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Former V.P. Pence to visit Iowa Aug. 19-20


August 13th, 2022 by Ric Hanson

Former Vice President Mike Pence will make stops in Des Moines and in Cumming, next Friday, August 19th. His visits coincide with opportunities to support conservative candidates and organizations ahead of the 2022 midterm elections.

In Des Moines, Pence will serve as the special guest at a lunch in support of U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley. Later, Pence will join Senator Grassley, former Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, and other Iowa GOP leaders and elected officials at the Iowa State Fair.

In Cumming, Iowa, Pence will appear at a Central Iowa House Party in support of the Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition.

On Saturday, August 20, 2022, Pence will join Speaker of the Iowa House of Representatives Pat Grassley and State Representative Sandy Salmon to give remarks at the Bremer County’s Annual Summer Grill and Chill Fundraiser in Waverly.

Previously, Pence visited Independence, Cedar Rapids, and Carroll, Iowa, to support Congressman Randy Feenstra, Congresswoman Mariannette Miller-Meeks, and Congresswoman Ashley Hinson, respectively. Pence also served as the keynote speaker at the Story County Lincoln Highway Dinner, sponsored by the Republican Party of Story County. Pence also spoke at The Family Leadership Summit in July 2021 and at the University of Iowa in November 2021.

SUV driven by a Creston teen crashes into barriers near a convenience store


August 13th, 2022 by Ric Hanson

(Creston, Iowa) – A 14-year-old female from Creston escaped injury during a single-vehicle accident Friday evening. Creston Police report the teen was driving a 2014 Dodge Durango and pulling into a parking space in front of a Casey’s store on Highway 25 North, in Creston, when she stepped on the gas instead of the brake. The accident happened at around 7:38-p.m.

The SUV struck two concrete barriers outside of the Casey’s building, and sustained heavy front end damage. The barriers and concrete around them were cracked. The damages amounted to $8,700 altogether. No citations were issued.

Atlantic City Council to hold the 1st reading of a Panhandling Ordinance


August 13th, 2022 by Ric Hanson

(Atlantic, Iowa) – The City Council in Atlantic will hold the first reading, on Wednesday (Aug. 17th), of an amended ordinance, with regard to Panhandling in the City. If approved after three readings, a new section added to the Code of Ordinances would ban panhandling in public spaces. Violators would be subject to a citation and a $50 fine. Currently, panhandling is managed on private property through trespassing laws.

The new section of Ordinance is based nearly verbatim on one currently used by the City of Manchester, and is based on a recommendation by the Community Protection Committee, which met on July 27th. City officials says added section of the Ordinance “accounts for constitutional protections as they may arise through the State and Federal Supreme Courts.”

In other business, the Council will welcome and Mayor Grace Garrett will swear-in, the City’s newest Police Officer: Phillip Hood. Officer Hood joined the Department earlier this month. He has previously been an A-PD Reserve Officer. Hood and his wife Melinda moved to Atlantic in the winter of 2012. The couple have two children.

Officer Hood is a graduate of Winterset High School and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Buena Vista University. He was worked for Atlantic Carriers for the last several years, and will be attending the 305th Class at the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy, where is expected to graduate in December, 2022.

The Atlantic City Council meeting begins at 5:30-p.m.,, in the Council’s Chambers at City Hall.

Atlantic Parks & Rec Board to discuss filling a Board Vacancy


August 13th, 2022 by Ric Hanson

(Atlantic, Iowa) – Members of Atlantic’s Parks and Recreation Department Board of Directors, Monday, will discuss a timeline and the process for filling a Park Board Vacancy. Parks Board Member Ashley Hayes is expected to announce during the Board’s meeting at 5:15-p.m. on Monday, she’s resigning from the Board due to a conflict of interest with a new, full-time position she has accepted with SWIPCO, as the part of their Community Development Team.

