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Atlantic School Board to discuss budget, student activities & Technology

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February 10th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Community School District’s Board of Education will hold a regular session Monday night at the high school. Discussion items toward the end of the agenda will cover the district’s 2013-2014 calendar year budget, additional student activities, and Technology. Afterward, the Board will enter into an exempt (closed) session to discuss bargaining strategy.

Action items on the agenda include, but are not limited to: Approval of a transportation contract, which would allow Nodaway Valley students to ride with Atlantic students, to the Clarinda Academy; Approval of a Northwest Missouri State University Student Teacher Memorandum of Understanding; Approval of a School Funding Resolution, and intent to fund the Instructional Support Program.

The Atlantic School Board meeting begins at 7:30-p.m., Monday, in the high school Media Center.

House fire in Shenandoah may have been caused by a heat lamp

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February 10th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Officials say a house fire late Saturday morning in Shenandoah was likely caused by a defective heat lamp. According to reports, firefighters were called to 705 south Center Street at around 11:15-a.m., Saturday. When they arrived, the exterior of the home was engulfed in flames. Damage to the structure was primarily limited to outside of the home, with the inside sustaining smoke damage. The structure was unoccupied at the time. Two pets inside were rescued. Firefighters were on the scene for about two-to three-hours.

Fire damages rural Mills County home Saturday morning

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February 10th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Fire and water destroyed a home in rural Mills County, Saturday morning. According to reports, the blaze at a residence located along 370th Street, north of Hastings, may have been caused by a wood burning stove, but the incident remains under investigation. Firefighters from Hastings, Malvern and Emerson responded to the blaze, which was initially dispatched as a 1st floor chimney fire. The call came in at around 6-a.m. Officials said firefighters needed to knock out a wall in order to control the spread of the flames from the first floor to the upstairs area.

None of the home’s five occupants nor their pets, or firefighters were injured, but the home was declared a total loss due to the amount of water and smoke damage.  American Red Cross volunteers responded to assist the family in finding shelter and other necessities.

(Podcast) Sunday morning SW IA News update: Feb. 10th, 2013

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February 10th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

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Villisca man arrested on OWI charge Saturday

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February 10th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest Saturday evening of 39-year old Eric Michael Huffstutlear, of Villisca. Huffstutlear was taken into custody at around 6:20-p.m., following a traffic stop at the intersection of north 5th Avenue and east 1st Street, in Villisca. He was charged with OWI/3rd offense, and brought to the Montgomery County Jail, where he was being held on $5,000 bond.

More details released about Adair County ice fishing death

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February 10th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Adair County have released additional details about a fatal ice fishing accident we first told you about Saturday afternoon. Authorities say 62-year old James Alan Wallace, of Casey, died after falling through the ice while fishing on a private farm pond about six-miles southwest of Menlo.  Wallace’ family members had reported him missing to the Guthrie County Sheriff’s Office after he failed to return home from ice fishing Friday afternoon.

Following  a search of the area where Wallace was believed to have been fishing, an Adair County Sheriff’s deputy located the man’s vehicle near a farm pond, and shortly thereafter saw Wallace’ body in the water. He was pulled from the pond by rescue personnel and pronounced dead at the scene, by the Adair County Medical Examiner.

Deputies with the Guthrie County Sheriff’s Office, officers with the Stuart Police Department Adair County Conservation officers, Menlo Fire and Rescue and the Adair County Ambulance all assisted in the search and recovery efforts.

Iowa early News Headlines: Sunday, Feb. 10th 2013

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February 10th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

ATLANTIC, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says a western Iowa man has died after falling through ice on a private pond. Atlantic radio station KJAN-AM reports that the man from Guthrie County fell through the ice of a gravel pit in northern Adair County on Friday night. His body was recovered Saturday morning. Sansgaard says the man was from Menlo and in his 60s. Officials have not yet released his name.

