Murder charges refiled against Gray

First-degree murders charges have once again been filed against Edward Eugene Gray, Jr., in connection with a body found in a remote area in Ringgold county in 2007. Gray, whose latest address was listed as the federal penitentary in Leavenworth, KS, is scheduled to appear for arraignment April 22 in the Ringgold county courthouse. He is currently being held in the Ringgold county jail under an $800,000 cash bond. The charges stem from the discovery by deer hunters of unidentified human remains on December 3, 2007. The body was located in Liberty township north and east of Mount Ayr. The Iowa Department of Criminal Investigation, the Iowa State Patrol and Ringgold county sheriff’s officers investigated the incident and termed it “suspicious” in nature. In May 2008, after an autopsy

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and investigation of evidence, the still unidentified body was said to be a Caucasian or Hispanic male between 5’3” and 5’6” inches tall. A ring was also found on the body. The authorities asked the public’s assistance in providing information in the case. Using information provided by Collins Lee Straight, officers arrested Gray June 3, 2008 at the Ringgold county courthouse when he appeared to answer to a charge of possession of drug paraphenalia. The indictment stated the victim had been driven to a remote area by Gray and another unidentified individual for a drug deal. The victim was then murdered and his body dragged to an area with trees and grass for concealment. Gray was arraigned June 23, 2008, but those charges were later dropped pending further investigation. On November 24, 2008, Collins Straight was identified as the second individual involved in the the murder, and he was charged with first degree murder. Straight was already in custody at the Ringgold county jail under different charges at the time of his arrest. On October 17, 2012 a second arrest warrant was issued for the arrest of Edward Gray on first dehelps showcase the successes Iowa has to offer. When the restaurant isn’t open, she offers cooking classes and many educational programs for kids. This variety of different things that happen in the restaurant is Routh’s favorite part of her job. “I’m not just cooking but teaching the public and engaging with citizens,” she said. Her customers are very diverse and range from young adults to older generations, and there is even a daycare that visits the farm every once in awhile. It was easy for Katie to get started in the business, as she built many relationships with the chefs through culinary school. After school, she enjoyed all the traveling she did with her job. She stayed in Keystone for a year and then moved to North Carolina and landed a job in a restaurant. Routh says she never had any sort of plan when making a move. “It was an adventurous experience. It was exciting and scary at the same time not having a job before I moved somewhere,” she said. She says that if you enjoy what you do, the risk of moving with no plan was always worth it. Her restaurant is a non-profit organization, and there is someone in charge of every different thing that goes on at the farm. Routh was recently featured on Iowa Public Television. She was paired with a farmer from Ditmars Orchard near Council Bluffs for the show. Routh thinks these sort of things are important to highlight all the different cool things Iowa has to offer. Routh highly enjoys her career and never considered getting out of the culinary industry. Although her perception of what she wanted to do changed, she loves what she does. Having so much variety in her job with cooking, programming, private events and educational classes really calls for an exciting day-today life for her. It’s amazing how having such a passion for something can lead you to so many different places and opportunities.

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BY MADISON HOSFIELD Katie Routh, daughter of Joe and Julie Routh of Mount Ayr, is a 1998 graduate of Mount Ayr high school who is now pursuing her own career in the culinary industry. She discovered this passion through a lot of different schooling, traveling and impromptu decisions. Katie has led a very successful and happy career in doing what she loves. Routh studied dietetics at Southwest Missouri State University for one year when she discovered through her food prep curriculum that she wanted to cook instead of be a dietician. After this realization, she looked into culinary school in Keystone, CO where she went to further her education for another three years. This was a great experience, as she got to spend most of her time working in restaurants and learning hands-on rather than sitting in a classroom. She had hoped to someday work in a tech kitchen to cook with her dietician studies, but she pursued otherwise. Routh is now in charge of the restaurant at the Henry A. Wallace Country Life Center located in Orient. The restaurant is open on Fridays for lunch and dinner, and starting in May, the first Saturday of every month. She also works at the Henry A. Wallace Center in Des Moines for dinner every Thursday starting in May. The Henry A. Wallace Country Life Center is a beautiful place, which Routh enjoys very much. Its country location attracts many people to the adventure of touring the farm and dining in such beautiful scenery. The interesting part about her restaurant is that all the vegetables incorporated into the meals are home grown from the farm at the center. There are over 20 different vegetables grown, with many different varieties within each vegetable group. Routh says she believes having home grown food helps her business, as it also

Katie Routh’s culinary talents feature many Iowa ingredients

gree murder charges. In his preliminary hearing, Gray appeared before magistrate James Pedersen in Mount Ayr on March 30, 2013, at which time the $800,000 cash bond was set. Gray is set to appear for arraignment April 22 before judge Paul K. Huscher at the Ringgold county courthouse.

Dressed for a day at the beach, these students enjoy presenting some summertime music at Monday’s fourth-fifth-sixth grade vocal concert at MAC elementary. Carol Cason is the vocal director.

Singin’ on the beach

Garbage input, contract approvals for city council
Several residents voice support for Divine Waste
Approval of contracts for city mowing projects and seasonal park and pool personnel and public input concerning the city garbage collection service were among agenda items at the Monday, April 15 meeting of the Mount Ayr city council. Mowing contract The council approved the low bid from Mark Budach and Joe Catanzareti for mowing cityowned property the season. City superintendent Brent Wise had created a bid package in which he had designated three different locations for mowing: the airport, the old lake and a collection of sites including the sewer plant, the city shed and the two water towers. In addition, the airport and old lake locations were divided into two different sections to designate the frequency of the mowing needed. Those sections were termed “yellow” and “blue” in the bidding instructions. Budach and Catanzareti bid $110 per time for the airport yellow section and $60 per time for the airport blue section. Tanner Rinehart bid $149 for airport yellow and $99 for airport blue, and Greg Cannon bid $160 for airport yellow and $110 for airport blue. Budach and Catanzareti bid $160 per time for the old lake yellow section and $240 per time for the old lake blue section. Rinehart bid $215 for lake yellow and $330 for lake blue. Cannon bid $250 for lake yellow and $370 for lake blue. For the collective sites Budach and Catanzareti bid $98 per time, Rinehart bid $98 and Chris Ambrose bid $95. Cannon did not submit a bid for the collective sites. Park and pool contracts The council approved the recommendations provided by the Mount Ayr park board for swimming pool employees and Little League coaches for the coming season. Hired as swimming pool manager is Daniel Showalter, and Chandra Poore was hired as swim lesson coordinator. Hired as lifeguards were Rhett Murphy, Hannah Glendenning, Jesse Ricker, Logan Wimer, Becca Pennington, Kylee Klommhaus, Trevor Shelley, Jordyn Grose, Lew Knapp, Megan Doubleday and Amanda Cannon. Those approved as little league

School board hears reports
A number of administrative and departmental reports were received by the Mount Ayr Community board of directors at their meeting April 8. Elementary principal report Elementary principal Chris Elwood reported a 95 percent attendance rate at parent-teacher conferences held March 12 and 14. In addition, 30 children and their parents attended the three-year-old screenings held March 29. Elwood said attendance at the K-3 spring concert was “fantastic,” but he said he would like to look at ways to help alleviate the number of people who are unable to find a seat because of the large crowd. Elwood said he estimated 75 to 100 people were either standing against the walls or waiting in the halls during the program. Elementary students will finish Iowa Assessments this week, and students in grades 3-6 will begin taking MAP assessments during the week of April 29. The elementary staff will be making a decision on adopting a new reading curriculum during their afternoon in-service April 10. That afternoon Kris Quick and Elwood will also conduct an inservice for elementary associates. Author Tim Smith who writes under the pseudonym “Buck Wilder” will visit the elementary on Monday, April 29. Smith presents a motivational and entertaining presentation that inspires elementary-aged children to read, use their imaginations and, most importantly, to believe in themselves. Elwood reported he had completed class schedules that provided for self-contained classrooms in fifth and sixth grades for the coming school year. The new schedule allows for a 90-minute uninter-

Katie Routh (left) is shown with Charity Nebbe, host of Iowa Public Television’s “Iowa Ingredient,” during her recent appearance on the program.

rupted literacy block and an additional 45 minutes of instructional time each day. The self-contained arrangement will also make it easier for teachers to teach across the curriculum and get to know their students on a more personal level. Secondary principal report Middle school and high school principal Lynne Wallace reported a 64 percent attendance rate for recent parent-teacher conferences in her building. That number fell below the 90 percent attendance at fall conferences, and Wallace said she would continue to seek ways to improve attendance in the spring. The Smarter Balanced English/ language arts/literacy assessment has been completed as a pilot test before the implementation in the 2014-15 school year. The assessments are much different from ____________________________ some
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coaches are David Greene, Mark Gregg, Bill Schaefer, Beth Larsen, Jill Ehlen, Tyler Hosfield, Matt Henle, Matt West, Radonda Gregg, Thad Streit, Pat McAlexander, Angela Reynolds, Cory Fleharty, Renae Still, Jody and Skip Rushing and Jordyn Grose. Divine Waste support Tim Newton, owner of Divine Waste, briefly appeared before the council in reference to the discussion at the last council meeting pertaining to the city’s garbage service contract. “First I’d like to apologize for the last meeting,” he said. “I’m very passionate about this subject as you guys know, and sometimes that might not always come off right. I did not mean to offend anybody, but I want you guys to know that my intention is the same as yours, and that is for the best for the city of Mount Ayr and the county. That is what I truly care about.” Also in attendance at the meeting were three city residents who sp ____________________________
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The Clearfield Dissolution Commission hold a public meeting Monday, April 29 to get Clearfield patron input on the tentative dissolution plan. The meeting will take place from 6-7 p.m. in the school lunch room. If patrons have comments, questions or concerns about the dissolution process, they can share them with the Dissolution Commission. School boards from Bedford, Diagonal, Lenox and Mount Ayr are encouraged to send representatives to this meeting.

Public meeting on plan for Clearfield dissolution set

Poore invited to Kansas Relays
Mount Ayr senior Braydee Poore has been invited to compete in the high jump at this week’s Kansas Relays. The Kansas Relays, along with the Drake and Penn Relays, are considered to be the most prestigious track and field festivals in the nation. “This is an extremely high honor for an athlete,” stated Mount Ayr activities director Delwyn Showalter in a press release, “and to the best of our knowledge, Braydee is the first Mount Ayr high school student to receive an invitation to compete at Kansas.” Poore holds the Mount Ayr school record in the high jump with a jump of 6-7, set at the ISU Boys Classic earlier this spring. In 2010 he finished ninth in the state with a jump of 6-0. In 2011 he was the Class 2-A state champion with a jump of 6-4. Last year he placed fourth in Class 1-A, clearing 6-4. Next month he will seek his fourth trip to the state meet. Information about the Kansas Relays, including history, schedule of events, and list of the 2013 competitors can be found at www. kan-c-relay-body.html. Additional historical information is available at the-great-race/. Hershberger Track at Memorial Stadium (Kansas University, Lawrence KS) will be the site of the 86th annual Kansas Relays on April 17-20. The high school boys high jump will take place at 10 a.m. on Friday, April 19. The Mount Ayr boys track and field coach is Brad Elliott.

Snapshots of Ringgold County
Corn Parade Mural
As part of our commemoration of the Record-News’ 150th year of publishing, each week we will feature a photo of life in Ringgold County. “Snapshots of Ringgold County” photos will vary as the seasons and events dictate.

Mount Ayr prom Saturday

Braydee Poore

The Mount Ayr Community high school prom will be held Saturday, April 20. MACHS juniors have chosen the theme, “A Walk In The Park,” centered around a peaceful New York’s Central Park setting. The walk-in begins at 5:30 p.m. with parking available to the public on the new parking lot on the south or the west parking lot. The buses will be loading once again for this year’s after-prom activities. The students will be traveling to The Family Fun Center in Omaha.

This is the seventh of the photos in our commemorative series.

The new Mount Ayr Post Office was formally dedicated August 22, 1940, with the superintendent of schools serving as master of ceremonies. A highlight of the historic post office is a 6-foot 8-inch by 11-foot mural in the lobby titled “Corn Parade.” Painted by local artist Orr C. Fisher, it’s one of 36 murals painted in the state from funds via the Works Progress Administration.


The laundromat. Now there’s an institution that Valle and I hadn’t used for many years. Until last weekend. We have a comforter on our bed that won’t fit in our home washing machine, even though our front loader will take quite a load. While taking a quick trip to Independence, MO over the weekend to help daughter Cara get some much-needed lawn work done, we decided to take the comforter along to get it washed. Early Saturday morning we started out on the mission. We knew where a laundromat was close to where we were staying with Valle’s mother. When we arrived, half an hour after opening time, the place was still locked up tight. Someone must have overslept. What to do to find another laundromat in an unfamiliar town? With modern smart phones it is just a matter of asking a question. Where’s a laundromat in Independence, MO? We quickly had a list of possibilities and set out for the closest one. Just stepping in the door brought back memories. When we were at Graceland University, Valle and I sometimes had a laundry date. We had to do our laundry sometime, and it was nice to have company when sitting around the couple of hours as the laundry washed and dried in the laundromat on campus or another downtown. It was a standing joke with Valle that I often waited until I didn’t have a choice to get my laundry done -getting everything I owned dirty. At one point she made me a pair of colorful orange and green polka-doted boxer shorts she called my “last chance pants.” When I got down in the drawer to them I needed to stop and make some laundry time. The year between my graduation and Valle’s, when we would get married, I used a laundromat in Red Oak to get my laundry done. There were no laundry facilities in my cheap apartment, where Valle joined me when we were married. We soon moved to a different apartment, but laundromat trips remained. Next we moved to married student housing at Pammel Court in Ames, where we lived in former Quonset hut housing and used the laundromat across the street from our apartment. Valle remembers well the day, pregnant with Nathan, when she was carrying a big basket of dirty clothes across to the laundry. A man drove up in a car, rolled down the window, and asked Valle what the rent was for the apartments. She replied that it was $40 a month (which didn’t include any appliances or utilities). The man, who had previously spent time as a Pam-

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mel Court resident, said “You’ll look back on these as the best days of your life.” Valle about gave up on me then. If this was as good as it got, she wondered what the rest of her life might be like. We got our own washer and dryer when we purchased our first house in Ottumwa, so only made occasional trips for bulky washing items since then. Without a laundromat in Mount Ayr for several years now, the trips have been non-existent. The laundromat we visited last weekend had a few more amenities than those we had used in the past. As well as a television that was on, there were snack machines, arcade games and pinball machines. One item we were familiar with was a stack of old magazines and a pile of paperback books to provide entertainment while waiting. It was fun to people watch the others using the facility and to listen in on discussions between people who had just met waiting in front of the dryers as they shared information with each other. When we put our comforter in the dryer, one of the regulars suggested that we inquire about some tennis balls at the desk. “They have tennis balls to put in with the comforter to help keep it fluffed up as it dries,” he suggested. We followed the suggestion and the free tennis balls were gladly given out to help us with the drying. We put quite a few dollars through the quarter change machine to get the comforter washed in its supersized washer, a load of Valle’s mother’s laundry done, and all of it dried. Soon we were loading up the car, having relived some good memories but realizing that we wouldn’t really want to spend our Saturday mornings at the laundromat every week, either. Laundromats have come a ways since we last made a visit. Finding one has become a lot easier digitally. But when it comes right down to it, doing laundry is still doing laundry. We still have a ways to go before that changes much.

Cutting crop insurance a bad idea?
Today (April 15) is income tax day and a good time to spotlight the continued wrangling in Washington over diminished money for most fed programs, including the Farm Bill. In the news is the American Soybean Association’s opposition to the Obama Administration’s proposed cuts in the federal crop insurance program. Soybean farmers, like many other people in agriculture, are worried about a proposed $7.4 billion reduction in the federal crop insurance program in the 2014 budget. American Soybean president, Danny Murphy, said, “As ASA has said many times over, soybean farmers are willing to do our part to address the nation’s fiscal challenges, and we have a vested interest in ensuring that the cuts needed are made in a strategic manner, with all potential consequences taken into account.” He noted that many farmers still struggle to recover from the worst drought we’ve seen in generations, and the ASA believes that this is not the time to make such deep cuts in crop insurance. Uncertainty of conditions is one of the biggest challenges in farming, even in the modern age. Crop insurance creates a fairly level it is that federally-backed crop insurance is one of those collective good issues, like provision of fire protection and good streets, roads and highways. You can’t simply leave all risk to individuals, most of whom are not wealthy. While one should always question just what the collective good really is and whether it can adequately be met by government alone, deep cuts in programs that impact everyone, regardless of income, should be taken very carefully, indeed. Today’s meat ax approach is, I believe, un-American. The ASA has also opposed the proposed restructuring of America’s international food aid programs. The proposal would replace in-kind aid with cash vouchers for purchases of food aid from foreign suppliers, rather than commodities grown here. It would shift jurisdiction over $1.5 billion from the House and Senate Agriculture Committees to Foreign Operations. Worse, it would mean that only 55 percent of food in the program would be purchased from American farmers. The ASA and others are concerned about the loss of in-kind programs for food aid. Murphy said, “Federal food aid programs provide nutrition to impoverished people in developing countries, and we remain absolutely opposed to the replacement of in-kind aid with cash, which takes a key market away from American producers…” Simply stated, if it ain’t broke why fix it -- just to take a whack at governmental philosophy at the expense of the nation as a whole? I’ll see ya!

Fifty Years Ago (From the Mount Ayr RecordNews, Thursday, April 18, 1963.) Two break-ins, which occurred Saturday night or early Sunday morning in Tingley and Ellston are being investigated by Sheriff Elbert Strange. Sheriff Strange was called Sunday to Ellston after being informed of a break-in at the elevator, owned by Bill Greene, which was discovered about 6:45 a.m. by Mayor Sam Brandt. While investigating the premises of the elevator, Sheriff Strange discovered several cellophane wrappers from packages of wieners. Instinctiveness prompted him to stop in Tingley on his way to Mount Ayr and there he discovered that the Breckenridge Hardware and Grocery Store had been entered. Fifteen students of the Mount Ayr community high school were inducted into “Parnassus,” National Honor Society Monday, April 1, at a special assembly program. New members were Marie Angus, Jeani Bastow, Martha Carr, Beverly Merritt, Camille Lawhead, Marie Euritt, Shirley Saville, Cynthia Kelly, Bonnie Paist, Sandra Hunt, Maurine Rogers, Lynne Wion, Eugene Ricker, David Barker and Richard Stephens. Twenty young men and women, who constitute the upper 20 percent of the 1963 senior class of the Mount Ayr Community high school, will be honored at the annual scholarship banquet on April 16. Vera F. Dickens, Ringgold county superintendent of schools for the past 30 years, was re-elect by the Ringgold County Board of Education during a meeting of the organization held April 1. Members of the board in attendance were John D. Warin, chairman, Robert Beck and Vern Johnston. James Moon and Carl G. Riggs were absent. Barbara Siddens of Albany, MO has signed a contract to teach vocational homemaking in the Mount Ayr Community high school next fall, the duties of which she will assume on August 15. Maurine Rogers, junior in the Mount Ayr Community high school, was adjudged winner of first place honors in the Bill Riley State Fair Talent Show presented Wednesday night of last week in Mount Ayr. Miss Rogers, who appeared in a vocal number, received a cash prize of $10 and a chance to appear on

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KRNT-TV. David Barker, public speaking entry, and Craig Elliott, freshman creed speaker, will represent the Mount Ayr chapter at the state FFA convention to be held in Sioux City. The two voting delegates are David Umbarger and Phillip Drake. The four members and Mr. Hauptman, local advisor, will leave for Sioux City on April 17 and return to Mount Ayr on April 20. Births reported at Ringgold County Hospital were a son, born April 3, to Mr. and Mrs. Max Buck of Mount Ayr; a son, born April 4, to Mr. and Mrs. Richard Clothier of Lamoni; a son, born April 5, to Mr. and Mrs. Frank Baker of Darlington, MO; a son, born April 6, to Mr. and Mrs. Dale Brown of Grant City, MO, and a daughter, born April 6, to Mr. and Mrs. Norman Snead of Denver, MO. The obituary in this issue were Sylvia Grace Lane. Twenty-five Years Ago (From the Mount Ayr RecordNews, Thursday, April 21, 1988.) A year after the fist prairie chickens were reintroduced to Ringgold county, the prospects for the county’s own resident population are favorable. At least four of the prairie chicken males released last year have been seen at booming grounds in the county and across the state line into Harrison county, MO. With another 120 prairie chickens released in the past few weeks, 60 percent of them hens, it is hoped that the bird will become a regular resident again. A brick wall in the former Irving Clothing Store building on the north side of the square in Mount Ayr collapsed in a heap. Two of the three buildings which at one time housed the business were being demolished this week. The building dates back to the turn of the century, according to Dave Irving, whose father had a clothing business on the north side of the square for many years before selling to his son in the late 1940s. The clothing store was moved to a new building west of Mount Ayr and the buildings on the square had been vacant for much of the time in the past few years. Staff from Clearview Home in Mount Ayr visited the Ringgold County Group Home last week to help plant several fruit trees donated for the grounds for the new facility for handicapped adults. The staff

members worked with residents of the home to plant the fruit trees in the back yard of the home. The project was a community service activity of the Clearview Home staff. Jon Hansen, who wrestles for the Stanton, NE, high school wrestling team, placed second in the 152-pound division Class C of the state wrestling tournament recently. Hansen is the son of Marlee Egly and the stepson of John Egly of Mount Ayr. This is the third year that Hansen, a junior, has qualified for the state wrestling meet. Five athletes from the Ringgold Challenge Center participated in the district Special Olympics held in Creston Saturday, April 16. Four blue ribbons were won by participants, qualifying them to go on to compete at the state Special Olympics in Ames in May. Participants were Steve Gilbert, Ralph Hampton, Sharon Lesan, Dan Reynolds and Joan Routh. The birth reported this week was a son, born April 15, to Scott and Tami Miller of Blockton. Obituaries in this issue were Sanford “Dude” Wilson, John Duane Miller and Chester F. Vance. Ten Years Ago (From the Mount Ayr RecordNews, Thursday, April 10, 2003.) Astronaut Peggy Whitson returned to share her experience in space with Ringgold county residents Friday and was met by an enthusiastic reception for her presentations all day. By the time the day was over, Whitson had made presentations on her trip to space to some 1,800 area residents in four sessions at Mount Ayr Community high school. Five Mount Ayr Community FFA chapter members were presented the top awards when the chapter had its annual awards banquet Thursday night. Winners included Lyndon Hawkins, star chapter agribusiness; Adam Triggs, star chapter production ag; Oakel Pettinger, star chapter placement; Jacque Baker, most valuable member, and Levi Cameron, star chapter greenhand. Education spending, environmental spending and tax reform were all topics at the final legislative coffee of the season held Saturday in Mount Ayr with state senator Jeff Angelo of Creston and state representative Cecil Dolecheck of Mount Ayr at Pheasant Run Steakhouse and

Lounge. This was the final event at the restaurant on the square, which has closed. Representative Cecil Dolecheck of Mount Ayr has been nominated for the Iowa Farm Bureau distinguished service to agriculture award by the Ringgold County Farm Bureau board of directors. Dolecheck is presently serving his fourth term as a representative for Iowa House District 96. In this position he serves as chairman of education appropriations and is a member of the education, agriculture and transportation committees in the Iowa House. A Mount Ayr resident representing the Des Moines Area Community College Ankeny campus was a place winner at the 57th annual Iowa Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) state leadership conference recently held at Mount Saint Claire College in Clinton. Megan Petersohn of Mount Ayr placed third in the accounting principles event. Three people were named honorary chapter members when the Mount Ayr Community FFA chapter held its 65th annual banquet Thursday. Named to the award were Eugene Dillenburg, Darrel Bartling and Marilyn Hawkins. A large crowd gathered for the 14th annual Pheasants Forever banquet and auction held by the Ringgold Chapter of Pheasants Forever Saturday night at the American Legion building. There were 170 in attendance with approximately $9,000 raised that will be used for programs such as food plots and winter cover for pheasants and other species of wildlife in Ringgold county. Phil White of Mesa, AZ and Billie Smith of Mount Ayr were inducted into the Iowa Girls Coaches Association basketball officials hall of fame in a ceremony in Cedar Rapids Saturday. Births reported this week were a daughter, born March 25, to Willi and Amy Schaefer Herr of Iphofen, Germany, formerly of Diagonal and a son, born April 4, to Annette and Jason Swaney of Bedford. Obituaries in this issue were Neva Luella Wilson Coulson, Robert (Bob) Hammond, Duane Melvin Laird, Cathy Lynn Burchett McCabe, Eugene Charlie Taylor and Crystal Waye Morrison Pate Whittington.


