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McKay takes over as Richardson principal

June 19, 2018 Chuck Vandenberg 0

BY CHUCK VANDENBERG PCC EDITOR FORT MADISON – Fort Madison will have a familiar face leading one of its elementary programs in the fall. At Monday’s regular meeting of the Fort Madison Community School District’s [Read More…]

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HTC year end honor rolls

June 18, 2018 Chuck Vandenberg 0

FORT MADISON –  The following is the 4th quarter and second semester honor rolls submitted by the Holy Trinity Catholic school system. Pen City Current congratulates all the students on their academic success this past [Read More…]

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Fort Madison Middle School 4th quarter honor roll

June 12, 2018 Chuck Vandenberg 0

FORT MADISON – The following is a list of the 4th Quarter honor roll from the Fort Madison Middle School. Pen City Current congratulates all the students on their academic achievements. Principal’s Scholars 8th Grade: [Read More…]

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Fort Madison High School Honor Roll

June 11, 2018 Chuck Vandenberg 0

FORT MADISON – The following is the 4th quarter honor roll as submitted by Fort Madison High School guidance office. Academic Distinction 3.75-4.00 GPA Seniors: Kammy Booten, Christopher Brown, McKenna Fehseke, Alyssa Gilpin, David Goebel, [Read More…]

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FM Rotary gives $3,000 to local grads

June 9, 2018 Chuck Vandenberg 0

Submitted article FORT MADISON – The Ft. Madison Rotary Club is proud to announce the recipients of its annual scholarship awards. Every year, the Ft.Madison Rotary Club awards three $1,000 scholarships to three senior students [Read More…]

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Central Lee’s Cass gets Great River scholarship

June 7, 2018 Chuck Vandenberg 0

BY PCC STAFF WEST BURLINGTON  –  Great River Friends recently awarded $10,000 in scholarships to students pursing health care careers. Ten $1,000 scholarships were given in two categories. Scholarships for high school seniors were awarded [Read More…]

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FMCH Foundation, Auxiliary announces scholarship winners

June 4, 2018 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. Congratulations to the following 2018 recipients: Kathleen Canella Family Scholarship [Read More…]

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New FMCSD AD looking to build programs, character

June 1, 2018 Chuck Vandenberg 0

BY CHUCK VANDENBERG PCC EDITOR FORT MADISON – Despite the vast numbers of activities, sports, events he will be charged with, building character and integrity in local students is one of Jeremy Swink’s top priorities. [Read More…]

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Swink offered FMCSD AD post

May 19, 2018 Chuck Vandenberg 0

BY CHUCK VANDENBERG PCC EDITOR FORT MADISON – According to the Fort Madison Community School District website, current Burlington Notre Dame Athletic Director Jeremy Swink has been offered the position of Activities Director for the [Read More…]

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Cartmill gets Hall of Honor nod

May 16, 2018 Chuck Vandenberg 0

BY PCC STAFF 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 [Read More…]

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Central Lee students explore food security issues

May 3, 2018 Chuck Vandenberg 0

Submitted article DES MOINES – Today, the seventh annual World Food Prize Iowa Youth Institute brought together 309 students from 134 high schools at Iowa State University to explore critical global food security issues and [Read More…]

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HTC’s Alfred earns James Madison fellowship

April 25, 2018 Chuck Vandenberg 0

BY AVA PEITZ HTC Intern/PCC FORT MADISON – Ryan Alfred, Holy Trinity Catholic’s 2018 Teacher of the Year, has been tapped to receive another award, a James Madison Graduate Fellowship. A James Madison Graduate Fellowship [Read More…]

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Recount doesn’t change school bond issue

April 24, 2018 Chuck Vandenberg 1

BY CHUCK VANDENBERG PCC EDITOR MONTROSE – After about eight hours of counting and scanning ballots from the April 3 Fort Madison School District’s bond referendum election, the results stayed the same and the referendum [Read More…]

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HTC 3rd Quarter Honor Rolls

April 20, 2018 Chuck Vandenberg 0

BY PCC STAFF FORT MADISON – Holy Trinity Catholic schools released the 3rd quarter honor rolls this week. Pen City Current congratulates all the students below on their academic achievements. 3rd Quarter Honor Roll 2017-2018 [Read More…]

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FMMS releases 3rd quarter honor rolls

April 9, 2018 Chuck Vandenberg 0

The following is the 3rd quarter honor rolls for the Fort Madison Middle School. The Pen City Current congratulates all these students for their academic achievements. Middle School Honor Roll – 2017-2018 Q3 Principal’s Scholar: [Read More…]

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Dravis elected as NEA director Saturday

April 8, 2018 Chuck Vandenberg 1

BY CHUCK VANDENBERG PCC EDITOR FORT MADISON – A lifelong Fort Madison student, teacher, and advocate has been elected to directorship with the National Education Association. At a delegate assembly this weekend at Prairie Meadows [Read More…]

