Wind Advisory for all of SW/Western IA thru 10-p.m. Tue. (3/11)

Weather

March 11th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

COUNTIES: CRAWFORD-CARROLL-AUDUBON-GUTHRIE-DALLAS-CASS- ADAIR-MADISON-ADAMS-UNION-TAYLOR-RINGGOLD-SHELBY-POTTAWATTAMIE-MILLS-MONTGOMERY-FREMONT-PAGEWIND ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 PM.

* TIMING…THIS AFTERNOON AND EVENING. WINDS WILL SUBSIDE LATE TONIGHT BUT WILL REMAIN BREEZY INTO WEDNESDAY MORNING.

* WINDS…NORTHEAST WINDS OF 20 TO 35 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 40 MPH WILL CONTINUE THIS AFTERNOON BEFORE SHIFT NORTH TO NORTHWEST BY AROUND SUNRISE.

* IMPACTS…ANY OUTDOOR OBJECTS NOT FASTENED DOWN WILL LIKELY BE

BLOWN AROUND DUE TO THE STRONG WINDS. IN ADDITION…THERE IS THE

POTENTIAL FOR RAIN AND POSSIBLY SNOW LATE THIS AFTERNOON INTO

THE EVENING HOURS…AND COMBINED WITH THE GUSTY WINDS MAY CAUSE

DIFFICULT TRAVEL…ESPECIALLY ON WEST TO EAST ORIENTED ROADS.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A WIND ADVISORY MEANS THAT WINDS OF 35 MPH ARE EXPECTED. WINDS THIS STRONG CAN MAKE DRIVING DIFFICULT…ESPECIALLY FOR HIGH PROFILE VEHICLES. USE EXTRA CAUTION.

SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT

Weather

March 11th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

COUNTIES: CRAWFORD-CARROLL-AUDUBON-GUTHRIE-CASS-ADAIR-MADISON-ADAMS-UNION-TAYLOR-RINGGOLD-
1224 PM CDT TUE MAR 11 2014

…STRONG NORTHWEST WINDS ARE FORECAST THIS AFTERNOON AND EARLY
EVENING…

GUSTY NORTH WINDS OF 20 TO 30 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 40 MPH THIS
AFTERNOON AND EVENING ACROSS SOUTHWEST IOWA. THE STRONGEST WINDS
SHOULD OCCUR THIS AFTERNOON AND THEN GRADUALLY DIMINISH THIS
EVENING.

DRIVING…ESPECIALLY ON WEST TO EAST HIGHWAYS…MAY BE DIFFICULT
DUE TO THE GUSTY NORTH WIND.

Cass County Audit report released Tuesday

News

March 11th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Cass County Auditor Dale Sunderman reports Gronewold, Bell, Kyhnn & Co. P.C. CPAs have released an audit report on Cass County. The reports shows the County had local tax revenue of $24.5-million for the year ending June 30th, 2013, which included just over $1.04-million in tax credits from the state. The County forwarded more than $17.6-million of the local tax revenue to the townships, school districts, cities and other taxing bodies in the County.

The County retained slightly more than $6.89-million of the local tax revenue to finance County operations, which is a 0.2 (Two-tenths) percent decrease from the prior year. Other revenues included $4.87-million from the state, including indirect federal funding of $1.48-million, charges for service of $366,761, and just under $150,000 for the use of money and property.

Expenditures for County operations totaled $11.94-million, a 16.9 percent decrease from the prior year. Expenses included $4.2-million for roads and transportation, $1.15-million for mental health, nearly $2.06-million for public safety and legal services, $362,366 for capital projects, and $1.17-million for administrative services.

A copy of the audit report is available for review in the office of the Auditor of State and the Cass County Auditor’s office.

Audit: Iowa township clerk mismanaged money

News

March 11th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

GRANGE TOWNSHIP, Iowa (AP) – The state auditor has found more than $60,000 in improper or unsupported payments in the tiny western Iowa community of Grange Township in Harrison County, and a report links the former clerk to mismanaged money.  Auditor Mary Mosiman’s report released Tuesday details improper payments to Peggy Powell, the township’s clerk from 2006 through the end of 2013. She resigned in November.

The report shows more than $35,000 in ATM withdrawals and fees, some of which came from casino ATMs. Such transactions were not necessary for a township that only pays for fire protection costs by check. There was also more than $13,000 of payments issued to Powell and her husband. In her resignation letter, she says that she hopes to repay what she owes.

