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Spring arrives on Wednesday but allergy season is already hitting Iowa

Ag/Outdoor, News

March 18th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Winter isn’t officially over until Wednesday, but allergy season has already arrived in Iowa as the trees are starting to pollinate. Dr. Jill Poole, an allergist in Omaha/Council Bluffs, says allergy sufferers are beginning to feel the effects. Dr. Poole says, “This is the time of year when the trees start and so this is the exact time for them to get their allergy medications out of the cabinet and start their nose sprays and antihistamines to try to fend off the allergy symptoms before they get behind the eight ball.”

Spring arrives on Wednesday. While everyone’s body is affected a little differently, Poole says tree pollen hits many people in similar ways.
“Sneezing, nasal congestion, itchy nose, itchy, watery eyes are the main symptoms that can be experienced now,” she says. Known as seasonal allergic rhinitis, allergies are reactions of the body’s immune system to a normally harmless substance. Poole says you’ll know it if you have a tree pollen allergy. “If you’re having the classic symptoms of the itchy nose, the sneezing, the itchy, watery eyes that start in March and get real bad in April, that’s really indicative of allergies and you can start taking over-the-counter medications,” she says. “If those don’t hold you or work well for you, that’s the time to get allergy tested.”

Between 20 and 40-percent of Americans suffer from seasonal allergies. Poole offers a few tips on how to lessen the uncomfortable effects of allergies. “Tree pollen is pretty hardy and once it gets in the home, it can be a longer-lasting pollen,” she says. “By closing the windows, that will keep the pollen from being in your bedroom where you’re sleeping and spending a lot of the time. After you’ve been outside, changing your clothes or washing your hands and face can be helpful.”

She also recommends over-the-counter nasal-sinus irrigations and over-the-counter antihistamines that are the non-sedating. Learn more about allergies at the website of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: www.aaaai.org

(Radio Iowa)

Assault arrest in Elliott, Saturday


March 18th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Montgomery County report the arrest Saturday evening of an Elliott man. 58-year old Kenny Clyde Bowers was arrested at around 5:30-p.m., following an investigation into a Simple Assault. Bowers was brought to the Montgomery County Law Enforcement Center and later released on bond.

Strong winds expected across the area today (Monday)

News, Weather

March 18th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

453 AM CDT MON MAR 18 2013


Iowa early News Headlines: Mon., March 18th 2013


March 18th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

ESTHERVILLE, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa soldier who died in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan last week is being remembered for his love of flying. The U.S. Defense Department said 27-year-old Staff Sergeant Steven Blass of Etherville was one of five soldiers killed in the March 11th crash. One of Blass’ childhood friends, Brandon Johnson tells the Des Moines Register that Blass loved flying Black Hawk helicopters.

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — Iowa authorities are investigating a crash that killed a Dubuque woman while she was walking. The fatal crash happened around 5:30 p.m. yesterday evening. More details are expected to be released today.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Rapper Tone Loc didn’t want to be hospitalized after collapsing on stage during a weekend performance in Iowa. Loc, whose real name is Anthony T. Smith, collapsed after finishing a song during a Saturday night concert on a downtown Des Moines bridge. The concert ended abruptly while the 47-year-old was treated. Loc’s representative did not immediately respond to messages seeking comment yesterday.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa State has earned a 10th seed in the NCAA tournament and will face Notre Dame in Dayton, Ohio on Friday. The Cyclones (22-11), led by third-year coach Fred Hoiberg, have earned back-to-back NCAA tournament bids for the first time in 12 years.

Public Hearing Monday in Elk Horn on the EKH School District’s 2013-2014 start date


March 17th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A Public Hearing will be held Monday evening in Elk Horn, with regard to the Calendar Start Date for the Elk Horn-Kimballton School District’s 2013-2014 school year. The meeting takes place as part of the regularly scheduled meeting of the EHK School Board, beginning at 7-p.m. in the Family and Consumer Science Room at the High School.

In other business, the Board will discuss and act on staff resignations and/or retirements, including: Middle School Math teacher & Coach Warren Watson; Family Consumer Science teacher Nancy Watson; High School Business, Phys Ed Instructor & Coach Cindy Steffens, and, Prom Director Amelia Teegerstrom. Superintendent Dean Schnoes will provide an update on the Exira-EHK reorganization process, and, under New Business, the EHK School Board will review and discuss a report on facility protective measures, from a Phil Pitzen, with the U-S Department of Homeland Security.

