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Graduating Iowa State University students seeking teacher licensure were corded at a ceremony on May 10 in C.Y. Stephen's Auditorium. As part of the celebration, each student received honors cords that were placed around their shoulders by the influential mentor of their choice. Iowa State's…

BUSSEY — The Twin Cedars School Board discussed signing the sports Classification Equity Resolution at their regular meeting on June 12.


EveryStep of Knoxville and the Knoxville Area Ministerial Association joined forces to recognize Flag Day on June 14 at the Marion County Bandstand.

Megan Lee, a 2010 Knoxville graduate, has been accepted by the osteopathic medicine program at A. T. Still University in Kirksville, Missouri. After high school, Megan attended Iowa State University and earned a Bachelor’s degree in psychology. She starts orientation the week of July 8, with…

The Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers has selected 15 students from across the state of Iowa who will receive a scholarship in celebration of their 15th anniversary, including Pleasantville student Ryland McCormick.

The Land of Lakes Choirboys of Minnesota will present a concert of sacred and secular music on Monday, June 17 at 7 p.m. The concert will be hosted by the First United Methodist Church in Knoxville.

The Marion County Board of Supervisors approved plans to provide Health Savings Accounts to county employees at their meeting on June 11.

A new reporter has joined the Knoxville Journal-Express, with her first bylines coming in the June 6 edition of the newspaper.


KNOXVILLE — A Marion County judge last week declined to give Jason Carter a new civil trial, despite his criminal acquittal.

North View Drive in Knoxville will be closed for construction June 12-28. Marion County officials plan to complete half the work area then restore it before proceeding into the second half. This is to try and minimize disruptions as much as possible.


Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke held a town hall meeting at Peace Tree Brewing Company on June 7.


Former Melcher-Dallas firefighter Michael Hoch was honored June 9 by having his name added to the Iowa Firefighter’s Memorial Wall in Coralville. Hoch, who passed away in April 2018, served on the Melcher-Dallas fire department for 52 years.

FORT DODGE — Sydney Suntken of Melcher was named to the President’s List at Iowa Central Community College for the Spring 2019 semester. Students named to the President’s List had to achieve a 4.0 GPA with a minimum of six credit hours.

Iowa families who rely on schools to help feed their children during the school year have access to meals served in schools, community centers and other sites this summer. The meals come at no charge through a federally funded program.

Knoxville resident and labor activist Marcia Nichols was one of ten Iowans named to 2020 presidential candidate Cory Booker’s steering committee. Nichols is the former Iowa Political Director for the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), Iowa’s largest public…

Howell Station and Ivans campgrounds are scheduled to reopen on June 11. These areas were closed as a precautionary measure but were not inundated so flooding or dam safety was not a factor.

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. – It wasn’t quite a classic children’s story, but first responders from the local fire department nonetheless achieved beloved status recently for rescuing a high and dry brood of ducks in this northern New York community.

Summer is almost here, which means millions of Americans will be planning visits to our nation’s lakes and rivers. As the steward of many of these public waters, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reminds visitors to be aware of the importance of practicing safe, sensible and thoughtful activi…

DES MOINES — Two local students have been named to the honors list for the spring 2019 semester at Mercy College of Health Sciences in Des Moines

Iowa State University’s largest-ever graduating class received degrees during spring commencement ceremonies held May 9 and 11. The class consisted of 5,248 students receiving undergraduate, master’s, doctor of philosophy and veterinary medicine degrees. The following Knoxville students rece…

EveryStep of Knoxville and the Knoxville Area Ministers Association have joined together to recognize Flag Day on June 14. The event will take place from 12:15-12:45 p.m. at the Courthouse Bandstand. The American Legion and VFW will present the Colors, the National Anthem will be played and …

Lake Red Rock has several upcoming events and programs. All events are free of charge. Outdoor activities will be canceled if raining.

Girls State, an annual event sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary, brings together high school seniors from across Iowa for activities that promote leadership, patriotism and community. The 2019 Iowa Girls State will be held June 16-21 at Drake University.

Pleasantville American Legion Post 108 and Auxiliary Unit 108 will celebrate the 100th anniversary of livelihood for their organizations which were established on November 10, 1919.

MANKATO, Minn. – James Michael McConnell and Pat Lynn McConnell will celebrate 48 years of marriage this summer as the proud first same-sex couple in the U.S. to be issued a marriage license.

Knoxville Police Chief Dan Losada discussed details of citywide initiative Operation Clean Sweep at the City Council meeting on Monday.

NOS Energy Drink will be the new title sponsor of Knoxville Nationals. The NOS Energy Drink Knoxville Nationals presented by Casey’s General Store will be held at Knoxville Raceway Aug. 7-10.

Each year, the America’s Farmers Grow Communities program partners with local farmers to provide grants to local nonprofits. This year, Lucas County farmer James Nelson directed $2,500 to South Central Iowa Cedar Creek Watershed Management Authority (S.C.IA.C.C. WMA) through America’s Farmer…

The following students have been named to the President’s List at Mercy College of Health Sciences in Des Moines, Iowa for the spring 2019 semester: Daniel Kitchens, of Knoxville; and Cole White, of Knoxville.

It is tempting for normal people to ignore our president when he starts ranting about treason and corruption at the FBI. I understand the temptation. I'm the object of many of his rants, and even I try to ignore him.


OTTUMWA — It’s not easy to tell exactly when caucus season begins in Iowa. There’s no official date. Candidates arrive quietly, months before announcing a run for president.

The first group of individuals and couples who were instrumental in the establishment and continued development of the Marion County Historical Society have been selected to be inducted into the newly formed Hall of Fame.


Congratulations! You have saved for your child's education using a state 529 plan and built up a decent nest egg to send him or her off to school or college with minimal financial worries. Once a choice of school is made, you can apply the 529 funds toward the educational costs — but beware of these mistakes that parents make when first withdrawing from 529 plans.

Assuming the Process is Automatic – People are so used to the automated aspects of financial services that they expect 529 accounts to work in the same way. In the case of a 529 plan, you must request that the funds be withdrawn and direct them accordingly. Check with your 529 plan to verify the options. Typically, you can direct the funds to the school, beneficiary (student), or to the owner (parents). In all cases, you must initiate the withdrawal.

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Charles Lee Laird was born in Knoxville, Iowa on October 3, 1942, to Marvin and Fonda Robuck Laird. He passed away at his home in Emporia , Kansas on June 9, 2019. He was 76 years old. Charles grew up on farms near Knoxville: he graduated from Attica High School in 1960. In January 1962 he m…