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Council Bluffs official pleased with FEMA response

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April 8th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — Council Bluffs has gotten $1 million in federal aid for flood repairs and expects to receive another $4 million to $5 million by month’s end. Finance director Art Hill said that the city is pleased with the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s response to aid requests. He says the reimbursement process is moving better and faster than expected. Council Bluffs spent $19.5 million to fight the rising Missouri River for several months last year. Hill says he expects FEMA to provide $14 million in aid, with $1.8 million coming from the state. Most of that should be paid by the end of June. FEMA has denied a request for $750,000. Hill says the city won’t appeal, so Council Bluff’s total flood costs should be about $3.6 million.

Minor injuries result from rollover accident Sunday in Montgomery County

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April 8th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Two rural Stanton teens suffered non-life threatening injuries during a rollover accident early Sunday morning, northeast of Stanton. The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office says the accident happened at around 12:20-a.m., on 200th Street, near P Avenue. Officials say a 1995 Mercury Sable driven by 17-year old Austin Becthold, was traveling east on 200th when Becthold swerved to avoid hitting a deer. The car crossed the center line of the road, hit an abutment in the road ditch, and became airborne.

The vehicle hit the ground and rolled over before coming to rest on its wheels. Becthold, and a passenger in the car, 13-year old Alex Becthold, were transported to the Montgomery County Memorial Hospital. No citations were issued. The car sustained an estimated $3000 damage.

Iowa lawmakers say education overhaul unlikely

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April 8th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Terry Branstad and Iowa lawmakers have invested plenty of time on proposed reforms to Iowa’s public schools, but it looks like big changes to the education system are unlikely this session. Branstad initially offered a number of proposals, including linking teacher pay to performance in the classroom, requiring potential teachers to meet grade point standards before they could seek education training and holding students back if they didn’t meet reading benchmarks. After complaints from teacher groups and others, Branstad delayed the proposed salary changes, and now it appears that many of his other proposals will fall by the wayside due to disagreements with Senate Democrats. Senate Majority Leader Michael Gronstal notes the Legislature likely will approve plans to increase spending on early elementary programs.

Final Legislative Coffee in Cass County to be held April 14th

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April 7th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The third and final legislative coffee to be held in Cass County will take place April 14th, in Griswold. The event, which is sponsored by PRIDE (the Progressive Rural Iowa Development Enterprise), along with support from the Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce, begins at 10-a.m. next Saturday, at the Cass County Historical Museum (414 Main St.), in Griswold. Scheduled to attend is State Senator Nancy Boettger, from Harlan, and Representatives Clel Baudler,  from Greenfield, along with Jack Drake, from Griswold.

The event marks the final legislative coffee for Boettger, whose district lines have moved outside of Cass County following redistricting as a result of the 2010 census. Senator Hubert Houser, from Carson, is new to Cass County, but a veteran of the Iowa legislature. He will represent Cass County in the Iowa Senate when the 2013 session convenes in January, 2013.

PRIDE is an economic development organization that works on behalf of the cities of Cumberland, Griswold, Lewis and Marne, for economic development within Cass County, and for numerous individual members and businesses in southwest Iowa. For additional information on the event, or about PRIDE, contact organization President Kenner Baxter at 712-781-2395, or Vice President Clarke Gerlock, at 712-774-5476.

FROST ADVISORY FOR PARTS OF WESTERN IA SUNDAY MORNING!

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April 7th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

COUNTIES: EMMET-KOSSUTH-PALO ALTO-POCAHONTAS-HUMBOLDT-SAC-CALHOUN-WEBSTER-CRAWFORD-CARROLL-GREENE-AUDUBON-GUTHRIE-CASS-ADAIR-ADAMS-TAYLOR- issued 341 PM CDT SAT APR 7 2012

…FROST ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 4 AM TO 8 AM CDT SUNDAY…

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN DES MOINES HAS ISSUED A FROST ADVISORY, WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 4 AM TO 8 AM CDT SUNDAY. READINGS ARE FORECAST TO DROP FROM 32 TO 35 DEGREES DURING THE EARLY MORNING HOURS. THE COLDEST READINGS WILL BE IN RIVER VALLEYS SUCH AS THE NISHNABOTNA VALLEYS AND OTHER LOW LYING AREAS. SENSITIVE VEGETATION MAY BE IMPACTED BY THE FROST. PLEASE TAKE PRECAUTIONS TO PROTECT ANY OUTDOOR PLANTS THAT MAY BE AFFECTED.

A FROST ADVISORY MEANS THAT FROST IS POSSIBLE. SENSITIVE OUTDOOR PLANTS MAY BE KILLED IF LEFT UNCOVERED.

