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Bankers survey suggests drought hurting economy

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July 19th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A new survey of bankers suggests the economy is slowing down in rural areas of 10 Midwest and Western states because of drought conditions. The overall economic index dropped into negative territory at 47.9 in June from May’s 56.7. Any score below 50 on the index, which ranges from 1 to 100, suggests contraction in the months ahead. The survey covers parts of Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming. It focuses on communities with 1,300 residents, on average. Creighton University economist Ernie Goss says the drought is hard on farmers, livestock producers and ethanol plants in the region. The confidence index collapsed to 40.9 in June from May’s strong 58.5. That suggests bankers aren’t confident in the economy over the next six months.

Atlantic Accident Causes $5,500 Damage

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July 19th, 2012 by admin

A traffic accident in Atlantic Wednesday resulted in over $5,000 of damage.

At about 4:00 Wednesday, Amy Williams of Atlantic was driving her vehicle southbound on Poplar as she was approaching a green light on 7th street.  At the same time, a vehicle driven by Tyler Boos of Exira was northbound on Poplar approaching the green light on 7th Street.  Boos started to make a left hand turn onto 7th street and struck the Williams vehicle in the intersection.

Williams was cited for no proof of insurance.  Boos was given a warning for failure to yield making a left turn.  Total damage from the accident was about $5,500.

Fremont County Burn Ban

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July 19th, 2012 by admin

Two more southwest Iowa Counties have announced burn bans.

Fremont and Page Counties now have burn bans.  Page County’s ban went into effect at 8 AM this morning, Fremont will go into effect at noon.

Those burn bans are in addition to bans in Montgomery, Mills, Pottawatamie, Audubon, and Mills Counties.

More Hot Weather on the Way

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July 19th, 2012 by admin

It’s been hot and dry in western Iowa all summer long, and it looks like it will probably stay that way.  Freese-Notis Meteorologist Dan Hicks spoke with Jim Field on KJAN’s Heartbeat Today Wednesday, as he assessed the extreme conditions across the Midwest.

He says the situation is getting serious with the lack of rainfall and high temperatures.  “There really is nobody in the Midwest that doesn’t need rain.  Looking at Iowa rainfall for July, many towns have seen less than a quarter of their normal rainfall,” according to Hicks.

He also says it doesn’t look promising in terms of getting any relief from the drought conditions. “Unfortunately not a lot of promise for rainfall in the near future.  It looks like this overall pattern will probably continue into early next week.  There might be some slight cooling moving south very late this week, but temps in the Atlantic area will still be above 90 degrees.  It might even be next week until we have another chance of any rainfall occurring.”

As for what may be the cause of the extreme weather we’ve had this summer, he says, “I don’t know if there’s one thing responsible.  It’s been attributed to the transition from La Nina to neutral conditions.  But to attribute to one single factor is hard to do.”

Hicks says he expects highs to remain in the 90’s through at least next week.

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Harlan Man Charged with Noodling

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July 19th, 2012 by admin

A Harlan man was charged with illegal hand fishing after showing his catch in the local newspaper. Radio Iowa’s Dar Danielson reports.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says 48-year-old Larry Finstad was charged with illegally catching a catfish using his hand in the technique that’s know as “noodling.” The D-N-R says someone called in to the poachers hotline after seeing an article in the Harlan Tribune featuring Finstad holding a 30-pound flathead catfish that he admitted he caught by hand in the Nishnabotna River. Finstad was charged at the Shelby County Jail where he was locked up after being arrested earlier for possession of burglary tools. It’s the second recent arrest here for the sport which is featured in some T-V shows, but is illegal in the state. D-N-R conservation officers charged four men with illegal hand fishing in June after watching them catch several catfish by hand in the Des Moines River near Selma. The D-N-R confiscated 174 pounds of catfish fillets at the home of one of the men.

Plans Announced for T-Fred Golf Tournament

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July 19th, 2012 by admin

The Trevor Frederickson Memorial Fund Committee has announced plans for the 4th Annual T-Fred Memorial Golf Tournament to be held Saturday, August 11, at the Nishna Hills Golf Course. Frederickson, the son of Darrin and Melanie Petty of Atlantic and Gary and Kari Frederickson of Council Bluffs, was 21 years old when he lost his life in a 2009 home fire.

In his memory, a four person best ball tournament will begin at 9 a.m with prizes awarded in four flights and on every hole. A silent auction, t-shirt and bracelet sales, 50/50 raffle, and free will donation meal will be held all day in the club house. The meal will consist of a hot dog or hamburger, chips, and homemade cookie or bar. This year’s tournament will also feature Country Artist Randy Burk performing live on the back patio from 4-6p.m. Burk, an Atlantic native, has released two albums and toured the Midwest, West Coast, and Europe averaging 200 shows a year.

“When Randy said he wanted to do something to get behind us, I was taken aback,” said Melanie Petty. “He is an awesome talent and to be able to offer his level of entertainment to our visitors and golfers is something I never imagined we would be able to do. Ironically, Randy has even shared the stage with Jason Aldean, whose song ‘Tattoos On This Town’ is the tournament’s theme this year. We are so excited to have him!”

Proceeds from the event have funded three annual scholarships and donations to a wide variety of recipients including the Atlantic Food Pantry, AHS Athletics Department, school and public libraries, Friends of Lake Anita’s fishing clinic, Kiwanis Club’s bicycle helmet and bicycle safety reward programs, Cass County Fair, Atlantic Parks and Recreation, Nishna Valley Family YMCA’s Partnership With Youth program, Atlantic Little League’s Trevor Frederickson Baseball/Softball Clinics, and The Compassionate Friends. Photos recapping the over $35,000 in donations given to date will be on display in the club house.

For information about sponsoring a hole or donating to the silent auction, contact Melanie Petty at 712-249-3696 or melaniepetty05@hotmail.com.

Corning Man Arrested

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July 19th, 2012 by admin

A Corning man has been arrested on two separate charges.

On Wednesday shortly after 8 PM, the Adams County Sheriff’s Office received a call claiming 57-year-old Jeff Mendenhall of Corning was on 6th street harassing a person for which there is a no contact order involving Mendenhall.  He was arrested for public intoxication 2nd offense and violation of a no contact order.

Injury Accident in Page Co

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July 19th, 2012 by admin

A diabetic reaction is being blamed for an injury accident Tuesday morning.

On Tuesday at about 11:30, 60-year-old Kevin Kling of Villisca was driving a 2000 Dodge Stratus south on O Avenue near 180th Street when he entered the ditch to his right, then drove back out and turned the Dodge around and headed north on O Avenue.  His vehicle then hit a ditch hard enough to deploy airbags.  The Page County Sheriff’s Office says he suffered from a diabetic reaction.

Kling was transported by Clarinda EMS to the Clarinda Regional Health Center for treatment of his injuries.  No citations were issued.  An update on Kling’s condition is unavailable.