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  • Brand New Cattle Barn Featured at the Cass County Fair





    (Atlantic) The Cass County Fair gets underway tomorrow and this years’ 4-H and FFA beef projects will be housed under a brand new roof. The two former cattle barns were torn down and replaced with a brand new 80-by-136 square foot cattle barn with the same square footage as the other two combined.


    John Becker, of the Cass County fairgrounds committee says the cattle will be much more comfortable.


    “The eves are ten-feet high and open and all the fans are going to run from south to north, which will keep the livestock much cooler,” stated Becker. “The weather forecast is for warmer temperatures at the end of the week and instead of being 90- degrees inside the building the old buildings, it is probably going to be 75-degrees inside the new one, even though it is 90-degrees outside.”


    Becker says they have raised 75-percent of the money for the project to-date. The fundraiser began three years ago and Becker credits a lot of people for stepping getting the construction project going. A list of the contributors hangs on the south wall of the new facility.


    The Cass County Fair starts Thursday, July 24 and runs through July 29.


    Tom Robinson

    July 23, 2014

    a.m. news 

  • Area Schools: Registration & First Day Schedule


    ·  First Day of School – Monday, August 18th

    ·  Registration – Tuesday, August 5th – 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

    ·  Back to School Night – Thursday, August 14th

    -  Pre-Kindergarten through 6th Grade – 5:30 6:30 p.m.

    -  7th Grade Orientation – 6 p.m.


    ·  First Day of School – Wednesday, August 20th

    ·  Registration – Monday, August 4th – 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. – Secondary Building

    ·  District Open House & Secondary Orientation – Monday, August 18th – 11 a.m. to    7 p.m.



    ·  First Day of School – Wednesday, August 13th

    ·  Registration will be online this year.

    ·  Back-To-School Night – Tuesday, August 12th



    ·  First Day of School – Wednesday, August 20th

    ·  Registration – Tuesday, August 12th – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. – HS – Also available      

       online at any time.

    ·  Elementary Open House – Monday, August 18th – 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

       5th Grade Orientation – Monday, August 18th – 6:30 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. –      

       Audubon HS



    ·  First Day of School – Tuesday, August 19th

    ·  Registration – Tuesday, August 5th – 1 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. – MS & HS Buildings

    ·  Elementary Back to School Event – Monday, August 18th – 6 p.m.



    ·  First Day of School – Tuesday, August 19th

    ·  Registration– Wednesday, August 6th & Thursday, August 7th – Noon to 6 p.m.

       Kindergarten through 8th Grade – MS Commons

       9th through 12th Grade – HS Commons

    ·  K-8 Meet The Teacher – Monday, August 18th – 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

       5th Grade Orientation – Monday, August 18th – 5:15 p.m.

       Freshman Orientation – Monday, August 18th – 7 p.m.



    ·  First Day of School – Wednesday, August 20th

    ·  Registration – Monday, August 4th – 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. – Elementary/Middle School

    ·  Junior Kindergarten & Kindergarten Open House – Tuesday, August 19th – 5 p.m.    to 6 p.m. – ECC

    ·  1st Through 5th Grade Open House – Tuesday, August 19th – 5:30 p.m. to 6:30      p.m.

    ·  Middle School Orientation – Tuesday, August 19th – 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

    ·  Freshman & New Student Orientation – Friday, August 15th – 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

    ·  High School Parent Activity Night – Thursday, August 21st – Starting At 5 p.m.


    Exira – EHK:

    ·  First Day of School – Monday, August 18th

    ·  Mail-in or drop-off packets sent to you in the mail.

    ·  Open House – Thursday, August 14th – 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in Elk-Horn

                   – 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Exira


    ·  First Day of School – Thursday, August 14th

    ·  Registration – Tuesday, August 5th – 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. – All Buildings


    Guthrie Center:

    ·  First Day of School – Monday, August 18th

    ·  Registration – Tuesday, August 5th – 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. – Guthrie Center HS

    ·  Computer Pick-Up For Returning Students – Tuesday, August 5th

       Elementary Open House – Thursday, August 14th – 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

       7th Grade Orientation & Computer Roll-Out for All New Students – Thursday,      

       August 14th – 6:30 p.m.



    ·  First Day of School – Wednesday, August 13th

    ·  Mail-in or drop-off packets sent to you in the mail.

    ·  Registration – Elementary Orientation – Tuesday, August 12th – 6 p.m. to 7:30                               p.m.

