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Adair County Supervisors set to finalize FY 2015 budget

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February 3rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Board of Supervisors in Adair County will finalize their Fiscal Year 2015 budget, Tuesday morning. The action comes during their regular meeting that begins at 9-a.m., and will be followed by the setting of a date for a Public Hearing on the budget.

In other business, the Board will hear from County Treasurer Brenda Wallace, with regard to a tax abatement request/resolution, and County Engineer Nick Kauffman, with regard to a Motor Grader purchase and other Secondary Roads Department matters.

Cass and Shelby County Cattlemen hold banquets Saturday night

Ag/Outdoor, News

February 3rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Shelby County Cattlemen had a successful night on Saturday during their annual banquet. This year the banquet was held inside the new St. Mary’s Hall in Panama in front of a packed crowd. Before handing out their annual awards, the cattlemen gave out 18 $1,000 scholarships to area youth.

Kevin Goshorn, member of the cattlemen’s association, told the crowd over the last two years, the association has given out $84,000 between their scholarships and heifer programs. Steve Leinen then handed out the awards starting with the friends of the industry. Normally, this award would be handed out to a certain individual but this year the Shelby County Cattlemen recognized several local banks in the area.

The banks were Shelby County State, Farmer’s Trust and Savings, United Bank of Iowa, Farm Service Credit of America, Midstates, Defiance State, Landmands, Community Bank, Town and Country Credit Union, Templeton Bank and Bank of the West. The award for beef backer of the year was Mike Thraen and then the biggest award was presented to Bob Schechinger of rural Panama. Schechinger was surprised with the cattlemen of the year award. He said “I really didn’t catch on what they were saying, something about Korea and seven kids and Jeff was right there so I figured I better get out there. I didn’t think it would be anything. I was surprised put it that way.”

Bob and wife Norene have been farming northwest of Panama for 40 years and have raised cattle as well. Schechinger is a veteran who fought in Korea has since helped with area youth and participates at the Shelby County Fair each year. Together they have seven kids, five of whom were in attendance to congratulate Schechinger on the award. He thanked his wife for always being there and said he would not be the man he is today without her.

And, here in Atlantic approximately 250-people attended the annual Cass County Cattleman’s Banquet, Saturday night. One of the highlights of the even held at the Cass County Community Center was the presentation of awards. Jim Pellett, of Atlantic, received the “Hall of Fame” award. Randy Euken, of Lewis was named “Producer of the Year,” and Cullen and Associates, of Atlantic received the “Business of the Year Award.” It was also announced that the Cass County Cattleman’s group grilled over 5,500 units of meat during this past year at various events throughout the area.

(Joel McCall/KNOD)

Clarinda Police Chief re-issues Snow Ordinance reminder

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February 3rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

With the chance of accumulating snowfall to occur in Clarinda this week the Clarinda Police Department is reminding citizens of the community about the emergency snow ordinance. The ordinance says: “No person shall park any motor vehicle or other apparatus upon any street of the city that will obstruct the removal of snow when there has been an accumulation of two (2) inches or more.”

“Any vehicle left parked on any street in violation of this ordinance may be impounded, and the registered owner of the vehicle will be subject to a $15.00 parking fine, and payment of all applicable towing and storage fees in order for the vehicle to be released.”

8AM Newscast 02-03-2014

News, Podcasts

February 3rd, 2014 by Chris Parks

w/ Ric Hanson

Special election set for Tuesday in Exira-EHK District

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February 3rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Patrons of the Exira and Elk Horn-Kimballton Community School Districts will head to the polls Tuesday (Feb. 4th), to act on a Public Measure adopting a Revenue Purpose Statement (RPS). The polls will be open from Noon until 8-p.m. Exira-EHK Superintendent Dean Schnoes has said the election is required by the Iowa Association of School Boards (IASB) and Department of Education (DOE).

The RPS will allow the districts to authorize the expenditure of revenues from the State of Iowa to secure an advanced vision for the education fund received by the Exira-Elk Horn Kimballton Community School District. The RPS specifies how the One-cent Local Option Sales Tax (LOST) can be used, including, but not limited to: Property Tax relief; New buildings or additions to current facilities; the lease or purchase of buildings or equipment, and more.

The RPS is typically in effect for 10-years, which for each district independently is currently in 2020. Schnoes said “Because it’s a new district, it’s just another one of those things you have to have in-place, like a school starting brand new.” He said “If we’re going to continue on with the education that we have here providing the facilities, the curriculum, the things that we need to provide education…we still need to have [the RPS] in-place.”

If the measure fails to win voter approval, it will not terminate or restrict authority previously granted by the voters to expend receipts from the “secure an advanced vision for education,” fund. If it’s approved, it will remain in effect until replaced or amended by the Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton School District.

You can read details about the Special Election on the Exira-EHL website under “Public Notices,” or click on this link to the PDF: http://swmcdn.com/site_0244/EXIRAEHK_RevenuePurposeStmt_111813.pdf

7AM Newscast 02-03-2014

News, Podcasts

February 3rd, 2014 by Chris Parks

w/ Ric Hanson

64 jobs lost with closure of Sioux City bakery

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February 3rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – More than five dozen people will be losing their jobs with the closure of a Sioux City bakery.  Bimbo Bakeries USA says it will close its Sioux City operation March 28. A company spokesman says 64 people and their union representatives have met with company personnel officials to discuss severance and other benefits. Production will move to other Bimbo bakeries.

A regional vice president, Didier Moleres, says the company concluded that the aging Sioux City facility “could not compete in the marketplace.”

January economic survey suggests growth in Midwest

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February 3rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – A new survey of business leaders suggests the economy will continue growing in nine Midwestern and Plains states in the months ahead.  The monthly Mid-America Business Conditions Index rose to 57.7 last month, compared with 53.2 in December.  Looking six months ahead, the business confidence index dropped to a still strong 62.2 from 66.5 in December.

The survey results are compiled into a collection of indexes ranging from zero to 100. Survey organizers say any score above 50 suggests growth, while a score below that suggests decline. The survey covers Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma and South Dakota.

BBQ food record tops off Nebraska eater’s weekend

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February 3rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

JOHNSTON, Iowa (AP) – A 120-pound Nebraska woman has set another record during the Adam Emmenecker Challenge at Jethro’s BBQ n’ Pork Chop Grill in Johnston.  The Des Moines Register says Molly Schuyler, of Bellevue, Neb., on Sunday downed the 5-pound championship meal in four minutes and 50 seconds, paring more than 2 minutes off her old record. The competition is named for a former Drake University basketball player.  Schuyler says she wasn’t feeling so well after so much competition over the past few days.

On Friday she won $22,000 at Philadelphia’s Wing Bowl by consuming 363 wings in 30 minutes. On Saturday she won the Pancake Bowl at the International House of Pancakes in Urbandale. Later in the day she won again at the Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival.

Red Oak Police arrest 2 this past weekend

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February 3rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Two people were arrested over the weekend on separate charges, in Red Oak. Authorities say 43-year-old Shelby Joann Olivares Carmack, of Red Oak was arrested on a Trespassing charge.  And, 43-year-old Clinton Joe Hans England was arrested Sunday night on a Public Intoxication charge. Both persons were being held in the Montgomery County Jail and held on $300 bond each.