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Today is the last day to pre-register to vote for the June 7th Primary Election

News

May 27th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Cass County Auditor Dale Sunderman reminds residents of the County that today (Friday) is the last day to pre-register to vote for the June 7th Primary Election. That applies to registration in-person (including registration at driver’s license stations or agencies), or by mail. The Cass County Auditor’s Office is open until 5-p.m.

After today, a person may register to vote at the Auditor’s Office and vote an Absentee ballot. The last day to vote Absentee in the Auditor’s Office, is June 6th. The process is the same as for registering to vote on election day, June 7th.

(Podcast) KJAN 8-a.m. News, 5/27/2016

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May 27th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

More area and State news from KJAN News Director Ric Hanson.

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3 arrested in warrants in Creston

News

May 27th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Creston Police Department says three people were arrested on warrants Thursday, and one person was arrested on drug charges. 29-year old Juan Gonzalez, of Creston, was taken into custody Thursday night, and charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance, and Possession with the intent to sell. Gonzalez was being held in the Union County Jail on $5,000 bond.

Arrested on warrants, was: 34-year old Timothy Hudek, of Winterset, who was wanted for Theft in the 4th Degree. He was later released on $1,000 bond; 19-year old Brandon Barrett, of Shannon City, was arrested on a warrant for Violation of Probation. His bond at the Union County Jail, was set at $5,000. And, 33-year old Erin Wallace, of Creston, was arrested Thursday evening in Creston, on a warrant for Violation of Probation. Her bond, at the Ringgold County Jail, was set at $5,000.

Griswold blood drive to honor teacher w/non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma

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May 27th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

An American Red Cross Blood Drive will be held Wednesday, June 15th in Griswold, in honor of Griswold High School Teacher and FFA Adviser, Kevin Blair. The Red Cross says Blair’s current and former students and FFA members are especially encouraged to donate at the blood drive held in his honor, from 11-a.m. until 5-p.m. June 15th, at the Griswold Central Church of Christ.

Mr. Blair was diagnosed with marginal zone lymphoma, a form on non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. While in the hospital, he received blood transfusions to raise his dangerously low hemoglobin numbers.

Griswold H.S. teacher/FFA Adviser Kevin Blair.

Griswold H.S. teacher/FFA Adviser Kevin Blair.

The Blood Drive in his honor, comes at a particularly difficult time for the Red Cross, as many schools that hold blood drives, are out of session for the summer months, which makes it an especially difficult time to collect enough blood to meet the needs of hospital patients.

To make an appointment for the Blood Drive in Griswold, call Janae at 712-210-4271, use the free Red Cross Blood Donor App. (available at www.redcrossblood.org/bloodapp), or visit redcrossblood.org on the web, and use sponsor code 009857.

(Podcast) KJAN Morning News & funeral report, 5/27/2016

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May 27th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The area’s top news at 7:06-a.m., w/KJAN News Director Ric Hanson

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Authorities: Iowa hit-and-run suspect reported car stolen

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May 27th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) – Authorities say a Nebraska man suspected in a fatal hit-and-run crash in Iowa told police his vehicle was stolen the night of the accident.
The Daily Nonpareil in Council Bluffs reports 44-year-old Tracy Peniska, of Omaha, turned himself in at the Pottawattamie County Jail Monday and was charged Tuesday with leaving the scene of a fatality accident and obstructing prosecution.

Police say Peniska was driving his car March 9 on the Interstate 480 bridge in Council Bluffs when he hit a pedestrian, 29-year-old Brett Jensen. Police say Peniska had reported his car stolen to Omaha police the night of the hit-and-run.

