Future of city recycling discussed

October 21, 2020

Equipment needs and the future of the city’s recycling service were on the minds of the Mount Ayr city council at their regular meeting Monday, October 19. Equipment In a discussion carried over from the previous council meeting, city superintendent Brent Wise presented costs associated with repairing or replacing the city’s backhoe as well as…

Ringgold County Conservation Board gets $100,000 grant

October 14, 2020

              Liberty Lake, just north of Mount Ayr  on Highway 169, has seen some changes over the past two years since Ringgold County Conservation acquired it from the City of Mount Ayr, when it was still called the “Old Lake” by residents. Since the Fall of 2018, the lake…

Iowa second, Ringgold 76th in farm subsidy payments

October 14, 2020

Subsidies from the U.S. Department of Agriculture are a modern fact of life in Iowa and other states heavily dependent on their ag economies. In fact, according to research conducted by an organization called the Environmental Working Group, the USDA has paid out over   $424 billion in subsidies from 1995 through June  2020. And having…

Reading assessments, personnel changes for school board

October 14, 2020

Recent results from elementary reading assessments, upcoming parent-teacher conferences and personnel changes were among topics of discussion the regular meeting of the Mount Ayr Community Schools board of directors Monday, October 12. Reading assessments Elementary principal Chris Elwood presented results from the fall FAST assessments in his building. The Curriculum-Based Measurement (CMB-r) for Reading is…

Searles arraigned for Chapman murder

October 7, 2020

This article appeared in the September 23 Bethany Republican-Clipper. It is reprinted here with permission. Jeremiah Searles, who is charged with the murder of Melissa Chapman, appeared for arraignment Thursday afternoon in Harrison County Circuit Court, where he was confronted by Melissa’s family and friends in an emotional scene at the end of the hearing.…

Council considers equipment needs

October 7, 2020

What to do about aging equipment was a main item of discussion at the Monday, October 5 regular meeting of the Mount Ayr city council. City superintendent Brent Wise informed the council the city’s backhoe has a blown engine and the city’s dump truck is nearing the end of its usable life, with a faulty…

Raiders to face Roadrunners on the road to the UNI-Dome

October 21, 2020

The Interstate-35 Roadrunners were able to survive the Central Decatur Cardinals last Friday in the first round of the Iowa High School Football Playoffs, defeating the Cardinals 20-14. The win pushed the Cardinals out of the playoffs and gave the Roadrunners the opportunity to avenge their defeat to Mount Ayr just weeks ago. The Raiders…

Raiderettes take first at Ron Landphair Invitational

October 21, 2020

The Raiderettes snagged a win at their home meet during the Ron Landphair Invitational last Thursday. Despite the cooler temperatures for us spectators, the runners were ready to go as they set personal bests throughout the teams. The Raiderettes ran in a pack and took first overall with 56 points total and an average time…

Mount Ayr runners compete in Greenfield, place fourth

October 14, 2020

The Mount Ayr Raider cross country team traveled to Greenfield last week. The Raiders saw Will Newton across the line first for them with a time of 20:53.18 for a 27th overall placing. Jarrett Webb finished 76th overall with a time of 24:26.08, followed by Ashtyn Benesh who finished 103rd with a time of 29:48.47.…

ROBERTA SUE CAMPBELL

October 21, 2020

Roberta Sue (Poush) Campbell was born September 14, 1943 and passed away on October 16, 2020 at Clearview Home. Her daughter, Michelle, was at her bedside, holding her hand and they were enjoying Christmas music in October. She died the way she lived: brave and beautiful. Roberta was born to Marie and Robert Poush while…

REX LEROY LESAN

October 21, 2020

Rex Leroy Lesan died on September 27, 2020, at Cedar Manor Nursing Home in Tipton, IA. Rex was born to Glenn and Mabel Lesan on April 25, 1924 in Mount Ayr, IA. He attended school in Lesanville and Mount Ayr, graduating from Mount Ayr High School in 1941. After graduation, Rex farmed with his father and…

DARIN GENE HOPKINS

October 21, 2020

Darin Gene Hopkins, 51, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, April 8, 2020 at Mercy Hospice in Johnston. Darin was born January17, 1969 in Mount Ayr, IA to Donald and Kathryn (Crangle) Hopkins. Darin worked at Two Rivers Class and Door for almost 25 years. He had a devout faith and was an active member of…

Offers rally speech for Trump

October 21, 2020

To the editor: Wrote a rally speech for Trump please forward for his consideration “We are off to see the Wizard” starring Trump as Dorothy and Pence as Toto. Dorothy (Trump) is a young girl who lives with Auntie M (Melania) and her dog Toto (Pence) on a farm somewhere in Iowa. One day she…

Need new leadership

October 21, 2020

To the editor: What do we want in Southern Iowa? Southern Iowa population continues to decline. Small towns continue to lose businesses. Community services are stretched thinner and thinner. What will our counties look like in 10 years? We’re at a crossroads. We can continue to accept things as they are, or we can band…

It’s time to change to Democrats

October 14, 2020

To the editor: I have friends who left the GOP because of President Trump. Others remain Republicans but won’t vote for him. Still others, which I admit I have trouble understanding, remain Trump supporters. But the fact remains they do, and the fact remains they are still my friends. Seldom have I voted a straight…

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…

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. Friday, July 24 Blackmore Corner Antique Farm Show begins with a 9 a.m. Tractor Ride. Lamb’s Barn garage sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Lamb’s Barn across from Fife’s Grove. Saturday, July…

Looking Back with Lora Stull

October 21, 2020

One Hundred Twenty-Five Years Ago (From the Mount Ayr Record-News, Thursday, October 24, 1895.) The Department of Agriculture has fixed the total corn production of the year 1895 at above 2,000,000,000 bushels. These estimates are always judicious and far below the mark. It is   an unprecedented yield. Iowa leads the states with a yield of…

West side of the Mount Ayr square in 2007.

October 21, 2020

This week’s photo shows the facade of the Abstract & Title Co.at 115 S. Fillmore office being remodeled. Dr. T. I. Moffet erected this building in 1946. Now back to 111 S. Fillmore, the current location of Ringgold Insurance Services. The Wilson Estate built this double storefront building in 1931 and the Mount Ayr Post…