                           – Middle School Orientation – Monday, August 11th – 6 p.m. – HS                               Auditorium

                           – High School Orientation – Monday, August 11th – 7 p.m. – HS                                   Auditorium


    IKM – Manning:

    ·  First Day of School – Thursday, August 14th

    ·  Registration – Monday, July 28th & Tuesday, July 29th – 8 a.m. to Noon & 1 p.m.                             to 4 p.m. – All Schools

    ·  Open House – Primary – Wednesday, August 13th – 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. –                                        Primary School in Irwin

                            – Middle School – Tuesday, August 12th – 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

                            – High School – Tuesday, August 12th – 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.


    Nodaway Valley:

    ·  First Day of School – Thursday, August 21st

    ·  Registration – Thursday, July 31st – 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. – Fontanelle MS

                           – Monday, August 4th – 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. – Greenfield HS

    ·  Welcome Back Night – Tuesday, August 19th – 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. – All Schools


    Red Oak:

    ·  First Day of School – Wednesday, August 13th

    ·  Registration – Tuesday, August 5th – 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. – Red Oak HS

    ·  Open House – View The District Calendar Found On The School District’s                                          Website (



    ·  First Day of School – Tuesday, August 19th

    ·  Registration – Tuesday, August 5th from Noon to 8 p.m.  – Intermediate School in                           Carson

                           – Wednesday, August 6th from 8 a.m. to Noon – Intermediate                                    School in Carson


    Southwest Valley:

    ·  First Day of School – Monday, August 18th

    ·  Registration – Wednesday, August 6th – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. – Villisca

                           – Thursday, August 7th – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. – Corning

    ·  Corning Elementary Open House – Thursday, August 14th – 4:30 p.m. to 6:30        p.m.



    ·  First Day of School – Tuesday, August 19th

    ·  Registration – Monday, August 4th – 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.; 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. – HS            Commons

    ·  Meet The Teacher – Elementary – Monday, August 18th – 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

       6th Grade Orientation – Monday, August 18th – 6:00 p.m.


    Tri- Center:

    ·  First Day of School – Monday, August 18th

    ·  Registration – Tuesday, August 5th – 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. – HS Cafetorium

    ·  Open House – Wednesday, August 13th – Time TBA – All Schools



    ·  First Day of School – Monday, August 18th

    ·  Registration – Monday, August 4th – 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.; 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. – Middle        School

    ·  Back To School Night – Thursday, August 14th


    Walnut Elementary:

    ·  First Day of School – Wednesday, August 20th

    ·  Registration – Monday, August 4th – 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

    ·  Open House – Tuesday, August 19th – 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.


    West Central Valley:

    ·  First Day of School – Thursday, August 14th

    ·  Back To School Night – Tuesday, August 12th – All Schools



    ·  First Day of School:  Wednesday, August 20th

    ·  Registration:

       – Current Students – Available Online – Wednesday, July 23rd through              

          Wednesday, August 6th

       – New Students – Available Online – All Year Round

    ·  Meet The Teacher – Elementary – Monday, August 18th – 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.

       Middle School Orientation – Monday, August 18th – 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

       Junior High Orientation – Monday, August 18th – 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

       High School Orientation – Monday, August 18th – 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. 

  • Atlantic Park and Rec. Director Holds Off on Vision Iowa Grant Application

    (Atlantic) Atlantic Park and Recreation Director Roger Herring told the Park and Rec. Board Monday night that they did not submit an application for a Vision Iowa grant this year.


    Herring said he and Courtney Harder, a grant writer with SWIPCO, reviewed a copy of the last application that was submitted in 2003 and they felt that their information paled in comparison to what they sent in the last time.


    “Courtney felt like when things fell apart with the state and no progress being made and having to send all of that money back that we probably did not end on very good terms with the Vision Iowa Board or committee and she felt like if we don’t have something equal to, or better than, what we had originally sent in she didn’t think we had a prayer and she didn’t want to submit something that wasn’t up to par,” explained Herring.


    Herring said they didn’t speak with the County Supervisors to make them part of the plan with a monetary commitment and he was unaware they needed to have a resolution of what the city was willing to put in towards the Schildberg Recreation Area.


    Herring said they will continue to work on the Vision Grant application and submit it again next year. Meanwhile, he said they can apply for DOT monies for the walkway and other grants to help out with some of the projects which would decrease the amount they ask from Vision Iowa.


