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Rural Red Oak woman arrested Thu. evening


October 30th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A woman from rural Red Oak was arrested Thursday evening, following a traffic stop. The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office says 25-year old Jessica Faye Davis was taken into custody on a valid Montgomery County Bench Warrant for Violation of Probation, and was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on $5,000 bond.

Voting underway to select cover of 2016 Iowa Travel Guide

Ag/Outdoor, News

October 30th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

An online poll is underway to determine the image that will be used for the cover of next year’s Iowa Travel Guide. Iowa Tourism Office spokesperson Jessica O’Riley says voters can choose from four options. “We’ve got a shot of a scenic overlook at Effigy Mounds National Monument near Harpers Ferry, the world famous Roseman Covered Bridge in Madison County, some bikers on the Wabash Nature Trail in southwest Iowa, and hikers in the Loess Hills,” O’Riley said. The winning cover will be announced on November 4th.

“People can vote now through Wednesday, November 4, at 10 a.m. through our Facebook page,” O’Riley said. The Iowa Tourism Office distributes more than 100,000 copies of the Iowa Travel Guide each year. It can be found at Iowa’s welcome centers or ordered online. “In addition to hundreds of listings of museums, hotels, bed and breakfasts, campgrounds, cabins, and all of those sorts of things, we also include some special features,” O’Riley said. “For next year, we’re have a special feature on Grant Wood because it will be his 125th birthday. So, we’ll have a spread in there to say where you can find Grant Wood pieces, all the way from Cedar Rapids to, of course, the American Gothic House (in Eldon).”

The cover of this year’s Iowa Travel Guide features a photo from Dunnings Springs Park in Decorah. The next travel guide will be released in early 2016.

(Radio Iowa)

SBA sees increase in new business loans


October 30th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa office of the U-S Small Business Administration reports a slight increase in the number of loans to new and expanding businesses in the state compared to last year, though there was a drop in the overall dollar amount. Jayne Armstrong took over as director of the state S-B-A office’s operations earlier this year and says she’s making a few course corrections. “We’re changing some of the ways we do business, particularly our marketing and outreach,” Armstrong says. “We’re trying to be much more visible within the community and to market ourselves more to the small business community in addition to the banking community.”

The S-B-A’s fiscal year ended at the end of September and during the year, loans were made to 444 Iowa businesses. That’s up from 440 loans the previous year. The total value of this year’s loans to Iowa businesses was nearly 135-million dollars, down from almost 150-million a year ago. “Our overall lending, the dollar volume dropped this past fiscal year,” Armstrong says. “You’re going to have fluctuations of some years bigger loans and smaller loans other years. You have no control over that. It’s really what the small business community, what the demand is.”

The dollar amounts aren’t a big concern, she says, but the number of loans is more significant. Other important figures are that this year’s S-B-A loans created more than 15-hundred jobs in Iowa and retained another three-thousand. Loans were made in 65 of Iowa’s 99 counties. By far, the most loans were made during the year in Polk County, the home of Des Moines and the state’s most populous metro area. Polk County had 106 loans, followed by Linn County with 56 loans, Black Hawk County with 29 and Scott County with 25.

“We feel there’s some untapped potential for SBA in the Sioux City, Davenport and Dubuque markets in particular,” Armstrong says. “You’re going to have a much stronger presence in those areas as we move forward.” During the fiscal year, loans to minority- and women-owned businesses in Iowa rose compared to the previous year, while the number of loans to veterans fell slightly. Access to capital is one of the biggest challenges facing small business, according to Armstrong. She adds, more than 95-percent of Iowa’s businesses are small businesses.

(Radio Iowa)

Iowa early News Headlines: Fri., Oct. 30th 2015


October 30th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

JOHNSTON, Iowa (AP) — A school bus driver in central Iowa is accused of assaulting a student on a packed bus, and authorities say riders recorded video of the incident. Johnston Police Department Lieutenant Lynn Aswegan says 60-year-old Robert Scarbrough, of West Des Moines, was arrested Thursday. He’s being held at the Polk County Jail.

MANCHESTER, Iowa (AP) — A man faces several charges in connection with a school bus crash in eastern Iowa that sent 32 students to the hospital. The Delaware County Sheriff’s Office says 41-year-old Monte Klink was served an arrest warrant Thursday on charges that include serious injury by motor vehicle and operating while intoxicated. Authorities say Klink failed to yield at an intersection near Manchester on October 1st. His SUV collided with a West Delaware School District bus.

SPARKS, Nev. (AP) — Presidential candidate Donald Trump says he’s pleased with his performance during the third GOP debate, even if the media won’t give him credit. Trump told several thousand supporters at a rally at the Nugget hotel-casino in Sparks, Nevada that all the online surveys conducted Wednesday evening show he was the clear winner.

