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Elderly Creston man involved in two hit-and run accidents

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February 18th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Police in Creston say a local man was involved in two, separate hit-and-run accidents this week. Late Monday night, a legally parked vehicle registered to Derek Kohl, of Creston, was hit by on Sycamore Street by a northbound vehicle, which then left the scene. The 1996 Dodge Avenger sustained $1,100 damage.  Police officers followed tire tracks to the home of 80-year old Dean Paxson, of Creston, where they found a 1996 Chevy S-10 pickup that had sustained $1,200 damage. Officers spoke with Paxson, who said he had no idea what happened.

At around 12:15-p.m. Tuesday, Police in Creston received a report that the rear of a 1990 Chevy Caprice parked off the road in a yard at 403 West Monroe Street, had been hit by a vehicle traveling westbound on Monroe Street. The car, registered to Timothy Norton, sustained $500 damage.

The vehicle responsible left the scene, but parts of it were left behind. An investigation matched the piece to Paxson’s pickup. The police report indicated no citations were issued.

Ignoring Parking Tickets in Clarinda will land you in jail!

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February 18th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Clarinda Police Chief Keith Brothers is warning the public that not paying parking tickets in Clarinda may land you in jail. Brothers said as an example, 21-year old James Alan Kinghorn, of Shenandoah, was arrested Tuesday evening on a warrant for failure to pay parking tickets issued to Kinghorn over the last couple of months. As a result Kinghorn ended up spending a night in the Page County Jail.

The Chief Brothers says the City of Clarinda goes out of its way to give individuals an opportunity to get their parking tickets paid. If a parking ticket is issued, the violator has thirty days to pay the $15.00 fine for a simple parking violation to city hall. If the parking ticket is not paid within the allotted thirty days, the police department sends a letter in the mail to the registered owner of the vehicle ticketed informing the person they have 14 days to pay the parking violation from the date of the letter and that the parking violation is now $20.

If not paid, a complaint will be filed with the court and a warrant may be issued for the person’s arrest. Brothers said that if the parking ticket ends up in the courts, the costs of the initial parking ticket ends up being about $100. He added, that it’s not his desire to utilize his department’s resources in arresting people for unpaid parking tickets, but he makes it clear that if you are issued a parking ticket, you shouldn’t throw it away, because that approach may just land you in jail.

Glenwood man arrested on Mills Co. warrants

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February 18th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Glenwood Police Department reports a Glenwood man, 38-year old Billy Hunter, was arrested Tuesday, on two Mills County warrants. One was for Probation Violation, while the other was for Theft in the 4th degree. Hunter’s bond was set at $6000.

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February 18th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

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More Kids Eat Breakfast at School, But Iowa Lags Nationally

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February 18th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa – The latest study shows a growing number of low-income children in Iowa and across the nation taking part in school breakfast programs, but locally there’s much progress to be made. The report from the Food Research and Action Center shows the number of Iowa kids who eat free or reduced-price lunches at school and also take part in school breakfast programs has grown by 2.2 percent over the past five years. However, Crystal FitzSimons, FRAC’s director of school and out-of-school-time programs, says much more can be done.

“Iowa actually ranks 48th for participation in the school breakfast program, compared to low-income students’ participation in the school lunch program,” she said. “So, they’re feeding about 72,000 students breakfast each day.” Nationally, an average of more than 11 million low-income kids ate breakfast at school each day last year, an increase of about 320,000 students from the previous year.

FitzSimons said many factors are driving the upward trend in school-breakfast participation. One is that states and districts are looking at more innovative and accommodating ways to offer morning meals, such as breakfast-in-the-classroom programs.

“It’s where kids are eating breakfast in the morning in the classroom together,” she said. “They’re doing grab-and-go programs, where kids kind of grab a breakfast on their way into school and take it to the class with them – really taking a look at creative ways to make sure that the breakfast program is available to kids who want to participate.”

Considerable research shows that nutrition – and eating breakfast in particular – is important for cognitive functioning and academic success. State-specific information is online at frac.org.

(Iowa News Service)

Teen tanning bed ban passes House committee

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February 18th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A bill that would ban teenagers from commercial tanning bed businesses has cleared a committee in the Iowa House. About 100 volunteers from the American Cancer Society were at the statehouse Tuesday, as a show of support for the bill. Gail Orcutt, of Pleasant Hill, a lung cancer survivor, has a cousin who died of skin cancer two years ago. “Kids can’t go in and buy cigarettes and certainly they can’t smoke cigarettes before they’re 18,” Orcutt says, “so we need to keep our kids safe and a lot of parents just don’t know how dangerous tanning is.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control, indoor tanning can cause skin cancer. Eleven other states, including Minnesota and Illinois, have passed legislation banning indoor tanning for minors. A 2011 study found one-third of the girls who were high school seniors had used a tanning bed that year.

While the bill banning teens from tanning beds in Iowa cleared the House Human Resources Committee, it wasn’t unanimous. Some Republicans on the panel objected, arguing it should be the parent who decides whether their 16 or 17 year old can tan.

(Radio Iowa)

Creston teen allegedly in possession of pot

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February 18th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Creston Police Department reports 17-year old  Andrew Gordon, of Creston, was referred to juvenile authorities after allegedly being in Possession of Marijuana. Gordon was subsequently released to his mother.

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Martin O’Malley heading to Iowa next month

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February 18th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley will headline a fundraiser for the Pottawattamie County Democrats next month. O’Malley spokeswoman Lis Smith says Tuesday he will attend the event March 21 in Council Bluffs. O’Malley had already announced plans to appear at a Scott County Democratic Party dinner in Davenport on March 20.

O’Malley is considered a possible 2016 Democratic presidential contender. He made several visits to Iowa before the 2014 midterm elections. O’Malley will also be making stops in South Carolina and Kansas in the coming weeks.

USDA Rural Development Loan and Grant Programs Assist Rural Homeowners with Needed Home Repairs

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February 18th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Iowa’s cold and windy winters, which average more than 30 inches of snow, ice and rain, can take a toll on homes, especially older ones with aging roofs, siding or windows. If a homeowner is in need of essential repairs such as a new furnace, roof, siding, or accessibility improvements, USDA Rural Development’s home repair low-interest loan and/or grant program is available to help eligible households make needed improvements.

Loans have a fixed interest rate as low as one percent and typically may be repaid over a term of 20 years. Grants are available to help applicants who are 62 or older, and who cannot repay a loan, remove health and safety hazards or to make the home accessible for a disabled family member. Bill Menner, USDA Rural Development State Director in Iowa, says “These loans and grants help eligible families make needed repairs that they otherwise couldn’t afford. Through this program a family can get a $3,000 loan that has a monthly payment as low as $13.80.”

Examples of eligible home repair projects include, but are not limited to, repair/replacement of storm doors, windows, steps, furnaces, water heaters or roofs. Funds can also be used for insulation, electrical, plumbing, septic and water systems, and to provide accessibility for persons with disabilities. Homes repaired with these funds must be located in communities of less than 20,000 people or in rural areas.

Along with loans and grants to repair homes, USDA Rural Development has two low-interest, no-down-payment loan programs to help eligible families purchase new homes.
To learn more about USDA Rural Development’s housing programs please call (515) 284-4444, email DirectIA@ia.usda.gov or visit www.rd.usda.gov/ia.