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Boots and BBQ Republican event well attended in Kimballton Monday


August 18th, 2015 by Chris Parks

Around 400 people attended the Boots and BBQ event last night at the Cottownwood Barn in Kimballton. The event was a Republican Party fundraiser and featured talks from Presidential Candidates Rick Perry and Carly Fiorina.

Texas Governor Rick Perry said he enjoys the process in Iowa and respects how Iowans handle that responsibility. “Iowa is about picking presidents. I mean, this process has made Iowa very unique in the sense of they understand and they take it very seriously, that they are in the business of vetting candidates that want to be the President of the United States.  There are very few states in the country that have that responsibility and Iowans take it very seriously.”

Former Hewelett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina talked about the response to her strong performance in last weeks Republican debates. “Well, I think it’s true that more people know who I am. You know I went into that debate and less than 40% of Republican voters had ever heard my name, and now a lot more know who I am.  But mostly what I hear from people is “keep going, keep speaking directly and telling us what we really need to do”.  I think people really are tired of professional politicians and are ready for a different kind of leadership.”

The event also featured other speakers from leadership around the state.

Grassley to hold Town Hall meetings this week in s.w. IA


August 18th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Iowa Republican Senator Charles Grassley will hold seven town meetings this week in southwest Iowa. The events take place Wed., Aug, 19th in Adams, Taylor, Fremont and Mills Counties, and on Thursday, August 19th, in Shelby, Cass and Audubon Counties. The events are being held as part of his annual 99-county meetings, which Grassley has held at least once every year since he was first elected to the U.S. Senate.

The schedule for his Town Hall meetings is as follows:

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

8-9 a.m.: Adams County Town Meeting – Corning Nursing and Rehab Center
1614 Northgate Dr., in Corning.

9:45-10:45 a.m.: Taylor County Town Meeting – Taylor County Farm Bureau
Meeting Room, 607 Pollock Blvd. in Bedford.

4-5 p.m.: Fremont County Town Meeting – Tabor Community Center, 626 Main St. in Tabor.

5:30-6:30 p.m.: Mills County Town Meeting – Malvern Community Center, 501 Main St. in Malvern.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

12:45-1:45 p.m.: Shelby County Town Meeting – Shelby County Farm Bureau
908 6th St., in Harlan.

2:45-3:45 p.m.: Cass County Town Meeting – Atlantic Municipal Utilities Basement meeting room, 15 West 3rd St. in Atlantic.

4:30-5:30 p.m.: Audubon County Town Meeting – Audubon County Economic Development, 800 Market St. in Audubon.

Atlantic Park and Rec Board meeting news


August 18th, 2015 by Chris Parks

The Atlantic Parks and Recreation Board met Monday night at the Atlantic City Council Chambers.  One of the main topics of discussion was completion of the city wide tree census as part of the Urban Forestry Grant. They are now waiting for the DNR to process the information and report back to the city.  The purpose of the census was to identify problem trees in the city right of way and to be proactive against the threat of Emerald Ash Borer.

Also during the meeting it was announced that Atlantic is participating in the Operation Re-leaf Program in which trees that started their growth in Iowa will be for sale at discounted prices.  It was also announced that Frank Saddlemire donated 12 trees to the department that will be used throughout the city in need areas.

More discussion also took place regarding demolition and reconstruction of the Kiddie Korral Shelter at Sunnyside Park. Demolition has been scheduled following Labor Day.

The meeting also included the closing date of Sunnyside Pool on August 23rd. The board is looking into the possiblity of a dog friendly event on closing day but no plans are complete.

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Audubon County Sheriff reports two recent arrests


August 18th, 2015 by Chris Parks

Audubon County Sheriff Todd Johnson reported Monday on two recent arrests.

The Sheriff’s Office arrested 50-year-old Curt Thomas Anstey of Audubon on Friday, August 14th and charged him with Operating While Intoxicated, Driving While Suspended, and No Insurance.  The charges stem from a traffic stop in Audubon and Anstey was taken to the Audubon County Jail and held until being released following an appearance before the magistrate.

The Audubon County Sheriff’s Office also arrested 38-year-old Kameo Margaret Smith of Exira at her residence on Monday, August 17th on an outstanding Audubon County warrant.  Smith has been charged with Theft in the 4th Degree.  The charge stems from several checks written to a business in Exira and a business in Audubon in late June and early July 2015.  Smith was taken to the Audubon County Jail and held until being released following an appearance before the magistrate.

Bluffs man charged w/the shooting of his father, struggled w/mental illness


August 18th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A Council Bluffs man accused of killing his father has struggled with mental health problems and discussed those problems openly on Facebook. The Omaha World-Herald reports police think the day after  55-year old Robert Schendel died from numerous gunshot wounds, his 21-year old son Sean posted statements on Facebook that he had “never felt more alone” and that “family isn’t forever.” Robert Schendel was found dead in his home, last Wednesday.

On July 22, Sean posted lyrics from the rapper T.I.: “All I wanna do Is chill … take my mind off all the ones I wanna go n kill.” He also posted statements about having panic attacks and said he is a “waste of life.” Duane Renz, Sean’s uncle, told the paper said Sean has struggled with mental health problems since birth. When he turned 18, his father and his mother, Phyllis Schendel, asked a judge to appoint them guardians of their son.

