StateRoundup Compiled by Kathy Beane

Mount Vernon

• Planning will begin soon on how Mount Vernon will address the land around the Highway 30 bypass. The city council at the Aug. 21 meeting voted to hire Confluence to do planning, design and landscape architecture work for the area. The total cost will be $80,000 plus reimbursement expenses not to exceed 10 percent of the project total. To create Mount Vernon’s plan, Confluence intends to reach out and work with residents, the city council and city commissions. — Sun, Mount Vernon-Lisbon


• Where Madison County Creates is returning again this year on Sept. 16-17. This year, it will look a little different with quilts hanging all around town and along the square, even on the courthouse. The event is a chance for locals and visitors alike to interact with and meet area artisans and merchants who will be demonstrating their crafts in their homes, studios and businesses. According to the Chamber of Commerce director, their will be a community-wide outdoor quilt display on the courthouse, covered bridges, in shop windows and hopefully on front porches. — Winterset Madisonian

Columbus Junction

• Everyone is invited to come and join the fun when the Salem Welsh Church in Columbus Junction has its Gymanfa Ganu at 2 p.m. on Sept. 10. This is an afternoon of singing Welsh hymns in Welsh and English. Light refreshments will follow. At 7 p.m. on Sept. 9 Noson Lawen will share a fun evening of sharing traditions and stories. The public is welcome and invited to attend. — Winfield Beacon/Wayland News


• St. Paul’s Lutheran Church’s bell and Carillon System can once again be heard ringing from atop a bell tower in Marion. The bell was installed at 9 a.m. on the cold morning of Aug. 25. It took a team of four men and two tries to successfully lift the 407 pound solid bronze bell to the top of the tall tower where it was then secured in place. The full congregation later participated in a bell unveiling/dedication ceremony on Sunday morning. — Marion Times