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Readers’ Choice: 2013 Picture of the Year

PICTURE OF THE YEAR – When the record number of mailed ballots and online votes were counted, readers of The Progress Review chose a photo of a local landmark celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2013, the Avenue of Flags at West View Cemetery, as the 2013 Picture of the Year. Also receiving strong consideration was a magician’s helper, happy to hang onto some extra spoons during “A Night of Magic” library fundraiser, and a scenic image capturing the beauty of the early Autumn in the countryside near La Porte City. Photos by Jane and Mike Whittlesey.


Hawkins’ Happenings – January 1, 2014

New Year’s stories start at 10:30 AM for preschoolers on Thursday, January 2. Remember, if there is a school late start, or cancellation, Story Time will not be held.
Warm up with coffee on Mondays at 8 AM in the library while you pick up your books, magazines, and movies for the week.
Hawkins’ Handcrafters meet on Thursday, January 9, from 1 to 3 PM. Bring any craft project you are working on and join others at the library. All types of handwork are welcome.
The Kids’ Wild About Books Club, a group for kids ages 4th grade and up, will chat about the book How to Steal a Dog by Barbara O’Connor, on Wednesday, January 15, at 3:45 PM.  To participate, register at the library, check out a book to read, and then return on January 15.
A basic computer use class for Windows will be held on Tuesday, January 21, from 9 to 10 AM.  Please sign up at the library to participate.
In January, sale books by authors with last names beginning with G, H, and I, are buy one, get one free. Peruse our selection on the shelves for these bargains.

Mayor Lubben, City Council Members Recognized for their Service

SERVING THE CITY – At its December 23, 2013 meeting, the La Porte City City Council recognized outgoing members Kathy Norris (above, left) and Kim Ortiz with plaques honoring their service to the city. Mayor Rick Lubben (center) was also presented a plaque in recognition of his 24 years of service to the City, the last 14 years as mayor. No other mayor in the city’s history has held the office for such a length of time.

Classifieds – January 1, 2014

Auction: Two Prime Missouri Hunting Properties January 18th 10:00am Scotland County Fitness Center, Grand Ave, Memphis, MO Property 1, Mystic, MO 277± Acres in Two Tracts Property 2, Wyaconda, MO 140± Acres in Two Tracts 660-465-2971 WeKnowDirt.net United Country-Land Pros (INCN)
1 BDR Apt in La Porte City. $325/mo. + deposit. No smoking, no pets. Avail. Jan. 1. Call or text, 319-230-7892. 49-5-c
Shop Foreman Great Pay / Benefits.  APPLY www.durhamschoolservices.com  235 School Rd, Waterloo, IA 50701(319) 291-4879 50-4-pd
WANTED: VACANCY POCAHONTAS CITY ADMINISTRATOR Progressive community in NW Iowa. BA in public/business administration + 2 years management experience. Salary negotiable DOQ excellent benefit package. Apply by Jan. 20. Information at http://www.pocahontasiowa.com (INCN)
Best lease purchase in the USA, 99¢/gal. fuel program, newest tractors & trailers available anywhere. Top pay, medical insurance program, good miles Hirschbach 888-514-6005 www.drive4hml.com (INCN)
Jacobson Transportation is seeking Class A CDL Drivers for a Midwest Dedicated Customer Account. Excellent Pay, Benefits and Weekly Home Time! Call 800-397-8132 or apply online www.DRIVEJTC.com (INCN)
Iowa based Reefer Company hiring OTR Class “A” CDL drivers, late model equipment, excellent miles, scheduled home time. Call Chuck or Tim (800) 645-3748. (INCN)
“Partners in Excellence” OTR Drivers APU Equipped Pre-Pass EZ-pass passenger policy. 2012 & Newer equipment. 100% NO touch. Butler Transport 1-800-528-7825 www.butlertransport.com (INCN)
Regional Runs Available CHOOSE the TOTAL PACKAGE: Regular, Frequent HOME TIME; TOP PAY BENEFITS; Mthly BONUSES; Automatic DETENTION PAY & more! CDL-A, 6 mos. Exp. Req’d. EEOE/AAP 866-322-4039 www.drive4marten.com (INCN)
This classified spot for sale. Advertise your product or recruit an applicant in over 250 Iowa newspapers! Only $300/week. Call this paper or 800-227-7636 www.cnaads.com (INCN)

Letter to the Editor – Dave Neil

To the Editor:
In response to Bob Wood’s letter to the editor on creating long term growth in city income. Bob states the best way to create long term growth in city income is to promote growth in business and residential property. I agree. However, he doesn’t state how to accomplish this goal. In looking at best practices of other cities and how they spend tax revenue dollars to invest in city infrastructure to attract businesses and raise property values, a more balanced spending of revenue is needed. Currently our city devotes over 40% of our property tax income to the Police Department. In comparison to other neighboring cities large and small, we are well above the average.
For example:
As you can see, other similar cities are able to have a lower tax rate to attract businesses and raise property values. They are able to devote more dollars in the infrastructure to grow their communities. I agree that we need to keep our community safe, but we also need to look at the best way to do so that allows us to grow our city. Let me ask you this: Do these cities have a higher crime rate than ours?
Mayor-Elect Dave Neil, La Porte City


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