At 7:25am yesterday, that no good groundhog saw his shadow predicting we have 6 more weeks of winter. That's a problem considering we are currently experiencing a propane shortage, and many rural residents in Muscatine County heat their home with propane. Stan Price, owner of Price Oil in Muscatine County says he has never seen it like this in his 25 years in business. This past Friday, Governor Branstad declared a proclamation of disaster and energy emergency due to the demand for propane. Governor Branstad's hard work petitioning the Federal Government has paid off, and Iowa is receiving 7.42 million dollars in assistance from the US Department of Health and Human Services to help heat Iowa homes and businesses.  

First National Bank has named
Stacey Hoopes as their employee of the year. Hoopes has been with the bank since 2005.

Voters in Wilton head to the polls tomorrow. They’ll be casting votes on an $11.5 million Wilton Community School District bond issue to finance the building of a new elementary school. Mayor Ira Bowman and members of the city council have come out in support of the project. Bowman says the present building is outdated and has flaws. He says a new structure will help draw people to the community.

The American Red Cross responded to a fire in Muscatine County late Saturday night, early Sunday morning down in Grandview. Muscatine County in included with eleven other counties to make up this chapter of the American Red Cross, and on average the Red Cross assists 16 Muscatine County families per year.

The recycle the dress program was schedule for this past Saturday, but cancelled due to the snow storm. The recycle the dress program is where residents of Muscatine have donated prom and homecoming dresses, and Muscatine County girls can come select a dress to wear to this years prom. The event is rescheduled for this weekend, Saturday Feb 8th. Call Laura Liegois at 263-9689 for details.


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