Soon to be Governor Kim Reynolds set to tour Ann Wickman Child Development Center in Atlantic


December 9th, 2016 by Chris Parks

According to the schedule released by the Governor’s office on Friday Lt. Governor and soon to be Governor Kim Reynolds is set to make a stop in Atlantic next week. Reynolds is scheduled to tour the Ann Wickman Child Development Center in Atlantic on Friday, December 16th at 10:15am.  The center is located at 703 Linn Street in Atlantic.

From Atlantic Reynolds will head to Indianola to meet with Warren County Economic Development at 12:45pm.

New CDC data understate accidental shooting deaths of kids


December 9th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Government statistics significantly understate the number of children in the U.S. who were killed by unintentional gun discharges last year. The Associated Press and USA TODAY Network found 141 deaths of minors were attributed to unintentional or accidental shootings in 2015. That’s 83 percent higher than the 77 deaths that the Centers for Disease Control reported Thursday.

Advocates for stricter laws and new technology meant to keep guns away from children argue that the deaths are largely preventable. They say the undercount is significant because it informs the policy debate.

CDC officials say their statistics are low because they rely on death certificates. Some coroners list deaths in which one child unintentionally shoots another as homicides. The AP and USA TODAY Network relied on determinations made by investigating agencies.

NE man arrested for Theft of a vehicle left running in Council Bluffs


December 9th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Police in Council Bluffs say a Nebraska man was arrested this (Friday) morning, in connection with the theft of a car whose owner left the engine running to warm-up the vehicle. 36-year old Brian James Johnson, of Omaha, was apprehended following a short, two-block foot pursuit that began as Officers began to question him about the incident. Johnson was arrested for Theft in the 2nd Degree, Possession with the Intent to Deliver/Methamphetamine, and Eluding. The drug charge was added after Officers found a quantity of meth in Johnson’s possession.

The incident leading up to his arrest began when authorities were notified at around 9:10-a.m., that at Buick LeSabre reported stolen earlier in the morning had been located by the owner, at the Days Inn parking lot at 3619 9th Avenue. GPS tracking allowed the victim to find her vehicle at the hotel. She met with law enforcement at scene and identified the vehicle as being hers.

The Council Bluffs Police Department thanks the citizen(s) who assisted in locating and apprehending the suspect. The incident they said, “Further highlights the dangers of leaving the keys in the ignition when warming up your vehicle on cold mornings.”

(Update#2) Man sought in Montgomery County has been apprehended


December 9th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Montgomery County say Deputies with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office have apprehended the subject they were looking for from last nights (Thursday night’s) incident in Stanton. Officials want to thank you to everyone who assisted with those efforts. Earlier, the Sheriff’s Office said (Via the Montgomery County Emergency Management Agency), that they were looking for 43-year old Anthony Grimes. The man was wanted on several warrants, and in connection with a family disturbance that took place Thursday.

Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce Announces November Shop Local Winner


December 9th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce has announced the monthly winner of the Shop Local Passport Program. The November winner is Kevin Garrett, who shopped local at Cappel’s Ace Hardware. He received $50 in Passport Bucks, only to be used at participating businesses.

Kevin Garrett

The Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce in partnership with First Whitney Bank and participating Chamber Members kicked off the passport program at the beginning of June.  Thes shopping incentive rewards shoppers for shopping local and keeps dollars in our community supporting families, employees, business owners and benefiting local schools and community projects. Small businesses have created over 8 million jobs since 1990 and donate 250% more than big business to non-profits and community causes.

The Shop Local Passport campaign has 24 participating businesses allowing shoppers to get everything they need right here in Atlantic. Since the campaign kicked off, 2,431 passports have been entered into the contest. That’s a total of $425,425.00 spent just at participating businesses, helping to increase L.O.S.T (Local Option Sales Tax).

How it works:

  1. Passports are available for pick up at the Atlantic Area Chamber of commerce or participating businesses.
  2. You receive stamps in the amount of purchases.
  3. Once your passport is complete, you have the option to return the completed passport to the Chamber or participating businesses to be entered into a monthly drawing to win Passport Bucks, only redeemable at participating businesses.
  4. At the end of the year, all the completed passports will be eligible for a Grand Prize drawing! Prizes will include AtlantiCash and items provided by participating businesses.
  5. To learn more and how to be a winner, please visit

Cardinals sign free agent Dexter Fowler


December 9th, 2016 by Chris Parks

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals have signed free agent center fielder Dexter Fowler to a five-year deal.

The switch-hitting Fowler helped the Chicago Cubs win their first World Series since 1908 last year by batting .276 with a .393 on-base percentage.

Signing Fowler will cost the Cardinals their first-round pick (19th overall) in the 2017 draft, since the Cubs made him a qualifying offer.

Fowler will wear No. 25 in honor of Barry Bonds.


