Todays News

Why 2017 was so terrible for Mexico: 8 essential reads

With three runaway governors, two deadly earthquakes and one Donald J. Trump – not to mention an average 69 murders a day – the past year has been rough on Mexico. As Americas editor, it has been my job to bring expert analysis of these painful events to an international audience ...

Toll of railroads’ speed control lag

Nearly 300 people have died in train crashes that could have been prevented if railroads across the U.S. implemented critical speed-control technology that federal safety investigators have been pushing for close to five decades, according to rail crash data obtained by The Associated ...

The semester in review

Marshalltown Community School District students are currently enjoying their winter break before wrapping up the semester in January, and district administrators say much has been accomplished since the semester began in August. Superintendent Dr. Theron Schutte said the district’s ...

‘An attention-getter’

It’s been several months since U.S. Postal Service worker Amy Sanders died in a collision at the intersection of Church Street and North Center Street; now, two additions have been made to promote safety in that area. “It doesn’t track anybody’s speed, it doesn’t send tickets; it ...

‘Always in need of mentors’

This year, The Heart of Iowa Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS), headquartered at 811 E. Main St., provided mentors for 161 youngsters for its school-based and community-based programs. However, at any given time, there are always boys and girls enrolled in the program awaiting the phone call ...

City launches new-look website

The city of Marshalltown’s website has been overhauled with a new look as officials launched www.marshalltown-ia.gov this week. “The communication between the city and the citizens will be much easier,” said Marshalltown City Clerk Shari Coughenour of the site. “That was the whole ...

New leadership in State Center

A new mayor and city council members were sworn in this week in State Center. Pictured from left, City Clerk Lori Bearden swears in new Councilors Terry Shaffar and Brett Nichols, new Mayor Steve Sodders and incumbent Councilor Lee Wilkinson. They join current Councilors Misty Bunn and Howard ...

Revamping

The Marshalltown Skate Park, located at 821 S. 6th St., was installed in 2010 to appeal to skateboarders, BMX bikers and inline skaters. But after evaluating the responses provided by those who completed the recent Parks and Rec survey, a plan to enhance the grounds is in the first stages of ...

Phipps publication available as a veterans fundraiser

Laurel Phipps, 97, of Marshalltown, a World War II Navy veteran considered among the most decorated in Iowa for his military services, is reporting through a personal publication a special project of assistance to fellow veterans of the community. Through this publication, reporting his ...

A ‘highly rewarding’ career

There is a person behind every emergency call in Marshalltown and Marshall County, and that person is the reason police officers, firefighters and paramedics can do their jobs to help others: that person is a communications operator, and more are needed. “We are looking to fill two ...

Huseboe enjoys serving other veterans

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. LE GRAND — Although an Army veteran himself, Kevin Huseboe’s real story ...

Field fire

Dry and breezy conditions kept firefighters from State Center and Melbourne busy Wednesday as they battled a large fire near Highway 330 and Knapp Avenue. Above, State Center Assistant Fire Chief Brad Pfantz, left, and State Center Police Chief Jeff Bunn were on scene as the blaze burned ...

A little comedy, a little Spam

“Instant Comedy — Just Add Spam” the improvisation comedy show has entertained audiences in Marshalltown for the past 10 years. It returns to the Orpheum Theater with workshops running Dec. 27-29 at 6:30 p.m., and performances Dec. 30-31 at 7:30 p.m. “Instant Comedy” first began ...

Man faces meth drug charges

TIMES-REPUBLICAN MELBOURNE — A Marshall County man is behind bars after authorities discovered methamphetamine inside his residence. According to Det./Sgt. Jim Gibson with the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office and the Mid-Iowa Drug Task Force (MIDTF), a warrant was executed Wednesday at ...

The most delicious time of the year

Youngsters and their guardians spent part of Tuesday afternoon decorating cookies at the Marshalltown Public Library, as part of its annual Family Holiday Cookie event. Jelly beans, gummy bears, sprinkles, M&Ms, pretzels and more, were offered as garnish. Pictured are twins Quinn and ...

‘Blessed with amazing students’

A look of happy surprise spread across Marshalltown High School English teacher Kathaleen Hale’s face when the announcement rang through the Roundhouse Tuesday morning, followed by an eruption of cheers from the student body. She received this month’s Golden Apple Award from WHO-HD ...

Hubbell talks priorities

With less than a year to go until the 2018 midterm elections, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Fred Hubbell shared his priorities on education, job training, health care and income Tuesday afternoon. “I want to restore opportunities, and I think I’ve got the experience and I’ve got ...

80 percent of goal met

The Marshalltown YMCA-YWCA’s efforts to raise $137,000 for this year’s Annual Campaign is 80 percent complete, with $28,000 still needed. Over 230 businesses, foundations and individuals have contributed to this annual giving campaign, which helps make the Y’s programs and services ...

Woman faces meth drug charges

A routine traffic stop led to the vehicle’s passenger going to jail on drug charges. Marshalltown Police Department Capt. Brian Batterson said an MPD officer stopped a vehicle for an equipment violation in the 100 block of South 12th Avenue at 12:13 a.m. Tuesday. After pulling the ...

Traffic stop, chase leads to drug arrest

A traffic stop, followed by a brief chase, has put a State Center woman behind bars. According to Marshall County Sheriff Steve Hoffman, a sheriff’s deputy attempted to pull over a vehicle for a traffic violation near Center Street and Westwood Drive in Marshalltown on Monday. The vehicle, ...