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Minor injuries result from accident in Atlantic

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November 17th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Police Department says some minor injuries were reported following an accident Wednesday afternoon at 7th and Walnut Streets. Offcials say vehicles driven by Dillon Cox and Laura Champlin, both of Atlantic, collided at around 2:40-p.m.  The accident happened as both vehicle were traveling south on Walnut Street.  According to the police report, Champlin had stopped to wait for traffic before making a left-hand turn. Cox failed to stop in-time, and rear-ended Champlin’s vehicle. Cox was transported to the Cass County Memorial Hospital for treatment of minor injuries, and subsquently cited for Following too close. Damage from the mishap totaled $4,500.

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Smucker recalls jars of chunky peanut butter

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November 17th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

ORRVILLE, Ohio (AP) – J.M. Smucker Co. is recalling some 16-ounce jars of its Smucker’s Natural Peanut Butter Chunky sold in several states (including Iowa),  because of possible salmonella contamination. The Ohio-based company says the jars covered in the recall would have been purchased in the last week or so. They have “Best if Used By” dates of Aug. 3, 2012 and Aug. 4, 2012, plus the production codes 1307004 and 1308004.

Salmonella is bacteria resulting in fever, cramps and diarrhea that lasts for several days and can require hospitalization. Smucker says no illnesses have been reported. The product was distributed in 24 states, and the District of Columbia.

Atlantic City Council approves Minimum Maintenance Code

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November 17th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic City Council, Wednesday evening, approved on a 6-to-1 vote, the adding of a chapter to the City’s Code of Ordinances. Chapter 144 establishes a Minimum Maintenance Code for properties. The Code is expected to provide an effective tool to preserve the quality of buildings in Atlantic, help preserve property values, and prevent the spread of “Urban blight.” It will require property owners to keep structures in reasonably good repair. Councilman Kern Miller provided the lone “Nay” vote.

In other business, the Council voted 6-to-1, with Kern Miller again providing the “No” vote, to award the sale of property at 706 Walnut Street to the Dave Jones Agency for $801.  The insurance company is owned by Atlantic Mayor Dave Jones, and his was the lone bid for the lot. During their meeting on October 5th, the Council voted 4-to-2 in favor of a resolution terminating a purchase agreement the City had with resident Ed Leistad for the parcel.

Last August, Leistad had asked the Council to consider terminating a contract he signed earlier in the Summer, when he paid $5,000 for the property. Leistad claimed he misunderstood how small the property was, and that it would not serve his needs as he anticipated. The termination was in exchange for his making $1,000 payment to the City as a penalty.

At Wednesday, night’s meeting, Miller brought up the fact the City had $5,000 in its pocket for the property, and should not have accepted the agreement to terminate the contract with Leistad. Councilman Shawn Shouse who voted in October to terminate the agreement with Leisted, conceded that fact, but Councilman Steve Livengood said mistakes will happen because the Council is not in the real estate business.

The Council Wednesday, set December 7th as the date for a public hearing on the disposition of other, City-owned property, at the northwest corner of Olive and Commerce Streets, and passed a motion allowing for the advertisement of bids for a three-year agricultural lease of a 12.93-acre parcel of land located east of Lake #2 in the Schildberg Recreation Area.  Mayor Dave Jones said the City is required by the Code of Iowa to lease the land for “Fair market value,” and not allow it to be farmed for free, as has been previous practice.

Menlo woman seriously injured in car vs. train accident Wednesday

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November 17th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa State Patrol reports a Menlo woman was seriously injured Wednesday evening when the car she was driving collided with a train, in Guthrie County. 41-year old Amanda Powell was driving a 2003 Chevy Malibu at around 7:40-p.m., when she became distracted while crossing a set of railroad tracks. Her car hit a set of parked railroad cars, which were being prepared for hook-up to an engine. The rail cars and train are owned by Iowa Interstate Railroad.

The woman was flown from the scene by helicopter to a Des Moines hospital. There was no word on the extent of Powell’s injuries, but officials said while they were serious, the injuries did not appear to be life threatening. Assisting the Iowa State Patrol at the scene of the crash, were personnel from Menlo Fire and Rescue, and the Guthrie County Sheriff’s Office.

Pella Corp announced 198 layoffs, including at three western IA plants

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November 17th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

A company spokesperson for the Pella Corporation announced Wednesday, 198 workers will lose their jobs at the company’s window and doors manufacturing locations in Carroll, Sioux Center, Shenandoah,  as well as at a manufacturing site in Portland, Oregon. The bulk of the workers affected by the layoff, are at the company’s headquarters and factory in Pella. The company cited the prolonged housing economy recession as the reason for the layoffs.  Pella spokesperson Kathy Krafka Harkema said “Low consumer confidence, tighter access to home loans, and the volatile U.S. economy continue to hamper the American housing economy.”

