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02
Jun

New store opening at former Hawkeye Elementary School

Owner Janet Halverson will be welcoming visitors to the SHOPPED 4 U open house on Friday, June 4, from noon to 7 p.m., and Saturday, June 5, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The new store is located in the former Hawkeye Elementary School, at 345 E. Burger St., in Hawkeye. (Jack Swanson photos)

 

New store opening at former Hawkeye Elementary School

 

 

By Jack Swanson
jswanson@fayettecountynewspapers.com

 

The Hawkeye Elementary School in Hawkeye, will soon be re-opening.

No, there won’t be any classes there, but there will be lots of things to buy.

Janet and Jon Halverson have announced that they will be opening their new store SHOPPED 4 U on Friday, June 4, from noon to 7 p.m. That day also kicks off their grand opening celebration which will continue on Saturday, June 5, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be three prizes given away on both days and on Friday, frozen yogurt from Country View Dairy in Hawkeye will be served.

Wed
26
May

'Genius Hour' a big success at South Winn

South Winneshiek eighth-graders (l-r) Shayde Wermers, Caylie Adam, Aubrey Hageman, Avery Luzum, and Bailee Frana were among the students that made an impact with their ‘Genius Hour’ projects this spring. The class was assigned with the task to complete a project of their choice that will benefit the community, making it beneficial to their learning experience as well as many different organizations throughout the area. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

'Genius Hour' a big success at South Winn

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

It’s an assignment that’s helping change the world – or at least our little corner of northeast Iowa! With the school year wrapping up this week, eighth grade students at South Winneshiek are making sure they leave a mark when they leave as each member of the class took part in an assignment this spring called “Genius Hour.”

“I always tell my students that they have the power to change the world and that they have important things to say,” said teacher Jessica Peters. “It’s my job to help them find their voices and make sure the adults are listening. I love doing Genius Hour projects with my eighth graders because they are in the driver’s seat and they know they have an opportunity to connect with an authentic audience. It’s an empowering experience and they really do make a difference!”

Wed
26
May

Memorial Day is Monday!

Memorial Day is Monday!

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

Ossian will hold a Memorial Day program at 11 a.m. on Monday to celebrate Memorial Day. The event will take place at Wild Woods Event Center on Main Street and also include a cemetery tour throughout the area.

All area veterans are invited to meet at the Ossian Community Center at 6:30 a.m. for breakfast served by the Ossian Boy Scouts. All veterans and community members are welcome to join the Legion as they hold honors at the ceremony.

Veterans will then embark on a cemetery tour, which is as follows:

Wed
26
May

"Splash into Summer" June 5

West Union Chamber/Mainstreet hopes everyone will be ready to “splash into summer” like Mikah Opperman (far right) seems to be as it hosts the first-ever Summer Fest event on Saturday, June 5.  Pictured are West Union Chamber Summerfest committee members (l-r) Chris DeBack, Deanne Tyler, and Brianna Keune.  (Megan Molseed photo) 

 

"Splash into Summer" June 5

 

 

By Megan Molseed
mmolseed@thefayettecountyunion.com

The sun is out and the temperatures are starting to soar – which means it is the perfect time to splash into summer and celebrate Summerfest on Saturday, June 5 in downtown West Union.  

“We have a lot of fun and exciting events planned, and it should be a fantastic day and evening!” noted West Union Chamber of Commerce promotions committee chairman, Chris DeBack, of the event.  “There will be something for everyone from morning until night!”

The first annual Summerfest is a West Union Chamber/Mainstreet and will kick-off with a 9 a.m. 5k run/walk.  Registration for the 5k will be held at 8:30 a.m. that morning, at City Hall. 

Wed
26
May

Presenting the NFV graduating class of 2021!

Presenting the NFV graduating class of 2021!

 

By Megan Molseed
mmolseed@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

The North Fayette Valley High School gym will be packed to the brim at 7 p.m. Friday, May 28, as 76 seniors from the North Fayette Valley Class of 2021 receive their high school diplomas. 

The NFV administration is also excited to announce that there will be no restrictions during the ceremony and all who would like to attend are welcome.  

The class of 2021 has chosen Columbia Blue, Silver, and Black as its class colors; a white rose as the class flower. "You're Gonna Miss This" by Trace Adkins was selected as the class song.  

While each year, the class motto holds a special meaning to the graduating class, this year’s motto: "They told us high school would go by in a flash, not a zoom!” reflects a little bit more the unique times in which these students are graduating, adding a bit of humor to the unprecedented events.  

Wed
26
May

Local members grateful Memorial Day services can be held this year

Local members grateful Memorial Day services can be held this year

 

Memorial Day services are being held at many communities this year following a year hiatus when large gatherings were forbidden due to the spread of Covid-19.

Wed
19
May

Taylor siblings share 'Class of '21' graduation day

It’s not uncommon for siblings to graduate in the same class – but for 2021 South Winneshiek grads Zach and Kayley Taylore, the circumstances were a little different this year. Zach, a true member of the Class of 2021, received his diploma a few seconds after younger sister Kayley (whose first name allowed her to walk across the stage just before Zach) as she became one of the first South Winneshiek students to ever graduate a full year early. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

Taylor siblings share 'Class of '21' graduation day

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

Having siblings graduate in the same class is nothing new around here – but for Class of 2021 graduates and brother and sister Zach and Kayley Taylor of Spillville, the circumstances are a little different.

“Graduating early is something that had always been in the back of my head,” said Kayley, who became one of the first South Winneshiek students to graduate a full year early. “I was always looking forward to moving onto the next step of my life, so I wanted to do whatever I could to finish early.”

To make the story even more intriguing, Kayley’s older brother, Zach, is a true member of the Class of 2021. When the two graduated on Sunday in Calmar, Kayley actually received her diploma before her older brother since her first name came before her brother’s alphabetically.

Wed
19
May

Elgin City Clerk terminated

Elgin City Clerk terminated

 

Brian Smith
Contributing Writer

 

 After a closed session to evaluate employee performance during Monday night’s Elgin City Council meeting it was announced that Rhonda Dales had been terminated from her position as Elgin city clerk. No comment was given by the Council in regard to the reason for the termination and Dales was not available for comment afterwards.

Wed
19
May

Masks will be "optional" for North Fayette Valley School District

 

Masks will be "optional" for North Fayette Valley School District

 

By Jack Swanson
jswanson@fayettecountynewspapers.com

 

The decision to wear a mask as a protection device against the Covid-19 virus will now be up the individual at the North Fayette School District.

Superintendent Joe Griffith, in the wake of the CDC issuing new mask guidelines allowing for vaccinated individuals not to have to wear masks, says wearing masks at the schools in the District are optional, for staff and students.

Wed
12
May

Ossian home improvement funding available

Ossian home improvement funding available

 

 

Do you own a home in Ossian? If so, you may be eligible for up to $24,999 for home improvements!

To qualify for the Upper Explorerland-sponsored program, you must own a house within Ossian city limits and have occupied the home for at least six months. Eligible repairs include exterior improvements (roof, windows, and/or siding) or energy efficiency improvements (insulation, furnaces, hot water heaters, exterior doors, and/or windows).

To qualify, a homeowner must be under the following income criteria:

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