MARDELLE KAY GRIFFIN, 76, of Harlan (9-28-2016)


September 26th, 2016 by Jim Field

MARDELLE KAY GRIFFIN, 76, of Harlan died Friday, September 23rd at her home.  Memorial services for MARDELLE KAY GRIFFIN will be held on Wednesday, September 28th at 1:00 pm in the Bethel Independent Baptist Church in Harlan. Pauley-Jones Funeral Home in Harlan has the arrangements.


Visitation will be held on Wednesday from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm at the church.

Burial will be held at a later date.

MARDELLE KAY GRIFFIN is survived by:

Husband:  Randy Griffin of Harlan.

Daughters:  Linda (Jack) Scheffler of Harlan & Brenda (Brad Wright) Chadwick of Harlan.

Sons:  Kevin (Carol) Chadwick of Harlan; Curt Chadwick of Harlan; Craif (Laura Traufler) Harris of Harlan.

Brother:  Don (Jo) Jorgensen of Anita.

Sister:  Norma Heckman of Cottage Grove, OR.

Atlantic City Clerk Deb Wheatley Field announces retirement


September 26th, 2016 by Chris Parks

deb-wheatley-fieldLongtime Atlantic City Clerk Deb Wheatley Field informed the City Council and Mayor on Monday of her intention to retire from her post.  Wheatley Field’s last day on the job will be February 24, 2017 after working with the City of Atlantic for 35 years.  She told KJAN News it just felt like the right time to make the decision.

In her letter to the council Wheatley Field stated, ” I would like to thank you, as well as those past City Council members, for allowing me the honor and privilege to serve as the Atlantic City Clerk for 35 years. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time as City Clerk and I am sure I will miss the job..”  She said she will miss working with the great people of Atlantic but one thing she is looking forward to is having Wednesday nights free again.

The City Council will now start the process of selecting the next City Clerk and Wheatley Field said she will help in whatever capacity the Council decides with the transition.

Deb Wheatley Field became the Atlantic City Clerk on February 1st of 1982 and once again her last day will be February 24th of 2017.

Glenwood arrest report 09/26/2016


September 26th, 2016 by Chris Parks

The Glenwood Police Department reports several arrests over the weekend.

On Friday, September 23rd Glenwood Police arrested 44-year-old Dawn Barrett of Glenwood for OWI 1st Offense.  Bond was set at $1,000 cash or surety.

Also on Friday officers arrested 37-year-old Christopher Brown of Glenwood for Contempt of Court, Harassment 1st Degree, and Disorderly Conduct.  Bond was set at $5,000 cash or surety.

On Saturday, September 24th Glenwood PD arrested 26-year-old Dylan Kennell of Lincoln, NE for Trespassing. He later bonded out on $300 bond.

Also Saturday officers arrested 19-year-old Michael Poe of Glenwood for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He later bonded out on $300 bond.

Suspect sought after attempted burglary in Council Bluffs


September 26th, 2016 by Chris Parks

Council Bluffs Police are searching for a vehicle and individual after an attempted burglary Monday morning. At 9:22am officers were called to 3213 Gold Rush Road to investigate an attempted burglary.

Upon arrival officers were told by the victim that someone knocked on his front door and as he approached the door he heard glass breaking. He opened the door to find a male suspect walking away from his front door that turned and pointed a silver hand gun in his direction and told him not to follow him.

The White Male suspect, believed to be in his 20’s, fled the area in a grey over black early 1990’s Chevy Pickup with an adult female passenger.  The vehicle has Nebraska plates 7-D6402. If you have any information on the vehicle or its driver please contact the Council Bluffs PD at 712-328-4761 or call Crime Stoppers at 712-328-7867.

Adair County Arrest Report 09/26/2016


September 26th, 2016 by Chris Parks

The Adair County Sheriff’s Office released details on a number of recent arrests on Monday.

On Sunday, September 18th Adair County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested 30-year-old Adam Thomas Harris of West Des Moines on a valid arrest warrant for charges of Prohibited Acts-Manufacturing, Delivery, Conspiracy or Possession with Intent to Deliver methamphetamine. He was taken to the Adair County Jail and held on $5,000 cash only bond.

On Wednesday, September 21st at 11:49am the Adair County Sheriff’s Office arrested 32-year-old Danny Jay Blake of Fontanelle.  He was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance Marijuana and 2 counts of Prescription Drug Violation.  He was taken to the Adair County Jail and held on $1,000 cash or surety bond.

Also on September 21st at 8:30pm the Adair County Sheriff’s Office arrested 25-year-old Johnathan Christian Pilgreen on a valid arrest warrant for Violation of a No Contact/Protective Order. He was taken to the Adair County Jail and held on $300 cash or surety bond.

