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Ambassadors Celebrate Atlantic Business & Professional Women 80 years of service

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June 9th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Atlantic Business and Professional Women (BPW) are celebrating 80 years as a local organization.

Picutred: Christie Boysen, Crystal Christensen, Janice Brown (Past BPW State President), Margaret Sonntag, Ina Ohnmeiss (local President), Sue Muri, Donna Willoughby, Debbie Leistad, Charla Schmid (BPW Red Oak member and Past State President), Nedra Perry, Wonda Schwier, Michelle Heath, Pat McCurdy, Dianne Gipple, Amy Coenen, Jamey Park, BJ Hart, Lana Westphalen, Arlene Drennan, JoAnn Runyan, Kathy Sweeney, Dolly Bergmann, Jamie Arnold, Carol Seddon, Ouida Wymer, Bill Saluk, Keith Leonard D.V.M., Dan Mehmen, Russ Joyce, Donnie Drennan, Kerry Jepsen, Melanie Petty, Dan Rossell.

Picutred: Christie Boysen, Crystal Christensen, Janice Brown (Past BPW State President), Margaret Sonntag, Ina Ohnmeiss (local President), Sue Muri, Donna Willoughby, Debbie Leistad, Charla Schmid (BPW Red Oak member and Past State President), Nedra Perry, Wonda Schwier, Michelle Heath, Pat McCurdy, Dianne Gipple, Amy Coenen, Jamey Park, BJ Hart, Lana Westphalen, Arlene Drennan, JoAnn Runyan, Kathy Sweeney, Dolly Bergmann, Jamie Arnold, Carol Seddon, Ouida Wymer, Bill Saluk, Keith Leonard D.V.M., Dan Mehmen, Russ Joyce, Donnie Drennan, Kerry Jepsen, Melanie Petty, Dan Rossell.

The Atlantic organization currently has 45 members and is the largest BPW organization in the State of Iowa. They give away four annual scholarships. Atlantic BPW are very active within the community, volunteering over 1000 hours the past year. They meet monthly, the third Wednesday of the month and guests are welcome.

Council Bluffs moves forward with Wi-Fi project

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June 9th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) – Council Bluffs has received equipment that will allow it to move forward with plans to offer wireless Internet throughout the city. The Daily Nonpareil reports that the city and its school district agreed to partner months ago in expanding Wi-Fi access from the current, few hotspots that are scattered throughout the community.

Mark Howard who serves as the city’s chief information official says the goal is to give students who may not have access to the Internet the ability to use it for homework or other projects. Most of the students have been issued a laptop by their schools. Howard hopes the Wi-Fi expansion project will finish this year. The first phase of the expansion will occur in the neighborhood around a middle school.

Frederickson Foundation donates money for new books

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June 9th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Trevor Frederickson Memorial Fund recently donated $1000 toward the purchase of new books for the Washington and Schuler Elementary Schools.IMG_0096 Trevor was an avid reader, and the Fund’s Melanie Petty says they “Hope that by donating money for books each year we can help plant the seed in the younger children to start good reading habits.”

American Pickers will be hunting for relics in Atlantic next month

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June 9th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce say they are excited to announce Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz with “Antique Archeology,” based in in LeClaire,  will be coming the area next month.AP Flyer1 The History Channel TV program team will film episodes of their hit series “American Pickers” throughout the state.

The program documents the travels and conversations pickers Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz have during their road trip across the U.S., in search of America’s most valuable antiques. Their interests include motorcycles, classic cars and bicycles to one-of-a-kind vintage memorabilia. Along their journey, they serve to educate the public about the history of artifacts and memorabilia.

The program’s producers are looking for leads, and would love to explore what you may have. They are on the hunt for interesting personalities who may some some interesting and unique items. Some of what Mike and Frank are looking for: vintage bicycles, toys, unusual radios, movie memorabilia, advertising, military items, folk art, vintage musical equipment, vintage automotive items, early firefighting equipment, vintage clothing, pre-50’s western gear.

If you have a large collection or want to refer someone to Mike and Frank, email: your name, number, address and description of the collection and photos to: americanpickers@cineflix.com , or call 1-855-old-rust.

“American Pickers” is produced by Cineflix Productions. New episodes air Wednesdays at 8-pm Central Time, on the History Channel.

