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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…

The King Opera House invites you to step back in time to Victorian London with Charles Dickens' Christmas classic. This one hour, one-man version of Dickens' ghostly tale features over 20 characters portrayed by one actor.

The Iowa Area Development Group (IADG), on behalf of Iowa’s rural electric cooperatives, municipal utilities, and independent telecommunication companies, honored eight distinguished Iowa companies with the Iowa Venture Award at a luncheon held in conjunction with the Iowa Association of Ele…

The King Opera House invites you to step back in time to Victorian London with Charles Dickens' Christmas classic. This one hour, one-man version of Dickens' ghostly tale features over 20 characters portrayed by one actor.

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).