Snow totals adding up

Snow, snow and more snow… So far the winter season in Ringgold County has wreaked havoc on school calendars, road maintenance budgets, snowblowers and people’s patience, and there was more to come midweek, according to weather prognosticators. While snow totals can vary significantly between small distances, recorded amounts across Ringgold County include 18 inches in…

OUTSTANDING ATTRACTION

The Iowa Tourism Office and the Travel Federation of Iowa has presented the Ringgold County Conservation Board’s Dragoon Trace Nature Center the Iowa Tourism Award for Outstanding Attraction. The award was among 27 recognizing excellence in the tourism industry at a ceremony today in Altoona during the 2019 Iowa Tourism Conference. Awards to both metro…

Weather taking a toll on city snow budget

The excessive snowfall this year is taking it’s toll on the city’s snow removal budget. City superintendent Brent Wise told the city council Monday evening the city’s snow removal budget has been “blown up” and there is no relief in sight as another snowstorm is about to hit the area again this week. Between the…

School board struggles to make up ‘snow days’

Snow days and approval of the school calendar for the 2019-2020 school year were two items of interest at the regular meeting of the Mount Ayr Community School board of directors Monday, February 18. Superintendent Joe Drake reported that the district has so far missed six days of school along with six late starts and…

From home-based to brick and mortar, Uniquely Radiant continues to evolve

During a time when much attention focuses on a business closing, it’s a welcome change to learn of a new business opening locally. Such is the case with Uniquely Radiant, a new boutique that opened February 1 at 113 N. Taylor Street in Mount Ayr. And while the location may be new, owner Jennifer Kellner…

Shopko to close in Mount Ayr

The Shopko Stores Operating Company, LLC has officially announced the Shopko Hometown store in Mount Ayr will close effective May 5. Local store manager John Stieh confirmed the announcement but could provide no further details. The Shopko company had filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy in mid-January, but the closing of several stores and the sale of…

Wrestlers finish season at state meet

The three Raider wrestlers that made it to ‘The Well’ found stiff competition on the mats. Mount Ayr heavyweight Josh Cox fell in his first match against Trenton Dirks. Cox came back in the consolation bracket and had a win over Chase Gallagher but ultimately fell to Noah Pittman to end his run. Trae Ehlen…

Raiderettes fall to Central Decatur to end season

CD 71, Mt. Ayr 48 The Raiderettes fell Wednesday night to the Central Decatur Cardinals in a game that was tight up until halftime. The Raiderettes were down 34-28 going into halftime and had the Lady Cardinals on their heels. Coming out in the third though, the Lady Cardinals stunned Mount Ayr, out scoring them…

Raiders fall to Lions in second round of district play

DMC 61, Mt. Ayr 47 Mount Ayr wasn’t given any valentine gift last Thursday as the Raiders fell to Des Moines Christian 61-47, ending their bid for the State tournament. The quick hitting Lions were able to out score the Raiders throughout the first half, however, Mount Ayr stayed within striking distance. Hea ding into…

GEROLD LEROY WILLEY

Gerold Leroy Willey, youngest child of Willard and Maude E. (Rusk) Willey, was born at the family home in Mount Ayr on January 5, 1928. Gerold attended and graduated from Mount Ayr Community School in 1947. Football was his passion and he lived and breathed the sport. Gerold worked for his oldest brother, Clair, at…

SHARON MARIE CASE

Sharon Marie Case, daughter of Vern Kenneth and Marjorie Marie (Waddell) Priest, was born at home in Lamoni, Iowa on September 24, 1943. Sharon was delivered by her grandmother, Bertha Hammond Waddell. Sharon started school in Lamoni; went to country school for one year south of Decatur, Iowa; and attended high school in Shannon City…

JUANITA CLOUSE

Juanita Clouse, 88, of Massena passed away on Tuesday, February 5, 2019, at the Heritage House in Atlantic. Funeral services were held on Saturday, February 9, 2019, at 10:30 a.m. at the Massena United Methodist Church in Massena. Pastor Karen Patrick officiated the service. A luncheon was held at the church immediately following the services.…

Supervisors respond to DOT letter

Letter to the Editor, While the letter addressed to the Board of Supervisors in response to a letter written by the Iowa DOT dated December 14, 2018 has a lot of good information in it, we are already aware of the code sections pertaining to a county engineer, having gone through the hiring process in…

February 23 – March 30

NOTICE – If you would like your organization’s meeting dates to appear in the calendar, please contact  Record-News staff at 464-2440. Saturday, February 23 Civil Service Examination for Ringgold County Deputy Sheriff at 8:30 a.m. at the Ringgold County Courthouse. See ad for more details. A celebration for men at the Shannon City Community Church…

Looking Back

One Hundred Years Ago (From the Mount Ayr Record-News, Thursday, March 5, 1919.) Ringgold County losses in the war-KIA, Carl Herrington, Ray Clark and Frank Norris. Died in France-Louis Elick and John Andesrson. Died in camp, Peter Dewey, Ralph Dyer, Homer Greenrod, Earl Malaney, Victor Morris George Philippi, Clyde Woods and Alan McCreary. The general…

Ringgold City School pupils and teacher in 1928

BY MIKE AVITT Thanks to Crae Geist for this week’s picture. I’m guessing this photo belonged to his mother, Cleola (Burchett) Geist, as two of her siblings are in the picture. In the front row, left to right, we see: Elizabeth Butler, Agnes Barnhart, Opal Marshall, Betty Burchett, Madge Barnhouse, Bonnie Haley, Inez Marshall, and…