Mayor Grace Garrett will work with the Parks Board in the selection of a replacement for Hayes’ seat on the Board. An appointment to the Board must be made within 60-days of her official resignation.

The Parks Board meeting takes place in Council’s Chambers inside the Atlantic City Hall.

In other business, the Parks & Rec Board will hear a Budget Proposal, and updates on the Bull Creek and Splash Park projects. Discussion will be held with regard to the Hotel/Motel Tax and Sports Complex Expansion.

In his report to the Board, Parks and Rec Director Bryant Rasmussen will talk the last day for swimming at the Sunnyside Pool as being August 28th, along with some upcoming events and the Sunnyside Bandstand.

Kids Bike Ride this Saturday (Aug. 13) in Atlantic

Ag/Outdoor, News

August 12th, 2022 by Ric Hanson

(Atlantic, Iowa) – Nishna Valley Trails is holding a Kids Bike Ride this Saturday, August 13th, 2022.  The event starts at 10:30 AM, from the Schildberg Rec. Area West Parking lot. Check in and start the ride at the West Parking lot of the Schildberg Rec. Area. Three age groups, ride length according to age. FREE, and all ages welcome.

Co-sponsored by Atlantic Parks and Recreation, Cass County Conservation, Fareway, and West Side Diner in Atlantic, IA.

Questions: Call Atlantic Parks & Rec Director Bryant Rasmussen at 712-243-3542. After the ride check out Atlanticfest going on downtown!

DHS: State is deploying its limited monkeypox vaccines strategically


August 12th, 2022 by Ric Hanson

(Radio Iowa) – State health officials say they are actively monitoring the state’s monkeypox cases and are strategically deploying its limited vaccinations. Federal officials allocated about 25-hundred doses of the monkeypox vaccine to Iowa, which reports just over a dozen confirmed cases statewide. Iowa Department of Human Services Director Kelly Garcia says the state is following federal guidelines to target the vaccine towards certain populations considered most at risk.

Garcia says, “We’re focused on gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men, including transgender individuals who are 18 years of age and have had either multiple new or multiple sex partners in the last month, who have had close contact with others at a venue where there was likely a suspected probable or confirmed case of monkey pox.” Garcia says the state is also reserving a small amount of vaccine doses for -other- close contacts.

“That could be other household members, you know, think about parents or partners that are in the house who might be exposed to this particular disease,” she says, “as well as healthcare professionals who might need it as well.” Iowa’s first case of monkeypox was reported in Polk County on July 11th and there have since been 12 more confirmed cases statewide. Federal health officials report about nine-thousand cases nationwide.

(reporting by Natalie Krebs, Iowa Public Radio)

Here’s the “buzz” on an accident in Red Oak


August 12th, 2022 by Ric Hanson

(Red Oak, Iowa) – Authorities in Red Oak say no injuries were reported following a single-vehicle accident Friday morning. The mishap occurred when a wasp landed on the arm of the driver, 18-year-old Dylan Michael Welch, of Red Oak, causing him to swat at the insect and pull on the steering wheel at the same time.

Welch then accidentally hit the accelerator instead of the brake. The 2006 Chevy pickup he was driving northbound on N. 8th Street in Red Oak, struck a light pole near the intersection of N. 8th & East Hammond Streets, before rolling onto its side.

Damage to the pole was estimated at $1,600. The pickup was considered a total loss. Welch was issued a written warning for Failure to Maintain Control.

Wait to post vacation adventures online until you get home


August 12th, 2022 by Ric Hanson

(Radio Iowa) – Many Iowans are taking their last vacations of summer and while they may be excited to share photos of their far-away experiences on social media platforms, it may not be wise to do so when they’re still on the trip.

Hamilton County Sheriff Doug Timmons recommends you resist the urge to post pix of those beautiful beaches or misty mountains. “You go on vacation, you get on social media, you post pictures that you’re gone, you’re saying that your house is wide open and that your life is right there and everybody knows you’re not there,” Timmons says. “Don’t be posting pictures of your vacation until you get home.” 

