Iowa assistant Johnson leaves program

Sports

April 19th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa recruiting coordinator Eric Johnson is leaving the program after 15 seasons with the Hawkeyes. Coach Kirk Ferentz announced Johnson’s sudden departure on Saturday, saying he left to pursue a career opportunity outside of football. Johnson spent the past 10 years coordinating Iowa’s recruiting efforts.

Johnson, who has been with Ferentz since 1999, also worked with Iowa’s defensive line the past two seasons. Johnson says his tenure in Iowa was a “great time” in his family’s life and added that Ferentz was the best teacher and leader he’s ever been around.

(Podcast) 8-a.m. News, 4/19/2014

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April 19th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Area and Iowa News with KJAN News Director Ric Hanson.

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Iowa’s egg industry is tops in the US and Easter weekend is a bonus

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April 19th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Many Iowans will celebrate Easter this weekend by dunking eggs in colored dye and hiding them for young ones to find and place in their baskets. Katie Coyle, spokeswoman for the Iowa Poultry Association, says it’s one the busiest weekends of the year for Iowa’s egg producers.  “We see an increase in egg sales during this time of year because people are decorating them as Easter eggs,” Coyle says. “When people are out purchasing their groceries, we always say grab an extra dozen.”

Coyle says Easter is also the kickoff leading into May which is National Egg Month. Iowa egg producers have some 60-million laying hens producing nearly 15-billion eggs each year. Iowa is the nation’s number-one egg producer, she says, by far.  “Just hands down, there isn’t really any competition,” Coyle says. “The number-two and -three states still don’t produce as many eggs as Iowa combined. It’s a great month for us to get out the message about eggs and the importance of them to the Iowa economy.”

Iowa’s egg industry contributes about two-billion dollars in total sales to the state’s economy and is responsible for nearly eight-thousand jobs. Coyle says eggs are very nutritious and are basically a multi-vitamin in a shell.

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(Podcast) 7:19-a.m. Sports – 4/19/2014

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April 19th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

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(Podcast) 7:06-a.m. News/Funeral report: Sat. 4/19/2014

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April 19th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

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(Podcast) Skyscan Forecast: Sat., April 19 2014

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April 19th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The (podcast) National Weather Service forecast for the KJAN listening area and weather information for Atlantic from KJAN News Director Ric Hanson.

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GLADYS FERN OCKER, 81, of Linden & formerly of Ankeny – Private Svcs.

Obituaries

April 19th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

GLADYS FERN OCKER, 81, of Linden (& formerly of Ankeny), died Wed., April 16th, at home. A Private Graveside service will be held for GLADYS OCKER. Johnson Family Funeral Home/ Stuart Chapel has the arrangements.

Memorials may be directed to the funeral home. Online condolences may be left at www.johnsonfamilyfuneralhome.com.

JACK ROGERS, 80, of Manning (Svcs. 4/24/14)

Obituaries

April 19th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

JACK ROGERS, 80, of Manning, died Fri., April 18th, at his home. Funeral services for JACK ROGERS will be held 10:30-a.m. Thu., April 24th, at the United Church in Manning.  Ohde Funeral Home in Manning has the arrangements.

Friends may call at the funeral home from 4-to 7-pm on Wed., April 23rd. Visitation will resume 9-a.m. Thursday, at the United Church in Manning.

Burial will be in the Nishnabotna Cemetery near Manilla.

JACK ROGERS is survived by:

His wife – Kae Rene Rogers, of Manning.

His daughters – Sherri Bromley, of Lake Havasu City, AZ., & Paula Knotts, of Clayton, NY.

His step-daughter: Karen Elwell & fiance’ Terry Gordon.

His sisters – Betty Lewis, of Anaheim, CA., & Rose Smith, of Conway, AR.

His in-laws, other relatives and friends.

6 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, 2 step-grandchildren

Cass County Non-profit agencies receive $110k in grants

News

April 19th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

23 non-profit agencies in Cass County have received a total of $110,139 in grants from the Cass County Community Foundation. CCCF Chair Nicholas Hunt says organizations in Cass County that submitted their applications for funds by the Feb. 1st, 2014 deadline, were eligible for grants.

Grant recipients include:

  • Iowa Western Community College Foundation – $18,000 for furnishings & equipment for the student activity center.
  • The City of Massena – $9,000 to create a Veteran’s Memorial section in the City Park.
  • The Cass County Historical Museum – $8,000 for the continued renovation of Annex #2.
  • The Center for the Advancement of Self-Sufficiency, Inc. – $7,000 for computer labs in 4 classrooms.
  • The Atlantic Parks & Recreation Dept. – $6,000 for a new softball scoreboard & new water basketball/volleyball equipment for the pool.
  • Lewis 1st Responders & Firefighters Assoc. – $6,000 for turnout gear.
  • Nishna Valley YMCA – $6,000 for a Scout Hi-Lift, transport cart & pool access chairs.
  • The Parkinson’s Support Group – $6,000 for 2 Expresso HD bikes.
  • The Anita Foundation’s Health and Wellness Center – $5,000 for weight equipment.
  • The City of Griswold – $5,000 to replace a partition in the Community Building.
  • The Hitchcock House – $5,000 for siding on the gift shop/administration bldg.
  • The Ann W. Wickman Child Development Center – $4,000 for building updates.
  • The Cass County Memorial Hospital Foundation – $4,000 to replace fetal monitors and add a cardiac monitor.
  • The City of Marne – $4,000 for a retaining wall, safety cover & pea rock for the children’s play area in the City Park.
  • The Massena Public Library – $2,639 for  a commercial dehumidifier.
  • The City of Anita – $2,000 for carpeting in the Community Center.
  • The Griswold Public Library – $2,000 for treadmills and computers.
  • Anita Child Care – $1,750 for renovations and equipment.
  • and, the City of Lewis’ Public Library – $1,500 for a Heritage Center display case.

All grantees met the criteria as Cass County non-profit agencies or organizations with charitable missions in areas of civic, cultural, health, education and social services. The grant recipients received their checks on Friday, April 18th.

For more information about the Cass County Community Foundation, and/or how you can receive a tax credit for donations to a permanently endowed fund, contact Dennis Nissen, Iowa Foundations Director for the Community Foundations of Southwest Iowa, at 1-800-794-3458.

 

Non-injury 3-vehicle accident reported in Montgomery County

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April 19th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A three-vehicle collision in Montgomery County late Friday morning caused a total of $25,400 damage, but no one was injured. The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department reports vehicles driven by 41-year old Denise Reed, of Clarinda, 34-year old Gregory Franzen, of Omaha, and 81-year old Robert Randolph, of Council Bluffs,  collided at around 11:50-a.m. near the intersection of Highway 34 and 4th Street.

Officials say Reed’s eastbound 2011 Toyota Camry had slowed and then stopped for a vehicle in front of her that was turning left onto northbound 4th Street. Franzen’s  2013 Ford Fusion came to a stop behind the Toyota, but Randolph failed to notice Franzen’s vehicle was stopped until it was too late. He tried to stop, but Randolph’s  2008 Ford truck hit Franzen’s vehicle in the rear, causing that vehicle to be pushed into the rear of the Camry.

Authorities cited Robert Randolph for Following too Closely.