OELWEIN - The May meeting of the Oelwein Diabetic Support Group will be held Thursday, May 14, at 10 a.m., in the first floor meeting room of Mercy Hospital. The Diabetes Support Group is free and open to those with an interest in diabetes.
ARLINGTON - Starmont Elementary School has received the Paramount Award from Positive Behavior Intervention Supports (PBIS). This award is the highest honor given by PBIS with only four schools in Iowa receiving this accolade.
OELWEIN — Morning sunshine warmed the developing grass carpet as city and Oelwein Chamber and Area Development (OCAD) officials manned golden shovels at the new Plaza Park in downtown Oelwein. The group prepared to break ground for a band shell to be constructed this year, making the park a centerpiece for summer entertainment.
ARLINGTON - She may not be the “Horse Whisperer” but the idea of using horses to help people deal with their disabilities is something that Jana Hamlett is all about.
OELWEIN — The city of Oelwein marks a number of anniversaries during the year — the 12th Olde Tyme Christmas, 3rd annual Daddy-Daughter Dance, 47th anniversary of the tornado. All are significant for various reasons.
OELWEIN — The 2015 Oelwein Elementary Safety Fair is today from 5 to 7 p.m. at Wings Park School. This is a free family event that also features a dinner available for $1 per meal.
OELWEIN - The Oelwein School Board has announced that Daniel Diercks is the new superintendent of the Oelwein School District, effective July 1.
OELWEIN — Oelwein Mayor Peggy Sherrets and the city council welcomed Oelwein Middle School sixth graders Madison Boone-Wallis, Talexis Cichy, Gabby Kirkbride and Alexis Stacey to city proceedings Monday night. The four girls, accompanied by teachers Karla Duff and Lori Leo, gave a presentation on their sixth grade project “Walk 4 Water” to raise awareness about water for South Sudan.
OELWEIN - On Saturday, April 25 the 7/8th Grade Concert Band from Oelwein Middle School participated in the Drake Festival of Bands in Altoona. Schools from all over Iowa traveled to Adventureland for the contest. Students were able to enjoy the park before their performance. For the contest, the band played 2 selections directed by Melissa Franzen and Cory McBride. The band was evaluated on their performance by a panel of highly qualified judges, and earned an ‘Excellent’ rating.
OELWEIN - It’s official. Joshua Ehn is Oelwein High School’s new principal.
OELWEIN - Jury selection began Monday in New Hampton in the sexual abuse trial of former Oelwein Mayor Jason Manus. He is being charged with one count of Sexual Abuse in the Second Degree and one Count of Sexual Abuse in the Third Degree after being arrested during the summer of 2014. The alleged victims are two juvenile females.
By JACK SWANSON
FAYETTE CO. - A West Union man was killed when the roof of a trailer home collapsed on him, Friday, April 23.
OELWEIN, Iowa --- Corporate sustainability and social responsibility are important factors for City Workplace Uniforms and Mats according to Vice President and General Manager Colin Wetlaufer. As a uniform and mat rental business, many of City’s processes and operations impact the environment.
OELWEIN - It has been announced that the Oelwein School Board is planning to name the new school superintendent on Wednesday, April 29.
FAIRBANK — “Going All Out,” that was the theme and challenge this year at the 87th Annual Iowa FFA State Convention. Going All Out was done in its entirety and more than 5,000 members from across the state receive awards, participate in career development events, and support others in their endeavors.
SUMNER – Awards totaling $21.8 million were announced today for 57 communities across the state. The Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) awarded the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds to support 58 community investment projects. The federally funded grants were awarded for community facilities, infrastructure improvements, downtown revitalization and single family owner-occupied housing rehabilitation.
ARLINGTON - The Arlington Community Center will be a multipurpose building that should attract many different groups. Recently members of the Capital Campaign Committee toured the structure to see its progress.
OELWEIN — Iowa, Fields of Opportunity Industrial Hemp Educational Tour continues at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 25, at the Oelwein Chamber of Commerce, 25 W. Charles St. Oelwein.
OELWEIN - Dan Kaercher, retired founding editor-in-chief of Midwest Living Magazine and and host of “Iowa’s Simple Pleasures” and other travel-related programs aired on Iowa Public Television will be presenting his program “Iowa’s Hidden Treasures” at the Oelwein Public Library, Thursday April 30, at 6 p.m.
OELWEIN — Plaza Park is emerging as a space of beauty in downtown Oelwein. The location previously held the stately Connor’s building, later known as West Charles Mall, which was destroyed by fire five years ago. Plaza Park is definitely proof that something good can come from tragedy.
WESTGATE - Fayette County Secondary Roads Superintendent Jeff Koehn announced that S Avenue about three miles north of Westgate will be closed to through traffic from 120th Street to 110th Street.
SUMNER - A Sumner teen was seriously injured in a one vehicle crash, Thursday, April 16, about 9:15 p.m., near the intersection of Highway 93 and X Avenue, just outside Sumner.
OELWEIN - “Please feel welcome to stop by the High School Gymnasium and see what our students have been creating,”
BUCHANAN COUNTY – Buchanan County Supervisors Gary Gissel, Ellen Gaffney and Don Shonka met in regular session, Monday, where lawn care bids were opened and needed fence work on County owned property were discussed.
OELWEIN — When Dean’s Destination Powersports opened at its new location at the junction of Highways 150 and 281 last fall, owner Dean Schlitter wanted to do something to give back to the community that had supported his business improvement project.
