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Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Tyson scolded for obstructing local economy (05/27/16)
Following the closure of the Tyson Foods meat processing plant in Cherokee in September of 2014, the plant has remained vacant and Tyson has hindered efforts to market the facility. The building, constructed in 1965, does not belong to Tyson, but Tyson has a long-term lease that does not expire until July of 2020 and Tyson has the option of renewing the lease at that time...
No paper Monday (05/27/16)
Due to the Memorial Day holiday, there will be no May 30 edition of the Chronicle Times. The next edition will be on Wednesday, June 1.
Mass murder described (05/27/16)
Phil Hamman has a personal connection to the grisly murders of four teenagers at Gitchie Manitou State Park in Lyon County, Iowa, in 1973. He was best friends with one of the victims, knew the other three, and knows the lone survivor of the massacre, a girl who was 13 at the time, Sandra Cheskey...
Billings certified as engineer (05/27/16)
As of May 23, Brandon Billings officially became the Cherokee County Engineer, having passed state examinations necessary for certification as an engineer. As assistant engineer, Billings was the primary engineering advisor for the county, but prior to certification, the county needed to make arrangements for oversight by a certified engineer...
Cherokee Artist is Best of Show (05/27/16)
On May 14, the 53 Iowa Regional Blue Ribbon winners from across the state came together in Fairfield at the Iowa Artists 2016 State Show, which was showing 57 pieces of art. The artists gathered for a show and jury of all the first place art from the ten Iowa Regional shows at the Fairfield Art & Convention Center...
WHS Class of 2016 (05/25/16)
Commencement for the Washington High School Class of 2016 took place in the WHS gym on Sunday, May 22. More graduation photos are in the WHS Gradustion Photo Gallery. Graduation photos from Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn, Alta-Aurelia and River Valley will be in the May 27 Chronicle Times...
CCCB has treasure hunt (05/25/16)
Let the adventure begin! Spend your summer on a county-wide treasure hunt. Enjoy environmentally, culturally, and historically significant sites in your own backyard that you may have never been to before. 2016 is the third year for this event and is themed the Parks Edition!...
Memorial Day Programs (05/25/16)
Memorial Day will be observed in the area on Monday, May 30. The 44th annual program at Oak Hill Cemetery in Cherokee will begin at 11 a.m. Volunteers are always welcome to help put up the flags at the ceremony representing the hundreds of veterans honored, and anyone wishing to help put up the flags is invited to be at the cemetery on Friday, May 27th at 1 p.m...
WHS music award winners (05/23/16)
During the band and choir solo ensemble contest held in early April, Cherokee Washington High School had three groups named "Best in Center". Those groups performed on Wednesday May 11 at the Music Hall on the Iowa State campus in Ames at the "Outstanding Performer's Showcase"...
Cattlemen present scholarships (05/23/16)
The Cherokee County Cattlemen Association presented scholarships to four county high school seniors who are going on to study in an agriculture discipline. Pictured (left to right) are Brian Tuttle, president of the Cherokee County Cattlemen; Kirk Stowater of WHS; Brooklyn Treinen of MMC and Bailey Gaydo of WHS. Not pictured is Jacob Spieler of MMC...
Music Boosters donation concludes Estes concert impact (05/23/16)
Jim Adamson was feeling both relief and gratitude as he presented checks recently to the Cherokee Music Boosters and the Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn Music Boosters. The relief was due to the fact that this was the successful conclusion of a major project that began back in 2015. The gratitude was from all the donations, both in time and financial, that made the Simon Estes Concert a success for the community...
2016 Cherokee PRCA Rodeo Schedule (05/20/16)
Children's MiracleNetwork Cookout at the Fareway parking lot 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m 5 p.m - Family Night at the Rodeo - All children 12 and under are free with a paid adult . Gates open -- western vendors, free kids activities, free pony rides, free petting zoo, concessions, beer garden...
Stampede Fun Run (05/20/16)
The Cherokee Stampede 5K Fun Run/Walk will begin and end at the Cherokee County Fairgrounds on Saturday, June 4, at 9 a.m. The route will travel from the Fairgrounds to Spring Lake Park before returning to the Fairgrounds. Advance registrations are encouraged to guarantee a t-shirt in the right size...
