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Fri
20
May

Additional charges in sex abuse case

Additional charges in sex abuse case

 

On May 19, 2022, the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office filed additional charges in their ongoing investigation into the Sex Abuse case involving Matthew Nordrum. The following charges were filed involving three additional victims; Sex Abuse in the 2nd Degree, a class B Felony, and Indecent exposure in the presence of a minor, a serious misdemeanor. Nordrum, is currently in the Fayette County Jail on a sex abuse in the second-degree charge and a $25,000.00 cash only bond. Sheriff Marty Fisher states, this investigation is still ongoing and more charges could be filed. The department of Human services is assisting in this investigation.   

Wed
18
May

SW superintendent, HS principal Einck moving on

Kris Einck

 

South Winn superintendent, HS principal Einck moving on

 

 

By Zakary Kriener

zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

South Winneshiek superintendent and high school principal Kris Einck is moving onto a new opportunity this summer as he has accepted the position of superintendent at Howard-Winneshiek School.

Wed
18
May

Reduced fees for vendors during RAGBRAI in WU

 

Reduced fees for vendors during RAGBRAI in WU

 

by Jack Swanson

jswanson@fayettecountynewspapers.com

 

Vendors for West Union’s RAGBRAI overnight stay may be putting a few more dollars in their pockets than originally thought.

It has been announced that vendor fees are being reduced $200, down to $500 for all for-profit vendors. The non-profit fee has been cut $100, down to $200.

Wed
18
May

State awards $300,000 grant for creating five apartments in downtown Clermont

Five new apartments will be developed in the former Brick City Bar and Grill building at 305 Mill St., following the award of a Downtown Housing Grant in the amount of $300,000  from the Iowa Economic Development Authority. The grant was applied for on behalf of owner Jeff Alber. (Jack Swanson photo)

 

State awards $300,000 grant for creating five apartments in downtown Clermont

 

By Jack Swanson

jswanson@fayettecountynewspapers.com

 

It was announced recently that the City of Clermont has been awarded a Downtown Housing Grant through the Iowa Economic Development Authority in the amount of $300,000 for the creation of five apartments at 305 Mill Street in Clermont.

The grant was applied for on behalf of property owner Jeff Alber, who operated the Brick City Bar and Grill there at one time.

Wed
18
May

New County Shop going from a dream to reality

Some of the final walls were going into place last week at the new Fayette County Secondary Roads Shop. The supporting structure of the building is almost entirely in place and now crews will work on finishing the interior and putting on the roof. (Jack Swanson photo)

New county shop going from a dream to reality

 

 

By Jack Swanson

jswanson@fayettecountynewspapers.com

Excitement is building for Fayette County’s Secondary Roads Department heads as the new county shop’s walls go up and it is starting to look like the structure they had envisioned for many years.

Steege Construction of Waverly is the main contractor for the concrete building that is going up near West Union’s Industrial Park, west of Highway 150 South. 

Tue
17
May

Clermont man turns self in, charged with sexually abusing a child

After a nation-wide search was launched for his arrest, a Clermont man turned himself in to authorities on a charge of sexually abusing one child and could possibly be charged for abusing several others.

Matthew Eric Nordrum, 45, turned himself in to the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office in West Union, about 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, May 17, the day after a notice was posted that he was being sought in the case.  He has been charged with sex abuse in the second degree, a class “B” felony, and was held on a $25,000 bond.

Following a two-week investigation by the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office, it was alleged that he sexually assaulted a child under the age of 5, while the child was at his home in Clermont, as well as several other victims. A child day-care service was located in the home. Authorities said they have no record of the day care being licensed.

Wed
11
May

Ossian quilting group makes a big impact

Local volunteer quilters have been gathering every week for several months every year to sew quilts for others to enjoy. The group has donated countless quilts to the Winneshiek Medical Center Foundation to be given to patients in hospice care and the emergency room. (submitted photo)

 

 

 

Ossian quilting group makes a big impact

 

Each year a group of dedicated individuals gather together weekly in Ossian, IA between October and June to sew over 100 quilts for others to enjoy.  It originated as a group of Red Cross volunteers that came together during WWII to roll bandages.  As the years passed they began making quilts for others instead. It continues today as daughters or other relatives, friends, and community members take a members place.

Wed
11
May

SW commencement ceremony is Sunday

SW Commencement ceremony is Sunday

 

 

South Winneshiek High School Commencement for the Class of 2022 will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, May 15, at the gymnasium. Graduating members of the class include the following:

Wed
11
May

North Fayette Valley graduation is Sunday, May 15

North Fayette Valley graduation is Sunday, May 15

 

By Jack Swanson

jswanson@fayettecountynewspapers.com

 

North Fayette Valley School’s 2022 Commencement is Sunday, May 15, 2 p.m., at the High School Gym in West Union.

This year’s class motto is "I don't know about you, but I'm feelin' the Class of 22."

The class song is “I'll Always Remember You” by Hannah Montana.

The class colors are Columbia blue, black, and silver.

The class flower is a white carnation with ribbon in school colors.

The commencement program will be as follows:

For the Prelude, the North Fayette Valley High School band will play “Symphonic Overture” by Charles Carter. It will be followed by the Processional, “Pomp and Circumstance,” also played by the NFV HS Band, who will go on to perform the Presentation of Colors and the National Anthem.

Wed
11
May

Gardeners being sought to help West Union look its best for RAGBRAI

North Fayette Valley High School students helped beautify the town recently by cleaning up the gardens in the downtown area. Julius Mueller and Clayton Schaefers pitched in to get this spot ready for summer and RAGBRAI. (Jack Swanson photos)

 

Gardeners being sought to help West Union look its best for RAGBRAI

 

By Jack Swanson

jswanson@fayettecountynewspapers.com

 

 

The town of West Union has 101 gardens they want to have spruced up in time to greet the riders on RAGBRAI when they hit town on July 29 for their overnight stay. Actually they’d like the work to begin as soon as possible but are hoping the town and its gardens will be in full bloom when the riders arrive.

The majority of these small flower and shrub type gardens are scattered throughout the downtown area and were created as a part of the town’s Main Street Iowa revitalization program that was started in 2006.

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