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Atlantic School Board regular meeting tonight (7/13)


July 13th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Community School District’s Board of Education will hold their its regular monthly meeting this evening (Monday), in the Media Center, at the High School. The meeting begins at 7:30. During the session, the Board will act on items as part of their Consent Agenda, including: Open enrollment requests; General Education & Special Education contracts; Amended Contracts and/or Letters of Assignment; Volunteer coaching positions; And, any resignations.

Other actions items include approval of: A fuel bid for 2015-16; A bid for the bleachers at the Schuler Elementary School; High School Parking Lot repair bid; The District’s Affirmative Action Plan; 2015-16 Student Handbooks; A Leave of Absence for Jeremy Blake; IASB Legislative Priorities; Bank Depository Limits for 2016; 2015-16 Board Meeting & Work Session Master Calendars; And, approval of Cooperative Sharing Agreements.

During the Discussion portion of the meeting, and prior to adjournment, the Atlantic School Board will talk about Superintendent Dr. Michael Amstein’s goals for the 2015-16 school year.

Iowa early News Headlines: Mon., July 13, 2015


July 13th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The backyard of Iowa’s historic governor’s mansion is about to get a major facelift, with a new reflecting pool and vintage style greenhouse. Jeff Boeyink, a former chief of staff to Governor Terry Branstad who heads up a fundraising effort, says both projects will be privately funded.

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — Family members of a Davenport man who was fatally shot are working to keep his case in the public eye. The Quad-City Times reports that relatives of Justin J. McBridge held a vigil Saturday to mark the six-month anniversary of the day he was found dead in his apartment of a gunshot wound.

EVANSDALE, Iowa (AP) — Motorcyclists have rallied in an eastern Iowa town to honor two cousins who were abducted and killed three years ago. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier says the third annual “Memorial Ride and Drive for the Girls” drew supporters Saturday to mark the anniversary of the day 10-year-old Lyric Cook-Morrissey and 8-year-old Elizabeth Collins were taken. The Evansdale girls disappeared on July 13th, 2012 sparking a massive search that ended tragically when their bodies were discovered on December 5th, 2012 in Bremer County.

OTTUMWA, Iowa (AP) — Police say they plan to ticket a motorist who crashed into a southern Iowa stadium building. The Courier newspaper reports that the driver went through a chain-link fence at Schafer Stadium in Ottumwa on Saturday and struck the facility’s newest building. The driver was taken by ambulance to a local hospital.

MN man injured in Pott. County rollover crash, Sunday


July 12th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A man from Minnesota who was a passenger in a vehicle that rolled over Sunday afternoon in Pottawattamie County, was transported by helicopter to a hospital in Omaha. The Iowa State Patrol says 34-year old James Vocelka, of Park Rapids, MN., suffered possible, serious injuries and was taken to Creighton University Medical Center following the crash that happened at around 1:10-p.m. on northbound Interstate 29, near the I-680 split.

Authorities say Vocelka was a passenger in a pickup truck that was struck from behind by another vehicle. After the impact, the pickup went out of control, entered the ditch and rolled onto its side. Neither the driver of the pickup, 34-year old Candace Schilling, of Osage, MN., nor the driver of the other vehicle, 29-year old Joseph Victor, of Council Bluffs, were injured.

Widower of slain Omaha officer faces new challenges


July 12th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The widower of an Omaha police officer killed in the line of duty is trying to provide for his family, but one challenge he faces is a long road to U.S. citizenship. Hector Orozco told the Omaha World-Herald that citizenship for him means being recognized as part of the community where he has worked and paid taxes. His wife, Kerrie Orozco (a native of Walnut, IA), was fatally shot in May.

Hector crossed the U.S.-Mexico border in 1999, at age 17. He says leaving was not easy, but it was something he felt was necessary to succeed. U.S. Rep. Brad Ashford is pushing for a law that would expedite the citizenship process for spouses of first responders who are killed on the job. Ashford says his proposal will be called the Kerrie Orozco Act.


Experts: Cattle need extra care in coming sweltering days

Ag/Outdoor, News

July 12th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture says cattle will need extra care as the weather in Nebraska and Iowa becomes hotter. The department’s Agriculture Research Cattle Service says precautions should include checking water sources and developing a plan to have an emergency water source available. Plans could include contacting neighbors with firefighting equipment to hose down cattle that are experience heat stress.

Cattle with reduced lung capacities from previous sickness and black-hided cattle are more susceptible to heat. The department says that while sprinklers can be used, overusing them can create more humidity, which in turn could increase a lot’s heat index.


