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Grassley Nominates Iowa Students to the U.S. Service Academies

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December 18th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Iowa Republican Senator Chuck Grassley has nominated 55 outstanding Iowa students for consideration for appointments to the U.S. service academies. Each year Grassley has the opportunity as a U.S. senator to nominate either current or future Iowa high school graduates for a select few service academy placements. The Air Force, Military, and Naval academies all select at least one qualified student from Grassley’s nominations. The Merchant Marine Academy makes selections in proportion to states’ representation in Congress.

Among those nominated to the:

U.S. Military Academy at West Point…was Seth Horsley, from the Carroll High School,in Carroll, and Jose Olivo from the Griswold High School, in Griswold.

U.S. Naval Academy…Luke Schmitz, with the Harlan High School, in Harlan.

And to the Merchant Marine Academy: Gustave Doll, from St. Albert High School, in Council Bluffs.

Students interested in academy appointments should begin the application process in the spring of their junior year of high school. The academies select students based on the number of vacancies available for the next school year. Senator Tom Harkin and Iowa Representatives in the U.S. House of Representatives also make nominations. Traditionally, the high quality of Iowa nominees results in several Iowa students being selected to attend each of the service academies.

Owl…duck…crash

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December 18th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A low flying owl was apparently to blame for a single-vehicle accident Wednesday morning, in Page County. Sheriff Lyle Palmer says an SUV driven by 54-year old Teresa Riley, of Shenandoah, was traveling northbound in the 2300 block of B Avenue in Shenandoah, when a low flying owl passed before in front of the vehicle. Riley ducked in her seat and swerved to miss the creature, causing her to lose control of her 2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The vehicle slid into the east ditch and rolled three-quarters of a turn before coming to rest on its passenger side.

Riley, who was not wearing a seat belt, was transported to the Shenandoah Hospital by private vehicle following the 7:20-a.m. crash., which caused $8,000 damage to her SUV. No citations were issued.

Cass Supervisors approve lease agreement

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December 18th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Board of Supervisors, Wednesday morning, approved a 10-year lease agreement with the Cambridge Law firm for the portion of a building the County has agreed to purchase. The action followed a public hearing on a lease for the building at 707 Poplar Street. A portion of the lower half of the building with be used for either a new 9-1-1 Center or as the offices for the County Engineer and Assessor, so that space can be made available in the lower level of the courthouse for an expansion of the existing 9-1-1 Center. A final determination on the use of the building has not yet been made.

The term of the lease begins January 1st, 2014 and continues until Jan. 1st 2024 with two consecutive 5-year extensions thereafter, at the option of the tenant. Attorney Dave Chase, representing the Cambridge Law firm, said the agreement is a “win-win” for both parties, and he thanked the Supervisors for their cooperation in making the agreement feasible.

Cass Supervisors receive funding request

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December 18th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Board of Supervisors, Wednesday, received a continuation of funding request from West Central Community Action Executive Director Joel Dirks. WCCA serves 10 counties in southwest and western Iowa, and uses the funds it receives to support the agency and the programs it administers for low-income families. Dirks requested $3,500 from the Board, which is unchanged from last year.

In making his request for funding, Dirks said the programs they administer provide alternatives to the County General Relief program, in meeting the needs of citizens in Cass County. His report covered the period of October 1st 2012 to Sept. 30th, 2013. Among the services WCCA provides to its clients, is: the operation of three Head Start classrooms, located in Anita and Atlantic; Child Care Resource and Referral; funding for Early Childhood Iowa areas, including Boost 4 Families and Reach for the Stars; a Child and Adult Care Food Program; Home Weatherization Assistance; Low Income Energy Assistance through the LI-HEAP program; A Senior Employment program, and many other services.

The Board took no action on the request during the meeting, but instead will consider it when it comes time to preparing the Fiscal year 2014-2015 budget, next month.

Creston man among 5 sentenced in child porn sharing case

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December 18th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

U-S Attorney Nicholas A. Klinefeldt announced Wednesday a Creston man was among five people charged and convicted on child pornography charges, following the conclusion of a multi-agency investigation of internet-related child pornography crimes in the Southern District of Iowa. The investigation, spearheaded by Homeland Security Investigations-Des Moines, centered on the trading of child pornography pictures and videos on peer-to-peer file-sharing networks.

