Todays News

Local experts talk about invasive species

Though they may not be on everyone’s mind, invasive species surround everyone. Marshall County has an almost uncountable amount of invasive species of plants and animals. Here are 10 to know about. An “invasive species” is defined as a species that is non-native (or alien) to the ...

A DAY IN THE LIFE — Social worker

Editor’s note: This is part of a weekly series spotlighting various professionals in our community, highlighting the impact of their work. Have an idea for the series? Email sjordan@timesrepublican.com Everyone needs a voice. Sam Fox, youth specialist at YSS of Marshall County, is a voice ...

Police: 4 family members shot, killed in West Des Moines

WEST DES MOINES, — Relatives discovered the bodies of four family members, including two children, with gunshot wounds at their home in central Iowa, police said. The bodies were discovered Saturday morning at the home in West Des Moines, The Des Moines Register reported . Authorities ...

Iconic World War II posters donated to Iowa Veterans Home

When Mary Middelkoop of Marshalltown was sorting through her mother’s belongings in 2007, she came upon boxes filled with family mementos and World War II memorabilia. “When my mother went into a nursing home in 2007, I put most of her things in my basement,” MiddelKoop said. “My ...

Marshalltown teachers cite various reasons for uptick in resignations

The number of Marshalltown Schools teachers who announced their resignations since January is more than double the number of teachers who did the same last year. In all, 29 teachers have announced their resignations from the district since January, compared to 13 last year and 17 in 2017 over ...

Census says more than 60% of US men are fathers

ORLANDO, Fla. — Fathers in the U.S. tend to be better educated than men without children, and relatively few men have children over age 40. These are some of the conclusions in a report released this week by the U.S. Census Bureau, just in time for Father’s Day. The data in the report ...

Family fun abounds at Rose Fest

STATE CENTER — The 61st Annual State Center Rose Festival drew droves from all over Marshall County to witness the grand parade, kids’ activities, car show, fireworks and more. The festival kicked off Thursday with “Paint the Town Roses” and the results could be seen along Main Street ...

About 8,000 without power in Marshalltown area

Powerful wind and thunderstorms late Saturday afternoon knocked out power for thousands of Marshalltown residents. In the Marshalltown area, Justin Foss of Alliant Energy said about 7,000 to 8,000 customers lost power Saturday afternoon and evening. He said much of the damage was caused by ...

Development plan for West End Park approved

The Marshalltown city council and 13th Street District see a bright future ahead for West End Park. At 4.9 acres, it is smaller than Riverside Park and Anson Park. Regardless, West End Park has futsal courts not found at Riverside Park or Anson Park. West End Park is popular in the ...

Marshalltown Little League board president to retire at end of season

Since 1965, Marshalltown has had a Little League. Its mission is to make sure every kid in Marshalltown who wants to play baseball can do so, regardless of socio-economic status or abilities. But with the impending retirement of volunteer board president Tim Kuehner, the future of the league is ...

Marshalltown digital learning plan focuses on teaching with tech

Several months of planning led to the creation of a digital learning plan for Marshalltown Schools, and school leaders said the plan will benefit students, teachers and administrators. The plan focuses on promoting technology use among students, instructing teachers on how to best use ...

Rep. Finkenauer visits Marshalltown hospital, talks new bill

U.S. Rep. Abby Finkenauer is helping introduce legislation meant to curb physician shortage in hospitals across Iowa and the United States. The Conrad State 30 and Physicians Act is aimed at increasing Medicare reimbursements to rural communities like many in Iowa and on making it easier for ...

Community loses ‘great soul’

Moon Jean Chaplin’s Facebook page was flooded with loving, caring posts after news of her death was shared Thursday morning. Chaplin was well known for her local business ventures, from the Luniverse shop to Life Connections. She was known for her musical pursuits, including the groups Moon ...

Times-Republican employee stops man from assaulting woman

A Times-Republican employee stopped a man from assaulting a woman near the First United Methodist Church late Thursday morning. Sandy Scott said he was in a company truck on his way to Newton with a delivery when he saw a man forcefully throw a woman to the ground near the church. “He ...

Marshalltown Police investigating drive-by shooting

The Marshalltown Police Department have detained two suspects after an early morning drive-by shooting Thursday. Jeremy Lavender, 33, of Marshalltown and Stevie Lavender, 30, of Marshalltown both face charges from the incident. A caller reported that a subject had driven by him in a vehicle ...

Man charged with sex abuse second offense

An Albion man has been charged with third degree sex abuse - second offense, a Class A felony, according to a criminal complaint and affidavit filed in Marshall County District Court. Capt. Brian Batterson of the Marshalltown Police Department said the victim’s parents complained to the ...

Man arrested by sheriff on substance abuse warrants

A Marshalltown man was arrested by the Marshall County Sheriff’s office on warrants stemming from a 2017 incident involving the Mid-Iowa Drug Task Force, according to criminal complaints and affidavits filed in Marshall County District Court. Eduardo Luis Soto, 30, was charged with ...

Hampton Inn & Suites celebrates renovations

The Hampton Inn & Suites of Marshalltown re-opened Thursday with a crowd of about 30 onlookers present. The staff and members of the Chambers of Commerce held the ribbon cutting ceremony. Dan Moellers, chair of the Chamber Board of Directors, handed Liz Wilke, general manager of the ...

Preparing for Rose Festival

Youngsters pretty up Main Street in State Center during Paint the Town Roses in preparation for Rose Festival activities today, Saturday and Sunday.