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Additional details released on Adair County Bus Crash

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February 21st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa State Patrol, Friday, released additional information about a bus accident that occurred Thursday afternoon on Interstate 80, in Adair County. Officials say a 2013 bus registered to Chicago, IL-based MegaBus USA, LLC, was eastbound on I-80 near the Highway 25 exit, when the vehicle went out of control due to strong winds and heavy snow. The bus carrying the driver, 57-year old Scott Braaten, of Lockport, IL, and three female passengers, went into the south ditch and hit the exit ramp to eastbound I-80 before vaulting into the ditch on the other side of the ramp.

The passengers, who were not belted into their seats, were transported by Stuart Rescue and Adair Ambulance, to the Adair County Hospital in Greenfield, where they were checked out after complaining of pain. The passengers were identified as 52-year old Charlotte Knighten, 42-year old Ayanna Baggett, and 25-year old Balgees Ibrahim. The victims’ city of residence was not listed in the Patrol’s report.

The bus sustained $50,000 damage. No citations were issued.

Massena man arrested on drug charges Thursday

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February 21st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office reports a Massena man was arrested Thursday, on drug charges 53-year old Barry Dean Schmidt, faces charges that include Possession with Intent to Deliver (Methamphetamines), Failure to Have Drug Tax Stamp, Possession of a Controlled Substance (Marijuana), and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Schmidt was also arrested on a Cass County Sheriff’s Office warrant for Failure to Appear to Serve Time. He was being held Friday in the Cass County Jail on $25,000 bond.

Iowa’s Lt. Governor to make stops in Harlan, Onawa & Sioux City next week

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February 21st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Iowa Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds will be traveling the western part of the state next week. On Thursday, February 27th, Reynolds will visit the Harlan Community Elementary School (2105 Durant Ave.), beginning at 11-a.m.  That same afternoon, at 3-p.m., the Lt. Governor will be attending a Monona County Business Roundtable at the Onawa Public Library. She will end her tour 7-p.m. Thursday, with a speaking event at the Sioux City Growth Organization and Innovation Market, in Sioux City.
Governor Branstad will be attending other events on the eastern side of the State, on Thursday.

Guthrie Co. Sheriff warns about credit card phone scam

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February 21st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Guthrie County Sheriff Marty Arganbright issued a statement today (Friday), indicating that his department has been receiving complaints about a credit card phone scam. Arganbright says local residents have been receiving calls during which the caller claims the recipient of the call has had their credit card locked. The caller says in order to get the card reinstated, a fee must be paid.

Sheriff Arganbight reminds residents, especially in this situation, to never give out their information or pay the fee over the phone. Hang up and call your credit card provider directly to check on your card’s status.

Adair County Farmer donates $2,500 to ACHF

Ag/Outdoor, News

February 21st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A farmer from Adair County was selected to win $2,500 from the Monsanto Corporation as part of the America’s Farmers Grow Communities program. The winner gets to chose which non-profit organization the money is donated to, and in the case of farmer Ronald Nelson, he selected the Adair County Health Foundation as the recipient of those funds.

Pictured: Front Row: Ronald Nelson, Tim Loudon ( Monsanto). Second Row: Emily Simmons (ACHS Clinic Manager), Ron Nelson (ACHS Board of Trustee), Fran Gross (Foundation Board), Jeff LaBarge (Foundation Board). Back Row: Jill Rogers (ACHS Admin. Assistant), Cindy Peeler (ACHS CNO), Angela Mortoza (ACHS CEO), Tom Anderson (Foundation Treasurer), Clark Dolch (Foundation Board), Hilary Laughery (Foundation Board), Mary Carol Baudler (Foundation Board), Gail Steward (Foundation President).

Pictured: Front Row: Ronald Nelson, Tim Loudon ( Monsanto). Second Row: Emily Simmons (ACHS Clinic Manager), Ron Nelson (ACHS Board of Trustee), Fran Gross (Foundation Board), Jeff LaBarge (Foundation Board). Back Row: Jill Rogers (ACHS Admin. Assistant), Cindy Peeler (ACHS CNO), Angela Mortoza (ACHS CEO), Tom Anderson (Foundation Treasurer), Clark Dolch (Foundation Board), Hilary Laughery (Foundation Board), Mary Carol Baudler (Foundation Board), Gail Steward (Foundation President).

The Monsanto funds are given to eligible farmers across America that register for a chance to direct a $2,500 donation to a nonprofit organization in the community that they live and work in.

