Iowa reports probable bird flu at Wright, Sac county farms

Ag/Outdoor, News

May 29th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — State officials say two more probable cases of bird flu have been found at farms in Iowa. The state agriculture department announced Friday that the avian influenza has been detected at a Wright County farm where about 400,000 chickens are being raised and at a Sac County turkey farm with about 42,000 birds.

Initial testing was positive for the bird flu and samples have been sent to a federal lab in Ames for confirmation. If confirmed, the birds will be euthanized. The two cases Friday followed the Thursday announcement that a turkey farm with 17,000 birds in Hamilton County had tested positive for the disease.

The agriculture department says the virus has infected poultry at farms with more than 26 million birds.

Iowa politicians criticize proposed ethanol rules

Ag/Outdoor, News

May 29th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa leaders are criticizing a proposal from the Obama administration that would reduce the amount of ethanol blended in U.S. gasoline. Iowa leads the nation in producing ethanol, a fuel additive made mostly from corn. Under the proposal released Friday by the Environmental Protection Agency, the amount of ethanol blended in to gasoline will increase, but not by as much as originally required by law.

Still, the agency didn’t decrease the standards as much as it had proposed in 2013. Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad — who has lobbied aggressively for maintaining a strong standard — says in a statement that he was disappointed, but noted that the EPA made slight increases from a previous proposal. Sen. Joni Ernst says in a statement that “we can and must do better.”

Iowa beats Oregon 3-1 in NCAA regional opener

Sports

May 29th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — Tyler Peyton limited Oregon to one run in 7 1-3 innings to help second-seeded Iowa beat the third-seeded Ducks 3-1 on Friday in their NCAA regional opener. Peyton (7-4) struck out five and didn’t walk a batter to help the Hawkeyes (40-16) win for the first time in NCAA tournament play since the 1972 College World Series.

Iowa had baserunners in every inning but the first. Nick Day’s RBI single in the second inning put the Hawkeyes in front, and Nick Roscetti added RBI groundouts in the third and fifth innings. Iowa stranded 13 men on base and left the bases loaded in three innings.

Oregon (37-24), making its fourth consecutive NCAA appearance, was limited to a third-inning RBI single from Austin Grebeck. Phil Craig-St. Louis went 2 for 3. On Saturday, Iowa will face the Missouri State-Canisus winner. Oregon will play the loser.

Legislative leaders say they have agreement on budget

News

May 29th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Legislative leaders say they have a tentative budget agreement that could enable them to adjourn within days. Republican House Speaker Kraig Paulsen and Democratic Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal said Friday they had reached an understanding. They declined to provide details on the overall spending level or on individual items, like education, saying that information would be released next week.

The leaders in the divided Legislature reached the terms after roughly five hours of negotiations Friday. They have been haggling for weeks since their daily expense payments ran out May 1st. Gronstal said he expected that the Legislature could adjourn next week. He said Democrats chose “compromise over gridlock.”

Paulsen said the agreement “meets the needs and priorities of Iowans.”

 

Special Weather Statement: S.W. Pottawattamie/N.W. Fremont & Western Mills Counties

Weather

May 29th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

725 PM CDT FRI MAY 29 2015

Until 8:30-p.m… AT 724 PM CDT…DOPPLER RADAR WAS TRACKING A LINE OF STRONG THUNDERSTORMS ALONG A LINE EXTENDING FROM NEAR PAPILLION TO NEAR CEDAR CREEK TO NEAR WEEPING WATER…AND MOVING EAST AT 20 MPH. WINDS IN EXCESS OF 40 MPH…LIGHTNING AND BRIEF HEAVY RAINFALL ARE ALL LIKELY WITH THESE STORMS.

LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…

BELLEVUE…PAPILLION…PLATTSMOUTH…GLENWOOD…WEEPING WATER…

ELMWOOD…PACIFIC JUNCTION…MURRAY…UNION…NEHAWKA…OFFUTT AFB…SILVER CITY…MANLEY AND CAMP MAHA.

THIS INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING HIGHWAYS…

HIGHWAY 34 IN IOWA BETWEEN MILE MARKERS 1 AND 14. HIGHWAY 75 IN NEBRASKA BETWEEN MILE MARKERS 59 AND 82. INTERSTATE 29 BETWEEN MILE MARKERS 25 AND 42.

