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03
Apr

SODA Basket Auction Tuesday

 

 

SODA Basket Auction Tuesday

It’s that time of year again for the annual SODA Basket Auction. The event is set for Tuesday, April 9, at the Valley multipurpose room starting at 5:30 p.m. The money raised is to support SODA activities. In addition to both live and silent auctions, the activities include Valley Community Coalition updates and free pizza.

Wed
03
Apr

Fayette to move forward with police chief, office

 

Fayette to move forward with police chief, officer

 

Janell Bradley
Contributing writer

 

The Fayette City Council has agreed to pursue operation of its own law enforcement by hiring a police chief.

Since the departure of Police Chief Dusty Dunn, some city leaders suggested alternatives to a City-run police department.

Monday night, Mayor Bill Dohrmann said communication from local residents suggested they want to see continuation of a police department.

Said the mayor, "We're going to have to start moving forward, whether we hire a chief or whatever we do."

Councilmember Braulic Caballero commented, "We've had a police department for many, many years. When there's controversy, it's an easy answer (to choose less enforcement to minimize complaints). I think it's good to have a police presence." 

Wed
27
Mar

Community needs and opportunities identified

 

Community needs and opportunities identified

 

On Saturday, March 16, Ossian residents participated in a focus group workshop as part of the Iowa’s Living Roadways Community Visioning Program. 

The focus groups are part of an input gathering process under way to identify transportation needs and opportunities for enhancements in Ossian.

Five different demographic groups of citizens responded to questions related to transportation use and barriers. They were then asked to document what was discussed by taking photos with a digital camera.  The pictures were uploaded to an online map throughout the day, and it was viewed and discussed at the conclusion of the day.  

The groups included senior citizens, youth, parents, active recreationists, and the Visioning steering committee.  The online map can be found at www.communityvisioning.org.  

Wed
27
Mar

Easter Egg Hunt Set

Wed
27
Mar

Winneshiek County Fair entertainment announced

 

Winneshiek County Fair entertainment announced 

 

Becky Walz
Editor

 

The Winneshiek County Fair’s five-night lineup of grandstand entertainment was announced last week and will be headlined by the country music band “Little Texas” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 10.

Since 1988, Little Texas has been touring the United States, sometimes playing in more than 300 shows per year.

The group’s first album featured five singles to reach the top of the charts. Their second album, “Big Time,” sold more than 3 million copies and spawned three No. 1 singles — “What Might Have Been,” “God Blessed Texas,” and “My Love.”

Over the years Little Texas has toured both on its own and with Clint Black, Travis Tritt, Tim McGraw, and Trisha Yearwood.

Wed
27
Mar

‘Decorah Eagles’ to soar into Thundering Toms Banquet

 

‘Decorah Eagles’ to soar into Thundering Toms Banquet

 

Mike Van Sickle
Contributing Editor

 

One of Iowa's most renowned wildlife artists is returning to West Union as a special guest of the Fayette County Thundering Toms on Saturday, April 13. 

As part of the local National Wild Turkey Federation Chapter's Hunting Heritage Banquet at Echo Valley Banquet Center in West Union, Larry Zach will showcase his latest release, “Evening Snowfall-Decorah Eagles.” Zach also attended the 2008 Fayette County Thundering Toms Banquet. 

While acknowledging that he is no longer as actively involved on the banquet/outdoor show circuit as he was years ago, Zach said that he continues to especially enjoy attending outdoor-related banquets throughout the state.

Wed
27
Mar

Donkey Basketball makes a scene at South Winn...

 

Donkey Basketball makes a scene at South Winn...

Approximately $3400 in ticket sales, concessions, and auctions was raised at Sunday’s Donkey Basketball event to enable South Winn FFA members (l-r) Mariah Schmitt, Karla Hageman, Cassidy Buddenberg, and Ben Hanson travel to Scotland to participate in the International Dairy Judging competition in June.  (Becky Walz photo) 

Wed
27
Mar

Proposed tax decrease at North Fayette

 

Class alignment, Supt. sharing approved

 Proposed tax decrease at North Fayette

 

By Mike Van Sickle
Union editor

 

The North Fayette Board of Directors is proposing a reduction of nearly 90 cents in tax levies as part of its proposed 2014 fiscal year budget.

Superintendent Duane Willhite explained during the school board’s Tuesday, March 19, regular meeting that the proposed budget was developed assuming the Iowa Legislature and governor approve a 2-percent increase in allowable growth. While reporting this assumption establishes the highest tax rates needed, he reminded board members that they could always decrease tax rates, but not raise them after budget approval.

Some of the levy adjustments include dropping the cash reserve levy by half to $175,000 and decreasing the management levy by $50,000 (to $250,000).

Wed
27
Mar

Dunn resigns from Fayette police force

Dusty Dunn Resigns

 

Dunn resigns from Fayette police force

 

Janell Bradley
Contributing Writer

 

Fayette Police Chief Dusty Dunn has resigned.

Mayor Bill Dohrmann confirmed Tuesday that Dunn, chief of police for approximately eight years, submitted his resignation Monday.

In a special meeting Thursday, March 7, the council went into closed session to discuss the police chief's employment status with attorney Jeff Clements, but returned to open session after an hour, taking no action.

In the interim, Dunn continued to work administratively with the Fayette County Sheriff's Office, agreeing to patrol the community. Police Officer Sierra Fox, in her first year with the department and slated to begin training with the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy in April, was told to take vacation time, until the council at its meeting on Monday told her to return to work.

Wed
27
Mar

WC voters to head to polls

 

WC voters to head to polls

 

Becky Walz
Editor

 

The time has come for patrons in the West Central school district to head to the polls on Tuesday, April 2, to decide whether the West Central school district can issue general-obligation bonds up to $7.6 million for an addition to the existing school to house junior/senior high students. 

The measure requires a 60-percent-plus-one majority in order for the district to move forward.

While the total cost of the project is just over $9 million, $7.6 million of the cost would be funded through the 20-year bond issue. 

The remaining funds would be raised through the district's share of the 1-cent sales tax. The actual interest rates wouldn't be known until bonds are sold, but they are being estimated at 0.65 at the start and at 2.85 percent at the conclusion of the bond payback.

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