At their meeting Monday night, the Chariton City Council approved to submit a grant application to the Iowa Foundation for Parks and Recreation for a grant that would provide funding of up to $1,000 for new park benches at Halferty Park in Chariton.
The Chariton City Council approved a resolution accepting the Division I South 16th Street West Lift Station Project as being a completed project at their meeting Monday night.
Martha Peterson, long time resident of Lucas County, says she just needs a little rest for the new year of 2020. At 104 years of age, she certainly is entitled to that.
The Chariton school principals gave their monthly reports at the Jan. 13 school board meeting.
At their meeting this past Wednesday, the Lucas County Board of Supervisors approved a resolution for the hiring of Maryana Willis as a nurse’s aide at Lucas County Public Health. Willis is employed full-time at 40 hours a week starting Jan. 8, 2020, at a starting salary of $10 an hour.
The Chariton High School Drill Team performs during halftime of the Chariton Varsity boys basketball game against Clarke at Chariton Tuesday night.
The Chariton High School Concert Choir has been selected to perform at Carnegie Hall in New York City on President’s Day, Feb. 17, 2020.
At their meeting, Jan. 7, the Lucas County Health Center Board of Trustees approved a 28E Agreement between the City of Chariton and LCHC for extra facility security at LCHC when it’s needed at times with certain patients.
At Monday night’s Chariton Community School Board meeting, Superintendent Larry Achenbach and the board had a short discussion about current enrollment numbers for each grade level in the Chariton School District.
Dr. Jill Biden, the wife of 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, made a campaign stop for her husband at the Jim and Marti Mefferd residence in Chariton Sunday afternoon. Biden spoke for awhile and answered questions and then met people in the audience.
The Lucas County Health Center Board of Trustees held their annual election of officers at their first meeting of the New Year at LCHC Tuesday, Jan. 7.
At their meeting Jan. 6, the Chariton City Council approved by resolution to accept the property at 1421 Ashland Ave. in Chariton as a gift from the property’s owner, Catherine Hall, to the City of Chariton.
At their meeting Monday night, the Chariton City Council held the public hearing regarding the City of Chariton acquiring the property at 400 S. Fourth St. in Chariton by 657A rules under the Iowa Code. Following the hearing the city approved a resolution for Chariton City Attorney Verle Nor…
The Rotary Club of Chariton is using an evening of entertainment to help raise funds for community projects, such as improving parks and playgrounds in Chariton. The Saturday, March 7, Chariton Rotary Club Trivia Night will generate additional funds to improve access to playgrounds for peopl…
The City of Chariton has a new mayor as Denny Bisgard was elected as the town’s next mayor at Monday night’s city council meeting. Former Mayor Roger Manser nominated Bisgard to be the new mayor, which was approved by the council. Manser served as Chariton mayor for the last 10 years.
The Lucas County Board of Supervisors held their first meeting of the New Year on Thursday morning, Jan. 2. The supervisors reorganized for 2020 appointing Larry Davis as chairman and Cathy Reece as vice chairman.
One main news event over the last three months in Chariton was Mary Stierwalt announcing the closing of Family Shoe on the east side of the square after 57 years in business. She has greatly enjoyed serving the public in Chariton and Lucas County for over five decades and she and longtime bu…
Beginning Jan. 1, 2020, House File 2377 (2018 Iowa Acts) mandates the electronic transmission of all prescriptions, including all controlled substances, unless specifically exempted. All health care providers, excluding veterinarians, are included in the law.
One major news story of the third quarter of 2019 was a history making event as the first ever Dog Park opened in the City of Chariton at Franklin Park on Saturday, July 6. A Grand Opening and ribbon cutting was held for the event that day and following this people were able to use the new p…
On Monday, Dec. 30, an open house at Chariton City Hall was held in honor of departing and incoming City Council members.
Ron Burgett of Lucas County was inducted into the 2019 Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame during a ceremony at the 4-H Exhibits Building at the Iowa State Fair on Sunday, Aug. 18. Ninety-six Iowa counties participated this year and selected 135 inductees for their outstanding service and dedication to 4-…
This Christmas season the Chariton Community School District had an anonymous donor along with an organization that has donated money to our district’s Angel Fund. The district also had many parents who no longer have students in the district donate money left in their children’s meal accoun…
To start off the New Year, 49 state parks are hosting First Day Hikes on Jan. 1, 2020. The outdoor hikes launch the Iowa state park centennial in 2020.
The first three months of 2019 included a number of important new appointments, events and awards. Kyle Curtis was appointed as a new member to the Chariton School Board in early January to fill a vacancy and a contract for new Chariton Schools Superintendent Larry Achenbach was approved in …
An Open House reception will be held for the outgoing and the incoming Chariton City Council members at Chariton City Hall Monday, Dec. 30, from 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Jim Wright of Russell and Mary Stierwalt or Chariton each received a Governor’s Volunteer Award from Governor Kim Reynolds and Lt. Governor Adam Gregg during a special recognition ceremony held recently in Ottumwa.
Ronda Morrett of Chariton was honored recently with the 2019 Visionary Award at YouthFest, Iowa 4-H’s annual all-staff conference at Iowa State University.
