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Atlantic FFA Food Stand Project receives another financial boost

Ag/Outdoor, News

August 12th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Atlantic High School FFA Advisor Eric Miller reported some good news during Monday evening’s meeting of the Atlantic Board of Education. During the Cass County Fair, you may recall KJAN broke the news about a $5,000 donation from the Trevor Frederickson Foundation for the construction of a new, FFA Food Stand on the Cass County Fairgrounds. During Monday’s School Board meeting, Miller said another donor had come forward pledging a large amount of money for the cause.

Miller said Farm Credit  Services of America is also stepping forward to contribute $5,000. That puts the total so far for contributions toward the stand at just shy of $20,000. Miller said there are still some grants they intend to apply for  in order to meet their goal of $25,000-to $30,000. Local contractors, he said, have talked with officials about doing the work and gathering materials. Miller said with the two large donations, they’re set to get the new Food Stand in-place in time for next year’s Cass County Fair.

The FFA Food stand is run between the Griswold, Atlantic and CAM School Districts. Miller said the current Food Stand has been in dire need of replacement for many years. He said “20-years ago when I was a high school student in Anita, it needed rebuilt then, so it’s time to move on with this.” He said they’ve also raised between eight-and nine-thousand dollars from the sale of food the past two-years at the fair, to help pay for the new FFA Food Stand. The final total of funds raised from the sale of food at this year’s fair has not yet been fully tabulated.

In other news, Miller asked the School Board for permission to take a group of young people to the 87th Annual National FFA Convention and Expo, October 29th through November 1st, in Louisville, KY. He said the students who attended last year’s convention enjoyed themselves and found new inspiration to pursue a career in Agriculture or a related field.  He said seven students — who have yet to be selected — will make the 11-hour drive to Louisville, beginning at 6-a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 29th.

FFA officials say some 60,000-plus people are expected to attend the Expo. Our local youth will stay in a Holiday Inn Express hotel which provides a Continental Breakfast. The schedule of events includes tours of Louisville on Oct. 30th.Their stops will include the Louisville Slugger baseball bat manufacturing plant and museum, Churchhill Downs, and some area farms. The students will also hear from four keynote speakers and attend workshops for leadership skills and more, and be able to attend concerts by Justin Moore, Easton Corbin, Scotty McCreedy and Danielle Bradberry, along with the Springs Band. Among the scheduled speakers during the event is Tyson President and CEO Donnie South.

Students will apply for one of the seven seats on the trip. Faculty and staff will then choose those students who will be lucky enough to make the trip this year. Another factor in determining who goes on the trip, is the FFA point system, where students receive points for attending meetings and other events locally, and around the State. Last year, 17 students applied to go on the trip. Miller says this year, that number will probably be closer to 25. He said they would love to be able to take more students, but at this point, it’s not financially feasible for the district. Funds for the trip are paid for entirely out of the district’s FFA account, which means some students who otherwise not be able to attend are eligible to do so.

Monies for that fund are raised in-part, through activities such as the current sale of FFA grown sweet corn near the bus barn, here in Atlantic. Miller said students were expected to be out early this (Tuesday) morning to harvest some 60 dozen ears of corn. The previous harvests (100 dozen every 5 days) sold out at Hy-Vee since the corn became available last week. The sale brings in about $350 per week just for the sweet corn alone.

Democrats seize on Ernst’s criticism of Obama’s Iraq decisions

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August 12th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Iowa Democrats and Bruce Braley’s campaign are drawing attention to comments Republican U.S. Senate candidate Joni Ernst made during an A-B-C interview late last week. “What we see going on in Iraq right now, if this current administration had followed guidance from military leaders many years ago, we would not be in this situation,” Ernst said. Jeff Zeleny, ABC’s Senior Washington correspondent, asked: “Do you support the limited airstrikes that were started this morning?” Ernst replied: “I can say is what I would have supported is leaving additional troops in Iraq longer and perhaps we wouldn’t have this situation today.”

Ernst is a battalion commander in the Iowa National Guard who served in Iraq in 2003 with a unit that ran convoys from Kuwait into southern Iraq. Darin Adams of Marshalltown was stationed in Iraq for two and a half years and he was recruited by the Iowa Democratic Party to offer a rebuttal to Ernst’s statements on Iraq. “I guess my first thought when I read it was just shock at the disconnect that Ms. Ernst has with the American public,” Adams said. “The American public wanted to pull out of Iraq, you know, unless we want to create permanent bases in Iraq which is not what the people want and not what the Iraqis want.”

