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State’s largest teacher job fair is tomorrow

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January 8th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Iowa’s largest school district is holding a job fair for teachers tomorrow (Saturday) that will easily be one of the state’s biggest educator employment events. Anne Sullivan, human resources director for the Des Moines Public Schools, says the district plans to hire at least 200 teachers for next school year. “It’s probably the largest job fair that’s facilitated by any individual school district, that’s for sure,” Sullivan says. “Each of the colleges and universities do one as well. We expect to have 700 to 800 teachers to come and visit. We have 500 that are pre-registered and we usually have about a hundred, maybe more, that will come and just do a walk-in.”

About three-quarters of the applicants are typically right out of college, while Sullivan says the rest are more experienced and are interested in a career move.  “Des Moines Public Schools is pretty large employer, we have about 3,000 teachers,” Sullivan says. “Even with a small turnover, we’re looking at hiring on average about 200 teachers every year, sometimes more, sometimes less. We have people that will retire. We have openings for typical attrition, people who are moving, that kind of thing.”

The district offers a full-family insurance plan to every employee, something Sullivan says is rare, with a base salary for starting teachers around 45-thousand dollars. She says prospective teachers won’t have to be lugging along a briefcase to the event tomorrow. “The great thing is, they don’t have to bring anything because we’re completely paperless,” Sullivan says. “They apply online so we have all of their materials ahead of time, resume, transcripts, and those kinds of things. If they don’t have those, they can still come and do a walk-in interview and upload those things a little bit later.”

Sullivan says they’re always on the lookout for teachers with special education experience as well as those versed in English Language Learning. Des Moines has more than six-thousand E-L-L students speaking nearly 100 languages and dialects. Des Moines has 60 schools and more than 32-thousand students, adding between 100 and 400 students every year. The district’s graduation rate has grown nine-percent in the past five years. The Educator Career Fair is planned for Saturday at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines. Interviews begin at 8 A-M for pre-registered applicants.

(Radio Iowa)

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

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January 8th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

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

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2016 Derelict building grant applications are coming due

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January 8th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Small rural communities looking for assistance to help renovate or deconstruct abandoned commercial and public structures can apply for funding through the Iowa Derelict Building Grant Program. Applications for the next round of funding are due at 4 p.m. central time on Feb. 26th.

Instituted by state legislation to help rural communities with populations of 5,000 or less to deconstruct or renovate abandoned commercial and public structures, the Derelict Building Grant Program emphasizes reuse and recycling of building items, helps improve street appearance and commercial development, and alleviates the environmental concern these buildings can pose.

Financial assistance includes asbestos removal, building deconstruction and renovation, and other inspections and environmental site assessments. Funding is awarded annually on a competitive basis. A committee from the Iowa DNR, Iowa Society of Solid Waste Operations, Iowa Recycling Association, Iowa Economic Development Authority and Keep Iowa Beautiful selects the projects for funding.

More information about the grant program, application forms, and resources are available at www.iowadnr.gov/Environmental-Protection/Land-Quality/Waste-Management/Derelict-Building-Program.

Winter Day Camp for kids being offered by Cass County Conservation Board

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January 8th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean you can’t have fun at camp. Local children in grades K-2 are invited to have some fun on a no-school day this January at Mammals R’ Us Day Camp. Offered by Cass County Extension and the Cass County Conservation Board, Mammals R’ Us is a fun, half-day camp, where kids will learn what makes a mammal a mammal, play games and participate in hands-on activities and crafts to learn about mammal habits.

A snack will also be provided and campers will go on an outdoor adventure hike to find mammal tracks. Youth in grades K-2 can sign up for one of three sessions: Monday, January 18 at 9:00 AM – 12:00 Noon or January 25, with sessions at 9:00 AM – 12:00 Noon or 1:00 PM – 4 PM. Cass Co Conservation Board

All winter daycamps will take place at the Cass County Community Center in Atlantic. There is no cost to attend the camps, but pre-registration and a medical form are required for all campers. Remember to dress your children to go outdoors for a fun winter hike.

Registration deadline for Mammals R’ Us Camp is January 15th. Call the Cass County Extension office at 243-1132 or email xcass@iastate.edu to register your children. No registrations will be accepted after the registration deadline. All camps are sponsored by the Cass County ISU Extension and Cass County Conservation Board.

