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Boil Advisory continues for parts of the KJAN listening area

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August 9th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Officials with SIRWA (The Southern Iowa Rural Water Association), said that as of Friday, August 8th, the Boil Water Advisory is still in effect for customers in NW Adams, Montgomery, SE Cass Counties and the Cities of Grant, Carbon, Brooks, Bridgewater and Lyman; account numbers beginning with 047, 048, 081, 082, 084 and 005.

For more information, click on this link: http://www.sirwa.org/html/outages.html

Boil Advisory affected area map

Boil Advisory affected area map

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Deer hunts set at DeSoto, Boyer Chute refuges

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August 9th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

MISSOURI VALLEY, Iowa (AP) — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says there will be deer hunts this fall at DeSoto and Boyer Chute national wildlife refuges. There will be two hunts at DeSoto: Oct. 18-19 and Dec. 20-21. Both hunts are muzzleloader and antlerless deer only.

All hunters must possess a DeSoto access permit for the hunts. These are free and can be obtained on the DeSoto’s website, http://www.fws.gov/refuge/desoto/, at the visitor center or by contacting Mindy Sheets at mindy_sheets@fws.gov or 712-388-4802.

The Boyer Chute hunt will run Dec. 13-21. This hunt also will be antlerless and muzzleloader only. DeSoto and Boyer Chute national wildlife refuges sit north of Omaha, Nebraska, along U.S. Highway 30 between Missouri Valley, Iowa, and along U.S. Highway 75 near Fort Calhoun, Nebraska.

Mills County arrest report

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August 8th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Mills County Sheriff’s Office reports five recent arrests. On Tuesday, Aug, 5th, deputies arrested: 30-year old Thomas Lee Roush, of Council Bluffs, for Driving Under Suspension. Bond was set at $300; 32-year old Justin Wayne Schomburg, of Malvern, was arrested in Malvern, for being a Fugitive from Justice. Shomburg was being held in the Mills County Jail without bond. And, 26-year old Kody Joseph Hastie, of Omaha, was arrested Tuesday for OWI 1st offense. His bond was set at $1,000.

And on Thursday, Aug, 7th, Mills County deputies arrested 36-year old Cory James Chilton, of Hastings, for OWI/1st offense. Bond was also set at $1,000. 37-year old Billy Ray Hunter, of Glenwood, was arrested on a warrant for Burglary in the 3rd, Theft in the 4th and Theft in the 5th degrees. High bond was set at  $5,300.

2 men file plea agreements in flag pole thefts

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August 8th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

CARROLL, Iowa (AP) – Two men will plead guilty in connection with the theft of hundreds of flagpoles that had been intended to display flags at a Carroll cemetery over the Memorial Day weekend. The Carroll Daily Times Herald reports 37-year-old Christopher Gay and 20-year-old Chance Kinney, both of Lake City, filed plea agreements Monday. They each faced two felony theft charges. The agreement called for one of those charges to be dropped. Earlier, 18-year-old Jerad Reed, of Lohrville, pleaded guilty to theft.

All were accused of stealing two trailers from the Carroll American Legion with about 550 metal flagpoles and then trying to sell them at two salvage yards. The businesses refused and later identified some of the suspects. The legion planned to fly flags on the poles at the Carroll Cemetery.

Marshals arrest Iowa sex offender in Oklahoma

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August 8th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

CHEROKEE, Iowa (AP) – Authorities have apprehended a 42-year-old man who failed to return to an Iowa sex offender treatment program. The Iowa Department of Human Services announced Friday that U.S. marshals apprehended Cory West on Thursday night at a Tulsa, Oklahoma, motel. Police had been searching for West since Sunday after he didn’t return from his job to the Civil Commitment Unit for Sex Offender in Cherokee, Iowa.131018535b

The Wapello County Court ordered West into the civil commitment program at the Cherokee Mental Health Institute in 2011. He became eligible for a transition release program last fall. The commitment program provides long-term inpatient treatment for violent sexual predators who have served their prison terms but are considered likely to commit future offenses.

West will remain in custody in Oklahoma pending extradition to Iowa.

