Ad-Express and Daily Iowegian, Centerville, IA


January 11, 2007

McConville Midway Mine No. 2


Unfortunately freight revenue continued to decline, and the coal mines were closed or began shipping by truck. In 1958 another 1.44 miles were closed. The remaining 2.37 miles remained in operation to serve the Hadite plant of the Carter Waters Co, located just east of 200th Ave., about a mile east of the former Midway mine. Hadite was an aggregate manufactured from shale clay to produce a light weight block similar to concrete. The blue clay in this area was quite suitable for that purpose. The hadite plant discontinued operation about 1964 and the Centerville to Mystic Interurban was no more.

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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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