Muscatine Mayor DeWayne Hopkins is moving ahead with his dream of building a bandshell on the Muscatine riverfront. He introduced the idea a couple of weeks ago. Hopkins says he plans to finance the $400,000 to $500,000 needed privately at no cost to the taxpayers. Grants are now being looked into.
Last night’s Muskie Kick-Off, a more than 20-year tradition, was another success, drawing more than 1,000 people. New superintendent Jerry Riibe and new MHS principal Mike McGrory were both impressed with community support of the Muskie Boosters. Football, golf, cross country, volleyball and band members and their respective coaches were introduced. Then the football team went though a light scrimmage. Besides the food and T-shirts that were sold, with all the proceeds going to the Boosters, Krieger Motor Co. made a $6,000 donation. This was the second year Kriegers hit the $6,000 mark. Head varsity football Coach Jake Mueller says a state title is the goal every year, but a more realistic goal is hosting a playoff game, which requires at least seven wins. Mueller says Austin Moss, the starting running back and starting linebacker, is one of the team leaders, replacing some amazing athletes who graduated last year.
The 33rd annual Wilton Founders Day celebration is being held today and tomorrow in downtown Wilton. There are a variety of activities and events planned for both days. One of the highlights will be the Saturday Founders Day parade starting at 2. It has a Halloween theme. On Sunday morning at 10:30, there will be a community church service at the Wilton City Park. Find more details at WiltonIowa.org.
School board elections are September 10th. One of the incumbents on the Muscatine School Board running for re-election is Tammi Drawbaugh. Our Ron Edwin recently spoke with her.
U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley, in a series of meetings with northeast Iowa constituents, says there’s little certainty for agreement and passage of a new federal farm bill. That’s according to the Des Moines Register, whose reporter attended a meeting in Independence. Lawmakers are currently in the midst of a five-week summer recess, during which many are meeting constituents in their home districts. Congress will reconvene after Labor Day. The Register reports the Waterloo Democrat says passage of the bill depends on the House’s Republican majority, which has balked at the funding level for nutrition programs supported by Democrats and approved by the Senate.
The Muscatine Boxing Club hosts a fight card at 6 Saturday night at the Affordable Metals building, 303 Cleveland St. That’s behind Wendy's and Fairfield Inn. The August Summer Brawl features male and female amateur fighters from Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin and Nebraska. Tickets are $10 and will be sold at the door. Children under 12 are admitted free.