COVID Vaccine Updates and Pharmacy Partnerships – 2-22-21 The vaccination phone lines at Myrtue Medical Center/Shelby County Public Health are re-opening on Monday, February 22nd at 8 am. To reserve your spot, please call 755-4406 (Main) - 755-4596 (Alternate) - or e-mail Public Health at vaccine@ myrtuemedical.org.
General News -
Dow City woman charged with first degree murder – 2-23-21 - At about 9:15 Sunday, February 21st, the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office received an anonymous call from a concerned citizen about the welfare of a friend. When deputies arrived at 504 East Fulton in Dow City, they discovered a male subject who was unresponsive and bleeding. Dow City Ambulance and EMS were notified and the male was transported to the Crawford County Memorial Hospital in Denison where he was pronounced deceased. The male subject was identified as 46 year old Jeremy Frank of Dow City. Frank died of a single gunshot wound, and an autopsy is pending at the Iowa Office of the State Medical Examiner in Ankeny. Investigators have charged Frank’s live-in girlfriend, 44 year old Beth Guzman of Dow City with First-Degree murder. The investigation is being conducted by the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office, the Iowa Division of Criminal investigation, the Crawford County Attorney’s Office.
City of Audubon to advertise for new Police Chief – 2-23-21 - The City of Audubon is looking to hire a new Chief of Police. The City Council held a special meeting on Monday night to start the search process. Retiring Chief Matt Starmer will stay on to help with the transition, but his last day on the job will be June 1st at the latest. Additionally, officer Preston Harter is leaving the police department for a job with the Cass County Sheriff’s Office. City Clerk Foran says the council tabled advertising for the vacant police officer position. “That advertisement was tabled because with the timing of the police academy in Des Moines the next chief will make that hiring.”
Shelby County District Court News – Harlan Newspapers - 2-23-21 - A Walnut man has been charged in Shelby County District Court with possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine, 3rd or subsequent offense. The Harlan Newspapers report 44 year old Daniel Patrick Campbell is accused of having seven grams of methamphetamine in his possession near Chatburn Avenue and 8th Street on February 1st. An April 6th trial date has been set. If convicted of the class D felony charge against him, Campbell faces a maximum sentence of five years in jail with additional $5,000 fine. And 39 year old Ronald James Traynham of Harlan has been charged in Shelby County District Court with child endangerment. Traynham faces a maximum sentence of 5 years in jail with an additional $5,000 fine if convicted of the Class D felony charge. The complaint alleges that Traynham struck a minor with a leather belt on January 31st. The alleged hit left a bruise on the juvenile’s hip. An April 6th trial date has been set.
Atlantic Police report - 2-23-21 - The Atlantic Police Department reports two people were arrested on separate charges over the past few days. On Monday, 32-year old Michael Given, of Council Bluffs, was arrested for Violation of Probation. And, last Friday, 42-year old Shane Seagler, of Massena, was arrested for Driving While License Denied, Suspended or Revoked. Both men were booked into the Cass County Jail. Given was later released. Seagler remained in jail as of this morning.
Montgomery County News – 2-23-21 - Just before 7 pm Monday evening, February 22nd, Officers with the Red Oak Police Department arrested 40 year old John Robert Washburn of Hastings for theft 3rd degree – an aggravated misdemeanor and also theft 5th degree – a simple misdemeanor. . Charges stem from an investigation of a theft in the 1600 block of North Broadway Street in Red Oak. The Mills County Sheriff’s office assisted the Red Oak Police Department in the arrest. Washburn is being held in the Montgomery County Jail and being held on a $2000 bond.
Shelby County Supervisors to meet in special session, Tuesday, February 23rd - 2--22-21 - The Shelby County Board of Supervisors will meet in special session, Tuesday, February 23rd, beginning at 9 am. They will open the hearing for the maximum levy comments and act on Resolution 2021-12. They will then set a budget hearing for March 23rd. They will also discuss MOU for Enhanced Security Services between the OCIO and Shelby County.
