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Memorial Day 2012


May 28th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Today, Monday, May 28th, marks the 144th observance of Memorial Day, which was established to commemorate United States Armed Forces personnel who died while in military service. In accordance with Flag Code, the U-S Flag should be displayed at half-staff until noon only, then raised to the top of the staff. Several communities across the state are commemorating Memorial Day, with services and/or special programs.

In our listening area, here are some of the events and/or Memorial Day programs that are planned:

ATLANTIC: 10 am at the Atlantic Cemetery, will broadcast on KJAN at 11 am.

ADAIR: 10 am at the Casey Community Building, refreshments will follow the service.; Memorial Services at 10 am at the Grave of the Unknown Soldier at Sunnyhill Cemetery in Adair.

ANITA: The Anita Legion & Auxiliary at 10:30 am at the Anita Evergreen Cemetery, in case of rain it will be held at the CAM High School Commons; American Legion Post #693 at 11:00 am in the CAM Middle School Commons. There will be coffee and rolls and fellowship before and after the Memorial Service, starting at 10 am.; Anita Congregational United Church of Christ, 501 Locust St in Anita will holding their annual Memorial Day dinner on May 28th at 11 am immediately following the Memorial  Day Services at the Anita Evergreen Cemetery. They will be serving ham balls, baked potato, corn, green beans, salad, dinner roll, drink and their delicious homemade pies. Cost is $8 for adult and $4 for children 12 and under.

The Clarinda American Legion Sergy Post 98 annual Memorial Day Program will be at 10 am at the Clarinda Cemetery. Dustin Morrison will be this years speaker.

CUMBERLAND: 10:30 am City Park

EXIRA: 9:45 am Patriotic Interlude by Exira Community Band, 10:00 am Invocation with Pastor Glen Meyers of Exira Christian Church. Band – “America”, Memorial Day Address by Major General John S. Peppers, Retired. Placing wreath on Tomb of Unknown Soldier, in memory of departed comrades 30 seconds of silence for those lost on war. Band – “Star Spangled Banner”. Firing Squad – Salute to Dead. Taps – followed by Echo. Benediction – Pastor Glen Meyers of Exira Christian Church. There will be short services held at Exira Catholic Cemetery, St. John’s West and at Nishnabotna River in honor of the Navy dead following the main program. In case of rain services will be held at Exira Recreation Center.

GRISWOLD: American Legion Post #508 at 10 am at Veteran’s Park.

Join the Lewis Town & Country Boosters and the Pancake Man on May 28th at the Lewis Community Center from 7:30-10:30 am. They will be serving pancakes & sausages, juice & coffee

The Memorial Day Services at the Nodaway Cemetery, Nodaway, IA will be held at 10 am, with Rev. Sandy Wainwright as the speaker.

The Prescott United Church Memorial Day Dinner will take place from 11 am and 1 pm at the church.

The First Presbyterian Church in Villisca will host a Memorial Day Dinner on May 28th between 11 am and 1 pm at the church.


Regulators plan public meeting on Neb. nuke plant


May 28th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – The Nuclear Regulatory Commission will hold another public meeting about the Omaha Public Power District’s Fort Calhoun nuclear plant this week. The event on Thursday is designed to keep the public informed about oversight of the nuclear plant 20 miles north of Omaha. The open house will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Doubletree Hotel in Omaha.  The nuclear plant has been shut down since April 2011. Initially it shut down for refueling maintenance, but flooding along the Missouri River and a series of safety violations forced it to stay closed.  OPPD officials say they hope to restart Fort Calhoun in September. The utility is inspecting the plant and working to satisfy federal regulators’ concerns.

Iowa early News Headlines: Mon., May 28th 2012


May 28th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

AGENCY, Iowa (AP) — A woman with ties to the Wapello County sheriff’s office has died in a shooting southwest of agency. The sheriff’s office tells the Ottumwa Courier that 23-year-old Lisa Techel was killed in a shooting reported about 5:20 a.m. Saturday. She was a reserve deputy and the daughter of a current deputy. An autopsy has been conducted.

WEST BURLINGTON, Iowa (AP) — A West Burlington motorcycle dealership has sustained $230,000 in fire damage. West Burlington Fire Chief Mike Heim says that Thursday morning’s fire started in a Dumpster at Pro Motorsports and eventually spread to the shop building. No injuries were reported, and crews were able to move a lot of the merchandise before the flames spread.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A fire at the Iowa City landfill has jumped a containment line and spread to other parts of the disposal site. City officials say the fire crossed a gap cut Saturday night into the landfill’s liner system and flames engulfed the remaining liner. The city says the fire started about 6:30 p.m. Saturday in an area of the city-run landfill where garbage had been dumped earlier in the day.

