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Atlantic Senior selected as Coca-Cola Foundation Scholarship finalist

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January 17th, 2022 by Ric Hanson

(Atlantic, Iowa) – Officials with the Atlantic High School have announced on social media, that AHS Senior Bryan York is a 2022 Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation Scholarship Semifinalist.
Bryan applied for the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation 2022 scholarship back in November. He is one of 1,617 students chosen as a semifinalist. A total of 68,000 applications were received.
Semifinalists are currently submitting their Semifinalist Applications to be reviewed by the foundations Program Reading Committee. 250 will advance as Regional Finalists, with 150 becoming Coca-Cola Scholars and receiving a $20,000 college scholarship.

Bryan York

Bryan plans to attend Iowa State University in the Fall, majoring in Computer Engineering. He is a student representative on the SIACC Committee, a 2022 Class Officer, is actively engaged with The Booster Club, Band, FFA, 4H, The Community School Garden, and with his church – The First United Methodist Church in Atlantic.

Cass County Supervisors to receive quarterly reports & discuss Wellness/Budgetary concerns

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January 17th, 2022 by Ric Hanson

(Atlantic, Iowa) – The Cass County Board of Supervisors, Tuesday morning, will received quarterly reports from Cass County Conservation Director Micah Lee, and Veteran’s Affairs Director Mitch Holmes. They’re also expected to discuss and act on approving the 2022 Cass County employees Wellness Program, and, if there are candidates available, the Board will approve the appointments of:

  • 28 or more members to serve on the Condemnation in Eminent Domain proceedings
  • 3 persons to the Cass County Zoning Commission
  • A Franklin and Brighton Township Trustee
  • and a Pleasant Township Clerk.

The final order of business is to discuss and take possible action on budgetary considerations. The Cass County Supervisor’s meeting takes place at 9-a.m. in their Boardroom at the Courthouse, in Atlantic, and will be viewable through Zoom, HERE. If you use the Zoom option, be sure and MUTE YOUR MICROPHONE until the time comes for those without an appointment to address the Board.

Cass County Atty. arrested for OWI

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January 17th, 2022 by Ric Hanson

(Atlantic, Iowa) – The Cass County (Iowa) Attorney was arrested over the weekend. According to the Cass County Jail roster and online records, 46-year-old Vanessa Elizabeth Strazdas was arrested a little after 4-a.m. Sunday, for OWI/1st offense. Strazdas was released about five hours later, on her own recognizance. No further details are available.

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January 17th, 2022 by Ric Hanson

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Socioeconomic studies of casinos find no major issues

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January 17th, 2022 by Ric Hanson

(Radio Iowa) – Socioeconomic studies conducted for the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission show some types of crimes do increase in casino communities — but overall they aren’t less safe. Spectrum Gaming Group managing director, Michael Pollock, says you have to look very closely at the crime studies. “Crime is a universal concern, a universal question in every gaming market. And the reality is –we’ve been studying this for 40 years — casinos do not create street crime, do not do anything along those lines,” Pollock says.

Pollock says certain types of non-violent crimes– such as robberies and thefts — are higher in casino towns. He says that’s because there are more people and money there and opportunities for criminals. “There’s going to always be some relationship, but it’s really a function of the number of people and the amount of money and the number of visitors. It doesn’t make a community unsafe,” he says. Pollock says other positive factors offset the impact. “When you add employment, and you add capital investment, quite the opposite is true. The community becomes safer. When you say the crime rate increases, people think that makes that community less safe — and it’s not the case,” according to Pollock.

Pollock says their study shows similar things with other socioeconomic impacts such as divorce. “You may in certain instances and this is nothing particular about Iowa, it could be in any state. You may see a correlation and that does not equate to causation. In our 40 plus years in this industry, there is nothing in the nature of this industry that would cause divorce rates to go up, or child abuse or any of the other issues,” Pollock says. He says you also have to look at the history of an area prior to the casino being there. “The communities that seek to have a casino as an economic stimulus and very much want that economic stimulus, often have a lot of problems to begin with that they don’t have the resources to address. So, those problems may have been there to begin with — that is essential to understanding what these numbers mean,” he says.

