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Cass County Supervisors table action on fund request

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July 3rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Board of Supervisors this (Wednesday) morning voted to table action on a request from the CountyHistoricalMuseum for $20,000 in funding. Supervisor Chuck Rieken motioned for the move, so that museum representatives could appear before the Board during next week’s meeting, to make a case for the funding. If approved, the County would make the payment in two installments of $10,000 each, with the money likely to come from the Local Option Sales Tax fund. 

In other business, the Board approved two requests for fireworks display permits. Both events would be held this Saturday (July 6th). The first came from the Lyle Marsh family, which is holding a reunion this weekend. The event will be held south of Atlantic, with 40 people in attendance, 30 adults and 10 under the age of 12. The other fireworks display is for the Abild/Alexander family reunion. The event will take place just west of the Highway 71 and 92 east intersections. 

The requests were approved based on the requirements of the Iowa Code. Auditor Dale Sunderman reminds families who wish to hold fireworks displays next year, that they must receive the approval of the Board of Supervisors, if the event is being held outside the city limits of communities within the County. Receiving approval of your local fire chief is not sufficient to receive a permit for fireworks. 

The Supervisors also tabled action on appointing two members to the County Compensation Board, because they feel not enough notice was given to the public as to gather both male and female applicants that would gender balance the board. The Supervisors instead approved placing an advertisement in local newspapers to inform the public about the current Compensation Board and other, future CountyBoard positions that will become available for applicants.

Pursuit leads to crash in Mills County

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July 3rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A pursuit early this (Wednesday) morning in Mills County resulted in a non-injury accident. The Iowa State Patrol reports a Mills County deputy was engaged in the pursuit of an unplated 2000 Chevy Malibu at around 4:25-a.m., southbound on County Road L-55. During the pursuit, the driver of the car, identified as 27-year old Billy George Cates, of Council Bluffs, lost control of the vehicle, which then entered the east ditch and hit a culvert/field drive, before coming to rest upright in the east ditch.

Cates was arrested without further incident, and cited for Failure to Maintain Control and Violation of Financial Liability Coverage.

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Red Oak Police report 2 arrests

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July 3rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Police in Red Oak report two people have been arrested. Officials sayJoe Lewis Welch, of Omaha, was arrested Tuesday, on a warrant. After he was taken into custody, Welch was allegedly found to be in possession of marijuana. He was brought to the Montgomery County Law Enforcement Center and held on a total of $11,000 bond. 

And early this (Wednesday) morning, 43-year old Shelby Joann Olivares was arrested in Red Oak on a charge of  5th degree theft. Olivares was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on a $300 cash bond.

Frederickson Fund donates to local causes

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July 3rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Trevor Frederickson Memorial Fund recently contributed donations to three local groups or causes, in CassCounty. According to Fund spokesperson Melanie Petty, the fund, in conjunction with the Kiwanis Club, Atlantic PTO and Friends of Lake Anita, was able to donate money towards the bike helmet program, purchase an IPad for the 3rd grade class, and help out with the annual fishing clinic held at LakeAnita.  

Petty says they enjoy helping in whatever way they can.  She says “It gives us great joy to know that we can help out so many projects in our community all because of the wonderful support we receive at our annual golf tournament.” The 5th Annual T-Fred Memorial Golf Tournament will be held on August 10th.  

Petty says they’re projecting another great turnout, and look forward to another amazing year of donations back to the community that Trevor loved.

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Northey says southwest Iowa corn waist- to shoulder-high

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July 3rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

State Ag Secretary Bill Northey has been touring the state to survey crop conditions and on Tuesday he made stops in the southwest Iowa communities of Council Bluffs, Hamburg, Shenandoah and Nodaway. “It’s easier to see the good stuff between the wet spots now, whereas two weeks ago we were just seeing the wet spots,” Northey says.

Northey reports corn in southwest Iowa is waist- to shoulder-high. That’s in contrast to fields in northeastern and north central Iowa where corn was planted very late and it’s still quite short. Northey notes the weather has taken a turn for the better.

“It’s great to be getting to real summer weather and seeing those crops grow,” Northey says. “We’ve got a long ways to go, but all the farmers I’ve talked to are optimistic that even with the struggles they’ve had, the rest of the year is going to be good and we’re going to have big crops and hopefully prices as well are comfortable for livestock producers.”

