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Governor Branstad Urges Eligible Iowans to Take Advantage of Free Tax Prep Program PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tim Albrecht   
Friday, 15 March 2013 15:06
– The Iowa Free File Program Helps Low-Income Iowans Use Name-Brand Tax Prep Software for Free, Helping Them Save At Tax Time –

Des Moines – Today, Governor Terry Branstad urged low- and moderate-income Iowans to use the Iowa Free File program to prepare and file their federal and state income tax returns online for free. The Iowa Free File program allows eligible taxpayers the free use of name-brand, tax preparation software. Taxpayers with an Adjusted Gross Income of $57,000 or less last year.

The Iowa Free File program is one of 22 state programs plus the District of Columbia modeled after the IRS Free File program used by millions of taxpayers to e-file their federal income tax returns for free.

“In Iowa, we have worked to make tax season easy and efficient for all taxpayers,” said Gov. Branstad. “The Free File program is designed to help lower-income Iowans save on the cost of tax prep and hold on to more of their hard-earned money, without costing a dime of taxpayer dollars. However, many Iowans eligible for the program don’t use it. I urge eligible Iowans to visit the Iowa Department of Revenue website and use the free software provided to easily and conveniently file your taxes.”

“Free File is a win-win for taxpayers and government: taxpayers get the convenience of filing online for free using name-brand software, while the program doesn’t cost a dime of taxpayer dollars, and even saves money by reducing processing costs ,” said Courtney Kay-Decker, Director of the Iowa Department of Revenue.

By helping more people file electronically, Free File helps save the state money, reduces errors and speeds up the time it takes to issue a refund. According to the Iowa Department of Revenue:

  • The cost of processing a paper return is $2.26 while processing an electronic return is $0.17 – a savings of $2.09 per return.
  • The error rate for paper returns is 33 percent while it is only 6 percent for electronic returns.
  • The Iowa Department of Revenue issues 96 percent of individual income tax refunds to those who filed electronically within 2 weeks of filing.

According to the IRS, 36 million taxpayers have prepared their federal returns through Free File since the program began more than a decade ago.

Learn about Free File and who is eligible to file their taxes for free by visiting www.taxprephelp.org or the Iowa Department of Revenue or the IRS.


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LeCLAIRE ANNOUNCEMENTS - Friday 03/15/2013 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by LeClaire Chamber of Commerce   
Friday, 15 March 2013 14:57

Have You Renewed Your Chamber Membership for 2013?! Deadline to remain in good standing is today, March 15!

Please let us know if you plan to renew so we keep you on our membership directory! Being a Member of the Chamber helps you to gather leads, meet prospects and promote your products and services.  Your business is listed on www.LeClaireChamber.com for all who visit the site to see, not to mention the 1000’s of visitors to our Facebook page!  The Chamber refers our members first and encourages others to do business with our members. Attend Annual and Monthly Events! Stay up to date with news and events, and post your announcements for free on the Friday Announcements!  Low cost advertising is available to members in our quarterly Newsletter.  Stay involved, meet new people, and make a difference in your community!   Membership form attached!

 

WELCOMING NEW MEMBER!

 

Minuteman Press – Davenport, Sue Grant, Owner.  563-386-4566. davenport.minuteman.com Full service print shop, in business for 21 years.

 

CALENDAR

 

March 15th - 17th – Bier Stube St. Patricks Day Celebration - $9.99 corned beef and cabbage and red potatoes, served all day long Fri-Sun. 1001 Canal Shore Dr., LeClaire. 563-289-2121

March 16th - Booker Bear reading program sponsored by Ascentra Credit Union will be held at the Bettendorf Library.  This is the second group of area first graders to be celebrated for completing their ten book reading challenge. The Bettendorf Library and Ascentra Credit Union have worked together to promote the love of reading to Bettendorf and Pleasant Valley first graders since 1999. Attendance is expected to be about 800 people.  Call 563-344-3343 for more information, or go to Ascentra.org

 

March 16th - LeClaire Rec Center Family Night - www.leclairereccenter.com

 

March 23rd - Tug Fest Trivia Night - LeClaire Fire Station. Doors open at 6 PM  Trivia starts at 7 PM. $10 per person. 8 person max per team. Bring your own snacks and drinks. (alcoholic beverages are allowed but limited to beer and wine coolers only please) Contact Kari Long This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Barry Long This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more details or to reserve your table.

