Ad-Express and Daily Iowegian, Centerville, IA


January 18, 2007

Mines on Interurban Railroad to Albia


Rudee Blozovich took me in his pickup to drive a quarter mile east from 205th St. on a very rough trail in the woods and fields to find this mine.  I thought he would jostle our teeth out.  There are shale dumps everywhere in the midst of a wilderness of trees that have grown up since it closed.  Much of the shale has been removed.  I took a picture of the remains of a 20 foot high shale pile near the mine tipple.

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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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