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Numerous items taken from rural Union County property

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January 22nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Union County Sheriff’s Office says numerous items, including a tractor, were stolen from the rural Thayer, area. The owner, who lives in Lorimor, reported on Jan. 17th, that  someone took a gate, a 1950’s Ford pull-type combine, Allis Chalmers WC Commander Tractor with side hay loader, one steel wheel, and a 3 point bucket from his property on Warbler Avenue near Thayer. The property was valued at $2,600. Officials say the theft happened sometime within the past day.

Sheriff’s officials said also, 26-year old Clay Allen Brammer, of Arispe, was arrested Wednesday (1/21/15) at 9:00 PM at the Law Enforcement Center on a Union County Warrant for 1st offense domestic abuse assault. Brammer is being held in the Union County Jail awaiting an appearance before the Magistrate.

ServSafe Class to be held in February

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January 22nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

ServSafe, the national certification program for food service managers, will be held in Clarinda on February 17th, 2015. The cost of the course is $150 which includes 8 hours class time, a manual, and the national certification exam. There is a $50 discount for Iowa Restaurant Association members. It will be held at ISU Extension and Outreach, Page County office in Clarinda.servsafe

Anyone interested in preparing and serving safe food is welcome to attend. All food service operations are required to have at least one certified staff person. To receive more information and registration form, contact ISU Extension and Outreach,

Page County 877-596-7243 or your local ISU Extension and Outreach office. Anyone needing to take the recertification exam only may contact the office for more information. Registration is required by February 13.

(Podcast) 8-a.m. KJAN News, 1/22/2015

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January 22nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

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IA West grant aids Walnut & Underwood

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January 22nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Last week on KJAN we told you about the latest round of grants being provided to non-profit groups and local governments through the Iowa West Foundation. Among the communities sharing in the huge pool of grant funds, is Underwood and Walnut. Together, the two communities are sharing a $665,000 grant that is administered by Pottawattamie County through its CITIES program, which supports rural economic development. A local match is required to help in the overall funding of projects. Walnut City Clerk Terri Abel told The Daily NonPareil her city’s portion of the Iowa West grant is $400,000, and will go toward a streetscape enhancement project in the main downtown block.

Among the improvements will be replacing the sidewalks in that block, along with new curbs and gutters. Abel said work will also include the leveling of bricks in the parking area on the block’s brick streets, and improvements to building facades located along the block. The community has budgeted $334,055 and is seeking slightly more than that amount from other sources to complete funding for the nearly $1.1 million project. Abel said applications for other grants have been made, and they hope work can begin this summer.

And, Underwood Mayor Denny Bardsley says his city is receiving the remainder of the Iowa West grant to help pay for new sewers to be hooked up to the businesses to the southeast near Interstate 80. The land where those businesses are located was annexed by the community several years ago. The community has budgeted $260,000 as a match. The Mayor said bids could be let in April or May. It’s hoped the sewer improvements might lead to more development in that general area.

(Podcast) 7:06-a.m. KJAN News & funeral report, 1/22/2015

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January 22nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

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Medical condition causes accident in Montgomery County

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January 22nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A woman who suffered from an apparent medical condition lost control of the vehicle she was driving, causing an accident Wednesday afternoon about six-miles north of Villisca, in Montgomery County. Sheriff’s officials say 43-year old Nichole King, of Villisca, was traveling north on Highway 71 at around 4:20-p.m., when the 2012 Nissan Titan truck she was driving went off the road to the west and hit a highway road sign.

The pickup continued thru the intersection of 185th Street into the Sciola Cemetery, where it hit a couple of tombstones before striking the remains of the Sciola Church foundation. The truck came to rest with the driver’s side front tire hanging over the opening of the foundation.

Officials say King opened her door and fell 10-feet into the basement floor of the former church. King was treated at the scene by Villisca Fire and Rescue personnel before being transported to the Montgomery County Hospital for further treatment of non-life threatening injuries. The truck, registered to Jeffrey King, sustained $7,500 damage. No citations were issued. The accident remains under investigation.

