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Shelby County Fire Danger “Moderate” 3/23-26

Ag/Outdoor, News

March 23rd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Shelby County Emergency Management Agency says with a burst of cool weather and moisture expected over the next few days, they’re asking businesses and fire stations in the County to place their “Fire Danger” signs in the “Moderate” category for the next few days. The next update will be Thursday, March 26th. Moderate Fire Danger rating

Smith Land Service welcomes a new member to the team


March 23rd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Area Ambassadors visit Smith Land Service Co. to welcome Pete Smith to
the community and the company. Pete graduated from ISU in 2012 and is now beginning his training as an associate appraiser with the company.  Smith said “I graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in Agriculture Business and shortly after decided I wanted to grow my career and establish roots in my hometown of Atlantic.”

Smith Land Service Team: Wayne Nosbisch, Fauzan Smith, Glen Smith, Pete Smith, Deb Schuler Not pictured: Donald Kearn Ambassadors Pictured: Nedra Perry, Sue Muri, Pat McCurdy, Michelle Heath, Debbie Leistad, Jolene Roecker, Kathy Hockenberry, Connie Wailes, Lana Westphalen, Renea Steffens, Crystal Christensen, Julie May, Dolly Bergmann, Desiree Hoye, Megan Roberts, Carol Seddon, Christy Jespersen, Sara Nelson. Rich Perry, Ed Leistad, Dr. Mitch Peerbolte, Chip Hansen, Lucas Mosier, Russ Joyce, Melanie Petty, Dr. Keith Leonard, Darrell Hockenberry, Dr. Jim Kickland

Smith Land Service Team: Wayne Nosbisch, Fauzan Smith, Glen Smith, Pete Smith, Deb
Schuler Not pictured: Donald Kearn
Ambassadors Pictured: Nedra Perry, Sue Muri, Pat McCurdy, Michelle Heath, Debbie
Leistad, Jolene Roecker, Kathy Hockenberry, Connie Wailes, Lana Westphalen, Renea
Steffens, Crystal Christensen, Julie May, Dolly Bergmann, Desiree Hoye, Megan
Roberts, Carol Seddon, Christy Jespersen, Sara Nelson. Rich Perry, Ed Leistad, Dr.
Mitch Peerbolte, Chip Hansen, Lucas Mosier, Russ Joyce, Melanie Petty, Dr. Keith
Leonard, Darrell Hockenberry, Dr. Jim Kickland

Smith Land Service is located in downtown Atlantic and have over 32 years of experience. The company is a partner owned and operated farmland service company
offering farm real estate, management and appraisal services.

Medical issues contribute to fatal crash in Council Bluffs


March 23rd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A Council Bluffs man is dead following a crash late Monday morning in the 2400 block of Valley View Drive. According to Council Bluffs Police, officers and medics responded to the scene at around 11:25-a.m. An investigation revealed a vehicle was traveling south on Valley View and had left the roadway to the right before going airborne and coming to rest in a field on the west side of Valley View Drive.

A passenger in the vehicle, 82-year old Kathryn Sealock, of Council Bluffs, told authorities her 58-year old son Jeffrey was at the wheel when he passed out and became unresponsive. His foot pressed on the accelerator, causing the vehicle to speed-up. Kathryn Sealock tried to gain control of the car but was unable to do so.

Following the crash, Jeffrey Sealock was transported to Mercy Hospital in Council Bluffs, where he was pronounced dead. Kathryn Sealock was transported to Jennie Edmundson Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

City of Atlantic reminds pet owners to license their animals


March 23rd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The City of Atlantic is working hard to bring up the number of licensed dogs in Atlantic. The most important thing to note is that licenses are delinquent after April 1st and will cost dog owners an additional $10.00 per tag. Licensing your pet is one of the best ways to ensure that if he strays or she gets lost, they come back home to you as a responsible pet owner. It is also the law.

You may license your pet in person at the Atlantic Animal Shelter. To learn more about licensing your pet by going to www.cityofatlantic.com & read the licensing requirements in the City Code of Ordinance.License fees are a nonrefundable city fee.

