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(Podcast) 8-a.m. News & funeral report, 10/23/2014

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October 23rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

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Creston Police report, 10/23/14

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October 23rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Police in Creston report two arrests took place Wednesday. At around 8:15-p.m., 50-year old Troy E. McKinney, of Creston, was arrested on charges of OWI/2nd offense, Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of drug paraphernalia. McKinney was being held in the Union County Jail on $5,000 bond.

And, 22-year old Travis Dunham, of Creston, was arrested at around 4:30-p.m., Wednesday, for Driving While Suspended. Dunham was later released on $300 bond.

Kimballton man accidentally shot in Atlantic

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October 23rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A man cleaning a weapon at a home in Atlantic Wednesday evening was shot in the leg when the .9-mm handgun he was handling accidentally discharged. According to Atlantic Police, 26-year old Jarred Johnson, of Kimballton, suffered a gunshot wound to his lower left leg. He was transported to the Cass County Memorial Hospital in Atlantic by Medivac Ambulance and later transferred to a hospital in Des Moines for further treatment.

The incident happened at around 7:20-p.m. at 803 Cedar Street, in Atlantic.

(Podcast) 7:07-a.m. News & funeral report, 10/23/2014

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October 23rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

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Atlantic Committee begins the search for a new City Attorney

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October 23rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The City of Atlantic’s Personnel and Finance Committee is beginning a search for a new City Attorney. The Committee met Wednesday evening at City Hall, to review the contract of current City Attorney Dave Wiederstein, and their options for a future City Attorney. Committee Chair Kathy Somers said while Wiederstein has not formally given a 30-day notice of intent to resign, he did mention to her that he “Really does not want to be the City Attorney past December 31st,” but he added that he would be “Willing to make an extension of that for one-month, for reasons he also gave in a letter to Somers.

From left to right: Interim City Administrator John Lund; Mayor Dave Jones: Councilpersons Jimerson, Somers & Halder. (Ric Hanson/photo)

From left to right: Interim City Administrator John Lund; Mayor Dave Jones: Councilpersons Jimerson, Somers & Halder. (Ric Hanson/photo)

Wiederstein is running for Cass County Attorney in the November General Election. He also serves as attorney for the City of Audubon. Somers said he provided the committee with a list of qualifications in a letter that they should look for in a new City Attorney, including having someone who is local, experienced in municipal law and real estate. Wiederstein said the attorney should be “Responsive,” also. Meaning a higher priority should be given to City matters over the attorney’s other clients.

The Committee, comprised of Somers, Councilmen Dana Halder and Chris Jimerson, along with Mayor Dave Jones, made it clear they want whomever is selected to attend at least 90-percent of the Council meetings.

The Committee decided to send letters of Requests for Proposals (RFP’s) to law firms located within Atlantic, informing them of the opening, and allowing them until November 21st to submit a sealed bid. The Committee will open the bids at a meeting in early December and present them before the Council during their meeting on December 3rd, along with a recommendation.

Juveniles taken into custody Wed. in Red Oak

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October 23rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Police in Red Oak say two juveniles were arrested late Wednesday afternoon on theft and harassment charges. Authorities say a 13-year-old male juvenile was arrested for 2nd degree harassment and 5th degree theft. He was detained at the Montgomery County Law Enforcement Center. A13-year-old male was also arrested for 5th degree theft.

Iowa regents to discuss 1.75 percent tuition hike

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October 23rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The governing board for Iowa’s three public universities will discuss a plan that would raise tuition and fees by 1.75 percent next year. The Iowa Board of Regents will meet at the University of Iowa on Thursday for the second of a two-day meeting. Regents are expected to consider the tuition plan, but not vote on it until December.

It would raise the cost of tuition and mandatory fees for undergraduates from Iowa to $8,220 at the University of Iowa, $7,851 at Iowa State and $7,933 at the University of Northern Iowa. The proposal comes after the board has frozen tuition rates for the prior two years, for the first time since the 1970s.

