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26
Mar

A cheerleader with plenty of 'Sparkle'

 

West Central sophomore Kameryn Ingels not only cheered for her home high school squad this past season, but also joined the UNI Sparkles squad, getting to cheer at three home basketball games in the McLeod Center in Cedar Falls. (Janell Bradley photo)

 

A cheerleader with plenty of 'Sparkle'

 

 

Janell Bradley
Contributing Writer
info@fayettecountynewspapers.com

 

 

 

She loves to cheer and yell, and the stunts don't daunt her one bit.

Perhaps that's what makes 16-year-old Kameryn Ingels such an enthusiastic cheerleader not only for her home school of West Central, but also as a member of the Sparkles squad at the University of Northern Iowa.

A sophomore at WC, Kameryn is in her second year as a cheering supporter of the Blue Devils.

Wed
26
Mar

Palmer Lutheran pages Dr. Bartelt

 

Dr. Robert Bartelt of Cedar Falls recently began his duties as an orthopedic surgeon at Palmer Lutheran Health Center in West Union. The University of Iowa College of Medicine graduate completed his residency at Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medicine in Rochester. (Mike Van Sickle photo)

 

Palmer Lutheran pages Dr. Bartelt

 

 

By Mike Van Sickle
News Editor

 

Palmer Lutheran Health Center (PLHC) staff members recently welcomed orthopedic surgeon Dr. Robert Bartelt to the West Union facility.

“I believe this area is underserved when it comes to orthopedic services,” admitted the Mediapolis native. “I grew up in a small town, and I’m very familiar with the caring relationships small-town hospitals have with their patients.

Wed
26
Mar

Postville native hired as NF principal

 

Travis Elliott

 

Postville native hired as NF principal

 

 

By Mike Van Sickle
News Editor
mvansickle@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

A Postville native has been named the new North Fayette Elementary principal.

North Fayette’s Board of Directors unanimously approved the hiring of Travis Elliott as the new principal on Tuesday, March 25, following the recommendation of Superintendent Duane Willhite.

 

Wed
26
Mar

Mayor helps 'March for Meals'

 

 

Cook Mary Hermen provided West Union Mayor Kent Halverson with a few instructions to follow as he volunteered to help promote March for Meals at the community’s senior meal site on Monday. Halverson helped serve, package, and/or deliver meals to residents of West Union and nearby communities as part of the annual event. (Mike Van Sickle photo)

Mayor helps ‘March for Meals’

 

 

By Mike Van Sickle
News Editor
mvansickle@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

West Union Mayor Kent Halverson on Monday joined West Union’s Northeast Iowa Area Agency on Aging (NEI3A) senior meal site in promoting the ongoing March for Meals campaign.

The 12th Annual March for Meals campaign is an effort led by the Meals on Wheels Association of America and presents an opportunity for the public to support senior neighbors through a variety of efforts that make communities stronger and neighbors healthier.

Wed
19
Mar

The bet is on for $100

 

A simple conversation between coach Kevin Kearney (l) and student athlete Kennidee DeVilbiss involving the extravagance of Prom in today’s society has turned into a $100 bet that DeVilbiss cannot attend the annual event for $20 or less. Upon her successful endeavor, Kearney will give $100 to the charity of DeVilbiss’ choice. (Becky Walz photo)

The bet is on for $100

 

 

Becky Walz
News Editor
bwalz@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

Prom. Besides being a princess on her wedding day, every little girl dreams about what her prom experience will be like, from the moment they see the twinkling lights of the grand march, the sequined gowns, manicured fingers and toes, and the updos.

But all the grandeur doesn’t have to cost a fortune. South Winn senior Kennidee DeVilbiss will live her dream on a $20 budget, so that $100 can go to a charity of her choice.

Wed
19
Mar

South Winn/Turkey Valley discuss superintendent position

 

Chris Hoover

 

South Winn/Turkey Valley discuss superintendent position

 

 

Becky Walz
News Editor
bwalz@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

Chris Hoover has had shared superintendent duties between South Winn and Turkey Valley for four years, but he will be leaving the two districts to become the superintendent of the Maquoketa school district.

Hoover recently accepted a two-year contract for $132,000 a year and will replace Dr. Kim Huckstadt, who is leaving at the end of the school year.

