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Public Safety officials urged to attend meeting in Harlan next week

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July 16th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Shelby County Emergency Management Coordinator Bob Seivert is encouraging public safety officials in the area to attend a meeting July 24th in Harlan, with regard to emergency communications. The meeting pertains to the “FirstNet” network, and takes place at 7-p.m. on July 24th at the Harlan Fire Hall (906 Cyclone Ave.). The meeting should last about 90-minutes. isicsb-logo

The “FirstNet” network will be a single, nationwide LTE network that makes it easier for public safety users to communicate during emergencies and on the job every day. The new network will provide faster access to information and wireless coverage where public safety personnel need it most.

The Iowa Statewide Interoperable Communications System Board (ISICSB) in cooperation with local communities invites anyone involved in public safety to attend a Public Safety/First Responder town
hall meeting near you about the future of broadband for first responders in Iowa. This is part of a series of meetings to educate Iowa public safety members on FirstNet.

The meeting is designed to answer questions such as: Will I be forced to adopt FirstNet services?; Who is this network for?; How does it relate to NG911 (Next Generation 911)?; When will it be built in Iowa? Will this replace LMR?; How much will it cost and what equipment will I need?

The Iowa Statewide Interoperability Board is sponsoring the presentation for public safety officials. For more information about the meeting and to register, go to: https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07e9khws928ddc7a62&oseq=&c=&ch=

Braley has $2.7 million in bank for Senate bid

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July 16th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Bruce Braley has $2.7 million in the bank for his general election campaign. Braley’s campaign said Wednesday that the congressman from Waterloo raised nearly $1.7 million between April 1 and June 30. Braley had over $2.7 million in cash on hand at the end of that period. Since announcing his candidacy last year, he has raised over $7 million.

Financial reports were due to the federal government Tuesday. Braley faces Republican state Sen. Joni Ernst in the fight for the seat being vacated by Sen. Tom Harkin. Ernst recently won a five-way primary battle for the GOP nomination. Her campaign had not released any fundraising data as of Wednesday afternoon.

The race is expected to play a key role in the battle for Senate control.

Adair County Supervisors reject hog confinement based on Master Matrix

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July 16th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Adair County Board of Supervisors today (Wednesday) voted against recommending approval to the DNR, plans by two farms near Orient to expand their hog confinement operations. Adair County Auditor Mindy Schaefer told KJAN News their decision was based on scoring of the Master Matrix. She said the Board didn’t agree with the points taken on the Master Matrix application, and since there needs to be 440 points and 425 were allowed, it falls under the amount required for recommended approval.

The Geidel family wants to double each of two of their farming operations from 2,500 head to 5,000. Schaefer says failure to approve the Master Matrix application doesn’t mean the matter is decided. She says the Board of Supervisors don’t have all that much control over the matter. All they can do is to recommend the DNR approve or reject the application. The DNR can either affirm the Board’s recommendation and deny the expansion plans, or they can reject some or all of the points removed by the Board.

If the final number of points meets the requirement, the expansion plans can proceed.

Glenwood woman arrested on drug charges

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July 16th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Police in Glenwood report the arrest of a local woman on drug charges. Officials say 29-year old Chanel Nord, of Glenwood was arrested this (Wednesday) morning, on charges that include Driving While Revoked, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Unlawful Possession of Prescription Medication and Open Container. Nord was being held in the Mills County Jail on $4,600 bond.

The Glenwood P-D reports also, 24-year-old Kyle Geurtz, of Glenwood, was arrested Tuesday, on a Mills County warrant for 5th Degree Theft. Geurtz was being held in the Mills County Jail on $300 bond.

Only 10% of Kids in School Lunch Programs Get Summer Meals

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July 16th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa – For thousands of low-income families in Iowa, summer vacation is a time of increased hunger, as children don’t have school meals to rely on. But progress is being made to close that gap. A new study from the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) shows the number of children in the state taking part in federal Summer Nutrition Programs is rising.

