OELWEIN — Wednesday was the final day for the house at 204 N. Frederick Ave. Property owners Alex and Christina Murray received a demolition grant from the city’s Dangerous Structures Abatement and Neighborhood Revitalization Program to help with the cost. Their grant request of $5,000 was approved at the April 7 Oelwein City Council meeting.
OELWEIN - The Knights of Columbus will be hosting a pancake breakfast Sunday, at the Oelwein Columbus Club, 2102 S. Frederick Ave., from 8 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.
MAYNARD - Mary Michels has been chosen by Unit # 0245 to attend the annual session of the Iowa American Legion Auxiliary Girls to be held June 12-17, on the campus of Drake University, Des Moines, IA. Mary is the daughter of Cory and Sarah Michels of Maynard, IA. Mary’s maternal grandfather, Jim Donet of Maynard, served in Vietnam 1970-1971 as a sergeant in 101st Airborne Division 75th Ranger Regiment.
OELWEIN - Readers of all ages will explore all things sports and fitness this summer as the Oelwein Public Library presents “Get in the Game, Read,” during their Summer Library Program. Programs for all ages will be during the month of June. Registration is currently underway.
OELWEIN — There is lots to celebrate in the Oelwein School District right now. The seniors have graduated and are headed off to schools, jobs and careers. The district is preparing for some major transitioning over the next two years that will improve career planning and community college credits for students.
OELWEIN - Matt Construction of Sumner will be the main contractors for the new Arnold Motor Supply Building.
Immaculate Conception Church of Fairbank honored its seniors with a special Mass for the Wapsie Valley class of 2016 on Sunday, May 22.
OELWEIN — Oelwein Community High School held its graduation ceremonies Sunday afternoon, May 22 in the high school gymnasium. There were 71 seniors receiving diplomas in this year’s class.
OELWEIN — The Oelwein City Council meets in regular session today at 6. Mayor Peggy Sherrets will begin the meeting with two proclamation signings — Memorial Poppy Days and Northeast Iowa Community College Day.
OELWEIN - Elmer and Deb Gann enjoyed the fresh air Tuesday at Oelwein City Park Campground, all part of the perks of being the new local campground hosts. Their new responsibilities have them excited about the coming summer.
WEST UNION - On Tuesday, May 17, the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office took a tip from a citizen on the whereabouts of Keith M. Taylor, age 52 of West Union who had two Fayette County warrants for failure to follow the sex offender registry second offence, a class “D” felony, and another for driving while suspended, 11 counts.
MAYNARD — A rural Maynard family lost all possessions and a family pet in a house fire Tuesday night that was started from an electrical source.
FAYETTE CO. - Sheriff Marty Fisher is asking for the public’s help to find a registered sex offender who is wanted for failure to comply with the sex offender registry 2nd offense “Class D felony” and two misdemeanor counts of driving while his license is suspended.
CEDAR FALLS -- Valedictorians or top graduating seniors were once again honored by KWWL Television and the University of Northern Iowa on Saturday, April 30. The students took part in KWWL’s 32nd annual “Best of the Class” celebration.
WEST UNION — A jury of five women and seven men found Abel Quijas Jr. guilty of attempted murder after deliberating less than three hours Tuesday. Judge Richard Stoehl read the verdict — guilty of attempt to commit murder, and then polled each juror, asking them individually if that was his or her verdict. Each replied, “Yes.”
OELWEIN - The City of Oelwein will file an application with the USDA Rural Development for financial assistance to develop water main improvements for the 14th Street Southeast project.
The 2016 Seniors from Sacred Heart Parish gathered together on Sunday morning for a breakfast sponsored by the Knights of Columbus. Those attending were Nick Stasi, Brian Hoffman, Jack McDonough, Brennon Ryan, Troy Rau, Marissa Simpson, Hannah Meyer, Kaitlyn Stecklein, Natalie Bradley, Travis McMillian, Logan Miculinich, Tanner Reising.
WEST UNION — Expert testimony from state criminalists at the DCI lab confirmed Monday that blood samples found in the abandoned Chrysler 300M and on the packaging of the child’s toy that concealed a shipment of methamphetamine matched the DNA taken from Abel Quijas Jr., the Maynard man on trial for the attempted murder of former Oelwein Police Lt. Jay Tommasin.
According to the American Nurses Association, there are over 3.1 million registered nurses and practical nurses within the United States. National Nurses Week, observed on May 6 through 12, serves as a time to show gratitude and appreciation to the largest occupation in healthcare. Buchanan County Health Center is proud to employee over 90 nurses and certified nursing assistants.
OELWEIN - Katie Schuelke, librarian and director of the art show at the Oelwein Public Library, was in good spirits Thursday, as several folks turned out from the community to show their interest and support.
By DEB KUNKLE
OELWEIN — Five young women have entered the 2016 Miss Oelwein contest; Dakota Frazer, Samantha Gerstenberger, Megan Rex, Olivia Williams and Allison Winters. The candidates were officially introduced at the OCAD Business After Five held Wednesday evening at Grandview HealthCare Center.
OELWEIN - The Rural Iowa Amateur Radio Club will be holding a fund raiser for the club’s communications van on Monday, May 16, at Pizza Ranch in Oelwein. Members of Rural Iowa ARC will be waiting tables from 5-7:30 p.m.
CALMAR—Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) invites the community to attend an open house for a new Beef Science Technology Building at the Calmar campus.
