LEO ELBERT BANNER

Leo Elbert Banner of Des Moines, IA passed away April 13, 2021. He was born October 16, 1938 in Union County, IA to Vurl Banner and Marie Twombley Banner. Leo is survived by his wife Sara Joan and children and grandchildren: Leigh Ann Arthur (Ed), Sarah, Thomas, Mary and Rachel; James Banner, Breanna and Alana;…

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Haley, Ehlen medal as Raiderettes take first, Raiders take third

The Mount Ayr golf teams traveled to Corydon for a night on the golf course against Wayne April 13. The cold, windy day made for less than desirable conditions for golf, however, the Raider and Raiderette athletes battled through it to produce good scores throughout. The Raiders as a team scored a 223, while Wayne…

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Mount Ayr track competes at Earlham, Knoxville

Tuesday night saw the Mount Ayr track teams head to Earlham to compete at Jack Padilla Field with 14 other teams such as Earlham, Panorama, Harlan and Van Meter. The Raiderettes finished the night in fifth with 70 points, just behind fourth place South Hamilton. Taking home the gold was Van Meter with 103 points,…

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Snapshot of History

BY MIKE AVITT I found something really interesting about the religious life in Knowlton, so I’ll just share everything I have. On July 20, 1922, lightning struck the Methodist Church and burned it to the ground. What the newspaper said about the history of the building came as a shock to me. This church building…

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Another mass shooting

To the editor: Another mass shooting, this one in Indianapolis, number eight since March 13, in all 48 people dead, killed by a fellow American with a legally purchased gun. Northwestern University mass killing data base has tracked a dozen mass killings in 2021 that have left 68 people dead and 15 people injured. The…

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Elderly have rights

To the editor: “Nursing Home Residents Have Rights” – our Elderly should have rights too! Long ago, as part of a Federal Nursing Home Reform Law, enacted in 1987, in the Social Security Act, were silver residents rights, it requires Nursing Homes to “promote and protect the rights of each resident and places a strong…

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Looking Back with Lora Stull

One Hundred Years Ago (From the Mount Ayr Record News, Thursday, April 27, 1921.) For the first time in the history of Ringgold County, women will be called to serve as trial jurors in the district court at the May term which convenes Monday, May 16 with Judge P.C. Winters presiding. The two women chosen…

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Huntington finalist for East Union-Murray superintendent

Mount Ayr Middle/High School principal Bill Huntington has been named one of three finalists for the position of shared superintendent for the East Union and Murray school districts. In an April 16 post appearing on the Murray schools Facebook page, the districts announced their respective school boards had conducted electronic screening interviews with six candidates.…

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Council makes preparations for future projects

Preparations for future projects were among topics considered during the Mount Ayr city council’s regular meeting Monday, April 19. The council approved a letter of engagement with the Southern Iowa Council of Governments for the Mount Ayr 2021 housing rehab grant. Under the agreement, SICOG will complete the Low and Moderate Income Survey and Homeowner…

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Ringgold County COVID rate remains among lowest in area

According to latest statistics compiled by the Iowa Department of Public Health, the percentage of positive cases of COVID-19 in Ringgold County stands at 1.9 percent among those tested over the past seven days. below the 4.4 percent state average. The county’s 14-day positivity rate came in at 1.5 percent, below the 4.5 percent state…

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