That mirrors the national improvements, after the big hit many programs took during the recession, according to Signe Anderson, a senior child nutrition policy analyst with FRAC. “During the economic downturn a lot of schools shut their doors and no longer offered summer school,” she says. “And so, along with that, the summer meals disappeared because oftentimes, the meal program are set up with summer school programming that goes on.”

As of the summer of 2013, the number of Iowa children served by Summer Nutrition Programs had reached more than 16,000, although that’s still just 10 percent of the 165,000 who receive free and reduced-price lunches during the school year. Another way to reach those children going without regular meals over the summer, explains Anderson, is through local parks and recreation programs.

“That’s another area where oftentimes, kids are in the parks, and they’re outside and ideally that’s where you want them to be, is outside and active in a safe space,” she explains. “Working with Parks and Rec has also been a good avenue, and then also, YMCAs and Boys and Girls Clubs.”

Nationally, the average daily participation in summer meal programs rose about 6 percent from 2012 to 2013, while the increase in Iowa was nearly 17 percent. Anderson points out that in addition to nutritious food, these programs also help children with enrichment and recreational activities that keep them engaged, learning, and safe during summer vacation.

(Iowa News Service)

Cass Supervisors approve bridge agreement with Montgomery County

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July 16th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Board of Supervisors, today (Wednesday, approved a Resolution to enter into a 28-E agreement with Montgomery County. Cass County Engineer Charles Marker explained the agreement with Montgomery County Engineer Brad Skinner is with regard to the joint responsibilities for a county-line bridge replacement project that Cass County will bear 50% of upon completion.

Montgomery County is the lead agent for the project, meaning they will handle the planning and specifications for the bridge, which is located in section 32, of Noble Township.

The Board also heard from a couple of Cass County citizens with regard to various inquiries that essentially boil down to private legal and zoning matters.

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Atlantic Young Professionals to host Employee Relations Lunch and Learn

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July 16th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce report Young Professionals of Atlantic will host its next Lunch and Learn on Thursday, July 24th . The topic will be on hiring, firing, and employee relations.  Kent Gade, President of Gade Insurance, and Don Johnson, Asst. Administrator of Human Resources at Cass County Health System, will be on-hand to discuss processes and best practices related to handling employee issues in regards to hiring, firing, keeping employees productive, and complying with employer regulations.

The Lunch & Learn will begin at Noon on the 24th, at the Chamber’s Depot Meeting Room. Cost of lunch is $10 for Atlantic Area Chamber Members and $15 for non- members. Any questions, please contact YPA Professional Development Committee Chair Tom Welchans at 712-350-0075 or the Atlantic Chamber. You can also reserve your place at www.atlanticiowa.com or by calling the Chamber.

 

Home sales slow down over first half of 2014, compared to last year

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July 16th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Iowa home sales decreased by 3.4 percent over the first half of this year compared to the first six months of 2013. That information comes from new data released by the Iowa Association of Realtors (IAR). Sales picked up in the month of June, however, according to IAR President Kathy Miller. “We sold 4,047 homes in June 2014 and 3,905 homes in June 2013. That’s an increase of 3.6 percent,” Miller said. Home prices in Iowa “rose slightly.” The average sale price (rose 1% from June 2013 to June 2014) as opposed to the median sale price.

The median sale price of a home sold in Iowa last month was $145,000. That’s down just one-percent compared to June of 2013 when the median price was $146,500.  “Now’s a great time to take advantage of the affordability in home ownership,” Miller said. “Interest rates are still good.” The report shows the average days on the market for a home sold in Iowa dipped to 81 days, down from 85 days in June 2013.

(Radio Iowa)

Lawn mower tampering leads to arrests

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July 16th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Authorities investigating a report of persons tampering with a lawn mower at a residence just outside of Red Oak early this (Wednesday) morning, arrested two men. Bobbie J. Bruce, of Red Oak, and Jason R. Aherns, of Council Bluffs, were taken into custody at around 3:30-a.m. on a charge of Trespassing (a simple misdemeanor).

Bruce and Aherns were brought to the Montgomery County Law Enforcement Center and held pending an appearance before the magistrate. Montgomery County Sheriff’s deputies were assisted by officers with the Red Oak Police Department in handling the incident.