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State Rep. Olson quits 2014 race for Iowa governor

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December 17th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Democratic state Rep. Tyler Olson says he is dropping out of the 2014 race for governor.   Olson made the announcement Tuesday, about two weeks after acknowledging that he and his wife planned to divorce and that he would scale back his campaign for the rest of the year. The couple live in Cedar Rapids and have two young children.  Olson says he needs to focus on his children.

The 37-year-old Olson is one of at least two Democrats running for governor. He’s in his fourth term in the state House and is the former chairman of the Iowa Democratic Party. Olson recently won the endorsement of Iowa’s largest union.  The Democratic nominee likely will face Republican Gov. Terry Branstad, who is expected to seek re-election.

Cass Supervisors to hold a public hearing on building lease

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December 17th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing Wednesday morning on the lease of a recently purchased building. During their meeting last Wednesday, the Board agreed to purchase property located at 707 Poplar Street for the sum of $370,000. The lower level of the Cambridge Law Firm building will be used for either a new 9-1-1 Center or to relocate the offices of the County Engineer and Assessor. A proposal would call for the upper level of the building to be leased for “More than three-years,” to the Cambridge Law Firm, with an option for two additional five-year periods, or a total of 10-years.

Following a public hearing on the matter, the Board will act on approving a resolution leasing the property to the law firm. In other business, the Supervisors are expected to hear a report from West Central Community Action (WCCA), and a request of continued match funding.

The meeting begins at 9-a.m. in the Supervisor’s Board Room at the Cass County Courthouse.

Romance writer with ties to Atlantic, dies in MO.

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December 17th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

BRANSON, Mo. (AP) – Romance writer Janet Dailey, whose books sold more than 325 million copies worldwide, has died at her southwest Missouri home. She was 69. Snapp-Bearden Funeral Home in Branson, Mo., says Dailey died Saturday in the music resort town. The cause of death was not released as of Monday. The funeral home reports the family said Dailey died “peacefully.”

Dailey was born and raised in Iowa. She moved to Branson in 1978 with her husband, Bill Dailey. Her step brother, Bobby Rutherford, lives in Atlantic.  Dailey’s novels included the popular “Calder” series and her Americana series – 50 books, one set in each state. Her website lists 155 works altogether.

Bill Dailey died in 2005. He was credited with helping build Branson into an entertainment mecca. Funeral services are scheduled for Thursday at College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout.

Several teens cited for Minor in Possession in Harlan

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December 17th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Harlan Police Department say following-up on an anonymous tip, officers were directed Saturday to a residence at 1211 Durant Street, where several persons were cited for minor in possession of alcohol. Authorities say the following teens cited for the offense and released to their parents: 14-year old Emily Ledkins; 16-year old’s Tiffany Thompson and Rebecca Hanson; 17-year old’s Shelby Gundy, Colin Fuhs, and Faith Hunt; and 20-year old Matthew Scheuring, all of Harlan; 17-year old’s Natalie Finken and Tevin Jansen, of Defiance, and 18-year old Megan Hunt, of Earling, were all cited and released.

In other news, the H-PD reports  officers were called to the 1600 block of Exchange Street on Monday, following a report of six vehicles with broken windshields. The police are pursuing leads as the investigation continues. And, on Dec. 14th, 22-year old Shawn Mosher, of Harlan, was arrested following a traffic stop, for Driving While Revoked. Mosher was also cited for Failure to provide proof of security against liability (Insurance).

 

 

 

 

Iowa launches “Homebase.org” website to recruit veterans for jobs

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December 17th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

 

Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds today (Tuesday) launched www.homebaseiowa.org, a new website for Home Base Iowa. The initiative is a new non-profit, private-public partnership that will recruit veterans and active duty service members for private-sector job opportunities in Iowa.

The website serves as a comprehensive source for job services available to veterans in Iowa. The site features job postings, links to job fairs, and up-to-date information about educational opportunities, National Guard recruiting, job training, and much more.

Home Base Iowa is raising private funds to support outreach efforts to veterans, including national advertising, in-person outreach, a social media campaign, and outreach through military publications. 

