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Property damage accident in Villisca Wed. morning

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February 24th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office says the teenage driver of a 1992 Pontiac Grand Prix was cited today (Wednesday) following a property damage accident that took place at around 7:35-a.m. The car, driven by 17-year old Austin Pellegrini, of Villisca, was traveling north on 5th Avenue in Villisca, when the teen failed to stop at the intersection with 4th Street. The vehicle was struck in the passenger side by a 2011 Chevy Malibu, driven by 70-year old Deloris Williams, of Villisca, who was traveling west on 4th Street.

Damage from the collision amounted to $6,500. No injuries were reported. Pellegrini was cited for Failing to Obey a Stop Sign.

2 arrests reported in Mills County

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February 24th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Mills County Sheriff’s Office reports two, recent arrests. Early today (Wednesday), 28-year old Christopher James Wyland, of Shenandoah, was arrested on 287th Street for Driving Under Suspension. His bond was set at $300. And, Tuesday night, 27-year old Andrew Dean West, of Malvern, was arrested on a warrant for Domestic Abuse Assault (for which there is No Bond), and Unlawful Possession of Prescription Drugs, the bond for which was set at $1,000.

Strickland wins vacancy seat on the Oakland City Council

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February 24th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

A Special Election was held Tuesday in the City of Oakland, to fill a vacancy on the Oakland City Council. Three candidates were running for the one, open seat. The winner, with 149 votes, was Gayle Strickland.

Joseph Wede was a distant second, with 52 votes, while Doug Reed had 27 votes. Strickland will be sworn-in to take the place of Jason Smith, who resigned from the Oakland City Council on December 15th.

Cass County Supervisors approve hiring another County Attorney assistant

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February 24th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Board of Supervisors today (Wednesday) approved an increase in the number of assistants for the Cass County Attorney’s Office. Before approving the request, the Board heard from County Attorney Dave Wiederstein, who said he’s been filling-in as the County Attorney’s in Audubon County since Feb. 12th, due to a medical emergency in their office. His duties there are temporary, according to Wiederstein.

He also wanted to thank the Pottawattamie County’s Attorney’s Office for providing an assistant to train Eva Jensen – Delinquent Fine Coordinator – in the area of Delinquent Fines. Wiederstein also sat in on the training program. And, with regard to the adding of an assistant, Wiederstein explained his reasons for needing more help. He said the individual hired will prepare documents for court cases.

The Board’s approval means the number of assistants in the Cass County Attorney’s Office will be three, effective March 1st. The Board also approved the awarding of contracts for stock ($30,998. 86) and project pipe ($51,954.20) to Metal Culverts from Maryville, Missouri, in the amount of $82,953 altogether. There were two companies bidding for the pipe, with the difference amounting to about $100.

Winterset woman arrested on Union County warrant

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February 24th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Union County Sheriff’s Office says a Madison County woman was arrested Tuesday night at the Union County Law Enforcement Center. 40-year old Jaquelie Juatriene Clabaugh, of Winterset, was arrested on a Union County warrant for probation violation. Clabaugh was being held for Union County in the Ringgold County Jail on $2,000 bond.

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(Podcast) KJAN 8-a.m. News, 2/24/16

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February 24th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

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FFA marks FFA Week touting all-time record membership in Iowa

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February 24th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Iowa’s F-F-A members are celebrating F-F-A Week by holding events like pancake dinners and driving their farm tractors to school. Joshua Remington, executive director of the Iowa F-F-A Foundation, says there’s been a big increase in membership in the 226 chapters statewide. “Statewide, there’s 14,847 of us and we’re super-excited because that actually is an all-time record membership.”

He says the organization is dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. “People might think the FFA is slowing down or growth is slowing down and membership might not be what it is as people move to more urban areas, but it’s a record membership as people pay more attention to things like where their food comes from, water quality and overall production of food,” Remington says.

He says agricultural education prepares students for successful careers and a lifetime of informed choices in the global agriculture, food, fiber and natural resources systems.
“Agriculturalists, by and large, tend to be excellent stewards and they want to pass on that land from generation to generation and have a great opportunity there,” Remington says. “Plus, we know that many parents value the career choices their students are making.”

He says there are 11 jobs for every single applicant in the ag industry. Learn more at www.iowaffa.com or www.ffa.org.

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February 24th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

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Atlantic School Board work session tonight: Focus on Board Communication

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February 24th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic School Board will hold a work session this (Wednesday) evening in the High School Media Center, beginning at 5:30-p.m. Special presentations leading-off the meeting will cover the AHS Silver Cord Program and School Property/Casualty Insurance. But the most interesting part of the meeting will likely be with regard to Board Member Communications.

That’s because School Board Member Dr. Keith Swanson wrote an article in the “Speak Up” section of the Atlantic News Telegraph last week, where he indicated he was embarrassed to be on the Board, in light of recent issues with the District’s buses and concerns about a number of financial issues. Atlantic Superintendent Dr. Michael Amstein wrote a response to Dr. Swanson’s letter, which was published in Tuesday’s paper.

In it, Amstein claimed “Many of the comments made by Mr. Swanson regarding the operation of the District were quite inaccurate.” Amstein said Swanson wrote his comments without confirming the facts, and said he should have addressed his questions and concerns to the Board in an open forum, where they could be answered directly. Amstein said he also thought Swanson’s assertion that District’s fine arts and athletic programs have deteriorated, “Insulting and disrespectful” to the students, coaches/sponsors.”

Injury accident on I-29 Wed. morning

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February 24th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Police in Council Bluffs say two people suffered non-life threatening injuries during a single-vehicle accident early this (Wed.) morning. The accident was reported at around 2:15-a.m. on the Avenue G to southbound Interstate 29 on-ramp. Officers arriving on the scene located a white Nissan that had rolled off of the interstate and into the median just north of Ave G.

The Council Bluffs Fire Department removed the two occupants from the vehicle, who were transported to CHI Creighton Hospital. The Council Bluffs Police Departments Special Operations unit is investigating the cause of the accident.