GOP lawmakers in Senate approve ‘personhood’ bill


February 27th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A so-called personhood bill that would effectively ban abortion in Iowa has passed out of a legislative subcommittee, though it’s unclear if it has the necessary backing to clear the Senate. The measure was approved Monday as dozens gathered at the Capitol to support or oppose the bill. It now heads to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

The measure would recognize that life is protected from the moment of conception, effectively making abortions illegal. The bill would not prohibit the use of contraception. The legislation is co-sponsored by 20 Republicans and 1 independent in the Senate. It will need more support to pass out of the GOP-majority chamber.

If approved, the measure would likely be challenged in court. It’s among several bills seeking to restrict abortions in Iowa.

Proposed changes to voter ID bill would reduce early voting


February 27th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Early voting in Iowa would be reduced under a bill approved by a House subcommittee that also requires voters to show identification at the polls. Rep. Ken Rizer, a Marion Republican, on Monday announced several changes he’d made to a voter identification bill, including shortening early voting from 40 days to 29 days. The panel later approved the bill with only Republican support and sent it to the full House State Government Committee, which Rizer also heads.

The amended bill would also eliminate the option of voting straight party with a single mark on a ballot. The bill was initially drawn up by Secretary of State Paul Pate, who declined to comment on whether he supported the changes. His spokesman says Pate hopes lawmakers will pass his original bill.

Cass County Master Gardeners to Host Garden Seminar on March 18: Early Registration Deadline March 10th

Ag/Outdoor, News

February 27th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Think Spring! The Cass County Master Gardeners are excited to present their annual Spring Garden Seminar, on Saturday, March 18 at the Atlantic High School. Registration begins at 8:30 AM, with the program beginning at 9 AM. Featured keynote speaker for the day is Kelly Norris- Director of Horticulture at the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden. 10 workshop topics are lined up for the day, with participants able to attend three breakout sessions of their choice. The day will also feature rolls and coffee to start the morning, a sandwich luncheon, garden vendor show and a great opportunity to network with old friends and new as we prepare for the 2017 gardening season!

The seminar is open to all interested gardeners no matter the level of experience! Participants are not required to have completed Master Gardener training to attend, but Master Gardeners who attend the full day will be given 5 credit hours toward their continuing education requirements. The morning will kick off with Norris sharing tips for adding “Plants with Style!” to the home garden. After lunch, he will also provide the second keynote presentation on “Native Plants in the American Garden”- highlighting plants and plans to incorporate natives beautifully into the landscape. Throughout the day, attendees will have the opportunity to attend 3 different breakout workshops on topics including succulents, rock gardens, mini hostas, iris, herbs, trees and more! Several of the workshop sessions are hands-on, where participants will make and take an item to enjoy at home.

The cost for this day of fun and learning is $35, including all meals and keynote materials. Some hands-on workshops may have an additional materials fee, which is payable on the day of the seminar.  A full list of all breakout sessions, a schedule for the day and printable registration form are all available online at or can be picked up at the Cass County Extension Office. Brochures are also available at many local businesses with a full schedule and registration form.

The early registration deadline is Friday March 10; registrations must be postmarked or dropped at the Cass County Extension Office by this date to be eligible for door prizes. In addition, organizers encourage attendees to register early for best selection of breakout sessions, as the sessions fill on a first-come basis. Registrations are also welcome after this date, and up to the day of the Garden Seminar, including walk-in registrations at the door.

For more information on the Spring Garden Seminar or the Cass County Master Gardener Program, call the Cass County Extension Office at 712-243-1132, email, or stop by the Extension Office at 805 W. 10th St in Atlantic.

The Young Professionals of Atlantic are Seeking Award Nominations


February 27th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

The Young Professionals of Atlantic (YPA) organization will be hosting the 4th Annual Awards Luncheon and Dessert Gala on April 28th, 2017, and are seeking community-wide nominations for the awards. The awards are designed to recognize the achievements of young professionals who demonstrate a commitment to excellence and innovation in their profession and within the community.

The awards are open to any Young Professional that meets the following criteria: the professional is between the age of 21-41 years old as of January 1, 2017, and the professional either works or resides within Cass County.

Young Professionals will be nominated for their excellence in four different categories: YP Newcomer, YP Entrepreneur, YP Business Leader and YP Public Servant. There will also be one YP Choice Workplace Award given. The YP Choice Workplace Award recognizes a company who effectively attracts, retains and develops young professionals. Individuals can either nominate their company or another company. Companies must be Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce members. You can check the membership directory at for eligibility.

