EHK School Board to meet this afternoon

News

April 8th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Members of the Elk Horn-Kimballton School District’s Board of Education will meet this afternoon, in Elk Horn. During their 4-p.m. session in the Family and Consumer Science Room at the High School, the Board will act on approving the resignation of the Drill Team and Cheerleading Coach.

During his report, Superintendent Dean Schnoes will discuss the purchase of a bus and another vehicle, and under New Business on the agenda, the Board will act on: approving the FY 2012 Audit Report; The 2013-2014 Budget; and, the purchase of Bus Cameras.

The meeting will adjourn after a closed session to discuss negotiations.

Atlantic School Board to discuss staffing needs tonight

News

April 8th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Community School District’s Board of Education will hold a regular meeting tonight at the High School. During the 7:30-p.m. session in the Media Center, the Board will discuss possibly adding more staff for the 2013-2014 school year.   According to Superintendent Dr.  Michael Amstein, Washington Elementary Principal Stacey Hornung believes an additional first grade teacher and third grade teacher would be needed for the elementary school, due to the number of students coming into those classes next year.

Amstein said also, assistants may be needed for English Language Learners at the high school and Special Education department, along with a school nurse for the Level III program. The Board is expected to act tonight as well, on Volunteer coaches contracts, and any resignations to come before them.

In other business, the Atlantic School Board will act on approving the 2013-2014 School Lunch prices, Seasonal/Substitute teacher rates, and teacher recommendations for the 2013 Summer School. The Board will also receive an update on the Atlantic Middle School Construction project, from the district’s contracted architectural firm.

Strong Storms Possible Tuesday

News, Weather

April 8th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Low pressure will organize over Colorado today and move onto the Plains tonight and Tuesday. It will advance east through Missouri Wednesday and into the lower Great Lake Thursday night. Thunderstorms will develop tonight and continue intermittently through Tuesday night.Isolated severe storms are possible from Interstate 80 south. As the low passes to the east of Iowa, colder air will be drawn south into the region. The rain will gradually change to snow from the northwest. Accumulating snow will be restricted to far northwest Iowa and areas northwest with heavy snow possible. Moderate to heavy rainfall amounts over the next few days could result in ponding on roads and ditches Tuesday and Wednesday.

Corps of Engineers offers update on Missouri River management during another year of drought

Ag/Outdoor, News, Weather

April 8th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Leaders of the U-S Army Corps of Engineers will hold public meetings this week to cover water management plans for the Missouri River basin this spring and beyond. Jody Farhat, head of the Water Management Division for the Corps in Omaha, says it’s a chance to continue the dialogue with the public over how the river is being run during the drought. “The purpose of the April meetings is to let stakeholders in the basin know about the current hydrologic conditions, what the soil moisture and the snow pack looks like,” Farhat says, “and what we expect to do with regard to our operation of the reservoir system through the remainder of this calendar year.”

Farhat says they continue to see river reservoirs slowly dropping. So far, they’re down about eight-and-a-half million acre feet, or around 22-percent of the total storage available. “We are implementing drought conservation measures,” Farhat says. “We had low winter releases as a measure to conserve water and as we start the navigation season here in April, we’re providing what we call minimum service flows for navigation.”

Farhat says the Corps is in position to continue “near normal” operations for quite a while, several years, in fact. “Storage in the reservoirs is designed to serve the authorized purposes during a 12-year drought like that of the Dust Bowl era of the 1930s and early 1940s,” Farhat says. “As we get deeper and deeper into the drought, we conserve more and more water by providing reduced service to navigation and other uses.”

The region is just entering the second year of drought and she says, given the 12-year drought plan, they should be “good for another decade.” The meetings are being held this week in: Nebraska City, Nebraska; Fort Peck, Montana; Bismarck, North Dakota; Pierre, South Dakota and Smithville, Missouri.

(Radio Iowa)

Dense Fog Developing this morning! Special Weather Statement

News, Weather

April 8th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DES MOINES IA 504 AM CDT MON APR 8 2013
COUNTIES: AUDUBON-GUTHRIE-CASS-ADAIR-MADISON-ADAMS-UNION-TAYLOR-RINGGOLD

AS SKIES CLEAR AND WINDS BECOME CALM EARLY THIS MORNING AREAS OF
DENSE FOG WILL DEVELOP…REDUCING VISIBILITY TO BELOW A QUARTER OF
A MILE AT TIMES. ANYONE ON THE ROADS SHOULD BE ALERT FOR RAPIDLY
CHANGING VISIBILITY.

