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Gowdy: ‘Young adults key to Marshalltown’s future’

It is evident in talking to Third Ward Councilor Mike Gowdy he is bullish on Marshalltown’s future. The 66-year old retiree from a Newton optical company is running unopposed in the Nov. 7 election. Gowdy, a Melbourne native, was first elected in November, 2013. He defeated Merrill ...


Colfax • A last minute decision to line downtown Colfax with pumpkins, vendors and a cornhole tournament during the Fall 4 Colfax festival on Oct. 7 turned out to be an unexpected success as more than 150 attendees filled the streets. The event was a community effort with the pumpkins ...

Senior Center

The noon meal is also available to seniors who are homebound through their Home-Delivered Meal Program. Weekday meals are offered to people 60 years of age or older and spouses on a contribution basis. Those under age 60 must pay $8.28. Food stamps are accepted. For holidays, weekends and ...

Juli Hinson of Marshalltown recently spent two weeks volunteering in a shelter in Fort Myers, Florida helping those affected by Hurricane Irma. Hinson said this was her first experience volunteering with the American Red Cross, but it will not be her last

For one, a fulfilling and life-changing experience

When news comes on the television chronicling the latest developments of a natural disaster, it’s human nature to want to help in some way. “I was noticing all the storms in the news, first with Harvey. You sit on the couch and think ‘you have to do something.’” These are the ...

Marshalltown YMCA-YWCA Financial Director Kim Jass-Ramirez is pictured inserting white flags into the Marshall County Courthouse lawn Friday as part of the Y’s Week Without Violence. Jass-Ramirez said white flags represent those impacted by domestic violence while orange flags were representative of domestic violence victims.

‘Week Without Violence’ marked with flags

Dozens of small orange and white flags were placed on the emerald green Marshall County Courthouse lawn Friday. Unfortunately, the flags represented a significantly larger domestic abuse problem worldwide and locally. Orange signified the countless numbers of domestic abuse victims and ...

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Thrifty Friday

Shoppers looking for good deals made their way to the Salvation Army of Marshalltown Friday for the annual Assistance League of Marshalltown Fall Thrift Sale. The sale continues today from 9-11 a.m., and includes the Sack Sale, where shoppers can fill a sack with sale items for $5. The ...


North Liberty • A new marathon is coming to the area promising to be a unique collaboration between Cedar Rapids, Iowa City and all points in between. Run Crandic, powered by the University of Iowa Community Credit Union, will take place on April 29, 2018, and leave NewBo City Market in ...

Marshalltown City Council At-Large candidate Brittany O’Shea of Marshalltown refers to her notes during Wednesday’s Candidate Forum at the Fisher Community Center and sponsored by the Marshalltown Area Chamber of Commerce. Looking on are from left, at-large candidates Mark Eaton, Bill Martin, moderator Todd Steinkamp, David Shearer and Bethany Wirin. Steinkamp is a Chamber board member and General Manager of KFJB-KXIA-FM Radio. The event was open to the public and free-of-charge.

5 candidates vie for 2 at-large seats

Editor’s note: This is the second of two stories on the Oct. 11 city council candidate forum hosted by the Marshalltown Area Chamber of Commerce. Thursday’s first installment featured mayoral candidates Joel Greer and Gary Thompson. Also included was first ward candidate Sue Cahill. Two ...

Phase II is under way

The growling of trucks and construction equipment echoed off the Marshalltown High School Roundhouse Thursday morning as school board members, administrators, construction and design specialists and community members gathered to kick off Phase II of the Roundhouse project.

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Gilman candidates want change

GILMAN — With the Nov. 7 city elections fast approaching, few communities in Marshall County have more city council candidates than Gilman. Two seats are up this year, and there are five candidates vying for a spot; all of them have goals for the city should they get voters’ approval. ...

On Wednesday, Nov. 1 from 6-8:30 p.m., the final installment in the “Naturally Artistic” series will be held at Grimes Farm, with the topic of wood burning. Participants can make either a coaster, wall decoration or jewelry. The event costs $15, with registration required by Oct. 20.

Grimes Farm wood burning session slated for Nov. 1

Grimes Farm’s final installment in its year-long “Naturally Artistic” art series will be held Wednesday, Nov. 1 from 6-8:30 p.m., with the focus of wood burning. “Pyrography, also known as the art of wood burning, literally means ‘writing with fire’ and it is a fun way to enhance ...

