The Muscatine County Conservation Board held a public meeting last Thursday about proposed plans for Deep Lakes Park. Conservation Board members and staff, Deep Lakes Park Steering Committee members and park planners were there to answer questions and receive input. Andy Foster reports.


Muscatine County has lost a hard worker and strong advocate for historic preservation. Sixty-six-year-old Kenneth Hyman of Muscatine died at his home on Friday following a battle with cancer. A former Iowa DNR park ranger at Wildcat Den State Park, Hyman retired in 2002 as park superintendent at Lake Darling State Park, Wildcat Den and Fairport Recreation Area. He established Friends of Pine Creek Grist Mill and Friends of Melpine School at Wildcat Den. He was instrumental in reconstruction of the German Methodist Old Stone Church in rural Muscatine County. Most recently he organized a group to reconstruct a log cabin at Wildcat Den.


Hy-Vee has issued an advisory for consumers regarding some packages of Hy-Vee label dips and sour cream. The company has determined that some recent shipments do not meet quality standards. They may spoil prior to the code date on the package. Hy-Vee officials emphasized there are no health risks associated with these products and unspoiled products are safe to consume. Affected products have been removed from Hy-Vee warehouses and store shelves. Customers who have recently purchased Hy-Vee brand dips or sour cream should check the product for mold or other signs of spoilage and return any spoiled product to their local stores for a refund.


Congressman Dave Loebsack is in the area today. He is set to shadow Muscatine Public Works and Parks and Recreation employees and tour sewer infrastructure beginning at 4 at the Muscatine Aquatic Center. At 6:30, Loebsack will visit with local Farm Bureau members and give brief remarks at the Louisa County Farm Bureau Dinner. That's at the Louisa County Youth Center at the Louisa County Fairgrounds in Columbus Junction.


On Friday in Muscatine County District Court:

Twenty-eight-year-old Ryan Larue of Muscatine was sentenced following his guilty plea to domestic abuse assault and driving while barred. He was sentenced to concurrent prison terms of not to exceed five and two years, respectively.


Fifty-three-year-old Isaiah Rodriguez of West Liberty pled guilty to two counts of lascivious acts with a child and will be sentenced October 11th.


Thirty-four-year-old Lanell Farrow of Muscatine was sentenced following his guilty plea to forgery. The court deferred judgment and placed him on supervised probation for two years. He was ordered to pay restitution.


Thirty-year-old Alexander Brown of Muscatine admitted to violating the terms of probation previously entered for burglary in the third degree and unlawful possession of a prescription drug. The court revoked his deferred judgment and entered judgment on the burglary charge. On the prescription drug charge the court imposed a 180-day jail sentence.


Nineteen-year-old Agustin Hernandez Jr. of Muscatine pled guilty to two separate cases charging him with the unlawful possession of a firearm. He will be sentenced October 11th.


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