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State Fair Cookout Champion Crowned Tuesday

Ag/Outdoor, News

August 13th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A Center Point man was named winner of the 2014, 51st Annual Iowa Farm Bureau Cookout Contest, Tuesday. The event was held at the Iowa State Fair, in Des Moines. Phil Cummings, of Center Point received his crown for his award-winning Mediterranean Lamb Pops entry, which beat out 50 other grillers representing counties from around the state.Cookout Champion Photo

The Iowa Farm Bureau-sponsored contest featured outdoor chefs, with varying levels of experience, using their best grilling, roasting and smoking techniques to impress the judges. Cookout Contest champion, Cummings, won first place in the lamb category before being selected by the judges as the overall winner. He received $200, a crown, and a permanent trophy as the 2014 Iowa Farm Bureau Cookout Contest Champion.

Second place winners and their categories, included: Randy Stamper of Greenfield, beef; Elsie Schafer of Mt. Ayr, poultry; and Mark Kunkle of Guthrie Center, combo/specialty. All second–place finishers received $100.

Second place in the Youth category award during the cook-off, went to Elsie Schafer of Mt. Ayr. Schafer won $100 for her efforts. Youth prizes were donated by the Iowa Propane Association.

7AM Newscast 08-13-2014

News, Podcasts

August 13th, 2014 by Chris Parks

w/ Ric Hanson


Car crashes into Guthrie Center cafe


August 13th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

No injuries were reported after a car experienced an apparent mechanical failure and hit a restaurant last Friday morning, in Guthrie Center. The Iowa State Patrol reports 73-year old Donna Marie Vokes, of Panora, was driving a 2009 Toyota northbound in the parking lot of the Hilltop Cafe at 2003 State Street, when her accelerator became stuck. Vokes was unable to stop her car before it hit the south side of the building at around 9:15-a.m., causing about $2,500 damage to the building and some equipment inside the cafe.

Vokes’ car also sustained $2,500 damage. No citations were issued.

Villisca man arrested on assault charge Tuesday evening


August 13th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Officials in Montgomery County say one person was arrested Tuesday evening on an assault charge. 22-year old Jamie Paul McDaniel, of Villisca, was taken into custody at around 5:45-p.m. at the Montgomery County Jail. McDaniel was arrested on a valid Montgomery County warrant charging him with Simple Assault. The man posted a $300 cash bond and was released from custody.

Teen dies in Sac County crash on Hwy 71, Tuesday


August 13th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

EARLY, Iowa (AP) – The Iowa State Patrol says a teenager from Sac County has been killed in a head-on car crash with a recreational vehicle.  The patrol reports the crash occurred Tuesday on Highway 71, south of Early. Authorities say 16-year-old Coral Isle Deal, of Early,  died after driving off the road and then overcorrecting. They say the teen’s Pontiac Vibe crossed the center line and hit a Fleetwood RV driven by a 71-year-old Texas man.

The car was crushed under the RV’s front wheels. The man wasn’t injured. The patrol is investigating.

Pott. Co. Board approves sale of $1.9-million in G.O. bonds


August 13th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Pottawattamie County Board of Supervisors Tuesday unanimously voted to approve the sale of $1.9 million in general obligation bonds. The Daily NonPareil reports most of the money will go toward funding the new Veterans Affairs Building. Other funds will go toward new vehicles for various departments, including the Sheriff’s Department, that have already been ordered. The bonds will be sold on Tuesday, Aug. 26th.

County Auditor Marilyn Drake told the paper that expenditures which were normally were paid for from the general fund will now be paid by the debt service fund, as a means of increasing the county’s cash carryover. Drake said she expects the interest rate on the bonds to be just 2 percent to 2.5 percent.

The board on Tuesday approved three different bond measures with one of them not to exceed $300,000, though the estimated cost should be in the neighborhood of $222,000. That will pay for seven, maybe eight, new patrol cars.  Another bond, not to exceed $100,000, will pay for such items as bullet-proof vests for the deputies and the installation of automatic external defibrillators to help keep heart victims alive. The third bond, not to exceed $120,000 is for new vehicles for the Planning and Maintenance departments.

Those will be added a $1.5 million bond for the new Veterans Affairs building near the courthouse. Drake said the bonds will be sold Aug. 26th at 2:30 p.m.. She said she expects them to be paid off withing seven-years, through the use of property taxes.  How much each property owner will pay won’t be known until the bonds are purchased.

Three Midwest refineries see problems, gas prices may soon spike


August 13th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Fuels analysts fear gasoline prices in Iowa could be about to jump following recent problems at three refineries in the Midwest region. That comes after more than two months of steady gas price declines in the state. Rose White, spokeswoman for Triple-A-Iowa, says there was a big fire at a major refinery in Coffeyville, Kansas, on July 29th. “Repairs are expected to take about four weeks,” White says. “Also, there’s some reported problems at a refinery in Whiting, Indiana, as well as one in El Dorado, Kansas.”

An interruption at one regional refinery might not be so bad, but she says slow-downs or complete halts at three Midwestern fuel facilities could spell a price hike due to reduced supply.  “The good news is, there is a good supply already built up in the inventory levels,” White says. “This might provide some cushion and help prevent severe spikes.” Iowa’s been seeing prices at the pump drop steadily since early June, but White says that could be about to end, even though demand is starting to drop off with the end of the summer driving season.

