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Federal tax deadline is today

News

April 15th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Today (Monday) is the deadline for filing you federal income tax returns. I-R-S spokesman, Christopher Miller, says they’re expecting many people to file at the deadline based on the nationwide numbers thus far. “We’re a little bit behind last year’s rate, and that may be because of the later start to the filing season and the tax changes that occurred late in the year,” Miller says. If you are filing your return today, Miller says simple things often cause problems — like transposed numbers or letters. “Be sure to enter your Social Security numbers for you and your dependents on you tax return exactly as they are on the Social Security cards, and don’t switch up the numbers. And be sure to enter the names of all the individuals on the return exactly as they’re spelled on the Social Security cards,” Miller says. “Also, if you choose direct deposit, be sure to triple check that you are marking down the routing number and bank account number correctly.”

He says any mix up in the names and numbers will slow down the processing of your return. Miller says it’s especially important to write in the correct information on paper returns. There are still many people who choose to file paper instead of electronic returns. “We don’t have an exact number this season for the people who are electronic filing in Iowa yet…but Iowa has always been a national leader in e-filing, at well over 80-percent of the people filing electronically. Precisely because it’s fast and easy and more accurate,” Miller says. “When you e-file electronically, the error rate is about one-percent compared to about 20-percent on a paper return.”

Many people have already filed their returns and gotten refunds back. Miller says the most recent national information finds the average tax refund is 27-hundred-90 dollars. Miller says anyone with questions on filing can go to the I-R-S website at: IRS.gov.

(Radio Iowa)

Fewer state road maps printed for 2013

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April 15th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The 2013 state road map will be available soon. Mark Hansen, map maker for the Iowa Department of Transportation, says the new edition will include several hundred updates – everything from minor changes to symbols to new road projects. “We update the map to show…any changes in bypasses or new routes like U.S. 20 through Sac and Calhoun counties. If we have a new four-lane section of roadway, such as U.S. 63 north of Waterloo, we show that as well,” Hansen says. The map contains more than 11-hundred (1,100) cities and towns, and displays the streets and highways that link them all together. Hansen says the “hard copy” maps are still popular with many motorists.

“The paper maps from the Iowa DOT have all the latest changes, so they are at times more current than the technologies we get through Google Maps and navigation units,” Hansen said. This year, 600-thousand (600,000) maps are being printed. That’s down more than 50% from last year. While the DOT has noticed a slight reduction in demand, Hansen credits a limited budget as the bigger reason for the cutback. Starting in 2015, Iowa road maps will go to a two-year printing cycle. This year’s edition will be available sometime in May – at welcome centers, rest stops, and on the DOT website (www.IowaDOT.gov).

(Radio Iowa)

Pisgah man arrested Monday

News

April 15th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Red Oak Police Department reports the arrest early this (Monday) morning, of a Pisgah man. 21-year old Ryan Duane Burmeister faces a charge of Open Container (by a passenger), after the 1995 Ford Mustang he was in, was pulled over at around 1-a.m., in the 100 block of West Coolbaugh Street, in Red Oak. Burmeister was released from custody on a citation bond.

Iowa early News Headlines: Mon., April 15th 2013

News

April 15th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – What should Iowa do with the extra money sitting in the state’s bank accounts? It’s a key point of debate in ongoing budget negotiations as GOP Governor Terry Branstad, House Republicans and Senate Democrats push different ideas for dealing with a surplus estimated at more than $800 million. If lawmakers can’t reach a deal, as has happened in the past, the money could just stay put for some time.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Des Moines police have identified the man found dead with a gunshot wound in an apartment in the city’s River Bend area. Police said yesterday that officers were called to a shooting in an apartment at 1:24 a.m. Sunday. The victim has been identified as 19-year-old Anthony Moss of Chicago, Illinois.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A second shooting on the same day in Des Moines has left a man critically wounded. Police are investigating the shooting that happened around 11:45 a.m. yesterday. After gunfire was reported, officers found a 20-year-old man behind an apartment building near Interstate 235 in central Des Moines on Sunday. The shooting victim’s name wasn’t immediately released.

IDA GROVE, Iowa (AP) – The collapse of a downtown building left quite a mess in the northwest Iowa town of Ida Grove. Assistant Fire Chief Scott Van Dusen says the vacant building on 2nd Street started to collapse Saturday when a side wall caved in around 8:30 p.m.

Area School Board meetings scheduled for Monday

News

April 14th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Members of the CAM and Griswold Community School District’s Boards of Education will hold separate meetings Monday evening.

In Griswold, the Board meets at 5:30-p.m. in the Central Office Board room, to discuss: High School Computer laptops, and Teen Leadership, following presentations on those matters; The 2013 School Board election; and, discussion with regard to the Showcase Night.

The Board is also expected to act on: The Sports Boosters’ Constitution and By-Laws; a resolution pertaining to the School Calendar, and the Fisher Track. They will also receive an update on district negotiations, and various Board Policies.

In Anita, the CAM School Board will gather at 7-p.m. Monday, in the CAM High School Media Center. Discussion and possible action items on their agenda include matters pertaining to: The Football Scoreboard; School Board election; the Anita Development Corporation; Contracts; the 2013-2014 School Calendar; and, approval of 2013 graduates. Prior to adjournment, the CAM School Board will enter into a closed session to discuss negotiations for the 2013-2014 school year.

