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Red Cross says 3 extra donors are needed at blood drives in August


August 3rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

As the Summer winds down, the hustle and bustle of families falling back into school work and routines will begin. The American Red Cross is taking this time to remind eligible donors to add “Help Save Lives” to their list of activities. Officials say at least three extra donors are needed at all August blood drives, above what’s currently expected. The donors are critically needed in order for the Red Cross to readily meet hospital and patient needs this month, and into the coming Fall.

While eligible donors can give blood every 56 days, the average donor gives blood less than two-times per year. Call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org, to make an appointment, or for more information. All blood types are needed. A blood donor card or two other forms of identification are needed at check-in. Donors must be 17-years of age or older (16 with parental permission in some states), weigh at least 110-pounds, and be in generally good health.

Here’s a list of the upcoming blood donation opportunities in the KJAN listening area:


8/22/2012, 11:00 am- 5:00 pm, Orient-Macksburg High School, 201 School Street, Orient 


8/29/2012, 12:00 pm- 6:00 pm, Carrollton Inn, Highway 71 North, Carroll 


8/16/2012, 11:00 am- 5:00 pm, Central Church of Christ, 1008 First Street, Griswold 

8/23/2012, 11:00 am- 4:00 pm, Wesley Heritage House, 1200 Brookridge Circle, Atlantic 


8/23/2012, 8:00 am- 2:00 pm, Sidney High School, 2754 Knox Rd, Sidney 


8/22/2012, 7:30 am- 1:30 pm, Woodbine Catholic Church, Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Woodbine 


8/20/2012, 12:00 pm- 6:00 pm, Trinity Lutheran Church, 512 2nd St., Glenwood

8/23/2012, 10:00 am- 4:00 pm, East Mills High School, 1501 E. 15th St., Malvern 


8/22/2012, 11:30 am- 5:30 pm, Stanton Firestation, 205 Broad Ave, Stanton

8/24/2012, 8:00 am- 2:00 pm, Montgomery County Hospital, 2301 Eastern Ave, Red Oak


8/28/2012, 8:00 am- 2:00 pm, Essex High School, 111 Forbes St., Essex 

8/29/2012, 8:00 am- 2:00 pm, Clarinda Academy, 1820 North 16th Street, Clarinda 

8/30/2012, 11:30 am- 5:30 pm, Westminster Presbyterian Church, 322 N 16th, Clarinda 


8/19/2012, 7:00 am-12:30 pm, Community of Christ, 140 Kanesville Blvd, Council Bluffs; 9:30 am- 2:30 pm, First Assembly of God, 3320 Harry Langdon Blvd, Council Bluffs 

8/20/2012, 12:30 pm- 6:15 pm, Loess Hills Chapter Donation Center, 705 North 16 Street, Council Bluffs 

8/21/2012, 11:00 am- 5:00 pm, Loess Hills Chapter Donation Center, 705 North 16 Street, Council Bluffs

8/27/2012, 6:30 am-12:30 pm, Loess Hills Chapter Donation Center, 705 North 16 Street, Council Bluffs; 12:30 pm- 6:30 pm, Loess Hills Chapter Donation Center, 705 North 16 Street, Council Bluffs. 

8/28/2012, 11:00 am- 5:00 pm, Loess Hills Chapter Donation Center, 705 North 16 Street, Council Bluffs 

8/30/2012, 11:00 am- 5:00 pm, Dewitt Community Building, 404 Potter Street, Macedonia 

8/31/2012, 8:00 am- 1:00 pm, First National Bank – CB, 3815 Denmark Drive, Council Bluffs 


8/23/2012, 12:00 pm- 6:00 pm, Portsmouth Community Center, 4th Avenue, Portsmouth 


8/21/2012, 12:00 pm- 6:00 pm, American Legion Hall, 106 W. Ohio, Lenox 


8/20/2012, 12:00 pm- 6:00 pm, Trinity Lutheran Church, 800 N Sumner, Creston.

Weekend fight leads to an arrest in Shelby County


August 3rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A fight last weekend led to the arrest of an Avoca man, and complaints filed against two other people. Police in Harlan reported Thursday, that 18-year old Terry Ward, of Avoca, was arrested last Saturday for Disorderly Conduct, Public Intoxication and Assault, for allegedly striking 43-year old Shannon Graves, of Des Moines. The incident occurred in the pit area of the Shelby County Speedway. Graves was transported to Myrtue Medical Center in Harlan, where she was treated for minor injuries. Officials say complaints were filed against Graves, and 24-year old Andrew Coffman, of Des Moines, for Disorderly Conduct.

