Sirens, patrol vehicle top council agenda

Two malfunctioning emergency sirens and purchase of a new law enforcement vehicle headed discussion items at the Monday, July 6 regular meeting of the Mount Ayr city council Sirens Ringgold County Emergency Management Director Mel Burton reported problems with two emergency sirens. The siren located behind Casey’s General Store on Cleveland Street had been worked…

Park board provides COVID guidelines

In response to the Covid 19 pandemic, the Judge Lewis Park Board has implemented some changes at the public swimming pool at Judge Lewis Park. These changes presented at Monday’s city council meeting have been reviewed with Becky Fletchall, director of Ringgold County Public Health. 1.   Plexiglass barriers were placed at both the main counter…

Sun Valley Lake sales over $13 million in 2019

The Record-News completes its examination of Ringgold County property sales data for 2019 with a look at Sun Valley Lake. The information is  available on the Ringgold County assessor web page (http://ringgold.jel2.com/cgi/wiki.pl?Sales_Property_Cards). In all, 72 property transactions were recorded at Sun Valley Lake in 2019. These include sales to single owners as well as shared…

Community garden establishes roots here

The Ringgold County Wellness Coalition partnered with Ringgold Outdoor Alliance (ROA) to establish a new community garden on the southwest corner of Monroe and Harrison Street in Mount Ayr.  Their vision is to have a place that anyone in the community can come and enjoy fresh, healthy food. This joint effort was spurred on by…

Pool now open at Judge Lewis Park

In a special meeting held Friday, June 26, the Mount Ayr city council approved the opening of the public swimming pool at Judge Lewis Park effective Tuesday, June 30. Hours of operation are 12 noon to 8 p.m. with 5-6 p.m. reserved for adult swimming. Family season passes will cost $70, with single passes $40.…

Fireworks to light Ringgold skies

In keeping with a long-held Independence Day tradition, Ringgold County residents will have their choice of four fireworks displays this weekend. The Sun Valley Lake Association will host its display on Friday, July 3. Then on Saturday, July 4, displays will be set off at Loch Ayr north of Mount Ayr, at Firecracker Cove at…

Greenland finds two homers to push Raiders past Cardinals, Raiders defeat Bulldogs

Mt. Ayr 3, CD 1 The Raiders hosted Central Decatur on July 3 in a game that went all seven innings and saw a total of four runs scored. Mount Ayr would win 3-1, with all three runs coming off the bat of Austin Greenland. The senior right-fielder came into the contest one-for-11 at the…

Raiderettes split games against Bedford, Central Decatur

Mt. Ayr 10, Bedford 0 The Bedford Bulldogs came to Mount Ayr to face the Mount Ayr Raiderettes last Tuesday night. The contest went six innings as the Raiderettes climbed their way to 10 runs to end the contest an inning short, not allowing any runs for  Bedford. Senior, Sam Stewart, saw three hits, two…

Raiders improve to 6-1 on the season with a win over Nodaway

A busy week saw the Raiders go 4-1 to improve to 6-1 on the season after games against Stanton, Earlham, Southwest Valley, Martensdale-St. Mary’s and Nodaway Valley. Mt. Ayr 14, Stanton 1 The Raider bats got off to a hot start Tuesday, June 23 in Stanton, scoring four runs and allowing the Vikings to score…

KAROL LYNN “MIKE” MATHENY

Karol Lynn “Mike” Bailey was born October 8, 1945, in Creston to George Franklin Bailey, Sr and Lucille Mae (King) Bailey. She attended Elementary, Junior High and High School at Clearfield Community Schools, Graduating High School from Clearfield in 1964. During high school Mike played basketball, ran track, was a cheerleader, a member of the…

GERALDINE EDWARDS RAMSEY SMITH

Geraldine “Gerri” Edwards Ramsey Smith was the eldest child born to Irving and Adell Edwards at 8:40 a.m. on September 21, 1937 in Cheek, TX. She attended area schools and graduated from Hebert High School in Beaumont, TX, class of 1954. After graduation, Gerri served her country by joining the Women’s Army Corps (WAC) the…

ESTHER MAURINE JACKSON

Esther Maurine Jackson was born June 3, 1920 to John Franklin and Eva Mae (King) Beal and passed away June 27, 2020 at the Clearview Home in Mount Ayr. She attended the Benton School graduating in 1937. The Benton community had a special place in her heart. In 1938 she married Guy Blunck and this…

Please wear a mask

Dear Editor, To paraphrase the immortal bard, “To mask or not to mask. That is the question?” Whether it is nobler to mask and prevent the deaths of 33,000 Americans by October, approximately the number of combat deaths in the Korean War, 1950-53, or continue to ignore experts like Dr. Anthony Fauci in favor of…

Writer encourages Haley vote

To the editor: I am composing this letter in regards to the upcoming sheriff’s election and in support of Rob Haley for sheriff. I have worked with Sheriff Haley in a professional capacity for approximately 14 years to date.  First, I worked in the capacity of a Social Worker II for the Iowa Department of…

Writer encourages White vote

To the editor: I am writing on behalf of Deputy Landon White, who is running for the Office of Sheriff for Ringgold County. I have personally known Landon since 1987, when I was in charge of the Marine Corps K-9 program at Lackland. One of my duties was to interview and select students to fill…

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. With limited events and gatherings opening, please check with event organizers to confirm your events status. Thursday, July 2 Alcoholics Anonymous meetings every Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Ringgold County Neighborhood Center in…

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. With limited events and gatherings opening, please check with event organizers to confirm your events status. Thursday, June 11 Alcoholics Anonymous meetings every Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Ringgold County Neighborhood Center in…

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.…

Looking Back with Lora Stull

One Hundred Years Ago (From the Mount Ayr Record News, Thursday, July 28, 1920.) Last Thursday night the bank at Grand River was relieved of the bonds and small change that were in the outer vault by two young men, strangers in the community. The theft was discovered in the morning and the thieves were…

Snapshots of History

This week’s photo comes courtesy of the Clair Heyer collection. Clair took pictures in and around Tingley from about 1920 until the 1990s. William S. Breckenridge opened a grocery and feed store in Tingley in early May 1921. I believe this first location was about half a block east of the site where Breckenridge Store…