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Clarinda child hit by a car while riding his bike


April 26th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A Clarinda boy was listed in serious, but stable condition, Thursday, after he was hit by a car while riding his bicycle. Clarinda Police Chief Keith Brothers reports 8-year old Brandon Cales was riding a bike across west Tarkio Street at around 6:40-p.m., when he was hit by a 2001 Saturn, driven by 48-year old Carl Race, of Coin, as Race was traveling west in the 800 block of west Tarkio.

The boy, who was ejected from his bike during the collision, landed on the roadway. He was transported to Children’s Hospital in Omaha. An investigation revealed Carl Race was driving under suspension.

(7-a.m. News)

Atlantic man/former Mo. Valley Coach loses coaching authorization

News, Sports

April 26th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A report in the Daily NonPareil says an Atlantic man has lost his coaching authorization after being accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a student at the Missouri Valley High School. Former Mo. Valley girls soccer Coach Jason Dulberg’s coaching certificate was revoked by the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners. Dulberg served only as a coach, and not a teacher, for the Missouri Valley Community School District.

Dulberg began working for the Mo.Valley Schools in January 2012. A complaint was filed with the board that September, about the same time Dulberg resigned his position with the district. State documents cited by the paper, said the board found evidence that Dulberg and the girl communicated via text messages and cellphone and that he took her on an overnight, out-of-state trip. Dulberg voluntarily surrendered his coaching authorization April 4. The next day, the board permanently revoked it.

Harrison County Sheriff Patrick Sears said his agency investigated the alleged incidents, but didn’t find enough evidence to make an arrest.

Iowa News Headlines: Fri., April 26th 2013


April 26th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — Sioux City’s school district has sent layoff notices to 30 educators due to state and federal funding cuts. Up to 15 of those teachers could keep their jobs past July 1 if the state keeps funding a $1.1 million early intervention grant. Superintendent Paul Gausman says there is no guarantee about the funding.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa’s 15 community colleges say they’ll offer more programs to help workers get jobs in welding, industrial maintenance and robotics. The Iowa Advanced Manufacturing Consortium will work with employers to identify the occupational skills they are looking for and develop programs that fit their needs.

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) — The Board of Regents has approved Iowa State University’s plan to lease five Ames apartment buildings to meet demand for university housing. The regents approved $2.7 million to lease space for about 500 students in a building known as Legacy Tower. The space will be available beginning with the 2013-2014 school year.

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) — The Board of Regents has approved a new scoreboard and sound system at the University of Iowa’s Kinnick Stadium. Athletic Director Gary Barta says the roughly $9 million in costs will be covered through athletic department revenue and private contributions. The improvements are expected to be ready for the 2013 football season.

Field fires in Montgomery County


April 25th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Montgomery County Emergency Management Director Brian Hamman reports firefighters from Villisca battled a field fire this (Thursday) afternoon.

Fire photo’s courtesy of Brian Hamman/Montgomery Co. EMA

The blaze, which happened near 175th and Willow Avenue,  in eastern Montgomery County, was quickly contained and no injuries were reported. Crews from Red Oak and Stanton also handled small fires Thursday afternoon as well.

Hamman issued a reminder to rural property owners, that even though the grass is turning green, strong winds and nice weather will still create dangerous conditions for out of control fires to occur. Thursday’s Fire Danger Index was in the HIGH category. 

Former ISU basketball standout Royce White discusses his battle with mental illness

News, Sports

April 25th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Former Iowa State basketball star Royce White is traveling the country advocating for more support for the mentally ill, now that an anxiety disorder has kept him from playing in the NBA. White was drafted in the first round last year by Houston, but he has yet to play a single game with the Rockets. During a stop at the Iowa Statehouse today (Thursday), White said he’s proud that his difficulties have at least sparked a conversation about mental illness. “In my opinion, the greatest thing in the way of mental health progress is the stigma and the stigma derives from us not having the conversation,” White said. “Any time the words mental health are said…it’s leaps and bounds for the mental health community.”

White’s disorder involves extreme anxiety over air travel, and he and the Houston Rockets are at odds over how to accommodate that. Iowa was White’s first stop on a nationwide tour organized by a host of mental health organizations.  “I think a lot of why mental health has the stigma it does is because a lot of us who suffer are worried about our neighbor actually giving back that understanding and that has to improve,” White said. The Minnesota native is still confident he’ll play in the NBA. “I think if things don’t work out in Houston – which I hope they do – there will be another team,” White said. “Odds are good, hopefully, that one out of 32 general managers or owners will understand that mental health is important and the things I’m asking for aren’t unreasonable and they’ll allow me a chance to play the game I love. I think it’ll happen, but if it didn’t happen, that wouldn’t shock me either.”

