Todays News

‘Made citizens feel proud’

JEFFERSON — Former Marshalltown resident, businessman and educator Jack Lashier is going home again. One cannot, famously said the late and esteemed author Thomas Wolfe, but Lashier is an exception. On Friday, Lashier will receive Jefferson’s Bell Tower of Fame Award, and on Saturday, ...

Comey set to speak

WASHINGTON — Fired FBI Director James Comey will testify under oath today that President Donald Trump repeatedly pressed him for his "loyalty" and directly pushed him to "lift the cloud" of investigation shadowing his White House by declaring publicly the president was not the target of the ...

Report cites improper use of school seclusion rooms in Iowa

IOWA CITY — The Iowa City Community School District occasionally sent students to padded seclusion rooms for minor infractions such as stepping out of line, though the rooms are intended to be used to prevent students from harming themselves or others, according to a state Department of ...

Regulators schedule hearings on potential Dakota Access pipeline fines

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota regulators have scheduled late-summer hearings on potentially finable offenses alleged against the Texas-based developer of the Dakota Access oil pipeline. The North Dakota Public Service Commission is investigating whether Energy Transfer Partners removed too ...

Islamic State claims stunning attack in Iran

TEHRAN, Iran — The Islamic State group claimed responsibility Wednesday for a pair of stunning attacks on Iran's parliament and the tomb of its revolutionary leader, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, which killed at least 12 people and wounded more than 40. Tehran Police Chief Gen. Hossein ...

London attacker’s mom blames internet for radicalizing son

LONDON — The youngest of the London Bridge attackers pleaded with his mother to settle with him in Syria but instead moved to Britain where his extremist views hardened and he fell into the company of a bloodthirsty gang that launched the latest attack on British streets, his mother said ...

‘He’s killing everybody’ woman says as Utah man opens fire

SANDY, Utah — After hearing screams and pounding at her front door, Kathy Peterson found a hysterical woman and three young girls cowering, one of the girls covered in blood. She heard gunshots nearby in the middle class Salt Lake City suburb of Sandy as she opened the door and brought them ...

Alleged leaker’s parents fear Trump will be tough on case

AUGUSTA, Ga. — A young woman charged with leaking U.S. government secrets to a reporter poses no flight risk if she's released from pre-trial confinement, her parents said Wednesday, though they fear prosecutors will seek to use the case to send a tough message from the Trump ...

Earliest fossils of our species found in Morocco

NEW YORK — How long has our species been around? New fossils from Morocco push the evidence back by about 100,000 years. The bones, about 300,000 years old, were unearthed thousands of miles from the previous record-holder, found in fossil-rich eastern Africa. The new discovery reveals ...

Marshalltown Kmart to close

Kmart has announced it will shutter its Marshalltown retail store over Labor Day Weekend. Officials confirmed that employees were notified Tuesday that the department store, located at 1720 S. Center St., will close its doors effective Sunday, Sept. 3. Store Manager Jackie Salzgeber ...

Slinker to plead guilty

A Marshalltown man accused of causing another man’s death during a fight at the House of Compassion in April has changed his plea from not guilty to guilty, according to Marshall County District Court records. Wyatt Kane Slinker, 23, was facing charges of involuntary manslaughter and ...

Willard “Bill” Matthew Hewlett, 60

Willard “Bill” Matthew Hewlett, 60, of Marshalltown, Iowa, formerly of Independence, Iowa, died on Wednesday, May 31, 2017, at his home at the Iowa Veterans Home in Marshalltown, Iowa. Mr. Hewlett is survived by his mother, Ann Hewlett, of Independence; 4 sisters: Michal “Mickey” ...

Sharing their thoughts

T-R PHOTO BY MIKE DONAHEY State Rep. Mark Smith, D-Marshalltown, addresses Iowa Utility Board, Alliant Energy officials and others at a public hearing held to elicit comments about Alliant’s proposed electric utility increase Tuesday evening at the Orpheum Theater. Smith and others thanked ...

40 sweet years

T-R PHOTO BY JEFF HUTTON This week, Times-Republican Publisher Mike Schlesinger marked his 40th anniversary with Ogden Newspapers, the parent company of the T-R.

Cultivating green thumbs

T-R PHOTO BY SARA JORDAN-HEINTZ It was a pleasant, sunny Tuesday morning as members of the Marshalltown Garden Club got to work weeding and planting perennials in its Butterfly Garden, located in Darwin L. Judge Park, at 1203 S. 12th St. Ann Bresler, left, and Isolde Deninger, right, helped ...

A dream come true for Ferneau

A downtown Marshalltown mainstay saw a change of ownership over the weekend, as 12-year Sub City employee Brian Ferneau took the reins and fulfilled a dream. “I was just looking for a job,” Ferneau said of first becoming a sandwich maker at Sub City in 2005. “I graduated high school in ...

Capturing a moment in time

A time. A place. A moment. A glimpse into the past. A portrait of the present-day. The essence of who Linda Eastman is as a photographer is her interest in documenting land, waterways, trees, fields and farms as they are today, as a forever reminder of their grandeur before time, Mother ...

Trump wishes Comey luck on testimony

WASHINGTON — The White House and its allies are scrambling for ways to offset potential damage from fired FBI Director James Comey's highly anticipated congressional testimony, an appearance that could expose new details about his discussions with President Donald Trump about the federal ...

Grassley says VA lied about Iowa wait times

DES MOINES — Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley is accusing the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs of lying about wait times for medical appointments at Iowa's VA hospitals, based on documents provided by a whistleblower. The Iowa Republican said the data shows the agency provided ...

Fraud charge dismissed against ex-administrative law judge

DES MOINES — A felony insurance fraud charge filed against a former Iowa Workforce Development administrative law judge was dismissed Tuesday by a judge who concluded the state had subjected her to retaliatory and vindictive treatment. Susan Ackerman claims she was fired in January 2015 and ...