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August 25th, 2015 by Chris Parks

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Atlantic Chamber and High School partner for Silver Cord Program


August 25th, 2015 by Chris Parks

The Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce announced on Monday that it is partnering with the Atlantic High School to start a Silver Cord Program in Atlantic. The Silver Cord Program is a graduation incentive program that promotes volunteerism in the Atlantic area.

Under the program guidelines Atlantic High School seniors who volunteer a minimum of 200 hours throughout their high school career will graduate with a silver cord and be eligible for a $500 scholarship provided by the Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce.

“We are so excited to partner with so many great organization to get the program started. Our goal is to educate as many volunteer based organizations as we can so the program can be a huge success,” Ouida Wymer, Executive Director of the Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce.

The Atlantic Chamber will introduce the program at an educational meeting on Wednesday, August 26th at 12:00pm at the Rock Island Depot (102 Chestnut Street). The meeting is meant to introduce the program to civic organizations and answer questions about the program.

The meeting is open to any civic organization in the area and organizers are requesting groups to RSVP to the Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce at 712-243-3017 or chamber@atlanticiowa.com

Narcotics investigation leads to two arrests


August 25th, 2015 by Chris Parks

Two suspects were arrested on drug charges in Red Oak on Monday after completion of a narcotics investigation.  At 9:41pm Monday officers arrested 23-year-old Jessica Renee Graham of Essex and 30-year-old Montana Wayne Kroupa of Omaha, NE at the intersection of North Broad and East Washington Streets in Red Oak.  Graham was charged with two counts of Conspiracy to Deliver Controlled Substance Marijuana and Operating While Intoxicated Drugged 1st Offense.  Kroupa was charged with two counts of Delivery of Controlled Substance Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  Both suspects are being held at the Montgomery County Law Enforcement Center on $5,000 cash bond.

Probation Violation arrest


August 24th, 2015 by Chris Parks

The Red Oak Police Department reports the arrest Monday of a Red Oak man for Violation of Probation.  At 5:03pm officers arrested 57-year-old Sabas Tafolla Hernandez in the 200 block of East Oak Street.  Hernandez was booked in the Montgomery County Jail on $1,000 cash bond.

Highway 6 construction update


August 24th, 2015 by Chris Parks

The Iowa Department of Transportation released a weekly update on the Highway 6 construction project in Atlantic.

Officials said work was largely delayed last week due to rainfall on Tuesday but work that was completed included Bluffs Paving placing concrete from Plum to Cherry Street, south 12 foot wide lane. Bluffs Paving placed concrete at Plum Street Intersection (north side, 50% complete).

Work planned for this week of August 24th includes Bluffs Paving continuing main line subgrade prep, modified base and subdrain installation for South 12 Foot Lane, East Bound Lane from Cherry to Spruce Street. Possibly place concrete on Thursday, August 27, 2014. They will also continue with driveways and sidewalk from Spruce to Plum Street on both sides of 7th Street.

Cass County Auditor reminds about petitions to file for elections


August 24th, 2015 by Chris Parks

With City Elections set to take place on November 3, 2015 Cass County Auditor Dale Sunderman is reminding the public that nomination petitions for a city office must now be filed with the County Auditor and not with City Clerks.

The first day to file papers is today August 24th with the final day to file being September 17th.

The process for filing nomination petitions is as follows:

  • Obtain an original nomination petition and candidate’s guide from the county
    auditor, city clerk or online from the Iowa Secretary of State www.sos.iowa.gov.
  • Obtain the nomination signatures of the required number of eligible electors of
    the city or ward, as the case may be (The candidate’s guide lists the number of
    signatures required. In Cass County, the number of signatures required is 10 for
    all positions except the Atlantic At Large council position for which a minimum of 16 signatures are required.). A person may sign nomination petitions for more than one candidate for the same office.
  • Attach a notarized affidavit acknowledging the candidate’s eligibility.
  • File the petition with the County Auditor prior to 5 p.m. on September 17, 2015.

Each candidate who successfully files a completed nomination petition is assured a place on the ballot.

