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Wed
27
Feb

County set to begin revaluation process on residential property

County set to begin revaluation process on residential property

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

 

Beginning this summer, Fayette County will go through the process to reassess all residential property within its borders, which includes all urban residential, rural residential, and dwellings on ag, in terms of a property’s assessed value.

Ali Manson, Fayette County Assessor, noted that this is something the Iowa Department of Revenue would like to see take place every 10 years, but has never been in done in Fayette County. She said that Clayton County completed a reassessment of its residential property in 2016 and that Bremer County is on a 10-year cycle, as well. The last time a mass reappraisal of property took place was in 1995, but was done in house in the Assessor’s Office and didn’t include everyone like this project will. Fayette County is contracting with Vanguard Appraisals in Cedar Rapids to complete the project. 

Wed
27
Feb

Keeping travelers safe: one road at a time

 

Driving a snowplow is a thankless, dangerous job, but someone has to do it. It isn’t easy trying to figure out where the road is on a snow covered gravel or blacktop, especially when visibility is low due to continued snowfall. Dan Woods was busy clearing snow from Ivy Road in rural Fayette during his first round in the snowplow on the morning of Wednesday, Feb. 20, after four inches of snow had blanketed the West Union area. Woods wants to remind people not to follow closely behind a snowplow, as it is easy for a car to get lost in the plow’s blind spot. (Chris DeBack photo) 

 

Keeping travelers safe: one road at a time

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

 

It’s a thankless job. It’s a dangerous job, but someone has to do it. 

Every winter, city, county, and state employees put their lives on the line when they step into their trucks to plow snow so that the traveling public has clear roads to drive on. 

Fayette County Newspapers spent an hour riding with Fayette County employee Dan Woods of West Union on Wednesday morning, Feb. 20, to see what it takes to clear a roadway after approximately four inches of snow blanketed the area overnight and more continued to fall. 

On this particular morning, Woods was jumping into his county snowplow at 7 a.m. to start his first round on the roads. He noted that his start time all depends on the weather, as his day could start as early as 5 a.m. if the snow had quit by then. 

Thu
21
Feb

Closing the book on a 17-year career

 

Ossian Public Library librarian of 17 years Jude Zweibohmer is set to retire from her duties in March. Over her years in the role, Zweibohmer has helped the local library grow and develop, including the expansion of the computer section. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

Closing the book on a 17-year career

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

 

For Ossian’s Jude Zweibohmer, it’s been a great experience serving as the librarian for the Ossian Public Library for 17 years. On March 22, the longtime librarian will check out for the final time as she bookends a long career.

“The thing that I have enjoyed the most about my time here at the library is the interactions,” said Zweibohmer, who began working at the library in 2002. “I enjoy being able to interact with people of all ages. I like being able to help young children all the way up to senior citizens.”

Zweibohmer went on to say that throughout the years, she has overseen many changes and advances at the local library.

Thu
21
Feb

Lightning Legends heading to State FTC

 

The Lightning Legends, which is South Winneshiek High School’s First Tech Challenge (FTC) team, is made up of (l-r) Scarlett Gansen (freshman), Brady Jaster (freshman), Carter Meyer (senior), and Rachel Meyer (seventh grade). (submitted photo)

 

Lightning Legends heading to State FTC

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

 

The 2018-2019 South Winneshiek FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) team, the Lightning Legends, is on a mission. Led by senior Carter Meyer, freshmen Brady Jaster and Scarlett Gansen, and seventh-grader Rachel Meyer, the team has its sights set on the Iowa State competition, which will be held this weekend in Coralville.

“We were a finalist in the second qualifying match at the Super Qualifier, which was held in Sioux City,” explained co-coach John Erickson, who is joined by fellow coach Kristy Meyer in helping teach the young students. “We are technically called the coaches, but the team does a pretty good job of planning and building on its own.”

While the official challenges for the season were not released until September, construction of the robot, which is named “The Beast 2.0, began over the summer.

Thu
21
Feb

Elgin Homecoming to feature musical revue produced by local talen

Elgin Homecoming to feature musical revue produced by local talent

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

 

Elgin Homecoming 2019 is scheduled for Friday, June 28, through Sunday, June 30, and it will be here before you know it. 

Throughout the next couple of months, keep an eye on the Elgin Echo as we will be previewing different events that will take during the Homecoming celebration. The Homecoming theme is “Small Town USA — These are our Roots.”

Thu
21
Feb

Falb finally steps away from the profession he loved

 

Former Detroit Lions athletic trainer Kent Falb kneels down next to an unconscious Reggie Brown during the final game of the 1997 regular season against New York Jets. Brown wasn’t breathing after suffering a spinal cord injury, so Falb and the other medical personnel took off his helmet and began giving CPR. The medical staff saved his life. Falb was the head athletic trainer of the Detroit Lions for 32 years. Bob Brodbeck Photo

 

Falb finally steps away from the profession he loved

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

 

On March 1, Kent Falb will finally step away from professional football.  

