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September 10th, 2013 by Chris Parks

w/ Ric Hanson

Enrollment numbers increase in Atlantic School District

News

September 10th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The number of students enrolling in the Atlantic Community School District continue to increase. That was the word Monday night from Superintendent Dr. Michael Amstein, during his report to the school board. Amstein says the district “Is up about 30 students. That’s very good. We continue to be somewhat of an anomaly in southwest Iowa [because other districts are not picking up students like Atlantic is].”

He said as of Monday, there were 1,492 Kindergarten through 12th grade students in enrolled. The biggest increase is between the incoming Kindergarten Class and Senior Class. He said it marks the fourth consecutive year that the school district has shown an enrollment increase.

In other business, the Atlantic School Board Monday, approved a sharing agreement with the Harlan Community School District for a Curriculum Director. Amstein says Harlan wanted to share services with regard to their ESL – English as a Second Language – program, with the curriculum delivered under the guidance of Atlantic’s curriculum director.

Amstein said there are some operational sharing dollars available to Atlantic the agreement, which allows 100-percent for 5-years, as long as the agreement continues for that time frame. The agreement would allow Atlantic’s ESL Director to communicate via Skype with the Harlan District three Friday’s per month, and be on-site for a half day on Friday’s, once a month. It’s estimated 12 students in the Harlan District would be served by the arrangement, for a total of 28 between the districts.

And, the Atlantic School Board Monday, approved a School Resource Officer’s (SRO) Agreement for the 2013-2014 school year. The agreement is in-line with a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Cass County County Sheriff’s Department, CAM, Griswold and Atlantic School Districts, as far as cost sharing is concerned.

Glenwood woman charged in connection with tv destruction

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September 10th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Adams County report the arrest Monday evening of a woman who allegedly destroyed a television set. 18-year old Melody Marie Bentley, of Glenwood, was charged with Criminal Mischief in the 5th degree, for allegedly destroying a t-v belonging to Country Haven residential care facility, in Corning. Bentley was taken into custody at around 7:50-p.m. and brought to the Adams County Jail, where her bond was set at $300.

Pre-trial hearing postponed for 17-year old charged with murder

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September 10th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A teen charged with the murder of a 5-year old boy from Atlantic had his pre-trial hearing moved to another date. The hearing was to have been held on Monday for 17-year old Cody Metzker-Madsen, but the Daily NonPareil reports that’s been moved to 1:30-p.m., October 14th.  An arraignment for Metzker-Madsen will be held on Sept. 30th. He faces a charge of first-degree murder in the death of his foster brother, Dominic Elkins. Metzker-Madsen, will be charged as an adult,  according to Geoff Greenwood, a spokesman for the Iowa Attorney General’s Office. His trial is set to begin 9:30-a.m., Nov. 5th.

Late last month, Metzker-Madsen led his family to Elkins’ body, which was located at the bottom of a ravine in rural Harrison County.The teen remains in the Harrison County jail on $500,000 bond.

Survey indicates hiring in Iowa likely to slow down through end of the year

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September 10th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A new survey shows fewer Iowa businesses are planning to boost employment levels compared to three months ago. Karen Miller, a spokesperson for Manpower, says their latest Employment Outlook Survey indicates hiring should slow down between October and December. “We’re still looking at solid numbers though,” Miller says. “We’ve got 67-percent of employers looking to maintain their staffing levels and 21-percent looking to increase their staffing levels.”

Another 10-percent of the Iowa companies surveyed plan to trim their workforces over the next three months. That places the fourth-quarter Manpower Net Employment Outlook for Iowa at 11-percent. That compares to a 10-percent net outlook one year ago. “What’s unusual is the fourth quarter hiring outlook is really (down) compared to the third quarter, when we had a net outlook of 21-percent,” Miller says. Employer confidence has clearly taken a hit in recent months, according to Miller.

“At this point right now, I think it’s just kind of indicator as to what’s happening in the economy and understanding what might be happening with health care. We see a lot of employers being a bit more conservative in their approach and in their staffing plans,” Miller says. Nationally, 18-percent of the companies surveyed plan to add more workers in the fourth quarter, 8-percent expect to let staff go, and 72-percent plan to maintain current staffing levels.

The Manpower report claims the “best states for jobs” include Nebraska, Maryland, Idaho, Florida, Texas, North Carolina and South Carolina.

(Radio Iowa)

Iowa early News Headlines: Tue., Sept. 10th 2013

News

September 10th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press…

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowans statewide can get some help understanding the state’s new health insurance exchange. The Iowa Insurance Division says the federal government has approved an awareness campaign aimed at helping residents better understand the health insurance marketplace that is part of the federal overhaul. The division will help lead town hall presentations about the marketplace beginning this month. Open enrollment for the federal marketplace begins Oct. 1.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Cedar Rapids’ science museum has a new, permanent home after several years of a temporary setup following the 2008 flood. The Science Center that has for years been inside Lindale Mall will be closed for several days this week so staff can move equipment into a building on Council Street. The space once housed a grocery store and later office space for military contractor Rockwell Collins. Museum organizers hope to reopen sometime next week.