Shenandoah man arrested for Probation Violation

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June 9th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Page County Sheriff’s Office says a tip led authorities to a man wanted for probation violation. 45-year old Herbert Cecil Hatcher, of Shenandoah, was arrested at around 3:15-a.m. today (Tuesday) by Page County Deputies, with assistance from the Shenandoah Police Department. He was taken into custody at 904 South Center Street. Hatcher was transported to the Page County Jail where he was being held on $2000 bond.

The Sheriff’s Office received a tip of Hatcher’s whereabouts prior to the arrest. .

Income Tax surtax to be on Sept. School Board ballot in Atlantic

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June 9th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic School District’s Board of Education, Monday evening, passed a Resolution for a Voted Physical Plant and Equipment Levy (VPPEL) so it can be put on the September School Board Election ballot. Business Manager/Board Secretary Mary Beth-Fast, explained that in 2001, the School Board voted to limit the property tax asking to 85-cents per thousand dollars valuation, for the Voted PPEL, which is good for ten-years, which means it expired in 2012. At the same time the 85-cent rate went into effect, the School Board in 2001 elected to incorporate a 4-cent Income Surtax, which is normally found on your State of Iowa Tax return.

Mary Beth said an oversight meant language allowing the Income Surtax was not included the 2012 renewal, so the District missed out on the extra income. The Resolution passed Monday night means the Income Surtax component would be included in the current VPPEL, if the voters approve it in September.

She said the tax rate, while being left open for adjustment, would not be the maximum allowed, which is 20-cents. Mary Beth said the Board’s action means less of the money raised would come from property taxes, if the Income Surtax is approved in September. She says it will benefit property owners because the tax burden will be distributed to those who earn income, as well, whereas the Voted PPEL just generated funds through property taxes.

And, the Iowa Legislature last week, approved 1.25% in State Supplemental Aid to School Districts across the State. Mary Beth says for Atlantic, that equates to nearly $253,000, or $80 per pupil, since there was increased enrollment last year. The Legislature also approved $55-million in a one-time appropriation for School Districts, which means an additional $161,000 will be coming to the Atlantic District, for a total of $413,785.

2 arrests in Creston

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June 9th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Two people were arrested early this week in Creston. According to the Creston P-D, 36-year old Larry William Jordan, of Creston, was arrested at around 5-a.m. today (Tuesday), on a Union County warrant for Probation Violation. And, at around 6:45-p.m. Monday, 29-year old Charles Michael Kirkman, of Creston, was arrested on a Domestic Abuse/Assault charge. Both men were being held without bond in the Union County Jail, pending an initial court appearance.

(8-a.m. News)

(Podcast) KJAN News,6/9/2015

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June 9th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

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(Podcast) KJAN Morning News & funeral report, 6/9/2015

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June 9th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

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Axe swinging man arrested in Red Oak Mon. afternoon

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June 9th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A man who is no stranger to authorities in Montgomery County, was arrested Monday afternoon after Red Oak Police, along with Montgomery County Sheriff’s Deputies,  responded at around 4:25-p.m., to a report of a man swinging an axe at people in the 100 block of East Grimes Street. Upon arrival and investigation, officers arrested 41-year old Eric Michael Huffstutlear, of Red Oak. The man was taken into custody on a felony charge of Intimidation with a dangerous weapon. He was brought to the Montgomery County Jail and held on $10,000 bond.

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office reports a Red Oak man was arrested just before midnight, Monday, on a valid Page County warrant. 45-year old Matthew Kevin Miller, of Red Oak, was taken into custody with assistance from Red Oak Police, in the 400 block of east Reed Street on for Violation of Probation, and Domestic Abuse Assault/2nd degree. Miller was brought to the Montgomery County Jail and later released to Page County Deputies.

Also arrested Monday night, was 19-year old Kelsi Jean Vannausdale, of Corning. The woman was taken into custody at around 10:30-p.m. in Red Oak, for Driving While Suspended. Vannausdale was later released on $300 bond. And, early this (Tuesday) morning, Red Oak Police arrested 27-year old Richard Dean Pierce III, of Red Oak, on a charge of Theft in the 5th degree. The man was later released on $300 bond.