WASTEWATER LEAKING INTO EAST NISHNABOTNA RIVER NEAR ATLANTIC

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February 16th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Iowa Dept. of Natural resources say an air release valve on a forced wastewater main is leaking approximately 100 gallons per day of wastewater into the East Nishnabotna River from under the bridge at West 6th Street, west of Atlantic. In a Press Release late Monday evening, officials said due to the location of the leak, city staff cannot access the leak to repair it, so the city’s engineer has been contacted to determine how to stop this wastewater bypass.

The leak bypasses wastewater only when the lift station pumps are operating-about one hour per day.

Due to the river flow, the amount of wastewater reaching the river is diluted enough so that it is not effecting the environment. However, the DNR will monitor the situation until the leak is stopped.

Iowa Boys Basketball Prep Poll

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February 16th, 2015 by admin

Iowa Boys Basketball Prep Poll

The Top Ten teams in the Associated Press Iowa high school basketball poll with first-place votes in parentheses and won-loss record, total points and position last week at right:

Class 4A
Record Pts Prv
1. Iowa City, West (14) 19-0 140 1
2. Pleasant Valley 19-0 126 2
3. North Scott, Eldridge 16-3 106 5
4. Des Moines, Hoover 17-1 85 3
5. Urbandale 16-4 71 7
6. Linn-Mar, Marion 18-4 64 4
7. Ankeny Centennial 17-3 63 6
8. Waukee 15-5 62 8
9. Cedar Rapids, Kennedy 14-5 26 9
10. Ames 14-5 16 NR

Others receiving votes: Epworth, Western Dubuque 6. Council Bluffs, Abraham Lincoln 3. Valley, West Des Moines 2.

Class 3A
Record Pts Prv
1. Williamsburg (4) 18-1 121 2
(tie)Pella (6) 17-2 121 1
3. Waverly-Shell Rock (1) 18-2 109 3
4. Le Mars (1) 17-3 95 7
5. Fort Madison 18-2 74 8
6. MOC-Floyd Valley (1) 18-3 69 T5
7. Wahlert, Dubuque (1) 12-7 60 T5
8. Spirit Lake 17-3 46 4
9. Assumption, Davenport 14-5 25 10
10. Keokuk 17-3 14 NR

Others receiving votes: Xavier, Cedar Rapids 11. Gilbert 9. Carroll 7. Dallas Center-Grimes 6. Denison-Schleswig 2. Algona 1.

Class 2A
Record Pts Prv
1. New Hampton (10) 20-1 125 2
2. Western Christian, Hull (2) 19-2 113 3
3. Aplington-Parkersburg (1) 21-1 108 1
4. Monticello 19-2 96 4
5. Cascade,Western Dubuque 20-2 87 5
6. IKM-Manning (1) 20-1 86 6
7. Forest City 20-2 55 7
8. Northeast, Goose Lake 18-4 32 10
9. West Fork, Sheffield 18-3 23 NR
(tie) Treynor 18-3 23 8

Others receiving votes: Central Decatur, Leon 5. PCM, Monroe 4. Notre Dame, Burlington 4. Pella Christian 3. Anamosa 2. Des Moines Christian 2. Regina, Iowa City 2.

Class 1A
Record Pts Prv
1. Gladbrook-Reinbeck (13) 21-0 139 1
2. Danville (1) 21-0 126 2
3. Maple Valley-Anthon-Oto 20-1 104 3
4. Colo-Nesco 20-1 85 6
5. Central Lyon 17-4 58 4
6. Boyden-Hull 17-4 57 5
7. Ar-We-Va, Westside 21-0 55 9
8. Earlham 19-2 44 8
9. Gehlen Catholic, Le Mars 19-2 21 7
10. Meskwaki Settlement School 17-2 17 NR

Others receiving votes: West Hancock, Britt 15. South O’Brien, Paullina 13. Grand View Christian 10. Janesville 10. Belle Plaine 7. Central City 6. Jesup 3.

Southwest Iowa man found guilty in girlfriend’s death

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February 16th, 2015 by admin

SIDNEY,Iowa (AP) — A southwestIowa man has been found guilty of first-degree murder in the 2009 death of his girlfriend.

