THURSDAY, APRIL 14th

Trading Post

April 14th, 2016 by Jim Field

FOR SALE:  Pride Jet 3 Ultra electric wheelchair.  Older model comes as seen and with charging cord.  No head rest.  As is.  In good working order.  Charged and ready to go.  Best offer.  Call 712-243-6905.  If no answer please leave message.  Unable to deliver so would have to be picked up.  Can help load up.

wheelchair

FOR SALE: 2013 Craftsman 18 inch rear tine Tiller, 208cc motor, asking $350.00. Phone 712-304-0677 or 712 -268-5359.

Cardinals’ Gonzales to have Tommy John surgery

Sports

April 13th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis Cardinals left-hander Marco Gonzales will have season-ending Tommy John surgery. General manager John Mozeliak announced the decision Wednesday, and said he expects Gonzales to have the operation Friday. Gonzales injured his elbow during spring training.

The 22-year-old Gonzales was limited to one start for the Cardinals last season because of shoulder problems. Gonzales was 4-2 with a 4.15 ERA in 10 games as rookie in 2014 after being selected by the Cardinals in the first round of the 2013 draft. He continued his strong play in the postseason, going 2-1 with a 4.50 ERA in six games.

The standard recovery from Tommy John surgery is 12-15 months.

ROBERT JAMES NEEDHAM, 57, of Omaha & formerly of the Oakland area (Svcs. 4/16/16)

Obituaries

April 13th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

ROBERT JAMES NEEDHAM, 57, of Omaha (formerly of Malmo, NE & the Oakland, IA areas), died Wed., April 13th, at Specialty Care, in Omaha. Graveside services for ROBERT NEEDHAM will be held 10:30-a.m. Saturday, April 16th, at the Fairview Cemetery west of Oakland. Rieken-Vieth Funeal Home in Oakland has the arrangements.

Visitation with the family will be on Friday, April 15th, from 5-to 7-p.m., at the Rieken Vieth Funeral Home in Oakland.

ROBERT NEEDHAM is survived by:

His brother – Dale (Vernalyn) Needham of Oakland.

His sister  – Vicki (William) Dauel of Malmo, NE.

Several nieces and nephews, many other relatives and friends.

Atlantic School District Superintendent announces retirement

News

April 13th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Atlantic School District Superintendent Dr. Michael Amstein has announced he will be retiring at the end of the 2016-17 school year. The announcement came during Wednesday evening’s regular meeting of the Atlantic School Board.

Amstein, who has served the Atlantic School District since April, 2010, said when he concludes his service here, he will have “been on one side of the desk or the other side of the desk for 53-years. My wife tells me it’s about time to ‘come to the house.'”

Atlantic Superintendent Dr. Michael Amstein (Ric Hanson, photo)

Atlantic Superintendent Dr. Michael Amstein (Ric Hanson, photo)

He said “You get a point in your life where you know it’s time to take a look at something else.” Amstein says he has some ideas of what he might do upon retirement, but “It probably won’t be in education….I want to do something that normal people do.”

He said in the meantime, he looks forward to the upcoming year, and that he will do whatever is necessary in the upcoming year to help in the transition to a new Superintendent, next year.

In a prepared statement, Dr. Amstein said “I am grateful to the Atlantic Community for making me feel so welcome into the community. My wife and I have been fortunate that we have been able in the short time that we have lived here, to have developed some life-long friendships that we will cherish and hope to continue.”

He said he’s proud “Of the fact the district’s test scores have improved steadily over the past six-years, the graduation rate has improved, while the district’s dropout rate has dropped to below the state average. None of these things could have been accomplished without the hard work and dedication of our teachers, support staff, administrators and school board members.”

Amstein joins a list of Superintendents from around southwest and western Iowa who have announced their resignations or retirements since the beginning of the 2015-16 school year. The most recent being Griswold’s Dana Kunze and Riverside’s Jim Sutton. Superintendents at Exira-Elk Horn/Kimballton and Farragut School Districts all announced their plans to leave this past fall and winter. Farragut’s Tom Hinrichs’ decision was immediate, after the State Board of Education stripped away the district’s local control.

Sioux City schools locked down after robo threat

News

April 13th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The entire Sioux City Community School District was placed on lockdown this (Wednesday) morning after a threatening call was received around 8:20 a-m at the administration building. Sergeant Brad Bollinger of the Sioux City Police says the call claimed that explosive devices had been placed at each school in the district, and that the schools would be attacked with rifles within a half hour.

