MARGARET MARIE MARTIN, 92, of Hancock (Svcs. at a later date)


December 22nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

MARGARET MARIE MARTIN, 92, of Hancock, died Sat., Dec. 21st, at Mercy Hospital in Council Bluffs. Funeral services for MARGARET MARTIN will be held at a later date. Pauley-Jones Funeral Home in Avoca is handling the arrangements.

Burial will be in the Oak Hill Cemetery at Hancock.


Her husband -Kenneth Martin, of Hancock.

Her daughter – Phyllis Owen, of Lincoln, NE.

Her son – John (Kathy) Martin, of Carrollton, TX.

Her A.F.S Student from Oslo, Norway, and her sister- and brother- in law’s…

4 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren, other relatives & friends.

BEULAVON BEATTY, 95, of Avoca & formerly of Hancock (Svcs. 12/28/13)


December 22nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

BEULAVON BEATTY, 95, of Avoca (& formerly of Hancock), died Thu., Dec. 19th, at the Avoca Nursing & Rehab Center. Funeral services for BEULAVON BEATTY will be held 10:30-a.m. Sat., Dec. 28th, at the Pauley-Jones Funeral Home in Avoca.

Friends may call at the funeral home, where the family will be present from 9:30-a.m. to 10:30-a.m. Saturday.

Burial will be in the Oak Hill Cemetery at Hancock.

BEULAVON BEATTY is survived by:

Her daughters – Mary Kathleen B. Martin, of Richmond, VA.; Joan (Loren) Clayton, of Omaha, & Jane (Greg) Johnson, of Carmel, IN.

and 6 grandchildren.

CA woman injured during Pott. Co accident Sunday morning


December 22nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa State Patrol says a woman from California was injured during an accident Sunday morning on Interstate 80 in Pottawattamie County. Officials say 28-year old Dalia De La Cruz-Suarez, of Salinas, CA, suffered from neck pain, and was transported to the Cass County Memorial Hospital in Atlantic, by Walnut Rescue.

De La Cruz-Suarez was traveling eastbound in the right lane of I-80 in a 2012 Chevy Cruze, as a 1999 Chevy S-10 pickup driven by Mark W. Nielsen, of Cedar Rapids, was traveling east in the left lane. As Nielsen made an abrupt lane change to exit onto a rest area off-ramp, he hit the left front side of De La Cruz’ vehicle. Both vehicles came to rest in the rest area parking lot. The accident happened near the 44-mile marker, at around 6:50-a.m.


Iowa Road report: early Sunday morning 12/22/13

News, Weather

December 22nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Roads around western Iowa are reported to be completely covered with snow early this (Sunday) morning. The Iowa Dept. of Transportation’s website at, shows all roads south of Highway 30 and east of the Interstate 80/680 split, down to the Missouri border, are covered with snow. Blowing snow was also a factor in the morning commute to church or work. Towing services are prohibited today in Cass and Adair Counties…meaning if your vehicle goes into the ditch or median, towing companies are not allowed to pull you out until the weather improves.

Some roads in far western Pottawattamie County were partially covered with snow, including I-29 from the I-80 split, south, and portions of Highways 6 and 92. North of I-80 in far western and northwest Iowa, where there was less snow, the roads are in mostly normal driving condition.

Here in Atlantic, we had received 2.5-inches of snow, as of 6-a.m., and roads were 100-percent snow covered, with blowing and some drifting of snow.

Mustang Dual Wrestling results


December 22nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Wrestlers from Westwood/Sloan took first place Saturday, at the 2013 Mustang Duals held in Shenandoah. The Rebels outlasted a East Mills 48-30 in the championship dual while Red Oak defeated Shenandoah 51-27 to take home 3rd place honors.

Saint Albert, Southwest Iowa (a combination of Sidney and Fremont-Mills), Clarinda Academy and Friend, Nebraska rounded out the field of eight.