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Richardson puts Autism in the spotlight

April 6, 2018 Chuck Vandenberg 1

BY CHUCK VANDENBERG PCC EDITOR FORT MADISON – Richardson Elementary School opened its doors and its heart Thursday night to showcase how the district works with students struggling with autism. The district’s two autism teachers [Read More…]

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Voters knock down two area referendums

April 3, 2018 Chuck Vandenberg 0

BY CHUCK VANDENBERG PCC EDITOR FORT MADISON – Voters in southeast Iowa shot down two attempts to improve school facilities for area students on Tuesday. The third time wasn’t charming for Fort Madison School district [Read More…]

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FMHS grad named Adjunct professor at U of Iowa

March 28, 2018 Chuck Vandenberg 0

Submitted article Dr. Sara Stuefen, a 2003 graduate of FMHS, has been promoted by the University of Iowa College of Dentistry to Associate Clinical Adjunct Professor. She has been instructing senior dental students during their [Read More…]

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Alfred named HTC Teacher of the Year

March 23, 2018 Chuck Vandenberg 0

BY AVA PEITZ PCC HTC Intern FORT MADISON – The annual Holy Trinity Blue and Silver Celebration was held Saturday night, and was full of Irish dancing and delicious desserts. After the festivities had concluded, [Read More…]

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Lincoln grandparents get an afternoon at school

March 21, 2018 Chuck Vandenberg 0

BY CHUCK VANDENBERG PCC EDITOR FORT MADISON – It was standing room only at Lincoln Elementary School Wednesday with grandparents pouring through the halls with their grandchildren in a wildly successful day of sharing. The [Read More…]

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Author talks reading with FM elementary students

March 20, 2018 Chuck Vandenberg 0

BY CHUCK VANDENBERG PCC EDITOR FORT MADISON – Children’s author Jill Esbaum is in town talking with Fort Madison elementary students about lonely Bigfoots and cows that jump off cliffs. The Iowa native visited with [Read More…]

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Local eighth graders get a future career look

March 15, 2018 Chuck Vandenberg 0

BY CHUCK VANDENBERG PCC EDITOR WEST BURLINGTON – More than 300 Lee County and Danville students invaded the southeast portion of Southeastern Community College on Wednesday to hear about career paths as they get ready [Read More…]

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Slater’s ISEA nomination tells a bigger story

March 10, 2018 Chuck Vandenberg 0

BY CHUCK VANDENBERG Sitting at a table Friday night at the Elliott Test Kitchen eating some of Kumar’s fresh-smooshed guacamole with chips, some hors d’oeuvre meatballs, and finger sandwiches with about 60 members of the [Read More…]

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Music boosters taco/trivia night tonight

March 9, 2018 Chuck Vandenberg 0

BY PCC STAFF FORT MADISON – Got plans for dinner tonight? The Fort Madison Music Department has you covered. The group’s Spring Taco Supper/Trivia night is being held in the high school’s Multi-Purpose Room with [Read More…]

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Congressional High School art competition now open

March 5, 2018 Chuck Vandenberg 0

Submitted article WASHINGTON  – Congressman Dave Loebsack announced today that high school students in the Iowa’s Second Congressional District may now begin to submit their original artwork to be considered for the 2018 Congressional Art [Read More…]

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Central Lee student council travels to DM

March 3, 2018 Chuck Vandenberg 0

      Members of the Central Lee High School Student Council, Superintendent Andy Crozier and others visited with Representative Kearns, Senator Taylor and other legislators this week.  Madison Kearns, granddaughter of Representative Kearns, who [Read More…]

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Area science kids take over Westland Mall

March 1, 2018 Chuck Vandenberg 0

BY CHUCK VANDENBERG PCC EDITOR WEST BURLINGTON – More than 183 students took over Westland Mall on Thursday morning as part of the 38th annual Southeast Iowa Superconference Science Fair. Junior and senior high students [Read More…]

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HTC students spend evening talking science

February 27, 2018 Chuck Vandenberg 0

BY CHUCK VANDENBERG PCC EDITOR FORT MADISON – The HTC newly renovated hallways were packed Monday night with a wide range of students peddling some very interesting science projects. The annual science fair at the [Read More…]

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HTC qualifies nine for state speech

February 26, 2018 Chuck Vandenberg 0

BY PCC STAFF FORT MADISON – The Holy Trinity Speech team delivered stellar performances at the Iowa High School Speech Association’s District Contest on Saturday at Tri-County High School, earning nine “Superior” ratings along with [Read More…]

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FMMS students give PAW donation

February 26, 2018 Chuck Vandenberg 0

Submitted article FORT MADISON – Sandy Brown receives a donation on behalf of PAWS from FMMS students Emily Eaves and Rylee Zimmerman accompanied by Principal Todd Dirth. The two eighth graders spearheaded a candy cane [Read More…]

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