2021-12-15 E-Edition

Winterset National Honor Society inducts 16

The National Honor Society induction ceremony was held on Sunday, Dec. 12, in the Henry C. Miller auditorium at Winterset High School. Paige McDonald stepped to the podium and welcomed those in attendance, as 16 students were scheduled to be inducted that afternoon. The ceremony began as present members listed the four characteristics of the society. Mia Kerr spoke on […]

High-speed pursuit tears through Madison County

The Madison County Sheriff’s Office became involved in a high-speed chase that began around 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 9, on Highway 169 near Lorimor. Jesse James Leach, 40, of Norwalk was charged with eluding, driving while barred, speeding, and second-degree theft. Union County Chief Deputy Chris Knouse said they first attempted to stop the suspect after radar showed the vehicle […]

Final meeting of retiring Winterset School Board, new officers selected

The Winterset School Board met on Monday night at the school administration office board room. This was the final meeting for the retiring board members, and the organizational meeting of the new board. The board recognized former president Jeff Nicholl for his 18 years of service before adjourning the retiring board. The newly elected and re-elected board members Malcolm Cortner […]

Window displays came alive during Lights! Christmas! Action!

Lights! Christmas! Action! Participating businesses in the downtown marketplace delighted customers with live or lighted window displays in addition to extended shopping hours on Friday evening during the Chamber of Commerce annual event. Creative displays centered around the theme of “Christmas around the World” filled the north, south, east, and west sides of the square. The cold evening mist couldn’t […]

Convicted murderer of local women sentenced to death

Donnie Lee Abernathy, 44, of Leesburg, Ala., was sentenced by Circuit Judge Andrew Hairston to death by lethal injection on Monday, Nov. 29. Abernathy was convicted of the shooting deaths of Clara Edwards, Pam Oshel, and Sylvia “Sue” Duffe and the attempted murder of John McClung. Abernathy was found guilty of two counts of Capital Murder and one count of […]

Changes at the treasurer’s office


Dear Editor: Many changes with driver’s license and motor vehicle transactions have evolved over the last seven years that I have had the privilege to serve the Madison County people as your County Treasurer. I’m writing to inform Madison County residents of another big change coming up. Beginning Jan. 1, 2022, all residents from any contiguous county (Polk, Dallas, Warren, […]

Julian B. Garrett

Disappointing jobs report: more inflation

The Bureau of Labor Statistics issued a disappointing jobs report for November. The so-called experts were predicting increased jobs of around 535,000 for November. The BLS reports that the actual increase was 210,000. The labor participation rate was 61.8 percent. The unemployment rate was 4.2 percent. There were 6.9 million unemployed persons. We are still not at the pre COVID-19 […]

Cindy Axne

I recently introduced three bills inspired by issues the people of Iowa’s Third Congressional District brought to my attention. For years, Iowa’s independent cattle producers have been asking for fairness and equal footing in the cattle market, as they are increasingly squeezed out to due a lack of market transparency and competition. I’ve heard too many stories from producers having […]

Relatively Minor

Laughter does not have to come from a major source. It could indeed be … relatively minor. I considered myself very lucky last Wednesday to have received six fortune cookies from the local Chinese restaurant. The lady working at the counter graciously fulfilled my relatively minor request. She handed me a half dozen cellophane wrapped tiny bags, and I was […]