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Lane shifts on 1-80 westbound 1-80 near Waukee in place for up to six weeks


September 22nd, 2015 by Chris Parks

WAUKEE, Iowa – Sept. 21, 2015 – Ramp construction at the new interchange for Interstate 80 and Grand Prairie Parkway near mile marker 119 requires shifting traffic to the inside lane of westbound I-80 from Jordan Creek Parkway (exit 121) and Waukee/Booneville (exit 117) for four to six weeks, weather permitting, according to the Iowa Department of Transportation’s Creston construction office.

During construction, the inside and outside lane widths will be reduced to 11 feet and temporary barrier rail will be in place to separate traffic from construction activities.

The latest traveler information is available anytime through the Iowa DOT 511 system. Visit www.511ia.org; call 511 (within Iowa) or 800-288-1047 (nationwide); stay connected with 511 on Facebook or Twitter (find links at www.iowadot.gov/511/socialmedia.html); or download the free app to your mobile device.

Council Bluffs Police investigating injured infant


September 22nd, 2015 by Chris Parks

The Council Bluffs Police Department released information on a recent incident involving an injured infant.  On Sunday, September 20th at 1:22 am Council Bluffs Medics were dispatched to an apartment at 542 Woodbury Avenue, for a five month old child with labored breathing. The child was transported by ambulance to Mercy Hospital, where it was discovered she had a skull fracture and bleeding on the brain. The child was then transferred to Children’s Medical Center in Omaha, where she remains in serious, but stable condition.

The Council Bluffs Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division is investigating the cause of the girl’s injuries.

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September 22nd, 2015 by Chris Parks

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Crop report released, Northey comments

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September 22nd, 2015 by Chris Parks

DES MOINES – Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey today commented on the Iowa Crops and Weather report released by the USDA National Agricultural Statistical Service. The report is released weekly from April through October.

“The warm and windy weather helped the crop continue to mature and widespread harvest will likely start in the next week or two,” Northey said. “We are in the midst of National Farm Safety and Health week, which runs from September 20 to 26, and is a great reminder to everyone working on the farm or traveling through rural areas to be careful and stay alert during the harvest season.”


A windy, warm, and mostly dry week aided crop maturity for the week ending September 20, 2015, according to the USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service. Statewide there were 4.8 days suitable for fieldwork. Fieldwork for the week included harvesting seed corn, chopping silage, cutting hay, and reports of scattered corn for grain and soybean harvest. Farmers were also preparing farm equipment for the upcoming harvest. Reports indicated seed corn harvest was wrapping up, and corn harvested for grain has had widely varying moisture content.

Topsoil moisture levels rated 0 percent very short, 3 percent short, 86 percent adequate and 11 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture levels rated 0 percent very short, 6 percent short, 82 percent adequate and 12 percent surplus.

Ninety-five percent of the corn crop was in the dent stage or beyond, with 49 percent mature, 5 days ahead of last year, but 5 days behind the 5-year average. Corn condition rated 79 percent good to excellent. Eighty-three percent of soybeans were starting to turn color or beyond, while 48 percent of soybeans were dropping leaves, 5 days ahead of 2014, and 2 days ahead of normal. Soybean condition rated 76 percent good to excellent.

The third cutting of alfalfa hay was 89 percent complete, 1 week ahead of last year, but a week behind the average. Pasture condition rated 67 percent good to excellent. Livestock conditions were reported as good.

Atlantic Park and Rec Updates


September 22nd, 2015 by Chris Parks

The Atlantic Park and Recreation Board met Monday night and a few updates were given on active projects.

Atlantic Parks and Recreation Director Roger Herring informed that the Kiddie Korral shelter at Sunnyside Park has been demolished and removed.  That area is currently closed off and concrete work is set to begin October 1st and work is scheduled to begin on the new shelter on November 7th.

Repairs have also been made to the fishing dock at the Shildberg Recreation Area and repair work on the boat ramp is still pending.

Work is scheduled on the reconstruction of the Bull Creek/Schuler Trail the second week of October and work is expected to last ten days.

Two basketball courts at Sunnyside Park are scheduled to be painted to make pickle ball courts.

After discussion of projects, the board set a work session meeting for October 7th at 5:00pm at the Parks and Recreation Building.

