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King, Vilsack Debate


September 28th, 2012 by admin

The fourth face-to-face debate between Republican Congressman Steve King and Christie Vilsack, his Democratic challenger, was held last night (Thursday). King opened with a subtle attack on Vilsack, who moved to Ames to run in the new fourth congressional district.

“I live here. My roots are here,” King said. “They’re going to stay here, whatever happens in November.” Later, King said he wanted to know whether Vilsack and her husband — former Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack and the current U.S. Secretary of Agriculture — supported a particular bill, prompting Christie Vilsack to make this declaration:

“Congressman King, you’re running against me, not against my husband.” The two quarreled over the languishing Farm Bill as they have in their three previous debates.

“I’m sitting in a position where I expect to be on the conference committee and we’ll have a voice of Iowa there when we hammer the last bill out,” King said. Vilsack replied: “I don’t think that you’re going to be on a conference committee. You haven’t shown leadership in other situations either and I don’t think you’re going to show leadership here.” Vilsack suggested there was a reason King was the only member of Iowa’s congressional delegation who did not sign a petition calling for a vote in the House on the Farm Bill.

“I think there are $136,000 reasons why he didn’t do that and those are the dollars that he is receiving from the Club for Growth,” Vilsack said. The Club for Growth issued a statement saying support of that petition would “count heavily as anti-growth” on the group’s “congressional scorecard.” King immediately shot back by criticizing the way Vilsack’s husband is running the U-S-D-A’s food stamp program.

The USDA has been spending millions of dollars advertising food stamps. They’ve gone from 19 million people on food stamps a few years ago to 47 million today,” King said. “That’s the bigger part of the argument going on in congress and that is hurting our agriculture.” The debate was held in Orange City, on the campus of Northwestern College and sponsored by K-T-I-V television.

Cass County Master Gardeners Grant Money Available


September 28th, 2012 by admin

Now is the time to plan and plant for future gardens. The Cass County Master Gardeners organization is offering a total of $1,500 in grant money to be used by the end of 2012, to encourage gardening to grow food and/or beautify surroundings. The money may also be used for education purposes.

Any Cass County not-for-profit group or individual may apply. Schools, churches, libraries, 4-H clubs, Scouts, and individuals working to improving their communities can use the money to begin or improve gardens or landscaping, or to provide education for their members or the public. Each grant has a maximum of $500. The application must also include plans for teamwork and sustainability. Consideration for the environment is also an important selection factor.

Applications should be completed as soon as possible and grant requests will be evaluated and awarded in the order received. Information and forms are available on the Cass County Extension website, www.extension.iastate.edu/cass.

The Master Gardener program trains volunteers to develop their knowledge and skills in horticulture. These volunteers then give back to their communities through gardening service and education.

3 Men Sentenced in US Court in Council Bluffs


September 28th, 2012 by admin

Three men face prison time on unrelated charges after being sentenced Thursday in United States District Court in Council Bluffs according to United States Attorney Nicholas A. Klinefeldt.

29-year-old Andrew James Ring of Council Bluffs was sentenced for being a felon in possession of a firearm.  Ring was sentenced to 12 months and 1 day in prison, to be followed by 3 years of supervised release. The Court also ordered Ring to pay a $100 special assessment for the Crime Victim Fund.

Ring was sentenced following his plea of guilty to the charge of felon in possession of a firearm. The charge arose out of an incident in which a motor vehicle operated by Ring struck a parked vehicle near a bar in Council Bluffs on December 5, 2011. Council Bluffs police officers responded and found a rifle and ammunition in Ring’s vehicle. Prior to possessing the rifle, Ring had been convicted of OWI 3rd in Pottawattamie County.

51-year-old Richard Pearson of Colorado Springs, Colorado, was sentenced for coercion and enticement of a minor to engage in unlawful sexual contact.  Pearson was sentenced to 120 months in prison, to be followed by 5 years of supervised release. The Court also ordered Pearson to pay a $100 special assessment for the Crime Victim Fund, to register with the Sex Offender Registry, and to forfeit certain items of personal property found in his possession on the date of his arrest in southwest Iowa.

The Indictment related to events involving texting between Pearson and a minor under 16 years of age which occurred between about mid-February of 2012, to about April 20, 2012, when the Pearson was in southwest Iowa on a trip from Colorado to engage in unlawful activities with the minor victim in Iowa. Pearson was an over-the-road trucker, who cultivated a relationship with the minor victim using cell phones provided to the minor by Pearson.

