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Red Oak woman arrested again

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November 10th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A woman who is no stranger to law enforcement, was arrested again Sunday evening, in Montgomery County. 44-year old Shelby Joann Olivares, of Red Oak, was taken into custody at around 8:15-p.m. on a charge of Domestic Abuse Assault. The woman is known to have at least five different aliases.
Olivares was brought to the Montgomery County Law Enforcement Center, where she was being held this (Monday) morning, without bond.

1 injured in Pott Co. cycle crash

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November 10th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

One person was hurt during a motorcycle accident Sunday afternoon, in Pottawattamie County. The Omaha World-Herald reports the unidentified 35-year old man, who was not wearing a helmet, was transported by helicopter to the Nebraska Medical Center. The accident happened at around 1-p.m. near the intersection of 270th Street and Juniper Road.

Additional details are currently not available.

Task force recommends new assessment for schools

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November 10th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A state task force assigned to review the assessments used to schools is recommending that the state adopt what are called the “Smarter Balanced” assessments. Iowa Department of Education spokesperson, Staci Hupp Ballard, says the assessments are used for public and accredited non-public schools, and the Smarter Balanced assessment was developed by a group of states. “That have the goal to ensure that all students — regardless of their background– leave high school prepared for success in college or career training,” Ballard says.

“And the consortium belief is that a high-quality assessment system can raise student achievement largely by providing teachers and schools the information and tools that they need to improve teaching and learning.” Ballard says the task force had several reasons for recommending the Smarter Balanced assessment. She says it is often referred to as “much more than a test,” and is considered more like a system, because it includes an annual test along with an optional classroom level tests that teachers can give to gauge student progress through the year.

Ballard says administrators, teachers and other gave their input to the task force. “When teachers talk about the advantages of Smarter Balance, it seems it’s much more than a test to them. It seems like it provides them helpful information to try to really pinpoint where a student is versus where a student is expected to be at a particular grade level,” Ballard says. The next step will be in the hands of lawmakers. “From now through January, the task force will work on a final report to the legislature. There’s a meeting scheduled for December 10th, and ultimately lawmakers will be charged with deciding whether or not to go with this recommendation,” Ballard says.

Iowa students currently take the Iowa Assessments in grades 3-8 and 11 in math and reading to meet state and federal accountability laws. The Iowa Assessments are developed and administered by Iowa Testing Programs at the University of Iowa. The Legislature opened the door for a new assessment process in 2013 by creating the Assessment Task Force.

(Radio Iowa)

Trio of escapees from Clarinda Academy caught Monday morning

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November 10th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Three males who escaped from the Clarinda Academy Sunday night were captured and returned to the facility early this (Monday) morning. The teens, two of them black, one Hispanic, were reported missing at around 8:15-p.m.  They were captured shortly before 2-a.m.

No other details were provided. The escapes happened nearly one week after a black male student at the academy jumped out a window and ran from authorities. He also was captured and returned to the facility that provides treatment and shelter to at-risk and delinquent male and female youth from several states.

Iowa early News Headlines: Mon., 11/10/14

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November 10th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

ANAMOSA, Iowa (AP) — A group of volunteers have restored a veterans memorial in front of the Jones County Courthouse in Anamosa that was heavily vandalized early last week. Des Moines television station KCCI reportsthat the group gathered Saturday morning to repair the damage — just in time for Veterans Day on Tuesday.

SHENANDOAH, Iowa (AP) — A western Iowa school superintendent fired last week has hired a lawyer to fight fraud and other allegations made against him. The Council Bluffs Daily Nonpareil reports that former Shenandoah Community School District Superintendent Jeff Hiser has hired Council Bluffs attorney Eric Hansen. The lawyer is a former Mills County prosecutor.

WINTERSET, Iowa (AP) — A frantic hunt for a runaway, pregnant dog ended happily when searchers found the black lab mix in an Winterset garage — after it had given birth. Des Moines television station KCCI reports that the hubbub began when the dog, which was being flown from Texas to a Wisconsin rescue shelter, slipped out of her harness and fled during a stop at the local airport on Friday. The dog named Ava was found before noon Saturday nursing nine puppies.

KENSETT, Iowa (AP) — A small country church in northern Iowa has launched its own radio station. The Mason City Globe Gazette reports that Elk Creek Lutheran Church in rural Kensett will soon celebrate its 150th anniversary. But it only this month began broadcasting nightly at 91.7 FM under the call letters KWGH.

