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YMCA, school district ponder after-school solutions

August 14, 2019 Chuck Vandenberg 0

BY CHUCK VANDENBERGPCC EDITOR FORT MADISON – With the current shortage of bus drivers impacting transportation issues in the Fort Madison School District, after-school programs such as the YMCA are looking at ways to get [Read More…]

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FMCSD gets “clicking” with computer science initiative

July 23, 2019 Chuck Vandenberg 0

District using $50K award to rollout new K-12 computer science initiative BY CHUCK VANDENBERGPCC EDITOR FORT MADISON – A focus on a district-wide computer science learning model is underway at Fort Madison schools after Richardson [Read More…]

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Central Lee to host two bond information meetings

July 22, 2019 Chuck Vandenberg 0

District also setting up three satellite voting locations prior to Sept. 10 vote on $12.9 building referendum BY PCC STAFF DONNELLSON — The Central Lee Community School District will hold two community forums and three [Read More…]

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SCC needs feedback for accreditation evaluation

July 22, 2019 Chuck Vandenberg 0

Submitted article WEST BURLINGTON — Southeastern Community College is seeking comments from the public about the college in preparation for its periodic evaluation by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), its regional accrediting agency. The team [Read More…]

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HTC transitions to new leadership structure

July 18, 2019 Chuck Vandenberg 0

BY CHUCK VANDENBERGPCC EDITOR FORT MADISON – “This is the greatest show.” The affable HTC Elementary Principal Michael Sheerin compares Holy Trinity Catholic’s transition to split leadership at the HTC High School and brand-new elementary [Read More…]

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Holy Trinity releases final honor rolls

July 16, 2019 Kelsey Vandenberg 0

FORT MADISON – Holy Trinity Catholic Schools has announced its fourth quarter and second semester honor roll for the 2018-2019 school year. Pen City Current joins our advertisers and readers in congratulating these students on [Read More…]

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SCC Accepting Nominations for Distinguished Alumni

July 9, 2019 Chuck Vandenberg 0

BY PCC STAFF WEST BURLINGTON – Southeastern Community College (SCC) is accepting nominations for the 2020 Distinguished Alumni Award. Nominations are due online by 4:30 p.m. Thursday, August 1. “I look forward to reading nominations [Read More…]

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Lee County Bank awards 2019 scholarships

June 1, 2019 Chuck Vandenberg 0

FORT MADISON – The J. Patrick Koellner Scholarship is given annually by Lee County Bank to a graduating senior from Fort Madison High School and from Holy Trinity Catholic High School.  This $1000.00 scholarship is [Read More…]

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ISP hands out $10K in scholarships

May 31, 2019 Chuck Vandenberg 0

Submitted article FORT MADISON – Iowa State Penitentiary hosts various fundraisers to raise money for its scholarship fund. $10,000 was awarded this year to students attending college in the fall. Children of ISP employees are [Read More…]

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FMCH groups award annual scholarships

May 30, 2019 Chuck Vandenberg 0

Submitted article FORT MADISON – Fort Madison Community Hospital Foundation and the FMCH Auxiliary award annual scholarships to area students who are pursuing healthcare careers. The following students were recipients of this year’s FMCH scholarships: [Read More…]

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FMHS Hall of Honor to recognize Eichacker

May 22, 2019 Chuck Vandenberg 0

FORT MADISON – The Fort Madison High School Alumni Hall of Honor was established to recognize alumni who have distinguished themselves based upon elements of academic excellence and achievement, career accomplishments, community service, personal excellence, [Read More…]

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Locals get Lee County Dems scholarships

May 22, 2019 Chuck Vandenberg 0

FORT MADISON – The Lee County Democrats have awarded two Scholarships this year to local graduates. The purpose of the scholarship is to encourage graduates to continue on to higher education and to encourage them [Read More…]

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HTC grads start stopwatch on the rest of their lives

May 19, 2019 Chuck Vandenberg 0

BY CHUCK VANDENBERGPCC EDITOR FORT MADISON – The keynote speaker at Sunday’s Holy Trinity Catholic’s graduation ceremony challenged the class to not procrastinate….the stopwatch has started. Matt Mohrfeld, a 1974 graduate of Marquette High School [Read More…]

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HTC’s Hellman to study Báifàn as Chinese Shíxí shēng

May 14, 2019 Chuck Vandenberg 0

BY CHUCK VANDENBERGPCC EDITOR FORT MADISON – A Holy Trinity Catholic student is becoming a Chinese “Shíxí shēng”…or intern over the summer and will be studying agriculture centered around the Chinese mainstay Báifàn… or rice. [Read More…]

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Young gets posthumous SCC honor

May 13, 2019 Chuck Vandenberg 0

Cook, Young Named SCC 2019 Distinguished Alumna WEST BURLINGTON – A former Fort Madison Community School District board member is being honored posthumously with a Southeastern Community College Distinguished Alumnae honor on Thursday. West Burlington [Read More…]

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Pothitakis, Hall get Great River Friends scholarships

April 23, 2019 Chuck Vandenberg 0

WEST BURLINGTON – Twelve $1,000 scholarships were given in two categories. Scholarships for high school seniors were awarded to: Grace Dupuis, Notre Dame High School, pre-pharmacy, University of IowaJamie Gerhardt, Burlington Community High School, nursing, [Read More…]

