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Apr

April hailstorm in Ossian

 

Mother Nature seems to be a bit confused this spring, as last week brought a little bit of everything to residents of northeast Iowa, including hail that was larger than a quarter on Friday morning. Earlier in the week, the area experienced rain, thunderstorms, a 60-degree temperature day, and even snow. (submitted photo)

 

April hailstorm in Ossian

 

 

Wed
18
Apr

NICC to seek continuance of bond levy

 

 

NICC to seek continuance of bond levy

 

Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) will place a ballot measure before voters this fall, requesting approval for a continuance of the College’s existing bond levy. The NICC Board of Trustees approved the continuation at its meeting on April 16, and the measure will be on the Sept. 11, 2018 ballot in a special election.

The College’s first bond levy of $35 million in December 2007 passed with a supermajority of voters’ support in the district. The continuance of the existing bond levy would generate funding not to exceed $39 million.

NICC determined that new bond levy funds are required to address needed renovations and updates throughout its 5,056-sq.-mile district and identified four major priorities: educational programming and services, infrastructure, security, and technology.

Wed
18
Apr

Local women shine in Northern Lights

 

These three ladies from Clermont have performed in the Northeran Lights Women’s Chorale group for many years.  Pictured, L-R, June Swenson, Deb Matt and Peggy Kittelson. (Vicki Rowland photo)

 

Local women shine in Northern Lights

 

 

 

Vicki Rowland

Contributing Writer

 

 

Every Monday evening three women from Clermont venture to Decorah to practice with the Northern Lights women’s choir, which sings beautiful music to entertain and inspire. Twice a year, the Northern Lights group presents a concert, and one is set for 3 p.m. Sunday, April 22, at Decorah Lutheran Church.

Wed
18
Apr

Decluca runs the gambit of extracurriculars

 

Drew DeLuca keeps the pace as he runs with his fellow Starmont Stars track members.  Diagnosed on the autism spectrum at 2 years old, Drew stays busy through a variety of extracurricular activities.  (submitted photo) 

 

DeLuca runs the gambit of extracurriculars

 

 

 

By Meagan Molseed
mmolseed@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

“You brighten my day in band,” wrote one chorus classmate of Starmont sophomore Drew DeLuca. “DREW COOL DUDE,” wrote another on the sheet peppered with positive proclamations of the young man surrounding the simple statement  “Drew DeLuca is awesome because…” 

The sheet, which was an assignment for the Starmont chorus class is a perfect summation of the young man’s personality, reflecting many of his strongest qualities, the words “funny,” “smart,” and “kind” showing up multiple times.  One student wrote “great runner,” and another “he can rock and roll!” of the teenager on the encouraging notes.  

“He has such an infectious personality,” Lea (Bostrom) VanHorn said of her middle son.  “He really likes to meet new people, learn their names.”

An avid runner and musician, Drew has been attending school at Starmont since kindergarten, just a few short years after being diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) at the age of 2.

Wed
18
Apr

Bob Sadler honored as WU Main Street Volunteer of the Year

 

Bob Sadler was honored as the 2018 Main Street Volunteer of the Year for West Union at the Main Street Iowa Awards Celebration on Friday, April 13, in Des Moines. Helping to honor Sadler was (l-r) Sandy Klosterman, West Union — A Main Street Community director; Governor Kim Reynolds; and Jim Engle, Iowa Downtown Resource Center director.

 

Bob Sadler honored as WU Main Street Volunteer of the Year

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

Sadler honored as WU Main Street Volunteer of the Year

 

Chris DeBack

 

Bob Sadler was honored as West Union’s 2018 Main Street Volunteer of the Year at the Main Street Iowa Awards Celebration on Friday, April 13, in Des Moines.

Sadler originally joined the West Union Chamber four years ago at the urging of the late Carolyn Havenstrite.