Sean Schendel wrote in court documents that he wanted his parents to have guardianship over him to help him with daily activities and medical decisions. Court records say st the time, he was receiving counseling for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and depression, and described him as having an impaired decision-making capacity. The guardianship arrangement allowed the parents to make financial and medical decisions for Sean without court approval. Phyllis Schendel is deceased. Robert Schendel terminated the guardianship a year ago.

Police say Sean Schendel withdrew money from his dad’s bank account and took his minivan to drive to Colorado. Sean was arrested last Friday at a motel in Sterling, Colorado. Authorities say during a police interview over the weekend, he admitted to killing his father. Officials haven’t said what might have led to the shooting.

Sean Schendel appeared in a Colorado court on Monday and signed a waiver to be extradited, according to a court clerk in Sterling. Iowa authorities have 14 days to transport him back to Iowa. When he’s returned to Iowa, he’ll face charges of first-degree murder and two counts of second-degree theft. A memorial service for Robert Schendel is scheduled for 10 a.m. today (Tuesday), at Hoy-Kilnoski Funeral Home, (1221 N. 16th St.), in Council Bluffs.

Democratic candidates for congress now in 3rd and 4th districts


August 18th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Two Democratic candidates have emerged as potential challengers for two of Iowa’s Republican congressmen. Kim Weaver of Sheldon — the chairwoman of the O’Brien County Democratic Party — hopes to be the Democratic nominee who will challenge Republican Congressman Steve King in 2016.

“Every day we wake up to have one of the most ineffective and offensive members of congress representing us in Washington,” Weaver said. Weaver announced her candidacy this past weekend during the Iowa Wing Ding in Clear Lake where more than two-thousand Democrats cheered her on — and booed King.

“Hardly a week goes by without him making some kind of derogatory comment and this has to stop,” Weaver said. Weaver supports raising the minimum wage, opposes “privatizing” Social Security and Medicare and she describes herself as “strongly pro-choice.”

“I believe that women should determine their health care and not have it dictated to them by Steve King,” she said. Weaver, a Des Moines native, has lived in Sheldon for the past 24 years. She’s a single mom with two children in college and another who’s a graduate of M-I-T. She is a long-term care ombudsman who travels in 15 counties in northwest Iowa for her job.

The fourth congressional district has a Republican voter registration edge. King plans to seek reelection in 2016 to an eighth term in congress. He defeated Democrat Jim Mowrer in the 2014 election. Mowrer, who is now vice chair of the Iowa Democratic Party, has moved to Des Moines and announced on Monday that he would run again for congress, but in the third district. The seat is currently held by first-term Republican David Young of Van Meter. Mowrer will face a Democratic Primary. In July, Democrat Desmund Adams of West Des Moines announced he would run in the third district. Adams was an unsuccessful candidate for a state senate seat in 2012.

(Radio Iowa)

Creston woman and a child injured in van crash Monday


August 17th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The driver of a Dodge Caravan and a three-year old boy were injured in a single vehicle accident late Monday morning, in Adams County. The Iowa State Patrol reports 70-year old Ruth Lyons, of Creston, was traveling south on the Corning-Carl Road (County Road N-53), when the van went out of control, left the road and entered the south ditch before hitting a field drive.

The van continued in the ditch where it overturned and came to rest on its top. Lyons, who was not wearing a seat belt, was transported by helicopter to Methodist Hospital in Des Moines. The unidentified child was taken by Corning Rescue to CHI Mercy Hospital, in Corning. The accident, which took place at around 11:35-a.m., remains under investigation by the State Patrol.

Deputies with the Adams County Sheriff’s Office along with Corning Fire and Rescue personnel, assisted the Patrol at the scene.

(Update) Friday Motorcycle accident in Council Bluffs turns fatal


August 17th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

In an update to our story last Friday, Police in Council Bluffs said Monday, that a Nebraska man has died from injuries he suffered during a motorcycle accident early Friday morning. 59-year old Michael Sowl, of Kearney, NE., died over the weekend from complications resulting from his injuries. Sowl was driving his motorcycle southbound on South 35th Street at around 2:37-a.m., when the cycle came into contact with the median and went out of control near the intersection with Nebraska Avenue.

Sowl, who was not wearing a helmet, was thrown from the motorcycle and landed on the traveled portion of the road. Alcohol is believed to have played a role in the crash, but the toxicology results were still pending. The accident remains under investigation.

Officials: Meat processor in Denison to add about 200 jobs


August 17th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DENISON, Iowa (AP) — Officials for the small western Iowa city of Denison say a local meat processor plans to add about 200 jobs as part of an expansion. The Chamber & Development Council of Crawford County says Quality Food Processors LLC wants to start hiring for the jobs in 2016. The company currently has about 100 employees in Denison.

Evan Blakley, executive director for the chamber, says Quality Food Processors is still seeking local tax incentives and state grant money to move forward with the project. The announcement comes just days after Tyson Foods said it will close its plant in Denison. It employed about 400 people. Blakley says the expansion at Quality Food Processors and pending announcements from other employers offering local jobs is a sign there are work opportunities in Denison.