Funeral service and procession to be held Wed. for Bluffs Police Officer


May 17th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

(Note: Change in date for the services! They will be held May 18th, not 19th)

Officials with the Council Bluffs Police Department, Monday, announced one of their officers, 38-year old Lt. Ben Roth, died over the weekend following a long battle with cancer. Many members of the Council Bluffs P-D and community worked with Ben, his brother Mike, who is with the Council Bluffs Fire Department, and his father – Jerry Roth, Council Bluffs Police Department Captain (Retired).



On Wednesday, May 18th the family of Council Bluffs Police Lieutenant Benjamin R. Roth will be joined by local law enforcement, along with members of the community, at a funeral service to mourn his loss, celebrate his life and honor his service. The funeral service will be at Hoy‐Kilnoski Funeral Home from 10:00 – 11:15 A.M. Following the service there will be a procession to the Garner Township Cemetery. For those unable to attend the service, but wish to say good bye we are posting the procession route.

The route will run south along North 16th Street, from Avenue L south to West Broadway. West Broadway viaduct (eastbound), to 8th Street. The procession will travel south on 7th Street, turning east on 5th Avenue, as Lt. Roth will be driven past Council Bluffs Police Headquarters for one final time. Vehicles will then head north on Main Street to Kanesville Blvd. The procession will then travel east on Kanesville Blvd, with a final destination of the cemetery, on Jennings Avenue.

Due to the anticipated number of vehicles in the procession to the cemetery, there are expected to be some delays to local traffic flow in the listed areas from approximately 11:30am – 12:30pm. For those who are unable to attend, but would like to leave a message or to learn more about Lt. Roth’s service please go to the Hoy‐Kilnoski webpage at:‐Roth‐2/

Dr. Edna Becht joins Atlantic Medical Center


May 17th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Officials with Cass County Health System in Atlantic, say Dr. Edna Becht will be joining Atlantic Medical Center (AMC) in August 2016.  Dr. Becht is currently finishing her family medicine residency at Memorial Family Medicine in South Bend, Indiana.  She will provide comprehensive family medicine services, including obstetric care.

Dr. Becht grew up in Indiana. She attended Indiana University where she received bachelor’s degrees in French in 2006 and in Biology in 2007.  She went on to earn a master’s degree in Biology from Indiana University-Purdue University in 2008.  Dr. Becht graduated from Des Moines University with a Doctor of Osteopathy in 2013.

Edna Becht, D.O.

Edna Becht, D.O.

In addition to caring for patients at Atlantic Medical Center, Dr. Becht will be on staff at Cass County Memorial Hospital. Pending approval of her Iowa medical license, Dr. Becht will begin seeing patients at Atlantic Medical Center and Cass County Memorial Hospital in early August.

DONALD L. HILYARD, 90, of Cumberland (Svcs. 05-21-2016)


May 17th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

DONALD L. HILYARD, 90, of Cumberland, died Monday, May 16th, at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, in Omaha. Services for DONALD HILYARD will be held on Saturday, May 21st at 2:00pm in the chapel at Hockenberry Family Care Funeral Home in Atlantic.

Visitation with the family will be held Friday, May 20th from 4:00pm-6:00pm at Hockenberry Family Care Funeral Home in Atlantic.

Online condolences may be left to the family at

DONALD L. HILYARD is survived by:

Wife: Marilyn Hilyard, of Cumberland

Sons: Donald Hilyard Jr. of Wininga, MO. Duane (Louise) Hilyard of Cumberland.

Daughters: Sheryl (Larry) McCullough of Des Moines.  Kathy (Mark) Bemus of Weatridge, CO. Sara (Kenneth) Hebard of Fontanelle.

9 Grandchildren

15 Great-Grandchildren

3 Step-Grandchildren

3 Step Great-Grandchildren

Atlantic men arrested for shoplifting


May 17th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Police Department reports two men were arrested for shoplifting, Monday. 20-year old Dillon Cox, of Atlantic, was arrested on a Cass County warrant for Theft in the 4th degree. Cox was transported to Montgomery County by a deputy. And, 20-year old Elijah Vonweyhe, of Atlantic, was arrested for Theft in the 4th degree. He was booked into the Cass County Jail.

