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IWCC Bond issue passes; Riverside Bond issue fails again

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December 5th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A $22.5-million dollar bond issue for Iowa Western Community College was approved by the voters during a special election held Tuesday in 13 southwest Iowa counties, but a separate $14.3-million dollar bond issue for the Riverside Community School District narrowly missed achieving the necessary super majority of the votes needed for passage. According to unofficial results, the IWCC bond issue received 76.4-percent of the total votes cast in favor of the measure. A 60-percent super majority was needed. 4,511 people voted in favor of the measure, while 1,395 voted against it. In the Riverside District, unofficial results from the Pottawattamie County Auditor’s Office show the bond issue receiving 59 percent of the vote–941 yes to 649 no. Again, a 60 percent supermajority was necessary in order for the bond issue to pass.

School officials seemed confident one-day before the vote the issue would pass. Had it been approved, it would have paid for the  construction of a new 7th through 12th grade not far from the intersection of Highways 6 and 59. The revised plan called for both the elementary building in Oakland and the middle school in Carson to be retained, but with a grade reconfiguration for both buildings. It was the third time a bond issue referendum failed before the voters in the Riverside District.

As for the IWCC bond issue, it’s approval, according to school officials, means a decrease of 10 cents per one thousand dollars taxable valuation in the portion of property taxes residents pay into the school. The Early Retirement and Debt Service levies at the school will both see significant declines in the next fiscal year of $0.18 per $1,000 of taxable value. Iowa Western President Dan Kinney said the bond funds would be used to create lab space for the new Physical Therapy Assistant Program, and the necessary space for a Robotics Technology Program on the Council Bluffs campus. It also provides more classrooms and lab space for the school’s culinary arts and diesel technology programs in Council Bluffs.

At the Harlan campus, the college plans to build an addition to the Shelby County Center with the bond to provide space for additional science and math classrooms. It also plans to create a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Academy in the space to work with area high schools and business and industry leaders.

In Atlantic, money from the bonds will provide additional space and high-speed Internet connectivity for interactive classrooms to help the Design Technology program to grow and provide graduates with the computer skills needed by manufacturers. In Cass County, the Iowa Western bond issue garnered 386 “Yes” votes, and 74 “No” Votes. Not surprisingly, a majority of the votes cast were in the two precincts found in Atlantic.

Iowa early News Headlines: Wed., Dec. 5th 2012

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December 5th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

MONROE, Ga. (AP) — The world’s oldest person lives in Iowa. Yesterday, the woman who was listed as the world’s oldest person died in a Georgia nursing home yesterday at age 116. A Guinness official says the title now belongs to 115-year-old Dina Manfredini, of Johnston, Iowa.

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Ken Trickey, a former basketball coach at Iowa State, Oral Roberts and other schools, died Tuesday. He was 79. ORU President Mark Rutland said in a statement announcing Trickey’s death that the coach’s exciting basketball program helped the university become known throughout the country.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — More people in Iowa are connected to faster broadband speeds. That’s according to new data. Connect Iowa released figures yesterday that show nearly 96 percent of state residents have access to faster broadband speeds. That means fixed broadband speeds of 3 megabits per second or higher.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The city of Council Bluffs may be forced to levy a special tax to pay two black men if a jury blames the city and two retired officers for their wrongful conviction. Terry Harrington and Curtis McGhee, of Omaha, Neb., claim the city and two police investigators targeted them for the shooting of a former police captain because of their race. The men were freed in 2003 after 25 years in prison after the Iowa Supreme Court found prosecutors committed misconduct. The men are suing for $100 million.

Atlantic City Council to act on AMU budget and various construction contracts

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December 4th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic City Council, Wednesday is expected to act on a Resolution accepting the 2013 budget for Atlantic Municipal Utilities. AMU says its total budget for 2013 is up 12.1-percent from the current year. 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 the Council feels AMU’s budget report is not detailed enough, or fails to provide a complete financial picture, they have the option of declining it.