March 26th - Civic Club Annual Corporation Meeting that was originally scheduled for Feb. 26th, is now rescheduled for March 26th at the LeClaire Civic Center. Pot Luck at 6:30 PM and Annual Meeting at 7:00PM. All Civic Club members and their guests are encouraged to attend. Also, anyone interested in joining the Civic Club may attend as my guests.

March 26th – Reusable Usables - Women's Full Moon Circle Yoga - 7:30-8:45 p.m. Full Moon Circle is our opportunity to explore and learn from each other, and yoga will be led by Jennifer Vondracek.  We look forward to this opportunity to learn from a wonderful group of women, and to celebrate our strength, wisdom & love. $8 or donation. Ongoing event and for more info you can visit our website at www.reusableusables.org or our facebook page or call 563-289-3946

 

March 30th - Wide River Winery Easter bonnet Contest! Be creative and have fun! Judging at 3:30p.m. Tasting room is open 11AM-7PM

 

March 31st – Bier Stube - Special Easter Sunday Brunch - 9am - 12pm. Seatings begin on the hour.  Price $13.99 for buffet or $19.99 per person with unlimited Bloody Mary's and Mimosas. Also taking reservations for Mothers Day Brunch (May 12th). 1001 Canal Shore Dr., LeClaire. 563-289-2121

 

Save the Date

 

April 3 - "Dinner with Mrs. Dawley" The museum's fundraiser at the Dawley Home (Crane & Pelican Café) is SOLD OUT! Dinner in a riverboat pilot's home, joined by the couple's friends and family. It will be an enjoyable evening!  If you would like to be contacted if any reservations are cancelled, please send an email to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or message the museum on FaceBook:  Buffalo Bill Museum LeClaire IA (Please include your phone number, and number in party).

 

April 5th – First Friday in LeClaire!  5:00-8:00 p.m.

Food and Beverage Samples at Mississippi River Distilling Company www.mrdistilling.com 5:30-8:00 p.m.

Wine samples at Wide River Winery www.wideriverwinery.com

Karaoke at Sneaky Pete's Every Friday Night 9:00 P.M.-1:00 A.M. 207 North Cody Road Le Claire, IA (563) 289-4277.

Aunt Hattie’s Fanciful Emporium will be open late – go in for a free red velvet cupcake! Yummmy!!

Razzleberries will be open late. Come in to shop and get free samples of booze cake (while it lasts)!

Restaurants and several other shops will be open late, too!

 

FYI

 

“LIKE” the LeClaire Chamber of Commerce on FaceBook Visit the chamber’s Face Book page and discover a great source of news, business announcements, events, and other information that is updated frequently. It’s a useful source of updated information for all members and non-members!

 

(ext 1135) or email Cindy Bruhn, Tourism Manager, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

Chamber 2013 Networking Events – Everyone welcome to attend!

April 9 - Wide River Winery - after hours - 5-8pm (tentative)

May 14 - Great River Financial – after hours

June 6 - Black Watch Room - after hours - 5-8pm (1st Thursday)

July 9 -  Blue Iguana - Lunch -noon

August 13 - Big Dave and Holly's - lunch -noon

September 10 - Steventon's - after hours - 5-8pm

October 8 - Hungry Hobo - lunch - noon

November 12 - Faithful Pilot - after hours -5-8pm

December 10 - Happy Joes - lunch -noon

January 14, 2014 - Sneaky Pete's - lunch -noon

 

SERVING THE COMMUNITY AND BEYOND

 

 

Meet and greet Pastor Melody any Wednesday from 1-3 pm at Happy Joe's. Pastor Melody from First Presbyterian Church of LeClaire, will be at Happy Joe's in LeClaire, every Wednesday, from 1-3 pm, sipping on a soda, reading and waiting to visit with you and your friends. Stop by and say hi. Or, if you have a prayer request or a question, just let her know.  Meals for Seniors at the church every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 12 noon. Good food and a time to visit with others. Please call 563-289-3646 and make a reservation 2 days in advance.

