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School district approves new meal policy

June 20, 2017 Chuck Vandenberg 0

BY CHUCK VANDENBERG PCC EDITOR FORT MADISON – After sending more than $70,000 to collections for past due meal accounts, the Fort Madison School District has implemented a new policy that limits the amounts families [Read More…]

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Kids Committee ramps up new school efforts

June 16, 2017 Chuck Vandenberg 0

The Fort Madison KIDS Committee worked Saturday from Hillview Village putting together mailers on the proposal to build a new $27 million Fort Madison K-3 elementary school with two new High School athletic ball fields [Read More…]

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Lee County Bank gives another $1,000 scholarship

June 14, 2017 Chuck Vandenberg 0

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 designated for students [Read More…]

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Great Prairie AEA taps three finalists for administrator

June 7, 2017 Chuck Vandenberg 0

BY PCC STAFF BURLINGTON – The Great Prairie Area Education Agency Board of Directors has announced three finalists for the position of the chief administrator. Tim Kuehl, Nathan Wood, and Cindy Yelick were chosen from a field of 17 [Read More…]

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Hemann earns Lee County Bank scholarship

May 29, 2017 Chuck Vandenberg 0

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 $1,000 scholarship is designated for students [Read More…]

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HTC graduates ready for next chapter

May 21, 2017 Chuck Vandenberg 0

BY CHUCK VANDENBERG PCC EDITOR FORT MADISON – If nautical nonsense be somethin’ you wish, Holy Trinity Catholic senior Ben Tinguely wants to talk with you. Tinguely, the 2017 HTC valedictorian, used the cult cartoon [Read More…]

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HTC’s Walker wins state Stockholm award

May 17, 2017 Chuck Vandenberg 0

BY CHUCK VANDENBERG PCC STAFF FORT MADISON – The Water Environment Federation (WEF) announced Wednesday that Maggie Walker has been selected as Iowa’s 2017 state winner of the U.S. Stockholm Junior Water Prize, the nation’s [Read More…]

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More than 40 FMHS seniors still missing volunteer hours

May 16, 2017 Chuck Vandenberg 0

BY CHUCK VANDENBERG PCC EDITOR FORT MADISON – With less than two weeks before graduation ceremonies, approximately 40 seniors at FMHS have yet to meet their community volunteer service hours. At Monday’s regular meeting of [Read More…]

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FMHS announces 2017 Prom Court

April 26, 2017 Chuck Vandenberg 0

The following FMHS seniors have been nominated to this year’s Prom Court. Front row left to right, Queen candidates:  Madison Gilpin, Starr Vega, Chaeli Schneider, Emily Mitchell, Johanna Comeaux, Katelyn Bowen, Allison Bowen Back row [Read More…]

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FMCSD, teachers union exchange offers

April 12, 2017 Chuck Vandenberg 1

BY CHUCK VANDENBERG PCC EDITOR – After a very quick meeting Wednesday afternoon, negotiations were underway between the Fort Madison School District and the Fort Madison Education Association. After reading a brief statement, FMEA Chief [Read More…]

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FMCSD doubles up on volunteer requirement

April 11, 2017 Chuck Vandenberg 0

BY CHUCK VANDENBERG PCC EDITOR FORT MADISON – With a 10-hour volunteer community service requirement in place for current FMHS seniors to graduate, high school officials have decided to double down on the requirement. FMHS [Read More…]

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Holy Trinity announces 3rd quarter honor rolls

April 10, 2017 Lee Vandenberg 0

PCC STAFF FORT MADISON – Holy Trinity Catholic Junior/Senior High schools have announced their 3rd quarter honor rolls. The Pen City Current and its advertisers are excited to congratulate these students on their academic success! [Read More…]

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Fort Madison 6th grade A & B honor rolls

April 10, 2017 Lee Vandenberg 0

Editor’s Note: We’re rerunning the FMMS 6th grade A & B honor rolls in their entirety because several names were inadvertently left off the previous listing. We apologize for the error and congratulate these students [Read More…]

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FMMS announces 3rd quarter honor rolls

April 1, 2017 Lee Vandenberg 0

PCC STAFF FORT MADISON – Fort Madison Middle School has announced their third quarter honor rolls. Pen City Current and our advertisers congratulate all these students for their hard work and dedication to their education. [Read More…]

