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Hometown Teams follow-up
December 15, 2017
Editor's note: This is a continuation of the Dec. 7 Hometown Teams story, which recounted people worried about loved ones in the Pacific theater of war following the attack on Pearl Harbor. Sam Koch's photo was on the front page, declaring he had safely returned from Manila just prior to the attack on Pearl Harbor. He re-enlisted in January 1942, and returned to the Pacific theater. Sadly, Koch was also the first soldier to pass away from the Mount Vernon area, passing away on Wednesday, Dec. 30, 1942, while in service to his country. This is a republication of that story, as published in the Mount Vernon Hawkeye-Record on Thursday, Jan. 7, 1943.

Enrollment up in MV, down in Lisbon
by Nathan Countryman · December 14, 2017
Enrollment is down bit in Lisbon this school year, while enrollment steadily increased for Mount Vernon in the same time period.

Council on board with roundabout assessment
by Ann Gruber-Miller · December 14, 2017
Members seek cost details before committing to MSA

Bond language ties track, auditorium together
by Nathan Countryman · December 14, 2017
Voters in the Lisbon School District may be presented with three questions if the school board goes ahead with a bond referendum.

Memorial Park gazebo ready for instant caroling party
December 14, 2017
A volunteer committee made up of representatives from Bridge Community Bank, Hills Bank and Mount Vernon Bank & Trust spent Monday, Dec. 4, creating a new photo opportunity in Mount Vernon.

Performers of all ages invited to share their talents
by Nathan Countryman · December 14, 2017
Family Holiday Showcase Saturday at FSCC

School board approves land sale
December 14, 2017
MV asks $60k, facility use for wellness center land

Cornell production serves cheerful, Cliff Notes version of U.S. history
December 14, 2017
'Complete History of America [Abridged]' being performed Thursday thru Sunday

Balderdash Ditty offering free seasonal concert Saturday
December 14, 2017
The educational music group Balderdash Ditty is off to a fun start with its winter, spring music series. The trio of Kim Benesh, Braden Rood and Dale Beeks have started their fourth year of introducing live music to preschoolers and "begindergartners" at the elementary school, and children who gather monthly at the First Street Community Center (FSCC) theater during the indoor farmers' market season.

CDG announces trivia night fundraiser
December 14, 2017
The Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Development Group (CDG), a Main Street Iowa organization, has announced a new Trivia Night fundraiser to take place Thursday, Jan. 18, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., at the First Street Community Center.

Every time a bell rings...
December 14, 2017
Church repairing, refurbishing bell

Fireworks ban ordinance passes first reading
by Ann Gruber-Miller · December 14, 2017
A new ban on personal fireworks use within the Mount Vernon city limits is on its way to passage.

Lisbon Dance Team places second in Jazz
by Nathan Countryman · December 14, 2017
The Lisbon Dance Team walked away with two Division I ratings, as well as a second-place finish, in the 2018 Iowa State Dance and Drill Team Contest in Des Moines Friday, Dec. 1.

Lisbon preschoolers are hearing from community helpers
December 14, 2017
This past week at Lisbon Early Education Center, Rachel Evans' preschool class hosted Community Helpers, a yearly event in which select parents of current preschoolers speak to their children's classroom and explain what they do through fun examples and activities.

Lisbon-based business has global reach
by Jake Krob · December 14, 2017
From factories that make the most popular soda, to Ivy League schools to major hospitals, a Lisbon-Mount Vernon company is making its mark on the world.
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