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IA News Headlines: Wed., Feb. 22nd 2012


February 22nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Iowa is one of eight states that will receive federal loans under the Obama administration’s health insurance law. The money will go toward new nonprofit cooperative health insurers that will be run by their customers and designed to offer coverage to individuals and small businesses. Starting in 2014, millions of uninsured Americans will buy private coverage in new state markets.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa woman who got E. coli after eating tainted sprouts is suing sandwich chain Jimmy John’s. Heather Tuttle is the first from the most recent outbreak to accuse the chain of serving unsafe food. She is seeking damages for pain and suffering. Tuttle is one of 12 people whose recent illnesses have been linked to raw sprouts from Jimmy John’s.

CLINTON, Iowa (AP) — The Archer Daniels Midland Co. is cutting more jobs at the idled Clinton polymer plant as part of a company-wide restructuring. The Illinois-based company says 15 employees accepted ADM’s voluntary early retirement and 15 other positions were eliminated.

CORALVILLE, Iowa (AP) — The small Iowa city of Coralville is an example of how neighboring cities are competing for jobs and development as the economy strengthens. Coralville lured department store Von Maur from Iowa City with incentives including a larger building and property tax discounts. The store is scheduled to move just five miles away from its current location sometime in 2013.

New option open for flood victims in western Iowa


February 21st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Western Iowa residents forced out of their homes by Missouri River flooding may have another option for temporary housing. Iowa Finance Authority spokeswoman, Ashley Jared, says flood victims can apply for a waiver to live in housing usually restricted by the federal government to low-income families.  “They don’t have to worry about their income to seek some housing assistance in those properties. We just ask that they go to our website and fill out a form and kind of search to see if there’s a vacancy at an affordable housing property. We have all of the contact information at Iowa Finance Authority dot-gov (www.iowafinanceauthority.gov) for them,” Jared says. The waiver applies to flood victims in Monona, Harrison, Pottawattamie, Mills, and Fremont counties.

“They just have to verify that they did indeed live in one of those five counties in Iowa during the period of May 25th to August first 2011, and that their property was indeed damaged or destroyed by the flooding. And we will go ahead and see what we can do to get them in to an affordable rental project,” Jared says. The Finance Authority says over 12-hundred Iowans have filed for assistance from FEMA following last year’s flooding.

(Dar Danielson/Radio Iowa)

Harlan woman injured in Audubon County crash


February 21st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A Harlan woman was injured this (Tuesday) morning during a rollover accident in Audubon County. According to the Iowa State Patrol, 46-year old Patty Hildreth, of Harlan, was traveling east on Highway 44, about five-miles east of Kimballton, when the 2007 Chevy Impala she was driving went out of control on the 100% ice-covered roadway. The car slid off the road and into the south ditch before rolling over and coming to rest on its top. The accident occurred just before 8-a.m.

Hildreth, who was wearing her seat belt when the accident took place, was transported by Elk Horn Rescue to the Audubon County Memorial Hospital for treatment. A report on her condition is not available.

CAM School Board accepts bid for football/track bleachers


February 21st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The CAM School District’s Board of Education, Monday, approved a bid of $171,326 for the replacement of bleachers at the football and track fields. The single bid was received from Seating and Athletic Facility Enterprises, out of Ellendale, MN.   The contractor will begin work on installing the bleachers in early June, with completion expected sometime in July. The CAM School Board also set the date of March 19th to hold a public hearing on the Fiscal Year 2012-2013 budget, and on the early start calendar. And, they received an update from Snyder and Associates on the multi-purpose building to be located north of the Elementary building, which included specifications and pre-drawings, but no cost estimates have been received.

Atlantic man arrested for Possession of a Controlled Substance


February 21st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office reports 18-year old Christopher Joe McVey, of Atlantic, was arrested Sunday, for Possession of a Controlled Substance. McVey was booked into the Cass County Jail and released Monday, on his own recognizance. 

The Sheriff’s Office reports also, 37-year old Gregory James Storjohann, of Walnut, was arrested Friday on a charge of Driving While Barred. Storjohann was taken to the Cass County Jail where he posted $2000 bond and was released. He was arrested the next day by Atlantic Police on the same charge.

Injury accident north of Atlantic


February 21st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

One person was transported to the Cass County Memorial Hospital in Atlantic this (Tuesday) morning, following a single-vehicle rollover accident, north of Atlantic. According to the Cass County Sheriff’s Office, a 2005 Jeep Wrangler driven by 58-year old Debra Sue Seitz, of Atlantic, was traveling north on Olive Street at around 8:55-a.m. When Seitz applied the brakes near Echo Road, the SUV slid on the icy roadway, crossed into the west ditch and rolled onto its top. Seitz was transported to CCMH by Atlantic Medivac for treatment of minor injuries. Damage to the vehicle is estimated at $3000.

