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to Dr. Phipps seeing patients areunderway and the estimated arrivaltime period for the new staff physi-cian is mid-to-late February.Winkler also reported on thecontinued efforts to make long-term changes in the way staff-ing is handled in the emergencyroom. Ringgold County Hospitalstruggles along with most othersmall hospitals to maintain suf-
ficient physician staffing and met
Wednesday, January 22 to explorealternatives.Options being considered in-clude:
• Mid-level coverage which
would provide nurse practitionersand physician assistants duringdaytime hours and physician cov-erage for night hours.
• 24/7 coverage which would
utilize nurse practitioners andphysician assistants full time withlocal physicians covering the on-call and provide backup as needed.Physician rotation would staff all
physicians rotating 24 hour shifts• Winkler noted that nurse prac-
titioner and physician assistantavailability is much greater.On short notes of interest, jailmeals will no longer be providedby RCH after February 9. This willprovide a cost report improvementlow than it is to lower after it getshigh. Look for these materials atyour next visit.One of the best ways to controlblood pressure and cholesterol isby eating a healthy diet. The Cen-ter for Disease Control offers thesetips:1) Choose food and drink withlittle to no added sugars. A 12ounce soda has 10 packets of sug-ar. Water has zero. Diet sodas havebeen shown to have unhealthy sideeffects.2) Read those nutrition labels!It is hard to reduce sugar and so-dium if the amounts are unknown.High sugar and salt levels don’t goaway by ignoring them. Pay close
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Record News
More details concerning thehigh speed chase and gunfire inci-
dent last week have been releasedby the Iowa Department and Pub-lic Safety and the Decatur County
Sheriff’s Office.
Chance Newton, 16, of Keller-ton faces two counts of attemptedmurder after leading law enforce-ment on a pursuit through Ringgoldand Decatur counties and shooting
a weapon at several officers. Ad-
ditional charges are pending.According to the state patrol,Ringgold county law enforcementreceived a report of a stolen blue
Ford Focus early Monday, Jan.14. The car reportedly belonged to
Newton’s sister.Then at approximately 5 a.m.Tuesday a Ringgold county sher-iff’s deputy located the stolen car.When attempting to stop the ve-
hicle, the driver, now identified as
Newton, led the deputy on a shortpursuit, but the deputy soon lostsight of the stolen car.At approximately 6:20 a.m.,Newton and the stolen vehiclewere relocated in Kellerton. Again,
Newton evaded officers and a sec-
ond pursuit began. Law enforce-ment from the Ringgold and Deca-
tur County Sheriff’s Offices and the
Iowa State Patrol followed Newtoneastbound on Highway 2 to Leon.The pursuit then continued northon Highway 69 out of Leon atspeeds approaching 120 miles perhour, according to Decatur county
sheriff Herbert Muir. The pursuit
ended when Newton lost control
and crashed along 240th Avenue,
 just north of 150th Street in ruralDecatur county.
As officers drove upon New-
ton’s crashed vehicle, Newton
fired his shotgun. Several rounds
struck both a Decatur countydeputy’s car and a state trooper’s
car. According to Muir, two shots
went through the windshield anddriver’s window of the Decaturcounty vehicle and another twoshots hit the roof and windshield
of the trooper’s car. Muir said the
trooper was forced to lie down inhis seat to avoid serious injury.
In their first meeting of the new
year the Ringgold County Hospi-tal Board swore in new trustees,
Mike Hopkins and Jen Main. Newofficers for 2013 were appointed:
Kathi Braby, chair; Vicki Sickels,vice-chair and Bill Armstrong, sec-retary.Kathi Schuster gave the patientcare report citing numbers up again
due in part to the flu season that is
well underway. In an effort to keep
flu cases down, the hospital has
posted signs asking visitors to re-frain from visits if they are ill andproviding masks for waiting roompatients.
Teresa Roberts shared the fi-
nancial report. Utilization is up andrevenue is up with overall revenue
numbers still 5.63 percent under
budget but showing improvement.Under budget areas in surgical andoutpatient care were attributedin part to holiday schedules. Car-diology and respiratory therapyshowed peak usage with respira-tory directly related to the early
flu season. The nursing depart-
ment has remained under budgetby 11percent for the month and 12percent for 2012.RCH’s self-funded insurancehas taken a heavy hit this year withinsurance claims.
A huge savings on the financial
side is the completion of the transi-
The Mount Ayr speech team
advanced four events to the statelarge group speech contest afterdistrict competetion last weekend.Those advancing to state in-cluded:
• Group improvisation team of 
Johnathan Triggs, Braydee Poore,
Jacob Sobotka and Matt Poore.The boys’ situation was “finding
what was lost.” The judge said theboys “had good scene develop-ment taking a ‘vague’ scene and
turning it into something specific.”
He also said they developed theircharacters well.
• Group improvisation teamconsisted of Taylor Still, Maggie
Jennett, Allison Wallace, TylerTriggs and Hagan Willis. Their
Four Mount Ayr teams qualified for the state large group speech contest following district competition Saturdayat Clarke high school. Pictured are (front row, L-R) Ica Hauge, Caitlin Giles, Emily Fox, Lew Knapp, AllisonWallace and Maggie Jennett; (back row) Matt Poore, Wyatt Jackson, Hagan Willis, Johnathan Triggs, TaylorStill, Tyler Triggs, Jacob Sobotka and Braydee Poore. (Not pictured are Leah Klejch and MaKayla O’Mailia.)State competition will be held February 2 at Waukee.The remains of a walk-out basement is all that remains of a rural home after a fire Sunday afternoon. Firefighters were called to 2905 270th Street at approximately 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19. By the time firefighters arrived, they found the home of Adrian and Norma Wolfe fully involved in the fire.The home is considered a total loss. Norma Wolfe, her four-year-old son Avery and her sister, Mallory Wintern, were home at the time of fire, but ac-cording to authorities, all escaped without serious injury. They were transported to Ringgold County Hospital by ambulance and private vehicle fortreatment of smoke inhalation. Adrian Wolfe was out of town at the time of the blaze. According to authorities, the fire is believed to have begun in thegarage area but cause and other specific details are still under investigation. They report the home had working fire detectors that operated properlyat the time of the fire. Firefighters from the Kellerton, Mount Ayr, Ellston and Tingley responded to the call, along with Kellerton first responders and an ambulance from Ringgold County Hospital. A Ringgold county deputy sheriff also responded to the scene.
