MASSENA – The recent open house for McCunn Specialty Firearms was “very, very well attended,” according to co-owner Kevin McCunn.
ATLANTIC - The Atlantic City Council unanimously approved plans, for an expansion of the Heritage House in Atlantic, with some storm water drainage contingencies, after members of the public expressed concerns.
CASS COUNTY – Several individuals were injured in an accident Wednesday evening on Highway 92 at the Cass County/Adair County line that involved four vehicles, according to Iowa State Patrol officials.
ATLANTIC - The Atlantic Coca-Cola Bottling Company announced Wednesday that it has signed a letter of intent with the Coca-Cola Company to expand its territory in Iowa and southern Minnesota.
ATLANTIC — The community is invited to attend the next Healthy U program on April 30. The lunch program will be held at noon in Conference Room 2 at CCHS. The topic for April is “Foot & Ankle Surgeons: An Overview of Podiatry Services.”
ATLANTIC – Park officials are working with officials from Snyder and Associates to get the cost of the cement work needed for the Kiddie Korral project, including the service drive, the cement pad and the footings for the shelter. They hope to have all the information needed soon so the bid-letting could start in a month or two.
Pictured are members of one of the Atlantic Show Choirs performing during finals earlier this year. Members will also perform Saturday night during the Show Choir Blast Concert. On Saturday, April 25, the AHS Choir presents the annual Show Choir Blast Concert, which will feature music that all ages will enjoy! Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students. Activity tickets will be accepted.
ATLANTIC – A new trail and fencing for the dog park are not the only things that will be new at Schildberg Recreation Area. Furniture - specifically picnic tables and trash receptacles - will be placed at the area as well. Atlantic Park and Recreation Director Roger Herring said the furniture came after a trip by Council member Dana Halder.
ATLANTIC – Atlantic Park and Recreation Director Roger Herring hoped the Buck Creek Dog Park at Schildberg Recreation Area could be open by Memorial Day or shortly after, thanks in part to grant funds of $10,000 received by park officials from the Cass County Community Foundation.
ATLANTIC - The Atlantic City Council will take another look at site plans for a 6,800 square foot addition to the Heritage House during a special meeting on tonight, after concerns about storm water issues came up the last council meeting, and at a recent Planning and Zoning Commission.
ATLANTIC – April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month sponsored by the National Sexual Violence Resource Center. As part of the national awareness initiative, Cass County Health System wants to help spread the message that local help is available for any victims of sexual assault.
GRISWOLD – Griswold City officials are hoping to do improvements to the Griswold Community Building, and are collecting grant funds for the project. On Friday, city officials were just one of many to receive grant funds from the Cass County Community Foundation to move the project along. They received $10,000 in grant funds from the foundation.
LEWIS – Jack Drake, Iowa State Representative from the 21st District, Tom Shipley, State Senator District 11, and Chuck Rieken, Cass County Supervisor attended a legislative coffee in Lewis on Saturday, April 18, giving a handful of local residents a chance to ask questions about current topics in government.
EXIRA – The Exira Masons awarded Jennifer Petersen their Teacher of the Year award during a ceremony held April 7 at the Lodge. Petersen, a second grade teacher at Exira-Elk Horn Kimballton Elementary School, was nominated for the award by Kristi Madsen, a para-educator in Petersen’s classroom.
ELK HORN – With the passing of Maynard Nielsen, the Elk Horn-Kimballton area has lost a man who never met a stranger.
ATLANTIC - The money is in for the Lake 2 Trail project at the Schildberg Recreation Area, and bids for the work may be let by this fall, but a number of hoops and hurdles remain before the work is completed, according to Atlantic Parks and Recreation Director Roger Herring.
AUDUBON – Deputies with the Audubon County Sheriff's Office are investigating a drowning, which occurred on April 17 in rural Audubon County, according to release. Officials say 63-year-old Maynard Nielsen of Elk Horn was found deceased in a farm pond.
CASS COUNTY – A free e-recycling program went through several changes following a meeting last week of the city's Community Protection Committee.
CASS COUNTY – Members of non-profit groups received grant money on Friday afternoon from the Cass County Community Foundation at the Cass County Courthouse. Of the $103,866 given during this grant cycle, members of the Nishna Valley Trails, Inc. (NVT) group received $25,000.
CASS COUNTY - Rod and Malena Sothman farm a property about three miles east of Lyman. The 700 acre farm has been in the Sothman family since Rod's grandparents settled there, in 1916. His parents, Kermit and Norma Jean Sothman, lived there, and his father was born on the farm in 1921.
AUDUBON (AP) — Authorities say a western Iowa man has died from injuries sustained after he became trapped in a grain bin. The Audubon County Medical Examiner pronounced 62-year-old Gary Fancher, of Audubon, dead at the scene after he was removed from the bin.
AUDUBON - An accident north of Audubon resulted in the death of a Polk City man, and injuries to two others on Thursday evening.
CASS COUNTY - The Cass County Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees approved a $25,804 capital equipment request for new print management software that will help with cost management and increase document security in relation to printing jobs in the health system.
ATLANTIC – Atlantic Police Chief Steve Green said city officials want to sit down with Atlantic School officials to discuss ideas to alleviate traffic issues at Washington Elementary, and talked about a possible solution to the problem, which would include loading and unloading of buses in the Atlantic Middle School Parking Lot. The topic was discussed during the Community Protection Meeting earlier this week.
