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Sun Valley family to appear on Family Feud

It’s not often when friends and neighbors from Ringgold County appear on a popular television game show. One of those rare times will occur this week when the Smaha family of Sun Valley make their appearance on “Family Feud.” [The program will air at either 4 or 4:30 p.m. this Thursday, May 19 on KDSM…

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City to host open house for community pool project

The City of Mount Ayr will be hosting a public open house for the Mount Ayr Community Pool project Monday, May 23 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at the Ringgold Outdoor Alliance building located at 104 E Monroe Street. The purpose of the open house is to establish the need for upgrades to the existing community pool,…

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American Legion to observe Memorial Day

by Shirley Wallace, Adjutant American Legion Post 172 Over Memorial Day weekend, hundreds of flags will be flying in the Avenue of Flags at the Rose Hill Cemetery in Mt. Ayr. For each flag, a family has purchased a flag and pole in memory of their loved one and a tribute to the service they…

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Personnel changes top RCH trustee agenda

In a brief regular monthly meeting held Monday, April 25, Ringgold County Hospital’s board of directors heard department information reports from Chief of Staff Dr. Katie Wilcox, CNO Amy Mobley and CFO Missy Walter, as well as an update from CEO Joe Mangiameli discussing ongoing leadership changes and strategic initiatives. Dr. Wilcox shared information on…

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Mower purchase, lift station among council decisions

The Mount Ayr city council covered a light agenda at their regular meeting Monday, May 2. At Monday’s meeting the council: • approved the purchase of a 2022 Hustler mower from Cannon Sales and Service to replace the 2014 Dixon mower currently in service. In presenting price quotes to the council, City administrator Brent Wise…

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Budget, personnel on MAC board special agenda

Besides hiring Josh Vanderflught as the new 7-12 principal, the Mount Ayr Community Schools board of directors made other significant decisions at their special meeting held Wednesday, April 27 Budget Of interest to property owners in the Mount Ayr school district, the board approved the budget for the 2022-2023 school year. It was noted the…

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Vanderflught returns to MAC as 7-12 principal

The career of a local educator is coming full circle following action at a special session of the Mount Ayr Community Schools board of directors. At a special meeting April 27, the board approved the hiring of Josh Vanderflught as the new 7-12 building principal, replacing Bill Huntington who will assume the duties of K-6…

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2020 Census data released

  Last month the U.S. Census Bureau updated statistics for Ringgold County gathered from the 2020 Census: Population Population 4,663 Population, Census, April 1, 2020 4,663 Population, Census, April 1, 2010 5,131 Population change 2010 to 2020 -9.12 % Age and gender Persons under 5 years 5.9% Persons under 18 years 22.8% Persons 65 years…

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2021 real estate transactions compiled

Real estate transactions in Ringgold County amounted to nearly $90 million in 2021, according to records found on the Beacon website used by the county assessor’s office. The Beacon site lists all transactions in four different categories: ag land, ag land with dwelling, commercial, and residential. While not all transactions carry a dollar amount (such…

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Community Garden seeking volunteers

The Community Garden is thriving in its third year at its location on the corner of East Monroe Street and South Harrison Street, across from Heritage Park Apartments in Mount Ayr. It has attracted more attention this year as additional grant moneys come in for the garden. As more produce is planted, the garden is…

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