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Reynolds said $100M may make lawmakers hesitate
by Gregory R. Norfleet · News · July 30, 2015
It seems unlikely the state legislature will overturn Gov. Terry Branstad’s line-item veto of more than $55.7 million in one-time funding for schools, and during her visit to West Branch, Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds suggested she knows why.

Lt. Gov. presents Crestview with quality award
by Gregory R. Norfleet · News · July 30, 2015
Each person — including Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds — stepping up to make remarks regarding Crestview Nursing & Rehab Center’s 2015 Governor’s Award for Quality Care in Health Care Facilities either directly or indirectly referred to how the local nursing home went five years without inspectors finding a deficiency.

Oleson’s quilt draws fans, from Twitter up to Clinton
by Gregory R. Norfleet · News · July 30, 2015
Clara Oleson said her quilt project to support Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton taught her a stark contrast between reality and virtual reality.

College Street bridge work under way
by Rick DeClue · News · July 30, 2015
Iowa Bridge & Culvert, L.C. of Washington, Iowa started repairs Monday on the College Street Bridge.

Main Street grants up to $75K
News · July 30, 2015
Accredited and current Main Street Iowa communities, like West Branch, may apply for a new round of state funds for one challenge grant application per community.

Commission meeting on 3 signs
News · July 30, 2015
West Branch Preservation Commission Chair Lou Picek scheduled a 6:30 p.m. July 30 meeting to discuss and vote on three sign applications:

Design plans unveiled Aug. 3
News · July 30, 2015
Prior to the Aug. 3 City Council meeting, the council will meet at Heritage Square for a 6 p.m. work session.

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City Council will consider Roger Laughlin for mayor
by Rick DeClue · News · July 23, 2015
The West Branch City Council agreed Monday to consider appointing local building contractor Roger Laughlin as mayor.

Picek: ‘I love what I do ... why retire?’
by Gregory R. Norfleet · News · July 23, 2015
And then there’s the story of the “stupid” value of an antique heart-shaped ice cream scoop.

WB schools cutting spending, but teacher shuffle works out
by Gregory R. Norfleet · News · July 23, 2015
The state had an education budget, but Gov. Terry Branstad vetoed $55 million in one-time funding. Now West Branch Community Schools must line up an array of cuts — and assume just the 1.25 percent more in allowable growth — to move forward.

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