Iowa early News Headlines: Thu., Jan. 24th 2013

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January 24th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Republican lawmakers say they’re going to try again to ban the rare use of public money to finance abortions for low-income women. Missouri Valley Representative Matt Windschitl says he and other House Republicans are holding preliminary talks on a proposal to prevent Medicaid reimbursement for any abortions.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The state teachers’ union wants lawmakers to approve legislation that would increase state aid to school districts for the coming school year. A staffer for the Iowa State Education Association told senators at a subcommittee meeting yesterday that one rural district would likely have to layoff teachers if lawmakers don’t increase aid to schools.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A judge has ordered an Iowa company to pay a $100,000 fine for discharging contaminated water into a creek that flows into the Des Moines River. U.S. Magistrate Judge Ross Walters also ordered Chamness Technology yesterday to perform community service and develop a compliance and ethic program.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Richard Carter scored 20 points and Drake stunned Number 17 Creighton 74-69 last night in Des Moines, handing the Bluejays their first consecutive losses of the season. Ben Simons added 13 for the Bulldogs, who blew a 16-point lead before rallying for their first win over a ranked opponent in five years.

Atlantic City Council passes resolutions pertaining to tennis court, sewer & street signal projects

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January 23rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic City Council, Wednesday, approved the final plans and specifications for reconstruction and renovation of the Sunnyside Tennis Courts. Mike Jorgenson with Snyder and Associates Engineers in Atlantic, told the Council only one bid had been received for the project last July, which was considerably more than the engineer’s cost estimate. Jorgenson attributed the lack of bids to the timing of the project. Changes have since been made to the plan, with cost savings realized through work done by crews with the City’s Park and Recreation and Street Department. The work involved removal of the fence, light poles and the old asphalt surface, which was huge part of the process. The project was then sent out to be re-bid. The bid date was tentatively set for Feb. 19th, with the results be known the following day.

The Council passed a motion setting the date for a public hearing and bid letting for February 20th, and a resolution authorizing the receiving of bids. They also approved an agreement with Snyder and Associates for engineering services for the 2013 Sanitary Sewer Improvements. City Administrator Doug Harris said sewer lines that will be worked on include those under Cedar Street, from 2nd to 10th…Locust Street, from 2nd to 7th…Linn Street, from 2nd to 8th, and Locust Street, from 7th to 14th Street. The lines are being infiltrated with tree roots. The service includes cleaning the affected lines, conducting point repairs and doing a televised inspection. The total estimated cost for which (including 12% for engineering fees), amounts to an estimated $238,000. Bids will be requested later this Winter.

And the Council passed a resolution setting February 20th as the date for a public hearing and bid letting for the 7th Street Traffic Signal Improvement Project, which is expected to cost around $179,000. The project will be funded out of bond proceeds and some operating funds.

Todd Knox, with Snyder and Associates, said the project includes needed modifications and improvements to stop lights along 7th Street, at the intersections of Plum, Olive, Walnut, Chestnut and Poplar. By far, the most frustrating intersection for motorists, is 7th and Olive Streets. Knox said the current 3 light, 4-way configuration will be replaced with a 4-light, 4-way system. He said the 3 section heads over the left turn lanes will be replaced with a section using 4 arrows, all pointing left: 1 Red, 2 yellow arrows – the lowest of which will flash when you are able to turn left while opposing traffic is coming toward you – and one green. The current configuration is protected only by solid red and yellow signals, plus 1 green turn signal.

The timing of the signals will be adjustable locally and in-sync with each other along the affected stretch of 7th Street.

Atlantic City Council moves to support Dog Park at Schildberg Rec Area

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January 23rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic City Council Wednesday evening passed a motion in support of efforts by the City’s Parks and Recreation Department, to begin the process of securing a dog park for the Schildberg Recreation Area. Parks and Rec Director Roger Herring explained the Board thinks a nearly 2.4-acre off-leash dog park is necessary and beneficial in the grand scheme of recreational development in the area. He said it would be a great amenity to the campground (the pads and roads for which are under construction), and will draw more people to the area, much like the walking trails have done.

Herring says a fenced-in dog park will also offer safety and security for dog owners and their dogs, in a controlled environment. He says large and small dogs will have their own compounds. Dogs will be able to exercise and socialize in their respective areas, and the park will promote responsible pet ownership. He said Trees Forever will work to provide over a dozen shade trees for the area, and, a dog park would make Atlantic the first city of its size in southwest Iowa, other than Council Bluffs, to have a dog park.

Herring said the 14-to 15,000-dollar project would be paid for through fundraising efforts, and not through local tax dollars.
Fencing accounts for the bulk of the costs. Fundraising would be accomplished by applying for corporate grants, local sponsorships, and through donations from the community. Herring said the Parks and Rec Department would be responsible for maintaining the facility.

He said also, the Parks and Rec Board will work to put together a proposal for a Master Plan for the Schildberg Rec Area as an official Municipal Park, and present it before the council during a public hearing at a later date. A formal Master Plan for the area has never been adopted by the Council since discussions began in 2003. Only a general concept for how it would be developed has been followed by the City.

SHARON KAYE BLADT, 64, of Elk Horn and formerly of Avoca (Svcs. 1-28-2013)

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January 23rd, 2013 by admin

SHARON KAYE BLADT, 64, of Elk Horn and formerly of Avoca died Wed., Jan., 23rd at Salem Lutheran Home. Funeral services for SHARON BLADT will be held 11:00 A.M. Mon., Jan., 28th at Pauley-Jones Funeral Home in Avoca.

