Thursday, May 29, 2014

Story Time at the LIbrary cancelled


Story Time Arrives Again! 

The Museum will be offering story time again this summer beginning this Friday, June 6 at 1 p.m. for ages 4-7. Craig Gooder will be again sharing treasures of literature. See you there.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

First Baptist Church Mission Adventure Kids

Starting Wednesday, June 4th through August 20th from 7-8 p.m., the First Baptist Church will be holding a summer Wednesday evening kids program called Mission Adventures.  Kids are invited to travel the world this summer as they study missionary adventures of the past and present!  Kids will earn a stamp in their passport for each night they are present, games and snacks from all over the world will be enjoyed by everyone attending.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Reminder- Russell City-Wide Garage Sale

Reminder-Russell City-Wide Garage Sale

  June 7, 8-noon, The Russell City-Wide Garage Sale. Please notify Roberta (535-4191) or Wanda (535-4361) to get on the map. 

  The Museum will be offering beefburgers, hot dogs, chips and a dessert for sale. 
  If you don't want to do your own sale, the Museum will accept donations for their sale.

  The Russell Wayside Garden Club will also be having their annual plant sale at the same time in front of the museum.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Council Meeting on May 13th

Council Meeting Mini-Minutes

  Regarding the property at 803 S Prairie, Ray Meyer explained the deed Wells Fargo is giving the property to the City of Russell. This is not a standard deed. It is somewhat like a quit claim deed. The city will put the property up for bids when all paperwork is completed and the city has complete ownership.  On a motion by Duane with second by Dana, the city will accept the property at 803 S. Prairie from Wells Fargo Bank. 
  The second reading of Ordinance 141 regarding charges for meter-repairs was approved on a motion by Dana and second by Susan.  Dana made the motion to waive the third reading.
  Willis Chambers-introduced himself and is running for Lucas Co Sheriff. He would appreciate any votes on June 3.
  It was discussed that all businesses in town need to give the council a schedule of events.  There was a trailer that was across the west end of Short St and was still blocking the street until 3:45 p.m. the next day.  The council will compile a list of requirements for any business that has outdoor activities to follow.  
  Fire Chief Craig Alexander gave the Fire Department report. They have been awarded a SCICF grant to buy pumps and motors for the grass trucks. Craig received pricing to put openers on the three bay doors of the original building at a approximate cost of $2400. He asked if the city could pay half of the cost. No decision was made.
  Street repairs are ongoing. A repair was done on a sinkhole on South Prairie, a water leak that wasn't tamped properly. It will be repaired after trucks have driven over the area for 2-3 weeks. The Mayor will approach Scott McGee about doing the cement repair to the street.
  There was a lengthy discussion about blocked culverts on E Shaw, Chapman and Garfield that causes water to go over the road. Kevin Tanner will check with Chariton City manager to see if Russell can rent the jetter the City of Chariton has to use to open up blocked culverts.
  Kevin Tanner asked about procedure to get water in his shop.
  There is needed repair to the curb at the post office and also to repaint that area.
  Craig Gooder asked about abandoned properties and if that issue will be addressed. Jeff Johnson explained how derelict/abandoned properties are addressed in Chariton.  The Mayor asked the Jeff to compile a list of properties that need to be mowed.
  Council members present were Crystal Moore, Susan Beecher, Dana Blue, and Duane Bedford. Jay Pierschbacher was absent. Others in attendance were Ray Meyer; City employee Larry Mitchell; Police chief Jeff Johnson and Fire chief Craig Alexander. Visitors were Sarah Peek; Larry Templeton; Penny Stouwie; Kevin Tanner; Willis Chambers; Dave Hager; Marilyn Evans; Corey Paige; Pat Conway; James Stewart and Craig Gooder.

The next regularly scheduled meeting will be on Monday June 2 at 7pm.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Around Town May 20th

A correction is being made to an article in last week's news.  It was Mark McCurdy who went on the Mission trip to Africa.  My apology.
Russell City Wide Garage Sale
The Russell City Wide Garage Sale is set for June 7, the same day as Chariton's, from 8 a.m. to noon.  Please notify Robert (535-4191) or Wanda (535-4361) to get on the map.
If you don't want to do your own sale but have objects you would like to get rid of, the Museum will accept donations for their sale.  
The Russell Wayside Garden Club will also be having their annual plant sale at the same time in front of the museum.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Around Town May 13

Around Town

           Congratulations to the following Russell area 
High School Graduates:

From Wayne Community High School: 
Faith  Sibert, will be attending Indian Hills Community College, 
Kelly McCurdy, enrolled at AIB 
Lorenzo Baker-Martinez will attend Grand View University in Des Moines.  
From Chariton Community High School:
Chasen Blue will enroll at Graceland 
George Collins is selecting between Indian Hills or DMACC 
Madison Feehan will attend Iowa School of Beauty 
Dusty Simmons is enrolled at Indian Hills 
Stephen McCurdy is enrolled at William Penn University
Alex Reynolds plans include attending Indian Hills  
(If any of this is in error or we have omitted anyone we apologize and urge you to  contact us and we will print corrections. (e-mail or call 641-535-2402)
Area Medical Personnel on Mission Trip to Africa
  On May 5th , Mark McCurdy departed with a group of EMT’s, firefighters, nurses and other medical professionals on a mission to Zambia, Africa. They will be gone for ten days to help the community of Kalele, Zambia. He has a objective of getting an updated fire engine to the community and helping to train the firefighters in Kalele, Zambia on how to use the fire engine. The group will work with the local EMT’s and help develop efforts to treat patients in the field and in the local hospital.
Russell Museum/Library Thanks Community
  The Russell Museum/Library  wishes to thank the community for their support in a successful breakfast fundraiser held on May 3.  Over half of the bill for the furnace repair was met. If you haven't ever been there, come see what your local volunteers are doing to provide service to the community.
  Wednesday, May 28th ,  6:30 p.m. First Baptist Church will  be holding a closing program for Kids4Truth. Each class will be performing, kids will be promoted,  and they will also be kicking off  VBS . Refreshments will be served after the program. Parents are encouraged to attend as well as others who may be interested in joining next year.
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