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City asks residents to fly flags at half staff

The American and state of Iowa flags are flying half-staff in front of Centerville City Hall in honor of fallen Centerville Marine Master Sgt. Travis W. Riddick. Kim Crego, city clerk and commissioner of municipal services, said the flags will continue to fly half-staff until Riddick's body is laid to rest. Jim Senior, Centerville mayor, is requesting residents with American flags to fly them at half-staff until after Riddick's funeral service. Riddick, 40, a Centerville native, was killed Thursday, Jan. 19 in a helicopter crash in Helmand province, Afghanstan.

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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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