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10
Apr

Crown Club seeking ideas, nominees

 

Crown Club seeking ideas, nominees

 

The Ossian Crown Club is seeking ideas for the 2013 Ossian Fest Parade Theme and the Ossian Fest Grand Marshal and Volunteer of the Year Nominations.

The Crown Club is seeking ideas for a parade theme. Last year’s theme was “Ossian Fest Goes On Vacation.” Let us hear about your idea! Contact the Crown Club’s co-presidents with your idea or stop by Bloom’s On Main with your parade theme suggestion.

The Crown Club is also seeking nominations for the 2013 Ossian Fest Grand Marshal. Nominees for grand marshal should be an Ossian-area resident who deserves to be honored for his/her community service. The grand marshal will be honored in the Ossian Fest Parade on Saturday evening, Aug. 10.

Wed
10
Apr

Crown Club presents 850 signatures for new clinic

 

Crown Club presents 850 signatures for new clinic

 

Becky Walz
Editor

 

After collecting signatures from Ossian and the surrounding area, members of the Ossian Crown Club presented the Winneshiek Medical Center Board of Trustees a petition with 850 signatures, approximately the population of the city that is no longer serviced by a medical clinic in its town.

Ben Wyatt, secretary/treasurer of the board of trustees, had seen an article in the newspaper about the Ossian people gathering signatures for WMC’s services in their community and approached WMC’s Chief Administrative Officer Gretchen Dahley.

“We are owned by all the people in the county, and it is the right thing to do. I asked Gretchen to invite the people to a board meeting and have them tell us what their expectations may be. If there is any feasibility to providing this service, we would love to do that,” said Wyatt.

Wed
10
Apr

Officials discuss locking up 28E agreement

 

Officials discuss locking up 28E agreement

By Mike Van Sickle
Union editor

Insurance coverage, the number of personnel a formal agreement would require, and related expenses continue to be the main topics of discussion between Fayette County officials and city leaders in negotiating a potential 28E agreement between the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office and any interested cities within the boundaries of the county.

Fayette County Supervisors Darrel Dolf and Vicki Rowland were joined by Fayette County Sheriff Marty Fisher and attorney Dave Katsumes of Elgin in leading the discussion at the Fayette County Courthouse on Wednesday, April 3. Approximately 30 people, including representatives from a dozen Fayette County communities, attended the meeting.

Wed
10
Apr

Teacher placed on leave

 

Teacher placed on leave

Superintendent Duane Willhite acknowledged Monday that a North Fayette teacher has been placed on paid administrative leave.

Willhite said that high school government teacher James Hanson was placed on leave on Wednesday, March 20. On Monday, the administrator said he would be talking to Hanson “about the allegations against him” in the near future.

Willhite said the school district’s counsel has advised them not to discuss the issue any further at this time.

The North Fayette Board of Directors accepted Hanson’s resignation as head varsity girls’ basketball coach during its Tuesday, March 19, regular board meeting.

Wed
10
Apr

Haven Electronics under new ownership

Haven's RadioShack sold

 

Haven Electronics under new ownership

By Mike Van Sickle
Union editor

After two decades of serving the community in downtown West Union, Carolyn Havenstrite has sold Haven Electronics/RadioShack to Ryan and Amy Christensen of Decorah.

“It was just time,” said Carolyn in explaining her reason to step away from the business’s front counter. “I have a great buyer in Ryan, whom I have known and respected for a number of years. He (Ryan) stated a long time ago that if I ever wanted to sell the business he would be interested in purchasing it.

“I will be doing some bookwork at J&W Auto Body, and just having the opportunity to be at home more often will feel great,” added the 73-year-old.

Carolyn opened Haven Electronics/RadioShack approximately 20 years ago. Previously known as Wayne

Wed
03
Apr

BOB CAMPBELL - 33 years of service

 

BOB CAMPBELL - 33 years of service charter member Hawkeye First Responders 1981

By Rich Holm
Union News Writer

 

In 1981 one of Iowa’s initial First Responders groups was formed in Hawkeye. Twenty-one volunteers took a 40-hour training course for the betterment of their community.

One of the initial volunteers was a Hawkeye farmer named Bob Campbell. The men and women on that dedicated team would become known as the Hawkeye First Response Team.

Campbell is retiring after 33 years of being on call 24-7. The community will honor Bob on Sunday, April 7, with an open house at the Hawkeye Fire and EMS station from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m.

Close friend and team member Al Schlatter said, “It will be a great time for the area to show their appreciation for the volunteer work Bob has done. Refreshments will be served, and I’m sure many more stories will be told.”

Wed
03
Apr

Granger sworn in to fill council vacancy

Council Member Cam Granger

 

Granger sworn in to fill council vacancy

By Mike Van Sickle
Union editor

West Union native Cameron Granger was appointed to serve the city’s second ward during Monday’s regular West Union City Council meeting. The seat has been vacant since the resignation of former councilman Josh Blietz in December 2012.

Granger’s appointment was made after the City missed the deadline to file for an election in March. The newly appointed councilman will fill the vacancy until the Nov. 5 election.

Mayor Kent Halverson informed those in attendance Monday that in contacts with the Secretary of State’s Office, the City could make the appointment to fill the vacancy.  

A 1987 graduate of North Fayette and West Union Troop 54 Eagle Scout, Cameron is owner of Granger Construction. His wife, Jodi, owns and operates Signs by Design.

Wed
03
Apr

Valley to present ‘State Fair’ April 5-7

 

Valley to present ‘State Fair’ April 5-7

 

Becky Walz
Editor

 

Valley drama students will present "State Fair” Friday, April 5, through Sunday, April 7. The spring play, directed by Kent Bonte, will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday.  

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s only musical written directly for the screen is now a stage musical that has had critics raving from coast to coast.

Set against the colorful backdrop of an American heartland tradition, “State Fair” travels with the Frake family as they leave behind the routine of the farm for three days of adventure at the annual Iowa State Fair.

Mom and Pop have their hearts set on blue ribbons while their daughter and son find romance and heartbreak on the midway.

Wed
03
Apr

Valley students learn to conduct business

 

Valley students learn to conduct business

 

Becky Walz
Editor

 

“There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.” 
– Colin Powell

 

Valley students are learning just how much work goes into starting and managing a business — and they do it every year.

Since 1996, Valley business teacher DeAnn Lenth has been working with ninth- through 12th-grade students to develop company goals, leadership groups, and products, as well as earn money in a class called Business Management.

“Students focus on being business owners,” said Lenth. “They are broken into employee groups such as production, human resource, marketing, and finance.”

Lenth utilizes the nonprofit governing organization Junior Achievement to teach the hands-on approach to owning a business. 

Wed
03
Apr

Voters approve bond issue

Voters approve West Central bond issue

 

Voters approve bond issue

 

Becky Walz
Editor

 

On Tuesday, voters in West Central Community School District overwhelmingly approved a $7.6 million bond issue in a special election to build a new addition to the existing high school.

The overall project is expected to cost nearly $9 million, with the remaining funds coming from the district’s share of the 1-cent local option sales tax.

Both measures received at least 76 percent approval, with 569 voters turning out in three precincts.

The addition will include an education area, an elevator with handicapped-accessibility, and a new practice gym.

Construction is expected to begin this fall and be completed in time for the 2015 school year.

 

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