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Wed
11
Jul

Buchheit notches impressive 1,000th strikeout

 

A five-year starter for the South Winneshiek softball team, Taylor Buchheit recently wrapped up her senior season with a giant milestone. The young pitcher achieved the 1,000 career strikeout mark, something accomplished by very few pitchers around the state. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

 

Buchheit notches impressive 1,000th strikeout

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

For Ossian’s Taylor Buchheit, a 2018 graduate of South Winneshiek High School, the path toward eclipsing 1,000 strikeouts throughout her high school career is one that started long ago.

“I started playing T-ball when I was very young and progressed up into Little Leage,” explained the young athlete, who plans to attend the University of Northern Iowa in the fall. There, she will study elementary education and play in a highly competitive intramural softball league. 

Wed
11
Jul

2018 Winneshiek County Fair underway

2018 Winneshiek County Fair underway

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

 

The Winneshiek County Fair in Decorah is officially underway as of Monday morning. While Tuesday’s fun and entertainment are already in the books, four full days of entertainment are still on tap to ensure an exciting fair.

Wed
11
Jul

Clermont council approves garbage hauler bid

 

Soon-to-be Eagle Scout Hunter Cummings (center) unveiled his Eagle Scout Project, a digital sign at the Clermont Opera House on Highway 150, to the Clermont City Council on Monday, July 2. Clermont now has the capability to display community events and info on the sign. With Cummings are (l-r) Brian Schroeder, Clermont city superintendent; Troy Schott, city councilman; Sharon Harris, city councilwoman; Dina Taylor, (city councilwoman); Bruce Lehmann, city councilman; and James Matt, mayor. Not pictured is Clermont City Council member Roger Craig. Chris DeBack photo

 

 

Clermont council approves garbage hauler bid

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

 

At its regular meeting on Monday, July 2, the Clermont City Council opened bids from three garbage haulers to provide waste removal services for Clermont residents. 

Black Hawk Waste Disposal of Waterloo, Waste Management of Waterloo, and Malcom Enterprises of Decorah placed a bid. 

Wed
11
Jul

Clermont BBQ 'all about having fun'

 

Clermont Community Club member Tracy Johnson stands with just a few of the items that will be available during the silent auction at the Third Annual Clermont BBQ in the Park on Monday, July 16.  In addition to the auction, which includes prizes such as gift certificates to local restaurants, passes to water parks, golf passes and products from area stores, the event will also include a variety of fun events such as a freewill-donation meal, face-painting, bouncy houses, giant bubbles, lawn dice, a pedal tractor pull and a Yucky Ducky that will be sponsored by the North Fayette Valley FFA.  (photo by Megan Molseed)

 

Clermont BBQ 'all about having fun'

 

 

By Meagan Molseed
mmolseed@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

“It’s a fun day for all,” said Clermont Community Club member Tracy Johnson of the upcoming Third Annual Clermont BBQ in the Park.  “The whole day is full of good food, fun games, face-painting and goodies galore!” 

The annual event, which started three years ago when the Clermont Community Club decided to begin a summer park event, will also feature a silent auction from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. with a variety of goodies donated from a multitude of area businesses; items up for bid include gift certificates to local restaurants, passes to water parks, golf passes and products from area stores.

“We have over 50 businesses contributing to the silent auction.  There will be a lot to choose from,” smiled Johnson, gesturing to the large pile of baskets the club has already put together.  

Wed
11
Jul

Supervisors donate to UIU Rec Center Project

 

The Fayette County Supervisors agreed to donate $5,000 to the Upper Iowa University and City of Fayette Recreation Center Improvement Project. The Supervisors donation will allow UIU to submit an Iowa Economic Development Authority Community Attraction and Tourism Grant for the $1.15 million project.  Jerry Wadian photo

 

Supervisors donate to UIU Rec Center Project

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

At their regular meeting on Monday, July 2, the Fayette County Supervisors discussed a possible donation to the Upper Iowa University (UIU) and City of Fayette Recreation Center Improvement Project. 

The Supervisors met with Andrew Wenthe, UIU vice president for external affairs and mayor of Fayette.  Wenthe noted that UIU is seeking is seeking an Iowa Economic Development Authority Community Attraction and Tourism (CAT) Grant. The grant typically awards 16 to 18 percent of the final negotiated cost of a project. With the renovation project estimated to cost $1.15 million, UIU could receive up to $230,000 from the grant. 

Wed
11
Jul

Davis updates Fayette council on deadly hit-and-run

Davis updates Fayette Council on deadly hit-and-run

 

 

By Meagan Molseed
mmolseed@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

Fayette Police Chief Ben Davis spoke to the Fayette City Council during its regular meeting Monday, July 2, regarding the deadly hit-and-run incident that occurred on Thursday, June 28.

