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24
Apr

Davis enjoys successful first year as police chief

 

Ben Davis has enjoyed being police chief of Fayette for the last year. He noted that one of his top priorities when he was promoted to the position was to get his officers involved in community service to continuing building a trusting relationship between them and the citizens of Fayette and students at Upper Iowa University.  Chris DeBack photo

 

Davis enjoys successful first year as police chief

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

 

It has been a year since Ben Davis was promoted to police chief of Fayette after former chief Richard Pisanti resigned to move back to Florida. 

Over the last year, Davis has provided consistent leadership that has helped the four-officer department thrive in a time where attitudes toward police officers aren’t always positive. Davis has been able to maintain a level of respect between his department and the residents of Fayette by delivering a clear and concise message to his officers. 

Wed
24
Apr

Woods takes a stroll towards a cure

Liam, pictured here with his support dog, Sarge, will be well represented at the third annual 3rd Annual Iowa Strollathon, a fundraiser for Rett Syndrome research at Kinzler Construction in Ankeny on Saturday May 4th from 11a.m. to 2 p.m

 

Woods takes a stroll towards a cure

 

 

By Meagan Molseed
mmolseed@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

It took just over six years for Alesha Woods and her husband, Danny to get answers for their son, Liam.  

“Early on, he hit a lot of his milestones,” the young mother of two explained of her youngest son who was diagnosed with Rett Syndrome in 2015.  

“Then, at just a few months old he started to fall short with certain benchmarks,” the young mother continued.   “By 18 months he still wasn’t walking.  That’s when we started looking at specialists.” 

Through a variety of referrals from the local clinic, the Woods’s finally made their way to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota where their son underwent a variety of tests, eventually being diagnosed with Rett Syndrome.  

Rett syndrome is a genetic neurological disorder becoming apparent after six-18 months of early normal development. 

Wed
24
Apr

FCED Board of Directors votes to dissolve nonprofit organization

FCED Board of Directors votes to dissolve nonprofit organization

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

 

The Fayette County Economic Development (FCED) Board of Directors recently voted to disband its nonprofit organization following the news that Fayette County would be pulling its funding from the organization for the next fiscal year. 

At their meeting on Monday, April 1, the Fayette County Supervisors voted to no longer provide funding to FCED. Fayette County was paying Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission approximately $60,000 for FCED, which is almost, if not more than, half of the nonprofit organization’s budget. It was then paying $28,000 for the Fayette County Tourism director position, which is currently held by Carrie Davis. Davis says that she is an employee of Fayette County Economic Development; however, the Board of Supervisors argues that the 28E agreement, which the FCED followed, says nothing about tourism, nor its funding.

Wed
24
Apr

Life in prison

 

Fayette County Sheriff Marty Fisher (far left) and a Fayette County detention officer escort Alicia Rios (front) out of the Fayette County courthouse following her first degree murder plea and sentencing hearing on Monday morning.  Rios plead guilty to killing her 5 week-old newborn, Lydia, in 2018.  Representing Rios were attorneys (back l-r) Steven J. Drahozal and Teresa Sampson Brown.  (Megan Molseed photo) 

 

Life in prison

 

 

 

By Meagan Molseed
mmolseed@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

“I just want my daughter to be at rest; to be at peace,” stated a sobbing Alicia Rios, 29, during her first-degree murder sentencing at the Fayette County Courthouse Monday morning, April 22.  

During the hearing, the Elgin woman entered an Alford plea where she was not admitting guilt, but acknowledged a plea to a first-degree murder charge would be in her best interest, in Fayette County District Court in West Union.

The Elgin woman will spend the rest of her life in prison for the death of her infant daughter, Lydia Rios, in 2018.  

“Your daughter was five weeks old and she needed you to protect her,” said District Court Judge Linda Fangman who presided over the case. “You violated that duty in the worst way possible.” 

Wed
24
Apr

Postville man sentenced for sexual abuse

On Tuesday, April 23, a Postville man was convicted in Fayette County District Court of sexual abuse in the third degree and lascivious acts with a child. 

 

The court sentenced Wilmer Elias Soy, 20, of Postville to two 10 year sentences to be served concurrently. Soy will be turned over to the Department of Corrections. 

 

Wed
17
Apr

Iowa Farm Bureau leaders visit D.C.

