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21
Oct

A 'Spooky' tradition creates memories for trio of friends

Lifelong friends (l-r) Kelly Bouska, Renee Maher, and Sara Haught recently returned from their 2020 Spooky Tour expedition, which featured a tour through Edinburgh Manor in Scotch Grove. The former mental institution has been featured on several paranormal research television shows since it closed its doors only 10 years ago. (submitted photo)

 

A 'Spooky' tradition creates memories for trio of friends

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

It all started back in 2009. A group of three northeast Iowa women decided to embark on a unique tour to several different area communities in search of something spooky.

“All three of us are obsessed with Halloween and we have always been interested in haunted places,” said Sara Haught, who along with good friends Renee Maher and Kelly Bouska, spend one weekend every fall visiting haunted locations. “We got the idea when I bought a book called the Iowa Road Guide to Haunted Locations. The book had a lot of locations that were relatively close to us, so we made it a goal to visit every place in the book.”

Now, 11 years later, the trio of good friends has visited over 100 haunted or paranormal locations throughout Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Illinois.

Wed
21
Oct

Local trick or treating hours

Local trick-or-treating hours

 

 

While many routine things have been far from routine in 2020, one thing that will go on as in any other years is local trick-or-treating! 

If a family does not feel comfortable participating in trick-or-treating this year, they are welcome to keep their children home and leave their porch light off on Halloween, but organized trick-or-treating hours in local communities will be as follows:

  • Festina – Friday, Oct. 30 from 5 to 7 p.m.
  • Ossian – Saturday, Oct. 31 from 5 to 8 p.m.
  • Calmar – Saturday, Oct. 31 from 5 to 7 p.m.
  • Spillville – Saturday, Oct. 31 from 6 to 8 p.m.
Wed
21
Oct

Brown Trout population found at Golf Course creek

This was one of the biggest Brown Trout found during the shocking of Otter Creek at the West Union Golf Course.

 

Brown Trout population found at Golf Course creek

 

By Jack Swanson
jswanson@fayettecountynewspapers.com

 

Instead of a hole in one, people on the greens at the West Union Golf Course might just be trying to find the number one hole when it comes to trout fishing.

Don’t be surprised if fly rods don’t start showing up alongside drivers and putters in people’s golf bags and don’t be shocked to see someone golfing in a set of waders.

Otter Creek, which meanders through the golf course grounds, has fish in it, and not just any fish, but some of the most prized game fish in Iowa.

Wed
21
Oct

Fair financial numbers not hurt by covid

The 2020-21 Fayette County Fair Board members are (front, l-r) Erin Lehs, Shawn Alber, Justin Steinlage, Kevin Converse, Matt Egan, Mike Darnall, (back) Eric Albert, Jason Decker, Andy Bilden, Keith Koch, Brian Boess, and Katlyn Lehs. (Jack Swanson photos)

 

Fair financial numbers not hurt by covid

 

By Jack Swanson
jswanson@fayettecountynewspapers.com

 

 

The Covid-19 pandemic has not appeared to have hurt the this year’s Fayette County Fair from a financial aspect.

At the annual Fayette County Agricultural Society meeting, Tuesday, Oct. 13, initial financial reports showed that total fair revenue was $451,009, compared to last year’s total revenue of 424,139, or $26,876 more.

Wed
14
Oct

Seventh Ossian Main Street Story Walk is Thursday, Oct. 15

 

Seventh Ossian Main Street Story Walk is Thursday, Oct. 15

 

 The Seventh Ossian Main Street Story Walk, sponsored by the Luana Savings Bank, features the book "The Little Old Lady Who Wasn’t Afraid of Anything" by Linda Williams. 

The story walk will be held on Thursday, Oct. 15, from 9-11 a.m. and begin at the corner of Mary Street and Main Street, across from the Ossian Post Office, and end up at the Ossian Community Center. Pages of the story are in the flowerpots along Main Street. Children are encouraged to stop at each flowerpot and read that page of “The Little Old Lady Who Wasn’t Afraid of Anything.” The story walk book will remain in the flowerpots along Ossian Main Street for two weeks. 

Wed
14
Oct

Athletic complex renderings presented to board

A preliminary rendering of what the new bleacher and press box/concession stand/restroom project could look like when completed next fall. Work is expected to get underway yet this year to make room for the new facility, which will provide approximately 1,000 seats on the home side at the South Winneshiek Athletic Complex.

