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Spotting drugs!

 

The North Fayette Valley Community Coalition will host a Resource Fair from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 9, in the NFV cafeteria. The main attraction of the fair will be a drug-room display from the Clayton County Community Collaboration Coalition. The drug room displays a typical teen boy’s bedroom, and in it are typical drug paraphernalia that parents expect to see, as well as some new paraphernalia parents may not be aware of. (Submitted photo)

 

Spotting drugs!

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

If you walked into your child’s bedroom right now, could you spot the drugs he or she is hiding?

Many parents think they are “hip” and know all the tricks of the drug trade, but most would be surprised by how much easier drugs are to conceal than when they were teenagers. Did you know that a can of pop can be used to smoke weed? How about that apple?

The North Fayette Valley Community Coalition (NFVCC) is here to help. It will host a Resource Fair from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 9, in the North Fayette Valley High School cafeteria. 

Wed
26
Apr

Signode to be auctioned off

 

The former Signode building at 611 Pine Street in West Union will be up for auction at 4 p.m. Wednesday, May 24, with starting bid of $100,000.  Jerry Blue photo

 

Signode to be auctioned off

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

After years on the market, the former Signode building will go up for auction at 4 p.m. Wednesday, May 24.

The starting price for the 36,000-square-foot building, located at 611 South Pine Street in West Union, is $100,000. The property features a 3-ton crane available, drive-in door, a dock with dock leveler and shelter, a back-in interior dock, and an enclosed trash-Dumpster area near the compressor room. 

Wed
26
Apr

Changing the world, one kindness at a time

 

 

“What do you feel when you see this picture?” world traveler and inspirational speaker Leon Logothetis asked his audience of North Fayette Valley high school students during his visit to West Union last week.  “There are no wrong answers; your feelings are your own.” 

 

Changing the world, one kindness at a time

 

 

Megan Molseed

Contributing Writer

 

 

His name is Leon, British-born global adventurer, author, philanthropist, speaker, and host of his own Netflix series “The Kindness Diaries.”  

To look at Leon Logothetis as he spoke to North Fayette Valley High School students last week during a stop on his most recent “Kindness Diaries” tour, one sees a self-assured, successful man eager to make a change in the world. However, as he begins to share his story, one learns that the inspirational world-traveling speaker was once on the receiving end of bullying through his teenage years.  

Wed
19
Apr

Cook hanging up the whistle for the last time

 

Sue Cook (right) helps organize a track and field event alongside Sherry Poshusta (left)and Mary Kleve at the South Winneshiek Athletic Complex in Calmar. Cook, who has taught at South Winneshiek since 2005, has been a teacher at several Iowa school districts for 39 total years. (submitted photo)

 

Cook hanging up the whistle for the last time

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

 

In 1978, Sue Cook walked into a classroom – or rather gymnasium, for the first time. Now, after a 39-year career as a physical education instructor, she is ready to hang up her whistle for the last time.

“I chose to become a teacher because I have always enjoyed working with kids,” said Cook, who has been employed in the South Winneshiek school district since 2005. “Teaching physical education is so enjoyable for me.”

While teaching physical education at South Winneshiek has been Cook’s specialty during her career within the district, she has done much more.

Wed
19
Apr

Submit your RAGBRAI ideas

Submit your RAGBRAI ideas

 

 

The Ossian RAGBRAI Organizational Committee wants to hear from you!

Ideas and input for the Ossian RAGBRAI pass-through stop on Friday, July 28, are being sought from the public.

Ideas will be used to establish a theme and logo for the exciting event, which is expected to draw over 10,000 riders to the community. Winning selections will be eligible to receive Ossian Bucks, which can be spent at any Ossian business.

Please submit your ideas to Clark Goltz by Wednesday, April 26, by calling (563) 380-1999 or emailing clark.goltz@gmail.com.

 

Wed
19
Apr

Chief Deputy Davis presents on Oran man's arrest

 

im Davis, Fayette County Sheriff’s chief deputy, gave a presentation on Wednesday, April 12, to members of the public at the Fayette Fire Department on an Oran man who was arrested last year with bomb-making material. The man had served in the U.S. military and suffered from PTSD.

 

Chief Deputy Davis presents on Oran man's arrest

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

It’s a story of what might have been if not for the diligent work of the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office in taking down 34-year-old Oran resident Trevor John Satrom.

What could have easily turned into a tragedy was avoided by the investigative work done by the Sheriff’s Office. 

Jim Davis, Fayette County Sheriff’s chief deputy, recently gave presentations on the Oran man, who was arrested Feb. 10, 2016, to citizens in Fayette and Elgin. 

“This kind of opens your eyes into small-town Iowa,” Davis said to a crowd of 30 gathered at the Fayette Fire Department. “I know we have had some things happen within the last five years in Fayette County with the Maynard Bank robbers shooting ARs, all kinds of crazy drug arrests, murder-suicides. This is to let people know we’re not protected here in little Fayette County; this is here, and it has changed how we work as first responders. As law enforcement, we see it on TV and think it doesn't happen here, but it does.”

Wed
19
Apr

Viafield opens Randalia fertilizer plant

 

Viafield built a new fertilizer facility in Randalia that replaces three smaller facilities the company has in Arlington, Clermont and Randalia. The 10,300-ton facility has a tower capacity of 250 tons. (Chris DeBack photo)

 

Viafield opens Randalia fertilizer plant

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

Viafield's new fertilizer facility in Randalia is up and running. 

The 10,300-ton dry-storage facility with a tower capacity of 250 tons will be the agronomy company’s eastern hub for fertilizer. This new facility will replace the three smaller facilities that are located in Arlington, Clermont and Randalia. 

Wed
19
Apr

UIU and Ideal Industries lease-transfer agreement

 

Ideal Industries President/CEO Patrick C. Lyons (left) and Upper Iowa University President Dr. William R. Duffy stand outside the Ideal Industries facility in Fayette after signing a five-year lease-transfer agreement of the property to UIU on Wednesday, April 12.

 

UIU and Ideal Industries lease-transfer agreement

 

 

An agreement between Upper Iowa University (UIU) and Ideal Industries will soon provide UIU faculty, staff and students approximately 30,000 sq. ft. of additional classroom and office space at its Campus in Fayette, Iowa. UIU President William R. Duffy and Ideal Industries President/CEO Patrick C. Lyons signed a five-year lease-transfer agreement of Ideal’s Fayette facility to UIU on Wednesday, April 12. In addition to the large building, the agreement includes the lease-transfer of the six-acre property located just south of UIU’s Fayette Campus.

Wed
19
Apr

Assessed values in county rise 5.6 percent

Assessed values in county rise 5.6 percent

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

Assessed values on residential properties, used to determine the amount of property tax someone would pay, rose approximately 5.6 percent this year across Fayette County. 

That doesn’t mean everyone saw a 5.6 percent increase; rather, the increase or decrease varied based upon an individual’s property. The property taxes based on these new assessments won’t be paid until fall 2018 and spring 2019. 

Wed
19
Apr

Koester continues to beat the odds

 

Kenneth and Carolyn Koester (l-r) were married on Aug. 26, 1967. The couple have two sons, Kenneth and Michael. Carolyn was diagnosed with scleroderma in 1993 and has had myriad health issues over the last several years.  (Chris DeBack photo)

 

Koester continues to beat the odds

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

Carolyn Koester doesn’t want to be called an inspiration.

“[My friends at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Eldorado] tell me I’m an inspiration,” she said. “I have never tried to be anyone's inspiration. I have just been me; I just live my life.”

However, it's hard not to be inspired by this courageous, tough as nails woman.

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