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2 accidents in Atlantic, Monday – No injuries

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February 14th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Atlantic Police Department say no injuries were reported following two separate accidents, Monday. The first occurred at around 9:20-a.m., at 2nd and Poplar Streets. The P-D says David Schwery, of Lewis, received a warning for Failure to Yield from a stop sign, after his vehicle collided with a vehicle driven by John Bengel, of Atlantic. The accident caused $2,200 damage.

The second accident happened at around 6:20-p.m., at 7th and Linn Streets. Officials say Tiffany Benavides, of Atlantic, was cited for Failure to Maintain Control, after her vehicle rear-ended one driven by Crystal Christensen, of Atlantic. Authorities say Benavides was unable to stop in-time, due to the slick road conditions. Damage from the accident amounted to $8,500.

4 Cass County residents arrested on drug charges

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February 14th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Police Department reports four Cass County residents were arrested on drug charges Sunday. 29-year old Justin Taylor, 28-year old Cortney McIntire, and 26-year old Aaron Rayborn, all from Lewis, along with 35-year old Thomas Williamson, of Griswold, were each charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance. They were booked into the Cass County Jail and held pending a court appearance.

Another home invasion reported in Clarinda

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February 14th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Clarinda Police Department is investigating another reported home invasion incident. Police Chief Keith Brothers told KJAN News the latest incident occurred today (Tuesday), at around 2:15-a.m. at a residence in the 400 block of South 12th Street.

Clarinda Police Chief Keith Brothers (photo from the P-D's Facebook page)

 Brothers says an occupant of the home was awakened by a loud noise, and discovered the intruder standing in the kitchen. The suspect…a white male, about 6-feet tall…forced his way into the home through a locked door. He took off on foot in an unknown direction of travel. Officers searched the area, but were unable to locate the suspect. The home was occupied by a female. A similar incident was reported to have occurred last Thursday morning in Clarinda. Officials say a 40-year-old woman was sexually assaulted during the incident, after a suspect entered through a window. Brothers says it’s not clear if the two crimes are related.

The Chief says there are some things residents can do to protect themselves and their homes from intruders. He says you should keep your doors, windows, vehicles and garage doors locked, check the quality of your locks, keep any exterior lighting on, and purchase motion sensors. Those actions will help to prevent someone from getting easy access to your home. Brothers says citizens should also report any unusual activity, especially during the wee hours of the morning. The Chief also recommends you call 9-1-1 immediately if you think there’s someone in your residence.

Anyone with information on either of the home invasion incidents should contact the Clarinda Police Department at 712-542-2194.

Atlantic City Council to hold public hearings on street projects

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February 14th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The City Council in Atlantic will hold a series of public hearings Wednesday evening on several street projects. City Administrator Doug Harris says the hearings, while not required under Iowa Code, should be held so that the public can provide input on the projects before bids are accepted. Following each of the hearings on the various Hot Melt Asphalt (HMA) and Portland Cement Concrete (PCC) projects, the Council will consider and likely act upon resolutions approving the plans, specifications, and form of contracts, along with the awarding of contracts to the successful bidders. The bids will be opened on those projects a few hours prior to 5:30-p.m. start of the Council’s meeting. The total estimated cost of the projects, according to Harris, is a little more than $3.5-million.

In other business, the Council will act on passing a resolution honoring Atlantic Street Department Superintendent George Evans, who is retiring after 39-years of service to the City. That will be followed by Evans’ final report to the Council on the status and activities at the Wastewater Department.

The Atlantic City Council will also act on a resolution establishing a credit card policy for the City. The State Auditor has recommended the Council adopt a credit card policy, which would pertain to online purchases made by the Police Department and City Clerk’s Office. The Council will also approve a simple amendment to the wording and form of a proposed ordinance changing the speed limit on West 22nd Street (from Highway 71 to Olive Street), and on East 22nd Street (from Chestnut to Highway 6). The ordinance calls for the speed limit on those two stretches on 22nd to be reduced from 45- to 35-miles per hour.  At least one citizen has voiced their opposition to the speed limit change. The objection will be noted during the meeting.

And, the Council will act on a motion to hold a Special Meeting at 5:30-p.m. Feb. 22nd, for the purpose of adopting the Fiscal Year 2013 Budget, and fixing the date for a public hearing on the budget, on March 7th, 2012. Wednesday’s meeting begins at 5:30-p.m. in the Council’s Chambers, at City Hall.

