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County allots ARPA funding

September 28, 2022

by Chanse Hall Ringgold County received ARPA funds back in 2021, in the amount of $950,602, but what is ARPA? ARPA stands for American Rescue Plan Act. The American Rescue Plan Act was signed on March 11, 2021 by President Joe Biden, giving $1.9 trillion to State governments to aid public health and economic recovery…

Some early harvests have farmers ‘pleasantly surprised’

September 28, 2022

By: Jared Strong Iowa Capital Dispatch It might be weeks before agriculture experts can say with confidence how the state’s corn and soybean yields fared this year, but some of the early harvesters are relieved their yields are better than expected. “The first fields that get harvested are hardly a barometer for what things are…

BARNSTORMING THROUGH RINGGOLD COUNTY

September 21, 2022

By Chanse Hall Last Thursday, anyone driving down Highway 2 through Mount Ayr was treated to a bit of history as they passed by the airport on the east side of town. A 1929 Travelair 4000 Biplane was parked, facing the higway with banners advertising rides. It wasn’t a planned destination for pilot Keith Kossuth,…

Public hearing set for garbage rate increase

September 21, 2022

At their regular meeting Monday, September 19, the Mount Ayr city council set a public hearing on a proposed rate hike for the city’s garbage service. The hearing will be held Monday, October 3 at 6 p.m. at the beginning of the next scheduled council meeting. The proposed new rate would increase monthly garbage charges…

MAC Homecoming in full swing

September 21, 2022

The Mount Ayr Community Schools annual Homecoming continues through Saturday. Tonight (Thursday, September 21), the Band Boosters will serve supper beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the high school commons. The remainder of Thursday’s activities move to the football field where fans can bid during the jersey auction, the 2022 queen and king will be crowned…

Local school earns ‘Blue Ribbon’

September 21, 2022

Mount Ayr Elementary School is among five Iowa schools recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2022. The award honors schools for overall academic performance or for progress in closing achievement gaps among subgroups of students. The Iowa public schools named as National Blue Ribbon Schools are: • Mount…

Raiders round-up Cowboys Friday

September 28, 2022

Mount Ayr 56, Sidney 6 Friday night marked Homecoming for Mount Ayr in which the Raiders faced the Sidney Cowboys. The first quarter saw the Raiders score from the first play of the game, handing off to Braydon Pierson who took it 48 yards for six. Jaixen Frost split the uprights and the Raiders were…

Raiderettes go 1-3 in Bedford

September 28, 2022

The Raiderettes took to the road on Saturday morning to compete in the Bedford Volleyball Tournament. Stanton 2, Mount Ayr 0 Mount Ayr first faced the Stanton Vikqueens (14-4) who defeated the Raiderettes after a two sets of 21-6 and 21-4. The Raiders had five kills in the two sets, with Tegan Streit leading with…

Penalties plague Raiders in 41-13 loss

September 21, 2022

AHSTW 41, Mount Ayr 13 The Raiders suffered their first loss of the season to the AHSTW Vikings last Friday night. On the opening drive, the Raiders punted which gave the Vikings the opportunity to go ahead early. The Vikings led by 14 before the Raiders scored their first points of the contest, coming on…

GEORGE NOVAK

September 21, 2022

George Novak, 95 of Creston, IA passed away Saturday, September 17, 2022 at Greater Regional Medical Center in Creston. Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m., Saturday, September 24, 2022 at Pearson Family Funeral Service & Cremation Center in Creston. Pastor Mel Kendall will officiate. Open visitation from 3:00-7:00 p.m., Friday, September 23, 2022 with family…

MARY LOU LETSINGER

September 14, 2022

Mary Lou Letsinger was born August 9, 1937 in Ringgold County, IA to Eileen (Creveling) and Arthur Pedersen. She lived on the farm until her parents divorced where her cousin, Keith and dear friend, Beth Whitson currently live. She moved away during childhood years and returned to Beaconsfield to live with her dad, stepmother, Berneeta,…

JOHN PHILIP DUKES

September 14, 2022

John Philip Dukes, 84, was received into Heaven Sunday evening, September 4, 2022. He was at his Spirit Lake home, with his family, when he took his last earthly breath. Phil was born on October 25, 1937, to his parents, John Paul and Veneta Dukes. He grew up on the family farm near Diagonal, IA,…

Hypocrisy in term limit ads

September 28, 2022

To the editor: As the 2022 midterm elections get closer, the political ads ramp up. And, we are all tired of them but one in particular has caught my eye due to the obvious hypocrisy of the group and their ad. I am referring to the Washington based advocacy group, U.S. Term Limits, working to…

Help grandma with children

September 28, 2022

Letter to the editor: When a grandmother opens her home and agrees her grandchildren may come over after school, you might/could/should provide snacks and drinks as grandmother is likely on fixed income. Friends of grandchildren are welcome occasionally. If this happens more than once a week, the friend’s family might/could/should also provide snacks and drinks…

Think for yourself

September 28, 2022

To the editor: I have followed, with equal parts of dismay and amusement, the series of letters submitted to the Mount Ayr Record News these past few months, written by Mr. Sickels. It appears obvious to me that Mr. Sickels is an individual who allows individuals and organizations to think for him, rather than taking…

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

September 28, 2022

One Hundred Years Ago (From the Mount Ayr Record-News,Thursday, October 4, 1922.) The demand for a suitable place in Mount Ayr in which to hold public sales is to be met by the conversion of the H. Middlesworth barn, one block east of the NE corner of the square into a sale pavilion. For some…

Snapshot of History

September 28, 2022

BY MIKE AVITT In October 1882, The Ringgold County Board of Supervisors purchased land in sections 17 and 20 of Liberty Township for the purpose of constructing and operating a county Poor Farm. Ringgold County’s population was increasing rapidly at this time and that meant the population of poor, feeble-minded, widowed, and orphaned was increasing,…