Flag Disposal June 14th (05/20/16)
The annual disposal of American flags in unusable condition, by Boy Scout Troop 101, will take place at the Cherokee Airport at 6 p.m. on Flag Day, Tuesday June 14th. The public is welcome to attend, and those attending are encouraged to bring their lawn chairs...
Downs honored at SIMPCO meeting (05/20/16)
Darrell Downs of the Marcus Economic Development Corporation was one of eight individuals honored recently with an "Outstanding Support" award at the annual meeting of the Council of Officials and Board of Directors for the Siouxland Interstate Metropolitan Planning Council (SIMPCO)...
Parade entry open (05/20/16)
Entries are currently being taken for the Annual Cherokee Rodeo Parade. This year's parade will be Saturday, June 4, at 4 p.m. The parade route begins at Washington High School and travels down Bluff Street to Hwy 59. The route continues South on Hwy 59, ending at Linden Street at the Cherokee County Fairgrounds...
Times Gone By (05/20/16)
The following article was written by Ella Beams, one of the six students in the first graduating class from Cherokee High School, the Class of 1884. --- Our early years up to high school were spent in country or small village places. The simplicity of country life was stressed sometimes to severity. ...
K of C donates to Depot, County Fair (05/18/16)
The Cherokee Depot was one of two recipients of funds raised this year by the Knights of Columbus Money Calendars. The $750 will fund ongoing improvements at the Cherokee Depot. At the presentation were Wayne Nafe of Depot Renovation, Inc., Ron Peterson of Depot Renovation, Inc., Mike Robinson of the Knights of Columbus, Jim Adamson of Depot Renovation Inc. and Dick Sokolowski of the Knights of Columbus...
Rotary Student for May (05/18/16)
The Cherokee Rotary Student of the Month for May is Glenn Zimmer. Glenn was nominated for contributing his time and talents to the fine arts - vocal music, instrumental music, and speech. He is recognized as taking on leadership roles in all programs and achieving honors in all programs! Pictured is Julie Hering Kent, Rotary President, with Glenn Zimmer...
CAASA holds "Self-Care Rocks!" Adult Coloring Contest (05/18/16)
Self-care is important not only for survivors, but people from all walks of life. Self-care is about nurturing your emotional needs. Self-care is caring for your soul, your inner self, and your very being. An amazing way to indulge in self-care is adult coloring! Join CAASA by demonstrating your coloring skills and showing your support to survivors...
Area Graduations (05/18/16)
Washington High School in Cherokee, Alta-Aurelia High School, Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn High School and River Valley High School will all hold graduation ceremonies on Sunday afternoon, May 22. Look for photos from all four graduation ceremonies in a future edition of the Chronicle-Times...
Zyaad is proud to be in Cherokee (05/18/16)
Zyaad Akram Labib was surprised out how nice people were when he came from Egypt last summer to spend a year as an exchange student at Washington High School in Cherokee. "I expected all America to be like Los Angeles and Chicago. I think Iowa and Cherokee specifically is the best place I could come to, a quiet city with nice people. They want to know about my country and my culture and my religion. I'm proud to be in Cherokee," he said...
Kaely Hummel recognized by Governor (05/16/16)
Kaely Hummel, a student at Washington High School in Cherokee, was recognized by Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds for her outstanding academic achievement at the 14th Annual Governo's Scholar Recognition ceremony on May 1 at Hy-Vee Hall in Des Moines...
Cherokee Library names new director (05/16/16)
The most important things in Zach Freking-Smith's life he found in the Rod Library at the University of Northern Iowa when he was a UNI student working at the library. The 2010 graduate of Burlington High School, in southeast Iowa, had originally entered UNI to study computer/speech/teaching but when he began working at the Rod Library, that reaffirmed and strengthened a love he has always had for libraries...
Cherokee is a 'great experience' (05/13/16)
Shania Rehmudin found the cold Iowa climate difficult to get used to at first, but found the attitude of the people in Cherokee warm and inviting. "I was surprised at how nice people are. People smile at you who don't even know you," Shania said. The 16-year-old Washington High School student is an exchange student from Tanga, Tanzania, on the east Africa coast, an Indian Ocean seaport of about a quarter million people...