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08
Jun

Hawkeye Fun Days grand marshals 'surprised but honored'

 

Evelyn and Kenneth “Kenny” Schultz are being honored as Hawkeye Fun Days parade grand marshals for their years of dedicated volunteer service to the community of Hawkeye. The siblings have been involved in numerous organizations over the years.

 

Hawkeye Fun Days grand marshals 'surprised but honored'

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

Native Hawkeye residents Evelyn and Kenneth “Kenny” Schultz have been selected as the Hawkeye Fun Days parade grand marshals for their years of dedicated volunteer service to the community.

Kenny was born on Oct. 30, 1924, to Herman and Dorothy Schultz; 11 years later, Evelyn was born on March 31, 1935. Due to the age difference, the two were never very close growing up. He graduated from Hawkeye High School in 1942; she graduated in 1953, four years before Hawkeye and Alpha consolidated with West Union to form North High School.

Wed
08
Jun

Smith questions rifle purchase

Smith questions rifle purchase

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

The West Union City Council went into closed session to discuss the West Union Police Department at its regular Monday meeting, June 6.

At-large Councilmember Isaiah Stansbery moved for a closed session after asking West Union Police Chief Dylan Schauer if that was okay with him. However, Mayor Kent Halverson was dissatisfied that Stansbery didn’t follow the proper channels by first going to the Police Committee or at least bringing his concerns up with the mayor, who is the head of the police department.

Wed
08
Jun

Hwy. 18 detour ahead

 

A portion of U.S. Highway 18 will be closed between Hawkeye and Fredericksburg starting Monday, June 13, for arch culvert work at Haugh Creek. The road will remain closed until late October. 

 

Hwy. 18 detour ahead

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

Starting Monday, June 13, a portion U.S. Highway 18 between Hawkeye and Fredericksburg will be closed for arch culvert work at Haugh Creek.

Wed
08
Jun

Nabholz Farm celebrates 50 years at present location

 

Norm Nabholz (left) of West Union is hosting the Nabholz Farm Golden Memories Sale on Saturday, June 18, to commemorate 50 years of Nabholz Farm at its current location in rural West Union. Nabholz has held sales across the country with some cows such as Apple (pictured) selling for six figures; here, she is pictured with her former co-owner John Erbsen.

 

Nabholz Farm celebrates 50 years at present location

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

To celebrate 50 years of Nabholz Farm at its current location in rural West Union, Norm Nabholz will host the Golden Memories Cattle Sale starting at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 18, at his home.

Nabholz has hosted sales all over the country, most recently in Kentucky the last two years, he sells 80 to 110 head of cattle ranging in price from $4,500 to $36,000 on average. This will be the sixth sale he has hosted on his personal property northwest of West Union.

Wed
01
Jun

Bohr honored on NASCAR ride

 

With Ossian native United States Marine Corps Gunnery Sergeant Jeffrey Bohr’s name honored on the windshield of his No. 78 Toyota race car, NASCAR driver Martin Truex Jr. drove to his first victory of the season Sunday night in the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. (submitted photo)

 

Bohr honored on NASCAR ride

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

United States Marine Corps Gunnery Sergeant Jeffrey Bohr is a well-known hero in the Ossian area. The soldier, who was killed in action on April 10, 2003, during Operation Iraqi Freedom, was born and raised in the community.

Bohr, who was awarded the Silver Star Medal posthumously for heroic action against an enemy of the United States during a dangerous mission of seizing a presidential palace in north Baghdad, was honored by NASCAR driver Martin Truex Jr. and the Furniture Row Racing team Saturday night as part of NASCAR’s 600 Miles of Remembrance event.

Wed
01
Jun

'There are two kinds of people in this world'

 

Brothers and lifetime Castalia residents Lowell and Wayne Corlett (l-r) are proud to serve as the grand marshals for the 24th Annual Castalia Tractor Days celebration, set for Saturday and Sunday, June 11 - 12. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

'There are two kinds of people in this world'

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

Every year, people from the small northeast Iowa community of Castalia and its surrounding rural areas gather for Tractor Days. The two-day celebration culminates with a parade highlighted with tractors, floats, cars, horses, and much more. Serving as the grand marshals for the 24th annual celebration and parade on Saturday and Sunday, June 11-12, are brothers and lifelong Castalia residents Lowell and Wayne Corlett.