The Columbus Elementary Student Council sponsored a service project for the Humane Society of Lucas County in Chariton during November and December.
At their meeting Monday night, the Chariton City Council approved the conveyance of a gift of property next to Yocom Park in Chariton from Martin and Estela Biesemeyer, who are husband and wife, and Martin’s sister, Marcy Biesemeyer, to the City of Chariton.
Each year on Memorial Day, since the park was called to attention on the April 9, 2015, a number of objects have been dedicated in the park to honor veterans including: benches, flag poles, a Memorial to the Citizens that gave the ultimate sacrifice and this past Memorial Day, the Park dedic…
At Monday night’s Chariton City Council meeting, the Chariton RAGBRAI Committee made a $5,800 donation to the City of Chariton, which will be used towards the sidewalk project on the Chariton square.
The following is the new snow removal ordinance for the City of Chariton that was approved at the Chariton City Council’s March 18, 2019, meeting and is in effect for this winter. The ordinance reads as follows:
A ceremony honoring Wreath Across America Day was held at the Lucas County Veterans Memorial Park in Chariton this past Saturday afternoon, Dec. 14. Despite the bitter cold, there was a good (but smaller) turnout for the event.
At their meeting Dec. 9, the Chariton Water Board approved to renew a water department meter deposit CD they currently have at Great Western Bank in Chariton and for it to remain at the bank for 12 months at an interest rate of 1.1 percent.
Logan Kinyon is the new County Youth Coordinator for the Lucas County Extension Office. A former Miss Rodeo Iowa, Kinyon brings a bright and friendly energetic personality to the position that she would like to use to grow the Lucas County 4-H program into an even greater entity and have its…
At their monthly meeting Monday night, the Chariton Water Board approved an amendment to a contract with U.S. Cellular regarding equipment it has on the water tower behind Chariton City Hall pending approval from the City of Chariton on the amendment.
Local attorneys Raymond C. Meyer of Chariton and Jenna K. Lain of Corydon have announced that they are establishing a new law partnership together called Meyer & Lain. The partnership will be effective Jan. 1, 2020, and although they will be working together as partners, they will still …
At their meeting this past Wednesday, the Lucas County Board of Supervisors approved a tanning bed ordinance related to the minimum requirements for tanning facilities in Lucas County.
2020 Democratic presidential candidate and current Minnesota U.S. senator Amy Klobuchar made a campaign stop in Chariton when she spoke followed by a meet and greet at the Iron Horse Neighborhood Grill this past Friday afternoon. It was standing room only in the back portion of the restauran…
There were five children that participated in the 2019 Miss Merry Christmas and Little St. Nick program, which included three girls and two boys. This year’s winners were Isabelle Travis and Mark Miller Jr.
At their meeting Monday night, the Chariton City Council approved to set a public hearing regarding the nuisance property at 400 South Fourth St. in Chariton to be held on Monday, Jan. 6, 2020, at 5 p.m. in the council chambers at Chariton City Hall.
At Monday night’s meeting, the Chariton City Council held a hearing with no public comment for two sanders from the Chariton Street Department that had been marketed for sale recently. The sanders are considered surplus property that the street department no longer needs.
Dazzle Fest 2019 turned out to be more drizzle than dazzle this year. With freezing wind chills and precipitation alternating between misty and miserable, parade participants and spectators found the event to be a bit more challenging than usual.
The South Central Iowa Community Foundation (SCICF) Board recently visited the Chariton Community School Kindergarten classrooms as a part of the organization’s reading project.
Zoey Narber (left) and Mia Rudenko have a good time during the Columbus kindergarten Thanksgiving feast on Tuesday afternoon. Narber is in Mrs. Thatcher’s class and Rudenko is in Mrs. Bear’s class. (More Bill Howes photos Page 9 of November 28, 2019 edition of the Chariton Herald-Patriot.)
At their meeting Nov. 18, the Chariton Community School Board approved six requests for mid-term graduation and four requests for part-time student status. The mid-term graduation requests were approved pending completion of mid-term graduation requirements.
At their meeting Nov. 18, the Chariton City Council approved the resolution for the Airport Capital Improvement Plan (ACIP) for fiscal years 2021-2027 for the Chariton Municipal Airport.
In 1962 Berns and Mary Stierwalt went into the shoe business, found that it was a good “fit” and then helped their hometown folks of Chariton and surrounding areas find quality shoes that fit just right. Now, after more than five decades – 57 years to be exact - The Family Shoe Store will be…
A public meeting where people were told about and could give input on the Chariton Splash Pad project was held at Johnson Auditorium in Chariton this past Tuesday night, Nov. 19.
At the October Board of Trustees meeting, Lucas County Health Center’s Chief Executive Officer, Brian Sims, received a $95,878 check from Jason Gibbs, Manager of Member Services at Clarke Electric Cooperative. The money comes from CEC’s Community & Economic Development Revolving Loan Fun…
A ceremony commemorating the reading of the Gettysburg Address was held at the Lucas County Veterans Memorial Park in Chariton Tuesday afternoon. Tuesday marked the 156th anniversary of the day the infamous speech was read by then President Abraham Lincoln on Nov. 19, 1863, in Gettysburg, Pa.