched to a two-vehicle accident south of Atlantic at around 7:00 a.m. this morning.
According to the report a pick-up collided with the backend of another truck on Highway 6 near the Schildberg Rock Quarry. At least one person was taken to the hospital.
Traffic is being re-routed to the north and south of the crash.
We will have more details later.
September 30, 2014
Photo: Mike Kennon, Cass County Emergency Manager
(Des Moines) We are just little over a month away from the November election, and a new Des Moines Register poll indicates Governor Terry Branstad leading governor candidate Jack Hatch by a big margin.
The latest numbers show Branstad leads Hatch 48 percent to 34 percent.
According to the poll 10 percent of Iowans are still undecided, and 6 percent favor other candidates.
The percentage point margin between the two is about the same as a February poll, which did not include the names of the third-party candidates.
September 30, 2014
(Storm Lake) Authorities say two teenagers were killed and several others were hospitalized following a two-vehicle collision in Buena Vista County Monday morning.
The Buena Vista County Sheriff’s Office says a pick-up collided head-on with another car on a gravel road.
According to the Omaha World Herald, Officials say a 17-year-old male and a 16-year-old female were pronounced deceased at the scene. A 15-year-old girl and a 19-year-old woman were transported to the hospital.
The driver of the pickup, 43-year-old Kent Erickson suffered minor injuries. His passenger, 49-year-old Trent Jackson, was hospitalized.
September 30, 2014
(Ames) More than 250-firms plan to attend an upcoming agricultural career fair, at Iowa State University. Spokesman Mike Gaul says it’s a record number. He notes recruiters are interested in students with traditional skills, widely used in agribusiness.
“And they go into a variety of careers from sales to merchandising to finance, and ag lending and such,” stated Gaul.
He also says there is growth in other ag-fields too. Gaul says it’s a little surprising, given the Ag economy is a little soft, but he speculates firms may be concerned about losing a lot of baby boomers to retirement soon.
I-S-U Ag Career Services Job Fair is October 14.
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September 30, 2014
(Iowa City) Everyone from published authors to "wet-behind-the-ears" writer wannabes have lots to learn in the University of Iowa's latest "Massive Open On-line Course". Susanna Shive of Iowa's International Writing Program says it's called "How Writers Write Fiction". She says they enrolled 7600 students in the first few hours. But, she says there's always room for more.
“It is completely unlimited and designed for a very large number of people,” said Shive.
Shive says they're hoping the Fiction course will build on the success of their first MOOC: "How Writers Write Poetry". She says they had more than 4-thousand enrollees in that course.
To find out more or sign-up for the "How Writers Write Fiction" MOOC visit http://iwp.uiowa.edu/iwp-courses/distance-learning-courses/moocs
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(State) The average price for a gallon of gas in Iowa stood $3.21 at the start of the week. That's twelve cents below the national average and fifteen cents below where they were a year ago.
Gas prices are at a nine month low and could continue to decline throughout October, but Gail Weinholzer with Iowa/Minnesota AAA says don't bet on the statewide average dipping below $3.
"There may be spot prices that drop a bit lower than that. The $3.21 may decline a bit, but the Iowa average is not expected to go below three dollars."
Leading to the decline is a decrease in demand combined with an increase in supply.
"Kids are back in school and demand drops off about 10% as summer road trip season winds down. The refineries are pumping at near max capacity and there has been no interruption in the gulf coast during the hurricane and finally, crude oil prices have remained relatively steady despite the fact that there has been unrest in the Middle East."
Weinholzer doesn't expect prices to rise again until the Thanksgiving holiday.
(Atlantic) Southwest Iowa Housing Trust Fund (SWIHTF), a non-profit corporation created to improve housing in southwest Iowa staffed and supported by Southwest Iowa Planning Council (SWIPCO) in Atlantic, purchased a home at 1200 Miller in Red Oak for the Purchase/Rehab/Resell (PRR) program.
SWIHTF bought the property September 24 from a private estate. As part of the PRR program the home will be completely remodeled, then sold to a buyer who meets the 80% county median income requirements. The home was purchased with funds from the sale of previous PRR homes and a local housing trust fund grant. When the home is sold, the funds will revolve back into the revolving loan fund for the purchase of another house to rehab.
1200 Miller is the fifth home purchased through the PRR program. Previous houses in the program were located in Shelby, Clarinda, Atlantic, and Stanton. SWIPCO recently completed a housing study for the city of Red Oak, which showed a need for quality affordable housing within the city, making Red Oak a high priority for a PRR house. The house rehabilitation will be bid out to local contractors this fall.
For more information on the purchase/rehab/resell program, or any other SWIHTF/SWIPCO program, please visit the website at www.swipco.org or contact SWIPCO Housing Director Jeremy Middents at 866-279-4720.
SWIPCO is an equal opportunity provider, lender, and employer serving the eight counties of southwest Iowa with transit, housing, and community development needs.
(Exira) The Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton School Board set a public hearing for the sale of the Exira Elementary School land during a special meeting Friday morning.
The public hearing will be held on October 20th right before the regular school board meeting. Exira-EHK Superintendent Dean Schnoes said Marvin Jorgenson bought the land for $5,000. Their plan is to put a nursing home/assisted living and possible medical facility on the land.
(Villisca) The new Villisca Fitness Center will open for the public to see today. An open house for the facility, located just south of the Enarson Elementary School will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Southwest Valley Superintendent Willie Stone says the new fitness center will sport a full-size gymnasium with six adjustable basketball hoops, two volleyball courts, two electronic scoreboards and a three-lane walking track. It also includes; a 1,400 square foot fitness room, with elliptical machines, treadmills, and weight equipment.
“We are really trying to provide something not only for our students but also for our communities,”stated Stone. “I know we have members of our community that travel to other areas to work out and this facility will be able to provide that for them right next to their house.”
Southwest Valley students, youth leagues and city league participants will be able to use the gym free of charge for all school and league activities. The gym and exercise room are also available for rental for private use, and there will also be memberships available for purchase by individuals and families.
Construction started in June of 2013.
The fitness center will be open Monday-Friday, 5:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. and 5:15 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
September 29, 2014
(Massena) The Massena and Cumberland Fire Departments were dispatched to a residence reporting smoke coming from the basement this (Monday) morning.