Animals Required to Be Licensed:
Dogs inside city limits of Atlantic Iowa
Age Requirement for License:
All dogs 6 months of age

New Residents have to license within:
30 days

Vaccinations required for licensing:
Rabies—veterinary proof is required.

Dog License Fees:
$25 intact / $5 altered
(*Veterinary proof of spay/neuter is required to license at the lower rate

Licensing Due Dates:
Licenses are due January 1st of each year. Licenses are good for one year beginning January 1.

Late/Delinquent Fee:
Licenses are due by April 1st
Late licenses fee is $10.00 per licensed dog on top of licensing fees.

Animals Required To Wear Tags:
All dogs that don’t fit under the exceptions of city Code 56 section 56.03

Lost Tags:
You can request replacement tags by coming into the shelter in person and paying a $5.00 replacement fee.

Owner Tag Transfer:
If a dog changes ownership a dog license can be transferred to the new owner for $5.00

Clarinda Police Make Weekend Drug Arrests


March 23rd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Police in Clarinda report a traffic stop late Saturday night resulted in two people being arrested on drug charges. Officers stopped a vehicle at around 11:30-p.m. near the intersection of 16th & Orange Streets. An investigation resulted in the arrest of the driver, 35-year old Kenneth Richard Larabee,  of Clarinda, on suspicion of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of an illegal drug, believed to be marijuana. Also arrested was a passenger in the vehicle, 36-year old Dustin Trinity McClarnon, of rural Clarinda, for possession of an illegal controlled substance believed to be marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Both Larabee and McClarnon were booked into the Page County Jail in lieu of $1,000 bail each pending an initial appearance before a Magistrate Judge.

Lewis man arrested on drug charges, Saturday


March 23rd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A man from Lewis was arrested Saturday on drug charges. The Cass County Sheriff’s Office reports deputies arrested 25-year old Ricardo Enrique Torres, on charges of Possession with Intent to Deliver, Prohibited Acts, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Schedule II Controlled Substance, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Torres was taken to the Cass County Jail where he was released later that day on $9,000 bond

2 accidents last Friday in Union County


March 23rd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Union County Sheriff’s Office says no injuries were reported following two separate accidents last Friday (March 20th). The first took place on Highway 25 between Creston and Orient, at around 7-a.m., Friday. Officials say a 1994 Ford F-150 pickup driven by 24-year old Matthew Buchanan, of Essex, was traveling north on Highway 25 near 150th Street, when he missed his corner, backed up and was attempting to turn west onto 150th. As he did so, his vehicle was struck on the right rear fender by a 2000 Dodge Neon, driven by 25-year old Julie Russell, of Orient, who was traveling south on Highway 25. Russell failed to see the pickup due to dense fog in the area. Damage from the accident amounted to $2,500. Buchanan was cited for Failure to provide proof of insurance/accident related, Failure to yield upon left turn, and driving while license suspended.

The second accident happened in Afton at around 1:15-p.m. Friday, at the intersection of Highway 169 and Kansas Street. The Union County Sheriff’s Office says a 2007 box truck driven by 44-year old Keith Barnett, of Runnells, was stopped on Kansas Street at the intersection with Highway 169, and pulled away from the stop sign, failing to see a southbound 2014 Harley Davidson driven by 21-year old Lewis Ripperger, of Ankeny. Ripperger applied his brakes, which caused the cycle to lose control and hit the ground. The cycle sustained $1,500 damage. No citations were issued.

Red Oak Reserve Officer cited following collision Sat. afternoon


March 23rd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

In an update to our story Sunday morning about a collision between a Red Oak Police cruiser and a compact car, an Iowa State Patrol investigation resulted in a citation being issued to Red Oak Reserve Police Officer Collin Weaver. Weaver was cited for Failure to Signal when required.

The accident happened at around 3:45-p.m. Saturday on Highway 34 at the intersection with Eastern Avenue, in Red Oak. Officials say Officer Weaver was traveling east on Highway 34 near the intersection with Eastern Avenue, when he saw a vehicle going in the opposite direction traveling in excess of the posted speed limit. When he attempted to initiate a U-turn to stop the speeding vehicle, his 2011 Ford Crown Victoria was hit by a 2000 Ford Focus driven by Cheyenne Hilgerson, of Red Oak, as she was traveling east on Highway 34. The car is registered to Angela Booker, of Red Oak.

