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Shelby County Relay for Life to be held this evening

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June 6th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The 18th annual Shelby County Relay for Life event will be held this (Friday) evening on the square in downtown Harlan. Teams can setup their camp beginning at 2pm this afternoon. The schedule of events starts at 4pm with the opening ceremonies and flag rising. Suzie Mages with the American Cancer Society says a guest speaker will hit the stage around the same time “We are also very lucky this year to have the American Cancer Society Vice President of Operation come join us. We have never had a national guest before. So because Shelby County has such a strong relay, she was very excited to come. Joy King will be speaking around 4:15-4:30.”

The Relay teams will be introduced at 5-pm with a team lap. The most moving part of the Relay for Life night is the survivors lap. Decked out in purple, survivors will make a complete lap around the square at 6pm followed by a reception in the southeast corner of the square. Nadine Kenkel, a Shelby County resident and cancer survivor will be a guest speaker during the lap. Entertainment, food and the luminary ceremony will be held throughout the evening starting at 7pm.

Mages says the committee decided to do the luminaries a little different this year “During each hour on the hour, [there is] an ‘Hour of Hope’ sponsor [who has} donated money to be the sponsor. [They are] given a commercial and then [Relay organizers] will going to divide up the luminary names and read them throughout the evening.”

The luminary lighting ceremony is scheduled for 9-pm with a street dance with the Road Haus Band wrapping up the night. In the event of bad weather, the Shelby County Relay for Life will move the event to the Harlan Community High School gymnasium.

Before the event takes place, one Shelby County Relay for Life team starts-off a little early with a fundraiser walk. Team Schulte won the team spirit award at the 2013 Relay for Life event and in honor of that, they are walking the trophy from Westphalia to Harlan. Their journey from town to town will start on County Road F-32 then onto Highway 59 before reaching Harlan. You can follow the Schulte’s walk and the full relay for life event on Facebook by searching Relay for Life of Shelby County.

(Joel McCall/KNOD)

Parish Picnic in Defiance features games, beer and an auction

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June 6th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

It’s Parish Picnic season in Shelby County. The St. Peter’s Parish Picnic in Defiance kicks things off at 5-pm Saturday, with the kid’s games and rides, beer garden, food stands and other work stands. Dave Schwarte, member of the Parish Picnic committee, says there is a change in this year’s schedule“We are moving our auction to Saturday night at 6 o’clock. Not always but sometimes we had a conflict with weather so we are trying to do something different. We are going to have the auction on Saturday night instead of Sunday and following the auction we will have a dance with Mac and the Bulldogs from approximately 9 to midnight.”

During the auction, there’ll be a “Heads and tails” game, with the winner enjoying a week-long stay at a Westgate Resort. On Sunday the St. Peter’s Parish Picnic in Defiance resume at 2-pm, with all the stands open, followed by a chicken supper. Schwarte says “On Sunday we have Staley’s Chicken dinner which is always the best. That starts at 4 on Sunday, 4 to 7:30pm. Tickets for adults are $11, kids 10 and under are $5. You may purchase tickets at the door and we do have carry-outs available.”

Two separate raffles will be held throughout the weekend, as well. The $10 raffle gives participants a chance to win a Windows tablet and the $50 raffle’s grand prize is a trip to Branson, MO for the first ticket drawn and the 300th ticket will win a choice between a $3,200 vacation, $3,500 merchandise from Bonsall’s TV and Appliance in Dunlap or $3,000 cash. Raffle tickets can be purchased from members of the parish.

(Joel McCall/KNOD)

Regional planning agencies awarded $304k

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June 6th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Iowa Democrat Senator Tom Harkin has announced five Iowa regional planning organizations have been awarded a total of $304,000 to help establish a comprehensive economic development strategy in their regions.

Locally, the Omaha-Council Bluffs Metropolitan Area Planning Agency received $60,000 to serve the counties of Mills and Pottawattamie in Iowa, and Washington, Douglas, and Sarpy in Nebraska and the Southwest Iowa Planning Council received $60,000 to serve the counties of Cass, Fremont, Harrison, Montgomery, Page, and Shelby.

The projects will bring together the public and private sectors to create an economic development roadmap to diversify and strengthen the regional economy. Specifically, it is expected these funds will help develop a process and strategy that supports job creation and private capital investment. The funding was made available through the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA). 

Pet advocates recommend micro-chipping your animals, especially after this week’s storms

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June 6th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Many Iowans leave their dogs and cats outdoors much of the time during the warm months, but this week’s severe weather serves as a reminder that those pets need solid shelter, especially during storms. Pam Wiese, at the Humane Society, says Iowans can take other proactive steps to protect their pets, should they become separated in the case of a terrible storm. “We have learned from Katrina and many of the tornadoes, that microchipping pets is really a great way to insure that if there’s any way possible to get them back, you can,” Wiese says. “It’s a permanent form of ID, it doesn’t twist off or leave in high winds and it’s a much better way to permanently identify your pet than any other way that we know.”

