Cultural Affairs awards 119 grants, project in Creston among them


June 24th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs has awarded 119 grants totaling more than one-point-two million dollars for projects in 40 communities. Spokesman Michael Morain says the grants are given in several categories with the goal strengthening the quality of life and cultural vitality of Iowa.

Morain says “There are grants for individual artists, we have a handful of Iowa artist fellowships that we hand out every year. There are grants for specific art projects.” There are also grants for operating support and stability. “To help fund some of those organizations and nonprofits that need help just with day-to-day operations. The stuff that isn’t as easy to raise money for, just the day-to-day stuff that is harder to build a campaign around,” Morain says. He says a panel of experts reviews each grant application.

The panels he says, are “really picky” and it can sometimes take someone two or three applications to refine their plan so that when they do get a grant they can make the most of it. The new Des Moines Jazz Festival at the Des Moines Social Club won a 10-thousand dollar grant. Another grant was awarded to a project in Dubuque.

Mural artist Jordan Weber won a grant for an individual project. “He’s from Des Moines, but he partnered with Creston. So, he’ll be doing a mural in a visible spot in downtown Creston,” Morain explains.

He says the hope for some of these grants is that they serve as seed money for projects. Morain says a good past example is artist Rose Francis, who won a grant to do portraits of Maquoketa residents. “Just from that little boost, it turned into this huge, huge community project where she ended up with 180 portraits of Maquoketans. And that collection of portraits traveled to Washington, D-C, it was displayed at the national portrait gallery,” Morain says.

“Eventually the Figge Museum in Davenport bought the whole collection, and right now they have loaned it to the State Historical Museum so you can see it here on display.”

(Radio Iowa)

Carroll man arrested in connection w/burglary in Bayard


June 24th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Guthrie County Sheriff’s Office reports a Carroll County man was arrested following an investigation into a burglary that took place, Wednesday. 46-year old Carey Lee Huffman, of Carroll, faces charges that include Burglary in the 3rd degree and Criminal Mischief in the 2nd degree.

Officials say employees at Sparky’s One Stop in Bayard, arrived at work to discover several ceiling tiles had been broken out, as if someone was climbing around in the ceiling. Surveillance video revealed a man entered the store at around 9:30-p.m. Tuesday. He entered through the restroom and climbed up through a false ceiling, where he waited for the store to close before committing a burglary.

The investigation involved a search warrant being executed at a residence in Bayard, where Huffman was staying.

Two vehicle accident in Red Oak Friday morning


June 24th, 2016 by Chris Parks

A two vehicle accident was reported Friday morning at 8:03am at the intersection of 2nd Street and East Prospect Street in Red Oak.

Officers determined that a 2014 Dodge Grand Caravan owned by Nishna Productions Inc. and driven by 60-year-old Edward Eugene Guyer of Red Oak was traveling north on 2nd Street through the intersection with East Prospect Street when it was struck by a 2003 Chevy Silverado owned and operated by 22-year-old Logan Samuel Cashatt of Red Oak.  No injuries were declared at the time of the accident.

Cashatt was cited for Failure to Obey Yield Sign or Yield Right of Way.  The van sustained $6,000 damage and the Silverado received around $3,000 damage.

The Red Oak Fire Department and Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office assisted the Red Oak Police at the scene.

Car malfunction leads to car backing into a home in Red Oak


June 24th, 2016 by Chris Parks

A vehicle malfunction is believed to be to blame for a car backing into a rental home in Red Oak on Friday.  At 10:40am officers were called to the corner of East Coolbaugh Street and Towle Street for that accident.  Upon arrival officers found a 1993 Chevy Lumina owned by 96-year-old Maxine Louise Cleveland resting against the foundation of the home located at 1100 E Coolbaugh Street.

Ms. Cleveland told police that she had returned home and parked her car in the garage and took the keys out and was leaving the vehicle when she realized it was still running. She then got back in the car and the vehicle popped into reverse and began backing down her driveway. The door was still open and struck the side of her house and a sidewalk railing.  The car kept backing and crossed over East Coolbaugh Street and into the yard at 1100 East Coolbaugh Street and struck the foundation of the home.  Cleveland said she attempted to brake but the brakes failed.  The vehicle was still running when officers arrived and they were unable to get the ignition to turn off.  The malfunction is believed to have caused the accident.

Damage to the Chevy was $1,5000 and damage to the rental home owned by Sherry Bourlon of B&B Rentals was approximately $4,000.  No injuries were reported.

Anita, Walnut & Mt. Ayr receive funds for water quality improvement projects


June 24th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources said Friday, the City of Anita has received a Water Quality Improvement Loan amounting to $1.6-million dollars for drinking water source and treatment improvements. Anita, along with 22 other Iowa communities will be able to move water quality projects forward with the support of a combined total of more than $40.4 million in low-cost water quality loans.

The City of Mt. Ayr, in Ringgold County, received $900,000 for sewer treatment improvements. And, the City of Walnut, in Pottawattamie County, received $170,000 for Drinking Water – Planning & Design.

