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Registration being accepted now for Entrepreneur’s event in Greenfield

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January 11th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

You’re invited to join area entrepreneurs for a night of networking, learning, community support, and fun in Greenfield, next month. “EntreBash” will take place from 6-until 8-p.m. February 8th, at the Warren Cultural Center.EntreBash Lynsi Pasutti, with Midwest Partnership Economic Development Corporation, says the event they are sponsoring, is being done in collaboration with the University of Northern Iowa.

She says Midwest Partnership EDC has a grant from the U-S Department of Commerce and is working with UNI’s Business and Community Services to put on a 5-year plan for supporting entrepreneurship in the region. The region includes Adair, Audubon, Greene and Guthrie Counties, but anyone is welcome to attend.

Pasutti says they’re called “Region 1,” because it is the Pilot Program for the partnership with UNI. EntreBash, she says is a smaller, localized version of EntreFest, a two-day statewide entrepreneur conference, that last year, was held in Iowa City. She says it offers you an opportunity to network with other small business owners and entrepreneurs and receive feedback on your business, obtain information resources for funding or tech assistance, and just to celebrate entrepreneurship.

There will also be learning labs with round table discussion on hot topics in the business world, including technology, talent recruitment (hiring and firing), Health Insurance and E-Commerce. The event is free, and refreshments will be provided, along with a keynote speaker, and prize giveaways throughout the night. Pre-registration is requested. For more information or to register, go to www.EntreBASH.com, or find the link at midwestpartnership.com.

Branstad, Reynolds Announce 2016 First-Time Home Buyer Tax Credit Program

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January 11th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds said today (Monday), that eligible Iowans can now buy a home and reduce their federal income tax liability by up to $2,000 a year for the life of their mortgage through the Take Credit mortgage credit certificate program administered by the Iowa Finance Authority. IFA logoApproximately 780 home buyers are expected to benefit from the program in 2016, which is now available for new purchases through a network of lenders throughout the state.

The program provides eligible home buyers with a tax credit against their federal income tax liability every year for the life of their mortgage. Eligible homeowners may take fifty percent of their annual interest paid on the mortgage loan, up to a maximum of $2,000 per year, for up to 30 years. The remaining mortgage interest may be taken as a deduction from taxable income if the home buyer itemizes.

Eligibility for the Take Credit Program requires home buyers to meet household income and purchase price limitations and meet the definition of a first-time home buyer. The federal income limits vary by county and household size, currently ranging from $67,500 to $115,220 per year. A purchase price limit of $258,000 applies statewide with the exception of federally Targeted Areas where the limit is $316,000. A first-time home buyer is defined as someone who has not owned their primary residence in the past three years but also includes home buyers purchasing in a federally Targeted Area and qualified veterans who have not used tax exempt mortgage financing previously.

Iowa Finance Authority Executive Director Dave Jamison said “Interested home buyers can apply for a mortgage credit certificate through a Take Credit Participating Lender as part of their financing process. Home buyers will need to have approval of the mortgage credit certificate before they close on a home so they should ask their lender about this opportunity early in the application process.”

After an eligible, pre-approved homeowner has closed a mortgage loan with an IFA Take Credit Participating Lender, IFA will issue the homeowner a mortgage credit certificate. The homeowner in turn may apply the credit against their federal income tax liability on an annual basis for the life of their mortgage. The credit may be claimed on IRS Form 8396.

More information is available at IowaFinanceAuthority.gov/TakeCredit.

Corning man arrested on drug warrant

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January 11th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Union County Sheriff’s Office reports a man from Adams County was arrested Sunday evening on a Taylor County warrant for Possession of a Controlled Substance. 45-year old Randy Allen Etheridge, of Corning, was arrested at the Union County Law Enforcement Center, and later transferred to the Taylor County Jail.

The Wellmark Foundation announces 2015 MATCH grant recipients

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January 11th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Wellmark Foundation has announced 13 Iowa organizations as recipients of its 2015 Matching Assets to Community Health (MATCH) grant program. The 13 grants amount to a total of $824,805, and are designed for plans to develop, implement and enhance local wellness and prevention projects with an emphasis on promoting active living and built environment and increasing access to and consumption of nutritious foods.

image001Among the grant recipients who were able to raise the necessary matching funds, was the City of Manning, which received a $75,000 grant for its Hospital Connector Trail Bridge. The Manning Regional Healthcare Center opened a new hospital, clinic and recovery center on the edge of Manning in May 2014 to replace a previous downtown facility. That created a very strong need for additional trails, so patients, visitors and employees could have pedestrian access to health care. In addition to the pedestrian transportation benefits, the trail will be used by many for active lifestyle and recreational purposes as it ties into a popular, existing trail, built in 2014.

This was the third year that The Wellmark Foundation offered the MATCH grant program.

(Podcast) KJAN 8-a.m. News, 1/11/2016

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January 11th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

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

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Creston Police report 1/11/16

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January 11th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Creston Police Department reports a teen was referred to Juvenile Authorities Friday morning, on a charge of Harassment in the 1st Degree. 16-year old Timothy Kohl, of Creston, was then released to the custody of his mother.