Disneyland in southern Califor-nia calls itself “the happiest placeon earth.” If that is true, the secondhappiest place may well be locatedon South Henderson Street right
here in Mount Ayr, the home of 
Ringgold County Supportive Ser-vices (RCSS).RCSS is a day facility foradults with intellectual disabili-ties. According to an informationalbrochure published by RCSS, itsprimary goal is “to provide itsmembers with activities and re-sources that assist them in becom-ing more independent membersof society while improving theirquality of life as a whole and to
gain self-esteem and confidence in
achieving personal goals.” How-ever, it’s the nurturing environ-ment and caring people that setRCSS apart from similar facilities.
Director Cathy McGahuey
doesn’t consider those who attendRCSS as clients, members or othersimilar titles. “To me they’re indi-viduals, just like you and me,” shesaid. “They may not all have thesame abilities, but we still try togive them choices and opportuni-ties.”
Daily activities
McGahuey explained a typical
day at RCSS runs from 9 a.m. to
3 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Some days are longer dependingupon the activity, such as trips tothe county or state fair or the pro-duction of their annual play.The day begins with a groupdiscussion where individuals canshare personal events or activi-ties as well as get a preview of theday’s planned activities from the
The Ringgold County Supportive Service facility is abuzz with activity recently. Twenty-one individuals and five staff members take part in daily activi-ties that include crafts, life skill lessons, exercise sessions, day-trips into the community and a variety of other events.
Ringgold County Supportive Services enhancequality of life for many area individuals
staff. The discussion is followed bya morning activity that usually in-volves learning independent livingskills such as balancing a check-
book or following directions. Mc-Gahuey said activities are tailored
to individual abilities and interests.Also included in morning activi-ties is an exercise period that mayinclude active games, videos andeven dances.Each indi-vidual bringshis or her ownlunch, and mi-crowaves andcooking facili-ties are avail-able. The lunchperiod also in-cludes a quiettime duringwhich someindividualsmay choose torest while oth-ers may workon computersor be involvedin other quietactivities. Inthe afternoonsindividuals of-ten get out intothe commu-nity. They visitnursing homes to work on craftsand play games. They may visit thelibrary or go bowling. Some evenwork on science experiments of their choice. Indi-viduals take part in an annual staff-ing that includes RCSS staff, theirguardian and their case managersto set personal goals.Besides the regular activities,
McGahuey explained individuals
participate in special activities ontheir birthdays and at Christmas.Individuals get to choose a treat tocelebrate their birthdays, and theyoften choose a favorite activity
such as fishing, visiting a farm to
see baby animals or other outings.At Christmas individuals drawnames, go shopping and wrappresents for each other. Christmas
is celebrated at McGahuey’s house
with a special visit from SantaClaus.
McGahuey was especially
proud of the variety of quality com-munity-based experiences enjoyedby RCSS individuals, includinghiking, picnics, shopping, a buddyprogram with elementary studentsand restaurant dining along withattendance at many community
events. McGahuey said the re-
sponse from the community hasbeen overwhelmingly positive.
McGahuey said she and her
staff are currently trying to arrangesmaller groups to add to the varietyof activities based on individualskills.
Not all individuals spend five
days a week at RCSS. Some workpart-time in their home communi-ties and come to RCSS on alternatedays.
History
Services in Ringgold Countyfor citizens with intellectual dis-abilities were once offered by In-novative Industries in a building in
downtown Mount Ayr. Due to con-
cerns about the health and safety of the individuals due to the conditionof the building, the facility waseventually closed and plans were inplace to transport individuals to theInnovative Industries headquarters
in Creston. Many individuals and
their families did not want to go toCreston, so on February 1, 2000the beginnings of RCSS opened at
the 4-H building on the Ringgold
County Fairgrounds. In October of that year the newbuilding on SouthHenderson Streetwas opened andhas been in contin-uous service eversince.
Admissions
In 2000 RCSSserviced eight in-dividuals. Todaythat number hasgrown to 21. In-dividuals at RCSScome from Ring-gold, Decatur,Clarke and Taylorcounties. Thirteenof the 21 currentindividuals areRinggold countyresidents.Based uponfederal guidelines,RCSS has fourcriteria for admis-sion: 1) individuals must be 18 orolder; 2) they must be diagnosed
with a mental disability; 3) they
must be able to function on a six-to-one ratio of clients to staff; and
4) they must have secured a fund-
ing source or have methods of self 
funding. McGahuey explained
since 2006 most individuals atRCSS have come under what isknown as a Federal ID (Intellectu-al Disability) waiver that is funded
through Medicaid. All funds asso-ciated with the staffing and opera-
tion of RCSS come from the fed-eral government to the county. Ingeneral, RCSS is a line item in thecounty budget much like the roads
department or sheriff’s office, ex-
cept RCSS is not funded throughthe county.Transportation to and fromRCSS is provided by the trolleyservice or family members or otherauthorized people may provideprivate transportation. This “com-munity choice option” allows re-imbursement for travel expenses.
Staffing and leadership
RCSS is governed by a board of directors who oversee the budgetand programming of the facility.
New details emerge in highspeed chase, gun incident
No officers involved in the pursuitreturned fire. The officers drivingthe vehicles that received fire were
transported for medical treatment;their injuries were non-life threat-ening.
After firing at the officers, Muirsaid Newton grabbed a rifle andfled on foot into a nearby field. A
number of personnel from the De-catur and Ringgold county sher-iffs’ departments and state patrol
officers set up a perimeter around
the section in which the incidentoccured. Deputy Shannon Arends
and his dog K-9 Murphy from theRinggold County Sheriff’s Officeand another officer and his dog
from the state patrol began to track
Newton across farm fields.
At approximately 9 a.m. New-ton was located roughly one anda half miles away from the crashscene hiding in a van behind a ru-ral farm house. He was taken intocustody without incident.
Muir reported Newton is cur-
rently being held in a state institu-tion.
Four MACHS large groupteams heading to state
scene was “wrestling alligators.”Tyler Triggs was the alligator. The judge stated the kids had “good en-ergy,” and she “enjoyed it a lot!”
• The ensemble acting team of Caitlin Giles and Emily Fox alsoadvanced to state. This is the first
year the girls have gone out forspeech. Their piece, “Dear John,”was well received by the judge. Hestated the girls did a “very nice jobwith initial characterization - largepersonalities.”
