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 Fairfield — The SE Iowa Watershed Partnership is proud to announce the opportunity to be leveraging $6.4 million in southeast Iowa to focus on water and soil quality and soil health improvements through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) award.

OTTUMWA-- Indian Hills Community College has been named an Iowa Post Reserve Program training site to train reserve law enforcement officers in the Indian Hills 10-county region as well as throughout southern Iowa.  The reserve officer training program will be taught by Indian Hills Criminal…

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Longtime Moravia resident and business owner Jim Baty was honored last month with the 2020-2021 Larry Meisner Contractor of the Year award by Associated Builders and Contractors of Iowa. Each year, the organization presents this award to an individual who, through their performance, has achi…

Cosby’s Cellular has been named a 2020 Elite Performer by UScellular for the sales and operational excellence at its Centerville and Albia locations displayed throughout the year. The Elite Performer recognition is awarded annually by UScellular to its best-performing exclusive retail agents…

The Monroe County Board of Supervisors opened their April 27 meeting with a public hearing with Monroe County Public Health. Dana Cockrell from public health went over how the office had used a $55,0000 Community Development Block Grant received last year to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic …

 The Senate passed several education bills in debate and floor action this week. One of these bills was House File 847, referred to as the “Education Omnibus” bill. This legislation gives school boards more budget flexibility, provides parents more choice and say in their children’s educatio…

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The Monroe County Cattlemen grilled 500 burgers and 150 beef hot dogs Friday night, all given away, and raised $1,600 by free will donation for the CJ3 Foundation. Eric Thomas and his CJ3 Foundation will be the Cattlemen’s Governor’s Charity Steer Showman in August.  From left  Dave Thomas, …

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A volunteer’s volunteer, Ruth Belzer, is leaving Albia, moving back to Lawrence, Kan., to help care for her youngest sister who is undergoing kidney dialysis. It is the second time Belzer moved to the J-Hawk state. She and her late husband, Harold, moved to Lawrence to be closer to Harold’s …

There is still time to register for the Live Healthy Iowa 5K race set for Saturday, May 1 at the Albia Reservoir. The race route is pictured above. It starts near the Rotary Club shelter house on the north side of the lake. Registration can be made up to race day. Registration is $30 for adu…

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After having most activities cancelled or held online in 2020, the Iowa FFA Association was able to hold the 2021 State FFA Convention live and in person. The convention, normally held in Ames, was held at Wells Fargo Arena and Hy-Vee Hall in Des Moines April 18-20.  Competition, service, an…

The Monroe County Supervisors approved the Iowa Department of Transportation 2021-2022 budget and a five-year construction plan for Secondary Roads presented by Monroe County Engineer Jeremiah Selby during their April 13 meeting.

BLAKESBURG—The Blakesburg Garden Club annual Plant and Bake Sale is 8- 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 24 at Blakesburg Community Building.

The Iowa High School Athletic Association and Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union have an upcoming “Family Week” appearing in Iowa’s Unified Activity Federation calendar for the first time in 2020-21. This week will prohibit any coach and/or teacher contact with student-athletes and prohib…

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Moravia FFA members who are part of the Horticulture and Greenhouse Management class have been busy planting flowers and vegetable starts in preparation for their plant sale, which will be held on Saturday, April 24, from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. or until supplies are depleted. They will offer pepper…

There is still time to register for Live Health Iowa 5K race set for Saturday, May 1 at the Albia Reservoir. The race route is pictured above. It starts near the Rotary Club shelter house on the north side of the lake. Registration can be made up  to race day. Registration is $30 for adults …

Three Moravia non-profits received a share of the nearly $107,000 in proceeds from gambling revenue which were awarded to applicants in Appanoose County by the ACCF last week. The Moravia Historical Society will receive $2,750 to be used for restoration of the Interurban Depot. The Community…

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The Albia City Council discussed upcoming sewer plant upgrade projects with Hall Engineering and ISG during their April 5 meeting. The projects will need to get easements from some citizens to widen roads for the construction equipment and trucks to travel on.

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The Monroe County Board of Supervisors entered  into a closed session to discuss litigation with their attorney. After moving  back into open session they did not take any action regarding the litigation. County Attorney John Pabst did say that he had received a freedom of information reques…

After filing a lawsuit against the Iowa Firearms Coalition (IFC) and Albia resident J.D. Thompson, Monroe County now finds itself a named defendant in counterclaims.

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Electric A's Show Choir spent Saturday morning working with clinician, Nathanael Smale. Smale teaches choir and JV show choir at Norwalk High School. "Since the team couldn't attend competitions this year, having a clinician come in and provide feedback and new ideas was a great opportunity …

Monroe County Public Health remains busy dispensing COVID-19 vaccines to mostly Monroe County residents, although they have administered doses to people from places like Polk and Linn Counties.

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The Cargill Cares program chose the Monroe County Fair’s horse arena for its $25,000 2021 donation. Cargill employee and Monroe County Horse Superintendent Deanna Keeton did the groundwork for the project. The horse arena at the Monroe County Fairgrounds will have a new and improved look ver…

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The COVID-19 pandemic affected many parts of community life, and public officials had to deal with still serving the public and holding meetings while also trying to keep themselves, employees and community members safe.

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For anyone familiar with the issues surrounding the United Methodist Church, the COVID-19 pandemic was just another divisive issue to deal with. The church has been split in a near civil war between conservative/orthodox churches and members and the liberal wing of the church that dominates …

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Members of the King Opera House Board are still breathing sighs of relief after a spark started a fire on the second floor of the front of the building. It could have been disastrous. Instead there was some damage to new insulation, a bit of water on the first and second floor and some smoke…

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“We really just kept moving forward,” said Albia Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Laura Teno about how the organization she serves dealt with the COVID-19 outbreak.

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Monroe County Auditor Amanda Harlan joins Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate and auditors across the state in encouraging Iowa high schools to conduct voter registration drives on Tuesday, March 30. The date coincides with the 50th anniversary of Iowa ratifying the 26th Amendment to the U.S. …

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The newspaper submitted written interview questions to the Monroe County Hospital and Clinics and asked staff that were interested to share their experiences during the last year, how things are going now and their hopes for the rest of the year.