    Some of the proposed projects at the Schildberg Recreation Area included bike trails, shelters, additional campground amenities, boat ramps and a fishing pier.


    Mandy Billings


  • Cass County King and Queen Contest Kicks off the Cass County Fair Entertainment Thursday Night

    (Atlantic) Ten candidates will be competing in the Cass County King and Queen contest at the Cass County Fair Thursday evening. The fair gets underway Thursday, July 24 and runs through July 29.


    The candidates in order of the picture attached.


     (Back row), Calley Klindt, Wyatt Saeugling, Tyler Christensen, Dylan Ferguson, and Hannah Misner. (Front row), Tierney Sothman, Alyssa Dean, Jackie Rush, Kourtnie Stephenson, Valerie Watson


    (photo: courtesy of the Cass County Extension Office)


     Tom Robinson

    July 23, 2014

    a.m. news 

  • Supervisors Approve Amended 28E for Case Management and Mental Health Disability Services

    (Atlantic) The Cass County Board of Supervisors approved the second amended and restated 28E agreement for case management and mental health disability services at their meeting this morning.


    Cass County Auditor Dale Sunderman said the changes in the amended 28E include changing the name from County Case Management Services to Case Management and Mental Health Disability Services.


    “This change allows more flexibility in the services offered and expands the service scope beyond just county case management agencies. It allows for more options on withdraw. The originally 28E mandated that agencies had to notify the CCMS board of withdraw by November 15th, proceeding the fiscal year of withdraw. The amended 28E allows for other options of withdraw dates with associated costs,” explained Sunderman.


    The amended 28E continues to be under the direction and control of its board of directors, but as three non-voting ex-official advisory members of case management supervisors or directors from member agencies.


    “It was felt that this added value to the process by getting direct input from the member agencies,” said Sunderman.


    And, it broadens the scope of service to contract for service with any public or private agency to provide services.



    Mandy Billings


  • Possible Presidential Candidate to Visit Iowa This Weekend

    (Des Moines)  A Democratic Governor planning to visit Iowa this weekend is stirring up speculation about possible candidacy for the White House.


    Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley will be returning to Iowa this weekend for fundraisers.  The Democratic Governor, who is considering the run for Presidency, is scheduled to attend a fundraiser Saturday morning and early Saturday afternoon for two Iowa, State candidates.  O’Malley was in Iowa last month, headlining the Democratic Party State Convention in Des Moines.  His name is one out of about a half dozen Democrats considering the run for the White House; Hillary Clinton’s name is mentioned the most, along with Vice President Joe Biden, but also New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and Senator Elizabeth Warren.

    Iowa Radio Network

    July 23, 2014

  • Gluten-Free Doesn’t Automatically Mean a Healthy Choice

    (Des Moines)  As more and more food choices labeled “gluten-free” show up on store shelves across the state, remember that just because it’s free of gluten doesn’t automatically mean it’s a healthy choice.  The founder of Mary’s Gone Crackers, Mary Waldner, welcomes more options for those, like herself, who have celiac disease.  But she says the label can blur the line for consumers when it comes to nutrition, as many gluten-free foods are high in sugar and fats to improve the taste.


    “I think many gluten-free companies don’t care what’s in the food.  So I see this as an opportunity to really look at our food and see what’s in it, and not replace it with gluten-free junk.”


    Gluten-free is often characterized as a diet trend.  Waldner says she thinks it’s here to stay, whether or not the food choice are made because of a doctor’s note.  She adds that because of the new awareness of gluten, the public is learning that decades of eating processed foods come at a cost.


    “Our guts are in bad shape.  We’re eating such highly refined foods.  We have been doing damage to our digestive system, and I think wheat is a very hard thing to digest.”


    The gluten-free industry is now pegged at more than twenty-three billion dollars annually – with sales up more than sixteen percent over the past year.


    According to the Celiac Disease Foundation, celiac disease is one of the world’s most common genetic autoimmune disorders, affecting about one-percent of the population.


