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Audubon County Fair Queen Announced

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July 25th, 2013 by Chris Parks

A great crowd gathered Thursday (7/25) night at the grandstand at the Audubon County Fairgrounds for the crowning ceremony of the 2013 Audubon County Fair Queen. Nine candidates were vying for the crown including: Teagan Albright, Jan Asberry, Maddie Christensen, Megan Deist, Chansea Nelson, Jayce Nelson, Courtney Rudolph, Amanda Steffes, and Mary Wede.

The candidates attended a meal and interview event on Wednesday, July 17th at the Audubon County Extension Office to determine the winners.  The 2013 Audubon County Fair Queen is Jan Asberry, Daughter of John and Denise Asberry of Exira.  The first runner-up was Chansea Nelson, Daughter of Dave and Trudy Nelson of Exira.  The second runner-up was Maddie Christensen, Daughter of Tom and Teresa Christensen of Audubon.

The royalty were crowned by 2012 Queen Katelyn Asmus and now Jan Asberry will get to compete at the Iowa State Fair Queen Pageant August 6th-10th.  The Audubon County Fair continues through Tuesday, July 30th.

Cass County Fair Royalty Named

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July 25th, 2013 by Chris Parks

The Cass County Fair King and Queen contest took place on Thursday, July 25th at the Cass County Fairgrounds.  A large crowd waited out some rain at the end of the contest to find out the winners.   The 2013 Cass County Fair King was Tanner Potter of the Griswold Clubsters, son of Brent and Amy Potter.  The Prince was Blake Miller of the Grant Guys and Gals and CAM FFA, son of Gary and Shelly Miller.  Mr. Congeniality went to Clint Hansen of the Grove HOT and Atlantic FFA, son of Mike and Becky Dreager.

The 2013 Cass County Fair Queen title was awarded to Larissa Backhaus of the Griswold Clubsters and Griswold FFA, daughter of Bill and Jenny Backhaus.  Princess was Mikayla Somers of the Bear Grove Blazers, daughter of Guy and Kathy Somers.  Miss Congeniality went to Emily Jacobsen of the Bear Grove Blazers and Atlantic FFA. Emily is  the daughter of Mike Jacobsen and Darla Jacobsen.

Another award handed out was the KJAN/Brownfield Ag News Network Ag Youth Award.  That honor was given to Emily Jacobsen of Atlantic.  The Brownfield Ag News Network and KJAN partner in this award each year to honor outstanding youth and acknowledge their contribution to agriculture in the area.

The Cass County Fair continues through Tuesday, July 30.

Red Man Arrested on Warrant

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July 25th, 2013 by admin

The Red Oak Police Department reports the arrest of 31-year old Tyler Anthony Bond of Red Oak on a violation of Failure to Appear/Failure to Pay Child Support. Bond was transported to the Montgomery County Law Center and his bond has been set at $1,000.

Arrests in Adams County

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July 25th, 2013 by admin

The Adams County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of four people today (Thursday) on a variety of charges. An unnamed juvenile female from Villisca was arrested for Conspiracy to Deliver a Controlled Substance. No bond was set. Matthew Cross, of Corning, was arrested Thursday on a of Delivery of a Controlled Substance charge related to previous incidents in Adams County.

Sheriff’s officials say Jeremy Cross, of Corning, was arrested Thursday after deputies along with the Adams County K-9 unit and a Tri-County Narcotics officer executed a search warrant in Corning. During the search, items were located that led to Cross being charged with Conspiracy to Deliver Narcotics, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Child Endangerment. Cross was being held in the Adams County Jail without bond.

And, a probation check Thursday morning by deputies with the Adams County Sheriff’s Office, K-9 Unit and the Tri-County Narcotics Office at the residence of Gary Seaman, in Corning, led to his arrest. During the check Seaman was found to be in possession of drug paraphernalia which resulted in charges of Violation Probation and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He was being held in the jail without bond.

New Rehab Entrance Opens at CCMH; West Lobby closing soon.

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July 25th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Officials at Cass County Memorial Hospital have announced the new entrance and parking lot for Rehabilitation Services patients will open Monday, July 29th, 2013.  Access to the area is by the Ambulance Drive off 10th Street, at the west end of the hospital.  Pat Markham, CEO says the new parking area provides direct access into the Rehabilitation Services reception area, and that they are “Very pleased to open this access which will provide a close, flat entrance for the Rehab patients who often have mobility issues.”

