Athletic lighting discussed

Upgrades to the athletic complex were again a main item of discussion at the Monday, September 9 regular meeting of the Mount Ayr Community School board of education. Field lighting At their July meeting, the board heard a proposal from Musco Lighting of Oskaloosa to replace lighting at the football, baseball and softball fields at…

Preliminary enrollment numbers released

At Monday’s school board meeting, elementary principal Chris Elwood and middle/high school principal Bill Huntington shared preliminary enrollment numbers for respective buildings. Elementary PreK    48 Kindergarten    38 1st grade    31 2nd grade    37 3rd grade    31 4th grade    48 5th grade    44 6th grade    47 Total    341 Middle/high school Huntington broke his enrollment numbers down…

McFarlands to 4-H Hall of Fame

David and Joy McFarland of Ringgold County were inducted into the 2019 Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame during a ceremony at the 4-H Exhibits Building at the Iowa State Fair on Sunday, Aug. 18. Ninety-six Iowa counties participated this year and selected 135 inductees for their outstanding service and dedication to 4-H. Inductees or their…

Deadline nears for school, city candidates

The deadline for candidates to file papers for seats on school boards  and city councils is Thursday, September 19. So, three incumbents – Brandi Shay, Craig Winemiller, and PJ West – have taken out nomination papers for seats on the Mount Ayr Community Schools board of education. For Mount Ayr city council, incumbents Brad Elliott…

Local Legion celebrates 100th anniversary

The Mount Ayr Americal Legion Post #172 held their 100th anniversary celebration Tuesday evening at their building in Mount Ayr. The evening was a chance to honor the men and women who have made there ultimate sacrifice in serve their country. The post officially had its charter signed September 3, 1919.  John Mills was the…

Supervisors move to refinance jail bonds; Also will allow ATVs on county roads.

At the public hearing Tuesday, September 3, the Ringgold County board of supervisors approved two motions. The first motion approved a resolution expressing intent to enter into a loan agreement and approving preliminary official statement for general obligation local option sales tax refunding bonds, series 2019A, which deals with the current bonds for the Ringgold…

Raiders to face Central Decatur Friday

The Mount Ayr Raiders will host the Central Decatur Cardinals on Friday night at 7 p.m. The Raiders are coming off a 3-0 win over the Interstate 35 Roadrunners, while the Cardinals (1-2) are coming off their first win of the season against Southwest Valley, outscoring the Timberwolves 42-22. In what will be the 75th…

Raiderettes defeat Essex 3-0

Mt. Ayr 3, Essex 0 The Raiderettes were able to put down the Essex Trojans after three games last Thursday night. The girls won 25-21, 25-17 and 25-18 to improve to 2-1 on the year. Channler Henle was in top form once again with five kills, five digs, 12-of-17 serves and five aces. Sam Stewart…

Raiders defeat Roadrunners 3-0

Mount Ayr 3, I35 0 Friday  night, the Raiders traveled to Truro for a battle against the Interstate 35 Roadrunners. The Raiders have had a small rivalry with the Roadrunners, not having defeated them since 2008. The teams stayed between the 30 yard line throughout the night as the defenses held the offenses and penalties…

RACHEL DOWNEY

Rachel Downey, 80, Grant City, MO passed away Wednesday, September 4, 2019. She was born June 18, 1939 in St. Joseph, MO. Rachel married Richard Miller July 1957. He preceded her in death in 1981. She later married Roger Downey on December 5, 1984. He preceded her in death January 29, 2009. Rachel was a…

MARK ANTHONY COMER

Mark Anthony Comer, son of Merrill “Mike” and Kathy (Fifer) Comer, was born June 22, 1967 at Broadlawns Hospital in Des Moines, IA. Mark would welcome his younger sister, Kim, into the family. Mark grew up near Kellerton and graduated from Lamoni High School in 1985. Mark played football but he really enjoyed being outdoors;…

LEROY EUGENE SHELMAN

LeRoy Eugene Shelman, son of Clyde Nesbitt and Edna Iola (Ellison) Shelman, was born September 12, 1936 in Lenox, IA. He graduated from Lenox High School and following graduation the family moved to Sheridan, MO where he engaged in farming and construction until 1963. LeRoy lived in Independence, MO for almost 45 years and worked…

Support Becker event

To the Editor: Bruce and I would like to belatedly thank Joe Drake and the school board for going ahead with the Todd Becker event in January 2019. We were one of the many people who called them to encourage them to go ahead with it. We totally believe in the separation of Church and…

Please return swing

To the Editor: To whomever took one swing and chain from our Lions Club swing set that is stored at the fairgrounds, I hope you are enjoying it as much as the kids did during Ayr Days and Beggars Bash. The swing set was in part a memorial from Gail Trullinger. Who and why would…

Compliments to ‘kids’

To the editor: I call them “kids”. Most of them have their bachelor’s degree, some their master’s degree. They walk into the door of our local basement library with a smile on their face and support for each of their candidates. I love their enthusiasm and work ethic. Each travel the country to support someone…

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 12 Fall’s in the Ayr – Ladies’ Night Out, 4-7 p.m. Friday, September 13 Come congratulate Ginny Eighmy on her ritrement on Friday, September 13 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the…

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, August 29 State Auditor, Rob Sand, will be speaking at the Mount Ayr Public Library at 9 a.m. Saturday, August 31 Diagonal Lions Labor day Celebration beginning with a Fogle Lake Fun Run…

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, August 8 The family of JoKaye Shields would like to honor her on her 80th birthday on Tuesday, August 6. Cards may be sent to her at: 3023 County Highway p-46, Mount Ayr,…

Looking Back by Lora Stull

One Hundred Years Ago (From the Mount Ayr Record-News, Thursday, September 24, 1919.) Notice to milk users. Owing to the increasing cost of feed, we are compelled to announce an increase in the price of milk. After October 1, 1919, we will sell milk at 12.5 cents a quart, 6.25  cents a pint. As a…

Snapshot of History: Eighmy Monument

BY MIKE AVITT In the early days of Mount Ayr, the town had multiple monument companies. One was operated by Ralph H. Stone who had several brief partners and was located on many sites until 1908. In that year he purchased the old Williams Hotel, dismantled the hotel, and built his new workshop on the…