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News, Podcasts

August 20th, 2014 by Chris Parks

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Iowa State University battles housing shortage

News

August 20th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa State University has turned away more than 200 applications for on-campus living due to a housing shortage. The Des Moines Register reports that nearly 12,500 students signed up to live on campus this fall. University officials are now planning to build another residence hall due to the record number of housing applications.

More than 400 students will temporarily live in makeshift dorm rooms set up in the common spaces of residence halls. The university also leased space in several apartment buildings to house over 1,000 students. On-campus housing is guaranteed to freshmen and transfer students.

Officials say an increase in enrollment is responsible for the housing dilemma. About 33,250 students enrolled at Iowa State University last year.

(Update) 14 fire departments battle blaze in downtown Casey

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August 20th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Firefighters from Stuart and at least 13 other area fire departments battled a blaze that destroyed the Casey Community Building last night. KCCI-TV reports the blaze broke out shortly after midnight. A passer-by reported the building was fully engulfed in flames.Heavy rain that rolled through the area helped to smother the flames, but the building was a total loss, after the roof and other parts of the structure collapsed.

A cause of the fire had not been determined as of early this morning, but authorities said it did not appear to be suspicious.The following photo’s are from the Stuart Volunteer Fire Department’s Facebook page:casey fire 2 casey fire 3 casey firer1

Fire destroys Community Building in Casey overnight

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August 20th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A fire has reportedly destroyed the Community Building in Casey. KCCI TV reports the large fire consumed structure overnight and the roof has collapsed. The building is thought to be a total loss.

More details as they become available.

Climate change could mean more ticks, mosquitoes

News, Weather

August 20th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Along with weather extremes including floods and drought, experts say a warmer Iowa climate also could boost the population of ticks, mosquitoes and fire ants and make poison ivy more potent. The Iowa Wildlife Federation says in a report released Tuesday the weather extremes brought on by climate change will likely alter the behavior of pests.

Dr. Yogesh Shah, associate dean of the global health department at Des Moines University says every increase in temperature by a degree or two increases mosquito populations by eight to tenfold. Ticks also grow faster in humid warm weather. He says last year Iowa had a 40 percent increase in Lyme disease.

Shah say poison ivy also could become even more toxic thanks to the rise in carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

Atlantic Area Ambassadors Visit Edward Jones- Judd Meneely

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August 20th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Financial Adviser Judd Meneely hosted the Atlantic Area Ambassadors for a ribbon cutting celebrating the new Edward Jones investment and retirement planning location on 7th Street, in Atlantic. Meneely opened his business 13 years ago and moved to the newly renovated building this past July.

Meneely and his Senior Branch Office Administrator, Bev Ginther, enjoy serving the Atlantic Community and are excited about their grand re-opening, which will take place in September.

Pictured at the visit are Donna Beymer, On-Call Branch Office Administrator, Dolly Bergmann, Judd Meneely and his wife, Barbara, Bev Ginther, Carol Seddon, Kathie Hockenberry, Gerald Brink, JoAnn Runyan, Jolene Roecker, Arlene Drennan, Tammy Waters, Doreen Elsberry, Dr. Keith Leonard, Bill Saluk, Connie Whales, Sue Muri, Dr. Mitch Peerbolt, Chrystal Christensen, Kathy Sweeney, Kerry Jepsen, Tara Jennerjohn, Lana Westphalen, Ali Krogman, Jan Meyer, Jim Kickland, Carole Schuler, Karl Aldag, Chip Hansen, Lucas Mosier, Donnie Drennan, Russ Joyce, Darrell Hockenberry, Haley Kickland.

Pictured at the visit are Donna Beymer, On-Call Branch Office Administrator, Dolly Bergmann, Judd Meneely and his wife, Barbara, Bev Ginther, Carol Seddon, Kathie
Hockenberry, Gerald Brink, JoAnn Runyan, Jolene Roecker, Arlene Drennan, Tammy
Waters, Doreen Elsberry, Dr. Keith Leonard, Bill Saluk, Connie Whales, Sue Muri, Dr. Mitch Peerbolt, Chrystal Christensen, Kathy Sweeney, Kerry Jepsen, Tara Jennerjohn,
Lana Westphalen, Ali Krogman, Jan Meyer, Jim Kickland, Carole Schuler, Karl Aldag,
Chip Hansen, Lucas Mosier, Donnie Drennan, Russ Joyce, Darrell Hockenberry, Haley Kickland.

Iowa Aviation Museum to honor Iowa’s “2nd Generation” of aviation promoters

News

August 20th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Aviation Museum in Greenfield has announced an upcoming dedication ceremony will honor 27 men and women whose hard work has created the Iowa general aviation industry we enjoy today.
Opening in May 1990, the Iowa Aviation Museum, located in Greenfield, was formed to preserve, display and educate the public on Iowa’s rich aviation heritage. The collection includes many vintage aircraft and other historical memorabilia ranging from balloons of the 1800s to Iowa’s contribution to space exploration.Header

Aviation legend Howard Gregory dedicated the museum to the original Aviation Pioneers, the men and women whose hard work, tireless hours and sometimes dangerous efforts created the Iowa general aviation industry of airports, aerial transportation, instruction and agriculture applicators. As the museum approaches its silver anniversary, officials are honoring the next generation of Iowa aviation promoters.

These are the airport operators, pilots, mechanics, and salesmen whose untiring efforts continued the work of their predecessors to give us the Iowa aviation system we enjoy today. Many are the sons and daughters of the original aviation pioneers and for this reason shall be referred to as the “2nd Generation.”

