Midwest economic survey points toward slow growth

News

July 1st, 2016 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – Figures from a survey of supply managers in nine Midwest and Plains states have dropped slightly but still suggest economic growth ahead. A report issued Friday says the Mid-American Business Conditions index hit 50.1 in June, compared with 52.1 in May. Creighton University economist Ernie Goss oversees the survey, and he says gains for nondurable-goods producers more than offset continuing losses for regional durable-goods manufacturers.

The survey results are compiled into a collection of indexes ranging from zero to 100. Survey organizers say any score above 50 suggests economic growth. A score below that suggests decline. The survey covers Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma and South Dakota.

Fire engulfs home in Clarinda late Thursday night

News

July 1st, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Firefighters in Clarinda responded to a house fire late Thursday night. According to reports, the blaze happened just before midnight at 708 West Scidmore Street. Despite firefighters’ efforts, the home was a total loss. The family of four and a family pet escaped without injury.

Authorities said two explosions happened outside the home prior to the arrival of firefighters. Reports say one was likely due to a gas grill propane tank, while the other may have come from an air conditioner’s Freon unit.

The cause of the blaze was under investigation, but it was thought a discarded cigarette butt or fireworks may have ignited the fire under the home’s deck.

MARY ANN CHRISTENSEN, 83, long-time resident west of Atlantic (Pending)

Obituaries

July 1st, 2016 by Jim Field

MARY ANN CHRISTENSEN, 83, long-time resident west of Atlantic died Thursday, June 30 at the Cass County Memorial Hospital.   Per her wishes Mary Ann will be cremated.    The family is planning a Celebration of Life at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Atlantic with date/time pending.

Fight in progress leads to burglary arrest in Hamburg

News

July 1st, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Fremont County Sheriff Kevin Aistrope says a report about a fight in progress Thursday night in Hamburg, resulted in the arrest of man on a burglary charge. Responding learned the subject allegedly involved in the incident, 28-year old Michael McKibben, of Hamburg, had fled the scene.

A short time later, Deputies found McKibben hiding in a nearby apartment. He was arrested and charged with Burglary. McKibben was being held in the Fremont County Jail on $5,000 bond.

Michael McKibben

Michael McKibben

Posted County Grain Prices: 7/1/16

Ag/Outdoor

July 1st, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Cass County: Corn $3.36, Beans $10.82
Adair County: Corn $3.33, Beans $10.85
Adams County: Corn $3.33, Beans $10.81
Audubon County: Corn $3.35, Beans $10.84
East Pottawattamie County: Corn $3.39, Beans $10.80
Guthrie County: Corn $3.38, Beans $10.86
Montgomery County: Corn $3.38, Beans $10.84
Shelby County: Corn $3.39, Beans $10.82

Oats $2.15 (always the same in all counties)

(Information from the USDA’s Farm Service Agency offices)

Bluffs convenience store robbed Friday morning

News

July 1st, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Police in Council Bluffs are investigating the robbery early this (Friday) morning of a convenience store at 1839 Madison Avenue. Authorities say at around 12:35-a.m., two black men entered the Bucky’s Express on Madison Avenue. One of the suspects pointed a black semi- automatic pistol at the clerk and demanded the money from the register. The suspect was handed an undetermined amount of cash. As the suspects exited the store the suspect fired one shot toward the clerk.The suspects then ran from the store.

The first suspect was described as being about 5-feet 6-inches tall, wearing a tan canvas jacket with a black scarf wrapped around his face and armed with a semi-automatic pistol. The second suspect was thin and about 6-feet tall. He wore a blue hooded sweatshirt with a black scarf wrapped around his face.

If you have any information regarding the incident, contact Crime Stoppers at 712-328-7867.

