Good news and hard news at May Kaffee Klatch – Centerville Daily Iowegian

News of positive growth took the main stage Wednesday at the monthly Kaffee Klatch, though there were bits of serious news too.

Noel Gorden, the dean of the Indian Hills Community College Centerville campus, took time to share with attendees the previously reported suspension of the nursing program on the campus. She said efforts are being undertaken quickly by her and other college officials to find ways to recruit more students, so the program can be restarted in summer 2020.

Good news, though, is that the high school health sciences program will not only continue but is expanding. For the first time, the college will be offering two sections of the first year class — one in the morning and one in the afternoon.

Gorden said last week’s numbers show the morning class with 24 students and afternoon section with 12 students. The capacity for each is 25.

“We expect that those numbers will climb and that we’ll get the maximum we can serve,” Gorden said. “It looks like we’re going to have that.”

Dirt will be moving at the Centerville industrial park this year, and in one case already has. Appanoose Economic Development Corporation director Sarah Lind reported C&C Machinings’ expansion, which was reported in Thursday’s Daily Iowegian.

That isn’t the only thing new for the industrial park, however. Lind also reported that RAW Metal Works will be closing soon and will be expanding their business to land at the park.

The certified site at the park is the most significant land available currently.

Main Street Director Mary Wells said response far exceeded expectations for the recent “Top Prospects” survey for market analysis. More than 1,100 responses were submitted, more than a 384-response requirement.

The survey returned restaurants as the number one desired business under the establishment category, and clothing and accessories took the top spot under the retail category. The survey asked respondees what their top wants were for the Centerville area.

Natel Broadband also announced they will be expanding their service to the Moravia and Mystic areas, an area they said has been underserved when it comes to high-speed internet, which they provide.

Other notes:

• The City of Centerville will be holding city-wide cleanup days. The area north of Highway 2 in town will be collected on May 13 and 14. The area south of Highway 2 will be collected May 20 and May 21. No yard waste, hazardous materials, tires or televisions will be accepted. The north side should have their items placed curbside no later than 7 a.m. on May 13, and south side residents should have their items out by 7 a.m. on May 20.

• The recreational season has started at Rathbun Lake, with campgrounds Island View and Bridge View opened on May 1. DNR-managed campgrounds at Buck Creek and Prairie Ridge will open over the next two weeks.

• New Appanoose County Engineer Brad Skinner was introduced, as he was into the second week on the job. Skinner’s most recent job was as the county engineer of Montgomery County. Skinner said the move to Appanoose County is to be closer to his family.