Thursday, September 21, 2017

Chris Knust Reaches 1 million safe driving miles

From the September 21, 2017 Chariton Herald-Patriot

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Sunday, September 17, 2017

Rich, Cain both win re-election to school board

By Bill Howes Associate Editor  Chariton Newspapers Web site
Dave Rich

     In the school board elections held in Lucas County Tuesday, incumbents Dave Rich and Dusty Cain both won re-election and people voted to renew the PPEL Levy by an overwhelming margin, 289-78.
     A total of 385 ballots were cast including absentee votes, which is only .07 percent of the total eligible voters in Lucas County. The following are the unofficial results of the election. The canvas will be held this Friday morning.
     Rich won re-election to the Director District 1 seat over challenger and write-in candidate Christie Stout, 264-47. There were 22 write-in votes for the District 1 seat. Rich will begin his 18th year in office with this new term.
Dusty Cain
 Cain won re-election to a second term to the At Large District 5 seat over challenger, Jerry Book, 249-112.
     PPEL needed just a simple majority to pass and it was renewed for 10 more years from 2019-2029. Chariton Schools Superintendent Paula Wright explained why they held the PPEL renewal election this year instead of waiting until it expired in 2019.
     “We held the PPEL vote this year because our regular election schedule is every two years. If we had waited until 2019, it would’ve been too late to vote on PPEL without having a special election. We didn’t want to pay for a special election,” Wright said.
     Wright gave her thoughts on PPEL passing after the final vote was known at the Lucas County Courthouse Tuesday night.
     “We’re very pleased that PPEL passed and that the community is so supportive of our school district. We have several projects planned and this Levy helps support those improvements. It’s a very positive thing for our community,” Wright said.
     Along with Wright, other people waiting for voting results at the courthouse Tuesday night were Dave Rich and his wife Colleen and Chariton School Board Secretary Kelley Reece.
     The voting breakdown for both races and the PPEL vote by precinct was as follows. In the Director District 1 race, at Chariton City Hall 192 people voted for Rich while 34 voted for Stout and there were eight write-in votes.
     At the Lucas Community Building, 18 people voted for Rich, three voted for Stout and there were two write-in votes. At the Russell Community Building, 29 people voted for Rich, and there were 11 write-in votes, five of which were for Stout. At the Williamson Community Building, 21 people voted for Rich, five voted for Stout and there was one write-in vote.
     In the absentee voting, four people voted for Rich while zero voted for Stout and there were no write-in votes.

Homecoming Parade Announced

Homecoming Parade announced

Chariton’s annual Homecoming Parade will begin at 2:30, Friday, Oct. 6, following the Homecoming Assembly. 

The theme for this year’s Homecoming is “Lights, Camera, Homecoming.”
The Chargers will be playing the Davis County Mustangs.
     Forms are available at the high school office for businesses and other interested parties who would like to have their entries judged.      There will be three divisions of judged entries: youth, school, and community. Unlike past years only horses with owners who are willing to clean up their horses’ waste will be allowed in the parade. All parade entries should display some form of Charger Pride. Entries who would like to distribute candy should have someone walking to hand out the candy to ensure the safety of the children along the parade route.
     Youth entries may pick up their entry forms at the high school or from their building principals. Youth entries will include all Pre-school through 8th grade children. Youth may walk, ride a bike or scooter, or other non-motorized appropriate forms of locomotion. Prizes will be given for the top three youth entries.
     The youth entries will be judged on originality, relation to theme, and school spirit. To be judged for prizes, the entry forms must be returned to the high school by 3:30, Thursday, Oct. 5. All youth entries, judged or not judged, should be in the community center parking lot on the south side of the high school by 2 p.m. on Oct. 6.
     The school entries and community entries will be judged on originality, workmanship, connection to theme, and mechanics. Forms for these groups may be picked up at the high school office. They too, must be returned by 3:30, Thursday Oct. 5 if they wish to be judged. No prizes are given for these categories.
     Those entries in any of the three categories not wanting to be judged.
     Homecoming parade do not have to fill out a judged entry form. Parade entries judged or non-judged who need to have a designated spot on the parade route (such as class reunions, 4-H clubs, teams etc.) need to call Heather at the high school (774-5066). On the day of the parade, a parade committee member will direct you to an open spot on Grand between Orchard and Lucas, or on 8th between Orchard and Lucas. All parade participants should be parked and ready by 2 p.m. the day of the parade.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Russell Museum and Library

A big THANK YOU to the Russell Museum and Library for hosting our Sept 11, 2017 meeting and giving us a tour and program of their museum. They shared the love of our history and the story of Lucas County, and it is a beautiful and well documented source. Follow news of the Russell Museum @ Russell Historical Society Blog:

Monday, September 11, 2017

Russell's Fall Festival Sept 16


Saturday, August 19, 2017

September Meeting

Notice:   September Meeting

Our September meeting on the 11th will be held at the Russell (Iowa) Historical Society building in Russell to tour their Museum.  The tour will begin at 5:00 p.m.

Come see the collection of items relating to the creation of Russell and its surrounding community.  Memorabilia from many of Russell's own citizens is displayed in this unique Museum.