Massena Fire Chief Drew Williams told KSOM/KS95 News that the call came in at around 6:47 a.m. at 72313 740th Street. He said when fire fighters arrived on scene the basement was fully engulfed in smoke. Williams said firemen strapped on their air packs and went into the basement and located the cause. He said a de-humidifier caught fire and spread to some nearby Christmas decorations. Firemen doused that with water and had the fire under control in short order.
Williams said the home sustained some smoke damage in the basement and melted plastic; otherwise the occupants were able to return to the house.
Williams says with the recent moisture de-humidifiers have been working overtime in many basements. He advises home owners to keep loose items away from them and check the unit periodically.
September 29, 2014
(Atlantic) David Young, candidate for the United States Congress, and Senator Chuck Grassley will be in Atlantic on Friday, October 3, at 11:30 a.m., at the Heritage House in the Activity Room.
This is part of a whistle stop tour David Young and the Senator are making to every county in the 3rd District. The public is invited to attend.
(Atlantic) An Atlantic man faces numerous charges including; attempting to entice a minor under the age of 16.
The Atlantic Police Department says 23-year-old Kyler Cook was arrested Sunday. Besides the attempting to entice a minor, Cook was charged with dissemination and exhibition of obscene material to a minor, and indecent exposure and 3rddegree harassment.
Cook was transported to the Cass County Jail and booked in.
September 29, 2014
(Glenwood) A Glenwood man was arrested on drug charges.
The Glenwood Police Department arrested 20-year-old Brandon Parks on September 23rd on a Mills County warrant for unlawful possession of prescription drugs and possession of a controlled substance. He was held on $1,000 bond.
In other activity, 39-year-old Davis Genia, of Watertown, South Dakota, was arrested September 23rd for Assault. He was held on $2,000 bond.
Ozzy Hunter, 21, of Glenwood, was arrested September 24th for Driving While Barred. He was held on $2,000 bond.
Lyndsi Miner, 22, of Glenwood, was arrested September 27th for Serious Assault. She was held on $1,000 bond.
And, 50-year-old Trudi Robinson, of Glenwood, was arrested today (Monday) for OWI 1st Offense. She was held on $1,000 bond.
(Guthrie Co.) A Carroll man was arrested on drug charges in Guthrie County over the weekend.
The Guthrie County Sheriff’s Office says Mark Edward Dugan II was arrested following a traffic stop in the 190th block of Highway 4 at around 1:00 Sunday morning. During the course of the traffic stop, Dugan was found to be in possession of a small amount of methamphetamine and marijuana, as well as drug paraphernalia.
Dugan was taken into custody and charged with Possession of Methamphetamine 1st Offense, Possession of Marijuana 1st Offense and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He was released the following morning after an appearance before the magistrate.
(Guthrie Co.) Additional charges have been filed against a Grand Junction man for Aiding and Abetting.
The Guthrie County Sheriff’s Office filed an additional charge against 37-year-old David Michael Cannon for Aiding and Abetting 28-year-old Jesse Lynn Crawford, of rural Jamaica. Cannon is charged with assisting Crawford in the commission of possessing marijuana as a third offense.
The charges arise from the August 30th incident in which Crawford was arrested on numerous charges for assaulting Deputy Kent Gries and possessing a large quantity of methamphetamine and 5.8 grams of marijuana. Cannon has already been charged with possessing a dangerous weapon from the incident on August 30th.
(Area) As the calendar rolls towards October, cold weather will be here before you know it.
Now is the time to prepare your house for the winter heating bill ahead. Chris Knuth, of Akin Building Center, says a variety of foams, thresholds, weather seals, and tape can go a long ways in lowering your monthly bill.
“They say if you have air blowing through your door that’s just like having a window open in your house during the wintertime. We have different thicknesses of foam that you can put on your doors and when they close it’ll seal them up.”
Knuth explains many of these solutions are very affordable.
“It’s all rather cheap. Here you have a window kit, it does two windows for $10, so you are putting $5 in per window. I guarantee over the time of a winter you are going to save five bucks on your energy bill.”
The furnace will be running before too long. Overnight low temperatures will enter the 40’s late this week.
(Avoca) The Council Bluffs Non-Pareil says several A-H-S-T-W middle school parents are stepping up to the plate as bus drivers after a shortage of drivers left some junior high students in the School District with a tough choice: miss class or miss activities.
The school district has been without a driver that could bus students to their extra-curricular activities after school. Now several parents have stepped up to gets their bus driving licenses.
Superintendent Jesse Ulrich says the district’s eight drivers have to drive after-school routes. As a result, some Middle School students have been dismissed earlier to be taken for events so the buses can return for their regular routes, leaving the students waiting for activities to start and missing class.
The shortage occurred when two backup drivers became unavailable.
September 29, 2014
(Atlantic) Officials from Cass County Health Systems announced late last week that the Atlantic Medical Center is now offering influenza vaccines Monday through Friday, between the hours of 8:30 am and 11:00 am and 1:30 pm and 4:00 pm. There is no need to make an appointment, just come in between those hours. It takes about two weeks for influenza vaccine to provide full protection. With the holidays coming up quickly, it is best to get an influenza vaccine by early November to provide protection during the holiday gatherings with larger groups, where influenza is easily spread.
The two best ways to protect yourself, and those around you, from influenza are to get vaccinated and to practice good hand washing. Getting vaccinated not only protects you, but also those around you who may be too young (under 6 months) or have a medical condition that prevents them from being vaccinated.
There are four strains, or types, of the flu that typically hit the Midwest during flu season -- two types of Influenza A and two types of Influenza B. Again this year there is a vaccine that has all four strains (types) of the flu virus in it (Quadrivalent—two A strains and two B strains), to provide even greater protection against influenza. Atlantic Medical Center will have this vaccine available. They will also be offering the High Dose flu vaccine for 65 years of age and older.
Vaccines also vary by age group, with different doses for different patient groups. The Atlantic Medical Center has the correct doses available for all age groups, including flu mist, which can be used by patients from 2 – 49 years of age. Patients can also receive Pneumonia, Tetanus with whooping cough (Tdap), and Shingles vaccines when they come in for an influenza vaccine.
