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Red Oak man arrested for trespassing, Tuesday


November 17th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Police in Red Oak arrested a local man for Trespassing this (Tuesday) morning. 23-year old Michael Eugene Sickels, of Red Oak, was arrested at a residence in the 100 block of E. Walnut Street, at around 5:40-a.m. Sickels was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on $300 bond.

Corning man arrested on drug charges in Red Oak, Tues.


November 17th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A man from Adams County was arrested on drug charges early this (Tuesday) morning, in Red Oak. Authorities say 50-year old Douglas Dean Erickson, of Corning, was arrested at around 1:35-a.m. at the intersection of N. 4th and E. Corning Streets. He’s been charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance/Methamphetamine, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and OWI/Drugged – 1st Offense. Erickson was being held in the Montgomery County Law Enforcement Center on a $1,000 cash bond.

21-year old & 45-year old females arrested on drug & other charges in Red Oak


November 17th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A search warrant executed Monday evening at a residence in Red Oak resulted in two women from there being taken into custody on drug and other charges. Red Oak Police say they searched a home at 504 Broad Street at around 5:15-p.m. and arrested 21-year old Aniessa Rae Thomas, for Possession of a Controlled Substance/Marijuana, Unlawful Possession of Prescription Pills, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Child Endangerment. 45-year old Jamie Denise Thomas, was arrested at the same location for Possession of a Controlled Substance/Marijuana, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Both women were transported to the Montgomery County Jail, where Aniessa Thomas’ bond was set at $2,000, and Jamie Thomas was being held on a $1,000 cash bond.

Iowa early News Headlines: Tue., Nov. 17th 2015


November 17th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — MidAmerican Energy says a wind turbine being built in southern Iowa will be the nation’s tallest. The utility is building the turbine in Adams County as part of a 64-turbine development that should be completed by the end of the year. Unlike regular towers built of steel, the taller tower will be concrete. The tower will rise to 377 feet, compared to a typical 263 feet, and when the blade is added the height will reach 554 feet. That’s nearly as tall as the Washington Monument.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The chairwoman of Iowa Utilities Board is taking the unusual step of withholding funding from the state’s renewable energy research center until its leaders satisfy her questions about its programs. But Geri Huser’s move may violate a law that requires the funding be appropriated to the Iowa Energy Center at Iowa State University once it’s collected by the utilities board. If the delay continues, the center may have to suspend grant programs and lay off workers.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Health officials say two central Iowa men have died from the flu and the state now has one of the highest flu virus activity rates in the nation. The state Department of Public Health’s medical director says the men who died were 41 and 60 years old. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control says Iowa, Oregon and Rhode Island currently have the highest rate of flu activity.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad says he wants to ensure state residents are safe following the recent terrorist attacks in Paris, but that he may not have the authority to bar Syrian refugees from entering the state. Several governors said today they will bar refugees from their states, but federal officials say the governors lack the authority. The Republican Branstad acknowledged that states may not be able to take such action because it’s a federal program.

Adams County wind turbine will be nation’s tallest

Ag/Outdoor, News

November 16th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — MidAmerican Energy says a wind turbine being built in southern Iowa will be the nation’s tallest. The Des Moines Register reports the utility is building the turbine in Adams County as part of a 64-turbine development that should be completed by the end of the year.

Unlike regular towers built of steel, the taller tower will be concrete. The tower will rise to 377 feet, compared to a typical 263 feet, and when the blade is added the height will reach 554 feet. That’s nearly as tall as the Washington Monument.

Mike Gehringer, MidAmerican’s vice president of renewable energy, says by building the tower higher, the turbine can generate more electricity. He says such towers could make some “low-to-medium wind resource areas” viable for wind energy.

Holiday Harvest Market set for 11/23

Ag/Outdoor, News

November 16th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Community Center will be transformed into a bustling holiday market on Monday, November 23rd, from 3:30 to 7:30 pm. Officials with Cass County/ISU Extension say you can stay warm and cozy as you find fresh, locally grown produce for your Thanksgiving gatherings, decorations for your holiday table, or gifts for a special loved one.

Get some help with your holiday baking from southwest Iowa bakers…think pies, quick breads, artisan yeast breads, pastries, cakes and more. A variety of seasonal fall vegetables will be available to prepare fresh for your table, and you can also enjoy the tastes of summer by shopping an assortment of preserved jams and jellies. Locally produced apples, honey, popcorn and more will round out the list of foods for sale!

Many food vendors will be providing samples for shoppers to enjoy as they browse, and complimentary coffee and water will also be available. In addition to edible treats, shoppers will also find unique holiday gifts and home decor made by local artisans. Get a head start on your holiday shopping or find the perfect accent for your holiday decorating. From hand-crafted jewelry and accessories to bath and body products; finding a personalized gift (or a treat for yourself) will be a snap! To decorate your home, or spread cheer to a friend, look no further than locally made rugs, blankets, horseshoe art, home décor and many other hand-crafted items. With over 23 vendors registered so far, there’s sure to be something for everyone!

