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Adair County Board to hold budget talks with Sheriff


May 29th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Adair County Board of Supervisors will discuss budget matters when they hear from Sheriff Brad Newton this morning, during their meeting at the courthouse in Greenfield. Other matters to come before the board for their 9-a.m. session, include a report from County Conservation Director Kevin Blazek, on wages and status…and a report from County Recorder Janelle Schneider, with regard to a copier lease agreement

At 10-a.m., the Supervisors will move from their Board Room to the Adair County Public Safety Center Meeting Room, where they will hear from ISU Professor Carlton Basmajian,who will discuss a Comprehensive Plan, and, the V.A. Administrator, about matters pertaining to that office.

Iowa early News Headlines – Tue., May 29th 2012


May 29th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

HULL, Iowa (AP) — Many in northwest Iowa spent yesterday cleaning up after a severe thunderstorm hit Sioux County. The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office says trees, branches and power lines were knocked down during the storm. The storm passed over Hull, Hawarden and Boyden on Sunday night.

MOUNT VERNON, Iowa (AP) — Volunteer firefighters in Mount Vernon celebrated the opening of a new firehouse yesterday, replacing its aging headquarters. The $2 million building replaces the department’s downtown location, which opened in 1967. The new building was mostly paid for by the city of Mount Vernon.

MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (AP) — A California man has been killed in motorcycle accident in Marshalltown. The Iowa State Patrol says 24-year-old Ryan Viramontes of Norwalk, California was speeding Sunday night when he lost control and hit a guard railing. The fatal accident happened just before midnight.

ATLANTIC, Iowa (AP) — Authorities in Adair County say a toddler has died after a tree fell on him. Fontanelle’s police chief says 3-year old Nathan Hutt was playing in a yard on Sunday when a large tree blew over. Funeral services for Hutt are currently pending.

Montgomery County Teen in Car-Deer Accident Saturday


May 28th, 2012 by Chris Parks

No injuries were reported following a car-verus-deer collision over the weekend, in Montgomery County. Sheriff’s officials said Monday, the accident happened at around 10:20-pm, Saturday.  Authorities report a 2004 Dodge Stratus owned and driven by 19-year-old Bradey Melvin Telschow, of Red Oak, hit a deer while traveling east on 150th Street, about one-half mile west of F Avenue.  The car sustained approximately $6,500 damage. No citations were issued.

Adair County boy killed by falling tree


May 28th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Adair County say a toddler died from injuries he suffered when a tree fell on him Sunday afternoon. According to Fontanelle Police Chief Pat Henry, three-year old Nathan Hutt, of Fontanelle,  was playing in the yard of a residence in Fontanelle when a large tree was blown over, and one of the limbs fell on top of him. Emergency medical personnel were called to the scene of the accident at the rental property, at around 12:45-p.m. Funeral services for Nathan Hutt are currently pending at the Steen Funeral Home in Fontanelle.

8-a.m. News Podcast (May 28th, 2012)

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May 28th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Area and State News with KJAN News Director Ric Hanson….

7-A.M. News Podcast: May 28th 2012

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May 28th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here’s the latest southwest/western Iowa News from KJAN News Director, Ric Hanson.

Memorial Day 2012


May 28th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Today, Monday, May 28th, marks the 144th observance of Memorial Day, which was established to commemorate United States Armed Forces personnel who died while in military service. In accordance with Flag Code, the U-S Flag should be displayed at half-staff until noon only, then raised to the top of the staff. Several communities across the state are commemorating Memorial Day, with services and/or special programs.

In our listening area, here are some of the events and/or Memorial Day programs that are planned:

ATLANTIC: 10 am at the Atlantic Cemetery, will broadcast on KJAN at 11 am.

ADAIR: 10 am at the Casey Community Building, refreshments will follow the service.; Memorial Services at 10 am at the Grave of the Unknown Soldier at Sunnyhill Cemetery in Adair.

ANITA: The Anita Legion & Auxiliary at 10:30 am at the Anita Evergreen Cemetery, in case of rain it will be held at the CAM High School Commons; American Legion Post #693 at 11:00 am in the CAM Middle School Commons. There will be coffee and rolls and fellowship before and after the Memorial Service, starting at 10 am.; Anita Congregational United Church of Christ, 501 Locust St in Anita will holding their annual Memorial Day dinner on May 28th at 11 am immediately following the Memorial  Day Services at the Anita Evergreen Cemetery. They will be serving ham balls, baked potato, corn, green beans, salad, dinner roll, drink and their delicious homemade pies. Cost is $8 for adult and $4 for children 12 and under.

