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Truck driver saved from burning rig by samaritans in Council Blufffs


October 24th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

A Russian immigrant to the U-S who lives in Washington State and works as a truck driver, is grateful to be alive after he was pulled from the cab of the burning semi he’d been driving, which crashed on the west side of Council Bluffs, Sunday morning. Pavel Plevako somehow lost control of the semi on Interstate 29 at around 9:15-a.m., between Avenue G and the 35th Street exit.

Bob and Pat Tallant, of Omaha, told the Omaha World-Herald the couple was traveling to a friend’s house when they saw the semi pull onto the interstate, miss the traffic lane and run into a bridge. The impact tore the cab away from the trailer, causing the cab to land on the driver’s side. The couple said they pulled over to help, along with another driver who was behind them.

As Plevako was trapped in the rig, the trailer caught fire, and the flames began to spread to the cab.  Using a large crowbar, Tallant, and the other, unidentified motorist pried open the passenger side door of the cab,while a third, unidentified person reached-in to pull the driver out. Two young women, one of whom was reportedly a medical student, also stopped to help and treat Plevako, who suffered only minor injuries.

The tractor and trailer were soon fully engulfed in flames, which erupted due to ruptured fuel tanks and were spread by burning crates of produce being hauled in the trailer.  The burning diesal fuel created large, black clouds of smoke, according to witnesses. The accident remains under investigation.

Plevako told reporters in broken English, that he was very grateful to those who stopped and helped him.

Body found in Mo. River in far western Fremont County


October 24th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Fremont County and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation are looking into the discovery of a body found Sunday afternoon in the Missouri River.  Authorities were notified shortly after 1:45-p.m., that a fisherman found a body floating in the river west of Percival.  Sheriff’s deputies recovered the body of an unidentified white male near the shoreline, on the Iowa side of the river. An autopsy was ordered to determine the man’s identity, and cause of death.

Brayton residents face Post Office closure


October 23rd, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Several western and southwest Iowa communities have held meetings recently. with regard to the possible closure of their post offices. Another meeting takes place Monday evening, in Brayton. Residents of the Audubon County town received notices and questionnaires over the past few days, pertaining to a town hall meeting to be held Monday, October 24th, at the Brayton Town Hall. The meeting begins at 7:15-p.m. Representatives with the USPS will be in attendance, to discuss the proposal to close the Brayton Post Office, and instead, provide delivery and retail services by rural delivery, under the administrative authority of the Audubon Post Office.

A few weeks ago, postal customers in Kimballton received similar notices, and a meeting to discuss the matter and rally support to save the office, was held October 4th. Other southwest Iowa post offices being studied for possible closure include Bridgewater, Cumberland, Earling, Elk Horn, Elliott, Jamaica, Lewis, Macksburg, Marne, Nodaway and Wiota.  Residents in Grant were put on notice earlier this year that they could be losing their Post Office. The could be turned into a “will be,” when the official closing was announced in August.

An appeal on that closing has been filed however, with the Postal Regulatory Commission, and a final decision on the matter is currently pending a hearing on the appeal. Earlier this Summer, Richard Watkins, spokesman for the Postal Service’s Des Moines based Hawkeye District, was quoted in the Omaha World-Herald, as saying that no offices will be closed before December.

There are nearly 270 small Post Offices around the State which could be on the chopping block. Officials say the Postal Service, which doesn’t receive tax dollars, lost $8.5 billion in its most recent fiscal year, the largest net loss in its history. It began a push in January to close 2,000 post offices nationwide (out of 32,000) in order to save money by any means possible. In July, the USPS announced that it was reviewing the use of 3,700 of its 32,000 offices nationwide.

Meetings on Missouri River plan begin this week


October 23rd, 2011 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Meetings begin this week on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ plan for managing the Missouri River over the next year. The first meeting will be Monday in Omaha. Others will follow through Nov. 3 in the Dakotas, Montana, Wyoming, Iowa, Kansas and Missouri. The series begins as river communities clean up from record flooding. The corps released massive amounts of water from the dams along the river to deal with heavy rains and above-average snow melt.

The corps’ plan calls for drawing the reservoirs down enough to get rid of the floodwater collected this year, but the corps decided not to clear out any additional flood-storage space in the reservoirs beyond the usual 16.3 million acre feet of water.

Corning man arrested on drug & child endangerment charges


October 23rd, 2011 by Ric Hanson

The Adams County Sheriff’s Department reports 34-year old Jayson Joyce, of Corning, was arrested Friday afternoon on drug and child endangerment charges. Officials say Joyce was arrested following a traffic stop, at around 3:15-p.m. , Friday.  Upon further investigation, and a through the use of a Ringgold County K-9 Unit, a controlled substance was located in Joyce’ vehicle.