Fun activities for youth, educational booths and a festive atmosphere will make this an event the whole family can enjoy. A full list of registered vendors, as well as other activities and special events is posted online at the Cass County Extension website (www.extension.iastate.edu/cass) and updated regularly. You can also follow the Produce in the Park Facebook page (www.facebook.com/ProduceInThePark) for current event information and updates on vendors.

The Holiday Harvest Market is sponsored by Farmers Markets of Cass County, Cass County Local Food Policy Council, and City of Atlantic Community Promotions Commission, in partnership with the Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce.

Flavors of the Season Visit Downtown Atlantic’s Recipe Walk


November 16th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce will host its Annual Recipe Walk in historic downtown Atlantic during Grand Lighting on November 19th, from 4:00 – 7:00 PM.
You’re invited to warm up and enjoy flavors of the season in downtown retail stores. Participating businesses will offer sweet and savory treats and recipe cards for holiday favorites as you shop.

Chamber Executive Director Ouida Hargens said  “We extended the time in 2015 to allow everyone to shop, try a taste treat, collect the recipe and still get to the Snowflake Drop in time. There are eight stops on the Holiday Recipe Walk to enjoy holiday favorites.”

A list of participating businesses will be handed out at the Grand Lighting Stage near city park and include, Atlantic News Telegraph, Aunt B’s, Bonnesen’s Five & Ten Store, Democrat Party, Howard’s Clothing, The Tinder Box and The Nest Egg. The list can also be picked at the Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce on November 18th.

Santa will be in his cabin, along with two of his reindeer, in the Atlantic City Park following the Grand Lighting ceremony at 5:30 p.m. sponsored by Precision Concrete Services and CornerStone Landscaping. During Grand Lighting more than 200,000 light bulbs are turned downtown Atlantic to signal the start of the holidays.

The 1st Annual Snowflake Drop will be taking place on November 19th as part of the Grand Lighting Celebration. The Atlantic Area Chamber has partnered with your favorite local businesses to provide a snow shower full of spectacular savings for Holiday Shopping. Snowflakes will be dropped from the sky for the community to “scoop up” and save. “Like” the Chamber on Facebook for a sneak peak of what the snowflakes will offer.

Capture the Christmas magic with #MyAtlanticIA and post to the Atlantic Area Chamber’s Facebook page or Instagram page. Contact the Atlantic Area Chamber with any questions at 712.243.3017 or at the Rock Island Depot, 102 Chestnut Street.

Applications sought for CDBG housing grants in Elk Horn


November 16th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Southwest Iowa Planning Council (SWIPCO) says it is seeking applications from low to moderate income homeowners in the City of Elk Horn. Income qualified homeowners who live in the target area may be eligible to receive a five year forgivable loan to provide housing repairs.

Swipco logoThe funds are made possible by a Community Development Block Grant the City of Elk Horn received from the Iowa Economic Development Authority. Elk Horn was awarded $304,000 for the repair of eight homes.

Interested applicants should contact SWIPCO at 712-243-4196 for more information. All applications are due to the SWIHTF office at 1501 SW 7th St. by Dec. 1, 2015.

(Update) Driver of SUV that struck a pedestrian in Council Bluffs ID’d


November 16th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Police in Council Bluffs said late Monday evening, that the female driver of an SUV which struck a 17-year old female pedestrian Monday morning at 25th and Broadway, has been identified. The driver, whom police declined to identify, contacted the traffic unit Monday afternoon. An investigation into the incident will continue Tuesday morning.

In their original report, Bluffs Police said a 17-year old female was crossing the intersection southbound on the west side of the intersection, in the crosswalk. A red, crossover-type SUV vehicle, driven by a white female, was facing north on 25th street and attempted a left turn to go west onto Broadway. The vehicle struck the pedestrian in the crosswalk.

The driver of the vehicle stopped and made contact the pedestrian, and remained on scene until the Fire Dept arrived. Paramedics transported the pedestrian to Mercy Hospital in Council Bluffs, where she was treated for minor injuries and released. The driver of the vehicle left the scene before police arrived to investigate the crash.

Carcel joins SWIPCO as Community Development Director


November 16th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Officials with SWIPCO (the Southwest Iowa Planning Council), Monday, announced Amber Carcel, of Avoca, joined the organization Oct. 26th, as its Community Development Director. Carcel comes to SWIPCO from Iowa Western Community College where she was the Business and Computer Program Coordinator. Prior to Iowa Western Carcel was the Energy Housing Director at West Central Community Action in Harlan. She is also a veteran of the United States Air Force.

The SWIPCO community development department includes five staff in addition to the director. The department handles a wide variety of tasks including housing assistance, grant writing and administration, community and regional planning, and general assistance to local governments.

Executive Director John McCurdy said Carcel holds a Bachelor degree in business marketing, a Masters of Arts in Education and a Masters of Business Administration in addition to her work experience. Outside of SWIPCO Carcel is a member of the AHSTW school board and an active mentor in the Teammates Mentoring Program, as well as an adjunct instructor at Metro Community College. She and her husband, Tim, have two children, Timmy (13) and Lilianna (9).