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A draft version of the Ringgold County Hazard Mitigation Plan is nearly complete. This important plan will identify hazards that most affect the county, including cities and schools, and will contain a list of proposed projects to make those hazards less damaging. Jurisdictions that approve the plan will become eligible for federal funds from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to complete hazard mitigation projects. The planning team would like to invite you to the final planning team meeting that will be held on Tuesday April 30 in the Ringgold County Courthouse Assembly Room, 109 West Madison Street, Mount Ayr. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m.with a short 15 minute presentation, followed by an open house type format where comments and suggestions about the plan are welcomed. The meeting will last

playing field for farmers in that regard. They assume huge risks every time they plant a crop, and it’s not just a matter of 160 acres in the valley anymore. Farmers plant thousands of acres each planting season, with tremendously high costs of inputs. Murphy said risks farmers assume when they plant crops are not theirs alone. “The crops we plant produce a variety of foods and other products that Americans depend on every day. Crop insurance is a critical tool to ensure that not only are part of the risks covered for American farmers, but also for millions of Americans who count on what we produce.” I think another way to look at

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• April 8 - Trial information was filed in district court charging Shawn James Walkup of Creston with OWI second offense. Bond set previously at $2,000 was continued and a preliminary hearing was cancelled. Walkup was ordered to appear for arraignment at the Ringgold county courthouse on Monday, April 22, 2013. • April 8 - Trial information was filed in district court charging Shelby Duane Bullock of Ellston with domestic abuse assault with a dangerous weapon. Bond set previously at $2,000 was continued and a preliminary hearing was cancelled. Bullock was ordered to appear for arraignment at the Ringgold county courthouse on Monday, April 22, 2013. • April 8 - Trial information was filed in district court charging Edward Eugene Gray, Jr. of Clarinda with murder in the first degree. RINGGOLD COUNTY SHERIFF’S LOG 8:24 p.m., call back requested. (MA) 9:35 p.m., call back requested. (MA) 9:39 p.m., 911 call, request for an ambulance. 10:20 p.m., caller requesting information about an inmate. (MA) Saturday, April 6 6:23 a.m., caller with a thank you for officer. (CO) 8:17 a.m., 911 call, false alarm. (MA) 9:06 a.m., call for officer. (OC) 9:07 a.m., request for an ambulance. (MA) 9:42 a.m., caller reported that a car was blocking an alley. (KE) 10:19 a.m., report of a grass fire. (CO) 11:32 a.m., vehicle lockout. (MA) 12:44 p.m., dog call. (MA) 3:21 p.m., caller advising they were moving a grain bin down the road. (RE) 3:36 p.m., 911 call, grass fire out of control. (OC) 3:38 p.m., 911 call, grass fire out of control. (MA) 4:13 p.m., caller with information regarding fire. (MA) 4:50 p.m., trucker unfamiliar with the area asking for help. (OC) 7:01 p.m., domestic matter. (CO) 8:20 p.m., caller reporting suspicious activity. (BE) 9:23 p.m., caller wanting to speak to an officer. (MA) 10:35 p.m., caller reporting a missing child. (MA) Sunday, April 7 1:15 a.m., Union county with message for officer. (OC) 6:42 a.m., request for an ambulance. (MA) 10:54 a.m., person needing to speak with an officer. (MA) 12:40 p.m., report of a controlled burn. (RE) 2:24 p.m., 911 call. (RE) 2:45 p.m., officer needed. (MA) 5:10 p.m., caller needing chief deputy. (DI) 7:29 p.m., officer needed at Sun Valley. (SV) 7:34 p.m., caller needing a welfare check done. (MA) 8:20 p.m., thank you call. (MA) 8:41 p.m., 911 call, ditch fire out of control (3 different calls). (RE) 8:50 p.m., caller concerned about all the fires this week ... just saw trucks out again. (MA) Monday, April 8 12:19 a.m., phantom 911 call .. cause presumed to be weather. (MA) 12:30 a.m., Decatur county requesting assistance of K-9 Murphy in man hunt. (OC) 7:08 a.m., report of a gas drive off. (MA) 8:06 a.m., caller setting up visitation with inmate. (KE) 8:21 a.m., caller asking how to bond someone out of jail. (OC) 8:39 a.m., caller setting up visitation with inmate. (OC) 8:51 a.m., call for sheriff. (MA) 9:40 a.m., call for jail. (OC) 10:15 a.m., individual in to see the sheriff. (MA) 10:25 a.m., call for sheriff. (MA) 10:43 a.m., caller reporting missing cattle. (CO) 10:56 a.m., call for sheriff. (OC) 11:19 a.m., caller setting up

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DISSOLUTIONS • Matthew Dean Shelley, petitioner, concerning Tosha Shelley, respondent. Date dissolution filed April 8, 2013. SIMPLE MISDEMEANOR AND TRAFFIC CONVICTIONS March 4-11, 2013 Tommie Hinds, Grand River, $397.50, driving while license denied, suspended, cancelled. Kristine Brammer, Clearfield, $127.50, seat belt violation. Thaddeus Jude Streit, Mount Ayr, $92.00, speeding 1-5 m.p.h. over the speed limit. Thomas Russell Larson, Mount Ayr, $87.00, fail to display registration plate. Ryan Casey Goodale, Adel, $92.00, speeding 1-5 m.p.h. over the speed limit. FROM RINGGOLD COUNTY MAGISTRATE COURT • April 10 - A judgment was filed in magistrate’s court finding Clarence Junior Steinbach of Diagonal guilty of assault. Steinbach was ordered to pay a fine of $100, a surcharge of $35 and court costs of $60, all monies payable to the clerk of court by May 29, 2013. Appeal bond was set at $300 cash only. FROM RINGGOLD COUNTY DISTRICT COURT • April 8 - Judgments were filed in district court finding Ryan Gene Barton of Kellerton guilty of two charges of OWI and one charge of driving while license barred. On the first OWI conviction, Barton was sentenced to one year in jail and given credit for time served pending disposition of this case. In addition he was ordered to pay a fine of $1,250, a surcharge of $437.50, a drug abuse resistance education surcharge of $10, a law enforcement initiative surcharge of $125, jail fees of $40 per day for time served and court costs of $100, all monies payable to the clerk of court. He was also ordered to complete a drinking driver’s course and to satisfy all recommendations of an evaluation for substance abuse and to reimburse the state of Iowa for his court-appointed attorney fees. Appeal bond was fixed at $2,000. On the driving while license barred conviction, Barton was sentenced a prison term of an indeterminate time not to exceed two years which is to be served concurrent with the first OWI conviction. He was to be delivered to the Iowa Medical and Classification Center in Oakdale immediately. In addition he was ordered to pay a fine of $625, a surcharge of $218.75 and court costs of $125.05, all monies payable to the clerk of court. He was also instructed to reimburse the state of Iowa for his court-appointed attorney fees. Appeal bond was fixed at $2,000. On the second OWI conviction, Barton was sentenced to one year in jail to be served concurrently with the sentence in the first OWI conviction and the driving while license barred conviction and given credit for time served pending disposition of this case. In addition he was ordered to pay a fine of $1,250, a surcharge of $437.50, a drug abuse resistance education surcharge of $10, a law enforcement initiative surcharge of $125, jail fees of $40 per day for time served and court costs of $100, all monies payable to the clerk of court. He was also ordered to complete a drinking driver’s course and to satisfy all recommendations of an evaluation for substance abuse and to reimburse the state of Iowa for his court-appointed attorney fees. Appeal bond was fixed at $1,000.

(Call Origination Code: MA = Mount Ayr; KE = Kellerton; 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)

April 4-11, 2013 Thursday, April 4 6:44 a.m., caller requesting fire department. (MA) 6:46 a.m., caller wanting information on fire. (OC) 9:18 a.m., report of a controlled burn in Clinton township. (CO) 10:17 a.m., report of a controlled burn in Clinton township. (CO) 10:38 a.m., caller updating contact information. (OC) 11:05 a.m., report of a controlled burn. (OC) 11:07 a.m., call for dispatch. (MA) 11:39 a.m., caller updating contact information. (OC) 11:40 a.m., call for jail. (OC) 12:06 p.m., 911 call, request for an ambulance. (MA) 3:36 p.m., caller reporting phone scam. (MA) 3:38 p.m., caller wanting a welfare check done. (MA) 3:53 p.m., caller needing the fire department. (KE) 5:31 p.m., caller reporting a suspicious driver. (DI) 5:58 p.m., caller reporting a suspicious driver and vehicle. (MA) 5:49 p.m., request for an ambulance. (MA) 9 p.m., caller with information on an individual. (OC) 9:09 p.m., caller with questions for dispatcher. (MA) 9:12 p.m., animal complaint. (MA) 10:23 p.m., report of a controlled burn. (DI) Friday, April 5 7:25 a.m., report of cows out. (CO) 7:51 a.m., caller with questions for civil clerk. (MA) 8:17 a.m., jail information. (OC) 10:36 a.m., caller with questions for officer. (MA) 11:05 a.m., call back requested. (CO) 12:39 p.m., 911 call. (DE) 1:01 p.m., civil call. (MA) 1:41 p.m., caller needing assistance. (MA) 2:07 p.m., caller reported dog missing. (MA) 3:55 p.m., caller needing fire department. (MA) 4:42 p.m., caller needing officer. (MA) 5:19 p.m., caller needing information. (MA)

visitation with inmate. (OC) 11:23 a.m., call for officer. (OC) 11:38 a.m., call for jail. (KE) 11:48 a.m., call for officer. (OC) 11:59 a.m., call for jail. (OC) 12:39 p.m., call for dispatch. (OC) 1:21 p.m., caller reporting vandalism. (EL) 1:22 p.m., call for sheriff. (MA) 1:30 p.m., call for sheriff. (MA) 1:45 p.m., report of a controlled burn. (MA) 2:15 p.m., Union county jail calling. (OC) 3 p.m., caller complaining about a car. (MA) 3:12 p.m., report of a missing dog. (MA) 3:28 p.m., 911 call. (OC) 3:54 p.m., call for jail. (OC) 4:40 p.m., report of a controlled burn. (DI) 4:41 p.m., caller needing information. (OC) 5:22 p.m., 911 call. (MA) 5:37 p.m., jail call. (OC) 5:46 p.m., caller with questions about the jail. (MA) 5:48 p.m., 911 call. (MA) 6:40 p.m., animal complaint. (MA) 7:27 p.m., report of a controlled burn. (DI) 8:10 p.m., report of a controlled burn. (BL) 8:36 p.m., 911 call, caller reporting suspicious activity along the road. (KE) Tuesday, April 9 1:07 p.m., caller reporting a missing person. (OC) 8:56 a.m., caller with a complaint. (CO) 10 a.m., jail information. (OC) 10:08 a.m., civil information. (OC) 10:26 a.m., caller with civil questions. (OC) 10:52 a.m., jail information. (OC) 11:35 a.m., call about inmate’s medication. (OC) 11:41 a.m., animal complaint. (CO) 11:50 a.m., caller with storm shelter questions. (MA) 12:06 p.m., animal complaint. (MA) 12:41 p.m., 911 call, request for an ambulance. (MA) 12:59 p.m., civil call. (KE) 1:22 p.m., civil call. (OC) 1:30 p.m., call for sheriff. (DI) 1:35 p.m., dog complaint. (MA) Wednesday, April 10 4:30 a.m., calls about power outages. (CO) 4:30 a.m., report of a power line almost on the ground. (MA) 6:03 a.m., report of power outage. (MA) 6:53 a.m., report of power outage. (CO) 8:59 a.m., call for sheriff. (OC) 9:17 a.m., officer checking in. (MA)

9:26 a.m., call for hospital. (OC) 10:20 a.m., call for jail. (OC) 10:25 a.m., officer checking in. (CO) 10:41 a.m., call for chief deputy. (OC) 10:45 a.m., call for sheriff. (CO) 10:48 a.m., call for clerk. (OC) 10:57 a.m., call for Union county. (OC) 12:35 p.m., report of an accident. (MA) 2:56 p.m., caller needs officer’s assistance. (OC) 4:57 p.m., 911 call. (TI/EL) 5:01 p.m., 911 call, request for an ambulance. (MA) 5:12 p.m., caller with information for dispatch. (MA) 5:31 p.m., message for chief deputy. (OC) 7:06 p.m., call for chief deputy. (CO) 7:46 p.m., call for chief deputy. (CO) 9:19 p.m., caller reporting lost cell phone. (CO) 11:35 p.m., caller reported being out of gas and needing help. (CO) Thursday, April 18 8:10 a.m., caller needing a welfare check done. (OC) 8:31 a.m., call for sheriff. (MA) 9:03 a.m., call for sheriff. (KE) 9:29 a.m., call for jail. (MA) COURTHOUSE NEWS Ringgold County Courthouse hours are Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. unless noted otherwise. Ringgold county now has a website at www.ringgoldcounty. us. • Assessor: Neil Morgan, 4643233. • Auditor: Amanda Waske, 464-3239. • Board of Supervisors: David Inloes, chairman, Royce Dredge and Kraig Pennington, members, 464-3244. Supervisors meetings are open to the public and are held in the supervisors conference room located on the second floor between the clerk of court and auditor’s office. On days the board is not scheduled to be in office, please direct all inquiries to the auditor’s office. To schedule a meeting time with the supervisors, contact the auditor’s office. Regular board meetings are held on Mondays with official public notice of the meeting agendas posted at the Ringgold county courthouse, Mount Ayr RecordNews, Sun Valley Lake and Diagonal city hall the day before. • Clerk of Court (a state office): 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 alimony and child support payments, probates, civil and criminal filings,

magistrate’s court and records and services of adoptions, conservatorships, court proceedings, divorces, estates, grand jury, guardianships, judgments, juvenile proceedings, mechanic’s liens, mental health admissions, petit jury, surety company certificates, state hospital, traffic violations, trust funds, trusteeships. Certified copies can be made of above listed records. Court records are also available at • County Conservation Board: Kate Zimmerman, phone: 464-2787, email: Please contact for information on rules and regulations, parks, trail ways, camping, shelter reservations, environmental education and more. Parks are open March 15 - November 15. Walk-in traffic is allowed year round. • County Weed Commissioner: Brenda Adams, 641-344-9629. • Development and Tourism: Karen Bender, Coordinator, 4643704. If anyone has any calendar events, please contact the development office at 641-464-3704. • E-911 Service Board: Merle Walter, 307 N. Webster St., Mount Ayr, 464-3311. • Emergency Management Agency: Teresa Jackson, Coordinator, 109 W. Madison St., Suite 105, cell: 641-202-9671; phone: 464-3344; fax: 464-0663, email: Hours: Monday - Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The tornado sirens in Mount Ayr will be tested the first Tuesday of each month unless there is severe weather. • Engineer: Zach Gunsolley, P.E., 464-3232. 707 South Henderson Drive. Office hours: Monday Friday, 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. • General Relief: Gary Smith, 109 W. Madison St., 464-2397. Mondays and Thursdays, 8 a.m. 4 p.m.; Tuesdays, 8 a.m. - noon; Closed Wednesdays and Fridays. In case of emergency 641-4642397 or 641-202-1199. • 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 birth certificate, driver’s license or state issued ID, two-inch square passport photos and passport application (both available at recorder’s office) and fees. Allow four to six weeks from date of application to receive passport book or card from the passport agency. Expedited service is available for an additional fee. Individuals with recent name changes can get their passport book/card updated without a fee within one year of issue. Forms may be obtained at the recorder’s office. For additional information

call the recorder’s office or go to Avoid a $5 penalty by renewing boat registrations by April 30, 2013. • Sanitarian: Ringgold County Public Health Agency, 464-0691. Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. • Public Health Agency: 119 S. Fillmore, 464-0691. Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. • Sheriff: Mike Sobotka, Emergency Only 911, Non-Emergency (Available 24/7) 464-3921 or 4642911. 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.IowaRoadConditions. org. • Treasurer: Debbie Cannon, 464-3230. Applications for 2013 Iowa Property Tax Credit for Elderly and Disabled Taypayers must be submitted by the filing date of May 1, 2013. Applications may be picked up in the office or downloaded at Property taxes can be paid online at with Visa, Master Card and Discover credit cards or e-checks. Payments made in the office may be with cash, checks or with a Master Card, Visa or Discover credit or debit card. All documents conveying real estate need to have the name and address of the person to whom the property tax statement is to be mailed. Please check renewal notices and tax statements for the correct information. If the information is wrong, contact the treasurer’s office. Motorists can now renew motor vehicle registrations online at if a renewal notice is received through the United States Postal Service that contains a personal identification number (PIN). Please be aware that the PIN can only be used one time. Contact the treasurer’s office for more information. Those with March birth dates are reminded to register their motor vehicles by April 30, 2013. Bring in the renewal statement received in the mail so renewals can be quickly processed. • Driver’s License Office: Located in the Treasurer’s Office. Driver’s licenses may be renewed any time during the period of 30 calendar days before and up to 60 calendar days after the driver’s birth date. The driver’s license station hours are Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Phone 464-3230 with questions. • Veterans Affairs: Gary Smith, 109 W. Madison St., 4642397. Mondays and Thursdays, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Tuesdays, 8 a.m. - noon; Closed Wednesdays and Fridays. In case of emergency 641464-2397 or 641-202-1199.

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NOTICE REGARDING JUDICIAL MAGISTRATE APPOINTMENT The Ringgold County Judicial Magistrate Appointing Commission will meet on Monday, May 6, 2013, at 1:30 P.M. in the Courtroom located on the second floor of the Ringgold County Courthouse, Mount Ayr, Iowa, for the purpose of appointing a judicial magistrate to serve as judicial magistrate for the term that will expire on July 31, 2017. The appointment will be effective August 1, 2013, and upon certification to the State Court Administrator. Applicants are required to be admitted to the practice of law in the state of Iowa as a condition to being appointed a judicial magistrate. A judicial magistrate shall be a resident of the county of appointment or a resident of a county contiguous to the county of appointment during the judicial magistrate’s term of office. A person is not qualified for appointment as a judicial magistrate if, at the time of appointment, the person has reached age 72. Application forms are available at the office of the Clerk of the District Court located on the second floor of the Ringgold County Courthouse in Mount Ayr, Iowa. The application forms must be completed and filed, together with six copies, prior to 4:00 P.M. on Friday, May 3, 2013, at said office. Dated: April 3, 2013 David Christensen Fifth District Court Judge Chairman of the Ringgold County, Iowa Judicial Magistrate Appointing Commission Ringgold County Courthouse Mount Ayr, Iowa 50854

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Social Community Calendar
NOTICE - If you would like your organization’s meeting dates to appear in the calendar, please contact Record-News staff at 464-2440. Thursday, April 18 Model train meeting at Depot at 6 p.m. Alcoholics Anonymous meeting at 8 p.m. at the Neighborhood Center, Mount Ayr. Saturday, April 20 Southern Iowa Parks & Recreation’s breakfast for supper at the Kellerton community center from 5 to 7 p.m. 2013 IRA Rodeo Season kickoff party at Silver Spur Cafe & Bar with happy hour from 5 to 7 p.m.; banquet meal from 7 to 8 p.m.; live auction starting at 8 p.m. and dance with DJ from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Sunday, April 21 Party for Lucy Ricker’s 80th birthday at the Mount Ayr Country Club from 1 to 4 p.m. Monday, April 22 $1 sack day every day at the Ringgold County Neighborhood Center. Second Childhood Doll Club will meet on the west side of the Mount Ayr square and leave at 10 a.m. to go to Winterset. Connie Bailey will have the lesson. Thin Within support group will meet at 5 p.m. at the Lighthouse. Eighth annual Merrill V. Perry 5-12 band concert and spaghetti supper starting at 5:30 p.m. Ringgold County Tourism meeting at 6:30 p.m. at the Chamber of Commerce building. Sowing in Tears Support Group will meet at 7 p.m. at the Lighthouse Church, two miles west of Mount Ayr. Jam session at the Mount Ayr American Legion building from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 23 Card shower for Sandy Campbell’s 75th birthday. Cards and correspondence may be sent to her at P.O. Box 45, Kellrton, IA 50133. Bag Day at the Ringgold County Neighborhood Center. Wednesday, April 24 Bag Day at the Ringgold County Neighborhood Center. Thursday, April 25 Diagonal Community school early childhood round-up from 8 a.m. to 12 noon. Alcoholics Anonymous meeting at 8 p.m. at the Neighborhood Center, Mount Ayr. Saturday, April 27 Card shower for Larry Campbell’s 75th birthday. Cards and correspondence may be sent to him at Mount Ayr Health Care Center, P.O. Box 547, Mount Ayr, IA 50854. New York Times best-selling author Tracey Garvis Graves will be at the Ellston community library from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Diagonal Lions community appreciation at the Diagonal city park at 6 p.m. Monday, April 29 Thin Within support group will meet at 5 p.m. at the Lighthouse. Sowing in Tears Support Group will meet at 7 p.m. at the Lighthouse Church, two miles west of Mount Ayr. Jam session at the Mount Ayr American Legion building from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 1 $1 sack day every day at the Ringgold County Neighborhood Center. The Mount Ayr Public Library board will meet at 5:15 p.m. at the library. Thursday, May 2 Ringgold County Master Gardeners will meet at the Iowa State Extension office at 5 p.m. Southwest Iowa Shutterbugs will meet at the Creston Pizza Ranch. Chatter and food begins at 6 p.m. Regular meeting begins at 7 p.m. Sons of the American Legion will meet at 6:30 p.m. at the Mount Ayr Legion hall. Alcoholics Anonymous meeting at 8 p.m. at the Neighborhood Center, Mount Ayr.

