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Utilities Audit Report Released

Ridihalgh, Fuelling, Snitker, Weber, & Co. CPA’s recently released an audit on the La Porte City Utilities for the year ended June 30, 2014.
Ridihalgh, Fuelling, Snitker, Weber, & Co., CPA’s reported that the Utilities’ receipts totaled $3,885,095 for the year ended June 30, 2014. The receipts included $2,579,526 in charges for services, $75,419 in grant and miscellaneous proceeds, $1,226,816 for bond proceeds, and $3,334 for interest on investments. Disbursements totaled $3,617,321 for the year ended June 30,2014, of which $405,161 debt service.
A copy of the audit report is available for review in the office of the Auditor of the State and the Utility office.

Hawkins Library Offers Book Clubs For Kids

Reading is Fun is a book club open to second and third grade children. This group will meet at Hawkins Memorial Library on Thursday, December 4, at 4 PM. Readers meet to tell about one chapter book they have recently read. Join the Reading is Fun Book Club and get together with other kids the same age to share the books you like to read and talk about.
Books written by Margaret Peterson Haddix are the discussion selection for the Kid’s Wild About Books Club, for kids age 4th grade and older, on Tuesday, December 16, at 3:45 PM. Readers can choose any Margaret Peterson Haddix book to read, including: Game Changer, Full Ride, Found series, Uprising, Among the Hidden series, and more. Participants should read at least one Margaret Peterson Haddix book before the discussion date. These books are available at Hawkins Memorial Library.
To participate in either of these book groups, register at Hawkins Memorial Library, or call 319-342-3025. Book Club kids have a great time getting together and talking about what they have read.

Hawkeye College Graduation Set for Dec. 18

The 2014 Fall Graduation Ceremony for Hawkeye Community College is scheduled for Thursday, December 18, at 6:30 p.m. in Hawse Auditorium in Tama Hall on the main campus. Students who have completed certificates, diplomas, or degrees in the 2014 Fall Semester will be recognized.
The keynote speaker is Catharine Freeman, Dean of Communications, Early Childhood, Education, Fine Arts, and Humanities, and the 2013 recipient of Hawkeye’s Outstanding Service Award for Faculty. She has taught at Hawkeye since 2002 and helped grow the Education Transfer program from three course offerings to more than 10 currently, including a coaching endorsement. She is known for taking a personal interest in the success of her students, advising the Education Club, devoting time to mentoring, and coordinating service learning projects. Freeman has worked to understand the individual needs of students, creating evening courses and in education and early childhood education and coordinating high school and transfer institution partnerships. She is a member numerous committees promoting leadership and college advancement, including the STEM Task Force, Leader in Me Task Force, and Assessment Committee. She holds a bachelor’s degree in history education from the University of Delaware, a master’s degree in education from Viterbo University, and has completed coursework for her doctorate in organizational leadership.
Family and friends who are unable to attend the graduation ceremony can watch live online by going to It will also broadcast live on the Hawkeye Cable Channel the night of the ceremony.
The graduation ceremony will rebroadcast beginning December 19 through January 30 at 10 AM, 4 PM, and 8 PM online at and on Waterloo/Cedar Falls Mediacom, CFU Cedar Falls and Tripoli, Plainfield, Clarksville-Butler-Bremer Communications.

Sen. Sodders Announces Legislative Assignments

State Senator Steve Sodders of State Center will help shape the work of the 2015 session of the Iowa Legislature by serving on several Iowa Senate committees.
“Legislative committees are where much of the important work gets done in the Senate,” said Sodders.
“Every day during the session, I’ll search for ways to strengthen Iowa’s economy and help more families reach a better future.”
Senator Sodders will continue as the Senate President Pro Tempore and also serve as Chair of the Judiciary Committee and the Vice Chair of the Economic Growth Committee. In addition, he will be a member of the Agriculture, Commerce, Labor and Business Relations, Rules, and Veterans Committees.
The 86th General Assembly of the Iowa Legislature will convene on Monday, January 12, 2015.
“I’m preparing by touching base with as many constituents as I can,” Sodders said. “Anyone with ideas and concerns are encouraged to share them with me.”
Senator Sodders’s email address is He can also be reached at (641) 751-4140.
A complete list of Senate Democratic committee assignments can be found at

State Treasurer to Auction Unclaimed Collectibles

State Treasurer Michael L. Fitzgerald’s upcoming eBay auction just might have that unique gift for someone special on your holiday list. “If you are still looking for a unique gift after you have done your Black Friday shopping, check out our eBay auction starting on Cyber Monday,” Fitzgerald encouraged. “Many items are one-of-a-kind or collectibles that were turned over in unclaimed safe deposit boxes.” Visit our Facebook page to get a sneak peek of the upcoming auction items.
The auction will begin on Cyber Monday, Dec 1, and will close on Dec 8. Some of the treasures in this online auction include a 1900 $5 Gold Liberty coin XF; 14 karat two-tone antique ladies’ ring with eight single cut diamonds and one euro cut diamond; and a men’s Hamilton pocket watch. All items included in the auction were reported to the state treasurer as unclaimed property by financial institutions across the state. The auction proceeds are held for the rightful owners until they come forward. Photos, letters and other personal memorabilia will not be included in the auction.
Unclaimed property refers to money and other assets held by financial institutions, businesses and other organizations that have lost contact with the owner for a specific period of time. Common forms of unclaimed property include checking and saving accounts, court deposits, stocks, dividends, life insurance policies, utility deposits, refunds, rebates, wages, and abandoned safe deposit boxes.
On the day of the auction, interested bidders may visit the state treasurer’s eBay auction at