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Entertainment line-up announced for AtlanticFest, Aug. 8th

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August 6th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce has announced the final roster of entertainment for this Saturday’s AtlanticFest. All-day live entertainment is brought to you by stage partner, A.M. Cohron & Son, and the Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce.

The entertainment will begin at 11-a.m., featuring amazing performances by local favorites, including Salute Gymnastics, Villa Dance, and Dance Atlantic. The entertainment will stretch into the night with two great local bands, Glass House Prophet, and Dirt Road Divide featured in the AtlanticFest Beer Garden. atlanticfestlogo

The Beer Garden will be open from 2 p.m. until 11:30 p.m., during AtlanticFest. As always, the Beer Garden is free to relax in, so you’re invited to come down and enjoy it.

AtlanticFest Schedule of Entertainment:
Salute Gymnastics 11 – 11: 45 am
Samantha Rose 11:50- 12:10 pm
Villa Dance 12:15 -1:00 pm
Randy Elwood 1:05 – 1:25 pm
Dance Atlantic 1:30 – 2:15 pm
Jessica Parkison 2:20 – 2:45 pm
Regan Watson 2:50 – 3:10 pm
Lynn Hansen 3:15 – 3:35 pm
Christy Anderson 3:40 – 4:00 pm
Sarah Selders 4:05- 4:25 pm
Glass House Prophet 5:00 – 8:00 pm
Dirt Road Divide 8:30 – 11:30 pm

Other entertainment sponsors include: Atlantic Municipal Utilities, Brown Electric, Partners Insurance Inc, Plastic Professionals, Salute Gymnastics, and Wells Fargo Bank. The Beer Garden is brought to you by: Audiological Services of Iowa, Klassic Farm Management, McCunn Specialty Firearms LLC, and Sunset Inn & Suites.

AtlanticFest 2015 is presented by First Whitney Bank & Trust. For more information  visit www.atlanticiowa.com or call the Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce at (712)243-3017.

Iowa crop-duster lands safely after bullet strikes wing flap

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August 6th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

WHITTEMORE, Iowa (AP) – Authorities are investigating the shooting of a crop-dusting plane in northern Iowa. The Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office says the plane owned by Steier AG Aviation was hit in a wing flap while spraying a field in Fairfield Township on Friday morning. The pilot landed safely at Steier’s landing strip in Whittemore. The pilot’s name hasn’t been released.

The Sheriff’s Office says rural Whittemore property belonging to a suspect in the shooting has been searched and items have been seized. No arrest has been reported.

City Elections will take place on November 3, 2015.

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August 6th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A reminder from Cass County Auditor Dale Sunderman, nomination papers may be circulated now through Sept. 17th, for the Nov. 3rd City Elections in Cass County. Papers may be filed with the County Auditor’s Office beginning August 24th, and continuing through Sept. 17th.

The process for filing nomination petitions is as follows:

  • Obtain an original nomination petition and candidate’s guide from the city clerk, county auditor or online from the Iowa Secretary of State ( www.sos.iowa.gov ).
  • Obtain the nomination signatures of the required number of eligible electors of the city or ward, as the case may be (The candidate’s guide lists the number of signatures required. The number of signatures required is 10 for all positions except the Atlantic At Large council position for which a minimum of 16 signatures are required.).
  • A person may sign nomination petitions for more than one candidate for the same office.
  • Attach a notarized affidavit acknowledging the candidate’s eligibility.
  • File the petition with the County Auditor prior to 5 p.m. on September 17, 2015.

Each candidate who successfully files a completed nomination petition is assured a place on the ballot. In Cass County, Iowa the following offices will appear on the ballots for the respective cities on November 3, 2015:

Anita…. Mayor (4 year term) – Incumbent: Tim Miller; Two At Large Council seats (4 year terms) – Incumbents: Jeff Bohnsack and Thomas Harris.

AtlanticCouncil Ward 1 (4 year term) – Incumbent: Chris Jimerson; Council Ward 3 (4 year term) – Incumbent: Ashley K. Hayes; Council Ward 4 (4 year term) – Incumbent: Linda Hartkopf; Council Ward 5 (Vacancy in 4 year term ending January 2018) – Appointee: Richard Casady; Council At Large (4 year term) – Incumbent: Dana Halder; One Atlantic Parks & Recreation Board (6 year term – term begins November 16) – Incumbent: Stuart Dusenberry.

CumberlandMayor (2 year term) – Incumbent: Virginia Coughlin; Two At Large Council (4 year term) – Incumbents: Sandra Armstrong and Sandy Eversole; One At Large Council (Vacancy in 4 year term ending January 2018) – Appointee: Scott Becker.

GriswoldMayor (2 year term) – Incumbent: Lee Wyman; Three At Large Council (4 year term) – Incumbents: Lisa Cook, Larry Mundorf and Ryan Askeland.

LewisMayor (4 year term) – Incumbent: Don Cohrs; Three At Large Council (4 year term) – Incumbents: Duane Scott Anderson, Ryan Archibald and Bethany Nichols.

MarneMayor (2 year term) – Incumbent: Randall Baxter; Five At Large Council (2 year term) – Incumbents: Alan Cranston, Randy Fischer, Lori Holste, Randy Henningsen and Angela Redler.

MassenaMayor (2 year term) – Incumbent: Linda Reineke; Three At Large Council (4 year term) – Incumbents: Adam McCunn, Micah Lee and Kevin McCunn.

