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Former Iowa teacher gets probation for drugs

News

February 19th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

ONAWA, Iowa (AP) – A former fourth-grade teacher in western Iowa has been given a year of probation for drug possession.  The Sioux City Journal reports that 44-year-old Karen Bartelson, of Blencoe, had pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge. Court records say police found methamphetamine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia in her purse on July 21st.

District Judge Jeffrey Poulson deferred judgment on the charge. That means the charge will be removed from Bartelson’s record if she were to successfully complete probation.  Bartelson was a fourth-grade teacher at Central Elementary School in Onawa when she was arrested. She resigned before the school year started in August.

Apps being accepted for local memorial scholarship

News

February 19th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Trevor Frederickson Memorial Fund have announced applications are currently being accepted for the 4th Annual Trevor Frederickson Memorial Scholarship.  Two $750 scholarships are available to those graduating from Atlantic High School in the spring of 2013.  Applicants must plan to attend a college or vocational school, show involvement in school and/or community activities, supply a copy of their college acceptance letter, provide two letters of reference along with their 7 semester transcripts, and maintain academic achievement of 2.5 or better.  The scholarships will be awarded at the Atlantic High School Class Night held in May. Applications may be obtained from the Atlantic High School guidance office at 1201 E. 14th Street or the Atlantic High School website: www.atlantic.k12.ia.us.

Trevor Frederickson (Photo courtesy Melanie Petty, Trevor’s mother)

Trevor Frederickson graduated from Atlantic High School in 2006.  He went on to further his education at Southwestern Community College (SWCC) in Creston, where he studied automotive mechanics and played baseball for the Southwestern Spartans.  Because of his affiliation with SWCC, two additional $750 scholarships will be available for students planning on attending the school in the Fall of 2013.

Funds for the scholarships are raised at an annual golf tournament.  Plans are already in the works for the 5th Annual T-Fred Memorial Golf Tournament to be held on Saturday, August 10th, 2013.  Organizers look forward to another successful tournament so they can continue to grant scholarships for many years to come.

Snow-laden storm headed toward Nebraska, Iowa

News, Weather

February 19th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – A powerful winter storm system is heading for Nebraska and Iowa, promising a foot or more of snow and high winds.  The National Weather Service says in a winter storm watch that snow will begin falling in western Nebraska on Wednesday evening and then hamper morning traffic in Omaha and other cities as the system heads east.

Accumulations of more than a foot are possible east of a line from Hayes Center in southwest Nebraska north through Valentine in the north. In Iowa, up to a foot is expected in some spots west of Interstate 35.  The weather service says the heavy snow and 15-25 mph winds will make travel hazardous.

Schildberg Rec Area may receive multipurpose power ports for campground

Ag/Outdoor, News

February 19th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Parks and Recreation Department’s Board of Directors met Monday evening at the Senior Citizen Center, while the City Hall renovations are underway.

An Eaton Corp. brochure picture of a possible version of a park power/water pedestal for the Schildberg Recreation Area.

Parks and Rec Director Roger Herring said he’s been holding discussions with Connect-A-Dock officials, about the possible purchase of power pedestals for the 18 campground pads being constructed at the Schildberg Recreation Area, with the idea being one pedestal would be used for each of the 18 pads.

The Eaton product brochure Herring presented to the Board indicated the units, which have three-different power point receptacles to accommodate varying power demands of campers and RV’s, and can also be used to supply campers and RV’s with water. They would be mounted on a concrete pedestal off the ground, so as to avoid damage from vehicles and even flood water. The power pedestals would operate on a photocell, and be weather-proof. They would cost about $11,000 altogether. The Schildberg Committee will discuss the option, and possible ways to pay for the campground power receptacles, at a future meeting.

In other business, Herring said bid-letting for the Sunnyside Tennis Court reconstruction project will begin this afternoon. As of Monday, there was no sign of the tennis courts, which were removed by crews with the City’s Street Department, in preparation for the reconstruction project. And, Herring said he’s working with Snyder and Associates Engineers for the final design phase of the Parks and Rec Maintenance Building and office. The final design will be presented for approval by the City Council, next month.

