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Audubon City Council meeting preview for Jan. 9th

News

January 8th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Audubon City Council will meet Monday evening at the City Hall in Audubon, for a regularly scheduled session. During the meeting, which begins at 7-p.m., the Council will hear from Gail Richardson, with regard to the Library budget. There will also be discussion pertaining to parking in yards.  During their last session in December, Councilman John Wetzel voiced his concerns about cars being parked in yards throughout the city. Wetzel presented several pictures of vehicles being parked in front and back yards at several residents. He asked the council to consider passing some sort of ordinance keeping the vehicles on the streets.

The Council Monday evening, will also hold discussion with regard to Compensation practices. During their last session the Audubon City Council voted 3-2 to give all city employees a three-percent raise. Last year, each City employee received a $400 raise. The two council members who voted against the raise had wanted to wait until they found out what the city’s health insurance costs were going to be. The raise will go into effect July 1, 2012.

(updated 4-a.m. Monday) 2 transported to the hospital following Cass Co. rollover accident

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January 8th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Two people, a man and a woman, were transported to the Cass County Memorial Hospital in Atlantic  Sunday, following a rollover accident near Interstate 80.  According to dispatch reports, the accident occurred about a mile south of Interstate 80, near the intersection of 690th (County Road N-28) and Boston Road, at around 3:50-p.m.  Officials said a 2002 Saturn registered to a subject out of Guthrie County rolled over and came to rest on its wheels in the middle of the road. Both subjects were transported by Anita Rescue to the hospital. The accident remains under investigation. No other details are currently available.

Atlantic School District’s Collective Bargaining Unit to meet Mon. with Administration

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January 8th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Community School District’s Certified Collective Bargaining Unit is scheduled to meet with the district’s administrative team Monday afternoon. During the 4-p.m. session, the CCBU will present the Association’s opening proposal for 2012-2013 negotiations. The open meeting takes place in the Board Room at the Atlantic Middle School.

Warm January feeling more like spring

News, Weather

January 8th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Many Midwesterners hope for a January thaw, when the temperatures briefly inch above freezing. But this winter, some are wondering if the thaw will ever end. Temperatures have been higher than average for most of the winter, and in the past week they soared into the 50s and record-setting 60s in parts of Iowa and Nebraska. Although the spring-like temperatures are pleasant, Iowa climatologist Harry Hillaker says weather more common to the Upper Midwest could be on its way. Hillaker says history indicates that a warm December and January are often followed by a colder-than-average February and March.

Bluffs robbery under investigation

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January 8th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Police in Council Bluffs are investigating an armed robbery that took place Saturday night. Officials say at around 7:42-p.m., an armed robbery was reported at 1900 8th Avenue, in Council Bluffs. Two victims, whose names were not released, claimed cash and a cell phone were taken from them by two men. The victims said one of the suspects brandished a revolver during the robbery. Both suspects, a black male and a white male, were wearing dark-colored clothing. They fled the area in a small red car.

Officials say when two Council Bluffs Police Officers located a vehicle matching the suspects’ vehicle at a local gas and convenience store, two suspects fled the scene on foot, as the officers approached a group of people standing near the vehicle.

Two people were detained for questioning, one of whom was identified as having been involved in the robbery. The suspects’ name has not been released. The incident remains under investigation by the Council Bluffs Criminal Investigation Division.

Adair County Board of Supervisors to hold Special Session

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January 8th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Adair County Board of Supervisors will hold a Special Session Monday morning, in Greenfield.The Board will meet at 9-a.m., to hear Fiscal Year funding requests from: the Ag Extension Office; Adair County Home Care; Adair County Health Systems; MATURA; the Adair County Historical Society, and Adair County Tourism representatives.

Audubon Community Banquet Awards

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January 8th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Audubon Chamber of Commerce and Audubon County Economic Development held their annual joint Community Banquet and Auction Saturday night, at Saint Patrick’s Parish Center. Receiving a Special 2011 Community Service Award for their service, commitment and sacrifice to the community, was the Audubon Fire Department. Audubon Fire Chief John Ballou said the fire department is one of the few businesses, associations or groups in the community that actually hope their customers DON’T call them, but when they do, their 40 volunteer members, nine of whom are Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT’s), two of whom are First Responders, one Paramedic and two who are taking EMT classes, are ready to respond to those calls. He said he is extremely proud of each member of his department. He says in his years serving at the State Fire Training Bureau, he’s trained many firefighters from western Iowa and elsewhere around the State, and “The Audubon Fire Department takes a back seat to none of them.” Ballou thanked the community for its support and said the recognition they received Saturday night meant as much as anything else the community could do for the department.

Presenting the 2011 Audubon Citizen of the Year Award Saturday, was the 2010 Citizen of the Year, Thomas R. Nielsen. Nielsen said it was his honor to present the award to Lyle H. Hansen, Junior, who was born and raised in Audubon County, and is a dedicated servant to the community. He said Lyle has been a constant supporter and promoter of the community. When asked to serve, he says Hansen was always there to help, and could be counted on. Not only to serve on a committee, but to committed and active in the community. Hansen said he’s “Always been proud to call Audubon home.”
He says it’s “A great place to grow up and a great place to come back to. A great place to raise kids,” and great to his kids back from college and close to home.

Other recognition went to several sponsors of “Light Up Audubon”, which was tasked with raising money for all new LED lights to be hung in the downtown area. The lights were damaged in an ice storm a couple of years ago. To date, Light Up Audubon has raised over $4,800 toward replacing the lights, but the goal is raise $12,000, which will allow the lights to be replaced as needed, and kept on year around, during special celebrations and community events, not just for the holidays.  And, Audubon County Economic Development President Troy Wessel, Saturday night, recognized 13 businesses and two individuals at the Ceremony, who marked significant milestones over the past year, in the areas of expansion, new business, and/or who have received awards or recognition from their respective industries.

Bomb threat cleared in Council Bluffs rail yard

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January 7th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — A bomb threat at the Union Pacific rail yard in Council Bluffs has been cleared after no device was found. Police searched the rail yard for four hours late Friday and early Saturday before determining the area was safe. Police ended their search about 12:30 a.m. Saturday. No other information about the incident has been released.

Police investigate hazing claims at Nodaway Valley HS

News, Sports

January 7th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

GREENFIELD, Iowa (AP) — Police say they are investigating allegations of hazing involving the wrestling team at Nodaway Valley High School in Greenfield. KCCI-TV in Des Moines reports the city’s police chief confirmed the incident but declined to reveal details other than to say it involved several students. The school’s athletic director, David Huff, sent a letter to parents Friday saying the school is aware of a hazing incident on the wrestling team and that the school conducted its own investigation. He says disciplinary action is being taken and the school is taking action to prevent a similar incident in the future. In the letter, Huff says school officials were “disturbed by this incident.” Superintendent Casey Berlau declined to say if any students had been disciplined and declined further comment.

7-A.M. Local News (Podcast) 1-7-2012

News, Podcasts

January 7th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The latest area news from KJAN News Director Ric Hanson….

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