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Elk Horn-Kimballton School Board to meet Monday

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August 19th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Members of the Elk Horn-Kimballton Board of Education will gather at the High School in Elk Horn Monday evening for a regularly scheduled session. During their 7-p.m. meeting in the Family and Consumer Science Room, the Board will act on approving a contract for the Assistant Volleyball Coach, and a stipend for the Athletic Director.

Other discussion and/or action items include those pertaining to: Preschool transportation; a Contract for Rosetta stone; Adult lunch prices, and the purchase of two copiers. The Board President will also administer the Oath of Office to the Business Manager, and, the Board will act on approving open enrollments, among other business.

Atlantic Parks & Rec Board to meet Monday

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August 19th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The City of Atlantic’s Parks and Recreation Board will gather Monday evening at the City Park shelter in downtown Atlantic, for their regular meeting. The session begins at 5:15-p.m., and will include an update an Eagle Scout project proposal for the Camblin Addition at Sunnyside Park, and an update on the Eagle Scout bench project at the Schildberg Recreation Area. There will also be updates on the Department’s various Capital Improvement projects and the Campground area, Dog Park and Signage, at the Schildberg Recreation Area.

In his report to the Board, Parks and Rec Director Roger Herring will provide a review of the Schildberg Committee meeting, the Sunnyside Pool calendar, and City Park tour, along with a review of projects completed, and future projects being considered.

The next regularly scheduled meeting is September 17th at 5:15-p.m., in the Council’s Chambers at City Hall.

Grassley to hold town hall meetings around the area this week

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August 19th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here’s a reminder from KJAN: Iowa Senator Charles Grassley will hold several town hall-style meetings around the listening area this week, beginning Monday. The meetings will take place in Atlantic, Villisca, Bedford, Clarinda, Percival, Glenwood, Logan, Harlan, Audubon and Carroll. Iowa’s senior Senator says the meetings are an opportunity for him to meet with the public and hear their comments, as well as respond to their questions. He’s held similar meetings with Iowans in each of the state’s 99 counties since he was first elected to serve in the U-S Senate, in 1980.

Grassley’s schedule is as follows:

Mon., Aug. 20th (unless otherwise noted, these are Town Hall meetings)…

Atlantic, from 8:15-to 9:15-a.m., at the Cass County Community Center

Villisca High School, to speak with students from 10:15-to 11-15-a.m., in the High School Library.

Taylor County Farm Bureau meeting room in Bedford, from 2-to3-pm.

Page County Courthouse meeting room, 3rd floor, 3:45-to 4:45-pm.

Tue., Aug. 21st.

Sapp Brothers Travel Center/Apple Barrel Restaurant in Percival, 7:30-to8:30-a.m.

Glenwood Senior Center, 10:15-to11:15-a.m.

Logan Community Center, 2-to 3-pm.

Harlan Community Library, 4-to 5-p.m.

Audubon County Economic Development meeting room, 5:45-to 6:45-pm

Wed., Aug. 22nd

Carroll County Courthouse, meeting room, 7:45-to8:45-a.m.

Iowa early News Headlines: Sunday, Aug. 19th 2012

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August 19th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Des Moines police say a fourth suspect has been arrested on suspicion of being involved in an August 10th home invasion that terrorized an Iowa mother and her three children. Fifty-nine-year-old Bobby McGee was arrested early yesterday morning in Des Moines on suspicion of robbery, burglary and four counts of false imprisonment.

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — Fire officials in western Iowa say a child has died after a Council Bluffs house fire. Flames swept through the Council Bluffs home around 6 a.m. Saturday. Fire officials say 4-year-old Leland Johnson was trapped in an upstairs bedroom. Firefighters were able to reach the boy, but he was pronounced dead at a Council Bluffs hospital. The boy’s mother and two other children escaped the home.

