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FEATURED PICTURE · Sun photo by Erica Dawson Lisbon hosts international championship 5K Jugglers and runners of all ages took part in the Joggle 5K event in Lisbon Saturday, July 15. Joggler Craig Wise of Livonia, Mich., warms up before the race, which was part of the 70th International Jugglers Association Festival taking place in Cedar Rapids this past week. About 20 jogglers competed in the 5K and another 25 ran the 5K. See Section B for results.


Bond could raise $5 to $9 million
by Nathan Countryman · July 20, 2017
The Lisbon's School District's budget for facility projects for its proposed bond could range between $5.9 million and $9 million, based on a presentation by Matthew Gillaspie of the financial firm Piper Jaffray.

School elections: ISEA employee vying for seat
by Margaret Stevens · July 20, 2017
Jeremy Kunz, a Mount Vernon resident who has been involved in public education for 20 years, is a candidate for the Mount Vernon School Board. A seven-year resident with two children attending school in Mount Vernon, Kunz filed this past week to be on the September ballot.

School elections: All incumbents plan another run
by Erica Dawson & Margaret Stevens · July 20, 2017
All five incumbents in Mount Vernon and Lisbon have said they plan to run again in school board elections set for Sept. 12. The filing period to be on the ballot ends Aug. 3.

Sidewalk program a marathon, not sprint, administrator says
by Margaret Stevens · July 20, 2017
Letters go to residents in northwest quadrant

Smiths contribute $500,000 to science center
July 20, 2017
Although John Smith was not focused on the sciences as a Cornell College student, he is a proponent of the college's "Greater > Than" campaign science facilities project.

Facilities committee has first meeting
by Nathan Countryman · July 20, 2017
Advisor suggests more diversity

Principal: changes to academic eligibility aims to keep focus on student part of student/athlete
by Nathan Countryman · July 20, 2017
The Lisbon School District has changed the middle school and high school academic eligibility policy for the coming school year.

Exemption from franchise fees among board's legislative priorities
by Ann Gruber-Miller · July 20, 2017
Mount Vernon School Board members agreed unanimously at their July 10 meeting that one of their top state legislative priorities for 2018 is opposing franchise fees being imposed on school corporations unless the school board agrees.

Legal aid attorney speaks in MV
by Erica Dawson · July 20, 2017
Jim Kringlen, managing attorney of the Cedar Rapids regional office of Iowa Legal Aid, spoke at the invitation of the Mount Vernon Women group in the First Street Community Center library July 11. Members of Mount Vernon Women requested Kringlen speak to the group on behalf of their social justice mission.

Lisbon council looks at water main repairs
by Nathan Countryman · July 20, 2017
Costs estimated at $104,000

Locals have strong showing at Linn Co. Fair
July 20, 2017
Mount Vernon and Lisbon youth and adults earned numerous awards at the Linn County Fair, which was June 28 to July 3 in Central City. Among the awards were several grand champions and reserve champions.

Mount Vernon adds XC coach, makes other hires
by Ann Gruber-Miller · July 20, 2017
Mount Vernon is hiring an additional assistant cross country coach for the coming school year. The school board unanimously approved the hire, along with five others, at its July 10 meeting.

New superintendent listening, learning and working
by Ann Gruber-Miller · July 20, 2017
Mount Vernon's new superintendent of schools, Dr. Greg Batenhorst, is busy doing a lot of listening and learning since he began his job in Mount Vernon July 1.

Peace Corps volunteer says Rwanda projects proving a success
by Nathan Countryman · July 20, 2017
Thanks to donations from Mount Vernon, Lisbon, Solon and other communities in Iowa, a library is open in Rwanda.

SB2 up & running at new First Avenue location
July 20, 2017
An uptown Mount Vernon staple for years is up and running in a new location.
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