CC School Board to meet at fairgrounds tonight, discuss cuts and taxes

The Charles City School Board will meet tonight (Jan. 23) in The Youth Enrichment Center at the Floyd County Fairgrounds. The agenda includes possible action regarding the projected budget shortfall for next school year. The board has been presented with plans that included cutting teaching staff. Those caused a public outcry particularly over reducing music teaching staff. Administration pulled its support for those plans. The Board has since been presented with new options that would raise property taxes between 28 cents and 42 cents per $1,000 valuation. The new options are detailed in a memo to the Board: ● Option … Continue reading CC School Board to meet at fairgrounds tonight, discuss cuts and taxes

CC schools administration ‘no longer in support’ of cutting 2 music teachers

Dropping two music teachers appears to be off the table as the Charles City school district looks for around $700,000 in budget cuts for the 2023-24 school year. “After extensive communication with the public, Board members and staff, the senior leadership team is no longer in support of the reduction of two music teachers and will request this option be removed from the agenda on Jan. 23,” Superintendent Dr. Anne Lindquist said Monday at the Board of Education meeting. “The team is prepared to further discuss this topic at the board work session scheduled for Jan. 17.” The Board will … Continue reading CC schools administration ‘no longer in support’ of cutting 2 music teachers

PHOTOS: CC wrestling at Waukon triangular (Jan. 5)

GIRLS WRESTLING DUALS Charles City 42, Postville 36 235: Ava Thompson (CC) over Vanessa Schnuelle (POST) (Fall 1:12) 100: Double Forfeit 105: Liliana Cortes (POST) over (CC) (For.) 110: Jarexy Vega (POST) over (CC) (For.) 115: Dulce Lopez (POST) over Tegan Cavanaugh (CC) (Fall 2:21) 120: Raven Hoppe (POST) over (CC) (For.) 125: Katelyn Miller (CC) over (CC) (For.) 130: Kylie Blunt (CC) over (POST) (For.) 135: Lilly Luft (CC) over Maria Quiroz (POST) (Fall 0:42) 140: Elizabeth Oleson (CC) over (POST) (For.) 145: Morgan Maloy (CC) over (POST) (For.) 155: Alexandra Garcia (POST) over Nyssa Salinas (CC) (Fall 1:01) … Continue reading PHOTOS: CC wrestling at Waukon triangular (Jan. 5)

CC girls drop home game to Indee

Independence took a 15-3 lead in the first quarter of Monday’s girls basketball game in Charles City on the way to a 64-36 win. The Comets outscored the Mustangs 15-14 in the second quarter, but Independence dominated the second half. Seniors Delaney Ruzicka and Ava Ellis each scored 12 points to lead the Comets. Ellis netted 7 points at the free throw line. Ruzicka led Charles City with 10 rebounds. The Comets are now 0-2. Independence is 1-0. UP NEXT: Charles City will host the Algona Bulldogs (1-1) at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3. Continue reading CC girls drop home game to Indee

Floyd County Board to consider more funding for communications position

The Floyd County Board of Supervisors on Monday plans to review and possibly vote on a communications and marketing partnership with the Charles City school district, municipal government and Area Development Corporation. The board will meet at 9 a.m. Monday, Oct. 31, in the Floyd County Courthouse Assembly Room. At the board’s Oct. 17 meeting, city and school district officials urged the county to join a 28E agreement to fund a community marketing and promotion liaison position. The new arrangement would replace lost funding that supports a Charles City Public Access Network position. Its funding source has been cable television … Continue reading Floyd County Board to consider more funding for communications position

High school football scoreboard (Oct. 8)

Class A, District 3 STANDINGS: 1. Grundy Center 5-0 (7-0), 2. Wapsie Valley 4-1 (5-2), 3. Nashua-Plainfield 3-2 (5-2), 4. BCLUW 2-3 (4-3), 5. Hudson 2-3 (3-4), 6. AGWSR 2-4 (3-4), 7. North Tama 0-5 (1-6) UPCOMING GAMES: Friday, Oct. 14 Class A, District 4 STANDINGS — 1. North Linn 5- 0 (6-1), 2. East Buchanan 4- 1 (6-1), 3. Maquoketa Valley 4-1 (5-2), 4. Bellevue 3-3 (3- 4), 5. South Winneshiek 2-3 (2-5), 6. Starmont 1-5 (1-6), 7. Clayton Ridge 0-5 (1-6) Class 1A District 3 Class 1A District 4 STANDINGS: 1. MFL MarMac 4-0 (6-1), 2. Columbus Catholic … Continue reading High school football scoreboard (Oct. 8)

