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Public funeral planned Friday for slain Iowa trooper

INDEPENDENCE — The funeral will be held Friday morning for Iowa State Patrol Sgt. Jim Smith, who was killed while trying to arrest a man barricaded in his Grundy Center home. The patrol and Smith’s family announced a visitation will be from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at Reiff Family ...

IRS chief expects new child payments to start this summer

WASHINGTON — It’s a strain, but the head of the IRS said Tuesday he expects to meet the July 1 deadline in the new pandemic relief law for starting a groundbreaking tax program aimed at reducing child poverty. That means new advance monthly payments of as much as $300 per child could begin ...

Supervisors choose Phillips for sheriff

There is a new sheriff in town and it is Joel Phillips. During a regular meeting on Tuesday, the Marshall County Board of Supervisors chose Phillips. The decision was made after Steve Hoffman resigned from the position on March 15, and accepted a job as a chief for the Polk County Sheriff's ...

Jordan Gaffney is new county attorney

The Marshall County Board of Supervisors have chosen Jordan Gaffney as the new county attorney - a decision made during the regular Tuesday meeting. The previous county attorney, Jennifer Miller, resigned April 1 after she was named district judge for District 2B by Gov. Kim ...

Riverside kicks off letter-writing campaign

There might be a chance Riverside Cemetery could get some help from FEMA for paying for derecho-related damages. Riverside Cemetery General Manager Dorie Tammen received a letter at the end of March from FEMA, informing her there would be no funds coming. After the Times-Republican covered ...

Johnson & Johnson vaccinations on pause

DES MOINES - With the announcement from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Tuesday morning, the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has advised all Iowa vaccine providers pause administration of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine until more details are confirmed. ASSOCIATED ...

MPACT shares first update with council

Marshalltown Police Chief Mike Tupper spoke with a somber tone when introducing the first report from MPACT to the Marshalltown City Council during a regular meeting Monday. First, Tupper acknowledged Sgt. Jim Smith, an Iowa State Patrol officer who was killed during a shootout in Grundy ...

MPD warns of Amazon scam

A new scam variation has appeared locally regarding Amazon.com, according to the Marshalltown Police Department. The scam works like this: a perpetrator claiming to be an Amazon representative, calls unsuspecting individuals over the phone and claim that the individual has made a purchase on ...

UnityPoint battles over proposed new lab

One of Iowa’s largest health care providers is going to court in an effort to block the creation of two new cardiac catheterization labs it says are unnecessary. UnityPoint Health-Des Moines, which owns and operates Iowa Methodist Medical Center, Blank Children’s Hospital, Iowa Lutheran ...

Storybook Walk looks to get families out and about

A page-turning adventure will take families on a trip across downtown Marshalltown. Marshalltown Central Business District and Marshalltown Public Library have partnered to put on a Storybook Walk throughout downtown businesses beginning Friday. Fifteen businesses are participating in the ...

More kratom popping up in Marshalltown

Signs outside gas stations and shops have been popping up more frequently in Marshalltown during the last year advertising a substance mysterious to many. Kratom is a naturally grown herb from Thailand typically sold in capsules and mixed into tea. The substance is legal and unregulated ...

Marshalltown Police warn of Amazon scam

A new scam variation has appeared locally regarding Amazon.com, according to the Marshalltown Police Department. The scam works like this: a perpetrator claiming to be an Amazon representative, calls unsuspecting individuals over the phone and claim that the individual has made a purchase on ...

Riverside Cemetery asking for letters

There might be a chance Riverside Cemetery could get some help from FEMA for paying for derecho-related damages. After the Times-Republican covered the denial on April 8, Riverside Cemetery General Manager Dorie Tammen received a call from the Iowa Homeland Security office, explaining why the ...

Businesses, bands, Evening Lions convene at Central Iowa Fairgrounds

When Exit 185 launched into the first few chords of the Alanis Morrisette hit “You Oughta Know,” the crowd of a couple hundred people inside the Central Iowa Fairgrounds’ Activity Center was at its highest point. After hearing songs from the 70s (“Don’t Stop Believin’”) and the ...

UnityPoint to begin vaccinating people age 18

People older than the age of 18 who would like to receive the COVID-19 vaccine are encouraged to self-schedule an appointment with UnityPoint Health – Marshalltown at www.uph.link/wat0ir. If individuals would prefer to call, they can reach the call center at 319-226-2601 during daytime ...

Some GOP-led states target abortions done through medication

About 40% of all abortions in the U.S. are now done through medication — rather than surgery — and that option has become all the more pivotal during the COVID-19 pandemic. Abortion rights advocates say the pandemic has demonstrated the value of medical care provided virtually, ...

Man’s body found in Des Moines River near park on Saturday

DES MOINES — A man's body was found Saturday in the Des Moines River near a park in Des Moines. A fisherman and a cyclist riding on a riverside trail both spotted the body near Riverview Park on Saturday afternoon and called police, spokesman Sgt. Paul Parizek said. A Polk County medical ...

Authorities ID trooper killed in Grundy Center

During a 2:30 p.m. press conference Saturday, Iowa State Patrol authorities said Sgt. Jim Smith, was killed Friday night in Grundy Center during a five-hour standoff. He was attempting to arrest a driver, Michael Thomas Lane, 41, who led law enforcement on a high speed chase and then ...

MCSD students learn about Holocaust

Surprisingly high numbers of millennials and Generation Z Iowans have little to no knowledge of the Holocaust. Results from a recent survey by the Claims Conference was released after information was gathered from each state in America. According to that information, 65 percent of the surveyed ...

Proclamation about raising awareness for child care shortage

Mayor Joel Greer has seen the positive effects of quality child care and development first hand. This is why he proclaimed Marshalltown will recognize the Week of the Young Child. The Week of the Young Child is an annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of ...