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Van Buren County

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Severe weather ripped through Van Buren County on July 19 with two EF-1 tornadoes touching down near the county seat of Keosauqua. One of the twisters destroyed a piece of the county's history, but not before its image could be captured on canvas.

During an emergency meeting this week, the Van Buren County Board appointed Jefferson County Attorney Tim Dille as acting county attorney. It appears Dille’s appointment will be short-lived per a recent ruling by the Iowa Supreme Court.

A special election will be held Tuesday, February 6, for residents of the Harmony and Van Buren School Districts in southeast Iowa. They are being asked to decide whether the districts should reorganize into a single school district.

Abraham Watkins is no longer the County Attorney in Van Buren County. District court Judge James Drew this week ordered Watkins’ removal from office over multiple allegations of sexual harassment.

Van Buren County Attorney Abraham Watkins will have to defend himself against claims of sexual harassment and working while intoxicated.

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One Van Buren County department is operating on a limited schedule thanks to a lack of available employees.

A quick look at news from around the tri-state region.

The former city clerk in Farmington, IA is facing multiple felonies after  an audit revealed several irregularities in city financial transactions.

The distribution of some unwanted flyers in Van Buren County led to a public forum on hate crimes.

The continuation of a sales tax will help lower property taxes in Van Buren County.

Residents of rural Van Buren County have overwhelmingly agreed to make a local option sales and service tax permanent.

Second Try for Van Buren County Tax

Dec 17, 2012

Residents of rural Van Buren County voted down a proposal, last month, to make a one-cent local option sales and services tax permanent.

The tax, which was implemented in 2003, is scheduled to sunset on June 30, 2013.

Voters will have another crack at the proposal as the presentation of a petition with more than 440 signatures has prompted to Van Buren County Board of Supervisors to schedule a special election for March 5, 2013.

Tax Approved, Denied in Van Buren County

Nov 9, 2012

The final prices of everyday items and services will be changing in Van Buren County after this week’s election.

The Iowa Department of Criminal Investigation (DCI) continues to look into an officer-involved shooting in Van Buren County Tuesday morning.

Southeast Iowa voters who do not want to wait for Election Day have started casting their ballots.  There are no restrictions on who can vote early.