Face masks to be required at MACS

Three weeks before the opening of school in Mount Ayr, the district’s Return to Learn plan has added a significant change to the beginning of the school year: students and staff will now be required wear face masks where social distancing is not possible. According to Mount Ayr superintendent Jason Shaffer, the change comes as…

RCH trustees hear expansion plans

by Brenda Grose Revised timelines for the proposed retail pharmacy and expansion for the Senior Life Solutions program, added services in the visiting physician’s clinic and a new physician signed to begin practice August 2021 all headlined business discussed Monday, July 20 at the Ringgold County Hospital Board of Trustees regular monthly meeting. After being…

Butler book published posthumously

A sister’s love for her late younger brother has resulted in the publication of a book with deep roots in Ringgold County and the town of Benton. Trapping Trigonometry: Increasing Your Numbers, by the late Tony Butler, is now available thanks to the dedication of his sister, Vickie Butler Pierce, who acted as typist, reader,…

Forever grateful for my second family

by Suzy Woollums Recently, the “Look Back” section of the Record News reported that 50-years ago the paper ran three obituaries for William “Bill” Woollums,   his wife, Loana “Mitzi” Woollums, and their three-year-old daughter, Jodane “Jody” Woollums who were killed in a car accident on a rural road in northern Missouri on June 23, 1970. …

Water project finally complete

At their regular meeting Monday, July 20, the Mount Ayr city council brought to an official close the major water distribution system improvement project. The council voted unanimously to approve final payment of the retainage to the three contractors responsible for work on the project. Retainage is the final amount retained by the city until…

Shaffer takes helm of Mount Ayr and Bedford schools

For the first time in 10 years, a new face occupied the superintendent’s chair at last week’s Mount Ayr school board meeting. Jason Shaffer officially began his duties as shared superintendent between the Bedford and Mount Ayr school districts July 1, replacing Joe Drake, who retired June 30. Shaffer and his family have moved to…

Mount Ayr falls to Ogden at State

by Chanse Hall reporting from Fort Dodge The Raiderettes faced a tough loss against the Ogden Bulldogs in the first round of the State Softball Tournament Tuesday night. In a contest that went the distance, the Raiderettes fell 5-2 after holding an early 2-1 lead over the Bulldogs. “It was a little chaotic and that’s…

Giles assumes role as MACS athletic director

Mount Ayr athletics will have a different look this year and not just because of COVID-19. Longtime football coach and athletic director Delwyn Showalter retired from Mount Ayr Community High School this past year, but stayed on to help with the transition of the summer sports season. Filling the shoes of Showalter, is longtime MACHS…

IHSAA makes changes to fall football season

The Iowa High School Athletic Association has revised their 2020 football schedule which allows for member school adjustments due to COVID-19. August 10 is still set to be the first practice date, while August 27 will remain as the first competition date. Semifinals (November 13-15) and finals (November 20-21) are still unchanged. The IHSAA scheduling…

MARLENE RUTH GREIMANN

Marlene Ruth Greimann, daughter of Robert Edward Williams and Marietta Josephine (Heinisch) Williams, was born in Kellerton, IA on May 31, 1933. Marietta and Robert divorced when Marlene was young, and Marietta married Lee E. Brown in 1944. Marlene shared many fond memories of growing up with friends and family in Kellerton. She attended Kellerton…

LAVERNE BROWN

(Allie) Laverne Brown formerly of Bedford, IA passed away on Saturday July 11, 2020 and is now reunited with his beloved wife, Annabell, of 71 years. For the last several years, Laverne had resided at Mount Ayr Health Care Center in Mount Ayr, IA. Graveside funeral services for Laverne, age 92, were held Thursday, July…

PATRICIA AMY NORRIS NEY

Patricia Amy Norris Ney, 87, of Blackfoot, passed away Sunday, July 5, 2020 at Gem Village Assisted Living in Blackfoot, Idaho following a stroke in April. Patricia was born November 13, 1932 in Redding, Iowa to G. Dayton Norris and Eunice Fern Shafer Norris. She grew up and attended schools   in the Mt. Ayr, Iowa area,…

Online learning an abrogation

To the editor: With regard to your “Idle Chatter” column in the 23 July Mount Ayr Record News, you’ve pretty adequately identified the administrative chaos which results when someone “moves the goal posts”, but of course the larger issue is that the public education system as we know it is in the throes of being…

Proper testing not available

To the editor: As of Friday, July 17, Johns Hopkins University reported that “there have been 3,576,593 U.S. cases of COVID-19,” [more than any other country in the world including India with a population of at least 1 billion] and 138,362 deaths. With testing and contract tracing as a means of controlling the virus, the…

It’s time to stop the riots

To the editor: It is time to stop the riots. They say Black Lives Matter. We used to sing a little song in Sunday school. It goes: “Jesus loves the little children, all the little children of the world – red, yellow, black, and white – they are precious in his sight, Jesus loves the…

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…

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 2 Alcoholics Anonymous meetings every Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Ringgold County Neighborhood Center in…

Looking Back with Lora Stull

One Hundred Years Ago (From the Mount Ayr Record News, Thursday, August 18, 1920.) At a meeting of the directors of the Ringgold County Fair, held yesterday afternoon in the Farm Bureau office, it was unanimously voted to grant no questionable concessions at the fair to be held in Mount Ayr September 29, 30 and…

Snapshot of history

The Liggett brothers operated a grocery store at 112 W. Madison called H. H. Wilson & Co. Arthur and Harry Liggett, along with partner Charlie Horne, bought Wilson’s business in 1918 and kept the name due to the incredible reputation Mr. Wilson had built up. Wilson erected the building at 112 W. Madison in 1891.…