Tuttle set to emerge as star for Northern Iowa


September 29th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) — Wichita State has been so dominant in the Missouri Valley that it can be tough for players who don’t play for the Shockers to get noticed. Northern Iowa star Seth Tuttle might be good enough to buck that trend.

Tuttle enters his final season with the Panthers as one of the nation’s most overlooked big men — and the key to their hopes of a return to the NCAA tournament after a four-year absence. Tuttle, a 6-foot-8 senior forward, was a first-team All-Valley pick in 2013-14 after leading Northern Iowa in points (15.4), rebounds (8.0) and blocks (1.1) per game.

EPA: Pipe company had violations at Iowa facility


September 29th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — Environmental officials say a pipe company must pay $950,000 for air and water violations at its former Council Bluffs facility. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Region 7 says Griffin Pipe Products must pay the civil penalty after multiple violations.

The company is accused of illegally discharging untreated process wastewater to the city’s wastewater collection system between 2007 and 2008. It is also accused of violating its storm water permit in 2011. The EPA says the company also discharged zinc, lead, copper and other pollutants in violation of its permit levels.

Griffin Pipe Products has ceased production at the Council Bluff facility. It says it is now in compliance with the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act.

FLOYD WESLEY RHODES, 85, of Lees Summit Missouri & formerly of Avoca (Svcs. 10/1/14)


September 29th, 2014 by Mark Saylor

FLOYD WESLEY RHODES, 85, of Lees Summit Missouri (& formerly of Avoca), died Sat., Sept. 27th, at the Village House Hospice Center. A Mass of Christian Burial service for FLOYD RHODES will be 10-am Wed.,  Oct. 1st, at St Mary’s Catholic Church in Avoca. Pauley Jones Funeral Home of Avoca has the arrangements.

Visitation at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Avoca is Tuesday (9/30) from *6- until 8-pm, with a Wake service at 7-pm. (*Update 9/30 -visitation time changed from earlier posting of 2-8pm)

Burial will be at the Graceland Cemetery in Avoca.


His daughters – Jane (Joseph) Henley of Lees Summit, MO, & Mary Lynn Geisler of Overland Park, KS.

His son – Dennis Rhodes, Lake In The Hills, IL.

and 2 grandsons

JAMES LEON WAHLERT SENIOR, 65, of Dexter (Svcs. 10/2/14)


September 29th, 2014 by Mark Saylor

JAMES LEON WAHLERT, SENIOR, 65, of Dexter, died Sat., Sept. 27th, at the V-A Hospital in Des Moines. Funeral Services for JAMES WAHLERT, SR., will be held 10:30-a.m. Thu., Oct. 2nd,  at the Calvary Assembly of God church, in Dexter. Johnson Family Funeral Home  in Stuart has the arrangements.

Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday (Oct. 1st),  from 6- until 8-pm.

Burial will be in the Dexter City Cemetery

Memorial Contributions may be directed to the Freedom For Youth Center and /or Fairview Church.
Online Condolences can be left at www.johnsonfamilyfuneralhome.com


Trading Post

September 29th, 2014 by Stacie Linfor

WANT TO BUY: Electric Smoker in good condition FOR SALE: Compound bow with sites and arrows. Call 712-304-4262

FOR SALE: Several Ears of mini Indian Corn 25-cents an ear Call 712-243-7754

GARAGE SALE: Today (Sept. 29th) until 6 pm at 310 E. 4th St. in Atlantic. Lots of Christmas stuff, clothing, fishing lures, cowboy boots.

FOR SALE:  Nebraska football tickets for Purdue and Rutgers games. 4 tickets for each game at $56 face value each. 249-9084.

SWIHTF purchases Red Oak home for remodeling for low income home buyers


September 29th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A non-profit corporation in southwest Iowa has purchased a home in Red Oak, with the intention of remodeling it, and selling to a person who meets the 80-percent county median income requirements. Officials with SWIPCO (The Southwest Iowa Planning Council) says the Southwest Iowa Housing Trust Fund (SWIHTF), created to improve housing in southwest Iowa, purchased the home at 1200 Miller in Red Oak for the Purchase/Rehab/Resell (PRR) program.

SWIHTF bought the property September 24th from a private estate. The home was purchased with funds from the sale of previous PRR homes and a local housing trust fund grant. When the home is sold, the funds will revolve back into the revolving loan fund for the purchase of another house to rehab. The home rehabilitation will be put out to bid to local contractors this fall. The most qualified contractor with the lowest bid price will be selected for the remodeling.