Five defendants were charged and convicted in separate prosecutions and were sentenced to a combined total of more than 43 years in prison. They include: Michael Hanold, of Creston, who will serve 48 months in prison; Francisco Zayas, of Marshalltown (240 months); Monroe Wardlow, of Grinnell (96 months); Enrique Guzman, of Osceola (80 months), and William Trimble, Jr., of Albia, who will serve 60 months.  After serving their terms of imprisonment, each defendant will be required to serve a term of supervised release of at least 5 years and to register as a sex offender.

Other law enforcement agencies assisting with the operation included the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, and the Iowa police departments of Albia, Creston, Grinnell, Marshalltown, and Osceola. The cases were prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office
for the Southern District of Iowa as part of its “Project Safe Childhood” initiative.

Two Arrests in Atlantic Tuesday

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December 18th, 2013 by Chris Parks

The Atlantic Police Department reports two separate arrests on Tuesday (12/17).  18-year-old Bailey Powers of Atlantic was arrested on a Cass County Warrant for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  She was transported to the Cass County Jail and booked in.

Also arrested Tuesday was 22-year-old Jade Nicholson of Atlantic on a Cass County Warrant for Burglary 1st degree.  He was transported to the Cass County Jail and additional charges were filed at the jail for Possessing Contraband and Possession of a Controlled Substance (methamphetamine).

Harlan City Council News

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December 18th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Harlan City Council, Tuesday, approved one of the final projects to the city’s sewer rehabilitation project. In a regular meeting, the council held a public hearing regarding the 2014 Sewer Rehab project and heard no comments. The council then dispensed with the meeting and approved two resolutions concerning the project. The first resolution, No. 2124, was to adopt the plans, specifications, form of contract and estimated cost. The second resolution, No. 2125, was to award the contract to Ace Pipe Cleaning Inc of Kansas City, MO in the amount of $588,516.01. Cox said the piping underground will be complete following the next project.

In Mayor Gene Getty’s report, appointments were made for city positions to a 2 year contract. The appointments were for City Treasurer Wava Bails, City Attorney Todd Argotsinger, City Health Officer Joe Stroeher and Harlan Police Chief Frank Clark. Following the appointments, Harlan City Clerk Debra Sawyer administered the oaths of office to Mayor Gettys, current councilman Aaron Anliker and recently elected Jay Christensen and Mike Kolbe. Christensen is replacing long time Councilman Keith Kaufman and Kolbe was elected to replace Kate Kohorst, who filled in for Orv Roecker since October 2012. Harlan Police Chief Frank Clark and the entire staff from the Harlan PD were in attendance to recognize the services of Kohorst and Kaufman.

Kaufman was on the Harlan City Council for twelve and a half years. Mayor Gene Gettys finished the meeting by giving Kohorst and Kaufman certificates from the City for their time on the Harlan City Council.

(Joel McCall/KNOD)

AHST approves draft whole grade sharing agreement with Walnut

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December 18th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The A-H-S-T school district Board of Education heard the proposed whole grade sharing agreement with Walnut Community School District, Tuesday. Superintendent of the A-H-S-T school district Jesse Ulrich gave the presentation of the draft sharing agreement between the school districts. The agreement states grades seven through twelve Walnut students will attend and be served by A-H-S-T for a minimum of four years as specified during the 2014-2105 school year, up to and including the 2017-2018 school years.

Walnut students will attend all regular educational services and extracurricular programs the same as if the students were residents in the A-H-S-T district. After the end of the four year agreement, the agreement shall continue for additional terms of one year until and unless either party notifies the other in writing to terminate. Resident students in grades kindergarten through 6, of each district, shall be provided for by each district independently.

Also in the draft, Walnut would pay A-H-S-T 80 percent of the per pupil cost for each school year as by the state comptroller plus a proportionate share of Teacher Salary Supplement Funds received by Walnut per Iowa Code. The AHST and Walnut school boards would have joint meetings at least twice a year beginning next school year as well plus a representative from the Walnut School board will on the AHST school board for the district. Superintendent Ulrich explained what’s next.

He said a Public hearing must take place. After the public, the district has to wait a minimum of thirty days before it approves the final agreement, which  will be voted on at the district’s regular meeting in January.  No comments were made from those in attendance during the public hearing. Superintendent Ulrich said a few public comments were received this past Monday at the Walnut Community School District’s Board of Education meeting. Most of those were supportive, while others asked a few questions were asked about input on the curriculum decisions.

Ulrich says AHST will be in control of the curriculum provided. The joint board meetings will be a platform for the boards to have discussions about that. The next meetings for final adoption will be held for Walnut on Monday, January 20th and AHST on Wednesday, January 22nd.

(Joel McCall/KNOD)

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