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Reunion sparks NFL memories

 

Mike Eischeid (left) talks with Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis (center) and John Madden. Madden was an assistant coach for the Raiders in 1967 for Super Bowl II. He later became a premier TV broadcaster, who has lent his name to the most popular NFL video game of all time. Eischeid remembers Mark, the son of former founder, owner, and one-time coach Al Davis as “a little runt who ran around the sidelines at training camp.” (Joy Eischeid photo)

 

Reunion sparks NFL memories

 

 

By Jerry Wadian
jwadian@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

Both Fayette and West Union have a claim to Mike Eischeid, but so does the National Football League (NFL).

Eischeid, a graduate of Fayette High School and Upper Iowa University, currently lives in West Union.

However, he also spent the best part of 11 years in the NFL, where he went from being cut four times to playing in three Super Bowls.

Last Thursday (Oct. 19) Eischeid was back at the scene of his first NFL game, The Oakland Coliseum, for a 50-Year Anniversary reunion of the 1967 Super Bowl II Oakland team that lost to Green Bay, 33-14.

Wed
25
Oct

Cook named top 'Installer Technician'

 

Kory Cook of Ossian was recently recognized for his excellent customer service by earning the “Installer Technician of the Year” award by Mediacom. The local Mediacom employee of two years is a broadband specialist III for the fifth-largest cable operator in the United States. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

Cook named top 'Installer Technician'

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

 

Local Mediacom employee Kory Cook of Ossian was awarded a top customer service award by the company at an awards ceremony held recently in Cedar Rapids.

Cook was named the region’s “Installer Technician of the Year” by the information, communications, and entertainment services provider that serves nearly 1.4 million customers in the Midwest and Southeast.

“I was shocked to find out that I was getting an award,” acknowledged Cook, who has worked out of Decorah’s Mediacom branch for 2½ years. “My supervisor told me that I was going to Cedar Rapids a few weeks ago to do service calls, but I eventually caught drift of what the real reason for the trip was.”

Wed
25
Oct

Alber's business savvy helps Brick City thrive

 

For 10 years Luann Alber has helped her husband, Jeff, run Brick City Bar and Grill in Clermont. Under her guidance and supervision, she has helped turn the local restaurant into a destination eating establishment. While she doesn’t consider herself a businesswoman, her fortitude and savvy have helped the business remain profitable. Chris DeBack photo

 

Alber's business savvy helps Brick City thrive

 

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

For the last 10 years, Luann Alber has helped turn Brick City Bar and Grill into a destination restaurant in Clermont. 

With the month of October designated as Women in Business Month, let's get to know the fearless co-leader of the local eating establishment. 

Alber grew up in Gunder and was a 1973 Valley High School graduate. She met her husband, Jeff, while working at a factory in West Union. The couple were married in 1977. 

Jeff originally wanted to buy Brick City when Jack and Gen McNeil had it for sale, but Luann refused, telling Jeff she didn’t want her kids to grow up in a bar. 

Jeff went on to start Super Landscaping, located in West Union, and he recently purchased the West Union Events Center, but he always had an itch for opening a restaurant. 

“I married my father, basically,” she recalled. “Jeff was just like my dad; he just works, works, and works. It was the way we were brought up.”

Ten years ago, Jeff got to scratch that itch when he was approached to purchase Brick City. Two women, whose names Luann can’t remember, told Jeff that if he bought it, they would manage it for him. 

While Luann wasn’t at the restaurant much when it first opened, Jeff’s partnership with the two women didn’t last long. Just six months into ownership, Luann found herself helping out at the restaurant. That eventually grew into her helping manage the place. 

Wed
25
Oct

Kelly's business savvy leads to successful insurance agency

 

In 2000, Lisa Kelly purchased Scott Recker’s insurance agency in Fayette after two years as his secretary. A little leery about going into it alone, she asked Lyle Miller of Hintz-Ziegler-Miller Insurance in Oelwein to be her partner. Kelly & Miller Insurance has grown into a trusted source for property and casualty insurance in Fayette due to Kelly’s warm, trusting, and engaging personality. It’s her business savvy that has allowed Miller to be pretty hands-off when it comes to the local business. 

Chris DeBack photo

 

Kelly's business savvy leads to successful insurance agency

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

Kelly and Miller Insurance has been a staple in Fayette for almost two decades.

Lisa Kelly and her partner, Lyle Miller, who is also part owner of Hintz-Ziegler-Miller Insurance in Oelwein, are proud of the job they’ve done in assisting the citizens of Fayette with their insurance needs. 

While Miller’s name may be on the business, Kelly noted he is pretty hands-off when it comes to the Fayette business. He trusts Kelly’s business savvy when running the day-to-day operations of the local business. 

With the month of October designated as Women in Business Month, let's get to know the intrepid local business owner a little better. 

Wed
25
Oct

Keeping customers in mind key to building successful business

 

From crystal figurines, baby gifts, decorative picture frames, jewelry and scarves to college paraphernalia representing Iowa schools, West Union business owner Mel Metcalf works hard to make sure her Union Drug store inventory is fully stocked with a variety of gift items and greeting cards to accommodate her customers’ tastes and needs. (LeAnn Larson photo)

 

Keeping customers in mind key to building successful business

 

 

By Megan Molseed
mmolseed@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

“Small businesses are an important part of a community,” reflected longtime West Union small-business owner Mel Metcalf.  

