Todays News

Local woman forms pregnancy and infant loss support group

Losing a child in utero, at or shortly after birth, can be some of the most devasting experiences in life. Bree Burras of Marshalltown has formed a pregnancy and infant loss support group for anyone impacted by these types of losses. Burras and her husband Brandon lost their firstborn child, a ...

Snow ordinance going into effect Tuesday afternoon

The Marshalltown Public Works department has declared a snow emergency for Marshalltown. The snow ordinance will go into effect on Tuesday at 2 p.m. The snow ordinance will remain in effect until the snow routes are clear of snow and ice. Residents are asked to remove their vehicles from the ...

Marshalltown snow ordinance now in effect

The Marshalltown Public Works department has declared a snow emergency for Marshalltown. The snow ordinance will go into effect at 2 p.m. on Tuesday. The snow ordinance will remain in effect until the snow routes are clear of snow and ice. Residents are asked to remove their vehicles from the ...

New Parks & Rec director excited about local challenges

A new year means a new job and new challenges for Marshalltown native Geoff Hubbard who was recently hired as Marshalltown’s Parks & Recreation Director. His first day on the job at 10 West State St. is Jan. 28. The 1989 Marshalltown High School graduate most recently served as ...

Roads no longer employed by city

Jeff Roads is no longer employed as the Marshalltown streets superintendent amid his arrest and preliminary hearing on a federal charge of transportation of child pornography earlier this month. Last week, City Administrator Jessica Kinser had said city officials were consulting with legal ...

Man assaults neighbor with knife

A local man was arrested and taken to Marshall County Jail after he stabbed his neighbor in the stomach during a dispute resulting in a willful injury - causing bodily injury, a Class D felony. Charles Taylor II, faces a second charge including dominion control a firearm/offensive weapon by ...

Local man charged with child endangerment

A Marshalltown man was arrested on a warrant charging him with child endangerment-bodily injury, a Class D felony, as a result of injuries suffered by a 6-year-old. Julius Martin Flute, 35, was arrested by Marshalltown police and taken to Marshall County Jail after an investigation by ...

Fisher Community Center hours change

The Fisher Community Center, established in 1959, houses several local business offices and offers space for public meetings and private parties. It recently changed its hours of operation. Previously, it was open to the public from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ...

MLK holiday offers stage for Democratic hopefuls

COLUMBIA, S.C. — As Americans commemorated Martin Luther King Jr., Democratic presidential hopefuls fanned out across the country to honor the civil rights leader and make themselves heard on the national stage. Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., used the holiday to launch a presidential ...

Marshall County residents endow conservation board

One can easily invest in bonds, Individual Retirement Accounts, stocks and more. But a forward-thinking group of Marshall County residents recently invested their personal funds into public land and related programming encouraging conservation and education. The Friends of Marshall County ...

Student in the Spotlight — Eh Blue Soe

Lenihan Intermediate School sixth-grader Eh Blue Soe is a quiet young man, but his good work at the building has not gone unnoticed. “We do a migrant tutoring program on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and he gets all of his work done and then is really good about getting up and helping the other ...

At 30-day mark, shutdown logjam remains over border funding

WASHINGTON — Thirty days into the partial government shutdown, Democrats and Republicans appeared no closer to ending the impasse Sunday than when it began, with President Donald Trump lashing out at his opponents after they dismissed a plan he’d billed as a compromise. Trump had offered ...

Death toll reaches 85 in Mexico fuel pipeline fire

TLAHUELILPAN, Mexico — People in the town where a gasoline explosion killed at least 85 people say the section of pipeline that gushed fuel has been a habitual gathering site for thieves, repeatedly damaged and patched like a trusty pair of jeans. “It was the popular tap,” said Enrique ...

‘We need to not shame people’

Mental health care has been a top issue in Iowa from the State Capitol Building in Des Moines to small rural towns trying to provide such services. Gov. Kim Reynolds signed a bill looking to intervene in and prevent teenage suicide at schools in the state in March 2018. Earlier that month, a ...

Veterans: ‘Suicide prevention is everyone’s business’

Editor’s Note: This is part one of a two-part series on suicide. This story reports on local and national efforts to prevent veteran suicide. Part two, which will publish Jan. 27, examines suicide prevention initiatives for non-veterans. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S. ...

Trump offers temporary ‘Dreamers’ deal for border wall

WASHINGTON — In a bid to break the shutdown stalemate, President Donald Trump on Saturday offered to extend temporary protections for young people brought to the U.S. illegally as children and those fleeing disaster zones in exchange for his long-promised border wall. But while Trump cast the ...

Iowa lawmakers look to fix tax law hurting blood centers

DES MOINES — When Iowa Republicans approved major tax cuts last spring, they celebrated the legislation as historic and beneficial for Iowans and businesses. The state’s only two nonprofit blood centers, where at least 210,000 units of blood are donated annually, look at the massive law ...

Iowa to launch new system to help truck drivers find parking

WALCOTT — Truck drivers crossing Iowa’s interstates will soon be able to find a parking spot for their big rigs. Known as Trucks Park Here, a high-tech system by the Iowa Department of Transportation will gather real-time data collected at dozens of state-run rest areas and private truck ...

Local mortician maps out history of funeral service

Marty Mitchell, owner of Mitchell Family Funeral Home, founded the Iowa Funeral Museum and Education Center in July 2017. It is the only facility of its kind in Iowa — and only one of three in the United States. He outlined the history of the funeral home business in Iowa and abroad Thursday ...

Mums the word on Lennox rebuild progress

Six months after an EF-3 tornado nearly leveled the Lennox plant in Marshalltown, corporate officials are still quiet about its rebuilding efforts. On July 24, the company announced through Marshalltown Mayor Joel Greer it would rebuild its facilities destroyed by the tornado that tore ...