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Wood-carved totem pole takes root between library, school

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October 21st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

CARTER LAKE, Iowa (AP) — A 14-feet-tall totem pole has a new home between a library and elementary school in southwestern Iowa. About 50 people attended dedication ceremony for the colorful totem Tuesday. It stands in the Wilson’s Grove potted tree nursery on Edward F. Own Memorial Library grounds, in between the library and Carter Lake Elementary School.

The Daily Nonpareil reports Omaha resident Lowen Kruse began making the totem more than four years ago after a windstorm knocked the branches off of a 60-year-old hackberry tree on his property. The totem shows a bear, a lion, a crest with a vineyard, a beaver and a raven. They are all symbols of a “heraldic totem,” which Kruse says “heralds a message.”

Kruse said he avoided infusing religion into the totem to make it inclusive.

College Springs man arrested on an assault charge

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October 21st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Deputies in Page County responded to a domestic situation at 411 Galesburg in College Springs, Tuesday. An investigation showed 40-year old Kevin Allen Long had gotten into a verbal argument with a 13-year old male. Both Long and the teen live at the residence.

Kevin Allen Long

Kevin Allen Long

Their argument became heated and then turned physical. Long was arrested for Simple Assault and transported to the Page County Jail. He later posted $300 bond and was released, pending further court proceedings.

Atlantic Image Builders Community & Improvement Award given to Brown’s Shoe Fit Co.

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October 21st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce Image Committee awarded Brown’s Shoe Fit Co. with the Community Improvement Award. The award recognizes the successful efforts to improve a property in the Atlantic Area. Bailey Smith, Community Marketing & Public Relations Associate of the Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce  says “Kevin is such a great asset to Atlantic. He’ s worked really hard to make his business a beautiful and essential part of the community.”
BSFShe said also, “His investment to improve the property leaves a really positive impression on clients and the community. It shows his commitment in not only his business, but in Atlantic.” The Community Improvement Award is given to a business that takes pride in making Atlantic a welcoming and beautiful community by continuing to improve its appearance.
If you would like to nominate a business or community member for a Community Improvement Award. contact the Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce: 712-243-
3017 or chamber@atlanticiowa.com.

Dr. Carmelita Shah to provide care at Atlantic Medical Center

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October 21st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Atlantic Medical Center (AMC) report Dr. Carmelita Shah, M.D., will be providing care at Atlantic Medical Center through the end of the year. Dr. Shah will be available Monday – Friday, 8 am – 5 pm, to provide general family medical care for patients of all ages.

Dr. Carmelita Shah

Dr. Carmelita Shah

While she specialized in pediatrics early in her career, Dr. Shah has provided general family medical care for over 30 years, including 26 years with the Winthrop Medical Clinic in Winthrop, Iowa. She now works as a locum tenens physician, traveling to different locations to help out with temporary staffing needs.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Shah, call Atlantic Medical Center at 712-243-2850.

Cass County Conservation Director reports to BOS

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October 21st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Cass County Conservation Director Micah Lee presented his quarterly report to the Board of Supervisors this (Wednesday) morning. In his report, Lee said the past quarter has been unique, in that there was so much rain that resulted in work on some major projects being delayed. Most of the time, the staff concentrated on trying to keep up with mowing and maintenance duties at the various county parks and recreation area.

At Cold Springs State Park, the playground equipment was repaired or replaced, and work is underway on painting the shelter and the outside of the pit toilets. He says they hope to complete electrical outlet upgrades at Cold Springs later this fall.

At the Nodaway Recreation Area, Pellett Memorial Woods and T-Bone Trail, Lee says they’ve been battling brush encroachment along the road and pathways, and trying to keep those maintained. Micah says volunteer help has been invaluable where the T-Bone Trail clean-up is concerned.

Pellett has an additional issue of invasive Honeysuckle plants. He says controlled burns will help keep the plants in-check. And, Micah says Cass County Naturalist Lora Kanning presented 52 educational program during the last quarter, and saw 1,136 people in the process.

U-S Attorney Klinefeldt to step down

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October 21st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The U-S Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa, today (Wednesday), announced Nicholas A. Klinefeldt will step down as the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Iowa, effective November 15th, 2015. After leaving office, Mr. Klinefeldt will become a partner in the Des Moines office of an international law firm.

U-S Atty. Nicholas A. Klinefeldt.

U-S Atty. Nicholas A. Klinefeldt.

On September 25th, 2009, President Barack Obama nominated Klinefeldt to be the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Iowa. The United States Senate unanimously confirmed his nomination on November 21, 2009, and he was sworn into office on November 25, 2009. Prior to his appointment as United States Attorney, Mr. Klinefeldt practiced white collar criminal defense in Boston, Massachusetts, and then both civil and criminal law in Des Moines.