WiotaMayor (2 year term) – Incumbent: J. Ford Lillard; Two At Large Council (4 year term) – Incumbents: Erik Johnson and Jon Schwarte.

(Podcast) KJAN 8-a.m. News, 8/6/2015

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August 6th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

More area and State news from KJAN News Director Ric Hanson.

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(Podcast) KJAN Morning News & funeral report, 8/6/2015

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August 6th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The 7:07-a.m. report w/KJAN News Director Ric Hanson

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Atlantic City Council News

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August 6th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The search continues for an assistant to Atlantic City Administrator John Lund. Lund told the City Council, Wednesday, applications for the position closed last Friday. He says there were 23 applicants, but two applicants were submitted late, so only 21 candidates remain to be scored. Interviews are expected to be conducted next week.

Lund said also a rezoning application has been filed for the 3rd and Birch Street area. The request is for the area to be reclassified as Residential [R-3] instead of Light Industrial, so people can receive loans needed to improve their properties. The move would make the area contiguous with other R-3 zones in the area. The Planning and Zoning Commission is considering the request, as well as the vacating of a “phantom” alley in the same area. The Council will hear their recommendation and that of interim City Attorney Dave Wiederstein, during a future meeting.

In other business, Mayor Dave Jones said since the Highway 6/7th Street reconstruction project in Atlantic is falling behind due to the weather, and the road likely won’t be opened for another 3-to 4-weeks, motorists will need to exercise caution when dropping kids off at, and picking them up from, school. , and be especially careful in the area of 10th and Olive and 10th and Plum Streets, where traffic flow is normally the heaviest, when school is in session.

School begins Aug. 24th. Jones says while there haven’t been any major problems right now, when school begins, parents and students should expect to leave early, be patient, and watch out for kids crossing the street, especially in the area of 10th and Olive, near the Washington Elementary School.

Aging county courthouse in SW Iowa battling bats

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August 6th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Security is always an important issue at Iowa’s 99 county courthouses and one aging building in far southwest Iowa is battling a persistent invader — bats. The attic of the Fremont County Courthouse in Sidney had a few holes and that’s all it took for the flying rodents to gain access and spread throughout the building, according to county supervisor’s chairman Randy Hickey. “There were a few in some of the offices,” Hickey says, laughing. “That scares the heck out of people, when you see a bat flying around.”

Hickey says the bats likely migrated from the former Sidney United Methodist Church nearby. “What happened is they’re tearing that church down north of us,” Hickey says. “Some of them got in. There were going in there and the custodian was going in, plugging holes. So, we’re trying to get it plugged off. There might have been some that got in there and if he (the custodian) plugged it off, they were flying around in there.” Hickey says it’s easy for the pointy-eared mammals to slip through courthouse’s spaces and holes.

“A bat’s just like a little mouse,” he said. “It can go in a little hole anywhere. He was up there, plugging all the holes he could plug up in the attic, making sure they couldn’t get in.” It’s not the first time the creatures have invaded the courthouse. “We’ve had a little bit of a problem in the years past with bats in there,” he said. “Their migration time is right now. We’re just watching it. We haven’t had any in there for a while, so, the custodian is watching it and making sure.”

The Fremont County Courthouse was built in 1889 and was named to the National Register of Historic Places in 1981.

(Radio Iowa)

Red Oak man arrested for assault Wed. evening

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August 6th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Police responding to an incident of assault Wednesday evening in Red Oak, arrested 46-year old Lynn Kenneth Houtchens, of Red Oak. Houtchens was taken into custody at around 5:40-p.m. in the 500 block of E. Market Street, and charged with Serious Domestic Abuse Assault. He was being held without bond in the Montgomery County Jail, pending an appearance before a magistrate.

IRS warns of direct mail scam

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August 6th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Internal Revenue Service is warning Iowa taxpayers to watch out for a new tactic being used by con artists that’s actually more of an old-school scam — direct mail. The agency’s Michael Devine says taxpayers need to be vigilant if they get a letter that appears to be from the I-R-S and requests personal information or an immediate payment.

Devine says, “If the only contact you normally have with the IRS is sending in your tax return once a year, you should be very suspicious of any unexpected contact.” The letters being sent out look legitimate and if in doubt, Devine says to double-check by calling the I-R-S. “Some of them may look very authentic, but they’re fake,” he says, and he stresses the agency does not contact taxpayers via phone, email or social media. Devine says scammers are keeping the I-R-S investigators on their toes.

“We are getting better at catching these criminals,” he says, “but they’re evolving in their tactics and their techniques to try and steal your information, steal your money, and we’re always playing catch-up.” For more information, call 800-TAX-1040 or visit irs-dot-gov.

(Radio Iowa)

Iowa cropland value declines 6 percent from year ago

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August 6th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture says Iowa cropland value dropped the sharpest in the United States in the past year, falling 6.3 percent as low grain prices weakened the value in the nation’s leading corn producing state. Cropland value fell to $8,200 an acre after climbing to $8,750 last year. Iowa cropland values shot up more than 56 percent from 2011 to 2014.

Cropland values declined in 10 states while the others remained static or grew. Texas saw the biggest jump at 9.5 percent to $1,840 an acre. Nationally, cropland grew an average of 0.7 percent. New Jersey has the most valuable cropland at $13,500 an acre after a 3.8 percent increase. California is second at $10,690 and Arizona third at $8,320 an acre. Iowa is fourth.