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USDA Rural Issues Roundtable in Avoca July 10th

Ag/Outdoor, News

June 28th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Local residents, business owners and community leaders will have the opportunity to share their thoughts about opportunities and challenges in rural Iowa when USDA Rural Development State Director Bill Menner visits Avoca on Tuesday, July 10th.

Bill Menner

 A rural-issues roundtable will take place from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. at The Club House at The Avoca Golf Club, 1701 N. Willow Street in Avoca. The meeting is open to the public.

Officials with the Agency say USDA Rural Development’s funding continues to have a dramatic impact on rural communities across Iowa.  Since 2009, USDA Rural Development has invested nearly $2 billion on essential public facilities, small and emerging businesses, water and sewer systems, and housing opportunities for Iowa families. Today, more than 1.7 million Iowans live in rural communities and areas, and nearly half of the state’s communities have fewer than 500 residents. 

USDA Rural Development says it’s working with rural communities to create jobs, expand opportunity, encourage innovation and build a strong foundation for the future. The agency currently administers and manages more than 40 housing, business and community infrastructure and facility loan and grant programs designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents and farmers and improve the quality of life in rural America. This past year USDA Rural Development’s investment in Iowa helped create or retain more than 1,900 jobs, aided 2,000 families in buying their own homes and assisted more than 80 communities as they made improvements to their facilities, services and infrastructure.  

Alliant Energy to initiate Appliance Cycling in parts of Iowa today

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June 28th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – June 28, 2012 – Interstate Power and Light Co. (IPL), an Alliant Energy company, announced today it will cycle air conditioners for participating Iowa customers in the central and southern regions of the state, or for customers south of Highway 20. Weather conditions are such that between 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. today customers enrolled in the Appliance Cycling program will have their air conditioner cycled in 15-minute intervals to reduce overall energy usage. 

Participating residential customers have a small control switch placed on or near their central air conditioner. Today, Alliant Energy will send a signal to the switches in the targeted areas. Some of the major communities included in this cycling event include Cedar Rapids, Marshalltown, Clinton, Grinnell, Newton, Burlington, Ft. Madison, Ottumwa, Centerville, Creston, and Washington. The control switch will cycle the outdoor cooling unit off and on every 15 minutes. The furnace fan will continue to circulate the cooler, drier air already in the home. 

Alliant Energy pays each participating residential customer $8 per month from June through September – whether the air conditioner is cycled or not. A similar program for electric water heaters is also included in today’s event. Customers enrolled in that program receive a $2 per month discount during the same June through September time period. Appliance Cycling events typically occur between May 15 and September 15 on weekdays between 1 p.m.  7 p.m. They are not initiated on weekends or holidays.

Cass County Board to act on VA Commissioner appointment

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June 28th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Board of Supervisors will meet Friday morning at the Courthouse in Atlantic. On the agenda for the 9-a.m. session, is action on: a Resolution to approve the appointment of a deputy county attorney to serve during the County Attorney’s absence or in case where there is a conflict of interest; Approving a fireworks display permit; Appointing a Veterans Affairs Commissioner to a 3-year term, effective July 1st; An update from Cass County Public Safety Commission Chair Steve Livengood, on the possible relocation of the communications center and a report on recent personnel changes at the Iowa Department of Public Safety; and, an end of fiscal year expense appropriation review and possible amendment.

The Board will also hear from Bob and Nella Seivert, new owners of the Medivac  Ambulance service.

9AM Newscast 06-28-2012

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June 28th, 2012 by Chris Parks

w/ Ric Hanson

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Public Hearing Friday in Adair County over Indigent Burial Program

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June 28th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A public hearing will be held Friday in Greenfield, with regard to Ordinance 3-B, which prescribed the Indigent Burial Program in Adair County, and Repealing the IBP prescribed in Ordinance 3-A, section 6-d. The hearing will take place at 9:30-a.m., during a hearing of the Adair County Board of Supervisors, which begins at 9-a.m.

Following he hearing, the Board will consider the 2nd and 3rd readings and act on a Resolution approving Ordinance 3-B. In other business: the Supervisors will hear from the VA Commissioner, with regard to Commissioner appointments; discuss the Courtyard Use Permit; Hear from the Adair County Auditor, with regard to an office closing for election training, bids for the computer server, and an update on the backup & Information Technology services.

The Supervisors will also: Hear from Sheriff Brad Newton, about a Civil Clerk’s position, and the Jailer/Dispatcher new hire & longevity increase; Receive a report from the County Conservation Board; and act on approving a snow plow truck purchase, Rock contract, the used of Farm-to-Market funds forf road rock, and other Secondary Roads Department matters.

7AM Newscast 06-28-2012

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June 28th, 2012 by Chris Parks

w/ Ric Hanson

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Iowa DOT needs your input on interstate rest areas

News

June 28th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Department of Transportation says they will be conducting a rest area users’ opinion survey in June and July to assist in planning for future rest area needs. The same survey will be conducted in a variety of ways.

  • Anyone can take the survey online at http://www.IowaDOTRestAreaStudy.com/ beginning June 28 through July 16.
  • Rest area visitors to the Wilton, Osceola, Cedar Rapids, Onawa, Pacific Junction, Waukee, and Dows facilities will be asked to participate in the surveys during daytime hours June 28-30 and July 12-14.
  • Surveys will be send via email (if address is available) or regular mail to all of the state’s registered commercial motor carriers.
  • Printed surveys will be made available at all rest areas and weigh stations during the study period.

The survey has been designed to be completed in three to five minutes.

Omaha Salvation Army providing relief from heat

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June 28th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – The Salvation Army will keep its doors around Omaha open for people in need of a break from extreme heat that has reached triple digits this week.  Four Salvation Army locations across the Omaha area are designated as community cooling stations, including the Council Bluffs Corps in Council Bluffs. The stations will be open through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. On Saturday and Sunday, the locations will open at 8 a.m. and close at 5 p.m.  Cold drinks will be provided, and the organization is seeking donations of bottled water.

Atlantic School Board hires Winterset Instructor

News

June 28th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Community School District’s Board of Education met Wednesday evening at the High School.

Jennifer Gaesser (Photo from Winterset School District website)

Superintendent Dr. Mike Amstein said the Board unanimously approved the hiring of Jennifer Gaesser, as the Vocal Music Teacher for the High School, as a replacement for Lucas Johnson, who has served with the District for the past 5-years. Gaesser comes to the District from Winterset, where she served for the past 7-years as the 7th and 8th grade Vocal Music Instructor. Superintendent Dr. Mike Amstein said Gaesser came highly recommended by Winterset Superintendent Mike Wells, who himself, is moving on to become Superintendent at the Cedar Rapids.

In other business, Amstein said the Board tentatively discussed setting their goals for the upcoming school year. He said the Board asked him to make some adjustments to the draft, with the final copy to be presented to them during their meeting in July.

Woman arrested for counterfeiting & other charges

News

June 28th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Red Oak Police Department reports the arrest late Wednesday night of 39-year-old Michelle Marie Neville, of Red Oak,  on Counterfeiting, forgery and possession of stolen property charges. Neville was brought to the Montgomery County jail, where she was being held on $5,000 bond.