Economy remains slow in rural parts of 10 states


September 18th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A new survey suggests economic growth is rural areas of 10 states in the Plains and the West will continue slowing down in the next few months. Creighton University economist Ernie Goss said Thursday that crop prices are significantly lower than last year, and that’s a drag on the economy in rural areas.

The overall economic index from the monthly survey of bankers declined to 48.2 in September from August’s already weak 48.3 reading. The survey indexes range from 0 to 100. Any score below 50 suggests decline in the months ahead.

The bankers continue to doubt the economy. The confidence index fell to 33.4 in September from August’s 39.9.

College Fair Comes to Atlantic


September 18th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Atlantic High School Guidance Counselor Craig Fredin reports the Iowa Association for College Admissions Counseling will sponsor a College Fair on Tuesday, September 23th, at Atlantic High School from 2:00-3:15 PM. Fredin, who serves as the site coordinator for the event, announced that 60 representatives from post-secondary institutions will be present to speak about opportunities at their colleges, vocational and technical schools, and military services.

The Iowa Association for College Admission Counseling has established 30 College Day/College Night programs throughout the state to provide a supportive environment for students to obtain information and appropriate counseling helpful in their college selection process.

Students, parents, or interested adults from Atlantic and surrounding communities are invited to attend.

IATC Cross Country Individual Rankings (Local)


September 18th, 2014 by Jim Field

Boys Class 1-A

15.  Shane Breheny, Nodaway Valley

20.  Tim Brink, Riverside

23.  Brayten Funke, Nodaway Valley

30.  Max Ross, St. Albert


Girls Class 1-A

1.  Rebekah Topham, Griswold

10.  Alyx Flippin, Griswold

11.  Hannah Appleseth, Panorama

12.  Devyn Kemble, Panorama

13.  Alexis Cook, Missouri Valley

22.  Bri Hoffman, Panorama

27.  Jacey Martin, St. Albert

30.  Destiny Scar, Nodaway Valley


Boys Class 2-A

9.  Logan LeRette, Red Oak


Boys Class 3-A

14.  Cooper McDermott, Creston


Girls Class 3-A

11.  Tiffany Williams, Atlantic

23.  Layken Gurwell, Winterset

28.  Maria Mostek, Creston

Harlan Police report


September 18th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Harlan Police Department Thursday (Today) released a report on arrests and incidents. Officials said on Tuesday, 59-year old Jeffrey Stehr, of Harlan, was arrested after officers investigated a report of someone taking two steaks from the Fareway Store without paying for them. Steher was charged with Theft in the 5th degree.

On Sunday, 27-year old Joey Ranney, Jr., of Harlan, was cited for several offenses after officers investigated an accident at the corner of Highway 59 and Cyclone Avenue, where a 2011 Jeep driven by Ranney allegedly struck the back of a 2014 GMC driven by Stephanie Frank, of Alta. Ranney left the scene of the accident, but his vehicle was later located at the J-J Jensen Sports Complex. Ranney was cited for Operating a motor vehicle without a valid driver’s license, failure to stop in an assured clear distance, failure to maintain control, and leave the scene of an accident. Damage from the crash amounted to $7,000.

On Sept. 9th, Harlan Police charged 26-year old Matthew Peters, of Avoca, with five counts of Theft in the 5th degree, after he allegedly took money from the deliveries he was making for Pizza Hut. A complaint was filed with the Shelby County Clerk of Court, and Peters was given a date to appear in court. The previous day (Sept. 8th), 37-year old Ryan Schwery, of Earling was charged with Theft in the 5th degree and aiding and abetting, while at the Shelby County Jail. The charges stem from an incident whereby he allegedly calling 27-year old Lachelle Petersen, of Elk Horn, and asking her to call the Harlan Pizza Ranch and order several pizzas that would not be picked up. The allegedly ordered about $105 worth of pizzas. Petersen was subsequently charged with Theft by deception and Theft in the 5th degree.

