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Cass County Board of Supervisors to act on bond issue

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August 16th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Board of Supervisors are set to meet Wednesday morning, in Atlantic. During their session, which begins at 9-a.m., the Board will act on a Resolution calling for the issuance of approximately $520,000 in bonds, to fund the northwest water/sewer extension project in the Amaizing Energy Urban Renewal area.

They’re also expected to acknowledge receipt of a letter of information, regarding an expenditure of a $10,000 state-provided allocation, to be used for the operational expenses of running the Cass County Veteran’s Affairs Department. Auditor Dale Sunderman says none of the funds are to be used for direct assistance to veterans.

And, the Cass County Supervisors will hear from Gary Stephenson, with regard to the display of a lithograph copy of the U-S Constitution in each of Iowa’s 100 county courthouses.

Special Weather Statement concerning heavy rainfall

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August 16th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

ADAIR-ADAMS-CASS-RINGGOLD-TAYLOR-UNION-

914 AM CDT TUE AUG 16 2011

…THUNDERSTORMS WITH VERY HEAVY RAINFALL WILL CONTINUE OVER PORTIONS OF SOUTHERN AND SOUTHWEST IOWA… 

THUNDERSTORMS COULD PRODUCE ANOTHER INCH OF RAINFALL THROUGH 10 AM BETWEEN ATLANTIC…CRESTON…MOUNT AYR…BEDFORD AND CORNING. SOME OF THIS AREA HAS ALREADY RECEIVED 2 TO 4 INCHES OF RAIN ACCORDING TO RAIN GAGE MEASUREMENTS AND DOPPLER RADAR ESTIMATES. STREET FLOODING AND PONDING OF WATER WILL OCCUR IN URBAN AREAS…ALONG WITH REDUCED VISIBILITY. DITCHES AND SMALL STREAMS COULD QUICKLY RISE TO BANK FULL IN RURAL AREAS. THE AREA OF HEAVIEST RAIN SHOULD BEGIN TO DRIFT SOUTH INTO MISSOURI AFTER 10 AM. 

OCCASIONAL CLOUD TO GROUND LIGHTNING…BRIEF HEAVY DOWNPOURS…ARE POSSIBLE WITH THIS STORM. 

IF YOU ENCOUNTER PONDED WATER ON HIGHWAYS…DO NOT DRIVE THROUGH IT.

9AM Newscast 08-16-2011

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24-hour rainfall totals in & near Atlantic…(updated 10:30-a.m.)

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August 16th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Thanks to all who reported their rainfall to us here at KJAN, via the phone and thru Facebook! We appreciate the information 🙂

As of 7-a.m. (the 24-hour reporting cycle)…..

In Atlantic, at the KJAN studios (official NWS reporting site) = 3.00-inches

In Lewis, nearly 2.oo-inches (listener report)

Near Hamlin, 1.5-inches (listener Facebook report)

N. of Marne, 3.9-inches (listener report)

In Massena (official spotter) = 3.6-inches

Near I-80/Hwy 71 = 4.1-inches (reported by a resident)

Harlan = 1.8-inches

Audubon = 1.7-inches (Mayor Sam Kauffman reporting)

Heavy rain early this morning (8-16-11)

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August 16th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Heavy rain has fallen here in Atlantic, this morning,. The heaviest shower and thunderstorm activity occurred between 2:30- and 5-a.m.  As of 6-a.m, here at the KJAN studios, we had received 2.8-inches of rain. Light to moderate rain continues to fall.

Arthritis water class cancelled in Atlantic

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August 16th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Today’s (Tuesday’s) 10-a.m. Arthritis water class at the Nishna Valley Family YMCA in Atlantic, has been cancelled.

Northey: state needs rain for Iowa crops

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August 16th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey says much of the state is dry and in need of rain as the quality of the corn crop dipped slightly. Northey released his weekly crop report Monday saying corn was in 67 percent good to excellent condition, down slightly from last week and 1 percentage point behind the average. Soybeans were in 70 percent good to excellent condition.

Northey says the big issue for Iowa is the need for rain. Topsoil moisture was 46 percent short or very short with 52 percent adequate and 2 percent at a surplus. Subsoil moisture was 36 percent short or very short, 62 percent adequate and 2 percent surplus. Northey August is a critical month for soybean development and some timely rain would be beneficial.

Fire destroys Bluffs school’s properties

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August 16th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

A fire over the weekend at an office trailer and separate storage facility owned by the Council Bluffs Community School District has been deemed “suspicious” in nature.

The fire on the property located near the Wilson Middle School and the City of Council Bluffs-owned Pirate Cove Water Park was reported at around 3:30-a.m., Sunday.

Council Bluffs Fire Marshal’s Office Investigator Dan Busch said the fire started in the office trailer. The flames also damaged equipment and supplies in the nearby storage shed, including two John Deere mowers, a front-end loader, a Gator utility vehicle, a walk-behind mower and a number of blowers and weed eaters, as well as painting equipment and supplies. School district officials estimated the damages at more than $100,000.

Busch told the Omaha World-Herald that, while the cause of the fire was still under investigation, it appeared suspicious in nature. He said they’re asking the community for any information they may have with regard to the blaze. A $15,000 reward is available through the Arson Hotline at 800-532-1459.

Friday’s football game between Abraham Lincoln and Thomas Jefferson will go on as scheduled at the stadium. Buildings and grounds foreman Joseph Smith said anything damaged in the storage shed that will be needed for the game — number markers and pylons — have already been ordered and should be received by tomorrow (Wednesday).

Authorities ID plane crash victims in Iowa

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August 15th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Authorities have released the names of two people who died in the crash of a small plane near the Des Moines River in central Iowa.

The state medical examiner’s office on Monday said 67-year-old Timothy Griffith, of West Des Moines, and 52-year-old Kendall Belz, of Johnston, died in Saturday’s crash near Madrid . Officials say they died of multiple blunt force injuries.

The vintage World War II plane went down in a remote area that was only accessible by boat or helicopter. The plane took down some high-power transmission lines when it crashed.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating.