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Pursued motorcycle crashes in Pott. County, Omaha man injured


August 4th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A 19-year old man from Nebraska was injured after the motorcycle he was driving crashed Monday, as he was being pursued by the Iowa State Patrol, in Pottawattamie County. Officials say Joshua Holmes, of Omaha, was transported by Crescent Rescue to the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha.

Officials say Holmes’ 2005 Honda zipped past two semi’s on the inside shoulder of southbound Interstate 29 during the pursuit. At mile post 67, the cycle entered the median, went out of control and rolled several times times before coming to rest in the median.

The crash happened at around 5:47-p.m.

Adair-Casey & CAM School Boards holds talks on possible sharing arrangements


August 4th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Members of the Adair-Casey Board of Education were the guests Monday evening at the CAM High School in Anita, during a joint meeting of the A-C and CAM School Boards. The cordial discussion lasted for about 50 minutes after introductions were made, but nothing was decided on at this stage of exploration. A-C/Guthrie Center shared Superintendent Steve Smith thanked the CAM Board for sitting down to talk with them about the direction A-C might take in determining the next course of action.

Members of the Adair-Casey School Board (far left) holds talks with CAM Board members (near side).

Members of the Adair-Casey School Board (far left) holds talks with CAM Board members (near side).

He said “We obviously looking for things that maybe could help us, and hopefully help other district or districts.” Smith said A-C “Took a hit last year in some enrollment [numbers], so if that happens again. obviously we may have different thoughts about what we may or may not do. So right now, to be a little proactive, we’re trying to reach out to all that districts that are contiguous so that we can see who is able to offer the best fit on the needs.

Adair-Casey has already held talks with West Central Valley, Nodaway Valley and now CAM. They have yet to sit down with the Guthrie Center School Board, but intend to do so in the near future. A-C Board President Megan Kading said they decided to explore their options because last year their district lost between 30-and 40-students, for a number of reasons, including the fact some families with three or more children who moved from the area, and less students came in after the graduating class.IMG_20140804_183612_528

CAM had a certified enrollment last year of 441 students. Adair-Casey had 328. CAM School Board President Gary Dinkla said he understands the process of change districts such as A-C are looking to explore.

One of the questions A-C Board member Mark Williams had for the CAM Board essentially boiled down to “How did they know when the process of sharing services needed to start,” and what are the challenges associated with going down the road toward possible consolidation? Gary Dinkla said “Probably the best time to start is when the communities are ready to accept it, or when you can convince communities it’s a process to go towards.”

The Cumberland-Massena and Anita School Districts had Whole Grade Sharing for eight-years before they consolidated into CAM. Megan Kading asked if declining enrollment was a financial factor in consolidation. Dinkla said it was “To better utilize the resources,” both districts had. CAM Board Member Todd McKee said the time to hold these types of discussions and make the tough decisions “Is not black and white…you never know,” but it’s important to start talking and make changes before it’s too late.

McKee said he was still trying to catch his breathe after going through the process of trying to find a Superintendent the district could share after former CAM Superintendent Steve Pelzer announced his retirement. CAM opted to share the services of Nodaway Valley Superintendent Casey Berlau. McKee said he personally, didn’t want to open the door to another change too soon, but CAM Board Member Chuck Kinzie said “Sometimes the situation is the boss,” and districts have to be open and proactive in serving the needs of their students.

He said “If the time is right for further discussions…we need further discussions…if it’s right.”

Major water leak in Fontanelle


August 4th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Adair County Emergency Management Agency reports the City of Fontanelle is experiencing a major water leak. The leak affects customers west of 3rd Street on Highway 92. Officials have been trying to pinpoint the location, but the water is not coming to the surface.

They are trying to get a water leak detection company in the City as soon as possible. If residents of Fontanelle sees any water coming to the surface in that vicinity, please let a city employee know. You can also call the sheriff’s office and they can relay a message.

Officials they will try to get the leak fixed as soon as possible, but that may not be until Tuesday, in a worst case scenario.