Pollock says there is an increase in problem gambling with casinos, but he says there are a lot of factors involved in that issue as well. He says the problem gambling rate remains very low in Iowa and the state ranks fourth for the amount of money put into its gambling treatment program. You can see the full report on the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission website.

Electric buses coming to Ames this Summer

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January 17th, 2022 by Ric Hanson

(Ames, Iowa) – There will be a new way for people to get around Ames this summer, and city leaders want the community’s help. Officials say two new electric buses will soon join CyRide’s bus fleet. The buses will run on battery and are funded by both a federal grant and a state fund. The buses should be delivered by the end of June. The clean vehicles were funded by the Federal Transit Administration Low- or No-Emission Grant program for $1.6 million and the Iowa Department of Transportation Volkswagen Settlement Environmental Mitigation Trust for $390,000.

The new buses will lower carbon emissions, control noise pollution, and reduce the operating costs of CyRide’s large bus fleet. Instead of an engine burning diesel fuel, these vehicles run from 564-kWh batteries, which could power a house for an entire month. These buses will look familiar as they are from the same manufacturer as CyRide’s articulated buses.

CyRide wants to draw attention to these unique buses while retaining many of the design elements and colors of the rest of the fleet. To help choose a new design, CyRide is asking Ames residents and Iowa State University students, faculty, and staff to help make the final decision on how these buses will look. To view all four sides of all three proposed designs, visit the CyRide site .

Man struck while helping a motorist in Dsm

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January 17th, 2022 by Ric Hanson

Police say a good Samaritan suffered serious injuries in a crash in West Des Moines.  The crash happened just before noon. Officers say a man was helping a semi-truck driver who broke down on Highway 5 at Veterans Parkway. One car slowed down, but another did not, slamming into the car, which then hit the pedestrian.  His condition has not been released.

Proposed beef packing plant in SW Iowa expects boost from federal program

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January 17th, 2022 by Ric Hanson

(Radio Iowa) -A regional cattle processing plant that’s planned for the Council Bluffs area is expected to benefit from the Biden administration’s just-announced Meat and Poultry Supply Chain Action Plan. Chad Tentinger, founder of Cattlemen’s Heritage, says the massive facility will get a financial boost from the billion dollars earmarked for expanding the footprint of independent processors. Tentinger says they’ll break ground late this spring or early summer. “We are in fundraising right now through various means, talking to a lot of investors at this point,” Tentinger says. “We are 75% done with all blueprints and planning. We have the site under control. We have done grid sampling and boring samples to make sure it’s stable. We’re moving along quite nicely.”

The project is on schedule, he says, to be completed by late 2023 or early 2024. Tentinger says their approach is different because they want to put a face on their product for consumers and give small family farmers a place to sell their high-quality cattle and be rewarded for it. “Our plant will be 400,000 head a year, roughly 1,500 head a day. We will have 750 employees. We will have a $1.1 billion annual impact on the state of Iowa. We are incorporating all of the latest technology into this plant. We will have agent source verification from the ranch to the plate.”

He says they’re still trying to determine if they will sell direct to consumers or online.  “We have a lot of demand for this high quality beef that we’ll be putting through this plant and with that demand, we’re exploring all options,” Tentinger says. “It will be domestic and international. We anticipate a lot of restaurant groups. Cattlemen’s Heritage will be an umbrella that will set the gold standard of quality for meat.”

Tentinger says the goal is build the facility and not be bought up by one of the nation’s four major meatpackers.

Griswold woman arrested in Red Oak

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January 17th, 2022 by Ric Hanson

(Red Oak, Iowa) – A woman from Cass County was arrested Sunday afternoon, in Red Oak. Authorities says 65-year-old Marcia Elaine Lehman, of Griswold, was arrested at around 4-p.m. in the 1800 block of N. 4th Street, for Violating a No Contact Order. Lehman was being held in the Montgomery County Jail, on a $300 bond.

Marcia Elaine Lehman (Sheriff’s booking photo – 2021 file)