The seasonal flu (influenza) is a serious disease caused by the Influenza virus. Some common symptoms of the flu are fever, cough, shaking chills, body aches, and extreme weakness. The influenza disease may last for a couple of weeks.
There is a common misconception that the “stomach flu” is the flu. That is incorrect! The “stomach flu” that everyone speaks of is caused by a different type of virus (most commonly Norovirus). The “stomach flu” only last a few days and is associated with vomiting and diarrhea.
Some people are more susceptible for complications from the Influenza virus:
§ Children 6 months-59 months (4 years 11 months)
§ All people aged 50 years and older
§ People who have chronic pulmonary (including asthma), cardiovascular, renal, hepatic, neurological, hematologic ,or metabolic disorders
§ Immunosuppressed people
§ Pregnant women
§ Residents of Long-Term Care or Nursing Home facilities
§ People who are morbidly obese
§ American Indians/Alaska Natives
Any of the groups of people listed above should not wait to get their flu shot; they need to be protected as soon as possible. Tragically there are many infants, children, teens, and elderly people who die from the flu virus every year! Children younger than two years of age are at particularly high risk for hospitalization due to complications of influenza.
The Influenza virus is EXTREMELY contagious!!! Influenza viruses are thought to spread mainly from person to person through droplets. This happens when a person infected with Influenza coughs, sneezes, or talks. Flu viruses also may spread when people touch something with flu virus on it (shopping cart, door knob, counter top, or drinking fountain) and then touch their mouth, eyes, or nose. Many other viruses spread these ways too. People infected with flu may be able to infect others beginning two days before symptoms develop and five to seven days after becoming sick. That means you may be able to spread the flu to someone else even before you know you are sick, as well as while you are sick. Young children, those who are severely ill, and those who have severely weakened immune systems may be able to infect others for longer than five to seven days.
People who have the flu often feel some or all of these signs and symptoms:
•Fever* or feeling feverish/chills
•Runny or stuffy nose
•Muscle or body aches
•Fatigue (very tired)
•Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.
*It’s important to note that not everyone with flu will have a fever.
Ways to help protect yourself from Influenza:
§ Avoid close contact with sick people.
§ If you are sick with flu-like illness, CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. (Your fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.)
§ While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.
§ Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
§ Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
§ Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
§ Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu.
For more information, please contact the Atlantic Medical Center Immunization Nurses at 712-243-2850.
September 29, 2014
(Massena) The Massena and Cumberland Fire Departments have been called to a residence at 72313 740th Street for a report of smoke coming from inside the home.
According to dispatch reports the occupants have evacuated the house.
More details to be released later.
September 29, 2014
(Indianola) Both Democrat Bruce Braley and Republican Joni Ernst told an audience last night they were for bi-partisan solutions to social security, health care and the economy. But their televised debate also had its partisan moments.
Braley: “Senator Ernst would have voted to shut down the federal government with Ted Kruse. She has called President Obama a dictator and thinks impeachment should be on the table.”
Ernst: “Congressman, you threatened to sue a neighbor over chickens that came onto your property. We are talking about bi-partisanship how do we expect as
Iowans to believe that you will work across the aisle when you can’t walk across your yard.”
Braley and Ernst debated at Simpson College Sunday night, sponsored by KCCI-TV and the Des Moines Register.
September 29, 2014
(Des Moines) A Des Moines Register poll says Red Oak Republican Joni Ernst is leading Democrat Bruce Braley in the Senate Race.
The new Iowa Poll of likely voters finds Ernst with a 44-percent to 38 percent lead over Braley.
Ernst and Braley will debate at 5 p.m. today at Simpson College in Indianola.
September 28, 2014
(Council Bluffs) A Council Bluffs teen who suffered a severe head injury in a fight at Council Bluffs, Abraham Lincoln High School Thursday morning has died.
According to the press release; Police say 17-year-old Dakota Escritt died at around 8:00 p.m. Saturday at Children’s’ Hospital and Medical Center in Omaha.
Police say they will meet Monday with the Pottawattamie County Attorney’s Office to discuss the case and possible additional charges.
Police arrested 16-year-old Gregary Teer on Thursday on a charge of Assault Causing Serious Bodily Injury. Council Bluffs School Resource Officer M. Hernandez responded to a physical fight between two students at Abraham Lincoln High School at around 7:45 Thursday morning. The altercation occurred just outside the cafeteria. During the course of the altercation Dakota Escritt fell to the ground, striking his head on the tiled floor, which rendered him unconscious.
Escritt was transported to Mercy Hospital in Council Bluffs for treatment and later transferred to Children’s Hospital in Omaha, where he died.
September 28, 2014
(Clarinda) The Clarinda Police Department would like to remind the citizens of Clarinda that no parking is allowed on the following streets from 7:30 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 4, 2014 for the annual Band Day Jamboree Parade.
Clarinda Police Chief Keith Brothers released these streets will be close for parking this Saturday morning;
The 100 through 800 block of W. Main Street
The 100 block of E. Main Street
The100 block of N. 15th St.
The 100 block of E. Washington Street
The 100 block through 300 block of W. Washington Street
24th Street (Cardinal Drive) from Garfield Street to State Street
The police department appreciates the cooperation of all citizens in removing their vehicles from the parade route. Vehicles that are not removed from the parade route by 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 5, 2014 will be towed at the expense of the vehicle’s registered owner(s).
If a citizen has any questions concerning this, please contact the Clarinda Police Department at 712-542-2194.
September 28, 2014
(Red Oak) A Red Oak man faces assault charges following an altercation at a convenience store.
Red Oak Police says they were dispatched to a fight at the South Casey's store on Broadway Street in Red Oak at around 5:00 p.m. Friday afternoon. As a result of the investigation, 23-year-old Michael Eugene Sickles was arrested on charges of Serious Assault.
Sickels was taken to the Montgomery County Correctional Facility and is being held on $1,000 bond.
September 27, 2014
(Atlantic) The Cass County Democratic Party has announced that its headquarters is now open at 511 Chestnut in Atlantic. Open seven days a week, the office has candidate information and yard signs available. Residents of Iowa can also register or re-register to vote in addition to signing absentee voter request forms.
