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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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