    Iowa News Service

    July 23, 2014

  • Cass County Fair Starts Thursday

    (Atlantic) The Cass County Fair starts tomorrow and one of the highlights of the 2013 is back again. 
    Last year hundreds gathered to watch the Threshing Bee.Keith Harlan cut the oats with a binder, laborers shocked the bundles, and loaded them onto hayracks and hauled them to the threshing machine. The  event also brought some valuable revenue to the fair.
    “It was estimated that around 750-people came to watch and it really benefited the fair because they patronized the food stand, which finances the fair,” said Alan Zellmer of the Cass County Grounds Committee.
    This year’s demonstration will be held on July 27 at 10:00 a.m. and besides the return of the threshing machine, there will be some added attractions, according Zellmer.
    “We are going to set up a corn scheller and put on a plowing exhibition,” stated Zellmer. “I enjoyed hearing all the stories from those that lived in that farming era. One story would lead to another and another and I just thoroughly enjoyed listening to them.”
    Zellmer is also asking anyone who has tractors and other equipment 1970 and older, to bring them in for display before 10:00 a.m., on July 27.
    The Cass County Fair begins July 24 and runs through July 29.
    Tom Robinson
    July 23, 2014
    a.m. news 

  • Eastern Iowa Man Dies While Riding RAGBRAI

    (Graettinger) A West Branch man died while participating in RAGBRAI Monday.

    Officials say 63-year-old Tom Teesdale suffered a heart attack while riding in Palo Alto County. Emergency staff was on hand to provide initial care. Teesdale was then transported to Palo Alto County Hospital in Emmetsburg where he died.


    Teesdale owned and operated a custom bike frame design business in West Branch and was renowned in the International Biking Community for his custom work.


    A total of 29-people have died during RAGBRAI in it’s 42-year history. The last person to die was 68-year-old Stephen Briggs of Waverly in 2010. Briggs  collided with another cyclist and suffered a fatal head injury.


    Iowa Radio Network

    July 23, 2014

    a.m. news 

  • Red Oak Woman Arrested on Warrant for Theft

    (A Red Oak Woman was arrested on a Red Oak Police Department warrant for 2nd Degree Theft. The Red Oak Police Department arrested 31-year-old Becki Le Hauge Tuesday and transported her to the Montgomery County Law Enforcement Center where she was held on $5,000 cash bond.


    Mandy Billings


  • Appeals Courts Opinions Differ on Health Insurance Premiums Tax Credits

    (Des Moines) Two different federal appeals courts took two different stands today on whether people in states like Iowa can have their health insurance premiums lowered by tax credits.


    A D.C. appeals court says the federal government can’t give tax credits for people in states like Iowa that didn’t set up their own health insurance exchanges, while a U.S. appeals court in Virginia says they can.


    State Insurance Commissioner Nick Gearhart says in 2013, about 84 percent of Iowans who bought insurance through the federal exchange paid less in health insurance because of the tax credits, reducing their premiums an average of about 250 dollars a month. But, he says he’s not too worried right now.


    “I don’t see any immediate impact; in fact it’s my understanding that the case will be appealed, so the ruling has no immediate impact on the tax credits that are being paid under the current rules from the IRS,” said Gearhart.


    While the U.S. Justice Department sorts out the conflicting opinions, White House Spokesman Josh Earnest says the ruling doesn’t have “any practical impact” on those getting subsidies through the federally-run exchanges.


    Iowa Radio Network


  • Governor Branstad Studying Supreme Court Ruling on Juvenile Sentencing

    (Des Moines) The Governor says he and his staff are still studying last week's Supreme Court ruling on juvenile sentencing. 


    Terry Branstad claims the Iowa Justices went further in their decision than any other court in the country.  He says public safety will always be his priority in mandatory minimum sentencing guidelines no matter what the age.


    “When we have a juvenile who commits a murder or a violent dangerous crime, if they’re treated as a juvenile, when they turn 18 they can be released and we don’t want dangerous violent people being prematurely released and endangering our citizens, we don’t want to become Chicago,” said Branstad.


    Governor Branstad says he expects to make recommendations on juvenile sentencing guidelines in time for next session.  But, he says he doesn't think the entire Iowa Penal Code needs to be revisited at this time. 


    Branstad says he was a lawmaker in the seventies the last time that debate took place and, he says, it dominated the entire session.


    Iowa Radio Network


  • Audubon Livestock Sale Deemed a Success

    (Audubon) The Audubon County Fair Livestock Sale on Monday generated around $67,000. Tonya Vetter, Audubon County Extension Program Coordinator thanked everyone for their financial support.


    “Our Audubon, Elk Horn, Kimballton, Exira and Brayton merchants pooled their money to financially help these 4-Her’s and we want to thank them and everybody who attended the livestock sales and supported these kids and their projects.”


