• County supervisors voted to pledge a total of up to $40,000 to go towards the rebuilding of Cedar Covered Bridge. On Monday night, the Winterset City Council also agreed to fund at least $10,000 of the rebuild. The pledges are part of a push to raise money quickly in order to meet a Nov. 1 grant request deadline for the Iowa Great Places Grant. This is the last year that Madison County will be eligible for this grant. Current funds raised or pledges equal about $200,000. If Madison County can come up with matching funds, then it would request up to $360,000. — Winterset Madisonian

West Liberty

• West Liberty has its own historic downtown and the Downtown Task Force is hosting a ghost tour of local haunts. The tour will be a walking event starting on East Third Street and weaving its way through downtown to finish at the Liberty Social Club. Tour stops include a home with several recorded hauntings, lots of stories and information about haunted and spooky sites around West Liberty, a “Day of the Dead” exhibit and overview, access to sites with known activity and a live reading from a psychic medium in the oldest brick building in town. — West Liberty Index


• A trip to an escape room in northern Minnesota over a year ago lead to a new business in Lisbon. Bijou Theater owners and their families decided to create an escape room business of their own, launching Fantastic Escape in downtown Lisbon. An escape room could be described as a real world video game. Participants are “locked” in a room and have to solve a series of puzzles to escape. — Sun, Mount Vernon-Lisbon

Van Buren/Harmony

• The Van Buren and Harmony Community School Districts are a stop closer to merging. A notice that each school district had enough signatures on a petition seeking reorganization was published in last week’s Van Buren County Register. According to the petition, the reorganized district will be named the Van Buren County Community School District. The AEA will set a date for the election. A majority of residents in both districts must approve in order for the reorganization to happen. — Van Buren County Register