March 14th, 2014 by Doug Evans

MERRILL “DUTCH” LETT, 91, of COUNCIL BLUFFS, (AND FORMERLY OF MACEDONIA) has died. Memorial services for MERRILL LETT will be held on Mon., Mar. 17th at 10:30am at the Macedonia United Methodist Church, in Macedonia. The Loess Hills Funeral Home in Carson is in charge of the arrangements.

Visitation will be Sun., Mar. 16th from 3pm-5pm at the Loess Hills Funeral Home in Carson.

Burial will be at The Macedonia Cemetary.

MERRILL “DUTCH” LETT is survived by his wife of 64 years, Catherine Lett of Council Bluffs.

Daughters Sharon Lett-Self (Glenn) of Houston, TX; Sheryl Lett of Cheyenne, WY: and Sondra (Duane) Laughlin of Carson.

2 grandchildren, other relatives and a host of friends.

Supreme Court approves prescription drug defense in license revocation hearings


March 14th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Supreme Court says drivers can use a “prescription drug defense” in hearings to revoke their driver’s license. Teresa Bearinger drove off the road and hit a mailbox two blocks from her home in Urbandale in May of 2011. She told police she was having trouble with her prescription medication for a nuerological problem. A drug test revealed prescription drugs, but no alcohol in her system.

Iowa law allows drivers to take medications as prescribed by doctors and drive — as long as they don’t take alcohol with them. But the Iowa D-O-T said that “prescription drug defense” does not apply to administrative hearings on license revocations, and revoked Bearinger’s license. The Iowa Supreme Court ruling says the justices do not believe the legislature intended to withhold the prescription-drug defense for an administrative license revocation, and ordered the revocation reversed.

(Radio Iowa)

Search for superintendent for blind and deaf schools could be done in April


March 14th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Board of Regent’s search for a new superintendent for the specials schools for the blind and deaf should be close to completion by early next month. Regent Nicole Caroll leads the search committee and told the board this week that a search firm has helped them identify possible candidates.

“A job description is now being drafted and will be review by the committee at its April 2nd meeting. And also at that April 2nd meeting, the committee will finalize interview questions and procedures, and the applications received will be review, and candidates to be interviewed by the committee will be identified,” Caroll says. The search committee will then narrow down its choices.

“The committee is planing to interview the finalists on April 9th and determine which ones to refer to this board for final interviews and a decision,” Carroll says. The new superintendent will replace Patrick Clancy who is retiring. Clancy began as superintendent of the school for the blind in Vinton in 2008 and added the same position for the school for the deaf in Council Bluffs in April of 2012.

(Radio Iowa)

Funerals set for victims found dead on Iowa farm


March 14th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DELOIT, Iowa (AP) — Funeral arrangements have been scheduled for the two longtime friends who were believed to be the victims of homicide on a rural western Iowa farm. KCAU-TV says services for 81-year-old Alice Huisenga will be Saturday afternoon at Wheatland Presbyterian Church outside of Breda. The funeral for 80-year-old Marvin Huesling will be Monday at Holy Spirit Catholic Churchin Carroll.

Their bodies were found inside a burning building on the farm in Deloit, about 60 miles southeast of Sioux City. Three people have been charged with two counts of first-degree murder and first-degree arson in connection with the deaths. They are 19-year-old Jayden Chapman, 36-year-old Erika Haberberger-Dains and 26-year-old Michael Schenk, all of Denison.

Police say the suspects were likely on the property to steal scrap metal.

Griswold woman arrested on alcohol & child endangerment charges


March 14th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest on Thursday of a Griswold woman. 28-year old Sarah Beth Ewing was taken into custody on charges of OWI 1st Offense and Child Endangerment. Ewing was brought to the Cass County Jail and released Friday (Today) on $3,000 bond.

