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New COVID cases in double digits

January 12, 2022

New COVID cases over the past seven days have reached double digits in all six area counties, according to statistics compiled by the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH). On Monday, IDPH reported these numbers of total cases since the beginning of the pandemic along with the number of new cases for the six-county over…

MAC board hears Performance Profile results

January 12, 2022

The Mount Ayr Community Schools board of directors covered a relatively light agenda at its meeting Monday, January 10. Mount Ayr 7-12 principal Bill Huntington and elementary principal Chris Elwood both reviewed the latest School Performance Profiles from the Iowa Department of Education. Huntington said he was pleased with the newest profile results that saw…

MAC Elementary maintains high state performance rating

January 12, 2022

                The Iowa Department of Education recently released its annual Performance Profile for Iowa schools.In the latest report, Mount Ayr Elementary school received an overall performance score of 62.77, significantly above the state average of 54.70. The latest score of 62.77 is in line with scores of 63.89…

MACHS improves on performance rating

January 5, 2022

The Iowa Department of Education recently released its annual Performance Profile for Iowa schools. [This week’s article covers the Performance Profile for Mount Ayr middle/high school. Next week’s article will focus on Mount Ayr Elementary.] In the latest report, Mount Ayr middle/high school received an overall performance score of 56.83, slightly above the state average…

COVID cases continue to climb

January 5, 2022

New COVID cases over the past seven days have continued their steady increase, according to statistics compiled by the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH). On Monday, IDPH reported these numbers of total cases since the beginning of the pandemic along with the number of new cases for the six-county over the past seven days…

Council considers support of downtown renovation project

January 5, 2022

A potential urban renewal project was a main item of discussion at the Monday, January 3 meeting of the Mount Ayr city council. [The meeting marked the first by newly elected council member Jessica Bishop.] At their December 20 meeting, the council had approved a project submitted by Matt Hudson to renovate the former Odd…

Raider wrestling competes at Albany, North Mahaska

January 12, 2022

The Raider wrestlers traveled across the border to face Albany, South Harrison and North Andrew last Thursday. The Raiders lost to Albany and South Harrison while defeating North Andrew. Against Albany, The Raiders saw Jaydon Knight take the win over Kyle Burke by fall in 1:53 at 170 pounds, while Keaton White at 182 defeated…

Bowlers take second at Clarke, first at home over Nodaway Valley

January 12, 2022

The Raider bowlers finished second at the Kenny Brammer Inviational in Osceola last week where they competed against Clarke and Lamoni. The Clarke Indians finished first with a pin total of 2,973 and the Raiders finished second with 1,993. Lamoni came in third with a 1,455 pin total. In total pins, Brandon Lane finished fifth…

Raiderettes fall at Wells Fargo, pick-up two wins at home

January 12, 2022

NV 50, Mt. Ayr 30 It was a tough outing for the Raiderettes last Tuesday at ‘The Well’, falling to the Nodaway Valley Wolverines 50-30. Maddie Stewart led the team in points with 10, the only Raiderette in the double digits, however, eight Raiderettes put points on the board in the team effort. The Raiderettes…

LISA ANN SCHWALBE

January 12, 2022

Lisa Ann Schwalbe, 58, of Grand River, IA, passed away on January 4, 2022, at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines, IA due to complications of pancreatitis. She was beloved mother to Erin Elizabeth Campbell of Des Moines, as well as devoted daughter, sister and doting aunt to 17 nieces and nephews whom she…

KENNETH MERYL MCALEXANDER

January 5, 2022

Kenneth Meryl McAlexander was born on the family farm in Percival, IA to Riley Fletcher and Ora (Paddock) McAlexander on August 7, 1928. He was greeted by brothers. Carl, Bob, Gene, and sister, Naomi. Later, he was joined by brother, Dale. Kenny passed away on December 29, 2021, at the Mount Ayr Health Care Center.…

LEO VERNON LANE, JR

January 5, 2022

Leo Vernon “Skip” Lane, Jr., 65 years old of Niles, passed to his rest December 24, 2021 at his home after an illness. He was born Janu 29, 1956 in Rockford, IL, the son of Leo Vernon and Ann M. (Welsh) Lane, Sr., and has lived in the Michiana area for many years. After high…

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 by Lora Stull

January 12, 2022

One Hundred Years Ago (From the Mount Ayr Record -News, Thursday, January 18, 1922.) A distressing accident which resulted in the fatal injury of Harvey Johnston happened Friday evening about 4:30 o’clock on Deport Street near the Snow White Bakery. John Spencer and Paul McCandless, high school boys, were driving through town advertising a basketball…

Snapshot of History

January 12, 2022

BY MIKE AVITT Last week we left off in the year 1912 when Mount Ayr went back to having two newspapers. In 1913, the number went back up to three. In May 1913, Weldon Laughlin published the first issue of The Independent, a newspaper aligned with the Progressive Party. Mr. Laughlin was an attorney, banker,…