Hawkeyes jump into AP top 10, Oklahoma unanimous No.1 heading to Ames


January 18th, 2016 by Chris Parks

Oklahoma didn’t just move to the top of The Associated Press Top 25, the Sooners are a unanimous No. 1. Coming off a week with two 2-point wins, the Sooners (15-1) received all 65 first-place votes from the national media panel on Monday. It is Oklahoma’s first time at No. 1 since the final two weeks of 1989-90. Kentucky was a unanimous No. 1 for 12 weeks last season.

Oklahoma becomes the fifth school to be No. 1 this season, joining North Carolina, Kentucky, Michigan State and Kansas. North Carolina jumps three spots to No. 2 while Kansas, which lost to West Virginia last week, dropped two places to No. 3.

Villanova is fourth followed by Xavier, West Virginia, Maryland, SMU, Iowa (which jumped from 16th to 9th, and Texas A&M. No. 21 Southern California, ranked for the first time since 2008-09, and No. 25 Indiana, which returns after being out the last seven weeks, are this week’s newcomers, replacing Pittsburgh and Gonzaga.

The top 25 teams in The Associated Press’ college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Jan. 17, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and previous ranking:

Record Pts Prv
1. Oklahoma (65) 15-1 1,625 2
2. North Carolina 16-2 1,515 5
3. Kansas 15-2 1,499 1
4. Villanova 16-2 1,403 6
5. Xavier 16-1 1,321 7
6. West Virginia 15-2 1,278 11
7. Maryland 16-2 1,259 3
8. SMU 17-0 1,179 10
9. Iowa 14-3 1,167 16
10. Texas A&M 15-2 994 15
11. Michigan St. 16-3 950 4
12. Arizona 15-3 801 18
13. Baylor 14-3 649 22
13. Virginia 13-4 649 13
15. Miami 13-3 645 8
16. Providence 15-3 609 12
17. Louisville 14-3 608 21
18. Butler 13-4 439 23
19. Iowa St. 13-4 411 17
20. Duke 14-4 375 9
21. Southern Cal 15-3 338 —
22. Purdue 15-3 322 24
23. Kentucky 13-4 276 14
24. South Carolina 16-1 252 19
25. Indiana 15-3 210 —

Others receiving votes: Pittsburgh 184, Clemson 53, Wichita St. 38, Valparaiso 30, Notre Dame 14, Dayton 9, Saint Mary’s (Cal) 8, Gonzaga 5, Hawaii 3, Utah 3, Monmouth (NJ) 1, Navy 1, Oregon 1, UALR 1.


Backyard & Beyond 01-18-2016

Backyard and Beyond, Podcasts

January 18th, 2016 by Chris Parks

Lavon Eblen speask with Stacie Stevenson, IPTV Ready for School Specialist, about a youth program at the Atlantic Public Library.


Two arrested for Domestic Abuse in Corning


January 18th, 2016 by Chris Parks

The Adams County Sheriff’s Office reports two people were arrested following an incident in Corning early Monday.  At 5:30am Sheriff’s officials were called to a residence at 1909 Filbert Avenue in Corning.  54-year-old Aaron Sherer and 39-year-0ld Jamie Starr were both arrested for Domestic Abuse after both were found with minor injuries.  Both individuals were transported to the Adams County Jail and held pending an appearance before a magistrate.

Atlantic Police Report 1/18/2016


January 18th, 2016 by Chris Parks

The Atlantic Police Department released details Monday on multiple recent arrests.

On Friday, January 15th Atlantic Police arrested 21-year-old James Parrish of Kansas City, KS on an out of state warrant for Fugitive from Justice.  Parrish was taken to the Cass County Jail and booked in.

On Saturday, January 16th Atlantic Police arrested 25-year-old Norrin Bishop of Atlantic for 4th Degree Theft.  Bishop was booked into the Cass County Jail.  Also on Saturday Officers arrested 38-year-old Adrian Hansen of Atlantic for Domestic Abuse Assault, Obstruction of Emergency Call, and False Imprisonment.  He was taken into custody and transported to Cass County Jail and booked in.

On Sunday, January 17th Atlantic Police arrested 21-year-0ld Bryce Baker of Atlantic for Domestic Abuse Simple Assault and Violation of a No Contact Order.  He was taken into custody and booked into the Cass County Jail.

RHONDA LEE WENDT, 57, of Woodbine (1-21-2016)


January 18th, 2016 by Jim Field

RHONDA LEE WENDT, 57, of Woodbine died Saturday, January 16th at Rosa Vista Home, Inc.  Mass of Christian Burial for RHONDA LEE WENDT will be held on Thursday, January 21st at 10:30 am in the St. Mary Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Portsmouth.  Pauley-Jones Funeral Home in Harlan has the arrangements.


No visitation is planned.

Burial in the Harlan Cemetery.

