City finally to get website going

The city of Mount Ayr will finally have their own website. During a short meeting Monday evening, the council approved of the hiring of Chanse Hall of Mount Ayr to build a city web site. The cost of the website will be $10,000 for design and implementation. Half of that amount will be paid upfront…

Grassley tours Excel Engineering

U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley visited Diagonal last week to tour the facilities at Excel Engineering and to meet and answer questions from the company staff. Excel founder Doug Sobotka led the tour and explained the history of his company. Grassley took the opportunity to stop at several testing stations and interact with several technicians overseeing…

McAlexander honored for 30 years as weather observer

Eugene McAlexander of Beaconsfield recently completed 30 years of service as a National Weather Service Cooperative Weather Observer. Eugene began his 30 year tenure as an official weather observer in May of 1989. Eugene provides the National Weather Service with temperature and precipitation information on a daily and monthly basis for the city of Beaconsfield.…

Mount Ayr girl brings ‘joy’ with flowers

What started as a plan between a great-grandmother and her great-granddaughter has blossomed into a family project for one Mount Ayr fifth-grade girl. Tatum Friedrich, daughter of Eric and Melissa Friedrich and granddaughter of Malcolm and Ginny Eighmy, all of Mount Ayr, began raising flowers in her backyard about five years ago. Tatum and her…

Legion to observe 100th anniversary

American Legion Post 172 in Mount Ayr will have a 100 year anniversary September 3 at 6 p.m. An evening is planned to honor the men and women who have made there ultimate sacrifice to serve their country. The post officially had its charter signed September 3, 1919.  John Mills was the organizer and was…

VETS HONORED

Eighmy Monument of Mount Ayr installed the new Ringgold County Veterans Memorial on the northwest corner of the courthouse yard Thursday. The 6,000 lbs. monument is sitting on a 1,400 lbs. base as when finished will have six benches surrounding it. The monument is six feet high, five feet wide and 10 inches thick. The…

Raider and Raiderette cross country see full varsity teams again

  The Raider and Raiderette harriers are looking to go the distance this year with 19 runners out for the cross country team this season. The team is coached by Debbie Larsen and Sally Young. The teams bring back plenty of experience this season as the coaches look to improve the runners times from last…

Raiderette volleyball ready for competition

The Raiderettes are set to begin their 2019 season after a 16-11 finish last year and the departure of five seniors. This year, the Raiderettes return a host of experienced seniors and will begin their season on the road with a trip to Bedford on Thursday, August 29. The Raiderettes are entering their sixth season…

Raiders ready to perform under the lights

August is nearing it’s end and with that end comes the first days of school and Friday nights under the lights. Last year, the Raiders competed in class 2A, finishing the season 7-3 and graduated 13 seniors. The 2019 campaign sees Mount Ayr drop to class 1A. This year, co-head coaches Delwyn Showlater and Derek…

Trullinger JOHN DAVID TRULLINGER

John David Trullinger was born April 12, 1960, to Doyle and Roxie (Ward) Trullinger of Mount Ayr, IA. He passed away August 13, 2019, at Mercy Hospital in Des Moines, IA. John graduated from Mount Ayr High school in 1978. He went on to earn his bachelor’s degree from Simpson College and was working on…

BECKY GILES

Becky Giles, of Kellerton, IA, passed away on August 8, 2019 at the age of 63. Becky was born July 26, 1956. She was the youngest daughter of Blaine A. and Bonnie (Shackleton) Scott. Becky grew up with an appreciation of animals, especially dogs and horses. Blaine was a farmer when Becky was growing up…

LEWIS CLAIR JAMES

Lewis Clair James, only son of Victor and Anna Evelyn (Jackson) James was born November 10, 1944 on the family farm near Redding, IA. Lewis passed away August 1, 2019 in San Antonio after a courageous battle with cancer. Lewis married Maria del Carmen Varona in Salamanca, Mexico in 1974. They recently celebrated their forty-fifth…

Would Jesus be welcome?

To the editor: Looking at the Trump administration’s rewriting of the Statue of Liberty’s welcoming message of “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled messes.” Top immigration official Ken Cuccinelli said, the poem referred to “people coming from Europe.” Trump himself has wondered why there weren’t more people from countries like Norway instead of…

We can do better

To the editor: This past Saturday I’d planned on getting to the State Fair in the early morning but actually didn’t make it until close to 5 p.m. The reason for my delay was I opted to attend the Presidential Gun Sense Forum sponsored by Everytown for Gun Safety, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense…

Appreciates ad work

To the editor: I received a voice  mail last week from a gentleman from Arispe who wanted to compliment me on the color ad in last week’s Mount Ayr Record News which circulated to over an additional 1000 homes, I understand, in their special edition. I want to make sure this compliment gets passed along…

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, August 8 The family of JoKaye Shields would like to honor her on her 80th birthday on Tuesday, August 6. Cards may be sent to her at: 3023 County Highway p-46, Mount Ayr,…

July 11 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. Thursdsay, July 11 Community Services Inc. Head Start Program has multiple positions open at centers in Grant City, MO, Rockport, MO, Maitland, MO. See ad for details. Friday, July 12 Land Auction for 249…

Community Calendar July 4

NOTICE – If you would like your organization’s meeting dates to appear in the calendar, please contact  Record-News staff at 464-2440. Thursday, July 4 The Ringgold County Courthouse and offices will be closed on Thursday, July 4, 2019 in observance of Independence Day. Kellerton’s Independence Day Celebration beginning with parade at 1 p.m. See ad…

Looking Back by Lora Stull

One Hundred Years Ago (From the Mount Ayr Record-News, Thursday, September 3, 1919.) It is gratifying to the farmers to know that the Daylight Saving Law has been repealed. After October first there will be no more monkeying with the clock. Congress passed the agricultural bill early last spring, President Wilson promptly vetoing this bill…

Snapshot of History by Mike Avitt

BY MIKE AVITT The Clinton Motel opened in June 1950. Mabel McCullough Rice built the lodging from military barracks she bought in Colorado and trucked them to Mount Ayr. Mabel was an attorney, aviatrix, world traveler, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. I have a partial list of the managers at the Clinton Motel (named after Clinton Rice,…