There is a national shortage of commercially-produced PPE including gowns, and public and private officials are working to address national and global supply challenges. Due to the current limitations on supplies of disposable and cloth gowns, there may come a time during this response when …


Cass County Health System officials announced increased visitor limitations are now in effect at all CCHS facilities. This measure is being enacted to protect the health of patients, staff, volunteers, and visitors and to proactively limit the spread of COVID-19.


IOWA — A study from the University of Washington that initially suggested Iowa could see nearly 800 deaths from the COVID-19 virus has now revised that number down and predicts the infection will peak in Iowa on April 26.


DES MOINES — After weeks under fire for not instituting a shelter-in-place order, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds is getting some support from the country’s top infectious disease experts.


GRISWOLD – An Oklahoma man -Billy Hiatt-has been hired by the Griswold School Board for the MS/HS Principal Position, according to Griswold Superintendent Dave Henrichs.

US Bank, as Trustee for the Alice Graham Trust, will be awarding scholarships this year — for students in Pottawattamie County or Cass County.


ATLANTIC – Representative Cindy Axne continues to look for personal protective gear (PPE) and medical supplies for health workers in her district due to the coronavirus outbreak. Axne held a conference call with officials at Southwest Iowa Planning Council (SWIPCO) on Monday, and spoke to th…


ATLANTIC — With Governor Kim Reynolds announcement that schools will remain shut down until April 30, school officials at Audubon and Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton are continuing to look at day to day issues, and will have decisions to make this week about what to do for students going forward.

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OMAHA -- With much of the snow in the Dakotas melted, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reduced the amount of water expected to run off into the upper Missouri River in 2020.

On March 21 — deputies with the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested Kadin Michael Schoenfeld, 20, of Atlantic, on charges of eluding (a Class D Felony) and OWI first offense (serious misdeme…

Randy Mark Heinrichs, 55, of Exira was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia and possession controlled substance – second or more on Feb. 20 at approximately 8 p.m. The arrest stemmed …

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University of Iowa freshman Nia Carter has been named to the 2020 Justin’s World of Softball (JWOS) All-Freshman team, JWOS announced Monday. Carter is the lone Big Ten player named to the team.

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When – assuming, of course – the summer baseball season kicks off in a few weeks, two area schools will have new coaches taking the helms of their respective teams.

In response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, we will be closing our office at 3 p.m. each day. The office will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily for regular business and we can be reached by phone, mail or email.

AMES — It’s a common image: harried adults racing from workplace to home and back again, trying to fulfill work responsibilities, but wanting to be home with family. What happens when working adults have no place to race to, since work and home are the same place? As the COVID-19 pandemic tu…


Iowa — Iowa bars and restaurants are taking the brunt of the economic blow from the state restrictrictions designed to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Small business owners, sole proprietors, independent contractors and the self-employed are eligible for financial assistance through the federal Paycheck Protection Program, which will extend as much as $349 billion in forgivable loans to enable some businesses to pay employees during the coronavirus crisis.

Gyms and fitness centers across the U.S. are closed amidst the coronavirus outbreak, but there are many exercises that can be done at home to help people who are sheltering and maintain their fitness goals. Some gyms are even offering free live-streaming classes.

Staying at home during the coronavirus outbreak can help you avoid contracting the potentially deadly pathogen. Arming your immune system and creating a natural shield by eating foods rich in essential vitamins, minerals and antioxidants can help you fight off an infection, whether it is COVID-19 or other viruses and bacterium.

EXIRA — With the recent receipt of additional personal protective equipment over the last week, Audubon County Memorial Hospital (ACMH will re-open the Exira Exira Medical Clinic on a limited basis.

GENEVA (AP) — The World Health Organization was on the defensive Wednesday after U.S. President Donald Trump blasted the U.N. health body over its recommendations on the coronavirus and threatened to strip hundreds of millions of dollars that had come from its top single donor. Some African …

JERUSALEM (AP) — Each year, Patricia Sheetrit and her family gather with in-laws for the first night of Passover, bringing together some 20 people for the holiday’s main event, the festive meal known as the Seder.