Red Oak Man Sentenced to Prison for Receipt of Child Pornography - 2-22-21 - 63 year old Mark Fredrick Sandell of Red Oak was sentenced Friday, February 19th in Council Bluffs U-S District Court, to serve 15-years in prison in connection with a child pornography charge. The U-S Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa reports Sandell must also serve five years of supervised release among completion of his imprisonment. At the time Sandell committed the present offense, he was on supervised release for a previous conviction of Receipt of Child Pornography. At sentencing, Sandell’s term of supervised release on the prior conviction was revoked and he was ordered to serve 30 months in prison consecutive to the 180-month sentence – for a total sentence of 210 months. Both sentences were imposed by a United States District Court Chief Judge. The investigation began when the Nebraska State Patrol conducted peer-to-peer Internet network investigations and discovered that an Internet Protocol address associated with Sandell received child pornography files. On February 27, 2020, a search warrant was obtained and executed at Sandell’s home located in the 1800 Block of Eastern Avenue in Red Oak. Sandell was at his home and admitted to police he was in possession of child pornography. Officers seized numerous electronic devices and a forensic examination identified a total of 483 videos and 125 images of child pornography. The case was investigated by the United States Department of Homeland Security – HSI, Nebraska State Patrol, and the Bellevue, Neb. Police Department. The case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa.
Council Bluffs Pair Sentenced to Prison for Methamphetamine Offenses- 2-22-21 - The U-S Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa reports, that on Friday, February 19th, 33-year old Casey Gantt, of Council Bluffs, was sentenced to nearly 12.5 years in prison, and must serve five years of supervised release. On December 15, 2020, Gantt’s co-defendant, 42-year old Angela Garges, also of Council Bluffs, was sentenced to 120 months in prison and five years of supervised release. Both sentences imposed by a United States District Court Chief Judge in Council Bluffs District Court. The investigation was initiated by the Iowa Department of Correctional Services Fourth Judicial District when Gantt failed to meet with his parole officer. Iowa parole officers went to Gantt’s home located at the 300 Block of Huntington Avenue in Council Bluffs and upon arrival encountered numerous people, including Garges, inside his home. Officers located over 500 grams of methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, and $4,600 in United States currency in Gantt’s home. On January 24, 2020, Council Bluffs Police responded to Best Western Inn in Council Bluffs to serve a warrant for a room rented by Garges. Officers searched the hotel room for the wanted person and located 111 grams of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. The investigation was conducted by the Council Bluffs Police Department, Southwest Iowa Narcotics Task Force, and the Iowa Fourth Judicial District Probation and Parole Office. The case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa.
Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Report - 2-22-21 - The Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office reports two arrests. 24 year old Victoria Anne Griffen was arrested on Saturday after a Deputy observed a Chevrolet Equinox in the center of the median at the 8 mile marker of I-80. Griffen was charged with Operating While Intoxicated First Offense and Failure to Maintain Control of Motor Vehicle. 35 year old David Michael Theisen was arrested following a traffic stop in Carson on February 18th. Theisen was charged with Driving While Barred.
2 injured, one arrested in Saturday night bar fight - 2-22-21 - Two people were injured during one of three separate altercations late Thursday night at a bar in Atlantic. One person suffered serious injuries and was flown from the Cass County Memorial Hospital to a trauma Center. The fight took place at the Fireside Lounge. One person was arrested for OWI as they backed into a Police Cruiser while trying to leave. An investigation into the incident continues and a full report isn't expected to be issued for about a week. The investigation includes interviewing witnesses and video recordings of the scene.
No injuries in Saturday morning accident - 2-22-21 - No injuries were reported following a single-vehicle accident Saturday morning in Red Oak. Authorities say 44 year old Michael Lee LaFollette of Red Oak was traveling northbound at around 8 am, when his 2003 Jaguar S-Type sedan went out of control just before Legion Park Drive. The car skidded sideways for about 80 yards until it came to rest on the north side of the Fire Department apron, after striking the stoplight pole. There was no damage to the pole. The Jaguar sustained about $8,000 damage. LaFollette was issued a written warning for Failure to Maintain Control.