24 Hour Rainfall Totals ending at 7:00 am on May 27

Ag/Outdoor, News, Weather

May 27th, 2016 by Jim Field

  • KJAN, Atlantic  3.51″
  • Atlantic (10th & Cherry)  4.5″
  • Atlantic (11th & Poplar)  4.5″
  • Atlantic (Heritage House)  5.0″
  • Atlantic (near high school)  7.3″
  • 7 miles NE of Atlantic  1.18″
  • Massena  1.13″
  • Elk Horn  1.43″
  • Avoca  .8″
  • Oakland  1.25″
  • Logan  .04″
  • Woodbine  .01″
  • Villisca  1.35″
  • Missouri Valley  .02″
  • Irwin  .22″
  • Sidney  3.9″
  • Panora  3.5″
  • Clarinda  1.4″
  • Shenandoah  2.5″
  • Council Bluffs  .6″

Atlantic Pharmacy nominated for Health Mart Pharmacy of the Year

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May 27th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

If you were in the downtown area of Atlantic Wednesday, you might have seen a video crew scurrying about at Rex Pharmacy. That’s because the pharmacy has been nominated for a Health Mart Pharmacy of the Year, award. Officials say 4,600 independent, individually-owned Health Mart pharmacies nationwide are in the running for the award.

Jeff Aden is the McKesson (Health Mart parent company) retail sales manager/representative, who nominated Rex Pharmacy for the award for his “Cutting edge services and very patient-centric, very innovative practices…to differentiate himself between other pharmacies, and help his patient achieve better health,” in many ways. He’s represented the pharmacy for more than 14 years and three generations of ownership. Aden says store owner Josh Borer’s successful approach to business ownership is “Better patient healthcare equals better business success.”

The award will be presented June 27th during a banquet in Chicago. Last year’s winner was Marble City Pharmacy, in Sylacauga, Alabama. Three other pharmacies won the 2015 Independent Spirit Award.

Heavy rain and flooding temporarily closes streets in Atlantic, Thursday

News, Weather

May 27th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Thunderstorms that slowly and loudly rumbled across southwest and western Iowa Thursday afternoon and evening, left many streets in Atlantic closed for several hours because of high water due to heavy, heavy rain and flash flooding. At the KJAN studios on the northern limits of Atlantic, we measured 3.51-inches of rainfall (from 7-a.m. Thursday through 7-a.m. today). The skies dumped even more rain in town, with Bull Creek flooding leading to water rushing into intersections stretching from 11th and Roosevelt northwest to the vicinity of 11th and Linn near the Washington/Schuler Elementary School, where Police blocked traffic for a time due to high water.

Lawns and streets along the path of the creek, from Oak to Elm, and 11th to 7th Street, were filled with water that had nowhere to go because the storm sewer system couldn’t keep up. Further north, intersections with rapidly flowing, deep water were barricaded or manned by emergency workers, including police, volunteer firefighters and others, but there were some stalled vehicles seen, including in the area of 4th and Elm, and following the initial deluge of rain, at 7th and Walnut, which was one of the intersections to be blocked-off, twice during the evening.

By late Thursday evening, the flood threat had subsided, as rains trickled-off to sprinkles. As of this morning, the Cass County Communications Center said they had no reports of any road closures in Atlantic, but motorists should be watchful for debris on the road from flooding, and tree limbs that may have fallen from the gusty winds that accompanied Thursday’s storms.

Flash Flooding was also reported Thursday in Fremont County, 5-miles south of Thurman, near Percival, and in Tabor. A storm spotter in Panora late Thursday night measured 3.55-inches of rain in their gauge, from storms that fell late Thursday afternoon and evening.

Traffic stop near Villisca Thu. night results in 2 arrests

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May 27th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Montgomery County say a traffic stop north of Villisca Thursday night resulted in two arrests. Deputies pulled over a vehicle at 10:55-p.m. on Highway 71, and upon further investigation arrested 37-year old Justin Allen Williams, of Clarinda, for Driving While Suspended, and failure to carry SR-22 insurance. A passenger in the vehicle, 33-year old Krystal Lynn Harbin, of Yorktown, was arrested for unlawful possession of prescription pills, and a drug tax stamp violation.

Williams and Harbin were being held in the Montgomery County Jail on $2,000 and $5,000 bond, respectively.