Chiefs unsteady, uneven in preseason opener


August 8th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – Depending on which part of the Chiefs’ preseason opener Andy Reid chose to watch, he could have come away thrilled about the prospects for the upcoming season or deeply depressed.

There were two touchdowns by the defense – and many more blown coverages. There were three-and-outs and fumbles by the offense – along with long touchdown passes and dynamic runs. On special teams, there was an electrifying punt return touchdown but several boneheaded decisions.

The Chiefs wound up beating Cincinnati 41-39 on Thursday night, but the result was mostly a moot point. Reid said there were positives and negatives from the preseason opener, and plenty of work to do before the Chiefs visit Carolina on Aug. 17.

Peabody claims title of 2014 Iowa State Fair Big Boar

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August 8th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A giant pig, raised by a group of Iowa State University graduates in honor of a fallen friend, is the winner of the Iowa State Fair’s Big Boar contest. “Peabody” weighed in at 1,273 pounds. Peabody was also the nickname for Brad Peyton, who recently died of pancreatic cancer. He was 57. His friend, David Schaefer, said Peyton grew up showing pigs at the State Fair and longed to win the Big Boar contest.



“Two years ago, we had another boar that was presented and finished second to a boar from Indiana,” Schaefer said. Peyton’s pig in 2012 was named “Fred Hoiboar” and was presented by Iowa State men’s basketball coach Fred Hoiberg. The team that raised Peabody sold T-shirts, raising $3,000 for the Shining City Foundation, a nonprofit organization that Peyton helped found that builds medical clinics and other projects in remote, underserved areas of China, Africa, and other countries.

“He was an incredible guy,” Schaefer said of Peyton.”He had a lot of passion for people who don’t have a lot.” Peabody will be on display for the remainder of the Iowa State Fair, which ends on August 17. The five-year-old boar beat out “Big Mac” who weighed in at 1,142 pounds. This year’s winner of the State Fair’s “Super Bull” contest (that’s B-U-L-L) is “Big Daddy.”

The bull, raised on Stalcup Farms in Prescott, tipped the scales at 3,012 pounds.

(Radio Iowa)

"Big Daddy"

“Big Daddy”

RONALD MARTIN, 57, of Carroll & formerly of Greenfield (Svcs. 8/13/14)


August 8th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

RONALD MARTIN, 57, of Carroll (& formerly of Greenfield), died July 1st, at the Prairie Rose New Hope Village in Carroll, Iowa. Celebration of Life Services for RONALD MARTIN will be held on Wednesday, August 13, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Greenfield. Steen Funeral home in Greenfield has the arrangements.

The family will greet friends at the church one hour prior to services. Online condolences may be left to the family at

Burial will be in the Greenfield Cemetery. A luncheon will be held at the church following the committal services at the cemetery.

Memorials may be directed to the New Hope Village in Carroll or to the Greenfield United Methodist Church.

RONALD MARTIN is survived by:

His parents, Bill O. and Nevada Martin of Greenfield.

His brother, Jeffrey S. Martin of Fujiyoshida, Japan; other relatives and friends.

Master Gardener Classes to Start in September

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August 8th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Anyone interested in attending 40 hours of training to become a Master Gardener is encouraged to contact the Cass County Extension Office for information on classes forming this fall. The registration deadline for fall Master Gardener classes is Wednesday, September 3. The regular fee for the classes is $195; after September 3 a $50 late fee will be assessed. Currently 29 sites across Iowa are planning to offer training this fall, including a site in Cass County. This will be the only training class for the 2014-2015 academic year.

Fall trainees will receive the newly revised Resource Guide for Iowa Master Gardeners with hundreds of new photos to enhance the text. Adobe Connect sessions begin Sept. 16 and run through Nov. 5. Class-on-campus dates will be October 18 and October 25. Let your local coordinator know if you need to make up the class-on-campus session so that you can be assigned to attend on one of those dates.

For more information on the Summer Garden Webinar Series, to sign up for the 2014 Master Gardener Classes, or for other resources and information on gardening, call the Cass County Extension Office at 712-243-1132, email, or stop by the Extension Office at 805 W. 10th St in Atlantic.

Free Gardening Webinars to Focus on Tree Concerns

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August 8th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Master Gardener program is once again offering a series of summer webinars free to all local residents with an interest in gardening. The theme for the 2014 Summer Webinar Series is “Totally Trees.” As the Emerald Ash Borer marches across the state, homeowners need to be prepared to recognize signs of damage, know what control options are available, and consider alternatives for replacement trees. All sessions will be held from 6:30-8:00 p.m. The Cass County Extension Office is a local host site.

On Thursday August 14th, ISU Extension Entomologist, Mark Shour, will speak on Tree Pests, with a focus on recent pests of trees such as the Emerald Ash Borer and the impact of these pests on the Iowa landscape. On Thursday September 4th, Jeff Iles, Extension Nursery and Landscape Specialist, will speak on Ash Alternatives, providing ideas of other species of trees to consider planting in the home landscape.

Local participants will watch the presentation live from campus, projected onto a large screen, and have the opportunity to ask questions and discuss the topic live with the presenter. There is no charge to attend the classes, and no requirements to attend previous sessions. Anyone with an interest in the topic is welcome to attend and learn.

Audit: Malvern Librarian edited receipts to hide purchases


August 8th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

MALVERN, Iowa (AP) – Auditors say a library director in a southwestern Iowa town repeatedly billed the city for improper purchases and altered receipts to cover up the practice. An investigation released today (Friday) by State Auditor Mary Mosiman found that former Malvern library director Stacey Buick misspent thousands of dollars.

Auditors say Buick billed the city for personal items like video games, groceries, and party decorations. A $1,200 home theatre system, a camera, a coffee machine, a window air conditioning unit and TracPhones were among the items flagged.

Auditors found that many receipts submitted to the city were altered with correction fluid or by cutting and pasting over the original descriptions of items. An envelope discovered in Buick’s office contained the original receipts.

Buick resigned last year.

Atlantic man arrested for OWI – 3rd offense


August 8th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Police in Atlantic report a local man was arrested Thursday. 32-year old Keith Feltner-Lewis, of Atlantic, was arrested for OWI/3rd offense. He was booked into the Cass County jail and held, pending an appearance before the magistrate.

Car fire on I-80 in Cass County


August 8th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Fire Department was called to the scene of a car fire this (Friday) morning, on Interstate 80 eastbound, about eight-tenths of a mile east of the Olive Street exit. The page went out at 8:38-a.m.  Moments later, law enforcement reported the unoccupied vehicle was fully engulfed in flames.

No other details are available.

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QUICK-AS-A-WINK Pie Crust (8-9-14)

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August 8th, 2014 by Jim Field

1-3/4 c. all-purpose flour
½ t. salt
½ c. vegetable oil (I use corn oil)
2 T. water
METHOD: Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. In a medium bowl, combine flour and salt. In a glass measuring cup add oil and water. Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and mix until combined. (Do not over mix as this would develop the gluten in the flour too much and cause a tough crust.) With freshly washed hands, gently form dough into a ball. Put ball of dough into middle of 9-inch pie plate. Use fingers to spread dough toward sides of pan. Push dough evenly up to top of sides of pan so that there is enough dough to make a crimped edge. Crimp top edges of crust. Use a table fork and prick holes in bottom and sides of crust. This will keep crust from puffing up too much while baking. Bake for 10-15 min. or until crust is just starting to turn light brown. Remove from oven. Cool completely. Makes crust for one single-crust pie.