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Monroe County Hospital & Clinics has been awarded a Top Workplaces 2019 honor by The Des Moines Register. The list is based solely on employee feedback gathered through a third-party survey administered by research partner Energage, LLC, a leading provider of technology-based employee en…

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The Monroe County Board of Supervisors inked a resolution sponoring Cargill’s application to the Iowa Economic Development Authority’s High Quality Job program that will serve as the final piece in the puzzle to a $128.3 million “project upgrade” at the Iowa Biotech Center near Eddyville.

The Monroe County Farm Bureau held its annual banquet and Ag Hall of Fame Awards ceremony Saturday at the Monroe County Fairgrounds. The group approved their leadership team for the next year including Terry Maloy, president, Lizzy McGlothlen, vice president, Ed Yarkosky, secretary, Jill Yul…

The Monroe County Board of Supervisors decided to reject both bids on two parcels of abandoned railroad property near Hiteman. One piece of property is about four acres and the other about two acres of railroad right of way sitting between land owned by Josh and Jody Buckingham one one side …

The Albia Fire Department is showing its continued support for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) as its members kick off the annual Fill the Boot fundraising campaign to raise critical funds to help transform the lives of kids and adults with muscular dystrophy, ALS and related muscle…

Oh the stories and the generational family traditions that are still part of the richness of the God’s Portion Weekend at Georgetown Aug. 31-Sept. 1. The church community invites the larger Monroe County community and many parts beyond, even out of state, back to celebrate and raise money fo…

There was no sighting of a tornado in Lovilia on Tuesday morning, but up the road about six miles at Tracy, a tornado was seen on the ground. You can see how residents in Lovilia may have thought a twister rolled through the north part of town.

The Albia Pre-School and Day Care has had a couple of rocky years, but new director Klint Sinclair is working to get the non-profit center back on the right track.

A statement heard more than once as people filed out of Ironman Stadium in Albia on Monday after enjoying the first ever Albia Booster Club Blue Pride Night was “why haven’t we done this before?”

Monroe County Sheriff Dan Johnson opened two bids for a new patrol truck. The new truck will replace a pick-up with about 170,000 miles on it.

The Albia Community School Board is getting close to making a decision on its next major school infrastructure improvement plan. RDG Planning and Design provided the board with alternatives to solving ongoing infrastructure issues. A decision will likely be made at the board’s September meet…

On Saturday, Hannah Koellner, of Eddyville, the Mahaska County queen from the Southern Iowa Fair, was crowned as the 2019 Iowa State Fair queen. Koellner is the daughter of Jim and Kim Koellner of Eddyville and is a 2019 graduate of Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont High School. She served as sec…

The 2019 Governor’s Charity Steer Show will mark the 37th consecutive year the beef industry has raised funds to help families who utilize the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Iowa.

The Monroe County recycling trailer located in Melrose City Park has been removed for 30 days due to improper use. Fish scraps, rotted beef and other garbage were deposited in the trailer, which makes all of the other items in the trailer ineligible for recycling, increases labor and garbage…

Democrat presidential primary candidate John Delaney may be best known to debate watchers as the guy who called out other candidates for suggesting a Medicare for all health care system and was booed by the crowd.

Albia Restoration Days actually started Thursday, Aug. 1 (last night) at the King Opera House with the first of two Follies performances. It continues into Friday with the museum opening from 1-4 p.m. and lunch in the courtyard from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., the library book sale from noon to 6 …

The Albia Area Chamber of Commerce would like to announce the 2019 Hall of Fame recipients are Dr. William R. Adler and Charlene Crall. The inductees will be recognized on Saturday, Aug. 3 following the Restoration Days parade, at the bandstand, on the Courthouse lawn. A reception will be he…

Much has been written lately about the King Opera House because of the extensive renovation the building will undergo beginning around Sept. 1. But Monroe County Historical Society Secretary Jan Crall did some yeoman’s work researching the building’s history and published it in this month’s …

OTTUMWA —- Former Indian Hills Community College softball coach Jim Overturf, an Albia native, has returned to the college in a new role, as the Admissions Representative for Non-Traditional Students. It is a position that Overturf says he is excited about – making people aware of the many o…

A lot of people believe the 1950s was the “Golden Age” of music as three main forms of music dominated the air waves. Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Peggy Lee and others continued to make hits coming out of the Big Band Era and creating a Pop style of music.

The Chariton Valley Electric Cooperative will hold its annual meeting Monday, Aug. 5 at the Albia Community High School beginning at 6:30 p.m. The cooperative will hear reports from officers, directors and committee, elect three officers to three-year terms and distribute patronage checks fo…

The Albia Lady Dee softball team is headed back to the state tournament in Fort Dodge. A three-run home run by Jena Lawrence in the bottom of the eighth inning gave the Dees a 9-6 victory over 12th ranked North Polk.

The Albia Restoration Days Committee is getting a jump start on the annual festival Thursday through Saturday, Aug. 1-3, reminding people of the “50’s” theme with a special showing of “Grease.” The freewill offering hit movie starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John will be Thursday, Ju…

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…