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$28.2 million Awarded to Iowa Communities through IDED

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July 11th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Department of Economic Development says awards totaling $28.2 million were announced today (Monday), for 86 communities across the state. The Iowa Department of Economic Development (IDED) awarded the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds to support 88 community investment projects. The federally funded grants were awarded for community facilities, infrastructure improvements, and single family owner-occupied housing rehabilitation.

In southwest Iowa, these communities received CDBG funds for sanitary sewer or water distribution system improvements….

Anita – $500,000; Creston – $600,000; Cumberland – $200,000; Essex – $287,00; Fremont & Minden – $300,000; Griswold & Panora – $500,000.

And, these communities received Housing grants to rehabilitate owner-occupied single-family units…

Atlantic – $484,500 for 13 units; Bedford – $241,000 for 6 units; Harlan – $373,000 for 10 units; Mount Ayr -$203,500 for 5 units; Shenandoah – $373,000 for 10 units; & Sidney – $308,000 for 8 units.

CDBG funds will leverage more than $34 million in local funds from Iowa’s communities. The program enables communities to make needed improvements to water and sewer systems, improve housing conditions for low-income homeowners, and develop the best child care facilities for Iowa’s youth.

IDED received 141 applications for these funds, totaling more than $44.2 million in funding requests. The grants are awarded based on the financial need and potential impact of the project, benefit to low- and moderate-income persons, and commitment of local resources to moving the project forward.

The Community Development Block Grant program is federally funded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). IDED is responsible for administering the CDBG funds in the non-metropolitan areas of the state.

Former clerk at Iowa center gets probation

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July 11th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

GLENWOOD, Iowa (AP) – A state audit shows that a former accounting clerk at the Glenwood Resource Center took money from clients’ activity accounts to cover her  gambling losses and to help a daughter who was going through a divorce. The audit, released Monday, shows Carol Tibben made 17 unauthorized withdrawals from clients’ accounts totaling nearly $3,400. The audit indicates Tibben repaid $2,500 before she resigned in June 2010.

The center provides services to people with disabilities. The audit says once a client’s request for cash was received and approved, Tibben would write a check for cash from the account and a courier would retrieve the money from the bank and return it to Tibben.

Vehicle break-ins reported in Clarinda

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July 11th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Clarinda are asking residents to report any suspicious activities around vehicles in the community, after several break-ins occurred over the weekend. According to Police Chief Keith Brothers, at least six vehicles in the southwest part of the community were entered sometime late Saturday evening and early Sunday morning. The thief or thieves took items ranging from cash and coins, to electronic devices, CD’s, and even two long rifles.

Damage to the vehicles was estimated at $2,000. Brothers says the many of the vehicles were unlocked. In one instance, the culprits entered a vehicle through its trunk. Brothers says residents shouldn’t hesitate to call the Clarinda P-D if they observe suspicious activity around the community.

Anyone with information pertaining to the recent crime spree, should call the Clarinda Police Department at 712-542-2194.

Iowa CCI to demand Adair County BOS deny CAFO permit

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July 11th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Members of Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement (Iowa CCI) say they will be in attendance at a public hearing this evening in Adair County, to demand the County’s Board of Supervisors deny a construction permit for what they say is a proposed Cargill backed hog factory farm.

Eric Taylor is seeking a permit to build a 2,480 head feeder operation in Richland Township, south of Fontanelle.  Members of Adair-Madison County Iowa CCI say they, and neighbors of the proposed large Confined Animal Feeding Operation, or CAFO, oppose construction of the factory farm-because of the environmental and economic damage it will cause to their local rural community.

Auditor Mindy Schaefer told KJAN last Friday, that the public hearing is necessary because the number of animals housed there will be over 1,000. The County will use the Master Matrix scoring method to make it’s recommendation to the DNR following the public hearing.

The hearing will last no longer than 90-minutes, with three-minutes allowed per speaker. Sign-up for the hearing begins at 6:30-p.m., in the Courtroom at the Adair County Courthouse. A member of the Board of Supervisors will sign-up speakers on a first-come, first-served basis. Speakers will make their comments in the order they signed-up. Once the meeting begins, no additional speakers will be allowed to sign-up, or speak.

Written comments must be presented to the Board of Supervisors prior to the public hearing at 7-p.m..

Schaefer says only written comments will accompany the Board of Supervisor’s recommendation to the DNR, along with the Master Matrix scoring.

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Sioux City airport busier because of flooding

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July 11th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – The Sioux City airport is benefiting from the flooding along the Missouri River because it has become harder for people to drive to Omaha’s airport. The flooding has closed sections of Interstate 29 in Iowa and a number of other roads, so getting to Omaha’s larger Eppley Airfield can be challenging.

Sioux Gateway Airport manager Kurt Miller says ticket sales are higher than average right now. Miller says the longer the flooding lasts, the more likely it is that people who live near Sioux City will consider flying out of the smaller airport in northwest Iowa.

Heavy rain & some trees down in Atlantic (updated 7:55-a.m.)

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July 11th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Tree down on westbound 7th Street, just east of Maple

A severe thunderstorm producing winds of up to 51-miles per hour pushed through Atlantic between 2:10 and 2:40-a.m. today (Monday). The storm dumped .6″ of rain here at the KJAN studios. Atlantic Police reported a large tree limb down near 7th and Maple Streets at 2:10-a.m. 

Another, approximately 4-inch diameter tree, limb was observed having fallen down between 4th and 5th Streets, just east of Olive Street. Scattered, smaller limbs and twigs littered City Streets early this morning. Law enforcement reported to the Weather Service at 2:30-a.m., several large tree branches were down, a heavy patio table with umbrella was toppled and blown several feet from its emplacement, and other pieces of yard furniture, garbage cans and yard décor were strewn about. There were also scattered, brief power outages within the city.

The National Weather Service says  a peak wind gust of 51-miles per hour was recorded on the Automated Weather Observation Systems (AWOS) at the airport, at 2:15-a.m. Also,  law enforcement reported  2-to 4-inch diameter tree limbs were down in the Guthrie County Community of Yale, after the storms blew through there at around 2:45-a.m.

Missouri man arrested in SW IA on PA warrant

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July 11th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Montgomery County say a Missouri man wanted on a warrant out of Pennsylvania, was arrested Sunday evening following a traffic stop west of Red Oak. 29-year old Jonathan Lee Lewis, of Gladstone, MO, was wanted for probation violation in Pennsylvania.

Lewis was brought to the Montgomery County Jail and held without bond while awaiting extradition to Pennsylvania.

Friends remember Iowa soldier killed in Iraq

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July 10th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

JEFFERSON, Iowa (AP) — Friends and family members of an Iowa soldier killed in Iraq remembered him as a man of strong faith who did the right thing.

Army Capt. Matthew Nielson’s funeral was held Sunday at the Greene County Community Center in his Jefferson, Iowa, hometown. The 27-year-old died June 29 during an attack in Badrah, Iraq.

The Des Moines Register reports that Maj. Gen. Will Grimsley said Nielson was deeply rooted in his values.

The Rev. Stephen Ude of Zion Lutheran Church in Ogden says he doesn’t know why people’s loved ones die, but he encouraged Nielson’s family to remember God’s everlasting love.

Nielson joined the Army after graduating from the University of Northern Iowa. His family has said he had wanted to be a soldier since he was a young boy.