State Roundup

Mount Vernon

• Mount Vernon High School students and others in the community will be afforded an opportunity for a conversation about race and diversity. The high school is hosting CARE (Connect, Absorb, Respond, Empower) Conference on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Jan. 15. More than 20 speakers with vastly different backgrounds will share their insights and experiences with the student body and the general public. — Sun, Mount Vernon – Lisbon

North Liberty

• It was an unexpected victory. On Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, the Liberty High School Dance Team, in their debut season, won first place in both Class X Pom and Class II Contemporary, as well as Judges’ Choice in the latter category’s first year at the state dance competition. This followed a First Place Overall Grand Champion victory at the University of Iowa Spirit Spectacular at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The girls are preparing for regionals in Davenport today and nationals on Feb. 17-18 in Orlando, Fla. — North Liberty Leader

Van Buren

• It’s probably one of the largest checks cashed in Van Buren history and it certainly isn’t from Publisher’s Clearinghouse. The Iowa Department of Transportation transferred jurisdiction of Highway 98 to Van Buren County on Dec. 28. This week, the county received a check in the amount of $2.31 million from the Iowa DOT for secondary roads to take the road off their hands. — Van Buren County Register

Lynnville/Sully

• The Lynnville-Sully High School speech team has been recently recognized as a 2017 large Group and Individual Distinguished Speech Program by the Iowa High School Speech Association. Last year, 17 students brought home three Division II ratings and one Division I rating in the four groups they took to the IHSSA state speech competition. In individual speech, the team brought home three Division I ratings and three Division II ratings with the five students that participated. — Hometown Press