Local News

Blood drive slated in Welcome

WELCOME — Monday will be the first of October and senior citizens will meet for their monthly potluck meal at noon at the Welcome Legion Hall, with fellowship to follow. All area senior citizens are encouraged to attend. n Tuesday will be a busy day. Coffee hours for the month of ...

Teen’s aim: Find way to help others

Helping others inevitably means a little bit of self-sacrifice, whether in time or money. But that sacrifice can bring us greater joy than if we had kept our efforts to ourselves. 13-year-old Jazlyn Geerdes learned this lesson when she sacrificed some of her time and effort to help purchase ...

Meals on Wheels maintains tradition

FAIRMONT — Meals on Wheels America is an organization that supports more than 5,000 community-based programs across the country dedicated to addressing senior isolation and hunger. The program relies on volunteers to deliver nutritious meals to seniors. Fairmont has its own program, ...

Homecoming parade set

TRUMAN — Congratulations to Truman High School homecoming king Clay Gieseke and queen Alyssa Nagorske. n Plan to attend the community homecoming parade beginning 4:30 p.m. Friday. Then, from 5:30-7 p.m., there will be a tailgate party sponsored by Profinium. Truman High School alumni ...

PUC crew earns praise

FAIRMONT — The Fairmont Public Utilities Commission on Tuesday offered praise and gratitude to Marty Meixell, the city’s electric distribution superintendent, and his crew for their outstanding efforts in restoring power to the community following Thursday night’s storm. “We lost the ...

County: It’s an emergency

FAIRMONT — Martin County commissioners held a special meeting Tuesday to declare a state of emergency in the county, because of a violent storm that passed through the area less than one week ago. The brief rain and wind storm hit Fairmont about 6 p.m. Thursday and lasted only about 20 ...

Fairmont Area: Levy going down

FAIRMONT — The Fairmont School Board on Tuesday approved a proposed 2019 property tax levy reduction of 0.19 percent. “It’s a small reduction, but it’s still a reduction. Our property taxes will be reduced by $11,063,” said Superintendent Joe Brown. He explained that the reduction ...

City leader offers update

FAIRMONT — Fairmont City Administrator Mike Humpal covered a myriad of municipal topics as guest speaker Tuesday at the Fairmont Exchange Club meeting. Club members offered comments and questions, with the proposed community center and cleanup from the recent storm creating the most ...

Bowlmor wins funding

FAIRMONT — The Fairmont Economic Development Authority has unanimously approved a $15,000 loan for Bowlmor Lanes to update its 25-year-old scoring system. The system will include new television screens above the lanes. Cost of the project is almost $89,000. Linsey Preuss, Fairmont ...

Truman man facing charges

TRUMAN — A Truman man is facing multiple felony charges in Martin County. Skiler John Hovenga, 28, has been charged with burglary in the second degree, which carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine; attempted theft of a firearm, which carries a maximum penalty of ...

MCW holds homecoming

SHERBURN — This is homecoming week at Martin County West. Nick Beseke and Chey Owens were crowned king and queen at the coronation ceremony Monday evening. Nic Potthoff and Abby Bachenberg were named prince and princess. Other members of the homecoming court were Madison Klima, Karlee ...

Briefly

Federal flood insurance available FAIRMONT – The city of Fairmont has joined more than 22,000 communities nationwide that are allowed to purchase federally backed flood insurance. This availability follows the community’s adoption and enforcement of ordinances to reduce flood losses ...

City plans forum on rec center

FAIRMONT — Funding for a $24.7 million community center split the Fairmont City Council on Monday, leaving Mayor Debbie Foster to cast the tie-breaking votes on a trio of motions. The division was not caused by whether to fund the project. Rather, it was an endeavor by council members Jim ...

Green merits academic accolade

Fairmont High School senior Jeb Green recently was named a National Merit Scholarship semi-finalist. It is a rare accomplishment that few students across the country achieve. Students are selected based on their PSAT scores, among other accomplishments. Green, the son of Nicole and Dr. ...

Man facing drug charge

FAIRMONT — A homeless man, age unknown, is facing a felony charge in Martin County. Abelardo Flores has been charged with drug possession in the fifth degree, which carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine. According to the complaint: On Sept. 11, a woman who ...

Candidate forums set for October

FAIRMONT — The tradition of candidate forums for local office seekers will continue this election year. Sponsored by the Fairmont Area Chamber of Commerce and the Martin County Farm Bureau, the forums are set for 7 p.m. Oct. 3, 10 and 11 in council chambers at Fairmont City Hall. The forums ...

Voting in Martin County is easy

FAIRMONT - Martin County will have a tough time beating its voter turnout from the 2016 general election which had a brutal presidential race plus challengers in every one of Fairmont’s municipal races. According to the Martin County auditor’s office, out of 11,805 registered voters in the ...

Cleanup continues

FAIRMONT — The Fairmont area continued to clean up Friday following a storm that swept through on Thursday evening, knocking down trees, damaging structures and leaving people without power. From Ceylon, to Fairmont to Granada, the work went on. Branches and whole trees littered city ...

Martin County 4-H marking 100th birthday

Martin County 4-H is marking a milestone this year as it celebrates 100 years of existence. In honor of the occasion, 4-H has invited alumni and families to join in a celebration on Sunday at the East Chain Activity Center. Martin County 4-H coordinator Kristie Gaalswyk-Pomerenke shares ...

GHEC touts positive focus

GRANADA — This school year, Granada-Huntley-East Chain has had a lot of visible changes, including new flooring in the building and new landscaping outside. Not as visible, but still noticeable, are the positive behaviors being displayed throughout the school. Kristie Rolling, dean of ...