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Shelby County Fire Danger rating reduced to “Moderate”

News, Weather

September 17th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Shelby County Emergency Management Agency has reduced the Fire Danger rating in the County, to “Moderate.” The rating had been set at “High” this past week, and in weeks prior, the “Extreme” category. Emergency Management Coordinator Bob Seivert said today (Monday), that current weather conditions have “Opened-up a window of opportunity,” for those who have been holding-off on burning piles or CRP ground. Seivert says conditions through this coming Thursday will be better than they have been for several weeks. After Thursday, it looks like fall drying conditions will continue, and the grasslands will continue to die-off.

Seivert reminds Shelby County residents to exercise caution with all burns, and to contact your local Fire Chief or the EMA, if you have any questions about what the best time of day is to conduct an open burn, and the safest methods to do so.

Harlan Police issue arrest report


September 17th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Harlan Police Department, today (Monday), issued a cumulative arrest report. The report covers incidents and arrests having occurred since August 26th. Most recently, on Sept. 11th, authorities say an arrest warrant was issued for 26-year old Zachary Scheffler, of Harlan. The warrant  was issued after officers were called to a domestic disturbance in the 400 block of 6th Street, during which Scheffler allegedly assaulted a woman during an argument. Scheffler had been released earlier in the day on $2,000 bond, in association with an Aggravated Serious Misdemeanor charge of Driving While Barred/Habitual Offender.

And, as we told during our news last Friday, 14-year old Bryan Wilke was arrested Sept. 9th on a felony charge of extortion, after allegedly demanding money and/or goods from the mother of a 12-year old girl, who had allegedly taken inappropriate pictures of herself and sent them to Wilke in the form of a text message. Wilke was allegedly willing to trade those pictures to the girls’ mother in exchange for $6,000 and/or unspecified goods.

The H-PD says also, 17-year old Jessi Gregg, of Paola, KS, was cited Sept. 9th, for being a minor in possession of tobacco. The citation was issued after authorities were called to a disturbance in the 1800 block of 10th Street. Gregg was cited for the offense, and released.

Adair County Supervisors to meet Tuesday


September 17th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Members of the Adair County Board of Supervisors will gather Tuesday morning at the courthouse in Greenfield, for their regular weekly meeting. During their 9-a.m. session (which is normally held on Wednesday), the Board will canvass the result of a Special School Election, as well as discuss and/or act on: a Tax Abatement Resolution; a Transfer Resolution, and a Fiscal Year 2012 Iowa Municipal Workers’ Compensation Association (IMWCA) Workman’s Comp Audit Report.

At 9:15-a.m., Sheriff Brad Newton is scheduled to discuss the HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Cooling) and Fire Suppression contracts. At 9:30, the Board will hear from Joyce Ray, with regard to the Wayne Ray Memorial. And, at 9:45, County Engineer Nick Kauffman will present a proposal from Gus Construction, for culvert extensions on County Road G-30. Kauffman will also give a Secondary Roads Department report, and his regular report on Maintenance and Activities.

9AM Newscast 09-17-2012

News, Podcasts

September 17th, 2012 by admin

w/ Ric Hanson

Saturday accident in Lenox


September 17th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Lenox Police Department report a two-vehicle accident Saturday afternoon at Brooks and Nebraska Streets was apparently caused by another, unidentified driver. An investigation determined that a 2011 Chevy pickup driven by 71-year old Richard Trucks, of Lenox, was traveling south on Brooks Street, and a 2000 Oldsmobile  van driven by 21-year old Christain Collins, of Lenox, was northbound on Brooks.

Both drivers stated an unidentified silver pickup was southbound next to Trucks’ vehicle, and forced him over the center line. The action caused the Trucks’ and Collins vehicles to side swipe each other. Damage from the mishap amounted to $6,000. Officials say Collins was issued a citation for failure to have a valid driver’s license.

Falls Prevention Awareness Day – Sept. 22nd


September 17th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Department of Public Health says Iowa will join 45 other states, Washington D.C., and Puerto Rico in recognizing Falls Prevention Awareness Day on the first day of fall, September 22nd, 2012.  IDPH Director, Dr. Mariannette Miller-Meeks says “Falls are a significant concern for Iowans, especially with our aging population. Falls are the leading cause of injury hospitalizations and emergency room visits in Iowa and the leading cause of injury deaths for those over age 65.” The total cost of fall-related hospitalizations and emergency department visits in Iowa are over $237 million annually.

The IDPH says falls are not a natural consequence of aging; however, aging does contribute to factors that increase the risk of falling, including reduced strength in lower extremities, use of four or more medications, poor vision, chronic health problems and unsafe home conditions. Iowa Department on Aging (IDA) Director Donna Harvey says, “When older adults fall, it often leads to a loss of independence and reduced mobility. Research indicates that fall prevention programs for high-risk older adults have a net-cost savings of almost $9 in benefits to society for each $1 invested. Through appropriate risk management, falls are preventable.”