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Thursday, April 18, 2013

Library Leafings

Author Tracey Garvis Graves kicks off Ellston library’s summer sessions
Start your summer off with a sizzle on Saturday morning April 27 by meeting New York Times bestselling author Tracey Garvis Graves, author of On the Island, at the Ellston Community Library. This author presentation, sponsored by the Ellston Community Library, introduces Garvis-Graves and her spellbinding novel which is slightly reminiscent of Blue Lagoon and Cast Away. Characters stranded on an island—struggling to survive. In a slightly unusual real-life twist, Tracey’s novel gained national recognition and became a runaway bestseller BEFORE it was ever published in book form. “I’m still in shock how all of this happened,” laughs Tracey. “This was my very first novel and I decided to publish it myself on People started downloading it and giving my work good reviews. The more good reviews the more readers. The next thing I knew Plume Publications wanted to print the book for me and MGM contacted me about turning the novel into a movie! Needless to say it has been an eventful journey.” Praise for Tracey’s work and meteoric rise comes from all corners of the literary field. According to USA Today “Tracey Garvis Graves has one of those dreamcome-true stories that make authors simultaneously delirious with joy on her behalf and jealous as all get-out.” Tracey’s On the Island characters experience an eventful journey as well. There is the beautiful and energetic Anna Emerson, a thirtyyear-old English teacher worn down by Chicago winters and desperately in need of adventure. Then, there is 16 year old T.J. Callahan whose cancer is in remission

Snethen Reunion A family reunion was held at the Senior Activity Center this past weekend to honor Rex and Sue Snethen and Darrell and Dawn Snethen of Green Bay, WI. Rex is a brother of Joe Snethen and Roena Adams and has been battling cancer. Those attending were Roena and Calvin Adams and Joe and Betty Snethen of Mount Ayr; Janet and Lyle Hogue of Missouri; Cyndi Mapes of Ankeny; Jeannie Garris of Murray; Rick and Madelyn Adams of Osceola; Joyce Wiley of Minburn; Chuck and Peggy Liermann of Beemer, NE; Darrell,

Mary Kathryn Gepner
April 15 - Known as “silent Cal,” for his taciturn manner, Calvin Coolidge is a largely forgotten president and the subject of a new biography entitled “Coolidge” by Amity Shlaes. Coolidge was the 30th president succeeding to the office when President Warren Harding died suddenly in 1923. Shales writes that “Like Gerald Ford, Coolidge healed a country with civility after a period of scandal involving his predecessor.” A thrifty no nonsense New Englander, Coolidge was primarily a man of work. When his father succeeded to the presidency, Calvin Jr. was working in a tobacco field in Hatfield, MA. Told by his friends “that they would not work anymore if their fathers were President.” To which the boy replied, “if your father were my father, you would.” Saving and thrift were raised to an art form by Coolidge, “so parsimonious that he did not buy a house in Massachusetts even after he became governor, so careful that the Coolidges owned no car until after he achieved the presidency. . . .Thrifty to the point of harshness, Coolidge rarely relented when it came to money.” Often caricatured as a Victorian throwback, Alice Roosevelt Longworth, Theodore Roosevelt’s oldest daughter and the grand dame of Washington society, said, “Coolidge looked as though he had been weaned on a pickle.” Not comfortable in high society, Coolidge often sat silent and stiff at Washington dinner parties. An oft repeated story of Coolidge at a dinner party was that of a lady who turned to the President and said, “I have a bet with a friend that I can get you to say more than two words.” To which, Coolidge replied, “You lose.” Inspired by a philosophy of service, he “served his family, to whom he was intensely loyal; he served the law and the people.” On a walk with a friend, who tried to cheer him by pointing at the White House and asking, in a joking tone, “who might live there.” “Nobody,” Coolidge replied, “they just come and go.” The Coolidge presidency saw great changes in the lives of ordinary Americans who wired their homes for electricity and bought their first cars or household appliances on credit, something he would never have done. When he was President, the federal debt fell and the federal budget was always in surplus. One of the new books in the library is “Coolidge” by Amity Shlaes in large print nonfiction. New memorial books in the library: In elementary fiction, “Otis And The Puppy” by Loren Long in memory of Bob Erickson from the Birthday Bunch. This is the latest book about a happy little tractor named Otis and his farm friends. In large print fiction: “A Week In Winter” by Maeve Binchy in memory of Karen Kesterson Vary from the Class of 1957. This is the last book by beloved author Maeve Binchy. Ms. Binchy was working on this book when she died.

Michelle, Zack, Tanner and Shailey Beem of Truro; Donald Black of Ralston, NE; Carol Housh and Don, Judy and Eric Smith of Centerville, and Kevin and Judy Hogue of Des Moines. All enjoyed a very good dinner and visiting in the afternoon. In the evening some of them enjoyed listening and dancing to music at the Legion hall. Sunday morning a few of them ate breakfast at the Legion hall before the Snethens returned home to Green Bay.

Guess who’s turning 60!

Tracey Garvis Graves and who wants to get back to his normal teenage life. He has no desire to spend his summer with his family or studying with his tutor in the Malodives Islands. When the unlikely pair board a private plane headed to the Callahan’s summer home, they have no idea their lives are about to change forever. Everyone is invited to join the author of this spellbinding novel on April 27 from 11 a.m. thru 12:30 p.m. at the Ellston Community Library. Tracey, who lives in West Des Moines with her husband, two children, and one hyper dog will offer a lively discussion of On the Island, discuss the upcoming movie (which is based on the book), sell and sign books, offer a question and answer segment, and do a short reading from her new novel, Covet, which is due out in September, 2013. Advanced reading of the book isn’t necessary… only a willingness to meet and enjoy the talents and stories of this nationally recognized author.

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Thank You, Thank You

• Jason and Katie Wilkey of Creston are the proud parents of a baby boy born on Friday, April 12, 2013, at the Greater Regional Medical Center in Creston. Austin Daniel Wilkey tipped the scales at seven pounds, two ounces and measured 20.5 inches. Grandparents are Dan and Kristy Weddle of Mount Ayr and Aaron and Renee Wilkey of Tingley. Great-grandparents are Jack Wilkey of Ellston and Gary and Sylvia Adair of Lecanto, FL. Austin is welcomed home by an older sibling, Lauren Wilkey, age 20 months.

…for all the many cards and gifts we have received for our 50th anniversary. God has truly blessed us! Special thanks to our children and grandchildren for our private little party and gifts. It was special just like you all are!

Thank You…
…for the cards, gifts and visits on my birthday. I certainly enjoyed the pie.

Cecil and Betty Davenport

Vera Daughton

Mount Ayr Alumni Reunion
Saturday, May 25, 2013
High School Commons - Doors open at 5 p.m. Reservations $15 - Dinner served at 6 p.m. Make reservations prior to Wednesday, May 22 by calling Sherry Norris - 641-344-1860. Make checks payable to Mount Ayr Alumni Association.

Liam Walters • Wayne and Monica Walters of Mount Ayr proudly announce the birth of their son, Liam Grayson Walters. Liam was born on Friday, April 12, 2013, at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines. He weighed eight pounds, two ounces and was 21 inches long. Grandparents are Anne Taylor and Carroll and Mary Ellen Devereux Taylor of Mount Ayr, Bill and Susan Walters of Blockton, and Camilla Braby of Des Moines. Great-grandparents are Keith and Velma Walters of Blockton and Roland and Jane Buck of Mount Ayr. OFFICE SUPPLIES? Copier paper, resume paper, colored paper, computer forms and more are available at the Mount Ayr Record-News, 112 W. Madison Street, Mount Ayr.

Bridal shower to be held for Brittany Drake

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A come-and-go bridal shower will be held for Brittany Drake of Carroll, formerly of Mount Ayr, daughter of Lisa Drake Waske and Scott Drake, on Sunday, April 21, from 2 to 5 p.m. at the First Christian Church in Mount Ayr. Brittany is the bride-elect of Josh Pickering of Carroll, formerly of Mount Ayr.

Ph. 641-464-2123 WHY COOK? JUST ATTEND…

…to all who braved the weather to help us celebrate my 90th birthday. Special thanks to all who provided food and desserts along with all the cards and best wishes. Blockton truly is a special community.

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Oh, man alive! Look who’s turning 75.

is hosting a card shower in honor of his 75th birthday,

Larry Campbell

The family of

Every third Saturday of Every Month (Excluding December) PLACE: Kellerton Community Center (old school gym) SERVING TIME: 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. MENU VARIES…BUT ALWAYS: Made-FromScratch Biscuits, Made-From-Scratch Gravy, Juice, Milk, Coffee Freewill donation. Sponsored by S.I.P .R.
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Edith Campbell and Family


Cards may be sent to him at: Mount Ayr Health Care Center
P.O. Box 547 Mount Ayr, Iowa 50854

Saturday, April 27.

Gym available for Renting. Call for information – 641-783-2123

80th Birthday Party For

Sunday, April 21

75 and still making music.
is hosting a card shower in honor of her 75th birthday, Tuesday, April 23.

Saturday, April 27, 2013
6 p.m. in the Diagonal City Park

Diagonal Lions

Sandy Campbell

The family of

1 to 4 p.m. Mount Ayr Country Club
Hosted by her children and grandchildren. No gifts please.

✦ Join

us for a hamburger or hot dog
✦ Listen to live music from Wiley Band and Friends and Pumptown. ✦ Bring your lawn chairs. ✦Hamburgers donated and prepared by the Ringgold County Cattlemen.

Cards may be sent to her at: P.O. Box 45 Kellerton, Iowa 50133

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ly greened everything up? Spring’s such a pretty season. Ringgold County Public Health nurses will have someone available at the community building Friday, April 19, to check blood pressures. Do try to take advantage of this free service. It’s free for anyone who shows up. Also, the Community Singers from the Clearfield, Lenox and surrounding areas will be at the Tingley meal site to entertain Monday, April 22. Program begins at 11 a.m. Virginia Walden and Peggy Skarda provided music for folks to enjoy last Monday. This writer didn’t get any notes written down so apologizes if someone got left out. Tuesday once again showed how priceless volunteers are to Tingley’s site. The site’s cook once again had to be gone. Guess who came through so everything could go on as usual. Volunteers, they’re terrific. The band, all dressed in red and white, made the day better for everyone. Members included accompanist Carmene James, plus Mary Jane Narigon, Don and Darlene Wimmer, Dick and Virginia Walden, Harold Brown, Doris Overholser, Evelyn Sickels, Bill and Norma Webb, Iona Triggs, Dorothy Clough and Vern Brown. They entertained at Clearview Nursing Home in Mount Ayr that afternoon. Marge Werner brought a reading to share with everyone. Happy birthday wishes were extended to Ethel Campbell, who observed her birthday Tuesday, April 9, and Nancy Jarred, who observed hers Thursday, April 18. Friday found the singers present with more of their music. Darlene Morgan was the accompanist and Marge Werner, the director. Singers included Peggy Wagenknecht, Mary Jane Narigon, Norma Webb, Dorothy Burgher, Dorothy Clough, Iona Triggs, Harold Brown, Bill Webb and Dick and Virginia Walden. Virginia Walden had a joke to share to give everyone their laughter vitamin for the day. Friday, April 12, and toured the United Methodist Conference Center on Rittenhouse Avenue. In the afternoon they did volunteer work at Bidwell-Riverside Center, also bringing donations of personal items that food stamps would not cover. The UMW members were LeAnn Boles, Norma Greenland, Bonnie Stuck, Mary Ann Smith and Ann Walters. Eugene and Esther McAlexander received word from their daughter, Ellen Hohbach of White Lake, SD, that they had 15 inches of snow last week. Rose McAlexander hosted a birthday dinner Sunday for Shirley McAlexander’s 62nd birthday. Those attending were Eugene and Esther McAlexander and Paul McAlexander, their grandson; Jeff, Tara, Kennedy, Jalyn and Tanner, Tim, Sarah and Caroline McAlexander; Pat, Melissa, Dylan, Jordan and Collin McAlexander; Andy, Beckey and Braxton McAlexander, and Kenny, Virginia and Shirley McAlexander. Paul McAlexander of Graceland University in Lamoni spent Sunday with his grandparents, Eugene and Esther McAlexander. He attended church with his grandparents and after church went to the 62nd birthday dinner for Shirley McAlexander, given by Rose McAlexander. Pat and Melissa McAlexander’s sons, Jordan and Collen, played in a piano recital Sunday afternoon at Mount Ayr. Eldon McAlexander of Archie, MO visited in the home of his parents, Eugene and Esther McAlexander, and helped with some cleanup chores around the farm. He also visited in the home of Kenneth, Virginia and Shirley McAlexander Thursday afternoon. Eugene McAlexander reported that Beaconsfield received 4.24 inches of rain last week.

• Kenneth and Karolyn Herron of Wisconsin were visitors of their mother, Vergene Higgins, on April 8 on their way home from Texas. • Ron and Janis Loomis of Kellerton visited in the home of Dean and Rose Merrill of Mount Ayr last Sunday afternoon. The Loomises spent the winter in Mission, TX. • Michael Fugate of Des Moines visited with his mother, Rose and Dean Merrill of Mount Ayr.

which will be held at the Activity Center this year in conjunction with its garage sale and the countywide garage sale. The dates will be Friday and Saturday, May 10 and 11. They will host a bake sale on Friday, May 10 only, but the garage sale will be for the two days. You can tell it is spring when the garage sales start happening. It looks like the community is going to do a day each month through the season for a county-wide garage sale which is nice. Everyone can advertise together; more garage sales, more people out looking! If you have questions or information for any of them at the Activity Center, they would welcome you to stop by. They love to have more input on what they could be doing to serve the “over 50” population. Stop by, have a cup of coffee and visit with them about anything.

assistant. Vicki will also be delivering the take-out meals. Sounds to this writer like Bernard will be very busy. Any and all volunteers at any time will be appreciated. All who have volunteered in any way in the past are very much appreciated and hopefully volunteers will step up to the plate in the future so they can keep the meal site going. Dr. Suess always has some words of wisdom, so Joyce is closing with this quote from him: “Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.”


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Bobbi Bainum • 767-5211
April 8 - A memorial service for Dick Baker is set for Saturday, April 20, at 11 a.m. at the Assembly of God Church in Grant City, MO. A potluck dinner at the church will follow the service. Burial will be in the Redding cemetery. Morris Carpenter is recuperating from cataract surgery last Tuesday. Mary and Morris went out for lunch Sunday at the Windrow in Creston to celebrate their 38th wedding anniversary. Helen Combs visited with Carroll, Dale, Joe and Nola Olney Tuesday. Nola Olney visited with Helen Wednesday afternoon. Wednesday evening Helen and Lil Rinehart went to visitation for Evan Olney in Grant City, MO. Thursday Helen, Lil Rinehart, Sharon Walkup, Cindy Snethen and Vickie Jeanes attended the funeral for Evan Olney in Grant City. Several ladies from the Redding community served lunch to the Olney family at the Frontier Hall before the funeral. Peggy Overholser was hostess for Thimble Club at the Senior Activity Center in Mount Ayr Monday. The club’s next meeting will be the family picnic in July at the Frontier Hall in Redding. Linda Hosfield was hostess for the Methodist Action Club Wednesday at her home. Gladys Jones visited with Helen Harris Wednesday. She attended Bible study Friday and had lunch at the Eatery in Grant City, MO with Alice Miller, Lu Scofield of Lenox, Sherry Bolinger of Clearfield and Linda Phipps and Bev Cadle of Grant City. Sunday Gladys had lunch at the OldTowne Cafe with Helen and Brent Harris. Jerry and Peggy Overholser

April 15 - The Activity Center had another great week last week with the first monthly potluck held. They had a full house, a lot of great food and quite a few stayed for bingo afterwards. They will be doing this the second Tuesday of the month for May and June and then the steering committee will reevaluate if they feel it is a service people want or need. Senator Harkin’s office called down and an aide will be stopping by the Activity Center on Tuesday, April 23, at 1:30 p.m. to visit a little while. This is right before bingo so they thought that was a good time. The AARP Safe Driving Course is picking up numbers from those whose insurance will give them a discount. Even without the discount it helps to keep sharp on those driving habits for all of them. That class will be held on Monday, April 22, at 10 a.m. until 2:30 p.m., lunch provided. Minimal charge for the course is due that day. It seems like April is a busy month with everything that has been or will be going on before the end of the month. They will have the diabetic educator and the pizza and bingo party on the same day, Tuesday, April 30. The Center is also going to have LifeServe, one of the blood centers that frequents Mount Ayr, coming in the first part of May to discuss their program and see if the Activity Center might be used for a blood drive sometime in the future. Watch for that date. Those at the Center are in the process of putting together a program to help out those who find themselves “suddenly in charge” whether it is from the death of a spouse or significant other or because the other has become incapacitated. There are many things they do not know about when this happens so it is good to be aware of ahead of time those things that they need to find out about. Watch for a May or June date for this program. Date to be decided upon later. May brings the yearly bake sale

April 15 - There were no meals on Wednesday last week as the funeral dinner for Dianna Peters was held at the Legion hall and this writer was not there Thursday. So she has only Friday to report. There was a large crowd on hand Friday for the birthday dinner. All were happy to have Bob and Connie Eason there for the first time. They have recently moved to Mount Ayr. Hopefully they will join those at the site again soon. It was also great to have Vera Deemer back after a round of health problems. The Community Singers were the entertainment for the day. The group included singers from Bedford, Lenox, Clearfield, Blockton and Mount Ayr. There were 13 women and four men in the group, which included their own Jim Hullinger. They were accompanied on the piano by Wanda Hughes. They gave all their names but Joyce could not write fast enough to get them all written down. All of the songs they sang included the name of a color in them. Everyone always enjoys them and looks forward to them coming back again. Cakes were provided by ladies from the Community of Faith Church in Mount Ayr. Wanda McGahuey provided the ice cream. Those present with April birthdays were Marla Crawford on April 6; Randall Brown, April 18; Evelyn Sickels, April 19, and Wanda McGahuey, April 24, all meal site regulars. There were several of the Community Singers who have April birthdays -- Ronald Bradley on April 26; Betty Campbell, April 21; Wanda Campbell, April 30; Wanda Hughes, April 18, and Judy Henderson, April 27. All sang “Happy Birthday” to all the honorees. Judy Pottorff served the cake. Friday was Rose’s last day as the cook. She was presented with a card and a monetary gift from the attendees of the meal site. Appreciation was extended to her as she has done a great job. All will miss her a lot. The Area Agency on Aging will not be hiring another cook. Bernard will be cook as well as site manager with Vicki Zollman as an

went to the food show on the state fairgrounds in Des Moines Saturday. Overnight guests at Overholsers’ Saturday were BayLee, Alexis and Aaron Darrah and Shane Comer. Ginny and Bill Quick’s overnight guests Saturday were Rebecca, Cliff, Bryson and Kaden Smith and Louden and Calvin Main. Kenny and Berta Quick went to Jamesport, MO Thursday and met Charles and Bonnie Morin for lunch. They also visited with Lawrence Jefferson in Gallatin, MO. Rebecca, Bryson and Kaden Smith and Carrie, Wiley, Louden and Calvin Main were Sunday lunch guests at Quicks’. Afternoon guests were Dan and Kathy Quick, Bruce, Kris, Austin and Ashton Quick and Colton Quick. Betty and J.W. Robertson visited with Mike and Mary Robertson and family in Omaha, NE and were overnight guests at Mike and Mary’s Saturday. Ramona Brand celebrated her birthday with cake and ice cream Thursday. Guests were Cindy and Dick Snethen, Jim and Ruth Brand, Kelly Jo Brand, Zack, Demi and granddaughter Brooklyn Robinson. Barb and Craig Rose of Urbandale visited Jan and Melinda Shervheim Sunday. The Sunshine Workers 4-H Club picked up trash along the highway Sunday afternoon. Parents, members and leaders who helped were Jan and Melinda Shervheim, Peter, Anna and Nathan Shervheim, BayLee and Alexis Darrah and Bobbi Bainum. Saturday Jan and Melinda Shervheim and Myron and Ardys Shervheim attended a DAR meeting in Lenox where Anna and Nathan Shervheim were presented awards for winning the DAR essay contest. Lena Hunt, Lisa Hargrave and Bobbi Bainum went to visitation for Evan Olney Wednesday evening in Grant City, MO. Bob Wilt of Jasper, AR called friends in the Redding area Saturday to let them know that he will be having surgery next week. His mailing address is Bob Wilt, Box 690, Jasper, AR 72641.