1200 Miller is the fifth home purchased through the PRR program. Previous houses in the program were located in Shelby, Clarinda, Atlantic, and Stanton. SWIPCO recently completed a housing study for the city of Red Oak, which showed a need for quality affordable housing within the city, making Red Oak a high priority for a PRR house.

For more information on the purchase/rehab/resell program, or any other SWIHTF/SWIPCO program, visit www.swipco.org or contact SWIPCO Housing Director Jeremy Middents at 866-279-4720.

Young and Grassley to visit Atlantic, Friday


September 29th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

(Per Party Chair Dave Wiederstein: Corrects meeting time to 11:30…not noon)

Iowa Republican Congressional candidate David Young and U-S Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) will be in Atlantic this Friday (Oct. 3rd). Young will speak in the Activity Room at the Heritage House beginning at 11:30-a.m., Friday. The event is planned as part of a whistle stop tour David Young and Senator Grassley are making to every county in the 3rd District. The public is invited to attend.

Young served with Grassley in the past, and is now running against Democrat Staci Appel to fill the seat of retiring Congressman Tom Latham in the 3rd Congressional District.

Young’s Schedule early this week:

Tuesday, September 30, 2014
7:30 a.m. – David Young and Sen. Grassley hold Council Bluffs Breakfast – HyVee Conference Room
2323 W Broadway
Council Bluffs, IA

11:45 a.m. – David Young and Sen. Grassley hold Corning Meet and Greet
Southwest Iowa Rural Electric Coop
1801 Grove Ave.
Corning, IA

2:30 p.m.
David Young and Sen. Grassley hold Creston Meet and Greet
Hy Ve e
600 Sheldon St.
Creston, IA

Wednesday, October 1, 2014
7:30 a.m.
David Young and Sen. Grassley hold Winterset Breakfast
Northside Café
61 E Jefferson St.
Winterset, IA

(Update): Pott. County authorities still reviewing evidence in teen’s death


September 29th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Council Bluffs met this (Monday) morning with Pottawattamie County Attorney Matt Wilbur to review evidence in the case of a student from Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln High School who died this past weekend from injuries he suffered during a fight Thursday morning.  Bluffs Police Sgt. Chad Meyers said “Based on that meeting, we have additional follow-up to complete, in order to have a complete picture of this incident.” Meyers said a press conference scheduled for Monday afternoon had been cancelled until work on the case is complete.
The community of Council Bluffs came together Sunday night to remember 17-year-old Dakota Escritt, who died from a head injury suffered during a fight at school. His friends released balloons at a memorial Sunday night. Eskritt died Saturday at Children’s Hospital and Medical Center in Omaha, two days after he hit his head on the tile floor at Abraham Lincoln High School.
Authorities have filed a felony charge of Assault Causing Serious Injury, against 16-year-old Gregary Teer, who was suspended from school. Superintendent Martha Bruckner told KETV-TV the fight appeared to be a random, isolated incident that no policy could have prevented. The teen’s friends say he enjoyed hanging out and looking at Japanese animation and comics, but some students had teased him because of his interests and hobbies. Authorities have not said what led to Thursday’s fight.

Carroll man faces drug charges in Guthrie County; Grand Junction man faces more charges


September 29th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Guthrie County say a traffic stop early Sunday morning on Highway 4 resulted in the driver arrested on drug charges.  Deputies stopped a vehicle driven by Mark Edward Dugan, II, of Carroll, at around 1-a.m.  During the course of the traffic stop, Dugan was found to allegedly be in possession of a small amount of methamphetamine and marijuana. He was also found to be in possession of drug paraphernalia. Dugan was taken into custody on three drug charges: Possession of Methamphetamine 1st Offense, Possession of Marijuana 1st Offense and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. The man was released the following morning after an appearance before the magistrate.

And, the Guthrie County Sheriff’s Office filed an additional charge Sunday, against 37-yearold David Michael Cannon, of Grand Junction, for Aiding and Abetting – 28-year old Jesse Lynn Crawford, of rural Jamaica. Cannon was charged with assisting Crawford in the commission of possessing marijuana as a third offense.

The charges arise from the August 30th incident in which Crawford was arrested on numerous charges for assaulting Deputy Kent Gries and possessing a large quantity of methamphetamine and 5.8 grams of marijuana. Cannon had already been charged with possessing a dangerous weapon from the incident on August 30th.

Atlantic man arrested for attempting to entice a minor


September 29th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Police in Atlantic arrested 23-year old Kyler Cook, of Atlantic, Saturday, for allegedly Attempting to Entice a Minor under 16.  Cook was also charged with Dissemination and Exhibition of Obscene Material to a Minor, Indecent Exposure and Harassment in the 3rd degree.  He was booked into the Cass County Jail.