PHYLLIS J. GROSS, 88, of Walnut (Svcs. 4/9/15)


April 5th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

PHYLLIS J. GROSS, 88, of Walnut, died Sunday, April 5th, at Myrtue Medical Center, in  Harlan. Funeral services for PHYLLIS GROSS will be held 10:30-a.m. Thu., April 9th, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, in Walnut.  Hockenberry Family Care Funeral Home, in Atlantic has the arrangements.

Visitation with her family is from 5-until 7-pm Wednesday at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Walnut, with a Rosary at 7-p.m.

Burial will be in the St. Patrick’s Cemetery.

PHYLLIS GROSS is survived by:

Her children – George (Cindy) Gross, Bob (Judy) Gross, and Chuck (Julie) Gross, all of Walnut, and Sue Ellen Rodenburg, of Council Bluffs.

Iowa pastors play influential role in 2016 presidential race


April 5th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Cary Gordon isn’t a political operative, a top dollar donor or an elected official. But Jeb Bush’s team already has reached as the 2016 Republican presidential campaign heats up in Iowa. Gordon is a well-known evangelical Christian pastor with a church in Sioux City that can draw 600 people on Sundays.

When it comes to the Iowa Republican caucuses, evangelical pastors are kingmakers, with sway over a key bloc of participants. Lots of potential 2016 candidates are stepping up the courting. Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul have appeared before groups of religious conservatives. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker talks frequently about being a pastor’s son.

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, whose father is a pastor, and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal recently addressed pastors in Des Moines.

Sports Headlines (4/5/15): Badgers end Wildcats’ bid at perfection…Duke advances to final…Indians settle with Kluber


April 5th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Wisconsin Badgers have moved into the NCAA title game for the first time since 1941 by handing Kentucky its only loss of the season, 71-64 at Indianapolis. AP Player of the Year Frank Kaminsky scored 20 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for the Wisconsin, who were tied at 60 before closing on an 11-4 run in the final 1:42. Kentucky was trying to become the first unbeaten NCAA champion since Indiana in 1976.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Duke is back in the NCAA title game after freshmen Justice Winslow and Jahlil Okafor combined for almost half of the Blue Devils’ points in an 81-61 rout of Michigan State. Winslow got off to a poor start before finishing with a team-high 19 points, one more than Okafor. Senior Quinn Cook had 17 points for the Blue Devils, who shot 51 percent and dominated the game after falling behind 14-6.

CLEVELAND (AP) — A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press that AL Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber and the Cleveland Indians have agreed to a five-year contract. The deal includes two club options and is contingent upon him passing medical tests, which should be concluded within the next few days. Kluber went 18-9 with a 2.44 ERA last season, his first full year in the majors.

HOUSTON (AP) — Jordan Speith has the lead after three rounds of the PGA’s Houston Open. He shot a third round 5-under-67 to stand 14-under par, one shot in front of three players, Scott Piercy, Johnson Wagner and Austin Cook. Phil Mickelson entered the round one stroke back before carding a 75 that puts him six off the pace.

RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. (AP) — Sei Young Kim carded a pair of late birdies to take a three-stroke lead over Stacy Lewis through three rounds of the ANA Inspiration, the first LPGA major of the year. She holed a downhill 18-footer from the fringe on the par-4 16th and made a 10-foot birdie putt on the par-3 17th to take command. Kim is 10-under following a 3-under 69.


Nat’l. Weather Service Forecast for Atlantic & the area, 4/5/2015


April 5th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Today: Sunny & breezy, with a high near 70. South wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts to near 30 mph. Tonight: Mostly cloudy & breezy, with a low around 47. South wind 10- to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

Monday: Cloudy with a 30% chance of showers and thunderstorms. High near 67. South southeast wind 10 to 15 mph. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Monday Night: Cloudy with a 50% chance of showers and thunderstorms. Low around 48. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tuesday: Mostly Cloudy & breezy, w/a 50% chance of showers and thunderstorms. High near 60. N/NE wind 10 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Wednesday: Mostly cloudy & breezy, w/a 40% chance of showers and thunderstorms. High near 59.

