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Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Taking charge. Central Intermediate fifth-grader Emilie Butler got a big promotion — from student to principal. During National Reading Week, the school exceeded its goal and the names of the top 20 readers from the fifth-grade were drawn out of a hat to see who would fulfill Jim Wichman’s duties for half a day. Butler said her responsibilities included visiting classrooms, talking to the students and even working on budget items for the 2014-15 school year. Butler provided input on expanding the school’s playground and helped custodian Russ Meier measure the area and draw up schematics. Butler says she learned quite a bit during her time taking charge of the school. “I thought principals only dealt with kids,” she relates. “I didn’t think they had to come up with all these different ideas and make all kinds of decisions.” Others whose names were drawn to be part-time principals are Jacob Stearns, Henna Van Horn and — the person who read the most minutes of anyone in the entire school — secretary Cindy Corson. Photo by Kate Howes


Area residents invited to 'Becky's Hope 4 A Cure' event
Becky Smith of Clinton died of melanoma when she was just 34 years old.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Clinton County supervisors react to jail needs study
The only alternative to building a new Clinton County jail is to close the existing jail and pay an estimated $50 million over 20 years to house inmates at facilities in Cedar, Jackson, Scott and other neighboring counties, consultant Mike Morman of Shive Hattery Architecture and Engineering told the Clinton County Board of Supervisors Monday.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Legislators say settlement agreement scandal could derail session
Controversy over secret settlement agreements and payments to state workers may have ended the chances for an early end to the 2014 legislative session, Clinton County legislators said Saturday.
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
'Creative reusing' inspiration behind Easker's art
Velga Easker of Cedar Rapids credits the combination of her Latvian heritage, living in the United States and following the example her parents set for valuing recyclable materials as being the motivation behind her unique and meticulous art.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Warriors continue to show progress at Camanche dual
It might not yet be producing the results they want, but the Calamus-Wheatland boys and girls golf teams continue to witness plenty of progress being made in the early season.
Wednesday, April 16, 2014

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