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — One person has died and four more are suffering from injuries following a two-vehicle crash on Interstate 80 in West Des Moines. The crash happened around 4:50 p.m. Friday when a car and van collided in the southbound lanes of the interstate. Authorities have not released the names of those involved in the wreck.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa City man accused of crashing his vehicle into a store in a Coralville mall and firing a handgun inside has pleaded not guilty to charges in the case. Twenty-three-year-old Joseph Moreno pleaded not guilty earlier this week to drunken driving, burglary, reckless use of a firearm and three other charges. Moreno was arrested December 29th after police say he crashed through the front door of Scheels around 2:30 a.m.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller is seeking $6 million from the Legislature as part of changes in how the state helps domestic abuse victims. Miller asked a judiciary subcommittee last week for the money as his agency seeks to reduce its emphasis on shelters seen as underused and expensive.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Devyn Marble broke a lengthy slump with 21 points and Iowa beat Northwestern 71-57 yesterday to snap a two-game losing streak. Josh Oglesby added 10 for the Hawkeyes in Iowa City. Marble, Iowa’s second-leading scorer, put together his best scoring night in nearly two months.

House fire southwest of Griswold Sunday morning

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February 10th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Firefighters from Griswold were called to the scene of a house fire southwest of there early Sunday morning. Dispatch reports indicated the residence at 69191 540th Street was fully engulfed in flames just after 2-a.m.  Authorities said the home, which was owned by Orlan Cain, was believed to have been unoccupied, and had been the target of recent thefts.

A neighboring residence was safely evacuated as a precaution. The cause of the fire remains under investigation, with the State Fire Marshal’s Office called to assist in determining a cause. Firefighters were on the scene for a little more than two and one-half hours. They returned late Sunday night after authorities were notified about a gas leak, which was initially termed a “very dangerous situation” by Mid American Energy crews on the scene. Authorities were told an evacuation of nearby homes was necessary shortly after the call was received at around 8:45-p.m., but that turned out not to be the case.

Wind Advisory Issued for parts of SW IA Sunday afternoon/Evening

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February 9th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

(updated) 423 AM CST SUN FEB 10 2013

A WIND ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 3 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO 9 PM CST THIS EVENING FOR  MONONA-HARRISON-SHELBY-POTTAWATTAMIE-MILLS-MONTGOMERY-FREMONT & PAGE COUNTIES.

BRISK SOUTHEAST TO SOUTH WINDS THIS MORNING WILL SHIFT TO WEST AND NORTHWEST AND INCREASE LATER IN THE AFTERNOON…AND CONTINUE STRONG INTO THE EVENING. WIND SPEEDS OF 10 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 30 MPH IN THE MORNING ARE EXPECTED TO INCREASE TO 25 TO 30 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 40 MPH DURING THE AFTERNOON INTO EARLY EVENING HOURS.

THESE STRONG WINDS WILL MAKE DRIVING POTENTIALLY HAZARDOUS DURING THE AFTERNOON AND EVENING…ESPECIALLY FOR LIGHT WEIGHT OR HIGH PROFILE VEHICLES. A WIND ADVISORY MEANS THAT SUSTAINED WIND SPEEDS BETWEEN 30 TO 39 MPH OR GUSTS BETWEEN 45 TO 57 MPH ARE EXPECTED. WINDS THIS STRONG CAN MAKE DRIVING DIFFICULT…ESPECIALLY FOR HIGH PROFILE VEHICLES. USE EXTRA CAUTION.

Menlo man dies after fall through the ice in Adair County

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February 9th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A man from Guthrie County man has died after falling through the ice in a private gravel pit Friday night, in northern Adair County. Iowa Department of Natural Resources Conservation Officer Eric Sansgaard told KJAN News the man’s body was recovered early this morning. The unidentified victim, who is from Menlo, was said to have been in his 60’s.

Sansgaard says the tragic event should serve as a reminder to people the ice conditions are unpredictable especially in light of recent warm temperatures and expected warmer temperatures this weekend.