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Victory Henry Kraus – Monticello

Victory Henry Kraus, 86, of Monticello, IA, joined his wife and son in heaven Monday, August 18, 2014, surrounded by his family following a short illness. Friends and family may visit from 2:00pm until 8:00pm Thursday, February 21, 2014, at Kramer Funeral Home in Monticello, Iowa. A prayer service will be held at 2:00pm. A

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August Valued Volunteer: Angie Zehr

Congratulations to our latest “Valued Volunteer”…Angie Zehr of Manchester!  Angie and her husband Chris are very involved in Boy Scouts and Girls Scouts, and several activities at West Delaware including The Friends Of Music and Show Choir.  If you know someone who deserves to be a KMCH/Smitty’s “Valued Volunteer…CLICK HERE!

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State Unemployment Rates Up Slightly

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A state agency says Iowa’s unemployment rate rose slightly in July to 4.5 percent. The rate released Monday by Iowa Workforce Development was up from 4.4 percent in June. The number of unemployed Iowans was 76,900 in July, up from 74,300 in June. Iowa’s unemployment rate is well below the


One Dead Following Jones County Rollover

One person is dead following a rollover Monday evening northwest of Anamosa. According to the Jones County Sheriff’s Office, the vehicle was northbound on Ridge Road and failed to negotiate the curve, entered the ditch, and rolled onto its top. The driver of the vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene. One passenger was taken

Kathryn A. “Kay” Neidy – Independence

Funeral services for 68 year old Kathryn A. “Kay” Neidy of Independence will be held at 10:30am on Thursday, August 21st at the first United Methodist church in Independence, with burial in the Fairview cemetery in Winthrop. Visitation will be held from 2 to 6pm on Wednesday, August 20 at the Reiff Funeral Home and

Robert Porter – Independence

Independence –  Robert L. Porter, 88 years old, of Independence, Iowa, died on Saturday, August 16, 2014, at ABCM Rehabilitation Center Independence – East in Independence.  He was born on September 8, 1925, in Boone, Iowa, the son of Glen and Dixie Porter.  He attended school in Boone.  During World War II he served in

Duane Freese – Monticello

Duane G. Freese, 82 of Monticello passed away peacefully on Saturday August 16, 2014. Friends may call from 3:00 – 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, at the Kramer Funeral Home in Monticello where a parish vigil service will be held at 3:00 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m.


Fire Destroys House Southeast of Manchester

Firefighters from Manchester, Delhi, Ryan, and Masonville battled a blaze Thursday night at a home owned by Mitch Pfab at 2497 167th Avenue.  The Manchester Department took the call just after 9 and was on the scene for three and a half hours.  According to Manchester Fire Chief Mike Ryan, the house is a total


Vandals Damage Buchanan County Building

INDEPENDENCE, Iowa (AP) – The Buchanan County Sheriff’s Office is investigating extensive vandalism at the former Buchanan County Home near Independence. The vandalism was reported Tuesday, and deputies found that someone had entered the building and broken windows, door, toilets and mirrors. Vandals also used spray paint on walls, ceilings, windows and floors and destroyed

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