Wed
11
Apr

2018 Winneshiek County Dairy Banquet

 

Crowned at Saturday night’s Winneshiek County Dairy Banquet in Ossian were Dairy Princess Bailey Miculinich (left) and Alternate Dairy Princess Stacia Sexton. See more photos inside of Dairy royalty and award-winners from the annual banquet. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

2018 Winneshiek County Dairy Banquet

Wed
11
Apr

South Winn Board sets tax levy rate

South Winn Board sets tax levy rate

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

 

The South Winneshiek school board voted to approve its FY18-19 budget during Monday night’s regular meeting. The budget includes a tax levy rate of $12.45 per $1,000 valuation.

Superintendent Kris Einck noted that the district’s levy rate has remained very consistent over recent years, as the new rate is slightly lower than the FY17-18 rate of $12.52 per $1,000 valuation.

The board also approved wages for nonbargaining staff, which includes a 6 percent increase for the superintendent, 4 percent raise for the principals, and a 3 percent raise for the business manager.

Wed
11
Apr

23 local organizations receive over $118,000

 

Hunter Cummings (right) accepts a check in the amount of $10,000 on behalf of the City of Clermont from Terry Gaumer from the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa at the Fayette County Community Foundation’s Grant Awards ceremony on Friday. The grant money will go toward a Clermont community and Opera House digital sign. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

23 local organizations receive over $118,000

 

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

The Fayette County Community Foundation (FCCF) awarded $118,859 in grant funding at its annual Grant Awards Ceremony on Friday in Hawkeye. A total of 23 area nonprofit agencies and organizations will receive grant funding this year for which they have combined total project budgets of over $2 million.

Wed
11
Apr

WC's spring production brings Ireland to life

 

The cast of West Central’s spring play “Finn McCool and His Fearless Wife” includes (front, l-r) Preston Shannon, Kaitlin Richards, Cam Wollschlager, Kailee Rochford, Hailey Bergfeld, Ashley Powers, Rosita Hepperle, Gabby Willfong, and Erin Hamlett; (back) Arryian Harsen, Dawson Wirtz, Dylan Conner, Taylor Hepperle, Cortney Rohde, Dale Tenney, Cooper Ingles, Mary McDonough,  Sydney Hiems, Cameron Rohde, Hailey Weidemann, Mikaela Kime, Dana Denney, Rachel Walenceus, and Amanda Becker. Students from Starmont High School joined West Central students to present the comedy.  Chris DeBack photos

 

WC's spring production brings Ireland to life

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

For every boastful man, there is typically a clever wife right next to him, ready to help him achieve whatever outlandish claim he has made. 

At least, that is the premise of West Central’s spring play, “Finn McCool and His Fearless Wife,” which will be presented at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 20-21, in the auditorium at West Central High School. The cost to attend the play is $6. There will be a bake sale during the intermission of the Saturday evening performance. 

Wed
11
Apr

More calls to Prairie View

 

The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office was responding to a report of an assault in progress on Saturday, April 7, at Prairie View Residential Care Facility, rural Fayette. The Sheriff’s Office has arrested five former staff members and two residents over the course of the past couple months at Prairie View. (Jerry Blue photo)

More calls to Prairie View

By Chris Deback

 

cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

 

Five former certified nursing assistants (CNA) at Prairie View Residential Care Facility in rural Fayette have been arrested in the last month, accused of sexual exploitation of patients.

CNAs Paige Johanningmeier, 23, of Elgin and Megan Panney, 26, of Clermont were arrested on March 5 for allegedly having sexual relations with patients. They were also accused of helping the two court-ordered patients with whom they had relations to escape the residential care facility. Both CNAs are no longer employed by Prairie View Management, Inc.  

Further investigation by the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office led to the arrest on March 23 of three more CNAs for sexual exploitation — Carolyn Wiedrich, 44, and Jamie Pagel, 32, both of Sumner; and Shelby Sebring, 24, of Hawkeye. The three women weren’t employed by the residential care facility at the time of their arrest. 

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