Todays News

Police ask for public assistance finding wanted subject

The Marshalltown Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in locating Jose Alfaro-Gamino, 65. He's 5’8 and approximately 180 pounds. Alfaro-Gamino, of Marshalltown, currently has active arrest warrants for harassment and assault from an incident that occurred in September ...

City council approves fire-police station change orders

As the new Marshalltown Public Safety Building nears completion, the Marshalltown City Council approved several contract change orders on the project Wednesday. A total of six such changes were approved for a total cost of $144,700. The project is currently under budget, said Marshalltown ...

Our town, our people — Lynn Olberding

“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.  Lynn Olberding is the executive director of the Marshalltown Area Chamber ...

City appoints new parks and rec director

Geoff Hubbard is set to be the new Marshalltown Parks and Recreation Director after a Marshalltown City Council decision Wednesday. Hubbard’s appointment was approved by the council in open session following a closed session to discuss the personnel matters. He is set to start at the city ...

County officials plan for combined school, city elections

A state law passed two years ago will be coming into effect in July will majorly change local elections. Across the state, city and school elections will now be combined. The new law replaces old rules that had school elections in September and city elections in November of odd-numbered ...

Retired teacher owns 15,000+ entertainment- related artifacts

FEATURE OF THE YEAR Editor’s note: This is one of five stories highlighted as the T-R’s top feature stories of 2018. It originally ran on Feb. 25. Tom LaVille could be classified as a “super collector.” His lifelong passion for motion pictures and other forms of popular entertainment ...

Highlights of 2018

As we wrap up the year, we will feature photos looking back at memorable events in our community.

Trump signals no end to shutdown

WASHINGTON — A shutdown affecting parts of the federal government appeared no closer to resolution Wednesday, with President Donald Trump and congressional Democrats locked in a hardening standoff over border wall money that threatens to carry over into January. Trump vowed to hold the ...

Captain Pam Kasten oversees local Salvation Army

Starting a new job in a new city can be a daunting process. Living through an EF-3 tornado just a month into the job and being in charge of one of the leading agencies addressing disaster relief, adds a whole other level of complication. Pam Kasten assumed duties as head of the Marshalltown ...

Marshalltown Public Library staff share top book picks for 2018

With a never-ending supply of books available, what makes one stand out from the rest? The staff at the Marshalltown Public Library share which 2018 new releases for adults and those for adolescents are their top picks. Adolescent Picture books It’s never too early to get children ...

In a record year, the movie theater strikes back

NEW YORK — The movie theater was dead, they said. After ticket sales slumped in 2017 , due largely to the worst summer season in more than a decade, pundits far and wide predicted the hastening demise of moviegoing, an inevitable casualty to the rise of streaming. This year, the movies ...

Did 2018 usher in a creeping tech dystopia?

We may remember 2018 as the year when technology’s dystopian potential became clear, from Facebook’s role enabling the harvesting of our personal data for election interference to a seemingly unending series of revelations about the dark side of Silicon Valley’s connect-everything ...

Hoglan hosts ‘12 Days of Giving’

The holiday season is a time of giving and that tradition was played out at Hoglan Elementary School this month as students and staff worked to collect food and supplies for those in need. Hundreds of household items, food, snacks and supplies were then delivered to the House of Compassion, ...

Student in the spotlight — Eldon Stanton

Eldon Stanton enjoys many things about school, but he especially likes letting his creativity loose in art class. “I like drawing and stuff, and you draw in art,” he said with a smile on his face. He was excited to make one of his most recent pieces of art - a nighttime depiction of a ...

Iowa grocer offers student loan payments for employees

BOONE — As recent college graduates take on increasingly heavy burdens of student loan debt, one Quad Cities grocer is offering relief to its employees. This month, Fareway Stores Inc. became the latest company to offer programs to assist employees with student loan payments. Fareway ...

Tsunami hits without warning in Indonesia, killing over 220

CARITA BEACH, Indonesia — The deadly tsunami struck in the dark, without warning. At least 222 people were killed as waves smashed into houses, hotels and other beachside buildings Saturday night along Indonesia’s Sunda Strait, in a disaster that followed an eruption and possible ...

Historical Society of Marshall County rebounds after tornado

Six properties owned by the Historical Society of Marshall County sustained damage in the July 19 tornado. One site, its former headquarters/museum is closed until further notice. In 2017, Madelyn and Steve Irvine donated Madelyn’s childhood home, 503 W. Main Street — the Mowry Irvine ...

Domestic violence not a seasonal issue

In recent weeks it would seem there has been a spike in domestic violence as daily Marshalltown police reports seemingly contained one to two to three arrests related to the crime. However, Det. Dawn Blahnik of the MPD set the record straight: Domestic violence occurs all throughout the ...

Lawmakers look ahead to 2019 session

The Iowa General Assembly reconvenes in less than a month to make laws and pass a state budget. Reps. Mark Smith, D-Marshalltown, and Dean Fisher, R-Montour, as well as Sen. Jeff Edler, R-State Center, shared their thoughts on what to expect from the legislature in 2019. Priorities for ...