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7AM Newscast 12-21-2011

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December 21st, 2011 by Chris Parks

w/ Ric Hanson

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SUV hits Johnny Carson’s childhood home in Neb.

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December 21st, 2011 by Ric Hanson

NORFOLK, Neb. (AP) — Authorities say a vehicle has hit the Nebraska boyhood home of Johnny Carson. Police say an SUV plowed into the front of the two-story home Tuesday afternoon in Norfolk. The vehicle caused extensive damage to the porch, which collapsed. The vehicle ended up in the entryway. Norfolk Police Chief Bill Mizner says the driver was taken by ambulance to Faith Regional Health Services in Norfolk. His identity and condition weren’t immediately released.

Carson, the longtime TV talk-show host of “The Tonight Show,” was born in Corning, Iowa, in 1925. Carson’s family moved to Norfolk when he was 8, and he graduated from Norfolk High School. Carson died in 2005. His boyhood home has had several owners over the years.

2 accidents, 1 arrest in Audubon County this week

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December 21st, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Audubon County Sheriff Todd Johnson says an Exira man just released from the Cass County Jail on Monday, was arrested again on an outstanding warrant out of Audubon County. 44-year old Mark Wayne Rydl was taken into custody on a charge of Failure to Appear on a Driving While Barred charge. Rydl was being held in the Audubon County Jail on $2,500 bond. He’s scheduled to appear in court on Dec. 26th.

The Sheriff also said no injuries were reported following two separate accidents Monday morning, in Audubon County. The first occurred at around 7:30-a.m., on Highway 44 near Heron Avenue. Johnson says 51-year old Sandy Jean Andersen, of Audubon, was traveling west on Highway 44 when she lost control of her vehicle on the icy curve. The 2005 Subaru slid sideways into the north ditch, went over a field drive and rolled several times. Damage to the car was estimated at $10,000.

The second accident happened about a half an-hour later, on Highway 173, near 280th Street. Sheriff Johnson says 64-year old Marcia Louise Nelson, of Kimballton, was traveling south on Highway 173 when she lost control of her 2001 Chrysler on an icy curve. The vehicle rolled over after entering the east ditch, sustaining $5,000 damage in the process.

Atlantic City Council to recognize departing council members, Wednesday

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December 20th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Wednesday’s City Council meeting in Atlantic will mark the last time two members of the Council will serve the City in their current capacity. Mayor Dave Jones will make proclamations recognizing 3rd Ward Councilperson Pat Simmons and 1st Ward Councilman Kern Miller, for their many years of dedicated service to the City, and present them with placques in appreciation of their work. Simmons and Miller opted not to seek re-election last month. Ashley Hayes and Chris Jimmerson were unopposed during the election to fill Simmons’ and Millers’ seats on the Council. Simmons has served a total of 16-years on the City Council while Miller has served three consecutive terms.

In other business, the Atlantic City Council, Wednesday, will hear a semi-annual report from Street Department Superintendent Derald Andersen, and, a request from Atlantic Police Steve Green, for a supplemental appropriation to his budget, amounting to a little more than $15,200, for unbudgeted expenditures. One request covers new service boards and upgrades for the City’s sirens, so that they will be in compliance with the new Narrow Banding requirements. The other covers a new computer server for the police camcorder units, since the old server is not compatible for use with the new camcorders used in the squad cars.

The Council meeting begins at 5:30-p.m.

Cass & Adair Boards of Supervisors: meeting previews

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December 20th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

The Adair and Cass County Boards of Supervisors will hold their regular weekly meetings, Wednesday morning in Greenfield and Atlantic. The Supervisor’s meeting in Greenfield begins one-hour earlier than normal, however, at 8-a.m.  During their session, the Board will hear from Cass-Adair County Engineer Charles Marker, will who provide a review of the County’s Road and Snow Ordinances, and facilitate discussion on his Fiscal Year 2012 Budget. The budget is expected to take into consideration the hiring of a Full-time Engineer.

The Adair County Board will also hear from Central Point Coordinator (CPC) Lori Nosekable, with regard to Mental Health changes, and they’ll receive a quarterly Case Management report from Judy Schwartz. In other business, the Board will hear from Todd Spencer, with Iowa Workforce Development, with regard to Public Access Points, and Sheriff Brad Newton, about the hiring of a new deputy.

In Atlantic, the Cass County Board of Supervisors will meet at 9-a.m. Wednesday. The board will receive the Cass County Soil and Water Conservation District’s report and discuss their 2012-2013 budget. They’re also expected to discuss and possibly act on a revision to the County’s Indigent Burial Policy. The topic has been discussed at the past couple of Supervisor’s meetings, with a recommendation made last week on a revision in costs for burial/cremation services, taken under advisement.

