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Education Department asks for funding for third grade reading program

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December 30th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Department of Education is asking for nearly 14 million dollars to cover the costs of a new state program to make sure kids can read by third grade. Education Department director, Brad Buck, says the program begins with schools keeping an eye on this year’s first graders who might be struggling.

“Through that early warning system we’re letting first grade parents and kindergarten parents know that their child isn’t where they ought to be in reading and then we’re delivering services to those kids,” Buck says. Buck says the idea is to intervene now before those first graders reach third grade. “One component of implementation of that particular law is, if a child is still substantially deficient at the end of third grade one of the considerations is a high-quality summer program,” Buck says.

If the student doesn’t enter a summer program to catch upon their reading skills, they can be held back. That 14 million dollars the department is requesting would cover designing the summer programs, as well as the early warning system that lets parents know if their kids are struggling.

(Radio Iowa)

Fire destroys structures at rural Iowa property

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December 30th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

ANTHON, Iowa (AP) – A fire at a rural northwest Iowa property has destroyed several structures and hundreds of bales. Chief Ryan Baldwin with the Anthon Volunteer Fire Department says the fire started Sunday inside a machine shed, which destroyed a tractor and a feed wagon. The fire spread to a cattle shed, garage and hay shed.

The Sioux City Journal reports 300 cornstalk bales were destroyed. Authorities were able to extinguish the fire before it damaged another set of bales. Firefighters were on scene for about 18 hours. The fire, which remains under investigation, did not spread to the property owners’ home.

Powerful Tools for Caregivers

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December 30th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Do you help take care of an older family member or friend? If so, you are not alone. Over 65 million family caregivers in America provide a vast array of emotional, financial, nursing, social, homemaking and other services on a daily or on an intermittent basis.  Powerful Tools for Caregivers is an educational series designed to provide tools you need to take care of yourself. If you take good care of yourself, you will be better prepared to take good care of your loved one. As a participant you will learn how to: reduce stress, improve self-confidence, better communicate your feelings, balance your life, increase ability to make tough decisions and locate helpful resources.ISU Extension

Iowa State University Extension is sponsoring Powerful Tools for Caregivers in Guthrie County starting on January 14th. This program has been tested and evaluated through a grant from the U.S. Administration on Aging. Classes consist of six, 2 ½ hour sessions held once a week. Staff from the Audubon & Guthrie County Extension offices, Tonya Vetter, and Mary Ebert, will be conducting each class. Interactive lessons, discussions and brainstorming help you take the “tools” you choose and put them into action for your life.

Sessions are scheduled every Wednesday for six weeks and begin on January 14th. Classes will be held at the Guthrie County Extension & Outreach Office from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch will be provided. There is a $10 fee for the program. Scholarships are available, & the application can be obtained by contacting one of the two class facilitators. For more information or to register, contact the Guthrie County Extension & Outreach Office at (641) 747-2276.

(Press Release)

Accident in Atlantic early Monday afternoon

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December 30th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

An Atlantic woman suffered possible, unknown injuries during an accident Monday afternoon. Atlantic Police report vehicles driven by Tammy Wyman, of Atlantic, and Nathaniel Johnson, of Griswold, were both northbound on Olive Street approaching 5th, when Wyman slowed to make a left turn onto 5th Street.

Johnson was unable to stop his vehicle in time due to the slick street conditions. His vehicle hit the Wyman vehicle in the rear, causing a total of $5,800 damage. The accident happened at around 12:10-p.m.

Wyman reported some pain following the crash, but refused transport to the hospital. There were no citations issued.

Cass County Supervisors to meet Wed. morning

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December 30th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The final meeting of the Cass County Board of Supervisors scheduled for 2014 will take place Wednesday morning, in Atlantic. During their 8:30-a.m. session, the Board will hear from Kipp Harris, with regard to the County’s current Workers Compensation and Liability Insurance. They’ll also receive a presentation and/or report from Jill Christophersen, with the Audubon County Dept. of Human Services/Case Management.

Other, regular reports are expected as well, from the County Engineer and Mental Health/General Assistance, departments.

Audubon P-D arrest report, 12/30/2014

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December 30th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Audubon Police Department today (Tuesday) released a list of persons who were recently arrested. Officer Matt Starmer reports 29-year old Heath Austin Kroll,  of Kiron, was arrested for Domestic Abuse – 2nd offense. 21-year old Joseph Andrew Reisberg, of Audubon, was arrested for Supplying Alcohol to Minors.

48-year old Timothy Duane Smith, of Audubon, was arrested in Audubon for Driving With a Suspended License. 31-year old Donovan Eugene Harris,  of Boone, was arrested on charges of Domestic Abuse, Harassment, Obstructing Emergency Communications, Going Armed with Intent and Child Endangerment.

34-year old Claude Anthony Cheatem,  of Audubon, was taken into custody on a Harassment charge. 28-year old Jared Dewayne Joyce, and 27-year old Kassie Michelle Joyce, both of Audubon, was arrested recently, for Trespassing.

No other information was provided about the arrests.

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Red Oak man arrested Tue. on Federal warrant

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December 30th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Police in Red Oak this (Tuesday) morning, arrested a local man wanted on a U-S Marshals Service warrant. 38-year old Aaron Theodore Johnson, of Red Oak, was taken into custody at around 6:15-a.m. at his home, south of Red Oak. Johnson was wanted for indictment on a charge of being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm. The charge stems from an incident that happened Nov. 3rd.

He was brought to the Montgomery County Law Enforcement Center and held without bond, pending extradition by the U-S Marshals Service.

Downtown Atlantic business sustains damage from vandalism

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December 30th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

(Updated 10-a.m.)

A business in downtown Atlantic was damaged by vandalism overnight. According to Police Chief Steve Green, at around 9:50-p.m., someone heard glass breaking in the 400 block of Chestnut Street, somewhere south of the NAPA store. The person who notified police said they saw a short male suspect wearing a black coat, pants and stocking cap, run north in the 400 block of Chestnut and turn east on 4th Street.

When officers went to investigate, they found the front, 8-foot by 8-foot plate glass window at Aunt B’s (408 Chestnut), had been broken. The front glass door of the business was also smashed. Inside the store, where the window was broken, was a piece of black asphalt, measuring 5-by 7-inches in diameter. A picture inside a glass frame was also broken inside the store after it was hit by the piece of asphalt. Officers were unable to locate a suspect. Damage from the incident amounted to about $1,500.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the Atlantic Police Dept. at 243-3512.

3 Madison County men arrested on drug charges in Creston

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December 30th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Three men from Madison County were arrested this (Tuesday) morning on drug charges, at the Union County Law Enforcement Centerl. The Creston Police Dept. says 19-year old’s Kenneth William Killen and Zachary Trenton Holder, and 18-year old Jordan Dean Smith, all of Winterset, were arrested at around 4:50-a.m., for Possession of a Controlled Substance. All three men were being held in the Union County Jail on $1,000 bond, each.