He says it was a robotic voice that said a bomb would go off at all schools. “These calls have been going around the country recently, and numerous school districts have received them in the past. In fact, this is the second time that the Sioux City School District has received them,” Bollinger says. Officers were dispatched to the buildings and the call proved to be a hoax. Bishop Heelan High School Principal Chris Bork says the city parochial schools did not receive the call, but police notified them of the threat and they also briefly went on lockdown.

He says they went outside and made sure the students were safely moving across campus. Bork says started talking with a police officer about the best way to handle things, and during that meeting the public schools lifted their lockdown. The lockdown was canceled at 9:15. Sergeant Bollinger says the F-B-I has been notified of the threat and the investigation is continuing.

(Radio Iowa)

Tuition could rise at Iowa universities, community colleges

News

April 13th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Legislature’s proposed higher education budget target could hike tuition at the state’s three public universities and 15 community colleges this fall. The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports that lawmakers have agreed to give a nearly $4.9 million increase for public higher education in the 2016 to 2017 fiscal year budget. But the proposed target is more than $3 million less than the minimum that the Iowa Board of Regents says it needs to keep resident undergraduate tuition the same at the University of Northern Iowa and Iowa State University.

The University of Iowa’s base tuition will already increase by $100 per semester starting in the fall, but the budget target could mean another increase.

Iowa State signs prep forward Cameron Lard

Sports

April 13th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa State has signed prep forward Cameron Lard to a letter of intent. Lard, a 6-foot-9, 220-pound forward from Louisiana, missed his senior season because of transfer rules. But as a junior, Lard averaged 16 points and 10 rebounds at Natchitoches Central High School.

Lard, the fifth member of coach Steve Prohm’s first recruiting class, was rated as a four-star recruit by ESPN and 247sports.com. Lard might play immediately next season since the Cyclones lose post players Georges Niang, Jameel McKay and Abdel Nader to graduation.

NCAA denies Iowa DE Drew Ott’s bid for year of eligibility

Sports

April 13th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa defensive end Drew Ott’s college career is finished after his appeal for an extra year of eligibility was denied by the NCAA. Hawkeyes coach Kirk Ferentz confirmed the NCAA’s decision Wednesday, saying he was disappointed in both the decision and the process.

Ott suffered a knee and an elbow injury during Iowa’s sixth game in 2015, injuries that cost him the rest of the season. He had hoped to put off the NFL for another season. But instead he’ll have to take his chances in the draft without being able to work out for any teams.

Ott’s departure will likely give redshirt freshman Matt Nelson a chance to start next fall.

Ex-Iowa State athlete sues school over response to rape case

Sports

April 13th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

AMES, Iowa (AP) — A former Iowa State University basketball player who faced a rape charge that was later dropped is suing the school, claiming its response ruined his chances of playing professional basketball. The Des Moines Register reports Bubu Palo’s lawsuit accuses university officials of wrongly punishing him even after the criminal case against him was dropped. The suit also names the Iowa Board of Regents.

Palo was charged with felony sexual abuse in 2012 after a female student accused him of rape. The case was dropped due to lack of evidence, but ISU President Steven Leath barred Palo from playing, saying he violated student conduct rules.

Leath’s decision was eventually overturned, but Palo says he faced scrutiny due to the punishment. University officials haven’t responded to the complaint.

3 arrests in Cass County, Tuesday

News

April 13th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office reports three people were arrested Tuesday. 35-year old Lisa Mae Harper,  of Atlantic, and 36-year old Joshua Michael Lillard, of Atlantic, were arrested on one charge each of Possession of Methamphetamine 3rd/Subsequent Offense (D Felony). Both were taken to the Cass County Jail where they remain held on $5,000 bond each.

56-year old Barry Dean Schmidt, of Massena, was arrested Tuesday on a District Court Warrant for Probation Violation. Schmidt was also charged with Felon in Possession of Ammunition (D Felony), Possession of Methamphetamine 2nd Offense (Aggravated), and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Schmidt was taken to the Cass County Jail where he remains held on $12,300 bond.

And, Tuesday night, deputies in Montgomery County arrested 25-year old Timothy Alan Brown, of Elliott, on a Cass County District Court warrant for Failure to Appear on original charges of Carrying Weapons and on two-counts of Assault while displaying a dangerous weapons. Brown was brought to the Cass County Jail, where he remains held on $2,000 bond.

(12:40-p.m. News)