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Public hearing in Atlantic Wed. morning, re: Ethanol plant development agreement

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December 13th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

A public hearing will be held Wednesday morning at the courthouse in Atlantic, with regard to a proposed development agreement between Cass County and Elite Octane, LLC, the company that wants to build an ethanol plant on the northern edge of Atlantic. The hearing takes place at the 9-a.m., during the Cass County Board of Supervisor’s meeting that begins at 8:30-a.m. in their boardroom at the courthouse.

Last Wednesday, the Board said the hearing would be contingent upon lawyers for both the County and Elite Octane reaching an agreement on the County’s financial obligation to help make the plant possible. On Friday, Nick Bowdish (B’oh-dish), President and CEO of N Bowdish Company, LLC, issued a press release saying their new proposal provides for new infrastructure to be completed in Cass County that will be paid for entirely by property taxes generated by Elite Octane.  Bowdish said at the completion of the proposed project, Cass County will have an additional two and a half miles of newly paved roads that should help facilitate development of the area surrounding the proposed plant.

The proposal says…based on a full assessment of $32-million…an annual tax payment of just under than $911, 500 would be made from Elite Octane to the County. It assumes 15-years of tax payments amounting to more than $13.6-million. If the assessment exceeds $32-million over the 15-years, Cass County would rebate 100% of the incremental tax payment dollars that Elite Octane incurs, if more than $911,497. If at any time during the fifteen years the actual assessment is less than $32,000,000, Elite Octane would be be held to a minimum assessment of $32,000,000.

The annual tax payments would begin on Sept. 1st, 2020, and by March 1st, 2021 would cover the debt payment Cass County incurs on infrastructure improvements intended specifically for the ethanol plant project. The annual Cass County debt payment for the infrastructure is estimated at $430,000 per year.

Prior to the public hearing, the Board will discuss the latest proposal. After the hearing, they’re expected to act on a Resolution approving the Development Agreement with Elite Octane.

Greenfield woman arrested on a warrant in Creston

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December 13th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Creston Police Department reports an Adair County woman was arrested Monday morning in Creston, on a Union County warrant for Probation Violation. 32-year old Amanda Olivia Speed, of Greenfield, was taken into custody in the 100 block of N. Elm Street at around 8:45-a.m., and later released on $5,000 bond.

(Podcast) KJAN 8-a.m. News, 12/13/2016

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December 13th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

More area and State news from KJAN News Director Ric Hanson.

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(Podcast) KJAN Morning News & funeral report, 12/13/2016

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December 13th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The area’s top news at 7:06-a.m., w/KJAN News Director Ric Hanson

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For first time, Iowa State Capitol is setting for a nativity scene

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December 13th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Thomas More Society set up a nativity scene in the rotunda of the Iowa State Capitol for the first time ever Monday. Martin Concannon is with the Omaha chapter of the society and says setting up a nativity scene at the capitol raises lots of questions. “The first question I get is, ‘is that legal?’,” Concannon says. “And of course the answer is ‘yes’.  The public sidewalk is the quintessential public forum and this is the quintessential public sidewalk right here.”

Concannon says he was also asked if putting up the nativity scene in the rotunda is confrontational or provocative. “And that is a more interesting question. It somewhat answers itself,” according to Concannon. “The private display or private expression of faith has been somewhat frozen out of the public square for long enough now that people are not accustomed to seeing it. And it seems like there must be something combative when somebody shows up to engage in it.”

Concannon says the Thomas Moore Society isn’t trying to be confrontational. “The reason we are here is really simpler than that.  The creator of Satan himself has defeated evil and has invited us into his protection. That is the good news of the season and we are commanded to share it,” Concannon explains. He says the Iowa State Capitol is the perfect place for the nativity. “This building is the heart of our civic discourse and its rotundas are its hearthstone. So, of course we wont to be here, just to express the joy that we have,” Concannon says.

Concannon says they will have a sign up letting people know the nativity scene is not sponsored by the state of Iowa. “It’s not the state of Iowa, they haven’t funded it, they haven’t authorized it, they don’t promote it. They are simply allowing us to put it here as they might allow Cancer awareness week,” Concannon says. Concannon says they put a nativity scene in the State Capitol Building in Nebraska and that did draw some protest.

“The people who run the capitol in Nebraska didn’t give us any difficulty,” Concannon says, “but  people get very excited and complain about it, object to it, threaten lawsuits and stuff. Those never go anywhere because it is a settled issue. That’s why I can tell the people of Iowa that they are not stepping into a problem by doing this.”