There are ways older Iowans can prevent falls:

  • Take your time – get out of chairs slowly. Sit for a moment before getting out of bed.
  • Wear sturdy, well-fitting shoes with low heels and non-slip soles.
  • See an eye specialist once a year. Poor vision can increase your chances of falling.
  • Be aware that some medications have side effects that can cause dizziness.
  • Increase physical activity – regular exercise increases balance and strength.

Follow these tips to make living areas safer and help reduce the risk of falls:

  • Use non-slip mats in the bathtub and on shower floors.
  • Have grab bars installed next to the toilet and in the tub or shower.
  • Have handrails on both sides of stairways.
  • Improve lighting in the entire home.
  • Remove tripping hazards like throw rugs and clutter in walkways.

For more information about falls prevention, visit www.idph.state.ia.us/FallPrevention/.

8AM Newscast 09-17-2012

News, Podcasts

September 17th, 2012 by admin

w/ Ric Hanson

Denison City Council may go “High Tech”


September 17th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

City leaders in Denison may take the “High Tech” route when it comes to Council meetings.

An electronic tablet, similar to the type being considered by the Denison City Council.

The Omaha World-Herald reports the Denison City Council may join other Crawford County entities such as the Denison Board of Education and Crawford County Board of Trustees, in using electronic tablets. Use of the tablets is designed to reduce the amount of paper waste generated when Council packets and agendas are assembled, and the delivering of those packets to members of the Council.

The newspaper says Denison City Council members discussed the tablet computer options during their meeting last week. The price for a tablet with a 10-inch screen would cost about $329 each, unless the City’s computer support provider can provide a better, bulk rate. Even if the City decides to purchase about eight of the tablets, the Denison City Clerk would still hold one set of paper copies at City Hall.

Administrators with the Denison School District have used electronic tablets for over a year, and this year purchased the gadgets for teachers, using the schools’ sales tax revenue. Denison Municipal Utility Board members also use similar pads, while the Crawford County Board of Supervisors have laptop computers. The World-Herald says last month, the trustees of Crawford County Memorial Hospital adopted a policy for board members’ use of electronic tablets, which will be issued to the board, at a later date.

Domestic disturbance leads to 2 arrests in Red Oak


September 17th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A domestic disturbance Sunday evening in Red Oak resulted in the arrest of two people. According to Red Oak Police, 30-year-old Paul Earl Lemburg II and 28-year-old Johna Christine Dolph, both of Red Oak,  were arrested for “Breach of Peace.” The pair was taken into custody in the 500 block of North 6th Street, in Red Oak.  Lemburg faces additional charges that include Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Interference with Official Acts.

Lemburg and Dolph were being held in the Montgomery County Jail on $300 bond each.

Born to love barns? See 100 of them, inside & out, on Iowa Barn Tour

Ag/Outdoor, News

September 17th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Iowans who appreciate historic barns can tour dozens of the big agricultural buildings during a special weekend-long barn tour later this month. About a hundred barns are being featured statewide.

Dobbin Barn, near State Center

Jacqueline Andre Schmeal, co-founder and president of the Iowa Barn Foundation, says each structure has a story and like the farmers who built them, they’re all different. Some of Iowa’s oldest, well-preserved barns are in the Dubuque area and date back to the 1830s. “The building was influenced by the ethnics where people came from, Germany, Luxembourg or wherever, or from Wisconsin or from Pennsylvania,” Schmeal says. “In western Iowa, you tend to have more western cattle barns and they’re more alike. It would depend, too, on the crops they had to store or the animals they had to feed.”

Some of the Barns on the tour in our area include: The Anstey barn, near Massena; The Heflin and Wooster barns in Shelby County; The Hindraker and Caltrider barns in Guthrie County; The Finken barn in Harrison County, and the Renze barn, along with the Ed Sextro Crib, both in Carroll County.

Roghair near Alton, pix by Ken Dunker

Whether they’re painted the traditional red-and-white or are made of wood, stone or brick, Schmeal says barns can be beautiful and fascinating. She says one round barn in central Iowa that’s on the tour has an unusual story.  “It was created by Van Pine Manufacturing in Davenport and all of the pieces were sent by railroad to State Center and then were hauled to the farm,” Schmeal says. “It’s a huge, magnificent, round barn. You just go in there and you look at all those pieces and wonder how that happened.”

Most of the 100-some barns on this year’s tour have gotten preservation grants from the foundation. Schmeal says the organization has handed out more than two-point-six million dollars since its founding in 1997. Some Iowans have an undying devotion to saving and restoring barns and Schmeal says it’s well-deserved. “It’s our heritage and it’s our history,” Schmeal says. “I cannot look at a barn without thinking of the farmer and the barn builder who worked all day and then he still had to put this barn together. Often, the family lived in the barn until the house was finished because they had to have the barn because that was their livelihood.”

The self-guided tours will run from 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM on September 22nd and 23rd. Learn more at the website: www.iowabarnfoundation.org.

(Radio Iowa/Ric Hanson)