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FMHS wants to discuss new scoreboards

March 27, 2017 Lee Vandenberg 0

PCC STAFF FORT MADISON – Fort Madison Activities Director Andy Mitchell said Monday the high school athletic department will be holding a meeting on Thursday that is open to businesses and everyone that is supportive [Read More…]

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School board looks at funding mix to keep rates low

March 20, 2017 Chuck Vandenberg 0

BY CHUCK VANDENBERG PCC EDITOR FORT MADISON – The Fort Madison school district’s finance director is recommending a mix of property tax, income surtax, and additional cash reserve levies to help fund the 2017-18 school [Read More…]

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HTC speech students “Outstanding” at state

March 20, 2017 Chuck Vandenberg 0

FORT MADISON – A trio of Holy Trinity speech team members have been selected by judges at the Iowa High School Speech Association speech contest as All-State “Outstanding Performers”. Senior exchange student Yang-hee Kim was [Read More…]

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Lee County EDG holds career exploration day

March 15, 2017 Lee Vandenberg 0

LEE COUNTY – More than 360 students from Fort Madison, Keokuk, Central Lee, Holy Trinity and Keokuk Christian attended the 8th Grade Career Exploration Day hosted by Lee County EDG, the Burlington Partnership and Southeastern [Read More…]

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FMHS Alumni Hall of Honor announce 2017 recipients

March 15, 2017 Lee Vandenberg 0

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 service, [Read More…]

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Kiwanis giving away $3,000 in scholarships

March 7, 2017 Chuck Vandenberg 0

PCC STAFF FORT MADISON – The Fort Madison Kiwanis Club is offering scholarships to High School seniors.  Three scholarships in the amount of $1,000.00 each will be awarded to graduating seniors. One recipient will be [Read More…]

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FM school district picks up 5-year support levy

March 6, 2017 Chuck Vandenberg 0

BY CHUCK VANDENBERG PCC EDITOR FORT MADISON –  Weighted down by declining enrollment and reduced state funding, the Fort Madison Community School District will begin participating in an instructional support levy program for the next [Read More…]

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Mt. Pleasant wins Fort Madison Show Choir Invitational

March 5, 2017 Chuck Vandenberg 0

BY PCC STAFF FORT MADISON – Thirteen schools invaded Fort Madison High School’s Bloodhound Dome on Saturday as part of the annual Fort Madison Show Choir Invitational’s Stars in the Spotlight. Mt. Pleasant’s “InMotion”, came [Read More…]

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Middle school performs exhibition at show choir invitational

March 4, 2017 Lee Vandenberg 0

FORT MADISON – Fort Madison Middle School Show Choir Group Fortissimo performs an exhibition at the Fort Madison Show Choir Invitational on Saturday. The event runs all day with Fort Madison High School’s Swingspan performing [Read More…]

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Local students present at Southeast Iowa Region Days

February 28, 2017 Chuck Vandenberg 0

Several local Fort Madison High School and Holy Trinity Catholic School students, as part of the M*Power U Youth Leadership team,  made presentations to legislators and a delegation of Southeast Iowa officials from Mt. Pleasant, [Read More…]

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HTC senior takes nitrate project to symposium

February 23, 2017 Chuck Vandenberg 0

BY CHUCK VANDENBERG PCC EDITOR FORT MADISON – A science project that looks at helping reduce the amount of nitrates entering natural waterways has a Holy Trinity Catholic students prepping for a state symposium. Maggie [Read More…]

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Democrat leaders warn IPERS may be in GOP crosshairs

February 22, 2017 Chuck Vandenberg 0

BY CHUCK VANDENBERG PCC EDITOR FORT MADISON – With the GOP-led Chapter 20 restructure being signed into law, many Democrats in the Iowa legislature are worried now about possible changes to state employees’ retirement system. [Read More…]

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FMCSD readiness screenings set

February 9, 2017 Chuck Vandenberg 0

PCC STAFF FORT MADISON- The Fort Madison Community School District Readiness Screenings have been set for March. Children must be five years of age by Sept. 15, 2017 and must meet the requirements of the [Read More…]

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