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Congressman Young on case of Kentucky clerk refusing to issue same-sex marriage licenses


September 8th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Republican Congressman David Young suggests the rule of law should be followed, whether it’s a so-called “sanctuary city” refusing to deport undocumented immigrants or the Kentucky clerk who has refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. “I’m sympathetic with her views and I understand there are people who feel that way about same-sex marriage,” Young says, “but at the same time she is a public official.”

Kim Davis, the Kentucky clerk who has refused to issue same-sex marriage licenses, has been held in contempt of court and she’s been in jail since last Thursday. Congressman Young says he’s interested to see how her case plays out in the courts. “Also interested to see what the nexus is when it comes to private institutions like churches and mosques and synagogues, if there’s ever a challenge there, how that would play out,” Young says. “So this is still fluid, this issue. It very much is.”

Young, a first-term congressman from Van Meter, represents Iowa’s third district. He made his comments during taping of the “Iowa Press” program that will air this Friday night on Iowa Public Television.

(Radio Iowa)

Voters to decide the future of the AHST/Walnut School districts today


September 8th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

When voters head to the polls today in the AHST and Walnut School Districts, they’ll decide whether or not the two districts will merge into one: AHSTW. The referendum needs a simple majority to pass. Both districts have had a whole grade sharing agreement for years.

School officials have cited declining enrollment and decreased state funding as two reasons behind the reorganization. Consolidation, according to shared Superintendent Jesse Ulrich would also provide financial stability for the districts’ future.

Final informational meetings on the proposed merger took place last week at Avoca and Walnut.

School Elections take place today (Tuesday) – Cass County polling sites


September 8th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Polls open at Noon today for the School Elections. The polls will close at 8-p.m. In Cass County….

There are two voting centers in Atlantic: Those in Wards 1,4 and 5 in Atlantic will cast ballots at the Heritage House. Persons living elsewhere in the Atlantic Community School District will vote at the Atlantic Public Library.

In the CAM School District, polling sites include: the Anita Community Center (for those in Grant, Benton, Franklin or Lincoln Townships in Cass County, or in Adair and Audubon Counties); the Cumberland Community bldg. (for those in Union, Bear Grove, Noble or Edna Townships or in Adams County); and at the Massena Public Library for patrons residing in Massena or Victoria Townships in Cass County, or in Adams County.

In the Griswold School District patrons in: Director District 1 will cast ballots at the Lewis Library; in Director District 3, at the Elliott Community Bldg; and in Director Districts 2 and 4, at the Griswold Community Bldg.

If you are not certain where you should go to vote in your county, contact your County Auditor, or go to the Iowa Secretary of States website at https://sos.iowa.gov/elections/voterreg/pollingplace/search.aspx

Red Oak man arrested for assault Tuesday morning


September 8th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A Red Oak man was arrested early this (Tuesday) morning, on a charge of Simple Assault. 31-year old Christopher Ivan Long was taken into custody at around 1:40-a.m. in the 1800 block of E. Summit Street. Long was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on $300 bond.

Red Oak boys arrested on Burglary, Trespass & Criminal mischief charges


September 8th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Two boys under the age of 10 were arrested late Monday morning in Red Oak, after  one of the boys climbed a fence at 611 N. 5th Street and was found inside a fenced-in area. An investigation revealed the suspect and another youth allegedly climbed a fence at same location last Friday evening,  and broke into an RV motorhome. Inside the vehicle, the seven- and eight-year old males allegedly used an axe to cause about $10,500 damage to the RV and an antique 1948 Mack Fire Truck, along with various other items. Both boys were processed at the Montgomery County Jail and released.

Iowa early News Headlines: Tue., Sept. 8th 2015


September 8th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) —Parents who say their daughter was inappropriately touched by a man while flying alone from New York to Iowa have sued the man and American Airlines. Muhammad Asif Chaudhry was arrested after the July flight on charges including engaging in sexual contact with a victim between the ages of 12 and 16. The Pakistani citizen has denied the accusations. American Airlines says it’s cooperating with law enforcement and cares deeply about its young passengers.

MANCHESTER, Iowa (AP) — A pedestrian has died after being struck by a vehicle in Manchester. According to Manchester police, officers responded to a call about someone who had been hit by a car shortly before 10 p.m. Sunday. Authorities say a preliminary investigation shows the victim, whose name has not been released, was trying to cross a street when they were struck. The victim was transported to Regional Medical Center in Manchester, where they later died.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Cedar Rapids police say they believe a 15-year-old boy was targeted and are investigating the his death as a homicide. Authorities say officers were called to a home in southeast Cedar Rapids after the boy went there and reported he’d been shot. KCRG television reports witnesses say they heard six shots and kids screaming.

