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December 31, 2013

The almost good enough story list of 2013

By Scott Levine

Herald Associate Editor

This past year has been eventful in this area, so fitting the biggest stories into just 10 spots was challenging.

There were several issues that dotted the front pages of the Clinton Herald for several weeks that just missed the cut for the top 10 biggest stories of 2013.

Humane Society

There was no bigger drama in early 2013 than what transpired with the Clinton Humane Society and the city of Clinton.

In January 2013, Humane Society officials approached the city, requesting a $120,000 subsidy, up from the previous $65,000 subsidy.

Much discussion ensued, but eventually, the full council approved the subsidy. Then things got a bit more dramatic.

Mayor Mark Vulich vetoed the agreement, leaving the city without an animal impoundment provider. The city sought proposals from other establishments to take the city’s impounded animals, but nobody bit on the offer.

Only the Humane Society submitted a proposal, this time seeking a $105,000 subsidy.

Downtown developments

Although still on hold, the announcement of a group intending to buy the Wilson building invigorated downtown Clinton.

The company Frantz-Hobart (now Hobart Historic Restoration) made its intentions clear in early 2013 that they intended on making the Wilson building a 28-unit apartment complex.

The plans are for the building to house 28 apartments and offer a street-level commercial space. However, a split in the original company, Frantz-Hobart, has slowed the purchase of the building, but officials with Hobart Historic Renovation still plan to purchase the building and make the complex feature upscale units.

In addition to new businesses opening downtown, a Clinton couple, Patrick and Julie Lonergan, renovated the former Patrick’s Steakhouse to make a modern office building.

The building has sat empty for years, but the renovations, costing approximately $250,000, have made the building open for business.

Andy Cole sentencing

The man charged in the murder of a Sabula woman in 2008 entered a plea agreement in 2013.

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    July 22, 2014

  • Win completes 4-2 road trip for LumberKings LANSING, Mich. – One day after a walk-off home run spoiled an opportunity for a series win, the Clinton LumberKings responded with a 2-1 series-clinching victory over the host Lansing Lugnuts in a Monday Midwest League baseball matinee at Cooley Law

    July 22, 2014

  • Bice Nurses earn Daisy awards

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    July 22, 2014 2 Photos

  • 7-22-14 15 or 17-Airborne tag A rally fit for Kings (with VIDEO)

    ELDRIDGE — It would have been easy for Clinton sophomore Nick Houzenga to be discouraged as he took the mound in the bottom of the first inning of the River Kings’ Class 4A substate semifinal against North Scott.After all, the Lancers had already bui

    July 22, 2014 4 Photos

  • 7-22-14 water 2 Rotary Club donation gets water to Haitians CLINTON — Nine Haitian communities now have the blessing of clean water due to the work of local Iowa Rotary clubs, including Clinton’s, and the charity Water for Life.Water for Life Directors Joy and Leon Miller have been drilling wells for years as

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • 7-22-14 Emily Evans 7 seek pageant crown CLINTON — The time has come for Miss Clinton County Brandy Herrington to pass her crown on to the next lucky contestant and this year the competition is thick.When the event commences on Saturday at the DeWitt Central Performing Arts Center, seven yo

    July 22, 2014 7 Photos

  • Second arbitration filing

    AFSCME union is the second this summer to file for arbitration against Clinton.

    July 21, 2014

  • Fire causes Vitale's closure

    Vitale's restaurant closed this afternoon, according to the business's Facebook page, citing a small fire for the cause of the closing.

    July 21, 2014

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    CLINTON — Members of the community came out in droves Sunday afternoon to attend a Concert for a Cause, a first-time event benefiting Habitat of Humanity of Clinton County.More than 70 voices joined together in the Vernon Cook Theater for the CHS Alu

    July 21, 2014 5 Photos

  • GM looks to combat decreasing revenue CLINTON — The new general manager of the Clinton Wild Rose Casino and Resort hopes to utilize programs and giveaways to counteract decreasing revenue.During the Clinton County Development Association meeting last week, General Manager Travis Dvorak r

    July 21, 2014

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