OELWEIN — State Senator Rob Hogg was special guest speaker at the monthly meeting of Fayette County Democrats Tuesday evening at Luigi’s Restaurant. Hogg is the Iowa State Senator from the 19th District and resides in Cedar Rapids.
OELWEIN - United States Postal Service Workers, United Food & Commercial Workers International Union, Feeding America, and volunteers across the nation will be facilitating the 24th annual Letter Carriers’ Food Drive, known as “Stamp Out Hunger”, Saturday, May 14.
OELWEIN — If you enjoyed last year’s Party in the Park Summer Series with all the music, vendors, kids activities and great social atmosphere, you are in luck, because Party in the Park is returning for another season. There will be some great additional attractions and opportunities to win prizes.
OELWEIN - In keeping with our Memorial Day Homecoming speakers tradition, honoring our own, this year’s speaker will be Zach Glew, a 2002 graduate of Oelwein High, who is currently serving in the Army.
OELWEIN —Patrick B. Dillon, who operates Dillon Law PC of Sumner, has been selected as new city attorney for Oelwein. City Administrator Dylan Mulfinger made the recommendation and the city council approved a resolution Monday night to authorize Mayor Peggy Sherrets to execute a retainer agreement with Dillon for city attorney services. Dillon’s law firm associate Jill Schmitz is designated as assistant city attorney and will serve in his absence.
OELWEIN - A bake and garage sale supported chiefly by donations was held Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, May 5-7, at the Coliseum building.
OELWEIN - For the last several years, Oelwein has been very well represented at American Legion Boy’s State. This year is no exception as six young Oelwein High juniors will attend American Legion Boy’s State next month at Camp Dodge in Johnston, Iowa and six counselors from the area will be present.
INDEPENDENCE - Heartland Acres Agribition Center in Independence, plans for the Annual John Cannon Memorial Tractor Ride to be held Saturday, June 11.
AURORA - Dylan Kress and Thomas Sill have been selected by the Aurora American Legion Post 435 to attend the 77th Iowa American Legion Boys State session, June 12-17, at Camp Dodge, Johnson.
Music is universal.
CALMAR & PEOSTA—Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) will hold spring commencement for Calmar and Peosta campus graduates May 12-13.
OELWEIN - The Williams Center for the Arts presented William Florian in a program entitled, “Those Were the Days.” The concert marked the end of the 2015-2016 Artist Series season.
OELWEIN - Three people have been charged with drug trafficking after Oelwein Police found and seized a quarter pound of methamphetamine with an estimated street value of $14,000.
FAYETTE CO. - Fayette County landowners may now request that road rights of way not be sprayed adjacent to their property.
OELWEIN — Oelwein City Hall has announced the viaduct on West Charles Street will shut down Monday morning, May 16 and is scheduled to reopen to traffic on July 16.
OELWEIN - The stars and bars flag represented the Confederate States of America during the American Civil War from (1861-1865), and even though the secessionist movement was ultimately unsuccessful, the rebel flag has lived on as a symbol cherished by many Americans. Over 150 years after the South surrendered, Confederate flags still can be found across Oelwein Iowa.
months of planning have been going on with a group of Oelwein Lions as they worked to find a location for the community garden project. Now it looks like this dream is to become a reality. The Lions have had the help from attorney Ron VanVeldhuizein along with the City Council to make this project a go.
OELWEIN — Pastor Tim Schoepf, longtime pastor of Oelwein’s First Baptist Church, has resigned his position after 10 years. Tim has accepted a call to a post in southern Iowa as an Intentional Interim Specialist for a two-point charge on behalf of the United Methodist Church in Richland and Hedrick-Martinsburg. His last Sunday will be May 22.
In observance of Money Smart Week the Oelwein Public Library hosted another guest speaker Wednesday evening.
FAIRBANK — Lifelong Fairbank resident Mike Duffy was critically injured in a motorcycle accident in March while visiting in Georgia with other members of his bike club. Unfortunately, the extent of his injuries and medical needs caused major expenses in getting Mike back to Iowa.
The Oelwein Public Library is celebrating Money Start Week.
OELWEIN - A large excited crowd gathered into the Oelwein Area Historical Society’s’ meeting hall to commemorate as well as reminisce in honor of Iowa’s most successful basketball coach, “Living Legend” Gene Klinge. Former players, stretching across six decades, took turns recollecting the days when they played 6 on 6 basketball, at West Central High School, under Coach Klinge. Several of the original 6 on 6 players were also there including four hall of famers.
OELWEIN - Malayna Kiel, Abigail Patrick, and Molly Trumblee represented the Oelwein 6th grade class in inviting the City Council and citizens of Oelwein to join them at their “Water Walk” at Husky Stadium on Saturday, May 7 from 9 a.m. -12 noon.
OELWEIN - Monday the Board of Directors of the Oelwein Community School District met in regular session.
OELWEIN — An industrial park zoning amendment was passed at Monday night’s council proceedings, further paving the way for construction of the East Penn battery manufacturing, warehouse, distribution facility.
WEST UNION – During Monday’s Fayette County Board of Supervisors meeting Catherine Miller from Planning and Zoning addressed the board in a discussion regarding animal feeding operations.
WEST UNION - If all goes as planned, the tomatoes and possibly lettuce on the taco salads served from the Clover Cafe at the Fayette County Fair this summer will be grown by county 4-H members.