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Slater’s contract to expire in 2021

July 15, 2019 Chuck Vandenberg 0

BY CHUCK VANDENBERGPCC EDITOR FORT MADISON – After three closed sessions over the past five weeks, including an hour-long session Monday night, the Fort Madison school board has taken no action on Superintendent Dr. Erin [Read More…]

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Central Lee to vote on hiring Madsen Friday

June 13, 2019 Chuck Vandenberg 0

BY CHUCK VANDENBERGPCC EDITOR DONNELLSON – Central Lee’s school board is holding a special session on Friday at noon, to vote on a contract approval that would install current Fort Madison High School Band director [Read More…]

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Sheriff releases new information on dog attack

June 1, 2019 Chuck Vandenberg 0

Editor’s note: Due to some discrepancies in information received on Friday, the Pen City Current is running this release in it entirety without edit out of respect to the family, emergency responders and those close [Read More…]

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Hancock county looking for missing woman

May 23, 2019 Chuck Vandenberg 0

BY PCC STAFF CARTHAGE – Hancock County Sheriff’s Office and the family of Patricia McDowell, requests the public’s assistance in searching for Patricia. Patricia was last seen Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at about 6:30am. Patricia [Read More…]

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Buckley injured in biking accident Wednesday

May 20, 2019 Chuck Vandenberg 0

BY CHUCK VANDENBERGPCC EDITOR KEOKUK – Former Lee County Conservation Director Tom Buckley was seriously injured in an accident on the Keokuk-Hamilton bridge on Wednesday. According to Hamilton Police Chief Nick Jamerson, Buckley was headed [Read More…]

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Five-day search ends with arrest of wanted Montrose man

May 15, 2019 Chuck Vandenberg 0

Two others arrested in connection with search; 16 law enforcement agencies involved in apprehension BY CHUCK VANDENBERGPCC EDITOR LEE COUNTY – In a large-scale coordinated effort local law enforcement agencies have captured a fugitive they [Read More…]

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Former BHS alum Gibbs named next ISP warden

April 5, 2019 Chuck Vandenberg 0

BY CHUCK VANDENBERGPCC EDITOR FORT MADISON – The Iowa Board of Corrections voted unanimously today in support of the appointment of Randy Gibbs as the next warden of the Iowa State Penitentiary (ISP). This appointment [Read More…]

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House fire sends man to hospital

March 28, 2019 Chuck Vandenberg 0

BY CHUCK VANDENBERG PCC EDITOR FORT MADISON – A fire that broke out in a Fort Madison home early Thursday evening has sent one man to the hospital with life threatening injuries. Fort Madison firefighters [Read More…]

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Baxter Foundation pulls funding over school bond

March 19, 2019 Chuck Vandenberg 0

BY CHUCK VANDENBERGPCC EDITOR FORT MADISON – A local foundation that donates thousands of dollars every year to local youth sports activities is pulling its funding in a protest of sorts against the proposed school [Read More…]

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FMCSD board member Gayla Young passes away Monday

December 31, 2018 Chuck Vandenberg 0

BY CHUCK VANDENBERG PCC EDITOR FORT MADISON – Fort Madison School District Superintendent Dr. Erin Slater has confirmed this morning that current school board member Gayla Young died this morning at University of Iowa Hospitals [Read More…]

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Newly merged Steamboat Days group postpones 2019 festival

November 20, 2018 Lee Vandenberg 0

BY CHUCK VANDENBERG PCC EDITOR BURLINGTON – Burlington officials announced this morning that the annual Steamboat Days music festival on the riverfront in downtown Burlington is being postponed for 2019 and whether the festival will [Read More…]

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Shooting suspect in custody

November 19, 2018 Lee Vandenberg 0

PCC STAFF FORT MADISON – Fort Madison Police have taken Gary Swanson, Jr. into custody this evening. Swanson, 30 of Fort Madison, was being sought as part of an investigation into a Saturday night shooting [Read More…]

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FMPD asking for help locating suspect

November 18, 2018 Chuck Vandenberg 0

PCC STAFF FORT MADISON – The Fort Madison Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating a male suspect for questioning, The FMPD put up a Facebook post early Sunday morning indicating the [Read More…]

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FM school district releases video of banana incident

November 14, 2018 Chuck Vandenberg 0

BY CHUCK VANDENBERG PCC EDITOR FORT MADISON – After nearly a full year of hearings, filings, and negotiations, the Fort Madison School District has turned over video segments of a 2017 assembly that includes possible [Read More…]

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Keokuk police make arrest in KPLAY scandal

October 24, 2018 Chuck Vandenberg 0

BY CHUCK VANDENBERG PCC EDITOR KEOKUK – A Keokuk man has been arrested in connection with the misuse of funds and forgery associated with the non-profit KPLAY organization. On Wednesday Keokuk Police Chief Dave Hinton [Read More…]

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Steil out as CEO of LCEDG in restructure

October 17, 2018 Chuck Vandenberg 0

BY CHUCK VANDENBERG PCC EDITOR KEOKUK – A restructuring at Lee County Economic Development group has resulted in the elimination of CEO Joe Steil’s position effective immediately. The group issued a statement Thursday afternoon indicating [Read More…]

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Saturday morning accident kills two

October 6, 2018 Chuck Vandenberg 4

BY CHUCK VANDENBERG PCC EDITOR LEE COUNTY – A two-vehicle accident on Hwy 2 west of Fort Madison has claimed the lives of two motorists. Emergency crews responded to the accident near Appleberry Orchard about [Read More…]

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Body found in Alexandria was Montrose man

September 20, 2018 Chuck Vandenberg 0

BY CHUCK VANDENBERG PCC EDITOR MONTROSE – Authorities have identified the body of a man found near the Mississippi River on Tuesday as Jared Matlock, 34, of Montrose. A release from Clark County Sheriff Shawn [Read More…]

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Fort Madison man arrested for gun threat

August 30, 2018 Chuck Vandenberg 0

BY CHUCK VANDENBERG PCC EDITOR FORT MADISON – A Fort Madison man was arrested Thursday afternoon and charged with a domestic firearms assault charge. Lee County Sheriff’s deputies were sent to the 6000 block of [Read More…]

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