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COVID-19

The Reopening: Gathering to worship

Churches across the nation begin holding in-person services as some states ease pandemic restrictions The inability to attend church each week has been one of the most affecting consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. Due to social distancing guidelines, it’s been nearly impossible for ...

Restore holds services at Anson Park

The Restore Church in Marshalltown held an in-person service for the first time since March 15 — when the COVID-19 pandemic began. On Sunday, close to 40 Restore congregation members gathered at Anson Park to celebrate their faith and see their church family once again. Ryan Trosen, the ...

Local nonprofit looks to help groups impacted by pandemic

The Community Foundation of Marshall County is awarding grants from its Marshall County Disaster Recovery Fund to help those negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. This is the first round of grant awards from this fund. The fund was recently established to assist those negatively ...

Iowa adds 321 cases of COVID-19

DES MOINES — Iowa reported another 321 coronavirus cases Sunday to give the state 31,243 cases of COVID-19. The Iowa Department of Public Health said that as of 10 a.m. Sunday 721 people with COVID-19 had died since the outbreak began. For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or ...

COVID-19 impacts end-of-year reports

Five Marshalltown Community School District principals gave the school board end-of-year reports during a special Tuesday meeting. Anson Anson Elementary Principal Ronnie Manis told the board the enrollment during the 2019-20 school year was 338. After the COVID-19 closure, an average of ...

Participate in summer library program from home

The Melbourne Public Library is switching things up for the “Imagine Your Story” summer program this year, but the activities are as fun as ever. Registration is not required and people of any age can participate. Take-home kits are available for pick up 3 to 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 to 6 ...

Fauci, CDC chief raise concerns about full airline flights

The government’s top experts in infectious diseases on Tuesday criticized American Airlines’ decision to pack flights full while the coronavirus outbreak continues to grow across much of the United States. “Obviously that is something that is of concern. I’m not sure what went into ...

Marshalltown Aquatic Center reopens July 4

This Fourth of July will make more of a splash. After several months of preparation the Marshalltown Aquatic Center will begin its second phase of reopening. Starting on July 4, residents will be able play in the pool once again. “We want everyone to know there will be some extra ...

Two more cases of COVID-19 since Monday

Marshall County has 1,013 cases of COVID-19, a rise of two since Monday. The number of recovered cases in the county has risen dramatically to 914. Marshall County is in the top eight counties in Iowa with the highest COVID-19 cases. The others are Polk with 6,066; Woodbury, 3,172; Black ...

JBS to give $2.7 million to Marshalltown

GREELEY, Colo. – Through the Hometown Strong initiative, JBS on Wednesday announced plans to donate $2.7 million to help Marshalltown respond to needs resulting from the coronavirus pandemic and invest in the community’s future. JBS is working with local leaders to identify where the ...

Reopening brings increase in COVID-19

On Saturday, Marshall County reached 1,000 cases of COVID-19. A seven-day period saw 37 new cases of COVID-19 and cases continue to rise as more businesses and city buildings opened their doors to the public. As of Monday there were 1,011 reported cases in Marshall County, according to the ...

Second stimulus check or travel tax credit?

After a round of stimulus checks granted qualifying citizens money to help pay for living expenses and boost the economy, Americans may be wondering if a second round of payment could be on the way as COVID-19 continues to spread. Last week, President Donald Trump told a reporter for Scripps ...

Steady numbers in home sales

JAMESTOWN, N.Y. — The pandemic changed the way people shop for houses, and in some cases, gave owners second thoughts about putting their property on the market. But it didn’t do much to slow down buyers. “Buyers were still in the market to purchase homes and were more than willing to ...

Large motorcycle rally in Algona worries local officials

ALGONA — A group still plans to hold a three-day motorcycle rally in northern Iowa that’s expected to attract thousands of bikers despite the concerns of local officials that the event could spread the coronavirus. Local officials usually welcome the annual Freedom Rally held on a farm ...

Property tax, motor vehicle deadline extended

 Deadlines for both property taxes and motor vehicle in the Marshall County Treasurer’s Office have been further extended in response to the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds issued a proclamation today that extends the deadlines to July 27th, 2020 for March 2020 ...

More than 1,000 cases in Marshall County

Marshall County has 1,011 cases of COVID-19, a rise of 13 since Friday. The number of recovered cases in the county has remained at 616. Marshall County is in the top eight counties in Iowa with the highest COVID-19 cases. The others are Polk with 5,968; Woodbury, 3,147; Black Hawk, 2,070; ...

Iowa reports 543 more virus cases

DES MOINES — Health officials report the number of coronavirus cases in Iowa grew by 543 to 28,478 on Sunday. The Iowa Department of Public Health said that as of 10 a.m. Sunday the number of deaths linked to the virus remained at 704, which was unchanged from Saturday. The state said ...

Iowa school reopening plan doesn’t require masks, distancing

GRIMES — Iowa education officials released guidelines Thursday that will allow schools to reopen to normal activities as of July 1 without requirements that students and teachers undergo health checks, wear face coverings or observe social distancing in schools. The plan is in line with ...

COVID-19 misconceptions continue to spread like a virus

West Virginia state senator John Unger has seen the effects of COVID-19. A good friend of his, David Sanders, is fighting for his life and is currently in critical condition, using a ventilator as he battles the virus. “I’ve heard people say that it’s a hoax,” Unger said. “Well, you ...

Communion in cars

Central Christian Church will introduce a drive-in communion service this Sunday. It will begin at 10 a.m. at the west side entrance of the church, with people available to direct cars to the right location. Colette Benge will begin the service by playing the keyboard, followed by ...