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School Merrill Perry band concert, supper Monday
The annual Merrill V. Perry 5-12 band concert will be held Monday, April 22. The concert will be preceded by a spaghetti supper in the commons beginning at 5:30 p.m. Cost for the meal is free, and a freewill donation will be taken for the concert. The concert will be held in the MACHS gymnasium and feature performances from the fifth grade band, the sixth grade band, the middle school band and the high school jazz and concert bands. All proceeds will go to the MACS band program. “This is a great way to pay tribute to one of Iowa’s finest band directors,” said middle/high school band director Greg Storhoff. “Merrill was not only a tremendous director, he was a wonderful person who loved MACHS, working with high school kids and living in Mount Ayr.” Selections will include: 5th grade - “Latin Magic” (based on Mexican folk melodies) ___________________________
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by John Higgins and “Power Rock” (combination of “We Will Rock You” and “Another One Bites the Dust”). 6th Grade - “Overture in Bb” and “Under the Sea” (from Walt Disney’s “The Little Mermaid”). Middle school band - “Liturgical Fanfare” and “Hey Jude.” High school band - “The Red Balloon,” “Yorkshire Ballad” and “Pevensey Castle.” High school jazz band - “Hold On” with Madi Hosfield on alto solo, “Thriller” and “Respect” featuring vocalist Erin Dolecheck. The 5-12 combined band will perform “America” along with the Raider Fight Song. The high school band includes Jasper Abarr, Trevor Anderson, Jennifer Blair, Neesie Brand, Samantha Crawford, Erin Dolecheck, Emily Fox, Erik Freed, Caitlin Giles, Madison Hosfield, Wyatt Jackson, Maggie Jennett, Holly Karr, Lew Knapp, Jed McCrea-

ry, MaKayla O’Mailia, Braydee Poore, Matt Poore, Blake Roberts, April Shields, Grant Staats, Quency Vos, Allison Wallace, Bailey Webb, Alexandra Young and Cameron Young. Members of the middle school band include Bailey Anderson, Molly Anderson, Adrianne Bennett, Cauy Bickel, Mercadez Birkenholz, Alex Booth, Cassie Brand, Kayla Brown, Laura Campbell, Shaniece Conklin, Amber Cox, Gavin Dine, Brianna Dory, Logan Eaton, Addyson Flemmang, Nathaniel Fletchall, Kaylee Goodson, Breanne Haley, William Hunt, Mitchell Jennett, Dylan McAlexander, Jacob McCreary, Megan Reasoner, Abbey Schafer, Ashton Sheil, Katie Sickels, Mason Smith, Noah Smith, MaiLynn Taylor, Bradley Wurster, Lucas Wurster, John Young, Kirsten Young and William Young. Sixth grade band members are

BrieAnn Byrd, Paige Lynch, Samantha McGill, Emma Mobley, Samantha Schaefer, Billy Webb, Caitlyn McLead, Amber Davison, Hannah Jackson, Kylee Smith, Hayley Whittington, Samuel Blanton, Lanie Sheil, Wes Armstrong, Drew Willis, Bobby Peterman, Josh Cox, Jessica McCreary, Elsie Schafer, Andrew Belzer, Myles Greene, Chase Henry, John Shields and Connor Swank. Members of the fifth grade band are Hope Bennett, Jordyn Brown, Rachel Gregg, Alexis Main, Gracie Mobley, Kaley Adams, Jaycee Knight, Bailey Mastin, Isaac Grose, Keelan Klommhaus, Cayden Lambert, Byanca Smith, Belinda Sovern, Dalton Elwood, Dawson Frost, Ryker Hickman, Jordan McAlexander, Joan Trujillo, Jaylynn Ellis, Austin Greenland, Avery Riggs, Hanna Ackley, Kaitlyn Dolecheck, Zach Doster, Tyler Jones, Reas Knapp, Jacob Rushing and Courtney Young.

Deadline Friday for auxiliary scholarships

These Mount Ayr players were winners of the fifth/sixth grade girls division at the 3-on-3 basketball tournament in Diagonal Saturday. Shown are (L-R) Samantha Stewart, Paige Lynch, Caroline McAlexander and Hayley Whittington.

Northwest alumni to meet
The Southern Iowa Chapter of Northwest Missouri State University Alumni and Friends will hold the annual anniversary social on Friday, April, 26. The event will be at the Crestmoor Golf Club, 1801 Townline Road in Creston. The evening will start at 6:30 p.m. with a social

More on school adminstrative, departmental reports
some of the fill-in-the-oval tests in the past. For example, the Smarter Balanced assessments may require students to read several paragraphs and then type in a summary of what they’ve read, or students might have to find all of the grammatical errors and then have to type in the correct form. Another part has a students listen to a passage without seeing the text and then answer questions based on their recall and comprehension of what they’ve heard. Wallace reported there are very few multiple-choice questions, and students feel this test is far more difficult than either the Iowa Assessments or MAP. Shaun Kniep and Kim Curry have been administering the assessments. Eric Neesan, an AEA regional supervisor, will talk to secondary staff about Response-to-Intervention (RTI) and national and state expectations at their April 10 inservice. Wallace summarized RTI as a program for early detection of learning problems in the classroom, diagnosis of the problems and customization of instruction to correct the problem before failure occurs. Wallace said she is in the process of reviewing resumes, transcripts and references of 28 applicants for the eighth grade social studies and high school government, world history, geography and economics position. Interviews will be scheduled in the next few weeks. A reward day has been set for April 19 for the 63 students who achieved a year’s growth in reading, math and science on the Iowa Assessments. Wallace said the date was chosen so students would have an extra day to prepare for prom. A total of 26 students attended the Career and Technical Education Day at Southwestern Community College April 5. The students were able to explore SWCC programs in agriculture, automotive mechanics and repair, welding, business, business systems networking, carpentry and building trades, electrical technology and health sciences. Summer projects Elwood and Wallace reviewed their list of summer maintenance projects along with estimated costs. At the elementary, the projects include: • new carpet in fourth-grade classrooms - $2,300 • replace locks on classroom doors - $10,000 • paper walls and epoxy the floors in the southeast entrance/ waiting area - $1,200 • epoxy the floors on the outside and inside of the locker rooms - $1,200 • replace the sidewalk along the north side of the kindergarten rooms - $500 • stain the gazebo and make stairs and handrails for the gazebo - $300 • brickwork by the north entrance - $200 • replace the glass in the display case by the office - $1,000 • replace doors in kindergarten rooms and doors at the end of the kindergarten hallway - $8,000 • fix sinks in kindergarten bathroom so they drain properly $200 • two new basketball hoops for the playground - $5,000 Total - $29,950 At the secondary building, the projects include: • exhaust fan for the art room for the kiln and outlet - $350 • repair or replace the control system for the HVAC - $8,000 • sewer replaced by the middle school - $5,000 • use of camera to diagnose sewer problem - $300 • sewer dug up and fixed by a kitchen/concession stand (if needed) - $2,000 • replace the exterior doors by the music, art, gym, ag and shop and replace one frame - $9,126.58* • rest of halls painted - $500 • paint entry door frames and doors that are remaining - $3,260 • replace hallway carpet throughout 80s part of the building, three middle school classrooms and walkoff carpet - $29,832.86* • installation of carpet $7,990.30* • replace closures on east and west entry doors - $5,882.15* • add outdoor lights by the ag room - $1,500 • replace the water fountain in the FFA/shop area - $600 • re-key doors and/or replace door handles - $21,000 • refinish three gym floors $4,100 Total - $99,441.89 Dollar figures with * designate items for which bids have been approved. In addition, another project to asphalt the walkways to the athletic fields did not have a cost estimate at the time of the meeting. Technology report District technology director Kim Curry reported the wireless upgrade to the speed of 50 mbps would take place after July 1. The Raider Tech Squad made $620 by selling 155 bags of kettle corn last month. The fundraiser officially eliminated the negative balance in the Tech Squad activity account. Curry reported on some of her projects with elementary students. First-graders have been blogging on a secure site called, and they are beginning to find letters on the keyboard and being able to start typing. Third grade students are also blogging, and Curry said she was trying to get them to focus more on writing about what they are reading to help make sure that the district has books in the library that all students are interested in. Third-graders are also learning to apply what they’ve learned with the typing program they are currently using. Curry also said she hoped to get new laptops ordered by May so she would have time to get them ready for the opening of school next fall. Maintenance report Head custodian Clint Poore said he and his crew were beginning work on some of the summer projects listed above. In addition, he said a hydrant by the baseball field is leaking underground and will need to be dug up and repaired, some fencing needs repaired and some reseeding needs to be done after the winter snow removal. Transportation report Transportation director Dick Still reported district buses had been driven a total of 11,711.5 miles in March at a total cost of $4,975.04. In addition, other vehicles in the district’s fleet had been driven a total of 5,884 miles at a total cost of $1,427.26. Food service report Food service director Tawnya Jones reported March receipts totaled $37,974.33 as compared to expenditures of $34,131.26. For the school year, the food service shows receipts of $294,196.94 and expenditures of $263,656.10.

and registration. A “dutch treat” buffet meal will start about 7 p.m. After the meal there will be a short program. Guests for the program from NWMSU include Dr. Matt Baker, Director of Student Affairs, Mrs. Jill Baker, principal of Horace Mann, Scott Nielson, associate athletic director and Polly Howard, director of alumni relations. Reservations are highly urged so a count can be made for the meal. Reservations can be made by contacting Dennis Bunch or 641-414-0058, Darin Goins at or 816260-7565 or Joan Jackson at or 641344-7905 It will be an evening of fun with door prizes, good food and connecting with other Bearcats.

Applications for medical field scholarships for students in Diagonal and Mount Ayr Community schools are being offered by the Ringgold County Hospital Auxiliary. Application forms are available in the high school guidance offices at both schools. Students who will be 2013 graduates or older students who are already enrolled and study in the medical field are eligible for the scholarships. Applications must be returned by April 19 to qualify. For more information, contact the Ringgold County Hospital at 464-3226.

Job fair in Creston

A job fair will be held from from 11 a.m to 3 p.m. Thursday, April 25 at the Southern Prairie YMCA in Creston. The free event is sponsored by IowaWORKS Southern Hills. Job seekers are encouraged to dress in business attire and to bring plenty of resumes. For more information, call 641782-2119, ext. 2. Need a gift idea? Mount Ayr Record-News subscriptions make a gift that gives 52 times a year.

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Thursday, April 25
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Please call 641-734-5331 for more information.

Preschoolers must be three by May 1. Kindergartners must be five by September 15.

5-12 Band Concert and Spaghetti Supper Monday, April 22, 2013
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spoke in support of Newton and his company. Iona Triggs was first to speak. “I am here to ask the city not to take the job of garbage disposal,” she began. “I feel we should hire Divine Waste to be the garbage carrier. They already do a lot of work here in Mount Ayr and the county, and they are set up for that job and the city is not set up for it. I don’t think it’s financially wise for the city to take this on.” As a local business, Triggs added, Divine Waste is more responsive to customer needs than is a large corporation like Waste Management. She related a story about how Waste Management had refused her request to remove some items left behind in a rental property. She said she then called Tim Newton for assistance, and he came right away. “We are encouraged to shop here at Mount Ayr,” she continued, “and you [the council] don’t seem to take this advice. Tim gives back to this community by hiring local people who live in and support this county. He buys his gas for its trucks here, and he supports our local businesses. Does Waste Management give back to help our county?” She went on to cite Newton’s involvement in community organizations and events. Vera Moore echoed many of Triggs’ sentiments. She added she had quit her efforts to recycle because Waste Management had just thrown her recyclable materials in with the rest of the garbage. In addition, she pointed out that many recent major projects have been awarded to outside contractors rather than to local people who she claims could have done the work. She said she would like to see Divine Waste receive the garbage contract rather than outsource it. Cindy Dugan said she had enclosed a letter to the city council with her water bill that expressed her opinion on the garbage issue. She related an incident concerning a discarded vanity top she had set out for garbage collection. She said she had attached the required tags, but the item remained untouched for two weeks. She said she received no communication from Waste Management on why they would not pick it up. The Diagonal Community schools board of directors met in regular session Wednesday, April 10. Following a public hearing, the board voted to approve the 20132014 district budget. The budget carries a tax rate of $18.01720 per $1,000 assessed value, down slightly from the $18.06954 rate for the current school year. The board voted to receive the Notice of Termination of a Certified Contract and approved the termination of the certified contract for Ramona Hopkins due to staff reduction for budgeting purposes. The board also approved a number of other items on the agenda: • the state-mandated waiver to begin school prior to September 1. • the slate of 2013 graduates was also approved by the board. • educational service contracts with Southwestern Community College. • an agreement to share baseball with Mount Ayr for the 201314 school year. It was noted track would no longer be shared with Mount Ayr next year, but Diagonal students would still have a number of options to participate in track next spring. • based upon a request from the Clearfield school district, the board approved a resolution stating “Diagonal Community School District would accept any or all parts of the Clearfield Community School District as presented.” • the three-year auditing services bid from Nolte, Cornman and Johnson, PC. The board also reviewed the 2011-12 district audit report.

She said she finally had to break up the vanity into pieces and put them in the dumpster for pick up. She also complained that Waste Management workers often did not completely empty dumpsters, and items left at the bottom of dumpsters would begin to create an odor, especially in the summer. “I just don’t think they’re doing us the service we’re paying for,” she said, “and I don’t want to pay an increase” if the city would choose to stay with the Waste Management for the garbage collection service. “I would rather see it [the contract] come local where if there is a problem, a complaint, a question, you have somebody you can get ahold of.” Water system project The council approved a series of resolutions associated with the water system improvement project. The first resolution set the wheels in motion for a public hearing on the plans, specifications, form of contract and estimate of cost for the project as well as the taking of bids. Carl Ehlers from MSA, the project management firm, reported advertisements seeking bids will be published in newspapers, plan rooms, the MSA website and other locations this week. Bids will be opened at May 16 and a public hearing on the project will be held May 20. The council also approved other resolutions and policies that are legal formalities typically associated with projects using Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds. SICOG Two representatives from the Southern Iowa Council of Governments (SICOG) were on hand to handle two different pieces of business. Andrew Collings explained a grant opportunity from the Iowa Department of Transportation that would pay 85 percent of the cost to create zoning ordinances for the city airport. Collings explained that, beginning in the next fiscal year, updated ordinances will be required in order to receive state funding for airport improvement projects such as resurfacing of the runway. Currently Mount Ayr has no such ordinances. The zoning project will cost $15,000, but if the Three personnel actions were approved at Wednesday’s meeting. The board accepted the resignation of Esther King as an aide at Tina’s Tots Day Care and approved a contract for Lesa Darrah as a part-time preschool paraprofessional. The board also approved a reduction of contract for Brandi Cole to a .55 FTE in high school math for the 2013-14 school year. Secondary principal Lorna Paxson reported the recent activity banquet was well attended and informed the board about the senior trip to Washington, D.C. set for April 19-23. Superintendent and elementary principal Karleen Stephens reported on a number of recent events: the elementary student council had held the annual Easter Egg Hunt for preschool students, a grant application has been filed to support the “Camp in a Can” activity by the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Coalition, the Clearfield school had invited Diagonal elementary students to a performance by Opera Iowa and Diagonal elementary students traveled to Des Moines to watch a performance of “The True Story of the Three Little Pigs” at the Civic Center.

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grant application is approved, the cost to the city would be limited to $2,250. The council gave Collings the go-ahead to seek the grant and, if approved, begin the ordinance project. Lucas Young reported progress on current housing rehabilitation projects in Mount Ayr. One project has been completed, and Young brought a payment request to the council. Total cost of the project was $41,175, over 90 percent of which will be paid for through a Community Development Block Grant. The city’s share of the project is $3,000. Young asked council approval for the awarding of contracts for two projects already enrolled in the rehabilitation program. One crontract was approved for DWB Construction in the amount of $41,919 for work on a residence at 307 W. Maple. A second contract went to Fredericksen Construction in the amount of $29,700 for work on a residence at 305 W. Walnut. Young also said he was seeking one additional house project to be included in the program. Superintendent’s report Brent Wise was not present at Monday’s meeting, but a printed copy of his report was reviewed by the council. Wise wrote that he was in the process of reviewing city streets to achieve their longer life expectency. His first priority will be Columbus Street from the Bennett lift station west to the Fillmore and Tyler/Van Buren street area. Wise also included mention of at least two water leaks, including the leak he was working on during Monday’s meeting. He said the city crew was able to use recently purchased shoring equipment during work on the leak. During the fire at Heartland Energy Solutions last week it was discovered that a fire hydrant at the site was not operational. Prior to the beginning of Wise’s tenure as city superintendent, the city crew had been told not to repair the faulty hydrant. Wise stressed the hydrant will be repaired or replaced, and he will investigate whether other hyrdrants in town may also be faulty. Randy Gregg has approached the city about purchasing or obtaining an easement on two platted but unused city streets that run through his property. At the council meeting, city attorney Richard Wilson recommended the city officially vacate and dispose of the property to put it back on the tax rolls. Wise reported he had received

Supervisors OK wellness policy

The Ringgold county board of supervisors met in regular session Monday, April 15. The board approved a new county employee wellness policy and set aside $1,500 to initiate activities to be designed by the county wellness committee. The funding is available through a rebate of insurance costs through the Iowa Public Employment Pool (IPEP). The county has agreed to use Iowa Negotiation Services of Ottumwa as its union negotiator for the next fiscal year. The company will also provide human resource services including a review of the employee handbook. The cost for the service is $5,750 spread over three years, a savings of approximately $5,700 as compared to the current service provider. The supervisors were updated on a number of county road projects. As soon as weather allows, rocking will begin on the Wishard Chapel Road from Highway 169 east to county road P64. This project will experiment with the use of rock from a quarry near Peru that is said to have a higher hardness factor as compared to rock currently used on county roads. If the new rock lasts longer, the county will be able to save money by not having to apply rock as often. The recent Ringgold County Cares meal pack-a-thon was a huge success, according to event organizers. A total of 327 community volunteers packaged 108,000 meals, well over the 100,000 meal goal for the three-day event. information from City Carton about a recycling program should the city decide to take over the garbage collection service. He also had an inquiry from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources if the city was interested in applying for a SWAP grant that could partially fund a garbage truck, recycling bins and other items. Wise said he would bring a formal proposal pertaining to the garbage collection issue at the first council meeting in May. Other business The council received a resignation from city worker Ben Graham. “We’re losing a very good employee in my estimation,” said Mayor Don Solliday, and council members agreed. The mayor appointed a committee consisting of councilwoman Deloris Stutzman, city superintendent Wise and the mayor to review applications for a new city worker, conduct interviews and bring a hiring recommendation to the council. The council approved a request from the entry sign committee for the construction of two additional signs, one on Highway 169 north and a second sign advertising the city’s historic square to be erected on property owned by David Cunning on Highway 2. The $3,300 cost for the signs will be split between the Mount Ayr Chamber of Commerce and the city. It is estimated the signs will be in place by fall. A Class C liquor license was approved for American Legion Post # 172. The council also decided not to change property insurance coverage for the old water treatment plant until the new water system was up and running.

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AUCTIONEER’S NOTE: These two ladies have sold their homes and moved closer to their children and will be offering the following personal property at public auction. Everything in this sale lineup is in very nice condition. Please come early. See to appreciate. ANTIQUES: Primitive book shelves, Duncan Phyfe dining table with 6 rose-eback chairs, matching rose-eback rocker, 60s floor lamps and magazine racks, New Home portable sewing machine, old crock jars – 1, 2 and 3gallon, hen on nest, rabbit on nest, glass bells, Hall tea kettle, Bavarian plate, Homer Laughlin pitcher, hand-blown glass, fine china cups and saucer, Enterprise meat grinder, salt and pepper shakers, 60s RCA console stereo, Philco refrigerator, enamel-top kitchen table with 4 chairs, hall jardinieres, old pictures and prints – Frank F. English – copyright 1906, Lincoln print – Clair Grant, Seth Thomas electric clock, leaded crystal vanity jars, jewelry, old wooden spools, recipe books, old hardback books, old quilt and bedding, antique battery jars, old flower vases, milk bottles and old nail keg. FURNITURE Blue lift chair, dinette set, (2) granny rocking chairs, brown La-Z-Boy rocker recliner, round-front oak lamp table, oak library table, fullsize 5-piece walnut bedroom suite, Charles Snieder couch, oak gun cabinet – Harrison 8-gun, hall tree, 3-piece walnut bedroom suite, oak student desk, lamp tables, Lane cedar chest, Continental cedar chest, occasional chair, twin bed, Maytag front-loading washer and dryer, Maytag washer, Gibson electric dryer, Whirlpool 14.8-c.f. chest freezer, KitchenAid portable dishwasher, Singer model 636 Touch and Sew machine with walnut sewing cabinet, Eureka vacuum sweepers, 6-gallon shop vac, 6-drawer dresser with mirror, utility cabinets, Cosco step stool. HOUSEHOLD ITEMS and SMALL APPLIANCES: Hamilton beach toaster, Hamilton beach mixer, crock pot, electric skillet, George Foreman grill, kitchen utensils, silverware, miscellaneous dishes and much, much more!