    Livestock Results:



    Danielle Bowlin, showed the Commercial Champion Ewe, Alex Bowlin exibited the reserve Champion. Derek Porsch, showed the Champion Speckled Face Market Lamb.  The Champion Market Lamb was shown by Alex Bowlin, the reserve went to Jayda Bowlin.  Jaci Christensen exhibited the Champion Breeding Doe, Alex Bowlin, exhibited the reserve. Bowlin also showed the Champion Market Goat, and Christensen exhibited the reserve.  The Champion Intermediate and Senior Showman was Danielle Bowlin. Jaci Christensen was named Junior Showman.



    Ryver Knueven, showed the Grand Champion Light Weight Market Hog, and Jayden Jensen exhibited the reserve. The Grand Champion Medium Weight Market Hog was exhibited by Aaron Gust, and Aiden Alt showed the reserve. Alt also exhibited the Grand Champion Heavy Weight Market Hog, Dylan Lewis showed the reserve. Knueven exhibited the Grand Champion overall Individual and Gust exhibited the reserve. Dylan Porsch exhibited the Grand Champion Commercial Breeding Gilt and Dylan Lewis showed the reserve. Lewis showed the Grand Champion Pen Three and Gust exhibited the reserve. The Champion Junior Showman was Luke Mosinski, and Derek Porsch was reserve. Champion Intermediate Showman was Aaron Gust and Gianna Knueven was reserve. Dylan Lewis was named the Champion Senior Showman and Chance Lauritsen was reserve.



    Results of the Market Beef Show; Logan Bauer exhibited the Champion Pen of Three, and Matt Brinkman showed the reserve pen. Brinkman exhibited the Champion Bottle Bucket Calf and Elizabeth Zaiger showed the reserve. The Champion Market Heifer was exhibited by Dylan Lewis, Alex Bowlin showed the reserve. Logan Bauer exhibited the Grand Champion Market Steer, and Nolan Smith, reserve. Bauer also won the rate of gain championship. The Champion Junior Showman Matt Brinkman and Nolan Smith was reserve. Nolan Smith was named Senior Showman and Dylan Lewis, reserve.


    Lord of the Ring:

    1.      Drew Christensen

    2.      Ty Lauritsen

    3.      Logan Bauer

    4.      Jan Asberry

    5.      Alex Bowlin



    Results of the Feeder Calf and Breeding Heifer Show:


    Champion Calf, steer or bull; Kaitlin Schultes. Kealy Nelson had the reserve. Champion Heifer Calf; Jaci Christensen, Aiden Alt showed the reserve. Champion Red Angus Junior Yearling heifer was shown by Dakota Rold, and the reserve was exibited by Logan Bauer. Champion Junior Simmental yearling heifer was exhibited by Drew Christensen, Jaci Christensen, showed the reserve. Champion Gelbvieh Junior Yearling heifer was shown by Aiden Alta and Matthew Brinkman, showed the Champion Angus Junior yearling heifer. The Champion Commercial Junior yearling heifer was exhibited by Drew Christensen and Ty Lauritsen exhibited the reserve. The Supreme Champion Breeding heifer was exhibited by Jarret Huff and the Champion Shorthorn Summer yearling heifer was shown by Jarret Huff.


    Supreme Champion Breeding Heifer: Drew Christensen Reserve: Drew Christensen.


    The fair wrapped up on Monday with the livestock sale.


    Tom Robinson

    July 22, 2014

  • Atlantic Post Office Receives Community Improvement Award

    (Atlantic) The United States Postal Office of Atlantic was the recipient of the Community Improvement Award


    The Image Builders Committee presented the Community Improvement to Atlantic’s Post Office for its improvement to the front of its building. The Community Improvement Award is given to a business that has shown that it takes pride in making Atlantic a welcoming and beautiful community. Bert Rose, a USPS employee, found old materials in the post office basement and created the scene you see out front today.


    Pictured:  Bert Rose, employee, Sharon Worthen, Post Master, and the Image Building Committee: John Krogman, Ouida Wymer, Rich Perry, Gerald Brink, and Bill Saluk.


    Atlantic Chamber


  • Iowa Ranks Near the Top in Child Well-Being

    (State) Iowa may have placed near the bottom of a recent food-tasters poll, but we rank third, nationally, in the 2014 Kids Count repor on child well-being. The results came out today.


    Michael Crawford, the Director of Iowa Kids Count, says, 


    "We've done very well overall in the health category. The Kids Count breaks down into four categories and the health category we are first in the nation.  I think we've done a good job with our medical technology of helping infants stay alive and have better health when they are born. And probably Iowans are more aware of seat belts and child safety restraints when they are travelling in the cars with children."


