Marshalltown, IA

Targeted prank: ‘Coming soon’ sign for Target in Iowa city was hoax

MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa — A central Iowa city was the target of quite a prank. Residents in Marshalltown were greeted with a sign touting a new Target store, KCCI-TV reported. While the retail giant’s name was not on the “Coming Soon!” sign, its distinctive logo led citizens to believe that Target was coming to town at the site that once housed the UnityPoint Health facility.
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Shirley Ann Williams Franklin

Shirley Ann Williams Franklin, of The Willows of Marshalltown, and formerly of Tama, passed away on Wednesday, August 10th, 2022 after a short illness. Shirley was born on December 15, 1928, in Columbus, Ohio, to Mervin Williams and Marie Stahl Williams. After spending her childhood there, she moved to St. Petersburg, Florida, with her parents and sister, where she graduated from high school. She married her childhood sweetheart, Ralph Franklin, and returned to Ohio with him, where they went to college and started their family. After residing in Ohio, Michigan and Texas, Shirley settled in Tama, Iowa, with Ralph and their family. After receiving her teaching degree from the University of Northern Iowa, she taught and loved teaching for many years. She was especially proud of the work of her students writing a bill to help preserve native prairie remnants, and was able to take her class to the Iowa State House to witness the governor signing it into law.

Reigion 6 requests housing trust fund contribution from county supervisors

Marty Wymore, the executive director for Region 6 Resource Partners for the past 32 years, proposed Resolution No. 8-15-2022A, to approve the Region 6 Housing Trust Fund Tama County Cash Contribution, to the Tama County Board of Supervisors on Monday. The state is increasing the funding for low-income housing by 25% for the next few years, with funding in 2022 set at $11.2 million. Tama County will receive $76,000 from this state fund. Region 6 will be eligible for up to $414,000 to help lower-income families with home improvements, emergency repairs of their domicile, and affordable rental projects in the area. One such upcoming project is in downtown Toledo at 134 High St. on the corner of Broadway and High. Region 6 contributed $100,000 to this project, and the state contributed an additional $300,000.

Letter to the Editor: Unethical treatment of animals at C&M Circus

The C&M Circus (Culpepper and Merriweather) is coming to Dysart on Aug 24 and Toledo on Aug 25 and traveling through other Iowa towns. This circus company was cited by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for failing to provide the animals with appropriate veterinary care, nourishment, shelter from the elements, and handling. In addition, USDA had confiscated an underweight tiger cub from the circus. And its license was suspended for six months by an administrative law judge.

Summer Reading is over for 2022

Here are our winners! The Grand Prize of 4 Adventureland Tickets went to Hailey Lyon. Hailey’s pin was the closest to the hidden picture on the bulletin board. The guessing jar Prizes: Closest guess by a boy was made by Jasper Zeman, who guessed 740, and the closest guess by a girl was a tie between Estella & Susanna Betz, who both guessed 800. There were 731 cotton balls in the jar. This year the kids read, logged, and turned in 70,320 minutes which earned 112 free books for kids and 1172 small prizes. Thanks to all our Great Super Sponsors and volunteers that made it all possible! Kruse-Phillips Funeral Home, Williams Manufacturing, Inc., OK Tire, State Bank of Toledo, El Gallito, Fraternal Order of Eagles, FOE Ladies Auxiliary.

Citizens of Tama County ask for more supervisors

Linda Mueller, a 44-year resident of Tama, presented the Tama County Board of Supervisors with a petition to increase the number of board member seats. The petition was started by a group of citizens wanting “better representation” in their county government. They hope to see this measure on the November ballot for consideration by voters. Citizens of all towns in Tama County compiled 1,154 signatures to present to the Tama County Auditor, exceeding the required 908 approved signatures. The petition reads as follows: “In accordance with the Section 331.203 of the Iowa Code, we, the undersigned residents of Tama County, Iowa, hereby petition the Board of Supervisors of Tama County to increase the number of supervisors from three to five.”

Iowa man arrested, charged for Grundy County house fire

GRUNDY COUNTY, Iowa — An Iowa man has been arrested and charged with Arson for a Conrad house fire that occurred Tuesday night. The Grundy County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a house fire at 11:17 p.m. in the 100 block of Washington Street. When first responders arrived there was no one inside […]

Keller, Silhanek represent Tama Co. in 4-H National Shooting Sports

Iowa delegates competed in a variety of disciplines at the 2022 4-H Shooting Sports National Championships in Grand Island, Nebraska, June 26-July 1. About 700 4-H youth from 39 states competed in compound archery, recurve archery, air rifle, air pistol, .22 rifle, .22 pistol, shotgun, muzzleloading and hunting skills. The...

School district welcomes 43 new teachers to Newton

By the start of the 2022-2023 school year, the Newton Community School District will have filled all but a small handful of teaching positions after hiring 43 new educators. Each one was recognized at the Greater Newton Area Chamber of Commerce’s New Teacher Luncheon on Aug. 10 at DMACC Newton Campus.

Man arrested after fire in Conrad ruled an arson; pet killed in fire

Just weeks after the death of a Missouri resident in Iowa due to a brain-eating amoeba, health officials are now investigating the death of a child in Douglas County, Nebraska, just across the border from Council Bluffs. Kaj O'Mara introduces one of this fall's Kid Captains at the 25th Annual...

Iowa State fair with a local flair

From swine to sheep to sewing – and seemingly everything in-between – 4-H and FFA members from across Tama and Grundy counties are well-represented this year at the Iowa State Fair. The Sun Courier’s state fair photos are merely a small sampling of both the livestock entries and static projects from hard-working kids in our area this year. The Iowa State Fair runs through this Sunday, August 21. There’s still time – ‘Don’t miss it, don’t even be late!’

New obstetrics provider joins Grinnell OBGYN Clinic

UnityPoint Health® – Grinnell Obstetrics and Gynecology (OBGYN) Clinic welcomes new OBGYN provider, Abby Flannagan, DO. She will see patients on the third floor of the Ahrens Medical Arts Building at 202 4th Avenue in Grinnell, adjacent to Grinnell Regional Medical Center. Dr. Flannagan joins Elizabeth Tigges, DO, Zoe Zaret, MD, and Josie Rutherford, CNM in the Grinnell OBGYN Clinic practice.

Pollinators: Tama County Women, Land & Legacy to host an upcoming event

Join Tama County Women, Land & Legacy for its upcoming event, “Pollinators: Farmstead to Field.” It will be held on Monday, August 29, at 2682 N Avenue in rural Toledo, approximately one mile north of the entrance to Otter Creek Park. The event will begin at 6:00 p.m. Since this is an outdoor event, a raindate is scheduled for August 31 at the same time and location. “Pasture-appropriate” footwear and clothing are recommended for uneven terrain and tall vegetation.

Newton care facility is cited for drug errors, COVID-19 violations, lack of staff

A central Iowa nursing home has been cited for a wide range of problems, including medication errors, COVID-19 violations, insufficient staffing and food that had been expired for three years or more. The Newton Health Care Center in Jasper County was inspected by state officials in June as part of a routine, annual recertification process. […] The post Newton care facility is cited for drug errors, COVID-19 violations, lack of staff appeared first on Iowa Capital Dispatch.