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Council sets garage limits, fills park vacancy

The passage of two new city ordinances, filling a vacancy on the city’s park board, and finalizing two revolving loan applications were among action items at the Monday, October 18 Mount Ayr city council meeting. Ordinances Two new city ordinances passed on their first reading with the second and third readings waived. The first ordinance…

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County plans for Halloween fun

It’s about time for the annual visit from ghosts and goblins around Ringgold County, as local groups and communities have announced their plans for the Halloween season. Nightmare on Madison Street The popular Nightmare on Madison Street haunted house attraction returns this year. Located in the Timby Building above Still Smokin’ BBQ on the northeast…

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Test scores, resignation on MAC board agenda

Elementary test results and an unexpected resignation were among discussion items at the Monday, October 11 meeting of the Mount Ayr Community Schools board of directors. Test scores In his report to the board, elementary principal Chris Elwood shared the results of the fall FAST assessments in grades 2-6. (See graph at right.) FAST assessments…

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Podium Ink ‘re-brands’ Northwest football facility

The artistry of a local business is now featured prominently in the football complex at Northwest Missouri State University. Brad Elliott, a 2004 Northwest alum, and Burt Murphy (Iowa State 2005), co-owners of Podium Ink of Mount Ayr, were contacted by Northwest officials associated with the football program in December 2020 to help create a…

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Avitt pens 500th ‘Snapshots of History’

Today’s edition of the Mount Ayr Record-News marks a milestone: on page 9 appears the 500th installment of the “Snapshots of History” column researched and authored by local historian Mike Avitt of Mount Ayr. With such a prolific portfolio of historic documentation, one might assume that Avitt has had a life-long interest in area history.…

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Council plans street improvements

The Mount Ayr City Council approved an agreement between the city and the engineering firm Veenstra & Kim Inc. for a drainage study, street plan and design services. The agreement, at a cost of $5,200, will help develop a 10 year plan for street improvements and designing two initial projects for street improvements. The plan…

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Retirement, new job assignments highlight RCH meeting

by Brenda Grose The retirement of a longtime physician, new job assignments and new hires, shortages in revenue reported with a bottom-line loss and new assets put in place highlighted the regular monthly Ringgold County Hospital board of trustees meeting, Monday, Sept 21. Dr. Bruce Ricker, RCH chief of staff, announced his intention to retire…

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MACHS high in U.S. News rankings

U.S. News and World Report is out with its annual ranking of American high schools, and the news magazine lists Mount Ayr Community High School among the state’s best. Coming in at #53 out of over 402 public high schools in the state, U.S. News cites Mount Ayr’s test scores, especially in reading and math,…

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Huge spike in COVID cases in 3 area counties

According to statistics compiled by the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) by September 27, the number of new COVID cases over the past seven days has spiked in Adams, Clarke and Union counties over the past week: Union 57 Clarke 47 Adams 28 Decatur 17 Taylor 8 Ringgold 3 Ringgold County Public Health reports…

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Delphos man sentenced to 15 years

Scott William Thurman of Delphos, was convicted of delivery of methamphetamine, a class C felony and theft in the second degree, a class D felony. For the delivery of methamphetamine, Thurman was ordered to pay a fine of $1,000 and restitution to the Ringgold County Sheriff’s Office in the amount of $100 and was ordered…

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