Atlantic-CAM Trojan Wrestlers take 2nd place in Central IA event Saturday


December 22nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic-CAM Trojans placed second in a wrestling event held Saturday, in Des Moines. The Trojans and Glenwood Rams participated in the Red Owens Holiday Tournament at Southeast Polk High School. Glenwood took fourth place. Both Hawkeye 10 schools finished with 3-2 records on the day.

Atlantic-CAM defeated Knoxville (43-30), Des Moines East (57-18) and Glenwood (45-22) and suffered losses to Creighton Prep (39-34) and Southeast Polk (66-11).Glenwood’s wins came against Knoxville (38-37), Des Moines East (48-36) and Creighton Prep (40-34) while their losses were to Atlantic-CAM and Southeast Polk (62-12).

Atlantic-CAM’s Darrian Schwenke was a perfect 5-0 between 126 and 132 while Marshall McDermott (126 & 132), Dillion Cox (120), Reid Nichols (145) and Tyler Christensen (220) all went 4-1 on the day.

Glenwood’s Matt Malcom was 5-0 on the day between 132 and 138 pounds while Nate Nebel and Hunter Ackerson were both 4-1 at 106 and 113, respectively.

Western IA Saturday High School basketball Scores (from 12/21/13)


December 22nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson


MAC Shootout

Lewis Central 38, Bellevue East, Neb. 35

Omaha South, NE. 59, Sioux City, North 46

Ralston, NE 49, Council Bluffs/Abraham Lincoln 42, OT

Sioux City, East 60, Papillion-LaVista, Neb. 44

South Sioux City, NE. 65, Council Bluffs/Thomas Jefferson 32

St. Albert, Council Bluffs 53, Tri-Center, Neola 43

Valley, West Des Moines 57, Omaha Westside, Neb. 48


Bishop Heelan Catholic,75, Sioux City, East 52

Red Oak man arrested Saturday


December 22nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Police in Red Oak report the arrest early Saturday  morning of 52-year old Jack Ray Steinspring, of Red Oak. Steinspring was taken into custody on a charge of Driving While Suspended, after his vehicle was pulled over at around 2:30-a.m. Saturday, at the intersection of Broadway and West Linden Streets, in Red Oak.

Steinspring was being held in the Montgomery County Law Enforcement Center on $300 bond.

15-year old girl’s body found in back seat of a car in Council Bluffs


December 22nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Police in Council Bluffs are conducting an investigation into the death of a 15-year-old girl whose body was found Saturday in the back seat of a car in the parking lot at JC Penney in Council Bluffs. Sgt Chad Meyers with the Council Bluffs P-D, says officers were called at around 10:15-a.m., to 3333 Market Place Drive, where they found Mireya Mata-Alvarez, a former sophomore at Lewis Central High School.

A police investigation revealed Mata-Alvarez was out with two juvenile girls and five juvenile males.  Police believe alcohol or marijuana was used by the group. One of the girls called 911. Both were on scene when emergency crews arrived. Officials said the death did not appear suspicious and were awaiting autopsy and toxicology test results.

NWS Forecast for Atlantic & the KJAN listening area: Sun., 12/22/13


December 22nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

**Winter Weather Advisories and A Winter Storm Warning are in effect for various counties. (See previous posts or go to**

Today: Occasional snow showers with widespread blowing snow before 11am, then widespread blowing snow and scattered snow showers between 11am and 5pm. Temperature falling to around 11 by 5pm. Wind chill values as low as -5. Blustery, with a northwest wind 13 to 17 mph, with gusts as high as 26 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. Total daytime snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.
Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around -3. Wind chill values as low as -20. Northwest wind 11 to 13 mph.

Monday: Mostly sunny and cold, with a high near 5. Wind chill values as low as -20. Northwest wind 8 to 13 mph.
Monday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around -8. Wind chill values as low as -25. Northwest wind 5 to 8 mph becoming calm.

Tuesday: Partly sunny, with a high near 20. Breezy, with a south wind 9 to 17 mph, with gusts as high as 24 mph.
Tuesday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 16.

Christmas Day: Mostly sunny, with a high near 32.