The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa


December 31, 2013

A look back at the major stories -- how we got there

2013: HowWe Got Here

Welcome to the last day of 2013 — a year that saw a lot of change and progress for the city of Clinton.

As a way of marking the events that impacted the city of Clinton from Jan. 1 through today, we at the Herald decided an end-of-the year edition focusing on the stories that impacted Clinton was in order.

And that’s what you are reading today, an encapsulation of the 10 issues that affected Clinton and surrounding communities this year and are shaping the area into what it will become in the future.

To arrive at our list, newsroom staffers assembled a list of stories that took place throughout the year — a list that was much greater than 10 — then pared the list to the major stories, with a decision following to still detail some of the others in an odds and ends story.

The major stories are heavy on development, such as the construction at the new Clinton Middle School, Village Cooperative, West Heights Townhouses, Camanche City Hall, Washington Boulevard in Camanche, Liberty Square and 19th Avenue North.

Then there is the new business development in Clinton’s railport and the Lyons Business and Technology Park, and Clysar’s decision to move its company headquarters back to Camanche.

Our list also includes the results of the Clinton City Council election that will see three new faces on the council, implementation of city services that have had caused their share of unexpected problems for residents, and the search for new city administrators for the cities of Clinton and Fulton, Ill.

This edition also includes two other stories that will impact us for years to come. The first is that of the EMS court case in which it was decided that the attorney representing the city of Clinton in its settlement three years ago did not err in how he provided counsel to the city.

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    April 19, 2014

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  • Letter to the Editor: Local firefighters' union speaks out on proposed contract

    Dear citizens/taxpayers of Clinton:
    The members of Local 609 feel that it is our duty to inform the citizens of Clinton that the article titled “‘Fair offer’ differences” in the April 9, 2014 edition of the Clinton Herald was full of inaccurate statements regarding our negotiated contract proposal with the city. These incorrect statements could impact the use of your city funds negatively and unduly influence our elected representatives. So, we would like to address these points, as follows:

    April 18, 2014

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    April 18, 2014

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    April 18, 2014

  • Wild Rose avoids another distraction Several casino operators in the state of Iowa breathed a sigh of relief Thursday when the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission voted 4-1 to reject a casino in Cedar Rapids. Cedar Rapids is close enough to have a possible effect on Wild Rose Casino and R

    April 18, 2014

  • Youngquist photo World Book Night celebrated April 23 The Clinton Public Library children's department plans to start a Legos club this June. We would appreciate donations of new or used Legos bricks. Please, no Duplo bricks. Drop donations at the children's desk on the second floor of the library. Root

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

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    April 17, 2014 1 Photo


With the Clinton County Justice Coordinating Commission and the Clinton County Board of Supervisors discussing proposals to construct a new jail, do you think the time has come for Clinton County to construct such a facility?

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