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2016- Coca-Cola Days in Atlantic: “The Right Choice”

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March 29th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

(Chamber issued correction for date of the event)

Coca-Cola Days, presented by Atlantic Bottling Company, will be held September 23rd and 24th in Downtown Atlantic. The event is the second biggest collector’s show in the United States and includes a tailgate barbeque open to the public, a Show Swap & Sell, “Discover Atlantic Raffle” and many more activities for all ages. This year’s feature theme is “Coca-Cola- The Right Choice.”EDITED 2 - coca cola days revised full chest

Coca Cola days’ committee chair, Dolly Bergmann says “The theme is created by a volunteer committee each year.” “Coca-Cola – The Right Choice,” was chosen according to Bergmann, because they wanted to tie into the election season. T-Shirts for the 2016 Coca-Cola Days Celebration will feature the theme, “Coca-Cola – The Right Choice”

The event will feature Bottles and Cans on Parade this year, a continuation of last year’s Bottles on Parade. Participating businesses will receive a 4-foot tall plastic Coca-Cola bottle or can to decorate highlighting their business, recognizing civic organizations or highlighting local artists in the community. The bottles will be displayed 2 weeks prior and 2 weeks after Coca-Cola Days and be voted on by the community. The winners will take home AtlantiCash. EDITED - coca cola days revised sleeve

The event will encourage Atlantic Residents and Coca-Cola Collectors to stop into businesses to vote on their favorite bottle.  The activity has three confirmed sponsors, including: Atlantic Coca-Cola Center & Museum, Cappel’s Ace Hardware and China Buffett. Sponsorships are still available for Chamber members interested in supporting the Coca-Cola Days event in 2016.“

For more information on Coca-Cola Days or a full list of activities, please visit www.cocacoladays.com, call the Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce at 712-243-3017 or email chamber@atlanticiowa.com.

Biochemical state tax credit gains legislative approval, headed to governor

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March 29th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

State tax credits will soon be available to Iowa companies that make new products from what’s left over after ethanol and biodiesel are made from “biomass” like corn and soybeans. Governor Terry Branstad supports the concept and the Iowa House gave it final legislative approval Monday afternoon.  Representative Mary Ann Hanusa, a Republican from Council Bluffs, says “This bill incentivizes new start-up companies in Iowa and other ventures to take the biomass feedstocks currently produced in Iowa and manufacture these new building block chemicals.”

Bill backers envision companies developing new products from the starches, sugars and oils that are the left-overs of biofuel production. “The federal Department of Energy has identified approximately 30 chemicals which provide that greatest market potential,” Hanusa says. The bill is “made to order” for Iowa, according to Hanusa, because the state leads the country in biofuel production.

“This bill will create new opportunities for research and development and has the potential for creating new businesses and new product lines,” Hanusa says. “…This legislation will open new horizons in industry, economic development and education across Iowa.” Companies that develop new products from biofuel production left-overs will apply to the Iowa Economic Development Authority for the tax credits.

The bill calls for a 10 million dollar cap on these tax credits each year. The 10 million will come from the Economic Development Authority’s already existing 170 million dollar account for a series of refundable state tax credits.

(Radio Iowa)

Nearly 47 percent of disabled Iowans were employed in 2014

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March 29th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Nearly half of all disabled Iowa adults are working. Only two other states have a higher percentage of their disabled citizens in the workforce. Heather Link is the human resources manager at Owner Revolution in Atlantic and Adair. She says companies like hers in rural Iowa are finding it more difficult to find employees with “a good work ethic.”

“What we have found with employing people with disabilities…is they tend to have a much higher work ethic because they want to be there,” Link says. “They have better listening skills. They’re more trainable due to their desire to succeed and, overall, they are more content with their work.” Her company has used federal and state grants to help make workplace accommodations for disabled employees.

“It’s really a great opportunity for businesses to take advantage of the underutilized, but awesome workforce there is in people with disabilities,” Link says. Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds says with nearly “full employment” in Iowa, it’s important to help physically or mentally disabled youth transition into the workforce.

“We believe that every Iowan can learn and every Iowan can work and every Iowan can have, most importantly, a rewarding career,” Reynolds says. Nearly 47 percent of adult Iowans who have a disability were employed in 2014. Officials estimate about 12-and-a-half percent of all Americans have some sort of disability, but only a third of them had a job.

(Radio Iowa)

2 Creston residents arrested on drug charges

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March 29th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Creston Police Department reports two people were arrested on drug charges, Monday night. 46-year old Misty McKinney, and 21-year old Jameson Cox, both of Creston, were arrested at an apartment in the 400 block of N. Oak Street in Creston, at around 10:35-p.m. McKinney was charged with Possession of drug paraphernalia, Possession of a Controlled Substance. She was also charged with Providing False Information. Cox faces charges that include Possession of drug paraphernalia and Possession of a Controlled Substance. Cox was being held in the Union County Jail, while McKinney was being held in the Ringgold County Jail. Their bonds were set at $1,000, each.

