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The Iowa Department of Education has awarded schools statewide for their work on implementing Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS). PBIS is a multi-tiered system of support for behavior and provides the framework for teachers to provide and monitor prevention and interventio…

The Albia Community School Board, working inside the boundaries of new employee collective bargaining, spent a considerable amount of time Monday discussing what to do about a 9.39 percent increase in employee health insurance, amounting to about a $120,000 total increase.

For the second year in a row, Lincoln Center art teacher Kim Riney organized a Family Fine Arts night Tuesday. Lincoln Center’s classrooms, band room and gymnasium were filled with artists in multiple mediums, children and parents doing interactive art projects, listening to story tellers an…

The Albia Community School District and the Monroe County Conservation Board are closer to cutting a deal for management of the Monroe County Sports Complex.

Michael Nolan, AIA, LEED AP of Horizon Architecture is the principal architect and project manager for the renovation and repair work at the Monroe County Courthouse. Nolan was hired because of his experience (over a decade) working on historic renovation and restoration projects at the fede…

The Monroe County Cattlemen held their annual banquet Saturday with a number of home grown celebrity. Kylie Peterson, newly hired Director of Marketing for the Iowa Beef Industry Council, her sister, Abby, newly crowned Iowa Simmental Queen and Brayton Striegel, whose steer was shown at the …

If the middle of last week was any indication, Influenza A has bided its sweet time coming to Monroe County. Monroe County Hospital and Clinics Director of Nursing Gale Hererra said the hospital had admitted 12 patients to the floor on Wednesday and for the first time in years, in-patient be…

St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Albia is beginning the Lenten season is having their annual all you can eat pancake supper on Tuesday, March 5 from 5-7 p.m. The men of St. Paul’s will be making regular pancakes and blueberry pancakes at this annual men’s ministry. Other items on the menu inclu…

Certified personal trainer Daira Driftmier and Hy-Vee dietitian Taylor Grgurich have teamed up to provide a program for schools that teach you how to properly excercise, make a great post-workout snack, challenge your family to a fitness challenge and more. The program, which provides struct…

The Albia Community High School Individual Speech team earned Division I ratings in 11 of the 18 events they took to the district competition at Grinnell High School last weekend.

An event held at the King Opera House organized by Missy O’Brien Thanksgiving of 2017 was a mustard seed for what appears to be a growing women’s movement in South Central Iowa.

Albia City Attorney Bob Breckenridge presented a first draft of a lease agreement between the city and Monroe County Little League Softball for management of the Washington Park Field and its concession stand. Once passed, the city will still control the restrooms along with the playground a…

AMES– The Iowa Beef Industry Council (IBIC) announced that Albia Community High School graduate, Kylie Peterson of Ames is their new Director of Marketing and Communications. Peterson will be leading efforts in beef promotions, advertising, social and digital media communications. She will b…

Led by King Opera House board members Tyler Havard and Mick King, country music fans attending Sunday’s 11th annual Bob Reed Country Music Showcase will enjoy some significant improvements to the 116-year-old theater.

A six-year-old first grader sat in the A Gym bleachers playing an electronic game before the introduction of Albia’s basketball players. “Who is number zero?” he is asked. Without looking up and without hesitation he answers, “Beau.”

“The Aliens are coming! The Aliens are coming!” March 15-17 to the King Opera House in Albia. The Albia High School Drama Department will be showcasing the last performance by seven seniors.

A full afternoon of great country music is on tap for Sunday, Feb. 24, 2 p.m. at the King Opera House. This will be the 11th annual Bob Reed Country Music Showcase directed and organized by Cindy Rhodes as a fund-raiser for the King Opera House and the Bob Reed Memorial Scholarship Fund.

The Albia Show Choir, newly dubbed “The Electric A’s” has had an active winter so far. Their usual trip to Keota for State Show Choir did not end ordinarily. The group took home straight Division I ratings -- the best a show choir can do at state contest. All three judges agreed the choir wa…

The Albia Large Group Speech Team sent six groups to state speech contest on Feb. 2 at Kennedy High School in Cedar Rapids, and came home with three I ratings.

Marilee Sciesinski was re-elected president of the Monroe County Hospital and Clinics Board of Trustees at last Wednesday’s first meeting of the year. Mike Spieler was re-elected vice president and Matt Foster secretary-treasurer. Those three will also serve on the Executive Committee.

The Albia Area Chamber of Commerce held its annual meeting on Thursday, delayed because of weather from Tuesday. Four awards were presented and the new board, president and officers for 2019 announced.

