NAOMI “NONIE” BARKS, 82, of Panora (Svcs. 02/25/2017)


February 21st, 2017 by Chris Parks

NAOMI “NONIE” BARKS, 82, of Panora died Tuesday, February 21st at Panora Specialty Care in Panora. Funeral Services for NAOMI “NONIE” BARKS will be held Saturday, February 25th at 10:30am at Panora United Methodist Church. Twigg Funeral Home in Panora has the arrangements.

Visitation will be held Friday, February 24th from 5:00pm-7:00pm at Twigg Funeral Home in Panora.

Burial will be in the West Cemetery in Panora.

NAOMI “NONIE” BARKS is survived by:

Children: Janet (Tom) O’Brien of Windsor Heights. William “Bill” Barks of Panora.

Sister: Beverly Blahnik of Oregon, WI.

Niece: Lauren Muma of Oregon, WI.

3 Grandchildren

Harassment arrest in Red Oak


February 21st, 2017 by Chris Parks

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of a Red Oak woman Tuesday on a warrant. At 2:20pm Deputies arrested 55-year-old Teresa Eileen Chase of Red Oak on a Warrant for Harassment 1st Degree.  She was taken to the Montgomery County Law Enforcement Center and held on $2,000 bond.

Juvenile arrested for threats to staff at Red Oak High School


February 21st, 2017 by Chris Parks

The Red Oak Police Department was called to the Red Oak High School at 11:00am on Tuesday for threats to a staff member. A male juvenile was arrested for Harassment 1st Degree for threatening to use a gun on a staff member. He was taken to the Montgomery County Law Enforcement Center and then transferred to the Juvenile Detention Facility in Council Bluffs. No further details are known at this time.

Atlantic School District Business Mgr./Board Secretary hired for Urbandale School District


February 21st, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Atlantic School District Business Manager and School Board Secretary Mary Beth Fast has accepted a position as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for the Urbandale Community School District. The Urbandale School Board approved her hiring during their meeting Monday night.

Mary Beth has served the Atlantic School District since 2010. Prior to that, she was employed with the Griswold Community School District. Fast has submitted her resignation letter, with her job concluding at the end of the current school year. She will begin her new position with the Urbandale School District on July 1st.

Atlantic Community School District Business Mgr. Mary Beth Fast

Adair County Sheriff’s report (2/21)


February 21st, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Adair County Sheriff Jeff Vandewater, Tuesday (today) issued a report on recent arrests. Last Friday evening, 28-year old Justin David Wendelboe, of Des Moines, was arrested after an Iowa State Patrol Trooper responded to a single vehicle accident at mile marker 85 of Interstate 80, in Adair County. An investigation determined Wendelboe was allegedly intoxicated. He was brought to the Adair County Jail where his Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) was measured at .231%, or nearly three-times the legal limit for intoxication. Wendelboe was arrested for OWI/2nd offense, Failure to provide proof of insurance, Operating a vehicle without proper registration, and open container. His was released from the Adair County Jail the next day on bond.

18-year old Morgan Lawrence Powell, of Des Moines, was arrested Feb. 15th in Adair, for allegedly violating a restraining order. She was released from custody the following day on bond.

And, on Feb. 15th, 47-year old Kaydean May Darling, of Greenfield, was arrested on an Adair County Felony warrant for Forgery. She was later released on her Own Recognizance.

JAMES IRLBECK, 73, of Manning (Svcs. 2/25/17)


February 21st, 2017 by Ric Hanson

JAMES IRLBECK, 73, of Manning, died Monday, Feb. 20th, at the Manning Plaza Nursing Home. A Mass of Christian Burial for JAMES IRLBECK will be held 10:30-a.m. Saturday, Feb. 25th, at the Sacred Heart Church in Manning. Ohde Funeral Home in Manning has the arrangements.

Friends may call at the funeral home from 4-until 7-p.m. Friday (2/24), with a Rosary at 4:30-p.m. and a Prayer service at 6:30-p.m.; Visitation will resume at the Sacred Heart Church in Manning on Saturday, from 9:30-a.m. until the time of service at 10:30.

Burial will be in the White Oak Cemetery in New Hampton, MO.

JAMES IRLBECK is survived by:

His wife – Pat Irlbeck, of Manning.

