Supervisors lower tax rate

Based upon feedback received at the Monday, March 11 public hearing on the new budget for the upcoming fiscal year, the Ringgold County board of supervisors withheld final approval of the budget pending further review of options to decrease the $4.90 per thousand tax rate. The supervisors met again the next day to review the…

Council approves garbage rate increase

An extraordinarily short agenda awaited the Mount Ayr city council at their regular meeting Monday, March 18. The council approved the third and final reading of a city ordinance amending garbage pickup rates. The increased rates will go into effect July 1. Monthly rate increases Now           July 1 Once weekly pickup Residential – Inside…

Understanding the assessment amount of your property

Iowa law requires all property to be revalued every two years to reflect changes in market value and to keep up with market trends.  Research of sales ratio studies, analysis of local conditions, and current construction costs are used in determining assessments.  The assessed value represents the value as the property sits on January 1,…

ShopKo now to close all stores

Shopko will liquidate its assets and close all of its remaining locations by June, according to a document filed Monday in U.S. bankruptcy court. The company stated in a media release that it was unable to find a buyer for the retail business and will begin winding down its operations beginning this week. The announcement…

Windstream files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

The city of Mount Ayr has been informed of the Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing by Windstream Holdings Inc., the company that furnishes a major portion of telecommunications services within the city. As a utility, the company is required by law to inform cities of its impending reorganization. According to published reports, the move comes following…

Supervisors to review budget proposal

The Ringgold County Board of Supervisors received some pushback from taxpayers during the annual budget public hearing held in the courthouse assembly room Monday morning. As a result, the supervisors said they would go back and look at the budget again to see if savings could be found. The supervisors were scheduled to meet Tuesday…

Raiders perform well at Northwest Missouri State University

Coach Brad Elliott took the Raider track team to Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville for their first indoor meet of the year, competing against over 25 schools from Missouri and Iowa. “Several athletes earned personal best performances in their first competition,” said coach Elliott. “It’s not very often you see kids perform this well…

Wrestlers hold end of year awards banquet

    Mount Ayr wrestling officially closed their season after their awards banquet was held March 13. The banquet sees the athletes, parents, cheerleaders and communities members come together as the coaches award the atheltes for their hardwork and determination throughout the season. This year, Bryce Shaha won the team MVP, along with a captain…

Raiderettes see three selected to Pride of Iowa All-Conference

                      Sam Stewart was unanimously selected for the 2019 girls basketball POI All-Conference first team last week. Making second team was Keirston Klommhaus and Rachel Sobotka received an honorable mention. Between the Raiderettes selected, they scored a total of 851 points, 26 blocks, 188 steals…

DALE HAIGHT

Dale Haight, 81, of Mount Ayr, formerly of Arispe, died Monday, March 18, 2019 at the Ringgold County Hospital in Mount Ayr. Celebration of life memorial service will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at the Powers Funeral Home 612 N. Dodge in Afton. Pastor Joel Sutton will officiate. Burial will be at Cornwall-Haight…

NORMAN JENNINGS

Norman “Norm” Burl Jennings went to be with his Savior on March 4, 2019. Norm, son of Clark and Mary (Young) Jennings, was born in a house constructed by his Grandfather Jennings on the family farm near Beaconsfield, Iowa, on August 13, 1929. Norm was the fourth child born into this family: sisters, Ione and…

LAURIE MCGILVREY

Laurie Ann McGilvrey was born on November 17, 1963 in Mount Ayr, Iowa, to John Bennett and Lois Maxine Jones McGilvrey and died on March 6, 2019. She attended Woodward-Granger school where she graduated in 1982. In 1985 Laurie began serving in the military and received an honorable discharge from the Army in 1987. She…

Thank you road crews!

To the editor I just want to give a big old great job slap on the back to the guys at the secondary road crew. This winter has been never ending with more on the way, maybe not the worst I’ve seen but bad none the less. Only a handful of people know what they…

Supervisors respond to DOT letter

Letter to the Editor, While the letter addressed to the Board of Supervisors in response to a letter written by the Iowa DOT dated December 14, 2018 has a lot of good information in it, we are already aware of the code sections pertaining to a county engineer, having gone through the hiring process in…

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 March 21

One Hundred Years Ago (From the Mount Ayr Record-News, Thursday, April 19, 1919.) Letters From the Soldier Boys: From Marion Stephens; Toul, France, December 19, 1918. To the Editor of the Record News; Dear Sir, enclosed you will find the official citation that was bestowed upon the officers and men of the old famous 42…

Jodie Norris print shop in Redding

BY MIKE AVITT This photo was donated to the Mount Ayr Depot Museum by, “Friends of Old Redding,” and shows the Redding newspaper office and the old high school behind it. The school building sat on the lots south of the Methodist Episcopal Church. The old school building was sold at public auction February 4,…