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Griswold blood drive to honor teacher w/non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma

News

May 27th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

An American Red Cross Blood Drive will be held Wednesday, June 15th in Griswold, in honor of Griswold High School Teacher and FFA Adviser, Kevin Blair. The Red Cross says Blair’s current and former students and FFA members are especially encouraged to donate at the blood drive held in his honor, from 11-a.m. until 5-p.m. June 15th, at the Griswold Central Church of Christ.

Mr. Blair was diagnosed with marginal zone lymphoma, a form on non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. While in the hospital, he received blood transfusions to raise his dangerously low hemoglobin numbers.

Griswold H.S. teacher/FFA Adviser Kevin Blair.

Griswold H.S. teacher/FFA Adviser Kevin Blair.

The Blood Drive in his honor, comes at a particularly difficult time for the Red Cross, as many schools that hold blood drives, are out of session for the summer months, which makes it an especially difficult time to collect enough blood to meet the needs of hospital patients.

To make an appointment for the Blood Drive in Griswold, call Janae at 712-210-4271, use the free Red Cross Blood Donor App. (available at www.redcrossblood.org/bloodapp), or visit redcrossblood.org on the web, and use sponsor code 009857.

(Podcast) KJAN Morning News & funeral report, 5/27/2016

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May 27th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

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

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Authorities: Iowa hit-and-run suspect reported car stolen

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May 27th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) – Authorities say a Nebraska man suspected in a fatal hit-and-run crash in Iowa told police his vehicle was stolen the night of the accident.
The Daily Nonpareil in Council Bluffs reports 44-year-old Tracy Peniska, of Omaha, turned himself in at the Pottawattamie County Jail Monday and was charged Tuesday with leaving the scene of a fatality accident and obstructing prosecution.

Police say Peniska was driving his car March 9 on the Interstate 480 bridge in Council Bluffs when he hit a pedestrian, 29-year-old Brett Jensen. Police say Peniska had reported his car stolen to Omaha police the night of the hit-and-run.

24 Hour Rainfall Totals ending at 7:00 am on May 27

Ag/Outdoor, News, Weather

May 27th, 2016 by Jim Field

  • KJAN, Atlantic  3.51″
  • Atlantic (10th & Cherry)  4.5″
  • Atlantic (11th & Poplar)  4.5″
  • Atlantic (Heritage House)  5.0″
  • Atlantic (near high school)  7.3″
  • 7 miles NE of Atlantic  1.18″
  • Massena  1.13″
  • Elk Horn  1.43″
  • Avoca  .8″
  • Oakland  1.25″
  • Logan  .04″
  • Woodbine  .01″
  • Villisca  1.35″
  • Missouri Valley  .02″
  • Irwin  .22″
  • Sidney  3.9″
  • Panora  3.5″
  • Clarinda  1.4″
  • Shenandoah  2.5″
  • Council Bluffs  .6″

Atlantic Pharmacy nominated for Health Mart Pharmacy of the Year

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May 27th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

If you were in the downtown area of Atlantic Wednesday, you might have seen a video crew scurrying about at Rex Pharmacy. That’s because the pharmacy has been nominated for a Health Mart Pharmacy of the Year, award. Officials say 4,600 independent, individually-owned Health Mart pharmacies nationwide are in the running for the award.

Jeff Aden is the McKesson (Health Mart parent company) retail sales manager/representative, who nominated Rex Pharmacy for the award for his “Cutting edge services and very patient-centric, very innovative practices…to differentiate himself between other pharmacies, and help his patient achieve better health,” in many ways. He’s represented the pharmacy for more than 14 years and three generations of ownership. Aden says store owner Josh Borer’s successful approach to business ownership is “Better patient healthcare equals better business success.”

The award will be presented June 27th during a banquet in Chicago. Last year’s winner was Marble City Pharmacy, in Sylacauga, Alabama. Three other pharmacies won the 2015 Independent Spirit Award.

Heavy rain and flooding temporarily closes streets in Atlantic, Thursday

News, Weather

May 27th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Thunderstorms that slowly and loudly rumbled across southwest and western Iowa Thursday afternoon and evening, left many streets in Atlantic closed for several hours because of high water due to heavy, heavy rain and flash flooding. At the KJAN studios on the northern limits of Atlantic, we measured 3.51-inches of rainfall (from 7-a.m. Thursday through 7-a.m. today). The skies dumped even more rain in town, with Bull Creek flooding leading to water rushing into intersections stretching from 11th and Roosevelt northwest to the vicinity of 11th and Linn near the Washington/Schuler Elementary School, where Police blocked traffic for a time due to high water.

