The Marion County Fair Queen coronation will be held on June 29 at the First United Methodist Church in Knoxville. The contest will begin at 7 p.m., with doors opening to the public at 6:30 p.m.

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The Knoxville School Board unanimously approved a district-wide emergency operations plan at their regular meeting on June 24.

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Community members joined the Knoxville Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3519 at a crawfish boil on Saturday to celebrate their recent recognition as an All-State Post.

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The flowers planted outside of the Marion County Courthouse are thanks to the hard work of county employees who contribute their own time and money to the task each year.

U.S. Senator Joni Ernst, amidst a spring of flooding across Iowa, is continuing forward on her pledge to address concerns with flood control and disaster recovery.

The Speedway Motors EMi Raffle Sprint Car benefiting the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum will be unveiled on Saturday, June 29.

The Knoxville Public Library announced plans for its big move when the expansion and renovation is completed. The library will be closed for three weeks from July 13-August 4 in order to pack and re-locate.

The Pleasantville School Board held a regular meeting on June 11. During the meeting, board members discussed potential updates to be made to the stadium and what steps to take moving forward. This project is still in the early stages of discussion and planning.

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The Land of Lake Choirboys of Minnesota performed a concert at the Knoxville First United Methodist Church on June 17. The concert marked the first stop of the choir’s 17-day tour around the country.

There's always something happening at Lake Red Rock! Programs are free of charge and reservations are not needed. Outdoor activities will be canceled if raining or inclement weather. Check out these upcoming activities:

The Knoxville City Council approved a resolution setting salaries and wages for appointed officers and non-collective bargaining unit employees at their meeting on June 17. This resolution will begin at the start of the fiscal year on July 1, 2019.

U.S. Air Force Airman Derek J. Leavy graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. Leavy is a 2019 graduate of Knoxville High School. He is the son of Monica Pate and Aaron Buck of Templeton, Iowa. Leavy earned distinction as an honor graduate.

Approximately 9,000 Iowa State University students have been recognized for outstanding academic achievement by being named to the spring semester 2019 Dean's List. Students named to the Dean's List must have earned a grade point average of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale while carrying a minimu…

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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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…

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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…