Peabody claims title of 2014 Iowa State Fair Big Boar

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August 8th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A giant pig, raised by a group of Iowa State University graduates in honor of a fallen friend, is the winner of the Iowa State Fair’s Big Boar contest. “Peabody” weighed in at 1,273 pounds. Peabody was also the nickname for Brad Peyton, who recently died of pancreatic cancer. He was 57. His friend, David Schaefer, said Peyton grew up showing pigs at the State Fair and longed to win the Big Boar contest.

"Peabody"

“Peabody”

“Two years ago, we had another boar that was presented and finished second to a boar from Indiana,” Schaefer said. Peyton’s pig in 2012 was named “Fred Hoiboar” and was presented by Iowa State men’s basketball coach Fred Hoiberg. The team that raised Peabody sold T-shirts, raising $3,000 for the Shining City Foundation, a nonprofit organization that Peyton helped found that builds medical clinics and other projects in remote, underserved areas of China, Africa, and other countries.

“He was an incredible guy,” Schaefer said of Peyton.”He had a lot of passion for people who don’t have a lot.” Peabody will be on display for the remainder of the Iowa State Fair, which ends on August 17. The five-year-old boar beat out “Big Mac” who weighed in at 1,142 pounds. This year’s winner of the State Fair’s “Super Bull” contest (that’s B-U-L-L) is “Big Daddy.”

The bull, raised on Stalcup Farms in Prescott, tipped the scales at 3,012 pounds.

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"Big Daddy"

“Big Daddy”

Master Gardener Classes to Start in September

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August 8th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Anyone interested in attending 40 hours of training to become a Master Gardener is encouraged to contact the Cass County Extension Office for information on classes forming this fall. The registration deadline for fall Master Gardener classes is Wednesday, September 3. The regular fee for the classes is $195; after September 3 a $50 late fee will be assessed. Currently 29 sites across Iowa are planning to offer training this fall, including a site in Cass County. This will be the only training class for the 2014-2015 academic year.

Fall trainees will receive the newly revised Resource Guide for Iowa Master Gardeners with hundreds of new photos to enhance the text. Adobe Connect sessions begin Sept. 16 and run through Nov. 5. Class-on-campus dates will be October 18 and October 25. Let your local coordinator know if you need to make up the class-on-campus session so that you can be assigned to attend on one of those dates.

For more information on the Summer Garden Webinar Series, to sign up for the 2014 Master Gardener Classes, or for other resources and information on gardening, call the Cass County Extension Office at 712-243-1132, email keolson@iastate.edu, or stop by the Extension Office at 805 W. 10th St in Atlantic.

Free Gardening Webinars to Focus on Tree Concerns

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August 8th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Master Gardener program is once again offering a series of summer webinars free to all local residents with an interest in gardening. The theme for the 2014 Summer Webinar Series is “Totally Trees.” As the Emerald Ash Borer marches across the state, homeowners need to be prepared to recognize signs of damage, know what control options are available, and consider alternatives for replacement trees. All sessions will be held from 6:30-8:00 p.m. The Cass County Extension Office is a local host site.

On Thursday August 14th, ISU Extension Entomologist, Mark Shour, will speak on Tree Pests, with a focus on recent pests of trees such as the Emerald Ash Borer and the impact of these pests on the Iowa landscape. On Thursday September 4th, Jeff Iles, Extension Nursery and Landscape Specialist, will speak on Ash Alternatives, providing ideas of other species of trees to consider planting in the home landscape.

Local participants will watch the presentation live from campus, projected onto a large screen, and have the opportunity to ask questions and discuss the topic live with the presenter. There is no charge to attend the classes, and no requirements to attend previous sessions. Anyone with an interest in the topic is welcome to attend and learn.

Audit: Malvern Librarian edited receipts to hide purchases

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August 8th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

MALVERN, Iowa (AP) – Auditors say a library director in a southwestern Iowa town repeatedly billed the city for improper purchases and altered receipts to cover up the practice. An investigation released today (Friday) by State Auditor Mary Mosiman found that former Malvern library director Stacey Buick misspent thousands of dollars.

Auditors say Buick billed the city for personal items like video games, groceries, and party decorations. A $1,200 home theatre system, a camera, a coffee machine, a window air conditioning unit and TracPhones were among the items flagged.

Auditors found that many receipts submitted to the city were altered with correction fluid or by cutting and pasting over the original descriptions of items. An envelope discovered in Buick’s office contained the original receipts.

Buick resigned last year.