Economic index jumps for Midwest, Western states


November 15th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — An index of economic conditions in 10 Midwest and Western states has jumped for a third straight month, but the looming “fiscal cliff” and other factors have shaken confidence in the region’s economy for the coming months. The overall Rural Mainstreet index released Thursday rose to 57.5 in November from October’s 56.6. Any score above 50 on the 100-point scale suggests a growing economy.

The survey of bankers covers rural areas of Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming. The confidence index, which reflects expectations for the economy six months out, sank to 45.6 from October’s 50.7.

Creighton University economist Ernie Goss attributes the lack of confidence to the looming “fiscal cliff,” and the lack of a federal farm and energy bills.

Ribbon Cutting for Atlantic Wastewater Treatment Plant


November 15th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A ribbon cutting ceremony was held today (Thursday) in Atlantic, for the new, nearly $12.3-million wastewater treatment plant. City Administrator Doug Harris said plans to replace the old wastewater treatment plant began in 2006.

Wastewater Treatment Plant Supervisor Mark Farrier talks about the new facility at a ribbon-cutting ceremony held Thu., Nov. 15th 2012 (Ric Hanson-photo)

The City elected to replace the plant, rather than offer a piece-meal approach to repairs, after it was determined the current, nearly 70-year old facility could not handle a significant storm water run-off, and, because the D-N-R had required the city to build a million-gallon retention basin, or lagoon.

Mayor Dave Jones said the decision to build a new waste water treatment plant didn’t not come easy, but it became clear after much discussion, that building a new storm water detention pond wasn’t the solution to run-off into the river, and because the aging plant wasn’t capable of meeting the demands of the future. Doug Harris said the timing of the project was important, because of the grant funds that became available from the State The City received an “I-Jobs” forgivable loan award in the form of a $2-million grant, and a State Revolving Fund low-interest loan.

The citizens and businesses also are helping to pay for the plant through increased sewer and water bills. Phase One of the plant was completed in May 2012. Phase Two was essentially completed in September. The plant is fully functional. Harris said the project helped to stimulate the local economy, with construction crews staying in town, and through the use local contractors who aided in the completion of the project.

Wastewater Superintendent Mark Farrier was hired to run the plant. Farrier said the facility is a major leap forward from the old plant, and is fully contained so that no effluent is discharged in the nearby river. He said the plant can handle higher storm water flows without putting the City in violation of DNR and EPA rules and regulations. Peak flow capacity for the facility is 15-million gallons per day.

In addition to the hiring of Fox Engineering Associates, Incorporated as the designers of the plant, the City had approved Hawkins Construction Company, from Omaha, as company responsible for its construction.

2012-2013 KJAN High School Basketball Broadcast Schedule


November 15th, 2012 by Jim Field

All games can be heard on KJAN AM 1220, FM 101.1, streaming online here at and on our iphone and android smart phone apps!  Make sure you download it today!

  • Monday, Nov. 26 – Carroll @ Atlantic (Girls 7:30)
  • Thursday, Nov. 29 – Corning @ Griswold (Girls 6:00/Boys 7:30)
  • Friday, Nov. 30 – Atlantic @ Glenwood (Boys 7:30)
  • Tuesday, Dec. 11 – Clarinda @ Atlantic (Girls 7:30)
  • Friday, Dec. 14 – Audubon @ A-H-S-T (Girls 6:00/Boys 7:30)
  • Saturday, Dec. 15 – Atlantic @ Norwalk (Boys 6:00)
  • Tuesday, Dec. 18 – Atlantic @ Harlan (Boys 6:00)
  • Thursday, Dec. 20 – Riverside @ Adair-Casey (Girls 6:00/Boys 7:30)
  • Friday, Dec. 21 – Lewis Central @ Atlantic (Boys 7:30)
  • Friday, Jan. 4 – Atlantic @ Denison (Girls 7:30)
  • Saturday, Jan. 5 – CAM @ Nodaway Valley (Girls 6:00/Boys 7:30)
  • Monday, Jan. 7 – Atlantic @ Tri-Center (Girls 6:00/Boys 7:30)
  • Tuesday, Jan. 8 – Atlantic @ Creston (Boys 7:30)
  • Friday, Jan 11 – A-H-S-T @ Griswold (Girls 6:00/Boys 7:30)
  • Saturday, Jan. 12 – Guthrie Center @ Exira/EHK (Girls 6:00/Boys 7:30)
  • Tuesday, Jan. 15 Atlantic @ Kuemper Catholic (Boys 7:30)
  • Friday, Jan. 18 – CAM @ Adair-Casey (Girls 6:00/Boys 7:30)
  • Friday, Jan. 25 – Riverside @ Audubon (Girls 6:00/Boys 7:30)
  • Saturday, Jan. 26 – Treynor @ Exira/EHK (Girls 6:00/Boys 7:30)
  • Tuesday, Jan. 29 – Harlan @ Atlantic (Boys 7:30)
  • Friday, Feb. 1 – Lewis Central @ Atlantic (Girls 7:30)
  • Monday, Feb. 4 – Adair-Casey @ Tri-Center (Girls 6:00/Boys 7:30)
  • Tuesday, Feb. 5 – Atlantic @ Denison (Boys 7:30)
  • Friday, Feb. 8 – Creston @ Atlantic (Boys 7:30)


