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18
Jul

Memphis Rae BBQ up and cooking in Calmar

 

Memphis Williams, owner of the new Memphis Rae BBQ, smokes some brisket and chicken for the night’s guests as the new Calmar restaurant is now officially open. Memphis Rae BBQ, located at 115 E. Main Street, features a full BBQ menu that will eventually expand to offer a Southern-style breakfast menu. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

Memphis Rae BBQ up and cooking in Calmar

 

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

If you’ve noticed a sweet barbecue aroma wafting in the air throughout the town of Calmar, it’s likely coming from the grills and smokers at the newly opened Memphis Rae BBQ restaurant.

“I hope people will come out and check us out here in our new location,” said owner Memphis Williams, who previously operated Memphis Pit BBQ in nearby Decorah for two years. “I’m happy to be here in Calmar and finally cooking!”

Williams went on to say that the biggest reasons for his relocation and rebranding are a bigger facility and an untapped market.

Wed
18
Jul

Ossian Fest to feature The Caminos Aug. 4

 

 

Ossian Fest to feature The Caminos Aug. 4

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

The City of Ossian and the Ossian Crown Club are making plans for the 2018 Ossian Fest, “A Little Bit Country... A Little Bit Rock ‘n Roll.” The event will be held on Saturday, Aug. 4. Events include a community breakfast, fire fighters’ water ball games, car show, vendor fair, kids’ pedal tractor pull, balloon artist, face painting, kids' games, singer/guitarist Steve Schroeder, food booths, Moo Mobile, Grand Parade and the El Camino Band. 

Wed
18
Jul

One year later: Olsons rebuild after devastating storm

 

With the help of neighbors and friends, it took Mick and Mary Olson less than a year to rebuild the buildings they lost in last summer’s storms.  Mary added her own personal touch to the new pole shed by adding a barn wood porch, repurposing the wood from the barn that was destroyed by the storms.  

 

One year later: Olsons rebuild after devastating storm

 

 

By Meagan Molseed
mmolseed@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

“It’s gone, everything is gone!” Those are words Mary Olson will never forget hearing from her husband, Mick, on the afternoon of July 19, 2017.

“Mick never gets excited about anything,” she said quietly as she remembered the moment she was finally able to connect with him via cell phone after a series of devastating storms blew through the area.  

Fear rose in Mary’s heart.  

“What about Molly?” she asked, thinking of her beloved horse that was left at home in the couple’s barn.  

“I don’t know,” Mick said.  “The barn is gone.” 

It was a warm and sunny July day when Mary Olson left her home just outside of Clermont to attend her regular Bible school meeting at St. Peter’s Church in Clermont. 

“It was really a beautiful day for the most part,” she recalled.  “I think I knew they were predicting some storms, but it’s July in Iowa.  That really wasn’t unusual.” 

The sky was beginning to darken as Mary settled down in her chair during the meeting.  

“I remember I kept looking out the window, and it just kept getting worse and worse.  All of a sudden our cell phones started going off with severe weather warnings,” recalled the longtime Bible school teacher.  “I thought, ‘This is not something to ignore,’ and we all decided to go low and take cover.” 

Wed
18
Jul

Fayette City Council

 

Fayette City Council

 

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

The Fayette City Council met Monday evening and began discussions with the appointment of individuals to the Revolving Loan Fund Review Committee.

The appointments of Amy Tucker, Bill Dohrmann, David Scott, Kevin Converse, and Tim Wulfekuhle were made.

Later in the meeting, the council discussed and approved a decision to waive the requirement that nonprofit organizations are not eligible for the Downtown and Neighborhood Revitalization Program. The request came from Fayette Community Church, as it is planning to demolish an old structure and build a new parking lot.

Wed
18
Jul

Reflecting on the past: The WU Downtown Streetscape Project

 

Wednesday, July 11, was the five-year anniversary of the grand opening of the West Union Downtown Streetscape Project. The following evening, the Civic Plaza at the corner of Vine and Elm streets was filled with local residents enjoying the beauty of the streetscape during the Playin’ on the Plaza concert.  Chris DeBack photo

 

Reflecting on the past: The WU Downtown Streetscape Project

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

Wednesday, July 11, marked the five-year anniversary of the official grand opening of the West Union Downtown Streetscape Project. 