Bluffs high school teacher faces sexual misconduct charges

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January 21st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Pottawattamie County say a Council Bluffs teacher faces charges in connection with alleged sexual misconduct with a student at Thomas Jefferson High School. The Daily NonPareil, citing a Council; Bluffs Police Dept. arrest affidavit, reports 29-year old Jeffrey Daugherty, of Council Bluffs, faces charges in connection to an alleged inappropriate relationship with a 15-year old female student.

Law enforcement officers arrested Daugherty on Jan. 8 on suspicion of sexual exploitation of a minor, third-degree sexual abuse and sexual abuse by a counselor, therapist or school employee. The Council Bluffs Community School District confirmed Daugherty teaches math at the high school and has been with the district since August of 2013. He is currently on paid administrative leave, following standard protocol when charges are levied against an employee.

District spokeswoman Diane Ostrowski said the relationship came to light when it was reported to a school employee, who then contacted authorities. The arrest affidavit shows the victim’s mother found out about the relationship after finding messages on her daughter’s phone. Sexual exploitation of a minor and third-degree sexual abuse are both Class C felonies that each carry a maximum 10-year prison sentence, while sexual abuse by a counselor, therapist or school employee is a Class D felony that carries a maximum five-year prison term.

Governor says other facilities would provide service with closing of Mt. Pleasant, Clarinda MHI’s

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January 21st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Governor Terry Branstad says the state will look to other facilities to provide care if his proposal to close the state-run Mental Health Institutes in Clarinda and Mount Pleasant moves forward. The governor’s budget sent to legislators does not include any money to keep the institutions open past June 30.  “We had two mental health centers that were not accredited, we have no psychiatrist in Mt. Pleasant, the one in Clarinda is going to retire. So, we wanted to provide better services, and also we are going to work with the University of Iowa Hospitals. The governor says they want to use facilities that have the proper staffing to help patients.

“We think we can provide better services to people with mental health issues with making this transition and not continuing those facilities where they’re not accredited and where we don’t have psychiatrists,” according to Branstad. The idea is not favored by everyone, including Representative Dave Heaton, a Republican from Mount Pleasant. Heaton is chairman of the subcommittee that writes the budget for the Iowa Department of Human Services, the agency in charge of the Mental Health Institutes, and he’s arranged for the agency’s director to go to Mount Pleasant Saturday (January 24th) to explain the proposed closure to the community.

Five years ago a consulting firm hired by then-Governor Chet Culver recommended that the Mental Health Institutes in Clarinda and Mount Pleasant close, but Heaton and others worked to keep the institutions open. The Mental Health Institutes are routinely the treatment option of last resort for acute care of mentally ill patients. The governor’s budget indicates the state will save 15-and-a-half million dollars by closing the two facilities. The M-H-I at Clarinda opened in 1888 while the Mount Pleasant facility opened the year the Civil War broke out, in 1861.

(Radio Iowa)

State officials send out school start date guidelines

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January 21st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Department of Education says school districts seeking permission to start classes earlier in the summer must prove that academic achievement is at risk. The Des Moines Register reported Wednesday the department sent the new guidelines to school districts. The guidelines say districts must show students would be affected in a “negative and significant manner” if classes start during the week of Sept. 1. Districts must provide research backing up the claim.

Last month, department Director Brad Buck told districts the state would stop granting automatic waivers to school districts seeking to start classes earlier in the summer. State law requires districts to start school no earlier than the calendar week including Sept. 1 but in the past, most have obtained waivers allowing them to begin classes earlier.

Iowa House panel OKs school spending increase

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January 21st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Lawmakers in the Republican-majority Iowa House have granted committee-level approval to a small funding increase for schools, but leaders in the Democratic-controlled Senate say they want to provide more dollars. The House education committee Wednesday approved an increase in schools funding for the upcoming academic year. The legislation is based on Gov. Terry Branstad’s budget proposal. It would provide an increase of about $35 million in general support for K-12 public schools.

In all, Branstad’s budget provides about $100 million in new schools funding, much of that earmarked for specific programs. Rep. Ron Jorgensen, a Sioux City Republican who chairs the House education committee, said this was what the state could afford.

But Sen. Herman Quirmbach, a Democrat from Ames who chairs the Senate education committee, called the proposal “inadequate.”