3 arrested in Council Bluffs in connection with burglaries

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January 8th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Police in Council Bluffs arrested three men early this (Friday) morning, following an investigation into a burglary. The suspects, 19-year old Joseph Patent, 18-year old Gage Fisher, and 19-year old Tristan Eggett, all of Council Bluffs, face six counts each of Burglary in the 3rd degree, and conspiracy.

Their arrests stem from a call authorities received with regard to a Camper burglary that had just taken place in the 2900 Block of Ave L.  The caller who witnessed the burglary was able to provide a description of the suspect vehicle including a plate number and a description of the suspects. While en route, responding Officers located the unoccupied suspect vehicle in the area of the 2500 Block of Ave G. Bluffs Badge

Police were able to determine that the suspects went into a residence located at 2542 Ave G. Officers made contact with the occupants of the residence and were able to identify the suspects involved in the burglary. Through their investigation Officers were able to determine that the suspects were also involved in several vehicle burglaries that had occurred throughout the night.

Several items linking the suspects to the burglaries were recovered at the residence.
The Council Bluffs Police Departments Criminal Investigation Division is continuing to follow up with their investigation. Anyone with information or questions concerning this investigation can contact Detective Stehly at (712)328-4727.

Authorities say the quick apprehension of the suspects was directly related to an alert neighbor who was able to provide Officers with excellent suspect and suspect vehicle description. The Council Bluffs P-D encourages citizens to be good witnesses by safely collecting all available information including but not limited to Suspect descriptions, suspect vehicle information including anything that stands out on the vehicle, direction of travel and anything else they feel is important to the investigation.

(Podcast) KJAN Morning News & funeral report, 1/8/2016

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January 8th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

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

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Thursday morning accident in Anita

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January 8th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

An icy road was to blame for an accident in Anita Thursday morning. According to the Cass County Sheriff’s Office, a Chrysler PT Cruiser driven by 58-year old Terri Reinke, of Anita, was traveling north on Chestnut Street in Anita at around 8:30-a.m., when the car went out of control on the slippery road.

The vehicle struck a tree in the City right-of-way, in the 700 block of Chestnut Street. The force of the impact caused the driver’s side air bag to deploy. Anita Rescue and Wiota 1st Responders arrived on the scene. Reinke was not seriously hurt. Two children in her vehicle were checked for injuries by rescuers.

Damage to the vehicle was estimated at $4,000.

Authorities say Madison County Jail inmate has died

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January 8th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

WINTERSET, Iowa (AP) – Authorities say a Madison County Jail inmate found unresponsive in his cell has died at a hospital. On Wednesday the inmate was taken to Madison County Memorial Hospital in Winterset. Sheriff Jason Barnes says the inmate died there later that day. The inmate has been identified as 33-year-old Joshua Barker, of Winterset. He’d been arrested Sunday on drug and other charges.

Barnes says the cause of Barker’s death is unclear, but no foul play is suspected. State authorities are investigating Barker’s death.

2 Villisca residents arrested Thursday evening

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January 8th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s deputies in Montgomery County arrested two people Thursday evening. 56-year old Gary Wayne Burger, of Villisca, was arrested at around 6:20-p.m. for Domestic Assault. And, 54-year old Kristi Renee Herrill, also of Villisca, was arrested on a valid warrant out of Clay County, for Probation Violation. The pair were brought to the Montgomery County Jail and held on full bond.

IWCC to expand efforts to find students emergency financial aid

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January 8th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Iowa Western Community College will expand efforts to provide emergency financial assistance to students later this spring. The Daily NonPareil reports a $59,500 grant from Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corp. was awarded last month to the college as part of a new Dash Emergency Grant Program through the regional education foundation to improve college completion rates.

Keri Zimmer, Dean of advising and academic success at Iowa Western, said small grants have already been made available to students on a limited basis through employee donations. The new program, which will total $72,000 starting in March and run through the next two school years, will help students who are at risk of dropping out because of economic barriers.

Students juggling the financial challenge of college, family and other aspects of life can encounter unanticipated expenses, which Great Lakes said often are less than $500, that threaten their ability to continue attending class. A car repair, a medical payment or other expenses can make it a choice between continuing one’s education or providing food and shelter.

In a press release, Richard D. George, President and CEO of Great Lakes, said “Emergency grants are a bridge to college completion and the financial security a community college credential can provide.” Iowa Western will provide matching funding of $20,000, along with the grant and administrative funding from Great Lakes. The college is working on software for students to apply online, and the program will be rolled out later in the spring semester.

For now, limited funds are available through employee donations.