Ad-Express and Daily Iowegian, Centerville, IA


June 7, 2007

Newspapers into the 20th century


In the late 1960s a new form of printing (off set) was inevitable and the conversion was made in 1972. The conversion and remodeling cost in excess of $250,000. In two days, the old equipment was replaced.

The Iowegian has been a major community force all through the turbulent years. In those years the community and the newspaper rose to unusual heights, spurred by the huge coal mining boom. It also endured the devastating depression, several wars and frequent periods of turmoil and crisis.

I have been writing about the many, many newspapers that have briefly made their appearance on the stage of Centerville life and disappeared into obscurity. There were other early newspapers in some of the outlying towns in the county such as Moulton, Cincinnati, Exline and Moravia. Some of these newspapers were also destined to fall by the wayside. The newspapers in these towns will be described next week.

J.C. Burrows

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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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