Class 3A and 4A Baseball Postseason pairings released


July 7th, 2016 by Chris Parks

The Iowa High School Athletic Association has released their postseason pairings for Class 3A and 4A baseball.  Local match-ups are as follows:

Class 3A

Substate 8, District 15 @ Winterset July 15, 2016
Glenwood vs. Atlantic 5:00pm
Creston vs. Winterset 7:00pm
Winterset will host the District final on July 18th at 7:00pm

Substate 8, District 16 @ Harlan July 15, 2016
Storm Lake vs. Denison-Schleswig 5:00pm
Carroll vs. Harlan 7:00pmHarlan will host the District final July 18th at 7:00pm

Class 4A

Substate 8 July 15, 2016
CB Abraham Lincoln @ Lewis Central 7:00pm
CB Thomas Jefferson @ Waukee 7:00pm

Full pairings for all classes can be found here.

Mega Millions jackpot hits $540 million for Friday drawing


July 7th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The Mega Millions jackpot has increased to $540 million, as brisk ticket sales fuel the estimated jackpot for Friday’s drawing. Paula Otto is executive director of the Virginia Lottery and lead director for Mega Million. She says sales leading up to Friday’s drawing have exceeded expectations resulting in the jackpot adjustment.

Friday’s drawing will be the 35th since Mega Millions had a winner – the longest rollover stretch in the game’s history. Otto says that since the last winner in March, Mega Million tickets sales have exceeded $1 billion. Sales prior to the last drawing on Tuesday night also were higher than expected, at around $107 million. Sales were anticipated to hit $80 million.

Tickets are sold in 45 jurisdictions including 43 states plus the District of Columbia and the U. S. Virgin Islands.

Cardinals disable Carpenter, call up McKenry from Memphis


July 7th, 2016 by Chris Parks

ST. LOUIS, Mo., July 7, 2016 – The St. Louis Cardinals announced prior to today’s game that they have placed All-Star infielder Matt Carpenter (right oblique strain) on the 15-day disabled list and purchased the contract of catcher Michael McKenry from Memphis (AAA).

Carpenter, named on Tuesday to his third National League All-Star team, becomes the third St. Louis player in three days (also Brandon Moss and Brayan Pena) to be placed on the disabled list.   Carpenter currently ranks among National League leaders in several offensive categories, including both on-base (.420) pct. and slugging (.568) pct.  He was batting .298 with a team-high 25 doubles, 56 runs scored and 53 RBI to go along with his 14 home runs.

Carpenter was disabled once prior in his Major League career (May 23 to June 22, 2012) for a right oblique injury.

McKenry, 31, was signed by the Cardinals as a minor league free agent on May 27 after beginning the 2016 season with the Texas Rangers Triple-A Round Rock club.  Since joining Memphis, he’s batted .341 (28-for-82) in 24 games with 5 home runs and 20 RBI, compiling a 1.126 on-base + slugging pct.  He helped Memphis to a 7-6 win with his walk-off home run against Nashville last night.

The right-handed hitting Tennessee native has appeared in 308 games in the majors with Colorado (2010, 2014-15) and Pittsburgh (2011-13), combining for a .239 batting average (200-for-838) with 29 homers and 103 RBI.

McKenry has been assigned uniform no. 19.

Bluffs woman faces charges after hitting husband w/a snow globe


July 7th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Police in Council Bluffs say a domestic disturbance this (Thursday) morning resulted a man being sent to the hospital and his wife arrested on two charges. 35-year old Jennifer Evens, of Council Bluffs, was arrested for Aggravated Domestic Abuse and Willful Injury, and was brought to the Pottawattamie County Jail.

Officers responded to a residence in the 100 block of N. 36th Street at around 5:30-a.m. Upon arrival, they made contact with 29-year old Christopher Evans,  his wife, Jennifer Evens. Officers determined the couple had been involved in an argument, that had ended with Jennifer allegedly striking Christopher in the back of the head with some type of blunt object and then striking him in the face with a “snow globe”, which broke on impact.

Jennifer then allegedly struck Christopher on the left side of his body with the broken snow globe, causing some superficial lacerations. Christopher Evens was transported to Creighton Medical Center for treatment of his injuries, which were not life threatening.

Office of Sen. Ernst Announces Traveling Office Hours for July


July 7th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Office of U.S. Joni Ernst (R-IA) today (Thursday) announced upcoming traveling office hours in all 99 counties across Iowa for the month of July. Representatives from Senator Ernst’s office will be available in counties throughout the state to assist Iowans with problems or questions about eligibility involving issues like Social Security, veterans benefits, military affairs, passports, immigration issues, and other federal programs. Senator Ernst will not be at the traveling office hours.

U-S Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA)

U-S Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA)

If residents are unable to attend the traveling office hours and are seeking assistance with federal agencies, please visit Ernst.Senate.Gov  A complete list of all upcoming dates can be found here

Area Office visit sites/date and times:

Adair County:

Friday, July 22, 2016 11:00 AM-12:00 PM Adair County Courthouse

Meeting Room 400 Public Square Greenfield.

Adams County:

Thursday July 21, 2016 10:45-11:45 AM Corning Public Library 603 9th Street Corning.

