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Central Lee's Aubrey Bunnell (3) slides in underr a high throw at second base taken by the Demons' Leighton Salazar (1) in the top of the third inning Saturday in Washington.

Lady Hawks rally to regional championship

WASHINGTON – The education of softball came into sharp focus as the Central Lee girls staged a wild comeback to advance in Class 3A Region 8 softball action Saturday at No. 12 Washington. A …
Kylie Lumino looks to her first base coach after reaching base on one of her two hits in Thursday's 18-7 win over Keokuk in Class 4A regional softball action at Joyce Park in Keokuk. The Hounds pounded out 16 hits in the win.

Lady Hounds get to Chiefs in regional semis

KEOKUK – Fort Madison was looking to change things up a bit in the post-season after dropping two of three regular season games to Keokuk. Thursday’s Class 4A Region 5 quarterfinal showed …
WEST POINT – There’s so many things to say about the Holy Trinity Catholic girls’ softball comeback win Wednesday night over Winfield-Mt. Union. HTC head coach Loren Menke said he …
FORT MADISON - Mary Kate Bendlage added one more award to end her high school career. The Holy Trinity High School graduate was named the Female Student-Athlete of the Year by Quincy TV station KHQA …
LEE COUNTY NEWS
Lee County News

Best You Coalition offers merchant training

LEE COUNTY - The overall goal of The Best You Coalition’s Merchant Training is to increase voluntary compliance with the state's alcohol/nicotine/tobacco laws through education and enforcement. …

For the Record

For the Record - Thursday, July 18, 2024

Fort Madison Police Report 07/17/24 – 4:42 a.m. – Fort Madison Police responded to a report of a burglary in the 800 block of Avenue G. 07/17/24 – 5:03 a.m. - Fort Madison Police …

Opinion

Abortion ruling raises questions — lots of questions

Through the years, justices on the Iowa Supreme Court typically avoid harsh or overzealous language in their decisions. That is why two separate dissenting opinions jumped out Friday when the court …
EMPTY NEST - By Curt Swarm

Time Out

Everybody needs a timeout.  When I was a kid, “timeout” was just becoming fashionable, like when the hula hoop took the country by swirl.  Instead of a spanking, a …

We need to admit violence is American

I had this week’s commentary written and submitted early Saturday afternoon, but clearly, things have changed. I wanted to write about my daughter’s belief that capitalism is getting a …
Education News

Holy Trinity Schools announce 4th quarter honor rolls

FORT MADISON – Holy Trinity Catholic Schools has announced its 4th quarter honor rolls for the 2023-2024 school year. Pen City Current joins our advertisers and readers in congratulating these …

Central Lee High School announces 2nd semester honor rolls

DONNELLSON - The following is the 1st semester honor roll for Central Lee High School. Pen City Current and our family of advertisers congratulates the following students on their hard work and …

FMHS announces 3rd trimester honor rolls

FORT MADISON – Fort Madison High Schools has announced its third trimester honor roll for the 2023-2024 school year. Pen City Current joins our advertisers and readers in congratulating these …
LATEST NEWS
FORT MADISON – Fort Madison Housing Authority Director Michael Dear told city officials Tuesday night that the housing authority is experiencing a resurgency. Dear gave the presentation as part …
FORT MADISON – The length of the upcoming extended closure of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe bridge over the Mississippi River in Fort Madison is still becoming clear. An announcement sent …
Sarah Wright, 71 of Keokuk passed away Tuesday, July 16, 2024 at her home surrounded by her family. She was born February 8, 1953 in Carthage, IL the daughter of Charles and Gracia Erickson Wright. …
DES MOINES – Gov. Kim Reynolds has issued a disaster proclamation for Des Moines, Dubuque, Mitchell, Polk and Scott Counties in response to severe storms that occurred on July 15 and …
Ida Carolyn Dischler, 82 years, of Iowa City, Iowa, formerly of the Lee County area died Sunday, July 14, 2024 at UI Health Care Medical Center Downtown, Iowa City, Iowa.  She was born April 25, …
Health News
Teams needed for JDRF golf outing
FORT MADISON – For the first time ever, a local group is putting together a golf outing for juvenile diabetes. The group, spearheaded by Allison Arevalo, has set July 27 at Sheaffer Memorial …
Media representatives question Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds, center, and Kelly Garcia, the director of the Iowa Dept. of Health and Human Services, Friday at the ADDS center in downtown Keokuk. The two were in town for a private roundtable on mental health and substance use disorders.
Reynolds talks substance abuse at Keokuk ADDS
KEOKUK – Just months after the Lee County Health Department conducting a countywide survey of substance abuse disorders, Governor Kim Reynolds and other state officials made a quick trip to …
County balks at filling LCHD specialist spot
LEE COUNTY – Replacing a family social worker at the Lee County Health Department rekindled a little animosity that exists between the group and Lee County Supervisors. LCHD Administrator …
Business News
Rhonda Eid, a certified pharmacy tech from Fort Madison was honored last week as the state's Pharmacy Tech of the Year by the Iowa Pharmacy Association.
FM's Eid named Iowa Pharmacy Tech of the Year
CORALVILLE - The Iowa Pharmacy Association (IPA) is pleased to announce the 2024 recipient of the Pharmacy Technician of the Year Award is Rhonda Eid, CPhT of Fort Madison, IA. The award was …
Michael Mohrfeld, of MM Real Estate, talks with the Fort Madison Planning and Zoning Commission Wednesday night about the company's Jefferson Apartments proposal.
Mohrfeld rolls out Jefferson Apartment project
FORT MADISON – A city panel approved a rezoning request Wednesday that sets the stage for a multi-unit housing project on the former Jefferson Elementary School property. The Fort Madison …
Fifth Annual Love Lee County Tour returns this weekend
There is a lot to love about Lee County. Celebrate it all on the Love Lee County Tour! Take a rural road trip to 18 locations featuring demonstrations, sales, history, art, samples, flowers and …