Ad-Express and Daily Iowegian, Centerville, IA


August 3, 2006

Merritts to celebrate 50th wedding anniversary

John and Jeannie Merritt will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with an evening cookout on Saturday, Aug. 12, at Iowa’s Outback Getaway Resort (Swan’s Cabins) northeast of Promise City.

The event will be hosted by their children, Sally Rash, Andy Merritt and Susan Bunnell. The family invites everyone to bring their lawn chairs and join them for the evening from 5 to 9 p.m.

Entertainment will be provided by family and friends. The couple requests no gifts, please, just your company.

John Merritt and Norma Jean Sharp were married Aug. 12, 1956 at the Seymour Evangelical United Bretheren Church with Rev. Jack Merritt officiating. Attendants were Merrill Shelley and Patricia Copley.

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The Iowegian wants readers to think about the solicitation ordinance that will prevent groups or individuals from entering a roadway to solicit money. The Centerville City Council in June by a 5-0 vote passed the first reading of just such an ordinance. Public pressure and during a subsequent special meeting, the council voted 3-2 to table the ordinance. A second special meeting to discuss the solicitation ordinance is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 7 at City Hall. So, the question of the week is, "Do you or do you not support the ordinance to prevent solicitation of funds in city streets?"

A. I support the ordinance
B. I do not support the ordinance
C. Not sure
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