On Sept. 6th, 34-year old Nicholas Gaer, and 28-year old Marcus Erwin, both of Harlan, were arrested on charges of Disorderly Conduct, following a disturbance in the 600 block of Market Street, in Harlan. And on Sept. 5th, 31-year old Michael Gifford, of Harlan, was cited for Harassment in the 1st degree, following a complaint by a Council Bluffs man.

The H-PD said they are also investigating an incident of criminal mischief on Sept. 7th, durign which the Harlan water tower at Highway 59 and Cyclone Avenue, was defaced with gold spray paint.

IATC Cross Country Team Rankings


September 18th, 2014 by Jim Field

Boys Class 1-A

  1. West Fork
  2. Denver
  3. Bellevue
  4. Nodaway Valley
  5. St. Edmond
  6. Alta-Aurelia
  7. Tri-Center
  8. Emmetburg
  9. IC Regina
  10. Trinity Christian
  11. Pekin
  12. Ogden
  13. Bishop Garrigan
  14. St. Albert
  15. Wapello

Girls Class 1-A

  1. Pekin
  2. Pochahontas
  3. Central Elkader
  4. North Linn
  5. IC Regina
  6. Panorama
  7. Griswold
  8. South Winneshiek
  9. Emmetsburg
  10. Underwood
  11. St. Edmond
  12. West Marshall
  13. Missouri Valley
  14. Durant
  15. Bellevue Marquette

Boys Class 2-A

  1. Unity Christian
  2. Monticello
  3. East Marshall
  4. Western Christian
  5. Mid-Prairie
  6. Shenandoah
  7. Williamsburg
  8. Osage
  9. Eagle Grove
  10. Waukon
  11. Tipton
  12. North Polk
  13. Cascade
  14. OA-BCIG
  15. Albia

Girls Class 2-A

  1. Unity Christian
  2. Monticello
  3. Cascade
  4. East Marshall
  5. Osage
  6. Okoboji
  7. Western Christian
  8. Greene County
  9. Davis County
  10. North Polk
  11. North Fayette
  12. Central Valley
  13. Clarion-Goldfield
  14. Mid-Prairie
  15. South Central

Boys Class 3-A

  1. Gilbert
  2. Mt. Vernon/Lisbon
  3. Algona
  4. Grinnell
  5. Wahlert Dubuque
  6. Pella
  7. Marion
  8. Charles City
  9. Center Point/Urbana
  10. Decorah
  11. Dallas Center-Grimes
  12. Harlan
  13. Ballard
  14. MOC-Floyd Valley
  15. Mount Pleasant

Girls Class 3-A

  1. Decorah
  2. MOC-Floyd Valley
  3. Gilbert
  4. Pella
  5. Fort Madison
  6. Grinnell
  7. Williamsburg
  8. Wahlert
  9. Ballard
  10. Spencer
  11. Davenport Assumption
  12. Winterset
  13. Solon
  14. Bishop Heelan Catholic
  15. Marion

2014 Iowa High School FOURTH Volleyball Rankings


September 18th, 2014 by Jim Field

Class 1-A

    School   Record   LW
1   Holy Trinity Catholic   10-1   1
2   Janesville   6-1   2
3   Central Lyon   17-1   3
4   LeMars Gehlen Catholic   11-5   4
5   Tripoli   8-4   5
6   New London   5-3   6
7   Grand View Christian   6-5   7
8   Algona Bishop Garrigan   10-4   9
9   Turkey Valley   10-3   11
10   Marquette Catholic   13-2   15
11   Don Bosco   4-7   10
12   Springville   9-6   12
13   Murray   4-0   14
14   Griswold   10-4   NR
15   Keota   8-3   NR

Dropped Out: Guthrie Center (8), Iowa Valley (13)