Atlantic Board of Education to discuss budget priorities Monday evening

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November 9th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Community School District’s Board of Education will meet in a regular session Monday evening in the Media Center at the High School. During their 7:30-p.m. gathering, the Board will hear special presentations from Jarrod O’Donnell, with regard to All-State Band, and Stephanie Graham, pertaining to Honors English 9 videos.

The Board will also act on approving Open Enrollment Request, various contracts and/or resignations, volunteer coaching positions, and a five-year School Board Review Committee (SBRC) application for Increasing Enrollment, Open Enrollment, and LEP (Limited English Proficiency) Instruction for immigrant/bi-lingual students.

They’re also expected to approve participation with the Iowa Drug and Alcohol Testing Program (IDATP) and an Early Retirement Proposal for the District. Near the end of the meeting, the Atlantic School Board will discuss their Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Priorities, and hold closed sessions with regard to student discipline and an informal evaluation of Superintendent Mike Amstein.

Democratic Senators elect leaders; Plan to strengthen Iowa’s middle class during the 2015 session

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November 9th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

(Des Moines) The new 26-member Democratic majority of the Iowa Senate met Sunday, to elect their legislative leaders and welcome three newly elected members. The three new elected Democratic Senators will be sworn in on January 12 when the 2015 session begins. They are Chaz Allen of Newton, Tony Bisignano of Des Moines, and Kevin Kinney of rural Oxford. Senator Mike Gronstal of Council Bluffs was elected to continue serving as the Senate Majority Leader of the Iowa Senate.

Gronstal said “We will focus on broadly supported, common sense measures to expand and strengthen Iowa’s middle class. The most serious economic challenge we face is that the recovery has yet to reach the broad majority of Iowans.”

Senator Pam Jochum of Dubuque was re-elected President of the Senate. Senator Steve Sodders of State Center was re-elected Senate President Pro Tempore.  Senate Joe Bolkcom of Iowa City was elected Majority Whip. Senators Mary Jo Wilhelm of Cresco, Amanda Ragan of Mason City, Matt McCoy of Des Moines, and Bill Dotzler of Waterloo were elected Assistant Majority Leaders.

(Press Release)

Dog flees at Iowa airport; later found with litter

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November 9th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

WINTERSET, Iowa (AP) – A frantic hunt for a runaway, pregnant dog ended happily when searchers found the black lab mix in an Iowa garage – nursing a brand-new litter of puppies. Des Moines television station KCCI reports that the hubbub began when the dog, which was being flown from Texas to a Wisconsin rescue shelter, slipped out of her harness and fled during a stop at the Winterset, Iowa airport on Friday.

Crews searched for the dog, named Ava, overnight. She was found just before noon Saturday in a Winterset home’s garage. And she wasn’t alone. Ava had given birth to nine puppies. Ava and her pups are expected to complete their trip to Wisconsin this week.

Fired Iowa school superintendent hires lawyer

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November 9th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

SHENANDOAH, Iowa (AP) — A western Iowa school superintendent fired last week has hired a lawyer to fight fraud and other allegations made against him after a district investigation. The Council Bluffs Daily Nonpareil reports that former Shenandoah Community School District Superintendent Jeff Hiser has hired Council Bluffs attorney Eric Hansen. Hansen is a former Mills County prosecutor.

Hansen says Hiser will respond to the allegations when he has had an opportunity “to see what, if any, evidence the district has.” Hiser was fired earlier this month. A school board member says Hiser submitted fraudulent reimbursements for expenses, violated district policies regarding leave requests and obstructed the board’s investigation.

Cass County Supervisors to meet Monday afternoon

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November 9th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Board of Supervisors will meet Monday afternoon at the Courthouse in Atlantic. During their 1-p.m. meeting, the Board will canvass the votes of the Nov. 4th General Election. They’re also expected to receive a report from Cass County Librarians and a request for funding from the group for Fiscal Year 2016.

The Board will also discuss and possibly act on a VOIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) telephone system for the courthouse, as well as a Federal Aid agreement to help fund the replacement of a bridge on the Cass-Audubon County line. Other action includes the awarding of a contract for a bridge replacement project on Jackson Road, with the contract being awarded to Cunningham-Reis Company, in the amount of $565, 461. Work on the project is expected to begin later this winter.

And, the Board will act on waterproofing the County’s building at 707 Poplar Street (the site of the future 9-1-1/Communications Center).