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Todays News

Teachers pack school board meeting amid ongoing union negotiations

Since formal negotiations began a month ago, the Marshalltown Education Association teachers’ union and Marshalltown Schools administrators have not come to terms about what the union can negotiate. District officials have said several permissible items like seniority, salary schedules, ...

National Veterans Awareness Riders visit Iowa Veterans Home

Monday morning, around 50 people from around the nation rode in to the Iowa Veterans Home on motorcycles and four-wheeled vehicles as part of the NVAR (National Veterans Awareness Riders) annual ride, which culminates in Washington, D.C. on Sunday. “This facility is one of the best we ...

Marshalltown Schools: Adjustment to future road safety curriculum possible

Following a fatal car accident which killed an 8-year-old Franklin Elementary student, Marshalltown Schools officials said current road safety curriculum is not being changed but may in the future. Christian Maxon, a second grader, died from injuries after being hit by a vehicle near the ...

A grape delight

Monday evening, youngsters in Boy Scout Troop #329 transplanted 100 wild grape seedlings at Grimes Farm and Conservation Center’s playscape. They were aided by members of the ISU Master Gardener Program. The hope is the grapes will begin growing up and over this newly installed metal tunnel, ...

Local man charged with second domestic assault

A local man was arrested by Marshalltown police and taken to Marshall County Jail recently for domestic abuse assault second offense and obstruction of emergency communication equipment. Sean Matthews Smith, 36, was taken into custody after officers were dispatched to a residence in the 400 ...

Man charged with domestic abuse

A local man was arrested and taken to Marshall County Jail earlier this week on a charge of domestic abuse assault, according to a criminal complaint and affidavit filed in Marshall County District Court. Marcos Venegas 18, assaulted the victim by striking her in the face with a closed fist, ...

A DAY IN THE LIFE — A Florist

Editor’s note: This is part of a weekly series spotlighting various professionals in our community, highlighting the impact of their work. Have an idea for the series? Email sjordan@timesrepublican.com. The sweet scent of lilies, daisies, roses, carnations and daffodils fill the air. Their ...

Student in the Spotlight — Angelamaria Voigt

Hoglan Elementary School fourth grader Angelamaria Voigt enjoys a lot of school activities, but her favorite is creating art. One recent example of her skill is a clay figure of a penguin with a unicorn’s horn. That piece is part of a theme of Angelamaria’s art. “I like to draw and ...

Weekend happenings

T-R PHOTO BY SARA JORDAN-HEINTZ Saturday, the Central Iowa Art Association (CIAA) held its 75th anniversary art sale, selling artwork and art supplies, at its location inside the Fisher Community Center. It will soon be vacating the spot, moving its programming to Iowa Valley Continuing ...

Trump’s ‘great patriot’ farmers follow him into a trade war

MADRID — Iowa farmer Tim Bardole survived years of low crop prices and rising costs by cutting back on fertilizer and herbicides and fixing broken-down equipment rather than buying new. When President Donald Trump’s trade war with China made a miserable situation worse, Bardole used up any ...

Sadie Weekley named Marshalltown Police Department Employee of the Year

Sadie Weekley may be a petite, laid-back and friendly young woman, but she is also a tough, resourceful and well-respected sergeant at the Marshalltown Police Department. She is the 2019 recipient of the Times-Republican’s seventh annual MPD Employee of the Year Award. She was chosen by a ...

Marshall County Jail sees high rate of mental illness among inmates

Of all Marshall County Jail inmates, 42 percent are being treated for some form of mental illness. With more mental health patients than beds in Iowa’s mental health institutes, a large number end up in the criminal justice system rather than in a health care facility. “It’s been an ...

Michigan GOP congressman says Trump conduct is ‘impeachable’

WASHINGTON — A Republican congressman from Michigan on Saturday became the first member of President Donald Trump’s party on Capitol Hill to accuse him of engaging in “impeachable conduct” stemming from special counsel Robert Mueller’s lengthy investigation into Russian meddling in ...

Female lawmakers speak about rapes as abortion bills advance

COLUMBUS, Ohio — For more than two decades, Nancy Mace did not speak publicly about her rape. In April, when she finally broke her silence, she chose the most public of forums — before her colleagues in South Carolina’s legislature. A bill was being debated that would ban all abortions ...

Bernie Sanders unveils plan to overhaul public education

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders wants to suspend taxpayer funding of new charter schools and ban those that are for-profit as part of his plan to overhaul public education that he released on Saturday. Saying charter schools are “exacerbating educational ...

Local man authors first book

Local author and freelance writer Andy Heintz recently conducted 100 interviews of dissident activists, journalists and leftists over the phone, Skype and email to finish his book: “Dissidents of the International Left.” His publisher later cut the 100 to 77. Heintz said he wanted to see ...

Civil War veteran receives headstone over 130 years after his death

LAUREL — Donna Ingraham Wernberg has finally fulfilled a lifelong wish. The final resting place of her great-great-grandfather, a Civil War veteran, has received a headstone, over 130 years after his death. The public is invited to attend the dedication ceremony at 10 a.m. May 25 at the ...

Montana Gov. Bullock tour Meskwaki Settlement

“It’s kind of like what Mo Udall (Democrat U.S. Rep. Arizona 1961-91) said, ‘When the Democrats form a firing squad, we form a circle,’” was Montana Governor Steve Bullock’s response when asked how he would unite the Democrat Party upon his being nominated for president. “Of the ...

Retirees look back on careers in education

While kids all over Central Iowa are gearing up for another summer break, a group of longtime educators is set to say goodbye to their classrooms. Not for summer, but for good. Each spring, education veterans call it a career and move on with the next step in their lives, and this year is ...

Tanker caught in ditch near Green Mountain

GREEN MOUNTAIN — A tanker truck hauling liquid nitrogen got stuck on a roadside south of Green Mountain Friday, and sheriff’s deputies responded to provide traffic control. The incident occurred at the roadway entrance of the Koch Nitrogen facility near the intersection of Garwin Road ...