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Farmers Market Vouchers Available for Seniors in 2012

Ag/Outdoor, News

May 23rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Officials with Southwest 8 Senior Services say the State of Iowa is continuing the Farmers Market voucher program for senior citizens.  In the program, seniors meeting income requirements can obtain vouchers that they can use at participating area Farmers Markets to buy $30.00 worth of fresh, locally grown produce. 

Applications for the vouchers will be available at your local senior center the week of May 29th.  Your application guarantees you a booklet, but there is a limited number, so contact your local senior center if you are interested in obtaining the vouchers.  Council Bluffs residents can pick up an application for the vouchers starting on May 29, 2012 at The Center and the distribution date is Thursday, June 14th from 9:00am to 12 noon. 

Seniors (age 60 and older) in all other communities in Cass, Fremont, Harrison, Mills, Montgomery, Page, Pottawattamie and Shelby counties will receive their vouchers through their local senior center after June 11, 2012. 

                Program Criteria:

  • Must be at least 60 years of age or older
  • Annual income must be less than $20,665 Single or $27,991 Married
  • Only one original application allowed per individual.  No photocopies or duplicate applications allowed.

If you have any questions, please call Sherri Carson at 712-328-2540, ext. 18

Barn & tree fire near Kirkman; Porch fire in Harlan

News

May 23rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Firefighters from two Shelby County Departments were called to the scene of a barn and tree fire east of Kirkman this (Wednesday) afternoon. The call was dispatched at around 2:30-p.m. Crews from Kirkman and Irwin were sent to the scene. In addition, the Harlan Fire Department was dispatched 3002 12th Street in Harlan, Lot #83, after a report was received about a porch on fire. The call came in at 2:38-p.m.

Additional details are currently not available.

IDPH Supports National Effort to Warn of Laundry Detergent Packet Dangers

News

May 23rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Ten reports of Iowa children becoming ill from putting packets in their mouth has prompted the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) to join with the Iowa Statewide Poison Control Center (ISPCC) and the American Association of Poison Control Centers in urging Iowans, especially parents, to keep highly concentrated “single dose packs” of laundry detergent up and out of the reach of children. Poison centers across the country have reported a recent increase in calls about exposures of children to laundry detergents packaged in small packets.

Examples of single-dose laundry detergent that can pose a poison hazard to children

Some young children and toddlers who swallow these small packets have become ill and some have required hospitalization. According to the ISPCC, 10 exposure calls have been received in Iowa since April 1, 2012. The children ranged in age from 8-months-old to 4 years of age. Five needed hospital care but none became seriously ill. All have completely recovered; nationally, however, more serious illness has been reported. There have been no deaths.

The American Association of Poison Control Centers recommends the following steps:

  1. Always keep detergents locked up and out of the reach of children.
  2. Follow the specific disposal instructions on the label.
  3. If you think a child has been exposed to a laundry detergent packet, call the ISPCC immediately at 1-800-222-1222.

For more information about the warnings concerning concentrated packets of laundry detergent, visit http://www.aapcc.org/dnn/Portals/0/Laundry%20Detergent%20Packs%205.17.2012.pdf. For information about the Iowa Statewide Poison Control Center, visit http://iowapoison.org/.

Two accidents…1 missing vehicle

News

May 23rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Page County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an accident east of Clarinda, where the vehicle involved remains a mystery. Officials say at around 1:30-a.m. Tuesday, an unknown vehicle went out of control on V Avenue, about two-tenths of a mile west of 222nd Street. The vehicle left the road and hit a curve marker before traveling down a ditch, through a yard and flower bed at 2235 V Avenue, and then back onto the roadway before continuing south. Damage from the incident amounted to at least $200. It’s not known if the driver of the vehicle suffered any injuries, as authorities have nothing to go on at this point.

The second accident happened at around 5-p.m. Saturday southwest of Essex, when a right rear tire blew out on a 1995 Chevy Blazer driven by 64-year old Juan Cepeda, of Shenandoah. The incident caused him to lose control of the SUV, which crossed the center line of Highway 48 at about C Avenue. The vehicle ended up rolling onto its passenger side. Cepeda was not injured during the mishap, but he was cited for not having a valid driver’s license. Damage from the accident amounted to $2,500

Clarinda teen arrested on arson & other charges

News

May 23rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Page County Sheriff’s Office reports a Clarinda teen was arrested Tuesday night on arson and other charges. 18-year old Bryson Sean McAlpin was taken into custody at around 8:20-p.m. during a traffic stop for an outstanding warrant. The warrant charged McAlpin with Arson, Intimidation, and Possession of an Incendiary Device. The charges are the result of an investigation into an incident which occurred on April 1st, during which McAlpin allegedly threw two Molotov cocktail-type devices at a vehicle occupied by two people in the 100 block of west Washington Street in Clarinda.