Audubon Co. & Exira to participate in Nat’l. Night Out


August 4th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Dozens of communities and a County in Iowa including Exira, and Audubon County, will be taking part in tomorrow (Tuesday) evening’s National Night Out. Matt Paskin is a spokesman for the 31st annual event which brings people together in their neighborhoods to unite in fighting crime. Paskin says, “It’ll be the block parties, the parades, the cookouts, the festivals, visits from local law enforcement, visits from local officials, all designed to bring people out, get them to know their neighbors better and get them to know local police and sheriffs departments.”NNO2014W

Nationwide, some 16-thousand communities will be participating in the National Night Out. “It kind of turns the clock back to the ’40s and ’50s,” Paskin says. “People knew their neighbors and routinely looked out for each other and everybody knew the cop on the beat. Society is a lot different now and if we’re going to keep up with criminals, we’ve got to do things like this.”

Learn more through the National Association of Town Watch website: www.natw.org.

(Radio Iowa)

AtlanticFest entertainment announced


August 4th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce have announced entertainment for this weekend’s AtlanticFest. Live entertainment including gymnastics, dance routines, singer/songwriters and solo instrumentals will be featured all day on Saturday, August 9th, and into the evening.web add

Programs Director Ouida Wymer says the entertainment will start at 10-a.m. Saturday and continue until 11-p.m. at the main stage, at 6th and Chestnut. The band Exit 113 will be the evening entertainment starting at 8-pm and playing until 11-pm. They perform a wide range of music styles for everyone focusing on favorites from the 50’s and 60’s.

All the entertainment for AtlanticFest is free for the entire family, thanks to all the sponsors that make the entertainment (including: Great Western Bank, A.M. Cohron & Sons, Partners Insurance, Plastic Professionals, Salute Gymnastics, Wells Fargo, Atlantic Municipal Utilities, MAHLE Engine Components, Atlantic Motor Supplies, McDermott and Sons Roofing, Audiological Services of Iowa & Sunset Inns and Suites).

You can find the complete AtlanticFest Schedule at www.atlanticiowa.com or on the Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce facebook page. You can also stop into the Chamber and pick up a schedule. For more information contact the Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce at 712.243.3017

U-of-I falls into 2nd place in top “Party Schools” list


August 4th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) – Syracuse University knows how to party. The Orange are at the top of the annual list of the nation’s top party schools released Monday by The Princeton Review. Last year’s winner, the University of Iowa, is second. Rounding out the top 5 are: the University of California-Santa Barbara, West Virginia University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Repeating at the top of “stone-cold sober schools” was Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.

Syracuse University officials aren’t commenting on the private university’s showing in the 2015 edition of “The Best 379 Colleges.”  About 130,000 students on 379 campuses were surveyed for the book, which contains 62 top-20 lists ranking factors like financial aid awards, athletic facilities and food.

The publication is not affiliated with Princeton University.

Boil Advisory issued for parts of SW Iowa


August 4th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

(updated 11:57-a.m., 8/4/14)

Officials with the Southern Iowa Rural Water Association have issued a BOIL ADVISORY for the southeastern Cass County distribution system. SIRWA says the system has had chlorine residual that was below the allowable standard in area that includes Bridgewater and Lyman. The levels have been below tolerance since Saturday night. Due to the potential for bacterial contamination, it is being recommended that the water be boiled before using for drinking or cooking or that an alternative source be used.

SIRWA says residents in the Bridgewater and Lyman areas should NOT drink the water without boiling it first. Bring all water to a boil, let it boil for one minute, and let it cool before using, or use bottled water. Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, and food preparation until further notice. Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms in the water. The water may be used for bathing and other similar purposes.

The system is being chlorinated and flushed to restore the residual needed. The first set of bacteria samples will be collected after system flushing is completed. The first set of samples will be taken Tuesday morning (Aug. 5th), and then a repeat set of samples will be taken Wednesday the 6th, to ensure the water is safe to drink. Pending the results, the advisory will be lifted Thursday morning, the 7th.