 

SYLVIA WITT, 68, of Griswold (Svcs. Pending)

Obituaries

May 29th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

SYLVIA WITT, 68, of Griswold, died Thu., May 28th, at the Creighton
Medical Center in Omaha. Services for SYLVIA WITT are pending at the Duhn Funeral Home in Griswold.

Arlene Sunderland, 95, of Harlan (Svcs 6/1/15)

Obituaries

May 29th, 2015 by Patrick Duronio

Arlene Sunderland, 95, of Harlan died May 28th at the Elm Crest Retirement Community in Harlan. Funeral services for Arlene Sunderland will be held 10:30-a.m. Monday June, 1st at Pauley-Jones Funeral Home in Harlan.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, May 31st from 2 until 8-p.m. at the funeral home.

Burial will be held at the Harlan Cemetery in Harlan

ARLENE SUNDERLAND is survived by:

Her Husband- Leland Sunderland

Her Daughters- Judy (and husband Dennis) Storm and Pat (Ron her husband) Mosher of Harlan and Kathy Baldwin

Her Brother- Floyd Patterson

10 Grandchildren

22 Great-Grandchildren

1 Great-Great-Grandchild

Long-time Atlantic Jeweler to retire; business being sold

News

May 29th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A long-time Atlantic business owned by a local couple for more than 44-years, is being sold. Rich and Nedra Perry, owners of Geis-Perry Jewelry, announced today (Friday), they are selling their business and will be entering into retirement.

Nedra and Rich Perry reflect on their many years in Atlantic as Jewelers.

Rich Perry said they learned last December a couple from Iowa was interested in buying the store, and plans have been finalized making the sale to Kent and Patrice Hanson.

The Perry’s anticipate Christmas Eve will be the last day they will run the business. The Hanson’s bought the building and the business, but not the inventory, so Rich says they will hold a retirement sale beginning in November. Until then, everything will be run the same as it has been for the past 44-years.  He says the Hanson’s are family oriented. In fact, their daughter, Kendra Henningsen, lives here, which was a prime reason they wanted to move here. The Hanson’s have over 25-years experience in the business, and will be closing their own stores to relocate to Atlantic.

The first ad announcing the Perry’s had purchased the business back in the ’70’s.

The store will close at the end of December and re-open under new ownership but retain the same name, at least for now, in mid-January. Rich Perry says “It’s a win-win for everyone, in particular for the community.” Nedra Perry says it’s a bitter-sweet time in their lives, but something they’ve been looking forward to. She says it will be very hard to leave their customers and staff, because “They are family.”

Rich Perry says he looks forward to the change with a “Great, great deal of anticipation and an equal amount of apprehension,” because Nedra, he says “Will have to put up with twice as much husband with half as much income and vice-versa, since we work together.” The couple plans to stay in Atlantic, but winter elsewhere, where it’s warmer.

FRIDAY, MAY 29th

Trading Post

May 29th, 2015 by Jim Field

FOR SALE: Commercial air distribution unit. 3 hp Dayton Motor, covers an area of 8,000 square ft. $500 OBO. Cell 304-2587

FOR SALE: England (Brand) couch. 84 inches, Earth tone color. $500 Call 268-2609

FOR SALE: 2003 Oldsmobile Silhouette Minivan. Excellent condition. $5,000 OBO. Leave a message at 712-243-2408

FOR SALE:  Kitchen dining table, 4 chairs, 1 leaf.  Chairs are cushioned and in great shape.  A pretty set, asking $200.  Call 712-254-1649 and ask for Rich.

FOR SALE:  Alltrade Hurricane 3/8″ drive air ratchet; Mechanics 1/4″ H/D Die Grinder. $40.00 for both. 249-3789 Atlantic.

air tools

FOR SALE: Six-person Coleman Tent with room divider. 10 ft x 10 ft. $25. Call 250-0266.

Backyard and Beyond 05-29-2015

Backyard and Beyond, Podcasts

May 29th, 2015 by Chris Parks

Lavon Eblen speaks with Cass County Emergency Management Coordinator Mike Kennon about the Emergency Notification System that’s been put in place in the area.