If one of your Facebook friends comments on or “likes” your vacation photos, it’s possible your settings will also allow that person’s friends to see your photos — and suddenly, hundreds or thousands or people may see that you’re not home.

“When you do leave, if you’ve got a neighbor that you trust, tell them you’re going to be gone, keep an eye on your place, maybe they should have a set of keys for your house,” Timmons says. “Then think about cameras. You wonder what’s going on at home? You can get on your smartphone and you can look around your place to see what’s going on and if anything activated your cameras.”

The sheriff also suggests contacting your local law enforcement agency to see if they offer a vacation watch service, which is often free.

Christie, mulling 2024 presidential run, returns to Iowa


August 12th, 2022 by Ric Hanson

(Radio Iowa) – Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has returned to the Iowa campaign trail to headline a fundraiser for Senator Chuck Grassley, but Christie, who ran for president in 2020, may be back soon as a 2024 presidential candidate. “Definitely thinking about it. I’ve made no secret of that,” Christie told Radio Iowa. “I won’t make a final decision until the beginning part of next year.”

Christie suggested that while Donald Trump may be considered the front-runner for the GOP’s next presidential nomination, things change quickly in politics. “I think we have a fundamental decision to make as Republicans: Are we going to be the party of me or the party of us?…Are we going to just pursue one person’s agenda or are we going to pursue an agenda that can make our entire country better, more prosperous and more united,” Christie said. “…That’s a conversation worth having for us both as a party and for all of us as a country.”

In a country that seems to be clearly divided into partisan camps, Christie said now is the time for a Republican presidential campaign about unity. “You see this over and over again, going back to the Civil War. Lincoln regularly spoke about a house divided not being able to stand and about wanting to bring the country and the union back together,” Christie said. “I think at the moments you need discussions of unity are the moments when we are most divided and I think this is one of those times.”

Christie, a two-term governor of New Jersey, served as a U.S. Attorney for seven years. Christie said it’s “crazy talk” and inflammatory for other Republicans to suggest defunding the FBI as a response to the search of former President Trump’s Florida home.

“Whatever those documents are and especially if they concern and involve national security, they should have never been taken from the White House to begin with and once they were discovered, they should have been returned immediately,” Christie said. “I do think it’s extraordinary to execute a federal search on a former president’s home or office.”

If court documents related to the search are released for public view, Christie said it will give Americans a better idea of why a federal judge signed off on the search. The Department of Justice filed a motion yesterday to unseal those documents and late last night, Trump announced he would agree to the release. The decision is now up to the judge.

Christie left Iowa early this (Friday) morning, after headlining a Grassley fundraiser on Thursday night.

College students urged to carefully examine leases


August 12th, 2022 by Ric Hanson

(Radio Iowa) – Monday, August 22nd is the first day of class for students at Iowa, Iowa State, and UNI, and college students who are looking for apartments for the school year should be careful not to get scammed.

Consumer advocate Lara Sutherlin says crooks are making fake apartment listings online and asking people for up-front fees to rent a place. Sutherlin says, “Anytime someone is trying to show you an apartment sight-unseen, and they want you to pay up-front, that’s a scam and you should avoid it.” 

Don’t give in to the high-pressure tactic, she says if a landlord wants you to hurry up on signing a rental agreement or lease.
“It’s important that landlords and tenants understand their rights and their obligations under a rental agreement,” Sutherlin says. “First of all, you should get it in writing, and you should go into the apartment yourself before you rent.”

Prospective renters should make a checklist and take pictures of all the existing damage when you move in. “These apartments have been used over time and they’ve been used by other college kids who’ve had a lot of fun over the years in college, which means there could be stains in the carpet and cracks in the walls,” she says, “and you don’t want to have to pay for that out of your security deposit after a year’s rent.”

Sutherlin says renters should also carefully look over their lease before signing it, including all of that fine print.