• The MKIS radio broadcast
team of Taylor Still, Allison Wal-
lace, Maggie Jennett, Matt Poore,Leah Klejch, Ica Hauge and Ma-Kayla O’Mailia are advancing to
state. The judge said the kids had“good enthusiasm throughout” andthe broadcast was “easy to followand listen to.”Also participating, but un-fortunately not advancing on tostate was the group improvisation
team of Caitlin Giles, Emily Fox
and Lew Knapp. Their scene was
“washing windows 80 floors up.”
The judge said the kids had “nicefacial expressions and were fun towatch with lots of energy.”
“Sniper Games,” the short film
by Lew Knapp and Wyatt Jackson,also received a II rating. The judgesaid the boys had lots of “interest-ing shots and angles and had goodchoice of sound effects and cos-tuming.”Those advancing to state willgo to Waukee on February 2.
Family escapes as fire destroys rural home
Hospital board reorganizes, hearsreport on addition of new doctor
tion to the new Electronic HealthRecords system. The old and newsystems have both been fully avail-able while the changes were beingapplied and this month RCH was
able to finalize implementation of 
the new system and eliminate the$15,000 in monthly charges for theold system. Additional grant fund-ing is anticipated with the new sys-
tem now in place when final docu-
mentation is submitted.A new stress test monitor hasbeen purchased replacing the oldmonitor and the ultra sound ma-chine had its power supply re-placed.A grant has been provided tohelp pay for telecommunicationsand Internet through a govern-ment program designed for ruralareas. On that same note, Ring-
gold County Hospital is the first to
be part of the Iowa Rural HealthTelecommunications Project setup through the Iowa Hospital As-
sociation which will benefit RCHby using the state’s fiber optics net-
work.
Good news for helping allevi-
ate the current physician overload
was administrator Gordon Win-
kler’s announcement that Dr. JerryPhipps has signed a contract toaccept employment with RCH asa family practice physician. Insur-ance applications necessary prior
 RCSS staff members Chandra Poore (left) and Denise Golliday (leaningat right) help set up a hands-on activity.
“Let’s Get Healthy Kits” deliveredto local health care providers
Ringgold County Public Health(RCPH) recently visited localhealth care providers to encouragethem to join a statewide awarenesscampaign about the importanceof blood pressure and cholesterolscreenings. The campaign goal isto increase healthy behaviors thatcan prevent heart disease.
“Let’s Get Healthy Kits” that
include posters, brochures, mag-nets, and bracelets for patients andstaff were delivered to Ringgold
County Hospital, Mount Ayr Med-ical Clinic, Crain Medical Clinic,
and the Lawhead Dental Clinic.These materials are to serve as areminder to make health a prioritybefore blood pressure and choles-terol get high. It is easier to keep it____________________________
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Eli’s humor put to good use
THOUGHTS
& other things
BY ALAN SMITH
“What did the zero say to the eight?” grandsonEli wanted to know.We got the call on Sunday afternoon and Eli hada joke to tell.“I don’t know,” I said. “What did the zero say tothe eight?”“Nice belt,” was the reply.I laughed and told the joke to Valle. It took her asecond, but she joined in the laughter.It seems Eli had checked a joke book out of thelibrary and he wanted to tell us jokes.So for 15 minutes or more we laughed along withEli.“What’s the hardest thing about falling out of bed?” he asked.
“The floor,” was the answer.
He pointed out the puns or the words that sound-ed the same or were spelled differently.“Why did the student eat the dollar bill?” hewanted to know. “Because his mother gave it to himfor lunch.”A couple of the jokes he spelled out a word thathe wasn’t quite sure of, then went on with the jokefrom there. On and on he went.“What kind of fun does a math teacher have?” he
questioned. “Sum fun. Get it s-u-m fun.”
It was a revelation to see that the family pun genewas being expressed in my grandson. He and I cer-tainly enjoy some of the same kind of silly humor.“Why did the nurse fail art class,” Eli asked. “She
could only draw blood. Get it.”
He was on a roll with school related jokes.“Why did the boy bring a rope to class?” he wenton. “Because he wanted to skip the test. Skip the testlike miss it, not jump rope.”“Why did the girl bring lipstick to the test?” heread. “Because it was a makeup exam.” He chuck-led.After a couple of chapters out of the book, hepromised to read us some more another time. Onecan only laugh or groan so much at one time, so wesaid our goodbyes.We had had a full weekend, having a party withPrintcraft, Inc. owners and staff on Saturday night,then having a visit from my brother Doug, whowas the speaker for our church service Sunday.He shared testimonies of courage from his tripto Africa, including the full version of the storyfrom the Republic of the Congo that I shared in anearlier column. After cleaning up from lunch weserved to a dozen or so family members, we hadour feet up when Eli called to share his treasuretrove of jokes.Sunday evening we went to Lamoni for a sup-
per and campfire.My brother Ron led a winter term at GracelandUniversity in beginning guitar and campfire lead-
ership this year. For the past two weeks our churchgroup has shared with the 16 students in his class
in a Sunday evening campfire where they tried out
their leadership skills and played their guitars toaccompany some of the songs.So when one of the students started the song“Keep On The Sunnyside,” where a joke is calledfor after each chorus, I was ready.“What did the zero say to the eight?” I calledout.“I don’t know. What did the zero say to theeight,” the leader called back.“Nice belt.”“Oh keep on the sunnyside, always on thesunnyside, keep on the sunnyside of life,” we allsang.Not a bad idea, and it was a little easier to doit because Eli had brightened up our day with his jokes.
Fifty Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News, Thursday, January 17,1963.)
Salaries and ages of employeesof the engineering department andfor maintenance and constructionworkers of Ringgold county willbe substantially the same as paid
last year. The wage scale was fixed
by the board of supervisors at theregular January session. The countyengineer will be paid an annual sal-ary of $9,000 instead of $10,000 aslast year. The starting wage of instru-
ment men, $330 instead of $310 permonth, will range upward to $400.
All other wages remain unchanged.The wage scale is as follows: countyengineer, $9,000; assistant engineer,$6,500; bookkeeper and secretary,
$3,720; instrument men, $330 permonth, $400 per month; Rodman,inspector, rock checker and officework, $1 to $1.45 per hour, and extra
typing, $1 per hour.Leo A. Saltzman was electedchairman of the Ringgold CountyHospital board of trustees . Hesucceeds Everett Reynolds, whocontinues to serve as a member. Ora
Miller was re-elected vice chairman
and Billy Breckenridge was electedsecretary to succeed John Faust, whocontinues to serve as a member of the board. Other members are OraFugate and Ray Pottorff. RussellBoyd serves as administrator.