Congressman Tom Latham, who represents the southwest quadrant of the state, joined Northey on the two-day southwest Iowa tour. The latest Iowa crop and weather report from the U-S-D-A indicates the 2013 Iowa corn crop is about three weeks behind normal; soybeans are about two weeks behind. Warmer, drier weather has improved the condition of both crops. About 72 percent of the pastures in Iowa are rated good or excellent and the first cutting of alfalfa is about 89 percent complete.

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Riverside bond vote count official after Tuesday’s canvass

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July 3rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Pottawattamie County Board of Supervisors have confirmed the results of the June 25th bond election for the Riverside Community School District. The Daily NonPareil reports the votes canvassed Tuesday show turnout for the $15.1-million dollar bond issue was 68-percent. A 60-percent supermajority was needed for the measure to pass. Officials say 1,096 voters approved building a new, 7th through 12th grade facility, 709 voted against it. If just 14 voters changed their minds, a sixth election would have been required if school officials wanted to pursue the matter again.
The district tried but failed to get the bond issue passed, during four previous attempts. The building will be constructed on land purchased by the district at the intersection of U.S. highways 59 and 6. Officials told the paper, the cost of the election was $8,900. The previous election cost $5,000. The increase in cost this time around was attributed to voting centers set up in Carson, Macedonia and Oakland. During the previous election, only one polling place was established in Carson.
An election official said 73-percent of the absentee voters approved the bond measure, while less than 60-percent who actually went to the polls did likewise. It was the absentee voters who allowed the measure to carry over the 60-percent majority needed for the bond issue to pass. The Pott. County Auditor’s office said the bond would raise taxes $2.70 per $1,000 of taxable value, meaning for a house assessed at $100,000 taxes would increase about $124 per year.

1 dead, at least 2 injured during motorcycle crash in Pottawattamie County

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July 3rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

An accident involving multiple motorcycles and an SUV Tuesday evening in Pottawattamie County has left one person dead, and at least two others critically injured. The Daily NonPareil reports the nearly head-on crash happened between 8:30-and 8:45-p.m. on Old Lincoln Highway, north of Council Bluffs.

Witnesses told Omaha television station KETV that three motorcycles were heading south on the two-lane highway when they collided with another motorcycle carrying two people traveling north. A man riding the motorcycle traveling north was pronounced dead at the scene. The sheriff’s office and others said he was traveling at a high rate of speed.

The persons on the three southbound motorcycles were said to have been related. A husband and wife were on separate bikes, and the third bike had two people riding on it. The motorcyclist who died at the scene was wearing a helmet. Two other motorcyclists were transported in critical condition to the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. A fourth person on one of the cycles and the driver of the SUV were not hurt.

The accident remained under investigation late Tuesday night.

Audubon County receives disaster proclamation

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July 3rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Governor Terry Branstad, Tuesday, issued a proclamation of disaster emergency for Audubon County in response to recent storms and flooding. The county and other parts of western Iowa were hit by high winds and heavy rains on June 24th. Several outbuildings on farms were destroyed, and trees fell on homes. In the city of Audubon, a grain dryer at the West Central Cooperative toppled over, and ruptured a gas line. The incident triggered an evacuation and an hourlong closure of U.S. Highway 71.

The governor’s proclamation activates the Iowa Individual Assistance Program in Audubon County. The Iowa Individual Assistance Program provides grants of up to $5,000 for households with incomes up to 200 percent of the federal poverty level, or a maximum annual income of $39,060, for a family of three. Grants are available for home or car repairs, replacement of clothing or food, and for the expense of temporary housing. Original receipts are required for those seeking reimbursement for actual expenses related to storm recovery. The grant application and instructions are available at the “Disaster Assistance” link on the Iowa Department of Human Services website: www.dhs.iowa.gov

And, President Barack Obama issued a disaster declaration for 47 Iowa counties hit by recent storms and flooding. Branstad announced Tuesday that Obama had approved his request for a presidential declaration. The declaration means the counties will be eligible to receive federal funding for recovery efforts. Those funds could go to repairs, debris removal, loans for communities or grants to schools. Branstad also said that as part of this declaration the state will receive funding to take steps to strengthen infrastructure and limit the impact of future natural disasters.

Among the western Iowa counties included in the declaration are: Crawford, Greene, Monona and Sac.