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Corning man arrested on drug & child endangerment charges


October 23rd, 2011 by Ric Hanson

The Adams County Sheriff’s Department reports 34-year old Jayson Joyce, of Corning, was arrested Friday afternoon on drug and child endangerment charges. Officials say Joyce was arrested following a traffic stop, at around 3:15-p.m. , Friday.  Upon further investigation, and a through the use of a Ringgold County K-9 Unit, a controlled substance was located in Joyce’ vehicle.

A subsequent search warrant executed at the man’s home in Corning, resulted in the discovery and seizure of additional controlled substances, and drug paraphernalia. Jayson Joyce faces charges of Possession with the intent to deliver, Failure to affix a drug tax stamp, and child endangerment. He was being held over the weekend in the Adams County Jail,  on $20,000 bond.

7AM Newscast 10-22-2011

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October 22nd, 2011 by Doug Evans

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Iowa’s Highway 2 to reopen Monday


October 21st, 2011 by Ric Hanson

NEBRASKA CITY, Neb. (AP) — A main highway that connects Nebraska and Iowa is scheduled to reopen next week after being closed by the flooding on the Missouri River.  Iowa Highway 2 between Nebraska City and Fremont County, Iowa, is scheduled to open at 4 p.m. Monday. The entrance and exit ramps connecting the highway to Interstate 29 also will reopen. Iowa transportation officials say traffic on Iowa Highway 2 will be limited to two-way traffic on the eastbound lanes. The westbound lanes will remain closed.

Company announces 131 jobs for Underwood


October 21st, 2011 by Ric Hanson

UNDERWOOD, Iowa (AP) — A snack company has announced plans to build a distribution center in the western Iowa community of Underwood. Link Snacks plans creating 131 jobs with the center. Link Snacks is a meat snack manufacturer that sells products in more than 40 countries. The company is getting financial assistance and tax incentives to acquire a building in Underwood to establish its second distribution center in Iowa. Link Snacks is investing more than $9 million in the project.

Link Snacks, Inc. was founded in 1985 and is based in Minong, Wisconsin.

State AARP official urges Iowans to speak out against cuts in benefits


October 21st, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Anthony Carroll State Director for Advocacy at AARP in IA

The Associate Director for the AARP in Iowa was in Council Bluffs earlier this week, and will be in Sioux City next week. Anthony Carroll is urging residents to call Iowa’s members of Congress, in hopes they will influence the “Supercommittee” members in Washington, D-C, who are considering proposals for cuts in Medicare and Social Security benefits. He told KJAN News the “Supercommittee” has to come up with 1.2-trillion dollars in budget cuts. Carroll says everything is on the table, including Social Security and Medicare benefits.

He says it’s important to make your voice heard, because once the final proposal is presented, it can‘t be changed. He says the proposal must be completed by November 23rd, so the time to get involved in the process, is now. Carroll says since the “Supercommittee” meetings are taking place behind closed doors, it’s difficult to know what’s being discussed, but there are some parts of the proposal which are in place that would affect those persons over 50. One pertains to Social Security.

For instance, he says the organization is concerned about a proposal to “chain” the Cost of Living Adjustment, or COLA, which is being adjusted upward in January, for the first time in three-years. That’s because the formula used over the past two-years for figuring the amount was based on data showing a lack of inflation, and therefore no need to increase the COLA.

He says on the contrary, the Cost of Living has gone up, for senior citizens and all Americans. Carroll says if the COLA is “Chained downward,” those adjustments would happen less often, and would be smaller than those Social Security recipients currently receive. Another proposal would raise the Medicare eligibility age from 65, to 67. Carroll says that’s something the AARP opposes.

He says two-thirds of persons ages 65-to 66 would pay more out-of-pocket, to the tune of about $2,200 more per year. It would also impact benefices of those over the age of 67, because 65-to 66-year olds tend to be healthier, and have less expenses. When those persons are removed from the Medicare pool, an estimated Medicare Part-B and Part-D premiums would increase for all remaining beneficiaries by about 3-percent.