According to Cass County Democratic Chair Sherry Toelle, several candidates have already visited the headquarters—Steve Roe who is running for the Iowa House in District 20, Tim Ennis who is running for Iowa House District 21, and Sherrie Taha, candidate for the Secretary of Agriculture. A grand opening is planned for later in the election year.
September 27, 2014
(Council Bluffs) A Council Bluffs teen was arrested following a fight at Abraham Lincoln High School Thursday morning.
The Council Bluffs Police Department says 16-year-old Gregary Teer faces charges of Assault Causing Serious Bodily Injury. Council Bluffs School Resource Officer M. Hernandez responded to a physical fight between two students at Abraham Lincoln High School at around 7:45 Thursday morning. The altercation occurred in a common area, just outside the cafeteria. During the course of the altercation, 17-year-old Dakota Escritt fell to the ground, striking his head on the tiled floor, which rendered him unconscious. Abraham Lincoln staff intervened and rendered aid as soon as the altercation ended.
Upon arriving, Officer Hernandez recognized the potentially serious nature of the injuries and requested Council Bluffs Fire and Ambulance assistance. Escritt was transported to Mercy Hospital in Council Bluffs for treatment. Due to the serious nature of the injuries, Escritt was transferred to Children’s Hospital in Omaha, where he remains in critical condition.
Gegary Teer was arrested shortly after the incident. In coordination with the Pottawattamie County Attorney’s Office Teer was charged with Assault Causing Serious Injury. He was later released into the custody of his guardian.
Detectives from the Council Bluffs Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division continue to work with the Council Bluffs School District in an effort to collect all the available information and evidence in this case. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Council Bluffs Police Department, Criminal Investigation Division at 712-328-4765.
(Atlantic) Influenza vaccines are available at the Atlantic Medical Center.
There is no need to make an appointment, just stop by Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:30 and 11:00 a.m. or 1:30 and 4:00 p.m. Getting vaccinated not only protects you, but also those around you who may be too young or have a medical condition that prevents them from being vaccinated. It takes about two weeks for influenza vaccine to provide full protection. With the holidays coming up quickly, it is best to get an influenza vaccine by early November to provide protection during the holiday gatherings with larger groups where influenza is easily spread.
Symptoms of the flu include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches and fatigue. Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.
To protect yourself from influenza; avoid close contact with sick people, wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand rub, and clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs. If you are sick with flu-like illness; stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone, limit contact with others as much as possible, and cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
(Des Moines) The Iowa Association of School Boards is already hard at work on its "wish list" for next legislative session.
“We’re looking at Iowa Core and how we can implement that, how we can equip teachers to best deliver instruction to students so that they can achieve at high levels,” said IASB President-elect Amy Jurrens.
And, Jurrens says they're also asking for accurate assessments of education effectiveness. She says "stable and secure" school funding is another of their top priorities.
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(Des Moines) Iowa saw a substantial rebound in tornado activity this year.
Kurt Kotenberg, with the National Weather Service in Des Moines, said the 55 tornadoes recorded thus far in 2014 is more than 2012 and 2013 combined and above the 46 tornadoes that Iowa sees in a typical tornado season.
“Most of the tornadoes were pretty small, in fact over half of them were EF0’s which are basically winds of 60 to 70 mph and those tornadoes are typically very small, very weak and short lived,” said Kotenberg. “The rest of them were pretty much EF1’s, we had three EF2’s and that’s pretty much it.”
Kotenberg said June saw the most tornadoes of any month of the year with 31 tornadoes, followed by nine in July, eight in May and three in August and April. The autumn months typically see minimal tornado activity, but late season outbreaks can occur.
“It’s just kind of a reminder to people that we still need to take tornado preparedness seriously when it starts to ramp up once again in March and April,” stated Kotenberg. “With the past two years having significantly below normal totals we might have gotten kind of lax in our preparedness, but this year is kind of hint that tornadoes are above average, we’re up to 55 of them, they can happen, and certainly heading into next year we could be right back in the same ballpark with 40 to 50 tornadoes, which is typical in Iowa.”
Here in southwest Iowa an EF2 touched down 4.5 miles south of Guthrie Center on May 11th. On that same day and EF1 was reported 3.8 miles northwest of Panora and an EFO hit 3.6 miles north-northwest of Dallas Center. On June 3rd, and EF2 touched down 5.1 miles southeast of Bentley in Pottawattamie County. An EF0 was reported 1.8 miles west-southwest of Panama on June 29th. On June 30th an EF1 touched down 4.0 miles southeast of Casey. Madison County saw two EF1 tornadoes on June 30th; one started 5.7 miles northeast of Winterset and the other started 3.9 miles northwest of Patterson. On July 6th, an EF0 was reported 2.4 miles west of Dexter. And, on August 31st an EF0 struck Carroll County 5.5 miles east-southeast of Lidderdale.
(Photo from the Des Moines National Weather Service website)
(Atlantic) For a 4th consecutive year, CASS Incorporated has been recognized by the Des Moines Register as a top workplace in the state.
The non-profit organization checks in at #11 among small employers this year. CEO Glenda Farrier, has been with the company for 25 years and over that span has seen a great culture created.
"We have created this remarkable place where people come. Our mission is to enrich lives of the people that we serve, but I have so many staff tell me in the process of enriching someone elses life I've found that my life has been enriched. I guess I would have to say in all my years that my life has been enriched so that's why I love it and keep coming back everyday. It's a great place."
The rankings are based on anonymous surveys of employees which Farrier believes makes the honor even more meaningful.
CASS Incorporated has entered the Top Workplaces ever since 2011 when Chief Business Officer Chris Blake saw something about it in the Des Moines Register.
"A small ad on the front page. With the headline saying, 'Do you believe you have one of the top workplaces.' And that really caught my eye because I have always felt we have one of the top work places and all of us who work at CASS also believe that. But I thought it was important to share that with stake holders, with parents of people we serve, with anyone across the state who would see this information."
She says it’s been an effective tool to spread the word of CASS Incorporated being a good workplace. That’s helped lead to the company expanding from 69 employees to 98 over the past four years.
"One thing about this year's rankings is it's the first time the top workplaces has identified employers that are the biggest job creators and we were surprised. We didn't know number one that they had this category and number two that we would be in it. We are about #9 of employers across the state and that's in all categories of growth. Since we started in 2011 we had 69 employees, we now have 98 and we've grown by 42%."
