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Montgomery County Accident

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November 1st, 2014 by admin

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department investigated a single vehicle rollover accident early Saturday morning at the intersection of James Street and Halland Avenue in Stanton at the railroad crossing. Upon arrival by deputies it was determined a 2007 Chrysler Sebring owned and operated by 20 year old Haley Lynn Lembrick of Shenandoah. Lembrick was traveling north on Halland Avenue when she attempted to turn onto the railroad right of way mistaking it for a roadway. Lembrick lost control of the car and struck the railroad tracks causing it to rollover and come to rest back on its wheels causing a property damage accident. Lembrick was uninjured and was cited for possession of alcohol under legal age. Damage to the car was estimated at 6-thousand dollars. The Montgomery County Sheriff’s office was assisted by the Stanton and Red Oak Fire Rescue.

Today In History

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November 1st, 2014 by admin

Today is Saturday, Nov. 1, the 305th day of 2014. There are 60 days left in the year. This is All Saints Day. A reminder: Daylight Saving Time ends at 2 a.m. local time Sunday. Clocks go back one hour.

Today’s Highlight in History:
On Nov. 1, 1954, Algerian nationalists began their successful 7-year rebellion against French rule.

On this date:
In 1512, Michelangelo’s just-completed paintings on the ceiling of the Vatican’s Sistine Chapel were publicly unveiled by the artist’s patron, Pope Julius II.
In 1604, William Shakespeare’s tragedy “Othello” was presented at Whitehall Palace in London.
In 1765, the Stamp Act went into effect, prompting stiff resistance from American colonists.
In 1861, during the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln named Maj. Gen. George B. McClellan General-in-Chief of the Union armies, succeeding Lt. Gen. Winfield Scott.
In 1864, the U.S. Postal money order system was established by an act of Congress.
In 1870, the United States Weather Bureau made its first meteorological observations.
In 1936, in a speech in Milan, Italy, Benito Mussolini described the alliance between his country and Nazi Germany as an “axis” running between Rome and Berlin.
In 1944, “Harvey,” a comedy by Mary Chase about a genial fellow named Elwood P. Dowd and his friend, an invisible six-foot-three rabbit, opened on Broadway.
In 1952, the United States exploded the first hydrogen bomb, code-named “Ivy Mike,” at Enewetak (en-ih-WEE’-tahk) Atoll in the Marshall Islands.
In 1968, the Motion Picture Association of America unveiled its new voluntary film rating system: G for general, M for mature (later changed to GP, then PG), R for restricted and X (later changed to NC-17) for adults only.
In 1979, former first lady Mamie Eisenhower died in Washington, D.C., at age 82.
In 1989, East Germany reopened its border with Czechoslovakia, prompting tens of thousands of refugees to flee to the West.

Ten years ago: American contract worker Roy Hallums was one of several people kidnapped during an armed assault on the Baghdad compound where he lived (Hallums was rescued by coalition forces on Sept. 7, 2005). A 16-year-old Palestinian laden with explosives blew himself up in an outdoor market in Tel Aviv, killing three Israelis. U.N. nuclear agency chief Mohamed ElBaradei (ehl-BEHR’-uh-day) urged Iran to suspend uranium enrichment and called on North Korea to dismantle its weapons program.
Five years ago: Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s challenger, former Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah, withdrew from an upcoming runoff election, effectively handing Karzai a victory. Lender CIT Group filed one of the biggest Chapter 11 bankruptcy filings in U.S. corporate history. (CIT Group emerged from bankruptcy protection the following month.) The New York Yankees took a 3-1 lead in the World Series as they defeated the Philadelphia Phillies 7-4. Meb Keflezighi (keh-FLEZ’-gee) became the first U.S. man in 27 years to win the New York City Marathon, in a time of 2:09:15; Ethiopian runner Derartu Tulu won the women’s title in 2:28:52.
One year ago: A man carrying a bag with a note that said he “wanted to kill TSA” opened fire with a semi-automatic rifle at a security checkpoint at Los Angeles International Airport, killing a TSA officer and wounding two others; the gunman, who was wounded, was taken into custody. (Gerardo Hernandez, 39, became the first TSA officer in the agency’s 12-year history to be killed in the line of duty; Paul Ciancia pleaded not guilty to 11 federal charges, including murder of a federal officer.) A U.S. drone strike killed Hakimullah Mehsud (hah-kee-MUH’-lah meh-SOOD’), leader of the Pakistani Taliban.

