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Dragoon Trace Nature Center celebrates five years

June 22, 2022

Ringgold County Conservation is thrilled to celebrate the five year anniversary of the opening of the Dragoon Trace Nature Center on June 24 from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. Join RCCB for an afternoon open house celebration in honor of 12 years of award-winning environmental education programming and check out all the changes and additions to…

Public library Summer Reading Program is more than books

June 22, 2022

Thursday, June 16, Ringgold County Conservation Director “Ranger” Kate Zimmerman gave an excellent program about the prairie to 76 children and adults at the Mount Ayr Public Library. Participants enjoyed feeling bison, wolf, coyote, fox, and rabbit fur. Ranger Kate read a beautiful book, “The Prairie That Nature Built” by Marybeth Lorbiecki. Athena the snake…

Barn Lights & Country Nights

June 22, 2022

With the month of June drawing to a close, attention will soon focus on the upcoming Ringgold County Fair – “Barn Lights and Country Nights.” The 2022 fair will run from Tuesday, July 12 through Sunday, July 17. This year’s fair features a combination of old favorites with new attractions to draw visitors to the…

Council wrestles with pool decisions

June 22, 2022

The pool and streets again topped discussion items for the Mount Ayr city council at their Monday, June 20 meeting. Swimming pool To begin the pool discussion, councilman Mack Greene reported the recommendation from the Pool Committee that the city proceed with the roughly $4 million plan to construct a new pool at the site…

Transparency, tests top MAC board agenda

June 15, 2022

Transparency and test scores topped the discussion at the June 8 regular meeting of the Mount Ayr Community Schools board of directors. Transparency Near the beginning of Wednesday’s meeting, the topic of transparency in board decisions was brought up. Director Russell Schuitema said he was concerned he could not answer patron questions about recent hiring…

Local veterans awarded Quilts of Valor

June 15, 2022

During a ceremony in the Ringgold County courtyard June 13, the Quilt of Valor Foundation recognized local veterans with special quilts to commemorate their service to their county. Veterans honored at the ceremony included Daryl Holden, Chad L. Bounds, Elvin Swank, Orval “Butch” Black, Brad Holden, Leonard Swank, Brent Bounds, and Eric Swank. The mission…

Shaffer wins John Deere Junior Open

June 22, 2022

The John Deere Junior Open took place June 13 and 14 and one of Mount Ayr’s own took top honors, winning the 13 and under tournament. Jaylee Shaffer (12), the daughter of Jason and Kelly Shaffer, played nine holes on day one, shooting a 42, while shooting a 44 on day two, giving her the…

Raiderettes add four more wins before finding stiff competition

June 22, 2022

Mt. Ayr 11, Lenox 1 The Raiderettes added another win to the record last Tuesday, June 7, with a victory over the Lenox Tigers. The Raiderettes started off strong, putting up five runs against the young Tiger pitcher, Delaney Funk, in the first inning. The Raiderette bats slowed slightly in the ensuing innings, but Mount…

Raiders lead POI going into final week

June 22, 2022

The Raiders earned three wins last week over Pride of Iowa teams, defeating Lenox, Bedford and Southwest Valley, to stay ahead in the Pride of Iowa and hold onto the first place spot. The Raiders need two wins this week to finish as Pride of Iowa champions with Southeast Warren, Martensdale-St. Marys and Nodaway Valley…

JERRY WAYNE MARLER

June 22, 2022

Jerry Wayne Marler, youngest child of Roy and Maude (Rinehart) Marler, was born February 15, 1939, in Grant City, MO and passed away Tuesday, June 14, 2022, at Clearview Home in Mount Ayr, IA surrounded by family. He graduated with the class of 1957 from Grant City High School. Jerry was married to Mary Ruth…

MARIAN L. FERRY

June 22, 2022

Marian L. (Johnson) Ferry, 95, of Blue Springs, MO, passed away from natural causes on Saturday, June 18, 2022 at The Parkway Senior Living facility where she had been a resident for seven years. She was born March 15, 1927 in Fostoria, OH to Fred and Edith Brandeberry. At the age of five she moved…

JEFFREY DAVID JOBE

June 22, 2022

Jeffrey David Jobe arrived in this world on April 20, 1961, the first born to James and Glenda Jobe in Des Moines, IA. Jeff would be joined a little over a year later by his sister, Denise, and shortly after by his brother, Greg. Jeff grew up with these two playmates always in tow. The…

School Lunch Information

June 22, 2022

To the editor: Thanks to the USDA, meals provided to our students have been served free of charge since the COVID Pandemic started. This has been very beneficial to families in our community. Due to guidance we have received from the Federal Department, the students will not be receiving the free breakfast and lunches for…

Ruled by criminals?

June 22, 2022

To the editor: My first letter to the editor stated we were governed by idiots who were advised by morons. I now feel we are being ruled by criminals who refuse any advice. Many January 6 non-criminals are still illegally jailed without hearings or a whimper from spineless Republicans. It took Joe only 15 months…

It’s all in the marketing

June 15, 2022

To the editor It is all in the marketing!!! Recently the families of five children and four adults killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre have reached a $73 million settlement with the now bankrupt gun manufacturer Remington and its four insurers. According to Josh Koskoff, one of the attorneys for the plaintiffs,…

Community Calendar

NOTICE – If you would like your organization’s meeting dates to appear in the calendar, please contact Record-News staff at 464-2440. Thursday, June 24 Lester and Shirley Hickman are celebrating 60 years of marriage. Cards may be sent to 1302 West Madison, Mount Ayr, Iowa 50854. Bible Reading Marathon from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.…

Community Calendar

NOTICE – If you would like your organization’s meeting dates to appear in the calendar, please contact  Record-News staff at 464-2440. Sunday, January 24 Clearview Home will be celebrating National Activity Professionals week from January 24 to January 30. Monday, January 25 Ringgold County Ministerial Association will be hosting their annual meeting from 4:30 to…

Community Calendar

NOTICE – If you would like your organization’s meeting dates to appear in the calendar, please contact  Record-News staff at 464-2440. Thursday, September 10 Alcoholics Anonymous meetings every Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Ringgold County Neighborhood Center in Mount Ayr at 306 S. Garfield St. Live Auction, online bidding for the Clarence Sammons Trust…

Looking Back with Lora Stull

June 22, 2022

One Hundred Years Ago (From the Mount Ayr Record-News,Thursday, June 28, 1922.) One of the biggest events of the kind ever held in southern Iowa and northern Missouri will take place at Leon on July 2, 3, and 4. $2,000 in purses are to be awarded in a baseball tournament in which four of the…

Snapshot of History

June 22, 2022

BY MIKE AVITT This photo appears in the June 12, 1896 edition of the Twice-A-Week News newspaper. The upstairs of 122 S. Taylor was occupied by Dr. C. A. Bent, a dentist. Dr. Bent had located here in March 1896, so that narrows down the date of the photo. Also, Mount Ayr got telephone service…