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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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  • Minnick New director at Ashford CLINTON -- Ashford University has appointed a new vice president/campus director of its Clinton campus. Charlie Minnick has been appointed for the position. He has been in the position on an interim basis since Jan. 1. Ashford University Provost Lori

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  • Women on Fire event is Wednesday at Vista Grande CLINTON -- For many years, women in business have been honored in the city of Clinton, but on Wednesday, they have a night all their own. The Women are on Fire event will begin at 5 p.m. Wednesday at the Vista Grande in Clinton and will offer an oppo

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  • McEleney McEleney elected to insurance board CLINTON -- A car dealership owner recently earned a spot on a national insurance board. John McEleney, of Clinton and owner of McEleney Motors, was elected to the Board of Directors of the Federated Insurance Companies. The election took place this w

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  • Clinton looks into roadway safety upgrades Herald Staff Report Clinton looks into roadway safety upgrades

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  • L'Kings keep Hot Rods cold BOWLING GREEN, Ky. -- There's nothing like jumping on a team when it's down, and the Clinton LumberKings did just that Friday night. For the second night in a row, the LumberKings used a five-run inning to take a victory at Bowling Green Ballpark, th

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  • AGENDA: 4-22-14 Clinton City Council

    The Clinton City Council will meet Tuesday at 7 p.m. followed by a committee of the whole.

    April 18, 2014

  • Theft trial for man charged in Wolfe sisters' murders

    A western Pennsylvania man accused of having robbed and killed his next-door neighbors, two sisters of Iowa Rep. Mary Wolfe, now also faces trial on charges that he stole another woman's wedding ring a year ago.

    State police in Greensburg allege that 43-year-old Allen Wade of East Liberty, Pa., stole the ring while delivering a refrigerator to a home in April 2013. Westmoreland County Common Pleas Judge Rita Hathaway on Thursday agreed to schedule the case for trial.

    April 18, 2014

  • More felonies added to sex abuse charges CLINTON -- A Clinton man already facing multiple felony charges for allegedly sexually abusing a child is now facing six more felonies for sexual exploitation of a child. Tony D. James, 45, was charged this past weekend with six counts of sexual expl

    April 18, 2014

  • Wildlife service to conduct burnings CLINTON -- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will conduct several prescribed burns this spring. The burns will take place on the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge in Carroll and Jo Daviess counties. Sites planned for burning

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