Today’s Birthdays: Actress Betsy Palmer is 88. Golfer Gary Player is 79. Country singer Bill Anderson is 77. Actress Barbara Bosson is 75. Actor Robert Foxworth is 73. Magazine publisher Larry Flynt is 72. Country singer-humorist Kinky Friedman is 70. Actress Jeannie Berlin is 65. Music producer David Foster is 65. Rhythm-and-blues musician Ronald Khalis Bell (Kool and the Gang) is 63. Country singer-songwriter-producer Keith Stegall is 60. Country singer Lyle Lovett is 57. Actress Rachel Ticotin is 56. Rock musician Eddie MacDonald (The Alarm) is 55. Actress Helene Udy is 53. Rock singer Anthony Kiedis (Red Hot Chili Peppers) is 52. Pop singer-musician Mags Furuholmen (a-ha) is 52. Rock musician Rick Allen (Def Leppard) is 51. Country singer “Big Kenny” Alphin (Big and Rich) is 51. Singer Sophie B. Hawkins is 50. Rapper Willie D (Geto Boys) is 48. Country musician Dale Wallace (Emerson Drive) is 45. Actress Toni Collette is 42. Actress-talk show host Jenny McCarthy is 42. Rock musician Andrew Gonzales is 42. Actor David Berman is 41. Actress Aishwarya Rai (ash-WAHR’-ee-ah rye) is 41. Rock singer Bo Bice is 39. Actor Matt Jones is 33. Actress Natalia Tena is 30. Actor Penn Badgley is 28. Actor Max Burkholder is 17. Actor-musician Alex Wolff is 17.

Thought for Today: “Years ago my mother used to say to me, she’d say, ‘In this world, Elwood, you must be’ – she always called me Elwood – ‘In this world, you must be oh so smart, or oh so pleasant.’ Well, for years I was smart. I recommend pleasant. You may quote me.” – “Elwood P. Dowd” from the play “Harvey” by Mary Chase (1906-1981).

Adair County Arrest

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November 1st, 2014 by admin

The Adair County Sheriffs Department reports the arrest of 41-year old Carroll Flowers of Corning. Flowers was stopped for speeding and subsequently was arrested for Driving while Intoxicated and was being held on 1-thousand dollar bond.

Mills County Arrest

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November 1st, 2014 by admin

The Mills County Sheriffs Department arrested a Red Oak man late Friday night. Officials arrested 35 year old Jason Micheal Eppenbaugh and charged him with OWI first offense. And is being held on a 1-thousand dollar bond.

Adair County Accident

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November 1st, 2014 by admin

The Iowa State Patrol investigated a two vehicle accident involving two semi tractor trailers Friday evening on Interstate 80 in Adair County. Officials say both 33 year old Dong Liu of California and 64 year old Vlado Topalovic of Ohio were traveling west on Interstate 80 in the outside lane and Liu collided with the rear of the Topalovic trailer. After striking the vehicle Liu went onto the north shoulder and struck the barrier cable system while the Topalovic vehicle came to a stop in the outside lane. Topalovic was not injured but Liu was taken to Cass County Memorial Hospital in Atlantic for treatment of injuries.

Iowa a “purple state” in voting patterns

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October 31st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Two Iowa political scientists say Iowa has “unique” split-ticket voting patterns. Iowa State University political science professor Dave Andersen says “I’m new to Iowa and I grew up in New Jersey and in the northeast, where I’m used to seeing states track to one party or the other,” Andersen says. “And Iowa is unique that you can have the same electorate look at the governor’s race and say by a 20-point margin, ‘We are going to keep our incumbent governor,’ and then look at the senate race and say , ‘We’re really not decided.'”

Whatever the outcome of Tuesday’s election, Anderson says Iowa will still be “purple all the way” and considered a toss-up for either party in the 2016 presidential election. “I think Iowans are able to uniquely able to kind of move back and forth between the parties, as an aggregate and I think they listen to both sides,” Andersen says. “Iowan voters, as a whole, I don’t think have chosen on party over another. I thik they are able to make a distinction race by race, candidate by candidate.” Loras College political science professor Christopher Budzisz agrees.

