Latest Council Bluffs, Iowa Stories

2010-11-01 21:19:20

Ignoring topography, efficiency, expense and even their own surveyors' recommendations, regional railroad officials in the mid-19th century diverted a new rail line around New Philadelphia, Ill., "the first town in the United States planned, platted and legally registered by an African American," a University of Illinois researcher reports. The bypass pushed what would have been a fairly straight, even run of railroad tracks from Griggsville, Ill. to Hannibal, Mo., in a wide, hilly arc around...

2008-07-13 06:00:23

By Jason Kuiper, Omaha World-Herald, Neb. Jul. 13--COUNCIL BLUFFS -- No one can say the first year on the job was uneventful for Martha Bruckner. Along with shaking trees in the private sector to increase support and involvement, the Council Bluffs Community School District Superintendent shook up the way things are done in the district. Many of the changes were aimed at tackling the district's high dropout rate, which is almost double the state average. That problem is one of...

2007-12-21 06:00:31

By Nichole Aksamit, Omaha World-Herald, Neb. Dec. 21--Many Omaha-area restaurants and their employees take a break on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. But more than a few will remain open this year to serve Santa, Frosty, the Grinch, the UPS guy, the three wise men and anyone else working, traveling or otherwise unable or unwilling to cook at home. Should you find yourself in that camp: Here are several dozen sit-down restaurants that plan to keep the kitchen fires burning for you...

Word of the Day
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'