Muscatine Schools has a chance to win $100,000 and a pop star concert sponsored by State Farm. Here is student council president, Rachel Beatty: is the website. Starting Friday, you can log on and vote. Muscatine’s competing against 1,500 schools in our category. The school with the most votes will win $100,000 for the school district and a Kelly Clarkson concert. The voting takes place for 9 days, October 18th through the 26th and you can log on to vote once per day at


The city has a roundabout way to improve pedestrian access, safety and traffic at the corner of Cedar and Logan Streets. After discussing the possibility in April about installing a roundabout at the intersection as part of the Cedar Street reconstruction project gained initial Iowa Department of Transportation approval. Muscatine Public Works director, Randy Hill, said the city will be submitting a permanent plan to the Iowa DOT late this month. Dan Buettner, with the Blue Zones initiative made the initial suggestion since the area sees considerable pedestrian traffic from walking trails, the Muscatine Community Y and nearby schools. The roundabout is intended to assist the traffic. The intersection will cost $40,000 while a new stoplight intersection will likely cost three times as much. There are already two stoplights intersections on Cedar right next to the intersection. Initial estimates for the entire Cedar Street reconstruction project, which will include a three-lane road on Cedar from Houser to Parham Streets is currently at $3.8 million. If the Iowa DOT gives its approval construction is expected to begin this spring.


Trinity Cancer Center in partnership with Gilda’s Club has organized the Breast Cancer Luncheon and educational symposium. The event on Wednesday, October 23rd is to promote education about breast cancer and to promote breast health. Trinity and Gilda’s Club will host the luncheon from 11:30 to 1 that day at the Hy-Vee Club Room, 2400 2nd Avenue, Muscatine. The event will feature physicians from the Trinity Breast Leadership Team to discuss breast cancer diagnosis, treatment and survivor support information. Tickets for the luncheon and symposium are $8 per person. To reserve tickets, call 563-263-8895.


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