Class 2-A

    School   Record   LW
1   Dike-New Hartford   10-1   1
2   Western Christian   13-1   2
3   Unity Christian   9-2   3
4   Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont   16-1   4
5   Grundy Center   11-1   5
6   South Central Calhoun   22-0   6
7   Sumner-Fredericksburg   9-1   7
8   Wapsie Valley   8-3   8
9   West Branch   8-2   9
10   Treynor   12-5   10
11   Lake Mills   16-1   13
12   North Cedar   9-4   14
13   Durant   8-0   NR
14   Denver   12-5   12
15   Earlham   7-1   NR

Dropped Out: Council Bluffs St. Albert (11), Nashua-Plainfield (15)

Class 3-A

    School   Record   LW
1   Solon   12-3   1
2   Mount Vernon   12-3   2
3   Independence   12-1   3
4   Red Oak   13-1   4
5   Nevada   10-4   5
6   Mediapolis   14-0   6
7   West Liberty   14-0   8
8   Union   11-2   10
9   Sioux Center   14-3   8
10   Iowa Falls-Alden   11-4   11
11   Beckman Catholic   8-5   9
12   North Polk   12-3   13
13   Forest City   9-2   12
14   Shenandoah   10-3   NR
15   Algona   13-4   14

Dropped Out: Kuemper Catholic (15)

Class 4-A

    School   Record   LW
1   Harlan   12-1   1
2   West Delaware   16-0   2
3   Marion   11-2   3
4   Le Mars   11-0   4
5   Charles City   15-2   7
6   Clear Creek-Amana   6-4   8
7   Sioux City Bishop Heelan   6-6   5
8   Indianola   11-6   6
9   Cedar Rapids Xavier   8-4   9
10   ADM   14-5   10
11   Creston   9-0   NR
12   Boone   6-2   14
13   Waverly-Shell Rock   10-8   13
14   Lewis Central   5-5   9
15   Humboldt   9-3   NR

Dropped Out: Carroll (12), Central DeWitt (15)

Class 5-A

    School   Record   LW
1   Ankeny Centennial   18-0   1
2   Bettendorf   12-0   3
3   Johnston   8-1   4
4   Ankeny   10-2   5
5   Dowling Catholic   12-2   2
6   Southeast Polk   20-2   7
7   Iowa City High   6-1   8
8   West Des Moines Valley   16-4   10
9   Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln   13-7   9
10   Cedar Rapids Prariie   9-3   NR

Dropped Out: Linn-Mar (6)


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September 18th, 2014 by Mark Saylor

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Hatch says Branstad ‘center’ not original


September 18th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Jack Hatch, the Democratic candidate for governor, says Republican Governor Terry Branstad’s latest policy proposal is nothing more than following through on a new federal law. This is Branstad’s pitch on the plan, from a speech the governor made Tuesday: “This is the third item that we have brought up as a new proposal in this campaign and we’re calling it a ‘Center for Human Capital Enrichment,’” Branstad said. “This will be a public-private partnership…This would bring together all stakeholders to identify demand, skills gaps and training needs.”

Hatch says it’s not a new proposal. It’s part of a federal law that the state will be required to implement next year. “There’s no creativity there. You could be Jack Hatch, Terry Branstad or anybody else. That is what the law required,” Hatch says. “…Does he have any ideas of his own?” Branstad insists it’s unique. “This is an Iowa approach that focuses on the success we’ve had, but is designed to make sure that it’s coordinated,” Branstad says, “and that (the state Departments of) Education, Economic Development and Workforce Development are working together.” Hatch says Branstad is merely copying the requirements of the “Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014″ that President Obama signed in July.

“What he did was what any governor would have to do,” Hatch says. “He just accelerated it and embraced it as his own initiative.” Hatch says it’s ironic Branstad is embracing a proposal signed into law by President Obama since Branstad has identified the federal government as the biggest obstacle to Iowa’s economy. The new federal law, which Iowa Senator Tom Harkin helped craft, requires state workforce development agencies to coordinate with economic development and education initiatives to help businesses find the skilled workers they need. The bill passed congress with bipartisan support.

