Magistrate Pedersen retires after 31 years

November 25, 2020

Defendants appearing in magistrate court will soon see a new face sitting behind the bench. Ringgold County Magistrate Jim Pedersen retired on November 25 after serving 31 years and four months as Judicial Magistrate.  Pedersen was first appointed by the Ringgold County Judicial Nominating Committee and began serving on August 1, 1989.  By Iowa state…

Break-in foiled at swimming pool

November 25, 2020

On November 18, Ringgold County dispatch received a call from a concerned citizen about a burglary in progress at the Mount Ayr swimming pool. Upon arrival at the pool by sheriff’s deputies, one subject fled on foot from a vehicle and two subjects where observed inside the pump house and arrested. The subjects are 17-year-old…

Holiday calendar is filling up

November 25, 2020

With Thanksgiving already upon us,  several groups and organizations have already begun plans for the Christmas holiday season. Steak, ham give-aways Diagonal’s annual Ham Drawing will get underway November 30. The Steak Giveaway in Mount Ayr is currently underway with winners to be drawn December 7. Patrons may sign up in a number of businesses…

Clearview Home statement on COVID report:

November 25, 2020

Clearview Home currently has residents and staff that have initially tested positive for COVID-19. Confirmed numbers are pending at this time as we await secondary PCR test results.  Residents who have tested positive are being cared for in isolation with dedicated staff until they are recovered. Staff who tested positive will not return to work…

County COVID numbers increase

November 25, 2020

The reported number of positive COVID-19 cases in Ringgold County continues to climb. According to the latest statistics from the Iowa Department of Public Health, Ringgold County has recorded 60 positive COVID-19 cases over the past 14 days. Nine of those positive cases were reported in Clearview Home in Mount Ayr (see statement at right).…

RCH board hears preliminary audit report

November 25, 2020

Ringgold County Hospital’s Board of Trustees met Monday, November 16 for the regularly scheduled monthly meeting which included the annual audit report prepared by Seim Johnson Accounting firm, a report from Dr. Bruce Ricker, chief of staff, on continuing Covid 19 response and updates on the construction project underway. During this meeting the board also…

Raider basketball sees action at Central Decatur Jamboree

November 25, 2020

The Raider basketball team saw limited action on Monday night at a jamboree hosted by Central Decatur. The Raiders drew Ankeny Christian Academy and after one half of play the Eagles bested the Raiders, 27-25. Getting the start for the Raiders was Jaixen Frost, Payton Weehler, Cody Larson, Erik Trujillo and Riley Maudlin. “Offensively, we…

Nothing new from Governor Reynolds on high school sports

November 25, 2020

The rumor mill had been in full operation in the last week after Iowa Governor, Kim Reynolds, suspended middle school sports and left high school sports with heavy regulations. The question of why middle school and not high school sports was asked, with Governor Reynolds replying, “High school sports are easier to control.” The rumor…

Weehler, Ehlen receive IPSWA All-State nod

November 25, 2020

  Two Mount Ayr Raider football players were selected to the Iowa Print Sports Writer’s Association on Tuesday. Payton Weehler received a 1A second team nod at the linebacker position, while Trae Ehlen was selected to the third team at the defensive back spot. Throughout the season, Weehler dominated offenses with 55.5 tackles, 10 for…

SHERRI MICHELLE KLEJCH NORRIS

November 25, 2020

Sherri Michelle Klejch was born February 3, 1958 to Norman Dean Klejch and Doris Pratt Klejch at the Ringgold County Hospital, Mount Ayr, IA. Her siblings are Craig Klejch, Janelle Klejch Huffman and Valerie Klejch McClaran. Sherri attended Mount Ayr Schools from kindergarten through graduation in 1976. She was active in the Diagonal Methodist Church…

JOHNNY RAY ROBERTS

November 25, 2020

Johnny Ray Roberts, Sr. 61, Coffey, MO (formerly of Mount Ayr, IA) passed away Tuesday, November 17, 2020. He was born May 17, 1959 in Arizona. He is the son of Shirley Sue (Sickels) Karr. His family lived in Mount Ayr a short time before moving to the farm south of Mount Ayr. John graduated…

NANCY L. PORTER

November 25, 2020

Nancy L. Porter of Mason City, IA, died at age 85 of COVID-19 complications, in Byron, IL.  She was survived by her three children, Sharon (James) Lane, Steven (Dale) Lawless and Dawn Thevenot, and by seven grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild. She also has a surviving sister, Marylyn VanPatten, and two brothers, Robert Maxson…

Hospice about helping

November 18, 2020

To the editor: November is a busy month for EveryStep as the organization recognizes National Hospice & Palliative Care Month. As one of Iowa’s longest-serving non-profit in-home care providers, EveryStep will spend the month raising awareness of the options available to help people find care and support in the comfort of their homes as they…

Need to stop COVID

November 18, 2020

To the editor: Veterans, someone or somebodies need to take the lead and help stop this COVID monster. I spent 8 years as an Air Force Public Health Tech and another 26 years as an NCO and First Sgt for numerous groups state side and deployed overseas.  The number one mission detractor was health and…

Pass Motorsports Act

November 18, 2020

To the editor: I respectfully request that Congress pass the Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports Act, H.R. 5434/S. 2602, in 2020. The bipartisan RPM Act protects the right to convert an automobile or motorcycle into a racecar used exclusively at the track. to be used exclusively on the racetrack. Modifying a vehicle into a racecar…

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…

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. Friday, July 24 Blackmore Corner Antique Farm Show begins with a 9 a.m. Tractor Ride. Lamb’s Barn garage sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Lamb’s Barn across from Fife’s Grove. Saturday, July…

Looking Back with Lora Stull

November 25, 2020

One Hundred Years Ago (From the Mount Ayr Record-News, Thursday, November 24, 1920.) Roy Jiricek found not guilty of attempted murder of his father in Ringgold County district court last week. Edison Devices Aided US Navy- “Listener” warned of torpedoes and “Drag” enabled ships to make quick turns to escape. The Sunday New York American…

Snapshot of History

November 25, 2020

We continue our tour of the Mount Ayr square with a look at 108 S. Taylor, the Lucky Lanes building. William Timby erected a two-story brick building here in 1891. John Wall moved his grocery store into the north half of the double storefront and B. C. Warren opened a drug store in the south…