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A Puerto Rican survivor of Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria, left, gives American Red Cross volunteer Mary Dooley of Albion a hug recently at a Red Cross shelter. Dooley was stationed 10 days on the island following both hurricanes providing aid and comfort.

Albion woman recounts mission to Puerto Rico

Mary Dooley of Albion is a seasoned Red Cross volunteer. She has been deployed many times to provide aid and comfort to those suffering from natural disasters. But memories of her recent 10-day mission to Puerto Rico will last a lifetime. The island is reeling from a powerful ...

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Mid-Iowa Community Action takes over operations of EMBARC

The Ethnic Minorities of Burma Advocacy Resource Center (EMBARC) was founded in Iowa in 2011 by and for ethnic people from Burma who have come to the United States as refugees fleeing political turmoil and violence. EMBARC’s local branch serves the over 1,000 refugees from Burma who now call ...

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, left, meets with China's President Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of the People, Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017, in Beijing. (Lintao Zhang/Pool Photo via AP)

Tillerson says US has direct channels to talk to North Korea

BEIJING (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson acknowledged on Saturday that the United State is maintaining direct channels of communications with North Korea even as tensions rise over the North's nuclear and missile programs and the countries' leaders spar through bellicose ...

MPD conducts sex offender compliance check

TIMES-REPUBLICAN The Marshalltown Police Department along with U.S. Marshal Service recently announced the completion of a sex offender compliance operation. The operation was conducted back on Sept. 21 to ensure all registered sex offenders in Marshalltown remain compliant with statutory ...

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Man accused of domestic abuse

TIMES-REPUBLICAN A Marshall County man is in custody after being charged with domestic abuse assault. James Franklin Duncan, 44, was arrested earlier this week by the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office. Duncan’s assault allegedly impeded flow of victim’s air/blood. However, there was no ...

Grant Mattox and his fiancée Anna Fricke have taken over ownership and management of Calvin Rockett Bar & Grill from long-time owners Tim and Alli Shore. The couple have retained the eatery’s staff and will continue with the same menu and general format. In addition to the restaurant, the establishment has an upper level party room and patio dining.

Calvin Rockett Sports Bar & Grill now under new ownership

Since 2011, Calvin Rockett Sports Bar & Grill has been owned and operated by the father/daughter team of Tim and Alli Shore. Tim also ran the eatery when it was known as Fields. Now, Anna Fricke and her fiancé Grant Mattox have taken over the reins, but they assure their customers the ...

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Scott Giannetto captured this image of harvesting efforts in Marshall County.

Harvest has arrived

The crop growing season is coming to a close for many Central Iowa farmers, and drivers on the roads have begun to see combines at work in the fields: it’s harvest time. Weather patterns in the growing season and now in the harvest season have caused different fields to have different crop ...

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Smiles and cheers abounded from Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors and others Thursday after a red ribbon was cut by Gallery Garden co-owners Jeff Mitchell (holding scissors) and Barb Hagstrand, standing to Mitchell’s right. Situated next to the Kibbey Building, a water garden, with rows and rows of green plants adorn the building’s east wall just below a giant metal butterfly.

Dozens attend Gallery Garden ribbon-cutting

The Gallery Garden — Marshalltown’s newest attraction — received a grand welcome from Marshalltown Mayor Jim Lowrance, state officials, and others Thursday. Under a bright and warm Indian Summer sun, visitors packed the area in the shadow of the historic Kibbey Building. “This ...

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Making a home for Monarch butterflies

Marshalltown Convention & Visitors Bureau Executive Director Val Ruff, center, is pictured Thursday explaining to volunteers how a butterfly garden will be built on the south side of the Fisher Community Center during United Way’s Day of Caring. Ruff said the effort was in tandem with ...

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The Marshalltown Public Library is hosting a walking tour of Riverside Cemetery on Saturday, Oct. 7 from 10-11:30 a.m. The event is free and open to the public, aged 18 and older. Riverside Cemetery General Manager Dorie Tammen will share stories about some of the cemetery’s lesser known residents.

