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Adair County Supervisors to act on New Hire; Cass Co. Board to hear Weed report

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December 16th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Adair County Board of Supervisors will meet 8-a.m. Wednesday, in Greenfield. During their regular session, the Board will act on easement contracts for a bridge project, and approve a new hire for the Sheriff’s Department. Earlier this month, Sheriff Jeff Vandewater was sworn into office, and the Board approved the hiring of Ron Hrubtez as Chief Deputy Sheriff. His first day on the job will be December 31st.

In Cass County, the Board of Supervisors will meet at 8:30-a.m., Wednesday. On their agenda is an annual report from Weed Commissioner Larry Randel, who was unable to make it to last week’s meeting.

Structure fire north of Adair this morning

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December 16th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

(Update 11:50-a.m.)

Fire fighters from Adair, Exira and Anita responded to the scene of a structure fire northwest of Adair, this (Tuesday) morning. Adair Fire Chief Jordan Smith told KJAN News a female in the residence at 3025 Union Avenue (about 5-miles northwest of Adair) was awakened by the smell of smoke at around 8-a.m., and saw the garage on fire. There were no smoke detectors in the home. The woman called 9-1-1 and escaped without injury along with two dogs.

When the first fire crews arrived on the scene, the garage, which was connected to the home by a breezeway, was fully engulfed in flames. The garage was a total loss, while the home sustained some flame and smoke damage. Law enforcement was called to control traffic at the scene because the thick, dense smoke was crossing the road.

Smith said a wood burning stove in the garage, or an electric fan circulating air in the garage, or a combination of the two, may have caused the blaze, but the incident remains under investigation. No injuries were reported.

He said Mother Nature helped keep the flames from destroying the house, by blowing the wind away from the structure. Crews were on the scene for about three hours.

(Podcast) 8-a.m. KJAN News, 12/16/2014

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December 16th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

More area news with KJAN News Director Ric Hanson.

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Warren Center Names “Norman Lear Theater” to Honor Cold Turkey Director

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December 16th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The legacy of television and movie writer/director/producer Norman Lear was already well established in the history of Greenfield, where in 1969 he filmed the comedy “Cold Turkey.” But the long-running “romance” between the Hollywood legend and the community was further established Dec. 13th, when the Warren Cultural Center announced the naming of its auditorium The Norman Lear Theater.

Writer/Director/Producer Norman Lear stands in the newly named "Norman Lear Theater" at the E.E. Warren Opera House, i Greenfield. (Photo submitted)

Writer/Director/Producer Norman Lear stands in the newly named “Norman Lear Theater” at the E.E. Warren Opera House, in Greenfield. (Photo submitted)

Lear visited the town on Saturday morning, to once again view the town square that captured his attention more than 45 years ago, share personal greetings and insights and read from his new memoir, “Even This I Get to Experience.” A crowd gathered at the Warren Center, some wearing “Cold Turkey” buttons, a few with “Eagle Rock” band uniform jackets, to hear Lear, pose for pictures and get autographs. Many indicated they had played a part in the movie.

In announcing the naming – a surprise to the 92-year-old Lear – Leon Schwartz, EE Warren Opera House board member, said “To commemorate our special bond and the lasting imprint you have made on this community we want to share something with you and together make a permanent sign of our special bond. You completely disrupted the normal rhythm of life for us that summer, and we thank you for that experience.”

Schwartz went on to says “Today, 45 years later, your impact can be seen right here in this beautifully restored theater. You brought a form of art – filmmaking — to our community that we had not experienced. You reminded us that the arts are a necessary and integral element of any healthy society. You also gave us the script proving that small towns can meet seemingly impossible challenges, such as breathing life back into old buildings and creating a cultural center in rural America.”

Prior to the announcement, Lear spent some time on stage answering questions posed by Liz Gilman, executive producer of Produce Iowa – the State Office of Media Production, as well as from the audience, covering his career, his outlook on life, and even his trademark hat.  He also enjoyed some unexpected videotape greetings and congratulations from musician Randy Newman, who composed the score for Cold Turkey; and comedians Bob Newhart and Dick Van Dyke, stars of the film.

