Adair County Supervisors to hold public budget hearing today


March 6th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Board of Supervisors in Adair County will hold a public hearing this (Wednesday) morning, over the proposed Fiscal Year 2014 County Budget. The hearing, which takes place at 9:30-a.m at the courthouse in Greenfield, and will be followed by approval of a Resolution adopting the budget, and other related matters.

At 9:45, the Board will discuss and possibly act on Township Clerk Wages, and the Auditor of State bill. At 10-a.m., the Board will hear from Randy Caviness, Director of the Adair County Soil and Water Conservation District, with regard to correspondence pertaining to Taxation for the maintenance of conservation watershed structures. And, a little after 10 o’clock, the Board will act on a Resolution setting the dates for a consultation and public hearing on a proposed amendment to the Northwest Sind Farm Urban Renewal Plan.

The Adair County Board of Supervisors meeting begins at 9-a.m.

Chiefs restructure contract of lineman Jackson


March 6th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs have restructured the contract of defensive end Tyson Jackson, freeing up space under the salary cap as free agency approaches. Jackson has become a valuable part of the defensive line, but not the star the Chiefs hoped when they selected him third overall in the 2009 draft. Partly as a result of that high selection, Jackson would have made $14.72 million and counted $17.5 million toward the cap this season.

The details of his restructured deal were not available, but it should leave more flexibility for new Chiefs general manager John Dorsey and coach Andy Reid to pursue free agents. Dorsey and Reid have been busy the past couple weeks, trading with the 49ers for quarterback Alex Smith, signing wide receiver Dwayne Bowe and punter Dustin Colquitt to five-year deals, and putting the franchise tag on left tackle Branden Albert to keep him in Kansas City.

Cardinals SS Furcal to gets 2nd opinion on elbow


March 6th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — St. Louis Cardinals shortstop Rafael Furcal is getting a second opinion on his ailing elbow. General manager John Mozeliak said Furcal would be examined Wednesday by Dr. James Andrews. The 35-year-old Furcal is out indefinitely after reinjuring the elbow he hurt late last season. Furcal and the team elected to try rehab rather than reconstructive surgery in the offseason. The Cardinals also have Pete Kozma, who stepped in last fall as a rookie, and offseason pickup Ronny Cedeno at shortstop.

UNI’s Sinkfield helps draft stock with fast 40s


March 6th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Former Northern Iowa wide receiver Terrell Sinkfield was not invited to the NFL scouting combine. He’s doing his best to make himself attractive for the upcoming draft, however. Sinkfield was invited to Minnesota’s pro prospect workouts on Monday, with several other prospects from the region. He said he was told his fastest 40-yard dash was an astounding 4.19 seconds. His other times were 4.27 and 4.44, when he tripped during the run.

Times can vary from source to source, and Vikings director of college scouting Scott Studwell told the St. Paul Pioneer Press he didn’t clock Sinkfield with any sub-4.3 times. But Studwell said he thought Sinkfield “tested well.” Even Sinkfield’s cumulative time of 4.33 seconds would give him elite speed. The 6-foot-1 Sinkfield went to Hopkins High School, a Minneapolis suburb.

Iowa early News Headlines: Wed., March 6th 2013


March 6th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Transportation officials are reminding Iowa drivers to be careful of patchy, slick roads in the wake of a late-winter storm. The state Department of Transportation says most roads in northern and eastern Iowa are covered in snow and ice. They recommend drivers reduce speed and avoid using their vehicle’s cruise control.

ELDORA, Iowa (AP) — A teenager shot by an Iowa sheriff after authorities say the boy refused to drop a weapon has been arrested in connection with the November incident. The state Department of Public Safety says the 17-year-old boy from Marshalltown was charged yesterday with one count of intimidation with a dangerous weapon and one count of assaults on persons engaged in certain occupations.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Authorities in central Iowa are investigating how a deputy accidentally fired her handgun. The Polk County Sheriff’s Office says the female reserve deputy fired her county-issued handgun inside patrol headquarters Monday night. The deputy injured her left hand and was taken to a local hospital. She has been released.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio prison officials have moved a condemned killer from death row to the state death house ahead of today’s scheduled s execution. Inmate Frederick Treesh was sentenced to die for the 1994 shooting death of a security guard following a multistate crime rampage that crossed Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Iowa Boys State Basketball Schedule


March 6th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

At Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines
Wed, March 6th 2013 -
Class 4-A Quarterfinals
1:05-p.m. #4 Sioux City North (21-2) vs. #5 Cedar Falls (19-4)
2:45-p.m. #1 Bettendorf (23-0) vs. #8 Urbandale (17-6)
6:35-p.m. #3 Dubuque Senior (22-1) vs. #6 Des Moines Roosevelt (18-5)
8:15-p.m. #2 Iowa City West (23-0) vs. #7 Dowling Catholic (18-5)

