Todays News

Poised for prosperity

STATE CENTER — “You can’t be stagnant and do nothing; we need to be forward-thinking and grow.” That’s the message from recently elected State Center Mayor Steve Sodders, who along with the community’s city council, sees great potential for the community of roughly 1,460 ...

‘An inquisitive nature’

Thaw Ta Soe, 10, is the type of student who doesn’t merely do enough to get by in his classes, but rather, adds advanced coursework to help him soar. As a fourth grader attending Hoglan Elementary School, he is enrolled in two accelerated programs: Target group and Math League. His XLP ...

Iowa considers immigration enforcement bill

DES MOINES, Iowa — Iowa has jumped into the national debate over immigration with an expansive enforcement bill that would require local governments to comply with federal immigration agents or risk losing state funds. The measure, scheduled for at least one vote this week in the ...

A step forward in local law enforcement

STATE CENTER — For more than 20 years, Jeff Bunn has seen the growth of his beloved State Center — more residents, a vibrant school district, an active downtown — this small Iowa community has flourished. But with growth and its proximity to Marshalltown and Ames as well as being ...

Iowa brewers receive tax break under federal tax changes

GLENWOOD, Iowa — Iowa brewers are toasting the recently approved federal tax changes, saying a tax break targeting their industry could spur expansion and more profits. Keg Creek Brewing is a large craft beer producer in southwest Iowa. Keg Creek is also one of the about 80 local breweries ...

Marshalltown woman charged in stabbing incident

TIMES-REPUBLICAN TOLEDO — A Marshalltown woman is in trouble with the law after authorities charged her in a stabbing incident over the weekend in Toledo. According to the Toledo Police Department, at 6:38 p.m. Saturday, officers were dispatched to Designer Inn and Suites for a report of ...

Education scrutinized

A variety of bills are under scrutiny in Des Moines as the 2018 state legislative session rolls on, and local lawmakers were asked about education legislation at Saturday morning public forum. “This is the time of the year when you hear lots of things being brought forth that you may have ...

Four people declare for vacant council seat

“If at first one does not succeed, try, try again.” That age-old, motivational idiom appears to have registered with four Marshalltown second ward residents. Their mission: convince second ward voters to put them in the winners circle for the vacant city council seat in the second ward. ...

Stories to inspire

DES MOINES — Cheers erupted from the second floor rotunda of the Iowa State Capitol Building Thursday as the first Iowa Latino Day on the Hill brought speakers sharing their stories. “There is a great deal of power in storytelling,” said former U.S. Special Ambassador to Latin America ...

Public land politics mark Denver debut of outdoor trade show

DENVER — The Outdoor Retailer and Snow Show debuted in Denver on Thursday after the multimillion-dollar international gathering of industry brands made a high-profile departure from its longtime Utah home in a dispute over preserving public lands. Organizers and industry figures launched ...

Trump plan offers citizenship path to 1.8 million immigrants

WASHINGTON — The White House unveiled a proposal Thursday that provides a pathway to citizenship for 1.8 million young immigrants living in the country illegally, in exchange for new restrictions on legal immigration and $25 billion in border security. The plan was applauded by some in ...

Caring Center Inc. needs help finding new location

A local organization which has aided needy Central Iowans since 1989 is now asking Marshalltownians for help. The Caring Center Inc., 110 W. Main St., must find a different location to continue its faith-based mission of offering free-of-charge bedding, clothes, shoes and small household ...

Safeguarding against the flu

Everywhere you go it seems someone is battling the sniffles, dealing with a cough, or enduring intestinal pain. Schools, workplaces, gyms, restaurants and anyplace where the general public gathers, can all be fertile grounds for coming into contact with common viral infections. According to a ...

Man faces second domestic abuse charge

A local man is in the Marshall County Jail after Marshalltown police arrested him for domestic abuse assault second offense, and domestic abuse assault impeding air/blood flow causing bodily injury. Mark Nathan Hoover, 38, was charged with the counts earlier this week according to police ...

Purk appeals conviction

TAMA-TOLEDO NEWS TOLEDO — Tait Otis Purk, 51, is seeking a new trial and a stay of his second-degree murder conviction. A motion for the new trial and in arrest of judgment was filed this week in Tama County District Court in Toledo. The motion was filed by his defense attorney, Scott ...

Future growth?

The Marshalltown Public Library board of trustees have had “a very, very, preliminary look at an addition to the library,” Library Director Sarah Rosenblum told the Times-Republican Wednesday. “It is something we are considering, with funding from the Friends of the Marshalltown Public ...