Todays News

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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

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 ...

StateRoundup

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 ...

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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

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 ...

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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

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 ...

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“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

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

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 ...

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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’

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 ...

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A tail-wagging good time

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

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

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 ...

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Christmas in Conrad

The annual Christmas in Conrad, sponsored by Conrad Chamber- Main Street, was held over the weekend with many activities for the entire family to enjoy. ABOVE LEFT: Isabelle Brown tells Santa exactly what she wants this year for Christmas. AT TOP: Kendra and Robert Fisher along with their baby, ...

Discussing the issues

A little more than a month out from the start of the 2018 session of the Iowa Generally Assembly, the Marshalltown School Board heard from three state legislators at Monday’s regular meeting. State Sen. Jeff Edler, R-State Center, and state Reps. Dean Fisher, R-Montour, and Walt Rogers, ...

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For the first time in five years, “Marshalltown” has returned to a sign on eastbound U.S. Interstate 80 where it exits to U.S. Highway 65/Iowa Highway 330, further connecting Marshalltown to the Des Moines metro area.

‘A sense of place’

Central Iowa drivers may have noticed a change on eastbound U.S. Interstate 80 at its interchange with U.S. Highway 65/Iowa Highway 330 in Altoona: the sign before that exit once again reads “Marshalltown.” “Originally, we lost our directional signage on 330 off of Interstate 80 because ...

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New facility dedicated for Conrad Fire and BCERT

CONRAD — A dedication ceremony, ribbon cutting and open house was held over the weekend at the new station constructed for the Conrad Volunteer Fire Department and Beaman Conrad Emergency Response Team (BCERT). According to Denny Hines, current fire chief, and Assistant Chief Tom Schultz, ...

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Leland M. Searles, formerly of Des Moines, now residing in Marshalltown, offers clients environmental restoration and ecological consulting, through his business Leeward Solutions, LLC. His services include stream stabilization, evaluating wetlands and woodlands, invasive and native plant management, prairie strip installation, and more. He recently released a 2018 Iowa Phenology calendar, which is currently available.

The natural world

Leland M. Searles, formerly of Des Moines, now residing in Marshalltown, offers clients a one-stop-shopping experience in environmental restoration and ecological consulting, through his business Leeward Solutions, LLC, first launched in 2009. Searles, a native of Pennsylvania, has lived in ...

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Man accused of driveway scam

A Missouri man is behind bars after local authorities say he tried scamming a Melbourne man out of thousands of dollars in relationship to driveway construction job. Jeffrey Alan Smith, 50, of Columbia, Mo., made his initial court appearance Monday in Marshall County District Court on charges ...

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Getting artsy

Above: Hundreds circulated through the Marshalltown Convention and Visitors Bureau Activity Building at the Central Iowa Fairgrounds Saturday to check out arts, crafts, clothing and more at the Melbourne 4-H-sponsored Winter Holiday Craft Show. At right: This marks the sixth year for the ...

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Tania Gonzalez, 13, has improved her reading and writing skills, and has developed an enthusiasm for learning. She enjoys helping her fellow classmates. She sees a future as either a doctor or a teacher.

Eighth grader is self-motivated

Tania Gonzalez, 13, began her eighth grade year at Miller Middle School struggling with reading and writing. But now, she exudes confidence in completing her work. “I used to hate reading and writing and now I like them,” Tania said. She not only has improved her skills, but she takes ...

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Messy Missy’s studio and gallery, as well as seven other local vendors, have recently opened up in a building located at 103 E. Linn St. All deal in some type of artistic or craft endeavor. Pictured is vendor Asherdee Taft of Taft’s Crafts/Cheryl’s Place, making a Christmas wreath. All vendors have different business hours, and operate independently of each other.

Joining forces

It’s the start of a new chapter for Messy Missy’s studio and gallery, as well as for seven other local businesses. That’s because these entities have joined forces and set up shop inside a building located at 103 E. Linn St. All have their own concepts, product lines and business ...

Pictured is a portion of Heinz Hall on the grounds of the Iowa Veterans Home in Marshalltown. Heinz Hall is a residential facility. Construction on the building was completed in 1900, making it the oldest building on campus.

Decision reversed

A plan to move Iowa Veterans Home residents living in Heinz Hall to the Sheeler Building has been reversed, according to a statement released on Friday by IVH Commandant Timon Oujiri. “The correct decision sometimes is not the right decision. Therefore, I have made a determination to reverse ...