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The Mount Ayr city council approved the purchase of a different street sweeper but postponed a rm decision on the future of the citys garbage removal contract in their regular meeting March 18. Street sweeper City superintendent Brett Wise received council approval to purchase a street sweeper to replace the one currently in use. Wise said the current sweeper, estimated to be a 1970s model, simply doesnt do a good enough job anymore. As a replacement, he has located a 1998 model that is being traded in from the city of Washington. For a price of $31,500, the unit will be completely refurbished, including replacement of the roller bearings, and will include operator training. As for the citys current sweeper, Wise said it could be traded in or might possibly be worth more as scrap. The new sweeper will be delivered in May, but payment will be postponed until July, the beginning of the new scal year. The city had already accounted for the purchase of a new sweeper in its recently-approved budget. Garbage removal contract After several weeks of discussion and a series of meetings with garbage collection contractors, the council voted to send a letter to Waste Management giving them three months notice of the citys intent not to renew the existing contract that expires June 30. In the meantime, the council will continue to explore options for the future of the garbage collection service. If the council should decide during that time to continue service with Waste Management, the terms of the existing contract will continue unchanged. Superintendent Wise repeated his warning that under the existing contract the city will lose money unless it approves a rate increase from the current $16.50 per month. Tim Newton of Divine Waste brought letters of recommendation for his service from local businesses and restated his companys interest in bidding for the citys garbage removal contract. Booster station project Carl Elshire from MSA Professional Services informed the council his company had received the construction permit for the booster station project from the Department of Natural Resources. To get the project off the ground, Elshire brought the contract for construction services for council approval. He explained the contract had three components. The bidding and negotiation component would answer contractor questions and provide clarications on specications about the project during the bidding process. The construction administration component would review shop drawings, especially on the pump station, to ensure adherence to project specications. The resident project guide component would furnish an on-site project manager to meet with contractors and oversee construction on a regular basis. Elshire said he would immediately begin working with city clerk Pam Poore to get the bidding process underway. Once the call for bids was published, he estimated an open bidding period of approximately three weeks. Once contracts were awarded, he estimated another eight weeks for completion of eldwork prior to installation of the new pump station. He said design, manufacture and installation of the pump station would take considerably longer, but he estimated completion the project prior to the end of the calendar year. City superintendent report Superintendent Wise updated the council on a number of items on which his department is currently working. The recently-installed lighting xtures on the west side of the square are currently not functioning. They continue to trip the breaker whenever they are connected to the power source, and Ed Rotert, the project electrician, believes there is a short in the system somewhere. He and Wise will continue to investigate the problem. Wise has contacted two companies to discuss repairs to city streets in the coming months. In the meantime, the city crew is

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Mount Ayr man dies in car accident

The Waubonsie Antique Tractor Club showed off several of their tractors on the Mount Ayr town square last Thursday as part of the communitys commemoration

Old iron on the square

Hospital board discusses budget, Medicaid expansion

Ringgold County Hospital board of directors met in regular session following the public hearing on the scal year 2014 budget. Teresa Roberts began the meeting with the nancial report although much of it had been previously discussed and explained in the budget hearing meeting. She noted that online payments are being incorporated into the electronic system which will provide more options for paying bills. Single payments as well as recurring payments will be available. Medicaid expansion, part of the Affordable Health Care Act, continues to be a topic of discussion as it is under consideration in the state legislature. Administrator Gordon Winkler shared information from his day spent attending the Iowa Hospital Associations Legislative Day. Winkler sat in on the Senate Human Resources debate and also had the opportunity to speak with state senator Joni Ernst. The bill was caucused by both parties and passed out of committee by a vote of 8-5 along party lines. The bill will be debated in the next few weeks. Governor Terry Branstad did introduce a plan called Healthy Iowa, but Winkler said it appears to reect more of a position statement than a plan with substance. Winkler reiterated earlier meeting discussions with regard to the potential negative impact for health care providers if Iowa does not opt into the Medicaid expansion. Compared to the current Iowa Cares program supported by Governor Terry Branstad but set to sunset in 2013, the Medicaid expansion would cover an estimated

of National Agriculture Day. Events also included a performance by storyteller Michael Cotter at the Princess Theater Thursday evening.

150,000 Iowans as opposed to the estimated 89,000 covered under Iowa Cares. In further discussion regarding impact to Ringgold County Hospital, county funds and residents, it was explained that Iowa Cares does not provide mental health care which makes funding those expenses fall to the county from property tax funds and takes away funds for other areas. The Medicaid expansion would cover mental health costs for eligible Iowans. Under Iowa Cares the only cost covered is that of patients admitted to the hospital from the emergency room. Other charges are not covered and rural areas like Ringgold county are sorely lacking in adequate funding to cover necessary care for those uninsured community ____________________________
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A Mount Ayr man has died as the result of a trafc accident in Decatur county Friday. According to the accident report from the Iowa State Patrol, on March 15 Robert Erickson, 77, was driving a Buick LaSabre eastbound on Highway 2 in Decatur City at approximately 11:40 a.m. An eastbound Dodge Ram pickup driven by Lathum Saxton, 39, of Leon attempted to turn left into a parking area when it was struck by Ericksons vehicle. Both vehicles ended up in the north ditch facing east. Both men were transported by ambulance to the Decatur County Hospital in Leon, where Erickson was pronounced dead. Neither driver was wearing a seatbelt, according to the patrol report. According to the patrol, charges are pending in the accident.

Pack-A-Thon seeks 100,000 meals

Ringgold County Cares is gearing up for the next big packing date. The fourth annual pack-athon to pack 100,000 meals is set for April 5-7 at the United BaptistPresbyterian Church. With more than $15,800 needing to be raised, Ringgold County Cares already has achieved half of their goal. It is vital to raise the entire amount to pay for the supplies, as well as the cost of shipping it to the hungry overseas, said Ron Schafer, project coordinator. Ringgold Country Cares is a non-prot organization that partners with Outreach, Inc. from Union. They are a dedicated packing station providing a soy-rice fortied meal to Africa and other parts of the world that suffer from hunger. Outreach, Inc. sells supplies for the meals at 25 cents per meal. However, Ringgold County Cares has negotiated a rate of 18 cents a meal due to the large amount of supplies that were ordered. We cant do this on our own, said Schafer. Because of your donations and commitment of time, more than 96,000 meals were packaged last year. It takes 10-12 people to run a table effectively. The table usually runs one or two hour shifts during the event. On average, 2,160 meals are packaged in one hour per table. The event will run from 4 p.m. to midnight on Friday, April 5. Packaging will resume on Saturday, April 6 at 7 a.m. and go until 7 p.m. Saturday evening. Volunteers will nish the work from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. It costs $400 to run one table for one hour. In the past, groups that signed up to work would raise the money to purchase the food and materials for the shift. Volunteers dont have to participate in a group. We also get a lot of individuals who volunteer as well, adds Schafer. We are asking any individual who wants to participate to bring $10 to help cover the costs. Last year, a few groups challenged each other to see who could pack the most meals in a designated time period. The Mount Ayr football team challenged the Lenox football team, as well as Clearview Home went up against Mount Ayr Health Care Center. The football teams alone packaged over 25,000 of the meals during their time period. At this time, football teams from Lenox, Bedford and Mount Ayr will be challenging each other. Other groups like 4-H groups, church groups, civic groups, businesses and families are encouraged to volunteer their time and help raise money. Schafer also noted that if the fee would prohibit someone from participating, something will be worked out so they can still help. Just give him a call to set up a time. Challenge yourself to spread the word, Schafer encourages. Use your voice to inform others of the event and ask them to join. Call your friends, text your neighbor, tweet your family or post old classmates to come out and volunteer. Tax-deductible donations may be sent to Melanie Jackson, 1429 250th Street, Maloy, IA 50836. To sign up to volunteer or sponsor a table, contact Ron Schafer,

801 S. Henderson Dr., Mount Ayr, IA 50854, call 641-414-1527 or email People can also follow Ringgold County Cares on Facebook at

Auctioneer Jim Smith takes a bid during the Pheasants Forever banquet and auction last week. Everything from shotguns and bows to wildlife prints and home decor

Pheasants Forever well attended

helped raise money to improve pheasant habitat and other conservation projects.

Breakfast with the Master begins Monday

Breakfast with the Master, Ringgold countys traditional Ringgold County Ministerial Associationsponsored series of breakfasts and worships to prepare for Easter, will be held again this year at the First Christian Church in Mount Ayr Monday through Saturday, March 25-30. Breakfasts begin each morning at 6:30 a.m. followed by a short worship. Many of the churches in the county are taking part in one way or another in the breakfasts this year. A goal of having 100 or more people take part each morning has been set for this year and the county community is encouraged to take part. A freewill offering is taken for the breakfasts, with money over and above the cost of the breakfasts going to help with needs of area residents during the year. Theme for the breakfasts this year is It Is Finished. Each morning there will be a breakfast followed by music and a short message. Schedule for the event this year includes: Monday, March 25 -- Theme: Life and Ministry of Jesus. The Mount Ayr Assembly of God will host the Monday breakfast of sweet rolls plus the cereal, fruit and drinks available each day. Doug Rohrer will be the speaker, the church will provide greeters and clean up and set up crews and Frank Hudson of the Community of Christ has special music. Tuesday, March 26 -- Theme: Teaching of the Disciples. The United Methodist Church Larger Parish will be the host for the Tuesday breakfast featuring biscuits and gravy. Skip Rushing will be the speaker, the churches will provide greeters and special music. They will join with the Ellston, Tingley, Kellerton and Beaconseld United Methodist Churches to provide the cleanup and set up crew. Wednesday, March 27 -Theme: Old Testament Prophecies of Jesus. Wishard Chapel will be the host for the pancakes and sausage breakfast on Wednesday. Bill Armstrong will be the speaker and the church will provide greeters and special music. The Mount Ayr Restoration Branch will join in helping with the cleanup crew that day. Thursday, March 28 -- Theme: Separation Between God and Man. The United Baptist-Presbyterian Church will be the hosts for the breakfast of egg casseroles provided by several of the churches. Mike Maddy will be the speaker and the church will provide greeters, special music and the cleanup and set up crew. Friday, March 29 -- Theme: The Plan of Salvation. The United Church of Diagonal will be the hosts for the breakfast featuring donuts and fruit cups. Ed Shields will be the speaker, the church will provide the greeters and special music and join with the Community of Christ in providing the clean up crew. Saturday, March 30 - Theme: Death is Defeated. The First Christian Church will host the cooks choice breakfast in the nal day of the event. Chris Conklin will be the speaker and the church will be providing greeters, special music and join with the Free Methodist Church in providing the clean up crew. Alan Smith will be master of ceremonies for the week and Virginia Scott is coordinating the food for the event.

Volunteers man a series of stations to package food during last years pack-a-thon. Individuals and group are urged to get involved in the threeday event to be held at the United Baptist-Presbyterian church.

Snapshots of Ringgold County

The Bridge of Ringgold County
As part of our commemoration of the Record-News 150th year of publishing, each week we will feature a photo of life in Ringgold County. Snapshots of Ringgold County photos will vary as the seasons and events dictate. Although it may not be as famous as the Bridges of Madison County, this photo shows our countys tiny covered bridge which spans a ditch between two farm elds just north of Redding. This is the third of the photos in our commemorative series.

Opinion Breakfasts are great tradition THOUGHTS

Community traditions come and go, but one of the events that has stood the test of time, at least so far, is the Breakfast With the Master event that leads up to Easter each year. Im sure someone has a count on how many years this has been a county tradition, involving many of the churches around the county, in a joint effort of services in preparation for the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus. I dont know for sure, but I know I have attended during the week in almost all of those. Not every day, because of my job responsibilities, but some each week. Im looking forward to sharing in the breakfasts again next week. My rst memory of attending one was back many years ago when we met in the new First Christian Church building. The old church had burned down and the new one that replaced it was just opened, if I remember. The rst events were more modest affairs. If I remember correctly, we met in the two classrooms next to the kitchen and didnt get out into the big room of the church at all. The tradition of those early days is just as it is today. We met for a breakfast, shared some singing and a short worship service, which prepared us for the day. I remember sharing my fathers testimony of an experience with Christ at one of those. In that experience he lifted a lump of coal to be touched by the Master and saw it changed to a beautiful diamond. He felt that his calling was to help people nd that same life-changing experience in their lives when they allowed His touch to make a difference in their lives. Over the years, the breakfasts grew to need all the space in the fellowship hall with averages of more than 100 people a day sharing. The weekly numbers reached high into the 700s for the six days. The past couple of years the numbers havent

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quite matched that peak, but the tradition has continued because of the involvement of so many people who share their time to get the food ready, greet people, provide music, share a message or clean up and set up for the next day. Virginia Scott has headed up the food for many years and for the past couple of years has mentioned that someone else needs to take on that responsibility for her. If she ever does retire, she will be hard to replace. In each church too, the generations of service turn over as the years go by. Hopefully the breakfasts will be a tradition passed on to the next generation as well, as the graying set shares their responsibilities with others and then passes on the torch. If people share their good memories of the morning with friends, new people will share in the experience. Im looking forward especially to Saturday next week. Some of the family will be home and I hope to introduce my grandchildren to this community event that is so unique. Maybe some day in the future, one of them may say, Grandpa, remember when we went to the Easter breakfast at that church with all those people? Ill be able to share some of the stories of how a county came together each year to share their appreciation for the Master. It would be a blessing to say that they are still doing that every year. That will depend on people giving of their time to work on the event, and taking the time to be part of it.

Farmland values: On the rise last year, forecast to continue upward

According to the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, farmland values in its coverage area rose 16 percent in 2012, the third largest gain in 35 years. Marc Shober of, editor of Farmland Forecast, an educational blog devoted to investments in agriculture and farmland, believes they will continue to rise. In fact, Shober said farmland values and farmer income will continue to rise this year. In terms of farmland, Shober said the Chicago Fed survey indicated that despite the worst drought in 55 years, high commodity prices and record farm income pushed up demand for farmlandwith no end in sight.

expected to set a new record high this year, driven by a record corn crop and high commodity prices. Crop reserves, the agency said, are anticipated to rise, too, after depletion of supplies from the drought last year. Production will also be on the rise, Shober noted. He reported that farmers are expected to plant 254 million acres, the second largest on record. The rise will be in the eight major crops, corn, soybeans, wheat, upland cotton, rice, sorghum, barley and oats. The result is that net farm income could increase to $128.2 billion with a B this year, up from $112.8 billion last year and $117.9 billion in 2011. Along with income comes expenses, and the USDA predicts production costs will rise to $249.8 billion, up $10 billion over 2012. That largely reects high commodity prices, the agency said production in 2013 is expected to increase, resulting in a drop in market prices this fall. Even so, the USDA projects domestic prices for corn, soybeans and wheat will remain historically high, and above pre-2007 levels. One of the keys to U.S. farm prosperity will be the strength of crops in South America, particularly Brazil. Right now, it looks pretty dry down there. As the 2013 growing season gets underway, a good deal of help from Mother Nature, foreign competition and good old dumb luck will drive the outcomes. Ill see ya!

Fifty Years Ago (From the Mount Ayr RecordNews, Thursday, March 14, 1963.) The rst new 4-H uniforms appeared Thursday at the Mount Ayr Community high school during National 4-H Club Week. The 1963 ofcers of 260 Central Iowa Blue Lodges will be honored by Des Moines Consistory A. A. S. R., March 16, in the Scottish Rite Temple in Des Moines. Ofcers of Faith Lodge No. 179, A. F. & A M., who will attend the meeting to which all Master Masons are invited, are Dick Bolton, worshipful master; Laurance Bishop, junior warden; J. M. Anderson, treasurer; Eldon Main, secretary, and Jack Elliott, senior deacon. Several other members of the lodge also plan to attend. The town of Mount Ayr Tuesday sold swimming pool bonds in the total amount of $70,000 to Sparks & Company of Des Moines at an annual interest rate of 3.75 percent. Only one bid was submitted. The funds from the sale of the bonds will be used to pay for Mount Ayrs new swimming pool, which will be constructed this spring and summer. Approximately 13 1/2 blocks of paved streets in Mount Ayr will be resurfaced this summer, providing a proposed resolution of necessity is passed by the town council. During the 25-year history of the Mount Ayr chapter of Future Farmers of America, 48 members have earned the Iowa Farmer degree. Twenty-eight are farming in this area, three are veterinarians, three are with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, four are in a college of agriculture, three are teaching agriculture and science, two are truckers, two are engineers, one is an evangelist, one is selling insurance and one is a clerk. Six have also earned the organizations highest honor, the American Farmer Degree. Of the 48 members, 25 were present for the 25th anniversary banquet on February 22. Those present at the banquet were Marvin Triggs, Howard Martin, Loren Campbell, Billie Wimer, Phillip Foltz, Dr. Ronald Lynch, Roy Rinehart, Ryland Garner, Robert McCreary, Marvin Lane, Wayne Foltz, Sam Sickels, Leland

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Sickels, Loren Elliott, Dale Bickel, Richard Weehler, Wayne Walters, Melvin Gray, Dr. Gene Zinn, Ivan Dolecheck, Ivan Dennis, Larry Kimball, Richard Wilson, Leland Rauch and Gary Campbell. Ten members of the Mount Ayr chapter of Future Farmers of America were awarded three gold and two silver ratings in district F.F.A. contests held Saturday in Ankeny. Gold ratings were received by David Barker in the public speaking division and Craig Elliott in freshman creed speaking, both of whom will advance to state competition, and by the parliamentary procedure team, composed of Phillip Drake, Larry Swank, Dan Sickels, Craig Riggs and Jack Gross. The chapter program team, composed of Dan Barker and David Umbarger, speakers, and Larry Weaver, project operator, and the chapter treasurers book, kept by Ronnie Wood, were awarded silver ratings. The Charles Patrick 60-acre farm in Riley township was sold yesterday at public auction to LeRoy Brown for $116.00 per acre. The farm adjoins land owned by Mr. Brown. The sale was conducted by Genevieve Brammer, guardian; Emmet R. Warin, attorney and Dennis Owens, auctioneer. Births reported at Ringgold County Hospital this week were a son, born March 11, to Mr. and Mrs. Harry Allen Scott of Mount Ayr and a son, born March 10, to Mr. and Mrs. Larry Paul Dye of Saint Joseph, MO. Obituaries in this issue were Lawrence Combs, Cole Arthur Murrin and George W. Rogers. Twenty-ve Years Ago (From the Mount Ayr RecordNews, Thursday, March 24, 1988.) Census data from 1970 and 1980 were used to show employment changes in Mount Ayr and Ringgold county over the 10-year period. Across the county, there were increases in employment in every category except agriculture and government. Agricultural employment dropped from 1,091 in 1970 to 782 in 1980, according to the analysis, while government payrolls slipped from 142 in 1970

Ofcials attend County Day at Capitol event

County ofcials and employees from across the state traveled to Des Moines on Wednesday, March 13 for the Fifth Annual County Day at the Capitol hosted by the Iowa State Association of Counties (ISAC). Attending from Ringgold county were supervisors Royce Dredge, David Inloes and Kraig Pennington; auditor Amanda Waske; treasurer Debbie Cannon; recorder Karen Schaefer and deputy sheriff Rob Haley. The event was intended to give county ofcials and employees the opportunity to be involved in the legislative process by promoting legislation that is of importance to counties. ISAC staff spoke to the attendees about the current hot issues and the latest on mental health redesign, road funding, property tax reform and other issues that will impact local government. The group then visited the Capitol to participate in the lobbying process by meeting with their respective legislators. County ofcials focused their discussions with their legislators on ISACs top priorities mental health redesign, road funding and property tax reform. Each of these issues will have signicant scal impacts on counties. County ofcials shared these scal impacts with their senators and representatives The Capitol Rotunda was lled with ISAC afliate member organization displays. This gave the different county ofces the opportunity to introduce legislators and the public to the important services counties provide and their role in the effective administration of county services.

