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MAC ‘Senior Parade’ Sunday

Even if they can’t have a graduation ceremony on Sunday, members of the Mount Ayr Class of 2020 can still get some recognition, social-distancing style. Senior parents have organized a Senior Parade to begin at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 17, the original date set aside for graduation. The parade will begin at the high school,…

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WALTER NEIL JOHNSTON

Walter Neil Johnston was born December 12, 1926 in Los Angeles, CA to George W. and Marjorie (Guthrie) Johnston, and passed away peacefully at Clearview Home in Mount Ayr, IA on March 13, 2020 at the age of 93. He was truly a great man, though he certainly never thought of himself as one. Neil…

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Snapshot of History by Mike Avitt

Another high-quality picture postcard donated by Mari McGehee. Notice the streetlight hanging from a wire above the street. That was Mount Ayr’s first form of street lighting as electricity came to town in 1909. On the corner is Iowa State Bank with Bevis Bros. (insurance, real estate, farm loans) located upstairs. The building housing Iowa…

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Girls basketball assignments

  The Raiderettes will host Earlham on February 18 in their first post-season matchup. The winner will advance to Red Oak on Friday, February 21 and play the winner from Logan-Magnolia.

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Winter sports season in full swing

The Raiderettes are entering another season under longtime head coach Thad Streit, while being joined by assistant coaches Tiffany Bolles and Randy Gregg. Last year, Streit coached the team to a 15-7 record, falling to a state qualifying Central Decatur team in mid February. The Mount Ayr girls lost Keirston Klommhaus and Tiril Sjøberg to…

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Raiderette Softball Invitational next week

The annual Raiderette Invitational is coming up next week with the first day on Wednesday, June 26 and the second day finishing up on Saturday, June 29. The first game will take place at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday and will feature Bedford versus Lenox. Game two will see Centerville face Wayne at 5 p.m. and…

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Iowa’s small towns struggle to gain traction and grow

[This is the first of a series of articles examining the challenges facing rural Iowa communities. The series is a product of research conducted by the Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism, an independent, nonprofit and nonpartisan news service located in Iowa City.] By Randy Pauson and Zoe Seiler A sign welcomes visitors to Humeston,…

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BERNADINE LYDIA MCBRIDE

Bernadine Lydia McBride of Mount Ayr, Iowa passed away at Mount Ayr Health Care Center in Mount Ayr, Iowa on November 10, 2018. Bernadine was born September 2, 1921 in Logan, Iowa to Henry and Nina Putney. In her earlier years, she worked in several bakeries in Des Moines, Iowa while raising her children. On…

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BETTY ANN SCOTT

Betty was born on November 3, 1929 in Kellerton, Iowa. She peacefully left on September 17, 2018 in Meridian, Idaho. Betty had a full, long life of 88 years. Her passions and joys were many.  Betty loved all things in nature. She enjoyed quilting, sewing, gardening, flowers, wildlife and raising livestock. Betty grew up on…

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EVA FAYE SICKELS

Eva Faye (Jeter) Sickels was born August 17, 1930 to Fred Elmer and Cordia (Jones) Jeter near Hatfield, Missouri. Faye was educated in rural schools around Hatfield, Missouri. On October 26, 1947 Faye was united in marriage to Don Allen Sickels in Creston, Iowa. To this union three children were born, Joyce, Judy and Ron.…

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