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A reminder: Community Dance this Friday night, in Atlantic

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July 2nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Local band “Popcorn Button” will be back on the stage this Independence Day weekend at the Elks Lodge in Atlantic for a night of free music and dancing. Admission is free, and dancers and listeners of all ages and abilities are invited to attend the dance on Friday, July 5th from 7- to 10- pm.

The summer’s first dance, titled “Let Freedom Swing” will see the twenty piece ensemble perform big band favorites like “In the Mood,” “Pennsylvania 6-5000,” and “Hoop-de-Doo Polka.”  Event organizers encourage dancers of all skill levels, including those with no experience, to enjoy the live music and get out on the dance floor. Jake and Pam Auerbach will be available to provide free instruction in east coast swing, waltz, two step, and polka throughout the evening.

Popcorn Button is a group of volunteer musicians who come from all walks of life. Many of the band’s members are from Atlantic or the surrounding area, including several students and alumni from Atlantic High School. Also featured are students from Iowa State University, the University of Iowa, the University of Northern Iowa, and the community at large.

A free will donation will be accepted at the door to help defray costs of the event. All excess money goes back to the community in donations or through the Popcorn Button Community Music Scholarship, an award to help young musicians attend band camps, honor bands, or private lessons. For more information, contact Curtis Ullerich at info@popcornbutton.org or at 424-242-2878, or visit www.popcornbutton.org.

Scam phone calls to utility customers continue into summer

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July 2nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Alliant Energy today reminded customers to be wary of scam phone calls, as complaints similar to those received in winter and spring are continuing into the summer. Similar to a scam that has been in occurring locally and nationally, customers report receiving phone calls that threaten electric service disconnection and ask them to purchase a prepaid card. 

Alliant Energy does not ask customers to purchase prepaid credit cards nor make immediate cash payments over the phone. This scam appears to target Spanish-speaking customers, but can happen to anyone. 

  • If someone calls claiming they represent Alliant Energy and they demand immediate payment or personal information, hang up and call us. Do not give in to a high-pressure caller seeking personal information. We have several secure and convenient payment options listed at alliantenergy.com/paymentoptions
  • Beware that scammers can spoof caller-ID displays, which means they can mask the call’s true origin and make it appear as if it the call is coming from a utility company. 
  • Do not provide your Social Security number, credit card numbers or bank account information to anyone who requests that information during an unsolicited phone call or an unannounced visit. 
  • Customers should report attempted scams to local law enforcement and the Iowa Attorney General by visiting iowaattorneygeneral.org, or calling 1-888-777-4590.

Cass County Supervisors to act on Historical Museum funding

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July 2nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Board of Supervisors will meet Wednesday morning, in Atlantic. During their session, which begins at 8-a.m., the Board will act on a request for funding from the Cass County HistoricalMuseum. During their meeting last Friday morning, the Board discussed, but took no action on the request for $20,000, which if approved, would be made in two installments of $10,000 each. The money would come from the Local Option Sales Tax fund. 

The Supervisors will also act on a request for a Fireworks Display permit, as required by Iowa Code, and on the appointment of two members to the County Compensation Board, which prepares a compensation schedule for elected officers in CassCounty. And finally, if the paperwork is ready, the Board will discuss and act on approving entry into a 28-E agreement for Mental Health Regionalization.

Unique bicycle meant for civic events stolen from Creston

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July 2nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A unique, side-by-side bicycle “car” built by a Creston man, and destined to be sold at auction and used for community events, was stolen the day before the auction.

Bike stolen prior to auction.

Bike stolen prior to auction.

The bike was built by Wilbur Ricks of Creston, who died in December. On June 22 his family scheduled an auction to sell his estate. The bicycle car was included. One of the civic clubs in Creston had determined that they would bid on it to make it a “parade vehicle” for community events.

Sometime in the early-morning hours of June 22, someone decided they would prefer to acquire the bike by wheeling it away from the property, rather than seeing it sold at auction. The family would still like to see it go to the service club to be enjoyed by the community

If you see the vehicle, call the Union County Law Enforcement Center at 641-782-8402, or Rick’s son at 319-269-3475 to collect a reward upon its recovery.

