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August 20th, 2012 by Chris Parks

w/ Ric Hanson

Baby Boomers Should Get Tested For Hepatitis C


August 20th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Baby Boomers should call their doctor now and arrange to be tested for Hepatitis C. The Centers for Disease Control is making that recommendation after seeing a doubling of hepatitis c deaths since the late 1990′s. Dr. Mark Mailliard is a University of Nebraska gastroenterologist and says one in 30 Baby Boomers have been infected and that population is five times more likely than others to be infected with this virus. He says around half the population doesn’t know they have the condition, or about 2-million people.

Hepatitis C can cause one-out-of five patients to develop scarring of the liver, and one in 50 to 100 patients will develop liver cancer. Dr.  Mailliard says treatment for Hep-C is available if detected early. If it’s not detected, the consequences could prove fatal. He says 15,000 people will die from it annually after 2020. He says since treatment is effective, they’re trying to identify the patients, now.

Mailliard says most patients who acquired it when they were in their 20′s have no symptoms until their 50′s. Anyone born from 1945 to 1965 is recommended to get the one-time blood test. Hep-C is spread blood-to-blood. Mailliard says it’s thought that Baby Boomers have had more “risky behavior” overall than other age groups, that have resulted in their infections. He says up to this point, just doing the testing based upon identification of risk factors, have missed millions of people who have it. That’s why officials recommend persons born between 1945 and 1965, get tested.

Of more than 3-million Americans thought to be infected, two-thirds are in the Baby Boomer age group.

(Radio Iowa)

Griswold School Board to meet Monday evening


August 20th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Griswold Community School District’s Board of Education will meet this (Monday) evening. During their 5:30-p.m. session in the Central Office Board Room, the Board will receive updates on various, ongoing or completed projects as well as the Jahnke Scholarship. They’ll also discuss various Board Policies.

New business during their meeting includes action on: A funding agreement with Cass Incorporated; Adult lunch prices; An agreement with Griswold Rescue with regard to football games; City agreements; the APR (Annual Progress Report); Sidewalks for the Baseball, Softball and Football/Track facilities, and a salary matter. The Board is also slated to receive information with regard to 500- and 700- series Board Polices.

Non-injury accident in Stanton


August 20th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

An accident Sunday afternoon in Stanton caused a little over 15-hundred dollars ($1,500) damage, but no one was injured. The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office says a pickup driven by Brent Bell of Stanton, was backing out of a yard in the 400 block of Prairie Avenue in Stanton, when the vehicle struck the left front corner of a legally parked car owned by Jolene Louise Johnson, of Stanton. The accident happened at around 2:30-p.m. No citations were issued.

Record & near record Lows over the weekend

News, Weather

August 20th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Record or near record Low temperatures were set across the state over the weekend. In Atlantic, Saturday’s 24-hour Low was 40-degrees, which clipped the old record of 41 set 115 years earlier, in 1897. The 24-hour low Sunday was 42-degrees, which was one-degree short of tying the low set in 1981. And, the 24-hour low for Friday, August 17th, was 40-degrees, two-degrees shy of tying the record for that date. The National Weather Service in Johnston said this (Monday) morning, that Des Moines had its longest cool period in over a year, as well.

The average temperature in the capital city has been normal or below for the last 10-days, and today will mark the 11th day. Officials say that’s in sharp contrast to the very warm temperatures of June and July. The average temperature in Des Moines, is now about one-degree below normal for the first 19-days of August. The last time there was a string of below normal temps in Des Moines longer than the current string, was the 15-day period from the 15th through the 29th of April, in 2011.

Oil cost impacts heating fuel, diesel


August 20th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Department of Agriculture reports the price of heating oil rose thirty cents from the mid July report on the fuel. Analyst Harold Hommes, says heating oil is one of the products that is impacted by world oil demand. He says the price of heating oil is tied to oil and there’s been a “general tightening of distillate market.” Hommes says most people notice the issue in higher gasoline prices, but he says the thing to watch this fall is the impact on diesel prices. Hommes says there are a couple of factors involved.

“Turnarounds in the industry, the industry calls those basically shutdowns for improvements, upgrades to their facilities. Some of that is going on right now causing prices to bump up a little bit on both gasoline and diesel,” according to Hommes. He says refineries are also starting to switch over to winter blends, which impacts the price. The increase in heating oil may not have as big an impact on Iowans, but many still use it for heat. “Natural gas is clearly the product of choice…for most of us. Heating oil is still a very common and much in demand product, certainly out east. And certainly here even in the midwest to a lesser extent,” according to Hommes.

