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Shopko to close in Mount Ayr

The Shopko Stores Operating Company, LLC has officially announced the Shopko Hometown store in Mount Ayr will close effective May 5. Local store manager John Stieh confirmed the announcement but could provide no further details. The Shopko company had filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy in mid-January, but the closing of several stores and the sale of…

Mercer new Ringgold GenWeb coordinator

The Ringgold GenWeb Project has a new coordinator. County native and MAC graduate Tony Mercer has taken over the duties after the January 21 passing of Sharon Becker, who had maintained the historical web site for the past 12 years.   For more on this story, sign in to the e-edition.

Increased access to mental health services

South Central Iowa will soon have increased access to mental health services if plans for a new facility in Osceola come to fruition.   For more on this story, sign in to the e-edition.

MAC Hall of Fame names inductees

The list of latest inductees into the Mount Ayr Community Schools Hall of Fame have bee announced. The inductees include the 1963 football team, Carey Crowson, Duane Miller and Jerry Waugh.   For more on this story, sign in to the e-edition.

City, county debate law enforcement budget

This time every year the attention of local governmental bodies turns to designing budgets for the upcoming new fiscal year. Such was the case at the regular meeting of the Mount Ayr city council Monday, February 4, where Ringgold County sheriff Rob Haley presented his office’s budget request to provide city law enforcement. For more…

Hy-Vee acquires local Shopko pharmacy

Hy-Vee, Inc. has announced the purchase of several former Shopko pharmacies in the Midwest, including the one in Mount Ayr.   For more on this story, sign in to the e-edition.


Raiders lose to DMC

DMC 61, MA 47 The Raiders fell in a hard fought battle to Des Moines Christian Thursday night, effectively ending their bid for State. More details will be available in next weeks Record-News.

Raiders advance three to State

Mount Ayr sends some experienced wrestlers to the State Meet at Wells Fargo starting Thursday, February 14 and ending Saturday, February 16.   For more on this story, sign in to the e-edition.

Stewart leads Raiderettes to victory

Mt. Ayr 73, I-35  50      The Raiderettes were victorious over the Interstate 35 Lady Roadrunners on Saturday night to advanced to the next round of regional play against Central Decatur.      The Raiderettes were led by Sam Stewart who had a huge game, almost breaking the record for most points in a game, with 37. The…



Juanita Clouse, 88, of Massena passed away on Tuesday, February 5, 2019, at the Heritage House in Atlantic. Funeral services were held on Saturday, February 9, 2019, at 10:30 a.m. at the Massena United Methodist Church in Massena. Pastor Karen Patrick officiated the service. A luncheon was held at the church immediately following the services.…


Shirley Irene Johnson, daughter of Wendall Leroy and Alice Pauline (Hansen) McMickle, was born February 24, 1924 at Nora Springs, IA. She was welcomed home by an older brother, Robert L. and the family grew with the addition of siblings, Doris Pauline, John Wesley, James L. and Ronald Dean. Shirley grew up at Milton, IA.…


Brenda Kay Sublett, daughter of Cecil R. and Dolores Kay (Perry) Sublett, was born in Medina, OH on June 16, 1966. She was the oldest of three children being followed by Ralph and then Lodene.     The family moved to Iowa when the children were small and lived on a farm near Diagonal, IA. Brenda…


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