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Iowa gardeners are recruited to help feed state’s “food insecure”


March 17th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A new initiative is seeking out Iowa gardeners for help in reducing food insecurity in the state. Cultivate Iowa aims to promote the health benefits of food gardening and to increase produce donations to food pantries. Angie Tagtow, program coordinator for the campaign, says 400-thousand Iowans don’t have access to healthy food. Tagtow says, “We thought gardening would be an innovative strategy to improving access to healthful food, improving self-sufficiency, and hopefully improving overall food security and health of low-resource populations.”

Tagtow says studies find people with less money have higher rates of diet-related chronic disease because they eat fewer fruits and vegetables. She says growing food will benefit the community but it can also help the gardener.  “The cost of food is going to be going up and so by growing your own, it actually saves a tremendous amount on your food budget in comparison to what the food prices really are,” she says.

Households and individuals who can’t afford regular access to food are considered food insecure. The project is being organized by Food Access and Health Work Group, which connects the Iowa Food Bank Association and other pantries to state agencies.

(Radio Iowa)

Drug-related arrests in Fremont County


March 17th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Fremont County Sheriff’s Office reports two men were arrested on drug charges earlier this month. On March 8th, 61-year old Kenneth Allen Frazee, of Shenandoah, was arrested for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. And, on March 5th, 43-year old Jeffrey Wade Massey, of Hamburg, was arrested for Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Failure to have Insurance, Driving Under Suspension, and failure to show proof of vehicle registration.

Sioux City man arrested in Page County


March 17th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Page County Sheriff Lyle Palmer reports a man from northwest Iowa was arrested Sunday afternoon on a Woodbury County warrant. 48-year old Frederic W. Wissing, of Sioux City, was taken into custody at the Jail in Clarinda, on a warrant for Unlawful Use of a Prescription Drug. Wissing was being held in the Page County Jail on $2,000 bond, awaiting transport to Woodbury County.

Accident under investigation in Page County


March 17th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Page County Sheriff’s Office reports an investigation is underway into an accident that occurred sometime around 10-p.m. Saturday, March 15th. Authorities say the exact location of this accident is unknown at this time.  The vehicle was first reported to be somewhere in the area of Jade Lane and 230th Street or south and west of Yorktown,  according to directions from the original caller, who was a party involved in the accident which is believed to only involve one vehicle.

After an extensive search with numerous area Fire Departments, Ambulance services, Law Enforcement, and Mercy 3 helicopter from Clarinda, the vehicle was located approximately 1.4 miles south of 230th Street on B Avenue, or about 12 miles west and south of the location given by the original caller.

While the accident is under investigation, no further information is being released at this time.  

Arrest and accident in Atlantic


March 17th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Police Department reports one arrest and one recent accident. Officials say 34-year old Kevin Jensen, of Atlantic, was arrested Friday on a warrant for Violation of his probation. Jensen was booked into the Cass County Jail.

And, an accident at around 3:40-p.m. Friday at 8th and Plum Streets caused $8,000 damage, but no one was seriously injured. Officials say vehicles driven by Nadine Gladwin, of Des Moines, and Devon Bretey, of Atlantic, collided when Gladwin failed to obey a stop or yield sign as she was headed east on 8th Street, and Bretey was traveling north on Plum. Gladwin’s car hit the Bretey vehicle on the left side. Gladwin complained of minor injuries, but declined medical assistance.

Marijuana Possession Arrest in Audubon Sunday


March 17th, 2014 by Chris Parks

The Audubon County Sheriff’s Office announced the arrest Sunday (3/16) of 23-year-old Scott Nathaniel Belew of Audubon on a Possession of Controlled Substance, Marijuana charge.  Belew was arrested at approximately 7:00pm Sunday after a traffic stop on Davenport Street in Audubon.

Belew was transported to the Audubon County Jail and later posted bond and was released.  He is set to appear in court on March 20th.

Iowa county official defends funding for his group


March 17th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – The Woodbury County Board chairman is defending more than $180,000 in county funding for the nonprofit organization he manages.  George Boykin told the Sioux City Journal that it would not be fair for Sanford Community Center to suffer because he’s on the county board.  Boykin is the center’s executive director. It operates after-school and summer programs for at-risk young people, as well as coordinates numerous outreach efforts.

Boykin says has never had a say in funding that goes to the center and abstains from funding discussions on it. James Van Bruggen, of the Taxpayers Research Council, says it seems to him that the center is “getting favoritism, because they are getting six figures of money.”

8AM Newscast 03-17-2014

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March 17th, 2014 by Chris Parks

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Spring Cleaning Across the State: Get Rid of the Clutter


March 17th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

With spring set to officially arrive later this week, many people across the state are in the mood to do some cleaning, and with a few simple tips, the process doesn’t need to be so daunting. According to professional organizer Amelia Hatcher, for most people, it’s not realistic to maintain a home in perfect order each day, but they can focus on clearing out the clutter.

“Clutter is anything that causes frustration, anxiety or chaos in your life,” as she defined it. “It completely drains you of your energy. It could be the pile of paper on your desk. It could be the pile of laundry. It could be your dumping ground like your kitchen table, and it just completely causes stress.” “Amelia the Clutter Queen” also recommends only cleaning and organizing one area at a time, so as not to become overwhelmed.

Hatcher was drawn into the clutter-fighting line about five years ago when she began helping family and friends. She said that for other caregivers, getting rid of the clutter not only helps get rid of chaos, but also helps improve safety of mobility.

“I’ve had several situations where people have fallen, broken a hip, and it’s actually not safe in the home,” she recalled. “So it’s my goal to go in and change things around to where the home is more accessible to things like walkers, possibly a wheelchair.”

Hatcher said that, among other points to look at, old medications should be properly disposed of, and no-longer-needed documents with personal information should be shredded to protect against identity theft.

More information is at AmeliaTheClutterQueen.com/a>.

(Iowa News Service)

Shelby County Fire Danger Index: High today (Monday) thru Thursday

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March 17th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Shelby County Emergency Management officials say as of today (Monday), natural fuels (Low humidity, strong winds and extremely dry grass/timber) have reached a point where they will readily ignite, and spread.  With predicted winds increasing, and Relative Humidity expected to drop into the Mid 20’s authorities recommend that Fire Danger Boards in Shelby County be placed in the HIGH category. Fire Danger

The County is also included in a Fire Weather Watch, so expectations of rapid fire growth should be anticipated.  The situation will be assessed and the Fire Danger Boards updated, on Thursday.  In the mean time, outdoor burning of timber, grasses and other materials should not be conducted.

If you must burn, call your local fire chief to obtain authorization. If you are cleared to begin a controlled burn, contact Shelby County Dispatch at 712-755-2124  and let them know it is an authorized burn to avoid any confusion.