Area News

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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MACH prom set for Saturday

After a year’s absence due to COVID restrictions, the Mount Ayr Community High School prom returns this Saturday, April 24. This year’s theme is “A Night Under the Stars.” Prom-goers and their families and friends are invited to take pictures on the courthouse square beginning at 3:30 p.m. The public is also invited to attend…

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After settlement, White resigns from RCSO

The Ringgold County Sheriff’s Department is short one deputy following the signing of a settlement agreement between the county and sheriff’s deputy Landon White. In the agreement signed by the Ringgold County supervisor chair Ron Landphair on April 5, White agreed to voluntarily resign his employment with the county effective April 9. White was then…

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Johnson and Johnson vaccine not administered in Ringgold County

Ringgold County Public Health (RCPH) has released a statement regarding the suspended usage of the Johnson and Johnson COVID vaccine in light of recent reports of side effects. As of April 12, more than 6.8 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen ) vaccine have been administered in the U.S. CDC and FDA are…

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Family Resource Center looks to remodel, expand services

Two simultaneous projects are in the works at the Family Resource Center (FRC) in Mount Ayr. At their monthly meeting in March, the FRC board decided to undergo an extensive remodel to the center. In addition, the FRC is working to expand its services for children aged 0-3 years of age. Remodel The FRC was…

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Personnel, scheduling, purchases top MAC board agenda

The Mount Ayr Community Schools board of directors covered a wide range of topics at its regular meeting Monday, April12. Personnel The board approved several hiring recommendations: • Dustin and Kinda Larsen as cross country coaches; • Anthony Maldonado as assistant baseball coach; • Derek Lambert as middle school football coach; • Brandie Ruggles as…

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Swimming pool concepts top council agenda

Swimming pool concepts led the agenda at the Monday, April 5 meeting of the Mount Ayr city council. Two architecture/engineering firms presented concepts for a potential new swimming pool at Judge Lewis Park. Because the lead architects from ISG could not be present at Monday’s meeting due to conflict, the company sent a PowerPoint presentation…

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EF4 tornado in 1989 strongest to hit county in past 50 years

Ringgold County and the State of Iowa recently observed National Severe Weather Awareness Week. As residents know, Ringgold County is no stranger to severe weather, but the occurrence of tornadoes here is relatively rare. Far more damage is caused annually by thunderstorms, hail, and extreme winter weather than that caused by the dreaded twisters. April…

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