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Iowa man pleads not guilty in Sioux City slaying

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November 19th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – A Sioux City man has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in the killing of a man whose body was found in South Dakota.  Martin Castellanos entered a written plea Monday in Woodbury County District Court. No trial date has been set. The 20-year-old Castellanos is accused of fatally shooting 20-year-old Adrian Rojas-Hernandez in October in Sioux City.

Hernandez’s partially burned body was found later in a ditch alongside a gravel road across the state border in South Dakota. A manhunt followed and Castellanos was arrested a few days later.

Another man, 22-year-old Ricardo Vital, of Sioux City, has pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor charge of accessory after the fact. Investigators say he drove a car used to move Hernandez’s body, and helped clean up evidence.

Cass County Supervisors to act on funding request Wednesday

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November 19th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Board of Supervisors will receive and act on a request for funding, Wednesday. The request will follow a report from the Cass County Library Association during the Board’s meeting, which begins at 9-a.m. The Board will also take action on a Local Match Resolution for the Hazard Mitigation Grant (HMG) Program. The County’s share of the in-kind match amounts to $7,950. The total grant amount is $53,000. $39,750 will come from the Feds, and $5,300 is from the State of Iowa.

In other business, the Board will hear a report from the Child Abuse Prevention Council, with regard to the “Scary Guy” program planned for all schools in the County, next fall.

Special election set for Feb. 2014 in Exira-EHK District

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November 19th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Pending approval next month by the Exira-EHK School District’s “Super Board,” voters in the combined districts will head to the polls on Feb. 4th, 2014, to act on a Public Measure adopting a Revenue Purpose Statement (RPS). Exira-EHK Superintendent Dean Schnoes told KJAN News the election is required by the Iowa Association of School Boards (IASB) and Department of Education (DOE).

He says even though both districts say the same thing, it still has to be approved by the voters. The new “Super Board” will meet Dec. 2nd to approve a resolution to put the measure before the voters, and to continue on with what the RPS says.

The RPS will allow the districts to authorize the expenditure of revenues from the State of Iowa to secure an advanced vision for the education fund received by the Exira-Elk Horn Kimballton Community School District. The RPS specifies how the One-cent Local Option Sales Tax (LOST) can be used, including, but not limited to: Property Tax relief; New buildings or additions to current facilities; the lease or purchase of buildings or equipment, and more.

He says it’s kind of like a combination of the PPEL – Physical Plant and Equipment Levy – and the LOST, but it’s broader in scope as compared to what the PPEL allows, such as technology purchases and upgrades. The RPS is typically in effect for 10-years, which for each district independently is currently in 2020. Schnoes said because it’s a new district, it’s just another one of those things you have to have in-place, like a school starting brand new.” He said “If we’re going to continue on with the education that we have here providing the facilities, the curriculum, the things that we need to provide education…we still need to have [the RPS] in-place.”

If the measure fails to win voter approval on Feb. 4th, it will not terminate or restrict authority previously granted by the voters to expend receipts from the “secure an advanced vision for education,” fund. If it’s approved, it will remain in effect until replaced or amended by the Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton School District.

You can read details about the Special Election on the Exira-EHK website under “Public Notices,” or click on this link to the PDF: http://swmcdn.com/site_0244/EXIRAEHK_RevenuePurposeStmt_111813.pdf

Red Oak man arrested on a warrant Monday afternoon

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November 19th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A Red Oak man was arrested Monday afternoon on a warrant for Revocation of Probation. The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office says 40-year old Eric Huffstutlear was taken into custody at around 2-p.m.  He appeared before the District Court Judge and is being held in the Montgomery County Law Enforcement Center on a $5,000 cash bond.

2 arrests in Atlantic, Monday

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November 19th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Two people were arrested in Atlantic, Monday. The Police Department says 27-year old Jonathan Nelson, of Atlantic, was arrested on charges of Child Endangerment and Possession of a Controlled Substance/Marijuana. And, 43-year old William Garside, of Atlantic, was arrested on a Cass County warrant charging him with 5th Degree Theft. Both men were booked into the Cass County Jail.

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“Food Dialogue” on organics & GMOs planned at ISU tonight

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November 19th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Iowans who are curious or concerned about where their food comes from might consider a trip to Ames for tonight’s (Tuesday) event, called a Food Dialogue, or they can participate via the internet. Mindy Williamson is spokeswoman for the Iowa Corn Growers Association, which is teaming up with the U-S Farmers and Ranchers Alliance to sponsor the program. Williamson says, “It’s supposed to be a conversation about food and we are focusing on organic, talking about the definition of local food and also talking about GMOs.”

The issue of genetically-modified organisms continues to be a topic of discussion for many consumers, farmers and activists, and she says it will definitely be a point for conversation at this event.  “We have an evenly-balanced panel of experts and farmers who are going to give consumers, the general public who are in attendance and also those who are live streaming the opportunity to ask questions and get answers straight from the sources.” She says they’ve assembled a panel that is very knowledgeable on an array of ag issues, the G-M-O debate in particular.

Williamson says, “We have some farmers who use conventional farming practices here in Iowa and we also have some farmers who grow organically to talk about what are the issues, what do we need to be concerned about as consumers or what do we not need to worry about as consumers.” Panelists include: Larry Cleverly, an organic farmer, supplier and farmers market vendor; Dr. Wayne Parrott, a professor with the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences at the University of Georgia; Wayne Humphreys, a crop and livestock farmer; Dave Murphy, founder and executive director of Food Democracy Now!; Katie Olthoff, a Common Ground volunteer and turkey farmer; and John Schillinger, a crop researcher.

The Food Dialogue begins at 7 P-M at Iowa State University’s Scheman Building. It’s open to the public and it will be streamed live online at www.iowacorn.org.

(Radio Iowa)

Atlantic Parks and Rec Maintenance Building Open House date set

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November 19th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Parks and Rec Board Monday, set Dec. 5th , 2013 as the date for an open house and tour of the new Park Maintenance Building. The event will take place from 4-to 6-pm, which the Board hopes will allow shoppers and those just getting off of work an opportunity to check out the new facility and enjoy some snacks and refreshments. The recently finished metal framed building features a concrete floor, plenty of room for equipment, an office, lobby/reception area, and cabinets purchased from the Cass County Memorial Hospital.

The cabinets were no longer needed at the hospital because of their recent renovation project, which Park and Rec Director Roger Herring said saved thousands of dollars in fabrication costs. The heavy tops for the cabinets and work benches were made from unused skate park high density fiberboard.Atlantic Walking paths 001

In other business, through a cooperative effort with the wellness group Healthy Cass County and through grants from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Iowa Community Transformation, three different walking paths have been identified throughout the downtown Atlantic area. He says bike racks will be placed in strategic places along the paths as well, in addition to signage indicating which walking path you are on.

The paths are color coded: Green (1-mile route), Red (2-miles) and Orange (1.5-miles). Information about the paths is being circulated throughout the community, with additional details planned for release later.

Red Oak man arrested for harassment

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November 19th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Police in Red Oak arrested one person early this (Tuesday) morning on a harassment charge. 53-year old Victor Audie Stephens, of Red Oak, was taken into custody at around 1:05 at 104 E. Walnut Street, for Harassment in the 3rd Degree. Stephens was booked into the Montgomery County Law Enforcement Center and held on a $300 bond.