The news staff at the Sun chose these events as the top 10 stories in Mount Vernon-Lisbon for 1999:
1. Doug Kamberling defeats incumbent Lisbon Mayor Steve Noll by one vote.
2. Mount Vernon police officer David Brucher resigns after decertification hearings are scheduled by the state. Cornell students, faculty, and staff had protested Bruchers hiring after he was fired by the Iowa City Police Department.
3. Snowflake Bentley, a childrens book by Mount Vernon author and Cornell visiting English instructor Jacqueline Briggs Martin, wins a Caldecott Medal.
4. Three young brothers from Mount VernonDaniel, Michael, and Ryan Rittmerdie in an automobile accident in Missouri.
5. A petition for severance in Lisbon is denied by the Iowa State City Development Board.
6. The Iowa Department of Transportation announces plans to build two interchanges on a proposed Highway 30 bypass near Mount Vernon-Lisbon.
7. Mount Vernon residents debate a proposed historic preservation ordinance.
8. Cornell hosts visits by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and feminist and writer Gloria Steinem.
9. Cornell receives more than $5 million in grants as campus renovation continues.
10. Mount Vernon and Lisbon prepare for the unknown as the year 2000 approaches.
To keep up with the Mount Vernon-Lisbon area, go to a new Web site, www.eshopmvl.com. Features include a calendar of events; links to community services such as Cornells Cole Library, which also serves as the Mount Vernon public library; an online version of the Sun; and information about local businesses. Even the Pizza Palace menu is online.