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Wind Advisory in effect from Noon-until 6pm Wed. (1/11/12) for SW IA

News, Weather

January 11th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

300 AM CST WED JAN 11 2012 …STRONG NORTHWEST WINDS THROUGH THE DAY…

.STRONG NORTHWEST WINDS WERE BEGINNING TO SPREAD INTO NORTHEAST NEBRASKA EARLY THIS MORNING BEHIND A COLD FRONT. THE COLD FRONT AND THE STRONG WINDS WILL OVERSPREAD EASTERN NEBRASKA AND SOUTHWEST IOWA DURING THE MORNING. A PERIOD OF SNOW SHOWERS OR FLURRIES MAY ALSO ACCOMPANY THE WINDS LATER THIS MORNING. WINDS

COUNTIES INCLUDED IN A WIND ADVISORY: HARRISON-SHELBY-POTTAWATTAMIE-MILLS-MONTGOMERY-FREMONT-PAGE

…WIND ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM NOON TODAY TO 6 PM CST THIS EVENING…

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN OMAHA/VALLEY HAS ISSUED A WIND ADVISORY…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM NOON TODAY TO 6 PM CST THIS EVENING. STRONG WINDS WILL DEVELOP BY LATE THIS MORNING AND LAST THROUGH THE AFTERNOON. NORTHWEST WINDS WILL INCREASE TO 25 TO 35 MPH. GUSTS UP TO 45 MPH OR HIGHER ARE POSSIBLE.

STRONG WINDS MAY MAKE DRIVING DIFFICULT. LOOSE OBJECTS SUCH AS TRASH CANS MAY ALSO BE BLOWN AWAY. LIGHT SNOW SHOWERS MAY ACCOMPANY THE WINDS WHICH COULD REDUCE VISIBILITY.

A WIND ADVISORY MEANS THAT SUSTAINED WINDS OF 30 MPH OR HIGHER ARE EXPECTED. WINDS THIS STRONG CAN MAKE DRIVING DIFFICULT, ESPECIALLY FOR LIGHT WEIGHT OR HIGH PROFILE VEHICLES. USE EXTRA CAUTION.

Atlantic man arrested on theft charge

News

January 10th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

An Atlantic man was arrested on theft charge, Monday. According to the Atlantic Police Department, 48-year old Mark Allen Anderson was taken into custody for 5th degree Theft. Anderson was booked into the Cass County Jail and later released on bond.

Lewis Fire Station Ribbon Cutting

News

January 10th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held this (Tuesday) morning in Lewis, for a new fire station that’s been over three-years in the making.

Lewis Fire Station, Jan. 2012

Lewis Mayor Don Cohrs said the preliminary design for the station was approved by the City Council in October 2009, after they took into consideration the costs and space required. When a committee was formed, it was determined the facility needed to be 6,500 square feet, if it was to store all the equipment necessary to respond to emergencies. Cohrs said the project got off the ground when the City applied and was approved for, a nearly $281,000 I-Jobs 2 grant, through the State of Iowa. Cohrs said in addition, with a grant from the Lewis Fire Association’s Building Fund, and funds from the City, the project was completed at a cost of nearly $420,000.

The Mayor said the City benefitted while construction was underway, from all of the construction crews who spent their money in town, at the local convenience store, café and Post Office.

Former IA Gov. Chet Culver listens as Lewis Mayor Donny Cohrs talks about the new facilty

Cohrs credited former Governor Chet Culver with creating the I-Jobs initiative that made a significant impact in financing, not only for the Fire Station project, but other needed projects within the community as well. Governor Culver, who was in attendance at the event, congratulated the Mayor and other City officials who worked long and hard to see the process through.

Culver said the purpose of the I-Jobs initiative, was to help eastern Iowa recover from the floods of 2008 and other natural disasters that year. He said they discovered during that process, that there were many communities with needs that had gone unmet, because funding was not available through Federal agencies. That’s when his administration created the Iowa Jobs and Infrastructure concept, the best part of which, he says, involves no taxpayer dollars. Instead, the money comes from bonds paid off through 17 casinos in the State.

Former Gov. Chet Culver talks about the I-Jobs Initiative in Lewis

Culver said the second part of the I-Jobs program was added to help communities with major infrastructure projects not associated with the floods and disasters. He says the result was a State that was transformed and modernized, and that includes the small community of Lewis.

Culver said people who put their lives on the line, like firefighters, deserve the most modern facility and equipment possible, so they can do the very best job possible.

