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Nebraska authorities ID body found along river

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November 11th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

PERU, Neb. (AP) – Authorities in southeast Nebraska have identified the body of a man found on a bank of the Missouri River.  The Nemaha County Sheriff’s Office says the body was that of 43-year-old Mark Miller, of Omaha. People fishing by the river north of Peru found the body Oct. 27.

Miller was presumed missing Oct. 2 after a boat he’d borrowed was found unoccupied floating down the river. Miller had been camping near the river in Fremont County, Iowa. A crime is not suspected.

Beef prices could go up this winter

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November 11th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

You could pay a little more for steak or hamburger this winter. Iowa State University livestock economist, Lee Schulz, says the cattle market is rebounding from years of drought, and along with lower grain prices and better forage, the conditions are good for producers. ” We’ve seen the cost of production decrease substantially and we’re looking at break-even levels and above for beef producers,” Schulz says. He says producers sell fewer animals to build up their herds to take advantage of the market situation.

“Beef supplies are historically tight, but to build that herd they’re going to become even tighter because we have to retain more of those heifers,” Schulz explains. Keeping those animals out of the marketplace means beef will cost more. “There is quite a bit of uncertainty, but I think we do know that prices are likely to increase in the rather short to medium term,” Schulz says. Schulz adds, while consumers may see higher prices, retailers are likely to cushion some of the impact.

(Radio Iowa)

Cass/Adair County Boards of Supervisors meetings on Tues.

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November 11th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Cass and Adair County Boards of Supervisors will hold separate meetings Tuesday in Atlantic and Greenfield, respectively. Both sessions begin at 9-a.m.  In Atlantic, the Cass County Supervisors are scheduled to receive a report at 10:30 from the Child Abuse Prevention Council’s Kristen Templeton, with regard to ‘The Scary Guy” program being brought to all schools in the County, next fall. The CAPC will request funding from the Board to help make the program possible.

In Greenfield, the Adair County Supervisors will canvass the results of the Nov. 5th City Election, and hold public hearings on the authorization of loan agreements and issuing of General Obligation Capital Loan Notes amounting to $11-million, and resolutions to take addition action on those matters.

The Board will also act on the signing of an agreement with Pictometry, and a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) agreement.

Harlem Ambassadors travel to Harlan

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November 11th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A group of basketball ambassadors will come to Harlan this (Monday) evening to take on some local celebrities. The Harlem Ambassadors are an organization similar to the Harlem Globetrotters and will bring high flying slam dunks and family comedy to the Harlan Community High School Gymnasium starting at 7pm. Dawn Gardner from the Harlan Community High School says the Ambassadors will play against the Harlan Community Hoopsters.

The Hoopsters will be coached by the Harlan Mayor Gene Gettys and Izzy Clark and the team is made up of current Harlan Community staff members such as Superintendent Justin Wagner, teacher Dan Hoch and former Harlan Community graduates including Randy Bissen, Paul Bruck and Kevin Osborn.

The entire event is sponsored by the Harlan Community Teammates Mentoring Program. Gardner says “The Teammates Program was started by Doctor Tom Osborne and Nancy Osborn in Nebraska as a school based mentoring program. Students meet once a week for an hour during the school year. It gives students an extra adult to look up to other than family members.”

No ticket is needed to get into the family show this evening at the high school gym but seating is limited. A free-will donation will be taken at the door with proceeds going to the Teammates program. Along with the basketball fun, the concession stand will be open as well as a merchandise stand from the Harlem Ambassadors. A signed basketball from the Ambassadors will be auctioned off to coach Izzy Clark, too.

(Joel McCall/KNOD)

Kimballton Vet pens fictional novel based on real-life events in Vietnam

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November 11th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A Veteran from Kimballton has written a fictional novel based on the life of a Vietnam veteran. Steve Heuton is the author of “Back in the Day” about two young men growing up in the 1960’s. Heuton says “It starts about the end of their junior year of high school, goes on to their senior year as they chase girls, hot rod around and play football. They do pretty good at everything and they are on top of the world. Then they are drafted and end up going to Vietnam. It’s a long fall from top of the world to the bottom and they crawl back out again.”

He says parts of the book are true and happened to him or friends of his. Heuton says the book was inspired by an English professor in college.  “I graduated from college about two weeks before my 30th high school reunion and had an engineer’s degree. My English Professor told me I had a gift and I should get out of engineering and into journalism. The rest kind of came to me as the years went by and I figured I better do it before I forget everything.”

