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Charles City Press (Newspaper) - March 15, 2007, Charles City, Iowa SINGLE COPY ISSN 10497242 8 THURSDAY March 15 2007 Vol 111 No 51 One section 12 pages Official Newspaper of Floyd County IN BRIEF Cruising Sea of Healthy Living Floyd County Memorial Hospital is sponsoring a pro gram entitled Cruising the Sea of Healthy Living pre sented by Marylou Ahrens CDE pm on Monday March 19 in the In todays environment it is easy to feel like a ship lost at sea when trying to sort through conflicting nutrition information Come sel sail for a cruise on the Sea of Healthy Living based on the latest of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and This program contains information for anyone interested in pro their health and reduc ing the risk of chronic disease All are welcome to attend and there is no charge This program will take the place Of the March Diabetes Support Group meeting For more information call Sue Zubrod RN BSN at 641 2574317 Acoustic Jam The next Acoustic Music Jam Session will be at 7 pm tonight at the Charles City Arts Center Open to all to come and sit in or just listen Library closed Due to the installation of new library software the Library will be closed for business on March 19 and 20 The library apologizes for any and promises new and exciting service when it re opens Thank you for your patience and understanding Brought to you by 1501 S Grand Ave Charles City 2287220 YESTERDAYS TEMPS High 41 Low 32 8 am 39 5 pm 35 Yesterdays temperature was normal as of 5 Trace of sleet Degree Days 28 Sunrise am Sunset pm Today Area Forecast Mostly cloudy Slight chance of rain or snow in the afternoon Highs in the upper 30s East winds 10 to cloudy with a slight chance of snow Lows in he mid 20s South winds around 5 in the evening Shifting to the west after mid night sunny Highs in the upper 30s Northwest winds 10 to 15 mph riday cloudy Lows in the lower 20s North winds 5 to 10 mph sunny Highs In the lower 40s Saturday cloudy Slight chance of snow after midnight Lows in the upper 20s COMICS OPINION City Notes Plus Grassley Shots arid Jim Mullen Jaycees Local chapter hosts Business After Hours SPORTS Bowling results Charles City Womens Bowling tournament Cost of smoking Culver to sign tobacco tax increase today products by a commensurate Miss Shamrock DBS MOINES AP The House approved a per pack increase in the cig arette tax delivering Goy Chet Culver his top legislative priority and creating poten millions of dollars in new state rev enue f What were doing easy for most of us in this room Pam Jochum the bills floor manag er said Tuesday night Raising taxes isnt easy to do But it is a little bit about profiles in courage if you believe that what Raising taxes isn t easy to do But it is a little bit abut pro files in courage if you believe that what we re going to do is going to bene fit the health of lowans Pam Jochum Rep yy were going to do is going to benefit the health of lowans And I do The House approved the 58 to 40 with two members not voting The tion will increase the tax on cigarettes by per pack and raise the tax on other tobacco amount With solid bipartisan support we have proven that this is not an issue partisan ship but an issue of health and saving lives Culver said in a statement This tax will prevent 37000 Iowa children from smoking and save nearly 20000 lives He is expected to sign the today increase survived a raft of amendments by Republicans determined to slow the bills progress Debate on the cig arette tax started midafternoon on Tuesday Bogged down by amendments and prolonged floor speeches though the did not wrap up until just before 11 pm on Tuesday night Democrats touted the as an effective way to reduce smoking and to increase state revenues Democrats vowed to use the money potentially millions of dollars in new revenues to fund healthcare initia tives Cigarettes Continued on page 3 Senate OKs local control of smoking regulations vX W DBS MOINES AP Local govern ments could institute smoking bans or other clean air regulations under a measure approved Wednesday by the Iowa Senate Sen Herman DAmes the legislation although some said it didnt go far enough Were going to look back on this peri od of time where were taking a and think we missed an opportunity here called the legislation a moderate next today to protect the health of lowans from step He noted that 500 lowans will die each year because of secondhand smoke unless we begin to make some more progress on this issue The proposal Senate File 236 now goes to the House The measure addresses a 2003 Iowa Supreme Court decision that local bans and regulations were illegal under current state law The matter came to the court after Ames and Iowa City passed smoking bans The legislation giving local governments the power to enact such laws passed on a vote 30 to 20 Democrats lauded what we know is a killing exposure said Sen Joe Bolkcom City Republicans said the would harm businesses We always talk down here about how were going to help the familyowned busi said Sen Brad Zaun This legislation could have a potentially punitive impact on family businesses House leaders have said they will sup port the local control legislation but some legislators plan to offer amendments including one that would exempt casinos and bars Or 11 Press photo by Mark Wicks ueen of the green Sue Hartwell has been crowned as this years Miss Shamrock for the 14th Annual First Ever St Patricks Day Parade set for 6 pm on Saturday March 17 in downtown Charles City The parade will start at the corner of Lane and Main and finish at Main and Riverside Parade entries are still being sought obviously with a St Patricks Day theme Following the parade there will be an Pub Crawl Tour involving Toris the Comet Bowl Sherms Place Good Times Saloon Home Base the Uptown and Rons Participants can also reg ister for prizes to be given away A free shuttle service is again being offered this year from pm until midnight with stops at each Pub Crawl site Press parent company acquires Illinois Ohio newspapers paper group and at the same time ratchets up our news gathering ability even at the local level The nine publications are comprised of seven daily and two weekly newspapers organ in three clusters around Springfield 111 Peoria 111 and Canton Ohio The total com daily circulation of these papers is 241060 The two weekly newspapers have a com circulation of 34918 Submitted photo Final say for 2006 Pork royalty Maurice Johnson interviews the outgoing Miss Pigtails Sadie Ruzicka and Branson Forsyth Tuesday night about their experiences this past year as the Floyd County Pork Producers official representatives at various events and activities They were among the featured guests at the joint Floyd County Pork Producers and Floyd County Soil Water Conservation District Annual Banquet held at St Marys in Roseville Please see next Tuesdays page for more on the banquet FAIRPORT New York GateHouse Media Inc NYSE GHS announced today that it has signed a definitive stock and asset purchase agreement to acquire nine publications from The Copley Press Inc for a net purchase price including work ing capital adjustments of million The transaction is expected to close on or before the end of April and is subject to regulatory approval and custom ary closing conditions Gatehouse Media is the par ent company of the Charles City Press and New Hampton Tribune among other pers Its an exciting time for all of us here at GateHouse com Gene Hall executive vice president for GateHouse Media and the publisher of the Press The Copley acquisition gives us the opportunity to work with a news organiza tion in dynamic markets As a company this makes us bigger better It provides us an oppor to bring more synergies to the total of our community news Ife GateHouse Media We are delighted to add these superb publications to the GateHouse Media organization These businesses and their employees are a wonderful addi tion to our company and we look forward to 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