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Mayhem in the Manor plays in Carson this weekend

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June 14th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Movie theaters aren’t the only ones showing superheroes this weekend. The city of Carson will showcase Mayhem in the Manor, a play written by local favorite Wilma Laughlin, at the Carson Community building. Laughlin says you will see all your favorite superheroes but not in the typical fashion “It is a light hearted dinner theater with all the superheroes such as Spiderman, Superman and Batman in the nursing home. It is a comical thing with bad guys trying to get the good guys. It is just a light hearted comedy.” 

She says the cast in the play are made up of local actors and actresses, “We are not a super class act theater but we are a fun bunch of people. If you enjoy watching local people, you will have fun with this.” Laughlin has written several plays for Carson events but says the time has come to slow down “These plays are getting to me a little bit. I think this is the last play so if you want to see one more play by me you better come.” 

Mayhem at the Manor will be shown tonight (Friday) and Saturday with doors opening at 6-pm and the show beginning at 6:30-pm. Tickets are on sale for $27 each and include a dinner beforehand. All proceeds go towards the city of Carson placing an electronic Daktronics message board for the Riverside Community. The message board will keep community members up to date on local events, Dreamland Theater movies, school activities and annual town celebrations. Tickets can be purchased by contact the Carson City Hall at 712-484-3636.

(Joel McCall/KNOD)

Harlan Flight Breakfast takes off this weekend

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June 14th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Flight enthusiasts are ready to take off to Shelby County this weekend. The 68th annual Harlan Flight Breakfast will be held all weekend long at the municipal airport. The two day event starts on Saturday afternoon. Scott Pigsley, president of the 8-Ball aviation club, says plane rides begin at 4:30-p.m. Pigsley says “We give airplane rides for $10. If you want we have hot dogs, chips and a drink for $3. The ride is around 20 minutes long. We go the Harlan Community out to Prairie Rose and back to the airport. Everyone can see where they might live or just enjoy flying.” 

For the breakfast on Sunday, Pigsley says if the weather cooperates, the airport could see up to 60 planes. “We usually have planes come from different airports in Nebraska, Iowa and even Missouri. If the weather is nice we could see upwards of 60 planes,” Pigsley explains. 

A breakfast of bacon, sausage, eggs, toast and a beverage will be served with tickets $5 for adults and children 10 and under eating for $2. The planes flying in on Sunday will hang around and be on display to check out along with classic and muscle car displays. No matter the weather, the Harlan Flight breakfast will be served on Sunday.

(Joel McCall/KNOD)

Walnut Antique show runs through Sunday

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June 14th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A PottawattamieCounty town is filling up its streets with antiques for the entire weekend. The Walnut Antique show began this (Friday) morning and runs through Sunday. Vendors from around the United States will fill up the streets with all types of antiques to buy, sell and trade.

Gene Larson, Post Commander for the Walnut AmVets, whatever you are looking for in antiques will be at the show as the city has 17 blocks full of dealers and are even using a former food stand, the AmVet hall, for more dealers.

Even though one hall now has vendors, food will be in 3 churches and the optimist club will have food too. However, the best way to start your day at the antique show is with a fireman’s breakfast. They will serve at 6-am each day. Even if you aren’t an antique buff, you will enjoy walking around looking at this stuff. The annual Walnut Antique show continues to be a free event with no admission or parking fees and will go on rain or shine until late Sunday afternoon.

(Joel McCall/KNOD)

Atlantic woman arrested Thursday

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June 14th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Police Department reports the arrest on Thursday of 41-year old Lisa Capouch, of Atlantic. She was taken into custody on a charge of Interference with official acts during a domestic situation. Capouch was booked into the Cass County Jail and held pending an appearance before the magistrate.

At least 5 Iowa tornadoes confirmed

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June 14th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) – Assessment teams have confirmed that at least five tornadoes touched down in north-central Iowa.  Officials say no injuries or deaths have been reported from Wednesday’s storms, which damaged homes, businesses and farm buildings.  One that hit within a mile of Belmond rated EF3 on the tornado scale, with winds of 155 mph. Meteorologists say its 200-yard-wide path ran for eight miles.
 
Another that came down near Belmond was rated EF0, which on the scale means the winds ranged from 65 to 85 mph.  A third tornado struck the ground about a mile north of Alexander, carrying winds estimated at 112 mph, damaging some farm buildings.  Two tornadoes reported near Hampton were rated as an EF1, with 90 mph winds, and an EF0, with winds up to 70 mph.

