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Gepner still face of library 22 years later

Walk into the Mount Ayr Public Library and you are destined to meet longtime librarian Mary Kathryn Gepner. Mary Kathryn grew up in Benton and graduated from Mount Ayr Community High School. After graduation, Mary Kathryn went on to teach history and government at Abraham Lincoln High School in Council Bluffs where she retired after…

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U.S. Postal Service sets new rates for 2023

Price changes to mailing services took effect on January 22. The new rates include a three-cent increase in the price of a First-Class Mail Forever stamp to 63 cents. The metered mail 1-ounce price will increase to 60 cents and the price of a domestic postcard stamp will increase to 48 cents. A one-ounce letter…

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Conservation board highlights supervisor meeting

The Monday, January 23 meeting of the Ringgold County Board of Supervisors, was an all day event. The meeting ran from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and encompassed mostly fiscal year 2024 budget workshops. The purpose of these budget workshops is for various County entities and organizations to submit proposals for funding to the County…

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Couple recounts Ukrainian experience

Laura and Volodomyr Kisarets, of Rivne Ukraine, are currently visiting family in Ringgold County, and sat down with the Record News to talk about their experiences. Laura is a 1998 graduate of Mount Ayr community high School. She is also the daughter of Carol Anne (Gilliland) and Bob Galloway. After earning her degree in elementary…

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Local house is a total loss to fire

Last week, the house Wesley Dorsett was renting caught fire and burned to the ground. According to his daughter Jerney, the fire department came earlier in the day and thought they had extinguished the fire completely. At approximately 2 a.m. neighbor, Bill Schaefer, saw the house on fire again and called the fire department. Though…

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Double lung transplant recipient recounts her 27- year experience

In 1986, at the age of 19 Amy Ford was diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension. Ford explained this is a condition with no known cure, and without a transplant is universally fatal. She stated that she was told by doctors, there was almost no chance she would make it through the next 20 years, she most…

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Council discusses properties, food truck ordinance

Discussion on the creation of a food truck ordinance, and the sale of city owned properties, were the main points of action at the January 16 Mount Ayr city council meeting. City Superintendent, Brent Wise, commented that there are an increasing number of food trucks in the area. The creation of a new ordinance would…

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McNutt takes over as Diagonal Superintendent

Beginning 2023, Diagonal administration looks a little different, yet familiar as Karleen Stephens stepped down as superintendent after 45 years in education. Assuming the role of superintendent is Larry McNutt, a 1991 graduate of Diagonal. McNutt has always wanted to be in education since he was young, pursuing that aspiration after high school through Buena…

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FARMLAND PRICES SETTING RECORDS

Land Prices in Ringgold county, and across the state, have seen a dramatic increase over the past ten years. Local Realtor Wanda Hosfield with South Central Iowa Realty agrees. “I thought I was seeing peak farm prices a year ago when nice parcels were selling between $5,500 and $6,000 per acre. We were asking top…

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