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Vehicle versus deer accidents cause nearly $10,000 damage in Page County

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October 25th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Page County Sheriff Lyle Palmer says two vehicle-versus-deer accidents over the weekend caused nearly $10,000 damage to the vehicles involved, but no one was injured. Sunday night, a car driven by 19-year old Michael Ribbey, of Blanchard, collided with a deer on I Avenue. The impact disabled the car, causing an estimated $2,200 damage.

The second other accident happened Friday night, on Highway 2. Sheriff Palmer says an SUV driven by 76-year old David Haning, of Sidney, hit a deer which the entered the roadway just east of N Avenue. The impact resulted in $7,000 damage.

Mills County fatal accident

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October 25th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa State Patrol reports a Red Oak man died during a single vehicle accident this (Tuesday) morning east of Hastings, in Mills County. 86-year old Charles Phelps was traveling west on Highway 34, when for reasons unknown, his 2010 Dodge pickup went off the road and into the north ditch. The vehicle entered a field, hit the eastbound ditch of 370th Street. The impact caused the pickup to vault over 370th Street before it came to rest in the west ditch.  Officials say Phelps was wearing a seat belt.

The accident, which occurred at around 9:15-a.m., remains under investigation.

Page County man to be sentenced on drug charges

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October 25th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

A Page County man has pled guilty to two counts of Possession of a Methamphetamine precursor, with the intent to manufacture. 38-year-old Gary L Runyon, Jr., of Coin, entered his plea Monday in Nodaway County, Missouri Circuit Court. Runyon is scheduled to appear in court for a sentencing hearing, on December 5th

The charges stem from a massive investigation into methamphetamine manufacturing and distribution in southwest Iowa and northwest Missouri. The investigation and arrests were coordinated by law enforcement officers in both states.

Drug arrests follow traffic stop in Audubon County

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October 25th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Two men were arrested early this (Tuesday) morning on drug charges, following a traffic stop in Audubon County. The Audubon County Sheriff’s Department reports 30-year old Kaleb Christopher Vaughn, of Omaha, and 28-year old Phillip Edwin Cline, of Council Bluffs, were taken into custody at around 1:30-a.m.

Officials say both men were charged with Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, after a deputy pulled their vehicle over on Highway 71, about two-miles east of Gray. Vaughn and Cline were brought to the Audubon County Jail and held, until making an appearance before the magistrate.

Pottawattamie County receives a portion of $3.25 Million in REAP Grants

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October 25th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources say Resource Enhancement and Protection (REAP) grants for fiscal year 2012 were recently approved by the Natural Resource Commission during its October meeting. Locally, Pottawattamie County was awarded a $67,500 REAP County Conservation Grant, for a project which proposes to add 26.1 acres to Hitchcock Nature Center (HNC).

The addition features remnant bur oak woodland and savanna and degraded pastures. The property will expand protection and restoration of important natural areas in the Loess Hills, will increase outdoor recreation opportunities at HNC, will protect a remnant of the original Old Lincoln Highway and will secure the site of the raptor banding station.

REAP has a 22-year, $272 million funding history for parks, soil, water and habitat improvements, roadside prairies, historical development and conservation education. The REAP Act has a formula that distributes funding to farmers, conservation organizations, educators, cities, counties, historians, and state projects. Funding comes from gaming revenues and sales of natural resource license plates. Legislators appropriated $15 Million in 2010 and $12 Million in 2011. Full funding of the REAP Act is $20 Million.

Adair County Board of Supervisors to meet Wednesday

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October 25th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

The Adair County Board of Supervisors are set to hold their regular weekly meeting Wednesday, in Greenfield. On their agenda for the 9-a.m. session, is an annual inspection report on the Three-Mile structures, a Fiscal Year 2012 E-M-S grant contract, receipt and discussion with regard to monthly reports, and an update on the County Comprehensive Plan.

