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A gardener and avid reader, Marshalltown School Board President Bea Niblock said stability on the board will be important going forward. The candidate said she wants to continue finding ways to increase student achievement and improve the district.

An ‘ability to listen’

By ADAM SODDERS TIMES-REPUBLICAN Editor’s note: This is the last in a five-part series of interviews with the five candidates vying for a seat on the Marshalltown School Board. After decades of working as a school principal and educator, Marshalltown School Board President Bea Niblock ...

Bid issue with Phase II

A second round of public bids has come in on Phase II of the Marshalltown High School Roundhouse project, and one construction company took issue with the district’s bidding process at Monday’s Marshalltown School Board meeting. “We’re here because Garling (Construction Inc.) and Mr. ...

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Marshalltown Schools administrators and staff starred in a welcome back Karaoke video released Monday ahead of the beginning of the 2017-18 school year on Wednesday. It stars, from back to front: Shea Hill, Creighton Jenness (as Bobby the Bobcat), Becky Jacobson, Jocelyn Frohwein, Dee Burt, Dr. Lisa Stevenson and Dr. Theron Schutte. Not pictured: Anthony Spurgetis and Pam Brewer-Michael.

Staff welcomed back with Karaoke

“It was kind of a take off of the carpool Karaoke things the late night shows do, our little spin on it.” Marshalltown Schools Communications Director Andrew Potter got to take on a filmmaker role as district Superintendent Dr. Theron Schutte, Director of Instruction Lisa Stevenson and ...

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MHS National Anthem Singers entertain educators

Members of the Marshalltown High School National Anthem Singers performed Monday before educators at the Marshalltown High School/Community Auditorium. From left to right are Olivia Stone, Hadley Wagner, Lucas Thiessen, Carissa King and faculty member Amy Ose. Attendees enjoyed a video ...

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A rockin’ donation

The Historical Society of Marshall County is frequently gifted with mementos of local interest. Recently, Jerol and JoAnn Larsen donated several items of antiquity for use in the museum’s children’s display area, including a baby bassinet and stand, and several wooden rocking horses.

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Safety first

The Marshall County Sheriff’s Office and the Marshalltown Police Department joined forces over the weekend install car seats during the Central Iowa Safe Kids Coalition child car seat safety event in the parking lot of Hy-Vee. The MCSO’s and the MPD’s certified car seat safety technicians ...

The moon partially blocks out the sun as a solar eclipse is seen through the clouds over the Gateway Arch Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, in St. Louis. The Gateway Arch was just a few miles outside of the path of totality. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Eclipse!

The moon partially blocks out the sun as a solar eclipse is seen through the clouds over the Gateway Arch Monday, in St. Louis. The Gateway Arch was just a few miles outside of the path of totality.

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Marshalltown School Board member Mike Miller said it was a sense of slipping pride in the district that first motivated him to put his name in for selection. He said the number of families open enrolling out of the district concerns him, and he wants to “differentiate” Marshalltown positively from surrounding districts.

‘Differentiating’ Marshalltown

Editor’s note: This is the fourth in a five-part series of interviews with the five candidates vying for a seat on the Marshalltown School Board. “I think pride in our school district is foundational to pride in our town.” Marshalltown School Board member Mike Miller is running to keep ...

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Making dresses, building friendships

Running water, clean clothes for each day of the week, air conditioning, and the peace of mind of knowing where your next meal is coming from. These are luxuries most Americans enjoy, but for many impoverished people in Uganda, particularly children, just having one clean outfit they can call ...

UnityPoint Health-Marshalltown Foundation President Kathy McCune addresses a standing-room only crowd Aug. 16, at the “Lights, Sirens, Keep Them Rolling” theme-event at Elmwood Country Club. McCune urged attendees to enthusiastically support an initiative to raise $190,000 for a new ambulance.

Local hospital foundation seeks $190K for new ambulance

UnityPoint Health-Marshalltown Foundation was back in action under its new name Aug. 16, to a full house at Elmwood Country Club. With a goal of $190,000 for a new ambulance, the Foundation launched its 2017 annual campaign, “Lights and Sirens— Keep Them Rolling” with more than $70,000 ...