Adams, a military strategist, served a year in Baqubah (buh-KOO-buh) and a year in Mosul, two cities which are now threatened by the Islamic militants who’ve seized control of large swaths of Iraq. Critics of the Obama Administration argue if some U.S. troops had been left in Iraq they could have sounded an early warning about the so-called ISIS militants. Adams says America’s military community knew a decade ago that what’s happening now could happen. “I mean, how big of a force would we have to put in Iraq to not have the situation go the way that it is? How many troops is enough?” Adams asks. “How many dead American soldiers is enough? When do we say, ‘Hey, we’ve given you all the resources you need to be successful, but this is an Iraqi problem that needs Iraqi solutions.'”

A spokeswoman for the Ernst campaign says Ernst believes President Obama should have worked harder to negotiate an agreement with the Iraqi government that would have kept some U.S. troops in the country. In March, Ernst criticized Obama’s approach to the Ukraine crisis. There’s been an anti-war vein in Iowa politics over the years. In 1991, Chuck Grassley was one of just two Republican senators who voted against the Gulf War resolution. In 2002, though, Grassley voted for military action in Iraq.

Former Iowa Congressman Jim Leach, a Republican, voted for the first Gulf War, but in 2002 Leach voted against sending U.S. troops back to Iraq, arguing it could weaken the fight against terrorism. Leach lost his bid for reelection in 2006. He endorsed Barack Obama’s bid for the White House in 2008.

(Radio Iowa)

Cargill settles EPA dispute in Iowa, Nebraska

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August 11th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

EDDYVILLE, Iowa (AP) — Cargill Inc. has agreed to pay more than $187,000 to settle allegations that it violated the Clean Water Act at large oil storage facilities in Iowa and Nebraska. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Region 7 says the privately held multinational corporation lacked a response plan at two facilities that outlined procedures for addressing serious oil discharges.

The facilities are located in Blair, Nebraska, and Eddyville, Iowa. Each facility produces and stores more than one million gallons of oil. The EPA identified the issue during site visits in 2013. The Minnesota-based company submitted response plans in June 2014.

Iowa’s corn, soybean crops looking good

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August 11th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A U.S. Department of Agriculture report indicates Iowa’s corn and soybean crops are looking good. The USDA says Monday that 76 percent of the corn crop was in good to excellent condition, and 75 percent of the soybean crop was in good to excellent condition.

Topsoil moisture also was in good shape in most areas, with 71 percent of Iowa farmland rated as adequate, 23 percent short and 3 percent very short. The remaining 3 percent had surplus moisture.

Recent rains soaked some areas of Iowa while leaving others relatively dry. That’s reflected in the survey showing some areas had only three days suitable for field work while other had more than six days during the week ending Aug. 10

Time running out for filing of Gen. Election papers

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August 11th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Montgomery County Auditor’s Office is reminding Independent Candidates that you have until later this month to file nomination papers to run for Montgomery County Offices in the November General Election. The filing period for all counties began Monday August 4, 2014 and will run through August 27, 2014 at 5 P.M. Anyone with questions regarding the number of signatures necessary for each petition should contact the Montgomery County Auditor’s office 712-623-5127 or visit the Secretary of State website www.sos.iowa.gov

Saturday, October 25, 2014 is the Pre-Election VOTER REGISTRATION DEADLINE for election. There is Election Day registration, but specific documentation must be provided. If possible, register before Election Day. Friday, October 31, 2014 is the deadline to Request Absentee Ballot to be mailed.

On Tuesday, November 4, 2014 ELECTION DAY, the polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

In Montgomery County, your polling places include: The Red Oak Gold Fair Building; Red Oak Fire Station; Red Oak First Christian Church; Elliott Community Building; Stanton Fire Department; Grant Fire Department and at the Villisca Community Building

ABSENTEE BALLOTS WILL BE AVAILABLE AFTER SEPTEMBER 25, 2014, AT THE AUDITOR’S OFFICE TO BE VOTED THROUGH MONDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2014. Those requesting by mail should send requests as soon as possible.

Three of Montgomery County’s incumbent office holders were unchallenged for Republican nominations in the June Primary—County Attorney Bruce Swanson, County Treasurer Carol Strovers and County Recorder Carleen Bruning. Three Supervisor Districts were challenged with Republican nominations in the June Primary—Supervisor District #1 Steven D. Ratcliff, Supervisor District #2 Joshua A. Wiig, Supervisor District #4 Mark L. Peterson. With no Democratic candidates running in the primary, these offices will be unchallenged in the November 4th election—unless independents step forward.

CANDIDATES FILED
County Offices…..Montgomery County Recorder, Carleen Bruning (Rep) – Incumbent; Montgomery County Treasurer, Carol Strovers (Rep) – Incumbent; Montgomery County Attorney, Bruce Swanson (Rep) – Incumbent; Supervisor District #1, Steven D. Ratcliff (Rep) – Incumbent; Supervisor District #2, Joshua A. Wiig (Rep); Supervisor District #4, Mark L. Peterson (Rep).

