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Chamber Ambassadors tour new Atlantic upholstery store

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August 14th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Members of the Atlantic Area Chamber Ambassadors recently took a tour of another new business in town. Upholstery Creations, is located at 209 Walnut Street.

Pictured are Connie Wailes, Debbie Leistad, Sue Muri, Dawn Edwards, Lana Westphalen, Michelle Thomas, Dale Wright, Britney Weirich, Nedra Perry, JoAnn Runyan, Bill Saluk, Sara Nelson, Jolene Roecker, Kathy Sweeney, Rich Perry, Darrell Hockenberry, Carole Schuler, Jim Kickland, Keith Leonard, Diane Harris, Dolly Bergmann, Tyler Mosier, Gerald Brink, Doug Harris, Chris Blake, Lucas Mosier and Kristi Ladd.

Pictured are Connie Wailes, Debbie Leistad, Sue Muri, Dawn Edwards, Lana Westphalen, Michelle Thomas, Dale Wright, Britney Weirich, Nedra Perry, JoAnn Runyan, Bill Saluk, Sara Nelson, Jolene Roecker, Kathy Sweeney, Rich Perry, Darrell Hockenberry, Carole Schuler, Jim
Kickland, Keith Leonard, Diane Harris, Dolly Bergmann, Tyler Mosier, Gerald Brink, Doug Harris, Chris Blake, Lucas Mosier and Kristi Ladd.

Officials say Dale Wright, Dawn Edwards and Michelle Thomas work on a wide variety of items including home furniture, automotive, boats, vehicle headliners, motorcycles and many more items. Edwards and Thomas said the materials can be brought in or ordered in many varieties and patterns to suit the style of their customer.

(Update 8:23-a.m. 8/15) Rollover accident south of Atlantic, Wed. evening

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August 14th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

In an update to a story we reported on earlier, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office tells KJAN News a local teenager was injured during a single-vehicle rollover accident south of Atlantic, Wednesday evening. 17-year old Ashley Shinn was in a 2002 Oldsmbile that rolled over and landed on its top about two-miles south of Atlantic near 60122 620th Street, at around 6:25-p.m.

Shinn who reportedly suffered from shoulder pain and other, possibly unknown injuries, was transported to the Cass County Memorial hospital by Medivac Ambulance. The accident remains under investigation.

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office, Atlantic P-D, Atlantic Fire and Rescue, and Medivac Ambulance responded to the scene.

IA DOT plans construction work on I-80 bridge north of Marne

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August 14th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The details are still sketchy as to when work will begin, but officials with the Iowa Department of Transportation have indicated to Cass County Engineer Charles Marker, they have a construction project planned for the County Road M-56 bridge over Interstate 80 (north of Marne), which is expected to create heavier traffic flow on nearby roads. Marker says the DOT will be refurbishing the bridge deck. He says he doesn’t know if they will be closing the entrance and exit ramps to accomplish the work, but if the do, it will have a major effect on traffic in the area.

He says if the entrance and exits ramps are left open, it could mean heavier traffic on Boston Road. Marker says traffic would likely travel on Boston Road, one-mile east, under I-80 and coming back on the county-line road north, if they wish to travel to Omaha.

Marker says when a numbered State route is closed, the Elk Horn road (Highway 173), or Highway 83 west to Omaha, could be major thoroughfares when work begins. No time frame has been established as of yet, so it’s unclear how soon traffic in the area will be disrupted, or to what extent.

Fire at Lenox Fertilizer equipment manufacturing plant

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August 14th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Firefighters from Lenox, Clearfield, Corning and Creston were called to the scene of a blaze Tuesday night at CMC-Dalton Ag Products, in Lenox. Also assisting at the scene were officials with Taylor County Ambulance, Adams County Emergency Management, Lenox Police and the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office. Officials say the fire was reported at around 10:36-p.m. The cause of the fire and amount of damage is undetermined at this time. The State Fire Marshall’s Office has been contacted to conduct further investigation. CMC-Dalton Ag Products manufactures fertilizer application equipment, such as tool bars, dry spreaders, liquid applicators and running gear for related equipment.

Cass County Supervisors approve hiring of a GIS person

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August 14th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Board of Supervisors, acting on a recommendation by the County Conference Board and Iowa Counties Information Technology group (ICIT), approved the hiring of a person to handle the County’s GIS (Geographic Information System). A committee comprised of Supervisor Gaylord Schelling, Assessor Brenda Nelson, Treasurer Tracey Marshall and Engineer Charles Marker, will be responsible for advertising the position and interviewing prospective candidates.

