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Relay for Life holds 2022 celebration

Rescheduled from last weekend due to weather conditions, this year’s Relay for Life celebration was held at the Clay County Fairgrounds Wednesday. Approximately 200 cancer survivors, caretakers and other supporters gathered to rejoice in battles won against the disease and honor those who have passed. Survivors and their caretakers were recognized during the annual survivor ceremony, and loved one who have passed on were commemorated with decorated luminaries.

Police, emergency personnel to conduct drills at SHS Monday

The Spencer Community School District is collaborating with the city of Spencer’s law enforcement and emergency services to conduct training and drills ahead of the 2022-23 school year.

The training will take place at Spencer High School on Monday from 4:30-6:30 p.m. The school building and facilities will be closed during this time so that officials can conduct an emergency response drill.

Next Voices on Grand segment to highlight storytelling

Arts on Grand’s second installment of its Voices on Grand series will take place on Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Arla Kintigh, Arts on Grand board member and event organizer, said the panel’s theme will be “Roles and Relationships,” with participating local creators sharing their stories through different storytelling mediums.

Remembering the Holocaust with the Paper Clip Project

Spencer Public Library hosted an educational lecture about the Holocaust Monday night, with guest speaker Lori Vicker teaching patrons about the various memorials to the tragedy. After giving an overview of events leading up to Hitler’s reign in Germany, Vicker shared information about several Holocaust memorials, including the Paper Clip Project, a memorial project led by students in Whitwell, Tennessee.

Local agencies receive arts funding

DES MOINES — Gov. Kim Reynolds and the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs announced more than $2.3 million in grants have been awarded to 191 Iowa organizations and individuals working in arts, culture, history, humanities, film and media in 69 communities. Among those receiving funding were Arts on Grand and Spencer Community Theatre.

Grace United Methodist reaches 150th landmark

Grace United Methodist Church will be celebrating the 150th anniversary of its founding this Sunday, with special events scheduled throughout the day. Morning worship will take place at 10 a.m., followed by a meal at noon costing $10 per person and a musical performance from The Brown Family at 2 p.m.

Discovery Stage, DirecTV Midway Stage bring 4 great acts

A science circus, fire tricks, and a magic show all about agriculture are just a few examples of the more than $180,000 in entertainment that will be offered free to fairgoers during the 2022 Clay County Fair powered by SMU, Sept. 10-18.

County supervisors hear broadband proposal

A request for broadband funding was brought to the Clay County Board of Supervisors at their meeting on Tuesday. Local provider Great Lakes Communications Corporation received funding from the state broadband grant NOFA 007 to cover approximately 500 premises, and recently applied for county support to fill in some of the areas where the grant funding wasn’t available.

SCT welcomes new artistic director

A new artistic director has recently joined the Spencer Community Theatre. Dave DeChristopher, who started working with the theater on July 15, was excited to find a theater position in a town with a thriving community theater.

2022 Iowa State Fair Coverage on Iowa PBS

JOHNSON — August means it's time for the Iowa State Fair, and for fair coverage on Iowa PBS. This year's programming begins August 10 with a live broadcast of the 2022 Iowa State Fair Parade. On Aug. 13, the network will livestream the 2022 Iowa State Fair Queen Coronation with highlights of the event airing Aug. 14. Fair coverage continues Aug. 15-20 with fair 2022 and wraps up on Aug. 21 with the State Fair Talent Championship 2022.

New staff welcomed in Spencer district

Spencer welcomed a group of new teachers to the school district at a special in-service this week. New teachers include: (Front row) Caleb Nothwehr, Carli Krukow, Alyssa Clark, Madison Colee, Amanda Gunderson, Danica Thome, Katelyn Warburton, Hannah Runion, (Back row) Joe Clark, Melissa, Jeffrey, Nikki Roberts, Tiana Tesch, Paul Jordan, Hannah Heissel, Alex Dreier and Madison Mahan. (Photo submitted)

J.C. Penney hosts annual Shop With A Cop

O’Brien County’s annual Shop With A Cop at Spencer’s J.C. Penney store took place Tuesday night. Partnered with Love in the Name of Christ, O’Brien County officers took kids shopping for back-to-school clothes with a budget of $200. The children were also treated to pizza and given a back-to-school kit filled with different school supplies they will need during the school year and a craft for them to complete.

ILCC host first All-State Choir Camp

ESTHERVILEE — Iowa Lakes Community College will host the first-ever All-State Choir Camp, an opportunity for high school students to jump-start the All-State process from Aug. 13-14. The camp will end with a free concert for the community featuring more than 100 students from over 20 area schools on Sunday at 6 p.m. in the Janice K. Lund Performing Arts Center on the Estherville campus.

Ambassadors welcome new SCT artistic director

Tuesday, the Spencer Chamber Ambassadors visited Spencer Community Theatre to welcome the new Artistic Director Dave DeChristopher. He has had a long career of working in the arts. After graduating college in 1980, he moved to New York and worked there professionally for 25 years.

Library holds final party for Summer Reading Program

Artist, musician and children's author Chad Elliot revealed a mural commissioned by the Spencer Public Library during its final Summer Reading party Saturday. The library commissioned the painting from Elliot back in December with the assistance of a American Rescue Plan Act Humanities Grant through the American Library Association.

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