East Marshall High School junior Melinda Puumala is working to ensure as many children at University of Iowa Stead Children’s Hospital as possible get a stuffed animal this holiday season. Her booth will be set up at Miller Middle School from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, to collect donations during Upward basketball activities.

Delivering joy

Todays News

MONTOUR — The holiday season is in full swing, and many children and families are looking forward to spending time at home together; however, many children will spend the time in a hospital room, and one East Marshall High School student wants to bring them joy this Christmas. “I don’t ...

Daily Record, Dec. 8, 2017

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Marshall County Courthouse Court Thursday • Rean Allen Webb, of Garwin, made an initial appearance on a theft-second degree charge. The public defender’s office is appointed as counsel. The preliminary hearing is scheduled at 1 p.m. on Dec. 15. Bond is set at $5,000 cash or ...

President Donald Trump speaks before a meeting with congressional leaders including Vice President Mike Pence, House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis., House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif., Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of N.Y., Defense Secretary Jim Mattis in the Oval Office of the White House, Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Congress averts shutdown

Money & Markets

WASHINGTON — Congress on Thursday passed a stopgap spending bill to prevent a government shutdown this weekend and buy time for challenging talks on a wide range of unfinished business on Capitol Hill. The shutdown reprieve came as all sides issued optimistic takes on an afternoon White House ...

Bada bing! New Jersey whacks ‘Sopranos’ strip club


LODI, N.J. — A New Jersey strip club that served as a favorite hangout for fictional mobsters in HBO's "The Sopranos" has been ordered to shut down as authorities investigate possible real-life crimes. Scenes at the show's fictional Bada Bing club were shot inside Satin Dolls in Lodi. On ...


T-R launches new job board

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The Times-Republican has long been the leading publication for job seekers in Central Iowa. The newspaper has launched a new jobs website with cutting edge job-matching technology and targeted network distribution powered by, a nationally-known ...


Combatting head lice

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Itchy, tickly, uncomfortable. That’s how many who know the displeasure of hosting head lice on their scalp would describe the experience; however, the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH), the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the National Association of School Nurses (NASN) say the ...

Kelley Johnson, 25, was recently crowned Miss California USA. Previously, she was named Miss Colorado 2015, and competed in the Miss Iowa pageant in 2014. Her uncle Gordie Johnson resides in Marshalltown, along with grandmother Ruth Johnson. She is the granddaughter of the late Cecil Johnson, the founder of Cecil’s Cafe. An R.N., she is currently working on her doctorate degree.

Kelley Johnson crowned Miss California USA

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LONG BEACH, Calif. — Kelley Johnson, 25, has made a name for herself in the pageant system not only in Iowa, but in Colorado and California. The granddaughter of the late Cecil Johnson of Cecil’s Cafe, she was recently named Miss California USA 2018, in a ceremony which took place at the ...


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Winterset • The Winterset School District recently hosted three international visitors from Kosovo for the purpose of learning about the vocational programming in Winterset. Some highlights of the vocational program offerings include Certified Nurses Aid, advanced Nurses Aide, Emergency ...

The Miller Middle School gymnasium buzzed with students and parents enjoying Family Coding Night Wednesday, with several coding and robotics activities led by students. This is the second year of the event held as part of the national Computer Science Education Week.

The code for success

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For the second year in a row, students and their families streamed into the Miller Middle School gym to enjoy activities in robotics, computer programming and more for Family Coding Night Wednesday. “I think the biggest thing that we want the families to understand is what we are doing in ...

Daily Record, Dec. 7, 2017

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Marshall County Courthouse Court Wednesday • Arniobis Pineda Perez made an initial appearance through a Spanish interpreter on a driving while barred charge, a reckless driving charge, a driving under suspension charge, a no dimming of headlamps when required charge, a no valid ...

Lawmakers cut back bills aimed at underfunded retiree plans

Money & Markets

LANSING, Mich. — The Republican-led Legislature was poised late Wednesday to vote on legislation aimed at addressing underfunded municipal retirement plans, after deciding to abandon contentious proposals including state intervention in communities that were unwilling or unable to better ...

Le Grand native Darrell Lawson proudly poses with his medals earned while in Vietnam in the 1960s. Lawson was badly wounded in a roadside bomb explosion and suffers the effects of it to this day.

Split second changed Lawson’s life

Todays News

Editor’s note: This is the latest in an ongoing series of articles profiling those who have ever served in the U.S. military, be it overseas or stateside. Every Thursday, a new profile will be published in the T-R. Marshalltown veteran Darrell Lawson experienced a life-changing experience ...

“Elf, Jr.” the musical opens Saturday at the Martha-Ellen Tye Playhouse, put on by young thespians through the Marshalltown Community Theatre. Twenty children, ages 8-15, appear in the show. Showtimes are Dec. 9 and 16 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 10 and 17 at 2 p.m.

‘Elf, Jr.’ opens Saturday

Todays News

What happens when a young child named Buddy accidently crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is taken to the North Pole, and is then raised by elves? What happens when he discovers he is different from the others and wants to travel to New York to meet his birth father? These are questions ...

Getting food and supplies

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With the holidays fast approaching, area agencies will be limiting hours and services. The House of Compassion’s office and Supply Closet, located at 211 W. Church St., will be closed from Dec. 22 through Jan. 1. People need to pick up supplies by the end of the day on Dec. 21. Its soup ...

Gently-used shoes, clothes, toys and more were donated to the Holiday Service Project drop-off Tuesday evening at Trinity Lutheran Church. The church will also host the next drop-off, set for 4-5:30 p.m. Dec. 13.

‘Giving from our heart’

Todays News

For some Central Iowa children and families in need, the idea of unwrapping a gifts on Christmas morning may seem out of reach; this year, one project is focused on getting gifts under as many Christmas trees as possible. “We’re just calling it a Holiday Service Project,” said ...

Daily Record, Dec. 6, 2017

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Marshall County Courthouse Court Tuesday • Richard Lee Shogren made an initial appearance on a warrant charging him with domestic abuse assault-second offense. Jeff Hazen is appointed as counsel. The preliminary hearing is scheduled at 1 p.m. on Dec. 21. Shogren is released with ...

US homeless count rises, pushed by crisis on the West Coast

Money & Markets

LOS ANGELES — The nation's homeless population increased this year for the first time since 2010, driven by a surge in the number of people living on the streets in Los Angeles and other West Coast cities. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development released its annual Point in ...

dog and santa web

A tail-wagging good time

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The third annual Pet Night With Santa was held Tuesday evening at the Marshalltown Mall. Fury friends of all breeds and sizes got to meet Santa Claus and get their picture taken with him. Sponsored by Lori and Todd Egleston, proceeds from the sale of the photos and related memorabilia (snow ...

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Cold and flu season is upon us

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With winter temperatures now upon us, colds, the flu, coughs, stomach bugs and more are impacting Central Iowans. While the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) suggests getting your flu shot as early as October, it is not too late to do so now. Reports of influenza are sporadic in Iowa, but are ...

Gifts sought for veterans

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TIMES-REPUBLICAN The Iowa Veterans Home has names of some residents who have Christmas gift needs who are not included in the Adopt-A-Vet program. Those who would like to purchase a gift for any of these residents should contact IVH Volunteer Coordinator Aimee Deimerly at (641) 753-4406 or ...