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It’s been almost a year since Rep. Holly Brink and Sen. Ken Rozenboom have been in Monroe County to hold a monthly forum. COVID-19 put a halt to in-person gatherings at First Iowa State Bank. Saturday the two legislators used Monroe County to hold their first forum and visited with a small g…

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The process of recruiting and electing new board members is key to strengthening the cooperative organization that strives to provide unequaled and unparalleled service to its members. Chariton Valley Electric Cooperative (CVEC) board members have a voice in shaping the cooperative's future …

Delaware North, which holds the management contract for Honey Creek Resort Park on Lake Rathbun, has announced its 2021 schedule which has the entire park closed until April 1 and then closed again beginning in November.

During Random Acts of Kindness Week, the Albia Rotary Club got word that Lincoln Center was in need of several pairs of new socks for students in need. The club got the word out to members who either shopped or donated money and several dozen pairs were purchased.

The Monroe County Supervisors returned to an issue brought before them a few weeks ago concerning allowing firearms in the Monroe County Courthouse during their Feb. 16 meeting.

The Albia boys baseball team is hosting a hitting camp on March 13. Cost for this camp will be $25 per camper. Camper will get a camp t-shirt and a snack. At this camp kids 5, 6, 7 and 8 will be at 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. and ages 9,10,11 and 12 year olds will be 2-4 p.m. We will try and have sibl…

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The Albia Community High School Large Group Speech Team did what few teams have ever done. Every act they brought to the state meet from districts received a Division I rating. Every act entering districts also received I ratings.

The Monroe County Board of Supervisors approved their annual contribution of $100,000 to the Albia Industrial Development Corporation after hearing an update from AIDC Executive Director Dan Tometich about the work AIDC has been doing with businesses in the county and in town throughout 2020.

Starting Tuesday, Feb.16, Homestead of Albia residents will begin hosting family members and friends for in-person visits within their apartment homes. Since March of 2020, visitation at assisted living communities has been largely restricted to essential caregivers or limited to window or v…

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Although we didn’t have the time to search the Iowa School Athletic Association yearbook and look at the names of every high school wrestling coach, it’s pretty much a cinch that Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont Coach Scott Williamson is the first superintendent in the state to serve as a head w…

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The Monroe County Board of Supervisors held a short meeting Feb. 2 where they discussed and approved a 28E agreement and a resolution for contracting of consultant services in order for the county to go after receiving the 2021 BUILD grant.

After serving 13 terms, totaling 39 years, District 1 Director representative, Virgil “Bill” Moore announced his retirement effective January 2021.

The IRS's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers free basic tax return preparation to qualified individuals.

The Monroe County Board of Supervisors held a short meeting Jan. 26, most of which was taken up with a public hearing to discuss an application for reimbursement from Monroe County Public Health for COVID-19 related expenses.

Trees are part of the natural beauty across southern Iowa, but trees and other vegetation are also among the leading causes of power outages for Chariton Valley Electric Cooperative (CVEC). In order to keep electricity reliable and affordable, we have a responsibility to protect the lines th…

Ella Zaputil and Erica McReynold, members of the Albia Dance Team, perform at Monday night’s boys basketball game. The team will complete its season Friday during the halftime of the boys game against Davis County in the annual Parent Dance.

Staff members of Monroe County Hospital and Clinics will finish with COVID-19 vaccines this week, prior to the vaccination clinic at the American Legion Hall on Thursday for the first round of people 65 years of age and older.

Children, adolescents and young adults likely cannot imagine a life without modern technology. Technology may have pervaded every part of life in the 21st century, but it wasn't so long ago that phones were still attached to walls and people had to watch their favorite shows and films exclus…

Schools were cancelled throughout Southern Iowa on Monday before the snow storm hit and were still out on Tuesday as people began digging out of the 8”-10” snowfall. The storm actually tracked north, hitting the Des Moines area harder than what was initially predicted.

The Community Service Award recognizes a member of the Chamber who has demonstrated over a substantial period of time, a commitment to betterment of the community through diverse community activities and leadership.

The Merit Service Award is presented to a Chamber member who has demonstrated long-term commitment to the purposes of the Chamber, through actions, which support the Chamber and its missions.  

The Albia Police Department, with the assistance of the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, Wapello County Sheriff’s Office and Ottumwa Police Department, have arrested three juveniles in connection with a string of car burglaries.

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Business of the Year gives special recognition to a new business which has invested in the community’s future. The business demonstrates long-term vision for the community. The business engages in team work to achieve community goals and is successful in identifying and meeting needs of the …

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Because of COVID-19 social distancing guidelines, the Albia Area Chamber of Commerce held their annual awards ceremony with a coffee and light brunch on Thursday, Jan. 21 at the Chamber office. 2020 Chamber President Adam Mick received his Past President’s Award from incoming president, Anna…

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Josh Mumford inherited a fairly advanced technology department when he replaced Rich Bartels as Albia Community High School Technology Coordinator in 2014. But in six years, he has led a sea of change of technology in the school that helped the school district meet the challenges of COVID-19…

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The Albia City Council approved a recommendation from the Planning and Zoning Commission 4-2 not to close a street under dispute Monday evening. Council members Merle Regenold, Dennis Conley, Scott Kelly and Brandon Williams voted not to close the street while members Leslie Hill and Kathy M…

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Iowa is currently in Phase 1A of its COVID-19 vaccination program, providing vaccines for health care providers and residents and staff of long term care facilities. First round vaccines have already been administered to Monroe County Hospital employees and nursing home residents and staff i…

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Albia Superintendent Kevin Crall got the go-ahead from the school board to return all students to in-person learning this coming Monday. Crall said that because of the very high positivity rate in the county (Monroe County topped the state in a 14-day average at 37 percent) just as school wa…

For the past few weeks a problem with the newspaper’s CTP (computer to plate) machine has caused all sorts of quality control problems for the production staff. Readers have noticed sometimes very dark print, fuzzy photographs and what looks like smudges on the copies of their newspaper.

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The Monroe County Board of Supervisors met with Monroe County Attorney John Pabst during their Dec. 23 meeting to discuss a recent letter they received from JD Thompson of Albia regarding prohibiting weapons in the Monroe County courthouse. The letter was also published as a “Letter to the E…

Police Chief Brad Evinger introduced new police officer Rachel Thompson who was sworn in by Mayor Richard Clark. She has six and a half years of experience with the Ottumwa Police Department, left that job in 2015 to pursue other opportunities and decided to get back into law enforcement. Sh…

The Albia Planning and Zoning Board voted to turn down a request from Erik Schofield to close a street so that he could purchase it for a private entrance to a new building. At the last Albia City Council meeting, the issue was tabled to enable the council to get more information.

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The long-awaited first doses of a vaccine for Covid-19 have begun to be administered in Monroe County.