Todays News

Five declare for second-ward seat

Five second ward residents have filed required Affidavit of Candidacy and Nomination Petition with the Marshall County Auditor/Recorder/Commissioner of Elections for the vacant second ward seat. F. Leigh Bauder, Jay Carollo, Gabe Isom, Brittany O’Shea, and Bob Untiedt met the 5 p.m Friday ...

In this image from video, train cars are smashed and derailed Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018 near Cayce. S.C. The crash left multiple people dead and dozens of people injured.  (WLTX TV via AP)

Amtrak crash

CAYCE, S.C. — An Amtrak passenger train slammed into a parked freight train in the early-morning darkness Sunday after a thrown switch sent it hurtling down a side track, authorities said. Two Amtrak crew members were killed, and more than 100 people were injured. It was the third deadly ...

Sgt. Ben Veren with the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office, monitors one of Marshall County’s roadways, during a recent patrol effort. In 2017, 12 traffic fatalities occurred within the county. Veren and the rest of the sheriff’s staff, are working to find ways to reduce that number this year and beyond

Personal pledge

When the Iowa State Patrol unveiled its 2017 traffic “Fatality Count by County” numbers this week, Marshall County was in the top five. Twelve lives lost on Marshall County roadways last year — tied for third most with Cerro Gordo and Pottawattamie counties, and only behind Polk and ...

Stevenson

An academic ‘snapshot’

Every year, students in Iowa take the standardized Iowa Assessments test, and there is information parents should know about the assessment. “I think parents should know that it’s a once-a-year snapshot of how their student is performing in reading and math, and that it’s information ...

Marshalltonian Joann Neven owns nearly 200 aprons of every color, design, vintage, purpose and sentiment. She says they remain appealing in the 21st century due to their nostalgic factor and association with people and food

Tying a string around her memories

Editor’s note: This is part of an occasional series profiling the various personal collections of residents of Marshalltown and the surrounding area. “It’s the nostalgia. It’s the story about who wore the apron that attaches people to it.” These are the words of Joann Neven, who ...

Purk

Purk sentenced to 50 years

TOLEDO — “I loved Cora, I missed her,” Tait Otis Purk told Judge Ian K. Thornhill and about a dozen persons in the Tama County District Courtroom in Toledo during his sentencing on a charge of second-degree murder this week. He was convicted of killing of his fiance, Cora Ann Okonski more ...

Sara Jordan-Heintz was one of three journalists statewide to win the Genevieve Mauck Stoufer Outstanding Young Iowa Jouranlist award at the 2018 Iowa Newspaper Association’s Better Newspaper Contest and awards ceremony.

T-R wins three state newspaper awards

DES MOINES — The Times-Republican newspaper earned three awards Friday night at the 2018 Iowa Newspaper Association’s Better Newspaper Contest and awards ceremony in Des Moines. Staff writer Sara Jordan-Heintz was one of three journalists statewide to win the Genevieve Mauck Stoufer ...

Ashley Bolen runs K9 Trust and Obey, located at 507 W. Pine St. in Marshalltown, where she trained an English Mastiff named Winter, while she was a puppy. The dog will soon compete at the upcoming Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

On the road to Westminster

TIMES-REPUBLICAN The 142nd Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show will be held in New York City Feb. 12-13. Ashley Bolen, a resident of the Tama/Toledo area, will be attending the ceremonies as a dog trainer to an English Mastiff named Winter, who already holds the title of being a Grand ...

Hoop

Council to host budget meeting Monday

For the second time is as many weeks, the Marshalltown city council and city staff will meet to work on the FY 19 budget Monday at noon in council chambers. It takes effect July 1, 2018, and expires June 30, 2019. All budget-related items have been identified as discussion, meaning the ...

REYES

15 MINUTES

Editor’s Note: 15 Minutes has returned after a hiatus, due in part to a injury suffered by reporter Mike Donahey. The injury and healing required him to recover at home for a time. Regardless, 15 Minutes will now run the first Saturday of the month. BETH REYES Resides: We live in the ...

StateRoundup

Solon • The Solon Public Library is jumping into the fun of DIY projects with a monthly series of Pinterest Parties. The first session will focus on eco-friendly cleaning solutions and is set for 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 21. Registration is required to ensure enough materials for everyone. Food ...

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U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley discussed immigration, tax reform, North Korea and more at a Marshalltown Area Chamber of Commerce question-and-answer session Thursday. Area residents and business leaders turned out to the event at the Fisher Community Center auditorium.

Grassley visits Marshalltown

From North Korea to immigration, several topics came up during a question-and-answer session with U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley at Fisher Community Center Thursday. The Marshalltown Area Chamber of Commerce hosted the event, and dozens of area residents and business leaders attended. “I do ...

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Grimes Farm and Conservation Center will host it’s 17th annual photo contest from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 6. A chili supper will be included in the cost of admission.

Spotlighting the natural world at Grimes Farm

The Grimes Farm and Conservation Center’s annual photo contest has been a tradition the last 17 years. And while the culmination of these photographers’ efforts will take shape during the contest ceremony held from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 6, it is a year-long effort. “This is a ...

Ramirez-Cardenas

Man charged with forging stolen checks

A theft of two stolen payroll checks last year from the local Hoglund Bus Co., later altered and cashed, resulted in the arrest of a Nebraska man, said Capt. Brian Batterson of the Marshalltown Police Department. Rafael Ramirez-Cardenas, 28, was arrested at the Marshall County Courthouse ...

Murillo

Traffic stop leads to meth arrest

A traffic stop by Marshalltown police earlier this week led to the arrest of Diego Nathaniel Murillo, 20. He was charged with possession of meth with the intent to deliver more than five grams — a Class B felony. MPD Capt. Brian Batterson said Murillo was wanted on a warrant and taken into ...

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Tip to MPD results in arrest

Officers from the Marshalltown Police Department were dispatched to a local convenience store earlier this week from a tip a wanted person was in a vehicle near the store. Police contacted a male who was in the vehicle, and he said the female suspect was in the store. Police located a female ...

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A cookie spectacular

Wednesday afternoon, the Marshalltown Area Chamber of Commerce hosted its sixth annual Chamber Member Appreciation luncheon, with the added bonus of a friendly, yet competitive, cookie baking contest. “This is the first time we’ve had members bake cookies for this, having done cupcakes ...

Legislation raises concerns

A bill requiring local communities to comply with federal immigration agencies is making its way through the state House of Representatives, and the legislation is getting some local push-back. “I’m not aware of there being any agencies in Iowa that do not comply or work well with federal ...

Leatherneck Club

Honoring ‘defenders of the Union’

On Wednesday, Iowa Veterans Home staff welcomed visitors bearing a $5,000 gift which will benefit residents. Pictured in the Scheeler Administration Building are from left, while holding a $5,000 check facsimile, are Dan Evans of John Deere Financial, Kathy Kleywegt of JDF, IVH Volunteer ...

Car break-ins hit Melbourne

TIMES-REPUBLICAN MELBOURNE — A thief or thieves got away with a variety of items after breaking in to at least three vehicles this week in Melbourne. Melbourne Police Chief Mike Ball reports that his office received three complaints of car burglaries over the course of two days in the ...