AUDUBON COUNTY – Audubon County Fire Chief John Ballou and officials with the Audubon County Sheriff’s office confirmed that there was a grain bin accident in Audubon County on Thursday afternoon, but didn’t have much more information as of late Thursday afternoon.
“Dear Grandma, every 15 minutes someone dies as the result of an alcohol related accident, and today I died and I never got a chance to tell you I loved you...” from a letter read by one of the “Living Dead.”
ATLANTIC - The Atlantic City Council put off approval of a site plan for a 6,800 square foot addition to the Heritage House during their meeting on Wednesday night, citing the same concerns that came up at a Planning and Zoning Commission meeting last week.
ANITA – Students and school officials at CAM High School participated in “Every 15 Minutes,” a program designed to show students the importance of choices made and what happens next.
ATLANTIC – The Atlantic City Council will consider a resolution in the future related to road construction work on Highway 6. The resolution was discussed Tuesday night during the Community Protection Committee meeting.
ATLANTIC - Cass County Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees and hospital administrators got to see and hear about preliminary plans for additional remodeling in the hospital area, with the intention of making more - and better use of - space.
ATLANTIC – The Atlantic School District can save $125,000 in personnel costs by closing the district K-8 Behavioral program, according to Atlantic Superintendent Dr. Michael Amstein. The Behavioral program is similar to the Link Center program, although school officials now do not work with the Cass County Memorial Hospital officials as part of the program as they did with the Link Center. It provides psychiatric, psycho-social, nursing and education services to students, and is a special education program.
A planning meeting for Produce in the Park will be held Thursday, April 16 beginning at 4:30 p.m. at the Chamber meeting room. Anyone interested in being a vendor, assisting with activities or having questions is invited to attend. The market will open June 4 in the Atlantic City Park. The hours will be 4:30-6:30 p.m.
BRAYTON - During last week’s regular meeting of the Audubon County Board of Supervisors, Bruce Haag and Peggy Smalley, representing the Audubon County Conservation Board, updated the Board on a serious situation affecting a portion of the T-Bone Trail.
ATLANTIC – On Monday night, Atlantic School Board approved terminating the contract of Caroline Russell, who teaches Family Consumer Sciences (FCS) at the Atlantic Middle School, effectively laying off Russell and cutting the position for the 2015-16 school year. Cutting the position was part of cuts and cost reductions the board approved in February, and is expected to save the district $73,602.
ATLANTIC – Brymons Interiors and Hall’s Flooring are joining forces.
ANITA/ADAIR – Members of the Adair-Casey and CAM School Boards will meet Tuesday night as part of discussion A-C board members are having about the future of their district.
ATLANTIC - The Cass County Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees will hear an update from Dr. Roger Drown, D.P.M., the podiatrist who relocated his practice to the Cass County Health System recently.
ATLANTIC – Atlantic Parks and Recreation Director Roger Herring said a project to complete a trail around Lake 2 at Schildberg Recreation Area in Atlantic is almost ready to move on to construction stages.
Atlantic High School students took a trip back to the 1920’s Saturday night at the school’s annual Prom.
ATLANTIC – Atlantic Superintendent Dr. Michael Amstein will recommend Monday night to close the Kindergarten through Eighth Grade Behavioral program, which is now known as the BD program, next school year since two students will be enrolled in it. Amstein recommends moving those students to a similar program available at Lewis Elementary.
ATLANTIC – Bob Rutherford was surprised earlier this year after being nominated for Iowa Horse Council Hall of Fame award. His daughter surprised him, inviting him to a program, in which she said she was receiving an award. Before they arrived, Bob opened a letter saying he was actually receiving the award.
ATLANTIC - Officials with the State Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management Division said last week they will review the conditions of a lease the City Council approved on April 1 with Murphy Heavy Contracting to determine if the city violated FEMA restrictions in the deed.
Dave and Barb Chase have shared a hobby - their love of biking - with each other since about 1975, and have been sharing with the community for almost as long.
ATLANTIC – The Atlantic School Board is expected to consider a tentative agreement between the Atlantic School District and the Atlantic Education Association for the 2015-16 school year, during its meeting Monday night.
ATLANTIC - The Atlantic Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of a new addition to the Heritage House in Atlantic during a meeting earlier this week, as part of a campus transformation project expected to cost about $7 million dollars.
AUDUBON COUNTY – Law enforcement from as far away as Cedar Rapids and St. Joseph, Mo. attended a memorial service held for Audubon County K-9 Harry, who died on March 28, after he and his handler were involved in an accident, while responding to an incident on the interstate.
ATLANTIC – Plans have been completed for the annual Atlantic High School Junior-Senior Prom, which will be held Saturday, April 11, according to sponsor Pat Wiederien.
ATLANTIC – Members of the Planning and Zoning Commission approved a housing project, which will be on Ash Street in Atlantic, and includes a request for Tax Increment Financing (TIF), according to City Administrator John Lund. Lund also said the Atlantic City Council will consider the request during next Wednesday’s meeting.
CASS COUNTY - The Cass County Supervisors approved a bid of $44,000 to replace the east part of the Cass County Courthouse roof during their meeting on Wednesday.
“The sign has been turned off because there is a hardware and software issue with the sign,” according to Ouida Wymer, Executive Director of the Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce. The digital screen needs to be repaired or replaced, and the decision of what to do with the sign has not been made, she said.
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