The winners for the Young Professional Awards in 2016 included: Christina Bateman – Public Servant of the Year, Nick Harris – Newcomer of the Year, Megan Roberts – Entrepreneur of the Year, Tim Cappel – Business Leader of the Year, and TS Bank – Choice Workplace of the Year.

To submit a nomination, go to for a nomination form or pick one up at the Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce Office (102 Chestnut, Atlantic, IA 50022). All nomination forms must be submitted by Tuesday, March 21st, 2017 by 5 PM.

The YPA nominations will be reviewed by a selection committee including: a YPA Representative, an Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce Board Representative, a member of CADCO, an Atlantic City Official and an out of town guest.

The Young Professionals of Atlantic is a social group with no membership dues or required meetings. Their mission is to connect, engage and attract young leaders into the community while promoting the greater Atlantic area.  Members are young professionals between the ages of 21-41. Any interested individuals can contact the Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce at 712-243-3017 for information.

The YPA Dessert Gala & Awards is sponsored by Megan Roberts, State Farm.

Audubon man arrested on warrant in Mills County


February 27th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s Deputies in Mills County Sunday night arrested an Audubon County man on a warrant out of Audubon County. 44-year old Verlyn Duane Richardson, of Audubon, was arrested at around 8:45-p.m. in Glenwood, on a warrant for Domestic Abuse Assault, Interference with Official Acts and Disorderly Conduct. His bond was set at $5,000.

And, 45-year old Troy Robert McCain, of Council Bluffs, was arrested in Pacific Junction Sunday afternoon, for Driving Under Suspension. His bond was set at $300.

Adair County Sheriff’s report (2/27/17)


February 27th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Adair County Sheriff Jeff Vandewater, today (Monday), released his weekly arrest report. Taken into custody at around 3:15-a.m. Saturday morning, was 39-year old John Michael Burgoyne, of Creston, who faces charges that include Theft by Credit Card, Attempted Burglary/2nd degree (associated with the theft of property from a vehicle), and two counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance (marijuana and meth). Burgoyne was later released on $5,000 bond.

At around 4:40-a.m., Saturday, 27-year old Colleen Nicole Denton, of Greenfield, was arrested in association with Burgoyne, on two counts each of Joint Criminal Conduct and Possession of a Controlled Substance (marijuana and meth). Denton was later released on $5,000 bond, as well.

30-year old Alfredo Ruvalcaba Nunez, of Columbus Junction was arrested following an investigation into a single vehicle accident on Interstate 80, at around 6-a.m., Saturday. He was charged with OWI/1st offense, Failure to have a valid license, Open Container in a motor vehicle, and Failure to Maintain Control. Nunez was later released on $1,000 bond.

Thursday evening, 37-year old Elijah Daniel Davis, of Fontanelle, was arrested on two counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance/3rd offense. The drugs (Hash oil & marijuana) were recovered from his bedroom at a home where children were located, following a visit by a DHS worker He was cited and released.

Vandewater says 18-year old Justice Guy Myers, of Villisca, was arrested Feb. 22nd for Burglary in the 3rd degree, and Theft in the 2nd degree, after he allegedly entered a garage in Greenfield and a vehicle in the garage, where it is alleged he took a loaded handgun without permission, and with the intent to sell the weapon. Myers was being held in the Adair County Jail on $10,000 bond.

An investigation into the theft of a vehicle from Adair resulted in the arrest Feb. 21st, of 26-year old Samantha Lynn Bullington, of Des Moines and 25-year old Haley Nicole Hamler, of Knoxville. Bullington was charged with Theft in the 2nd Degree in association with the stolen vehicle, which had broken down near Adair. She was also taken into custody on a Polk County warrant for Failure to Appear on a charge of Theft in the 4th Degree. Hamler was arrested for Theft in the 2nd Degree in Association with the theft from the vehicle of a laptop computer and carrying case, which she tried to ditch at a restaurant in Adair. Bullington was being held in the Adair County Jail on $5,000 bond, while Hamler was later released on $5,000 bond.