Lawns and streets along the path of the creek, from Oak to Elm, and 11th to 7th Street, were filled with water that had nowhere to go because the storm sewer system couldn’t keep up. Further north, intersections with rapidly flowing, deep water were barricaded or manned by emergency workers, including police, volunteer firefighters and others, but there were some stalled vehicles seen, including in the area of 4th and Elm, and following the initial deluge of rain, at 7th and Walnut, which was one of the intersections to be blocked-off, twice during the evening.

By late Thursday evening, the flood threat had subsided, as rains trickled-off to sprinkles. As of this morning, the Cass County Communications Center said they had no reports of any road closures in Atlantic, but motorists should be watchful for debris on the road from flooding, and tree limbs that may have fallen from the gusty winds that accompanied Thursday’s storms.

Flash Flooding was also reported Thursday in Fremont County, 5-miles south of Thurman, near Percival, and in Tabor. A storm spotter in Panora late Thursday night measured 3.55-inches of rain in their gauge, from storms that fell late Thursday afternoon and evening.

Traffic stop near Villisca Thu. night results in 2 arrests

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May 27th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Montgomery County say a traffic stop north of Villisca Thursday night resulted in two arrests. Deputies pulled over a vehicle at 10:55-p.m. on Highway 71, and upon further investigation arrested 37-year old Justin Allen Williams, of Clarinda, for Driving While Suspended, and failure to carry SR-22 insurance. A passenger in the vehicle, 33-year old Krystal Lynn Harbin, of Yorktown, was arrested for unlawful possession of prescription pills, and a drug tax stamp violation.

Williams and Harbin were being held in the Montgomery County Jail on $2,000 and $5,000 bond, respectively.

Iowa early News Headlines: Friday, May 27th 2016

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May 27th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press at 3:40 a.m. CDT

JOHNSTON, Iowa (AP) — Democrats vying to challenge Republican Sen. Charles Grassley in his upcoming re-election race have used a televised debate in Iowa to criticize the longtime senator’s involvement in a Supreme Court nomination fight. The four candidates used the hour-long debate Thursday night in Johnston to highlight Grassley’s decision not to hold hearings for President Barack Obama’s U.S. Supreme Court pick. The debate comes shortly before Iowa’s June 7 primary.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Attorneys who lost a malpractice case against University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics are seeking access to a letter containing allegations of jury tampering in another case won by the hospital. Investigators are looking into allegations that the hospital benefited from jury tampering in a high-stakes February trial involving a girl who was born with brain damage and severe disabilities. Jurors found the hospital was negligent but didn’t award damages.

DYERSVILLE, Iowa (AP) — Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred has announced this year’s National Baseball Hall of Fame tour stops during a trip to the “Fields of Dreams” movie site in eastern Iowa. Manfred was joined by 2015 Hall of Fame pitcher John Smoltz in Dyersville to announce that Davenport, Iowa; Kansas City, Missouri; Milwaukee; St. Louis; Minneapolis; and Las Vegas will be host cities for this year’s “We Are Baseball” tour stops.

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A Pittsburgh man was sentenced to life in prison Thursday for killing two of his next-door neighbors, the sisters of an Iowa state lawmaker. Jurors told the Allegheny County judge Thursday that they were deadlocked on whether to impose the death penalty against 45-year-old Allen Wade. In Pennsylvania, a jury must unanimously recommend a death penalty or a life sentence is automatically imposed.

More Atlantic flooding pics

News, Weather

May 26th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

These pictures are from Cass County Emergency Management Coordinator Mike Kennon…(Click on the images to once and then when the separate file opens, to enlarge)

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Flooding in Atlantic Thursday evening

News, Weather

May 26th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

As of 7:45 pm, we have received 3.37″ at the KJAN studio.  We also recorded 1.84″ during the early morning thunderstorm, for nearly 5.25″ in the last 24 hours..  On 10th Street, between Cherry and Plum, we had a report of 4.5″ just this evening!

Pictures from KJAN News Director Ric Hanson…

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