A preview of some area meetings coming up on Monday


April 20th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Two School District Board of Education meetings are slated for Monday in the immediate KJAN listening area, along with a meeting of the City of Atlantic’s Parks and Recreation Department Board of Directors. The Park Board meeting takes place in the City Council’s chambers, beginning at 5:15-p.m.

During the Monday evening session, the Board will receive an update from Parks and Rec Director Roger Herring, with regard to the Sunnyside Park Senior Activities area. Other discussion and/or action items pertain to the Summer Recreation Program (including recommendations for a Pool Manager, Swim Coach, and Co-Softball Coordinators), and information about the recent $6,000 Cass County Community Foundation grant for new Summer Recreation Equipment. The Parks and Rec Board will also hear an update from Herring on Capital Projects and a tree replacement plan for the Camblin Addition at Sunnyside Park. Herring will also report on a recent meeting about the Emerald Ash Borer infestation affecting Iowa.

Elsewhere around the area, the Griswold School Board will meet Monday evening in the Central Office Board Room, beginning at 5:45. On their agenda, is a Public Hearing and action on the 2014-2015 School Calendar, along with Early Start Waiver and conversion to an hour-based calendar instead of day-based instruction. The Griswold Board will also discuss “The Scary Guy” presentation, and negotiations with district staff.

And, in Anita, the CAM School Board will hold a special meeting beginning at 6:30-p.m. in the High School Media Center, during which they will discuss: the sharing of a Superintendent; 2014-2015 Support Staff and Coaching/Extra Duty contracts. Prior to adjourning for the evening, the CAM School Board will move into a closed session as allowed under Iowa Code, for negotiations.

Span’s sacrifice fly in 9th lifts Nats over Cards


April 20th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

WASHINGTON (AP) — Denard Span hit a sacrifice fly in the ninth inning and the Washington Nationals, with Bryce Harper back in the lineup, rallied past the St. Louis Cardinals 3-2 Sunday. The Nationals loaded the bases in the ninth against Seth Maness (0-1) when Danny Espinosa singled with one out for his third hit, Jose Lobaton singled through the right side of the infield and pinch hitter Nate McLouth walked.

In his second game since being activated from the seven-day disabled list following a concussion, Span lofted a fly to left field. Espinosa easily beat the throw from John Jay, who shifted over from right field as St. Louis used a five-man infield.

Harper started in left field and went 1 for 4 with his first stolen base of the season. The two-time All-Star was pulled from the game a day earlier for what manager Matt Williams called a “lack of hustle.”

House fire north of Atlantic Sunday evening


April 20th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

(Update 5:37-p.m.)

Firefighters from Atlantic were called to the scene of a house fire Sunday evening, north of Atlantic.

Ric Hanson (Photos)

Ric Hanson (Photos)

IMG_0410 The call about the blaze at 64505 Dunbar Road was dispatched at 4:36-p.m.  All the residents of the home evacuated safely. While they were on the scene, authorities were notified gunpowder and live ammunition were being stored in the basement of the home.

Cass County Deputy Tyler Shiels told KJAN News two dogs were in the home, and while he tried to enter and rescue the animals, the smoke was too thick. It’s believed both dogs were lost in the fire. Shiels said he was told a barbeque grill might have been responsible for the blaze, which damaged a good portion of the south side of the home. The exact cause and dollar amount of the damage was not immediately available, Sunday.

Medivac Ambulance was called to the scene at around 5:44-p.m. to offer medical assistance. It’s unclear what the medical emergency was at the scene, though.

Tabor Police Officer hit by fleeing suspect


April 20th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A Police officer from Tabor suffered non-life threatening injuries when he was stuck by a car Sunday morning, in Fremont County. The Sheriff’s Department said Tabor Reserve Police Officers Derek Aistrope and Jared Johnson were conducting a traffic stop at around 12:40-a.m. in the 500 block of Main Street in Tabor, when the driver of the vehicle drove-off and hit Officer Johnson.

The suspect, 56-year old Larry Charles Smith, of Tabor, drove to his residence, with officers in pursuit. When he arrived at his home, Smith went inside and locked the door, but the Tabor officers along deputies from Fremont County made entry into the home and deployed a stun device, which brought Smith into submission and allowed him to be taken into custody.

He’s been charged with: 2 counts each of Assault on a Police Officer and Interference with Officials Acts; OWI/2nd offense; Driving While Revoked; Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Failure to Provide Security Against Liability (Failure to hold Insurance). Additional charges were pending. Smith was being held in the Fremont County Jail on just over $19,573 bond.

Officer Johnson was transported by Tabor Rescue to the Shenandoah Medical Center for treatment of his injuries. Smith was transported by Tabor Rescue to Grape Community Hospital in Hamburg for treatment of minor injuries.

