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Notice to proceed with Center Street Project approved

 

Notice to proceed with Center Street Project approved

Brian Smith
Contributing Writer

 

The Elgin City Council approved a Notice to Proceed on the Center Street Project at its meeting on Monday night, July 1. 

The council unanimously approved the motion to approve the Notice to Proceed (NTP), which is contingent upon signatures and a review of the contract documents by all parties involved. The NTP designates Oct. 15 as a date for substantial completion of the project, which generally means that the project has been completed to the point where the structure can be used for its intended purpose. The date for final completion of the project was listed as Nov. 15 in the NTP. Once the contractor has reviewed and signed the NTP, work on the project may begin immediately.

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03
Jul

A “Wheelin’ and Squealin’” celebration at the Fair

 

A “Wheelin’ and Squealin’” celebration at the Fair

By Mike Van Sickle
Union editor

 

The Fayette County Fair is celebrating “160 Years of Wheelin’ and Squealin’” in 2013. 

From the daily 4-H/FFA/open livestock shows and Wednesday evening rodeo/calf scramble to the opening night stock races, Thursday evening Mud Bog, and the closing night’s bus races and Hell Drivers stunt show, children of all ages will have plenty of reason to “wheel” onto the fairgrounds in West Union July 23-27.

Hot laps for the stock car races at Fayette County Speedway will begin at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 23, with the racing action (regular points night) to follow.

Heartland Rodeo will showcase all of the traditional rodeo action beginning at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 24. The grandstand entertainment will also feature a calf scramble.

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03
Jul

New ideas for Pavo Blue

CUTLINE: Shelley O'Brien, the new manager at Pavo Blue, hopes to make the Fayette coffee and gift shop a destination spot for everyone. O'Brien will officially start as manager on July 1st.

 

 

 

 

New ideas for Pavo Blue

Shelley O’Brien of West Union has been a hairdresser for more than 30 years and runs a salon out of her home, but now she is trying something new.

O’Brien is training to be the new manager for Pavo Blue, coffee and gift shop in Fayette, which she will take over on July 1.

“Something about it appealed to me,” explained O’Brien. “I have always been in customer service, and I truly love working with people and getting to know them.”

O’Brien, one of six children, grew up on a farm in Greene.

She met her husband, Wayne, there, and the couple moved to West Union approximately 19 years ago.

The couple has two grown sons and one daughter.

Wed
03
Jul

New Fayette police chief sworn in

 

 

CUTLINE: Brad Gardner (back center) took the oath of office as the city's new police chief after being approved by the Fayette City Council Monday night. Administering the oath is Mayor Bill Dohrmann. Also pictured are Gardner's wife, Cristy (seated), holding A.J., and other children Devon, 10, and Bella, 13. (Janell Bradley photo)

 

 

 

 

New Fayette police chief sworn in

 

Janell Bradley
Contributing Writer

 

The City of Fayette has a new police chief. 

Brad Gardner, 44, comes to Fayette from the Waukee Police Department, where he was second-shift supervisor.

Wed
03
Jul

Ameling wins business plan competition

 

 

CUTLINE: Ossian native Danielle Ameling recently opened the doors to her own business, Iron Leaf Press, in Lisbon. As the winner of the Project Bright Idea will not be required to pay rent in the 1,000-square-foot facility for 24 months. (submitted photo)

 

 

 

Ameling wins business plan competition

 

By Becky Walz
News Editor

 

Danielle Ameling, Ossian native and owner of Iron Leaf Press, recently opened the doors to a 1,000-square-foot facility in downtown Lisbon after winning the Project Bright Idea Business Plan Contest. 

Project Bright Idea was created by a group of community volunteers working in partnership with Lisbon-based Moon Eye Ventures. The economic development contest was created to encourage and reward regional entrepreneurs who have developed a solid business plan.  

