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2 teens arrested for alcohol in possession

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December 3rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Clarinda Police arrested two individuals early Sunday morning for possession of alcohol under the legal age. Chief Keith Brothers says at around 3-a.m., officers arrested 18-year old’s Jordan Nicole Landess, of Clarinda and Scharely Dawn Reynolds, of Stanton. Landess and Reynolds were ticketed and cited to appear in Page County Magistrate Court at a later date. Their arrests occurred in a business parking lot located at 318 East Washington Street in Clarinda.

Data: Record turnout in Iowa for presidential race; Fremont County lowest turnout

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December 3rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A record number of Iowans cast their vote this year in the presidential election. The Quad-City Times  reported Monday that more than 1.5 million people in Iowa voted in the 2012 election for president and vice president. That includes another record for early or absentee voting, which brought in more than 688,000 votes. The data shows more people voted on Election Day for Republican challenger Mitt Romney’s ticket, but President Barack Obama had an early voting edge over the former Massachusetts governor.

Fayette County had the highest turnout in the state with more than 84 percent of registered voters casting a ballot. Fremont County had the lowest with just over 61 percent.

NOTICE OF POSITIONS ON CASS COUNTY BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS APPOINTED BY THE CASS COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS.

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December 3rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Board of Supervisors is taking applications for various county board and commission appointments for next year. The majority of the appointments are made at the organizational meeting held on the first working day of the calendar year: January 2nd, for 2013. Cass County appreciates diversity in these appointments and welcomes all applicants at least 18 years of age. Terms and dates of appointments vary. These are unpaid positions.

A brief description follows: (Zoning) Board of Adjustment: Five member board to review county zoning ordinance and hear requests for variances or special exceptions to the ordinance. (2013- one to be appointed); Planning & Zoning Commission: Five member commission to review and enforce county zoning ordinance and make recommendations on any proposed changes to same. (2013- one to be appointed); Airport Zoning Board of Adjustment: Five member board (two appointed by Board of Supervisors, two appointed by City of Atlantic, and fifth by those four) to review airport zoning ordinance and hear requests for variances or special exceptions to the ordinance. (2013- one to be appointed); Compensation Board for the Condemnation of Private Property: 28 member commission representing realtors, farmers, bankers, auctioneers and city property owners to be available to the chief judge of the judicial district to assess damages to property taken by eminent domain. (2013- twenty-eight or more to be appointed: at least seven for each of four categories- Owner-operators of agricultural property; City property owners; Knowledge of property values; and Licensed Real Estate Persons); Board of Health: Five member board to provide guidance and oversee operations of county Public Health department. (2013- two to be appointed); Veteran Affairs Commission: Three member commission to provide guidance and oversee operations of Veteran Affairs department. (2013 beginning July 1- one to be appointed); Conservation Board: Five member board to provide guidance and oversee operations of county Conservation department. (2013- one to be appointed); Civil Service Commission: Three member commission to oversee examinations, promotions, and discipline issues relating to Deputy Sheriffs. (next appointment 2014); and, Township Trustee/Clerk: Four member board (three trustees and one clerk) to oversee operations of a township. (2013- one clerk and one trustee for each of the townships of Bear Grove, Brighton, Cass, Franklin, Grant, Grove, Lincoln, Massena, Noble, Pleasant, Pymosa and Washington)

The above list is not all inclusive. The Board of Supervisors is always looking for people interested in serving their community. Applications are required and can be obtained at the office of the Cass County Auditor and are also available on the county website: http://www.casscountyiowa.us. Additional information may be obtained by calling the office of the Cass County Auditor: 712-243-4570.

(Presss Release from Cass County Auditor’s Office)

Mills County arrest report

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December 3rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Mills County Sheriff’s Office, Monday, issued a report on recent arrests. On December 3rd, 32-year old Shelly Jean Logeman, of Council Bluffs, was arrested at the Pottawattamie County Jail at around 7:15-a.m., on a warrant for Failure to Appear on charges of Unlawful Possession of Prescription Drugs and Driving While Barred. Her bond was set at $5,000. Also arrested Monday, was 20-year old Austin Keith Kelly, of Pacific Junction. Kelly was arrested at around 7:40-a.m. in Pacific Junction, for Unlawful Possession of Prescription Drugs. His bond was set at $1,000.

On Sunday, 49-year old Scott Wade Fisher, of Malvern, was arrested by Mills County deputies for Possession of Controlled Substance and Domestic Abuse Assault. He was being held without bond in the Mills County Jail on the assault charge, with the bond for PCS set at $1,000. Also arrested Sunday in Mills County, was 23-year old Sara Ann Young, of Glenwood, for OWI/1st Offense, and 37-year old Darren Douglas Bartley, of Malvern, of 2nd offense OWI. Their bonds were set at $1,000 and $2,000 respectively.

And, on Saturday, Mills County deputies arrested 28-year old Nicole Ann Crom, of Plattsmouth, NE, for OWI/1st Offense. Bond was set at $1,000.

1 person injured during Mills County rollover accident

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December 3rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

One person was sent to the hospital following a rollover accident Sunday morning, in Mills County. According to the Sheriff’s Department, 31-year old Carol Backus, of Shenandoah, was transported to the Montgomery County Memorial Hospital by Red Oak Rescue, following the accident on Highway 59, about one-half miles south of Emerson. Officials say Backus was traveling north on the highway at around 1-a.m. Sunday, when her 2005 Cadillac crossed the center line, and went out of control.