Interested candidates may also file petitions for the following offices: Township Trustees, Township Clerks, County Hospital Trustees, Soil and Water Conservation Board, and County Agricultural Extension. Voters in 12 County Townships will also vote in November on a referendum allowing the Township’s Trustees to be appointed by the County’s Supervisors, rather than elected as now.

The Montgomery County Auditor’s Office is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. If anyone has questions about voter registration, absentee ballots, or voting, call the Auditor’s office—712-623-5127 or visit www.montgomerycountyiowa.com

Farragut man arrested on drug charges

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August 11th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Fremont County say a traffic stop last Friday on Highway 59 resulted in one person being arrested on drug charges, 22-year old Justin Wagner, of Farragut, was charged with Delivery of a Controlled Substance/Marijuana, and Possession of a Controlled Substance with the Intent to Deliver/Marijuana. Wagner was being held in the Fremont County Jail on $10,000 bond.

(12-p.m. News)

Sexual predator’s walk-away from Cherokee facility unlikely to prompt law changes

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August 11th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Governor Terry Branstad says it’s unlikely any laws will be changed as a result of the recent incident involving a “sexual predator” who walked away from a northwest Iowa treatment facility.  “This is a delicate area and it’s one the courts have really kind of spelled out what is possible,” Branstad says. In 2011 a court ruled 42-year-old Cory West was violent and likely to commit another sex crime, so West was sent to the Cherokee Mental Health Institute after his prison sentence expired, then last fall West became eligible for a transition program. He did not return from work early Sunday, August 3rd. West was captured four days later in Oklahoma.

The governor says there’s a “delicate balance” between protecting the constitutional rights of people like West and protecting the citizens of the state.  “I’m glad we have a law that permits us to hold these people that are dangerous and should not be released, but we also have to obviously make sure it’s done in the appropriate way,” Branstad says. “This would be an example of where the court should look at this and determine if this individual should be held longer in light of what just happened.”

West has had several convictions for sexual abuse. His latest was in 2008, when he pled guilty to assault with intent to commit sexual abuse. West was found in a Tulsa hotel last Thursday.

(Radio Iowa)

NE residents arrested on drug charges in Aud. County

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August 11th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Two women from Nebraska were arrested early Saturday morning on drug charges, in Audubon County. The Sheriff’s Department says 21-year old Angellena Jo McDonald and 20-year old Morgan Kay Slusser, both of Omaha, were taken into custody at around 3-a.m. following a traffic stop in the 3100 block of Highway 71. McDonald faces Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia charges. Slusser was charged with Possession of Marijuana/2nd offense, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. The pair were later released after appearing before a magistrate. Their preliminary hearings were set for Aug. 28th.

And, a Kimballton woman was arrested at around 1-a.m. Sunday following an incident on Main Street in Kimballton. 40-year old Jennifer Ann Albert was charged with Public Intoxication and Interference with Official Acts. She later posted bond and was released, with orders to appear in court this Thursday.

AMU reminds customers about ongoing fraud attempts

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August 11th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Officials with Atlantic Municipal Utilities (AMU) reported today (Monday) they have been notified that some of their customers are still being contacted by someone claiming to be from AMU and that their account was past due. The caller indicates that their service would be disconnected shortly if payment was not made over the phone. The person IS NOT FROM AMU. Similar scams have been made across the country and have occurred locally in the past.AMU logo

If your account is past due, you will be contacted by an individual who will provide their name and indicate that they are with Atlantic Municipal Utilities. You will not be required to make payment over the phone to prevent service from being disconnected. Additionally, prior to being disconnected for a delinquency, you would receive written notice in the mail from AMU and notice posted to your residence. Furthermore, AMU’s office hours are Monday through Friday from 7am-4pm. AMU will not contact you regarding delinquency or account balances outside of those hours.

Do not provide your credit card or banking information to these individuals. If you question the status of your account, please contact AMU directly at 243-1395. In the event you receive one of these messages, please obtain as much information from the caller as possible and contact either AMU or the local police department.

Young man tells cops he’s intoxicated…and is placed under arrest

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August 11th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A young man from Lenox was arrested early Sunday morning after he told officers responding to a call in the 100 block of east Kansas Street, that he was drunk.

Bryan Garcia

Bryan Garcia

Officers agreed 19-year old Bryan Garcia was intoxicated and placed him under arrest for public intoxication and minor in possession of alcohol. Garcia was subsequently transported to the Taylor County Jail.