Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Milestones Reached for Chariton Couple

   A Celebration at the Chariton Community Center with their five children, nine grand children, 10 great grandchildren, other family members and friends, longtime Hy-Vee coworkers and those from the community who wanted to wish the couple well happened recently.
   Bernie began to work at Hy-Vee two months before his 20th birthday.  He remembered his first day.  "I worked all day that day with Dwight Vredenburg," he said.  "I actually hired out to him.  He was president of the company, but was not afraid of work.  And once he knew your name, he remembered it.  That day we worked in the warehouse unloading trucks.  At that time a lot of the merchandise came in by rail car.  We worked together all day my first day."
   The year before Bernie started working was the year that Chariton Wholesale Grocery was purchased by Hy-Vee.  When the grocery was purchased, its five sales people were kept on and eventually added to by one.  At the time, sales people were given two weeks vacation a year - opening up a new job for Bernie. He covered the sales territories for the 12 weeks during the summer when the sales force was out on vacation. Each sales route had several customers for Bernie to visit to take orders that , in those days, were then delivered the next day.
  Bernie married a girl he knew in high school, Leila Stout  and the marriage has lasted 65 years.

   There are many family member working for Hy-Vee.  His younger brother, Richard Mitchell is a former Vice President and another younger brother, Joe, worked for the company.  Hired back after his stint in the Navy, Joe ended up working for Hy-Vee for 30 years.  He was the head of the meat department in Albia for many years.  Bernie's sister, Margaret Morrison and her husband, Bob Morrison (37 years with the company) worked together in the stores.  After retiring from his position as a Chief Operating Officer, Bob remained on the Advisory Board for a period of time.
   "Hy-Vee has been a big part of my whole family," Bernie said, "I am celebrating that part of my life at the same time that I am celebrating my 65th wedding anniversary.  With Hy-Vee 60 years was the limit.  With my marriage, well, once I get past the Aug. 16 party, I will look forward to planning my 70th wedding anniversary!".

Celebrating 60 Years of Lucas County Fair Queens

Chariton is a Skilled Iowa Community

Chariton Leader, July 29, 2014
Bill Howes, Associate Editor

   During Lunch on the Square on July 25th, a presentation was made to recognize Lucas County as a Skilled Iowa Community.  Iowa Workforce Development Deputy Director Ed Wallace presented a plaque for the designation to Lucas County Development Corporation (LCDC) Executive Director Shantel Dow, who accepted it on behalf of LCDC.  LCDC President Christopher Watkins was unable to attend.
   Lucas County became the first county in its 10-county region to achieve the designation of being a Skilled Iowa Community.  There are about 13 communities in the entire state that have achieved the Skilled Iowa Community designation.
   Both Wallace and Linda Rouse, the Operations Director for Iowa Works of Southern Iowa out of Ottumwa, spoke at the presentation.
   Wallace said that he represents Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds and that they are very proud of Lucas County for becoming a Skilled Iowa Community.
   Wallace also recognized Chariton Schools Superintendent Paula Wright and Chariton High School Principal Tracy Hall for being drivers of the Skilled Iowa Community initiative.  Wright pushed the initiative in the district and Hall pushed it in the high school.  Wright was present for the presentation, but Hall was unable to attend.
   Wallace said that 253 students in Lucas County took the National Career Readiness Certificate Test, which was led by Wright.  In order to achieve the Skilled Iowa Community designation, Wallace said there are specific metrics that have to be met, including the number of businesses participating and the number of employees participating in a county.
   "The Skilled Iowa Community designation is a real good marketing tool for Lucas County Development to attract businesses to our county by showing that we have a skilled workforce," Dow said.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

2014 Hay Bale Third Annual Contest Coming Up

Chariton Herald-Patriot, July 17, 2014 
Sandra Knebel, Staff Writer

   Preparations for the Third Annual Hay Bale Art Contest are underway!  This event has grown quickly in popularity - from 17 entries drawing about 1,000 visitors the first year to 26 entries drawing 1,500 visitors last year.  "We want to break both records this year," says Lyle Asell, President of Tourism Lucas County and Contest committee chair.
   "This contest is a great draw for tourists who are drawn to Lucas County to see the amazing creativity of our residents and then, while they are here, to shop and eat in our restaurants.  Designing and building these whimsical works of art is great fun for families, businesses and organizations.  And last, but not least, the use of hay bales is a great way to acknowledge the importance of forages in Lucas County, both economically and environmentally," he added.
   To make participation easy, for those without their own supply of hay, the committee will connect those interested with a hay supplier and also assist in finding an appropriate location for the decorated bale.  Participant entry forms are now available at the office of the Chariton Area Chamber/Main Street.  The rules are simple, your art must be made of hay.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Memorial Benches Dedicated on Courthouse Lawn

Recently three memorial benches were dedicated on the courthouse lawn.  Family members purchased the benches in memory of their loved ones.  The first bench was dedicated in memory of Donald and Donna Wilson.  The second bench was dedicated in memory of Dean, Louise and Tammy McNeish.  The third bench was dedicated in memory of Roy and Angie Amos, Ray McGee and Mike McGee.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Corvette Club of Iowa Donates $500 to City of Chariton

Chariton Leader, July 15, 2014
Kris Patrick, Staff Writer

Clayton Smith and Gary Foster, president of the Corvett Club of Iowa thanked the City Council for their support of the All Iowa Corvette Rally held on July 7th.  The annual event is held at the Chariton Municipal Airport over the Memorial Day weekend.  Smith said the successful event was well attended and the club gave many rides to people that came out.  Foster Presented a check for $500 to Mayor Roger Manser.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Felderman Re-Appointed to Humanities Iowa Board

   The appointment is for three years and members are only allowed to serve two terms.  The appointment is effective July 1, 2014.
   "Humanities Iowa is the State of Iowa's arm of the national Endowment for the Humanities.  Our mission is to preserve and protect the history and culture of Iowa," Felderman said.
   The National Endowment for the Humanities gives Humanities Iowa a little over $500,000 a year and Humanitites Iowa re-grants it to different projects done throughout the state including films, museums, displays and speakers.
   Felderman taught at Chariton High School for 15 years.  He taught social studies, American Government and Economics and also coached CHS boys and girls tennis at different times.  He coached all three of his sons, Marshall, Sam and Willie, in tennis.  "We'll miss CHS, it's a great school," he said.
   Felderman and his wife, Becky, now live in Ankeny but they still have their house in Chariton and are home most weekends.  They also still own and run the Ben Franklin in Chariton and are looking for someone to buy the business and or the building.
   Felderman's daughter, Gina, and son, Willie, work at Ben Franklin in Chariton three days a week until school starts.  The Feldermans still attend First Baptist Church in Russell where Felderman's son, Marshall, is the pastor.  Marshall's wife Emily is running the Ben Franklin store right now.
  We're still part of Chariton and the Lucas County community.  We still love Chariton.  It's still home sweet home," Felderman said.

Local Citizen's Receive Governor's Volunteer Award

2014 Lucas County Fair is Almost Here

The 2014 Lucas County Fair is almost here!  As we finalize our preparations, some trophy sponsorships are now available.  Sponsoring a trophy for the year will also provide you advertisement on the trophy as well as on the show bill for the appropriate species.  This is an inexpensive way to support all of the hard work that our members have completed.
   Please call the office to reserve your trophy at 774-2016.  Checks can be dropped off or mailed to Lucas County Extension, 48293 Hy-Vee Road  Chariton, Iowa 50049.