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December 22nd, 2011 by Chris Parks

w/ Ric Hanson


Ron Paul to campaign in Atlantic & Council Bluffs next week


December 22nd, 2011 by Ric Hanson

 Another Republican Presidential candidate will be making a campaign stop in Atlantic prior to the January 3rd caucuses. Texas Congressman Ron Paul will campaign in both Atlantic and Council Bluffs next week. Paul is scheduled to hold a town hall meeting at the Cass County Community Center on Thursday, Dec. 29th, at 3:00 p.m. , before he travels to the Mid America Center in Council Bluffs,  for another town hall meeting at 7:00 p.m. on the 29th.

Last Sunday, former Pennsylvannia Republican Senator Ric Santorum spoke to a crowd of about 50 people, here in Atlantic.

Red Oak man arrested for trespassing


December 22nd, 2011 by Ric Hanson

A Red Oak man was arrested Wednesday evening on a trespassing charge. According to Red Oak Police, 52-year old Ronald Lee Hall was taken into custody at around 11-p.m., and booked into the Montgomery County Jail. He was later released on $300 bond.

Victim of Monday’s fatal crash near Underwood ID’d


December 22nd, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Pottawattamie County Sheriff Jeff Danker late Wednesday evening released the identity of a man who died during a rollover accident Monday evening, near Underwood. Danker says on Wednesday, the Iowa Dept. of Criminal Investigation’s Medical Examiner’s Office positively identifed by fingerprint comparisons, 31-year old Clint Joseph Kilibarda, of Omaha, as having been in a vehicle which left the roadway at 240th Street and Railroad Highway. Kilibarda is orginally from Carter Lake. He was a 2000 graduate of Council Bluffs/Thomas Jefferson High School.

Kilibarda and 33-year old Kirk Ring, of Neola were ejected from the 2005 Mazda as it rolled into a ditch near just before 5-p.m., Monday. When deputies arrived, Ring was found conscious and breathing, but suffering from serious injuries. Kilibarda was pronounced dead at the scene. Ring was flown by helicopter to Creighton University Hospital in Omaha, for treatment of his injuries. Witnesses told authorities the vehicle had been traveling south on Railroad Highway at a high rate of speed prior to the crash. Danker says alcohol is believed to have played a role in the accident, which remains under investigation.

Atlantic City Council approves Police Chief’s request for unbudgeted expenditures


December 22nd, 2011 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic City Council, Wednesday night, approved an unbudgeted, supplemental expenditure request from Police Chief Steve Green, for $15,202 to upgrade the City’s sirens, and a new computer server for the police camcorder units.  Green said Federal Signal, manufacturer of emergency audible and visual warning devices, will be making a big push to make the sirens and soundboard replacements. Green said they’re “Not expecting to be cutting any deals,” once the push begins. He says the siren boards typically run $1,500-to $1,600 each. A Federal Signal area representative told Green he could only give him a best price through the end of this year, because after that they wouldn’t be making any more bargains. He says by ordering the 11 circuit boards now, he can get them for $150 per board instead of $1,500.

Green said by ordering the parts now, it will save the City between six- and eight-thousand dollars, than if they were to be ordered after the start of the new budget year on July 1st, 2012.  As far as the “server system” for the police camcorder units is concerned, Green said he needs that because the old server is not compatible for use with the newer camcorders installed in the squad cars. He says it normally sells for $5,000-to $6,000, but Green was able to get then for about $2,100.

Green, who says he’s been “In the black” for his budget for several years, says he was going to put the server into next year’s appropriations, but if he could get it now, it would save “Thousands of dollars.” Councilman Kern Miller asked City Administrator Doug Harris if there’s money in the budget to appropriate for the expense. Harris said if there isn’t, they’ll have to find ways to save costs elsewhere. With the Council’s approval, Green said he would likely place an order for the siren circuit boards/upgrades and computer server, sometime today (Thursday).

Dept of ed releases State of Education report


December 22nd, 2011 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Department of Education released its “Annual Condition of Education” report Wednesday, detailing a wide range of information from student population to test results for the 2010-2011 school year. The report says statewide enrollment has declined by 29-percent since peaking at 711-thousand in the 1972-73 school year. But the chief of the department’s Bureau of Information and Analysis Services, Jay Pennington, says the report also stays with projections that show a turnaround in enrollment. “We’re seeing increased birth rates which ultimately is the supply that hits the education system at some point, so based on those birth records, we project out that we will see a slight increase in enrollment,” Pennington says. The increase is projected at two-point-four percent, and Pennington says it will follow the trends seen in recent Census data.