“Refinery production had been at record high levels in the Midwest this summer,” White says. “That’s going to provide some needed cushion to help weather these problems. Prices do continue to drop across most states in the region but that could change in the next few days.” Triple-A says gas prices in Iowa are averaging three-36 a gallon, that’s nine cents below the national average. Also, prices statewide have fallen 14 cents in the past month and more than 30 cents since June 1st.

(Radio Iowa)

Enough money raised to expand Korean War Honor Flight


August 13th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The organizers of an Honor Flight for Korean War veterans to Washington, D-C says they’ve gotten enough donations to more than triple the number of veterans going along. The chairman of the Central and Western Iowa Honor Flight organization, Jeff Ballenger, says Polk County put up 125-thousand dollars for the trip. They planned on taking 130 veterans, but they got many more applications than that for the flight, and asked donors to help.

He says Hy-Vee and Caseys have each donated 110-thousand dollars and the Polk County Supervisors have come up with an additional 70-thousand dollars to go along with smaller donations from Bill Knapp and Kurt Rassmussen. “We are truly blessed, we now have enough to take at least 400 of our veterans, and we feel that that will probably be just about everybody that wants to go,” Ballenger says. He says the veterans come from many areas.

“We’ve got ’em from Pottawattamie, Mills, Decatur — but I would say the majority are from Polk County are — but they are actually coming from counties all the way to the Missouri River to here in central Iowa,” Ballenger says. The flights allow the veterans to go to Washington, D-C for free to see the monuments built in their honor. “We did start with World War Two and this will I believe actually be our 12th flight,” Ballenger says. “We feel blessed. With these 400 veterans, we will have taken nearly three-thousand World War Two and Korean veterans and raised just under three million dollars.” Ballenger says he recently got a letter from the family of a veteran who had gone on a flight in 2009.

He says the veteran was so proud of the trip and the World War Two Honor Flight hat that he got, that his family buried him in the hat after he died in July. “These flights mean a lot to our veterans and it’s a very, very small thing that we can do to say thank you,” according to Ballenger. He says anyone can donate to help pay for the flights.

Ballenger says the donations are tax deductible and you can send them to: Central Iowa Honor Flight; P-O Box 125; Council Bluffs, Iowa, 5-1-5-0-2. You can also call 712-322-6638, or visit the website: www.centraliowahonorflight.org. The flight will leave on September 30th.

(Radio Iowa)

Iowa early News Headlines: Wed., Aug. 13th 2014


August 13th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — A woman was charged with theft after police found her driving a motorized shopping cart along a road, miles from the supermarket where she had started. Police stopped 49-year-old Julie Cae Briggs while she was driving a cart taken from a Hy-Vee. Police say Briggs claimed the store allowed her to take the cart because she didn’t have a ride home, about four miles away. She was about two miles from the store when stopped by the officer.

DUNKERTON, Iowa (AP) — The Dunkerton City Council has placed the northeast Iowa city’s police chief on leave until an investigation is completed. The council voted unanimously to take the action after a private meeting. Police Chief Tim Schultz will remain on administrative leave pending an investigation and hearing. Schultz and Mayor Edward Jessen declined to discuss the matter.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Terry Branstad is removing Iowa from an organization created to develop an assessment system for the Common Core education standards. The consortium, which is comprised of states, has been working to establish a testing program. Branstad says a state task force is reviewing Iowa’s assessment needs and will provide recommendations in January. Out of respect for that work, he says the state will not continue in the consortium.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An eastern Iowa man has been crowned the top auctioneer of an annual bid calling contest at the Iowa State Fair, and he says he will donate the prize money to the families of four teenage boys killed earlier this month. Tim Markham, of Holy Cross, was named the winner of the Iowa State Champion Auctioneer Contest. Markham, a full-time auctioneer, says he will donate his $1,000 prize to the families of four boys killed in a utility vehicle accident in Dubuque County on Aug. 2.

Coca Cola Days Raffle Tickets Available


August 12th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Summer has flown by, and the Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce says it’s gearing up for Coca-Cola Days, which take place next month, September 26th & 27th, in Atlantic. Every year more than 100 Coca Cola memorabilia collectors gather in Atlantic to show, swap and sell. Events include a tailgate barbeque dinner and Show Swap and Sell meet. Every year the Coca-Cola Days committee creates a one of a kind collector’s item to be raffled off.

Dolly Bergman with a one of kind metal sign created by Weirich Welding, to be raffled off.

Dolly Bergman with a one of kind metal sign created by Weirich Welding, to be raffled off.

In 2014 the Coca Cola raffle item is a one of kind metal sign created by Weirich Welding. This sign can be placed in your garden or in a medium to large flower pot. Raffle tickets are available for $1 a ticket or $5 for 6 tickets and can be purchased at the Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce Office at 102 Chestnut Street. You can also purchase Coca- Cola Days T-Shirts and Coca-Cola tumblers.

Please call the Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce with any questions. 712.243.3017 or email chamber@atlanticiowa.com.