Twenty-seven individuals were chosen by their peers and will be recognized at a formal ceremony including the dedication of a plaque bearing their names. Those names include: Jim Bartholomew;  Charles Hawley; Ron Remmers; Larry Berens; Russ Knok; Hazel Sigafoose; Willard Carson; Bill Kyle; Dan C.B. Smith; Jim Connell; Ernie LeClaire; Bill Smothers; Mike Connell; Gary & Janet Lewis; J.B. Straley; Robert Dahl; John Lowe; Jerry Strunk; Ed Doyle; Ivan McBride; John Tibben; Richard Drake; Bob Mosley; Dick Westbrook;Paul Elmegreen;  Lee Nichols and Russell Zangger.

The Iowa Aviation Museum is honoring the “2nd Generation Iowa Aviation Promoters at a ceremony to take place Sunday, August 24th during the 22nd annual “Wings” fly-in. Breakfast served from 7:30-11 with ceremony and plaque unveiling at 10. The public is invited. For more information call the Iowa Aviation Museum at 641-343-7184.

Iowa early News Headlines: Wed., Aug. 20th 2014

News

August 20th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — Woodbury County officials are considering whether to add more nurses to treat inmates at the jail, after its sheriff pleaded for more support. The county board will look into costs before making a decision in September. County Sheriff Dave Drew told board members he needs the additional personnel to properly oversee inmates at the jail. Board Chairman George Boykin said there’s no money to add nurses in the current budget.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa’s field hockey players have released a statement supporting former coach Tracey Griesbaum, who was fired earlier this month. The players told the student newspaper, the Daily Iowan, that Griesbaum’s firing was “unfair and unjust.” The players went on to say that it left them questioning the leadership of the Iowa athletic department. Griesbaum told The Associated Press that her firing was based on false claims by former players that she bullied and mistreated them.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Two more Iowa counties have been added to a federal disaster declaration issued recently in response to severe weather. Crawford and Shelby counties have been added to the disaster declaration granted two weeks ago to 22 Iowa counties that experienced damage due to storms and flooding.

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — A former Council Bluffs doctor sentenced to prison for possession of child pornography has agreed to a plea deal in a separate case. Sixty-nine-year-old Dennis Jones was sentenced to 10 years in prison for lascivious acts with a child. He will serve it concurrently with a 10-year federal prison sentence for possession of child pornography. Authorities say they found about 1.2 million images and 9,300 videos of child pornography during a search of Jones’ home.

Atlantic City Council to act on 2nd reading of URA Ordinance

News

August 19th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic City Council, Wednesday evening, is expected to act on approving the Second Reading of Ordinance No. 953 “An Ordinance Designating the 2014 Urban Revitalization Area.” The Council had previously adopted a resolution for an Urban Revitalization Area, but that plan does not become effective until the Council adopts the Ordinance, which designates “All real property contained within the incorporated limits of the City of Atlantic.”  The Council held the first reading of the ordinance at it’s meeting on August 2nd, beginning at 5:30-p.m.

The Council will also hold the first reading of an Ordinance (#954) that adds a new subsection pertaining to Speed Regulation. During the recodification process last year, that section of the City Code was inadvertently left out. The Chief of Police and City Attorney have asked that the new Code be amended to reinstate the old subsection.

In other business, the Council is expected to act on a “Motion to Accept Letter of Transmittal from the Planning & Zoning Commission,” to Vacate Lot A of Southern Heights Subdivision Second Addition.
Zoning Administrator John Lund reports that the Planning & Zoning Commission at their meeting on August 12th, reviewed and approved the Southern Heights 2nd Addition site plan submitted by Don Sonntag. The site plan calls for six duplex condominiums facing 22nd Street.

One of the lots (Lot A) is platted as a street entrance which conforms to the City’s adopted Comprehensive Plan’s Transportation Concept, that shows future street connections in the area between 19th and 22nd Streets. In order for the site plan to move forward including a sixth duplex on the platted street entrance, the Commission has recommended that Lot A be vacated by the City Council which would allow a duplex condominium unit to be built on it.

And, the Council may act on authorizing the Mayor to Execute Loan Agreement Between the City and RD Atlantic. Last September, RD Atlantic LLP asked the Council for financial assistance for an Elderly Affordable Housing/Rehab Project. The project involved the Regency Villa Apartments at 1601 Redwood Dr. The Council agreed at that time to provide a twenty year, $20,000 interest free loan to RD Atlantic with the principal due in 2030.

RD Atlantic has agreed to pay the City $750 per year as payment in lieu of taxes (PILOT) as their facility is operated as a non-profit and does no currently pay taxes. ThePILOT will, in essence, serve to pay the City 3.75% interest on the loan and will be a separate side agreement.

Crawford and Shelby counties added to Presidential Disaster Declaration

News

August 19th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Governor Terry Branstad received word today (Tuesday) that two counties have been added to the Presidential Disaster Declaration granted for 22 Iowa counties impacted by severe weather in June and July. Crawford and Shelby counties have been added to the disaster declaration granted Aug. 5, 2014.

Those two counties now join several of the other counties, including Audubon, in the declaration approved by the President, which provides federal funding to the declared counties under the Public Assistance Program. Public Assistance funds may be used for emergency work and the repair or replacement of disaster-damaged facilities and may include debris removal, emergency protective measures, repair of damaged public property, loans needed by communities for essential government functions and grants for public schools.