CASS Incorporated is a community rehabilitation provider offering support services to individuals with intellectual disabilities and chronic mental illness. They assist them in learning the skills necessary to work in the community and live on their own.
(Lorimor) A trailer was set on fire in Lorimor Thursday night.
The Union County Sheriff’s Office says Troy Tucker, of 110 Main Street, reported that sometime shortly before 9:00 p.m. someone set fire to his 2014 Rice Trailer parked at his residence.
The estimated damage to the trailer was $500.
(Des Moines) It's called the "Gifts of Grain" program and the Red Cross has launched it in Iowa after seeing a successful pilot effort in Nebraska.
Spokesman Bryce Sitter says about 600-cooperatives are on board where a producer can go to indicate they want to donate some grain.
"So we are taking in those donations and we are selling them right then and there on that days market, and we are using that donation for our five pillar services that we do support in greater Iowa," stated Sitter.
Those include; disaster services, blood services and supporting military families. Producers will get a tax deduction for the donation.
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September 26, 2014
(Atlantic) The chance of a woman having breast cancer at some point in her life is one-in-eight, according to Dawn Marnin, Cass County Health Systems Foundation Director. The foundation would like to remind area residents that the deadline for registering for the 3rd annual Trailing for Tata’s event, schedule for October 18th a Lake Anita State Park is Saturday, October 4.
Marnin says this 4 mile run/walk was organized by Deanna Spry in 2012 after her personal battle with breast cancer. The Cass County Health System Foundation is proud to partner with Deanna Spry and her family in our efforts to support women in Southwest Iowa fighting this battle.
“Deanna Sprys’ mission with this walk this year is to keep those dollars local,” stated Marnin.
All funds raised will be administered through the CCHS Foundation, with guidance from a local volunteer committee. These funds will help with items not covered by insurance or available through the American Cancer Society.
The walk begins at 1 pm ▪ Balloon release at 3 pm. The Boy Scout Troop #54 from Anita will be manning the water stations, Food stand by the Anita Town and Country Club, participates will have bananas, orange juice and chocolate milk donated by Hy-Vee Food Store and great music provided by Jesse Swanson of Chaos Production Mobile DJ Service. For the kids there will be an obstacle course and bounce house.
The registration fee is $20 for adults, $10 for youth ages 6-12, teams of 10 or more can register for $15 per person.
Register online at www.trailingfortatas.org or contact;
§ Deanna Spry, 712.249.5760;
§ Dawn Marnin, CCHS Foundation Director, 712.243.7409; or firstname.lastname@example.org
§ CCMH Diagnostic Imaging Department, 712.243.3250
September 26, 2014
(Council Bluffs) A Glenwood man was killed in a single vehicle rollover accident in Council Bluffs Thursday afternoon.
According to Council Bluffs Police; 66-year-old Joseph Patrick Jack, of Glenwood died in the accident that occurred at around 12:22 p.m. near the 3.6 mile marker on Interstate 80.
Police say Joseph Jack was eastbound when the 2009 Hyundai left the roadway and apparently struck a center cable barrier and slid sideways down the center of the ditch. The car rolled an undetermined amount of times before coming to rest on its’ top in the ditch. Joseph Jack was declared deceased at the scene.
The accident remains under investigation.
September 26, 2014
(Red Oak) A Red Oak woman faces numerous charges following a traffic stop at the intersection of North 3rd Street and East Oak Street in Red Oak Thursday.
Montgomery County Deputies stopped an orange Dodge Dakota pickup with fraudulent license plates attached to it. During the investigation the driver 41-year-old Rondy Ruby Porter was arrested for driving while suspended. She was transported to the Montgomery County Jail where she was being held on $300 cash bond.
Porter was also written citations for; operating without registration, improper use of registration, and no insurance.
September 26, 2014
(Oakland) For the sixth time, the trial for an Oakland man charged with murder has been continued.
The trial for 63-year-old Robert Reynolds is now scheduled for November 18th. Reynolds is accused of fatally shooting 64-year-old Patricia Kinkade-Dorsey on April 8th following a verbal argument at his residence in Oakland.
Reynolds has pleaded not-guilty to the first degree murder charge.
(Des Moines) Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield announced the ten $7,500 award winners of its 75th Anniversary celebration today along with another surprise — the company has selected six additional projects to receive $7,500.
The final 16 projects were chosen from more than 100 entries because they demonstrated a long-lasting impact on making the healthy choice the easy choice, and improving overall community health and wellness in their communities. The public also had the chance to weigh in on their favorite projects. More than 84,000 votes were received during the 19 day voting period that ended on Sept. 7.
One of the winning projects is located here in southwest Iowa. The Villisca Swimming Pool will receive $7,500 for enhancements and repairs to the existing swimming pool to make much needed improvements and to ensure the community pool is accessible for people of all ages to encourage exercise and recreation.
For more information on the contest you can visit www.Wellmark.com/75.
(Atlantic) The Young Professionals of Atlantic will host a lunch and learn to educate their members on government and elections.
Dale Sunderman, Cass County Auditor and Commissioner of Elections, will be a guest speaker and focus on the process of voting from start to finish. Both the Republican and Democrat party will be present to explain the purpose of political parties. Other topics covered will be federal, state and local government and the process of becoming a candidate.
The lunch and learn will be held Monday, October 6 at noon at Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce and is open to all Young Professionals of Atlantic. Registration for the lunch and learn is $10 before October 6 and $15 the day of event. The registration fee includes lunch.
Register at www.atlanticiowa.com or call the Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce at 712-243-3017.
(Council Bluffs) One person was killed in single vehicle rollover accident in Council Bluffs today (Thursday).
The Council Bluffs Police Department says the accident occurred on eastbound I-80 at mile marker 3, east of the South Expressway. The driver of the Hyundai Santa Fe appears to have lost control and had extensive damage to the vehicle. The driver, and only occupant, had to be extricated by fire personnel and was found deceased. The identity of the driver is unconfirmed at this time.
The accident remains under investigation by the Council Bluffs Police Traffic Unit.
(Atlantic) Sherrie Taha, candidate for Iowa Secretary of Agriculture, stopped by the Cass County Democratic headquarters in Atlantic this afternoon.
