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Cass County Supervisors to act on funding agreements

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April 9th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Board of Supervisors will meet Wednesday morning, in Atlantic. During their 9-a.m. session at the courthouse, the Board will act on renewing a lease for about 30 acres of County Farm pasture land. The Board will also act on approving Iowa DOT funding agreements for: A Hot Melt Asphalt resurfacing project on 570th Street from Highway 6, to Highland Road; and, a bridge replacement project on Jackson Road, over a small creek just east of 648th Street.

In addition, the Supervisors will hear a report from Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Megan Roberts, with regard to the Chambers’ strategic plan. They will also act on approving an RFP (Request for Proposal), with regard to a VOIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) phone system, at the courthouse.

Adair County Supervisors to hold public hearing on wind farm URP

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April 9th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A public hearing is set to take place Wednesday morning in Greenfield, with regard to a proposed amendment to the Northwest Wind Farm Urban Renewal Plan (URP). The meeting takes place during a regularly scheduled meeting of the Adair County Board of Supervisors.

The proposed amendment will come in the form of a resolution determining an area of the County to be an economic development area, and that the rehabilitation, conservation, redevelopment, development or a combination thereof, is necessary in the interest of the public health, safety or welfare.

Following the public hearing, which begins at 9-a.m., the Board will consider an ordinance for the division of revenues as stated under Iowa Code, for the amendment, as well as the possible waiving of the second- and third-readings of the ordinance, prior to approval.

In other business, the Adair County Supervisors will hear from County Engineer Nick Kauffman, with regard to a resolution authorizing and adding a Local Option Sales Tax (LOST) project to the Fiscal Year 2013 Budget, and a program for a bridge deck overlay at County Road N-24 Union, on G-61 (310th Street), along with the awarding of a contract for the bridge overlay project.

Prior to the conclusion of the meeting, the supervisors will discuss the sale of County property.

Fremont County arrest report

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April 9th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Fremont County Sheriff’s Office reports five people were arrested over the past week, on a variety of charges. On Monday, 51-year old Russell Dean Robinson, of Shenandoah, was arrested on charges of Burglary in the 1st degree, Domestic Abuse, and Criminal Mischief in the 5th degree. Last Saturday, 19-year old Richard Charles Golden, of Sidney, was arrested for OWI/1st offense, Failure to display license plates, and for driving on the wrong side of the road.

On April 2nd, deputies in Fremont County arrested 35-year old David Allen Keeton, of Sidney, on a Serious Domestic Assault charge, and for obstruction of emergency personnel. That same day, 22-year old Micheal Lee Glenn, of Farragut, was arrested for probation revocation. 34-year old Shaun Allen Akers, of Sidney, was arrested on the same charge, on March 30th.

Western Iowa man pleads not guilty to murder

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April 9th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

DOW CITY, Iowa (AP) – A western Iowa man has pleaded not guilty to murder in connection with a fatal shooting outside a small town bar. 28-year-old Benton Wingrove is charged with killing 29-year-old Adam Lary in Dow City after the two men argued at a bar. Both men were from Dow City.  Authorities say Lary left the bar first, but was shot while driving and his car crashed into a house.

Prosecutors say Wingrove fired nearly a dozen shots at Lary as he tried to drive away, and Wingrove had a handgun when he was arrested.

(update) I-80 bridge near Casey hit AGAIN by a truck

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April 9th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

For the second time in a little over a month, a bridge in Adair County has been hit by a truck, causing traffic to be rerouted. The Iowa Department of Transportation reports the westbound Interstate 80 bridge near Casey was damaged when it was struck by a truck hauling an excavator. The accident took place at around 8:30-p.m., Monday, between exits 83 and 96. DOT Transportation Planning Director Scott Suhr, based in Atlantic, told KJAN News the accident happened as the truck was traveling south Antique Country Drive, south of Casey. He says he’s not sure if the truck was oversize or if the load was at the wrong height. Either way, he says “It did some damage.”

The same bridge was hit in nearly the same location, last month. Suhr said when the north end was hit on March 4th by a dump truck, one of the concrete beams was damaged. This time, about three or four beams were damaged. The result of the most recent accident, is that traffic is being rerouted using the entrance and exit ramps at Casey. Bridge Inspectors from Ames were expected to take a look at the damage and assess the structural safety of the crossing this morning. Meanwhile, the bridge remains closed until it is deemed safe for traffic.

The accident that occurred during the early morning hours on March 4th, happened when 62-year old Duane Nelson, of Casey, forgot to lower the box on a 1991 Mack dump truck registered to Schildberg Construction, in Greenfield. As the vehicle was traveling southbound on Antique Country Drive, south of Casey, the truck box hit the westbound I-80 bridge support beam. The impact tore the box section off of the truck, but it became wedged against the support beam at the point of impact.

The Patrol cited Nelson for driving a vehicle with excessive height.

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Westbound I-80 Near Casey Blocked Due to Bridge Hit by Oversize Load

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April 9th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Department of Transportation reports  westbound Interstate 80 is currently blocked between exit 83 and 96 (near Casey) due to an earlier crash where an oversize load struck a bridge. Traffic is being routed around the blockage using the entrance and exit ramps at Casey.

Iowa Department of Transportation bridge inspectors will be onsite this (Tuesday) morning to inspect the damage. The bridge will remain closed until that inspection is completed and the bridge is deemed safe.

(8-a.m. News)

Substitute teachers receive wage increase in Atlantic District

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April 9th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Substitute teachers serving the Atlantic Community School District have received in increase in how much they will be paid per day, after the change was approved during a meeting of the Atlantic Board of Education, Monday . Superintendent Dr. Mike Amstein said the rate was $120 per day, but he recommended subs should be be paid $125 per day, because there’s been no increase in the past three-years, and the district needs to be competitive with other districts to retain quality instructors. Amstein said this should place Atlantic on the upper end of the pay scale amongst area schools and lessen the chance substitute teachers will shop around.

2 injured in Fremont County semi-vs.car, crash

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April 9th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Two people were injured in a crash Monday night in Fremont County, when a semi clipped the front end of a passenger car on Interstate 29. The Iowa State Patrol reports the driver of a 1998 Buick LeSabre, 76-year old Mary Dion, of Creighton, NE, and her passenger, 18-year old Amber Gray, also of Creighton, were transported to St. Mary’s Hospital by ambulance following the crash, which took place about 2-miles north of the exit to Highway 2. Both women were wearing their seat belts.

Officials say a 2003 Peterbilt semi driven by 32-year old Nathan Fritz, of Mapleton, was traveling southbound on I-29 at around 10:15-p.m., and passing the Buick in the left lane. The semi began to merge back into the right lane, but struck the car, causing it to spin. The vehicle entered the median and hit a guardrail before crossing over the road and entering the west ditch where it came to rest.  The Patrol says Mary Dion was able to drive her vehicle out of the ditch and onto the shoulder. The semi came to a stop along the shoulder of the road.