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Cass Supervisors to approve final plat for Walnut Grove subdivision

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November 13th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Board of Supervisors are expected to act on approving the final plat for the Walnut Grove Subdivision during their meeting Wednesday morning, in Atlantic. The Cass County Zoning Commission held a public hearing on May 12, 2011 to consider a preliminary plat filed by Jason Wright, and others designated as Walnut Grove Subdivision. Afterward, the Commission Commission recommended and the Supervisors on June 8th approved, the preliminary plat for the Subdivision. The property was the old Walnut Grove Farm along Highway 6 at Lansing Road, south of Atlantic.

In other business, the Board, at 10-a.m., Wednesday, will discuss Iowa Code Chapter 354, and the County’s division of land process.

Fumigation Course Scheduled for Nov. 27 in Shelby County

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November 13th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Shelby County Extension will host a Fumigation Continuing Instructional Course (CIC) for commercial pesticide applicators on Tuesday, Nov. 27th. Officials say the program will be shown at locations across Iowa through the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Pest Management and the Environment (PME) program.

The local site for the Nov. 27th CIC is 906 Sixth Street, Harlan, IA. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. followed by sessions from 9 to 11 a.m. The registration fee is $35 on or before Nov. 20 and $45 after Nov. 20. To register or to obtain additional information about the CIC, contact Pam Jacobsen at the Shelby County Extension office by phoning 712-755-3104.

The 2012 course will provide continuing instructional credit for commercial pesticide applicators certified in categories 7C (Fumigation) and 10 (Demonstration and Research). The course will cover topics including equipment calibration and safe application, resistance and fumigant labels.

Additional information and registration forms for this and other courses offered through the PME Program can be accessed at www.extension.iastate.edu/PME.

Burglary arrests in Atlantic

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November 13th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Two Atlantic teens were arrested over the weekend on burglary charges. The Atlantic Police Department reports 18-year old’s Andrew Laughlin and John Waltz were taken into custody Saturday. Both were arrested on Cass County warrants for Burglary in the 2nd degree, in connection with a residential burglary that occurred on Halloween. Laughlin and Waltz were booked in to the Cass County Jail. Officials say the arrests are not connected with any incidents reported this past summer, and the public need not be alarmed about an increase in burglaries, as this was an apparent isolated incident.

Atlantic School Board approves Driver’s Ed contract for Summer 2013

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November 13th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Board of Education Monday night, approved a contract with the Deluxe Driving Academy, based in Carroll, to offer Driver’s Education to students in the district, beginning with the Summer of 2013. The Academy’s bid of $345 per student was the lowest of two which had been received for the course.

The Academy will use qualified teachers from the district as instructors for the course, along with vehicles the district will provide. Business Manager Mary Beth Fast said the arrangement will save the district money in the long run. Superintendent Dr. Michael Amstein agreed, and added that it will provide students more opportunities to drive, by offering more classes with fewer students in each class than had previously been possible.

The district will still collect money for the courses, but it won’t have to worry about the necessary paperwork and the standard payroll obligations. Those will be handled by Deluxe Driving Academy.

8AM Newscast 11-13-2012

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November 13th, 2012 by Chris Parks

w/ Ric Hanson

Atlantic P&Z to review Namanny Commercial Development Final Plat

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November 13th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The City of Atlantic’s Planning and Zoning Commission will meet this evening at City Hall, to review the Namanny Commercial Development Final Plat. On Oct. 17th, the Atlantic City Council approved plans for the Preliminary Plat. At that time, City Administrator Doug Harris said the owners of the property plan to sub-divide the 7.86-acre parcel, which is zoned as Light Industrial, into four lots.  Harris  said there are several people interested in developing the parcels when they are sold off. The actual grading and drainage of those lots won’t happen until a site plan is created for each individual lot.

In other business, the P-and-Z will receive a status report on the updating of the City’s Zoning Ordinance, which includes landscape requirements and design standards. Their meeting begins at 5:30-p.m.

Name of NW IA man killed in job accident released

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November 13th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – Officials have released the name of a 26-year-old man killed in a Sioux City job accident.  He was identified as Cesar Balderama, of Sioux City. He died Saturday afternoon while working at the new Sabre Industries site in Southbridge Business Park.

The Sioux City Journal reports that Balderama worked for a contractor.  Details about the accident haven’t been released. The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating Balderama’s death.

7AM Newscast 11-13-2012

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November 13th, 2012 by Chris Parks

w/ Ric Hanson

Feds threaten to assume Iowa waterway protection

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November 13th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has threatened to take over protection of Iowa’s waterways from the state.  The Des Moines Register reports that a federal investigation shows the state has been lax in requiring that livestock operations follow rules to keep manure out of Iowa’s creeks and rivers, ponds and lakes.

The EPA report says the state hasn’t properly inspected livestock facilities and failed in its duties about half the time when responding to livestock pollution.  The Iowa Natural Resources Department says the EPA criticism is misplaced.   DNR spokesman Kevin Baskins says his agency has been encouraging compliance, rather than imposing fines and other penalties as punishment for failure to follow environmental rules. And Baskins says there’s evidence the strategy is working.

Stand-off in Red Oak ends peacefully Monday

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November 13th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A Red Oak man was arrested without incident Monday evening following a two-hour stand-off at a residence there. Red Oak Police report officers were called to a home in the 800 block of East Coolbaugh Street at around 4:50 p.m., after they received word about a disturbance. When Officers arrived on the scene they learned 19-year old Joshua M. Salvato was in possession of a weapon. He also refused to let officers enter the room he was in.

Negotiators from the Red Oak Police Department and the Iowa State Patrol were called to the scene. Less than two-hours later, Salvato surrendered to authorities. He was taken to the Montgomery County Memorial Hospital for mental evaluation. Officials say no charges are expected to be filed.

The Red Oak Police Department was assisted by Red Oak Fire and Rescue, The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office and Troopers of the Iowa State Patrol.