City announces operational changes

The City of Mount Ayr has instituted the following changes to normal procedures in response to the coronavirus outbreak: • City Hall remains closed. Bills and correspondence may be left in the box outside the office door. Anyone needing to meet with a city employee should call ahead. • The city’s recycling service has been…

Wellness feasibility study compares two more facilities

Stone Planning recently released its feasibility study for potential recreational facilities in Mount Ayr. The 70-page report is comprised of sections devoted to potential facilities, a market analysis, site analysis, case studies of similar facilities, funding analysis, operational analysis, and summary conclusions. In a series of articles, the Record-News is examining each section of the…

Breakfast with Master going virtual

Breakfast with the Master, Ringgold County’s Annual Easter series of inspirational  messages, will return Holy Week, Monday, April 6 through Saturday, April 11, but with a whole new twist. Breakfast with the Master is going virtual.  They will be posted each morning at 6:30 a.m. on-line on the Ringgold County Ministerial Associations Facebook page and…

Local restaurants feeling COVID-19 impact

While the restrictive guidelines placed on individuals for dealing with the coronavirus  may be inconvenient or irritating to many, similar restrictions may pose an existential threat to Iowa’s hospitality industry. “The picture is grim,” said Jessica Dunker, president and CEO of the Iowa Restaurant Association, in reference to a recent survey of Iowa’s on-premise food…

RCCB offering educational programs online

On Monday, March 23,  Ringgold County Conservation began bringing online programs through Facebook Live. The first program featured owls, with Ringgold County Conservation Director Kate Zimmerman showcasing Rufous, a permantley injured screech owl who resides at the Dragoon Trace Nature Center. At the time of writing this article, the first program had 3,000 views, 42…

Mount Ayr schools react to virus shutdown

In response to Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds’ order to close schools for four weeks, the Mount Ayr Community Schools board of directors met in special session Thursday, March 19 to set policies and procedures relative to the shutdown that currently runs through April 12. Their first order of business was to pass a resolution assuring…

Wrestling get awards banquet in before COVID-19 pandemic

The Mount Ayr wrestling team held it’s end of the year banquet on March 11, just before the COVID-19 pandemic shut everything down last week. The banquet allows the coaches to award the wrestlers for their hardwork throughout the season and to honor the athletes and thank them. This season, the wrestlers saw four compete…

Lambert selected to Academic All-Conference

Last week, Academic All-Conference was announced. Unfortunately, the list inadvertently omitted Cayden Lambert from that list. Lambert was selected as Academic All-Conference and played for the Raider basketball team this season.

Student-athletes cope with suspended season

Last week the sports world came to a grinding halt across the country due to COVID-19, or the coronavirus. Not only did professional sports such as the NBA, NHL and MLB suspend their seasons, the NCAA cancelled “March Madness” in what is now being called “March Sadness”. Shortly after professional and college sports navigated unfamiliar…

WILLIS DAIN ALLEN

Willis Dain Allen, (Turk), 84, died Monday March 23, 2020 at Mount Ayr Health Care Center, Mount Ayr IA. Born July 27,1935 and raised in rural Diagonal, Turk was the son of Cecil and Lois (Baker) Allen and a lifelong resident of Ringgold County where he did not know a stranger. On August 6, 1960…

ALAN SCHLONER

Alan Schloner, 69, of Mount Ayr, died Thursday, March 26, 2020 at the Howard Memorial Hospital in Nashville, AR.  As a gift from his family, Alan, his son, Jacob, and grandson, Joseph, had been returning from a bucket list trip to see the ocean. While visiting the Gulf of Mexico in Louisiana Alan was able…

JAMES J. FEEBACK

Per his request there will be no services for James J. Feeback. He died on March 22, 2020. Jim was born on June 27, 1934 on a farm near Shannon City, IA to W.C. “Clyde” Feeback and Orpha Estella (Kelly) Feeback. He was one of seven children. He married Jane Lee Dukes on July 5,…

Corona virus: What do we do now ..

To the editor: Diseases can surprise us. We are in a much different place now, than we were a week ago. Yes we have had serious epidemics before and have gotten through them. ‘Its just like the flu right?’ So what’s the big deal? First, the flu virus has been around for a 1000 or…

Questions county budget

To the editor: Your 27 February front page news article regarding budget objections and approval was of particular interest because the budget was not approved until sometime in the afternoon following the public hearing, was approved as written in spite of the objections, and the Supervisors minutes are still nowhere to be found* “.,.contributions to…

Support the state fair!

To the editor: Thank you Iowa for making the 2019 Iowa State Fair a record-breaker in so many ways! And thank you, too, for your support of the Blue Ribbon Foundation that for the past 27 years has put your generous donations to work preserving barns and buildings across the fairgrounds. From the first fair…

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, March 5 SAL Meeting at the American Legion at 6:30 p.m. Alcoholics Anonymous meetings every Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Ringgold County Neighborhood Center in Mount Ayr at 306 S. Garfield St.…

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. Saturday, February 22 Fundraiser for Brad Still at 10 a.m. at the American Legion. Brad Still Benefit meal and auction at 5 p.m. Silent auction, live auction and free will donation for meal. Mount…

Community Calendar: January 25-February 8

NOTICE – If you would like your organization’s meeting dates to appear in the calendar, please contact  Record-News staff at 464-2440. Saturday, January 25 State Legislative Coffee at 1 p.m. at the Ringgold County Extension office, 101 N. Polk St. Mount Ayr. Friday, January 31 Card Shower for Lila Bonebrake on her 99th birthday. Please…

Looking Back with Lora Stull

One Hundred Years Ago (From the Mount Ayr Record News, Thursday, April 28, 1920.) Two young men were arrested Friday evening after they had entered the “Palace of Sweets” on the north side of the square and were in the act of replenishing their supply of candy, tobacco and cigars. For several weeks Mr. Collins…

Mount Ayr baseball team

A nice and old group photo made better because the names are on the back. Mount Ayr High School’s baseball team of 1908 has some interesting young men so let’s see who they are. Back row, left to right: Paul Spurrier (Captain), Clint Allyn, Stanton Tennant (Manager), Grant Hayes, Arlo Moore, and Charlie Horne. Front…