Backyard & Beyond 5-17-2016

Backyard and Beyond, Podcasts

May 17th, 2016 by Jim Field

LaVon Eblen visits with Steve Livengood, President of the Atlantic Rock Island Society Enterprise, about the Ba-Da Ba-Da Bing Bang Rally.


Sen. Grassley opposes proposed restrictions on allergy clinics, shots


May 17th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Thousands of Iowans who get relief from allergies through allergy shots at a clinic could face a dramatic price increase or a loss of that service entirely through proposed federal regulations. Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley says the U-S Department of Health and Human Services is considering new restrictions which could force allergy clinics to significantly scale back the service or close.

“We need to remember the history of allergy shots, having been safely administered in the United States for over 100 years,” Grassley says. “There’s numerous studies that have found that these shots are effective and safe.” Under the proposed regulations, allergy clinics would be barred from preparing allergy shots in-house. Clinics would have to order the extracts from a limited number of labs authorized to prepare them, causing higher prices, longer wait times and a run on dwindling supplies. Coincidentally, it’s allergy season now and Grassley says he’s hearing from worried Iowa allergists.

“Besides a few physicians, we’ve also heard from the Iowa Allergy and Asthma Society, very concerned about the proposed guidelines that their members and patients won’t be properly treated,” Grassley says. “The proposal would drastically reduce access to allergy shots for patients who need them.” More than two-point-six million Americans get allergy shots every year. Grassley says he and several other senators are composing a letter to H-H-S Secretary Sylvia Burwell, asking her to reconsider or reject the proposed regulations.

“If she doesn’t reconsider it, then there are other appropriate actions we can take,” Grassley says. “Probably the easiest would be to put an amendment on an appropriations bill for HHS overriding or amend the legislation, putting in a separate bill.” Hay fever, or allergic rhinitis, affects as many as one in every three Iowans and accounts for more than 22-million health care visits a year nationwide. Direct costs for treatments across the country were estimated at $11.2 billion in 2005, while indirect costs include an estimated 6-million lost work days a year.

(Radio Iowa)

Permanent closure of southbound I-29 off-ramp to Nebraska Street (exit 147B) scheduled for May 23 in Sioux City


May 17th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Department of Transportation’s Sioux City construction office reports the permanent closure of the southbound Interstate 29 off-ramp to Nebraska Street (exit 147B) in Sioux City, is scheduled for 8 a.m. Monday, May 23, weather permitting.

Motorists should use the Hamilton Boulevard off-ramp (exit 149) or the Floyd Boulevard off-ramp (exit 147) to access Nebraska Street.

Fontanelle man cited following weekend accident


May 17th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Union County Sheriff’s Office says a man from Adair County was cited following a non-injury accident that took place over the weekend. Authorities report 58-year old Charles Hurd, of Fontanelle, was cited for Driving Under Suspension and Operating a vehicle without registration. The citation was issued after pickups driven by Hurd, and 17-year old Maggie Mason, of Lorimor, sideswiped each other as they met at the crest of a hill in Union County.

The accident happened at around 4-p.m. Saturday, as Hurd was traveling south on Yellow Rose Avenue and Mason was traveling north. Both vehicles were traveling with their drivers’ sides in the middle of the road. Damage from the accident amounted to $10,000.

High School Soccer Scoreboard Monday 5/16/2016


May 17th, 2016 by Chris Parks


Atlantic 9, Riverside 1
Lewis Central 10, Harlan 0
Tri-Center, Neola 8, Missouri Valley 1
Underwood 4, Treynor 3


Kuemper Catholic, Carroll 3, Atlantic 2 (OT)
Harlan 5, Creston 0
Tri-Center, Neola 4, Missouri Valley 0
Underwood 3, Treynor 0

Heartbeat Today 5-17-2016

Heartbeat Today, Podcasts

May 17th, 2016 by Jim Field

Jim Field visits with Cass, Incorporated CEO Glenda Farrier about the transformation in services for people with disabilities.