Atlantic Parks & Rec Board to meet Monday

News

April 14th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Parks and Recreation Department’s Board of Directors will hold a regularly scheduled meeting Monday evening, in the Council’s chambers at City Hall, beginning at 5:15. During the meeting, Parks and Rec Director Roger Herring will provide the Board with updates on: The Schildberg Recreation Area Campground; The Sunnyside Park Tennis Court reconstruction project, including a review of the project timeline; an update on the Boat ramp project and information regarding Park Department personnel.

Herring will also present a review of the Building Committee meeting held April 4th, and seek the Board’s approval of a change order on the Maintenance Building, as recommended by the Committee.

Shoplifting arrest in Red Oak

News

April 14th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Police in Red Oak arrested a local woman, Sunday afternoon. 34-year old Amy Dawn Clemmons, of Red Oak, was charged with shoplifting. She was taken into custody at around 2:15-p.m. and brought to the Montgomery County Jail, where Clemmons was being held on $300 bond.

Wind Advisory for part of the KJAN listening until 4-pm Sun. (4/14)

News, Weather

April 14th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

AREA COUNTIES: MADISON-ADAMS-UNION-TAYLOR-RINGGOLD

345 AM CDT SUN APR 14 2013

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN DES MOINES HAS ISSUED A WIND ADVISORY…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 10 AM THIS MORNING TO 4 PM CDT THIS AFTERNOON.

* TIMING…OVER THE SOUTHWEST PORTION OF THE ADVISORY WINDS WILL BEGIN TO BECOME STRONG AROUND 10 AM AND ACROSS THE EAST THE WINDS WILL BEGIN TO BECOME STRONG AROUND 1 PM IN THE AFTERNOON.

* WINDS...SUSTAINED WINDS OF 25 TO 30 MPH CAN BE EXPECTED WITH OCCASIONAL GUSTS TO 40 TO 45 MPH FOR A PERIOD OF 3 TO 4 HOURS.

* IMPACTS...WINDS THIS STRONG CAN MAKE DRIVING DIFFICULT… ESPECIALLY FOR HIGH PROFILE VEHICLES. USE EXTRA CAUTION.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A WIND ADVISORY MEANS THAT WINDS OF 30 MPH ARE EXPECTED. WINDS THIS STRONG CAN MAKE DRIVING DIFFICULT…ESPECIALLY FOR HIGH PROFILE VEHICLES. USE EXTRA CAUTION.

Iowa early News Headlines: Sun., April 14th 2013

News

April 14th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press…

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A bill approved by the Legislature and headed to Governor Terry Branstad would give school districts more authority in dealing with parents who enroll their children in the state’s voluntary preschool program but then fail to bring the youths to class. Supporters say the measure is needed because many districts have waiting lists for preschool. If parents enroll their children but don’t bring them to school, they’re still taking spots that could go to others.

MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (AP) – Police in central Iowa city of Marshalltown say a 14-year-old boy found collapsed on a bike trail has died. Police say officers went to the trail Friday night after getting a report about an unresponsive person lying on the trail. An autopsy has been ordered.

GLENWOOD, Iowa (AP) – A 36-year-old Glenwood man convicted in February of first-degree murder for the death of his 5-month-old son has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Jason Curtis was sentenced Friday for the death of Jackson Curtis on July 14th, 2011.

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) – Union workers in North Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa who have been locked out of their jobs for 20 months at American Crystal Sugar Company have voted to ratify the company’s proposed contract. Fifty-five percent voted this weekend to accept the contract offer. It was the workers’ fifth time voting on the contract. American Crystal is the country’s largest sugar beet processor.

5th Annual Tour de Tivoli ride deadline approaches

News, Sports

April 13th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Monday is the deadline for anyone interested in riding in this year’s 5th Annual Tour de Tivoli bike ride, that takes place May 26th, as part of TivoliFest. This year’s ride is being held in memory of Cheryl Swearingen, co-creator of the event. It features 26 and 50-mile loops. Both loops begin at 9-a.m., with riders heading north out of Elk Horn on Main Street, then west on County Road F-58. Riders on both loops will then travel on M-47, with a stop at Prairie Rose State Park if necessary, before continuing onto Highway 44 enroute to Kimballton, where there will be another break offered at the Little Mermaid.

From there, riders have the option to split-up to complete a 26-mile leg, which takes them on Highway 173 back to Elk Horn, or a 50-mile route that continues east on Highway 44 to Hamlin, with a stop at the T-Bone Trail head, before proceeding south on the trail to Exira. After another brief rest, riders on the 50-mile leg will proceed west to Elk Horn on F-58/Littlefield Drive. Danish flags will mark the entire route.

Anyone who registers for the event by April 15th, has an opportunity to purchase a one-of-a-kind classy, bike jersey featuring the 2013 Tivoli Fest logo and theme, and, on the back, a picture of Cheryl Swearingen. The cost prior to the ride is $65 each. Early registration costs $35, and includes a Tour de Tivoli t-shirt, SAG stations/refreshments, chances to win door prizes, a meal or post-ride meal, and free “Music at the Mill” entertainment.

For more information, call Debbie McClain at 712-249-7257.