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2014 Guthrie County 4-H Hall of Fame Inductee

Ag/Outdoor, News

August 20th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Officials with ISU Extension in Guthrie County report Jim & Jo Laughery of Guthrie Center were inducted into the 2014 Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame during a ceremony at the 4-H Exhibits Building at the Iowa State Fair on Sunday, August 17th.Laughery's Hall of Fame Eighty-two counties and two state level Iowa 4-H Volunteers were inducted during the ceremony at the 4-H Exhibits Building at the Iowa State Fair.

4-H has been a large part of the Laughery family. Mary Jo Laughery grew up in Guthrie County 4-H and was a part of the Beaver Valley Girls 4-H Club. While in 4-H she was busy with sewing, home furnishings, and demonstrations. She was unable to show cattle in the girls club so she joined the Valley Boosters Boys 4-H Club. While in the boys’ club she finally got the opportunity to show her Hereford cattle. She learned many life lessons from both clubs. She then became a 4-H leader for eight years for the US Sunbeams while her children were in 4-H. She also received the Guthrie County Alumni Award in 1983 for all of her hard work and dedication to the program.

Although Jim was never in 4-H he is no stranger to the program. He has served on the county fairboard for many years. Together, they own the Guthrie Livestock Auction. They allow the 4-H’ers the use of their scale before, in-between, and during county fair. They support the 4-H program by also running the fair livestock auction in which Mary Jo clerks all of the animals by hand. They also have purchased animals from the 4-Hers when the buyers fell through so the members didn’t lose their premiums.

Counties select inductees for their exceptional work in contributing to the lives of 4-H members and the overall 4-H program. Many inductees served as club leaders, youth mentors, fair superintendents or fair board members, fair judges, financial supporters, chaperones, or ISU Extension & Outreach staff members. The inductees have demonstrated dedication, encouragement, commitment and guidance to Iowa 4-H’ers through the years.

Awards presented at Iowa State Fair to families that have lead the way on environmental stewardship

Ag/Outdoor, News

August 20th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Gov. Terry E. Branstad, Iowa Sec. of Agriculture Bill Northey and Iowa Department of Natural Resources Director Chuck Gipp presented 88 Iowa farm families with the Iowa Farm Environmental Leader Award during a ceremony at the Iowa State Fair on Wednesday, Aug. 13th. This was the third year for the award program and to date more than 200 families have received recognition.

Among the award recipients this year was: Dan Buman, of Harlan; Randy, Janalee & Merritt Caviness,  of Greenfield; Audrey Charter, of Adair; Dennis & Jacque Hoover, in Guthrie Center; Stanley & Barbara Johnson, of Villisca; Charles and Ruth Owen, of Guthrie Center; and Bill and Margaret Thomas, of Emerson.

The award is a joint effort between the Governor, Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, and Iowa Department of Natural Resources to recognize the efforts of Iowa’s farmers as environmental leaders committed to healthy soils and improved water quality. It seeks to recognize the exemplary voluntary actions of farmers that improve or protect the environment and natural resources of our state while also encouraging other farmers to follow in their footsteps by building success upon

Winners were presented a certificate as well as a yard sign donated by Monsanto and a  commemorative program provided by The Nature Conservancy. Hagie Manufacturing sponsored a recognition luncheon following the ceremony. All winners were chosen by a selection group representing both conservation and agricultural groups.

Cass Supervisors approve industrial prop. tax exemption & CDBG apps


August 20th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Board of Supervisors met Wednesday morning, at the courthouse in Atlantic. During their session, the Board passed a motion by Supervisor Duance McFadden to approve an “Application for Industrial Property Tax Exemption (per Iowa Code( of A. M. Cohron & Son, Inc for reconstruction of an existing building due to economic obsolescence. The board also approved the portion of the project that is “new construction” with the understanding that this project is eligible for the five year sliding scale tax abatement.

Jeremy Middents, Housing Director with SWIPCO met with the county, the local government CDBG disaster recovery recipient for the flow through of grant funds. He reported that some funding was still available from the 2008 disaster recovery efforts after the 5th round. SWIPCO is the lead agency for the western Iowa ‘super region’. Six projects to construct housing in six cities have been presented and board approval is needed before applications may be submitted for consideration.

