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School Board Candidate Forum set for Aug. 25th

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August 11th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A candidate’s forum for persons who have filed to run for the Board of Education in the Atlantic School District will be held 7-p.m. Aug. 25th. Board President Kristy Pellet announced during Monday evening’s final, regular meeting of the current school board, that seven candidates looking to fill three open, At Large seats on the Board, will take place in the auditorium at the Atlantic High School. Three local media representatives will ask questions of the candidates, who will also take questions from the public.

Atlantic School Board 8-10-2015

Atlantic School Board 8-10-2015

Pellet said also, each of the candidates have been invited to attend an informational seminar that takes place this Wednesday from 1-until 3-p.m., at the High School Media Center. Pellet said Gary Sinclair, with PMA Financial Network, will be on-hand to present a financial workshop on school finances, which is a “primer” of sorts for those who may be elected to the School Board, on how to deal with funding matters.

In his report to the Board, District Operations Director Russell Peck gave an update on the various Summer Capital Improvement and/or Repair Projects. Peck said the cost to repair some of the heat pumps at the high school was slightly higher than expected due to some faulty pressure valves, which were replaced, while others were simply switched out. The system is wireless compatible.

Peck said also, the roof on the Middle School has been repaired, and is now draining properly. New furniture was also placed in the Middle School Art room, and Peck said the Teacher’s Lounge received a few kitchen cabinets. The Tuckpoint work is also finished. Peck says it came in under budget. It was estimated at $20,000, but the bid was $17,600.

The high school parking lot was also fixed. And, Peck said new bleachers at the Schuler Elementary School came with a much cheaper price tag than expected. He said he had budgeted $25,000 for them, but the ended up being $7,000 cheaper than any other bid. The motorized bleachers will have to be put in after school starts, though, since they have not yet arrived.

In other board activity, the hiring of an interim English, Speech and Theater Teacher was approved. Alex Bales has been hired on a one year contract. Bales, from Indianola, is a recent graduate of Iowa State University.

2 accidents in Creston, Monday

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August 11th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

One person was injured during a single-vehicle accident late Monday morning, in Creston. Authorities say 55-year old Mauxie Jane King, of Creston, was driving a 2008 Toyota 4Runner SUV southbound on Cottonwood Street at around 11-a.m., and was making a left turn onto Prairie Street into a parking lot drive, when she suffered from a medical condition.

Her SUV went over a curb and crossed Prairie Street to the north before hitting a light pole. King was transported by ambulance to the Greater Regional Medical Center, in Creston. The woman told authorities she didn’t remember anything after making the turn onto southbound cottonwood. Damage from the accident amounted to $3,200.

Another accident in Creston, took place just after 10-a.m., Monday, at the intersection of W. Howard and N. Stone Streets. Police say 16-year old Alexa Miller, of Creston, was driving a 2003 Pontiac Grand Prix westbound on Howard Street when she failed to yield to a 1999 Ford F-250 pickup traveling south on Stone Street, and driven by 49-year old Rickie Foster, of Creston. Miller said she couldn’t see the approaching pickup because of trees and brush near the intersection.

The vehicles collided, causing $6,000 damage altogether. Both drivers complained of pain and possible injuries, but they were not transported to the hospital. No citations were issued.

Numerous items stolen from City of Villisca storage garage

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August 11th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office is asking for your help in solving the theft of numerous items from a City of Villisca storage garage. Authorities say the theft happened sometime between last Friday (Aug.7th) and Monday (Aug. 10th). Taken from the garage was a black, 6-foot by 14-foot (6×14) Finish Line  utility trailer. The trailer has damage to the left side fender and a missing clearance light.

It was loaded with two yellow Walker mowers (one 25-hp w/a52″ deck, the other 20-hp w/a 62″ deck), a Stihl line trimmer, and a Dewalt grinder. The loss was estimated $28,000.

Anyone with information about the theft is asked to call Montgomery County Crimestoppers at 1-888-434-2712, or the Sheriff’s Office at 712-623-5107.

