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ONLINE POLL · Would you like to see fireworks banned in the Mount Vernon city limits?
No - follow state laws
No - but shorten the timeframe for when they are allowed

by Nathan Countryman · November 16, 2017
Lisbon recognizes service members in all-school assembly

City plans for $5.5 million bond
by Ann Gruber-Miller · November 16, 2017
Debt for wellness center to be repaid through TIF

Write-in winner surprised by results
by Margaret Stevens · November 16, 2017
Stephanie Kamberling was elected to the Lisbon City Council, a result of write-in votes that surprised Kamberling herself.

Hampton wins reelection in MV
by Margaret Stevens · November 16, 2017
A rematch of two candidates from 2015 returned similar results in this year's Mount Vernon mayoral race.

Council members lean toward firework ban
by Ann Gruber-Miller · November 16, 2017
The majority of Mount Vernon City Council members are leaning toward further restricting personal fireworks use in Mount Vernon, they said at their Nov. 6 city council meeting. Council members discussed either limiting the use to just two days a year or banning personal use altogether. Council member Marty Christensen was absent from the meeting.

Small-Thomas lecturer: 'Honor what the creator has made'
by Jake Krob · November 16, 2017
It was a protest over the Dakota Access Pipeline. But it was much more.

Prairie Home Companion's Moore at FSCC
November 16, 2017
Eastern Iowa's Dave Moore will perform at the First Street Community Center Uptown Theatre in Mount Vernon Saturday, Nov. 18, as part of the LilFest series of concerts. The show begins at 7:30 p.m., with doors opening at 7:15 p.m.

State to step up traffic enforcement during Thanksgiving weekend
November 16, 2017
There will be extra traffic enforcement on Iowa's roadways for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

City OKs contract with Kalona's JDM concrete
by Ann Gruber-Miller · November 16, 2017
MV acting as facilitator for sidewalk repairs

Council approves bypass committee reps
by Ann Gruber-Miller · November 16, 2017
Housing commission, CDG, landowners part of advisory group

District looks at new tech lease
by Nathan Countryman · November 16, 2017
1-to-1 for third through 12th would cost $100,000 per year

First-grade students in Melanie Hammill's class are navigating computer code
by Matthew McDermott · November 16, 2017
At Lisbon Elementary School, Melanie Hammill's first-graders are mastering computer coding through a program called Project Lead the Way. This foundation focuses on teaching engineering and science to children at an early age.

MV youth learn about courtroom procedures at Regional Mock Trial
November 16, 2017
A team of Mount Vernon Middle School seventh-graders participated in the regional Mock Trial competition Saturday, Oct. 28, at the Linn County Courthouse. In a Mock Trial, students take part in a simulated trial where they portray attorneys and witnesses.

Rotary donates graphing calculators to MV High School
November 16, 2017
The Mount Vernon-Lisbon Rotary Club recently made a donation to Mount Vernon High School to purchase three new graphing calculators for the school.

Science Olympiad season begins
by Nathan Countryman · November 16, 2017
The Mount Vernon Science Olympiad team is looking to carry the momentum of last season - when the high school team earned a state title and nationals berth - into this season. The team has a strong roster of seniors and other returning team members, coach Alaina Appley said, many of whom were also on Mount Vernon's middle school team.
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