ONAWA, Iowa (AP) — A 76-year-old man has died in a house explosion in Onawa. Fire crews were called to the home about 11:30 p.m. Saturday. When they arrived, the house was engulfed in flames. Police have identified the victim found in the home’s basement as Richard Collison.

New record high temperature recorded in Atlantic, Sunday

News, Weather

May 27th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Atlantic set a new record for the highest temperature recorded in the City for May 27th, Sunday. The temperature at the KJAN studios (the official National Weather Service reporting site for Atlantic), reached 92-degrees, which beat the old record of 91 set in 1931.

The National Weather Service said record high temps were also broken Sunday in Mason City, which reached 93-degrees (the old record was 91 in 1980), and in Des Moines, which reached 91-degrees (The old record was 90, in 1977).

The forecast for Memorial Day calls for mostly sunny skies, and highs across the area in the low 80′s, which would be considerably lower than the record high of 95 set in Atlantic on May 28th, 1895.

NE man dies in Fremont County crash, Saturday night


May 27th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

One person died from injuries they suffered during a single-vehicle rollover accident Saturday night in southwestern Fremont County. The Fremont County Sheriff’s Department said Sunday, the 39-year old Shane A. Stephenson, of Nebraska City, NE., was trapped in the vehicle and had to be extricated by Percival Fire and Rescue personnel. The man was transported to St. Mary’s Hospital in Nebraska City, by Sidney Rescue, and pronounced dead. The Sheriff’s Department says alcohol was believed to have been a contributing factor to the crash.

Officials say they received word of the accident having occurred at 195th Avenue and 230th Street, at around 7:25-p.m., Saturday. When a deputy arrived on the scene, they found Stephenson still trapped in his pickup truck, and bystanders were trying to open the door.

4 teens injured during rollover accident Sat. night in Cass County


May 27th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A rollover accident Saturday night in Cass County, about two-miles north of the Cass-Adams County line, sent four teens to the hospital for treatment of what were described as non-life threatening injuries. Sheriff’s officials says the accident happened on Yankton Road, about one-quarter of a mile east of Highway 71. The teenaged driver of the vehicle reportedly told authorities he lost control of his vehicle after meeting another vehicle on the gravel road. Sheriff’s officials say the car rolled twice before coming to rest. All four teens in the vehicle, who were said to have been between 14 and 16-years of age, were transported to the Cass County Memorial Hospital, in Atlantic. No names have been released, and additional details are currently not available.

3 teens injured during Saturday rollover accident


May 27th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Page County report three teens suffered “non-incapacitating”  injuries when the  pickup they were in went out of control and rolled over Saturday afternoon, about two-miles east of Clarinda. Officials say 16-year old Dakota Anthony Brittain, of Clarinda, was driving too fast for the roadway when the accident occurred at around 2:50-p.m.

Brittain was driving a 1991 GMC Sierra pickup  on Tolbert Avenue, just north of 210th Street, when he attempted to negotiate a curve in the road. The pickup went out of control and slide sideways into a ditch before overturning and hitting a tree. Damage to the truck was estimated at $5,000. Brittain, and two passengers in the truck, 15-year old Bailey Latham, of Clarinda, and 16-year old Tristlynn Jae Roberts, of Skidmore, MO., were transported by Clarinda EMS to the Clarinda Regional Health Care Center, for treatment of their injuries.

Wallet reported stolen


May 27th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department says a Oskaloosa woman reported her wallet was stolen from a location in Villisca. Authorities were notified Saturday afternoon about the wallet, which the victim, 46-year old Tamara Lynne Rinehart, said was noticed missing since May 22nd. The incident occurred in the 100 block of West 3rd Street in Villisca. The victim estimated her loss at $50.

Man dies in house explosion in Onawa


May 27th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

ONAWA, Iowa (AP) — A 76-year-old man has died in a house explosion in Onawa. Fire crews were called to the home about 11:30 p.m. Saturday. When they arrived, the house was engulfed in flames. Firefighters found the man’s body in the basement of the home after the fire was put out. He was identified by police as Richard Collison. The state fire marshal is investigating the cause of the fire.

Des Moines man injured after his cycle hit a deer on I-80


May 26th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A central Iowa man was flown by LifeNet helicopter to the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, following an accident early this (Saturday) morning two-miles east of Avoca on Interstate 80 in Pottawattamie County. The Iowa State Patrol says 49-year old Christian John Zobel, of Des Moines, was traveling east on I-80 at around 6-a.m., when his 20100 Harley Davidson struck a deer. The cycle toppled onto its left side and continued into the south ditch, while Christian came to rest in the eastbound lanes of traffic. The Patrol’s report did not indicate if he was wearing a helmet, and a report on his condition is not currently available.