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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…

Focused on the future

February 21, 2024

Now in her third year of representing the Mount Ayr FFA chapter, Lillie Curry has set her sights on her future goals, including one she has a chance of achieving next month. Selected as one of 10 individuals on the Iowa FFA South Central District officer ballot, she is competing against one other candidate to…

City ready to let pool construction bids

February 21, 2024

The Mount Ayr city council moved forward with accepting construction bids for the new pool at Judge Lewis Park and took a stance against barking nuisance complaints at their regular meeting Monday, February 19. Pool Construction Bids Michael Fisher from Waters Edge Design was in town and provided an update on the Judge Lewis Park…

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…

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…

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…

Velma Elaine Walters

February 21, 2024

Velma Elaine Walters was born June 18, 1941, in Sioux City, Iowa to Anna Elizabeth (Lytle) and William Nathan Kesterson.  She graduated from Onawa High School in Onawa, Iowa. She was united in marriage to Keith Walters on October 8, 1961, in Onawa, Iowa.   She loved playing cards, fishing, watching football and golf.  Velma was…

Gary Edward Taylor

February 21, 2024

Gary Edward Taylor, 78, of Columbia Mo., passed away peacefully on February 15, 2024, after a prolonged illness. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, February 23, 2024, at Memorial Cemetery in Columbia. Visitation will be held at Forum Christian Church in Columbia beginning at 1 p.m., followed by a funeral service…

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 21, 2024

One Hundred Years Ago (From the Mount Ayr Record-News,Thursday, February 27, 1924.) Chicken thieves caught~Clarence Brace, aged 31, and Glen Butterfield, aged 22, were caught in the act of stealing chickens at the John Clough farm in Monroe township last Wednesday afternoon around 3 o’clock. The officers were notified and the men were arrested and…

Snapshots of History

February 21, 2024

By Mike Avitt I first moved to Mount Ayr 54 years ago and have lived in about fifteen different locations here since then. Many of those residences are no longer standing. Sometimes, I grab a large coffee and drive around Mount Ayr looking at houses, especially older houses. I will point out there is one…