OELWEIN – The Oelwein School Board approved a $85,000 landscaping project for the Little Husky Learning Center that will keep rain water from running into the front of the school during heavy rainstorms.
OELWEIN – The speaker at this month’s Oelwein Area Historical Society meeting will be Dorothy (Fettkether) Wenger.
Two people were injured, and two cars totaled, in this crash, on Saturday April 18, about 2:21 p.m. The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office reported that the two-vehicle accident happened on G Avenue, north of 10th Street, outside of Aurora.Read more in the Oelwein Daily Register.
Members of the Arlington City Council met on April 15, to look over the 1921 nameplate and decorative artifacts from the Arlington Public School. These artifacts were salvaged when the school was demolished to make way for the Arlington Community Center. Council members are planning to incorporate the items into the interior of the new Arlington Community Building, which is under construction.
WEST UNION — The new Fayette County Marketing Group is organizing a self-guided greenhouse tour and promotion to encourage residents and visitors alike, to tour five of the county’s greenhouses.Visitors will find friendly clerks and plenty of must-haves for spring gardens.Travel the scenic route from Oelwein to Hawkeye, stopping at the following participating greenhouses:Oelwein FFA Greenhouse, 315 Eighth Ave. S.E. in Oelwein (just north of Oelwein High School). Hours are Friday, May 1, 3 to 5:30 p.m.; Saturday, May 2, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
OELWEIN — The Oelwein Chamber & Area Development is sponsoring the Miss Oelwein Contest 2015. Girls must be 16 years of age or older by June 6, 2015 and live in the Oelwein Community School District.
MONTICELLO - Newly announced Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton kicked off her 2015 Iowa campaign with a closed-door event on Tuesday with about 12 students and educators at the Monticello branch of Kirkwood Community College. The round-table discussion on education and middle-America was closely guarded and open only to an extremely limited number of media representatives.
OELWEIN — How far would you walk for water? That is the question Oelwein sixth graders posed to local Rotarians Monday.
OELWEIN - At Oelwein Chamber and Area Development’s (OCAD’s)Business After Five on Tuesday night, The Oelwein Rotary Club presented outstanding teacher awards to Colin Morgan, Matthew Kuempel, Donna Hornberg and Steve Bunn. Hornberg was named “Teacher of the Year.”
IOWA CITY - Christopher (C.J.) Winters, an Oelwein High School grad, says it was easy to decide where he was going to work at the University of Iowa as a student employee nearly two years ago. But he had no idea the choice to become a lab assistant in the UI Carver College of Medicine Department of Internal Medicine would impact his life in so many positive ways.
OELWEIN - Thirteen agencies will be funded through the Oelwein Area United Way 2015 Campaign. Members of the Board of Directors and Drive Co-Chairpersons met recently at Fidelity Bank to set the 2015 budget at $82,500.
INDEPENDENCE - Buchanan County Health Center has announced the promotion of Kristi Moeller to the position of Wellness Coordinator at the Therapy & Wellness Center.
By JACK SWANSON
AURORA - The bridge work on County Road W-45 north of Aurora has been completed and the road now open.
MARION - Twenty-year-old Sam Gray of Marion is a typical college agronomy major who has his own seed business. . . and is a Democratic candidates for District 68 of the Iowa House of Representatives.
INDEPENDENCE – Buchanan County Supervisors met in regular session, Monday, approving Law Enforcement Service Agreements with the towns of Aurora, Brandon, Hazleton, Lamont, Quasqueton, Rowley, Stanley and Winthrop, in the amount of $40 per capita. This was an agreed upon per capita increase of two dollars.
Fire department called to Country Cottage Cafe, Tuesday, about 3:15 p.m. Basement was filled with smoke. More details will be forthcoming in the Daily Register.
HAZLETON - In recognition of her dedication to area youth through her work with the Wapsie Valley Archery Team, Angie Auel was a recent recipient of an Everyday Heroes of the Tri-States Award.
AURORA - Justin Kress and Ryan Kremer from East Buchanan High, and Brandon McCann from Wapsie Valley High School have been selected by the American Legion Post 435 at Aurora to attend the 76th Iowa Boys State sessionthis June 14-19, at Camp Dodge near Johnson.
OELWEIN - The Oelwein Public Library will be hosting an art show May 4 – 8 for elementary students through adults.
The Oelwein Dollars for Scholars will sponsor its annual “Dollars for Scholars Telethon” on Sunday, April 12, from 4 to 8 p.m.
JESUP Each year, the Buchanan County Chapter of Pheasants Forever presents a Landowner Habitat Award to a worthy Buchanan County resident who has demonstrated great commitment to improving wildlife habitat on their property. During its April 4 membership banquet, the 2015 award was presented to Norm and Susan West of rural Jesup.
FAYETTE – Students, faculty and staff from Upper Iowa University will be volunteering in area communities Wednesday, April 22, as part of the University’s ninth-annual Fayette Appreciation Day. Projects this year are scheduled in Fayette, Oelwein and West Union.
OELWEIN - Authors, Jon and Pamula Voelkel shared stories and fun with local students in grades 4-8 at the Williams Center on March 31. Students from Oelwein Middle School, Wings Park, Sacred Heart and Starmont School attended.
INDEPENDENCE - April is National Volunteer Month.