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It appears that the next president of the United States is Joe Biden, although lawsuits filed by Donald Trump in multiple “battleground” states may have something to say about the national news networks declaring a winner.

The addition is pretty simple. 57 + 32 = 89. And that means for government employees in the IPERS system they can call it a career. Actually it’s the “Rule of 88) but Monroe County Treasurer Peggy VandenBerg is calling it a career a year after she was eligible for retirement and two years sh…

Plans are still being finalized for Albia’s Veterans Day observance next Thursday, but it will look a lot different.

With typical election year retail politics curtailed by the COVID-19 pandemic, three Republican candidates, along with Lt. Governor Adam Gragg, were in Albia on Monday beating the streets with visits to numerous businesses and a noon gathering of GOP supporters.

Year 2020 has been a remarkable year for Monroe County Hospital & Clinics (MCHC). The National Rural Health Association named MCHC as a Top 20 Critical Access Hospital in the nation in Patient Satisfaction and The Des Moines Register named MCHC as the #1 Top Workplace in the Medium Size …

An outbreak of COVID-19 cases at the junior high and high school caused the Albia Community School Board to vote to send 7-12 students back into a hybrid learning situation.

The Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial achieved its dedication on Thursday, Sept. 19, in Washington D.C. and Albia Community High School graduate, Devon Gottschalk, was part of the design team. The memorial is the first presidential memorial of the 21st century. This national memorial was designe…

Monroe County Hospital & Clinics (MCHC) has been recognized as the number one top workplace in the medium size business category by the Des Moines Register. The Top Workplace program is based on employee feedback from third-party surveys that cover various facets of workplace culture suc…

The 7th Annual Denny Ryan Hunger Hike will be held on Wednesday evening, Oct. 7, throughout the city of Albia. A brief gathering will be held at 6:45 p.m. at the bandstand on the courthouse lawn, and then the collection of cash donations and food items will take place from 7-8 p.m.

Because of COVID-19 Albia Homecoming will look a bit different, but will still be filled with the traditional fun and excitement of traditional homecoming.

Moravia- Late Thursday evening a Law Enforcement pursuit that began in Marion County, entered Monroe County and then into Appanoose County. During the pursuit in Appanoose County an Appanoose County Deputy Sheriff discharged his service weapon at the suspect vehicle.

The Albia Community School Board accepted the administration’s plan to halt the hybrid (50-50) system of instruction for 7th-12th grade students the end of this week and return to face-to-face learning on Monday, Sept. 21 at Monday’s board meeting.

Albia Mayor Richard Clark introduced the city’s new police chief at Tuesday’s council meeting. After receiving 10 applications, inviting five to interview and interviewing four applicants, Assistant Chief Brad Evinger was chosen as the new chief.

Construction continues to boom at Monroe County Hospital & Clinics. With construction, comes improvements. Effective, Tuesday, Sept. 8, the West parking lot entrance will be reopened. Construction crews have worked diligently paving and completing the new driveway.

In the 1860s Irish immigrants designed and built the historic limestone church of St. Patrick’s Church of Georgetown. With brown sandstone mined from a quarry a few miles east of the church building, it was built to resemble the church buildings that were left behind in Ireland. The imposing…

Absolute Cleaning Systems of Albia celebrated its sixth year in business on Aug. 1. Absolute Cleaning Systems covers Albia and the surrounding communities offering their services to both commercial and residential customers in an area approximately 30 minutes in every direction from Albia.

Paul and Nikki Ammons were married in 1974 and have been long time supporters of the 4-H program in Monroe County. Paul got involved at a young age raising hogs. He once had a winning hog named Sally that he just could not part with at the fair auction which ended up to be a good decision as…

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When the seniors walked on the field against Davenport Assumption four years ago as freshmen in the Class 3A state championship game it was the first time they had seen the kind of pitching, hitting and defense it took to win a title. The Lady Dees lost 8-0.

The Albia FFA Chapter was finally able to hold their annual awards presentation amid the Covid-19 Pandemic. The annual banquet was originally scheduled in April, but due to all school activities being cancelled, so was the banquet. The chapter was able to hold an awards night on July 16 at t…

The Albia Lady Dee softball team earned their fourth straight trip to the state softball tournament in Fort Dodge by beating arch-rival Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont 2-1 in eight innings.

Albia Superintendent Kevin Crall told the school board last Monday that the opening of school in the fall won’t be “normal” but he expects students to be in classrooms. “We want to get back to the old normal as quickly as possible, but until a vaccine is released, this may be the new normal,…

Monroe County Emergency Management and Monroe County Public Health reported on July 14, four four additional positive cases of COVID-19 in Monroe County, which brings the county total to 58. Prior to the new reporting, Monroe County was down to one active case.

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 …