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December 2nd, 2013 by Chris Parks

w/ Ric Hanson


Midwest business conditions improve in November


December 2nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – A monthly economic report says business conditions in nine Midwestern states improved slightly in November.  The Mid-America Business Conditions Index rose to a tepid 51.2 on a growth scale of 0 to 100. The index was growth-neutral in October at 50.0, the lowest level since 2012.

Creighton University economist Ernie Goss says the region’s heavy manufacturers reported solid increases in new export orders in November. The region’s employment gauge also jumped to 51.2 in November, from 48.2 the previous month. Goss attributes the October downturn to the federal government’s partial shutdown.

States included in the survey are Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma and South Dakota.

Adair-Casey Food Pantry provides over 2 dozen Thanksgiving dinners


December 2nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Adair-Casey United Methodist Church Pastor Melodee Carstens reports the Adair-Casey Food Pantry gave out Thanksgiving dinners to 32 households on Sat., Nov. 23rd. That’s in addition to their usual offering of bi-weekly items. Each holiday dinner included ham, fresh potatoes and homemade pumpkin pies.

Volunteers with the Adair-Casey Food Pantry.

Volunteers with the Adair-Casey Food Pantry.

The A-C Food Pantry, housed in the Casey United Methodist Church, was established in May of this year by the Adair and Casey United Methodist Churches as well as other interested individuals, organizations, and businesses. Since mid-June of this year, the A-C Food Pantry has served 47 families with a total of 123 individuals.

Last week the A-C Food Pantry received word from the Food Bank of Iowa that it has been approved to be a partnering agency with them. This partnership will allow the A-C Food Pantry to purchase food from the Food Bank of Iowa at a discounted price enabling them to serve more people with a greater variety of items.

The pantry was also notified last week that it has been awarded $1,500.00 from the Southwest District of the Iowa Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church 2014 Matthew 25 Grant. These monies will be used to help purchase needed supplies and food for the pantry. Anyone who lives within the Adair-Casey School District is eligible to receive items from the pantry.

The Pantry is open the second Wednesday and fourth Saturday of each month from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. If you would like more information as to how you might become a donor or a recipient of the A-C Food Pantry, you may contact Peg Snyder at 641-746-3319.

Red Oak man arrested on arson drug & other charges


December 2nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Police in Red Oak arrested 20-year-old Jesse Patrick Beaman, of Red Oak, early Monday morning. Beaman was taken into custody on warrants for 3rd degree criminal mischief, failure to appear for 1st degree arson, conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine, and two counts of forgery.

Beaman was arrested in the 200 block of East Nuckols Street just before 1:30-a.m. He was being held without bond in the Montgomery County Jail.

Adams County arrest report


December 2nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Two people were arrested over the weekend in Adams County. The Sheriff’s Department says 63-year old Gail Eugene Freihage, of Prescott, was arrested for Driving Under the Influence, just after 7-p.m. Saturday following a traffic stop. His bond was set at $1,000.

And, 18-year old Bryce Ludwig, of Melcher, was arrested following a traffic stop at around 7:30-p.m. Sunday. Ludwig was taken into custody on an outstanding warrant out of Marion County, and for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. His bond was set at $300.

Injury accident in Cass County Sunday night


December 2nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

One person was injured during an accident Sunday night in southern Cass County. According to dispatch reports, a man was ejected from a vehicle during a crash which occurred just west of the intersection of Highway  71 (630th St.) and Tucson Road. The accident was reported at around 8:20-p.m.

The accident victim was said to be conscious and breathing when Griswold Rescue arrived on the scene. A medical helicopter was put on stand-by but then cancelled. No other details are available.

Iowa News Headlines: Mon., Dec. 2nd 2013


December 2nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press…

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Legalizing medical marijuana will again be debated in the upcoming legislative session, though Iowa lawmakers have so far been loath to embrace a policy that is finding acceptance elsewhere. Democratic Senator Joe Bolkcom of Iowa City says he will pursue legislation seeking to legalize medical marijuana in 2014.