 

(Podcast) Southwest IA News: Fri., June 14th 2013

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June 14th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

With KJAN News Director Ric Hanson….

High speed internet is coming to Treynor

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June 14th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Residents and businesses in Treynor can expect faster internet service thanks to efforts of the Mayor and others, who took charge of an effort broaden access to wireless communications. According to the Daily NonPareil,Mayor Bryce Polland and a group of citizens in Treynor approached Spiral Communications of Glenwood, for help. The company says it plans to install fiber optic cables throughout Treynor proper and broaden wireless access to surrounding rural areas.

Mayor Polland said he’s heard concerns from residents who need faster Internet speeds to work at home. Officials with Spiral Communications say expanded internet service also contributes to economic development, by attracting new businesses to town and assisting existing, home-based businesses.

Company officials say they hope ground work on the project can start in July and be completed by October. They will run the fiber optics underground in some areas, and connect to telephone poles in others.

Special prosecutors appointed in Pottawattamie County case

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June 14th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Mills and Harrison County Attorney’s Offices will be called upon to handle cases against a Crescent man who allegedly threatened the Assistant Pottawattamie County Attorney. The Daily NonPareil reports the Pottawattamie County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Thursday to approve the appointment of special prosecutors to handle cases against 56-year old Paul  Grindstaff, who’s accused of threatening an assistant county attorney.

Assistant county attorney Maggie Reyes asked the board Thursday to allow the Mills County Attorney’s Office to prosecute Grindstaff, who is charged with first-degree harassment and terroristic threats after allegedly sending threatening emails to the Pottawattamie County Attorney’s Office. The paper says a second case involving a theft by Grindstaff will be handled by the Harrison County Attorney’s Office.

Grindstaff was arrested in Omaha in May. According to court documents, a grandchild was removed from his care in Douglas County (Neb.) in February. In April, his guardianship was dissolved. The affidavit in support of Grindstaff’s arrest alleges after the guardianship was dissolved, he continually emailed assistant county attorney Dawn Landon, who was involved in the case because the office represents the Department of Human Services by Iowa Code.

The state alleges the communications threatened bodily harm and intended to intimidate, annoy or alarm the recipient. Grindstaff was released on a $50,000 bond. A preliminary hearing in the case is set for July 10th.Reyes said there is an unwritten agreement between county attorney offices to cover each other in the event of a conflict of interest. She said Pottawattamie County would pay for any costs associated with prosecuting the cases, but they will not pay the other county attorney offices for their work.

Minor injuries reported following accident in Council Bluffs

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June 14th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A Nebraska woman suffered minor, possible injuries during an accident Wednesday night  near the Ameristar Casino, in Council Bluffs. The Iowa State Patrol reports 46-year old Sandra Rodriguez-Pena, of Bellevue, NE, who was wearing her seat belt, was transported by Council Bluffs Fire and Rescue to Mercy Hospital in Council Bluffs. Officials say her 2002 Chevy Cavalier was traveling west on Nebraska Avenue a a little after 10-p.m. Wednesday, and heading into the Ameristar parking lot, at the same time a 2010 Chrysler Sebring driven by 18-year old Kaitlin Jens, of Glenwood, was traveling east on Nebrska Avenue and coming out of the Ameristar lot turning left onto the ramp to get to Interstate 29 southbound. The vehicles collided in the middle of the intersection.

Iowa early News Headlines: Fri., June 14th 2013

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June 14th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Governor Terry Branstad has issued a disaster emergency proclamation for Des Moines County. The proclamation announced yesterday follows similar action for other counties due to spring storm and flooding damage. Branstad also activated an individual assistance program that provides grants of up to $5,000 for home or car repairs, clothing or food replacements and temporary housing expenses.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Senator Tom Harkin and three other Senators are asking Nickelodeon to ban ads targeted at children that promote and sell junk food and sugar. Nickelodeon says in a statement it is committed to fighting childhood obesity but will “leave the science of nutrition to the experts.” Last June, the Walt Disney Company banned junk food ads on its television channels, radio stations and websites.

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — A 27-year-old Bettendorf woman has been accused of leaving her infant in her car while working out at a Davenport fitness center. The Quad-City Times says Amanda Broihier faces a misdemeanor count of child endangerment.

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — Government data shows Iowa’s Hispanic population continues to increase at a much higher rate than the state’s overall population. U.S. Census Bureau data released yesterday shows more than 162,800 Latinos lived in the state in July 2012. That’s a 3.2 percent increase from the year before, and 10 times the estimated increase for the state’s overall population for the year.