Kim Brooks
12/06/2017 - 10:01am
     My column this week isn’t meant to sway anyone one way or another; but to share a unique experience I had over the weekend that I hope to take in again.      My aunt and uncle, who lost their older daughter in 1999 when she was 16 years old due...


12/06/2017 - 9:27am
     Recognition awards, and opportunities to represent Iowa in upcoming conferences on the state and national levels, are available to 4-H members.      Members can use these opportunities to get more involved in 4-H and expand their horizons, be...


Martin, 17, still has to wear a body brace due to the extent of his injuries from a severe accident in October. He recently went back to school part-time, trying to get back to a normal life again. Martin said the accident taught him to be a more cautious driver when behind the wheel. (Photo by Kim Brooks)
12/06/2017 - 10:33am
     On Oct. 21, around 5:20 p.m., 17-year-old Austin Martin of Monticello never thought his life would literally change in the blink of an eye.      Martin was driving on 148th Street in rural Jones County near Center Junction, visiting a friend...


Posing with their trophies after winning three classes at the ISDTA State Meet are members of the Panther dance team, first row from left: Shelbie Reyhons, Melissa Davis, Paige Folken and Kate Tuetken. Second row: Madisan Birt, Anisa Krouse and Emma Brighton. Third row: Ally Bartachek, Kaitlin Guyer, Sydney Freeze, Skyleigh Husmann and coach Amanda Hackney. (Photos submitted)
12/06/2017 - 9:58am
     Three-for-three.      The Monticello High School dance team competed in three events at the Iowa State Dance and Drill Team Association (ISDTA) State Competition.      And won their class in all three. The Panthers took first in Class 1...


Laurel Blackwell
12/12/2017 - 1:13pm
Laurel Blackwell passed away on Nov. 30, 2017 in Columbus, Georgia after a brief illness.  After being diagnosed with cancer one year ago, she was cancer free, but succumbed to complications resulting from a pneumonia diagnosis.  Born on August 29,...


12/06/2017 - 10:25am
     After her Nov. 27 preliminary hearing, April Covel of Monticello was formally charged with homicide by vehicle and involuntary manslaughter. The charges stem from a March 8, 2017 accident at the intersection of W. Washington Street and S. Cedar...

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