IA Women in Ag Conference set for July 30 in Ankeny

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July 2nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A conference set to take place later this month in Ankeny will address the challenges women face in agriculture. Deb Schuler, President of Iowa Women in Agriculture, says the organization’s 7th Annual Conference, entitled “All in a Day’s Work,” will be held July 30th, from 8-a.m to 5-p.m. at the FFA Enrichment Center, in Ankeny. The day before, a wine and cheese welcome reception will be held from 5-to 8:30-p.m. at the Courtyard by Marriott, in Ankeny. Cost for the conference is $70, and includes the evening welcome reception, a continental breakfast, and lunch. Registrations are due by July 20th. All early paid registrants will be eligible to win a Google Nexus 7, 16-gigabyte tablet.DaysWork 

Schuler says the conference features a variety of topics, including: Farm estate planning; Livestock marketing; Mobile precision ag lab; Livestock regulations; Agronomy; Stress management; Quick books; Income tax issues, and much more. Distinguished speakers include Roger McEowen/ISU Center for Ag Law and Taxation; Julianne Johnston, Farm Journal Media editor; Brandi Shay, from SouthwesternCommunity College; Dr. Michael Rosemann, with AgriWellness, Inc.; Annette Sweeney, former chair of the House Ag Committee and Iowa AgriWomen President, and others. 

For more information, contact IWIA President Deb Schuler at 712-243-4444, or go to www.iowawomeninag.org.

Break-in reported at Harlan Wastewater Treatment Plant

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July 2nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A pickup truck with a dump box and small equipment (including  4 new tires, a weed eater, paint machine and other, miscellaneous items) was reported stolen last week from the Harlan Wastewater Treatment plant. According to the Harlan Police Department, the incident happened sometime Thursday night. The loss was estimated at more than $36,000.

The Harlan PD, Shelby County Sheriff’s, Iowa State Patrol and other authorities in the area were notified to on the lookout for the vehicle and equipment. Authorities determined the stolen red truck with the city of Harlan logo on the side headed south from the plant, towards the interstate.

The facility, located on a mile south of Highway 44 on Maple Road, was broken into through a locked gate where the thieves used wire cutters to cut around the padlock. Anyone with information on the burglary at the Harlan wastewater treatment plant is asked to contact the Harlan Police Department at 712-755-5151 or city hall at 712-755-5137.

(Joel McCall/KNOD)

8AM Newscast 07-02-2013

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Democrat Jim Mowrer launches bid for Iowa’s 4th district congressional seat

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July 2nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A 27-year-old Boone native has quit his job at the Pentagon to run for the Iowa congressional seat Republican Steve King now holds. Democrat Jim Mowrer is formally kicking off his campaign this morning (Tuesday). Mowrer served in the Iowa National Guard unit that spent 23 months in Iraq — the longest Iraq deployment for any unit in the military. In 2009 he returned to Iraq as a private contractor. In 2010 Mowrer went to work at the Penaton as a special assistant to the Under Secretary of the Army.

Mowrer says too many politicians in Washington from both parties are “pushing sound bytes to…score political points for partisan gain.” He accuses King of being part of the problem. “Steve King isn’t working for Iowans. He’s not working for the 4th district and I have a record of actually getting things done,” Mowrer says. “I think that a lot of politicians spend time talking about problems, but not actually working on finding a way to find solutions and getting them done.” 

Mowrer’s last day at the Pentagon was June 10th. He has moved back to Boone with his wife — who is a Boone native, too — and their two young children. If elected, Mowrer would be among the youngest members of congress. To be eligible to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives, a candidate must be at least 25 years old and a resident of the state they wish to represent.

(Radio Iowa)

Bluffs trio accused of abusing special needs man can post bond

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July 2nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Three Council Bluffs residents accused in the kidnapping and abuse of a special needs man living in their home, will be allowed to post bond prior to their trial. The Daily NonPareil reports 4th District Court Judge Mark Eveloff on Monday decided to allow 55-year old Rebecca S. Beyer, 51-year old James W. Beyer, Jr., the step-mother and father of the alleged 20-year old victim, to post 10 percent of the bond, but Eveloff did not reduce the amount of their $100,000 bonds, as had been requested by attorneys for the accused. If they do post bond, the suspects will be placed on a pre-trial, supervised release. The judge also issued a No Contact order.

Rebecca Beyer was arrested June 19th on suspicion of first-degree kidnapping and willful injury causing serious injury. James Beyer, Jr. and his stepson, 22-year old Ryan M. Smith, were both arrested on suspicion of first-degree kidnapping. Attorneys for the Beyer’s said a family member would be able to post 10-percent of their $100,000 bonds. Smith’s attorney said he would likely receive the same option.

The charges against the trio were filed following an investigation into allegations the 20-year-old made in March, while speaking with workers at a Council Bluffs men’s shelter. The unidentified man told authorities that Rebecca Beyer allegedly heated spoons and forks on the stove and burned him with them. He also said he had been physically assaulted by his father, James Beyer, and that both his parents had threatened to kill him. The abuse had allegedly been going on for years.

Assistant Pottawattamie County Attorney Amy Zacharias said none of the facts in the case have changed since the arrests were made on June 19th, except that DNA evidence was found on a leash the 20-year-old said was used to chain him up in the garage. Conversely, an attorney for the accused said testing on three other items – an iron said to have been used to burn the victim, a spoon and an extension cord – did not show any evidence of the victim’s DNA being on those items.