OSKALOOSA, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa State Patrol says a head-on crash in southeastern Iowa has killed a 23-year-old Fairfield man. Des Moines television station KCCI reports the wreck happened Thursday on Highway 92 seven miles west of Oskaloosa, killing Derrikk Crawford. The semitrailer involved in the collision jackknifed into a ditch, injuring its 25-year-old driver.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — It’s been a brutal month for Lolo Jones. An over-the-top Olympic-style homecoming in her hometown of Des Moines, Iowa, was exactly what Jones needed. An emotional Jones joined a cast of Iowa-based Olympians that included gymnast Gabby Douglas and wrestler Jake Varner, both gold medalists, in a raucous celebration on the campus of Drake University yesterday.

(update 12:18-p.m.) Child dies in Council Bluffs house fire Saturday

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August 18th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A house fire in Council Bluffs early this (Saturday) morning resulted in the death of a young child. According to the Council Bluffs Police Department, the fire at 313 North 34th Street was reported to 9-1-1 just after 6-a.m. Neighbors say they were wakened by the sounds of Crystal Hatcher, the mother three children, screaming in the street. Officials say Hatcher, a six-year old and two-year old child were able to escape the home, but 4-year old Leland Johnson, of Council Bluffs was trapped in an upstairs bedroom. Fire officials said it took firefighters nearly 10-minutes to reach the boy, because of the heavy smoke and flames.

When they found the unconscious child, the boy was transported to Mercy Hospital in Council Bluffs, where he died from his injuries. Hatcher and her two other children were provided with food and clothing following the fire, which remains under investigation. The blaze destroyed the house and a car parked in the driveway. The family was reported to have found shelter with area relatives.

Task force proposes pay raises for Iowa teachers

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August 18th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A task force created earlier this year by the Iowa Legislature is proposing to raise the base pay for Iowa teachers by $7,000. The Task Force on Teacher Leadership and Compensation’s proposal would bump starting salaries for public school teachers from $28,000 to $35,000. Committee members say the increase would likely raise the average earnings of a first-year teacher statewide from $32,000 to $40,000. Iowa Department of Education Director Jason Glass says more than 190 of the state’s 348 school districts set their base pay at the state minimum of $28,000. The task force will discuss the proposal and others at its Sept. 21 meeting. Committee members will vote on which recommendations to include in an Oct. 15 report to the Legislature.

8-a.m. local/State News (Podcast), Sat. Aug. 18 2012

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August 18th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

With KJAN News Director Ric Hanson.

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Griswold woman arrested on drug charges

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August 18th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Two people from Red Oak and a woman from Griswold were arrested this (Saturday) morning, on drug charges. According to Red Oak Police, 18-year-old Dalton Paul Valentin, of Red Oak, and 21-year-old Alexandra Marie Sindt, of Griswold, were taken into custody on Possession of a Controlled Substance/Marijuana, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia charges. And, 22-year-old Courtney Nicole Orr, of Red Oak, was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance/Marijuana. The trio were being held in the Montgomery County Jail on $1,000 bond each.

7:06-a.m. western/southwest IA News (podcast) Aug. 18th, 2012

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August 18th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

With KJAN News Director Ric Hanson.

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Wounded Vietnam Vet to receive long awaited medals

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August 18th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Iowa Congressman Steve King said Friday, that he will be honoring Sioux City resident and wounded Vietnam Army Veteran, Dennis Roberts on Tuesday, August 21st, with medals Roberts did not formally receive previously for his service. The ceremony takes place at 12:30-p.m., in Congressman King’s office in Sioux City.  Roberts is slated to receive the Purple Heart, Bronze Star, the Air-, Army Commendation-, National Defense- and other, similar medals, in addition to his Combat Infantryman badge, and sharpshooter badge and rifle bar.

Roberts served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam from March 1969 to June 1970. During that year he was a reconnaissance scout assigned to search and destroy missions with the 101 St. Airborne Divisions.  On Christmas Day in 1969, his 25 member platoon landed and split up into groups.  The landing zone or “L-Z” was hot, with the soldiers came under enemy fire. In the fire-fight, Roberts came into contact with a booby trap. The explosion blew-off his right thumb. Shrapnel also pierced hit his right arm and lower back. Roberts suffers from permanent loss of hand motion as a result of his injuries.