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With contracts awarded, the Jackson County Board of Supervisors hopes to begin construction of the new jail this spring.

When former Central DeWitt High School English teacher and Sabula native Rachel Carlson wrote her first book, “Here to Stay,” it sat as a file on her computer for three years.

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Community members lost many loved ones in 2021. Here is a look at some those who died last year. Note: Deaths from January through July 2021 were published in the Jan. 12 issue.

Iowa Department of Agriculture extended the deadline for farmers who planted fall cover crops to sign up for a $5 per acre discount on their 2022 crop insurance premiums. Farmers and landowners now have through Jan. 28 to sign up online at apply.cleanwateriowa.org.

A Cascade Hiring Crawl will take place from 3-6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 27 in Cascade. The hiring crawl provides job seekers access to more than 20 Cascade businesses that will open their doors and allow them to take tours, learn about current openings, complete applications, interviews etc.  

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Employees fabricated them on site. 

Jim Irwin summed up what many local public officials and larger employers were feeling Monday as they grappled with complying with federal COVID-19 workplace guidelines, against the backdrop of a U.S. Supreme Court challenge of the controversial standard and a competing order from the Iowa D…

Lawmakers returned to Des Moines Monday for the 2022 legislative session, and Republicans – who hold the House, Senate and the governor’s office – have their to-do list in order.

Editor’s Note: As a result of new legislative maps approved last year, the districts currently served by Sen. Chris Cournoyer, R-LeClaire, and Rep. Norlin Mommsen, R-DeWitt, who both intend to seek re-election, will change after the election this fall. The seat Cournoyer currently occupies w…

Community members lost many loved ones in 2021. Here is a look at some of those who died last year.

Clouds filled the sky, yet the kilowatt-hour reader kept spinning, topping around 9,087 kWh one afternoon last week. 

Local county officials Monday moved forward with preparations to meet a federal mandate requiring unvaccinated workers to undergo weekly testing for COVID-19 by Feb. 9. 

Effective Jan. 15, some Jackson County residents will find themselves living in supervisor districts and/or precincts with different numbers.

Land values in Clinton and Jackson counties rose more than 30% in 2021, following a statewide trend that saw an increase in all 99 counties in Iowa.

A former student has launched an endowment fund with the Community Foundation of Jackson County in honor of the late Janice Farnum, director of choral music at Maquoketa Community High School from 1956 to 1986. The new fund will forever preserve Farnum’s legacy with an annual gift to the sch…

Real estate buyers and sellers faced a challenging year with rising home prices and multiple offer situations in many markets. Professional real estate agents worked diligently to guide their clients through the process, ever mindful of the additional challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemi…

The East Central Iowa chapter of Project Linus, which serves Clinton, Scott and Jackson counties, recently sent 50 blankets to children in tornado-stricken areas of Kentucky after receiving a request to do so by the Project Linus national headquarters. Nationwide, 1,800 blankets have been se…

Street reconstruction, housing developments, hirings and firings, the new jail, taxation — I knew we’d talk about them all inside this final Sentinel-Press of 2021. It’s the edition in which we revisit 2021 happenings.

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As of last week, 26 cases of the omicron variant of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Iowa, according to the Iowa Department of Public Health. 

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Note from editor Kelly Gerlach: This time of year, as the temperatures dip and the year comes to a close, the magic of the season envelops young and old alike. 

Two public hearings next week will afford Jackson County residents one final chance to share opinions about proposed changes to the supervisor districts and precincts.

Local medical officials last week pleaded with people to get the COVID-19 vaccine as critical care beds are full, and health care workers are run ragged. 

The Genesis Health System Board of Directors announced the company will explore the possibility of partnering with another health care system in the future. 

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He prepared for this his whole life — he just didn’t know it.

Jackson County would eliminate three precincts under a new plan proposed by the county Board of Supervisors.

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Area residents will observe Christmas and New Year’s celebrations in coming weeks, some in-person and others virtually or privately at home. Be sure to contact your place of worship to learn if in-person worship will be available.