Prairie City

• While four-year graduation rates fell statewide in 2017, the PCM Community School District saw the highest percentage of graduates in Jasper County and one of the highest in Iowa. PCM saw 98.65 percent of its seniors graduate last year, according to the report released last week by the state’s board of education. About 91 percent of high school students in Iowa graduated with a high school diploma within four years in 2017, a drop from 91.3. — Prairie City News


• The Lisbon School Board will be receiving more money in bond sales that first anticipated. The school will raise $9.175 million with the sale of 20-year bonds. The money will be used for classroom upgrades, a new auditorium and a new track, estimated to cost $9 million. The school district received additional funds because of the lower interest rate on the bonds they were taking out, as well as the school A+ rating by Standard and Poor’s. — Sun, Mount Vernon – Lisbon

Columbus Junction

• Russell Coil rolled to an impressive 7-1 record to earn All-American honors at the 2018 National AAU Team Dual Tournament held last weekend in Kingsport, Tenn. Coil was a member of Team Iowa Lil Cyclones. Coil is a sixth grade student at Roundy Elementary School and is the son of Bob and Katie Coil, of Columbus Junction. — Columbus Gazette


• The National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors-Iowa has announced that Kyle B. Zimmerman, CFP of Securian Advisors MidAmerica in Hiawatha is one of four outstanding advisors under the age of 40 who have been recognized with the Four Under Forty Award. Winners are well-rounded professionals who excel in their field while giving back to their community. They have achieved a successful balance of their work and family lives. — Hiawatha Today