 

Rural Red Oak man arrested Mon. evening

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August 11th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Deputies in Montgomery County arrested a rural Red Oak man on an assault charge, Monday evening. Authorities say 47-year old Donald Owen Schollian was arrested at around 8:40-p.m. in the 1900 block of G Avenue, and charged with Domestic Abuse/Simple Assault. He was brought to the Montgomery County Jail, and held without bond.

DOT looking at expanding Park and Ride system

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August 11th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Department of Transportation has created statewide plan to help develop and expand the Park and Ride System. D-O-T spokesperson, Jennifer Roberts, says the system has been around for awhile. “Back in the 80’s when individuals were trying to save money on gas, the public would request areas to park and the D-O-T would have some excess right-of-way — or maybe places where they would store gravel — and they’d let individuals park on those areas,” Roberts says.

The areas are commonly gravel parking lost where people park their cars and then either car pool or van pool to work. Robert says they are looking at the best areas to add Park and Ride lots. She says they looked at commuter data and passenger/traffic data to identify the ideal locations for new areas. “And most of those locations are along urban corridors, just some examples around the state, Ames to Des Moines or Cedar Rapids to Iowa City,” Robert says.

Many of the early Park and Ride locations were in rural areas, as people looked to commute together into bigger cities. Robert says the locations being considered now in urban areas help ease traffic congestion by having people commute to the edge of cities and cutting the number of vehicles in the heavily traveled areas. No matter where they are located, Roberts says the Park and Ride lots help people in a variety of ways.

“Some of the benefits are to save money on gas, also to save wear and tear on your vehicle — maybe you don’t have to get oil changes as much is you are sharing the driving,” Roberts says.

Park and Ride - Iowa

Park and Ride – Iowa

She says overall it saves wear-and-tear on the roads if there are fewer vehicles using them. New sites are still in the review stage. Roberts says they’ll first look at existing right-of-way areas to see if there is land available to use for the proposed sites. If you are interested in taking part in a Park and Ride program, Roberts suggest you check first with your area transit agency.

“As one example, the local transit agency for the central Iowa/Des Moines area is DART. They have a ride-sharing software and ride sharing services that they provide. They also provide a van pooling program,” according to Roberts. She says many employers also help set up programs for workers. You can find out more about the Park and Ride sites on the D-O-T’s website at:website at: www.iowadot.gov/ParkRide.

(Radio Iowa)

Iowa early News Headlines: Tue., Aug. 11, 2015

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August 11th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Des Moines Public Schools and its insurance company will pay a former superintendent $350,000 to settle a lawsuit over sexually explicit emails sent by the superintendent. District spokeswoman Amanda Lewis says the district expected to win the lawsuit filed by Nancy Sebring, but its insurance company wanted to settle to avoid additional litigation expenses. Sebring filed a lawsuit after sexually explicit emails sent from her district-issued email account and electronics were made public in May 2012.

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — Officials say they have arrested a man accused of failing to return to a residential work release facility in Council Bluffs. Twenty-eight-year-old Andrew Eugene Maybee was arrested Monday in Omaha. The Iowa Department of Corrections says it placed Maybee on escape status Saturday after he failed to return to the work release facility from a job. Maybee is serving a 25-year sentence for several convictions.

DAKOTA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Authorities are investigating what caused a small helicopter-like aircraft to crash in Iowa, killing the pilot and injuring his passenger. The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office says the gyrocopter was traveling near the small community of Dakota City around 7 p.m. Sunday when it crashed. Its wreckage was found in the front yard of a residence. The pilot, 58-year-old Larry Erickson, of Humboldt, was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

SUMNER, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say tall corn growing near a northern Iowa city may have contributed to a fatal, two-vehicle crash. The Bremer County Sheriff’s Office says the two cars were traveling in different directions Monday morning when they collided at an intersection about five miles outside of Sumner. One driver, 44-year-old Dawn Novak, of Sumner, was pronounced dead at the scene. The other driver, 47-year-old Logan Huebner, also of Sumner, received minor injuries along with a passenger in his vehicle.