The story inside “Back in the Day” is quite moving from the highs of being rock stars in high school to the lows of the war. Heuton, a high school graduate from Elk Horn and Vietnam Veteran, says he is dedicating the book to Veterans. “The book is dedicated to the men and women who served in Vietnam and we need to be thankful for all those men and women.”

“Back in the Day” will hit bookstores set to be released in stores and online December 31st, 2013.

(Joel McCall/KNOD)

Stubborn Silo fire reported near Harlan

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November 11th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Firefighters in Harlan responded to a silo fire south of Harlan, twice Saturday, the third time in two days they had been called to the same location. According to Harlan Fire Chief Roger Bissen, the first call about a silo fire at 1610 Maple Street, came around 9:30-am, Friday. Bissen said at the time, it was a lost cause. “There wasn’t anything we could do about it because we had silage burning on the inside of the silo and I couldn’t send anyone in because it was too dangerous. It was contained at the time. We determined the silo structure was deteriorating and needed to come down with an excavator.”

Firefighters doused the flames but were called back at around 3-a.m. Saturday. Chief Bissen said “We had some embers that left the silo and caught a hog house on fire. We had to go extinguish that. That shed was burnt to the ground.”

The Department returned around mid-morning on Saturday to assist as an excavator was brought to the farm and tore the silo down. No injuries were reported and no dollar amount was given.

(Joel McCall/KNOD)

 

Assisting the H-FD were firefighters from Elk Horn, Kimballton, Walnut, Avoca and Shelby. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

 

Lenox woman arrested on assault charges

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November 11th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A disturbance that brought Police in Lenox to a residence Sunday afternoon resulted in the arrest of a 27-year old female.

Ruth Graham

Ruth Graham

Officers dispatched to a 601 South Walnut at around 2:30-p.m., and determined Ruth L Graham, of Lenox, had allegedly assaulted two other females at that residence. Graham was arrested for 2 counts of assault simple and transported to the Taylor County Sheriffs office.

Lenox teen arrested for alleged threat

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November 11th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

An 18-year old from Lenox was arrested Sunday evening in Lenox, after police responded to a complaint of threats being made against the resident of a home. Officials say officers went to the home at 601 S. Walnut Street in Lenox, at around 5:15-p.m.

Dustin Clayton

Dustin Clayton

They determined that Dustin Clayton, of Lenox, had illegally entered the residence of another person and allegedly threatened to kill him. After officers located Clayton as he was driving a few hours later, was stopped and arrested on charges of Trespass and 1st degree Harassment, an aggravated misdemeanor. Clayton was transported to the Taylor County Sheriffs office for processing.

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Veterans Day 2013

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November 11th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Today is Veterans Day where Americans honor our Veterans for helping to keep us free.

Some events scheduled for today include: The Griswold Community School District Veteran’s Day Program which will be held at 7:00 pm in the school auditorium.  The guest speaker is World War II Navy Veteran Clarence Pfundheller if Greenfield who will share his experience of being on the USS Maryland when Japanese planes attacked Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.  Fellowship time will follow the presentation in the cafeteria with a dessert bar.  The program is open to the public.

This past weekend, several activities took place including a breakfast in Harlan and Brayton. This morning, the Harlan Community Middle School will present their annual Veteran’s Day program inside the Harlan Community High School Gym. Bob Cook, American Legion Post 150 Commander, says the events and day mean a lot to Veterans everywhere. “People in southwest Iowa do a magnificent job. Speaking of all Veterans, we really do appreciate that. The sense of patriotism and those who served is extremely positive. The day means a lot and the events touch all our hearts.”

Veterans can start filing in to the gym at 9am with a pre-show at 9:30 and the program at 10-a.m. The theme this year is “With Them We Stand” and a reception will follow. Harlan Community isn’t the only one with a Veteran’s program as Tri-Center School District and Boyer Valley also have a tribute to the Veterans today. This evening, Veterans can get a soup supper at the Shelby Community Building. A choice of chicken noodle or vegetable beef soup with a salad, dessert and beverage will be served from 5 to 7:30pm with carry outs available. Veterans can eat free and proceeds from the event go to the Shelby County American Legion.

Cook says the Harlan Community School has another event on Tuesday evening to finish the local Veterans activities.  “From 6 to 7 at the high school cafeteria a sort of a new thing where the Legion provides cookies and coffee to serve those who are participating in the sing-a-long. And that is magnificent; they all are by the way. The 4th grade music class will sing to the Veterans that evening. I tell you what the guys are escorted in and you get to see one another. The numbers are incredibly high for an area this size. I don’t think I have ever been moved that much to see that.”

(Ric Hanson-KJAN/Joel McCall-KNOD)