State Representative Ruth Ann Gaines, who introduced White at the statehouse news conference, said White’s struggles inspired her to acknowledge her own battle with mental illness. Gaines, a Democrat from Des Moines, said her anxiety and fear of flying prevented her from being named the 1998 National Teacher of the Year. She said the designation that would have required regular travel. “I carried that in my heart as a secret until today,” Gaines said. “This is the first time I’ve ever publicly admitted that was the real reason why I wasn’t selected as national teacher of the year. Royce White gave me the courage to stand up and speak out about my own issue.” Gaines was a drama teacher in the Des Moines School District for more than three decades before being elected to the Iowa House in 2011. White had been playing for the Houston Rockets D-League affiliate in Rio Grande, Texas. The Vipers made the D-League Playoffs, but White is not with the team for the playoff run.

(Radio Iowa)

Council Bluffs to Receive $166,500 for Brownfields Redevelopment Planning


April 25th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

(AP) — The city of Council Bluffs has been awarded a $166,500 grant from the Environmental Protection Agency to develop a plan for cleaning up a 70-acre area populated by vacated industrial business buildings falling in disrepair.

The city has identified the former Katelman Foundry as the initial site in the area for redevelopment. The former steel fabrication business on 3.8 acres filed for bankruptcy in 2005 and moved its operations out of the neighborhood. It includes eight parcels spanning several city blocks.

The EPA program providing the money focuses on rehabilitating brownfields — property that may have hazardous substances, pollutants, or contaminants that prevent redevelopment.

Council Bluffs is one of 20 communities nationwide to receive a grant.

Iowa colleges to focus on manufacturing workforce


April 25th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa’s 15 community colleges say they will join forces to offer more programs that help workers get jobs in fields such as welding, industrial maintenance and robotics. The colleges announced Thursday they will use a $13 million federal grant to form the Iowa Advanced Manufacturing Consortium, which will develop non-credit and credit programs to help more workers earn industry-recognized credentials.

The consortium will work with employers in advanced manufacturing to identify the occupational skills they are looking for in workers and develop programs that fit their needs. ACT in Iowa City will support the initiative through its Tomorrow’s Workforce Now program, which helps workers assess their strengths and define career paths. The colleges will recruit workers through an assessment process.

The grant is from the U.S. Department of Labor.

Suspicious device found near a former church in Stuart deemed inert


April 25th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Stuart Police Department reports a suspicious device found Tuesday near what was formally the historic All Saints Catholic Church on North Fremont Street in Stuart, was inert, and while apparently intended to instill fear, was in fact, a hoax. Officers responded to what’s now known as the “Saints Center” for cultural and the arts, after receiving reports of a suspicious device that had been found near the front door.

The incident was investigated by Stuart Police with the assistance of members from the Iowa State Fire Marshall Office. Officials say the suspicious device was secured and transported to a remote location where Stuart officers and State Fire Marshall members took actions to render the device safe. It is being sent to the Iowa DCI crime laboratory for further testing and evidence collection.

Due to the history of arson at the Saints Center and recent attacks in Boston, the Stuart Police Department is treating the event as a serious incident, and officials say charges will be filed if a suspect is found.

Drugs and drug paraphernalia seized from a motel in Stuart


April 25th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Stuart Police Department report a large amount of drug paraphernalia and drugs were seized Wednesday, from a man who was staying at the Super 8 Hotel, just north of Interstate 80, in Stuart.

Some of the drug paraphernalia seized from the Super 8 Motel in Stuart, Wednesday. (Stuart P.D./photo)

Authorities say officers recovered over 50 various forms of drug paraphernalia, and a large amount of marijuana. The Marijuana and paraphernalia were recovered from the male subject’s vehicle and hotel room, after an officer responded to a separate call at the motel. His K-9 companion alerted the officer to the presence of narcotics. 

The unidentified suspect, who is from Virginia, told officers that he was returning home from a large marijuana festival in Colorado. While charges have been filed in this case, officials stress their investigation in ongoing.

Fire Danger increases in Shelby County

Ag/Outdoor, News, Weather

April 25th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Shelby County Emergency Management Agency says due to a warming trend, the likelihood of increased winds and a dryer forecast over the next few days, the fire danger rating will be bumped up to “MODERATE,” through Monday, April 29th. The fire danger index had been in the “Low” category for more than a week, because of recent rains.

Controlled burns should be monitored closely, and property owners should contact their local fire chief before any burns are initiated.