Roger Herring said there aren’t too many changes planned so far for the Summer Rec Program in Atlantic, other than he would like to see some management changes associated with the Swimming Program, whereas there would be a manager on site every shift at the Sunnyside Pool. Herring said the managers currently aren’t spending enough time managing the pool, and his time is stretched too thin to respond to every question or problem that arises during the swimming season.

Rollover accident in Montgomery County Monday evening

News

February 19th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

No injuries were reported and no citations were issued, following a rollover accident Monday evening in Montgomery County. The Sheriff’s Office says they received a call at around 6:20-p.m., indicating a single-vehicle accident had occurred on 250th Street southwest of Red Oak, just east of Evergreen Avenue.

When deputies arrived, the learned a 2003 Chevy Impala driven by 18-year old Carl Ray Mertz, of Red Oak, had gone out of control on the gravel. The car entered the north ditch and rolled onto its top, causing about $2,000 damage.

Winter Storm watch expanded to include all of western Iowa

News, Weather

February 19th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

COUNTIES IN THE KJAN LISTENING AREA: SAC-CRAWFORD-CARROLL-AUDUBON-GUTHRIE-DALLAS-CASS-ADAIR-MADISON-ADAMS-UNION-TAYLOR & RINGGOLD- 401 AM CST TUE FEB 19 2013...

WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM THURSDAY MORNING THROUGH FRIDAY MORNING…

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN DES MOINES HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WATCH…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM THURSDAY MORNING THROUGH FRIDAY MORNING.

* TIMING...SNOW WILL MOVE INTO SOUTHWEST IOWA BY SUNRISE THURSDAY AND SPREAD NORTHEAST INTO CENTRAL IOWA BY MID TO LATE MORNING…AND TO NORTHEAST IOWA IN THE EARLY AFTERNOON.

* STORM TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS...SNOW ACCUMULATIONS WILL RANGE FROM 5 TO 10 INCHES WITH LOCAL AMOUNTS UP TO 12 INCHES. THE HEAVIEST SNOW WILL FALL WEST OF INTERSTATE 35.

* WINDS/VISIBILITY...EASTERLY WINDS WILL INCREASE TO 15 TO 25 MPH AND GUSTY ON THURSDAY…THEN DIMINISH BY LATER THURSDAY NIGHT. SNOWFALL OF 1 TO 2 INCHES PER HOUR DURING THE PERIOD OF STRONGEST WINDS WILL REDUCE VISIBILITY TO 1/4 MILE OR LESS FOR A PERIOD OF SEVERAL HOURS.

* IMPACTS...CONDITIONS WILL DETERIORATE RAPIDLY AS THE SNOW MOVES IN. AT THE ONSET…VISIBILITY WILL FALL TO UNDER 1/2 MILES WITHIN 15 MINUTES OR SO. TRAVEL WILL BECOME HAZARDOUS DUE TO POOR VISIBILITY AND THE ROADS RAPIDLY BECOMING ICY AND SNOW CLOGGED.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A WINTER STORM WATCH MEANS THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR SIGNIFICANT SNOW…SLEET…OR ICE ACCUMULATIONS THAT MAY IMPACT TRAVEL. CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE LATEST FORECASTS.

Lack of playing time leads to youth basketball coach assault in Council Bluffs

News, Sports

February 19th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A Council Bluffs man reportedly upset about the amount of playing time his son received on a basketball team, allegedly assaulted a youth basketball coach Saturday afternoon. Police officials told the Daily NonPareil, 33-year old Donald D. Hastie Jr., was cited for simple assault following the incident which took place at around 1:30 p.m. Saturday, at Thomas Jefferson High School. in Council Bluffs.

Officials say Hastie allegedly pushed 37-year old David Schmitt, of Council Bluffs, when a dispute arose over the lack of playing time Hastie’s son’s received. Authorities say Schmitt fell over some chairs and injured his hand and wrist.

Note on computer printer puts Red Oak High School on lockdown Monday

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February 19th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A note found on a printer in the Red Oak High School media center forced officials to lockdown the school for a little more than three-hours, Monday. Superintendent Terry Schmidt told the Daily NonPareil a staff member found a note that threatened violence in the school, at around 9-a.m. The message indicated the person was upset and might injure themselves or others in the school by using a weapon.

