A recent anniversary ceremony celebrating 100 years of Backbone State Park remembered the donation of land by Manchester resident E.M. Carr that became Iowa’s first state park. Among the speakers at the celebration was Manchester resident Mike Carr, the grandson of the park’s benefactor.


This week will mark the 70th anniversary of Regional Medical Center in Manchester. The hospital first opened its doors Monday, Aug. 7, 1950. And except the 1960s, the hospital has expanded each decade to continue to provide quality health care to area residents.

A popular peach fundraiser by Backbone Area Youth For Christ proved successful once again, even though the organization had to look to a different state this year to secure their produce.

An opportunity to look at possible sharing between districts was the focus of a meeting last week between school boards and administrators from Edgewood-Colesburg and Clayton Ridge.

The Edgewood-Colesburg School District conducted a virtual town hall forum, July 28, to communicate the district’s Return to Learn plan with parents and district stakeholders. The approximately one-hour session included a slideshow presentation and a question-and-answer session, and overflow…

A letter sent to the Delaware County Board of Supervisors July 31 by members of the American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Local 1835, Delaware County Sheriff’s Dept. cited no-confidence in Sheriff John LeClere by all 13 department deputies. The letter was si…

A Kehrli sweet corn stand sits along the side of the road with dozens of delicious ears for sale.

A local pub that’s undergone major renovations in the last few years said it’s not done with improvements just yet.

A blood drive at St. Mark Parish Center in Edgewood, July 21, helped answer the need for blood donations, while COVID-19 mitigation efforts by Red Cross personnel kept donors safe.

All school districts across Iowa have put plans in place for the 2020-21 school year for Return to Learn. No one can predict what the school year will look like, but Maquoketa Valley leaders have spent a lot of time over the last couple of months forming different plans. Earlier last week, t…


Park officials welcomed Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds to the South Entrance of Backbone State Park July 24 to recognize the 100th anniversary of the park. Reynolds issued a proclamation celebrating the milestone before she helped unveil the new state park sign.

DelCo PaintCo opened a storefront on Main Street in Manchester earlier this summer. The new business is a painting service for residential and commercial customers.

A portion of the work being done on the Highway 13 project has been deemed non-compliant, resulting in funds being withheld from the contractor and the possibility that some of the work will need to be redone, according to the project’s engineering firm.

The Manchester City Council recently approved a plan that will not only beef up its cybersecurity but save itself a little bit of money in the long run.


Delaware County Supervisors approved abating a $63,113.40 assessment the city of Manchester said the county owes when it purchased the property for the new sheriff office and jail.


Edgewood-Colesburg School District will host a virtual town hall forum Tuesday, July 28, at 6 p.m., to discuss the district’s Return to Learn plan with parents and district stakeholders.

After the Delaware County Supervisors voted to abate a $63,000 tax assessment the City of Manchester says it owes on the property that now houses the new jail, the Manchester City Council has signaled that it’s time to take the issue to court.

The Delhi Community Garden offers free, fresh produce. Currently, the garden has peas, lettuce, beans, zucchini, tomatoes, cucumber, and green peppers ready to pick. The garden is located at 506 6th Street Delhi.

Three Delaware County communities have been awarded funds to help with street projects through the Rural County Transportation Program (RCTP).


The Castle Theatre reopens Wednesday, July 15, with a limited schedule and seating, complying with recommended Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines on social distancing.