The H-PD also reports 56-year old Ricky Lee Hansen, of Harlan, was arrested July 27th, on Driving While Intoxicated/2nd offense, and careless driving, charges. The arrest took place following a traffic stop in Harlan.

And, last Sunday, officers in Harlan investigated the theft of a 1994 Pontiac Grand Prix from the Jerry Davis residence. The vehicle was later recovered at the J.J. Jensen sports complex. An investigation into the theft continues.

Vandalism reported in Villisca


August 3rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Montgomery County are investigating an incident of vandalism in Villisca. Officials said Thursday a resident in the 100 block of East 2nd Street in Villisca reported someone scratched words into the driver’s side door of her 2002 Ford Windstar van, while it was parked in her driveway. The incident, which occurred sometime during the nighttime hours of August 1st and August 2nd, caused $700 damage. Anyone with information about the crime is asked to contact the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department at 712-623-5107, or Crimestoppers at 1-800-432-1001.

Healing Garden Ribbon Cutting held in Atlantic


August 2nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Members of the Atlantic Ambassadors and Cass County Health System staff were on hand this (Thursday) morning, during a grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony for the Cass County Memorial Hospital’s new “Healing Garden.”

Dawn Marnin cuts the ribbon, with Atlantic Ambassadors

Dawn Marnin, Cass County Hospital Memorial Foundation Director, said the project was made possible at the start, by a gift from the Al and Chris Wernimont family. Al and his family wanted to help provide the healing feature at CCMH after they experienced the benefits of a natural setting during his cancer treatments.  It’s designed as a quiet space, where family members can go while their loved ones are in the hospital.  Marnin says there are measurable benefits to a Healing Garden, such as improving mood, reducing blood pressure, slowing the heart rate, relaxation of muscles, and the perception pain is lessened.

A view of the Healing Garden

Dawn says there have been a number of donations in support of the project, including nearly all of the Cass County Health System employees.  She says she asked for 100-percent participation from their employees, and received 90-percent, which Marnin says is “absolutely huge.” She says the Atlantic and the residents of Cass County have been extremely supportive as well. The goal was to raise $300,000. At last report, Marnin says they had raised nearly $250,000. She thanked everyone who contributed any amount they could for the project.

Another view of the Healing Garden at CCMH

Dawn says people are often surprised by the garden and the effect it has.  It’s equipped with trickling water fountains, colorful flowers, trees, shrubs, ornamental grasses and a pergola for shade. There’s also an outdoor barbeque, which is designed for families who have to make an extended stay while their loved one is receiving treatment, but for hospital employee recognition events.  Donations are still being accepted to help pay for the Healing Garden, which Marnin says will eventually be open 24-hours per day.

Opportunities are also still available for you to purchase walkway paving bricks, bubbler fountains, and other amenities. For more information, call 71-243-7409, or go to www.casshealth.org.

SW 8 Senior Svcs seeks Advocates


August 2nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Officials with Southwest 8 Senior Services, a member of the Iowa Association of Area Agencies on Aging, say they are seeking passionate, engaged citizens who care about the needs of older Iowans to join their Advocacy Team. The organization is in need of volunteer advocates in southwest Iowa who live in or near the newly designated Iowa House Districts 15, 16, 17, 18, 21, 22, 23, and 24 and Iowa Senate Districts 8, 9, 11, and 12 to help Southwest 8 communicate with  candidates and elected officials about issues that affect Iowa’s seniors. 

This is a great opportunity for any older Iowan, a family caregiver of an older Iowan, or any Iowa resident who cares about the care and support of Iowa’s elderly population.  An Advocacy Training session will be held Tuesday, August 21, 2012 at 1:30-pm, at Southwest 8 Senior Services in Council Bluffs.  To register for the training or to learn more about the great opportunity to engage in the legislative process, call Kelly Butts at Southwest 8 Senior Services:  712-328-2540 or 800-432-9209 ext. 1013.