Visitation will take place from 5:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. Sun., Jan., 27th at Pauley-Jones Funeral Home in Avoca.

Burial will be in Shelby Cemetery in Shelby.

SHARON KAYE BLADT is survived by:

Mother, Norma Bladt of Avoca

Brother, Dennis Bladt of Avoca

Sister, Julie Wade (Bruce Arp) of Avoca

Nephew, Anthony Wade of Avoca

Year-long investigation into drugs for minors in Stuart leads to 3 arrests

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January 23rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Stuart Police Department said Wednesday three people were arrested Tuesday, during the culmination of a year-long investigation to the supply of drugs to persons under age in the Stuart area. Search warrants served at two locations in Stuart resulted in the recovery of methamphetamine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Taken into custody at one residence was Nina Wagner and David Sherwood, of Stuart. The pair both face charges which include: possession of drug paraphernalia; possession of marijuana; possession of prescription drugs without a prescription; child endangerment; possession of methamphetamine; and, distribution of a schedule One controlled substance to a person under age18. Also taken into custody, at a separate residence, was Gerald Waltz.

Waltz faces charges that include: possession of drug paraphernalia; distribution of a prescription drug; possession of marijuana; possession of methamphetamine; and, distribution of a schedule One controlled substance to a person under age 18.

Officials say the investigation is ongoing, and additional charges are possible. Anyone with information regarding the sale or use of illegal drugs in the Stuart area, especially information pertaining to the sale of drugs to minors, are encouraged to contact the Stuart Police Department at (515)-523-1896.

Man Arrested on Adams County Warrant

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January 23rd, 2013 by admin

Sheriff’s officials in Adams County say a Red Oak man, 30-year old Jason Kyzer, was arrested Wednesday, on warrant for Assault, a Serious Misdemeanor. His arrest stemmed from an incident authorities say happened on January 21st. Kyzer was being held in the Adams County Jail on $1,000 bond, pending an initial appearance before the Adams County Magistrate.

Man wanted for attempted murder in Creston

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January 23rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in southern Iowa are asking for the public’s help in finding a man wanted in connection with an assault early this (Wednesday) morning, in Creston.

William Michael Bird

According to the Creston Police Department, 20-year old William Michael Bird is wanted on charges of Attempted Murder, Burglary in the 1st Degree, and Domestic Assault by Strangulation. Officials say an unnamed female assault victim was able to get away from the residence where the incident took place, and run to a neighbor’s home.

The suspect, William Bird, chased the victim to the neighbor’s house, eventually catching her. He allegedly stabbed her in the upper chest before fleeing the scene. Creston Police and Emergency Medical Services personnel were called, and the victim was transported to Greater Regional Medical Center, in Creston.

Bird was described as being a white male, about 5-feet 9-inches tall, 189-pounds. He has green eyes and black hair. Anyone with information on his location or about the incident, is urged to contact the Creston Police Department at 782-8402.

More departments on the move at Cass County Memorial Hospital

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January 23rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Officials at Cass County Memorial Hospital (CCMH) have announced four more departments will be moving into newly remodeled areas over the next week. The move affects Rehab Services (physical, speech and occupational therapies), Hospital Pharmacy, Respiratory Care and the Diabetes Center.  The four departments will move into newly remodeled areas that formerly housed the Obstetrics, Surgery, Same Day Surgery and Emergency Departments.

The Hospital Pharmacy will move the morning of Friday, January 25th.  Rehab Services will move that afternoon, and begin seeing patients in the new therapy center Monday, January 28th.  The location for patients checking in for Rehab Services will not move at this time; the therapy areas have moved into the old OB and Surgery Departments.  The west parking lot and entrance are closest to this area.

Respiratory Care and the Diabetes Center will move to their new locations on Tuesday, January 29th.  Patients coming to these departments will want to use the north (atrium/Atlantic Medical Center) or east parking lots and entrances.  The departments will be located across from the Emergency Department, but the Emergency parking needs to be left open for those patients.  Both the north and east entrances lead to the atrium; proceed south toward the gift shop and elevator; bear right and follow the signs.

Iowa teachers union seeks school funding boost

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January 23rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The state teachers’ union wants lawmakers to approve legislation that would increase state aid to school districts for the coming school year. A staffer for the Iowa State Education Association told senators at a subcommittee meeting Wednesday that one rural district would likely have to layoff teachers if lawmakers don’t increase aid to schools. Democratic lawmakers have proposed a 4 percent increase in state support to school districts, putting them in conflict with Gov. Terry Branstad. The governor is pushing for passage of changes to Iowa’s education system before considering state aid.

The Democratic-controlled Senate is expected to vote on their school funding plan next week. Lawmakers in the Republican-controlled House say they will take up the governor’s plan first, or at the same time as school funding.

Guthrie County Agri Drain Co.win IFBF Renew Rural Iowa Entrepreneur Award

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January 23rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation (IFBF) Wednesday, report the Guthrie County Agri Drain Corporation in Adair, has been named the “Renew Rural Iowa Entrepreneuer Award” winner for February, 2013. The IFBF says Agri Drain, founded in 1976, has played a vital role in helping generations of farmers manage water and reduce erosion. The company operates an 80,000 square foot manufacturing company and provides jobs for more than 50 people, many of them, longtime employees.

The IFBF says the company’s farm tile innovations, erosion control products and drainage systems make them a leader in the industry. Renew Rural Iowa (RRI) is an IFBF initiative supporting new and existing businesses through education, mentoring and financial resources. The next Renew Rural Iowa Business Success Seminar takes place March 5 at Iowa Central Community College in Ft. Dodge. For more information, go to www.renewruraliowa.com.