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Supervisors seek input on land purchase

Supervisors seek input on land purchase

 

 

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

The Fayette County Supervisors discussed purchasing land for a new Secondary Roads Maintenance Complex at their regular Monday meeting, July 25.

Back in March, the Supervisors proposed a $5 million maintenance complex that involved purchasing approximately 23 acres of land behind Bemiss Distributing for approximately $200,000. This time around, the Supervisors are considering purchasing the same area, but only approximately 17.35 acres for $160,000. They will look to bond up to $2.9 million for a new maintenance complex during the November election.

Wed
27
Jul

Weidemann retires after 47 years at Co-op

 

As Sanda Weidemanns 47 year cooperative employment comes to an end, one of the things she will miss the most is her coop family. Sanda enjoys her daily networking with fellow employees like Mark Wegner.

 

Weidemann retires after 47 years at Co-op

 

 

 

Janell Bradley

Contributing Writer

 

 

“Work isn’t work when you love what you do.”

That is why it is with mixed emotions that Sanda Weidemann of rural Hawkeye will retire from Viafield on July 29 with 47 years of agriculture cooperative service behind her.

Wed
27
Jul

Courthouse 'treasure' retires Friday after 48 years

 

After working 48 years in the Fayette County Treasurer’s Office, Velma Mosher will be retiring at the end of the week. She never applied for the position she currently holds, but was recommended by a former West Union city clerk, Paul Oelberg, back in 1968.

 

Courthouse 'treasure' retires Friday after 48 years

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

The longest tenured courthouse employee will be calling it quits on Friday, July 29. After 48 years in the Fayette County Treasurer's Office, Velma Mosher will be retiring.

The former Hawkeye resident is a 1968 graduate of North High School in West Union. During her senior year, she spent half her day in the West Union City Clerk’s office when it was located in the old city hall building at the corner of Plum Street and South Vine Street. There, she helped former City Clerk Paul Oelberg with clerical work. He later recommended Mosher to Fayette County Treasurer Doris Springer, who called Mosher out of the blue to come in for an interview.

Wed
27
Jul

Corbin highlights exciting grandstand events at fair

 

 

 

Corbin highlights exciting grandsand events at fair

 

For the second year in a row, the Fayette County Fair will go out with a bang when Forgotten Highway and Easton Corbin take the stage at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 30.

Wed
20
Jul

Pastors to feel right at 'chome' in retirement

 

Pastors Ginny and Phil Olson look forward to seeing how the former First Lutheran Church will be transformed into their retirement home. The church closed in November 2012 and its membership transferred to St. Peter Lutheran in Eldorado, where Ginny Olson is pastor. (Janell Bradley photo)

 

Pastors to feel right at 'chome' in retirement

 

 

Janell Bradley

Contributing Writer

 

 

For two pastors who have spent much of their lives ministering to others, the decision to rehab a church where they served into an eventual retirement home seems a perfect fit.

Pastors Phil and Ginny Olson presently live in a parsonage in Eldorado, where Ginny is pastor of St. Peter Lutheran Church. Pastor Phil has been serving as interim pastor of Calmar Lutheran and Springfield since April 2012.

The couple’s adult children include a son and four daughters, and they have six grandchildren. With just one of their children living within an hour of them, the pastors knew they wanted their retirement home to offer plenty of space for overnight guests.

“We bought a house in Lanesboro a few years ago and never lived in it,” admitted Phil.

In the last couple of years, the Olsons continued to look at houses and acreages, but nothing particularly struck a chord with them.

Then the First Lutheran congregation made the tough decision to close its church on Fayette County Road W42, south of Ossian. While the members voted to join the St. Peter Lutheran congregation in Eldorado, the fate of the church structure itself was in limbo for a number of months.

Wed
20
Jul

Einck jumps to educate medical world about SPD

Festina native Carrie Einck is a passionate occupational therapist. She began working with the STAR Institute for Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), which is a disability, in order to bring more awareness to the disorder. (Chris DeBack photos)

 

Einck jumps to educate medical world about SPD

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

Sensory processing disorder (SPD) is a widely misunderstood disability.

Festina native Carrie Einck is doing her best to try to change that while working at the STAR Institute for Sensory Processing Disorder in Denver, Colo. The daughter of Ken and Sue Einck, owners of Einck’s Service Station, is devoting her occupational therapy career to the research, education and awareness of the disorder.

Wed
20
Jul

Elgin council, library discuss issues

Elgin council, library discuss issues

 

 

 

Brian Smith
Contributing Writer
bsmith@fayettepublishing.com

 

Two representatives from the Elgin Public Library were on hand to discuss ongoing issues between the City Council and the library. Librarian Lisa Leuck and Library Board chairman Lane Ash discussed a variety of issues with the council, including some that were raised at a previous library board meeting attended by some members of the council.

Wed
20
Jul

Valley "C" Store sold to Casey's General Store

 

Viafield has sold the Valley “C” Store in Clermont to Casey’s General Store, according to Valley “C” Store manager Henrietta De La Rosa. 

 

De La Rosa noted that Casey’s will be taking possession sometime in the middle of September, and representatives will be in Clermont next week to discuss the sale with employees.

 

Wed
20
Jul

Keeping Fayette trim for 52 years

 

Stan Woodson is not only an excellent listener, but can be an animated conversationalist. “I was very shy when I started in 1960, but that ended quickly because a barber has to really relate to his customers,” Woodson explained. This is only the second chair in Woodson’s one-chair shop on Main Street in Fayette. “It’s had a lot of ups and downs,” noted the 75-year- old. “I’m thinking about getting a new one because I plan to be around for another five or so years.” (Jerry Wadian photo)

 

Keeping Fayette trim for 52 years

 

 

By Jerry Wadian
jwadian@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

Stan Woodson has been trimming hair in Fayette for 52 years. That makes him “The Dean of Main Street” as all of his contemporaries who had businesses on the street like Ed Campbell, Kenny Fink, Roger Erle, Don Dahlke and Herb Humeston, have all since died or retired

“I wanted to go to college, but the family didn’t have much money, and in those days there wasn’t the financial aid there is today,” Woodson stated.

Instead, the current Dean of Main Street went to barber’s school in Waterloo.

Wed
20
Jul

Margroff donation benefits Pheasants Forever

 

Fayette County Pheasants Forever accepted a donation of $102,686.92 from the estate of the late Robert Margroff of Elgin. Dick Jensen, neighbor and personal representative of Margroff, presented a check to the group at its meeting on Tuesday evening, July 12. Those present for the occasion include (l-r) Larry Glass, Leon Deutsch, George Schaefers, Dick Jensen, Rod Marlatt, Blake Gamm, Brett Whitcher, and Eric Boehm.

 

Margroff donation benefits Pheasants Forever

 

 

Brian Smith
Contributing Writer
bsmith@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

   Fayette County Pheasants Forever accepted a donation of $102,686.92 from the Estate of the late Robert E. Margroff of Elgin. Margroff died May 25, 2015, and was the son of Ervien and Lulu (Timmons) Margroff.

  A 1948 graduate of West Union High School, Robert was trained as a linotype operator in Charles City. He set type for the newspaper in Harlan before returning home to rural Elgin to live on the family farm after the death of his father. It was then that he began to pursue his passion for writing.

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