The Mount Ayr Community high
school Raiders grabbed a pair of victories Friday night at Lenox torun their seasonal record to 10-1, as
they defeated the Lenox Tigers, 75to 41, and the Diagonal Maroons,
65 to 60, Saturday night on the local
floor.
Royce Davis was elected presi-dent of the Security State Bank in
Mount Ayr at the annual meeting of 
the board of directors held Wednes-
day of last week. Mr. Davis succeedsHarold M. Ross, who was named
chairman of the board and chief ex-
ecutive officer. Mr. Ross had served
as president of the bank since June
1948. Other officers elected and thetime they became identified with the
bank are as follows: Ray J. Jayne,January 1951, vice president; Doris
Hannon, August 1947, cashier;Veronica Markley, August 1947,assistant cashier, and Glea Andrews,
teller.
Andrew Johnson of Mount Ayr
has been re-elected by members of the Iowa Automobile Dealers Asso-ciation in Ringgold county to serveas director of the state organizationfor a term of three years starting
January 1, 1963, according to an
announcement made by Frank D.Potts, state president.
Marshal Matthews of Benton
was elected chairman of the Adult
Education Council of the Mount Ayr
Community school district. Other
officers elected were Mrs. VanceGeiger of Redding, vice chairmanand Mrs. Dave Jobe of Tingley,
secretary-treasurer.Births reported at RinggoldCounty Hospital this week were a
daughter, born Jan. 13, to Mr. andMrs. Robert L. Andrews of Redding;a son, born Jan. 15, to Mr. and Mrs.Paul Drake of Mount Ayr, and adaughter, born Jan. 15, to Mr. andMrs. Robert Agnew of Lamoni.
Obituaries this week were Clara
Elizabeth Petrie Clark, Bertha May
Coulson Shackleton, Fred Virgil
Bonebrake, Peter J. McGrath
Twenty-five Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-
News, Thursday, January 28,1988.)Visiting Ringgold county aspart of a Southern Africa speakerstour of Iowa last week were threespokesmen for various aspects of the problems of the region. RobJones of New York City, programdirector at the American Committeeon Africa, an anti-apartheid groupactive in lobbying for economicsanctions against South Africa; Rev.
Maurice Nkagane, a South African
Lutheran pastor, currently at TrinityTheological Seminary in Columbus,OH, and Fernando Lima, news editor
for the Mozambique News Agency,
who has currently been workingin the United States, all spent last
Tuesday night in Mount Ayr.
Two speech contest entries
from Mount Ayr Community high
school received “I” ratings at thedistrict speech contest in Indianola
Saturday and qualified to advance
to the state contest Saturday, Feb. 6.The two “I” rating entries were fromfour entries in the individual andsmall group speech contest. BetsyJones sponsors the program. JerryNoble, Shawn Buckner and RhondaBennett performed the ensembleacting segment titled “Babies” andreceived a “I” rating as did the solomime presentation about growingold done by Tricia Trullinger.
A check for $827.50 for use
in the food pantry projects of the
Neighborhood center in Mount Ayr
was delivered this week, part of themoney raised in the annual CROPwalk in Ringgold county for hunger.The check represents 25 percent
of the $3,310 raised in the countyCROP walk October 6, 1987. Thecheck was presented to Mary Cavin,
director of the Neighborhood Center,
by Rev. Dorie Hanson of Mount Ayr,
who headed up the CROP committee
of the Ringgold County Ministerial
Association this year.
The Raider wrestlers finished in
11th place in the 16-team John HarrisInvitational Wrestling Tournament
at Corning January 22-23. CodyShay, consolation champ at 132,
clinched the top placing for the Raid-
ers with Jeff Scott, fourth at 104, JoeLove, fourth at 145, Ed McCreary,fifth at super heavyweight and Scott
England, sixth at 126, rounding out
the MACHS medal winners.
A presentation of $50 worth of 
beef certificates was made to theChallenge Center in Mount Ayr
this week by the Ringgold CountyCattleWomen. The certificateshelp with the meat purchases forthe lunches the clients make at thecenter. Ringgold county beef queenRacinda Jackson of Kellerton madethe presentation to Connie Bailey,program manager at the ChallengeCenter, a sheltered workshop forhandicapped adults.Total contribution from the an-nual Ducks Unlimited banquet held
in Mount Ayr for the 100 Point Chap-
ter raised $12,800 for conservationactivities. The total was announced
this week by Greg Jobe, chairman of the 1987 event. The total was higher
than that amount raised in 1986.Obituaries in this issue were
Glenn Edward Lesan, Otto E.
Sobotka, Quentin Bayard Abarr,
Margaret P. Trower, Grace C. Rob-erts, Inez M. Dolecheck and Gardie
Earnie Lewis.
Ten Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-
News, Thursday, January 16,
2003.)
Local deer hunter Bill Sickels of 
Mount Ayr shows off the 20-point
nontypical buck that he killed withhis muzzle loader on January 6.The deer may have the second orthird largest rack for any deer ever
shot with a muzzle loading rifle in
Iowa.
Two longtime teachers an-nounced their plans for retirementand requested early retirement ben-
efits at the Mount Ayr Communityschool board meeting Monday night.
Letters of resignation were receivedfrom Joan Jackson, elementaryschool librarian who has 25 years
of service there, and Marie Still,
lead Title I teacher, who has taught
for 35 years including 24 years inthe Mount Ayr Community school
district.
