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Wernimont Scholarship honors Atlantic man who served the community & school system

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March 21st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Graduating Seniors at the Atlantic High School are eligible to apply for a $750 scholarship named after an Atlantic man who has helped many students become successful, including his own. The Al Wernimont Memorial Scholarship was created in honor of Wernimont, who by all accounts, was a dedicated family man who invested a lot of time and energy in helping not only his children but many students in the Atlantic School system be successful.

Wernimont, who died last November at the age of 57, was also an excellent role model for student athletes and encouraged everyone to find good balance in their lives.  His generous spirit and willingness to always lend a hand touched many people in the community and beyond.

The memorial scholarship was established in his name to continue Wernimont’s traditional, giving nature, and make a difference in the lives of one more student each year. Applicants for the single, $750 scholarship must:  Have a GPA of 2.5 or higher; Be active in their church and community or volunteerism; Provide a letter of reference attesting to their good moral character; And a copy of your college acceptance letter, along with a copy of your high school transcript. The completed form must be returned to the Atlantic High School Guidance Counselor’s Office by no later than April 19th.

ISP releases info. on week old crash in Cass County

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March 20th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa State Patrol today (Tuesday, March 20th) released information about an accident which occurred March 13th on Interstate 80, in Cass County. Officials say a 2000 Ford F-250 truck driven by 27-year old Esperanza Martinez Carvajal, of Falmouth, MI, was traveling east on I-80 near the Cass/Pottawattamie County line, when for reasons unknown, her vehicle went off the traveled portion of the road, onto the north shoulder.

When the woman over-corrected, her truck slid across both lanes of traffic, entered the south ditch and rolled over before coming to rest on the driver’s side. The accident happened at around 1:20-p.m. Martinez-Carvajal and her passenger, 22-year old Maciel Munoz Trejo, suffered minor injuries and were transported by Medivac ambulance to the Cass County Memorial Hospital in Atlantic. Martinez-Carvajal was cited for Failure to Have a Valid Driver’s License and Failure to Maintain Control. Her vehicle sustained about $1,000 damage.

Anita man injured in Guthrie County accident

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March 20th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa State Patrol reports a Cass County man was injured Monday afternoon when the pickup he was driving collided with a farm service vehicle northwest of Casey, in Guthrie County. Officials say 54-year old Kevin Wedemeyer, of Anita, was traveling west on White Pole Road at the intersection with Juniper Avenue (County Road N-72), when he noticed a John Deere service truck pull away from a stop sign, in front of him. Wedemyer’s 1994 Chevy S-10 pickup hit the passenger side of the A & M Green Power truck, driven by 32-year old Brian Tunink, of Adair. The accident happened at around 3:45-p.m.

Wedemeyer was transported to the Guthrie County Hospital  by Adair EMS for treatment of possible injuries. Tunink, who was not injured, was cited for Failure to Obey a Stop Sign/Yield Right of Way. Damage from the accident amounted to $5,500.

Madison County Burn Ban to end Wednesday morning

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March 20th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Department of Public Safety reports a ban on open burning initiated March 13th in Madison County, will be rescinded effective 8-a.m. Wed., March 21st.  The dry conditions which prompted the Burn Ban no longer exist in the County, or have diminished substantially due to recent rainfall.

Adams County Farmer wind $2,500 for 4-H

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March 20th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Monsanto Corporation say an Adams County farmer was selected as a Iowa winner in the company’s 2012 “America’s Farmers Grow Communities” contest. Todd James, of Prescott, won $2,500, and designated Adams County 4-H as the recipient of the funds. Other area winners, and their designated non-profits receiving $2,500 include: Cass County: Mike Noll – Griswold Fire Department; Adair County: Diana Kordick – Washington Stars 4-H Club; Audubon County: Blaine Kerkhoff – Audubon High School Wrestling Fund; Guthrie County: Randy Hughes – Dodge Dodgers 4-H Club; Montgomery County: Jon Young – Montgomery County Family YMCA; Pottawattamie County: Patrick Ellsworth – Underwood School District High School Auditorium Project; and Shelby County: Karen Muell – Panama Fire Department.

