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Lighted Parade Seeking Entries


November 30th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The annual Lighted Parade will fill downtown Atlantic with holiday cheer this Saturday, December 5th, starting at 6 p.m. To be a part of the parade, stop in the Atlantic Area Chamber and pick up your entry form now until December 5th. Cate Christensen, Chamber Programs Director, says“This is a great opportunity for local groups to have fun and showcase their holiday spirit.

Each float must have a holiday theme, lighting and organizers always encourage music.
You may have any holiday theme you would like but officials ask you NOT to include Santa on your float, as he will be on a float at the end of the parade. Awards will be  given for: Best Overall, presented by Rancho Grande; Best Holiday Spirit, presented by McCurdy Investments; and Twinkle Twinkle, presented by Atlantic Feedwater Systems. AtlantiCash will be given for 1 st, 2nd and 3rd place. Winners will be notified before the parade.
Fireworks, sponsored by A.M. Cohron & Son and Meyer & Gross Real Estate, kick off the Christmas magic over the Rock Island Depot, starting at 6 p.m. Capture the Christmas magic with #MyAtlanticIa and post to the Atlantic Area Chamber’s
Facebook and Instagram (@AtlanticIowaFan) page. Contact the Atlantic Area Chamber with any questions at 712-243-3017 or at the Rock Island Depot, 102 Chestnut Street.

Clarinda man arrested on drug charges


November 30th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Police in Red Oak report the arrest Sunday night of a man from Clarinda. 26-year old Jason Lee Myers was taken into custody following a traffic stop at around 9:15-p.m. near the intersection of W. Reed and N. Broadway Streets. Myers was charged with OWI/Drugged and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. His bond at the Montgomery County Jail was set at $1,000.

Dissolved Iowa school district to begin settling liabilities


November 30th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

FARRAGUT, Iowa (AP) – A southwest Iowa school district that was dissolved now has to close its books, settle its liabilities and dispose of property such as desks and buildings. The Daily Nonpareil in Council Bluffs reports that Lane Plugge, a former Iowa City schools superintendent, is overseeing the process.

Plugge is charged with oversight as part of his role as the chief administrator of the Green Hills Area Education Agency. State law gives him the authority to approve financial and personnel decisions, taking the power away from the local school board.

The Iowa Board of Education voted to close the Farragut School District earlier this month after officials said it was operating with a negative financial balance and sub-minimal education standards.

Weather Warning/Advisory update (4:30-a.m. 11/30)

News, Weather

November 30th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A WINTER STORM WARNING remains in effect until 6-p.m. today (Monday) for Cass-Adair-Audubon-Guthrie-Dallas-Crawford-Carroll-Pottawattamie-and Mills Counties, and until midnight for Monona-Harrison and Shelby Counties.

11301In the immediate KJAN listening area, widespread freezing rain this morning is expected to transition to snow by early this afternoon and then back to rain. Total snow accumulations of 1-3″ can be expected, with ice accumulating to two- to three- tenths of an inch. This may lead to hazardous travel conditions, especially this morning. The heavy, wet snow will also be difficult to remove. 2-to 5 inches of snow is possible in counties west/northwest of Cass.

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY remains in effect until 6-pm today for Adams-Madison-Union-Taylor and Ringgold Counties, where freezing rain and drizzle is expected, with up to 1/10th of an inch possible.

‘Surging’ Cruz on campaign swing through Iowa


November 30th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz is making a three-day campaign lap around the state, with stops in 10 cities this weekend and three more today (Monday). “I just want to say thank you all for being here. Thank you for standing up. I’m here asking for your support, asking for your help. We are building a grassroots army.” That was Cruz, speaking at the Windrow restaurant in Creston on Saturday afternoon. Wally Miller of Creston was there to show his support for Cruz.

“He’s the only one that makes sense,” Miller says, adding he has a screening test for candidates. “When I look at someone, would I trust them with my grandkids or my chores? And I would.” Scott McLain of Creston compared Cruz’s positioning in the race to a NASCAR move. “He’s drafting right behind the leader at just the right time and right before the Iowa Caucuses then he will go right by the leader on the last lap,” McLain says. A recent Quinnipiac University poll found Cruz’s support in Iowa has doubled in the past month, to 23 percent — just behind Donald Trump’s 25 percent. Union County Republican chairman Joe Owens sees similar movement.

“A couple of months ago it was real strong for Trump and, believe it or not, Huckabee had some strong following — people from ’08, but Ted’s really making a surge,” Owens says. A month and a half ago Roger Burger of Lenox signed up to be a volunteer for Cruz. “I told them I wanted yard signs right now,” Burger says, “and everything else.” Burger was in the crowd of two dozen who gathered at the Tiger Den restaurant in Lenox to hear Cruz Saturday afternoon. Burger asked Cruz about “ObamaCare” and Cruz revealed his own family’s policy is being cancelled and he has to get new health insurance.

