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Rosalie Busta plays flute in the high school concert band.
The advantages of being a small school? Turkey Valley was able to distance its entire concert band — 16 members strong — when the school held its POPS Concert last Thursday. Choir members also performed, but with face masks on, guidelines didn’t require distancing. Save for the percussion section,...
The Chickasaw County Board of Supervisors — in somewhat of a surprise — last week approved the maximum tax levy it will be able to set for the 2021-22 fiscal year that begins on July 1. Although the levy rate will actually drop, the county will receive 3.65 percent more from local property owners...
When Judy Knoll walked out of the New Hampton Public Library late Thursday afternoon, she was ready. She was primed for retirement, but that doesn’t mean the longest-tenured library employee didn’t feel a twinge of sadness. “It’s time, and I’m ready, or at least I think I am,” Knoll said with a...
The new Chickasaw County Ambulance Council moved closer to reaching an agreement with the Chickasaw Ambulance Service during a lengthy meeting Tuesday, just one day after a number of city councils, including Nashua’s, rejected a proposal made by the service. The two sides compromised on a number of...
Micah Johnson and Kendall Larsen enjoy their snacks as their fathers — Drew Johnson and Colin Larsen chat at the Father-Daughter Dinner and Dance.
They came dressed to the hilt. The girls shined in their dresses and showed off their corsages to their friends, other dads and, yes, complete strangers. The dads showed that they clean up very well, too. They broke out the ties, the sweaters and sport coats. In other words, it was your typical...
Keith Tuner mulled over the decision this past fall, made his choice in December and now two local school districts — Nashua-Plainfield and Rockford — are searching for a new superintendent. “I’ve been eligible to take retirement for several years, and I played around in my mind with it this fall....
Three Chickasaw County departments were “dinged” by a special audit conducted by the state of Iowa, but county officials said many of the issues found in the audit released last week have already been resolved. Iowa State Auditor Rob Sand released the report on Friday, and he wrote that the...
The phone call that came in on Thursday to Chickasaw Public Health and Homecare Services was a, in a word, stunner. On the line was the Iowa Department of Public Health and the message was curt: You’re not getting any COVID-19 vaccines next week. “It was just shocking,” Public Health Administrator...
Break out the shorts and the flip-flops, a heat wave is on the way. It’s right there in the National Weather Service forecast for Chickasaw County. Sunday: A 20 percent chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 30. South wind 6 to 10 mph becoming west in the afternoon. And already, we’re...
The New Hampton City Council last week approved the recommendation from the Hotel/Motel Tax Committee to distribute $25,000 in grants to non-profit organizations and events for the upcoming year. The committee met the week before and made its recommendation, and although members said “no” to one...

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