The past few months have been busy at Muscatine Center for Social Action, which has been in the news for adding the MCSA Domestic Violence Shelter to the services it provides in Muscatine. When Family Resources Inc. of Davenport announced plans in October to close the Domestic Violence Shelter by the end of the year, pairing it with MCSA seemed like a logical way to keep it open. Many people in the community, led by Susan Cory, began working to make it happen. The MCSA Board of Directors could also see the need for keeping the Domestic Violence Shelter open and held vigorous discussions to find a way that would help save it without weakening MCSA.

Two teaching positions, one building principal, one school dean, one transportation director and one custodian or outsource worker would lose their jobs under a $307,900 reduction package approved Monday by the Columbus School Board. Superintendent Marlene Johnson offered the board two budget options in an effort to reduce the effect of the school district’s anticipated $310,000 budget shortfall projected for this year. The other option would have generated around $212,000 in cuts and would have still left the district’s budget nearly $100,000 short. Johnson said the board’s decision to go with the larger cuts would help with an even larger deficit looming next year. The primary problem for the district has been a loss of students over the past several years.

The Muscatine County Parkinson Support Group will host its February meeting today at the Muscatine County Extension Office, 1514 Isett Ave. The social hour will run from 3:30-4 p.m., followed by the meeting and program from 4-5 p.m. This month's program is "Music Therapy" presented by West Music Company of Coralville. For more information on the event, contact John or Karen Schaub at 563-263-1866.

Iowa Grain Processing Corporation (GPC) was recently awarded ISO lab accreditation from the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation. The accreditation is the most noteworthy standard for testing and calibration laboratories worldwide. This voluntary certification proves the competency of the staff and successful operation of the Maltrin and microbiology labs. This endorsement proves that the testing in Kent Corporation laboratories is trusted and accurate.

A Pre-trial conference has been set for a Louisa County woman charged with three counts of sexual abuse in the third degree, each a class C felony. Monica Goddard, 36, had sexual contact with a 16-year-old boy on three separate occasions; on or about Aug. 12, on or about Sept. 4 and on or about Sept. 17. the victim said he had sex with Goddard at her home and twice at the top of Gast Hill while parked in her truck. Photos of Goddard were also found on the boy's phone, some included nudity.

On Thursday, March 27, YPN will hold their next Professional Development Luncheon at Elly's Café. The event will be focused on the state of our city; where Muscatine is headed, challenges of the city moving forward, how young professionals can get the most of out the city, and much more! Come and enjoy lunch from 12-1 pm at Elly's and get more engaged in Muscatine. The cost is free for YPN paid members and $10 for non-members.

The Muscatine County Parkinson Support Group will host its February meeting today at the Muscatine County Extension Office, 1514 Isett Ave. The social hour will run from 3:30-4 p.m., followed by the meeting and program from 4-5 p.m. This month's program is "Music Therapy" presented by West Music Company of Coralville. For more information on the event, contact John or Karen Schaub at 563-263-1866.

Iowa Grain Processing Corporation (GPC) was recently awarded ISO lab accreditation from the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation. The accreditation is the most noteworthy standard for testing and calibration laboratories worldwide. This voluntary certification proves the competency of the staff and successful operation of the Maltrin and microbiology labs. This endorsement proves that the testing in Kent Corporation laboratories is trusted and accurate.

The statewide telephone service 211 is being swamped with calls from people who are looking for help paying their utility bills. Shawna Forsberg is spokeswoman for the United Way of the Midlands and says the brutal winter is taking a significant toll on many Iowans' finances. "A lot of calls are coming in around folks needing help covering their heat bills,"

YPN is assembling a team for the upcoming Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowl for Kids Sake on March 29 and March 30 at Plamor Lanes in Muscatine. The Bowl for Kids Sake campaigns raises 40% of the annual budget for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Muscatine. The goal for 2014 is to raise $75,000! YPN is asking that each team member raise a minimum of $50 and are encouraging a goal of at least $125.

 

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