“We arrived at the scene fairly quickly and unfortunately found very little to go on,” said Davis.  “Fayette County Sheriff Deputy Kristina Thyer is staying on top of the case and is following up on any and all tips we receive.” 

Davis added that any information is welcome in this ongoing investigation, which took the life of West Central student Kaiden Estling.  

Wed
11
Jul

Hawkeye's South Street vacation headed to litigation

 

These two hoop houses owned by K&K Gardens are located on what is called South Street, a right-of-way owned by the City of Hawkeye. Hawkeye had given Keith Kovarik, owner of K&K Gardens, until July 30 to move the hoop houses; however, Kovarik claims that he was given permission many years ago by the City to place them there. It was brought up last year, when Tim and John Bruihler thought the hoop houses were located on their farmland. Chris DeBack photo

 

Hawkeye's South Street vacation headed to litigation

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

 

The vacation of South Street has been before the Hawkeye City Council for little over a year now. It was up for discussion at the council’s last meeting on Monday, July 2. 

South Street is a city right-of-way along the southern border of Hawkeye that runs between John and Tim Bruihler’s farmland and K&K Gardens and Trinity Lutheran Church, among other Hawkeye residents.  

Mayor Don Kelly opened the meeting by asking if there was at least a 4-to-1 vote (supermajority) to pass the vacation of South Street as discussed at a special meeting in June. Councilmembers John Campbell and Josh Hanson both said they wouldn’t vote in favor of the vacation. When asked after the fact why neither would vote in favor of the vacation, both declined to comment due to pending litigation. The Bruihlers also declined to comment.

According to the minutes from the June special meeting, Councilmember Angela Weidemann asked for clarification on a land swap between the City and the Bruihlers. Mike Shimak of Shimak Surveying stated that in 1959, an easement was established with a previous property owner for the city to enter the old lift station where Scott Zell lives. When the City had the property surveyed, it turns out that the easement was actually on the Bruihlers’ land. The survey also discovered that the Bruihlers had been farming a portion of City property by the lift station and City shop bunkers. 

It was noted during the meeting that Tim Bruihler had sent the City a land-swap proposal that included property owners along South Street vacating any property currently on the City-owned land. After further discussion, the mayor asked that the City Attorney and Kovarik’s attorney, Jerem White, step outside to discuss the matter.

Wed
11
Jul

WU native kicks off Playin' on the Plaza

Steven Schroeder

 

 

 

 

It’s a homecoming for West Union native Steven Schroeder when he kicks off the West Union Chamber — A Main Street Community’s Playin’ on the Plaza Summer Concert Series at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 12, in downtown West Union. 

While the son of Brian and Barb Schroeder participated in choir during his time at North Fayette High School, it wasn’t until he started attending the University of Northern Iowa that Schroeder discovered his talent. 

“In college, I started singing a lot of karaoke,” he said. “My roommate, who played a lot of guitar, said I should take up guitar. He taught me a few notes, and the next thing you know, here I am today.”

Wed
11
Jul

Large crowd grills Grassley at WU town hall event

 

U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley addresses a question from one of his constituents during a town hall event on Tuesday, July 3, in the third-floor courtroom at the Fayette County Courthouse in West Union. Grassley took a number of questions concerning the Supreme Court vacancy and trade, among other topics. 

 

Large crowd grills Grassley at WU town hall event

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

 

More than 160 people gathered in the third-floor courtroom at the Fayette County Courthouse in West Union for a town hall event with U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley on Tuesday, July 3.

The crowd featured residents from Fayette County, neighboring counties, and other activists from across the state. Even with plenty of seating in the courtroom, it was standing-room-only as Grassley addressed those in attendance with an opening statement and thanked his constituents for attending the meeting. He then proceeded to take questions from the crowd for the next hour. 

Tue
03
Jul

How to keep an 'EyeOnWater'

 

Among the features of the new water meters installed at every Ossian residence and business since the start of 2018 is the ability to connect to an app called EyeOnWater. The app allows users to see their latest water usage, understand how much they use, detect leaks, and discover trends for when they use the most water. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

How to keep an 'EyeOnWater'

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

 

A new tool and piece of technology is now available to all Ossian residents and business owners. EyeOnWater, is an interactive computer and cell phone application that allows users to link up to their water utility account and see their latest water usage.

The application has multiple features built in that allow users to understand exactly how much water they use, detect water leaks, and discover trends for when their household uses the most water.

“The new water meters and the new application benefits not only the residents of Ossian, but also the City of Ossian,” said maintenance worker Brian Zweibohmer. “It makes sure that we are not wasting water and that we are saving money. We are able to monitor individual water usage from our end as well, so we are able to spot issues and potential leaks and bring them to the attention of a homeowner.”

Zweibohmer has noted that since it has been implemented, the water meter system, which uses a cellular device to transmit a signal and report water usage down to the hour to a cloud system, has detected several issues already in the community.

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