Your comments sought about the state withdrawing a nitrate restriction for the Cedar River Watershed

By the Iowa DNR The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is seeking public comment on the DNR’s intent to withdraw the Cedar River watershed nitrate total maximum daily load (TMDL). TMDLs include analyses and methods for improving water quality for water bodies on the state’s Clean Water Act 303d impaired waters list. In 2006, the DNR finalized a TMDL for nitrate in the Cedar River. The DNR created the Cedar River TMDL due to the nitrate impairment in the segment of the Cedar River which Cedar Rapids uses as a source for municipal drinking water. The DNR has concluded … Continue reading Your comments sought about the state withdrawing a nitrate restriction for the Cedar River Watershed

Friday night football scoreboard (Sept. 30)

The Iowa High School football postseason picture is forming. In Classes A, 1A and 2A, the district champion, district runner-up, district third place team, and the district fourth place team will qualify for the playoffs. In Eight-Player, the district champion, district runner-up and district third place team and two statewide at-large qualifiers will qualify for the playoffs. Class A District 3 Wapsie Valley 48, South Winneshiek 24 —WV’s Traeton Sauerbrei scored rushing touchdowns from 40, 70, and 74 yards out. Braden Knight had touchdown runs of 3, 14 and 32 yards. Hunter Kane pounded 3 yards for a touchdown Grundy … Continue reading Friday night football scoreboard (Sept. 30)

Oelwein Council ponders $500,000 contribution for events center

The question for city staff was, how can the city of Oelwein contribute $500,000 toward turning an empty downtown building into an events center? City Administrator Dylan Mulfinger presented a five-year draft plan to the City Council ahead of its workshop meeting on Tuesday to try and answer that. It would redirect tax money currently used for such things as economic development, housing improvement efforts, library accreditation and more. It also would ask the Oelwein Community Schools to forego $140,000 over four years. The plan calls for using $340,000 in economic development funding derived from the local option sales tax … Continue reading Oelwein Council ponders $500,000 contribution for events center

Charles City Morning Update (Sept. 19) Homecoming begins; City Council pondering bathroom and trash

2. HOMECOMING WEEK HAS BEGUN: Charles City High School students celebrated the beginning of Homecoming Week on Sunday evening with a bonfire at the Elks Lodge. However, Homecoming competitions between the classes began earlier. Just prior to the bonfire, a two-hand touch football tournament between girls teams was played at the College Grounds. Here is a slideshow from the games: The Dress-Up days begin today at both elementary and secondary levels. Today’s theme is dress up on your favorite sports team apparel. For the full Charles City Homecoming schedule click here. Here is this year’s Homecoming Court: 3. HALLOWEEN TRADITION … Continue reading Charles City Morning Update (Sept. 19) Homecoming begins; City Council pondering bathroom and trash

Charles City morning update: Trash rate hike in the works, downtown business plans facelift (Thursday, Sept. 15)

1. WEATHER: Today will be Mostly sunny, with a high near 83. South wind 8 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 24 mph. Tonight there is a 20% chance of showers after 1 a.m. otherwise it will be Partly cloudy, with a low around 62 with continued wind gusts. (More details) 2. GOV’T — The city of Charles City is seeking a qualified candidate for the position of City Engineer. Click here to learn more. 3. DOWNTOWN — The Prichard Law Office is planning a bit of a facelift. The downtown business of 13 years intends to replace … Continue reading Charles City morning update: Trash rate hike in the works, downtown business plans facelift (Thursday, Sept. 15)

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

Iowa Farm Bureau designates Prichard as ‘Friend of Agriculture’

NEWS RELEASE Charles City, Iowa – Iowa Farm Bureau has designated State Rep. Todd Prichard of Charles City a 2020 “Friend of Agriculture”. Prichard is seeking re-election in House District 52, which includes Chickasaw, Floyd, and Cerro Gordo counties. “I know that agriculture is the backbone of Iowa’s economy,” said Prichard, who is serving his fourth term in the Iowa House. “This has been a tough year for the agriculture community, so I will continue helping farm families as they work to rebuild and recover.” While serving in the Iowa House, Prichard has served on the Agriculture Committee for seven … Continue reading Iowa Farm Bureau designates Prichard as ‘Friend of Agriculture’