In terms of weather, he pointed out on that temperatures in the Corn Belt have been steadily increasing during February, along with improved precipitation, helping to moderate drought conditions. Subsurface levels are still at the danger point, with 57 percent of the nation in moderate or worse drought conditions. Shober said farmers are hoping for plenty of spring rain and for drainage tile lines to start owing again; a sign of increased moisturedeep beneath the surface. Economically, Shober noted that the Creighton University farmland price index decreased for the third straight month, from 71.5 in January, to 67.0. That is the 37th consecutive month, though, that the index has remained above growth neutral, and the farm equipment sales index rose to 65.8, from 63.8 in February. Coupled with the strength in farmland values, U.S. net farm income, according to the USDA, is

To the editor Please renew my subscription to the Record-News. It is the only newspaper we get, and we read it cover to back. Even though I have been gone from Mount Ayr for nearly 35 years, I still think of Mount Ayr as home and like to keep informed of the happenings of the town. All the improvements, the wellkept homes and businesses, the new businesses and the new hospital, school and jail certainly prove that Mount Ayr is a thriving place that its citizens (and former citizens) can be proud of. I am proud to call Mount Ayr my hometown. Sincerely, Kay Sickels Mosier Littleton, CO

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as a new resident. I have received many comments and greeted with sincere congratulations. I am happy to be accepted into the community and wish to express my thanks to all who have taken the effort to let me know that I am recognized and am welcome. I love the children that I have worked with and hope to continue with help to their education and friendship. Expression is to wish and express my thanks many more times to you in the community for the heaven-sent welcome received. Sincerely, Geraldine (Gerri) Smith Ellston

to 112 in 1980. The report tied the agricultural job loss to the down turn in the ag economy and the government job losses to the shrinking tax base due to population decline. The largest increases in employment for county residents came in services, where 643 were employed in 1980, and manufacturing, where 195 were employed in 1980 compared to 134 in 1970. There was an overall decline in jobs, however, with 2,535 in 1980 compared to 2,618 in 1970. Frank Butler and Annie Oakley get set to match up in their rst shooting contest in an early scene in Irving Berlins Annie Get Your Gun which will be presented tonight (Thursday) and Friday at the Mount Ayr Community high school gymnasium. The musical is a production of all the ne arts areas at the high school. It was a night of celebration of the 50th year since the founding of the Future Farmers of America chapter at Mount Ayr Community high school and the establishment of the vocation agriculture department here. There were 35 FFA members and their advisors and 150 guests, including FFA members and advisor from Grand Valley and members from Creston, who took part in the 50th annual FFA banquet and program held Monday night, March 21, in the MACHS Commons. Sean Thomas, 16-year-old Mount Ayr Community high school junior and son of Robert and Jane Thomas of Mount Ayr, has been accepted as a member of the Iowa State Fair Singers, a select group of 21 high school vocalists and some 14 instrumentalists. Some of the top awards at the FFA banquet Monday night went to Ed McCreary, chapter star farmer; Doug Hickman, star chapter agribusinessman; Elsa McAlexander, star greenhand, and Randy Hensley, most valuable FFA member. Births reported this week were a son, born March 15, to Gary and Darla Sobotka of Diagonal and a daughter, born March 22, to Wayne and Charlotte Ward of Mount Ayr. Obituaries this week were Alice M. Davis Putney, Fern Olive Gleason Wright, Charles Everett Michelson, Samuel Edward Rhoades and Chase Lee Comer. Ten Years Ago (From the Mount Ayr RecordNews, Thursday, March 13, 2003.) For the third year in a row, the Mount Ayr Community high school team has won the Pride of Iowa academic day competition. A team of 16 Mount Ayr Community students represented the school at the competition held at East Union Community high school Thursday and brought home rst place again. Members of the academic team included Jeff Burgher, Brian England, Lydia Richards, Morgan Rumple, Brad Wilson, David Campbell, Luke Larsen, Kylee Minnick, Jason Wilkey, Adam Triggs, Jacque Baker,

Allison Snook, Crystal Sterling, Alycia Clymer, Brett England and Lyndon Hawkins. Its on to the state jazz championships again for the Mount Ayr Community high school jazz band after competition over the weekend. The Raider jazz band made a long day of it Saturday, competing in two different jazz festivals and bringing home first place from each -- a banner weekend for the group. Also qualifying for the jazz championships in a wild card spot was the Lamoni Community high school jazz band, directed by Aaron Comer, a Mount Ayr Community high school graduate. Comers band will be competing in the Class 1A division. Spring play at Mount Ayr Community high school Friday and Saturday night will be Who Shot Elvis?, a comedy directed by Shaun Kniep. Eian Schnoor, son of Eric Schnoor of Jacksonville, FL, is attending his senior year of high school at Mandrin school. He placed second in the Florida state wrestling tournament, 140-pound class. Schnoor is the grandson of Roger and Jane Schnoor of Mount Ayr. When the girls state basketball tournament nals are held in Des Moines Saturday night, two Mount Ayr Community drill team members will be preforming with the all-Iowa honor drill team. Chosen to participate with the group are MAC drill team members Rachel Sobotka and Katie Weddle. A Mount Ayr Community elementary school student placed rst in the Iowa Girls State Wrestling tournament held in Gilbert Sunday, March 2. Chelsey Hoseld, a sixth grader, took rst place in the division consisting of sixth, seventh and eighth grade girls. Hoseld is the daughter of Randy and Stephanie Hoseld of Diagonal. The birth reported this week was a son, born March 1, to Sharyn and Kevin Whittington. Obituaries this week were Charles Wesley Bastow, Charles William Foster, Rita Berniece Hart Myers and Johnny Smith.


Legislative coffee to be held Saturday

A legislative coffee will be held at the Ringgold County Extension ofce, 101 N. Polk Street, Saturday, March 23 from 1-2 p.m. The monthly local meeting with Senator Joni Ernst and Representative Cecil Dolecheck is free and provides an opportunity for the public to hear what is taking place at the state capitol as well as receive a response to questions the public may have. Everyone is welcome to attend. The legislative coffee is sponsored by the Mount Ayr Chamber.

Urban areas increase population

The latest Census Bureau release includes information about births, deaths and migration in Iowa and its counties. Between 2010 and 2012, Iowa gained 9,269 residents from other nations and lost 3,274 residents to other states for a net migration of 5,995. Births outnumbered deaths by 22,494. Among counties, 17 counties experienced more people moving in than moving out and 41 counties recorded more births than deaths since the 2010 census. Gary Krob, coordinator of the Iowa Library Services State Data Center program, says that the current estimates show that Iowas population growth continues to be the strongest in its metropolitan areas. Of the 31 counties in our state that experienced population growth, 88.4 percent of that growth occurred in seven counties: Polk, Dallas, Johnson, Linn, Scott, Story, and Dubuque.

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1:16 p.m., caller reporting a theft. (KE) 1:43 p.m., caller with information. (CO) 6 p.m., caller reporting animal abuse. (MA) 6:46 p.m., 911 call. (CO) Saturday, March 9 8:18 a.m., caller with questions for ofcer. (KE) 3:23 p.m., inmate call. (MA) 4:52 p.m., caller needing ofcer. (MA) 5:12 p.m., caller reporting a scam. (MA) 6:57 p.m., REC call. (OC) Sunday, March 10 9:27 a.m., inmate call. (MA) 9:25 a.m., 911 call, request for an ambulance. 9:55 a.m., paramedic calling to advise they were on the scene. 3:46 p.m., caller needing inmates information. (OC) 5:03 p.m., caller with message for ofcer. (KE) 5:47 p.m., caller needing inmates information. (OC) 6:43 p.m., caller with phone card for inmate. (OC) Monday, March 11 12:58 a.m., caller reporting vehicle in the ditch. (MA) 12:28 p.m., caller in the area. (OC) 12:55 p.m., caller setting up visitation with inmate. (KE) 1:26 p.m., caller setting up visitation with inmate. (OC) 1:46 p.m., caller with information regarding inmate. (OC) 3:21 p.m., call for jailer. (OC) 3:27 p.m., caller setting up visitation with inmate. (OC) 4:27 p.m., phone card called in. (OC) 4:39 p.m., 911 call. (BE) 6:15 p.m., caller with information for ofcer. (MA) 7:53 p.m., vehicle lockout. (MA) Tuesday, March 12 2:12 a.m., caller reporting attempted theft. (KE) 2:24 a.m., reserve ofcer with information for ofcer. (CO) 8:35 a.m., caller advising their vehicle had broken down. (MA) 9:14 a.m., caller leaving phone number for the sheriff. (OC) 9:45 a.m., caller checking on a case. (KE) 9:55 a.m., caller reporting fuel stolen out of tank. (CO) 10:10 a.m., caller with question about gun permits. (MA) 11:16 a.m., caller advising of an unsafe situation. (TI) 11:29 a.m., caller needing information for insurance company. 12:04 p.m., call for sheriff. (OC) 1:10 p.m., caller needing information from chief deputy. (OC) 1:36 p.m., call for sheriff. (BE) 2 p.m., vehicle lockout. (MA) 2:57 p.m., caller reporting a sign down. (TI) 9:58 p.m., caller needing ofcers help. (MA) Wednesday, March 13 8:40 a.m., caller wanting to pick up stolen property. 8:55 a.m., caller reporting harassment. 8:29 a.m., vehicle lockout. 9:20 a.m., caller wanting to know the rules regarding ATV vehicles on roadway. (CO) 12:25 p.m., caller with information regarding inmate. (OC) 1:25 p.m., caller trying to locate family member. (MA) 5:51 p.m., caller reporting power lines were down on a truck. (OC) 8:25 p.m., caller reporting assault. (MA) 9:53 p.m., caller with information for inmate. (OC) Thursday, March 14 4:57 a.m., caller with confused person who lives in Mount Ayr. (OC) 6:52 a.m., caller reporting they had hit a deer on Highway 169. (CO) 8:39 a.m., report of a controlled burn. (TI) COURTHOUSE NEWS Ringgold County Courthouse hours are Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. unless noted otherwise. Ringgold county now has a website at www.ringgoldcounty. us. Assessor: Neil Morgan, 4643233. Auditor: Amanda Waske, 464-3239. Board of Supervisors: David Inloes, chairman, Royce Dredge and Kraig Pennington, members, 464-3244. Supervisors meetings are open to the public and are held in the supervisors conference room located on the second oor between the clerk of court and auditors ofce. On days the board is not scheduled to be in ofce, please direct all inquiries to the auditors ofce. To schedule a meeting time with the supervisors, contact the auditors ofce. Regular board meetings are held on Mondays with ofcial public notice of the meeting agendas posted at the Ringgold county courthouse, Mount Ayr RecordNews, Sun Valley Lake and Diagonal city hall the day before. Clerk of Court (a state ofce): Jackie Saville, 464-3234; fax: 464-2478. Ofce hours: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 8 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8 a.m. noon and 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. The clerks ofce handles alimony and child support payments, probates, civil and criminal lings, magistrates court and records and services of adoptions, conservatorships, court proceedings, divorces, estates, grand jury, guardianships, judgments, juvenile proceedings, mechanics liens, mental health admissions, petit jury, surety company certicates, state hospital, trafc violations, trust funds, trusteeships. Certied copies can be made of above listed records. Court records are also available at County Conservation Board: Kate Zimmerman, phone: 464-2787, email: Please contact for information on rules and regulations, parks, trail ways, camping, shelter reservations, environmental education and more. Parks are open March 15 - November 15. Walk-in trafc is allowed year round. County Weed Commissioner: Brenda Adams, 641-344-9629. Development and Tourism: Karen Bender, Coordinator, 4643704. If anyone has any calendar events, please contact the development ofce at 641-464-3704. E-911 Service Board: Merle Walter, 307 N. Webster St., Mount Ayr, 464-3311. Emergency Management Agency: Teresa Jackson, Coordinator, 109 W. Madison St., Suite 105, cell: 641-202-9671; phone: 464-3344; fax: 464-0663, email: Hours: Monday - Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The tornado sirens in Mount Ayr will be tested the rst Tuesday of each month unless there is severe weather. Engineer: Zach Gunsolley, P.E., 464-3232. 707 South Henderson Drive. Ofce hours: Monday Friday, 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. General Relief: Gary Smith, 109 W. Madison St., 464-2397. Mondays and Thursdays, 8 a.m. 4 p.m.; Tuesdays, 8 a.m. - noon; Closed Wednesdays and Fridays. In case of emergency 641-4642397 or 641-202-1199. Recorder: Karen Schaefer, 464-3231. Passport applications are taken daily from 8 a.m. - 11 a.m. and noon - 4 p.m. Certied vital records can be obtained from 8 a.m. - noon and 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. The recorders ofce serves as a passport agent. Items needed to apply are: certied copy of birth certicate, drivers license or state issued ID, two-inch square passport photos and passport application (both available at recorders ofce) and fees. Allow four to six weeks from date of application to receive passport book or card from the passport agency. Expedited service is available for an additional fee. Individuals with recent name changes can get their passport book/card updated without a fee within one year of issue. Forms

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MARRIAGES Daniel E. Yoder of Lamoni and Miriam A. Swartzentruber of Lamoni. Married February 26, 2013. Date marriage led March 12, 2013. SIMPLE MISDEMEANOR AND TRAFFIC CONVICTIONS March 7-14, 2012 Sat Van Le, Mount Ayr, $132.50, operation of motor vehicle with expired license. Kenneth Kline, Creston, $127.50, seat belt violation. Sarah Elizabeth Ellis, Mount Ayr, $200.00, failure to secure child. Joel Adam Osborn, Maryville, MO, $114.00, speeding 6-10 m.p.h. over the speed limit. FROM RINGGOLD COUNTY MAGISTRATE COURT March 13 - A judgment was led in magistrates court nding Josh Briner of Diagonal guilty of theft in the fth degree. Briner was ordered to pay a ne of $100, a surcharge of $35, a law enforcement initiative surcharge of $125, court costs of $60 and restitution to Jerrys Sinclair in the amount of $71.79, all monies payable to the clerk of court by March 20, 2013. Briner was also ordered to be ngerprinted by the Ringgold County Sheriffs Ofce within seven days of this ling. March 13 - A judgment was led in magistrates court nding Aaron John Kenover Elken of Mount Ayr guilty of interference with ofcial acts. Elken was sentenced to seven days in jail which is to be served within 45 days of this ling. In addition Elken was ordered to pay court costs of $60 and jail fees of $350, all monies payable to the clerk of court. Appeal bond was set at $300 cash only. March 13 - A judgment was led in magistrates court nding Kayla Kathleen McVey, aka Kayla Morgan, of Mount Ayr guilty of driving while license suspended. McVey was sentenced to seven days in jail, given credit for two days served, and ordered to serve the remainder within 45 days of this ling. In addition, McVey was ordered to pay a ne of $250, a surcharge of $87.50, court costs of $60, jail fees of $350 and service fees of $21.50, all monies payable to the clerk of court. Appeal bond was set at $300 cash only. RINGGOLD COUNTY SHERIFFS LOG

(Call Origination Code: MA = Mount Ayr; KE = Kellerton; EL = Ellston; TI = Tingley; DI = Diagonal; DE = Delphos; MO = Maloy; BE = Beaconseld; BO = Benton; SC = Shannon City; BL = Blockton; RE = Redding; SV = Sun Valley; CO = In County; OC = Out of County; OS = Out of State)

March 7-14, 2012 Thursday, March 7 9:23 a.m., dog call. (MA) 3:24 p.m., caller reporting stolen items. (MA) 4:20 p.m., attorney calling for inmates information. (OC) 4:21 p.m., call for ofcer. (KE) 4:16 p.m., call about inmates bond. (OC) 7:14 p.m., caller wanting to know why the law is after him. (KE) 8:04 p.m., caller reporting a suspicious vehicle that was driving recklessly. (OC) 8:11 p.m., magistrate calling with information regarding inmate. (OC) 8:22 p.m., caller reporting a suspicious individual. 8:25 p.m., caller with questions regarding inmates bond. (OC) 8:53 p.m., caller with information for dispatcher. (MA) Friday, March 8 12:05 a.m., caller reporting stolen property. (MA) 7:25 a.m., caller reporting stolen property. (MA) 9:43 a.m., caller with jail/inmate information. (OC) 10:20 a.m., caller reporting their vehicle had broken down on the highway. (MA) 10:44 a.m., call back requested. (MA) 11:25 a.m., caller with jail/inmate information. (OC) 11:26 a.m., caller reporting a controlled burn. (MA) 1:07 p.m., caller with information for sheriff. (CO)

may be obtained at the recorders ofce. For additional information call the recorders ofce or go to Avoid a $5 penalty by renewing boat registrations by April 30, 2013. Sanitarian: Ringgold County Public Health Agency, 464-0691. Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Public Health Agency: 119 S. Fillmore, 464-0691. Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sheriff: Mike Sobotka, Emergency Only 911, Non-Emergency (Available 24/7) 464-3921 or 4642911. New location at the Ringgold County Law Enforcement Center, 801 West South Street. Hours are 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Road Conditions - dial 511 or online at www.IowaRoadConditions. org. Treasurer: Debbie Cannon, 464-3230. The second half of the 2011 property taxes are due March 31, 2013. Mailed payments postmarked by April 1, 2013 will not have a penalty assessed. When paying your taxes, please include the tax stub from your tax statement. Applications for 2013 Iowa Property Tax Credit for Elderly and Disabled Taypayers must be submitted by the ling date of May 1, 2013. Applications may be picked up in the ofce or downloaded at Property taxes can be paid online at with Visa, Master Card and Discover credit cards or e-checks. Payments made in the ofce may be with cash, checks or with a Master Card, Visa or Discover credit or debit card. All documents conveying real estate need to have the name and address of the person to whom the property tax statement is to be mailed. Please check renewal notices and tax statements for the correct information. If the information is wrong, contact the treasurers ofce. Motorists can now renew motor vehicle registrations online at if a renewal notice is received through the United States Postal Service that contains a personal identication number (PIN). Please be aware that the PIN can only be used one time. Contact the treasurers ofce for more information. Those with February birth dates are reminded to register their motor vehicles by March 31, 2013. Bring in the renewal statement received in the mail so renewals can be quickly processed. Drivers License Ofce: Located in the Treasurers Ofce. Drivers licenses may be renewed any time during the period of 30 calendar days before and up to 60 calendar days after the drivers birth date. The drivers license station hours are Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Phone 464-3230 with questions. Veterans Affairs: Gary Smith, 109 W. Madison St., 4642397. Mondays and Thursdays, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Tuesdays, 8 a.m. - noon; Closed Wednesdays and Fridays. In case of emergency 641464-2397 or 641-202-1199.

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porary x. Soil and sludge samples from the wastewater treatment plant have been sent to the lab, and Wise said sludge from the plant should be ready for land application when weather permits. Wise has met with the aquatic center/FEMA safe room committee to coordinate efforts to continue that project. His department will help run new water lines and phone lines, install a culvert under a sidewalk and assist Jeff Sickels in removing the old bathhouse structure. It was noted all work associated with the FEMA grant must be completed by May 17. The street crew has nalized locations and will install trail signs along city streets as part of the Healthy Iowa Initiative project. In addition, signs will be posted at the

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Little League elds to alert people to the location of the FEMA safe room. Wise said there is considerable work yet to be done in replacement of valves in the city water system. He has asked a number of companies for price estimates and hopes to have that information within the next few days. Wise also updated the council about wastewater certication for the city crew. He said applications for testing had been submitted, and theyre now waiting for testing dates. He added the city had until April 30 to have at least one employee certied. Other business Vicki Sickels, representing Ringgold County Public Health, requested the council authorize Becky Nardy, from the Southern Iowa Council of Governments (SICOG), to assist Public Health

Agency with grant applications. Because the city is a member of SICOG, the authorization for Nardys services had to come from the city. The council approved advertising for mowing bids using the same specications as last year. They also approved the settlement agreement and release stemming from a wrongful termination claim by former city employee Ted F. Wood. A Class C beer and Sunday sales permit was approved for Smith Oil company. Superintendent Wise said he would investigate a handful of resident questions, including removal of the tree affecting a sewer line, replacement of a curb at an abandoned driveway, the condition of the roadway near the camper dump site and securing the ag above city hall.

nity members. The bottom line for this scenario is that Iowa is looking at the Iowa Cares plan with limited eligibility and coverage and one that would have to be waivered by the government to continue past 2013. However, Iowa dollars have already paid into the Medicaid expansion, and if Iowa does not opt into the plan, those dollars will go to other states. In addition, with the Iowa Cares program Iowa receives 60 percent funding from the federal government to cover the approximate 89,000 eligible Iowans and opting into the Medicaid expansion plan would provide 100 percent coverage for an approximate 150,000 eligible Iowans. In further discussion of potential federal impact on hospital funding, it was reported that sequestration will go into effect April 1 and will affect Medicare claims with dates of service or discharge on or after April 1. This change will reect a two percent reduction to the provider, but will not affect beneciary payments such as copays or deductibles. On a positive note, Ringgold County Hospital sponsored a free health care screening day that included for the rst time not only lab screening but also tness screening. This screening was available to both hospital employees and public participants and was offered by the Cardiac Rehab and Physical Rehab departments as part of a health and wellness marketing plan. The tness screen will be offered on a quarterly basis and lab tests are offered annually.