Taha said she has always been concerned about where our food comes from and what is in it. But, she didn’t think about running for office until she put together a program on Water quality when she was a board member of League of Women Voters and that prompted her to run for the Polk County Soil and Water Conservation District.
“In doing the research to put that program together and inviting the guests for the panel, that kind of added another dimension to the agricultural picture here in Iowa because Agriculture is the biggest problem we have with our water quality here in Iowa just from a stand point of how many acres, we have 23 million acres of row crops here,” said Taha.
Taha said that ultimately led to a decision to run for Secretary of Agriculture. She said one of the reasons she is running is because she believes the government should be working for all three million people in Iowa and she doesn’t think that is the case with the current Secretary of Agriculture.
“What that means to me is that the Corn Growers are very important here, the Pork Producers, Soybean Association… they should all be at the table, but along with groups like the Sierra Club and the Iowa Environmental Council and consumer interests too,” said Taha. “They all have to be considered and address the long term best interest of all three million people rather than a particular industry group.”
And, Taha said we should be working on feeding our own people. She wants to take Farmer’s Markets and the Buy Fresh, Buy Local programs to the next level and help producers with marketing and retailing. She wants to get more communities and grocery stores involved and she also offers this challenge to every Iowa household….
“Start by spending ten percent of your food dollars with local food producers and that keeps those dollars recirculating in the local community and being an economic boon literally all over the state,” said Taha.
Sherrie Taha will be running against Republican Bill Northey in the November General Election.
For more information on Taha, visit www.sherrietaha.com.
(Council Bluffs) A Council Bluffs man was arrested in connection with a home invasion.
The Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office says at around 10:31 Wednesday morning Deputies were dispatched to 19296 Mynster Springs Road for a home invasion. The property was processed for evidence and a neighborhood canvas conducted.
As a result of the investigation, 51-year-old William Shepard III was arrested this (Thursday) morning and charged with 2nd Degree Burglary and 3rd Degree Burglary.
(Washington, D.C.) Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) today announced that a total of $5,330,000 will be coming to Iowa in grants and loans for various community development projects.
The funding comes through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant (REDLG) program and the Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program (RMAP). The REDLG program provides funding to rural projects through local utility organizations. Under the REDLoan program, USDA provides grants and zero interest loans to local utilities which they, in turn, pass through to local businesses for projects that will create and retain employment in rural areas. The Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program provides both initial financial and technical support to launch small businesses.
Here in southwest Iowa, Farmers Electric Cooperative will receive a $200,000 grant to help the John Wayne Birthplace Society, Ltd., improve the interior of the museum and add new educational displays. And, Nishnabotna Valley Rural Electric Cooperative will receive a $1,000,000 loan to help Monogram Prepared Meats, LLC, expand its food processing capacity.
(Atlantic) Paul Pate, a Republican candidate for Iowa Secretary of State, spoke with constituents at the Downtowner Café in Atlantic this morning.
Paul Pate, from Cedar Rapids, is a former Iowa Secretary of State, he served as an Iowa State Senator for six years, and served as Mayor of Cedar Rapids for two terms. Pate is facing Democrat Brad Anderson in the November General Election.
“The difference between myself and my opponent quite frankly is I believe in public service, these are political operatives. He has run campaigns, but he’s never had to serve and that’s a big difference,” said Pate. “When you run for an office that’s hard work and you’re presenting who you are and what you might to do on issues, but when the election is over and you’re successful you stop being the candidate and now you become the public servant and you have to do the job and I think I’ve done that successfully.”
Pate has developed a seven point plan that includes a bipartisan approach to improve the state elections and eliminate voter fraud. A few things in the plan includes developing and using a voter identification tool at the polls that would utilize your driver’s license or a non-driver ID card, eliminating absentee ballot couriers, implementing a post election audit system, and working with and encouraging Iowa’s youth to be active in government and register to vote when they are of age.
“I think it’s crucial that the Secretary of State kind of be, like in a football game, the official on the field, they shouldn’t be wearing a blue jersey or a red jersey it should be the black and white stripes, you’re not for one team, I don’t want to see a team jersey out there,” said Pate. “I’m very proud of my record as Secretary of State, I think you could ask any Democrat Auditor who served during my watch and I don’t think they could tell you that it wasn’t bi-partisan. On the elections, we were very good about that and I would continue to do that because it’s too important. So, that’s kind of where we are going on elections. It is about technology, you’re going to see some serious participation numbers coming up, I think, through voter mail, so we have to be ready for it, I think it’s going to open up the doors for more participation so we have to make sure we have a system in place.”
Pate recently released a six point plan to promote job growth and cut government red tape. Pate wants to reestablish the Jobs Coalition for Main Street Iowa program, work with Home Base Iowa to identify and assist veterans who are interested in starting an Iowa business, and reinstate the Benchmark award for Iowa based businesses; just to name a few.
For more information on Paul Pate, visit www.pateforiowa.com.
(Corning) A Corning woman was arrested for 3rd Degree Criminal Mischief. The Adams County Sheriff’s Office says the arrest of 39-year-old Dawn Michele Sparks stems from an incident that took place on September 9th. She was held on $2,000 bond.
(Atlantic) This is National Farm Safety and Health Week and the theme this year is “Safety Counts, Protects what matters.” Cass County Extension Program Coordinator Kate Olsen says agriculture still has the highest annual death rate of any occupation in the nation.
“Agriculture still beats mining, construction and manufacturing as the highest death rate per 100,000 workers in the nation,” stated Olsen.
Olsen says another focus this year is “making better safety and health decisions” this harvest season and throughout the next year. Specifically when a shield or guard is removed from a piece of equipment for service, make sure the shield is put back in its original place.
“When you are talking about the large scale equipment we are operating with now, once safety guards are removed, pretty much all bets are off,” said Olsen.
“There is not a lot of forgiveness in several tons of metal that has teeth and gears and things like that.”
Olsen says National Farm Safety and Health Week is always celebrated in late September because we are heading into harvest.
September 25, 2014
(Clarinda) The Page County Board of Supervisor’s voted unanimously to build a new 9-1-1 Call Center on a vacant lot in Clarinda.