Three former Cub Scout/Boy Scout leaders in Albia are launching an alternative to Boy Scouting called Trail Life USA. An open house is set for Thursday, Feb. 7, 7 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Fellowship Hall to introduce parents and boys to the new organization for boys kindergarten thro…

Monroe County Little League Softball representatives Tony Zanoni and Jason Popson came before the Albia City Council asking for a more formal leasing agreement for the Washington softball field.

The Monroe County Sheriff put out an alert via Facebook last Friday concerning a citizen complaint about receiving text messages from someone claiming to be St. Mary’s parish priest, Fr. Mike Volkmer.

U.S. Rep. Dave Loebsack was in Albia on Friday, meeting with management and board members of Chariton Valley Electric Cooperative. The main topic of discussion was to have been CVEC’s work to bring broad band internet access to rural areas, but the affect of the partial federal government sh…

Much was made of an ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) report just before Christmas that made a whole lot more of schools placed on a “targeted” list than schools performing at or above state average results.

You wouldn’t think a future school calendar would take up so much time at an Albia Community School Board meeting, but the way Christmas and New Years falls in 2019-2020, along with a state mandated early start date created a bit of angst and a whole lot of discussion at Monday’s board meeting.

Monroe County Hospital & Clinics (MCHC) affiliation partner, Mercy Health Network (MHN), a leading health care system, today announced it will soon become MercyOne. With the name change set to officially launch Feb. 1, 2019, the system will unify its statewide footprint by implementing a…

It’s another swing and a miss for weather forecasters who said the Midwest was looking at a mild, more dry winter. Southern Iowa was slammed by the second major snow event since November on Friday and Saturday and it appears we’re in for more of the same Thursday and again this Saturday.

Bruce Hanson, co-founder and owner of Rural Housing 360, with a mission to strengthen local communities by allowing working Iowans the opportunity to live where they work by building relatively low cost homes, which in turn stabilizes school enrollment, utilizes existing city infrastructure,…

(Editor’s note: This story and photos are reprinted with permission from the Iowa Cattlemen Magazine, January 2019 edition.)

A concert by perhaps the world’s greatest living opera star, Centerville native Simon Estes, may have been the biggest story of the year, let alone the last three months.

Mike Ogle had no idea what to expect when he left the relative comfort of taking mission trips with Cornerstone Community Church in Albia to Mexico and in the U.S. to visit a mission in Koembatore, a fairly rural area in the middle of rain forests in southern India.

After being sworn in at 8 a.m. Wednesday, Monroe County Supervisor Dennis Amoss was elected supervisor’s chairman at a 10 a.m. first meeting of the year. Treasurer Peggy VandenBerg, County Attorney John Pabst and Recorder Tracy Casady were also sworn in after being re-elected in November’s g…

Taylor Appleton, a fifth grader in Mrs. Thomas’s Lincoln Center class will have her art work featured in the South Central Iowa Solid Waste Agency 2019 Calendar. A total of 24 students from Pella, BGM, Montezuma, Pella Christian, Grinnell, Melcher-Dallas and Knoxville are included as calenda…

The second three months of 2018 was filled with hope and promise with another high school graduating class and the celebration of Fr. Mike Volkmer’s 50th year in the priesthood and some sadness with the closing of First Baptist Church.

Two of the biggest stories of the year were literally orchestrated by the same person. Albia Community High School vocal music instructor Alex Steines and a large number of volunteers, students and friends brought the 100-member UNI Men’s Varsity Glee Club to perform at the King Opera House …

The lost has been found and it will turn into a substantial savings for Monroe Countians. At the Monroe County Board of Supervisors meeting before last, Chariton Valley Plannng and Zoning’s Nicole Moore said the county had to complete its Comprehensive Plan that was started and never finished.

U.S. Congressman Dave Loebsack visited the Monroe County Hospital and Clinics, answer questions from administration and board members and then touring the facility, including taking a look at the $19 million new expansion.

Albians and people living within a five-mile radius of the city will eventually enjoy a decrease in their property insurance rates due to the dogged work of the Albia Volunteer Fire Department.

Albia’s hardware store on the south side of the Historic Square has a new set of owners. O’Hara True Value, owned by the Ottumwa O’Hara True Value, has been sold to Jamie and Katrina Dohm, a Bloomfield couple who built a 12,000 square foot store from the ground up in Bloomfield after that co…