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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  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Cremation service helped pet owner in her time of need

    I wanted to share some positive news about a business located in Clinton that I’m guessing most residents aren’t aware even exists. It’s Northridge Pet Cremation on Main Avenue and for me they were recently a godsend.

    July 31, 2014

  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR: A Cappella choir concert was a success

    The CHS A Cappella reunion was great. It was real great to hear so many good voices of so many former choir members.

    July 31, 2014

  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Time to boost social security

    It's time for Congress to act so that Social Security benefits can finally start to keep pace with the cost of living.

    July 31, 2014

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  • Be more informed

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    July 25, 2014

  • CCC thanks community, collaborators for successful movie night Clinton Community College would like to thank those who participated in the free outdoor movie showing of “Captain America – Winter Soldier” on the evening of Friday, July 18.We are grateful to have such wonderful community collaborators in the Erick

    July 25, 2014

  • Lindley, Tom.jpg Better police needed for college teams enticed to cheat

    The NCAA once cracked down on colleges that went too far luring top prospects, then it targeted teams that lathered players with special treatment. That was until the NCAA's get-tough approach backfired, rendering it ineffective and creating an opportunity for those who want to play dirty.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

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    Tiger Woods finished near bottom last weekend at Royal Liverpool, drawing out his drought of major tournament wins. Despite the disappointing showing, Woods' return to form remains a matter of when, not if.

    July 22, 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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