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Wed
04
Feb

Entries sought for Guttenberg talent show set for March 8

For the past four years Guttenberg Development and Tourism has paired with G&G Living Centers to showcase young stars with its annual talent showcase. 

 

This year is no exception as the aspiring stars of all ages will step into the spotlight on Sunday, March 8, when they take the stage at the Guttenberg municipal buildling, third floor, starting at 2:00 p.m.  

 

Wed
04
Feb

Artists sought for Guttenberg show

The "Iowa Artists" is an organization of artists throughout the state, and it is divided into regions.  Clayton county is in Region III and there are five more counties.  On April 11, Region III will hold a juried art show in Guttenbeg at the Municipal Building at 502 South First Street.

Members are to bring their original art at 9:00 a.m. for registration.  Each artist may submit three pieces of original art that has been created in the last two years.  Both two and three dimensional art is allowed.  Assistance will be given while unloading. 

Wed
04
Feb

Vote to support local non-profits


Jessica Bittner bonds with son Cole at Start Art, an introduction to art program for children ages three to five held at the Creativity Center. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

Isle of Capri Casinos, Inc., has selected participants for its 2015 Community Aces Challenge, a social media contest that awards participating nonprofits a slice of $50,000. Two first-place grants of $15,000 each and two second-place grants of $10,000 each will be awarded following a voting phase that began on Feb. 1 and continues through March 20.

Wed
04
Feb

Safe routes to school program receives state funding


Iowa bus laws limit ride time to 60 minutes for elementary students and 75 minutes for high schoolers. In the Clayton Ridge school district, this also includes shuttling students between Guttenberg and Garnavillo. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

According to the Centers for Disease Control, in 1969 42% of students in the U.S. walked or bicycled to school each day. By 2009, that group of students had shrunk to 15%. In the Clayton Ridge School district, principals Shane Wahls and Kris Einck estimate, respectively, that four students regularly walk to and from school in Garnavillo and less than a dozen high school students do so.

Wed
28
Jan

Board approves a facility plan for public consideration

Submitted by Allan Nelson

Clayton Ridge Superintendent

The Clayton Ridge School Board held a public forum and special board meeting on Jan. 21.  The public forum began with presentations from Superintendent Allan Nelson, Business Manager Dave Schlueter and Brian Schwartz representing the Baker Group from Des Moines.  

Wed
28
Jan

Three Guttenberg men face felony counterfeiting charges

Three Guttenberg men were arrested last week on charges of forgery for counterfeit currency.

Ryan Joseph Murphy, 31, Levi Michael Wilker, 24, and Justice D.J. Krambeer, 20, all face two counts each of forgery for counterfeit bills, a Class D felony.

The arrests came after police say they were passing fake currency at businesses in the Dyersville area. A Dyersville police officer who responded to a call from a local business determined that the vehicle involved in the incident was from Clayton County.

Wed
28
Jan

CR elementary hosts student teacher


Morgan Hassman will spend nine weeks student teaching in Kathy Connelly's third grade classroom, helping students like Mariha Harbaugh, pictured above. "I'm really enjoying it," Hassman told The Press. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

Morgan Hassman began her first term of student teaching in January, when she entered Kathy Connelly’s third grade classroom at Clayton Ridge Elementary. “The kids here are just great,” she told The Press. “I enjoy actually getting to see real life in the classroom, instead of just hearing about it.”

Although she’s just begun transitioning from learning lessons to leading them, Connelly says Hassman has a wealth of teaching tricks up her sleeve. Connelly has been guiding students at Clayton Ridge (previously Guttenberg Elementary) since 1977. In spite of her nearly 40 years of experience, Connelly volunteered to host a student teacher so that she could collect new ideas. Hassman has proved to be just what she was looking for. 

“On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Morgan introduced the kids to some MLK-themed educational hip-hop songs she found on a website her professor told her about,” Connelly said, explaining one of the many ways Hassman has infused the classroom with unique discoveries for both the students and their teachers. 

Wed
28
Jan

While others close, Guttenberg Press remains strong


Two thirds of residents in small communities across the country read local newspapers at least once a week. Jeff Shireman reads The Guttenberg Press while drinking his morning coffee. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

Two weekly newspapers in Iowa closed last month after more than 130 years of local coverage. The Walnut Bureau in Walnut and the Danish Villages Voice in Elk Horn both released their final editions on Christmas Eve. Both papers were managed by Cornflower, LLC.

Chris Mudge, executive director of the Iowa Newspaper Association, said small Iowa newspapers tend to consolidate instead of close. She did not consider the closings the beginning of a trend. "It depends on the vibrancy of the community," she said. "But community newspapers have done well."

In an era of decline for major metropolitan print media, rural journalism is still thriving. While the Walnut Bureau and the Danish Villages Voice cited decreasing subscriptions and advertising for their closures, experts say small-town papers continue to succeed because internet competition doesn’t exist for the kind of coverage local newspapers provide.  Even for a generation of online readers, there’s only one place to find your hometown news – and that’s your hometown newspaper. 

Wed
21
Jan

New clubhouse underway at Guttenberg golf course


This drawing by Alex Finch depicts the new clubhouse at the Guttenberg Golf and Country Club. (Photo submitted)

Work is progressing on the new clubhouse. (Photo submitted)

Submitted by Joe Heitman

The Guttenberg Golf and Country Club is building a new clubhouse. 

The Golf Course was founded in 1964 by purchasing the Larry Duwe farm north of Guttenberg on Highway 52. The Duwe farm house was converted to the existing clubhouse.   Over the past 50 years the clubhouse has hosted countless wedding receptions, anniversary parties and many social and golf events.

Wed
21
Jan

Clayton Ridge board to act Jan. 21 on proposed facility plan

Submitted by Allan Nelson

Clayton Ridge Superintendent

The Clayton Ridge School Board met on Jan. 14 to review and discuss school facility plans with professional planner Brian Schwartz from the Baker Group.  The Baker Group has held two full-day community school facility planning meetings and attended three board meetings since late November.  

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