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Schildberg Quarry Trail ribbon cutting to be held Thursday

Ag/Outdoor, News

September 20th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Atlantic Parks and Recreation Director Roger Herring said Monday, a public “Open House” event will be held Thursday evening for the newly resurfaced Schildberg Quarry Recreation Area Trail, around Lake number One. Herring said the trail is done, with the exception of seeding, which has been delayed because of recent rains.  He says the Chamber will hold an Ambassador’s ribbon cutting ceremony at 10-a.m., with another ribbon cutting and public open house later that same evening, from about 5:30-until 7.

The trail he says, has seen a lot of use, but hopes are that the event planned for Thursday will make more people aware of what’s available at the Recreation Area, and the work that has been done to make it more user friendly.

The Parks & Rec Board is also looking at placing bag dispensers at the entrance to the park, so that persons who walk their dogs can dispose of their animals’ droppings. There may also be signs urging people to be considerate of others, by picking up their dogs’ droppings.

Herring said another idea is to include signs showing a map of the trails, and the distance for each trail, so people can keep track of their walking mileage.

Adair Board of Supervisors to meet this morning


September 20th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

The Adair County Board of Supervisors will meet this morning in Greenfield, instead of during their normal, Wednesday day session. During the 9-a.m. meeting at the courthouse, the Board will hold a Public Hearing on the 1st reading of a Redistricting/Reprecincting Plan ordinance, followed by consideration of the 2nd and 3rd readings, and a Resolution to approve the ordinance, signing of the ordinance, and certification of the County Reprecincting Worksheet and Precinct Population. The Adair County Supervisors will also hold a Public Hearing on the 1st reading of a Local Option Sales Tax ordinance, as well as consideration of the 2nd and 3rd readings, a resolution approving the ordinance, and signing of the same.

Other business includes discussion with regard to: the replacement of concrete; the reading of a proclamation and dedication of a1934 U-S Constitution Lithograph purchased from Gary Stephenson, of

Gary Stephenson holds a copy of the type of lithograph purchased by the Adair Co. Board of Supervisors.

Ft. Dodge and professionally framed; and, County Ordinances to Prepare for a Readopting Ordinance.


The session will conclude at Noon, with lunch, and an inspection tour of the 3 Mile Lake structures.


Atlantic Homecoming 2011 Activities

News, Sports

September 19th, 2011 by Jim Field

Atlantic High School Homecoming 2011

September 30

Atlantic Trojans vs. the Harlan Cyclones

Theme – Wild West

Dress Days

Monday:    80’s

Tuesday:    Celebrity

Wednesday:  Cowboy/Cowgirl

Thursday:  Favorite Teacher

Friday:  Black and Gold


There will be lunch games throughout the week as well as a Dodgeball Tournament for girls.

Each class will make a float and judging will be held Thursday evening.

Coronation/Pep Assembly will start at 1:19 pm on Friday, 9/30.

Parade to follow at 3:15.  Awarding of the Spirit Stick will take place at half-time of the football game.  Dance will be on Saturday, 10/1.

Queen Candidates: Taylor Barry, Amanda Delgado, Savannah Hoye, Paige Kennon, Ali Krogman, Sierra Larsen, Bre VonWeyhe, Nora Walker

King Candidates: Gunnar Blum, Austin Conrad, Christian Holzapfel, Ryan McDermott, Ian McNees, Rob Nichols, Derek Stork, Ethan Westering

Homecoming Parade Entry forms and rules are available in the high school office.  All parade entry forms are due by Wednesday, September 28.  Contact the office at 243-5358 if you have any questions.

Arrests reported in Atlantic


September 19th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Two people were arrested in Atlantic recently. According to Atlantic Police, 24-year old Randy Fredericksen, of Atlantic, was arrested Sunday on a Cass County Warrant for Failure to Appear. And today (Monday), 20-year old Samantha Wehrli, of Atlantic, was arrested on a shoplifting charge (Theft in the 4th Degree), and 1st offense OWI. Fredericksen and Wehrli were booked into the Cass County Jail.

The A-PD says also, no injuries were reported following an accident Friday afternoon, at 7th and Poplar Streets. Bethanne Desko, of Atlantic, was cited for Failure to Obey a Traffic Signal, after her car ran into a vehicle driven by Brandon Shadden, of Oakland. The crash caused $5,000 damage.


September 19th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The Obama campaign is planning parties to celebrate the opening of offices and phone banks in Iowa. Celebrations are scheduled for Tuesday at offices in Cedar Rapids and Sioux City. Organizing for America Iowa spokesman John Kraus said Monday that celebrations are being planned for other Iowa offices this week. They are in Council Bluffs, Davenport, Des Moines, Dubuque, Iowa City and Waterloo.

CASS Incorporated Named One of Iowa’s Top Workplaces


September 19th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa’s Top Workplaces program, partnering with The Des Moines Register, recognized 70 companies across the state as top places to work in Iowa.  117 companies participated in categories of large, mid sized and small sized companies, based on their number of employees. Results were printed yesterday in the Des Moines Register in a special section called Iowa’s Top Workplaces.  Placings were determined by confidential surveys completed last spring by a company’s employees across thirteen categories such as Leadership, Direction, Meaningfulness, Ethics, Opportunities, and Work/Life Flexibility.

