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Officials: Remains belong to WWII airman from Iowa

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July 8th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

MOULTON, Iowa (AP) — Officials say remains found in Germany in 2012 have been positively identified as belonging to a WWII airman from Iowa who went missing more than 69 years ago. The Iowa National Guard says Staff Sgt. Robert “Bobby” E. Howard, of Moulton, Iowa, was 21 years old in April 1945 when his aircraft was shot down over Germany. He and four other crew members were officially declared dead, though their remains were never recovered.

Officials say in a news release Tuesday that a research and analysis group concluded earlier this year that human remains found near the possible aircraft crash site belong to Howard.

SSgt. Robert Howard

SSgt. Robert Howard

A memorial service for Howard will be held in Moulton on July 19 with full military honors.

Disaster proclamation issued for Iowa counties

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July 8th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A disaster proclamation has been issued for three Iowa counties affected by recent severe weather. Gov. Terry Branstad says a proclamation was issued Tuesday for Polk County, following a proclamation Monday for Scott and Shelby counties.

The governor’s office says the proclamations are in response to ongoing flooding and severe weather that began June 26. They are aimed at helping the counties recover with the help of state resources. The proclamations will also allow residents in Scott and Shelby counties to utilize the state’s individual assistance program. That offers grants of up to $5,000 to certain low-income households.

Anita woman & a man arrested after separate accident investigations

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July 8th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Sheriff’s office reports an Anita woman was arrested last Thursday, following an investigation into an accident. Authorities say at around 11:30 p.m., deputies responded to a report of a single-vehicle accident at Richland Road and Main Street in Massena. Upon arrival, deputies found a 2002 Ford Escape in the ditch.

The owner and driver, 42-year old Michelle Lynn Namanny, of Anita, was not injured. Damage to her vehicle was estimated at $4,000. Upon further investigation, Namanny was arrested on a charge of OWI 1st Offense. She was also cited for Failure to Maintain Control. The woman was brought to the Cass County Jail where she was released the following day on her own recognizance.

And, on Saturday, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of an accident at Adams and 4th Streets in Cumberland. Officials say a 1995 Chevy pickup owned and driven by Roger Dwayne Vincent, Jr., was traveling southbound on Adams Street when the vehicle went out of control and entered a  ditch. After backing out of the ditch, the pickup hit a legally parked 2013 Ford Expedition owned by the Atlantic Bottling Company.

Damage to Vincent’s truck is estimated at $100, and damage to the Expedition is estimated at $1500. Vincent was not injured. As a result of investigation, Roger Vincent was arrested for OWI 2nd Offense, Possession of a Controlled Substance, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He was also ticketed for Failure to Maintain Control. Vincent was taken to the Cass County Jail where he was later released on his own recognizance.

Public hearing in Atlantic over zoning classification change

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July 8th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A public hearing will be held Wednesday morning in Atlantic, with regard to a change in zoning classification. The change affects a parcel of land (Parcel H of the northeast 1/4, northeast 1/4 of Section 9) in Noble Township, and if approved, would rezone the land as Light Industrial instead of Rural Residential. Zoning Administrator Rich Hansen told KJAN News Corey Sindt is looking to move his automotive repair business into Lyman, from the rural area. There were no objections to the plan at an earlier Zoning Board meeting. The hearing takes place at 8:40-a.m. as part of a regular meeting of the Cass County Board of Supervisors.

The Board will also review and possibly act on approving a “Regionalization” of the Mental Health Transition Plan, the aforementioned zoning classification change, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Department changes, with regard to GIS services.

The Board of Supervisor’s meeting begins in their Board Room at the Cass County Courthouse, at 8:30-a.m., Wednesday.

Atlantic’s P&Z to meet this evening

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July 8th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The City of Atlantic’s Planning and Zoning Commission will meet this evening in the Council’s Chambers at City Hall. On their agenda under “Old Business,” is a letter of transmittal from the City Council with regard to the vacating of an alley, and a review or setting of the timetable for a final Zoning Ordinance Review/Update.

The meeting begins at 5:30.

Kimballton man arrested on assault charge

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July 8th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Audubon County report a Kimballton man was arrested Monday evening. 47-year old Denver Duane Hansen was taken into custody on a Simple Assault charge, following an investigation into an incident that allegedly occurred at his home, Saturday.

Hansen posted a cash bond and was released, with instructions to appear before the magistrate on July 14th.

(9-a.m. News)

Let’s try this again – Atlantic School Board meeting to be held tonight

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July 8th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Community School District’s Board of Education will be held this evening at the high school, due to several scheduling conflicts that prevented the meeting from being held on Monday, as would normally have been the case.  The Board will gather in the Media Room at the high school beginning at 7:30-p.m. Superintendent Dr. Michael Amstein says on their agenda, is approval of: General Education/Special Ed contracts; other contracts and/or Letters of Assignment

Amstein says they’re trying to finish finish-up the hiring process for the upcoming school year. Josh Rasmussen will provide a recommendation for the FCS – Family and Consumer Science – position at the Middle School. He says last year they had position open, but just couldn’t fill it.

The Board will also act on Volunteer Coaches positions and any Resignations. They’re also expected to act on approving: The contract with Superintendent Dr. Michael Amstein for the 2014-15 school year, and the 1st reading of a new policy with regard to Honorary Diplomas.

Amstein said there was a request made to the Board for that, and since there was none in-place, that topic is up for discussion and possible action. The Atlantic School Board will talk about their financial planning program assumptions for Fiscal Year 2015. Prior to adjourning for the night, the Board will enter into a closed session for a formal evaluation of Superintendent Amstein.

8AM Newscast 07-08-2014

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July 8th, 2014 by Chris Parks

w/ Ric Hanson

Atlantic man arrested Monday

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July 8th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Police in Atlantic report the arrest on Monday, of 40-year old Wayne Duranceau, Jr.  He was taken into custody on a charge of Simple Assault. Duranceau, Jr. was booked into the Cass County Jail.

(Podcast) 7-a.m. News & funeral report, Tue. July 8th 2014

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July 8th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

With KJAN News Director Ric Hanson.