 

Athletic complex renderings presented to board

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

At Monday evening’s South Winneshiek school board meeting, a live video conference with architect Eric Beron allowed board members and administration to see preliminary designs for a new bleacher and press box/concession stand/restroom facility at the South Winneshiek Athletic Complex.

Beron, who works for DLR Group in Des Moines, showed renderings of the new facility, including a 3-D model that gave viewers a realistic view of what the new project will look like when completed.

Wed
14
Oct

It's FUNtastic costume parade during WU's Trunk-or-Treat

It's FUNtastic costume parade during WU's Trunk-or-Treat

 

By Megan Molseed
mmolseed@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

It’s about that time for all of the area’s ghosts, goblins, super-hero’s, princesses and everything in between to make their appearance during West Union’s annual Trunk or Treat event from 2-4:30 p.m. on Sunday, October 18, in downtown West Union. 

“We are so pleased with our turn-out over the last few years,” said event organizer, Jessica Sadler.  “It’s a fun time for all!” 

With the COVID-19 pandemic changing many of the regular Halloween events, even canceling many such as Elgin’s Trunk-or-Treat event, and Clermont’s regular Community Club Costume Party, this weekend’s event is one of the few around this year.  

While this annual event has been a staple in the community for seven years, this year’s goulish celebrations will be slightly different from year’s past. 

Wed
14
Oct

Solid Waste Commission refuses to act on Oelwein's resolution

Oelwein Mayor Brett DeVore (right) makes a point at the Fayette County Solid Waste Commission meeting, Thursday, Oct. 8, at the Fayette County Courthouse. Oelwein has withheld payments to the Commission until they act on a resolution Oelwein issued them. Also pictured are (l-r) Hawkeye Mayor Don Kelly and Oelwein Council Member Warren Fisk. (Jack Swanson photo)

 

Solid Waste Commission refuses to act on Oelwein's resolution

 

By Jack Swanson
jswanson@fayettecountynewspapers.com

 

 

 

The Fayette County Solid Waste Management Commission was not about to let the town of Oelwein just walk away from it’s agreement dating back to 1982 to join with all the towns of Fayette County to create the Commission for the purpose of planning, developing, operating and maintaining solid waste facilities. This also includes the Recycling Program, which was established in 1990.

That was made clear at the special meeting of the Commission on Thursday, Oct. 8, at the Fayette County Courthouse in West Union.

Recently the Oelwein City Council voted to suspend payment to the Landfill Commission for recycling fees. The city had not been satisfied with the service provided in the recycling program, particularly the drop off bins, where they claimed was serving as a site for residents to drop off garbage of all kinds, making a mess and causing city employees to have to clean up the unrecyclable items.

Wed
14
Oct

Cards, COVID, Cured!

This group of ladies, affectionately referred to as “The Golden Girls” meet twice a week to play Hand, Knee, and Foot a southern card game.  Last month, the Golden Girls faced one of their biggest battles yet when all six were diagnosed with COVID-19.  Pictured (l-r) are Evelyn Tague, Kay Glass-Eble, Lois Miller, Khaki Nelson, Georgia Klein, and, Mary Anne Woodson.  (Megan Molseed photo) 

 

Cards, COVID, Cured!

By Megan Molseed
mmolseed@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

The laughter flowing from Khaki Nelson’s apartment could be heard from the moment you opened the door at the front entrance of the independent living facility in West Union. 

The joviality kept getting more spirited, and the laughter more continuous and  lively as one approached the apartment at Cedar Court in West Union. 

The source of these lively conversations and spirited belly laughs? 

 A group six ladies, affectionately referred to as “The Golden Girls.” Six ladies who were meeting together as a group for the first time since early September.

Wed
07
Oct

Trick-or-treating will happen in Ossian this year!

Trick-or-treating will happen in Ossian this year!

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

Halloween is a go in Ossian! After briefly debating whether or not trick-or-treating would go on this year due to the COVID-19 outbreak, members of the Ossian City Council decided to hold it and to ultimately leave the decision to individuals.

“If someone does not feel comfortable handing out candy, they can leave their lights off. If someone doesn’t feel it’s safe for their kids to be out, they can keep them home,” said Mayor Bryan Beckman during Monday night’s council meeting. “I think that’s the best way to approach it this year.”

The council agreed with Beckman’s stance and decided to set Saturday, October 31, as the official date for trick-or-treating activities between the hours of 5 and 8 p.m.

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