Good attendance at the event was reported. New board member Mike Hopkins reported on the Mercy board orientation he recently attended and remarked that it provided a good opportunity to become familiar with the operation of health care facilities, with additional information on legal and nancial aspects as well as physician recruitment and other topics of interest. Dr. Jerald Phipps has been ofcially welcomed to the staff at Ringgold County Hospital and favorable response has been received from patients and from Dr. Phipps as he settles into his position. Old business reports included continuing efforts to nd a buyer for the old hospital facility, with at least one interested party, and the ER situation remains short staffed as efforts to remedy the problem continue. Teresa Roberts took the oor again as the board asked for updates on renancing the current bonds that have both high interest rates and hefty prepayment penalties. Roberts explained a new HUD program that is in its rst year and will provide renancing to approximately 6-12 selected hospitals. Roberts explained the program has some restrictive elements that might prevent RCH from taking advantage of the program; however, RCH also meets much of the outlined criteria. It was decided to continue to explore the program in an informal way at this point to gather more information before the board makes any rm decision on going forward with paperwork to apply for the program.

The Ringgold County Hospital held their annual budget meeting Monday, March 11. The 2014 budget presented showed total revenue at $25,390,811 and non-operating revenue at $1,411,972. Total operating expense was listed at $18,200,542 with $7,973,250 of that expense from wages and benets and $10,227,292 from other operating expenses. Total gain estimated for the 2014 budget is $26,240. Teresa Roberts, CFO explained the ve percent acrossthe-board increase being considered and voted on and also recommended a three percent wage and benet increase subject to merit and cash availability. Additional items discussed before voting was the anticipated rise in utilities due to the 7-10 percent hike as per Alliant Energy. Roberts noted that utilities are watched closely and the hospital is looking at usage reduction. Items that will be purchased in the 2014 budget include updated laparoscopic equipment and a new power cot for the ambulance service. Ringgold County Hospital ambulance services currently have one power cot, but a second cot is considered essential for transportation safety of both patients and employees.

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RINGGOLD CHAPTER OF PHEASANTS FOREVER would like to thank all the 2013 Pheasants Forever sponsors for their generous donations to enable our organization to help create more food and shelter plots for a better pheasant habitat in our county. Money spent in Ringgold county includes LAND ACQUISITIONS: Fogle Recreation Area, $20,620; Kellerton Grassland BCA, $18,000, and Don and Connie Huff Wildlife Area, $3,000. HABITAT & PUBLIC AWARENESS: Food Plots, $20,150; Food Plot Seed, $656; Woody Cover, $2,330; Ringgold County Hunter Safety, $1,250; Conservation Camps (Boys and Girls), $1,450; Buffer Strips, $4,000; Southwest Iowa Seed Drill, $675; Ringgold County S.W.C.D. Tree Planter, $1,000; Nesting Cover, $627; Archery in the Schools Program, $1,000; CRP Enhancement Program, $1,250; Legislature Conservation Awareness, $275 and Iowa Pheasants Forever Wildlife Areas, $200 - for a total of $76,483. The following donors support Pheasants Forever -- Please support them!
Advanced Ag LLC - Creston American Legion Auxiliary Aunt Jennies Attic B & M Recycling Barker Implement Bass Pro Shop - Altoona Bean Town Cafe Bedford Building Supply Randy Bishop Boyers Bar Boyt Harness Company Brundage Electric CGI Foods Cabelas Campfire Stories TV Clearview Homes and Clearview Estates Community Meat Processors Corning Gun Club Country Blossoms Cunning Insurance Co Inc Cunning Real Estate and Land Auction Dari Sweet Diagonal Building Products Dicks Barber Shop Dollar General Dredge Feed Service Edward Jones Investments Eighmy MonumentCompany Excel Engineering - Diagonal Farm and Home Farm Bureau Insurance Farmers Cooperative - Mount Ayr First Federal Savings Bank - Creston First National Bank - Creston Fogle Lake 3D Archery Ford Construction Mike Ford Freedom Creek Prairie G & I Feed and Grain Gavilon Ag Service, LLC Gerolds Offsprings Glendenning Motor Co. Great Western Bank - Mount Ayr Heartland Energy Solutions Dennis Hemann, D.C. Hilltop Veterinary Clinic Hymbaugh Construction Hy-Vee - Mount Ayr The Insurance Station - Deb Larson Iowa State Savings Bank - Creston Iris Beauty Shop James L. Pedersen, P.C. Jamis House Cleaning - Jami Love Jamies Coffee Mill and Deli Jim Smith Auctioneering Johnson Trailer Sales - Tingley Kelly James Auctioneering Kelly Tire and Exhaust Klejch Insurance LeMar Industries Corp. Leftys Club Tavern Liberty Exteriors - Jeff Chromy Longfellow Drilling Longfellow Foundation Lucky Lanes Lynns Sinclair MFA Oil Mickey Ds J.D. Moberg -Moberg Iowa Realty Mount Ayr Community FFA Chapter Mount Ayr Health Care Center and Maple Ridge Assisted Living Mount Ayr Golf and Country Club The Mount Ayr Inn & Suites Mount Ayr Massage Therapy Mount Ayr Record-News Mount Ayr Tractor and Machine Mount Ayr Veterinary Clinic Munyon Plumbing and Heating NAPA Auto Parts - Mount Ayr Jim Newton Newton Sporting Goods and Gunsmithing Notorius BBQ The Office John Parrish - Pioneer Podium Ink Princess Theater Ricker Air Conditioning, Heating and Plumbing Rieper Law Office - Des Moines Ringgold Beef Producers Ringgold County Conservation Board Ringgold County Senior Citizens Activity Center Roberts Auto Inc. Romanos Pizza Rumors Bar and Grill Jan Rusk - In Memory of Max Glendenning Savanna Sky Landscape Design Jeremy Newton Wayde Ross Scheels - West Des Moines Shafer Insurance Agency Service Tech - Creston Shellburg Quarrys Sickels Automotive Sickels Lime and Rock Silver Spur Cafe & Bar - Grand River Smith Oil Smith and Reynolds Car Wash Southwest Builder Supply, Inc. Southwest Iowa Rural Electric Cooperative Splash N Dash Car Wash Sportsmans Warehouse Ankeny Clint Spurrier Stephens Tire and Oil Steve Newton Construction Still in Style Subway - Mount Ayr SunBest Foods LLC - Clearfield Sur-Gro - Diagonal Sweet Escapes Salon and Spa Taygold Cooperative Taylor Fiberglass Gail Trullinger Family Trullinger Farm Curt Turner - American Family Ins. US Bank Union County Conservation Board Vetter Equipment/Case I.H. Walmart - Creston Watson and Armstrong Funeral Homes Whites Woodworking Wiley Pest Control Gordon and Linda Winkler Wm. H. French Agency WoodLink, Ltd. Jessie Woollums Ted Zimmerly

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NOTICE - If you would like your organizations meeting dates to appear in the calendar, please contact Record-News staff at 464-2440. Thursday, March 21 Mount Ayr Model Railroad Club at the Mount Ayr Depot at 6 p.m. Alcoholics Anonymous meeting at 8 p.m. at the Neighborhood Center, Mount Ayr. Friday, March 22 SHRINE CIRCUS at the Richard O. Jacobson building at the Iowa State Fairgrounds. Wishard Chapels sh fry at the Southwest Iowa REC building in Mount Ayr at 5 p.m. Saturday, March 23 SHRINE CIRCUS at the Richard O. Jacobson building at the Iowa State Fairgrounds. Boy Scouts hog roast at the Mount Ayr Volunteer Fire Department from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, March 24 SHRINE CIRCUS at the Richard O. Jacobson building at the Iowa State Fairgrounds. Monday, March 25 Card shower for LaDene Browns 80th birthday. Cards and correspondence may be sent to her at West Bridge Care Facility, 1015 W. Summit Street, Winterset, IA 50273. Reception for Rosemary Hullingers 40 years at the U.S. Bank from 1 to 3 p.m. $1 sack day every day at the Ringgold County Neighborhood Center. The Second Childhood Doll Club will meet at 12:30 p.m. at Romanos for lunch and at 1:30 p.m. at the Extension ofce meeting room. Ethel Campbell is the program planner. Program will be presented by guest Sue Buck. Thin Within support group will meet at 5 p.m. at the Lighthouse. Ringgold County Tourism meeting at 6:30 p.m. at the Chamber of Commerce building. Sowing in Tears Support Group will meet at 7 p.m. at the Lighthouse Church, two miles west of Mount Ayr. Jam session at the Mount Ayr American Legion building from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 26 Bag Day at the Ringgold County Neighborhood Center. Wednesday, March 27 Bag Day at the Ringgold County Neighborhood Center. Thursday, March 28 Card shower for Cathy Wards 70th birthday. Cards and correspondence may be sent to her at 103 W. Jefferson, Mount Ayr, IA 50854. Ringgold County Cattlemens banquet at the Mount Ayr American Legion building with social at 6:30 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m. Alcoholics Anonymous meeting at 8 p.m. at the Neighborhood Center, Mount Ayr. Friday, March 29 Open house at the Ringgold County Extension ofce to celebrate Extension and Outreach Week afrom 10 a.m. to noon. Monday, April 1 Thin Within support group will meet at 5 p.m. at the Lighthouse. Mount Ayr City Council will meet at 6 p.m. at Mount Ayr City Hall. Jam session at the Mount Ayr American Legion building from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Mount Ayr Order of the Eastern Star will meet at 7:30 p.m. at the Masonic Temple, Mount Ayr. Sowing in Tears Support Group will meet at 7 p.m. at the Lighthouse Church, two miles west of Mount Ayr. Tuesday, April 2 Calico Quilters will meet from 9:30 a.m. to 12 noon at the Senior Citizens Activity Center, Mount Ayr. Mount Ayr Chamber of Commerce will meet at 5:30 p.m. at Jamies Coffee Mill & Deli for dinner during the meeting. Faith Lodge #179 A.F. & A.M. meets at 8 p.m. at the Masonic Temple, Mount Ayr. Wednesday, April 3 $1 sack day every day at the Ringgold County Neighborhood Center. The Mount Ayr Public Library board will meet at 5:15 p.m. at the library. Thursday, April 4 Ringgold County Master Gardeners will meet at the Iowa State Extension ofce at 5 p.m. Southwest Iowa Shutterbugs will meet at the Creston Pizza Ranch. Chatter and food begins at 6 p.m. Regular meeting begins at 7 p.m. Sons of the American Legion will meet at 6:30 p.m. at the Mount Ayr Legion hall. Alcoholics Anonymous meeting at 8 p.m. at the Neighborhood Center, Mount Ayr.

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Thursday, March 21, 2013

Library Leangs Extension News & Notes

Judy Hensley

Mary Kathryn Gepner

March 18 - The resignation of Pope Benedict XVI and the process of selecting his successor focused the attention of the world on Vatican City, the smallest independent country in the world. In modern times, no pope has resigned or resigned for reasons of failing health. The early history of the papacy is often unclear, Pontian (230-235 AD) resigned after being exiled to perform slave labor in the mines of Sardina. Sometimes, popes ran afoul of the political authorities and were forced out of ofce. Benedict (964 AD) was deposed by the Otto I, the Holy Roman Emperor, after a month in ofce. Only one pope before Benedict XVI resigned voluntarily. Celestine V, who never wanted to be pope in the rst place, resigned after ve months in ofce. Elected on July 5, 1294, by a deadlocked College of Cardinals, Celestine was an aged hermit, Peter of Morrone, a peasant who had lived a withdrawn life of prayer in the Abruzzi mountains where he had acquired a reputation for holiness. Since God, acting through the College of Cardinals, had selected him, not all agreed that Celestine had the right or power to resign. Some considered his successor, Boniface VIII and the popes who followed him, illegitimate holders of that ofce. Boniface sought to establish the authority of the church over the growing power of European monarchs like Philip IV of France. In 1303 Philip invaded Italy and took the elderly pope prisoner. Beaten and humiliated by French soldiers, Boniface died. Philip saw to the election of a French Cardinal who took the name Clement V. The papacy was removed to Avignon in southern France in 1309. Cement and subsequent popes lived in great splendor in a magnicent palace built for them by Philip, under the watchful eye of the French kings, until 1378, a period of time called the Babylonian Captivity. In 1378, tired of the inuence of the French kings, an Italian pope was elected in Rome. The French did not like this and a French pope was elected to rule from Avignon. The Great Schism, 1378-1417, was a time when there were two popes, each claiming to be the spiritual leader of Europe and declaring the other the anti pope. Western Europeans rulers were divided over which pope to support. Ordinary people were confused over the situation. Eventually, the Schism was healed by the council of Constance who deposed the Avignon pope and persuaded the Roman pope to resign. Then a single pope Martin V was chosen. The ninth century was a period of great turbulence in Europe and in the papacy. During this period, there may even have been a woman pope. A woman who disguised herself as a man who rose to become pope. Pope Joan, by Donna Woolfolk Cross, a ctionalized account of a person who may or may not have existed. The new pope, who is known to have lived very simply, took the name Francis, perhaps to honor Saint Francis of Assisi. Francis, the son of wealthy father, discovered the joys of giving everything away and owning nothing. He lived to serve others, even the most wretched. Saint Francis of Assisi, A Life of Joy, is a biography of the saint written by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. for children. New paperback elementary

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Davenports to celebrate 50th anniversary

Cecil and Betty Davenport will be celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary on March 29. They were united in marriage at the First Christian Church in Mount Ayr. Cecil and Betty have two children and three granddaughters, son Kenny of Adel and granddaughter Mackenzie and daughter Kelley Hunt, husband Bryan and granddaughters Sidney and Molly of Grant City, MO. Cards and correspondence may be sent to Cecil and Betty at 900 E. Jackson Street, Mount Ayr, IA 50854.

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Hospital auxiliary offers scholarships

Applications for medical eld scholarships for students in Diagonal and Mount Ayr Community schools are being offered by the Ringgold County Hospital Auxiliary. Application forms are available in the high school guidance ofces at both schools. Students who will be 2013 graduates or older students who are already enrolled and study in the medical eld are eligible for the scholarships. Applications must be returned by April 19 to qualify. For more information, contact the Ringgold County Hospital at 464-3226.

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Becker, Berger on IHCC honor roll
Two Diagonal graduates have been named to the Indian Hills Community College winter term honor roll. Tyler W. Becker and Jenna C. Berger qualied for inclusion by having a grade point average of 3.5 or higher for the term.

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Greater Regional to implement Quiet Hour

John and Ashley Eskridge of Mount Ayr are the proud parents of a baby boy, Brentley Dean Eskridge, who was born on Friday, March 15, 2013, at the Greater Regional Medical Center in Creston. The little guy tipped the scales at seven pounds, six ounces and measure 20 1/2 inches. Grandparents are Kathy Buck of Mount Ayr; Laren Thrailkill of Eagleville, MO, and Jessie Hogan of Bethany, MO. Great-grandparents are Jim and Sue Kirschten, Barb Kirschten, Jan Eskridge and Jeanie Thrailkill.

Concert to dedicate piano at church

A short concert to dedicate the new Kawai piano at the Church of Jesus Christ, Mount Ayr Restoration Branch, will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 24. The memorial from the George Myers family and a contribution from the Ringgold Singers, who use the piano for their practices each week, will be acknowledged. Nathan Smith and his wife, Julie, from Independence, MO, will be sharing in the concert, which will include a number or two from the Easter cantata The Shepherds Voice which he has composed. The public is invited to attend the concert. Refreshments will be served following the short concert.

Brown to celebrate 80th birthday
The family of LaDene Brown would like to host a card shower in honor of her 80th birthday on March 25. Cards and correspondence may be sent to LaDene Brown, West Bridge Care Facility, 1015 W. Summit Street, Winterset, IA 50273.

Easter egg hunt set for March 30

The annual Easter Egg Hunt will be held Saturday, March 30 at 10 a.m. on Ringgold County Courthouse lawn. The hunt will be divided into four age groups: 1-2, 3-4, 5-6, and 7-8. Plus there will be drawings and eggs for everyone. Children should meet at the shelter house on the courthouse lawn. CGI Foods and the SOS Committee are sponsors of this years event.

The Graceland University Performing Arts Series will present OPERA Iowa in concert on Tuesday, March 26 at 7:30 p.m. The performance will take place in Graceland University Shaw Auditorium. Presenting The Elixir of Love by Gaetano Donizetti, OPERA Iowa returns to Graceland for a wonderful evening of love potions. To reserve your tickets, please see the pricing below: $25 for Limited Reserved $15 for Reserved $10 for General Admission All sales are nal; no refunds or exchanges. You can purchase your ticket online, order by phone or purchase in person from the ticket ofce. For phone reservations, call Kathy Templeton, ticket ofce manager at 641-784-5270. Be sure to leave your name, phone number and number of tickets you wish to purchase. Phone orders will be honored in the order received. The ticket ofce is located in the lobby of the main campus entrance of the newly renovated Shaw Center.

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Many hospitals do not have a reputation as being a great place to get a good nights sleep. Greater Regional Medical Center is working to change that. Research proves disturbed and interrupted sleep can impact healing and recovery by producing serious physical and psychological stress, decreasing the ability to ght infection and may also increase the length of stay during a hospitalization. Adequate rest and reduced stimuli can promote healing and recovery as well as improve patient satisfaction during a hospitalization. Effective Sunday, March 3, Greater Regional will implement Quiet Hour each day between the hours of 1-2 p.m. During this time period, lights will be dimmed in the halls of the patient care oors. No testing, therapy or physician visits will be scheduled unless emergent to ensure best patient care. Visitors are discouraged during this time. Should family/ visitors need to be present with a patient, they will be requested to turn off or place cell phones on vibrate and utilize waiting areas if appropriate to the patients situation. Greater Regional will also turn off overhead paging unless emergent needs arise. All patients will be checked prior to Quiet Hour to ensure their individual needs are met prior to Quiet Hour commencing. BUY - SELL - TRADE- TELL in the Mount Ayr Record-News Classi eds!

Early spring is a great time for amending the garden soil, and getting it prepared for the upcoming growing season. Horticulturists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach talk about changes to soil pH when adding ashes and lime to gardens, soil core aerication and soil testing. To have additional plant and garden questions answered, contact the ISU Hortline at 515-2943108 or Can I dispose of my wood ashes in the garden? Wood ashes contain small amounts of several plant nutrients. The nutrient content of wood ashes depends on the type of wood burned, the thoroughness of its burning and other factors. Generally, wood ashes contain ve to seven percent potash, one percent phosphate and small amounts of other elements. However, the largest component of wood ashes is calcium carbonate. Calcium carbonate is a liming material. Liming materials raise the soil pH. The soil pH is important because it affects the availability of essential nutrients. The pH scale runs from zero to 14. Any pH below 7.0 is acidic and any pH above 7.0 is alkaline. A pH of 7.0 is neutral. Most vegetables, fruits, annuals and perennials grow best in slightly acidic soils with a pH between 6.0 and 7.0. Avoid applying wood ashes to garden areas with a pH above 7.0. Applying wood ashes to alkaline soils may raise the soil pH to excessively high levels and reduce the availability of some plant nutrients. Should I apply lime to my garden? In Iowa, gardeners should apply lime to gardens and lawns only when recommended by a soil test. A soil test will indicate the current soil pH and, if necessary, the amount of lime to apply to the area. Liming materials include ground limestone which is mainly calcium carbonate (CaCO3) and dolomitic limestone which contains calcium ction, The Crunching Munching Caterpillar by Sheridan Cain and Jack Tickle. Shaggy Dog and the Terrible Itch by David Bedford and Gwyneth Williamson and Fidgety Fish by Ruth Galloway.

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Cathy Ward will be turning 70 on March 28. Her family would like to honor her with a card shower. Cards and correspondence may be sent to Cathy at 103 W. Jefferson, Mount Ayr, IA 50854.

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nal Book Club. Annabel attended NCP Club Thursday at Barb Millers in Maryville, MO and Friday she visited with Vera Carson at Clearview Home and with Mike and Mary Walkup in Winterset. Annabel went to Ann and Darrin Schlapias Saturday for Adrian Schlapias second birthday party. Cindy and Dick Snethens supper guests Thursday were Kurtis Wimer, Roxanne, and Max and Bob and Barb McCully. Saturday the Snethens went to Blockton to the sh fry and they were lunch guests at Bob and Barb McCullys Sunday. Joe, Gina, Maya and Eli Bainum were weekend visitors at Bobbi and Michael Bainums. Caitlyn Bainum was also a Sunday dinner guest of Bainums. A memorial service for Virgil Main was held at Wishard Chapel last Saturday. Several came to honor Virgils life. Virgil was tied to Mount Ayr by family living here and being raised here. He had visited Wishard Chapel several times in this last year. Pastor Bill Armstrong had a very nice service for him. Virgil lived in Fremont, NE. Special plans are being made for Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday. The children will play the bells on Palm Sunday. All children are welcome to take part in the beauty of the bells. Four weeks are left in the Bible studies being held for all ages at Wishard Chapel. Nine to 12-year -olds and young mothers meet on Sunday afternoons at 4:30 p.m. followed by supper and then teens meet at 6:15 p.m. Adults meet on Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m. There is still time for anyone to join in. Jim and Carol Anne McCreary traveled to Des Moines Saturday night for dinner and a movie. Doris Todd had company from a niece and friend Saturday as they helped to move Doris sister-in-law into the nursing home here. Jed, Jake and Jessica McCreary spent the weekend in Parnell, MO with an aunt, uncle and cousins, the Auffert family there. The Richards family helped Kelly Robinson move back to Mount Ayr in the former Marvin Main home. Sadie and Macy Beerman of Norwalk are spending a couple days in Grandma and Grandpa Richards home. In Mount Ayr every Wednesday? You can save money by picking up your paper at the Mount Ayr Record-News with a counter sub.