29-year-old Jeffrey Daniel Bozarth of Council Bluffs was sentenced for possession of child pornography.  Bozarth was sentenced to 48 months in prison, to be followed by 5 years of supervised release. The Court also ordered Bozarth to pay a $100 special assessment for the Crime Victim Fund, and also ordered Bozarth to forfeit all of his child pornography and equipment on which it was digitally stored

The charge arose out of a Nebraska State Patrol “P2P” investigation, which led to Bozarth’s address. On December 2, 2010, agents of the Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Omaha, Nebraska Office executed a federal search warrant at Bozarth’s residence in Council Bluffs and recovered various computer equipment and digital files stored therein. Forensic examination of the computer files seized in the search found a significant quantity of child pornography, including known child pornography from other states within the United States and some from other countries.

Friday Morning State AP Headlines


September 28th, 2012 by admin

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The Democratic National Committee and Obama for America are starting a bus tour reminding voters in early voting states they can begin casting ballots. The tour kicks off in Sioux City at noon tomorrow then heads to Council Bluffs for a 3 p.m. event. Several other stops are planned throughout Iowa next week. Early voting began in Iowa yesterday.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Campaign aides say Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan will visit eastern Iowa next week. The Wisconsin congressman will headline a rally Monday at Loras College in Dubuque, then visit Clinton, the Davenport area and Muscatine on Tuesday. It will be the first time Ryan has campaigned in eastern Iowa. Vice President Joe Biden campaigned there last week.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A Des Moines doctor faces a fifth malpractice lawsuit for allegedly prescribing large amounts of narcotic painkillers to a patient who fatally overdosed. The Des Moines Register reports Doctor Daniel Baldi (BALD’-ee) was sued this week by the family of 39-year-old Chad Martin. The man from Johnston died last September. Baldi has denied wrongdoing.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Two Iowa school districts have received a multimillion-dollar national grant to help teachers and principals develop their skills as educators. Governor Terry Branstad announced yesterday that the Central Decatur Community School District and the Saydel Community School District have won the grant, which will provide $2.3 million in its first two years.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) – Authorities say firefighters have rescued two cats from a mobile home in Cedar Rapids after a resident had to flee the heavy smoke. The Cedar Rapids Fire Department says the blaze was reported about 2 a.m. today by a resident at the Summit View mobile home park.

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – Police have arrested a man who allegedly tried to rob a Sioux City convenience store with a hammer. KTIV-TV in Sioux City reports that 42-year-old Shannon Ivory was charged with first-degree robbery and two counts of assault while participating in a felony. Police say they responded to the robbery around 1:30 a.m. today at a Kum and Go store before arresting Ivory.

More Lane Restrictions on I-80 near CB


September 27th, 2012 by admin

Construction work will continue to restrict lanes on eastbound Interstate 80 near Council Bluffs through the weekend. The Iowa Department of Transportation will be closing the left lane of eastbound I-80 between exit 1 (I-29) and exit 1B (South 24th Street) from Friday at 10 PM until Monday at 6 AM weather permitting.

The Iowa DOT reminds motorists to drive with caution, obey posted speed limits and other signs in the work area, and be aware that traffic fines for moving violations are at least double in work zones. As in all work zones, drivers should stay alert, allow ample space between vehicles and wear seat belts.

Rainscaping Class at Atlantic IWCC


September 27th, 2012 by admin

The West Pottawattamie Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD) in partnership with Iowa Western Community College (IWCC) has received a $20,900.00 DNR-REAP Conservation Education Program Grant to host Rainscaping Loess Soils and Sustainable Living classes. Cass County Conservation is partnered with them to bring the classes to the Atlantic Campus of IWCC. The Intro to Rainscaping Workshop is free to the public.  It will be held November 3, 2012. Topics covered at the Atlantic IWCC workshop include Green Roofs, Permeable Paving Systems, Rain Gardens, Worm Composting, and after a lunch break Rain Barrel Class. This workshop will be held at the Atlantic IWCC, Saturday November 3 from 9 AM to Noon. If you would like to build a Rain Barrel there is a $40/barrel fee.

To register for classes go to http://www.iwcc.edu/continuing_education/

Mills Co. Arrests


September 27th, 2012 by admin

The Mills County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrests of three people the past few days.