Clifton Gunderson, LLP, of West Des Moines released an audit
report on Ringgold county recently.The auditing company reportedthat Ringgold county had local
tax revenue of $7,425,076 for theyear ending June 30, 2002, whichincluded $867,305 in tax credits
from the state. The county forwarded
$5,008,348 of the local tax revenue
to the townships, school districts,cities and other taxing bodies in thecounty.The US Bank Foundation re-cently made a donation of $1,000to the Ringgold County FamilyResource Center to be used to in-crease their endowment fund withthe South Central Iowa CommunityFoundation.Tony Trullinger recently earnedhis Ph.D. in organic chemistry fromthe University of Nebraska, Lincoln.Commencement ceremonies wereheld December 21 in Lincoln. Trul-linger is the son of Kent and DebbieTrullinger of Tingley. He and hiswife, Nancy, and their daughter,Carolyn, are moving to Ann Arbor,
MI where Tony accepted a post
doctoral research appointment at
the University of Michigan.Letterwinners for the Mount Ayr
Community high school wrestlingsquad this season included KyleHayse, Kegan Bishop, Dany Ray,David Head, Kevin Trullinger,Tomie Overholser, Chris Ford,
Daniel Stull, Mark Trullinger, Mi-
chael Smith, Zach Schafer and WesZollman.Three Ringgold county studentsparticipate in a youth free throwcontest held January 12 at the CentralDecatur high school gym in Leon.Daniel Showalter (12 years), David
Showalter (10 years) and Molly Bu-
dach (10 years) took part in the freethrow contest sponsored by the localcouncil of the Knights of Columbus
of Mount Ayr and Leon. Budach will
represent the 10-year-old age groupin the district contest in Osceola inFebruary.Obituaries this week were LoisBreckenridge Jensen and Sam Ed-ward Wilkey. 
Letters
to the
Editor
Writer recalls connection to Tarkio
Editor -
My wife and I had the plea-
sure of attending the showing of the movie “Lincoln” Friday nightat the Princess Theater. As I wasdriving home, I contemplated theRepublican President Lincoln, andmy mind drifted to an article AlanSmith wrote not long ago in which
he spoke of current senator Marco
Rubio, Republican of Cuban heri-tage, who is positioned to run forPresident in four years.
Mr. Smith, with tougue in cheek,
made mention of Rubio’s slightconnection to Ringgold countyas he was, at one time, attendingTarkio College on a football schol-arship and set foot in Lamoni on
Graceland’s football field.
That made me chuckle as thefact is Rubio had a far closer con-nection to Ringgold county thanAlan realized since my uncle JimArneal was on the Tarkio Collegeboard of directors at the time. Jim
Arneal, with my mother Mary, was
born and raised on a farm south-east of Redding just a mile or so
north of the Missouri border. They
both graduated from Redding highschool and graduated from TarkioCollege where Uncle Jim was aprominent member of the basket-ball team which won the NAIAnational championship in the early
40s. I suspect that Uncle Jim is the
only native Ringgold county resi-dent to be a member of a collegenational championship team.In any event, Uncle Jim was onthe board at “Tark,” as we called itat the time and also a few years lat-er when it closed. His parents, J.D.
and Bessie, are buried in MountAyr. You older folks in MountAyr may recall Bruce and Grace
Arneal, who had a house and small
acreage in east Mount Ayr of which
some of the pasture was sold off to
Gerold Plumbing and Heating for
their building. Uncle Jim has manyrelatives, though distant, still liv-ing in Ringgold county. As a sidenote, I too am a proud “Tark” grad-uate, and I tell people I have it thebest since I have a diploma froman accredited four-year college butnever get solicited for alumni do-nations... but I digress.It was delightful to be able toview the movie a short distancefrom home in a “jewel” that the
Mount Ayr community put a huge
amount of sweat equity, let alonemoney, into, and with a full housethat evening, it was truly a testa-ment to those individuals and thecommunity who had the foresightand resolve to complete. Kudos toall involved - job well done.Bill Henderson
ClearfieldTarkio College, ‘72Members of the board currently
include Becky Fletchall, CentralPoint Coordinator; communityrepresentatives Becky Caldwelland Chandra Poore; family mem-ber representatives Jim Routh andJudy Hensley; Kathy Lerma, casemanager representative and KraigPennington, Ringgold CountyBoard of Supervisors representa-tive.RCSS currently has a staff of 
five, including McGahuey, who
began work with RCSS in Novem-ber 2000 as a staff member. They
include Denise Golliday (2000), Jo
Ann Pollock (2005) and ElizabethCreveling (2005) as full-time staff and Chanelle Cole (2012) as part-time. All staff have been trained in
first aid, CPR, prevention of depen-
dent adult abuse and medication
management. McGahuey said she
and her staff welcome volunteers,especially for special events liketrips to the state fair. Because of the requirement for the six-to-one
staffing ratio, RCSS is considered
at full capacity.
McGahuey also said RCSS ac-
cepts donations of money or items
to benefit the individuals. In the
past these items have includedfurniture and craft supplies. In ad-dition RCSS conducts occasionalfundraisers such as their annualplay to purchase items for the fa-cility.RCSS is accredited throughthe Commission on Accredita-tion of Rehabilitation Facilities(CARF) and recently completedan accreditation visit from a CARF
surveyor. McGahee said facilitiessuch as RCSS have 700 standards
they must meet to qualify for ac-creditation. She said the surveyorwas highly complimentary of theRCSS facility in programmingand praised the facility for its widevariety and quality of service. Sheespecially was impressed by thescrapbooks designed and createdby each individual to show theirown personal activities throughoutthe year.So, in the new year if you haveresolved to volunteer or get moreinvolved in your community, giveRCSS some thought. It may not be
Disneyland, but it is most definite-
ly warm and sunny inside.
More on RCSS
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away by ignoring them. Pay closeattention to breads and soups andanything you buy in middle aislesof grocery stores.
3) Select lean cuts of meats and
poultry and low fat dairy products.
4) Increase amount of fruits andvegetables in diet. Most know eat-
ing healthy is good for the heartbut recent studies show those whoeat more fruits and vegetables aredepressed less often.RCPH continues their work on a
Community Transformation Grant
to reduce the impact of chronicdiseases. Those wanting more in-formation on walking, biking, orhealthy eating may call Ringgold
County Public Health at 641-464-
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SIMPLE MISDEMEANOR ANDTRAFFIC CONVICTIONS
January 10-17, 2012
Timothy A. Newton, Mount
Ayr, $222.00, speeding 20 m.p.h.over the speed limit.Richard Aaron Schmitz, Lenox,
$114.00, speeding 6-10 m.p.h. over
the speed limit.Casey L. Riedel, Bedford,
$114.00, speeding 6-10 m.p.h.
over the speed limit.
Stephen Alan Sickels, Mount
Ayr, $262.50, employee providing
tobacco to minor/first offense.Stephanie Marie Crouse, Wau-kee, $87.00, failure to display reg-
istration plate.
Danny Lee Gentry, Princeton,MO, $114.00, speeding 6-10 m.p.h.
over the speed limit.
Richard Dawane Cena, GrandRiver, $397.50, driving while li-
cense denied, suspended or can-celled.