In addition, Tom McGovern, Assistant to the County Engineer, will present information with regard to the awarding of contracts for two separate bridge replacement projects.

Deadline is approaching to enter America’s Farmers Grow Communities contest

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October 25th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

A reminder to area crop producers interested in helping their communities or local youth organizations, that the deadline to enter the annual America’s Farmers Grow Communities Program, sponsored by the Monsanto Corporation, is a little over one-month away. Annie Kayser,  Community Outreach Coordinator for Monsanto, says the program was launched in 2010, and has resulted in investments of more than $3-million in local communities across the country during 2011. Every farmer in each of Iowa’s 99 counties who has 250-acres or more of corn or soybeans, or 40 acres of open field vegetables, and are 21-years of age or older, can sign-up for the opportunity to win $2,500. The funds will be donated to the winner’s choice of local non-profit organizations.

Kayser says there’s no purchase necessary to enter, and a purchase will not increase your chances of winning.  She says you don’t have to be a customer of Monsanto, either. Kayser says it’s all about advocating on behalf of farmers, who know where the funds would benefit their communities. The deadline to enter is November 30th. The winners will be randomly selected by a third party and announced in January, 2012.  The program not only benefits local non-profit groups. Kayser says for every farmer that enters the contest, Monsanto will donate $1 to the nearest United Way chapter. Since the program began, the three top recipients of cash awards have been FFA or 4-H groups, Fire Departments and local libraries. Kayser says in recent years, there’s also been a trend toward donating the funds to groups that feed the hungry. Kayser says there’s been a big increase in donations to local food pantries.

Among the local non-profit organizations selected in 2010 by winning area farmers to receive a portion of the funds provided by the America’s Farmers Grow Communities Program, was: the Massena, Audubon, Brayton, Greenfield, and Shelby Fire Departments; the Shelby County Fair Board, and Coon Rapids-Bayard FFA. Those organizations received their awards this past Spring. Last year’s winner in Cass County, was Louis Holste (Hole-stee), who selected the Massena Fire Department as the beneficiary of his $2,500. The funds were used to purchase a tanker truck.

For more information or to register to win, surf the web to www.growcommunities.com, or call 1-877-267-3332.

8AM Newscast 10-25-2011

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October 25th, 2011 by Chris Parks

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Education town hall meetings begin today in SW IA

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October 25th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Southwest Iowa residents who have an opinion about the current state of education in Iowa, and Governor Terry Branstad’s latest education initiative, may want to attend one of several town hall meetings being held around the area today (Tuesday) and tomorrow (Wednesday). Branstad and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds will hold town hall meetings focusing on their education blueprint today in Mount Ayr, Bedford, Clarinda and Red Oak, and on Wednesday in Creston and Greenfield.

The Governor has proposed the boosting of beginning teacher pay and holding entry-level teachers to higher academic standards. In his initiative, which was unveiled October 3rd, the Governor set a goal of Iowa becoming the top-performing state in education, over the course of the next decade. To do that, he’s proposed: linking aspects of teacher pay to classroom performance; treating beginning teachers as “at-will” employees, who would have their contracts renewed annually by their local boards of education; requiring a minimum 3.0 college G.P.A to enter teacher prep programs; and, requiring 3rd graders to demonstrate their reading ability before being promoted to the 4th grade.

You can hear about his initiative and offer your input at these meeting places and times…
Tuesday, October 25th, 2011
11 a.m. In the auditorium at the Mt. Ayr High School
1:30 p.m. In the Bedford Community High School
3 p.m. In the Commons area at the Clarinda High School
5:30 p.m. At The Wilson Performing Arts Center in Red Oak.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011
9 a.m. At the Creston High School
11 a.m. In the Auditorium at the Nodaway Valley High School in Greenfield.
For more information, visit www.governor.iowa.gov

7AM Newscast 10-25-2011

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October 25th, 2011 by Chris Parks

w/ Ric Hanson

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