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Wed
14
Oct

'Wow, this is amazing'

 

One of the most significant changes that has been made for the South Winneshiek Athletic Department is the updating of the football field and a new track. The project, completed in 2013, featured an overhaul of the football playing surface, an all-weather track, and other aesthetic updates. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

'Wow, this is amazing'

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

The culmination of over five years of planning, hard work, and anticipation have resulted in a major overhaul of the South Winneshiek athletic facility in Calmar. 

 

The project was kicked off in the summer of 2010 when the first step was taken to revamp the Warrior facilities, beginning with the weight room.

Since then, the softball complex, football field, track, baseball press box and bleachers, and the bus barn have all been updated, making one of the finest athletic complexes in the state of Iowa.

Wed
14
Oct

Elgin's own 'Sister Act'

 

Sister Julia Walsh, an alumna of Valley High School, recently made her final profession of vows, becoming a Catholic sister with the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration in La Crosse, Wis. Walsh’s milestone marked the culmination of over nine years of hard work and dedication, which began shortly after graduating from Loras College. She is shown here with Archdiocese of Dubuque Bishop Michael Jackels. (submitted photo)

 

Elgin's own 'Sister Act'

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

 

In 1965, there were a total of nearly 180,000 Catholic sisters in the United States, spread out across over 17,500 parishes. In 2014, there were just under 50,000 sisters among virtually the same number of parishes. The statistics don’t lie – the choice for many to take the vow of Catholic sisterhood is not nearly as popular of a decision as it was decades ago. But that is not something that Elgin’s own Julia Walsh let stand in her way. 

Wed
14
Oct

Valley rec center closer to reality

 

Last week this field was nothing but a sea of grass. Now, Lowell Lyngaas stands at the south end looking at the layout of the new rec center/ team practice facility near Elgin. The little flags not only outline the shape of the building, but also mark the spots where the rafters will be put in place to support the hi-tech fabric shell. (Jerry Wadian photo)

 

Valley rec center closer to reality

 

 

By Jerry Wadian
jwadian@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

A long time ago Lowell Lyngaas had a dream of a rec center in the Valley area.

It’s taken over a decade, but thanks to lots of fundraising, especially by the Race America board, and advances in technology, the dream is close to reality.

Wed
14
Oct

Bank 1st to inform county on cybersecurity

Whether surfing the Web, shopping for that new piece of clothing, or using mobile banking, cybersecurity is of the utmost importance. Bank 1st in West Union will become a champion of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month in October. 

 

Bank 1st to inform county on cybersecurity

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

Cybersecurity is vital in today’s digital age. A person’s identity can be at risk if he or she isn’t careful. We see in the news all too often a major corporation's customers’ personal data compromised by a skilled group of hackers.

The 1995 film “Hacker,” which stars a young Angelina Jolie, depicts hacking almost like a video game. That isn’t the case. People can easily compromise their personal data by logging into what they think is a legitimate website, but it turns out to be a dupe. Even mobile phones are at risk as we hear reports of phones being hacked and explicit pictures being released without the owners consent. We can’t turn on the TV without seeing Hillary Clinton’s name in the news over her use of her personal email to deal with what could have been classifed information, leaving the account potentially open to any individual with the ability to steal from it.

Hackers aren’t the only threat to be aware of. We all get those emails: I’m an African prince; I have $100,000,000 I need to hide from an army overthrowing my family. Give me your checking account number, and I’ll deposit the money in your account to keep it safe. Seems way, way too good to be true, and it is, but thousands of Americans have had their bank accounts wiped out because they took the email seriously.

These and other online issues are why Bank 1st in West Union has decided to become a champion of cybersecurity during October, which is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month.

Wed
14
Oct

Working Wash open for business

 

The Working Wash car wash is officially open for business! Scott Garvin (l) and Dan McElree have been planning and working on the new West Union car wash for over a year. As of Monday, Oct. 5, both the automatic and manual bays were officially in service. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

Working Wash open for business

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

There is a new car wash in West Union! Construction on the Working Wash car wash, located along Highway 18 West in West Union, is complete, and the wash was officially fully functional last week.

“This is something that we had been thinking about doing for some time,” said Dan McElree, who, along with Scott Garvin, is responsible for bringing the Working Wash to West Union. “Last summer (2014) Scott and I discussed building a car wash, and the rest ishistory.”

Wed
14
Oct

Get revved up for 'Trunk or Treat' Sunday

Jessica Sadler and daughter Katelynn will host one of the many decorated trunks filled with treats for the West Union Main Street/Chamber’s “Trunk or Treat” event this Sunday in downtown West Union.

 

Get revved up for 'Trunk or Treat' Sunday

 

 

Attention: All princesses, witches, cowboys and Indians, ghosts and goblins! Get in the Halloween spirit with a fun afternoon of “Trunk or Treat” from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 18, at the Civic Plaza in downtown West Union.

Children will be able to decorate their own trick-or-treat bags, play fun games, win neat prizes, and show off their Halloween costumes to everyone in the costume parade to be held on the Plaza stage. All those in costume will receive prizes, which have been donated by generous sponsors.

Wed
14
Oct

W.U. Elementary earns Breaking Barriers Award

W.U. Elementary earns Breaking Barriers Award

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

At Monday night's North Fayette North Fayette school board meeting, it was decided that the district will offer early retirement for the first time in three years to six eligible teachers in order to save the school district some money.

As an incentive, each eligible teacher would receive a one-time payment of $40,000 that would go into a health reimbursement account (HRA) to help pay for the cost of medical insurance until the retiree was eligible for Medicare.

Thu
08
Oct

SW emerges victorious over J-Hawks

 

Brennan Holthaus wraps up a J-Hawk ball carrier during South Winn’s 24-13 win over Jesup Friday night. Holthaus and the South Winn defense did not allow a single rushing yard throughout the game, holding Jesup to -1 yard on the ground. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

SW emerges victorious over J-Hawks

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

The South Winneshiek football team improved to 5-1 on the season and maintained its perfect record in district play thanks to a 24-13 win over the Jesup J-Hawks Friday night.

Thu
08
Oct

Bentley assumes duty as Castalia Chief

 

For the first time in 10 years, the Castalia Fire Department is operating under the watch of a new chief. Noah Bentley, a Dubuque native who has been volunteering on the Castalia Fire Department since moving to the community in 1999, was elected to replace former fire chief Mark Imoehl. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

Bentley assumes duty as Castalia Chief

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

 

For the first time in a decade, a new person has been elected by the Castalia Fire Department to serve as fire chief. That man, Noah Bentley, brings with him 16 years of service to the community volunteer fire department.

Bentley, a native of Dubuque, and his wife, Jennifer, live northeast of Castalia. They have two children, 9-year-old Owen and 6-year-old Addison.

Thu
08
Oct

Fire destroys rural Ossian home

 

Local volunteer firefighters responded to a call Wednseday evening, Sept. 30, near Ossian. Castalia Fire Chief Noah Bentley (l) and Ossian volunteer firefighter Nate Bohr work to extinguish the blaze at the home of Donald Huinker. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

Fire destroys rural Ossian home

 

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

A fire, which was later determined to have ignited from a vehicle parked inside a garage, destroyed the rural Ossian home of Donald Huinker Wednesday evening, Sept. 30.

The blaze broke out shortly before 5:51 p.m., when the call officially came in to the Ossian Fire Department.

Volunteer fire departments from Decorah, Clermont, Castalia, and Calmar, as well as the Ossian ambulance, assisted the Ossian Fire Department.

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