In other business, the Atlantic City Council will hear a report from Parks and Rec Director Roger Herring. They’ll also act on a resolution accepting work on construction of the City Street Maintenance Garage, and approval of various change orders for HMA street resurfacing and the Wastewater Treatment Plant improvement projects.

The City Council meeting begins at 5:30-p.m. Wednesday, at City Hall.

Council Bluffs faces special tax if it loses case

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December 4th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The city of Council Bluffs may be forced to levy a special tax to pay two black men if a jury blames the city and two retired officers for their wrongful conviction. Terry Harrington and Curtis McGhee, of Omaha, Neb., claim the city and two police investigators targeted them for the shooting of a former police captain because of their race. The men were freed in 2003 after 25 years in prison when the Iowa Supreme Court found prosecutors committed misconduct. The men are suing the city and the policemen for $100 million.

Three city insurers have won court cases that relieve them from paying any judgment although one case is on appeal. Without insurance coverage, Council Bluffs may have to tax property owners to raise enough money to pay.

More than 90,000 Iowa residents hit by data breach

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December 4th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa officials say more than 90,000 residents in the state have been affected by a nationwide insurance breach that’s impacted more than a million people. Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller announced the data breach’s effect on the state Tuesday. The breach has affected customers for Nationwide Insurance and Allied Insurance. Ohio-based Nationwide Insurance posted on its website about the Oct. 3 intrusion, which explains personal data was compromised from both policy holders and non-policy holders. The company says it is not aware of any misuse of the information.

Miller says Iowa residents may have been affected by the breach if they were seeking a competitive insurance quote through a company or third party agent that ran information through Nationwide.

Cumberland man arrested on alcohol/drug charges

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December 4th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest Saturday of a Cumberland man.  51-year old Kevin Floyd Edwards was taken into custody on a Cass County Sheriff’s warrant for OWI 2nd Offense and an additional charge of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Edwards was taken to the Cass County Jail where he was released later that day on $2000 bond. And, 29-year old Eddie Ray Mack, Jr., of Audubon, was arrested Saturday, on a charge of Violating a No Contact Order. Mack was taken to the Cass County Jail, pled not guilty to the charge, and was released on Sunday.

The Sheriff’s Office says also, 50-year old Catherine Ann Renaud, of Atlantic, was arrested Nov. 28th, on a charge of OWI 1st Offense. She taken to the Cass County Jail where she was released the following day on $1000 bond.

Fremont County Sheriff’s Blotter

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December 4th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Fremont County Sheriff’s Department, Tuesday (12/4) released a report on arrests from over the past week. Officials say on Sunday, 40-year old Tonya Trimble, of Omaha, was arrested on a warrant out of Pottawattamie County. Last Saturday, 19-year old Corey Morrical, of Malvern, was arrested for OWI/1st offense, Careless Driving and Open Container. On Friday, 37-year old William Fuller, of Shenandoah, was arrested on Possession with the Intent to Deliver/Meth and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, charges. That same day, 26-year old Ronald Hankins, of Tabor, was arrested for Driving Under Suspension, Trespassing and an ATV violation. And, on Tuesday, Nov. 27th, 55-year old Kandyce Arman, of Glenwood, was arrested for OWI/2nd offense.

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Adams County man arrested on drug charge Monday

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December 4th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Adams County Sheriff’s Office reports one person was arrested Monday night on a drug charge. 30-year old Gary Lillie, of Prescott, was taken into custody at around 8:50-p.m. on a warrant charging him with Possession of a Controlled Substance/Marijuana. The warrant was issued following an investigation into an incident which occurred on Oct. 16th, 2012. Lillie was being held in the Adams County Jail on $1,000 bond.

2 arrested on assault charges Monday in Atlantic

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December 4th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Two Atlantic residents were arrested on assault charges, Monday. According to the Atlantic Police Department, 38-year old Steven Gustin was arrested for Domestic Abuse Assault, and 19-year old Andrew Kitelinger was arrested for Serious Domestic Abuse Assault. Both men were booked into the Cass County Jail.