And, early Saturday morning, 29-year old Ryan M. Weis, of Creston, was arrested at his home on a charge of Domestic Abuse Assault. Weis was being held in the Union County Jail while awaiting a bond hearing.

(Podcast) KJAN Morning News & funeral report, 1/11/2016

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January 11th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

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

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Four Iowans come within one number of record Powerball jackpot

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January 11th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Four Iowans came within one number of winning the nearly 950 million dollar Powerball jackpot in Saturday’s drawing. One ticket purchased in Sioux City had the first five numbers but missed the Powerball number, giving the ticker holder a one million dollar prize. The others had the Powerball number, but missed one of the five other numbers. The estimate for Wednesday’s drawing is now one-point-three BILLION dollars, and you can could take an immediate 806 million cash payout if you won. Iowa Lottery spokesperson, Mary Neubauer, says the big jackpot has raised several new issues for the organization.

“There are signs that have two jackpots on them — one side is Powerball and the other side is Mega Millions — those signs are only designed for millions of dollars, we don’t have billion dollar capability on those signs,” according to Neubauer. Neubauer says those signs will display 999 million dollars as the estimated jackpot amount. “I guess that’s a nice complication to have,” according to Neubauer.

The big jackpot is also creating a problem with the message that is printed at the bottom of all lotto tickets in Iowa. That message is also only programmed to display amounts in the millions of dollars. Neubauer says the message will says the jackpot is 13-hundred (1,300) million dollars. “It’s funny the things that we are talking about today, because we’re definitely into uncharted territory here,” Neubauer says. Powerball fever has led to two new sales records for the Iowa Lottery.

Total lottery sales in Iowa for the week that ended Saturday were 19-nad-a-half million dollars. That is well above the lottery’s previous weekly sales record of 13-point-two million dollars set in February 2006. Powerball sales in Iowa for the week totaled 12-point-seven million dollars, which also is a record. The previous weekly record for Powerball sales in Iowa was nine-point-four million dollars in August 2001.

The winning numbers in Saturday’s Powerball jackpot drawing were: 16-19-32-34-57 and the Powerball number was 13.

(Radio Iowa)

Adair man arrested on drug and other charges

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January 11th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Adair County Sheriff Jeff Vandewater reports one person was arrested and two others were cited last week, for drug-related offenses. 23-year old Eric Lee Brown, of Adair, was arrested in Adair, after a deputy pulled him over because he knew Brown was barred from driving. When confronted, Brown denied having his license barred and allegedly identified himself as his brother. A records check verified the man was Eric Lee Brown, who was then placed under arrest for Driving While Barred, Providing False Identification, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, for allegedly having “Dabber,” (which is commonly used with oil extracts of marijuana). Brown was later released on $2,000 bond.

At the same location, but at different times during the day on Jan. 3rd, 39-year old Donathan Eugene Ebrecht, of Adair, and 21-year old Alexis Nicole Laslo, of Urbandale, both were cited by an Adair County Deputy, for Possession of drug paraphernalia. Ebrecht was also cited for Possession of a Controlled Substance/Marijuana-2nd offense. Ebrecht and Laslo were released upon receiving their citations.

Sheriff Vandewater says a Bridgewater man was cited Jan. 3rd for Driving Under Suspension. 52-year old Henry Lewis DeGraw was released upon receiving the citation.

And, two people were arrested at midnight, Saturday, by Adair Police. 43-year old Brian Dean Plowman, of Adair, was arrested for Simple Assault and Disorderly Conduct. 34-year old Ryan James Richter, of Casey, was arrested for Public Intoxication and Disorderly Conduct. Both men were later released on $300 bond, each.

The Sheriff’s Office reports also, 43-year old Paul Allen Scheel, of Creston, turned himself-in Saturday morning to serve time for a court-ordered sentence. Scheel remained in the Jail late Sunday night while serving the balance of his sentence.

Iowa early News Headlines: Mon., Jan. 11th 2016

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January 11th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Legislature is expected to tackle K through 12 education and water quality initiatives in the session that convenes Monday. The Democratic-controlled Senate and the Republican-led House have long been at odds over how much money to spend on education, and the 2016 session will likely continue that pattern.

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — Davenport officials are considering eliminating a dozen jobs to cut $900,000 from next year’s city budget. The Quad-City Times reports the proposed cuts could include three police jobs and three jobs at the fire department. Interim Police Chief Paul Sikorski told city officials Saturday it would hurt to lose a juvenile court liaison officer and two other positions.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — There are three weeks to go before Iowa kicks off the 2016 presidential campaign, and Donald Trump and Ted Cruz are generating overwhelming enthusiasm among Republican voters in the state. Talk of a “takedown” effort by the party establishment aimed at either Trump or Cruz appears to have faded as the February 1st caucuses in Iowa near.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Shatori Walker-Kimbrough scored 19 points, Brionna Jones had 15 points and 11 rebounds and Number 8 Maryland rolled past Iowa in a 76-56 win Sunday. Iowa — the best free throw shooting team in the Big Ten — made only 12 of 21 from the foul line.