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2014 Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame Honorees celebrated at the Iowa State Fair

Ag/Outdoor, News

August 27th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Eighty-two counties and two state level Iowa 4-H volunteers were inducted into the Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame during the 2014 ceremony at the 4-H Exhibits Building at the Iowa State Fair on Sunday, Aug. 17. Inductees or their surviving family members were presented a certificate by the Iowa 4-H Foundation as they were introduced on stage. In alphabetical order, Adair to Jackson Counties were recognized at 1:30, while Jefferson to Wright County were recognized at 3:30. A reception, sponsored by donors to the Iowa 4-H Foundation, was held shortly after each of the Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame presentations.

County honorees were selected by their respected counties for their outstanding service and dedication to
4-H, while the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Iowa 4-H Programs office nominated two honorees this year for their service to Iowa 4-H and beyond. Inductees are selected for their exceptional work in contributing to the lives of 4-H members and the overall 4-H program. Many inductees served as club leaders, youth mentors, fair superintendents, fair board members, Iowa State University Extension county council members, county youth council members, fair judges, financial supporters, chaperones, Iowa 4-H Foundation Trustees, or ISU Extension and Outreach staff members. The inductees have demonstrated dedication, encouragement, commitment and guidance to Iowa’s 4-H’ers through the years.

This year’s honorees by county:

Adair County – Deb Stalter; Adams County – James (Jim) Stalcup; Audubon County – Ed Ahrendsen; Crawford County – Dick & Rona Bromert; Carroll County – Julie Clancy; Cass County – Eleanor Hoove; Fremont County – Phillip Wing; Guthrie County – Jim & Jo Laughery; Montgomery County – Wanda Johnson; Page County – Harold & Shirley Anderson; Harrison County – Paul Lane; Pottawattamie (East) County – Boyd M. Nilan; Ringgold County – Cindy Schlapia & Cheryl Whittington; Shelby County – Linda Heflin;Union County – Paul & Verna Bailey; Mills County – Robert Moore.

 

Supreme Court gets input on eliminating bar exam

News

August 27th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Supreme Court is hearing attorneys, judges, and law professors give their opinions on what would happen if the state eliminated the requirement that all attorneys must pass the bar exam before beginning practice. Currently only Wisconsin allows attorneys graduating from in-state law schools to skip the test.

The Iowa State Bar Association has suggested Iowa adopt the policy called diploma privilege allowing students graduating from law schools at Drake or the University of Iowa to practice law without taking the bar. Supporters say it will help reduce the debt of law students by allowing them to enter the work force sooner and may help slow declining law school enrollment.

Opponents say the bar exam serves an important gatekeeping purpose of weeding out lawyers unprepared to begin practicing law.

Flash Flood Watch in effect 3-a.m. Thursday

News, Weather

August 27th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

353 PM CDT WED AUG 27 2014

…HEAVY RAIN FOR WEST-CENTRAL IOWA THURSDAY MORNING…

WIDESPREAD THUNDERSTORMS ARE FORECAST TO DEVELOP OVER SOUTHWEST IOWA AND SPREAD NORTHEAST OVERNIGHT TONIGHT INTO THURSDAY MORNING. MODERATE TO LOCALLY HEAVY RAINFALL TOTALS ARE ANTICIPATED BY MIDDAY THURSDAY WHERE A WIDESPREAD 1 TO 2 INCHES WILL BE COMMON.

COUNTIES: SAC-CRAWFORD-CARROLL-AUDUBON-GUTHRIE-DALLAS-CASS-ADAIR-MADISON-ADAMS-UNION-TAYLOR-RINGGOLD-

FLASH FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT FROM 3 AM CDT THURSDAY THROUGH THURSDAY MORNING.

WIDESPREAD RAINFALL AMOUNTS OF 1 TO 2 INCHES WITH LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS UP TO 3 INCHES ARE POSSIBLE OVERNIGHT TONIGHT THROUGH MIDDAY THURSDAY. THESE THUNDERSTORMS WILL BE EFFICIENT RAIN PRODUCERS…MEANING THE ENVIRONMENT IS SUITED FOR RAINFALL RATES IN EXCESS OF 1 TO 2 INCHES PER HOUR AT TIMES.

WITH THE ANTICIPATED RAINFALL RATES ON TOP OF AN ALREADY VERY SATURATED GROUND…A FLASH FLOOD COULD OCCUR IN A VERY SHORT TIME FRAME AND IS ESPECIALLY DANGEROUS AT NIGHT.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A FLASH FLOOD WATCH MEANS THAT CONDITIONS MAY DEVELOP THAT LEAD TO FLASH FLOODING. FLASH FLOODING IS A VERY DANGEROUS SITUATION. YOU SHOULD MONITOR LATER FORECASTS AND BE PREPARED TO TAKE ACTION SHOULD FLASH FLOOD WARNINGS BE ISSUED.

House committee to review attorney general program

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August 27th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A legislative oversight committee will investigate a program administered by the Iowa attorney general’s office. Rep. Kevin Koester, a Republican from Ankeny who chairs the House Government Oversight Committee, says Wednesday the panel will review some of the practices of the office’s Crime Victim Assistance Division.