8AM Newscast 12-17-2013

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December 17th, 2013 by Chris Parks

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December 17th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

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Area divers’ search for body to resume at central Iowa lake Tuesday

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December 17th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

MONTEZUMA, Iowa (AP) – A search is scheduled to resume Tuesday for the body of a man whose ATV broke through the ice at Lake Ponderosa.  Montezuma Fire Chief Chris Widmer told The Des Moines Register that members of the Midwest Regional Dive Team searched from noon until 5 p.m. Monday.

Rescue crews have drilled holes in the ice and inserted cameras. They’ve found the ATV and fishing hut of 57-year-old David Hartke, but not his body.  Widmer says Hartke, of Grundy Center, and a friend were ice fishing on Saturday evening when Hartke and his vehicle broke through the ice. Lake Ponderosa sits west of Montezuma in central Iowa.

Bluffs woman arrested for terroristic threats on social media

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December 17th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A Council Bluffs woman faces charges of Terroristic Threats and Harassment in the 1st degree, after she allegedly post on a social media website a comment that her son would be justified in shooting up the Lewis Central High School, following repeated incidents of alleged bullying. According to Council Bluffs Police, 39-year old Teri Pallat was arrested Monday following an interview with investigators.

Officials say on November 18th, Meredith Pallat reported her juvenile son was the victim of ongoing bullying at the Lewis Central High School. The incidents began in Sept. 2012 and continued through Dec, 16th 2013. At around 7:25-p.m. Monday, a uniformed officer was sent to the Lewis Central High School to meet with the Principal, in reference to a post that appeared on Facebook, allegedly by Teri Pallat (The wife of Meredith Pallat).

The post was dated Dec. 16th at 3:30-p.m. and said quote “And they ask why do people shoot up schools, well this is exactly why and when our son does it cause I know he will have nobody to blame but the administration and I promise everyone he will only get the ones that caused this. He is an excellent marks men.”

An incident report was filed with the Council Bluffs P-D in mid-November regarding an assault on Pallat’s juvenile son. The case remains under investigation, along with an investigation into the alleged threats.

Atlantic Parks Dept. may use Trail Cams to catch 4-wheelers at Sunnyside Park

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December 17th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The City of Atlantic’s Parks and Recreation Department may purchase or borrow a Trail cam to try and catch persons who are using 4-wheel off-road machines on the grassy areas at Sunnyside Park and tearing-up those surfaces. Speaking at Monday night’s meeting of the Parks and Rec Board, Director Roger Herring said that while the roads to the park are closed, the park itself is still open to various activities, but there are limitations.

He said there is no 4-wheeling on the grassy areas, but someone is doing that. It’s happening in the same spot but Herring says they don’t know right now what time of day the damage is occurring. By installing a trail cam in an undisclosed location nearby, it’s hoped they can catch those persons in the act and take legal action against them.

Herring says a “decent quality” trail camera would cost about $150 and be used anywhere there is a problem in the park system with vandalism, since it is portable. Some of the units have a “Black flash,” which is useful at night and doesn’t alert the perpetrator to the fact their picture is being taken. Those types of cameras usually cost about $200 more. Herring said also the Cass County Sheriff’s Office has offered the temporary use of its high tech trail cam, if necessary.

The Parks and Rec Board Monday tabled a decision on finalizing a Tobacco Free Ordinance for Sunnyside Park that they can forward to the City Council for its review and approval, because there was still some language that needed to be cleaned-up, and appeared to have been contradictory. The Board will reconvene prior to the January 22nd meeting of the City Council, when the Ordinance is set to be on the agenda, to make sure the final draft has gone through the legal approval process with the City Attorney.

And, Parks Director Roger Herring reported a successful Gizzard Shad kill occurred at the Schildberg Recreation Area’s Lake number One on Dec. 3rd. The DNR applied Rotenone to try and control the invasive fish species and help the more desirable species survive. Herring said the timing of the chemical application was “perfect,” because the weather was cooperating. He said within 24-hours there was a good fish kill of the gizzard shad and a few days later the lake iced-over, which means the dead fish will sink to the bottom and become food for other species and help keep the lake alive throughout the winter.

There was some “collateral” damage to other species of fish (Including the killing of game fish such as some of the small bluegill, one crappie, and one catfish), but Herring said that was to be expected. None of the bass in the lake were killed, though. He said because the fish kill was successful, it will be exciting to see how the desirable game fish population explodes over the next two- to-three years at Lake number One.