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CAC/MS Office will be closed Monday, March 23, 2020 - 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. through Wednesday, March 31, 2020 - 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

The Chariton Community School District is committed to providing students breakfast and lunch meals while our schools are closed. As we get additional information on how to proceed this plan could change, if that happens we will send out another communication. PLAN OPERATIONS- “Grab and Go” will begin on Wednesday, March 25, and will be available for pick up on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. At this time our plan is to serve meals through April 10.  Any child 18 years old or younger is eligible to receive one lunch meal and one breakfast meal daily, regardless of their meal status during the school year Meals can be picked up Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at each pick up site below Children must be present to receive meals Meals are packaged to take home and will include multiple days of lunch and breakfast  No student ID or other form of identification is required School personnel will be distributing meals. We do ask that you follow the pick up guidelines stated below. This is to maintain the safety of everyone involved in the interaction. PICK-UP SITES Columbus Elementary: Pick up will be along the bus line Van Allen Elementary: Pick up will be along the bus line Chariton Middle School: Pick up will be along the bus line Chariton High School: Pick up will be along the bus line Williamson Bus Pick Up: Park along the North side of South Street (one block south of the fire station) for pick up  Lucas Bus Pick Up: Please park in front of the Museum for pick up. If you have to park on the South side of the fire station please do not block the doors Russell Bus Pick Up: Line up at the bandstand on Shaw Street for pick up  PICK-UP GUIDELINES:  Please pull up to the bus line and remain in your vehicle. DO NOT exit your vehicle to talk to staff.  While we would love to talk to all of you, we have a responsibility to limit contact during these unusual times. Thank you for understanding. Roll down your window when you see staff approaching. Staff will ask you for the number of meals you need and then they will place them on a table or other surface. They will then move to a safe distance at which point you can get your meal and drive away. If you are arriving on foot, please DO NOT get within 12 feet of staff, we will give you verbal directions from a safe distance.

The Chariton Community School District is committed to providing students breakfast and lunch meals while our schools are closed. As we get additional information on how to proceed this plan could change, if that happens we will send out another communication.

Julie Sanders (Left) and Lois Jeffries (Right) of the Chariton Valley Piecemakers Quilt Guild deliver lap quilts to Circle of Life – Legacy Lodge.  The quilts were made and donated by guild members.  The guild continues its effort to donate quilts to the hospice as an ongoing community suppo…

Following guidance from the CDC and the Governor’s office the Chariton Water Department effective immediately will be closed to the public through March 31 at which time it will be evaluated. Staff will still be in the office to answer phone calls and process payments over the phone as well …

With schools and fitness centers closed because of the coronavirus, there are still ways to stay healthy and get exercise. Andrea McGee (back) and her baby daughter Olivia, 1, (in stroller) and Golden Retriever Winston (left) enjoy a walk up North Grand Street in Chariton during the nice sun…

In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), Lucas County Health Center (LCHC) has implemented visitor restrictions to keep patients, staff, and community members safe.

For the time being, Hy-Vee is suspending its weekly corporate advertising circular that is distributed to all stores and found in many local newspapers. Due to the current high demand for many products, suppliers are unable to guarantee the fulfillment of certain products. This makes it diff…

The Chariton Newspaper office will remain open and fully staffed. Sandy McGee will be updating the newspaper’s web page (www.charitonleader.com) throughout the day with COVID-19 updates from local sources, including the Chariton School District, City of Chariton and Lucas County.

The City of Chariton will be closing the following facilities until March 31, following the Governor of Iowa, Kim Reynolds’ State of Iowa Public Health Disaster Emergency. This is effective as of 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 17, 2020.

If one feels the need for a little patriotic boost, then look no further than the Chariton Library. There the display case holds a bit of American history as Jackie Beard displays and promotes items relating to the American Revolution and to the organization known as The Daughters of the Ame…

Chariton Schools Superintendent Larry Achenbach gave an update on a few important topics at Monday night’s school board meeting including a debriefing of the standoff and lockout situation that occurred in Chariton Wednesday, Feb. 26.

The Chariton School Board gave approval to share a social worker with the Great Prairie Area Education Agency (GPAEA) during the school board meeting Monday night.

At their meeting this past Wednesday morning, the Lucas County Board of Supervisors approved issuing a letter of support to former State Representative and current Iowa Transportation Commission Commissioner Richard Arnold of Russell for expanding U.S. Highway 34 into what’s called a Super T…

On Wednesday, Feb. 26, the Chariton Police Department responded to an initial report of a homeowner intentionally damaging his gas line causing a large amount of natural gas to be released in the area.

Chariton Police arrested Jeffry Alan Hildreth of Chariton this past Wednesday evening, Feb. 26, following a long standoff. The situation involved a gas leak, schools being locked down, a neighborhood being locked out and Hildreth going out of his house at times waving a weapon then back insi…

Lucas County is advising residents about what they can do now to prepare for the potential spread of the novel coronavirus known as COVID-19. To date, no one in Iowa has tested positive for COVID-19.

Lana Kuball, the outgoing Executive Assistant to the CEO at Lucas County Health Center, was presented with an award of appreciation of her more than 25 years of service to the Lucas County Health Center Hospital Board of Trustees at the beginning of the Hospital Board meeting at LCHC Tuesday night.

At their meeting Tuesday night, the Lucas County Health Center Board of Trustees held the public hearing for and later approved the proposed Fiscal Year 2020-21 County Hospital budget.

From Chariton to Hawaii, from Vietnam to Germany, and then on to Massachusetts, Emmett Childress honorably served his country for 25 years. In return, he was also honored by receiving the following: the Combat Infantryman’s badge, four Bronze Stars, the Meritorious Service medal, Air Medal, …

Chariton wrestling Coach Jamie Cochran is on his feet urging Jordan Mundy on in his first round state match Thursday afternoon. Assistant Coach Tom Anderson is at right. For more on the state wrestling tournament turn to Page 8. (Jesse Simmons photo)

A Chariton woman was killed and a child with her was injured after both were struck by a car at the intersection of Auburn Avenue and North Main Street in Chariton after 8 a.m. this past Thursday morning.

A Farewell Open House reception was held for outgoing Chariton Area Chamber/Main Street Executive Director Katie Wilson at the Chamber/Main Street office Friday afternoon, her last day on the job.

Chariton native and former Newton Mayor Charles “Chaz” Allen was the guest speaker at the Rotary Club of Chariton’s meeting on Jan. 31. Allen is also a former Iowa State Senator who is now the executive director of the Iowa Utilities Association (IUA).

The newspaper will be publishing a Lenten Calendar for area churches beginning today. Send in your Lenten events to charnews@charitonleader.com.

Jordan Mundy, left, and Nick Wood both punched their tickets to the state wrestling tournament that begins Thursday at Wells Fargo Arena. The newspaper will be doing an Honor Page for the two in Thursday’s Herald-Patriot. Deadline for submission is 9 a.m. Wednesday. Turn to the sports page f…