According to the Omaha World Herald, a Kansas City-area Architectural firm estimated land development costs of $41,455.00 for the site near the Sheriff’s Office. Much cheaper than the other proposed site at the landfill which would have cost the county $76,350.00?
The vacant lot is owned by the city of Clarinda. The Landfill Board would have donated the land for the project.
The total cost of the project or construction timeline were not released.
September 25, 2014
(Omaha) A Council Bluffs man was killed Wednesday afternoon in a motorcycle accident at the intersection of 62nd and Grover Streets in Omaha.
Authorities say 30-year-old Jeffrey Vosler was riding a 1998 Yamaha eastbound on Grover and crashed into the side of a delivery truck, driven by 31-year-old Joseph M. Gruhn, that was turning left from a connecting street onto Grover. Vosler was pronounced deceased at the scene. Police says he was wearing a helmet.
Officals say speed was a factor in the collision.
September 25, 2014
(Des Moines) Early in person voting begins today for all eligible voters in Iowa for the November 3 election.
The Secretary of States’ Office says Iowa allows absentee voting by mail and offers early in-person voting at the offices of county auditors beginning the 40th day before Election Day.
Residents have increasingly opted for voting by absentee ballot in recent elections for the convenience and in response to increasing pressure from political parties striving to get as many votes as possible cast by Election Day.
Secretary of State Matt Schultz announced earlier this week that the number of absentee ballots requested by Iowa voters this year is nearly double the number sought 43 days before the 2010 election.
The numbers released Monday show Republican absentee ballot requests are up nearly 145 percent from 2010 to just over 31,000. Democratic requests have climbed nearly 67 percent to nearly 58,000.
September 25, 2014
(Atlantic) Southwest Iowa Planning Council held its 39th Annual Meeting and Luncheon Thursday, September 18, in Tabor.
John McCurdy, Executive Director of SWIPCO, said Doug Friedli with Fremont County Hometown Pride/Keep Iowa Beautiful gave the keynote presentation.
“Keep Iowa Beautiful received an anonymous donation that facilitated five pilot programs around the state and Fremont County is one of them,” said McCurdy. “And, what they were looking for are counties that were losing population, that did not have one large county seat and that were open to matching 10 percent of the costs of this program. Basically what it does is bring a staff person in, who is Doug Friedli, and for five years; he is at the end of his first year now, they will work with the county and all of the organizations in the county on moving projects forward.”
The primary goals are to reverse the population decline, improve first impressions of communities, enhance the quality of life, reduce nuisance properties, engage youth, develop leadership capacity, and build community endowments in all the Fremont County Communities.
In addition to the keynote presentation, three awardees were also honored.
“We don’t make awards every year, but when we do we like to recognize individuals or groups who have partnered with SWIPCO on projects and have really made an impact in their communities,” explained McCurdy.
FREDCO, the Fremont County Economic Development Agency, was awarded the Shining Bright Award for their many contributions to the county and strong partnership with SWIPCO. ARCH Icon, of Woodbine, was also awarded a Shining Bright Award for their partnership with SWIPCO providing affordable quality housing for low to moderate income homebuyers. And, Karen Mauer, Human Resources Coordinator, was recognized for outstanding service and dedication to SWIPCO as an employee of fifteen years.
A brief overview of the annual report was also presented showing strong financials and service to the region. To view a copy of the annual report, visit www.swipco.org, or call 712-243-4196 to have one mailed to you.
(Des Moines) "We rise by lifting others"... that quote is the motivation behind a new effort announced by the Lieutenant Governor today.
“This is the first statewide model of its kind and it’s called Million Women Mentors Iowa or MWM Iowa,” said Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds.
Reynolds says Iowa's goal in the national effort will be to sign up 5-thousand female and male mentors from all 99 Iowa counties over the next four years.
And, Jana Reiker of Banker's Trust will co-chair the "Million Women Mentors" program in Iowa.
“I’m proud to be a part of it as I have a young daughter and I want to pave the way for her to be able to find the leadership opportunities and STEM career opportunities as she grows,” said Reiker.
Mentors will commit a minimum of 20-hours a year to their mentees. The program will offer curriculum training for mentors to prepare them for their interactions with their charges.
To find out more information about the "Million Women Mentors" visit www.mwmia.org.
Iowa Radio Network
(Des Moines) Three lawmakers in Iowa have been living on seventy seven dollars per week as a part of the Live the Wage challenge.
State Senators Joe Bolkcom, Rob Hogg and Tom Courtney accepted the challenge with varying levels of success. Bolkcom says he was unable to live on the minimum wage equivalent. That has convinced him the federal standard is too low.
“It’s just simply not fair to work hard every day, play by the rules and still not have the money you need to support yourself or your family,” said Bolkcom.
Iowa follows the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour.
Iowa Radio Network
(Sidney) The Fremont County Sheriff’s Office is warning residents about multiple scams appearing in the area.
Some residents have received e-mails that accuse them of owing money to a check cashing or advance payday business. The e-mails will state that a warrant has been issued for your arrest. Despite offering a U.S. phone number for these people to call, the threats are actual coming form Jamaica or India. Residents are advised that if there is an actual warrant for your arrest it will be served by law enforcement and not through e-mail.
Another common scam that has popped up is a call form a relative that is supposedly in jail and needs money to get out. If this happens to you, the best thing to do is to call that relative directly and ask if the situation described is true. Do not send money without confirmation.
Finally, a scam is circulating in which a claim is made that a military person is stuck overseas and needs money. This scam is typically conducted through social media. These scams have been originating from South American, Europe, and Africa. The sheriff’s office says if the person is actually military they are flown back to the U.S. on a military charter flight or military aircraft.
(Corning) A Creston teen was arrested on a warrant out of Nodaway County, Missouri for Failure to appear. The Adams County Sheriff’s Office arrested 18-year-old Marcus Andrew Boyce Tuesday at the Adams County Sheriff’s Office. He was held on $159 bond.
(Atlantic) A Lewis woman was injured in a single vehicle accident in Atlantic Tuesday afternoon.
The Atlantic Police Department says Mary Smith was driving eastbound in the Walmart parking lot and started turning down an aisle to park when she struck a concrete sign post with the front left comer of the vehicle.
Smith was transported to Cass County Memorial Hospital by Medivac. A passenger in the vehicle complained of injuries, but refused transport.
