Ad-Express and Daily Iowegian, Centerville, IA


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On Sept. 30, 1897, the Centerville Daily Citizen reported a contract to construct a new armory and opera house at Drake Avenue and Maple Street was let and awarded to a Colfax firm. The story says the winning bid was "in the neighborhood of $7,000." This is an undated photo of the combined opera house and armory building.

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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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