Professor says FOMO becoming an epidemic

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August 10th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

There’s a new term associated with our culture’s growing obsession with smart phones: FOMO, or Fear Of Missing Out. It applies to people who can’t ever seem to ignore their phone’s tones and vibrations. Adam Tyma, a professor at the University of Nebraska-Omaha’s Social Media Lab for Research and Engagement, says FOMO is becoming an epidemic. “It’s not just the kids,” Tyma says. “You sit down in any restaurant and look across tables and look at how many people are out with their friends or family and everyone has that candy bar right next to them.”

FOMO

FOMO

Tyma says it’s a fear of missing out on a text message, a Facebook post or even an app update, and for many people, it’s an addiction. A few years back, he says, people were more courteous and made more of an effort to turn off their ring tones in social situations. “But now, everyone’s phones are blinking and beeping and whistling and yelling and making whatever noises they have to make,” Tyma says. “The moment that started happening, it becomes pathological. We have to do it. We can’t not respond to it. And if that light is blinking in the corner of our eye, as we’re sitting and talking with someone, we’re always thinking about it.”

Distracted driving due to FOMO is an increasing problem that’s leading to accidents on our roads, though Tyma says he’s seeing an encouraging trend. “I see more and more, people under the age of 23 or 25, if that phone goes off, I see them talking on the side of the road,” he says, “They’ll pull off.” However, he says most drivers who have cell phones are likely in the category of “dangerous” and you can spot them easily in traffic.

“The vast majority of people are looking down at their steering wheel where they’ve got their phone, as opposed to looking up,” Tyma says. A recent survey shows 88-percent of teen drivers who believe they are good drivers admitted to using apps while driving, with the most popular being Snapchat and Instagram.

(Radio Iowa)

Iowa school district reaches $350,000 lawsuit settlement

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August 10th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Des Moines Public Schools and its insurance company will pay a former superintendent $350,000 to settle a lawsuit over sexually explicit emails sent by the superintendent. District spokeswoman Amanda Lewis said Monday that the district expected to win the lawsuit filed by Nancy Sebring, but its insurance company wanted to settle to avoid additional litigation expenses. Attorneys for Sebring say they’re satisfied with the settlement.

Sebring filed a lawsuit after sexually explicit emails sent from her district-issued email account and electronics were made public in May 2012. Sebring’s invasion-of-privacy lawsuit argued the emails were personal and not subject to Iowa’s open records laws. The district said they were public records. Half the settlement money will go to Sebring’s attorneys. The district’s insurance company will pay the majority of the costs.

 

Police arrest man accused of escaping Iowa work release site

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August 10th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — Officials say they have arrested a man accused of failing to return to a residential work release facility in Council Bluffs. The Daily Nonpareil reports 28-year-old Andrew Eugene Maybee was arrested Monday in Omaha.Maybee

The Iowa Department of Corrections says it placed Maybee on escape status Saturday after he failed to return to the work release facility from a job. Maybee is serving a 25-year sentence for several convictions, including willful injury causing serious injury and going armed with intent. He was transferred to work release on June 4.

 

CCHS to hold educational session on school sports issues this Sunday

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August 10th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Cass County Health System are inviting all parents, coaches and athletes to attend an educational session called “Back to School, Back to Play” on Sunday, August 16th, from 4 until 5 p.m. Laura Hickman, DPT, ATC, and Erin Johnson, PTA, will cover topics including concussions, warm-up exercises, mobility drills, stretches, and preventing overuse injuries.

Hickman says “We really want these messages to get to our student athletes before they’re already dealing with a concussion or an overuse injury. If we can better prepare them at the start of the season, then they’ll perform to their best ability while reducing their risk of injury.”

(Left to right) Erin Johnson, PTA and Laura Hickman, DPT and Licensed Certified Athletic Trainer, will be presenting together at the "Back to School, Back to Play" session on Sunday at Cass County Health System.

(Left to right) Erin Johnson, PTA and Laura Hickman, DPT and Licensed
Certified Athletic Trainer, will be presenting together at the “Back to School, Back
to Play” session on Sunday at Cass County Health System.

This is a free event, and there is no registration necessary. The session will be held in Cass County Health System Conference Room 2. Attendees are asked to park in Parking Lot C and enter through Rehabilitation Services.

For more information, call Laura Hickman or Erin Johnson, at 712-243-7564.