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Atlantic CAT grant application in limbo

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May 16th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The status of Atlantic’s application to Vision Iowa for a CAT (Community Attraction and Tourism) Grant, is in limbo. That was the word from Atlantic Parks and Recreation Department Director Roger Herring, during Monday evening’s meeting of the Parks and Rec Board. Herring said he and Assistant Director Seth Staashelm met with the Vision Iowa/CAT grant committee in Winterset on May 11th, and while the meeting was cordial, and he was the last presenter of the mid-day group, it was clear things weren’t going to be going as well as he’d hoped.

He said the Committee hadn’t seen the City’s application for the CAT grant prior to Herring’s presentation. Nor had they seen the dvd that was created, that gives a virtual/drone tour of the Schildberg Recreation Area and a summary of the plans for improvements to the park. He had a total of 10-minutes to make his pitch. The Committee did get a chance to see a shortened dvd presentation by Herring on the project during the presentation, but the second blow came when he learned from Vision Iowa’s legal counsel that a big element of consideration was the amount private funding the project has.

Atlantic’s project has raised money through private fundraising, but the Chairman said in a follow-up letter Herring read, that it fell short of level the CAT grant board wanted to see. He said “I don’t know where we stand for sure, other than we’ve got two weeks to do [more] private fundraising to their satisfaction.” He said, “That’s obviously not going to happen,” but he added that he would, despite his upcoming retirement, continue to work on helping the project move along.”

Roger Herring (Far right) talks about the CAT grant)

Roger Herring (Far right) talks about the CAT grant)

In addition, Herring said Vision Iowa’s legal counsel explained that because the State was re-aligning the Iowa Economic Development Department, the current Vision Iowa Board was in the process of being “dissolved,” and replaced with an “Enhanced Iowa” program, that there are few few details about. Their Board will be in place by Nov. 1st.

The bottom line is, June 8th is the last date CAT grant awards will be given. That means no further consideration will be given to any projects, certainly not until the new Board meets later this fall. Herring said he left the meeting feeling discouraged, because of what he learned. For now, he’ll call for a meeting of the Schildberg Recreation Area Committee and “Go back to the drawing board” with the new “Enhanced Iowa Board.”

He said “We’ll work with it, and make the best of it.”  The City, he said, can move forward with some aspects of the project using funds from the Hotel/Motel tax, but things won’t be coming together as quickly as they’d hoped.

Cass County Sheriff reports 5 arrests

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May 16th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office reports five arrests occurred last week. On May 9th, 20-year old Amanda Lynn Cooper, of Lewis, turned herself in at the Cass County Jail on a District Court warrant for Probation Violation. Cooper was booked at the Cass County Jail and remains held on $1,000 bond. That same day, 45-year old Stanley Oral Rossell, of Lewis, was arrested on a charge of serious Domestic Abuse. Rossell was taken to the Cass County Jail and was released the following day on $1,000 bond.

On May 10th, 37-year old Daniel Richie Vais, of Anita, was arrested on a District Court warrant for Failure to Appear. Vais was taken to the Cass County Jail where he remains held on $2,500 bond. Also arrested May 10th, was 29-year old Samuel Lavern Huffman, of Anita, on a District Court warrant for Probation Violation. Huffman was taken to the Cass County Jail where he remains held on $4,000 bond.

On May 14th, 54-year old John Kenneth Green, of Omaha, was arrested on a charge of OWI 1st Offense. Green was taken to the Cass County Jail and released the following day on his own recognizance.

Rollover accident in Page County; Log Splitter stolen from Shambaugh garage

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May 16th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Page County Sheriff’s Office says no injuries were reported following a single-vehicle, rollover accident Sunday. Sheriff Lyle Palmer says the accident happened on Ironwood Road, about four-miles northeast of Essex, when 18-year old Laren Maris Stephens, of Stanton, swerved to miss a deer on the road. When the 2005 Chevy pickup she was driving went into a ditch, Stephens attempted to drive back onto the road. In the process, the pickup rolled over and came to rest on its top, in the ditch. Stephens was cited for driving while license revoked.

The Page County Sheriff’s Office is also currently investigating the theft of a log splitter from a garage in Shambaugh. The log splitter is a Great White brand and was valued at $1500. It was taken sometime between May 5th and the 14th.  Anyone with information about this theft is asked to contact the Page County Sheriff’s Office at 712-542-5193.

Assault charge for Audubon man

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May 16th, 2016 by Chris Parks

The Audubon County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest on Monday of an Audubon man stemming from an incident that occurred in Hamlin on Thursday, May 12th.  At 1:00pm today (Monday) Deputies arrested 32-year-old Eddie Ray Mack Jr. of Audubon and charged him with Assault.  Mack Jr. posted a cash bond and was released.  He is set to appear before the Magistrate on Thursday, May 19th.

Branstad signs bill into law removing 1-cent tax on Iowa gas

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May 16th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Terry Branstad has signed a bill into law that will remove a penny-per-gallon tax on gasoline that has been used to pay for the cleanup of leaking underground petroleum storage tanks in Iowa. Branstad said at a bill signing Monday that the tax’s purpose is done and there’s enough remaining money available to address future issues. The tax will expire Dec. 31st.

The Iowa Legislature created the cleanup program in 1989 to pay for costs tied to environmental contamination from underground petroleum storage tanks located near gas stations. The environmental protection charge collected 1 cent per gallon of motor fuel. Iowa Department of Natural Resources Director Chuck Gipp says drivers could see relief at the pump since gas retailers will be expected to pay less in taxes.

