Wellness Committee pitches ‘hybrid’ facility

At their regular meeting Monday, July 15, the Mount Ayr city council received a detailed update on progress of the Ringgold County Wellness Center committee. Committee members Abby Elliott and Regan  Main summarized the findings of the public survey from earlier this spring and explained a new  wrinkle in the concept for a wellness facility.…

Mount Ayr elementary again ‘high performing’

At last week’s school board meeting, elementary principal Chris Elwood reported that Mount Ayr Elementary School has once again been rated a “high-perforning school” by the Iowa Department of Education (IDOE) in its newly-released School Performance Profile. Mount Ayr scored 63.89 points out of a possible 100 to attain the rating. The state average is…

RCDC names taskforce

Coming on the heels of hosting a meeting of statewide leaders in economic development, the Ringgold County Development Corporation (RCDC) has announced its inaugural taskforce to activate its 2019-2020 strategic plan. Under the direction of the RCDC board of directors, the following individuals comprise the taskforce: • Brandi Shay, Tingley, Strategic Planning Lead • Molly…

Board discusses athletic lighting

A proposal for upgraded lighting at the athletic complex, the hiring of two new teachers, and routine preparations for the upcoming school year comprised the bulk of the Monday, July 8 regular meeting of the Mount Ayr Community Schools board of directors. Lighting After considerable discussion, the board tabled a proposal by Musco Lighting for…

State group lauds Mount Ayr effort

[The following article appearing on the Iowa Rural Development  Council’s website – iowardc.org/news – summarizes last week’s statewide rural development meeting held in Mount Ayr.] The Iowa Rural Development Council (IRDC) and the Empower Rural Iowa (ERI) task force met jointly July 2 – and the host community of Mount Ayr showed both organizations what…

Ringgold County Fair in full swing

The 2019 Ringgold County Fair is currently in full swing and will run through Sunday. Thursday, July 11 Thursday activity begins at 8 a.m. with the 4-H/FFA swine weigh-in and stalling. 4-H/FFA sheep and meat goat weigh-in follows at 9 a.m. 4-H/FFA beef weigh-in begins at 10 a.m. Senior games will get underway at 10…

The road to State started with a familiar team

The road to the State tournament however, wasn’t easy, as the teams infront of them consisted of Logan-Magnolia and Underwood. Mount Ayr 4, Lo-Ma 0 The Raiderettes went into Wednesday night, looking for revenge against the team who defeated them a year earlier, and achieved what they set out to achieve. Two home runs, the…

Raiders narrowly escape West Central Valley

The Raiders played last Tuesday in a doubleheader that saw the boys defeat Orient-Macksburg and Southwest Valley to finish third in the Pride of Iowa, behind Martensdale-St. Mary’s and Southeast Warren. The Raiders then traveled to Panora to face West Central Valley in a contest that went the distance and then some to advance to…

Raiderette softball heads to State Tournament after 25 year drought

It was 1994, 25 years ago. I was five years old, Bill Clinton was President, Major League Baseball cancelled the World Series due to the players strike and the Raiderettes advanced to the State Softball Tournament with a win over Underwood. Brandie Shields was an eighth grader, suiting up in a varsity uniform, under the…

HELEN MAXINE MCGAHUEY

Helen Maxine McGahuey, daughter of Omer “Casey” and Jenny (Kinder) Holtzman, was born May 14, 1924 in Ringgold County, IA. Helen always lived in Ringgold County and mostly in Mount Ayr. She attended Mount Ayr Community School and graduated from Mount Ayr High School. On June 25, 1941, she was united in marriage to Charles…

EUGENE ALLEN COMER

Eugene Allen Comer was born June 14, 1928, south of Murray, IA, to Alan Edward and Alice Ella (Ludwig) Comer. Gene had an older sister, Irene, and a younger sister, Beulah. He grew up around Osceola, IA and attended school in Murray, IA. Eugene was united in marriage to Eva Lucielle Hammons on June 10,…

LAVERNE MARIAN GLENDENNING

LaVerne Marian Glendenning, daughter of Melvin and Ida (Bittner) Smith was born September 8, 1932 at Fontanelle, IA. LaVerne always referred to Fontanelle as “God’s country”. She attended and graduated from Fontanelle High School. LaVerne went on to graduate from Creston Community College with a teaching degree. She taught at Diagonal Community School. LaVerne also…

Cemetery needs work

To the editor: My sister and I toured the Kellerton Cemetery on July 1 to pay our respect to family and friends. This is not unusual since we live nearby. We decorate our family’s graves a couple times a year. Our routine is to prepare the flower arrangements ahead of time. Each display is made…

Our narcissistic leader

To the editor: Taking questions from reporters at an Oval Office meeting with Polish President Andrzei Duda, our narcissistic leader could not keep from bragging on himself. He boasted that his remarks during a 2017 visit to Poland as “the best speech ever made by a president in Europe.” Trying to appear modest, not an…

Bible Marathon set

To the editor: 2019 weather has been interesting, devastating and challenging. We could probably add a few more descriptive words. The winter was extra cold at times. An abundance of snow fell and drifted in many places. The spring has been wet and flooded and stormy. It makes me think of a time in Bible…

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…

Community Calendar June 27

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 27 Bible Reading Marathon at the Mount Ayr courthosue shelter, tingley, redding and diagonal from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, June 28 Bible Reading Marathon at the Mount Ayr courthosue shelter,…

Looking Back by Lora Stull

One Hundred Years Ago (From the Mount Ayr Record-News, Thursday, July 30, 1919.) Roy Emerson, convicted of the murder of his mother, Mrs. Kate Emerson, and sentenced to life imprisonment last Thursday, made his escape from the deputy sheriff of Union County and E. B. Hayner and his guard, Rev. William McFarland, early this morning…

Snapshot of History: Place’s

BY MIKE AVITT Businesses move and they always have. Place’s moved to this location at 104 N. Fillmore in 1978 and then moved again seventeen years later. Casey’s General Store had been at 300 W. South Street since 1975 before making their first move this year. But some businesses are still waiting to make their…