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Thu
07
Mar

Doors open at J&W Auto Body

 

By Mike Van Sickle 
Union editor

Longtime West Union business owner Wayne Havenstrite officially purchased the former Wilbur Ford Body Shop on Friday.

Wayne and his son Jeff look forward to continuing their longtime commitment to current and new customers at J&W Auto Body, which is located just off Adams Street in downtown West Union.

“I have greatly appreciated the friendships I have gained from over 50 years in the automotive body service industry here in West Union,” said Wayne Havenstrite, while explaining he considers himself semi-retired after leaving Wilbur Ford Sales and Service.

Thu
07
Mar

Help suit up the TigerHawks

 

 

By Mike Van Sickle
Union editor

As North Fayette and Valley school officials continue the recently approved whole-grade sharing process, school officials of the neighboring school districts have announced the establishment of the “NFV TigerHawks Fund” and related “TigerHawks Leaders Club.

The two school districts earlier reported an estimated budget of $60,000 for purchasing varsity uniforms for the inaugural season of TigerHawks athletics and fine arts in 2013-2014. 

Thu
07
Mar

Center Street Project assessment contract approved by council

 

Brian Smith,
Contributing Writer

 

The Elgin City Council approved a motion to proceed with a special assessment contract for the Center Street Project at its meeting on Monday evening, March 4. Approval of this contract will allow the process of assessing business and residential property owners along Center Street to move forward by gathering information needed to determine how much each property owner would be assessed. 

Thu
07
Mar

NFV open house postponed

 

 

Due to inclement weather, the Valley open house

originally scheduled for Monday, March 4, for North

Fayette parents and students of the soon-to-be North

Fayette Valley Middle School in 2013-2014 has been rescheduled

for Monday, March 11. The event will be held

from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

For additional information, contact one of the following:

Betsy Nefzger at (563) 426-5551, Kathy Bauer at

(563) 422-5514, or Mark Nuss at (563) 425-3303.

Thu
07
Mar

Dangers of distracted driving illustrated at WC Monday

 

Janell Bradley
Contributing Writer

 

Whether it's because they were ticketed, crashed into a guardrail, or missed a stop sign, a program emphasizing the dangers of distracted driving will likely have students at West Central talking the rest of the week.

Eighth- through 12th-grade students at West Central Schools had an opportunity to be part of a simulation that poses situations resulting from distracted driving. 

As youths sat at the wheel in one-on-one situations, they were sent random text message questions requiring a response. As students attempted to answer the texts while keeping their vehicle between the center line and the curb and while watching for school buses, delivery vehicles and pedestrians, a monitor judged them for speed on the road and ability to watch the traffic. Students were "ticketed" for swerving, driving too fast or too slow, and sometimes for striking other vehicles.

Thu
07
Mar

Another funding source for rec trail discovered

 

 

By Janell Bradley

 

As IIW Engineers complete the details for extending the rec trail from the city limits to connect with the Volga River Recreation Area, the City of Fayette has discovered another resource for potential funding.

City Administrator Christie Dennis reported Monday night she and Jamie Hurst have been collaborating on the application. A $75,000 grant is being sought through the Land & Water Conservation Fund program. If funds are granted for the recreation trail, the money would be used for a gazebo, two-story lookout tower, and two picnic tables.

As part of Monday's City Council meeting, the council held a public hearing on the proposed City budget, which calls for a levy of $15.18 for FY2014, up 8 cents from the current year. 

The City adopted a budget estimate of $3.5 million in expenditures and $3.7 million in revenue.

Thu
07
Mar

A visit to Volga Lake

 

Janell Bradley
Contributing Writer

 

Are the fish in Volga Lake growing fast enough? Are there other species that would survive there? What factors impact the fish growth rate?

Those are questions Iowa DNR Fish Biologist Bill Kalishek hears anglers ask, along with others, regarding the popular 120-acre lake situated between Fayette and West Union.

On any given day, license plates in the parking lot at Volga Lake reveal anglers traveling from all counties surrounding Fayette County, in addition to Linn and Black Hawk counties hoping to try their luck. It isn't unusual to find 30 or more vehicles near the boat dock even on the coldest days of winter and twice that many in the summer. 

For some anglers, there's a definite goal to return home with a meal of pan fish, while others are satisfied to throw back their catches, having simply enjoyed a day outdoors.

Wed
06
Mar

Spring forward

   It's that time of year again. To avoid being late for Sunday activities, community members are reminded to move their clocks ahead one hour on Saturday night (March 9) for the Daylight Savings time change.
 

Wed
06
Mar

2013 Winneshiek County Beef Royalty

The 2013 Beef Royalty was crowned during Saturday’s annual Winneshiek County Cattlemen’s Banquet. Carlee Knutson (back right) was crowned Beef Queen while Kelly Rue (back left) was crowned Beef Princess. Little Miss Cowgirl for 2013 is Avryn Sibley. See additional photos from Saturday night’s banquet on page XX. (Becky Walz photo)
 

Wed
06
Mar

Winneshiek Co. Protectors to meet tonight

Winneshiek Co. Protectors to meet tonight

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