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Sports Raiderettes second at Creston Panther Relays
Hosfield fourth best all-time in 400 hurdles
The Raiderettes came in second place behind team champions Martensdale St. Mary’s at the Creston Lady Panther Relays, Monday, April 8. Coach Debbie Larsen reported 11 personal-best times in nine events for the night. Mount Ayr brought home two first-place medals in relay events and three individual golds. Madi Hosfield’s 68.80 in the 400 meter hurdles put her fourth all-time best for a Raiderette in that event. Former Raiderettes on that list are Melissa Eighmy in first, Lindsey Triggs second, Tess Myer third, Hosfield fourth and Nikki Cross at fifth. “We are very pleased with the effort the girls are giving in every meet,” said coach Debbie Larsen. Along with Madi Hosfield’s accomplishment in the hurdles, coach Larsen also noted Adrian Richards for bringing home two individual gold medals in the 800 meter and 1500 meter runs along with anchoring the 4x800 relay to a first-place finish. Individual Statistics Shot Put 6th - Morgan Quick - 27’8” Shelby Comer - 22’.8” Katie Holmes - 23’8” Discus Quick - 66’.3” Bailea Stark - 67’11” Christiana Overholtzer - 67’.1” High Jump 3rd - N. Richards - 4’6” 3000M Run 4th - Neesie Brand - 16:00 5th - Taylor Wilson - 16:26 4x800M Relay 1st - Hannah Fletchall, Leah Klejch, Brook Rychnovsky, A. Richards - 10:50.58 Shuttle Hurdle Relay 2nd - Laura Davison, Ashton Johnson, Kirsten Dolecheck, Hosfield - 1:15.15 100M Dash 8th - Emily Fox - 14:96 Maddie Mobley - 16:33 Distance Medley 5th- Hannah Glendenning, Fletchall, Maggie Jennett, Logan Wimer - 5:14.10 400M Dash 6th - Rychnovsky - 70.4 4x200M Relay 1st - Dolecheck, Fox, N. Richards, Hosfield - 1:56.14 100M Hurdles 3rd - Johnson - 18.42 Mobley - 21.51 800M Run 1st - A. Richards - 2:33.31 6th - Jennett - 2:57.84 200M Dash Laura Davison - 31.9 Neesie Brand - 32.05 400M Hurdles 1st - Hosfield - 68.80 Sprint Medley 3rd - Dolecheck, Fox, Wimer, N. Richards - 2:08.99 1500M Run 1st - A. Richards - 5:25.01 4th - Klejch - 5:53.12 4x100M Relay 2nd - Dolecheck, Hosfield, Johnson, Fox - 55.89 4x400M Relay 6th - Fletchall, Jennett, Glendenning, Rychonovsky - 4:51.47

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Bluegrass league completes season
The Bluegrass Bowling League completed season competition recently, and individual bowlers were recognized at the annual banquet. 2012-2013 Final Team Standings 1) Hutton Construction 2) Sassy Strikers 3) Rolling Stones 4) Ragamuffins 5) Giggling Girlies 6) Lucky Ladies Individual recognition went to the following league bowlers: 125 Game: Amber Golliday, Majorie Comer, Linda Green, Ann Mobley, Linda Phipps, Melissa Ellis, Emily Coughly, Ginny Quick and Heather Leonard. 150 Game: Amanda Miller, Barb Hutton, Sharon Weiman, Carol Oxley, Ronda Smith, Deb Larson, Linda Phipps, Lorrie Haver, Selina O’Connor, Diane Conn, Janice Johnston, Linda Green and Jenine Vice. 175 Game: Denise Golliday, Barb Hutton, Carrie Main, Dianna Sickels, Carol Oxley, Renda Smith, Amanda Miller, Janet Haley, Roberta Owens and Ronda Smith. 200 Game: Brenda Woody, Deb Ayres, Dianna Sickels, Merna King and Carrie Main.

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Distance specialist Adrian Richards anchors the first-place 4x800 meter relay and later captured individual firsts in the 800 meter and 1500 meter runs in action at Creston.

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Sports Raiders dominant at Chariton, get set for Raider Relays next week
The Raider track team brought home a first-place finish from the Charger Relays in Chariton, Tuesday, April 9. Scoring 163.5 points, Mount Ayr had a “very productive night,” in coach Brad Elliott’s words, with a score in nearly every field event, 10 first-place finishes and three personal best times recorded. Noah Larsen’s personal best time of 10:30.86 in the 3200M run earned him second-place on the MACHS All-Time Top 10 list. “The night went very well despite some tired bodies,” added Elliott. “We have been practicing through some of the early meets to prepare for the end of season.” Team Points 1st Mount Ayr - 163.50 points 2nd Lamoni - 101 3rd Central Decatur - 95.5 4th Martensdale-St. Mary’s - 88 5th Wayne - 78 6th Melcher-Dallas - 76.5 7th Twin Cedars - 47.5 8th SE Warren - 32 9th Mormon Trail -13 10th Moravia - 5 Individual Statistics Discus 3rd - Joe Ricker - 120’.5” 12th - Lincoln Lutrick - 93’.6” Shot Put 7th - Ricker - 38’9” 11th - Lutrick - 34’6.5” Long Jump 2nd - Braydee Poore - 18’10.5” 4th - Nick Wurster - 18’3” High Jump 1st - Poore - 6’5” Kyle Dolecheck - NH 100M Dash 1st - Grant Staats - 11.51 7th - Zane Sickels - 12.61 200M Dash 1st - Jacob Sobotka - 24.04 8th - Nick Wurster - 25.65 400M Dash 2nd - Jack Jones - 55.96 4th - Zach Lemon - 57.32 800M Run 6th - Noah Larsen - 2:16.37 7th - Heath Evans - 2:17 110 Hurdles 1st - Braydee Poore - 15.35 1600M Run 1st -Larsen - 5:03.57 2nd - Heath Evans - 5:09.95 3200M Run 1st - Larsen - 10:30.86 11th - Quintin Chumbley 13:49.96 400M Hurdles 1st - Shane Swank - 59 11th - Dawson Knapp -1:19.6 4x100M Relay 1st - Staats, Sobotka, Erik Freed, Poore - 46.20 4x100M Weightmen 6th - Joe Ricker, Lincoln Lutrick, Tyler Triggs, Logan Arends - 59.9 4x200M Relay 1st - Kyle Dolecheck, Lincoln Martin, Freed, Sobotka - 1:36 4x400M Relay 1st- Dolecheck, Martin, Freed, Sobotka - 3:41.5 4x800M Relay 5th - Evans, Wyatt Jackson, Jacob Taylor, Trevor Anderson - 9:43.18 Shuttle Hurdle 3rd - Staats, Swank, Sickels, Lemon - 1:08.13 1600M Medley 5th - Lemon, Martin, Jones, Anderson - 4:11.10 Mount Ayr will play host to the 2013 Raider Relays on Tuesday, April 23. Field events will begin at 5 p.m. with running events set to start at 5:30 p.m. According to MAC activities director Delwyn Showalter, 21 teams from across central and southwest Iowa are expected to compete in two classes, although the meet is run in a single-class format. In most events the competitors will not be separated by class. In addition, there will be no preliminary heats - all events will be finals. Teams competing this year include:

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21 teams coming to town

Class A – Red Oak, Clarinda, Interstate 35, Des Moines Christian, Central Decatur, Clarinda Academy, Mount Ayr, Nodaway Valley and Earlham. Class B – Wayne, Bedford, Pleasantville, Corning, Lenox, Lamoni, East Union, Sidney, Murray, Essex, Mormon Trail and OrientMacksburg. First place trophies will be presented in each class, and firstthrough-fourth place medals will be awarded in all events. In addition, a special plaque will be awarded to the winner of the Chet Roed 4x400 meter relay.

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SHOT PUT Andy Nordland DISCUS Chip Brundage POLE VAULT Matt Haynes HIGH JUMP Scott Parman LONG JUMP Chad Nally 3200M RUN Toby Franks 110M HIGH HURDLES Joel Terry SHUTTLE HURDLE RELAY 100M DASH Brandon Bell 4 x 800M RELAY 200M DASH Travis Duffield 1600M RUN Toby Franks 4 x 200M RELAY 400M DASH Matt Hager 400M HURDLES Josh Shields 1600M MEDLEY 800M RUN Brad Elliott 4 x 100M RELAY CHET ROED 4 x 400 RELAY Clarinda 58’1 3/4” Mount Ayr 165’3” Lenox 13’3 1/2” Worth County 6’7 3/4” Clarinda 21’2 1/2” Essex 9:42.0 Worth County 14.79 Interstate 35 1:00.73 Lamoni 10.90 Nodaway Valley 8:30.3 Pleasantville 22.34 Essex 4:29.68 Pleasantville 1:33.93 Wayne 50.4 Murray 55.76 Pleasantville 3:44.46 Mount Ayr 1:58.7 Corning/Prescott 44.7 Wayne 3:29.9 1986 1995 1982 1992 1997 2000 1999 2010 2009 1997 2009 2000 2009 1987 1997 1997 2000 1989 1987

The Rebel Raiderette track team includes (front row, L-R) Hallie Still, Brylea Stark, Cheyenne Haveman, Alex Booth, Cassie Brand and MaiLyn Taylor; (second row) Alyssa Johnson, Amarillo Reyes, Sadie Frost, Tessa Shields, Kelcie Shields, Sara Winemiller, Chania Vos and Hope Fletchall; (third row) Mady Henson, Blair Glendenning, Macy Larsen, Mercadez Birkenholz, Kirsten Young, Addy Flammang, Caylie Hickman and Addie Ebersole; (back row) Abbey Schafer, Bailey Anderson, Megan Warin, Adrianne Bennett, Haylea England, Molly Anderson and Breanne Haley.

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Middle school Raiderettes place first, Raiders fourth in season opener at Clarke
Mount Ayr’s middle school track teams brought home a first-place finish for the girls and a fourth-place finish for the boys in their first season meet at the Clarke Invitational in Osceola Monday, April 8. Rebel Raiderettes Bailey Anderson had a good night as she grabbed first place in the 200-meter dash and high jump along with running the first leg of the first-place 4x400 relay. Other firsts were recorded by Cheyenne Haveman in the long jump, 4x200 relay and sprint medley relay. “It was a beautiful night to run and the girls responded,” reported coach Sally Young. “They ran well and showed what kind of competitors they are!” Team Points 1st Mount Ayr - 161.33 2nd Chariton - 128.83 3rd Norwalk - 118 4th Interstate 35 - 78 5th Creston - 69.50 6th Clarke - 69 7th Central Decatur - 32.33 Individual Statistics 100M Dash 2nd - Bailey Anderson -14.01 Breanne Haley - NT 200M Dash 1st - B. Anderson - 29.26 3rd - Cheyenne Haveman 30.62 400M Dash 4th - Haveman - 1:10.21 7th - Megan Warin - 1:12.70 800M Run 6th - Caylie Hickman - 3:04. 74 Mady Henson - NT Haylea England - NT Kelcie Shields - NT Haveman - NT 1500M Run Addy Flammang - NT Addie Ebersole - NT Hallie Still - NT 100M Hurdles 2nd - Alyssa Johnson - 18.87 6th - England - 21.39 200M Hurdles 2nd - Johnson - 33.74 4th - Warin - 34.56 4x100 Relay 4th - Molly Anderson, Alex Booth, Amarillo Reyes, Chania Vos - 1:01.72 4x200 Relay 1st - Booth, Hope Fletchall, Sadie Frost, Haley - 2:07.34 4x400 Relay 1st - B. Anderson, Frost, Macy Larsen, Warin - 4:44.96 4x800 Relay 5th - Hickman, Still, MaiLynn Taylor, Vos - 13”07.54 800 Sprint Medley 1st - Booth, Frost, Haley, Larsen - 2:09.28 Distance Medley 2nd - Fletchall, Blair Glendenning, Larsen, Reyes - 5:04.78 4x100 Shuttle Hurdle Relay 3rd - England, Glendenning, Johnson, Kirsten Young - 1:24.37 High Jump 1st- B. Anderson - 4’4” 2nd - Frost - 4’4” Warin - NH Long Jump 1st - Haveman - 14’ 9” 5th Vos - 13’ 1.5” Haley - ND Shot Put 2nd - K. Shields - 26’1.5” 4th - Tessa Shields - 24’4” Abbey Schafer - ND Sara Winemiller - ND Discus 2nd - Mercedez Birkenholz 66’5.5” Abbey Schafer - ND T. Shields - ND Winemiller - ND Rebel Raiders Two Raiders brought home firstplace medals: Mitchel Swank in the 200-meter dash and long jump and Baylee Love in the 100-meter dash. Norwalk clearly dominated in the other events and claimed the firstplace victory with 148.5 points. Team Points 1st Norwalk - 148.50 2nd Clarke - 109 3rd Creston - 99 4th Mount Ayr - 93 5th Central Decatur - 91 6th Chariton - 59.50 7th Interstate 35 - 56 Individual Statistics 100M Dash 1st- Baylee Love - 12.82 7th - Craven Martin - 14.83 200M Dash 1st - Mitchel Swank - 26.43 8th - Hunter Wilson - 29.99 400M Dash Eian Adams - NT Brevin Deskin - NT 800M Run Devin Russo - NT Mason Smith - NT Dylan McAlexander - NT Jeb South - NT 100M Hurdles 12th - Marcus Daughton - 21.68 14th - Lucas Wurster - 22.45 200M Hurdles 2nd - Cal Daughton - 29.39 Lucas Wurster - NT 4x100 Relay DQ - John Young, Baylee Love, Triston Ackley, M. Swank 4x200 Relay 2nd - Love, Bradley Phelps, Will Young, Mitchell Jennett - 1:53.63 4x400 Relay Russell Holmes, Tristan Holmes, Jacob Garrett, Brayden Swank NT 4x800 Relay 4th - L. Wurster, Brent Bounds, Phelps, Noah Smith - 10.32.27 800 Sprint Medley 4th -W. Young, Phelps, Zach Murphy, Bounds - 2:06.16 Distance Medley 3rd -Ackley, C. Daughton, M. The ice is gone. Boat access is possible at all lakes. Water levels are usually 15 to 30 inches low but rising slowly. Water temps are near 40 degrees. Open water fishing has begun in southwest Iowa. Crappie and bluegill fishing was good last week. Cool temperatures may slow the bite for the coming week. Fogle Lake S.W.A. (Ringgold): The water level lowered last fall to allow boat ramp repairs. Currently the water is five feet low but the ramp extension allows easy access. Three Mile Lake (Union): The lake is open and the ramps are easily accessible. The water temp is 41 degrees. Channel Catfish - Fair: A few anglers are trying for early catfish in the shallows near shoreline areas. Shad bait is best. Twelve Mile Creek Lake (Union): The lake is open and the ramps are accessible. The water temp is 39 degrees. Walleye Swank, J. Young - 4:24.32 4x100 Shuttle Hurdles 2nd - Ackley, Jennett, C. Daughton, M. Daughton - 1:15.17 High Jump 3rd - Ackley - 4’10” Jacob Vanbuskirk - NH Wilson - NH Long Jump 1st - M. Swank - 16’6” 2nd - Love - 16’ Martin - ND Shot Put 3rd - Logan Kelley - 37’7” Jacob McCreary - ND Cauy Bickel - ND Heath Andresen - ND Discus Mike James - ND Mitchell Lutrick - ND Andresen - ND Kelley - ND

The Rebel Raider boys track team includes (front row, L-R) Mitchell Swank, Devin Russo, Mitchell Jennett, Logan Eaton, Gavin Dine, John Young, Will Young, Russell Holmes and Bradley Wurster; (second row) Jacob Garrett, Logan Kelley, Mike James, Jacob McCreary, Tristan Ackley, Tristan Holmes, Zach Murphy, Heath Andresen and Noah Smith; (third row) Dylan McAlexander, Will Hunt, Mason Smith, Brayden Swank, Marcus Daughton, Brevin Deskin, Eian Adams and Lucas Wurster; (back row) Hunter Wilson, Brent Bounds, Cal Daughton, Baylee Love, Cravin Martin, Bradley Phelps, Mitchell Lutrick and Cauy Bickel.

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MAC golfers battle weather at home
A week ago the Mount Ayr golfers enjoyed sunny skies, light breezes and warm temperatures for their first meet of the season. In contrast, coach Scott Giles termed this week’s weather “quite a challenge” for his teams. Despite the weather, the Raiders defeated the Wayne Falcon boys, 179-217 in their match, Tuesday, April 9 held at Mount Ayr. Quency Vos was medalist with a 42 and runners up were Connor Giles and Casey Paxson scoring 44’s. Other Raider scores were Joe Ricker, 49 and Dylan Doman, 61. The girls match featured Wayne, Central Decatur and two Raiderettes. Central Decatur was the team winner with a score of 217 and Wayne shot a 259. Medalist for the Raiderettes was Caitlin Giles with a 47, and runnersup were Kate Havens and Sadie Two mild winters in a row were not in the cards. Iowa’s winter seemed mild through middle February, but March was the coldest since 1975 and snowiest since 1998, according to the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship weather report for March. Only northwest Iowa had below normal snow fall amounts. In years following similar amounts, there was little improvement in pheasant numbers. The

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Thursday, April 18, 2013

Mary Troyer
April 15 - Springtime is here with birds singing, warbling, martins chattering, grass greening, but warm sunny days are rather few and far between. Strong north wind, snow flurries in the air and 30 degrees reminded us of still winter and cold. Not very many gardens have been planted yet. Perhaps it’s just as well that the seeds are still in their packets. Monday the pupils and teachers of Timber View school are going on a nature hike. They had been planning or this three weeks ago but always something delayed them, either some pupils were sick or the weather wasn’t favorable. Felty Bontragers are loading a truck with machinery, etc. and leaving Tuesday morning for Minnesota where they want to move to in two weeks. Joseph Miller made a trip to Fredonia, PA last week to visit a special friend, Esther Byler. The school term is winding down to the last days. Jackson Corner is having its program and picnic April 16 and Middle Fork April 19.

Saturday night. Thursday Kathi Braby went to visit her aunt, Jean Ward, in Lenox. While she was in Lenox, Kathi visited her mother and dad, Fred and Joyce Haynes. Her dad’s 82nd birthday was Saturday. Sunday afternoon Joe and Megan Warin helped with the highway trash pickup with the Junior Farmers 4-H Club. Family and friends helped Mel Burton celebrate her birthday Saturday and Saturday night. Friday the Mobley family helped Glee Mobley celebrate his retirement with a party at Brian Mobley’s. Maddie Mobley played basketball in the Diagonal three-on-three tournament. After the tournament she spent the night with friends. Saturday evening Greg, Amy, Maddie and Gracie attended a surprise birthday party for Bill Schaefer and Justin Jones at the Schaefer home. Donna Warin traveled to Ames Sunday to enjoy a mother-daughter day with Katelyn and three of her girlfriends and their mothers. Katelyn’s birthday is this week.

tive homes. Judy Mercer returned Monday from a visit to her son and cousin in California. She visited with Jason in Azusa and her cousin, Linda Gilbert, in San Dimas, CA. Bob Swanson attended a historical society meeting at Jamie’s Coffee Mill and Deli in Mount Ayr Saturday. Hester Derscheid had a visit from her granddaughter, Amber, and children Larry and Sarah.

Wishard Chapel

went to Leon Sunday to the home of their daughter, Sherry Hullinger, and helped celebrate their grandson’s birthday. Diane Servetti came Saturday to visit her mother, Betty Stuart. They went to Mount Ayr and visited with Raymond and Duane Peppmeier. Cody Parkhurst visited with Betty Sunday. Jan Holmes and Kathryn were Creston shoppers Wednesday. The sisters were Bethany, MO shoppers Friday. Katie Still visited with the sisters after church Sunday.

Hickory Grove

Carol McCreary • 464-3178
April 15 - Sunday morning attendance was 80. Pastor Bill Armstrong once again gave a wonderful message. First Things First sang a couple new songs. The Praise Team of Cindy Stephens, Ruth Gregg, Jodie Wurster, Barbie McCreary and Grace Warin led the congregational singing. The Women of Wishard met Wednesday evening and visited about several mission projects. Those present were Barbie Belzer, Jackie Stewart, Carol Anne McCreary, Carol Ann Weeda, Jenny Byrd and Sandy Armstrong. The Wishard Chapel board of directors met at the church Thursday evening. Congratulations to Teresa Dillenburg who got a first and a fourth at the Special Olympics this past weekend. She will now compete in Ames on May 4 in the state competition. Jim and Margie Clark of Ankeny spent the weekend with Jim and Carol Anne McCreary. They joined the McCreary family for Saturday night supper and then attended Wishard Chapel Sunday, followed by lunch at the Ramsey Supper Club. They were joined by Faith Shinkle, Mike and Grace Warin and Nial and Barbie Belzer. Doyle and Connie Richards returned home Tuesday after a checkup for Doyle at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. Saturday there will be a cleaning out of basement storage area and outside shed reorganizing. Anyone wishing to join in, be at the church at 1 p.m. on Saturday afternoon.

Rose James • 464-2630
April 15 - Nancy Sackett’s piano students presented a recital Sunday afternoon at the United Baptist-Presbyterian Church. Students performing from the neighborhood were Anne James and Taylor Shields. The students performed very well. Parents, grandparents and neighbors attending were Mr. and Mrs. Rod Shields, Mr. and Mrs. Andy Shields and Madison, JoKaye Shields (greatgrandmother of Taylor), Carmene James, Kelly James, Shelly James and Leigh and Kate and Rose James. Walt and Beverly McGinnis traveled to Baxter and attended a funeral visitation for Robert Allen. Wednesday they attended the funeral of Dianna Peters in Mount Ayr. Saturday they were in Omaha, NE watching their granddaughter, Olivia Taylor, play in the sixth grade all-stars basketball game. That evening the family consisting of Carl and Karla McGinnis-Taylor and girls and Walt and Beverly all gathered at the home of Randy and Kim Foster and Sanai and celebrated Walt’s birthday. Billie Aldi and Molly were visitors with Gene Motsinger Friday evening. Sunday afternoon he was at the home of Bill and Norma Stringham. That evening he visited with Darrell Holden and Brad Holden. Thursday Neil and Irma Johnston and Rose James attended the funeral service of Rod Olney at Grant City, MO. One day during the week Amon Hunt and Estelle Hall were in Grant City, MO visiting with Mary Lou McCormick at a nursing home.