FROM RINGGOLD COUNTY
MAGISTRATE COURT
• January 14 - A judgment wasfiled in magistrate’s court finding
Brian Atteberry of Creston guilty
of theft in the fifth degree.
Atteberry was sentenced to oneday in jail, given credit for timeserved and ordered to serve the re-mainder of the sentence within one
day of this filing. In addition he
was ordered to pay a law enforce-ment initiative surcharge of $125,
court costs of $60, jail fees of $35,
service fees of $25 and restitutionto Jerry’s Sinclair in the amountof $128.62, all monies payable tothe clerk of court. Atteberry was
ordered to be fingerprinted by theRinggold County Sheriff’s Office.Appeal bond was set at $300.• January 16 - A judgment wasfiled in magistrate’s court finding
Jason Naill of Blockton guilty of 
theft in the fifth degree.Naill was ordered to pay a fineof $100, a surcharge of $35, a law
enforcement initiative surchargeof $125, court costs of $60 andrestitution to Lynn’s Sinclair in
the amount of $100.75, all mon-
ies payable to the clerk of court by
February 27, 2013.
FROM RINGGOLD COUNTYDISTRICT COURT
• January 14 - A deferred judg-
ment was granted to Damon CurtisDustin of Braddyville on a charge of 
posession of a controlled substance/
marijuana.Dustin was placed on two yearssupervised probation with the IowaDepartment of Correctional Ser-
vices and ordered to pay their $300
supervision fee. In addition, Dustinwas ordered to pay a civil penalty
of $315, jail fees of $140, a law
enforcement initiative surchargeof $125 and court costs of $100,all monies payable to the clerk of court. Dustin was also ordered toreimburse the state of Iowa for hiscourt-appointed attorney fees. Ap-peal bond was set at $1,000. If allterms of the judgment are met, thisconviction can be expunged.
• January 14 - A deferred judg-
ment was granted to Trena LoreneAnderson of Sidney on a charge of child endangerment.Anderson was placed on twoyears supervised probation with theIowa Department of CorrectionalServices and ordered to pay their
$300 supervision fee. In addition,
Anderson was ordered to pay a civilpenalty of $625 and court costs of $100, all monies payable to the clerkof court. Anderson was also orderedto undergo evaluation for substanceabuse and to satisfy all recommen-dations of the evaluation and toreimburse the state of Iowa for hercourt-appointed attorney fees. Ap-peal bond was set at $2,000. If allterms of the judgment are met, thisconviction can be expunged.
RINGGOLD COUNTYSHERIFF’S OFFICE
• January 19 - Kegan Evan Bish-
op was arrested by Ringgold County
Sheriff Office personnel on a countof OWI/first offense.
RINGGOLD COUNTYSHERIFF’S LOG
(Call Origination Code: MA = Mount Ayr; KE = Keller-ton; EL = Ellston; TI = Tingley; DI = Diagonal; DE =Delphos; MO = Maloy; BE = Beaconsfield; BO = Benton;SC = Shannon City; BL = Blockton; RE = Redding; SV= Sun Valley; CO = In County; OC = Out of County; OS= Out of State)
January 10-17, 2012
6:27 a.m., call for magistrate.
(OC)
7:19 a.m., officer checking in.(MA)
8:26 a.m., call for sheriff.
(MA)
9:21 a.m., call for clerk. (OC)
10:31 a.m., call for sheriff.(MA)10:42 a.m., call for sheriff.
(CO)
3:04 p.m., caller returning offi-cer’s call. (CO/EL)3:23 p.m., 911 call, wrong num-
ber.
3:28 p.m., Union county calling
with information. (OC)8:15 p.m., caller signing up for
security check. (MA)
9 p.m., caller reported BBs shotat her house. (KE)
9:23 p.m., caller needing sal-
vage deer tag. (DI)
Friday, January 11
12:50 a.m., caller reporting
their dog got loose. (MA)8:13 a.m., caller with questions
about inmate. (CO)10:22 a.m., caller with ques-tions for dispatch. (CO)
10:42 a.m., caller with com-
plaints about county roads. (CO)
10:57 a.m., caller with questions
about papers that were served.12:09 p.m., caller with concernsabout county roads resolved. (CO)12:12 p.m., caller needing to
speak to the sheriff. (MA)
1:06 p.m., caller needing to
speak to the sheriff. (MA)
1:50 p.m., caller wanting court
dates for inmates. (MA)7:56 p.m., dog complaint. (KE)8:14 p.m., caller reporting van-dalism. (MA)
Saturday, January 12
1:59 a.m., caller reporting dis-ruptive vehicle. (SC)
7:02 a.m., magistrate checking
in. (CO)
7:33 a.m., officer checking in.
(CO)8:26 a.m., request for an ambu-
lance. (MA)
8:51 a.m., caller with a message
for officer. (MA)9:14 a.m., report of power out-
age. (OC)
9:52 a.m., reserve officer check-ing in. (MA)11:17 a.m., caller ready for es-cort. (MA)
11:22 a.m., caller looking fordriver. (CO)12:20 p.m., dog complaint.
(MA)12:23 p.m., caller wanting aplat book. (MA)12:34 p.m., caller wanting tospeak with an officer. (KE)11:30 p.m., caller advising their
car had broken down.
Sunday, January 13
1:35 a.m., burglar alarm sound-ing. (MA)3:53 p.m., caller wanting offi-
cer to call back. (DI)
5:36 p.m., caller advising there
was a window open at the court-
house. (MA)
Monday, January 14
7:40 a.m., caller wanting RuralIowa Crisis number. (MA)8:39 a.m., caller checking on an
inmate. (OC)
9:02 a.m., call for officer. (OC)
9:08 a.m., call for sheriff.
(MA)10:48 a.m., request for a copy
of an accident report. (OC)11:12 a.m., caller needing war-
rant returned. (MA)11:31 a.m., caller wanting to
schedule a visit. (OC)
11:37 a.m., sex offender check-
ing in. (CO)
11:43 a.m., caller wanting to
know the address of the sheriff’s
office. (MA)
12:05 p.m., caller reportingthey found their dog. (DI)12:10 p.m., caller wanting toleave message.
12:35 p.m., caller wanting of-ficer to call them back. (OC)1:30 p.m., call about more cal-endars. (MA)1:47 p.m., caller wanting faxnumber for sheriff’s office. (MA)3:04 p.m., caller reporting sto-
len items. (KE)
3:59 p.m., request for an ambu-
lance. (OC)
6:17 p.m., caller needing offi-cer. (MA)6:35 p.m., caller reporting loose
dog. (KE)
8:46 p.m., caller with travelconcerns. (MA)
Tuesday, January 15
4:41 a.m., caller reporting car
missing. (KE)
6:21 a.m., call for officer. (KE)7:49 a.m., caller checking on
son. (KE)
7:50 a.m., call for dispatch.
