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November 16, 2011

UPDATED 5:21 p.m. - Centerville Tent and Awning fire: ROAD IS OPEN

CENTERVILLE — A Wednesday fire destroyed Centerville Tent an Awning. Information is still coming in.

UPDATED 5:21 p.m. The Highway is now open. All fire trucks are back at the station.

UPDATED 4:33 p.m. Many of the firetrucks are returning to base. The road is still reported to be closed.

UPDATED 3:17 p.m. The roads in the area are still closed to traffic.

UPDATED 12:50 p.m. The fire seems to be coming under control. The streets are still closed. Check out pictures from the scene at the right.

UPDATE 12:10 p.m. Moravia Fire Department has now arrived on scene.

UPDATE 11:49 a.m. Centerville Fire Department has requested mutual aid from the Moravia Fire Department. Mystic Fire Department is now on scene. Traffic is still being redirected. The levee will remain closed for some time.

11:28 a.m. Centerville Fire Department has requested mutual aid from Mystic Fire Department. Police are reportedly redirecting traffic to the west.

We will update as more information comes in.

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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?"

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