    Crawford says we did experience some deterioration in the percentages of children living in poverty and in single-parent families. The Kids Count data book is produced by the Annie Casey Foundation of Baltimore, Maryland.


    Iowa Radio Network


  • Mobile Food Pantry in Exira July 24

    (Exira) The Mobile Food Pantry will be rolling through Exira from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, July 24. Audubon County Extension is the local partner for the project. The truck will be parked at the Exira Rec. Center.


    Tonya Vetter, Audubon County Extension Program Coordinator says this is a resource that can help all families, regardless of their income level, that allows them to have a little more food in the cupboards. She says the pantry will be packed with a variety of different foods that people can pick up.


    “There will be fruits and vegetables, some different types of meats, canned goods, cereals, and breads,” explained Vetter. “Sometimes the food banks will throw in a couple of extra food items. The last time it came through they had some pastries on the truck and so people are really excited about that.”


    Vetter asks people to bring their own bags or boxes to carry your goods. For more information on the food and nutrition programs contact Tonya Vetter at (712) 563-4239.


    Tom Robinson

    July 22, 2014

    a.m. news 

  • Essex Man Sentenced for Using a Computer to Transport Obscene Material

    (Council Bluffs) An Essex man was sentenced Friday on a charge of using a computer to transport obscene material.


    The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa says 60-year-old Danny Joel Hummel was sentenced to sixty months in prison and ten years of supervised release following the period of imprisonment.


    On July 11th, Hummel pled guilty to the charge, which was the result of his obtaining images in December of 2013 from an off-site electronic data storage location. At the time of the offense, Hummel was under the supervision of the United States Probation Office for the Southern District of Iowa after having been sentenced for Possession of Child Pornography in a prior case.


    Mandy Billings


  • New Scoreboard Installed at Sunnyside Park

    (Atlantic) The new scoreboard has been installed at the Trevor Frederickson Memorial Field in Sunnyside Park.


    Roger Herring, Atlantic Park and Rec. Director, said the power is being hooked up today.


    “It’s wireless and what that means is the umpires can stand at home plate and keep track of the score, keep track of the pitch count and everything with a little handheld thing and just by flipping switches, so you don’t have to have another person sitting in the stands punching buttons,” explained Herring.


    The scoreboard was paid for by a grant through the Cass County Community Foundation.


    Mandy Billings


  • Fat Cattle Sale Lined Up For Audubon T-Bone Days

    (Audubon) T-Bone days in Audubon is right around the corner.


    Duane Sloth is in charge of the fat cattle auction which will be held on Tuesday, August 5th. Sloth explains, 


    “This year‘s fat cattle sale, which it has been for several years now, is at the Anita Livestock Auction. This fat cattle sale is open to anyone from surrounding counties. Anyone having fat cattle is sure welcome to bring them in and attend.”


    Folks are encouraged to stick around afterwards.


    “There’s free hamburgers for anyone that’s there. You do not have to sell cattle to be there for that. Come and watch the auction and have free burgers after the sale.”


    T-Bone days runs from Friday, August 1st to Tuesday, August 5th.


    Bennett Blake

  • Guthrie County Hospital Foundation Getting Ready to Heat the Streets

    (Guthrie Center) The Guthrie County Hospital Foundation is gearing up for their “Heat the Streets” 5K/2K Run/Walk.


    Jessica Carney, Physical Therapist at the Guthrie County Hospital Fitness Center, said the event will take place September 20th.


    “It’s a fundraiser for our foundation and also a fun way for people to get involved,” said Carney.


    In addition to the 5K/2K Run/Walk they will have a short kid’s race for ages 4 to 9.


    “The kids run will be first and that will be at 8:30 in the morning. The 5K and the 2K will begin at 9:00. So, while the parents are running we’ll have some activities indoors to keep the kids busy so that their parents can go out and run in either the 5K or the 2K,” explained Carney.


    Carney said they will also have a six week training program for runners to prepare.


    “It will begin August 11th and we have programs for people who just want to walk, beginning runners and intermediate runners, so whatever level people are starting at we have a program that anybody can do” said Carney. “We will plan on doing some training sessions together as a group and we may split off walkers and some runners, one to two times per week, it just kind of depends on what works for people and then the other training day’s people will do on their own.”