The Clarinda American Legion Sergy Post 98 annual Memorial Day Program will be at 10 am at the Clarinda Cemetery. Dustin Morrison will be this years speaker.

CUMBERLAND: 10:30 am City Park

EXIRA: 9:45 am Patriotic Interlude by Exira Community Band, 10:00 am Invocation with Pastor Glen Meyers of Exira Christian Church. Band – “America”, Memorial Day Address by Major General John S. Peppers, Retired. Placing wreath on Tomb of Unknown Soldier, in memory of departed comrades 30 seconds of silence for those lost on war. Band – “Star Spangled Banner”. Firing Squad – Salute to Dead. Taps – followed by Echo. Benediction – Pastor Glen Meyers of Exira Christian Church. There will be short services held at Exira Catholic Cemetery, St. John’s West and at Nishnabotna River in honor of the Navy dead following the main program. In case of rain services will be held at Exira Recreation Center.

GRISWOLD: American Legion Post #508 at 10 am at Veteran’s Park.

Join the Lewis Town & Country Boosters and the Pancake Man on May 28th at the Lewis Community Center from 7:30-10:30 am. They will be serving pancakes & sausages, juice & coffee

The Memorial Day Services at the Nodaway Cemetery, Nodaway, IA will be held at 10 am, with Rev. Sandy Wainwright as the speaker.

The Prescott United Church Memorial Day Dinner will take place from 11 am and 1 pm at the church.

The First Presbyterian Church in Villisca will host a Memorial Day Dinner on May 28th between 11 am and 1 pm at the church.


Regulators plan public meeting on Neb. nuke plant


May 28th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – The Nuclear Regulatory Commission will hold another public meeting about the Omaha Public Power District’s Fort Calhoun nuclear plant this week. The event on Thursday is designed to keep the public informed about oversight of the nuclear plant 20 miles north of Omaha. The open house will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Doubletree Hotel in Omaha.  The nuclear plant has been shut down since April 2011. Initially it shut down for refueling maintenance, but flooding along the Missouri River and a series of safety violations forced it to stay closed.  OPPD officials say they hope to restart Fort Calhoun in September. The utility is inspecting the plant and working to satisfy federal regulators’ concerns.

Iowa early News Headlines: Mon., May 28th 2012


May 28th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

AGENCY, Iowa (AP) — A woman with ties to the Wapello County sheriff’s office has died in a shooting southwest of agency. The sheriff’s office tells the Ottumwa Courier that 23-year-old Lisa Techel was killed in a shooting reported about 5:20 a.m. Saturday. She was a reserve deputy and the daughter of a current deputy. An autopsy has been conducted.

WEST BURLINGTON, Iowa (AP) — A West Burlington motorcycle dealership has sustained $230,000 in fire damage. West Burlington Fire Chief Mike Heim says that Thursday morning’s fire started in a Dumpster at Pro Motorsports and eventually spread to the shop building. No injuries were reported, and crews were able to move a lot of the merchandise before the flames spread.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A fire at the Iowa City landfill has jumped a containment line and spread to other parts of the disposal site. City officials say the fire crossed a gap cut Saturday night into the landfill’s liner system and flames engulfed the remaining liner. The city says the fire started about 6:30 p.m. Saturday in an area of the city-run landfill where garbage had been dumped earlier in the day.

ONAWA, Iowa (AP) — A 76-year-old man has died in a house explosion in Onawa. Fire crews were called to the home about 11:30 p.m. Saturday. When they arrived, the house was engulfed in flames. Police have identified the victim found in the home’s basement as Richard Collison.

New record high temperature recorded in Atlantic, Sunday

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May 27th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Atlantic set a new record for the highest temperature recorded in the City for May 27th, Sunday. The temperature at the KJAN studios (the official National Weather Service reporting site for Atlantic), reached 92-degrees, which beat the old record of 91 set in 1931.

The National Weather Service said record high temps were also broken Sunday in Mason City, which reached 93-degrees (the old record was 91 in 1980), and in Des Moines, which reached 91-degrees (The old record was 90, in 1977).

The forecast for Memorial Day calls for mostly sunny skies, and highs across the area in the low 80’s, which would be considerably lower than the record high of 95 set in Atlantic on May 28th, 1895.