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Griswold Schools to hold Spaghetti Supper Dec. 7th

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November 26th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The teachers and staff at the Griswold Community School District will hold a spaghetti benefit supper one-week from this Friday, just before the Griswold Tigers versus Riverside Bulldogs basketball games. The meal consisting of spaghetti with your choice of meat or cheese sauce, plus Texas toast, dessert and drink costs just Six-dollars for Middle School students and Adults, and Three-dollars for Elementary age children. Children under 5-years of age eat for free. Serving begins at 5-p.m. on December 7th.

Proceeds from the dinner will benefit scholarships and “Tiger Trait Awards.”

Nebraska-Iowa bridge headed for states’ control

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November 26th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Officials have been working on an agreement to take over a bridge that links northeast Nebraska and northwest Iowa. The bridge carries Nebraska Highway 51 traffic east and Iowa Highway 175 west over the Missouri River.

Bridge manager Clark Beck told the Sioux City Journal that rising maintenance bills and costly repairs have taken a toll on the bridge commission’s bottom line. He says bridge tolls probably wouldn’t keep up with the future costs.  Nebraska and Iowa officials say the agreement is still being finished and that no date has been set for the ownership transfer.

Weekend arrests and accident in Atlantic

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November 26th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Two people were arrested over the Thanksgiving Holiday weekend, in Atlantic, and one accident was reported. The Atlantic Police Department says 28-year old Amy Jo Kern, of Atlantic, was arrested Saturday, on a charge of OWI/2nd offense. And, on Sunday, 50-year old Tamera Hall, of Atlantic, was arrested on a Cass County warrant charging her with Theft in the 5th Degree. Both women were booked into the Cass County Jail.

And, no injuries were reported following an accident Saturday evening at 8th and Oak Streets, in Atlantic. The A-PD says a vehicle driven by Nicholas Renner, of Atlantic, was traveling west in the 500 block of East 8th at around 7:45-p.m., when his vehicle hit a legally parked car registered to Joseph Wagoner, of Atlantic. Damage from the accident amounted to $4,700. Renner was cited for Striking an Unattended Vehicle.

9AM Newscast 11-26-2012

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November 26th, 2012 by Chris Parks

w/ Ric Hanson

Lighted parade and fireworks to illuminate Atlantic Saturday

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November 26th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce invites area residents to enjoy the lighted parade on Saturday, December 1st, through downtown Atlantic. The parade is an annual tradition and competition. For many years the parade theme has been “Just Believe.” The judges’ favorite float is awarded a two-foot traveling trophy and year-long bragging rights. The top three floats receive AtlantiCash prizes. Past parade winners include Heritage House, Red Oak Fire Department, Optimist Club of Atlantic, and Richter & Son Towing.

Entry forms can be submitted just prior to the parade to officials at the corner of 6th & Chestnut. Line-up will be on Walnut Street by 5:45 p.m. The parade starts with a bang at 6 p.m. as fireworks are set off above the Rock Island Depot. Led by the Scrooge Contest winner, the parade will proceed up Chestnut Street starting at 6th Street.

Other activities planned

Many family-oriented activities will take place before and during the parade starting off in the morning with a 5K Jingle Jog by the YMCA at 8 a.m.

The BPO DOES Cookie and Candy Walk will be from 9 a.m. to noon. at the Elks Lodge (6th and Poplar streets) through the bottom northwest door.

The Festival of Trees will be open for viewing at the Catholic Parish Center from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Santa will be in the Atlantic Rotary Club’s cabin in City Park under the newly-lit trees from 3 to 5 p.m.

Free horse-drawn wagon rides will trot through town from 3 to 5 p.m. starting at the north end of City Park. The rides are sponsored by First Whitney Bank, Wells Fargo, Atlantic Animal Health Center, and Audiological Services of Iowa.

A mainstay of hometown holiday celebrations, living windows will be featured throughout the downtown area from 5 to 6 p.m.

The Lullabye Foundation’s Bedtime Stories with Santa’s Helpers will also be from 5 to 6 p.m. at 405 Chestnut Street.