 

Nearly fifty Iowa Farm Bureau leaders from across the state, including (l-r) Carson Brincks, of Ossian; Mark Buskohl of Grundy Center, Mary Brincks of Ossian, Cassie Hackman of New Hampton; Brian Haeflinger of Elma; and Randy Brincks of Ossian, visited Washington, D.C., recently to discuss critical farm issues during the annual Iowa Farm Bureau Federation national policy trip. (submitted photo)

 

Iowa Farm Bureau leaders visit D.C.

 

 

 

Forty-seven Iowa Farm Bureau leaders from across the state visited Washington, D.C. recently to discuss critical farm issues and their impact with their elected officials during the annual Iowa Farm Bureau Federation (IFBF) national policy trip.  The Iowa farmers shared their concerns about the lack of progress in trade disputes, resulting in low commodity prices and continued economic hardship in rural communities.  Members from southwest Iowa also shared the impacts of flooding on their farms, which has eclipsed the damage from the 2011 flood, and urged lawmakers to support disaster relief aid.     

The Farm Bureau members met with Iowa’s U.S. House and Senate members as well as top U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) staff, including Deputy Secretary Steve Censky and former Iowa Agriculture Secretary Bill Northey, who now serves as USDA under secretary for farm production and conservation.  

The Farm Bureau county leaders shared accounts of tapping into retirement savings, taking off-the-farm-jobs, and even family members being forced to step away from farming all together due to low commodity prices resulting from tariffs and shrinking demand for ethanol.  

Wed
17
Apr

Area Easter egg hunts

Area Easter egg hunts

With Easter only a few days away, the time for fun and exciting Easter egg hunts has arrived. 

 

Details for local Easter celebrations are as follows:

Ossian

Children in second grade and under are invited to the Ossian Crown Club’s annual Easter egg hunt at Ossian Senior Hospice.

The event will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 20. The Easter Bunny will be on hand as well.

Bring your cameras and your smiles!

Calmar

The Calmar Community Club Easter Egg Hunt will be held at 11:45 a.m. Saturday, April 20, for children ages 0-10. The Easter Bunny will be available starting at 11:15 a.m. with all activities scheduled to take place at the South Winneshiek Athletic Complex in Calmar.

There will be three different age groups with nearly 1,600 eggs available for the hunt.

Wed
17
Apr

SW E/MS to host Community Open House

 

SW E/MS to host Community Open House

South Winneshiek Elementary and Middle School will host a Community Open House from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 30, at the school in Ossian (208 E. Brooks Street).

 

All community members are welcome to join South Winneshiek teachers and staff for the evening to tour the facility, meet staff, and see some of the great things that South Winneshiek Elementary and Middle School has to offer its students/

Highlights for the night is as follows:

Wed
17
Apr

Loftsgards open Old Hickory Building sales location in Clermont

 

Roger (pictured) and Joni Loftsgard have started a new business in Clermont R&J Loftsgard Old Hickory Shed will be selling Old Hickory Buildings along Highway 18 in Clermont.  Chris DeBack photo 

 

Loftsgards open Old Hickory Building sales location in Clermont

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

 

You may have noticed some new buildings sitting across the street from Casey’s General Store as you round the corner on Highway 18 in Clermont. 

Those buildings for sale are Roger and Joni Loftsgard’s newest endeavor. The couple, calling their new business venture R&J Loftsgard Old Hickory Sheds, is selling sheds from the company Old Hickory Buildings. 

Wed
17
Apr

Fundraising underway for FC Freedom Rock

 

John and Sharon Orr display the quilt that will be given away during a donation drawing to benefit the Fayette County Freedom Rock located on Water Street in Fayette. People can earn a donation ticket to enter the drawing by donating $100 or more. There are only 50 tickets available.  Chris DeBack photo

 

Fundraising underway for FC Freedom Rock

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

The Fayette County Freedom Rock is scheduled to be painted during the summer of 2020.

“It is a tribute to our military personnel and an opportunity to promote tourism because there will be freedom rock tours that will develop,” said Sharon Orr, who is helping spearhead the fundraising with her husband John. “There will be people who go from county to county to see those Freedom Rocks up close and personal. They are pretty inspiring and awesome.”

Located on Water Street in the Open Air Market in Fayette, fundraising is underway now that the rock has been placed. The goal is to raise $12,000 to cover the painting of the rock, a special sealant, and the development of the site surrounding the rock including landscaping. 

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