His son – Bart Parks, of Omaha.

His brothers – Bernard (Sonny) Irlbeck, of Templeton; Jerome, and LeRoy Irlbeck, both of Manning, Raymond, Fred and Tom Irlbeck, all of Aspinwall, and Eugene Irlbeck, of Carroll.

and 3 grandchildren.


Iowa AG wants to be excused from collective bargaining suit


February 21st, 2017 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa’s top attorney wants to excuse himself from defending the state in a lawsuit that challenges a new collective bargaining law. Attorney General Tom Miller announced Tuesday he wants to seek outside legal counsel to represent the state in a lawsuit filed Monday by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Iowa Council 61.

Miller says he wants to avoid questions about a potential conflict of interest because public sector unions have supported him in the past. His office has defended Gov. Terry Branstad in previous AFSCME lawsuits, but he felt the action was needed in “this highly charged legal dispute.”

AFSCME claims the law, which removes most collective bargaining rights for public workers, is unconstitutional. Branstad’s office says it won’t comment on the merits of the case.

Glenwood man arrested on OWI charge following accident investigation


February 21st, 2017 by Ric Hanson

The Glenwood Police Department reports three recent arrests, among them, 28-year old Nicholas K. Hunter, of Glenwood, who was arrested Saturday for OWI/2nd offense. Hunter was taken into custody following an investigation into an accident in Glenwood. A Glenwood Police Officer stopped at vehicle on S. Locust Street at around 12:40-a.m., Saturday, and noticed the 1998 Buick Century had both front air bags deployed and significant front end damage.

An investigation determined Hunter had struck a parked 1992 Chevy pickup in the area of Coolidge and Walnut Streets, in Glenwood. Damage to the pickup was estimated at $2,000, while the Buick had about $5,000 damage.

Glenwood Police said also, 49-year old Rochelle Dabney, of Pacific Junction, was arrested Saturday on a Pottawattamie County warrant for Probation Violation. Her bond was set at $2,000. And, on Monday, 47-year old Jeffrey Gross, of Council Bluffs, was arrested for OWI/3rd offense. His bond was set at $5,000.

Postseason basketball schedule Tuesday 2/21/2017


February 21st, 2017 by Chris Parks


Class 4A Regional Finals

Region 1: LeMars @ Lewis Central 7:00pm
Region 2: Denison-Schleswig @ Nevada 7:00pm
Region 3: Boone @ Dallas Center-Grimes 7:00pm


Class 1A District Semifinals

District 13 @ Nodaway Valley: Earlham vs. Ankeny Christian Academy 6:30pm
District 13 @ Nodaway Valley: Grand View Christian vs. East Union 8:00pm

District 14 @ Tabor: Stanton vs. Southwest Valley 6:30pm
District 14 @ Tabor: Fremont-Mills vs. Lenox 8:00pm

District 15 @ Elk Horn: Ar-We-Va vs. Boyer Valley 6:30pm
District 15 @ Elk Horn: Exira-EHK vs. Coon Rapids-Bayard 8:00pm

District 16 @ Mapleton: Siouxland Community Christian vs. Logan-Magnolia 6:30pm
District 16 @ Mapleton: Maple Valley-Anthon-Oto vs. St. Albert 8:00pm

Class 2A District Finals

District 13 @ Winterset: Van Meter vs. I-35 7:00pm
District 14 @ Harlan: AHSTW vs. Treynor 7:00pm
District 15 @ Carroll: Kuemper Catholic vs. IKM-Manning 7:00pm
District 16 @ Sioux City North: Alta-Aurelia vs. Hinton 7:00pm resuming Nebraska-to-Chicago service


February 21st, 2017 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – New Jersey-based says it will resume service from Nebraska through Iowa to Chicago. said in a news release Tuesday that the service will begin March 1, with one bus daily in both directions and additional service on weekends and holidays as needed.

The buses will serve Lincoln and Omaha in Nebraska, stop in Des Moines and Iowa City/Coralville in Iowa and Moline and Chicago in Illinois. The service to Lincoln and Moline is new.

The company says Windstar Lines will provide buses and will manage ticket sales and customer services. is based in Elizabeth, New Jersey. It announced in November that it was ending the service because low gas prices had reduced demand for service.