WILMA LUCILLE MITCHELL, 89, of Harlan (1-9-15)


January 6th, 2015 by Jim Field

WILMA LUCILLE MITCHELL, 89, of Harlan died Tuesday, January 6th at Elm Crest Retirement Community in Harlan.  Funeral service for WILMA LUCILLE MITCHELL will be held on Friday, January 9th at 11:00 am at the Pauley-Jones Funeral Home in Harlan.


Visitation will be held on Friday from 9:00 am to 11:00 am at the funeral home.

Burial in the Rose Hill Cemetery in Kirkman.


Daughters:  Rose (Robert) Wessels of Raynham, MA; Roberta (Matthew) Hickman of Humble, TX; Linda (Duane) Musich of Harlan.

Son:  Rob (Linda) Mitchell of Council Bluffs

10 Grandchildren

9 Great-Grandchilden

Men face fish and game violations in Greene County


January 6th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Three men face a total of more than 150 charges in connection with fish and game violations in Greene County. The state Department of Natural Resources says 20-year-old Hossein Kolbehrdari, of Ankeny, 21-year-old Maxwell McGlothlen, of Ankeny, and 22-year-old Rheise Presnall, of Polk City, face a variety of charges.

Kolbehrdari’s charges include unlawful possession of game birds or animals. McGlothlen’s charges include not having a hunting license and possessing a rifle while deer hunting. Presnall is accused of illegal possession of a whitetail deer, among other charges.

Officials in November conducted a search of a rental home where the men were staying. Each faces different fines. Court records do not list attorneys.

Iowa board supports reclassification of marijuana extract


January 6th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The Iowa Pharmacy Board says it supports reclassifying a marijuana extract for the treatment of epilepsy, but the group has declined to make any broader changes supported by medical marijuana advocates.  The Des Moines Register reports the board approved a recommendation Monday that state lawmakers reclassify the extract, which has little of the chemical THC used to make recreational marijuana users high.

Board member James Miller says the extract’s reclassification would help Iowa code conform to a state law passed last spring. But he noted that Iowa pharmacies would be unlikely to carry the extract unless federal law was clear that it is legal. Board Chairman Edward Maier says state lawmakers should tackle the legal implications of the reclassification.

Water main breaks, causes Sioux City street to collapse


January 6th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – The break of a large water line in Sioux City caused a residential street to collapse and left more than a dozen homes without water service. The Sioux City Journal reports the 16-inch water main broke Sunday, causing a block of Macomb Avenue to collapse. Water service also was cut off to 15 homes, and nine customers lost gas service until a temporary line could be installed. Water service was restored Tuesday morning to all but one home.

Such breaks can happen in the winter, when temperature changes cause the ground to swell and contract. That squeezes and shifts underground pipes, which over time can rupture. City crews were hampered in their response by temperatures near zero.

Wheel-track glazing causes travel hazards on Iowa roadways today

News, Weather

January 6th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Iowa Department of Transportation report the combination of light, blowing snow and cold surface temperatures could result in icy roadways today (Tuesday) due to a phenomenon called wheel-track glazing. “Wheel-track glazing” is caused by warm tires trapping the ground-level light, blowing snow. As more vehicles travel over the same wheel tracks, a glaze of ice forms that becomes very slippery. The condition is very difficult for Iowa Department of Transportation crews to treat because the ice is continuously forming on heavily traveled roadways.WTG

Saving lives and preventing the risk of serious injury under these conditions requires: A basic understanding of the conditions that contribute to wheel-track glazing; Access to current road weather information; The exercising of good judgment; and adherence to simple safety tips.

See the Iowa DOT’s website www.iowadot.gov/maintenance/wheeltrackglazing.html to learn more about the formation of the roadway glaze and its consequences.

For drivers, the consequences of wheel-track glazing can be serious. Stopping distances are 10 times greater than on dry pavement and double that of packed snow. Here are some tips for driving on icy roads, when travel is necessary….

Postpone your trip if possible; On “Ice and Snow … Take It Slow.”; Give you full attention to the driving task. Do not use a mobile communication device while driving; Turn off the vehicle’s cruise control.
Put a safe distance between your vehicle and others sharing the roadway; Keep your windshield clear of snow and ice; Turn on your vehicle’s lights; Allow extra travel time; and if you are starting to skid, tap the breaks. Do not push down and hold the brake pedal.

To discover all the ways in which you can receive around-the-clock Iowa traveler information, visit 511ia.org.

Injury accident in Adair County Tue. morning


January 6th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

One person was injured during a collision this (Tuesday) morning, in Adair County. The Iowa State Patrol says 54-year old Marilyn Harden, of Casey, was transported to the Adair County Memorial Hospital in Greenfield by Adair Rescue following the crash at around 6:20-a.m. on Interstate 80 just east of Casey.

Officials say Harden and 41-year old Michael Reha, of Adair, were traveling east on I-80 in the right lane, when for reasons unknown, Reha’s 2006 Chevy pickup rear-ended Harden’s 2012 Ford Escape. Harden told authorities she was driving 45-to 50-miles per hour prior to the crash.

The collision forced her SUV into the median, while Reha’s pickup came to rest on the right shoulder of the eastbound lanes. The ISP was assisted at the scene by deputies with the Guthrie County Sheriff’s Office.

Iowa State To Host ESPN College GameDay Jan. 17


January 6th, 2015 by Jim Field

AMES, Iowa – For the first time in school history, Iowa State has been picked to host ESPN College GameDay Covered by State Farm on Saturday, Jan. 17, prior to the Cyclones’ home game with Kansas. The game will be scheduled to start at 8 p.m. CT.

ESPN GameDay, the station’s signature college basketball pregame show, begins at 9 a.m. CT on ESPNU, continuing at 10 a.m. CT on ESPN with an evening edition leading into Iowa State’s Big 12 showdown with Kansas. Doors will open for the event at 7 a.m.

Iowa State and Kansas have combined to record a 21-4 mark to start the year and have been ranked in the top 25 every week of the 2014-15 campaign.

ESPN’s College GameDay Covered by State Farm boasts some new faces this season as analysts Seth Greenberg and Jay Williams join the returning duo of host Rece Davis and analyst Jay Bilas on the eight-week Saturday morning and evening program that originates from the site of ESPN’s Saturday Primetime Presented by DIRECTV telecast.

Bilas will also serve as analyst for the game, alongside Dan Shulman and reporter Shannon Spake.

3 arrests in Atlantic


January 6th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Three Atlantic residents were arrested recently on unrelated charges. The P-D reports 29-year old Shaun Williams and 36-year old Maria Frederickson were arrested Monday. Williams was charged with OWI/3rd offense, and Driving While Barred. Fredericksen was arrested for Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

And on Sunday, Atlantic Police arrested 23-year old Nicholas Anderson on warrants charging him with Domestic Abuse Assault and Violating his Probation.

All three subjects were booked into the Cass County Jail.

Backyard and Beyond 01-06-2015

Backyard and Beyond, Podcasts

January 6th, 2015 by Chris Parks

Lavon Eblen talks about a reusable food wrap option.


Brayton man arrested Monday


January 6th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Audubon County report the arrest Monday afternoon of a Brayton man. 18-year old Zachary Paul Kliefoth was taken into custody at around 10-p.m. following a traffic stop on Main Street, in Exira. He’s been charged with OWI/1st offense.

Kliefoth was brought to the Audubon County Jail and later released on his own recognizance. A passenger in the vehicle, 17-year old Matthew Peppers, of Exira, was cited for Minor in Possession. His charge was referred to Juvenile Court.