The good news in heating fuels continues to be the lower cost of natural gas and propane. Natural gas prices fell 42 cents in the most recent heating fuel survey.  “It’s been absolutely amazing watching the fall and we seem to be hovering with natural gas prices. We broke that two-dollar mark months ago and it has gone back up a bit…we’re still staying at near decade lows on the natural gas side. Propane seems to have fallen considerably since our last report just a month ago,” Hommes says. Propane prices were at one-dollar-29-cents a gallon.

(Radio Iowa)

Red Oak man arrested on drug & burglary charges


August 20th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Police in Red Oak report a local man was arrested Sunday afternoon on drug, burglary and other charges.  30-year-old Bill Joe Gillespie, of Red Oak, faces charges which include Possession of a Controlled Substance, 2nd degree Burglary, 2nd degree Theft and 3rd degree Criminal Mischief. Gillespie was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on $10,000 bond.

The Red Oak P-D reports also, that a South Dakota man was arrested early Saturday morning on an assault charge. 43-year-old Michael Colebank, of Rapid City South Dakota, faces a charge of  Aggravated Domestic Assault. He  was booked into the  Montgomery County Jail and later released on $2,000 bond.

Iowa early News Headlines: Mon., Aug. 20 2012


August 20th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — The mayor of Dunkerton is scheduled to go on trial tomorrow after motions filed by his attorney to dismiss the case have been rejected by a judge. Michael Schares and his nephew, Thomas Adamson, face interference with official acts and harassment of a police officer charges. A police officer says Schares and Adamson interfered when he pulled over Adamson’s wife for allegedly speeding in December.

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) — A Davenport woman faces multiple charges after leading Mason City police on a car chase. Twenty-two-year-old Alexis Robinson is being held in the Cerro Gordo County jail on $5,000 bond. She’s charged with motor vehicle theft, eluding and assault while participating in a felony. A deputy attempted a traffic stop Friday night and discovered the car was stolen.

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — A Sioux City man has been charged in connection with an armed robbery at a pharmacy Friday night. KCAU TV reports police arrested 42-year old Eric Evans Saturday morning and have charged him with first-degree robbery. The robbery happened at Drilling Pharmacy around 8 p.m. Friday.

FAIRFIELD, Iowa (AP) — A 112-year-old family-owned Fairfield manufacturer has hired a Maryland investment bank to help it find a buyer or investor. Equity Partners CRB has been retained by a bankruptcy court order to seek a buyer for Harper Brush Works. Harper Brush Works filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy organization on May 29th. It manufactures brooms, brushes, mops and other cleaning-related products.

Elk Horn-Kimballton School Board to meet Monday


August 19th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Members of the Elk Horn-Kimballton Board of Education will gather at the High School in Elk Horn Monday evening for a regularly scheduled session. During their 7-p.m. meeting in the Family and Consumer Science Room, the Board will act on approving a contract for the Assistant Volleyball Coach, and a stipend for the Athletic Director.

Other discussion and/or action items include those pertaining to: Preschool transportation; a Contract for Rosetta stone; Adult lunch prices, and the purchase of two copiers. The Board President will also administer the Oath of Office to the Business Manager, and, the Board will act on approving open enrollments, among other business.

Atlantic Parks & Rec Board to meet Monday

Ag/Outdoor, News

August 19th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The City of Atlantic’s Parks and Recreation Board will gather Monday evening at the City Park shelter in downtown Atlantic, for their regular meeting. The session begins at 5:15-p.m., and will include an update an Eagle Scout project proposal for the Camblin Addition at Sunnyside Park, and an update on the Eagle Scout bench project at the Schildberg Recreation Area. There will also be updates on the Department’s various Capital Improvement projects and the Campground area, Dog Park and Signage, at the Schildberg Recreation Area.

In his report to the Board, Parks and Rec Director Roger Herring will provide a review of the Schildberg Committee meeting, the Sunnyside Pool calendar, and City Park tour, along with a review of projects completed, and future projects being considered.

The next regularly scheduled meeting is September 17th at 5:15-p.m., in the Council’s Chambers at City Hall.