(OC)
9 a.m., call for officer. (OC)
9 a.m., call for sheriff. (CO)
9:36 a.m., call for sheriff. (OC)11:38 a.m., call for jail. (MA)12:30 p.m., caller reportingmissing dog. (MA)
1:19 p.m., call for civil clerk.
(MA)
2:25 p.m., call for sheriff.
(MA)3:09 p.m., caller reporting sto-
len items. (DI)
3:30 p.m., caller wanting ad-dress for sheriff’s office. (OC)3:57 p.m., caller wanting to
speak to chief deputy. (EL)
4:21 911 call, request for an
ambulance. (TI)
5 p.m., dog complaint at CGI.(MA)
6:25 p.m., caller needing to
speak to officer. (RE)7:31 p.m., request for an ambu-
lance. (TI)8:19 p.m., caller reporting analarming solicitor call. (CO)8:20 p.m., call for informationregarding prisoner. (OC)
8:25 a.m., reserve officer check-
ing in. (CO)10 a.m., caller with problem for
officer. (OC)10:50 a.m., caller with confi-dential stuff - transferred to offi-
cer.
Wednesday, January 16
5:28 a.m., caller reporting a wa-
ter leak. (MA)5:40 p.m., caller reporting awater leak. (MA)7:35 a.m., caller advised theydidn’t need officer. (CO)7:51 a.m., sheriff checking in.
(CO)8:50 a.m., caller requesting apicture on investigation. (CO)9:21 a.m., caller advising of transport information on inmate.(OS)
9:47 a.m., 911 call, false alarm.(MA)
10:10 a.m., caller with questionon civil papers that needed served.(OC)
10:37 a.m., 911 call for Decatur
county - call transferred. (OC)10:51 a.m., 911 call, report of asemi rollover with hogs escaping.(CO)
10:57 a.m., 911, caller advised
they had just approached a wreckand hogs were escaping. (CO)11:11 a.m., request for informa-tion. (DI)
11:35 a.m., caller reporting a
phone deal. (CO)
3:07 p.m., domestic call. (MA)3:46 p.m., 911 call. (TI)4:08 p.m., caller with informa-tion for officer. (CO)4:30 p.m., caller reporting pow-
er outage. (OC)5 p.m., request for an ambu-
lance. (MA)
5:21 p.m., caller with a request
for information. (MA)
6:02 p.m., 911 call, hang up.(CO)
6:22 p.m., call for officer. (DI)6:24 p.m., caller wanting a wel-
fare check done. (OC)
6:35 p.m., caller looking for
missing dog. (KE)
7:23 p.m., 911 call, hit and run
complaint. (DI)
Thursday, January 17
12:58 a.m., 911 call, domestic
problems. (MA)2:36 a.m., 911 call, request foran ambulance. (MA)6:32 a.m., 911 call - not anemergency. (CO/MA)6:33 a.m., 911 call, request for
an ambulance. (TI)
7:02 a.m., caller returningphone call to officer. (CO/EL)7:21 a.m., Department of Cor-
rections calling to speak to sheriff.(OC)
7:22 a.m., caller needing infor-
mation.
7:25 a.m., Ringgold County
Hospital calling in need of infor-
mation. (MA)9:33 a.m., Department of Cor-
rections calling to speak to thesheriff again. (OC)
8:27 a.m., caller checking on an
inmate. (CO)9:59 a.m., 911 call, request for
an ambulance. (MA).
COURTHOUSE NEWS
Ringgold County Courthouse
hours are Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.to 4 p.m. unless noted otherwise.
Ringgold county now has awebsite at www.ringgoldcounty.us.
• Assessor:
Neil Morgan, 464-3233.
Auditor:
Amanda Waske,
464-3239.
Board of Supervisors:
DavidInloes, chairman, Royce Dredgeand Kraig Pennington, members,
464-3244.
Supervisors meetings are opento the public and are held in the su-pervisors conference room located
on the second floor between theclerk of court and auditor’s office.
On days the board is not sched-
uled to be in office, please directall inquiries to the auditor’s office.
To schedule a meeting time withthe supervisors, contact the audi-
tor’s office.
Regular board meetings are
held on Mondays with official
public notice of the meeting agen-das posted at the Ringgold county
courthouse, Mount Ayr Record-
News, Sun Valley Lake and Diago-nal city hall the day before.
Clerk of Court (a state of-
fice):
Jackie Saville,
 
464-3234; fax:464-2478. Office hours: Mondays,
Wednesdays and Fridays, 8 a.m. to
noon and 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8 a.m. -
noon and 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.The clerk’s office handles ali-
mony and child support payments,
probates, civil and criminal filings,
magistrate’s court and records andservices of adoptions, conservator-ships, court proceedings, divorces,estates, grand jury, guardianships, judgments, juvenile proceedings,mechanic’s liens, mental healthadmissions, petit jury, surety
company certificates, state hospi-tal, traffic violations, trust funds,trusteeships. Certified copies can
be made of above listed records.Court records are also available atwww.iowacourts.gov.
• County ConservationBoard:
Kate Zimmerman, phone:
464-2787, email: rangerkate@io-
watelecom.net.Please contact for informationon rules and regulations, parks,trail ways, camping, shelter reser-vations, environmental education
and more. Parks are open March15 - November 15. Walk-in traffic
is allowed year round.
• County Weed Commission-er:
Brenda Adams, 641-344-9629.
Development and Tourism:
Karen Bender, Coordinator, 464-3704. If anyone has any calendar
events, please contact the develop-
ment office at 641-464-3704.
• E-911 Service Board:
MerleWalter, 307 N. Webster St., MountAyr, 464-3311.
Emergency ManagementAgency:
Teresa Jackson, Coordi-
nator, 109 W. Madison St., Suite105, cell: 641-202-9671; phone:464-3344; fax: 464-0663, email:tjackson@iowatelecom.net. Hours:Monday - Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 3:30
p.m.
The tornado sirens in MountAyr will be tested the first Tuesday
of each month unless there is se-vere weather.