Authorities said Reserve Officer Weaver’s vision may have been partially obstructed by the prisoner cage in the rear of his vehicle. Officials say Hilgerson hit the brakes in an attempt to avoid the collision, but was unable to do so in time. The car hit the left rear of the police cruiser, causing a total of $7,000 damage. Following the collision, the patrol car spun and came to rest in the westbound lane of Highway 34.

Officer Weaver, Hilgerson and two others in her vehicle, Brian Wickham, of Red Oak, and Mack Ellison, of Stanton,  were transported to the Montgomery County Hospital, for treatment of minor injuries and complaints of pain.

Statewide Tornado Drill Wed. morning

News, Weather

March 23rd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Cass County is among the 99 counties in Iowa that are expected to participate in the annual tornado drill this Wednesday, March 25th. Emergency Management Coordinator Mike Kennon says as in the past, outdoor warning sirens will be activated in cities throughout Cass County at or near 10:15 a.m., NOAA weather radios will sound an alert and Cass County residents, businesses and schools will be asked to respond as they would to an actual severe weather event.Cass County EMA logo

New this year, is Cass County’s mass notification system, which will transmit a voice message warning to every landline telephone and an emergency text will be sent to all subscribers to the Cass Emergency Notification System. Kennon says “My hope is that we can get more subscribers to the county mass notification system. You can’t receive local emergency warning texts unless you register your cell phone. Subscribing is quick, easy and free.”

To register, residents can click on a link found on the kjan.com homepage (or  http://entry.inspironlogistics.com/cass_ia/wens.cfm) and sign up. You’ll enter your cell phone, e-mail and/or pager number, city and zip code. There are also links to register on the Cass County website homepage www.casscountyiowa.us, the Cass Co EMA Facebook page www.facebook.com/CassCoEMA, and the Cass Co Sheriffs Facebook page www.facebook.com/casscountysheriff.

The annual State wide tornado drill is the highlight of Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Division and the National Weather Service’s Severe Weather Awareness Week that runs from March 23rd through March 27th, 2015. Severe Weather Awareness Week is an annual event to remind Iowans that severe weather is part of living in our state and that understanding the risks and how to respond to them can save lives.

Area ISU students to perform in Les Miserables musical


March 23rd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

ISU Theatre’s spring musical, Les Misérables, based on the French novel by Victor Hugo, opens April 10th at 7:30 p.m. in Fisher Theater.Mis Universally beloved as one of the world’s most popular musicals, Les Misérables is a passionate story of redemption, sacrifice, and love, and it is filled with some of musical theatre’s most powerful and iconic songs, including “I Dreamed a Dream,” “On My Own,” “Bring Him Home,” and “Do You Hear the People Sing.” ISU Theatre’s production features students of Iowa State as well as children from Boone, Ankeny, and Ames.

Area students taking part in the production include: Angela Burg (assistant stage manager), a senior in Performing Arts from Bridgewater; Austin Farwell, a senior in Performing Arts from Council Bluffs; Sam Johnson, a senior in Music, from Atlantic; and Samantha Koontz, a senior in Performing Arts, from Lewis.

Sam Johnson, from Atlantic

Sam Johnson, from Atlantic

Samantha Koontz, from Lewis.

Samantha Koontz, from Lewis.

In addition to the April 10, 7:30 p.m. performance, other performances are scheduled for April 11, 17, and 18 at 7:30 p.m. with matinees on Sunday, April 12 and April 19 at 2 p.m. Admission is $24 for seniors and adults and $16 for students. Tickets can be purchased at the Iowa State Center Ticket Office in Ames (located in the ground floor of Stephens Auditorium at Lincolnway and Beach Avenue) 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday, all Ticketmaster locations, or by calling 1-800-745-3000. Tickets are also available at the door in Fisher Theater, although advance purchase is strongly suggested.