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Wilton School District undertaking several summer projects

The Wilton school board held its last regular meeting of the 2017-18 school year on Wednesday, June 13. Due to the sharing of Superintendent Joe Burnett with the Durant School District in the … more

City of Durant doesn’t budge on sidewalk ordinance

Durant’s sidewalk ordinance was once again questioned by resident Glen Swanson at the June 11 city council meeting. Last month Swanson requested a change to the ordinance which would allow … more

‘Our place better look that way’ — Wilton's own landscaping practices questioned

The city of Wilton announced it has hired a summer employee, Damien Maynard, to help maintain the parks at the June 11 council meeting. City Administrator Chris Ball said the parks should look better … more

Area June 5 Primary election results

Primary elections were held June 5 to determine who would become each party’s candidate for the midterm election to be held later this year on Tuesday, Nov. 6. Voters must declare a political … more

Iowa House District 73 forum coming June 25 in West Branch

A candidate forum for Iowa House District 73 is scheduled for Monday, June 25. The free event, hosted by the Center for Rural Affairs and Iowa League of Women Voters of Johnson County, is set … more

Wilton Public Library pursuing outdoor Reading Garden

The Wilton city council was presented with a proposal for a Reading Garden to be constructed at the Wilton Public Library. City Administrator Chris Ball told council the library had been approached … more

Durant approves another year of Fourth of July fireworks

Durant city council members approved a permit for the annual display of Fourth of July fireworks at the May 29 city council meeting. The fireworks are scheduled for dusk on the Fourth of July at the … more

Iowa sees nearly 50,000 absentee voters, shattering records for Iowa primary elections

DES MOINES — Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate announced that Iowans have shattered the records for absentee voting in a primary election. A total of 49,808 Iowans had cast absentee ballots for the … more

Iowa Senate candidates prep for primary finish line

In the wake of current Iowa state Sen. Bob Dvorsky (D-Coralville) announcing several months ago he would not seek re-election in Iowa Senate District 37, which includes coverage of Wilton and … more

Wilton Chamber luncheon: ‘Final edition of the Bob and Bobby show’

The Wilton Chamber of Commerce annual government officials luncheon was held on Monday, May 14 at Community Bank & Trust’s lower level in downtown Wilton. Iowa State Senator Robert “Bob” … more

Muscatine YMCA projects budget gap

Prior to the regular Wilton city council meeting May 14, a public forum was held on the possibility of a recreational center being built on the site of the old Wilton Elementary School. The school … more

New water tax, same water rate

    City Clerk Deana Cavin explained a new water service excise tax to council members at the May 14 Durant city council meeting. She said that the new statewide tax will take effect … more
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