“It’s a competitive state,” Budzisz says. “…Senator Ernst, if you look at the polling averages, is up roughly two percent and then the same electorate is choosing Governor Branstad by 20 percent. There’s incumbency in that, but there is also an element to the state itself as a balanced state.” Budzisz and Andersen made their comments during taping of the “Iowa Press” program that airs tonight (Friday) on Iowa Public Television.

(Radio Iowa)

Shots fired in police standoff in Cherokee

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October 31st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A standoff in the northwest Iowa town of Cherokee ended early this (Friday) morning, after a man barricaded himself in a home late last night and threatened to kill himself. Police arrived at the home of 35-year-old Joshua Lee Allender and saw him inside the house, though he refused to come out. Police say Allender showed a gun from an upstairs window and fired several shots.

After several hours of negotiation, police fired tear gas into the house about 3:30 AM. Allender was apprehended with no injuries. He’s facing several charges, including: possession and control of firearm, reckless use of a firearm, intimidation with a dangerous weapon, assault while participating in a felony and assault on a police officer.

(Radio Iowa)

3 school districts receive state literacy grants

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October 31st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Three Iowa school districts have been notified they’ll receive grants from the state to boost the literacy skills of students who don’t speak English. The Denison, Des Moines and Postville districts will receive grants. The recipients were announced Friday by Iowa Department of Education Director Brad Buck. The Iowa Legislature approved the program, which provides $500,000 this year with the possibility of $1.5 million over three years.

More than 25,000 English Language Learners enrolled in Iowa’s public and nonpublic schools this year. Denison will focus on kindergarten through 12th grade while Des Moines will partner with the Diocese of Des Moines to pilot a program for Carver Elementary and Hiatt Middle School and six nonpublic Catholic schools. Postville will design a K-12 newcomer program.

Cass Supervisors approve filling of Recorder’s Office position

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October 31st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Board of Supervisors met this (Friday) morning, in Atlantic, for their regular, end-of-month session. During the meeting, the Board approved a motion pertaining to the filling of a vacancy in the Recorder’s Office, with the upcoming resignation (previously announced), of Joyce Jensen, who is retiring. Auditor Dale Sunderman said the Code of Iowa spells out how the position is to be filled, but there are exceptions.

The Code says a County office can be filled by the Board of Supervisors, which has already occurred in Cass County. The appointment in that case would be valid until the next pending election, which would be the General Election. Sunderman says it’s too late for the matter to be placed on the General Election ballot. The other option is to hold a special election to fill the office for the balance of the unexpired term.

He says as soon as the Recorder retires, the person she selected to replace her…in this case, Mary Ward, whose name is on the ballot…would automatically assume the office November 15th. If Jensen hadn’t have resigned, Sunderman says the position would be filled January 2nd.

Cass County Attorney Dan Feistner concurred with Sunderman’s assessment of how the position should be filled.

Cass County Engineer discusses projects and bridge work

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October 31st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Cass County Engineer Charles Marker, today (Friday) discussed before the Board of Supervisors, the projects his crews have been working on, and those set to take place in the coming months. Marker said the Secondary Roads crews have completed all the Maintenance Pipe projects they had slated to complete this year, and including two in the southern part of the County that weren’t planned for, but found to be in need of replacement.

Marker said also there were three bridge projects that were set to begin this year, but delays due to wet weather meant putting the bid letting off until Oct. 20th. One of the projects for which bids have been received, is the Cass County Landfill road bridge. Marker says there were four bids for that project. The apparent low bidder was Cunningham-Reis out of Van Meter, at $565,461. Work on the bridge is expected to begin later this winter.

Another bridge project is on the Cass-Montgomery County line. It was let on Oct. 20th also, with six companies offering their bids. The apparent low bid was from A-M Cohron, for $360, 591. Montgomery County will reimburse Cass County one-half of the total cost of the project.

The third bridge project, that which is by the Griswold Golf Course, is currently near the end of the design process phase, and is set for bidding letting to occur in Feb. 2015. Another project under design, will utilize metal from an older bridge, during its construction.

The bridge will meet new, heavier standard truck limits on bridges that are coming down from the Feds and State, that could result in weight limits being lowered on bridges. While the weight limits are going up on the roads, the limits are being lowered for bridges, which means the heavier trucks can’t cross rural bridges in Cass and other Counties.