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New Charles City Middle School Groundbreaking Friday

Charles City, Iowa – You’re invited to celebrate the groundbreaking of Phase I of the new Charles City Middle School behind the High School at 1 Comet Drive on Friday, September 26, at 5:30 p.m. – There will be a Brief Ceremony followed by Varsity Football Kickoff at 7:30 p.m. Come out and join in


Plainfield Home Destroyed By Fire This Weekend

Plainfield, Iowa – Firefighters from three communities spent three hours battling a fire that destroyed a rural Plainfield home Saturday morning. Butler County EMA said crews were called to a farmhouse at 16882 Willow Ave. around 9:15 a.m. No injuries were reported, and the residents were away on vacation in Minnesota at the time but


Lt. Gov. To Make Stop In Charles City

Charles City, Iowa – Iowa’s Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds will be making a few stop in North Iowa on Tuesday. Reynolds will visit Hoover Hatchery in Rudd beginning at 2pm. She will tour the hatchery to see the recently completed expansion and visit about the growth taking place at the agriculture based business. The hatchery

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Busy Homecoming Week For CC Comets

Charles City, Iowa – Charles City Schools are celebrating homecoming and the community is invited and encouraged to take part in the variety of activities being offered during the annual event. This year’s theme is Comet Fever – Temperature Is Rising. The Charles City football team will be taking on Garner-Hayfield on Friday with kickoff

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A District court judge rules New Hampton Light Plant violated Iowa’s whistleblower statute

NEW HAMPTON, IA – A ruling  by District Court Judge Margaret Lindgren has been filed in the wrongful termination suit between Jacob Hackman and the Light Plant. After a 7 1/2-day trial, a jury found that Hackman had been wrongfully terminated by Light Plant General Manager Brian Quirk, but Lindgren had taken the whistleblower count under advisement.

The Jordan River Messiah’s Food Pantry in Charles City receives pork loins from Allyson Ladd with Iowa Select Farms. This week alone, approximately 48,000 pounds of pork is being donated to food pantries across the state.

CC, Other Iowa Food Pantries Receive Pork Donation

Iowa Falls, Iowa – Empty freezers in Iowa food pantries will soon be full as the Deb and Jeff Hansen Foundation and Iowa Select Farms is donating approximately 48,000 pounds of fresh, boneless pork loins to help feed Iowa families in need. The pork is being delivered this week to local community organizations, food shelves

Iowa education standards

Iowawatch Sunday Mornings…

CHARLES CITY, IA – The common core education standards have drawn criticism from some who claim the standards infringe on local control. Tamara (tuh-mar-uh) scott of the concerned women of america told iowawatch simply having standards does not guarantee students will learn.   Iowa’s core education standards for k-12 students are attracting a lot of