Area News

City, Hy-Vee negotiating Shopko lot

In its regular meeting Monday, June 1, the Mount Ayr city council voted to keep the Judge Lewis Park swimming pool closed for the remainder of the summer and held a public hearing on the potential purchase of the municipal parking lot in front of the old Shopko store by agents representing Hy-Vee. Pool closed…

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Late night fire destroys Tingley home

A fire early Friday morning destroyed the Tingley home of Sherry Briner and her twin sons, Kaden and Kody Kibbe. According to Briner, the fire originally started Thursday evening around 7-8 p.m. in the front room of the house. The battery in a laptop computer apparently overheated and caught a coffee table and couch on…

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Stone report examines new pool operations, financial impact

With the decision at Monday’s city council meeting to keep the municipal swimming at Judge Lewis Park closed for the remainder of the year, it’s not too early to consider the future of the pool facility. Several weeks ago Stone Planning released its feasibility study for potential recreational facilities in Mount Ayr. The 70-page report…

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County voters choose Haley, Holmes, Knapp

Republican primary results Ringgold County Supervisor Colby Holmes    947 Steve Knapp    731 Kraig Pennington    479 Kurt Shaha    395 Ringgold County Sheriff Rob Haley    964 Landon White    486 Ringgold County Auditor Amanda Waske (unopposed)    1,325 Iowa Senate District 12 Mark Costello    745 Richard Crouch    396 Iowa House District 24 Cecil Dolecheck (unopposed)    1,266 U.S. House Third…

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Two new COVID cases in county

Two additional cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) have been confirmed in residents of Ringgold County, bringing the number of confirmed cases to four in the county. According to the Iowa Department of Public Health, one of the individuals is an adult aged 18-40 and the second individual is aged 41-60.  Both cases are related to…

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Primary election set for Tuesday

The primary election will be held Tuesday, June 2. In Iowa, participating voters must declare their party preference, Republican  and Democrat, before receiving a ballot. Independent voters or No Party voters may declare a party preference and vote in the primary election. Poll are open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Polling places are listed…

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Board OKs summer school, sets start date

At a special meeting held Tuesday, May 26, the Mount Ayr Community Schools board of directors approved plans for a four-week summer school and officially set the opening date for the 2020-2021 school year. Summer school The board formally approved a summer school program that will run four weeks from June 15 through July 10…

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Kellerton couple honored for work with veterans

By Nancy Herberholz FCRV WT Chapter Activity Chairman [This article originally appeared in the January 1 edition of the Winter Texan Times.] The Family Campers and RVers (FCRV) Winter Texan chapter has been privileged to help the veterans at the Alfredo Gonzales Texas State Veterans Home for several years. One of the projects that the…

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First Covid-19 case confirmed in county

A case of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has been confirmed in a resident of Ringgold County. According to the Iowa Department of Public Health, the individual is an adult age 18 to 40 and is recovering at home. By HIPAA privacy and Iowa Code Chapter 22 laws, no further information can be given at this time.…

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Virus curtails Memorial Day observances

COVID-19 social distancing restrictions have forced the curtailment of many Memorial Day observances around the county. American Legion Post 172 of Mount Ayr will erect the traditional Avenue of Flags in Rose Hill Cemetery, but no public services are planned. American Legion Post 395 in Diagonal has canceled their observances in local cemeteries, but flags…

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