(Both Class 4-A semi-finals take place on Friday, March 8th)

Semi-finals – Thursday, March 7th
Class 1-A
10:30-a.m. Danville vs. Storm Lake St. Mary’s
12:15-p.m. Boyden-Hull vs.North Tama

The 1-A Championship game is at 6:05-p.m. Friday, March 8th

Class 2-A
2:00-p.m. West Fork vs. M-F-L/MarMac
3:45-p.m. Kuemper Catholic vs. Sheldon

The 2-A Championship game is at 8:05-p.m. Friday, March 8th

Class 3-A
6:35-p.m. Harlan vs. MOC/Floyd Valley
8:15-p.m. Davenport Assumption vs. Mt. Pleasant

The 3-A Championship game begins at 6:05-p.m. Saturday, March 9th

Tuesday’s Iowa Boys State Basketball Scores


March 6th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

2-A State Tournament
First Round
  • Sheldon 63, Pella Christian 57
  • Kuemper Catholic 61, Nodaway Valley 54

Sam Brincks scored 24 points and Kuemper Catholic used a big rebounding advantage to post a 61-54 victory over Fourth ranked Nodaway Valley in a class 2A quarterfinal round game. Kuemper took the lead for good by outscoring the Wolverines 21-11 in the third quarter and then held off a fourth quarter rally to avenge a 64-60 loss to Nodaway Valley in their regular season finale.The Knights owned a 37-27 rebounding advantage in part due to foul trouble to Nodaway Valley center Alex Welsch. The six-foot, seven senior still finished with 16 points and 12 rebounds. Nodaway Valley ends the season with a record of 23-2.

3-A State Tournament
First Round
  • Davenport Assumption 55, Dallas Center-Grimes 45
  • MOC-Floyd Valley 52, Grinnell 44
  • Waverly-Shell Rock 54, Mount Pleasant 49 (OT)
  • Harlan 67, Vinton-Shellsburg 56

Harlan outscored top ranked Vinton-Shellsburg 10-0 to start the third quarter as the Cyclones raced away to a 67-56 victory in a class 3-A quarterfinal round game. Adam Juhl led the Cyclones with 17 points. Maxton Kearns led Vinton-Shellsburg with 19 points. The Vikings suffered their first loss of the season and close it out with a record of 24-1.

Owner seeks to unload football team via Craigslist


March 5th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A co-owner of the Cedar Rapids (Iowa) Titans football team is selling his stake through Craigslist. The Titans announced earlier this week that owner Mike Polaski is trying to sell his 20 percent stake in the two-year-old Indoor Football League team. Polaski writes on Craigslist that a downturn in his business as a restaurant owner is the reason and he’s asking for $80,000.

The team’s general manager and co-owner, Chris Kokalis, says Polaski was influential in bringing the team to Cedar Rapids. He says Polaski’s decision to sell has no impact on the Titans’ daily operations. The Titans (3-0) were in first place in IFL’s United Conference and face the Wyoming Cavalry on Friday.


Trading Post

March 5th, 2013 by Stacie Linfor

FOR SALE: Ash & Elm firewood (still green, has restocked supply, ready to sit and dry) all cut & split – $75 per load; green Bur Oak, needs to be split & cut, not on hand, will be available – $100 per load; will do tree work, not more than 2 feet across or in the Atlantic city limits. 778-4672

FOR SALE: Vintage 1950′s Maytag clothes dryer, white, still works $100. 712-590-7001

FOR SALE: 2 – side tool boxes for pickup box, ladder rack for a standard size pickup box, set of nerf bars for extended cab Chevy trauck. $300 for all or trade. 712-304-4261

WANTED: bakers racks, plant stands, plastic bookshelves, plastic cube stackers/milk crates. 789-9385

Harkin, Miller and other Democrats seek to raise minimum wage


March 5th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

WASHINGTON (AP) — House and Senate Democrats want to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, more than a dollar higher than President Barack Obama proposed in his State of the Union address. Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin and California Rep. George Miller say their bill, introduced Tuesday, would boost the minimum from its current rate of $7.25 an hour by 2015. It then calls for automatic annual increases tied to changes in the cost of living. Obama’s proposal last month called for an increase to $9 an hour, but Harkin says that doesn’t go far enough.

The lawmakers say a hike in the minimum wage would help lift millions of workers out of poverty and boost the economy. But top Republicans have rejected the idea, saying it would hurt employers.