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June 20th, 2012 by Chris Parks

w/ Ric Hanson

Communities across Iowa host Relay for Life events


June 20th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Thousands of Iowans in dozens of communities statewide are taking part in charitable walks during the next several weeks. They’re known as the Relay For Life and the walks are fundraisers for the American Cancer Society. Agency spokesman Chuck Reed says the number of relays is growing, year by year. “We have 88 events around the state,” Reed says. “That’s one more than we had last year and if you break it down, 99 counties, 88 events, just about every county has a Relay For Life.” 

The events are designed with several purposes in mind, including raising money, educating people about how to reduce their risk of getting cancer, and honoring cancer survivors. “That’s always a terrific moment at a Relay For Life event, when we have that survivor lap, where they get to walk around the track and are recognized by everyone there as having beaten cancer,” Reed says. “We do celebrate survivorship.” 

Participants also remember those they’ve lost to cancer, often by lighting luminaries that spell out “HOPE.” Reed says Iowa isn’t a very populous state, but we’ve distinguished ourselves in the fundraising efforts. “It’s not always the biggest counties that raise the most money,” he says. “In fact, Carroll County is the #1 Relay For Life in the country as far as raising money per capita.” 

2012 Relay For Life events are being held this Friday (June 22nd), in Cass County: At the Atlantic High School, from 6-11pm; in Montgomery County, at the Red Oak High School, beginning at 6-p.m.; in Union County, at the Creston High School

To find other events near you, or for more information, log-on to www.relayforlife.org, or call 1-800-227-2345.

(Matt Kelley-Radio Iowa/Ric Hanson-KJAN)

IA Board delays hearing for former Tabor Nursing Home Administrator


June 19th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Board of Nursing Home Administrators Tuesday (June 19th), ordered a hearing on a Statement of Charges against a former Tabor Nursing Home Administrator, to be delayed by one-week. 52-year old Mitchell Worcester was set to stand before the Board on October 11th, but his hearing was continued instead, until October 18th at 9-a.m. Worcester faces charges of professional incompetence, negligence, and violation of a regulation, rule or law of the state, in connection with a series of alleged sexual assaults by a resident at the Tabor Manor Care facility, which he oversaw in Tabor from October 2007 through July 2011.

In a Statement of Charges issued on April 12th, 2012, the Board said on Worcester’s watch, a patient at the Tabor Manor repeatedly abused his peers at the facility.  State inspectors confirmed at least five incidents over a 16 week span in 2008 when the patient repeatedly violated others at the facility. The Board also said under Worcester’s administration, the facility lacked adequate policies and procedures to guide staff in the performance of their duties, in several areas including: Completion of Incident Reports; Ensuring proper physician and family notifications regarding residents; Investigating allegations or suspicions of resident abuse, and handling those incidents.


To view additional information on the case visit: http://www.idph.state.ia.us/IdphPLActions/Archive.aspx On the drop-down menu, select Nursing Home Administrators Board, and click on the link to a pdf file on the IBNHA’s Notice of Hearing and Statement of Charges pertaining to Worcester.

Clarinda woman falls asleep at the wheel & rolls her SUV


June 19th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A sleepy driver lost control of her vehicle this (Tuesday) morning in Page County, causing a rollover accident. The Page County Sheriff’s Office say 63-year old Linda Diana Sands, of Clarinda, was traveling north on Highway 71 at around 10:15-a.m., when she fell asleep at the wheel of her SUV. As the 2007 Ford Edge crossed the center line of the road, Sands woke up. When she tried to bring the vehicle back into her lane, she over-corrected, causing the SUV to swerve and enter the ditch, where it rolled two and one-half times, before coming to rest on its top. Sands was transported by Clarinda EMS to the Clarinda Regional Health Center, for treatment of possible, minor injuries.

Atlantic City Council to act on collective bargaining agreement


June 19th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic City Council Wednesday evening, is expected to act on a Resolution authorizing Mayor Dave Jones to sign a three-year Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) between the City and the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 234. During their 5:30-p.m. session at City Hall, the Council will also act on approving a Resolution establishing the Pay Plan for non-union employees of the City, for Fiscal Year 2012-2013, which begins July 1st.

City Administrator Doug Harris says the CBA he’s reached with the Union, calls for a 3.5-percent pay increase in FY 2013 and 3% increases in FY 2014 and 2015. The new contract, which requires employees to pay a proportionate share of their medical insurance premiums, and increases the minimum deductible amount, is expected to result in a substantial savings to the City, according to Harris. It does not affect the Police Union contract, which runs through the end of FY 2013. Longevity pay does not increase during the term of the contract. Harris says by negotiating the contract for the City, it also has saved them at least $20,000, which is what the fees for a Labor Attorney would have amounted to, had they handled the agreement.

Harris says the proposed Pay Plan established for non-union City employees, reflects a 3.5% increase in the non-union pay scales, which is the same increase given to union employees, per their contracts. The Health Insurance Plans for Non-Union employees as well as Street and Wastewater Employees (who are represented by  IUOE Local 234) have been modified to do away with the lowest deductible insurance option, and increases employee contributions for their medical insurance premiums.

The City Administrator’s position is not part of the pay plan, and does not receive automatic pay step increases as do other employees, according to Harris. The City Council may grant merit-based step increases based on Harris’ performance evaluation, if it sees fit, and based upon a recommendation by the City’s Personnel and Finance Committee.