While the Elgin native hasn’t been directly involved with the National Football League (NFL) since he retired as the head athletic trainer for the Detroit Lions in 1999, he continued to work from the sidelines as an executive assistant in the Professional Football Athletic Trainers’ Society. 

“As an executive assistant, I did all the meeting planning, some travel planning, and some of the programing,” said Falb. “Right now, I am working about 45 hours per week on a meeting to be held in Indianapolis in late February. That will be my last meeting. I coordinate all that for a president who is an athletic trainer in the NFL but doesn’t have the time to do it. It has been a great experience, but it is time to pass the torch onto someone else.” 

Falb will finally walk away from a profession that had a profound impact on his life. Ever since he was 12 years old, Falb knew he wanted to be an athletic trainer.

Thu
21
Feb

UIU graduate 'Face the Truth' with Vivica A. Fox

 

Upper Iowa University graduate Paul Lamar Hunter appeared on the national television show “Face the Truth” with Vivica A. Fox on Friday, Feb. 15, to talk about his story of being the 19th of 21 children birthed by his mother. He was the first person in his family to graduate college.

 

UIU graduate 'Face the Truth' with Vivica A. Fox

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

A former Upper Iowa University graduate appeared on “Face the Truth” with Vivica A. Fox on Friday, Feb. 15. 

Paul Lamar Hunter, a 2012 UIU graduate, was on the national television talk show that is produced by Dr. Phil McGraw. The shows website says that, “Fox and a team of experts solve problems and sort fact from fiction” on the show. 

After graduating from UIU, Hunter wrote a book about his success in life despite growing up poor in the inner-city of Racine, Wis. He was the 19th of 21 children birthed by his mother, Louise Hunter, and was the first person in his family to graduate from college. The book is entitled, “No Love, No Charity: the Success Story of the 19th Child.”

Thu
21
Feb

Fayette Sweets offers tasty treats

 

Fayette Sweets Café is now open in the former Pavo Blue location in downtown Fayette. Owner and pastry chef Kristy Donovan is looking forward to bringing her slogan “Paris vacation, Iowa prices” to life in Fayette with her many different pastry and café drink choices.  Chris DeBack photo

 

Fayette Sweets offers tasty treats

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

 

“Paris vacation, Iowa prices.” 

That’s what you’ll get when you visit the newly open Fayette Sweets Café in the former Pavo Blue building in downtown Fayette. Owner Kristy Donovan is baking all sorts of sweet and savory treats that will fool your taste buds into thinking you're actually in Paris. She also has a host of coffee and tea drinks available.

“It’s a completely from scratch bakery,” Donovan said. “All the syrups in our coffee, the graham crackers in our cheesecakes; everything is made from scratch with the highest-quality ingredients available to me. I do things the slow food way. Everything takes time.”

Thu
21
Feb

It's all in the family — Bowling that is!

 

 On any given day you might find someone in Jessica Sadler’s family bowling at Lilac Lanes in West Union. With nine bowlers spanning four generations in the family, bowling has become a fun family tradition for (front, l-r) Jennifer Everitt, Katelynn Sadler, and Thomas Sadler; (back) Joyce White, William Sadler, Neil Lansing, Jessica Sadler, Julie Lansing, and Bob Sadler (not pictured).  

 

It's all in the family — Bowling that is!

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

 

Bowling is a family tradition in Jessica Sadler’s family with nine bowlers spanning four generations able to hit the lanes on any given night in West Union. 

In 1960, the family tradition got started in Fort Dodge with Sadler’s grandmother, Joyce White, joining a league shortly after moving to town. 

“One of the gals I worked with needed a bowler, and she asked if I bowled,” White recalled. “I told her, ‘Well, I haven’t before, but I would like to.’ She invited me to bowl, and I have been hooked ever since.”

Wed
13
Feb

Five SW students charged for assault of student

Five SW students charged for assault of student

 

 

 

On Tuesday, Jan. 15, the Winneshiek County Sheriff’s Office was notified and began an investigation of two separate incidents involving South Winneshiek High School students.

One of the incidents occurred at the high school in Calmar, while the other occurred in rural Winneshiek County near Fort Atkinson. Both incidents involved assaults that occurred on a student.

On Monday, Jan. 28, the Winneshiek County Sheriff’s Office completed the investigation and submitted the case to the prosecutor.

As a result of the investigation, the Winneshiek County Sheriff’s Office filed charges on five current and former South Winneshiek students.

Braxton Smith was charged in adult court with aggravated assault with intent to commit sexual assault, while four additional juveniles were referred to juvenile court.

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