Klinefeldt is credited with developing a comprehensive discovery policy for the Southern District of Iowa that ensures criminal defendants receive even more information about the case against them than is required by the rules and that they
receive it quickly. As United States Attorney, Klinefeldt has served as the chief federal law enforcement officer for the Southern District of Iowa, which covers 47 of Iowa’s 99 counties, and includes Council Bluffs, Des Moines, Ames, Iowa City, Davenport, and Burlington.

The United States Attorney’s Office, with staffed offices in Council Bluffs, Des Moines, and Davenport, has 26 Assistant United States Attorneys and is responsible for conducting all criminal and civil litigation in the district involving the United States government.

AMU warns about fake disconnect calls

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October 21st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Officials with Atlantic Municipal Utilities are warning their customers about a service disconnect scam. AMU was notified that some of its customers continue to be contacted by someone claiming to be from AMU, stating that their account was past due. The caller indicates that the customers’ service would be disconnected shortly if payment was not made over the phone or by wiring funds to a bank account.

Scam alertAMU says similar scams have been occurring all over the country, and that if you receive such a call, be aware that it is NOT AMU calling. The utility says if your account is past due, you will be contacted by an individual who will provide their name and indicate that they are with Atlantic Municipal Utilities. You will not be required to make payment over the phone to prevent service from being disconnected.

In addition, prior to being disconnected for a delinquent payment or payments, AMU will send you a written notice in the mail, and post a notice at your residence. Also, AMU’s office hours are Monday through Friday from 7-am until 4-pm. Their staff will not contact you regarding delinquency or account balances outside of those business hours.

Also, AMU only accepts payments at its Main Office located at 15 W. Third St. in Atlantic. They do not accept payments at any other institutions. It’s important to note that AMU only has a local telephone number, they do not have an 800 or 877 number. Scammers will call from those prefixes.

AMU warns you should not provide your credit card or banking information to individuals who call you from an 800 or 877 number. And, if you question the status of your account, contact AMU directly at 243-1395. In the event you receive one of the scam messages, obtain as much information from the caller as possible and contact either AMU or the police department.

Cass County looks to fill vacancy on Civil Service Commission

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October 21st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The three member Cass County Civil Service Commission already has a few good men, but with the recent death of a commissioner, they’re looking to fill the vacancy with a person who is preferably female, and who must be Democrat. The Cass County Board of Supervisors is looking for eligible applicants to fill the seat through at least December 31st. The normal term in office is six-years.

County Auditor Dale Sunderman explained who must be considered according to Iowa Law: No more than two of the three members can be from the same political party, and can hold no other elected or appointed public office. Gender balancing shall be taken into consideration. The appointee must also have been a resident of Cass County for the past two-years.

The Civil Service Commission’s sole responsibility is reviewing a list of qualified candidates (those who have passed the Civil Service Exam) for, and making a recommendation for the appointment of, Cass County Sheriff’s Deputies. Sheriff Darby McLaren then appoints a person to fill any open deputy positions.

The person who applies for the Civil Service Commission can be from anywhere in the County, but is not paid. They are, however, reimbursed for any necessary expenses (such as mileage) pertaining to the attendance of meetings and other such business. If you are interested, and meet the qualifications mentioned, please contact Cass County Auditor Dale Sunderman, at the Cass County Courthouse.

Atlantic Coca-Cola Bottling Company looks to expand its territory rights

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October 21st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Atlantic Coca-Cola Bottling Company announced today (Wednesday) that it has signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with The Coca-Cola Company for expanded territory rights. The bottler will assume territories in the area which surrounds the distribution centers located in Mason City, Ames, Spirit Lake, Cedar Rapids, Dubuque, Ottumwa, in Iowa, and the Quad Cities, in Illinois. Expected transition dates are subject to the parties reaching Definitive Agreements. Financial terms were not disclosed.

In a statement, Kirk Tyler, President, Atlantic Coca-Cola Bottling Company, said “We are proud to expand our relationship with The Coca-Cola Company to provide services to an even greater area in Iowa and parts of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, and Missouri. Our employees take a great deal of pride in serving our customers, and we look forward to implementing this new operating model to further meet the needs of our consumers and business partners.”

Sandy Douglas, President of Coca-Cola North America, said “The progress announced today continues our efforts to balance national scale and local capability, and will help us increase our leadership and competitive advantage in the U.S. business.”

The Atlantic Coca-Cola Bottling Company has produced and delivered Coca-Cola brands to Central and Southwest Iowa, for over 100 years.  The company, with more than 180 employees, is owned and operated by the Tyler family, headquartered in Atlantic, with a distribution center in Waukee.

Mills County Sheriff’s report (10/21)

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October 21st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Mills County Sheriff’s Office reports a Malvern man was arrested Monday. 42-year old Jerry Lee Dawson was arrested on a warrant for Failure To Appear on an original Driving While Barred, charge. Dawson’s bond was set at $5,000.