CHARLES “CHUCK” BRIGHTWELL, 76, of Creston (Svcs. pending)


April 20th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

CHARLES “CHUCK” BRIGHTWELL, 76, of Creston, died Sun., April 20th,  at home. Funeral services for CHUCK BRIGHTWELL are currently pending at the Pearson Funeral Home in Creston.

CARL E. JOHNSON, 92, formerly of Lewis (Svcs. pending)


April 20th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

CARL E. JOHNSON, 92, formerly of Lewis, died Sat., April 19th, at the Griswold Care Center. Services for CARL JOHNSON are pending at the Roland Funeral Home in Atlantic.

Online condolences may be left at www.rolandfuneralservice.com.

Legislative leaders push for adjournment


April 20th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Legislative leaders say they could end the session this week despite disagreements over budget bills and Gov. Terry Branstad’s policy priorities. They have a strong incentive to close up shop and go home — their daily allowance for working and living in Des Moines runs out Tuesday.

Three budget bills on which there are differences are in conference committees, where lawmakers from both parties negotiate compromises. Differences remain on a school anti-bullying bill and expansion of broadband Internet, but leaders say resolution is possible.

Branstad appears unfazed by ongoing criticism from Democrats about payments for secrecy in settlement agreements and other executive branch issues pursued by the Government Oversight Committee. He says his focus remains on the substance of issues and he remains optimistic.

Iowa News Headlines: Sun., April 20th 2014


April 20th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press…

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Des Moines police say a teenager died while trying to climb onto a slow moving freight train. Police were called to a crossing on the city’s eastside early Sunday and determined that a male in his late teens had been waiting with friends at a rail crossing. The teen tried to climb onto the slow-moving train, possibly to cross to the other side.Police say he fell during this attempt. He was caught beneath the train and dragged along the tracks. Officers didn’t release the name of the teen.

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — A Sioux City riverboat casino is preparing to close its doors this summer, but is hoping a court fight will save it. The Sioux City Journal reports that the Argosy Sioux City officially notified Iowa Workforce Development on Friday that the 300-employee boat likely will close by July 1st. That notice followed a vote Thursday by the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission for the casino to close down by July.

OYENS, Iowa (AP) — A new surge of volunteers has raised hope that the northwest Iowa town of Oyens can revive its ambulance service, which was discontinued in February because of a lack of crew members. The Le Mars Daily Sentinel reports that ambulance director Dan Cronin has been working to recruit new members, and his work seems to be paying off.

SPERRY, Iowa (AP) — A 21-year-old southeast Iowa man is accused of shooting a neighboring family’s dog while the animal was playing near a 10-year-old boy. The Burlington Hawk Eye reports that Cody Trails Warth of Sperry was arrested Thursday night on suspicion of felony criminal mischief, animal abuse and shooting a rifle across a roadway.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa recruiting coordinator Eric Johnson is leaving the program after 15 seasons with the Hawkeyes. Coach Kirk Ferentz announced Johnson’s sudden departure on Saturday, saying he left to pursue a career opportunity outside of football. Johnson spent the past 10 years coordinating Iowa’s recruiting efforts.

Nat’l Weather Service forecast for Atlantic & the KJAN listening area (4/20/14)


April 20th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

(Updated 9-a.m.)

Today: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 3pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 78. South wind 13 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight: Showers and possibly a thunderstorm before 10pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms between 10pm and 1am, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 1am. Low around 56. South wind 5 to 11 mph becoming west southwest after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Monday: A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 1pm. Cloudy through mid morning, then gradual clearing, with a high near 71. Breezy, with a north northwest wind 8 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 24 mph. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Mon. Night: Clear, with a low around 42. Breezy, with a north wind 9 to 17 mph, with gusts as high as 23 mph.

Tuesday: Sunny, with a high near 65. North northeast wind 7 to 10 mph.

Tue. Night: A 20 percent chance of showers. Partly cloudy, with a low around 47.

Wednesday: A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 67. Windy.

Iowa burn center sees jump in ammonia burns

Ag/Outdoor, News

April 19th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – The University of Iowa Burn Treatment Center is reporting a higher-than-normal number of patients suffering from anhydrous ammonia burns. The center says it has treated five people in the last two weeks. The center’s medical personnel say they usually only see one or two cases each year. Official say the high number of patients in such a short amount of time is concerning.

Anhydrous ammonia is used legally by farmers as a crop fertilizer, but is often used, too, for the illegal manufacturing of methamphetamine. The colorless, pungent gas can burn the eyes, throat, skin and damage lung tissue at high exposures.