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Feb

Remembering the 'Perfect Season!'

Pat Kuhens, a lifelong Fayette County resident and First-Team All-State player on the 1961 Valley High School girls’ basketball State championship team, holds the program from that year’s tournament in Des Moines. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

Remembering the 'Perfect Season!'

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

March 11, 1961, is a date that will never be forgotten by many in the Valley community. This year marks the 60-year anniversary of the Valley Tigers girls’ basketball State championship, which was the first and only in the school’s history.

“Back then people didn’t spend much money or go out. There was no social life, but high school sports was something that the community came our and rallied around. Even if they didn’t have kids on the team or in school, everyone was neighbors and would still come out to watch,” recalled West Union’s Pat Kuhens (Larson), who was a First-Team All-State member of the championship team in ’61. “It would be 15 or even 30 years later and people would come up to me and want to talk about basketball. That’s how much the community loved us!”

Wed
24
Feb

Merge of County, Oelwein communications being considered

Sheriff Marty Fisher addresses the Board of Supervisors about the possible merger of the Oelwein and Fayette County dispatch systems. (Jack Swanson photo)

 

Merge of County, Oelwein communications being considered

 

By Jack Swanson
jswanson@fayettecountynewspapers.com

 

Fayette County could broaden its emergency and law enforcement systems and Oelwein could get out of the communications operations business altogether if a proposal before the Fayette County Board of Supervisors is accepted.

Wed
24
Feb

Supervisors question Public Health about vaccination process

Marla Feldman with Kaleidoscope Kids Child Care in West Union, receives the Covid-19 vaccine during a recent clinic at Upper Iowa University in Fayette. (Photo submitted)

 

Supervisors question Public health about vaccination process

 

By Jack Swanson
jswanson@fayettecountynewspapers.com

 

Fayette County Public Health officials said it probably wouldn’t be until April before residents under the age of 65 start getting the Covid-19 vaccination.

That’s at the current rate of vaccine allotments coming from the State. Public Health Director Jes Wegner told the Fayette County Board of Supervisors, Tuesday, Feb. 16, that they are only getting 300 doses of the vaccine each week.

Wed
17
Feb

How SW's Return to Learn plan is working

How SW's Return to Learn plan is working

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

At the most recent South Winneshiek school board meeting on Monday, Feb, 8, board members elected to continue the district’s current Return to Learn model. The model features full-time in-person classes for students at the elementary/middle school in Ossian and for high school students, allows for the option of full-time in-person, full-time virtual, or a hybrid schedule.

The board will continue to evaluate its options on a monthly basis, but these options will be continued to be offered through at least early March.

Wed
17
Feb

Ossian Crown Club starts membership drive

 

Ossian Crown Club starts membership drive

 

The month of February is when the Ossian Crown Club starts the 2021 Membership Campaign. 

The Ossian Crown Club is a not-for-profit organization that promotes business and family-centered activities in and around the town of Ossian. Some of the activities and events sponsored by the Ossian Crown Club and completed with the support of the City of Ossian, area organizations and many, many volunteers have included the Ossian Fest, City-Wide Garage Sales, Visit from Santa, Small Business Saturday, the Easter Bunny at the Ossian Hospice, Hot Dog Handout for Halloween, Downtown Beautification, Pavilion Christmas Trees,  and the movies and live entertainment at the Ossian Educational and Performance Pavilion. 

Wed
17
Feb

South Winn reaping the benefits of SMART Boards

With the help of a SMART Board, music and choir instructor Connie Formanek engages a class of South Winneshiek preschoolers to teach them the basics of reading music. Formanek and band instructor Nathan Miller utilize the technology for music purposes, while the district has two additional Boards that are used in math classrooms. The unique teaching tool is used to teach all levels of students from preschool through 12th graders. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

South Winn reaping the benefits of SMART Boards

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

Teaching has had to take on many new forms since the start of the school year last fall. One way that teachers at South Winneshiek have been able to maximize learning for students is through the use of SMART Board technology. “My SMART Board has been an awesome tool, especially with the circumstances this year,” said Connie Formanek, music and choir teacher at South Winn that utilizes the tool for all of her classes. “The possibilities really are endless. Not only do I use it every day to teach, but it has also made it much easier for E-Learning days because I am able to access my Board from home or anywhere that I have an internet connection.”

Wed
17
Feb

It's drive-through for Clermont Fish Fry

It's drive-through for Clermont Fish Fry

 

The annual Clermont Fire and Rescue Fish Fry fundraiser will be held from 4:30-8 p.m. on Friday, February 19.  

While the event is a long-standing tradition in the community, this year it will be a little different forgoing the usual get-together event for a drive-through only meal.  

The meals, which will include fish, tarter sauce, fries, corn, and a bun, will be served to the community at the Clermont Fire Station.  Meals will be $10 each.  Watch for signs to lead you in the right direction!  

 

Wed
17
Feb

Winterfest finally a go this weekend!

 

Winterfest finally a go this weekend!

 

By Megan Molseed

mmolseed@fayettepublishing.com

After rescheduling twice, and weeks of record-breaking lows, West Union’s WinterFest is finally ready to go!      

The second annual event was scheduled to take place earlier this month but had been postponed twice due to record cold temperatures.  

The event will be held from 4-8 p.m. on Saturday, February 20.

Wed
17
Feb

Hawkeye Telephone bringing fiber optic technology to West Union

Marshall Wagner installs a box that will be used to bring Hawkeye Telephone’s fiber optic technology into a West Union residence.  (Megan Molseed photo) 

 

Hawkeye Telephone bringing fiber optic technology to West Union

 

By Megan Molseed
mmolseed@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

It has been popping up in neighboring communities for some time, and now, Hawkeye Telephone Company is bringing its fiber optic network to West Union.

“This is available to anyone in the city limits,” said Hawkeye Telephone employee Brittney Ihde of the expansion. “Getting the fiber installed to a home or business will be at no cost to the owner. All they have to do is call or email us to get on the list.”

Wed
10
Feb

SW extends to Return to Learn model

SW extends to Return to learn model

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

The South Winneshiek school board decided to continue its Return to Learn plan for at least the next month after discussing the matter at Monday nights meeting.

The board briefly debated keeping its current model for the rest of the school year, which includes full-time in-person classes at the elementary/middle school and an option for in-person full-time, virtual full-time, or a hybrid schedule at the high school. After deliberation, the board decided to continue monitoring the plan on a monthly basis.

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