“There are two kinds of people in this world, ones from Castalia and ones that wish they were,” joked older brother Lowell, who along with Wayne admits that he was shocked to hear that he was chosen to be the grand marshal of this year’s event.

Wed
01
Jun

Valley to start Home School Assistance Program

 

The Valley school district has started a Home School Assistance Program that will provide support to home-school families such as the Jensens of rural West Union. Micah Gearhart (left), Valley Elementary and MFVMS principal, shakes Ben Jensen’s hand, signifying the new bond between the district and home-school families. Excited for the next school year are (front, l-r) Vinley Jensen, Alaina Jensen, Avery Jensen and Haley Jensen; (back) Micah Gearhart, Nathan Jensen, Ben Jensen, Trevin Jensen and Lisa Jensen.

 

Valley to start Home School Assistance Program

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

Home-school families will have a new tool at their disposal this fall after the Valley school board approved the Home School Assistance Program (HSAP) at its May meeting.

Discussion about the program began after Duane Willhite, North Fayette and Valley shared superintendent, asked Micah Gearhart, Valley Elementary and Middle School principal, during his evaluation at the end of last school year what he felt he needed to accomplish while principal of the school.

Wed
01
Jun

Honors veterans past and present

A Wadena American Legion project, the Wadena All-Veterans Memorial is nearly complete. Members of the Legion include: Nick Keiderling, Mick Nagle, Duane Drucker, Ed Gage, Fred Davidson, James Bond, Roger Thomas, Doug Aylsworth, Dave Aylsworth and Milton Thomas. 

 

Honors veterans past and present

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

It’s a simple gesture, but one that resonates with all veterans.

The All-Veterans Memorial in Wadena was completed just before Veterans Day in 2015. Now, it was the site of its first of many Memorial Day events in Wadena.

Wed
01
Jun

Hawkeye native part of 'We Can Do It!' war effort in 1940s

 

Helen Curtis of Hawkeye holds a photo of her aunt, Marge Vroman Parsons, 92, who served the United States during WWII as a laborer at Douglas Airfield and then in a shipyard in California, earning the familiar nickname “Rosie the Riveter.” Curtis was the speaker at Monday’s Memorial Day presentation held at the Hawkeye Community Hall. (Janell Bradley photo)

 

Hawkeye native part of 'We Can Do It!' war effort in 1940s

 

 

Janell Bradley

Contributing Writer

 

 

When the Hawkeye community observed Memorial Day Monday, May 30, it learned of the World War II contributions of one of its own: Marjorie Parsons, 92, now living in California.

The daughter of Harry and Harriet Vroman, Marge was born in 1924. She grew up in the house where the late Edith Parker lived, although there were no street addresses at the time Marge was a child.

“Everyone in town knew where everyone lived anyway,” she laughed.

Marge’s father ran the hardware store located where the Hurd Museum is now. She attended grade school through eighth grade before her parents sold the store and moved to Rochester, Minn. There, Marge graduated from high school in 1941.

Aspiring to be a nurse she took a job in the hospital. But with World War II underway and America’s young men being drafted as quickly as they could be commissioned, her life was about to change.

Wed
01
Jun

Lifeguard at National Olympic Trials

 

Kathy Guyer wears her official U.S. Olympic jacket she earned after being selected as one of 47 lifeguards from around the country to work at the Olympic Swim Team Trials June 26-July 3 in Omaha Neb. The West Union Parks & Rec director poses at the pool in the Aquatic Center. Guyer has been a fixture in many capacities at a West Union pool since the first one was built in 1965. (Jerry Wadian photo)

 

Lifeguard at National Olympic Trials

 

 

By Jerry Wadian
jwadian@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

West Union Parks & Rec director Kathy Guyer’s dream was always to be an Olympic swimmer, or at least be able to go to the Olympics.

She won’t be an Olympic swimmer, and she hasn’t made it to the Olympics yet. However, June 26-July 3 she will be a vital part of the U.S. Olympic Swim Team when she serves as a lifeguard at the National Olympic Trials at the Century Link Center in Omaha, Neb.

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