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Cass Supervisors sign-on to combined website agreement

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February 11th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Board of Supervisors, today (Wednesday), approved the signing of an agreement to combine the County’s website with the City of Atlantic, CADCO (the Cass-Atlantic Development Corporation), and Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce.

Atlantic Chamber Director Ouida Wymer said the Atlantic Community Promotion Commission (CPC) has approved $7,500 for the discovery process in creating a combined website, toward the shared cost of the website’s development, which will decrease the combined entities’ cost of $14,500…or $3,625 each. There’s also an approximate $2,000 expense for “technical configuration,’ depending on what the County elects to have on its page. Wymer said there are several benefits to combining the County’s website with the other three entities.

All the information for the communities and County are in one place, making for a more unified presence on the web, and possibly drawing more young professionals as well as entrepreneurs. Wymer said it will also be more efficient and reduce duplication of information. County Deputy Auditor Sherri  Karns said cost-wise, it will be less to run the site over the next five-years than it currently is, aside from the one-time set-up and development fees. The page would be developed and hosted by 5Q Communications, in Atlantic.  5Q’s Chad Williams will meet next with each of the four entities to determine their individual needs.

The hosting charge would be $50 per month for each entity. Chad Williams said maintenance would be charged by the hour. The hosting covers physical location of the website, security updates and related features, such as measures to protect against hacking. They will also provide training on updating and accessing the website.

The County is served by Solutions, Inc., out of Spencer. The Supervisors are expected to meet with Solutions’ Vice President of Operations, Max Elg, next week. Until the new, combined website comes online and is functioning later this fall, the County will continue to utilize Solutions’ system and services on a month-by-month basis.

DuPont Pioneer Commits $45,000 to Food and Agricultural Education in Iowa

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February 11th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Officials with DuPont, and the National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE), announced today (Wednesday), that DuPont Pioneer awarded more than $45,000 through multiple grants to agriscience educators in Iowa. The grants will fund training and classroom resources to help implement advanced agriculture curriculum.

Teachers who received a grant are implementing Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE) in their classrooms and will attend training in 2015. Iowa teachers receiving grants include (locally): Kristen Rutherford, Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton High School; Susie Catanzareti, Mount Ayr Community School District, and Molly Heintz, West Central Valley High School.

Michelle Gowdy, director of Community & Academic Relations for DuPont Pioneer, said “Ensuring there is enough safe, affordable and nutritious food for all will require that more students understand agriculture and become future leaders in food production.” She added, “We are proud to be working with others in agriculture and education to give teachers the best resources to encourage children to learn more about agriculture and consider careers in the industry.”

CASE is a multiyear approach to agriscience education with rigorous educator training requirements and hands-on, inquiry-focused learning activities. The collaboration between DuPont Pioneer and CASE is a special project of the National FFA Foundation. This is the third year of involvement for DuPont Pioneer. Learn more about the program and grant schedule on the CASE grant website.

Clarinda Police make felony drug arrest

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February 11th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Police in Clarinda, Tuesday, arrested a man wanted on a federal warrant. 22-year old Devin Ray Wallace, of Clarinda, was taken into custody at around 7-p.m. without incident, at his home. Officials say Wallace was wanted on a felony bench warrant issued out of Page County, for violation of probation on an original charge of possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver.

Wallace was remanded to Page County authorities and was being held at the jail in Clarinda on $10,000 cash bond.

(8-a.m. News)

(Podcast) KJAN News, 2/11/2015

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February 11th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The 8-a.m. Newscast w/KJAN News Director Ric Hanson.

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Vehicles driven by teens collide in Red Oak Tue. afternoon

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February 11th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Police in Red Oak say no injuries were reported following a collision early Tuesday afternoon, at 4th and east Joy Streets. Officials say a 2005 Buick LeSabre driven by 16-year old Lucas Mellott, of Emerson, and a 2007 Ford Focus driven by 16-year old Tyler McMann, of Red Oak, collided at around 1:40-p.m., when McMann failed to obey the yield sign and entered the intersection, where his vehicle was struck on the passenger side. McMann was subsequently cited for Failure To Yield. Damage from the accident amounted to $13,000.

(Podcast) KJAN News & funeral report, 2/11/2015

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February 11th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The 7:06-a.m. report w/KJAN News Director Ric Hanson

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Red Oak man cited on drug charge Wed. morning

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February 11th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A Red Oak man was cited early this (Wednesday) morning on a drug-related charge. Police say 50-year old Matthew Wayne Westover was cited in the 100 block of west Oak Street at around 4:25-a.m., for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Westover was released on the citation.

Fundraiser for family of Atlantic couple who died from a fire

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February 11th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The family of an Atlantic couple killed in a gas explosion and fire last week is holding a fund raising event.  57-year old’s Paul and Denise McDaniel, who operated a small taxi company in Atlantic, were killed after a fire broke out Feb. 4th in their home. The Omaha World-Herald reports donations to the McDaniel Benefit fund can be made at either the Atlantic or Creston locations of the Nishna Valley Credit Union. Checks also can be mailed to Nishna Valley Credit Union, P.O. Box 350, Atlantic, IA 50022, Attention: McDaniel Benefit.

A silent auction will take place at the Elks Lodge in Atlantic on Feb. 28 at 6 p.m., with proceeds also going toward the fund. Their family says the McDaniels did not have life insurance.

Responding firefighters found Paul McDaniel dead in the house. Denise McDaniel was taken by medical helicopter to the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, where she later died. Investigators said clothing hanging from a natural gas line in the basement probably caused the line to break. It’s thought a pilot light in a gas stove caused the explosion, which blew out the home’s windows.

A celebration of life service is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 17th, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Hockenberry Family Care Funeral Home in Atlantic.

$485 million Powerball jackpot is 5th largest in US history

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February 11th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The Powerball jackpot has climbed to $485 million, making Wednesday night’s drawing the fifth largest prize in U.S. history. It’s been more than two months since someone won the Powerball jackpot, so the prize has been gradually growing from its $40 million starting point. The last time Powerball grew nearly so large was February 2014.

Because of strong sales, lottery officials Tuesday raised the estimated jackpot from $450 million to $485 million. Lottery officials are quick to point out that the game is for fun and a chance to dream. They note the chance of winning a Powerball jackpot is about 1 in 175 million.

Powerball revenue has been down slightly during a drought of jackpots, but officials say this big prize has caused sales to surge.

Iowa corrections chief: Some workers will stay at facilities

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February 11th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The newly appointed acting chief of Iowa’s corrections system says the department will keep employing some workers at state mental health institutions in Clarinda and Mount Pleasant that have been ordered to close.

Jerry Bartruff, who recently took over corrections, told a legislative panel Tuesday that about $2 million will be transferred from the state Department of Health and Human Services to corrections to continue administrative staffing and other jobs that had been shared between the agencies at both facilities.

The state Department of Corrections currently has operations at Clarinda and Mount Pleasant, which houses two of the state’s four mental health institutions. Gov. Terry Branstad has proposed phasing out state health services at the two facilities later this year, though corrections will continue to operate.