Nick Pedley

04/21/2015 - 2:56pm
Former Franklin County supervisor, Latimer city council member and mayor Jerry Plagge died Saturday following an extended battle with cancer.      Plagge, 72, served on the Franklin County Board of Supervisors for 12 years. He started his career in local government with the Latimer City Council more than 30 years ago and eventually made his way to the mayor’s chair. He...
03/03/2015 - 5:26pm
The Hampton City Council discussed a proposal at last Thursday’s meeting that would establish designated parking areas at three public lots when the emergency snow ordinance is in effect.      The proposal was only one on a list of changes included in a draft amendment to the city’s current snow ordinance. Certain...
03/03/2015 - 5:25pm
Local officials are optimistic that a 10-cent increase in the state’s gas tax will help fund additional road repairs and other infrastructure improvements in Franklin County.      The Iowa Legislature last week approved the first increase in the state’s gas tax since 1989. The hike will generate more than $200...
03/03/2015 - 4:54pm
Hungry locals hankering for a plate of quality Mexican food will have another dining option in downtown Hampton soon.      Hacienda Vieja Family Mexican Restaurant will open its doors later this week in the former Morelos Restaurant building. Hacienda Vieja is the eighth restaurant for owners Salvador Lepe and Raul Guitrow, who...
02/24/2015 - 12:44pm
    The United States must strengthen its role in the Middle East to protect Americans against the growing threat of Islamic extremists both at home and abroad, according to a strategy explained last week by Congressman Steve King.     The longtime Republican lawmaker met with members of the Hampton Rotary on Feb. 18...
02/24/2015 - 12:42pm
     Senator Chuck Grassley had no issue critiquing President Barack Obama’s foreign policy résumé during a stop in Franklin County last week.     “We are in a more dangerous world today, and Americans are in a more dangerous situation because of him wanting to lead from behind,”...
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