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Area School Board elections to watch


September 7th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Some school board elections in the KJAN listening area are worth watching when the results come in Tuesday night. The Polls will open at Noon on Sept. 8th and close at 8-p.m.

In Cass County, the Atlantic Community School District race is competitive, with seven newcomers hoping to win three open seats. They include: Doug Bierbaum; Alison Bruckner; Bob Drogo; Mark Foegen; Dennis Schwanke; Keith Swanson; and Jenny Williams. The District is also asking voters to approve a PPEL (Physical Plant and Equipment Levy), which would add an income tax surcharge of up to 20 percent of a taxpayers’ income tax assessments. School officials say money brought in from levy would offset property taxes, which accounts for all of the levy’s revenue currently.

In the CAM School District, incumbent Julie Williamson is running for re-election to the North District school board seat, while incumbent Todd McKee faces a challenge from Emily Rouse for the South District school board seat. In the Griswold School District, there is no candidate running for the District 1 seat, which represents Lewis. Incumbent Scott Hansen is unopposed in District 2, and Heather Pelzer is the lone candidate running for the At Large seat on the school board.

In the Audubon School District, two incumbents, Christine Konkler and Mark Nissen, are competing against newcomers Matthew Chambers and Brittney Huey for three At Large seats on Board of Education. In the Exira/EHK District, four candidates are running for four At Large Director district seats, including: Incumbent Terri Harris; Matthew Jorgensen;  Incumbent Joel Schleuter, and Incumbent Ryan Wilson.

In the Guthrie Center School District, the incumbents are all running unopposed.

In Adair County, four candidates are running for two spots on the Adair-Casey School Board: Randy Carney, Dallas Dinkla, Sheryl Richter, and Tim Schafer. There’s a three-person race for two positions on the Nodaway Valley School Board between Amy DeVault, Rebecca McCann and Kevin Wissner.

In Montgomery County, a competitive race pits two incumbents against two challengers in Red Oak. Four candidates declared for the race, two incumbents and two challengers, in a contest where two will be selected for the board. Board member Warren Hayes has also submitted a resignation effective Sept. 14, which will require either a special election or an appointment by the board, including newly elected members.

In Shelby county, three seats for the Shelby County district’s board will be selected from director districts, with no candidate opposed in filings for the ballot. For District 3, newcomer Monte Schechinger filed. Incumbent Joni Larsen is running for District 5, while incumbent Kathy Mahlberg is running for District 6.

School Board elections take place Tuesday


September 7th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Voters will be heading to the polls Tuesday (tomorrow) to elect new, or re-elect incumbent, school board members. The Daily NonPariel says one of the most hotly-contested school board elections in the area lies in Treynor, where five candidates are on the ballot, with two others running write-in campaigns, vying for three seats. Incumbent Jerry Hempel, the School Board’s President, is joined by Glen Fleming, Shawn Gillespie, Amy Graber, Sally Myers and write-in candidates Kent Boese and Jared Morse. Myers is currently serving on the board after being asked to step in for Dave Paulsen, who moved out of the district boundary. The term of board member Randy Young expires this year.

The district boasts healthy financial numbers and growing enrollment. A new in-house alternative school will keep at-risk students in Treynor instead of being sent elsewhere. Treynor faced controversy this past year, too. The community awaits a decision on the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners’ suspension of Superintendent Kevin Elwood, who remains in his position pending an appeal in Polk County District Court.

The suspension came after the Board of Educational Examiners found Elwood was present when his son Kreighton Elwood was interviewed by law enforcement officials and was aware of “serious criminal offenses” when Kevin Elwood allowed Kreighton Elwood to continue working as a part-time school custodian with unsupervised access to other students.

An administrative law judge said Kevin Elwood committed an ethics violation by prioritizing his parental duties over his responsibilities as superintendent. His son, meanwhile, pleaded guilty to assault, assault causing bodily injury and false imprisonment, which among other consequences caused him to register as a sex offender.

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Several roadways awash in central, southern Iowa


September 7th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

BAYARD, Iowa (AP) – Emergency officials say flash flooding has covered several roadways in central and southern Iowa. Taylor and Ringgold counties were under flash flood warnings early this (Monday) morning, following rainfall estimated at up to 2 inches from passing storms.