Mary Swank • 785-2205

Joan Jackson • 785-2210

April 15 - Hannah Jackson and Amber Davison are piano students of Nancy Sackett. They had pieces in the annual recital at the United Baptist-Presbyterian Church Sunday. Richard and Carole Davison, Robert, Julie and Laura Davison, Joan Jackson, Joe and Linda Murphy and Kevin, Melanie and Wyatt Jackson were there to enjoy the talents of the young students. Craig and Kathi Braby went to Des Moines to watch Hattie Dukes in her competition dance contest Saturday. Joyce Weehler went to Saint Malachy’s to mass Wednesday. Mallory Weehler was one of the readers for the service. Megan Warin started the middle school track season Monday night in Osceola. The girls won the meet. Joe and Donna Warin attended the meet. PJ Lynch played in the Southern Edge three-on-three basketball tournament in Diagonal Saturday. His team won the third and fourth grade boys division. Other team members were Adler Shay, Brady Bickel and Jace Grose. Paige Lynch also played in the tournament Saturday. She and her teammates, Caroline McAlexander, Hayley Whittington and Samantha Stewart, won the fifth/sixth grade girls division. Monday Maddie Mobley participated in the varsity track meet in Creston. Greg, Amy and Gracie Mobley attended the meet. Congratulations to Megan Warin and Laura Davison. They are two new members of the Mount Ayr Sparks dance team. Joan Jackson was in Maryville, MO over the weekend. Friday afternoon she visited in the Erin Jackson home. That night she attended and helped with the Northwest Missouri State University Scholarship Donor/Recipient reception and program. Saturday she attended the National Alumni Board meeting on campus. Joe and Donna Warin attended a couple’s bridal shower for Alex Stephens and Sarah Geist at the home of Jay and Donna Watson

April 15 - Last Sunday Malinda Swank and Joan Stringham went to Skidmore, MO to visit Matthew Swank, Mary Kathryn McGary and LeaAnn Marie. Modern Mothers Club met Wednesday evening at Rumors. Mary Swank was hostess and Joan Stringham had games. Friday Mary Gepner went to Council Bluffs for a luncheon with her friends at Caddy’s. Those attending were Linda Smoley, Idella Spann, Geri Frederkision, Sue Propst, Jean Regan and Chris Sink. Mary also visited with Bill and Judy Vogt. Mike, Malinda, Shane and Mitchel Swank spent the weekend attending the Brute Nationals wrestling tournament in Independence, MO. Congratulations to all the Mount Ayr boys who attended the wrestling event. A special congratulations to Mitchel Swank who received first place in his weight division and to Shane Swank who received second place in his weight division. Lucy Ricker said that Joe Ricker received third place in his weight division. Ann Baker attended Tyler Jay’s first birthday party Saturday. Patty and Wallace Sobotka attended a birthday party for Eva Sobotka in the home of the Steve Sobotka’s Saturday. All enjoyed cake and ice cream. Patty and Wallace Sobotka attended the piano recital Sunday at the United Baptist-Presbyterian Church and watched their greatgranddaughter, Rachael Sobotka, perform. Sunday supper guests of Joan and Don Stringham were Shane and Mitchel Swank. Mike and Malinda Swank went to Skidmore, MO and visited Matthew Swank, Katy McGary and LeaAnn Marie Sunday evening.


Kathryn Still and Jan Holmes • 783-2123

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Blackmore Corner

Connie Huff • 772-4748
April 15 - Blackmore Corner Friendship Club met at the Kansas Street Deli in Afton with all members present except Judy Mercer. Everyone enjoyed a delicious lunch and had the business meeting before leaving for their respec-

April 15 - The spring fling at the community center Saturday was a success. There were several vendors there with some awesome creations. They will have their annual fall craft show in the late fall. Come and join them then. This Saturday evening is the SIPR supper. Come and enjoy the usual biscuits and gravy and a few different surprises. Thursday evening Judy Doolittle was joined at Pizza Hut for her birthday by Ben, Bessie, Ari and Annie Hewlett of Osceola, Wes and Amber Richards and family and Jeff and Teena Hash of Leon, Rod and Deb Holmes, Chad and Jamie Holmes and sons and Travis and Cassie Holmes and family. Judy and Kay Doolittle were in Des Moines Friday on business. Saturday Judy, Teena and Jeff Hash and Rod and Deb Holmes went to Mount Ayr for supper. Judy visited with her mother, Loreen Reed, at the Mount Ayr Health Care Center Monday and Wednesday. Tracey Goddard of Chariton spent the day with her mother, Marlene Greimann, Friday. Larry and Dorothy McAtee

Activities Staff
April 15 - April is slipping by very quickly. That old saying is true -- time flies when you’re having fun and that is what they do at Mount Ayr Health Care -- have fun! The weather is allowing residents to spend more time outside

which they love. Ruth Angus was able to spend the day out with her daughter, Marie Still, Sunday. Mabel Shields enjoyed Sunday out with her granddaughter, Lanette. Evalee White was happy to go out with her daughter, Dee, Sunday as well. Patty Page-Jones and Junior Karr were in to enjoy a meal with Elaine McCampbell last week. Nina Poore enjoyed having her son as her lunch guest. Phyllis Sickels was a guest of her mother, Sylvia. Neil Stanley enjoyed lunch with his mother, Ada. Staff and residents would like to welcome Frances Smith to Health Care. Frances comes from Maple Ridge Assisted Living and is already acquainted with several. National Volunteer Week is April 21-27 and Health Care is lucky to have many wonderful volunteers who help with many different activities each week and are greatly appreciated. Volunteers will be honored with a tea during National Nursing Home Week in May. Ranger Kate Zimmerman visited last Monday morning with a wonderful wildlife program. Everyone always enjoys their time with Kate and look forward to her next visit. Bowling is always a hit and several came out for Wii bowling Monday afternoon. High score was held by Marvin Morse who had a score of 133, Early Brand was in second place with 118, Ada Stanley 114, Virginia Albers 107, Nova Giles 113 and Catherine Crawford 74. Pastor Charles Hawkins was in last Tuesday afternoon to lead Bible study. Church was with Pastor Scott Marcum. Everyone enjoyed listening to the Community Singers last Friday afternoon just before the birthday party. They sang many favorite songs. Ladies from the Kellerton Methodist Church hosted the birthday party where they served ice cream floats after recognizing Elaine McCampbell and Marjorie Ibbotson who both celebrate April birthdays. Bingo was held Saturday morning with a large crowd in attendance. Guests were Harold and Melynda Crawford, Phyllis Sickels, Phyllis Riggs and Cheri Dessinger. Winners were Mabel Shields, Betty Ruby, Lorene Triggs, Marie Campbell, Kenny Driftmier, Dorothy Main, Ruth Angus, Margaret Fletchall, Earl Brand, Annabelle Jones, Verge Higgins, Catherine Crawford and Evalee White and Lorene Triggs who won blackout. Lanette Shields and Charlotte Swank provided Sunday school this past week. The afternoon found Cathy Ward and Sherry Allen providing communion services for those interested. Other activities during the past week included nail care, exercises, Skip Bo, dominoes, golfing, box ball, word games and devotions. Welcome visitors over the past week have been Barton Shields, Lanette Shields, Christy Still and Vince Shaller of Lamoni with Mabel Shields; Dan King and Phillip King of Bedford with Ed and Lorraine King; Ethel Campbell with Donald Campbell; Lyle Hogue of Hatfield, MO with Irene Hogue; Harold and Melynda Crawford, Bernard Crawford and Rosemary Hullinger with Catherine Crawford; Ronnie and Lena Rinehart of Mission, TX,

Bobbie and Anne Rinehart of Hatfield, MO and Rhonda Cooper of Kent with Kathryn Adams; Vera Moore with Bev Moore; Terri Main and Roger and Terri Main of Creston with Dorothy Main; Pat Teply and Linda Shaw of Red Oak with Gerald Gardner; Lois Grace and James Ruby with Betty Ruby; Judy Doolittle with Loreen Reed; Connie Worthington of Des Moines and Hank Smith and Terri with Margaret Fletchall; Raymond Banner of Creston with Evalee White, Mabel Shields and Dorothy Main; Jean Gilliland with Earl Brand; Nancy Kelly of Winterset with Maxine Werner; Neil Stanley with Ada Stanley; Lorrie Haver and Frank Gunsolley with Wayne and Irene Bohn; Michelle and Lillian Lucht of Minburn, Marie Still, Tate and Isac Dugan and Joni Dugan with Bernadine McBride, and Ellen Powell, Marie Still and Tate and Isac Dugan with Ruth Angus.

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Activities Staff

April 15 - Happy Income Tax Day! After a weekend of rain and little sunshine, spring will be here soon. Coming up at Clearview will be cards today (Thursday) at 9:45 a.m. Mary Kathryn Gepner will be in for a library program in the afternoon at 2:30 p.m. The general store will be open on Friday at 9:30 a.m. The OK Corral Quartet will be in at 6:30 p.m. Saturday. Sunday Lisa will be in to host a sing-along at 2:30 p.m. Pattie read to the residents Monday. After reading, Sommer and Pattie took a group outside to enjoy the warm weather. The cloudy skies deceived them, as it was warmer than it looked. Kathi played chip n’ dice with the residents. Tuesday was coffee club time. Liz and Pattie mixed up some peanut butter and jelly muffins. Sommer helped with the strawberry and grape jelly in the middle. Carmene James was in to play the piano for music in the morning. The Tingley Kitchen Band was in for entertainment in the afternoon. Band members were Mary Jane Narigon, Evelyn Sickels, Doris Overholser, Bill and Norma Webb, Iona Triggs, Dorothy Clough, George Hosfield, Darlene and Donald Wimmer, Carmene James, Harold Brown, Vern Brown and Dick and Virginia Walden. Kathi, Pattie and Sommer were busy with hand care in the morning. Kathi polished nails for the residents in the special care unit. Scott Marcum was in for church

in the afternoon. Sommer popped popcorn and residents watched an old western while enjoying buttered popcorn or kettle corn. The nature program was rescheduled for Thursday. Kate Zimmerman brought in a presentation about nests. She even had shared some nest with the residents. They were a red-winged black bird basket nest and a finch nest. It was very interesting. In the afternoon everyone enjoyed pizza from a local pizzeria (Romano’s). Residents enjoyed slices of hamburger, pepperoni, cheese and supreme pizza. It was washed down with a pop of their choice. Friday Liz and Sommer played dominoes with the residents. Out playing a tough game were Lawrence Hanks, Shorty Umbarger, Helen Banks, Joan Hill, Rose Hunt, Norma Smith and Permelia Fletchall. Liz was welcomed as the bingo caller in the afternoon. Ron Hein helped Liz with the bingo numbers. Winners were Berniece Hoffman, Laura Osborn, Shorty Umbarger, Roxie Trullinger, Doyle Murphy, Thelma Grimes, Anita Hayworth, Minnie Breckenridge and Permelia Fletchall. Volunteers were Nina Fricke and Kelly Kern. Liz was in on Saturday morning to play UNO with the residents. Playing were Minnie Breckenridge, Anna Linkey, Helen Banks, Anita Hayworth, Berniece Hoffman, Marilyn Richards and Pauline Wood. Sunday Cheryl Taylor was in for Sunday school. In the afternoon Cathy Ward and Sherry Allen of the First Christian Church were in for communion. Later in the evening Liz took Rose Hunt, Roxie Trullinger, Ione Veatch and Norma Smith out to the Regular Baptist Church for a dinner theater. Jennifer Stalcup, housekeeping staff, invited the activity department to attend this program. Following a South African meal, the youth group of the church performed a play entitled “A Change of Heart.” Visitors last week were Shirley Erickson with Don Strange; Leo and Thelma Miller, Lyla Miller and Sue Rahn with Ray Miller; Dave Bond and granddaughter with Laura Osborn; Ryann Martin and Caroline McAlexander with Shirley Martin; Kay and Bob Sickels with Vera Daughton; Linda Hultquist with Wyonne Guthrie; Trenneth and Jo Johnson with Winifred Johnson; Dave and Lisa Richards with Marilyn Richards; Joyce England with Lois Anne Sobotka and Anna Linkey; Janis Taylor and Carol Lee Bentley with Anna Linkey; Gene Huntsman with Shorty Swanson and Roxie Trullinger; Dee Jones with Milo Jones; Mel and Jane Nullen with Winifred Johnson; Woodie, Marta and Jody Lodmier with Berniece Hoffman; Leola Dolecheck with Helen Blunck and Mildred Peterson; Richard O’Dell and Pat Straight with Hazelee Saxton, and Don Blunck, Bill Blunck and Virginia Rees with Helen Blunck. Subscribe today to the Record-News.

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Conference in Creston for caregivers April 30
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April 15 - National Volunteer Week is April 21-27, and the official time to recognize and celebrate the efforts of volunteers. The volunteers who serve Clearview bring their spirit of kindness, helpfulness and genuine concern each time they come to volunteer. Their dedication of faithful service and expressions of happiness bring joy to all of them. Clearview will be celebrating throughout the month of April and through National Nursing Home Week. Exercise and reading from the book, “My Cup Runneth Over,” and some trivia started off Monday morning. Bible study was Monday afternoon with Scott Marcum. Amy took Varel Dodge, Gladys Gose and Evelyn Stevenson on a car ride to Bedford. Residents experienced a new game Tuesday morning. Amy came out in her waders, fishing hat and vest to encourage residents to come to the living room to fish. They had their fishing poles and fished in a bucket filled with fish and trivia questions. They had lots of fun and enjoyed the new game. Bingo was Tuesday afternoon with Darlene Gilbert, Jean Haidsiak, Lila Barker, Gladys Gose and Evelyn Stevenson as winners. Wednesday started off with exercise and trivia. Everyone came to the living room to listen to minister Tim Maxa for church. Patty played the piano and Tim played his guitar. Name That Tune was Thursday morning where they had to guess the letters before they could guess the name of the tune. Jeane England was the big winner as she guessed the most right answers. Jeani, Amy, and Patty fixed chocolate and cheese fondue for everyone Thursday afternoon. They had their choice of strawberries, Rice Krispie treats, pretzels, asiago bread, cauliflower, apples and broccoli to dip. It was fun and many had never done that before. Friday morning included exercise and WWII trivia. The school kids came to read and visit with the residents Friday afternoon. Bingo was Saturday afternoon with Helen Lyddon, Evelyn Stevenson, Lorane Leonard and Dorothy Wetzel as winners. Sympathy is extended to Gladys Gose in the loss of her husband, Kenneth. Prairie strips placed within fields offer a way for row-crop producers to meet environmental goals while still satisfying demands for food, feed and fuel, according to Iowa State University research. “Results of our study suggest that if you put a small portion of crop land into native vegetation, you could achieve substantial benefits with less total land used than had previously been in the federal Conservation Reserve Program,” said Lisa Schulte Moore, associate professor of natural resource ecology and management. “You just need to be strategic about where you put the native vegetation.” Schulte Moore and other ISU scientists have been conducting the study, known as STRIPs (Sciencebased Trials of Rowcrops Integrated with Prairies--http://www.nrem., at the Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge in Jasper county since 2005. The project team is working to create six demonstration sites around the state in association with the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS) and the USDA-Natural Resource Conservation Service. In the last several years substantial demand for row crops has drawn hundreds of thousands of acres of environmentally sensitive land in Iowa and beyond from the federal Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). The CRP helped


It has been 10 years since the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and the Food Bank of Iowa joined to promote a new program to help reduce the size of Iowa’s deer herd, and help Iowans in need receive a healthy meal. The Help Us Stop Hunger (HUSH) program allows hunters to donate any legally harvested deer to a participating locker as a way to encourage hunters to harvest more deer.

Partnership reduces deer herd, feeds Iowans

Lockers process the donated deer into ground venison in specially labeled two pound packages that are picked up by the local food bank and distributed in the community. HUSH lockers have processed 56,000 donated deer providing more than 11 million meals since the program began. This program exemplifies Iowans helping Iowans. “We asked our hunters to harvest additional deer to reduce the herd size and the HUSH program gave them an option to donate the additional venison to help their fellow Iowans in need,” said Jim Coffey, who coordinates the HUSH program for the DNR. “We have a lot of lockers who enjoy the program and participate because it supports their local community.” “We are so grateful for this partnership and program,” says Carey Miller, executive director of the Food Bank of Iowa. “It has helped put a high protein, low fat product into the hands of hungry Iowans.”

Since its inception, the program served an important role to help reduce the deer herd, but that role will be changing. As the deer population approaches the management goal, the program will not be used as much for population control as it will be for certain situations, like hunters wanting to support their local food bank or for hunters participating in special population management hunts in urban areas or park settings. The Iowa program is viewed nationally as one to emulate and states from Hawaii to Nebraska call on Coffey looking for the recipe to replicate Iowa’s success. “We have the backing of our state legislature and that really is the secret to our success,” he said. Every deer license sold includes a one dollar fee that supports the HUSH program. The program is administered through the Fish and Wildlife Trust Fund of the Iowa DNR. Lockers are paid $75 for each HUSH deer processed and participation in the program is voluntary. In 2012, 89 lockers participated in the HUSH program. The Food Bank of Iowa received five dollar per deer to pick up and distribute the venison. More information on the DNR’s HUSH program is available online at

Nancy McKay Harsh chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution held their April meeting Saturday, April 13 at the Lenox Methodist church. Guests were the winners and their families of the recent DAR contests that were sponsored by the chapter. The local chapter had four state winners this year. They will be presented at the state conference on April 26 and 27 in Ames. Above, Jane Briley introduces James Hardy as the state history teacher of the year. Both Briley and Hardy are teachers at East Union schools. Below, Bonnie Riepe, chapter American history chairman, presents Nathan Shervheim, sixth grade winner in the American history essay contest, and Anna Shervheim, the Christopher Columbus essay winner. The Shervheims are home-schooled students from Redding.

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As temperatures go UP and the weather begins to feel more like Spring, it is the perfect time for Iowa farmers to focus their attention DOWN by investigating their soil. If farmers dig a little, they can learn a lot– by simply smelling, feeling, and looking at their farm’s most important production asset. “It doesn’t matter if you operate a large or small farm, grow organic crops, or if you’re simply a homeowner or gardener who wants healthy, productive soil. It’s easy to examine your soils,” says State Soil Scientist Rick Bednarek with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Des Moines. “Take a quick look and you can learn a lot.” To investigate your soil’s health, simply use a digging tool such as a garden spade or shovel, and your eyes, nose and hands to look, smell and touch. •LOOK—Look for plant residue on the soil surface and a living canopy or cover. The soil structure should look like chocolate cake with air holes permeating throughout. You should see earthworms, organic matter and live roots that extend deep into the soil. •SMELL—Healthy soil should have sweet, earthy aroma of geosmin, which is a byproduct of soil microbes called actinomycetes. •TOUCH—Soil should be loose and crumble easily. In healthy soil, roots can grow straight and deep, allowing plants to reach needed nutrients and water. Soils damaged by disturbing activities like tillage or continuous grazing damage are typically lighter in color with a more flour-like consistency and less color diversity. Unhealthy soils typically feel heavier than healthier soils, but they will break apart much easier

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Tractor ride scheduled June 1

The line of color will stretch as far as the eye can see on Saturday, June 1, when the KSIB Tractor Ride rolls through southwest Iowa. This is the second year for the event. The route starts in Creston and runs through Prescott, Lenox and Clearfield. “We had 177 tractors last year. This year we expect 250 or more,” says KSIB Program Director Ben Walter. The day will begin in uptown Creston with registration and breakfast at the Restored Historic Depot. Tractors will line up on the city streets for public viewing before departure. Trailer parking is available at Creston Livestock Auction. They will head west on Adams Street to McKinley Park, where a drive along the east side of the lake will give riders a view of the lake, park, and Union County Historical Society Complex. They will then travel west on Highway 34 to the Cromwell and proceed to Prescott. The next stop on the ride will be Lenox. From Lenox, the tractors will travel to Clearfield, then back to Creston. The entire route runs on paved roads. There is no charge, but preregistration is encouraged for planning purposes. Riders can register by calling KSIB 641-782-2155 or emailing

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I-35 lane restrictions near Osceola begin
A project to replace two bridges in the southbound lanes of Interstate 35 near Osceola will require lane closures which began on Monday, April 15, according to the Iowa Department of Transportation’s Chariton construction office. During this project, traffic in the southbound lanes of I-35 between Iowa 152 (exit 36) and Warren County Road G-76 (exit 43) will be shifted to one of the northbound lanes of I-35. This will require restricting traffic to a twocally used for grassed waterways and terraces on farmland. “Prairie strips could expand infield habitat and assist grassland songbird populations currently in steep decline, support pollinators including native bees and play a role in integrated pest management by providing habitat for beneficial insects,” said Mary Harris, adjunct assistant professor of entomology and natural resource ecology and management.