He was unable to post $25,000 bond, and was being held in the Page County Jail. McAlpin faces additional charges of Possession of Alcohol by a person under legal age.

Report: Iowa has plenty of “middle-skill” jobs but few workers to fill them

News

May 23rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

State labor officials say Iowa has an abundance of good-paying jobs in a wide range of professions and too few workers trained to fill them. There are plenty of openings in what are considered “middle-skill” jobs. Kerry Koonce, spokeswoman for Iowa Workforce Development, says those jobs require at least a high school diploma and additional training or schooling.”So it’s some kind of a certification, maybe an apprenticeship, up to a two-year degree,” Koonce says. “While people don’t always think about those jobs as being high-paying jobs, those jobs can be anything from a dental hygienist to a welder to everything in between and they are very good-paying jobs.” 

She says there’s a “mismatch” of job opportunities and worker skill sets in Iowa right now. Koonce says, “We have these middle skill jobs, which amount to about 50% of our overall jobs in the state right now, but only 33% of the individuals out there in the workforce meet that skill set.” There is a way to fix the problem, she says, as parents can encourage their children to pursue training beyond high school, if not to a four-year college, then to a community college or an apprenticeship. She also looks to Iowans who’ve already been in the workforce for years who are looking for a new avenue.

“We need people that have been unemployed to be taking advantage of the re-training dollars that are available to them,” Koonce says. “Maybe they’ve been laid off from a manufacturing company and they’re looking at re-skilling. They need to take advantage of the opportunities that are out there to fund training, to go back to school, to bring their skill sets up to meet the demand that’s out there now.” 

As for Iowa’s low-skill jobs, about 18% of the state’s current openings are in that category, requiring a high school diploma or less, yet 38% of the current workforce is considered low-skilled. Koonce says high-skill jobs, those requiring at least a four-year college degree, are about evenly matched with workers.

(Matt Kelley/Radio Iowa)

Wind Advisory issued for the remainder of the KJAN listening area

News, Weather

May 23rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The National Weather Service in Des Moines has extended the number of counties included in a Wind Advisory. The advisory now includes: Cass, Adair, Adams, Audubon, Crawford, Carroll, Guthrie, Greene, Madison, Union, Taylor and Ringgold Counties. This advisory is in effect until 7-p.m.

Gusty winds will increase throughout the day before diminishing late this evening. Southerly winds of 25-45mph can be expected in the Advisory area. Loose objects may be blown around, and small tree branches may break.

Wind Advisory until 6-p.m for parts of w/sw Iowa

News, Weather

May 23rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The National Weather Service in Valley, NE., has issued a Wind Advisory for parts of western and southwest Iowa, and eastern Nebraska, until 6-p.m.  In the KJAN listening area, the advisory includes: Monona, Harrison, Shelby, Pottawattamie, Mills, Montgomery, Fremont and Page Counties.

Strong winds are expected to last throughout the day, with gusts out of the south at up to 45-mph. Winds of that strength can make driving difficult, especially for light weight and high profile vehicles, and motorcycles. Use extra caution on the roads today.

A Wind Advisory means that sustained wind speeds of between 30-39 miles per hour or gusts of between 45-and 57-mph can be expected.

Cass County Supervisors approve amended FY 2012 Budget

News

May 23rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Board of Supervisors approved a Fiscal Year 2012 budget amendment during their meeting this (Wednesday) Morning, in Atlantic. The budget amendment was required due to the receipt of funds from Mid-American Energy by the Secondary Roads Department, for damage done to County roads during the installation of wind turbines in the Massena area. County Engineer Charles Marker says the County expended money for road rock and work on the roads above and beyond his original budget. The budget needed to be amended, he said, to offset those costs. The entire amount of the money received was incorporated into this year’s budget. The money stays within the Secondary Roads’ fund for supplies and work to be conducted next Fiscal Year, beginning July 1st

Auditor Dale Sunderman said the only other reason, although not required in the amended budget, is to change the amount appropriations for transfers from an unexpected increase in Local Option Sales Tax (LOST) revenues, and Iowa Department of Transportation. Sunderman said the County Budget was amended to reflect $382,467 for Secondary Roads, and increase in transfers from the Local Option Sales Tax in the amount of $15,000.

Cass County Engineer says road projects are wrapping up

News

May 23rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Several road and bridge projects in Cass County are complete or are wrapping up soon. Engineer Charles Marker says the bridge south of Highway 92 by Steinbeck’s is now open and all work is complete on that project. Marker says the bridge on South Olive Street is nearly finished, with final dirt work being conducted on the south approaches to the bridge. Some seeding and guardrail work is also planned, but the bridge is expected to be opened with the next week or so. In addition, pavement patching work on the Marne Road is complete, but the project will be put on hold until an overlay is ready to be applied sometime between now and this fall, when the contractor is free from other projects.