Trading Post

November 15th, 2012 by Jim Field

FOR SALE:  Selling firewood by the truck load. Please call Chris at 7122492631 for prices.

FOR SALE: 2 Longerberger baskets, never been used. Make an offer. 243-3052

WANTED: Black walnuts, about 1 pint. 712-653-2374

GARAGE SALE: Friday, Nov. 15th 4-6; Sat. Nov. 16th 8-noon. 400 Birch ST., Atlantic. Wold also like to do house cleaning. 712-254-0166

MOVING SALE: 1007 Cedar St., Adair on Sat. Nov. 17th, outside. 9:00 am – ?? good mattress, green sofa  – 3 cushion, washer – less than 1 1/2 old, dryer.

FOR SALE: 2 CD car steros, equalizer, subwoofer like brand new – will TRADE for xbox 360 or PS3 or $200 for all; 250X Honda 4-wheeler $1,000. 712-304-4262

FOR SALE: Green artifical Christmas tree, very good condition, 7 ft. tall. 641-746-2583

More Iowa volunteers are need so Red Cross can continue mission


November 15th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Hundreds of Iowans with power companies and relief agencies are still on the East Coast helping residents recover from Hurricane Sandy. More than three-dozen volunteers with the American Red Cross chapter based in Omaha-Council Bluffs are deployed mostly in New York and New Jersey. The chapter’s CEO Tina Labellarte just returned from two weeks in the disaster zone and says more volunteers from Iowa are needed. Labellarte says, “Back here at home, there are new people saying, for the first time, ‘I want to do that and I want to be a Red Cross volunteer,’ so the next time there’s a big event or if this one continues, they’ll be able to go, too.” In our region, she says there are about three-thousand trained Red Cross volunteers who are ready to serve when called.

“Not all of those are in a position to be able to travel,” Labellarte says. “Right now, we have about 40 people from this area who are in New Jersey. We have to replenish the troops constantly. We need at least hundreds of people to come forward and I suspect that we’ll see a good response.” Labellarte says disasters like Hurricane Sandy show how many volunteers the Red Cross needs to provide important services at every level.

“Answer the phone, make coffee, set up cots, help selecting supplies, driving a forklift,” Labellarte says. “Everybody starts in the same place. They start with their local chapter. You go for orientation and training and learn about what kinds of courses, what kinds of experience you need to have to progress, to be able to go out.” The Red Cross’ office in Omaha will offer an orientation/training session next Monday, from 4:30 to 6 PM, while another session will be held at the Council Bluffs chapter office on December 19th. Check with your nearest chapter via

(Radio Iowa)

Shelby Co. Hurricane Relief Team Arrives Home


November 15th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A five-member team of local responders from Shelby County dispatched to assist with Super Storm Sandy, arrived home this week, after having spent more than three weeks riding out the storm in Farmingdale, NY.

Shelby County Emergency Response Team (the day they left for NY) – Jason Wickizer photo.

Two teams were sent out during the storm to insure that water and food were on the ground ready for use when the sun rose the day after the storm hit. Shelby County Emergency Management officials report the teams served millions of meals, and thousands of gallons of drinking water. Prior to coming home, the team paid a visit to “Ground Zero,” the site of the World Trade Center attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.

