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Students such as these MHS freshman in Shelly Chander’s English class may find online resources and study practice helpful during their upcoming 11-day winter break.

Staying sharp over winter break

How can Marshalltown students stay sharp for their return from winter break, when they’ll want to finish the semester on a high note? “It would be nice if we were able to close up the semester at the Christmas (winter) break,” said Marshalltown High School counselor John Fitzgerald. ...

SPORTS SHORTS: MHS boys win, girls fall at Mystic Lanes

MASON CITY — Carson Potter had a night to remember, bowling a 251 and 215 in his individual rounds for a 466 series, helping the boys’ varsity bowling team to a win against Mason City, 2,934-2,583. “Bowling is fun,” Potter said. “Change your thoughts, change your ...

Stevenson

Bullying the focus of SIAC meeting

How can Marshalltown Schools cut down on bullying? Along with the regular school board meeting Monday afternoon, parents, students, teachers and principals attended a meeting of the School Improvement Advisory Committee to develop with goals for June of 2017. “We’re going to ...

Trump tapping Washington, Wall Street veterans for top jobs

WASHINGTON — President-elect Donald Trump is enlisting a trio of nominees with deep ties to Washington and Wall Street to fill out his Cabinet, including former Goldman Sachs executive Steven Mnuchin as secretary of the Treasury Department. On Tuesday, Trump also chose Georgia Rep. Tom ...

T-R PHOTO BY                 SARA JORDAN-HEINTZ

Sara and Justin 
Nickel of
Marshalltown 
adopted three 
siblings on Adoption Saturday, and they 
are looking forward 
to building a life
with them. 
The couple adopted twin girls Libby, 
far left, and Mya, 
far right, 4, and 
their little sister 
Allie, 3.

Building a family

For Sara and Justin Nickel of Marshalltown, the holiday season will be filled with extra love, laughter and cheer. That’s because on Nov. 19 — Adoption Saturday — their family grew by three little girls. In honor of National Adoption Month, the Times-Republican shares their ...

Without Electoral College, we’d live in real-life ‘Hunger Games’

Americans are so sick of politics right now that merely mentioning a phrase like “let’s get rid of the Electoral College” might compel some to stick pins in their eyes. Please! Don’t harm yourselves! Besides, eye stabbing is just too darn chock-full of drama. So what if I threw in a ...

Trump’s first right move

WASHINGTON — As Donald Trump moves ahead in forming his new administration, his first significant decision has been putting Vice President-elect Mike Pence in charge of his transition team. In swiftly replacing his original choice, Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey, Trump has signaled his ...

Security cameras in the city’s future?

A presentation by Marshall County Crimestoppers on the merits of installing security cameras throughout Marshalltown, a status report on the joint police/fire facility, and the introduction of new city administrator Jessica Kinser were key actions at  Monday’s city council ...

Cindy Lou Reysack, 58

Cindy Lou Reysack, 58, of McGregor, Iowa, previously of Iowa Falls, Iowa, passed away Saturday, November 5, 2016, at Crossing Rivers Health Medical Center in Prairie Du Chien, Wisconsin. The funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m., Friday, November 18, 2016, at the Linn’s Funeral Home Chapel; ...

Local fifth grader is a budding inventor

Eleven-year-old Claire Bohan, a fifth grader at Lenihan Intermediate School, is the type of student that positively contributes to the academic experience. “She’s a really good example of how to treat people,” said teacher Julie Finch. “She comes to class with a smile and ready to ...

Times Ago

Nov. 13 • 10 years ago in 2006 South Tama High School alumnus Danny R. Yuska Jr. was the recipient of the 2006 Richard Riggleman “Speech Coach of the Year” award and a $3,000 scholarship at the Iowa High School Speech Association Coaches Convention. Yuska, 25, was teaching language ...

Kinser

New city administrator starts Nov. 14

Marshalltown’s new city administrator — Jessica Kinser — first day on the job is Nov. 14. Just in time for the first city council meeting of the month. Interim city administrator Mark Stevens confirmed Kinser’s start date in a telephone conversation with the Times-Republican. The ...

Boy Scout to build flag display at Gilman Cemetery

GILMAN — Andrew Abramson has begun fundraising efforts for his Boy Scout Troop #324 Eagle Scout project. He plans to construct and erect a triple flag display at the Gilman Cemetery. The display will have an American flag, POW/MIA flag and the Iowa flag displayed. There will also be a ...

Anthony Allen Vodochodsky, 52

Anthony Allen Vodochodsky, 52, of Marshalltown, passed away on Friday, November 4, 2016, at University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics in Iowa City. Memorial services for Tony will be held on Tuesday, November 8, 2016, at 4:00 p.m. at the Mitchell Family Funeral Home in Marshalltown. Visitation ...

Hillary’s High Crimes & Misdemeanors

If Hillary Clinton is elected president on Tuesday, and if what Bret Baier is reporting from FBI sources on Fox News is true, America is headed for a constitutional crisis. Indeed, it would seem imperative that FBI Director James Comey, even if it violates protocol and costs him his job, ...

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Hundreds bowed their heads as Pastor Dylan Does led three prayers for the officers killed in the Des Moines area earlier this week and for law enforcement officers and emergency personnel, local and national.

‘Flowers, letters and overwhelming support’

A time to celebrate, a time to pray. The nation was shocked earlier this week when two Des Moines-area police officers were ambushed and killed, and hundreds of central Iowans attended a vigil held in their honor Saturday. “I got a call from our son in Des Moines,” said Lois ...

It could always be worse

This is going to get into some weird territory; cults and robotic eyes and presidential politics ... just a heads up. Only a couple more days Americans all over are ready to tune into the exciting conclusion of “Election 2016” in just two more days! Ok, not all Americans. ...

Vet relates time with Atomic Cannon

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. Clemons native Richard Perry volunteered for the U.S. Army draft in 1953, ...

Thank you to everyone for food donations

On Oct. 22, area Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts of the TAMAHA District participated in the 26th annual Scouting For Food Community Service project. More than 6,000 items of food were collected and given to the local food pantries in the Central Iowa area. I want to extend my sincere thanks to all ...