Hoover’s contract with South Winneshiek/Turkey Valley school districts runs through June 30.

Wed
19
Mar

Shopping for a cause, because 'cancer sucks'

 

Those making Clermont Ladies’ Day Out a success year after year are (front) Cassie Peterson; (back, l-r) Andrea Lansing, Juli Gotto, Lori Wessels, Tami Keune, Cathy Lamphier, Rose Lamphier, and Beth Hunsberger. The fifth annual event will take place at the Clermont Opera House on Saturday, March 22. (submitted photo)

 

 

Shopping for a cause, because 'cancer sucks'

 

 

Becky Walz
News Editor
bwalz@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

On Saturday, March 22, a Ladies' Day Out fundraiser will be held at the Clermont Opera House. This event, however, is more than just a fun day to shake off the winter blues and do some shopping. Saturday's event is a chance for area women to make a difference in the lives of cancer patients.

"Everyone is affected one way or another. Even if you aren't the family that has been affected by cancer, you know that family," event coordinator Cathy Lamphier, of Oelwein, said.

Wed
19
Mar

Valley approves hiring of principal

Micah Gearhart

 

Valley approves hiring of principal

 

 

By Mike Van Sickle
News Editor
mvansickle@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

The Valley Board of Education approved the hiring Monday of Micah Gearhart as the school’s new elementary and North Fayette Valley seventh- and eighth-grade principal.

Currently the elementary principal at Spirit Lake, Gearhart will officially assume his new duties on Tuesday, July 1.

“During the recent interviewing process, I was not only impressed by the staff itself, but the excitement in education shared by each of those I met,” said Gearhart by telephone from his home. “Not only do I believe this is a perfect community to raise my family, but I love the focus everyone seems to have on education.

Wed
19
Mar

SODA to hold 12th Annual Basket Auction

 

Annette Butikofer, SODA coordinator, poses with the first basket donated for this year’s SODA (Students OK Without Drugs and Alcohol) basket auction.  Donated themed baskets are needed for the auction, which raises money to enable North Fayette Valley SODA members take part in the organization’s activities. The auction is scheduled for Wednesday, April 9 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Valley Elementary/North Fayette Valley Middle School multipurpose room. (Brian Smith photo)

 

 

SODA to hold 12th Annual Basket Auction

 

Brian Smith
Contributing Writer
bsmith@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

Students OK Without Drugs and Alcohol (SODA) will be hosting its 12th Annual Basket Auction on Wednesday, April 9, in the Valley Elementary/North Fayette Valley Middle School multipurpose room. The doors open at 5 p.m., and the evening will include T.J.’s pizza, a live auction beginning at 5:30, a silent auction running from 5:00 to 6:45, a presentation by middle school SODA members who trained for Teens Against Tobacco Use (TATU), and an overview of SODA and Valley Community Coalition (VCC). The evening will come to a close at 7 p.m.

Wed
19
Mar

Family death leads Schlatter to become First Responder

 

Allan Schlatter and his wife, Ruth, hold a photo of Ruth's brother, Milan Begalske, who died on Good Friday in 1980 as a result of choking. The young man left a wife and three children behind – the youngest turned 1-year-old two days later on Easter. Shortly after, the Hawkeye community decided to organize a First Responders group, and Al was one of its charter members. Now, 34 years later, he's retiring from the role of EMS provider and will be honored at an open house from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, March 30, at the Hawkeye Fire Station. (Janell Bradley photo)

 

 

Family death leads Schlatter to become First Responder

 

 

Janell Bradley
Contributing Writer
info@fayettecountynewspapers.com

 

 

 

Milan Begalske's death on Good Friday in 1980 not only had an impact on Milan's sister, Ruth, and her husband, Allan Schlatter, but the entire community in which they live.

Thirty-four years ago, the young man left behind a wife and three children – the youngest just a year old — when Milan died as a result of choking. Back then, Hawkeye firefighters responded to the Begalske farm, but with only first aid training, there was little they could do to save the man's life.

A few months later, members of the community took action to form a First Responders team.

Allan Schlatter was one of the first 21 volunteers to take the 40-hour training course. Today, he is the last charter member remaining and will retire later this month.

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