Volunteers raise, work to illuminate crosses

News

January 19th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

NEOLA, Iowa (AP) — After successfully creating a trio of crosses along Interstate 80 back in June, the Neola Lions Club chapter is now planning to illuminate them for people driving at night. The Daily Nonpareil reports the chapter was inspired by Crosses Across America, a nonprofit that has helped raise more than 2,000 clusters of crosses nationwide.

After learning about the organization, Neola Lions Club President Fred Rodenburg presented the idea of the 36-foot high Neola crosses to the chapter. Rodenburg says the estimated cost of the project will be $1,000.

Local farmer Les Clark, whose property overlooks the interstate, has granted Rodenburg’s club permission to use it for the effort. The group is currently raising funds to illuminate the structures.

Trout stocking at Big Lake postponed

Ag/Outdoor, News, Sports

January 19th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Council Bluffs – The trout stocking scheduled for tomorrow (Friday, Jan. 20th) at Big Lake has been postponed until spring due to rapidly deteriorating ice conditions. The Iowa DNR says the family fishing event scheduled for this Saturday, Jan. 21 has been cancelled, and will not be re-scheduled.

Dense Fog Advisory for KJAN listening area overnight

Weather

January 19th, 2017 by Chris Parks


...DENSE FOG EXPECTED THROUGH FRIDAY MORNING...

.A SATURATED AIRMASS WITH LIGHT WINDS WILL RESULT IN DENSE FOG
AGAIN OVERNIGHT FOR MUCH OF THE AREA. OVER THE SOUTH THE FOG IS
ALREADY BEGINNING TO THICKEN AND SHORTLY AFTER SUNSET TONIGHT FOG
WILL BECOME DENSE OVER MUCH OF THE REGION. TRAVEL WILL BE DIFFICULT
LATE TONIGHT AND FRIDAY MORNING DUE TO FOGGY CONDITIONS. TEMPERATURES
WILL REMAIN ABOVE FREEZING BUT WITH VISIBILITY NEAR ZERO AT TIMES
EXTREME CAUTION IS ADVISED.

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...DENSE FOG ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 AM CST FRIDAY...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN DES MOINES HAS ISSUED A DENSE FOG
ADVISORY, WHICH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 AM CST FRIDAY.

* VISIBILITY...VISIBILITY WILL DROP TO BELOW A QUARTER MILE WITH
  VISIBILITY NEAR ZERO AT TIMES.

* IMPACTS...DRIVING WILL BE HAZARDOUS DUE TO LOW AND CHANGING
  VISIBILITIES. ALLOW EXTRA TRAVEL TIME AND PLEASE TAKE
  APPROPRIATE PRECAUTIONS WHILE DRIVING.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A DENSE FOG ADVISORY MEANS VISIBILITIES WILL FREQUENTLY BE
REDUCED TO LESS THAN ONE QUARTER MILE. IF DRIVING, SLOW DOWN, USE
YOUR HEADLIGHTS, AND LEAVE PLENTY OF DISTANCE AHEAD OF YOU.

CRAWFORD-CARROLL-GREENE-AUDUBON-GUTHRIE

...DENSE FOG ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 8 PM THIS EVENING TO 10 AM
CST FRIDAY...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN DES MOINES HAS ISSUED A DENSE FOG
ADVISORY, WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 8 PM THIS EVENING TO 10 AM CST
FRIDAY.

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...DENSE FOG ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 8 PM THIS EVENING TO 9 AM
CST FRIDAY...

DIXIE LOUISE SCHIRM, 95, of Avoca (Formerly of Walnut) (Svcs. 01/24/2017)

Obituaries

January 19th, 2017 by Chris Parks

DIXIE LOUISE SCHIRM, 95, of Avoca (Formerly of Walnut) died Wednesday, January 18th at Myrtue Medical Center in Harlan. Funeral services for DIXIE SHIRM will be held Tuesday, January 24th at 10:30am at First Presbyterian Church in Walnut. Pauley-Jones Funeral Home in Avoca has the arrangements.

Visitation will be held Monday, January 23rd from 6:00pm-8:00pm at Pauley-Jones Funeral Home in Avoca.

Burial will be in the Layton Township Cemetery in Walnut.

DIXIE LOUISE SCHIRM is survived by:

Husband: Albert Schirm of Avoca.

Daughter: Cindy Young of Mission Viejo, CA. Nancy (Jeff) Blum of Blair, NE.

Son: Neal (Pam) Schirm of Avoca.

AFS Student: Conchi (Phil) Madson of Cincinnati, OH.

Sister: Ellen Mattox-Meisel of Orange City, FL.