OTTUMWA, Iowa (AP) — U.S. Rep. Dave Loebsack says the U.S. Department of Transportation has approved nearly $420,000 to pay for a fence around the Ottumwa Regional Airport. Loebsack says the money will pay for a 26,000-foot wildlife perimeter fence that will prevent unauthorized entry onto the airport grounds in southeast Iowa. Ensuring wildlife are kept out of the airport should improve safety for planes landing and taking off.

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — A mobile home fire in Waterloo has killed two people. Capt. Ryan Mahood of the Waterloo Fire Rescue says the fire on the city’s south side was reported Monday afternoon. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports that at least one neighbor tried to rescue one of the victims, but the flames and heat were too intense.

Hot and dry conditions continue today (Tue., 9/10/13)

News, Weather

September 10th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

404 AM CDT TUE SEP 10 2013

AREA COUNTIES: CRAWFORD-CARROLL-AUDUBON-GUTHRIE-DALLAS-CASS-ADAIR-MADISON-ADAMS-UNION-TAYLOR & RINGGOLD….

…HOT CONDITIONS WILL PERSIST ACROSS PORTIONS OF CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN IOWA TODAY…

A WEAK FRONTAL BOUNDARY WILL ENTER NORTHERN IOWA TODAY. THE BOUNDARY WILL BRING RELIEF FROM THE HEAT IN THAT REGION…HOWEVER SOUTH OF THE SYSTEM THE HOT CONDITIONS WILL PERSIST ACROSS CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN IOWA TODAY. EXPECT TEMPERATURES WELL INTO THE 90S ONCE AGAIN BY THIS AFTERNOON.

THE CUMULATIVE AFFECTS DUE TO THE PROLONGED PERIOD OF HEAT CAN IMPACT INDIVIDUALS…ESPECIALLY THOSE WITHOUT AIR CONDITIONING. THEREFORE…CHECKUP ON RELATIVES…NEIGHBORS AND PETS. THE HEAT WILL BE ACCOMPANIED BY LOW HUMIDITY WHICH WILL ACCELERATE THE DEHYDRATION PROCESS. IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT ANYONE WHO MUST BE OUTDOORS DRINK PLENTY OF WATER…TAKE FREQUENT BREAKS AND WEAR LIGHT COLORED AND LOOSE CLOTHING. OUTSIDE EXERCISE SHOULD TAKE PLACE DURING THE EARLY MORNING OR EVENING HOURS WHEN TEMPERATURES ARE COOLER.

WEDNESDAY WILL BE COOLER WITH HIGH TEMPERATURES GENERALLY IN THE 80S WITH THE EXCEPTION OF NEAR THE MISSOURI BORDER WHERE LOWER 90S ARE STILL FORECAST.

IN ADDITION…AN ELEVATED FIRE DANGER REMAINS TODAY. THE COMBINATION OF ABNORMALLY DRY CONDITIONS…LOW HUMIDITY AND SOUTHWEST WINDS AT 15 TO 25 MPH COULD LEAD TO RAPID FIRE GROWTH SHOULD A FIRE BE IGNITED.

Burglary and vehicle theft investigations in Montgomery County

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September 9th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Montgomery County are investigating incidents of burglary and theft in Stanton. The Sheriff’s Department said Monday, that deputies investigated a burglary and the theft of a vehicle that day from the Farmers Mutual Telephone Company, of Stanton. The investigation determined someone entered the building located in the 400 block of Broad Avenue, through a walk door. Once inside, they took tools and a computer from a vehicle and left the building with a grey 2002 Dodge Ram 2500 van, which was later recovered south of Stanton, on 240th Street. The loss was estimated at $10,300.

Deputies also investigated the theft of a vehicle on Monday, from the Bates Garage at 305 Concord Avenue, in Stanton. Someone took a red 1994 Ford Ranger pickup belonging to Kenneth Blair, of Council Bluffs. The vehicle was driven north of Stanton, where it was crashed into a utility pole on Harvard Avenue, and driven an extra one-half mile before being abandoned on 220th Street. The pickup sustained $2,000 damage, while damage to the utility pole was estimated at $1,100.

Anyone with information on either incident is asked to contact the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office at 712-623-5107, or Crimestoppers at 1-800-432-1001.

Iowa crops continue decline with little rain

Ag/Outdoor, News

September 9th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Another week of higher than normal temperatures and the driest week since mid-January combined to further damage corn and soybean crops in Iowa. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says just 35 percent of corn and 33 percent of soybeans are now in good or excellent condition both down from more than half rated in those categories just a month ago.

A higher percentage of both crops moved into the poor or very poor category with 28 percent of corn in the worst shape up three percentage points in a week and 30 percent of soybeans a six percentage point increase. Statewide average precipitation for the past week was only four-hundredths of an inch. Normal is seven-eighths of an inch.

Temperatures for the week averaged 4.3 degrees above normal.

Des Moines seeks to avoid sledding crash lawsuits

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September 9th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Des Moines City Council will consider posting signs in parks and public golf courses that warn people of potential hazards. The Des Moines Register reports the signs would be intended to protect the city against potential lawsuits from people who could be injured while sledding, ice skating or cross-country skiing on public land. Other cities, including Sioux City and Omaha, have faced multi-million-dollar lawsuits after people suffered severe injuries in sledding accidents.

The Des Moines council will consider an ordinance Monday night that doesn’t ban such winter activities but calls for signs that state the city doesn’t take responsibility for accidents. Such a policy would be similar to action taken in Omaha.