Wiese says some animal shelters in the state offer microchipping of pets for as little as ten-dollars. “It’s great to have a collar and tags on your pet as well,” Wiese says. “Joe, on the street, may find him and bring him back but if he’s got a microchip, no matter if he’s caught in winds or under a building or stuck in mud or whatever, we will be able to find that microchip, and in fact, even if he’s deceased.”

Microchips aren’t just for dogs and cats, either. They’re only about the size of a grain of rice and can be implanted into every sort of pet from parrots to horses.

(Radio Iowa)

Honor Flight Vets have free movie opportunity

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June 6th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Area veterans who have signed-up to participate in the upcoming Honor Flight to Washington, D-C, also have an opportunity to see a movie featuring real footage of an elite group of U-S soldiers sent on a dangerous mission in Afghanistan, free of charge. A local veteran, Sgt. Nathan Allen, was shot in the chest during the March 29, 2011 mission, while trying to help another wounded soldier. Allen, a 2006 Atlantic High School graduate, is retired from the Army and currently resides in Manhatten, Kansas.Horn

Melanie Petty, with the Trevor Frederickson Memorial Fund, says they’ve purchased 200 tickets for the “Hornet’s Nest” movie. The block of tickets was purchased because there is a prerequisite of 500 tickets being pre-sold in order for the film to be shown in Atlantic. It had previously only been shown in select theatres during the month of May, and opens nationwide today (June 6th).

The Frederickson Fund wants to donate a ticket to each veteran taking part in the honor flight later this month. Honor Flight Vets interested in a free ticket to see the movie the week of June 12th through the 18th should contact Melanie Petty by no later than Tuesday, June 10th.

Petty says she has a list of those going on the flight, so she’ll simply check their names off as they call her, at 249-3696. If you get her voice-mail, please leave your information.

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Pilot hurt when ultralight crashes near Winterset

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June 6th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

WINTERSET, Iowa (AP) – The pilot of an ultralight aircraft was flown to a Des Moines hospital after his aircraft crashed near Winterset. Madison County authorities say the aircraft struck ground in a field west of Winterset about 8 p.m. Thursday.

Authorities say 54-year-old Patrick Cook, of Winterset, suffered head, leg and abdominal injuries.  A witness told officers that the aircraft hit a power line before crashing.

National Guard rededicates Readiness Centers in Dubuque and Council Bluffs

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June 6th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa National Guard is rededicating readiness centers in Dubuque and Council Bluffs that have undergone renovation. Guard spokesman, Colonel Greg Hapgood, says it’s part of an ongoing maintenance program. “Renovations usually have to do with new heating, air conditioning, ventilation, paint, electrical wiring, they’ll generally create better spaces for soldiers to train and learn in. And so this will certainly improve the utility for both of these armories in Iowa,”Hapgood says. There have been armories for the Iowa National Guard around for years, and they are now becoming more modern facilities.

“The term armory for the most part is interchangeable with readiness centers, but we are really moving toward the term readiness centers, because that’s a lot more accurate depiction of what these facilities are used for,” Hapgood says. The Dubuque Readiness Center was rededicated Thursday afternoon.

The Council Bluffs Readiness Center and Field Maintenance Shop rededication is set for today (Friday) at 11 a-m. The four-point-five million dollar ($4.5) project began in October 2012 and features a complete renovation of both original facilities, which were built in 1993. The existing Readiness Center facility included the addition of some space along with new ceilings, wall and floor coverings, energy-efficient heating and conditioning systems and windows. The Field Maintenance Shop received an additional four-thousand square feet of space, including work bays, radiant heat and air equipment, new storm sewer, fencing, windows, and a new heating and cooling systems.

Colonel Hapgood says the completion of these facilities keeps them on track with maintenance plans. “Generally our philosophy with the Iowa National Guard is that we want every facility to be renovated within the last 20 years, or be newly built within the last 20 years, and we are absolutely on schedule for that,” Hapgood says. The centers not only serve as training facilities for the Iowa National Guard, but Hapgood says they can be rented out for use by the community. He says they provided a good link between the citizen soldiers and the communities they serve.

“The communities really are the hub in the Iowa National Guard. Those communities absolutely support our soldiers, airmen and families, and it’s an invaluable relationship for us,” according to Hapgood. The Council Bluffs Readiness Center is home to approximately 250 solders with Detachment 1, Company F, 334th Brigade Support Battalion; Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 168th Infantry; Detachment 1, Company B, 1st Battalion, 168th Infantry; and Company D, Iowa Army National Guard Recruit Sustainment Program.

(Radio Iowa)

Interim Superintendent appointed for the Iowa School for the Deaf

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June 6th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Board of Regents has named an interim superintendent for the Iowa School for the Deaf. According to the Omaha World-Herald, Assistant Administrator John Cool will take over July 1 and is expected to serve for about a month. The regents on Wednesday approved paying him an annual salary of $121,978.

Steven Gettel was appointed superintendent effective Aug. 1st. He will make an annual salary of $180,000 to oversee the Council Bluffs school as well as Iowa Educational Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired, the regents’ other special school, in Vinton. Gettel, director of the Montana School for the Deaf and Blind, will move to Council Bluffs this summer.

Superintendent Patrick Clancy retires June 30th.