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Avoca woman named Marine Corps’ “Spouse of the Year”

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February 14th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The U-S Marine Corps has named a former Avoca woman as the Corps’ “Spouse of the Year.”  Stephanie Geraghty, who grew up in Avoca, lives in North Carolina with her two sons Caden and Cole, while her husband is serving in Afghanistan.

Stephanie Geraghty and family

Geraghty formed a local running club called “Stroller Warriors,” to connect with other military mothers and to keep her mind occupied while her husband is deployed. The honor makes  her one of only 30 people who have qualified to  become the “Military Spouse of the Year.”

Learn more at http://msoy.milspouse.com/ViewProfile.aspx?id=295

Atlantic School Board to receive comments on Early Start Waiver tonight

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February 14th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic School District’s Board of Education will meet tonight at the High School Media Center, beginning at 7:30. The meeting will begin with a Public Hearing to receive comments on an Early Start Waiver for 2012-13, & 2013-2014. The director of the Department of Education may grant a request made by a board of directors of a school district stating its desire to commence classes for regularly established elementary and secondary schools prior to the earliest starting date specified in the Iowa Code.  The request shall be based upon the determination that a starting date on or after the earliest starting date specified in the Code would have a significant negative educational impact. A Public Hearing is required before the request can be made to the Dept. of Education.

The Board will also hear special presentations tonight, from: the Talented and Gifted (TAG) Program’s Joanne Sandage; Atlantic Parks and Recreation Director Roger Herring – who will discuss the need for school participation in funding repairs to the Sunnyside Tennis Courts; and, Jerry Purdy, with Design Alliance – with an update on the Middle School renovation project.

Action items on their agenda include approval of: A Letter of Understanding for the CCEOC (Cass County Educational Opportunity Center); A fiber optic line contract with United Private Networks; the District Calendars; A lease agreement for classroom space at 1209 Sunnyside Lane (for the Hospital School/EEOC); and, a Late Start Waiver.

Iowa News Headlines: Tue., Feb. 14th, 2012

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February 14th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa House has approved a school spending plan that continues a freeze on spending for this school year and leaves in place a 2 percent increase for next school year that’s already been approved. The budget plan was approved 56 to 39 on Monday evening.

NEVADA, Iowa (AP) — An April trial is scheduled for a central Iowa woman accused of killing her newborn twin daughters and hiding their bodies in the trunk of her car last month. The Des Moines Register says court records show 22-year-old Jackie Burkle of Huxley is to stand trial on two counts of first-degree murder beginning April 3. She entered a written plea of not guilty on Jan. 30.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa House panel has approved an eight-cent-a-gallon fuel tax increase and an increase on the tax paid when purchasing a new vehicle. Together they would combine for about $230 million a year to be used on road repairs. A Senate committee approved raising the fuel tax by 10 cents a gallon.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The University of Iowa will host first and second-round games for the women’s NCAA basketball tournament games in 2013. It is the 13th time Carver-Hawkeye Arena has been a host site. Next month, first- and second-round games will be played in Ames’ Hilton Coliseum, and Des Moines will host regional semifinals and finals.

Dense Fog Advisory until 10-am for parts of Western/SW IA

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February 14th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

COUNTIES: MONTGOMERY-FREMONT-PAGE-MONONA-HARRISON-SHELBY-POTTAWATTAMIE-MILLS-

310 AM CST TUE FEB 14 2012

DENSE FOG ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 AM CST THIS MORNING

* VISIBILITY…VISIBILITIES OF A QUARTER MILE OR LESS WILL BE COMMON THROUGH THE MORNING DRIVE. PARTS OF EASTERN NEBRASKA AND SOUTHWEST IOWA WILL SEE VISIBILITIES DROP AS LOW CLOUDS CLEAR TO THE EAST THROUGH SUNRISE.

* IMPACTS…REDUCED VISIBILITIES COULD CAUSE DANGEROUS DRIVING CONDITIONS. ALSO…TEMPERATURES WILL DROP INTO THE TEENS AND LOWER 20S…SO SOME FREEZING FOG COULD OCCUR ON AREA ROADS AND SIDEWALKS. SLICK CONDITIONS WILL RESULT.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A DENSE FOG ADVISORY MEANS VISIBILITIES WILL FREQUENTLY BE REDUCED TO LESS THAN ONE QUARTER MILE. IF DRIVING…SLOW DOWN…USE YOUR HEADLIGHTS…AND LEAVE PLENTY OF DISTANCE AHEAD OF YOU.