Southeastern Community College has narrowed the field in its search for a new president.
Board of Trustees Chairman Brian Roth says the college received 30 applications from individuals interested in replacing current President Beverly Simone.
Simone is retiring after 6 ½ years with SCC.
Roth says a search committee, consisting of college and community leaders, has identified three finalists.
He says they were selected based on a review of the candidates and a series of SKYPE interviews conducted Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning.
Iowa Governor Terry Branstad is confident his state will come out on top when it comes to a proposed $1.5-billion fertilizer plant.
Orascom Construction Industries is said to be considering multiple sites in Iowa for the plant, along with locations in central Illinois and Texas.
Branstad says he has personally talked to representatives of the Egypt-based company about Iowa’s history of honest, reliable government, especially when compared to Illinois.
A judge has tossed out a lawsuit filed by South Morgan Acres, a proposed large-scale hog operation, against Blandinsville Township.
Last month, the township set a weight limit of 20 tons on the road leading to the site in northeast McDonough County. The limit prevents large trucks from getting to the site.
The lawsuit alleges the operation has suffered a financial loss of at least $230,000 since that time.
Beverly Braniff lives near the site of the hog farm. She does not think the lawsuit was filed over the money lost.
A development project in downtown Keokuk is facing a financial penalty from the city.
The former Eagles building, which is located at the corner of 4th and Blondeau Streets, is being renovated for commercial and residential use.
The project requires the replacement of an older, 1 ½” water line with a new 2” line, with the connection being made beneath Blondeau Street.
That is an issue as city code allows Keokuk to impose a penalty of up to $1,000 because crews will be cutting into a street that is less than 5-years old.