A subsequent search warrant executed at the man’s home in Corning, resulted in the discovery and seizure of additional controlled substances, and drug paraphernalia. Jayson Joyce faces charges of Possession with the intent to deliver, Failure to affix a drug tax stamp, and child endangerment. He was being held over the weekend in the Adams County Jail,  on $20,000 bond.

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Iowa’s Highway 2 to reopen Monday


October 21st, 2011 by Ric Hanson

NEBRASKA CITY, Neb. (AP) — A main highway that connects Nebraska and Iowa is scheduled to reopen next week after being closed by the flooding on the Missouri River.  Iowa Highway 2 between Nebraska City and Fremont County, Iowa, is scheduled to open at 4 p.m. Monday. The entrance and exit ramps connecting the highway to Interstate 29 also will reopen. Iowa transportation officials say traffic on Iowa Highway 2 will be limited to two-way traffic on the eastbound lanes. The westbound lanes will remain closed.

Company announces 131 jobs for Underwood


October 21st, 2011 by Ric Hanson

UNDERWOOD, Iowa (AP) — A snack company has announced plans to build a distribution center in the western Iowa community of Underwood. Link Snacks plans creating 131 jobs with the center. Link Snacks is a meat snack manufacturer that sells products in more than 40 countries. The company is getting financial assistance and tax incentives to acquire a building in Underwood to establish its second distribution center in Iowa. Link Snacks is investing more than $9 million in the project.

Link Snacks, Inc. was founded in 1985 and is based in Minong, Wisconsin.

State AARP official urges Iowans to speak out against cuts in benefits


October 21st, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Anthony Carroll State Director for Advocacy at AARP in IA

The Associate Director for the AARP in Iowa was in Council Bluffs earlier this week, and will be in Sioux City next week. Anthony Carroll is urging residents to call Iowa’s members of Congress, in hopes they will influence the “Supercommittee” members in Washington, D-C, who are considering proposals for cuts in Medicare and Social Security benefits. He told KJAN News the “Supercommittee” has to come up with 1.2-trillion dollars in budget cuts. Carroll says everything is on the table, including Social Security and Medicare benefits.

He says it’s important to make your voice heard, because once the final proposal is presented, it can‘t be changed. He says the proposal must be completed by November 23rd, so the time to get involved in the process, is now. Carroll says since the “Supercommittee” meetings are taking place behind closed doors, it’s difficult to know what’s being discussed, but there are some parts of the proposal which are in place that would affect those persons over 50. One pertains to Social Security.

For instance, he says the organization is concerned about a proposal to “chain” the Cost of Living Adjustment, or COLA, which is being adjusted upward in January, for the first time in three-years. That’s because the formula used over the past two-years for figuring the amount was based on data showing a lack of inflation, and therefore no need to increase the COLA.

He says on the contrary, the Cost of Living has gone up, for senior citizens and all Americans. Carroll says if the COLA is “Chained downward,” those adjustments would happen less often, and would be smaller than those Social Security recipients currently receive. Another proposal would raise the Medicare eligibility age from 65, to 67. Carroll says that’s something the AARP opposes.

He says two-thirds of persons ages 65-to 66 would pay more out-of-pocket, to the tune of about $2,200 more per year. It would also impact benefices of those over the age of 67, because 65-to 66-year olds tend to be healthier, and have less expenses. When those persons are removed from the Medicare pool, an estimated Medicare Part-B and Part-D premiums would increase for all remaining beneficiaries by about 3-percent.

Carroll says the group understands that adjustments to Medicare and Social Security need to be made, if those programs are to remain solvent and workable, but they need their own “stand-alone” proposal the public would have time to react to. He says seniors in Iowa should call 1-888-722-8514 to contact their representatives in Congress to voice their concerns, or sign a petition on-line at www.aarp.org/protectseniors.

Survey suggests slow growth in Midwest, Plains


October 21st, 2011 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – A new monthly survey of bankers suggests the economy in rural areas of 10 Midwest and Plains states continues to grow, but at “an anemic pace.” The overall Rural Mainstreet index for the region improved to 52.9 in October from last month’s 52.2, suggesting weak economic growth. Anytime that index, which ranges from 0 to 100, is above 50, it suggests the economy will grow. Creighton University economist Ernie Goss, who oversees the survey, says this month’s results were helped by companies linked to agriculture that continue to experience healthy growth. Bankers in rural parts of Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming are surveyed.