Supervisor Gaylord Schelling made the motion for the Board to certify that it has reviewed all six applications for Multi-family Construction Program-Round 6 CDBG funding and gives its approval for submission of the six applications. The Projects include: in Atlantic, a 24 unit apartment building; in Dunlap, 7 upper story apartments; in Avoca, a 20 unit apartment complex; in Woodbine, reconstruction of 3 apartments; in Perry, 20 townhomes; and in Guthrie Center, 10 upper story

The Board also approved an  application for the Renewal of a Class C Beer Permit and Sunday Sales Privilege (effective 10/18/2014) for 21st Century Cooperative, in Massena. Their next meeting is Friday, August 29th.

Agency sends extra checks after computer glitch


August 20th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Internal emails show Iowa’s workforce agency provided unemployment benefits earlier this year to people who didn’t seek them and that staff was urged to stay quiet about what had happened.

Iowa Workforce Development spokeswoman Kerry Koonce confirmed Wednesday that 85 people received excess unemployment payments in early March. Officials issued benefits to everyone who got them the previous week after a system malfunction meant they couldn’t process updated information from recipients. Koonce stressed that about 30,000 received accurate payments.

Agency emails provided to the Iowa Senate Government Oversight Committee show that after the malfunction, a manager emailed some staffers instructing them to provide no information about what happened and to blame “technical difficulties.”

The Oversight Committee is set to review what happened at hearings next week.

Montgomery County Sheriff


August 20th, 2014 by admin

The Montgomery County Sheriffs Department has arrested a Corning woman. Storm Armstrong was arrested on a Montgomery County Warrant for narcotic violations. Armstrong was transported to the Montgomery County Jail from Adams County and was being held on a 10-thousand dollar bond.

Area Farms Honored

Ag/Outdoor, News

August 20th, 2014 by admin


Several Area farm families were recognized at the just concluded Iowa State Fair. Ag Secretary Bill Northey awarded families who have owned at least 40 acres for one hundred years in the case of Century farms and one hundred fifty years or more for a Heritage farm. Those awarded century farms in Cass County included; Bartlett and Janis Blake along Cecil Boos and Ronald Boos; In Adams County DeLong Orchard and Cady Farms; In Adair County Jo Beaman; in Montgomery County Mark Focht was recognized, in Pottawattamie County Jeff Bisbee, Lyle Cain Junior, the Bette M Fulton Revocable Trust, Lawrence and Sudan Koerhrsen, Ross Valley Farms, and in Shelby County Melvin and Janis Dinesen and Rodney Knudsen were part of the 344 Century Farms honored. In the heritage program 86 farms were recognized included the Dinesen’s and Knudsen from Shelby County and from Montgomery County the hunt Family Trust was honored. The Heritage Farm Program was started in 2006 on the 30th anniversary of the century farm program. In total more than 18-thousand Iowa farms have been designated Century Farms and over 7-hundred farms have received the Heritage Century Farms.

Baby left at medical center under safe haven law


August 20th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The state Department of Human Services says someone left a baby at an Iowa medical center under Iowa’s safe haven law. The agency announced Wednesday that someone brought the boy to a medical center Aug. 13 and asked that he be declared a safe haven baby. State law allows parents or their authorized representatives to leave a baby who is 14 days or younger at a health care facility and remain anonymous.

The state withholds details about such infants. A court will terminate parental rights within a month. This is the 20th time the law has been used since its passage following a case in 2001, when a teen mother in eastern Iowa killed her home-delivered infant.

In all the previous cases, the babies have been adopted.

DNR: Boil advisory issued for Adel’s water system


August 20th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

ADEL, Iowa (AP) — Iowa officials say a boil advisory has been issued for the city of Adel’s water system. The state Department of Natural Resources says one of Adel’s water towers was being serviced when the city lost electrical service Wednesday morning. This created a pressure loss in the distribution system.

The pressure has been restored, but water must be tested for bacteria before the boil advisory can be lifted. City officials and the DNR recommend that residents boil their water for drinking and cooking. They’re also encouraged to use bottled water.

8AM Newscast 08-20-2014

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August 20th, 2014 by Chris Parks

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Iowa State University battles housing shortage


August 20th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa State University has turned away more than 200 applications for on-campus living due to a housing shortage. The Des Moines Register reports that nearly 12,500 students signed up to live on campus this fall. University officials are now planning to build another residence hall due to the record number of housing applications.

More than 400 students will temporarily live in makeshift dorm rooms set up in the common spaces of residence halls. The university also leased space in several apartment buildings to house over 1,000 students. On-campus housing is guaranteed to freshmen and transfer students.

Officials say an increase in enrollment is responsible for the housing dilemma. About 33,250 students enrolled at Iowa State University last year.