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22 IA Communities benefit from $34.7-million in SRL Funds for water quality initiatives

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October 30th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Finance Authority and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources have announced that 22 Iowa communities will benefit from a combined total of more than $34.7 million in low-cost water quality loans through the State Revolving Fund. State Revolving Fund Construction Loans are a low-cost construction financing option available for Iowa cities and municipalities for water quality initiatives. Planning & Design Loans are zero percent loans that assist with the first-phase of project expenses.

In Cass County, the City of Anita will receive slightly more than One-million dollars for a water quality improvement project designed to correct inflow and infiltration problems, and  Anita Municipal Utilities $102-thousand for the Planning and Design Phase. The City of Massena will receive $445,500 for infiltration and inflow corrections. In Ringgold County, Mt. Ayr will receive $378,000 for a drinking water connection project. Elsewhere…The City of Shenandoah is receiving just over $14-million for a new treatment plant and water main project, and the City of Hancock, $98,910 for planning and design.

The State Revolving Fund has awarded Iowa communities and municipalities more than $2.1 billion in Construction Loans and $125 million through Planning & Design Loans since program inception. The loans are made available as part of the State Revolving Fund.

Cass County Supervisors to act on GIS new hire & Anita Urban Renewal matterThursday

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October 30th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Board of Supervisors will hold their final meeting of the month Thursday morning, here in Atlantic. On the agenda for their 9-a.m. meeting at the courthouse, is action on the hiring of a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Coordinator. In August, Cass County Assessor Brenda Nelson asked for and received the Board’s permission to approve the creation of the position, and to proceed with steps necessary to fill the position.

At the time, Nelson said she has the money in this year’s budget for the new hire’s salary and benefits. In subsequent years, other departments within the County that heavily utilize GIS, would chip in to cover the salary and benefits. Nelson, Cass County Engineer Charles Marker and Treasurer Tracey Marshall all agreed that having a GIS specialist in-house, instead of outsourcing the position, would be a time-saver for them, and a great benefit to the taxpayers.

The Supervisors will also act Thursday morning, on a Resolution giving consent to the City of Anita which would allow the City to exercise Urban Renewal powers. The action will follow a report from officials in Anita, with regard to its Urban Renewal Plan/Tax Incremental Financing (TIF) District, including property in the rural areas within two-miles of its boundaries.

In August, the Anita city clerk and two council members reported that the city would like to capture the valuation of five wind turbines located in the area within two miles of Anita’s boundaries, for tax incremental financing of city capital improvement projects.

Athena Award Nominations Now Being Accepted

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October 30th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Deter Motor Company and The Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce are pleased to announce nominations are now being accepted for the 13th annual ATHENA Award, in Atlantic.

Athena Award

Athena Award

The award will be presented to an exceptional individual who has achieved excellence in her/his business profession, has served the community in a meaningful way and has assisted women in their attainment of professional goals and leadership skills. The ceremony will be held Saturday, Jan. 18th, 2014 at the Cass County Community Center.

The ATHENA Award was first presented in 1982 in Lansing, Michigan and has grown to include presentations to more than 6,000 individuals in hundreds of cities across the globe. Locally, past winners include Dolly Bergmann, Wendy Richter, Ann Pross, Janell Hansen, Jan Kinison, Carole Schuler, Glenda Farrier, Margaret Slepsky, Denise O’Brien, Leanne Pellett, Judy Marnin and LaVon Eblen.

Deter Motor Company believes in the values underlying ATHENA’s philosophy of incorporating talent and expertise of women into the leadership of our businesses, our communities and our government. The spirit of the ATHENA Award Program is captured in a quotation from Plato, “What is honored in a country will be cultivated there.” By honoring exceptional leaders, others will be encouraged to excel.

Those interested in nominating an individual can pick up a nomination packet after Nov. 1st at the Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce, 102 Chestnut Street, or by visitingwww.AtlanticIowa.com. Nominations are due by Nov. 22, 2013.

Shelby County Cookers plant sold

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October 30th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A Food Company out of Memphis, TN has purchased a manufacturing plant in Shelby County. The company Monogram Food Solutions LLC has reached an agreement with Westin Inc. of Omaha to purchase the assets of Shelby County Cookers of Harlan. The Cookers plant on the south end of town manufactures ready to eat bacon products for food service and retail customers.

Monogram assumed control of Cookers on Saturday, October 26th, giving Monogram an entry into the bacon category under its newly formed Monogram Prepared Meats Division. Monogram Foods is a national leader in manufacturing of licensed, co-packed, meat snacks and other meat offerings.