 

Trivia Nights in LeClaire at the LeClaire Civic Center

2013 Trivia Nights:

April 6 - LeClaire Little League

May 4 - LeClaire Lions

June 8 - Buffalo Bill Museum

July 13 - Hosted by First Presbyterian Church - Hurricane Sandy Victims

LeClaire Trivia Nights have raised over $95,000 for local non-profit organizations! Thank you for your continued support!

 

LeClaire 2013 Events Calendar

Spring - Spring Fling Easter Egg Hunt (Hollyhock Park)

May 5 - Cinco de Mayo

May 17-18 - French Market Days

June 7-8 - LeClaire Garage Sale Days

June 21-22 - Girls’ Getaway Weekend – Details to come!!

Summer - City-Wide Water Explosion (Hollyhock Park)

Summer - Bike Parade & Decorating

August 8-10 - Tug Fest – www.tugfest.com

October 6 – Dogtoberfest (rain date – Oct. 13)

October 13 - Apple Fest

October 24 - Hallowine

October 26 - Witches’ Walk

December 6-8 - Christmas in LeClaire

 

 

www.LeClaireChamber.com and visit the Chamber on FaceBook!

 
Iowa Supreme Court Opinions March 15, 2013 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Iowa Judical Branch   
Friday, 15 March 2013 14:55
Iowa Supreme Court Opinions

March 15, 2013

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NOTE: Copies of these opinions may be obtained from the Clerk of the Supreme Court, Judicial Branch Building, 1111 East Court Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50319, for a fee of fifty cents per page.

No. 11–0934

RENELLA SUE CRAWFORD vs. STEVE YOTTY and MYRON ROPP

No. 11–1714

DAVID TAFT, Plaintiff, vs. IOWA DISTRICT COURT FOR LINN COUNTY

 
Branstad and Reynolds congratulate Xi Jinping on becoming China’s new president PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Office of the Governor of Iowa   
Friday, 15 March 2013 14:18

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry E. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds today congratulated Xi Jinping on becoming China’s new president.

Branstad noted Iowa’s long-standing history with President Xi, from his first visit to Iowa in 1985.

“Iowa is fortunate to have a strong, friendly relationship with China’s new president,” said Branstad. “When he was in Iowa last year, Xi Jinping told me he still remembers the families he stayed with in Iowa, and how much he appreciated the friendliness and hospitality that was shown to his entire delegation during their trip to Iowa. He has made a very good impression with the people he has met here in this state, both in 1985 during his initial visit, as well as his visit to our state for the reunion last year. We enjoyed hosting him at a state dinner here, and I was very impressed how he went off his script to describe his first visit to Iowa and the people he had met here. We are very impressed with his leadership. We think he will be someone who is very good to work with and it is an opportunity for us to build better relationships between the United States of America and China. I was honored to be hosted by Xi Jinping at a reunion with his Iowa friends in Beijing last spring. I look forward to visiting President Xi very soon, and continuing our great relationship.”

Reynolds says she looks forward to the unlimited growth potential with the world’s largest country.

“Whether it is our agricultural exports, or China’s growing need for financial services, Iowa is poised for significant growth over the next decade thanks to our strong relationship with President Xi,” said Reynolds. “The governor and I have both had the opportunity to meet with President Xi and other high ranking officials as we led trade missions throughout China. When you compare China with where it was just two decades ago, the change is substantial. The standard of living for people has improved exponentially. I think all of this is very positive and it is evident that as China improves economic opportunities for its people, Iowa will have even more customers on the world stage.”

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TENTATIVE AGENDA SCOTT COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Renee Luze-Johnson   
Friday, 15 March 2013 14:17
March 18 - 22, 2013

Friday, March 22, 2013

Special Committee of the Whole - 11:00 am
Clarion Hotel, Davenport

1. Roll Call: Earnhardt, Hancock, Minard, Sunderbruch, Cusack

2. Legislature Forum for State Legislators and Scott County Government.

3. Other items of interest.

 
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