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Wed
16
Dec

Fayette Council agrees to resurface Big Rock Road

Council agrees to resurface Big Rock Road

 

 

Janell Bradley

Contributing Writer

 

 

The Fayette City Council moved forward with plans to resurface Big Rock Road in 2016, but without the suggested four-foot-wide walking lane on the north side. At the council’s Dec. 7 meeting, residents Dave and Sue Runyon asked the council to consider adding a pedestrian trail/bike path to the north of the road, due to heavy recreation traffic on Big Rock Road.

Engineer Jon Biederman told the council that although he’d taken another look at the costs for the work, he was unable to pare the estimate lower than $352,000. The project entails a two-inch asphalt overlay on the 18-foot-wide roadway. Biederman said that in places, a steep cross-slope exists so some edges of the roadway need to be thickened before the asphalt overlay is put down.

Wed
16
Dec

New carnival in the works for 2016 fair

New carnival in the works for 2016 fair

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

At its regular monthly meeting on Monday, Dec. 14, the Fayette County Fair Board discusses using American Carnival Entertainment of Hornick rather than going with Merriam’s Midway Show again.

It was previously thought that using Merriam’s was a done deal for this year, but treasurer Jon Francis hasn’t heard from the company in two and a half months, despite making numerous phone calls and leaving messages.  

Wed
16
Dec

Soggy weekend leads to flash flood warning

 

Five inches of rain over the weekend swelled the Volga River to near flood stage. Here, the river sweeps by Klock’s Island Park in Fayette, inundating the campground but not damaging the park itself. (Jerry Wadian photo)

 

Soggy weekend leads to flash flood warning

 

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

The weather outside hasn't been very frightful this December, but rather wet and soggy.

This weekend Fayette County saw good ole Mother Nature drop a lot of rain on the area. The last 48-hours, as of 10:45 a.m. Monday morning, saw 4.84 inches of rainfall in Eldorado and 3.69 inches in Oelwein, according to the National Weather Service. Parts of the county did see minor flooding.

Wed
16
Dec

Jencks Fayette Co. rep on HSNEI board

 

NEIHS board member Melanie Jencks holds her cat, Sasha, by a Santa Paws giving tree at the Hawkeye Public Library. Residents that wish to make a donation to the NEIHS can simply pick an ornament off the giving tree and buy the suggested product. They can then take it to one of five giving tree locations in Fayette County.

 

Jencks Fayette Co. rep on HSNEI board

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

Go ahead, call her a crazy cat lady. What most people take as an insult, West Union native Melanie Jencks sees as a compliment.

“I am the crazy cat lady in this area; it didn’t used to be that way, but it is a title I will take and accept,” Jencks said.

A board member for the Humane Society of Northeast Iowa (HSNEI), Jencks is an animal lover through and through. As far back as the 54-year-old can remember pets have been a large part of her life.

Wed
09
Dec

Ossian proceeds with urban revitalization

Ossian proceeds with urban revitalization

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

 

Mayor Chuck Covell called the Ossian City Council meeting to order for the final time Monday night shortly after new mayor Bill Green and new councilpersons Bryan Beckman and Sue Lienau were sworn in, effective Jan. 1, 2016. 

The meeting, which also marked the final meeting for Councilmen Tom Bushman and Scott Meyer, began with a public hearing on the designation of the 2016 Urban Revitalization Area and the adoption of a plan for the revitalization area.

Wed
09
Dec

Pen pals become gal pals in New York City

 

Amy Cummings was thrilled to meet her longtime pen pal, Angela Jones (right), when they met in New York City after Angela flew there on business from her home in Brisbane, Australia.

 

Pen pals become gal pals in New York City

 

Janell Bradley

Contributing Writer

 

 

After 27 years corresponding through letters and, more recently, social media, pen pals Amy and Angela met one another in person for the first time ever.

The girls’ friendship began with a pen pal program initiated by Amy Cummings’ fourth-grade teacher at South Winneshiek, Mrs. Rothmeyer. In 1988, students in Mrs. Rothmeyer’s class were matched with students having similar interests in a fourth-grade classroom in Queensland, Australia.

Wed
09
Dec

Honey Queen concludes 'Buzzing across America' tour

 

American Honey Queen Gabrielle “Belle” Hemesath of Clermont will soon conclude her one-year reign.

 

Honey Queen concludes 'Buzzing across America' tour

 

 

Janell Bradley

Contributing Writer

 

 

With her year as the reigning American Honey Queen drawing to a close, Gabrielle Hemesath truly has become “Queen Bee” as she’s buzzed from coast to coast in 2015. As the country’s beekeeping ambassador promoting honey and bees, she’s visited 19 states, presented programs to 6,478 students and reached an audience of 1.9 million people.

Wed
09
Dec

'Feathers up' for UIU's Louise Scott

 

Prior to retiring as Upper Iowa University’s dean of student development, Louise Scott recently fulfilled one final wish by climbing the Alexander-Dickman Hall bell tower and ringing the historic bell on the Fayette campus. Scott will retire Dec. 31 after proudly serving the university for 30 years. (submitted photo)

 

'Feathers up' for UIU's Louise Scott

 

 

For 30 years, Louise Scott has walked the halls and grounds of what she refers to “as one of God’s most special places on Earth.” It is due to this resounding compassion for Upper Iowa University and its students that it will be to no one’s surprise if the longtime staff member is still witnessed walking across the Fayette campus long after her retirement as dean of student development on Dec. 31.

Wed
09
Dec

Council to continue K-9 program

Council to continue K-9 program

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

The West Union City Council at its regular Monday meeting decided to move forward with the K-9 program with Officer Xena, despite the resignation of Police Chief Matt Walker.

Currently, the force doesn’t have an officer trained to handle a drug dog, and that training could cost upwards of $4,000, Mayor Kent Halverson suggested. As the City searches for a new chief and another new police officer, after Officer Benjamin Baskerville resigned on Dec. 1, it will seek someone, especially in the new officer, has the required K-9 training.

Wed
09
Dec

Farmers hear benefits of cover crops, prairie strips

 

Tim Recker of Oelwein provided an overview on types of waterway construction designed to promote soil conservation at a seminar at the Fayette County Fairgrounds in West Union, Wednesday, Dec. 2. The event was sponsored by the Turkey River Watershed Management Authority and the Iowa Corn Growers Association. (Janell Bradley photos)

 

Farmers hear benefits of cover crops, prairie strips

 

 

Janell Bradley

Contributing Writer

 

 

An Eagle Grove corn farmer who reduced his water nitrate level by 29 percent shared his successes with other Iowa corn growers last week in West Union.

Tim Smith, who received the National Corn Growers’ Good Steward award and the White House Champions of Change honor, described a variety of his conservation techniques for northeast Iowa farmers Wednesday, Dec. 2, at the Fayette County Fairgrounds. The event was co-organized by the Iowa Corn Growers Association and Turkey River Watershed Management Authority.

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