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — A donation has helped shore up the foundation for the historic Summit Church in rural Scott County. The Quad-City Times say Janette Barr, who died in 2013, left what was described as a sizable donation in her will for the church’s preservation. The foundation of the church has now been reconstructed and remodeled with an eye toward renting it out for events.

Another round of storms may produce heavy rain, flooding

News, Weather

September 7th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Another round of heavy rain could develop Monday night generating renewed concerns of flash flooding in the southern half of the state. The National Weather Service in Des Moines says many of the same areas that received heavy rain Sunday could be in the bullseye for another round Monday. A flash flood watch was in effect through Tuesday morning for a large portion of central and south-central Iowa.

Weather service forecaster says thunderstorms with heavy rain are expected between 9 p.m. Monday and 4 a.m. Tuesday. Rainfall rates of 1 to 3 inches per hour may be common with localized totals of 5 inches possible. With soil already saturated flash flooding could quickly develop. Some storms south of U.S. Highway 34 could produce hail and damaging wind.

Iowa lawmaker, a White House employee on 9/11 recalls attack


September 7th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) – An Iowa lawmaker who was a White House employee on Sept. 11, 2001, vividly recalls the chaos in Washington the day airplanes were used as weapons. The Council Bluffs Daily Nonpareil reports Mary Ann Hanusa recalls vividly the day 14 years ago Friday how shaken she was evacuating her office where she was President George W. Bush’s personal correspondence director.

She recalls thinking as she ran from the White House after the Pentagon attack that “maybe this is how I’m doing to die.” The Iowa House member serving her third term recalls the traffic gridlock and how within two hours Washington was like a ghost town and how President Bush promised that night the U.S. government would be open for business the next day. And she says: we were.

Regents to discuss University of Iowa funding increase


September 7th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Board of Regents President Bruce Rastetter says he plans to ask the Iowa Legislature for an additional $4.5 million in funding for the University of Iowa for next year. Rastetter says in a statement released Monday he’ll bring up the issue at Wednesday’s board meeting.

He says after meeting with faculty, staff, students and incoming President Bruce Harreld, whose controversial appointment was approved Thursday, it is clear “additional funding to support the long-term reinvestment in the core mission of teaching and research is needed.”

He says additional money is critical for the university “to continue to provide the highest quality education to our students.” Earlier this month documents indicated the regents planned to seek additional funding for the University of Northern Iowa and Iowa State University but not Iowa.

Adair County Sheriff completes NSI program


September 7th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Adair County Sheriff Jeff Vandewater was in Colorado last week, where he completed participation in the 108th session of the National Sheriffs’ Institute (NSI) held in Aurora, Colorado. The NSI event is the only national executive development program designed for sheriffs. It’s a no-cost program co-sponsored by the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) and the National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA). Sheriff Vandewater is the first sheriff of Adair County to graduate from the NSI.

NSI-logo-NEWVandewater joined 26 other sheriffs from across the country for training on contemporary challenges facing America’s sheriffs today. In light of those challenges, the sheriffs explored the role of the local sheriff in providing effective leadership for the public good in such areas as public safety, criminal justice system policy, community relations, and organization effectiveness and efficiency.

Hilary Burgess, NSA Manager of Training, said, “Sheriff Vandewater is a leader with vision for the Adair County Sheriff’s Office. It is an honor to have Sheriff Vandewater join the more than 2,500 graduates of the NSI since 1973.”

The NIC is a division of the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Prisons. It is the primary federal source of technical assistance, training, and information services for state and local corrections. NIC provides a wide variety of services to the nation’s jails, most of which are the responsibility of sheriffs.

The NSA is a non-profit professional association located in Alexandria, Virginia. NSA represents the nearly 3,100 elected sheriffs across the nation and has more than 20,000 members, including law enforcement professionals, state and federal government employees, concerned citizens, students, and others. Since 1940, NSA has served as an information clearinghouse for law enforcement professionals. NSA also provides management training for sheriffs and their personnel in court security, crime victim services, domestic violence, homeland security initiatives, jail operations, and traffic safety. Additionally, NSA administers the highly successful National Neighborhood Watch and Triad programs.