October 2019

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Meyer fights back against breast cancer

With the help of husband Kevin (left) by her side, Spillville’s Joyce Meyer has had an eventful past year. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in November (2018) and underwent surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation until Sept. 30 when she completed her final treatment at Gundersen in La Crosse, Wisc. (submitted photo)

 

Meyer fights back against breast cancer

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

It was news that turned her and her family’s lives upside down. Less than a year ago, Spillville’s Joyce Meyer learned some of the worst news of her life when she was told that she has breast cancer. The rollercoaster year for her has certainly had its ups and downs, but Meyer recently was able to ring the ceremonious bell at Gundersen in La Crosse, Wisc., as she completed her final treatment on Sept. 30.

“I first found a lump in my breast by doing a self-exam at the end of November (2018), right before I was going to schedule my annual mammogram,” recalled Meyer. “Two hours later, I was in the Calmar Gundersen Clinic where my PA, Stephanie Cenex, confirmed that there was a lump.”

One week later, Meyer had a special mammogram and ultrasound done at Gundersen Clinic in West Union, followed by a biopsy to confirm the cancer a couple ofweeks later.

“When I told my husband, Kevin, after the biopsy that I had cancer, we just held hands,” continued Meyer. “We couldn’t find the words to talk much more about how this could change our life at that moment. We were devastated and shocked and our world felt so uncertain.”

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Imoehl soars with Buddy Bench idea for Eagle Scout project

Brennan Imoehl installed the “Buddy” benches at the West Union and Fayette Elementary schools last school year as part of his Eagle Scout project.  (submitted photo)

 

Imoehl soars with Buddy Bench idea for Eagle Scout project

 

 

“I liked this project because of the anti-bullying part of it,” smiled Brennan Imoehl of the Buddy Benches he installed at both the West Union Elementary and the Fayette School for his recent Eagle Scout project.   “Something like this can be very important to kids.” 

When Imoehl joined the local West Union Cub Scout chapter, Pack 54, in the first grade, he knew pretty quickly that it was something he wanted to see through as he grew up.  

“Early on, I just had a lot of fun in cub scouts,” he said with a grin.  “As I started moving through the ranks in Boy Scouts, I realized it was something I had to see through!” 

From summer camps where the West Union native and his fellow Troop 54 Boy Scouts spent their weeks rock climbing and learning wilderness survival, to the many community service projects completed throughout the years, Imoehl has enjoyed his moments as a scout.

“I loved all of it,” smiled the 17 year-old NFV senior.  

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Juniors want to be real firefighters some day

Andrew Schmidt (left) and Dane Schott have their own fire fighting outfits at the Clermont Fire Department. The two junior firefighters both hope to have careers in firefighting. (Jack Swanson photo)

 

Juniors want to be real firefighters some day

 

By Jack Swanson
jswanson@fayettecountynewspapers.com

 

 

They may be “junior” firefighters now, but both Dane Schott and Andrew Schmitt aspire to one day make fire fighting their profession.

Both juniors at North Fayette Valley High School, the pair both seem to have a love for the role and what it means to people who need help, and the community in general.

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Devil VB survives leaky roof for 5-set win

This shot had no chance of scoring as WC’s Marlee Squires (3) gets the block in recent action. Tuesday, Oct. 1, in Elkader the junior made four blocks to go with 30 assists, 14 digs eight kills and two aces during a 12-15 night serving. (Jerry Wadian photo)

 

Devil VB survives leaky roof for 5-set win

 

By Jerry Wadian
jwadian@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

In its only game of the week, West Central volleyball pulled off a major coup Tuesday, Oct. 1, in Elkader, knocking off defending champion Central in a five-set thriller, 22-25, 25-14, 25-18, 21-25, and 15-11.

“It was a wild night,” admitted WC head coach Abby DeGroot.

Not long into the first set, the heavy rains in Elkader caused the gym to start to leaking!

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Devils fall to Eagles 48-6

Anthony Martin (18) takes the handoff and runs behind Brandon Cushion (35) for a nice gain in recent action. Martin was the leading rusher for West Central in Friday’s Homecoming game against Midland with 28 yards; Cushion ran for 26. (Jerry Wadian photo)

 

Devils fall to Eagles, 48-6

 

 

By Jerry Wadian
jwadian@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

West Central had the new lighting system ready to go for Homecoming Friday night but couldn’t get its offense untracked as it fell to Midland, 48-6.

  “Midland had some very quick linebackers and we had difficulty maintaining blocks,” explained head coach Steve Milder. “We struggled more on offense than we have all year.”

The Eagles came out hot, scoring two touchdowns in the opening quarter and three more in the second to take a commanding, 36-0 lead into the break.

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Blake Brown

Blake Brown

 

Blake Brown, a long time resident of West Union, died Monday morning, October 7, 2019.  Services are set for Monday, October 14, 10:30 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in West Union, IA. Visitation will precede the funeral service by a couple of hours.

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Barbara Elmore

Barbara Elmore

 

 

Barbara Eastman Elmore, former West Union resident, passed away peacefully in her home in the early hours of September 2, 2019.  She was born December 30, 1934 in Sumner, Iowa to parents Samuel and Vivian Eastman.

Preceding her in death were her parents, brother Charles Eastman and her husband, Barney Elmore.

Barbara is survived by her sister, Patricia (Marc) Foorman of Los Angeles, her four children, Cathie (Richard) Hooper, Randy (Amy) Elmore, Steve (Dena) Elmore, all of Grass Valley, CA and Julie (Norman) Babcock of Auburn, CA.  Also by six grandchildren, eight great grandchildren and a niece, Candi Eastman and nephew, Christopher Eastman.

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Sharon (Alcorn) Schnepf

Sharon (Alcorn) Schnepf

 

Sharon (Alcorn) Schnepf went to her heavenly reward on Tuesday, September 24, 2019. She died peacefully in her sleep. Committal service of burial will be held October 18, 11 a.m. at the West Union Cemetery. 

Sharon was born January 9, 1950, in West Union, IA. She grew upon a dairy farm. After her chores were completed, she delighted in riding horses. In 1968, she graduated from North Fayette Community High School in West Union.

Sharon entered Iowa State University majoring in physics and graduating in 1972. Her first teaching job was in Anamosa, IA. After one year, she relocated to Carroll, IA, teaching science in the high school.

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Volleyball loses 1st in UIC

Emma Ney earned this save by going quickly to her left to make this acrobatic move keeping the ball in play against MFL/MM, Tues. Oct. 1, in West Union. (Jerry Wadian photo)

 

Volleyball loses 1st in UIC

 

By Jerry Wadian
jwadian@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

After having over a week off, NFV lost its first UIC game of the season Tuesday, Oct. 1, in West Union when the TigerHawks fell to MFL/MM in three sets.

The first set saw NFV jump to an early lead with the Bulldogs scrambling to catch up. It took to point 18 before the Bulldogs did, and the two teams traded one-and two-point leads with the visitors pulling out a 25-21 victory.

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