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CAM School Board moving forward with Massena Elem. School addition

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October 18th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The CAM School Board is moving forward with tentative plans for an addition to the Massena Elementary School to help ease overcrowding. Board Secretary Linda Edwards said they approved the plan as presented by Snyder and Associates Engineers. She said they are moving forward with the bid process, since the goal is to be in the building by next fall.

The plan tentatively calls for a 40-by 80-foot expansion of the four-year old preschool and music room. The Board, in their brief meeting, also approved revisions to, and adopted, a Parent and Family Engagement Policy.

The policy was reworded to say “Parent and family engagement is an important component of students’ success in school. The Board encourages parents and families to become involved in their children’s education to ensure the child’s academic success.” The wording adds “and family involvement”, instead of just “parental.”

(9-a.m. News)

Theft investigations in Union County

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October 18th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Union County Sheriff’s Office recently took two reports of theft. An Afton man reported last week that sometime during the day on Oct. 10th, someone broke into his shed and took a Champion pressure washer, Stihl chainsaw, Nesco tap & die set, gear puller set and a .22 rifle.  The items were valued at $935.

And, on Oct. 8th, a woman from Creston reported that sometime between 5:30-and 6:00-p.m that day, while her vehicle was parked in the 1900 block of 180th Street, someone broke the front side window and took several items.  Taken was gift cards, cellphone charger, billfold, purse, cash, clothing, IPad, Samsung Galaxy Note cellphone, checks and other personal items.  Those items were valued at $3,000 altogether.

(9-a.m. News)

Xi Beta Phi Wreath Sales Underway in Cass County

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October 18th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Holiday wreaths, sprays and centerpieces are available for purchase in Cass County, from any member of Xi Beta Phi, a local women’s service organization.  The group sells the holiday greens annually, with proceeds going to various community projects.  This year’s proceeds will be donated to the Cass County Health System Foundation as part of a campaign to purchase a 3D mammography unit for Cass County Memorial Hospital.

Nancy White, project chair, says “We are very excited to support the purchase of a 3D mammography unit for our local hospital.

"Nancy White displays one of the holiday wreaths for sale from Xi Beta Phi members this month." (photo submitted)

“Nancy White displays one of the holiday wreaths for sale from Xi Beta Phi members this month.” (photo submitted)

We know that early diagnosis is key to successful treatment, and 3D technology provides the information necessary for that early diagnosis.”

Holiday items for sale include wreaths, sprays, centerpieces, garlands and live potted evergreen and holly trees.  Prices range from $20 – $50.  Products will be delivered locally before Thanksgiving, and can also be shipped directly to friends and family out of town.

For more information or to make a purchase, contact Nancy White, 254-0471 or Bonnie Williams, 254-0997, or any other Xi Beta Phi member.  All orders must be placed by October 30th.

(Podcast) KJAN 8-a.m. News, 10/18/2016

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October 18th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

More area and State news from KJAN News Director Ric Hanson.

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This is Character Counts Week

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October 18th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

This is Character Counts Week in Iowa, which celebrates the six pillars of character including Caring, Citizenship, Fairness, Respect, Responsibility and Trustworthiness.  Amy Smit is with the Robert D. and Billie Ray Center at Drake University in Des Moines. “We try to think of something different to do every year with it and this year we don’t have to look very far to find news stories that are kind of sad or might make us fearful or angry. You can’t ignore the negative,  that’s part of the human experience and I think sometimes that can move us to change the world around us. For Character Counts Week  we really want to be inspired by the good things that are happening out there,” Smit says.

She says they are asking people to share their good stories. “We know that there’s tons and tons of great people doing great things and those stories don’t always get the platform they deserve,” Smith says. “We’re asking everyone to find those great stories that they might stumble upon through their social media feeds or that they hear about — and we want to fill the world with those great positive stories.”

Representatives from the program went to Waterloo Monday to formally present  their School of Character award to Poyner Elementary in Waterloo so that everyone there could share in the moment. She says the often present the Character Awards in August and only a few administrators or staff get to attend that event.