Walking tour of Riverside Cemetery slated for Oct. 7

Riverside Cemetery is home to 23,000 buried souls — each with his or her unique story. The Marshalltown Public Library is hosting a free walking tour of the cemetery, which will take place Saturday, Oct. 7 from 10-11:30 a.m., in an attempt to educate the public about this history-rich ...

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Annual UnityPoint Auxiliary chicken pot pie sale underway

Members of the UnityPoint Health-Marshalltown Auxiliary are shown making chicken pot earlier this week in the hospital cafeteria kitchen. Last year 5,000 hand-made pies were made with help of hospital staff, and all sold. The goal is the same in 2017. Over the years, sales made up 50 percent of ...

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Local man charged with sexual abuse

TIMES-REPUBLICAN A Marshalltown man has been accused of sexual abuse after he allegedly assaulted a woman nearly two months ago. According to Marshalltown Police Department Capt. Brian Batterson, the alleged victim in the incident reported to authorities in the late evening hours of July 29 ...

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Man injures girlfriend during argument

TIMES-REPUBLICAN A Marshalltown man is accused of injuring his girlfriend during an argument. According to Marshalltown Police Department Capt. Brian Batterson, officers responded to a domestic disturbance call early Thursday morning after a woman reportedly went to her neighbors’ for ...

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U.S. Air Force veteran and former F-4 Phantom II pilot Joe Latham, right, met with several Vietnamese veteran pilots last week in San Diego during an event to bring the two groups together. One of the former Vietnamese pilots he met, Nguyen Van Bay, is famous for his feats during the Vietnam War.

Reuniting as friends

Over five decades after dogfighting with enemy pilots over North Vietnam, United States Air Force veteran and Marshalltown native Joe Latham met several pilots from the other side of the conflict. Despite being former foes in the Vietnam War, the American and Vietnamese pilots treated each ...

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Kenny Buffington served in the U.S. Navy from 1962-66

Buffington recalls life on a ‘super tanker’

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. Life in the U.S. Navy for Marshalltown native Kenny Buffington was time spent ...

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The Marshalltown Police Department/Fire Department HQ site in the 900 block of South 2nd Street is pictured recently. Work completed since the first week of August included removal of the Knights of Columbus Hall building and significant grading.

Concrete next for MPD-FD site?

The mammoth work site in the 900 block of South 2nd Street is quiet now. Locked gates, and a tall chain link fence surrounds, keeping the curious out. It is the future home of the joint Marshalltown Police Department/Fire Department headquarters. But the peace and quiet may be disturbed ...

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Central Iowa Art Association fundraiser slated for Oct. 7

It will be a “very important date” for the Central Iowa Art Association’s (CIAA) annual fundraiser “Art in Wonderland” whose theme this year is a take on the story of “Alice in Wonderland.” It will be held Saturday, Oct. 7 from 6-11 p.m. at the Fisher Community Center ...

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Hart earns service award

At a city council meeting earlier this week, Marshalltown Mayor Jim Lowrance presented Parks and Recreation’s Jennifer Hart a framed certificate acknowledging her 10 years of service to the city. In other remarks, Parks and Recreation Director Anne Selness credited Hart for enhancing the ...

Call to local collectors

TIMES-REPUBLICAN The Times-Republican is continuing its “It Started as a Hobby...” series, profiling area collectors. From Pepsi memorabilia, to guitar picks, belt buckles, phonographs, Russian stacking dolls, historical pharmaceutical bottles and more, we’re interested in anything ...

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Steve Bolar of Marshalltown is shown enjoying a cup of coffee in the local Gallery Garden in the 100 block of East Main Street. The Gallery Garden is a privately owned, one-of-a-kind urban-style green space open to the public. It was developed to address storm water runoff. Additionally, it features artwork and a sculpture.

Gallery Garden open house Thursday

More than five and one-half years ago, the burnt-out shell of a three-story building at 135 E. Main St. greeted shoppers and workers in the heart of Marshalltown’s downtown. A 100-year old historic property which once housed the Marshalltown Business College, later, KFJB-AM, and finally, a ...