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Bluffs man arrested on multiple charges early Thu. morning

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September 15th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

A traffic stop early this (Thursday) morning in Pottawattamie County resulted in a man being arrested on several charges. A deputy stopped a pickup truck at around 3:20-a.m. near mile marker 54 of on Interstate 29. The driver, 36-year old Rodney Steel McCormick, of Council Bluffs, was arrested for OWI/1st offense, being a Fugitive from Justice, Possession of a Controlled Substance/marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia (a marijuana pipe with residue).

The Pott. County Sheriff’s Office said also, 32-year old Samantha Kathleen Wright, of Woodbine, was arrested Wednesday afternoon by police in Missouri Valley, on a Pott. County warrant for Failure to Appear in court on an original charge of Theft in the 4th degree. Wright was booked into the Pottawattamie County Jail and held on $10,000 bond.

Glenwood man arrested on sex abuse warrant out of Cass County

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September 15th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office reports a man wanted on a Cass County warrant for Sexual Abuse in the 2nd degree, was arrested Wednesday afternoon at his place of employment, in Council Bluffs. 25-year old Patrick James Barrett, Jr., of Glenwood, was arrested at around 3:30-p.m.  and brought to the Pottawattamie County Jail and was awaiting transported to Atlantic, by Cass County deputies.

5 more people allege abuse by priest, Iowa diocese says

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September 15th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – The Sioux City Diocese says five more people have made allegations of years-ago sexual abuse by a now deceased priest. The Sioux City Journal reports that the diocese also confirmed Wednesday that it has reached a settlement with the man who first came forward with allegations against the Rev. Peter Murphy, who served in several northwest Iowa parishes from the 1950s through the 1970s.

Spokeswoman Kristie Arlt says Bishop Walker Nickless is reaching out to the people who’ve contacted the diocese since June, when the diocesan newspaper asked readers for information about sexual misconduct by Murphy, who died in 1980.

Allegations originally surfaced when the now 69-year-old man wrote to Blessed Sacrament Parish in Sioux City about sexual abuse by Murphy when the man was a 12-year-old altar boy.

Afterschool STEM Program Kicks Off September 28th in Montgomery Co.

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September 15th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Officials with ISU Extension in Montgomery County report an afterschool STEM (Science/Technology/Engineering & Math) program held on Wednesday early outs at the Montgomery County Family YMCA for students in 4th through 6th grade, starting on September 28th. The afterschool program will run for six consecutive weeks. Youth do not have to be a member of the YMCA to participate. The afterschool STEM program will be coordinated by ISU Extension and Outreach Montgomery County in partnership with Montgomery County Family YMCA, Anderson Conservation Center, Southwest Iowa STEM Hub and Johnson Controls, INC.

Chelsea Cousins, Program Coordinator at ISU Extension and Outreach Montgomery County, says “Youth will engage in hands-on experiments about science, technology, engineering and math as they relate to real world topics. Activities will vary each week including strawberry DNA extracting, building rockets, and understanding the impact of pollution and recycling – just to name a few.”

Youth may register for the afterschool program by contacting the Extension office at 712-623-2592. The program is funded by a Blue Sky Grant from Johnson Controls, Inc. and the collaborative efforts of each partner. For more information, please contact ISU Extension and Outreach Montgomery County at 712-623-2592 or 400 Bridge Street, Suite 2, Red Oak, IA.

3 Atlantic men critically injured in Pott. County crash

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September 15th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Three Cass County men were critically injured during a single-vehicle accident early this (Thursday) morning, in Pottawattamie County. Pott. County Sheriff Jeff Danker says the driver of a 2004 Dodge Ram pickup, 20-year old Jacob Johnson, and his passengers, 20-year old Adam Bolton, and 20-year old Dacoda Schwarte, all of Atlantic, were injured and transported to the Cass County Memorial Hospital in Atlantic, before being flown to the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha.

Danker says the crash happened at around 12:20-a.m., in the area of 510th Street and Sumac Road.  Pott Co SheriffAn investigation determined the pickup was traveling northbound on 510th Street when Johnson failed to negotiate the curve at Sumac Road.  The pickup traveled into the ditch and struck an embankment. Adam Bolton was ejected from the vehicle during the crash. While the incident remains under investigation by the Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office, Danker say alcohol is believed to have been a factor.

(9-a.m. News)

First Whitney Bank & Trust, Atlantic Named Top Lender and Alan Peterson, Cass County Named Outstanding Landowner

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September 15th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES – The Iowa Finance Authority, Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources recently recognized the 2016 top lender and landowner of the year for their commitment to conservation practices at the Conservation Districts of Iowa Conference. First Whitney Bank & Trust in Atlantic was recognized as the top lender, and Alan Peterson of Cass County was named landowner of the year for water quality efforts.

The State Revolving Fund provides low-interest loans to Iowans to assist in projects to reduce runoff in Iowa’s waterways. The State Revolving Fund is jointly administered by the Iowa Finance Authority and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources in partnership with the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship. The Conservation Districts of Iowa supports the 100 state soil and water conservation districts through public education, commissioner development, policy and conservation promotion.

