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Neighbors Growing Together | Sep 26, 2018

Top 10 of 2013

By David Hotle

Well, New Year’s has come and gone. Many celebrated the coming of 2014. Personally, I was asleep at 10:30 p.m. on New Year’s Eve. The Washington Evening Journal’s top 10 news stories of the year contest has also closed.
I wrote this column on Monday and about an hour or so before beginning my column, I tabulated the winners. Those will be featured in our Chronology special section coming soon. I like that contest. It gives our readers the chance to determine for themselves which are the best stories of the year and number them in order of importance. Of course, like all things opinion, the contest really depends on personal perception. We all have an opinion of what the top stories of the year are.
Like everyone else, I have my own opinion. Working closely with these stories, I know all the blood, sweat and tears that go into them, and in many cases, that influences my opinion. Even though I already know which story won, just for fun, I think it is time for Dave’s top 10 list of Washington Evening Journal stories from 2013. Drum roll, please.

10 — Lake Darling renovations rebid: Friends of Lake Darling President Fay Vittetoe can attest to my frustration at hearing that the three-year project which has been going on for five years so far fell behind yet again. They had to rebid the project this year. I need to point out that the DNR at Lake Darling has been doing a wonderful job through all of this and must have a lot of patience for all it has had to deal with.

9 —  Planning for the 175th Celebration: This will probably be my No. 1 story next year. Everyone is gearing up for what promises to be a stellar blowout of a week. I’m looking forward to it.

8 — Removing RUSS plan: While it is still too early to tell if this will be successful or not, it is a story of great importance to the county. Either Richmond and Rubio will get their sewer problems worked out on their own or the DNR will be seriously fining the county for the violations.

7— Bunker Mill Bridge burned: I went out to the bridge the day after the fire that for all intents and purposes destroyed the bridge. A friendly county worker took me to the mouth of the bridge so I could get some pictures and have a good look at the damage. It is a shame some people can’t think of anything better to do than destroy nice things people care about.

6 — Washington Relay For Life breaks $1 million: Several members of Relay, as well as Michelle Redlinger, can attest to me bugging the people who had shown up to make the announcement at the Washington Municipal Band concert. I know we were close and hoped we did not have to wait another year to meet the goal. Now I am looking forward to $2 million.

5 — Demons football team goes to state:  That’s what I get for shooting my mouth off to coaches Smeins and Schrader. I told them that if Washington went to state I would go to the game. While I had a great time, it was about a two-hour drive and snow was flying on the way home. We will win state this year, and I will have another two-hour drive to see it.

4 — Kirkwood Regional Center: This is another thing that I believe will be all over the top 10 list in the coming year. The new state-of-the-art learning institute is being built on Lexington Boulevard and coming together at a rapid pace. It is supposed to open in the fall.

3 — Zoning rescinded: This was huge. This was something that had never been done in the history of Iowa. There was a lot of work put into it, and why not? No one knew how to do it because it had never been done before.

2 — Developer considers Washington for housing: If this goes through it will be big. A Kansas-based developer is considering building a 32-unit two-building housing complex right next to Hy-Vee. They must have read the City of Washington’s Christmas list.  This is directly from the Comprehensive plan.

1 — New supervisors sworn in: Apparently the public was not happy with the job two county supervisors had done. To that end, the public voted out two incumbent Republicans in favor of two Republican newcomers. That is Democracy in action.  All we need to do is take that mentality to Washington, D.C.