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Atlantic Middle School Principal resigns to take a job in Orange City

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February 26th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A man who has served for nearly two years as the Middle School Principal in Atlantic has tendered his resignation, effective at the end of the school year. The Board of Education accepted the resignation of Cam Smith during their work session Monday night, in Atlantic. Superintendent Dr. Mike Amstein told KJAN News he received Smth’s resignation last Friday, and while he’s sad to see him go, he thinks Smith has done an exemplary job as Middle School Principal in Atlantic.

He points to the implementation of the PBIS, or Positive Behavior Interventions Support program, which was introduced over the past year, as an example. PBIS is a comprehensive plan includes a range of intervention strategies designed to prevent the problem behavior while teaching socially appropriate alternative behaviors. Amstein says Smith’s replacement will hopefully continue with the program and build on its positive results.

His successor will also have a challenge in staying within the budget, and continue to strive and improve student achievement. Smith is leaving Atlantic, for a Middle School Principal’s position at MOC-Floyd Valley, which puts him closer to his family. Amstein said it’s hard to fault someone for wanting to do that. Smith’s last day with the Atlantic Community School District, will be June 30th.

Cam Smith was hired by the district in April 2011. He previously was employed by the Garner-Hayfield School District, where he served as the K-through 8th Grade Principal and Athletic Director. Smith succeeded AMS Principal Todd Roecker, who retired from the district.

Cass County Sheriff’s Office reports an arrest

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February 26th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest on Monday, of Vern Riley Southwick, Jr.  Officials say the man,  who was wanted a warrant for Failure to Appear, turned himself-in to authorities. Southwick was booked into the Cass County Jail where he was released later that same day, on $1000 cash bond.

Victim of Council Bluffs housefire ID’d as the home’s owner

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February 26th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Officials in Council Bluffs today (Tuesday), identified the victim of Monday’s housefire, as the home’s owner. The body of 43-year old Mark Vanderwoude, of Council Bluffs, was found in the second floor master bathroom of the home at 47 Northwood Drive, after firefighters extinguished the flames and began their search of the residence.

Bluffs Fire Chief Alan Byers says crews were dispatched to the home at around 3:10-p.m. Monday. When they arrived, heavy fire conditions were visible from both floors of the single family residence. While an investigation into the cause of the fire is on-going, Byers said a preliminary investigation resulted int the fire being deemed suspicious, because of previous incidents at the residence. Other factors leading authorities to believe the fire’s origins are suspicious, include the extent of the damage done to the structure, and the possibility of an accelerant being used.

An autopsy will be performed by the State Medical Examiner’s Office to determine the cause of Vanderwoude’s death. The home is owned by Mark Vanderwoude and his wife Lori. Neither she nor the couples’ three young children were home, because the couple had separated.

Council Bluffs RAGBRAI Committee Selects “Wild Ride for Your Hide” Theme for 2013

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February 26th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The 2013 Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa, RAGBRAI, is slated to begin in Council Bluffs, and the organizing committee has met and decided on a local theme- “Sizzle In Your Seat- a Wild Ride for Your Hide”.  As you might expect, the Bluffs theme this year will feature a pig riding a bicycle.

(Official RAGBRAI logo for 2013)

Josee Beier, Director of Convention and Sports Sales for the Council Bluffs Convention and Visitors Bureau says they “Wanted something fun and unique to celebrate 2013.” The local committee approved a logo concept along with the theme, and a preliminary T-shirt design to be unveiled soon.  Plans are also being developed for a Council Bluffs RAGBRAI website and Facebook page, which will feature the theme, show the T-shirt design, and provide other pertinent information for residents and RAGBRAI enthusiasts.

Council Bluffs will welcome RAGBRAI riders, support personnel, fans and friends, July 20 for one large get-together before the ride across Iowa begins the next morning, July 21.

Additional details released on Montgomery County residential fire

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February 26th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Red Oak Fire Chief Jim Blount III today (Tuesday) released additional details about a residential structure fire that occurred Monday afternoon, about 10-miles southwest of Elliott. Blount told KJAN News the call from 1296 Avenue C came in at around 2:34-p.m.  While they were enroute, they were informed a bedroom on the second floor was on fire, and the flames were spreading. The first crews arrived on the scene within 10 minutes. Blount said they observed a two-story home heavily involved in fire and smoke on the second floor.

The Chief said they encountered one of residents, an adult, who suffered what were described as non-life threatening injuries. They were transported to an area hospital for evaluation and treatment. A total of 11 people occupied the home, four adults and seven children. The residents are receiving assistance from the Red Cross in Shenandoah.