You may find out more about Character Counts at www.drake.edu/raycenter.

(Radio Iowa)

3 arrests reported in Creston

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October 18th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Creston Police Department is reporting three arrests. Early this (Tuesday) morning, 40-year old Shane Sanden, of Creston, was arrested for Public Intoxication. He was being held in the Union County Jail on $300 bond. Monday afternoon, Creston Police arrested 21-year old Dakota Rosch, of Creston, for Driving While Revoked. He was released from the Union County Jail on a $1000 bond. And, 34-year old Elizabeth Nelson, of Creston, was arrested for OWI 1st Offense. She was released from the Union County Jail on a $1000 bond.

(Podcast) KJAN Morning News & funeral report, 10/18/2016

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October 18th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The area’s top news at 7:06-a.m., w/KJAN News Director Ric Hanson

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Stanton man arrested for OWI 2nd after crash Mon. night

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October 18th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

A single-vehicle accident Monday evening in rural Montgomery County resulted in the driver of the vehicle being arrested on alcohol-related, and other charges. The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office says 31-year old Trevor Kyle Benge, of Stanton, was arrested for OWI/2nd offense and Driving While Suspended. Benge was also cited for failure to have insurance – accident related. He was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on $2,000 bond.

Officials say Benge was traveling west on 270th Street at around 7:55-p.m., when the 2011 Ford Escape he was driving left the road and entered the north ditch. The SUV continued west in the ditch for about 66-yards before it came into contact with a residential drive. It then continued over the drive and northwest into a yard, where it struck a tree.

The SUV proceeded to travel southwest again, before traveling up and over 270th Street and into the south ditch. It finally came to rest after traveling 47-yards in the ditch. The vehicle sustained about $5,000 damage.

Branstad open to discussing extension of Iowa’s cannabis oil law

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October 18th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Governor Terry Branstad remains opposed to legalizing marijuana for recreational use in Iowa, but Branstad says he’s willing to work with advocates worried about the soon-to-end Iowa law that decriminalized possession of cannabis oil for treatment of chronic epilepsy. “We don’t want people to lose something they think will be helpful or that has been helpful to members of their family,” Branstad says. The law is set to expire July 1st.

“I intend to work with the legislature as well as with the (Governor’s) Office of Drug Control (Policy) as we look at what is the appropriate thing to do,” Branstad says. The group “Iowans for Medical Cannabis” has been lobbying legislators and the governor to EXPAND the law. They want those who suffer from other serious and terminal illnesses to be able to legally use cannabis as treatment for symptoms like nausea and pain. Branstad says he wants to review the experiences of patients as well as the latest medical research about cannabis.

“I’ve always said I have an open mind in looking at what is the best and most effective way to deal with it and do it in a way that’s not going to open up the possibility of abuse by people who want to use marijuana for recreational purposes,” Branstad says.

Advocates for the use of cannabis oil, patches and other products as treatment for a variety of illnesses argue the products should be made and produced in Iowa if the state legalizes possession of it. Branstad says he wants to “carefully review” how grow-and-dispense operations in the neighboring states of Illinois and Minnesota work.

(Radio Iowa)

Fatal traffic crashes involving teen drivers on the rise

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October 18th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

A new report from the Governors Highway Safety Association shows fatal traffic crashes involving teenage drivers increased 10-percent last year compared to 2014. Rose White, with Triple-A Iowa, says distracted driving is the number one cause of teen driver crashes and teen passengers are the number one distraction for those drivers. “Any passenger should always avoid unnecessary conversations with the driver. That’s a big distraction,” White says. “Also, avoid unnecessary phone use. Always put the cell phone away, but if one must be used, never allow the driver to use it,” White says.

The report claims teen drivers are 1.6 times more likely to be involved in a crash than adults. White says parents should constantly be reminding their teenage drivers about keeping their focus on the road. “Parents can certainly provide assistance by being a good driver, setting a good example, never using their cell phone, and making sure their teen drivers never do so as well,” White says.

This is National Teen Driver Safety Week (October 16-22).

(Radio Iowa)