Thursday, May 29, 2014

Firemen March to Cemetery to Honor Past Members

Herald-Patriot May 29, 2014
Bill Howes, Associate Editor

    Members of the Chariton Volunteer Fire Department marched from the fire station to the Chariton Cemetery in a light rain on Sunday morning.  After they arrived, a short ceremony was held to honor past members at the Fire Department Memorial in the cemetery.
    After the firemen arrived in the cemetery, they marched in single file and put flowers on the base of the Memorial and then stood in a half circle around it.  Community of Christ Pastor Andy Gwinn gave the opening prayer and then former Chariton fireman Larry Davis spoke.  Davis was with CVPD for 33 years before retiring in 2009.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Mary Stierwalt Receives Old B Farmall Tractor

Herald-Patriot, June 5, 2014
Bill Howes, Associate Editor

   It was driven into town and parked right in front of the Family Shoe Store she runs on the east side of the square.  Hearing it run again was like music to her ears and made it seem like she was working on the farm as a child again.
   Stierwalt celebrated her 82nd birthday on May 5th.  Initially the present was supposed to be a surprise but after a couple of delays they let her know it was coming and it arrived late.  It stood in front of Family Shoe from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, May 27th.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Lucas County Fair is Celebrating 60 Years

  Lucas County Fair dates are Saturday, July 26 to Thursday, Aug. 1 and we will be celebrating 60 years at the Chariton location, honoring the people that made it happen.  This is an exciting year for 4-H and for the county residents.
  The Lucas County Fair Board encourages anyone in Lucas County (adults and youth) to take part in this fair by entering items in the Open Class departments.  You may pick up an Open Class fair book at the Extension Office on the fair grounds, The Sampler or Ben Franklin on the square or at the Senior Citizens meal site across from the Post Office.
  Entry forms are found in the back of the book and may be turned in at the Extension Office from now until Friday, July 25 in order to have pre-printed tags.  You may also bring your entry form and entries on Sunday, July 27 from 2-6 p.m. or Monday, July 28, from 8 a.m. to noon.  Judging will start around 1 p.m on the 28th.
  You are asked to read the General Rules and Regulations and the guidelines for each department found in the book to prevent any problems on the day of the entry.
 This promises to be a very special fair for the residents of Lucas County and the Fair Association encourages you to participate by exhibiting and attending the fair activities and the free entertainment.
  More details to come so mark your calendar now so you won't miss any of the fair.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Charitone Market Grille Opens on May 15th

  The Chariton Market Grille, located in the Charitone Hotel on the northeast corner of the square, will hold its grand opening on May 15th, 10:30 a.m. at the south entrance of the hotel.
  Representatives from Hy-Vee, Hotel Chariton LLC, Lucas County Preservation Alliance and the City of Chariton will mark the opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
  The restaurant will be open to the public at 11 a.m. following the ceremony.  The restaurant will be open seven days a week, 11 a.m.-10 p.m Monday-Thursday; 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Sunday for brunch.

Thursday, May 08, 2014

New Principal at Columbus Elementary School

  On May 2nd the Board of Directors of the Chariton Community School District approved Jamie Cranston as the new Columbus Elementary School Principal.
  Jamie is currently a full time preschool coordinator for the Newton School District.  She has a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education, an Early Childhood Endorsement, a Master of Arts in Education and Advanced Studies Certificate - all from the University in Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls.
  The hiring committee for Cranston consisted of five staff members, five administrators, six parents, Superintendent Paula Wright, and Board members Dave Rich and Kellie Gookin.
  Cranston and her husband, Jeremy, have a 3 year old daughter, Ireland.  Because early childhood is her area of expertise, she was very pleased when offered the opportunity to come to Chariton.

Monday, May 05, 2014

Chariton Teacher Tyler Urich named Professional Educator of the Year

  At an assembly at Chariton High School on May 5th, Chariton teacher Tyler Urich was presented with the
Professional Educator of the Year Award from the Professional Educators of Iowa.
  Urich was unaware of the award until it was presented to him at the end of the assembly.  Urich, 29, is the vocal music instructor for grades 6-12 in Chariton and is in his first year at Chariton.  A native of Garner, Iowa, Urich has taught for just seven years.  For the past six years he taught vocal and instrumental music at north Union Schools in Northern Iowa.  Urich is single and lives in Chariton.

Saturday, May 03, 2014

Second Hy-Vee 5K Red Bud Run/Walk Was Held on May 3rd in Chariton

To help out a great cause, runners toke part in the Hy-Vee 5K Red Bud Run/Walk Saturday, May 3rd, on the Chariton Square.
The Run/Walk is a fundraiser for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (DRP).  The Hy-Vee Distribution Center, Hy-Vee Food Store and Midwest Heritage Bank and Insurance Services sponsored the event.  It's the second year the event has been held in Chariton.
The race started on the south side of the square at 10:30 a.m. Registration began at 9:30 a.m.  The entry fee was $20, due before May 1st.  After May 1st or on the day of the race the entry fee was $25.
The age divisions included 13 and younger, 14-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, and 60 and older.  Medals were awarded for the 1st-3rd place in each division for male and female participants.  Trophies were awarded to the top three race times.

Friday, May 02, 2014

Iowa Road Trip Stops in Lucas County

Chariton Leader, May 6, 2014
Bill Howes, Associate Editor

  The Epic Iowa Road Trip visited Lucas County on May 2nd and made a stop at Piper's on the Chariton square.  State and regional tourism officials were present with the Road Trip to present certificates to both Tourism Lucas County and Piper's for their contributions to the Iowa Tourism Industry.
  The Epic Iowa Road Trip is a partnership among the Central Iowa Tourism Region, Eastern Iowa Tourism Association, Western Iowa Tourism Region and Iowa Tourism Office to promote tourism destinations in the state and raise awareness of tourism's impact on Iowa's economy.  The event is from May 2-10 and covers nearly 2,100 miles statewide while promoting more than 60 tourism destinations in 33 counties and 46 communities.

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Casey's General Store to Hold May "Dog Tag" Promotion

Proceeds to benefit nonprofit Hope For the Warriors® in honor of 

Memorial Day

  During the entire month of May, Casey's General Store ( is offering a special "Dog Tag" Promotion to raise funds and awareness for the growing needs of service members and military families.  For only $1, Casey's customers can do their part to support the growing needs of today's military.  All proceeds will benefit Hope For The Warriors®, a national non-profit dedicated to restoring a sense of self, restoring the family unit, and restoring hope for our service members and our military families.
  Patrons of Casey's General Store will be invited to support Hope For The Warrirs® by purchasing a "Dog Tag" for $1.  Casey's will display the "Dog Tags" throughout the store, providing their customers the opportunity to demonstrate their commitment and support for the sacrifices of our service members.  "Dog Tags" will be available at more than 1,800 Casey's store locations throughout the month of May.