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Fairgrounds commercial building fills need for large events

February 14, 2024

After overflowing the Pavillion at Ramsey Farms several years ago, the Ringgold County Cattlemen Association set their sights on a facility that could host larger groups. The Pavillion at Ramsey Farms was designed to seat 250 people, but closed at the end of 2022, after the owners decided not to continue renting the facility out.…

School calendar may change due to legislation

February 14, 2024

The Mount Ayr Community Schools board of directors held a public hearing for the 2024-2025 school calendar, and met in regular session on Monday, February 12. The meeting opened with discussion around two proposed school calendars. Superintendent Jason Shaffer noted there is current legislation in process that may allow schools to start the Tuesday following…

MACS to lose six staff members

February 14, 2024

The Mount Ayr Community Schools board of directors learned six staff members had submitted requests to vacate their positions at their regular meeting Monday, February 13. Three teachers were among those announcing their resignation. Katie McGahuey, a current middle school/high school science teacher, Gilberto Castreje, the high school Spanish instructor, and Sabrina Fox, the K-12…

50 Years of feeding Tingley

February 7, 2024

For 50 years, Nancy Jarred has helped operate a meal site at the Tingley community building in partnership with Connections Agency on Aging. A celebration in her honor is being held at 11:30 a.m. on Friday February 23 at the Tingley community building. Connections Agency on Aging is asking that people RSVP by calling 800-432-9209…

Dekko Foundation awards city $250,000 for pool project

February 7, 2024

The Dekko Foundation, a private family foundation located in Kendallville, IN has announced it will award the City of Mount Ayr $250,000 to support construction of the Judge Lewis Park Pool. This money will go towards closing the funding gap between the estimated costs of the pool and the approved bond issue amount. Mount Ayr…

City to accept proposals for garbage service

February 7, 2024

At a brief meeting of the Mount Ayr City Council, on Monday, February 5, the council decided to take proposals for city garbage services. After discussing city garbage services during prior meetings, the city received an inquiry from someone offering to submit a bid to provide the service. “I think we should explore,” council member…

Two Wrestlers Off To State!

February 14, 2024

Shaha District Champ, Stark District Runner-Up A pair of Mount Ayr boy’s wrestlers qualified for the state tournament this week in Des Moines. Qualifying for the state tournament were Brock Shaha at 113 and Conlee Stark at 150. Shaha won the 113-pound weight class and Stark was the runner-up at 150. The state wrestling tournament…

Raiders claim 14th win, 5th straight

February 14, 2024

The Mount Ayr boy’s basketball team is peaking at the right time as the postseason begins this week. The Raiders wrapped their regular season schedule up last week with a non-conference win over Interstate-35 at home on senior night, 61-39. The win was the fifth straight for Mount Ayr giving them an 8-3 record since…

Raiderettes roll into postseason

February 14, 2024

The Mount Ayr Raiderette girl’s basketball team saw their winning streak go to four games after winning twice last week, including winning their postseason opener at home. The win gave the Raiderettes record another win to set their overall record at 15-6. The Raiderettes beat Interstate-35 on February 5, 55-30 in their regular season finale…

Pamela Joann Crockett

February 14, 2024

Pamela Joann Crockett, daughter of Barbara Ann and Holmer Vern Harsh, age 76 of Sonora CA, born July 03, 1947, in Barre VT, passed away January 27, 2024 at Doctors Medical Center Modesto CA. Terzich & Wilson Cremation – Funeral Home entrusted with Cremation Services.

Darlene Mae Morgan

February 7, 2024

Heaven gained a special angel on February 4, 2024. Darlene Mae (Poore) Morgan was born at home in Beaconsfield, Iowa to Orville Poore and Pauline Mae (Stetzler) Poore on December 9, 1928. She was joined in 1930 by Dorine and Doris (the twins) who died in infancy. Don was born in 1931 and Duane a…

Nancy “Nan” A. Stark

February 7, 2024

Nancy “Nan” A. Stark, age 87, of Washington, Iowa, died Thursday, December 28, 2023, at the Halcyon House. Memorial services were held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, January 6, 2024, at the United Methodist Church with Pastor Anthony DeVaughn officiating. The family received visitors Friday, January 5, 2024, from 5 – 7 p.m. at the…

Take a closer look

February 7, 2024

To the editor: For those comparing the economy under Joe Biden to the economy under Donald Trump, maybe you should take a closer look at the facts and figures. The latest jobs report for January of 2024, revealed that the economy had added 353,000 new jobs. The jobless or unemployment rate for the past 24…

Fund Iowa child EBT

January 3, 2024

To the editor: In an after Christmas slap in the face to low income Iowa families, Governor Reynolds announced that Iowa would not participate in the 2024 Federal government’s Summer Electronic Benefits Transfer for Children known as Summer EBT. Under the program, families would receive $40 a month to purchase food during the summer months…

‘Moms for Liberty’ news

December 13, 2023

To the editor: There have been some interesting developments on the “Moms for Liberty” front. You remember the conservative political movement started in Florida in 2021 by a trio of current and former school board members, Tina Descovich, Tiffany Justice, and Bridget Ziegler. The organization advocates against school curricula that touch upon topics such as…

Looking Back

February 14, 2024

One Hundred Years Ago (From the Mount Ayr Record-News,Thursday, February 20, 1924.) Ringgold county located in the world’s most fertile area. The most fertile spot of ground in the world for outdoor fertility is within 100 miles of Clarinda, Page county, with that town as the center of a circle superior in fertility to the…

Snapshots from History – Ringgold County Speedway

February 14, 2024

Thanks to Merle Walter for this week’s photo. Merle says he got it from Bob Ricker years ago. This week we’ll look at the final years of the speedway. The first race was held in 1957 and was sponsored by the Mount Ayr Jalopy Club. At this time, the track was called the Mount Ayr…