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Once upon a time, when Melrose was a booming little railroad town, the Farmers State Bank on the town’s main street was a grocery store. Then early in the 1900s, the brick façade was replaced by the current, more regal looking sandstone front, proclaiming it a place to store and borrow money…

The King Opera House is hosting a variety show Sunday, Dec. 8 featuring local youth in the areas of dance, vocals, piano,and recreational cheer.  This is a free will donation event with proceeds going toward the King Restoration Project. 

Chariton Valley Electric Cooperative (CVEC) members will have the opportunity to help others in their community through Operation Round Up beginning in January when participating members’ electric bills will be “rounded up” each month to the nearest whole dollar amount with the extra change …

On Sunday, Nov. 24 at 9:47 p.m. the Monroe County 911 Center received a call that Kenneth Vance, 81, of rural Melrose was hunting in the Tyrone Public Hunting Area. Vance had contacted his wife around 6 p.m. that he had shot a deer and would be home in about an hour.

Russ Parker of rural Lovilia was honored by National Association of Farm Broadcasters at the National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB) convention. Parker who has worked with J.L. Farmakis in sales and marketing for the past four decades and is part-owner of Iowa Agribusiness Radio Net…

One of the best pieces of news at Wednesday’s Monroe County Hospital & Clinics board meeting was saved for last when Kendra Sinclair said there were 10 days left before the move into the new rural health clinic.

People interested in attending this weekend’s Albia Community High School production of “Sister Act” at the King Opera House have several options for obtaining reserved seating tickets.

ISASP (Iowa Statewide Assessment of Student Progress) replaced the Iowa Assessments which replaced the old Iowa Test of Basic Skills. And Monday the Albia Community School District received for the first time the ISASP results from 2018-2019.

Hunters donated more than 4,300 deer hides to Elks Lodges across Iowa last year, which was an increase of over 1,000 hides from 2017. The deer hides are used by the Veterans Leather Program to make professionally-crafted leather gloves for veterans in wheelchairs and also turned in to leathe…

The Albia Blue Demon cross country team finished an astonishing fourth place as a team at the State Cross Country Meet held at Kennedy Golf Course in Fort Dodge over the weekend. In doing so, they completely overhauled the program’s growing record books.

The 50-member cast of “Sister Act!” has been hard at work rehearsing for the upcoming performances. This year the seating at the theater will be reserved and sold by the seat. This is to ensure that all patrons that want to see the production, can see the production.

Any number of people have wanted to peek under the tent flaps, or even knock on the tent that has been sitting on the southwest corner of the Monroe County Courthouse lawn for the past week or so.

Lincoln Center School is hosting a family reading night on Monday, Nov. 4 from 5:45-7:45 p.m. The purpose of family reading night is to strengthen community outreach opportunities and engage families in activities centered around reading. 

Cedar Creek Watershed Coordinator Linda Shumate and Monroe County Soil and Water Conservation District Commission Joe Pyle attended Tuesday’s Monroe County Supervisors’ meeting to bring supervisors up to date on the development of the watershed.

There was a sigh of relief in Albia City Council chambers Monday night when Assistant Police Chief Brad Evinger halted any discussion about stopping two parades and the Victorian Stroll from closing Highway 5 with a generous offer.

Albia has a state cross country individual champion and a team champion at the Class 2A state junior high level.

The movie starring Whoopie Goldberg is what most people think of when they hear “Sister Act,” but it is also a full blown musical stage production that the Albia Community High School Drama Department will perform Friday and Saturday, Nov. 15-16, 7 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 17 at 2 p.m. at the K…

DES MOINES – Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate announced the appointment of Monroe County Auditor Amanda Harlan to his new 14-member, bipartisan Auditors’ Working Group. The group will work with Secretary Pate’s office to assist in the administration of elections and sharing of best practices.

Since 1924, Kness Manufacturing has specialized in manufacturing high-quality pest defense products. The Iowa-based industry leader recently expanded their leadership team by hiring Dan Crew as the company’s General Manager. In his new position, Crew will oversee the daily operations of Knes…

A young Oregon pilot flying a plane back to Oregon, that he and his father had purchased from Wisconsin, was forced to fly around Iowa storm clouds, ran into low fuel issues and engine problems and made an emergency landing in Albia Saturday afternoon…on the Airport Road not the airport runway!

You maybe might want to think twice about driving to Des Moines for that latte or cappuccino experience you’ve been wanting. Sue Clark and her Inspire U All Things Good will likely make you say “Starbucks who?”

Chariton Valley Electric Cooperative employee Tod Faris has earned recognition as a professional key accounts manager in a nationwide program offered by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA).

On Sept. 19, Cindy Simmons traveled to San Diego to attend the Naval Information Warfare Training Group Change of Command Ceremony where her son, Commander Brad Melichar, was Relieving Officer for Captain Robert Cadena.

The Sixth Annual Denny Ryan Hunger Hike will be held on Wednesday evening, Oct. 2, from 6:30-8 p.m. throughout the city of Albia. High school students and their parents from St. Mary’s Albia (including students from Georgetown and Lovilia) and football players will be out in force canvassing…

Former Albia and Drake running great, Tara Sciesinski, has taken a huge step in world-wide triathlon and duathlon competition. A member of the U.S. team competing in triathlon and duathlon, Sciesinski placed 9th in the world in her 30-34 age group in the World Championships of Triathlon in S…

The King Opera House experienced good attendance for its faith-based movie “Overcomer” this past weekend and it has a special 6:30 p.m. Wednesday showing for area youth groups. Actually anyone can attend at the $3 student price.

When Jason Laxton steps on the platform at the new First Family Church this coming Sunday at 10:30 a.m., he may remember where he and his family were planning to settle in to continue their ministry. Tennessee.

Lt. Jason “Bump” Hughes received one of the U.S. Navy’s highest awards (the Naval Air Medal) after a harrowing experience April 28, 2018. The son of John and Charlie Hughes of Albia and a 2007 ACHS graduate, Hughes was flying in command of a C-2A Greyhound Carrier On-Board Delivery aircraft …

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…

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…