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Concerns emerge as loss of judge in Tama Co. approaches

For nearly 50 years, the district court system in Tama County has operated with two magistrate judges. This coming August, Tama County will be one of four counties having their magistrate judge allotment reduced from two judges down to one. The change comes as part of a March administrative ...

Gladbrook man charged with multiple counts of theft

A former Tama County Republican Party Central Committee treasurer has been charged with multiple counts of theft and campaign finance violation. According to court documents filed by the Iowa Attorney General’s office, from January 2020 through April 2021, Michael Bearden of Gladbrook, in ...

Another resignation at Union

A second resignation agreement was received and approved by the Union Community Board of Education Friday in connection to an investigation into inappropriate emails exchanged between a teacher and students. Following a leave of absence that began on April 6, Union Middle School Principal Mark ...

Knights girls blank J-Hawks

The Union Knights (1-3) girls soccer team got their first win of the season with a home contest against Cedar Rapids Jefferson on April 15. Union won 3-0 behind a dominant offensive performance led by freshman forward Molly Grote who scored all three of the Knights goals. Union set the pace ...

North Tama board to hear study findings

The North Tama Board of Education will hold a special work session at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, April 26 in the Jr. High Commons. The board will receive and discuss initial findings of the comprehensive facility study that is currently underway. The team of architects and engineers from Align ...

Toenges elected VP to state school admin association

Jason Toenges, principal of Union High School, has been elected vice president of School Administrators of Iowa and will begin his term September 1, 2021. Responsibilities of SAI elected officers include actively promoting and delivering on the association’s mission of developing Iowa’s ...

Free webinars to Tama Co. businesses

Tama County Economic Development (TCED) in partnership with Region 6 Resource Partners and the Iowa Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will offer a number of free webinar resources to businesses in Tama County. A series of six webinars will be available each Wednesday at noon beginning ...

Hinson talks beef with cattlemen in Tama Co.

Congresswoman Ashley Hinson made a stop in Tama County on April 12. She first met with the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association (ICA) for a lunch meeting at Murph’s Creamery and Grill in Toledo before departing for a meeting on the Meskwaki Settlement. Hinson’s visit to Murph’s comes in ...

Union coach named to Hall of Fame

The Iowa Girls Coaches Association honored inductees to the IGCA Coaches Hall of Fame at an event in Cedar Rapids earlier this month. Union Knights head coach Robert Dricol was one of nine inductees to be honored with the 2020 class. Since taking the helm in 1997, Driscol has compiled a ...

Union teacher resigns, MS principal on leave

Following an investigation into alleged inappropriate emails exchanged between a Union teacher and a student, one teacher resigned and a principal took a leave of absence as public discourse around the incident continues to grow. The Union Community Board of Education accepted a resignation ...