VETS HONORED

Eighmy Monument of Mount Ayr installed the new Ringgold County Veterans Memorial on the northwest corner of the courthouse yard Thursday. The 6,000 lbs. monument is sitting on a 1,400 lbs. base as when finished will have six benches surrounding it. The monument is six feet high, five feet wide and 10 inches thick. The…

New county engineer settles in

Ringgold County has a new county engineer. Jared Johnson, 30, assumed the duties of engineer June 30. After graduation from Creston High School in 2008, Johnson went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Iowa State University in 2011. While in college he interned in the office of the Union County engineer.…

School board considers athletic lighting plans

An upgrade to lighting at the athletic complex again was a main item of discussion at the regular meeting of the Mount Ayr Community Schools board of directors Monday, August 12. At their July 8 meeting, the board heard a proposal from Musco Lighting from Oskaloosa to replace lighting at the football, baseball and softball…

Wellness facility not a new concept here

While much attention has been paid in recent months to a proposal for a new wellness facility in Mount Ayr, it may come as a surprise to some that proposals for such a facility are nothing new. In fact, a front-page article in the April 26, 1996 Record-News reported on a public meeting held that…

Council approves pool study

At their regular meeting Monday, August 5, the Mount Ayr city council approved moving forward with a feasibility study concerning the future of the public swimming pool. City superintendent Brent Wise presented a proposal to hire David Stone of Stone Planning, LLC to conduct the study at a cost of $55,500. Local benefactors Rita and…

Hospitals partner for pediatrician

The leadership teams at Ringgold County Hospital and CHI Health Mercy Corning have created a partnership to bring a pediatrician to Southwest Iowa. Working together, they have hired Tabitha Wilson, M.D. Dr. Wilson will work in clinics operated by the two hospitals in Mt. Ayr, Corning, Lenox, and Bedford. She’ll also have admitting privileges at…

Raider baseball season stats show solid 14-6 season

The Raiders ended their season with a loss to the eventual 2A State Champion Van Meter Bulldogs. After a 14-6 record, the Raiders finished their season in third in the Pride of Iowa Conference. Raider bats were led by Connor Eaton with a 0.409 average, 27 hits that saw 23 runs and five doubles. Eaton…

Stats from softball’s best season yet

Coming off the best finish in school history, the Raiderettes put up some impressive numbers in a season that saw the first half of the schedule cancelled or rescheduled, going on to play 30 games in total which including an undefeated Pride of Iowa season, as well as Conference champions and third place state finishers.…

Mount Ayr falls to North Linn, eliminating title run for Raiderettes

With a defeat over Beckman Catholic on Monday, the Raiderettes were given a day off as they prepared to face North Linn on Wednesday. The North Linn Lynx proved to be a tough team to beat after crushing the Mount Ayr title hope with an 8-1 win over the Raiderettes, however, the Lynx would go…

BECKY GILES

Becky Giles, of Kellerton, IA, passed away on August 8, 2019 at the age of 63. Becky was born July 26, 1956. She was the youngest daughter of Blaine A. and Bonnie (Shackleton) Scott. Becky grew up with an appreciation of animals, especially dogs and horses. Blaine was a farmer when Becky was growing up…

LEWIS CLAIR JAMES

Lewis Clair James, only son of Victor and Anna Evelyn (Jackson) James was born November 10, 1944 on the family farm near Redding, IA. Lewis passed away August 1, 2019 in San Antonio after a courageous battle with cancer. Lewis married Maria del Carmen Varona in Salamanca, Mexico in 1974. They recently celebrated their forty-fifth…

ANNA BELLE RINEHART

Anna Belle Rinehart, of Hatfield, MO, passed away surrounded by family on August 11, 2019. She was born to Sadie Mae Hensley and Ernest Eugene Black on June 10, 1936, at their farm south of Mount Ayr. She was the second of their five children, Betty, Anna Belle, Charlie, Mary and Jean. She attended country…

We can do better

To the editor: This past Saturday I’d planned on getting to the State Fair in the early morning but actually didn’t make it until close to 5 p.m. The reason for my delay was I opted to attend the Presidential Gun Sense Forum sponsored by Everytown for Gun Safety, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense…

Appreciates ad work

To the editor: I received a voice  mail last week from a gentleman from Arispe who wanted to compliment me on the color ad in last week’s Mount Ayr Record News which circulated to over an additional 1000 homes, I understand, in their special edition. I want to make sure this compliment gets passed along…

Curb president’s travel

To the editor: I would like to address this letter to Senator Ernst in regard to her campaign  for S,343. Fairness For Every Driver Act, to end the electric vehicle tax credit.  Her  television ad says Iowa taxpayers should not subsidize wealthy car owners in states like California and New York.  According to the ad…

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,…

July 11 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. Thursdsay, July 11 Community Services Inc. Head Start Program has multiple positions open at centers in Grant City, MO, Rockport, MO, Maitland, MO. See ad for details. Friday, July 12 Land Auction for 249…

Community Calendar July 4

NOTICE – If you would like your organization’s meeting dates to appear in the calendar, please contact  Record-News staff at 464-2440. Thursday, July 4 The Ringgold County Courthouse and offices will be closed on Thursday, July 4, 2019 in observance of Independence Day. Kellerton’s Independence Day Celebration beginning with parade at 1 p.m. See ad…

Looking Back by Lora Stull

One Hundred Years Ago (From the Mount Ayr Record-News, Thursday, August 27, 1919.) Last Friday afternoon the people of Mount Ayr were all in the streets to see the aeroplane which was flying over the city on its way to Ellston where it went to take people for a pleasure ride at the Ellston annual…

Snapshot of History by Mike Avitt

This is the second Methodist Church building in Tingley’s history. The congregation outgrew the first one, so this church was built in 1908 with Herbert Henry Dufty as the construction superintendent. Later, Mr. Dufty’s funeral would be held here. This is the material I’ve been looking for the last several weeks. Jenesse Tull pointed out…