Blount said they received mutual aid by crews from Elliott, Henderson and Griswold. The fire was under control within about 60- to 90-minutes. He said the fire did extend to the first floor. A dollar amount of the damage has not been ascertained, but the structure was declared a total loss.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation by the Red Oak Fire Department and the State Fire Marshal’s Office.

Winter Storm Warning issued for Adair, Adams, Madison, Union, Taylor & Ringgold Counties

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February 26th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

DALLAS-ADAIR-MADISON-ADAMS-UNION- TAYLOR-RINGGOLD COUNTIES…
1006 AM CST TUE FEB 26 2013
    
 …WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON CST WEDNESDAY…

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN DES MOINES HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW…WHICH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON CST WEDNESDAY. THE WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT.

* SHORT TERM TRENDS...BANDS OF HEAVY SNOW WILL MOVE THROUGH THE WARNING AREA TODAY. RAPID SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF AN INCH AN HOUR  ARE EXPECTED WITH THE HEAVIER SNOW BANDS. LIGHT TO MODERATE SNOW WILL CONTINUE TONIGHT THROUGH WEDNESDAY MORNING. GUSTY NORTH WINDS OF 15 TO 30 MPH WILL CAUSE BLOWING AND DRIVING SNOW.

* STORM TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS...SNOWFALL ACCUMULATIONS OF 5 TO 9 INCHES
WITH LOCALLY HEAVIER AMOUNTS POSSIBLE THROUGH NOON WEDNESDAY.

* WINDS/VISIBILITY…NORTH TO NORTHEAST WINDS OF 15 TO 30 MPH WITH HIGHER GUSTS ARE EXPECTED TO CAUSE BLOWING AND DRIFTING OF SNOW AND REDUCE VISIBILITY UNDER ONE QUARTER MILE AT TIMES.
    
* IMPACTS…TRAVEL WILL REMAIN EXCEEDINGLY DIFFICULT DUE TO HEAVY SNOW AND DRIVEN BY THE WIND.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW MEANS SEVERE WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF SNOW ARE FORECAST THAT WILL MAKE TRAVEL DANGEROUS. ONLY TRAVEL IN AN EMERGENCY. IF YOU MUST TRAVEL…KEEP AN EXTRA FLASHLIGHT…FOOD …AND WATER IN YOUR VEHICLE IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY.

Winter Weather Advisory issued for Cass, Audubon & Guthrie Counties

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February 26th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

1006 AM CST TUE FEB 26 2013

…WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON CST WEDNESDAY…

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN DES MOINES HAS ISSUED A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW WHICH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON CST WEDNESDAY.

* TIMING OR SHORT TERM TRENDS...SNOW WILL CONTINUE TO MOVE INTO THE AREA LATE THIS MORNING. ONCE THE SNOW STARTS…LIGHT TO MODERATE SNOW WILL CONTINUE THROUGH WEDNESDAY MORNING.

* STORM TOTAL SNOW/ICE ACCUMULATIONS…TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS WILL FROM 2 TO 5 INCHES. THERE WILL BE A SHARP NORTHWEST EDGE TO THE SNOW.

* WINDS/VISIBILITY...NORTH WINDS AT 15 TO 30 MPH WILL CAUSE BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW.

* IMPACTS…TRAVEL WILL BE SIGNIFICANTLY IMPACTED BY THE SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW MEANS THAT VISIBILITY WILL BE LIMITED DUE TO A COMBINATION OF FALLING AND BLOWING SNOW. USE CAUTION WHEN TRAVELING…ESPECIALLY IN OPEN AREAS.

9AM Newscast 02-26-2013

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Updated weather summary (10:12-a.m.)

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February 26th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A storm system over east central Missouri will lift into the Ohio Valley and produce snow over much of Iowa through Wednesday morning. Moderate to heavy snowfall will occur over the southeast half of Iowa and parts of Missouri and Illinois. Strong north winds will cause blowing snow and reduced visibility in these areas, making travel hazardous. Winter storm warnings are posted for a large part of the southeast half of Iowa with winter weather advisories from southwest into parts of north central and northeast Iowa. The snow will end on Wednesday, with cool and dry weather expected for the remainder of the week.

Page County arrests

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February 26th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Page County Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday, two people were arrested late last week on separate charges. On Saturday, 37-year old Michael Delaine Resh, of Essex, was arrested for OWI/1st offense, following a traffic stop at around 1-a.m., near the intersection of 150th Street and C Avenue. Resh posted a $1,000 bond and was released from custody. He’s scheduled to appear in court March 19th.

And, last Friday, 22-year old Nathan Allen Dishong, of Shenandoah, was arrested at around 10-p.m., on a Page County warrant for Harassment by Personal Contact. Dishong was held without bond in the Page County Jail until being seen by a magistrate, he was later released with orders to have no further contact with his alleged victim. He’s scheduled to appear in court March 28th.