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Gas prices in Iowa are lowest for August since 2009

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August 5th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Gasoline prices are dropping slowly and steadily as Iowa motorists are seeing the lowest pump prices for August since 2009. Gail Weinholzer, spokeswoman for Triple-A-Iowa, says the national average has dropped for 19 days in row and the statewide average is now two-68 a gallon. She says there’s a lot of buzz about whether gas prices will keep falling and dip below two-bucks a gallon.gas 1.99

Weinholzer says, “I would not expect that we would approach $2 a gallon anytime prior to Halloween, perhaps as late as Thanksgiving.” July and August are usually high travel months as so many people are taking road trips, so gas prices typically rise during the summer due to increased demand. This year, however, that’s not the case. Indications are, prices will continue falling for the next several weeks, perhaps the next several months.

“We have to go through the switchover from the summer to the winter driving season, and that will push prices down about a quarter per gallon,” Weinholzer says. “I wouldn’t expect anything close to $2 until late fall or the early start of the winter.” Oil prices fell sharply in July based on what’s called “oversupply,” domestic oil supplies are about 25-percent higher than a year ago, while domestic oil production is up 12-percent. Gas prices will likely continue slipping as long as two things remain constant.

“One is any sort of heavy activity in the hurricane region down on the Gulf Coast,” Weinholzer says. “We saw with Katrina in 2008 what devastation that can be. We also have to keep an eye on the Middle East and make sure none of the unrest spreads to any of the significant oil fields.” The Triple-A survey finds Iowa’s most expensive gas is being sold in Des Moines, averaging two-76 a gallon, while the state’s cheapest gas can be found in Davenport, averaging two-56. Iowa’s highest-ever gas prices were recorded in July of 2008 when the statewide average reached $4.02 a gallon.

(Radio Iowa)

Atlantic Ambassadors visit new Cass Co. 911 Comm. Center

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August 5th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Ambassadors with the Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce paid a visit to the new Cass County 911 Communications Center, this week.  According to 911 Coordinator Rob Koppert, “Our old facility, including a bathroom and equipment storage, was about 134 square feet.” Their new building across the street from the courthouse, offers enough room for several offices, a small conference room, the 911 communications center, a server room, and more room to grow.

Rob Koppert and the Cass County 911 Communications team. Ambassadors Pictured: Carol Seddon, Carole Schuler, Sara Nelson, Don Rossell, Lana Westphallen, Rich Perry, Gerald Brink, Dan Mehman, Dr. Mitch Peerbolte, John Lund, Nedra Perry, Kathy Hockenberry, Crystal Christensen, Dr. Jim Kickland, Connie Wailes, Dolly Bergmann, Bill Saluk, Michelle Heath, Kerry Jepsen, Arlene Drennan, Russ Joyce, Debbie Leistad, JoAnn Runyan, Duane McFadden, Tracey Marshall, Nick Harris, Mark Wedemeyer, and Ouida Wymer.

Rob Koppert and the Cass County 911 Communications team. Ambassadors Pictured: Carol Seddon, Carole Schuler, Sara Nelson, Don Rossell, Lana Westphallen, Rich Perry, Gerald Brink, Dan Mehman, Dr. Mitch Peerbolte, John Lund, Nedra Perry, Kathy Hockenberry, Crystal Christensen, Dr. Jim Kickland, Connie Wailes, Dolly Bergmann, Bill Saluk, Michelle Heath, Kerry Jepsen, Arlene Drennan, Russ Joyce, Debbie Leistad, JoAnn Runyan, Duane McFadden, Tracey Marshall, Nick Harris, Mark Wedemeyer, and Ouida Wymer.

Currently the Center has two dispatch stations in place, and has received a grant for $100,000 for a third station. The Cass County 911 Communications Center made the move into their new residence on March 23rd. The Center handles calls 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, offering assistance to all of Cass County’s citizens, as well as visitors.

The Cass County 911 Communications Center answers landline 911 calls for all of Cass County and some of the southeastern portion of Pottawattamie County. The center staff also answers all of the wireless 911 calls that originate in Cass County.