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Charlie Strong has Texas trending upward. Paul Rhoads is looking to get Iowa State moving in a similar direction — and keep his job in the process. The Longhorns have won two straight, including a victory over Number 14 Oklahoma, ahead of Saturday’s visit to Iowa State.

Chairman of Atlantic Coca-Cola Bottling inducted into Hall of Fame


October 29th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Atlantic businessman James “Jim” R. Tyler is among three well-known professionals who will be inducted into the Iowa Business Hall of Fame, in December.

James "Jim" Tyler

James “Jim” Tyler

Greater Dsm Partnership LogoThe Greater Des Moines Committee will recognize Tyler, along with Charese E. Yanney, a Managing Partner in Guarantee Roofing, Siding and Insulation Company of Sioux City, and James W. Hubbell III, a central Iowa real estate and land developer, as the 2015 Inductees to the Iowa Business Hall of Fame. The inductees will be honored during the Greater Des Moines Committee’s annual Black Tie Dinner to be held at The Meadows Events and Conference Center on Thursday, Dec. 3rd, 2015.

The Iowa Business Hall of Fame honors the achievements of Iowans who have made outstanding contributions to the development and enhancement of Iowa’s business climate. Jim Tyler is the second generation family owner of Atlantic Coca-Cola Bottling Company, which was founded in 1909. He took over management of the company in 1958. Within 10 years the company grew from 16 to 40 employees and added a number of soda brands to its bottling lineup. In 1975, Atlantic Coca-Cola Bottling purchased the Des Moines area Coca-Cola franchise, which increased the brand’s presence and popularity. In 1989, Jim led the way as the company’s Des Moines operation moved into a larger warehouse and sales center on Hickman Road in Waukee. James became the company’s chairman in 1991. His son Kirk was named President of Atlantic Coca-Cola Bottling Company, that same year.

Inductees to the Iowa Business Hall of Fame are selected on merit rather than endorsement. Past Hall of Fame honorees under the leadership of the current Chair serves as the selection committee. The criteria for selection are as follows:

  • Business Leadership: The nominated individual should lead or have led a business that has provided valued jobs and economic development to his/her community and the state; creating both wealth and workforce opportunity.
  • Community Development Impact: The nominated individual should have made an impact by improving the economies of the community and the state through his/her leadership in such organizations as Chambers of Commerce, economic development organizations or centers of education.
  • Community Volunteerism/Leadership: The nominated individual should have personally given of his/her time and financial resources for the betterment of the community through support of charities and organizations.
  • Strategic Leadership: The nominated individual should have contributed to community economic growth through visionary leadership, community problem-solving, and building strategic alliances.
  • Business Recognition: The nominated individual should be recognized by his/her peers as a business leader.

The Greater Des Moines Committee was formed in 1907 by a group of 30 local business leaders. Today, the Committee consists of 121 members and provides an opportunity for business leaders to come together for an information exchange about important topics in the community, the state, and the nation. The Committee founded the Iowa Business Hall of Fame in 1975 to honor the achievements of Iowans who have made outstanding contributions to the development and enhancement of Iowa’s business climate.

Omaha bank reissuing cards after breach at national firm


October 29th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — First National Bank of Omaha is reissuing debit cards to some of its customers in seven states in because of a data breach at an unidentified national firm. Bank spokesman Kevin Langin declined to identify the business that experienced the breach because the problem is still being investigated by authorities.

Langin says the extent of the data breach hasn’t been determined. Langin refused to say how many new cards the bank has issued to its customers in Nebraska, Illinois, Iowa, South Dakota, Kansas, Colorado and Texas.

Urbandale Man Sentenced to Federal Prison for Madison County Bank Robbery


October 29th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A man from Urbandale was sentenced today (Thursday) to prison in connection with a bank robbery in Madison County. 36-year old Hassam Fayiz Abusharkh, appeared in federal court before Senior United States District Judge Robert W. Pratt and was sentenced to 80 months in federal prison, according to United States Attorney Nicholas A. Klinefeldt.

Abusharkh previously pleaded guilty to the offense, admitting that he robbed the Farmers and Merchants State Bank in St. Charles, Iowa, on March 25, 2015. Abusharkh will be required to serve a five-year period of supervised release after his release from prison and also was ordered to pay restitution.

The case was investigated by the Madison County Sheriff’s Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation and was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa.

Harlan Police report, 10/29/15


October 29th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Harlan Police Department today (Thursday) released a report on recent arrests and activity. On Tuesday, 27-year old Ashley Vandervort, of Harlan, was arrested after officers were called to a domestic disturbance in the 1000 block of Cyclone Avenue. Vandervort was taken to the Shelby County Jail where she was charged with domestic abuse assault.

