News

Wed
19
Apr

Viafield opens Randalia fertilizer plant

 

Viafield built a new fertilizer facility in Randalia that replaces three smaller facilities the company has in Arlington, Clermont and Randalia. The 10,300-ton facility has a tower capacity of 250 tons. (Chris DeBack photo)

 

Viafield opens Randalia fertilizer plant

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

Viafield's new fertilizer facility in Randalia is up and running. 

The 10,300-ton dry-storage facility with a tower capacity of 250 tons will be the agronomy company’s eastern hub for fertilizer. This new facility will replace the three smaller facilities that are located in Arlington, Clermont and Randalia. 

Wed
19
Apr

UIU and Ideal Industries lease-transfer agreement

 

Ideal Industries President/CEO Patrick C. Lyons (left) and Upper Iowa University President Dr. William R. Duffy stand outside the Ideal Industries facility in Fayette after signing a five-year lease-transfer agreement of the property to UIU on Wednesday, April 12.

 

UIU and Ideal Industries lease-transfer agreement

 

 

An agreement between Upper Iowa University (UIU) and Ideal Industries will soon provide UIU faculty, staff and students approximately 30,000 sq. ft. of additional classroom and office space at its Campus in Fayette, Iowa. UIU President William R. Duffy and Ideal Industries President/CEO Patrick C. Lyons signed a five-year lease-transfer agreement of Ideal’s Fayette facility to UIU on Wednesday, April 12. In addition to the large building, the agreement includes the lease-transfer of the six-acre property located just south of UIU’s Fayette Campus.

Wed
19
Apr

Assessed values in county rise 5.6 percent

Assessed values in county rise 5.6 percent

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

Assessed values on residential properties, used to determine the amount of property tax someone would pay, rose approximately 5.6 percent this year across Fayette County. 

That doesn’t mean everyone saw a 5.6 percent increase; rather, the increase or decrease varied based upon an individual’s property. The property taxes based on these new assessments won’t be paid until fall 2018 and spring 2019. 

Wed
19
Apr

Koester continues to beat the odds

 

Kenneth and Carolyn Koester (l-r) were married on Aug. 26, 1967. The couple have two sons, Kenneth and Michael. Carolyn was diagnosed with scleroderma in 1993 and has had myriad health issues over the last several years.  (Chris DeBack photo)

 

Koester continues to beat the odds

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

Carolyn Koester doesn’t want to be called an inspiration.

“[My friends at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Eldorado] tell me I’m an inspiration,” she said. “I have never tried to be anyone's inspiration. I have just been me; I just live my life.”

However, it's hard not to be inspired by this courageous, tough as nails woman.

Wed
12
Apr

A perfect example of community pride

 

Turkey Valley Community School, located in Jackson Junction, has an enrollment of approximately 350 students. In a day and age where many rural school districts are struggling to make ends meet, the Trojan community rallied to raise over $60,000 at a recent Turkey Valley Education Foundation-sponsored gala. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

A perfect example of community pride

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

 

It all started in 2009 when the Turkey Valley Education Foundation was established to help provide additional funding for the Turkey Valley Community School District. 

The organization started an annual gala event that same year to help contribute to additional learning devices for students at the school. This year, the event raised more money than any other year, surpassing $60,000.

“We actually expected to see a decline this year, with the overall and farming economy down,” explained four-year board member Nancy Franzen. “We ended up selling 297 tickets and greatly surpassed our expectations, estimated to be between $60,000 and $65,000.”

Wed
12
Apr

Recreation Department kicking off new season

 

The South Winneshiek Recreation Department’s youth soccer league is off to a strong start. In its inaugural season, over 160 preschoolers through sixth-graders have signed up to play on Saturday mornings in Ossian, which greatly exceeded expectations. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

Recreation Department kicking off new season

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

One year ago, the South Winneshiek Recreation Department did not exist. In the past 12 months, the program was officially established, a program director was hired, and the fun began. 

While the Rec Department established several familiar programs like basketball, flag football, baseball, and softball, it also looked to introduce new sports and activities.

Wed
12
Apr

Agreements questioned at Elgin council meeting

Agreements questioned at Elgin council meeting

 

 

Brian Smith
Contributing Writer
bsmith@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

Significant discussion regarding a 28E agreement and a lease agreement between the City of Elgin and some county organizations took place at the Elgin City Council meeting on Monday evening.

   The discussion took place during the early part of the meeting when the payment of bills is typically discussed and either approved or not approved. Councilmember Ron Hills questioned whether the City is responsible for maintenance of a road that leads back to the City lagoon.

Wed
12
Apr

Montauk named a top-3 historical site

 

Wade Schott, Montauk Historic Site curator, displays a top-three finalist certificate for the People’s Choice Site of the Year award. Montauk is a Silos & Smokestack National Heritage Area. (Chris DeBack photo)

 

Montauk named a top-3 historical site

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

Montauk Historic Site in Clermont, a Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area, was recognized on Monday, April 3, as a top-three finisher for the People's Choice Site of the Year award.

Putnam Museum in Davenport was the overall winner of the People’s Choice Site of the Year award, but finishing in the top three is still quite an achievement for rural Clermont historic site. 

“It was an honor to even be nominated. It means someone appreciates you,” said Wade Schott, Montauk Historic Site curator. “To go on and finish in the top three out of this year’s nominees is quite an accomplishment. It shows that our work doesn’t go unnoticed, that the public is aware that we are here and they support us.” 

Approximately 5,000 people visit Clermont’s Montauk Historic Site, Union Sunday School and the Clermont Historical Museum each year. 

Wed
12
Apr

A laugh to benefit the Hawkeye Community Hall

 

 

 

 

A laugh to benefit the Hawkeye Community Hall

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

What do you get when you combine stand-up comedy with a magic show? The Dirty Jokes & Magic Tricks Show on Friday, April 28, at the Hawkeye Community Hall in Hawkeye. 

Proceeds from the event will go to future renovations of the Hawkeye Community Hall. 

This isn’t your average comedy and magic show with stand-up comedian Jeremy “The Mighty Jer-Dog” Danley and R-rated magician Nathan “The Maniac of Magic” Allen. 

Wed
12
Apr

Final day of school June 2

Final day of school June 2

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

On Monday, April 10, at the regular meeting of the North Fayette school board, the last day of school this year for all students, excluding seniors, was approved for Friday, June 2. 

The seniors’ last day will be Wednesday, May 24, two days before graduation on Friday, May 26. According to Duane Willhite, North Fayette and Valley shared superintendent, the school district has 6.75 extra hours available in the schedule; with a school day only being 6.5, it can waive the final day. 

Pages

Subscribe to RSS - News
Comment Here