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HCHS Board approves Smart Board and walk-in cooler purchases

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June 19th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Harlan Community School District will be making use of the new “Smart Board” technology in the Middle School for next year. In a regularly scheduled board meeting held Monday afternoon, the board of directors approved the slightly more than $12,500 project from CCS Presentation Systems out of Omaha, NE. CCS helped the Harlan community save over $5,000 from the 2nd lowest bid. The District will receive 11 Smart Boards for the Middle School. The normal price for each board is $1,500, however through a SMART Starter Grant, the district will receive six of the boards at half the cost. Superintendent Justin Wagner said it was another step in efforts to improve technology within the district.

The Smart Boards weren’t the only bids the Harlan School Board approved Monday. They also reviewed bids for a walk-in cooler intended for the elementary building. The current 5-by-7 cooler will be replaced with a larger 8-by-11 cooler, for additional storage. Wagner said it’s replacement was long overdue. The Board received two bids for the walk-in cooler. They ended-up accepting a bid from Kruse Refrigeration and Electric Inc. of Harlan. Their bid of $18,650, includes installation.

In other business, Harlan Board of Education hired a new girl’s head basketball coach. Zach Klaassen will replace Tony Vis next season. Vis left the district last month. The Board also hired Dan Hoch for High School Social Studies Teacher, and, Middle School Track Coach Jared Boysen, was hired for head girl’s soccer coach. In addition, Mike Bierl will become a full time bus driver at the start of the new school year.

Cass Board to vote on adopting Illegal Dumping Ordinance

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June 19th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Board of Supervisors will hold the second and final public hearing concerning an Illegal Dumping Ordinance during their meeting Wednesday morning, in Atlantic. Following the hearing, the Board will hold a second reading of the ordinance and move to adopt it, after waiving the third reading, assuming their are no objections.

In other business, the Supervisors will act on an extension of tax credits for Fiscal Year 2012-2013 (Homestead, Edlerly & disabled, Ag Land and Family Farm),  Expense Appropriations for Fiscal Year 2013, including funding request appropriations if necessary, and, after receiving certifications from County officers for base salaries of their deputies and certifying those base salaries to Auditor Dale Sunderman, the Board will act on determining the compensation of “other employees” (meaning those not currently under a bargaining unit of other employment contracts).

The meeting begins at 9-a.m. in the Courthouse Board Room. Also getting underway at 9-a.m., in Greenfield, is a meeting of the Adair County Board of Supervisors. Members of the Board will act on: a Transfer Resolution; Notice of Vacancies and Intent to Appoint; and, an update to the Personnel Policy. They’ll also hear presentations from: Jack Reed, with Iowa Negotiations Services, LLC, with regard to services offered to the County; and, David Knapp, with ACES, with regard to a Backup Presentation and/or bid.

3rd Thursday concert series begins in Atlantic

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June 19th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

This Thursday evening (June 21st) marks the beginning of 2012’s “Third Thursday” Summer Concert Series, in Atlantic. Entertainment will be provided by “Dirt Road Acoustic Rehab,”  in the Atlantic City Park, from 5:30- to 8:30-p.m. Dirt Road Acoustic Rehab, a local country, rock, and blues band, frequently performs in venues around Stuart, Boone, Adel, and Panora. The group will play free of charge.

Every third Thursday in June, July, and August will feature music, arts, and produce in the park for the series, organized by the Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Audience members will need to bring lawn chairs or picnic blankets to best enjoy the experience. Ready-to-eat meals will be available through local vendors. 

The Chamber says it is actively accepting applications from food producers and artisans who would like to set up shop during the events, an addition to the program for 2012. A partnership with the Cass County Food Policy Council, the sidekick effort is called Produce in the Park and will appeal to increasing numbers of health-conscious consumers, foodies, and sustainability enthusiasts.

On the roster for July is Travelin’ Light Band, a popular area rock ‘n’ roll group. August will feature a mix of local talents, headlined by hip hop artist Jesse Swanson (DJ Chaos), with a list of openers to be announced in July.More information on the concert series can be obtained through the Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce at 712-243-3017.

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Free Summer Gardening Web Series to Focus on Vegetable Gardening

Ag/Outdoor, News

June 19th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Master Gardener program is once again offering a series of summer webinars free to all local residents with an interest in gardening. The 2012 series is titled “Garden Goodness” and will be hosted by Iowa State University Extension county offices on the fourth Tuesday of each month, May through August. The Cass County Extension Office is a local host site.

Each session will provide information about vegetable gardening, from a variety of perspectives. The second presentation in the series is scheduled for Tuesday, June 26th. From 6:30-7:30 p.m. Angie Tagtow, environmental nutrition consultant,will discuss Food Gardening and Health. From 7:30-8:30 p.m. Denise Fikes, Mills County Extension horticulture assistant, will talk about Glenwood’s Giving Garden. Participants will watch the presentation live from campus, projected onto a large screen, and have the opportunity to ask questions and discuss the topic with the presenter. There is no charge to attend the classes, and no requirements to attend the entire series. Local gardeners are encouraged to attend any session that catches their interest.