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State Fair fun

AT LEFT: Vachel and Georgia White, of Rhodes, ride the Giant Slide at the Iowa State Fair. ABOVE: Jorge and Connor Sanchez, of Marshalltown, go on a ride at the fair.

School board candidate Karina Hernández has been involved with Marshalltown Schools as a parent and an ELL tutor, and now she works with district children and families through programs like Rogers University, Pre-K Camp, Munch and More, and at the high school’s 4-H leadership club

Involvement with an impact

By ADAM SODDERS TIMES-REPUBLICAN Editor’s note: This is the third in a five-part series of interviews with the five candidates vying for a seat on the Marshalltown School Board. It wasn’t long after starting work at Marshalltown Schools 19 years ago that Marshalltown School Board ...

‘Free speech rally’ cut short after massive counterprotest

BOSTON — Thousands of demonstrators chanting anti-Nazi slogans converged Saturday on downtown Boston in a boisterous repudiation of white nationalism, dwarfing a small group of conservatives who cut short their planned "free speech rally" a week after a gathering of hate groups led to ...

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Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Morris stopped by a Marshalltown home Saturday afternoon to discuss his vision for the state.

Norris brings message to Marshalltown

“If we can connect with Iowans around the values that we care about and a policy agenda that gives hope to working families for a better future, we will earn the right to govern this state.” That was the message shared by Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Norris Saturday afternoon ...

Eclipse preparation

Julie Schossow is a certified optician. Joa LaVille a librarian. Jim Bonser an amateur astronomer. While the three have different occupations and hobbies, what they have in common is more than passing interest in Monday’s rare solar eclipse in which the path of totality — where the sun ...

Suspect in killings of 2 Florida officers arrested at bar

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — A police officer in Florida died from his injuries Saturday, a day after his colleague was killed when a suspect fired at them during a scuffle while they were on patrol. The suspect was later arrested at a bar. Sgt. Sam Howard died Saturday afternoon at a hospital ...

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Ben Fletcher said public service is one of his callings, adding he put his name in for selection to the board in 2016 because he wanted to make a positive impact on the community. An Emerson product manager, Fletcher said he takes a practical, engineer-like approach to problem-solving as a board member.

‘Another perspective’

Editor’s note: This is the second in a five-part series of interviews with the five candidates vying for a seat on the Marshalltown School Board. “I try to look at myself as a problem-solver.” With a background in engineering and a motivation for public service, Marshalltown School ...

FILE - In this June 12, 2017 file photo, White House Senior Advisers Steve Bannon, left, and Adviser Jared Kushner attend a Cabinet meeting with President Donald Trump in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington. According to a source, Bannon is leaving White House post. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Bannon is out at White House

WASHINGTON (AP) — Steve Bannon, the blunt-spoken and divisive strategist who rose from Donald Trump's conservative campaign to a top White House post, was pushed out by the president Friday, capping a turbulent seven months marked by the departure of much of Trump's original senior ...

FILE - In this March 30, 2015, file photo, Marines of South Korea, right and the U.S aim their weapons near amphibious assault vehicles during the U.S.-South Korea joint landing military exercises as a part of the annual joint military exercise Foal Eagle between South Korea and the United States in Pohang, South Korea. America’s annual joint military exercises with South Korea always frustrate North Korea. The war games set to begin Monday, Aug. 21, 2017 may hold more potential to provoke than ever, given President Donald Trump’s “fire and fury” threats and Pyongyang’s as-yet-unpursued plan to launch missiles close to Guam. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man, File)

A look at US-S. Korea war games and how North might respond

SEOUL, South Korea — America's annual joint military exercises with South Korea always frustrate North Korea. The war games set to begin Monday may hold more potential to provoke than ever, given President Donald Trump's "fire and fury" threats and Pyongyang's as-yet-unpursued plan to launch ...

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Attorney Laura Eilers of Peglow, O’Hare and See said she is prepared for the responsibility of being a Marshalltown School Board member if she’s elected on Sept. 12. She said her work as an attorney has familiarized her with some of the issues district families and students deal with.

A committed candidate

Editor’s note: This is the first in a five-part series of interviews with the five candidates vying for a seat on the Marshalltown School Board. “I stay pretty committed to anything I get involved with.” Laura Eilers said she would be a good addition to the Marshalltown School Board, ...