Neb. nuclear plant remains offline for repairs

News

July 14th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Fort Calhoun nuclear power plant has missed another target date for restarting, so the Omaha Public Power District might have to endure another summer of buying electricity to meet peak demand. OPPD officials say they’ve addressed most of what regulators want them to do at the idle nuclear plant, but the Nuclear Regulatory Commission says more work remains.

The plant, which sits across from Iowa on the Missouri River about 20 miles north of Omaha, has been closed since April 2011. It initially shut down for routine maintenance, but significant flooding in 2011 and a series of safety violations forced it to remain closed.

OPPD spokesman Jeff Hanson says repairs and inspections at Fort Calhoun are taking longer than expected. But so far the work remains within budget.

Public hearing Monday on smoke free park in Atlantic

Ag/Outdoor, News

July 14th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A public hearing with regard to making Sunnyside Park in Atlantic entirely smoke free, will take place Monday evening, at City Hall. The meeting of the Parks and Recreation Board and public hearing follows on the heels of a proposal June 17th by Karla Akers and a group of young people who are associated with the Kiwanis’-sponsored, Middle School Builders Club.Akers said originally, the tobacco-free zone request focused on the skate park area at Sunnyside Park, but the hope is to eventually make all parks in Cass County being tobacco free, to make them “A family friendly, safe, positive environment for healthy activity.”

To that end, Akers presented the Parks and Rec Board with a signed petition requesting Sunnyside Park be designated as Tobacco Free. If approved by the Parks and Rec Board and, by the City Council at a future meeting, violators will be asked to stop using tobacco products on Park property, or leave the property. If they fail to do so, a trespassing complaint may be filed with law enforcement.

In other business, the Parks and Rec Board will receive a monthly update from Director Roger Herring, with regard to the Schildberg Recreation Area, Sunny Park Tennis Court reconstruction, the boat ramp, Summer Rec programs, the Buck Creek Dog Park, and Park Maintenance building. The meeting in the Council’s Chambers at City Hall, begins at 5:15-p.m., Monday.

14-year old arrested following chase & crash in Adams Co.

News

July 14th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A teenager from Corning is being held in a juvenile detention facility awaiting an appearance before a magistrate, in connection with a chase and crash early this (Sunday) morning. The Adams County Sheriff’s Office reports deputies tried to stop a vehicle for a traffic violation in Corning, at around 1:40-a.m., but the vehicle failed to stop, and led deputies on a pursuit through the streets of Corning.

During the pursuit, the 14-year old driver put the vehicle in reverse, and crashed into a deputies’ vehicle. The Adams County K-9 Unit was deployed during the pursuit, but the arrest took place without further incident. The name of the teen was not released.

Minors cited for alcohol at Lake Icaria

News

July 14th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Adams County Sheriff’s Office reports 5 persons under the legal age were cited Saturday night for possession of alcohol. Lake Icaria Park Officers contacted the sheriff’s department at around 11:30-p.m., for assistance in a party where numerous minors were present in the campground. Upon arrivals, five persons were written citations for being a Minor in Possession of Alcohol. All five were second offenses.

Saturday’s Regional Softball scores (from 7/13/13)

Sports

July 14th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Class 4-A

  • Harlan 1, Glenwood 0
  • Dallas Center-Grimes 12, Carroll 0 (4 inn)
  • Denison-Schleswig 8, Sioux City Heelan 7

Class 5-A

  • Abraham Lincoln 8, Thomas Jefferson 2

Area baseball scores from Sat., July 13th 2013

Sports

July 14th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

District play….

Class 2-A

  • Shenandoah 16, Clarinda Academy 1 (4 inn)
  • Clarinda 4, Red Oak 2
  • Tri-Center 13, Panorama 11 (8 inn)
  • Missouri Valley 14, Boyer Valley 4 (6 inn)
  • Nodaway Valley 1, Central Decatur 0

Class 1-A

  • Essex/South Page 4, East Mills 2
  • Villisca 16, Corning 6
  • A-H-S-T 5, West Harrison 4 (8 inn)

Regular Season

  • Sioux City East 7, Lewis Central 2
  • Sergeant Bluff-Luton 10-8, Abraham Lincoln 8-2 (1st game in 8 inn)

Timothy Peters wins NASCAR Trucks race at Iowa

Sports

July 14th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

NEWTON, Iowa (AP) — Timothy Peters claimed the lead after a restart on lap 195 to win the NASCAR Trucks Series race at Iowa Speedway on Saturday night. The win is Peters’ first of the 2013 Trucks season and sixth of his career. He also became the first Trucks driver to win twice at Iowa.

Peters edged out 17-year-old Erik Jones for the victory by .225 seconds. Behind Jones was James Buescher in third, Ron Hornaday Jr. in fourth and Chase Elliot, another 17-year-old, in fifth.

Pole-sitter German Quiroga Jr. — the first Mexican-born driver to win a pole in the NASCAR Trucks Series — led the first 56 laps of the race before finishing 14th. Ty Dillon, who led a race-high 57 laps, finished 16th.

Torrid Summerhays takes lead

Sports

July 14th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

SILVIS, Ill. (AP) — Daniel Summerhays carded ten birdies during a 9-under 62 that has vaulted him into the lead after three rounds of the John Deere Classic. Summerhays is at 19-under par, good for a two-shot lead over Canada’s David Hearn who shot a 64. Summerhays is looking for his first PGA Tour win.

Defending champ Zach Johnson trails by three shots after posted a 67. He has now shot 19 consecutive rounds in the 60s on the TPC Deer Run course.

Allen ‘s lead reduced

Sports

July 14th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Michael Allen is still the leader after the third round of the U.S. Senior Open at 8-under par, but the lead has shrunk. Allen posted a 2-over 72 for a 2-shot lead over hard charging Kenny Perry and Fred Funk. Allen started the day with a 5-shot lead. Perry ate into that with a 6-under 64 that saw him go 4-under over the final ten holes. Funk shot a 67 to move into contention.

Garza pitches Cubs to 6-4 victory over Cardinals

Sports

July 14th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

CHICAGO (AP) — Matt Garza pitched into the seventh inning for his fifth consecutive win and Alfonso Soriano homered again, leading the Chicago Cubs to a 6-4 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday night. Garza allowed a season-high 10 hits in 6 2-3 innings, but held the NL’s highest scoring offense to two runs while improving to 5-0 with a 1.24 ERA in his last six starts. The right-hander struck out four and walked two.

Jon Jay had four hits and Matt Adams went 2 for 4 for St. Louis, which had won six of seven, including a 3-2 victory in the second game of the four-game series on Friday night. Lance Lynn (11-4) was knocked out in the fifth inning in his second-shortest outing of the season.