Iowa early News Headlines: Sun., April 5th 2015


April 5th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Police say a man has reported being shot in the back while stopped at a Des Moines intersection. The Register reports that the shooting happened just after 12 a.m. Friday. Officers were called to the Iowa Lutheran Hospital for a report of a shooting victim who was brought in by a private vehicle. The 25-year-old man was later taken to Iowa Methodist Medical Center with injuries not believed to be life-threatening.

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — A Sioux City specialty plant that processes ribs and other pre-cooked meats is planning a $9 million expansion that will bring 30 new jobs with it. The Journal reports that Curly’s Foods, owned by Smithfield Foods, credits a boost in sales and demand for pre-cooked meats at national franchise restaurants. The City Council is slated on Monday to approve a state tax incentive application for Smithfield Fields.

SHELDON, Iowa (AP) — Ag Partners feed mill plant in northwest Iowa is planning an expansion with $7.2 million in improvements to increase the plant’s ability to make livestock feed. The Sioux City Journal reports that Ag Partners officials announced the expansion on Thursday. Officials say construction will begin immediately and is expected to be complete in 2016.

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) — Motorists in Mason City could soon have their vehicles impounded for any one of 10 violations, including some misdemeanors. The Globe Gazette reports that the City Council will consider an impound ordinance at its meeting Tuesday night.

This is Your Nishna Valley 04-04-2015

Podcasts, This is Your Nishna Valley

April 4th, 2015 by Chris Parks

w/ Jim Field and Stacie Linfor

Hawks baseball team looks to sweep the Boilermakers, Sunday


April 4th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The number 24 University of Iowa Hawkeye baseball team used an eight-run eighth inning to rally past the Purdue Boilermakers for a 10-5 series-clinching victory on Saturday afternoon, at Alexander Field in West Lafayette, Indiana. The Hawkeyes are 5-0 in Big Ten play for the first time since 1989 and alone atop the league standings. Hawkeye Sports.Com says the Hawks finished with 12 hits in the game and matched a season-high with 10 runs. Three players posted multi-hit games, and eight different players scored at least one run.

Iowa goes for its second-straight series sweep Sunday in a noon (Central Time) start. You can hear that game following our Sunday morning church services, here on KJAN.

DELBERT HOBBS, 94, of Atlantic & formerly of Anita (Svcs. 4/8/15)


April 4th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DELBERT HOBBS, 94, of Atlantic (& formerly of Anita), died Fri., April 3rd, at the Heritage House, in Atlantic. Memorial services for DELBERT HOBBS will be held 10:30-a.m. Wed., April 8th,  at the Hockenberry Family Funeral Home, in Atlantic.

Visitation with the family will follow the Memorial service.

A private family burial will take place at the Evergreen Cemetery in Anita.

DELBERT HOBBS is survived by:

His daughter – Carol (Jerald) Hanson, of Yorkville, IL.

2 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.

Red Oak man arrested for Trespassing, Saturday


April 4th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Police in Red Oak report the arrest Saturday afternoon, of 41-year old Michael Avery Forest Cave. The Red Oak man was taken into custody at around 4:20-pm at a residence on West Grimes Street, and charged with Trespassing. His bond was set at $300.

Omaha bike share program set to double by next year


April 4th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – Federal money will be used to help Omaha’s bike share program double its number of stations in 2016. The Omaha World-Herald reports that a $900,000 federal grant administered through the Nebraska Department of Roads will help Heartland B-Cycle expand from 31 stations with 150 bikes to nearly 70 stations across the city.

Ben Turner, B-cycle’s coordinator, says the expansion will give Omaha much more connectivity.
Stations are currently scattered in downtown, midtown and north downtown, as well as Aksarben Village. Those interested in using the bike sharing program must buy a daily, monthly or annual pass. They can check out a bike from any station, ride it and return it to any station in Omaha or Council Bluffs, Iowa.