Carroll says the group understands that adjustments to Medicare and Social Security need to be made, if those programs are to remain solvent and workable, but they need their own “stand-alone” proposal the public would have time to react to. He says seniors in Iowa should call 1-888-722-8514 to contact their representatives in Congress to voice their concerns, or sign a petition on-line at www.aarp.org/protectseniors.

Survey suggests slow growth in Midwest, Plains


October 21st, 2011 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – A new monthly survey of bankers suggests the economy in rural areas of 10 Midwest and Plains states continues to grow, but at “an anemic pace.” The overall Rural Mainstreet index for the region improved to 52.9 in October from last month’s 52.2, suggesting weak economic growth. Anytime that index, which ranges from 0 to 100, is above 50, it suggests the economy will grow. Creighton University economist Ernie Goss, who oversees the survey, says this month’s results were helped by companies linked to agriculture that continue to experience healthy growth. Bankers in rural parts of Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming are surveyed.

Fire reported at Menard’s Distribution Center in Shelby


October 21st, 2011 by Ric Hanson

The Fire Chief in Shelby says three area fire departments were called to the Menard’s Distribution center outside of Shelby yesterday (Thursday) morning. Brian Anderson says the Shelby Fire Department was the first to respond at around 11-a.m., Thursday. Anderson says a spark in a dust collector located in one of the buildings was to blame for the incident. Shelby Fire requested and received mutual aid from the Minden and Avoca Fire Departments to fight the blaze, which was kept under control beforehand, thanks to the Menard’s maintenance team, which Anderson said does a good job keeping the equipment clean. That, in-turn, helped keep the fire contained to one specific area. 

The damage was caused mostly by smoldering embers and smoke. Firefighters were on the scene for about three hours. No injuries were reported, and there was no dollar amount of the damage, available.

(courtesy: Joel McCall at KNOD in Harlan)

Former Hawkeye Running Back Wegher Arrested In Council Bluffs

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October 21st, 2011 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) – Former Iowa running back Brandon Wegher has been arrested on suspicion of public intoxication and eluding police.  Wegher was arrested Tuesday night at an Iowa Western Community College apartment complex, in Council Bluffs. Police Sgt. Chad Geer said a warrant was taken out for Wegher’s arrest after the 20-year-old fled when officers arrived at a party in Council Bluffs on Oct. 13th. Authorities say Wegher posted a $300 bond and was released.

Wegher left Iowa after the 2009 football season for personal reasons. He transferred to Oklahoma in 2010, but left before spring practices began. He then transferred to Iowa Western, but the school ruled him academically ineligible for this season.

Fallen Firefighter benefit this weekend


October 21st, 2011 by Ric Hanson

A benefit fundraiser will take place this weekend in Shelby, for a fallen firefighter’s family. Michael Collins, of Shelby, was killed in the line of duty while directing traffic at the scene of an accident on Interstate 80 on September 18th. Brian Anderson, Shelby Fire Chief, says Woodmen of the World are sponsoring the benefit. The Woodmen of the World’s marketing team has helped the Shelby Fire Department gather some of auction items as well.

The lunch will be held from 11-a.m to 2-p.m., Saturday. Anderson says the hamburgers will be grilled for a reason: He says Collins held a grill out for the firefighters at the station in Shelby, just a few hours before he responded to the accident scene, and later died.

The lunch is a free will donation at the Shelby Fire Hall. If you are unable to attend, a memorial fund has been set up at the Shelby County State Bank.

(courtesy Joel McCall at our sister station KNOD in Harlan)

Bluffs woman arrested in Page County


October 21st, 2011 by Ric Hanson

The Page County Sheriff’s Department reports a woman from Pottawattamie County was arrested Monday in Shambaugh. 42-year old Jodie Marie Sherman, of Council Bluffs, was taken into custody at around 9:15-p.m., for allegedly violating a No Contact order. Sherman plead guilty to the charge Tuesday, and was sentenced to serve seven consecutive days in jail.