6 Grandchildren

15 Great-Grandchildren

ONETAH BRIDGER, 94, of Torrance, CA, formerly of Griswold (later date)

Obituaries

January 19th, 2017 by Jim Field

ONETAH BRIDGER, 94, of Torrance, CA, formerly of Griswold died January 16th in Torrance, CA.  Graveside services for   ONETAH BRIDGER will be held at a later date in Griswold.  Green Hills Mortuary in Torrance, CA and Rieken-Duhn Funeral Home in Griswold are handling arrangements.

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ONETAH BRIDGER is survived by:

Daughter:  Gloria Younkin of Torrance, CA

Brother:  Owen Schrader of Bellevue, WA

7 Grandchildren

10 Great-Grandchildren

1 Great-Great-Step-Grandchild

Man attends funeral of airport shooting victim from Council Bluffs

News

January 19th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A man who ran to help an Iowa couple during the deadly Florida airport shooting this month attended the funeral for the man who was killed. The Omaha World-Herald reports Mark Lea flew down from Minnesota to attend the Wednesday service at Council Bluffs’ Bayliss Park Chapel for 57-year-old Mike Oehme.

Lea says he found the couple while trying to aid the shooting victims at the airport. Mike and his wife Kari Oehme were both shot, but Kari is currently recovering from her wounds. Lea says he was tending to Kari’s wounds when he noticed Mike Oehme nearby with a head wound.

Oehme was one of five people killed in the baggage claim area of the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport on Jan. 6 when a gunman opened fire.

Bankers: Weak farm prices biggest threat to rural economy

Ag/Outdoor, News

January 19th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Bankers across Middle America say depressed farm commodity prices are the biggest threat to the economy this year in rural parts of 10 Plains and Western states. The overall economic index in a monthly survey of bankers for the region remained in negative territory at 42.8 in January, down slightly from December’s 42.9. Survey officials say any score below 50 suggests an economic decline.

Creighton University economist Ernie Goss says livestock commodity prices have tumbled by 7.3 percent and grain commodity prices by 11.7 percent in the last year. Bankers from Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming were surveyed.

Goss says the rural economy is improving in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska, and South Dakota, while all the other states are trending lower.

Clarinda Police investigate hit & run property damage incident at Clarinda Cemetery

News

January 19th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Police in Clarinda are investigating a hit-and-run property damage incident that took place at the Clarinda Cemetery. Police Chief Keith Brothers says at around 5-a.m. today (Thursday), Officers discovered several cemetery monuments had been damaged at the Clarinda Cemetery, located on the north side of Clarinda.

An investigation revealed that a 2006 Chevrolet Equinox had entered the cemetery at the 16th & Walnut Street entrance, careened out of control on one of the access roads, striking several monuments causing an estimated $20,000 in damages to the monuments and totaling the Chevrolet Equinox with an estimated worth of $5,000.

The driver of the Chevrolet Equinox left the scene of the accident on foot. The accident remains under investigation and officers are pursuing numerous leads and collecting evidence at the accident scene in an attempt to identify and locate the driver.

Clarinda Cemetery damage. (Photos provided by Clarinda P-D)

PRISCILLA ANN JACOBSEN HANSEN, 84, of Elk Horn (Svcs. 1/21/17)

Obituaries

January 19th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

PRISCILLA ANN JACOBSEN HANSEN, 84, of Elk Horn died Dec. 25th, at the Salem Lutheran Homes in Elk Horn. Funeral services for PRISCILLA JACOBSEN-HANSEN will be held 2-p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21st, at the Elk Horn Lutheran Church.

Memorials in her name may be directed to the Salem Lutheran Home.

Priscilla Ann Jacobsen Hansen is survived by:

Her daughter – Janet (John) Krengle, of Boone;

Her sons -James (Karen) Jordan, of Lsibon, and Kent (Jodi) Jordan, of Clive.

Her step-children: Kent (Julie) Hansen; Kathy Piper; Jennifer (John) Arndt.

6 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren, 3 step-grandchildren and 2 step great-grandchildren.

(Update) EPA Atlantic PCE site information meeting location 1/24/17 changed

News

January 19th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

In an update to our earlier report, officials with the U-S Environmental Protection Agency said today (Thursday), that the location for a meeting planned for next Tuesday evening in Atlantic has been changed. The EPA had planned to hold a public session at the AMU Building on Jan. 24th from 6-until 7:30-p.m., but the location of the meeting instead has been changed to the Cass County Community Center.

The session will provide updates on efforts to mitigate PCE contamination from a former dry cleaning business site near 7th and Plum Streets, and the PCE site on Chestnut Street. The former dry cleaning facility and IDOT laboratory facility no longer exist at the location (1205 E. 7th St). The EPA has said some municipal drinking water wells have been impacted due to groundwater contamination associated with the former dry cleaner. Those wells were shut down, and the City’s drinking water wells are NOT affected.

Additional site information is available online at https://www.epa.gov/superfund/pceformerdrycleaner