R-R-MR sidelines varsity football

Rudd-Rockford-Marble Rock has joined a list of Iowa schools not playing varsity football this fall. The district posted this message on its Facebook page on Monday: “Due to the low number of upperclassmen participating in football, Rockford Administration and football coaches have decided to play a JV only schedule for the fall 2022 season. This decision was made based on what is best for our current football athletes as well as the future of our football program at this time. It is the hope that by playing JV only, our athletes will make greater strides with the fundamentals of football … Continue reading R-R-MR sidelines varsity football

James Grob, newspaperman and playwright, dies at 54

Contributed Obituary CHARLES CITY — James Gaven Grob died on July 5, 2022, after five years of battling cancer. He was 54 years old. He passed away peacefully at Hospice of North Iowa in Mason City with his wife Michelle by his side. He was born on March 1, 1968, in Winona, MN and grew up in Oelwein. He was an athlete and part of the 1985 All-Conference Northeast Iowa Conference football team. He also participated in drama and speech. James earned his degree in English and Communications at the University of Iowa and minored in Theatre Arts. He was … Continue reading James Grob, newspaperman and playwright, dies at 54

Charles City school district lifts face covering mandate

News release from Charles City Community Schools FACE COVERING UPDATE  Thursday, 2/3/22 – 3:20 pm We have good news to share with our school family regarding the current illness rate in the Charles City Community Schools. The 3-day rolling average student illness absence rate for all of our campuses is now below 7%.  Beginning at 3:30 pm, Thursday, February 3, the health mitigation plan will be relaxed at all campuses and face coverings will no longer be required.  Click here to view the Illness Dashboard for each campus. Students and staff are welcome to still wear a face-covering if they … Continue reading Charles City school district lifts face covering mandate

Charles City Fire Department Called to Apartment Complex Fire

NEWS RELEASE FROM CCFD:   CHARLES CITY – The Charles City Fire Department (CCFD) responded to a 911 report of a structure fire at 701 Milwaukee St. in Charles City at about 9:05 p.m. Wednesday evening. Upon arrival, smoke was coming from a second story apartment of the 6-apartment complex. First arriving Police officers and Firefighters worked to alert and evacuate each of the apartments, as the next arriving Firefighters made entry with an interior attack of the fire. The first attack team found very heavy smoke and fire conditions immediately upon entering the apartment involved. Combined with those interior … Continue reading Charles City Fire Department Called to Apartment Complex Fire

RAGBRAI returns to Charles city

Thousands of bicyclists will be coming to Charles City this summer as the Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa will take a northern route. Here is the announcement from organizers: The 2022 Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa, which will take place from July 23 to 30, will start in Sergeant Bluff and end in Lansing. In between, riders will overnight in, Ida Grove, Pocahontas, Emmetsburg, Mason City, Charles City, and West Union. “I can’t wait for riders to experience these eight overnight towns hospitality,” said Matt Phippen, new RAGBRAI director of operations. “This is truly a route … Continue reading RAGBRAI returns to Charles city

CC schools require face coverings as COVID cases spike

The Charles City School District issued this “FACE COVERING UPDATE” on Friday, Jan. 22: This week, the following campuses had a 3-day rolling average student illness absence rate at 7% or higher.  Charles City High SchoolCharles City Middle SchoolWashington Elementary SchoolInnovative Campus To help keep schools open and protect the health of our school community, we are initiating the health mitigation plan approved in September 2021. This is a temporary period during which face coverings will be required at the campuses outlined above. As per our commitment to families, we will use face coverings as a targeted tool only where … Continue reading CC schools require face coverings as COVID cases spike

Musical comedy ‘The Wedding Singer’ begins 3-show run today in Charles City

CHARLES CITY — Complete with 1980s guitar licks, fishnet gloves and poofy bridesmaid dresses, “The Wedding Singer” opens its three-show run in Charles City tonight (Wednesday, June 30). The Stony Point Players will present the musical comedy at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday (July 1) and Friday (July 2) in the North Grand Auditorium (the old Charles City Middle School). Student admission is $5. Adult admission is $12. You can buy tickets at the door or online at https://www.showtix4u.com/event-details/53173. The cast for this community theater presentation includes more than 40 area residents of multiple generations, from middle school students to seasoned … Continue reading Musical comedy ‘The Wedding Singer’ begins 3-show run today in Charles City

CCFD Firefighter’s Home Struck By Lightning

CCFD NEWS RELEASE CHARLES CITY –  The Charles City Fire Department was called to a house fire early Tuesday morning at 3:47AM, with a 911 report to the Floyd County Dispatch Center of a lightning strike to their home causing fire to be seen from the roof at the time of the 911 call. The CCFD responded to 2198 Old Highway Road, just Southeast of Charles City. Upon arrival of the first due Engine, smoke and fire was visible from the roof of the home.  An interior attack was attempted, but the fire was contained to the attic with difficult immediate access from the interior.  A quick exterior … Continue reading CCFD Firefighter’s Home Struck By Lightning

Charles City Spring Cleaup

The 2021 spring clean up is back this year in Charles City after last year’s cancellation because of COVID-19. It will be different from past cleanups in that it is scheduled in two parts: From April 12-23 residents can order a dumpster that they have one day to fill. From April 26-30 there will be traditional curb-side pickup. Please click here to see the flyer on the do’s and don’ts for this year’s clean up. The biggest change is the option to have a dumpster set at your house for 24 hours. The other big change is that all curbside … Continue reading Charles City Spring Cleaup

NWS warns of fire risk in area

A combination of seasonably warm temperatures, dry air, and gusty winds will produce elevated fire weather conditions this afternoon across much of north-central and western Wisconsin, southeast Minnesota, and northeast Iowa, according to the National Weather Service office in La Crosse. “Relative humidity will be as low as 15 to 25 percent, mainly across portions of western and central Wisconsin. Southerly winds of 15 to 20 mph will gust to 25 to 35 mph, strongest west of the Mississippi River. Avoid any outdoor burning in these conditions and report any wildfires by dialing 911,” says a note on the NWS … Continue reading NWS warns of fire risk in area

Beginning at 8 a.m. March 2, the next group of people eligible for COVID-19 vaccination can register through Floyd County Public Health. This group includes people with disabilities living in home settings that are dependent on attendant care staff. The attendant care staff are also eligible. Visit http://www.floydcoia.org and click on COVID SIGN UP. People in previously announced eligible groups can also still sign up. Those groups include people 65 years old and older, pre-Kindergarten to grade 12 school staff, health care providers and daycare providers. Continue reading

Charles City teacher dies after contracting COVID-19

NEWS RELEASE FROM CC SCHOOL DISTRICT Charles City Community Schools is saddened to receive news this weekend of the death of a longtime member of our family, Charles City High School teacher Darla Arends. Ms. Arends was diagnosed with COVID-19 in September and died on Friday, November 6, 2020. In her 25 years at Charles City High School, Ms. Arends touched the lives of many students, parents, and staff as a special education teacher. Her reach went well beyond her classroom and students, serving as a mentor for her Charles City Family. She is a beloved and valuable member of … Continue reading Charles City teacher dies after contracting COVID-19