Heinz-Muscatine in Line to Add 100+ New Jobs

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) _ The Iowa Economic Development Authority has approved tax credits for an expansion by H.J. Heinz that could mean more than 100 jobs at the company’s plant in Muscatine. The Des Moines Register reports the agency approved $825,000 in tax credits for the Pittsburgh-based food maker, which has plans for a $24.5 million expansion of its plant, which produces ketchup and mustard as well as other items.

To receive the tax credits, the company must create 106 jobs. The state award also must be matched by an award by the city of Muscatine. The state agency also awarded $75,000 in loans to ConnectFive, an Iowa City computer design firm that plans to move to a larger building in Coralville.   ConnectFive must create 10 jobs. Continue Reading

Iowa Juvenile Home May Have Broken Federal Law

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) _ The Iowa Department of Education has found that the state-run Iowa Juvenile Home violated federal law when it denied youths educational services and transition planning to help them succeed in life. The Des Moines Register reports that the Education Department issued the ruling
Friday following its investigation into a complaint filed by the nonprofit
organization Disability Rights Iowa. In its ruling, the department verified that the home had written up education
and behavior-intervention plans that used the same “cut-and-paste” boilerplate
language for each youth, instead of individualized plans required by law. Governor Terry Branstad announced earlier this month that state officials will
close the troubled facility next month, relocate the children and lay off the
staff of 93 employees. Continue Reading

Iowa Capitol Focus: Tom Latham

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) _ U.S. Rep. Tom Latham’s announcement that he won’t run for re-election in 2014 comes as Congress is wrapping up one of its most contentious years in recent history. But the longtime Iowa lawmaker says his decision to retire is personal, not political.  Latham says that he and his wife made the decision together, calling it the right time to go. Latham’s announcement took many people by surprise. The 65-year-old Republican
from Clive will have spent 20 years in Congress and is Iowa’s senior U.S. House
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Oquawka Man Jailed for Felony Sex Abuse

HENDERSON COUNTY AUTHORITIES HAVE ARRESTED AN OQUAWKA MAN FOR AGGRAVATED CRIMINAL SEXUAL ABUSE.  

FOLLOWING AN INVESTIGATION BY OQUAWKA POLICE, 46-YEAR OLD PAT MOYERS WAS PICKED UP FRIDAY AND TAKEN TO THE COUNTY JAIL. HIS BOND WAS SET AT 10 PERCENT OF 25-THOUSAND DOLLARS.  

IF CONVICTED, MOYERS COULD GET 3-TO-7 YEARS IN PRISON AND A FINE OF UP TO 25-THOUSAND DOLLARS. Continue Reading

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Snow Above, a Thin Layer of Ice Below

((( AS OF 6 AM TODAY — SUNDAY )))
WE GOT THE SNOW THEY PREDICTED…BUT IF YOU’RE PARKED OUTSIDE AND YOU THINK YOUR BRUSH IS ALL YOU’LL NEED TO CLEAN YOUR WINDOWS, THINK AGAIN — THERE’S MORE-THAN-LIKELY A COATING OF ICE ON THERE SO HARD, EVEN YOUR HEAVY-DUTY SCRAPER MAY NOT BE ENOUGH TO REMOVE IT. THE CITY OF BURLINGTON’S AUTOMATIC PARKING PROHIBITION WENT INTO EFFECT AT 4:50 THIS(SUN) MORNING, SO ANY VEHICLES PARKED ALONG POSTED SNOW EMERGENCY ROUTES WILL BE TICKETED AND MAY BE TOWED. THE PARKING BAN DOES NOT APPLY TO THE CENTRAL BUSINESS DISTRICT, WHICH IS BOUNDED BY DIVISION STREET ON THE SOUTH…COLUMBIA ON THE NORTH…FRONT STREET ON THE EAST…AND CENTRAL ON THE WEST.  

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WARNING UNTIL 6 O’CLOCK TONITE(SUN) FOR THE ENTIRE REGION. THE CENTRAL & NORTHERN PORTIONS OF OUR LISTENING AREA CAN EXPECT A TOTAL ACCUMULATION OF SNOW FROM 4 TO 8 INCHES, WITH SOME BLOWING & DRIFTING. Continue Reading

Obituaries Saturday December 21st

Henry Joseph Pieper, 88 years, of Wever, Iowa died at 6:25 amFriday, December 20, 2013 at the West PointCareCenter, West Point, Iowa.  He was born November 27, 1925 in Houghton, Iowa, a son of Ernest and Elizabeth (Holtkamp) Pieper.  On February 4, 1950, he married Pauline Mary Bentler in Houghton, Iowa.  She preceded him in death.  Henry farmed in the Green Bay area since 1950.  He was a member of Holy Family Parish, Fort Madison, Iowa.     

 

He is survived by three daughters: Kathy (Bill) Real, of Silver City, New Mexico; Judy (Mark) Hunold, of West Point, Iowa; and Beverly (Russell) Steffensmeier, of Donnellson, Iowa; three sons: Thomas (Sue) Pieper, of Flagstaff, Arizona, Missouri; Karl (Sue) Pieper, of Fort Madison, Iowa; and Craig (Shelly) Pieper, of Wever, Iowa; three brothers: William “Bud” (Glorine) Pieper, of Fort Madison, Iowa; Robert “Bob” (Evelyn) Pieper, of Pella, Iowa; and Bernard (Mary) Pieper, of North Platte, Nebraska; nineteen grandchildren, twelve great grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.  He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, two sisters, Agnes Pieper and Margaret Anderson, and one brother, John Pieper. 

 

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 amMonday, December 23, 2013 at Ss. Mary and Joseph Catholic Church, Holy Family Parish, Fort Madison, Iowa, with FatherMarkSpring as Celebrant.  Friends are invited to greet the family at a luncheon after mass at McAleer Hall.  Private family burial will be later at GethsemaneCemetery, FortMadison.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to Holy Trinity Catholic Schools, contributions may be made at the church or the Barr Memorial Chapel, Fort Madison, Iowa.  Online condolences to the Pieper Family may be made at the Barr Memorial Chapel website, www.barrmemorialchapel.com.  Barr Memorial Chapel is in charge of the arrangements. 

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Man Jumps From Muscatine Bridge

Fire officials and witnesses say a man jumped from a Muscatine bridge that spans the Mississippi River and couldn’t be found despite a quick response by rescuers. The Muscatine Journal says authorities received reports yesterday morning of suspicious activity at the Norbert F. Beckey Bridge, a more than 3,000 foot bridge between Muscatine and Rock Island County, Ill. Police found a man near the center of the bridge and called for rescue workers. After the man jumped, rescuers immediately tried to reach him, but he was swept under ice downstream from the bridge. A search continued through yesterday afternoon without success Continue Reading

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PAW Shelter Full, Needs Donations

Cold winter weather is here and what that means for area animal shelters, is that they’re full. Sandy Brown, Director of the PAW Animal Shelter in Fort Madison, says just that… “I always have too many. Right now I have about 75 dogs and 55 cats.” Running the shelter isn’t cheap, so the PAW shelter holds can and bottle fundraisers all year long, the next one coming up tomorrow in the parking lot of Southeastern Community College… Continue Reading