The advisory is a precaution until bacterial sample results are available. SIRWA is working with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources to resolve the situation as quickly as possible in order to restore water service and lift the advisory.

Operation T-Bone Winners announced


August 4th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Officials with this past weekend’s “Operation T-Bone,” in Audubon, have announced the winners of various activities associated with the event.

Winners in the Operation T-Bone Parade include:

  • Antique Auto 1959 & older: Darrell Jensen.
  • Milestone Auto 1960 & newer: Mike Wede.
  • Antique Machinery: Keith Grabill.
  • Jr. Division: Audubon Recreation Foundation.
  • Sr. Division, 1st Prize: Audubon Friendship Village.
  • Sr. Division, 2nd Prize: Community Insurance Agency.
  • Good Neighbor: Atlantic Fire Dept.
  • Grand Champion: Audubon Fire Dept.

Winners of the 2014 Audubon T-Bone Festival, Cowboy/Cowgirl: Olivia Grace & Lane Elmquist.

Audubon County Cook-Off Contest Winners:

  • 1st place: Andy Van Aernam w/his Brisket Philly Sandwich.
  • 2nd place: Andy Van Aernam w/his BBQ Brisket Sandwich.
  • 3rd Place: Scott Brand, with Pulled Beef.

And, the raffle winners this past weekend include:

  • 1st Prize, $1,000 Cash: John Whetzal.
  • 2nd Prize, $500 Cash: Joe Rasmussen.
  • 5 winners of $100 Cash: Raymond Gladman, Brett Rold, Jane Weber, Clint Grabill & Darrin Nordhues.


Emerald Ash Borer confirmed in Central Iowa

Ag/Outdoor, News

August 4th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Iowa Dept. of Natural Resources say two adult Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) beetles have been collected from a trap in a residential tree in Boone and have been positively identified as EAB by a federal identifier. The trap was placed in the tree this summer after suspect galleries were found in an ash tree branch that fell during a storm. A statewide quarantine restricting the movement of hardwood firewood, ash logs, wood chips and ash tree nursery stock out of Iowa into non-quarantined areas of other states was issued on Feb. 4, 2014 and remains in place. Aug 4 2014 EAB map

The city of Boone Parks Department has already taken several steps to prepare for a potential infestation of the EAB. They have inventoried 100% of the street trees in the community and are assessing the condition of ash trees, as well as all other trees, in the right-of-way. The city council established funding for removal of street trees and the purchase of specialized equipment to chip large diameter trees.

$6.75-million cost share available in IA for conservation practices

Ag/Outdoor, News

August 4th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES – Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey today (Monday) announced that more than $6.75 million is available to help farmers and landowners install conservation practices through the state cost share program. Farmers can contact their local Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) offices to apply for assistance of up to 50 percent of the cost of the project.

Northey says “The cost share program is a partnership between the state and local landowners to help get conservation practices on the land that prevent erosion and better protect water quality. Now is the time for farmers to plan ahead and work with the local soil and water conservation district office so they are ready to move ahead with construction of the practices as soon as the crops are out of the field this fall.”

He said also “These funds are a great investment by the state and historically farmers contribute $1.50 for each dollar invested by the state. There continues to be strong interest in the cost share program, but there are funds available and we encourage farmers to contact their local soil and water conservation district office to discuss options for their farm.”

Conservation practices eligible for assistance through the program include terraces, waterways, ponds, buffers, cover crops, and several other conservation practices.

In addition to the statewide cost share, at least five percent of the funds will be used to protect several publicly owned lakes and cost share in these projects is available for up to 75 percent of the cost of the project. Eligible lakes include: Badger Creek Lake (Dallas SWCD and Madison SWCD); Lake Icaria (Adams SWCD); Prairie Rose Lake (Shelby SWCD); Three Mile Lake (Adair SWCD, Union SWCD) and
Twelve Mile Lake (Adair SWCD, Union SWCD).

A map of the targeted lake projects is available on the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship’s website at www.IowaAgriculture.gov.