(Update) 2 from WI die in fiery Ida County crash Monday


June 19th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa State Patrol has released the names of the victims who died in Monday afternoon’s fiery crash on Highway 20 near Holstein, in northwest Iowa’s Ida County. Officials say 55-year old Michael Hengel, of Milwaukee, WI, and 38-year old Cory Severson, of Pine River, WI died in the crash that took place at around 1:25-p.m.  Two other people, 45-year old Oscar Alonzo, of Miami, FL, and 55-year old Jeffrey MacGregor, of Spencer, IA, were injured.

Officials say a 2009 Pontiac G-6 driven by Michael Hengel, was stopped in a construction zone westbound on Highway 20 behind a 2007 Freightliner semi driver by MacGregor, while the drivers waited for a Pilot car. The Pontiac was rear-ended by a 2007 Freightliner semi, driven by Oscar Alonzo. The impact shoved the car into the rear of the first semi. The vehicle then rolled on the highway and burst into flames, trapping the occupants, who perished in the fire. Alonzo’s semi entered the north ditch and rolled over following the collision. He was  transported by Holstein Ambulance to Horn Memorial Hospital in Ida Grove. Officials say MacGregor did not require transport to the hospital.  

Authorities say no alcohol or drugs were involved. The crash remains under investigation, and anyone with information concerning the accident is asked to contact the Iowa State Patrol at 712-263-4621.

Carroll man faces charges after Monday morning crash


June 19th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Audubon County Sheriff’s Department filed numerous charges against a Carroll man, following an investigation into a crash early Monday morning, north of Elk Horn. Officials say 21-year old Cody Lee Petersen was charged with Failure to Maintain Control, Open Container, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Authorities say Petersen was traveling north on Highway 173 at around 7-a.m., Monday, when the Chevy Cobalt he was driving went out of control.

The car went off the roadway to the right, crossed 280th Street and entered the right ditch before hitting a pine tree and a fence. Damage to the vehicle was estimated at $1,500. Petersen failed to report the accident and left the scene. He was later arrested and brought to the Audubon County Jail. Petersen appeared before the judge this (Tuesday) morning, pled guilty to the charges, and was fined.

Accident in Atlantic Monday morning: No injuries


June 19th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Police Department reports no one was injured during an accident Monday morning, at the intersection of 7th and Olive Streets. Officials say vehicles driven by Michele McNabb, of Atlantic, and Daylan Kleen, of Marne, collided at around 8:30-a.m., after Kleen failed to obey a traffic control device. McNabb was traveling north on Olive Street as Kleen was heading west on 7th. Kleen failed to stop at the red light and hit McNabb’s vehicle on the right front corner, causing a total of $5,500 damage.

HCHS Board approves Smart Board and walk-in cooler purchases


June 19th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Harlan Community School District will be making use of the new “Smart Board” technology in the Middle School for next year. In a regularly scheduled board meeting held Monday afternoon, the board of directors approved the slightly more than $12,500 project from CCS Presentation Systems out of Omaha, NE. CCS helped the Harlan community save over $5,000 from the 2nd lowest bid. The District will receive 11 Smart Boards for the Middle School. The normal price for each board is $1,500, however through a SMART Starter Grant, the district will receive six of the boards at half the cost. Superintendent Justin Wagner said it was another step in efforts to improve technology within the district.

The Smart Boards weren’t the only bids the Harlan School Board approved Monday. They also reviewed bids for a walk-in cooler intended for the elementary building. The current 5-by-7 cooler will be replaced with a larger 8-by-11 cooler, for additional storage. Wagner said it’s replacement was long overdue. The Board received two bids for the walk-in cooler. They ended-up accepting a bid from Kruse Refrigeration and Electric Inc. of Harlan. Their bid of $18,650, includes installation.

In other business, Harlan Board of Education hired a new girl’s head basketball coach. Zach Klaassen will replace Tony Vis next season. Vis left the district last month. The Board also hired Dan Hoch for High School Social Studies Teacher, and, Middle School Track Coach Jared Boysen, was hired for head girl’s soccer coach. In addition, Mike Bierl will become a full time bus driver at the start of the new school year.

Cass Board to vote on adopting Illegal Dumping Ordinance


June 19th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Board of Supervisors will hold the second and final public hearing concerning an Illegal Dumping Ordinance during their meeting Wednesday morning, in Atlantic. Following the hearing, the Board will hold a second reading of the ordinance and move to adopt it, after waiving the third reading, assuming their are no objections.

In other business, the Supervisors will act on an extension of tax credits for Fiscal Year 2012-2013 (Homestead, Edlerly & disabled, Ag Land and Family Farm),  Expense Appropriations for Fiscal Year 2013, including funding request appropriations if necessary, and, after receiving certifications from County officers for base salaries of their deputies and certifying those base salaries to Auditor Dale Sunderman, the Board will act on determining the compensation of “other employees” (meaning those not currently under a bargaining unit of other employment contracts).

The meeting begins at 9-a.m. in the Courthouse Board Room. Also getting underway at 9-a.m., in Greenfield, is a meeting of the Adair County Board of Supervisors. Members of the Board will act on: a Transfer Resolution; Notice of Vacancies and Intent to Appoint; and, an update to the Personnel Policy. They’ll also hear presentations from: Jack Reed, with Iowa Negotiations Services, LLC, with regard to services offered to the County; and, David Knapp, with ACES, with regard to a Backup Presentation and/or bid.