Commission fills Cass County Magistrate position


July 12th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A commission comprised of two attorneys from Cass County and three lay persons, along with Fourth District Court Judge James Richardson, approved the appointment of Justin Hockenberry, as Magistrate Judge. Hockenberry, who works with the Cambridge Law Firm in Atlantic, will join Karen Mailander presiding over local cases. He succeeds retiring Magistrate Judge Steven A. Heckenbach, who was appointed to the seat in 1991. Hockenberry will begin his duties on the bench, immediately.

Motorcyclists commemorate death of eastern Iowa cousins


July 12th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

EVANSDALE, Iowa (AP) — Motorcyclists have rallied in an eastern Iowa town to honor two cousins who were abducted and killed three years ago. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier says the third annual “Memorial Ride and Drive for the Girls” drew supporters Saturday to mark the anniversary of the day 10-year-old Lyric Cook-Morrissey and 8-year-old Elizabeth Collins were taken.

The Evansdale girls disappeared on July 13, 2012, sparking a massive search that ended tragically when their bodies were discovered on Dec. 5, 2012, in Bremer County. Elizabeth’s parents, Drew and Heather Collins, say they’re grateful for the continued community support and ride organizers.

More than 125 cyclists and others in cars left on a 155-mile ride from Lofty’s Lounge in Evansdale and ended at the National Cattle Congress grounds in Waterloo.


Bluffs Police to offer “Fireworks Amnesty”


July 12th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Council Bluffs Police Department say the Council Bluffs Police and Fire Departments along with the Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office will be offering the public a Fireworks Amnesty on Saturday, July 18th. The program is designed to provide the public with a safe alternative for the disposal of unused fireworks following the Holiday weekend.

The drop off location is the Family Dollar/Auto Zone parking lot at 28th & West Broadway and the fireworks can be dropped off between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

3rd District U-S House candidate to speak in Atlantic July 20th


July 12th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Cass County Democratic Part Chair Sherry Toelle says Desmund Adams, candidate for the United States House of Representatives in Iowa’s 3rd District, will be at Atlantic’s Family Table Restaurant for a “Meet & Greet” on Monday, July 20th, from 3:15-until 4-p.m.

Desmund Adams

Desmund Adams

Adams will be available for questions and will also discuss his platform.

Adams, who dropped out of high school and later moved to Iowa to pursue his education after earning his GED, went to Drake University,  where he earned both a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education and, in 1999, a Doctorate of Jurisprudence from the Drake University Law School. He is an award-winning entrepreneur, public speaker, community activist, and business leader who built his executive recruiting firm Adams Douglas.

In 2009, he received the State of Iowa House of Representative’s Certificate of Achievement for business and civic leadership. He was selected as a Forty Under 40 honoree by the award-winning central Iowa publication Business Record in 2013. He is a member of the Greater Des Moines Partnership, the former President of the Grubb YMCA Board of Managers, and is a Board Member of the Mercy College of Health Sciences.

Desmund Adams resides in Clive with his wife and their two sons. The public is invited and encouraged to attend the “Meet & Greet”

O’Malley to speak at IA Democrat event in Winterset, July 25th


July 12th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Former Maryland Governor and presidential candidate Martin O’Malley, will be a guest speaker at an Iowa Democratic Party (IDP) 3rd District”Summer Wine Down” reception in Winterset, on July 25th.

Gov. Martin O'Malley

Gov. Martin O’Malley

O’Malley will speak at 4:30-p.m. during the event at the Madison County Historical Complex (815 S. 2nd Ave.).

Prior to the “Summer Wine Down,” Dr. Andy McGuire, IDP State Chair,will open a “Summer Workshop” at 9:30-a.m., with doors opening at 9-a.m., at the Winterset Senior High Auditorium. The workshop runs until 3:30-p.m.,  with the workshop ending at 3:30 pm. There is a$25 registration fee for the workshop, with lunch available for $8.

At 12:30 pm, U.S. Senate candidates-Tom Fiegen, Bob Krause, and Rob Hogg, as well as 3rd District Congressional candidate-Desmund Adams will speak.  Other candidates will be introduced.  Later, during the “Summer Wine Down,” which begins at 4-p.m., you can listen to the music of Midwest Express, and enjoy food and drinks.  Attendee’s are asked to bring their own lawn chairs.  A donation of $20 is suggested to help defray the expenses.

Gov.O’Malley will speak about 4:30 pm followed by a live auction.  County parties are encouraged to bring a theme basket to be auctioned.  Other Democratic presidential candidates have also been invited to the reception. All county and 3rd district central committee members are invited.  Activists,candidates, and elected officials are encouraged to attend.

The purpose of the workshop is to provide networking opportunities and training on a variety of topics that facilitates successful candidate recruitment and fundraising strategies across the district.  Developing local processes to extend the democratic media messages will also be presented.  Presenters will be a mix of local and IDP party officials and staff. For more information, look at the website  http://www.idp3.org