Zimmerman finalist for Healthiest State award

January 20, 2021

The Healthiest State Initiative has announced the finalists for the 2021 Healthiest State Annual Awards. Nominated in the individual category is Kate Zimmerman, director of Ringgold County Conservation. The city of Creston is also a finalist for the Healthy Hometown community award. In her letter nominating Zimmerman for the award, Rana Scarlett of the Southern…

Public Health preparing for vaccine distribution

January 20, 2021

Ringgold County Public Health is now compiling contact information for individuals who may be interested in receiving COVID-19 vaccinations and fall within the state-mandated priority groups.  We are not yet aware when we will be receiving vaccine supply, but expect to know more in the next couple of weeks. The following populations are considered vulnerable…

Police, recycling top city agenda

January 20, 2021

The future of law enforcement and city recycling  topped a long meeting of the Mount Ayr city council Monday, January 19. Law enforcement Discussion of county-wide law enforcement involved county supervisors Ron Landphair, Colby Holmes and Steve Knapp; county auditor Amanda Waske; and county attorney Clint Spurrier, along with sheriff Rob Haley who attended the…

THE CORN PARADE: Orr Fisher’s Wacky WPA Mural

January 20, 2021

[Editor’s note: The following article appeared in the January edition of The Iowa Source, Iowa’s only free monthly arts and entertainment magazine. Written by Dr. Roy  R. Behrens, emeritus professor and distinguished scholar at the University of Northern Iowa, the article is reprinted with permission of the author.] by Dr. Roy Behrens American astronaut Peggy…

County home to 106 Century Farms

January 13, 2021

Any discussion surrounding the buying and selling of farm ground in Ringgold County should not overlook the number of farms that have been passed down, generation to generation, in one family for over 100 years. At last count, Ringgold County was home to 106 Century Farms, those that have remained in direct ownership by one…

2020 active year for county ag land sales

January 13, 2021

The year 2020 was an active year for the buying and selling of ag land in Ringgold County. According to the most recent sales data from the Ringgold Count assessor’s office, 66 total transactions took place last year as compared to only 42 in 2019. In all, 6,989.81 acres totaling $23,637,338 changed hands last year,…

Weehler receives Shrine Bowl nod

January 20, 2021

Mount Ayr’s Payton Weehler was selected to play in the 2021 Shrine Bowl, one of the highest honors for high school football. Weehler joins a prestigious list of Raiders that have been selected and is the first since Kyle Dolecheck in 2016. Included on the list are Joe Fell 1984, Clint Riggs 1985, Brad Hartman…

Bowlers split Nodway

January 20, 2021

Mount Ayr bowling hosted  Nodaway Valley at Lucky Lanes in Mount Ayr recently. The Raiderettes only took three bowlers, but each bowler had decent games. Laurie Belzer led the team with 287 total after games of 161 and 126. Stephanie Post scoreda 249 with games of 133 and 116. Andrea Sickels bowled a 213 with…

Raiderettes finding ways to win with two more victories

January 20, 2021

Mt. Ayr 58, SWV 28 The Raiderettes had a short week with only one game being played. Mount Ayr hosted Southwest Valley Tuesday, January 12. The Raiderettes were able to improve to 10-2 on the season after a commanding, 58-28 win over the Timberwolves. “Our girls played well tonight,” said coach Thad Streit. “We weren’t…

ROBERT LOREN ENGLAND

January 20, 2021

Robert Loren England was born November 11, 1928 to Lloyd and Evelyn (Smith) England. He was the oldest of six siblings, Doris, Jim, Myrna, Larry and Bill. Robert attended school in Tingley, graduating with the class of 1946. His dad bought a 1928 Model A Ford and the oldest was the designated bus driver for…

PHYLLIS RIGGS

January 20, 2021

Phyllis Riggs passed away on Thursday, January 14, 2021 at Mount Ayr Health Care Center in Mount Ayr, IA. Phyllis Naomi Perkins was born on December 1, 1931 to Claude and Edith (McNab) Perkins in Claremont, SD. She was welcomed by older brother, David, and later joined by brothers, Dalt and Gus and one sister,…

SHARON KAY PAYTON

January 20, 2021

Sharon Kay Payton unexpectedly passed away Monday, January 4, 2021 at home in Ohio from an apparent heart attack. She wore many hats during her life which started with her July 31, 1939, birth in Leon, IA to parents Frank Edward and Waneta Edwina (Wadley) Bierlein. She was raised on a farm outside of Kellerton,…

Radical Right a danger

January 13, 2021

To the editor: More than 60 years ago, I was assigned a research paper on the Radical Right and the dangers that it posed to our democracy. My research found that the Radical Right with its pseudo patriotism and ultranationalism, i.e. America First, has far more appeal than the Radical Left. Wednesday, January 6, as…

GERALD LEE SUMMA

January 6, 2021

Gerald Lee Summa, son of Lionel and Artela (Lowrey) Summa, was born March 17, 1936. Gerald’s family moved to Hollister, CA where he grew up and attended school. Gerald graduated from Hollister High School and attended a trade school. He worked for a short time at Rohr Aircraft. Gerald, with his family, moved back to…

Please bring back recycling

January 6, 2021

To the City of Mount Ayr: I am asking you to please bring recycling back to Mount Ayr. I feel so bad throwing things away that should be recycled. If I understand the amount of money it will cost each household, it would hardly buy a bag of chips. To my knowledge, all the towns…

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. Sunday, January 24 Clearview Home will be celebrating National Activity Professionals week from January 24 to January 30. Monday, January 25 Ringgold County Ministerial Association will be hosting their annual meeting from 4:30 to…

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, September 10 Alcoholics Anonymous meetings every Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Ringgold County Neighborhood Center in Mount Ayr at 306 S. Garfield St. Live Auction, online bidding for the Clarence Sammons Trust…

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 30 Alcoholics Anonymous meetings every Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Ringgold County Neighborhood Center in…

Looking Back with Lora Stull

January 20, 2021

One Hundred Years Ago (From the Mount Ayr Record-News, Thursday, January 19, 1921.) The Diagonal vicinity raised nine hundred dollars for the relief of the starving children of Europe in an organized drive made last week.  In Mount Ayr the Methodist Sunday school has raised a little more than $100 and the Baptist Sunday school…

Snapshot of History

January 20, 2021

Thanks to the Diagonal Printing Museum for this week’s picture. I’ve been into the Ringgold Record newspapers and picked up some information on Goshen. This is the town that moved to the crossing of the Humeston & Shenandoah and the Chicago, Kansas City, & St. Paul Railroad to form the new town of Diagonal in…