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Exira-EHK Board approves elementary school land sale

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October 21st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Exira-Elk Horn/Kimballton School Board Monday, held a public hearing at high school in Elk Horn, on a Resolution for the sale of land associated with the former elementary school in Exira. During the Exira-EHK School Board meeting last month, the Board agreed to sell the property for $5,000 by area resident Marvin Jorgenson. Superintendent Dean Schnoes said the hearing was merely a formality.

He said because the price tag for the property was $5,000, Iowa Code requires the open meeting.)
There were no objections and only one question on the matter from a district patron on how the sale would benefit the community. Schnoes said the Board wanted to make sure the land would benefit the community when it agreed to sell the land last month. He said a representative of the group still plans to use the land for a retirement home/assisted living facility, and/or a medical facility.

Following the public hearing, the Board approved a Resolution to sell the land, along with the Quit Claim Deed. In other business, the Exira-EHK School Board approved a contract for Pre-School Para-educator Catherine Menter, and a contract with the Atlantic Community School District with regard to the Cass County Educational Opportunity Center (CCEOC).

Schnoes said there are currently no students from the district attending the Center, but it’s available for any student that may fall behind that allows them to get the help they need.

(Podcast) 8-a.m. News, 10/21/14

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October 21st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

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Fatal ATV accident in Shelby County

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October 21st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

An ATV accident Monday afternoon in Shelby County has claimed the life of a 79-year old man, near Earling. The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office said Charles Mumm, of Earling, died at the scene of the crash near 2222 Dogwood Road, at around 5:30-p.m.

Mumm was found in a field near the residence, with the ATV nearby. An investigation determined he lost control of the machine in the field due to large washout ruts and possibly mechanical failure.

Dunlap Fire and Rescue responded to the scene, along the Shelby County Medical Examiner.

(Podcast) 7:07-a.m. Local News & funeral report, 10/21/2014

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October 21st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

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2 adults 1 teen arrested for “Breach of Peace” in Red Oak

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October 21st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Two adults and a juvenile were arrested late Monday night in Red Oak, for “Breach of Peace.” According to Red Oak Police, 32-year old Melissa Marie Rinabarger, 19-year-old Brandon Michael Borgmyer, and 16-year-old Tyler Austin Sowers, all of Red Oak, were arrested in the 2000 Block of North 8th Street.

Rinabarger and Borgmyer were being held in the Montgomery County Law Enforcement Center on $300 cash bond, while Sowers was released to his parents.

Parks and Rec Board wants to get moving on Assistant Parks Dir. Position

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October 21st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Parks and Recreations Departments Board of Directors wants to get the ball rolling on hiring an assistant to Parks Director Roger Herring. Herring’s five-year contract with the City expires in May, 2016. In September, Herring asked the Board to start looking for someone to succeed him. He said the assistant would learn the Operations aspect of the department, which would allow Herring to work on other, important aspects of the job, such as grant-writing.

Herring said contrary to rumors, a candidate has not been singled-out for the position. He says while he has people in mind, “It’s not a done deal,” and the position is open to the public. The final say on hiring is with the Parks Board. There currently no timeline in-place for hiring the assistant, a fact Parks and Rec Board members Charlene Bean pointed out needs to be corrected quickly.

She said they need to have someone on board as soon as possible. Beane said “There are too many things that are pending…[several] projects that need a force behind them. Grants that need to be written. If we’ve got money to hire somebody, I think we ought to do it ASAP.” Herring said he can “Work with anything,” as far as a timeline is concerned. Board President Stuart Dusenberry said they should have someone in place by no later than the end of May, 2015, so that person can become familiarized with the busy summer activities and responsibilities.

If the Board chooses to have someone in the assistant director’s position by January 1st, they will have to amend their current budget, which Interim City Administrator John Lund said could be taken up during an upcoming City Council work session. Afterward, if the Council is comfortable with the numbers presented during the meeting, the Parks Board can assemble a job description and present before the Council during a regular meeting prior to the end of the year.

Lund said his “Gut reactions is ….the money will be there,” and based on the response of the Personnel and Finance Committee, thinks the chances are the Council will favor the idea to amend the budget and move forward.

Omaha woman arrested on drug charge in Fremont County

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October 21st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A woman from Nebraska was arrested early this (Tuesday) morning on a drug charge, in Fremont County. The Sheriff’s Office says 51-year old Pamela Leners, of Omaha, was arrested in Sidney, following a narcotics investigation. Leners faces a Delivery of a Controlled Substance/Methamphetamine charge. She was being held in the Fremont County Jail on $50,000 bond.

Red Oak woman arrested for Public Intox

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October 21st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A Red Oak woman was arrested Monday afternoon on a charge of Public Intoxication. Police in Red Oak say 44-year old Shelby Joann Olivares was taken into custody in the 500 block of East Market Street, at around 2-p.m. Her bond was set at $300.

New Iowa-Nebraska bridge set to open Wednesday

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October 21st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

AMES, Iowa (AP) – The new U.S. Highway 34 bridge connecting Nebraska and Iowa is scheduled to open after 3 p.m. Wednesday. Included in the project is about seven miles of new four-lane divided highway extending west of the U.S. 34/Interstate 29 interchange to U.S. Highway 75 between Plattsmouth and Bellevue, Nebraska.

The bridge is expected carry 2,000 cars a day.

Atlantic committee to discuss options for future City Attorney

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October 21st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The City of Atlantic’s Personnel and Finance Committee will meet Wednesday evening in the Council’s Chambers at City Hall. According to the agenda, the Committee will “Review Contract and Options for Future City Attorney.” The meeting begins at 5:15-p.m.

Current City Attorney Dave Wiederstein is running for Cass County Attorney, having won the Republican Primary election in June. He also serves as the full-time City Attorney for the City of Audubon. Wiederstein replaced Lance Levis, the former Audubon City Attorney who quit the job in January when the council abruptly – and illegally – voted to fire its longtime city clerk.

Wiederstein said in an interview this past June, that he would be able to juggle the job of County Attorney and City Attorney in Audubon if he’s elected in November.