Second ward councilor and mayoral candidate Joel Greer, left, makes remarks at the Marshalltown Area Chamber of Commerce-sponsored city council candidate forum Wednesday night at the Fisher Community Center. Looking on is mayoral candidate Gary Thompson, center, and forum moderator Todd Steinkamp, right. Steinkamp is a Chamber board member and General Manager of KFJB-KXIA-FM Radio. The event was open to the public and free-of-charge.

Calls for change at city council candidate forum

Editor’s note: This is the first of two stories on Wednesday’s city council candidate forum hosted by the Marshalltown Area Chamber of Commerce. The second installment featuring comments by five at-large candidates and third ward’s Mike Gowdy will appear in Friday’s edition. Candidates ...

Mayor Harlan Quick will give a presentation of State Center’s history on Oct. 19 from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Historical Society of Marshall County’s Museum, as part of its History on Third Thursday program. The event is free and open to the public.

State Center topic of Third Thursday program slated for Oct. 19th

State Center, which has a population of about 1,500, has a rich and storied history. Its tale will be told by its mayor, Harlan Quick, in a presentation given on Oct. 19 from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Historical Society of Marshall County’s Museum, as part of the History on Third Thursday ...

A new Big Brothers Big Sisters effort, called the “Dear Young Person Campaign,” aims to send positive messages to area children. Participants can fill out a postcard with a hopeful message and send it to 811 E. Main St. by Nov. 3, and the cards will be distributed to Marshalltown and West Marshall students.

Sending hope

“We’re hoping to sew seeds of love and tolerance and compassion for our children.” That’s the goal of a national effort by Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) called the “Dear Young Person Campaign.” Heart of Iowa BBBS Executive Director Lynne Carroll said she hopes the organization ...

MPD investigate car break-ins at Y

TIMES-REPUBLICAN Authorities are asking for the public’s help in locating a suspect or suspects connected to several car break-ins at the Marshalltown YMCA-YWCA parking lot Tuesday afternoon. According to Marshalltown Police Department Capt. Brian Batterson, officers were called to the Y ...

dale F. Hicks, 89, of Marshalltown, spent nearly 30 years in the U.S. Navy, first stationed in China during World War II, the Philippines during peace time, the United States and Greenland during the Korean War, and later, two decades in the U.S. Navy Reserve.

Vet served in WWII and Korean War

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. Dale F. Hicks, 89, spent nearly 30 years in the U.S. Navy, first stationed in ...

Frank Meeink has gone from being a notorious neo-Nazi leader in the 1980s and 1990s to speaking out against hate and promoting empathy. He brought his message, and many gritty anecdotes, to Dejardin Hall at Marshalltown Community College Tuesday.

Fighting hate

From being a committed neo-Nazi skinhead leader in the 1980s and 1990s to speaking out against hatred now, Frank Meeink had a lot of experiences to share with the large crowd gathered in Dejardin Hall at Marshalltown Community College Tuesday. “I was a huge Philadelphia Flyers fan, a huge ...

U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley, left, greets Iowa Veterans Home Commandant Timon Oujiri near the entrance to Loftus Hall on the IVH campus Tuesday. Grassley and staff were on hand for a tour of facilities conducted by Oujiri, and to meet staff and residents.

Sen. Grassley visits IVH

No one could blame U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley for thinking a Tuesday afternoon tour of the Iowa Veterans Home was a pleasant trip down memory lane. As a congressman, Grassley was a keynote speaker at a new IVH building ribbon-cutting approximately 40 years ago, according to Times-Republican ...

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Members of the Mead family are shown here promoting their new restaurant, Home Grown Smokers, in Tama, Ia.

BBQ joint, Home Grown Smokers, opens in downtown Tama

TAMA — Walk through the doors of Home Grown Smokers and you feel you have stepped into the deep south. Johnny Cash posters are on the wall, southern rock is blasting from the radio and the smell of BBQ wafts through the air. The joint is run by long time grill master T.R. Mead along with ...

Tim McMahon is the featured photographer for the Central Iowa Camera Club’s latest exhibit, which is on display now until Dec. 7 in Conference Room A in the Fisher Community Center. McMahon enjoys the thrill of capturing a moment in time.

Capturing the beauty in everything

“A photo should evoke an emotion and do something; thinking about it that way will change how you take a photo.” These are the words of Tim McMahon, whose photography is on display now until Dec. 7 in Conference Room A in the Fisher Community Center, as part of the Central Iowa Camera ...