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Atlantic Parks & Rec Board to meet Monday


December 14th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Members of the City of Atlantic’s Park and Recreation Department’s Board of Directors will hold their regular monthly meeting Monday evening, at City Hall. During the session, which begins at 5:15, Parks and Rec Director Roger Herring will update the Board on progress with the Bike Hitching posts, the fishing dock at the Schildberg Park Recreation Area, and the Parks & Rec Assistant Director’s position.

Herring will also discuss the department’s Fiscal Year 2016 budget, including the need to make some cuts, and he’ll provide an update on the Bull Creek Walking/Biking Pathway, as well as the status of the park gates being open at Sunnyside Park while the weather remains mild. Typically, the gates are closed the first week in December.

CAM School Board SIAC & Regular meetings set for Monday


December 14th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Members of the CAM School District’s Board of Education are set to meet Monday evening in the library at the high school, in Anita. At 5:15, the Board will hold a session pertaining to the School Improvement Advisory Committee (SIAC) Agenda. Discussion during the meeting includes objectives for 2014-2015, with regard to the Iowa Assessment, Bullying and Harassment, and Book Study. They’ll also talk about School Hardware Plans for 2014-2015, as well as Clarity Study information and access.

During their Regular Board session, which begins at 6:30-p.m., the CAM School Board will discuss, and possibly act on: a contract with regard to sponsoring for the Dance Team; an Athletic Trainer; the Early Retirement package and/or applications; Early graduation requests; the 1-to 1-laptop initiative; an agreement with Connections Academy, and other, administrative matters.


1 man missing after canoe capsizes in western Iowa lake


December 14th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) – Authorities are searching a western Iowa lake for a man who was reported missing after a canoe capsized, and a second man was being treated at a hospital after swimming to shore. Council Bluffs Police Sgt. Darren Budd says the canoe the two men were in capsized around 1:45 p.m. Sunday, at Lake Manawa. The men were not immediately identified.

At the time of the accident, the water temperature was around 35 degrees, but one of the men managed to swim to shore and alert the park ranger. The swimmer was taken to a Council Bluffs hospital for treatment.

Rescue crews searched the lake until nightfall Sunday without finding the missing man but had to suspend their efforts. Authorities plan to resume the search Monday morning.

Eastern IA man suffers gunshot wound while checking traps


December 14th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A man from eastern Iowa suffered from an accidental, self-inflicted gunshot wound Saturday morning while checking his traps in Keokuk County. The Iowa DNR says 70-year old James Conger, of Ollie, was leaning over to remove a possum from a live trap when a .22-caliber revolver he was carrying in a coat pocket fired into his leg at approximately 7:30 a.m. Saturday northwest of Ollie.

Conger was taken to Ottumwa Regional Health Center by a private vehicle where he was treated for a non life-threatening injury.

Creston man arrested on drug charge following accident investigation


December 14th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A man from Union County was arrested Saturday night on a drug charge, following an investigation into an accident that occurred on 150th Street, in Adams County. Sheriff’s officials say the call about the crash near Uban Avenue, came in at around 8:40-p.m. Authorities say 29-year old Steven Marion Bochniak, of Creston, was driving a truck that hit a bridge, disabling the vehicle.

Deputies noticed Bochniak was acting strange. They later recovered a small amount of marijuana. Bochniak was arrested for Possession of Marijuana, and was being held in the Adams County Jail Sunday on $1,000 bond.

Carroll man shot while deer hunting, Sat. afternoon

Ag/Outdoor, News, Sports

December 14th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) report a Carroll man was injured Saturday when he was hit by a shotgun slug while deer hunting. 47-year old Eric Winker was part of a hunting group and was helping to drive deer when a shotgun slug fired at a moving deer from another hunter in the party hit him in the abdomen. The group was hunting southwest of Lanesboro in Carroll County when the incident occurred at approximately 2:30-p.m.

Winker was transported to Steward Memorial Hospital in Lake City, transferred to Unity Point Health in Fort Dodge and then life-flighted to Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines. The incident is still under investigation by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

Deer hunters are reminded to make sure where other hunters in their party are at all times and to never fire in the direction where other members of the group are expected to be. According to DNR Recreational Safety Officer Jeff Barnes “Most of [the] incidents happen when shots are being fired at moving deer so it is essential to always be aware of your zone of fire.”