Need help with your heating bill? – 2-3-21 – The 2020-2021 Low-income Home Energy Assistance Program has been established to help qualifying low-income Iowa homeowners and renters pay a portion of their primary heating costs for the winter heating season. The assistance is based on household income, household size, type of fuel and type of housing. When you apply you will need documents for your application. These documents will offer proof of total household gross income from all sources for the past month or past calendar year. They must have complete proof of income to process your application. They include: FIXED INCOME – this income may include: Social Security Benefits, Supplemental Security Income, Family Investment Program, Veterans’ Assistance, Unemployment Insurance and Pensions. Please bring a copy of your most recent month check stubs or other proof of income. WAGE EARNERS – copies of your check stubs for the four weeks preceding the date of application or a copy of your Federal Income Tax Return. SELF-EMPLOYMENT/FARMERS – A COPY OF YOUR MOST RECENT Federal Income Tax Return. FIP AND SSI RECIPIENTS – please bring your current DHS Notice of Decision. If you receive alimony, child support, or rental income, it will also need to be verified. Applications will be accepted electronically, by mail or by phone to West Central Community Action, 1017 7th Street, Harlan, IA 51537. Call 755-5602. Applications will be accepted through April 30th. Upcoming events -
The Dow City-Arion Alumni banquet for this year has been cancelled. - 2-9-21 - Due to the current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and social distancing recommendations surrounding it, the Dow City-Arion Alumni Association has chosen to hold off on this year's celebration. "The health and safety of our alumni is and will always be our biggest priority. For that reason, we’ve made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s alumni banquet. While we know this is disappointing, we hope you can understand the steps we’re taking to help keep our attendees safe," the Association stated in a postcard it is mailing to inform alumni of its decision. This year marks 114 years since the first alumni banquet was held in Dow City.
KINDERGARTEN, TRANSITIONAL KINDERGARTEN AND PRESCHOOL REGISTRATION FOR THE 2021-2022 SCHOOL YEAR AT THE HARLAN COMMUNITY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL – IS AVAILABLE ON THE DISTRICT WEBSITE. IN ORDER TO REGISTER FOR ANY OF THE PROGAMS, YOUR CHILD NEEDS TO BE 4 YEARS OLD BY SEPTEMBER 15TH OF THIS YEAR. IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, CALL THE PRIMARY OFFICE AT 755-5903.
The Iowa Community Kitchen will be open Tuesday, February 23rd from 4 to 6 pm at 1325 Chatburn Avenue in Harlan. Masks are required and meals will be served at your table. Everyone in the community is welcome to attend and bring along a friend. They will be serving spaghetti, garlic bread, salad and dessert. The menu is subject to change. Due to the rising cost of food and supplies, there is a minimum of $3 per meal to eat in. Children 15 years and younger are free.
Save the date - February 23rd thru March 12th for Myrtue Medical Center Blood Analysis Screening. Appointments are limited for Tuesdays through Fridays only 7:30 - 11:30 am. Schedule an appointment at 755-4288 between the hours of 8 am and 4 pm. Walk-ins will not be available the day of the service. Results will be available on your MyChart Patient Portal.
Upcoming American Red Cross Bloodmobiles - 1-7-21 - February 24th - 8:30 am to 2:30 pm - Cass County Memorial Hospital in Atlantic.
A “Stellar Women Achieving Greatness” (SWAG) Networking Event for Shelby County - 2-19-20 - Thursday, February 25, 8:30 – 9:30 am. The U.S. Small Business Administration is bringing this free networking opportunity for women entrepreneurs in Shelby County. The presentation will allow women, who are in business, or who are thinking about starting a business, the opportunity to meet, connect with and provide mutual support for each other. Attendees will give a short elevator pitch and then share thoughts, ideas, and suggestions with the rest of the group. This networking opportunity is hosted by Lori Hackney, Economic Development Specialist of the SBA’s Iowa District Office, and Jo Eckert, Branch Manager of the SBA’s Cedar Rapids Branch Office. The event will be conducted via Zoom. To register for the event and to receive the Zoom Call information, please contact the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce & Industry at 712-755-2114.
The Iowa Community Kitchen in Earling will be open Thursday, February 25th, from 4 to 6 pm at St. Joseph's Parish Hall in Earling. Masks are required and meals will be served at your table. Everyone in the community is welcome to attend, bring a friend. They will be serving chicken strips, mac and cheese, bread and dessert. The menu is subject to change. Due to the rising cost of food and supplies, there is a minimum of $3 per meal to eat in. Children 15 years and younger are free.
