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Wed
04
Sep

WU Chamber director named

 

CUTLINE: Melissa Fagle has been named the new West Union Chamber of Commerce director. The rural Fayette woman officially begins her duties today (Wednesday). (Mike Van Sickle photo)

 

 

 

 

WU Chamber director named

By Mike Van Sickle
Union editor

mvansickle@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

The West Union Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors has named Melissa Fagle of rural Fayette as the new West Union Chamber of Commerce director.

“Melissa impressed the entire West Union Chamber board with her excitement, enthusiasm and sharing of new ideas,” said West Union Chamber President Melody Patrick. “We hope the community provides Melissa with a huge welcome as she assists the Chamber in carrying out its current and future endeavors.

Wed
04
Sep

North Fayette Valley community invited to Youth Fair

 

North Fayette Valley community invited to Youth Fair

Have you ever wondered whom to call when you have a question about activities are available for students on Saturday nights? Or when to call for help when dealing with a family member or friend who is using drugs or alcohol? Or maybe you want to mentor a youth and are not sure where to start. 

An opportunity to get informed about these and other resources will be available for the Valley Community Coalition (VCC)-sponsored Youth Health and Well-Being Fair on Wednesday, Sept. 18. This family-oriented, open house event will run from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Elgin American Legion Hall. 

Those in attendance will have the opportunity to become better acquainted with the numerous resources available to youth and their families in the area and which will further support them in the new North Fayette Valley community.

Wed
04
Sep

Another man’s junk could be a fundraising treasure

 

 

CUTLINE: Fayette County Fair Board member Justin Steinlage (left) and Main Street West Union board member Dick Woodard display a few examples of the smaller items that can be donated during a metal recycling fundraiser to be held at the Fayette County Fairgrounds in West Union Friday-Sunday, Sept. 13-15. A couple Fayette County residents have already inquired about donating larger items, such as automobiles. The Fayette County Agricultural Society and MSWU will split the proceeds, which will be used for grandstand improvements at the fairgrounds and future MSWU-sponsored community projects and events. (Mike Van Sickle photo)

 

 

 

 

Another man’s junk could be a fundraising treasure

By Mike Van Sickle
Union editor

mvansickle@thefayettecountyunion.com

Wed
04
Sep

Lansings inducted into Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame

 

CUTLINE: Neil and Julie Lansing of West Union wee among the inductees into the 2013 Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame during the recent Iowa State Fair in Des Moines.

 

 

 

Neil and Julie Lansing of West Union were among the inductees into the 2013 Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame during the recent Iowa State Fair in Des Moines. 

All honorees were selected by their local counties for their outstanding service and dedication to 4-H. Inductees or their surviving family members were presented a certificate by the Iowa 4-H Foundation as they were introduced on stage.

Counties select inductees for their exceptional work in contributing to the lives of 4-H members and the overall 4-H program. Many inductees serve(d) as club leaders, youth mentors, fair superintendents or fair board members, Iowa State University Extension county council members, county youth council members, fair judges, financial supporters, chaperones or ISU Extension staff members. 

Wed
04
Sep

Clermont trail paving underway

 

CUTLINE: The gravel bike path leading out of Clermont that connects to the paved trail outside of Clermont is in the process of being paved. This photo was taken on Tuesday, Aug. 27, looking northwest down the path along Union Street/W51. 

Wed
04
Sep

Gunpowder and Lead pulls away for a national points championship

 

CUTLINE: Marcus Wettleson of Postville drives the Gunpowder and Lead Case IH tractor at the National Tractor Pulling Championsips in Bowling Green, Ohio. (Photo by Adam Draudt of MAD Pulling Pics)

 

 

Gunpowder and Lead pulls away

for a national points championship

Brian Smith
Contribruting Writer

bsmith@fayettepublishing.com

 

Wed
28
Aug

Watermelon Days is set to remember ‘Then and Now’

 

Watermelon Days is set to remember ‘Then and Now’

By Mike Van Sickle
Contributing editor

mvansickle@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

“1972-2013: Then and Now” will be revived during Fayette’s annual communitywide Watermelon Day's celebration Friday-Sunday, Sept. 6-8.

An ice-cream social will kick off the weekend festivities at 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6. According to the tentative schedule, Mayor Bill Dohrmann will present the Mayor’s Awards at 6:30 p.m., which will be followed by the coronation of Mr. & Miss Fayette, and Little Miss & Master Fayette.

DJ music will be provided for a street dance in downtown Fayette following the Friday evening ceremonies. 

Wed
28
Aug

A ‘Memory’ for the Iowa Hall of Fame

 

 

CUTLINE: The Memory Brothers including co-founders Doug Koempel and Larry Crandall, both of West Union, will be inducted into the Iowa Rock & Roll Music Association (IRRMA) Hall of Fame on Labor Day weekend. The Memory Brothers have also been selected to perform during the evening’s festivities. (Courtesy photo)

 

 

 

 

A ‘Memory’ for the Iowa Hall of Fame

 

The Memory Brothers will be among the performing bands inducted into the Iowa Rock & Roll Music Association (IRRMA) Hall of Fame on Labor Day weekend. The IRRMA Hall of Fame Induction Spectacular is a two-day event on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 31, and Sept. 1, at Arnold’s Park.

Co-founders Doug Koempel and Larry Crandall, both of West Union, credit the band’s faithful fan base for the distinguished honor.

Wed
28
Aug

Elgin Homecoming Committee begins preparations for 2014

CUTLINE: Mary Schott (l) and Cindy Torkelson are serving as co-chairs for the 2014 Elgin Homecoming Committee. The committee has already begun meeting to start planning the festivities, which will be held June 19–22, 2014. This year’s theme is “A Chance to Come Home.”

 
 
 

Elgin Homecoming Committee begins 
preparations for 2014

Brian Smith
Contributing Writer

bsmith@fayettepublishing.com

 

Wed
28
Aug

Elgin man ‘bowled over’

 

CUTLINE: Louie Christen, a retired dairyman, and his wife, Cheryl (Shipton), graduated together from Valley in 1965 before marrying in 1987. The couple hold two of the hundreds of bowls Louie has handcrafted out of his Wadena timber.

 

 

 

 

Elgin man ‘bowled over’

 

Rich Holm
Contributing writer

info@fayettecountynewspapers.com

 

Many farmers collect toy tractors, others collect real ones; Louis Christen of Elgin collects wood. The 66-year-old retired dairyman takes a piece of lumber from his land and handcrafts Mother Nature’s gift to man into a one-of-a-kind bowl.

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