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It wasn’t a particularly fun start to the Albia City Council meeting as council members met with three homeowners concerning basement flooding on June 26-27. Albia experienced a 5-6” rainfall in the course of about 12 hours and about three and a half inches fell within less than a half hour.

After almost a year of delays, restoration work will begin on the King Opera House. Pre-construction meetings will be held yet this week. Albia Area Improvement Association, which owns the century-old building, has approved bids and has inked a contract with Christner Construction of Ottumwa…

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Monroe County Motor Heads Cruise July 3, 6:00 pm on the square before the fireworks. Meet on the square to show and shine! No dues, no fees, just nice old cars. 

Monroe County Auditor Amanda Harlan would like to inform eligible voters within the City of Albia that a special election to fill a council member at large vacancy has been scheduled for Tuesday, July 7.

The Della Vedova Scholarship Program, created in 1990, reached the $1.6 million mark in engineering and architectural scholarships given this year. The scholarships are for tuition, book and lab expenses along with room and board.

Becky Maxwell, former regional publisher for the Centerville Daily Iowegian, Knoxville Journal-Express and Pella Chronicle, has been named publisher of the Albia, Chariton and Moravia Newspapers. She will replace long-time publisher Dave Paxton who will become publisher emeritus the end of July.

A Small Claims Court lawsuit that was filed last October by former Monroe County Zoning Administrator Juanita Murphy against Monroe County Board of Supervisors along with a counterclaim by the board of supervisors was dismissed and entered into the county record last Tuesday.

As difficult as the last few months have been for the Albia Community School District, the school administration and board were upbeat about having graduation ceremonies Saturday, June 20 (with awards night on Thursday, June 18) at the football stadium.

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It wasn’t the smoothest Albia City Council meeting ever held as the mayor, council, Monroe County Aquatic Center supervisor Bill Murphy and lifeguard director Dan Walker suffered over whether or not to open the facility this summer. In the end, a vote to open or close was postponed for at le…

The Monroe County Board of Supervisors approved a resolution for Cargill in Eddyville’s application to the Iowa Economic Development Authority’s High-Quality Jobs program, that was approved by the IEDA last week. Abia Industrial Development Corp. President Dan Tometich told the supervisors t…

As of May 17 Monroe County has three new additional positive cases of COVID-19, which brings the county total to 22. The age group of the most recent positive cases is the 61-80 year age group. Most of the cases are confined to Oakwood Specialty Care.

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A large section of the south side of the three-story portion of the Clark Hotel collapsed around 4 a.m. Friday morning after a 3 ½ inch rain compromised the already rickety building. The collapse was caught on a security camera on Conley’s Spray Foam building a block away.

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) and Monroe County Public Health have identified four cases of COVID-19 at Oakwood Specialty Care, a long-term care facility in Monroe County. According to IDPH, an outbreak occurs when three or more cases of COVID-19 are identified among residents …

The Albia Newspapers is offering a dollar for dollar stimulus match in advertising space for small businesses buying at least $200 a month in newspaper advertising up to $5,000 a month. The stimulus match program will total up to $50,000.

Monroe County Public Health and ADLM Counties Emergency Management has learned that a local community member has tested positive for the novel Coronavirus, COVID-19. Public health nursing said the person is from 41-60 years of age. They cannot provide further information because of HPPA regu…

Dan Fraley was appointed by Mayor Richard Clark and unanimously approved by the Albia City Council last week as the new Albia Police Chief.

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You may have to wait a bit to get a seat, but on Friday, May 1, Monroe Countians, along with citizens in 76 other counties will be able to eat sit down at their favorite restaurant (with some restrictions). South Central Iowa counties were among the 76 with relaxed shutdown rules.

No one would have guessed rock and roll renegade Alice Cooper was a prophet when he recorded “School’s Out for Summer” in 1972. “School’s out for summer, school’s out forever, school’s been blown to pieces,” the lyrics roared, mostly to the applause of Vietnam War-era, rebellious teens everywhere.

Jayce Reed, daughter of Bryan and Amber Reed of rural Albia, has been selected to be on the 2020-2021 Iowa State 4-H Council. Reed is a current member of the Troy Good 4-Hers Club in Albia and has been actively involved in 4-H for the past seven years.

Since the first day of coronavirus testing in Iowa on March 3, through Wednesday, April 8, 1,145 Iowans have tested positive for the virus. A total of 12,850 have been tested and there have been 27 deaths attributed to the virus.

As of Wednesday morning, April 8, there were still 21 counties without a person with a positive test for COVED-19 (coronavirus). Among the 21 are Lucas and Monroe Counties, Wayne County and Davis County. Appanoose County has one reported case, a person 81 years of age or older.

OTTUMWA -- Kristin (Pfeiffer) Mayson, a 2002 Albia High School graduate and the head athletic trainer at Indian Hills Community College, is the first recipient of the National Junior College Athletic Association’s Athletic Trainer of the Year award. The honor goes to a person at a NJCAA scho…

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…