Upcoming dates, presenters and topics for the 2012 series are:

On July 24, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Linda Naeve will talk on the Peoples Garden Project and Working with Youth; from 7:30-8:30 p.m. Cindy Haynes will discuss Edible Ornamentals. Naeve is an ISU Extension value added agriculture specialist; Haynes is an associate professor in the Department of Horticulture and an ISU Extension consumer/urban horticulture specialist. The final session on August 28, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. will feature Angela Tedesco presenting the Top Ten Sustainable Gardening Tips from Turtle Farm. Tedesco is owner of Turtle Farm, an organic vegetable, fruit and herb CSA near Granger, Iowa.

The series, in its third year, is offered by Iowa Master Gardener program in response to requests for more Iowa gardening educational opportunities. The sessions are open to all interested gardeners; participants are not required to have completed Master Gardener training to attend, however the session will fulfill Master Gardener continuing education requirements.

Pre-registration is encouraged, but not required, to allow local staff to plan for appropriate accommodations. For more information, or to register, call the Cass County Extension Office at 712-243-1132, email keolson@iastate.edu, or stop by the Extension Office at 805 W. 10th St in Atlantic.

NW Iowa Sheriff asks for witnesses to deadly crash

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June 19th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The sheriff in northwest Iowa’s Ida County is asking for the public’s help in providing information, with regard to a fatal crash that occurred Monday afternoon on U.S. Highway 20, about two-miles east of Holstein.  Two people died in the fiery crash.  Authorities say the two people were in a car that had stopped about 1:25 p.m. Monday at a construction site on U.S. Highway 20 to wait for a pilot vehicle. The car was hit from behind by a semitrailer and pushed into the back of semitrailer that had stopped in front of the car. The crash victims were trapped inside as the car burst into flames. Their names have not been released. The Iowa State Patrol says the crash is being investigated. Anyone who may have witnessed the crash or the events leading up to it, should call the Ida County Sheriff’s Office at 712-364-3146.

Iowa early News Headlines: Tue., June 19th 20120

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June 19th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — Mitt Romney says he thinks he can win Michigan — and that if he does, he’ll win the presidency. Romney flew last night from Iowa to Michigan for a day of campaigning. He is expected to complete a five-day, six-state bus tour today.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa City woman suspected of running over and killing a friend is charged with drunken driving. Fifty-year-old Miranda Lalla allegedly hit 44-year-old Pamela Gross with her pickup truck Sunday. Police are still investigating.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Roman Catholic nuns on a nine-state bus tour protesting Republican federal budget proposals say they’re not trying to flout recent Vatican criticisms of socially active nuns. Sister Simone Campbell says the timing of the tour is in response to consideration of the federal budget in Congress. She says the group’s goal is to highlight the impact of the budget proposals on the poor.

MOUNT PLEASANT, Iowa (AP) — Ames officials say one of the force’s sergeants drowned at a park. Officials say they were notified Sunday that Sgt. Howard Snider drowned at Geode State Park in Henry County. His most recent assignment was supervising the department’s Safe Neighborhoods team.

Griswold School Board Public Hearing & Special Meeting to be held Tuesday

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June 18th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Griswold Community School District’s Board of Education will hold a public hearing Tuesday evening, to award contracts for the parking lot reconstruction project. The hearing begins at 5:30 in the Central Office Board Room, and will include the reading of a letter of recommendation from Estes Construction, followed by public input. After the hearing is closed, a special session will convene, during which the board will discuss and act on personnel matters, along with the awarding of a contract or contracts for the parking lot project.

Atlantic’s Sunnyside Tennis Court reconstruction plans meet with approval

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June 18th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Plans to reconstruct the tennis courts at Sunnyside Park in Atlantic continue to move forward, thanks to approval from the United States Tennis Association (USTA). Atlantic Parks and Rec Director Roger Herring said at Monday evening’s meeting of the Parks & Rec Board, that the USTA approved the plans last week. He says because the plans have been approved, the USTA will send the City an application for funding. Once that’s complete, Herring says he hopes to announce the letting of bids for the project within the next month. Herring said also, the City has “A shot at having some new courts, or at least starting on them, by this Fall.”

The tennis courts at Sunnyside Park are in poor condition, and need to be resurfaced, especially before district tennis action can be held. During their meeting on April 10th, the Atlantic Board of Education agreed to split the cost of resurfacing the tennis courts with the City, which in return will help with the future costs of refurbishing the Washington tennis courts. The USTA application should help the City to obtain a grant to pay for the Sunnyside court improvements, thereby reducing the costs.

On another note, Herring says improvements have been made to the tennis court restrooms. Instead of replacing the restrooms at a cost of about $200,000, Herring took some money from the Capital Improvements fund and the Sunnyside Park Improvement Fund, and “refurbished” the old restrooms. He says the toilets and sinks work fine, but the lighting was “absolutely horrendous.” Herring improved the lighting for as little as $60, by installing “vandal-proof” lights, which also increased the brightness. He says they also painted the restroom interior, which is something that had never been done. He said the concrete block “dungeon” look is gone, and it’s “100% better,” on the inside.” The restrooms will soon be open to the public.