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Christmas celebrations take center stage

November 24, 2021

With the passing of Thanksgiving, the celebration of the Christmas holiday has shifted into high gear. Toys for Tots The Mount Ayr Lions’ annual Toys for Tots campaign runs now through December 16. Boxes for toy donations will be placed at Dollar General, Great Western Bank, PCSB Bank, the Record-News office, and Rumors Bar and…

Lifetime of service to country and community Jake Dailey turns 100

November 24, 2021

by Polly Carver-Kimm If the so-called “greatest generation” had an Iowa ambassador, it might very well be Jake Dailey of Mount Ayr. Nearly his entire life has been dedicated to service, first to his country and then his community. Donald “Jake” Dailey was born in 1921, with five older siblings and five younger ones. “I…

COVID vaccinations topic before RCH board of trustees

November 24, 2021

by Brenda Grose Proof of vaccination or an exemption letter will now be required at Ringgold County Hospital and Mount Ayr Medical Clinic. That was the decision shared by Amy Mobley, CNO and Missy Walter, CFO at the regular monthly meeting of RCH’s board of trustees, Monday November 15. The news came in response to…

Pool, Internet top council agenda

November 17, 2021

The swimming pool and broadband Internet access topped discussion items at the Monday, November 15 Mount Ayr city council meeting. Pool Andrew Pennekamp from JEO Consulting Group delivered a short PowerPoint presentation updating the council on progress on a new swimming pool at Judge Lewis Park. Pennekamp shared an artist’s rendition of the new pool’s…

Taylor, national tourney team to SWCC Hall of Fame

November 17, 2021

Southwestern Community College will induct the 1998-99 Spartan men’s basketball team and its coach, Bill Taylor, into the Southwestern Athletic Hall of Fame during a ceremony on Friday, Dec. 3, 2021, in the SWCC Student Center. Taylor was a graduate of Diagonal High School as were team members Mike Goodale and TJ Tassell. The Hall…

Man with Mount Ayr address charged with murder

November 10, 2021

James Shiloh Klever, 46, of rural Mount Ayr has been charged with Murder 1st for the death and disappearance of Rachel Reuter, 30, of Cassville, WI. [While Klever’s current address is listed as 1953 310th Street Mount Ayr, Klever has been associated with that address only since July 2020. Over the past six years his…

Freeman begins season with Stingrays

November 24, 2021

November 20 began the swim season for Mount Ayr’s Kayda Freeman who competes with the Creston Stingrays. The Stingrays traveled to Valley High School on Saturday, November 20 where Freeman competed in four events. Freeman placed second in her heat in the 50 Fly with a time of 53.42, fourth in her heat in the…

Wrestlers bring experience back to the mat for Raiders

November 24, 2021

Raider wrestling will head into another winter season with co-head coaches John Ford and Eric Ehlen back at the helm of the storied program with Marcus Daughton and Kevin Trullinger back as assistant coaches. The team fills seven weights this year with freshmen Brock Shaha at 106, Tucker Larson at 195 and Jaydon Levy at…

Raider basketball set to hit the hardwood next week

November 24, 2021

A wholesale roster change for the Mount Ayr Raiders as they look to embark on Coach Ruggles 15th year leading the program. Mount Ayr will have to replace three starters and two bench members from last year’s team that was led by Erik Trujillo and Payten Weehler (both of who are on the all-time Raider…

Corwin Dwight Karr, Jr

November 30, 2021

Corwin Dwight Karr, Jr, son of Corwin Dwight Karr, Sr and LaVonne (Gregg) Karr, was born November 6, 1948 in Mount Ayr, IA. Corwin, better known as Junior, learned to work hard at an early age. Junior farmed and did a lot of welding. He enjoyed earning extra money by trapping. In later years, Junior…

Francis Edwin Willis

November 30, 2021

Francis Edwin Willis was born in St. Louis, Missouri, on August 25, 1942, the only child of his parents Greta and Shelby Willis. After Shelby finished his military career, the family moved to a farm near Pleasanton, Iowa, where Francis attended country school until starting high school at Leon High School. He accepted the Lord…

Teena Suzanne Hill

November 30, 2021

Teena Suzanne Hill (Krisinger) of Hailey, ID, died of colon cancer at 76 years old on April 28, 2021 in San Juan Capistrano, CA, in a hospice home overlooking the ocean surrounded by her family and friends. She was born on January 21 in Mount Ayr, IA, the daughter of late Ruth Van Sandt and…

Fact checking QAnon

November 24, 2021

To the editor: As a former history teacher, I would like to fact check the approximately 300 QAnon crazies who went to Dealey Plaza in Dallas, November 2 to await the appearance of John Kennedy, Jr. and his 104-year-old father. One QAnon follower explained that she was in Dallas because, “she believes that JFK wasn’t…

About Hall of Fame

November 10, 2021

To the editor: I wanted to write to discuss the Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame was started at Mount Ayr Community Schools in 2012 to create a lasting tribute to groups and individuals who have brought honor to themselves, their school, and their communities. The Mount Ayr Community School Hall of Fame was…

Support labor unions

November 3, 2021

To the editor: As contract negotiations and collective bargaining continue to move forward slowly for Kelloggs and John Deere employees, I feel it’s important to discuss the significance of Labor Unions in America today, and that of the past, as well. I grew up in a household that pro Union, becoming the third generation 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, 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

November 24, 2021

One Hundred Years Ago (From the Mount Ayr Record -News, Thursday, November 30, 1921.) One of four men indicted for having burglar tools found guilty. J.W. Conroy, one of the four men arrested on suspicion by Sheriff Terrell two weeks ago and who with his companions was indicted by the grand jury, was tried in…

Snapshot of History

November 24, 2021

BY MIKE AVITT Last week, I skipped an important player in this series, Deb Creveling. She came to the William H. French Agency in 1994 after Bill’s daughter Amy left. Deb is still there today. So, Firstar Bank became US Bank in 2002. Firstar was the name for only two years. I missed when Citizens…