Sunday, Harlan Police Officers were called to the high school, when a student was thought to be distributing unauthorized prescription medications on school grounds. 17-year old Cameron Jacobsen, of Harlan, was cited into juvenile court where he will face charges of prescription drug violation/ to minors.

On Oct. 20th, 21-year old Kayley Cooper was arrested on an active Shelby County warrant for violation of probation, and transported to the Shelby County Jail. On Oct. 19th, 22-year old Adam Scheffler, of Harlan, was arrested following a traffic stop. Scheffler was cited for driving while suspended, given a mandatory court date, and released.

That same day (Oct. 19th), Harlan Police were called to investigate a possible disturbance at 1801 Lincoln Avenue. As a result of the ensuing investigation, it was discovered that 18-year old’s Joshua Hytrek and Christopher Buttry, both of Harlan, got into an altercation, damage one of the apartments at that location, and that they had allegedly also destroyed mailboxes in the area. Both Hytrek and Buttry were transported to the Shelby County Jail where they were both charged with two counts of criminal mischief 5th degree, one count of criminal mischief 4th degree, and disorderly conduct. Buttry was also charged with minor in possession of alcohol. Additional charges filed on Hytrek were assault displaying a deadly weapon, and intoxication in public.

On Oct. 17th, four people were either cited or arrested when officers were called to a noise complaint, also at 1801 Lincoln Avenue. As a result of the investigation, 18-year old Christopher Buttry, of Harlan, was taken into custody and transported to the Shelby County Jail where he was charged with possession of alcohol under age 18-20, possession of a controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia. 18-year old’s Majesta Musich, of Earling, and Joshua Hytrek, of Harlan, were both cited for possession of alcohol age 18 to 20, and released. 48-year old Patsy Nuzum, of Harlan, was taken to the Shelby County Jail where she was charged with supplying alcohol to persons under legal age. Randi Hess, age 14, also of Harlan, was cited into juvenile court for minor in possession of alcohol and was released to her parent.

And, on Oct. 16th, Harlan Police were notified of Girl Scout monies that were missing. As a result, 49-year old Derrick Kaldenberg, of Harlan, was later arrested and transported to the Shelby County Jail where he was charged with theft in the 4th degree.

Audubon man’s ATV stolen in Union County


October 29th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s Officials in Union County say an Audubon man reported Tuesday that sometime over the past week, someone took his green, 2011 Yamaha 4-wheeler. The ATV was taken from a farm on Clover Avenue, in Union County. The machine was valued at $6,000.

The Union County Sheriff’s Office said also, no injuries were reported after pickup hit a pot hole, blew a tire and went out of control on Cherry Street Road, Wednesday night. The 1994 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup driven by 18-year old Hunter Miller, of Creston, hit the side of a bridge railing and entered the east ditch before it clipped part of a corn field and finally came to rest on the edge of the roadway, still in the east ditch.

Miller was cited for Failure to have a valid driver’s license. Damage from the mishap amounted $4,000.

Report: Natural gas supplies are plentiful and utility bills should be down


October 29th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A majority of Iowans use natural gas to heat their homes and for those folks, there’s good news and even better news from the American Gas Association. Spokesman Bruce McDowell says supplies are up, prices are down and the winter ahead in Iowa may not be as bitter cold as some fear.  “There’s more than enough gas to satisfy demand this winter, even if it gets very cold, but we don’t expect it to get very cold,” McDowell says. “We think it’s going to be warmer than normal so that’s going to drop the bills a little bit, and with the prices being so low because supply is so prevalent, we’ve got an abundance of natural gas ready to be brought to market.”

The latest long-range forecasts point to a strong El Nino weather pattern which typically means a warmer-than-normal winter for Iowa and the Midwest. He predicts customers may see lower utility bills throughout the winter, in fact, they may be the lowest bills in a decade.  “We think there’s going to be a drop in the gas prices mainly because there’s so much gas out there and we produce more gas than we need so we’re putting it into storage,” McDowell says. “Without a weather event, we don’t think there’s going to be any drastic change in the supply situation.”

Iowans will be gratified to hear their utility bills could be dropping by a significant amount in the typically-expensive heating months ahead. “We think there’s going to be a 5-to-7% decline ourselves,” he says. “Other government agencies are predicting even more, up to 9 and 10% discounts.” McDowell says homeowners also need to do their part in conserving natural gas and in insulating and weather-proofing their homes.

A report from the U.S. Census Bureau estimates 67-percent of Iowans use natural gas to heat their homes, 15-percent use electricity, 14-percent use propane, and the rest use wood or fuel oil.

(Radio Iowa)