Adair County arrest report


August 24th, 2015 by Chris Parks

The Adair County Sheriff’s Office released their weekly arrest report on Monday.

On Wednesday, August 19th at 4:18pm officers arrested 39-year-old Clinton Troy Hostetler of Stuart for Theft in the 5th Degree, Burglary 3rd Degree, Criminal Mischief, and Trespass-Injury/Damage greater than $200.  Hostetler was later released on $5,000 bond.

Also on Wednesday, August 19th Adair County Sheriff’s Officials arrested 39-year-old Marc Edward Ernst of Bridgewater for Forgery, Credit Card Fraud, and Driving Under Suspension.  He was later released on $5,000 bond.

Greenfield Police arrested 47-year-old Paula Kay Pelkey of Greenfield at 9:49pm Wednesday, August 19th.  Pelkey was charged with Going Armed with Intent, and Assault on a Peace Officer.  Pelkey was later released on own recognizance.

On Friday, August 21st Stuart Police arrested 23-year-old Gideon Lee Corbett of Dexter at 2:51pm in the 100 block of NW 2nd Street in Stuart.  Corbett was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance and Child Endangerment.  Corbett was taken into custody and held on $100,000 bond.

On Sunday, August 23rd at 2:25am Adair County Sheriff’s Officials arrested 32-year-old Nicholas George Harvalis of Greenfield in the 2800 block of Bridgewater Road.  Harvalis was charged Harassment of a Public Official and later released on $300 bond.

Finally on Sunday, August 23rd at 3:00am Adair County Sheriff’s Officials arrested 25-year-old Colleen Nicole Denton of Fontanelle in the 2800 block of Bridgewater Road.  Denton was charged with Driving Under Suspension and was later released on $300 bond.

Exira-EHK School Board to meet tonight


August 24th, 2015 by Chris Parks

The Exira-EHK School board will meet this evening at 7:00pm in the Family Consumer Science Room at the High School in Elk Horn.  The agenda includes multiple reports and review of multiple contracts.  Action items include approval of a 2nd reading of revised board policies, approval of a bid for bread for the school year, approval of revised FFA trip, approving leadership payroll transfer, and consideration of general funding allocation for PBIS purchases.

Atlantic School Board candidate forum to be held Tuesday


August 24th, 2015 by Chris Parks

7 candidates are running for three open spots on the Atlantic School Board and the public will be given the opportunity to hear from them on Tuesday night.  A candidate forum is set for 7:00pm Tuesday, August 25th at the Atlantic High School Auditorium.

The seven candidates are: Doug Bierbaum, Alison Bruckner, Bob Drogo, Mark Foegen, Dennis Schwanke, Dr. Keith Swanson, and Jenny Williams.

The public will have the opportunity to ask questions at the forum.


No injuries after shots fired in Council Bluffs early Monday


August 24th, 2015 by Chris Parks

No one was injured after shots were fired during an incident in Council Bluffs early Monday morning.  The Council Bluffs Police are investigating after officers responded to a report of shots fired at approximately 12:47am at 535 East Broadway in
Council Bluffs. Upon officers’ arrival at the scene which is a Walgreen’s store, they were informed that a white Ford Focus, leaving the scene was involved in the incident.

Officers were able to make a traffic stop on the vehicle at the intersection of State St. and East Pierce St. at 12:51am. In Interviewing the two subjects at the scene, it was determined that the passenger in the Ford Focus, was the target of the shooting.

A witness who was buying groceries in the store said an unknown individual followed them out of the store and got into a dark colored SUV in the parking lot. At that time, the driver of the dark colored SUV, exclaimed the victim had “mean mugged” his friend inside the store. As the victim exited the store, the driver of the dark colored SUV, fired a shot at the victim with an unknown firearm as he left the store. The suspect fled the scene in the dark colored SUV and has not been located at this time.

No injuries were reported by the victim. There is video of the incident and this case will be followed up by the Criminal Investigation Division. The victim’s name
is not being released as this is an ongoing investigation.