The team, comprised of Jason Wickizer, Shelby County Emergency Medical Services Coordinator, Chad Kroger, Jordan Sanders, Andrea Systad and Ryne Nelson, worked long hours under stressful conditions. They worked a total of 256 hours over a 16 day assignment, or approximately 16 hours per day. Many of those hours went by without a break, with the team being on their feet the entire time. In addition to riding out winds of 75- to 85-miles per hour during the height of the storm, the team worked as the snow fell the following week.

Officials say the experience they gained in Incident Command and Disaster Response will be used to assist in training other responders locally. The crew also made many new friends and contacts during their stint.

They left Des Moines on October 28th enroute to New York, and returned to Harlan, Tuesday. Many of those same team members assisted in fighting wild fires in the western U-S in early August and September, and had just returned to Iowa before being mobilized for deployment to the east coast.



Cyclones’ Poppens Named to Naismith Watch List


November 15th, 2012 by Jim Field

AMES, Iowa – Iowa State’s Chelsea Poppens has been named to the 2012-13 Naismith Player of the Year women’s early season watch list, the Atlanta Tipoff Club announced today.

The 50 player watch list was compiled by the Atlanta Tipoff Club’s Board of Selectors, which based its criteria on player performances from the previous year and expectations for the 2012-13 college basketball season.

Poppens, a 6-2 senior from Aplington, Iowa, was the only Big 12 player to average a double-double last season, posting 14.2 points and 10.6 rebounds. She was one of just three players selected unanimously to the 2011-12 All-Big 12 first team.

Poppens started this season where she left off last season, scoring 23 points and grabbing 15 rebounds in Iowa State’s season-opening win against Western Illinois. Poppens was 9-of-15 from the field and tied a career-high with four assists. She also became the 23rd Cyclone to score 1,000 career points.

Poppens and the Cyclones will be back in action Sunday at 1 p.m. against North Dakota.

Backyard and Beyond 11-15-2012

Backyard and Beyond, Podcasts

November 15th, 2012 by Chris Parks

Lavon Eblen speaks with Megan Roberts, Director of Atlantic Chamber of Commerce, about the Holiday Lighting in Atlantic.


Western IA Workshop Focuses on New Approaches to Soil and Water Management

Ag/Outdoor, News

November 15th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Agribusiness agronomists and farmers who want information on new practices to improve soil and water quality have an opportunity in December to learn from Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach specialists. Soil and water management workshops will be held Friday, Dec. 21st at St. Bernard Parish in Breda, Iowa. A second opportunity will be on Wednesday, Feb. 27th at the Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge, Prairie City, Iowa. Both programs runs from 8:30-11:30 a.m.

Topics covered will include the science assessment of the statewide nutrient reduction program; the new corn suitability rating (CSR2); and approaches to make cover crops work. Featured speakers include Matt Helmers, ISU agricultural engineer; Sarah Carlson, Practical Farmers of Iowa; and Lee Burras, ISU soil science professor.

Certified crop advisors can earn 2.5 soil and water credits. Advance registration for the course $35. Registration at the door is $45. Registration is limited to 30 participants. Register on-line at To register by fax or mail contact your local ISU County Extension office for a brochure.

LaVETTA BURKHALTER, 92, of Creston (Svcs. 11-17-12)


November 15th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

LaVETTA BURKHALTER, 92, of Creston, died Tue., Nov. 13th, at the Crest Haven Care Centre in Creston. Funeral services for LaVETTA BURKHALTER will be held 10:30-a.m. Sat., Nov. 17th, at the 1st Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), in Creston. Powers Funeral Home in Creston has the arrangements.

An open visitation will be held at the funeral home from 2-to 8-pm Fri., Nov. 16th, with the family to receive friends from 6-8pm. Online condolences may be left under the obituary category at

Memorials may be directed to the 1st Christian Church/Disciples of Christ in  Creston, CARE Initiatives Hospice, and/or Prairie View Assisted Living in Creston.

Burial will be in the Maple Hill Cemetery, in Cromwell.

LaVETTA BURKHALTER is survived by:

Her children – Diana (husband Jim) Fender of Hancock; Dixie (husband Dennis) Davis of Diagonal; and Dean (wife Karen) Burkhalter of Sugan Grove, Il.

Her sister – Doris Hood, of Diagonal.

8 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, her sisters-in-law, other relatives and friends.