St. Michael's Knights of Columbus Annual Fish Fry will be held Friday, 5:30-7 pm at St. Michael's Rosman Parish Center in Harlan. The fish fry will be held every Friday night during Lent. Dine in or drive through. The drive through is open to everyone. You can stay in your car on the north side of the hall and your meal will be delivered to you in a contactless manner. The menu includes 3 pieces of fish - fried, baked or fish tacos - French fries or baked potatoes. And back by popular demand - mac and cheese. Cost is $10 for adults; $5 kids 4 to 10 and free for ages 3 and under.
Iowa Farm Bureau $2,500 renewable scholarship applications due February 26th - 1-14-21 As spring approaches, future high school graduates are finalizing their college plans, but it’s not too late to apply for Iowa Farm Bureau Federation’s (IFBF) $2,500 scholarship, awarded to 27 eligible Iowa high school seniors and renewable for four years for a total of up to $10,000. Eligibility is reserved for current Iowa Farm Bureau members or their children in good standing with the organization. Those wishing to become members should visit www.iowafarmbureau.com. To be considered, the graduating high school senior must have a minimum 2.5 grade point average, be involved in extra-curricular activities and accepted into an accredited higher education institution, including community colleges and technical schools. To apply, students must demonstrate their leadership and community involvement and submit a typewritten essay detailing how they would use a scholarship award to support Iowa Farm Bureau’s mission of creating a vibrant future for agriculture, farm families and their communities. Applications are due to the student’s local county Farm Bureau office, postmarked on or before Feb. 26, 2021. Contact the IFBF Community Resources office at 515-225-5460 with questions. Farmers to Families Initiative will be back in Shelby this Saturday 2/27/2021 by the Depot from 10:30-11:30 or food is gone, no income requirements. Farmers to Families Food Boxes to be distributed - 2-19-21 - Farmers to Families food boxes will be distributed at 2 locations, an Oakland location and Avoca location on Saturday February 27th, from 10am to 3 pm. They will be given out at the Oakland Community Building as well as Avoca Seed and Chemical in Avoca. All boxes are free with no income guidelines or restrictions. Boxes will contain items such as apples, oranges, potatoes, onions, cheese, butter, chicken milk and more.
Botna Bend’s Maple Tree Tapping set for March 6th – 2-1-21 Join us for Pottawattamie Conservation's annual Maple Tree Tap event at Botna Bend Park in Hancock, Iowa on Saturday, March 6th from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. This program will introduce you to the basics of syrup making from tapping the trees to bottling the final product. If temperatures are cooperative and the sap is flowing participants can even taste the sweet sap as it flows from the tree. This event will begin at 11:00 a.m. & attendees must arrive no later than 3:00 p.m. to participate. Upon arrival attendees will visit our check in station for information then proceed through a variety of stations exploring different aspects of the syrup making process from the tapping to the bottling & everything in between. This event will be held entirely outdoors, please dress for the weather & wear appropriate footwear. This event is open to participants of all ages but will include pedestrian travel over uneven surfaces, strollers are not recommended. Cost is $3.00 per person, children age 3 & under are free & do not need a reservation. Cost includes admission to the park & all programming. Online pre-registration is required as space is limited. Visit www.pottconservation.com to register online in minutes. For questions not answered online please call 712-545-3283. This event is not pet friendly, service animals are always welcome. Weather permitting. Due to COVID-19 the format of this program has been adjusted. A 6-foot distance will be maintained between individuals/family groups, masks are required while inside and requested when distancing is impossible outside, & this program will be held primarily outdoors. All participants must sign a participation waiver upon arrival. A Farmers to families food box distribution will be held Saturday, March 13th, from 10 am to 11:30 am at 1235 870th Street in Harlan, east of Monogram.
Kirkman Fire Department cancels controlled burns and Palm Sunday breakfast - 1-14-21 - Kirkman Fire Chief Mike Norris has announced that the Kirkman Fire Department will not be conducting controlled burns this year. The Palm Sunday Breakfast has also been cancelled again this year.
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