    To sign up for the training program, register for the race, or for more information, you can email or visit the Guthrie County Hospital Facebook page, or go online to



    Mandy Billings


  • Dr. Berlau Attends First CAM School Board Meeting under Shared Arrangement

    (Anita) The CAM School Board during their Monday meeting accepted three resignations, approved a slight increase in lunch prices, and agreed to share a maintenance Director with Nodaway Valley.


    It was also the first meeting with Superintendent Dr. Casey Berlau, who is now the Superintendent for the Nodaway Valley and CAM school Districts. Dr. Berlau says his first meeting with the CAM School Board went well.


    “One of the reasons I thought sharing a superintendent between these two districts was do able is the fact that there is a real good school board at CAM and we have a good one at Nodaway Valley as well,” stated Berlau. “Which makes the possibility of making the sharing arrangement much more successful?”


    The board approved three resignations including bus driver; Shelli Namany, and para-educators Amanda Larsen, and Suzanne Lyons. The board also agreed to share Maintenance Director Jack Boes with Nodaway Valley. This will be an 80-20 agreement, which means Boes will be at CAM 80-percent of the time and at Nodaway Valley 20-percent of the time.


    In other activity, the board agreed on a 10-cent increase in lunch prices. Lunch prices for elementary students will be increased from $2.45 to $2.55, Middle School from $2.60-$2.70, High School $2.60-$2.70, and adult lunches are now priced at $3.35.


    Tom Robinson

    July 22, 2014

    a.m. news 

  • Mills County Arrests

    (Glenwood) Two people were arrested for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia in Mills County.


    The Mills County Sheriff’s Office arrested 20-year-old Eric Joseph Carlson, of Nebraska City and 20-year-old Nadine Gail Yoesel, of Auburn, Nebraska, on July 18th. Both individuals were held on $300 bond.


    In other activity, 44-year-old Damon Patrick Doty, of Council Bluffs, was arrested July 18th at the Pottawattamie County Jail on a warrant for Probation Violation. He was held on $5,000 bond.


    And, 20-year-old Jacob Kyle Rash, of Herriman, Utah, was arrested July 20th for OWI 2nd Offense. He was held on $2,000 bond.



    Mandy Billings


  • Congress Looks to Cut Cost of Child Care

    (Des Moines) As the cost of child care in this country continues to grow, so does the chorus of voices calling on Congress to take action. For many working families, the cost of child care is one of their biggest monthly expenses and legislation to help ease that burden has been introduced in both the U-S House and Senate.  Among those urging passage is Carla Moquin, President of the Parenting in the Workplace Institute.


    “A lot of parents are in a position where childcare is so expensive, that it makes it almost impractical for them to even work, especially for minimum wage, low income employees. And so I think it is really critical on a societal scale and on an individual family scale to provide more options to these families.”


    The cost of center-based daycare does vary widely from state to state, but the U-S average is now nearly 12-thousand dollars per year.


    Iowa News Service

    July 22, 2014

    a.m. news 

  • Summer Activities Flood Poison Control Hotline

    (Des Moines) The Iowa Poison Control Center hotline typically receives 150-phone calls each day.


    Spokesperson Tammy Nobel says right now, the calls tend to be related to summer –time activities.


    “Pool chemicals and general pesticides and insecticides and chemicals for the lawns,” stated Nobel.


    She says another common complaint is exposure to sunscreen and bug sprays, in the eyes. If that happens to you, it’s best to rinse the eye out with tepid water for a full 15-minutes.


    The hotline is 1-800-222-1222.


    Tom Robinson

    July 22, 2014

    a.m. news 

  • CDC Launches National Anti-Smoking Campaign

    (Des Moines) The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has launched a National anti-smoking campaign, which is expected to boost interest in the “Quit- line Iowa Program.”  


    The state’s Tobacco Division Interim Director Jerilyn Oshel says they’re ready for an expected large “wave” of calls. She notes it’s not easy to quit smoking, but their program works.


    She says it’s been estimated that 18-percent of Iowa adults smoke. The quit-line Iowa Program not only includes tobacco replacement products, but counseling aimed at kicking the habit.


     The state offers eight weeks of free nicotine replacement therapy, to Iowans who sign up through quit-line Iowa, and agree to be coached.