Audubon County:

Tuesday July 26, 2016 10:00-11:00 AM Audubon Public Library 401 North Park Place Audubon.

Cass County:

Tuesday July 26, 2016 12:00-1:00 PM Atlantic Public Library Meeting Room B 507 Poplar Street Atlantic.

Guthrie County:

Friday, July 22, 2016 9:00-10:00 AM Guthrie County Courthouse Public Meeting Room 200 North 5th Street Guthrie Center.

Montgomery County:

Tuesday July 26, 2016 2:00-3:00 PM Montgomery County Extension Office 400 Bridge Street, Suite 2 Red Oak.

Pottawattamie County:

Monday July 25, 2016 2:00-3:00 PM Eckels Memorial Library 207 South Highway Oakland

Shelby County:

Wednesday July 20, 2016 9:30-10:30 AM Harlan Public Library 718 Court St Harlan.

EPA urges states to publish individual lead water samples


July 7th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says states are taking action to address the risk of lead in drinking water but more needs to be done to share key information with the public. EPA urged states in letters sent Thursday to post individual lead sampling results on public websites. That practice will allow residents to see which homes and buildings have been tested and what level of lead was identified.

The EPA said a “substantial number” of states were already posting such information but others haven’t, citing information technology hurdles and privacy concerns. The agency’s push comes after the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, where residents were exposed to high lead levels when the city switched to a more corrosive water source that wasn’t properly treated.

(Update) 1 lane of I-80 eastbound open at Hwy 25 exit


July 7th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Department of Transportation reports one-lane of Interstate 80 eastbound near the Highway 25 overpass (in Adair County), is open, following a crash that took place earlier this morning. The accident involved two semi-tractor trailers, and reportedly occurred at around 6-a.m. Both lanes had been blocked for about 3 1/2 hours. As of the latest report, only the right lane remained closed while crews clean-up the scene and remove the semis. Eastbound traffic near Casey was moving slow on I-80, and motorists should expect some delays.

Additional information is not currently available.

Ag Secretary says crops looking good overall

Ag/Outdoor, News

July 7th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Iowa Agriculture Secretary Bill Northey says the state entered July with the crops looking good despite some fields that need some moisture. “We have a lot of areas that look pretty good, but we do definitely have some dry area in parts of Iowa — especially across southern Iowa,” Northey says.

The weekly U-S-D-A crop report showed south-central and south-east Iowa had the lowest levels of topsoil moisture with two-thirds of the state short to very short. There have been reports of the corn leaves curling in some places where the moisture is low. Northey says the hot days in the 90s will make the corn leaves curl and the soybeans will wilt a little bit. He says in the areas where it is not really dry the crops will be able to handle the heat.

Northey farms near Spirit Lake in northwest Iowa and got some of his corn in late due to wet conditions. “And it only made knee high by the Fourth of July, so we have spots that are drowned out and not very far away we have spots that are too dry,” according to Northey. ” For the most part when you look at the state, the crop looks good for this time of year.” Northey says he’s only had a few reports of issues with the crops outside of the weather.

He says he’s seen some soybean aphids being talked about as people get out and scout the fields. But he says there’s not been anything major. Northey says storm damage is one thing that could impact crops in July. He says the impact of storms is much like the impact of rain, as it can hit one field hard, but leave others untouched.

(Radio Iowa)

Backyard & Beyond 7-7-2016

Backyard and Beyond, Podcasts

July 7th, 2016 by Jim Field

LaVon Eblen visits with Randy Schultz about keeping rabbits and deer out of your garden and yard.


(Update) Heavy storms and strong winds bring widespread damage, power outages

News, Weather

July 7th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Widespread damage to homes, businesses and crops was reported across western and northern Iowa after overnight thunderstorms brought heavy rain and strong winds approaching 70 miles an hour. Montgomery County emergency management coordinator Brian Hamman says severe storms rolled through Villisca at around 2 A-M. “I was out and followed the storms and entered the city of Villisca and found numerous tree limbs down,” Hamman says. “About the same time, the Villisca Fire Department was paged out to Forsman Farms, the chicken farm just southwest of town, for significant damage.”

Forsman Farms damage (Brian Hamman - Montgomery EMA photos)

Forsman Farms damage (Brian Hamman – Montgomery EMA photos)

He says the damage at that facility is incredible. “The chicken plant at Forsman Farms sustained significant damage to pretty much every building, from minor roof damage to significant damage,” Hamman says. “The walkway has been blown off completely between two buildings and multiple garage doors were ripped out.”

In addition, Hamman says Villisca’s Municipal Power Plant sustained significant roof damage. “They’ve had the majority of their roof blown off,” he says. “They have a pitched roof on top of a flat roof and the majority of that pitch is off.”

Villisca Power Plant

Villisca Power Plant

Downed trees and tree limbs dot the community and cleanup operations were underway Thursday morning. “The city of Villisca is taking care of all the tree branches that are down in the roadways and Forsman Farms has already contracted with a contractor to come out and make the repairs that are needed,” Hamman says. “Thankfully, it doesn’t sound like any of their chickens were affected and they still have electricity and are business as usual.”

(Radio Iowa)