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March 18 - This article is being written this morning with another dusting of snow. Spring is just around the corner, but we just have not found which corner yet as the temperatures are not spring-like! Monday morning, March 11, looked like a great morning but abruptly changed with Sharon nding out that they had soaked carpet and storage room supplies. After phone calls and checking things out, they found out that they had a pin hole leak in a copper water pipe. It looked like the hole should have been six inches wide from the damage that the water did over the amount of time that it was leaking. They lost toilet paper, Kleenex, bathroom ooring, vinyl covering around areas and had drywall soaked. The insurance company was able to get in touch with a company that specializes in drying out and repairing damage in this type of situation and those at the Center are so very glad that they are working on the building. They will withstand the deductible but when these gentlemen get done with the building, it will be back as it was all the way and they do not have to deal with that. The Center has had their GED classes rerouted to the kitchen area along with the hearing specialist last Thursday and have had lots of equipment running to take the moisture out of the area, but they are getting along and will be thankful to get everything put back in its place, hopefully this week. The Center had good turnouts for games this past week with around 24 people coming in to play pitch. Pitch is the biggest draw, although at times they have great turnouts for the other games also. When Care Initiatives puts on their pizza and bingo parties, they see their turnout double and sometimes triple. Care Initiatives will be back at the Activity Center on Tuesday, April 20, at 12 noon for their pizza and bingo with prizes. Hopefully you will join them then. Myron and Shirley Ingram have agreed to ll in as hostesses on Tuesday afternoons so hope you will stop in and visit with Myron and Shirley when you are in town. Ruth Saville was needing to be spelled for a while and they are so glad to have Myron and Shirley available. They have been great supporters of the Activity Center and all its activities. All were saddened to lose one of the regular once-a-month Tuesday afternoon bingo callers with the death of Bob Erickson over the weekend. You could always count on Bob for a story or two, a joke or two and something ornery to get everyone laughing. Bob and Shirley had always been supporters of the Activity Center and enjoyed traveling on motorcoach trips with them. Someone had referred to Bob as Mr. Wilson of Dennis the Menace, so Bob wore a name tag with Mr. Wilson on it on several of their trips. All will surely miss his good humor and his stories that he told, standing in the middle of the aisle with people behind him, on the motorcoach trips. They will laugh about him in remembrance as he was a joy to have on the trips

and at the Activity Center. Next Sunday evening, March 24, is the snack and game night starting at 5 p.m. Plan on joining them for a great evening of cards, socializing and laughter. If you would like to bring a snack to share, that is allowed, too. The Center does not charge for these events, but they are always thrilled when someone puts a dollar or two in the donation jars as that is what keeps the Activity Center going. Stop by anytime and see what they have to offer in the way of entertainment or a place to hold your activity. The coffee pot is always on!

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March 11 (delayed) - Where has spring gone? The north wind is blowing and snow urries in the air dampens the spring fever. The good rains over the past weekend helped ll the ponds and subsoil moisture. Gardening fever is laid aside for awhile. The families of Paul and Jonas Troyers, Junior and Joe Millers, Lester Beechys and Alton Bontragers attended the 50th wedding anniversary of their parents, Joe and Viola (Ropp) Mast in Jamesport, MO Saturday. Mrs. John Mast attended the funeral of her uncle, Ammon Bontrager, 69, of McComb, IL who fell to his death from a ladder, breaking his neck. Felty and Lizzie Borntrager attended the wedding in Wadena, MN last week of a great-niece. Stephen and Doris Shrock, Judith and Deborah Shrock of Rutherford, TN and Keith Garver of Richmond, MO were supper and overnight guests with Nelson Troyer Friday evening. The Shrocks and Nelson are cousins. They were Saturday dinner guests with Vernon Troyers, an aunt to the Shrocks. Alvin and Mary Bontrager traveled with siblings from Bloomeld to Lancaster, PA last week, coming home Saturday evening to a house all ready for church the next day. Church women helped in the preparation prior to Saturday, a kindly gesture.


March 18 - Springs here, almost. Isnt it good to look outside and see the lawns beginning to green up, see some robins in the yard? Lots of planning and activities are happening at the Tingley site right now. They try to let no occasion go by without remembering it somehow. Easters March 31. The site will be observing it Friday, March 29, with a program, a hat parade, favors and a special menu. Hope everyones thinking about what kind of hat they can wear.

Hats will be judged and some special awards given. Anyone wearing a hat will receive something for their efforts. Then comes the best party of all, the meal sites birthday party. Theyre 39 and holding and want to share it. This party is being held Monday, April 1, April Foods Day. Theyre so happy. Theyve gone plumb crazy and are encouraging folks to dress like a fool. Anything goes, the crazier, the better. If you dont want to dress up, come normal, dress like you would anytime. The important thing is to be there to support the meal site. Program begins at 11 a.m. and is being provided by the participants. Menu features roast beef for the main course. Therell be favors for all and door prizes to award. Reservations would be appreciated and can be made by contacting Nancy at 772-4499, the site of 772-4974, home. Plenty of things took place at the meal site last week. Peggy Skarda, Virginia Walden, Vern Brown and Harold Brown started the mornings special entertainment Monday by providing some easy listening country music for folks. They even had some dancers. The young Diagonal cheerleaders, eight in number, were present and provided an extra special for the day. They performed a dance routine theyd worked on especially for the site and several of their favorite cheers. They were one of the highlights of the Diagonal Maroons home games as they cheered the Maroons on at games. They were coached by Josie Mobley. They all remained for dinner at the site. The cheerleaders led all in wishing Virginia Walden a happy birthday, it being that day, March 11. Fourteen members of the Mount Ayr high school choir, Cassie Osborn, Samantha Crawford, Neese Brand, Adrian Richards, Christiana Overholtzer, Kirsten Davis, Melody Davis, Erin Dolecheck, Miranda Ward, Lew Knapp, Justice White, Cassidy McAtee, Mike Dowdell and Kevin Ralston, visited the Tingley site Tuesday. Led by their director, Greg Storhoff, they provided a program featuring a variety of songs by the entire group plus a couple of solos and a special boys trio. They and their bus driver, Dave Groves, had their dinner at the site. A couple of the choir members had family present for the program. Samantha Crawford was proud to have her dad, Harold Crawford, present while Christiana Overholtzer was privileged to have her grandparents. John and Mary Overholtzer, and aunt and uncle, Ron and Jean Tull, present. The Overholtzers provided ice cream for all to enjoy with their meal. Again, for both days, folks have to brag how well behaved and mannerly all those young folks were. Hopefully, both groups will return next year. It wasnt, but it seemed like it was the Saint Patricks Day party at the site Friday. The Friday Singers chose all Irish tunes for their selections. Singers included accompanist Kay Henderson, director Bonnie Manders, plus Doris Overholser, Mary Jane Narigon, Marge Werner, Peggy Wagenknecht, Iona Triggs, Dorothy Clough, Harold Brown, Bill and Norma Webb and Don and Darlene Wimmer. Marge Werner read a joke brought by Sharon Case to provide the days bit of humor. Happy birthday wishes were

extended to Marge Patch, who would observe her birthday Saturday, March 16. Dave Patch provided ice cream as a special treat for Marges birthday. He provided the days blessing favoring with The Lords Prayer. Lloyd and Muriel Johnson were proud to have their daughter, Linda Ness, as their guest Friday. Lindas husband is retiring from the Army so they will be making their home with her parents for the time being. Mount Ayr meal site was closed Friday. Tingley was happy to have several Mount Ayr folks present. Get well wishes were extended to Louise Sackett. Everyone is glad shes back home and doing better. Happy birthday to Frances Davenport, who observed her birthday March 14.


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March 18 - Dorothy Barber went to Maryville, MO Sunday and had lunch with Brandon Thomas who is a student at Northwest Missouri State University there. Mary and Morris Carpenter went to Saint Joseph, MO Sunday to visit with Jim and Elaine Bryant and with Taylor Bryant who is recuperating from surgery. They also attended the sh fry in Blockton Saturday night. Helen Combs and Lil Rinehart went to Lori and Kevin Wimers Sunday to a birthday celebration for Jeremy Wimer. Also present were Lavena Wimer of Mount Ayr, Billy and Patty Wimer and Jeff and Denise Kelly of Afton. A correction in last weeks Redding news column should read that Helen Combs and Lil Rinehart went to graveside services for Pauline Holland rather than Susie Holland. Gladys Jones returned home to Redding Saturday after spending the winter in Anthem, AZ with Marcia and Trenae Lonetti. She ew to Des Moines Friday and was an overnight guest at Donna and Kent Bluncks who returned her home Saturday. Sunday Helen Harris and Brent took Gladys out for lunch at the OldTowne cafe in Allendale, MO. BayLee and Alexis Darrah were Sunday lunch guests at Peggy and Jerry Overholsers. The Methodist Action Club met Wednesday night at Sharon Walkups. The club decided to run a table for the Ringgold County Cares 100,000 meal weekend project in April. Kenny and Berta Quick visited with Bess Pickering in Grant City, MO Sunday afternoon. Betty and J.W. Robertson went to Branson, MO over the weekend with Wanda and Doug Hoseld and while there they visited with Bill and Karen Robertson, Mary and Ron Jones, Kenny and Debbie Robertson and Julie and Ross Domingo and daughter. Annabel Walkup went to the program, Jews for Jesus, at Wishard Chapel Monday night. Wednesday evening Annabel and Terri Newton co-hosted the Diago-

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March 18 - The most important news for Wishard Chapel Community Church this week is the annual sh fry planned for this Friday night. The sh fry will be held at the Southwest Iowa REC building in Mount Ayr. Serving starts at 5 p.m. and a freewill offering will be taken. The menu will consist of Alaskan Pollock lets, baked potatoes, cole slaw, homemade bread and rolls, hush puppies, dessert and drinks.

March 18 - The community would like to express sympathy to Shirley Erickson and her family on the death of her husband, Bob. Modern Mothers met Tuesday evening at Rumors. Joan Stringham was hostess and Lucy Ricker provided games for entertainment. Mike, Malinda, Shane and Mitchel Swank, Joan and Don Stringham, Matt Swank and Katie McGary and LeaAnn Marie and Bob and Lucy Ricker attended the wrestling banquet Wednesday evening. Nancy Saville of Creston and her granddaughter, Michaela Bradley of Indianola, visited Thursday with Patty and Wallace Sobotka. Jacque Sobotka and Ronnie visited Friday with Patty and Wallace Sobotka. Weekend guests of Mike, Malinda, Shane and Mitchel Swank were Matt Swank and Katie McGary and LeaAnn Marie. Michael, Brandon and Brittney Lane were weekend guests of Ann Baker. Chase Schlitz was a weekend guest of Mitchel Swank. Saturday Mary Gepner went to Council Bluffs to attend a baby shower in honor of Sara Maisel. She also visited with Linda Smoley, Randi Kennedy, Jean Regan and Geri Fredriksen. Sunday Bob and Lucy Ricker went to the home of Bruce and Michell Ricker and visited with Randi and Jaren Ricker and baby Evelyn. Sunday dinner guests of Mike, Malinda, Shane and Mitchel Swank were Mykenna Hribal, Joan and Don Stringham and Matt Swank and Katie and LeaAnn Marie. Sunday Mary Gepner, Mike and Nancy Gepner, Michael Camacho, Kay and Don Hove, Mary Swank and Karla and Jarred Larson attended the birthday potluck dinner at the United Methodist Church in Mount Ayr. Bob and Lucy Ricker were Sunday dinner guests of Bruce and Michell Ricker. Other dinner guests were Brent, Martha, Jessie, Joe and Jake Ricker.


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BY MADISON HOSFIELD Taylor Alexandra Still is the daughter of Doug and Gina Still of Mount Ayr. She has three brothers and one sister: Calob, 29; Luke, 27; Jordan, 24 and Hallie, 12. Throughout high school, Taylor has been involved in volleyball for two years, track for one year, softball for one year, and basketball for four years. Organizations that Still has been active in include FFA for one year, TSA for two years, Art Club for one year, drama for four years, speech for three years, and Tech Squad for one year. She has been involved in FCCLA for three years and has been the vice-president and has also held the co-president ofce of SADD while being involved for four years. Taylor has received many honors in high school including Player of the Game at the Raiderette Tipoff Tournament two years in a row, All-Conference for basketball, qualifying for state speech for three years, and being a part of the qualifying state basketball team her freshman and sophomore years. Stills favorite food is steak, Pretty Little Liars and Bonestie for her favorite TV show, and Jeeps and trucks are her favorite vehicles. Taylor has many favorite movies, but some of her top picks are The Pistol, The Notebook, Tangled, and Remember the Titans. As much as she loves her jeans, she loves dressing up depending on where shes going. She classied her favorite music as, anything that ts the moment. Taylors most memorable moment from high school has been playing basketball at the Well two years in a row. Her future plans are to attend Northwest Missouri State University to get her bachelor in science

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TAYLOR STILL Kathy Triggs, mother of senior Johnathan and sophomore Tyler, has been a secretary at the Mount Ayr Community high school since 1993. The wife of Kevin Triggs of rural Mount Ayr, Kathy keeps busy on the farm as well as at school. Before coming to Mount Ayr Community schools Kathy worked in Omaha as a secretary in a nancial ofce. Kathy has a communications, journalism/broadcast degree from Northwest Missouri State University. She uses those skills on the intercom daily and

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for secondary education. She also hopes to earn her masters in speech pathology. The most inuential people in Taylors life have been her parents because they always push her to do her best and are there for support when times get rough. I love my friends and family. Without them, I wouldnt be where I am today, says Still. When asked to describe herself in one word, Taylor chose blessed. The best advice Taylor has ever received was from her dad at the beginning of her freshman year. How hard you work the next four years will dictate where you go in life, he said. You have as much potential as you think you have, so work hard and do your best. Taylor also wishes to tell any underclassmen who are thinking, I cant wait to graduate, - no one is lying when they say it goes by fast. Ive had ups and downs during high school just like everyone else, she said. All I can say is, enjoy it, dont take anything for granted, and never stop trying your best.

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EMILY FOX On February 26, the Mount Ayr jazz band traveled to Audubon to play in a jazz band competition. The rst song the band performed was Artistry for Trumpets by Lennie Neihaus. The second song performed was Tiger of San Pedro by John La Barbera. Braydee Poore received a solo award in this song. The third song the band played was As If To Say Goodbye by Larry Neeck. Madison Hoseld received a solo award for this song. The band ended their performance with Out Back of the Barn by Gerry Mulligan. Jennifer Blair received a solo award for this song. After performing and getting the judges scores, the Mount Ayr jazz band received fourth place.

sometimes to announce the games at MACHS. When asked what she like most about MACHS, she stated, There are so many...the willingness of the students to do their best which helps the teachers do their best. What would she change about the school? Kathy stated that sometimes students have too many choices on what to do and it detours them from their school work. The main reason to be here is school. Kathy wanted to work at MACHS because the people were friendly and the school has a great reputation. Her favorite part of her job is that no two days are ever the same.

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The Mount Ayr community schools Board of Directors received a number of departmental reports at its most recent meeting. Elementary principal report Elementary principal Chris Elwood reminded board members the K-3 music program will be presented Monday, March 25 at 7 p.m. The program was postponed from March 11 so as not to interfere with parent-teacher conference week and because of missed practice time because of recent snow days. On Friday, March 29 the elementary will have a program called Step in that Right Direction. The program is designed to screen the general development progress of three-year-old children. Preschool and kindergarten teachers will do language, math, art, music and gross motor activities with children. Children will also receive speech, vision and dental screenings along with a height and weight check. Students in grades two through six will begin their basic skills testing April 1. Elwood has received a grant to have a Rock the Test assembly before the students begin testing. This will be a positive way to kick off the week and will also be used to give students and testtaking strategies. First-grade students will be taking the Otis-Lennon School Ability Test on April 2. This is a test of abstract thinking and reasoning ability. Teachers use the test results to help identify students for the talented and gifted program. A meeting for kindergarten parents will be held Monday, April 8. This meeting will give the school a chance to collect information from parents about each student. Parents will also have the opportunity to ask questions. The meeting will help guide the districts decision on whether or not to implement a junior kindergarten next year. Elwood reported over 300 students had the chance to go to the Princess Theater to watch a movie as a Raider Reader reward. Any student who had accumulated over 50 points toward their Raider Reader goal earned the movie reward. Secondary principal report Secondary principal Lynne Wallace informed the board about two progress assessments administered to Mount Ayr students. On March 4 the eighth grade students took either the reading or the math tests from the National Assessment of Educational Progress. She explained schools in grade levels are chosen on a lottery type basis to represent each state. NAEP then administers the same assessment in every state, providing a common measure of achievement across all states. The results of NAEP are released under the title The Nations Report Card. During the rst week in April, ninth graders will be taking the Smarter Balanced English/language arts/ literacy assessment. This assessment is designed to bring states together to create a common, innovative assessment system for mathematics and English language arts/literacy that is aligned with the Common Core State Standards and helps prepare students for college and careers. Wallace reported on the recent presentation of a new Smart Board from Hy-Vee. This is the second year in a row that Mount Ayr has won a Smart Board from the HyVee Smart Points competition. Wallace also reported on the visit from US Sen. Charles Grassley on February 19. Wallace completed her report with a long list of student achievements over the past few weeks. Activities recognized included athletics, dance, speech, drama, music and FFA. Technology report Technology director Kim Curry reported on the Internet live streaming of the recent Sparks Expo. She said an average of 62 people watched the rst half of the show online with an average of 40 people watching the second half the show. She and Shaun Kniep have heard nothing but positive comments about the streaming, and they are now looking into the possibility of streaming home football games and some basketball games. Curry told the board middle school and staff laptops are up for replacement at the end of the year. Middle school students will be getting the same kind of laptops high school students currently have, and teachers are be given an option between two different laptops. The old laptops will be placed in the carts for miscellaneous use. Buildings and grounds report Head custodian Clint Poore reported his staff had spent considerable time recently with snow removal. He also said he was in communication with both building principals to set priorities for summer projects and to upgrade security systems. His department is currently replacing some wornout doors and locks for safety purposes. Poore added the replacement of doors will also make heating and cooling systems run more efciently. Transportation report Transportation director Dick Still reported district buses traveled a total of 12,623 miles in the month of February for a total cost ____________________________
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BY MADISON HOSFIELD Natasha Marie VanHeeswyk is the daughter of Robin Drake and Deric Drake. Natasha has three brothers: Jacob VanHeeswyk, 17; Dusty Drake, 20, and Wesley Kirscher, 20. Throughout high school, Natasha has been involved in volleyball for four years, track for three years, and basketball, FCCLA, TSA, drama, and SADD all for one year. Natashas favorite food is tacos but pretty much everything because she loves food. Big Bang Theory and The Mentalist are at contest for her favorite TV show and an Equinox is her favorite car. Natasha has a ton of favorite movies, but her top picks would have to be Pretty Woman, Dirty Dancing and Titanic. She likes to stay comfy in her favorite clothes of jeans and a t-shirt. She loves all kinds of music and describes it to be her life! It was difcult for Natasha to pick a favorite memory from high school as she stated, I would have to say that if you have too many memories to just pick one, then you enjoyed high school to the fullest! Post graduation, Natashas future plans are to attend Kirkwood Community College to pursue an ag-related career. Natashas mom is who she claimed to be the most inuential person in her life. She has always been there for me and helped me when things got rough, said Natasha. She also says that Mrs. Kniep and Mrs. Cross have been big inuences in her life. She said that as teachers, they felt more like family. When asked if she could describe herself in one word, she chose, me. She has always just been herself and has never let anyone change the person that she is. The best advice Natasha has ever received was to not stress over the little things because it wont

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Natasha Marie VanHeeswyk matter in two days. Being stressed is not worth the time, and you will enjoy yourself better without it. Her advice to underclassmen is, High school is what you make it, whether you skim through it and dont care or if you take your time and care about everything. Be yourself, always.

