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Willis Wayne “Bill” Chesmore – Independence

Independence – Willis Wayne “Bill” Chesmore, 84 years old, of Independence, Iowa, died on Monday, March 14, 2016, at Unity Point St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He was born on December 17, 1931, in Cono Township of Buchanan County, near Quasqueton, Iowa, the son of Marshal Curtis and Retha Marie (Brown) Chesmore. He

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Several WD Speech Students Make All-State

Eight West Delaware Individual Speech students were nominated for All State, including  Kaitlyn Reth (poetry, acting), Kyle Curley (individual improv, poetry), Jacob Gasper (after dinner speaking), Isabelle Breitfelder (original oratory), Holden Smith (review), and Christian Schnieders (expository address).   The students were judged on the performances at the State Individual Speech event this past Saturday at

Myra Lou Rowray – Delhi

Myra Lou Rowray, 76, of Delhi, Iowa, died on Sunday, March 13, 2016, at her home surrounded by her family. She was born on July 24, 1939, at home in Covington, Iowa, the daughter of Louis and Almyra “Dutch” (Fulton) Bemer. Myra was a 1956 graduate of Palo High School. Myra was united in marriage

Gerald “Gary” C. Smith – Manchester

Gerald “Gary” C. Smith, 73, of Manchester, Iowa, died Sunday, March 13, 2016. Visitation will be held from 2:00 – 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 16, 2016 at Bohnenkamp – Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Manchester, with a Scripture Service at 2:00 p.m. Funeral Mass will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 17, 2016,


Art Show At Franklin Street Brewery

The spotlight is on the arts as part of Manchester’s 150th birthday celebration during the month of March.  Several artists have been showing their work at Franklin Street Brewery and a special art show was held Sunday. One of the artists with her work on display was Helen Lyness, who has created over one hundred

Ethel MacDonald – Dyersville

Ethel Catherine MacDonald, 91, of Dubuque, Iowa; formerly of Dyersville, Iowa; Baltimore and Chesapeake Beach, Maryland; and Oxnard, California died at 1:32 a.m. Sunday, Mar. 13, 2016, at Hawkeye Care Center in Dubuque. In keeping with her wishes, her body was donated to the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine. A Gathering of Remembrance


Rural Dubuque County Fire causes $15,000 Damage

The Epworth Fire Department and the Dubuque County Sheriff’s Office responded to a fire early Friday morning on North Bankston Road.  The fire was reported just before 4:30 Friday morning.  A building on the Joe Wolf Farm caught fire, causing 15,000 dollars in damages.  A cow and ten square bales of straw were lost in

Ronald D. Hess – Independence

Ronald D. Hess, age 75 of Independence went home with his God on Wednesday, March 9, 2016 due to complications of Parkinson’s disease. Ron was born on December 31, 1940 to Marie Elizabeth (Woods) and Robert Hess in Crete, Nebraska. They moved to Mount Vernon when he was 5 years old. After graduating from Mt.

Veronica A. Cornwell – Hazleton

Hazleton – Veronica A. Cornwell, 56 years old, of Hazleton, Iowa, died on Tuesday, March 8, 2016, at her home in Hazleton. She was born on October 7, 1959, in Oelwein, Iowa, the daughter of Delbert Lee and Evelyn Alta (Johnson) Cornwell. She finished her high school education at Hawkeye Technical College in Waterloo and