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Wed
31
May

Daleske excited for public sector work

Ben Daleske

 

Daleske excited for public sector work

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

Fayette County has a new assistant county engineer in Ben Daleske. 

Daleske, 25, currently resides in Sioux City, where he works as a design engineer for Sabre Towers and Poles. While the city life is nice, Daleske is looking forward to moving his family back to a small town. 

Wed
31
May

Thompson retires as WC art teacher

 

Lynn Thompson has run a K-12 art program since she started teaching in the Urbana school district 41 years ago. Thompson moved to West Central two years later. Here, she demonstrates to her kindergarten students how to cut the mouth out of a paper plate to create Pac-Man.  (Chris DeBack photo)

 

Thompson retires as WC art teacher

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com
 

 

For 39 years Lynn Thompson, West Central art teacher, has helped students express their creative side.

  On June 6, she’ll stroll away into a picturesque sunset knowing full well she had an artistic impact on each student who walked through her door. Although Thompson is looking forward to retirement, she will miss West Central. 

Wed
31
May

How one year turned into a career

 

Robin Madole has been one of the most familiar faces in the Valley school district for over 35 years. Serving as everything from a physical education teacher to a math instructor and coaching four different girls’ sports in her time with the school, Madole has undoubtedly had an opportunity to touch countless lives there and more recently at North Fayette Valley High School. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

How one year turned into a career

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

When Robin Madole first came to the Valley school district at the beginning of the 1982 school year, she had no intentions of staying more than a year and then moving on to a larger district. After a year of living in the community, however, her roots became firmly planted in the Fayette County soil.

Wed
31
May

Signode bid of $425,000 pending

 

Terry Redfern of Hazel Green, Wis., places the highest bid of $425,000 during the Signode building auction on Wednesday, May 24. The seller has seven days from May 24 to reject Redfern’s high bid.  Chris DeBack photo

 

Signode bid of $425,000 pending

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

A Wisconsin man’s bid of $425,000 was the highest bid at the live auction of the Signode building in West Union on Wednesday, May 24.

 

Terry Redfern of Hazel Green, Wis., was the highest bidder. The owner of the building has until today (May 31) to reject the bid; it was unknown whether or not he or she had done so by press time. 

 

Williams and Williams Real Estate Auction in Tulsa, Okla., which conducted the auction, is seeking “back-up bids” for the property. 

 

Wed
31
May

Avenson remembered for impact on Volga Lake

Don Avenson

 

Avenson remembered for impact on Volga Lake

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

Oelwein resident and former Iowa House Speaker Don Avenson, 72, died from a heart attack while on vacation in western Nebraska on May 19.

  Elected to the Iowa House in 1972, Avenson was a strong advocate for northeast Iowa. 

  One of Avenson’s greatest accomplishments came early in his political career when he lobbied for the State to keep its promise and create the Volga River State Recreation Area. 

Wed
17
May

Montauk site manager bids farewell

 

fter seven years as Montauk Historic Site manager, Wade Schott of Clermont will be leaving the position for a similar one with the Butterworth Foundation in Moline, Ill.  LeAnn Larson photo

 

Montauk site manager bids farewell

 

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

Wade Schott, Montauk Historic Site manager, will be saying goodbye to Montauk one final time on June 2. 

The Clermont historic site is in search of a new site manager after Schott resigned his post, effective his final day. 

Schott has taken a building supervisor position with the Butterworth Foundation in Moline, Ill. He will be responsible for supervising the Butterworth Center and Deere-Wiman House.

Wed
17
May

Man arrested in Quillin;s, Subway robberies

 

Cody Williams, 31, of West Union unlawfully entered Quillin’s grocery store approximately eight minutes after midnight on May 15 and proceeded to take items from the store for the next 90 minutes. Williams took cigarettes, alcohol, Kingsford charcoal, canned food and meat products (not pictured). 

 

 

Man arrested in Quillin's, Subway robberies

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

A West Union man was arrested in connection with burglaries at Quillin’s grocery store and Subway restaurant in West Union. 

Cody Williams, 31, of West Union was arrested Monday evening, May 15, and charged with two counts of theft in the second degree; theft in the fourth degree; burglary in the first degree; and burglary in the second degree. 

Wed
17
May

Positivity key in beating brain tumor

 

When Chris Bemiss (second from right) of West Union was diagnosed with a meningioma brain tumor in February, her life was flipped upside down. Now, after undergoing surgery and with radiation treatment in the future, Bemiss credits her loving family, including (l-r) Brooke, Brittany, husband Rick Thompson, and Brianna, with helping her most through the tough times. (submitted photo)

 

Positivity key in beating brain tumor

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

 

For Chris Bemiss, a lifelong resident and well-known member of the West Union community, the last several months have been some of the most eventful and life-changing she has ever experienced.

“It all started about a week before Christmas (2016),” explained Bemiss. “I started to experience slight visual disturbance in my eyesight, but I didn’t really think much of it at first.”

She went through the holiday season like most others, spending time at holiday parties with her husband and three children, just the same way they had for many years prior.

“It wasn’t until mid-January when my condition began to worsen,” she recalled. “I decided it was time to go to the doctor and get it checked out.”

Thu
11
May

Putting together the pieces of the puzzle

 

For (l-r) Trevin, William, Samantha, Heidi, Ella, Kevin, Dawn, and Anita Bohr, the term “family” is one that developed among the eight a little differently from most. With all six adopted children, the tight-knit crew is looking forward to another special Mother’s Day this weekend. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

Putting together the pieces of the puzzle

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

 

For most, Mother’s Day is a day that means spending time with the woman who brought a family’s children into the world and helped raise them. For the Bohr family of rural Ossian, that reason for celebration is no different; the way the family eight was established, however, is what makes their story unique

“When I was 10 years old, I was diagnosed with cancer,” stated Heidi Bohr, the proud mother of six. “I underwent chemotherapy, radiation, and bone marrow transplants. At one point, I was given only three months to live.”

The determined young girl, who has spent the majority of her life in the Ossian community, was able to beat the odds and make a full recovery from the cancer. 

“After my treatment, I asked my doctor if I would ever be able to have kids,” recalled Bohr. “When he told me I likely would not, I said, ‘That’s okay! I will adopt!’ So I knew at the age of 10 that I would adopt.”

Thu
11
May

Miss Clermont to be crowned May 15

Miss Clermont to be crowned May 15

 

 

Four Clermont teenagers are competing for the chance to be crowned Miss Clermont 2017.

Kariann Elsbernd, Elizabeth Goddard, Kelsey Guyer, and Hope Wander all seek to be named Miss Clerment, who will be crowned on Monday, May 15, at Heritage Farm Park. The event is sponsored by the Clermont Community Club. 

The winner will represent Clermont at area events throughout the year, as well as in the 2017 Fayette County Fair Queen competition on Tuesday, July 25. 

Kariann Elsbernd, 17, is the daughter of Konnie and Tim Olson and Mike Elsbernd. She has two siblings, Kenzie and Derek.

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