They will also discuss and take action on: Publishing the 2013-2014 budget; Setting the budget hearing date and time for April 8th at 4-p.m.; Approval of the 2013-2014 school calendar and changes to the calendar and other administrative matters.

CAM School Board to hold Early Start/Budget hearings on Monday


March 17th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Public hearings will be held this (Monday) evening in the CAM High School Media Center, with regard to the CAM School District’s Early Start Date and 2013-2014 Budget. The hearings begin soon after the start of the CAM School Board’s meeting, which gets underway at 7-p.m. Following the separate hearings on each matter, the Board will act on a resolution approving an early start date, and the 2013-2014 budget.

In other business, the CAM School Board will discuss and/or possibly take action on: the 2011-2012 audit report; open enrollment applications; revisions to various Board policies; a budget guarantee Resolution; and matters pertaining to – the Football scoreboard, equipment breakdown insurance, and any resignations.

The meeting will conclude with a closed session to discuss negotiations for the 2013-2014 school year.

Public meetings to be held during the Griswold School Board meeting, Monday


March 17th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Two public hearings are slated to take place during a meeting Monday evening of the Griswold School District’s Board of Education. When the meeting begins at 5:30-p.m., the first hearing will cover the 2013-2014 budget , followed at 5:45, by a hearing on a waiver for the Early Start Calendar for the coming school year.

During the Griswold School Board’s regular session after the hearings, they will discuss and take action on various board policies and receive information about current projects. They’re also slated to act on approving: the budget; a waiver for the Early Start Calendar; the 2013 list of graduates; fees for Driver’s Ed; a mowing bid and concrete work, along with the boiler and heating for the Middle School; and, renovation of the restroom and locker room.

Prior to adjournment, the Board will act on approving the 2013-2014 calendar year Certified Contracts. The meeting will take place in the Central Office Board Room, at the Griswold Middle School/High School building.

Atlantic Parks & Rec Board to meet Monday


March 17th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Members of the Atlantic Parks and Recreation Department’s Board of Directors will meet Monday evening in the cafeteria room at the Senior Citizen’s Center. During their regularly scheduled session, the Board will receive updates on: The Schildberg Recreation Area; The Sunnyside Park Tennis Court reconstruction project, including a review of the timeline for reconstruction; and an update on the boat ramp project.

The Parks and Rec Board will also hear about an Eagle Scout project proposal, and a proposal with regard to the Summer Recreation programs, including the playground…tennis…and men’s softball programs, along with a schedule of operations for the swimming pool.

The Parks and Rec Board meeting begins at 5:15-p.m., Monday.

24 citations issued for Underage Drinking in Adams County


March 17th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Adams County say 24 minors were cited for Drinking Under Age following an investigation into a party at 1588 Quince Avenue, in Prescott. Deputies arrived on the scene at around 2-a.m., Sunday.

Six of the individuals were from Corning. They include: Reggie Perrin, Dannielle Schafroth, Lyndsay Barton, Peyton Frederick, Dustin Sleep and Dalton Nicholson. Four of the minors were from Bedford, including: Jacob Armstrong, Joel Lawrence, Dylon French and Timothy Sweat.

Also cited at the party was: Taylor West and Brandon Robison, both from Prescott…..Robert Davison and Aaron Blake, from Gravity….Dakin Wilcoxson, of Clarinda…Abigail Longfellow, of Afton….and, Dana Brown, Dylan Douglas, and James Castillo, all of whom are from Lenox. Four juveniles whose names were withheld by authorities, were also cited.


Iowa man charged with murder after fatal shooting in Crawford County


March 17th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

DOW CITY, Iowa (AP) — A western Iowa man is facing a murder charge after a fatal shooting in a small town this weekend. The Crawford County Sheriff’s Department says 28-year-old Benton Wingrove was arrested after the fatal shooting of 29-year-old Adam Lary in Dow City where the two men lived. Authorities say Wingrove and Lary argued at a bar in Dow City shortly before the shooting.

Lary left the bar first, but was shot while driving and his car crashed into a house. Authorities say Wingrove called police around 1:45 a.m. Saturday to report the shooting. An officer arrived to find him with a handgun on the ground in front of him. Wingrove was being held in lieu of $1 million bond.