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Apr

Chief Pisanti resigns from Fayette

 

Fayette Police Chief Richard Pisanti recently resigned from his leadership duties after taking a similar chief’s position with a department in Tallahassee, Fla. Pisanti’s last day with the Fayette Police Department will be Friday, May 11. 

 

Chief Pisanti resigns from Fayette

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

 

 

The City of Fayette will be on the hunt for a new leader for its police department with the resignation of its Police Chief Richard Pisanti. 

Pisanti is leaving the Fayette Police Department to take a chief’s position with a police department in Tallahassee, Fla., which is the state’s capital. His last day with the department will be Friday, May 11. 

Wed
25
Apr

Highway 150 the next corridor?

 

Could Highway 150 be the next four-lane corridor in Iowa? That is what the Highway 150 Coalition, made up of representatives from cities along Highway 150, is currently exploring. Shown is the intersection of Highways 150 and 18 in West Union. (Chris DeBack photo)

 

Highway 150 the next corridor?

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

 

Could Highway 150 become the next four-lane corridor in the state of Iowa?

A group called the Highway 150 Coalition, made up of representatives from a number of cities along Highway 150, are working to make that a reality. 

The concept was originally thought up by Lloyd Bigler, a native of Postville who now lives in Waverly. He spoke with Craig Johnson, Iowa Senate District 32 representative and chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee, about the matter last fall.

Wed
25
Apr

'The Hat' a good fit for new owner

 

After completing some improvements, new owner Nick Polfer is set to reopen The Top Hat on Friday, April 27. He said that area residents can expect a clean, casual atmosphere in his bars, with numerous domestic beers on tap and a short-order food menu that includes some delicious burgers. Chris DeBack photo

 

'The Hat' a good fit for new owner

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

 

The Top Hat, affectionately called “The Hat,” has been a landmark in West Union for many decades.

The landmark will live on as Nick Polfer of Postville plans to reopen The Hat on Friday, April 27, after closing it for a few weeks this month to make some renovations. Polfer finalized his purchase of the longtime West Union business from previous owner Roy Guenther on April 1.

“The history behind The Top Hat is awesome,” Polfer explained. “It has been The Top Hat for a long time, and it will stay that. It was a landmark before it burnt down, and they moved it up here. It has a lot of history behind it, which is very cool.” 

Wed
18
Apr

April hailstorm in Ossian

 

Mother Nature seems to be a bit confused this spring, as last week brought a little bit of everything to residents of northeast Iowa, including hail that was larger than a quarter on Friday morning. Earlier in the week, the area experienced rain, thunderstorms, a 60-degree temperature day, and even snow. (submitted photo)

 

April hailstorm in Ossian

 

 

Wed
18
Apr

NICC to seek continuance of bond levy

 

 

NICC to seek continuance of bond levy

 

Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) will place a ballot measure before voters this fall, requesting approval for a continuance of the College’s existing bond levy. The NICC Board of Trustees approved the continuation at its meeting on April 16, and the measure will be on the Sept. 11, 2018 ballot in a special election.

The College’s first bond levy of $35 million in December 2007 passed with a supermajority of voters’ support in the district. The continuance of the existing bond levy would generate funding not to exceed $39 million.

NICC determined that new bond levy funds are required to address needed renovations and updates throughout its 5,056-sq.-mile district and identified four major priorities: educational programming and services, infrastructure, security, and technology.

Wed
18
Apr

Local women shine in Northern Lights

 

These three ladies from Clermont have performed in the Northeran Lights Women’s Chorale group for many years.  Pictured, L-R, June Swenson, Deb Matt and Peggy Kittelson. (Vicki Rowland photo)

 

Local women shine in Northern Lights

 

 

 

Vicki Rowland

Contributing Writer

 

 

Every Monday evening three women from Clermont venture to Decorah to practice with the Northern Lights women’s choir, which sings beautiful music to entertain and inspire. Twice a year, the Northern Lights group presents a concert, and one is set for 3 p.m. Sunday, April 22, at Decorah Lutheran Church.

Wed
18
Apr

Decluca runs the gambit of extracurriculars

 

Drew DeLuca keeps the pace as he runs with his fellow Starmont Stars track members.  Diagnosed on the autism spectrum at 2 years old, Drew stays busy through a variety of extracurricular activities.  (submitted photo) 

 

DeLuca runs the gambit of extracurriculars

 

 

 

By Meagan Molseed
mmolseed@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

“You brighten my day in band,” wrote one chorus classmate of Starmont sophomore Drew DeLuca. “DREW COOL DUDE,” wrote another on the sheet peppered with positive proclamations of the young man surrounding the simple statement  “Drew DeLuca is awesome because…” 

The sheet, which was an assignment for the Starmont chorus class is a perfect summation of the young man’s personality, reflecting many of his strongest qualities, the words “funny,” “smart,” and “kind” showing up multiple times.  One student wrote “great runner,” and another “he can rock and roll!” of the teenager on the encouraging notes.  

“He has such an infectious personality,” Lea (Bostrom) VanHorn said of her middle son.  “He really likes to meet new people, learn their names.”

An avid runner and musician, Drew has been attending school at Starmont since kindergarten, just a few short years after being diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) at the age of 2.

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18
Apr

Bob Sadler honored as WU Main Street Volunteer of the Year

 

Bob Sadler was honored as the 2018 Main Street Volunteer of the Year for West Union at the Main Street Iowa Awards Celebration on Friday, April 13, in Des Moines. Helping to honor Sadler was (l-r) Sandy Klosterman, West Union — A Main Street Community director; Governor Kim Reynolds; and Jim Engle, Iowa Downtown Resource Center director.

 

Bob Sadler honored as WU Main Street Volunteer of the Year

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

Sadler honored as WU Main Street Volunteer of the Year

 

Chris DeBack

 

Bob Sadler was honored as West Union’s 2018 Main Street Volunteer of the Year at the Main Street Iowa Awards Celebration on Friday, April 13, in Des Moines.

Sadler originally joined the West Union Chamber four years ago at the urging of the late Carolyn Havenstrite.

Wed
11
Apr

2018 Winneshiek County Dairy Banquet

 

Crowned at Saturday night’s Winneshiek County Dairy Banquet in Ossian were Dairy Princess Bailey Miculinich (left) and Alternate Dairy Princess Stacia Sexton. See more photos inside of Dairy royalty and award-winners from the annual banquet. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

2018 Winneshiek County Dairy Banquet

Wed
11
Apr

South Winn Board sets tax levy rate

South Winn Board sets tax levy rate

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

 

The South Winneshiek school board voted to approve its FY18-19 budget during Monday night’s regular meeting. The budget includes a tax levy rate of $12.45 per $1,000 valuation.

Superintendent Kris Einck noted that the district’s levy rate has remained very consistent over recent years, as the new rate is slightly lower than the FY17-18 rate of $12.52 per $1,000 valuation.

The board also approved wages for nonbargaining staff, which includes a 6 percent increase for the superintendent, 4 percent raise for the principals, and a 3 percent raise for the business manager.

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