Area Softball scores from 6/30/16

Sports

July 1st, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Carlisle 3, Winterset 0
Charter Oak-Ute 14, Boyer Valley 1
Creston 6, Atlantic 1
Creston 9, Atlantic 5
Denison-Schleswig 5, Glenwood 4
Denison-Schleswig 7, Glenwood 6
Exira/EHK 12, Adair-Casey 0
Fremont-Mills 15, Nishnabotna 0
IKM-Manning 12, Treynor 2
Lenox 4, Bedford 0
Logan-Magnolia 2, Missouri Valley 1
Logan-Magnolia 8, IKM-Manning 0
Panorama 13, West Central Valley, Stuart 3
Ridge View 7, Westwood, Sloan 3
Sergeant Bluff-Luton 12, Council Bluffs, Abraham Lincoln 6
West Harrison 14, Coon Rapids-Bayard 4
West Monona 4, Ridge View 2

Area Baseball Scores from 6/30/16

Sports

July 1st, 2016 by Ric Hanson

AHSTW, Avoca 11, Stanton 6
Ar-We-Va, Westside 9, CAM, Anita 4
Bedford 11, Lenox 6
CAM, Anita 6, Ar-We-Va, Westside 4 (completion of suspended game from 6/13)
Coon Rapids-Bayard 10, West Harrison, Mondamin 6
Council Bluffs, Abraham Lincoln 5, Sergeant Bluff-Luton 2
Denison-Schleswig 1, Glenwood 0
Earlham 6, Ogden 2
Exira/EHK 10, Adair-Casey 0 (5-innings)
Glenwood 4, Denison-Schleswig 2
Harlan 16, Red Oak 6 (5 innings)
Harlan 17, Red Oak 2 (4 innings)
Hinton 15, Westwood, Sloan 1 (5 innings )
Lewis Central 3, Clarinda 0
Newell-Fonda 6, OA-BCIG 3
Nodaway Valley 12, Mount Ayr 2 (6 innings)
Ogden 11, Earlham 5
Sidney 14, Clarinda Academy 4
Sioux City, East 5, Sioux City, North 0
Sioux City, North 7, Sioux City, East 2
Southwest Valley 7, East Union, Afton 5
Unity Christian, Orange City 10, Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn 2

 

June 30th marked the end of Iowa’s “peak” tornado season & the numbers are way down

News, Weather

July 1st, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Thursday was the last day of June. It also marked the end of the peak season for tornadoes in Iowa. National Weather Service meteorologist Craig Cogil says the state’s only had about a dozen confirmed tornadoes this year, way below the average of 35 by the end of June. Cogil says it’s been a relatively quiet year so far. “In general, we haven’t seen a lot of stormy activity across the state,” Cogil says. “We’ve seen low numbers with hail and wind damage as well. It’s just not been a really active storm season for the state.”

After a lot of hotter-than-normal days during June, Cogil predicts something of a cool-down to start off July, along with maintaining the generally quiet weather year. “We’ll still see storms on and off but nothing real widespread and temperatures certainly look to be at least at normal,” he says. “I’m certain as we head out, we’ll have a few periods of warmer than normal.”

A National Weather Service survey team has confirmed one tornado impacted parts of Harrison and Pottawattamie Counties, Wednesday evening. The twister, rated as an EF-zero on the Fujita scale, packed peak wind gusts of up to 85 mph. On the ground it traveled 4 1/2 miles,  damaging crops and trees in an area stretching from around Interstate 680 a little more than 7 miles southwest of Persia, and ended slightly over 5 1/4 miles west of Neola. No structure damage was observed by the Storm Survey Team.

And, while the peak season is wrapping up, Cogil reminds tornadoes can strike any month of the year and we may still get several. “On average, about another 20 or at least 15 to 20,” he says. “It’s the end of the peak season but certainly still a threat of seeing additional (tornadoes) through the end of the year.” On Veterans Day last November, there was an outbreak of tornadoes with 10 twisters being reported in Iowa.

(Radio Iowa)

Criminal sentencing reforms go into effect today (7/1)

News

July 1st, 2016 by Ric Hanson

A series of criminal justice reforms officially takes effect today (Friday). Supporters hope some will help reduce racial disparities in Iowa’s prison system.  Governor Terry Branstad signed the bills outlining these new policies into law this spring. One change will make inmates doing time for robbery — a crime committed without a gun — eligible for parole sooner.

Officials estimate it could save the state more than 750-thousand dollars a year by 2018. A new state law also shields most juvenile delinquency records from the public from now on. It does not apply to felonies and a judge could order that any record be made public. The governor agreed there are many situations where allowing a teenager’s minor offense to be a public record has kept them getting a job or going to college.

A new law also calls for erasing convictions for public intoxication and alcohol consumption in public after two years — but only if the person guilty of THAT crime has a clean record. A traffic ticket wouldn’t be enough to stop the process of scrubbing the public “intox” or alcohol consumption conviction off a person’s record.

(Radio Iowa)