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French recalls career as business leader

  by Mike Avitt What do you do after a seventy-four year career? Well, if you’re Bill French, you shoot for seventy-five. And although this amazing story does not yet have an ending, it does have a beginning. It all started on July 6, 1929 in the Woodland area of Monroe Township, Ringgold County. William…

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County Fair Board looks to add event center to Commercial Building

At the Ringgold County Supervisors regular meeting on Monday, November 14, Fairboard member Dr. Keith Miller and Marci Werner met with the Board of Supervisors to discuss improvements on the fairgrounds, namely the commercial building project, that they are raising funds for. The fair board is planning on a new 80’x40’ addition that would include…

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School board hears morale concerns

An unexpectedly large crowd was in attendance at the regular meeting of the Mount Ayr Community Schools Board of Directors Monday, November 14. On the heels of receiving the prestigious National Blue Ribbon for Academic Excellence, the MAC board learned of potential dissension among district staff. In his opening remarks, director Russell Schuitema reported a…

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Mount Ayr Elementary earns national Blue Ribbon for academic excellence

Mount Ayr Elementary School is among five Iowa schools recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2022. November 3-4 U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel A. Cardona recognized 297 schools as National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2022 based on their overall academic excellence or their progress in closing achievement gaps…

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Council eyes new square design

At their regular meeting Monday, November 7, the Mount Ayr city council got a sneak peek at artist renderings of what a downtown revitalization project could look like. Greg Roth, with the civil engineering firm of Veenstra and Kimm of West Des Moines, shared a number of options regarding the re imagining of the Mount…

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MACHS fall musical set for this weekend

by Shaun Kniep The MACHS fall musical, “Bye Bye Birdie,” will be presented in three performances Friday and Saturday November 11 and 12 at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday at 2:00 p.m. in the high school auditorium. The production is being directed by Korbie Rinehart and Shaun Kniep and choreographed by Ryann Martin, “Bye Bye Birdie”…

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Veterans Day observances Friday

Every November 11 our nation recognizes the people who exhibit undeniable patriotism and the willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good. Veteran’s Day reminds us of the sacrifices made by American veterans and their families for our collective freedoms. The brave men and women who have served and protected this country continue to…

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STATE CHAMPS!!

The Mount Ayr Community High School Cheerleaders took first place in the Timeout Division of the State Cheerleading Competition last Saturday in Des Moines. Pictured are front row: Tegan Streit, Kaylie Shields, Kaylun Victor, Josie Vanderflught Second row: Coach Victoria Victor, Alexis Greenland, Liliana Aguilar, Kalee Wise, Jillian Kniep, Mallory Weehler, Anna Greenland, Coach Amanda…

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Council considers new staff position

The Mount Ayr city council covered a light agenda at its special work session Monday, October 31. Staff change With one position currently vacant on the city crew, city superintendent Brent Wise asked the council if they would consider replacing that position by creating a new job description of Code Enforcement Officer or Assistant City…

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General election Tuesday

The 2022 general election will be held next Tuesday, November 8. Polls will open at 7:00 a.m. and close at 8:00 p.m. at seven precincts across the county (see chart at right). If voters have questions about their precinct location, they may refer to their voter cards, the county website: www.ringgoldcounty.iowa.gov/elections or contact the Auditor’s…

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