He says there are increases in the Des Moines metro area and the Iowa City corridor area, mainly the urban areas surrounding the larger cities. The number of school districts dropped last year by two.
Pennington says the last school year saw 359 school districts. “What’s not actually in the report is this current academic year, and there were eight consolidations between the two years, so currently in this academic year, there’s only 351,” Pennington explained. The report says the average salary paid to teachers was 49-thousand-626, up slightly in 2010-11 from the year before. The average age of full-time teachers was 42. You can see much more of the data in the report on the Iowa Department of Education’s website at:educateiowa.gov.

(Dar Danielson/Radio Iowa)

Departing Atlantic City Council Members recognized


December 21st, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Atlantic Mayor Dave Jones, Wednesday, read proclamations recognizing two City Council members who will not be returning to City Hall in January as servants to the community.

Councilperson Pat Simmons receives a plaque for her years of service to the Atlantic City Council from Mayor Dave Jones.

First up was 3rd Ward Councilperson Pat Simmons, who Jones said served on the Council from 1992-to 2000, and from 2004 until the end of this year, or a total of 16-years. Jones says she has also attended over 384 meetings of the City Council plus numerous committee meetings as a Council liaison various boards and committees. He said her considerable experience along with her “quiet nature” demonstrated the importance of good listening skills and emphasis, of using a few chosen words to make a point. Simmons jokingly said afterward, she was “Going to miss all those midnight phone calls,” from persons in her Ward.


Jones also recognized 1st Ward Councilman Kern Miller, who  served on the City Council since 1999, for a total over 12-years. Miller has attended over 300 meetings of the Council, as well as numerous Council committee meetings, also as a liaison to various boards and committees. The proclamation honoring Miller mentioned his ability to make sure the Council served the citizens of Atlantic as watchdogs for their tax dollars, and made light of his ability to draw attention to the Council proceedings when they were televised on the local cable access channel. He said Miller is “Independent in questioning the nature of, and challenging, the status quo part of fellow council members.” The proclamation said he “Often provided an alternative vision that sparked lively debate, and enriched the positive difficulties that undoubtedly increased the Channel 18 viewing audience.

Councilman Kern Miller receives his plaque from the Mayor.

Afterward, Miller expressed his appreciation to the residents in his Ward for allowing him to serve. Simmons and Miller received a plaque for their years of service. In January, newly sworn-in Councilpersons Ashley Hayes and Chris Jimmerson will take Simmons’ and Millers’ seats, respectively.


Alliant electricity bills expected to increase


December 21st, 2011 by Ric Hanson

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Electricity bills for Alliant Energy customers will increase in February as the utility passes along higher rates it’s paying to a transmission provider. Utility spokesman Scott Drzycimski says the increase in the transmission rates will result in about a one-quarter percent increase to a customer’s overall bill. That amounts to about a $1 a month increase for residential customers. Drzycimski says the increase could be partly offset by falling costs for natural gas to generate electricity.

CAM School Board to hold special meeting Friday


December 21st, 2011 by Ric Hanson

The CAM Community School District’s Board of Education will hold a special meeting Friday, December 23rd, at 11-a.m.  The Board will discuss and act on a request for a waiver exemption from the Department of Education.

Superintendent Steve Pelzer said because the administration is not sure if a vocational program offered through “Connections Education” online would satisfy the accreditation requirements of the State, they are requesting a waiver for the January 1st deadline which precedes the school year for which a waiver would be requested, which in this case, would be the 2012-2013 calendar year.

Friday’s meeting will take place in the Media Center at the CAM High School, in Anita, beginning at 11-a.m.

Hunters take fewer deer during 2011 shotgun seasons

Ag/Outdoor, News

December 21st, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Compared to recent years, fewer deer were taken in Iowa during the recently completed shotgun deer seasons. Dale Garner is the Iowa Department of Natural Resources’ wildlife bureau chief. He says hunters harvested just under 69,000 deer, down about 9% from last year and nearly 30% compared to 2006. The DNR has been working to reduce Iowa’s deer population in recent years. Garner said it’s probably frustrating for many hunters. “But, it’s also a good thing for land owners, farmers and motorists because as the (deer) population drops, hopefully traffic accidents and damage to crops goes down as well,” Garner said. Some hunters are concerned the herd reduction efforts have gone too far. Garner said his advice to those hunters is to work with the landowner to see if the deer population is at a desirable level and adjust the local doe harvest accordingly. The DNR will make a recommendation on what direction to take with the deer population next spring.
Antlerless and muzzleloader hunting seasons are scheduled for January. Reductions in the harvest were proposed this year, but were not adopted.

(Radio Iowa)