(Radio Iowa)

New poll shows Branstad 23 points ahead, Hatch points to ’48 Truman comeback


September 18th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A new Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-PEE-ack) University Poll finds Republican Governor Terry Branstad leading Democratic challenger Jack Hatch by 23 points. Branstad’s campaign issued a written statement saying this shows Iowans “resoundingly” want Branstad reelected to a sixth term. Hatch told a crowd in Des Moines early this morning that 66 years ago to the day Harry Truman — who was trailing badly in the polls — brought his “whistle stop” tour to Iowa.

“And if you know anything about the history, it’s Dexter, Iowa, and (Truman’s) presentation to over 100,000 Iowa (and) Midwestern farmers that caught the attention of the media and the public and Harry S. Truman was on his way to capture the heart and soul of Iowa and America,” Hatch said, “and, on the day of the election — of course, was elected president of the United States.” Hatch says Truman was able to “ignite” the countryside with his “plain talk.”

“No one thought he could win,” Hatch said. “The polls said he was a dead duck, but he campaigned throughout the heartland and talked to business people, Iowans, citizens and gave a presentation and a vision of what he wanted this country to be. We will do the same thing.” Branstad scoffs.

“He’s no Harry Truman, but the truth of the matter is the people of Iowa can judge my record and my vision of the future and his record,” Branstad says. “I’ve been to every county. There’s a lot of Iowa he’s never even seen.” Truman won 28 states in 1948, including Iowa, and secured 303 votes in the Electoral College. On this day in 1948, Truman went to the National Plowing Match that was being held in Dexter, where he delivered a campaign speech, railing against what he called a “do-nothing” Republican congress that had “stuck a pitchfork in the farmer’s back.”

The Quinnipiac Univerity Poll released today (Thursday) found Governor Branstad had the support of 60 percent of those surveyed, compared to the 37 percent who said they’ll vote for Hatch. Pollsters found 44 percent of the likely voters surveyed don’t know enough about Hatch to form an opinion about him. The poll’s assistant director says with seven weeks until Election Day, Hatch has a “long, long ways to go” and it would be “one of the largest turnarounds in American political history” if Hatch were to win.

(Radio Iowa)

Audubon County pursuit ends in the arrest of a Harlan man


September 18th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A pursuit in Audubon County Tuesday afternoon resulted in the arrest of a Shelby County man. Audubon County Sheriff Todd Johnson reports authorities tried to stop a vehicle driven by 18-year old Lucas Alan Schwery, of Harlan, at around 4-p.m. Tuesday, near Eagle Avenue and Littlefield Drive.

Schwery allegedly tried to elude the officer by going in excess of 90-miles per hour. The pursuit finally ended in Elk Horn with Schwery being taken into custody and charged with Eluding. He appeared before the magistrate and was released, with a preliminary hearing set for Oct. 6th.

The Audubon County Sheriff’s Office reports also, 18-year old Jeremy Robert Albert, of Kimballton, was arrested Monday afternoon on an Audubon County warrant charging him with Public Intoxication, Providing False Information to Law Enforcement, and Interference with Official Acts. The charges stem from an investigation into an incident that took place Aug. 10th on Main Street in Kimballton. Albert was brought to the Audubon County Jail and posted bond prior to being released. He’s set to appear in court next Monday morning.

And, as we mentioned in an earlier report, on Wednesday (Sept. 17th), 18-year old Matthew Henry Paulsen, of Adair, was arrested by the Cass County Sheriff’s Office on an outstanding Audubon County warrant stemming from an investigation into a theft that took place Sept. 4th at a residence in Exira. Paulsen was charged with Theft in the 5th degree and Forgery. He was brought to the Audubon County Jail and later released. A preliminary hearing in his case is set for Oct. 6th.