Lear was named an Honorary Iowan in 1999, when he returned to Greenfield with other stars, including Van Dyke, Tom Poston, and Jean Stapleton, to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the movie. Lear also produced many hit television shows, including “The Andy Williams Show”, “All in the Family,” and “The Jeffersons,” and other classic films, such as “The Princess Bride” and “Stand by Me.”

Cold Turkey tells the story of a small town – Eagle Rock, Iowa – that takes up the challenge for all its residents to quit smoking for one month to win a $25 million prize. Many scenes were filmed on the Greenfield square and throughout town, as well as locations in Winterset, Orient, and Des Moines. Hundreds of locals and other Iowans were used as extras in the film.

Lear attended the gathering with his daughter Maggie, who visited her father on the location as a young girl, and grandson Daniel. Former Iowa lieutenant governor Sally Peterson and her husband, James Autry, personal friends of Lear, also attended. The night before Lear was the guest of honor at the Celebrate Iowa Gala in Des Moines.

(Podcast) 7:07-a.m. KJAN News & funeral report, 12/16/2014

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December 16th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

With KJAN News Director Ric Hanson.

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Ernst to Serve on four Senate Committees

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December 16th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Iowa Senator-elect Joni Ernst, Monday, announced that she has been assigned to four Senate committees that she says are of “major importance” to Iowans.

When the 114th Congress begins, Ernst will serve on the: Armed Services; Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry; Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs; and Small Business and Entrepreneurship, committees.

Senator-elect Joni Ernst is slated to take the Oath of Office on January 6, 2015.

One person seriously hurt during Guthrie County rollover accident, Sunday

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December 16th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Two people were injured during a rollover accident Sunday evening, in Guthrie County. The Sheriff’s Office reports a man and his son were traveling on Highway 25 at around 6:20-p.m., when the son lost control of the vehicle as he swerved to miss a deer.

The vehicle entered the east ditch and rolled over, ejecting the father. The man was transported by helicopter to a hospital in Des Moines. No names have been released.

Special Weather Statment: Slick spots possible this morning

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December 16th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

SAC-CRAWFORD-CARROLL-AUDUBON-GUTHRIE-DALLAS-COUNTIES:

SCATTERED SLICK SPOTS POSSIBLE EARLY THIS MORNING

A MIXTURE OF VERY LIGHT SNOW…SLEET OR FREEZING RAIN HAS DEPOSITED JUST TOKEN AMOUNTS OF PRECIPITATION ON AREA ROADS OVERNIGHT AND MAY CONTINUE BRIEFLY EARLY THIS MORNING. EVEN THOUGH PRECIPITATION AMOUNTS WERE AND WILL BE QUITE LIGHT…MORNING MOTORISTS SHOULD BE PREPARED FOR SCATTERED SLICK SPOTS WITH AIR AND ROAD SURFACE TEMPERATURES CONTINUING TO DROP FURTHER BELOW THE FREEZING MARK.

Some icy roads this morning, but most are ok

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December 16th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Roads early this (Tuesday) morning are in normal driving condition across the KJAN listening area. The Iowa Dept. of Transportation’s road report website (511ia.org), shows the only trouble spot is along Highway 44, between Highway 173 and Highway 71, in Audubon & Shelby Counties, where the road is partially covered with ice, and the bridges may be icy.

Elsewhere, I-80 in Cass County from the Olive Street exit (N-57) west to the Marne exit, is wet. The same can be said for Highway 83 from Highway 59 in Avoca east, through just south of Walnut.

Bluffs man set to stand trial in connection w/a fatal crash

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December 16th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A man accused of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs and alcohol is set to stand trial in February, in connection with a double fatal accident. The Omaha World-Herald reports 31-year old Damian Morgan, of Council Bluffs, appeared in court Monday on two counts of motor vehicle homicide.

He’s accused of operating his vehicle while under the influence of methamphetamine and alcohol when he turned in front of oncoming traffic on Nov. 4th and struck a van. Morgan’s front-seat passenger, 47-year old Wendy Hastie, of Council Bluffs, died at the scene. His rear-seat passenger, 50-year old Tammi Murray, of Council Bluffs, was critically injured and later died at the hospital.

Morgan is scheduled to be arraigned Jan. 5th, with his jury trial set for Feb. 24th.