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FEMA asked to reconsider rejection of aid to western Iowa flood victims

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October 7th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Governor Branstad is asking the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to reconsider its denial of individual disaster assistance to Iowans impacted by Missouri River flooding this summer. FEMA, in early August, rejected Branstad’s request to activate the Individual Assistance program. Pat Hall, with the Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Division, notes the latest request includes an update on the amount of damage to homes. “We’re still disappointed that we did not get the declaration back in July, but we’re optimistic that we’ll be getting positive news from FEMA,” Hall said. In early July, state officials assessed 361 homes in western Iowa and labeled 41 as destroyed, 86 with major damage and 132 with minor damage. Hall said an assessment in late September increased those numbers.

The update sent to FEMA shows 189 homes were destroyed, 161 with major damage and 416 with minor damage. The floodwaters just recently receded after surrounding many homes since June. Hall hoped the first property damage assessment in July would bring FEMA dollars to flood victims sooner. “A lot of homes were isolated and we were concerned about the individuals who were out of their homes…they were paying their mortgage and paying rent (on temporary housing). So, we though it was the right thing to do,” Hall said. The FEMA Individual Assistance program — for homeowners, renters and businesses — can include grants and low-interest loans to help pay for temporary housing, home repairs and other disaster-related expenses not covered by insurance or other aid programs. Halls said FEMA’s decision on the Governor’s request could come in a matter of a few days or possibly up to three weeks.

(Radio Iowa – on the web at www.radioiowa.com.)

Iowa patrol says driver in Adair County fatal crash fell asleep

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October 6th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa State Patrol says the driver of a car that crashed into a semitrailer on Interstate 80 in Adair County fell asleep at the wheel. A passenger, 17-year-old Stephanie Pathammavong, of Des Moines, was killed in the Sept. 26 accident. The patrol says the driver, 21-year-old Boby Vangkham, of South Sioux City, Neb., told investigators he was “daydreaming and fell asleep.” Vangkham lost control of the eastbound car, which ended up in the westbound lane and collided with the semi. The accident, which happened shortly before 3 p.m., closed the westbound lanes for several hours.

Fatal accident reported in Fremont County

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October 6th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

One person died after they were ejected from a truck that rolled over sometime late Wednesday night or early this morning, southeast of Sidney, in Fremont County. Sheriff’s officials say 56-year old Kim Hatten Polk, of Sidney died at the scene of the crash, which was discovered just after 6-a.m.

An investigation determined Polk was traveling south on 300th Avenue when the GMC truck he was driving went out of control just south of 215th Street, entered the east ditch and rolled once before coming to rest.

Walnut City Council to meet this evening

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October 6th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

The Walnut City Council is scheduled to meet this evening. On their agenda is discussion with regard to: the possible installation of a stop light near the Walnut Community School, on Antique City Drive; the possible purchase of commercial property; increased landfill fees at the Pottawattamie County Transfer Station; and, the possible installation of speed bumps.

The Walnut Council will also review and possible act on approving a revised Citizen Complaint form, an annual update of the Walnut Municipal Utility Identity Theft Prevention Program, and various ordinances. Among the ordinances, are those which would amend provisions pertaining to compensation for City Council members and the Mayor, and, no parking zones.

The meeting begins at 5-p.m.

Harrison County Field Fire

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October 6th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

A field fire in eastern part of Harrison County destroyed approximately 25 to 30 acres of land yesterday (Wednesday) afternoon. The call came from just off of Aspen Road in the hills around Dunlap at around 2:30pm. Tom Henry, Earling Fire Chief, says at least 4 fire departments were called to the scene. Henry says he believes the fire started because of a hot bearing from a combine. He says with the help of the other departments, the fire was put out before any buildings were damaged. It’s thought the land is owned by Robert Mitchell, of rural Dunlap.

(Joel McCall/KNOD-Harlan)

I-29 shooting update, 10:50-a.m. Oct. 6th

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October 6th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in western Iowa continue to investigate the shooting of a person whose body was found in a ditch along Interstate 29, in Harrison County.  Harrison County Sheriff Patrick Sears told KJAN News a Trooper was investigating a car on the side of the road on I-29 soutbound at the 76-mile marker, when  he noticed the body of  a man in the ditch.  The unidentified victim  had suffered a gunshot wound, but the sheriff would not comment on where the man was shot.  

The victim , who Sears said was from Nebraska, was transported to Alegent Health Hospital in Missouri Valley, before being flown to  Creighton University Hospital in Omaha.  While saying an investigation into the incident remains on-going, Sears said foulplay is NOT suspected.

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Interstate Bus Crash on I-80 in NE

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October 6th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

GIBBON, Neb. (AP) – Officials say a crash on an interstate in south-central Nebraska has injured more than 30 people on a Denver-bound bus. Communications supervisor Craig Schoneberg of the Nebraska State Patrol office says the bus rammed into an overturned semitrailer that was blocking westbound lanes of Interstate 80. He says the accident occurred around 2 a.m. Thursday, two miles east of the Gibbon exit. Schoneberg says another semitrailer clipped the overturned trailer and ended up in a ditch. The bus ran into the median. He says no fatalities were reported. Dan Ronan of the American Bus Association, speaking for the bus company, Burlington Trailways, says 33 people on the bus were hurt. He says two of them, including the driver, were critically injured.

Ballots Available For Nov. 8th Regular City, & Cass Co. Special Elections

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October 6th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Cass County Auditor Dale Sunderman reports that ballots for the November 8th, 2011 CITY ELECTIONS (in Anita, Atlantic, Cumberland, Griswold, Lewis, Marne, Massena and Wiota) and the November 8th, 2011 COUNTY SPECIAL ELECTION are available at the Cass County Auditor’s Office. Absentee ballots may be requested by registered voters not going to the assigned voting site on election day, when the polls will be open from NOON to 8 p.m. for all cities in Cass County except for ATLANTIC WARD 2/GROVE 2 TOWNSHIP PRECINCT and the ATLANTIC WARD 3 PRECINCT, which will be open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. (hours for the county special election).

