Cardinals acquire minor league outfielder from Royals

Sports

May 25th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

ST. LOUIS (AP) – The St. Louis Cardinals acquired outfielder Jose Martinez from the Kansas City Royals for cash considerations on Wednesday. Martinez, 27, was playing for Triple-A Omaha and has been assigned to Triple-A Memphis. He was hitting .298 with three home runs and 18 RBIs at Omaha. The Cardinals moved right-handed pitcher Mitch Harris (elbow) to the 60-day disabled list to make room for Martinez on the 40-man roster.

Cass Supervisors waive right to appeal S.W. IA Egg construction permit

Ag/Outdoor, News

May 25th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Board of Supervisors, Wednesday, agreed to waive their right to appeal the issuance of a construction permit for Southwest Iowa Egg, near Massena. On May 11th, the Supervisors approved a Master Matrix scoring application for a construction permit. Southwest Iowa Egg plans to removal of two, older buildings and replace them with a larger, modern facilities that gives the chickens more room and is designed to considerably reduce out-gassing of odors from the manure.

The Board forwarded its recommendation of approval to the Iowa DNR, which, in-turn also approved the application. The DNR then created a draft permit for the Supervisors to either deny or approve. Cass County Auditor Dale Sunderman read a letter received from the DNR’s Senior Environmental Engineer, with regard to the application. The letter said Southwest Iowa Egg Cooperative has met the legal criteria to issue a construction permit for seven new poultry confinement buildings and one new dry manure storage building.

The Board of Supervisors, according to Sunderman, had the right to appeal the DNR’s statement of recommendation to issue the permit, or they could waive their right to appeal the permit, to expedite the permit process. They chose the latter.

In other business, the Board approved a Sheriff’s Deputies,’ Jailors’ and Sheriff’s Office Assistant bargaining unit agreement for Fiscal Year 2017.

Iowa School for the Deaf marks 20th memorial service

News

May 25th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) – A school for the deaf in Council Bluffs has held its 20th memorial service for deceased students and staff buried on its campus. The Daily Nonpareil reports that Shirley Hicks held a memorial service for the former Iowa School for the Deaf members Tuesday as she told stories about each of the 10 people who were buried on campus between 1879 and 1900. Hicks is a former student and teacher at the school, and she now works as a volunteer to preserve the institution’s history.

The graves were moved in the 1950s to accommodate the widening of a nearby highway. Today, the remains have been relocated to a common casket on the school grounds and marked with a monument. Nine of the headstones are preserved in the school’s museum.

Cass County Board of Review addresses Board of Supervisors

News

May 25th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Members of the Cass County Board of Review appeared before the Cass County Board of Supervisors this (Wednesday) morning, to address any concerns they may have, and those of the public, with regard to property assessments in the County. Review Board Chair Melissa Ihnen, said they welcome the opportunity to talk with any taxpayer who has issues with their assessments.

She said “There’s a certain time when a protest can be filed, and we want to make sure that the process continues to be open, or that people can do it [protest], because that’s why that process is there. In the past, we’ve lowered peoples’ assessments, we’ve kept them the same, and in some instances if there’s been major changes to a property we go look at, unfortunately sometimes it does have to be raised to make it like everyone else’s. That’s our goal, is keep all the assessments so we’re doing the same thing to everyone who has a similar type of property. And then we look at the sales.”

She says there are misconceptions out there, about what the Board of Review can do, and how they react to complaints. Ihnen says a taxpayer told them they were told by someone on the Board of Supervisors, that the Board of Review would “Run all over them, if they came and talked to us.” Ihnen says that’s not true, that they are more than happy to help people understand the process and take care of their concerns.

She said the current inventory of homes in Cass County is “Extremely low, lower than it’s been for many, many years, so prices are high. They’re going up, even in two years, we’ve seen big increases in sales prices. Ihnen said the State looks at those prices, and the Assessor’s Office is required to be within a certain percentage of those sales.

She asked the Supervisors to direct persons with complaints or concerns to anyone on the Board of Review. She said they won’t be adversarial and raise your taxes just because you come before them to protest your assessments.

