The second three months of 2018 was filled with hope and promise with another high school graduating class and the celebration of Fr. Mike Volkmer’s 50th year in the priesthood and some sadness with the closing of First Baptist Church.

Welcome Home Soldier Monument receives a $50,000 gift from the Des Moines Disabled American Veterans Association and 80 children participate in the King’s Cadet drama camp in June.

April

The Albia Community Choir performed in its 11th concert at St. Mary’s Catholic Church and at First United Methodist Church in Centerville.

Albia Exchange Student Yash Saboo built a number of “little” libraries placed in neighborhoods around Albia.

After a small kindergarten class a year ago, kindergarten round-up for the coming year looks positive with 80 students already identified.

Annette Scieszinski is one of the top winners in the Region 11 Art Show.

Andy Wuebker, a 26-year-old Algona native and Iowa State University graduate, is named the new Lake Miami Park administrator.

Long-time O’Hara True Value manager, Don Krieger, retires after a career spanning 45 years, the last 13 in Albia.

Catherine Craig, wife of Georgetown native Jim Craig, was named Irish Mother of the Year in the Quad Cities.

The United Autoworkers union representing the Monroe County deputies, made a request to hire more deputies for the county.

Gifts collected by exchange student Behruz Gharibov reach Tajikistan school children.

Gov. Kim Reynolds and Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg visit Relco Locomotives to talk about the shortage of skilled labor and other issues with Mark Bachman and his administrative staff.

Albia Community School District debuted its new security system installed in every building in the district.

Joe Birchmier and Kenzie Gullion are named ACHS prom king and queen.

May

The first Grandparent’s Day is celebrated at Grant School with a huge turnout.

Albia Community High School earns state recognition for its fall production of “Back to the 80’s” as part of the Iowa High School Musical Theater Awards program. Awards included Distinguished Scene (Cole Folkerts, Travis Sheffield, Austin Stanley and Savannah Stalzer) and Special Recognition for Community Support (Monroe County Foundation and King Opera House Board).

First Baptist Church in Albia announced it would be ending its ministry in the Albia area on May 20.

Norm Major is a finalist in the Pella Corporation’s Farver Spirit Award competition. Major was honored for his work with the Welcome Home Soldier Monument fund-raising effort.

Lauren Kaldenberg and Zach Briggs are State FFA champions as a Chapter Reporter and in Veterinary Science proficiency.

Dr. Kendra Martin joins the Monroe County Rural Health Clinic as a family practitioner.

The Albia City Council interviews five different people to fill a vacant council seat before naming Gene Behrens.

Albia Community School District settles its master contract with teachers and support staff in near record time.

Rotary Exchange student Amar Jain, his wife, Jigna and son, Siddh, visit the Dave and Jan Paxton family after nearly 30 years. Amar and his family live in India.

Jaeden DeBus, a senior at Albia Community High School earns the Governor’s Scholar Award.

Top seven percent academically for the ACHS senior class included Jaeden DeBus, Hayley Bassett, Jenah McCarty, Brandon Persons and Trent Garver.

Cade Crall becomes the second Albia senior to win the prestigious Ed Thomas Faith, Family and Football Award.

The Albia Peace Quilters present 20 quilts to Iowa National Guard members serving from 1955-1975.

June

Denny Amoss wins the Monroe County primary for board of supervisors in the Republican primary and Holly Brink defeats Richard Keillig for House District 80 on the GOP side.

Kings Kids Pre-School will reopen in the fall with a new teacher Mackenzie Roberts.

The Monroe County Hospital Foundation is awarded a Wellmark $100,000 MATCH Grant.

ACHS graduate Jesse Bishop is serving in the U.S. Navy on a carrier.

The Monroe County Board of Supervisors begin their search for an architect to come up with a plan to repair the exterior of the courthouse.

First Iowa State Bank begins some major repairs to the east side of their building.

Albia Community School District receives an “A” on its Iowa Core Report on course proficiency.

The Des Moines Chapter of Disabled American Veterans presents a $50,000 check to the Welcome Home Soldier Monument.

The Monroe County, Iowa Foundation presents a check for $25,000 from the Julia Miller Trust to the Leisure Lounge in Albia.

Over 80 children participate in this year’s King Cadet Drama Camp.

The Dave and Liz Larson family is honored by the Albia Area Chamber of Commerce for their work with the Dan Larson Memorial Bull Ride and Rodeo.

The entire community celebrates with Father Mike Volkmer as he observes his 50th anniversary in the priesthood.

Colleen Putnam and Martha Viner tell about their travels to China and Cambodia.

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