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Cable rates to increase in Harlan


March 27th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Cable Customers with Harlan Municipal Utilities (HMU) will see an increase in their bill starting in May. In a regular board meeting Tuesday, the HMU board of Trustees approved resolution No. 40 for the rate changes for Cable TV and Internet Services. Doug Hammer, Marketing Director for HMU, said at the meeting, new network contracts were signed and many of the channels were increased and a lot of the increases were in part because of sports content. “This is where a lot of the hidden fees come in. Folks like Turner will go out and spend $11 billion for the college basketball tournament because they know they have a revenue stream to pay for it. They continue to pass it along to the cable and satellite customers. And we are seeing it across other sports too,” according to Hammer.

He says even the once free “over the air” content is now being paid for by the consumer. He says “Our basic cable cost of $14.49, that 38% off the top just for the TV stations that we never paid for, is being paid by the customer.” The difficulty in avoiding the rate increases are because of how the contracts are dictated by TV companies. “People always say is there a way to mitigate the cost, how do we slow down or can we stop the increase? The only way to do that is drop content. There is the possibility to drop broadcast channels but that won’t save much. To drop other channels, you will have to wait to the end of the contracts. You can’t drop one channel or you lose out on other channels. It’s an all or none,” he says.

Overall, the basic cable TV package for HMU customers will increase by $2 and expanded basic cable $4 to $52.95. All bundle packages of either/or cable/internet, cable/phone or all three will be a $3 increase. All premiere movie packages such as HBO or Showtime will increase $2 as well. The increase will go into effect on May 1st.

(Joel McCall/KNOD)

Senate votes to create new state department for disasters, emergencies


March 27th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa has voted to create a new state department to deal with emergencies. The Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management agency is currently a division of the Iowa Department of Public Safety. Senator Rob Hogg, a Democrat from Cedar Rapids, is critical of Governor Branstad’s opposition to the idea — and Hogg suggests that if the Emergency Management division had been elevated to a full-fledged agency, western Iowans hit by Missouri River flooding would have been better served. “And you know what Governor Branstad offered? Zero from state government,” Hogg said.

Last year Governor Branstad vetoed a similar bill creating a new Homeland Security and Emergency Management Department. A spokesman for the governor defends the way state government responded to Missouri River flooding. Senator Hogg scoffs “It’s really easy for people to do a good job when you just ignore it.”

Republican Senators say Hogg’s comments are over the line. Former Governor Chet Culver created a new but temporary state agency to deal with the severe flooding that hit the state in 2008. A spokesman for current Governor Terry Branstad says not every crisis demands a new state agency.

(Radio Iowa)

Atlantic Farmer’s Market meeting set for this evening

Ag/Outdoor, News

March 27th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A meeting for previous, prospective or interested members of the Atlantic Farmer’s Market will be held this (Wednesday) evening, in the breakfast room at the Super 8 Motel, in Atlantic. Organizers of the Farmer’s Market will go over the rules, dates and other pertinent information pertaining to the selling of your locally grown produce. The meeting begins at 6-p.m.

If you have any questions, please call Kathee at 712-249-2758.

Iowa DOT Online Land Auction Underway


March 27th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Department of Transportation reports an online land auction is currently underway in which nine Iowa DOT-owned parcels are being offered for sale in Jefferson, Shelby, Wapello and Warren counties. Officials say the land offers something for everyone, from building sites, potential recreational property and high-quality farmland. In Shelby County, the parcel is a .13-acre lot, in Harlan.

Bids are currently being accepted until 5-p.m. Friday, April 5th. Details on the parcels can be found on the Iowa DOT’s website at http://www.iowadot.gov/propmanage/index.html. Click the online auction link at the top of the page.

Atlantic man arrested on a sex abuse charge


March 27th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Police in Atlantic report the arrest Tuesday of 19-year old Mathew Watts, of Atlantic.

Mathew Watts (Cass Co. Sheriff’s Office photo)

Watts was taken into custody on a charge of Sexual Abuse in the 3rd degree. He was being held in the Cass County Jail.

Richard Randall Eatwell (Polk County Sheriff’s office photo)

The A-PD reports also, 38-year old Richard Randall Eatwell, of Des Moines, was arrested today (Wednesday), on a nationwide warrant issued on February 1st out of Polk County, for a Parole Violation associated with Work Release. Eatwell was booked into the Cass County Jail.

Corning residents arrested on drug charges


March 27th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Adams County report the arrest Tuesday of two people on drug charges. 20-year old Janelle Blaisure and 18-year old Mikel Hilton, both of Corning, were separately arrested on Adams County felony warrants for Conspiracy to Manufacture a Controlled Substance/Methamphetamine.

The pair were being held in the Adams County Jail on a $50,000 cash bond only.

8AM Newscast 03-27-2013

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March 27th, 2013 by Chris Parks

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Omaha man gets another sentence for copper thefts in NE & IA


March 27th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

FREMONT, Neb. (AP) – A 42-year-old man already given four to 12 years in prison for stealing copper wire in Dodge County, NE, has been given another term for stealing copper wire in Saunders County, NE.  Saunders County Attorney Scott Tingelhoff says Scott Mohr was given four to 12 years for the wire theft from center pivot irrigation systems last year. The sentences will be served at the same time.

Mohr and another Omaha man, 39-year-old Clifford Krings, are suspected of stealing copper wire from a field north of Council Bluffs in Iowa’s Pottawattamie County. The two were arrested last May.  Mohr waits prosecution on the Iowa theft, criminal mischief and trespass charges. Kings pleaded guilty and was given two years of probation. Kings wasn’t charged in Nebraska.

Statewide Tornado Drill takes place this morning

News, Weather

March 27th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The beginning of Spring last week marked the start of severe weather season in the Midwest. The season typically brings strong storms that produce heavy rain, hail, destructive winds and tornadoes. As part of Severe Weather Awareness week, the National Weather Service (NWS), in coordination with the Storm Prediction Center (SPC) in Norman, Oklahoma, will conduct a Statewide Tornado Drill in Iowa and other Midwestern states.

The drill begins at 10-a.m., when the SPC issues a Test Tornado Watch for Iowa and Nebraska. The National Weather Service offices in both states will issue the Test Watch tones on all NOAA Weather Radios and the Emergency Alert System (EAS), as a Test Message.

At 10:10-a.m., the NWS offices in Sioux Falls and Omaha will issue test tornado warnings for their Iowa counties, and at 10:15-a.m., the NWS offices in Des Moines and the Quad Cities will issue a Test Tornado Warning for their Iowa counties.

From 10:30 until about 10:35, all Iowa NWS offices will issue a Severe Weather Statement to terminate the test warnings. The Test Tornado Watch will officially expire at 11-a.m. During the test, residents, businesses, local governments and schools are urged to carry out their Tornado safety plans and procedures, as though a real weather event was about to occur and is occurring.

Atlantic Parks & Rec Board Special Meeting on Thursday


March 27th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Parks and Recreation Department’s Board of Directors will hold a special meeting Thursday evening, at City Hall. During the 5:15-p.m. session, the Board will act on approving the bids, contract and plans for the Parks and Recreation Dept. office and Maintenance building, as presented by Snyder and Associates.

The total estimated project cost is $311,000, but during a Parks and Rec Board meeting in February, Director Roger Herring said the Building Committee had hoped to find a way to cut $80,000 from that price tag, by having a skeletal electrical system in the shop area, insulation modifications, plumbing and heating changes, through the use of temporary light fixtures, and gravel in the driveway. Engineering costs were also reduced, due to the changes in the latest design.

A contract for the project is expected to be awarded during the Atlantic City Council meeting on April 3rd.