Finally on September 21st at 10:45pm Adair County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested 22-year-old Alexander Burrell Cheers of Winterset on a valid warrant from Pottawattamie County. He was released to Pottawattamie County authorities.

On Friday, September 23rd at 12:00pm Adair County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested 33-year-old Kelly Marie McCormick of Macksburg on a court order to serve a sentence.

Backyard & Beyond 9-26-2016

Backyard and Beyond, Podcasts

September 26th, 2016 by Jim Field

LaVon Eblen visits with Treva Turpin about a women’s retreat at Bethany Farm.


Truck hits grader in Union County Sunday morning


September 26th, 2016 by Chris Parks

The Union County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene of an accident between a truck and a road grader on Monday morning.  At 7:20am deputies were called to the accident at the 90 mile-marker of Highway 34.  After investigation it was determined that a White 2014 Ford F-150 pickup driven by 62-year-old Christo Randall of Ashland, NE was travelling eastbound on Highway 34 at the same time as a 1999 Catepillar 140H Grader driven by 58-year-old Robert Hepp of Cromwell.  The grader was traveling on the shoulder of the Highway until it approached a bridge and had to pull into the lane of traffic to enter the bridge.  Due to the glare of the sun Randall did not see the grader and struck it’s left rear tire.  The collision caused the truck to go airborne and land on it’s side on the bridge.

Hepp was not injured in the crash and Randall suffered possible injuries and was taken to the Greater Regional Medical Center in Creston by EMS ambulance.  The truck sustained an estimated $10,000 damage and the grader an estimated $1,200 damage.

Atlantic Chamber announces staff changes


September 26th, 2016 by Chris Parks

The Atlantic Chamber of Commerce released information on a promotion and addition to their staff on Monday.

Bailey Smith has been promoted from Community Marketing and Public Relations Coordinator to Programs Coordinator. Smith has been with the Atlantic Chamber for over a year and is excited to continue to work with the membership in her new role.

Also announced was the addition of Kat Niemann as Membership Coordinator. She is originally from West Bend, IA and was previously the Director of Student Engagement at Iowa Wesleyan University in Mount Pleasant.  Kat and Husband Andy have one son Owen and are looking forward to calling Atlantic home.

Update on escaped students from Clarinda Academy


September 26th, 2016 by Chris Parks

On Friday, September 23, 2016 at approximately 10:00 p.m. the Clarinda Academy reported that three students were missing from the campus. The students include a 15-year-old Native American Male, 5’9”, 155 lbs., brown eyes, black hair, from Interior, South Dakota; a 16-year-old Native American Male, 5’7”, 150 lbs., brown eyes, black hair, from Wagner, South Dakota; and a 17-year-old African-American Male, 5’4”, 140 lbs. brown eyes, black hair from, Sacramento, California.  All three juveniles were being held at the Academy on orders from South Dakota and California respectively.  A search by law enforcement and Clarinda Academy staff was unable to locate the juveniles at the time of their escape.

At approximately 6:20 a.m. on Saturday, September 24th, the Clarinda Police Department took a stolen vehicle report from a Clarinda resident. A  1999 White Dodge R-35 pick-up truck , Iowa registration plate CLY-045  was discovered missing from the victim’s driveway. The vehicle did have the keys in it and approximately ¾ tank of fuel.   It is believed that the Clarinda Academy juveniles stole this vehicle and  fled.

The juveniles and the truck are entered into a nationwide law enforcement data base. As of 9:00 a.m. on Monday, September 26, 2016 neither the juveniles or the vehicle have been located.  Additional information will be released as it become available.

Creston PD arrest report 09/26/2016


September 26th, 2016 by Chris Parks

The Creston Police Department released details on multiple recent arrests on Monday.

On Saturday, September 24th at 2:00am officers arrested 34-year-old Thomasena Durst of Winterset at Townline and Birch Streets in Creston on the charge of Driving While Revoked. She was taken to the Union County Jail and later released on $300 bond.

On Sunday, September 25th at 5:15pm officers arreseted 52-year-old Robbie Dohrn for Possession of a Controlled Substance.  He was arrested on West Clark Street in Creston and taken to the Union County Jail and held on $1,000 bond.

Also on Sunday at 3:30pm officers arrested 41-year-old Carrie Johns of Creston on 2 valid warrants. She was arrested on a Union County Warrant for Violation of Probation and a Department of Corrections Warrant for Violation of Parole.  She was taken to the Ringgold County Jail and held without bond.