Sunnyside Park gates to open in Atlantic today (Friday)

Ag/Outdoor, News

March 14th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Atlantic Parks and Recreation Department Director Roger Herring reports the gates to Sunnyside Park will open today at 4-p.m.  Herring advises park visitors to use “Great caution” as they drive through the park due to gravel and debris on the street.

Herring says the new tennis courts are open and ready to be used by the public FOR TENNIS ONLY. He asks park users to be on the alert for walkers, joggers, disc golf players and children at play. Herring says you are welcome to enjoy City’s parks but asks that you respect the parks and related property, as they are meant for everyone to enjoy.

Chase suspect arrested on Audubon County warrant


March 14th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A Des Moines man who led authorities on a high-speed chase last weekend from Atlantic to Audubon, was arrested Thursday afternoon, on an outstanding warrant out of Audubon County filed by a Cass County Deputy. Audubon County Sheriff Todd Johnson says 40-year old Richard Randall Eatwell has been charged with Felony Eluding, Operating While Under the Influence of Drugs, Reckless Driving, Unsafe Passing and Passing on the Wrong Side.

The charges stem from a pursuit that began on the northern outskirts of Atlantic Sunday evening and ended with Eatwell’s arrest about 30-minutes later on the north side of Audubon. During the chase, speeds topped 120-miles per hour. Eatwell faces charges in Cass County that include OWI/Narcotics-related, Reckless Driving and Eluding.

Following his arrest on Thursday, Eatwell was transported from Cass to Audubon County, where he was seen by a magistrate. His preliminary hearing is set for April 3rd. Eatwell is being held in jail awaiting transportation to Polk County where he was wanted on a warrant for a parole violation.


Trading Post

March 14th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

FOR SALE: Whirlpool electric dryer in perfect condition. About 10-to 15-years old. White in color. Asking $100. In Elk Horn, call 712-764-4652.

WANTED: Portable-outdoor basketball goal; somebody to pick up old fridge (broken) and samll pile of scrap metal. 712-249-8750.

FOR SALE: Two German short hairs ten months old.  would be great hunters with training!  male is neutered and up to date on all shots including rabies and is red and white.  female is black and white and is up to date on all shots and is not spayed yet. They are purebred but no papered. Asking reasonable re-homing fee to cover vetting expenses. Day: 712-254-2351 or evenings: 712-781-2332.


FREE: Rat Terrier mix. Up to date on all shots, and good with kids. 712-243-2450.

2014 precipitation below normal

Ag/Outdoor, News, Weather

March 14th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources reports precipitation for Iowa is below normal so far in 2014, receiving an average of 2.2 inches instead of the normal 2.6 inches by this time. The wettest area of the state is extreme southeast Iowa with 5 inches of moisture, and the driest areas are portions of the I-29 corridor which have received only about an inch.mapjpg

Stream flows are normal across the state for this time of year, except in the Iowa River watersheds, which are above normal.The area of extreme drought in Iowa has reduced in size from 20 percent of the state to 7 percent since the beginning of the year.

For a more thorough review of Iowa’s water resource trends January 1 through March 12, go to The report is prepared by the technical staff from the Iowa DNR, the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, and the U.S. Geological Survey, in collaboration with The Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Department.


Mills County arrest report


March 14th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Mills County have released a report on recent arrests. Authorities say21-year old Kenzie Marie Annin, of Council Bluffs, was arrested early this (Friday) morning following a traffic stop on Interstate 29.  Annin was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance and held in the Mills County Jail on $1,000 bond.

51-year old Stuart B. Starks, of Omaha, was arrested Thursday at the Sheriff’s Office on a warrant for Forgery and Theft in the 4th degree. His bond was set at $6,000. On Wednesday, 22-year old Gary Allen Schultz, of Bellevue, NE.,  was arrested on a Pottawattamie County warrant for Failure to Appear. His bond was set at $1,000. And on Monday, deputies in Mills County arrested 30-year old Joseph Michael Barnes, of Council Bluffs, for Theft in the 5th degree. His bond was set at $300.