On Thursday at about 1:20 AM, 31-year-old Kevin Scott Peteren of Glenwood was arrested on Hazel Street in Glenwood for 3rd degree burglary, 3rd degree attempted burglary, 5th degree theft, and public intoxication.  He was held on $3,600 bond.

On Tuesday at about 9 AM, 36-year-old Charles Curtis Kephart of Glenwood was arrested for 3rd degree sexual abuse.  He was held on $20,000 bond.

On Monday, 22-year-old Patrick Neil Jack of Malvern was arrested for violation of probation.  He was hld on $5,000 bond.


Western Iowa Cattle Sickened by EHD

Ag/Outdoor, News

September 27th, 2012 by admin

The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship today said that more than fifteen cattle herds primarily in western Iowa have had animals contract the Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD) virus.

EHD is a virus that is spread by biting midges and primarily affects deer.  A hard freeze kills midges and will stop the spread of the virus.

EHD can cause illness in cattle, including fever, ulcers in the mouth and gums, swollen tongue, excessive salivation, and lameness or stiffness when walking.  Death loss is uncommon in cattle and there is no evidence that the EHD virus can infect humans.

EHD rarely affects cattle, but the wild whitetail deer population in southern and western areas of Iowa and surrounding states is seeing the disease at high levels.  EHD is common in whitetail and other deer in some years and can be fatal in these deer.

Cattle farmers are advised to use insect control as a preventative measure to reduce the risk of having cattle that become infected.  Farmers who notice signs of illness in cattle are encouraged to immediately contact their veterinarian.


Cass Co. Supervisors to discuss and/or act on Amaizing Energy URA parcels


September 27th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Board of Supervisors are set to meet Friday morning, in Atlantic. During the 9-a.m. session at the Courthouse, the Board will discuss appointing a Safety Coordinator, with regard to a recommendation from the Iowa Municipal Worker’s Compensation Association (IMWCA).

Board Chair Duane McFadden reviewed the IMWCA workers’ compensation safety review onsite visit by Loss Control representative Ed Morrison.  Following his September 11th visit, Morrison said he finds the workplace to be generally safe and compliant.  However, he recommended that Cass County “appoint a safety coordinator to assess the state of safety in the workplace, promote safety and ensure compliance with established safety programs and policies.”  The matter was taken under advisement during the Board’s meeting last week.

The Supervisors, Friday, will also discuss and/or possibly act on, a valuation exemption agreement for an Amaizing Energy Urban Renewal Area (URA) parcel or parcels.

$202M Powerball in Iowa Last Night


September 27th, 2012 by admin

Check your numbers, as your net worth may’ve jumped overnight by several digits. A Powerball ticket sold somewhere in Iowa won the jackpot in last (Wednesday) night’s drawing worth 202-million dollars. But that’s not all, according to the Iowa Lottery’s Mary Neubauer, who says it may have been the “winningest” night in Iowa lottery history.

There were four big prize winners last night here in Iowa including both Powerball and Iowa’s $100,000 Cash Game,” Neubauer says. In addition to the 202-million dollar Powerball jackpot, there were also one-million-dollar and ten-thousand dollar winners in the Powerball last night. Plus, there was a grand prize winner in Iowa’s Hundred-Thousand Dollar Cash Game. Neubauer can’t say yet where any of the winning tickets were sold.

“This was such an unusual evening, we need to sort through all of these details,” she says. “Lottery security was working on it last night and is already working on it this morning. It certainly does not appear that there was anything amiss but we just need to review all of these details and we hope to have that information ready to release later this morning.” Neubauer says it’s the second time this year a Powerball ticket sold in Iowa has won the monster jackpot.

This 202-million dollar winner is Iowa’s second-largest jackpot winner, right behind the 241-million dollar “Shipping 20″ prize claimed in June by a group of Quaker Oats factory workers in Cedar Rapids. Neubauer says September 26th of 2012 may go down in Iowa Lottery history.

“We think this may have been Iowa lottery players’ winningest night ever, or luckiest night or whatever you want to call it,” she says. “We can’t remember a time when we ever had this many big winners all in one night. It certainly is unusual news.” Last night’s jackpot winning ticket for Powerball had the numbers: 13, 26, 39, 41, 42 and the Powerball number 10. Learn more at: www.ialottery.com