Red Oak administrators contacted the Red Oak Police Department for assistance after determining the note was credible, and the school went into lockdown around from around 9:45 a.m. until a little before 1 p.m. During the lockdown, no one was allowed into or out of the school, as police and school staff searched lockers, backpacks and elsewhere for evidence of a weapon or of the note’s author. Staff were able to determine who had logged in to the school’s wireless server before the note was found.

After numerous interviews with students and other adults in the building – staff members and others at the school for a variety of reasons – authorities determined the school was safe. As a precaution, Red Oak Police officers stayed at the school the rest of the day, but there were no further incidents reported. The last time a string of incidents threatening violence at the school occurred a few years, school officials threatened to hold school on Saturday. That put an end to the threats.

An investigation into Monday’s incident continues,meanwhile, and school officials said they were confident the culprit will be caught and brought to justice.

Winter Storm Watch update: Tues., Feb. 19th 2013

News, Weather

February 19th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

AREA COUNITES: MONONA-HARRISON-SHELBY-POTTAWATTAMIE-MILLS-MONTGOMERY-FREMONT & PAGE… 306 AM CST TUE FEB 19 2013 …WINTER STORM WATCH NOW IN EFFECT FROM THURSDAY MORNING THROUGH THURSDAY EVENING…

* TIMING...SNOW IS EXPECTED TO SPREAD INTO THE AREA VERY EARLY ON THURSDAY MORNING NEAR THE TIME OF THE MORNING COMMUTE. THE HEAVIEST OF THE SNOW IS EXPECTED TO FALL FROM MID MORNING THURSDAY INTO EARLY THURSDAY AFTERNOON. OCCASIONAL LIGHT SNOW IS THEN EXPECTED INTO THURSDAY EVENING.

* ACCUMULATIONS…THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR A GENERAL SNOWFALL IN EXCESS OF 6 INCHES.

* WINDS…EAST WINDS OF 10 TO 20 MPH WILL CREATE BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW ON THURSDAY MORNING INTO EARLY AFTERNOON…BUT WINDS ARE EXPECTED TO DECREASE LATE THURSDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING LEADING TO LESS BLOWING SNOW. THE BLOWING SNOW IS MOST LIKELY IN OPEN AREAS.

* IMPACTS...TRAVEL WILL BECOME DIFFICULT DUE TO HEAVY FALLING SNOW ON THURSDAY.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… A WINTER STORM WATCH MEANS THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR SIGNIFICANT SNOW…SLEET…OR ICE ACCUMULATIONS THAT MAY IMPACT TRAVEL.

CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE LATEST FORECASTS. NOW IS THE TIME TO MAKE PREPARATIONS.

Iowa early News Headlines: Tue., Feb. 19th 2013

News

February 19th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Des Moines Democrat wants to require that school harassment policies address the issue of student bullying on social networking sites. Rep. Bruce Hunter introduced a bill yesterday that would update state guidelines for district bullying and harassment policies to include so-called cyberbullying. It also would require that all alleged incidents be reported to school administrators.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Anti-abortion advocates and lawmakers say changing state laws remains a challenge given the politically divided Legislature. Advocates held a rally in the state Capitol yesterday afternoon with Gov. Terry Branstad, Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds and other abortion opponents. Branstad said life from the point of conception was a freedom granted by the founding fathers, while Reynolds said the anti-abortion movement supported women.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Terry Branstad says he will travel to Washington to meet with U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to discuss extending a state health insurance program set to expire later this year. Branstad said yesterday that he would meet with Sebelius on Friday and discuss extending a federal waiver to continue the IowaCare program, which provides limited health care coverage for about 70,000 Iowans.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — The five final Blockbuster stores in Iowa will close this spring as part of a move to close hundreds of the video rental shops across the nation. The Gazette in Cedar Rapids reports that stores in Ankeny, Cedar Rapids, Davenport, Iowa City and Muscatine will close in April, ending a 20-year presence in Iowa.