Coca-Cola Days 2019 will be held Sept.27-28 in downtown Atlantic. The event is the second largest collectors’ show in the United States and includes a tailgate barbecue open to the public, a Show Swap & Sell, “Coca-Cola Makes Life Bearable” raffle and many more activities for all ages. T…

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How can you be sure your retirement funds will last throughout your lifetime?  This important question will be addressed in an Iowa State University Extension and Outreach workshop on April 2 and 9, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Cass County Community Center in Atlantic.  

Anyone with an interest in tourism in Cass County is invited to attend the annual meeting of the Cass County Tourism Committee. It will be held in the meeting room of the recently renovated Whitney building on Feb. 18 at 9 a.m.

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INDEPENDENCE -- Sentencing of reality-TV celebrity Christopher Soules was again delayed after a district court judge struck from the process three victim impact statements and ordered the drafting of a new pre-sentence investigation report. The defense team for the Arlington native argued that the statements from the wife and two sons of  66-year-old Kenny Mosher of Aurora, who died in a 2017 crash involving Soules, were inappropriate for the charge before the court. The statements are also prejudicial because they place blame on Soules for the accident, a fact that was not adjudicated by a jury, defense argued.In November, Soules pleaded guilty to an aggravated misdemeanor charge of leaving the scene of a personal injury accident rather then the original felony charge as part of a negotiated deal with prosecution. On Tuesday, he that lesser charge was key in Buchanan County District Court Judge Andrea J. Dryer agreeing with the defense motion to strike three statements from consideration in the sentencing process."What he admitted was  that he drove a vehicle involved in an accident that resulted in serious injury to another person, that he knew of the accident, he knew there was an injured person and that he did not provide all the information required by section 321.63 before he left the scene," she said. "That's what he admitted, and that is what we are here to decide the appropriate disposition for. We are not here to decide the appropriate disposition for any other charge, any other offense. Period."Dryer cited the state code section defining a victim for the purpose of contributing a victim impact statement. She said the court is required to abide by that definition when allowing statements to be considered by the writer of a pre-sentencing investigation report, which is drafted to assist a judge in deciding sentence. Dryer also noted that, unlike in a felony case, she is not required to ask for a pre-sentencing investigation report in an aggravated misdemeanor case. She agreed to order one because both the defense and prosecution were asking that a new report be drafted.Prosecution had agreed in the plea deal to adopt and recommend the sentence contained in the report, which Assistant State Attorney General Scott Brown said when asking for a new report.Brown unsuccessfully argued on behalf of the prosecution for retaining the victim impact statements."Mr. Soules leaving the scene did directly cause emotional harm to Mr. Mosher's family," he said. "They've sought explanations of what happened from the moment they arrived at the scene of the accident. By leaving the scene and not returning, Mr. Soules deprived them of timely answers about Mr. Mosher's death both by making himself unavailable and by depriving law enforcement of a chance to determine whether intoxication or exhaustion or other impairment was the cause or a contributing factor to the collision and to the source of Kenny Mosher's family's loss."


DURANGO, Mexico (AP) -- Jose Carlos Urena hit a two-run homer in the second inning, and Carlos Garzon had two hits and scored three runs as the Generales de Durango beat the Bravos de Leon 12-5 on Tuesday. The win snapped a four-game losing streak for the Generales and a three-game winning s…


CAMPECHE, Mexico (AP) -- Jairo Perez homered and singled, driving home three runs and scoring a couple as the Piratas de Campeche beat the Tecolotes de los Dos Laredos 8-0 on Tuesday.


LAGUNA, Mexico (AP) -- Eric Aguilera hit a grand slam in the sixth inning, leading the Algodoneros Union Laguna to a 6-2 win over the Guerreros de Oaxaca on Tuesday. The win snapped a six-game…

Wiota United Methodist Women met on May 8, 2019 at the church. The meeting began with members reciting the UMW Purpose. President Karen Berger opened the meeting with a reading, “Bless My Mother Lord”. Six members answered roll call with an ideal age and why.

What’s that big green box located in Grove City Medical Center’s lobby, you ask? It’s our new drug disposal receptacle, installed recently as part of our efforts to address the opioid crisis here in our community.

LONDON (AP) — In a major concession, British Prime Minister Theresa May on Tuesday offered U.K. lawmakers the chance to vote on whether to hold a new referendum on the country's membership in the European Union — but only if they back her thrice-rejected Brexit agreement.

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Armed robberies have gotten so common aboard buses in Mexico City that commuters have come up with a clever if disheartening solution: Many are buying fake cellphones, to hand over to thieves instead of their real smartphones.

“Out of the depths I cry to you, Lord; Lord, hear my voice. Let your ears be attentive to my cry for mercy.”


Highlights of this day in history: Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy sign the 'Pact of Steel'; Richard Nixon is the first U.S. president to visit the Soviet Union; Actor Laurence Olivier born; Johnny Carson hosts his last 'Tonight Show.'