Brian Davis (IA DPS photo, 10/2014)

Brian Davis (IA DPS photo, 10/2014)

The Omaha World-Herald reports 34-year-old Brian Davis, of Omaha, was convicted Monday in connection to the July 18, 2009 death of Holly Durben, from rural Shenandoah.

Holly Rae Durben (IA Cold Case file photo)

Holly Rae Durben (IA Cold Case file photo)

The conviction follows a trial earlier this month.

Prosecutors say Durben’s death was a homicide staged to look like a suicide, but Davis’ attorneys say Durben killed herself. Durben was found dead in a residence she shared with Davis, and an autopsy revealed she was shot in the head.

A sentencing hearing for Davis has not yet been scheduled.

KIMBERLY ANN WOLFE, 49, of Stuart (Svcs. 2/20/15)

Obituaries

February 16th, 2015 by admin

KIMBERLY ANN WOLFE, 49, of Stuart died Saturday, Feb. 14th, at Mercy Hospice in Johnston. A Celebration of Life Service for KIMBERLY WOLFE will be held 11-am Friday, Feb. 20th, at the All Saints Catholic Church in Stuart, with a luncheon to immediately follow the service, at the church. Johnson Family Funeral Home of Stuart has the arrangements.

Visitation will be from 5:30- until 9-pm Thursday at the All Saints Catholic Church in Stuart. Online condolences may be left at www.johnsonfamilyfuneralhome.com

Memorial Contributions may be made to the Kimberly Wolfe Memorial Fund, in care of the Johnson Family Funeral Home in Stuart.

ZAYNE MICHEAL DOLPH, 18, of Griswold (Svcs. 2/19/15)

Obituaries

February 16th, 2015 by admin

ZAYNE MICHEAL DOLPH, 18, of Griswold died Sunday, Feb. 15th, at the Manning Regional HealthCare Center in Manning. Funeral Services for ZAYNE DOLPH will be held 10:30-a.m. Thursday, Feb. 19th, at the Nelson Boylan LeRette Funeral Chapel in Red Oak.

Visitation with his family will take place Wednesday from 5 until 7-pm at the Griswold Community High School Auditorium. Memorials may be directed to the family.

Burial will be Evergreen Cemetery.

ZAYNE DOLPH is survived by:

His Mother – Jennifer(Josh) Alexander, of Griswold.
His Father:  T.J. Johnson & wife Chris, of Fergus Falls MN

His sister: Tatum Dolph, of Griswold.

His step-sisters: Taylee; Kyrsten; Kimberly and Abigail Johnson, all of Fergus Falls, MN.

His brother – Jeg Updike, of Griswold

His grandparents – Glen & Carolyn Templeton, of Villisca; John & Anita Dolph, of Mexico; Jerry & Pam Johnson, of Fergus Falls MN.

Other relatives and friends.

Branstad declines to voice opinion on fuel tax increase

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February 16th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Terry Branstad says he expects to approve legislation this session that would address road funding, but he declined to say whether it would be through a 10 cent increase to the fuel tax. Branstad told reporters Monday that legislation in the House and Senate could change before it reaches his desk for approval. When asked if he would support a 10 cent tax increase, he said he would reserve judgment until seeing a final draft.

The bills as they’re currently written would raise the state fuel tax by 10 cents. Panels have sent bills to full committees in the House and the Senate for consideration. Branstad and lawmakers have been vocal about raising money to help fix Iowa’s network of bridges and roads, many of which are in disrepair.

Juntos Helps Families Prepare for Education Beyond High School

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February 16th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Helping a child succeed in school and prepare for education beyond high school can challenge any parent. When parents have not experienced college, it can be difficult to know how to create a path for their child to go to college. In Iowa, college participation is lowest among youth who live in families with low incomes and among Latino youth. “Juntos Para Una Mejor Educación” or “Together for a Better Education” is a series of workshops for parents and middle school youth to help them gain knowledge, skills and confidence, and access resources that will help youth be successful in school, as well as pursue higher education.

High school youth are welcome to participate as well. Sandra McKinnon, human sciences specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach, says “Juntos means together in Spanish.”The program brings together Latino families, school staff and community partners to promote academic success and high school graduation among youth. Youth explore different paths they may take – a college or university, community college or trade school, a degree or certification, and so on.

