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Council Bluffs animal shelter to open next year

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November 15th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — A new western Iowa animal shelter to be used by the Midlands Humane Society and the Council Bluffs Animal Control Department is set to open early next year. Society spokeswoman Michelle Miller tells the Daily Nonpareil that it could open the first week of January.

Located near the Iowa Western Community College campus, the $3.2 million, 11,600-square-foot building will greatly expand the number of holding areas currently available at the city shelter. Dogs and cats kept in the shelter will be exposed to natural light in a climate-controlled environment.

Private donations paid for the shelter. Miller says fundraising efforts now will go toward covering the first 18 months of daily operating expenses.

Clarinda Snow Ordinance is now in effect

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November 15th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A message from the Clarinda Police Dept.: All Clarinda citizens need to have any vehicles parked on the street removed as soon as today’s (Saturday’s) snow accumulates two inches. Vehicles not removed will be ticketed & towed.

Motorists are also being advised to slow down. Authorities are seeing a significant number of traffic accidents. Remember speed limits are based on ideal driving conditions. A driver can be cited under Iowa motor vehicle for driving too fast for the conditions.

Accident reports piling-up late Sat. morning

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November 15th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Only minor injuries were reported following a single-vehicle accident Saturday at around noon, near the Cass/Adams County line. The crash was said to have occurred on Highway 148. No other details are currently available. Other accidents have been reported along I-80 in Cass County, but there were no immediate reports of injuries.

Snow started falling in Atlantic at around 9:45. Slow down, allow extra space between vehicles on the roadways, and give yourself spare time to reach your destination, safely. As of Noon, roads in western Iowa along and south of Interstate 80 and west of Highway 59, were completely covered with snow. Roads east of Highway 59 were partially covered with snow.

Road condition information is available at 511ia.org, or by calling 5-1-1 in Iowa.

Sioux City casino still trying to fill 40-45 slots

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November 15th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — Those looking for a job at Sioux City’s newest casino can count on more than Lady Luck. The downtown Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sioux City that opened nearly three months ago is still looking to fill 40 to 45 jobs, many of them front-line positions, including table game dealers, security officers, bartenders, servers, cooks and housekeepers.

But some of the jobs are managerial. Hard Rock General Manager Todd Moyer tells the Sioux City Journal  that the casino is still looking for a purchasing manager, director of hotel operations and environmental services manager.

Moyer says a tight local labor market has made recruiting more challenging. The Sioux City area unemployment rate recently stood at 4.4 percent.

Atlantic Park and Rec Board to Meet Monday

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November 15th, 2014 by Chris Parks

The Atlantic Park and Recreation Board will meet Monday, November 17th at 5:15pm in the Council Chambers at City Hall.

Included on the agenda will be a presentation of the completed Fire Pit Eagle Scout Project at the Sunnyside Park Camblin Shelter.

The board will also discuss capital projects updates including: renovation and refurbishing of the Camblin Shelter and Kiddie Korral with preliminary plans and costs, an update on the Senior Activity Area, painting of lines on basketball courts and pickle-ball courts, and shelving installed for an equipments storage room.

There will also be updates on the bike hitch progress at the city park and courthouse.  Discussion of repair to the Shildberg fishing dock which is closed.  They will discuss the 2016 budget and the park and rec Assistant position.

The meeting will finish with a Director’s report that will touch on the bull creek pathway, park restrooms being closed for the winter, Sunnyside gates being open as long as possible, the Cass County Community Foundation Grant, and ending of seasonal employee employment on November 12th.

The next meeting after Monday will be December 15th.

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Underage Drinking Party Busted in Red Oak

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November 15th, 2014 by Chris Parks

An underage drinking bust at approximately 12:30am Saturday (11/15) morning in Red Oak led to eight teenagers being charged.  The incident occurred at a residence on East Hammond Street.

18-year-old Ryan Plambeck of Red Oak was charged with consuming Alcohol Underage.  The other 7 teens were charged with Minor in Possession of Alcohol.  Those individuals were Autumn Athey of Red Oak, Matthew Wood of Stanton, Francisco Rohner of Red Oak, Bennett Archer of Red Oak, Quin Hall of Red Oak, Brooke Samms of Stanton, and Alyssa Wilkins of Red Oak.

Adair-Casey School Board to vote on the district’s future next week

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November 15th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Members of the Adair-Casey Community School District’s Board of Education are expected to decide on the future direction of the district, this coming week. A meeting scheduled for Tuesday evening (11/18) will include comments about the district’s financial  situation, from Iowa Association of School Boards (IASB) Finance Director Gary Sinclair.  That meeting begins at 6-p.m.

Next Wednesday (11/19), the Adair-Casey School Board will hold their regular meeting at 7-p.m. in the High School Library, during which it’s expected they will discuss and then vote on options concerning Whole Grade Sharing, Consolidation, or staying the course with regard to finances and operations.

The Board has been working throughout the year assessing the district’s financial and operational stance, and had met with experts to analyze current enrollment trends, finances, class/course options and more. They’ve also met with four contiguous district board of education to evaluate sharing opportunities.  if the Board agrees to either Whole Grade Share or Consolidate with a district yet to be determined, additional talks would be held early next year.

The purpose of the past and future meetings, is to determine what is in the best interest of all students in the Adair-Casey School District.

Red Oak Police Report Two Arrests Friday Night

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November 15th, 2014 by Chris Parks

The Red Oak Police Department reports the arrest of two individuals in separate incidents Friday (11/14) night.

At 6:00pm officers arrested44-year-old Richard Jenkins of Red Oak on an active Pottawattamie County Warrant for Failure to Appear on original charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance.  Jenkins was transported to the Montgomery County Law Enforcement Center and is being held on a $2,000 bond.

At 10:20pm officers were called to the 100 block of East Prospect Street for a reported domestic abuse incident. After gathering information from both parties and witnesses it was determined that one individual’s story was not matching witness accounts.  24-year-old Eylissa Rose Strange of Red Oak was then arrested on a Domestic Abuse charge and transported to the Montgomery County Jail where she is being held.

Car Catches Fire After Wreck Friday Night

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November 15th, 2014 by Chris Parks

The Montgomery County Communications Center received a call from Cass County on Friday (11/14) night at approximately 9:33pm of an unoccupied vehicle fire around 110th Street and Pilot Grove Park.  The vehicle was then located on Q Avenue, one half mile north of 110th Street fully engulfed in flames.  Elliot Fire arrived on scene and extinguished the fire.

Car fire Friday night (Photo submitted)

Car fire Friday night (Photo submitted)

Upon investigation it was determined that the owner and operator of the vehicle was 23-year-old Jared Scott Smith of New Market.  He was traveling northbound on Q Avenue when he fell asleep and woke back up as he was entering the east ditch.  Smith swerved back to center and lost control, sliding into the west ditch where the car laid to rest.  Smith stated the vehicle began to fill with smoke and he exited the vehicle and called 911.  The vehicle was a total loss.

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Elliot Fire and Cass County Sheriff’s Office.