Todays News

From MHS to Hollywood

The late actress Jean Seberg, actress Mary Beth Hurt, and actor Toby Huss put Marshalltown on the map with their thespian skills. But now consider director Joseph Kosinski, a former resident who has developed a solid reputation working on the other side of the camera. Kosinski spoke to ...

Kindergartner is a friend to all

Grace Moeller, 5, is a personable, hardworking young pupil at St. Francis Catholic School. Her favorite activity to do in kindergarten is coloring. She also enjoys reading. “She is at grade level and above,” said teacher Rose Freese. “She has a zest for learning, and I feel she always ...

Lending support to mothers

Fellowship. Food. Discussion. Support. Encouragement. All elements to be found in MUGGS (Mothers Under God’s Grace & Strength), a free, interdenominational Christian-based support group for moms. “Our group started in January 2006, after a group of moms that attended a women’s ...

Man arrested after car chase

TIMES-REPUBLICAN STATE CENTER — It started out as a car chase, but it was teamwork among three different law enforcement agencies that helped authorities capture a suspect over the weekend. According to State Center Police Chief Jeff Bunn, an officer with his department was conducting a ...

Making a name for himself

MELBOURNE — Writing, directing, producing and editing films are not new to 19-year-old Cole Needham, but he said his latest short movie, ‘Priorities,’ is a major step in his journey in the industry. “It’s a short film with about a seven-minute run time; it takes place in Des Moines, ...

Gutekunst Public Library to double in size

STATE CENTER — It’s been a long, yet rewarding journey, for the staff at the Gutekunst Public Library, as the building’s renovation project nears 70 percent completion. Ground was broken at the site back on April 17, 2017, when work began on the $1.3 million dollar building project, ...

From Puerto Rico to Iowa

TIMES-REPUBLICAN It has been over three months since Hurricane Maria wreaked havoc on the island of Puerto Rico in the Caribbean Sea, and some families from the island found their way to Marshalltown late last year. “[It was] ugly, but it wasn’t so ugly in the center part of the ...

State Roundup

Mount Vernon • Mount Vernon High School students and others in the community will be afforded an opportunity for a conversation about race and diversity. The high school is hosting CARE (Connect, Absorb, Respond, Empower) Conference on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Jan. 15. More than 20 ...

No school, no problem

When inclement weather happens and local schools decide to cancel, parents can be left without proper last-minute childcare options. That’s where the Marshalltown YMCA-YWCA comes in. For the last few years, the Y has offered special “Emergency Weather Days” camp for youngsters K-6, with ...

First week update in Des Moines

DES MOINES — The first week of the 2018 legislative session is wrapping up at the State Capitol Building, and local lawmakers shared their thoughts on the opening week of the 87th General Assembly. “The speeches are done, the information is given out about the governor’s approach to ...

Prime beef

ALBION — Each year the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association honors an outstanding commercial cattle producer who has “given their all” to make the industry the best it can be. The 2017 recipients of this honor is Jeff and Christy Hibbs of Albion. Criteria for the award is that the producer ...

Trump: Why allow immigrants from ‘shithole countries’

WASHINGTON — In bluntly vulgar language, President Donald Trump questioned Thursday why the U.S. would accept more immigrants from Haiti and "shithole countries" in Africa rather than places like Norway, as he rejected a bipartisan immigration deal, according to people briefed on the ...

A theater update

Live music, comedy shows, wine tasting and many other cultural experiences come to Marshalltown via the Iowa Valley Community College District (IVCCD) Orpheum Theater Center, and the IVCCD Board of Directors heard an update on the facility Wednesday. “I think that there are positive signs ...

A day of learning

ABOVE: Youngsters in fourth- and fifth-grade science class got to do a hands-on experiment to learn about stomach acid and digestion Wednesday afternoon at the Marshalltown Christian School. Instructor Lindsey Lawrence had her pupils dissolve whole and partial breath mints in jars filled with ...

Second house fire in one day

TIMES-REPUBLICAN The Marshalltown Fire Department responded to a second house fire on the same day. According to the MFD, at 8:06 p.m. Tuesday, firefighters responded to 537 N. 2nd St. for a reported house fire. On arrival, the MFD observed smoke coming from the eaves of the building. The ...

Be on the alert

’Tis the season ... for phone scams. With January’s arrival and the end of the year in the books, many of us will begin the task of preparing and filing taxes now through mid-April. But don’t be surprised if your cell phone or landline elicits some calls from the “tax man” or at ...

Planet Fitness opens at Marshalltown Mall

Fitness enthusiasts and beginners have another workout option with the opening of Planet Fitness, located at the Marshalltown Mall. The Planet Fitness franchise, based in Hampton, New Hampshire, has over 1,400 locations across the country, with several in Iowa. “We feel our Iowa Planet ...

Enjoying the warm(er) weather

ABOVE: With temperatures in the 30s and 40s, Woodbury Elementary third graders were ecstatic to be able to run and play outside Tuesday afternoon after the bitter cold weather of last week. AT LEFT: The students wasted no time in organizing and chasing each other around the school yard. ...