S. Illinois pulls away from Drake for an 83-69 victory


January 1st, 2017 by Ric Hanson

CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) — Sean O’Brien scored 16 points and had 13 rebounds and Leo Vincent added 15 points as Southern Illinois pulled away in the second half for an 83-69 win over Drake on Sunday. Southern Illinois (8-7, 1-1 Missouri Valley) had a 37-32 lead at halftime before Drake used a 15-8 run in the first six minutes of the second half, taking a 47-45 lead on Reed Timmer’s layup.

Timmer later hit a 3 pulling Drake to within 56-55, but Sean Lloyd made a layup, Austin Weiher buried a 3, Aaron Cook had a layup as did O’Brien and the lead was at 10 with 8:41 to go. Nick McGlynn’s jumper with 4:04 left was the last time Drake (3-11, 1-1) trailed by single digits. Vincent responded with a 3 making it 75-63.

Timmer led the Bulldogs with 17 points and Ore Arogundade finished with 13 points.

KENT MULLER, 74, of Griswold (Svcs. 1/6/17)


January 1st, 2017 by Ric Hanson

KENT MULLER, 74 of Griswold, died Saturday, December 31st, at the Cass County Memorial Hospital, in Atlantic.  A Memorial service for KENT MULLER will be held 4-p.m. Friday, January 6th, at the Atlantic United Methodist Church, in Atlantic. Rieken-Duhn Funeral Home in Griswold is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation with the family will be Thursday evening at the Atlantic United Methodist Church from 5:30 until 8:00.

Interment will be at a later date.

Memorials may be directed to Mohm’s Place in Council Bluffs, and the Open Door Mission, in Omaha.

KENT MULLER is survived by:

His wife – Janis (Breckerbaumer) Muller, of Griswold.

His sons – Nicholas Muller & companion Lori Simpson, of Atlantic, and Jon (Maggie) Muller, of Griswold.

His daughters – Bethany (Nathan) Koch, of Iowa City; Misty (Theodore) Johnson, of Runnells; Jill (Matthew) Huebsch, of Wilmette, IL, and Meagan (Nathan) Ross, of Atlantic.

His brothers – Gary (Jackie) Muller, of Mesa, AZ, & Wendell (Connie) Muller, of Massena.

His 17 grandchildren, his father- and mother-in law (Randall & Sharon Breckerbaumer, of Atlantic), many other relatives and friends.

Montgomery County YMCA receives $40k grant for aquatics pool project


January 1st, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Montgomery County Family YMCA of Red Oak, Sunday, said the Y has received word that it will be a recipient of a $40,000 grant award from the Rural Iowa YMCA Facility Improvement Grant Program, which is administered by the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs. Nick Zimmer, Executive Director of the Montgomery County Family YMCA, said in a Press Release, that the grant award is a major part of the estimated $65,000 needed for the YMCA’s planned Interior Resurfacing project of the Wilson Aquatics Center Pool.

According to Zimmer, “The grant will continue to allow the YMCA to be the number one educational water safety resource center for the southwest Iowa regional counties that we serve. As one of the few indoor aquatic centers in southwest Iowa, we can continue to build on our established water exercise and physical rehabilitation programs through strengthening our collaborative partnership with our county and area hospitals for more health programming for all ages. Socially, the center brings people of all ages together, which allow each generation to better understand and respect one another.”

The Rural Iowa YMCA Facility Improvement Grant Program has distributed $1,000,000 to 18 rural Iowa YMCAs over the past two years. The program seeks to strengthen rural Iowa communities by investing in facility infrastructure projects to sustain youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility initiatives at YMCAs located in communities with populations of 28,000 or less.

Funding for the program is made possible though an appropriation by the Iowa Legislature from the Rebuild Iowa Infrastructure Fund. The fund was established in Iowa code in 1994 and is the primary funding source for the State of Iowa financed public infrastructure-related expenditures.

Zimmer added that “The YMCA Board of Director’s in August 2016 approved a strategic plan that addresses the priorities of Youth Development, Healthy Living, and Social Responsibilities for our 2500 members. The focus of the plan is to address the high rate of chronic disease and obesity in our community, plus, how we can better serve the needs of an aging population.” The Aquatic Center, he said, “Is vital to the plan by providing the necessary facility and wide range of programming for our constituency’s needs to be met…..Our swimming pool is ADA accessible, so no one is denied access to the pool.”

The YMCA Facility Committee and Board of Directors will be studying information related to the project timeline in January 2017 so as to limit the amount of pool down-time for the project’s completion. For more information on the Wilson Aquatics Center Pool Interior Resurfacing project or how one can become a member, volunteer, donor, or simply involved with the Montgomery County Family YMCA, please stop in for a visit or tour of the YMCA, call the YMCA at 712-623-2161, or visit the YMCA on Facebook, or the Y’s website at www.mcymca.com.

Marijuana growing operation found in Shelby County – 4 arrested


January 1st, 2017 by Ric Hanson

A search warrant executed Saturday in Shelby County during an ongoing investigation, resulted in the discovery of a marijuana growing operation, and four arrests. The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office reports deputies executed the warrant at 2036 Timber Road in rural Manilla. Four people living in the home were taken into custody. They were identified as 48-year old Sherryle Gorka, 51-year old Randall Ballard, 21-year old Alexander Gorka, and 20-year old Sophia Kurtz.