RHONDA LEE WENDT is survived by:

Husband:  Larry Wendt, Sr. of Portsmouth

Sons:  Larry (Jill) Wendt, Jr. of Crestview, FL; Daniel (Traci) Wendt of Adams, NE; Nicholas Wendt of  of Portsmouth

Sisters:  Marlis Patten of Harlan; Jolene Nielsen of Kevil, KY; Roberta Olson of Riverside

6 Grandchildren

ERLENE FETT, 91, of Atlantic, formerly of Adair (1-22-2016)


January 18th, 2016 by Jim Field

ERLENE FETT, 91, of Atlantic, formerly of Adair died Sunday, January 17th at the Heritage House in Atlantic.  Funeral services for ERLENE FETT will be held on Friday, January 22nd at 11:00 am in the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Adair.  Hockenberry Family Care is in charge of arrangements.


Visitation with the family will be held on Friday from 10:00 am to 11:00 am at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Adair.

Burial in the Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery in Adair.

DAVID CHRISTOFFERSEN, 59, of Kimballton (1-23-2016)


January 18th, 2016 by Jim Field

DAVID CHRISTOFFERSEN, 59, of Kimballton died Saturday, January 16th at Mercy Hospital in Des Moines.  Funeral services for DAVID CHRISTOFFERSEN will be held on Saturday, January 23rd at 11:00 am in the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Kimballton.  Ohde Funeral Home in Kimballton is in charge of the arrangements.


Friends may call Saturday after 9:30 am at the church.


Wife:  Karen Christoffersen of Kimballton

Step-Daughter:  Molly Gibson of Council Bluffs

Parents:  Emery & Ruby Christoffersen of Kimballton

Sisters:  Shirley Christoffersen of Urbandale and Carol (Kevin) Forshier of Redfield

3 Step-Grandchildren

EMMA CAROLINE McLAUGHLIN, 99, of Shelby (1-20-2016)


January 18th, 2016 by Jim Field

EMMA CAROLINE McLAUGHLIN, 99, of Shelby died Sunday, January 17th at Myrtue Medical Center in Harlan.  Funeral services for EMMA CAROLINE McLAUGHLIN will be held on Wednesday, January 20th at 10:00 am in the Shelby Methodist Church.  Pauley-Jones Funeral Home in Harlan has the arrangements.


Visitation will be held on Tuesday from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the funeral home.

A prayer service will be held Tuesday at 6:30 pm at the funeral home.

Burial in the Shelby Cemetery.


Daughter:  Caroline (Gary) Schmitz of Omaha.

Daughter-in-law:  Marie McLaughlin Pearce of Harlan

5 Grandchildren

9 Great-Grandchildren

Breaking News: Airplane makes emergency landing in Pott. Co. field


January 18th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

A single engine aircraft with two persons on-board has made an emergency landing in a soybean field in the vicinity of Lake Manawa subdivision, not far from Interstate 29, in Pottawattamie County.  The report came in at around 11-a.m. after the FAA lost radar contact with the aircraft, which, according to Plane Flight Tracker.com, is a 1976 Cessna registered to company out of Council Bluffs. On-board were a student pilot and pilot. No injuries were reported.

Council Bluffs P-D photo.

Council Bluffs P-D photo.

Racing and Gaming approves real estate sale for Ameristar in Council Bluffs


January 18th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission gave approval at its recent meeting to a plan for the owner of the Ameristar Casino in Council Bluffs to sell its real estate and start paying rent. Pinnacle Entertainment is selling the property to what’s called a real estate investment trust or REIT. Gaming Commission chair, Jeff Lamberti of Ankeny, says it’s the first of its kind deal and they wanted to be sure the deal would still allow them to properly regulate the facility.

“We’re very big on the conditions of the properties — and also as conditions allow — additions to the properties,” Lamberti says. He says they reviewed the proposal fully before giving approval. “We wanted to ensure that through the licensing that even though the operator is going to now be a tenant as opposed to both owning and operating — that we had enough control that we could say we are not happy with the condition, or that we want you to pursue some additional amenities and that that will all fit under the structure of this — particularly under that master lease that we were talking about,” Lamberti says. “And we’re comfortable that those issues have been addressed in that lease.”

He says the new arrangement will ensure the casino property taken care of. Lamberti says there is “quite a bit of room” under the lease where the casino as a tenant can make improvements on their own for routine maintenance and upkeep without asking the landlord. And he says for bigger projects the landlord has to consent, but cannot be reasonably be withheld, and the landlord has the right to finance the projects to help improve their property.

Lamberti says there is one other key thing that ensures regulatory control over the casino. “We still hold the (gambling) license which is subject to approval every year. So, when we combine all those elements we fell very comfortable from an operation standpoint, really nothing is going to change,” Lamberti says. Lamberti is a lawyer and says this type of agreement hasn’t been used for gambling properties.

“It’s new to this, but they’ve been around for a long time,” Lamberti says. “It’ll be interesting to see…because REITS have a tendency to want to grow and so they are probably going to be looking to acquire additional properties.” The deal will provide Pinnacle Entertainment with more than one BILLION dollars in financing.

(Radio Iowa)