KJAN News

KJAN News can be heard:
Monday – Saturday at 6:30 am, 7:05 pm, 8:00 am, 9:00 am, 12:20 pm, 12:40 pm, 3:05 pm & 5:05 pm

Keep up-to-date with Fox News Radio, Radio Iowa,  Brownfield & the Iowa Agribusiness Networks!
Check our Program Schedule Page for times!

CCMH Foundation awards scholarships

News

September 5th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Memorial Hospital Foundation has announced the 2012 recipients of the Louie and Elsie Hansen Memorial Scholarship:  Ben Kopp of Anita, who is attending the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, and Claire Markham of Atlantic, who is attending Creighton University School of Medicine. John Molgaard, of the CCMH Foundation Board and scholarship committee said they reviewed several,  “Very qualified applicants.” Molgaard said Kopp and Markham stood out because of their outstanding academic records, and because they have demonstrated strong leadership skills.

The Louie and Elsie Hansen Memorial Scholarship was established to benefit Cass County high school graduates who are enrolled in a college of nursing or medicine, leading to an LPN, RN or MD degree.  Two $5000 scholarships are awarded each year.  Consideration is given to applicants’ scholarship, citizenship and leadership. The Louie and Elsie Hansen Scholarship was established through the generosity and careful planning of these two life-long Cass County residents.  The Hansens believed in higher education, so much so that over 70% of their estate was bequeathed for that purpose, including a gift to the CCMH Foundation.

Under the supervision and guidance of the CCMH Foundation, scholarship opportunities are provided yearly.  As per the Hansens’ wishes, scholarship candidates must have graduated from a Cass County high school and be enrolled in an accredited nursing or medical doctor school. Tom Waterbury, Debra Church, Jason Andersen and Katie Smith are among the past recipients of this award.

Cass Co. Supervisors approve Secondary Roads Dept. new hire

News

September 5th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Board of Supervisors held a short meeting this (Wednesday) morning, in Atlantic. During the meeting, the Board approved the hiring of an employee for the Secondary Roads Department. Cass County Engineer Charles Marker said about 50 applications were received for the Anita shed Operator II position. Out of those 50, there were two interviews conducted. At the conclusion of the interview process and background check, Jordan Groves was offered the job, and was expected to start this week.

Groves, who is from the Adair/Massena areas, will be paid $16.99 per hour, which Marker says is 50-cents below Union scale, which is in the contract. A standard probationary period of three-months, but not to exceed nine-months, applies before any wage increase is put into effect.

Marker says additional openings in the Secondary Roads Department may be forthcoming, due to a couple of possible retirements. He says also rock is being hauled-in to conduct the seal coating of a section of road near Anita. Work on 745th Street just north of Anita to Boone Street, and east on Boone to Highway 148, is expected to begin shortly.

Harlan City Councilman resigns

News

September 5th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Long time Harlan City Councilman Orv Roecker has resigned from the Council. His resignation was approved with regret, by the Council during their meeting, on Tuesday. Councilmember Dave Miller said Roecker will be missed and provided a lot of good for the community. In his resignation letter to the city of Harlan, Roecker said, “I thank everyone for their support over the years and during my current health concerns. I have loved working for the citizens of Harlan as Council member and Mayor for over 18 years.”

Roecker was Harlan Mayor from 1982 to 1987 after being a council member from 1980 to 1981. His current term as Harlan City Councilmember began in 2002. In other business, the Harlan City Council approved the condemnation of two properties in the City limits. In a Personnel and Finance Committee meeting on August 23rd, a motion was moved to proceed with abandoning and condemnation of the properties at 402 Broadway Street, and 1612 8th Street, as long as the funds were available through SWIPCO’s Demolition of Nuisance Properties Grant.

The Council also approved a motion to approve Sta-Bilt Construction to perform seal coating and asphalt prime coat on Elm Street from 5th to 6th, 5th Street from Elm to Farnum, 2nd Street from Court to Exchange and 4th from Cyclone to Broadway. Mayor Gene Gettys reported to the Harlan City Council, he met with Shelby County DevelopSource and the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce directors to discuss combining organizations. He said there is much to be discussed and he is working with other Counties that have combined the organizations, before any decision will be made.

(Joel McCall/KNOD)

8AM Newscast 09-05-2012

News, Podcasts

September 5th, 2012 by Chris Parks

w/ Ric Hanson

7AM Newscast 09-05-2012

News, Podcasts

September 5th, 2012 by Chris Parks

w/ Ric Hanson

Red Oak woman arrested on drug charge

News

September 5th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Police in Red Oak arrested a woman Tuesday night for alleged illegal possession of prescription drugs. 33-year-old Becky Jo Hegarty, of Red Oak, was arrested just before 11-p.m. on a charge of unlawful possession of a prescription medication. She was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on $1,000 bond.