Voters unable to go to a voting site on election day may vote prior to election day by paper ballot either BY MAIL or IN PERSON AT THE OFFICE OF THE CASS COUNTY AUDITOR during regular office hours at the Cass County Courthouse.  The Cass County Auditor recommends that a person unable to go to a voting site on election day, request or go to the auditor’s office as soon as they know they are aware of that fact.  For all polls that open at noon on election day, absentee ballots may be cast at the county auditor’s office on election day between 8 a.m. and 11 a.m.  Deadline for voters to request an absentee ballot to be mailed is Friday, November 4th, per Iowa Code.

MORE DETAILED INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROCESS:

TO VOTE AN ABSENTEE BALLOT BY MAIL, A request for an absentee ballot must be made.
1. Deliver an OFFICIAL ABSENTEE BALLOT REQUEST FORM by mail or personal carrier to the auditor’s office. Request forms are available at the auditor’s office or on the internet at http://www.sos.state.ia.us<http://www.sos.state.ia.us/>  The request must be signed to be valid.
2. When a request is received by the auditor, a ballot will be mailed if the person is a registered elector.  A request for a ballot to be mailed must be received by the county auditor no later than 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4. (If a request is received from a person not registered to vote in Cass County, the person will not be sent an absentee ballot until he/she has registered to vote and has completed a new absentee ballot request form.  The auditor will send the person a registration form and an absentee ballot request form.  Note: the registration form must be received by the county auditor no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 28, 2011.
3. Upon receipt of the ballot, the voter completes the ballot, seals it in a special envelope and signs on the outside of that affidavit envelope.  The affidavit envelope is to be placed in the STAMPED/PREADDRESSED RETURN ENVELOPE and returned by mail or hand delivered to the county auditor no later than the close of election polls on Nov. 8, 2011.

TO VOTE AN ABSENTEE BALLOT IN THE OFFICE OF THE CASS COUNTY AUDITOR you may stop in and request a ballot over the counter. The ballot must then be voted immediately in a voting booth located in that office.  The ballot will be sealed in an affidavit envelope by the voter, will be left at the auditor’s office, and will be retained with all other absentee ballots that are cast by mail or in person.  Last day to vote absentee in the office of the county auditor is Tuesday, November 8, 2011 no later than 11 a.m. (except for Atlantic Ward 2/Grove 2 Twp. and Atlantic Ward 3: the deadline is Monday, November 7, 2011 no later than 5 p.m.)

On election day a counting board will process/tabulate all absentee ballots.  Office hours for the Cass County Auditor are Monday thru Friday, 8 a.m. thru 4:30 p.m.  (Auditor’s office will be open until 5 p.m. on Oct. 28th, Nov. 4th and Nov. 7th). In order to vote in this election you must be a resident of the respective city and be registered to vote. A person must re-register if that person has moved or has changed his/her name since he/she last registered.  Deadline for mailed registration forms to be delivered to the County Auditor’s office for this election is no later than 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28, 2011 unless postmarked on or before Mon., Oct. 24.

The DATE FOR THE REGULAR CITY ELECTION and the COUNTY SPECIAL ELECTION is TUESDAY, Nov. 8, 2011.  The polls open at NOON for all cities in Cass County and all polls close at 8 p.m. except for ATLANTIC WARD 2/GROVE 2 TWP and ATLANTIC WARD 3.  Hours for the latter two are 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Additional information for the November 8, 2011 CITY ELECTION and COUNTY SPECIAL ELECTION:

ALL POLLING/VOTING CENTERS for all cities in Cass County will open at 12 noon and close at 8 P.M. except ATLANTIC WARD 2/GROVE 2 TWP and ATLANTIC WARD 3.  Hours for the latter two are 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
ANITA:  The polling precinct is located at the Anita Community Center, 805 Main St and will open at 12:00 o’clock noon and close at 8:00 o’clock P.M.
ATLANTIC:  The polling precincts will open at 12:00 o’clock noon and close at 8:00 o’clock P.M. for FIRST WARD  -  Zion Lutheran Church, 9th St between Linn St and Oak St; FOURTH WARD -  United Church of Christ, 1607 Hazel; FIFTH WARD  -  Heritage House, 1200 Brookridge Circle.
ATLANTIC:  The polling precincts will open at 7:00 o’clock A.M. and close at 9:00 o’clock P.M. for SECOND WARD/GROVE 2 TWP – Atlantic Public Library, 6th & Poplar St THIRD WARD  -  Cass County Community Center, 805 West 10th St
CUMBERLAND:  The polling precinct is located at the Cumberland Community Building, 200 W 2nd St and will open at 12:00 o’clock noon and close at 8:00 o’clock P.M.
GRISWOLD:  The polling precinct is located at the Griswold Community Center, 601 2nd St  and will open at 12:00 o’clock noon and close at 8:00 o’clock P.M.
LEWIS:  The polling precinct is located at the Lewis City Hall, 416 W Main St and will open at 12:00 o’clock noon and close at 8:00 o’clock P.M.
MARNE:  The polling precinct is located at the Marne City Hall, 402 Washington and will open at 12:00 o’clock noon and close at 8:00 o’clock P.M.
MASSENA:  The polling precinct is located at the Massena Public Library, 122 Main St and will open at 12 noon and close at 8:00 o’clock P.M.
WIOTA:  The polling precinct is located at the Wiota City Hall, 311 Center St and will open at 12:00 o’clock noon and close at 8:00 o’clock P.M.