Wed
03
Jul

Council speaks on fire station insurance

 

Council speaks on fire station insurance

By Amber Hovey
Contributing Writer

 

Monday night’s Ossian City Council meeting opened up with discussion regarding the City’s insurance coverage.

Much of the discussion led, by Tara Hoffert of ICAP, centered on how the new fire station will be covered.

Hoffert presented two options in regard to builder’s risk insurance. The Council could either insure it for the full value or at increments as they go.

Councilmember Tom Bushman recommended the city to take a $500,000 builder’s risk policy. City Clerk Joyce Bakewell explained that $382,000 is how much the building side of the project would cost, and $114,000 would be the cost for the mechanical end of it 

“It’s the easiest and best way,” added Bushman.

The council approved, 5-0. The motion to purchase a $500,000 builder’s risk policy; Bushman abstained from the vote.

Wed
03
Jul

Eight vie for Winneshiek County Fair Queen

 

Eight vie for Winneshiek County Fair Queen

 

Becky Walz
News Editor

 

The Winneshiek County Fair will kick off on Tuesday, July 9, with the Fair Queen coronation. This year's event, to begin at 3:45 p.m., will be held in the grandstand due to the crowd size in past years. Eight young ladies will vie for this year's crown and the chance to represent Winneshiek County at the State Fair. 

Candidates for Winneshiek County Fair Queen include the following:

Cassidy Ann Buddenberg graduated from South Winn High School in May and is the daughter of Bruce and Julie Buddenberg of Decorah.

While in high school, Cassidy played volleyball, ran track, and was the secretary of her FFA chapter. She has been president of the District 1 Holstein Jrs. And is an active member of the Co-Champions 4-H Club.

Wed
19
Jun

Be a lifesaver on July 3

 

Be a lifesaver on July 3

All potential blood donors are asked to roll up their sleeves to save lives on Wednesday, July 3.

West Union will host its next blood drive that day from 12:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Valleyview Community Center on W. Franklin Street (directly south of the fairgrounds).

Give your lifesaving gift and make a difference in your community! Regular donors, as well as potential new ones, are urged to participate in this lifesaving effort. It’s painless and only takes an hour of your time.

You can schedule an appointment to donate at the upcoming West Union blood drive by calling the LifeServe Blood Center at (800) 287-4903 or visiting the website www.lifeservebloodcenter.org.

Wed
19
Jun

Making a difference, one glass at a time

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Claire Britt of West Union dropped off over $700 to Marcia Soppe, who is co-chair of the Kaleidoscope Kids Capital Campaign. Claire, who raised the money by selling lemonade, root beer, and cookies on Tuesday, June 11, chose to donate it to the West Union building project. (Photo credit Amber Hovey)

 

Making a difference, one glass at a time

By: Amber Hovey
Contributing Writer

 

Walking past the homes along North Vine Street Tuesday afternoon (June 11), you may have come across an Iowa Hawkeyes tent with a smiling little girl selling cookies, lemonade, and even root beer.

Claire Britt, daughter of Anne and Tobin Britt of West Union, is having fun while making a difference.

The 8-year-old, along with the help of her brother, Zander, is helping to raise money for the new Kaleidoscope Kids Childcare Center (KKCC).

Wed
19
Jun

Former teacher’s trial scheduled

 

Former teacher’s trial scheduled

 

The jury trial of a former North Fayette High School teacher and girls’ varsity basketball coach has been scheduled to begin Wednesday, Sept. 11. According to court documents, James Hanson has pled not guilty to sexual exploitation by a school employee.

In addition, a final pretrial conference will be held Wednesday, Sept. 4. 

The court documents filed in Fayette County District Court on June 10 state that plea negotiations should be completed by the pretrial conference because the court may impose a deadline upon court approval of any plea agreement.

All timely filed pending motions will be ruled upon at pretrial unless an earlier hearing date is requested or the motion is ordered to be heard by the trial judge.

The charge filed against Hanson is a Class D felony, and, if he is convicted, carries a sentence of up to five years in prison.

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