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — A man who fled police in western Iowa at speeds up to 100 miles per hour is recovering after being shot at by a state trooper in Council Bluffs. Iowa officials say the incident began around 7 a.m. yesterday when a state trooper tried to pull over a man driving a stolen vehicle. During the chase, the trooper’s car went into a ditch on U.S. Highway 275 northeast of Lake Manawa. The trooper was not hurt.

CORNING, Iowa (AP) — Two boys, ages 8 and 9 drowned Saturday evening in an Adams County pond. The Adams County Sheriff’s office says the boys fell through the ice. Their bodies were recovered under the ice at around 5:30-p.m.. The deaths happened near Prescott. The names of the victims weren’t released Sunday.

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa won seven of 10 matches and beat host Iowa State 23-9 yesterday in their annual wrestling dual meet. The fourth-ranked Hawkeyes beat the rival Cyclones for the 10th straight time and claimed the Dan Gable Traveling Trophy for the fourth time in as many tries.

First shotgun deer season opens Saturday

Ag/Outdoor, News

December 2nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The first shotgun deer season in Iowa opens this coming Saturday (December 7th), while the bow hunting season that’s underway will continue through January 10th. D-N-R wildlife research supervisor, Willie Suchy says your odds of taking a deer get better in the shotgun season. “In 2012 the shotgun hunters had 35-40-percent success and archery was right around 25, in that neighborhood — so about 10-percent less,” Suchy says. While the chances are better you’ll get a deer with a shotgun,

Suchy says bow hunting has some of its own advantages. “Archery has allure from two aspects of it,” Suchy explains, “One is it’s a longer season so you’ve got more time to spend. You get to kind of specialize on working on deer.” And the second factor is some hunters believe the lower success rate of bow hunting tests their skill more. “I think it’s a challenge for some people,” Suchy says. Hunters have to prepare differently for each method.

“Hunting is a very safe activity overall and the dangers are a little bit different between hunting with a bow and hunting with a shotgun or firearm,” according to Suchy. “Bow hunters tend to sit in stands and trees and most of the injuries tend to occur in mishaps in stands where they fall.” The shotgun season sees more problems with hunters not using proper safety practices. “With firearms it’s more of making sure that you’re shooting at a clear target so you know where the bullet is going to go — so if you’re hunting in a group there’s nobody in danger,” Suchy says.

The first shotgun deer season runs through December 11th. The second shotgun season runs December 14th through the 22nd.

(Radio Iowa)
Find out more at: www.iowadnr.gov.

(Update 6:43-p.m.) 2 boys drown in Adams County pond


December 1st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Adams County Sheriff’s Office say two boys, ages eight and nine, died Saturday after falling through the ice in a pond near Prescott. The accident at 1623 Vanilla Avenue was reported to 9-1-1 just after 5:30-p.m., Saturday.

Sheriff’s Deputies along with Fire and Rescue personnel were dispatched to the scene. The unidentified victims were located under the ice. They were flown by helicopter to a hospital.

Exira-EHK Super Board to meet Monday evening


December 1st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Exira/Elk Horn-Kimballton Community School District’s “Super Board” of Education will meet Monday evening at the High School, in Elk Horn. On their agenda for the 7-p.m. session, is discussion, and action on approving a Resolution for a vote on the Revenue Purpose Statement (RPS) for the New District.

The RPS will allow the districts to authorize the expenditure of revenues from the State of Iowa to secure an advanced vision for the education fund received by the Exira-Elk Horn Kimballton Community School District. The RPS specifies how the One-cent Local Option Sales Tax (LOST) can be used, including, but not limited to: Property Tax relief; New buildings or additions to current facilities; the lease or purchase of buildings or equipment, and more.

If the measure fails to win voter approval on Feb. 4th, it will not terminate or restrict authority previously granted by the voters to expend receipts from the “secure an advanced vision for education,” fund. If it’s approved, it will remain in effect until replaced or amended by the Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton School District.

In other business, the Super Board will appoint Board members for negotiations, act on other, administrative matters, and Early Retirement Acceptance from Previous Districts (Exira and EHK).