Bow Hunting permit applications available in Atlantic

Ag/Outdoor, News, Sports

August 2nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Atlantic Police Chief Steve Green says anyone interested in bow hunting within the City limits of Atlantic, for the hunting year 2012-2013, can receive the necessary permit applications at the Police Department during normal business hours (8-a.m. to 4-p.m.). The permit will allow you to harvest antlerless deer only.

Green says permit applications need to be picked up and filled out prior to qualification try outs on August 18th at 10-a.m., or on August 22nd, at 6-p.m., at the Sunnyside Park, by the old school house.

Land owners who would like to allow a bow hunter to hunt on their land should call the Police Department at 712-243-3512 during normal business hours, and sign-up. The hunt is allowed under the City’s Urban Deer Control Ordinance.

SW IA men arrested on burglary warrants


August 2nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Police in Red Oak say two southwest Iowa men were arrested on warrants charging them with burglary. 27-year-old Seth William Rogers, of Shenandoah, was arrested on a Page County warrant for 3rd degree burglary. Rogers was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on $5,000 bond.

And, 27-year-old Kenton Jarvis Schooling, of Red Oak, was arrested a Montgomery County warrant charging him with two counts of forgery, and a Page County warrant for 3rd degree burglary. Schooling was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on $5,000 bond associated with the charges in Montgomery County, and $5,000 bond for the charges in Page County.

Villisca woman arrested after call for help


August 2nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Montgomery County say an 18-year old female was arrested Wednesday night after she called authorities to say she was intoxicated, and needed help. Cassidy M. Colebank, of Villisca, called for help at around 11:35-p.m. She told authorities she was near the City Hall in Villisca, and by a parts store.

When deputies arrived, Colebank was laying on the sidewalk in front of the parts store, and was allegedly intoxicated. She acknowledged she had been drinking, but denied using anything other than alcohol. Colebank was checked-out by Villisca Rescue, but otherwise refused medical treatment.

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office says her Blood Alcohol Content was .110. The legal limit for intoxication in Iowa, is .08.  Colebank, who was charged with Public Intoxication, was transported to the Montgomery County Jail without incident. Her bond was set at $300.

Western IA teacher charged with drug possession


August 2nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A report in the Omaha World-Herald says a 4th grade  teacher with the West Monona Community School District in Onawa is facing a possession of methamphetamine charge, after authorities found her with meth hidden inside an artificial sweetener packet, tucked in her purse. 43-year old Karen Kay Bartelson was taken into custody west of Onawa, July 21st.  Marijuana and drug paraphernalia were also found to be in her possession. Barteleson was arrested along with two other people, who were charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Lyle Schwartz, superintendent of the district, told the paper that administrators will wait for the outcome of the criminal investigation before deciding on Bartelson’s future with the district.

Annual Sales Tax holiday is Friday and Saturday


August 2nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The state’s annual sales tax holiday is this Friday and Saturday (August 3,4). Iowa Department of Revenue spokesperson, Victoria Daniels, says the holiday suspends the sales tax on purchases of shoes and clothes. “Basically anything that you can wear that is under a hundred dollars and qualifies as clothing and footwear, then you can purchase that tax free,” Daniels explains. She says the holiday was created as a way to help families save on back-to-school purchases, but you don’t have to be going to school to take advantage.

The rules are very specific about what qualifies for the tax exemption. “Anything that you would consider to be like an accessory, you know that’s not really clothing. Things like backpacks…specialized sports equipment, anything that you would use to repair clothing, those types of things don’t really qualify,” Daniels says. “It’s apparel, that you wear on your feet and your body, that’s about it.” Daniels says this is the 13th year for the sales tax holiday. The state first started collecting data on the holiday in 2006.  “It looks like the amount of sales reported on this day has grown at a pretty good rate, not huge. It did take a dive in 2008, which I think was around the time the economy went downhill, and so that’s to be expected. But it’s been climbing back up since then and has actually exceeded the amount reported in 2007,” according to Daniels.

Figures show many Iowans took advantage of the tax savings last year. “Retailers self-reported about 14-point-six million dollars worth of sales. And so if you multiply that by the six-percent state tax rate, that’s about 877-thousand dollars. Now that doesn’t include any local option sales tax,” Daniels says. There’s an additional one percent in savings for the areas that have a local option sales tax. You can find out more about the sales tax holiday at: www.iowa.gov/tax.

(Radio Iowa)