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ISU prairie strips study yields options to improve conservation
farmers plant resource-conserving vegetation to improve water, prevent soil erosion and develop wildlife habitat. Schulte Moore said the study’s results offer farmers a viable option for land that has come out of the CRP program. “We’ve seen dramatic environmental improvements with as little as 10 percent of the land in prairie strips placed on the contours of row-cropped watersheds,” she said. Improvements include a 95 percent reduction in sediment transport, 90 percent reduction in phosphorus and total nitrogen transport and 60 percent reduction of surface water flow from the experimental sites, which are cropped on a cornsoybean rotation using no-till. Matt Helmers, associate professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering and extension agricultural engineer, says the stiff, upright stems and deep roots of prairie plants are essential. They slow the flow of water and encourage infiltration, keeping soil and nutrients in the farm field where they are needed. With minimal upkeep, diverse prairie communities are able to withstand drought and intense rain. “Prairie strips would rank among the least expensive in-field management practices, costing approximately $40 per treated acre per year for establishment and management,” said Helmers. In the study, prairie strips are placed perpendicular to the flow of water with spacing and configuration designed to fit farming and machinery needs. There is the potential that the strips can be moved as sediment is deposited on the upslope edge or machinery needs change, making them a flexible and attractive alternative to terraces for certain slopes and soil types. Native prairie plantings also provide better wildlife habitat than non-native grasses, which are typi-

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Thursday, April 18, 2013

Iowa DOT reminds drivers about workzone safety
“Roadway Work Zone Safety: We’re All in This Together.” That is the message being sent around the country to make drivers aware of the thousands of construction work zones that will be in place on state, county and local roads this construction season. For calendar year 2013, the Iowa Department of Transportation is anticipating approximately $600 million in repairs to Iowa’s state highway system. Cities and counties across the state will have numerous projects underway as well. With so many work zones set up in every corner of Iowa, understanding that the work is being performed to improve the transportation system and not to inconvenience motorists is key. Following a few simple guidelines can greatly improve safety in a work zone for both drivers and workers. Expect the unexpected in any work zone along any road. Speed limits may be reduced, traffic lanes may be changed, and people and equipment may be at work on or near the road. Slow down. Be alert. Pay attention to the signs. Diamond-shaped orange warning signs are generally posted in advance of road construction projects. Observe the posted signs until you see the one that marks the end of the work zone. Watch out for flaggers. In addition to other warning signs, a “flagger ahead” warning sign may be posted in the work zone. Stay alert and be prepared to obey the flagger’s directions. In a work zone, a flagger has the same authority as a regulatory sign, so you can be cited for disobeying his or her directions. Merge as soon as possible. Do not zoom right up to the lane closure, then try to barge in – if everyone cooperates, traffic moves more

The Mount Ayr high school boys basketball team in 1957-58. BY MIKE AVITT the Creston Panthers on NovemThis week’s picture was scanned ber 29. This game was all Theron from a 1958 Ayrian. Standing in Johnson as he dropped in 25 points the back are (left to right) coach and picked up 28 rebounds to hand G. Dale Herrington, Eddie Brown, Creston a 68-46 setback. Ronnie Defenbaugh, Leland The Raiders beat Lenox and Rauch, Carroll Huff, Jerold Drake, Bedford before meeting the Leon Ronny Willey and Coach Lindell. Cardinals on Mount Ayr’s court. Seated in front are Dick Stuck, This was another close basketRaymond Sickels, Theron John- ball game, but Raymond Sickels son, Bill Pritchard, Roger Bell and brought another victory home by Larry Pratt. These Raiders had an scoring the winning basket with incredible season, losing only one three seconds left in the game. game. Mount Ayr’s next win came The season started with a game at Corydon when Leland Rauch against Des Moines’ Dowling came off the bench to score eight Maroons. This was a very close points in the fourth quarter, the game as Mount Ayr won 62-60 in Raiders winning 74-70. Following overtime. Billy Pritchard made the this game, Mount Ayr participated winning shot with five seconds re- in a basketball clinic held in Ames. maining in the extra period. What While there, the Raiders lost an made the victory sweeter was the unscheduled game to Blairsburg, fact that the Maroons were state 32-26. champions in 1957. I couldn’t find coverage of the The next game was also close next four games in the newspaper. and was also against the Maroons This was during Christmas break at - the Diagonal Maroons. The game school and maybe that had sometook place on November 22, 1957, thing to do with it. One of those at Diagonal, with the Raiders get- four games was a loss to Bedford, ting off to a fast start. At one point, by four points, on their floor. Mount Ayr led by 22 points, but Mount Ayr got back in their Diagonal came roaring back in the winning way by topping Creston second half and lost by only three. on January 21, 1958 and again After knocking off Shenandoah handling Leon on their court. The and Seymour, Mount Ayr hosted Leon game was a tremendous

struggle as Theron Johnson, Raymond Sickels and Billy Pritchard fouled out. Dick Stuck had 16 points and the bench came through in the clutch. January 24 found the Raiders against once-beaten Lamoni. Lamoni smothered Mount Ayr in the first half and sat on a 32-20 lead. The Raiders found their second wind in the second half and had a 17-0 run to begin the third period. The Raiders cruised to a 68-49 victory. Mount Ayr ran over Lenox again and then met the Osceola Indians at Mount Ayr on February 7. A player from each team was ejected during play, but the reason was not given. Roger Bell scored 22 points in another Raider win. Two more wins gave Mount Ayr their 11th straight Blue Grass Conference championship. In the sectional tournament, Mount Ayr downed Leon and Osceola before facing the Bedford Bulldogs for the tournament crown. Bedford, the only scheduled team to beat the Raiders during the season, fell to Mount Ayr this time by the score of 51-45. Billy Pritchard’s 19 points and Roger Bell’s 15 tallies helped the Raiders to the sectional championship of 1958.

efficiently. Motorists can help maintain traffic flow and posted speeds by moving to the appropriate lane as quickly and safely as possible after first notice of an approaching work zone. Slow down when directed. A car traveling 60 mph travels 88 feet per second. If you are going 60 mph and you pass a sign that reads “Road Work 1500 feet,” you will be in that work zone in 17 seconds. Don’t tailgate. The most common crash in a highway work zone is the rear-end collision; so, remember to leave at least two seconds of braking distance between you and the vehicle in front of you. Keep a safe distance between your vehicle and traffic barriers, trucks, construction equipment and workers. Work zones may be mobile. Some work zones – like line painting, road patching, shoulder repair and mowing – are mobile and advance as the work is finished. Just because you do not see the workers immediately after you see the warning sign does not mean they are not present in the area. Expect delays. Plan ahead and leave early to reach your destination on time. Highway agencies use many different ways to inform motorists about the location and duration of major work zones. Often, agencies will suggest a detour to help you avoid the work zone entirely. Plan ahead and try an alternate route. More information about work zone safety can be found on the Iowa DOT’s website at iowadot. gov/workzone. Need a gift idea? Mount Ayr Record-News subscriptions make a gift that gives 52 times a year.

This sticker on the back of a folding chair at the recent elementary vocal concert is a reminder of days gone by in county education.

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Blood drive in Mount Ayr Tuesday, May 14
May 8 is World Red Cross Day, and the American Red Cross encourages eligible individuals to celebrate by donating lifesaving blood in their communities. The need is constant, and all blood types are needed, especially O negative, B negative and A negative. The Red Cross blood drive will once again be coming to Ringgold county. The blood drive will be on May 14 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the First Christian Church at 201 W. Monroe in Mount Ayr. The drive will also be in Union county on May 1 from 8 a.m. to 5

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Ringgold County gets disaster designation
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held office for many years. David was active at Valley View Village where he lived independently. He could often be seen at the “round” table enjoying a cup of coffee, a cookie and good company. David is survived by his children, Judy (Paul) Pask, Connie (Tom) Howell, David (Cindy) Stewart, Marlene Stewart and Cindy Stewart; stepchildren, Donald (Peg) Horton and Sandy (Scott) Donner, as well as many extended family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, David Alfred and Amy Stewart; brothers, Arlo, Dwight and Donald; stepson, Fred Horton; daughter, Tina Abbott; son-in-law, Fred Abbott; grandson, Cord Abbott, and granddaughter Cassandra Cheatham. David will be missed by his entire circle of family and friends. His memorials will go to the Blockton American Legion (Post #443) and the Platteville Cemetery. Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home in Mount Ayr was in charge of the arrangements. Services were conducted at the Christian Church in Blockton on Wednesday, April 17, 2013, with Rev. Scott Marcum officiating. Musical selections included “Wings of a Dove,” “One Day at a Time” and “Daddy’s Hands.” Casket bearers were Cindy Stewart, Joseph Flott, Jason Naill, Kory Klommhaus, Jody Miles, Angie Blazek, Tish McDonald and Cody Dyer. Military rites were by American Legion Post #443 of Blockton, Iowa and the U.S. Army Honor Guard Unit. Burial was in the Rose Hill Cemetery in Blockton.
at 6:22 p.m. by president Shields. Previous Minutes: Director Schafer moved that they dispense with the reading of the March 11 minutes and approve them as printed. Seconded by director Shay. Motion carried 4-0, unanimously. Administrative Reports: Supt. Drake reviewed the activity, buildings and grounds, lunch and transportation reports. Kim Curry was present to update the board on technology in the district. Current happenings in the technology department: 1) Wireless; 2) Elementary integration; 3) Laptops for next year, and 4) Raider tech squad. Lynne Wallace gave her 7-12 principal report: 1) Smarter balanced assessments; 2) Spring parentteacher conferences; 3) Professional development; 4) Social studies applicants; 5) ITED rewards 6) SWCC OCT Day; 7) Graceland students visit; 8) Talented students, and 9) Upcoming events. Chris Elwood gave his PK-6 principal report: 1) Parent-teacher conferences; 2) Step in the Right Direction; 3) Music programs; 4) Iowa assessments; 5) Professional development; 6) Buck Wilder assembly; 7) Little Raider Preschool registration; 8) Fifth and sixth grade self-contained classrooms; 9) Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) testing, and 10) Upcoming events. New Business: A. Shared Athletics with Diagonal: Delwyn Showalter, athletic director, was present to update the board on recent conversations between Diagonal and Mount Ayr regarding shared track and baseball. It was the administration’s conclusion from both districts that since boys/ girls bowling, cross country and track are co-ed sports and competitions are held together at the state level, they need to keep these girl/boy sports within the same class. Diagonal has one male individual who would like to go out for track. By sharing boys track with Diagonal, it would put


Church Notes
Mount Ayr Larger Parish United Methodist Churches Pastor Skip Rushing Redding 9:00 a.m., Worship. 10:00 a.m., Sunday School. Middle Fork 9:00 a.m., Sunday School, all ages. 10:00 a.m., Worship. Mount Ayr 10:00 a.m., Sunday School. 10:30 - 11:00 a.m., Refreshments and Fellowship. 11:00 a.m., Worship. St. Joseph’s Catholic Church 100 N. Polk, Mount Ayr Fr. Bashir Abdelsamad, Pastor Saturdays, mass at 5:30 p.m. St. Patrick’s Catholic Church Grand River Fr. Bashir Abdelsamad, Pastor Sunday mass, 8:00 a.m. United Church of Diagonal Pastor Ed Shields 9:30 a.m., Church. 10:30 a.m., Sunday school. Tingley First Christian Church Al Rusk, Pastor 10:00 a.m., Church school. Margaret Hull, Superintendent. 11:00 a.m., Worship. First Lutheran Church Mount Ayr - LCMS Vacancy Pastor: Rev. Jonathan Watt Sunday, April 21: 11:00 a.m., Worship with holy communion. Free Methodist Church Charles Weiman, Pastor 10:00 a.m., Sunday school. 11:00 a.m., Worship service. 7:00 p.m., Evening worship. Wednesday, Family Night Prayer meeting; F.M.Y., C.L.C., 7 p.m. Kellerton Assembly of God Church Pastor Barton Shields 9:30 a.m., Sunday School. 10:30 a.m., Worship service. 6:00 p.m., Sunday evening worship. Wednesday, 7:00 p.m., Adult Bible study. Blockton Christian Church Scott Marcum, Pastor 9:30 a.m., Bible School. 10:45 a.m., Worship. Second and fourth Sundays of each month, Youth Groups. First Wednesday of each month, Church Night. Tent Chapel Church of Christ Richard Reinhardt, Minister (3 miles south of Blockton, Iowa) Bible study, 10:00 a.m. Morning worship, 11:00 a.m. Watch “In Search of the Lord’s Way” - 7 a.m., Sunday on Ch. 17; KDSM Dish 259, 6:30 a.m. or Direct TV 364, 6:30 a.m. Sundays, 6:30 p.m., evening services. Wednesdays, 7:00 p.m., Bible study. Regular Baptist Church Mount Ayr 464-3293 (Church) Pastor Seth Denney 9:45 a.m., Sunday School. 11:00 a.m., Morning worship service. Nursery available. 6:30 p.m., Evening service. Wednesday, 6:30-8 p.m., AWANA; 7 p.m., Midweek Bible study and prayer. 7 p.m., Youth service. Hickory Grove Advent Christian Church Sherry Wiley, supply pastor 11:00 a.m., Worship service. Mount Ayr Assembly of God Pastor Doug Rohrer (515-783-7712) See our facebook page 8:15 - 8:45 a.m., Prayer 9:00 a.m., Sunday school for all ages. 10:00 a.m., Fellowship. 10:30 a.m., Worship service. Nursery available. Children’s church. 5:00 p.m. Men of Valor Saturday, March 2: 8 - 11 a.m., Open Closet. Thursdays: Revolution Youth - 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays: Kids Club - 5-7 p.m. Kellerton United Methodist Church Rev. Robin Thomas, Pastor 9:30 a.m., Sunday School 10:30 a.m., Worship. Beaconsfield United Methodist Church Rev. Robin Thomas, Pastor Sunday, 9:00 a.m., Morning Worship. No Sunday School. United Baptist-Presbyterian Church 2343 State Highway 169 Mount Ayr Michael Maddy, Pastor (641-464-2127) Sunday, April 21: 9:00 a.m., Sunday school. 10:00 a.m., Church service. Greeter, Dean Blades; Call to worship, Deb Larson; Musician, Nancy Sackett; Children’s sermon, Mike Maddy; Message: Mike Maddy; Snacks, Pat Meester/Cathy Swank/Zoey Shelly. Monday, April 22: 5:00 p.m., Stretch exercises-UBP Church. 7:00 p.m., TEK Group-UBP Church. Tuesday, April 23: 7:00 a.m., Men’s breakfast-UBP Church. Wednesday, April 24: 5:00 p.m., Stretch exercise-UBP Church. 5:30 p.m., Choir practice-UBP Church. Director Judy Cunning. 6:30 p.m., Bible study at Mount Ayr Health Care. Platte Center Presbyterian Church Delores Dench, Pastor 9:15 a.m., Sunday school. 10:00 a.m., Fellowship. 10:30 a.m., Worship. First Christian Church Pastor Chris Conklin Sunday, April 21: 7:00 a.m., Men’s breakfast. 9:00 a.m., Sunday school. 10:00 a.m., Church. Wednesdays: L.A.M.B.S - 3:30 p.m.; Choir at 5:30 p.m. Thursday Prayer group - 9:30 a.m. Bank of Christ Outreach and Hope Center 2nd & Ringgold, Kellerton 10:00 a.m., Sunday school for children and adults. 11:00 a.m., Church service with Kathy Johnston speaking. Wishard Chapel Community Church Pastor Bill Armstrong 9:30 a.m., Sunday school. 10:30 a.m., Worship. Women of Wishard (WOW): Every first Wednesday at 7 p.m. Ellston United Methodist Church Rev. Robin Thomas, Pastor 9:00 a.m., Church services. 10:00 a.m., Sunday school and Bible study. United Methodist Women: Every second Monday at 1:30 p.m. United Methodist Men: First/third Saturdays at 7:30 a.m. Youth Group: First/third Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m. Second Sunday - potluck; fourth Sunday - fellowship time. Website: Tingley United Methodist Church Rev. Robin Thomas, Pastor 9:30 a.m., Sunday school. 10:30 a.m., Worship. United Methodist Women: Every Third Wednesday. Youth Group: Second and Fourth Sundays, 5 p.m., at Ellston. The Lighthouse Non-Denominational Fellowship Doug Greene, Pastor Darin Dolecheck, Youth Pastor (west 2 miles on Hwy. 2) 9:45 a.m., Sunday School. 10:30 a.m., Worship. 6:30 p.m., Evening Worship. Mondays, 5 p.m., Thin Within Support Group; 7 p.m., Sowing in Tears Support Group. Wednesdays, 6 - 8 p.m., Crew Kids’ Club; 8 - 9 p.m., SOC Youth Meeting. Saturday Night Service, 7 p.m., Bible Study and Prayer led by Darla Dolecheck. Sermons available online at: Area Bible Fellowship Church 204 North Van Buren, Clearfield Pastor Ron Christian 10:00 a.m., Worship service. 11:15 a.m., Sunday school. Wednesday: 6:30 p.m., AWANA. Website: Trinity Christian Church Terry Roberts, Minister 446-8654 (Hwy. 2 West, Decatur) 8:15 a.m. and 10:45 a.m., Sunday morning worship services. 9:30 a.m., Sunday School, all ages. Wednesday: 7 p.m., Youth/Small group Bible study. Nursery available. The Community of Christ Tony and Sandy Crandell, Co-pastors Sunday, April 21: 9:50 a.m., Sunday school. 11:00 a.m., Worship service with Julia Ashby speaking. Mount Ayr Restoration Branch Sherman Phipps, Presiding Elder Alan Smith, Assistant Sunday, April 21: Welcomers: George Knotts family. 9:45 a.m., Family Worship, Ed Anderson family. 10:00 a.m., Classes. 11:00 a.m., Worship. Rodney Bastow, presiding; Gordon Winkler,

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David “Boug” Stewart DAVID DREXEL “BOUG” STEWART David Drexel “Boug” Stewart was born in Platteville, Iowa on April 18, 1926 the son of David Alfred Stewart and Amy Belle (Matheny) Stewart. He passed away peacefully with his family by his side on April 14, 2013 in Des Moines, Iowa at the age of 86 years old. David spent his childhood living on farms in Taylor county with his six siblings who were quite adventurous. He attended area schools and graduated from Bedford high school. He met and married Phyllis Jennings and was blessed with two daughters, Judy (Paul) Pask and Tina (Fred) Abbott. This marriage was dissolved and he met and married Leona Blood and was blessed with Connie (Howell) and David. During this time he was also in the United States Army from 19531967. He was very proud of his service to his country. He ended his marriage to Leona and met Wylene Marie Horton and they moved to Yakima, Washington and were united in marriage on April 6, 1966. Into this union were born Marlene Kay Stewart and Cindy Belle Stewart. David was also blessed with three stepchildren, Fredrick Horton, Donald Horton and Sandy Horton (Donner). David, Wylene and the two girls lived in Yakima until 1976. The family then moved to Clearfield, Iowa to be closer to David’s family where he resided until after Wylene’s death in January 2010. He then moved to Des Moines, Iowa to be closer to his daughters. David was also blessed with 27 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren who he loved very much. David enjoyed spending time with his brother, Arlo, on his farm, fishing for catfish, home improvement projects, listening to country music at local jam sessions and attending American Legion meetings and events in Blockton, Iowa. He was also involved in the Taylor county American Legion where he
speaking; Pat Bolingbroke, pianist; Lynda Rolfe, special music. Custodians: Bob Rowland. 6:00 p.m., Family fellowship at Norman Nelson home. Wednesday, April 24: 7:00 p.m., Prayer service at Ron Smith home. Sherman Phipps, presiding.

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Mount Ayr Community

Mount Ayr boys track into a different class than the girls track. Track is a sport that you can have a team with only one individual. Thus Diagonal could have a boys track team. Mount Ayr would be willing to let Diagonal use its facilities, practice with their students and travel to track meets together. Diagonal would also like to share baseball for the 2013-2014 school year. It is Mr. Showalter’s recommendation to share baseball with Diagonal for the 2013-2014 school year. Director West made a motion to approve the recommendation with a second from director Shay. Motion carried 4-0, unanimously. B. Approval of Apple Computer Lease: Supt. Drake requested the board table this item until more information would be received regarding the lease. Director Schafer made a motion to table this item until the May board meeting. Seconded by director West. Motion carried 4-0, unanimously. C. Approval of Summer Projects and Bids: Supt. Drake shared the middle and high school project list with bids included. The approximate dollar amount totals $99,441.89. Supt. Drake also included the elementary summer custodial work with bids included for an approximate amount of $29,950. The following bids were received for doors/door replacements: 1) Mount Ayr high school (south side of high school/shop areas) door replacements – Maryville Glass and Lock - $9,126.58 and Doors Inc. - $10,708.00. 2) Vestibules at the high school – Maryville Glass and Lock - $5,882.15 and Doors Inc. $10,172.00; 3) Elementary school door replacements – Maryville Glass and Lock - $6,129.99 and Doors Inc. - $8,046.00. Director Shay made a motion to approve all bids received from Maryville Glass and Lock with a second from director Schafer. Motion carried 4-0, unanimously. Next Supt. Drake presented bids for _________________________________
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April 8, 2013 The board of directors of the Mount Ayr Community school district met in regular session Monday, April 8, 2013. There were present: P. J. West, Rod Shields, Duane Schafer and Brandi Shay. Also present were: Joe Drake, superintendent; Lynne Wallace, secondary principal; Chris Elwood, PK-6 principal; Janette Campbell, board secretary/business manager; Kim Curry; Fay Howie; Delwyn Showalter, and Darrell Dodge, Mount Ayr Record-News. Call to Order: The budget hearing was called to order at 6 p.m. by President Shields. 2013-2014 Budget: The 20132014 school budget was reviewed. Director Schafer made a motion to adopt the recommended 2013-2014 budget which provides for $9,803,148 in revenues and $10,950,919 in expenditures. Revenue from taxes levied on property would be $3,580,798 with a tax rate of 16.56161. Motion was seconded by director Shay. Motion carried 4-0, unanimously. Adjournment: Director West made the motion to adjourn from the budget hearing with a second from director Shay. Motion carried 4-0, unanimously. Call To Order: The regular meeting of the board was called to order


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Public Notices
School Board
Mount Ayr Community