Two people arrested in Audubon last week

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December 20th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Audubon Police Chief Dave Simonsen said today (Tuesday), his officers arrested two people last week. On Thursday, 53-year old Patricia Ann Richter, of Audubon, was arrested for Theft in the 3rd Degree. And, on Friday, 19-year old Tyler Everett Williamson, of Audubon, was arrested for Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Driving Under Suspension, and Operating a Motor Vehicle without Registration.

Richter and Williamson were booked into the Audubon County Jail and held until making an appearance before the magistrate.

Theft, assault and public intox arrests in Atlantic

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December 20th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Police Department reports three people were arrested recently on separate charges. On Monday, 29-year old Jason Prescott, of Atlantic, was arrested on a charge of 5th Degree Theft (shoplifting). And, 20-year old Alex Buresh, of Atlantic, was arrested for Simple Assault. Both men were cited for the offenses and released, with orders to appear in court at a later date.

The A-P.D. says 20-year old Jesse Luft, of Villisca, was arrested today (Tuesday), for Public Intoxication. His arrest came just two days after Luft was arrested in Atlantic on a charge of Criminal Mischief in the 5th Degree. Luft was being held in the Cass County Jail, pending an appearance before the magistrate.

Panel: Corps not to blame for Missouri River flood

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December 20th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — An expert panel says the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was not to blame for record Missouri River flooding this year, but that changes could help avoid a disastrous repeat. A report to be released Tuesday by the corps says that current manuals and procedures could be improved and updated to recognize the more recent weather extremes following “unprecedented levels of runoff that could not be predicted in advance.”

The corps has said that the floods caused $630 million in damage to the levees, dams and channels built to control the river. The corps manages the 2,341-mile-long river, which flows from Montana through North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa and Missouri. One recommendation from the experts calls for improved monitoring of pending snowmelt in plains states.

Griswold School Board approves contract to manage roofing project

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December 20th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Members of the Griswold Board of Education Monday, voted to enter into an agreement with Estes Construction to manage a roofing project slated for the High School/Middle School Building. Superintendent Dana Kunze said the board had been exploring fixing the roof for “some time,” and it’s at the top of their priority list to get it taken care of before they take on other projects. Kunze said an early estimate puts the cost of the project at $1.2-million dollars. He says it will be funded by bonding against their penny sales tax. A Revenue Purposing Statement allows the District to go after the bonds now, and into the future. 

Kunze said also, the Griswold School Board discussed the transferring of a deed to about 5 acres of school property on the north edge of Elliott, to the City of Elliott, for a wetland project. The marshy land is an ideal, natural means of filtering nitrates out of the City’s drinking water. Action on approving the deed transfer is expected to take place during the Board’s meeting in January. The land has been owned by the School District for more than 100-years. 

In other business, the Griswold School Board, Monday, agreed to have Red Oak Awning and Glass handle the replacement of glass at the district’s buildings in Elliott and in Lewis. One of the projects is another entranceway to the Elliott building on the northeast side, and the finishing of what’s called the “Storefront” on the Lewis building, with new replacement glass. The new glass will solve some problems with water leaking into the buildings, and is energy efficient.

CAM School Board sees limited but positive interest in on-line school

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December 20th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

About 10 people showed-up at Monday night’s meeting of the CAM School District’s Board of Education. Those who were in attendance had a chance to hear a report on the a possible partnership with Connections Education, to form a free K-12 online learning center within the district. CAM Superintendent Steve Pelzer said the meeting, which was part of the regular school board session, was chance for people to find out what the district’s learned so far about the online school. He says while the turnout was low, those who did attend the meeting were interested in the topic. He said some of the people in the audience weren’t even from the CAM District, but had read or heard about the program, and wanted to know more. 

Pelzer said those who listened to what was said seemed to have favorable comments about the program, which would operate independently of the CAM District’s educational program and would serve students statewide in the open enrollment process.  He said before they can make a decision though, there are a couple of issues that need to be addressed. One is a funding issue. The district he says, needs to get an opinion from the Department of Education as to whether the program can be fully funded. They’re also waiting to hear from the District’s Attorney with regard to a Products and Services Agreement with Connections.

Pelzer says it’s “Kind of a waiting game right now,” but the Board is still interested in moving forward. He says they “Just have to have some things answered, first.”. A decision on whether the district should partner with Connection will have to be made prior to the March 1st deadline for open enrollment applications.