Gerrymandering not likely in Iowa any more

Q: Did Iowa ever have gerrymandering, in light of the recent elections? If it ever was gerrymandered, how did they get rid of it?— Paul, Davenport A: Redistricting happens every 10 years after the decennial census. That’s when political boundaries have to be redrawn to account for changes in population. All states have redistricting. Gerrymandering (fun fact: it’s named after former Massachusetts Gov. Elbridge Gerry) is the practice of drawing political boundaries to gain an electoral Read more [...]

Argyle Police Blotter

The following is a summary of incident reports recently made to the Argyle Police Department as compiled by the staff of The Cross Timbers Gazette: Police responded to a domestic disturbance in the 500 block of East FM 407 after a woman reported that her cousin was drinking, doing crack, and walking around the house destroying her property. The suspect drove off before police arrived.A resident on East Hickory Hill Road called police to complain about beavers in her backyard pond. The woman said Read more [...]

New Year’s Eve: Events Around Maple Grove

Whether you want to bring in 2013 with the family or friends, there are several local choices Dec. 31 to ring in the New Year. The annual New Year’s Eve Party at the Maple Grove Community Center is scheduled for 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Dec. 31, 2012. The family-friendly evening includes dancing, games, crafts, an inflatable bouncer, slides, obstacle course, ice skating, swimming and more – including a countdown to 2013 and balloon drop at 9:45 p.m. The cost is $9 per person. Tickets purchased Dec. Read more [...]

22 More People Listed as Inheritors of Intangible Cultural Heritage

22 people from Anhui were listed as 4th batch of inheritors of intangible cultural heritage by Ministry of Culture, according to Anhui Provincial Administration of Culture. These 22 people involve the fields of traditional dance, traditional opera, traditional physical education and acrobatics, traditional arts and traditional medicine. It is learned that currently Anhui has issued related policies to establish platform and provide funds for these inheritors. Read more [...]

Vacancy squeeze is on as rentals tighten, prices rise

Topics:  houses, noel livingston, prices, reiq, rent, units Story Tools var addthis_config = { services_compact: 'favorites, email, facebook, twitter, buzz', services_exclude: 'print' } Tweet HOUSEMATES: Rodney Smith, Sam Badger and Ryan Bragg say renting gives them flexibility and is their only option at the moment, though 23-year-old Rodney Read more [...]

Planned sale of sniper William Spengler’s Webster, NY, home may have …

The forthcoming sale of the family home where crazed Webster gunman William Spengler Jr. lived with his sister may have triggered the horrific Christmas Eve ambush that left two firefighters dead. Spengler Jr., a convicted felon, left a rambling suicide note but no clear motive for why he apparently torched his upstate New York house, luring firefighters to the scene before Read more [...]

Cooke Road Home is Listed at $899500

  The listing for this property say it is in "a much desired neighborhood of fine homes" and sits on 2.77 acres. Some of its features include 9-foot ceilings, three fireplaces, a great room, eat-in kitchen with granite counter tops, as well as a formal dining room and study. The  layout is great for entertaining and some of the home's details include french doors to a large stone patio and interior and exterior speakers The property is just a short walk to Gouveia Vineyards, a popular local Read more [...]

Mainland firms lead pack for 2013 debuts

A mainland property developer and an apparel retailer will be the first two companies to debut on the Hong Kong stock exchange in 2013, aiming to raise up to HK$1.01 billion in total. Golden Wheel Tiandi, a Nanjing-based real estate developer founded in 1994, is set to raise as much as HK$890 million in an initial public offering that starts today. It plans to offer an aggregate of 450 million shares at between HK$1.38 and HK$1.72 each. With a focus on commercial and retail projects linked to metro Read more [...]