From soup to cider, spectators will find refreshments offered along Chestnut Street before the parade by several community organizations.

All of Atlantic’s holiday activities can be found on ChristmasinAtlantic.com. Events can be submitted to the calendar by e-mailing chamber@atlanticiowa.com.

8AM Newscast 11-26-2012

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November 26th, 2012 by Chris Parks

w/ Ric Hanson

Walnut School Board to act on Charter School proposal

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November 26th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Walnut School District’s Board of Education is expected to decide during their meeting tonight, on whether or not to approve a proposed Charter School in the community. Public meetings on the matter have already been held, and during the Board’s meeting on November 12th, they discussed, but took no action on the Charter School application, pending review from the State Attorney’s Office.

If the board approves, the application will be sent  on to the State Board of Education for their decision. A Charter School Committee, comprised of group of parents, a school district member and a community member, had first asked the School Board to consider the proposal for a K-through 12 Charter School as an option for their students, during a meeting on October 8th. Tonight’s Board meeting begins at 6:30-p.m.

Pickup hits storage building in Villisca, after brakes fail

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November 26th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

No injuries were reported after a pickup struck a storage/utility building Sunday, in Montgomery County. Sheriff’s officials say a 1994 Chevy pickup owned and operated by Daniel Larsen, of Villisca, was backing out of the driveway from his residence, when the brakes failed. The truck hit storage-type building, causing an estimated $500 damage. The owner of the structure had not yet been identified, because they weren’t home at the time the accident occurred, and during the subsequent investigation. The accident happened in the alley in the 100 block of East 5th Street, in Villisca. No citations were issued.

Public hearing scheduled over proposed utility increases in Atlantic

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November 26th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A public hearing is set to take place December 3rd in Atlantic, with regard to proposed water and electric rate increases. Officials with Atlantic Municipal Utilities (AMU) are proposing a 7.5-percent increase in electricity rate, and a 10-percent water rate increase. If approved, the rates would add on-average, about seven-dollars per month to AMU residential customers’ bills.

The average monthly increase for residential electric customers in Atlantic would amount to about $4.50, while AMU’s rural electric customers would see a $7.50 increase. Residential water bills would increase by an average of $2.10 per month, under the proposed rate increases. The utilities’ commercial customers would see their electric bills increase $17.25 per month, while the water bill would go up by about $7.20 per month, under the proposal. The proposed rates would go into effect with all customer billings dated Feb. 1st, 2013.

AMU says the proposed increases in electric rates are the result of increased costs the utility pays for wholesale power, 75-percent of which is supplied by AMU’s ownership in a coal-fired power plant in Council Bluffs. 20-percent of their power is Hydro-generate, and derived from the Western Area Power Administration. 5-percent is purchased from a Wholesale energy provider. Costs to run coal-fired power plants have exceeded $5-million dollars, according to AMU, due to Environmental compliance regulations. Additional regulations are expected to result in another $1-million in capital costs for the coal-powered industry over the next three-years. Another factor contributing to the increased cost of wholesale electricity, is increases in costs to transport coal.

AMU says the proposed water rate increases are the result of inadequate cash flow needed to meet aging infrastructure and debt obligation requirements. A public meeting on the proposed changes will take place 5:30-p.m. Monday, Dec. 3rd, in the Atlantic Municipal Utility’s Business Office.

Group: Greyhounds suffered injuries at Council Bluffs and Dubuque tracks

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November 26th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A national greyhound protection organization says greyhounds sustained 175 injuries while racing at Iowa’s two racetracks between January 2011 and July 2012, and 24 of the dogs had to be euthanized. The Des Moines Register reports that broken legs were the most common reported injury over the 19-month period at the tracks in Council Bluffs and Dubuque. Other common injuries were sprains, tears and other broken bones. The group says several dogs suffered more severe injuries, including a fractured skull and a broken neck.

The report was compiled from records gathered by Grey2K USA, based in Somerville, Mass. The research found that the Council Bluffs track, which has races year-round, had 106 dog injuries, while the Dubuque track, which offers races between April and October, had 69 injuries.