HAROLD NORMAN WILLEY

Harold Norman Willey, son of Harold Franklin and Erma Fern (Danielson) Willey, was born February 29, 1936, at Mount Ayr, IA. Following high school, Norman served his country in the US Army. He was stationed in Korea for a while. After his honorable discharge, Norman worked construction. On November 2, 1974, Norman married Pamela Gragg…

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ANNABELLE KATHLEEN JONES

Annabelle Kathleen Jones, age 89, passed away peacefully on Sunday, July 11, 2021, at Mount Ayr Health Center in Mount Ayr, IA. Annabelle was born June 17, 1932 in Lenox, IA to Byron and Eva (Shelman) Brown. She married Robert Duane Jones on September 16, 1967. She was a resident of the Des Moines area…

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Raiders fall in substate final

The Raider baseball team traveled to Oskaloosa on Tuesday night to face a tough New London Tiger baseball team that boasted a 25-1 season headed into the substate final. NL 4, Mt. Ayr 2 It was a pitching dual between New London’s Hecniel Rodriguez and Mount Ayr’s Briar Knapp. Knapp struckout 12 batters in the…

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Snapshot of History

BY MIKE AVITT Hopefully, you’re familiar with a shop in Chariton, Iowa called Piper’s Candy Store. They have home-made candies and doughnuts, but also groceries. The store still has hardwood floors and wooden shelving. Vintage food and soap packaging is on display throughout the store. This week, we’ll look at Mount Ayr’s connection to the…

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Looking Back with Lora Stull

One Hundred Years Ago (From the Mount Ayr Record News, Thursday, July 27, 1921.) According to an Association Press dispatch, a farmer up near Dubuque declared DeDucks got all his money he received when he sold his corn recently and trying to explain to a local banker the necessity of a loan to tide him…

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Groups working to preserve first Hy-Vee building

The original Hy-Vee grocery store in Beaconsfield may get new life if efforts of the newly-formed Ringgold County Historic Preservation Commission come (RCHPC) to fruition. In existence since March, RCHPC is considered a “certified local government,” a designation that allows the commission to qualify for grants aimed at preserving historic buildings and sites. Members of…

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Vaccine survey results released by RCPH

Ringgold County Public Health recently surveyed the community to determine information on vaccine hesitancy. “What we found was mostly similar to nationwide data. One thing that differed was no identified barriers in access to vaccine,” states Becky Fletchall, Nurse Administrator. Unlike other places in the state and nation, Ringgold County Public Health has been delivering…

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Swimming pool again on council agenda

The future of the swimming pool at Judge Lewis Park was again a main item of discussion at the Monday, July 19 meeting of the Mount Ayr city council. City administrator Brent Wise shared an email from Michael Maloney, a managing director from the financial services firm of D.A. Davidson, outlining potential funding options for…

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LLOYD HARDEN GLENDENNING

Lloyd Harden Glendenning, son of Harden and Lola (McPherson) Glendenning, was born March 24, 1931 on the family farm. Lloyd attended and graduated from Mount Ayr High School with the class of 1949. On December 22, 1951, Lloyd was united in marriage to LaVerne Marion Smith. Lloyd and LaVerne would welcome into their home two…

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WILLIAM WOODROW SALTZMAN

William Woodrow Saltzman of Madison, CT originally from Mount Ayr in Ringgold County, IA, passed away peacefully on June 30, 2021. “Bill” Saltzman was born June 1, 1938, the first child to W.W. “Woody” and Carmen Sarah Saltzman. Originally a farming family, Woody transitioned into the insurance business mid-century, and young Bill followed in his…

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