Atlantic man arrested last week for Going Armed with Intent

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May 16th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Police Department reports six arrests. Last Wednesday, 29-year old Jeffrey Knight, of Atlantic, was arrested for Going Armed with Intent. On May 10th, 66-year old Dean Adams, of Atlantic, was arrested on a Montgomery County warrant for Public Intoxication, and 27-year old Cara Larson, of Atlantic, was arrested for Simple Assault causing bodily injury.

On Thursday, 30-year old Summer Cole, of Atlantic, was arrested for Burglary in the 2rd degree and Theft in the 5th. And, on Friday, Atlantic Police arrested 25-year old Alexandra Smaridge, of Atlantic, for Theft in the 4th degree. That same day, 37-year old Esuek Phylon, of Atlantic, was arrested for Public Intox.

All six subjects were booked into the Cass County Jail.

Glenwood Police report 3 arrests

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May 16th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Glenwood Police Department is reporting three recent arrests. On Saturday, 63-year old George Okalona, of Glenwood, was arrested for Domestic Abuse Assault. And, 50-year old Ronald Cook, of Shenandoah, was arrested for Violation of a No Contact Order. On Friday, 28-year old Jeffrey Neppl, of Glenwood, was arrested on a Mills County warrant for Harassment. Bond for all three men was set at $300, each.

Gun and ATV thefts reported in Union County; Accident results in citations

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May 16th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Union County received two theft reports last week. On Saturday, a Lorimor woman said someone took a red, 1999 Honda ATV from a shed on her property. The theft happened sometime over the past week. The ATV was valued at $3,000. And, on May 10th, a rural Creston man reported the theft of a Ruger, Mark 3 .22-caliber handgun. The weapon was taken from his vehicle sometime over the course of the past two months. The loss was estimated at $350.

The Union County Sheriff’s Office said also, an accident early Saturday morning resulted in a pickup being totaled, but no one was hurt. 29-year old Christopher Ham, of Lorimor, was traveling east on 3rd Street at around 1:50-a.m., Saturday, when he lost control of the 1999 Chevy S-10 he was driving. The pickup sideswiped a tree and then an Alliant Energy utility pole, snapping the pole in half. Ham told authorities he was being chased by an unknown vehicle when the incident occurred. Officials cited Ham for Failure to Maintain Control, and Driving While Revoked. Damage from the crash, including to the pickup and pole, amounted to $5,500.

Fewer Iowa kids are drinking booze, but the numbers are still too high

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May 16th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

A study finds the number of Iowa high school students who drink alcohol is falling but a state health official says the numbers are still far too high. Julie Hibben, in the Bureau of Substance Abuse at the Iowa Department of Public Health, says moms and dads in Iowa can have a significant impact on the well being of their kids — all it takes is a little time.

“A way that parents can address substance use with their children is really by having conversations with them,” Hibben says, “not being afraid to talk with them about what’s happening, if any of their kids are feeling pressured at school by their peers to use substances and just to have open conversations about that.” An Iowa study finds the frequency of binge drinking, illicit drug use and cigarette smoking is lower among kids between 12 and 17 whose parents engage in monitoring behaviors, like helping with homework.

“We’re seeing rates decrease when it comes to underage drinking, which is really good news,” Hibben says. “We feel like our prevention efforts are working but we still have a lot of work to do. We know that, depending on the data source, Iowa tends to be in the top five to ten states with the highest rates of underage drinking.” According to the latest Iowa Youth Survey, 23-percent of the 11th graders in Iowa reported having one drink of alcohol in the last month, and of those, 14-percent binge drank, meaning, they had five or more drinks of alcohol in a row within a couple of hours.

“Even though we’re seeing decreases, which we’re excited to see,” Hibben says, “we know that prevention is working in communities and across the state, there’s still some work we need to do to address that issue and make the decreases even more.” Each year, more than 43-hundred people under age 21 die from homicides, suicides, car crashes and drowning related to drinking alcohol. This is National Prevention Week, which Hibben says is an opportunity to raise awareness about underage drinking, emphasize healthy choices, and encourage each other to make a meaningful difference. The theme is “It’s Up to All of Us.”

(Radio Iowa)

Cass County Supervisors approve tourism brochure funding

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May 16th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Board of Supervisors approved a funding request from Cass County Tourism officials, for new tourism brochures. Kenner Baxter presented a mock-up of the brochures and spoke about them during the Board’s meeting this (Monday) morning. She said the last time the brochure was updated, was in 2007, so it’s time for a new one. The brochures are entitled “Explore Cass County.”

Kenner Baxter displays a mock-up of the new Cass County Tourism brochure, "Explore Cass County."

Kenner Baxter displays a mock-up of the new Cass County Tourism brochure, “Explore Cass County.”

They were created by Hotch Studios, of Atlantic, a graphic design company. Baxter says they were reasonably priced. The bid for the design cost came in at $270. The printing of 2,500 brochures at Safeguard Business Systems in Atlantic, will cost $288, for a total of $558, which the Board agreed was very reasonable. Kenner said the brochures will be printed in the next couple of weeks. She said they really need them because the “Our Iowa” bus tours are coming through this summer, and they have the old brochures, so “we need to give them something new.”

The brochures will be available at the Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce office and at all Iowa Welcome Centers.