ISU Extension and Outreach partners with local organizations and schools to implement Juntos and some or all of the wrap-around components in communities. The program is led by a community team that commonly includes representatives from schools, public and private youth and family community-based organizations, as well as faith organizations. McKinnon says “In Juntos we come together for five to six workshops. We begin each session with a family meal. During the sessions parents and youth spend part of the time together, and then part of the time as a group of parents or a group of youth. During the first session we discuss the importance of education and how parents and youth can work together to make education a family goal.”

Parents and youth learn to communicate better with each other, as well as with school staff to help youth be successful in school, and to think about their future. Families learn about skills that are important for youth to develop, and how to create a plan of action to help youth be successful in school and be prepared to go to college. Families learn about courses youth need to take in high school to prepare for college, how to create an environment at home to help youth learn, how and when to apply to college, and ways to save for and pay for college.

After participating in Juntos, parents felt more confident working with their youth’s school, were more likely to pay attention to their child’s homework and increased communication with their youth about high school, college or other future plans. Parents also were more empowered to advocate and work to improve their schools. For more information about “Juntos: Together for a Better Education,” contact Sandra McKinnon at 712-355-2067 or sandram@iastate.edu or visit the website, www.extension.iastate.edu/humansciences/juntos

CCHS Foundation’s Hansen Scholarship Available

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February 16th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Health System Foundation is offering $10,000 in scholarships to students who are enrolled and have been accepted into a nursing or medical doctor training program. The scholarships were established by a bequest from Louie and Elsie Hansen. John Molgaard, CCHS Foundation Board member, says “The Hansens believed strongly in the importance of education, and the need for well-trained healthcare professionals.” Molgaard said also “We are very proud to provide this scholarship in their memory.”

The Louie and Elsie Hansen Memorial Scholarship was established to benefit Cass County high school graduates who are enrolled and have been accepted into a college of nursing or medicine, leading to an LPN, RN, BSN, or MD degree. Two $5,000 awards will be presented. Consideration will be given to applicants’ scholarship, citizenship, and leadership abilities. Applications are available at area high school guidance offices and the Foundation office at Cass County Health System. The application can also be downloaded from www.casshealth.org.

2014 recipients of the Louie and Elsie Hansen Scholarship were Whitney Schafer of Massena who is attending the University of Iowa for her RN with Bachelor of Science degree, Kristen Schuler of Atlantic who is attending Northwestern College for her RN with Bachelor of Science degree, and Claire Markham who is attending Creighton University School of Medicine for her Doctor of Medicine degree.
Scholarship applications are due April 1, 2015.

For further information, contact Dawn Marnin, CCHS Foundation Director, at 712-243-7409 or mardd@casshealth.org

Bluffs Police make an arrest in Jan. 19th robbery case

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February 16th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Police in Council Bluffs report an arrest has been made in connection with the Jan. 19th armed robbery of a convenience store. 25-year old Brian Combs, of Council Bluffs, turned himself-in to Pottawattamie County Corrections officials last Friday. He’s been charged with 1st Degree Robbery, and remains held in the Pott. County Jail.

Brian Combs

Brian Combs

Authorities say at around 1:19-a.m. January 19th, the Kwik Shop at 3632 Avenue G was robbed by a white male, who displayed a silver colored revolver and demanded money from the clerk. After getting an undetermined amount of money, the man left the store . A security camera outside the Kiwk Shop showed the man getting onto a BMX style bicycle and riding eastbound. On January 20th, at 1:12 a.m., an Officer on patrol witnessed a man riding a BMX style bicycle without a headlamp. The Officer attempted to stop the man near the intersection of So. 1st Street and Pierce, but he refused to stop. The man fled for several blocks,but was eventually apprehended behind a house in the 200 block of W. Kanesville Blvd.

The subject, identified as Combs, was arrested that night for operating his bike without a light, eluding and being in possession of burglar tools. On January 21st, Officers were called to a church at 140 West Kanesville Blvd, for a silver colored revolver that had been located in the parking lot. The area of the parking lot where the gun was found is adjacent to the route taken by Brian Combs the previous night as he fled from the Police. The gun and other evidence was then used to apply for a warrant for Brian Combs’ arrest in connection with the Kwik Shop robbery.

HSBB: Treynor at Atlantic Boys 02-13-2015

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February 16th, 2015 by Chris Parks

Jim Field and Chris Parks have the call of the game from Atlantic High School.

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