Loren Hageman and Nancy Kovarik stand in the main staircase that leads to the upstairs of the Shady Rest Guest House. After taking possession of the home Oct. 1, the couple, along with many family members and friends, managed to make many updates to the home. (Becky Walz photo)
When rural Ossian resident Loren Hageman saw that his old neighbors, Dave and Pat Lien, had their acreage for sale over a year ago, he knew he didn’t want to see a stranger buy it.
His father, Delbert, had helped the Liens work the land for many years, so when Dave Lien decided to rent out the land, it was to the Hagemans he turned first, and they agreed to keep working the 150 acres.
Elgin Mayor Bill Pfister, who was sworn in earlier during the Elgin City Council meeting on Monday, Dec. 16, watches as Councilmembers Sara Strong and Sarah Schori (l-r) take their oaths. Strong and Schori will both begin their third terms in January.
Elgin Mayor Bill Pfister and Councilmembers Sarah Schori and Sara Strong were sworn in during the Elgin City Council meeting Monday night, Dec. 16. Pfister, who was re-elected as mayor, has served in that capacity since January 2004. Schori and Strong were also re-elected to their council positions and will begin their third consecutive terms in January.
After serving as a member of the Clermont council of 22 years, Jim Matt is stepping into a new role as the community’s mayor on Jan. 1, 2014. Matt’s vacant seat will be open for an individual to petition for the position or someone will be appointment by the council. (LeAnn Larson photo)
Not once in his 22 years of service has Clermont mayor-elect Jim Matt regretted being a member of the city council that serves the small northeast Iowa community.
“When I started, we didn’t have the budget we have now,” noted Matt, who has been employed at Bodensteiner Implement in Clermont since 1974. “And nowadays budgets are more detailed than ever with various categories to be accounted for.”
The family of Bill Dohrmann will host a celebration later this month to honor Bill on his retirement as Fayette’s longtime mayor, and longtime Fayette City Council members Braulic Caballero and Doug McReynolds.
The public is invited to join the Dohrmann family as it hosts the community open house at 4 p.m. Monday, Dec. 23, at the opera house.
Dohrman is retiring after 24 years of service as mayor. Caballero and McReynolds also chose not to seek re-election this past November and are retiring from civic duty as councilmen. Together, the three have over 75 years' combined service to the city of Fayette.
Fayette County Assessor Joe Flores has begun to map out his pending retirement, including the possibility of catching a few future baseball games of his beloved New York Yankees. (Mike Van Sickle photo)
Longtime business owners Jim and Joyce Moss have had plenty to celebrate in 2013, including the 40-year history of Moss Service Center and Shell Express' 25th anniversary. (Rich Holm photo)
Still full of drive after 40 years
By Rich Holm
In 1973 West Union had nine service stations at which an auto could be taken to have its tires checked, its oil looked at, its windshield washed, and, of course, filled with gasoline, which cost 32.9 cents per gallon.
West Union natives Kent and Bonnie Halverson are tentatively planning to open City’s Edge Golf & Grill in February 2014. Current bookings for the former West Union Country Club are being honored and persons may also reserve the use of the facility. In addition, golf membership notices will soon be mailed out. (Mike Van Sickle photo)
West Union Mayor Kent Halverson swore newly elected city councilmen (l-r) Adam Keller and Isaiah Stansbery into office on Monday. Halverson and police officer Michael Tobin were also administered the oath of office during the regular council meeting at City Hall. (Mike Van Sickle photo)
A city sanitary sewer main running through the former middle school property in West Union is delaying the potential development of a Casey’s General Store on the site.
Speaking on behalf of current property owner M5 LLC, Earl Moss explained to the West Union City Council Monday that Casey’s officials are asking what the City could do to help them in moving the sewer line.