• Enrollment is down a bit in Lisbon this school year, while enrollment steadily increased in Mount Vernon in the same time period. Lisbon’s preschool through 12th grade enrollment is 670 students, based on a count of students earlier this month. Last year enrollment was 690. In Mount Vernon, the number of students in seats was 1,420 as of Dec. 4, an increase of 45 students from last year’s count of 1,375. — Sun, Mount Vernon-Lisbon


• The PCM School Board has awarded nearly $6 million in bids to three Iowa contractors for renovations to PCM High School in Monroe. The board approved the bids in a special meeting on Dec. 4. The high school improvements will be the final phase of a three-year $20 million district-wide facilities renovation. According to PCM district documents, Christner Contracting Inc. of Ottumwa, was awarded the big prize of general building construction and demolition.The company bid $2.8 million for the main building project plus $24,500, $72,500 and $48,900 for work on the first, second and third alternate projects, respectively. — Prairie City News


• Employees of the BANK branch in Wapello have made “ugly” sweaters and are asking customers to vote for their favorite sweater by making a donation into the jar representing that sweater. All proceeds will be given to the Atkinson family. The sweaters will be on display through Dec. 20 and will be worn by employees on Dec. 21. — The Wapello Republican


• Community Resources In Service to People is helping area families this holiday season. CRISP is collecting clothing and toys for approximately 80 area families to ensure they have gifts to put under the tree this year. CRISP also has a scarf, hat and glove project to help families and their kids stay warm during the cold winter months. — Winterset Madisonian


• Monroe’s now-gone historic train depot is the inspiration behind the leading design for a proposed pavilion at the future trailhead of a recreational trail that will connect Prairie City and Monroe. The proposed pavilion would be located in Monroe’s Red Rock Park, with a parking lot also in the works at the nearby water tower. It would be maintained by the city, but serve as a public trailhead with bathrooms and a shelter for visiting trail users as well as Monroe citizens. — Monroe Legacy