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County prepares to welcome ‘Road Trip Ringgold’

May 25, 2022

Back in March the Mount Ayr Chamber of Commerce and Ringgold County Development announced plans for the first “Road Trip Ringgold,” an ambitious project designed to coordinate a combination of shopping at local brick and mortar businesses, home-based vendors and craftsmen, and county-wide yard sales into one big day of shopping and tourism. Two months…

Memorial Day services planned

May 25, 2022

by Shirley Wallace, Adjutant American Legion Post 172 Over Memorial Day weekend, hundreds of flags will be flying in the Avenue of Flags at the Rose Hill Cemetery in Mt. Ayr. For each flag, a family has purchased a flag and pole in memory of their loved one and a tribute to the service they…

Where are the Pumptown Cemetery Stones?

May 25, 2022

By Angie Hynek The Pumptown Cemetery is north of where the Pumptown Settlement was located north of Ellston (on the west side of 130th Ave) and remains the last remnant of the village’s existence. This cemetery is the resting place of the earliest Union Township settlers, their wives and children, Civil War veterans, and WWI…

Sun Valley family to appear on Family Feud

May 18, 2022

It’s not often when friends and neighbors from Ringgold County appear on a popular television game show. One of those rare times will occur this week when the Smaha family of Sun Valley make their appearance on “Family Feud.” [The program will air at either 4 or 4:30 p.m. this Thursday, May 19 on KDSM…

City to host open house for community pool project

May 18, 2022

The City of Mount Ayr will be hosting a public open house for the Mount Ayr Community Pool project Monday, May 23 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at the Ringgold Outdoor Alliance building located at 104 E Monroe Street. The purpose of the open house is to establish the need for upgrades to the existing community pool,…

American Legion to observe Memorial Day

May 18, 2022

by Shirley Wallace, Adjutant American Legion Post 172 Over Memorial Day weekend, hundreds of flags will be flying in the Avenue of Flags at the Rose Hill Cemetery in Mt. Ayr. For each flag, a family has purchased a flag and pole in memory of their loved one and a tribute to the service they…

Mount Ayr has record-setting State Meet

May 25, 2022

The 2022 Iowa High School Co-ed State Track Meet is in the books after taking place at Drake University May 19-21. Mount Ayr took 11 events between the Raider and Raiderette teams and the Mount Ayr athletes performed at a high level in front of almost 30,000 fans. At the State Meet, four school records…

Raiders excited for 2022 season after sharing conference last year

May 25, 2022

The Mount Ayr Raiders have had a changing of the guard this season, with head coach Bill Huntington joining head coach Anthony Maldanado in the dugout this season, after the resignation of previous head coach Chris Elwood. The Raiders tied for first in the Pride of Iowa Conference with Martensdale-St. Marys, while boasting a record…

Softball bringing experience back to roster, along with new faces

May 25, 2022

The Mount Ayr Raiderettes are set to take the field after a successful track and field season ended on Saturday. The team will return three seniors from last year’s roster with center fielder Payten Lambert, a returning all-conference player, first baseman and Southwestern Iowa Community College softball commit Halsie Barnes, a two-time all-conference infielder who…

CRAIG A. GRINDSTAFF

May 25, 2022

Craig A. Grindstaff of Independence, MO, formerly of Clearfield, IA, passed away September 28, 2021. Craig was born March 22, 1963, in Mount Ayr, IA to Rolland and Linda Grindstaff. Craig lived in Los Angeles, CA until he started his school years in Independence, MO. Craig attended Clearfield School until he transferred to Mount Ayr…

PEARL RUTH GROUT

May 25, 2022

Pearl Ruth (Sanderson) Grout was born March 26, 1928, in Lorimor, IA to Avery Roy and Lily Florence (Johnson) Sanderson, the fourth of six children. She passed away May 19, 2022 at Clearview Home in Mount Ayr, IA. In 1936 the family moved to Shannon City and Pearl graduated from Shannon City High School in…

DANIEL MICHAEL REYNOLDS

May 25, 2022

Daniel Michael Reynolds passed away peacefully on May 18, 2022, at the Mount Ayr Health Care Center at 69 years, 7 months, and 22 days. On September 26, 1952, Danny was born in Mount Ayr, IA, to Alberta (Smith/Blauer) and Manson Reynolds. Danny had five brothers, Dale, Doyle, Dickie, Dean and Darrell, and he also…

Dodge’s column interesting

May 25, 2022

To the Editor: RE: May 12, 2022 Darrell Dodge Column. I was glad to read this column “Wading into Roe”. It presented some interesting points that no one seems to address. I am very much for women’s control over their own bodies and choices. I totally agree with men (and women) being held accountable after…

Give lamb a try

May 25, 2022

To the editor: Just a thought… Jesus said in Mathew 12:25, “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand.” If the elephant or donkey can’t figure it out, maybe we should give the Lamb a try. Just a thought! G. Bullock Ellston

Racially motivated

May 25, 2022

To the editor: Apparently, Georgia Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene is upset because people believe that she is “angry, or crazy, or unintelligent”. [Of course, she blames the media]. I would suggest that she consider the words of former Diagonal and Mount Ayr Community School coach and teacher O.C. “Pop” Varner. My husband, Karl Gepner, said…

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, June 24 Lester and Shirley Hickman are celebrating 60 years of marriage. Cards may be sent to 1302 West Madison, Mount Ayr, Iowa 50854. Bible Reading Marathon from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.…

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…

Looking Back with Lora Stull

May 25, 2022

One Hundred Years Ago (From the Mount Ayr Record-News,Thursday, May 31, 1922.) The large still captured by Sheriff Terrell several months ago, which at the time of its capture was employed in the manufacture of illicit booze, is to be put to the nobler and more glorious purpose of heating water and such other legitimate…

Snapshot of History

May 25, 2022

BY MIKE AVITT You may have read the Odd Fellows building in Mount Ayr will undergo a restoration effort. I believe I have found the beginning of this historic hall. The 1877 Ringgold Record newspapers are digitized and on the internet, but I could not find the newspapers from 1878. So, I have only half…