Author: Kennedy Williams

Mary Jo Stanley touched Muscatine forever

Mary Jo Stanley, a well-respected member of the community, passed away on Thursday, December 14 at her residence, Lutheran Living Transitional Care Center in Muscatine. Although Mary is gone, the impressions she left will never go away. Mary’s visitation will be held January 5 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Ralph J. Wittich- Riley- Freers Funeral Home, with a memorial service following on Saturday, January 6 at First Presbyterian Church of Muscatine. Mary was born May 23, 1934, in Nevada, Iowa, to Gladys Cuthbert Kennedy and the Rev. Dr. Joseph Kennedy. She married Richard Stanley on December...

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Muscatine Lego team builds another championship

On December 10, Muscatine’s Lego team won the grand championship for the second year in a row. The team competed in First Lego League Quad Cities Regional Qualifier at the Putnam Museum. The students have been preparing for the event since early September. First Lego League consists of three main components. The students must design, build, and program a robot that performs missions while going through different obstacles. Everything, from the robot to the obstacle, is all built by Legos. Teams gain points based off of how many obstacles their team completes. Teams are also judged on their robot...

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Key Club gives back

The holiday season is all about giving back, and what better way to give back than to donate to those in need? Muscatine High School’s Key Club just finished hosting their annual coat drive. The fundraiser was held from December 4 through the 14. This was a chance for students to bring gently used coats of all sizes into the library. In exchange for the donation, students are allowed to leave campus for lunch for one day. The coats will first go to Muskie Lockers, which will allow students of all grade levels who need clothes, food, or a...

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MCC takes on non-traditional classes

As the spring semester approaches for Muscatine Community College, students will be signing up for classes and exploring their options. What some students don’t know is the wide variety of non-traditional classes that the school offers. Muscatine Community College offers classes as simple as traditional composition and calculus but also classes such as film, acting, and even a Harry Potter class. They offer these non-traditional classes to meet students’ interests and offer credit hours. One of the newest and most non-traditional classes is the Harry Potter class. The official name of the class is Film as Literature: Harry Potter...

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Rivera dances on SNL

On the evening of Saturday, November 4, fans of the comedy show Saturday Night Live may have seen a familiar Muscatine face as a backup dancer in a sketch with Cecily Strong, Kate McKinnon, and special guest host Larry David. Benjamin Rivera, born and raised in Muscatine, had the opportunity to dance in a sketch for the live program. Rivera graduated from Muscatine High School in 2010. During high school, Rivera kept himself busy in as many things as possible. He was involved in show choir, a cappella choir, jazz choir, barbershop, school musicals and plays, swimming, tennis, cross...

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