“Now I’m not unique in that situation,” Cruz said, adding the policy cancellation was news to his own campaign manager. “There are millions of Americans who get their policy cancelled…This is a disaster.” Cruz is promising to make the 2016 election a “referendum” on the repeal of “ObamaCare”. Cruz may have spent more time at the Tiger Den than originally scheduled. Someone on the campaign team locked the keys in the S-U-V Cruz was riding in and the Taylor County Sheriff was called to open the vehicle.

(Radio Iowa)

Iowa early News Headlines: Mon., Nov. 30th 2015


November 30th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

CHANHASSEN, Minn. (AP) — The National Weather Service has issued winter storm warnings and watches for a large part of southern Minnesota, eastern South Dakota and western Iowa ahead of a strengthening storm system. The snow is expected to start falling early Monday in southwestern Minnesota and nearby parts of South Dakota and Iowa, then spread north and east through Tuesday.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Authorities are investigating a shooting that killed one man and injured another in downtown Des Moines. Police say 21-year-old Edmanuel Perez died and 23-year-old Andrew Hurley-Boyd was hospitalized in the shooting. Officers responded to the incident around 1:10 a.m. Sunday in the city’s popular Court Avenue district.

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — Voters in Waterloo will pick a new mayor and city council member in a runoff election. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports that Quentin Hart and Tim Hurley are both running for mayor. The candidates have waged a civil campaign and agree on many issues, but they say voters have a distinct choice when they head to the polls for Tuesday’s runoff elections.

AMES, Iowa (AP) — A person briefed on the decision tells The Associated Press that Toledo coach Matt Campbell will be Iowa State’s new football coach. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because an announcement was still in the works, though one was expected Sunday. At Iowa State, the 36-year-old Campbell will replace Paul Rhoads.

Experts: Pain pill addicts fueling Iowa’s heroin epidemic


November 29th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa’s crackdown on prescription painkillers is pushing more abusers to heroin, spurring a deadly new wave of addictions that experts say has reached epidemic proportions. The Des Moines Register reports that although heroin still lags far behind marijuana, methamphetamine and painkillers as Iowa’s drug of choice, its use is climbing quickly — with deadly results.

Experts say the heroin epidemic, which is a growing problem nationwide, is largely spurred by people who first become addicted to prescribed opiate pain medication. As the pills become more expensive and harder to obtain, people move on to heroin, which is cheaper and provides a more potent high.

Mike Polich of United Community Services in Des Moines says heroin is coming to the city from places like Chicago, Omaha and Texas.

Iowa sheriffs preparing for wave of gun permit renewals


November 29th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — Nearly five years after Iowa residents flocked to sheriff’s offices in a rush to obtain firearm permits, sheriffs are bracing for a wave of renewals. The Dubuque Telegraph Herald reports that the initial spike in 2011 came after the Iowa Legislature changed the state’s permitting law from “may issue” to “shall issue,” giving law enforcement less discretion over who can receive a permit.

The number of permits issued in Iowa skyrocketed after the change was made, from roughly 39,000 non-professional permits issued in 2010 to more than 101,000 in 2011. The number of permits issued has remained high ever since, but nowhere near the number issued in 2011.

Gun store owners say the law change helped improve sales.


Cass County Supervisors to act on 28-E ULEA with Marne


November 29th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Board of Supervisors, Monday morning, are expected to act on authorizing Board Chair Frank Waters to sign a voter-approved 28-E Unified Law Enforcement Agreement that adds the City of Marne to the Unified District that already includes Cumberland, Lewis, Massena and Wiota.

In other business, the Board will discuss and possibly act on approving a telephone-based emergency paging system in the courthouse. Representatives with Access Systems will be on-hand to answer questions.

They’ll also discuss an Ordinance authorizing the operation of all-terrain vehicles and off-road vehicles on county roadways and trails, and, act on allowing or dis-allowing military exemptions and homestead credit applications (including Disabled Veteran’s Homestead Tax Credits).

The Cass County Board of Supervisor’s meeting begins at 8:30-a.m., Monday.

Shot fired into Council Bluffs home Sunday morning


November 29th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Police in Council Bluffs are investigating a shooting incident that took place early this (Sunday) morning. Authorities say officers were called to 1734 Avenue E at around 4:18-a.m. with regard to a shot fired into a residence.Bluffs Badge The victim told police that sometime between 1:30-a.m. and 4-a.m., someone fired a single bullet through a window of the home. The round traveled through the front living room window, into a through a wall before stopping in another wall.

No injuries were reported. Anyone with information pertaining to the incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 712-328-7867 (328-STOP).