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Thu
27
Aug

Missouri Based Paving Contractor Scam Targets Iowa

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Missouri Based Paving Contractor Scam Targets Iowa

 

Des Moines, IAAugust 27, 2015 – A paving contractor scam from Hannibal, MO is operating in Iowa. As of yesterday, the company Chip & Seal Construction Co. has targeted at least one Iowa homeowner in Buchanan County.

 

On August 26, a rural homeowner was outside mowing his lawn when he was approached by David Watkins stating he had extra material left over from a DOT job and they could repave their driveway for a couple hundred dollars. The homeowner agreed but ultimately ended up paying the company $6,500 after being pressured to do so.

 

Wed
26
Aug

Meet your new DeSales Principal

 

Therese (Molumby) Suzuki is the new principal at DeSales School in Ossian for the 2015-16 school year. She brings a plethora of experience from all over the world to the community and is happy to be back in her native northeast Iowa. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

Meet your new DeSales Principal

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

 

For the first time in over a quarter of a century, DeSales School in Ossian will open a school year under the leadership of a new principal.

Therese (Molumby) Suzuki, a native of West Union, was ready to retire from her previous teaching assignment with Bibb County Public School in Macon, Ga.

“I was getting ready to enjoy the retired life when I received a call from DeSales,” recalled the new administrator. “It was their persistence and kindness that ultimately led to my decision to visit the school and community.”

Suzuki decided to make the trip to northeast Iowa to visit the school.

“From the moment I walked through the doors and met the board, I knew that this was a perfect fit,” said Suzuki.

Wed
26
Aug

Lyons inducted into 4-H Hall of Fame

 

Mildred Lyons, 90, of Ossian (center) stands on stage Sunday at the Iowa State Fair as she receives a certificate commemorating her induction into the Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame. Lyons and nearly two dozen family members made the trip to Des Moines to see the ceremony. (submitted photo)

 

Lyons inducted into 4-H Hall of Fame

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

Lyons inducted into 4-H Hall of Fame

By Zakary Kriener

The 4-H program is the nation’s largest positive youth development and youth mentoring organization in the United States. It empowers over 6 million young people around the country. The 4-H Hall of Fame program was initiated in 2002 to help commemorate the 100th anniversary of 4-H.

Mildred Lyons, an Ossian resident and lifetime supporter of the program, was inducted into the 4-H Hall of Fame during the 2015 Iowa State Fair on Sunday.

Wed
26
Aug

Tim Hanson trading card

 

Tim Hanson’s trading card is part of the Superstars of 2015 collection. He received the honor for competing in the 2015 Nintendo World Championships; a video game competition. Each of the competitors from the NWC had a trading card made.

 

Tim Hanson trading card

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

As kids grow up dreaming of becoming professional athletes, a lot of those dreams include getting their own trading cards, complete with all their stats and personal biographies.

While today many kids probably hope to be featured in Madden, FIFA or MLB the Show video games more so than on a trading card, one West Union resident used video games to get himself featured on his own card.

Wed
26
Aug

Blacksmith shop renovation continues

Members of the Clermont Historical Society and other volunteers have been working on restoring the Burkard Riegel Blacksmith Shop in Clermont. Involved in several different aspects of the work have been (l-r) Jolene Bennett, Arline Davisson, and Ron Jesperson.

 

Blacksmith shop renovation continues

 

 

Brian Smith
bsmith@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

“A work in progress.” That is how Arline Davisson refers to the current status of the renovations going on at the Burkard Riegel Blacksmith Shop located in Clermont.

            “We have accomplished quite a few things, but we have more that we would like to do and have plans to continue working toward completion. We are hoping that we can complete everything by the end of next summer,” said the Clermont Historical Society member, who has been helping coordinate the work.

           Built in 1906 and originally known as the Bigler Building, the structure stands on Mill Street, located between Union and Clay streets just northeast of Kerndt Brothers Bank. It became the Burkard Riegel Blacksmith Shop in 1931 and was in operation until 1985. It is currently listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Wed
26
Aug

New County Engineer named

 

Joel Fantz, started his job as Fayette County Engineer on Aug. 24. He is pictured here with his wife, Mina.

 

New County Engineer named

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

Meet Joel Fantz, Fayette County’s newest County Engineer.

The Fayette County Supervisors approved his contract at their weekly meeting on Monday, Aug. 10. He will begin his tenure on Aug. 24, training under current County Engineer Al Miller until Miller’s last day on Sept. 13.

Fantz, pronounced Fonts, is an Iowa boy born and raised. He graduated from high school in Algona. Hearing the call to serve, he headed off to the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. He spent 11 years in the Navy, serving in Guam, Bosnia, Spain and living for three years in Italy. Fantz also lived in various states during his tenure. He started his naval career flying helicopters before joining the Civil Engineer Corps.

Wed
26
Aug

Nihart's 'big heart' benefits students, community

During Fayette's Watermelon Days celebration, Nihart will be honored as grand marshal, leading Saturday's parade on Sept. 12 (Janell Bradley photo)

 

Nihart's 'big heart' benefits students, community

 

 

Janell Bradley

Contributing Writer

 

 

Even though he retired from teaching and working in education administration several years ago, Fayette resident Richard “Dick” Nihart continues to have a positive influence on young people around him.

During Fayette’s Watermelon Days celebration, Nihart will be honored as grand marshal, leading Saturday’s parade on Sept. 12.

Dick Nihart came to Fayette in 1963, when he accepted a job to teach science and assist with coaching football at the town’s high school.

Wed
26
Aug

School board candidates prepare to run

School board candidates prepare to run

 

 

School board elections in Iowa are scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 8. North Fayette and Valley school districts will both have vacancies to fill in the coming election. Following are the candidates seeking election or re-election in each district.

 

North Fayette

            Carolyn Roys is running for District 2, the position previously held by Randy Tope, who is not running again.

Roy Guenther has been on the North Fayette school board for 19 years and currently serves as president. He is running for re-election in District 3.

John Michael is running as a write-in candidate for the North Fayette school board in District 1

Wed
26
Aug

Whitver golfing below his age

Buck Whitver drives off the tee on hole one at Big Rock Country Club in Fayette on Wednesday, Aug. 19.  The now 88-year-old avid golfer continues to shoot below his age averaging an 80 to an 85 on a normal outing.

 

Whitver golfing below his age

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

Whether they are 35 or 65, many golfers wish they could score their age. West Union resident Buck Whitver is doing one better; he consistently shoots well below his age.

 

What makes it more remarkable is that at 88 years old Whitver still shoots 80 to 85 on a fairly consistent basis. He attributes his success on the fairway to practice, but credits his vitality at such a senior age to the game itself.

Wed
19
Aug

One giant Leap for education

 

 

Connie Franzen, a math instructor at South Winneshiek, was recently granted the opportunity to attend the Space Academy for Educators program in Huntsville, Ala. Franzen, one of only 200 educators from around the world, had the opportunity to broaden her teaching methods and learn the ins and outs of the NASA space program during the course of the five-day experience. (submitted photo)

 

One giant leap for education

 

 

 

For many children and adults around the world, visiting the moon or outer space is one of the most thrilling dreams. For one local teacher, her dream of visiting Space Camp and learning the ins and outs of the NASA Space Program became a reality.

Although she did not leave the earth, the experience on which South Winneshiek fifth- through eighth-grade math teacher Connie Franzen recently embarked was a learning experience that she describes as “out of this world.” She attended the Space Academy for Educators program in Huntsville, Ala.

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