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Huntington to resign as MACHS principal

Personnel decisions topped the agenda at Monday’s meeting of the board of directors for the Mount Ayr Community Schools. The board accepted resignations from three staff members. Bill Huntington resigned his position as 7-12 principal effective at the conclusion of the current school year. He will become the elementary principal in the Lenox district next…

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RCPH provides vaccine update

Ringgold County Public Health has released updated COVID vaccination information. Ongoing research studies continue to show the importance of vaccination and booster doses to prevent both infection and severe outcomes in breakthrough infections. CDC shares “During the recent Omicron surge, those who were boosted were 21-times less likely to die from COVID-19 compared to those…

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County installs safety enhancements at Goose Pond Corner

Ringgold County has taken steps to enhance traffic control at the intersection of Highway 2 and County Highway P27, locally known as the Goose Pond Corner. South of the intersection one group of rumble strips have been cut into the roadway approximately 500-600 feet before the intersection and another new group is located approximately 260-335…

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Spring prairie chicken survey is underway

The annual spring survey of known prairie chicken lek sites is underway. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) began structured surveys of the prairie chicken population in 2009, to learn more about the number of birds at the Kellerton Bird Conservation Area, and on nearby private land. “These surveys give us a population estimate…

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Nuisances again lead council discussion

Nuisance properties were once again front and center during discussion at the Monday, April 4 Mount Ayr city council meeting. City administrator Brent Wise presented to the council a series of photographs of 11 properties within city limits that currently comprise the worse offenders of the city’s nuisance ordinances. Most of the properties targeted were…

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Hy-Vee to stop inserts

HyVee customers who use their weekly ad insert to plan their shopping are being forced to go online or use a smartphone to get weekly specials starting next week. According to a release from Universal Media, Hy-Vee’s advertising agency, the decision follows extensive discussion and examination of the changes in both the news and retail…

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Primary candidates announced

The slate of candidates has been announced for the June 7 primary election. On the Republican side, three individuals are running to earn their party’s nomination to fill one position on the county board of supervisors: Marla Crawford, Rodney Shields, and Randy Taylor. (Current supervisor Ron Landphair is not seeking re-election.) Incumbent Republican county attorney…

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Pheasants Forever banquet tomorrow

The Ringgold County’s Chapter of Pheasants Forever annual banquet is fast approaching. Friday April 1 the Pheasants Forever Banquet will be held at the American Legion in Mount Ayr. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. with dinner starting at 7:00 p.m. with auction following. Prime rib cooked by Kevin Trullinger and sides by the Legion…

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Breakfast with Master virtual again this year

In the interest of safety and the nature of the event with all the churches coming together eating, singing and sitting together, the Ringgold County Ministerial Association’s Breakfast with the Master series will be virtual for the third and final year. At 6:30 a.m. each day of Easter week (Monday, April 11 through Friday, April…

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Personnel, contract on MAC board agenda

The Mount Ayr Community Schools board of directors made some significant decisions at a special meeting held Monday, March 28. Personnel The board approved the hiring of three teachers. Isaac Vos will teach high school social studies. Mackenzie Slykhuis will teach at the elementary. Cole Corson will also teach at the elementary, and will serve…

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