Pickup hits Harlan Fire station, Friday

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February 21st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Most of the time, fire and rescue personnel leave the station to respond to accidents, but today (Friday), the accident came to them. Officials with the Harlan Fire Department reported on the Harlan Fire and Rescue FaceBook page, that a pickup truck struck the station, causing the driver to be trapped. The vehicle appeared to be a Ford Ranger pickup. There was no immediate word on injuries or the extent of injuries, or what may have caused the crash.

Check out these pictures posted on the HF-RD Facebook page:

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Atlantic NRC receives national recognition for Quality Initiatives

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February 21st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Officials with Atlantic Nursing and Rehab Center report the Director of Nursing Michelle Gifford and Administrator Kellie Jimerson traveled to New Orleans on February 11, 2014, to accept the American Health Care Association’ Quality Initiatives Award for 2013. Atlantic Nursing and Rehab Center is the only skilled nursing facility in the state to have earned the honor by meting all criteria, including:

  • Safely reducing hospital re-admissions within 30 days during a skilled nursing stay by 15 percent
  • Increase staff stability by reducing nursing staff turnover by 15 percent.
  • Increase customer satisfaction by having 90 percent of residents and families willing to recommend their center to others
  • and, Safely reduce the off-label use of antipsychotics by 15 percent.

Administrator Kelli Jimerson said “We began in 2008 when the facility identified numerous issues that we wished to work on.”  She added “Since that time we joined the Advancing Excellence program in an effort to work on reducing survey issues, increasing our 5-star rating, and providing more of the quality care that the residents of the Atlantic community and their families have come to know and expect.”

In 2011, the ANRC was awarded the AHCA’s Bronze Quality Award. The facility is owned and operated by Care Initiatives, Iowa’s largest not-for-profit senior care provider. Certified by Medicare and Medicaid, Care Initiatives includes nursing homes, assisted livings and independent living facilities in 56 locations throughout the state, and offers a separate not-for-profit Care Initiatives Hospice service throughout 63 counties in Iowa. Care Initiatives__strive to provide Iowans with the best skilled care along with physical, occupational and speech therapy services.

Cass Co. farmers support AHS Journalism through seed company program

Ag/Outdoor, News

February 21st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Cass County farmers Chris and Stephanie Witzman have directed a $2,500 donation to the Atlantic High School Journalism Department. The donation is made possible through the Monsanto Funds’ “America’s Farmers Grow Communities” program, and will help the department purchase equipment to improve the quality of production. The journalism department at the school produces a video news show, EYE of the Needle, which is broadcast weekly to the entire student body, and is available online.AFGC logo

Stephanie Witzman says her daughter is in the AHS Journalism Program, and knows how much they can use the funds to purchase up-to-date equipment. Thanks to the support of farmers across the country, more than $3.2 million is being directed to nonprofits in 1,289 counties in 39 states.

America’s Farmers Grow Communities works directly with farmers to support nonprofit organizations like the Atlantic High School Journalism Department, who are doing important work in their communities. The program offers farmers the chance to win $2,500, which is then donated to the farmer’s nonprofit of choice. The search for funding to sustain and enhance programs is a year-round job for nonprofit organizations across the country. Through America’s Farmers Grow Communities, farmers have been able to support a variety of groups, such as schools, fire departments, community centers and youth organizations like 4-H and FFA.

America’s Farmers Grow Communities launched in 2010, and has since donated over $13 million to more than 5,200 nonprofit organizations across the country. America’s Farmers Grow Communities, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, is part of the America’s Farmers initiative, which highlights and celebrates the important contributions of farmers like Chris and Stephanie Witzman.

 

 

1 dead followng Thursday’s storms in Ringgold County

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February 21st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The National Weather Service reports one person was killed Thursday morning, when severe storms passed through southwest Iowa. Officials say an adult male died when a 30-foot conveyor belt was blown over by a wind gust. The incident occurred at around 9:55-a.m., about one-mile  west/southwest of Benton, in Ringgold County. Additional details are expected to be released later today (Friday).

2 vehicle accident nw of Lewis Thursday

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February 21st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Cass County say no injuries were reported following a collision between a van and a car Thursday morning, about two-miles northwest of Lewis. The accident happened at around 10:10-a.m. on White Pole Road.

Authorities say a 2005 Ford Freestar owned and driven by 57-year old Allen Richard Josephsen,  of Anita, was traveling west on White Pole Road when it was hit by an eastbound 1999 Buick LeSabre owned and driven by 24-year old Jessica Kristine Olsen, of Lewis. Olsen’s car went out of control on the slick roadway just prior to the collision Damage from the crash amounted to $6,400.