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The Albia Booster Club will be hosting a Blue Pride Night on Monday, Aug. 19 beginning at 6 p.m. at Albia Community High School. The purpose of the evening is to enlist membership for the club and to kick off the school year with a message to inspire the Blue Pride Way and provide community …

Obituaries

John Van Wardhuizen unexpectedly left this world on Monday, Aug. 12, 2019, at his home in Lovilia. John was born on Nov. 30, 1962 at the Monroe County Hospital to Arnold Sr. and Erma Alice (Beck) Van Wardhuizen. He graduated from Albia Community High School with the class of 1981. Later, Joh…

Lelah Mae Marlin, age 91, of Albia, passed away on Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019, at Monroe Care Center in Albia.

Dennis LeRoy Spears, age 75, of Albia passed away on Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019, at the Monroe County Hospital in Albia.

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Fifty years ago, when I was 15 years old, heading into my sophomore year of high school, there is no way I could have known a half century later, the United States would be talking about 1969 as a seminal year of American history.

I would be the first to tell you that every day when you roll out of bed is not necessarily a good day. But then again, that is in retrospect. Some days start out better than others for one reason or another. For one reason or another, some days just don’t go so well. Yet, every day of life …

I’ve been sitting in the editor’s chair way too long to be super impressed by any political candidate or any super star for that matter. Once you interview Jimmy Carter and Barbara Bush, have a sit down with Mike Ditka and Reggie White, there’s not a whole lot of room to grow. I’ve talked to…