Author: Michaela Frerichs

With band numbers growing, Plummer leads at MHS

Lee Plummer leads the Mighty Muskie Marching Band along with Jeff Heid at Muscatine High School. MHS’s band consists of over 120 students, the highest enrollment of students in over 15 years. From a young age, Plummer knew he wanted to be a band director. Both of his parents were band directors at his high school. Plummer said he never really considered any other career path. In college, he taught percussion at Newton High School in their marching band. Plummer grew up in Lake City, Iowa, and attended what is now South Central Calhoun. In 2013, he graduated from...

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Where there’s a Will, there’s a band

Mike Will joined Louisa-Muscatine High School in 1989 and has been directing the band for 29 years. Since he was in sixth grade, Will has had an interest in music. When he was a senior in high school, he decided he wanted to be a band director. Will grew up in Rockford, Illinois, and attended Murray State University from 1981 to 1982 before transferring to University of Northern Iowa from 1982 to 1985. He taught at Lincoln Central Schools in northwest Iowa for three years before being hired at Louisa-Muscatine High School. At Louisa-Muscatine, band is an elective. This...

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The heart of God’s story

Contributed by Patrick O’Neal Minister, Muscatine Church of Christ (MCOC)   When is the last time you read the Bible? I remember one of my first times. Sitting in a Tennessee jail trying to make sense of it all, I quickly came to realize that it doesn’t read straight through like a book. Events are out of order. Whole books are repeated. It’s a mixed bag of genres. And of course, there are some things that just don’t seem to fit. I imagine that many of you want to read the Bible, but when you pick it up, you’re...

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Battle of the Sexes: Serious Business

Battle of the Sexes tells the story of tennis greats Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs and their famous 1973 mixed-gender tennis match. Pro – Portrayals It has to be said: the portrayals of King and Riggs by Emma Stone and Steve Carell are fantastic. Stone especially is transformative as the tennis star. Of course the hair and glasses go a long way, but Stone has clearly put in the physical work to look and move like a great athlete in her prime. Carell’s greatest talent continues to be his ability to get far enough in a character to...

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Muscatine City Council reviews year

At the in-depth city council meeting Thursday, October 12, the council and attendees were given a presentation on the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2017. The information from the presentation is available online at open.gov. Overall, city staff and the council agreed it was “a good year” for Muscatine. Next on the agenda was a discussion on city code changes. Council discussed how they plan to handle changes in city code and updates to the city code book. Council was also presented with proposals to consider for a few city code changes. The council discussed three projects that...

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