One bridge opens, two others close in Cass County

Ag/Outdoor, News

May 25th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

A bridge that was closed in northern Cass County early last month, is once again open to traffic. On April 6th, Cass County Engineer Charles Marker told the Board of Supervisors high truss bridge #440, located a couple of miles south of Interstate 80 in Pymosa Township near the Buck Creek Church was closed, after an inspection revealed a wooden “pile cap” on the northeast corner of the bridge had shattered, making it unsafe. The repairs to that bridge have since been completed.

Marker told the Board of Supervisors during their meeting this (Wednesday) morning, inspections have revealed two other bridges, however, must be closed. One of those is Bridge #17, which is located about 5-miles south of Massena on Highway 148 and three-quarters of a mile west, on Yankton Road. Marker said the wood bridge pilings are continuing to decay. The bridge is posted for vehicles with a maximum gross weight of three-tons, but Marker says he’s heard from residents in the area, semis are crossing the bridge. He said they’re concerned if it continues to be used in that manner, a vehicle may end-up in the creek.

Bridge 17 is one of two bridges in the County scheduled to be repaired, with the bid-letting to take place in August. The other is Bridge #42 near the Cass/Adams/Montgomery County corner. Marker says the pile cap has begun to rotate, or twisted to the point where it is in danger of collapsing. The bridge is located along a Level B road.

He said also, Gus Construction has completed the concrete pour on a culvert for Bridge #20, located about two-miles south of Highway 92 on County Road N-28, south of Cumberland. Weather permitting, the project, including paving, should be completed by mid-July.

Backyard & Beyond 5-25-2016

Backyard and Beyond, Podcasts

May 25th, 2016 by Jim Field

LaVon Eblen visits with John McCurdy of SWIPCO about summer SWITA transportation options.

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SHARON K. JOHNSON, 74, of Columbus, NE (Celebration of Life Open House 6/11/16)

Obituaries

May 25th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

SHARON K. JOHNSON, 74, of Columbus, NE, (an Atlantic native) died Monday, May 23rd, at home. A Celebration of Life open house for family & friends of SHARON JOHNSON will be held from 11-am until 2-p.m. June 11th, at her home in Columbus (3555 26th Avenue). McKown Funeral Home in Columbus, NE, has the arrangements.

Condolences may be left to her family online at www.mckownfuneralhome.com.

SHARON K. JOHNSON is survived by:

Her husband – Ron Johnson, of Columbus, NE.

Her daughter – Shelly (Tom) Harris, of Lubbock, TX.

Her step-children: Loni (Doug) Denne, of Austin, TX; and Jeff (Denise) Johnson, of Atlantic; Patrice Johnson, of Mason City.

13 grandchildren, 13-great-grandchildren, her daughter-in-law, Becky Steffens, of Atlantic, other relatives and friends.

College Springs man arrested on a Federal Warrant

News

May 25th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Page County Sheriff’s Office reports a man found hiding in the basement of his residence was arrested Tuesday night on a Federal warrant. 46-year old Steven William Wells, of College Springs, was taken into custody for Probation Violation.  Wells was transported to the Page County Jail where he is being held without bond while awaiting transportation by the U.S. Marshall’s service for further court proceedings in Federal court.

Steven Wells

Steven Wells

(Podcast) KJAN 8-a.m. News, 5/25/2016

News, Podcasts

May 25th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

More area and State news from KJAN News Director Ric Hanson.

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High School Soccer Scoreboard Tuesday 5/24/2016

Sports

May 25th, 2016 by Chris Parks

GIRLS

Perry 7, Atlantic 1 (Trojans end regular season 5-11)
Boone 5, Carroll 2
Council Bluffs, Abraham Lincoln 4, Council Bluffs, Thomas Jefferson 1
Glenwood 3, Tri-Center, Neola 2 (2OT)
Kuemper Catholic, Carroll 5, Denison-Schleswig 3 (PKs 3-1)
Lewis Central 6, St. Albert, Council Bluffs 0
Nodaway Valley/AC/WCV 6, Harlan 0