Location:   1½ blocks south of Railroad crossing, on East side of Prairie St.

Everyone is welcome.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

To Get A Prairie Chicken

A new blog has been added to the Lucas County Genealogical Society blog list.
Elizabeth Tuttle's book "To Get A Prairie Chicken".
I am in the process of putting the book on the Internet.  It will be completed in the near future.
To go to the blog, click on the following link:  To Get a Prairie Chicken

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Special Election set for Nov. 7th

Special election on whether or not to change the form of city government set for Nov. 7
Posted: Thursday, June 8, 2017 4:29 pm | Updated: 4:30 pm, Thu Jun 8, 2017.
By Bill Howes Associate Editor

At Monday night’s Chariton City Council meeting, the council approved to adopt a resolution to accept a petition calling for an election to change the form of government in the City of Chariton and set a special election on this topic to be held Nov. 7, 2017, at the same time as the regular city election. This is permissible under Iowa Code section 39.2.
Only people living inside the city limits of Chariton will be able to vote in the special election. Voting will be held at the regular city polling places.
On May 11, 2017, Chariton City Hall receive a petition in the mail from Mark Giese entitled, “The following petitioners and citizens of Chariton, Iowa, would like to petition the Chariton City Council to change the form of government from 372.6 Council-manager-at large form of government to 372.4 Mayor-council form of government. This change would allow the citizens of Chariton to vote for our mayor. This change of government makes the mayor, C.E.O. of the city.”
According to the resolution accepted, the voters in the city of Chariton will be asked the following question on Nov. 7: “Shall the form of city government for the City of Chariton, Iowa be changed from council-manager-at large form of government pursuant to Iowa Code 372.6 to mayor-council form of government pursuant to Iowa Code 372.4?”
The vote needs just a simple yes vote majority to pass. If it passes and the form of city government is changed, then it has to stay that way for six years before citizens can vote on it again according to Lucas County Auditor Julie Masters. “If it doesn’t pass or it fails, people can’t vote on it again for four years,” Masters said.
There wasn’t much discussion held on the topic of holding a special election on whether or not to change the form of city government before the council voted on it Monday night. Chariton City Manager Joe Gaa said that he has discussed this issue with both the County Auditor, Julie Masters, and City Attorney, Verle Norris.
Read the June 8, 2017 edition of the Chariton Herald-Patriot for the rest of the story.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Iowa History Journal

From the Lucas County Genealogical Society Facebook Page on April 26, 2017

Volume 9, Issue 3 (May/June 2017) — As the boys of summer return for another season, we cover the bases of baseball's origins in Iowa and highlight some of the small town players who made it to the Big Leagues in our cover story written by John Liepa, who also shares with us his collection of rare baseball cards. Like an extra-innings game, it's a story that will keep diehard fans and casual observers on the edge of their seats.

Also in this issue: A preview of the John Wayne Birthday Celebration in Winterset; John Brassard Jr.'s story of how the citizens of Long Grove gunned down bank robbers in 1921; columnist Arvid Huisman recalls a mid-summer's night memory; Mike Whye takes off on a story about flying a World War II legend named "Gunfighter"; eyewitness accounts of the 1879 Estherville Meteorite; Urbandale, once known as a "streetcar suburb," celebrates its 100th anniversary; and Publisher Michael Swanger sings the praises of the writers of IHJ stories who recently swept the annual Mills-Noun Awards.

Iowa History Journal is sold at every Casey's General Store and Hy-Vee Food Store in Iowa, as well as Beaverdale Books in Des Moines. To purchase a subscription, a gift subscription, or to buy collectible back issues and posters, visit us online, or call (515) 490-7325. Thanks for reading and be sure to tell your Friends on Facebook to "Like" us!

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Craft and Vendor Show

Chariton Farmer's Market Vendor Meeting

County Wide Garage Sales


Join Chariton Area Chamber/Main Street for our annual County-Wide Garage Sales on Friday, June 2nd and Saturday, June 3rd. Put your garage sale on our map for only $5. Deadline is Friday, May 26th at 5 PM.

Maps will be available for purchase on Friday, June 2nd at all Casey's locations, BP, and Gasland Express for $1.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Underwater Movie

Chariton Area Chamber/Main Street Facebook page

On Monday, June 19, from 10am-Noon, we're having a Underwater Movie morning! In order for us to make this happen, we need at least 20 kids to RSVP. PLEASE call us at 641-774-4059 to make a reservation! Crafts, a movie, and snacks... $10!

Golf Fun Day

Chariton Area Chamber/Main Street

Don't forget... June 22 is the Golf Fun Day at Honey Creek! Use this registration. Get your team together for this event w/ great prizes!

Outdoor Movie Night

Chariton Area Chamber/Main Street

Outdoor Movie Night... sponsored by Hy-Vee, Community 1st Credit, CACMS, and Splash Committee! Check out the flyer for more details!

Camping Kickoff

From the Chariton Area Chamber/Main Street April 27, 2017

Dog Jog

From the Chariton Area Chamber/main Street May 2, 2017

Don't miss out! This is a great opportunity to help create a much needed dog park for Chariton and Lucas County!