The financing is made available through Construction and Planning & Design Loans through the State Revolving Fund. Construction Loans are a low-cost construction financing option available for Iowa cities and municipalities for water quality initiatives. Planning & Design Loans are zero percent loans that assist with the first-phase of project expenses.

The Iowa Finance Authority (IFA) and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources jointly administer the State Revolving Fund in Iowa. IFA Executive Director Dave Jamison says “The Iowa Finance Authority is committed to enhancing the quality of life for Iowans and one way we do this is by providing communities with access to affordably maintain and update water systems. The State Revolving Fund provided low-cost financing for water quality infrastructure improvements benefiting one million Iowans in last fiscal year alone.”

Iowa DNR Director Chuck Gipp says “The State Revolving Fund plays a vital role in advancing water quality improvements throughout Iowa. The recent awardees join more than 500 other Iowa cities in recognizing the State Revolving Fund as their best choice for financing of their water quality initiatives.”

The State Revolving Fund has awarded Iowa communities and municipalities with more than $2.5 billion in Construction Loans and nearly $150 million through Planning & Design Loans since the program’s inception. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency provides annual capitalization grants to states. Leveraged bonds and loan repayments expand the reach of the federal investment. More than $3 in assistance has been leveraged for Iowa water quality projects for every $1 of federal funds.

IA DNR investigated red dye in stream near Clarinda


June 24th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources said Friday, red dye poured into a storm sewer in Clarinda has reached a tributary of the West Nodaway River in Page County, Thursday. A local resident noticed the bright red water flowing into the tributary Thursday evening and notified the Department of Natural Resources.

Environmental specialists for the DNR did not find any dead fish in the tributary. Water samples have been collected for analysis to determine potential impacts to the stream. During the investigation, the DNR determined that an employee with Clarinda Coop, located on First Street, rinsed a jug of Color Coat Red, a dye used in the treatment of soybeans, into a storm sewer outlet.

The Clarinda Police Department assisted with investigation of the spill and helping identify the source. The City of Clarinda is working to identify storm sewer connections to determine if any other parts of the system may have been affected. The DNR is continuing to investigate the incident and will consider enforcement action if appropriate.

Tractor-trailer accident in Adair County Friday morning


June 24th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

A truck driver from Tennessee was injured during a rollover accident Friday morning off Interstate 80, in Adair County. The Iowa State Patrol reports 61-year old Charles Delk, of Pulaski, TN, was traveling west on I-80 at around 10:25-a.m. near Stuart, when he lost control of the 2008 Freightliner semi he was driving. When the semi went into the north ditch, the trailer became separated from the tractor, and came to rest on its left side. The tractor/cab came to rest on its top.

Delk, who was not wearing a seat belt, was transported by Stuart Rescue to Mercy Hospital, in Des Moines. Stuart Rescue was assisted at the scene by deputies with the Adair and Guthrie County Sheriff’s Offices, crew with Casey and Adair Rescue, and Troopers with the Iowa State Patrol.

Court backs school’s search of Iowa student’s football bag

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June 24th, 2016 by Chris Parks

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The Iowa Supreme Court is upholding the search of a high school football player’s equipment bag that uncovered a loaded handgun and drugs. The court ruled Friday that Dunkerton High School officials had grounds to search Mar’yo Lindsey Jr.’s bag in 2013, rejecting arguments that it violated his constitutional rights.

The case arose when Lindsey got injured on the field during a road game. Before going to the hospital, Lindsey told school officials to make sure that a specific student got his bag and that nobody else should take it.

That raised their suspicions. The superintendent later searched the bag after putting it on the floor and hearing a “clunk” that he believed was a gun. He found marijuana and a loaded long-barreled handgun in a backpack inside the bag.

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June 24th, 2016 by Jim Field

LaVon Eblen visits with Mary Ottmar about celebrating survivors during tonight’s American Cancer Society Cass County Relay for Life at the Atlantic High School track.


Former Cyclones Niang, Nader selected in NBA Draft


June 24th, 2016 by Chris Parks

Two former Iowa State Basketball players had their names called at the NBA Draft in Brooklyn, New York Thursday night.  All-American and Karl Malone Award Winner Georges Niang was selected by the Indiana Pacers in the second round with the No. 50 pick.

Niang concluded his career as Iowa State’s second all-time leading scorer (2,228) and was just the fourth Division I college basketball player since 1994-95 to accumulate 2,000 points, 700 rebounds and 400 assists in a career. He averaged 20.5 points, 6.2 rebounds and 3.3 assists as a senior, becoming a consensus All-American and taking home the Karl Malone Award, which is given annually to the nation’s top power forward.

The other Cyclone selected was Forward Abdel Nader who was selected by the Boston Celtics in the second round of the NBA Draft with the No. 58 pick.

Nader, a Skokie, Illinois native increased his scoring from 5.8 points as a junior to 12.9 points in his final season.  He shot a career high 48.7 percent from the field and 37.1 percent from 3-point range. Nader earned All-Big 12 honorable mention accolades as a senior after scoring in double figures 22 times in 2015-16. He posted seven games with 20 or more points, including a season and career-high 26 points at Baylor.

This marks the 7th time that Iowa State has had multiple players selected in the same draft.