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16
May

Memorial Day - Early deadline

 
 

Early deadline
Due to the Memorial Day holiday the Elgin Echo, Fayette Leader and Ossian Bee office will be closed on Monday, May 27. Please send all news items to bwalz@fayettepublishing.com by Thursday, May 23 in order to be printed in the May 39 issue. 
 

Thu
16
May

Robbery sentencing

 

Robbery sentencing

Sentencing for the two men who robbed the Maynard Savings Bank in October 2012 has been scheduled for Wednesday, June 5, in West Union.

The defendants Jeremiah Mumford of New Hampton and William Clayton of Osage have each pled guilty in Fayette County to robbery in the first degree and two counts of attempted murder.

The two men faced numerous charges in both Fayette County and Bremer County stemming from the incident.

 

Thu
16
May

Brothers graduate from UIU

 

Brothers graduate from UIU

Storm Schmitt resisted the thought of attending college at Upper Iowa University. The Sumner native felt its 14-mile proximity to home was way too close for comfort. However, after dozens of college visits around the region, he could not find the right fit. Finally, a community leader strongly suggested he visit Upper Iowa. The Friday before high school graduation, Storm took a tour, talked to a professor, and ate lunch. He made his admissions deposit that day.

  “I got a good vibe right away, one that I had not felt at any of the other college visits I’d been on,” he said. “Everyone I talked to was so down-to-earth. I’ve very glad I changed my mind about Upper Iowa.”

Thu
16
May

Dummermuth and president

 

Dummermuth and president

 

By Rich Holm
Contributing Writer

 

Elgin native Matt Dummermuth and his wife, Becky, witnessed history recently when they were invited to the dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas, Texas. Five living U.S. presidents were in attendance.

The Dummermuths now reside in Cedar Rapids. Matt is a lawyer and Becky is a stay-at-home mom with five children. Their lives were much different before they met and later married 10 years ago.

Matt is the son of Kim and Lois Dummermuth of Elgin. Just like his father, Matt quarterbacked the Valley football team for three years before graduating in 1991.

After he received his law degree, Matt got involved in politics. He was active in the 2000 general election, helping Bush get elected. Matt was in charge of the eastern third of Iowa.

Thu
16
May

Greener NFV fight song

 

Greener NFV fight song

By Rich Holm
Union News Writer

 

North Fayette Valley, Iowa’s two newest schools to enter into a whole-grade sharing agreement for the next three years, has a new fight song. It was unveiled at the Valley All-Sports Banquet on May 7.

The tune was composed by Valley alumnus Alan Greener, who was a member of the Tiger band in 1980 when he graduated. Last Tuesday, to the delight of the crowd, he sat down at the piano in the Valley gym and played and sang it.

In 2013 Greener was part of history as he now directs the University of Louisville’s pep band. His Cardinals reached the NCAA championship game in both the men’s and women’s tournaments. The men won and the women were second.

He is now the only person in the 75-year history of the Upper Iowa Conference to wear a NCAA Division I championship ring on his finger.

Thu
16
May

Back to the future for NF graduates

 

Back to the future for NF graduates

By Mike Van Sickle
Union editor

Although the current whole-grade sharing agreement between the North Fayette and Valley Community school districts is not a consolidation, patrons of both school districts realize that the 2013 seniors could be the last graduating classes of the two respective school districts. 

At North Fayette, a pair of families include members of the inaugural North Fayette Class of 1985 and Class of 2013. During Sunday’s commencement ceremonies, Darby Jellings will be watching his daughter, Rachel, while Jane (given name Delores Moritz) Gamm will be observing her son, Matthew, accept their respective diplomas in the Performing Arts Center.

“We (family) have talked about it quite a bit in recent weeks,” said Jane. “Matthew is the youngest of our (her and husband Mark’s) three children, so he could be the last North Fayette graduate of our family.”

Thu
16
May

Canine owners fetching dog park ideas

 

Canine owners fetching dog park ideas 

By Mike Van Sickle
Union editor

Area dog owners cotinue to fetch ideas from the public in an ongoing effort to bring a dog park to West Union.

“We need an off-leash area in West Union where our dogs can explore and play with other dogs and dog owners. Like each of us, dogs also need to run and socialize,” said Brandy Schott, who along with her husband, Wade, is leading the local endeavor.

Wade explains that currently the couple typically walk their Boston terrier Hammy and/or Walker coon dog Dummy Dog on the city sidewalks to Dairy Queen or Subway from their West Union home, or on occasion along the banks of the Turkey River in Clermont.  

Thu
09
May

April showers bring ‘Green’ extension

 

April showers bring ‘Green’ extension

 

By Mike Van Sickle
Union Editor

 

The Green Pilot Streetscape general contractor was granted an extension Monday for substantial completion of the downtown project.

At the request of Gene Blazek of Blazek Corporation, the West Union City Council extended the substantial completion date to Thursday, June 6.

  Blazek explained to the council during its regular meeting on Monday that due to the inclement weather in April, approximately three weeks of the construction season this spring had been lost.

The general contractor said the goal is for the entire downtown to be open to traffic by Memorial Day weekend. He acknowledged that a couple more weather-related delays, together with the Memorial Day weekend, would take construction into the first week of June.   

Thu
09
May

Children's Theatre returns in July

 

Children's Theatre returns in July

By Mike Van Sickle
Union editor

The stage is set for the return of the Missoula Children’s Theatre (MCT) in West Union during summer 2013. West Union’s Parks and Recreation Department will host the traveling troupe from Monday, July 29, through Saturday, Aug. 3. 

Area children (first grade through high school) won’t want to miss out in the opportunity to participate in the unique experience, which includes MCT staff members directing/instructing the youth in performing “The Secret Garden.”

MCT previously visited West Union in 2008 and 2009 and with local cast members helped produce “Rumpelstiltskin” and “The Little Mermaid,” respectively.

Thu
09
May

Light poles and street repairs discussed by council

 

Light poles and street repairs discussed by council

 

Brian Smith
Contributing Writer

 

The type of light poles to be used in the Center Street Project and routine spring and summer street maintenance were the major topics of the evening at the Elgin City Council meeting on Monday, May 6.

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