Pella Corporation announced late last month it planned to close its plant in South Carolina and ask workers in its Iowa plants to retire or voluntarily leave. Pella was offering workers incentives to voluntarily leave at its operations in Carroll, Shenandoah, Sioux Center and Pella. Company officials said close to 100 people took that voluntary deal. Harkema said Pella is partnering with state and local officials to assist affected employees in locating new career opportunities, and provide them information on employee assistance programs.

Pella is a privately held company headquartered in Pella, Iowa, and employs about 7,100 people.

AmericInn of Elk Horn Sends 112 Military Care Packages to Overseas Troops as Part of Veterans Day Salute

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November 16th, 2011 by Jim Field

(Elk Horn, IA) November 16, 2011 – In a special tribute to American military troops, AmericInn of Elk Horn, IA shipped 112 care packages to soldiers serving overseas during a recent community event at the hotel coinciding with Veterans Day. The event was part of a nationwide Veterans Day initiative by AmericInn hotels resulting in the preparation and shipping of several thousand care packages to troops deployed in Afghanistan, Iraq and other bases worldwide.

AmericInn of Elk Horn had a great turn out for Operation Care Pack event on November 11th. The hotel packaged 112 boxes to send to the troops. AmericInn staff, Blue Star Mothers, local businesses, local organizations, and church members came to show their support and help with the event. In each box, the hotel packed snacks, hygiene products, soups, magazines, ceareal, and drink boxes.

“The participants in this initiative gave generously of their time, demonstrating inspiring and heartwarming support for members of America’s military,” said Jackie Wright, general manager of AmericInn of Elk Horn, IA. “We are proud to be part of this nationwide program by AmericInn expressing gratitude for the service of military members deployed overseas.”

AmericInn hotels around the country reported that the gift box packing events attracted participation from a broad spectrum of citizens in their communities including many local businesses, student groups, Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops, church groups, retirees and even competing hotel employees. The Blue Star Mothers, a national troop support organization, also participated through local chapters.

AmericInn has sponsored several previous care package initiatives to support members of the military as part of an overall “AmericInn Cares” commitment to caring, involvement and patriotism.  AmericInn also offers a national discount to active duty and retired members of the military and their dependents. Military families can receive this discount by requesting the AmericInn Military Rate (rate code: MIL) when they make their reservation at a hotel, AmericInn.com or by calling the toll free telephone number 1-800-634-3444. A military I.D. is also required at check-in.

SW IA Recovery Network Now Accepting Applications for Summer Flood Assistance

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November 16th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Southwest Iowa Recovery Network (SWIRN), say thanks to the generosity of the Iowa West Foundation (IWF),  SWIRN is now accepting applications to assist families affected by summer flooding. The additional resource may assist those with unmet human services needs and aid in reducing the suffering caused by the flooding and home displacement.  Eligible families affected by the flood may receive as much as $1,000 to assist with their recovery, although actual amounts will vary according to need.  In addition, applicants may receive valuable information and referral to other agencies and programs that may be able to assist with recovery planning. 

Requests for financial assistance should fall into one of the following categories: housing repairs due to flood damage; temporary housing for relocation after the flood; childcare during the immediate time after the flood due to relocation; personal items lost due to flooding, including transportation replacement or repairs due to flooding; Mental Health Services and items needed to fight household flooding. 

Those interested in assistance should call SWIRN at 712-435-5661 to schedule a phone or face-to-face meeting.  Application, photo ID and proof of disaster address (example: utility bill) and FEMA number will be required.  FEMA registration is required prior to granting financial assistance.  

It’s anticipated that funds will be distributed before the end of the calendar year. This program is funded by the Iowa West Foundation and administered by the American Red Cross, on behalf of SWIRN and supported by local long term recovery committees in the affected counties.

Former Adair City Clerk & her son receive 5-years probation for misappropriation of funds

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November 16th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Adair’s former city clerk and her son, a former city street department employee, were sentenced Monday, a little more than one-month after they pled guilty to felony theft charges in connection with the theft of taxpayer funds from the City of Adair.

Court records show 63-year old Linda Nichols and her 41-year old son Terry, received 5-years probation and were ordered to make full restitution amounting to nearly $83, 300, plus nearly $6,000 for the cost of the State audit, court costs and related fees. The amount is higher than the City of Adair’s estimate of $80,000, but is less than the $110,257.26 amount listed as improper in a special investigation report released by the Office of Auditor of State on May 3, 2011. 

Linda and Terry Nichols were also ordered to perform 100-hours of community service and to submit a DNA sample. The pair had been sentenced to no more than 10-years in prison, but the sentence was suspended during Monday’s court proceedings.

On October 3rd, the Nichols’ pleaded guilty in Adair County District Court to Theft in the First Degree, a Class C Felony.  As part of the plea, the charge of Felonious Misconduct in Office, a Class D felony, was dropped.  The Auditor’s report included the city’s losses due to payroll taxes paid to the state, amounts that cannot be proven to have been stolen, and amounts that, after additional investigation, were proven not to be stolen.

The special investigation was requested by City of Adair officials as a result of misappropriation of city funds, and alleged improper and unsupported disbursements and undeposited collections.