First Whitney Bank & Trust has financed more than $636,000 through the Local Water Protection Program since its inception in 2006, assisting 26 landowners with water quality improvements. The program uses linked deposit accounts to reduce the interest rate charged to the borrower; the interest rate cannot exceed three percent. Linked deposits earn no interest and are charged no fees.

Alan Peterson of Cass County was named the 2016 outstanding landowner of the year for his commitment to conservation practices on his farms. He has utilized the Local Water Protection Program several times to enhance terraces, tiles and waterways on his family farm near Atlantic.

Pictured from left to right Tony Toigo, Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship; Alan Peterson, Outstanding Landowner Awardee; Debbie Pellet, First Whitney Bank & Trust; Jane Larson, Iowa Finance Authority; Dave York, Cass County Soil and Water Conservation District. (IFA supplied photo)

Pictured from left to right Tony Toigo, Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship; Alan Peterson, Outstanding Landowner Awardee; Debbie Pellet, First Whitney Bank & Trust; Jane Larson, Iowa Finance Authority; Dave York, Cass County Soil and Water Conservation District. (IFA supplied photo)

“I commend First Whitney Bank & Trust for their commitment to ensuring that Iowa landowners have access to affordable financing to make vital water quality projects a reality,” said Iowa Finance Authority Executive Director Dave Jamison. “I also congratulate Alan Peterson for receiving the outstanding landowner award for his efforts in controlling runoff on his farms and doing his part to ultimately improve Iowa’s water quality.”

“The State Revolving Fund’s success is a testament to the partnerships with the hundreds of dedicated lenders and landowners throughout the state,” said Jim Gillespie, Director of the Division of Soil Conservation and Water Quality. “I congratulate both for their outstanding work in their efforts to protect Iowa’s natural resources.”

“I want to thank First Whitney Bank & Trust and Alan Peterson for their efforts to preserve our waterways. Lenders and landowners like them are doing their part to improve water quality which will help keep Iowa waterways clean for generations to come,” said Iowa Department of Natural Resources Director Chuck Gipp.

The State Revolving Fund features a variety of programs that offer low-interest loans to assist farmers, livestock producers, watershed organizations and others and are offered through participating lenders across the state. These programs have assisted more than 4,000 water quality projects in partnership with more than 500 participating lenders throughout the state since their inception. More information about the State Revolving Fund is available at: IowaSRF.com

Major Expansion announced for Atlantic-based business

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September 15th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

A long-time employer in Atlantic with a facility also located in Waukee, has announced a major expansion project. Jim Tyler, Executive Chairman of the Atlantic Coca-Cola Bottling Company, told KJAN’s “Heartbeat Today” with Jim Field, that a three-year project culminates October 1st, and will see the company grow literally overnight, from 200 to 700 employees. He says instead of just two locations – Atlantic and Waukee – they’ll have a total of nine locations: SpiritLake, Mason City, Ames, Ottumwa, Cedar Rapids, Dubuque and the Quad Cities. They’ll do business in parts of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois and Missouri.14222306_10210744374755192_3170659147562439103_n

Tyler said the Atlantic Production facilities will become larger. He said their employees are excited by the change.  He says the 107-year old family-owned business is working to stay in business another 100-years. Tyler said over 25-percent of their employees have been with the company for more than 20-years.  85-percent of what’s produced in Atlantic is distributed by their Waukee facility. Part of the expansion includes the purchase of several new tractor-trailers.

They purchased 16 new Kenworth tractors, 17 new trailers, and are increasing the number of routes from 95 to around 120. The goal he says, is to improve service to all of their current and future customers, that includes the use of a service call-in center in Waukee, instead of Tampa, Fl. The expansion effort was approved by Coca-Cola’s North American Corporate offices in Atlanta, GA. He said the company has been extremely helpful and representative this week were in Des Moines to meet with employees about the changes.

Tyler says at one-time, there were more than 1,000 independent Coca-Cola bottlers in the U-S, but that dwindled down to 60. The company decided about three-years ago to consider re-franchising. Tyler and his son made a trip to Atlanta and spoke with the President of the Company and expressed their efforts in expanding their current franchise to several points in Iowa, but Coke President Sandy Douglas suggested they should think “A little larger.”

Tyler said they showed him an expanded map of the service area they need to cover. He said the Atlantic Coca-Cola Bottling is ready for the challenge. Tyler says they intend to be active in every community they serve.

(You can hear the full interview with Jim Tyler at kjan.com. Click on the “Programs” section on the home page, and then the link to “Heartbeat Today.”

(Podcast) KJAN 8-a.m. News, 9/15/2016

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September 15th, 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, 9/15/2016

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September 15th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

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

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Red Oak Police arrest report (9/15/16)

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September 15th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Police in Red Oak report the arrest this (Thursday) morning, of 25-year old Devon Keith Hale, of Council Bluffs. Hale was taken into custody at around 12:30-a.m., following a traffic stop. He was charged with Driving While Revoked and Failure to have SR-22 Insurance. Hale was brought to the Montgomery County Jail and held on a $1,000 bond. And, at around 3:50-p.m. Wednesday, Red Oak Police arrested 57-year old Mary Helen Adams, of Red Oak, on an active warrant out of Cass County, for felony Violation of Probation. Adams was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on a $2,000 cash bond.