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FEATURED PICTURE ·Mount Vernon and Lisbon students returned to class this week. Above: Students and their families head back to class at Washington Elementary in Mount Vernon the morning of Aug. 23. Ernesto Penate accompanies his children, Gabrilla and Dyllan, across the street on the first day of school. At right: Melanie Hammill, first grade teacher at Lisbon Elementary School, helps new student Emily Brade check off the first step to returning to school – finding her desk. Brade and several of her classmates checked into their classrooms during Lisbon’s back to school night on Monday, Aug. 22, from 5:30 to 7 p.m., to meet their teachers and find their classrooms, as well as unpack most of their school supplies. The first day of school was Tuesday, Aug. 23, with an early out at both schools. It was also the first day of class for teachers, many of whom are new to the district. Pick up this week's Mount Vernon-Lisbon Sun for those profiles.

School bond: Roughly $6 million for Performing Arts Center
by Nathan Countryman · August 25, 2016
One of the major additions to be completed as part of the $15.9 million proposed Mount Vernon School District bond is a new $6 million performing arts center.

LECC plans changes to payment system
by Nathan Countryman · August 25, 2016
Lisbon Early Childhood Center will be requiring parents to participate in an automatic withdrawal payment system and changing the cost to hold a spot in the daycare over the summer months effective Sept. 1.

Mt. Vernon city council meeting moved to Sept. 7
August 25, 2016
The Mount Vernon City Council's first meeting in September will be Wednesday, Sept. 7. The city council rescheduled it from its normal first Monday of the month because the first Monday in September is Labor Day.

New students arrive soon
August 25, 2016
Most members of Cornell College Class of 2020 will arrive on campus Wednesday, Aug. 31. Move-in is 8:30 a.m. to noon.

Quilters' work on display at History Center
August 25, 2016
Lisbon History Center has a new installation that went in this past week. The display features the work of Sew and Blow, a group of friends and quilters who have met regularly for more than 30 years for needlework and conversation.

Council tables social host ordinance
by Ann Gruber-Miller · August 25, 2016
Mount Vernon city council members voted unanimously (4-0, with council member Paul Tuerler absent) Aug. 15 to table the second reading of the proposed social host ordinance for the city. They want to examine other options for preventing underage drinking and illicit substance abuse at parties.

A-Team ride planned to benefit injured Craig
August 25, 2016
A benefit fundraiser for Mount Vernon High School graduate Adam Craig will be held Saturday, Aug. 27. Craig suffered a spinal injury in a diving accident July 3.

City struggles with nuisance enforcement
by Jim Bonewald · August 25, 2016
Lisbon is struggling to figure out how to enforce its lawn and weed ordinances and to encourage its residents to care for the appearance of their properties.

Iowa BIG cross-disciplinary class asks local businesses where they need help
by Ann Gruber-Miller · August 25, 2016
Iowa BIG is looking for projects in Mount Vernon that local businesses, non-profit organizations and government organizations would like to have students carry out with them this school year. They would like to know about them in the next couple of weeks so they can get them set up for this year.

IRS warns of back-to-school phone scams
August 25, 2016
The Internal Revenue Service recently warned taxpayers against telephone scammers targeting students and parents during the back-to-school season and demanding payments for non-existent taxes, such as the "Federal Student Tax."

Mt. Vernon students earn ribbons at Johnson Co. fair
August 25, 2016
Adrian and Maggie Dale of Mount Vernon earned a number of ribbons at the Johnson County Fair, held the last week of July.

Quick action at Bauman's basement recognized with lifesaving award
August 25, 2016
Large MV contingent on hand as Smith, Neal honored

Representative tours Lisbon's HiRail
by Margaret Stevens · August 25, 2016
HiRail Corporation and the Railway Engineering-Maintenance Suppliers Association (REMSA) hosted Iowa First District representative Rod Blum (R-Dubuque) for a tour of the manufacturing facility, led by HiRail president Eric Schook.

School inventories auditorium, sets protocol for facility's use
by Ann Gruber-Miller · August 25, 2016
The Mount Vernon School District auditorium has now been completely inventoried and an auditorium protocol checklist has been created to follow when anyone wants to use it. Recommendations have also been made for upgrading auditorium facilities and training.

'Everyone involved' in multi-generational mission trip
by Erica Kuhlmann · August 25, 2016
Thirty-one members of Mount Vernon United Methodist Church recently traveled to Marion, Va., as part of the church's first intergenerational service trip.
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