Bedford, Mount Ayr school boards seek public input

The Bedford and Mount Ayr school boards are asking patrons for their input on the search for a new superintendent to be shared between the two districts. Current shared superintendent Joe Drake has announced his retirement at the end of the current school year. To solicit public input, the boards have included a survey inserted…

School board sets hearing for lighting project

At their regular meeting Monday, October 14, the Mount Ayr Community Schools board of education set a public hearing on a proposed project to renovate lighting at the athletic complex. The hearing is scheduled for Monday, 5:30 p.m. in the board room. With an estimated cost of just over $700,000, the project calls for the…

Missing money at WRD landfill

A year-long investigation conducted by the office of State Auditor Rob Sand has revealed the misappropriation of several thousand dollars from the Wayne-Ringgold-Decatur (WRD) Landfill Commission bank accounts. According to the report released October 10, the investigation identified $61,786.27 of cash withheld from daily tipping fees at the landfill which were not properly deposited. Investigators…

Two Mount Ayr men convicted of sexual abuse

On Monday, September 23, after a brief deliberation, a Decatur County jury found two Mount Ayr men guilty of sex abuse charges, according to the Decatur County Attorney’s Office. Justice Mathis, 19, and Mickie Lee Atkins, 50, both currently of Mount Ayr and formerly of Lamoni were found guilty on all charges against them. According…

Lots of Halloween fun planned

Although it’s just the second week in October, several Halloween activities have already been announced. Nightmare on Madison Street Nightmare on Madison Street will return for a second year. The haunted house attraction is located at 103 W. Madison Street in Mount Ayr on the second floor of the Timby Building. This year the Nightmare…

Urban renewal area set

At their regular meeting Monday, October 7, the Mount Ayr city focused much of their discussion on potential economic development and infrastructure improvements. Urban Renewal Area The council passed a resolution formally establishing a new Industrial Park Urban Renewal Area, a move that could result in tax incremental financing (TIF) opportunities that would generate revenue…

Jones sets new school record in Greenfield

The Mount Ayr harriers took to the course in Nodaway Valley last week that saw great weather and a fast course along with three Mount Ayr medalist and a new school record on that course for the 5K, while seventeen Mount Ayr runners had personal or season best runs. The Raiderettes finished eighth overall as…

Raiders look to top Van Meter

Friday night the Raiders host the number one ranked (RPI rankings) Van Meter Bulldogs while the Raiders sit at number six. The Raiders rebounded from their Panorama loss with a 35-3 victory over the Clarinda Cardinals last week, whereas the Bulldogs are coming off a 20-0 win over the previously undefeated Panorama Panthers. Van Meter…

Raiderettes down Wayne before loss to Southwest Valley Monday

SWV 3, Mount Ayr 0 Southwest Valley traveled to Mount Ayr last week for a regular season volleyball match. The Raiderettes attempted to fend off the Timberwolf powerhouse but fell after three sets. In the loss, Mount Ayr was led by Sam Stewart with nine kills on 23 attempts and Channler Henle who had seven…

DONALD LEE STRINGHAM

Donald Lee Stringham was born June 10, 1941 at home in Mount Ayr, IA to Ernest Milton Stringham and Colene Fentress (Vance) Stringham. Donnie grew up with Curtis Ray. He went to school in Mount Ayr up to his first day of his senior year and got expelled for driving his 1941 Chevy Coupe car…

RICHARD LEE BELL

Richard Lee Bell, 75, of the Hillsboro and Houghton communities passed away on Wednesday, October 9, 2019, at his home. Richard was born on February 27, 1944, in Mount Ayr, IA the son of Harold Raymond and Pauline Long Bell. In his youth he was a member of the Baptist Youth Fellowship in Delphos, IA…

HAROLD DAVID SANDAGE

Harold David “Sandy” Sandage, 89, of Ottumwa, passed away on October 4, 2019 at Ridgewood Specialty Care in Ottumwa. He was born to Orville G. and Cora Parman Sandage July 27, 1930 in Mount Ayr, IA. There, he spent his childhood, attended Mount Ayr schools graduating in 1948. On April 9, 1950, Harold married his…

Addressing an ROA rumor

To the editor: My name is Bob Malcom. I am a past president and currently a voting board member of the Ringgold Outdoor Alliance. I would like to start off by stating that this letter is in no way any type of official notice on behalf of the ROA or any of its members, and…

Enjoys history lessons

To the editor: Just wanted to tell you and Lora Stull (editor of Looking Back in the Early Files) how much we have enjoyed and appreciated the information shared about WWI and WWII in the 100 year and 75 year columns this year. It’s been a wonderful condensed history lesson for us about life in…

Support Becker event

To the Editor: Bruce and I would like to belatedly thank Joe Drake and the school board for going ahead with the Todd Becker event in January 2019. We were one of the many people who called them to encourage them to go ahead with it. We totally believe in the separation of Church and…

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 12 Fall’s in the Ayr – Ladies’ Night Out, 4-7 p.m. Friday, September 13 Come congratulate Ginny Eighmy on her ritrement on Friday, September 13 from 1 to 3 p.m. at 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. Thursday, August 29 State Auditor, Rob Sand, will be speaking at the Mount Ayr Public Library at 9 a.m. Saturday, August 31 Diagonal Lions Labor day Celebration beginning with a Fogle Lake Fun Run…

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,…

Looking Back by Lora Stull

One Hundred Years Ago (From the Mount Ayr Record-News, Thursday, October 29, 1919.) An accident which the wonder is did not result in a funeral in addition to property damage happened Sunday night about ten o’clock when a Buick car driven by Truman Dulany and an Overland driven by a young man by the name…

Snapshot of History

BY MIKE AVITT This photo, which seems to have been taken in the 1950s, shows the Hanoco Oil Co. filling station and cottages on the west side of Highway 69, formerly the Jefferson Highway. The Jefferson Highway was the first transcontinental highway in the U. S. stretching from New Orleans, Louisiana to Winnipeg, Canada. The…