Todays News

Looking back at Marshalltown severe weather

The polar vortex that hit Marshalltown and the rest of the Midwest in the past week has so far resulted in the deaths of 21 people. U.S. Postal Service mail delivery was suspended at times and many schools and businesses closed their doors. Jan. 30, the coldest day of the polar vortex, saw a ...

Blackface photo stirs calls for Virginia governor to resign

RICHMOND, Va. — Gov. Ralph Northam clung to office Sunday amid nearly unanimous calls from his own party to resign over a racist photo in his 1984 medical school yearbook, going silent after a bizarre 24 hours in which he first admitted he was in the picture, then denied it. The ...

MMA fighter wanted in killings captured after escaping van

CONROE, Texas — An MMA fighter suspected of killing two people, including an ex-girlfriend, was captured Sunday after escaping from a prisoner transport van in Texas, authorities said. Cedric Marks was taken into custody after a nine-hour manhunt involving multiple law enforcement agencies, ...

Pentagon sending another 3,750 troops to Southwest border

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon said Sunday it will send 3,750 more troops to the U.S.-Mexico border to put up another 150 miles of concertina wire and provide other support for Customs and Border Protection. The additions will bring the total number of active-duty troops on the border to ...

Rep. Finkenauer visits Iowa Veterans Home

For the first time since she was sworn in as the representative of Iowa’s First Congressional District, U.S. Rep. Abby Finkenauer stopped by the Iowa Veterans Home Saturday. She took a tour with Iowa Veterans Home Commandant Timon Oujiri and state Rep. Mark Smith. Oujiri shared details ...

Campaign aims to advance UnityPoint Health Birthing Center

“Providing a safe and welcoming environment for birthing is one of the most important services a local hospital offers,” UnityPoint Health – Marshalltown Foundation board member and past president Kathy McCune said. “Families value the opportunity to choose local when it comes to ...

Senate reasserts foreign policy role, reshapes Trump agenda

WASHINGTON — Two years into Donald Trump’s presidency, his allies in Congress are quietly trying to influence and even reshape his “America First” foreign policy agenda. The Republican-led Senate is reasserting itself as a check on Trump’s instincts, while individual GOP lawmakers ...

Racist yearbook photo becomes a test for 2020 Democrats

A racist photo tied to Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam spurred the first major test for how Democratic presidential hopefuls will address racial tensions that have polarized American life. Nearly every major declared and potential Democratic candidate called for Northam’s resignation after ...

US sees limitations on reuniting migrant families

SAN DIEGO — The Trump administration says it would require extraordinary effort to reunite what may be thousands of migrant children who have been separated from their parents and, even if it could, the children would likely be emotionally harmed. Jonathan White, who leads the Health and ...

Marshalltown native enjoys success as a filmmaker

LOS ANGELES — Moving out West to make it in the movie business — the dream of many, the actualization of few. Marshalltown native Aaron Gervich, 29, has spent the last few years living and working in Los Angeles learning the ins and outs of filmmaking. His short film “Claire Means ...

Brown family encourages donations to Animal Rescue League

The Marshalltown Community is still coming to terms with the loss of 13-year-old Corey Brown. His love of pets has inspired an effort to raise money for the Animal Rescue League of Marshalltown. One of the Brown’s dogs, Cooper, was adopted from the rescue league. Such was his love of dogs ...

Marshall County Courthouse opening delayed until fall

County leaders announced the Marshall County Courthouse is not estimated to be open until the fall. The building was originally supposed to open around the one-year anniversary of the July 19, 2018 tornado. “Marshall County Board of Supervisors and Auditor/Recorder were optimistic that we ...

Our town, our people

“Our town, our people” is a weekly Q&A with a local resident who is active in the community. Have a suggestion for someone we should talk to? Email T-R news editor Emily Barske at ebarske@timesrepublican.com.  Kelli Thurston is a realtor with Premier Real Estate and was born and ...

Seal takeovers, downed trees: Parks clean up post-shutdown

SALT LAKE CITY — National park visitors cut new trails in sensitive soil. They pried open gates while no one was watching. They found bathrooms locked, so they went outside. One off-roader even mowed down an iconic twisted-limbed Joshua tree in California. During the 35-day government ...

Rosie the riveting cat

STATE CENTER — Cats have roamed libraries since the time of the ancient Egyptians. Most famously in Iowa, Dewey the cat called the Spencer Public Library home from 1988 until his death in 2006. At the Gutekunst Public Library in State Center, a stray kitten named Rosie has made a home as the ...

Catholic Schools Week celebrated

An arctic mid-week froze out most of the activities planned to celebrate Catholic Schools Week at St. Francis Catholic School in Marshalltown, but the enthusiasm wasn’t dampened. The week has been celebrated annually since 1974, according to the National Catholic Education Association ...

Local services, state law discussed at mental health forum

Three local mental health professionals held a forum Thursday to discuss a 2018 state law aimed at improving access to care across Iowa, as well as what services exist in the Marshalltown area. Rep. Mark Smith, D-Marshalltown, a licensed independent social worker, was joined by Dr. Douglas ...

Marshalltown city council to vote on E-911 rent

The Marshalltown city council is making an effort to improve relations with other Marshall County incorporated towns. Councilors discussed charging the Marshall County Communications Commission (MCCC) no rent — or $1 — for the first year rent on a portion of the second floor at the joint ...

Community Foundation announces guidelines for Rebuild Marshalltown funds

The Community Foundation of Marshall County has announced the guidelines for the 2019 funding cycles for the Rebuild Marshalltown Fund. The fund, open to non-profit entities, is intended to support long-term recovery and rebuilding efforts in Marshalltown from damages sustained in the July 19, ...

Man arrested by Mid-Iowa Drug Task Force

A local man was arrested by the Mid-Iowa Drug Task Force on a warrant stemming from charges filed in November 2018. Five criminal complaints and affidavits filed in Marshall County District Court identified Zacheriah Kenneth Dixon, 23, as being charged with a controlled substance violation ...