Postseason basketball schedule Monday 2/27/2017


February 27th, 2017 by Chris Parks

Girls State Tournament

Class 1A Quarterfinals

10:00 a.m. — Springville (22-2) vs. Burlington Notre Dame (19-6)
11:45 a.m. — Marquette Catholic (21-3) vs. Kingsley-Pierson (23-1)
1:30 p.m. – Turkey Valley (21-2) vs. Janesville (24-0)
3:15 p.m. – Exira/Elk Horn-Kimballton (23-1) vs. Sidney (23-1)- ON KJAN (Pregame 2:15pm)

Class 2A Quarterfinals

5:00 p.m. – Iowa City Regina (25-0) vs. Logan-Magnolia (21-3)
6:45 p.m. – Western Christian (22-2) vs. North Linn (24-1)
8:30 p.m. – Treynor (25-0) vs. Van Meter (21-3)
Tuesday, Feb 28th- 10:00 a.m. – Central Decatur (24-0) vs. Cascade (22-2)

Boys Substate Finals

Class 1A

Remsen St. Mary’s vs. Boyden-Hull (@ LeMars) 7:00pm

Class 3A (All at 7:00pm)

Atlantic vs. Glenwood (@ Harlan) – ON KJAN
Bishop Heelan vs. Sergeant Bluff-Luton (@ Tyson Events Center, Sioux City)
Pella vs. Grinnell (@ Southeast Polk)
Mount Pleasant vs. Oskaloosa (@ Fairfield)
West Delaware vs. Center Point-Urbana (@ US Cellular Center, Cedar Rapids)
Dubuque Wahlert vs. Cedar Rapids Xavier (@ US Cellular Center, Cedar Rapids)
Waverly-Shell Rock vs. Forest City (@ Aplington-Parkersburg)
Boone vs. Dallas Center-Grimes (@ Johnston)


Rolling Valley Conference boys basketball all-conference selections announced


February 27th, 2017 by Chris Parks

The Rolling Valley Conference announced their 2016-17 all-conference boys basketball selections today.

First Team

Drew Buckholdt, SR, Exira-EHK*
Thomas Hensley, JR, CAM*
Joe Weber, JR, Boyer Valley*
Ben Obert, SO, Coon Rapids-Bayard*
Derek Schurke, SR, Ar-We-Va
Drew Schurke, SO, Ar-We-Va
Joe Towers, JR, Paton-Churdan
Hunter Clausen, SR, Charter Oak-Ute
*Unanimous Selection

Second Team

Dakota Rold, SO, Exira-EHK
Jake Danner, SR, Ar-We-Va
Nick Holste, JR, CAM
Zach Krause, SR, Ar-We-Va
Justin Sparks, JR, Glidden-Ralston
Jake Berns, JR, Paton-Churdan
Brandon Evans, SR, Coon Rapids-Bayard
Jesse Hupp, SR, Charter Oak-Ute

Honorable Mention

Noah Pettepier, SR, Exira-EHK
Cole Burmeister, SO, Exira-EHK

Pickup stolen from Union County recovered in Taylor County


February 27th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

The Union County Sheriff’s Office says a resident of Kent reported Sunday night, that sometime during the day, Sunday, someone took his purple, 1990 Chevy 1500 pickup from his property. The vehicle, valued at $1,500, was later recovered in Taylor County.

Pride of Iowa boys basketball all-conference teams


February 27th, 2017 by Chris Parks

The Pride of Iowa Conference announced their boys basketball all-conference teams today.

First Team

Brady Gavin, JR, Martensdale-St. Marys*
Brett Barnett, SR, Martensdale-St. Marys*
Spencer Lamb, SO, Nodaway Valley*
Carter Boothe, JR, Central Decatur*
Brady Elder, SR, Pleasantville*
Brennan McCuddin, SR, Interstate-35*
Chris Godfrey, JR, Interstate-35
Kaleb Anderson, SR, Lenox*
Brennan Sefrit, FR, Bedford*
Kyle Guill, SR, Central Decatur
Mason Gossman, SR, East Union
Bronson Carpenter, JR, Wayne
*Unanimous Selections

Second Team

Gabe Nixon, SR, East Union
Beau Weinheimer, SR, Nodaway Valley
Dakota Gibson, SR, Martensdale-St. MarysGauge Van Haalen, JR, Pleasantville
Dawson Tullberg, SR, Lenox
Wyatt McAlpin, SR, Southwest Valley
Chance Cobb, JR, Southwest Valley
Grant Atwood, JR, Central Decatur
Richie Griglione, SO, Interstate-35
Isaac Grose, FR, Mount Ayr
Cole Pedersen, FR, Central Decatur
Cooper Nally, FR, Bedford