    Iowa Radio Network

    July 22, 2014

    a.m. news 

  • Young Campaigns alongside the Governor in Central Iowa Monday

    (Des Moines) David Young spent his Monday afternoon campaigning alongside Governor Terry Branstad. The two made their first stop at “Winns Pizza” in Indianola where Young told the group of Republicans gathered there that he’s learned in his job working for


    Senator Chuck Grassley that he needs to listen to his constituents, fight for them, and stick to his guns.


    “You don’t have to sell your soul out to get something done,” explained Young. “Stick to your principals and do what is right.”


    Both Branstad and Young said they have ties to the Indianola area. Young first went to bible camp there and the Governor’s wife, Chris grew up in Indianola.


    The two also scheduled stops in Winterset, Adel, and West Des Moines.


    Iowa Radio Network

    July 22, 2014

    a.m news 

  • Bow Fishing at Schildberg Recreation Area is Legal

    (Atlantic) A question was brought up to the Atlantic Park and Recreation Department about whether or not bow fishing is legal at the Schildberg Recreation Area after some individuals were seen bow fishing there recently.


    Atlantic Park and Rec. Director Roger Herring said after speaking with the Iowa DNR and the Atlantic Police he learned that in fact, it is legal.


    “Bow fishing is no different than rod and reel fishing. To be legal, you have to have a fishing license and with Schildberg’s being a park, it’s public waters and it’s no different than fishing with a rod and reel, you can bow fish out there,” said Herring. “The fishing limitations on it are though, it has to be what’s called rough fish, which means carp, river fish, gar… it can’t be game fish. Game fish qualify as bass, perch, bluegill, crappie and catfish.”


    In other activity, Roger Herring is asking the public to turn in any individuals causing any kind of vandalism to the City Parks. Herring said overall things have been going well, but recently some porta-pottys were turned over on their sides at the Schildberg Recreation Area. If you see anything, contact Roger Herring or the Atlantic Police Department.


    Mandy Billings


  • Clarinda Man Arrested Following Pursuit

    (Clarinda) A Clarinda man was arrested following a pursuit Friday afternoon.


    The Page County Sheriff’s Office says a Deputy attempted to perform a traffic stop on a silver Mazda in the southwest portion of the city of Clarinda for a traffic violation. Upon the initiation of the traffic stop by the Deputy, the vehicle with two occupants fled northbound on the west Highway 2 bypass to Highway 2 and continued westbound. At the intersection of Highway 2, the vehicle fled north on O Avenue for several miles and then turned onto the gravel. After several miles of the pursuit, the vehicle fled back onto O Avenue where it travelled north at a high rate of speed. The vehicle continued northbound several miles. At this time, the chase was terminated by the pursuing Deputy after consultation from the Sheriff for several circumstances.


    The suspect, and alleged driver, 41-year-old Merlin Glenn Lininger was later apprehended at a residence in Villisca. Lininger was transported to the Page County Jail where he was charged with Driving While Barred and numerous other traffic offenses. He was held on $2,000 bond. The passenger was found where the pursuing Deputy had seen them exit the vehicle. This person’s name is not being released at this time as the investigation is still ongoing.


    Mandy Billings


  • Chances for Hot End of Summer Drought are Slim

    (Des Moines) Last year at this time, Iowa was wrapping up a wet, rainy spring and July kicked off three months of hot, dry weather. State Climatologist Harry Hillaker says the chances of us having another hot end-of-summer drought like that this year are pretty slim.


    “At the moment it doesn’t seem like that’s likely to happen. We have a so-called El Nino event developing out in the Pacific which usually is good for more reliable precipitation during the growing season in Iowa and so a turn towards really dry weather… it’s not impossible, but not really likely with El Nino in the picture,” said Hillaker.


    He says the heat wave we are experiencing will only last a few days, and then temperatures will cool down once again.


    Iowa Radio Network


  • Cedar Rapids Authorities Investigate Shots Fired

    (Cedar Rapids)  After investigating three reports of shots fired in Cedar Rapids yesterday (Sunday), there is still no information regarding arrests.


    The first incident, occurring around 5 p.m. within the 300 Block of 16th Street, ended with four people being taken into custody for questioning.  No one was hurt in this incident.  Police were then called out again at 7:30 p.m. to the area of Fourth Avenue and 18th Street, to a male who had been shot in the leg.  The man was taken to the hospital.  And around 10 p.m. police were called to 2105 North Towne Court, where a person suffered from a bullet graze inflicted wound.  The victim refused hospital treatment.  There’s no word on whether or not any of these incidents are in connection.


    Iowa Radio Network​

    July 21, 2014