The suspects were charged with Manufacture of marijuana, possession of marijuana, possession of paraphernalia, gathering where controlled substances are used, and Child Endangerment.

Iowa rallies past Michigan 86-83 in OT


January 1st, 2017 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Peter Jok scored 25 points, including a decisive 3 with 1:16 left in overtime, and Iowa rallied to beat Michigan 86-83 on Sunday for its fifth straight win over the Wolverines. Freshman Jordan Bohannon added 17 points and six assists for the Hawkeyes (9-6, 1-1 Big Ten), who overcame a monster game by Michigan’s D.J. Wilson for their sixth win in seven games.

Derrick Walton Jr.’s breakaway layup with 21 seconds to go pulled Michigan (10-4, 0-1) within 84-83. But Jok hit two free throws after a hard foul, and Wilson clanked a 3 off the backboard that would’ve likely forced a second overtime.

Wilson set a career high with 28 points, and he added 14 rebounds and six assists. Duncan Robinson scored 15 off the bench for the Wolverines, who were just 12 of 35 from 3-point range. Tyler Cook had 11 points with eight assists in his first start since November for Iowa.

Atkins scores 25 points to lead No. 16 Texas women


January 1st, 2017 by Ric Hanson

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Ariel Atkins scored a career-high 25 points, including a 3-pointer to give No. 16 Texas the lead for good, in a 75-68 win over Iowa State on Sunday for the Longhorns’ sixth straight win.

Atkins’ 3-pointer gave the Longhorns (8-4, 2-0 Big 12) a two-point lead and began a 9-0 run she capped with a bucket for a 68-60 edge with a minute left. Seanna Johnson made three free throws to cut it to 71-68 and Iowa State got the ball back on a travel but turned it over on the inbounds pass. Atkins added two free throws and Brianna Taylor followed with a steal.

Kelsey Lang added 11 points and 12 rebounds for Texas, though the Longhorns were beaten on the boards, 36-34, for the first time this season. Jadda Buckley scored 19 points with seven assists and Johnson added 17 points and nine rebounds for the Cyclones (9-4, 0-2).

Des Moines police investigate fatal nightclub shooting


January 1st, 2017 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Des Moines Police are investigating the death of an 18-year-old man who was fatally shot in a dispute at a downtown nightclub. Police were called to the Des Moines nightclub around 3:30 a.m. Sunday to investigate the altercation.

Police Sgt. Paul Parizek says 18-year-old Frederico Thompson, Jr., of Des Moines, died at the nightclub after he was shot. The shooting is Des Moines’ first homicide of 2017.

Dec. 2016 Weather Data for Atlantic


January 1st, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Here are the weather stats for Atlantic as we end December and enter January: The Average High temperature in December (recorded at the KJAN Studios, the official National Weather Service site for Atlantic), was 33.9 degrees, which was one-degree warmer than the normal, average high for the month. The average Low was 14.1, which was slightly cooler than the norm of 14.4. The warmest day was on Dec. 25th, when we reached 53 degrees. The low was -17 on the 17th.

Precipitation for the month (melted snow, and rain) amounted to 1.35 inches, which was greater than the 1.11″ average. Snowfall for the month was 1.6 inches. Looking ahead to January, the normal High for the month averages out to 29 degrees, while the normal Low is 19. Precipitation in January usually amounts to just under an inch (.84″).

Total precipitation for 2016 in Atlantic amounted to 42.75 inches. The normal annual precipitation is 34.94.”

Shooting early Sunday morning in Council Bluffs


January 1st, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Police in Council Bluffs are investigation a shooting incident that took place early this (Sunday) morning. Just after 1-a.m., officers were dispatched to the Underground Bar (28 So 29th St, Council Bluffs, IA) for a disturbance involving approximately 20 people in the parking lot.

As officers were responding to the call they were advised shots had been fired and a person had possibly been hit. Upon officers arrival they made contact with one of the security guards who had sustained a gunshot wound to his back. The 20-year old from Omaha was transported by rescue squad to Creighton University Medical Center. His injuries are not believed to be life threatening at this time.

The case remains an open investigation. Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers (712) 328- 7867 or the Council Bluffs Police Department Criminal Investigation Division (712) 328-4728.

Arrest and accident Saturday night in Red Oak


January 1st, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Police in Red Oak arrested one person Saturday night and investigated a hit-and-run accident. Officials say 26-year old Devon Leigh Miller, of Clarinda, was arrested at around 10:30-p.m. for Driving While Suspended (A simple misdemeanor). Miller was transported to the Montgomery County Law Enforcement Center, where she was being held on a $300 bond.

And, Red Oak Police say a 2010 Ford Mustang belonging to Janet Norris, of Red Oak, was legally parked in the 1000 block of Miler Avenue, when it was struck on the rear driver’s side by an unknown vehicle. The damage amounted to approximately $2500. The accident, which happened sometime before 8-p.m., remains under investigation.