CASS Incorporated placed 5th in the Small Size Company Employers: 50-149 employees– and they placed first over all companies and all categories in the category of Meaningfulness of employment.   Glenda Farrier, CEO, said CASS Incorporated is honored to be recognized as one of Iowa’s top workplaces, particularly in the area of meaningful work.  Our mission is to Enrich Lives, but what we’ve found is that in carrying out this mission for the people we serve, our lives as employees are enriched as well.” 

CASS Incorporated’s company profile for the Top Workplace program is available online at: http://www.topworkplaces.com/company_survey/cass-incorporated_iowa/desmoinesregister_11

Beginning of the end of flooding on Missouri River arrives with more cuts in releases


September 19th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Releases of water from upstream dams on the Missouri River are being dropped again, as the U-S Army Corps of Engineers enters the final stage of ending the summer-long flooding. Kim Thomas, chief of the Corps’ Readiness Branch in Omaha, says holding water releases steady the past several weeks allowed pressure on levees to stabilize, reducing underseepage and sand boils.

“At the start of the operational pause, we still had a tremendous amount of boils going on and every day that we’ve held at this pause, we’ve seen less and less of those boils,” Thomas says. “That’s another sign this pause was a good thing for the levees, to let them equalize.” Releases at Gavins Point Dam at Yankton, South Dakota, totaled 160-thousand cubic feet per second earlier this year — more than a million gallons per second. The Corps slowly dropped releases to 90-thousand C-F-S, then held at that level for three weeks. Last night (Sunday), the releases were cut back again. Jody Farhat, chief of the Corps of Engineers’ Missouri River Basin Management Office, says the tactic kept releases stable for a reason.

Farhat says, “The pause was primarily to allow the water pressure in the levees and the embankment just downstream of Gavins Point Dam, that whole Lake Yankton area, to allow the water pressure in those levees to stabilize.” It was feared some levees might collapse without the force of the water against them, but she says thankfully, that didn’t happen.

“The levees have not failed us as the water pressure went off them and Lake Yankton is still there,” Farhat says, “so I think we achieved the overall objective.” The Corps plans to drop releases by five-thousand cubic feet per second every other day until they reach 40-thousand C-F-S on October 6th, about one-quarter of what it was during the worst of the flooding.

(Radio Iowa)

Fremont County arrest and incident report


September 19th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

The Fremont County Sheriff’s Office has issued a cumulative report on arrests and incidents covering the past few weeks. Of note, 61-year old Theodore Axel Johnson, of Sidney, was arrested Sept. 13th, on a charge of Simple Domestic Assault. Also arrested on that date, was 25-year old Isaac Calvin Hayes, of Hamburg, on a charge of disorderly conduct.

On Sept. 9th, 33-year old Jason Neil Andrews, of Council Bluffs, was arrested for Public Intoxication, and 20-year old Aaron Michael Burris, of Sidney, was arrested for Burglary in the 3rd degree. That same week, 60-year old Lawrence Geral O’Brien, of Shenandoah, was arrested for 1st offense OWI, and 23-year old Christopher Leroy Jordan, of Shenandoah, was arrested for a Probation Violation.

The Fremont County Sheriff’s Office investigated a report of a simple assault on Sept. 14th, a simple assault, attempted burglary and vandalism in or near Thurman, on Sept. 13th, vandalism and/or destruction of property in or near Randolph on Sept. 12th, an incident of criminal mischief on Sept. 8th in Hamburg, and the theft of a motor vehicle from Tabor, on Sept. 3rd.

8AM Newscast 09-19-2011

News, Podcasts

September 19th, 2011 by Chris Parks

w/ Ric Hanson


CAM & EHK School Boards to meet this evening


September 19th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

The retiring CAM School Board and newly reorganized CAM Board of Education will meet this evening at the CAM High School Media Center, in Anita. At 6-p.m., the retiring board will review and discuss old business and review an abstract of votes before adjourning. The newly reorganized board meeting will follow immediately thereafter, with the swearing-in of new board members and election of officers.

Other administrative matters include discussion with regard to Tax Increment Financing, and Energy Audit, usage of the Anita Wellness Center, adjustments to the school lunch prices, and the fitness equipment program. Action items will include a request for allowable growth and supplemental aid for a negative special education balance, a contract revision, and the purchase of a truck.

The Elk Horn-Kimballton Board of Education will meet at 7-p.m., in the Family and Consumer Science Room at the High School in Elk Horn. On their agenda, is action pertaining to contracts and resignations, and discussion with regard to the high school parking lot. The old board will then adjourn and new board members will be sworn-in, followed by the election of officers.

New business during the session will include administrative matters, and action on school lunch prices, continued sharing of activities with other districts, approval of an Acceptable Use Policy, and other, board policies.