Lackey, Harvey both pitch well, Cardinals beat Mets


March 27th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — Starters John Lackey and Matt Harvey both pitched well Friday as the split-squad St. Louis Cardinals beat the New York Mets 5-4 Friday. Lackey gave up one run and six hits in seven innings, walking none and striking out one. He needed only 84 pitches in the longest outing by a St. Louis pitcher this spring.

Pitching on his 26th birthday, Harvey allowed one run and three hits in 4 1-3 innings, striking out five and walking none. Harvey missed all of last season after having Tommy John surgery. The All-Star threw 58 of his 80 pitches for strikes.

Rafael Ortega hit his first two home runs this spring, a solo shot in the sixth and a three-run drive in the eighth. He had been sent to the minor league camp earlier this week.



Trading Post

March 27th, 2015 by Jim Field

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FOR SALE: Round dining room table with 4 chairs.  Approximately 5 ft. in diameter and is a true round circle.  Made of a dark wood, walnut or cherry. Asking $70 obo.  Call 712-789-1677.

FOR SALE:  a Holley 4 barrel carburetor, runs on alcohol but could be converted back to gasoline.  Worth a few hundred dollars but willing to part with it for $60.  Call 712-778-5131.

State unemployment rate drops again in February


March 27th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The state’s unemployment rate continues on its downward trend with February dropping down to four-point-one percent from January’s rate of four-point-two percent. Iowa Workforce Development spokesperson, Kerry Koonce, says it’s the fifth straight month with a drop. “We continue to see drops in the number of people who are unemployed. We are down four-thousand from a year ago for the number of people who are unemployed,” Koonce says. “And our number of people who are actually receiving unemployment insurance is down almost 12-thousand from last month as well.”

The number of unemployed dropped, even though the state lost some jobs in the month, the first decline in jobs since September.”We dropped 400 jobs, which isn’t very big. Most of that being in the trade, transportation and utilities area. We saw a larger growth in that last month than really was expects, so I think that was just some leveling out,” according to Koonce. “We saw nice growth in manufacturing, nice growth in education and health services — so those really helped the state as well,” Koonce says.

Workforce Development figures show manufacturing added 12-hundred jobs, the education and health care areas increased jobs fueled entirely by gains in private education of one-thousand jobs. The number of unemployed Iowans dropped to 70-thousand-100 in February from 71-thousand-800 in January. Koonce says warmer weather should lead to more job gains.

“Because you will have a lot of those people who are on temporary unemployment coming back to work. And we saw some gains in construction this month, the biggest gains are coming in industrial, which is good, because that shows overall growth,” Koonce says.

The national unemployment rate was five-point-five (5.5) percent in February.

(Radio Iowa)

2 accidents in Atlantic Thursday


March 27th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

No injuries were reported following two separate accidents in less than 10-minutes Thursday, in Atlantic. The A-PD reports both collisions happened at 14th and Plum Streets. The first occurred at 7:49-a.m., when a vehicle driven by Dawson Walter, of Atlantic, crossed the centerline of the road and collided with a vehicle driven by Brandon McConkey, of Atlantic. Officials say Walter was blinded by the sun as he was traveling east on 14th Street. The left sides of both vehicle struck each other,  causing a total of $1,600 damage. No citations were issued.

The second accident at about the same location, happened at 7:59-a.m. Thursday, when a vehicle driven by Cain Stuart, of Atlantic, rear-ended a vehicle driven by Heather Schorle, of Atlantic. The collision occurred as both vehicles were traveling east on 14th Street. When Schorle stopped for traffic ahead of her, Stuart didn’t see her until the last moment and failed to stop in time. He was cited for Failure to Have Control. Damage from the mishap amounted to $2,700.

Backyard and Beyond 03-27-2015

Backyard and Beyond, Podcasts

March 27th, 2015 by Chris Parks

Lavon Eblen talks about preparations for another season of Produce in the Park at the Atlantic City Park.  Dates set for Thursdays from June 4th-October 15th.  Learn more about how you can get involved!

Former Madison County attorney law license suspended


March 27th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The Iowa Supreme Court has suspended the law license of the former Madison County Attorney for 18 months for violating attorney rules of ethical conduct including having sex with a client and then assaulting her when the relationship deteriorated. It was significantly more lenient than an attorney disciplinary board’s recommendation of a four-year suspension.

Court documents filed Friday say 57-year old Anthony Zane Blessum engaged in a sexual relationship with a client in 2011 and was convicted of repeatedly striking her in 2013. He also was found to have improperly handled client funds. Blessum was the Madison County attorney from 1986 to 1997. He recently has practiced law in his own office in Des Moines.

ISU’s Morris, Niang Earn All-District Honors From NABC


March 27th, 2015 by Jim Field

AMES, Iowa – Iowa State’s Georges Niang and Monté Morris have earned all-district 8 honors from the National Association of Basketball Coaches.

Niang, a junior forward from Methuen, Massachusetts, was a first-team selection after averaging a team-high 15.3 points and a career-high 5.4 rebounds. Niang scored in double figures in 28 of 34 games, scoring 20 or more points eight times. He was named the Big 12 Championship’s Most Outstanding Player after helping the Cyclones win the conference tournament for the second consecutive season. Niang also earned First-Team All-Big 12 honors.

Morris, a sophomore point guard from Flint, Michigan, earned a spot on the second team. Morris bumped his scoring average up to 11.9 points after posting 6.8 points as a freshman. He led the Big 12 with 5.2 assists and is on pace to lead the nation for the second season in a row with a 4.63 assist-to-turnover ratio. Morris scored in double figures 24 times, including a career-high 24 points and the game-winner at the buzzer against Texas in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 Tournament. He earned all-tournament honors at the Big 12 Championship and was a Second-Team All-Big 12 pick.

All-District 8

First Team

  • Buddy Hield, Oklahoma
  • Georges Niang, Iowa State
  • Perry Ellis, Kansas
  • Rico Gathers, Baylor
  • Juwan Staten, West Virginia

Second Team

  • Phil Forte III, Oklahoma State
  • Le’Bryan Nash, Oklahoma State
  • Frank Mason III, Kansas
  • Monté Morris, Iowa State
  • Kenny Chery, Baylor

(Podcast) KJAN News, /2015

News, Podcasts

March 27th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The 8-a.m. Newscast w/KJAN News Director Ric Hanson.

Heartbeat Today 03-27-2015

Heartbeat Today, Podcasts

March 27th, 2015 by Chris Parks

Jim Field speaks with Atlantic Kiwanis Members Karla Akers and Sue Muri about a free performance of the Sheltered Reality Drumline at the Atlantic Middle School.

(Podcast) KJAN Sports report, 3/27/2015

Podcasts, Sports

March 27th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The 7:20-a.m. Sportscast w/Jim Field.