Big dig behind schedule

The Mount Ayr city council received an engineering update on the water distribution system update project at their regular meeting Monday, May 20. Mark Fincel, lead engineer on the project from Garden and Associates, provided the council a detailed memo outlining progress on the project so far. Fincel reported work in Division 1 in the…

Memorial Day observances set around county

Several Memorial Day observances around the county have been announced. Mount Ayr Members of American Legion Post 172 in Mount  Ayr  will install flag poles at Rose Hill Cemetery Friday, May 24. Flags will be placed on the poles Saturday beginning at 8 a.m. Flags will remain on display, until 3 p.m. Monday. Breakfast will…

MAC Theater Department to receive statewide recognition

Mount Ayr Community High School theater department will participate in the 2019 Iowa High School Musical Theater Awards Showcase, presented by EMC Insurance Companies, in honor of the school’s achievements for its November  production of “Mary Poppins.” Produced by Des Moines Performing Arts as the culmination of a year-long education initiative, the Showcase will be…

MACHS to graduate 43 Sunday, Diagonal to present 9 diplomas

A total of 43 graduates will receive diplomas at Mount Ayr Community High School Sunday, May 19 at 3 p.m. in the high school gymnasium. Graduates include Hunter Arends, Timothy Asleson, Andrew Belzer, BrieAnn Byrd, Cade Clymer, Joshua Cox, Tucker Darrah, Amber Davison, Connor Eaton, Myles Greene, Quentin Gregg, Abbigail Haley, Nathan Hauge, Hunter Haveman,…

Weather slows progress on athletic fields

The Mount Ayr Community school board covered a wide range of topics at their regular meeting Monday, May 13. Field work “The weather caught up with us.” That was the prognosis from district superintendent Joe Drake as he briefed the board on delayed completion of improvements at the baseball and softball fields. Improvements to the…

School board ‘superheroes’ celebrated in May

May is School Board Recognition Month, sponsored by the Iowa Association of School Boards to celebrate the contributions of board members to Iowa public education.  The theme of this year’s recognition is “Superheroes for Public Education.” The Mount Ayr Community School District is celebrating its school board members Rod Shields – since October 1994, PJ…

Raider baseball begins Friday

Raider baseball kicks off this Friday with a game against Bedford, which begins with junior varsity action at 5:30 p.m. The Raiders finished last season 14-8, ending their season in Centerville against Interstate-35. The Raiders graduated Lucas Wurster, Zach Murphy, Brayden Swank, Marcus Daughton and Bradley Wurster. This season they will field one senior, Connor…

Raiderettes snubbed in softball rankings

Track and golf have ended and school is coming to a close, which means softball and baseball season are upon us. The Raiderettes are looking towards Fort Dodge after falling one game short, losing to Logan-Magnolia who fell to Wilton during their stay in Fort Dodge. The Iowa Girls High School Athletic Association released the…

Raiderettes represented at State Meet

Gracie Mobley kicked things off for the Raiderettes at the State Track Meet at Drake University in Des Moines. The conditions were wet as competitors were kicking up plenty of water as they wound up for the throw. Mobley’s first throw landed out-of-bounds and was marked a scratch. On her second throw, she threw a…

SHARON KAY MICHAEL

Sharon Kay Michael, 72, of Shannon City passed away Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at the Ringgold County Hospital in Mount Ayr, Iowa. Sharon’s wishes were to be cremated and no funeral services to be held. Burial will be at a later date at the Murray Cemetery. Memorials can be made to the family. Armstrong Funeral…

MARY LOU ENGLAND

Mary Lou England, daughter of Louis Frank and Louise H. (Matus) Votava, was born October 24, 1928 in Omaha, Nebraska. The family moved to Clearfield, Iowa in May of 1942. Mary Lou attended and graduated from Clearfield High School. On August 30, 1947, she was united in marriage to Paul Martin “Buck” England in Bedford,…

JAMIE JO BOOS

Jamie Jo (Jones) Boos, daughter of Patti (Lovitt) Dolecheck (Cecil Dolecheck) and Steve Jones was born November 13, 1970, in Wurzburg, Germany. Jamie later welcomed her brother, Justin, and sister, Stephanie. She grew up in Mount Ayr, IA, graduating from Mount Ayr High School in 1989. During her high school years, Jamie participated in drill…

Gun violence in schools must stop

To the editor: As we celebrate the 2019 graduates, we need to remember that all over the United States, there will be seniors not graduating. And some, by choice, but others because they are part of a grim statistic. Every year in this country nearly 2,900 children and teens (ages 0 to 19) are shot…

Who are they serving?

To the editor: With the state focused on the flooding on both sides of the state, the Republican law makers wasted little time furthering their personal agendas and the interests of the industries they serve. The first thing done, under the clock of darkness, was to pass a provision which prevents utilities from voluntarily spending…

Keeping an open mind

To the editor: Before relocating to Mount Ayr, Iowa my wife and I were reluctant (to say the least) to move to small town Iowa. This was primarily due to the fact that I am a city boy at heart, spending almost 40 years in the cities such as Des Moines, Rockford and Champagne, IL,…

Community Calendar March 22-30

NOTICE – If you would like your organization’s meeting dates to appear in the calendar, please contact  Record-News staff at 464-2440. Friday, March 22 Agribusiness is like no other! In appreciation of Ag Week Great Western Bank will be serving brats and chips from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, March 24 Sunday dinner at…

Community Calendar March 14-30

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 14 Food for Though, learn the value and benfits of hypnotherapy presented by Ruth Smith, DPT at 5 p.m. in the hospital cafeteria. Sun Valley Sanitary District proposed budget hearing at 9…

March 8-30

NOTICE – If you would like your organization’s meeting dates to appear in the calendar, please contact  Record-News staff at 464-2440. Friday, March 8 Mount Ayr Park Board is now taking applications for lifeguards interested in the 2019 pool season and Little League Coaches and umpires. See ads for more details. Miss Teen Beauty Queen…

Looking Back May 23

One Hundred Years Ago (From the Mount Ayr Record-News, Thursday, June 4, 1919.) With the Soldiers at Camp Dodge: The $25,000  appropriation granted by the last legislature for the comfort of Iowa men in hospitals at port cities is not available to aid the returned Iowa soldiers in search of a job, Adj. General L.…

Snapshots of History

I was flipping through an Arispe Centennial Book recently and saw information about Frank and Marilyn Eighme’s gas station in Arispe. They entered into business at this location in January 1970. This got my interest so let’s take a closer look. Many of my readers may recall an article about Frank’s Service in “Our Iowa”…