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McIntyre adjust to role in local government

 

Nick McIntyre, West Union’s new city administrator, is learning the ins and outs of local government, such as tax-increment financing, urban renewal and other governmental budget issues, on the fly. Chris DeBack photo

 

McIntyre adjusts to role in local government

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

There’s going to be a learning curve for new West Union City Administrator Nick McIntyre, but one that he is excited to tackle head on.

McIntyre was hired to replace Teresa Pape, who moved to Bellevue earlier this fall. He officially started work on Oct. 10, during Pape’s final three weeks on the job, so that he could get some first-hand training before she departed.

Wed
16
Nov

Echo Valley sold

 

 

 

Echo Valley sold

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

Both the Echo Valley Banquet Center and Reception Center, as well as the Echo Valley Speedway, in West Union have officially been sold.

With both entities owned and operated by Lee Hansmeier for 17 years, the property was sold to Mark and Denise Nelson.

Wed
16
Nov

Holiday Open Houses to begin Thursday

 

The annual West Union Holiday Open Houses are set for Thursday-Sunday, Nov. 17-19, when area residents are encouraged to shop locally. Many West Union businesses are participating, including (front, l-r) Reid Buchheit (Unionland Feed & Supply), Lonnie Voshell (West Union Hardware), and Amy Christensen (Sims TV & Electronics); (back) Gail Hackman (Old Mill Floral), Jackie and Rick Trumm (Tindell Shoes, Melody Patrick (West Union Chamber Board member), Travis Roving (122), Jessica Sadler (McJ’s Embroidery), and Mel Metcalf (Union Drug) Chris DeBack

Wed
09
Nov

Election Results

 

 

 

Election Results

The following are federal, state and local election results. Note that all results are overall and that county specific results are in parentheses. Fayette County results at the top followed Winneshiek County election results.

 

U.S. President:
Republican Donald Trump: (EC) 279 (P) 59,440,332 (5,591)
Democrat Hillary Clinton: (EC) 228) (P) 59,648,347 (3,666)

U.S. Senator:
Republican Chuck Grassley 923,280 (6,379)
Democrat Patty Judge 546,686 (3,044)

U.S. Representative District 1:
Republican Rod Blum 206,273 (5,825)
Democrat Monica Vernon 176,447 (3,880)

Wed
09
Nov

Residents to voice concerns to Ossian council

 

 

 

 

Residents voice concerns to Council

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

The Ossian City Council meeting on Monday evening drew in a crowd of nearly 30 community members, many of whom were wishing to address the council in regard to the upcoming Jessie/Brooks/West streets project.

Much of the concern voiced during the open hearing was by residents who own property or live on Jessie Street and are seeking answers in regard to the high assessment cost that they will be forced to pay.

Wed
09
Nov

Mary Poppins coming to SW

 

The cast for South Winneshiek’s presentation of “Mary Poppins” includes (front, l-r) Paxten DeVilbiss, Kaelan Boe, Trey Kriener, Kelley Schroeder, Tiana Bullerman, Karissa Kleve, Hanna Schmitt, and Aubrey Hoffert; (second) Eric Franzen, Madelyn Monroe, Skyler Luzum, Christina Nesvik, Sawyer Breitsprecher, Morgan Martin, Alyssa Timp, Chloe Suckow, Samantha Bohr, and Ethan Timp; (back) Abraham Schmitt, Danae Taylor, Manning Kuboushek, Ashley Kriener, Helen Neuzil, Sierra Breitsprecher, Lucas Feltz, Josie Kriener, Melissa Ward, Ashley Davis, Logan Humpal, and Dalyn Wurzer. (Zakary Kriener photo)


Mary Poppins coming to SW

 

 

Beginning this week, students at South Winneshiek High School will present several performances of the musical Mary Poppins.

The fun and heart-warming musical tells the story of a magical nanny that helps reunite the meaning of family within a family that has become too busy to take time for one another.

Wed
09
Nov

Golden Road is now reopen

Golden Road is now reopen

 

 

Fayette County Engineer Joel Fantz said Golden Road is now open and will remain open until construction begins on the road in 2017. 

Wed
09
Nov

WC takes audience 'Back to the '80s

 

 

West Central will present “Back to the ‘80s…A Totally Awesome Musical” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10 and Sunday, Nov. 13, in the West Central auditorium in Maynard. The cast includes (front, l-r) Ayrrian Harsen (Miss Brannigan), Cooper Ingels (Feargal McFerrin III), Hailey Weidemann (Eileen), Nevaeh Martin (Jen), Brice Martin (Lionel), Cam Wollschlager (Billy); (back) D.C. Tenney (Kirk), Noah Green (Corey Jr.), Taylor Hepperle (Alf), Rosita Hepperle (Debbie), Kaitlin Grimm (Laura), Mary McDonough (Tiffany), Rachel Walenceus (Cyndi), Cortney Rohde (Kim), Akira Wagenknecht (Mel), Dein Gosse (Michael), Dawson Wirtz (Huey), Mason Harn (Mr. Cocker). Chris DeBack photo

 

WC takes audience 'Back to the '80s'

 

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

Area residents looking to relive the glory days of the ‘80s have to look no further than the West Central production “Back to the ‘80s...The Totally Awesome Musical!” that was written by Neil Gooding and narrated by 1991 West Central graduate Mark Carey.

Wed
09
Nov

An unexpected path to parenthood

For Jake Skurdal (back, center) and his wife, Liz (on Jake’s right), the road to parenthood hasn’t been the one most traveled. The couple have adopted six children, (l-r) Brielynn, Destiny, Cole, J.J. Braden, and Adi, after having them as foster children for quite some time. 

 

An unexpected path to parenthood

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

Growing up during the ‘90s in West Union, Jake Skurdal was an athlete, good student and a little bit of a goofball. However, with November as National Adoption Month, many residents may be surprised to find out that Jake, of all the Skurdal boys, is the one who has adopted six children.

It definitely wasn’t in his and wife Liz’s plans, that’s for sure. Like so many other parents, Skurdal found out that you don’t always take the most obvious path to parenthood.

Wed
09
Nov

NFV Veterans Day Program: 'Service, Sacrifice, Honor'

 

Isaiah Stansbery (middle) was a military intelligence analyst in the United States Army for eight years. He is pictured with his three sons, (l-r) Gabe, Tytus, and Zeke, on his last day of active duty Nov. 11, 2009. 

 

NFV Veterans Day Program: 'Service, Sacrifice, Honor'

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

On Nov. 11, schools, businesses, and citizens across Iowa will gather to celebrate Veterans Day. It's a day meant to celebrate the men and women who put their lives on the line to protect the American people’s freedoms.

North Fayette Valley High School’s annual program will begin at 10 a.m. in the Performing Arts Center with special guest speakers Isaiah and Kassie Stansbery of West Union.

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