Light agenda for city council

May 5, 2021

The Mount Ayr city council covered a light agenda at its regular meeting Monday, May 3. The council approved the installation of a concrete pad and the purchase of a 30×41 prefabricated building to be located at the city shop. Cost of the pad and building came to $7,175. City administrator Brent Wise asked the…

Ringgold COVID rate inches higher

May 5, 2021

According to statistics compiled by the Iowa Department of Public Health, by May 3 Ringgold County recorded five new positive COVID cases over the past seven days. The number of new positive cases in the six area counties remained in the single digits over the past seven days, with the notable exception of Union County:…

Hwy 169 closed south of Mount Ayr

May 5, 2021

A project to replace a bridge on U.S. 169 over the middle fork of the Grand River 5.3 miles south of Iowa 2 requires closing the roadway to traffic beginning at 7 a.m. Monday, May 3 until late July/early August, weather permitting, according to the Iowa Department of Transportation’s Creston construction office. During this project,…

MACHS high on US News rankings

May 5, 2021

Mount Ayr Community High School is ranked 53rd among 317 high schools in the state of Iowa, according to the 2021 U.S. News and World Report annual ranking of the best high schools in the country. Schools are ranked on their performance on state-required tests, graduation and how well they prepare students for college. (A…

Ringgold COVID rate near zero, highest in vaccinations

April 28, 2021

According to latest statistics compiled by the Iowa Department of Public Health, Ringgold County recorded zero positive COVID cases over the past seven days. The number of new positive cases in the six area counties remained in the single digits over the past seven days: Ringgold 0 Taylor 0 Adams 0 Decatur 2 Clarke 2…

Sheriff cites vicious animal

April 28, 2021

The City of Mount Ayr’s recently updated ordinance dealing with vicious animals within the city limits is getting its first test. A letter dated April 21 from Ringgold County Sheriff to city residents Christina and Kyle Kissinger specifies the complaints against their dogs: “Your white/gray Husky and your other black dog were running loose on…

Golfers have tough day on the links

May 5, 2021

The Mount Ayr golf teams traveled to Corning last week for a triangular against Southwest Valley and Essex. In the girls meet, Mount Ayr and Essex both shot a 281, while Southwest Valley did not post a score. Helen Nicholas, of Essex, medaled with a low score of 45, followed by three Raiderettes, Ally Shelley…

Mount Ayr track and field has busy week

May 5, 2021

Winterset Lady Husky Relays The Raiderettes headed north to compete in the Winterset Lady Husky Invitational April 26. The Raiderettes competed against the likes of Norwalk, Winterset, Carlisle and Des Moines Roosevelt. Those teams made up the top four, while the Raiderettes finished fifth overall, leading Interstate-35 and Lincoln High School. With 62 points, the…

Mount Ayr track second at POI meet

May 5, 2021

The Pride of Iowa Championship meet was held in Leon Monday night, May 3 as the track season begins to wind down. The Raiders and Raiderettes both placed second overall after tough competition saw things down to the wire. In the girls meet, Wayne went home champions, while in the boys meet Central Decatur edged…

RICHARD TODD LILIENTHAL

May 5, 2021

Richard Todd Lilienthal, son of Richard Gene and Nora Ann (Moore) Lilienthal, was born February 23, 1962 in Bloomington, IL. Todd passed away at his home on April 30, 2021. Survived by an Incredible and Beautiful family is Todd’s Amazing wife, Carme Zsan Lilienthal, and their children; Mitch (Alex) Lilienthal, Chance (Wendy) Greenman, Chris (Megan)…

LEO ELBERT BANNER

April 21, 2021

Leo Elbert Banner of Des Moines, IA passed away April 13, 2021. He was born October 16, 1938 in Union County, IA to Vurl Banner and Marie Twombley Banner. Leo is survived by his wife Sara Joan and children and grandchildren: Leigh Ann Arthur (Ed), Sarah, Thomas, Mary and Rachel; James Banner, Breanna and Alana;…

VERLA LOUISE REPP

April 14, 2021

Verla Louise (Adams) Repp, daughter of Samuel and Lucille (Hellyer) Adams, was born November 9, 1934 in Iowa. Verla graduated from Mount Ayr High School. Verla was united in marriage to Harold B. Repp on November 29, 1953 at the First Christian Church in Mount Ayr. They were married for 58 years with many adventures.…

Guns not the problem

May 5, 2021

To the editor: In response to guns being the cause of mass shootings. The real cause is a breakdown in society and family. I am enclosing an article for your information rather than me plagiarizing someone else’s words. [In the article from The Epoch Times entitled “Most Mass Shooters ‘Dad-Deprived Males,’” author Warren Farrell contends…

Another mass shooting

April 21, 2021

To the editor: Another mass shooting, this one in Indianapolis, number eight since March 13, in all 48 people dead, killed by a fellow American with a legally purchased gun. Northwestern University mass killing data base has tracked a dozen mass killings in 2021 that have left 68 people dead and 15 people injured. The…

Elderly have rights

April 21, 2021

To the editor: “Nursing Home Residents Have Rights” – our Elderly should have rights too! Long ago, as part of a Federal Nursing Home Reform Law, enacted in 1987, in the Social Security Act, were silver residents rights, it requires Nursing Homes to “promote and protect the rights of each resident and places a strong…

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…

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. With limited events and gatherings opening, please check with event organizers to confirm your events status. Thursday, July 30 Alcoholics Anonymous meetings every Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Ringgold County Neighborhood Center in…

Looking Back with Lora Stull

May 5, 2021

One Hundred Years Ago (From the Mount Ayr Record News, Thursday, May 11, 1921.) Kellerton Globe: some fellows from Des Moines were in Kellerton last week trying to find something damaging to the character of Sheriff Robb. They were quickly told that they would have to go elsewhere to get any damaging evidence against Mr.…

Snapshot of History

May 5, 2021

BY MIKE AVITT I took this week’s photo in April 2005 and it appears the old telephone office was vacant at this time. Let’s look at some of Mount Ayr’s telephone history. I find it remarkable that telephone service in Mount Ayr, which began in 1895, came so far ahead of things like electricity (1909)…