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Horizon Original Architect Mike Nolan attended a Monroe County Board of Supervisors meeting Monday to open bids on the HVAC heating and cooling upgrade for the courthouse.

The King Opera House will be open the weekend of Restoration Days and the Follies are a go. This year’s Follies will follow the 1950’s Restoration Days theme. Departing a bit from the norm, the Follies will be performed in three acts, including a Rock and Roll act, Country act and Pop act (B…

Following a construction site tour, the Monroe County Hospital Board of Directors held their regular June meeting last Wednesday. The word from the construction tour is that interior work is progressing close to schedule, but exterior work is still quite a ways behind because of poor weather.

The Albia Rotary Club, behind the leadership efforts of Kevin Crall, Tyler Boley and Wes Aeschliman, have been raising money to install a new restroom facility at the Reservoir Park.

On Thursday, June 20, Bob Quinn, co-host of WHO Radio’s, The Big Show, traveled to the Rathbun Lake Watershed to conduct a live broadcast of his show from Rathbun Regional Water Association’s Water Treatment Plant. The Big Show, which airs each week-day, is an agricultural show that serves I…

Publisher’s note: It didn’t take long to fill up by e-mail bin after asking people to share a memory or well wishes as Father Mike Volkmer prepares for his last Mass on Sunday. As the newspaper guy who got to interview Fr. Mike for his 50th year in the ministry and a person who performed wit…

Mindless, senseless vandalism occurred in broad daylight last Wednesday in the historic Woodlawn Cemetery in Lovilia where 15-20 headstones were damaged.

The Albia Community High School Wall of Fame Committee is accepting nominations for induction into the 2019-2020 Wall of Fame.

Editor’s Note: This is a story about a one-in-a-lifetime trip to Normandy to participate in the 75th anniversary of D-Day that former ACHS principal Linda Hoskins took with her grandson, Aden Scott, and his Oskaloosa classmates. We really can’t do the trip justice in the relatively few inche…

On June 12, following an investigation by the Albia Police Department and Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI), 30-year Oskaloosa resident Andrew James Richardson was arrested and charged with two counts of Sexual Abuse in the Third Degree (Class C Felony), three counts of Enticement of …

A preliminary architectural drawing of the front of the King Opera House plus interior drawings of the immediate interior of the building were delivered late last week to Dave Johnson and the Albia Area Improvement Association and the King Opera House Board by C, A & D Architectural firm…

The Albia Community School Board has joined a growing list of public schools ranging in size from small rural schools to metro Des Moines schools, asking the Iowa High School Athletic Association and Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union to look into school classifications in regards to dist…

On June 2 the Albia Brewing Company located in the Skean Building on the north side of the square, opened under new food service management. Brian and Barbara Lindberg will continue to own the seven-year-old restaurant-brewery, but have brought on Albia native Dara Teno and Naeem Kahn to run…

The Monroe County Hospital Board heard some updates on the hospital’s construction project, mostly positive in nature. The brutal winter, followed by endless days of rain this spring have made it difficult for contractors to stay on schedule. But with the roof on, work is progressing.

Generations in the Monroe County community associate the name Marcella Smith with the local arts scene for good reason. Smith, who died Aug. 6, 2012 at the age of 102, was an acclaimed artist who painted for decades, and she was also a pivotal player in nurturing art appreciation in southern…

“Grant’s Best Chef Contest” was held at Grant Elementary in Albia from a Delta Dental grant that Nurse Karen McCarty and Coach Justin Huber had worked on to obtain a water filling station at Grant school.

This marks the second year that local State Farm Agent Wes Aeschliman has partnered with Lincoln Center third graders to show kindness to those in their communities. Students in Brandi Strickler’s class wrote letters to Aeschliman asking him for his help to to spread kindness by sponsoring t…

Since its establishment in 1990, the Rino and Ruth Della Vedova Scholarship Trust has provided over $1.38 million in tuition, book and lab expenses and room and board for Albia Community High School students.

The Albia City Council on Monday gave approval to dedicated two parking spots for electric vehicle battery charging. Chariton Valley Electric Cooperative Manager Charles Van De Pol was at the meeting to discuss the proposal that had already passed the Monroe County Board of Supervisors.

Chariton Valley Electric Cooperative’s assistant general manager, Becky Teno, has completed an intensive program in electric utility management with the University of Wisconsin - Madison.

Over $225,000 in scholarships were awarded to Albia Community High School seniors on Friday at the annual awards night.

King Opera House Board President Dave Paxton presented a report to the Albia Community School Board on Monday to talk about the restoration project and its implications for the school district.

For a week each May, 70 veterans are provided the opportunity to put aside physical and mental disabilities and enjoy a fishing experience at Lake Rathbun. Casting Away Disabilities, a privately funding program through the Veteran’s Administration, was back at Honey Creek Resort on Lake Rath…

On Saturday the Albia Community High School Music Department took a trip to Mid-Prairie High School in Wellman to perform at the State IHSMA Contest. This involved 110 high school musicians.

Apparently a number of people discussed an Albia City Council decision not to have a spring clean-up this year on an Albia Facebook public forum page. In that discussion, read by Albia City Councilmen Brian Bell and Dennis Conley among others, civil disobedience was promoted.

Apparently the restoration of the King Opera House is moving a little too quickly, at least according to a number of people on Facebook. Here’s a head up. It could move a lot quicker in the next week or two as the Albia Area Improvement Association’s architect finishes the design and masons …

On Friday, April 26, Don and Lori Desko and Brett Lovett of the Kansas City area visited Oakview Cemetery in Albia to remember and honor Joseph R. Peacher.

Next week the Albia Hy-Vee is doing a round up at the register. Customers can round their total up to the nearest dollar and all of it goes to the King Opera House. They can also have a bigger donation added to their total on the spot.

The Albia Ministerial Association will be sponsoring Active Threat Training on Monday, May 6 from 6-8 p.m. at the River Life Family Worship Center. The training is being presented by Monroe County Sheriff Deputy Matt Scharff. A freewill offering will be taken and the money will be donated to…

Jesse Simmons, Studio 42 photos of Albia Community High School Prom 2019

For the second consecutive year, Rathbun Regional Water Association took home the Best Tasting Water in Iowa Award from the 2019 Iowa Rural Water Association’s 44th Annual Conference. The event was held Feb. 18-20 at the Veteran’s Memorial Community Choice Convention Center in Des Moines. 

The Monroe County Board of Supervisors approved the five-year construction plan that the Secondary Roads Department will file with the Iowa Department of Transportation. County Engineer Jeremiah Selby said the plan he was showing the supervisors did not include the exact gravel roads that wo…

The Albia Community School Board met Monday night and reviewed positive numbers from the district’s recent Kindergarten Round-up. Superintendent Kevin Crall reported 78 students identified for enrollment in the fall. “I think the district can comfortably count on four sections next year,” sa…