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Winter Weather Update 4-a.m. Feb. 27th, 2013

News, Weather

February 27th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

COUNTIES: BOONE-DALLAS-MADISON-UNION-RINGGOLD-

…WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON CST TODAY… …WINTER STORM WARNING IS CANCELLED...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN DES MOINES HAS ISSUED A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW…WHICH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON CST TODAY. THE WINTER STORM WARNING HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

* SHORT TERM TRENDS…PERIODS OF LIGHT SNOW WILL CONTINUE ACROSS THE AREA THROUGH EARLY MORNING. WESTERN PORTIONS WILL SEE A FEW BREAKS IN THE SNOW FROM TIME TO TIME. AN ADDITIONAL INCH OR TWO OF SNOW IS POSSIBLE YET THIS MORNING.

* STORM TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS…SNOW ACCUMULATIONS FOR THE ENTIRE STORM WILL RANGE FROM 5 TO 9 INCHES ACROSS THE AREA.

* WINDS/VISIBILITY...NORTH WINDS WILL INCREASE TO 15 TO 25 MPH THIS MORNING AND MAY CAUSE MINOR BLOWING SNOW.

* IMPACTS…TRAVEL WILL REMAIN DIFFICULT DUE TO SNOW COVERED AND VERY SLICK ROADS. PERSONS SHOULD EXERCISE EXTREME CAUTION DURING THE MORNING COMMUTE AND WHILE TRAVELING THIS MORNING.

Accident on I-80 in Dallas County blocks traffic early this (Wed.) morning

News

February 27th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Department of Transportation reports Interstate 80 westbound in Dallas County is completely blocked between Exit 106 (County Roads F90 and P58) and Exit 110 (US 169/US 6),  near De Soto.  All lanes are blocked due to an accident involving a semi trailer.

(DOT update from 511ia.org at 3:40-a.m.)

Iowa state troopers group head seeks more funding

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February 27th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The head of the Iowa State Troopers Association says budget cuts have thinned ranks so much that many counties don’t have a trooper on duty overnight. The Des Moines Register reports that Iowa State Troopers Association President Darin Snedden met with legislators and staffers from the governor’s office Tuesday, asking the state to allocate funding to hire an additional 87 troopers.

Snedden says the Iowa State Patrol has 363 troopers, down from 455 in 2000 before repeated budget cuts. He wants the state to hire 29 more troopers a year, for three years. The cost of adding 29 troopers is $4.3 million in the first year and $2.9 million in subsequent years. Branstad’s budget does not include any funding for more troopers.

Two Vehicle Collison in Montgomery County

News

February 26th, 2013 by admin

No injuries were reported following a two-vehicle collision late Tuesday morning, in Red Oak. According to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, Red Oak Police were dispatched to the intersection of north 2nd Street and east Maple Street in Montgomery County. Upon arrival, officers discovered an SUV driven by 26-year old Juan Eugenio Rodriguez-Lopez, of Red Oak, had been traveling Westbound on Maple Street and was crossing the intersection when it was struck by a car, driven by 42-year old John Jimmie Herren of Red Oak. No citations were issued.

Theft Reported in Red Oak

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February 26th, 2013 by admin

Police in Red Oak are investigating an incident of attempted burglary and theft, which was reported early Tuesday morning. Officials say Regena Schuster, of Red Oak, informed authorities that as she was leaving for work, she noticed someone had been in her car. Schuster said the center console in her vehicle was up, and items had been moved inside the vehicle. Two strands of electrical wire valued at about $150, were reported missing. It was unclear at the time of the report if any other items were missing, either from the car or Schuster’s garage.

Atlantic School Board discusses budget during work session

News

February 26th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Despite the uncertainties over how much school districts in Iowa will receive from the legislature with regard to allowable growth, the Atlantic School Board Monday night continued discussion on how their budget is shaping up. Superintendent Dr. Michael Amstein said the Board is proceeding as though there will be zero percent allowable growth, but he’s still hoping for around two-to three-percent. The Iowa House has passed a two-percent allowable growth, while the Senate has approved four-percent. Amstein says he’s hoping for a “Happy medium,” and the district will receive a set allowable growth soon, which will help with the budget process.

The Iowa Legislature has been setting the statewide allowable growth rate since 1993. Before that the rate was automatically determined by a formula which examined enrollment figures, state revenue growth, inflation and economic indicators. The monies received typically are used to fund teacher salaries and benefits.