2 people arrested on drug charges in Glenwood

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August 5th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Police in Glenwood report the arrest of two people on drug-related offenses, Tuesday. 25-year old Dnae McConahay, of Malvern was arrested on a Mills County warrant for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Her bond was set at $300. And, 18-year old Mark Dupre, of Council Bluffs was arrested for Possession of a controlled substance and Poss. Drug Paraphernalia. His bond was set at $1,300.

(Podcast) KJAN 8-a.m. News, 8/5/2015

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August 5th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

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Voters reject bond measure for new Dallas County jail

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August 5th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Bond proposals to build a replacement jail in Dallas County and new recreational facilities in Polk City have been rejected. Dallas County officials say 52 percent of voters Tuesday nixed plans to issue $16.8 million in bonds for a jail and law enforcement center. Voters in 2013 and 2014 also refused to fund a new jail and erect other county administration offices.

The bond issue in Polk City would have funded an aquatic center and 13 athletic fields. Existing baseball and softball fields at the Polk City Sports Complex would have been upgraded. Polk City voters had rejected a 2011 bond referendum to upgrade recreation facilities.

Afton woman arrested in Creston in connection w/earlier drug charge

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August 5th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Police in Creston say a Union County woman was arrested late Tuesday morning on a warrant for Failure to Comply with her pre-trial release on original charges of two counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance, 3rd or subsequent offense, and Driving While Revoked. 38-year old Sara Exline, of Afton, was brought to the Union County Jail and later released on a $5,000 cash bond.

An 11-year old male from Creston was referred to Juvenile Authorities from the Law Enforcement Center, Tuesday, with regard to 4th Degree Theft charges. The boy was subsequently released to the custody of his mother.

And, a Creston resident reported to Police Tuesday that sometime between July 25th and August 1st, someone took from her residence a Wii game system, Wii controller and five games. The woman said also, an electric scooter was taken from her garage. The loss was estimated at $500.

2 suffer possible injuries during collision in Creston

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August 5th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Two people suffered possible, unknown injuries during a collision Tuesday morning, in Creston, but authorities say the drivers of both vehicles were not transported to the hospital. Officials say a 1992 Chevy pickup driven by 24-year old Bruce Allen Yenzer, of Creston, was traveling north on Cedar Street at around 7:55-a.m., at the same time a 2006 Saturn driven by 79-year old Geraldine Lavonne Ray, of Orient, was traveling southbound.

As Ray was making a left turn into a driveway, her car was hit head-on by the pickup. The collision caused the pickup to spin 180-degrees before it came to rest facing north. The car went off the road and hit a power pole. The vehicles sustained a total of $7,500 damage. Police cited Ray for Failure to Yield upon making a left turn.

(Podcast) KJAN Morning News & funeral report, 8/5/2015

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August 5th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The 7:06-a.m. report w/KJAN News Director Ric Hanson

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Red Oak man arrested on drug & other charges

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August 5th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A traffic stop early this (Wednesday) morning in Montgomery County resulted in a man’s arrest on drug and other charges. Sheriff’s officials say 57-year old John Richard Mullenix, of Red Oak, faces charges that include Possession of Marijuana with the Intent to Deliver, Unlawful Possession of Prescription Medications, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, carrying weapons and OWI/drugged – 1st offense.

His arrest followed a traffic stop for speeding just before 2-a.m. in the 2100 block of Highway 34. Mullenix was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on $5,000 cash bond.

Sheriff’s deputies were assisted at the scene by the Montgomery County K9 unit and Red Oak Police.

Salute Gymnastics celebrates growth in Atlantic

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August 5th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce says everyone is invited to come out and help Salute Gymnastics celebrate new, future location this (Wednesday) evening. Their new facility is located at 314 Walnut Street, in Atlantic, where a ground breaking ceremony is set to take place at 5:30-p.m.

The new building will be 7,500 square feet and will feature a pro shop, kitchenette, parent viewing area, and plenty of space for all of their gymnastic equipment. aa293af4-46e0-4c60-ae1c-4b168ff31a4dHenningsen Construction will begin putting the footings in place on August 17th, and the project is expected to be completed in 2-to 3-months.