2 dogs rescued from western Iowa pit reunited with owner

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April 7th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

BRONSON, Iowa (AP) — Two dogs rescued from a silo pit in western Iowa have been reunited with their owner. The dogs, “Flannigan” and “Gizmo,” went back to their home on Friday. The owner says they went missing last weekend. The dogs were taken to a Sioux City animal shelter after being rescued Thursday night from a 30-feet-deep pit on a farm near Bronson. Firefighters from Bronson and Sergeant Bluff helped get the dogs to safety. One dog climbed into a lowered basket and was pulled out. The other dog was retrieved by a firefighter who went into the pit.

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Two Young Adults Arrested in Montgomery County

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April 7th, 2012 by Chris Parks

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office announced the arrest of two young adults on seperate charges Friday (4/6).  At approximately 1:02pm deputies arrested 20-year-old Jesse Allen Luft of Villisca on a valid warrant for simple assault.  Luft was transported to the Montgomery County Jail and is being held on bond.

Later in the afternoon at 3:53pm deputies arresetd 22-year-old Jacob Loran Johnson of Sidney for driving while revoked OWI test failure.  Johnson was taken to the Montgomery County Jail and is also being held on bond.

Iowa Korean War-era Vets to be recognized this Summer

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April 6th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Iowa Gold Star Military Museum said Friday, all Iowa veterans who served during the Korean War era, or served in the Korean theater since 1945, and their families, are invited to attend a meeting hosted by the Korean War Veterans Association, Tall Corn Chapter #99 on Saturday, April 14th, beginning at 9:30 a.m., at the Iowa Gold Star Military Museum at Camp Dodge, 7105 NW 70th Avenue, Johnston. The focus of the meeting is to inform Iowa’s Korean War-era veterans and their families about the U.S. Department of Defense Korean War 60th Anniversary recognition program, which is tentatively scheduled to stop in Iowa this summer.

A component of the DoD program is to provide personal certificates of appreciation to all veterans who served in the U.S. military between June 1950 and June 1953. More than 85,000 Iowans served during the three-year conflict. Personalized certificates of appreciation, signed by U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta, are being provided to all Korean War-era veterans and the family members who supported them at a separate event later this summer. Eligible veterans or their families must sign up with the DoD to receive the certificate. The DoD also plans to launch “The Year of the Korean War Veteran” in June.

According to Sid Morris, chairman of the Korean War Veterans Association, Tall Corn Chapter #99, the main purpose of this meeting is to inform Iowa’s Korean War-era veterans and their families about this program and get these certificates to as many eligible Iowa veterans and families as possible. “We need to get all these names turned into the Department of Defense ahead of time, because they have to print those certificates prior to bringing them to us at our meeting in July. We want to get as many Iowa Korean War-era vets recognized as we can,” Morris said.

The meeting will open with refreshments and registration. Attendees will have the opportunity to tour the Iowa Gold Star Military Museum and listen to a presentation from Brig. Gen. Janet Phipps, Deputy Commanding General of the Iowa Army National Guard. An informational meeting will follow with guidance on how to obtain the 60-yearanniversary certificates. There will also be an update on a proposed bus trip to Washington, D.C. to visit the Korean War Veterans Memorial in September 2012.

Additionally, the chapter is also seeking Sailors, Soldiers, Airmen, Marines, and Coast Guard members who have served in Korea anytime from 1945 to the present, in order to start a new Korean War Veterans Association chapter in central and western Iowa. Anyone who has served honorably in the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force or Coast Guard is eligible for membership if their service was within Korea (including territorial waters and airspace), Sept. 3, 1945 to present, or if their service was outside of Korea, June 25, 1950 to Jan. 31, 1955.

For more information about the Korean War Veterans Association, contact Sid Morris at 319-266-5184 or by e-mail at morrisjr@cfu.net .

Walnut woman injured in rollover accident

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April 6th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Two people were injured during a rollover accident that took place this (Friday) morning, in Page County. Sheriff Lyle Palmer reports a 1998 Jeep Cherokee driven by 48-year old Keith Vickers, of St. Joseph, MO., was traveling north on Highway 59, about a mile north of the Imogene corner, when Vickers fell asleep at the wheel. He awoke just in time to see the SUV heading toward a ditch. The vehicle missed a curve in the road and entered the east ditch. When Vickers tried to correct his error, the SUV rolled three-times before coming to rest on the driver’s side. A passenger in the Jeep, 50-year old Donna Kay Riggs, of Walnut, who was also asleep at the time of the accident, suffered non-incapacitating injuries, and was transported by Essex Rescue to the Shenandoah Hospital. Vickers suffered what were described as “possible” injuries, but did not require treatment. Both occupants of the SUV were wearing their seat belts. The Jeep was totaled in the crash, which occurred at around 5:25-a.m.  No citations were reported.