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Working to close pool funding gap

February 28, 2024

Representatives from the city of Mount Ayr and the pool committee are preparing to return to Des Moines on March 7, to meet with the Enhance Iowa Board, CAT Review Committee and make their final request for funding. The committee working to bring the new pool to completion has been working towards closing a funding…

MACS taking a stance against vaping

February 28, 2024

A recent board policy change now prohibits student possession, use, distribution, or dispensing of products containing nicotine, which includes vaping devices, in addition to tobacco, alcohol, and other controlled substances or “look alike” items. Vaping is the process of inhaling and exhaling an aerosol or vapor from a liquid or dry material heated in an…

Legislative forum here March 9

February 28, 2024

The 2024 Legislative forum sponsored by the Mount Ayr Chamber of Commerce will be held Saturday, March 9 at 11 a.m. at the Ringgold County Courthouse Assembly Room. The forum provides Ringgold County residents with the opportunity to share their views with state lawmakers during the Iowa legislative session. House District 17 representative Devon Wood…

Large crowd gathers for celebration honoring Nancy Jarred

February 28, 2024

Over 80 people gathered for a celebration on Friday, February 23 honoring Nancy Jarred, who has served at the Tingley meal site for over 50 years. No one has served longer than Jarred according to Sherri Carson, the Director of Health Living Programs for Connections Area Agency on Aging. “She is the only person we’ve…

Reappraisal of your property to begin

February 21, 2024

The Ringgold County Assessor’s Office and the Ringgold County Conference Board have contracted with Vanguard Appraisals, Inc, to complete a reappraisal of all residential and ag dwelling properties in Ringgold County beginning February 27, 2024. The Ringgold County Conference Board approved this reappraisal in 2021 and authorized the Assessor to contract with Vanguard Appraisal. The…

Shaha finishes third at state meet

February 21, 2024

Brock Shaha of Mount Ayr finished third in the class 1A 113 pound weight class at the Iowa State High School Wrestling Tournament last week in Des Moines. Shaha is pictured third from the right on the podium. PHOTO BY JILL EHLEN. Two Mount Ayr athletes were among the Class 1A state wrestling tournament qualifiers…

Johns, Reed qualify for state bowling meet

February 21, 2024

Two members of the Mount Ayr High School Bowling team qualified for the state meet during the qualifying meet in Atlantic last week. The pair bowled in the state meet at Cadillac Lanes in Waterloo on Wednesday. (See next week’s Record News for results). Both Johns and Reed finished fourth in Atlantic to earn a…

Timberwolves stun Raiders in district game

February 21, 2024

The Mount Ayr Raiders were stunned in the first round of the postseason, at home, 55-42 in a loss to Southwest Valley. The loss ended the Raiders season with a record of 14-6. The loss was the first in six games for the Raiders. The win was the first for SW Valley over the Raiders…

Raiderettes bow out in loss to Fremont-Mills

February 21, 2024

The Raiderettes season ended on Friday, February 16 when they lost to Class 1A No. 12 Fremont-Mills in Tabor. There, the Knights stayed unbeaten with a 23-0 record after beating Mount Ayr 59-29. The Raiderettes end the season with a record of 16-7. Fremont-Mills led by four points, 16-12 after the first quarter, but a…

Alice Louetta Rush

February 28, 2024

, affectionately known as Alice, peacefully passed away on February 25, 2024, at the age of 96 at Kavanagh House on 56th in Des Moines, Iowa. She was born on September 25, 1927, in Ringoldc County, Iowa. Alice dedicated over forty-one years of her life working as an underwriter for State Automobile & Casualty Underwriters,…

Nicholas R. Lucy

February 27, 2024

Nicholas R. Lucy, 84, of Dubuque, passed away on his birthday, February 16, 2024. He was the beloved husband of Linda J. (German) Lucy, whom he married on November 26, 1977, in Des Moines, Iowa. His in-laws were the late Lloyd and Nina (Sweeney) German, both formerly of Mount Ayr. Nick was born in Leadville, Colorado…

Vincent Thomas Weber

February 21, 2024

Vincent Thomas Weber of Ankeny, Iowa, died at home on February 18, 2024. He is survived by his wife, Sharon Lesan, extended family, and many friends. Visitation will be held at Armstrong Funeral Home on Friday, February 23 from 10:00 am to 11:00 am with services beginning at 11:00 am. Burial will follow in the…

God explains everything

February 28, 2024

To the editor: The first words of the only book God has written say, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1). This one verse is the ultimate starting point for shaping our worldview and our worship. What we view in the heavens (which in our modern day is quite a…

Fact-check Trump, he always is lying

February 28, 2024

To the editor: Last Friday, Donald Trump held a “get out the vote,” rally for the South Carolina primary. At this rally, veteran Fox News host Neil Cavuto fact-checked his speech finding a number of false statements. Trump, who has a loose relationship with the truth, was, of course, spouting his usual line of election…

New pool to be realized

February 28, 2024

To the editor: The City of Mount Ayr is a local government entity that strives to meet the needs of our community through community services, facilities, infrastructure, and other investments in housing, economic development, recreation, and public safety. Our work impacts all ages and income levels. We seek to make Mount Ayr the premier place…

Upcoming March Activities

Thursdays Alcoholics Anonymous meetings every Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Mount Ayr Depot Museum. Red Cross Blood Drive  First Christian Church 11 a.m.-5 p.m. March 5, 2024 May 14, 2024 July 9, 2024 September 10, 2024 November 12, 2024 Saturday, March 2, 2024 9:30 a.m. PEO Brunch at United Baptist Presbyterian Church. Monday, March 18, 2024 7…

Looking Back

February 28, 2024

One Hundred  Years Ago (From the Mount Ayr Record-News,Thursday, March 5, 1924.) Tingley is  having quite a surplus of measles in town. On account of bad roads Rev. Gray walked to Fry Chapel Sunday to fill his appointment. Mr. and Mrs. Chris Wehrle and children spent Sunday at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Rex…

Snapshots of History

February 28, 2024

By Mike Avitt This week’s photo shows Norm Klejch, representing the Mount Ayr Lions Club, driving a Kiddie Train at the 2010 Ayr Days celebration. I sometimes get asked about Ayr Days and its predecessors, so let’s look at the history. It all started in September 1956 with an event called “Ridiculous Days.” A committee…