BAILEA STARK Morgan Renee Quick is a senior at Mount Ayr Community high school. She is the daughter of Jeff and Rhonda Quick and sister to Alison Davidson. Her future plans are to study agriculture at Highland Community College in Kansas then later transfer to a university to receive her agriculture education degree. Morgan has been involved in basketball, FFA, track, softball, and Iowa High School Rodeo for four years. She was also involved in volleyball for one year. Honors Morgan has received while in high school have been a member of the 2010 Class 1A State Basketball Runner-Up and 2011 2A State Basketball qualier, IHSRA State Barrel Racing Champion, IHSRA Reserve State Cutting Champion, IHSRA vice-president (also in 2012), and then in 2012 and 2013 she was the IHSRA queen. Morgans favorite food is chicken noodles and mashed potatoes. Her favorite movies are The Final Season and 8 Seconds. You will most likely see Morgan wearing jeans, t-shirts and her boots riding around in her Jeep Wangler. Morgans most memorable moment from high school was being able to go to Nationals for high school rodeo two years in a row. She will also remember the time during basketball when Emily Fox made her car alarm go off three times while the basketball boys were still in the gym having their team meeting. Morgan has also been inuenced by many different people. Ted Foland has helped her have the good horsemanship she has now. He has also taught her to work hard in school, set goals high and dream big. David Carroll has also inuenced her. He has been her traveling softball coach for seven years. He has taught her how to be competitive in the right way. The last person who has inuenced Morgan the most has

BY NATASHA VAN HEESWYK Brandie Ruggles is married to Brett Ruggles of Carroll, an elementary teacher and coach. They have three kids. Hayden 7, Jackson 5 and Evan 2. Ruggles graduated from Mount Ayr high school and furthered her studies at Northwest Missouri State to become a teacher. Ruggles has been teaching at Mount Ayr for nine years. This has been the only place that she has taught. The best part about her job would be seeing the light bulb click on and how the skills that are learned in class are used in the real world. One of the most embarrassing moments Ruggles has had while teaching is when she was in P.E. with some girls. While showing them how to do a stretch, her pants ripped straight down the middle. Her favorite moment of teaching would be opening students eyes to new places in the world where they have never been and showing her class different types of restaurants and practicing their skills that have been taught in class. Ruggles took this career path to be able to teach and coach. Thinking this would best t her familys schedule, she never thought she would want to be shaping young minds as she does today. When asked what advice she would give for others taking this career path, she said, Keep a journal. Everyday is different and youre going to need the funny times to get you through the hard times. If there was anything she could do differently, it would be to get more endorsements in order to be more exible with what she could teach.

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Morgan Renee Quick been Courtney Taglauer. Courtney has inspired Morgan to work hard and to do her best. She is one of the main reasons Morgan has decided that she wants to be an agriculture teacher.

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BY JENNIFER BLAIR Aleha Whittington has been a librarian for 10 years. She has worked at the grade school and high school at Mount Ayr. Aleha attended college for two years at SWCC. Aleha mentioned there was nothing about her job that she would change. She loves learning more about technology at her job, she loves the staff that she works with, and she loves the kids that she works with. If Aleha wasnt a librarian, she would want to be a secretary. Aleha is married to Clint Whittington, and they have three kids together: Hayley in sixth grade, Hope in third grade and Harper in kindergarten. In her free time she is busy taking the kids to their sports and watching their games.



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Steve Kerns a farmer from Cleareld, served as a delegate at the Pork Act Delegate assembly March 8-9 in Orlando, FL. Kerns was named a delegate by Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack. Kerns was one of 160 delegates who represented pork producers from across the country and importers who sell pork products in the United States. The delegates nominate members of the National Pork Board; establish how much of the Pork Checkoff is returned to state pork organizations, and provide direction to the pork promotion, research and consumer information programs that are funded by the Pork Checkoff. Producers contribute 40 cents of every $100 of sales to the Checkoff, and importers use a sales formula to contribute a similar amount. That money supports advertising and other pork promotion efforts; research into animal welfare, food safety, swine health and the environment; educational programs for producers; the We Care initiative, and other projects. From managing issues to promoting our product at home and internationally, Pork Checkoff programs are continually working toward the end results of yielding positive results for pork producers, said Kerns. The National Pork Board earlier approved a 2013 budget for national spending of $69.8 million for programs of promotion, research and education to protect the ability of farmers to produce pork, to reposition porks image and to enable producers to remain highly competitive on a global basis. Included in that amount was about $30.6 million focused on increasing domestic consumer pork expenditures. We know from research that a signicantly larger percentage of Americans are enjoying fresh pork more frequently, said Kerns. One example comes from our marketing emphasis last year on pulled pork. That work resulted in signicant growth of pulled pork items on restaurant menus. The Checkoff also is at work in ongoing programs that include efforts to provide science-based answers and educational opportunities including: We Care, a responsible pork initiative, which is a coordinated effort of the National Pork Board and National Pork Producers Council to earn the trust of the pork industrys customers and consumers. Pork Quality Assurance Plus (PQA Plus), which is a three-part process that includes attending an educational and training session and then having an on-farm site evaluation to achieve PQA Plus site status. The program also includes a third component of random, statistically valid, third-party evaluation of program implementation. Results of those evaluations will show if the industry is improving its overall animal-care practices. The Pork Checkoff is continuing research into the four pillars of environmental sustainability focusing on the water footprint in 2013. That research has shown that in the last 50 years there has been a 35-percent decrease in pork productions carbon footprint and a 41-percent decrease in the amount of water used to produce a pound of pork. The National Pork Board has responsibility for Checkoff-funded research, promotion and consumer information projects and for communicating with pork producers and the public. Through a legislative national Pork Checkoff, pork producers invest $0.40 for each $100 value of hogs sold. Importers of pork products contribute a like amount, based on a formula. The Pork Checkoff funds national and state programs in advertising, consumer information, retail and foodservice marketing, export market promotion, production improvement, technology, swine health, pork safety and environmental management. For information on Checkofffunded programs, pork producers can call the Pork Checkoff Service Center at (800) 456-7675 or check the Internet at

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The Diagonal school board of directors set a public hearing for the 2013-14 budget as part of their regular meeting Wednesday, March 13. The board scheduled a public hearing for April 10 at 7 p.m. This years proposed taxed rate is 18.0172. This amount is a reduction from the 2012-13 rate of 18.06954, a reduction of .05234. The board also approved the dates of April 19-23 for the annual senior trip to Washington, D.C. They also approved a request from the junior parents to use a district bus for an out-of-state trip for after-prom activities. The board approved the 201314 calendar as presented by superintendent Karleen Stephens. They also accepted the resignation of Marci Bjustrom as Sites for Learning director effective at the end of her contract year in July. Secondary principal Lorna Paxson covered a number of items in her report: The Diagonal Activity Ban-

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The Mount Ayr Community K-3 Spring Concert will be held on Monday, March 25 at 7 p.m. in the elementary gym. Kindergartners will sing Nothing Rhymes With Orange, My Hat It Has Three Corners and Who Is On a Dollar Bill? First graders will sing This Way, Easter Bunny, A Bunch of Animals and Open the Window! Second graders will sing King Kong Kitchie Kitchie Ki Me O, A Hard-Boiled Conundrum and Talkin About the Moon. Third graders will sing Rockin Robin, Peace Like a River and Spring In My Step. Elementary vocal instructor Carol Cason will direct the performance. The kids have been having a great time preparing their songs for their spring concert, she said, and working very hard to present a funlled evening of songs that have taught them some things along the way, as well as some songs just for fun! We hope everyone can join us as we Celebrate Spring! Send a Record-News subscription o to college with your college student.


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Raiders compete in ISU Classic, Poore sets high jump record

The cold and snowy start to the 2013 season had little effect on the Raiders as they took to the track, Tuesday, March 12 in Ames at the ISU Classic. Senior Braydee Poore was on re at the season opener, according to coach Brad Elliott, as he won the event and broke the Raider high jump record with his leap of 6 7. Last season Poore had tied the old record of 66 set by Casey Smith in 1998. Its an amazing accomplishment to win the ISU classic, said Elliott. Its an all-comers meet so you have the best 4A-1A athletes competing for the top spot. To my knowledge Mount Ayr has never had an athlete take the gold at this meet, which adds to the excitement. The indoor meet gave the Raiders their rst taste of competition heading into the 2013 season. This is an early meet for the guys coming from their winter sports so we went in to this meet


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Middle school track teams report for 2013 season

Despite the recent cold weater, middle school track season is right around the corner. Rebel Raiders Thirty-six middle school boys reported for the 2013 track season, according to coaches Mark Budach and Joe Catanzareti. The roster is dominated by seventh graders, including Bradley Phelps, Craven Martin, Zach Murphy, Mitchel Swank, Will Hunt, Lucas Wurster, Bradley Wurster, Russell Holmes, Tristan Holmes, Marcus Daughton, Jeb South, Eian Adams, John Young, Hunter Wilson, Mitchell Lutrick, Baylee Love, Brayden Swank, Will Young, Logan Eaton, Jacob McCreary, Mason Smith, Cauy Bickel, Dylan McAlexander and Brevin Deskin. Only two eighth graders came out for track this year: Devin Russo and Mitchell Jennett. Although the weather hasnt cooperated, said coach Budach, the kids have been working hard each day to be ready for our rst meet. Rebel Raiderettes Coaches Sally Young and Brandie Ruggles welcomed 29 girls out for the 2013 track squad. Seventh graders include Bailey

Golf squads short on numbers, long on talent

As Raider/Raiderette golf season approaches, coach Scott Giles looks for some good things out of his squads. Senior Caitlin Giles, the lone Raiderette, has shown steady improvement in her game and is considered to be a contender for the conference medalist. The Raider squad consists of senior Dylan Doman, juniors Casey Paxson and Quency Vos and sophomores Connor Giles, Jake Ricker and Nathan Roberts. All six Raiders were out last season and continue to improve their game. While several of the golfers have individual goals, as a team, coach Giles looks to place in the top ve in the conference tournament and move out of sectionals into district play. Hunters have a new tool that may improve their in the eld experience even before opening day. The Iowa hunting atlas is an interactive map that shows 600,000 acres of public hunting land that is owned by the state, county or federal governments. The atlas is available online at www.iowadnr. gov/hunting. Schedule (4 p.m. start times unless noted) Apr. 2 Nodaway Valley H Apr. 4 MStM/SE Warren H Apr. 9 Wayne H Apr. 11 Central Decatur H Apr. 16 EU/SEW/S. Page H Apr. 23 Corning H Apr. 23 Mohawk Classic 1:00 at Honey Creek Apr. 26 Lenox A Apr. 29 POI Boys 9:00 at Afton Apr. 29 POI Girls 9:00 at Mount Ayr Apr. 30 Clarke/Lamoni at Lamoni May 2 Lady Mohawk Classic 1:00 May 7 Bedford H May 10 Boys sectional TBA May 13 Girls district TBA May 17 Boys district TBA May 20 Girls regional TBA May 24-25 Boys state TBA May 28-29 Girls state TBA

just looking to get some track time, added coach Elliott. I am very pleased with the way things looked due to our limited time outdoors so far this season. Meet results High Jump- 87 entries 1st Poore 6-07 Shot Put ND Joe Ricker 60M- 194 entries 90th Jacob Sobotka- 7:66 126th Jack Jones-7:83 60 M Hurdles-122 Entries 21st- Poore- 8:87 400M- 128 entries 32nd- Sobotka-54:62 80th- Jones-57:27 1600M- 126 entries 42nd- Noah Larsen-4:57:87 4x800 24th- Erick Freed, Kyle Dolecheck, Shane Swank, Larsen - 8:59.52 Next action for the Raiders will be the Winterset Boys Invitational Friday, March 29. Raider senior Braydee Poore set a new school record in the high jump at the ISU Classic last week. The mark of 67 breaks the old record of 66 Poore already shared with Casey Smith. The record leap was also good to capture rst place in the highly-competitive indoor meet.

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Bluegrass League Week March 12, 2013 Team Standings Hutton Construction 35-9 Sassy Strikers 26-18 Ragamufns 23-21 Giggling Girlies 19-25 Rolling Stones 17-27 Lucky Ladies 12-32 (Game/series stats for March 5) High games (150 and over): Merna King 195; Barbara Hutton 150, 189; Brenda Woody 161, 175, 159; Renda Smith 166; Amanda Miller 160; Janet Haley 157; Dianna Sickels 153; Deb Ayres 150. High series (450 and over): Brenda Woody 495, Merna King 490, Barbara Hutton 461. (Game/series stats for March 12) High games (150 and over): Katie Still 184, 160; Janet Haley 181; Carrie Main 179; Renda Smith 175, 151; Deb Ayres 168, 167, 152; Brenda Woody 160, 151; Merna King 160; Lori Hibbs 159; Selina OConnor 152; Janice Johnston 151. High series (450 and over): Deb Ayres 487, Katie Still 483, Janet Haley 471, Renda Smith 468. Thursday Mens League Week of March 14, 2013 Team Standings DAE 26-18 IWIWALB 26-18 Hy-Vee 24.5-19.5 Lucky Lanes 20-24 Leftys 19-25 Suds & Gutters 16.5-27.5 (Game/series stats for March 7) High games (200 and over): Eric Dolecheck 224, 267; Jessie Still 248, 2-4; Rick Fox 246, 201; Justin Redding 243, 223, 209; Brent Ricker 236; Clay Nelson 233, 200; Wes Mathany 224; Wiley Main 222, 202, 216; Scott Myer 220; Steve Fetty 218; Travis Hartman 217, 211; Chad Bals 210, 212; Eric Ehlen 203. High series (600 and over): Justin Redding 675, Eric Dolecheck 648, Rick Fox 642, Wiley Main 640, Jessie Still 640, Clay Nelson 624, Chad Bals 609, Brent Ricker 606, Travis Hartman 603. (Game/series stats for March 14) High games (200 and over): Russ Stewart 236, 244, 224; Wiley Main 228, 236; Scott Myer 201, 235; Bill Calhoon 232; Brent Ricker 230, 205, 204; Ron Sickels 227; Eric Dolecheck 208, 212, 224; Chad Bals 206, 224, 213; Jeremy Shelley 224; Brent Wise 223, 205, 212; Randy Gregg 222; Rick Fox 220; Clay Nelson 215, 202; Mike Hall 210, 200; Jim Brand 205; Travis Hartman 202, 200; Wes Mathany 200. High series (600 and over): Russ Stewart 704, Eric Dolecheck 644, Wiley Main 644, Chad Bals 643, Brent Wise 640, Brent Ricker 639, Scott Myer 618, Bill Calhoon 600.

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Present weather notwithstanding, the ice cover is beginning to lose its grip on Iowa lakes and streams marking the beginning of the annual feeding frenzy where channel catsh eat like teenagers on sh that died during the winter. Channel catsh make up for a winter of light feeding during the rst few weeks after ice out making this prime opportunity for some fast and furious shing. They are just absolutely gorging themselves on the stinkiest, smelliest dead sh they can nd, said sheries biologist Paul Sleeper, from the Lake Macbride management district. They are just about round, they are so gorged. Sleeper witnesses the frenzy at Coralville Reservoir each spring where anglers, standing shoulder to shoulder, work to get their limit of 15 catsh in a few hours. Ice out catshing can be done in rivers below low head dams or at the mouths of tributaries, in lakes, but is most common in the large ood control reservoirs. He said warm water is important to successful spring shing and ice out catshing is no different. Find slack water or the backside of a point in the upper end of the ood control reservoir near where the wind is blowing in as a gathering place for dead shad. The area should have shallow water that will warm up quickly. The dead sh will oat to the surface and blow in to the bay, leaving a smelly trail for hungry catsh. The feeding frenzy could be less concentrated in location this spring after high water and runoff from the late winter rain raised river and reservoir levels potentially depositing some of the dead sh above the water line once the water level recedes, especially in eastern Iowa where the bulk of the rain fell. For the newcomer, Sleeper said it can be a little tricky to keep the bait on the hook and even trickier to keep the stink off your hands. Shad guts are about the best, but it can be hard to keep on the hook, he said. A lot of the anglers are using a chunk of dead sh on a 1/0 to 3/0 bait holder hook to keep it on. It is usually a fast and aggressive bite. Bring disposable latex gloves to handle the bait, Sleeper said. You may need to designate a pole or two for catshing because of the smell. Some anglers use a barrel swivel and a slip sinker because catsh like to roll, especially larger sh. His last piece of advice is to plan to arrive in the afternoon to give the water a chance to warm up. Fishing could be better in midafternoon when the sun is high, he said. The Ring-Necked Pheasant in Iowa allows users to navigate and search specic details within the le. It can also be read aloud to the viewer. The book addresses nearly every historic aspect of pheasants in Iowa including how pheasants arrived, dispersed, the rst hunting season and bag limits, early management issues, and more.

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Historic pheasant book now available online

The original and historic accounts of ring-necked pheasant in Iowa published in 1977 is now available electronically at www. The book was written by then Iowa Conservation Commission upland game biologist Al Farris and has been out of print for decades. The electronic version of

A click on an area will show basic information like zone and open season, and links to maps, if available. The atlas view from above allows hunters to zoom in on an area, see how to get there, the lay

of the land and where one parcel of public hunting land is in relation to others. Information will be updated as public hunting lands are acquired. This is current information at their ngertips, available 24 hours a day that hunters can access to plan their hunts, said Monica Thelen who spearheaded the project for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. The best way to use the atlas is to spend time getting familiar with it. Spring turkey hunting begins in April so there is an opportunity here for hunters to nd a new place to hunt public land using the atlas.

Caylie Hickman warms up in preparation for competition in the Knights of Columbus State Free Throw contest. Hickman placed fourth in the contest held March 17 in Clarion.

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Easter Week observances set in area

A number of area churches have announced plans for observance of Easter week. First Lutheran First Lutheran Church in Mount Ayr plans a Palm Sunday service at 8 a.m. on March 24. A Good Friday service will be held at 5 p.m. on March 29, with the Easter worship with Holy Communion set for 11 a.m. Sunday, March 31. Tingley Christian The Tingley Christian Church will hold a Good Friday service at 7 p.m. March 29. United Baptist-Presbyterian Palm Sunday service will be held at 10 a.m. on March 24. A special sunrise service will be held at 7 a.m. Easter Sunday, March 31.

Supervisors adjust budget, lower levy

At the conclusion of the budget hearing March 11, the Ringgold county supervisors told those in attendance they would review the budget before voting nal approval. After further discussion Tuesday afternoon, the board voted to approve a budget that kept levy rates nearly identical to 2013 levels. To accomplish this task, the board moved costs for health insurance, FICA and IPERS for the secondary roads department back into the department budget. The board had originally sought to increase funds available for road

Child advocates visit capitol

State representative Cecil Dolecheck (R-Mount Ayr) met recently with local Early Childhood Iowa advocates at the state capitol. Pictured are (seated) Carly Ernst from Bedford, (L-R) Vicki Sickels from Mount Ayr, Terry Wangberg from Lenox, Jenny Ernst from Bedford and Rep. Dolecheck.

maintenance by moving costs for those items into the general supplemental line item and into a newlycreated rural service supplemental line item. The new budget eliminates the rural service supplemental levy altogether and reduces the general supplemental levy to $2.8 per $1,000 valuation. As a result, the total countywide/rural service levy is $11.17752, an amount almost identical to the levy for the current scal year. The revised budget is printed on page 13 in this weeks RecordNews.

Steps given to reinstate license

Michael Cotter entertains the audience during the Farmer Appreciation event last week. The farmer/author/storyteller shared stories of life on the farm and his appreciation for those who are good stewards of the land.

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Hospital halls mark routes for walkers

When you visit Ringgold County Hospital and Mount Ayr Medical Clinic be on the lookout for signs that mark routes and distances for walking. This is part of a community wellness initiative that promotes healthy eating, more physical activity and knowing what your numbers are for blood pressure, cholesterol, BMI, and the like. The same wellness initiatives are being promoted to the hospital and medical clinic staff. A recent visit to the health care complex revealed signs telling how many feet it is to specied locations along with the number of laps needed to be the equivalent of a mile. The hospital administration and wellness committee members, Linda Winkler and Jennifer England are encouraging the public to join the staff for a walk in the hallways. No matter how little time you have there is a climate controlled route waiting for you, states Winkler. Hospital physical therapy assistant Jill Ehlen says There are

different hallways a person can use depending on the amount of time they have to walk or the distance they are trying to cover. The middle hallway is a 1/20 mile lap and it is 1/6 mile if you walk the lap of the south hall and continue to the cafeteria and back. Ehlen continues this is a great way for anyone to get exercise. It is out of the weather on a at surface. Ringgold County Public Health (RCPH) is teaming with the hospital and clinic to develop and promote worksite wellness at the medical facility. Multiple wellness activities for the staff are being developed through this collaboration. RCPH continues their work through a community transformation grant to reduce the impact of chronic diseases. If you would like more information on how you can incorporate wellness in your worksite please contact Ringgold County Public Health at 641-464-0691 or visit us on the web at www.rcph. net and

Some people say there is nothing worse than losing your driving privilege and having your drivers license suspended or revoked; or not being able to renew your drivers license because you owe a civil penalty. And, one of the most frustrating parts can simply be not knowing what is needed to get your drivers license back or when is the earliest date it can be reinstated. Reinstating your driving privilege and getting your drivers license back could mean you must pay a civil penalty, attend a drinking driver school, participate in treatment and evaluation, submit a medical statement from your doctor or take other action. Whatever the reason, you can nd out exactly what is required by going online, anytime to the Iowa Department of Transportations myMVD website at https:// The site is available 24 hours a day/7 days a week for your convenience. Its easy. Just enter the required personal information; and select the Reinstatement requirements option. Thats it. The information will be presented for viewing. Iowa DOT Motor Vehicle Division Director Mark Lowe said, Dont be fooled by imitation websites that appear as though they can help you renew your Iowa drivers license, change your address, get your learners permit or replace your license online. There is no other website that has the ability to do these things. Any money that you pay to these look-alike websites will not result in you receiving any of these services. Trust only the Iowa DOTs myMVD website.