Assessor Brenda Nelson requested the Supervisors approve the new hire, based on a report by ICIT, which she says also recommended the County hire an IT (Information Technology) specialist. But their main priority right now, is for a GIS specialist. Nelson said she has the money in this year’s budget for that person’s salary and benefits. In subsequent years, other departments within the County that heavily utilize GIS, would chip in to cover the salary and benefits.

Nelson said she would hope that less than 50-percent of the funds necessary to pay for a GIS person’s salary will come out of her budget for the next fiscal year, so that the Conference Board won’t have a controlling interest in the GIS position. She said the money she has set aside for this year (about $50,000) would more than cover a GIS person’s salary.

Nelson, Marker and Marshall all agreed, having a GIS specialist in-house, instead of outsourcing the position, would be a time-saver for them, and a great benefit to the taxpayers. Charles Marker said “GIS is the way of the future.” Auditor Dale Sunderman agreed. He said its use “Is so broad and can do so many things, and makes the information needed readily, and speedily available.”

Nelson said some work may still need to be outsourced, but the majority of it can be done in house. Sunderman agreed, saying “No one person can do it….The system was built to incorporate the assistance of an outside vendor,” for some aspects and functions.” The committee tasked with hiring a GIS specialist hopes to have the position filled within a couple of months.

Clarinda Police report

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August 14th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Clarinda Police Chief Keith Brothers today (Wednesday), released a cumulative report on recent arrests and incidents. The Chief says two male juveniles were arrested last Friday on charges of Criminal Mischief in the 4th degree. Additional details on the incident leading to their arrest and their names, was not provided.

On Sunday, a Clarinda woman reported an incident of alleged assault. That same day, another Clarinda woman reported a violation of a domestic protection order. On Saturday, a Clarinda woman reported an incident of trespassing and harassment. That same day, a Clarinda man reported a burglary and theft incident, while another resident reported the destruction of his property by means of vandalism.

More details released on Cass County road rage incident

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August 14th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office today (Wednesday), released additional details about a road rage incident which occurred Sunday night on Interstate 80. As we reported on our website Sunday night and during our news Monday morning, deputies responded to a report about a potential road rage incident having taken place at about the 60-mile marker (Highway 71). The caller reported a woman on a three-wheeled motorcycle pointed what appeared to be a gun at their vehicle as she passed them.jamison_jessica The Sheriff’s Office located the motorcycle and driver on I-80 in Cass County and arrested 32-year old Jessica Ranell Jamison,  of Winterset. Jamison was taken into custody of a felony charge of Terrorism, and aggravated misdemeanor Possession of Weapon charge, and for Interference with Official Acts. Jamison was taken to the Cass County Jail where she posted bond and was released the following day on $27,000 bond.

(podcast) 8-am News (8/14/13)

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August 14th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

With Ric Hanson

Web-based classroom begins its 2nd year at CAM

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August 14th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Students with the CAM School District head back to school tomorrow (Thursday), but some won’t be taking their classes with their classmates. Students taking part in the tuition-free, web-based Iowa Connections Academy, will have their instruction at home for this, the second year of the program.

Principal James Brauer told The Daily NonPareil the Iowa Department of Education recognizes the Iowa Connections Academy as being one of the schools within the CAM Community School District. Brauer said the last school year ended with 230 students. About 84-percent chose to return for the internet-based classes this year, and with new enrollments, they’re expecting to welcome 350 students when the school year starts tomorrow.

Students enrolled at Iowa Connections Academy are able to come up with a school schedule that works best for them, with the help of certified teachers and the students’ parents. By state law, the academy is required to ensure students are completing six hours of school each day – just like any other school.

Even though the instruction is computer-based, students are required to complete many assignments without the use of a computer. They spend time reading textbooks, using workbooks, reading library books and doing hands-on experiments – just like the students at a traditional school. Brauer says that because close to 100 percent of the students between kindergarten and eighth grade showed substantial academic growth at the end of last year and surpassed Connections Academy’s goal, school officials are looking to the revamp their Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses.

Aside from regular school courses, students can take courses in law enforcement, criminal justice, business and marketing, sports management and more medical courses. The school also offers Advanced Placement courses; provides Talented and Gifted options; honors options; and Foundations – or essential courses for students who may be experiencing academic difficulties.

For more information on Iowa Connections Academy, visit connectionsacademy.com or call 1 (800) 382-6010.

(Podcast) 7-a.m. Web news, Aug. 14th 2013

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August 14th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

With KJAN News Director Ric Hanson….