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Council gears up rental inspections

The Mount Ayr City Council took the next step in beefing up the city’s rental housing inspection practices by approving an agreement with a property inspection consulting firm. The city agreed to a contract with Iowa Inspections, LLC out of Ackworth to assist the city in “establishing and facilitating a Rental Housing Inspection Program.” An…

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Crop planting underway, concerns about soil moisture

By Jared Strong Iowa Capital Dispatch Warm soil temperatures and favorable weather have allowed farmers across Iowa to start planting corn and soybeans last week, according to several field agronomists. Last Wednesday was the earliest planting date for corn to be eligible for federal crop insurance replanting payments, which cover farmers if their young crops…

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Pay, personnel dominate school board meeting

The Mount Ayr board of education approved increased salary schedules, and a myriad of personnel changes at their regular meeting on Monday, April 15. New Salary Schedules New 24-25 salary schedules and benefits for certified staff, non certified staff and administration were approved, reflecting new minimum teacher salaries to comply with HF 2612 being signed…

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New pool fully funded, for now

Similar to how streams feed into a larger stream or river, several major funding sources have contributed to the confluence of a new pool in Mount Ayr. Between the bond referendum providing up to $2,000,000, major grant awards, and the construction of the project coming in under budget, the plan to replace the original pool…

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Mount Ayr Jazz Band takes fourth at Iowa Jazz Championships

The Mount Ayr Jazz Band finished in fourth place at the Iowa Jazz Championships on Tuesday, April 2. Ashlyn Byer received one of four Outstanding Performer Awards for all of Class A. Brittney Gilliland, vibes; Aiden Comer, trombone; and Ashlyn Byer, flute were also named Outstanding Soloists. There will be a pep rally on Thursday,…

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Mount Ayr awarded $340,000 CAT grant for pool

After considering 11 projects, the Enhance Iowa Board awarded $3,025,047 in Community Attraction and Tourism (CAT) grants to projects in 10 communities including the City of Mount Ayr. Mount Ayr was awarded a $340,000 CAT grant, on Thursday, April 4, filling the final gap in funds needed to replace the original pool built in 1963.…

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County sets FY25 budget, will fund an IT Director next year

The Ringgold County Board of Supervisors hired an IT Director for the county, approved 2 percent increases in salary, and set their FY25 budget at their regular meeting on Monday, April 8. New IT Director Zachary Hague will be transitioning the management of IT infrastructure internally beginning April 22. Hague received his Associate of Applied…

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60 Years in a Clip Joint

By Mike Avitt Dick Simpson is in the business of turning heads. Not as a pretty young lady might turn heads; Dick does it with clippers, scissors, and a barber chair. And he’s been doing it for sixty years now in the same shop. Dick finished barber school and began his internship at Clarinda. However,…

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Daycare staffing shortage

Since the pandemic, childcare has become increasingly challenging, as the number of people providing daycare has decreased. There is a shortage of in-home providers and staff for the existing centers in Ringgold County. While the issue isn’t unique to our area, organizations are collaborating and asking for support to promote childcare business and education in…

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Lt. Gov. Gregg discusses Iowa United First Aid pilot program

The Iowa Economic Development Authority awarded three $50,000 grants to Calhoun County Public Health, Cass County Board of Health, and Van Buren County Hospital to test a new volunteer program aimed at decreasing emergency response times in rural Iowa. The total grant funding of $150,000 was made available through the Governor’s Empower Rural Iowa Initiative.…

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