Todays News

Central Iowa youth prepare for state fair

Summer is a busy time for young livestock showers in Central Iowa. Many just got done showing their pigs, sheep, cattle and other animals at the Central Iowa Fair last week. Now, their attention turns to getting ready for one of the biggest events of the year – the Iowa State Fair. ...

Sibling honored for reviving sister who stopped breathing

Not every 911 call has a happy ending. But the quick-thinking by 11-year-old Lyla Morgan of Marshalltown earlier this month resulted in a happy outcome. While mother Amanda Paigly was at work, Morgan stayed home to babysit her then 7-week-old sister Lilya Castillo. However, when the ...

New Thompson True-Value store sign of owner resiliency

A number of Marshalltown businesses can claim a rebound from the July 19, 2018, tornado. But only the local Thompson True-Value can boast rebuilding from a truss-breaking snowstorm and the tornado both in 2018. On July 8, owners Dave, Kathy and Paul Thompson opened their new, 14,000 ...

Staff members’ quick reaction keeps kids safe during tornado

Editor's note: The Times-Republican Salute to Hometown Heroes award was presented to five recipients on the anniversary of the tornado. The nominating process was open to the public and a committee of local volunteers selected the awardees. The Summer Blast day camp staff practiced a tornado ...

Man injured while helping community

Editor's note: The Times-Republican Salute to Hometown Heroes award was presented to five recipients on the anniversary of the tornado. The nominating process was open to the public and a committee of local volunteers selected the awardees. In the face of a disaster, heroes often work behind ...

Man finds fulfillment in leading disaster recovery team

Editor's note: The Times-Republican Salute to Hometown Heroes award was presented to five recipients on the anniversary of the tornado. The nominating process was open to the public and a committee of local volunteers selected the awardees. Jake Rowley was one of thousands of Marshalltown ...

Local man finds unique ways to help recovery in neighborhood he grew up in

Editor's note: The Times-Republican Salute to Hometown Heroes award was presented to five recipients on the anniversary of the tornado. The nominating process was open to the public and a committee of local volunteers selected the awardees. Richie Ritter rode his bike down Bromley Street when ...

Art Festival brings creativity, entertainment to downtown

The sun was shining brightly over Marshalltown Saturday and the heat index was high, but that didn’t stop people from attending the Marshalltown Art Festival. Hundreds of people filled Main Street despite the heat. People of all ages attended the art festival, from elders to babies still in ...

Banquet fosters Marshalltown pride

Tears filled the eyes of those remembering July 19, 2018, but a renewed sense of pride was even more overwhelming. On the night of the one year anniversary of the tornado that swept through Marshalltown, the Times-Republican hosted a banquet to raise money for the Rebuild Marshalltown ...

City remembers tornado, celebrates a year of recovery

Marshalltown residents had to show strength after the July 2018 EF-3 tornado damaged homes, businesses and other structures. The rallying cry of “Marshalltown Strong” was as strong as ever Friday as Marshalltown residents remembered the dreadful day a year ago and celebrated the immense ...

Church bells commemorate 2018 tornado

On Marshalltown’s Main Street Friday, church bells were heard followed by the soft chimes produced by six hand bell ringers to commemorate the first anniversary of the July 19 tornado. The melodic church bells from St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and others, combined with the hand bell ringing, ...

Local internships provide learning in the workplace

High schoolers’ lives are busy, from academics and extracurriculars to family, social and work obligations, and some students are putting in extra effort to forward their careers at local businesses. Three Bobcats are increasing their knowledge of computer technology at Marshalltown ...

Lennox Strong: An inside look at recovery after tornado decimated facility

If you walked onto Lennox’s manufacturing floor in Marshalltown, you would hardly know one year ago a tornado nearly flattened the entire facility on July 19. You wouldn’t know insulation coated every piece of equipment and water from the sprinklers flooded the floor. You wouldn’t be able ...

Federal aid slowly coming

From removing more than 500 trees to replacing mangled stop signs to repairing the Veterans Memorial Coliseum roof, the city of Marshalltown incurred millions of dollars in tornado-related expenses. Insurance covered some but not all of those losses. The city is still working with insurance ...

Marshall County Courthouse — A recovery timeline

The Marshall County Courthouse has been through a lot of changes since it was first built in the 1880s and it got arguably its biggest challenge yet in the July 19 tornado. In the minutes after the storm tore through, it was evident the courthouse had been damaged. Not long after, a video ...

Former mayor remembers working on courthouse roof

Former Marshalltown Mayor Howard Stegmann is known by many for his career in local government – before those days, he was a teen working with his dad on the Marshall County Courthouse roof and dome. That was back in the late 1930s, when Stegmann was about 13 years old. Now, the 93-year-old ...

Tornado’s emotional, physical impact still evident at local schools

Marshalltown Schools’ elementary buildings are spread throughout town and are centers of activity for their respective neighborhoods. Students and parents were all impacted by the July 19 tornado. The damage was physical and emotional. Both Woodbury and Franklin elementary schools dealt ...

Facelift slated for Vets Memorial Coliseum

The tornado’s work was done when it lifted off near the Marshalltown Generating Station in the late afternoon of July 19. But the work was just beginning for emergency responders, Alliant Energy crews, city and county officials. They would have their hands full for the weeks ahead. “The ...