Griswold School Board approves new softball & football field lights


February 21st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The future’s looking bright for athletes who will be taking to the softball and football fields in Griswold.  Griswold Community School District Superintendent Dana Kunze told KJAN News the School Board Monday evening agreed to purchase new lighting for both fields. Kunze said it’s hoped both projects can be completed this summer. 

The Board approved a bid from Ardent Lighting out of Knoxville, for approximately $128,000 altogether. He says there’s no guarantee the lights will be up by the start of the softball season, but the football field lights should definitely be up before that season begins. Lights are currently in-place at both fields, but Kunze says they’re well over 40-years old. He says replacement bulbs are hard to find, the new bulbs are more efficient, and much brighter. He says safety issues with the current lights not being bright enough, also contributed to the board’s decision to replace those fixtures.

Kunze says also, bonding for the district roofing project is going smoothly, and progress is being made in realigning the Director Districts. The realignment means there will be four geographic districts and three At-Large. There will be a Resolution in front of the school board next month to accomplish the realignment.

Atlantic Parks and Rec Board approves increases in Summer Rec Program fees

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February 21st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The price you pay for your kids to participate in some of the Atlantic Parks and Recreation Department Summer Recreation Programs will be going up, and be prepared for some changes in how some of the programs operate. Parks and Rec Director Roger Herring said at Monday night’s Board meeting, one of the changes affects the Playground Program. He says instead of two sites, there will be just one site: Washington Elementary School. The hours will be from 9:30-until 11:30-a.m., instead of from 1-3pm. Herring says the idea is to incorporate the YMCA lunch program into the Playground Program.

Herring says each day’s activities will be published as the time frame grows closer, but they will involve crafts and exercise. Each session would conclude with lunch at the YMCA. The students will be escorted from the Washington School to the YMCA, where their parents can pick them up after lunch. Herring recommended, and the Park and Rec Board Monday approved, charging parents a fee to enroll their kids in the Playground Program. He says the fee would amount to $1 per day of the 20-session program, which runs from May 29th to June 29th, or $20 altogether. The Board and Herring agreed that no student will be turned down for the program because of an inability to pay. Service clubs may be asked to help defray the costs.

Roger Herring says also, the swimming program would be held once a week, on Tuesday’s, at the Sunnyside swimming pool. No lunch will be served.    The Swim Team, which is held May 29th through July 15th, will practice daily at noon at the Sunnyside Pool, with practice during inclement weather, inside, at the Nishna Valley YMCA. Participants purchase their own team swimsuits, t-shirts and goggles. The price for the t-shirts, according to Herring, will be going up just a bit. He recommended, and the board approved, an increase of $5 in the fee to participate on the swim team, which will now cost $25.

Board Chair Stuart Dusenberry pointed out that’s still much lower than it was years ago, when the Parks Department was still paying to bus students to the various swim meets. Since the policy was changed, parents have been handling that responsibility. The increase in fee also helps to cover the cost of paying a Swim Team Coach, Assistant Coach and Manager, which had previously been a volunteer position. Herring said there were 60 participants in the program last year. He says if there are a similar number this year, it will be a “break even” proposition for the Parks and Rec Department cost-wise.

The adult softball fee is also expected to be “restructured,” but the details have not yet been worked out.

Western IA man wanted for probation revocation holds authorities at bay for 4-hours


February 21st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A man wanted in Shelby County for revocation of his probation, held authorities in Pottawattamie County at bay for more than 4-hours, Friday. Sgt. Dwayne Riche, with the Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Department, told KJAN News 34-year old Aaron David Hockin, of rural Avoca, barricaded himself in a home at 30575 Highway 59,about four-miles north of Avoca, at around 5-p.m., Friday, after deputies attempted to serve the warrant. Riche said the deputies backed up and maintained a perimeter, while issuing a call to the Pott County Emergency Response Team (ERT). The team and a command vehicle arrived on the scene, along with a Council Bluffs Police Department Crisis Negotiator. The father of Aaron Hockin arrived on the scene as well.

Sgt. Riche says during the next couple of hours, auxiliary lighting was set-up to illuminate the residence and any potential routes of escape Hockin might have. In addition, the propane and electricity service to the home was shut-off.  A pole camera was deployed by four-members of ERT and Council Bluffs Police. As they were advancing toward the residence, the negotiator advised he’d made contact with Hockin, and was attempting to get him to surrender. The negotiator was able to convince Hockin to leave the home, and a within a few minutes, he surrendered without incident in an attached garage, and was taken into custody. The scene was secured by about 9:30-p.m.

Hockin, who never displayed a weapon during the incident, was transported to the Shelby County Jail, where he was being held on $50,000 bond.

8AM Newscast 02-21-2012

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