The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

December 31, 2013

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

The Clinton Herald

---- — 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.

The second story is about the Thomson Correctional Center, a former state prison built in nearby Thomson, Ill., that was ready for business in 2001, but sat empty from that time forward due to a lack of state funding.

We hope this edition is clear in providing a glimpse of our city and the surrounding areas, the challenges they have faced, their plans for the future, and the steps taken to make the Gateway area a great place to live.