Ringgold county volunteers were honored at a breakfast for their outstanding volunteerism Tuesday, March 12. More than 25 volunteers attended the breakfast from organizations such as HCI Care Services, Ringgold County Cert Team, Neighborhood Center and faith-based groups. The breakfast was sponsored by the Volunteer Center of Southern Iowa, AmeriCorps Youth Launch and Graceland University.

Volunteers recognized

The Grand River Wildlife Unit (formerly called Mount Ayr Wildlife Unit) will be conducting several prescribed burns within Ringgold county this spring. The burns will include three units at the Kellerton Bird Conservation Area, one unit at Fogle Lake, three units at Ringgold Wildlife Area, and one unit at the Mount Ayr Wildlife Area. Most of the burns will be completed when conditions are right between March 15 and May 15. We look to accomplish many objectives with these prescribed burns, explained Josh Rusk Iowa DNR wildlife technician. The primary objective of most of our burns is brush control. We also

DNR wildlife unit to conduct prescribed burns in county

use burning to distribute grazing, increase plant diversity, remove litter, and so on. It is a very cost effective management tool to improve wildlife habitat. The DNR spends a lot of time planning and preparing for each burn. A burn plan is written which outlines the conditions, equipment, personnel, and a contingency plan. Nowadays a smoke management plan is also necessary. Smoke can be a concern for people with certain health conditions or farmers with livestock nearby. If you are located near one of these wildlife areas and are concerned about smoke from these burns please contact Josh Rusk 641-464-2389. Farm link under Hot Topics. Applications may also be requested from Becky Lorenz, coordinator of the Century and Heritage Farm program via phone at 515-281-3645, email at Becky. or by writing to Century or Heritage Farms Program, Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, Henry A. Wallace Building, 502 E. 9th St., Des Moines, IA 50319. Farm families seeking to qualify for the Century or Heritage Farms Program must submit an application to the department no later than June 1, 2013. The ceremony to recognize the 2013 Century and Heritage Farms will be held at the Iowa State Fair and is scheduled for Tuesday, August 13. Garage Sale? Advertise in the Mount Ayr Record-News classi eds and draw a crowd!

Centenarians to be honored
The Iowa Department on Aging (IDA) are seeking Iowans who may be, or know someone, who is 100 years old or older to be added to the Iowa Centenarian Registry and honored at the annual Centenarian Honors Celebration in October. Any Iowan born in 1913 (or before and not yet on the Iowa Centenarian Registry) qualies for this milestone recognition. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, there are 846 centenarians in Iowa. Per capita, Iowa ranks third in the nation in the number of centenarians. Centenarians will be invited to be guests at the 2013 Centenarian Honors Celebration reception October 4 at the Science Center of Iowa located in Des Moines. Along with the special celebra-

Graceland University has been named to 2013 Presidents Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for the second year in a row. The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) is a federal agency that publishes the list annually to honor higher education institutions. This year, 690 institutions across the country received this distinguished honor. This award means that Graceland is among the top institutions across the country in terms of community service. It shows that were dedicated to serving the community around us and that our

Graceland on community service honor roll

projects have had really successful results, said Julie Neas, Director of the Volunteer Center of Southern Iowa. Gracelands community service projects upheld this year included the work of Enactus students, helping both local businesses and communities in Zambia and the Philippines, and Gracelands annual basketball camp. Students also volunteer through a number of other campus organizations, including Outreach International, Senate and Campus Ministries. Even small ads are noticeable in the Record-News. You read this one.

The weather pattern over much of the nation this March is vastly different than last March and will translate to a more favorable environment during the growing season for agriculture in most areas, according to The arrival of rain and snowstorms this winter and ongoing into March has paved the way for a more positive outlook into the early summer from parts of the Plains to the East Coast, where much of the nations corn is grown. A bumper crop of corn alone later this summer could eventually reduce the pressure on grain, livestock feed and many consumer prices in general. Compared to last year, for the season as a whole, more moisture will be available for agriculture due to lower temperatures and lower evaporation rates from the Mississippi Valley.

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tion, they will receive a certicate signed by the Governor. Both the Governor and Lt. Governor have been invited to attend. For more information regarding the centenarian recognition, or if you have questions about the program, please contact Machelle Shaffer directly at 515/725-3312 or email machelle.shaffer@iowa. gov. Contact the Iowa Department on Aging at 515/725-3333, tollfree 800/532-3213 or http://www. The mission of the Iowa Department on Aging is to develop a comprehensive, coordinated and cost-effective system of long term living and community support services that help individuals maintain health and independence in their homes and communities.

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey encourages eligible farm owners to apply for the 2013 Century and Heritage Farm program. The program is sponsored by the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship and the Iowa Farm Bureau and recognizes families who have owned their farm for 100 years in the case of Century Farms and 150 years for Heritage Farms. These awards are an opportunity to recognize the hard work and commitment by these families that is necessary to keep a farm in the same family for 100 or 150 years, Northey said. If you consider all the challenges and unexpected obstacles each of them would have had to overcome during their life on the farm, it gives you a greater appreciation of the dedication and perseverance of each of the families being recognized. Applications are available on the departments website at www. by clicking on the Century Farm or Heritage

State seeking century farms

State assistance for sustainable ag projects available

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey today announced the State Soil Conservation Committee Research and Demonstration Fund has assistance available to support research or education/ demonstration projects that explore sustainable agriculture and projects focused on reducing nonpoint pollution. Funds are available to collaborative teams of scientists, farmers, institutions, soil and water conservation districts and educators. Applications must be submitted to the State Soil Conservation Committee by April 3, 2013 and funding decisions will be made in July. More information about applying for assistance can be found at and then click on Conservation at the top of the page. Interested applicants can also contact Tarrita Spicer with the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship at 515-281-5851 or Tarrita.


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Monday morning started off with exercise and women in history trivia. Since this is Women in History month, residents thought they would do some research on the subject. Scott Marcum arrived for Bible study Monday afternoon and brought some cookies for everyone. Residents came to the living room Tuesday morning to play Pictionary. This writer barely got the picture drawn before they guessed it, and she cannot draw. Bingo was Tuesday afternoon with Evelyn Stevenson, Helen Lyddon, Dorothy Wetzel, Clara Kilgore and Ona Knott as winners. Exercise and Ripleys Believe It or Not were Wednesday morning. The minister for church Wednesday afternoon was Tim Maxa. Residents and Amy talked about three amazing women in history Thursday morning -- Jackie Kennedy, Cleopatra and Harriet Tubman. All enjoyed a Saint Patricks Day party Thursday afternoon. Coletta Bradley, Gladys Gose and Evelyn Stevenson won the door prizes and Jeane England and Evelyn Lund won head boppers for being of Irish descent. Mint and mint chocolate milk shakes and cookies were enjoyed after the party. The monthly coffee was Friday morning with everyone enjoying donuts from Caseys and coffee or hot tea. Friday afternoon they all had fun playing Wheel of Fortune along with drinking a soda. Bingo was played Saturday afternoon and winners were Gladys Gose, Lorane Leonard, Ona Knott and Lila Barker. Visitors this week have been Alvin Gaule, Dorene, Isaac and Logan Rusk and Stoney, Travis, Merik and Aiden Gaule with Nioma Gaule; Gordon Kilgore, Kerry Saville and Kathy, Ashley and Daisy Valenzuela with Clara Kilgore; EJ, Ashlynn and Kelly Allee with Helen Lyddon; Robert and Jan Imhoff with Juanita Matthews; Jack and Dixie Taylor and Darla Sobotka with Lorabel Taylor; Becky Barrans with Bev Stream; Marcia Nickell with Dorothy Wetzel; Rick and Marvin Garrett with Harriet Garrett; Brook Belding, Blythe Beck and Janice Nook with Ona Knott; Russell and Floy Davenport with Gladys Gose, and Mickey Routh, Dorothea Larsen and Normie Beggs with several. morning. The teacher was Rhonda Brand. Residents have been enjoying the daffodils throughout the building and in their rooms. This is another sure sign of spring! Ruth Angus enjoyed going out to church with her son Sunday. Elaine McCampbell enjoyed having her daughter, Patti Jones, and Junior Karr join her for lunch Saturday. Phyllis Sickels was a Sunday lunch guest of Sylvia Hall. Maxine Werner enjoyed going out to lunch with Nancy and Race Kelly. Welcome visitors over the past week have been Roger and Terri Main of Creston and Regan Main and Holly Jerome with Dorothy Main; Donna Stark, Judy Doolittle and Vickie Parrott with Loreen Reed; Corwin Karr, Patti PageJones of Creston and Chuck Page of Emporia with Elaine McCampbell; Phyllis Sickles and Cheri Dessinger with Sylvia Hall; Ethel Campbell with Donald Campbell; Rhonda Cooper of Kent with Kathryn Adams; Wayne and Suzanne Brown and Cindy, Jack and Rooney Miller of Pleasant Hill and Irene Merical of Adel with Shirley Brown; Janice McGee of Mercer, MO with Wayne and Irene Bohn; Lyle and Janet Hogue of Hateld, MO and Larry and Arletta Hogue of Ankeny with Irene Hogue; Marie Still, Tate and Isac Dugan and Warren Angus with Ruth Angus; Merna King of Bedford with Ed and Lorraine King; Linda Shaw of Red Oak and Larry and Pat Teply with Gerald Gardner; Vera Moore, Jim, Megan, Maggie and Evan Stuck and Dave and Cheryl Stuck of Warrensburg, MO and Jeannette Lutrick with Bev Moore; Joni Dugan, Marie Still and Isac and Tate Dugan with Bernadine McBride; Connie Worthington of Des Moines, Judy Pottorff and Hank Smith with Margaret Fletchall; Jim, Megan, Maggie and Evan Stuck of Warrensburg, MO, Barb Gregg and Ruth Egly with Nieda Cunningham; Richard Poore of Story City and John and Mary Howell of Glenwood with Nina Poore and Paul and Marie Campbell; Regan Main and Holly Jerome with Earl Brand; Betty Jean Schnackenberg with Betty Ruby, Dorothy Sobotka and Wayne and Irene Bohn; Nancy and Race Kelly of Winterset with Maxine Werner, and Ted and Bryce Bear with Don Bear and Nova Giles. ting up with the help of her son, Ty Jones. Lisa Conklin played the piano around the home for residents to enjoy. She then played in the special care unit before lunch. Bingo was played in the afternoon with Lisa calling and Sommer and Ty passing prizes. Getting blackouts for an extra prize were Joan Hill, Anna Linkey, Lois Anne Sobotka, Minnie Breckenridge, Permelia Fletchall, Donnie Johnston and Bernice Hoffman. Sunday school was taught by Norma Stringham. Carmene James played the piano. Residents having guests join them for meals during the week were Anna Linkey, Iris Osborn, Rose Hunt and Oleta Scott. Visitors have been Larry and Tommie Hull and Vickie Mericle with Larry Hull; Kay Sickels with Vera Daughton; Linda Hultquist with Wyone Guthrie; Carol Norris with Anita Hayworth; Joyce England with Lois Anne Sobotka; Carol Lee Bentley with Anna Linkey and Mildred Beymer; Marge Perkins and Patti Mdler with Peterson; Betty Jean Schnackenberg with Virginia Weaver, Anna Linkey, Mildred Beymer and Lois Anne Sobotka; Trent and Jo Johnson with Winifred Johnson; Marlene Wyer with Ione Veatch; Dave and Ellen Brand with Roxie Trullinger; Lyla Miller and Sue with Ray Miller; Guy, Deanna and Bill Breckenridge with Minnie Breckenridge; Janis Taylor and Mike and Jean Ann Taylor with Anna Linkey; Dave and Lisa Richards with Marilyn Richards Pastor Shurmaine McAlpine with several; Dorothy Barber with Doyle Murphy; Sue Richards with Cleola Geist and Twilla Lininger; Turk Allen with Lois Anne Sobotka; Lois Todd with Mildred Peterson and Shirley Martin; Davis and Quita Koehler with Twilla Lininger; Steve and Royanna with Helen Stickler; Billy Blunck, Bill and Kathi Blunck, Aaron Sickels and Molly and Linda Sickels with Helen Blunck, and Sharon Case with Irene Spencer.

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March 18 - Ann Walters spent several days last week in Saint Joseph, MO with Mark, Janelle, Cooper, Drake and Shae Davison. Jim Smith and Curt Pierschbacher were auctioneers at the Pheasants Forever banquet, where they auctioned donated goods. The Beaconseld United Methodist Women met Wednesday, March 13, 2013, with seven members present and one guest, Rita Freihage, UMW District representative. Phyllis Manning presented a program on Compassion International and Virginia McAlexander served Saint Patricks refreshments. Emily Roepsch of Des Moines spent Tuesday with her parents, Eugene and Esther McAlexander. Ed Matlage of Des Moines spent the weekend with his mother, Lil Matlage. Bob and Connie Eason of Mount Ayr spent the weekend with Mike and Connie Nesseen.

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March 18 - Marie Cameron had knee surgery Tuesday, both at the same time, and so Linda Bell is lling in for her, cooking at school. Linda enjoys it and it gives her something to do. Marie got through surgery ne and she is now home. She will have at least a month of recovery. Bob is helping her as much as he can and her sister is coming to help for a week or so. They all wish her a speedy recovery. Coming up at school on April 1, the OPERA Iowa is going to put on a performance. It will be at 2 p.m. in the gym. They want you there and seated by 1:45 p.m. and it is free, so this is something you dont want to pass up. The Cleareld Lions clubs Easter egg hunt will be Saturday, March 30, at 3 p.m. at the school playground. In case of rain or bad weather, it will probably be at the Lions hall. This is always a fun event to watch so if youre not going anything, come join the fun. For information, call Darin or Ann Schlapia at 641-336-2266. The Lions will meet on March 28 at 6:30 p.m. Be sure and mark your calendars. Another popular event coming up is the Methodist church garage sale. It is the rst weekend in April, April 6. There will also be a bake sale in the morning and roast beef, hot beef or escalloped chicken dinner, serving from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The sale runs from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. There is always a large variety of things to choose from. Beth and her family were there from Monday to Saturday visiting Gaylan and Linda Bell. It is their schools spring break, a week before Clearelds. Linda was working at school so she checked with the school and they said okay, the boys, Noah and Evan, visited school all three days. They sure did enjoy it, seeing their friends and teachers. Also the weather was great, especially Thursday and Friday. They got to play outside, ride the four-wheeler, etc. Noah and Linda also walked the ditch and picked up cans. On their road the cans were pretty scarce. Linda thinks someone had already been there. Closing this week with Ive learned that you should always take time to answer kids when they ask why. From the coffee table, Linda B.

Heyer Brothers Store in Tingley about 1905. BY MIKE AVITT pioneer home now located at the Tingley was platted by a town Ringgold County Pioneer Center company when the Humeston and in Ellston. Shenandoah railroad built their line Ringgold Roots, a publication through northern Ringgold county of the Ringgold County Genealogin 1882. ical Society, covered Tingleys earMany of the early residents of ly years in its April 1983 edition. Tingley came from the erstwhile There is specic information about village of Eugene, located about businesses, churches and fraternal halfway between Tingley and the societies from the years 1881 to future town of Shannon City. Eu- October 1886, but the source of the gene had a population of about 30 information isnt given. and had a store, post ofce and One detail that caught my eye church. is a statement saying the origiThe origin of Tingleys name nal Christian Church, which still is outlined in A History of Tin- stands in northeast Tingley, was gley, Iowa 1883-1983. William built in 1882. The Tingley centenTingley Cornwall came with his nial book says the Christians were parents in 1856 to a farm near the still in the planning stage in OctoUnion-Ringgold county line. Later, ber 1882. a township and a post ofce were This weeks picture comes named for him. This is the same from the Clair Heyer collection. Cornwall family who donated the The gentleman third from the right

is Clairs uncle Fred and Clairs father, John, is fourth from right. Fred and John had come to Tingley from Ridgeway, MO in 1901 and in 1903 bought a general store calling it Heyer Brothers. The rest of the Heyer family eventually moved to Tingley, and Clair was born there in 1910. Clair attended school in Tingley but graduated from high school in Waterloo. He worked in Iowa and Illinois until he and his wife Hazel retired to Tingley in 1973. Clairs entire life was recorded in photographs. Dozens and dozens of Clairs photos appear in the Tingley centennial book. Well be looking at some more of Clairs pictures in the near future, and Ill try to nd some information on Tingley that wasnt included in the centennial book.

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March 18 - Spring is here! This writer, for one, cannot wait to get out to enjoy the warm weather. She is sure that residents are anxious to get started on spring activities that will take them outside as well. Speaking of activities, Health Care has had a great week lled with many fun activities. Marvin Morse, Earl Brand, Margaret Fletchall and Kathryn Adams had a fun afternoon bowling on the Wii. Several games were bowled with the following being the high scores of each for the afternoon. Marvin, 101; Earl, 186; Margaret, 159, and Kathryn, 161. A variety of stories were listened to and enjoyed as Deanna read from various magazines. A most interesting and informative article was read from The Spokesman in regards to the Aquaculture System in Webster City where they are now growing sh. Dominoes is always a fun pastime that many enjoy daily. This past week Ruth Angus taught some willing learners how to play Mexican Train Dominoes which was very fun. Cheri Dessinger and Phyllis Sickles are faithful volunteers whom residents enjoy having around to help with dominoes. The shopping cart was open for business last Wednesday morning just before church services. The minister this week was Rev. Scott Marcum. Charlotte Swank was the pianist. Bingo was enjoyed with the help of Phyllis Riggs, Phyllis Sickles, Cheri Dessinger while Corwin Karr and Judy Doolittle were guest players. Winning games were Elaine McCampbell, Nieda Cunningham, Kenny Driftmier, Ada Stanley, June Steinman, Donna Benegas, Loreen Reed, Darlene Minnick, Lorraine King, Corwin Karr, Virginia Albers and Marie Campbell. Darlene Minnick was blackout winner. Billy Webb, son of CNA Jennifer Webb, was there Friday morning and helped with horse races. It is quite a chore to get those horses around the track and his help was appreciated. Loreen Reed won two races and Betty Ruby won one as did Billy. A new game called Body Language was enjoyed that afternoon while Methodist church members gathered for coffee hour. Kickball was enjoyed Saturday with Sunday school on Sunday

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March 18 - Snow again! At least it is not sticking. Residents are excited to have the SWCC jazz choir come and entertain on March 27 at 6:30 p.m. Why not come and enjoy the music with them. The Lenox choir is coming this Friday at 2:30 p.m. and the Diagonal choir sometime in April.


