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Grant hosts Labor Day country music jam

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September 5th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Grant, Ia. – From 2-6 p.m. today (Mon., Sept. 5th), Jim Wymore and Grant Community Preservationists (GCP) will host a Labor Day country music festival in the Grant Park.   The festival honors the memory of Teddy and Donna Weston, both founding members and former presidents of GCP as well as regular country music players.

In addition to the music, GCP will open the concession stand and serve Sloppy Joes & hot dogs, chips, desserts, floats, coffee, soda and tea. Concession sales benefit Grant Community Preservationists and their work. Admission to the event is a $7 Gate Fee that benefits the Grant Park Opry.

Area musicians are encouraged to come play music on the park’s unique stage on the banks of the Nodaway River. Fans of live music are welcome to listen and dance. Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy an afternoon of great performances.

The Grant Community Preservationists was formed to help maintain Grant and its unique historic character. Designated in October 2003, the Grant Commercial Historic District is on the National Register of Historic Places.

(Podcast) KJAN 8-a.m. News, 9/5/2016

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September 5th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

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

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(Podcast) KJAN Morning News & funeral report, 9/5/2016

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September 5th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

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

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Red Oak P-D/Montgomery County Sheriff’s reports, 9/5/16

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September 5th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Police in Red Oak report the arrest Sunday night of 26-year old Dylan Thomas Griffith. The Red Oak man was taken into custody at around 11:15-p.m. for Public Intoxication. Griffith was being held at the Montgomery County Law Enforcement Center on a $300 cash bond. Officials said also, 46-year old Shelby JoAnn Olivares, of Red Oak, was arrested at around 8-p.m. Sunday, for violation of a No Contact Order. Olivares was arrested Saturday evening as well, for Domestic Abuse/Simple Assault. She was being held in the Montgomery County Jail without bond.

And, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office reports 45-year old William Edward Barr, of Villisca, was arrested at around 9-p.m. Sunday, in Villisca. Barr was charged with Domestic Abuse Assault. He was being held without bond, in the Montgomery County Jail.

2 cycles & a car collide in Taylor County, Sunday – 2 injured

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September 5th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

A collision between two motorcycles and a car Sunday afternoon in Taylor County, resulted in the motorcyclists being transported to hospitals in Des Moines and Mt. Ayr. The Iowa State Patrol says a 2013 Harley Davidson soft tail motorcycle driven by 38-year old Tammy Willett, of Afton, and a 2014 H-D FLHX motorcycle driven by 44-year old Michael Priest, of Shenandoah, were traveling west on Highway 2 at around 1:20-p.m., when a 2010 Buick Lucerne driven by 90-year old James Meek, Sr., of Afton, pulled away from a stop sign as he was headed north from Quail Avenue onto westbound Highway 2.

The cycles collided with the side of the car. Willett was transported by Mercy One helicopter to Methodist Hospital in Des Moines, while Priest was transported by ambulance to the Ringgold County Hospital in Mt. Ayr.

Deputies with the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office, personnel from Bedford Fire and Rescue, and Taylor County Ambulance assisted the State Patrol at the accident scene.

Iowa early News Headlines: Monday, Sept. 5th 2016 – Labor Day

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September 5th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press at 3:20 a.m. CDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The board that oversees Iowa’s three public universities says its plan for a new two-year budget system will bring more predictability to tuition expenses for students and their families, but the unpredictability of available state funding could complicate that effort. The Iowa Board of Regents, which provides support to the University of Iowa, Iowa State University and the University of Northern Iowa, recently announced a plan to fund the budget years that end in 2018 and 2019.

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — A group in Council Bluffs hopes to convert a vacant warehouse into a center for arts and entertainment. Supporters are raising money for the project with the hope of completing it by the end of 2018.

MILAN, Iowa (AP) — Drive south of Milan on Ridgewood Road and you’ll see lots of new homes with nicely mowed lawns and tidy flower beds. You also might spot a small, older house set back from the road, nearly hidden by giant ragweeds. Welcome to Beacon Woods Farm, home of Gary and Chris Nordick, where they harvest vegetables, fruit and flowers. They also keep 15 bee hives for honey, chop firewood and raise chickens for meat as well as eggs. Yes, they butcher! It doesn’t get much more hands-on than that.

DUNKERTON, Iowa (AP) — Iowa woman who stole stamps and cash from U.S. Post Office where she worked has been sentenced to five years of probation. Prosecutors say the woman stole more than $2,700 of cash and stamps last year. The woman told investigators she took the money to help pay her bills.

Group hopes to convert vacant warehouse into art center

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September 4th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — A vacant western Iowa warehouse might be redeveloped into an arts and entertainment center in Council Bluffs. The Council Bluffs Daily Nonpareil reports that supporters of the project are raising money now with hopes of opening the center in late 2018.

Judy Davis with the Pottawattamie Arts, Culture and Entertainment organization says the project seems to be on schedule. The plans call for converting the building into a space for traveling exhibits, rehearsal space for plays and classrooms and a theater and public gathering space. The project would complement the Harvester Lofts apartments nearby that are geared toward the artistic community.

Regents’ budget idea has challenges because of state funding

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September 4th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The board that oversees Iowa’s three public universities says its plan for a new two-year budget system will bring more predictability to tuition expenses for students and their families, but the unpredictability of available state funding could complicate that effort.

The Iowa Board of Regents, which provides support to the University of Iowa, Iowa State University and the University of Northern Iowa, announced recently a plan to fund the budget years ending in 2018 and 2019 with a combination of tuition increases and new state dollars. The board will continue to seek money for one year ahead.

It may become increasingly difficult to determine how much money the Iowa Legislature will allocate each year to higher education. Student representatives expressed frustration when the board voted in July to raise tuition.

 

Fish kill investigated near Collins, in Jasper County

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September 4th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

COLLINS – A fish kill south of Collins near the Jasper-Polk County line is being investigated by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.  Officials say the fish kill was reported late Saturday morning along Wolf Creek. Approximately six miles of stream was affected and the kill consisted of smaller fish species.

Field testing did detect high amounts of ammonia along portions of the stream. Wolf Creek is a tributary of Indian Creek which did not appear to be affected.

OWI arrest in Red Oak Sunday morning

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September 4th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Red Oak Police arrested a woman on an OWI charge early this (Sunday) morning. 32-year old Rebecca Marie Peterson, of Stanton, was arrested at around 2:20-a.m. for OWI/1st offense, at the intersection of N. 2nd and E. Reed Streets. Peterson was brought to the Montgomery County Law Enforcement Center, and held on a $1,000 cash bond.