Atlantic travels to Creston for Doubleheader tonight on KJAN


December 9th, 2016 by Chris Parks

We’ll have a double dip of Varsity Hawkeye Ten Basketball tonight on KJAN as Atlantic travels to Creston.  The Girls game will be first at 6:00pm and features a 2-2 Creston team against an 0-4 Atlantic squad.  The Panthers are coming off a loss on Monday at Shenandoah and the Trojans lost Tuesday night at home to Red Oak.

In the boys game the 3-0 Trojans will take on a 2-2 Creston squad. The Trojans picked up a road win on Monday night at Red Oak and Creston beat Shenadoah on Tuesday night.

Catch coverage of both games tonight on AM1220, FM101.1, online at, or on the KJAN mobile app. You can also watch live streaming video tonight on our TV page.

Exira man arrested on warrant for OWI & Child Endangerment


December 9th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Audubon County Sheriff’s Office reports 31-year old Laurel Curtis McDonald, of Exira, was arrested Thursday, on an outstanding warrant charging him with OWI/1st Offense, and three-counts of Child Endangerment. The charges are the result of an investigation into an accident that occurred Nov. 2nd on Littlefield Drive, near Pheasant Avenue.

McDonald was brought to the Audubon County Jail and released after appearing in front of the magistrate. His preliminary hearing was set for Dec. 29th.

Winter Weather Advisory issued for parts of western Iowa

News, Weather

December 9th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for parts of the KJAN listening area Saturday and Sunday.

Winter Weather Advisory for counties in purple, Saturday & Sunday.

Officials say a long duration light-to- moderate snowfall event is forecast to develop over northwest Iowa by middle-to-late Saturday morning, then spread east-southeast over the remainder of central to northern Iowa Saturday afternoon.

Sac-Carroll-Greene Counties: Winter Weather Advisory will be in effect from 9-a.m. Saturday until 3-p.m. Sunday. Snow totals are expected to range from 3-to 6-inches, with the higher totals north of Highway 20 to the Minnesota border. In addition, winds up to 25-mph will reduce visibility to less than one-mile at times. Winds are expected to diminish Sunday morning.

Dallas County: Winter Weather Advisory in effect from 2-p.m. Saturday until 6-p.m. Sunday. Snowfall from I-80 to Hwy 30 is expected to range from 2-to 4-inches.

A Winter Weather Advisory means periods of snow will cause primarily travel difficulties. Be prepared for snow covered roads and limited visibility in the Advisory area. Use caution while driving.

Stay tuned for further weather updates!!

Elite Octane submits new proposal to Cass County Supervisors

Ag/Outdoor, News

December 9th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

An official representing the Elite Octane, LLC ethanol plant, issued a Press Release today (Friday), saying the Cass County Board of Supervisors have received an updated proposal from Elite Octane, with regard to the construction of an ethanol production facility in Atlantic.  Nick Bowdish, President and CEO of N Bowdish Company, LLC, said the proposal provides for new infrastructure to be completed in Cass County that will be paid for entirely by property taxes generated by Elite Octane.  Bowdish says at the completion of the proposed project, Cass County will have an additional two and a half miles of newly paved roads that should help facilitate development of the area surrounding the proposed plant.

According to Bowdish, property taxes generated by Elite Octane’s proposed project will also support the installation of a “gray water” line that will recycle a waste stream the community has released down the Nishnabotna River for more than 75 years. The recycling of gray water, he says, is certainly a positive from both water conservation and environmental perspectives, but is also important to the viability of the ethanol facility itself. Recycled gray water is an important component in plans for Elite Octane’s proposed $190 million dollar investment, which will bring with it 49 long-term, high quality jobs and a local payroll in excess of $3.5 million.

While previous proposals contemplated Cass County carrying a greater share of the project’s financial and infrastructure burdens, as neighboring counties have done with ethanol plants in the past, Bowdish says Elite Octane’s newest proposal contemplates that Cass County taxpayers will not pay for any of the new infrastructure required by the project. These will be entirely funded by Elite Octane’s future property taxes. Cass county residents will, however, enjoy the benefits of immediate and certain job growth as well as a value-added processor for corn grown in the region that should drive local farm incomes higher.

In addition, Bowdish says there will be opportunities for further economic development on the newly paved roads, which will be paid for entirely by the tax revenues generated from the asset investment Elite Octane proposes to make in Cass County. “It has always been Elite Octane’s intention to pay its own way into Cass County,” said Bowdish. “Elite Octane looks forward to finalizing an agreement with Cass County that will enable it to promptly sign construction contracts, avoiding further delay and risks of labor and material escalation which could potentially delay, or even stop, the project.”

Cass County Auditor Dale Sunderman said a public hearing on a Development Agreement, based on the new proposal, will be held during the Board of Supervisors meeting at 9-a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14th.


Elite Octane, LLC is a privately held, development-stage ethanol production company.  The Company is in final stages of due diligence and anticipates it could begin construction in January 2017 on an ethanol plant near Atlantic, Iowa that will consume over 40 million bushels of locally grown corn and produce approximately 120 million gallons of ethanol and 300,000 tons of distiller’s grains per year.