March 18 - Residents have enjoyed many activities during the past week especially the frog program presented Monday by Kate Zimmerman who works for Ringgold conservation. Activities coming up are Friday, March 22, the second graders will join residents to play bingo in the afternoon. Monday, March 25, in the afternoon residents will help Liz in the kitchen. The March birthday party is Thursday at 2 p.m. Kate showed a slide show about frogs and then a video that showed more about frogs of all kinds. Joe and Matt Routh served fried frog legs to those who wanted them. In the afternoon residents played board games and cards. Tuesday morning everyone had chips and a variety of dips followed with music in the morning with Lisa Conklin playing and Pattie Foltz leading. Joining residents were Roland and Jane Buck. They then went to do music in the special care unit. The Tingley Kitchen Band came in the afternoon. Those coming were pianist Carmen James, Mary Jane Narigon, Dick and Virginia Walden, Donald and Darlene Wimmer, Dorothy Clough, Evelyn Sickels, Norma Webb, Iona Triggs, Harold Brown, Peggy Skarda and George Hoseld. Wednesday was hand care day and Pattie Foltz, Sommer Jones and Kathi Blunck were busy all morning. Kathi then was busy in the special care unit doing hand care. Church services were brought by Scott Marcum and pianist was Carmene James. Many were interested in watching the special TV program about the new pope who was selected. Popcorn was served. Thursday morning was country school with Liz showing information about the new pope. Then residents learned many interesting things about Arkansas. They looked at several things from the Internet on the screen. In the afternoon everyone played the Saint Patricks Day alphabet game. Going out the rst game was Rose Hunt and the second game was Minnie Breckenridge. Coming in to do Bible study was Mike Maddy, minister from the UBP Church. Friday morning was general store and Sommer was busy set-

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life to the fullest. He was an honest, hardworking and dedicated person. He was an amazing husband, father, grandfather and friend who always had a joke or story to share. He spent his life serving his Lord, loving others and giving his all to each person he came in contact with, never knowing a stranger. He loved visiting and taking time chatting with the farmers every day at Dredge Feed. Some of his favorite pastimes included traveling the countryside, gardening, trains and tractors. He will be missed by many and his memories will live on through those he left behind. Robert passed away at age 77 on March 15, 2013. He was preceded in death by his parents, Helen and Dale Erickson; mother-inlaw, Unity Strange, and grandson, Jacobie Erickson. Survivors include his wife, Shirley (Strange) Erickson of Mount Ayr, Iowa; son, Mark Allen (Brenda) Erickson of New Virginia, Iowa; granddaughters, Alexi and Toriann Erickson, and greatgrandson, Myles Allen Carter Erickson, all of New Virginia, Iowa; sister, Barbara (Garn) Iverson of Las Vegas, Nevada; nephews, Hal (Terrie) Iverson of Gilbert, Arizona and Cyle (Stacy) Iverson of Las Vegas, Nevada; great-niece, Jena; great-nephews, Alex and Mitchell; father-in-law, Don Strange of Mount Ayr, Iowa, and a host of extended family and friends. Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home in Mount Ayr was in charge of the arrangements. Services were conducted at the United Methodist Church in Mount Ayr on Wednesday, March 20, 2013, with Rev. Skip Rushing ofciating. Musicians were Simply Voices. Casket bearers were Randy McDonnell, Bob Shafer, Delwyn Showalter, Steve Worthington, Richard Elliott and Royce Dredge. Military rites were by American Legion Ringgold Post #172 and Iowa Army Honor Guard. Bob was laid at rest in the Rose Hill Cemetery in Mount Ayr. Memorials are to the United Methodist Mens Group, American Legion and Lions Club.


Church Notes
Mount Ayr Larger Parish United Methodist Churches Pastor Skip Rushing Redding 9:00 a.m., Worship. 10:00 a.m., Sunday School. Middle Fork 9:00 a.m., Sunday School, all ages. 10:00 a.m., Worship. Mount Ayr 10:00 a.m., Sunday School. 10:30 - 11:00 a.m., Refreshments and Fellowship. 11:00 a.m., Worship. St. Josephs Catholic Church 100 N. Polk, Mount Ayr Fr. Bashir Abdelsamad, Pastor Sunday mass, 8:00 a.m. St. Patricks Catholic Church Grand River Fr. Bashir Abdelsamad, Pastor Saturdays, mass at 5:30 p.m. United Church of Diagonal Pastor Ed Shields 9:30 a.m., Church. 10:30 a.m., Sunday school. Tingley First Christian Church Al Rusk, Pastor 10:00 a.m., Church school. Margaret Hull, Superintendent. 11:00 a.m., Worship. Friday, March 29: 7:00 p.m., Good Friday services. First Lutheran Church Mount Ayr - LCMS Vacancy Pastor: Rev. Jonathan Watt Sunday, March 24: 8:00 a.m., Palm Sunday service. 9:15 a.m., Adult Bible study. Friday, March 29: 5:00 p.m., Good Friday service. Free Methodist Church Charles Weiman, Pastor 10:00 a.m., Sunday school. 11:00 a.m., Worship service. 7:00 p.m., Evening worship. Wednesday, Family Night Prayer meeting; F.M.Y., C.L.C., 7 p.m. Kellerton Assembly of God Church Pastor Barton Shields 9:30 a.m., Sunday School. 10:30 a.m., Worship service. 6:00 p.m., Sunday evening worship. Wednesday, 7:00 p.m., Adult Bible study. Blockton Christian Church Scott Marcum, Pastor 9:30 a.m., Bible School. 10:45 a.m., Worship. Second and fourth Sundays of each month, Youth Groups. First Wednesday of each month, Church Night. Tent Chapel Church of Christ Richard Reinhardt, Minister (3 miles south of Blockton, Iowa) Bible study, 10:00 a.m. Morning worship, 11:00 a.m. Watch In Search of the Lords Way - 7 a.m., Sunday on Ch. 17; KDSM Dish 259, 6:30 a.m. or Direct TV 364, 6:30 a.m. Sundays, 6:30 p.m., evening services. Wednesdays, 7:00 p.m., Bible study. Regular Baptist Church Mount Ayr 464-3293 (Church) Pastor Seth Denney 9:45 a.m., Sunday School. 11:00 a.m., Morning worship service. Nursery available. 6:30 p.m., Evening service. Wednesday, 6:30-8 p.m., AWANA; 7 p.m., Midweek Bible study and prayer. 7 p.m., Youth service. Hickory Grove Advent Christian Church Sherry Wiley, supply pastor The church has closed for the winter and will reopen in the spring on Palm Sunday, March 24, 2013. Mount Ayr Assembly of God Pastor Doug Rohrer (515-783-7712) See our facebook page 8:15 - 8:45 a.m., Prayer 9:00 a.m., Sunday school for all ages. 10:00 a.m., Fellowship. 10:30 a.m., Worship service. Nursery available. Childrens church. 5:00 p.m. Men of Valor Saturday, March 2: 8 - 11 a.m., Open Closet. Thursdays: Revolution Youth - 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays: Kids Club - 5-7 p.m. Kellerton United Methodist Church Rev. Robin Thomas, Pastor 9:30 a.m., Sunday School 10:30 a.m., Worship. Beaconseld United Methodist Church Rev. Robin Thomas, Pastor Sunday, 9:00 a.m., Morning Worship. No Sunday School. Bank of Christ Outreach and Hope Center 2nd & Ringgold, Kellerton 10:00 a.m., Sunday school for children and adults. 11:00 a.m., Church service with Kathy Johnston speaking. Faith United Parish Pastor Bruce Giese Platte Center 8:30 a.m., Worship. 10:00 a.m., Sunday School. United Baptist-Presbyterian Church 2343 State Highway 169 Mount Ayr Michael Maddy, Pastor (641-464-2127) Sunday, March 24: Palm Sunday. 9:00 a.m., Sunday school. 10:00 a.m., Church service. Greeter, Dean Blades; Call to worship, Deb Larson: Musician, Fay Howie; Childrens sermon, Julie Davison. Youth program. Monday, March 25: 5:00 p.m., Stretch exercises-UBP Church. Tuesday, March 26: 7:00 a.m., Mens breakfast at UBP Church. Wednesday, March 27: 5:00 p.m., Stretch exercise at UBP Church. 5:30 p.m., Choir practice at UBP Church. Director Judy Cunning. 6:30 p.m., Bible study at Mount Ayr Health Care. Monday-Saturday, March 25-30: 6:30 a.m., Breakfast With The Master at the First Christian Church. Sunday, March 31: 7:00 a.m., Easter sunrise service and breakfast. First Christian Church Pastor Chris Conklin Sunday, March 24: 9:00 a.m., Sunday school. 10:00 a.m., Church. Monday-Saturday, March 25-30: 6:30 a.m., Breakfast With The Master. Wednesdays: L.A.M.B.S. at 3:30 p.m.; Choir at 5:30 p.m. Thursday Prayer group at 9:30 a.m. Wishard Chapel Community Church Pastor Bill Armstrong 9:30 a.m., Sunday school. 10:30 a.m., Worship. Women of Wishard (WOW): Every rst Wednesday at 7 p.m. Ellston United Methodist Church Rev. Robin Thomas, Pastor 9:00 a.m., Church services. 10:00 a.m., Sunday school and Bible study. United Methodist Women: Every second Monday at 1:30 p.m. United Methodist Men: First/third Saturdays at 7:30 a.m. Youth Group: First/third Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m. Second Sunday - potluck; fourth Sunday - fellowship time. Website: Tingley United Methodist Church Rev. Robin Thomas, Pastor 9:30 a.m., Sunday school. 10:30 a.m., Worship. United Methodist Women: Every Third Wednesday. Youth Group: Second and Fourth Sundays, 5 p.m., at Ellston. The Lighthouse Non-Denominational Fellowship Doug Greene, Pastor Darin Dolecheck, Youth Pastor (west 2 miles on Hwy. 2) 9:45 a.m., Sunday School. 10:30 a.m., Worship. 6:30 p.m., Evening Worship. Mondays, 5 p.m., Thin Within Support Group; 7 p.m., Sowing in Tears Support Group. Wednesdays, 6 - 8 p.m., Crew Kids Club; 8 - 9 p.m., SOC Youth Meeting. Saturday Night Service, 7 p.m., Bible Study and Prayer led by Darla Dolecheck. Sermons available online at: Area Bible Fellowship Church 204 North Van Buren, Cleareld Pastor Ron Christian 10:00 a.m., Worship service. 11:15 a.m., Sunday school. Wednesday: 6:30 p.m., AWANA. Website: Trinity Christian Church Terry Roberts, Minister 446-8654 (Hwy. 2 West, Decatur) 8:15 a.m. and 10:45 a.m., Sunday morning worship services. 9:30 a.m., Sunday School, all ages. Wednesday: 7 p.m., Youth/Small group Bible study. Nursery available. The Community of Christ Tony and Sandy Crandell, Co-pastors Sunday, March 24: 11:00 a.m., Worship service with Mark Hensley speaking. Mount Ayr Restoration Branch Sherman Phipps, Presiding Elder Alan Smith, Assistant Sunday, March 24: Welcomers: Ron Smith family. 9:45 a.m., Family Worship, Ed Anderson family. 10:00 a.m., Classes. 11:00 a.m., Worship. Alan Smith, presiding; Nathan Smith, speaking; Pat Bolingbroke, pianist; Di Smith, special music. 2:00 p.m., Piano dedication. Custodians: Michael Jordisons. 6:00 p.m., Family fellowship at Rob Rolfe home. Monday-Saturday, March 25-30: Breakfast With the Master series at First Christian Church in Mount Ayr. Wednesday, March 27: 7:00 p.m., Prayer service at Bob Rowland home. Gordon Winkler, presiding.

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Bob Erickson ROBERT ALLEN ERICKSON Robert Allen Erickson, son of Helen (Stroup) and Dale Erickson, was born July 14, 1935 at Harkin Hospital in Osceola, Iowa. He graduated from Lorimor high school in 1953. Robert married Shirley Strange on December 6, 1957 at the Presbyterian Church in Creston, Iowa. To this union they had a son, Mark Allen, on July 5, 1959. After graduating, he went into the U.S. Army and was stationed in Japan for 18 months. When he returned home, he farmed for a short time and due to health problems, he went to work in Creston at a lumber yard as an ofce manager/bookkeeper. When that store closed, he moved to Mount Ayr to work for Roe Implement. He also worked as a secretary manager for Ringgold Mutual. In 1973 Royce Dredge and Robert bought Roe Implement. After it closed, Bob worked in the auditors ofce, Harvey Brothers and Glendenning Motors. He then went back to IH at Vetters until retirement. Robert was a member of the United Methodist Church where he was very active with Methodist Men serving as president and treasurer, teaching youth and serving anywhere he was needed within the church. He was active in the Lions Club which gave him 40 years of playing Santa for the young children in the community. As a member of the American Legion he participated in serving Sunday breakfast and the color guard. Since 1973 Bob has continued to serve on the Ringgold Mutual Board. In his early years he was leader for Weeblos and Boy Scouts where he had several boys earn their Eagle Scout; he was involved as a 4-H leader, and he also served on the Civil Service Committee and Veterans Affairs. Robert, known by his friends as Bookie, was a man who lived his

Karen Lucia KAREN LUCIA Karen Lucia, 74, of Ellston, formerly of Des Moines, passed away Thursday, March 14, 2013 at Kavanagh on 56th St. Karen was born June 28, 1938 in Des Moines to Woodrow and Margert (Olson) Lynn. She was employed at UPS in the Customer Service department for 25 years before her retirement. Karen is survived by her husband, Rudy L. Lucia; daughter, Ronda (Andy) Frantz; sons, Randy and Rick Lucia; stepdaughters, Debbie (Leonard) Thomas, Cris (Scott) Howard and Vickie Slater; sister, Joyce (Paul) Taylor; eight grandchildren, and two greatgrandchildren. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Online condolences may be expressed at Shop the Mount Ayr Record-News Classi eds!

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the public hearing. Mayor Nail called regular session to order at 7:06 p.m. Motion by J. Holmes/Fifer to approve the March agenda as presented. Roll call vote unanimous. Motion by J. Holmes/Johnston move to approve the February minutes, upon correction of which council members who were in the closed session (R. Holmes, J. Holmes, P. Fifer, M. West), the March bills and February nancial. Roll call vote: unanimous. Refuse: Doug of Waste Management was present to discuss the contract on Doug is to present the city with different options for recycling before the last of March. No action taken. 2014 Budget: West/J. Holmes moved to approve the 2014 budget with Resolution #526 as was published in the Mount Ayr RecordNews. Roll call vote: Ayes: J. Holmes, Johnston, West and Fifer. Nays: None. West/J. Holmes motioned to approve 2nd Homes alcohol license upon proof of dram insurance and license application. Roll call vote: Ayes: J. Holmes, West and Fifer. Nays: Johnston ICAP: The clerk stated she received an email from Willene White (insurance agent) stating she advised the re department to take inventory on their equipment to make sure the city has enough coverage. She thought it was too low. Water/Sewer: Nothing to report. Streets: Doug Prime asked permission to smooth the gravel on S. Ringgold Street in front of his house and also to x the tube at the north end of alley between W. Main and W. Fifth Avenue. West said Doug would need to get the ordinance on the size of tube to use. The council agreed S. Ringgold between W. Fifth and W. Sixth needs gravel as soon as the weather permits. Clerk said she would contact First Responders/ KVFD: Doug Prime gave a report for the First Responders. Doug stated they were told their debrillizer was outdated. No one present for re department. SIPR/Museum: Kathy Still was present to report on SIPRs nancial and activities. John and Dee Euritt were present for the museum. They reported Daniel Borntrager had been paid $300. Johnston said Mrs. Borntrager called her and said they received the $300. John and Dee are to contact Sharon Decker for the balance payment. J. Holmes/Johnston moved for the city to pay Daniel Borntrager the remaining balance with a signature agreement with the museum board for repayment when the grants are issued. Roll call vote: Ayes: J. Holmes, Johnston, Fifer. Nays: West. Miscellaneous: Scott Munyon presented the council with a signed petition from concerned citizens on the garbage pick-up on February 26, 2013. Scott stated the citizens should get $5 off the garbage bill for no pick-up on February 26. No action taken. The clerk is to get estimates for painting the board room and the rest room. J. Holmes/Fifer motioned to adjourn at 8:55 p.m. JUDY DOOLITTLE City Clerk ATTEST: KRISTINA NAIL Mayor Alliant, electric, $578.48. Windstream, phone/internet/fax, $149.93. Petty cash, $16.95.

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March 11, 2013 The Ringgold County Board of Supervisors met in regular session Monday, March 11, 2013. The meeting was called to order at 9:02 a.m. with the following members present: David Inloes, Royce Dredge and Kraig Pennington. A motion was made by Kraig Pennington and seconded by Royce Dredge to approve the agenda. AYES: Unanimous. NAYS: None. A motion was made by Royce Dredge and seconded by Kraig Pennington to approve the previous minutes. AYES: Unanimous. NAYS: None. The budget hearing for scal year 2014 was held in the assembly room of the courthouse. Present were Lyle Faris, Polly Hartsook, Jim Goins, Kevin Kilgore, Raymond Shields, Teresa Jackson, Neil Morgan, Gary Smith, Cathy McGahuey, Beverly McGinnis, Zach Gunsolley, Spencer Lumbard, Debra Cannon, Kate Zimmerman, Clint Spurrier, Becky Fletchall and Mike Sobotka. Supervisor Inloes called the meeting to order at 10:01 a.m. He started the meeting off with explaining the budget process and the many hurdles the board was faced with in preparing the budget for secondary roads. The board agrees that roads are a priority and need xed. However, the county is already contributing the most ($711,738) to the secondary roads department per the Iowa Code. Inloes added that if employees in other departments were cut as well as budgets, the county still could not contribute any more funds to the secondary roads department. The board did discover the insurance and FICA and IPERS can come out of the general supplemental fund and rural supplemental fund, respectfully. Therefore, a new levy was created for rural supplemental to do just this. In doing this, $465,925, has been freed up so to speak in the secondary roads department. This, of course, did cause a slight increase in taxes, a 1.3854 in levy rates overall. Inloes then asked for public discussion. Lyle Faris said with the proposed budget compared to FY13 there is a ve percent increase in the levy rate, a 24 percent increase in taxes and a 30 percent increase in department budgets. He questioned why

the supervisors are not asking department heads to cut their budgets. Faris asked that the board not ask taxpayers to cover those high budgets when the taxpayers have to pay more in taxes. He also added he has no problem paying to x the roads. They have been in bad shape for a long time, but if taxpayers have to pay more, then departments should have to decrease their spending; why the disparity? Jim Goins agreed with Lyle Faris. Jim is also concerned with the board approving a 3.5 percent salary increase. He does not agree with increasing taxes to cover this expense. He would like for the board to look the budget over again before approving it. Ask each department to cut their budgets, he added. Attorney Clint Spurrier responded to the noted increase in department budgets; one main reason for this is because insurance was not included in any department budget for FY13 when it should have been. In FY14 this problem has been corrected, therefore showing a signicant increase over FY13. Kevin Kilgore requested that the board not certify the proposed budget. He said if the budget is not certied today the county would revert to last years tax dollars. Three weeks ago Kilgore submitted ballot language to hold a special election requesting that half of the local option sales tax dollars go toward purchasing rock. He then asked if the board intends to follow through with this proposal. Inloes responded no they do not. Inloes stated that the bonders can call the bond due if the 28E agreement is changed. Sheriff Mike Sobotka added that, if the county changes the terms of the bond agreement, whats to stop the towns from requesting to pay less? Sobotka also stated that if the bond agreement is changed and the local option sales tax account does not make enough money to cover the bond payment, then the amount due would be left up to the taxpayers to pay, which would, of course increase taxes even more. The board did discuss this proposal with attorney Bob Josten who originally prepared the documents. He afrmed both the boards and Sobotkas arguments against this proposal. Kilgore asked that he be reimbursed for making two trips to Mount Ayr to receive information from the auditors ofce. He would like reimbursed for mileage and time at the rate of the auditors wages. Kilgore noted that the budget that was published in the paper is not the same as the budget presented at the hearing. Inloes stated that the budget proposed at the hearing is less than what was published in the paper due to an error with secondary roads FICA and IPERS. Kilgore said there is no transfer out listed for FY13 and the FY14 transfer out number is wrong, therefore causing the ending balance to be incorrect. He also added that the fund balances are not broken out. Kilgore questioned the location of the local option sales tax amount on the budget. He also added that the salaries listed on the proposed budget do not match the exsheet amounts and that more was paid in FY13 than was proposed. Kilgore said FICA and IPERS should be paid out of the same fund as salaries. He also added that the E-911 budget does not appear on the proposed budget. He questioned why there are no numbers for FY13 on the revenue and expenditure reports provided to him by the auditor. Kilgore added that the valuations for FY14 are not correct. By signing the RIZ contract years ago, the county has cost secondary roads close to $140,000. Kilgore also argued that exsheets are ofcial documents and questioned why they do not match what is in the published budget. He also noted that the assessors budget

does not match the exsheets. Kilgore said that salaries should come out of the basic funds. Kilgore then questioned the farm-to-market fund. Engineer Zach Gunsolley mentioned that the county does not cash ow this fund, DOT is the gatekeeper of this money. All claims go through the DOT and they pay those. Lyle Faris questioned why the fund balances are not broken out. Auditor Amanda Waske spoke with the Department of Management regarding this issue. She was told that fund balance designations are not required to be used when budgeting for FY14, for example. Counties budgeting on a cash basis complete a cash and GAAP annual nancial report by December 1 of each year; this is where the fund balance designation can occur. As far as actual year balances, Waske was not sure why those funds were not broken out. Faris asked if this could be done in the future, Waske replied it could be done. Jim Goins mentioned he understands that the roads need xed. He is not a fan of a tax increase but supports that in order to x the roads. Goins added that he feels the board is doing a great job. He just does not understand why spending cannot be cut. Sheriff Mike Sobotka responded to Kevin Kilgores statement regarding the E-911 budget not appearing on the proposed budget. Sobotka said that E-911 is funded by a surcharge on everyones telephone bill. No property tax dollars support the E-911 budget; therefore, it does not show up on the proposed county budget. There is a signicant balance in this fund because the E-911 board anticipates upgrades and in order to comply with growing technology, the board has to be prepared for these upgrades. For example, the federal government is mandating the narrow banding of all radio frequencies. In doing this, the sheriffs department, EMT and re departments in the county are having trouble communicating due to this mandate. In order to x the problem, E-911 has proposed in their budget to purchase a repeater tower in order to improve the communication within each organization. Raymond Shields, representing Farm Bureau, mentioned the organization is in favor of a gas tax increase to provide additional funding for secondary roads; however, he is not sure if this bill will pass. Shields feels the only option is to purchase a bond. He added that he appreciates all that the supervisors do. By attending the meeting he did not intend to cause friction between departments; he just asks that the board look at each department to cut spending. Polly Hartsook questioned the board giving raises as well and not cutting any departments budget. Supervisor Kraig Pennington noted he is not in favor of the proposed budget. He feels the budget can be reviewed and lowered over the next four days (prior to the March 15 date to certify). After visiting with the DOT, Pennington feels that the farmto-market account may be able to cash ow for gravel in FY14. Zach