Nearly 60,000 farmers participated in the second annual Grow Communities program, which is designed to benefit nonprofit groups such as ag youth, schools and other civic organizations. Farmers in 1,245 counties in 39 states were eligible to win $2,500 for their favorite community nonprofit groups or organizations.  The Monsanto Fund expects to invest more than $3.1 million in local communities. For more information and to see a full list of winners, visit www.growcommunities.com.

Page County thefts under investigation

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March 20th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Page County are investigating two recent incidents of theft. Sheriff Lyle Palmer reports a Braddyville man told deputies March 16th, when he went to check on property he owns near the Page/Taylor County line after his tenants moved out, he noticed parts were missing from a vehicle he had stored there. The parts, including an instrument cluster, radiator, distributor and carburetor, were missing from a 1984 Ford F-150 pickup.  The incident remains under investigation.

And, a College Springs man reported to the sheriff’s department, that on or about March 12th, someone broke into his house on Pine Street, and took several items, including two laptop computers, computer cases, a portable dvd player and Sony X-Box 360. The loss was estimated at just over $2,630. The burglary and theft remains under investigation.

Search under way in SW Iowa pond for Neb. man

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March 20th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

TABOR, Iowa (AP) – Emergency crews are searching a private pond near Tabor, for a missing Nebraska man.  The Mills County sheriff’s office says a dive team was called out on Monday. The search continues today (Tuesday). The property owner called 911 after seeing a boat in the pond and the man’s vehicle nearby.  The missing man is from Papillion, Neb.

Cass County Sheriff’s Office nominated for award

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March 20th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office has been nominated to receive the 2012 Secretary of Defense “Employer Support Freedom Award.”

ESGR Award

The announcement was made today (Tuesday), by Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense (DOD) agency. Officials say 56 Iowa Guard and Reserve members nominated their employers for the award. Nationwide, there were 3,236 nominations. The Freedom Award is the DOD’s highest recognition for employers supporting members of the Guard and Reserve. Up to 15 recipients will be announced this summer and honored at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. on September 20th. Also nominated for the award was The Micah House, in Council Bluffs.

SW Iowa County has one of the fewest cases of child abuse last year

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March 20th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Southwest Iowa’s Ringgold County was one of two Counties in the state to have recorded the lowest number of child abuse cases last year. Worth County, in northern Iowa also had a low number of cases. Both reported 38. Statewide, the number of Iowa children who were abused or neglected declined last year, reversing two years of increases. The Iowa Department of Human Services released its annual report on child abuse today (Tuesday) and spokesman Roger Munns says abuse cases were down nearly seven-percent (7%) from 2010. “We can’t make too much of this,” Munns says. “Obviously the numbers are going in the right direction, but there are a lot of factors involved and the numbers have waffled back and forth for the last decade or so.” The primary reason for the decline in child abuse cases, according to Munns, is the state’s improved economy.

“It’s pretty well known when families are under financial stress, there’s more stress in every area of their lives including their kids,” Munns says. “So when economic conditions improve, some of that stress is removed.” The number of children in Iowa who were subjected to either a “founded” abuse or a less serious “confirmed” abuse last year was 11,747. Around 79-percent of all abuses were cases of neglect. “Neglect can mean a lot of things. Many times it’s the caretaker or parents who’s capacities are compromised by drug or alcohol abuse,” Munns says. “But, there are other examples too. There are cases where mom or dad goes to the casino and leaves the kid in the car…somebody finds them and no harm is done, but the kid was placed in harm’s way.” Ten-percent of abuses were physical, while four-percent were sexual — similar to past years. Slightly more than half of all abused children, 51-percent, were age five or under. Munns says Iowa’s numbers continue to be consistent with national trends.

“We send out social workers to do assessments on abuse and two-thirds of the time there is a finding of ‘no finding.’ This is comparable to what we see nationally as well,” Munns says. Polk County, Iowa’s most heavily populated county, recorded the most child abuse cases in 2011 with 4,147. That was followed by Scott County (2,194), Linn County (2,016), Black Hawk County (1,613) and Woodbury County (1,244).

(Pat Curtis/Radio Iowa)

Atlantic man arrested for Criminal Trespassing

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March 20th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Police Department reports 54-year old Devin McDermott, of Atlantic, was arrested Monday. McDermott was booked into the Cass County Jail on a charge of Criminal Trespassing.