“But it’s really our customers that make up a big part of small businesses like ours,” she added, sorting through a box of new gift items to display at Union Drug, which she co-owns with pharmacist husband Steve. 

“Every business decision we’ve made over the years is with the customers in mind,” she continued, as she eyed a brand-new pack of books set for display in the gift area of the family-owned store.  

“We work with a variety of insurances and payment schedules on the pharmacy side, making things quick and easy for our customers who depend on us for those needs, but we have that added small-town piece to us,” she pointed out.  

“We take the time to speak with our customers ... answer questions, if they have any, as soon as we can. It doesn’t seem like you get that personal connection as much anymore with the big chains.”

Wed
18
Oct

A lifelong passion for styling

 

Since 1980, Dianne Hageman (right) has been welcoming clients to her Ossian beauty salon, including 15-year customer Janet Franzen. With nearly four decades of total experience under her belt, Hageman is proud to have owned small business in the community for the past 27 years. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

A lifelong passion for styling

 

 

 

For Ossian’s own Dianne Hageman, styling hair is something that has always been one of her greatest passions.

“When I was younger, my sister Deb and I would always pretend to be hair dressers,” laughed Hageman, the longtime owner of Dianne’s Beauty Salon in Ossian. “We would part my dad’s hair and each style a side for him.”

As she grew older, the goal to become a hairdresser remained for both Dianne and Deb.

“Deb and I graduated high school together on a Sunday in 1970,” explained Hageman. “The next Monday, we both started beauty school at Area 1 (now Northeast Iowa Community College).

Over the next 10 months of their lives, the sisters logged 2,100 hours of classroom time learning the art of hair styling before graduating in April of the next year.

Wed
18
Oct

'Know your body and listen to it'

 

After being diagnosed in October 2016, Brenda Howard of Elgin is proud to say that she has beat breast cancer. The local home healthcare nurse, sitting in front of a basket of cards she received in support during her nearly yearlong battle, is now focused on educating others about the importance of breast cancer awareness. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

'Know your body and listen to it'

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

 

“October, the month of colorful falling leaves, pumpkins, football, and the infamous pink ribbon. Breast Cancer Awareness Month was established in 1985 to promote mammograms as the best way to detect one of the most prevalent cancers, breast cancer. The pink ribbon soon became the symbol of support for the disease. Since 1985, the declaration has evolved into an annual international health campaign organized to increase awareness of the disease and to raise funds for research into its cause, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment.”

Those are the words of Elgin’s Brenda Howard, a survivor of the most commonly diagnosed form of cancer in women and the second leading cause of death in women.

“Today, breast cancer affects one in every eight women,” continued Howard. “Think about those statistics the next time you’re in a room full of women.”

Wed
18
Oct

Company will offer free Internet service

 

Hawkeye Telephone Company (HTC) in Hawkeye is launching free gigabit Internet service for its residential home telephone customers on Nov. 1. As long as a customer has home phone service through the company, he or she will receive his or her Internet for free, with the option to buy a monthly maintenance plan that includes in-home WiFi. Alex Soderquist (second from right), HTC general manager, went to the HTC Board of Directors with the unusual idea because many customers complained about having to have a home phone in order to get Internet. The directors that are onboard include (l-r) Bob Campbell, board member; Keith Schlatter, vice president; Kay Kent, president; Alex Chuck, secretary and treasurer; and Chuck Schultz, board member. Chris DeBack photo

 

Company will offer free Internet service

 

 

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

Hawkeye Telephone Company (HTC) in Hawkeye is launching free gigabit-Internet service for all its residential home phone customers. 

Any residential home phone customer will receive their Internet service from HTC for free. 

Alex Soderquist, HTC general manager, says the move stems from a customer survey he conducted last fall. The one number complaint he received from customers was the fact that they had to have home phone service in order to have Internet through the company. 

Wed
18
Oct

Three new Fair Board members

Three new Fair Board members

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

 

The Fayette County Ag Society held its annual meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 11, at the Dance Pavilion on the Fayette County Fairgrounds in West Union. 

Three new members, Andy Bilden, Shawn Albers, and Eric Albert, were all elected to the Fayette County Fair Board. Current board member Brian Boess was re-elected. 

Also running for the Fair Board was Jim Granger, Lucas Steinlage, and Gary Kuker. Each person who ran was given a chance to present their case as to why they should be elected to the Fair Board. Granger certainly made things interesting when instead of saying why he wanted to be on the Fair Board again, he decided to sling mud at Boess. He told the ag society members in attendance that Boess called the Fayette County Fairgrounds an expletive. Boess denied ever saying that. 

Wed
18
Oct

Council accepts Tobin's resignation

Mike Tobin

 

Council accepts Tobin's resignation

 

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

Mike Tobin has resigned from the West Union Police Department after being placed on administrative leave last week. 

The West Union City Council approved the resignation at its regular Monday meeting, Oct. 16. It was effective Friday, Oct. 13.

“This resignation comes with a heavy heart as to the condition the [West Union] Police Department is headed,” Tobin’s letter of resignation read. “It has been made clear that the direction of the department and my moral fortitude are no longer in line. I pray that the [West Union Police] Chief, [West Union] City Council, and other city officials will take action to correct the issues that are causing so many officers to leave this agency. It is my opinion that the citizens of this amazing city deserve more out of their representatives than what has been displayed in [my] four years of being an officer [in West Union].”

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