Creston PD Report


September 22nd, 2015 by Chris Parks

The Creston Police department announced two separate arrests on Monday.

At 11:25am Officers arrested 32-year-old Frances Burton of Prescott in the 100 block of South Jarvis Street on a Ringgold County Warrant for Faulure to Appear on the original charge of Failure to Pay Child Support.  She was transported to the custody of the Ringgold County Jail.

At 12:36pm Officers arrested 31-year-old Cassy Holcomb at the Law Enforcement Center and charged her with Violation of a Protection Order. She was released from the Union County Jail on a $300 bond.

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Details released on standoff in Adair Sunday


September 22nd, 2015 by Chris Parks

Adair Police Chief Matthew Heinz has released information regarding an incident that led to a standoff on Sunday, September 20th.

On Sunday the Adair Police Department received a report of a man firing several shots from a firearm inside a residence while his wife and two children were present. The wife and children made it safely out of the home before Chief Matthew Heinz arrived on scene.

Upon initial contact with the man he refused to come out and speak to Officers and barricaded himself inside the residence. He told officers he was armed and it would be “bad” if officers came to get him. The subject did fire a shot into the air outside of the residence during the standoff.

After nearly three hours the man admitted during a phone conversation with another individual that he made a mistake and walked up the long driveway towards the officers with his hands up.

The man was identified as 35-year-old Cory Gregersen of Adair and he was taken into custody without further incident.  Gregersen was charged with Intimidation with a Dangerous Weapon, and booked into the Guthrie County Jail.

Several residents living near the incident were evacuated from their homes. They were allowed to return at around 8:00 p.m. Sunday.

The Adair Police Department was assisted at the scene by the Iowa State Patrol and the Adair, Cass and Guthrie County Sheriff’s Offices.

Hogg to announce US Senate candidacy during tour of state


September 22nd, 2015 by Chris Parks

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – State lawmaker Rob Hogg says he’ll announce his Democratic bid for Senate during a three-day tour of the state this week.

The 48-year-old state senator from Cedar Rapids announced Monday that he’ll begin an announcement tour Tuesday in Callender, a central Iowa community of about 350 people. He expects to visit 12 Iowa cities to talk about his plan to run against longtime Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley.

In a news release, Hogg says he’s announcing in Callender to show support for “small towns and rural Iowa.”

Hogg, an attorney, is serving his third term in the Iowa Senate, where he is chairman of the Government Oversight Committee. He previously served in the Iowa House.

Grassley – who recently celebrated his 82nd birthday – will seek a seventh term next year.

As part of Hogg’s Tour he will make stops in Creston, Council Blufss, and Atlantic on Thursday, September 24

  • Ottumwa – 9:00 a.m., Ottumwa Public Library, Mary Lemon Room, 102 West 4th Street, in Ottumwa (lower floor of library).
  • Creston – Noon, Southwestern Community College, Performing Arts Building – Multipurpose Room (Room 124), 1501 W. Townline Street, in Creston.
  • Council Bluffs – 3:00 p.m., Council Bluffs Public Library, Meeting Room D, 400 Willow Avenue, in Council Bluffs.
  • Atlantic – 5:00 p.m., Atlantic Public Library, Meeting Room A, 507 Poplar Street, in Atlantic.

Iowa news headlines 09-22-2015


September 22nd, 2015 by Chris Parks

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press
TOLEDO, Iowa (AP) – Jury selection is beginning in Tama County District Court for the first-degree murder trial of a man charged with killing his wife. Potential jurors arrived Monday at the courthouse in Toledo for the trial of Dustin Jefferson. Jefferson would face a mandatory life sentence with no possibility of parole if convicted.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – State lawmaker Rob Hogg says he’ll announce his Democratic bid for Senate during a three-day tour of the state this week. The state senator from Cedar Rapids says he’ll begin an announcement tour Tuesday in Callender. He expects to visit 12 Iowa cities to talk about his plan to run against longtime Republican Senator Chuck Grassley.

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) – The owner of two Dubuque gasoline stations is using solar panels to power his businesses. Dozens of panels are helping power the gas stations and convenience stores owned by Waseem Serwar. The owner of a solar power installation company in Dubuque says the panels are among the first installed at gas stations in Iowa.