West Union’s downtown certainly looks much better today than it did a decade ago, when the project was in its infancy. The pilot project didn’t come without controversy, which still exists today, mainly in the form of failing pavers and maintenance of the planters and bioretention areas. However, that doesn’t make it a failure, either. Thousands of people from across the United States and Iowa have visited West Union for a glimpse at the pilot project and what it has offered. 

The most important detail to remember in all of this is that it was a pilot project. New things were tried, not all will be successful, but five years later is a perfect time to reflect on the past, note the present, and think about the future, especially when dealing with something as vital as the look of small community’s downtown. 

Wed
18
Jul

Plenty of fun at the 165th Fayette County Fair

Plenty of fun at the 165th Fayette County Fair

 

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

With the Fayette County Fair kicking off on Tuesday, July 24, there are plenty of family-friendly activities the first two days for people to enjoy while on the fairgrounds in West Union. Please keep in mind that this article will only showcase events marked under the entertainment or community subcategories from the Fayette County Fair website. For a complete list of activities, including 4-H showtimes, please visit www.fayettecoiafair.com. All events are free unless otherwise noted.

Wed
11
Jul

Buchheit notches impressive 1,000th strikeout

 

A five-year starter for the South Winneshiek softball team, Taylor Buchheit recently wrapped up her senior season with a giant milestone. The young pitcher achieved the 1,000 career strikeout mark, something accomplished by very few pitchers around the state. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

 

Buchheit notches impressive 1,000th strikeout

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

For Ossian’s Taylor Buchheit, a 2018 graduate of South Winneshiek High School, the path toward eclipsing 1,000 strikeouts throughout her high school career is one that started long ago.

“I started playing T-ball when I was very young and progressed up into Little Leage,” explained the young athlete, who plans to attend the University of Northern Iowa in the fall. There, she will study elementary education and play in a highly competitive intramural softball league. 

Wed
11
Jul

2018 Winneshiek County Fair underway

2018 Winneshiek County Fair underway

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

 

The Winneshiek County Fair in Decorah is officially underway as of Monday morning. While Tuesday’s fun and entertainment are already in the books, four full days of entertainment are still on tap to ensure an exciting fair.

Wed
11
Jul

Clermont council approves garbage hauler bid

 

Soon-to-be Eagle Scout Hunter Cummings (center) unveiled his Eagle Scout Project, a digital sign at the Clermont Opera House on Highway 150, to the Clermont City Council on Monday, July 2. Clermont now has the capability to display community events and info on the sign. With Cummings are (l-r) Brian Schroeder, Clermont city superintendent; Troy Schott, city councilman; Sharon Harris, city councilwoman; Dina Taylor, (city councilwoman); Bruce Lehmann, city councilman; and James Matt, mayor. Not pictured is Clermont City Council member Roger Craig. Chris DeBack photo

 

 

Clermont council approves garbage hauler bid

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

 

At its regular meeting on Monday, July 2, the Clermont City Council opened bids from three garbage haulers to provide waste removal services for Clermont residents. 

Black Hawk Waste Disposal of Waterloo, Waste Management of Waterloo, and Malcom Enterprises of Decorah placed a bid. 

Wed
11
Jul

Clermont BBQ 'all about having fun'

 

Clermont Community Club member Tracy Johnson stands with just a few of the items that will be available during the silent auction at the Third Annual Clermont BBQ in the Park on Monday, July 16.  In addition to the auction, which includes prizes such as gift certificates to local restaurants, passes to water parks, golf passes and products from area stores, the event will also include a variety of fun events such as a freewill-donation meal, face-painting, bouncy houses, giant bubbles, lawn dice, a pedal tractor pull and a Yucky Ducky that will be sponsored by the North Fayette Valley FFA.  (photo by Megan Molseed)

 

Clermont BBQ 'all about having fun'

 

 

By Meagan Molseed
mmolseed@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

“It’s a fun day for all,” said Clermont Community Club member Tracy Johnson of the upcoming Third Annual Clermont BBQ in the Park.  “The whole day is full of good food, fun games, face-painting and goodies galore!” 

The annual event, which started three years ago when the Clermont Community Club decided to begin a summer park event, will also feature a silent auction from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. with a variety of goodies donated from a multitude of area businesses; items up for bid include gift certificates to local restaurants, passes to water parks, golf passes and products from area stores.

“We have over 50 businesses contributing to the silent auction.  There will be a lot to choose from,” smiled Johnson, gesturing to the large pile of baskets the club has already put together.  

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