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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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  • Evers: For love of the green CLINTON - Conner Evers calls The Oaks Golf Course his home. There isn't a day where Evers won't visit the golf course on the city's west side. "I spend a lot of time here," Evers said with a laugh. "This is my second home. I love golf, and there's no

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  • World Book Night 1 Clinton Public Library hosts largest World Book Night event in the country

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  • LumberKings score bizarre run CLINTON -- Rain was the only thing that could have saved the Clinton LumberKings from losing Wednesday to Quad Cities 7-1. The run that the LumberKings got, however, came on a bizarre play. In the bottom of the first inning, Tyler O'Neill singled o

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  • 4-24-14 1B-Photo, Drake story Youngsters take on oval

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  • City Blog: Council amenable to tree-saving route

    Pershing or Roosevelt? Councilmembers leaning toward more expensive, but more "green" alternative for force main construction.

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  • Man charged in meth case

    A Clinton man has been charged with conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine.

    Timothy W. Atkinson, 35, 1419 Honey Lane, was arrested Sunday after Clinton police executed a search warrant at his residence.

    April 23, 2014

  • Judge denies guilty plea withdrawal

    A Clinton County District Court judge has denied a man's attempt at withdrawing a guilty plea.

    Eric R. Hook, 45, 900 S. 10th St., was sentenced last week to no more than five years in prison for willful injury causing bodily injury, a class D felony. He also was given a sentence of no more than two years in prison for domestic abuse assault, second offense, to be served concurrently.

    April 23, 2014

  • Medication drop boxes available

    Although no formal event is planned in Clinton County for Saturday’s nationwide Medication Take Back Day, area officials are reminding residents this week about permanent drop boxes at area law enforcement agencies.
    Unused or expired medications can be disposed of during normal business hours in the lobbies of four police departments in Clinton County — Camanche Police Department, 819 South Washington Blvd.; Clinton County Sheriff’s office, 241 Seventh Ave. North; Clinton Police Department, 116 Sixth Ave. South; DeWitt Police Department, 606 Ninth St.

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