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The Albia Newspapers will temporarily reduce its publication from twice each week on Tuesday and Thursday to once a week (on Tuesday) beginning next week. Because of the devastating effect of the Coronavirus on retail business, trickling down to community newspapers, the U.S. Postal Service …

To continue to protect the health and well-being of our patients, their families, and of the communities we serve, Monroe County Hospital & Clinics (MCHC) is now moving forward with further precautions. “In accordance with this, we are following the most recent Centers for Disease Contro…

The Tree Maintenance Workshop held on March 13 at Lake Miami Park drew 18 people. Jeremy Cochran Iowa DNR District Forester, covered importance of selecting multiple and diverse tree species when planting new trees. Cochran demonstrated and discussed various tree maintenance techniques parti…

In an attempt to maintain continuity of operations for Monroe County and limit potential exposure due to the Corona Virus/COVID-19, the Monroe County Courthouse and County Facilities will have restricted access to the public, beginning March 18. Essential services can be made by appointment.…

We can’t turn on our televisions without hearing about it, and we can’t walk into stores and see empty shelves without thinking about it — COVID 19, or the coronavirus, is seriously impacting our world.

The Albia Community School District, like virtually every other school disrtrict in the state, is closed at least until mid-April.

Richard “Dick” Willetts was a 17-year-old high school student in Albia in 1944 when he took his first airplane ride and fell in love with flying. Seventy-six years later, Willetts, 93, was awarded the prestigious Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award for over 50 years of exemplary aviation by t…

David and the late Liz Larson of Albia are new members of the Iowa Hereford Hall of Fame. They and the late Tom Bowlin, Indianola, were honored during the Iowa Hereford Breeders Association’s (IHBA) banquet during the Iowa Beef Expo.

A large crowd of Monroe County Cattlemen and friends of the industry gathered Saturday at the annual Cattlemen’s Banquet at the Albia American Legion Hall.

Cindy Simmons, 67, is calling an end to a 50-year career in the hair styling and boutique business. She had been considering her retirement, but a fall resulting in a broken arm forced her to shut down while her arm is healing. With her building on the corner of Benton and Main sold to Jim a…

The Albia City Council on Monday reappointed Gene Behrens for the second time in three years to fill an unexpired council seat. Behrens wasn’t sure how many years he had previously served on the council (around three total) during a brief interview period with the sitting members of the sitt…

On Wednesday, Feb. 19, 11 Albia Community High School Individual Speech students participated in the South Central Conference Speech contest at Chariton High School. It was a successful day for the team, as two members, Hanna Anderson and Tayler Sample, were recognized as "Best of Center." T…

Monroe County Hospital & Clinics (MCHC) announced last week that it has notified approximately 7,500 individuals as the result of a recent cyberattack that may have resulted in unauthorized access to patients’ protected health information.

After years of work, hundreds of meetings, lots of turndowns (not in my front yard) and considerable financing frustration, the Albia Trails Committee this week unveiled their plan for building almost a mile and a half of 10-foot wide biking and walking trail with another half mile planned a…

This year’s Saint Patrick’s Day Homecoming Celebration on Saturday, March 14 will be particularly sweet for Melrose. It will mark the 150th anniversary of the establishment of their beloved St. Patrick Catholic Church as a parish. Father Timothy Ambruster, their current pastor, has made the …

Allison Walker, daughter of Ian and Tina Walker of rural Eddyville and a junior at Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont High School is a Page in the House of Representatives this session for Rep. Holly Brink.

Lucille Kendall learned a couple of forms of quilting from her mother. When her husband, Don, died in 1980, she needed something to keep her busy and reconnected with quilting. She’s going to turn 94 years of age in August and last week sent 20 “tied” quilts to the United Methodist shelter B…

There was no small irony that former Albia Community High School Principal Al Leber was at the school board meeting (to discuss a private food service company he now works with) when ACHS Principal Richard Montgomery presented the Iowa School Performance Profiles to the school board.

Although the decision wasn’t unanimous, the Albia Community School Board moved ahead with a new plan to improve band, vocal music and art facilities while greatly increasing the size of the school’s weight room.

The question new councilman Brandon Williams originally placed on the agenda had to do with placing a new street light by his home located a couple of blocks off the Albia square near the intersection of Second Street and Second Avenue.

Cedar Creek Pheasants Forever will hold their fundraiser banquet on Saturday, Feb. 1 at the American Legion in Albia. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Jim & Charlie’s will cater the meal. This year marks their 33rd year of raising money for pheasant and quail habitat as well as habitat for turkey…

The Cornbelt Cow-Calf Conference is one of the longest running and most successful conferences of its kind in the Midwest. For over 40 years, the conference has provided an opportunity for producers, researchers, and over 100 industry representatives to come together to explore current topic…

OTTUMWA --- In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, Indian Hills Community College and the Ottumwa League of Women Voters are jointly presenting a tribute to an Iowa woman who fought valiantly to secure the right for all women to vote. The Indi…

The Albia Area Chamber of Commerce held its annual meeting and awards banquet Monday at the American Legion Hall. Cindy Cronin was presented her past president’s gavel by incoming Chamber President Adam Mick.

The Iowa Dairy Goat Association is always on the look-out for ways to help nuture a life-long appreciation of dairy goats and dairy goat products in youth throughout the state. The IDGA Share-A-Kid Program provides the opportunity for youth, fourth to 12th grades or an active FFA chapter mem…

Wabtec (a Pittsburgh, Penn. firm) announced today it has acquired Relco Locomotives, a long-established player in the locomotive overhaul and maintenance industry. The acquisition expands Wabtec’s freight services capabilities and capacity to support growth in the remanufacturing and repair …

According to the 2019 National Youth Tobacco Survey, there are over five million youth who are currently using e-cigarettes (vaping). From 2018 to 2019, e-cigarette use increased from 20.8 to 27.5 percent among high school students and 4.9 to 10.5 percent among middle school students.

Albia Curriculum Director Joellen Schwartz presented in her principal’s written report some of the analysis reporting required by the state. The information she included was for an equity report, showing male-female enrollment percentages.

Paul Belzer of Albia was recognized during the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation’s (IFBF) 101st Annual Meeting in Des Moines Dec. 3-4 for completing IFBF’s Ag Leaders Institute. IFBF President Craig Hill and Vice President Joe Heinrich made the presentation to Belzer during the IFBF County Recogni…

After a couple of years of planning and discussing, the Albia Community School Board gave the green light to RGD to proceed with the planning and bidding of an air conditioning and air quality system for the high school and junior high and a complete remodeling and new addition of the fine a…