The increase would cover the expected cost of inflation and generate $14.5 million in new revenues.

Red Oak Y receives a $10k grant for improvements

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October 23rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Montgomery County Family YMCA in Red Oak received a $10,000 grant in October from the Montgomery County Community Foundation. According to the Daily NonPareil, the funds will be used to purchase plastic lockers for the women’s locker room, which will be installed in July 2015.

The lockers will be maintenance free, which will lower some costs at the nearly 14-year-old structure.

IA West Foundation announces changes in grant policies/procedures

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October 23rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Iowa West Foundation, Wednesday, announced changes are being made in the foundation’s grant making policies and procedures, marking only the third time in 20 years the foundation has made major changes in its grant-making policies and procedures. President and CEO Pete Tulipana has announced that beginning in 2015, the foundation will award grants three times a year, a change from the current policy of awarding grants quarterly.

The Daily NonPareil says Tulipana emphasized that currently the reduction in the number of grant cycles will not impact the amount the foundation provides to grantees, which annually amounts to approximately $20 million. He says the change will allow their staff extra time to do the work necessary and provide an overlap between grant periods.

The outreach resulted in the development of four primary focus areas for the foundation, including “place making” – supporting efforts that make the region a desirable place for families to live and work; economic development; education; and “healthy families” – in general, programs that strengthen families, foster essential life skills and address critical human and social service needs while helping individuals reach their full potential.

Kathleen Rapp, vice president of grants and initiatives for the foundation, summarized other changes, which include:

• Programmatic and general operations grants being limited to a total of six years in any eight-year period of time.

• An allowance for greater review of information, beginning in 2015, the letter of inquiry period will be reduced from four weeks to two weeks, and the grant application period will be increased from two weeks to four weeks.

• Organizations may submit applications a maximum of two grant cycles per calendar year.

• In-kind support may be used to leverage funding but it is limited to 15 percent of the program or project costs rather than 25 percent.

Additional information on changes in the foundation’s grant making policies and procedures can be found on the Iowa West Foundation website at www.iowawestfoundation.org. In addition, foundation officials have scheduled a number of informal question-and-answer sessions to discuss the new policies and procedures.

They include: Friday, Nov. 7, at Iowa School for the Deaf at 8:30 a.m.; Wednesday, Nov. 12, at the Walnut Fire Station at 2 p.m.; Thursday, Dec. 4, at the Carson Community Center at 10 a.m.; and Friday, Dec. 5, at Iowa School for the Deaf at 8:30 a.m. Other dates and times are being worked out for Council Bluffs meetings.

Iowa early News Headlines: Thu., Oct. 23rd 2014

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October 23rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

EVANSDALE, Iowa (AP) — A small fire at a middle school in northeast Iowa has led to an early dismissal for students and staff. The Waterloo Community School District says the fire was reported yesterday morning at Bunger Middle School in Evansdale. No injuries were reported.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An eastern Iowa telephone cooperative is getting a guaranteed loan from the federal government to increase its fiber optics network and make system improvements. The U.S. Department of Agriculture said North Liberty-based South Slope Cooperative Telephone Company is getting a loan of nearly $14.7 million from the Telecommunications Infrastructure Loan Program, which makes long-term direct and guaranteed loans. The company’s service area includes Amana, North Liberty, West and South Cedar Rapids, and parts of Coralville.

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) — A statue of a farmer leaning on a spade has been selected among 20 other sculptures as the most popular in Mason City. The work called “The Farmer,” is this year’s winner of the People’s Choice award in the north Iowa city.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The owner of a popular Des Moines pharmacy will likely serve up to 37 months in prison for illegally selling tens of thousands of addictive painkillers to drug abusers. The Register reports an attorney representing Mark Graziano said Tuesday that his client plans to plead guilty to two of the 18 federal charges filed against him.