Concannon says they want to put up nativity scenes in a couple of other capitol buildings too. Iowa Governor Terry Branstad and Bishop Richard Pates of the Des Moines Catholic Diocese were on hand Monday for the unveiling of the nativity scene, which will be in the capitol rotunda through Christmas.

(Radio Iowa)

Name is released of Mason City boy who died in weekend house fire

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December 13th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

A child who died in a Mason City house fire on Saturday night has been identified. Mason City fire officials say three-year-old Vicente Gonzalez died after he was found in the bedroom of the fire-damaged home at 118 13th Northeast. Fire officials say the fire broke out in the living room of the house at about 10:55 PM, but heavy damage to the home prevented investigators from pinpointing the exact cause of the fire. The fire has been ruled as accidental. Firefighters did not find any working smoke detectors in the home, as they say the family recently moved into the house.

(Radio Iowa)

Iowa early News Headlines: Tue., Dec. 13th 2016

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December 13th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press at 3:53 a.m. CST

ANKENY, Iowa (AP) — The board that governs Iowa’s public universities is letting Iowa State University President Steven Leath keep his job after he admitted mistakes in using university airplanes. Iowa Board of Regents President Bruce Rastetter is commending Leath for taking responsibility for problems identified in an audit of his use of planes. Rastetter says that he’s disappointed in the actions that required the audit and that “we can and must do better.”

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A state panel that meets periodically has lowered Iowa’s revenue projection for the current budget year by roughly $96 million. The three-member group known as the Revenue Estimating Conference said Monday that Iowa is expected to take in about $7.21 billion during the budget year that began in July. That’s down from a projection in October of $7.31 billion.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa man has been sentenced to more than eight years in prison after pleading guilty to charges related to the shipping of guns to Lebanon. The U.S. Attorney’s Office says 31-year-old Bassem Afif Herz of Cedar Rapids was given the punishment Monday in federal court in Cedar Rapids. He pleaded guilty in March to conspiring to deal in firearms without a license and illegally shipping guns.

TAMA, Iowa (AP) — A former eastern Iowa police chief faces federal charges for allegedly stealing and selling guns from his department. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports that Jeffrey Filloon is also accused of pocketing money from the sale of unclaimed vehicles the police department had impounded. A federal grand jury returned an indictment charging Filloon with two counts each of making false statements and selling a stolen firearm.

Panel lowers Iowa’s revenue projections by roughly $96M

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December 12th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A state panel has lowered Iowa’s revenue projections for the current budget year by roughly $96 million. The three-member group known as the Revenue Estimating Conference said Monday that Iowa will take in about $7.21 billion during the budget year that began in July. That’s down from a $7.31 billion projection in October.

Iowa Department of Management Director David Roederer said the state’s revenue is growing but not at the expected rate. He pointed to a range of issues but not one key reason. Roederer said the state will need to plug in the deficit when the GOP-controlled Legislature convenes in January.

Ben Hammes, Gov. Terry Branstad’s spokesman, declined to provide details on how that would be achieved. Hammes emphasized that K-12 school funding would not be cut.

Iowans are warned to check over cars before extreme cold arrives

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December 12th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

xtremely cold weather is moving into Iowa over the next day or so and forecasters say it’ll stick around at least through the weekend. Auto mechanic Jeff Johnson, in Omaha/Council Bluffs, says now is the time to go through the checklist to make sure your vehicle is ready for the winter ahead. “Look at all your tires and make sure they’re aired up to manufacturer’s specifications,” Johnson says. “Check your wiper blades, check your coolant, make sure all your headlights and brake lights are ready to go. Also, make sure all your belts and hoses are all going to be prepared for any weather condition.”

He adds, you won’t get far if you don’t have good tires, and if you need snow tires, get them on, pronto. “Make sure your tires are properly aired up and that they have a decent amount of tread,” he says. “Winter tires are very important if your vehicle isn’t the safest, maybe a rear-wheel drive and even some front-wheel drive vehicles, it’s a great thing to add to your vehicle.” For some Iowans, the deep freeze will mean their cars won’t start as the frigid weather was too much for the old battery. Johnson says have your battery tested to make sure it has enough cold cranking amps to keep your car starting, even when the wind chill is far below zero.

(Radio Iowa)

Glenwood man arrested for being a Fugitive from Justice

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December 12th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Mills County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest today (Monday), of 37-year old Aaron Michael Greene. Greene, who’s from Glenwood, was arrested at around 12:20-p.m. at the Mills County Jail, and charged with being a Fugitive from Justice. He remained held in the jail without bond. And, 26-year old Guillermo Torres Jr., of Omaha, was arrested Saturday night on a charge of OWI/1st offense. His bond was set at $1,000.