Mount Ayr Record-News

The planning team would like to invite you to the final planning team meeting that will be held on Tuesday, April 30, in the Ringgold County Courthouse Assembly Room, 109 West Madison Street, Mount Ayr. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. with a short 15-minute presentation, followed by an open house type format where comments and suggestions about the plan are welcomed. The meeting will last until 7 p.m. Also, available at this meeting will be Hazard Mitigation maps and other key appendices. Copies of the draft plan can be viewed at the following locations: Ringgold County Courthouse Emergency Management Office – 109 W. Madison, Mount Ayr; Mount Ayr Public Library – 121 West Monroe, Mount Ayr, and Electronic version available at If you have any questions, please contact Andrew Collings, Regional Planner at SICOG at collings@ or 641-782-8491. 7-1t NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT OF ADMINISTRATOR AND NOTICE TO CREDITORS IN THE IOWA DISTRICT COURT FOR RINGGOLD COUNTY Probate No. ES PR208721 IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF MERRILL L. COMER, Deceased. To All Persons Interested in the Estate of Merrill L. Comer, Deceased, who died on or about June 22, 2012: You are hereby notified that on the 26th day of March, 2013, the undersigned was appointed administrator of the estate. Notice is hereby given that all persons indebted to the estate are requested to make immediate payment to the undersigned, and creditors having claims against the estate shall file them with the clerk of the above named district court, as provided by law, duly authenticated, for allowance, and unless so filed by the later to occur of four months from the second publication of this notice or one month from the date of the mailing of this notice (unless otherwise allowed or paid) a claim is thereafter forever barred. Dated this 26th day of March, 2013. Mark A. Comer Administrator of Estate 500 S. Clark Kellerton, IA 50133 James L. Pedersen ICIS PIN Number: AT0006167 Attorney for the Administrator 201 E. Monroe Street Mount Ayr, IA 50854 Date of second publication, 18th day of April, 2013. 6-2t NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S LEVY and SALE IN THE IOWA DISTRICT COURT FOR RINGGOLD COUNTY STATE OF IOWA Docket No. (Sale No.) 12-0111(1) Court Case No. EQCV506298 Special Execution CITIMORTGAGE, INC., Plaintiff, vs. BUSBY, BRYCE C. - IN REM, BUSBY, SHANNON - IN REM and PARTIES IN POSSESSION - IN REM, Defendants. As a result of the judgment rendered in the above-referenced court case, an execution was issued by the court to the sheriff of this county. The execution ordered the sale of defendant(s) rights, title and interest in real estate property to satisfy the judgment. The property to be sold is: Lot No. 1093, Lot No. 1094 and Lot No. 1095 in Lakewood Hills #2 Subdivision, a Subdivision of portions of the Southeast Quarter of the Northeast Quarter (SE 1/ NE 1/4) of section Fifteen (15); and the South thirty (30) Acres of the Southwest Quarter of the Northwest Quarter (SW 1/4 NW 1/4) of Section Fourteen (14), Township Seventy (70) North, Range Twenty-eight (28), West of the 5th P.M., Ringgold county, Iowa. Situated in Ringgold county in the state of Iowa A/K/A Lots No. 1093, No. 1094 and No. 1095 in Lakewood Hills #2 Subdivision, a Subdivision of portions of the Southeast Quarter of the Northeast Quarter (SE 1/4 NE 1/4) of Section Fifteen (15); and the South Thirty (30) Acres of the Southwest Quarter of the Northwest Quarter (SW 1/4 NW 1/4) of Section Fourteen (14), Township Seventy (70) North, Range Twenty-eight (28), West of the 5th P.M., Ringgold county, Iowa. Street Address: 1094 Stagecoach Road, Ellston, IA 50074. The described property will be offered for sale at public auction for cash only as follows: Sale Date: 05-24-2013. Sale Time: 10:30 a.m. Location of Sale: Lobby of the Law Enforcement Center at 801 West South Street, Mount Ayr, Iowa. THIS SALE IS NOT SUBJECT TO REDEMPTION. Property exemption, certain money or property may be exempt. CONTACT your attorney promptly to review specific provisions of the law and file the appropriate notice, if applicable. Judgment Amount: $137,293.19. Accruing Costs: $6,324.31. Interest: $13,348.84. Attorney: Boecker, Theodore. Phone: 515-222-9400. MIKE E. SOBOTKA Sheriff Date: 04-16-2013 7-2t ing was called to order at 9 a.m. with the following members present: David Inloes, Royce Dredge and Kraig Pennington. A motion was made by Kraig Pennington and seconded by Royce Dredge to approve the agenda. AYES: Unanimous. NAYS: None. A motion was made by Royce Dredge and seconded by Kraig Pennington to approve the previous minutes. AYES: Unanimous. NAYS: None. Payroll checks will be issued Wednesday, April 10, 2013. A motion was made by Kraig Pennington and seconded by Royce Dredge to open the hearing for the budget amendment at 10 a.m. AYES: Unanimous. NAYS: None. Also present for the hearing was Kevin Kilgore. Kilgore filed written objections regarding the budget amendment with the auditor’s office. Kilgore stated fiscal year 2013 funds have not been appropriated and therefore the current budget amendment does not reflect accurate figures. Kilgore also noted that no explanation of changes was included on the amendment document. Kilgore further questioned why the board would approve departments’ request to increase their expenditures. Inloes explained the expenditures are accounted for by the excess revenue that each department has received thus far in the current year. Pennington added that the board continues to work diligently at making the budget better and working out all of the kinks. A motion was made by Royce Dredge and seconded by Kraig Pennington to close the hearing for the budget amendment at 11:45 a.m. AYES: Unanimous. NAYS: None. Due to additional interest in the veterans affairs board, the board of supervisors will run an ad in the papers requesting those interested to contact the auditor’s office. Applicants must be residents of Ringgold county and a military veteran. Deadline to apply will be April 18. Engineer Zach Gunsolley was unable to meet with the board; therefore, Vic Lilienthal met on his behalf to provide secondary roads updates. Lilienthal reported that secondary roads employees are patching the HMA roads this week with local forces ahead of the Denco crack filling. Denco may be in Ringgold county the week of April 15, weather permitting. Rod Shields expects to be at the Morgan bridge another month. He has been delayed at the bridge by motor _________________________________
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for carpet and installation: 1) Carpet at the secondary building for three classrooms and hallways – Offsprings - $36,551.15 and The Outpost - $29,832.86. Director West made a motion to approve the bid received from The Outpost. Director Shay seconded the motion. Motion carried 4-0, unanimously. Supt. Drake presented bids received for carpet installation: 1) Ryan Still $7,990.30 and Timberline Flooring - $8,000.00. Director Schafer made a motion to approve the bid received from Ryan Still with a second from director Shay. Motion carried 4-0, unanimously. D. Approval of SWCC 28E Agreements: Supt. Drake recommended the approval of 28E Agreements with SWCC for the 20132014 school year. Director West made a motion to approve all SWCC 28E Agreements as presented with a second from director Shay. Motion carried 4-0, unanimously. E. Approve Resolution for School Start Date Waiver: Supt. Drake recommended the approval of the “Start Date Waiver Request Resolution” as per Code Sec. 279.10(4) allowing for schools the ability to request a first day of school earlier than the mandated start date. Director Shay made a motion to approve the resolution as presented with a second by director West. Motion carried 4-0, unanimously. F. Approve Request from Clearfield to Accept Land (Dissolution): Supt. Drake shared that Clearfield has voted to pursue dissolution and has appointed a dissolution committee. One of the first required steps is to request statements from contiguous school districts outlining each district’s willingness to accept attachments of land from Clearfield and state what “conditions, if any, the contiguous school district recommends.” Director Schafer made a motion stating the Mount Ayr Community school district will accept land attachments from the Clearfield Community school district. They accept this land without any conditions. Motion was seconded by director Shay. Motion carried 4-0, unanimously. G. Approve Sharing Agreement with Creston: Supt. Drake recommended the approval of the sharing agreement with Creston for shared teacher services with Eric Ehlen. Mount Ayr holds the contract and Creston would reimburse MACS 80 percent of the total cost of the shared teacher plus 20 percent of any supplemental money generated from this agreement. Director West made a motion to approve the sharing agreement as presented with a second from director Schafer. Motion carried 4-0, unanimously. H. Approve Sharing Agreement with Bedford: Supt. Drake recommended the approval of the sharing agreement with Bedford for shared teacher/ICN services for Spanish. Bedford would agree to pay $200 per semester per student. Director West made a motion to approve the sharing agreement as presented with a second from director Shay. Motion carried 4-0, unanimously. I. Receive and File Supt. Recommendation for Certified Staff Reduction: Supt. Drake presented president Shields with a sealed envelope that held a certified staff reduction recommendation. President Shields entertained a motion to receive the recommendation and file it with the board secretary. Director Schafer made a motion to approve the recommendation with a second by director West. Motion carried 4-0, unanimously. A private hearing has been set for April 30, 2013 at 6 p.m. in the board room. J. Approve Non-Certified Salary Schedule/Non-Certified Contracts for 2013-2014: Supt. Drake presented the non-certified salary schedule for 2013-2014 showing a 2.00 percent overall increase. Director Schafer made a motion to approve the salary schedule and non-certified contracts. Seconded by director West. Motion carried 4-0, unanimously. K. Approve Certified Contracts for 2013-2014: Supt. Drake presented the list of Certified Contracts for 2013-2014. Director Shay made a motion to approve the Certified Contracts as presented for 2013-2014. Seconded by director Schafer. Motion carried 4-0, unanimously. L. Approve Principal Contracts for 2013-2014: Supt. Drake recommended the approval of two-year contracts for Lynne Wallace and Chris Elwood and a two-percent (2%) increase on the salary for the first year of the contracts. Director Schafer made a motion to approve the recommendation with a second by director West. Motion carried 4-0, unanimously. M. Personnel: Supt. Drake recommended the approval of the following resignations effective at the end of the 2012-2013 school year: 1) Mary K. Overholtzer – science/ TAG; 2) Michael Longley – elementary teacher; 3) Kathy Triggs – high school clerk; 4) Deb Graham – elementary special education associate; 5) Sharon Allen – elementary special education associate; 6) Joan Moore – Title I associate; 7) Tina Maxson – secondary special education associate, and 8) Ryan Gregg – secondary special education associate. Director West made a motion to approve the resignations with many thanks to their years of service with the district. Motion was seconded by director Shay. Motion carried 4-0, unanimously. Supt. Drake recommended John Larsen as the assistant volleyball coach for 2013-2014. Director Schafer made a motion to approve

the recommendation with a second from director West. Motion carried 4-0, unanimously. Supt. Drake recommended Brandie Ruggles as the middle school volleyball coach for 2013-2014. Director Shay made a motion to approve the recommendation. Seconded by director West. Motion carried 4-0, unanimously. Supt. Drake recommended driver’s education contracts for Aaron Riley and Kurt Wallace for the summer of 2013. Director West made a motion to approve the contracts for driver’s ed with a second from director Shay. Motion carried 4-0, unanimously. Consideration Of: On motion by director West and seconded by director Shay, it was resolved: That all bills presented be allowed. Motion carried 4-0, unanimously. Director West made a motion to accept the secretary/treasurer financial report as submitted. Seconded by director Shay. Motion carried 4-0, unanimously. Superintendents Report: Supt. Drake’s report consisted of: 1) Grants - Budgets have been submitted for the tractor/mower and bus grants. They should know by July or August if they are awarded these grants; 2) Sequestration - Cuts to the following: Title I - $7,698, Title Iia: $2,004, Title VI - $195 and Part B $1,650 for a total of $11,547, and 3) Staff appreciation breakfast – May 8, 2013. Closed Session - Evaluation of Board Secretary/Business Manager: Director Schafer made a motion at 8 p.m. to hold a closed session to evaluate the professional competency of an individual whose performance is being considered to prevent needless and irreparable injury to that individual’s reputation, as that individual has requested a closed session. Seconded by director Shay. Roll call: Shields, Aye; Schafer, Aye; West, Aye; Shay, Aye. The board came out of closed session at 8:08 p.m. Adjournment: With there being no further business, director West made a motion at 8:12 p.m. to adjourn. Seconded by director Shay. Motion carried 4-0, unanimously. GENERAL FUND Access Systems, superintendent office copier, $336.11. Alliant Energy, gas/electricity, $21,332.23. Ames Environmental, AHERA third year reinspection, $350.00. Apple, elementary special education equipment, $138.00. Barker Implement, gator rental, $750.00. Bart Shields, electricity plug-in, $100.00. Bi-state Electronics, bus barn parts, $143.26. Canon Financial Services, Inc., copier lease, $774.08. Cardmember Service, UPS/maintenance equipment, $182.50. CGI Foods, special education supplies, $132.05. De Lage Landen, copier lease, $1,254.16. Divine Waste, landfill services, $585.00. Des Moines Area Community College, post secondary tuition, $250.00. Farmers Cooperative Company, maintenance supplies, $180.49. Federal Express, FedEx ground services, $150.32. Glendenning Motor Co., bus barn parts, $350.84. Green Hills AEA, special education PBIS registration, $400.00. The Gym Authority, weight lifting equipment, $7,627.05. Holiday Inn, wrestling coach lodging, $403.05. Hy-Vee, Inc., special education/ TAP/maintenance supplies, $177.11. Iowa Communications Network, network services, $2.75. Iowa Division of Labor Services, boiler inspection, $175.00.

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motor grader repairs, distributor condition investigation at the board’s request and due to lost bridge crew to needed rock and dirt road grading work. Shields reports the distributor is ready to go with one or two minor repairs. Lilienthal said they need to know soon if the board wants secondary roads to sealcoat work inhouse this summer and, if so, how much and where. Once the board gives this direction, Gunsolley will order Schildberg to crush a pile of 3/8” chips for them. Gunsolley will discuss this with the board next week. Dredge questioned the priority of road repairs. Dirt roads that have been closed for years should not be priority over a road that is used more. Secondary roads closed the bridge to the Prairie Chicken observatory last week due to holes in the wheel tracks in the decking. Lilienthal reported that the schedule of repairs or replacement is unknown. Lilienthal said the Braby box project has begun today. The contractor for the project anticipates to be completed within five to six weeks. Pennington asked the status of the Wishard Chapel road gravel project. Lilienthal will follow up with Gunsolley on this. Royce Dredge excused himself at 1:50 p.m. to attend a Senior Citizens Activity Center meeting. The board reviewed having Spencer Lumbard mow at the county jail site. Lumbard thought he could manage his responsibilities at the courthouse as well as mow at the jail site. The board suggested trying this plan this summer and see how it works. If it does not work, sheriff Mike Sobotka can bid lawn mowing next year. The board suggested the cost of fuel and oil be covered by the sheriff’s office. Weed commissioner Brenda Adams met with the board to review county-wide weed problems. Adams visited with other counties that hire out spraying for county ditches regarding their policies for weed control. To hire this project out, costs to spray weeds vary from $25,000 to $35,000 depending on the amount of area covered. The board’s hope was to find a retired person to spray noxious weeds as they were found. Adams expressed concern about this option. The county cannot justify spending that amount of money to hire a contractor at this time. Some counties throughout the state have pooled their resources to maintain weed control. In Taylor and Decatur counties the engineer’s department takes care of spraying weeds throughout the summer. The board would like to find someone to work part-time under secondary roads. Adams added that the candidate should be licensed and be knowledgeable of weeds. RESOLUTION RC13–80 WHEREAS, the Ringgold County Board of Supervisors hereby appoints Dan Cunning to the magistrate appointing commission, for the period beginning January 1, 2013 and ending December 31, 2016. THEREFORE, a motion was made by Kraig Pennington and seconded by Royce Dredge stating such. The vote on the resolution: AYES: Unanimous. NAYS: None. ATTEST: Amanda Waske, auditor. Passed and approved April 8, 2013. RESOLUTION RC13–81 RECORD AND DETERMINATION OF A PUBLIC HEARING ON THE FIRST FISCAL YEAR 2012-2013 BUDGET AMENDMENT The Ringgold County Board of Supervisors met on Monday, April 8, 2013, for the purpose of a public hearing on the First Fiscal Year 2012-2013 Budget Amendment to Ringgold county’s current operating budget. The public hearing was called to order at 10 a.m. with the following people present: supervisors: Dave Inloes, Royce Dredge and Kraig Pennington; auditor: Amanda Waske, and citizen: Kevin Kilgore. It was found that the time and place of the public hearing had been published in the county’s official newspaper at least 10 and not more than 20 days prior to the date of the hearing as required by law. No written or oral comments were heard before the time of the public hearing. Arguments from Kevin Kilgore against the First Fiscal Year 20122013 Budget Amendment were heard and, THEREFORE, a motion was


made by Royce Dredge and seconded by Kraig Pennington to adopt the First Fiscal Year 2012-2013 Budget Amendment as submitted. The vote on the resolution: AYES: Unanimous. NAYS: None. ATTEST: Amanda Waske, auditor. Passed and approved April 8, 2013. RESOLUTION RC13–82 WHEREAS, the Ringgold County Board of Supervisors hereby approves to table agenda item to appoint Larry Ford and Lyle Minnick to the veterans affairs board. THEREFORE, a motion was made by Kraig Pennington and seconded by Royce Dredge stating such. The vote on the resolution: AYES: Unanimous. NAYS: None. ATTEST: Amanda Waske, auditor. Passed and approved April 8, 2013. RESOLUTION RC13–83 WHEREAS, the Ringgold County Board of Supervisors hereby approves the liquor permit for Ramsey Farms. THEREFORE, a motion was made by Royce Dredge and seconded by Kraig Pennington stating such. The vote on the resolution: AYES: Unanimous. NAYS: None. ATTEST: Amanda Waske, auditor. Passed and approved April 8, 2013. RESOLUTION RC13–84 WHEREAS, the Ringgold County Board of Supervisors hereby approves the recorder’s quarterly report. THEREFORE, a motion was made by Kraig Pennington and seconded by Royce Dredge stating such. The vote on the resolution: AYES: Unanimous. NAYS: None. ATTEST: Amanda Waske, auditor. Passed and approved April 8, 2013. There was no further business. A motion was made by Royce Dredge and seconded by Kraig Pennington to adjourn the meeting at 4:15 p.m. DAVID INLOES Chairman ATTEST: AMANDA WASKE Ringgold County Auditor

Johnston. They are going to put up fence around the dance. Prime was present for the First Responders. He said the state came and did an inspection and they passed. The inspection did find the current defibrillator was out-dated. They are looking for grants for a defibrillator. He stated one cost, $25,000.00. Miscellaneous: The clerk had received bids for painting the board room and restrooms. R. Holmes/J. Holmes moved to have Scott Munyon do the painting. All ayes, motion carried. R. Holmes/Fifer motioned to adjourn at 8 p.m. KRISTINA NAIL Mayor ATTEST: JUDY DOOLITTLE Clerk Alliant, electric, $581.93; Windstream, phone/internet, fax $144.71. Record-News, publishing, $57.48. Post Office, stamps, $58.50. C-Kellerton to Sewer Account, delinquent bills, $48.00. Southwest Builders, furnace filters, $4.49. Ferrellgas, 800 gallon, $1079.20. Office Machine, carriages. $51.49. KVFD, meeting/fire, $48.00. Patrick Greenwood, attorney/legal fees, $120.00. Smith Oil, 22.041 gallons diesel, $97.17. Ringgold County Treasurer, onehalf sales tax, $833.21. Waste Management, garbage contract, $2,012.30.

WRD Landfill, quarter, $787.50. Joe Hyde, meter deposit return, $100.00. Mangold Environmental, $193.00. Munyon Plumbing & Heating, IRWA conference/motel/mileage/ water sampling/two each - meter pits/ locking lids/etho pads/one freeze kit/ one 8” treated 4x4/two each - 3/4” three-part union comp. tube, 3/4” female comp. union, 2.5 hours each backhoe and labor, $2,330.20. SIRWA, 426,000 G., $1,704.00. Monark Industries, utility postcards, $192.80. C-Kellerton State/IPERS. Daniel Borntrager- final payment museum. Payroll, $1,728.68. FICA, $501.09. IPERS, $322.34. Iowa State Tax, $445.00. Iowa Sales Tax, $818.00.
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April 15 - The last two Saturdays, April 6 and April 13, the Methodist church has held their garage sale. They have one every spring and fall. It was a huge success again and a lot of fun. There is a very mixed group of people who come in and the ladies try to find out who they are. They even met some people who live in town there that they didn’t know. Linda Bell knew their kid from working in school but hadn’t met them before. They also had a dinner the first Saturday of roast beef, hot beef or escalloped chicken and had a good crowd for that too. Also that Saturday the U.M.W. furnished the funeral dinner for Butch and Gerald England’s sister, Karen, at the Lions hall. She passed away in her sleep on Monday. Her husband had been killed in a tractor rollover last May. Then in the evening the fire department had a spaghetti supper to make a little money. Linda Bell heard they had a good crowd and

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it was a success. Linda hasn’t had a chance to get up to have coffee with the girls but she has one more week working at school and then Marie will be back. She is really getting along well. This last week she is really making progress, feels a lot better. Linda has enjoyed her time working at school but will be glad to turn it back over to her. This week is Lions, a week early because that is when Gary Slater could make it. He is secretary of the Iowa State Fair and he is the speaker this month. For the meal Jim Werner is bringing his famous prime rib which is always good. Linda Bell’s mom is trying to get her driver’s license renewed. She turned 92 last February and the weather has been bad on the days she planned to go to the office to have it renewed. She finally made it but, because she is over 90, she has to have a physical to check out her health and reaction time. She goes to the doctor this week for that. She is certainly frustrated but Linda tells her, “We don’t want a lot of people on the road who might cause an accident.” She contends that she’s just fine and Linda hopes so. Carol Ann Kinder had surgery last week and, because of complications, she is recovering there in Clearfield at the nursing home. On top of that, her husband, Danny, is having his surgery. A lot of stuff is on their plate right now.

Closing this week with “The Chinese word for crisis is a combination of the characters meaning danger and opportunity.” From the coffee table, Linda B.


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2012 CHeVy VoLt, 4dr, -Owner, Ext. Range Electric, Loaded, Red....................................................................... 21K MiLeS 2012 CHeVy MaLibu 1Lt, 4dr. Sedan, 4cyl, White........................................................................................... 11K MiLeS 2012 CHeVy iMpaLa Lt, 4dr. Sedan, 3.6 V6, Gold ............................................................................................... 7K MiLeS 2012 CHeVy iMpaLa Lt, 4dr. Sedan, 3.6 V6, Sunroof, White ............................................................................ 16K MiLeS 2011 CHeVy Cruze 2Lt, 4cyl, Leather, Sunroof, Silver .................................................................................... 26K MiLeS 2010 CHeVy HHr Lt, 2.4 4cyl, Heated Leather, Sunroof, Black........................................................................... 41K MiLeS 2010 pontiaC G6, 4dr. Sedan, 2.4 4cyl, Red ........................................................................................................ 35K MiLeS 2009 pontiaC G6 Sedan, 2.4 4cyl, Silver ....................................................................................................... 83K MiLeS 2008 pontiaC Grand prix, 4dr, 3.8 V6, Dark Bronze .................................. 118K MiLeS 2008 buiCK LaCroSSe CxL, 3.8 V6, Heated Leather, Gold .......................................................................... 56K MiLeS 2007 dodGe CaLiber Sxt, 2.0 4cyl, Silver ..................................................................................................... 74K MiLeS 2007 Subaru iMpreza, 2.4 4cyl, 4dr. Sedan, Gray ......................................................................................... 56K MiLeS 2006 CHeVy MaLibu Maxx SS, 3.9 V6, Sunroof, Loaded, Black ................................................................ 58K MiLeS 2006 pontiaC Grand prix, 4dr, 3.8 V6, Maroon ............................................. 86K MiLeS

*Financing 4.99% for 60 months plus tax, title & license fees. With approved credit. **Financing 4.99% for 72 months plus tax, title & license fees. With approved credit. ***Financing 4.99% for 66 months plus tax, title & license fees. With approved credit.

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