The damage to Smith’s vehicle was estimated at $6,000.
(Atlantic) Tuesday night the Atlantic Personnel and Finance Committee agreed on a severance package for Atlantic City Administrator Doug Harris, who has been asked to resign.
Atlantic Mayor Dave Jones (pictured) stated that Doug Harris didn’t do anything wrong. Jones said, “It was just the fact that Doug Harris’ philosophies are different from the direction that the City Council wants to go.”
Meanwhile, Harris agreed to the resignation with the stipulation that the council honor the severance package that was spelled out in his employment agreement. The total cost of that agreement adds up to $96,480, which includes; six months’ salary of $52,049, his accrued and unused sick days which total $20,120.10, and $15,698.98 respectively, and six months of health insurance totaling $9,330.00. Harris’ last day will be October 3, 2014.
So the next question is where the council go does from here. Mayor Jones say as of now the plan is to move Assistant City Administrator John Lund into the position.
“The plan as of now is to move John Lund into the position as an interim city administrator. We will try and get the Personnel and Finance Committee together the first week in October and get the details worked out with him,” stated Jones. “I think John can do the job, my only concern is that he is still young, but youth is sometimes not a bad thing. He is energetic and tries to get things done. I would like to give him a shot at it and see what he can do.”
Meanwhile, nothing will be official until after the October 1 City Council Meeting. The severance Package is only a recommendation; the Council still has to vote on it.
That meeting starts at 5:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers at City Hall.
September 24, 2014
(Atlantic) The Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors visit Atlantic Motor Supply (NAPA) to celebrate 50 years in business. Atlantic Motor Supply has been in business for 50 years but has over 100 years of experience. The business expanded in 1995 after a downtown fire. Atlantic Motor Supply is one of the largest downtown stores in Iowa.
“When we expanded in 1995, we decided to be bigger, better and cleaner than the other automotive stores,” owner, Kelly Schlake said.
The store prides themselves on great customer service and encourages customers to come and ask questions with over 100 years of experience they will have the solution for you.
Pictured are: Gary Clausen, Greg Hawkins, Preston Harter, Randy Eden, Sheena Hagen , Carol Schlake, Kelly Schlake, Gary Christensen, Janet Cappel, Tara Jennerjohn, Nedra Perry, Connie Wailes, Sue Muri, Debbie Leistad, Lana Westphalen, Dolly Bergmann, Carole Schuler, Julie May, Tammy Waters, Arlene Drennan, JoAnn Runyan, Dr. Mitch Peerbolte, Jolene Roecker, Dr. Haley Kickland, Bill Saluk, Dr. Keith Leonard, Donnie Drennan, Diane Harris, Kerry Jepsen, Melanie Petty, Rich Perry, Dr. Jim Kickland, Chip Hansen, Tyler Mosier, and David Schwab.
Atlantic Chamber Release
(Council Bluffs) The Council Bluffs Police Department is investigating an armed robbery at Casey’s General Store, located at 510 23rd Avenue.
The lone suspect entered the store at around 6:32 this (Wednesday) morning armed with a black in color semi-automatic handgun and demanded money. When the suspect’s demands were not met, he fled the store on foot in an easterly direction.
The suspect is described as a white male, approximately 5’10”, 150-160 lbs, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, black pants, black shoes and a grey ski mask.
There were nine people in the store at the time of the robbery, but nobody was injured. Anyone with information on the robbery is asked to call the Council Bluffs Police Department at 328-STOP.
(Denison) A Denison man was arrested following a traffic stop this (Wednesday) morning.
The Crawford County Sheriff’s Office says the Denison Police Department conducted a traffic stop at the intersection of Highway 59 and Highway 39. During the stop, Crawford County K9 Bayou was deployed and alerted to the odor of narcotics coming from the vehicle. As a result of the search, marijuana and drug paraphernalia were found.
Trevor Donald Maack, 19, was arrested on charges of Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
The Crawford County Sheriff’s Office says K-9 Bayou now has assisted in the arrest of 46 people since being employed by the Crawford County Sheriff's Office just over 5 month ago.
(Waukee) Three people were injured in a two-vehicle accident Tuesday evening in Dallas County.
The Iowa State Patrol says 24-year-old Eric Almanza, of Lenox, 29-year-old Nicholas Gordan, of Winterset, and a minor female, from Winterset were injured in the accident.
It happened at around 6:15 p.m. on Ashworth Road and Ute Avenue. Almanza was westbound on Ashworth in a 2000 Freightliner Semi and failed stop at a stop sign and struck a southbound 2002 Chevy Blazer driven by Gordan.
Gordan, and the female were transported by Dallas County EMS to Methodist Hospital. Almanza was taken by Dallas County EMS to Mercy West Lakes Hospital.
The accident is still under investigation.
September 24, 2014
(Truesdale) The Buena Vista County Sheriff’s Office says a 16-year-old was killed Monday afternoon in a farm accident.
Authorities say 16-year-old Conner Weiland, of Storm Lake landed onto a piece of machinery Monday afternoon while trying to clear clog. He was pronounced deceased at the scene.
Buena Vista County Deputies and the county medical examiner are investigating.
September 24, 2014
(Area) As Iowa's bow hunting season draws closer, DNR Officials are urging Iowans to think safety first.
Despite no loaded firearms being involved. Bow hunting, especially from a stand, can still be very dangerous.
"The last two hunting fatalities in the state of Iowa were bow hunters falling out of tree stands. They didn't involve firearms, they involved tree stands and tree stand safety."
That's Bryan Hayes, with the DNR Office in Lewis. His number one safety suggestion is to not go alone.
"Take somebody with you as you hang stands. They'll help you hand things up and just make sure you are safe. So don't go out hanging those stands by yourself."
Another key tip is to use the safety harness.
"Remember those safety harnesses. These are absolutely necessary when you are hunting. You'll feel a lot more safe in the stand if you have a safety harness. Now they makes some commercial safety jackets for the bow hunters or anyone who is hunting out of an elevated stand. I would recommend one of those."
Thousands of youth hunters took to the field last weekend to get the fall hunting seasons underway. Many bow hunters have already been out and about in the field in preparation for the bow season which begins October 1st.
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