• Muscatine activities director Mike Morgan was approached by a group of students who wanted to fine a way to raise money for charity. The students decided that Homecoming 2017 would be a way to fundraise for childhood cancer. A portion of the proceeds from the Sept. 15 football game would be donated to childhood cancer research through a gold-out night. The students decided to do the same thing on Sept. 22 and donate that portion to the Domestic Violence Shelter. Not to be outdone: the Powder Puff game raised $1,300 for charity and the volleyball team raised funds to support the family of an Anamosa police officer killed in a traffic accident. — Voice of Muscatine

Prairie City

• Another season of Coffee Break Bible Study will begin in October. Coffee Break has a long history within the Prairie City community. Women have gathered in the Fellowship Hall at the Christian Reformed Church or at the home of Sharon Natelborg to consider specific scripture texts for more than 35 years. Women from Colfax, Monroe, Runnells, Pleasant Hill and Altoona join local community members. This year’s study will begin with I Peter specifically to encourage God followers who are suffering. — Monroe Legacy


• Though it was Texas and not Iowa that was decimated by Hurricane Harvey, Winterset pulled together to help those in need down south. Toni Van Werden and Steve Kirby put forth a project in memory of Christopher Hannon and named it “Chris’ Crusade.” The community stepped up and filled a large enclosed trailer that was parked at Hy-Vee for a week with toiletries, non-perishable foods, paper products, clothing bottled water and Gatorade. Clarke County heard about it and wanted to get involved and Osceola residents collected three truckloads of donations. — Winterset Madisonian


• The Solon Old Gold Diner hosts its major fundraiser for the year Sept. 27 with a special meal, entertainment and a lock-in of jailbirds who have to raise bail money for the program before their release. The money raised will be used to offset the expense of operating the congregate meal site that serves a lunch each weekday in the fellowship hall of Solon United Methodist Church. — Solon Economist