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County allots ARPA funding

by Chanse Hall Ringgold County received ARPA funds back in 2021, in the amount of $950,602, but what is ARPA? ARPA stands for American Rescue Plan Act. The American Rescue Plan Act was signed on March 11, 2021 by President Joe Biden, giving $1.9 trillion to State governments to aid public health and economic recovery…

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Some early harvests have farmers ‘pleasantly surprised’

By: Jared Strong Iowa Capital Dispatch It might be weeks before agriculture experts can say with confidence how the state’s corn and soybean yields fared this year, but some of the early harvesters are relieved their yields are better than expected. “The first fields that get harvested are hardly a barometer for what things are…

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BARNSTORMING THROUGH RINGGOLD COUNTY

By Chanse Hall Last Thursday, anyone driving down Highway 2 through Mount Ayr was treated to a bit of history as they passed by the airport on the east side of town. A 1929 Travelair 4000 Biplane was parked, facing the higway with banners advertising rides. It wasn’t a planned destination for pilot Keith Kossuth,…

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Public hearing set for garbage rate increase

At their regular meeting Monday, September 19, the Mount Ayr city council set a public hearing on a proposed rate hike for the city’s garbage service. The hearing will be held Monday, October 3 at 6 p.m. at the beginning of the next scheduled council meeting. The proposed new rate would increase monthly garbage charges…

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MAC Homecoming in full swing

The Mount Ayr Community Schools annual Homecoming continues through Saturday. Tonight (Thursday, September 21), the Band Boosters will serve supper beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the high school commons. The remainder of Thursday’s activities move to the football field where fans can bid during the jersey auction, the 2022 queen and king will be crowned…

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Local school earns ‘Blue Ribbon’

Mount Ayr Elementary School is among five Iowa schools recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2022. The award honors schools for overall academic performance or for progress in closing achievement gaps among subgroups of students. The Iowa public schools named as National Blue Ribbon Schools are: • Mount…

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Next week is MAC Homecoming

The Mount Ayr Community Schools annual Homecoming celebration will be held next week. On Thursday, September 15, the Band Boosters will serve supper beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the high school commons. The remainder of Thursday’s activities move to the football field where the 2022 queen and king will be crowned and the audience will…

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Three join MACS Hall of Fame

The 2022 Mount Ayr Community Schools Hall of Fame Banquet and Induction ceremony will take place Saturday, September 24 as the cap to the Homecoming Week festivities. New members include Ed Defenbaugh, Dan McGugin, and Brent Wilson. The event will be held in the high school commons. Tickets are $35 each or $240 for a…

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School Board approves ‘Skip the Trip’ and discusses girls wrestling

Monday, September 12 the Mount Ayr Community School Board held its regular board meeting. The board started the night with a visit from Ringgold County Hospital employees Natasha Gourley and Leslie Dredge. Gourley and Dredge spoke about the services that Ringgold County Hospital provides to the school, free of charge, such as providing Gourley’s services…

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RCCB Heritage Days at Liberty Lake Saturday

Ringgold County Conservation will host Heritage Days on Saturday, September 10. “Join us for multiple activities that will take you back in time and immerse yourself in the culture of pioneer and early settler life,” said RCCB director Kate Zimmerman. Activities that are fun for all ages will be taking place from 3:00 – 5:00…

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