The next step in the construction process will be to create an MRI suite in the former west lobby.  This will require the closing of the west parking lot and entrance (along 10th Street, across from Atlantic Dental Center) from August 1, 2013 through December 31, 2013, in order to ensure patient, visitor and staff safety during the remodeling.  MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) is a service of the CCMH Diagnostic Imaging Department.  MRIs are currently available three days a week on a mobile unit.  The CCMH Board of Trustees made the decision to move the MRI inside as a permanent unit to enhance patient convenience by being having more flexibility in scheduling and not having to go outside in the winter for MRI exams.

Page County authorities search for assault suspect

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July 25th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Page County are on the lookout for person allegedly involved in an assault late Wednesday night. According to Sheriff Lyle Palmer, at around 10-p.m., deputies were dispatched to 1672 A Avenue (approximately 1.5 miles north of Shenandoah), for a disturbance at the Valerie Kay Kalkas and David Ryan residence. The incident allegedly took place between Kalkas, Ryan, and another family member.  When Law Enforcement arrived, it was determined that the other family member involved had allegedly physically assaulted Ryan and Kalkas. 

The suspected family member left the scene, and was last seen by Ryan walking south from the residence on A Avenue towards Shenandoah.An extensive search of the area was conducted by Law Enforcement for the individual.  The search also continued to locations within the city limits of Shenandoah, but the individual was not located.  The investigation is ongoing and further information will be released when it is available.  

Assisting the Page County Sheriff’s Office in the search with personnel or equipment were officers with the Shenandoah, Clarinda and Red Oak Police Departments, the Omaha Police Department’s helicopter unit,  Cass, Fremont and Montgomery County Sheriff’s  deputies,  and the Shenandoah Fire Department

Pearce attacks GOP congressman King’s immigrant remarks

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July 25th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) – Congressman Steve Pearce says a fellow Republican congressman’s comment comparing young college-age immigrants to drug mules are “unproductive” and “divisive.”  The Albuquerque Journal reports that the New Mexico Republican criticized recent remarks made by Representative Steve King and said he disagreed with Iowa congressman.

King drew fire from Latino activists this week after he told a conservative news website that many immigrants brought illegally to the U.S. as kids are actually running drugs.  Pearce represents New Mexico’s border with Mexico and is viewed by the GOP as a key figure is helping attract Latino voters to the Republican Party.

Durham: State needs more workers to reach job goal

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July 25th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa’s economic development director says it will be hard to meet Gov. Terry Branstad’s goal of 200,000 new jobs unless the state gains more workers. The Des Moines Register reports that economic development director Debi Durham noted the state can’t meet the 200,000 goal simply by putting unemployed people to work. Iowa’s unemployment rolls now stand at about 76,500 workers.  Durham says, “We’ll have to grow Iowa’s population to get there.”

She made her comments at time when the state has regained the number of jobs lost during the recession. Iowa State University economist Peter Orazem says Iowa is seeing stronger job growth than in the 1990s, but he’s skeptical the state can reach Branstad’s goal. He says jobs creation comes first and will lead to population growth.

Pacific Junction woman & Malvern man arrested on drug charges

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July 25th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Mills County Sheriff’s Office reports three people were arrested, Wednesday. 37-year old Regina Jolene Meyers, of Pacific Junction, was arrested at around 5:20-p.m. in Pacific Junction, on a charge of driving while revoked, and for Possession of a controlled substance. Meyers was being held in the Mills County Jail on $2,000 bond.

19-year old Dakota David Kempton, of Malvern, was arrested Wednesday in Mills County, for driving under suspension and possession of a controlled substance. He was being held in the jail on $1,300 bond.

And, 22-year old Aaron Michael Burris, of Sidney, was arrested Wednesday, on a charge of OWI/1st offense. His bond was set at $1,000.

Fight leads to the arrest of two men in Lenox

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July 25th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Two men were arrested in Lenox Wednesday afternoon, following an investigation into a physical altercation. Officers were called to the Lenox trailer court at around 3:30-p.m.  Upon their arrival, officers found a man with blood running from facial wounds, outside a residence, and the Taylor County Ambulance was contacted for assistance.

Shaun Sanden

Shaun Sanden

An investigation revealed 34-year old Shaun R. Sanden, of Lenox, and 33-year old Jose R. Cerda, of Lenox, had become involved in a dispute which led to a fight.

Jose Cerda

Jose Cerda

Both men suffered  injuries during the incident. Both men were subsequently arrested and charged with serious assault/domestic. They were transported to the Taylor County Jail for processing