Engineer:
Zach Gunsolley,P.E., 464-3232. 707 South Hender-son Drive. Office hours: Monday -Friday, 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
General Relief:
Teresa Jack-
son, 109 W. Madison St., Suite105, 464-3344. Office hours: Tues-
day and Friday, 8 a.m. to noon orby appointment. For emergencies
call 641-344-9767.
Recorder:
Karen Schaefer,
464-3231. Passport applications
are taken daily from 8 a.m. - 11
a.m. and noon - 4 p.m. Certified
vital records can be obtained from
8 a.m. - noon and 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.The recorder’s office serves as
a passport agent. Items needed to
apply are: certified copy of birthcertificate, driver’s license or state
issued ID, two-inch square pass-port photos and passport applica-tion (both available at recorder’s
office) and fees. Allow four to six
weeks from date of application toreceive passport book or card fromthe passport agency. Expeditedservice is available for an addi-tional fee.Individuals with recent namechanges can get their passport
book/card updated without a fee
within one year of issue. Formsmay be obtained at the recorder’s
office. For additional informationcall the recorder’s office or go towww.travel.state.gov/passport.
Sanitarian:
Ringgold County
Public Health Agency, 464-0691.Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. to4:30 p.m.
• Public Health Agency:
119 S.
Fillmore, 464-0691. Hours: Mon-day - Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Sheriff:
Mike Sobotka,
 Emer-gency Only 911,
Non-Emergency
(Available 24/7) 464-3921 or 464-
2911.
 New location at the Ringgold County Law Enforcement Center,801 West South Street.
Hours are
8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Road Conditions
- dial 511 or online at www.Io-waRoadConditions. org.
Treasurer:
Debbie Cannon,
464-3230.
Property taxes can be paid on-line at www.iowatreasurers.org
with Visa, Master Card and Dis-
cover credit cards or e-checks.
Payments made in the office maybe with cash, checks or with a Mas-
ter Card, Visa or Discover credit ordebit card.All documents conveying realestate need to have the name andaddress of the person to whomthe property tax statement is tobe mailed. Please check renewalnotices and tax statements for thecorrect information. If the infor-mation is wrong, contact the trea-
surer’s office.Motorists can now renew mo-BY MIKE AVITT
There were many efforts to ob-tain health care facilities decadesbefore the Ringgold County Hos-pital was built in Sheldon Heights.A local doctor rented rooms at
the Commercial Hotel in Mount
Ayr for use as a sanitarium. Dr.
Gilmour tried the same thing at
the Willow Home boarding housearound the turn of the century. Lat-er, in 1921 I believe, Dr. A. J. Ah-rens turned his home (the formerBaptist Church) into a legitimate
hospital with five patient’s rooms
upstairs and a couple downstairs.This effort lasted long enough for
Dr. Ahrens to build an office on the
south side of his hospital. I don’tknow how long the hospital last-ed, but the house sits at 201 West
Jefferson and is the home of Mr.and Mrs. Keith Cole. The house
was built as the Baptist Church in
1872.
Another attempt to establish ahospital came when the RinggoldCounty Home was discontinued
in the late 1930s. The buildingwas only about 17 years old, but,
for whatever reason, this idea wasscrapped in favor of construct-ing a new facility. In the fall of 
1946, a bond issue was passed for
$100,000 and a group of commis-sioners appointed by the RinggoldCounty Board of Supervisors setout to secure a site for the new hos-pital.In the meantime, more moneywas needed and this came in sever-al different ways. The land for thenew facility was donated by I. J.Dailey, Dr. C. C. Lawhead, Clyde
Lesan and Mount Ayr’s Security
State Bank. Additional revenuewas raised by the county sellingthe County Home and the adjoin-
ing farm. My notes say that Roy
Larson bought the poor farm (asit was sometimes called) at public
Snapshots of History
 Ringgold County Hospital in Mount Ayr in the early 1950s.
auction on August 5, 1948. Soon
after this move, another bond issue
was passed for $70,000 and dona-
tions were collected until funding
was sufficient.
Construction began in the fall
of 1949 and the Ringgold County
Hospital was completed in Aprilof 1951. Open House was heldApril 15, and the community was
introduced to the first administra-tor, Miss Genevieve Greene. MissGreene supervised a staff of 21doctors, nurses, aides and officeworkers. Dr. C. C. Lawhead, H. M.
Ross, Paul Beymer, Homer Den-ney, William Breckenridge, BillieFinch and Carl Hogue served as
the first trustees.The first baby born in the hos-
pital was Janet Dennis, born on
April 19, 1951 to Mr. and Mrs.
Ivan Dennis. There would be morebirths and even an expansion of thehospital building, but that’s anoth-er article.tor vehicle registrations online atwww.iowatreasurers.org if a re-newal notice is received throughthe United States Postal Service
that contains a personal identifica-
tion number (PIN). Please be awarethat the PIN can only be used one
time. Contact the treasurer’s office
for more information.Those with December birthdates are reminded to register their
motor vehicles by January 31,2013. Bring in the renewal state-
ment received in the mail so re-newals can be quickly processed.
• Driver’s License Office:
Lo-
cated in the Treasurer’s Office.
Driver’s licenses may be re-newed any time during the period of 30 calendar days before and up to 60 calendar days after thedriver’s birth date.
The driver’s license station
hours are Monday - Friday, 8:30a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 3:30p.m. Phone 464-3230 with ques-
tions.
Veterans Affairs:
Gary Smith,464-2397. Mondays and Thurs-days, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Tuesdays, 8
a.m. - noon; Closed Wednesdaysand Fridays. In case of emergency
641-464-2397 or 641-202-1199.
Counter Subscriptionsfor those who can’t waituntil Thursday to read theMount Ayr Record-News.Save money too.
The honor roll lists for Grace-
land University’s 2012 Fall Termhave been announced.
Students with a perfect 4.0
grade point average are named tothe president’s list. Students with
a GPA between 3.65 and 3.99 are
named to the honors list. Students
with a GPA between 3.25 and 3.64
are named to the dean’s list.Named to the president’s list areJulie Neas of Kellerton, Cassan-
dra Still of Mount Ayr and AnneUhlenkamp of Mount Ayr.
Ariel Dickerson of Ellston wasnamed to honors list.Appearing on the dean’s listare Jennifer Leeper of Kellerton,
Eugene Waugh of Mount Ayr andHeather Percifield of Redding.
Graceland honorrolls announced
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Mount Ayr Record-News
122 W. Madison, Mount Ayr, Iowa

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