From parades to concerts to fireworks displays to backyard barbecues, people celebrated the Fourth of July yesterday on a picture-perfect day — lots of sun, no rain and an occasional breeze. Some folks have returned to work today, their holiday over. Others are taking today off to make it a four-day holiday weekend.
Buffalo Police and the Scott County Sheriff's Office are investigating the death of a 22-year-old man. Officers received a call about an unresponsive man at a house in Buffalo Wednesday night. The man was pronounced dead at the scene. Police say the cause of death is not yet apparent. The man's name has not yet been released. An autopsy will be scheduled for later this week.
 
West Liberty motorists are playing it cool, and the city council has taken notice. The Muscatine Journal reports councilmen decided by consensus Tuesday night not to implement an ordinance that would authorize the use of video equipment to catch speeders. Speed cameras were being considered to slow traffic along Prairie Street because of a detour expected to increase traffic on it. But council members say motorists are doing a good job of policing themselves. Council members have the option to enact the ordinance if speeding becomes a problem. Read more about this story in the Muscatine Journal or at muscatinejournal.com.
 
It’s called Percussion on the Pearl! Muscatine will host a second annual Drum Corps International event. It’s at 7 on Thursday, July 11th at the Muscatine High School Stadium. School band director Jeff Heid is organizing the event. He says it will be an outstanding competition among seven great drum corps from around the country. Tickets range in price from $15 to $25 and can be purchased online at dci.org/tickets.
 
It’s fair time! The Cedar County Fair in Tipton kicks off Wednesday the 10th and runs through Sunday the 14th. There will be children's activities, entertainment, music, rides, commercial vendors, agricultural exhibits, animals and a wide variety of food and attractions.
 
Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey will speak at an open house and dedication for the new Youth Center at the Louisa County Fair on Thursday, July 11th. It starts at 4:30 with a short program at 5:30. The event celebrates the completion of the 7,600-square-foot facility that includes a meeting room, covered patio, kitchen, fair offices and bathroom. Twenty-three camps sites were constructed as part of the project. The event is free and open to the public. The Louisa County Fairgrounds is located on Highway 92 in Columbus Junction.
 
KWQC-TV reports a 45-year-old man from the DeWitt area was killed Wednesday in a go-kart accident at a Wisconsin Dells kart track. Police say the man suffered severe head trauma after losing control of a kart he was driving and striking a wood post alongside the track. The man was visiting Lake Delton with his family. His name is not yet being released pending notification of kin.

 

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