Gunsolley is worried about taking this approach as there may not be enough money to fund other major paving projects that are in his veyear plan. Supervisor Royce Dredge mentioned he is in favor of the proposed budget. With the county transferring the maximum amount to secondary roads and the levy rates for the general basic and rural basic fund at their max, there is nowhere they can cut. Both of those levies have to be at their max in order to levy for the general supplemental and rural supplemental funds. Supervisor Dave Inloes said the board would review the budget again prior to approving it. Jim Goins expressed his appreciation for the board doing this. Inloes concluded the hearing with thanking everyone for attending; the board appreciates all feedback. Zach Gunsolley, county engineer, met with the board to review secondary roads updates. Zach mentioned he received a call from John Mullarkey with ICAP regarding the suit led against the county by a county resident regarding an injury which incurred in Ellston. Mr. Mullarkey said he will be meeting with this individual and their attorney to review the situation and determine how to proceed. Zach reviewed the farm-to-market account with the board. Zachs projection on the ending balance of this account will be ($151,683.95) by the end of September. Zach added that by the end of the calendar year, the farm to market account will no longer be borrowed ahead. The board approved three utility permits presented by Zach Gunsolley. The board reviewed the contract for the county engineer. Mike Schaefer met with the board to present a breakdown of his cost to haul sand out of Stanberry, MO; he mentioned it is cheaper for cost of the sand as well as hauling compared to Booneville. Schaefer also noted the quality compared to Booneville is much better. The board appreciated him providing this information. Schaefer mentioned he will meet with Zach Gunsolley to review this information as well. The board opened bids for the air conditioner replacement project. One bid was received from Munyon Plumbing & Heating for $12,850. The board opened bids for the sidewalk repair project. Bids received were as follows: Larsen Concrete, $7,883.92; Bowen Concrete, $8,819, and Doug Hymbaugh Builders $9,900. The board met with the veterans affairs commission. Present were Bob Erickson, Shirley Wallace and Bill Rusk. The board met with the commission to discuss the contract for the veterans affairs director. RESOLUTION RC1357 WHEREAS, the Ringgold County Board of Supervisors hereby approves the liquor permit for the South Shore Bar & Grill. THEREFORE, a motion was made by Kraig Pennington and seconded by Royce Dredge stating such. The vote on the resolution:

AYES: Unanimous. NAYS: None. ATTEST: Amanda Waske, auditor. Passed and approved March 11, 2013. RESOLUTION RC1358 WHEREAS, the Ringgold County Board of Supervisors hereby approves the liquor permit for the Sun Valley Country Club, Inc. THEREFORE, a motion was made by Royce Dredge and seconded by Kraig Pennington stating such. The vote on the resolution: AYES: Unanimous. NAYS: None. ATTEST: Amanda Waske, auditor. Passed and approved March 11, 2013. RESOLUTION RC1359 WHEREAS, the Ringgold County Board of Supervisors hereby approves the liquor permit for the Mount Ayr Golf & Country Club, Inc. THEREFORE, a motion was made by Kraig Pennington and seconded by Royce Dredge stating such. The vote on the resolution: AYES: Unanimous. NAYS: None. ATTEST: Amanda Waske, auditor. Passed and approved March 11, 2013. RESOLUTION RC1360 WHEREAS, the Ringgold County Board of Supervisors hereby approves funding for scal year 2014 for Southern Iowa Council of Governments. THEREFORE, a motion was made by Royce Dredge and seconded by Kraig Pennington stating such. The vote on the resolution: AYES: Unanimous. NAYS: None. ATTEST: Amanda Waske, auditor. Passed and approved March 11, 2013. RESOLUTION RC1361 WHEREAS, the Ringgold County Board of Supervisors hereby approves the contract for the county engineer. THEREFORE, a motion was made by Royce Dredge and seconded by Kraig Pennington stating such. The vote on the resolution: AYES: Unanimous. NAYS: None. ATTEST: Amanda Waske, auditor. Passed and approved March 11, 2013. RESOLUTION RC1362 WHEREAS, the Ringgold County Board of Supervisors hereby approves to table the air conditioner bid pending funding. THEREFORE, a motion was made by Kraig Pennington and seconded by Royce Dredge stating such. The vote on the resolution: AYES: Unanimous. NAYS: None. ATTEST: Amanda Waske, auditor. Passed and approved March 11, 2013.

RESOLUTION RC1363 WHEREAS, the Ringgold County Board of Supervisors hereby approves to accept the bid from Larsen Concrete for the sidewalk repair project for the courthouse. THEREFORE, a motion was made by Kraig Pennington and seconded by Royce Dredge stating such. The vote on the resolution: AYES: Unanimous. NAYS: None. ATTEST: Amanda Waske, auditor. Passed and approved March 11, 2013. There was no further business. A motion was made by Royce Dredge and seconded by Kraig Pennington to adjourn the meeting at 4 p.m. DAVID INLOES Chairman ATTEST: AMANDA WASKE Ringgold County Auditor March 12, 2013 The Ringgold County Board of Supervisors met in regular session Tuesday, March 12, 2013. The meeting was called to order at 9 a.m. with the following members present: David Inloes, Royce Dredge and Kraig Pennington. A motion was made by Royce Dredge and seconded by Kraig Pennington to approve the agenda. AYES: Unanimous. NAYS: None. A motion was made by Kraig Pennington and seconded by Royce Dredge to approve the previous minutes. AYES: Unanimous. NAYS: None. Also present: Debra Cannon, Rick Wiley, Spencer Lumbard, Ron Abbott, Mike Sobotka and Kevin Kilgore. Kraig Pennington feels the board can lower the rock budget in secondary roads; put FICA and IPERS as well as health insurance back into the secondary roads fund. In doing this, taxes will go down. Pennington feels the board can still accomplish the same goal of repairing the roads. He is worried how the county can internally haul $1 million worth of rock. Dave Inloes feels there is more of a liability to the county in reducing secondary roads budget for bridge repairs, as opposed to reducing the rock budget where everyone can drive on that with not as much risk. Therefore Inloes will not reduce the budget for bridge repairs. Royce Dredge feels comfortable with the budget that was presented. Dave Inloes will only take $500,000 from rock if the board wishes to reduce the levies. He added that the board will have to look seriously at reduction in staff next year if the board wishes to x the roads and not raise the levies. Kevin Kilgore mentioned that _________________________________ the
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COUNTY NAME: NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING -- BUDGET ESTIMATE CO NO: Fiscal Year July 1, 2013 - June 30, 2014 Ringgold 80 The County Board of Supervisors will conduct a public hearing on the proposed Fiscal Year County budget as follows: Meeting Date: Meeting Time: Meeting Location: 03-11-2013 10:00 a.m. Ringgold County Courthouse Assembly Room At the public hearing any resident or taxpayer may present objections to, or arguments in favor of, any part of the proposed budget. This notice represents a summary of the supporting detail of revenues and expenditures on file with the County Auditor. A copy of the supporting detail will be furnished upon request. Average annual percentage changes between "Actual" and "Budget" amounts for "Taxes Levied on Property", "Other County Taxes/ TIF Tax Revenues", and for each of the ten "Expenditure Classes" must be published. Expenditure classes proposing "Budget" amounts, but having no "Actual" amounts, are designated "NEW". County Web Site (if available): County Telephone Number: 641-464-3239 Iowa Department of Management Budget Re-Est Actual AVG Form 630 (Publish) 2013/2014 2012/2013 2011/2012 Annual % CHG REVENUES & OTHER FINANCING SOURCES Taxes Levied on Property* 1 2,766,573 2,701,718 3,059,549 -4.91 2 0 0 0 Less: Uncollected Delinquent Taxes - Levy Year Less: Credits to Taxpayers 3 79,470 97,770 45,525 Net Current Property Taxes 4 2,687,103 2,603,948 3,014,024 Delinquent Property Tax Revenue 5 1,000 1,150 1,032 Penalties, Interest & Costs on Taxes 6 25,100 27,050 26,580 Other County Taxes/TIF Tax Revenues 7 380,577 286,546 430,716 -6 Intergovernmental 8 3,838,454 3,253,721 4,150,832 Licenses & Permits 9 4,125 4,125 6,805 Charges for Service 10 541,749 488,589 514,208 Use of Money & Property 11 15,200 14,202 18,564 Miscellaneous 12 910,360 861,141 117,883 Subtotal Revenues 13 8,403,668 7,540,472 8,280,644 Other Financing Sources: General Long-Term Debt Proceeds 14 0 0 52,962 Operating Transfers In 15 714,738 730,816 649,667 Proceeds of Fixed Asset Sales 16 0 0 0 Total Revenues & Other Sources 17 9,118,406 8,271,288 8,983,273 EXPENDITURES & OTHER FINANCING USES Operating: Public Safety and Legal Services 18 1,328,046 1,050,346 1,129,118 8.45 Physical Health and Social Services 19 911,398 827,117 1,181,246 -12.16 Mental Health, MR & DD 20 66,113 748,314 664,283 -68.45 County Environment and Education 21 246,562 228,517 309,728 -10.78 Roads & Transportation 22 3,962,326 2,672,941 2,758,368 19.85 Government Services to Residents 23 257,775 222,756 261,478 -0.71 Administration 24 1,576,873 1,508,272 800,897 40.32 Nonprogram Current 25 11,000 79,540 11,076 -0.34 Debt Service 26 193,315 300,000 194,690 -0.35 Capital Projects 27 420,000 8,000 1,295,687 -43.07 Subtotal Expenditures 28 8,973,408 7,645,803 8,606,571 Other Financing Uses: Operating Transfers Out 29 711,738 619,087 649,667 Refunded Debt/Payments to Escrow 30 0 0 Total Expenditures & Other Uses 31 9,685,146 8,264,890 9,256,238 Excess of Revenues & Other Sources over (under) Expenditures & Other Uses 32 -566,740 6,398 -272,965 Beginning Fund Balance - July 1, 33 3,033,061 3,026,663 3,299,628 Increase (Decrease) in Reserves (GAAP Budgeting) 34 0 0 Fund Balance - Nonspendable 35 0 0 Fund Balance - Restricted 36 0 0 Fund Balance - Committed 37 0 0 Fund Balance - Assigned 38 0 0 Fund Balance - Unassigned 39 2,466,321 3,033,061 3,026,663 Total Ending Fund Balance - June 30, 40 2,466,321 3,033,061 3,026,663 Proposed property taxation by type: Proposed tax rates per $1,000 taxable valuation: Countywide Levies*: Urban Areas: 1,914,642 7.22752 Rural Only Levies*: Rural Areas: 851,931 11.17752 Any special district tax rates not included. Special District Levies*: 0 TIF Tax Revenues: 0 Utility Replacmnt. Excise Tax: Date: 80,497 02-04-2013 Explanation of any significant items in the budget:

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Thursday, March 21, 2013

Public Notices
Ringgold County Supervisors


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the annual nancial report for FY13 does not reect the proper carryover balance. He mentioned that a petition to change local option sales tax (LOST) dollars is legal. Kilgore added that, if the board would move the jail sales tax account to debt service, he would not run a petition to put $100,000 into secondary roads for gravel. Kilgore also asked why not spend money buying gravel instead of paying to repave hard surface roads in the county. Royce Dredge questioned changing the budget as presented by Pennington. Dredge noted that no one was complaining about the budget for roads; their complaint was raises and increased department budgets. He also questioned increasing the general supplemental levy as it always runs low throughout the year. RESOLUTION RC1364 WHEREAS, the Ringgold County Board of Supervisors hereby approves the budget estimate sheet for Ringgold county scal year 2014 as presented on March 12, 2013. THEREFORE, a motion was made by Royce Dredge. Motion fails with lack of second. ATTEST: Amanda Waske, auditor. Vetoed March 12, 2013. RESOLUTION RC1365 WHEREAS, the Ringgold County Board of Supervisors hereby approves to lower the general supplemental levy from 3.96204 to 2.8, remove the proposed rural supplemental levy and move insurance and FICA and IPERS for secondary roads to rural basic as well as reduce the rock budget for secondary roads from $1 million to $500,000. THEREFORE, a motion was made by Kraig Pennington and seconded by Dave Inloes stating such. The vote on the resolution: AYES: Dave Inloes, Kraig Pennington. NAYS: Royce Dredge. ATTEST: Amanda Waske, auditor. Passed and approved March 12, 2013. RESOLUTION RC1366 WHEREAS, the Ringgold County Board of Supervisors hereby approves the proposed FY14 budget with a total levy rate of 11.17752. THEREFORE, a motion was made by Kraig Pennington and seconded by Royce Dredge stating such. The vote on the resolution: AYES: Unanimous. NAYS: None. ATTEST: Amanda Waske, auditor. Passed and approved March 12, 2013. There was no further business. A motion was made by Kraig Pennington and seconded by Royce Dredge to adjourn the meeting at 2:28 p.m. DAVID INLOES Chairman ATTEST: AMANDA WASKE Ringgold County Auditor

from the Des Moines area -- David, Marla and Kara Fetters of Pleasant Hill, Alissa and Jude Garbi, who are staying with her parents while her husband is serving time in the armed forces, and Bert Milinsky of Urbandale -- came for church at Tent Chapel Church of Christ and had lunch with the Cobbs. They stayed until the snow started coming down and they thought they had better start home. Richard Reinhardt was also a guest of the Cobbs Sunday. Wednesday Dean and Marietta Cobb enjoyed three of Deans cousins, Marilyn Hilsabeck and Kathleen Sexson of Barnard, MO and Jeanette Pickering of Richland, MO. They all had lunch in Allendale, MO and came back to the Cobbs for pie and coffee or tea. Jerry and Karen Kemery were in Branson, MO last weekend. Earl and Connie Drake and Mary Weaver returned home from a trip to Arizona visiting family and friends. Ben and Peggy Roed and Bazel, the dog, were weekend guests of David and Mary Kay Loutzenhiser. Remember: Winning does not always mean coming in rstreal victory is in arriving at the nish line with no regrets because you know youve gone all out. -- Apolo Ohno

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there were many funny moments in the boys game. There was a rafe done for the Bret Ruggles family. He is the boys basketball coach and is battling cancer. Members of the Ronche Still family were supper guests of the sisters Sunday evening.

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March 18 - Richard and Carole Davison recently received word that they have a new great-granddaughter. Their granddaughter, Ashley Moss, and her husband, Jacob, of Dallas, TX had a new baby girl on February 26. Olivia Claire was welcomed by a big sister. Kevin, Melanie, Wyatt and Hannah Jackson spent part of their spring break seeing the sites in Chicago, IL. They toured the John Deere center in Moline on their return home. Kathi Braby went to see Tyson and Johnna Dukes in Okoboji last week. Kathi helped get Johnnas

new optical shop ready since she moved into a bigger place. Joan Jackson had lunch and visited with the Erin Jackson family in Maryville, MO Friday. Roland and Jane Buck visited with Craig and Kathi Braby Friday. They were out enjoying the nice weather. Robert, Julie, Laura and Amber Davison vacationed in Florida over spring break. They returned Tuesday. Richard and Carole Davison attended the visitation for Gerald Pedersen at Price Funeral Home in Maryville, MO Sunday. Mr. Pedersen was the father of the Davisons son-in-law, David, of Maryville. The Davisons attended the funeral and burial Monday at the Methodist church in Guilford, MO. Jordan Stewart is home for the week since Graceland University is on spring break. Gracie Mobley spent Friday night with Alexis Main. One of Gracies goats had the rst babies of the year Sunday. Kathi Brabys brother, Mark Haynes, and his wife, Tammy, spent Friday night with the Brabys. Saturday Kathi accompanied the Hayneses to Des Moines. Also, Saturday Lafe, Laura, Hattie and Holden Dukes of Norwalk visited with the Brabys. Friday Greg and Amy Mobley attended a bowling party for Amys work, HCI Care Services.

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or at a retirement dinner at Ramseys Supper Club Saturday evening. Charlie Jeanes, Josh, Lizzie, Noah, Kayla and Tyler Hanawalt and Troy and Abby Hawk also attended. Lizzie, Kayla and Tyler Hanawalt went with Charlie and Vickie to Pizza Hut Sunday evening.

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March 18 - The community extends deepest sympathy to the Erickson family. Bob will be greatly missed. Doris Overholser and Amon Hunt visited with Gene Motsinger Saturday night. Gene called in the Bill Stringham home Sunday afternoon. He was pleased to have Billie Adli and Mollie bring goodies to him later Sunday afternoon. Gene spent Sunday evening visiting Daryl and Brad Holden. Rod and Stacey Shields had supper Friday evening at Rumors and stopped by the Erickson home later. Stacey Shields, Sherry Rush and Kathy Shields shopped in Creston Saturday. Rod joined Stacey for supper at the R.C. Rush home that evening. Mr. and Mrs. Norman Vansice of Baxter were Saturday visitors with old friends Bev and Walt McGinnis. Vickie Jeanes was guest of hon-

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Saturday afternoon. Their daughter, Lisa Bettis, came Saturday evening and stayed over until Sunday. Hester Derscheid and Jeannette Williams attended the SIRWA meeting in Creston Monday evening. Connie Huff enjoyed having her daughter and son-in-law, Kathy and Dale Garner, come Sunday for a visit. They brought dinner with them and had a nice visit. Sarah Harmon and children Quenten and Paige visited later in the afternoon.

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March 18 - The Blackmore Corner Friendship Club met in the home of Sheroyl Rush. After the business meeting Sheroyl taught them how she makes greeting cards. Later refreshments were enjoyed before everyone went home. Linda Swanson visited with Sally Woollums Thursday afternoon following a UMW meeting. Friday Linda and her sister, Cathy Coulson, went to Lenox and visited their aunt, Margaret Swank. Harold and Jeannette Williams visited their son and daughter-inlaw, Brian and Laura Williams,

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March 18 - Dean and Marietta Cobbs company Saturday were Tim, Jen, Kate, Tyler and Colton Schaefer. They came for lunch and all had an enjoyable day. Sunday the Cobbs company

March 18 - Larry McAtee returned home after a few days in the Decatur County Hospital. Judy Doolittle attended a birthday celebration in the home of Rod and Debbie Holmes Thursday evening in honor of Debbie on her special day. The Chad and Travis Holmes families were also in attendance. Saturday Judy and Kay Doolittle enjoyed the Decatur County Fair boards chili cook-off in Leon. Judy went to Leon Sunday after church to visit in the Jeff and Teena Hash home. Debbie and Darrian Holmes went to the chili cook-off in Leon Saturday where Darrian entered his chili. Darrians chili did not win but he received second place in the wheelchair basketball game. Diane Servetti visited with her mother, Betty Stuart, Friday and spent the night. Saturday they went to Eagleville, MO to visit with family there. Kathryn Still and Jan Holmes took some birthday goodies to Taylor Still Tuesday. The sisters visited with Doug and Gina Still for a short time Thursday. They also went by and visited with Jan Rusk for a short time. Friday the sisters spent the day in Saint Joseph, MO enjoying the 80-degree weather there. They had lunch at Golden Corral. Saturday evening Kathryn went with Ronche, Katie, Jesse and Cassie Still and Mike Monahan to Corydon to watch the Senior AllStar Basketball East/West game. Jake Still, Braydee Poore and Dillon Doman played with the west team and won by a huge margin. The Mount Ayr girls Caitlin Giles and Emily Fox played on the East girls team. Their team lost by one point. Both games were fun but


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