Iowa woman accused of faking abduction, pregnancy

News

January 10th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — A 46-year-old Council Bluffs woman has been accused of faking an abduction, and relatives and friends have learned the woman’s pregnancy was just a nine-month ruse. Authorities say Janice Winfield has been charged with misdemeanor counts of obstruction of justice, malicious prosecution and making a false report of an indictable crime. She’s pleaded not guilty and is scheduled to begin trial Feb. 21st.  Authorities say that in July, Winfield left false evidence of an abduction at her home and sent false texts to relatives that said she’d been hurt, was going into labor and needed help. The relatives contacted police, who began investigating. Within hours Winfield was pulled over for speeding in Kearney, Neb., 170 miles west of her home. She was unhurt, not kidnapped and not pregnant.

Nodaway Valley School District officials remain mum on wrestler disciplinary action

News

January 10th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Administrators at the Nodaway Valley Community School District in Greenfield are remaining mum on what disciplinary action has been, or will be taken, following an alleged hazing incident involving the school’s wrestling team. The School Board heard from parents who are furious over sexual abuse by members of the wrestling team against an 16-year old wrestler. 

The school’s athletic director, David Huff, sent a letter home to parents last Friday saying the school is aware of a hazing incident on the wrestling team and that the school conducted its own investigation. According to KCCI-TV in Des Moines, many of the parents who attended Monday’s night’s school board meeting called for administrators to not only fire the coaching staff but the suspend the rest of the wrestling season, but the board isn’t talking about what actions are being taken. 

One of the parents who attended the meeting Monday, said her son is a member of the wrestling squad. Dora Pudenz said her son had been threatened at least once by his teammates. In one instance, she says the wrestling coach allegedly stood by and authorized the wrestling captains to decide for themselves what they wanted for the punishment, while the coaches walked out of the room. 

Greenfield Police Chief Austin O’Brien isn’t talking about the situation, either. He reportedly kicked KCCI’s reporters off his property Sunday.

8AM Newscast 01-10-2012

News, Podcasts

January 10th, 2012 by Chris Parks

w/ Ric Hanson

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2 drugs arrests reported in Shenandoah

News

January 10th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

An early morning raid at a home in Shenandoah resulted in two people being arrested on drug charges. Officers with the Shenandoah Police Department, along with Page and Fremont County Sheriff’s deputies executed a search warrant this (Tuesday) morning at 812 South Avenue. Authorities say 56-year-old Michael Weaver and 47-year-old Bryan Bowman, both of Shenandoah, were  taken into custody.

Weaver was charged with Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He posted a $1,000 bond and was ordered to appear in court at a later date. Bowman was arrested on Possession of Marijuana, Methamphetamine and Drug Paraphernalia charges. He also faces a felony Possession of Firearm charge. Bowman was unable to post a $5,000 bond, and was being held in the Page County Jail

7AM Newscast 01-10-2012

News, Podcasts

January 10th, 2012 by Chris Parks

w/ Ric Hanson

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Atlantic School Board to meet this evening (Tuesday)

News

January 10th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Community School District’s Board of Education will meet tonight in a regular session at the high school. During their 7:30-p.m. session in the Media Center, the Board will hear from the following: Joanne Sandage, on Talented and Gifted (TAG) Program; Russell Peck, with a Maintenance and Operations Update; Jerry Purdy from Design Alliance, on the Middle School Renovation Project; and, Roger Warne, with an update on the district’s Technology Plan. In other business, the Atlantic School Board will act on approving: certain Contracts/Letters of Assignment and/or resignations; the second reading of a policies pertaining to the use of video cameras on school premises, a school transportation regulation, and Wellness; a fiber optic line installation proposal, and, a Guidance Counselor Evaluation form.

Discussion items on the agenda for this evening include those pertaining to a site for the Hospital School relocation, the Fiscal Year 2013 budget, and a Cass County Assessor’s Board representative.

USDA says it will close 259 offices to save $150M

Ag/Outdoor, News

January 10th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture says it will close 259 domestic offices, labs and other facilities as part of an effort to save $150 million per year in its $145 billion budget. The plan announced Monday will affect the agency’s Washington headquarters and operations in 46 states. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says in a statement that his agency must “be better stewards of the taxpayers’ dollars.” He says many of the offices being closed have few employees and are near other offices. It was not clear from the USDA announcement whether employees would be laid off or moved to other offices. The USDA has a broad array of programs, ranging from emergency aid for farms to grants for rural development and the program commonly known as food stamps.