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FMMS announces honor rolls

April 20, 2019 Lee Vandenberg 0

Principal’s Scholar 8th Grade Ivy Arnold, Robin Bahl, Mylah Blanchard, Isabella Boeding, McKenna Cashman, Carly Fedler, Paige Hathaway, Gage Langrill, Emma Lurvey, Lila Miller, Lauren Otte, Kay Quittem, Ellie Schulte, Tanner Stoermer, Dalaney Walker, Marquel [Read More…]

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HTC schools announce honor roll

April 20, 2019 Lee Vandenberg 0

4.0 Honor Roll 7th Grade Mary Kate Bendlage, Michael Chapman, Taegan Denning, Connor Gehling, Jenna Hellman, Natalie Randolph, Maddox Rung 8th grade Kayla Box, Laura Mehmert, Brianna Wright 9th Grade Abby Holtkamp, Jack Malinski, Mitchell [Read More…]

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Climax Moly donates equipment to area schools

April 18, 2019 Chuck Vandenberg 0

Submitted articleLee County Economic Development Group DONNELLSON – Lee County schools had the opportunity to get new equipment to prepare their students for future careers thanks to Climax Molybdenum. Central Lee Ag Instructor Tom Boeck [Read More…]

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FMHS trades team wins SCC competition

April 13, 2019 Chuck Vandenberg 0

PCC STAFF WEST BURLINGTON – The Fort Madison High School building trades program continues to stack up awards. On Friday, the Bloodhound Construction won the SCC regional skills competition with a team consisting of Elton [Read More…]

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CyberHounds take big step at F.I.R.S.T.

April 9, 2019 Chuck Vandenberg 0

BY CHUCK VANDENBERGPCC EDITOR FORT MADISON – According to astrology, Gemini don’t get buried in the past and instead focus on the future and optimism. A Fort Madison robotics team comprised of high school students [Read More…]

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AFSCME, FMCSD make first wage proposals

April 5, 2019 Chuck Vandenberg 0

BY CHUCK VANDENBERGPCC EDITOR FORT MADISON – The union that represents Fort Madison School District non salaried associates and employees is asking for a $1.50 per hour increase in pay for the upcoming school year. [Read More…]

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Scholarships available for SCC’s Kidtek U camps

April 2, 2019 Chuck Vandenberg 0

LEE COUNTY – The Lee County Economic Development Group is now accepting scholarship applications for the annual Kidtek University. The camps take place at Southeastern Community College in June and July and are designed for [Read More…]

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HTC sends science, quiz bowl kids off to state

March 31, 2019 Chuck Vandenberg 0

FORT MADISON – Holy Trinity Catholic had a multiple program state send off on Wednesday. The schools Quiz Bowl team won the Southeast Iowa Superconference championship and headed to the State Quiz Bowl this weekend. [Read More…]

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SCC’s “Great Tastes” at Pzazz April 12

March 29, 2019 Chuck Vandenberg 0

WEST BURLINGTON – The annual Southeastern Community College (SCC) Foundation Great Tastes event is scheduled for Friday, April 12, 2019, at the PZAZZ! Entertainment Complex in Burlington, Iowa. The benefit begins at 6 p.m with [Read More…]

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Sixth grader’s letter makes Holtkamp HTC’s top teacher

March 16, 2019 Chuck Vandenberg 0

BY CHUCK VANDENBERGPCC EDITOR FORT MADISON – Fourteen-year veteran Holy Trinity Elementary teacher Teri Holtkamp knew about 10 seconds into Lucy Arevalo’s nomination that she was going to be the teacher of the year. The [Read More…]

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Students get glances at possible careers

March 13, 2019 Chuck Vandenberg 0

BY CHUCK VANDENBERGPCC EDITOR WEST BURLINGTON – Holy Trinity eight graders were part of a Lee County career exploration day at SCC on Wednesday morning. As part of a three-day Career Exploration sponsored by Greater [Read More…]

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Purchatzke gets Golden Apple award

March 2, 2019 Chuck Vandenberg 0

Submitted article FORT MADISON – Every month during the school year, WGEM News honors an outstanding Tri-States teacher and, this month, Charisse Purchatzke was awarded the television station’s Golden Apple Award. Charisse Purchatzke started her [Read More…]

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IFC boosts “Cyberhounds” robotics efforts

March 1, 2019 Chuck Vandenberg 0

WEVER – Iowa Fertilizer Company recently donated $2,500 to support the Fort Madison High School “Cyberhounds” robotics team. The donation will help the team travel to area competition events and with additional improvements of the [Read More…]

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Partnerships boost FMHS’s CTE programs

February 24, 2019 Chuck Vandenberg 0

BY CHUCK VANDENBERGPCC EDITOR FORT MADISON – With state education funding a bit better this year, but still pretty tight overall, partnerships with communities are a key part of growing high school CTE programs. With [Read More…]

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SCC scholarship deadline approaches

February 24, 2019 Chuck Vandenberg 0

 WEST BURLINGTON – The Southeastern Community College Foundation is accepting scholarship applications for students who plan to attend SCC in the fall of 2019. The deadline to apply is 4:30 p.m., March 1. The Foundation [Read More…]

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HTC announces first semester Honor Roll

February 16, 2019 Lee Vandenberg 0

FORT MADISON – Holy Trinity Catholic Schools has announced its first semester Honor Roll for the 2018-2019 school year. Pen City Current joins our family of advertising partners in congratulating these students for their academic [Read More…]

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HTC announces second quarter Honor Roll

February 16, 2019 Lee Vandenberg 0

FORT MADISON – Holy Trinity Catholic Schools has announced its second quarter Honor Roll for the 2018-2019 school year. Pen City Current joins our family of advertising partners in congratulating these students for their academic [Read More…]

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