The Atlantic School Board also discussed possible Capital Improvement Projects to expand the instructional space at each of the district’s facilities. Included in the discussion, was the possibility of: Adding a new cafeteria and additional classrooms at the Washington School; a new cafeteria and commons area in the Middle School in an area between the gym and auditorium; seven new classrooms at the high school; and 11 more classrooms at Schuler Elementary. Amstein cited an increased enrollment of students in the lower grades and the district’s shrinking capacity to house all those students as they move through the grades, as the reason why expansion projects are being discussed. No action was taken during the work session however, with regard to the budget or the possible capital improvement projects.

Atlantic Middle School Principal resigns to take a job in Orange City

News

February 26th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A man who has served for nearly two years as the Middle School Principal in Atlantic has tendered his resignation, effective at the end of the school year. The Board of Education accepted the resignation of Cam Smith during their work session Monday night, in Atlantic. Superintendent Dr. Mike Amstein told KJAN News he received Smth’s resignation last Friday, and while he’s sad to see him go, he thinks Smith has done an exemplary job as Middle School Principal in Atlantic.

He points to the implementation of the PBIS, or Positive Behavior Interventions Support program, which was introduced over the past year, as an example. PBIS is a comprehensive plan includes a range of intervention strategies designed to prevent the problem behavior while teaching socially appropriate alternative behaviors. Amstein says Smith’s replacement will hopefully continue with the program and build on its positive results.

His successor will also have a challenge in staying within the budget, and continue to strive and improve student achievement. Smith is leaving Atlantic, for a Middle School Principal’s position at MOC-Floyd Valley, which puts him closer to his family. Amstein said it’s hard to fault someone for wanting to do that. Smith’s last day with the Atlantic Community School District, will be June 30th.

Cam Smith was hired by the district in April 2011. He previously was employed by the Garner-Hayfield School District, where he served as the K-through 8th Grade Principal and Athletic Director. Smith succeeded AMS Principal Todd Roecker, who retired from the district.

Cass County Sheriff’s Office reports an arrest

News

February 26th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest on Monday, of Vern Riley Southwick, Jr.  Officials say the man,  who was wanted a warrant for Failure to Appear, turned himself-in to authorities. Southwick was booked into the Cass County Jail where he was released later that same day, on $1000 cash bond.

Victim of Council Bluffs housefire ID’d as the home’s owner

News

February 26th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Officials in Council Bluffs today (Tuesday), identified the victim of Monday’s housefire, as the home’s owner. The body of 43-year old Mark Vanderwoude, of Council Bluffs, was found in the second floor master bathroom of the home at 47 Northwood Drive, after firefighters extinguished the flames and began their search of the residence.

Bluffs Fire Chief Alan Byers says crews were dispatched to the home at around 3:10-p.m. Monday. When they arrived, heavy fire conditions were visible from both floors of the single family residence. While an investigation into the cause of the fire is on-going, Byers said a preliminary investigation resulted int the fire being deemed suspicious, because of previous incidents at the residence. Other factors leading authorities to believe the fire’s origins are suspicious, include the extent of the damage done to the structure, and the possibility of an accelerant being used.

An autopsy will be performed by the State Medical Examiner’s Office to determine the cause of Vanderwoude’s death. The home is owned by Mark Vanderwoude and his wife Lori. Neither she nor the couples’ three young children were home, because the couple had separated.

Council Bluffs RAGBRAI Committee Selects “Wild Ride for Your Hide” Theme for 2013

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February 26th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The 2013 Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa, RAGBRAI, is slated to begin in Council Bluffs, and the organizing committee has met and decided on a local theme- “Sizzle In Your Seat- a Wild Ride for Your Hide”.  As you might expect, the Bluffs theme this year will feature a pig riding a bicycle.

(Official RAGBRAI logo for 2013)

Josee Beier, Director of Convention and Sports Sales for the Council Bluffs Convention and Visitors Bureau says they “Wanted something fun and unique to celebrate 2013.” The local committee approved a logo concept along with the theme, and a preliminary T-shirt design to be unveiled soon.  Plans are also being developed for a Council Bluffs RAGBRAI website and Facebook page, which will feature the theme, show the T-shirt design, and provide other pertinent information for residents and RAGBRAI enthusiasts.

Council Bluffs will welcome RAGBRAI riders, support personnel, fans and friends, July 20 for one large get-together before the ride across Iowa begins the next morning, July 21.