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Shipley bucks party, votes against school voucher bill

February 1, 2023

Senator Tom Shipley was in Mount Ayr Saturday January 28. While spending time with his local constituents, he was asked a few questions about his thoughts, on the future of the district, and his decision to vote against the recent school voucher program.. The senator is currently serving second term in the senate representing the…

Whittington a Presidential Scholar

February 1, 2023

Alania Whittington, a graduating senior at Diagonal High School, has been named one of more than 5,000 candidates in the 2023 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. The candidates were selected from nearly 3.6 million students expected to graduate from U.S. high schools in the year 2023. This year, sixty-seven Iowa high school seniors were selected as…

New business complex open in Mount Ayr

February 1, 2023

Mount Ayr is getting a new business complex in the former USDA building, located at 1201 east South street, Mount Ayr, Iowa. The new facility, known as the Brick Plex, is home to eight current businesses with spaces still open for rent. The project is the brainchild of the meeting of the minds. In this…

Record turnout for cattlemens’ banquet

February 1, 2023

A crowd of approximately 550 people were present at the Ringgold County Fairgrounds Commercial Building on Saturday, January 28th for the 2023 Ringgold County Cattlemen’s (RCC) Association Annual Banquet. The event brought together people from all walks of life throughout the county and state. While the RCC is most commonly associated with the beef production…

Gepner still face of library 22 years later

January 25, 2023

Walk into the Mount Ayr Public Library and you are destined to meet longtime librarian Mary Kathryn Gepner. Mary Kathryn grew up in Benton and graduated from Mount Ayr Community High School. After graduation, Mary Kathryn went on to teach history and government at Abraham Lincoln High School in Council Bluffs where she retired after…

U.S. Postal Service sets new rates for 2023

January 25, 2023

Price changes to mailing services took effect on January 22. The new rates include a three-cent increase in the price of a First-Class Mail Forever stamp to 63 cents. The metered mail 1-ounce price will increase to 60 cents and the price of a domestic postcard stamp will increase to 48 cents. A one-ounce letter…

Shaha, Collier on podium at Quad State Classic in Maryville

February 1, 2023

Mount Ayr Quad Mount Ayr was host to Clarke, Lenox and West Central Valley in the Mount Ayr Quad last Tuesday night. The Raiders lost all three duals in points, but wrestled well. Clarke Against Clarke, Mount Ayr lost 42-18, winning two-of-four matches wrestled. There were four double forfeits in the match, while Mount Ayr…

Raiders playing high-level ball heading into February

February 1, 2023

Mount Ayr 71, East Union 34 The Mount Ayr Raiders traveled to Afton last Friday night to wrap up the week against the East Union Eagles. Improving to 14-2, the Raiders defeated the 2-13 Eagles, 71-34. Mount Ayr pushed ahead early, 20-6 before taking a big halftime lead of 42-15. A Jaixen Frost led victory…

Raiderettes ground Eagles

February 1, 2023

Mount Ayr 67, East Union 35 The Mount Ayr Raiderettes traveled to East Union last Friday night where they improved to 14-3 with a decisive 67-35 victory over the Eagles. The Eagles kept it close in the first quarter, trailing by two at the buzzer, but a 20 point second quarter helped elevate the Raiderettes…

BESS WILMOTH EARHART NICHOLS

February 1, 2023

Bess Wilmoth Earhart Nichols passed away peacefully on January 28, 2023, at Perry Lutheran Homes Kings Garden Campus. She was the daughter of Joseph and Evie (Durrwachter) Earhart, Sr. was born at home December 28, 1924, in Bumpus Mills, TN. She was educated in Stewart County Tennessee Schools. In the sixth grade she won the…

CLARA MCVEY

February 1, 2023

Clara was born on September 23, 1946, to Virgil and Dorothy (Cartwright) Harris. She was welcomed home by two older sisters. She passed away unexpectedly on January 26, 2023. Clara grew up in Diagonal where she graduated high school in 1965. She married Bud Ayres and welcomed two daughters, Deb and Pam. Later on, she…

LAURA ANN TREADAWAY

January 25, 2023

Laura Ann Treadaway, daughter of Fred & Maria Eva (Medallion) Thorn, was born at Wichita Falls, Texas on August 19, 1969. Laura was raised in South Carolina. She lived in Germany as she was a ‘military child.’ She has lived the last years of her life in Blockton, Iowa. Laura married Bill Knorr and to…

KAY ELLEN STRINGHAM

February 1, 2023

Kay Ellen Stringham was born January 17, 1947, in Creston, IA and quietly slipped away at home Thursday, January 19, 2023, in Independence, MO at the age of 76 years and two days. She was the daughter of Irene (Meeks) and Frelo Stringham. She grew up in Mount Ayr, IA and attended the school system…

Enjoyed local articles

February 1, 2023

To the editor: I would like to thank the staff at the Record News for their community-based features including last week’s story about the Mount Ayr Public Library. We have received a number of positive comments. Friday, the library was the meeting place for Dr. Jennifer Drinkwater of Iowa State University, an Extension Community Art…

Vouchers don’t encourage excellence

January 18, 2023

To the editor: Iowa’s excellent public education system drew my wife and me back home in 1991. We’ve seen the communities our schools help create. As educators, we know what excellent education looks like. The Republican plan for private school vouchers will not encourage that excellence. In Iowa, private schools do not report on academic…

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, June 24 Lester and Shirley Hickman are celebrating 60 years of marriage. Cards may be sent to 1302 West Madison, Mount Ayr, Iowa 50854. Bible Reading Marathon from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.…

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…

Looking Back with Lora Stull

February 1, 2023

One Hundred Years Ago (From the Mount Ayr Record-News,Thursday, February , 1923) Kellerton News: Bigger and more extensive plans are being made for the carnival which is to be held here this week. Many of the booths are already decorated and everything is to be in readiness to start full blast Thursday evening. There will…

Snapshot of History

January 25, 2023

Kellerton’s first high school burned in February of 1895 and a new brick school was built that year. The new school building was 52 feet square, two stories high, and opened in December 1895. It was obsolete in twenty years. In July 1915, F. X. White received the contract for the construction of Kellerton’s new…