The National Weather Service also has issued flood warnings for parts of Audubon, Boone, Carroll, Dallas and Guthrie counties. Late last night, 4.7-inches of rain that fell between 8-and 10-p.m., was recorded in Coon Rapids. Widespread flooding was reported across northern Guthrie County. All paved roads north of Iowa Highway 141 west of Highway 4 to Coon Rapids are closed, with water still rising in northern Bagley, backing-up from Mosquito Creek. Springbrook State Park was evacuated.

The Iowa DOT reported at around 1:30-a.m. Highway 25 was closed 2 mile east of Bayard due to flooding, with a detour route established around Bayard.

No injuries have been reported.

Corning teen arrested Sunday night


September 7th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Montgomery County say a teenager from Adams County was arrested late Sunday night. 17-year old Trevor Ryan Myers, of Corning, was taken into custody at around 11:25-p.m. in the 300 block of 3rd Avenue, in Villisca. Myers faces Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, charges.  He was later released to the custody of a parent.

Iowa early News Headlines: Mon., Sept. 7 2015 – Labor Day


September 7th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

WAVERLY, Iowa (AP) — More than 200 people gathered this weekend for a motorcycle ride to remember Iowa Army National Guard Spc. Donald Nichols who was killed in Afghanistan in 2011. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports the ride was held Saturday to honor Nichols and raise money for charities that help veterans.

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — Voters in eastern Iowa will decide this week whether to extend a property tax that helps Hawkeye Community College buy instructional equipment. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports voters in the 10 counties the college serves will decide Tuesday whether the property tax should be extended another decade starting in 2018. The owner of a $100,000 home would pay $3.34 per year for the equipment tax.

PALO, Iowa (AP) — A 29-year-old Iowa man was seriously injured when he fell off of a golf cart over the weekend. The Linn County Sheriff’s office says the incident happened around 3:20 p.m. Saturday in the town of Palo, just northwest of Cedar Rapids. Three men were riding in a golf cart before the incident. Jessie Philiph fell off and suffered life-threatening injuries. He was flown to Iowa City for treatment. The two other men in the golf cart were not hurt.

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — A western Iowa man has been charged with sexually abusing a 13-year-old girl. The Council Bluffs Daily Nonpareil reports that 50-year-old Chung Huynh remained jailed Sunday in lieu of $50,000 bond.

Bluffs man dies in Sunday afternoon motorcycle accident


September 6th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A 58-year old man from Council Bluffs died Sunday afternoon as the result of a motorcycle accident. Bluffs Police say Barry Thompson was driving a 2000 Harley Davidson motorcycle northbound on 35th Street at around 12:30-p.m.,when he lost control of the cycle in the 1800 block, near the Comfort Inn and Suites.

The motorcycle crossed the southbound travel lanes before driving over the curb.  Thompson struck a guy wire and was ejected from the motorcycle. He was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. Thompson died from his injuries at Mercy Hospital in Council  Bluffs.

The accident remains under investigation. It is not known if speed or impairment
were contributing factors. Anyone who may have witnessed this crash and have not spoken with officers are asked to contact the Council Bluffs Police Department’s Traffic Unit at 712‐328‐4948.

Iowa man accused of sexually abusing 13-year-old girl


September 6th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — A western Iowa man has been charged with sexually abusing a 13-year-old girl. The Council Bluffs Daily Nonpareil reports that 50-year-old Chung Huynh has been charged with two counts of third-degree sexual assault of a minor and one count of child endangerment. He remained jailed Sunday in lieu of $50,000 bond.

Authorities say Huynh performed sexual acts on the girl and showed her pornography on his computer. The girl said Huynh would pay her $40 not to tell anyone after the assaults happened this summer. Police seized two computers when officers searched Huynh’s home on Aug. 20.

Villisca man arrested on assault charge Saturday


September 6th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

An arrest was made Saturday evening in connection with an incident that took place Thursday, in Montgomery County. Sheriff’s officials say 54-year old Hubert Edward Scherer, of Villisca, was taken into custody in the 600 block of E. 6th Street in Villisca, at around 6:30-p.m.. He was charged with Simple Assault. Scherer was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on $300 bond.

Stuart woman escapes injury in Montgomery County crash


September 6th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Montgomery County say no injuries were reported following a single-vehicle accident Saturday afternoon, about five-miles northwest of Red Oak. 67-year old Sharon Mae Huddleson, of Stuart, was traveling north on E Avenue from 150th Street at around 2:15-p.m., when she lost control of her vehicle on the loose gravel. Her 2003 Oldsmobile van entered the west ditch, crashed through a fence and came to rest in a corn field. Damage from the accident amounted to $2,300.