Villisca man arrested for Child Endangerment

News

April 8th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department reports the arrest early this (Monday) morning, of a Villisca man. 53-year old Kenneth Charles Richards was arrested on a charge of Child Endangerment, after deputies responded at around 12:20-a.m. to an incident in the 100 block of West 2nd Street, in Villisca.

Richards was brought to the Montgomery County Jail and held on $5,000 bond.

(Podcast) Skyscan Forecast: April 8th 2013

Podcasts, Weather

April 8th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Here’s the (Podcast) weather forecast for Atlantic and the KJAN listening area from Freese-Notis Meteorologist Harvey Freese, and weather data for Atlantic, from KJAN News Director Ric Hanson….

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St. Louis welcomes home the Cardinals

Sports

April 8th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Baseball-mad St. Louis is welcoming the Cardinals for the first home game of the year. After starting the season with six road games, the Cardinals host the Cincinnati Reds this (Monday) afternoon. The usual Opening Day pageantry — the motorcade of Hall of Famers, the Budweiser Clydesdales — will take on a more poignant feel as the Cardinals also honor the memory of Stan Musial.

Musial died in January at age 92. His four children will be on hand to unveil an outfield wall marker in a pre-game ceremony at Busch Stadium. Opening day ceremonies begin at 1:40-p.m., on KJAN.

SHAWN SCOTT HOCKENBERRY, 31, of Atlantic (Svcs. 4-11-2013)

Obituaries

April 8th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

SHAWN SCOTT HOCKENBERRY, 31, of Atlantic, died Sun., April 7th, of natural causes. Services for SHAWN HOCKENBERRY will be held at 11:00 AM Thurs., Apr., 11th in the Hockenberry Family Care Funeral Home in Atlantic.

Visitation with family will be from 5:00 to 8:00 PM Wed., Apr., 10th also at Hockenberry Family Care Funeral Home.

Burial will be in the Atlantic Cemetery.

SHAWN HOCKENBERRY is survived by:

Mother, Kathie Hockenberry of Atlantic

Children, Brianna (Hockenberry) Belnap of Audubon and Zoey Hockenberry of Atlantic

Sister, Karyn (Jay) Powell of Greeley, CO

NWS Forecast for Cass & area Counties in IA: Mon. April 8th 2013

Weather

April 8th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

345 AM CDT MON APR 8 2013

EARLY THIS MORNING…CLOUDY…WARMER. SOUTH WIND NEAR 10 MPH.

TODAY…PARTLY SUNNY. HIGH IN THE MID 70S. SOUTH WIND 5 TO 15 MPH.

TONIGHT…MOSTLY CLOUDY. A CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS THROUGH MIDNIGHT…THEN THUNDERSTORMS AFTER MIDNIGHT. LOW IN THE MID 50S. SOUTHEAST WIND 10 TO 15 MPH. CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS 90 PERCENT.

TUESDAY…COOLER. THUNDERSTORMS LIKELY THROUGH MID MORNING…THEN A CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS BEFORE NOON. THUNDERSTORMS LIKELY IN THE AFTERNOON. HIGH IN THE LOWER 60S. SOUTHEAST WIND 5 TO 15 MPH SHIFTING TO THE NORTHEAST WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 20 MPH IN THE AFTERNOON. CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS 70 PERCENT.

TUESDAY NIGHT…THUNDERSTORMS THROUGH MIDNIGHT…THEN SHOWERS AND ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS AFTER MIDNIGHT. BREEZY…COLDER. LOW IN THE LOWER 40S. NORTH WIND 10 TO 20 MPH. CHANCE OF PRECIPITATION 90 PERCENT.

WEDNESDAY...LIGHT RAIN LIKELY. COLDER. HIGH IN THE MID 40S. NORTH WIND AROUND 15 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 25 MPH. CHANCE OF RAIN 60 PERCENT.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT…CLOUDY. A CHANCE OF LIGHT RAIN AND SNOW THROUGH MIDNIGHT…THEN A CHANCE OF LIGHT SNOW AFTER MIDNIGHT. COLDER. LOW AROUND 30. CHANCE OF PRECIPITATION 50 PERCENT.

THURSDAY…MOSTLY CLOUDY. A CHANCE OF SNOW POSSIBLY MIXED WITH RAIN IN THE MORNING…THEN A SLIGHT CHANCE OF RAIN IN THE AFTERNOON. HIGH IN THE LOWER 40S. CHANCE OF PRECIPITATION 30 PERCENT.

THURSDAY NIGHT THROUGH FRIDAY NIGHT…PARTLY CLOUDY. LOW IN THE UPPER 20S. HIGH IN THE MID 40S.