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Wed
21
Sep

Casey's opens in Clermont

 

The Valley “C” Store, formerly owned by Viafield, is now a Casey’s General Store after the company took possession of the store last week. All Valley “C” Store employees, including (l-r) Vickie Chicken, Lisa LaBrec, store manager Henrietta Dalarosa, and Lorna Chapman, were retained by Casey’s. Chris DeBack photo

 

Casey's opens in Clermont

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

In early August, Casey’s General Store purchased the Valley “C” Store in Clermont from Viafield.

Wed
21
Sep

Council hears opinion on ordinance voting, update on Big Rock

Council hears opinion on ordinance voting, update on Big Rock

 

 

Janell Bradley

Contributing Writer

 

 

Fayette City Council members who own rental property learned on Monday night that they can vote to approve or vote down a proposed housing ordinance.

The council has been considering adoption of a rental housing ordinance for more than a year. Now that a proposed ordinance has been prepared, the council questioned whether councilmembers owning rental property themselves have a conflict of interest in voting for or against adoption of the code.

Wed
21
Sep

A decade of doing it for 'Kix'

 

In her 11th year of teaching Just For Kix in West Union, Katrina Schmitt (left) has been able to teach hundreds of local kids how to perform. During one of her weekly classes, Schmitt checks hand placement and form for Wee Kix (second and third grade) dancers Lily Holthaus, Gracelyn Kent, and Emily Herman (l-r). (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

A decade of doing it for 'Kix'

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

For West Union’s Katrina Schmitt, it’s more than making sure the lines are straight and the kicks are high.

Getting underway with her 11th year of teaching Just For Kix this year, Schmitt has dedicated countless hours to the dance organization, doing it all from teaching a weekly class to helping lead fundraising efforts for performances.

“I got started with the organization in 2001,” shared the mother of two, who are both members of Just For Kix. “I took a break from instructing in 2003, but got back onboard in 2008.”

Wed
21
Sep

Pioneer cemeteries to be featured on Mystery Tour

 

Sheryl Struthers invites Fayette County residents to experience what pioneer cemeteries are all about during this year’s Fayette County Tourism Council Mystery Tour, which will start at noon Sunday, Sept. 25.Chris DeBack photo

 

Pioneer cemeteries to be featured on Mystery Tour

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

Those participating in the Fayette County Tourism Council’s Mystery Tour on Sunday, Sept. 25, will be in for a spooky surprise.

This year, the Tourism Council is featuring five pioneer cemeteries across Fayette County, which has been a suggestion for many years. Last year, the council featured different bridges across Fayette County.

Wed
21
Sep

Big Rock CC to celebrate 50th

The Big Rock Country Club Board of Directors looking forward to seeing you Sunday includes (front, l to r) Ron Ahrens, Anne Sellers and Jon Grimes; (back) Wayne Crouch, Glenn Beauchamp, and Jerry Miller. (Janell Bradley photo)

 

Big Rock CC to celebrate 50th

 

 

 

Janell Bradley

Contributing Writer

 

 

A celebration this weekend will commemorate Big Rock Country Club’s 50th anniversary.

On Sunday, Sept. 25, the club will host a two-person, best-shot tournament with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. A social for both members and nonmembers will be held from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the clubhouse. Tickets are $5 each, which includes a meal and drink ticket and entitles each entrant a chance at the door prize drawing. The grand prize is a set of golf clubs and bag, donated by Ron Ahrens.

Wed
14
Sep

Showing their pride

 

The Zweibohmer family, including (front, l-r) Montanah, Alyssa, Adrianna; (back) Annette and Mark, recently worked together to bring an idea to honor local veterans come to fruition. Using pieces from an old Harvestore silo, Mark created a giant 10-foot by 5-foot flag on his garage. Over Labor Day weekend, the family welcomed nearly 90 Ossian vets to their home to sign the flag, which will be donated to a local benefit auction in the future. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

Showing their pride

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

Wed
14
Sep

Aeschlimans honored as royalty of Wadena

 

Laine and Kenny Aeschliman (back, l-r) were asked to be King and Queen of Wadena Days while their son Chase (front, center) was asked to be grand marshal. Pictured with their other two sons, Brock (left) and Lincoln, the Aeschlimans graciously accepted. Chris DeBack photos

 

Aeschlimans honored as royalty of Wadena

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

The Aeschlimans will be the royalty of Wadena, at the very least, for a day.

The Wadena Days Committee has selected Chase, 12, as the grand marshal and his mother and father, Laine and Kenny, as King and Queen of the annual celebration to be held Sept. 17-18.

“I am excited,” Laine said with a smile. “It kind of surprised me, but I was excited when Kenny said that Chase was going to be the grand marshal.”

Wed
14
Sep

Councilman Kris McGrane named Fayette City Clerk

 

Fayette Mayor Andrew Wenthe (right) congratulates Councilman Kris McGrane on accepting the position of city clerk/administrator at Tuesday night’s (Sept. 6) meeting in Fayette. McGrane was chosen from a field of approximately 25-30 applicants. He will begin working with current City Administrator Christie Dennis on Sept. 30. Dennis intends to retire on Oct. 28. (Janell Bradley photo) 

 

Councilman Kris McGrane named Fayette City Clerk

 

 

 

Janell Bradley

Contributing Writer

 

 

The Fayette City Council agreed to hire one of its own as Fayette’s new city clerk/administrator, with City Councilman Kris McGrane to start working with current City Administrator Christie Dennis on Sept. 30.

In making the recommendation at a meeting Tuesday, Sept. 6, Mayor Andrew Wenthe said McGrane has great experience with city government from his employment as a dispatcher with the Oelwein Police Department. Wenthe went on to cite McGrane’s strong IT skills (he helped update the City’s website), commitment to community and proven ability as a quick learner.

Wed
14
Sep

Katherine Hannigan publishes 5th book

Katherine Hannigan

 

Katherine Hannigan publishes 5th book

 

 

Janell Bradley

Contributing Writer

 

 

Katherine Hannigan’s website describes her as an author and illustrator. However, those who know the Fayette woman would say she is all that and so much more. Her books not only entertain and delight, but teach young people about the importance of protecting and enhancing the environment.

Hannigan has just published her fifth book, entitled “Dirt + Water = Mud.” She was inspired to write and illustrate “Dirt” as a result of her math background and the imaginative minds of her 9- and 11-year-old nieces living in New York.

Wed
14
Sep

'Friends' to honor Moellering for commitment to WU library

 

For 40 years Bill Moellering has served on the West Union Library Board. Recently, he decided it was time to retire and elected to not seek another term on the board. Tim Fisher was approved to fill the seat he once occupied.

 

'Friends' to honor Moellering for commitment to WU library

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

For the last 40 years, as a trustee member, Bill Moellering has played a part in deciding the fate of West Union Community Library. In May, he stepped away from the position.

“I think 40 years was enough, and it was time to step down,” Moellering said. “I have really enjoyed my time on the board, but I am ready for someone else to take my place and help lead the library forward.”

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