Inspection of rental properties in Columbus Junction is close to final approval. The Quad-City Times reports city the council has approved the second reading of an ordinance establishing the program. If the council approves the final reading, rental properties will be inspected on a regular basis and need to meet a wide variety of requirements.

The Elms Restaurant on Grandview Avenue in Muscatine has closed. The owner says she might reopen later or look at other options for the space.

Following is the third and final report and analysis on a presentation this week at GPC about cleaning up air quality problems.

Two people are in custody after numerous agencies raided a home in Tipton in connection with a meth-making operation. It happened early Thursday morning at 108 Lemon Street. KGAN-TV says cops arrested 37-year-old Robert Lange and 38-year-old Deja Lange. Both suspects were taken to the Cedar County Jail.

Tipton Fire Department’s annual street dance is on Saturday. A DJ provides music from 5 to 9 followed by a live band from 9 until 1 in the morning. Food will be served from 6 to 9 Saturday night. Also planned are a bags tournament and run/walks.

Many people view Labor Day as the end of summer and their last chance to travel, hit the beach and fire up the grill. Betsy Pratt is the regional CEO of the American Red Cross. She says while many people will spend the Labor Day weekend traveling and spending time with family and friends, no one should take a vacation from safety. Pratt reminds that it’s still important that people work to remain vigilant on the road, at the beach and at cookouts.


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