Author: Joel Kraushaar

12 Angry Jurors

Twelve Angry Men is a cinematic classic. The screenplay written by Reginald Rose and film directed by Sidney Lumet is a staple in film and literature classes in high school and college all over the country. The Muscatine High School Drama department will be presenting a stage adaptation of the Rose story titled Twelve Angry Jurors. “We have the option to cast this show as 12 men, 12 women, or mixed. We are doing the mixed cast,” said Drama Director Rene Mauck. The story takes the audience inside the jury deliberation room as they attempt to come to a...

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Wilton advances to football quarterfinals

On a cold rainy night on the banks of the Mississippi in Bellevue, Iowa, the Wilton Beaver football team had a challenge in front of them. Bellevue High School boasted one of the most productive offenses in the state, averaging just under 432 yards of total offense per game and 41 points per game. “They live off big plays. We knew we had to limit the big plays,” said Wilton head football coach Ryan Hetzler. “The performance of our defense was outstanding. Our defensive backs played the best game they have ever played.” The Wilton defense held the Comets...

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West Liberty and Wilton make football playoffs

Last season, Wilton and Sigourney Keota faced off with the winner punching their ticket to the Iowa High School Athletic Association playoffs. The Cobras took last season’s matchup and got out to an early lead on Friday night. But the Beavers battled back. After trailing 22-12 going into the fourth quarter, the Beavers’ Jerome Mays scored on a QB keeper with less than 20 seconds left to secure the 36-30 victory and a second-place district finish, qualifying Wilton for the post-season. Wilton will travel to face Bellevue on Friday night for round one of the playoffs. West Liberty handled...

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City of Muscatine limits days citizens can use fireworks

The Muscatine City Council approved changes to the city ordinance pertaining to discharging fireworks in the city limits. The ordinance previously read that citizens could discharge fireworks from July 1 to July 8 and December 26 to January 3. The approved changes limit the discharge to July 3 and 4 and December 31 through January 1. While many complaints were received about the mass use of fireworks from residents who are celebrating the change in code, some aren’t as positive about the change. Chris Anderson, a Muscatine resident who operated a fireworks retail stand with Jake’s Fireworks, said, “Considering...

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Celebrating veterinary technicians

Nursing is a profession that is trusted and relied upon when our friends and family feel under the weather or undergo critical care. Animals need the same quality care that we expect as humans. Muscatine Community College houses the Veterinary Technician program that trains students in this area. Dr. Dan Drahos, D.V.M., is the lead instructor. “The vet techs really do so much in a veterinary practice,” Drahos said. “So much so, in fact, there is a movement to change to title to veterinary nurse.” Drahos is the owner of Riverside Animal Hospital in Muscatine and works with these...

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