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Harrison County man dies during grass fire

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January 16th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Harrison County say one person died during a large grass fire in rural Harrison County, Sunday. Magnolia and Logan Fire Departments were called to the scene of the fire in rural Harrison County just after 6-p.m.  Officials say 83-year old Miles James Barnhart, of rural Magnolia, was found dead at his residence on Minot Place. Barnhart was apparently attempting to put out the fire, when he fell down and was overcome by the smoke and flames. Authorities say the fire started in a burn barrel, but spread to dry grass. The two fire departments were able to put out the grass fire with no damage to any structures.

(Joel McCall/KNOD)

Cass County Supervisors approve Division of Land Resolution

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January 16th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

After lengthy discussion regarding concerns over the amount of time it would take to file land survey information with the various county departments, the Cass County Board of Supervisors today (Monday), approved a Resolution for the Division of Land Process, with regard to the recording of documents which are either a plat, or division of land. The Resolution says the Division of Land Process will need to be approved by the County Assessor, Auditor, Engineer – for rural division-, Treasurer, County Zoning and/or City Zoning – as applicable -, and the Cass County Recorder, prior to filing any transfer document. The resolution is designed so as not to clutter up the County’s Geographic Information System – GIS – and to streamline the recording system and related processes. The Board agreed that those offices should work to assure the survey’s and related paperwork is processed within two business days.

8AM Newscast 01-16-2012

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January 16th, 2012 by Chris Parks

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Iowa Flood Center doubles sensors to 100

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January 16th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – The Iowa Flood Center has doubled the number of its flood sensors across the state.  Center engineer Dan Ceynar says the online database fed by the 100 sensors provides real-time monitoring of water levels in Iowa’s rivers and streams.  Using an internal cell modem, the sensors update the database every 15 minutes. The sensors use sonar to determine how fast water levels are rising. Ceynar says the sensors don’t compete with the U.S. Geological Survey’s 170 gauges that provide a similar service across Iowa.
 
Lori McDaniel is Iowa Department of Natural Resources supervisor of flood plain management and dam safety. McDaniel says there is a potential for a mixture of the two sensor arrays.

Red Oak couple arrested following domestic incident

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January 16th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Police in Red Oak say two people were arrested early Sunday afternoon on drug and other charges, following an investigation into a domestic incident. Officials say 33-year-old Johnathon Wade Ray, of Red Oak, was arrested on felony charges of possession of a controlled substance 3rd offense, and possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance. And, 35-year-old Mandy Jo Perry, of Red Oak, was arrested on an outstanding warrant for failing to pay child support. The arrests occurred after Red Oak police officers were sent to an apartment complex following a call about a woman being threatened with a pistol. When officers arrived, they found Ray and Perry allegedly arguing. Upon further investigation, authorities obtained a search warrant to search their apartment. 

During the search, officers discovered numerous items of drug paraphernalia, items suspected in the manufacturing of controlled substances, approximately 10 grams of suspected marijuana, several types of prescription pills not legally possessed, and around $2,800 in cash, but no weapons were found. Ray was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on $50,000 bond. Perry was also being held in the Red Oak Jail, awaiting transport to Audubon County. The investigation continues, with additional charges pending. The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office assisted Red Oak Police in making the arrests.

7AM Newscast 01-16-2012

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Funeral services for Harlan woman killed in crash to be held Tuesday

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January 16th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Funeral services will be held tomorrow (Tuesday), for a Harlan woman who died in a crash Friday afternoon on Interstate 80, in Pottawattamie County. The Iowa State Patrol says 22-year old Nicollette “Nikki” Johnston died when her car crossed the median near Avoca, and was struck broadside by a semi.

The accident happened about two-miles west of the Avoca exit, at around 1-p.m., Friday. Officials says Johnston’s 2006 Saturn was traveling west on I-80, when, for reasons unknown, the car went out of control, entered the median, spun counterclockwise and came to rest on the eastbound lanes of I-80, where it was struck broadside by a semi. The truck impacted the car on the driver’s side, causing it to enter the median, where it came to rest.

The semi, driven 45-year old Bret Roberts, of Estherville, crossed the median and came to rest on the westbound lanes of I-80. The accident, which remains under investigation, closed the interstate in both directions, for nearly 4 hours. A Mass of Christian Burial service for Nikki Johnston will be held 11-a.m. Tuesday, at St. Michael’s Catholic Church, in Harlan.

CAM and EHK School Boards to hold separate meetings Monday

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January 15th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The CAM and Elk Horn-Kimballton Boards of Education will hold meetings Monday night in Anita and Elk Horn, respectively. Both meetings begin at 7-p.m.

On the agenda for the CAM School Board, is discussion and possible action on: Snyder & Associates’ preliminary drawings and project cost estimates, and an agreement for the final project design; Resolutions to open a free, K-thru 12 online school and to approval of an agreement with Connections Education for the online school. In addition, the Board will receive a bleacher project update, act on any resignations, and, open enrollment applications.

The Elk Horn-Kimballton School Board will discuss the election of Board members and Board policies, followed by discussion and/or action on the approval of a bid proposal for roof repairs, as well as Special Education Delivery Plan Committee members.

Griswold School Board to hold public hearing on transfer of property

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January 15th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Griswold School Board will hold its regular monthly meeting Monday evening. The meeting will follow a 5:30-p.m. public hearing on the transfer of school property to the City of Elliott. During the regular session, the board will act on transferring a deed for the property to the City of Elliott, followed by the receiving of information and discussion, with regard to re-districting for School Board districts.

Business action items include those pertaining to: a contract with Estes Construction; various Board policies; Piper-Jaffrey bonding; and, boiler maintenance at the Middle School/High School building.  The Griswold School Board meeting takes place in the Central Office Board Room at the Middle School/High School building.

Atlantic Parks and Rec Board to receive CIP updates Monday

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January 15th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The City of Atlantic’s Parks and Recreation Board of Directors will meet Monday evening in the Council’s chambers, at City Hall. During the 5:15-p.m. session, the Board will receive updates on the various Capital Improvement Projects (CIP), including those pertaining to: the Park Maintenance building; Sunnyside Park improvements (including the grills, softball field; swimming pool, and entrance signs); Sunnyside Park tennis court reconstruction; City Park sidewalk improvements; the refurbishing of Sunnyside Park Skate Park equipment, and, the Holt Park playground equipment.

The board will also act on a YMCA Management Agreement and Fee structure, in addition to preliminary plan and site specifications for the Park Maintenance building.