The car dropped off the shoulder and continued down a hill before rolling twice in an open field and coming to rest on its wheels 35-feet from a power substation.

Clarinda death ruled apparent suicide

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December 3rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

An investigation was conducted this (Monday) morning into the death of a Clarinda man. Police Chief Keith Brothers said officers responding to 115 East Garfield Street at around 9-a.m., made an initial determination 39-year old Michael Dean Durfey, of Clarinda, died from hanging. Final determination as to the manner of death is pending upon completion of autopsy by the Iowa Medical Examiner’s Office. No foul play is suspected.

The Clarinda Police Department was assisted with the investigation by the Page County Medical Examiner, Clarinda Regional Health Center Emergency Medical Services and the Clarinda Fire Department.

Royal Neighbors awards $7,000 to Nation of Neighbors recipients to help empower women in southwest Iowa

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December 3rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Members of  Royal Neighbors of America Chapter 1373, in Atlantic,  will present two local women a check for $3,500 each through Royal Neighbors’ Nation of Neighbors Program. Treva Turpin, of Brayton, will use the funds to complete a two-story building to use as a “mess hall” for her Bible retreats and camps. Jacque Wickey, Atlantic, is dedicated to assisting the area’s Family Crisis Support Network Victim’s Services (FCSNVS). The funds she receives from Royal Neighbors will help purchase gift cards and pay for first month’s deposits on rent, phone, electricity, etc., for families in need. The two, $3,500 checks will be presented to the women at 2-p.m. Wed., Dec. 5th, at the Sweet Joy Shoppe in Atlantic (315 Chestnut St.)

Focusing on its history of standing strong for women, Royal Neighbors has given more than $1 million to assist 900-plus families and individuals in reaching their goals and rebuilding their lives through its Nation of Neighbors Program. The program, which was launched in 2007, demonstrates the neighbor-helping-neighbor philosophy on which Royal Neighbors was founded in 1895.

Two arrests in Atlantic over the weekend

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December 3rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Police Department reports two people were arrested over the past few days. On Friday, 33-year old Essex Mullins, of Atlantic, was arrested on a charge of Domestic Abuse Assault. The alleged incident marked the third time she was arrested last week, on various charges. And, 18-year old Kyler O’Brien, of Atlantic, was arrested Saturday, on a shoplifting charge (5th Degree theft).

Mullins and O’Brien were brought to the Cass County Jail, and booked in.

13 Counties to vote on IWCC Bond issue

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December 3rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Residents of 13 counties in western and southwest Iowa will head to the polls Tuesday to decide the fate of a proposed $22.5-million dollar Iowa Western Community College bond issue. If voters approve the measure by the required 60-percent supermajority, the bonds would be used to fund the construction of space for a new physical therapy and robotics program on the IWCC Council Bluffs campus, and repairs to the college’s centers located in Shenandoah and Clarinda.

Iowa Western President, Dr. Dan Kinney, has said approval of the bond issue would lower the portion of property taxes residents pay into the school, by 10-cents per thousand dollars valuation.

Voters in Adair, Adams, Audubon, Cass, Crawford, Fremont, Harrison, Mills, Monona, Montgomery, Page, Pottawattamie and Shelby Counties are being asked to decide on the bond issue. In Cass County, the polls open at 7-a.m. Tuesday, and close at 8-p.m. in all precincts.

Only five voting centers will be used in Cass County: The Heritage House, for Atlantic Wards 1,4 and 5; The Atlantic Public Library, for the remainder of patrons in the Atlantic Community School District, along with persons in Marne and Wiota.

CAM Community School District patrons have two polling places: At the Anita Community Center, for voters residing in that portion of the CAM School District lying in Adair and Audubon Counties, Benton, Franklin, Grant and Lincoln Townships in Cass County, the Cities of Anita and Wiota; and, in Massena, at the Massena Public Library, for those persons in the district living in Adams County, the Bear Grove, Edna, Massena, Noble, Union and Victoria Townships in Cass County, the Cities of Cumberland and Massena.

The fifth and final polling site is in Griswold, at the Griswold Community Building, for Griswold and voters in the Griswold School District. For more information on where to vote, contact your county auditor’s office.

AMU to hold public hearing over adopted budget tonight

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December 3rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A public hearing will be held this evening in Atlantic, with regard to Atlantic Municipal Utilities’ Fiscal Year 2013 Budget. The meeting takes place at 5:30-p.m. in AMU’s business office at 15 West 3rd Street.

AMU says its total budget for 2013 is up 12.1-percent from the current year. They are calling for a 10-percent increase in water rates and a 7.5-percent increase in electric rates to make up for wholesale increases in the cost to obtain electricity and other related expenses. The utility says they’ve seen a 35.5-percent increase in electric production costs and a 21.5-percent increase in the cost of transmitting electricity.

If approved, the new rates for AMU’s customers would become effective with the February1st, 2013 billing. AMU’s budget report says even with a rate increase, their fund balance will decline by 9.2-percent (or $431,000). They claim their overall rates will still be lower than the regional average, as well.

The Atlantic City Council will be asked to accept AMU’s budget report during the Council’s meeting on Wed., Dec. 5th.