Chief Executive Officer of Monogram, Karl Schledwitz said in a press release, “Shelby County Cookers success stems from consistently high quality products, a dedicated workforce and being a leader in bacon innovation. The company’s value and service to customers is top tier.”

Shelby County Cooker’s was founded in 2005 and has operated under the leadership of President Brett Elliot. Monogram Prepared Meats will keep Elliot and the current management team to help run the company. Monogram and Shelby County Cookers already had a partnership when they developed a new item called bacon jerky in 2011. The item is currently in national distribution under 4 major brands and is made by Shelby County Cookers.

President and CEO of Westin Foods Scott Carlson has overseen the production and expansion of Cookers will continue to work with Monogram also and will be brought on as a member of their board. Carlson said he expects the growth of the plant to accelerate because of the capital investment and a larger national sales team available through the new company.

The Cookers plant is expected to continue to grow with a 5th operational line in 2014 and a possible 6th line in 2016. Since 2004, Shelby County Cookers has expanded operational lines twice and sales for the bacon products are expected to reach $70 million at the end of the year.

(Joel McCall/KNOD)

(Update 9:50-a.m.): Alleged car thief in custody

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October 30th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A man whom authorities say stole a car from a Nebraska used car dealership is in custody after leading law enforcement officials on a chase Tuesday morning in Pottawattamie County. Sheriff Jeff Danker told KJAN News 52-year old Fred McCormick, of Crescent, was taken into custody about six and a-half hours after the pursuit began. McCormick was being held in the Pott. County Jail on charges of Theft in the 2nd degree, eluding and Driving While Barred. His bond was set at $5,000.

Danker said the incident began at around 10-a.m., Tuesday, after the owners of a red Chevy Cavalier tracked the vehicle by using a GPS unit. He said deputies were dispatched to meet with an individual who had located the stolen car in the Crescent area. While the deputies were responding, Pott. County Conservation officers initiated a pursuit, which went north of Crescent, turned onto Leisure Avenue and drove off into a corn field.

The driver took off on foot. Several law enforcement agencies including at least seven k-9 units engaged in a search for the driver, but the hilly, wooded terrain in the area made the search difficult. Adding to the difficulty in finding the man, was an unharvested corn crop, cloud cover and a light mist.

The manhunt was called-off at around 2:30-p.m., after search teams lost the trail in a corn field. Danker says the suspect was observed at around 4:30-p.m. walking along Old Lincoln Highway. He was then taken into custody and charged.

Lightning strikes hit a building and car in Cass County

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October 30th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Strong storms producing powerful lightning wreaked havoc with vehicles and buildings in Cass County this morning. The Cass County Communications Center reports a woman in a car believed her vehicle was struck by lightning near 650th and Whitepole Road (Highway 6 & 71), at around 10:22-a.m.  The only apparent damage, according to officials, was a melted antennae. No injuries were reported.

A couple of minutes earlier, the Iowa State Patrol Communications Center north of Lewis reported a burning smell in their facility. The staff thought their building was hit by lightning, but nothing was found to be wrong. Lewis Fire was called to investigate.

Shooting incident in Marne

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October 30th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Rescue crews and law enforcement personnel were dispatched to a reported shooting incident in Marne just before 10-a..m. today (Wednesday). According to scanner traffic, the incident involved a 43-year old male who shot himself. The incident took place in a camper located behind a house off Brighton Street, near an alley. The Cass County Sheriff’s Office says the Coroner was called to the scene.

No other information has been released.

9AM Newscast 10-30-2013

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October 30th, 2013 by Chris Parks

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NE man tasered following pursuit Wed. morning in Fremont County

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October 30th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A Nebraska man who was the subject of a pursuit early this (Wednesday) morning, was arrested after being tasered by a sheriff’s deputy in Percival. The Fremont County Sheriff’s Office says 22-year old Bradley Wright, of Nebraska City, NE., faces four felony and one aggravated misdemeanor charge following his arrest shortly after 12:15-a.m. He was being held in the Fremont County Jail on just under $28,755 bond.

Officials say a sheriff’s deputy had attempted to stop a black 1996 Honda Civic in the Percival area at around 12:10-a.m., for having a headlight out, and speeding. The vehicle failed to stop and sped through town in excess of 70 miles per hour in a 25-mph zone. The chase finally ended at 2072 190th Street in Percival.

While attempting to arrest Wright, the man allegedly resisted arrest, and was tased. A “Help an Officer” call was broadcast, but Wright was restrained prior to the arrival of a backup officer. Wright faces felony charges that include Assault on an Officer, 2 counts of Disarming a Police Officer, Eluding and Interference with Official Acts. He also received a misdemeanor charge of Carrying a concealed weapon, and he was cited for numerous traffic violations.

An investigation into the incident is ongoing.