Monona County landowners complain of tax hikes

Ag/Outdoor, News

September 5th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

ONAWA, Iowa (AP) – Landowners in Monona County are complaining about a big increase in their property taxes.  The Sioux City Journal reports the landowners gathered Tuesday at the county courthouse to discuss what they could do about the tax increase and to question county assessor Tim Peters and county board members.  Castana farmer William Brink says his taxes have increased by $9,000 in one year. Officials say the change is because of a new way counties value land based on the ability to produce crops. If soil is more fertile, it’s taxed at a higher rate.  The new system also applies to more land, causing increases on property once overlooked.  Some counties adjust taxes for property not used for row crops, but Monona County is among 50 counties that doesn’t make adjustments.

Amount businesses pay for unemployment will drop

News

September 5th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Iowa Workforce Development announced Tuesday it is changing the tax tables for employers which will save millions dollars. I-W-D spokesperson, Kerry Koonce says the tax table that determines how much employers pay into the unemployment trust fund is reviewed every year. “You can either move up into a higher tax table, which reduces employer taxes, or you can move down into a lower numbered tax table, which would increase employer taxes,” Koonce said. “There are eight tables in total and we are moving from table four to table five, which in 2013 will save Iowa employers just under a hundred million dollars in unemployment taxes paid into the system.”

The average employer will see the rate they pay fall from two-point-four-percent (2.4%) to two-percent (2.0%) percent for 2013. Koonce says there are several reasons for the move to lower the taxes required of businesses. “It’s happening because we do a good job managing the trust fund. And it’s happening because Iowa has done a good job compared to other states in coming out of the recession. Our wages being paid are going up, our manufacturing hours are back over to working an average over 40-hours-a-week, our employers have been diligent in paying their taxes,” Koonce says. Iowa also doesn’t have to pay any unemployment money back to the federal government.

“We did not borrow from the federal government to support our trust fund, which most states had to do that, and therefore that causes their tax rates to go up. We didn’t have to do that, so our rates have stayed consistent,” Koonce says. You may wonder how the rates paid in by employers can go down when Iowa’s unemployment rate inched up slightly in the last month. Koonce says the table is not based on a one-month trend.

“It’s not based either on just the unemployment rate…it looks at a several year period the amount of dollars that have been paid out of the trust fund. And it looks at the amount of dollars that have been coming into the trust fund, and it’s a very complicated actuarial formula that says there is more than enough funding to pay out even the highest level of benefits that you have experienced in the last five years,” Koonce explains. Over 52-percent of Iowa businesses do not have to pay in any unemployment taxes under the table.

(Radio Iowa)

Iowa early News headlines: Wed., Sept. 5th 2012

News

September 5th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan is in Iowa for the second day of a two-day visit. Mitt Romney’s running mate will be in Adel in central Iowa today. He’ll attend a rally at the Dallas County Courthouse in Adel.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A judge has ruled that Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson will be on the Iowa ballot in November. Polk County District Court Judge Arthur Gamble says in a ruling filed yesterday that Libertarians fulfilled legal requirements to get their candidate on the ballot.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The corn harvest continues ahead of schedule with some states nearly half-finished at a time when they usually are just getting started. The USDA says in its weekly crop update that little has changed in the condition of drought-damaged corn and soybeans. That’s because the plants are too far along for recent rain to make a difference.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — State officials say five deer at a breeding center in southwest Iowa have tested positive for chronic wasting disease, prompting the facility to be quarantine. Three of the deer at the center in Pottawattamie County and a deer at a hunting preserve in Davis County that tested positive in July were traced to a breeding facility in Cerro Gordo County. The Davis County deer was the first case of the neurological disease verified in Iowa.

Former Harlan resident/youth counselor arrested in 14-year old sexual assault case

News

September 4th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A man who lived in Harlan in 1998 has been charged in Pottawattamie County with three-counts of 3rd degree sexual assault, in connection with a case that dates back 14-years. 68-year year old Bobby Ervin Smith, a former youth coordinator was being held in the Pott. County Jail. According to Omaha television station KETV, the alleged victim, who was 12 years old at the time, said Smith was his youth coordinator at First Baptist Church. The victim claimed Smith assaulted him during a fishing trip. Smith and his family moved to Missouri in 2008. He’s due in court in November, and if convicted on all charges, he faces 30 years in prison.