News

Escucha Mi Voz takes stand at state capitol

A series of bills before the Iowa legislature target the Latino community and low-income families according to Escucha Mi Voz Iowa. The organization has called on House Speaker Pat Grassley and …

Historic theater needs your help...

The New Strand Theatre, a staple in the community since 1910, has come to the community of West Liberty for financial help. “Renovations and repairs to the New Strand are costly,” …

Fish Fry kicks off season of Lent

Wednesday, Feb. 14, wasn’t just Valentine’s Day. For Christians all over the world it was also Ash Wednesday, which marks the beginning of Lent. During Lent, many people choose to …

Atalissa Fire Soup Supper this Saturday

“Literally, we need everything.”   That’s what Atalissa Fire Chief Mike Smock had to say when asked about the needs of his 21-person fire department that covers 49 square …

Let's get serious about mental health

“I just remember hearing the ringing in my ears and I could taste the gunpowder,” says Emma Benoit, who at 16 pulled a gun on herself and attempted suicide. “There were like a …

We Lead luncheon highlights children

“West Liberty, you have a lot of kids,” said Kaitlyn Wintermeyer on Friday, Feb. 9, in the West Liberty Community Center. “You’re a young community with young families.” …
Sports

Fantastic Four At State

It was a first for all four of juniors Ryan Cassady, Ryker Dengler and freshmen Briggs Collins and Kaden Wiele — wrestling under the bright lights at Wells Fargo Arena. The location nor …
Boys' Basketball

Season ends at the paws of the Tigers

The season for the West Liberty boys’ basketball team came to an end Monday (Feb. 12) following a substate first-round loss to district foe Tipton.   The Comets did grab a win on the …
Boys' Wrestling

Styling on their way to 'The Well'

In without breaking a sweat. That was the case for a number of Comet wrestlers on Saturday in Solon for the distict meet as West Liberty secured four spots in this week’s state tournament …
Opinion

Latino Culture (2/22/24)

Carnaval, also known as Fat Tuesday or Mardi Gras, is a joyous celebration observed in various parts of the world, symbolizing a final indulgence before the solemn period of Lent. Among the most …

Your Capitol Voice (2/15/24)

This week we are beginning to discuss legislation to further address school safety. The tragic shooting at Perry High School brought school safety to the top of our legislative agenda. We have …

Mayor's Memo (2/8/24)

I’m always amazed at the paths our lives take. My best friend lives in the house where he was brought home from the hospital following his birth. I, on the other hand, have had the opportunity …
Obituaries

David Leon Spilger, 67

David Leon Spilger, 67, died Friday, Feb. 16, 2024 at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City.   Visitation was held Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2024, at the Henderson-Barker …

Michael Allen Ridenour, 83

Michael Allen Ridenour, 83, of West Liberty died on Feb. 11, 2024, at Simpson Memorial Home in West Liberty.   Mike was born in Iowa City on Oct. 23, 1940, to Forrest and Madelyn Ridenour. …

Tom Reier, 82

Tom Reier, 82, died unexpectedly Jan. 25, 2024, at his home in Inola, Oklahoma. Tom was born in Iowa City on June 20, 1941, the son of Walter and Helen (Harney) Reier.   He graduated from …
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