Firefighters find 2 bodies in W. Iowa blaze

News

March 11th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DELOIT, Iowa (AP) – Authorities are investigating the discovery of two bodies found in a burning building in the small western Iowa city of Deloit.  The Sioux City Journal reports firefighters found the bodies Monday. Officials say the bodies have been taken to the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Ankeny to identify them. Police weren’t releasing details about the incident.

The Crawford County Sheriff’s Office, Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation and State Fire Marshal’s Office were assisting in the case.  Deloit is about 60 miles southeast of Sioux City.

DOT to hold informational meeting today in C. Bluffs

News

March 11th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

An informational meeting is being held this (Tuesday) evening in Council Bluffs, about the next steps in a massive 480-million dollar construction project in southwest Iowa. Troy German, an engineer with the Iowa Department of Transportation, says the next phase in rebuilding the Council Bluffs interchange at Interstate 29 and Highways 92 and 275 will be getting underway in about two months. “The majority of the traffic impacted is going to be the Highway 92-275 section,” German says. “We’ll be going down to one lane in each direction across the interstate.”

The construction should be starting in late May and German says by June 1st, traffic will be down to one lane on the highways. “Part of that we need to raise the interchange up, that’s a part of the rail relocation,” German says. “We’re putting all of the railroads into a single corridor so that will open up the rest of the project to be constructed.”

Given the scale of the project and the many thousands of cars passing through that area daily, German says great care has been taken to plan the best ways to proceed.  “We’ve done about $120-million worth of work and now in the next three years, we’ll see about that much annually,” he says. “The project as a whole is pretty massive so we’ll be taking it in pieces.”

The informational meeting will be underway from 4 to 7 P-M at the Lied Multipurpose Complex at the Iowa School for the Deaf in Council Bluffs.

(Radio Iowa)

Harlan School Board approves air handling bid

News

March 11th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Harlan Community School Board of Educators, Monday, approved a bid for a new air handler system for the high school gymnasium. Superintendent Justin Wagner said the district set aside $390,000 in PPEL funding for the project. However Wagner said the four bids were surprisingly lower. “Well one of the bids was over $300,000 but the others were under. In speaking with our folks and trying to prognosticate on it, they said what happened was a little bit of a bidding war which worked well for us.”

Ray Martin out of Omaha was the lowest bid at $220,000 and Wagner says it was great news. “They’re a big company so they are reputable and they do this work. Obviously there was a lot of savings and that money will go back to our contingence funds in case something happens. A couple of years ago our roof collapsed, that’s what that money is for so we try to be conservative with that.”

The work on the High School Gymnasium air handler will begin following graduation. Wagner mentioned the HEA and the Board continues to work on an agreement and expects that will be approved at the next school board meeting on Monday, March 24th.  

(Joel McCall/KNOD)

Backyard and Beyond 03-11-2014

Backyard and Beyond, Podcasts

March 11th, 2014 by Chris Parks

Lavon Eblen discusses Irish music.

HAROLD WILLIAM “BILL” HOCAMP, JR., 79, of Adair (Svcs. 3/15/14)

Obituaries

March 11th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

HAROLD WILLIAM “BILL” HOCAMP, JR., 79, of Adair, died Tue., March 11th, at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines. Funeral services for BILL HOCAMP, JR., will be held 11:30-a.m. Sat., March 15th at the Hockenberry Family Care Funeral Home in Atlantic.

Visitation will be held one-hour prior to the services (10:30-to 11:30-a.m.) Saturday, at the funeral home.

A private family burial will be in the Sunnyhill Cemetery in Adair, at a later date.

BILL HOCAMP is survived by:

His brothers – Lawrence Hocamp, of Lakeview, AR; Marvin (Diane) Hocamp of FL; Charles (Donna) Hocamp, of Ashville, NC.

His sisters – MarSelene (Ray) Rathman, of Greenfield; Sally Rice, of New Whiteland, IN.

ARLENE MAE BENTON, 88, of Guthrie Center (Svcs. 3/13/14)

Obituaries

March 11th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

ARLENE MAE BENTON, 88, of Guthrie Center, died Mon., March 10th, at the New Homestead in Guthrie Center. Funeral services for ARLENE BENTON will be held 10:30-a.m. Thu., March 13th, at the 1st United Methodist Church in Guthrie Center. Twigg Funeral Home in Guthrie Center has the arrangements.

Visitation at the funeral home is from 4-to 8-pm Wed., with the family present from 6-to 8-pm.

Burial will be in the Union Cemetery at Guthrie Center.