And, a Creston business — Eby’s Auto – reported to police Monday evening, that someone had taken a Dealer license plate from one of the vehicles in their sales lot. The plate number is D2477-033. The loss was estimated at $25.

NE man arrested on OWI charge after running into a cop car

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March 29th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Police in Council Bluffs arrested a man from Nebraska early this (Tuesday) morning, after he backed into a police cruiser. Authorities say 33-year old Elvin Morales-Gutierrez, of Omaha, was arrested on an OWI charge following the incident that took place at around 2:18-a.m.

Officials say Council Bluffs Police officers were called to 808 S. 23rd St in reference to a male at the door of the residence refusing to leave. Upon officers’ arrival, they observed a white Nissan truck in the driveway with the lights on. As the officer was exiting his vehicle, the suspect vehicle began to back out of the driveway and into the marked police car.

Officers’ were able to get the attention of the driver (identified as Morales-Gutierrez), who pulled back into the driveway. The officer spoke with Moralas-Gutierrez, and immediately observed signs of intoxication. A second officer arrived on scene and placed Moralas-Gutierrez under arrest for Operating While Intoxicated. The man was transported to Pottawattamie County jail.

No injuries were reported and both vehicles sustained only minor damage.

Mills County Sheriff – Arrest Report 3/28/16

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March 29th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

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The Mills County Sheriff’s Office reports four arrests took place over the past few days. Early Monday morning, 23-year old William John Lewis, Jr., of Rock Port, MO., was arrested on a Pottawattamie County warrant. Lewis, Jr. was being held without bond, in the Mills County Jail.

On Sunday, deputies in Mills County arrested 56-year old Janice Lea Kytle, of Council Bluffs, for Unlawful Possession of Prescription Drugs and Unlawful Possession of a Prescription. Her bond was set at $2,000. At the same time, 58-year old Jeffrey Allan Kytle, of Council Bluffs, was arrested for Driving Under Suspension. His bond was set at $300. That same day, 29-year old Frank B. Cates, of Council Bluffs, was arrested for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. His bond was also set at $300.

Glenwood woman arrested on drug & alcohol charges

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March 29th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

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Police in Glenwood report a woman was arrested over the weekend on drug and alcohol charges. 49-year old Sherry Harvey, of Glenwood, was arrested Saturday for Possession of Prescription Drugs, Public Intoxication, and Theft.

Harvey was later released from the Mills County Jail on $2,300 bond.

Area communities receive grant awards to Paint Iowa Beautiful

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March 29th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

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A handful of area communities have received grant awards from Diamond-Vogel Paint, for the 2016 Paint Iowa Beautiful (KIB) program. The program provides free paint to a wide variety of public service projects throughout Iowa. The program is administered through Keep Iowa Beautiful, with the paint provided by the Diamond Vogel Paint Company.

In all, 81 community projects are receiving the free paint. Among them, locally is:

  • The Exira Lions Club & Sparton Leo Club of DHK for their Park concession stand project.
  • The Exira Fire and EMS Association, for their Fire Hall/EMS Building project.
  • The Greenfield/Adair County Historical Society, for Historic buildings.
  • The Guthrie Center/Main Street group is receiving paint for a Restaurant & store.
  • And, Guthrie County/White Pole Road Development is receiving a paint grant to paint 108 poles along the historic road.

In the 13 year partnership with KIB, Diamond Vogel has provided over 8, 260 gallons of paint, for 585 community projects in Iowa. For more information, go to www.keepiowabeautiful.com.

Accident east of Griswold Monday morning

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March 29th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

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The Cass County Sheriff’s Office says no injuries were reported following a single-vehicle accident this (Monday) morning, three-miles east of Griswold. Officials say a 2007 Chevy Cobalt driven by 25-year old Jessica Ann Tye, of Griswold, was traveling east on Tucson Road at around 7:20-a.m., when the vehicle dropped off onto the shoulder and crossed back over the road, before coming to rest in the north ditch. The car sustained about $3,700 damage.

Trial date set for 3 men charged in Council Bluffs slaying

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March 28th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) – A trial date has been set for three men charged in a Council Bluffs shooting that left one man dead and another injured. The Daily Nonpareil reports that 22-year-old Wesley Correa-Carmenaty, 19-year-old Ben Lein and 30-year-old Markis Davis are scheduled to go to court May 24th. The men face charges of first-degree murder, attempted murder and first-degree robbery for their alleged roles in the fatal shooting of Anthony Walker earlier this month. The shooting also injured Patrick Schutz.

A Pottawattamie County attorney says the three men will be tried together.  Court documents say the March 7th shooting happened while the suspects attempted to rob money and drugs from Walker.