Adams nominated by Democrats to run for Ernst’s IA Senate seat


December 14th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A man from Montgomery County was nominated Saturday, as the Democratic candidate in a special election to fill the Iowa Senate District 12 seat vacated by Joni Ernst. District 12 includes Fremont, Mills, Montgomery, Page, Ringgold and Taylor Counties. Ernst, a Republican from Red Oak, resigned her office on Nov. 28, following her election Nov. 4 to the United States Senate. Steve Adams, of Red Oak, was selected during the Democratic convention at the Lied Public Library in Clarinda. The Omaha World-Herald reports Adams was chosen over Glenwood City Council member Craig Florian.

Adams is employed by the Iowa State University Extension Service in the community and economic development unit. He is involved in work to create and expand small business operations and participates in projects implemented by strategic planning and facilitation groups. If elected to the Iowa General Assembly, he said, his focus would be on economic development.

Adams has served as legislative co-chair of the Southwest Iowa Coalition for the past 16 years and has been on the group’s board for more than 20 years. In 2004 he ran unsuccessfully against Republican Cecil Dolecheck of Mount Ayr for a seat in the Iowa House.

State Rep. Mark Costello of Imogene is the Republican candidate in the Dec. 30th election. Costello was selected at the GOP convention, on Thursday. Don Brantz of Glenwood reportedly is planning to enter the race as a Libertarian candidate.

Arts educators seek to be part of state standards


December 14th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Fine arts advocates in Iowa are renewing an effort to get music, drama and art included in state education standards. The Iowa Alliance for Arts Education will lobby lawmakers again next year to amend the Iowa Core to add the fine arts. Leon Kuehner, the group’s executive director, says a similar attempt failed in 2014, but he and others hope they will have more luck this time.

State law dictates that schools teach the arts, but the fine arts are not listed in the Iowa Core, which was established in schools statewide in 2008 after approval from the Legislature and the governor. Democrats who control the Iowa Senate have been supportive of this effort, but it is not clear there is interest in the Republican-dominated House.

Iowa early News Headlines: Sun., Dec. 14th 2014


December 14th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Firefighters say no one was injured in a blaze inside a Des Moines apartment. KCCI reports fire crews quickly put out the fire that occurred Friday afternoon at the Wakonda West Apartments, just north of the Des Moines Airport. A fire department spokesman says it’s unknown yet how many people will be displaced by the fire.

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — Those wanting to enjoy some sledding in Dubuque this winter might soon find their options limited. The Telegraph Herald reports that the Dubuque City Council will consider Monday an ordinance restricting sledding on public property to two city parks. If adopted, sledding would only be allowed at Allison-Henderson Park and Bunker Hill Golf Course.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Des Moines officials have taken charge of more than 30 wild animals — including black bears and wolves — that had been on display at a now-closed “mall zoo.” The Des Moines Register reports that Polk County deputies evicted Pella Wildlife Company and its owner, Ron DeArmond, from Merle Hay Mall this week. The organization had operated the Academy of Wildlife at the mall until closing its doors in October.

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa State defensive lineman Devlyn Cousin has been suspended indefinitely from the team after being arrested and charged with simple domestic assault. The Des Moines Register says a police report shows Cousin was arrested late Friday night on charges of domestic assault and obstruction of emergency communication.

Iowa woman sentenced to probation for fatal crash


December 13th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

ONAWA, Iowa (AP) – A 45-year-old western Iowa woman has been sentenced for a crash that killed her uncle. The Sioux City Journal reports that Judith Krohn, of Mapleton, was placed on probation Friday after pleading guilty in Monona County District Court to one count of vehicular homicide. District Judge Jeffrey Poulson suspended a 10-year prison sentence and placed Krohn on probation for two years. She also must pay a $1,000 fine.

Krohn had initially pleaded not guilty to a more stringent vehicular homicide charge that carries a 25-year prison sentence. Prosecutors say Krohn was drunk on April 20, 2013, when the pickup she was driving missed a curve and rolled into a ditch. Her uncle, 59-year-old Albert Butler of Mapleton, was partially ejected from the truck and died from his injuries.