According to a news release, the committee will look at the funding that goes to programs around the state that assist crime victims.

The committee will meet Sept. 8 to question staff from the attorney general’s office. Geoff Greenwood, a spokesman for Democratic Attorney General Tom Miller, says the program was managed responsibly and the office looks forward to discussing operations with the committee.

Pott. County Supervisors approve Vet’s bldg. bonds

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August 27th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Pottawattamie County Board of Supervisors have approved the sale of $1.94 million in bonds to be repaid at an interest rate of 1.35 percent. According to the Daily NonPareil, the action Tuesday means the sale of the bonds will provide money for a new Veterans Affairs building, along with needs in the Sheriff’s Department and elsewhere. The investment bank of Robert Baird and Co. of Milwaukee, Wis., in association with the UMB Bank of Kansas City, Mo., purchased the bonds while offering the 1.35 percent interest rate, the lowest of four bids received.

The County will be  getting $51,000 back in the purchase deal so that the Milwaukee bank can sell its purchased bonds at a higher interest rate that won’t impact taxpayers. The majority of the bond money, $1.5 million to be specific, will be utilized to build a new Veterans Affairs building at Sixth Avenue and Sixth Street. The 6,300-square-foot building will replace a 1,600-square-foot facility in the county’s annex building.

The remaining funds will be used to pay for seven, maybe eight, new patrol cars, new bullet-proof vests for the deputies and the installation of automatic external defibrillators in sheriff’s deputies’ vehicles to help those who suffer acute, life-threatening heart problems. Other funds will go toward new vehicles for the Planning and Maintenance departments.

The bonds are to be paid off in seven years.

 

Sherman hired to teach at St. Albert

News

August 27th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The former principal of Red Oak Community High School has taken a new position at Saint Albert Catholic Schools. The Council Bluffs Daily NonPareil reports Jedd Sherman is teaching biology, anatomy and physiology and environmental science at the private high school in Council Bluffs. He spent 11 years teaching at the high-school and middle-school level.

Sherman resigned from Red Oak on June 30th after accepting a $100,000 settlement, which would have included unemployment benefits had he not found a new job. He has also been involved with a complaint he filed with the Iowa Public Information Board over the school board’s decision to hold closed-session discussions about his employment.

Red Oak school officials never accused Sherman of any wrongdoing. Many of his students, as well as others in the community, called for him to be retained as principal. The district never made public the reason they began the process of firing him, but a May 6 notice cited a failure to meet expectations. Sherman said at the time he was being retaliated against for making complaints.

 

Clarinda Academy Escapees apprehended

News

August 27th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Clarinda Police Chief Keith Brothers reports three juveniles who escaped from the Clarinda Academy early Wednesday morning, have been apprehended. Brothers said at approximately 1:20 a.m., officials from the Clarinda Academy reported the escape of three male juveniles from the facility. A 14-year old white male from Sioux City, Iowa, a 15-year old black male from Waterloo, Iowa and a 16-year old black male from Moreno Valley, CA., left one of the campus dormitories.

At around 2:50-a.m. the 15-year old back male from Waterloo was located and apprehended without incident by Clarinda Academy staff near the power substation located east of Clarinda.  At about 7:25- a.m., the 14 year old white male from Sioux City and the 16 year old black male from Moreno Valley, CA., were also located and apprehended without incident by a Clarinda Police Officer. Those teens were taken into custody about one-mile west of Clarinda.

All three escapees have been returned to the custody of the Clarinda Academy.

Atlantic man arrested for probation violation

News

August 27th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

An Atlantic man was arrested Tuesday for allegedly violating the terms of his probation. Atlantic Police report 57-year old Terry Calhoun was booked into the Cass County Jail.

Today is the deadline to file for County offices

News

August 27th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

(Updated 6-p.m. Wed,)

Today (Wednesday) was the deadline to file nomination papers for county office. Nomination papers had to have been filed with the County Auditor by 5-p.m., in order for candidates to be included on the ballot for the Nov. 4th General Election.

In Cass County only two non-partisan offices are short nominees. Both are on the CASS COUNTY AGRICULTURAL EXTENSION COUNCIL. Those who filed their nomination papers by the deadline include:

Edna Township Clerk: Daniel Schrier, of Cumberland; Union Township Clerk: Cheryl R. Christensen, of Cumberland; Edna Township Trustee: Travis Erickson, & Rodney Penton, both of Cumberland; Union Township Trustee: Brent Paulsen, & Daryl Schrier, both of Cumberland.

Hospital Trustee (northwest) – Ned Brown, & Leanne Pellett, both of Atlantic; Hospital Trustee (southwest) – Jerry Putnam, of Griswold; Soil & Water – Frederick W. Kay, & Greg Zellmer, both of Atlantic; County Ag Extension Council – Kristi Plagman, of Cumberland, Todd Weppler, of Lewis, & Brad Pellett, of Atlantic; Gage Zellmer, of Atlantic, & Chad Becker, of Wiota.

(Podcast) 8-a.m. News & funeral report, 8/27/2014

News, Podcasts

August 27th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

With KJAN News Director Ric Hanson.

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